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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014

    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.

    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/



Vic Ketchman

Vic Ketchman is a veteran of 40 NFL seasons and has covered the Steelers and Jaguars prior to coming to Green Bay.


McCarthy: 'Our tackling will be better'

Posted Feb 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS—If Mike McCarthy’s remarks at last year’s scouting combine are any indication, then Packers fans can expect the Packers to be much better tacklers in 2012.

It was at this event a year ago that McCarthy made it a goal of his offense to score more points in 2011 than it did in 2010. When McCarthy set that goal for the ’11 season, he was only a few weeks removed from victory in Super Bowl XLV.

The result?

“Last year we definitely set a standard; second all-time in the NFL. That’s a bar in our building we’ll shoot for every year,” McCarthy said of the 560 points the Packers scored, second only to New England’s 589 in 2007.

The goal for 2012?

“We’re going to be a better tackling team,” McCarthy said in a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday. “Our turnover stats reflect the investment we made. Our tackling does not reflect that. Our tackling will be better next year.”

How does a team become better tacklers, he was asked?

“You practice it,” McCarthy said. “We have to be a little more creative in our drill work.”

Heading into a draft evaluation season that’s expected to focus on improving the Packers defensively, McCarthy put his finger on a problem that was prominent on several occasions this past season. His comments harken memories of Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount’s long touchdown run, and of the Packers’ loss to the Giants in the playoffs, when Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks bounced off a defender at midfield and turned a short pass into a long touchdown play.

Offensively, the goal in 2012 will be to improve a running game that finished 27th in the league in ’11. McCarthy’s plan for that improvement, which he teased but didn’t fully divulge on Friday, will likely be a subject of attention.

“We’ll have some new ideas. We want to be as explosive as ever on offense. I think how we run the ball will probably change as we head into the new season,” McCarthy said.

It might be important to note that new running backs coach Alex Van Pelt is a former quarterback and quarterbacks coach.

McCarthy dedicated much of his press conference to comments on quarterback Matt Flynn, who’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. McCarthy made it clear that he believes Flynn is ready to become a starting quarterback.

“He’d like to come back and play with Green Bay. The other side of the fence is he’s earned the position he’s in. In my opinion, he’s ready to be a starter. If I was with a club that was looking for a good young quarterback, he’d be a guy I’d talk to,” McCarthy said of Flynn.

“He’s ready. It’s his time to play. He’s improved every aspect of his game.”

McCarthy also spoke of his satisfaction that the Packers were able to sign tight end Jermichael Finley to a new contract.

“I think we forget how young he is. He has a lot of growth in front of him,” McCarthy said of Finley, a new-age type of tight end who offers his coach heightened scheme potential.

“It helps us create matchups. He’s just getting started. That’s what’s exciting about his individual play. We had a good year on offense, put up a lot of numbers, but we have to find ways to improve and he’ll be a part of it.”

Finley is a tight end/wide receiver hybrid. He mixes the size of a tight end with the speed and athletic ability of a wide receiver.

“There was a time in my career that I got away from playing with the 270-pound tight end that has to be able to block defensive ends. We’ve gone to the more athletic tight end and move them around. We’re playing those guys in space more,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy also commented on the subject of center Scott Wells’ countdown toward unrestricted free agency.

“We’ll figure that out. I’m hopeful and confident things can work out with Scott. If they don’t, we’ll have to move in a different direction,” McCarthy said.

One direction would seem to have already been determined: The Packers are going to spend some time in training camp on becoming better tacklers.

Additional coverage - Feb. 24

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