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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake 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:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • 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

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Vic Ketchman

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

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Packers clinch; McCarthy facing decision

Posted Dec 25, 2011

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy would seem to be facing a decision he’ll have to make for his team’s final game of the regular season: Rest starters for the playoffs, or go for the win?

It was a question McCarthy wasn’t ready to answer following the Packers’ 35-21 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at Lambeau Field. The win clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and set a franchise record for the most wins in a season. Sunday’s win also made the New Year’s Day game against the visiting Detroit Lions relatively meaningless.

“We’re going to play to win the game next week. I’m not real comfortable with a division opponent coming in here and not thinking we’re going to play to get win No. 15,” McCarthy said, but he then added that the health of his team heading into the postseason is a concern, which suggests McCarthy will rest key players.

One of those key players would seem to be quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw five touchdown passes in the win over the Bears. Rodgers has thrown 45 touchdown passes this season and is five touchdown passes shy of Tom Brady’s single-season record, 50.

Asked if he would like to have a chance to pursue Brady’s record, Rodgers said: “That’s probably safe.”

When Rodgers was asked about yielding to backup quarterback Matt Flynn next Sunday, Rodgers said: “I wouldn’t mind seeing him play a bit.

“I think we need to get healthy. That’s the main thing. Now that we have the top seed sewed up, the priorities may shift a bit,” Rodgers added.

It must be remembered that the Packers could find themselves playing against the Lions in consecutive games. Should the Lions win in the wild-card round of the playoffs, the possibility exists they could play in Green Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs on Jan. 14 or 15, which would be the Packers’ first playoff game.

All of this will be carefully considered by McCarthy over the next several days. For the next 24 hours, however, McCarthy and his players wanted to savor the joy of a holidays season that arguably caps the greatest year in Packers history.

In 2011, the Packers won the Super Bowl, more games than in any other year in Packers history, lost only once, scored four wins over their rivals from Chicago and put themselves in prime position to defend their Super Bowl championship.

“Any time I can stand up here and talk about a record that belongs to the great Green Bay Packers, that’s special,” McCarthy said of the 14-win standard. A win over the Lions, of course, would kick that record up a notch, to 15 wins.

Everything about the Packers’ win over the Bears was glorious, except 441 yards allowed by the Packers defense to a Bears offense that came into the game ranked 24th in the league. Especially discouraging was 199 yards rushing by the Bears, which resulted in more than 10 minutes time of possession advantage. That’s not playoff football and McCarthy said it has to be fixed.

“Their ability to get yards on our defense; we need to get that flipped. They did a very good job of running the ball on us,” McCarthy said.

The play of the Packers’ offensive line, however, was definitely reason for Christmas cheer. Rodgers wasn’t sacked and seldom hurried.

“I can’t say enough about our offensive line,” McCarthy said. “We won big. That’s the bottom line.

“We wanted the path (to the Super Bowl) to go through Lambeau. We have a big advantage playing in front of our fans,” McCarthy added.

Only one goal remains to be achieved.

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