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  • 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/

     

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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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Preseason kicks off battle at running back

Posted Aug 11, 2011

When the Packers and Browns opened the 2010 preseason, Ryan Grant was coming off the best season of his career. He had rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009 and he was one of the game’s established running backs. A month later, his season was over.

Ironically, James Starks began his rookie training camp last year on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a hamstring injury. A sixth-round pick from lightly regarded Buffalo, Starks was an afterthought to the Packers’ plans for 2010.

Much changed very quickly for both men. As the Packers prepare to open their 2011 preseason in Cleveland, Starks is one of the stars of the Packers’ late-season rush to the Super Bowl XLV title, and Grant is in his comeback year from a season lost to an ankle injury.

“It’s football, and when you understand that, it doesn’t surprise you. It’s part of the game,” Grant said of the swings and sways of a sport that’s driven by challenge, not security.

Grant is expected to see his first game action on Saturday since suffering an ankle injury in last season’s opener in Philadelphia. He claims to have no anxiety for that first hit he’ll take on the ankle, but when it happens, he’ll no doubt celebrate having made it through a long and painful period of inactivity, which was punctuated by the rigors of rehab and the feeling of detachment as he watched his teammates win without him. Football can be a very hurtful game.

“People talk about being that guy,” he said of reaching a level of stardom that insulates a player from having to compete for a job. “There aren’t many of those guys. The majority of guys are being pushed by competition.”

Grant is in the majority now. A year ago, it was his job and he was unchallenged for it. Now, he’s in a battle with Starks for the starting job, and the performance of each player in this preseason, beginning in Cleveland on Saturday, will likely determine who lines up behind Aaron Rodgers when the New Orleans Saints come to Green Bay in Week 1 of the regular season.

“Our effort to find more backs to add to the group isn’t any kind of shot at Ryan Grant,” General Manager Ted Thompson said.

Thompson added rookie Alex Green to the group when Thompson selected Green in the third round of this year’s draft. Green is a big, pounding type of runner. He has had his moments both good and bad in training camp; a fumble here, a burst there.

For now, however, Starks is the competition. He showed the potential in the playoffs last season to believe he can be a special back.

“I knew what I could do. This is what I love to do. I know I’m good at football,” Starks said. “I’m trying to be better than I was last year and stay healthy for the whole season.”

Neither Grant nor Starks is expected to see a lot of action on Saturday, but a few carries here and there will officially kick off the preseason competition. The possibility exists, of course, that Green might even join the hunt.

It’s football, and as Grant said, “It’s part of the game.”

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