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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.


Rodgers back at practice, ready to go

Posted Aug 30, 2011

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was back on the practice field on Tuesday and is expected to play, though briefly, in Thursday’s preseason finale against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs. How’s that for good news on which to end training camp?

“Aaron felt great today. Probably overreacting yesterday to him going through camp. I see no reason (for him) not to play on Thursday,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following Tuesday’s practice.

Rodgers was held out of practice on Monday due to a sore foot. McCarthy said Rodgers’ inactivity was precautionary, but anytime the quarterback is held out of practice, especially when it’s the reigning Super Bowl MVP, it’s news.

So, all seemed to be in order as the Packers broke camp, so to speak, on Tuesday. Once upon a time, when camps were longer and more rigorous, it was tradition for the head coach on the final day of camp to give a sort of state-of-the-team address that included a statement of expectation. This year’s camp, of course, was neither long nor rigorous.

“It’s the easiest one physically,” McCarthy said. “Practices are shorter. We’re practicing smarter. Last week, we definitely hit the target.”

As the Packers break camp and head into a preseason finale that’ll likely see the ones take a seat early and turn Lambeau into a field of dreams for young players trying to find a place in the NFL, they are on target for a season-opener of extraordinary importance. The Packers’ opponent will be the 2009 NFL champions, the New Orleans Saints, one of the favorites to unseat the Packers in the NFC.

Have the Packers already begun preparation for the Saints?

“Some of us, I think, have,” Rodgers said. “I like where we’re at. I like the no-huddle.”

The Packers are where they’re at largely because Rodgers is their quarterback. On the heels of a nearly five-month lockout, the Packers almost certainly wouldn’t have been able to hit McCarthy’s target without a quarterback of Rodgers’ esteem at the helm.

“We would not have as much in if we didn’t have a veteran quarterback. Our approach is clearly in line with our veterans. We’re still going to be a young team. That’s how our program is built,” McCarthy said.

In the Packers’ case, young doesn’t mean inexperienced. It would seem to be the advantage the Packers hold over most of the league. They have young legs that have already run to a championship.

“I feel we’re in good shape. Going no-huddle helped get our play count up. I feel good about where we are,” McCarthy said in what amounted to a mini state-of-the-team proclamation.

The Packers’ success in the no-huddle offense is one of the main stories of camp. Will the no-huddle become the team’s identity?

Rodgers said it wouldn’t. “It’s just got to be a wrinkle in the offense,” he added.

What kind of offense will Rodgers and company become in 2011?

“The ’09 season, when we led the league in time of possession, set the Packers record for points, set the Packers record for points on the road, that’s the blueprint for us. Last year, I think everybody would (say) that’s not the kind of offense we want to play,” Rodgers said.

Defenses bear the burden of deciding how to attack an offense that has shown it can play at a fast pace and move quickly down the field, or slow it down and protect a lead. Rodgers said he welcomes pressure. Atlanta tried to pressure the Packers in the playoffs and “we gashed them a little bit,” Rodgers said.

“We like it when teams bring pressure because if we can pick it up and I can deliver the ball, there’s more space,” he said.

In pronouncing himself and his offense fit and ready to go – he said that on paper it’s “the best group we’ve seen” – Rodgers also declared his concussions of a year ago to be of no concern.

“I’m past that. I recovered from them,” he said.

Yes, it would seem the Packers are where they need to be and ready to break camp.

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