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  • 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
  • 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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Ten things Packers have to do to beat Raiders

Posted Dec 8, 2011


It was somewhat lost in the subtlety of its delivery, but make no mistake, the challenge was there.

“I’m fully confident we’re going to play championship defense down the stretch,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday, when asked his opinion of his team’s defense, which continued its season-long struggles by allowing 447 yards to the Giants last Sunday.

If defense does, in fact, win championships – there is increasing evidence those days are behind us – then the Packers need to fix at least one major component of their defense: Stop allowing big plays.

They allowed big plays again last Sunday, having been torched for pass plays of 67, 51 and 42 yards. If they could eliminate nothing more than the big plays they’re allowing on defense, the unit’s overall rank would improve significantly from its current No. 31 ranking.

“We’re looking at five plays a game we have to win instead of lose,” McCarthy said.

It must also be acknowledged that the Packers are making a lot of big, game-changing plays on defense, but what if that stops? Can they count on doing that against playoff-caliber competition in the postseason? What if the positive big plays stop but the negative big plays don’t?

Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers has four games to reverse his unit’s trend. He has a month to whip his defense into postseason shape, which is to say into a unit that gets off the field on third down and limits the opponent’s yardage and possession time. That’s playoff defense.

Though this Sunday’s opponent doesn’t appear on paper to be a threat to the Packers’ unblemished record, there is the matter of that number “four” in the rush-offense category. The Oakland Raiders don’t do the trendy things well, but they run the ball and they have a fierce kicking game, and that’s been a time-honored formula for playoff success.

The Raiders are the perfect opponent for the Packers, which is to say the perfect opponent for a team that’s already clinched a playoff berth and now needs to tailor its game for postseason success. The Packers need to know they can stop the run, which they did early in the season but haven’t done nearly as well of late, and they need to know they have a defense that can change its ways and take its play to a higher level, the “championship” level.

Here are 10 things the Packers have to do to beat the Raiders:

1. Win the battle of the line of scrimmage—That’s another way of saying stop the run, which begins with defenders defeating blocks. The Packers’ defensive front did not do that often enough against the Giants.

2. Be efficient on offense—A running team such as the Raiders can limit possessions and plays in a game. The Packers must not be wasteful.

3. Be physical—This is not the time in the season to become finesse.

4. Respect field position—Raiders punter Shane Lechler is the Ray Guy of his time. He forces opponents to play the field-position game, lest they find themselves playing from deep in their own territory all day.

5. Be ready—Because it sounds as though the Raiders will.

6. Get help deep—The Raiders have no doubt seen the Packers’ penchant for allowing big plays, and the Raiders’ receivers have the speed to get deep and Raiders football has always been about throwing deep.

7. Tackle—High-tackling and arm-tackling won’t work against Michael Bush. Bush makes you use your shoulder pads.

8. Block Seymour—He can still be disruptive and when his motor is revving, look out.

9. Run the ball a little—The Raiders are 28th in run-defense. To not run it against the Raiders is to leave yardage on the field.

10. Stop the drops—They were contagious last Sunday.

Additional coverage - Dec. 8
 
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