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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/

     

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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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Year-end look at defense, offense

Posted Dec 30, 2011


On the next-to-last day of the year and heading into the final game of the regular season, Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers examined the performance of his defense and saw a unit that is 12th in the league in points allowed, No. 1 in interceptions and No. 2 in takeaways.

“Those things have been fairly consistent,” Capers said.

But?

Yardage allowed continues to be a problem, and following a week in which the Packers run-defense was gashed by the Bears for 199 yards, the Packers find themselves with a precarious 72-yard lead over the Patriots in the race to avoid being last in the league in the yardage category.

It’s been the bane of the Packers defense’s existence this season, and the root of the problem goes back to last February’s win in the Super Bowl. That’s when the Packers’ identity for the 2011 season was set, in a four-takeaway win over a Steelers team that outgained the Packers, 387-338.

Thank goodness for those takeaways. Darn that yardage allowed.

So, as the Packers head into Sunday’s less-than-dramatic finale against the Lions, the question is: Can the Packers defense patch its holes, or will the postseason success rely, as it has in the regular season, on stopping the bleeding?

“We have to find a way to steal 2-3 passes and give (our offense) the ball, and we have to find ways to make people earn points,” Capers said. “Our goal on defense is to do what it takes to win games and we’ve won 14 games.”

Imagine being 14-1 and having to deal with disappointment, but that’s an accurate description of what Capers has faced this season. Yardage allowed has been a thorn in his side all season, despite high rankings in the critical make-plays categories. Make no mistake about it, the Packers defense makes plays. The flip side of that is that it’s allowed opponents to make too many plays.

Maybe the arrival of winter will aid the Packers defense in denying yardage and big plays. Cold, snowy conditions have a history of doing that, and Sunday’s game is forecast to be played in falling temperatures and snow.

“I think that’ll be good for us to play in tougher conditions. We really haven’t had that. When you think of Green Bay, you have to be ready for it,” Capers said.

Meanwhile, Joe Philbin has enjoyed a season of yardage gained and points scored and rankings and stats that validate just about everything the Packers have done on offense. The Packers have the fifth overall offense with the No. 3 passing game and a running game that’s come to life late in the season.

When you look across the board at the 12 critical offensive rankings categories, the Packers are among the top 11 in the league in nine of those categories, including the most important category of all, points per game. In that category, the Packers are No. 1.

Oh, by the way, the Packers have had the top-rated quarterback in the league since the day the season began. Talk about coast to coast?

Happy New Year, Coach Philbin.

“You have an identity by this point in time. You don’t drift very far away from it,” Philbin said.

That’s good news, minus one.

The combined identity of Capers’ and Philbin’s units has produced the best record in the league. If only the defense could do something about that yardage ranking. They’ll have one more chance to get it right before the playoffs begin.

Additional coverage - Dec. 30

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