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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.


Yin and yang is Packers' magic

Posted May 10, 2011

The Packers conducted their annual spring all-employees meeting on Monday. It’s a leaguewide ritual, but the Packers’ version was one of a kind, for at least one reason.

They are the reigning Super Bowl champions, so Monday’s meeting was more than the standard “where are we and where are we going?” get-together. Monday’s all-staff meeting was one part business, two parts celebration.

Team President and CEO Mark Murphy gave his state-of-the-franchise address, then served as master of ceremonies for what remained of the event. It included an entertaining question-and-answer session with General Manager Ted Thompson and Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Packers radio analyst Larry McCarren presented the bulk of the questions and one of his queries produced this humorous exchange between McCarthy and Thompson.

McCarren asked what has made their relationship so successful?

“He’s my boss,” McCarthy said.

A pregnant pause followed before Thompson said for dramatic effect, “Thatttt’s right.”

Yes, it is at the root of the Packers’ success. The GM/coach relationship is the most important dynamic in any building in the league. It has to be a partnership. They have to be two men that respect each other and understand and embrace their specific roles without crossing onto the others’ turf.

Bobby Beathard and Joe Gibbs had one of those relationships. Beathard told Gibbs to go on vacation and come back after the draft and I’ll hand you your football team. At that point, Beathard got out of the way and allowed Gibbs to coach, while Beathard hit the scouting trail. Thompson and McCarthy have some Beathard and Gibbs in them.

Thompson spoke a little about that on Monday. He talked about how he was reminded by Ron Wolf to never forget what you are, a scout, and during the season Thompson hits the scouting trail on Tuesdays and leaves his team to McCarthy. That’s the bond of trust that exists between the two.

There was, however, another dynamic that filled the air in the banquet room at Lambeau Field on Monday, which was also filled by employees. One look around the room made one fact very clear to someone who was in his first Packers all-employees meeting: The Green Bay Packers are a very big corporation, and that sent the newbie deep into thought.

How do they pull it off? How does a company so big, so cutting edge, so very corporate in so many ways, maintain its charm? How can something so big feel so small?

Hey, lots of companies are big, but big isn’t always pretty and it’s almost never charming. The Packers are. They’re the little team from the little town in the charming old building that, by the way, is being fitted for another expansion that will send capacity toward 80,000.

There was something in a comment Thompson made on Monday: “All the teams are working hard,” Thompson said. “That’s why it’s so hard to be successful, because there are so many dynamic people. We’ve always had an advantage because we are the Green Bay Packers.”

What does that mean? Lots of places make the same claim, but Thompson is not a boastful guy so there’s absolutely no doubt that he believes that its mere name gives the Packers a competitive edge.

Is it possible the advantage to which Thompson referred is the ability to be both big and small? Hey, this isn’t Curly Lambeau’s Packers any longer. Those days are long gone. Today’s Packers franchise is one of the powerhouses of professional sports, but it lives in pro sports’ smallest market, a town that could fit into two Big Ten stadiums with room to spare.

How do they pull it off? It’s one of the great accomplishments in pro sports, the ability to be both big and small, tough and cute, so warm in such a cold place, so powerful, yet, so charming.

It’s the Packers’ magic. It’s what they have that the others don’t.

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