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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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Mike Spofford

Mike Spofford has worked as a sportswriter in Wisconsin since 1995 and has been a packers.com staff writer since 2006. He has covered the Packers' last two Super Bowl appearances, XXXII and XLV.

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Finley has role model in Gonzalez

Posted Oct 7, 2011

They both wear No. 88, but Jermichael Finley hopes the similarities don’t stop there.

Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, a 15-year veteran and sure-fire Hall of Famer, has enjoyed the type of career to which Finley aspires.

Playing for both the Kansas City Chiefs and now the Falcons, Gonzalez has been a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses for a long time. A former basketball player, Gonzalez has always been too fast for linebackers and too big and athletic for defensive backs.

That’s the same description that has been attached to Finley since he came on the scene in the latter half of the 2009 season, his second in the NFL. Finley’s rise was halted briefly by a season-ending knee injury last October, but he showed he’s back with a three-touchdown outing in Chicago two weeks ago.

Finley was asked this week if he watched Gonzalez growing up – he was 10 years old when Gonzalez broke into the NFL in 1997 – and he admitted he really didn’t. He did say, though, that he actually watches him more now as he tries to develop his own game.

“He’s not the fastest guy on the field, but like I always say, he’s the guy that’s in the film room watching the coverages,” Finley said. “That’s why he knows where the holes are at and knows where to get after the defense.”

Those thoughts reflect the additional attention to detail Finley may need to employ from here on out, not because he’s getting old, but because defenses will devise game plans to limit his impact.

Denver did that last week, playing a safety behind the cornerback anytime Finley was split out wide in a receiver position. The Broncos, having seen how Finley burned the Bears the previous game, held Finley to just three catches for 28 yards. That didn’t slow Green Bay’s offense any, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 408 yards and four touchdowns, but it did frustrate Finley, judging from his postgame comments.

During the week, Finley dialed it back a bit, expressing an understanding that, at times, defenses will scheme to take him out of the game. Other times, they’ll game-plan specifically for Greg Jennings, and then it might be his turn.

“I’m OK with it,” Finley said. “The player that I am, I’m going to get double-teamed maybe every week from now on but, at the same time, if we keep getting those goose eggs at the end – 4-0, 5-0, 6-0 – I don’t really care. As long as we get back to that dance, I’m fine.”

For his own sake, it could be worth Finley’s while to watch Gonzalez on Sunday night at the Georgia Dome, which will mark the first time both No. 88s will be playing in the same game.

Gonzalez was a primary target in the passing game for much of his 12 seasons in Kansas City. Since coming to Atlanta in 2009, he’s had receiver Roddy White catching his share of passes and now rookie Julio Jones has been added to the Falcons’ mix, too.

All Gonzalez has done is catch four touchdown passes so far this season, including two impressive one-handed grabs. He has 21 catches for 229 yards to go along with those four scores, similar to Finley’s numbers this year (18-234-3).

“The first thing that stands out with Tony is his ability to play in the red zone,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said of Gonzalez, whose first two seasons with the Chiefs were when McCarthy was an offensive assistant there. “When you get a chance to break him down (on film), he’s very technical in what he’s trying to accomplish.”

That “technical” approach may be the next step for Finley. Even after his three-TD game in Chicago, Rodgers said Finley still has some mental mistakes to clean up.

Finley didn’t disagree with his quarterback, and the more complex the coverages are that the defenses throw at him, the more the finer points will matter in Finley’s game.

“It’s not going to be easy at all,” Finley said. “That’s why I have to go in and watch a little more film, get in the playbook a little bit more, try to make something happen, try to create something. I’ve got to go out and get it.”

Injury update – Not yet for Zombo: Outside linebacker Frank Zombo (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis all week but was not cleared to play and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

McCarthy said he’s hopeful Zombo will get clearance next week.

“Dr. McCarthy thinks he’s ready to go,” joked the head coach. “We’ll see how Dr. (Pat) McKenzie views it. He looked good this week.”

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) also has been ruled out for the second straight game. He’ll be replaced again by second-year man Marshall Newhouse. McCarthy reiterated on Friday that there’s a difference between how Bulaga feels about his injury and how Dr. McKenzie does, but that’s not unusual in these situations.

“He’s champing at the bit to get out there,” McCarthy said of Bulaga. “Bryan wants to play, he feels he’s ready to go, and Pat is concerned. Until that comes together, Bryan will not be on the field. I think Bryan definitely has a chance next week.”

Outside linebacker Clay Matthews did not practice all week but is listed as probable on the injury report for the game. McCarthy said a new treatment regimen for Matthews’ quadriceps injury dictates he not practice, and that could be the case for a couple of weeks.

Matthews is one of nine players on the injury report listed as probable and expected to play. Outside linebacker Brad Jones (hamstring) did not practice on Friday and is questionable, while tight end Andrew Quarless (knee) did not practice all week and is doubtful.

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