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  • 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/



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.


Former Packers radio announcer Jim Irwin dies

Posted Jan 23, 2012

Jim Irwin, a radio voice of the Green Bay Packers for 30 years, died on Sunday at the age of 77.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Irwin died of complications from kidney cancer.

Irwin, pictured at left above, originally joined the Packers radio broadcasts for color commentary in 1969, working alongside Ted Moore and Gary Bender. Then in 1975, Irwin took over play-by-play duties until retiring after the 1998 season. Irwin's color commentators included Lionel Aldridge, Max McGee (above right in photo) and Larry McCarren (center of photo).

“As a broadcaster, I thought he had the unique ability and talent to turn up the intensity, and that just didn’t mean turning up the volume,” McCarren said. “Sometimes, people just holler louder when something big is going on. Jim turned up the intensity. I could hear his big calls spooling up, and it was great stuff.

“To do that without just yelling and screaming, I always admired that, and certainly the listeners did too.”

Irwin and McGee, who died in 2007, worked side by side for 20 years. McCarren, who remains on Packers radio broadcasts today, joined the duo for their final four seasons together from 1995-98.

“I thought Jim and Max got to the point that all of us that do this kind of work would like to get to, and that’s becoming part of the fabric of the game,” McCarren said.

“If anybody wants to identify success in that particular arena, to me it’s that. ‘It’s not a game without Jim and Max.’ They became part of the fabric of the game, as much a part of the game as the coin toss, the kickoff, all that stuff. That’s where Jim and Max were.”

Former Packers president and CEO Bob Harlan also remembered the Irwin-McGee tandem fondly.

"He and Max gave us a real warm broadcast team," Harlan said. "Max had his folksy ways, and Jim truly loved the Green Bay Packers.

"He had to broadcast through some tough times. The '70s and '80s were not very good to the Green Bay Packers. In that 20-year period, we had four winning seasons and two playoff appearances. It wasn't always easy to make us sound exciting, and he did."

In two of Irwin's last three seasons, the Packers went to the Super Bowl, winning the title following the 1996 season. As the Super Bowl XXXI victory over the New England Patriots concluded, Irwin famously said, “The Lombardi Trophy is coming home.”

“I remember the pure joy he had at the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau against Carolina when he could say the Packers are going back to the Super Bowl,” McCarren said. “He was so genuinely happy. That wasn’t just a call. Jim Irwin felt that to the core.”

During his distinguished career, Irwin also worked as a play-by-play announcer for Wisconsin Badgers football and Milwaukee Bucks basketball. He originally came to Green Bay in 1964 as sports director at WLUK-TV.

"He would have weekends where he would do a Badgers football game on Saturday afternoon, be in Milwaukee that night to do a Bucks preseason game, and be back in Green Bay on Sunday to do a Packers game, and he had the same enthusiasm for all three broadcasts," Harlan said. "He was a great, very durable broadcaster."

Irwin was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2003. He was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year 10 times and is a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

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