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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.


Hits on Rodgers no joking matter

Posted Nov 16, 2011

It was the kind of hit that makes Packers fans cringe.

In the third quarter on Monday night, against the Vikings, quarterback Aaron Rodgers stepped up in the pocket, found no one to throw the ball to, and started to tuck and run, like he’s done so many times.

Only this time, just as he crossed the line of scrimmage, Rodgers didn’t see Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen closing in a hurry from his left, and Allen drilled Rodgers with probably the hardest hit the Super Bowl MVP has taken all season.

“I got up pretty quick and asked Jared if that was all he had,” Rodgers joked as he spoke with reporters Wednesday during his regular weekly briefing at his locker. “He rocked me pretty good. He knew what the answer was.”

Not that he needed to, but if any hit proved Rodgers’ toughness this season, that was it. On the very next play, he converted fourth-and-2 with a 12-yard strike to Jordy Nelson, and two more completions later the Packers were in the end zone again.

But with all due respect to Rodgers’ sense of humor and tough-guy mentality – “I’m a quarterback and I think taking hits sometimes makes me feel more like a football player,” he said – taking that kind of punishment presents unnecessary risks, especially for a quarterback who sustained two concussions last season.

It’s risky both for the team and the individual. The Packers are 9-0 and headed toward solid playoff positioning in an effort to defend their Super Bowl title, and Rodgers is in the midst of one of the best seasons a quarterback has ever enjoyed. It would be a shame to see either, or both, derailed with the stretch run looming.

“I didn’t like the hits he took Monday,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said. “He was hit too much Monday.”

Rodgers was sacked three times by the Vikings and forced to scramble on five other plays. The sack total for the season has climbed to 23, which puts Rodgers on pace for 40 by the end of the regular season.

That would be worse than the 38 sacks the Packers allowed last year in the regular season (Rodgers took 31 sacks, with backup Matt Flynn absorbing seven in roughly 1½ games under center). Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin spoke loud and clear during training camp about the goal of reducing the number of sacks allowed, but for all the gaudy numbers the offense is putting up in 2011, the sacks are still a “thorn in the side,” to use Philbin’s words.

Obviously, the Packers have been able to overcome a lot of lost yardage due to the sacks, with the team averaging better than 35 points per game, but there’s no knowing which hit could be a potential season-changing one, so the Packers have to start minimizing them.

Rodgers wasn’t sacked three times in one game through the first four weeks of the season but now has been sacked three or more times in four of the last five contests.

McCarthy said the pass-protection breakdowns were “spread around” on Monday night, meaning there wasn’t one particular weak spot up front. On Wednesday, Rodgers maintained his faith in his offensive linemen while at the same time calling on them to play the way he knows they’re capable of playing.

“I’m not concerned about the protection,” Rodgers said. “It’s not a matter of miscommunication. It’s just a matter of not being as assignment-sound, and in those times we have the right call on, you have to win your one-on-one matchup.”

That goes for Rodgers, too. If the protection doesn’t account for a free blitzer, Rodgers has to win that “one-on-one” by either escaping or getting rid of the ball and limiting the contact. He knows that and does that most of the time.

It’s a fine line for Rodgers, who has made many big plays by holding the ball a little longer and waiting for someone to come open. If his No. 1 priority were avoiding sacks and hits, he might not be the front-runner for MVP and the Packers might not be 9-0.

The big hit by Allen wasn’t anyone’s fault, necessarily. Rodgers never saw him and, even if he did, he might not have been able to avoid him because Rodgers had nowhere to go but forward, out the front of the pocket.

But knowing all that won’t stop the fans from cringing.

“I’m not trying to take any of those hits,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, your goal is to not take any shots that rock you like the one I took there in the third quarter.”

Injury update: McCarthy gave defensive end Mike Neal (knee) a chance to be ready to play on Sunday for the first time this season, though nothing is guaranteed. McCarthy said Neal took a number of team (11-on-11) snaps on Wednesday and continues to progress.

“If he’s ready to play and we feel he gives us what we need, then he will be up on Sunday,” McCarthy said. “But once again, we’re going through this, trying to give him more each day, and see how he responds.”

Running back Ryan Grant missed practice due to a cut on his knee that required stitches, but McCarthy said he expected him to play on Sunday.

Linebacker Frank Zombo (hamstring) also remained sidelined while linebacker Desmond Bishop and guard T.J. Lang both missed practice for personal matters. Bishop tweeted that his grandmother passed away.

Additional coverage - Nov. 16

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