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  • Thu., Apr. 17, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Superior 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:

    Superior: Superior High School. To benefit the National Bank Commerce Spartan Sports Complex. Tickets on sale at Screen Graphics, 1327 Banks Ave., Superior.

  • Fri., Apr. 18, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Rice Lake 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:

    Rice Lake: Barron County Fairgrounds. To benefit Benjamin’s House. Tickets on sale at Marketplace Foods, 330 S. Main St., Rice Lake; and Rainbow Home Center, 1124 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake.

  • 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.

     

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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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Lang's versatility proves valuable

Posted Dec 22, 2011

T.J. Lang had to summon a whole new level of concentration last Sunday in Kansas City.

Shifted from his starting left guard spot to right tackle in the emergency created by injuries to Bryan Bulaga and Derek Sherrod, Lang couldn’t help but feel his head starting to spin a little bit.

He hadn’t played tackle in a game since his rookie season in 2009, but it was his job now. His first snap was a run play and he felt fine. The next snap was a pass play and he could feel his feet getting tangled up a bit, adjusting to his new stance.

As the Packers then punted, Lang went to the sideline and took a deep breath. He realized two things.

First, he had done this before, even if it was two years ago. Second, if he focused too much on the guy across from him rather than on his training and fundamentals, he was never going to clear his head.

“You start thinking, ‘This guy is (lined up) wide, wow, I really have to explode,’ or ‘This guy is tight and he might crash inside,’ stuff like that,” Lang said. “There are a lot of thoughts when you go and play a position you’re not familiar with.

“You just have to calm down, rely on your technique and trust it’s going to work for you.”

The Packers will stick with Lang this week at right tackle against the Bears while Bulaga recovers from his second knee injury this year. Sherrod is on injured reserve with a broken leg, so newly signed Herb Taylor is now the emergency tackle.

The position switch is only adding to Lang’s story this season, which already was about finding a singular focus when necessary.

Last month prior to the Monday night game against the Vikings, Lang found out his father was dealing with a serious illness, yet, Lang played and still hasn’t missed a game.

His ability to compartmentalize has allowed him to become, as Head Coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week, one of the most valuable members on the offensive line, even in the midst of his father’s ongoing battle. That same ability will help him this week as he makes the temporary transition to tackle and draws upon all that he learned and practiced his rookie year.

“It’s like riding a bike,” Offensive Line Coach James Campen said of Lang returning to right tackle. “You have to retain what you’ve done in the past and move forward, and he’s gotten comfortable with that this week, getting all of his reps there.”

Lang said flipping from the left to the right side of the line is actually harder than moving from guard to tackle because of the footwork involved, but he had to do that back in ’09, too.

His first game action as a rookie was at left tackle as an injury substitute for Chad Clifton. Then, after playing parts of five games there, including two starts, he was suddenly needed at right tackle in place of Mark Tauscher and started one game there. All this after he worked most of his rookie preseason at left guard, the starting spot he finally won this year in training camp.

“He knows what he’s doing,” McCarthy said. “The cross-training in the earlier years, this is the product of it. When you get in these types of situations, you have players that can make the transition. Having a full week of practice preparing on the right side, I feel confident T.J. will be ready to go.”

While Lang didn’t have to deal last week with Kansas City’s premier pass-rusher, Tamba Hali, he may very well have to go one-on-one with Chicago’s Julius Peppers at some point Sunday night. Peppers leads the Bears with 10 sacks.

The Bears like to move Peppers around, lining him up on either side to keep offenses adjusting. Lang said facing an elite rusher places an even higher premium on fundamentals, everything from his pass-set to his balance to his hands, plus any helpful tricks that he has recalled this week.

“It’s just getting the technique back and remembering some little things I used to be good at,” Lang said.

Lang’s replacement at left guard will be Evan Dietrich-Smith, who started two games at right guard this season in Josh Sitton’s place.

Constantly adjusting the offensive line at this stage of the season isn’t ideal for the Packers, but it’s simply the reality they’re faced with until Bulaga comes back and, hopefully, no one else goes down.

Either way, the goal is to get Green Bay’s high-powered attack back on track heading into the postseason, no matter the adjustments being made up front.

“Especially on the offensive line, that’s something we take pride in is if you have to fill in, we don’t want to change up the whole game plan,” Lang said. “We expect things to be the same. We’re trusting in the game plan.”

Just as the Packers are trusting in Lang.

Injury update: McCarthy said on Thursday that inside linebacker Desmond Bishop was “close” to being a full participant in practice, and it appears he’s on track to play for the first time since injuring his calf in Detroit on Thanksgiving.

“I’ve made a big jump,” Bishop said. “Last week I was a little sore, still felt it a little bit. This week I’ve opened up, made some cuts, and did everything pain-free, so I’m feeling good.”

Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett (concussion) took part in meetings on Thursday, McCarthy said, but still has not been cleared to practice.

That position group took another hit when Howard Green was added to the injury report with a foot injury. Green was a limited participant and McCarthy said the medical staff is “just being cautious with him.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 22

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