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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/



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.


McCarthy shortens practice

Posted Aug 29, 2011

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy cut Monday’s practice 25 minutes short, as he readies his team for a short-week, preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers sat out Monday’s practice as a precautionary measure as he deals with a foot strain. McCarthy said Rodgers’ foot “flared up on him this morning,” but he did not rule Rodgers out of playing on Thursday. Under McCarthy, the starters have generally played no more than one or two series in the final preseason game.

“Just being cautious,” McCarthy said of why he held Rodgers out of practice. “If it was up to him, he would have practiced today. I’m just being smart with him.”

When a pair of rookies, tight end Ryan Taylor (hip flexor) and receiver Randall Cobb (knee), bowed out midway through practice on Monday, McCarthy decided the smart play was to cancel the final two periods of the workout. The practice ended up lasting only one hour and 35 minutes, the only full-pads workout in camp that hasn’t approached or surpassed two hours.

“I’m really concerned about where we are just physically as a team,” McCarthy said. “I think our team is beat up right now.”

At the skill positions on offense, that’s definitely true. In addition to Taylor and Cobb, the offense also was without receivers Jordy Nelson (knee) and James Jones (knee) and tight end Jermichael Finley (ankle). McCarthy said Jones’ knee trouble is a recurrence of the issue he had in 2008 that had him in and out of the lineup all season, missing six games total.

“These are not major injuries,” McCarthy added. “I don’t see any of these players being out for an extended period of time.”

That said, McCarthy took into consideration the fact that the team is on a short, six-day week to get ready for Kansas City, with the regular-season opener against New Orleans just seven days after that.

That’s a quick turnaround as the team makes its final roster decisions this weekend and begins final preparations for the Saints, so McCarthy saw no point in pushing the players physically in what was the final full-pads practice of camp. The players will practice in helmets on Tuesday.

“We don’t have the extra couple days to get guys ready for our opening game,” McCarthy said. “You just have to trust your instincts. I think we’ve kind of hit the wall, and we have a game to play here. It’s an important game for a lot of young players in our locker room, and I want to make sure that I give them every chance to get ready for that contest to win a job on our football team.”

The good news on the injury front was that defensive end C.J. Wilson returned to practice on Monday from the concussion that had sidelined him since the Arizona game on Aug. 19. Safety Nick Collins (back) and cornerback Josh Gordy (shoulder) returned to practice on Monday after missing just one day.

Also, rookie cornerback Davon House looked as close to being back to full strength from his earlier hamstring injury as he has since returning to practice last week. He broke up a deep pass to the end zone intended for Greg Jennings and got a deflection on a slant route that resulted in an interception for rookie defensive end Eli Joseph. Jennings got a little revenge, though, beating House deep later in practice for a long reception.

To help prepare all the young players for their final preseason showing, McCarthy changed things up in practice a bit as well. Rather than have the starting units work against scout-team looks, he had the starters running scout-team looks against the second and third units on both sides of the ball.

Safety Morgan Burnett was especially active, ripping a reception away from rookie tight end D.J. Williams for an interception and snagging another pick on an overthrown ball intended for tight end Tom Crabtree. Earlier, Burnett almost had another interception when he jumped a short hook route.

Burnett’s starting job doesn’t appear in jeopardy, but he did make a costly error in Indianapolis last Friday when he charged ahead to guard the wrong receiver as cornerback Sam Shields was passing off receiver Reggie Wayne to him. Wayne caught a 57-yard touchdown pass all alone down the sideline.

“If it’s going to happen, you want those types of plays to happen in the preseason,” McCarthy said. “The safeties all can learn from that particular play.”

That was one of two big plays the defense allowed in an otherwise solid effort against the Colts, while the offense produced a lot of yardage but was bogged down by sacks and left some points on the field.

Eliminating those occasional hiccups is what McCarthy is focused on as camp concludes and the opener rapidly approaches.

“You don’t get to throw out two plays on defense, and you can’t throw out the negative plays on offense and one or two plays on special teams,” McCarthy said. “That’s the gap that we need to close before the regular season gets here.”

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