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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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Packers focused on little picture

Posted Dec 1, 2011

As the questions about a possible 16-0 season have inevitably crept into the Packers’ locker room this week, the team has devised a rather constructive – without being dismissive – way of answering them.

It’s not the goal, at least not yet.

Other more immediate accomplishments are on the horizon, namely winning the NFC North title for the first time in four years and then securing the conference’s No. 1 seed, with the first-round bye and home-field advantage that go with it.

Those are the targets the Packers are focused on right now because, as unavoidable as the 16-0 topic is, it’s impossible to reach 16-0 this week or next week or the week after. The approach is another spin on the “one game at a time” mantra within which “one game” can mean more than just one win at this stage of the season.

“I’ve laid out the goals time and time again from the first day we came together in training camp,” Head Coach Mike McCarthy said, “and it hasn’t changed.”

As usual, quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on the same page.

“It’s not about not talking about it,” Rodgers said of going undefeated. “Right now we have other goals. We’re trying to wrap up the division, get a home playoff game secured, and if we’re fortunate enough to be sitting at 14 or 15-0, then we’ll talk about it a little bit.”

They could be talking about it sooner than they think.

Even though five regular-season games remain, it’s possible the Packers could be NFC North champs by the time their charter plane returns to Green Bay on Sunday night.

If the Packers beat the Giants and the Lions lose to the Saints in Sunday’s prime-time game, the division is clinched. The Packers can even clinch the division with a loss to the Giants, provided both the Lions and the Bears lose on Sunday. Chicago hosts Kansas City in an early game.

As for the NFC’s No. 1 seed and homefield advantage, several teams mathematically still have a shot at it, but the closest pursuers are the 49ers, who are 9-2, and the Saints at 8-3.

Heading into this week’s games, any combination of Green Bay wins and San Francisco losses totaling four will assure the Packers a higher playoff seed than the 49ers. Regarding the Saints, the total of Green Bay wins and New Orleans losses need be just two, because the Packers own the head-to-head tiebreaker from the season-opener.

That’s really all there is to the playoff scenarios for the 11-0 Packers at the moment, but it’s enough to keep everyone’s attention where it should be.

“Talking about 16 is very immature and premature,” receiver Greg Jennings said. “We’re not going to overlook one team thinking about going 16-0.”

The Packers haven’t even given much thought to the fact that they’ve won 17 games in a row now, a streak that’s longer than a full regular season. It began with the Week 16 matchup against the Giants last year.

Center Scott Wells said he “honestly” doesn’t think about it. Rodgers recalled that his junior varsity high school team went 10-0 and he was on a seventh-grade basketball team that won somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 straight, but his recollections were off the cuff.

This week, the Packers have been more interested in rejuvenation than reflection after receiving four days off following the Thanksgiving win. Getting that kind of break nearly three-fourths of the way through the regular-season grind is rare but beneficial.

“I’d like to think our football team has fresh legs,” said McCarthy, who also switched the team this week to its winter schedule, with practice and meetings shortened a bit. “Anytime you give your team three or four days off, that’s a huge bonus, especially in December.”

With only five players on the injury report, McCarthy likes the overall health of his team heading into the stretch run.

He must also like its mentality, no matter the amount of curiosity surrounding how long the current “run” will continue.

“I think we’re embracing it and we’re not shying away from it,” linebacker Clay Matthews said. “We’ve been able to stay undefeated for a while now, but we have to get to 12-0 to get to …

“We understand the big picture here.”

Additional coverage - Dec. 1

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