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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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Ricky Zeller

Ricky Zeller is a contributing writer for packers.com. He has covered the NFL for several publications.

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Goode knows he must be flawless

Posted Aug 21, 2011

His view of an NFL game while on the field is primarily backwards and upside down. His family tunes in from Arkansas to watch his typical 8-14 plays each week, then tell him all they were able to see was his backside.

Brett Goode will never complain. Such is life for a long-snapper, an unappreciated task and, perhaps, the game’s most specialized skill. His performances are graded by fractions of seconds. A good punt goes from his hands to off the punter’s foot in 2.05 seconds, though they aim for better. A field-goal snap should be fired back by Goode and then held firm and sent sailing toward the uprights in a total of 1.3 seconds.

A grizzled NFL special teams coach once said that when a team is without a skilled long-snapper, it’s like a confidence-killing virus. It spreads from the special teams to the offense to the defense and eventually to the fans. When people in the stadium and at home see snaps flying over the kicker’s head on an extra point, they think a team can’t get anything right.

“We’re held accountable for being perfect, and I never lose sight of that,” Goode said. “It used to be that guys who long-snapped played other positions, then they wanted it to be perfect every time. Teams have chosen to make this position possible, and all eyes are on us. I don’t get a lot of glory, and I don’t need it, but I know I’m doing my part.”

Goode joined the Packers on the eve of the 2008 opener after pouring concrete for most of the previous year for his father’s construction business in Fort Smith, Ark. He had spent the majority of that summer with the Jaguars, but was released prior to training camp. Goode originally signed with Jacksonville in ’07 as an undrafted rookie, but was waived in August. To stay sharp, he would snap into a net and work out on his own following framing and pouring concrete.

His chance came in Green Bay after long-snapper J.J. Jansen suffered a knee injury in the preseason finale. Goode, who got the call from the Packers while working on a driveway, arrived three days later and has been nearly flawless since.

“He’s what you want a long snapper to be, and that’s someone you never have to talk about,” said special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum. “He’s steady, he has velocity, and he’s getting stronger.”

Last year during the regular season, Goode had 145 snaps – 71 punts, 46 PATs and 38 field goals – and wasn’t graded negatively once. Goode, who signed a two-year contract extension near the end of 2010, continues to polish his skills. Nothing is left to chance.

“He works on his technique and being more efficient, and I put a clock to it,” Slocum said. “He’s also gotten stronger to put more speed on the snap. On a punt, the snap should be three-fourths of a second to the punter, and the punter should have the ball away in 1.24 seconds. You hit the benchmark at 1.99 seconds. That’s where we want to be.”

The work put in to reach those times makes for a unique practice schedule for Goode, punter Tim Masthay and kicker Mason Crosby, and a lonely existence. While the rest of the team is working on the game plan, the threesome is drilling the same three motions: snap, hold, kick.

“Building camaraderie is the biggest thing,” Goode said. “We spend so much time away from the team that we can be in our own little world. For us, practice is about focusing on our craft and trying to be perfect. We’re rarely seen, we do our jobs under the radar, and that’s the way we want it to be.”

Goode is also pretty solid in coverage. He had five tackles in 2010, including one on Chicago’s Devin Hester in the finale. Goode also has to get his head up and on a swivel quickly after firing the ball behind him to block; however, pressure or doubt has never entered the equation when he is at the line of scrimmage. He has been a long-snapper since high school. He walked on at the University of Arkansas and appeared in 49 games, snapping for punts all four seasons and for all kick placements his final three years.

“It’s like shooting free throws or putting in golf – the pressure is there, but you want it to be there,” Goode said. “You can’t think about it. It’s your job, and you’ve worked to make it exactly right, so you trust it. Blocking is one of the things that make it fun, because if someone comes up the middle untouched, no matter how good the snap is, the kick is going to get blocked. So that’s one of the challenges.”

The combination of confidence and skill at the position are rare, and it can make for a long NFL career. Teams tend to hang on to a long-snapper who is consistent. The best long-snapper in Packers’ history, current Director of Player Development Rob Davis, played in 167 straight games before retiring in 2008.

“It’s an opportunity I respect, and these jobs are few and far between,” Goode said. “There aren’t that many guys who can do it, but there are only 32 jobs. I can’t run like Greg Jennings or Donald Driver, or throw the ball like Aaron (Rodgers). This is something I can do to help the team. There’s an art to it.”

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