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  • 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.

     
  • 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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How about tied with Bears for Thanksgiving?

Posted Nov 5, 2012

Gary from Puyallup, WA

I just checked on Amazon.com and the 1959 movie “-30-” is available on DVD. They have seven copies available. Christmas is approaching; maybe you drop a hint with your wife?

Just seeing it in print takes me back to a day that ended for me a long time ago. They were good days. They were days of honest and responsible newspaper reporting. You had one shot to get it right. If you made a mistake, it was in print to haunt you forever. Times have changed.

Roger from Indianapolis, IN

The running game against Arizona was much improved, only one sack allowed by the offensive line, one penalty for five yards, but Rodgers is under 50 percent and threw for only 218 yards. A win, yes, but it seems like it was a fairly silent 31 points, given all the other favorable factors. Your thoughts?

It wasn’t a silent 31 points. It was a different kind of 31 points. It was a big-play kind of 31 points. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t on his game. He volunteered that opinion following the game. It was so refreshing to hear a professional athlete practice introspection. It was so refreshing to have someone look me in the eye and tell me the truth, instead of all that mumbo jumbo about just wanting to contribute. For me, Rodgers’ postgame press conference on Sunday was a happy event. It told me he cared enough about the fans’ investment in the game and the media’s ability to convey his words, that he would dare express what he was thinking and feeling. It’s proof the system works.

Peter from Guettenbach, Austria

The regular season is halfway through. What are your thoughts on the rookies’ development?

They’re ahead of schedule. As I’ve said before, when I wrote that editorial prior to the start of the season, that asked fans to be patient with the progress of the defense because it was going to depend on the progress of several rookies, I didn’t expect the defense to be this good this early in the season. Anybody that thinks Dom Capers has lost anything off his fastball doesn’t have a clue what this game is about.

Gary from Davenport, IA

Vic, Jay Cutler commented on the number of Bears fans at Tennessee and said, “We have the best fans in the world.” Comments like that make me chuckle.

I’ve never covered a team whose owner, coach or players didn’t say they had the best fans in the world. Like the Joe Namath finger that signifies “We’re No. 1,” and which everybody seems to thrust into the air following the most minor of accomplishments, the “We have the best fans in the world” mantra is horribly overused and meaningless, except as it pertains to Packers fans, of course. I think everybody knows Packers fans truly are the best fans in the world. All other fans are merely attempting to imitate the greatness of Packers fans. That’s what Bears fans were doing in Nashville and Steelers fans were doing in New York on Sunday. They’re wannabes.

Davy from Chetek, WI

I wonder why people weren't calling for James Jones to be traded at the deadline like they were during training camp. I mean, he only has eight touchdowns, and the Packers’ problem with drops has to be his fault, even if he hasn't actually been credited with a single one.

I hate sarcasm.

Brandon from Yucca Valley, CA

After that win yesterday, I think the whole world knows who Randall Cobb is. He is by far the most versatile player on the team. But after that hit he received, it scared me to still have him on special teams, even though he is a great return man. I remember they took Nelson off punt return after he became more of a weapon on offense. It would devastate me if we would lose Cobb to a punt or kick return. Your thoughts?

It would be just as devastating to the Packers’ return game if they lost Cobb to injury while playing offense. My thoughts are that Cobb has become the Packers’ most explosive offensive weapon. To limit his usage would be to limit the Packers’ production. Football careers tend to be short. Get all you can out of a guy for as long as you can, then go find another one. I had a coach who liked to say, “What are you saving it for, the prom?” Frankly, I think there are more ways the Packers can and will use Cobb.

Chris from Voorhout, Netherlands

I'm already looking ahead to the next matchup vs. Detroit. Is it fair to say that with two divisional losses already it’s a must-win game for the Lions, and will that alter the approach of both teams to the match?

No time off for the bye? You want to dive right in on the next one? OK, let’s do it. Forget about what it means to the Lions. Let’s talk about what it means to the Packers. Is it a must-win to make it into the playoffs? No. Is it a must-win to win the division title? Possibly.

Josh from La Crosse, WI

I get that players want to play and battle through injuries, but after what happened to Greg Jennings, why did the coaching staff let Jordy suit up?

He was healthy and able to play. When players are healthy and able to play, they play. That’s what they get paid to do. I think the combination of fantasy football and the commissioner’s obsession for addressing player safety, a mania for injuries has been created. I think we need to rediscover a fundamental fact of this game: It’s football. You WILL get hurt.

Dee from Hayward, WI

What happens during the bye week? What happens with players and do coaches take a break?

Corrections will be made today and then the players will blow out of here like the start of the Indy 500. Everybody needs a break; this is theirs. Coaches will linger longer. They’ll do reviews and analyses, and then they’ll blow out of here, too, to visit family and give attention to those things in their lives that have been neglected.

Claus from Brondby, Denmark

Vic, there were several controversial calls in last night’s game in New York, including two bogus pass interference calls and a couple of hitting too hards. I get sad watching that and I feel I am not alone. How can we change this?

It can’t be changed, only tolerated. I was watching the Steelers-Giants game as I was doing my stories yesterday. I saw the head-to-head call in the end zone that gave the Giants a touchdown, and I saw the replay that showed the defender never even got close to the receiver’s head. I saw the PI gifts, and what saddened me the most is that it’s gotten to the point that this stuff doesn’t even resonate with me anymore. I’ve come to expect it. If you want to talk about getting sad, then let’s talk about the Packers’ first touchdown on Sunday, the quick-slant pass to Randall Cobb. I saw at least one Cardinals defender ole the play. I got the feeling he was too afraid of a fine to do the only thing he could do to prevent the touchdown, which is to say strike Cobb violently and force him to drop the ball. Something inside me died on that play.

Boon from Stockton, CA

In all your years of covering football, who had the best coach/quarterback relationship?

I’ve covered three prominent coach-QB relationships: Noll-Bradshaw, Coughlin-Brunell and McCarthy-Rodgers. If by best you mean most productive, then I think Noll-Bradshaw has to get the nod for having won four Super Bowl titles in six years. If you’re talking about the most communicative and supportive relationship of the three, then McCarthy-Rodgers gets the nod. The other two had their moments of stress. I don’t get any sense of that with McCarthy-Rodgers.

John from Grayslake, IL

Coaches talk about doing self-scouting during their bye weeks. What exactly do they look at when they do self-scouting?

They study the performances of their players and themselves over the first nine games of the season, and they decide to what degree their players have reached their targets.

Joe from Framlingham, UK

Vic, obviously this was an extremely encouraging win in all phases of the game, not to mention the perfect time to have a bye week. The Packers and Bears are both rolling. The Vikings are having a surprising season and the Lions are getting on track. Will the Packers catch the Bears? Will Minnesota and Detroit make strong pushes? The real NFL season is about to begin.

I heard a little bell ring on Sunday. In Detroit, it’ll be a siren. Will the Packers catch the Bears? The answer to that question, in my opinion, will come over the next two weeks. The Bears host Houston and then travel to San Francisco for a Monday night game. Should the Packers win in Detroit, it’s conceivable that we’ll all sit down to Thanksgiving dinner with the Packers tied for the division lead. I also expect the Vikings and Lions to make strong pushes.

Tony from Truckee, CA

Sorry, but I am greedy. Just win is OK for Vic but, as a football fan, I like to see consistency in an offense. We are too far into the season to blame it on execution. Losing our offensive coordinator is definitely showing up in our game.

I’m so glad I’m not like you. I like the drama. I like the unpredictability. I like crunch time and guys that get it done when it counts. I like teams that veer off course and still hit the target. Last year’s team turned in the most consistent performance I have ever covered. What good was it? This year’s team has been up and down, and that’s good because it lets me know they have a higher gear left in them, and the best time to hit that higher gear is in December. That’s what wins championships, and that’s what matters.

Nick from Menomonie, WI

What is your opinion on the Redskins’ throwbacks?

Dull. I can’t believe they haven’t used their old feather and quill helmet of the 1960s. It might be the coolest helmet I have ever seen.

Alex from Omaha, NE

Please explain to me why Jarret Bush's punt recovery wasn't a touchdown.

You can’t advance a muff.

Andy from High Wycombe, UK

Vic, it looked like the running game made good yardage this week. What made the difference?

Different opponent, different day. Humans are naturally unpredictable.

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