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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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Packers, Cowboys in must-win game for both teams

Posted Dec 10, 2013

Seek calm and help yourself get through the week

Mark from Stewartville, MN

Vic, will the fact the Bears thumped the Cowboys make Dallas a tougher opponent this Sunday?

I think it will. The Cowboys are now a desperate team. They must win. The Packers must win. This will be a game between two teams that must win. It’s perfect.

Trent from Roundup, MT

If Rodgers doesn’t play against Dallas and the Packers lose and the Lions win, do you think Mike McCarthy will just leave Rodgers out for the season so he doesn’t get hurt again?

You’re late, Trent. The train left without you.

Mark from Indianapolis, IN

Vic, I think you need to travel to Indianapolis quickly. This past weekend, at a local Packer Backer function, I watched a man get so upset watching the game that he was actually shaking while he yelled at the TV. It would have been almost funny had it not looked like he might actually die. We had to move to another part of the room because my young son was terrified. This week (if I even go back), I’ll secretly slip him some of your articles. Amazing!

He probably didn’t like one of the play calls. It was probably a run and he wanted a pass, or maybe it was a pass and he wanted a run. It was one or the other.

Viceroy from Seattle, WA

Vic, I am hoping so very much the Packers make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl this year. I cried myself to sleep the past month after each Packers loss. Do you think Rodgers will come back for the playoffs? I believe the Packers are gonna let Flynn win the rest of the games and let Aaron come back for the playoffs and then look out. What do you think?

I think you should go up the Space Needle and enjoy that beautiful view of Puget Sound. The world looks much bigger up there, and it’ll have a calming effect and it’ll help get you through the other six days of the week.

Eric from Marinette, WI

Love the column, Vic. There was talk on the radio this morning about the Bears QB situation, and that a player should not lose his job due to injury. That statement is made by the media all the time, but I don’t agree. Where do you stand on guys losing their position due to injury?

If I was a coach, I would not have that rule. My No. 1 rule would be that all decisions are made in the best interest of the team, not the individuals, and any individuals that don’t buy into that rule need to not be on the team.

Matt from Appleton, WI

As a guy whose mindset also needs to change, I was looking for a silver lining to the lack of hitting and noticed that the Packers are among the top 10 in the league for fewest penalties. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are in the bottom third. Are penalties a necessary evil for hard-hitting defenses, or can you have hard hitting and discipline that minimizes them?

A long time ago, I had a running argument with a reporter friend of mine about teams that got a lot of penalties for being, shall we say, overly aggressive. I would say to my friend, “You have to do those things to win.” He would shake his head in dissent. This went on for a few years until one day he offered a compromise: “You don’t have to do those things to win,” he said, “but teams that win do those things.” I said, “I can live with that.”

Jerry from Wilmington, NC

Vic, what’s the NFL’s policy on removing snow from the field of play? Also, are holders allowed to clear a path for kickers?

You are not permitted to have a convict on a snowplow clear a spot for your kicker to kick a game-winning field goal.

Andy from Sherwood, WI

Vic, can you tell me why the Cowboys offensive line, under Tom Landry, got set, stood up and then got set again prior to the snap? It seems that no other team copied the Cowboys, so I’m wondering if it had any benefit other than looking unique.

It was a timing device during the run-the-ball era, when it was critical that offensive lines come off the ball low, hard and together. That little up-down move was made in unison and was symbolic of the unity required to move the line of scrimmage.


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