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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • 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

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Packers wanted ‘transition opportunity’ at end of first half

Posted Jan 6, 2014

“Ask Vic Extra!” bids farewell for the offseason


Rick from Blaine, MN

I was not ready for the season to end yesterday. I really thought that this was going to be a win for the home team. Normally, I would have been really upset (to put it nicely) after the game, but reading your column for the past three years really changed me. I watched a great football game yesterday. I wish it would’ve turned out differently, but it was still a great game.

Those are my exact sentiments. I genuinely believed the Packers would win this game. Again, Colin Kaepernick surprised me. He continues to play at a level higher than I expect of him. In this case, he surprised me with his complete disregard for the conditions. He played as though it was a 70-degree day. At crunch time on the final drive, he appeared to have as much energy as he did on the first drive of the game.

Chris from Minneapolis, MN

Why didn’t McCarthy take a time out on third-and-short with 18 seconds left in the first half? We settled for a field goal but had time to run at least two more plays. That could’ve cost us four points.

When asked that question after the game, Coach McCarthy said: “It’s called a transition opportunity. The benefit is definitely to the offense there.” In other words, following the 11-yard completion to James Jones that put the ball on the 17-yard line, Coach McCarthy had a hurry-up play in mind he felt would take advantage of possible unsettledness in the 49ers defense. If it works, you’re a genius. If it doesn’t work, everybody wants to know why you didn’t call a time out. It didn’t work.

Bill from Louisville, TN

Why hasn’t anyone bothered to thank or even acknowledge the fans that sat through the entire game in such brutally cold conditions?

They don’t need to be thanked because even on a day as frigid as yesterday, Packers fans wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. They don’t try harder, they care more. What I will do is acknowledge their toughness and their passion for Packers football. I had to get gas for my car this morning and I nearly froze at the pump. Seriously, the wind started to blow, my eyes began to water, my head began to ache and I struggled to get back into the car. I don’t know how the players were able to do what they did and I am in awe of how the fans sat in Lambeau Field on Sunday night until the final frigid seconds of the game ticked off the clock. Packers fans are the foundation on which this franchise is built. I wish I was as tough as they are.

Tommy from Columbus, OH

Vic, why were we calling time outs at the end of the game? Seems like it just let the 49ers run more plays and get a better FG try.

The Packers began the drive with two time outs (it should be times out but I’ll surrender to pop culture) remaining. They used them to try to preserve time for their offense to counter with a score, but the defense couldn’t get a stop. In a perfect world, the Packers would’ve used one or both of those time outs in conjunction with the two-minute warning, to get the ball back with plenty of time to move down the field for a field goal, but they couldn’t get a stop. They still had both time outs remaining when Kaepernick scrambled for 11 yards on third-and-8 with 1:13 to play. If they could’ve tackled Kaepernick short of the first down, the Packers could’ve used one of those time outs there. They then spent time outs after runs by Frank Gore on first and second down, which would’ve left them with 25-30 seconds following a Phil Dawson field goal, but the 49ers converted third-and-three and that meant the 49ers would have the walk-off try they wanted.

Evan from Costa Mesa, CA

Kaepernick is a perfect example of players, not plays. At the end of the day, you can’t expect a 3-4 defense that is as depleted at LB as Green Bay’s to consistently defend one of the most athletic men on Earth. The only way to beat him is to match him up with men of similar talent and skill.

You’re right. He overmatched defenders in the open field. You might remember that the Packers tried to address that problem in last spring’s draft. It was a major reason for drafting Datone Jones in the first round. The Packers believed Jones is the kind of athletic big guy you need to be able to win in space against running quarterbacks such as Kaepernick. It didn’t happen for Jones as a rookie. The belief is that with time and development, it will. With that I’ll thank “Ask Vic Extra!” readers for their readership this season. It was added in the preseason to the “Ask Vic” daily regimen. “Extra!” will go away now that the season has ended, but “Ask Vic” will remain a daily staple of packers.com.


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