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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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Susie can't go; Sam is on his way to the playoffs

Posted Jan 2, 2014

Give me the ball first and give me the ball last


Lou from Madison, WI

Vic, I am going to my first Packers game on Sunday and I’m really looking forward to a great game. I’ve been collecting all kinds of winter gear and getting advice on what to wear and bring. Do you have any advice on the best things to bring?

Sixteen years in Florida softened me forever. I came here without a winter coat. I have a hat, gloves and boots now. I am in awe of the players’ performance in this kind of weather, and I am in awe of the fans’ ability to sit out in it. You are my strength. You’ll have my respect and admiration on Sunday as I sip on my coffee in the climate-controlled press box. Go get ’em.

Sam from Green Bay, WI

I’ll gladly go to the game if you give me two tickets. Following the holidays, it’s just tough to financially afford to go to a playoff game. The cold doesn’t turn me away, the prices do.

Susie has a sinus infection (snicker, snicker). You’re the first. They’re yours.

Matthew from Boulder City, NV

Who do you think is the team to beat in the playoffs?

It’s always the top-seeded team in each conference. All they have to do is win and the next time they’ll get on a plane will be to go to the Super Bowl. Seattle and Denver are the teams to beat.

Scott from Sauk City, WI

Vic, as you pointed out in your column a couple of days ago, the Packers have received no shortage of small miracles to be alive and playing January football. If you had to pick one, which moment or storyline shocked and amazed you the most? Rodgers missing half a season and still winning the division? Pittsburgh’s 97-yard TD drive? Baltimore’s 61-yard FG? Epic comeback in Dallas? Play 48? Something else?

I’ve got special memories of each of them, but the one that really hits home for me is the Lions’ loss in Pittsburgh. I was in the MetLife Stadium press box watching the Lions-Steelers game. The Lions were about to try a short field goal that looked like it would be a game-clincher. That’s when it hit me that I was about to lose my December friend. I felt an abject sense of despair come over me. Then the Lions tried that goofy fake field goal, which backfired on them. I remember thinking to myself, “There’s hope. Come on, Roethlisberger.” Ninety-seven yards later the Steelers were in the lead and the Packers had life. Since then, everything has fallen in the Packers’ favor. That’s what I’ll remember.

Tom from Birmingham, MI

Vic, you said you beat the 49ers by having the ball last and needing a score to win. At first I wasn’t sure if you meant you wanted the Packers to have the ball last or the 49ers to have the ball last. Then I decided you meant either way, because you believe the Packers can do it and the 49ers can’t. Yes?

It would be OK for the Packers to have the ball last and have a one-score lead, too. That would work, but I was suggesting that I would be fine with the ball in Aaron Rodgers’ hands with two minutes to play and the Packers needing a score, any kind of score, to win the game. I was reaffirming my confidence in Rodgers and my belief that this will be a close game. That’s what I was trying to say. The Packers win with offense. Just give me the ball last with a chance to win. I’ll take it.

Steve from Marshfield, WI

It’s 3:30 on Sunday and the temperature is minus five degrees. You are the Packers coach and you win the toss. Do you elect to play offense or defense first?

I take the ball. I want my offense to go 80 yards in 14 plays and eight minutes, and I want the 49ers offense sitting on the sideline getting cold. That’s the tone I want to set for this game.

Michael from Cali, Colombia

Vic, you expect the season to continue? Way to temper those expectations. This is what I expect: one heck of a football game played in the cold, watching the human confrontation between the teams and weather. The team that wins the confrontation with the cold will win the game.

It’s win-or-else time. There are no tempering expectations now. There’s only one expectation, to win. I’m not a 12-4, 13-3, 10-6 kind of guy. What does it matter? Just get into the playoffs. I’m a 3-0, 4-0 kind of guy when it comes to the postseason, because only something and -0 works. You gotta win ’em all now. It has to be the expectation because there’s no tolerance for anything less.

Bobby from Joplin, MO

Vic, do the same blackout restrictions apply for postseason games?

Yes.

 

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