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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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The best team will win on Sunday

Posted Dec 31, 2013

Kissing in the cold could be problematic

Tim from Rosario, Argentina

Vic, I love that packers.com put up the video of Cobb’s winning TD on the site. I really like two parts of the video: 1.) After the TD it shows Cutler on the bench. Appears his teammate is looking at him for reassurance Bears can win; there is no reassurance on his face. 2.) At the end of video, Larry says, “The Bears are shell-shocked; it is breaking my heart.”

No chortling! Remember the golden rule: Chortle unto others as you would have them chortle unto you.

Tim from Westport, CT

Hey, Vic, long-time 49ers fan who enjoys the history between these teams and reading your columns. I must say, I was surprised by your prediction of a GB win this Sunday. You’re usually more guarded, and I think you are suffering from a desire to beat the Niners after the defeats of the past two years. Don’t underestimate our ability to harass Aaron Rodgers and pound the rock, even if it’s freezing. Also, our special teams are playing lights out. Good luck and may the best team win!

I’m sure it will.

Mark from Wausau, WI

Has Colin Kaepernick ever played in single-digit cold or snow before?

I don’t know, but he might think twice about kissing his bicep on Sunday. His lips might stick to his arm.

Kyle from Richfield, MN

Vic, there is a lot of talk this morning on reseeding the playoffs. I don’t understand the hysteria over it. Where is this argument coming from? Wouldn’t it make divisions meaningless? How is that good for football?

It’s not good for football, it’s good for all of the crybabies that go through this ritual every time a wild-card team with a good record has to play on the road against a team with an average record. Remember New Orleans at Seattle? The crybabies want life to be fair. What a joke. Vic to crybabies: Deal with it!

Todd from Carson City, NV

I never saw Elroy Hirsch play, but I think of him whenever James “Crazy Legs” Starks carries the ball; giant strides in a jumble of knees and elbows. He is fun to watch.

Sometimes I think his legs are going to leave without his body.

Pat from Altoona, WI

Vic, have you had any more dreams since Sunday’s win over the Bears?

I haven’t had any dreams because I can’t sleep more than 10 minutes without being awakened by the sound of my roof making loud cracking noises due to the cold. I’ve never experienced this kind of sustained cold. Fortunately, the press box is a climate-controlled environment. I hope it doesn’t get too stuffy in there this Sunday.

Kevin from Minneapolis, MN

Vic, I love you and your column, but I’m calling (baloney) here. When everyone questioned Coach McCarthy going for two a few weeks ago, you defended it and said every coach in the league would have done the same (not true). This week, a reader suggests not going for two against the Bears (in virtually the same situation score and time wise) was the right move and you also agree that McCarthy made the right move. Which is it?

They’re completely different. The Packers trailed by 16 when they began their fourth-quarter charge against the Vikings. They needed to score a lot of points and two touchdowns and two two-point conversions seemed to be their best chance at sending the game into overtime. Let’s not forget that Matt Flynn was in his first game action since rejoining the Packers, and I think you would agree that the Packers defense was struggling to stop the Vikings; there was no reason to expect the Packers defense to get two three-and-outs and one five-and-out, which is what happened. This past Sunday, both teams were racing up and down the field. A one- or two-point difference was not the big deal an eight- or 10-point difference was in the Vikings game. I stand by what I wrote on both accounts. A one-point conversion guaranteed the Packers would stay within one score of the Bears; a one-point conversion against the Vikings meant the Packers would have to score twice.

Robert from Racine, WI

After the game, Rodgers was interviewed by a lady. One of her comments to him was that some “questioned your toughness.” Where was she coming from to ask such a question?

Maybe she got it from my inbox.


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