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  • 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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There is no one way; it's everybody's way

Posted Dec 4, 2013

Mike Tomlin fined $100,000 for sideline violation

Jeff from Colorado Springs, CO

Vic, Mike Tomlin is the kind of coach that I used to see as having the kind of esteem you talked about. That is until last week’s incident with the Ravens. Did Tomlin lose his opportunity to be one of the greats with that play?

He hurt his image. It’s unfortunate. Esteem matters. Honor matters. They define men and the organizations to which they belong. I can’t imagine Lombardi, Brown, Landry, Noll, Shula or Walsh getting involved in this kind of controversy. I’m not saying they were saints, but they knew where to draw the line. They knew they had to be a cut above to enjoy the esteem required to inspire the players they coached to greatness. Persona can be powerful.

Vaughn from Ottawa, IL

Coach McCarthy said, “We will continue to work our drills of coming to balance, setting leverage, sinking our hips.” Can you explain what these are?

Coming to balance means playing under control. Sinking your hips means assuming the proper hitting position; you want knee benders, not waist benders. Setting or playing with leverage involves everything from sinking your hips and striking the rising blow, to trapping a return man along the sideline with coverage pursuit. Leverage means making the ball go where you want it to go. Leverage pertains to everything in football.

Louie from Temple, TX

Vic, just wondering if you’ve seen Peter King’s MMQB piece on Gene Steratore? How do you feel about the pressures officials are under?

The pressures are unfair and the expectations are unrealistic. I don’t know how these guys do what they do. The rulebook is ridiculously overburdened with interpretation. Steratore is the best. He’s the Tommy Bell and Jim Tunney of our day. I watched him do the Denver at New England game and I couldn’t help but laugh at how cold Bill Belichick looked in his Alice the Goon outfit, while Steratore made it look like it was 80 degrees. He was moving around like he was working up a sweat. Steratore was loose and in full Ed Norton throat as he communicated his explanations on a viciously cold New England night.

Chris from Hillsdale, WI

But the 4-3 can control the line of scrimmage much better, and that is where the battle starts, in the trenches.

The 4-3 controls the line of scrimmage, the 3-4 attacks it. It’s all a matter of what you want to do, but wanting to do it isn’t the same as doing it. Play anything you want, but make sure you have the players that can execute the scheme. If you’re gonna play the 4-3, you need a lot of big guys that can maul and move. If you’re gonna play the 3-4, you need a lot of athletic linebackers that can run and hit.

Casey from Minneapolis, MN

Based on your experience, what would a GM consider a successful draft?

If he has a full complement of picks, and depending on where he is in the order, he’d like his first-round pick to become an elite player, his second- and third-round picks to become long-term starters, another player from rounds 4-7 to eventually develop into a starter, and the rest of his picks to provide depth and play on special teams.

Terry from Fort Knox, KY

Vic, how much does the loss of key staffers to GM positions like John Schneider, Reggie McKenzie and John Dorsey truly impact the scouting capabilities of the Packers?

Success comes at a price. It hurts to lose men of their scouting ability. That’s the way it is in this league. Ron Wolf didn’t fall off a tree that grew in Green Bay. Wolf came off the Raiders tree. He helped identify great players such as Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Jack Tatum, Ken Stabler, Marcus Allen and Howie Long. The Packers capitalized on the Raiders’ success, and then Wolf began growing his own tree in Green Bay. The NFL is an homogenization of men and schemes. There is no one way; it’s everybody’s way.


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