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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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Who are the teams that can get hot?

Posted Dec 4, 2012

Snow in early forecast for the Packers' game against the Detroit Lions

Darryl from St. Louis, MO

Vic, last week you made a comment that really struck a chord with me. You said the Lombardi Trophy doesn’t go to the best team in football. It goes to the team that wins the biggest game. The last few years have taught us that it's all about going into the playoffs on a roll. Your comment has freed me from the obsessive-compulsive way of thinking that was robbing me of all enjoyment for this game. I now see that anything is possible.

I don’t like the teams that start fast early in the season. They don’t grow. They tend to run out of gears late in the season. I thought last year’s Packers team ran out of gears late in the season, whereas the 2010 team was in full shifting mode when the playoffs arrived. This year’s team has that same look. It needs to overcome a few problems, injuries being the No. 1 problem, but if that happens, look out.

Greg from Bellevue, WA

What's your take on the state of the Lions right now? Three straight home losses, playoff hopes dashed, coach calling out the players. Seems like a dangerous game for the Packers.

You’re describing an angry team and angry teams can be dangerous. That’s why it’s very important to do something early in the game to break their spirit. That’s the flip side of the emotional state of a team that’s angry because it’s out of playoff contention. Those kinds of teams will shut it down if you hit them early, because they don’t have hope in their tank. Don’t let an angry team hang around. Don’t become their Super Bowl.

Brian from Dothan, AL

Vic, I was just re-watching the Vikings game on DVR and noticed that with one minute left in the third quarter, on a 23-yard run, Adrian Peterson lowers his shoulder and head to deliver a blow to Morgan Burnett. Peterson's helmet clearly hits Morgan's. Since the league is trying to prevent concussions, do you think he'll be fined for initiating helmet-to-helmet contact?

It’s OK to hit a defensive player in the head, or even stiff-arm him in the face. You can hit him on the knees, too.

Brian from Port Washington, WI

I was wondering what you thought of Morgan Burnett’s performance this week?

Morgan Burnett’s performance? You’re asking me what I think of Morgan Burnett’s performance? He had seven tackles, one tackle for a loss, three passes-defensed and two interceptions that changed the game and you ask me what I think of Morgan Burnett’s performance?

Hansen from Whitewater, WI

What do you think of Northern Illinois being selected to the Orange Bowl as a team from a non-AQ conference, with a loss, also, and being selected over teams from BCS conferences that had great seasons, such as Oklahoma and Georgia?

I think it’s another example of the need for a playoffs system in college football.

Rae from Marquette, MI

I thought Buck's comment that the Packers offensive line was bad was uncalled for. Did he ever block anybody in the NFL? Your thoughts.

So, if you have to have played the game to comment on the game, shouldn’t you have to have been trained to work in the media to join the media?

Alex from Long Beach, CA

Vic, in a 16-game season, six games are played against divisional opponents. Four are played against an entire AFC division (this year we played the AFC South). Another four games are played against an NFC division (this year we played the NFC West). That’s 14 games. How does the league schedule those last two games? This year it was the Giants and Saints for the Packers.

The remaining two games are played against teams in the other two divisions in a team’s conference, and those opponents are determined by where they finish in the previous year’s standings. First-place teams play first-place teams, and so on and so forth. The Packers, Giants and Saints all finished in first place in their respective divisions last year.

Ben from Columbus, WI

Are the Lions playing for pride on Sunday night?

They’re playing for their jobs. They’re playing for their livelihood and reputations as professional football players. They don’t go back to the dorm when the game is over. Professional football players go back to the real world. They play for the tape because the tape announces to everyone in their world what kind of player they are and what their value is.

Andrew from Rockford, IL

Do you think it’s necessary to get a young running back in the draft?

I would consider it a need. I think you always need to deepen your stable of backs, for the simple reason that it’s a position that tends to sustain injuries, for the obvious reason that everybody is trying to hit the guy with the ball.

Jason from Summerville, SC

Do you think our offensive line, running back position or lack of tackling is the Packers’ biggest concern to win games?

Every team has concerns about its tackling and the lack of depth on its offensive line. I think the Packers’ biggest concern is finding and settling on a hot running back.

Justin from Christchurch, New Zealand

You like to watch, so which team (Packers aside) catches your eye?

In the AFC, the Patriots are peaking. They’re No. 1 on offense and they have a strong run-pass balance. They stop the run on defense. The next gear for them is stopping the pass. I like Denver because they have a No. 3 defense that stops the run, the pass and rushes the passer. I think the Broncos have the best overall defense in the league. Houston is for real. One more team in the AFC interests me: the Steelers. This is a rebuilding year on defense for them, but the young guys in the secondary are jumping up and the Steelers are No. 1 in both overall defense and pass defense. If they get Roethlisberger back healthy, they could get hot. In the NFC, the two power teams have been up and down recently. I’m not sure what to think about the Giants and 49ers. The Falcons have the best record but their numbers aren’t impressive. Frankly, I’m not sure the NFC is as strong as everyone seems to believe. I really like where the Packers are. I think their arrow is pointing up in a conference where a lot of arrows are starting to point down.

Chris from Knoxville, IL

On Sunday, the wife and I will be driving up for the game. What do you suggest for pregame warm-up?

There are rumblings that this Sunday could produce our first snowstorm of the season. I would suggest arriving early, dressing warmly and stocking up with provisions.

Don from McFarland, WI

When the Packers bring someone up from the practice squad, how do they fill that empty spot on the practice squad?

They might release a guy from the active roster and sign him to their practice squad after he clears waivers, or they might sign somebody off the street to their practice squad. It’s a game of replacement.

Mark from Kingsford, MI

The Packers must have one of the worst third-and-one percentages in the league. Why? There seems to be a lack of imagination as well as execution on those plays.

It’s one of the weaknesses of a zone-blocking scheme. Zone blockers tend not to be road-graders, and cutback runners tend not to be pounders.

Paul from Norfolk, VA

With the Giants loss and their tough remaining schedule, there seems to be a decent chance that either the Redskins or Cowboys could steal the division. Who from the NFC East would you rather run into in the playoffs? I'm thinking Dallas. I want no part of RGIII and Alfred Morris.

Anybody but the Giants.

Scott from Livingston, NJ

Today in school, I heard two other kids talking. One said, “Bryce Brown was so good yesterday, he got me into the playoffs with all his points.” Then the other kid said, “You know he fumbled and cost the Eagles the game, right?” Then first kid replied, “Who cares?” and laughed. That made me sad.

There are two major professional football leagues: the National Football League and the Fantasy Football League. I like to watch the games in the National Football League.

Tom from West Bend, WI

Can a previously fumble-prone running back be coached up to avoid this?

Tiki Barber was coached up to avoid fumbling. There have been others. High and tight works for running backs and barbers. Get it?


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