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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/

     

Murphy Takes 5

Mark Murphy

Murphy Takes 5 is a monthly column written by President and CEO, Mark Murphy. On the first Saturday of every month, Mark will write about a topic of interest to Packers fans and the organization, and then answer five fan questions. Fans are encouraged to email Mark with their name and hometown at: MurphyTakes5@packers.com

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Murphy Takes 5: The Draft - Still the best way to build a team

Posted Apr 6, 2013


Murphy Takes 5 is a monthly column written by President and CEO Mark Murphy. On the first Saturday of every month, Mark will write about a topic of interest to Packers fans and the organization, and then answer five fan questions. Fans are encouraged to email Mark with their name and hometown at: MurphyTakes5@packers.com

I often hear from fans who are disappointed that we aren’t more active in free agency. I know it can be frustrating for them to see other teams adding free agents - and receiving “A” grades from the media. The reality, though, is that championships are not won in March. The Eagles’ “dream team” from two years ago is a good example of the risks involved with signing high-priced free agents. Free agency can certainly play a role in helping teams improve (Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett are good examples of recent free agents who have played key roles for us), but history shows that teams that focus on drafting, developing and extending the contracts of their core players are more likely to have sustained success.

The draft has always been an important resource for teams. A couple of changes in recent years, though, have made the draft even more valuable. First, the rookie system under the new collective bargaining agreement greatly reduced the amount of money paid to rookies, especially for first-round draft choices. Under the old system, teams drafting in the top part of the first round faced a real dilemma. They had to make a huge financial commitment to these players, and if they made a mistake on the player, it could set the team back for years. For this reason, teams often tried to trade out of this part of the first round, but usually found few takers. Another reason the draft is more valuable now is the fact that the salary cap has been relatively flat for the last few years. There has been relatively less money available to spend on players, and the rookies are now even more attractive to teams. I also think the quality of play at the college level has improved in recent years and, as a result, more players are ready to contribute right away.

So, when you watch the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25 (in prime time for the third straight year), know that it’s the best way to improve our team.

Now, on to your questions:

Nick from Kenosha, WI

Do you believe the new "tuck"rule will have a significant impact on the game?

It will be interesting to see how eliminating the tuck rule changes the game. The tuck rule has been in place since the 1990s, and became famous (or infamous) in 2001 when Charles Woodson sacked Tom Brady in an AFC playoff game and forced an apparent fumble. The call was overturned on review because it was determined that, under the tuck rule, Brady’s arm was moving forward to tuck the ball away and was considered a pass. The tuck rule has remained in place because it was thought that it was difficult for officials to tell if a quarterback is moving his arm forward to pass or to tuck it away.

As a member of the competition committee, we have watched a lot of film on these plays this year. Two things struck me. First, you can tell when the quarterback is tucking the ball, and second, it should be a fumble. I know Charles will be pleased with this rule change, but disappointed it isn’t retroactive.

A question from Rich

If you and the league are so concerned about player safety, why don't you focus on having players wear the proper equipment and wear it correctly? Many players wear no knee, thigh or hip pads.

Great point, Rich. When I came back to the NFL with the Packers in 2008, I was amazed at how few players wear knee, thigh and hip pads. All players in high school and college are required to wear knee and thigh pads, and NFL players were required to wear these pads up until the late 1980s. Eventually, the NFL stopped requiring these pads because it became difficult to enforce. In the 2013 season, though, players will be required to wear knee and thigh pads. Interestingly, many players have resisted this requirement. They say the pads will slow them down and that there is no proof the pads will prevent injury. Since all players will be required to wear the pads, no one should have a competitive advantage, and it certainly can’t hurt players to wear pads. Actually, we do think the pads will reduce thigh and knee bruises, and may help reduce concussions, since concussions often occur when knees hit the helmet.

Will from Rock Hill, SC

What is the most difficult part in running a pro team?

I think the most challenging part of my job is managing expectations. I want our fans to have high expectations for the team, but it is important that they be realistic. While our goal every year is to win the Super Bowl, the reality is that a lot of things have to go your way to win a Super Bowl (i.e. injuries, calls), and that you can still have a successful year without winning the Super Bowl. If the expectations are unrealistically high, you are setting yourself up for failure.

Alex from Roberts, WI

What is your favorite sport besides football?

I’ve always loved basketball. I played it growing up, through high school and one year in college, and continued to play pick-up basketball until I moved to Green Bay. It’s great exercise and I always enjoyed the camaraderie. I also enjoy watching basketball, especially the college game. The first weekend of the NCAA men’s tournament is a real favorite of mine. One of the real thrills of my career as an athletic director was when our men’s basketball team at Colgate played in the NCAA tournament.

Sandy from Green Bay

Have the new season-ticket holders for the new seats been notified for next season?

You have great timing, Sandy. Approximately 4,000 letters have gone out in the past few weeks to people on the waiting list informing them they will be able to purchase tickets for this season. The people who will be coming off the waiting list went on in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Under the process that we used to fill the approximately 7,000 new seats in the South End Zone, we first went to the current season ticket holders and asked if they wanted to move up to the South End Zone (and give up their bowl seats). We then went to the waiting list, so people coming off the list will be purchasing tickets for seats both in the South End Zone and the current bowl (mostly in the end zones). It’s an exciting time for these fans, and we thank them for their patience.

 
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