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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/




Point, counterpoint: Is new rule on lowering the helmet good for the game?

Posted Mar 20, 2013

Offensive players may not strike defenders with crown of the helmet outside the tackle box

Mike SpoffordPackers.com Staff Writer Mike Spofford says yes.

I think this new rule is good for the game for one primary reason, and it doesn’t have to do with safety.

It’s good because it’s making offensive players play under some of the same constraints as defensive players. It’s about fairness. Hey, if a defensive player can’t initiate a forcible blow with the crown of his helmet, then an offensive player shouldn’t be able to, either.

This makes the confrontations in the open field fairer, and all the restrictions on defensive players had been tilting those confrontations more toward the offense. No helmet-to-helmet hits, no launching, no contact to the head or neck area. They all applied to defenders. Now there’s something similar an offensive player can’t do.

Do I think this rule will be difficult to officiate? Absolutely. It’s fraught with all kinds of potential problems. You’re asking the officials, who are already charged with monitoring too many things, to judge an offensive player’s intent when he braces for contact or decides to deliver a hit in the open field.

Helmets inevitably are going to collide at some of these moments, and the officials will have to determine whether the runner intended for that to happen, or if it was just incidental. Deciding that at game speed in the heat of the moment will be, yet, another judgment call for an already overtaxed officiating crew, and any accompanying 15-yard penalty could be the difference between being in scoring position and having to punt. These calls could, and will, change some games.

But all the extra protections for quarterbacks, defenseless receivers and the like have led to game-changing calls, too. There was a lot of howling in the beginning and there still is, but it just takes time before any rule attempting to limit violence becomes more accepted. It will be no different with this one.

The intent question is so sticky here that I think this rule, and some others like it, might eventually be subject to replay review, but that’s a discussion for another day.

At the moment, the league is continuing to protect players from themselves in the name of safety. Over the long haul, players with fewer post-career brain issues will be saying thanks. In the short term, I think it only makes sense for a non-quarterback-related restriction to apply uniformly to all players on the field.

Vic KetchmanPackers.com Editor Vic Ketchman says no.

They didn’t even table it for more fact-finding, conversation, consideration, second thoughts, third thoughts, etc. Isn’t something this critical to the game’s allure worthy of more time spent on its passage?

The fact that the answer to that question is no might say it all about the importance of addressing player safety. Clearly, it is job one in Commissioner Roger Goodell’s NFL.

Now I worry that I may never again hear words that I had come to associate with the very meaning of the game. Will I ever again hear a coach yell out, “Drop your pads,” to a young running back trying to announce his intentions in an NFL training camp. Will I ever again hear the words “initiate contact.” Are those days gone? Did they leave us today forever more when the NFL passed a rule prohibiting offensive players from striking an opponent with the crown of the helmet while outside the tackle box.

“Duck!” Is that what I’m going to hear coaches yell to their players?

How do you drop your pads without dropping your head? You don’t. How do you initiate contact without dropping your pads, which would run the risk of striking the helmet of a defender who attempted to protect himself by dropping his pads and his helmet? You don’t.

Chuck Noll always told his players “first contact wins.” Not anymore. Not in this NFL.

I’m exaggerating? I’m making this worse than it really is? OK, maybe, or maybe not. Either way, cut me a break because I’m in mourning today for a game I’ve loved since before Sputnik. I’m in mourning for a culture that is being forced to change because I’m part of that culture and I don’t want to change. It was one of the few things about myself I genuinely liked.

It’s been a bad day. The doctor told me this morning I have to have shoulder surgery and he said it’s gonna hurt. Then, this afternoon, I lost the love of my life, which is to say the big, pounding running back I always idolized and dreamed of being since I stopped being a little kid and became a little adult. Now I know what the doctor meant when he said it’s gonna hurt.

I wanted so badly for the Packers to draft a pounder. Why do it now? You’re not allowed to pound, at least not outside the tackle box. Isn’t that where it’s most fun? The big guy dropping his pads on the safety that’s about to become road kill?

All right, give me a few days and I’ll get over it, as I did when they first started softening the game and Jack Lambert made that infamous remark about quarterbacks and skirts. I’ll come around, as I have for every one of these game-softening, player-safety measures.

But it’s gonna hurt.

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