On Now
Coming Up
  • 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.

     

News

Print
RSS

Point, counterpoint: Should kickoffs be eliminated from games?

Posted Dec 11, 2012


Mike SpoffordPackers.com Staff Writer Mike Spofford says yes.

If the statistics show there’s a disproportionate number of injuries on kickoffs, the league needs to do something, even if it’s not the most popular move with fans.

It makes sense that a lot of injuries happen on kickoffs because there are more players running longer distances, which creates more high-speed collisions than on any other play. Plain and simple, that’s how players get hurt.

Apparently, moving the kickoff line up five yards, from the 30 to the 35, isn’t enough. Touchbacks are up and returns are down, but if there are still too many injuries, it’s just not worth it.

Sure, a long kickoff return is exciting and one of the longest-lasting bursts of excitement on any football field, but can you really say kickoffs in general are that exciting anymore? The rule change moving the kickoff up five yards has dulled returns to the point that if the return man does bring the ball out of the end zone, he’s tackled between the 15- and 25-yard lines more often than not.

Randall Cobb’s 108-yard return last year and David Wilson’s display for the New York Giants last week were remarkable and memorable, but those moments are few and far between. Are they really worth all the risk we’re hearing that kickoffs pose?

Let’s face it, the real long-term issue is this – if the league doesn’t do what it can to make the game safer, the youth in this country won’t be playing the game. Youth numbers are down in the sport already as a result of all the concerns about concussions.

If the sport starts losing its share of the elite athletes to other games and activities, the quality of play at the NFL level will eventually suffer. That, in turn, would have a longer-lasting effect on the game’s popularity than removing kickoffs would.

Vic KetchmanPackers.com Editor Vic Ketchman says no.

Promoting player safety is the intent of reducing or eliminating kickoffs from football games, and I don’t wish to be viewed as a ghoul who lacks regard for the players’ safety. What I’m suggesting is that we find ways to promote player safety without eliminating one of the most exciting plays in football, the kickoff return for a touchdown.

That’s what it was this past Sunday. David Wilson’s kickoff return for a touchdown was one of the most, possibly the most exciting play of the day. It immediately followed an interception return for a touchdown and it dramatically reversed the direction of the game.

Do we really want to eliminate that play? Giants fans were jumping up and down hugging each other. That’s bad for football?

Let’s pose the question of this debate a different way: Are we willing to risk a decline in the popularity of the game as a result of having made it too safe?

I think everyone agrees football needs to become a safer, less violent game, but all those people packing stadiums across the country every weekend aren’t there to see safe. Physical confrontation has always been at the heart of the game’s charm, and eliminating physical confrontation won’t make the game more popular.

Find other ways. Eliminating isn’t a means to an end, it is the end.

Do something to reduce the danger in the kickoff play. Introduce the forward pass to it, if need be, but don’t eliminate the play from the game. Eliminate unnecessary danger from the game, not the ingredients of the game. We’ve already done too much of that. We might be at the tipping point.

A long time ago, a wise football man pointed through the press box glass at a stadium full of fans and said to me: “It doesn’t have to be like that.” Have we lost sight of that fact? Are we taking the fans for granted?

Promoting player safety is important, but no more important a pursuit than promoting fan interest.

Maybe it’s time to ask the fans what they want.

Cast your vote in the poll on the right, please.

 

 
blog comments powered by Disqus
Vote Here!
What was the Packers' play of the year in 2013?

More Articles