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  • Wed., Apr. 16, 2014 6:00PM - 8:30PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Ironwood 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:

    Ironwood: Big Powderhorn Mountain Resort. To benefit Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets on sale at Super One Foods, 1480 E. Cloverland Dr., Ironwood, Mich.

  • 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

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Point, counterpoint: What's best about the Packers uniform?

Posted Apr 3, 2012

Mike SpoffordPackers.com Staff Writer Mike Spofford says it’s the helmet and the ‘G.’

It hasn’t changed since the helmet logo debuted in 1961, and that’s what makes it so special. It has stood the test of time.

Former equipment manager “Dad” Braisher designed the “G” for Vince Lombardi and put it on the helmets in ’61, Lombardi’s third season. That also coincided with the first of Lombardi’s five titles in a seven-year span, still the most dominant run of success in league history.

Lombardi has the Super Bowl trophy named after him. Braisher has a local high school football field named after him, just down the road in De Pere. All pretty cool, if you ask me.

I also like the way the stripes down the middle of the helmet haven’t changed, and how the logo on the helmet incorporates that color combination of green and gold so prominent in the home uniforms. The helmet also matches the pants, and I like the fact that the Packers only have one pair of pants, for home or away.

The gold on the helmet is special in its own right. The Packers’ helmet is the only one in the league to use that hue of yellow-gold as its predominant color. That makes it distinctive.

No, I’m not going to get into that nonsense about the “G” standing for “greatness,” as was falsely reported during the run-up to Super Bowl XLV. That non-story took on a life of its own. The “G” stands for Green Bay, of course, and there’s never been any thought given to changing it.

In an age when so many teams have changed their helmet logos or colors over the past 20 years – the Patriots, Broncos, Giants, Falcons, Buccaneers, Rams, Bengals, Jets, Chargers and Bills all come to mind – it’s refreshing to see the Packers leave the “G” alone.

It’s been borrowed in one form or another by many other teams, such as Georgia and Grambling State in the college ranks, which says something, too. Isn’t imitation the sincerest form of flattery?

There’s something charming about a logo and helmet that represent a team’s glory years (the 1960s), its dark ages (the 1970s and ’80s), and its renaissance (the 1990s to the present day). That’s a lot of history in, essentially, one letter.

If anything stands for greatness, that does.   

Vic KetchmanPackers.com Editor Vic Ketchman says it’s that Lombardi ‘designed’ it.

Actually, I don’t know who actually designed it – I doubt Vince Lombardi consulted a New York fashion designer – but the uniform the Packers have worn with pride and distinction for five-plus decades emerged and evolved during the Lombardi years, and that’s what I like best about the uniform of the team I cover. If it was good enough for Lombardi, it’s good enough for me.

I like the simplicity of the uniform. Green Bay is a straightforward town and so is the uniform of the town’s team: no shadow-boxing on the numbers or side panels, two-tone jerseys or exotic markings.

It’s a uniform that was worn by Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor, by Brett Favre, Reggie White and Antonio Freeman, and now by Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews.

Lombardi’s uniform transcends the generations of Packers players and fans. Three generations of each have worn or watched that uniform.

That’s what a uniform should represent. It should represent a bond between now and then. It should represent the identity of a team. The Packers uniform represents Lombardi; there is no greater identity.

Some of the league’s new uniform designs make teams look like the Austrian bobsled team. Sorry, Broncos. Others have turned their uniforms too dark. Purple and black?

Football is played in the fall. It’s a time for crimson leaves cast against a bright blue sky, and glittering gold dancing on a field of green. I want colors, not darkness. Winter’s on the way; darkness will descend on us all soon enough.

I also like the fact that Lombardi settled the blue-green debate once and for all. From 1954-57, the Packers returned to blue as their primary color. In ’58, new coach Scooter McLean went back to green; Scooter was a smart man. The following year, Lombardi arrived and green never left again.

Hey, this is Green Bay, not Blue Bay.

When I see the Packers in their uniforms, I think of Green Bay and cold weather and Lambeau Field and Vince Lombardi. Why would anyone ever want to change that?

What do you think?

 
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