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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: 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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