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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: Would a 30-day disabled list be a good idea?

Posted Oct 30, 2012

Vic KetchmanPackers.com Editor Vic Ketchman says no.

It’s a great idea, if you like cheating, because that’s what a 30-day disabled list would produce.

Hey, we’ve been down this road before. Back in the ’70s, the NFL instituted a rule that allowed a four-week return from injured reserve. Teams could bring players back to the active roster from IR four times in a season. It was a great rule that allowed teams to patch a hole in their roster without losing the injured player for the season.

The spirit of the rule was all good, but the application of the rule was violated by teams – frankly, it was every team – that used the rule as a means for manipulating and stashing talent. For example, a backup wide receiver with a minor injury that shouldn’t have necessitated a move to IR was sent there because the team temporarily got caught short on the offensive line but didn’t want to IR the injured starter because he’d only be out a game or two. So, they’d sign a lineman for a game or two, then cut him and sign somebody to another position that was a little depleted, and so forth and so on. If they’d need the wide receiver later in the season, they’d use one of their four moves on him.

In effect, the four-week IR rule was a 30-day disabled list, and NFL owners decided the roster, which hovered between 43-47 in those days, was large enough; it didn’t need to add four more roster spots, which is what the four-week rule effectively did.

Today, we have 53 players on the active roster and eight practice-squad players in the locker room that are practicing with the team and learning the team’s playbook. How many players are enough?

The length of training camp has been cut in half, two-a-days are gone and full-pads practices are costume parties compared to the mosh pits of the ’70s. Hasn’t the league done enough to help protect teams and players from injury?

For those of you who would say the league hasn’t done enough, that it needs to provide a disabled list, I would remind you that there is a cost for expanding the roster, and that cost is likely to be passed onto the fan.

Look, if a guy is too good to lose but and not injured badly enough to be lost for the season, then just carry him on your 53, as the Packers are doing with Charles Woodson. Only 46 of those 53 players can play on Sunday, so seven of the 53 are held in reserve, which means those seven are effectively a disabled list, right?

OK, let’s hear the whining and crying side of it now.

Mike SpoffordPackers.com Staff Writer Mike Spofford says yes.

I’m not going to whine and cry, but I do think it would be a good idea.

Mike McCarthy had to cut practices short all last week because of the shortage of players available, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the roll the Packers had begun on offense came to a screeching halt against one of the league’s lower-ranked defenses.

This isn’t the ’70s anymore. Teams are much more interested in protecting their multi-million-dollar investments in players long term, and they should have the option of removing an injured player from the roster for a month without having to make an anguishing IR decision or short-change the team in the meantime.

As for the manipulation and stashing of talent that occurred in the past, that was long before the advent of free agency, long before players had a much stronger say in where they play. If a guy isn’t hurt and the team is using a disabled list to stash him, he can use the union to file a grievance. If he’s truly good enough to keep in house, his current team won’t risk alienating him like that and gaining a reputation for jerking players around. That would matter in the free-agency era. Nobody gave a whit in the ’70s because clubs had all the control.

It’s a long season, and teams need to be given reasonable tools to navigate the long grind from a health standpoint. They only played 14 games back in the ’70s, until 1978 anyway, and had one less round of playoffs.

Look, I’m not suggesting the players the Packers could sign to replace the likes of Charles Woodson and Greg Jennings if a 30-day DL were available would be able to make a huge impact and change the season.

But a team would at least be able to carry something closer to a full roster and not have to cut practices short because there aren’t enough players available to conduct a full workout. It goes to the quality of the product on Sundays, and the only ones cheated in the end are the fans.

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

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