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  • 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.

  • 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/


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It's not nearly as revealing a statistic as turnover ratio, which players and coaches always point to as a key indicator of wins and losses, but a team's sack ratio gives at least some idea of the teams winning the battle up front.

Sack ratio refers to the number of sacks a team records on defense versus the number it allows on offense, and the Packers' defensive and offensive lines have been doing an exemplary job in that area thus far in 2006.

The Packers are plus-13 through seven games, with 22 sacks recorded and just nine allowed. That ranks second in the league behind San Diego (plus-16), and while sacks aren't as game-changing as turnovers might be, they are negative yardage plays that can have a significant impact in any game.

"Sacks are a turnover in their own aspect," defensive tackle Colin Cole said. "When you get sacks, you have field-position changes, you have momentum changes. They have their own type of effect."

On defense, the Packers' success is mostly due to end Aaron Kampman, whose career-high 8 1/2 sacks constitute more than one-third of the team's total. Kampman was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after recording two sacks against Arizona, and he's tied for the league lead with San Diego's Shawne Merriman.

Also, linebackers Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk have been more active with blitzes in recent games. And the more frequent use of the '3-3' alignment -- which employs three defensive linemen, all three linebackers, and five defensive backs -- has created some favorable pass-rush matchups by moving players around and allowing them to attack from different angles.

"Every defense we have, if it's a blitz or rush or whatever, our motto is it's designed for you to get home," defensive coordinator Bob Sanders said. "So hopefully everybody stays hot and (the offense) has got problems all over and they can't focus on one guy like Aaron."

The majority of the pressure still must come from the front four, which should get a boost with the return of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins from injury this week. Jenkins is perhaps the Packers' best pass rusher on the interior of the defensive line, and with him back the Packers can rotate more defenders through, which should keep them fresh and less reliant on a blitz to get pressure.

"We're really not a blitz team," Barnett said. "We do sprinkle some blitz in there. If it happens to open up, we'll bring that blitz. But we just go out there and play football and if it so happens it's the right time to call a blitz, we'll call it."

Offensively, the protection for quarterback Brett Favre has been fairly steady throughout the season. He was sacked three times by the Bears in the season opener and twice in the first quarter at Miami, when the offensive line was adjusting to the absence of left tackle Chad Clifton (illness).

But aside from that, the Packers have allowed just four sacks in the other 23 quarters of play this season, including a stretch of 108 pass plays (from the fourth quarter of Week 2 against New Orleans to the second quarter of Week 5 against St. Louis) with no sacks. Last Sunday's game against Arizona was the third time the Packers didn't allow a sack in seven games.

"The way we've called our offensive game plan this year has been sound in the sense that we've struggled early on with protection, so we've moved the pocket a little bit and kept more guys in to protect," Favre said.

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The hope is that as the young players on the offensive line continue to grow and improve, keeping a running back and/or tight end in to help handle the opposing pass rush won't be required as often. The Packers got the tight ends and backs out into pass routes more often against Arizona, and depending on the opponent that trend may continue.

The improved running game in recent weeks, and playing with the lead in these last two victories, also has factored into keeping Favre upright a vast majority of the time.

"When we get the running game established, everything comes a little bit easier," running back Ahman Green said. "They blitz a little bit less because they have to be honest, and be ready for the pass, play-action, things like that."

It's all added up to good sack statistics on both sides of the ball for the Packers, but the coaching staff feels that by no means is this as good as the ratio can get.

"We've left quite a few sacks on the table, but certainly we're going to continue to try to get as many as you can," Sanders said. "That's good pass defense, that sack, when the ball doesn't even come out."

Added offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski: "The term to use, keeping him clean, is a good term to use. It's real descriptive, because you just can't get that guy hit. He's too valuable."