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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/


Mike’s mid-week chat transcript

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 9, 2012 – 12:43 pm

To read the transcript of Mike Spofford’s mid-week chat, click here.

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14 Responses to “Mike’s mid-week chat transcript”

  1. By Howard Paley on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    What happened to the Packers on Sunday. They had the lead with little time to go in the game. What is the problem with their defense? There is no excuse for them losing to a lousy team like the Colts or did they can trounced by the real referees. I do not see much an improvement over the replacements. I know the pack had some more crucial injury issues.

  2. By Realitys Here on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    Most NFL fans seem to blame the defense or offensive line for the Packer stuggles. Everbody is accountable including the player everyone has unanimously put into the hall of fame. This future hall of famer will have to improve on the easy short pass recognition and get rid of the ball . Sacks are not interceptions, but both result in losses. The Packers will seriously have to improve on longer, sustainable drives if they hope to compete for a title.

  3. By BAZ on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    Polite conversation you have going there Mike! I have been a Green Bay fan since my first year in University, we all jambed into an old car and drove from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to see our first game. Many exciting years since 1988. I am writing you on behalf of many packer fans I speak with every week. I am going to follow your lead by being polite, after all, you can tell the truth no matter how bad it is and still be polite.
    Offensively GB is not catching the ball but singing praises and throwing the ball to those who don’t catch it? Our QB is throwing some bad passes, albeit, no one is perfect, but he’s also standing back there like a tree taking big sacks. A man who cared would at least throw the ball away and stomp off the field with some fire in his belly . . . start a fight about the play calling with some of his own opinions, after all, he’s the one taking the shots out there?! Mr. Benson, Hats off to you. . the only thing our offence had going this year, when the coaching staff chose to run him! You will be missed. And as for the offensive coaching, well, to us common folk who coach little league, you seem arrogant . . full of yourselves. Any humble man knows you take what your given, and when they can stop that you adapt. There has been a joke going around here about the Green Bay Offence overall . . . the only thing there missing is Terrel Owens!

    Please Mike, Mr. Rogers. Sit down and have a meal with the guys, get the kids running around and laugh about the looks your buddies wife is giving him. And try to remember the basics . . they apply to football too. HOW WELL CAN YOU DO THEM?

    Defencely GB is looking better on the basics than last year. They are Tackling well, consistency in the pass rush is lacking but we are breaking through. Our secondary is brutal in the zone . . . why do we play so much zone? is that our prevent Defence?! Do I have to talk about Prevent Defence?? lol! We have talent back there, man up, start hitting from the safety support role and have confidence in your guys . . jeeze! Our Defence has been the posterboy for bad calls this year! My goodness, there is nothing the players can do about that, Fumbles caused by good sacks, interceptions taken away by opinionated refs and pass interference calls for big yardage on perfect coverage? You guys have done enough to be 4 & 1 this year. Calls did decide games, even against the colts last week. If Reggie White were there, He’d say ” Ok we’ll play the refs too! Because we ain’t going away! No Sir baby! You GOt us all Day LONG!”
    Thats character, its there . . . we can see it from out here . . coaches get excited about your guys, even the rookies have been impressive. let them play . . show your confidence in them by actions. Man up out there, give the deep ball safety help and make them beat you every play!

    And as for everyone else, get off the bandwagons, the west has been won!
    Its only when we think something can’t be fixed, when it can’t. The answers are not complicated. its just like everything in our lives, are we willing to do what it takes to get the job done?? Green Bay Packers, ARE YOU?

    Sincerely, JUST US.

  4. By Mike on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply


  5. By Mike on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    Not that girlies are bad mind you :)

  6. By Mike on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    I just can’t put my finger on it but it seems like we have Pee Wee Herman and Mr Bean playing on our team. I just can’t tell what Packer helmets they are hiding under though. This is gonna take some time and good detective work to figure out so don’t expect anything big from the Packers for at least a couple years.

  7. By bill on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    what happened to my Packers. they had a 14 to 0 lead and lost Why I think maybe some heads should roll over this and some asses get kicked to because if not they won`t even make the playoffs

  8. By gbpfan4life on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    Houston opponents:
    Dolphins 2-3
    Broncos 2-3
    Titans 1-4
    Jets 2-3
    combined record 8-17

    The Texans haven’t played anyone yet.

    Green Bay 28-20. BELIEVE IT!

  9. By Cali on Oct 9, 2012 | Reply

    Nice stats gbpfan, an ovehyped record indeed. I think this will be the game that turns things around. I refuse to give up on this team, unlike some fans as of late. Don’t mess with Texas, ha!!!! Don’t mess with the Pack!!!! GO PACK GO!!!!

  10. By loadedforbear on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Pack fan now living in Houston. GBFAN4LIFE said it all. The local Texans fans are losing their mind about being 5-0. According to them, just send the Lombardi trophy to TX and call the rest of the season – no reason to play it.

    It should be a great game Sunday night and I certainly hope our A team shows up for this one. Someone needs to knock these fans down a few pegs.

  11. By Quinnell2005 on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Offense: gotta improve making catches, Rodgers needs to reset and work on accuracy.

    Defense: I have to agree with others. What is up with all the zone defense. It feels so soft like a prevent defense. Someone seems to come wide open all too often.
    Special Teams: feels much improved.

    OVERALL: Really seems slow, lacking energy. Players not playing through plays, coaches not adapting and providing new schemes as games go on. When offense goes 3 and out, nobody seems fired up coming to sideline. If you go 3 and out, you need to run to the sideline, fired up, figuring out what you need to do better next series. Be determined, your next series will be better, study whats happening, find what is going to work out there, adapt, and go execute. Defense, get out of using zone so constant, everyone needs to swarm to the ball with energy and a purpose.

    Yes the officials have really hurt us, but we have to focus on what we can control.

    Summary: Catch the balls guys, stop playin sooo much zone, PLAY WITH ENERGY AND PURPOSE !!!! You guys are a better than what you are playing.

  12. By Sockettuem on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Not blaming an offensive line that doesn’t hold up under any kind of pressure is, in my opinion, a failure to recognize the problem. Legitimate criticism of a defense that can’t prevent a second rate offense from scoring a winning touchdown (plus two point conversion) is an honest excercise in facing an unplesant reality. Civil conversation is fine so long as it admits we have some serious shortcomings on both sides of the ball. Excuses do not win games. Neither does friendly chat. Dropped passes, missed tackles, a defensive seconday that has forgotten how to jam at the line and a gives up 464 yards is a both coaching and talent issue. It seems as though this team has lost it’s motivation and ability to win. A few consistent players cannot carry the load, nor do they deserve to be lumped into a category with those not performing to ability. I have lived this team for 60 plus years, have invested in it as an stockholder, have bled green and gold through feast and famine and it is awful to watch it fail. We can make excuses all season long, but suggest we also consider changes as part of the equation. Something isn’t working and excuses won’t fix it.

  13. By JS on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    I have been a Packer fan for over 30 years. I must say this year’s team is a bunch of underacheivers who have believed their own hype. Last year was arrogance that did them in. Two years ago – the Super Bowl team – played with a little hunger. I have not seen that since. All we hear are sound bites – “we need to clean that up”….”one week at a time”…”we’re improving”….blah blah blah. I live in ‘enemy’ territory—-right in Chicago—I’m really hearing it this year. I overhead two Bear fans talking about how they feel the Pack is not tough—either mentally or physically. I must say – that for once – I agreed with Bear fans.

    If the Pack beats Houston on Sunday – things may improve. If the Pack loses—-it’s going to a long 5-11/6-10 season.

  14. By Art Kohn on Oct 10, 2012 | Reply

    Dom Capers must go. How much longer do we have to watch this lousy defense. He had an entire off-season to fix this. Not only is the defense bad, it is worse than last year.

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