NFL draft party
Thursday 03-12-2009 11:35am CT
The NFL Draft is six weeks from Saturday.
The Green Bay Packers will again hold a party for fans in the Lambeau Field atrium.
An online contest will be added this year, and the details are still being finalized.
Fans can watch ESPN’s draft coverage, hear from Packer team officials and coaches, get player autographs, and follow the draft on the Internet if they have WiFi.
Tickets are available at Mills Fleet Farm stores throughout Wisconsin.
Vote next week on curtailing Packers party houses
Tuesday 03-10-2009 11:10pm CT
(From The Associated Press)
Some Green Bay officials want to restrict homeowners from doing frequent, short-term rentals.
Some neighbors and city council members say the houses are turning the area into a hotel district with new renters moving in every Packers game day.
On Monday evening, the Green Bay Plan commission voted to amend the city's zoning code. That means a property owner would need $300 in permits to rent out a home more than twice in one year, for less than 28 days at a time.
Landlord Gary Baranowski says if he doesn't have a long-term or corporate client he should have the right to rent out the home for a weekend.
The city council meets March 19 to decide whether to approve the changes.
It's official: Anthony Smith inks deal
Tuesday 03-10-2009 4:21am CT
The Green Bay Packers signed safety Anthony Smith on Monday, their first free-agent deal of the offseason.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Smith spent his first three seasons in Pittsburgh and has four interceptions in 46 games. Several media outlets reported the Packers agreed to terms with Smith last week, but the team didn't announce the deal until Monday.
New Packers secondary coach Darren Perry was Smith's defensive backs coach in 2006, and Smith's experience playing in a 3-4 defensive alignment will come in handy as the Packers change their 4-3 defensive scheme going into next season.
Dave Pureifory has died
Monday 03-09-2009 12:15pm CT
(From The Wheeler News Service)
Dave Pureifory – a defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers in the 1970’s – has died from apparent complications of prostate cancer. He was 59. Pureifory was a sixth-round draft pick from Eastern Michigan in 1972. He played in 78 games in six years for Green Bay – and he started at right defensive tackle from 1974-1977. Pureifory was also Green Bay’s emergency kicker early in the 1975 season, after Chester Marcol tore a quadriceps muscle. After leaving Green Bay, Pureifory played part of a season for Cincinnati, and four-plus years for the Detroit Lions. He later played in the old USFL for Michigan and Birmingham. Pureifory died last Thursday at his home in suburban Detroit.
Friday 03-06-2009 10:11pm CT
(From WBAY-TV, Green Bay)
The Green Bay Packers have landed their first free agent of the off-season.
A league source confirms that the Packers agreed to terms with former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Anthony Smith. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
With Smith playing his three seasons in Pittsburgh, he could be a good fit for a Packers defense switching to a 3-4.
The agreement came after news that one of the players they brought in this week is now off the market. Browns safety Mike Adams visited Green Bay on Tuesday but he re-signed with Cleveland.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Kevin Burnett is reported to have a tentative visit with the Packers for this weekend.
He visited Oakland, San Diego, and Houston this week, although he has yet to sign with any teams.
Burnett has four NFL starts while playing with the Cowboys, but he did have two sacks in the Dallas 3-4 defense last season.
Thursday 03-05-2009 12:03pm CT
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