Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.
Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com.
A complete edition of the Dope Sheet will be available each week during the season in PDF format, located in the Packers.com Game Centers.
Here are some highlights from the Preseason Week 2 Dope Sheet:
The Packers host New Orleans in the second of four preseason games. After Saturday, the Packers have one home game in five weeks, and won't play in Lambeau again for nearly a month (Sept. 19).
TELEVISION: The Packers network, with play-by-play man Kevin Harlan, color commentator Bill Maas, sideline reporter Jessie Garcia, producer Ross Schneiderman and director Suzanne Smith. WFRV-TV's Larry McCarren, the team's radio analyst, joins the telecast for pregame, halftime and postgame segments. With the aid of a CBS crew, Green Bay's WFRV-TV and Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV will originate the telecast (due to WTMJ's coverage of the Olympics, sister station PAX55 will air the game)...Other members of the network: WKOW, Madison; WAOW, Wausau/Rhinelander; WXOW, La Crosse; WQOW, Eau Claire; WYOW, Eagle River; and WJMN, Marquette, Mich....Satellite coordinates: 1A-6 (the former Telstar 6), Transponder 18, audio 6.2 - 6.8.
LOCAL RADIO: Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 62-station Packers Radio Network. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and McCarren (color) begin their sixth season together.
LAST MEETING: Sept. 15, 2002, at New Orleans; the Saints posted a 35-20 win in Week 2.
- Aaron Brooks (16-for-28, 217 yards, two TDs, two INT) became the first of Brett Favre's former backups to defeat him since Ty Detmer in 1994, dropping Favre's career record in the Superdome to 9-1.
- Torn knee ligaments ended OT Mark Tauscher's season in the first half.
OLDEST FRANCHISE CHARITY GAME: Saturday marks the 55th annual Upper Midwest Shrine Game, one of the NFL's oldest team traditions.
- Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children.
- The Shriners' facilities provide specialized medical services, helping children with birth defects and other injuries, at absolutely no cost.
- To date, the series has raised nearly $3 million for the Midwest Shrine's burn centers and hospitals for crippled children. Designated proceeds from this week's contest will go to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Chicago. The facility specializes in helping children with orthopedic needs.
- The Packers are 26-25-3 all-time in the series.
- The series is so old, three stadiums have hosted a Shrine game, two of which are no longer standing: Milwaukee's State Fair Park (1950-51), Milwaukee County Stadium (1952-82, 1984-94) and Lambeau Field (1983, 1995-present).
- In 1959, Vince Lombardi's first season as an NFL head coach, the Packers and George Halas agreed to play in the Shrine game annually; Green Bay and Chicago played each preseason at County Stadium from 1959-73.
CAMP 'BREAKS' SUNDAY: The Packers conclude the 47th year of their relationship with St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., when the team moves out Sunday. No other NFL club has a longer active tenure with its training camp host.
- But other than meals and beds, the training camp routine will continue through August. Most people don't realize that despite sleeping, eating and meeting at a St. Norbert, the Packers use their main practice facilities for preseason preparations.
- The team will continue to hold autograph sessions, generally after morning workouts, Aug. 18-19, 23-25 and 29-31.