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 4 Dope Sheet:
THIS WEEK: These clubs close the preseason for a third straight season, ending their contract (they may discuss an extension)...The Packers will look to avoid injuries, progress more on offense, reduce their pentalty count and become more detail-oriented in both practice and the game.
LOCAL TELEVISION: The Packers network, with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Bill Maas (color), Jessie Garcia (sideline), Ross Schneiderman (producer) and Suzanne Smith (director). WFRV-TV's Larry McCarren adds pregame, halftime and postgame analysis. With the aid of a CBS crew, Green Bay's WFRV-TV and Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV originate the telecast...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-5 (the former Telstar 5), Transponder 20, 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, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and McCarren (color).
LAST MEETING: Dec. 16, 2001, at Tennessee; the Titans won, 26-20. The loss ultimately cost the Packers the final NFC Central title.
*Tennessee gave Mike Sherman one of two career losses Dec. 1 and later; the other was Dec. 29, 2002, at N.Y. Jets. Sherman is 17-2 overall.
*Steve McNair threw for two TDs and 283 yards, and Skip Hicks added 142 yards on the ground.
*Minus four injured starters, the Green Bay defense was led by Vonnie Holliday (two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble).
*Ryan Longwell tied a franchise record with a 54-yard field goal.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Titans/Houston Oilers:
All-time regular season: 4-4-0
Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 16, 2001, Nashville; Titans won, 26-20
Last meeting, regular season, Green Bay: Dec. 20, 1998; Packers won, 30-22
Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 28, 2003, Lambeau Field; Titans won, 27-3
*One year ago this week, the teams endured a 2-hour, 33-minute rain delay at Lambeau Field, before Tennessee left with a 27-3 win. The weather delay marked the Packers' second of the preseason (also the Hall of Fame game four weeks earlier). Green Bay's '03 preseason also included the largest blackout in U.S. history, during a trip to Cleveland.
*These clubs first met in 1972 at the Houston Astrodome. Green Bay, on its way to its first division title since 1967, defeated Earl Campbell and the Oilers, 23-10.
Other notable connections...Titans assistant Chuck Cecil entered the NFL as a fourth-round choice of the Packers in the 1988 draft; Cecil played in Green Bay's secondary from 1988-92...DE Carlos Hall and CB Ahmad Carroll played together at Arkansas...Cleditus Hunt grew up in Memphis, Tenn. ...CB Tony Beckham is a product of the University of Wisconsin-Stout...CB Mike Echols played at Wisconsin...DE Kenny Holmes was the Houston Oilers' first-round selection in 1997, shortly before the team moved to Tennessee...P Craig Hentrich played for the Packers from 1994-97...Offensive line coach Larry Beightol coached under Fisher on the 1995 Oilers staff...Fisher and running backs coach Johnny Roland were together on the 1985 world champion Bears...Jason Novak, assistant Titans strength coach, is the son of Frank Novak, Packers special teams consultant...LBs Rocky Calmus and Torrance Marshall were national championship teammates at Oklahoma...S Scott McGarrahan had two stints with the Packers...Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger coached at the University of Florida with Packers defensive coordinator Bob Sowik in 1980.