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 in 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.
The Training Camp Dope Sheet is packed with 15 pages of information detailing every aspect of training camp, including a position-by-position preview, camp events, stats and more! Here are some highlights:
CAMP-OPENING DATES: Rookies, first-year and injured players, as well as most quarterbacks (39 total players) will be first on the scene Thursday.
- The group will check into the designated dormitory at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., beginning Thursday afternoon.
- The first wave will undergo testing at Lambeau Field Friday morning, then practice on Clarke Hinkle Field at 2:30 that afternoon.
- All remaining players are expected to travel and move into St. Norbert Saturday, then undergo testing at Lambeau Field all day Sunday.
- The first full-squad practice (full pads) is Monday at 8:45 a.m. on Hinkle Field (weather or poor field conditions would move the team inside the Don Hutson Center).
CAMP FOOD: St. Norbert College hosts the Packers for a 47th consecutive season, the longest active training-camp tenure in the NFL. Matthew Doyle, RDCD, the school's associate director of dining, serves as the team's main liaison. From Thursday until players move out Aug. 22, the school will serve three meals per day (breakfast, dinner and a late-night "snack" - lunch is at Lambeau Field), house all players and coaches in one dormitory, and host all meetings. According to Doyle and executive chef Dan Froelich, who creates the training camp menu, over the course of nearly four weeks at St. Norbert, the Packers should consume:
- 7,200 bottles of Gatorade,
- Nearly 6,000 bottles of water,
- 4,800 bottles of Snapple-brand beverages,
- 1,200 pounds of poultry,
- 700-800 pounds of chicken wings (not included in above poultry),
- 1,800 pounds of beef,
- Nearly 840 pounds of pasta,
- 2,200 pounds of seafood, and
- 400-plus gallons of ice cream.
TRAINING CAMP COACHING AIDES: The Packers welcome four intern coaches to 2004 training camp, including former great LeRoy Butler and two of the winningest high-school coaches in Wisconsin history.
- Dick Basham, head coach and athletic director at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee, has spent 32 years at the school. He's won 293 games and captured 16 conference titles and eight state championships. The Packers honored him as their 1999 High School Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the state hall of fame in 2000.
- LeRoy Butler (181) played more games than any defensive back in Packers history. A member of the NFL's all-decade team during the 1990s, he originated the Lambeau Leap after a 1993 touchdown. A five-time All-Pro, he retired after 12 seasons, all in a Packers uniform, after a career-ending injury in 2001.
- Phil Datka, the head coach at Germantown High School the last 36 seasons, owns a career record of 233-118, and eight conference titles, three undefeated seasons and two state crowns. A three-time Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Coach of the Year (1992, 1997, 2003), he was inducted into the state hall of fame in 1998. The school renamed its stadium in his honor last season.
- Ramon Flanigan is in his sixth year on the North Texas State staff, and third as offensive coordinator (the youngest offensive coordinator in Division I-A at 29 years old). A former quarterback for Rossley at SMU, he led the Mustangs to their first winning record in 10 years and left as the school's all-time leader in total offense with 7,427 yards.
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