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. This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Chiefs Preseason Week 4 Dope Sheet:
KANSAS CITY (1-2) AT GREEN BAY (1-2)
Thursday, Aug. 30 - Lambeau Field - 6 p.m. CDT
PACKERS HOST CHIEFS IN PRESEASON FINALE
- Green Bay welcomes Kansas City to Lambeau Field to close out the preseason slate with a game against the Chiefs on Thursday night.
- It marks the third consecutive year that the teams have met in the preseason finale, a first in the history of the preseason series between the clubs.
- The teams have met 13 times before in the preseason, with the series deadlocked at 6-6-1. The Packers hosted the Chiefs in the 2011 preseason finale, the first time Kansas City had visited Lambeau Field during the preseason since Aug. 8, 1992.
- For Head Coach Mike McCarthy, it is a matchup against the team where his NFL coaching career started. McCarthy spent six seasons on the Chiefs’ staff (1993-98), the first two as an offensive assistant/quality control coach and the final four as the quarterbacks coach. Thursday night will be the fifth time McCarthy has coached against Kansas City since taking over as head coach of Green Bay in 2006 (two regular-season games, third preseason matchup).
- Ironically, McCarthy’s very first game as an NFL coach was a preseason contest between the Chiefs and the Packers on Aug. 7, 1993, at Milwaukee County Stadium. Kansas City won, 29-21.
- The first meeting between the clubs was undoubtedly the most memorable game in the series. In January 1967, NFL champion Green Bay met AFL champion Kansas City in Los Angeles in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
- Green Bay beat Cincinnati, 27-13, this past Thursday night in its preseason road finale. The Packers’ No. 1 offense registered 245 total net yards in a half of work, including 100 yards on the ground on the way to a 17-6 halftime lead.
BISHOP’S CHARITIES GAME
- Thursday night marks another Green Bay preseason tradition: the Bishop’s Charities Game. It was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee).
- The series enjoys its 52nd contest this year and has raised more than $3.5 million.
- For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game’s business-related tasks, including game program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 Northeastern Wisconsin counties. The Packers assumed many of those tasks in 1994.
- The Packers are 27-23-1 all-time in the series. They will be playing Kansas City for the fifth time in the series, with the other meetings coming in 1978, 1979, 1992 and 2011.
- Green Bay has won three straight games in the series, including a 20-19 victory over Kansas City in 2011. Prior to that, the Packers had lost six consecutive Bishop’s Charities contests. That six-game losing streak (2003-08) came on the heels of a 12-game winning streak (1991-2002) in the series.
WITH THE CALL
- Flagshipped by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over a 14-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities and Des Moines in Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska.
- The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Trenni Kusnierek of WTMJ Radio serving as the sideline reporter.
- In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WFRV-TV (Green Bay), the final three preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KLJB-TV/FOX and KGCW/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; and KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.
- In its first season, in conjunction with the Packers TV Network, Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU-TV in Milwaukee and on Charter Cable elsewhere in Wisconsin) will broadcast the game with Andy Olivares (play-by-play) and Kevin Holden (analyst) calling the action.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
- The game will also be televised live nationally on NFL Network.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs:
- All-time regular season: 2-7-1
- All-time, in Green Bay: 0-3-0
- All-time, postseason: 1-0
- All-time, preseason: 6-6-1
- Streaks: The Chiefs have won six of the last seven regular-season meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 18, 2011, at Arrowhead Stadium; Chiefs won, 19-14
- Last meeting, regular season, in Green Bay: Oct. 12, 2003, at Lambeau Field; Chiefs won, 40-34 (OT)
- Last meeting, preseason: Sept. 1, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 20-19
- Mike McCarthy: 68-36-0, .654, (incl. 5-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
- Romeo Crennel: 26-41-0, .388; 5th NFL season
- Head to Head: Crennel 1-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Chiefs; Crennel 2-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in seventh year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
- Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in four of his six seasons as the helm, and the team’s four postseason berths over the past five seasons are the most by an NFC team.
- His .654 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 3 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games) entering the 2012 season.
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each season from 2006-11.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).
ROMEO CRENNEL…Is in second year (interim coach for three games in 2011) as the Chiefs’ 12th head coach.
- Originally joined the Chiefs in January 2010 as the club’s defensive coordinator before taking over head-coaching responsibilities for the final three games in 2011.
- Has coached in six Super Bowls and has been a member of five Super Bowl-winning teams.
- Prior to joining the Chiefs, served a four-year stint (2005-08) as head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Before leading the Browns, spent four seasons (2001-04) as defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, where he was a part of three Super Bowl-winning teams.
- Also coached on the staffs in Cleveland (2000), New York Jets (1997-99), New England (1993-96) and New York Giants (1981-92).
THE PACKERS-CHIEFS SERIES
- The first meeting between the teams came in January 1967 when the NFL champion Packers met the AFL champion Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
- Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since. The Chiefs have the second-highest winning percentage against the Packers (7-2-1, .750) among NFL teams. Only the Dolphins (10-3-0, .769) have a better record against Green Bay.
- When the Packers visited Kansas City in 2007, it was their first trip to that city since 1996, and they broke a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs by winning 33-22.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy began his NFL coaching career in Kansas City, first as quality control/offensive assistant (1993-94) and later as quarterbacks coach (1995-98)…Packers LB Erik Walden played in nine games for the Chiefs in 2008...Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements served as the quarterbacks coach in Kansas City (2000) and also played quarterback for the Chiefs in 1980...Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball began his NFL career with the Chiefs and went on to work 10 seasons there (1989-98), the first eight as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and the final two in football operations...Ball played center at Central Missouri St. when Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas was on the staff there...Ball also coached at Missouri when Chiefs defensive quality control coach Otis Smith played for the Tigers…Thomas was Green Bay’s defensive coordinator in 1999, when McCarthy was the QB coach for the Packers...Thomas also coached in Atlanta with Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. ...Packers VP of sales and marketing Tim Connolly spent seven seasons with the Chiefs (1989-95) as executive VP and chief operating officer...Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry (1999) and director of player development Rob Davis (1996) went to training camp as players with the Chiefs...Packers college scout Brian Gutekunst worked for the Chiefs as a scouting assistant in 1998...Chiefs QB coach Jim Zorn played for the Packers in 1985…Packers TE Tom Crabtree spent 2009 training camp with the Chiefs...Packers WR Jordy Nelson played at Kansas State and is a native of Manhattan, Kan. …Chiefs LS Thomas Gafford spent the 2006 training camp and the 2008 offseason with Green Bay…Chiefs DT Anthony Toribio played in one game for the Packers in ’09 and spent parts of 2008-09 on Green Bay’s practice squad...Chiefs offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. was the head coach at Louisiana Tech when Packers CB Tramon Williams played there...Packers LB A.J. Hawk is the brother-in-law of Chiefs QB Brady Quinn; Hawk’s wife, Laura, is Quinn’s sister.
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
- Sept. 1, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 20-19.
- In his one series of work, QB Aaron Rodgers completed 3-of-4 passes for 20 yards, capping the drive with an 8-yard TD pass to TE Tom Crabtree.
- With the Packers trailing 16-13 late in the third quarter, rookie LB Vic So’oto picked off a QB Tyler Palko pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown, giving Green Bay a lead it would not relinquish.
- WR Dwayne Bowe led the Chiefs with eight receptions for 85 yards (10.6 avg.) and a TD, while QB Matt Cassel connected on 15-of-17 passes for 129 yards and a score.
- Chiefs K Ryan Succop attempted a 56-yard field goal as time expired, but the kick sailed wide left and the Packers emerged victorious in the preseason finale.
This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.