This Week in Packer History

Here's a look at notable events in Packer history for the week of August 22-28.

1921: It's official

The American Professional Football Association granted a franchise for the Green Bay Packers to J.E. Clair of Acme Packing Company on August 27, 1921. Clair later had to turn the franchise back over to the league (which changed its name to the National Football League in 1922) and Curly Lambeau bought it back with his own money, but the 1921 date remains the birth of an officially franchised professional football team in Green Bay.

1939: Let's Play Two!

The Packers played an exhibition double-header vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates in Green Bay. The teams tied 7-7 in game one, then the Pack blanked the tired Pirates 17-0 in the night cap in front of 9,416 fans. According to the Packer media guide's list of non-league games, this was the only twin-bill in team history.

1999: Madtown mad about the Pack

The Packers set an all-time preseason home attendance record when 78,184 fans turned out to see the Packers host the Denver Broncos at Camp Randall Stadium on the University of Wisconsin Madison campus.

2003: Stormy weather

A tumultuous preseason slate concludes with a two-hour plus storm delay in an exhibition game vs. the Tenessee Titans on Aug. 28, 2003. While football usually forges on through the worst of conditions, lightning in the area kept the players off the field for a lengthy delay. When play resumed, many of the original 69,126 fans had gone home on the inclement Thursday night. The game officially ended in the wee hours of Friday morning, capping a preseason slate which included another game shortened by lightning in Canton, Ohio and a city-wide blackout in Cleveland.

Happy Birthday

Defensive tackle Jim Flanigan was born Aug. 27, 1971 in Green Bay. The son of Jim Flanigan, who played linebacker for the Pack from 1967-70, the younger "Flanny" previously starred at Southern Door High School (Brussels, Wis.) and Notre Dame. Flanigan was a third-round draft pick of Chicago, where he was a six-year starter before coming to the Packers via free agency in 2001.

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