The Packers will be playing a preseason game in Arizona for the first time since the Cardinals moved to the Phoenix area from St. Louis in 1988. Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell requested the preseason game with Packers president Bob Harlan and the National Football League this past spring. The Cardinals feel they can boost their sagging attendance, especially at preseason home games, by playing teams such as the Packers and Chicago Bears. Both teams draw their own fans more than any other team when they're on the road.
The Packers have played three regular season games in Tempe, posting a 26-17 victory in 1988, a 24-21 win in 1990 and a 29-3 victory in 2000.
Saturday night's game will mark their first preseason meeting with the Cardinals since 1983, Bart Starr's last year as Green Bay's head coach, the Packers emerging with a 39-27 victory at St. Louis.
TV-radio coverage: Saturday night's game will be broadcast over the state-wide Packers Television Network, with WBAY-TV (Channel 3) as the originating station. The telecast also will be carried by WISN-TV (Channel 12), Milwaukee; WISC-TV (Channel 3), Madison; WSAW-TV (Channel 7), Wausau; and WKBT-TV (Channel 8), La Crosse. Additionally, it will be aired "live" in Michigan's Upper Peninsula via Charter Communications in Escanaba and Marquette.
The game also will be broadcast over the 72-station Packer Radio Net\work with Milwaukee's WTMJ as the flagship station and available on the internet at www.packers.com. Wayne Larrivee will call the play-by-play and Larry McCarren will provide the analysis.
NFL ties: Packers assistant defensive backs coach Lionel Washington played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1983-86)…Director of Pro Personnel Reggie McKenzie played for the Phoenix Cardinals (1989-90).
College teammates: Tim Duncan (Cards) and Torrance Marshall (Green Bay) at Oklahoma…Joel Makovicka, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Chris Dishman (Cards) and Ahman Green, Jared Tomich, Steve Warren, Tyrone Williams and Scott Frost (Green Bay) at Nebraska…William McCray (Cards) and Javon Walker (Green Bay) at Florida State…Jason Starkey (Cards) and Billy Lyon (Green Bay) at Marshall…Ray Thompson (Cards) and Chad Clifton (Green Bay) at Tennessee…LaVar Woods (Cards) and Matt Bowen and Aaron Kampman (Green Bay) at Iowa…Russell Davis (Cards) and Vonnie Holliday (Green Bay) at North Carolina.
Other connections: Packers offensive assistant Darrell Bevell played at Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and Chaparral High School in Scottsdale before transferring to Wisconsin…Green Bay scout Lenny McGill starred at Arizona State…Arizona DT Wendell Bryant played at Wisconsin…Cards head coach Dave McGinnis and Packers VP/Football Operations Mark Hatley both went to Texas Christian…McGinnis also coached on several Bears staffs with Bob Slowik, Packers assistant head coach/defensive backs, in the 1990s.