By Nate LoCascio Tonight 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 58th contest this year and has raised more than $3.7 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 counties throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The Packers assumed many of those tasks beginning
The Packers are 32-24-1 all-time in the series. The Titans will be making their third appearance in the Bishop’s Charities Game, having won both of the previous two games (2003 and 2006). Green Bay has won four consecutive contests and eight of the last nine games in the series, including a 24-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last year. 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.
Over the last three Bishop’s Charities Games, the Packers have outscored their opponents, 116-45.