GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers waited until the fourth quarter to open the offensive gates on the Chicago Bears at City stadium Sunday afternoon. But it was too late! For three full quarters, these deadly rivals engaged in a massive defensive struggle before 24,656 fans with the Bears holding a slim 10-7 edge as the highly-keyed and victory-bent teams entered the fourth quarter. Then, the Packers exploded. They moved 65 yards to the Bears’ 15 – the first time they had been in sacred Chicago land. But the Bears, after watching Bob Mann drop a sure touchdown pass, (1) forced a field goal, (2) blocked same, and (3) proceeded to blow the game wide open with two quick touchdowns as the Bays suffered a noticeable letdown. Just to show the home folks that the Bears were far from a super team, the Packers charged back with a 79-yard touchdown in three simple plays, the payoff pass going from Tobin Rote to Bill Howton for 40 yards with three minutes left. And for the record, the final score of this NFL opener – the 68th between the game’s oldest foes – was 24 to 14. The Packers now turn their thoughts to Curly Lambeau’s Washington Redskins in Milwaukee next Sunday. The defensive fireworks saw the Bears salvage a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on Whizzer White’s 29-yard field goal, but the Packers kept the defensive pressure on so tight that the Bears cracked midway in the second heat. Big John Martinkovic blocked a quick kick by White, Bob Forte recovered on the Bear five, Rote barreled it over for a 6-3 lead, and Fred Cone kicked okay to make it 7-3. The Packers went to the dressing rooms with that precious margin but the Bears charged back early in the third period to erase it. Big John Dottley, the fullback, climaxed a 56-yard TD march with a 25-yard TD run on the end of a wide pass from Bob Williams. The Packers uncovered one more defensive stand as the Bears penetrated to the Packer 13 early in the fourth quarter – only to wind up on the 20. At this point, the packers performed what seemed like a miracle compared to previous advances – as follows: Tony Canadeo opened with a three-yard dash wide and Floyd Reid made eight in two tries. Bobby Jack Floyd slammed the right side for three and then, behind a good block by Dick Logan, bolted 14 yards to the Packer 48. A quick snap caught the Bears with 12 men on the field and a five-yard penalty. Parilli, faking nicely behind the line, hurled a pass to Howton to complete a 24-yard gain to the Bear 23. The crowd let out a giant grown as Mann dropped a perfect pitch from Parilli on the Bear six. Parilli found Howton for an eight-year pass gain but on the next play the Packer backs were ruled in motion. Rote entered the contest and started the same play on which he scored previously. As the Bear defense sucked in, Rote started to uncoil his arm for a pass but a Bear lineman reached him first, throwing him on the 28. On fourth down, Ed Spinkle slashed in to block a field goal try from the 38 by Bill Reichardt. Forte picked up the loose ball and was finally nailed back on the Packer 40. The Bears stepped in for the kill. Dottley ran 11, White hit for nine, Dottley for four and then Gene Schroeder took Williams’ pass around Bobby Dillon for a TD. Floyd fumbled a moment later and the Bears scored another quickie, Dottley bolting 45 yards off the left side. The Packers’ only TD drive came next: Rote hurled to Floyd for 33 yards on a screener to the Bear 46, an interference penalty gave the Packers an automatic first down on the Bear 40 and then Howton easily broke behind the Bear defenders to take Rote’s pass on the 10 and score without trouble. Offensive mistakes were a dime a dozen on both sides, with the Downes’ crew of officials calling numerous in-motion penalties. The Packers fumbled three times and the Bears gobbled up all three of them. Defensive, neither coach could have asked for much more. The Packers’ defense – despite the letdown after the blocked FG – was brilliant, possibly the Bears’ offense was tougher than the Packers’. The game wasn’t a minute old when the Bay defense sparkled. On the second play, Fred Cone fumbled and the Bears were gifted on the Packer 20. But they wound up kicking and missing a field goal from the 49 as Forte, Ab Wimberly and Deral Teteak and the line got tough. Actually, the Packers’ defense gave the Bays their 7-3 halftime lead – by virtue of the blocked punt five yards from pay dirt. The Packers were unable to organize their offense during the first three frames. They made only three first downs in the first half – the first in the second quarter on Rote’s 10-yard pass to Ray Pelfrey. The next was automatic on Rote’s TD run and the third came just before the half on runs by Parilli and Bobby Jack Floyd. Despite the Bears’ last-quarter splurge, the defenses of the two clubs seemed to be far ahead of the offense. Thus, both teams played it close to the vest. The Packers put all of their eggs in one basket and might have finished a winner had they been able to score early in the fourth period. The Packers stayed close to the ground, throwing only 17 passes against the Bears’ 33. The Bays completed seven and the Bears 17. Each team had one intercepted. The Bears had the best of it statistically, rolling up 392 yards to the Packers’ 239. On the ground, the Bears ripped for 141 yards – not exactly typical of Bear power – against the Packers’ 110. The Bears turned their 17 completions into 251 yards while the Packers hit their seven for 129 – below par for the Bays. The stiff wind accompanying the warm weather prompted the Bears to take the goal instead of kicking off after winning the toss. Blanda’s opening KO sailed beyond the goal line and the Packers started fresh from the 20. Reliable Tony Canadeo was given the honor of lugging on the first play and he made a yard at right guard. But Cone fumbled on the next and Don Kindt recovered on the Packer 20 – a kick in the teeth right quick. The hungry Bears were immediately set back as Forte threw White for a 17-yard loss. Babe Dimancheff made six for the Bears but Teteak hit him so hard that Babe had to be helped from the field. After Wimberly dumped Williams back 10 trying to pass, Blanda’s FG went wide to the right. The Packers moved into the one-backer for the first time (and the only time of the game) and Rote made three in two tries. Parilli went back in the same formation and quick-kicked – a beauty that sailed 63 yards to the Bear 14. The Bears picked up a first down on White’s 18-yard run but the Bay pass defense stiffened and Morrison punted to Billy Grimes. Rote hurled a five-yard pass to Canadeo but smeared 11 yards on his next attempt. Parilli punted and the Bears started on their own 47 – and got nowhere. So Blanda tried a field goal from his own 45, a 55-yarder. Pelfrey fielded the ball on the three and fumbled on the 17, the Bears, of course, recovering. It looked like a touchdown for sure this time, but the Packer defense socked White and Williams back six yards in two tries. An in-motion penalty moved the Bears back again and White kicked a field goal from the 29. Rote threw three straight passes to Mann but, in each case, Jim Dooley battled the ball away. Parilli punted to White on the 45 and the Whizzer steamed over for a touchdown but the Bears clipped Canadeo and they started back on their own 20. A 16-yard run by Morrison and a 30-yard pass from Steve Romanik to White gave the Bears position inside the Packer 40 as the second quarter started but the Packers tightened and Blanda tried another field goal, this time missing from the 40. After Cone made nothing at left tackle, Floyd ripped for four and Rote threw to Pelfrey for 10 and the Packers’ initial first down. The Packers went in motion and despite a nine-yard pass from Rote to Mann, Parilli had to punt again. White fumbled the kick but recovered on his own 13. Again the Bears struck back, with Morrison running and Romanik pitching to White for 17 and Schroeder for 35. A roughing penalty moved the Bears to the Packer 12. The Bears couldn’t stand the offensive pressure and promptly drew successive penalties for in motion and offside. The Packers held and on fourth down Romanik missed fire on a pass to McColl, the Pack taking over on their own 12. The Packers couldn’t move again and Parilli’s punt again was fumbled by White who signaled for a fair catch. White managed to recover the loose ball on the Bear 27. A tripping penalty moved the Bears back to the 13 and on the next play Dick Afflis flopped on Dimancheff on the five. White danced back for his quick kick and Martinkovic blocked it easily, Forte recovering. Reid poked the middle of the line for no gain and Parilli’s pass to Mann went into the crowd. Rote, on a keeper to his right, continually faked passing as he went into the end zone. Cone converted. With Morrison running and Romanik passing, the Bears moved up to midfield where an offensive interference penalty on Bulldog Turner set them back 15. Morrison finally punted – a 17-yarder that went out of bounds on the Bear 44. The chance ended quickly as Billy Stone intercepted Rote’s pass on the 25 and returned to the Bear 37. Forte returned the compliment by intercepting Romanik’s pass to give the Packers position on the Bear 40. A clipping penalty on the Packers moved them back to their own 42. Canadeo uncorked the Packers’ longest rushing gain – a 38-yard bolt to the Bear 20 – but the play went down the drain because of a holding penalty. In the closing seconds of the half, Floyd made 16 yards and Parilli advanced 17. Reid fumbled on the first play of the second half but recovered for a six-yard loss to bring on another punt by Parilli. Morrison and Parilli exchanged punts, with the Bears taking over on the 44. A nine-yard pass from Williams to White started the Bears on their touchdown way. After an in-motion penalty, Williams hurled to White for 13, and Morrison banged 16 to the Packer 23. Morrison gained four more but the Bears were holding. Starting from his own 36, Williams pitched to Wightkin for eight and Morrison ran three to the 25. Dottley took a short pass to his left and Teteak steamed over to make the tackle but the young Badger star slipped off and Dottley went all the way. Blanda’s point try was good. Blanda kicked off three times in a weird series. On the first, Pelfrey fumbled on the 10 and Campbell picked it up and ran into the end zone but the Bears were offside. Blanda’s next KO went out of bounds and his third, from his 30, sailed into the end zone. Grimes started to run out but Canadeo motioned him back. Parilli had to punt again to set the stage for the Packers’ last great defensive stand. The Bears started on their own 36 and moved to the Packer 13 on a series of Williams’ passes to Schroeder and McColl. It looked like curtains but Williams’ first pass went incomplete and Sandifer knocked down his second try. On third down, White going wide to his right, possibly to pass, was dumped by the entire left side of the Packer line for a six-yard loss. On fourth down, Williams’ pass to Schroeder was high. At this point, the Packers went on their ill-fated touchdown campaign.
CHICAGO BEARS -   3   0   7  14  -  24
GREEN BAY     -   0   7   0   7  -  14
                         CHICAGO    GREEN BAY
First Downs                   19           11
Rushing-Yards-TD        35-141-1     31-110-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 33-17-251-2-1 17-7-128-1-1
Sacked-Yards                2-14         3-28
Net Passing Yards            237          100
Total Yards                  378          210
Fumbles-lost                 1-0          3-3
Turnovers                      1            4
Yards penalized           15-116         6-70
SCORING
1st - CHI - Whizzer White, 30-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
2nd - GB - Rote, 5-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
3rd - CHI - John Dottley, 28-yd pass from Bob Williams (George Blanda kick) CHICAGO 10-7
4th - CHI - Gene Schroeder, 10-yard pass from Williams (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 17-7
4th - CHI - Dottley, 45-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 24-7
4th - GB - Howton, 30-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) CHICAGO 24-14
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Bobby Jack Floyd 7-45, Tobin Rote 8-25 1 TD, Babe Parilli 2-19, Breezy Reid 7-15, Tony Canadeo 4-3, Fred Cone 2-2, Bill Reichardt 1-1
CHICAGO - John Dottley 8-75 1 TD, Fred Morrison 9-57, Wilford White 9-10, George Gulyanics 2-4, Leon Campbell 1-4, Billy Stone 1-2, Babe Dimancheff 3-(-5), Bob Williams 2-(-6)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 12-5-97 1 TD 1 INT, Babe Parilli 5-2-32
CHICAGO - Bob Williams 22-12-145 2 TD, Steve Romanik 11-5-106 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Billy Howton 3-72 1 TD, Bobby Jack Floyd 1-33, Ray Pelfrey 1-10, Bob Mann 1-9, Tony Canadeo 1-5
CHICAGO - Gene Schroeder 6-96 1 TD, Wilford White 5-79, John Dottley 2-34 1 TD, Bill Wightkin 2-27, Babe Dimancheff 1-10, Bill McColl 1-5
Green Bay Packers quarterback Tobin Rote is stopped for no gain, sandwiched between Chicago Bears defensive players Bill Bishop, center, and Ed Sprinkle, right, during the first quarter of a 24-14 loss to the Bears in the season opener at old City Stadium on Sept. 28, 1952. (Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette archives )
Chicago Bears (1-0) 24, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 14
Sunday September 28th 1952 (at Green Bay)
in the west and made their decision accordingly. Eventually, however, the wind did shift to the west...The Bears' Whizzer White, who provided also the capacity house with many anxious moments, treated them to a rarity in the second quarter when he fumbled a towering Parilli punt after signaling for a fair catch. Later, he elicited "oohs" and "aahs" when he nosedived into the crowd at the east end of the field in pursuit of a Steve Romanik pass...The Gene Ronzani club of Chicago, 480 strong with President Joe Ragont leading the way, was on hand to wish the Packers well. A number of ex-Packers, lured by the traditional appeal and fond memories of Packer-Bear skimishing, also were in the stands. Among them were Cub Buck, Richard (Jab) Murray, Dick Weisgerber, Irv Comp, Don Perkins and Richard (Red) Smith, former Green Bay line coach and now general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. A more recent Packer "grad", Ace Loomis, sat on the Bays' bench...Bert Wilson, "voice" of the Bears and Chicago Cubs for the last decade, made his first air appearance in three weeks Sunday afternoon. Wilson, who will speak at next Thursday's opening Quarterback club meeting here, has been troubled with high blood pressure...The movements of both protagonists were well charted. Tom Farris and Howard Lang, representing the Los Angeles Rams, and Herman Ball and Wayne Millner of the Washington Redskins, scouted the Packers while Dick Evans and Mike Nixon of the Chicago Cardinals, Paul Christman of the San Francisco Forty-Niners and Earl Brown of the Dallas Texans diagrammed the Bears... A fellow who spends his summers on the coaching lines of a baseball diamond was employed in another capacity Sunday afternoon. He was Phil Seghi, personable manager of the Bluejays, who spotted for Earl Gillespite, Packer play-by-play announcer...The Port Washington American Legion dum and bugle corps, state Class B champion the last 15 years, performed between halves. The Packer band, which has provided a musical backdrop at Packer home games for lo these many years, also officially launched its 14th season under the baton of Director Wilner Burke.
PACKERS RETURN TO PRACTICE
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers returned to practice Monday for next Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins at Milwaukee. The Packers dropped the inaugural game of the NFL season Sunday when the Chicago Bears capitalized on the breaks to win, 24-14. Coach Gene Ronzani indicated his Green Bay squad would get plenty of work this week...The Packers said Monday they have been granted the rights to halfback Ace Loomis of the Cleveland Browns and guard Washington Serini of the Chicago Bears. Both players were released on waivers.
boosted the roster to 35 players - two above the league limit - but Coach Ronzani is expected to drop two athletes shortly. The coaches likely will view the Packer-Bear game pictures before making their decisions. Serini, currently in his fifth season of pro football, had been with the Bears this season shortly before last Sunday's game. The former Kentucky star carries 235 pounds and stands 6-2. Serini and Packer center Jay Rhodemyre were teammates at Kentucky for three seasons. Loomis, not a stranger in these parts, expects to get a chance to settle down and "play some real football", he said yesterday afternoon after receiving notice that waivers on him had been awarded to the Packers. Loomis, who had been on the Brown "squad" list until last Thurday, had expected to play against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. Ace, former La Crosse Teachers star, was drafted in '51 by the Browns and then traded to the Packers. He was traded back to the Browns for Dopey Phelps and Tony Adamle last spring...The Washington game in Chicago was scouted by three Packer assistant coaches - Chuck Drulis, Ray McLean and Dick Plasman. And they reported today - "we got an eyeful". The Redskins upset the proverbial dope bucket by downing the favored Cardinals, 23-7, and, of course, set themselves up nicely for their game against the Packers. The Packers spent their time removing bumps and bruises with a light workout today. The rugged practice will start Wednesday.
LACK OF OFFENSE IN FIRST 3 QUARTERS DAMAGED PACKERS
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - Despite the never-wrong second guessers, who are having a field day with the Packers' strategy in the fourth quarter, we're convinced that the Bays lost their 68th game with the Chicago Bears in the first half and - more specifically - in the third quarter. The Packers were unable to operate an offense in the three periods. Their 7-3 halftime lead was handed them (except for five yards) by their defense. The Packers had the ball on four series in the opening quarter and here's what happened: First series: Tony Canadeo made one yard, Fred Cone fumbled, Bears recovering; Second, Rote ran for three, Rote stopped, Parilli quick kicked; Third, Canadeo lost three (back in motion), Rote threw to Canadeo for five, Rote lost 11, Parilli punted; Fourth, Rote incomplete to Mann three times, Parilli punted. The Packers should have had the ball on one other series in the opening period but Ray Pelfrey butterfingered George Blanda's field goal try, thus setting up Whizzer White's successful FG. The Packers had the ball for seven series in the second quarter - an improvement, bejabbers, because we made three first downs and a touchdown. But the Bays were less effective, offensively, in the third period than they were in the first. They had the ball for three series like so: First, Reid recovered his own fumble for 6-yard loss, Reid made two, Rote made four, Parilli punted; Second, Parilli lost five, Parilli gained five, Reichardt gained one, Parilli punted; Third, Packer got automatic first down when Ed Sprinkle interfered with Bill Howton on pass, Rote made four on QB sneak, Rote gained three on same play, Floyd gained three, Parilli punted. During those three quarters, the Packers made a total of only four first downs, including one on the five-yard TD play and another on the pass interference. In the same stretch, the Bears made 12, including four straight on the third quarter TD drive. We get the impression that even the slightest inclination toward offense in the first three periods would have given the Packers a tremendous "jump" - possibly a reverse of the final score. Instead, everything had to be packed in that one basket - that devilish situation in the fourth quarter. While the breaks were fairly even, the Packers got two bad ones that probably will never happen again - to two Packers. One all but gave the Bears their first TD and the second killed off the Bays' clutch touchdown in the fourth quarter. In short, can you imagine Deral Teteak missing a tackle or Bob Mann dropping an easy pass? Midway in the third period, Bear fullback John Dottley took a pass in the left flat as the Bear "offense" switched the other way. Teteak shot out after Dottley and hit him after he advanced about two yards, but slipped off. Dottley bowled over Dan Sandifer around the five-yard line and went in standing up. Teteak, whose bone-crushing tackles could be heard around the stadium, was disgusted with himself but you can bet he'll never miss another like it. Mann was going away from a Bear defender on the Bear five when he dropped Parilli's pass and undoubtedly would have scored easily. But Bob appeared possibly a bit over-anxious, like the rest of the Packers - not to mention 20,000 plus Packer fans - and ran a fraction of a second before he caught. We'll also wager that Mann will never drop one like it in his pro career. While the aforementioned individual errors were damaging at the time, we're still convinced that an offensive flurry or two in the first three quarters would have eliminated any one-basket doings in the fourth. The second guessers are certain (naturally, they're never wrong) Packer head coach Gene Ronzani should have stuck with Parilli on that third down in the fourth quarter, with the Packers on the Bear 20. Rote went in to start the same play on which he scored in the second quarter, except that he was supposed to pass. Ed Sprinkle broke in before Tobin could get the ball off. Which makes us wonder why Sprinkle wasn't at least brush-blocked, because he shot right at Rote without hardly a hand touching him. While Rote was going down, both Mann and Howton were behind the sucked-in defense. The anxious Bears were "set up" perfectly for the play.
linebacker. Incidentally, Faverty also played some offensive end for the Badgers last year...The Packers worked hard today for what looms as a tougher chore than the Bear game. The three Bay assistant coaches, Chuck Drulis, Ray McLean and Dick Plasman, who scouted Washington's 23-7 victory over the Cardinals, reported that the Redskins looked as tough as the Bears. The Redskins, they discovered, presented a powerful defensive line that smothered the Cardinal offense most of the night. The 23-point total spoke for the Washington offense. The coaches reported that Sammy Baugh "looked like a colt out there." The 16-year veteran completed 11 consecutive passes off the double wing to break the Cards' back in the first half. Also making the Washingtons, coached by Curly Lambeau, particularly tough was the shift of Harry Gilmer from quarterback to left half. Gilmer is a great runner and his trusty passing arm was an additional threat in his new position. The Redskins will have their ace threat back again at left halfback - Charley Justice, the North Carolina 170-pound flash, who will be making his 1952 league debut. Justice suffered a broken wrist in the non-conference opener and has been out of action since. Also returning Sunday will be Johnny Papit, the Virginia halfback, who carries 196 pounds. Papit was injured in the Packer-Redskin game in Kansas City Sept. 14. The giant Washington defensive line is led by 270-pound middle guard Jim Ricca and 257-pound tackle Paul Lipscomb, a former Packer.
THE REVENGE OF MR. LAMBEAU
OCT 2 (Green Bay) - When Coach Curly Lambeau's Redskins mopped the ground with the Cardinals, who had not thought well of Mr. Lambeau as coach, a crow had been plucked and the rankle that may once have curdled the Lambeau breast must have softened into something like the milk of human kindness. But Mr. Lambeau has never had satisfaction out of the Packers the way he got it out of the Cardinals. That makes the game on Sunday at Milwaukee look like something painted with a grudge, for what is ever sweeter in this world than revenge? A man need not have Latin blood to gather a thrill from gloating. In fact, Mr. Lambeau had a very long reckoning to balance with Green Bay because of the fact that the Packers took his Cardinals twice since he quit Green Bay as coach. More and more does that game at Milwaukee take on aspects of high and shrill interest.
afternoon session with a blackboard talk and then went onto the field to work on a defense against the Redskins "T" and double wing passing game. The Redskins' Sammy Baugh is expected to start pitching as soon as he gets his hands on the ball. That's what he did against the Chicago Cardinals Monday night and the 38-year old veteran of 16 pro seasons completed 11 straight passes. The Redskins finished on the long end, 23-7. The Packers leave for Milwaukee on the 11 o'clock North Western Saturday morning and will headquarter at the Schroeder hotel. They'll return on the North Western at 10 o'clock Sunday night. Packer ticket chief Carl Mraz is hoping for a crowd of around 15,000, although the game will have World Series competition. The fourth Series game will be televised in Milwaukee Sunday.
WASHINGTON SCRIBE PAINTS NEW PICTURE OF CURLY LAMBEAU
OCT 3 (Green Bay) - Lewis F. (Tony) Atchison, a fine family man from Washington, has been away from his wide and kiddies for nearly three months. Why? To cover the Washington Redskins! Every year, the Washingtons do all of their early-season dirty work on the road. They start training in California and then bounce all over creation. Mr. Atkinson is one of four writers who have typed out millions of words about their beloved Redskins. They got an unexpected "treat" out in California early in the season when owner George P. Marshall handed them some "hot copy" in the person of Curly Lambeau. The writers, bored with defeats, went hog wild with Curly and penned some interesting pieces. And to make this day a bit easier, we'd like to present Atchison's dispatch on Lambeau. It was written out of San Antonio, Tex., and the story is something of a refreshing surprise - if you recall Lambeau's 31-year reign over our beloved Packers. Come in Tony: "Like an old champ warming up for a comeback, Curly Lambeau peeled off his tailor-made shirt at the Redskins' training camp the other day and threw a few light, almost playful, punches. It was good to be back in harness and Curly was content to soak up the atmosphere. He decided to feel out the youngsters and see what the ole-timers had left before taking off the gloves and going to work in earnest. Curly has been most cordial to sportswriters. He talks easily and doesn't try to hedge or dodge questions. He even invited the writers to his first meeting with the squad, asking only that they refrain from describing some of the football strategy diagrammed on the blackboard. This wasn't the Lambeau we remembered from past occasions, such as NFL meetings. This wasn't the Lambeau who nodded politely and said, "Of course, I remember you," and the hurried away while Steve Owen and Greasy Neale enlivened things with their oft-told tales and other coaches tarried to pass the time of day. Lambeau had no time for you - or least gave that impression. Curly laughed about it when we mentioned it the other day. 'I'll say I had no time,' he agreed. 'Remember I was running the whole show in Green Bay. I had to coach the team, sign the players, handle all the business affairs, and, at league meetings, I had everything to do myself. When they (club owners) voted on changes in the by-laws, I had to find out what it was all about. Marshall and the other owners could read and think about by-laws during the football season, when I had to be working with the football team. They also had men like Dick McCann and Herman Ball to help at the meetings, but I had to it all myself. Things weren't much better at Chicago,' Curly added, referring to his two years with the Cardinals. 'But I like to be around with the boys and intend to be after our games in Washington.' That brought up the Cardinals-Redskins game at Griffith Stadium last season and Charlie Trippi's disputed strategy in the last minute when the Cards failed to score and win the game. Roundly criticized for calling passes when running plays seemed certain to score, Trippi refused to take the blame. He said the orders came from the bench. 'Charlie's right,' Curly said. 'It wasn't his fault. I had given strict instructions not to pass inside their 10-yard line, but Cecil Isbell, who was upstairs scouting for us that day, sent down a play he thought would work. Naturally, it came from the bench where I was in charge, so Trippi used it. There are plays,' Lambeau reminded us, 'that click even though stopped the first couple of times.' He thought back to the second game with the Chicago Bears in 1935 because it illustrated a couple points which, Curly thinks, apply to the present situation. The Packers beat their arch-rivals twice that year, 7-0 and 17-14, winning the second game with a two-touchdown outburst in the last few minutes of play. 'The Packers had cooked up a new pass play for Don Hutson, then playing his first pro season, but Don wound up on his back each time it was tried. With about 3 minutes to go, Hutson was on the bench, recovering. He was convinced that this particular play would go,' Lambeau said, 'so he went in - still shaky - to try again and this time it clicked for 90 yards and a touchdown.' Hutson, of course, is Curly's al-time pro choice. He thinks Don's great pass catching was due chiefly to his relaxed style. Of course, the one-time Alabama end had great hands, speed and a change of pace, but he also was the 'loosest' player Curly can remember. Lambeau intends to pull no punches with men who need a dressing down, but he recognizes the fact that some veterans need more time to get in shape and that players must be handled differently. 'It would be stupid for me to take a tough attitude toward boys like Harry Gilmer or Charlie Justice when I know they're trying with everything they've got,' he said. 'But some need a little prodding, and they'll get it.' Curly said he likes his coaching staff of Herman Ball, Marvin Bass and Sammy Baugh. 'They think all the time,' said Lambeau. 'They don't sit back and say nothing at our meetings, but speak up and their suggestions are good. I think we'll get along fine.' Curly was surprised when told the writers thought Ball would be on the road scouting other teams this year. 'Oh, no,' he said. 'Herman's too valuable. I'll want him up in the stands. The fellow upstairs is your key man. He's the one that sees everything and tells you what's wrong and what plays to use. I want Herman at our games.' As for material, well, Curly agrees with Marshall that it's not too bad. He doesn't think you'll see a much better defensive line in the league than Walt Yowarsky and Joe Tereshinski at ends, Laurie Niemi and Paul Lipscomb at tackles, with Jim Ricca in the middle. He thinks the Redskins' secondary defense can be improved by a few changes in strategy and that the offense will score a lot of points if the team plays up to its performance against the Rams. Curly's biggest problem, however, is dispelling the impression that he's only a messenger boy for Marshall. A few minutes with the man, who is well-heeled enough to tell any club owner to go fly his kits when he's had enough gruff, are enough to impress you that Lambeau really means what he says and intends to put the team he thinks is strongest on the field."
HEADS QUESTIONS OF QB MEETING ' WHY CHANGE QUARTERBACKS?'
OCT 3 (Green Bay) - More than 1,100 members of the Men's Quarterback Club picked up some "inside dope" on Packer football and Chicago Cub baseball at the opening meeting of the 1952 season at Washington Junior High school auditorium Thursday night. In addition, the quarterbacks got an opportunity to meet the Packer players and see the motion picture of the Packers' 24-14 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears here last Sunday. The players introduced themselves individually over the PA system and received a tremendous ovation from the quarterbacks as they left the stage. Ted Fritsch, the one time Packers fullback, presided as chief quarterback of the club, which is sponsored by the Packer Alumni association, and narrated the film. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani produced the inside football information by answering questions dropped into the question box. Bert Wilson, the Chicago sportscaster who play-by-plays the Cubs and the Bears, let loose with a lot of information on the Cubs - not to mention a number of funny stories. The quarterbacks backed up Ronzani with a big hand-clap when he suggested that he refrain from answering questions that were unsigned. The question period wasn't on a minute when the inevitable "why the change of quarterback" question was popped, regarding Ronzani's switch from quarterback Babe Parilli to QB Tobin Rote in the fourth quarter of the Bear game. Gene pointed out that "it was our intention to run the same play on which Rote scored earlier in the game, except that he was to pass." (Rote was unable to get the pass off, however, because he was tackled behind the line of scrimmage.) Ronzani revealed that "only certain plays are called from the bench - otherwise the quarterback has complete charge of the offense on the field." And, he added, "the coaching staff will take the blame for anything that doesn't work." Another QB wanted to know if Ronzani thought the Girard deal was worth it. (Jug Girard was traded to Detroit for Ed Berrang, Steve Dowden and a player to be named later, and Berrang was released yesterday.) "If you noted the play of Dowden in the Bear game, I'm sure you'll feel that it was a good trade." The deal that sent tackle Paul Lipscomb to the Washington Redskins in
Stydahar today following the announcement out of Los Angeles last night that Joe is considering an offer from the Packers. Ronzani said that Joe has always been aware of the Packer offer. The Packer pilot said that he has talked with Stydahar a number of times on player matters. Just recently after first reports of dissension came out of the Ram camp, Ronzani said that Stydahar told him that “there was nothing to it.” Shortly after Ronzani became coach of the Packers in February of 1950, he revealed that Stydahar was his No. 1 choice as line coach. And Joe expressed considerable interest in coming here. However, Clark Shaughnessy was discharged as Ram coach and Stydahar was fitted into his shoes. Stydahar is presently pondering his future in Los Angeles. He received a $25,000 offer to launch a career as a wrestling referee, tendered by his close friend, promotor Cal Eaton…STYDAHAR TO CARDINALS: With the National conference race just starting, it’s possible other clubs in the NC might be interested in hiring Joe. The Detroit Lions, for instance, play the Rams in LA tomorrow night in a crucial game for both clubs. The Packers play the Rams in Milwaukee Sunday, Oct. 12. There was a report in a Chicago newspaper today that Stydahar may succeed Joe Kuharich as head coach of the Cardinals unless the Cards make a strong showing against the Chicago Bears next Sunday. “Another inglorious stand against the Bears, such as the 23 to 7 setback the Cardinals swooned away to the Washington Redskins last Monday night,” the story said, “will definitely put Kuharich on the hot spot, according to well-informed sources.”…The Packers jumped into a stiff workout today for their “must” battle against the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee Sunday. The emphasis was on offense – rushing and passing – and the Packers aim to explode it despite Washington’s tough defense which limited the Cardinals to seven points Monday night.
POOL CONTINUES EFFORTS TO REBUILD RAMS
OCT 2 (Los Angeles) - New head coach Hampton Pool today resumed his efforts to rebuild the Los Angeles Rams into a winning team for their NFL game with the Detroit Lions here Friday night. Pool, who moved up for backfield coach when Joe Stydahar stepped out last Monday, indicated he may start a backfield composed of either Bob Waterfield or Norm Van Brocklin at quarterback, Skeet Quinland and Woodley Lewis at the halfback positions and Deacon Dan Towler at fullback. Stydahar, meanwhile, disclosed he had received an overture to become assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers. Stydahar also received a $25,000 offer to launch a career as a wrestling referee, tendered by his close friend, promoter Cal Eaton. Stydahar said he has not made up his mind about his immediate future.
1950 also came up. Ronzani said that "we were sorry to see Paul go because he was a good tackle and after the deal was worked out with Washington Lipscomb said he was sorry that he was leaving the Packers." At the time, Lipscomb and the Packers could not see eye to eye on contract terms. Wilson, who is back in broadcasting after a three-week rest because of illness, said that the Cubs could be a contending club next year, if they can find a hard-hitting shortstop and outfielder. He pointed out that shortstop Roy Smalley left nothing to be desired as a fielder but couldn't hit. Wilson said he didn't think the Cubs would purchase home run hitting Ralph Kiner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who is now on the block. "We've already got a home run star in left field in Hank Sauer. And Sauer and Kiner can't play any other field but left," Wilson pointed out. He added that "Sauer is a much better team player and fielder than Kiner."
PACKERS FACE WASHINGTON IN MUST-WIN TILT SUNDAY
OCT 4 (Milwaukee-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Packers face a "must-win" situation here Sunday afternoon - not to mention the Washington Redskins. The Packers will be looking for their first NFL victory of the young 1952 season, and if they don't get it they'll return to Green Bay Sunday night with an unhealthy 0-2 record. The Packers opened last Sunday with a 24-14 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Washington forces of Coach Curly Lambeau - the same individual who founded the Packers and worked as their head coach for 31 years - will be out to make it two in a row. They opened with a surprise 23-7 triumph over the Chicago Cardinals Monday night. A crowd of around 15,000, and that's an optimistic guess, is expected for the first league game of the season here. It will be played at Marquette university stadium, and kickoff is set for 1:30. Television of the World Series here is expected to hurt the attendance. Coach Gene Ronzani of the Packers indicated this week that he intends to shoot the works in an effort to score points and post the first win. The emphasis was on offense all week and five new players were added to the roster in a new-blood move - end Jim Keane, halfback Ace Loomis, tackle-guard Wash Serini, center-end Hal Faverty and tackle Bob Dees...GILMER AT LEFT HALF: The Packers likely will do a lot of passing, with both quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, in the key roles. Joining aces Bob Mann and Bill Howton among the end catchers will be Keane, who looked good in practice. The Packers threw only 17 passes against the Bears but they'll probably more than double that figure against the Redskins. The Redskins are also expected to take to the air, with the veteran 38-year old pro, Sammy Baugh, handling most of the pitching. He'll get some help from quarterback Eddie LeBaron and former quarterback Harry Gilmer, who has been shifted to left half. Against the Cards, Gilmer threw occasionally from his new position. Baugh cracked the Cardinals' backs with his 11 straight completions in the first half, and the grand old man of football, now in his 16th playing season, will be out to do the same against the Packers. Baugh does most of his pitching off the double wing spread. The Packers will be bumping against one of the toughest defensive lines in the league. It is anchored by Paul Lipscomb, the former Packer tackle, and Jim Ricca, a 270-pound middle guard. This unit put such pressure on the Cardinal backs that they were able to pick up
LUCK OF GAME DECIDED WINNER, SAYS G. HALAS
SEPT 29 (Green Bay) - Pitching his voice so as to be heard above the din prevailing in room 137 of the Hotel Northland Sunday afternoon, ageless George Halas volunteered, “That blocked kick was the turning point.” The pro football pioneer, understandably mellow at dusk on the day of his 33rd consecutive autumn visit to Green Bay, elaborated, “Sprinkle (the Bears’ veteran trouble-shooter) did a good job on it. Remember, it (Bill Reichardt’s field goal attempt from the 35-yard line in the fourth quarter) would have tied up the game. And we not only gained 25 yards on the play, but eventually scored. That was a difference of ten points.” Conceding that “I’m just glad we won,” the Bears’ 55-year old head master declared, “We’ve never had a Bear team that made so many mistakes. And the day’s performance just bore out what I said before the game. Both teams had a lot of first year men and for that reason, I said that the luck of the game would decide the winner.” Had he been seriously concerned at any point about the outcome? “Oh, my goodness, yes,” was the ready rejoinder. “That’s a GOOD Green Bay team. They have fine personnel and they’ll give everybody lots of trouble,” George asserted. “We expect them to beat Washington next week.” “In fact,” the shrewd Bohemian prophesied, “the Packers could finish with a 6-6 mark or ever 7-5, and, with a little luck such as we had today, they could wind up in a tie for the National conference title.” This forecast, he subsequently made known, was predicated on his belief that the NC champion “will lose four games, maybe five. It’s just that kind of a league this year.” The Midway Monsters’ chieftain was lavish in his phrase of a Packer due, Tony Canadeo or Babe Parilli. “To me, Canadeo is just tremendous and it’s a pleasure to see him go. I’d like to see him run at an even greater pace the rest of the year, except when we meet again in Chicago, of course. He’s the greatest competitor I know. As a matter of fact, he’s out of this world as a football player.”…”WE’D LOVE TO HAVE PARILLI”: “Parilli,” he went on, “is one of the finest quarterbacks in the league. He’s simply outstanding and I can tell you this, we'd love to have him.” Why hadn’t Johnny Lujack returned? “Merely because he wanted to coach at Notre Dame this year,” George responded. “We didn’t attempt to cut his salary but he didn’t care to play again for what he was offered – the same amount he got last year. And we never coax anybody to play. Mihal of Purdue is the only one I ever coaxed to play, and after the sorry exhibition he put on, I never coaxed anybody again.”…The atmosphere, as could be expected, had been quite different in the Packers’ dressing room at City stadium where the players, exhausted after an all-out effort, were dejected because it had come to naught. Ray Bray, one of the team’s old pros, was the first to speak “Nice going gang. It was tough but the breaks were just against us.” He paused as Canadeo approached and they commiserated briefly before Tony’s locker. Bobby Jack Floyd, the rookie fullback from Texas Christian, disgustedly hurled a piece of tape to the floor and stared moodily ahead of him. Head Coach Gene Ronzani shortly appeared, and, according each player a pat on the back, declared, “You don’t have to feel down after playing a game like that.” Simultaneously, in another corner of the room, Captain Bob Forte observed, “Another day, another dollar. Next week we’ve got another game. We’ve got Washington next week. This one is just so much water over the dame so let’s forget about it and think about the future.” “Yeah, just keep your daubers up,” somebody shouted. “You bet,” Forte responded, “we’ll correct those mistakes.” And the rest chorused in, “Hell yes!” Meanwhile, in the coaches’ inner sanctum, Ronzani had shed his clothes in preparation for a shower but apparently was too engrossed to take it. He stared unseemingly at the floor as the strains of a swing arrangement by the Packer Lumberjack band, playing overtime to amuse a cluster of fans, drifted through the window. Finally, he looked up and offered. "The play that Tobin (Rote) ran was the same one he ran for a touchdown." He had reference to the one on which Rote was dropped for a loss in the fourth quarter just before Bill Reichardt's field goal attempt was blocked. "And the placekick was from the 35 - and true as a die. We had 'em backpedalling and - boom - then it happened." "Who blocked that kick?" somebody asked. "Sprinkle," Assistant Coach Chuck Drulis answered and, going to the blackboard, illustrated by means of a diagram how the Bear end "slid" behind the line and burst through to arrest the kick. "It's too bad to lose a ball game we had it like that," Ronzani summed up. "A succession of bad breaks and a letdown in the fourth quarter - that did it."...A defensive end seldom has an opportunity to score but John Martinkovic, the Bays' burly sophomore wingman, almost turned the trick. After blocking Fred (Curly) Morrison's punt shortly before the half, he picked up the ball on the Bear five-yard line and was about to rise and set sail for the goal line when a teammate out to make certain the Packers would keep the ball, hurtled through the air and bore big John to the ground. Bob Forte eventually wound up with the ball...Though it eventually turned out to their advantage, the Bears' choice of the west goal after winning the pregame coin toss almost boomeranged. Actually, a strong wind was blowing out of the east at that point, but the Bears, judging from the gusts coming around East High school, assumed that they originated 
PACK FACES SKINS; CURLY LAMBEAU
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - The Packers launch a new month against an old friend in Milwaukee Sunday. And if the Packers get a couple of "repeats", there should be some joy in Green Bay next Sunday night. At the moment, there isn't any happiness in these parts - after the 24-14 loss to the Bears. The for, or rather foes, in Milwaukee will be the Washington Redskins and their new head coach, Curly Lambeau, who founded our Packers 34 years ago and then head coached them for 31 years. Milwaukee has been good to the Packers on these October openers since Gene Ronzani replaced Lambeau early in 1950. In each of the last two years, the Packers opened at Green Bay with losses and then evened the score in Milwaukee. The same situation exists this season; the Packers lost last Sunday and will be out to make it 1-1. In 1950, the Packers were dumped by Detroit here but the following Sunday they whacked an unbeaten Washington team in Milwaukee, 35 to 21. In 1951, the Packers were downed by the Bears here, 31-20, but they bounced back in Milwaukee to beat Pittsburgh, 35-33. If you're superstitious, a slight "bug" must be reported. The 1950-51 games were played at State Fair park; this year's battles are scheduled at Marquette university stadium. Although this will be the first league game between the Packers and a Lambeau-coached team, the Packers will be looking for their fourth victory over his clubs. The Bays beat Lambeau's Cardinals by identical 17-14 scores in non-conference games at City stadium in 1950-51. And in Kansas City last Sept. 14, shortly after Lambeau took the Redskin wheel, the Packers scored a 13-7 victory...The Packers went back to work this morning with two additional players on their roster - Washington Serini, the former Bear tackle-guard and linebacker, and Ace Loomis, former Packer-Cleveland Brown defensive halfback. The two players 
BADGERS' FAVERTY AWARDED TO PACK
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - The Packers were awarded another player today - one Hal Faverty, the former University of Wisconsin defensive end, linebacker and center. Faverty is the third player claimed by the Packers via the waiver route in three days. Two athletes were placed Monday - defensive halfback Ace Loomis and tackle-guard Washington Serini. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani, who was at a quarterback club meeting in Milwaukee this noon, revealed that "any roster changes will be made later this week." Actually, the Packers aren't over the player limit of 33. The three aforementioned athletes were awarded the club by NFL Commissioner Bert Bell and are not necessarily on the roster. If any of them are placed on the active list, the same number of players, however, must be cut from the original 33. Faverty, who started the season with the Bears, remained on the Bear roster until 10 minutes before midnight last Saturday - the player limit deadline for the league opener. Ronzani has been mum on any possible roster changes. After the Bear game Sunday afternoon, Ronzani said that "we'll be okay after we make a few changes." Faverty, Wisconsin's most valuable player last year, could be used at three spots in the Packer lineup - defensive end, linebacker or center. The native of Hammond, Ind., stands 6-1 and weighs 215 pounds. He was expected to report today. Addition of Faverty reunited two of Wisconsin's 1951 defensive kingpins, the other being Deral Teteak, the Packers' rugged middle 
PACKERS GRAB JIM KEANE, CUT THREE
OCT 2 (Green Bay) - The Packers today: (1) Picked up Jim Keane, former Chicago Bear end, as a free agent; (2) Placed three players, including Ray Pelfrey, on waivers, and (3) Expressed an interest in adding Jumbo Jim Stydahar as an assistant coach. In addition, three players who had been claimed on waivers from other clubs were added to the official roster. They are halfback Ace Loomis, tackle-guard Wash Serini and center-linebacker Hal Faverty. Cut loose in swift developments this morning were Ray Pelfrey, veteran end and halfback; rookie linebacker Chuck Boerio; and pro-experienced defensive end Ed Berrang. Pelfrey flashed as a rookie end in ’51, catching 38 passes for 462 yards and five touchdowns to rank seventh in the
league. This season, Ray was shifted to left halfback and failed to show his 1951 form. Boerio, former Illinois star, is the second of the Packers’ three rookie LBs to go. Dropped earlier was Tito Carinci, the former Xavier ace. Of the three, Deral Teteak, the bone-crushing Wisconsin hitter, remains…CAME ON GIRARD TRADE: Berrang came here last summer in the trade that shifted Jug Girard to Detroit. Girard was traded for Berrang, rookie tackle Steve Dowden and a third player to be named later. Keane, 28, the former Iowa star who with Ken Kavanaugh formed the Bears’ chief pass catching combination in the late 1940’s, is presently in his seventh professional football season. He stands 6-4 and packs 215 pounds. Keane caught 15 passes for 247 yards and one touchdown last year. In 1950, Keane caught 36 for 433 yards and no TD’s. Loomis played with the Pack last year and was traded to the Browns last spring. Serini was a four-year veteran with the Bears while Faverty is a rookie from Wisconsin.  Faverty started the season with the Bears and was dropped 10 minutes before the league player limit deadline last Saturday night…Ronzani commented on 
PACKERS SEEK HELP FROM 'NEW BLOOD'
OCT 3 (Green Bay) - The Packers hope to beat the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee Sunday with the help of some new blood! Four newcomers to the Green Bay scene and one - Ace Loomis - who had been here before, may get into the crucial Redskin contest. Fighting for the Green Bay cause for the first time will
be Jim Keane, offensive end and defensive halfback; Hal Faverty, linebacker, center and defensive end; Wash Serini, linebackers and tackle-guard; and Bob Dees, tackle. Loomis played here last fall, was traded to the Cleveland Browns last spring and early this week was awarded to the Packers via the waiver route...THREE WITH BEARS: Three of the other four players are former Chicago Bears. Keane played six seasons with the Bruins, while Serini put in four. Faverty, the rookie out of the University of Wisconsin, stayed with the Bears until 14 hours before the Bear-Packer game last Sunday. Dees, a rookie, was obtained from the Los Angeles Rams. He played at Southwest Missouri State, stand 6-4 and weighs 235 pounds. To make room for the newcomers, Packer head coach Gene Ronzani announced yesterday that three players had been placed on waivers - end-halfback Ray Pelfrey, defensive halfback Ed Berrang and linebacker Chuck Boerio. Two players may be placed on the injured list before the game. One of the athletes hobbled with injuries is tackle Tom Johnson. The newcomers worked into the Packer picture during yesterday's practice. Faverty was used as a linebacker and offensive center, while Keane worked at left end with Bob Mann. Loomis worked at both offense and defense. Veterans Tony Canadeo and Breezy Reid may carry the halfback load against the Redskins, what with Pelfrey gone and Billy Grimes still lacking his usual speed due to an early injury. However, defensive backs Loomis, Dom Moselle, Clarence Self and Dan Sandifer have been running some on offense...TWO DRILLS THURSDAY: Two workouts were held Thursday. After a light drill in the morning, the squad opened the 
only 86 yards rushing. Card backs completed only seven passes...INTERESTING SIDELIGHT: The Lambeau-Packer feud might prove an interesting sidelight. The Packers hold three straight victories - by a total of 12 points - over teams coached by Lambeau since he left here early in 1950. The Bays downed his Cardinals by 17-14 scores in 1950-51 and last Sept. 14 edged the Washingtons shortly after Lambeau took over by a 13-7 count. Sunday's game will be the first league contest between the Packers and Lambeau. The Packers arrived here early this afternoon on the North Western and headquartered at the Hotel Schroeder. The club will return to Green Bay on the North Western at 10 o'clock Sunday night.
PACKERS READY TO BATTLE WASHINGTON
OCT 4 (Milwaukee) - Green Bay Packers go after their initial victory of the NFL season tomorrow against their old coach and his new team, the Washington Redskins. The game will be the first regular season meeting between the Packers and a team coached by Curly Lambeau since the latter left Green Bay three years ago to wind up a 31-year career in northern Wisconsin. The Packers have won all three exhibitions played against Lambeau - two when he was with the Chicago Cardinals and a 13-7 victory over Washington earlier this year. Lambeau's offense will center around Sammy
Baugh, the Redskins' veteran quarterback who paced the club to an opening 23-7 win over the Cardinals Monday night, with Eddie LeBaron in the understudy role. Two quarterbacks, veteran Tobin Rote and rookie Babe Parilli, will share the passing for Green Bay. Coach Gene Ronzani's offense lacked punch in the 24-14 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday. A crowd of about 20,000 is expected for the 1:30 PM kickoff at Marquette Stadium.