(CHICAGO) - Eleven years of heartbreaks in Wrigley field came to a glorious end Sunday afternoon when the Green Bay Packers, bristling with a tremendous spirit, blasted the heated Chicago Bears into complete submission before 41,751 pop-eyed fans. The final score was 41 to 28 and the contest marked the beginning of a new era for the fighting and victory-starved Packers. The triumph was the Packers' fourth of the 1952 NFL season - their best "won" mark five long years of drought, since 1947. It was Green Bay's first win here since 1941. The Packers now find themselves tied with the Los Angeles Rams, each with 4-3, one game behind the San Francisco Forty Niners and the Detroit Lions, who each have 5-2, while the Bears, oh joy, are virtually out of the running. How did it all happen here Sunday? How did the Packers, a 10-point underdog, beat the team that dumped the Forty Niners a week ago? The Packers really jelled for the first time this season in a real honest-to-goodness clutch game. Their collective spirit made everything work - their offense which produced five touchdowns and two field goals and their defense, which limited the Bears to only 157 yards, most of them in the last quarter after the Packers had surged in front, 41-14. And, incidentally, the Packers' point total was the highest since the Bays downed Detroit, 57-21, in 1945. The blistering Packer defense - outside of two long kickoff returns for touchdowns in the second and third quarters - never permitted the Bears inside the Bay 45 until the last seven minutes of the game when the Packers held a juicy, 27-point, 41-14 margin. The scoring by quarters shows the Packers' comeback. It was 7-7 at the opening-heat mark, and 17-7 at the half - a 10-point margin like a year ago when the Bays led 13-3 and finally lost 24-13. But this is a new era! The two teams traded TDs in the third period for a 24-13 Bay edge before the 31-point fourth heat, with the Bays producing 17 points in six minutes and 54 seconds. The Packers' "change of pace" offense - quarterback Tobin Rote with his running threat and long-distance passing and QB Babe Parilli, with his magic under the center and quick throws and pitchouts - kept the Bear defense, including Ed Sprinkle, worried and frustrated all afternoon. To keep the Bears honest the Packers presented fullback Fred Cone and halfback Tony Canadeo - among others. Cone rolled up 20 points on two touchdowns, a field goal and five extra points; caught three passes for 69 yards; and ran 46 yards in nine tries. Canadeo, the old warhorse who received the game ball, led ball carriers on both teams with 69 yards in 11 attempts, blocked viciously and, above all, led the "spirit" offense. The Packers shocked the Bears by driving 80 yards for the first TD, with Rote moving the team in the first 49 and Parilli for the last 31. The payoff was a 19-yard Parilli pitch to Bill Howton, who leaped for the ball on the two and backed over Gene Schroeder into the end zone. The Bears returned the shock when Leon Campbell ran straight up the middle on Cone's kickoff for 86 yards and a tying TD. All was quiet until midway in the second period when the Bays marched 52 yards for a TD, with Cone leaping over right tackle for the score. Just before the half, Cone kicked a field goal from 12 yards out to make it 17-7. Halfway in the third period, Rote threw a screen pass to Cone to the left and the galloping fullback dashed 38 yards for the Packers' third TD. But the Bears quickly "nullified" it when Eddie Macon returned Cone's kickoff 89 yards for a TD to make the score 24-14. The Packers zoomed it to 31-14 early in the fourth heat when big John Martinkovic, the defensive end, flopped on the ball in the end zone. It started as a field goal by Bill Reichardt from the 43. The ball was partially blocked and it bounced off Whizzer White, trying to field it on the 10. Martinkovic and a flock of Bears and Packers chased it into the end zone. A moment later, Reichardt was perfect on a field goal kick from the 37 to make it 34-14. Dan Sandifer intercepted a Romanik pass to set up the Pack's final TD from the Bear 17. The Packers drew a holding penalty but Parilli hurled a perfect strike to Bob Mann, who leaped between two Bears on the five and ran into the end zone. That ended the scoring and it seemed only incidental that the Bears scored twice more - on a 48-yard pass from Romanik to Schroeder, his only catch of the day, and a 12-yard throw from Romanik to Fred Morrison. It would be difficult to select a Packer here in this battle. Something excellent could be said about everybody. The two ex-Bears in the defensive line, Ray Bray and Wash Serini, had a mission to accomplish and they did just that. Deral Teteak and Bob Forte made their usual "flock" of tackles and Martinkovic and Ab Wimberly stopped a lot of the Bears' wide stuff. Marv Johnson, the ex-Ram playing his first Packer game, worked well into the halfback defensive unit with Bobby Dillon, Dan Sandifer, Clarence Self and Dom Moselle, who choked off the Bears' air game. The statistics tell much of the story. The Packer offense ripped off 390 yards, 218 by rushing and 172 by pitching, against the Bears' 157, including 71 by rushing and 86 by passing. And get this: The Bears gained only 26 yards by throwing in the first three and a half quarters. The Packers' 218 yards came on 16 completions in 25 attempts - 64 percent - while the Bears completed 10 out of 25. Rote attempted 13 and completed 9 for 120 yards while Parilli hurled 12 times and completed seven for 81 yards. There was no indication of what finally happened in the first 12 minutes of the game. The Bears won the toss but decided to take the wind (pick their own goal) instead of receiving. With Cone running and Rote throwing to Jim Keane for eight yards, the Packers moved to two first downs before the Bears forced Parilli to punt. White took the ball on the 10 and Steve Dowden dropped him in his tracks. The Bears promptly moved to four straight first downs to midfield before the Bays stiffened, thanks to a general tightening of the defense. Blanda tried a field goal from 52 yards out but it was wide. That march, as it developed, was the Bears' last offensive move until after the score was 41-14. Rote pitched to Cone for 29 yards to set off the Packers' 80-yard TD march. Reid and Rote added seven and Rote hurled to Howton, who lateraled to Bobby Jack Floyd for a total of 14 yards to the Bear 31. Floyd moved for two and Parilli fired to Howton for 10 and then for 19 for the TD. Cone kicked the first of five extra points. After Campbell made his kickoff return TD and Blanda made the first of four extra points, the game revolved into a punting duel between Parilli and Morrison. Each punted twice before the Packers started their second TD march in the second frame. Starting on the Bay 48, Floyd Reid ran for six and then took a pass from Parilli for 14 yards to the Bear 32. Billy Grimes slammed off left tackle for seven and Parilli, faking the Bears out of their shoes, hurled to Howton for 20 yards to the five. Canadeo belted right tackle for the TD, but the Bears were guilty of encroachment and the ball was placed on the 2 1/2-yard line. After Parilli gained one, Cone leaped over right tackle for a score. After forcing Morrison to punt, the Packers put on another drive, moving from the 31 to the Bear 43. A too-much-time penalty stalled the attack and Reichardt tried a field goal from 54 yards out. White fumbled the kick and recovered on the 11. Bear QB Bob Williams made his first appearance and Wimberly stole the ball out of his hands and raced to the three-yard line. With time running out, Reichardt lost a yard and two Parilli passes went incomplete. Cone stepped back on the 12 and booted a field goal to make it 17-7 at the half. The Packers uncorked similar strategy to start the second half as they did the first, with Cone running for 22 and Rote pitching before the attack stalled. Parilli punted and the Bears got two first downs to permit a field goal by Blanda, which went wide from the 43. At this point, the Packers turned it on. They drove 80 yards to a TD in five plays. Canadeo ran for eight and Reichardt for four after which Canadeo caromed off the left side for 35 yards behind some important blocking by Howton to the Bear 33. An offside penalty moved it back to the 38, from where Cone slammed through scattered Bears on a 38-yard screen pass from Rote. Macon, the Bears' swift Negro, then went 89 yards for a TD. Wimberly had a chance to catch him on the Packer 35, but he was clipped from behind by Ed Bradley, though it was never called. With Rote pitching to Howton for 20, to Reid for 10 and then going for 10 on a keeper, the Packers moved to the Bear 43, where the attack stalled. Reichardt's try for a field goal from 51 yards away went out of bounds on the nine. Morrison tried a third down quick kick and Martinkovic partially blocked it. Sandifer fielded the ball on the Bear 25, where he was snowed. On third down and nine, Parilli's pass was intercepted by Don Kindt but a moment later Martinkovic recovered Macon's fumble on the Bear 42. The Packers quickly took advantage, thanks to another fumble. The Bears tightened and Reichardt tried a field goal from the 43. The kick was wide, but a double penalty gave Reichardt another chance. The second kick was partially blocked. White tried to field it on the 10, but it bounced off his hand and Martinkovic recovered in the end zone for the score early in the last quarter. A 15-yard punt return by Moselle set up the next Packer scoring - a field goal by Reichardt from the 37. The Packers kept pouring it on as Sandifer intercepted Romanik's pass on the 34 and returned to the Bear 17. Reichardt smashed for six but on the next play a holding penalty set it back to the 27 from where Parilli hurled to Mann for the TD. The Bears proceeded to a TD in three plays. Romanik hit McColl for 22, Kindt ran for two and Schroeder took Romanik's perfect pitch for 48 yards and a TD. On the Packers' first play, Moser recovered Reichardt's fumble on the Bay 20. A Packer holding penalty moved the ball to the 12 from where Romanik hurled to Morrison for the score. After an exchange of punts, Grimes darted 31 yards over left tackle as the Packers killed out the clock.
GREEN BAY     -   7  10   7  17  -  41
CHICAGO BEARS -   7   0   7  14  -  28
                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO
First Downs                   19            12
Rushing-Yards-TD        46-218-1       25-75-0
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 15-25-201-3-1 11-27-121-2-1
Sacked-Yards                3-29          4-32
Net Passing Yards            172            89
Total Yards                  390           164
Fumbles-lost                 3-1           3-3
Turnovers                      2             4
Yards penalized             8-60          4-18
1st - GB - Billy Howton, 19-yard pass from Babe Parilli (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - CHI - Leon Campbell, 86-yard kickoff return (George Blanda kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Cone, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Cone, 12-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-7
3rd - GB - Cone, 37-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-7
3rd - CHI - Eddie Macon, 89-yard kickoff return (Blanda kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
4th - GB - John Martinkovic, recovered fumble in the end zone (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 31-14
4th - GB - Bill Reichardt, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 34-14
4th - GB - Bob Mann, 27-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 41-14
4th - CHI - Gene Schroeder, 48-yd pass from Steve Romanik (Blanda kick) GREEN BAY 41-21
4th - CHI - Curley Morrison, 12-yd pass from Romanik (Blanda kick) GREEN BAY 41-28
GREEN BAY - Tony Canadeo 11-61, Fred Cone 9-46 1 TD, Billy Grimes 5-45, Breezy Reid 7-30, Bill Reichardt 7-13, Tobin Rote 3-12, Babe Parilli 3-11, Bobby Jack Floyd 1-0
CHICAGO - Eddie Macon 6-29, Leon Campbell 2-12, George Blanda 1-12, Fred Morrison 9-11, Chuck Hunsinger 3-6, Don Kindt 1-2, Steve Romanik 1-1, Babe Dimancheff 2-(-2)
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 12-8-110 1 TD, Babe Parilli 13-7-91 2 TD 1 INT
CHICAGO - Steve Romanik 22-9-115 2 TD 1 INT, George Blanda 5-2-9
GREEN BAY - Bill Howton 5-65 1 TD, Fred Cone 3-68 1 TD, Bob Mann 2-33 1 TD, Breezy Reid 2-25, Bill Reichardt 2-(-3), Jim Keane 1-8, Bobby Jack Floyd 0-5
CHICAGO - Fred Morrison 3-34 1 TD, Eddie Macon 3-(-6), Bill McColl 2-33, Gene Schroeder 1-48 1 TD, Bill Wightkin 1-8, Chuck Hunsinger 1-7
Green Bay Packers quarterback Tobin Rote rushes for a seven-yard gain against the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field on November 9, 1952. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Green Bay Packers (4-3) 41, Chicago Bears (3-4) 28
Sunday November 9th 1952 (at Chicago)
may be stretching the truth a bit, but these three were seated close together - Jug Earp, director of of Packer publicity who carries around 250 pounds; Jack Lavelle, the 300-pound chief scout of the Giants; and Owen, whose weight leaps from 240 on up at times. Reports from Earp indicate that Earp and Owen-Lavelle almost formed a mutual admiration society. Both Giant representatives went sky-high in their praise of the Packers while Earp said: "I know they (the Giants) have a habit of beating anyone in whom they get interested. All I hope is they don't get too interested in us." Another big man will enter the Packer picture Saturday - Herman Hickman, the former Yale coach who conducts a scoreboard television show after the game-of-the-day telecast. Hickman, who packs over 300 pounds, will interview Babe Parilli on a coast-to-coast TV hookup - the first appearance of a Packer on a nationwide television program this season. Bobby Shantz of the Philadelphia Athletics was the guest of Hickman last Saturday. Incidentally, the Packer-Detroit game in Detroit Thanksgiving day will be televised from coast to coast and from "top to bottom". A large number of Packers will be playing in New York for the first time Sunday. Among them are Parilli, Howton, Steve Ruzich, Deral Teteak, Bobby Dillon, Bobby Jack Floyd, Steve Dowden, Hal Faverty, Tom Johnson, Bill Reichardt, Bob Dees and Dave Hanner. Only two of the Packers played the Giants in New York as Packers - veterans Tony Canadeo and Bob Forte. Giant publicity experts called the turn on the Packers in their press book. Generally, publicity men take a big chance by writing brilliant words about rookies in mid-summer when the books are published, but here's the paragraph, written in July, mind you, on the Packer-Giant game that seemingly came true: "The celebrated Packers play the Giants, for the first time since 1949, with a host of sparkling new stars in the Polo grounds Nov. 16. Babe Parilli, Bobby Dillon, Bill Reichardt and Bill Howton are top rookies. Tobin Rote of 1951 recorded a league-leading 6.9 yard average on 76 rushes. Gene Ronzani, coach, also directs Tony Canadeo, Fred Cone and Billy Grimes, and Bob Mann, end, who caught 50 passes, fourth best in 1951. Giants and civic-supported Packers, in league's closest rivalry, have won 13, lost 13 and tied two in the series, opened in 1928."
echoed in the massive stadium. And the jubilation was no greater than that of the 2,000-plus Green Bay fans who had followed them to Chicago. They tendered the Packers a tremendous ovation as they left the field and an estimated 300 of them remained to snake dance the length of Wrigley field after the final gun. There was an understandable lack of coherence in the dressing room, what with every Packers yelling at the top of his lungs. But, finally, Washington Serini managed to make himself heard. "Hold it a minute," he bellowed. "We're going to give this ball (he held aloft the one which had been used on the final play of the game) to Canadeo. Today was his last Bear game." All applauded the gesture. Not long after the veteran campaigner came in. Serini made the presentation. "To Tony," he said, "in remembrance of your last Bear game - and it was a great one." It is improbable that this scene could have been matched for drama anywhere. Canadeo, blood streaming from a cut under his right eye and from another on his forehead, stood in the center of the room with unashamed tears running down his cheeks. He, for a time, was unable to respond coherently, but finally he managed, between sobs, "Well, I said we were going to beat 'em today - my first year and my last year." (The Packers, until Sunday, hadn't beaten the Bears in Chicago since 1941 - Canadeo's first season in pro football.) Elsewhere, the veteran Jay Rhodemyre was
finding it difficult, indeed, to come down to earth. "I'd rather beat those ----- than anybody," he roared. "We broke the chair. That was number four. Now we're going to win all the rest. We're going all the way!" Sometime later, at Packer headquarters in the Hotel Knickerbocker, Head Coach Gene Ronzani had another, and different, view to submit: "You know who played the greatest game today? It was the fans, who have been coming to Chicago for 11 years hoping to see the Packers beat the Bears. They were the greatest players today." Gene, happier than he's been in some time, declared, "It was a wonderful team victory. I wouldn't like to single out any one player - they all played wonderful football. They made mistakes but they overcame them all. Their desire to win for themselves and the fans of Green Bay was tremendous. And, remember, we beat a great Bear ball club today. They were high but we were higher," Gene asserted. "That's the kind of football the Packers are capable of playing." "I've never seen," the big fellow emphasized with a shake of the head, "the kind of spirit these kids have before - not with all the teams I've played with and coached. I've never seen anything like it. I think, from now, we'll keep going."..."I don't believe it, I don't believe it!" This reaction, from veteran Bear P.A. announcer Rocky Wolfe, after the Packers had scored on a pass to Bob Mann in the fourth quarter to make it 41-14, admirably summer up the feeling of the 41,751 who watched the afternoon's development...Tobin Rote was shaken up on a play early in the first quarter - but it failed to curb his flaming spirit. Tony Canadeo, concerned over Rote's condition, yelled in the direction of the sidelines, "Give me Parilli!" But as the Kentucky Babe ran out of the field, Rote got to his feet and screamed, "Get out, Babe, get out!" The upshot of it was that Rote stayed in, but before play was resumed, Canadeo trotted over to backfield Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean and informed him, "I think Tobin will be all right, but keep an eye on him."...Bill Howton, rapidly becoming one of the NFL's most feared pass receivers, frustrated the Bears in the second quarter. The Packers, with the help of three receptions by Howton, had moved down to the Bears' 19 near the close of the first quarter. Concerned over these developments, the Bears dispatched Gene Schroeder, both their No. 1 receiver and pass defender, to action. On the next play, Rote's pass found Howton on the two and he darted between, of all people, Schroeder and Al Campana in the end zone for the Packers' first touchdown...Almost everyone in the stands missed it, but one of the most heartwarming developments of the afternoon came after burly John Martinkovic picked up a blocked punt and rambled into the end zone for the Packers' fourth touchdown in the final quarter. As Martinkovic attempted to struggle to his feet, Canadeo embraced the giant defensive end. Martinkovic, still groggy (he had been tackled with considerable force by several Bears), fell back to the turf and Tony planted a kiss on his forehead. Bob Forte, who came up seconds later, followed suit..."Good kick, good kick," Ronzani yelled as Bill Reichardt's field goal attempt from the 43 rolled out of bounds on the Bear nine-yard line late in the third quarter...Head Linesman Dan Tehan accomplished what few Democrats were able to do in last week's election. He was reelected sheriff of Cincinnati, Ohio, county by a margin of 26,000 votes. He was the only Democrat in his county to be named to office. Referee Ronald Gibbs also was successful in his first political bid. The veteran official was elected recorder of deeds in Sagamon county (Springfield, Ill.) by 1,800 votes...Though most of them were unaware of it, the Packers will appear on television this week. Highlights of Sunday's game will be presented on WGN-TV at 7 o'clock tonight, along with explanations of Luke Johnsos, assistant Bear coach, and the commentary of Harold (Red) Grange...Though their numbers were small by comparison to Bear followers, Packer fans made up in enthusiasm what they lacked in volume. They cheered their "boys" lustily all the way and, by the fourth quarter, had organized an effective cheering section which gave out with "U rah, rah, Green Bay Packers," at the slighted provocation. In addition, three Bay fans did an impromptu dance along the sidelines after the Packers' third touchdown in the third quarter...It was a red letter day in the football life of Dan Sandifer, the slender defensive halfback. "This is the first time I've played on a team that has beaten the Bears," drawled the former Louisiana State athlete with a satisfied smile. The magnitude of this accomplishment can be fully appreciated when it is considered that Dan has played with the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and San Francisco Forty-Niners in his five-year NFL career...Halas was the only member of the Bear coaching staff to appear in the Pink Poodle, post-game mecca of sportswriters and coaches located beneath the stands at Wrigley field. The others, Luke Johnsos, Clark Shaughnessy, Phil Handler and Paddy Driscoll, apparently had urgent business elsewhere...There may not have been "dancing in the streets" but Packer fans did the next thing to it. In addition to that post-game snake dance down the field, a number of jubilant Green Bay partisans cut a sprightly rug below the stands - to the accompaniment of a four-piece band.
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - The Packers were resting today from their rousing victory over the hated Chicago Bears Sunday but their memories can never rest not forget the equally rousing welcome which they received when they arrived home from the big city Sunday night. A crowd, estimated at 6,000 by police, jammed the North Western station platform, spilled into Dousman street and lined the tracks on the west side almost to Arndt street to give their heroes welcome. Once again, the demonstration proved that Green Bay is unique in professional football, that the fans exalt in victory as much as the players, and that they want the players to know how they feel. Many of the fans stood an hour and a half in 23-degree temperature, well below freezing, to await the arrival of the train. Due in at 10 p.m. it was about 80 minutes late. But that didn't make any difference. The fans wanted to show the ball club their appreciation and they probably would have waited until the wee hours of the morning to do so. The players themselves had the first intimation of the welcome when they heard the wailing of a fire department truck when the truck was several hundred yards out of the station. As the last car crossed Dousman street - this was the Packers' special car - fireworks banged, the siren continued to scream, and the fans filled the air with cheers which became a concerted roar as the first of the Packers climbed down the steps...LEDDY INTRODUCES PACKERS: Master of Ceremonies Russ Leddy introduced the players as they filed out. Each received an ovation. Then came Head Coach Gene Ronzani. The roar of welcome was tremendous. "This was a team victory," Ronzani said. "As I've said so many times, our boys have the stuff; they can win if they give their best." For him, the victory was especially precious because it marked the first time that he had defeated his old coach - and he must have felt really old Sunday - George Halas in Wrigley field. Mayor Dominic Olejniczak pointed out that "this is a great tribute to the fans of Green Bay as well as the team. It's typical of the Green Bay spirit. It's a spirit that will always make Green Bay one of the phenomena of modern day sports, a spirit that is without comparison in the field of professional football." There were those in the crowd who recalled that it's not only when the team is victorious that the fans showed their support. They hearkened back to that dark night in November, 1948, when thousands gathered at the Milwaukee road station to greet a team that had played its heart out, only to lose by a 7-6 margin. As one fan remarked last night, "Let's never forget to let the boys know that we're behind them in defense as well as victory."
Bear game, by fullback Fred Cone, came with the score 41-21 with about six minutes left in the game. While the Bears quickly converted it into a touchdown with 5:45 left, the Packers didn't become flustered in the least, and, in remembering their 30-28 loss to the Rams, slammed back eight yards in their last effort. While coach Gene Ronzani and members of his staff will find technical mistakes in the game pictures, the Packers actually only made two of what the fans generally refer to as mistakes - the one aforementioned fumble and one pass interception. The interception came in the third quarter with the Packers holding a 24-14 lead when Don Kindt grabbed Babe Parilli's pass on the Bear nine-yard line and returned five yards. The Packers nullified it a moment later when John Martinkovic recovered Eddie Macon's fumble. The nearly complete lack of noticeable errors permitted the Packer offense to roll on without any stumbling blocks. The Bays rushed for 218 yards and passed for 172, making a total of 390. The Pack's yardage on the ground (it was the first time since 1947 the Bays rushed for over 200 yards against the Bears) was vital to the club's air game. To use a worn term, it kept the Bears honest. On the first TD drive, Reid and Rote ran on successive downs, before Rote hurled to Bill Howton for 14 and Parilli finally threw to Howton for the score. Reid made six and Billy Grimes seven to help along Parilli's 20-yard pitch to Howton that set up the second TD on a plunge by Cone. Three straight running plays, Tony Canadeo for eight, Bill Reichardt for four and Canadeo for 35, preceded Rote's TD throw on a screener to Cone. The fourth TD came on defense alertness but the fifth saw the rushers set up the passing again. This time, Reichardt ran for six and Grimes for five (which was nullified by penalty) before Parilli hurled to Bob Mann for the score. The Packers' offense was generating behind the tackle play of Steve Dowden, Dick Afflis and Tom Johnson, the blocking of guards Steve Ruzich and Dave Stephenson and center Jay Rhodemyre, and fine faking and blocking by the backs and ends...The Packers gained a lot of revenge Sunday. The ex-Bears, led by veterans Ray Bray, Washington Serini and Jim Keane, paced the assault and they were among the happiest in Green Bay today. All three were rated last winter as "too old" for the Bears. Serini and Keane definitely have two or three more years of good football left, while Bray, whose age may be against him, performed like a 22-year old again Sunday. Bob Mann's touchdown catch, which made the score 41-14, evened an old score - the useless "trip" of Mann by George Connor in the waning minutes of the game a year ago. The resulting injury kept Mann from playing in Detroit, his hometown, the following week. And where was Ed Sprinkle, the Bears' ferocious defensive end? Outside of one occasion, Sprinkle was tangled up in Packer blockers all afternoon and the Bays ran around his end more times than Ed cares to remember. It was a great day for Tony Canadeo, the Packers' veteran halfback who was awarded the game ball. Canadeo played with the '41 Packers that whipped the Bears in Chicago, 16-14, and then suffered through 11 years of heartbreak - until last Sunday! And there were some real heartbreaks. Who can forget that 7-6 loss in '48 when the Packers wept after the game and cursed, "What do you have to do to beat those ---- in Chicago?" The Packers, after 11 years, have found the combination!
NOV 11 (Dallas) - Dallas' professional football club, which ran a race to see where it could lose the most - on the field or at the box office - may get a new lease on life. A reorganization with a bag of new money is expected to result from meetings of the directors and stockholders. Where everybody connected with the club was despondent a week ago, an air of optimism now prevails. One director said he was confident that Dallas not only would raise enough money to continue the NFL club but would work out a five-year plan. Harlan Ray, a trustee, said he felt embarrassed over the adverse publicity the club had received over the nation since doubt was expressed a couple of weeks ago that it could last out the season. "There was never any intention of giving it up now," he declared...TWO THINGS RELATED: The Texans have lost seven straight game on the gridiron and some $250,000 in money thus far. The two things are related - a losing club of any kind doesn't bring out the fans around here. The best showing of the season was made Sunday when 10,000 people sat in a slow rain to watch the Texans take a 27-6 mauling from the Los Angeles Rams. There will be a meeting of directors first and then the stockholders - all 16 of them - will get together. John Coyle, one of the five trustees of the club, said, "It's possible we can announced the club's new setup before Friday." The Texans officials appealed to the Citizens council, a group of civic and business leaders, for a $125,000 loan last week and were turned down. Then Coyle said individuals would be contacted. Apparently this was successful.
NOV 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson column) - A tremendous team effort! That's a slightly overworked expression among football coach - and for good and obvious reason. They can't afford to name stars as a general rule, especially in these days of varied duties and contributions, because of the possible damage to the overall squad spirit. But there are times when those works - tremendous team effort - really fit the situation. To be specific, there is no other way of accounting for the Green Bay Packer' decisive and pleasant victory over the Bears. A mighty important win, too, for it should give this developing squad added reason to believe in itself and also make the Packers a hot drawing card in five big games ahead. That, in turn, means more dollars in the treasury. One could right down the roster and single out one after another. But it would be unfair to say that any one man - or two or three or four - did more to put it over than 15 or 20 others. That REALLY was a team performance, right down to the newest newcomer, Marvin Johnson, defensive halfback picked up from the Rams on waivers only last week. Young Mr. Johnson undoubtedly sewed up his place on the squad, incidentally. On the sentimental side, it's something else again. The final story of breaking the 11-year victory drought at Wrigley Field wouldn't be complete without mentioning the impromptu but deeply touching post-game dressing room ceremony. The principals were Washington Serini, grizzled veteran who played a major part in jamming it down the throats of his old Bear teammates and coaches, and Tony Canadeo, the sprightly Gray Ghost. In came Serini with the game ball tucked under his arm. He walked right up to Tony and proceeded to make a speech, with the other happy warriors listening in hushed silence. "Tony," good old Wash started, "the first time you played with Green Bay in Wrigley Field back there in 1941 that guy Don Hutson caught two TD passes in the final period and the Packers won 16-14. The Packers didn't beat the Bears in Wrigley Field again until today. Today, we didn't miss. We murdered 'em. Here's the ball. You started your career as a pro in Wrigley Field with the Packers as a winner and we are all happy that the finest old pro of 'em all is ending it that way. I hope this ball will help you remember that." Tony choked up. But it wasn't necessary to respond. The tears of job streaming down his manly face told all. His teammates has themselves a good cry, too, and so did his coaches. That bit of drama told the world there can't be much wrong with a group of overgrown boys with the capacity for such deep emotion. If 10 members of the Packer family - coaches Gene Ronzani, Dick Plasman, Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Tarz Taylor, and players Ray Bray, Jim Keane, Hal Faverty, Breezy Reid and Serini - are doing an extra special job of licking their chops over the satisfying win, no one can blame them. All are alumni of good old Halas U. There's nothing to match a woman scorned - unless it be a player waived from one club to another. He usually dedicates the rest of his professional life to getting even. Those ex-Bears played with exactly such zeal last Sunday. It's a bit different with the coaches, but the net result is the same. They may stay on friendly terms with their old boss or bosses but they're on their own and don't permit old ties to interfere with their progress in life. If anything, pupil tries harder to beat teacher than the other way around. In this case, Packer coaches had double incentive. They couldn't help being aware of the "Bear farm club" slurs tossed in their direction on those numerous occasions when the ball bounced the wrong way. Well, everybody should know by now there is nothing second rate about these "Bear farmers" and that they are just as anxious as the most ardent fan to realize the No. 1 ambition of all Packerdom: Beat the Bears. Ronzani deserves a hundred on his coaching report card for a bit of expert handling which may have escaped attention and which may be of great benefit to the Packers for seasons to come. I'm thinking of his decision to start Tobin Rote at quarterback. Tobin had a rough day against the Lions two weeks ago last Sunday. A week later he was on the throwing end of a pass which was intercepted by the Eagles for a touchdown and almost cost the Packers the game. Some spectators were unkind enough to boo when he returned to the field in the fourth quarter. Such things can ruin a good man IF his coach gives any indication of losing faith. But Ronzani didn't lost faith. He refused to be swayed by the boos. So Rote got the starting call at Wrigley Field and proceeded to justify the coach's judgment. He clicked on nine of 13 passes - a terrific completion percentage - for 120 yards. One flip went for a touchdown. He carried the ball three times for 12 yards. And he didn't fumble or throw a single interception. That performance should convince the skeptics and Tobin himself that he has what it takes. It should prove, too, that Ronzani knows something about psychology.
NOV 11 (New York) - Although the Giants produced one of the most tremendous team efforts in their history in jolting the 49ers on Sunday, yesterday's victory celebration was blighted before it even got started as two more players joined the growing list of casualties. Dr. Francis Sweeny, team physician, had two halfbacks in St. Elizabeth's Hospital - Bob Wilkinson, with a compound fracture of the nose, and Johnny Amberg, with a painful hip and groin injury - and both will be out of action as the Giants defend their American division lead against the revitalized Green Bay Packers next Sunday. In addition, rookie tackle Dick Yelvington; center Johnny Rapacz; and two older cripple cases, halfback Joe Scott and linebacker Pat Knight, still are unfit for duty - bringing the total of healthy Giants down to the dangerously low total of 29. The Packers are coming to town with one of the fanciest aerial shows in the league, devastating attack geared to the flinging of Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli. As Steve Owen said after Sunday's game when one of his staff came running in with the result of the Packers' 41-28 explosion over the Bears. "They don't give you a chance to get your breath in this league, not a minute's rest." Injuries can beat any team in the NFL this season, and Owen realizes will bring in his riddled squad. There still is some hope that Scott, who suffered a concussion last month in Cleveland, will be available. He has been doing some running with the team and his return definitely would relieve some of the pressure. Luckily, Owen's A-formation ripped huge holes in the Frisco tackles, is not so demanding of backfield manpower as the T. In the single-wing-A, Steve moves Joe Sulaitis from guard to blocking back. Thus he can go with Eddie Price at fullback, Kyle Rote at the other halfback and Chuck Conerly at quarter. This leaves the very good rookie from USC. Frank Gifford, free to work in the umbrella defense against the Packer aerial barrage, taking over Amberg's slot. If Scott isn't ready to go at right half on offense, then George Thomas, the Redskin castoff picked up a couple of weeks ago, will start. Steve is down to rock bottom in backfield talent now that Wilkinson and Amberg are hors de combat. One more injury and the Giants are in real trouble. Most of the Giant enthusiasm - or what was left after the casualty reports - centered around the defensive platoon in general and such individuals as end Jim Duncan, halfback Don Menasco and guard Bill Albright in particular. But Owen was most inclined to commend Sulaitis and his offensive tackles, the rookie from UCLA, Hal Mitchell and the veteran Al DeRogatis. "I just can't say enough about Sulaitis," was the way he put it, adding, "For a boy who never had any college experience Joe really does a job for you." As for the offensive tackles, it was the weakness at these slots which led to the beating by the Cards and Eagles. "But they really came through for me Sunday," Steve said.
 who bought the New York Yanks franchise last winter and formed a syndicate to operate it here, said that while a small minority of the owners were willing to make funds available to operate further "we were unable to obtain necessary cooperation from the others." The losses included $100,000 paid for the franchise and more than $125,000 spent in operating it. The club drew an average of 13,000 per game and at least 24,000 is necessary to pay expenses...Dallas' plight reminded Packer fans of another "homeless" team - the 1931 Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, coached by Bull Behman, were on the rocks financially and actually were advance money by the Packers, in exchange for center Nate Barrager, while they stayed in Green Bay. The Eagles played a midweek game in Portsmouth Oct. 15 when they ran out of money. The Packers advanced the Eagles money and they made the trip here by bus. The Packers beat the Eagles, 15 to 0, but on the next Sunday the Eagles downed the Bears, 13 to 12. The Packers permitted Barrager to play against the Bears, but then got him back for the remainder of the championship season. The Eagles folded for the season after two more games.
NOV 13 (Green Bay) - Can the Packers score three or four touchdowns on the New York Giants Sunday? They may need that many for victory. Only one other team scored three TDs on the Giants this season - the Chicago Cardinals, who added a field goal to their teedee total for a 24-23 victory. Only two teams counted two touchdowns against coach Steve Owen's stonewall defense - the Philadelphia Eagles, who came off with the Giants' other loss, 14-10; and the San Francisco Forty Niners who lost last Sunday, 23-14. In a rematch in Chicago, the Cardinals were limited to six points while the Giants limited Dallas to six, the Eagles to seven in the opener in Philly and the Cleveland Browns nine - all field goals. In all, New York opponents registered only 80 points as the Giants proceeded to an American conference of five wins and two losses. Point totals indicate that the Packers can't hold a candle to the Giants' steady defense. The Bays allowed 178 markers - 98 more than the Giants gave up...BOTH SCORES GIFTS: However, the Packers displayed elegant splashes of defense in a number of games. The Bears, for instance, didn't score against the Pack last Sunday under their own offense until midway in the fourth quarter - after the Packers held a 41-14 edge. And during the Chicago drought, the Bears never penetrated beyond a yard or two into Packer territory. On the previous Sunday, the Eagles, fresh from their victory over the Giants, were limited by the Packers to 10 points and both scores were gifts. The TD came on an intercepted pass and runback and the field goal followed a fumble recovery deep in the Packer territory. Despite all of the Giants' brilliance as a defensive team, the Packers actually have permitted less yards (total rushing and passing) than the Giants allowed their seven foes. The Packers' seven foes, five of them high-scoring National conference teams, gained 1,809 yards while the Giants' opponents, five of them from the American conference, produced 1,899 yards. The figures show the Packers' air defense, actually, on a yardage basis, has been better than the Giants' famed "umbrella" defense. Opponents gained 1,156 yards passing against the Giants while Packer foes were limited to 978. Packer foes completed 42.9 percent of their passes while New York foes completed 44.4 percent...PAYOFF IN POINT COLUMN: The Giants' front wall, led by tackle Arnie Weinmeister, has the edge on the up-and-coming Packer line. The New York forwards permitted enemies 743 yards by rushing while the Packer line allowed 831. Giant foes gained an average of 3.2 yards per try against the Packer foes' 3.8. While the defensive yardage figures are interesting and encouraging to Packer Backers, the real payoff is in the point column. Offensively, the Packers don't have to take a back seat to the Giants - even in the point totals. The Packers scored 171 markers and the Giants 156 - a two-touchdown difference. Green Bay has rolled up 2,404 yards - third highest in the league - against the Giants' 1,892. The Giants, behind Eddie Price, hold an advantage in rushing over the Pack, 1,152 to 1,072, but the average gain per attempt is the same, 4.0. In the air, the Packers rank second only to the Cleveland Browns with 1,332 stripes against the Browns' 1,490. The Giants have gained only 739 yards by passing - third lowest in the league. The Packers have completed 50.3 percent of their passes and the Giants 46.1.
​NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson column) - Just a little thinking out loud - First, about the strange plight of the Dallas Texans. Strange because their owners want out of the NFL less than 10 months after they bowed into the pro field with trumpets blaring and banners waving. Not only want out - they're getting out because of money. Yes, that's it - they're suffering from the financial shorts, and either can't or won't do anything about throwing enough fresh dough into the treasury to keep going. A lot of people are going to be disillusioned, for, somehow or other, they've gained the impression that the state of Texas has more millionaires than Wisconsin has trees. Free spending millionaires who were ready at the drop of the hat to get behind anything put on in the Lone Star state. The events of last January certainly did nothing to destroy that notion. When the New York Yanks' franchise was transferred to Dallas, it was reliably reported the Texans had to shell out $300,000. The next day they were reported to have offered another quarter million for Doak Walker, a favorite son already established as a pro in far off Detroit. There were rumors of other big deals which indicated they were ready to throw the lettuce around as though it came out of their backyards in endless supply. So now they're taking a powder and turning the club back to the league because they have lost about $200,000 to date. Maybe the wrong people got the club in the first place. Maybe it was poor handling or something else. Whatever the real story, it's still a fact that Dallas, for all its supposed civic pride, wealth, ambition, pioneering spirit and blazing interest in sports, is permitting a major franchise to get away after an extremely brief trial run. Proving again that talk is cheap. There's no denying, of course, that the Texans got nothing but bad breaks. If they could have won a couple of games, even one, they might have stirred up more interest. They just don't have the tickets. Or is the coaching more at fault? Whatever it was, they took one beating after another. And even loyal Texans grow tired of such a diet. A good tipoff on what a super victory does to the customers came Wednesday noon at the season's second meeting of the Packer Quarterback Club in Milwaukee. Close to a thousand fans jammed the beautiful Electric Company auditorium to see the movies of last Sunday's 41-28 Packer win over the Bears. The big one put the Packers in challenging position, only a game off the top in the sizzling National Conference race. Coupled with the Bears' upset conquest of the 49ers the previous week, it apparently convinced the skeptics that the Bays aren't up there with the men by accident. They actually belong. This doesn't necessarily mean they're going to stay three. The odds are against them, considering the brutal schedule down the stretch: four road games with the Giants, Lions, Rams and 49ers, and only one more at home with Dallas. But it could happen because the Packers have some real ball players, they're starting to jell as a team and they have that vital yet intangible thing called spirit. They're strong for their coach, Gene Ronzani, and for each other. Which is exactly what it takes when the going gets rough. Here's a fine example of the 1952 Packer spirit at work. Last Sunday on the return trip from Chicago, Carlton (Stretch) Elliott, 6-foot-4 pass catching end from Virginia, was talking about how much he enjoyed playing football. "Wish I could get in there more," he confided. "But how can anyone beat a guy like Billy Howton? Isn't he great? I wouldn't mind getting a crack at defense, too. So there's Ab Wimberly at one end and John Martinkovic at the other. Nobody can rate himself on a par with those fellows. They're the best. All I can hope is that they all keep on going like crazy." When a man can avoid being envious and, instead, sincerely cheer for teammates playing the position(s) he would like to fill more regularly, he's quite a guy in his own right. That, they tell me, is typical of this year's Packers.
NOV 12 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Giants traded warnings today. Packer coach Gene Ronzani pointed to New York fullback Eddie Price, while Giant coach Steve Owen cast a finger at Green Bay quarterback Tobin Rote. Price and Rote, both three-year pro veterans, are leading the NFL in ground gaining and passing, respectively, according to the official dope from NFL headquarters in Philadelphia. While Ronzani feels that all phases of the New York offense are dangerous, he warned his charges that Price must be stopped if the rest of the Giants' offense is to be slowed down. Price's powerful running kept the San Francisco Forty Niners' defense honest in New York's 23-14 victory last Sunday. The rugged smasher gained 106 yards and scored the clinching touchdown. While the Giants were holding Hugh McElhenny to four yards, Price promptly took over the ground gaining lead. He has 580 yards in 132 attempts for an average of 4.4. Price led the league in rushing last year, with 971 yards in a record 271 attempts. As a rookie in 1950, Price ripped off 703 yards. Owen, a stickler on defense, is aware of the fact that his team now only will be facing the league's top pitcher, in Rote, but also the league's No. 2 hurler, in rookie Vito (Babe) Parilli...CONERLY CHIEF FOE: Rote held the lead in three out of the four weeks the statistics were announced, and Parilli held the edge on the other occasion. Tobin has attempted 97, completed 52 for 819 yards and an average gain of 8.44 yards per try. Parilli attempted 87, completed 40 for 701 yards and an average gain per attempt of 8.06. The race is based on average gain per pass attempted. Parilli hurled eight touchdown passes and Rote seven. Rote had a completion percentage of 53.5 against Parilli's 40.6. Each Packer pitcher had six intercepted. The Packers' chief foe at T-quarterback Sunday, Chuck Conerly, ranks seventh among the league's passers with an average gain of 7.30. Conerly hurled 112, completed 54 for 818 yards and nine touchdowns. His A-quarterback understudy, Fred Benners, isn't listed among the first 18. The Giants didn't have a representative among the league's top 10 pass catchers, but the Packers' ace rookie receiver, Bill Howton, presently is in a third place tie with Gene Schroeder of the Chicago Bears, each with 29 catches. Howton nailed five passes in the Bear game while Schroeder got one - late in the fourth quarter. Howton's catches gained 667 yards and seven TDs, both figures being tops in the circuit...POOLE LEADING NY SCORER: With 20 points against the Bears, the Packers' Fred Cone shot into a fourth place tie in scoring with Howton, Ollie Matson of the Chi-Cardinals and McElhenny, each with 42 points. Ray Poole, who booted three field goals against 'Frisco, is the Giants' leading scorer with 39 points on 18 extra points and seven field goals in 10 attempts. The Packers and Giants will enter their crucial battle in a punting knot, NY's Tom Landry and the Bays' Parilli each holding 40.6-yard averages. Landry delivered 55 punts and Parilli 41. The Packers' Dom Moselle is sixth among league punt returners with five for 73 yards and an average of 14.6, while the Giants' Emlen Tunnell is eighth with 19 for 247 and an average of 13.0. The Giants aren't listed among the kickoff return leaders but the Bays' Billy Grimes is 10th with seven for 177 yards and an average of 25.3...PACKER SHORTS: Defensive halfback Bobby Dillon is the proud pappy of a daughter - the first for the Dillons. The infant, named Sue, was born in Temple, Tex., over the weekend. Incidentally, Dillon's baby is the third daughter born to Packer wives in the last month. Other cigar-passer-outers were Bill Howton and Dick Afflis...The Packers' Parilli will be a guest on Herman Hickman's nationally-televised scoreboard after the game of the day Saturday afternoon. Last Saturday, Hickman's guest was Bobby Shantz, the tiny Philadelphia pitcher...The Packers stopped their practice and stood in silence for a minute of observance of Armistice day at 11 o'clock Tuesday...Coach Ronzani featured offense again yesterday and the same phase was on tap today. The Packers' biggest task Sunday will be breaking through the strong New York defense, which has permitted only 80 points in seven games...The Packers will travel to NY in a chartered Capital Airliner, leaving Austin Straubel field at 2:30 Friday afternoon. They'll fly back, arriving here about 10 o'clock Sunday night.
NOV 12 (Edmonton) - Edmonton won the Western Canada football championship Tuesday, defeating Indian Jack Jacobs and his Winnipeg teammates, 21-11. Jacobs, formerly with U.S. pro teams at Green Bay, Los Angeles and Washington, led the Bomber attack with one 3-point field goal and two "singles". The Eskimo triumph earns them a berth in the Canadian championship Nov. 29 at Toronto, against the as yet undetermined Eastern Canada titlist.
NOV 12 (Dallas) - The Dallas franchise in professional football folded Wednesday in the wake of losses that ran almost a quarter of a million dollars with the season a little more than half finished. President Giles Miller of the Texans, a club that came to Dallas last winter as the first major league professional franchise in the state, announced that it was being turned back to the NFL. It thus will become a "road club" operated by the league and apparently will play no more games in Dallas. He explained that the club did not have sufficient funds to meet its obligations, adding, "for that matter, unless additional funds were made available immediately this club could not play its next game." Miller showed newsman a telegram he was sending league commissioner Bert Bell turning the club back to the league. Miller Wednesday night received a telegram from Bell calling for a hearing to determine the disposition of the Dallas team in Philadelphia on Friday. Bell had said earlier the Texans positively will play their five remaining games. John Coyle, one of five trustees representing the 16 stockholders, said that sufficient backing had been obtained to operate the club on a long-range basis but that "interim financing" could not be obtained for several reasons, one because of legal technicalities that prevented the franchise being sold at this time. Some 40 bondholders hold what is, in effect, a mortgage on the club. Coyle said it was planned to bid for the club in December and perhaps buy it back. "We feel that we can make a go of it if we have the proper chance," he said.
NOV 14 (New York-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – The Green Bay Packers gained a world of confidence in Chicago last Sunday. The 41 to 28 victory over the Bears in their own backyard, representing the first triumph over the Bruins there in 11 years, proved to the Packers that, in their own collective words, “we’ve got something this year.” Thus, as the Packers winged toward this city in their chartered Capital Airliner, they were confident that they have a good chance to upset Coach Steve Owen’s defense-packed Giants in the Polo grounds Sunday afternoon. The Packers, who took off from Green Bay’s Austin Straubel field at 2:30 this afternoon, closed out a week of spirited practices, mostly on offense, in City stadium this morning. They’ll drill lightly in the Polo grounds Saturday morning. In an effort to stay loose, especially mentally, the Packers had some fun, so to speak, in their daily workouts. Some of the guards and tackles even got into the quarterbacking act as the regular QBs, Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, watched. As a reminder that it’s still possible to fumble, coach Gene Ronzani Thursday conducted another special drill for the ball carriers who ran through a long line of flying arms owned by the linemen. The practice was started last week after an epidemic of fumbles in the Detroit and Philadelphia games and it paid off because the only Packer lost-fumble in the Bear game came after the Packers roared to a 41-14 lead. While the offensive backs were running the “line”, the defensive backs and linebackers were busy on the tackling dummy. To close the session, Parilli practiced his punting and Bill Reichardt and Fred Cone drilled their field goal kicking. Three-point booting could become an important factor in Sunday’s game, in view of the Giants’ tough defense. Reichardt and Cone each kicked a field goal in the Bear game last Sunday. The Packers will be in good physical condition for the crucial contest. Tackle Dick Afflis, who suffered an ankle injury in the Bear battle, could be handicapped, but as of now he’s raring to go. So is fullback Bobby Jack Floyd, who has a leg injury. The Giants are singing the injury blues, the result of their 23-14 triumph over the San Francisco Forty Niners last Sunday. Coach Steve Owen reported that end Bob Wilkinson, halfback John Amberg and tackle Dick Yelvington may not play and that center Johnny Rapacz may see only a little action. According to Packer publicity chief Jug Earp, who has been here since last Monday, the Giants have been speaking highly of the Packers all week. The Packer-Bear game was viewed by veteran scout Jack Lavelle. “We played the Packers in an exhibition game earlier this season and we were lucky enough to beat ‘em, 7 to 0,” Owen said, adding “that Parilli struck me as the best ball handler I’ve ever seen. I think sometimes he fooled his own team.” Parilli was in for only a few plays against the Giants since he had just joined the squad after playing with the College All Stars. Oddly enough, both the Packers and Giants have been congratulated by their respective coaches for playing “great team games.” Ronzani told his charged and the public in general that “the Packers’ victory over the Bears was the result of a great team effort,” while Owen called the Giants’ victory over San Francisco “a team triumph in which every boy did his job and did it well.” Incidentally, Owen had special praise for offensive right tackle Al DeRogatis. The Packers are headquartering here at the Concourse-Plaza hotel, which is fairly close to the Polo grounds. The Packers will return to Green Bay in the Capital Airliner, arriving at Austin Straubel field around 10 o’clock Sunday night.
NOV 14 (Green Bay) – Joe Stydahar, former head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, has become an administrative assistant to Packer head coach Gene Ronzani for the remainder of the 1952 season, it was announced today by Emil R. Fischer, president of the Packers. Stydahar’s chief duties will be preparing the Packers’ draft list for the draft of college football players, scheduled next January, Fischer revealed. The Packer prexy stated: “Due to the illness of Jack Vainisi (player scout and office assistant), the complicated task of sifting the hundreds of college stars in preparation for the draft fell upon the present coaching staff. Stydahar, through his friendship with Ronzani and members of his coaching staff, kindly consented to give us a lift in getting the draft list ready.” Fischer emphasized that “Stydahar is not here as a replacement for any of our coaches and his connection with the team will be simply that of an observer.” Stydahar will watch the Packers in action against the Giants in New York Sunday. Vainisi presently is recuperating from a serious illness in Hines General hospital in Chicago. While he is in improved condition, Vainisi likely won’t be ready to participate in the upcoming draft. Stydahar resigned as head coach of the Rams after the team lost its first two league games this season. He led the Los Angeles club to the National conference championship in 1950, and the world’s championship last fall. Jumbo Joe, one-time Bear star, was Ronzani’s first choice as line coach when Gene took over the Packer coaching job in 1950 but Stydahar, then an assistant at Los Angeles, was named head coach to replace Clark Shaughnessy. Stydahar’s job at LA was filled recently by Hampton Pool.
NOV 14 (Green Bay) – It was a surprising declaration, in view of the Packers’ edifying effort against the Chicago Bears four short days ago, but Head Coach Gene Ronzani told an estimated throng of 1,500 at Thursday night’s Men’s Quarterback club in East High school auditorium: “The boys haven’t hit their peak performance as yet. I’m not talking about scoring – I think they have found themselves offensively – but about a good, consistent performance all down the line.” This appraisal was received with no little enthusiasm by the QBs, who gave Ronzani a rousing cheer when he appeared, for it gave them hope that their favorites might display even greater skill against the formidable Giants in New York Sunday than they did in Chicago. “If the boys eliminate mistakes like fumbles and interceptions that have been and can be costly," Gene further opined, "this club can go with the best in the league. That win last Sunday has given the boys a big lift." The Packer chieftain was quick to assure his audience, however, that he harbors no illusions concerning the strength of next Sunday's adversaries. "All I hope is that we can puncture just a little hole in the Giants' umbrella defense - enough to win 3-0 or 7-6, or something like that." As is generally the case after a victory, Gene was called upon to deal with only a few questions. His answers: 1. "Encroachment is ruled when a player gets across the line of scrimmage, makes contact and gets back on his side of the line before the ball is snapped. In such a case, the penalty, either five yards or half the distance to the goal, is automatic." 2. "Of course, the fellows LET them score" (in response to query: "Why do Packers allow their opponents to score so heavily in the fourth quarter?") In this connection, he observed that the Packers haven't been alone in this respect, citing the fact that the Bears had yielded 28 points to the Rams in the final period of their recent game at Los Angeles. 3. "Yes, it is possible to get a team 'up' two weeks in a row but it may not be the same pitch it was for the first game...You can get the players up in two ways - high and relaxed or high and tightened." There also was a request that a film showing Arnie Herber in action during his playing days be provided for a future meeting. And there was this observation by another: "The lukewarm QBs who have been hitting below the belt must now be simmering down to a slight chill."...TOO MANY MECHANICAL PLAYERS: The featured speaker of the evening, Heartly (Hunk) Anderson, asserted: "There are too many mechanical football players today. Most of them loop the same way on every play. That shouldn't be because 90 percent of the time you know when a guard is going to pull out and which way he's going." Hunk, line coach of the Bears until this season, for the most part eschewed pro ball and favored his listeners with anecdotes of his playing and coaching days at Notre Dame. It is erroneous to assume, he said, that unusual size is necessary to become an outstanding grid performer. He cited the fact that he was a "second team all-pro guard and I never weighed more than 170 pounds." He also related the case of Bert Metzger, a watch charm-sized (weighing 157 pounds) guard who played under him at Notre Dame. Metzger beat out a 210-pound specimen for a starting job with the Fighting Irish, Hunk said, and in the final game of his career (in the 1925 Rose bowl game against Stanford) was tendered a standing ovation by 97,000 fans as he left the game after playing 58 minutes. "If you don't have desire, you're not worth a nickel to anybody," Anderson declared, "no matter how much ability you may have...You've got to have perfection in everything and you've got to be a little smarter than the other guy."...SPIRIT IN PRO BALL: The QBs were accorded a special treat when Packer rookie stars Babe Parilli and Bill Howton made a surprise appearance. Asked how he felt when he saw 6,000 fans waiting to greet the Packers on their triumphal return from Chicago last Sunday, Parilli responded: "I always thought there wasn't much spirit in pro football. After seeing that I have to disagree. I've never seen anything like it before - in high school or college." Howton indicated he'd been similarly impressed. "I don't see how that train got in without running over somebody," he grinned, adding, "every player on the team is proud to be with the Packers." Climax of the program was showing of the film of last Sunday's rousing 41-28 Packer conquest of the Bears in Chicago, with narration by Chief Quarterback Ted Fritsch.
NOV 14 (Philadelphia) - The NFL Friday took over operation of the Dallas football franchise for the rest of the 1952 season. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell said the Texans would play the five games remaining on its schedule on the road. Bell said that the Texans were en route to Detroit where they play the Lions Sunday. He said that after the Detroit game the Texans will go to Chicago where the team will work out for the Green Bay game November 23. He said the team will be berthed at a point close to the site of each of its remaining games.
NOV 14 (New York) - Coach Steve Owen of the Giants shouldn't have much trouble painting a rugged picture of the opposition. Not with a gent like Tex Coulter on his team. Coulter is now a professional artist as well as a professional football player. The former West Point tackle, who now plays center for the Giants, "did" the drawing of the Packers' Babe Parilli (above) as preparation for the Packer-Giant game in the Polo grounds Sunday afternoon. Coulter is making a comeback this year with Owen's club after spending a year polishing up on his artwork with a newspaper and ad agency in Texas. Earlier, Tex had played tackle with the Giants but he's presently the club's No. 1 offensive center. Can you imagine a blackboard meeting of the Giants getting boring with a cartoonist like Coulter around? Steve could say: "Now, Tex, will get get up and draw us a picture of this feller Howton and don't forget to stretch out 'cause that's the way he generally catches 'em." Coulter, 27, stands 6-6 and weighs 260 pounds. And speaking about big men, a meeting of the New York sporting writers the other day included three gents who carry nearly 1,000 pounds. That may
NOV 9 (Green Bay) - A howling mob of more than 2,000 fans greeted the Green Bay Packers when they arrived at Northwestern Station here late Sunday night after their 41-28 win over the Bears in Chicago. Mayor Dom Olejniczak led the welcoming group and a band provided added color. Fireworks also enlivened the homecoming. The Packers were introduced as they got off the train and head coach Gene Ronzani mounted a hastily prepated platform to thank the fans.
NOV 9 (Dallas) - There were strong indications Sunday that the Dallas Texans will settle their financial difficulties and continue in the NFL. Meetings are scheduled Tuesday of the stockholders and the Board of Trustees at which it is expected that a complete reorganization will be perfected. A member of the Board, who declined to be quoted by name, said: "We are optimistic that the franchise will be kept in Dallas and that we will remain in the league even after this season."
NOV 10 (Chicago) - George Stanley Halas, normally a most genial fellow but on this occasion understandably morose, summed up Sunday afternoon's imbroglio at Wrigley field cryptically: "We played a bad ball game," the Midway Monsters' majordome lamented, "and Green Bay played a great game - plus the fact we presented them with two touchdowns, which didn't help any." Exploring the matter further, however, George came up with a more plausible explanation of what had transpired. "The Packers' line outcharged ours all day - but definitely," he said flatly. Still unable to conceal his disappointment, Halas went on, "Green Bay was up and apparently the Bears couldn't be up two weeks in a row." (He had reference to the fact that the Bears had risen to the heights last week to present the San Francisco Forty Niners with their first defeat, 20-17.) "Another factor, of course, was Parilli's punting," Halas confided, after scanning the statistics, which revealed that the Kentucky Babe had averaged 41.3 yards compared to 38 for the Bears' Fred Morrison. "He did a great job of punting - even against the wind." In answer to a bystander's query, Halas quoth, "Yes, I still think the National conference champion will lose four games. As a matter of fact, Green Bay's going to have something to say about who wins this thing. They still have one game with the Forty-Niners and they (the Forty-Niners) still have two games with the Rams." At this juncture, someone interposed, "Yeah, and you've got the Rams here next week." Halas grinned weakly and declared, "That's right. Never a dull moment."  Another hanger-on interrupted, "Well, it was a good crowd." And Halas, patently agreeable to forgetting what had happened, quickly too up the theme, "Yes," George, always a fast man with a dollar, smiled ruefully, "let's talk about something pleasant. It was a great crowd."...The Packers, in their 34-year history, have admittedly scored many a glorious victory, but it is doubtful, regardless of this fact, if a Green Bay dressing room ever has been the scene of such uninhibited rejoicing as was the case beneath the stands at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon. As they came off the field, the Packers' war whoops echoes and re-
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - Little Green Bay goes to big New York for a giant-like job Sunday. It will be the Packers against the real, live Giants in the Polo grounds - the Bays' first appearance there since 1947, when the two clubs battled to a 24-24 NFL league draw. The biggest and smallest opponents tangled twice on a league basis in Wisconsin since '47 and both disastrous for the Packers - 49 to 3 in Milwaukee (the Packers' worst defeat in history) in '48 and 30 to 10 in Green Bay in '49. Sunday's classic, the 29th between the two clubs, is a crucial championship match for both teams. The Giants are riding in a first place knot with the Cleveland Browns in the American conference, each possessing 5-2 records, while Green Bay is locked up with the Los Angeles Rams in the National conference, each with 4-3 marks, behind the San Francisco Forty Niners and Detroit Lions, who are leading with 5-2 apiece. In New York, the Packers will be facing, for the second straight week, a team that dumped the once-unbeatable Forty Niners. A week ago last Sunday, the Chicago Bears handed the Gold Diggers their first loss, 20-17, and the Bays promptly thrashed the Bruins, 41-28. While the Packers were discovering their potential in Chicago, the Giants were belting the Forty Niners, 23 to 14. The Packers and Giants have played only one "common" opponent - the Eagles - and both games were rather weird. The Eagles upset the Giants, 14 to 10, in the Polo grounds with a terrific defense Oct. 26 and on the following Sunday the Packers bumped the Eagles, 12-10, with an equally terrific defense, the winning TD coming on a blocked punt. In the two games, the Packers and Giants displayed little offense but on the following Sunday the Bays ripped off five touchdowns and two field goals against the Bears, while the Giants scored two TDs and three field goals against the Forty Niners. The point totals after seven games show the Giants as the best defensive club in the league. New York permitted only 80 marker - an average of 11.4 - while the Packers allowed 178 - an average of 25.4. Offensively, however, the Packers hold an advantage over the Giants. The Bays produced 171 points to rank second in the league behind the Forty Niners who have registered 201. The Giants scored 156 points - an average of 22.3 - while the Packers' average is 24.4. The Packers went back to work today in a great frame of mind for the important task in New York. Coach Gene Ronzani placed the emphasis, like last week, on an offense to cut through the Giants' umbrella pass defense and the rugged New York front wall. The Giants limited San Francisco to only 35 yards rushing and forced the Forty Niners into the air. The west coast team scored both of its TDs by passing and rolled up 352 yards in the air. The Bays suffered two injuries in the bruising Bear game - tackle Dick Affliss and fullback Bobby Jack Floyd, who both came up with leg hurts. Afflis was injured in the first three minutes but moved back into action later on, sharing the offensive left tackle post with Tom Johnson. Both Afflis and Floyd likely will be ready for the New York game.
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - Now it can be told: Last Thursday, the Packers held a special practice session designed to end the rash of fumbles that led to Detroit's 52-17 victory and a near, 12-10, loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The linemen formed a column of twos about 10 yards long and the ball carriers, one by one, ran through a two-foot wide avenue of flailing arms slapping at the ball or pulling the carriers' ball arms. The linemen made it realistic, too, because halfback Breezy Reid came out with a bloody nose. The special workout turned out to be the best thing that happened to the Packers, because they lost a fumble just once in their 41-28 victory over the Bears Sunday - a far cry from the four giveaways in the Eagle game and the four in the Detroit battle. The lost fumble in the 
NOV 13 (Green Bay) - The homeless Dallas Texans will play in Green Bay Nov. 23 as scheduled. That was the official word today from Packer president Emil R. Fischer following Dallas' decision late Wednesday afternoon to turn its franchise back to the NFL. The Texans, through their stockholders' action, became a "road" club operated by the National league and will play no more games in Dallas. The Dallas-Packer game here has been designated as Tony Canadeo Day. The veteran Packer halfback will be honored for eleven years of brilliant service with the club. The orphan team is scheduled to play in Detroit next Sunday and then will go to Chicago to prepare for its next game in Green Bay the following Sunday. They are due to arrive here Friday, Nov. 21. A battle with the Chicago Bears, which was originally scheduled in Dallas, will be played in Chicago Nov. 30. The Texans are scheduled to play in Philadelphia Dec. 7 but the game will be played in Hershey, Pa., while the finale, against Detroit in Dallas, has been reset for Detroit. Dallas, coached by Jimmy Phelan, was without professional football today just 11 months after it brought in a franchise with fanfare and ballyhoo that said the game couldn't miss in big, free-spending Texas. The Texans lost seven out of seven games and almost a quarter of a million dollars and became a road club Wednesday when 16 stockholders turned the franchise back to the NFL. Today there were reports that the franchise would be given to Baltimore for the 1953 season, although the Texans said they'd make a bid to buy back the franchise when it came up for disposal probably next month or at the NFL meeting in January. Financial aid was obtained with a group of moneyed men willing to take over and operate on a 3-year basis, but John Coyle, one of the team trustees, said "interim financing" could not be obtained. He explained that the Texans didn't have the money to operate during the three weeks or more that would be required to effect legal transfer of the club to the new group. There were 40 bond holders who held, in effect, a mortgage on the franchise. That created the legal technicalities. Giles Miller, young Dallas textile operator
tackle. Steve admitted Friday that "Arnie is a great pass rusher, but he's ordinary beyond that." Dowden played against Weinmeister in the non-looper in Milwaukee in August. It was Dowden's first pro game. The Packer defense is convinced that it must stop big Eddie Price, the league's leading ground gainer who runs from fullback. Eddie ripped San Francisco for 107 yards in the Giants' 23-14 win last Sunday. The New York attack, off the T, revolves around Chuck Conerly, an elegant passer and runner. Off the A-formation, rookie Fred Benners handles the passing and running. Most of the Giant pass receiving is done by left half Kyle Rote and ends Bob McChesney, Majure Stribling and Ray Poole...GAME NOTES: The Rote cousins of Texas, Kyle of the Giants and Tobin of the Packers, will be playing against each other for the first time as pros. Kyle was hurt when the Bays played the Giants in August and didn't see action. Tobin joined the Pack in '50 and Kyle came up in '51 after a spectacular career at SMU...The air trip from Green Bay to New York was smooth as silk. The Capital Airliners made it in about four hours...Sickman Wimberly bundled up his topcoat and a blanket and slept. Among the passengers were George Nitz, Brown county veterans' service officer; Packer voice Jim Coffeen; Jerry Jorgenson, son of  trainer Bud Jorgenson; and, of course, Joe Stydahar, the new administrative assistant to Ronzani. Sunday's
game will be the first pro contest Jumbo Joe will have seen since he resigned as head coach of the Rams in
October. "I've been out to the college game but I haven't looked in on the pros since then," Joe laughed. He said he was "real happy to be of assistance to Gene and the Packers." Big Joe will handle the complicated task of preparing the Packers for the college player draft which is coming up in January. This work had been done by Jack Vainisi, who is presently recovering from a serious illness in Hines' General hospital in Chicago. The job involves processing the names of some 4,000 college prospects for 1953 and future years. The Bays received a royal reception - a police escort to the Concourse Plaza hotel, with hotel owner Frank Kridell leading the way. To make it complete, the Packers were greeted by a 15-foot sign above the hotel which read, "Welcome Green Bay Packers." The hotel overlooks Yankee stadium and the Polo Grounds and is the sports home for the New York Yankees and a number of visiting baseball and football teams. Both the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals, who upset the Giants, stayed at the Concourse Plaza and Ronzani is hoping the hotel's charm holds for just one more game.
NOV 15 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, who represent the only small town in the NFL, against the Giants of the nation's Big Town! That's the attraction for Sunday afternoon at the Polo Grounds. But the Giants, though they are just that, literally and figuratively, and are tied for first place in the American Conference, aren't being lulled to sleep by that small town tag. They are fully aware of the fact that the boys from the hinterlands are only a game off the top in the rival National Conference after joining the Bears from Chicago. And what they, the Packers, did to the team from the nation's No. 2 city they also can do to the No. 2 - if the No. 1 city slickers aren't sharp and clicking at their very best. Which is exactly what the Giants hope to be: Sharp and at their very best. All the old interest in the Packers is coming to the fore. So a crowd of at least 35,000 is expected to be in the stands at the kickoff at 1:05 p.m. (Wisconsin time). Coach Gene Ronzani's operators, apparently in top physical condition, appear grimly confident in their final drill at the Polo Grounds Saturday. Despite the Giants' vaunted defense, the best in the league, they believe they can continue their scoring pace which is second only to that of San Francisco. It's a must, in fact, for the Giants recently have hit on the touchdown and field goal formula themselves. And it's no secret that the Packers' defense has been on the loose side. Balanced offense again will be Green Bay's keynote, with Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote passing; Bill Howton, Jim Keane and Bob Mann catching, and Fred Cone, Breezy Reid, Tony Canadeo and Billy Grimes running. The New York attack is built around quarterback Charlie Conerly and fullback Eddie Price, who scored the only touchdown to beat the Packers in the Milwaukee Shrine Benefit game, the season's opener in mid-August.
NOV 15 (New York-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Captain Bob Forte of the Packers called the players together after the 52 to 17 loss to the Detroit Lions for a meeting of minds, and the man-to-man discussion apparently is paying dividends. It occurred on Tuesday noon, Oct. 28 - two days after the humiliating defeat before the humiliating defeat before a sellout crowd at City stadium. None of the coaches attended the special player meeting. "First," Forte said shortly before taking the field against Philadelphia in Milwaukee the following Sunday, "we all agreed that we all played a lousy game against the Lions and that we are definitely capable of playing better football." Forte said that "all phases of our game were discussed and we decided that we'd prepare for each game as it came up and not look forward to any particular contest." this meeting has been one of the many fine things that have happened to the Packers this fall. The players, who are 100 percent with their coaches, are well organized into one common thinking unit - to play their best at all times. Earlier in the season, one of the players got out of line and a "committee" representing the rest of the athletes promptly straightened him out. Team thinking and responsibility such as this is a tremendous help to a coaching staff. It is impossible for the coaches to keep their eyes and fingers on the players all of the time, but the players watch themselves with one thought in mind - to produce on the practice and game fields. When a star drops a pass in practice, the rest of the players yell, "hang onto it" or something similar. The other day during a defensive practice one of the defensive halfbacks had a chance to intercept a pass but batted it down instead. There was an immediate chorus of yells from the players, "intercept it - get the ball." The Packers gradually are regaining the spirit that you fans observed years ago. They'll be facing some terrific opposition from now on it (Giants, Dallas, Lions, Rams and Forty Niners) but you can bet they'll give a great account of themselves - win or lose. The Packers have a revenge motive for winning tomorrow. New York's Giants handed the Packers their worst defeat in history - by 46 points - in Milwaukee in 1948. The final score was 49 to 3, and, oddly enough, the Packers held a 3-0 lead won a Ted Fritsch field goal in the first few minutes. Chuck Conerly was particularly hot that day, completing 20 out of 30 tosses for 291 yards. The New York quarterback had another field day in the last Packer-Giant game in Green Bay in 1949, completing 15 out of 28 for 347 yards in New York's 30-10 victory. The two clubs will enter Sunday's battle in a knot, each holding an unlucky 13 victories. Two battles finished in ties. In points, the Giants hold a slight edge, 371 to 359. The Packers and Giants engaged in three championship playoffs, with the Bays winning two. They tangled for the first time for the title in 1938, but the Giants won, 23-17. The next year, they battled again for the blue chips, this time in Milwaukee, and the Packers won it with ease, 27 to 0. The last playoff between 'em was in 1944 and the Packers walked off with a 14-7 edge. Sunday's game will be the Packers' first in the Polo grounds since 1947, when the two clubs battled to a 24-24 tie.
NOV 15 (New York-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer strategy was the same as a week ago today - score some points and play some rock-'em-sock-'em football in the line. The Packers entered the Bear classic in Chicago last Sunday with that theory and came out with 41 points on five touchdowns and two field goals for a sparkling 41 to 28 victory. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani handed down a similar order for tomorrow's crucial NFL encounter with the New York Giants in the Polo Grounds Sunday afternoon. The task, scheduled to start at 1:05 Green Bay time, admittedly will be much tougher than a week ago. First off, the Giants are the toughest defensive customer in the NFL, having allowed their first seven foes only 80 points - an average of 11.4 per battle. Thus, Sunday's game will be the Packers offense's most rugged assignment. The Packers entered the Bear game with these Ronzani words: "You linemen will have to play your hardest to make everything work." Today, the line principals figured they'd have to play "that much" harder in the face of the Giant wall, which is considered much superior to that of the Bears. Defensively, the Bays may be handicapped at right end - the spot held down by Ab Wimberly, sure tackle deluxe. Wimberly was a sick boy when he got on the plane in Green Bay, suffering from a severe case of the flu. Ab, well dosed with drugs, went straight to bed when he arrived here Friday night. He expects to throw off some of the effects of the sickness today, but may be weak Sunday...PLAYED SPECTACULAR BALL: Incidentally, Wimberly was one of three or four players who became ill before the Detroit game in Green Bay in October. Ab played against the Lions but was far below his usual par. Wimberly played spectacular ball in the two games after Detroit - against Philadelphia and the Bears. If Wimberly is away below par, Stretch Elliott may be pressed into service as a defensive end. A crowd of about 30,000 - possibly with good weather - is expected for the Packers' first appearance against the Giants in New York in five years. The game is a "must" for both clubs; the Giants (5-2) must win to remain in a first place tie with Cleveland in the American conference and the Packers (4-3) must win to remain in a second place knot with Los Angeles in the National conference. The New York press has given a landslide play to the Packers' aerial game and the writers may have guessed right, since the Packers are expected to bank on the air magic to deliver the bacon. Key men in the Packer offense will be QBs Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, who between 'em, kept the Bears guessing last Sunday. It likely will be a combination of Parilli's magic under the center and Rote's explosiveness as a runner - plus the sharp-shot passing of both. Rote leads the league in passing and Parilli is No. 2...GIANTS EYE CONE: The quarterbacks' chief receivers will be Bill Howton, the rookie who ranks third in the league, and veteran Bob Mann. They are expected to give the Giants' famed umbrella defense a stiff workout - Howton with his speed and Mann with his clever footwork. Coach Steve Owen's Giants feel that they must stop Packer fullback Fred Cone to keep the Bays honest. Cone counted 20 points against the Bears on their heels. But the Bays might explode a "new" ground weapon Sunday in the person of Billy Grimes, who, judging by his work versus the Bears, apparently is his old self. The Giants are wondering about Tony Canadeo, too. N.Y. scout Jack Lavelle couldn't believe his eyes when the old warhorse ripped off 61 yards against the Bears to lead both clubs in rushing. Another day like that Sunday might make the Pack's passing that much tougher. While the Bay offense appeared formidable, the Packer line held the key to the scorers' success. Big guns up front will be Dick Afflis, Tom Johnson and Steve Dowden at the tackles, Steve Ruzich and Dave Stephenson at guards and Jay Rhodemyre at center. Dowden, the first-year prize from Baylor, faces the toughest job. He will be playing across from Arnie Weinmeister, the all-pro defensive