'OUR HEADS ARE BLOODY BUT UNBOWED,' TEXAN AIDE
NOV 19 (Green Bay) - "Our heads are bloody but unbowed..." So spoketh Al Ennis today from Chicago where the NFL Texans are preparing for their clash with the Packers in Green Bay's City stadium Sunday afternoon. Ennis, business manager, publicity chief and general handyman for the homeless eleven, wasn't issuing a telephone warning to the Packers. Rather, Ennis was pointing out what was "most amazing" to him. "Our boys have been playing like h---. They've had a rough road, a lot of injuries and then this thing in Dallas. Our spirits aren't down. The boys are fighting every minutes and that to me is quite amazing. They've lost a couple of tough games along the way." Jimmy Phelan, the gentleman coach of the Texans, pointed out that "I never had a season like this one. Last year, we (the New York Yanks) never had anybody in the hospital; this year, everybody seems to get there." The Texans, who have lost eight straight games, played powerful Detroit last Sunday without their two first-string tackles, Don Colo and Art Donovan, who were both flattened the previous week by injuries. Both will be ready for the Packers, Ennis said. The Detroit game, lost by the Texans, 43-13, resulted in a broken collar bone for halfback Jerry Davis. Also in bad shape are quarterbacks Bob Celeri and Chuck Ortmann. End Dan Edwards has been sent home with a leg hurt. "And that George Taliaferro takes a terrible beating in every game. He's pretty well banged up but will be ready for Green Bay," Ennis said. Taliaferro ranks seventh in the league in ground gaining and 18th in passing. The great Negro star from Indiana generally operates the Texans' spread. Phelan revealed that quarterback Frank Tripucka "has been a great help to us." He played the entire Detroit game and likely will handle the T-formation against the Packers. The Texans have two ex-Packers in their lineup - tackle Chubby Grigg and end Ray Pelfrey. Grigg was with the Packers during the non-league season while Pelfrey left after the opener against the Chicago Bears. Pelfrey caught a short pass from Tripucka for one TD against Detroit and made a spectacular catch of another for 30 yards to set up the club's other TD. The Texans are presently practicing at a University of Chicago field. The team will arrive in Green Bay Saturday evening and headquarter at the Northland hotel. While Dallas no longer "owns" the Texans, fans will be informed of their progress the rest of the season via radio. Traveling with the club is sportscaster Jerry Doggett, who will play-by-play Sunday's game back to Dallas. The team, now being supported by the league (the other 11 clubs) is known as the Texans, but not the Dallas Texans...The Packers gave up the first two places in the National league's passing race, but nobody was complaining. The 5-3 record in the National conference was enough consolation for quarterbacks Tobin Rote, the loop's pitching leader for three out of four weeks the standings were revealed, and Babe Parilli, who led the other week. While the Packers were using the forward pass sparingly in their 17-3 victory over the Giants Saturday, the Los Angeles Rams' Norm Van Brocklin was having a field day against the Chicago Bears - enough to jump from 10th to first place, just ahead of the Bays' Rote. Van Brocklin has an average of 8.27 yards per attempt against Rote's 8.14. Parilli dropped from second to fifth behind Frankie Albert and Y.A. Tittle, both of San Francisco. Albert is averaging 7.79, Tittle 7.61 and Parilli 7.52. Close behind Parilli is Otto Graham of Cleveland with 7.51. Packer Bill Howton fielded one pass against the Giants and remained in the first 10. He now has 30 receptions and is in a tie with Bud Grant of Philadelphia and Dub Jones of Cleveland - in sixth place...The Packers held another
CANADEO'S CAREER BASED ON HEART; 'THE SILVER STREAK!'
NOV 19 (Green Bay) - Sunday is Tony Canadeo Day and tributes to the Packers' great backfield warrior will certainly be in order for the years of excellent above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty service he has performed here - has reached a lot of corners and it prompted a Chicagoan, L.J. Lavieri, to write the following revealing letter to a Chicago sports columnist: "Back in 1936, Steinmetz (High) fielded a great football team, star of which was a young man who had a streak of gray hair down the center of his jet-black hair. Newspapers dubbed him "The Silver Streak" and more or less in his honor, Steinmetz teams have been called "Silver Streaks" ever since. A week ago, I saw this same man spark the Green Bay Packers to their greatest win over the Bears. He showed the same spirit and fore I saw against Schurz and Roosevelt 16 years ago. They say he will retire from pro ball after this season at an age given as 31, but he must be all of 34 or 35. As long as Steinmetz teams call themselves "Silver Streaks", Tony Canadeo, the greatest and most durable football player Chicago ever produced will not be forgotten."...Tony's big day Sunday, planned by a group of close admirers and presently being seconded by thousands of his fans, will end a career based on sheer HEART. Canadeo never was blessed with the natural ability of a Hutson, but he had what seems like an unexplainable spirit, a desire for competition. It's hard to explain because Tony, himself, likes to kid about spirit. On a Tuesday before a game, Canadeo is likely to joke to his teammates something like this: "Okay you guys let's get that old spirit, now. We gotta have that old rah rah." Yet, on the following Sunday, Canadeo plays like a freshman in college and his teammates quickly takes the hint...Canadeo's greatest contribution to the Packers came in the last two years of the 1940's. The Bays were at a low ebb. They were losing and had nothing to sell, no big name college star to help fill the parks away from home. But they had Canadeo - a worn pro name that was always good for instant "copy". Tony virtually carried the 1949 Packers (2-10) alone, gaining more than 1,000 yards (over half of the team's total), and providing Packer fans at least something pleasant to talk about. Thus, Packer fans Sunday not only will pay tribute to an athlete for his accomplishments on the field but also for the "public service" he accorded the Packers at a time when Packer fortunes were at their lowest...In 11 seasons with the Packers, Canadeo did everything but play tackle, guard or center. He performed at all backfield positions, took a spot at end at times and worked on defense. He produced approximately 8,500 yards, through last Sunday, on rushing, passing, pass receiving, punt and kickoff returns and interceptions. That's terrific mileage!
DALLAS WITHDRAWS BID
NOV 19 (Dallas) - There will be no further effort by Dallas to operate a franchise in the NFL. John Coyle, Dallas investment banker representing a group that had planned to bid for the return of the Dallas franchise which was turned back to the league last week, said Commissioner Bert Bell had put a hiatus on the efforts by his refusal to eliminate or split up $200,000 that would to be paid for a lease on Yankee Stadium in New York. The Dallas club was the New York Yanks until bought last winter by Giles Miller for $100,000 and the assumption of the $200,000. This was to be paid at the rate of $25,000 a year but no payment has been made when Miller and his associates turned back the franchise to the league after losing more than $225,000 in operating the club a little more than one half the season. Coyle said he called Bell in Philadelphia Tuesday and told him his group of six or seven men who were not identified and who were willing to bid for the franchise and put up $200,000 to $250,000 a year for three years, would not enter the deal without the $200,000 being eliminated or at least with each of the 12 clubs in the league paying one-twelfth. "Bell said nothing doing and so we are withdrawing any bid for the franchise," Coyle said.
GENE RONZANI'S PROPHETIC PRE-GAME STATEMENT
NOV 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson column) - "If they just don't throw the ball away and fumble, don't make more of the mistakes that killed us in other games, they can take this one. I feel they will win because they're starting to believe in themselves. The jitters are disappearing. They're a great gang." That was coach Gene Ronzani talking, calmly and confidently, in his hotel room in New York last Sunday a half hour before departing for the Polo Grounds and the big battle with the Giants. A prophetic talk it turned out to be, for, as everybody knows, Ronzani had his players and the game pegged right. Even before the game, as they taped up and slipped into their war togs in the dressing room, one got the definite impression from the players that the coach knew exactly what he was talking about. There were no signs of pre-battle shakes. So what if the Giants had cooled off the Chicago Cardinals and belted the mighty San Francisco 49ers? Those Packers didn't appear to be the least bit frightened. They were in New York to win - not merely escape with their lives. The air of confidence was almost an assurance that they weren't going to toss this one away; that they were going to belt those Giants like they hadn't been belted all year. One could almost detect that the fire which swept the Bears to defeat the previous week, was being fanned into another roaring blaze. The game went strictly according to plan and hope - even more so. The Packers fumbled only once, which was miraculous considering the violent way Billy Grimes, Dom Moselle, Bobby Dillon, Tony Canadeo, Fred Cone, Breezy Reid, Bobby Jack Floyd and Babe Parilli were jolted every time they got their mitts on the ball. How Grimes managed to hang to the ball after catching some of Tom Landry's towering punts I'll never know. But he did - indicating that Billy is returning to the form that made him an all-league back two years ago. Not a single Packer pass was intercepted by the team famed for its pass defense. Which is a tribute to the protection as well as the throwing of Parilli and Tobin Rote. The Giants lost the ball twice on fumbles and each time the Packers turned the error into a touchdown. Clarence Self, a very much underrated ball player, recovered one and another ex-Wisconsin star, Hal Faverty, the other. Through the airlanes, too, the Giants suffered by comparison. Ace Loomis, Dillon and Moselle came up with a vital interception apiece. Two others (by Dillon and Faverty) were nullified by penalties against the Packers. At least three other interceptions were missed when the defenders dropped the ball in their hurry to run it back. Add the sharp clutch bat-downs and it's apparent the Packers weren't making the mistake of zigging when they should have been zagging in the secondary. Theirs was the real umbrella defense - not the Giants. And talk about hitting 'em with enthusiasm on defense! Those Packers really did. John Martinkovic, Ab Wimberly, Ray Bray, Washington Serini, Dave (Straw Hat) Hanner, Bob Forte, Deral Teteak, Marvin Johnson - oh, name anyone who did his bit on defense and you can be sure he did quite a job. Wimberly deserved a special nod. He was suffering from an attack of the flu when the squad left for New York, and he wasn't exactly in the best of health at game time. But do you suppose that could keep him on the bench? No sir! Not only did he insist on playing, but no one would have suspected he was anything but hale and hearty in playing right end in the copyrighted manner. Any number of the boys half knocked themselves out at times, but they always bounced back full of fire. Take that guy Marvin Johnson, for instance. He was glassy-eyed and rubber-legged, and didn't know the time of the day or the day of the week when he was dragged off the field, glassy-eyed and rubber-legged, after a particularly tough tackle. But it wasn't long before he was back at work. It takes spirit - great desire - to play football that way. And that's exactly what this Packer squad has in abundance. That's the reason they've already gone farther than anyone dared expect. How else can one account for a team being up with the leaders in the toughest league of all after starting almost completely from scratch? Most successful teams start with a nucleus of 20 to 25 or more holdovers from the previous year. All they have to do is work a handful of newcomers into the act, and they're ready for business. The Packers, by sharp contract, have 19 members of the present active squad who were not with the club last year. Thirteen of those 19 are fresh out of the college ranks and therefore going through their first professional experience. That's right - 13. Count 'em: Babe Parilli, Deral Teteak, Bill Howton, Bobby Jack Floyd, Dave Hanner, Steve Dowden, Steve Ruzich, Hal Faverty, Dick Logan, Tom Johnson, Bill Reichardt, Bobby Dillon and Bob Dees. Six boasting varying degrees of experience were picked up from other clubs. Bray, Serini, and Jim Keane came from the Bears - Serini on waivers and the other two as free agents. Self was purchased from Detroit. Marvin Johnson came from Los Angeles on waivers, and Dan Sandifer from Philadelphia in a trade for Rip Collins. It goes without saying that it took a lot of doing - on the part of the players themselves as well as the coaches - to mold this group into a clicking outfit.
PACKERS FAIL TO GAIN IN PLAYER AVERAGES
NOV 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers turned in one of the most satisfying victories of their season Sunday as they whipped the New York Giants in New York, 17-3, yet oddly they did not improve a single one of their individual marks in the weekly averages released Wednesday. Bill Howton dropped from third to sixth in pass receiving; Fred Cone from fourth to sixth in scoring and Howton from third to seventh; and Babe Parilli from seventh to 10th in punting. Most surprising, perhaps, Tobin Rote and Parilli tumbled to second and fifth respectively in passing. In two categories, the Packers even fell out of the first 10. Dom Moselle, sixth in punt returns a week ago, and Billy Grimes, 10th in kickoff returns, no longer have rankings. Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams with his fine performance against the Bears, replaced Rote as boss passer with 59 completions in 115 attempts for
PACKERS LOOK TO EXTEND WIN STREAK
NOV 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will attempt to stretch their winning streak to four game here Sunday when they meet the Dallas Texans in their last home game of the year. The Texans, who haven't won a game this year and also are homeless now, came off second best to the Packers in their first meeting in Dallas. The Green Bay squad goes into the game in an unfamiliar role, that of favorite, Sunday but coach Gene Ronzani is worried. "A team that hasn't won a game is always hard to beat," Ronzani said. "We expect our toughest battle from the Texans." The Packers rolled over the New York Giants last Sunday in their second upset in a row. The win kept them in a tie for second place with the Los Angeles Rams in the National Conference. Ronzani has been drilling the Packer offense this week seeking more scoring punch. The defensive unit, which played a tough and sharp game last Sunday and recovered two Giant fumbles, had things a little easier in Tuesday's drills. After the Texan game here, the Packers take to the road for three tough games. They meet the Detroit Lions in Detroit Thanksgiving Day, then go to the West Coast for games with the Rams and the 49ers. The 49ers and Lions currently are tied for first place in the National Conference.