CURLY PUTS NEW LIGHT ON PACKERS-SKIN TILTS
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - Appointment of Curly Lambeau over the weekend as head coach of the Washington Redskins put a new light today on two Packer games. The founder of the Packers and their head coach for 31 years will be on the Washington sidelines when the Packers meet the Redskins in a non-championship game in Kansas City Sept. 14 and again when the two clubs clash in a NFL encounter in Milwaukee Oct. 5. The Packers defeated Lambeau twice since he resigned here after the 1949 season. As head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, Lambeau dropped 17-14 non-league games in 1950 and 1951 at City stadium. George Marshall, owner of the Redskins, named Lambeau to succeed Dick Todd, who resigned Thursday night as the Washington team suffered its second straight exhibition defeat by losing to the Los Angeles Rams, 45-23…MAY GET BONUS: Marshall did not disclose the length of Lambeau’s contract or the terms of his salary. However, it is believed Lambeau will receive at least $15,000 a year with a bonus attached if the Redskins have a good season. “I hope that Curly will be with us as long as he was with Green Bay and enjoys as much success,” Marshall said. The 54-year old gridiron veteran said Saturday he anticipates making no great changes in what he termed a “very fine ball club”. “I will meet with the coaches later today and with the team on Monday,” he said. “Until I’ve talked with them I would rather not do much talking.” Lambeau’s first game will be Sept. 5 against Dallas. After meeting the Packers, the Redskins meet the Detroit Lions Sept. 20 in Oklahoma City. He opens the regular season Sept. 29 in Chicago against the Cardinals, whom he coached last year. Lambeau’s home is in Manhattan Beach, a Los Angeles suburb.
PACKERS 'OUTPLAYED US', BROWN
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - It was like the Yankees losing a World Series, like Lou (The Toe) Groza muffing a conversion. In a word, it was like a mountain coming to Mohammed. What was this rare development? It involved but seven words volunteered by Paul E. Brown, football precisionist extraordinary and headmaster of the vaunted Cleveland Browns. “I think, overall, the Packers outplayed us,” Brown conceded as he attacked a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon in the Hotel Northland early Sunday morning. On the face of it, Paul’s statement is not overly startling since Cleveland’s No. 1 football figure is famed for his candor, but it is more than significant when considered how seldom Paul has constrained to make such an admission in his fabulous career. Since the Browns’ slight taskmaster demands that his athletes be “hungry” for success, it likewise was passing strange to hear him elaborate, “They (the Packers) were the more aggressive football team, no question about it. We were pleased to get out of there alive.” You, however, are not to assume that Paul had run out of surprises. “I wasn’t displeased with us at all,” Brown assered, an uncommon declaration from one who, it is reliably reported, seldom if ever is satisfied. “We’ve only been in camp 2 ½ weeks,” he observed in this connection. “We had just 10 running plays and 12 passes.”…FELT A LITTLE HELPLESS: Continuing in this vein, the Browns’ dapper chief strategist said wryly, “I felt a little helpless a few times last night because we didn’t have enough plays to run.” Regardless of these elements, Brown is convinced “the Packers will be a definite factor in their half (the NFL’s National conference) of it. If they aren’t, it will be their own fault. They’ve got everything – two fine ends (Bob Mann and Bill Howton) and two fine passers (Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli),” Paul contended. “They have the ability – all they have to do is go out there and do it.” At this point, the balding dynamo in the beige sports coat disproved the universal belief that football is an all-consuming passion with him the year-around, admitting of no other interest, by asking, “How did the Yankees get their run?” (The Yankees had squeezed by Cleveland’s other major league representatives, the Indians, by 1-0 to regain the lead in the tight American league pennant race.) Resuming his favorite topic, Paul confided, “I think one of the most impressive things about your team was its speed. They have good team speed. Another thing, right up to the bitter end, they were still in the game. And they could have won it except for that long punt return, so I don’t think the fans could complain about the effort of their team. In fact, you’ve got a chance to win any football game you play,” Paul maintained. “The ability is there.” Taking time out to butter a roll, he had kind words for Forrest (Chubby) Grigg, the huge tackle obtained by the Packers in a trade with Cleveland…FINE INFLUENCE ON SQUAD: “He looks fine,” Brown commented. “You know, he’s 20 pounds lighter than when I put the fine to him. We couldn’t do anything with him last night. He’s a smart one and a fine influence on a squad. And Bray may have been in the league for ten years,” Paul smiled, “but he sure was out there earning his letter last night. Rote impressed me as a darned good football player, too, and I thought Parilli looked pretty good. He’s only been here about five days, hasn’t he? Wimberly looked very good, too.” Turning to his own squad, Brown enthused, “That Renfro (who sprinted 59 yards for a touchdown on that punt return in the first quarter) can really run, can’t he? But don’t feel bad, he’s done that to us several times already. In our first intra-squad scrimmage, he ran a kickoff back 80 yards for a score. Renfro (who runs the 100-yard dash in :9.5) lost to Ollie Matson by a foot in the Drake relays, you know. (Matson later went on to compete in the Olympics.) “By the way,” Brown asked the adjoining table, where his players also were breakfasting, “who blocked these placekicks last night?” Bill Willis, the giant Negro guard, admitted that he had blocked one of them and grinning, queried, “Is it all right that I let it accumulate and get me a suit?” “I buy ‘em a hat every time they block a kick,” Brown explained. “It’s just a little game. By the way,” and he turned to Willis, “how much do you pay for your suits?” “Oh, $150 most of the time,” Bill chuckled. “Then,” Brown informed him, “you’ll have to block at least ten kicks.”…Though they’d lost, optimism pervaded the Packer dressing room – extending even to Gene Ronzani, the head man. “The kids played some good ball, darned good ball,” Gene opined. “I think they maybe were set up a little too high for this game. First of all, they respected the Browns because of their reputation and they were a little nervous, which causes you to make mistakes. Of course, I expected us to make mistakes because we have so many inexperienced boys,” he admitted, continuing with a wry smile, “but I didn’t think they would cost us a few touchdowns – the few they (the Browns) made. But, it goes without saying, the Browns have got just as good as there is in the business.” Was he satisfied with Parilli’s performance – in his first real pro test? “I think Parilli’s fine,” Gene replied without hesitation. “For one week’s time, he’s come along wonderfully. He threw some nice passes and called some nice plays.” What about Howton? Ronzani smiled, not without satisfaction, and responded, “If he continues to play the way he did tonight, I think he’ll give a few boys some headaches before the year is over.” Parilli himself was not overly happy with his work. “I’m glad I’ve got that one off my chest,” he said ruefully. Admitting that the Browns “are a great team,” the Kentucky Babe declared, in the same breath, “We will be, too.”…Uncle Sam, with one sweep of his long arm, plucked one of the 22,000-plus spectators from his seat before the game had fairly begun. “Robert F. Brand,” P.A. Announcer Jim Coffeen barked, “call operator 43 at Milwaukee. The Coast guard wants you – your ship is going to sail.”…Though it was a non-league game, the scouting gentry was out in force. The Chicago Bears alone were represented by three analysts – Phil Handler, Walter Halas and his son, Pete, while the Pittsburgh Steelers’ interests were in the hands of Walt Kiesling, former Packer player and coach, and Chuck Cherundolo, Paul Christman, ex-Packer, diagrammed the action for the San Francisco Forty-Niners, Russ Thomas represented the Detroit Lions, Jack Lavelle the New York Giants and Mario Tonnelli the Chicago Cardinals…A variety of Wisconsin’s foremost sports notable were in the stands. Among them were Ivy Williamson, University of Wisconsin head coach, and his staff; Lisle Blackbourn, Marquette’s head mentor, and his staff; Ernest Swift, director of the conservation department, and his assistant, William F. Gimmer; George Hadland, head of the CD’s enforcement division; and Dr. Edward Schneberger, head of the department’s fisheries department…Former friendship doesn’t hold on the football field. When Tobin Rote broke away for the sparkling 45-yard run early in the third quarter, he was ultimately brought to earth by one of his 1951 teammates, Ace Loomis…The 1952 Packers are not, apparently, easily turned aside. With the Browns ahead, 21-14, and but 1:30 remaining in the game, a virtual chant arose from the Green Bay bench: “Get the ball, get the ball – we’ve still got time!”…Given the night off, the Bluejays were provided with entertainment to fill the gap in their schedule. All 16 members of the squad were guests of President Len Reis at the game – at $2.40 a copy…The Square Dance Association of Wisconsin, including representatives of the Green Bay club, presented an exhibition between halves and Bruce Stengel of Suring, national champion drum major, staged a demonstration with flaming batons. The game, incidentally, marked the opening of the Packer Lumberjack band’s 14th season. The band, one of the finest organizations of its kind in the nation, has been very much in evidence at Packer home games here and at Milwaukee since 1939…If you were one of those puzzled by the guffaws issuing from a certain section of the theater during the 7 o’clock showing of “The Rose Bowl Story” at the Orpheum Friday night, the mystery now is solved. They came from the Cleveland Browns, who attended in a body, and their mirth stemmed from the fact that Don Klosterman, now with the Browns, “quarterbacked” one of the teams. As Brown phrased it, “We were just putting him on.”
200 LAUNCH WORK IN PACKER TICKET DRIVE
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - The 1952 Packer season ticket drive got off to an enthusiastic start at a breakfast meeting at the Beaumont hotel this morning attended by some 200 workers, Packer officials and players. The drive is aimed at former season ticket holders who have not ordered their tickets this year, plus newcomers to the city. It will conclude with another breakfast meeting Friday morning at Hotel Northland. Co-Chairmen Russel W. Bogda and John B. Troinus explained that in 1948 the Packers sold some 18,000 season tickets for three games at City stadium, whereas the past two seasons, with four games here, the sale was about 10,000. “This year, with three games again scheduled here, we hope to pick up some of that difference,” Torinus said. Packer President Emil R. Fischer thanked the workers for again responding to the Packer cause. “Two years ago in the stock drive, which you men put over, we raised over $100,000 for a nest egg. We want to keep that nest egg. And the only way we can do it is to sell a good part of City stadium on a season ticket basis,” he explained. Coach Gene Ronzani commented on the two non-league games to date and said that “we have no reason to be discouraged about the games to come.” He asked players in the audience to introduce themselves. About 40 teams totaling 400 workers will be canvassing Green Bay, De Pere and suburbs this week to sell tickets for the Packers’ three home league games against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Dallas Texans.
BACH GETTING MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR
AUG 25 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers' pre-season schedule has suddenly developed into a tougher test than anybody thought it would be when the card was completed early in the summer. Coach Joe Bach wanted a couple of tough games early in August to test his players' reaction under fire. But then he wanted a few "soft touches" later in the season. The soft touches, Green Bay and San Francisco, have proved to be anything but that. Green Bay has dropped two games so far, but the close scores bode ill for the Steelers when the two teams meet at Latrobe Friday night. The Packers lost to the New York Giants, 7-0, and to the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. The Forty-niners, the Steelers' foe in the annual Press Old Newboys' game at Forbes Field September 7, have astounded everybody in their pre-season contests. Coach Buck Shaw's eleven all but slaughtered the Washington Redskins in a 35-0 rout last week and they trounced the Chicago Cardinals yesterday, 38-14. The Forty-niners have been so impressive, in fact, that they have been made one of the pre-season favorites to cop the National Conference championship. The heavy-duty schedule has caused Bach to alter his plans to lighten the team's workouts. Instead, the Pittsburgh coach will step up the tempo of the two-a-day drills as he prepares the team for its upcoming contests. One wholesale change is likely to take place as a result of last Friday's 24-10 loss to the Giants at Des Moines, Ia. Bach is toying with the idea of switching fullbacks Franny Rogel and Tom Calvin to halfbacks and teaming them with Eddie Modzelewski in one backfield for Friday's game. The problem, however, is Rogel's inability to get away from the Army to practice with the team. The former Penn State fullback is eager to make the move, thought, and insists that he knows the halfback assignments well enough to shift into that position. Calvin has impressed the coaches with his speed, drive and eagerness to play. The Alabama back showed some fancy running in last week's game. Should Calvin go to right halfback, he would share those duties with Lynn Chadnois, who scored the Steelers' touchdown on a brilliant 19-yard spring right through the middle of the Giant team.
FULLBACK JERRY SHIPKEY ENGAGES IN LIGHT DRILL WITH STEELERS
AUG 25 (Olean, NY) - Fullback Jerry Shipkey of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who suffered a badly cut arm a week ago in a freak accident, returned to grid togs for a light workout today at the grid club's training camp at St. Bonaventure University. The star linebacker had seven stitches removed from the arm this morning. He will avoid any contact work but possibly could be ready for emergency use when the Gold and Black plays the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe Friday night. Tackle Ernie Statutner, on crutches due to torn knee ligaments, and end Jack Butler, who suffered a sprained knee against the New York Giants last week in Des Moines, are definitely out of the Packer tussle. Coach Joe Back put his charges through two spirited sessions and has high hopes of finally cracking the victory column in the Green Bay exhibition. Carrying out his plan of shifting personnel, Back moved Tom Calvin, a training camp sensation, from fullback to right halfback. A southpaw, the former Alabama state is likely to make the veteran Lynn Chadnois hustle to hold the starting assignment. Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, the Steeler's No. 1 draft choice, looked great today as he continued to absorb the Steeler variation of the T formation. The West Natrona athlete sparkled in his brief appearance against the Giants and should become a topnotcher in the pro ranks.