EXHIBITION - Chicago Cardinals 38, Green Bay Packers (0-4) 7
Sunday September 7th 1952 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - The Green Bay Packers put on a frightful exhibition of offensive football here Sunday afternoon. Our boys fumbled four times and had five passes intercepted as a fair Chicago Cardinal team capitalized on at least 10 Bay mistakes to score a ridiculous 38 to 7 victory before 15,497 fans. The inept Packer offense, which was due to explode for more than seven points in this fourth game, put all the pressure on a valiant Packer defense that finally cracked – probably from pure exhaustion. There was at least one consolation – maybe two. First, the loss won’t appear in the NFl standings, and, second, the Packers did score a touchdown without too much exertion. The Cardinals were ahead 24-0 early in the third when the Packers saved themselves from a whitewashing by flying 82 yards in 11 players, with quarterback Tobin Rote sneaking over from the one-foot line. The Packers point “machine” undoubtedly suffered from the loss of four veterans – halfbacks Ray Pelfrey and Billy Grimes and tackles Joe Spencer and Chubby Grigg, but the offense showed no signs of taking up the slack. To make matters even worse, linebacker Bob Forte had to leave the game with an injury early in the first quarter, thus putting the LB’ing strain on three rookies – Deral Teteak, Chuck Boerio and Tito Carinci. The Packers produced two firsts – one good and one bad. They scored their first point after touchdown after missing three straight in the first three games, Fred Cone turning the trick with Babe Parilli holding. For the bad, it must be recalled that the Cardinals were the first team to score a touchdown by passing against the Packers this season. The Cards’ first TD came on a 28-yard heave down the middle from Frank Tripucka to Don Stonesifer late in the first quarter. The Big Red made it 14-0 late in the half when tackle Volney Peters intercepted a Rote pass and returned 16 yards. Just before the half, Joe Geri, fresh from the Pittsburgh Steelers, kicked a 45-yard field goal. The count zoomed to 24-0 when Emil Sitko smashed one yard for a TD after Don Paul’s interception of a Rote pass gave the Cards position on the Packer 30. The Cardinals put on a 92-yard TD drive, after the Packers scored, to make it 31-7 early in the fourth quarter, Charley Trippi hurling 17-yard to Jerry Cross for the teedee. A 12-yard punt by Parilli and Don Panciera’s 41-yard pass to rookie Cliff Anderson brought about the final 28-7 reading. Geri kicked all of the extra points. The Packers threw just about everything at the Cardinals – even the one-backer, the novel formation that hadn’t been used since 1951. It produced a lot of yardage, but no touchdowns, and served to give the Packer defense an occasional longer-than-usual rest. Getting little or no mileage from the halfbacks or fullbacks on the ground – not to mention blocking – the Packers resorted to passing most of the afternoon. They hurled 45 times for 249 yards and completed 33 percent, with Rote hitting 10 out of 28 and Parilli five out of 17. The Cards completed 12 out of 19 for 189 yards. The impotency of the Packer ground game, and it can be added that Grimes and Pelfrey might have helped in this department, is show in the individual figures. QB’s Rote and Parilli, running most of the time out of pure desperation, gained 81 of the Packers’ 128 rushing yards – which leaves a measly 47 yards from the other three points of attack. The Packers’ ace end, Bob Mann, was the only sure-fire receiver, although Rote and Parilli were off the mark on several important pitches. On the TD drive, Mann caught five passes for 50 yards and Tony Canadeo one for 33. The Packers uncovered something of a hero in Bobby Dillon, the defensive specialist. Bobby intercepted two passes and saved two touchdowns by catching Emil Sitko and Johnny Karras on sure long touchdown runs. Playing their first home game, the Cardinals put together two first downs after the opening kickoff, but the Bay defense stiffened and forced Tripucka to punt. The Packers banged back for a firster to midfield on Rote’s 22-yarder to Mann but then a gamble didn’t work as Dom Moselle was stopped a yard short on fourth down on the Cardinal 42. The tough Bay defense tightened again and Tripucka put a well-placed 28-yard punt out on the Packer five. Bill Howton broke downfield but Rote’s long pass was knocked down by S.J. Whitman just as Bill was about to catch it. On the next play, Howton made a sparkling catch of a Rote pas, between two defenders for a 35-yard gain. Rote almost ate up a Packer roughing penalty with a 16-yard gallop but Parilli was forced to punt when the ball stuck in his hand as he attempted a sure first down pass. The Cardinals then started their TD drive from their own 19. After Cross made eight yards, Sitko broke over left tackle for 53 yards. Dillon had to reverse his field but caught up with the ball carrier on the Packer 20. On second down Tripucka hurled to Stonesifer for the score. The Cardinals got into position again as the first quarter ended, with the Cardinals recovering Dom Moselle’s fumble on the Packer 40. Dillon ended this threat by intercepting Tripucka’s pass on the Packer 34. On second down, Rote’s pass intended for Mann was intercepted by Whitman. Mann brought down Whitman but the Cardinal back lateraled to Roy Barni, who ran to the Packer 39. Ab Wimberly tagged Elmer Angsman and Trippi for a 12-yard loss and Tripucka had to punt. Parilli had to the same a moment later and Ray Bray, Elmer Costs and Wimberly, with well placed tackles, forced Trippi to try his hand at punting. Starting from the Cardinal 45, the Packers made a big move to even up the test. On first down, Parilli faked a pass and ran 38 yards up the middle to the Card seven. Babe attempted to lateral as he was smashed down by three Cardinals and fumbled, the Cards recovering. The Cardinals ran right of danger as Matson went up the middle for 19 yards and Trippi zoomed over the position for 24. Trippi passed to Peacock for nine and then ran eight more to the 33, where the Packers put up the stop sign. Carinci hurled Angsman back three yards, Wimberly bounced Trippi back to four and Teteak pitched Matson for a two-yard loss. On fourth down, Geri tried a field goal from the 49, but it feel short. Starting on their own 22, the Packers advanced three yards on Tony Canadeo’s smash over guard. Rote stepped back to pass but four Cardinals smashed in and the QB sidearmed a shot that Peters took on the run on the 16 and stopped easily into the end zone for the score. After Joyce’s kickoff into the end zone, Parilli hit Mann for a 15-yard pass gain to the 35. Rote pitched to Cone for four and then to Mann for 10 to the 49, when Rote’s pass, intended for Mann, was intercepted by Sanford on the Packer 46. A moment later Geri kicked a 45-yard field goal to make it 17-0. If the Packers had any hopes of recovery in the second half, they were quickly erased. On the first play, Floyd Reid gained 11 yards but fumbled and Peters recovered on the Packer 48. The Packers forced Tripucka to punt and they took over on their own 30. Off to the two-back spread, Rote’s pass was intercepted by Paul, who returned from the Packer 44 to the 30. The Cards turned the miscue into their third touchdown in six plays. The big gainers were Panciera's pass to Paul for nine yards and Paul's 12-yard scamper, with Sitko smashing over from the one for 24-0 lead. The Packer offense finally started to move as Cone took a pitchout from Rote for 14 yards to the 32. The Bays were offside, however, and the ball went back to the 13. Mann danced away from a tackler for a 22-yard gain and a first down on a pass from Rote. On third down, Parilli hurled to Mann for 12 yards to the Packer 47. Parilli attempted a jump pass over the line but there was no receiver, so he threw to Canadeo straight up the alley for 32 yards to the 20. Parilli added 12 more on a pass to Mann and then Cone hit right tackle for four. Mann missed the goal line by one foot on a pass from Rote, after which Rote "snuck" the foot for the TD. After an exchange of punts, the Cards drove to their fourth TD early in the fourth quarter. The big chunks came on Trippi's 45-yard pass to Ramsey and his 17-yard TD throw to Cross, who circled beautifully behind the Bay defense in the end zone. On the third play of the drive, Paul went around right end for 18 yards and was hurt as John Martinkovic crashed into him as he fell. After a long delay, Paul was removed from the field on a stretcher. The Packers presented the one-backer and gambled twice in an effort to get back into the game, with the score 31-7. Roger Stephens picked up eight yards in two tries and on fourth down Rote ran eight yards off the one-backer to the Packer 37. In the next three downs, Rote made three yards. Needing seven for a first down, Rote passed to Howton for 10 yards to midfield. Then he hurled to Cone on a screen pass that finished on the Card six after a fumble by Cone and a recovery by Reid. Needing only six yards for the TD, Rote incompleted two passes and Parilli's third down pass aimed at Reid was intercepted by Matson. The Packers got good position on the Card 42 after forcing the Cardinals to punt. Rote ran for 13 and then passed to Cloud for 14 to the Cardinal 15. But the Packers were penalized for illegal use of the hands all the way back to the Card 43. After Rote was smeared back 12 yards trying to pass, Parilli punted dead on the 18. On the first play, Dillon nailed Karras after a 47-yard run to the Packer 35. Two plays later, Dillon ended another Cardinal threat by intercepting Trippi's pass. The Packers made a first down on Rote's 20-yard pass to Elliott but the drive stalled and Parilli got off a 12-yard punt, downing the ball himself on the Packer 49. In two plays, the Cards made the score 38-7. After Matson made eight, Panciera hurled to Anderson, who was downed by Russell on the eight, but the receiver bounced to his feet and ran into the end zone for the score. The game ended a few seconds later, with Rote and Parilli alternating throwing passes. Two were completed - both to Howton for a total gain of 22 yards to midfield.
GREEN BAY -   0   0   7   0  -   7
CHI CARDS -   7  10   7  14  -  38
                       GREEN BAY CHI CARDINALS
First Downs                   16            17
Rushing Yards-TD           128-1         206-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 45-15-249-0-5 19-12-189-3-2
Total Yards                  377           395
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           1-0
Turnovers                      5             2
Yards penalized             3-35          6-50
CHI - Don Stonesifer, 28-yard pass from Charley Trippi (Joe Geri kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 7-0
CHI - Volney Peters, 15-yard interception return (Geri kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 14-0
CHI - Geri, 45-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 17-0
GB - Tobin Rote, 1-yard run (Fred Cone kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 17-7
CHI - Steve Sitko, 1-yard run (Geri kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 24-7
CHI - Bill Cross, 17-yard pass from Trippi (Geri kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 31-7
CHI - Cliff Anderson, 41-yard pass from Don Panetera (Geri kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 38-7
SEPT 8 (Chicago) - "We just caught 'em in there and got a couple of quickies - and we relaxed and they were pressing." Joe Kuharich, freshman head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, volunteered this capsule description, from the depths of a divan in the lobby of the Blackstone hotel, of what had transplanted at Comiskey park earlier Sunday afternoon. "It was just the circumstances of the game," asserted Kuharich, visibly - and pleasantly - surprised at the outcome. "It was just one of those game. So many things happened that changes the game so much you couldn't tall what continuity it had. I think we got a few breaks," the ex-University of San Franciscon strategist concluded, "that kind of tilted the pendulum out way." Almost in the same breath, Joe let it be known," But it was a costly victory. We lost Paul (Don) and Gay (Billy) and Barni (Roy) also is bruised up. In fact, all of our boys are pretty well bruised up."..GOT CONTINUOUS THREAT: Despite the one-sided score, Kuharich contended, "The Packers are still going to be a good football team - they've got some good boys. And Gene probably was experimenting quite a little today. In fact, I'm sure he was. And I know we were. We're still trying to find the right combination. They've got a hell of a continuous threat there with those passers and receivers and once they get their running game tied in they're going to have an awful effective offense," Kuharich further opined. "Mann is a very impressive football player," Joe added, "and Rote and Parilli are an asset to any football team. Howton will help, too, as he goes along in there. I thought," he continued, "the Packers had a very good blocking line, especially on pass protection." Kuharich likewise was high on his prize rookie, Ollie Matson, the mercurial Negro fullback, who Joe himself at the USF. "Matson's going to be a great football player. Today was the first time we used him consistently on offense. He'll be a great player in this league, there's no question about it."...It may have been a non-league game, but regardless, there was a husband atmosphere in the Packer dressing room beneath the stands at Comiskey park at 3:45 (CST). Tobin Rote, a picture of disillusionment, muttered - to nobody in particular - "I've never had as bad a day," and sat staring off into space for some minutes before wearily unlacing his shoes. Head Coach Gene Ronzani, preoccupied, walked in and through the dressing room to the water cooler without a word. From a time only the grooming reminder of Johnny Proski, the assistant trainer, "Don't forget to put your warmups in your bags," broke the silence, although later conversation in subdue tones developed in several areas. Last of all to speak was Ray (Scooter) McLean, the veteran backfield coach, who sat staring morosely at the floor for fully 15 minutes before joining Ronzani, Dick Plasman and Chuck Drulis in a doleful post-mortem. Later, at Packer headquarters in the Hotel Knickerbocker, Gene had no alibis. "We got some bad breaks," he admitted, "but it doesn't excuse us for the kind of football we played. I've been with the Packers nearly three years and I think it's the worst I've seen since I've been in Green Bay."...NEED TWO, THREE PLAYERS: "Bob Forte's loss (he had to leave the game early in the first quarter with a rib injury) hurt us on defense but the loss of one man shouldn't hurt a team that much. If it does, it isn't good," Gene declared. "We had some poor tackling on the part of our secondary, that we can't deny." Then, and it may have been significant since it came following criticism of the overall performance, Gene observed, "After we cut our squad down to a more workable size, we can do a little more. We still need two or three players in key positions to make this a good ball club," he said. "The trouble is, when we try to make a deal, everybody wants front line players - and that's no way to help the packers. I'd like to keep what we have in the way of top grade material. Regardless of our mistakes," Gene summed up, "our boys played pretty good ball in spots. I don't think the Cards were that good - we made them look good by our mistakes." "I just hope," he said ruefully, "we left 90 percent of our mistakes in that ball game."...The game was held up nearly 10 minutes by injury to Don Paul. Both teams relaxed while the Cardinals' physician and two trainers ministered to the prostrate Paul near the eastern sidelines early in the fourth quarter. After Paul had been "tapped", a further delay ensued when no stretcher was available. A Cardinal property man shortly appeared with a blanket but it was subsequently discarded when an ambulance cot was brought to the scene, and Paul finally was removed from the field...The afternoon proved expensive for the Cardinals in more ways that one. In all, eight footballs (at $13 each) were appropriated by fans after conversion attempts and kickoffs. After Joe Geri's successful XP boot in the first quarter, a boy of perhaps 11 or 12 pounded on the ball near the stands, snatching it from the grasp of an official, scurried into the visiting club dugout (for baseball) and disappeared. Later, another seized the ball after Fred Cone's booming kickoff in the third quarter and scampered off with it as a policeman, standing no more than two feet away, made no effort to interfere with his project. Another fan, an adult, set out after the boy but his chase failed to meet with success...Green Bay's annual league premiere with the Chicago Bears is three weeks off, but the Packers and George Halas' monsters of the midway won't be seeing each other for the first time in 1952. At least it won't be the Bruins' first look at Ronzani's disciples for the Bears scouted Sunday's game en masse. Even line coach Phil Handler and Frank Halas were in the Bear party...Rookies in professional football often find it hard to forget the gallantry and camaraderie of college competition. This was demonstrated midway in the fourth quarter when the Packers' Bill Reichardt hailed Ollie Matson of the Cardinals as the latter was leaving the field (both teams sat on the same side of the gridiron) and they exchanged pleasantries and handshakes. "Cut that out during a ball game," Tarzan Taylor snarled, "he's your opponent!"
SEPT 8 (Kansas City) - Off the Bluebonnet at the Union Station yesterday strode about forty heavy-shouldered young men, and an entire baggage car of equipment unmistakably footballish was cut off the train. The Redskins were in town. And from the Town House in Kansas City, Kansas, where they stowed their gear, to the Rockhurst college practice field, where their shouts arose in the afternoon, residents were getting glimpses of some of the more famous names in the play-for-pay gridiron spot. Following the movement from train to bus, to hotel and back to bus and off to the practice field was a group of older muscle men. And with a critical eye for all was a man who was dwarfed by none, the veteran George P. Marshall, president of the Washington Redskins. Marshall was by turns reticent and enthusiastic about the 49-man organization with which he was barnstorming. He was sure the boys had the potential, and he said he finally has the exact coaching combination. But the team was losing games. It wasn't Marshall that spoke unhappily about the three touchdowns lost on technicalities Friday night in the 27-14 defeat by the Dallas Texans. But he did say the 'Skins were a bit dull on their timing, not coordinated to the point where a guard pulls out at the right instant. E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, head coach, wants it now. He would not say he would rather beat next Sunday's opponent, the Green Bay Packers, than any other in organized ball. But somebody said it for him - and that Green Bay had just as much reason to want to beat him. Players returning from last year were bouncing on their toes, shadow boxing and otherwise toning their muscles. Among this group was Sammy Baugh, now in his sixteenth year, and a playing backfield coach. Some of the more spectacular players were nearby. There was Harry Gilmer and Charley Justice, who gained game in the South. Leon Heath and George Thomas of the Big Seven, with Gene Pepper on the line in front of them, and the West coast trickster, Eddie LeBaron, who is expected to make up on sheer energy what he lacks in size. Pepper's nose was broken in the scrimmage yesterday, however.
SEPT 8 (Kansas City) - The feature of next Sunday afternoon's pro football game between the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers at Blues stadium seems to be clear-cut in the minds of gridiron enthusiasts. It will be a forward passing duel between Babe Parilli of the Packers and Eddie LeBaron of the Redskins. While in school, each became a national figure. At the College of Pacific, LeBaron made himself one of the top aerialists and then further demonstrated his skill in the annual all-star game in Chicago. Those who witnessed that contest several years ago remember Eddie's performance as something more than noteworthy. After that, LeBaron entered service. Recently discharged he is with the Redskins and will be found drilling with them all week on the Wyandotte high school field...MOST VALUABLE IN CHICAGO: Parilli, while quarterbacking at the University of Kentucky last year, established all manner of passing records. Then he, like LeBaron, added to the luster of his name by his deeds in the all-star game. He was chosen the outstanding player in this classic held last month in Soldier's field. Among Parilli's record are four all-time national marks. He broke Stan Heath's record of the most touchdown passes for one season by throwing twenty-three in 1950. Heath previously had thrown twenty-two in one year. Parilli holds the college record for the most touchdown passes in three years. The total is fifty and that bettered by two the 4-year record of John Ford at Hardin-Simmons. In three years, Parilli gained 4,351 yards by passing and in three years he completed 351 passes. There are a host of Southeastern conference records held by this boy. Seven to be exact. In 1949, as a sophomore, he was the twelfth ranking passer in the nation. In 1950, he became the fourth ranking and last year he was second ranking in addition to being the Southeastern conference leader...IN THREE BOWL GAMES: In 1950, Parilli competed in the Orange bowl in Miami, in 1951 the Sugar bowl in New Orleans and in 1952 the Cotton bowl in Dallas. In the Orange bowl, he threw ten passes and completed six, good for 128 yards. In the Sugar bowl, he threw twelve with nine consumated good for 105 yards. In the Cotton bowl, he threw twenty good for eighty-five yards. In the three bowl games, four of his passes resulted in touchdowns. Babe was named the most valuable player in the Cotton bowl and the most valuable in the Southeastern conference for 1951. All this would indicate LeBaron will have a deadly rival confronting him here next Sunday. He will need to have reacquired all of his former skill in order to match that possessed by the newest star of the Packers.
SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - The Packers swallowed five pass interceptions and four fumbles today and proceeded to change their way of playing. Ray Bray, the veteran guard, sounded the keynote in the Packer dressing room after loosening up yesterday afternoon. "Maybe we just got all those mistakes out of our system in one game. It's better to do that than spread 'em over a lot of games; we're a lot better team than you saw in Chicago Sunday," he said. The Packers took the field this morning with plenty of pep and optimism. They were apparently convinced, like Bray, that Sunday's 38-7 non-conference loss to the Cardinals was a good thing to get out of their system. The contest in Chicago served to put the Packers on the spot for their next non-league engagement - against the Washington Redskins in Kansas City next Sunday afternoon. The Packers will be looking for their first win after four straight losses, while the Redskins will be going after No. 1 victory after setbacks to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas. And, needless to say, the Packers are again running into a "situation". Last Sunday, the Cardinals were making their home debut and Coach Joe Kuharich was anxious for his boys to make a good impression - which they did! Next Sunday, the Packers will be operating against their founder and head coach for 31 years - Curly Lambeau. Curly took over the Washington team two weeks ago following the resignation of Dick Todd. For obvious reasons, the Packers can expect to look at a fiery Washington team Sunday. Lambeau's first game effort as Redskin mentor was a 27-13 loss to the Dallas Texans. And assistant coach Chuck Drulis, who scouted the game, reminded the Packers that "the Redskins are tougher than their record shows; they're a big team, and they had some tough luck against the Texans; three touchdowns were called back by penalties." Lambeau hasn't had much luck against the Packers since leaving here after the 1949 season. The Packers beat his Chicago Cardinals by identical 17-14 scores in non-conference struggles here in 1950-51. He resigned as Cardinal head coach late in the '51 campaign...The Packers' injury problem may be improved some for next Sunday, although three new hurts resulted from the rough Cardinal game. Linebacker Bob Forte came out with damaged ribs, table Howie Ruetz has an injured leg, and Bob Mann has a charley horse. Most of the four players who missed the Cardinal game entirely because of hurts may be ready for next Sunday. They are halfback Billy Grimes, tackles Chubby Grigg and Joe Spencer, and halfback Ray Pelfrey. Grimes hurt his leg in the opening game against the Giants Aug. 16, and hasn't played since; he has been running harder in practice the last few days. Grigg and Spencer, bothered by leg hurts since early practice, were floored in the Brown game. Pelfrey hurt his ribs against the Steelers Aug. 29...POLISH PASSING ATTACK: All of the injurees were running well in practice yesterday afternoon, with the exception of Forte, who confined his movements to jogging and moving about in his linebacker position. Coach Gene Ronzani used the loosening up passing period as a means of polishing the passing attack. Quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli did the throwing and everybody caught. In another corner of the field, the linemen engaged in a passing drill, with Drulis, Ed Ecker and Grigg throwing. Heavy workouts started at 10 o'clock this morning.
SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - Frankly, we're puzzled about the 1952 Packers. Why? Four straight losses would seem to be the most logical answer. Our quandary reached the boiling point after the Cardinal game Sunday afternoon in Chicago. That, to coin a phrase, took the cake. There were make-sense reasons (not excuses, thank you) for successive losses to the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. But the Cardinal game was all but a complete offensive washout, with the exception of a pass here and there. The Giant opener in Milwaukee Aug. 16 was a test case for some 50-odd athletes, most of them rookies. It was termed a success since the young Bays had held the championship-bound NY'ers to one TD and twice threatened in a 7-0 loss. Coach Gene Ronzani brought the team "up" for the Cleveland game which marked the Browns' first appearance in Green Bay. The Packers put on a brilliant show, actually outscoring the vaunted Browns on earned TDs, 2 to 1, in a 21-14 loss. The 22,000-plus fans left City stadium Aug. 23 feeling pretty pleased with the Packers. Victory was sure come in Latrobe, Pa., Aug. 29, but the Packers blew a chance for a face-saving tie by missing the extra point, 7-6. Ronzani experimented freely on offense, we're told, and the already-jelled defense neatly came to the rescue, to make it a tight battle. After the game, Ronzani said seven mistakes "held down our offense". The Packers were spirited last week in their buildup for the Cardinal game. This was to be an offensive show - a first display of real power. But the Packers continued to make mistakes - about 10 of them - including four fumbles and five pass interceptions. What's more, there was no coordination between the backfield and line on rushing plays. The Cardinals apparently sensed it because they just sat back and waited for us to pass. And both quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, were off the mark with their pitches. It got so bad in the fourth quarter that Harry McNamara, outspoken writer for the Herald-American, growled: "It looks like the Packers hadn't practices all week." Harry, who always had a soft spot in his heart for the Packers, was disappointed - as was this writer. Lake Forest college assistant coach Walt Schlinkman, who played fullback for both the Packers and Cardinals, couldn't understand it but added: "My heart is still with the Packers, and I wanted to see them win." We've read the play-by-play over and over and still can't find anything to cheer about - except maybe the one TD drive and several defensive stands. The setback - or rather the manner in which the Packers were set back - produced a lot of howling among the downtown fans Monday. It was something of an unexpected shock because fans, the coaches and even the players figured "we got something this year." We're of the opinion that the Packers are still a good, sound club - though a player may be needed here and there to make it really dangerous to such opponents as the Rams, Bears and Lions. The Packers have two games in which to reorganize themselves before the classic National league opener with the Chicago Bears. If organization is lacking Sept. 28, the Packers may find themselves swimming out of the East river about 4:30 that afternoon. 
SEPT 9 (Kansas City) - The heat was on the Washington Redskins – both literally and figuratively – yesterday as they started practice sessions at Wyandotte high school for their game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The literal heat poured down from a fierce sun which brought 90-plus degree temperatures. Despite this, the Redskins donned the pads and butted heads in their initial work for the featured game at Blues stadium. The figurative heat was that applied by the usually genial Curly Lambeau, head coach of the Washington warriors. Lambeau began the Kansas City stay of the ‘Skins Sunday by pointing out that the squad as a whole is not up to what he considers good condition. He intends to work them to that physical goal in the practice days ahead…TO DRILL IN MORNING: Although the ‘Skins practiced in mid-afternoon heat yesterday, Lambeau announced that the rest of the week, through Friday at least, the Washington pros will do their work in the morning hours. The team will put on practice togs and report at the Wyandotte high school field at 10 o’clock this morning. That schedule will prevail the rest of the week. A gallery numbering approximately 200 watched the ‘Skins yesterday as they sweated through extensive work. After warmup exercises, the linemen were put into shoulder pads and under the direction of line coach Marvin Bass began socking the blocking dummies. Meanwhile, the backs and ends ran through passing maneuvers. The squad then got a briefing on Green Bay defensive tactics from the assistant coach and scout, Herman Ball. Ball scouted the Packers in their last outing, against the Chicago Cardinals Sunday. After the briefing, the ‘Skins ran plays against the Packer defense, with the offensive and defensive personnel shifting sides frequently. Practice wound up with more heavy work for the linemen and throwing and kicking exercises for the backs…MOVIES OF THE GAME: Game movies of the Redskin-Dallas Texans game played last Friday night in Dallas arrived here yesterday morning and Lambeau wasted no time in scheduling a skill session last night and the ‘Skins were acquainted with their mistakes. Lambeau plans to continue the talk session along with the practices to get his squad in tune for the game against Green Bay. Lambeau reported that the entire squad is expected to be in good condition for the Packer tilt with the exception of Charlie Justice, former North Carolina all-American. Justice received a fractured hand in the final play of the game against the Los Angeles Rams after he had set the crowd wild by gaining 199 yards in eleven carries. Otherwise, though, the Redskins will hit the turf at Blues stadium Sunday with all hands eager to get a victory. The squad now numbers thirty-eight and although Lambeau shed five more players before the league season begins, he said yesterday he had no plans for dropping any of the squadmen during the week they’ll be in Kansas City.
SEPT 9 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - Ever get up on the morning feeling fine and then proceed to do the following: Tear a shoestring, cut your face, spill the coffee, rip off a part of the garage door and get a ticket for speeding? Well, the Packers didn't exactly get a speeding ticket in their exhibition against the Chicago Cardinals in Chicago Sunday, but they had just about everything else happen to them, figuratively speaking, in one of those days that a football team, too, sometimes encounters. There's just no explaining it. Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli certainly aren't scatter-arm passers, yet for one afternoon they looked it. The ball was flying all over. They completed 15 out of 45, had five intercepted. The club has not been a fumbling outfit at all - one fumble against New York, two against Cleveland, one against Pittsburgh. Sunday two of the worst occurred. One when Rote, badly rushed, passed underhanded in desperation to Volney Peters of the Cardinals for an interception inside the 20 and a cinch touchdown, and the other when Parilli, about to be tackled on the six-yard line after a fine 45-yard run, lateralled wildly and lost the ball. Luke Johnsos of the Bears, who happened to be sitting next to the writer at the time of Parilli's lateral, immediately commented: "We have an automatic $100 fine on anything like that." So it went, and you could go on into the tackling, the time it took the team to get plays underway, the muffed assignments that hobbled the running game, which the coaches all last week honestly thought had begun to show signs of coming along. It was just one of those days from the busted shoestring on and you can't explain it. Out of all of it, though, there can still be a residue of good.Certainly, Ronzani has something into which, in preparation for the Washington game in Kansas City Sunday, he can put his coaching teeth. Certainly the boys know their mistakes. And unquestionably the Bears, who will face Green Bay in the league opener at Green Bay September 28, left the park with the feeling of the car about to eat the canary. It couldn't be otherwise. As a matter of fact, not a few of the Bears, who sat in on the show as a group, were snickering and joking as they left the park - and they were commenting about the game. Probably nothing George Halas can ever tell them about Green Bay will change their minds after what they saw. And that can be all to the good. This unquestionably is a much better Packer team than the one that performed against the Cardinals Sunday.
SEPT 10 (Green Bay) - Anybody interested in taking a job in Redwood Falls, Minn.? The gent who can qualify for the position will be doing the Packers a good turn. Here’s the pitch: Dick Wildung, the Packers’ captain and veteran tackle, can’t break himself loose from his hardware-appliance-plumbing business in Redwood Falls until he finds an experienced man to take over. Wildung told us by telephone today that “I’d really like to play this season, but I’m tied to the store. If I could find somebody to run it, I’d leave immediately for Green Bay. Maybe I’ll know something this week.” The former Minnesota All-American last winter considered moving his family to Green Bay, but an opportunity to go into partnership with his brother-in-law in the hardware business in Redwood Falls changed his mind. Dick started his new work March 1, but in July his brother-in-law dies, thus leaving operation of the business in Wildung’s hands. “I’m still a rookie at the business but I’d like to play football if I could get a competent person to handle the store,” he pointed out. Redwood Falls has a population of around 4,000, and is located 100 miles west of Minneapolis. “And we have some competition, too,” Wildung laughed…HALF OF TACKLES HURT: Wildung’s plight isn’t exactly good news to Packer head coach Gene Ronzani – what with the way injuries have been striking his tackles. Ronzani looked over his tackle corps and discovered that half of the eight T’s injured on the roster are injured. Two of them, veterans Joe Spencer and Chubby Grigg, have been bothered with leg hurts since the early training season and have seen little action. Rookie tackle Elmer Costa worked in the New York Giant opener and then sat out the Cleveland Brown and Pittsburgh Steeler tests. Costa saw considerable action in the Chicago Cardinal game and came out with no trace of his previous injury. But two other tackles received injuries in the Cardinal fray, Tom Johnson and Howie Ruetz. Both, however, probably will be ready for the Washington Redskin game in Kansas City Sunday afternoon. The remaining three T’s, Dave Hanner, Ed Ecker and Steve Dowden, went through the four games without anything serious in the way of injuries…Ronzani reduced the squad to 44 players today by placing Harper Davis, veteran back, on waivers. Davis played as a defensive back in ’51 but saw little action this year. Reportedly, Davis was headed today for Hamilton in the Canadian league…Another player was missing from drills today but Coach Ronzani knew exactly where he was – in St. Vincent hospital. The hospital patient is fullback Jack Cloud who came up with a back injury while receiving treatments at the Packer training headquarters Tuesday afternoon. Cloud, the former William and Mary star, has been plagued by injuries ever since joining the Packers in 1950. A bad knee bothered him most of ’50 but surgery cured the trouble after the season. Jack developed a back injury after raising havoc in the first three games in ’51. He was under treatment the rest of the campaign. His injury shifted all of the fullbacking load on rookie Fred Cone. The FB picture is brighter, however, this season. Cone has a year of experience under his belt and he has the assistance of two hard-hitting rookies – Bill Reichardt of Iowa and Bobby Jack Floyd of Texas Christian. Cloud had hoped that this would be his year when he reported in mid-July. He was only a few pounds over his playing weight and he said that his back didn’t bother him during the offseason. He remained in condition by playing handball.
SEPT 10 (Kansas City) - Being in the right place at the right time occupied the attentions of the Washington Redskins yesterday as the practice tempo for Sunday’s grid clash with the Green Bay Packers quickened. Coach Curly Lambeau’s eagle eye was on the lookout for the type of mistakes which cost the ‘Skins three touchdowns against the Dallas Texans in their last outing. His mood of watchfulness was further sharpened by watching the game movies of the contest played last Friday…MADE TOO MANY MISTAKES: “We just made too many mistakes,” Lambeau said as he sent his charges through timing drills on Wyandotte high school’s practice field. “We can’t make that many mistakes and expect to win.” The Redskins had three TDs cancelled by offsides and illegal motion penalties in losing at Dallas. The timing motif dominated the entire practice. Under the eyes of Marvin Bass, line coach, the forwards spent part of the morning coordinating their lunges in the blocking dummies. Flaws in the charges were pointed out and the linemen worked out their problems. Then the team congregated for coordinated drills with backs running through the plays. Defense against passing was stressed with three backfield crews under the directions of Sammy Baugh, Harry Gilmer and Eddie LeBaron operating on the offense. Finally, the defense was called off the field and Lambeau began his most critical appraisals of his charges. Running plays for timing and coordination, the ‘Skins frequently were called upon to run the same play two or three times to get it right…JUG EARP ON SCENE: Meanwhile, the opposition was represented in the form of F.L. (Jug) Earp, publicitor for the Green Bay Packers who will meet the ‘Skins in the exhibition Sunday afternoon at Blues stadium. Earp arrived to survey the scene and announced that the Packers will get here at 9 o’clock Friday night. The Packers went back to their home base after last Sunday’s game with the Chicago Bears. Earp said the Packers will be out for victory against the ‘Skins and will be at full strength. Right now, that means forty-six athletes, although some may be chopped from the squad before the arrival here. The Green Bay representative said he actually expects about forty to be on the roster when the team comes here. Teams of the NFL must shave to thirty-three players before league play starts. Feature attraction of the Packers this season is Vito (Babe) Parilli, Kentucky’s All-America quarterback last year. He and Tobin Rote, former Rice Institute star, are the engineers of the Green Bay attack from the quarterback spot…WILL USE THE SPREAD: Rote is used frequently as the spread formation throttle pusher, a formation which Green Bay used at the end of last year and unveiled again last Sunday for the first time this season. Earp expects the spread may come in for some use here, too. The ‘Skins wound up their day with separate skull sessions for offensive and defensive players in the afternoon hours. They were guests of the Blues at last night’s initial playoff game at the stadium.
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - The Packers continued today to pound their weak point thus far - rushing! And head coach Gene Ronzani entered the picture, himself, demonstrating the proper methods of handing the ball off to the halfbacks and fullbacks for his quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli. Ronzani hasn't lost any of his magic under the center. On one particular handoff, he performed a double handoff in one motion - a maneuver that generally takes two "motions" by the comparatively inexperienced QBs. Ronzani, one-time Chicago Bears quarterback and Bear QB coach, hopes to step up the Packers' rushing yardage total in the last two non-conference games - the Washington Redskins in Kansas City Sunday and Pittsburgh's Steelers in Minneapolis next Wednesday night. The Packers' rushing has been below par in the first four non-loopers. They totaled 388 yards by rushing - an average of 97 per match. Actually only 224 of the 388 yards were gained by the halfbacks and fullbacks - an average of 56. QB's Rote and Parilli picked off the odd 164 stripes on solo runs. The Packers gained 60 yards rushing against the powerful New York Giant defense. They rushed for 89 yards against the Cleveland Browns, with Rote picking up 53 himself. The Packers kept 110 yards rushing well distributed against the Steelers, but the QB's gained 81 of the 129 ground yards against the Cards. Despite almost unbearable heat, the Packers went through spirited morning practices Wednesday and today. No drills are scheduled for the afternoon. The emphasis was on running plays, with all of the halfbacks and fullbacks getting into the picture. To make the scene more realistic, Washington defense were used and players were instructed to block out the dummies. Missing from practice was Jack Cloud, the veteran fullback who developed a back injury after the Cardinal game. Jack is recuperating at St. Vincent hospital. The fullback chores were handled by veteran Fred Cone and rookies Bill Reichardt and Bobby Jack Floyd. After practice yesterday, Parilli and Rote remained out for an extra half hour practicing their passing to Bill Howton, Carleton Elliott and Ab Wimberly. Ronzani spent considerable time instructing Rote and Parilli on passing. Both QB's were off the mark against the Cardinals...The Packers leave Green Bay at 7 o'clock Friday morning on the North Western and won't return until they have the Redskin and Steeler games under belts. They are due to arrive in Chicago at 10:45 Friday morning and then board the Santa Fe at 12:01. They'll arrive in Kansas City at 9 o'clock Friday night. After the game they'll move on to Minneapolis to prepare for the Steeler contest. The Pittsburgh event will close out the non-conference schedule and give the Packers 11 days in which to prepare for the National league opener in City stadium against the Bears Sept. 28. The Packers hope to snap an 11-game losing streak on the current trip. They haven't won a game since downing the Yanks (now the Dallas Texans) in New York last Oct. 28, losing seven straight league battles and the first four non-leaguers this season.
SEPT 11 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions, winner of four exhibitions on the gridiron so far, dropped a decision in the courtroom Wednesday to a former player. Merv Pregulman, former University of Michigan star from Lansing and afterwards a lineman for the Lions, was awarded $4,085 by a Wayne county circuit court jury. Pregulman, who played with the Green Bay Packers in 1946, brought the suit after he was traded by the Lions to the now defunct New York Bulldogs in 1949. He claimed a "rider" in his Lions contract stipulated he would receive 50 percent of the sale price in the event he was sold to another club. If traded, with no cash involved, he was to receive $3,500 he charged in his suit. After an early season salary disagreement with the late Bo McMillin, then head coach and general manager of the Lions, Pregulman was traded to the Bulldogs for two players. He instituted suit when payment was not made. The jury awarded Pregulman the full contract claim plus interest. Pregulman now is in the furniture business with his father in Lansing.
SEPT 11 (Kansas City) - The first scrimmage session since they landed in Kansas City was staged yesterday by the Washington Redskins as they prepared for their clash Sunday against Green Bay's Packers in Blues stadium. The rough work was the wrapup for the morning session which was mainly devoted to working against Green Bay's spread formation, which may be used extensively in the game Sunday...WORK AGAINST SPREAD: Using Green Bay plays from the spread, the 'Skins offensive units gave the defensive boys a chance to get used to the scatter-gun type of formation which has risen to popularity in the last couple of seasons with both pro and college teams. Pads were used throughout the workout yesterday and it was obvious that the coaching staff saw the need for defensive work. Linemen bucking the blocking sled was forced to cut their work short when Jim Clark, 230-pound rookie guard, smacked the sled so hard a metal support was snapped. They finished up their line drills by man-against-man blocking in preparation for the later scrimmage. The scrimmge session was supposed to be a private affair on the Wyandotte high school playing field, but after screening all persons past the center gate, the 'Skins management found the end gates had been left open so about 300 persons saw the practice session...HOLD SEPARATE SESSIONS: Linemen and backs held separate afternoon sessions at the Town House hotel in Kansas City, Kansas, team headquarters, and again visited the Blues' plyaoff game last night. A practice session in Blues Stadium is to be set for Saturday, but the hour is not yet known. The Packers will arrive Friday night and also will seek a Blues Stadium session before the game.
SEPT 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - "They're a much better football team than they showed against the Cardinals and I believe - certainly hope - they will prove it in the Washington game at Kansas City Sunday." That's the way Packer Coach Gene Ronzani summed things up following the week's final practice session Thursday. The squad leaves Green Bay early Friday morning, with arrival in Kansas City scheduled for early evening. Ronzani is puzzled as the next man over the disastrous turn of events at Comiskey Field last week. "We had our best week of practice before the game," he pointed out. "The boys looked good, even sharp at time. There was every reason to believe they were starting to jell. Then came the game. Sure, we were handicapped somewhat by injuries. But that alone doesn't account for what happened." Gene then closed the books with: "Maybe it's best we all try to forget it and hope we got it all out of our systems in one game. All I know is that you can't throw five interceptions, fumble four times and make other mistakes we did without taking a good licking. That's exactly what we took." The tough part of it was that the Packers came out of it battered physically as well as with bruised feelings...INJURIES RIDDLE TACKLE RANKS: The tackle situation in particular became critical when veterans Howie Ruetz and Tom Johnson, outstanding newcomer from the collegiate ranks via Michigan, joined Joe Spencer and Chubby Grigg on the crippled list. They are making the trip, but will see limited duty only if necessity demands. This applies especially to Spencer and Grigg, who were held out last Sunday and haven't recovered sufficiently to take any rugged pressure. This leaves only four able bodied tackles: Dave Hanner, Steve Dowden, Elmer Costa and Ed Ecker. The first two will start on offense and the latter duo on defense. Dick Logan, converted to a guard, very likely will be called on as a tackle replacement. Jack Cloud, who will not be discharged from the hospital until Monday, and Ray Pelfrey are the only players who will be left at home. Cloud suffered a back injury last Sunday. Pelfrey was hurt in the Steeler game of two weeks ago. Bob Forte won't be in top shape, but he will be on the traveling squad. A painful rib injury forced the aggressive defensive ace of the Cardinal battle...WILDUNG'S STATUS STILL UNCHANGED: The squad was reduced to 44, 11 over the league limit, when Ronzani asked for waivers on Harper Davis, veteran defensive specialist. This means, with Cloud and Pelfrey temporarily out of it, that 42 will go to Kansas City, and from there to Minneapolis for next Wednesday night's final non-league tilt - a return duel with the Steelers. The status of Dick Wildung, the man who could do a lot for this team, remains unchanged. The big tackle and squad captain of recent seasons is anxious to get back into the fold. But he still hasn't found the right man to take over his hardware business in Redwood Falls, Minn., on a temporary basis. "Dick's future is tied up in the business and you can't blame him if he wants to be sure it won't be wrecked during his absence," said Ronzani. "But I'm certainly hoping he can see his way clear and rejoin us in time to get in shape for the Bears." Sunday will mark the third time that a Packer team and Curly Lambeau will oppose each other. The Bays did all right the first two times against the man who coached Green Bay for 31 years before resigning early in 1950. They beat the Cardinals, then handled by Lambeau, by identical scores of 17-14. Maybe Curly's presence on the other side is a good omen. Packer followers are praying that it will be so, for their 1952 team has yet to win a game, with the fifth coming up against Washington.
for the weekend. Cloud, suffering from back trouble, is in the hospital and won't be released until Monday. Pelfrey is hurting from rib injuries sustained in the Pittsburgh game Aug. 29. The other six injured players made the trip but may see limited action. Four are tackles - Joe Spencer, Chubby Grigg, Howie Ruetz, Tom Johnson. Spencer and Grigg, both bothered with leg troubles, have played little since the season started while Johnson and Ruetz were hurt in last Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Cardinals in Chicago. The other two are halfbacks Bob Forte, veteran linebacker who injured his ribs in the Cardinal game, and Billy Grimes, who twisted his leg in the opener against the New York Giants Aug. 16. Coach Gene Ronzani may use the injured players sparingly in view of the fact that the Packers will be meeting Pittsburgh's Steelers in Minneapolis Wednesday night, Sept. 17. The mentor hopes to distribute some of the "hurt" strength over the two games. The big objective, of course, is to make sure the entire squad is in top condition for the National league opener against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay Sunday, Sept. 28. Ronzani said today that he is expecting the toughest kind of battle from the Redskins. "We both got to win this one and they'll be in there battling as hard as the Packers." The Packers dropped four games in a row while the Redskins, coached by Curly Lambeau, lost three straight. Green Bay lost to the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh and Chicago Cardinals, while the Redskins dropped decisions to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas. Lambeau, founder and head coach of the Packers, will be making his second game appearance as mentor of the Redskins. He took over from Dick Todd after his loss to Los Angeles and made his Washington debut against Dallas. Curly hasn't had much luck against the Packers since he resigned after the '49 campaign. The Packers defeated the Lambeau-coached Cardinals in 1950-51 by identical 17-14 scores. The Packers won't be finished with Lambeau from Sunday's game. The two clubs will collide in a National league contest in Milwaukee Oct. 5. In practice in Green Bay yesterday, the Packers polished up their rushing attack with a long signal drill - in pads. The workout closed with 30 minutes of practice on the tackling dummy.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Suit for $8,000 damages against Green Bay Packers, Inc., has been filed in circuit court here by Clyde Johnson, Los Angeles, claiming breach of contract. Johnson was a member of the 1948 squad for a brief period. He has hired by Coach E.L. Lambeau on June 30 of that year, and was promised a two-year contract at $7,000 a season, according to his complaint. On Sept. 14, he was discharged he claims in violation of his contract. After his release, he earned $6,000 elsewhere, so he requests $1,000 for that year. However, he claims the alleged breach of contract prevented him from earning money in 1949, and he asks $7,000 for that year. The Packers' answer has not been filed.
SEPT 12 (Kansas City) - The Green Bay Packers will arrive in Kansas City tonight to complete the cast for the football season opener Sunday in Blues stadium. The Packers will meet the Washington Redskins at 2 o'clock Sunday in a NFL exhibition game...PACKERS USE THE SPREAD: Meanwhile, the Redskins yesterday continued to concentrate on defense against the Green Bay attack, which is described as unorthodox. The Packers use the spread and even on the T-formation use lots of flankers and men in motion. So Coach Curly Lambeau, with the advice of his assistant coach scout Herman Ball, spent most of yesterday morning's workout giving his defensive lineup the chance to counter expected Green Bay attack patterns. No contact work was done yesterday except for ends and defensive backs on pass plays. These players donned full pads in an attempt to iron out some defensive mistakes which cost the team a defeat at the hands of the Dallas Texans in San Antonio last week. Offensively, timing again was the main item of consideration. Backs wound up the drills under a hot September sun by running through plays which they hope will work for a first exhibition victory against Green Bay...A DIVERSIFIED ATTACK: The Green Bay attack was described by veteran NFL observers as highly diversified, with both running and passing plays off the spread and the flanking T-formation. Tobin Rote, a big 200-pounder from Rice Institute, is the main cog in the spread, a formation which recently got its revival impetus in the Southwest.
SEPT 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - Gene Ronzani and his Green Bay Packers passed through Milwaukee Friday morning on their way to Kansas City where Sunday they will make their fifth start of the exhibition season against Curly Lambeau's Redskins. In bad physical shape after the beating they took from the Cardinals last Sunday, a game they lost 38-7, the Packers were no better than an even choice against the Redskins. Neither team has won a game this season. Only fullback Jack Cloud and Ray Pelfrey were left at home to nurse their bruises, but others on the club, including Chubby Griggs, Joe Spencer, Bob Forte, Tom Johnson and Howie Ruetz, still recovering from injuries, will see no more than limited action. A squad of 42 made the trip. Ronzani announced that he had asked waivers on Harper Davis, veteran halfback obtained from the Bears two years ago.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, disappointed but far from discouraged by their 38-7 loss to the Chicago Cardinals last Sunday, make their fifth stab for their first non-conference victory of the warmup season against the Washington Redskins in Kansas City Sunday afternoon. The Packer-Redskin rumpus will be the first of two battles for the Packers against their founder and head coach for 31 years - Curly Lambeau, who took over the Washington coaching job recently. The two clubs will collide in league competition in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon October 5. Since leaving after the 1949 season, Lambeau has been unable to defeat the Packers coached by Gene Ronzani. The Green Bays downed Lambeau's Chicago Cardinals by 17-14 scores in exhibitions in 1950-51. Lambeau resigned from the Cardinals staff near the end of last season. The Packers turned in lively practice sessions all week and Ronzani is convinced his boys will rebound against the Redskins. They hope they saw the last of their mistakes in the Cardinal game. The team committed four fumbles and had five passes intercepted. The Redskins, likewise, will be looking for their first victory. They dropped decisions to the Rams and 49ers under coach Dick Todd and to the Dallas Texans under Todd's successor, Lambeau. The Redskins are led by Eddie LeBaron, the tiny quarterback, and ageless Sammy Baugh.
SEPT 13 (Kansas City) - Both teams will be out to snap losing streaks when the Green Bay Packers battle the Washington Redskins in a non-conference football game here Sunday afternoon. The Packers have dropped 11 consecutive matches - seven straight National league events to finish off the 1951 campaign, and four non-loopers thus far this campaign. The Redskins will be looking for their first win this season after three non-league setbacks to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas. A crowd of around 15,000 is expected to watch the only professional football clash here this year. On one side will be the Redskins' Curly Lambeau, founder and former coach of the Packers, and on the other the Packers' Gene Ronzani, who succeeded Lambeau when he resigned after the 1949 season. Lambeau likely will be interested in revenge for the 17-14 lickings the Packers administered his Chicago Cardinals in 1950-51. However, the two coaches may be just a bit coy about Sunday's event because the two teams will collide in a National league game in Milwaukee Oct. 5 - just three weeks away. Held to almost a standstill on the ground in their first three outings, the Packers are expected to make a serious attempt to get some mileage out of their rushing attack. Ronzani likely will emphasize running most of the afternoon. If such runners as Fred Cone, Tony Canadeo, Breezy Reid, Dom Moselle, Bill Reichardt and Bobby Jack Floyd can advance with some degree of consistency, Ronzani figures the passing game will be that much more troublesome to the Redskins. The pitching arms of QB's Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli are expected to get a good workout...PELFREY, CLOUD SIDELINED: The Packers will be handicapped some by injured players. Remaining in Green Bay were halfback Ray Pelfrey and fullback Jack Cloud, who is still in the hospital. Operating below par will be tackles Joe Spencer, Chubby Grigg, Howie Ruetz and Tom Johnson, halfback Billy Grimes and linebacker Bob Forte. The Redskin attack is built around Eddie LeBaron, the tiny quarterback, and the ageless Sammy Baugh. They'll direct the passing and running of fullbacks Chuck Drazenovich and halfbacks John Papit and Jack Dwyer. Drazenovich has been the rage of the Redskin camp, doing considerable damage against the Forty Niners, Rams and Texans. QB Harry Gilmer has been sidelined with injuries. The Redskins' ace receiver is left end Hugh (Bones) Taylor, who is starting his sixth campaign in Washington. Lambeau will start sophomore Gene Brito at right end. Packer tackles will be looking at a familiar face - Paul Lipscomb, former Green Bay tackle. Lipscomb will be playing on the right side on defense. Lipscomb was traded to Washington for guard Len Szafaryn shortly before the 1950 season opened. The Packers will remain in the Town House in Kansas City, Kan., tonight, and then leave Monday morning for Minneapolis where they'll start training for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a charity game there Wednesday night. The team will return to Green Bay Thursday to launch practice for the opening of the 1952 National league campaign against the Chicago Bears in City stadium Sunday, Sept. 28.
SEPT 13 (Milwaukee Journal-Lloyd Larson) - Just a little thinking out loud - First about pro football. Or are some of the big, strong men of muscle determined to turn it into legalized mayhem? It would seem so, judging by pre-season contests, as they are called. The prize, of course, was the rough and tumble, knock down-drag out of the San Francisco-Pittsburgh battle. Eleven of the participating were hospitalized, according to news service reports. And such injuries! Skull fracture, dislocation and broken bones. Usual occupational bruises and bumps, no matter how severe, probably weren't even counted. Could be, of course, that everything was on the up and up, and nobody went beyond the legal limit in dishing it out. But the terrific toll certainly causes one to wonder, especially after seeing and hearing about roughhouse incidents in other games. Commissioner Bert Bell should get busy and read the riot act to coaches and players alike. Football is rough enough when everybody is leveling. It isn't necessary to add a dash of hoodlumism to make it more dangerous and more interesting...GAMES DON'T EVEN COUNT IN STANDINGS: The public, I'm sure, demands only the utmost in skill, speed and hard legal play. Nobody wants knuckle, knee and elbow massage, piling, clipping and the like thrown in for good measure. If Bell doesn't know how to handle the situation, he would take a tip from Warren Giles, National (baseball) League president. Giles showed just the other day how to handle the brutal, cowardly beanball business. He threw the guilty pitcher and his manager (Leo Durocher) into the doghouse, just as he promised to do. Giles also declared himself emphatically on the subject of extracurricular fighting on the field: "There is no place in baseball for pugilism." He might have added that ball players usually fight like pugilists play baseball. In short, they really look like bums when they step out of character. But he was too polite. So he merely confined himself to principle. Getting back to football, if the boys are giving each other the works at this stage of the season, what is likely to happen when the game really count in the standings? I shudder at the thought.
SEPT 12 (Kansas City, KN) - The Green Bay Packers will be hampered by injuries when they engage the Washington Redskins in a non-conference football game across the river in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday afternoon. The Packers, due to set up headquarters at the Town House here at 9 o'clock tonight when they arrive from Green Bay, could have as many as eight players on the sidelines or below par because of hurts. Two athletes are definitely out - fullback Jack Cloud and halfback Ray Pelfrey. Both remained in Green Bay