CARDS' PASS DEFENSE 'TROUBLE' FOR ROTE?
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - Folks around here figure Pittsburgh's Jimmy Finks is a pretty fair country passer. The Steeler ace couldn't miss when his team beat the Packers in the league opener in '54 and he hurled two touchdown passes in beating out boys in the non-leaguer here last August. Down in Chicago Saturday night, under the eyes of a flock of Packer scouts and coaches, the Cardinals made Mr. Finks throw many bad passes, intercepting three, and proceeded to whip Pittsburgh 27-13. The implications are two: (1) That the Cardinals have a hot pass defense and (2) that they could give Packer Tobin Rote some troubles at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal pass defense - on the basis of percentage of pass completions permitted - ranks third in the league with 43.2. The Packers are second with 42.3 and Cleveland is a solid first with 35.8. Chicago's defensive outfield includes a former Packer, Jim Psaltis, two experienced veterans of other teams - Tom Keane and Night Train Lane, and a rookie, Frank Bernardi. This foursome will have additional and unexpected assistance Sunday from the talented Charley Trippi and onetime Detroit Lion, Jimmy Hill. Trippi was given the go-ahead sign today by Coach Ray Richards after a face injury. Hill also is returning from the injured list. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn took steps to bolster his defense, chiefly against rushing, by drilling versatile halfback Veryl (Jug) Switzer on defense Tuesday and Wednesday. While the Cardinals will probably be out to "rush" the Packers to death, Richards' gang has plenty of potential in the passing department. Quarterback Lamar McHan pitched for two touchdowns against Pittsburgh - one to Gern Nagler for 33 yards and one to Dave Mann for four yards. Nagler is the Cardinals' standard starter at left end but Richards announced that Max Boydston, the Oklahoma great who was drafted No. 1 last January, will open at right end in place of Don Stonesifer. The club's fourth end is Dick Brubaker, a rookie from Ohio State. McHan throws considerably to his halfbacks - especially Ollie Matson and Mann, both skilled at catching as well as running. Incidentally, Trippi may be given a shot at quarterback Sunday. The long-time veteran always was a good passer and Richards feels that he'll be twice as dangerous because he can still run. The club's other quarterbacks are both rookies, Dave Leggett and Ogden Compton. However, McHan went the distance against Pittsburgh and undoubtedly will do the same Sunday...PACKER PACKINGS: Fullback Fred Cone, with 11 field goals under his belt this season, is just five shy of Ted Fritsch's all-time Packer record of 31 in nine season, ending in 1950. Three of Fred's field goals have been over 40 yards, the longest being 47 yards against Baltimore. Other boots include two at 34, and one each at 30, 28, 27, 25, 24 and 11 yards...Coach Blackbourn doesn't know Doug Roberts, a former Green Bay resident now living in Lansing, Mich., but Roberts called up Liz late Sunday night after the Bear game (long distance, mind you) to tell him that "I know how you feel and I just wanted to tell you that the Packers must have just had a bad day." Robert said he had seen the Detroit-Packer game last Thanksgiving Day and witnessed the Packer-Bear game on television. Blackbourn said he "deeply appreciated Mr. Roberts' kind words."...BIG TURNOVER: Only one player at the Stadium Sunday in the last Packer-Cardinal league game in 1949. That would be Charley Trippi - a member of the Cardinals' famed "Dream Backfield" in the last 1940's. Working with him in that unit were Paul Christman at quarterback, Elmer Ansgman at left half and Pat Harder at fullback...DEFENSE: The Packers spent another full season on defense in Wednesday's drill, but offensive maneuvers were on tap for today. Two players were operating below par - Tobin Rote and Buddy Brown. Rote, bothered with colds and an ear infection during the last four weeks, came up with intestinal fly and left practice early. Guard Hank Bullough was sent home because of the flu Tuesday. Brown is slowed down with a hip bruise but expects to play Sunday.
JORGENSEN NOT LOOKING BACK, EYES ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - It may be 32 years since Carl Wallace (Bud) Jorgensen first began ministering to a collection of Packer athletes with "a bottle of Sloan's liniment and a few rolls of tape," but the likeable trainer has no inclination to live in the past. In fact, Bud, who will be honored with a "day" for long and faithful service in ceremonies prior to Sunday's Packer-Chicago Cardinal game at City Stadium, vows he's "looking forward to another championship." It is a matter of pride with the Packers' Mr. Fixit, now 51, that he has "been with 'em for every one so far - seven Western Division championships, six national titles." Actually, he joined Green Bay's professional football representatives five years before they annexed their first crown and watched with ill-concealed delight from the sidelines as Curly Lambeau assembled the collection of talent that was to storm through the NFL in 1929-30-31. Bud, it develops, officially became a member of the Packer family in Kansas City, thought he has been a life-long resident of this football-crazy community. "In 1924," he relates, "I went along with the team to Chicago and Kansas City. At Kansas City, George Calhoun, who then was secretary of the corporation, asked me if I would help him take tickets, do odd jobs and help Pat Holland who was then the Packer trainer. The next year, Pat didn't come back and I was offered his job," Jergie recalled. "Of course, a trainer those days was primarily an equipment man - we had no facilities or equipment to compare with the kind we have today. When I started that year, I had a bottle of Sloan's liniment and a few rolls of tape," Bud chuckled, "and the players dressed backstage at the old Armory, which was located where the west entrance to our present stadium now stands. Now we have a training room," he explained, not without a gleam of pride, "consisting of a whirlpool bath, two infra-red lamps, two short wave diathermy machines, muscle contraction machine, foot machine and vibrators and, from using three rolls of tape per season at the start, we now use approximately 32 miles of it every year. And, of course, I also have a full-time assistant." How did Bud, long since recognized as one of the most able men in his field, acquire his extensive knowledge of how to treat injuries. "I got to know most of it through Dave Woodward, who came here from the University of Minnesota in 1935 to take over as trainer, and from studying on my own, reading medical books and that sort of thing," Jorgensen explained. "I also learned a great deal through our National Athletic Trainers Assn., which was organized in 1950," Bud went on. "It has 500 members and we meet once a year. We bring in leading orthopedic surgeons to lecture on athletic injuries and we get data from the association every month." What have been the most common injuries during his long career? "The most common are strains and sprains, but the ankle and knee injuries are the big problem," he revealed. "You can break an arm or wrist and put it in a cast and still play, but if anything happens to your legs, you can't run and if you can't run, you can't play." Had any of the athletes who have come under his charge been particularly brittle? "I would say," Bud said, "that Bruce Smith was the most susceptible. He was a great ball player, but he was fragile. He had to be taped a lot. On the other hand, we had fellows like Larry Craig, Mike Michalske, Arnie Herber and Clarke Hinkle who played a lot of ball but seldom were on the training table. In fact," and he grinned at the thought, "you practically had to hog-tie 'em to bring 'em in. We have some like that today." As might be expected, Bud has a fabulous collection of memories after more than three decades of working with and watching the best in pro football but many of the most vivid, and this is understandable, are of championship years. "I'll always remember 1929," he says. "We played New York with 12 men in a game and we won to clinch our first championship. Everybody but Jim Bowdoin played 60 minutes - Paul Minnick was substituted for him with one minute to play. And Bowdoin looked for Lambeau with blood in his eyes all that night because he didn't get a chance to play 60 minutes." Another year that looms large in his memory is 1935. "That year, we went to camp for the first time. We trained at Rhinelander and played an exhibition tour of the state," Bud remembers. "We played an intra-squad game at Merrill, another at Chippewa Falls and played some pickup team gotten together by Eddie Kotal in Stevens Point. Kotal, who had been with us before, played against us in that game. That year, we also became the first pro football team to travel by air. On our first trip, we headed for New York, but we were grounded in Cleveland," he said. "We had to take a train to New York and everybody was tickled to death. But we flew back to Cleveland for our next game. Those days they used to divide the squad up between two planes, so that if anything happened, we'd still have something of a ball club left. The boys used to gamble among themselves," Bud chuckled, "to see who would make it. We never had anyone refuse to go, but none of 'em were too happy about it. I can't say that I blame them," he said. "Coming back from Cleveland one time we flew all over the state of Wisconsin to find an opening so we could land but the second ship made it without incident."
SWITZER MAY PLAY DEFENSE VS. CARDINALS
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - Jack-of-all-trades Veryl Switzer, a key figure in the Packers' offense of late, "probably will play defense in the Cardinal game Sunday." Head Coach Liz Blackbourn made this announcement at Wednesday night's Quarterback Club meeting in the Columbus Club and elaborated, "It isn't definite but it is a distinct probability. Although we need him on offense, we feel we are likely to need him even more on defense." "The Cardinals are a good running team," Liz observed, "and we need his tackling ability. He's a real dandy." Blackbourn indicated that Switzer "probably will replace Doyle Nix or possibly Billy Bookout, although her is pretty good at any of those spots back there. It is not likely, however, that he will replace either Val Joe Walker or Bobby Dillon because of their ability at the deep positions." Asked if he had changed his mind on Packer personnel needs since the first three league games, in respect to the Nov. 28 preliminary draft, Liz quipped, "I change it ever day. If our offense fails to move the ball, I think we should go out and get some big backs and, if the defense doesn't look good, then I think we ought to go for some big linemen. Since it has looked spotty both ways in recent games, it's going to make it a problem." Blackbourn also was asked why Charlie Brackins, the rookie quarterback from Prairie View A. & M., had been cut from the squad, "in view of the fact that he was a star in college." Liz explained, "There are certain things you can't talk about in public. All I can tell you is it had nothing to do with his football."...COMEBACK ENCOURAGING: He told another questionnaire that "I don't know how much Paul Held (rookie quarterback who has replaced Brackins on the roster) is going to play. We feel that Rote is our quarterback and, so far, he hasn't had a bad game. He played well against the Bears when he was given adequate protection. I imagine, however, that Held will play some - I don't know how much." In answer to another query, he agreed that "Switzer had fumbled some kickoffs and punts this year but they haven't hurt us because he has recovered them. As far as that one in the Bear game is concerned. his vision was obscured by two blockers and he didn't see George Connor until he was one yard away - and both of them were going full tilt. Connor separated him from everything that was loose - the ball, his helmet and his chin strap. But that was hardly a fumble - that's annihilation." Reviewing last Sunday's unhappy experience with the Bears, Liz said, "Our comeback in the fourth quarter was an extremely encouraging thing to the coaching staff. If we had left the field with a 52-3 defeat, it would have been tremendously demoralizing and I don't know how well we would have come back." Billy Bookout, rookie halfback from Texas voted "player of the week" for his defensive work in the Bear game, was presented with a certificate for a suit of clothes from Stiefel Clothing by Chief Quarterback Charley Brock. The complete Packer-Bear film was also shown, with Jack Vainisi as narrator.
IDEAS DIFFER ON 'DIRTY' GRID PLAY
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - The Packers' Tobin Rote - one of five NFL quarterbacks polled by the United Press today for comment on Otto Graham's "dirty football" charge - generally agreed with Graham's contention. Graham, the veteran Cleveland Brown ace, claimed Tuesday that "professional football is getting dirtier all the time" and called for a tighter rein by league officials. Rote had a partner in his belief - Jimmy Finks of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tobin, one of the runningest QB's in the league, said, "I don't think you should suspend a player for losing his head in the heat of a game because a suspension or ejection would hurt the whole team, but I think a fine would stop some of the dirty play." Bobby Thomason of the Philadelphia Eagles, a Packer in 1951, was among those taking a different view: "I wouldn't say pro football is getting dirty. After all there is a thin line between aggressive football and dirty football and getting banged up is just part of the game - an occupational hazard," Thomason said. Y.A. Tittle of the San Francisco Forty Niners says he thinks play is rougher today but not dirty. "As far as I'm concerned there isn't any dirty play in this league. It is plenty rough and a lot rougher than in the A.A.C. because the players now are bigger and faster, but I don't recall anybody actually going out to get a guy."..."I LOVE IT": George Blanda and Ed Brown of the Chicago Bears agreed play is rough, but both failed to see any signs of dirty play. "Sometimes you're lucky - sometimes you get hurt, as I did against the Browns last November, but I think it's all in the game," Blanda said, while Brown said he thought "it's a rugged game and I love it." Sammy Baugh, who was in professional football longer than any other man, says Graham is "way off base." "The quarterback doesn't take the beating that the other guys do up there. If Graham thinks he's got it rough, let him play fullback where he'll carry the ball more. Besides, the pros have given him a pretty good living, haven't they?" he commented. Baugh told the Associated Press that the opposing line is "supposed" to rack the passer. "Nobody likes to get the thunder knocked out of him but that's part of pro football and you've got to expect it. The people who support pro football by buying tickets expect to see the best football played anywhere. They should see the most vicious blocking and hardest blocking. If they don't, they're not getting their money's worth."
CARDINALS NOT FOR SALE, SAYS CLUB EXECUTIVE
NOV 10 (Chicago Tribune) - Walter Wolfner, managing director of the Chicago Cardinals' football club, yesterday scotched reports from Kansas City that the Cardinals would be purchased by Arnold Johnson, owner of the Kansas City Athletics, and moved there. Wolfner did, however, urge admission of two more teams to the NFL and playing of two or three more regular games each season. "The Cardinals are not for sale," said Wolfner, "and I do not know Mr. Johnson and have never met him. The Cardinals are a Chicago institution and will stay in Chicago. They will be in Chicago after you and I are dead and buried. But I am in favor of bringing two more clubs into the league and playing more league games each season. I think this would increase national interest in professional football."
CARDS' TRIPPI AND HILL READY FOR GREEN BAY
NOV 10 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals, still aspiring to the eastern division title in the NFL, polished their defense yesterday for a Sunday NFL date with the Packers in Green Bay. Coach Ray Richards said the team viewed movies of the Cards' exhibition contest with Green Bay (the Packers won, 37 to 28) and went over scouting reports of recent Green Bay games. The Packers, who won three of their first four regular season contests, since have dropped three straight. The Cardinals beat Pittsburgh, 27 to 23, in Comiskey park last Saturday and have a 3-3-1 mark. Richards said Charley Trippi, veteran halfback, "definitely will play" against Green Bay. "He may be given a chance at quarterback," Richards said, "as well as on defense, and he will do at least part of the punting." Trippi, 32 year old former Georgia star now in his ninth year with the Cardinals, will wear a specially designed helmet mask to protect his face. Jimmy Hill, defensive halfback, was running at full speed yesterday and probably will play. Hill suffered a knee injury a couple of weeks ago. Coach Richards, still shuffling ends, will leave Gern Nagler at offensive left end in the starting lineup, but plans to start Max Boydston at right end in place of Don Stonesifer. Richards is undecided as to whether to start Johnny Olszewski or Mel Hammack at fullback. Hammack, kept out of the Pittsburgh game because of injury, now is ready to go.
TRIPPI JUST LOVES FOOTBALL - WHY ELSE WOULD HE RETURN?
NOV 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It cost the Chicago Cardinals just under $100,000 in 1947 to interest Charley Trippi to play four years of pro football. Sunday against the Packers, Trippi will play only because he loves football. How else can one explain Trippi's decision to return to a way of life which practically wrecked his life? Trippi was brutally disfigured last August after a collision with 49er John Henry Johnson. His face was marred beyond recognition. Temporary surgery was performed to restore proper breathing. Plastic surgery is scheduled after the season. "Trippi just doesn't look like Trippi," said Cardinal publicitor Eddie McGuire Wednesday. "But he's anxious to get back in football. He's been needling Coach Ray Richards so much these past few weeks that he's finally getting his wish." The nine-year veteran will wear a special rubber padded mask against the Packers. Trippi tested it in numerous drills and found it was adequate protection. "Football has been Trippi's life," added McGuire. "I don't think he'll ever outgrow it. I don't think he will quit after this season. But when he does, I'm sure he will go into coaching." Trippi has averaged better than five yard a carry during his long stay with the Cardinals. Last season he was used almost exclusively on defense. Richards plans to use him both on offense and defense against the Packers. "We've got a coach who is a stickler for harmony. That also influenced Trippi to return," said McGuire. "Charley was running batter than ever in summer camp," continued McGuire. "He was anxious for a big year. Then came the 49er incident." Trippi holds a host of Cardinal records, including total yards gained, 3,511 in eight season, most yards gained in one season, 690 (1948), best lifetime average, 5.1, most rushing attempts, 687, most punt returns, 63 for 864 yards, most kickoff returns, 65, and most touchdowns, 37. The Cardinals' first draft choice in 1945, who was offered and signed the highest priced contract in pro football, has bee a real pro. What other nine year veteran would make a comeback after such a brutal beating on the gridiron?
PACKERS STILL FAVORED
NOV 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - The handicappers has been wrong before on NFL games this season, and they could be wrong again Sunday, with the Packers rated three point favorites over the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay. In other games, all on Sunday this week, Detroit is rated three over Pittsburgh, San Francisco five over Washington, New York six over Baltimore, Cleveland seven over Philadelphia and the Chicago Bears a great big 10 over Los Angeles...PACKERS YOUNGEST: Lisle Blackbourn, in rebuilding the Packers, has perhaps the youngest team in the league. Average age is 24.97, By comparison, Cleveland's average is 27.7. Green Bay's oldest, at 29, are Fred Cone and Buddy Brown. The Browns have 16 men from 29 to 34 years old...Paul Held, new reserve quarterback of the Packers, was a radar operator in the Navy. The question is: Will it help him spot receivers?...The Packers and Cardinals have not met in a league game since 1949. The Cards won that one at Chicago, 41-21, and have a seven game winning streak over Green Bay. The Packers, however, lead the all-time series, 29-19, with three ties..Kickoff time at Green Bay Sunday is 1:05 p.m. half hour earlier because it gets dark so early. Bud Jorgensen, in his 32nd season as trainer, will be honored...BEARS TOO GOOD: After viewing movies of the Packer-Bear game, Blackbourn said: "When their guards (Clark and Jones) pulled, they never wasted themselves. They'd run run through the first guy, then go farther downfield to knock over someone else. We have a man or two out of position several times on defense. Against most teams, a player can still recover and make the ave. Their blocking was so secure, though, that to be out of position usually meant six points."