GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - It was quite obvious here Sunday afternoon that the Packers and Bears have changed since Oct. 2 - that happy day in Green Bay, Wis., when the Packers defeated the Bears 24 to 3. This time it was the Packers who couldn't move - except after the score was 45 to 3 with 13:33 left in the game. Then it didn't matter much but the Packers reeled off 28 points - 14 in 1:50, to make the final score 52 to 31 before 48,890 in Wrigley Field. The last reading was a flattering combination of numbers for the Bays and a most
The Chicago Bears' John Hoffman (89) is brought down by an unidentified Green Bay Packers defender during a game on Nov. 6, 1955 at Wrigley Field. The Bears won the game 52-31. — Chicago Tribune file photo, Nov. 6, 1955
Chicago Bears (4-3) 52, Green Bay Packers (3-4) 31
Sunday November 6th 1955 (at Chicago)
similar “tonic” with such backs as Ollie Matson, fresh from a 130-yard performance against Pitt, Johnny Olszewski and Dave Mann. That theory puts the finger on the Packers’ defense against rushing, but the Cardinals also have been successful with the forward pass, featuring quarterback Lamar McHan and a flock of receivers, including, besides the backs, ends Gern Nagler, Don Stonesifer and Max Boydston. The Packer offense can give the defense a lift with some touchdowns, but the Cardinals have an experienced guarding unit against rushing and passing. The outfield includes Jim Psaltis, the former Packers, Night Train Lane and Tom Keane. Speaking about “formers”, the Packers have an end who will be playing against his former teammates for the first time in a league game – Gary Knafelc, who came to Green Bay early in the ’54 season from the Cardinals, sat on the bench most of the year under Max McGee, and blossomed out as a top-flight receiver in ’55. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn is keeping his fingers crossed for quarterback Tobin Rote, who has been plagued by illness. He’s been bothered with colds and an ear infection for the last four games and this week came down with intestinal flu. Rote missed one day of practice this week. If the big Texan is below par, newcomer Paul Held may be pressed into service. Held was put on the active list earlier this week with the release of Charlie Brackins. Packer passing will be put to a stiff test since the Cardinals’ defense against pitching ranks third in the league behind Green Bay and Cleveland. Nobody has been running much against the Cardinals either, but the Packers hope to dent the Big Red with Howie Ferguson, Breezy Reid, Al Carmichael and Veryl Switzer, who also may see some action on defense. The Cardinals, under Coach Ray Richards, will arrive in Green Bay late this afternoon and headquarter at the Northland Hotel. They’ll leave on the 5:25 North Western Sunday evening.
HONOR JORGENSEN SUNDAY; PACKER TRAINER 32 YARDS
NOV 12 (Green Bay) - Packer Trainer Carl W. (Bud) Jorgensen will be honored by friends and former Packers for his 32 years of services to the organizations in ceremonies to be held before Sunday’s Packer-Chicago Cardinal game at City Stadium. Presentation of gifts will be made by Bernard (Boob) Darling, president of the Packer Alumni Assn., who will serve as master of ceremonies. Jorgenson joined the Packers in 1924 as assistant to Pat Holland, then club trainer. When Holland left at the end of that season, Jorgensen took over. From 1935 to 1940, he served as assistant to Dave Woodward, who came to the Packers from the University of Minnesota. Upon Woodward’s death in February, 1940, Jorgensen took over as head man and has served in that capacity since…Joe Carey, the first player ever to come to the Packers from the state of Illinois, will be in the stands Sunday. Carey joined the Packers in 1921 after playing with the Cardinals from 1916 to 1920…The Cardinals and Packers are the most and least penalized teams in the NFL, respectively. The Cardinals have received 48 penalties for 400 yards in their first seven games, while the Packers have been charged with 18 penalties for 211 yards…Sunday’s battlers are even in touchdowns, with 16 apiece, but the Packers have the edge in field goals, 11 to 6. Pat Summerall handles the Cardinals field goaling and has attempted 16. Packer Fred Cone also tried 16…Sunday’s game will mark the first Green Bay appearance of Ray Richards as head coach of the Cardinals. Richards, line coach last year, replaced Joe Stydahar following the 1954 season. His staff includes Otis Douglas, John Kellison, Bob Nowaskey and Tommy Thompson…The game will be broadcast over Press-Gazette station WJPG, as well as the 51-station Packer network, starting at 1 o’clock. Earl Gillespie, Tony Flynn and Bob Forte again will share the microphone…The Racine YMCA’s nationally famous Kiltie Drum & Bugle Corps will entertain between halves as a climax to its 20th anniversary year. The corps, which has made 30 public appearances during the year, won the state American Legion and VFW Junior championships this year…All stadium workers, including gatemen, ushers and inside police, today were reminded by Chief of Police H.J. Bero to report at City Stadium no later than 10:45 Sunday morning. Gates to the stadium will be opened at 11 o’clock, with the kickoff set for 1:05…Clair Stone will serve as field announcer tomorrow in the absence of Tom White, who is convalescing from a major operation at Bellin Memorial Hospital.
LEAGUE ACTION PAIRS PACKERS, CARDS AT LAST
NOV 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will meet the Chicago Cardinals tomorrow in the first regular NFL game between the two clubs since 1949. An oddity of the series, which began in 1921, is that the Cardinals are working on a regular season seven game winning streak, started in 1946 and that the 1946 victory ended a string of 15 Green Bay triumphs! The Packers, however, won an exhibition from the Cardinals last September in Milwaukee, 37 to 28. Since 1950, when the All-America conference merged with the NFL, the Packers have been in the western division and the Cardinals in the eastern. At the moment each is fourth in its respective division, the Cardinals with a 3-3-1 record and the Packers with 3-4. Tomorrow's contest is expected to draw a capacity crowd to City stadium, and also may mark the return to action of Charley Trippi, veteran Cardinals' back, who was gravely injured during a preseason game with the 49ers in San Francisco. Trippi, 32 year old ex-University of Georgia star, has been working out at quarterback with the Cardinals and may fill in for Lamar McHan at that spot. Both teams rely heavily on their passing attack. Green Bay even more so than the Cards, and an aerial duel is in prospect. There also should be a rivalry worth watching between two great runners - Howie Ferguson, Green Bay fullback, who is second in the league in that department, and Ollie Matson, Cardinal left half, who gained 196 yards of his 344 total in the last two games. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's Packers hope to end their three game losing streak, the latest a 52 to 31 pasting from the Chicago Bears last Sunday.
BEAR EXPLOSION 'CARRY-OVER OF THE FINE GAME WE'VE BEEN PLAYING,' G. HALAS
NOV 7 (Chicago) - George Stanley Halas, though elated over the way his Chicago Bears have rebounded after a dismal start, want it known that he is not thinking in terms of a championship - not yet, at least. Bubbling over with good humor after Sunday afternoon's Packer-Bear proceedings in Wrigley Field, George lost his smile when confronted with that question. "That's a long ways off," the 60-yard old Bear chieftain, who has collected seven world titles, insisted, "It's the farthest thing from my mind - and I mean that sincerely. There are too many games left to even give it a thought." (Those "too many games" include successive dates with the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit again and the Philadelphia Eagles.) Halas was even more definite when asked if he thought his 1955 athletes, who have won four in a row from the NFL's best in decisive fashion, were beginning to resemble the great Midway Monsters of the early 1940's. "A few games, and not even a full season, do not make a great team," he contended. "It takes a couple of seasons to establish a team's greatness. I was asked that question when the San Francisco Forty-Niners ran over us a few years ago. I gave the same answer then and I'll repeat it now - it takes a couple of seasons to make a great team."..."WE WERE HOT, TOO": Did he have a ready explanation for the way the Bears had exploded on this cold afternoon? "I think it's merely a carry-over of the fine game we have been playing - hard running and fine blocking." But George, who seldom has been in a more expansive mood, volunteered, "The Packers are not as bad as they appeared today and, you have to remember, we were hot, too." At the same time, he left no doubt of his regard for his own hirelings, particularly veteran linebacker George Connor. "He was a standout all afternoon," Halas declared. "It's the most amazing comeback I've ever seen." He also lauded Bobby Watkins, the Bears' rookie halfback from Ohio State, revealing, "They gave the game ball to Watkins. He was very delighted - said it was the first game ball he's ever gotten." Did he consider this the Bears' best game to date? "Offensively, it was our best game," George admitted, "although the second half of that Forty-Niner game two weeks ago probably was just as good." His son, George, Jr., encountered later, was more enthusiastic. "This was far and away our best game of the season."...The crestfallen Packers, being consoled by ex-teammate Ray Bray in their mud-littered dressing room, accepted what had happened as "one of those things." Dave Hanner, rubbing a huge shoulder absentmindedly, thought, "They (the Bears) were real high. I don't think they could be much higher than they were today. Of course, they've got a good ball club - they have improved a lot since we played 'em in Green Bay." In response to a question, he said: "It may have looked that way but I don't think they were getting off the ball too fast - they've just got some fine running backs. We got the hell beat out of us." Discussing his 61-yard runback of a fourth quarter interception, Bobby Dillon confessed, "At first I didn't think I was going to go anywhere with it. Then, after I got started, I thought I might go all the way. But somebody, I think it was Watkins, had me sealed off and we couldn't block him out of the way. I sure was glad to get that one (a subsequent interception) in the end zone," Bobby added. "It was a high pass. I was afraid that it might be too high and Hill would get it anyway. Funny thing was, he didn't fight for it. I guess he thought it was going over me."...Head Coach Liz Blackbourn, probably more disappointed than he cared to admit, evaluated the situation realistically. "They've just got too much line for us, too much speed," he said. "Their offensive line outplayed our defensive line at every stage of the ball game. They're really a great blocking team," he added, "there's little doubt about that. As far as we were concerned, our fumbles hurt us terribly."...HALFTIME HASSLE: Feeling traditionally runs high when the Packers and Bears collide and Sunday was no exception. A near free-for-all developed when the Bruins' George Connor recovered a Tobin Rote fumble as the first half ended. Connor attempted to crawl with the ball and Howie Ferguson landed on Connor. This action irritated the Bears' Bill Bishop, who immediately pounced upon Ferguson. Bishop soon was surrounded in the ensuing melee, which threatened to develop into a bout of major proportions, but the officials and Blackbourn interceded in time to avert serious trouble...JINX?: Mike Kuhlman, paper mill executive who came all the way from Texas to see the game, conceded that he probably should have stayed in that "great state". Kuhlman, a native of Wausau, explained, "I've been following the Packers for years, but I've never seen them win a game. I guess maybe I'm a jinx."...READY FOR '56?: A guest on the Packer bench was Gene Knutson, the sophomore end from Michigan who was sidelined for the season with a knee injury. Knutson, now making his home in South Bend, Ind., reported "the knee feels good. I'm not able to run yet, but I think it will be all right by next year. The doctor says it looks good."...DISTINGUISHED GUEST: Also on the sidelines but, unfortunately not in uniform, was the immortal Don Hutson, now a Racine auto dealer. Other unexpected supporters on the Packer bench were Frank Butler, center on Green Bay's 1936 NFL champions and now a Chicago resident, and Dick Afflis, a 1954 Packers and now one of wrestling's top grunters...BEARS GET 'ASSIST': The Bears were accorded an unexpected assist by the officials when Headlinesman John Tracy ruled that Harlon Hill had caught a second quarter pass in-bounds on the Packer 34, though his foot was on the line. The play gave the Bears a first down and they shortly scored their second touchdown...HE WAS RIGHT: But - the Packers' Joe Johnson refused to concede a thing, even when the Bears led 28-3 late in the first half. "If they can score 28 points, we can, too," he insisted. He was proven right, the Packers scoring that number in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, however, the Bears came up with 14 in the same period - after picking up 10 in the third...REAL LOYALTY: Even a heart attack didn't keep Alec Lewis, veteran superintendent of service at the Knickerbocker Hotel, Packer headquarters in Chicago, from seeing his beloved Packers play Sunday. Lewis, who hasn't missed a Green Bay game in Chicago in 25 years, also was on hand to greet them when they arrived at the hotel Saturday afternoon, although it was his day off...CONFETTI TO FOOTBALL: Pfc. Dick Bertrand of Green Bay, son of the George Bertrands, made it from Seoul, Korea, to Chicago in time to catch Sunday's game. Dick, who was separated from the Army at Fort Sheridan, Ill., Saturday afternoon, served in the honor guard for Gen. William Dean when the Army hero was accorded a civic welcome in San Francisco last week.
FANS BAR HALAS' PATH TO GOAL
NOV 7 (Chicago Tribune) - Near 4 p.m. yesterday, George Halas, boss of the Bears, attempted to rush the approximate 50 yards from his team's lockers to a room where many were awaiting his analysis of the 52 to 31 triumph over Green Bay's Packers. Halas had to grind out the yardage in bursts. He broke loose in 17 yards before running into a wave of autograph seekers. A plunge through center netted Halas three additional years. More autograph seekers stopped forward progress. "The Bears played like hell," said one, a stocking-capped male in his mid-20's. An older man shifted his cigar to say: "Hope you saved some touchdowns for the Rams." The autograph seekers overshifted and George advanced 7 yards on a quick opener. Halas cut wide to the left for another 7 yards and might have gone all the way had not two newspapermen, backed up by Frank Lane of the St. Louis Cardinals, forced him toward a steel pillar, out of bounds. "I never saw a team play like the Bears this afternoon," said Lane. "We were a great blocking and running team," said Halas. "We overcame that returning-from-the-West Coast jinx, too. The boys gave Bobby Watkins the game ball - first pro ball he has ever had. He's tickled - going to have it autographed and
mailed to his home." Two thrusts netted Halas 6 yards before he called time out to embrace his daughter. Halas' daughter went wide to the right. He spun to the left and was in the clear until two Wisconsin newsmen got him a yard short of the goal. One tried to mousetrap Halas by asking: "Isn't this your greatest team?" "You can't evaluate a team by its play in a single game. You have to judge them on a season - maybe two seasons. But the Bears were great today," Halas said. "We've improved." Seconds later, he advanced to the final yard to the clubroom. After all, when a Bear sighted a goal yesterday, he reached it.
'YOU SHOULD WIN IT," HALAS IS TOLD BY LIZ
NOV 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers dressing room under the stands at Wrigley Field was steamy and quiet. The players said little, unless someone spoke to them first. They tore off tape, toweled themselves after showering and pulled on their street clothes as if in a hurry to leave the scene of their 52-31 licking by the Chicago Bears. Coach Lisle Blackbourn took a few minutes to go to the Bears' dressing room and a visitor went along. As they crossed the field, Blackbourn kept shaking his head and saying, "They just rooted us out of there in the line. They really rooted us out." At the door to the Bears' quarters, Blackbourn waited briefly while George Halas, coach and owner of the winners, was called. Halas came out and after they shook hands, Blackbourn told him, "George, you've got a great team there. Now if you don't get overconfident, you should win it." "Well," Halas said, "I'm not so sure about that, but I think we're on the way. Don't worry, we won't get cocky. Your boys did a great job in the last quarter. They never quit. While the game was on, I didn't want you to get anything, but now that it's over, I'm glad you came back that way." On the way back to the Green Bay quarters, Blackbourn talked about the rookies in the NFL and the Packers' misfortune in the last draft, in that three out of the first four choices were lost to them, Temp and Amundsen to service and Leake to Canada. "Watkins, Casares, they're great," Blackbourn said. "Watkins rates with Waller (of Los Angeles) as the best young halfbacks in the league. There's not much to choose at fullback between Casares and Ameche, either." In the Packers' dressing room, Wally Cruice, Green Bay game scout, was talking about the Bears. "Boy," he said, "did they ever get the blockers out there on tosses (pitchouts). Watkins and Casares had three or four in front of them on every play. One time Watkins came out and knocked Zatkoff (Packer linebacker) about 400 feet in the air. Why, Roger went up like a jet plane taking off. His feet went one way and his arms another." Ray Bray, who played guard on the Bears' great teams of the early 1940s, came in. Bray was with the Packers in 1952 before he retired from pro football. "You know," Bray said, "those Bears out there today were better than we were." Billy Howton, Packer end, was adjusting his tie when someone asked him which team was better, the Bears or the Cleveland Browns, eastern division leaders and 41-10 conquerors of Green Bay. "We were just talking about that," Howton said, "and we couldn't make up our minds. It's really hard to say. The Bears were consistent out there today - just punch, punch, punch down the field til they scored. The Browns are the same kind of team. I know one thing. If they play for the championship, like we think they will, I'd sure enough like to see that game."
PACK FINDS STRANGERS IN SATCHEL - CARDS AND HELD
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - The Packers found two "strangers" in their satchel today - a team from Chicago known as the Cardinals and a quarterback named Paul Held. The Cards are new in these parts - as far as NFL competition is concerned, because the Packers haven't played 'em for blue chips since 1949. The revival of the Packers' second-oldest rivalry is scheduled for City Stadium next Sunday afternoon. Kickoff, don't forget, is a half hour earlier - at 1:05. The Packers and Cardinals "broke" relations when the Chicagoans were shifted from the Western to the Eastern Division shortly after the National League and the old All-American Conference buried the hatchet. Until then, the two clubs played a fierce home and home series, with the Packers winning 29, losing 19 and tying three. Sunday's game has been designated as Bud Jorgenson Day in honor of the Packers' veteran trainer who is now in his 32nd year with the club. The historic return of the Cardinals to the City Stadium for league activity offers the Packers a chance to stop a losing streak. The Cards, now coached by Ray Richards, hold seven straight decisions over the Green Bays. The aforementioned Held replaces rookie Charlie Brackins who has been placed on waivers. Brackins, a highly-touted star from Prairie View A and M, was a big hit in the quarterback slot under veteran Tobin Rote during training camp and the exhibition season but tailed off badly once the big firing started. Besides playing under Rote, Brackins was the club's reserve end and handled the kickoff chores. Held has been through the mill before; having served a full season under Jimmy Finks at Pittsburgh in 1954. He was drafted as a junior at San Diego State in '53 by the Detroit Lions and then sent to Pittsburgh in a conditional deal in '54...COMPLETED 24 PASSES: The Steelers, with two QBs coming out of service, returned him to the Lions this season. Detroit has picked up Harry Gilmer in a heavy players-
PACKERS FACE VETERAN CARD RUSHERS!
NOV 9 (Green Bay) - The Packers’ defense against rushing – clubbed from stem to stern by a couple of rookies named Watkins and Casares last Sunday – will have to contend with a pair of veteran line bangers when the Chicago Cardinals invade City Stadium Sunday afternoon. And if experience means anything, the Cardinals’ Ollie Matson and Johnny Olszewski should have a field day – unless, of course, the Packers are able to dodge or collapse a few blockers and administer a tackle or two. The Bears’ Bobby Watkins and Rick Casares each rolled up 115 yards rushing against the Packers – no mean feat for two first-year men, accounting for more than half of the Bears’ 400-yard total. Matson and Olszewski, who play left halfback and fullback, respectively – at least in their last game, will be making their first appearance in City Stadium. They backbone the Cardinals’ powerful rushing game along with right halfback Dave Mann, a swift rookie. Between ‘em Saturday night, Mann, Olszewski and Matson averaged over four yards against, mind you, a Pittsburgh team that leads the league in defense against rushing. Matson racked up 130 yards, himself, in 13 carries – most of it coming in the second half when Pittsburgh was trying desperately to get back into the game. The Cards blanked the Steelers in the second half and won 27-13. Still in the Eastern Division running with a 3-3-1 record, the Cardinals have become more dangerous in the last two games because their rushing has improved. They lost a heart-breaking decision to Cleveland 26-20 (Cleveland beat the Packers 41-10) and then dumped Pittsburgh. The Packers, on the other 
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."
the outside door of our dressing room, thinking it would be a short cut. But the door was locked and the gatemen wouldn’t let him back in the ball park. He climbed up on the screen outside our window and we saw him hanging there but there was nothing we could do because the door was locked from the outside. If you ever saw a mad Belgian, it was Curly. He finally got back in through the gate about two minutes before the second half was scheduled to start so the players had a mighty short lecture that day. He could hardly talk, anyway.” Bud, who rarely has missed a practice during his entire career, has had a total of eight assistants. They include Howie Levitas, his first aide, Tim O’Brien, Gus Seaburg, John Proski, Dick Geniesse, former Bluejay catcher Jim Schymanski, Orville Thomas and Gerald (Tony) Sylvester, his present aide-de-camp. Bud is married and the father of three children, Gerald, 25, and Judy, 14, a Franklin Junior High School student, at home, and Ruth, who is with the information bureau of the Bell Telephone Co., in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of West High School (1922), where he played for three years of varsity basketball.
GRID CARDINALS NOT FOR SALE
NOV 11 (Chicago) - Arnold Johnson, Chicago industrialist and owner of the Athletics, can't but the Cardinals, says managing director Walter Wolfner. Wolfner said the Cardinals will stay in Chicago after learning that Johnson had said he waned to buy a professional football team and move it to Kansas City.
CARDS READY UMBRELLA FOR PASS SHOWER
NOV 11 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals, who will invade Green Bay for a NFL interdivisional meeting with the Packers Sunday, continued to stress pass defense in yesterday's drills. Tobin Rote, Green Bay quarterback, ranks only 11th among the league's passers in average gain per pass, but when it comes to most attempts, Rote has thrown 211 times - 120 times more than Otto Graham, who leads the passing list - and Tobin has completed 98 for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns. Rote's average gain of 5.75 yards puts him slightly ahead of Lamar McHan, Cardinals' quarterback, who has connected on 40 of 119 tosses for 659 yards, seven touchdowns and a 5.66 average. McHan ranks 13th among the passers. Green Bay and the Cardinals, incidentally, have the second and third best averages for holding down enemy passing attacks. Green Bay has permitted 42.3 percent of enemy passes to be completed, the Cardinals, 43.2. Coach Ray Richards' workmen also must figure out a defense for Howie Ferguson, Green Bay's fleet back, who gained 564 yards in 111 tries. The Cardinals have no one among the top 10 rushing leaders, although Ollie Matson, their left half, served notice against both Cleveland and Pittsburgh that he no longer is running under wraps. Matson made 66 yards against the Browns before being evicted from the game and collected 130 yards in 13 carries against Pittsburgh.
unusual figure in these days of tight defenses and low counts. The total of 83 was a new Packer-Bear record, eclipsing the 72 scored in the 42-28 Packer win in 1942. So was the Bears' 52 a record in the 74-game rivalry, topping the 45 in 1948. It matched the highest total ever score on Green Bay - by Detroit twice. The last quarter total - 42 points on six touchdowns by both teams - was a fantastic climax to the game's 11 six-pointers, two field goal and 11 extra points. It was the Packers' third straight loss - all on the road, and the Bears' fourth straight victory. The Packers were two games out of first today and tied with San Francisco, thanks to the Los Angeles Rams' victory over 'Frisco Sunday. The Pack now must prepare to face another Chicago team - the Cardinals in Green Bay next Sunday. The Bears did everything but throw that proverbial kitchen sink at the Packers. They scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, two in the second, one and a field goal in the third, and two TDs in the fourth. In the first three frames, the Packers worked into Bear territory only twice and came out with points once - on Fred Cone's 41-yard field goal. The Packers intercepted five Bear passes and it's a good thing they did because the Bear total might have been higher. The Bears recovered four Packer fumbles - three on vicious tackles on kickoffs. The Bears skinned by without delivering a punt all afternoon - most unusual in pro ball. Chick Jagade ripped 42 yards for the Bears' first touchdown. Bobby Watkins went 13 for the next. Watkins promptly went 29 for No. 3 to start the second frame after which Rick Casares plunged two for No. 4. In the third period, Ed Brown passed 14 yards to Harlon Hill to make it 35-3 and George Blanda booted a 38-yard field goal to up it to 38-3. Before the Packer offense could budge, Bob Williams pitched 24 yards to Bill McColl for TD No. 6 early in the fourth frame. The Packers moved 59 yards for their first TD, Tobin Rote hurling 27 yards to Bill Howton for a 45-10 score. Then, Bobby Dillon returned an interception 61 yards to set up Howie Ferguson's one-foot touchdown plunge for 45-17. The Bears weren't through yet. Charlie Sumner returned the kickoff 81 yards and Ron Drzewiecki went 11 for the touchdown. In the last few minutes, Ferguson and Rote scored on plunges, climaxing 75 and 80-yard marches. There were three 100-yard rushers in the game and, unfortunately, the Bears had two of 'em - Casares and Watkins, with 115 yards apiece. The Packers' hard-hitting Ferguson edged both of them with 117 yards. Casares and Watkins ripped the Packer defensive line apart and made it miserable for the linebackers with sizeable gains around the ends on pitchouts. Casares carried 16 times, Watkins 14. The Bears rolled up an amazing 399 yards rushing - just 25 short of the record 426 Detroit gained vs. Pittsburgh in 1934 - and finished the game with 479 yards, the odd 98 coming on eight pass completions in 16 throws. Casares, Watkins and Jagade, with 63, gained 293 yards rushing. The Bears rushed for 265 yards in the first half, the Packers 29. The Bears' offensive line outcharged the Packer line most of the afternoon and passers Blanda, Brown and Williams had a pretty easy time of it, passing and handing off. The Packers made 13 of their 19 first downs in the last 13 minutes of the game, and chalked up most of their 309 yards, including 151 rushing and 158 passing in that portion. Rote went through the game without an interception and completed 12 out of 31. Ironically, Rote was the game's top passer, Ferguson was the leading ground gainer and Gary Knafelc was the most successful pass catcher with six for 91 yards. The first three "actions" of the game didn't indicate the slaughter that was to follow. Veryl Switzer took the opening kickoff eight yards deep in the end zone and raced out to the Bay 37. Ferguson ripped 12 yards in two trips to the 50. At that point, the Bears went to work, partially blocking Dick Deschaine's punt and scoring in five plays from 
their own 34. Jagade went around his left end for the last 42 yards and Blanda kicked the first of seven extra points with 4:06 gone in the period. The Packers protected Deschaine the next time and the Bears had to go 74 yards for TD No. 2. The Bears were penalized for offside and holding but they managed to go the distance, Brown passing to Hill for sizeable gains, and Watkins ripping left end for the last 13, making the score 14-0 at 14:20. The Bears were right back in Packer territory when Kreamcheck recovered Bill Forester's fumble on the kickoff on the Packer 33. Two plays later, Doyle Nix intercepted Brown's pass and the Packers started a "drive" from their own 21. Ferguson went five and Rote threw to Knafelc for 10 and then 27 to the Bears' 37 as the first quarter ended. The attack stalled and Cone booted a field goal from the 41 for a 14-3 score.
DAMAGING TACKLE
The Bears swept back 80 yards in eight plays for their next touchdown, with Watkins and Casares alternating through and around the Packer line. Watkins went the final 29 at the 4:40 mark. George Connor separated the ball from Switzer with a damaging tackle on the next kickoff and the Bears were in business on the Packer 19. After Roger Zatkoff lost an interception on a fumble, Billy Bookout intercepted on the one and ran out to the six but Deschaine had to punt right back. And the Bears charged right back, too, scoring in five plays from the Packer 43. Watkins went 31 in two rips and Casares ripped it over in three licks. The Bears didn't waste around upping it to 35-3 in the third quarter. Starting from their own 45 after Ron Drzewiecki's 45-yard kickoff return, the Bears scored in eight plays. Watkins went 26 yards in the first three movements and on No. 8 Brown passed to Hill for the score. The Packers shortly "held" the Bears to three points after Helwig recovered Ferguson's fumble on the return kickoff on the Bay's 32. Blanda booted the field goal from the 38.
LOSE BALL ON DOWNS
With Rote hurling to Knafelc twice for 35 yards and Ferguson gaining 17 in two trips, the Packers moved to the Bear 23, but lost the pigskin on downs. Despite a personal foul and an offside penalty, the Bears bounced back 61 yards in 10 plays to make it 45-3 early in the fourth quarter, Williams hurling to McColl 24 yards for the touchdown. With the aid of a personal foul penalty, the Packers went 74 yards for their first TD. Ferguson slammed 24 yards and Rote hurled 27 yards to Billy Howton for the score. Cone kicked the first of four extra points. The Packers had 17 before two minutes disappeared when Bobby Dillon intercepted Williams' throw and weaved his way 61 yards to the Bear two in the best run of the afternoon. Ferguson scored in two cracks and it was 45-17. Charley Sumner took the next kickoff and threatened to go all the way but Switzer cut his gain to 81 yards with a tackle on the Packer 15. On second down, Drzewiecki skirted right end for the TD and it was 52-17. The Packers fired back 75 yards for a touchdown. Rote hurled to Knafelc for 11 and Ferguson ankled 26 to the Bear 22 on a lateral from Rote. Carmichael went seven, Rote 11, Reid 3 and Ferguson 1 for the score. The Bears threatened to make it 59 but Dillon intercepted a pass aimed at Hill in the end zone. The Pack promptly went 80 for another touchdown. Reid went nine and Rote hurled to Carmichael for 28 and to Howton for 13. Rote threw again for 14 to Howton, who lateraled off to Ferguson for 11 more to the one, from which Rote plunged in.
GREEN BAY     -   0   3   0  28  -  31
CHICAGO BEARS -  14  14  10  14  -  52
                        GREEN BAY      CHICAGO
First Downs                    19           25
Rushing-Yards-TD         25-151-3     54-406-5
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 31-121-192-1-0 16-8-107-2-5
Sacked-Yards                 3-24          1-9
Net Passing Yards             168           98
Total Yards                   319          504
Fumbles-lost                  5-5          0-0
Turnovers                       5            5
Yards penalized              1-15       14-110
SCORING
1st - CHI - Chick Jagade, 42-yard run (George Blanda kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - CHI - Bobby Watkins, 13-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 14-0
2nd - GB - Fred Cone, 41-yard field goal CHICAGO 14-3
2nd - CHI - Watkins, 29-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 21-3
2nd - CHI - Rick Casares, 2-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 28-3
3rd - CHI - Harlon Hill, 14-yard pass from Ed Brown (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 35-3
3rd - CHI - Blanda, 38-yard field goal CHICAGO 38-3
4th - CHI - Bill McColl, 24-yard pass from Bob Williams (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 45-3
4th - GB - Billy Howton, 27-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Cone kick) CHICAGO 45-10
4th - GB - Howie Ferguson, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 45-17
4th - CHI - Ron Drzewiscki, 11-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 52-17
4th - GB - Ferguson, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 52-24
4th - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 52-31
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Howie Ferguson 17-120 2 TD, Tobin Rote 3-12 1 TD, Breezy Reid 4-12, Al Carmichael 1-7
CHICAGO - Rick Casares 16-115 1 TD, Bobby Watkins 14-115 2 TD, Chick Jagade 7-63 1 TD, Ron Drzewiecki 7-42 1 TD, Ed Brown 3-37, John Hoffman 4-22, George Blanda 2-7, Bob Williams 1-5
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 31-12-192 1 TD
CHICAGO - Ed Brown 7-4-56 1 TD 1 INT, George Blanda 5-2-11 2 INT, Bob Williams 4-2-40 1 TD 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Gary Knafelc 6-91, Billy Howton 3-54 1 TD, Al Carmichael 1-28, Howie Ferguson 1-16, Breezy Reid 1-3
CHICAGO - Harlon Hill 5-72 1 TD, Bill McColl 2-34 1 TD, Ron Drzewiecki 1-1
expensive deal with Washington to replace Tom Dublinski who had gone to Canada, and decided to keep Gilmer as an understudy to Bobby Layne, thus cutting Held. Rote’s newest understudy hurled 73 passes in his one season at Pittsburgh and completed 24 for 305 yards and one touchdown. He also kicked 14 of 16 points after touchdown and three of five field goals. Held, a radar operator in the Navy before entering San Diego State, stands 6-2 and weighs 190 pounds. He’s 27 and is known as Pelican…Coach Liz Blackbourn, armed with a host of material on the Cardinals, sent the Bays back to work this afternoon with a general workout featuring both defense and offense. Generally, the squad was in good condition after its bruising game with the Bears, and the most serious of a small group of hurtees was offensive guard Buddy Brown, who has an injured shoulder. Others include center Jim Ringo and Rote. All are expected to be in good working order for the Cardinals. The Packers have a pretty good picture of the Cardinals. Observing their game with Pittsburgh in Chicago Saturday night were scouts Wally Cruice and Jack Vainisi and assistant coaches Tom Hearden, Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus. Blackbourn expects the Packers to bounce back Sunday after three straight losses but he also expects a difficult task since the Cardinals are a running team. The Packers had trouble, to put it mildly, with another running Chicago team last Sunday – the Bears who rolled up over 400 yards on the ground. The Cardinal rushing is handled by fullback Johnny Olszewski, Ollie Matson and Dave Mann, with quarterback Lamar McHan doing the handing off and passing. The Cards will have another noted runner for Sunday’s game – the famed Charley Trippi, who has been out since an injury in the exhibition season. Trippi was in uniform Saturday night but didn’t play. He’s available for both offense and defense.
PACKERS YIELDED EIGHT YARDS EVERY TIME CHI-BEARS RUSHED
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - Everytime the Bears rushed the ball at Green Bay Sunday, the Packers gave up nearly eight (8) yards. That’s awful, to state the obvious. The Bears lugged 53 times for 399 yards, according to the official scorer’s figuring a half-hour after the game. A recount, however, showed the Bears with 416 yards rushing. 399 or 416? They’re both unbelievable. The Bears rolled up approximately 175 yards in 29 trips between the Packer defensive ends – roughly from tackle to tackle. They ripped off 200 yards in 15 attempts was made by advancing forward, generally by the quarterback who had no particular note. There might have been a secret hero in the Packers’ defensive line or in the group immediately behind it, but if there was one we couldn’t find him. On the pitchouts, the Bear blockers generally erased the end coming out, waxed the linebacker and then hunted for cornerbackers Doyle Nix and Billy Bookout – not to mention deep men Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker. Bookout was all but groggy at the game’s end making tackles. The Bears were able to make their pitchout tosses with amazing speed, ruining any chances of a Packer linemen getting over to help. On crashes between the ends, tackles and guards, the Bears simply outcharged the Bays – which meant three yards to start with. Any kind of attack on the Packers’ part in the first three quarters might have lessened the score and at least given the defense an occasional chance to sit on the bench and think it over. Until the Packers put on a drive late in the third frame, the Bears had run off 60 offensive plays, the Packer only 25. Until said drive, which carried from the Packer 25 to the Bear 29, the Packers’ only ball carrier was fullback Howie Ferguson – the best at his position in the league considering the blocking he gets. Even Howie needs a spot of rest – not to mention giving the Bears a change of pace. Left half Breezy Reid made his first trip with seven minutes gone in the third quarter, but he was stopped cold on two trips in that period and added 12 in two attempts in the fourth. In the first Bear game, won by the Packers, 24-3, Ferguson went 153 yards in 15 carries and Reid 50 in 11. Coach Liz Blackbourn applied the messenger signal system in the fourth quarter, alternating Reid and Joe Johnson. It helped to change the luck because the Packers rolled up a quick 28 points. While Blackbourn held great respect for the Bears’ performance Sunday – especially in the first half, the thing that irked Liz most was the Bears’ touchdown that made it 52-17 with 10 minutes left in the game. The Packers had just scored two touchdowns in one minute and 50 seconds. “And we gave them another touchdown on that kickoff return,” Liz snorted.
THE OBVIOUS (LINE PLAY) KILLED US - LIZ
NOV 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - What happened to the Packers in Wrigley Field Sunday? "It's pretty obvious, isn't it?" retorted Liz Blackbourn in a phone interview from his Packers office Monday. "The line play was the difference." That was the capsule quote from Blackbourn, who has seen his club take three straight beatings, two of them being real drubbings. What has happened to the Packers since their last win over the Rams? "Nothing has happened," was Blackbourn's terse reply. "They're just running more against us." That's for sure. The Browns overpowered the Packers, 41-10, on the ground, the Colts took a 14-10 decision with Alan Ameche and L.G. Dupre running at will and the Bears won, 52-31, by rolling up 410 yards on the ground. It's quite obvious the opposition has found Green Bay's defense vulnerable. When the Bears pulverized it time and again Sunday, the weakness glowed like a neon sign. Blackbourn shuffled his personnel somewhat by signing free agent quarterback Paul Held Monday. Charlie (Choo-Choo) Brackins was given the heave-ho. He never did live up to expectations and was used only on kickoffs. The 27-year old Held has traveled back and forth between the Lions and Steelers for the past two year. Last season with Pittsburgh, he completed 24 of 73 passes for 305 yards, kicked 14 of 16 conversions and made three of five field goals. The Packers have been in desperate straits for a quarterback to spell Tobin Rote, who has had no relief, outside of a brief rest in the Ram game. But let's get back to the Bear slaughter. How can a team win at Green Bay, 24-3, and then completely fold at Chicago? "Their offense was terrific. What more can I say?" snapped Liz. "Naw, they didn't try anything different this time. The difference was their hitting on blocks." Blackbourn labeled the Bears to go the distance "if they keep on playing like this." The showdown is a Chicago battle with the league leading Rams Sunday. If Green Bay can pick up the pieces, it has a home engagement with the Cardinals. Home, sweet home, where victories have come. "It's going to be pretty rough from here on in, " Liz admitted. "I haven't got a B squad to get up. I don't know what we'll do." The bruising Bears racked up two Packers, center Jim Ringo and tackle Buddy Brown. Ringo has bruised ribs and Brown an injured hip. Their playing status for the Cardinal game is doubtful. Veryl Switzer admitted that when he was hit by George Connor on a kickoff return, it almost took his head off. But Switzer is a roly-poly sort of a guy who can bounce back - and he did. Blackbourn had but two favorable things to mention. "I thought Howie Ferguson ran well and Tobin Rote passed well." The Packers will start drills Tuesday for the Cardinal scrap. "We've been looking over the scouting reports today," said Liz. "They've got a good running team." That's the present Packer picture. If they expect to do as well as last year (4-8), they had better find some way or means of getting tough on defense. If they don't it's going to be murder.
WHICH HOLES SHOULD PACKERS FILL FIRST?
NOV 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - After what happened against the Bears at Chicago Sunday, about all the Green Bay Packers can do is look forward to next Sunday and next season. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's first thought about the Chicago Cardinals, who meet the Packers at Green Bay Sunday, was not a a happy one. "They've got a good running club, too," he said. "If we don't toughen up the line, we're in trouble again." What has happened to the Packer defense, so sturdy early in the season, so porous of late? In a nutshell, from observations and conversations, the answer seems to be that three weak spots developed in the line, at left tackle, middle guard, and right end. The other defenders, in attempting to compensate for these weaknesses, have done less of a good job at covering their own areas. Thus, all phases have suffered. A man close to the situation said after the 52-31 trimming by the Bears, "Green Bay's defensive secondary is all right - it compares favorable with most in the league." John Martinkovic at left and Dave Hanner at right tackle are good men. They cannot do it alone. Bill Forester at middle guard has been a distinct disappointment. Much was expected of him. Jerry Helluin at left tackle, despite a reducing program designed to make him more mobile, has not been doing the job. Rookie Bill Lucky, inserted in his place late in the Bear debacle, was an improvement. The end opposite Martinkovic has been a problem all season. Jim Temp, big Wisconsin rookie, was counted on to replace Stretch Elliott, who was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for Tom Dahms, offensive tackle. Temp was big enough at 235 pounds. He was drafted second. He went into the Army. Nate Borden and Pat O'Donohue, at about 205 pounds each, just aren't big enough. Martinkovic generally is rated one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. As recently as two weeks ago, just before the Packers were whipped by Cleveland, 41-10, a scout from another club said that he thought Green Bay had the best pair of linebackers in the league in Roger Zatkoff and Deral Teteak. Zatkoff has a bad day against the Bears, but then, so did almost everyone else. How the Packers will draft for next season poses a problem for Blackbourn and his assistants? Should they go for a big fullback, someone to help Howie Ferguson shoulder the running burden? Or a quarterback to give Tobin Rote some help and relief? Rote talks of retiring after next season - "if we've got someone to take my place by then." Or offensive linemen who can move the opposition? Or defensive linemen? Clearly, the problem is huge. When a team like the Bears or Los Angeles Rams or the Cleveland Browns or the San Francisco 49ers go into the draft, they know just what they are looking for. They can concentrate on filling one or two spots. The Bears, for instance, went after offensive backs last January (they figured their line would be all right), and came up with Watkins, just what they needed. The Packers, because of mistakes made by the previous administration, have no wealth of Toneffs, Casares, Fortunatos, Bratkowskis and the like coming out of the service soon. All that can be hoped is that the Packers have more luck in this winter's draft than they had last January. Bettis, their No. 1 choice, could not make the starting lineup because Teteak recovered from a broken ankle so completely and has played so well. Temp, No. 2, and Amundsen, No. 4, went into the service. Leake, offensive halfback drafted third, skipped to Canada. Things could not have turned out worse.
hand, have allowed 822 yards rushing in their last three games – all losses on the road. Oddly enough, the Packers’ best defense against rushing was the 24-20 loss to Baltimore in Milwaukee. Alan Ameche was limited to 57 of the Colts’ 97 yards. In the replay at Baltimore, Ameche rolled up 117 and L.G. Dupre 88. And speaking about rushing, Ameche and the Packers’ Howie Ferguson ranked one-two in the league today. Hammerin’ Howie picked up 120 yards against the Bears while Ameche was virtually stopped with 32 against Detroit. Ameche is leading with 667 yards in 129 attempts, while Ferguson, third a week ago, is back in second with 564 in 111. San Francisco’s Joe Perry, the 1954 rushing champion, dropped to third after Los Angeles held him to 20 yards last Sunday. Perry has 486 yards in 96. Other figures showed Billy Howton two catches off the lead in pass receiving, with 30 for 516 yards; Fred Cone fourth in scoring with 49 points; Dick Deschaine fifth in punting; Veryl Switzer fifth in punt returns; Al Carmichael and Switzer two-three in kickoff returns; and Bobby Dillon in third in interceptions with five…The Packers pounded defense in yesterday’s drill, with Paul Held calling signals and passing for the “Cardinals”. Held was placed on the active roster yesterday after Charlie Brackins was placed on waivers. Coach Liz Blackbourn continually pointed out to the defense the Cardinals’ various offensive stars – particularly the backs. Complicating the defense was the Cardinals’ habit of having their halfbacks and fullbacks pass after taking a handoff from quarterback Lamar McHan. During the defensive workout, offensive coach Ray McLean worked out with the Packers’ offensive unit in another corner of the field. They hashed over the Bear game, the Cardinals and went through various plays.
PETE PLATTEN PIONEERED PA SYSTEMS FOR OUTDOOR SPORTS
NOV 9 (Green Bay) - When Jim Coffeen died a few weeks ago, his obituaries made much of his title as "Voice of the Packers" and the fact that he was the first public address field announcer in the business. Nothing was said of how it all came about, not of a young radio pioneer who had an idea, nursed it through a maze of difficulties and eventually made PA systems as common to outdoor sports events as peanuts and cold hot dogs. That part of the story belongs to Pete Platten. It's an astonishing one, too, particularly when you stop to realize how far sound electronics have come in so few years. Pete is still a relatively young man, yet he has seen radio evolve from a crystal-set plaything to the wonder of television. He has never received much credit for his part in that progress but his contribution has been considerable. It wasn't easy, because technical problems weren't the only obstacles. Surprising as it may seem today, when fans at a big football or baseball game would be disgusted if the PA system weren't in use, there was a lot of opposition to the idea when Pete first broached it to Curly Lambeau. The scheme was so revolutionary that Curly, who thought Platten was trying to rig a radio broadcast, didn't want any part of it...RUSS WINNIE GROWLED: Even after Lambeau was sold and the PA system was in operation, several other highly vocal characters weren't happy. Russ Winnie, who used to broadcast the early Packer games, never missed a chance to growl about it, and neither did Art Bystrom, then sports editor of the Press-Gazette. Just when Pete began experimenting with such a system isn't exactly known, because everybody connected with it is exasperatingly vague about dates. It was either the last year out at old Bellevue Park or the first season in City Stadium, but no one is sure. What is certain is that there were a whale of a lot of headaches before the bugs were all ironed out. Not only was there no equipment for such an operation, but there was absolutely no previous experience to go on. Platten had to navigate strictly by the seat of his pants, improvising as he went along. Out of those experiments eventually came a whole mass of data on which electronic engineers were able to build...SPOTTED AT INTERVALS: The original system was constructed with such radio equipment as was then is use, none of which was suitable for outside operations. An announcer sat on a sideline table before a microphone and broadcast the play-by-play over a series of old-fashioned radio loudspeakers. There were spotted at intervals around the field, individually powered by batteries, and connected by a clumsy series of wires that ran all over the place. Those first microphones were problems. Extremely sensitive, they could not be moved around, and they picked up everything within sound. A bump sounded like a bomb detonation, while a slight wind made like a tornado through the loudspeakers. Since movement was impossible, the announcer had to stay put, getting the results of each play by means of a card system flashed by helpers along the sidelines. The wiring was a headache, too, Strung in the open about the field, they were always getting tangled by careless spectators and sometimes even players bouncing out of bounds. Whenever it happened, one or more loudspeakers always went out of whack and emergency repairs were needed. The sideline crew got pretty handy at patching things up on the spot...PRESENTED UNUSUAL PROBLEMS: Another difficulty was that as additional sections of seats were added to the stadium, more loudspeakers were needed, until at one time there were more than a dozen spotted around the field. With no means of synchronizing, they often presented unusual problems, but somehow the boys managed to keep them in action. Eventually, of course, improved microphones made it possible for the announcer to move up and down the field, keeping him on top of the play himself. Gradually, too, means were developed to synchronize loudspeakers, they became more powerful and fewer were needed. Today, the whole job is done by a single pair mounted on top of the press box. That, of course, eliminated all the wiring along the sidelines except for the announcer's cable. Now an underground power line runs to a terminal near the Packer bench. The announcer merely plugs in his cable and, with a length of nearly a hundred yards, he can wander all over the place, even up into the stands...BESIEGED WITH REQUESTS: As the thing became more manageable and people got used to the idea, word of it got around, and Platten was besieged with requests to advise on the installation of others. The first PA system used in the University of Wisconsin stadium was installed with Pete's advice and instructions. Strangely, for all the problems involved, the system has had only two complete failures in the 30-odd years it has been in operation. The first came in the early days when a drenching downpour washed it out, and the other occurred this year. At the opening league game with the Lions, while Platten was crowded out of his booth by Harry Wismer's nationwide radio broadcast, a line in the booth became unplugged and Pete couldn't get in to fix it. The system was dead for the final eight minutes of the game.
BELL DENIES CLAIM OF 'DIRTY' FOOTBALL
NOV 9 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell Tuesday denied statements by Cleveland's quarterback Otto Graham that professional football is dirty. Graham declared in Atlanta Monday night that pro football is "rough, tough and dirty." He charged officials are allowing the players to get away with too much rough stuff and that Bell and the club owners could do something about it if they wanted to. "Pro football today is a highly aggressive game," Bell said. "The teams are so evenly balanced and so closely bunched that competition is bound to be aggressive. Flareups and pileups are bound to occur. But I've had no reports from officials or club owners that the game is dirty. Graham has been a fine attribute to professional football and it has done a lot for him. He has made a lot of money as a player, a magazine writer and as an insurance man. All of the eminence went to him through professional football." Bell said that the aggressive type of ball played in the NFL must be what people want, pointing out that attendance has increased each year for the last three years. This year's attendance is up 16.4 percent over 1954. Bell admitted the rule which allows a ball carrier to continue going forward until he is actually downed could be altered. He said: "I introduced a rule that provided when a defensive man makes contact with the ball carrier and the ball carrier goes down, the ball is dead at that point. We needed 10 votes to pass my proposed rule. We got eight." Don Colo, 260-pound tackle, said in Cleveland today he struck 185-pound New York Giant quarterback Charlie Connerly in self defense last Sunday. Colo, accused by Giant Coach Jim Lee Howell of "deliberately" striking Connerly on the last play of the game in retaliation for an injury sustained earlier in the game by Brown' quarterback Graham, claimed this wasn't so. "I rushed Connerly on that play, that's true," Colo said. "But what Howell didn't see was that Connerly took a swing at me when he got up. So I swung back."
A BREATHER? CARDS HARDLY THAT FOR BAYS
NOV 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - What once had all the earmarks of a possible breather for the Packers now looms as serious a challenger as the Browns, Colts and Bears. The Chicago Cardinals move into Green Bay Sunday and with them come some of the classiest runners in the NFL. Ollie Matson. Charlie Trippi, Dave Mann and Johnny Olszewski possess the element which has left the Packers hanging on the ropes in their last three games - brute force on the ground. Liz Blackbourn, who has probably spent many a sleepless night counting Brown, Colt and Bear runners, now has the imposing task of planning some sort of defense to stop this fleet-footed foursome. The Packers had a September exhibition with these Cardinals  and won, 37-28. Since that no count contest, the Cardinals have moved up even with the board, winning three, losing three and tying one. The comparable opponent is the Browns. Cleveland drubbed Green Bay, 41-10. Cleveland barely squeezed out a 26-20 win over the Cardinals. The Packers have outscored the Cardinals, 145-130, in seven games. But when it come to defense, there's no comparison. The Packers gave given up almost 26 points a game - the Cardinals only 16. It was reported Tuesday from Chicago that halfback Les Goble suffered a fracture of three bones in his hand on the last play of the game against the Steelers Saturday night. Despite the injury to Goble, the Cardinals figure to be in the best condition of the season. Trippi is ready to ramble again after a collision with John Henry Johnson in San Francisco, and rookie Mal Hammick, a fullback from the College All-Star squad, has fully recovered. While the Packers are trying to mend their aches and pains and hurt pride, they're probably feverishly trying to evaluate what has happened to the defense in the last three games. The vulnerable spots are the ends. Opponents have found the Packer pass defense one of the toughest in the league. It ranks second only to the Browns. But on the ground the damaging difference is awesome. Playing defensive end roles for the Packers are John Martinkovic and Nate Borden. They are supported by Deral Teteak and Roger Zatkoff. Any coach would rate this personnel vicious on defense. But the alarming weakness is the fact the Packers are being outcharged time and again by the opposing line. How can one expect a Martinkovic, a Teteak or a Zatkoff to break up a hard charging interference and nail a bruising runner without help?
CARDS STEP UP OFFENSE, VIEW STEELER FILMS
NOV 9 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals yesterday devoted their entire practice session to offense, then watched movies of their 27 to 13 triumph Saturday night over Pittsburgh to try to determine why their attack against the Steelers bogged down. Ollie Matson, the Cardinals' big and fast left halfback, gained 130 yards in 13 trips, which is carrying the mail in anybody's league. But if you subtract Ollie's yardage from the team total, it leaves only 53 for the rest of the ball carriers. Nor was the passing attack any more impressive. That gained a total of 78 yards. Since Coach Ray Richards doesn't expect the Green Bay Packers, whom the Card meet next Sunday in Wisconsin, to be as generous as the Steelers were at surrendering the ball, a spot of work on offense is indicated. The Steelers had three passes intercepted and also lost the ball thrice on fumbles. Another factor which has the Cardinals wary is that if Green Bay ever expects to rebound, next weekend may be the time. The hapless Packers won three of their first four games, then hit the skids. Cleveland beat them, 41 to 10, Baltimore was lucky in a 14 to 10 victory, and the Chicago Bears chewed them up, 52 to 31, in Wrigley field Sunday. The Cardinals expect to go into the Packer engagement nearer to full strength than at any time this season. Only Tom Pasquesi, middle guard, and end Frank McPhee are certain not to suit up. The rest of the invalids are well enough to play if needed. These include Charlie Trippi, veteran defensive back; Mal Hammack, rookie fullback; Jimmy Hill, defensive back, and Les Goble, kickoff return and defensive specialist, who suffered three broken bones in his hand on the final play of the Pittsburgh contest. The Cardinals will practice daily through Saturday morning, leaving after that workout by train for Green Bay.
EARLY SEASON CONFIDENCE MUST BE RESTORED IF PACKERS HOPE TO DEFEAT CARDINALS SUNDAY
NOV 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - Besides limitations in ability and depth, as demonstrated against the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears, the Green Bay Packers face a mental problem in preparing for their game with the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay Sunday. The way it looks now, Coach Lisle Blackbourn had his men convinced early in the season that they were as good as any other team in the NFL. In their first four games, three victories and a four point defeat, they played that way. The Browns did more than beat them, 41-10. Cleveland's tackles, McCormack and Groza on offense and Colo and Kisell on defense - pushed Green Bay's linemen around all afternoon. The Packers then missed a chance to restore some confidence when they failed on Baltimore's five yard line and lost, 14-10. Against the Bears Sunday, Green Bay's line could not open a hole through the middle on offense, and failed to stop the Bears anyplace on defense. If the Packers are to have any chance at all to repeat their 38-27 exhibition victory over the Cardinals, at least part of that early season confidence must be restored. If it can be done, Blackbourn will do it.
FERGUSON SECOND IN RUSHING
NOV 9 (Philadelphia) - Howie Ferguson, the Packers' workhorse fullback, jumped back into second place among the NFL ground gainers, league statistics showed Wednesday. Baltimore's Al (The Horse) Ameche, slowed up somewhat as the Colts lost to the Lions, still leads Ferguson by 103 yards. Ameche gained only 32 yards against the Lions to make his total 667 yards on 129 attempts. Ferguson has a 564 yard total. The 49ers Joe Perry, the 1954 ground gaining king, fell from second to third as he added to yards to make his total 486. Cleveland's Otto Graham continues to pace the passers. Graham was bottled up a bit by the hard charging Giants, but he completed five of 10 passes before he sat down to the day. Otto's average is a gaudy 9.20 yards per pass on 51 completions for 91 attempts. Green Bay's Tobin Rote is 11th ranked with 5.75 yards gained per pass. In other departments:
* Harlon Hill of the Bears, Billy Wilson, 49ers, and Pete Pihos, Eagles, are tied for pass receiving honors each with 32. The Packers' Billy Howton is fourth with 30.
* Vic Janowicz, Washington, is the leading scorer for the fifth straight week with 59 points. Fred Cone of the Packers is fourth with 49.
* Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles retained his punting leadership with a 47.9 average. The Packers' Dick Deschaine is fifth with a 41.2 average.
* Leon Riley of Detroit leads the punt return experts with a 10.1 per carry average. Green Bay's Veryl Switzer is fifth with 6.0
* Philadelphia's Jerry Norton moved into first place among kickoff return specialists with a 36.3 average. Al Carmichael of the Packers, who has the longest return of the season (100 yards against the Browns), is second with a 33.7 average.
* Willard Sherman of the Rams is the top man in stealing enemy passes. Sherman has intercepted eight. The Packers' Bobby Dillon ranks third with five.
PACK EYES CHANCE TO GAIN ON LEADERS
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - The Packers can charge back into the thick of the Western division race by defeating the Chicago Cardinals at City Stadium Sunday. That’s a tall order in view of the Packers’ three-game losing streak, but most of the fellers on the ’55 Packer team were members of the ’54 squad which lost its first three games and then belted back with three straight victories. In other words, the Packers know it can be done. The Green Bays and San Francisco Forty Niners (each with 3-4) presently are two games behind the division leading Los Angeles Rams (5-2) and one game behind the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Colts, each with 4-3. Besides winning, the Packers’ other tricks are a Bear victory over the Rams, a Colt loss to the New York Giants, and a Forty Niner loss to Washington. That would leave the Rams and Bears tied in first place with 5-3 and Baltimore and Green Bay just one game behind with 4-4 marks…”STILL IN THIS THING”: “Sure we’re still in this thing,” Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn emphasized yesterday, “but we’ve got to stop the Cardinals to get something started." After the Cardinals, the Packers play San Francisco, Detroit, San Francisco again and Los Angeles in that order. With a 27-13 victory over tough Pittsburgh under their belts – not to mention a heart-stopping 26-20 loss to Cleveland, the Cardinals also have a chance in the Eastern division race and are expected to play accordingly against the Packers. The Cards are two and a half games behind leading Cleveland, but they still have the Browns on their schedule. Eight of the league’s 12 teams will be involved in cross-division games Sunday. Besides the Packer-Cardinal tussle, Washington meets ‘Frisco, Baltimore battles New York and Detroit meets Pittsburgh. The within-division games send the Rams to the Bears and Cleveland to Philadelphia…The Packers will be going for their third straight City Stadium victory Sunday. Earlier, they nosed out Detroit 20-17 and downed the Bears 24-3…The Packers practiced yesterday without quarterback Tobin Rote, who was home fighting the intestinal flu. Rote became ill Wednesday and has been in bed until today when he was to be out for this afternoon’s workout. The passing yesterday was handled by Paul Held, the former Pittsburgh Steeler and Detroit Lions who was placed on the active roster earlier this week to take the place of released Charlie Brackins. Held spent most of his time operating as Cardinal QB Lamar McHan as the Packers’ featured defense for the third straight day. Only the last quarter of Thursday’s 
workout was used for offense. The Packers hope to throttle the Cardinals’ pesky offense which is wrapped around McHan, backs Ollie Matson and Dave Mann and ends Gern Nagler, Don Stonesifer and Max Boydston. Special emphasis on defense this week resulted from the Bears’ 52 points in Chicago Sunday. In the Packers’ last three losses, the opponents scored 107 points against the Packers’ 51. Twenty-eight of the Bays’ points came in the last 13 minutes against the Bears. Returning to practice yesterday was guard Hank Bullough – also a flu victim. Bullough may start at offensive right guard in place of Buddy Brown, who is nursing a bruised hip…Fullback Howie Ferguson, currently ranked No. 2 in rushing in the league, has averaged better than 80 yards in his first seven games this season, rolling up 562 yards. The all-time Packer rushing record for one season is 1,052 yards and was set in 1949 by Tony Canadeo. With five games left, Ferguson must average slightly over 98 yards per start to break Tony’s record. Ferguson twice went over the 100-yard mark, and the Bears were the victims both times. He gained 153 in the first Bear game and added 120 last Sunday. In three other games, he rolled for 70, 71 and 77. Injuries slowed him down to 37 and 36 in two other games.
JORGENSEN HAD SHARE OF LAUGHS, THRILLS AS PACKER TRAINER
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - If laughs and thrills were money, the Packers’ genial Bud Jorgensen would be a rich man. The veteran trainer, who will be honored before Sunday’s game with the Cardinals at City Stadium for 32 years of untiring service to the club, has had more than a few of both – but it isn’t likely he would trade his “collection” for any amount. There was, for example, the 1936 championship game with the Boston Redskins, played in New York’s Polo Grounds. “I remember Curly Lambeau instructing Frank Butler to get Bausch, the Redskins’ center and their star player,” Jergie says. “And Butler did his job – he got Bausch out of there in the first few minutes of the game. The next morning Johnny Blood walked into the lobby of the Lincoln Hotel, where we were staying in New York, with a 100-pound cake of ice on his shoulder,” Bud recalled, a broad smile creasing his Scandinavian features. “He said we were a championship ball club and we ought to have championship room service. And, by golly, he took the chunk of ice up to his room. That year, we also went out to the west coast,” Jergie related, “and played the Bears twice and made a Pete Smith movie short. Making the movie was supposed to take only five days, but it wound up taking a few weeks because of the weather. It rained for several weeks.” Bud can’t forget 1939 either. “The Giants had beaten us in the 1938 playoff, 23-17, when Milt Gantenbein was ruled offside after catching a pass from Arnie Herber and scoring a touchdown late in the game that would have given us the championship, 24-23. That ‘38 game was the same game that Tarzan White of the Giants bit Russ Letlow’s thumb and Russ knocked him out,” Bud said, chuckling at the memory. “White came to 15 minutes later, stating that no two Packers could knock him out. Some bystander said, ‘I don’t know about two of ‘em, but one of ‘em sure did.’ We got even with the Giants in 1939,” he went on. “We beat ‘em in the championship game at State Fair Park in Milwaukee, 27-0. They never had a chance. That was the game that Andy Uram ran 82 yards from scrimmage for a touchdown. After the season was over, we went out to the west coast and played the Pro All-Stars. Dave Woodward got sick out there and went home and I took over,” Bud added. “He died in February of 1940, and I was made trainer. Before that, from 1935 on, I had been assistant trainer and equipment man.” He also had good reason to remember 1944, the Packers’ last championship year. “We played the Giants late in the season and they beat us, 24-0. Before that game we practiced at Bear Mountain, N.Y. The Giants, we discovered later, had us so well scouted there that they knew more about us than we did ourselves. When we played the Giants for the championship later on, we changed our training site to Charlottesville, Va.,” Bud explained. “They never were in the ball game that time. The only time they were beyond the 50 was when they intercepted a pass which led to their touchdown. Ted Fritsch had a great day and we won 14-7.” That may have been the Packers’ most recent title but Bud is convinced it is not the last. He feels that “Liz Blackbourn is doing a marvelous job. I think he’s tops as a coach. He’s a great organizer, the boys have a lot of respect for him and he’s a fine man to work for. I expect him to go a long way in professional football,” said Jergie, who also has served under the other head coaches the Packer have known, Lambeau and Gene Ronzani. Bud declined to pick an all-time Packer team, on an individual basis, but he does consider “the 1929 team the greatest Packer team I’ve ever seen because every player was capable of going both ways and playing 60 minutes.” He was not loath, however, to select an all-opponent team. After considerable deliberation, he named the Chicago Bears’ Bill Hewitt and Elroy Hirsch of the Rams at end; Turk Edwards of the Redskins and Duke Slater, Chicago Cardinal immortal, at tackle; the Bears’ Danny Fortmann and John Dell Isola of the New York Giants at guard; another ex-Giant, Mel Hein, at center; Sammy Baugh of the Redskins at quarterback; George McAfee of the Bears and the Redskins’ Cliff Battles at the halves; and Cardinal great Ernie Nevers at fullback. As indicated previously, Bud has had more than a few laughs along the way but two or three of them stand out in his mind. “One time when we were staying at the Westchester Country Club at Rye, N.Y., Red Smith had an appointment with Jimmy Crowley for dinner in New York. We dressed around a swimming pool there,” Bud explained. “Red came out all polished up and began horsing around with Buckets Goldenberg and Tony Canadeo, which he was always doing. But this time they caught him off guard and threw him in the pool. You never saw a man so mad in all your life. Another time, Buckets Goldenberg, was in the dressing room getting a treatment for a knee injury. Mike Michalske came in and said, ‘I’ll take care of him.’ He took a tube of capsicum, which is a very hot substance and started rubbing his knee,” Bud said with a grin. “Buckets insisted that the knee be covered, which was the worst thing in the world to do. That afternoon we went to Chicago – we had to play the Bears the next day. We were staying at the Knickerbocker Hotel and about 2 o’clock in the morning. Buckets called me and he said he was on fire. I went up to his room and found him with his knee hanging out a 12th floor window. I put a counter-irritant on it and he played the greatest game of his life the next day – so Mike turned out to be a pretty good trainer.”…HAD EIGHT ASSISTANTS: Bud also remembered “one time we played in the Giants in New York, Lambeau was in the press box. At halftime, he came downstairs but instead of coming on the field, he went out of the park and tried to get in
PACK OUT TO SNAP TWO LOSS SKEINS AGAINST CARDS
NOV 12 (Green Bay) - The Packers will be out to snap two losing streaks and continue a winning skein when they battle the Chicago Cardinals in a NFL game at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:05 – a half hour earlier than usual, and more than 20,000 fans are expected despite nippy weather and possible snow. Both teams still figure in the championship races in their respective divisions, thus pointing to the importance of the contest. The Packers, by winning, can move to within a game of first place in the hot Western Division race, provided the Chicago Bears down the Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals, by winning, stand a chance of picking up a full game on the Cleveland Browns, who are still on the Cards’ schedule. Green Bay will attempt to put an end to their three-game losing streak, suffered against Cleveland, Baltimore and the Bears – in that order, and a seven-game losing skein handled them by the Cardinals since the nightcap in 1946. This will be the first league collision between the two clubs since 1949 but before the two clubs were put in opposite divisions the Cards rolled up seven in a row by the following scores: 24-6 in ’46; 14-10 and 21-10 in ’47; 17-7 and 42-7 in ’48 and 39-17 and 41-21 in ’49. The playing personnel of both teams have changed entirely since ’49 with one exception – Charley Trippi, the last warrior of the Cards’ one-time “Dream Backfield”. Charley, injured badly in the exhibition season, will wear a special facemask and is expected to see some action on defense. Winning streak? The Packers will going for their third straight City Stadium triumph. They nipped Detroit, 20-17, in the league opener Sept. 25 and then belted the Bears, 24-3, the following Sunday. Despite their shellacking at the hands of the Bears last Sunday (52-31) and the Cardinals’ 27-17 win over Pittsburgh last Saturday night, the Packers will be a slight favorite – maybe by a point or two. The Cardinals undoubtedly have a good idea on how to whip the Packers – especially after sitting in on the Packer-Bear game on their day off. The Bears rushed for over 400 yards against Green Bay and the Cardinals can apply a 
the Cardinals. They did this in the final preseason exhibition game at Milwaukee, 35-27. Right now, though, Green Bay's offense consists mostly of a pass, by Tobin Rote, and a sweep, by fullback Howie Ferguson. the line, of late, has not been able to open alleys up the middle. The Cardinal defense has been no soft touch this season (second only to Cleveland in holding down the score), so Rote and Ferguson will need more help than they have been getting for the last three games. In two of the last three contests, the packer offense actually was not put on the spot, since the defense let the other team run away and hide. The one redeeming features of the 52-31 pasting by the Bears last Sunday was that the Packers scored four touchdowns in the last quarter. Usually, when a team is as far behind as the Packers were, the score just gets worse. Perhaps the Packers can take it from there and regain respectability.
BEARS ARE FAVORED TO BRING BEARS DOWN
NOV 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - In one of the biggest games of the NFL season, the Chicago Bears will meet the Los Angeles Rams at Wrigley field in Chicago Sunday. The Rams lead the western division, one game ahead of the Bears and Baltimore. The Bears whipped the Rams at Los Angeles two weeks ago, 31-20, and are favored by 10 points to do it again. The western division, supposedly the stronger of the two, trails the eastern so far, three games to one. If the handicappers have things figured right, the western could catch up Sunday. The Packers are favored by three points over the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay, the San Francisco 49ers by five over the Redskins at Washington, and the Detroit Lions by thrice over the Steelers at Pittsburgh. In the other interdivision game the New York Giants of the east rule six point favorites over the Baltimore Colts of the west. The Cleveland Browns, two games ahead in the eastern race, are favored by seven points over the faltering Eagles at Philadelphia. 
PACKERS' MAIN TARGET TODAY: STOP CARDINAL RUSHING GAME
​NOV 13 (Green Bay) - A promising start ruined by three straight setbacks, two of them bad beatings, the Green Bay Packers will attempt to bounce back to .500 in the friendly confines of City stadium here Sunday. Their opposition, the Chicago Cardinals, figures to be the type against which bouncing back is no simple matter. Despite a prediction for cold weather, a crowd of 20,000 is expected to be on hand for the kickoff at 1:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast by WTMJ. The Packers, with three victories and four defeats, rule three point favorites over the Cardinals, who stand at .500 with three victories, three defeats and a tie. Green Bay's chance to live up to the handicap, however, clearly rests with its defense against rushing. In their last three games the Packers have failed to stop Cleveland, Baltimore or the Chicago Bears on the ground. The Cardinals have runners to compare with any team in Ollie Matson, Dave Mann and Johnny Olszewski. Besides, Chicago's quarterback, Lamar McHan, while no passing threat like Graham or even Shaw, Brown or Blanda, is a strong runner. If Green Bay's defensive linemen fail to regain their early season form, the Cardinals will upset the odds, but good. The Packers' strong point, pass defense, is matched against the Cardinals' weakness, passing, and this could help Green Bay, if the line can contain Chicago's runners at all. The Packers' other chance rests with their ability to outscore the