GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(SPOKANE, WA) - The Green Bay Packers gave their coach renewed hope in the coming season and an excited crowd renewed faith in professional football as they wouldn’t settle for a tie, scoring 17 points in the 
Four years before he came to Green Bay, Vince Lombardi's first N.F.L. coaching position was with the New York Giants in 1955, where he served as an assistant on a staff that included Tom Landry. The two helped lead the Giants to a championship in 1956.
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (1-0) 31, New York Giants 24
Saturday August 13th 1955 (at Spokane, WA)
mark. The four touchdowns Saturday night certainly augured well for what the season might hold...MORE MARKS LIKELY: Rote, who closed his ears to all Canadian blandishments last winter, already holds six Packer passing records and will almost surely add a seventh shortly. He has completed more passes in his career (523), completed more passes in a season (180), gained more yards passing in his career (7,355), gained more yards passing in a single game (335), and attempted more passes in a season (382) than any other Packer back before him. Cecil Isbell held the old career record in completions (419), the old season record in completions (146), the old career record in attempts (382), the old season record in yardage (2,021) and the old single game record in yards (333), and Arnie Herber the old career record in yards (6,741). Now in Rote's grasp as another season begins to push baseball aside also lies Isbell's career record of 59 touchdown passes. Rote already has 53. He needs only seven more. Quite a guy - and never with a winning club. He is the lone survivor of the 30 boys drafted in 1950.
​PACKERS ASK WAIVERS ON PSALTIS, 6 ROOKIES
AUG 15 (Stevens Point) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn lopped seven more players off his squad before sending the Green Bay Packers through two snappy workouts here Monday in preparation for Saturday's game with the Cleveland Browns in Akron. Waivers were asked on guard Charles Bryant, Nebraska; back Jim Psaltis, Southern California; back Clyde Sander, Bethune-Cookman; guard Jan Smid, Illinois; back Jack Patterson, Houston; back Harry Welch, Southern California, and end Jack Crouch, Texas Christian. The Packers also added Dick Deschaine, an offensive end and punter from Menominee, MI. He has no college experience but played semi-pro ball for the M&M Hornets. No serious injuries were suffered in the 31-24 victory over the Giants, Guards Joe Skibinski and George Timberlake, who missed the game, rejoined the squad and are ready for full workouts.
BROWNS, PACKERS PLAYING FOR KEEPS
AUG 15 (Akron, OH) - There are reasons to believe the grid clash between the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers Saturday night at Rubber Bowl will be more than a talent-testing exhibition. Reason No. 1: The Browns will be moving under a whip-cracking Paul Brown, still smarting from a 30-27 loss to the All-Stars in Chicago Friday night. Reason No. 2: The Packers defeated the Giants, 31-24, Saturday night at Spokane, Wash., and a second exhibition victory over the Browns would provide just the right ingredients to boost Green Bay’s home-game ticket sales. Brown has often commented he doesn’t take the exhibition games too seriously. But after the All-Star game, he issued a warning which demands a bit of seriousness on the part of the players. “It looks as though we have replacing to do, and I’ll have to look around,” said Brown following the loss in Chicago. That “looking around” started this morning in Hiram and will continue the rest of this week as the world champions prepare for their ninth appearance in Rubber Bowl…Tobin Rote’s passing wizardry was responsible for the Packers’ victory over the Giants. He hit for three aerial touchdowns, the final coming in the last 45 seconds for the tie-breaking TD. Al Carmichael, Southern California product, also covered himself with glory in the Spokane exhibition. Carmichael set up the final touchdown with a tremendous 83-yard kickoff return. Rote passed to Gary Knafelc, Colorado grad, three plays later for the victory. Carmichael also scored a touchdown, going 62 yards after taking a short pass from Rote. Rote’s third TD aerial was a 20-yarder to Bill Howton early in the first quarter.
'DULL' KICKOFF DRILLS HELP; 7 ON WAIVERS
AUG 16 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dave Hanner, the Packer tackle, has been credited with this observation: “Practicing kickoff and punt returns is awful dull but it sure pays off.” Hanner hit the nail on the proverbial head because a 73-yard kickoff return helped the Packers to a last-season victory over the New York Giants in Spokane, Wash. Coach Liz Blackbourn said the Packers have been successful in kickoff and punt returns for two reasons: “First, we’ve got good boys to return the ball and the blocking has been good, and second we give it a lot of practice.” The Packers returned five kickoffs for 204 yards against the Giants – an average of 40 per, which is nothing short of fantastic. Par is about 25 yards. Al Carmichael had runs of 32, 16, 20 and 73 yards, the last setting up Tobin Rote’s winning touchdown pass to Gary Knafelc, and Veryl Switzer had one KO return of 63 yards. Veryl’s run also set up a TD. Thus, the “good boys” and lots of practice helped the Bays to at least 14 points. And, incidentally, it is interesting to note that the Bays led the league in punt returns in ’54 and finished third in kickoff returns…With seven going and one coming yesterday, the Packers had 48 players left for action for today’s double drill – shorts in the morning and pads in the afternoon. The departees included veteran Jim Psaltis, who was being tried at offensive end, and halfback Clyde Sanders, who tried out a year ago. Rookies cut were Johnny Crouch of TCU, Jan Smid of Illinois, Charley Bryant of Nebraska, Harry Welch of Southern California and Jack Patterson of Houston. The Packers got their first look at punter Dick Deschaine yesterday and the Menominee, Mich., product with no college experience got off several 50 and 60-yard boots. Deschaine, an end who stands 6-2 and packs 200 pounds, starred at Menominee High and had been playing with the semi-pro Menominee-Marinette Hornets. Bill Forester and Bob Peringer handled the punting in the opening game, Bill averaging 39.3 in three punts and Bob 38 in one. New York punters averaged 43 yards. The Packers hammered fundamentals today and Blackbourn worked in a few innovations for the Cleveland Brown game in Akron’s Rubber Bowl Saturday night. Working into the Packer scheme this week are the three players who completed in the College All-Star game – end Jim Temp, linebacker-middle guard Tom Bettis and offensive guard Hank Bullough…While the aforementioned Carmichael and Switzer had themselves a field night with kickoff returns, they were virtually halted in five trips from right halfback. Switzer ran three time for four yards and Carmichel went two yards in two carries. The left half and fullback positions were more productive. Joe Johnson went all the way at LH, who with Breezy Reid nursing a sore back, and gained 23 yards in four carries. Howie Ferguson led the team’s rushing from fullback, getting 35 in seven tries. Fred Cone was limited to 13 yards in eight attempts. The two quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Charley Brackins, totaled 33 yards, with Brackins getting 20 in two and Rote 10 in one. Billy Howton, the Bays’ ace end, caught one third of the Packers’ 18 pass catches, snaring six for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson bagged five for 39; Carmichael three for 80, including a 62-yard TD run; Gary Knafelc two for 33 and one touchdown; Ferguson one for seven, and Cone one for minus three…Reid was helped by the chance to rest his back during the Giant game, and likely will be ready for the Browns. Also due for action against Cleveland will be Joe Skibinski, the former Brown, who is recovering from a sprained ankle. The Packers came out of the Giant game without injuries, for which Blackbourn is mighty thankful. Two players are still on the no-play list, linebacker George Timberlake, who has back troubles, and tackle Bill Lucky, recovering from an appendectomy.
PACKERS ON 'DEFENSIVE'
AUG 16 (Stevens Point) - The Packers sharpened their defense Tuesday as Coach Liz Blackbourn ordered live tackling in preparation for Saturday night's exhibition against the Cleveland Browns in Akron. Blackbourn cited the work of Jack Spinks, former fullback who has been converted to guard, and Gene Knutson. A defensive end who has successfully made the switch to offensive tackle. The Packers will leave their training site by bus to Milwaukee Friday morning and then board two chartered plans for Cleveland from where they will motor to Akron.
FIVE 'STARS' FACE BOWL TEST
AUG 16 (Akron) - Five rookies who received stars on their football report cards last Friday night will be given opening exams in their attempt to graduate to the professional ranks Saturday at Rubber Bowl. There will be five members of the College All-Star team, which defeated the Browns, on the field when Cleveland and Green Bay tangle here. Kickoff time is 8:30 p.m. The game will benefit the Beacon Journal charities fund. The Browns will have two of the collegians in uniform, Tom Jones of Miami U and Sam Palumbo of Notre Dame. The Packers will display the talents of guard Henry Bullough of Michigan State; guard Tom Bettis, Purdue; and end Jim Temp, Wisconsin…Bettis was the outstanding lineman in the Chicago game and was the only member of the tremendous All Star defensive lineup to receive mention in the most-valuable-player voting. Bettis, who teamed with Palumbo in the linebacking spots, stopped the Browns’ drive in the fourth period which possibly altered the outcome of the game in the collegians’ favor. The Browns had forced the All-Stars to kick from their own 17. L.G. Dupre’s boot traveled 28 yards to the 45 and the world champions were in position to break the 20-20 tie…George Ratterman’s first pass attempt was incomplete. The next one was intercepted by Bettis and returned to the Browns’ 43. From this point, the All-Stars went to a touchdown that gave them a 27-20 edge. Bettis was the Packers’ No. 1 choice in the 1955 draft. He stands 6-2 and weighs 225 pounds. He is considered a great leader. He was named Purdue’s most valuable player two years in a row, was co-captain of the Boilermakers in his senior year. He was co-captain of the East team in the Shrine East-West game and also served as co-captain in the All Star game…Jim Temp’s most noticeable contribution to the All Star effort came in the first quarter when he smeared Ratterman for an 11-yard loss. Temp stands 6-4 and weighs 230. He was the Packers’ No. 2 draft choice and was signed by Coach Lisle Blackbourn as a candidate for Green Bay’s defensive team…Bullough played his high school football for Canton Timken and in his senior year was named to the All-State honorable mention list. He was considered the roughest, most powerful lineman at Michigan State. Bullough, a fiery competitor, is making a determined bid for the left offensive guard positon vacated by Al Barry, who is now in the Army. He stands an even 6 feet and weighs 222 pounds…Palumbo treated his future teammates pretty rough in the Chicago classic. He spilled Ratterman for a 14-yard loss in the third period and spent a lot of time in the Browns’ backfield. The rugged Notre Dame guard started his football career at Collinwood High School in Cleveland, the same school which produced Tony Adamle, former Browns’ linebacker. Palumbo already has been assigned one duty by Paul Brown. He will be the Browns’ center on punts. He also will be tested as a linebacker against the Packers.
Wisconsin. “He scored one touchdown against the Giants and set up the final score with a 73-yard kickoff return,” said Welch. “He is a natural back with a good change of pace and he is a tricky runner.” And the Rote-to-Howton isn’t the only aerial weapon the Packers will show against the Browns. Gary Knafelc, former Colorado gridder in his second pro season, has become a top receiver and figures to give Howton a battle for receiving honors. Knafelc caught the winning touchdown against the Giants. Ferguson is Green Bay’s 215-pound fullback, who has earned a good reputation as a hard runner and a good blocker. Brackins is the No. 2 quarterback and also handles the Packer kickoffs. In the Giant exhibition, Brackins booted out of the end zone on every attempt.
FOUR CHARTER MEMBERS GO FOR BROWNS
AUG 20 (Akron) - Four Cleveland Browns will return to the scene of their first professional football game tonight when the World Champions meet the Green Bay Packers at Rubber Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30. When the Cleveland Rams franchise was transferred to Los Angeles on Jan. 12, 1946, the Browns moved in. They became the greatest team in the NFL. The Browns, under the masterful guidance of Paul Brown, played its first game at Rubber Bowl against Brooklyn before 35,964 fans. That crowd, which watched the Browns win a 35-20 verdict, was one of the largest of the 1946 season. It still rates as the largest paid attendance at Rubber Bowl. Dante Lavelli, Lou Groza, Frank Gatski and Marion Motley are the only remaining members of the original Browns. None were All-Americans, only Gatski and Motley had extensive college experience, but all four wear the robes of excellence in the professional football realm. “The game against Brooklyn in Akron still rates as one of the roughest I ever played,” said Lavelli. “It was our initiation into pro ball and those veterans made it tough for us from start to finish.” Lavelli was born in Hudson. He played halfback for Ohio State’s 1941 freshman team and was ruled out of varsity competition early in the 1942 season by an injury. He reported to the Browns in August of 1946 and won an offensive end position from a number of candidates with All-American honors. Dante is the only member of the remaining originals who has been a starter and standout from the start. In nine seasons, he has caught 345 passes for 5,642 yards and 57 touchdowns. The yardage and touchdown marks are Browns records. He also holds the record for most touchdowns received in one season, nine; for one game, four, and for most consecutive games catching touchdowns, five. “The players are getting bigger every year,” commented Lavelli. “It is now a game of big fast men and the main defenses are formed to stop passing. I had only four or five defenses to cope with when I started. Now there are 12 or 14.” Lavelli proved last season he was still capable of coping with added defenses. He caught 47 passes, fifth highest total in the NFL, for 802 yards, an average of 17.1 yards per catch and for seven touchdowns. Groza’s name is in the record book for having kicked he most field goals, 81; most field goals in one season, 23; for kicking three field goals in one game, six times; for one of the longest field goals, 52 yards, and for the most consecutive points after touchdown, 109. Lou never played college ball. He was a member of the 1942 Ohio State freshman team, but then entered the Army. He was signed by the Browns on the strength of his kicking ability. That strength has scored 687 points for the Browns, 108 of them in the 1953 season. His field goals many time have been the difference between victory and defeat for the Browns. It was in 1950 that his toe decided five games, including the divisional playoff against the New York Giants and the championship battle against the Los Angeles Rams. Groza’s field goal with only 20 seconds remaining in the 1950 title game still remains as Brown’s greatest football thrill. Groza also is regarded as one of the league’s outstanding offensive tackles. He was chosen on the Associated Press All-Pro team and won the Washington Touchdown Club’s award as the most valuable professional player last year. Gatski played three years of college football at Marshall and signed with the Browns in 1946 after three and a half years in the Army. The “Gunner” stands 6-3 and weighs 240 pounds. After nine years of snapping to Otto Graham and protecting Automatic Otto from the middle man in the opposing defensive line, Gatski is ready to perform the same duties for George Ratterman. Motley, who has carried the ball 826 times for 4,712 yards and 39 touchdowns in eight seasons, will spend little time of offense this year. Motley was forced to the sidelines last year with an injured knee, but he is back for his ninth campaign and is battling for a linebacker job. Coach Brown first saw Motley when the big boy played for Canton McKinley. After Motley had spent his college years at Nevada under Jimmy Aiken, former Akron U coach, Brown got a second look at the big fullback at Great Lakes Naval Training Station. Motley led the All-America Conference in ground gaining for four years and followed up that record by leading the NFL in that department in 1950 with an 810-yard total. Motley is 35, Gatski 33, Lavelli 32 and Groza 31. They are all at an age which places them in the twilight of their careers. But right now even Paul Brown would not venture to guess how long that twilight is going to last…The Packers rolled into Akron late Friday afternoon and held a short dill at Rubber Bowl in the early evening. Impressive in the drill was Charlie “Choo Choo” Brackins, the No. 2 quarterback, and Dick Deschaine, a recent addition to the squad who will get the punting assignment against the Browns. Brackins throws a blue darter, but most of the Packer receivers seem to be able to handle it without any trouble. Deschaine, a grad from the semipro ranks who never played college ball, was booming 60 and 70 yard punts during the drill. “This game has taken on a serious note,” said Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Packers. “We all like to win, even the exhibition games, and I’m sure the Packers and Browns are going to feel the same way.”
PACKERS NOT HURTING AT GUARD!
AIG 17 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers aren’t hurting for guards, but one guard is still aching. Coach Liz Blackbourn feels “the team is well established at the position” – a comment made after watching his guards perform against the New York Giants. Jack Spinks and Buddy Brown carried most of the load against NY but packed away on the bench was Joe Skibinski – the lone aching guard, and waiting in Stevens Point was Hank Bullough – the Packer who played in the College All Star game. In addition, the Packers have two experienced guards in holdover Steve Ruzich, who is also working at tackle, and Sisto Averno, the former Baltimore Colts…”I’M STILL ALIVE”: Blackbourn praised Spinks for his work in a brief scrimmage Tuesday afternoon. Big Jack never played guard before, having served as a fullback with Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cardinals before Blackbourn signed him last winter and decided to give him a whirl at guard. Oddly enough, Bullough, who is still digesting Packer play patterns, and Spinks were on offense yesterday when halfback Veryl Switzer absorbed a tackle that could be heard more than a few yards away. The Bays were drilling end runs when Billy Bookout, a rugged corner linebacker, nailed Veryl just as he was turning the corner and getting up a head of steam. Blackbourn was concerned at the lack of blocking and the same play was walked through three times and then run through twice to prevent any reoccurrence in a game. Later, Switzer laughed, “I’m still alive,” as he rested a bruised thumb in ice packs…EMPHASIS ON WIDE RUNS: Special emphasis was
pretty good choice to take the end post opposite the capable Bill Howton. As a reserve behind McGee last year, Knafelc didn't see much action. He caught the game winning touchdown pass in the Giant game. The newly acquired Tom Dahms and the converted defensive end, Gene Knutson, split the tackle duties against the Giants and didn't do badly, according to Blackbourn. Bill Lucky, acquired from the Browns this summer, is expected to help when he recovers from his appendectomy. Defense has presented fewer problems. Doyle Nix, a rookie from Southern Methodist, has shown promise in one of the cornerback spots and Jim Temp, the all-star from Wisconsin, is expected to excel at defensive end. Linebacking chores are shared by veterans Roger Zatkoff and Deral Teteak and newcomers Tom Bettis, the Packers' No. 1 draft choice, and George Timberlake. End John Martinkovic, tackles Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner and guard Bill Forester form an imposing array with Temp on the defensive line while veterans Val Joe Walker, Bobby Dillon and Clarence Self right now, at least, are tops in the defensive backfield along with Nix. Howton is a fixture at right end on offense and Len Szafaryn at tackle, Buddy Brown at guard and Jim Ringo at center seem steady enough to add to the strength of the offensive line. George Machoukas is Ringo's understudy. Joe Skibinski, who along with Lucky came from the Browns in the trade for Art Hunter, and Hank Bullough, No. 1 draft choice from Purdue, are expected to make strong bids for guard positions. The backfield appears set with six veterans - quarterback Tobin Rote, halfbacks Veryl Switzer, Al Carmichael, Joe Johnson and Breezy Reid and fullback Howie Ferguson. The sensation among the newcomers is Charlie Brackins of Prairie View A&M, a promising quarterback who may one day replace Rote. Fred Cone, who kicks conversions and field goals, faces a battle for the No. 2 fullback slot from Bob Clemens, a Georgia rookie. Blackbourn feels that San Francisco is the most logical contender for Detroit's crown. He thinks the division will be tough, but he won't say where the Packers will finish.
PACKERS HOPE TO DEFLATE BROWNS AGAIN
AUG 19 (Stevens Point) - A trio of All-Stars which performed with ease against pro football's very best at Soldier Field last Friday will return as Green Bay Packers Saturday night, hoping to continue their winning frame of mind against the Cleveland Browns in an Akron exhibition. Defensive end Jim Temp, linebacker Tom Bettis and guard Hank Bullough - recognized Brown tormentors - will bolster Coach Liz Blackbourn's club, inspired after beating the New York Giants, 31-24. And if that winning frame of mind is contagious, the proud pro champs could be deflated again. It's been said the Browns are champions because their defense is the best in the land - best up front and best in the secondary. It was evident last Friday that a group of collegians could have controlled the ball without even resorting to a forward pass. The All-Stars were able to do with ease what it was agreed couldn't be done - run the ball against a pro line. It remains to be seen what ease the Packers have against this defense - or whether a couple of swift, 230-pound defensive ends like Len Ford and Carlton Massey put pressure on Tobin Rote and whether a platoon of defensive specialists get tough. Impressed by the fight and fire of the All-Stars, Coach Paul Brown believes that a transfusion of some of that collegiate desire may be what his Browns need. So against the Packers in the Akron Rubber Bowl, Brown will be paying special attention to some of his rookies. "Now we have some problems that we didn't think existed," Brown commented. "The All-Stars threw our own defense right back at us and we couldn't handle it." The tipoff on the Browns' defense came when the All-Stars took a simple handoff and went five to 10 yards. The Browns' defensive tackle were simply taken apart. At their Stevens Point training site, the Packers were preparing to shoot the works against the Browns, working extensively on all phases. Blackbourn was highly impressed with the punting of Dick Deschaine, Menominee, MI rookie who is bidding for a berth strictly on his booting ability. Deschaine amazed onlookers by uncorking about 20 kicks for a healthy 55-yard average. Kickoff returns - an ever improving Packer trademark - reached boasting heights against the Giants. Al Carmichael and Veryl Switzer had New York in a dither, Carmichael's 73-yard return in the last minute setting up the winning touchdown. Carmichael averaged 25.3 yards on four tries and Switzer had 63 yards on one. At the end of Thursday's drills, Blackbourn asked waivers on veteran tackle Tom Johnson. The former Michigan gridder had returned to the Packers after a two-year Army hitch.
PACKERS SEEK FIRST WIN OVER BROWNS
AUG 19 (Akron) - The Green Bay Packers have never beaten the Cleveland Browns - in an exhibition game or league contest. But Coach Liz Blackbourn's current squad is conceded its best chance Saturday night when it tangles with the pro champs. Cleveland, without T-master Otto Graham, was humiliated by the College All-Stard, 30-27, last Friday. A crowd of 25,000 in the Rubber Bowl will see if the Graham-less Browns can snap back against a pro club with George Ratterman the triggerman. With peerless Otto at the controls, the Browns won four straight exhibition games against the Packers and routed Green Bay, 27-0, in the only league game played between the two clubs. The Packers have drawn the Browns as a league opponent this fall. Green Bay, bolstered by the return of three All-Stars, is a seven point underdog even though beating the New York Giants, 31-24, in its first exhibition start. End Jim Temp, linebacker Tom Bettis and guard Hank Bullough played key roles in a defensive unit which squelched much of the Cleveland offense in the All-Star game. Blackbourn has pegged his defense better than last year. The Browns eked out a 14-13 exhibition victory over the Packers. The game will mark the first appearance of veteran halfback Breezy Reid, who was held out of the Giants game because of a bruised back. Reid, quarterback Tobin Rote, halfback Al Carmichael and fullback Howie Ferguson will be the starting Packer backfield.
PACKERS FACE 'NEEDLE' IN BROWN GAME
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - The Packers expect to face the needle here Saturday night. It’s no secret the Cleveland Browns were chastised by Coach Paul Brown for their manner of play in losing to the College All Stars a week ago tonight. Brown said this week that he’d start his rookies, for the most part, against the Packers – thus carrying out his comment after the Star game that “the veterans looked as if they didn’t want to play.” You can bet your bottom buck that the Brown veterans will be very much in evidence Saturday night – especially after they stew on the bench for a brief spell. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn figured the other day that Brown “will have the needle in eight inches deep all week after that loss.” Blackbourn is looking for the toughest kind of game. While the Browns already have felt the needle, Blackbourn feels that the Browns will attempt to extend it to the Packers. Liz, pretty good with the needle himself, had a pleasant week in camp, what with the squad showing considerable fire because of the 31-24 victory over the New York Giants last Saturday. The ’55 Browns will be somewhat strange to all of the Packers except Jim Temp, Hank Bullough and Tom Bettis – the Bays’ three representatives in the All Star game. All contributed a good share in upsetting the Clevelands…REID MAY START: Blackbourn announced that all three will see considerable action Saturday night and Temp will start at defensive right end in place of Nate Borden, the Indiana ace who did a good job against the Giants. Bullough will exchange with Buddy Brown at right guard and Bettis will do the same with Deral Tetak at LLB’er, the same spot Tom played in the Star game. Bullough was a left guard against the Browns. Other than Temp, the starters will be about the same as the opening lineups for the Giant game. Although Blackbourn indicated that last minute changes might be made. In one, Breezy Reid could open at left half instead of Joe Johnson. Reid was held out of the Giant game with a back injury. Blackbourn is hoping Joe Skibinski’s ankle comes around. Joe is quite anxious to play against his former buddies, but Jack Spinks, the fullback turned guard, will open at left guard. Tom Dahms, the tackle obtained from Los Angeles, is expected to get a good shot, but Gene Knutson is scheduled to start at right tackle. Knutson, a defensive end by trade, played the position last week for the first time and held his own. Allen Muirhead, the swift redhead who had been playing defense behind Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker, might get a shot on offense – at right half. He was shifted there this week. Ditto for fullback Bob Clemens, who saw some play on defense against the Giants. Before leaving, Blackbourn announced that Veryl Switzer will shortly take a short course with the defensive platoon, enabling him to work with both units as he did in ’54. In another move, Blackbourn shifted George Timberlake, the promising linebacker, to offensive center. He’ll work with veteran Jim Ringo and rookie George Machoukas. One player was left back in Stevens Point – Bill Lucky, the tackle from the Browns, who is recovering from an appendectomy. Another player, Tom Johnson, who played with the Bays in ’52, was placed on waivers…All is not peaches and cream in the Brown camp at Hiram, O., according to reports received here. Lou (The Toe) Groza, the Browns’ kick specialist for umpteen years, won’t be kicking off. This chore has been assigned to tackle Bob Gain, since Brown was unhappy about Groza’s booting in the All Star game. Fullback Maurice Bassett may not play due to illness this week and Fred Morrison will start in his place. The Browns will start rookie Henry Ford at right half, Ray Renfro at left half and George Ratterman at quarterback. The Packers, incidentally, don’t expect to see Otto Graham – even if he signs. The rest of the Brown lineup will have Darrell Brewster at left end, Groza at left tackle, Abe Gibron at left guard, Frank Gatski at center, sophomore Harold Bradley at right guard, Mike McCormack at right tackle and Dante Lavelli at right end.
PACKERS OVER BROWNS IS WELCH PREDICTION
AUG 19 (Akron) - “I think Green Bay will defeat the Browns, I really do,” said Harry Welch, Akron gridder who was “ankled” off the Packer squad earlier this week. Green Bay has never defeated the Browns in four exhibition and one regular season games, but Welch figures the Packers will put their first mark in the win column Saturday night at Rubber Bowl. Kickoff for this exhibition, which has attained a “for keeps” status during the last few days, is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. The game will benefit the Beacon Journal fund. The Packers left this morning from Stevens Point. They were scheduled to arrive in Cleveland at 3:37 p.m. and were to bus to Akron. They have scheduled a workout at Rubber Bowl for 6 p.m. Welch believed Coaches Paul Brown and Lisle Blackbourn will be taking this game seriously. “Blackbourn would like to beat the Browns any time, whether it is an exhibition or a regular season game,” said Welch. “And after the loss to the All-Stars, Brown will go all out for a win. But this won’t be the usual Browns runaway. Green Bay has a solid team, much improved over last year.” Green Bay came closest last season to defeating the Browns. Cleveland moved to an early lead but had to settle for a 14-13 decision. Previously, the Browns won a 38-7 verdict in a 1950 preseason game, a 21-14 victory in 1952 and by 21-13 in an exhibition and by 27-0 in the 1953 regular season. Many Akronites were surprised that Welch, who gained football game at Southern California, was dropped by the Packers. “I felt I wasn’t good enough,” commented Welch. 
I hurt my ankles the second day and just couldn’t get them better with two practices a day. I put ice on them after each practice, but never was able to completely reduce the swelling.” Welch left the Green Bay camp at Stevens Point, Wis., Monday and returned to Akron. “I talked it over with Blackbourn,” said Welch. “He said he would play me in the Akron game, but I felt I couldn’t make the team and decided to leave.” Welch touted five Packers for Akron fans to keep their eyes on. “Billy Howton, who is Tobin Rote’s favorite target, is the best end I have ever seen,” commented Welch. “He caught two touchdown passes against the Giants in Spokane and made four other great catches. He is a good faker and a good runner.” Howton caught 52 passes last season and rated fourth in the NFL, behind Pete Pihos of Philadelphia, Billy Wilson of San Francisco and Bob Boyd of Los Angeles. The Packer end’s receptions were good for 768 yards, an average of 14.8 yards per catch. Al Carmichael, Rote, Howie Ferguson and rookie Charlie Brackins were the other Packers to receive special praise from Welch. Welch and Carmichael were teammates at Southern California. The fleet halfback caught the winning touchdown in the 1953 Rose Bowl game against
from there the Packers bounced back for the victory. The Packers rolled up 465 yards to the Giants’ 267, Green Bay getting 266 in the air and 199 on the ground. The Packers completed 17 out of 29 passes; the Giants 10 out of 21. Rookie quarterback Charlie Brackins, who did the kicking off for the Bays, saw his first action at QB against a major league foe and almost led the team to a touchdown. He completed a pass to Carmichael on the Giants’ five for a first down, but the play was called back by penalty…The Packers returned to their training base at Stevens Point Sunday night and were greeted by three College All Stars – Jim Temp, Tom Bettis and Hank Bullough. Blackbourn opened the practice week today with fundamental drills and preparation for the Cleveland Brown game in Akron next Saturday night. The coach said he was expecting a particularly tough game against the Browns because of Cleveland’s loss to the All Stars Friday night. Packer coaches spent considerable time huddling today over cutting the squad. The team has 53 players in camp but some are slated to go today.
NEW YORK  -   0  14   3   7  -  24
GREEN BAY -   7   7   0  17  -  31
                        NEW YORK     GREEN BAY
First Downs                    9            12
Rushing-Yards-TD           110-2         199-0
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 21-10-157-1-0 29-17-266-4-1
Total Yards                  267           465
Fumbles-lost                   1             1
Turnovers                      1             2
Yards penalized                5            35
SCORING
GB – BIlly Howton, 24-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
NY – Eddie Price, 2-yard run (Ben Agajanian kick) TIED 7-7
NY – Bobby Epps, 39-yard run (Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 14-7
GB – Howton, 25-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) TIED 14-14
NY – Agajanian, 27-yard field goal NEW YORK 17-14
GB – Cone, 17-yard field goal TIED 17-17
GB - Al Carmichael, 50-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-17
NY – Ken McAfee, 9-yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Agajanian kick) TIED 24-24
GB – Gary Knafelc, 23-yard from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 31-24
final quarter and a 31-24 win over the New York Giants. Happy Coach Lisle Blackbourn said his team showed midseason form most of the game. “Defensively, it was Hanner, Helluin, Martinkovic, Teteak and a newcomer, Doyle Nix, did good,” Blackbourn said. “On offense, it was the kickoff returns of Carmichael and Switzer and Rote had a good night.” The Packers came through without serious injury. Tobin Rote carried most of Green Bay’s yardage load. With just seconds remaining in the game, he kept the crowd, estimated at 15,000, shouting in the stands as he engineered the winning touchdown. A 73-yard kickoff runback by Al Carmichael to the Giant 22 had set up the final score. With Rote at the controls, it took the Packers just three plays. The touchdown came on a 16-yard pass to Gary Knafelc over Giant safety Wayne Berry. The fans, seeing by far the best game in a 3-year exhibition series, appeared to favor the Packers because of the pitching of Rote and the plunges of fullback Howie Ferguson. Alertness gave Green Bay the first score and control of the game before many spectators were in their seats. Dave Hanner recovered a Frank Gifford fumble on the Giants’ first offensive play. On the Packers’ third play, Rote hit Billy Howton on the seven and he wheeled over. Cone converted, as he did after each touchdown. The Giants tied it up with a 40-yard march in six plays, the payoff coming on Eddie Price’s plunge from the two. A weak punt later gave New York the ball on the Packers’ 44 and, after one play, Bobby Epps squirted to his left for 39 yards and a touchdown. Ben Agajanian, as automatic as Cone, again converted. Green Bay bounced back as Veryl Switzer took the kickoff deep in his end zone, returning to the Giant 38. Rote passed for 10, a run gained three and then Rote hit Howton in the end zone for a 14-14 halftime tie. New York got ahead again with the only score of the third period, a 27-yard field goal by Agajanian. Early in the fourth, Cone matched with a 17-yard field goal of his own. The Packers started another drive after the Giants were forced to punt and covered 78 yards in four plays. The last 62 came on a perfect pitch from Rote to Carmichael. Veteran Chuck Conerly took over the passing for New York and the Giants tied it up again with the score coming on a throw to Ken MacAfee. And
​TOUGH CAMP GRIND PAYS OFF FOR PACKERS
AUG 15 (Stevens Point) - An indication that the Packers are an improved lot over last season's start was Coach Liz Blackbourn's reaction Sunday after his club arrived at its Stevens Point training site after beating the Giants, 31-24, at Spokane, WA Saturday night. "We knew what we were doing against the Giants," observed Blackbourn. "We actually displayed mid-season form with conditioning the payoff." It was quite a bit different than last year's 38-27 loss to New York. Blackbourn made the following observations: * Halfback Al Carmichael looked like the back we need. He scooted 30 yards after taking a short pass for a touchdown. Carmichael also set up the winning touchdown in the last 45 seconds by running back a Giant kickoff 73 yards. * Quarterback Tobin Rote had a pretty good night, gaining confidence as our offensive line gave him good protection. Rote had only one pass intercepted, that being when he was hit. * Rookie Charlie Brackins is going to see a lot of action. He showed that he can move an offense. And he did all the kickoffs, one being 20 yards over the goal posts. * The defense played exceptionally well. Backs like Ed Price, Kyle Rote, Bobby Epps and Frank Gifford were not pounding us like they did last year. And the pass defense was reasonably good, although Chuck Conerly is one of the best in the business. While the Giants doubled up on Billy Howton, Rote found Gary Knafelc an ace in the hole. It was Rote's 23-yard touchdown pass to Knafelc which won for Green Bay. "That winning touchdown was a honey," said Liz. "Knafelc faked the Giants' defense beautifully and scored untouched." Doyle Nix, defensive cornerbacker from SMU, played the whole game, the only rookie going the distance. Halfback Joe Johnson was a fixture at left half, as Breezy Reid was sidelined with a hip injury. Blackbourn was anxious to discuss his Saturday night engagement with the Browns at Akron. "We watched the All-Stars beat the Browns on TV," related Blackbourn, "and I'm sure Paul Brown will have the needle jammed in them eight inches come Saturday. I thought our draftees (end Jim Temp, linebacker Tom Bettis and guard Hank Bullough) looked good in the All-Star game. We certainly will welcome them back." The trio will rejoin the Packers Monday. The squad now numbers 53 but will be cut again before the Cleveland game.
BLACKBOURN PLEASED WITH PACKERS IN EXHIBITION VICTORY OVER NEW YORK
AUG 15 (Stevens Point - Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay's 31-24 victory over the New York Giants in Spokane, WA Saturday night must have come as a very satisfying performance to Coach Lisle Blackbourn for he went into the game not with victory foremost in mind but the chance to see as many of his rookies as he could. "We'll be far enough away out there," he quipped, "that if we should look bad not all of the truth may find its way home." Blackbourn, with 54 boys in camp, must still cut 19 to reach the league limit of 35 and he wants to get on with it. Defensive halfbacks Jim Psaltis and Jack Patterson and defensive end Jack Crouch were cut Monday morning. Others were to be cut later in the day. A lot of work remains to be done once he settles on the make-up of his squad. Veterans did the actual scoring damage Saturday night, but rookies, especially in the secondary and the line, got their toasting...SCORES CAME ON PASSES: Every one of Green Bay's touchdowns was scored on a pass with veteran Tobin Rote on the trigger. Billy Howton scored two and Gary Knafelc and Al Carmichael each one. Knafelc's was scored in the last minute of play after Carmichael, with a great clutch effort, had returned a kickoff 73 yards into scoring position. To the touchdowns, Fred Cone added a 17-yard field goal - his one successful attempt in three. The club returned to its Stevens Point base by chartered plane Sunday afternoon. The next exhibition start will be made against the Cleveland Browns at Akron, OH Saturday night...FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT: Rote's passing performance was undoubtedly one of the most satisfying features of the game, rookies or no, and suggested that in his second season under Blackbourn he might have one of his finest years. The Rice Rifle was a slightly confused young man when Blackbourn took over a year ago. Almost 10 percent of his passes had been intercepted in 1953 and only 38 percent had been completed. The threat of interceptions had made him almost afraid to throw the ball short or in the flat. To restore confidence was one of Blackbourns' first jobs and it wasn't easily done. Rote persisted with the long ball. But he gradually came around and in the Ram game here finally blossomed again into the Rote who in 1952 finished second only to Los Angeles' Norm Van Brocklin in the individual passing standings. He had less than 5 percent of his passes intercepted for the year and completed 47 percent. His attempts, 382, set a league record and his completions, 180, a season 
placed on wide runs yesterday in view of the Bays’ lack of success in that phase against the Giants. The next test for wide runners – plus everything else – will be against the Cleveland Browns in Akron’s Rubber Bowl Saturday night. Getting back to the guards, Spinks presently is holding down left guard alone. Skibinski, the other LG, is still nursing the ankle he sprained his first scrimmage 10 days ago. X-rays have been taken of the injury and more are being scheduled. Joe hopes to be able to play against his former teammates Saturday. Bullough is working with Brown and Averno at right guard, while Ruzich plays both guard spots…The Packers’ passing came in for a stiff workout yesterday. To start with, there was a contest between the offensive ends and backs in the routine passing drill. It wasn’t much of a contest since the backs outnumbered the ends but the catcher, with ye olde pride at stake, weren’t dropping any easy catches from Tobin Rote and Charlie Brackins. The few drops were soundly booed by the “teammates” of the dropee and cheered by the other side. In the fundamental pass drill later, without the inner linemen, the deep defensive backs were permitted to tackle and the linebackers were allowed to pin the ends at the line of scrimmage. This produced some fierce action and once linebacker John Hlay flattened Joe Johnson playing a flanker, as he took off from the scrimmage line. During the various workouts, Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus make corrections on all phases of play. In one play, end Gary Knafelc and Billy Howton criss-crossed on a pass reception, with the result that Howton, who was to catch the ball, was running at full steam and Knafelc at maybe half steam. Liz reminded Gary then and there that he, too, is supposed to go all out, even though the ball is intended for someone else…It was heads up during the punting practice as Dick Deschaine, the Menominee, Mich., boy started uncorking his long spirals. An end by trade but a punter by birth, it seems, Deschaine amazed everybody with what must have been a 55-yard average on about 20 kicks. The punt catcher slowly moved back when the newcomer warmed up. Everything he offered was a perfect spiral, and most of them were high floaters. Also working into the punting group was Jim Capuzzi, the quarterback and corner linebacker who has shown improvement in every practice. The punting against the Giants was done by Bill Forester and Bob Peringer. Forester came out with a respectable 39-yard average on three boots…The Bays will make two bus trips in connection with the trip in Akron. They’ll leave by bus from here at 7 o’clock Friday morning and fly out of Milwaukee in two commercial Capital Airliners at 12:10 and 12:25, with half the squad going in each flight to Cleveland. One plane will arrive an hour later than the other. From Cleveland, the teams will bus to Akron where they’ll stay at the Mayflower Hotel.
PICK FELKER DRAKE AID
AUG 17 (Des Moines) - Gene Felker, former Wisconsin end, was named assistant football coach at Drake University.
T-MEN GIVE PACKERS EDGE
AUG 17 (Akron) - Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay Packer head coach, most likely took time out from his squad-cutting duties Tuesday for some up-the-sleeve chuckling over Paul Brown’s quarterback plight. While the Browns are hurting for a second quarterback, attempting to bring Otto Graham out of retirement and discussing the court order which lost them Bobby Freeman, the Packers are enjoying a quarterback bonanza. Blackbourn has a veteran, Tobin Rote; a sensational rookie, Charlie “Choo Choo” Brackins, and a replacement, Jim Capuzzi, to handle his “T” machine. It is a healthy situation, one which might give the Packers an edge when they meet the Browns in Rubber Bowl Saturday. Kickoff time for the Akron exhibition is 8:30 p.m. The Beacon Journal charity fund will receive a boost from proceeds of the game. Rote holds most of the Packers’ passing records and is expected to corner a few more, in his sixth season with the Wisconsin professionals. Last year, Rote attempted 382 passes and completed 180, both marks were league highs. He threw for a total gain of 2,311 yards, second only to the Rams’ Norm Van Brocklin, who won the league’s passing title. The former Rice great tossed 14 touchdowns, had a long gain of 82 yards and had 18 of his passes intercepted. The interception percentage of 4.7 was the league low. Against the New York Giants in Green Bay’s opening exhibition game, Rote threw three touchdown passes. In two Packer intra-squad games, he tossed for a pair of TDs and set up two other scores with his aerials. Brackins had been the surprise sensation of the Green Bay training camp. The Negro All-American quarterback from Prairie View (Tex.) A&M is built on the same lines as Rote – 6-2 and 210 pounds. Brackins showed remarkable finesse, passing and running ability in the intra-squad games. He played four years at Prairie View where his team was undefeated in conference play in 33 games. The team lost four games during that period. His career record shows 269 completed passes out of 534 attempts for 3,485 yards. “Brackins shows outstanding possibilities,” said Blackbourn after the first intra-squad game. “He passed well, but even more important, he had poise under fire.” Capuzzi, who played high school football for Niles, O., McKinley, but never played college football. He may be one of the surprises in the Packer camp. He will play defensive halfback when not called on for quarterback duties. Capuzzi displayed his passing and running capabilities in the first intra-squad game when he lost a 14-7 decision to a Brackins-quarterbacked squad. He set up the squad’s only TD with a 48-yard pass, went around end for the score and then kicked the extra point. The Packer lineup will have a few new faces when it takes the field at Rubber Bowl. Gary Knafelc, from Colorado U., will be at left end. Jack Spinks of Alcorn A&M will start at left guard. Steve Ruzich, a four-year veteran from Ohio State, or Tom Dahms, a 250-pounder from San Diego State, will replace Art Hunter, former Akron St. Vincent and Notre Dame star, at tackle. Hunter, who is in the Army, had been traded to the Browns. The rest of the offensive starters will likely be last year’s regulars. Rote, Breezy Reid, Al Carmichael and Howie Ferguson will handle the backfield slots. At right end will be Bill Howton, Rote’s favorite target. The right tackle job has been assigned to Len Szafaryn. Jim Ringo will center and Buddy Brown will be right guard. Rookies Nate Borden, Indiana, at end, and Doyle Niz, Southern Methodist, at left cornerback at likely newcomers in the starting defensive lineup. Veterans have the other defensive berths sewed up. John Martinkovic, Jerry Helluin, Bill Forester and Dave Hanner will be in the line with Borden, Deral Teteak and Roger Zatkoff will back up the line. Clarence Self will be at the right cornerback, Val Joe Walker and Bobby Dillon have been tagged for safety duty.
BOWL BATTLE TO BE HOMECOMING FOR GAIN
AUG 18 (Akron) - Green Bay made it impossible for Akron fans to root for a hometown boy in the Browns-Packers game at Rubber Bowl Saturday night when Coach Lisle Blackbourn cut John Verdon and Harry Welch from the squad. But, if things go according to Paul Brown’s plans, the world champions will give the local fans something to cheer about. That something is Bob Gain, Browns defensive middle guard. Gain has been around in his 26 years. He played high school ball at Weirton, W. Va., college ball at Kentucky and one year with the Browns before helping police Korea for two years. But Saturday night, Gain will be returning to his hometown. He was born in Akron. If the Browns perform the opening kickoff at 8:30 p.m., the ball will be propelled towards the end zone by Gain. He has taken over the chore performed by Lou Groza for the last nine years. Coach Brown wasn’t satisfied with Groza’s kicking in the All-Star game. The Browns’ “Toe” was actually outkicked by Dick Bielski. Only one of Lou’s kicks went into the end zone. The other four went to the 10, five, two and five-yard lines in that order. His kick to the 10 was returned 49 yards and led the Stars’ first touchdown. Gain, who stands 6-3 and weighs 250 pounds, played in the Browns’ final two games last season. His size makes him stand out on any football field. Without a helmet on, he stands out like a sore thumb. Gain is partially bald and looks like the team’s old man. Another change in the Browns’ lineup had Fred “Curley” Morrison replacing Maurice Bassett at fullback. Bassett had a cold and a sore throat Monday and did not report to practice. In the final stages of the All-Star game, Morrison went 14, four and five yards on three plays to score the Browns’ final touchdown. For that performance, Brown has rewarded the former Ohio Stater with a starting assignment. Morrison came to the Browns in the deal which sent Chick Jagade to the Chicago Bears. Curley was the Bears’ No. 1 draft choice in 1950 after he had played for the 1949 Ohio State team which shared the Big Ten championship with Michigan and triumphed over California in the Rose Bowl. If Morrison is unable to go all the way against the Packers, there is a good chance Marion Motley will get back into offensive harness. After a year of inactivity, Motley is trying to gain a berth with the Browns primarily as a linebacker. But the “hustlingest” player in the Hiram camp also has been working on offense and looks ready for a few of his famous “up the middle” smashes. Tom Jones, Miami U., and John Petitbon, former Notre Dame great, are being considered for starting assignments Saturday. Jones is being groomed for defensive right tackle to replace Don Colo, who fractured his right hand in the All-Star game. If Jones does not come up to standard, veteran John Sandusky will move into the spot. Brown wasn’t satisfied with his defensive halfbacks last Friday. So he has spent a lot of time this week “chewing” at the backs as Ratterman was finding holes for his aerials. He once referred to them as looking like a “girls basketball team.” Petitbon is replacing Don Paul in the defensive lineup. Paul, who came to the Browns from Washington during the 1954 training camp, is getting a shot at offensive duties. Brown is noted for doing a lot of experimenting during the exhibition schedule. The experiments he is planning for the Packer game promise to be more interesting than usual.
DESCHAINE TIRING? STILL AVERAGES 50
AUG 18 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Who is Dick Deschaine? A lot of daily watchers at Packer practices here are wondering about him for a good reason: He has been getting off 60-yard punts by the dozen despite the fact that he’s been in camp only since Monday. Deschaine, understandably, is far behind the rest of the squad in physical conditioning and yesterday tiring and aching muscles slowed him down to a tot – an average of “only” 50 yards. Needless to say, the camp is quite excited about the no-college ace from Menominee, Mich. Bill Forester, the Bays’ veteran middle guard who averaged 39 yards in the New York Giants game Saturday night, remarked, “that old new boy can sure kick that thing.” Coach Liz Blackbourn was tickled pink during Tuesday’s drills as Deschaine started driving the receivers back with towering boots. “And he does pretty well at end, too,” Liz commented. Deschaine will be in the Packer party leaving Friday morning for the Cleveland Brown game in Akron Saturday night and barring extreme muscle soreness will do the punting, Blackbourn said. With a crowd of 25,000 expected, Deschaine would be working before his largest audience. Who is this Deschaine? Folks up around Marinette and Menominee are well acquainted with him. A native of Menominee, Dick was working in the testing field for Ansul Chemical Co., when Mickey McCormick, the Packers’ official Backer in that neighborhood, asked Blackbourn if the punter could take a whirl in practice. Liz quickly okayed the idea and Dick came in Monday after practicing come over the weekend at home. Deschaine, 24, became a punter out of admiration for his big brother, Norman, 35, who also starred as a punter at Menominee High. When Norm was playing, Deschaine, then about 8 or 9, started to kick around the yard…”REALLY HUMOROUS”: Deschaine was averaging a cool 55 yards in high school – “maybe more sometimes,” his coach, Ken Radick, a former Packer, said. Dick played with the 1948 Menominee powerhouse along with Billy Wells, who made the Washington Redskins last year. “It was really humorous when Dick was punting because he’d kick the ball above the lights and many times the backs would lose the ball when it came down. We never had any trouble getting our ends under the ball. And we had good lights at Menominee, too,” Radick said. Deschaine came up under Radick and F.J. (Mickey) McCormick, former St. Norbert College coach now at Carroll. Deschaine went into service after high school and played with a west coast Marine team. He served in Korea and was wounded in action. He joined the M and M Hornets after service, handling the punting and playing offensive end. Deschaine is presently working at left end along with Gary Knafelc, Bob Peringer and Winifred Tillary, Billy Howton and Jim Jennings are at right end. Blackbourn has narrowed the punting field down to four – Deschaine, Forester, Jim Capuzzi and Peringer, who averaged 37 yards in one try against the Giants. Capuzzi has been coming along gradually and may develop into a good punter…It’s possible that both of the players who were traded to the Bays by the Browns will miss Saturday night’s game – Bill Lucky, for sure, and maybe Joe Skibinski. Bill is recovering from an appendectomy and isn’t ready yet. Skibinski is having considerable trouble with a sprained ankle. Skibinski is particularly unhappy about his injury because he had hoped to face his former teammates, although he improved some today. If Joe goes, Tom Johnson will remain here. The Packers will leave camp by bus at 7 o’clock Friday morning and fly out of Milwaukee in two planes shortly after noon. They’ll leave Cleveland Sunday morning, fly to Milwaukee, and then bus back to Stevens Point. Forty-six players will make the trip. The Packers spent most of Wednesday’s drill on pass protection.
PACKERS' OFFENSIVE GETS HEAVY WORK
AUG 18 (Stevens Point) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn hopes to have his Green Bay Packers in top shape for their exhibition game this weekend with the NFL champion Cleveland Browns. Blackbourn has been drilling his squad hard on Browns' plays this week in preparation for their meeting at Akron, Ohio, Saturday night. The Packers seek their second straight victory after turning back the New York Giants last weekend. Wednesday the squad's offensive unit was put through a long drill against the Browns' defensive plays, while the defensive Packers faced Cleveland's offensive plays.
TEMP GIVEN SPOT IN PACKER DEFENSE
AUG 18 (Stevens Point) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn said Wednesday he plans to use practically the same starting lineup in the Green Bay Packers' exhibition with the Cleveland Browns in Akron, Ohio, Saturday night as he fielded last week in the Packers' victory over the New York Giants at Spokane, Wash. One difference will be at defensive end where Jim Temp, formerly of Wisconsin, will start in place of Nate Borden. Temp was on the College All-Star squad in Chicago last week as the collegians whipped the Browns. Blackbourn said linebacker Tom Bettis and guard Hank Bullough, also on the All-Star squad, aren't likely to start against the Browns but will see action as they looked promising in the workouts here. The Packers spent much time Wednesday on pass protection. In final drills today the team will brush up on special assignments. A 46 man squad will leave here by bus for Milwaukee Friday morning. After a flight to Cleveland the Packers will go to Akron by bus. Two Packers will remain here. They are tackle Bill Lucky, who underwent a recent appendectomy, and guard Joe Skibinski, who has ankle trouble. Both were obtained from the Browns in a trade.
BLACKBOURN WITHHOLDING JUDGMENT ON PACKERS UNTIL AFTER TONIGHT
AUG 19 (Stevens Point) - You don't jump to conclusions in the NFL, especially in the power-packed Western Division. That's why Coach Lisle Blackbourn is withholding judgment on his Green Bay Packers until they get a few more exhibition games under their bests, especially tonight's tilt with the world champion Cleveland Browns at Akron. The Packers looked good last week as they opened their exhibition schedule with a 31-24 victory over the New York Giants at Spokane, but Blackbourn isn't going out on the limb. He does feel, however, that definite improvement is being made toward remedying the key trouble spots as they appeared at the beginning of training a month ago. This means things are looking up as far as the three offensive line positions left vacant by end Max McGee, tackle Art Hunter and guard Al Barry are concerned. But Blackbourn, a realist, says, "They still have a mile to go." Blackbourn liked the work of Jack Spinks at guard against the Giants so much that he kept the converted fullback there for the distance. Spinks is a good blocker and has worked hard to prepare himself for a strange position. Gary Knafelc appears to be a 
PACKERS ON SPOT AGAINST FAVORED BROWNS TONIGHT
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - The Packers will be on the spot when they meet the world champion Cleveland Browns in a non-league game before 25,000 fans in the Rubber Bowl here tonight. Kickoff is set for 6:30, Green Bay time. The Green Bays were put on said spot when Harry Welch, the Southern California defensive back cut loose by the Pack last Monday, told the following to thousands of newspapers readers, via the Akron Beacon Journal: “I think Green Bay will defeat the Browns. I really do.” The Browns, no doubt, have been informed of Welch’s opinion, which carries some weight in view of the fact that Harry was with the Pack for almost a month. Welch is an Akron boy and will be cheering for the Bays despite the fact that he was released by them. “I felt that I wasn’t good enough,” explained Welch, “and I talked it over with Coach Liz Blackbourn. He said he would play me in the Akron game but I felt I couldn’t make the team and decided to leave.” Blackbourn thought highly of the scrappy Southern Cal product but lack of height more than anything (for a defensive safety) was against him. Despite Welch’s rather startling viewpoint on tonight’s game, which was rather flattering, the Browns will be a seven-point choice…The Brownies were favored by 14 
before they lost to the College All Stars and the Bays beat the New York Giants last weekend. There’s a suspicion that both clubs will go the absolute limit to win tonight. Coach Paul Brown of Cleveland wants to atone for his team’s loss to the All Stars. The Bays’ Blackbourn feels that a victory over the champion is good anytime. The Packers also will be out to end a five-game losing streak at the hands of the Browns. The closest Green Bay came was in Blackbourn’s first year, 1954, when the Clevelands eked out a 14-13 verdict in Green Bay. While the victory bug is biting both clubs, tonight’s game will also serve as a testing ground for rival teams. The extreme heat will bring on many subs. It was 98 here today, and probably will be 85 at game time…Blackbourn said today that he will start two new rookies on defense, Jim Temp at right end in place of Nate Borden and Tom Bettis at linebacker in place of Deral Teteak. Both newcomers had a finger in beating the Browns as All Stars. The only other rookie starting with the defensers is Doyle Nix, who opened against the Giants at corner linebacker. Offensively, the Packers will be all veterans – at least at the start, although two pros will be working at “odd” starting spots – Jack Spinks, the former fullback, at left guard, and former defensive end Gene Knutson at right tackle. Blackbourn won’t wait long to test guard Hank Bullough, tackle Tom Dahms, fullback Bob Clemens, end Bob Peringer, to mention a few. Most unusual change in the Browns’ stating offensive lineup will be rookie Henry Ford at right half. Also working in that spot will be veteran defensive back Don Paul, who is being switched to give John Petitbon a chance on defense. On defense, 250-pound tackle Tom Jones, who gave up an almost sure shot putting berth on the Olympic team to try for a pro contract, will start in place of Capt. Don Colo, who has a broken hand…Curley Morrison, the ex-Bear, will do most of the fullbacking and, surprise, halfback Dub Jones will be given a trial at offensive left end. The game will have two interesting sidelights – a duel of brothers and a punting competition between many-time champion Horace Gillom of the Browns and Dick Deschaine, the Packers’ raw recruit from Menominee, Mich. The Forester brothers will meet head on. The Packers’ Bill will be at middle guard and Herschel will be one of the Browns’ messenger guards on offense. After their first meeting in Green Bay last year, Bill confessed that “I felt a little funny about hitting into him.” The Gillom-Deschaine angle is fantastic, because Dick wasn’t even a Packer a week ago, Yet, he’ll go into the game with about a 55-yard average in practice…George Ratterman will go the distance tonight at quarterback for the Browns, unless Brown uncovered a reserve in camp this week. Otto Graham has been signed but won’t play, they say, until the league season opens. The Packers will open with Tobin Rote at QB, but Blackbourn intends to give Charlie Brackins, the promising rookie, a chance to pilot the team. The Packers are headquartering at the Hotel Mayflower here. They’ll leave Cleveland by air Sunday morning, fly to Milwaukee and then bus to Stevens Point to get ready for the Pittsburgh game in Green Bay a week from tonight.
DESCHAINE MATCHES TOE WITH NFL'S BEST IN NEXT 2 GAMES
AUG 20 (Akron-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - While watching Dick Deschaine endanger a steady stream of low-flying planes over the Rubber Bowl with his high booming punts Friday evening, it occurred to us that this phenom from Menominee, Mich., will match his specialty with the two best punters in the NFL in the next two games. Tonight, he pits his skill against the Cleveland Browns' great Horace Gillom. A week from tonight, he'll face the champion himself - Pat Brady, when the Packers engage the Pittsburgh Steelers in City Stadium. Brady beat out Gillom, punt titlist for four straight years, by a stripe last fall for the punting championship. We may be sticking out our poor neck, but we've got a hunch 24-yeard old Dick will out-punt both Horace and Pat, unless, of course, he's faced with a lot of short-boot, so-and-so's performance will be worth the price of admission alone. The so-and-so is Deschaine and the admission we're talking about is the Packer-Pitt game. It was really rather amusing as the Packers sweated out before a couple of hundred folks yesterday - when Deschaine went back to punt, that is. The ball was centered from around the five-yard line and he consistently, with two exceptions, drove Veryl Switzer and Al Carmichael all the way back to the other 35 - a 60-yard distance. The spectators gasped but Bill Griffith, promoter of tonight's game and a Brown fan by proximity to Cleveland, said: "Can he do it with somebody breathing down his neck? That, friend Bill, is what Packer coach Liz Blackbourn hopes to discover tonight. When Deschaine reported last Monday, he hurried his punts, apparently feeling that the pros didn't have much time. Liz told him to "slow down" and Dick, with time to crank up, started getting more distance. Anyhow, tonight might tell...Line Coach Lou Rymkus' thoughts went back nine years when he jogged onto the gold-course turf of the 35,000-capacity Rubber Bowl. The first game the Browns ever played was "right on this field in '46," Rymkus recalled. And Griffith piped up: "That's the time Paul Brown, in his pregame talk, told his athletes that 'we want to be the darlings of professional football - like the Yankees in baseball.'" "That first game," Lou added, "was against Brooklyn and they had us beat at the half. Cliff Lewis started at quarterback, and Otto Graham came in in the second half and helped us win." Griffith, with 32 grand already in the till, figured that "the Packers will be the second best draw we ever had here against the Browns." The best was San Francisco in '52, he added, and "the rest besides Green Bay were flops; you know the people around town think a lot of the Packers and next to the Browns they're all Packer fans." That's nice to know, Bill.