(Akron, OH) - The Packers almost nosed out the world champion Cleveland Browns here Saturday night. Yet, in the opinion of Coach Liz Blackbourn, "we didn't play our best game of the season - by far." What would have happened had the Packers been at the pitch they were in whipping the New York Giants a week
EXHIBITION - Cleveland Browns 13, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 7
Saturday August 20th 1955 (at Akron, OH)
AUG 21 (Olean, NY) - The faltering Steelers, still reeling under the impact of last week's 60-14 loss to San Francisco, will try to get on the winning track again this week. The tottering minions of Rooney U. play the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay Saturday night in the third exhibition of the current campaign. In earlier starts, the Steelers dropped a 35-24 decision to the over-rated Los Angeles Rams as well as the loss to the Forty-Niners. The Packers opened with a 31-27 win over the New York Giants. They make their second pre-season appearance against the Cleveland Browns at Akron, Ohio. The Packers, undoubtedly will be favored over the Black and Gold. Coach Liz Blackbourn has a veteran team returning, together with an outstanding rookie and three promising castoffs who appear to be thriving in their new surroundings. The rookie is end Jim Temp of Wisconsin, one of the defensive stars of the recent College All-Star game. The castoffs are Gary Knafelc, dropped last year by the Chicago Cardinals, guard Joe Skibinski, who played with the Browns before entering the service, and tackle Tom Dahms, who was picked up from Los Angeles. Knafelc, the Cardinals' No. 2 draft choice a year ago, scored the Packers' game-winning touchdown with 45 minutes to play against the Giants. The Packers also have a Steeler who failed to make the grade in two tries with the club. He is Jack Spinks, a 238-pound fullback with the Black and Gold, who has been switched to offensive guard by Blackbourn. Otherwise, the Packers are the same team that whipped Pittsburgh in an exhibition and lost the league opener in 1954. The backfield is composed of Tobin Rote, Breezy Reid, Al Carmichael and Howie Ferguson. In reserve is flashy Veryl Switzer, one of the rookie finds of a year ago. Steeler coach Walt Kiesling will field a team sorely beset by a dearth of good players in several positions. So far, he has been unable to find a defensive end, tackle or linebacker of pro caliber. Offensively, he has been lamenting a weakness at guard. The game will be the first appearance for four Steeler rookies. In addition to tackle Frank Varrichione of Notre Dame and end Ed Bernet of Southern Methodist, both of whom played with the All-Stars. The Steelers will field halfback Bill Staudenmaier of Chattanooga and center Mike Soltis, Wake Forest, for the first time. The latter two reported to the club Wednesday following a semester of summer school work for Soltis and an ROTC training period for Staudenmaier. The Steelers will leave Buffalo for Milwaukee via air Friday morning. From Milwaukee, a bus will transport the squad to St. Norbert's College, West De Pere, Wis., where it will stay until its departure for Miami Beach, a week from next Thursday.
AUG 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Scoring opportunities come too hard in pro ball to be muffed and when you muff 'em you lose. Lisle Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers had a golden opportunity to beat Cleveland in the closing minutes at Akron Saturday night, muffed it down on the four and you know the rest. They lost, 13-7. Monday back in camp, the coaches, the whole team in fact, still fretted over the lapse or lapses which let the victory, or at least a tie, elude them."You've got to give the other side, the defense, credit of course," Blackbourn said, "but we feel we made it a little easy for them with what we did. With a yard to go against a massed defense down there, you think twice before you use a fullback draw with all its delay, but we used it. And with the same yard to go, against what was almost a nine man line, you think twice before you try a rollout pass, but we used that, too. Those were real doubtful plays and Tobin (Rote) who called them was the first to admit it later. Maybe with something else, we wouldn't have scored, either. They were a much improved team over what they were in the All-Star game. We have the feeling, though, we didn't do ourselves any good down there. We made it a little easy for them." The crucial plays occurred after the Packers had strung together five straight first downs to Cleveland's 13 and then on two more plays had moved down to the four. The licking was the sixth straight suffered by Green Bay at Cleveland's hands - five in exhibitions and one in a league game...GEORGE TIMBERLAKE SHIFTED TO CENTER: Monday, Blackbourn made a couple of moves on his squad checkerboard. George Timberlake, the rugged Southern California boy who has never been anything except a guard or linebacker, was installed at offensive center. And Allen Muirhead, the Mississippi jackrabbit, fastest boy on the squad who have never played anything by a defensive halfback in his month on the squad, was moved over to offensive left half. The experiments follow such other conversions as turning fullback Jack Spinks into a guard, end Gene Knutson into a tackle and end Doyle Nix into a defensive halfback, all of which have begun to pan out very well. No more cuts will be made until after the Pittsburgh game at Green Bay Saturday night. With 46 boys in camp, including Bill Lucky, the big tackle who had an appendectomy a couple of weeks ago, 11 more men must go...JOHN HLAY TRADED TO GIANTS: John Hlay, Ohio State rookie fullback just out of the Army, was traded Sunday to the New York Giants for an undisclosed draft choice. "Hlay deserves to play in this league," Blackbourn said, "but we just didn't room for him with such linebackers as Bettis, Zatkoff, Teteak and Timberlake around. You can carry only so many."
AUG 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The NFL exhibition card produced some surprising results Saturday - the Giants beating the 49ers, and the Cardinals knocking off the Bears. "Upsets? Certainly not," was Coach Liz Blackbourn's reply. "It won't be until the play for keeps begins that the sheep will be separated from the goats." This is strictly a testing period for the pros, who are carrying an average of 45 men. When September 25 rolls around, the 33-man squads will unfold the haves and the have-nots. Blackbourn, reporting on his loss to the Browns, first announced that John Hlay, a defensive linebacker from Ohio States, has been traded to the New York Giants for an undisclosed draft choice in 1956. It was Blackbourn's indication that the Packer defensive secondary is pretty well off. But getting back to the loss to Celveland, a defeat which marked the fifth straight exhibition Green Bay has dropped to the Browns, Blackbourn made the following observations: "The Browns, obviously hard-nosed about losing to the All-Stars, were dead serious about winning this one. But we have a lot of chances to take them and couldn't cash in." Blackbourn was reflecting the Packers' last minute drive which reached the Browns' four-yard line before Tobin Rote was thrown for a two-yard loss and Cleveland had the ball and its first victory of 1955. Why did Rote run wide rather than give the ball to a fullback, for instance, for the one year needed for the first down? This was the second-guessing question. "Rote certainly spearheaded a comeback drive, moving from our own 20 to Cleveland's four," was Blackbourn's unanswered reply. It was obvious the Packer mentor would save his remarks for Rote and Co. But Blackbourn did point out that his Packers weren't the inspired club which set back the Giants, 31-24, one week earlier. It could be the Browns were out to make up for their humiliation by the Collegians and the Packers were travel weary. For the record, the Packers hedged-hopped from their Stevens Point training site to Akron while the Browns slipped in from their Ohio camp 28 miles away. A bus trip to Milwaukee, two small commercial flights to Cleveland, and another extended motor voyage to Akron in 98-degree temperature certainly wasn't conducive to playing headsup ball against champions. "It was a good night in other respects," added Liz. "Our offensive line protected Rote very good and out bunch showed they could come back. It's too bad we couldn't cash in on that final drive. It was a beauty." But this was an exhibition, a testing ground. The Packers get their third chance to iron out their troubles against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Saturday night. And when the Packers return to play the Browns at Cleveland in an October league game, it could be a different story. Maybe Green Bay will travel like a major league club and maybe the fall weather will inspire rock 'em, sock 'em football.
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - Preliminary plans for a new steel City Stadium at the site of the present structure were approved by the Green Bay Board of Education Monday night, and the next step in planning will be the obtaining of a definite cost estimate. Mayor Otto Rachals said today that the architect was expected to have that information for the next meeting of the city council's finance committee Sept. 1. The finance committee will determine the size of the bond issue needed for the stadium improvement and recommend a date for a referendum on the bonding. Architect Ed Berners presented two plans at the board of education meeting - one with a track and one without. The board approved the drawing with the track - which was also approved earlier by the executive committee of Green Bay Packers, Inc. Fred Leicht, chairman of the Packers' stadium committee, said the Packers preferred the plan without the track but would be satisfied with the other plan. The plan selected by the board of education has rectangular seating sections at all four sides of the stadium. A little over a third of the seats, 12,800, would be on the south side. There would be 9,800 seats on the north side, 5,200 in the west stands and 4,200 in the east stands. The stadium would thus increase the seating capacity from around 24,000 to 32,000 or 33,000. Berners said it will be necessary to move a part of the playing field north - probably about one-fourth of it. He explained that a new track will be required. Berners explained that the new seats will have more pitch than the present seats, and the front row will be least four feet above the field. The seating space will be reduced from 32 inches to 30, back to back. Regarding the track, East coach Al Reed stressed the importance of the track to East High and he estimated that it would cost $25,000 to build a track elsewhere. He said that East High needs all the play area it has for other purposes. New lighting for night use was requested by the board. The lights would be placed on steel towers behind the stands, and the wiring would be underground. The present lighting is considered inadequate. Leicht described the proposed stadium as the best in the professional football league because of the large number of sideline seats. Leicht told the board that the future of the Packers looks bright. He promised the board that the Packers will stay in Green Bay: "We are on the way up now," he declared, adding that "the Packer corporation will have to work harder on advance ticket sales after the stadium is completed; otherwise there will be losses on days of bad weather if fans believe they can wait until the day of the game before buying a seat."
AUG 24 (Green Bay-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers might be in for plenty of trouble when they battle the Pittsburgh Steelers at City Stadium Saturday night. The Packers tried Steeler plays for size in a rough scrimmage Tuesday afternoon and the defense didn't stop the Pitt formations cold. Coach Liz Blackbourn, unhappy with the defense in spots - especially between the 30s - against the Cleveland Browns, wasn't jumping with excitement after the head bumping. "That wasn't a good scrimmage, you know," Liz commented. Rookie quarterback Charlie Brackins played the role of Jimmy Finks, ace Pittsburgh signal caller and passer, and completed more than a few passes. What's more, a number of back impersonating Steelers Ray Mathews, Lynn Chandnois and others manages to gain considerable yardage. The defense contained for the first time this season Veryl Switzer, the offensive switch-hitter, who is undergoing a short course in defense. "For the future in case we have to shove him in there," Blackbourn explained. During the scrimmage, QB Tobin Rote took several backs and ends in another corner of the field and worked on pass formations. The rough action also enabled Liz to get a better look at some of his rookies. Starting to show advances is Jim Jennings, the offensive end from Missouri who has been switched from right to left end...LUCKY BANGS SHIELD: A good deal of time was spent by Line Coach Lou Rymkus on offensive blocking. With Len Szafaryn holding a padded shield, long Tom Dahms banged into him for 15 minutes. Later, the offensive tackles joined the group, including Bill Lucky, who socked a couple of times without injury. Lucky is recuperating from an appendectomy. Incidentally, Lucky won't be ready for the Steeler game but "we'll be able to use him against the Eagles," Liz figured. Lucky underwent an emergency appendectomy in St. Michael's Hospital here July 30. Also on the bright side, Joe Skibinski, who came to the Packers along with Lucky in the deal with Cleveland, is gradually improving. Skibinski suffered a sprained ankle in his first scrimmage here and has been in pain ever since - until yesterday, at least. The injury has been x-rayed a number of times and Trainer Bud Jorgenson has give it much special treatment...The Steelers will arrive in Green Bay Friday and head for St. Norbert college where they'll stay and train until Sept. 1. The Steelers are scheduled to play Detroit in Florida Sept. 2. Pitt won't be playing the Pack in a league game this season, so Coach Walt Kiesling won't have to worry about "scouts"...Young Brackins showed up with the field goal kicking team yesterday and he had what might be called a "good afternoon". Working with Freddie Cone and Jim Capuzzi, Brackins converted five straight from about 45 yards out. Cone then stepped in and did the same. Capuzzi has shown good accuracy from closer in - 20 to 30 yards. Rote did the ball holding. The field goal session was preceded by a live kickoff return drill. Working into the twosome of returners, Al Carmichael and Veryl Switzer, was defensive back Bobby Dillon, a hot shot at kickoff and punt returns in his college days at the University of Texas...BRIEFS: The Packers held their annual "rookie night" show after dinner last night. Among the producers were George Timberlake and Jim Capuzzi. Everybody had plenty of belly laughs. The usual squad meeting followed and it was a bit more serious since Liz showed pictures of the Cleveland Browns game. The Packer coaches were relaxing before dinner when the radio produced news that Detroit QB Bobby Layne "might be lost to Detroit for the season." Blackbourn was willing to bet anyone that Layne would be ready when the Packers open against Detroit in Green Bay Sept. 25...Fullback Bob Clemens is bothered by a leg injury and Blackbourn hopes "he comes out of it soon so we can get a better look at him."...Clarence Self's weight is up to 190 and "I'll guess I'll stay there; funny thing, it hasn't cut my speed any." Clarence usually played between 180 and 185.
AUG 24 (Olean, NY) - Burly Ernie Stautner will be back with the Steelers this year but an aching back threatened to end the career of fullback Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski. Stautner, operator of a drive-in theater at Saranac Lake, N.Y., telephoned Coach Walter Kiesling yesterday to report that he would join the team at West De Pere, Wis., next week. But at the same time, Modzelewski, 215-pound fullback who has been expected to share blocking duties with Franny Rogel, was complaining of a back injury that appears to be chronic. The former University of Maryland All-American was sidelined by a similar injury the biggest part of the 1952 campaign. His back bothered him again on the West Coast two weeks ago, preventing his appearance in the game against the Los Angeles Rams and curtailing his efficiency against the San Francisco Forty-Niners. "That back has been a problem since he joined us," Kiesling said yesterday. "Now it looks like he's not going to be able to play against the Packers." The Steelers meet the Packers at Green Bay Saturday night. They will headquarter the following week at St. Norbert's College, West De Pere, Wis., prior to their game with the Detroit Lions at Miami September 2. Stautner's decision to return to the Steelers surprised few of his coaches and teammates. His absence from the squad angered Kiesling, however, and he threatened to dock the big, 235-pound tackle for the days he was late reporting. The Steelers made no announcement as to the contract terms between the club and Stautner. He will sign upon his arrival in camp. Stautner annually reports late. His excuse is that he is unable to hire movie projectionists and must operated the machines himself. It was not known whether Stautner would report in time for Saturday's game, but Kiesling insisted that he will not play against the Packers and probably not against the Lions the following week.
AUG 24 (Olean, NY) - Big Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, Steeler fullback who has been complaining of a chronic back injury and who, it was feared, might not be able to compete against the Packers at Green Bay Saturday, was back in uniform and running today in the daily drills. The 215-pound back didn't take part in scrimmage, but he was in uniform and was sprinting about the field to keep in shape for Saturday's game. "Whether we can use him in the exhibition with the Packers remains to be seen," Coach Walter Kiesling said tonight. "In fact, it is about his decision. I wouldn't want to have him aggregate the condition, but if he feels he can play, he'll play." Kiesling stressed both pass offense and defense in today's workout. He also mixed in a number of running plays, and fullback Fran Rogel looked good getting through the line. Kiesling also had praise for rookie tackle Willie McClung from Florida A&M. He played on both offense and defense, and showed plenty of style both ways, Kiesling said. He stopped the rushes of the backs on defense, and opened holes for them on offense.
paragraphs gives you an idea - we hope...The Packers polished up their offense while dodging raindrops and Pittsburgh's defense in practice yesterday. Most of the offense featured passing with Tobin Rote and Charlie Brackins throwing. Brackins is expected to see some action, but Rote will be in the starting lineup. Tentatively, Blackbourn plans to start three newcomers on his offensive team, including one rookie - Hank Bullough at right guard. The others are Joe Skibinski, former Brown, and Tom Dahms, former Los Angeles Ram...The Steelers are due at St. Norbert College at 5:30 this evening after a bus trip up from Milwaukee where they landed this afternoon. Coach Walt Kiesling will drill his boys at St. Norbert until Sept. 1 when the squad leaves for an Orange Bowl date in Florida against Detroit Sept. 2. Coming in with the Steelers will be Bob Snyder, the club's backfield coach who served in that capacity with the Pack. Kiesling is also a former Packer, having played with the club and served as line coach. The Packers will leave Stevens Point by bus at 10 o'clock Saturday morning and arrive at noon. They'll headquarter at the Northland Hotel and return to the Point at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - Steeler Coach Walt Kiesling said today he will lavishly use his rookies in tomorrow's game against the Green Bay Packers here. The Steeler coach, defying the outbursts of enraged fans, started the practice in the opening exhibition game against the Los Angeles Rams, but it backfired the following week in a 60-14 rout by the San Francisco Forty-Niners. The lopsided walloping failed to deter Kiesling. "Of course, we'll use the rookies again," he said upon his arrival at nearby De Pere, Wis., where the Steelers will headquarter for the next week. "We'll continue to use them until we find out what they can do. We know what our veterans can do. Even if it means another walloping, we must develop these boys and turn them into pros before the season starts. Once the league gets underway, it's too late to experiment." As in the past games, however, Kiesling will use his regular in an all-out first half. Due for plenty of action tomorrow are rookies Jack McClairen, a loose-jointed end from Bethune-Cookman; Frank Varrichione, the No. 1 draft choice from Notre Dame; and little Sid Watson, a tiny fullback who has been converted to left half. "McClairen looks like he's going to be a terrific end," said Kiesling, "but he's not going yo learn anything watching others do it. We haven't even seen Varrichione in action yet and Watson has looked great in scrimmages. Now I want to see him in a game." Rookies or not, Kiesling sees little chance for a Steeler upset against the Packers. "From all I've heard, Blackbourn has a terrific defensive ball club," he said. "That's probably what will lick us. We've been patching so many holes on defense the last two weeks that we haven't worked too hard with our offense. I'm afraid the Packers will be too much of a test at this stage of the game." As part of his defensive patchwork, Kiesling has supplanted veteran Lou Tepe as a linebacker with rookie John Reger, a 220-pound yearling who started his brief football career at Pitt. "Reger's a cast in point," Kiesling argued. "There's a kid who hasn't even played a season of college ball, yet he looks like our top rookie linebacker. Tepe wouldn't make as many mistakes, but if this kid is going to make mistakes, now is the time for it. They'll be too costly a month from now." The Steelers will return to St. Norbert's College immediately after tomorrow's game. Sunday will be an off-day, but two-a-day drills will resume Monday. The squad will depart Thursday for Miami.
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - Weeping skies are forecast today for the Pittsburgh Steeler-Green Bay Packer preseason game before an estimated 15,000 rain-coated fans in City Stadium tomorrow night. Although the Steelers still were seeking their first win on the preseason tour, Head Coach Walt Kiesling indicated he planned to continue his "look at the rookie" policy. The Packers, who have a one-and-one record thus far, will counter with a starting lineup of ten veterans and Hank Bullough, a husky guard from Michigan State. This fellow, a member of the All-Star squad, reported late but still ousted Jack Spinks, a former Steeler, from the offensive eleven. Spinks, a fullback with Pittsburgh, has been converted to a guard by Coach Lisle Blackbourn. The game could mark the Steelers' final appearance in the present stadium site. Local city authorities, proud of their pro football heritage, voted this week to generally remark the entire area. Primarily the stands will be dismantled and the seating capacity increased to approximately 33,000. The present capacity is 23,000. By this move, the Packers, member of the NFL since its inception in 1921, hope to scotch perennial rumors that the franchise must vacate this comparatively small community of 60,000 citizens. The Packers hold a 31 to 28 win over the New York Giants but dropped a close, 13-7, game to the Cleveland Browns. The Rooneymen, on the other hand, lost to Los Angeles, 35-24, and were walloped by San Francisco, 60-14. Kiesling said the only change in the starting lineup would be Frank Varrichione, the No. 1 draft choice from Notre Dame, who just joined the club, and will play right tackle. The rest of the team will be the same as the club which opened against the Rams and 49ers. However, the coaches plan to get a good look at quarterback Ted Marchibroda and Ed
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - Plans to enlarge City Stadium, home of the Green Bay Packers, have been approved by one municipal committee but have a long way to go before new seats are added. The Board of Education, at a meeting this week, approved preliminary plans providing 9,000 new seats to the stadium which now holds 24,000. Mayor Otto Rachals said a cost estimate was expected to be ready in time for the next meeting of the Common Council Finance Committee September 1. He said it would then be up to the committee to recommend the size of a bond issue to pay for the project and a date for a voters' referendum.
AUG 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers are one touchdown favorites to whip the Pittsburgh Steelers in their NFL exhibition game here Saturday night. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's team has split two previous exhibitions while the Steelers have lost twice. A crowd of at least 15,000 is expected to be on hand when the game gets underway at 8 p.m. Blackbourn plans to use his rookies as much as possible against the Steelers. Charlie Brackins of Prairie View A&M (Texas) will handle the quarterbacking chores, and veteran Tobin Rote will sit on the sidelines unless needed. The Packers arrived here Saturday afternoon - 45 strong - from their training camp at Stevens Point. All were ready to play except tackle Bill Lucky, still recovering from an appendectomy. Blackbourn sent squad through a light tapering off drill Friday. Emphasis was on offensive and defensive assignments.
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - One of the more fascinating things about an early season Packer game - next to the possibility of actual victory - is the performance of the newcomers before the home folks for the first time. The Packers will have 45 athletes in uniform for their big battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers in City Stadium Saturday night, and 22 of them will be rookies or men who had previous pro experience elsewhere. Coach Liz Blackbourn isn't saying at the club's training base in Stevens Point that "we'll use all of them," but he indicated today that he's anxious to see what some of the new ones can do under fire. Seven of the 22 know about pro football from experience in '54 and/or previous years - guard Joe Skibinski, the former Cleveland Brown; guard Jack Spinks, former Pittsburgh and Chicago Cardinal fullback; center-linebacker George Timberlake who tried out with the '54 Pack; guard Sisto Averno, former Baltimore Colt; tackle Tom Dahms, former Los Angles Ram; end-tackle Howie McCants, former Detroit Lion and Canadian player; and tackle John Bove, former Ram and Canadian player...FIRST LOOK AT BAY: The remaining 15 are rookies, some of whom will be getting their first look at Green Bay - ends Bob Peringer, Winifred Tillery, Jim Jennings, Dick Deschaine, Jim Temp and Nate Borden; tackles Bill Lucky; guard Hank Bullough; backs Charlie Brackins, Allen Muirhead, Bob Clemens, Jim Capuzzi; linebacker Tom Bettis; corner linebackers Doyle Nix and Billy Bookout. The other 23 are holdovers from the '54 Packers. "We've used quite a few of the newcomers in those two earlier game," Blackbourn pointed out, "with some exceptions." Among the exceptions are Clemens, the Georgia fullback who has been hurt, and Jennings, the Missouri end who has been looking good in practice. The Packers lost a newcomer yesterday - rookie center George Machoukas of Toledo, who requested his discharge. Earlier in the week, Timberlake was moved into center behind veteran Jim Ringo...LUCKY OUT OF PLAY: Timberlake, who worked as a center as a freshman and sophomore in college and then switched to linebacker, won't be ready to work the Packer pivot, barring an emergency, but he's ready for linebacking and platoon duty. One player will be held out of action - Lucky, the tackle obtained along with Skibinski from the Browns. Recuperating from an appendectomy, Lucky started active work this week and likely will be ready for the Philadelphia Eagles game Sept. 3 at Charleston, W.Va...And speaking about fascinating things, Ed Kiely, the Pittsburgh publicist, blew into town today with a hatful of hot items on the Steelers. "You'll see a lot of Ted Marchibroda at quarterback, but Jimmy Finks will start. Both those guys gave you a lot of trouble - in that game in Milwaukee a couple of years ago before Ted went into service and in the league opener last year." How well we remember, Ed! Marchibroda, on Sept. 12, 1953, in the Milwaukee Shrine game, completed 16 out of 27 for 135 yards and one TD in the Steelers' 26-23 victory. Just last fall, Finks went wild with 27 completions in 40 attempts for 327 yards and one touchdown in Pitt's 21-20 win. About those two losses on the west coast? "We lost to Los Angeles 35 to 24 and really could have won the game. We went into that one with only six days of actual practice and the Rams had three weeks and one day, so obviously they were far ahead of us. The Forty Niners beat us pretty good on the scoreboard (60-14) but they had us by only 21-14 at the half. They got that lead touchdown on a disputed interference pass play. Walt (Kiesling) used his rookies all of the second half and they got the runs on us when Pat Brady, our kicker, had two punts blocked on bad passes. First time Pat eve had a punt blocked and, by the way, tell your defensive ends to go easy on Brady. Ha, ha!?...HOW ABOUT NO MO!: "We got the two Modzelewskis together with us for the first time - Little Mo goes 250 and plays tackle and Big Mo carries 215 and you know plays fullback. They got a little brother who's going to be pretty good, too. He's 14 and weighs 250 pounds and they call him No Mo. Watch for this Sid Watson Saturday night. He might turn into the darling of the league. He looks like he's 14, has straw colored hair and can really scoot. He seems go little out there but he actually carries 190 and stands 5-10. And then there's Ed Smith, a fine halfback who has 14 brothers. He's the 15th. Ed is from Arp, Tex., which is near Mule Shoe, Tex."
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - In presenting the case for the rebuilding of City Stadium, Fred Leicht, chairman of the Packers Stadium Committee, declared the future of the Packers looks bright and promised that the team will stay in Green Bay. His statement is a reminder that the Packers have been in the professional football business in Green Bay on a "temporary" basis for 36 years. That is something more than a trial period, and yet it can be said some of the Packers' best friends, through all of those years, have harbored the thought that some day the team would go out of existence or move to a larger city. Some New York newspapermen have made a career out of the annual prediction that Green Bay was about to be dropped from the league. The serious planning for an improved stadium which has won the support of the Packer management, the Mayor and the Board of Education is evidence that the uncertainty about the future of Green Bay and the Packers is passing. The problem will eventually come up for consideration by the Finance Committee of the City Council, by the entire City Council, and eventually will be passed upon by the voters of the city. For 36 years, Green Bay has stoutly supported the Packers. During the same period, we have somehow been influenced by what others thought about us and our team. From now on, the important thing will be what we think about ourselves and the Packers. Eventually, the voters will be required to write on the ballot the final decision of whether or not Green Bay and the Packers are permanently a part of the national professional football scene. That decision will be final.
AUG 25 (Olean, NY) - Steeler Coach Walt Kiesling today singled out six rookies whom he figured had "a good chance to help us." The six were center Fred Broussard, tackle Frank Varrichione, end Jack McClairen, linebacker John Reger, quarterback Vic Eaton and safetyman Richie McCabe. Winding up his last drill before leaving for Green Bay tomorrow, the Steeler coach also tossed in a plug for quarterback Ted Marchibroda, a veteran of the 1952 team recently discharged from the Army. "Eaton looked very good in his first game against Los Angeles and he has better size for a quarterback than Marchibroda," said Kiesling. "Vic is six feet tall, Teddy only 5-10 - but maybe Marchi's type is what this club needs." Keisling admitted that his present squad was "a little short of the talent we had at a comparable time last year." "The loss of fellows like Bill Walsh, Johnny Lattner, Paul Cameron and a couple of others is bound to be felt," he pointed out. "That Walsh would be hard to replace on any club while Lattner and Cameron figured to be improved players with a year's experience under their belts." Meanwhile, Green Bay Coach Lisle Blackbourn, whose Packers meet the Steelers Saturday night, was also crying the blues. "We didn't play a good game on defense," he said of his team's 13-7 defeat last Saturday by the Cleveland Browns. The Packers yielded one touchdown and two field goals to Cleveland. However, with third and a yard on the Browns' three in the last minute of the game, the offense couldn't make the sticks. Blackbourn said he will make three changes in his lineup for the Steelers. Veryl Switzer will move from offense to defense and will be replaced at right halfback by rookie Allen Muirhead of Mississippi. Linebacker George Timberlake will see some action as an offensive center.
AUG 25 (Olean, NY) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will work out here this morning and then go to Buffalo by bus for a plane ride to Green Bay, Wis., and their exhibition game there with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. After arriving in Milwaukee at 3 o'clock, Central Standard Time, tomorrow, the squad will take another bus to Green Bay. The game will start at 10 o'clock Saturday night, Pittsburgh time. Although the team has an 0-2 record in its two exhibitions to date, Coach Walter Kiesling plans to try out several of his rookies again in the Packer game. The Packers are expected to be tough since they held the champion Cleveland Browns to a 13-7 score in a recent exhibition - and the Wisconsin team really should have won. The Steelers will have to leave three players behind with injuries. They are Ed Modzelewski, with a sore back; Lemuel Harkey, with a kidney injury, and Dan McBride, with a bone injury received in an earlier exhibition.
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday announced plans for a new 32,000 seat stadium to meet protests from other NFL teams. "The Packers definitely will stay in Green Bay," Fred Leight, chairman of the Packers stadium committee, said. In recent months other clubs have been putting pressure on the Packers to move to Milwaukee or some other city because of the small stadium in Green Bay and low gate receipts. Green Bay's City Stadium usually is filled to capacity for Packer home games, but it will hold only about 24,000 fans, including several hundred who sit on the grass behind the end zone. The present stadium is made of wood and has been called a fire hazard. The Packers charge the highest prices for tickets in the league in order to make up for the lack of seats, but other club owners have insisted they are not taking enough money out of Green Bay to pay their expenses. This led the Packers to begin playing half of their home games in Milwaukee in 1953, giving each city three homes games and one pre-season exhibition. Preliminary plans for a new single deck steel and concrete stadium have been approved by the Green Bay Board of Education. Some high school athletic events will also be held in the proposed new stadium. "The next step is to get definite cost estimates," said Leight. He said the new structure would be "the best in professional football" because nearly 23,000 seats would located along the sidelines. The field also would have a modern lighting system, replacing the poor one now in use.
AUG 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The closest race in the NFL was the prediction by a spokesman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will clash with the Packers in an exhibition football game at Green Bay Saturday night. And those words come from a Pittsburgh representative who saw the Steelers take it on the chin, good, from the San Francisco 49ers, 60-14, in their second exhibition start after getting beat by the Los Angeles Rams, 35-24. Ed Kiely, Steeler flag waver, was emphatic with his points Wednesday, insisting that "there's nobody really outstanding" and "the team which is lucky enough to escape serious injury should be in the best position to take the title." "Oh, the Eagles and 49ers look good right now," added Kiely, "but just wait. I wouldn't be surprised if an 8-4 record could win it." If the Eagles and 49ers look like the best bets now, what could cause them trouble? "The 49ers probably have the best backfield in the business," granted Kiely, "but what if Y.A. Tittle got hurt? That would mean a practically unknown, Maury Duncan, would take over the quarterbacking duties. We know about Duncan. He couldn't make the grade with us and was grabbed by the 49ers. The Eagles, like the Rams, need fullback help. The Lions and Browns were hit the hardest by losses and the Giants have a brittle backfield. But get this one," said Kiely. "The Bears were dickering for a trade with us a week ago, calling themselves the 'greatest football machine since the war'. Remember what happened last Saturday - the supposedly lowly Cardinals drubbed Halas' boys, 21-6." Getting back to his Steelers, a club which was beaten by the Packers, 36-14, in an exhibition last season but came back to win a league affair at Green Bay, 21-20, Kiely insisted the team could go a long way barring injuries. For the record, Pittsburgh was one of the hottest clubs in the league last season, winning four of five starts. Trouble started in the Eagle game, and, as a result, both teams clubbed themselves out of the running. "Jim Finks is our ace in the hole," Kiley said. "He's a quarterback like Green Bay's Rote. Both have shown signs of greatness, yet both need offensive help to click. It was different with Cleveland. And it's going to be a lot different with George Ratterman filling in for Otto Graham. Graham was a player who could do everything perfect, he made Marion Motley - he was that kind." The Steelers' pressing problems are defensive tackles, ends and linebackers. Rookie quarterback Vic Eaton and end Jack McClairen are the real finds of summer camp. Pat O'Donahue, acquired from the 49ers, has earned a starting defensive end spot. Incidentally O'Donaghue will be testing his pro football know-how against another former Badger product. Jim Temp, a defensive end starting for the Packers, was a freshman at Wisconsin while O'Donaghue was a senior during the famed 1951 season. The Steelers will train at St. Norbert College in De Pere for a week following the Packer exhibition. Then it's an Orange Bowl game in Miami against the Lions. Coach Liz Blackbourn will bring his Packers in from their Stevens Point training site Saturday and return Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 15,000 is expected for the Saturday night contest. Blackbourn drilled the Packers through a 2-hour contact session Wednesday in preparation for the Steelers. At the end of the drill, rookie center George Machoukas asked and received permission to return to his home. The Packers now have 45 men at camp.
up before the game. While Blackbourn felt the heat "hurt us some," he called "the Browns' good defense" as the No. 1 factor in the Packers' setback. The Browns limited the Packers to 99 yards rushing, grabbed four of Tobin Rote's passes, snared a fumble and put on a staunch goal line stand to preserve a victory. With the exception of the last two plays, the Packers' ill-fated TD drive was encouraging for the future in that the Bays mustered enough strength to dent the best defense in pro football for 76 yards in 15 plays. The drive started from the Packer 20 with 6:05 left in the game. Here's how it went: Joe Johnson hit right end for six and then left tackle for five. Rote threw to Veryl Switzer for 11 to the 42. Interference was called on Warren Lahr on a Rote pass to Bill Howton on the Brown 48. Rote threw to Switzer for three. Switzer gained zero at left end. Rote went up the middle for four and on fourth down Rote circled right end for 11 to the Brown 30 with 3:35 left. Howie Ferguson made three at center. Rote threw to Al Carmichael for two and then to Howton for 12 to the 13 with 2:03 left. Rote gained three at right end and threw to Johnson for six to the four. Needing one yard for a first down with 1:41 left, Ferguson was held for no gain at center. Rote then tried an option run or pass play to the right but Carlton Massey apparently sensed the maneuver and nailed Rote for a one-yard loss. The Browns froze out the remaining minutes and the Cleveland team had posted its sixth straight victory over Green Bay, including one league-game verdict. The two teams ran neck and neck in the first quarter until the Packers put on their scoring drive. Morrison punted twice and Dick Deschaine once - his first in a major league game, and it went 42 yards, before the Packers bagged the first first down of the game on Rote's 23-yard pass to Ferguson. Deschaine had to punt again - this time 44 yards, and the Browns bagged two first downs before Morrison had to punt again. Both teams suddenly got loose, Howton fumbling a pass catch and Tommy James recovering on the Packer 29. On the next play, Dante Lavelli caught a pass, fumbled and Val Joe Walker recovered on the Packer 30 and returned to the Packer 41. From that point, the Packers scored in five plays. Rote and Howton worked a 49-yard aerial to the Browns' 10. The Packers went offside on the next play and, operating from the 15, Rote hurled to Carmichael for 14 to the one after incompleting one to Gary Knafelc in the end zone. From the one, Rote sneaked over and Fred Cone converted for a 7-0 lead. The Browns surged right back. Starting on his own 37, Ratterman hit Dub Jones for 21, Green went four and Aramis Dandoy seven to the Packer 31. After Morrison made two, Ratterman threw to Ray Renfro for 16 to the 13. Morrison, in two tries, scored the last, going eight. Groza converted and it was tied 7-7. Rote completed five out of eight passes in the first quarter, but the next period saw Rote incomplete eight passes and Charlie Brackins one. The incompletions included two interceptions, one setting up a 35-yard field goal miss by Groza and the other paving Groza's 15-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the half. The Browns had a touchdown nullified by holding early in the third period, Dandoy going over from 12 yards out on second down. The Browns reached the Packer nine, but on fourth down John Martinkovic, all but clipped out of the play, pulled Ratterman down by the arm for a 17-yard loss. Rote and Reid worked on a 21-yard pass gain on the Pack's next effort but James intercepted a Rote pass to end the start. The Packers quickly forced Horace Gillom to punt but on their first play Tom Jones recovered a backfiring handoff between Rote and Ferguson on the Bay 19. With the help of a Browns' offside penalty, the Pack held and Groza booted a field goal from the 20. The Packers moved to the Browns' 44 on a series of Rote passes to Reid and Switzer but Don Paul intercepted Tobin's throw early in the fourth quarter on the Brown 21. The Browns moved 46 yards in two plays before the Packers stiffened. Groza tried his fourth field goal, from the 33, but missed. The Bays then went on their almost-a-TD drive.
​GREEN BAY -   7   0   0   0  -   7
CLEVELAND -   0  10   3   0  -  13
                       GREEN BAY     CLEVELAND
First Downs                   14            17
Rushing-Yards-TD         26-99-0      37-169-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 30-14-161-0-4 23-17-151-0-0
Total Yards                  260           320
Fumbles-lost                   2             1
Turnovers                      6             1
Yards penalized                5            70
1st - GB - Tobin Rote, 1-yard run (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - CLE - Fred Morrison, 8-yard run (Groza kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - CLE - Groza, 15-yard field goal CLEVELAND 10-7
3rd - CLE - Groza, 20-yard field goal CLEVELAND 13-7
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 8-41 1 TD, Howie Ferguson 9-24, Veryl Switzer 3-15, Joe Johnson 2-11, Breezy Reid 2-5, Al Carmichael 2-3
CLEVELAND - Fred Morrison 13-81 1 TD, Marion Motley 4-22, Henry Ford 5-21, Aramis Dandoy 5-21, Ray Renfro 2-10, Maurice Bassett 2-6, George Ratterman 3-5, Dub Jones 1-2, Bob Smith 1-1, Green 1-0
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 29-14-161 4 INT, Charlie Brackins 1-0-0
CLEVELAND - George Ratterman 22-17-184, Henry Ford 1-0-0
GREEN BAY - Bill Howton 3-67, Breezy Reid 3-30, Veryl Switzer 3-20, Al Carmichael 3-12, Howie Ferguson 1-23, Joe Johnson 1-5
CLEVELAND - Dante Lavelli 5-61, Fred Morrison 4-4, Dub Jones 3-33, Bob Smith 2-30, Ray Renfro 2-27, Marion Motley 1-9
ago, is anybody's guess. But there could be a concrete answer when the two clubs meet again Oct. 23 in Cleveland in a league game. The problem, at the moment, though, is Pittsburgh - at City Stadium next Saturday night. The Packers were up on only two sustained drives all night before 22,000 sweltering fans in the Rubber Bowl. The first gave the Bays a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and the second fell four yards short of a 13-13 tie or a 14-13 victory with 1:21 left in the game. In between the two pushes, the Packers lost the ball four times on interceptions and once on a fumble. Despite all of these gifts, the Browns were limited to 13 points - on a 63-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter and two field goals by Lou Groza who missed two others. The Packer defense held up well considering the fact that the Browns rolled up 320 yards and gained consistently between the 30's on Curley Morrison's blasts up the middle and George Ratterman's pinpoint passing. The heat might have been a big factor in the game. It was close to 90 at kickoff time and the Packers "played" the equivalent of part of a game Friday, traveling in two separate units - most of the hours by bus - from Stevens Point. The Bays tried to relax in 98-degree weather Saturday. The Browns bussed over from their training camp at Hiram, O. - 28 miles distant, just in time to warm
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - You've heard the 1955 Packers play two games thus far - via WJPG, and you've read about 'em for the last 40 days in the Press-Gazette. Now you can see 'em in the flesh - and, we might add, draw your own conclusions as to a possible improvement over '54. The first eyewitness event is scheduled at City Stadium Saturday night, with the Bays engaging the pesky Pittsburgh Steelers, owned by Art Rooney and coached by Walt Kiesling. The game will be the third non-championship affair for both clubs. It will be the only meeting of the two rivals this season. Green Bay has a 1-1 record; Pittsburgh 0-2. Tickets are available for the game and Ducat Director Carl Mraz added that the ticket office at 349 S. Washington will be open every night this week, starting 
tonight, for the fans' convenience. The Steelers will go into action with two weeks of rest under their belts. They haven't played since a week ago last Saturday when the San Francisco Forty Niners took advantage of a rookie defensive line to roll up a 60-14 score. The previous week Pitt dropped a 35-24 decision to Los Angeles...Despite the two losses to the Western Division powerhouses, Al Abrams, celebrated Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports editor, wrote the other day: "We don't think the Steelers will win the division title, but it's certain they'll provide their share of thrills. A team can't be too bad that can boast of such players as McPeak, Dodrill, Chandnoise, Finks, Rogel, Mathews, Brady, Butler, et al. They're seasoned standbys you can count on. To me, it looks like a year of evenly-divided happy and sad afternoons - about six wins and six losses."...GOOD CASH IN POINT: "Try as I might, I can't find myself getting overwrought about the 60-14 shellacking the Steelers took the 49ers the last time out. You can write off the lopsided whacking as just one of those things. It was another case of one team getting another on the run. When that happens, the score can be anything. A good case in point was the Steelers walloping of the Cleveland Browns at Forbes Field last year. No team in the National League is 40 points better than any other team. Walt Kiesling and his aides are not too worried about the Frisco game. While the enemy was piling up points, Big Kies stayed with the rookies almost exclusively in the second half. Red Strader, the 49er coach, kept most of his regulars, especially the talented Y.A. Tittle, in the game for over three quarters."...And we might add, big Kies had ample opportunity to test his rookies and more than likely will cut his entire squad loose for the first time against the Pack...The Packers went to work today at Stevens Point on mistakes they made in the 13-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns at Akron Saturday. Coach Liz Blackbourn pointed out: "We did not play a good game, but I think the game meant an awful lot to us from the things that we learned. Playing against a team of the caliber of the Browns brought out things that we must work on and making those mistakes at this time should be profitable to us later on if we can correct them." Blackbourn said he planned on no further cuts until after the Steeler game. The squad is now down to 46 players, including tackle Bill Lucky who is recuperating from an appendectomy. Lucky, incidentally, likely will be ready for the Philadelphia Eagle game Sept. 3...LUCKY RUNS PLAY: Lucky ran through a play for the first time yesterday and came back to the huddle smiling, indicating that his operation was giving him no trouble. Allen Muirhead, the defensive halfback, worked out with the offensive squad yesterday and Veryl Switzer, heretofore an offensive back, went on defense. George Timberlake, the linebacker, started duty as an offensive center. The Packers came out of the Cleveland game with no serious injuries. Corner linebacker Doyle Nix twisted his leg in the Brown game but escaped with nothing more than stiffness. The cool weather brought about new life in the Packer camp, and Blackbourn has scheduled spots of scrimmage for the various workouts. The athletes wear shorts in the morning drills and pads in the afternoon.
AUG 23 (Olean, NY) - Halfback Lynn Chadnois, after a year's exile in Coach Walter Kieslin's doghouse, suddenly has turned into the golden boy of the Steelers' training camp here. All because the bounding halfback from Michigan State is running as he never ran before as a pro. "Lynn looks like he's going to have a great year," said Kiesling yesterday as he watched his rangy, little 205-pounder blast through the line and explode to the outside. "That boy really turns it on when he wants to," continued Kiesling. "I don't know what was biting him a year ago, but he's certainly shown me a lot of football this year." The Steeler coach is not one for figures, but the statisticians would tell him that Chadnois, in two exhibition games, is the team's leading ground gainer by a considerable margin. Kiesling recalls two runs that contributed to the insurance salesman's lofty rating. One was a 32-yard blast from the Steelers' five-yard line against the Los Angeles Rams. The other was a 13-yard trip to the three against the San Francisco Forty-Niners. "When Lynn runs like that," said Kiesling. "He's bound to hurt somebody and it won't be the Steelers. With his speed and power, he should be the league's leading ground gainer." Chadnois, a brooder, was down in the dumps a year ago. Kiesling contributed to that attitude in the early days of training camp when he, without warning, installed Johnny Lattner as the Steelers' No. 1 right halfback. The demotion hurt Chadnois' pride. As an old pro, he felt that Lattner should have to win the job, that it shouldn't be handed to him on a silver platter. Chadnois won his starting job back before the season ended, but by then the damage was done. The Steelers were a badly disorganized team and the blocking, at that pathetic stage, was useless. His job secure once more, Chadnois is pouring it one. At last he is showing the form that made him an unanimous All-America choice in 1948-49 and won him a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1952. The Steelers concentrated yesterday on a defense to use against the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay, Wis., Saturday night. Two casualties of Sunday's scrimmage, tackle Tom Palmer and halfback Lem Harkey, were back in action. Vic Eaton, the No. 2 quarterback, has been shifted to the defensive platoon and will play both ways against the Packers. The versatile signal-caller from Missouri further cemented his chances of making the club by taking over the team's secondary punting duties. Cy Pollack, a defensive end from Boston University, quit the squad and returned to his home in Buffalo.
AUG 23 (Stevens Point) - The Packers cast around for new specialists Tuesday and also took a look at plays expected from Pittsburgh in Saturday's exhibition at Green Bay. After the regular drills, coach Liz Blackbourn had quarterback Charlie Brackins testing as a field goal kicker. He also tried defensive safetyman Bobby Dillon on kickoff and punt returns. Brackins kicked five straight field goals from 45 yards out. Dillon worked alongside Al Carmichael and Veryl Switzer on the punt returns.
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - If you keep your ears open at City Stadium Saturday night, you might hear what the NFL calls a "fast whistle". A new sort of chirp, the birdcall sounded throughout the contest between our Packers and Art Rooney's Pittsburgh Steelers isn't expected to attract any flocks of strange birds. The fast whistle was originated in a meeting room of the Warwick Hotel in New York last year. It was discovered by the brass representing the various clubs and quietly sprung on the team coaches. Anyhow, to make a long story short, the National League's newest rule makes its local debut at City Stadium Saturday night. Blowing will start at 8 o'clock. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn, relaxing for a moment between dinner and football movies at Stevens Point yesterday, isn't real pleased about the new rule - any more now than he was back in the birdcall month of January. Both Blackbourn and Coach Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns had talks with the officials after the Packer-Brown game in Akron last Friday. There were a number of cases where the whistle blew a dead ball when the runner was on the turf with nobody around him. In fact, the Packers might have won the game but for a fast whistle. Tobin Rote threw a pass to Joe Johnson, who fielded the pigskin on the Brown four-yard line with 1:50 left in ye olde ball game. Johnson was hit immediately but before he was twisted to the ground he lateraled to tackle Len Szafaryn about on the five-yard line. Len didn't have a soul around him - nobody in the radius of four yards. He started to run toward the goal but Sir Official let loose with the special whistle and the play was dead - on the four! The new fast whistle rule makes it strictly a matter of judgment for the officials, which means that if an official has a bad day there'll be plenty of bickering on both sides - not to mention a bad game. Blackbourn would rather operated with "something definite - so the official wouldn't be confined to judgment. Either go with the college rule (which kills the ball when an athlete touches his hands or feet) or the old pro rule (which permits movement until the athlete can't move)." Section 7, Dead Ball, Article I, Item 1 (3) reads: "Touches ground with any part of his body, except his hands or feet, while he is in the grasp of an opponent and irrespective of the grasp being broken. Ball shall be declared dead immediately (Fast Whistle). Note - Ball is dead at spot of ball at instant runner so touches ground irrespective of condition of field. Runner touching ground with any part of his body, including hands or feet, as the result of blocking, pushing and/or attempted tackle may continue to advance." The rule book lists a few thousand more well chosen rules but the above four 
AUG 27 (Green Bay) - The Packers will be out to snap a five-game City Stadium losing streak when they battle the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight. Kickoff is set for 8 o'clock and a gathering of more than 18,000 is expected. This could be the fourth last game in the historic stadium since city and Packer officials hope to have new stands, seating nearly 33,000, on the same site ready by 1956. The Packers haven't won a game - championship or non-championship - at City Stadium since Oct. 18, 1953, when the Bays whipped the Baltimore Colts, 37 to 14. They dropped the next five but all of them were scorchers. Detroit beat the Packers in the league finale 14-7 here in' 53. Last fall, Cleveland won the non-leaguer 14-13, Pittsburgh took the league opener 21-20, the Chicago Bears won the middle game 10-3 and Detroit took the nightcap, 21-17. Thus, the Packers lost five games by a total of 20 points - an average of four per City Stadium start. The 1955 Packers, starting their second year under Head Coach Liz Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus, have high hopes of starting a City Stadium winning streak tonight. The task will be most difficult, though, since the Pittsburghs under Head Coach Walt Kiesling will be laboring under the same high hopes, winning a game to end a losing streak. The Steelers lost their first two starts to Los Angeles and San Francisco, while the Packers split, beating New York 31-24 and losing to Cleveland 13-7. Both teams will go for the most part with their veterans - at least at the start. Of the 22 athletes starting in the offensive platoon, 18 will be veterans. Of the remaining four rookies, three will be Steelers - left end Jack McClairen of Bethune-Cookman; center Fred Broussard of Northwest Louisiana and tackle Frank Varrichione of Notre dame. Lone rookie Packer offensive starter will be Hank Bullough, right guard from Michigan State. The Pitts can be use a couple of veteran quarterbacks, Jim Finks, the starter, and Ted Marchibroda - plus a highly-touted rookie, Vic Eaton of Missouri, who has blossomed in camp. The Green Bays will open with Tobin Rote, but Blackbourn hopes to find a spot for Charlie (Choo Choo) Brackins, Prairie View A&M's most famous football graduate who has sparkled in camp. The rest of Green Bay's starting backfield will have Breezy Reid at left half, Al Carmichael at right half and Howie Ferguson at fullback. Pittsburgh will work Lynn Chandnois, Ray Mathews and Fran Rogel with Finks. Offensively, Blackbourn would like to see more of Jim Jennings and Bob Peringer at ends, Bob Clemens at fullback - to name a few. Defensively, the two rookie defensive ends - Jim Temp and Nate Borden - may be submitted to more pressure. So will Billy Bookout and Doyle Nix, two strong corner linebackers. Gene Knutson may go back to defensive end (from offensive tackle), with Tom Dahms taking over at right 
tackle. Joe Skibinski, bothered with an ankle sprain earlier, expects to cut loose for the first time. A good sidelight to the game will be the punting duel between the Steelers' Pat Brady, league punting champion last year, and the Packers' young booting phenom from Menominee, Mich. - Dick Deschaine. Deschaine, who averaged 55 yards in high school and in practice at the Packer camp, made his debut against the Browns last Saturday – five days after he reported. He admitted after the game that “I was nervous out there,” but averaged 43 yards in three tries. Brady finished ’54 with an average of 43.2, beating out Horace Gillom of Cleveland, who had 42.9. Brady, a left-footed punter, ruined the Packers with about two minutes left in the opener last year. The Bays had moved the Pitts back to their 10-yard line but one stroke of Pat’s leg and the Bays had to start from their own 27.
AUG 27 (Green Bay) - City Stadium will be decked out with hash marks and end zone designs for tonight’s Packer-Steeler game. The hashmarks were introduced in the televised Wisconsin-Rice game last fall and the Packers and Los Angeles Rams will be the first to try it in professional football. The marks are chalk likes about two feet long crossing the inbound lines between the 10-yard marks. They are designed to help officials in lining up the ball (no more of those six and four-yard penalties) and sportswriters and sportscasters in determining the yardage needed for a first down. Ball carriers may also benefit, determining the yardage needed for a first down. The end zones will have a diamond-shaped display. Responsible for the chalk renovations were H.J. Bero, Tom White and Nick Dallich…The Packer ticket office at 349 S. Washington will be open until 5 o’clock this evening. The box offices at the stadium open at 6 o’clock. Gates open at 6:30 and kickoff is set for 8 o’clock…The Steelers are relaxing at St. Norbert College – their home until Sept. 1. They are living in Berne Hall, taking their meals in the college’s main dining room and practicing on the school field on the campus. The Packers were due in Green Bay from their training base at Stevens Point at 2 o’clock this afternoon. They’ll headquarter at the Northland and return to the Point at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon…One Packer will be held out of action – tackle Bill Lucky, who is recuperating from an appendectomy. Coach Liz Blackbourn expects to use him some against the Philadelphia Eagles a week from tonight in Charleston, W.Va…Stadium workers are asked to report at 6 o’clock. Gates will open at 6:30…Big Walt Kiesling, head coach of the Steelers, is looking forward to his stay in Green Bay. He played here and served as Packer line coach in the late 1940’s. Kiesling says he plans two-a-day workouts for next week – “if the practice field is all right.”…Tonight’s game will be broadcast over the 52-station Wisconsin Network, including WJPG, the radio service of the Press-Gazette, and a 40-station Pittsburgh network with KDKA the originating station.
AUG 27 (Green Bay) - The Steelers are in town today to play the Green Bay Packers, but if you were to talk to these rabid football fans you'd never know it. All they remember is Pat Brady, the team's punting specialist who broke the Packers' back a year ago. They're still talking about the tremendous boot Brady laid to the leather as Pittsburgh won last year's NFL opener, 21-20. "As long as I live," said Ben Laird, an old-line Green Bay fan and former Packer broadcaster, "I'll never forget that kick. It broke our backs." Bonnie Ryan, the Packers' publicity agent, was almost emphatic. "The Steelers deserved to win," he said. "They gained five hundred and some yards to about two hundred for us, but I don't think they'd have won if Brady hadn't kicked the ball as far as he did." The fabulous boot which is the subject of so much conversation was the Steeler punter's last ditch effort from his own end zone. The ball traveled 78 yards in the air and was caught on the fly by halfback Al Carmichael, a Steeler threat tonight. Tonight's game, which starts at 10 p.m. Pittsburgh time, doesn't have the tension or the drama that marked the 1954 opener, but it's fraught with excitement anyhow. For Green Bay's rabid fans - rabid enough for a town of 55,000 to consider floating a bond issue to finance a 32,000 seat stadium - the bell rings tonight, the Packers first 1955 appearance at home. They've all but sold out the 24,000-seat stadium. Brady and his Bunyan-like boots notwithstanding, the Packers are seven point favorites. Coach Walt Kiesling agrees with the handicappers. Fullback Ed Modzelewski, halfback Lem Harkey and end Dan McBride, all injured, were left back in Olean, N.Y.