GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) – The Green Bay Packers wound up their non-league season here Saturday night with a 37-28 victory over the Chicago Cardinals to five them – and the fans – a big shot in the arm as preparations begin for next Sunday’s NFL opener against the Detroit Lions at City Stadium. The Packers showed a Shrine Game crowd of approximately 18,000 fans in Marquette Stadium that they can and will score both through the air and on the ground in winning the second of six preseason starts, against a Cardinal team which is likely to give its Eastern Division rivals more than one headache during the league campaign. The optimism generated by the victory, of course, will be tempered by the fact that nobody looks like a “Lion” in the mouth without respect for its ability to snap its jaws with unpleasant results. But the Packers proved against the Cardinals that they’ll be ready for their 35th campaign in the league come next Sunday at 1:35. Saturday night’s contest was a see-saw affair with spectacular dashes of running and passing that complemented the dazzling pageantry of the Shriners in the pregame and halftime ceremonies. The Packers scored three times running, twice on long passes and on a field goal. The Chicagoans, meanwhile, tallied on two running plays, a pass and a pass interception. For Green Bay, the scoring was divided as follows: Howie Ferguson, on running plays of three and 79 yards, the latter a brilliant effort; Tobin Rote on a one-yard sneak; Rote on passes to Gary Knafelc for 77 yards and to Bill Howton for 72 yards; and Fred Cone on a 27-yard field goal. Cone added four points after touchdown. The Cardinals counted touchdowns on a 37-yard pass interception return by Dick (Night Train) Lane; runs of one and nine yards by Lamar McHan; and on a pass from McHan to Johnny Olszewski for 13 yards. Pay Summerall added four points after touchdown. For Green Bay, the running of Ferguson again tabbed him as one of the toughest in the league as he rambled for 155 yards in 19 carries, an eight yards plus per carry. His 79-yard romp in the third quarter admittedly boosted his average substantially, but he showed in 18 other carries that he can pick up yardage when it's needed most. Rote, completing 15 of 28 pass attempts for 286 yards, never bulls-eyed passes better than on the touchdown aerials to Knafelc and Howton. While these are the ones that will be remembered, the big Texan also hit other receivers during the evening and kept the Cardinal defense guessing with his ball handling. Although he's called Johnny "O", the Cardinals' fullback is anything but a cipher when it comes to carrying the leather. The Big Red's bread and butter man, Olszewski carried 13 times for 85 yards, a six-plus average. McHan, who also likes to run the ball, and does it well, completed 10 passes in 18 attempts for the Cardinals and made 34 yards six times running. Overall, the Packers gained 521 yards divided between 225 rushing and 296 passing, while the Cardinals' attack was almost evenly divided between 161 rushing and 172 passing for a net of 333. Two pass interceptions early in the game set the stage for the see-saw aspect of the contest. On the third play after the kickoff, Bill Forester intercepted Ogden Compton's aerial on the Cardinal 42 and returned it to the 30. Ferguson gained 16 yards to the 14, a pass was incomplete and a ground play lost a yard. The chance fizzled when Tom Keane intercepted Rote's pass, his first, and returned it 35 yards to the Cardinal 40. But nothing came of the chance. Shortly after the Packers obtained possession on a field goal attempt by Summerall, Lane intercepted Charley Brackins' pass on the Packer 37 and skipped down the sidelines for the first Cardinal touchdown. Summerall kicked the point to give the Chicagoans a 7-0 lead with 8:50 gone of the first period, which ended with neither side threatening further. On the second play of the second quarter, the Packers got a break which they wasted no time in turning into a score. Dick Deschaine punted to Jim Carr, who fumbled after signaling a fair catch as the Green Bay forwards bore down on him. Roger Zatkoff recovered on the Cardinal 23 and the Packers were on their way, after a first down loss of seven yards on a Rote pass attempt. Ferguson got the seven back immediately and then Rote passed to Breezy Reid for 16 yards to the seven and a first down. Ferguson picked up four more to the three, from where he piled over for the touchdown. Cone's extra point tied the score 7-7 with only 2:50 gone in the second quarter. Six minutes and 14 plays, the Packers tallied again. The Cardinals were forced to punt on fourth down after the kickoff, the forcing being helped considerably by Dave Hanner, who dropped Compton for a 20 yard loss on a pass attempt. Starting on the 43 after the punt, the Packers required 10 plays to score. Ferguson and Reid moved the ball to the 31 on the first two plays and Rote passed to Howton and Ferguson and ran it once to the 20. After Ferguson carried to the 17, Rote on a keeper picked up 13 to the 4, Ferguson pushed it to the 3, and Reid gained two to the 1, from where Rote sneaked it over with 9:15 gone in the second quarter. Cone's extra point attempt was blocked by Lane, making the score 13-7 Packers. The new Cardinal running attack proved itself after the ensuing kickoff. It required seven plays to cover 74 yards. Olszewski started the drive off with a 35-yard jaunt to the Packer 39. McHan then gained 27 yards in two successive plays to the 12. Olszewski hauled it on the next two for 10 down to the 2. With two minutes left to halftime, McHan gained a yard at the middle and then punched the remaining yard for the touchdown. Summerall kicked the point to put the Cardinals ahead, 14-13. A spectacular return of a Rote pass by Ollie Matson wound up the first half. Matson grabbed the aerial five yards back of the goal line and ran it back 55 yards to the midfield line, where he was knocked out of bounds by Rote. The half ended a play later. Neither team could get a scoring threat going in the first two-thirds of the third period. Best plays of the period up to the fireworks which followed were an 18-yard pass, Rote to Joe Johnson, and a 30-yarder, McHan to Gern Nagler. Both teams, however, were forced to punt twice. The Cardinals' second kick, almost a grounder, followed Dave Mann's fumble of the pass from center and the ball traveled only 20 yards, the Packers getting possession on their 21. On first down, Rote flipped the ball to Ferguson on the left and Ferguson wasted no time in lighting out for the Cardinal goal, 79 yards away. Ferguson got up a full head of steam about midfield and nobody in the Cardinal secondary laid a hand on him as he galloped for the touchdown. Cone's extra point gave the Packers a 20-14 lead with 10:50 of the third period elapsed. Again the Cardinals showed that their offense is going to give opponents trouble this year. They used only 12 plays to cover 65 yards after Mal Hammack returned Brackins' kickoff from the 17 to the 35. A McHan-Hammack pass gained 11 to the 46 and Olszewski's four-yarder put the ball on the midfield stripe. Goble and Olszewski combined to push it to the 30, where the Cards drew a five-yard penalty. Successive passes from Compton, to Olszewski and Dick Brubaker, gained 13 yards to the 22 and Olszewski carried three straight times to the 13, the last on the first play of the last quarter. Compton's pass was knocked down in the end zone by Doyle Nix. On fourth down, McHan passed to Olszewski for 13 yards and a touchdown to tie the score at 20-20, with 45 seconds gone in the period. Summerall's extra point gave the Cardinals a 21-20 advantage. The one-point advantage looked pretty big at that point, but any dismay displayed by Packer fans was wiped out moments later. Switzer returned the kickoff 20 yards to the 22, and a Rote pass, intended for Johnson, fell incomplete. Then it happened. Rote, on third down, threw a perfect strike to Knafelc, who caught the ball on the Packer 40 and raced the remainder of the way for Green Bay's fourth touchdown, aided by a key block by Howton on the Cardinal 35. Cone's kick was good to put the Packers ahead again, 27-21, with the fourth quarter only 2:06 old. The Packers clinched the victory after the Cardinals were forced to punt. Gaining possession on their own 17, Cone moved to the 20, a pass was incomplete, and then Rote passed to Johnson for 18 yards. A penalty against the Packers to the 28 after Ferguson carried it to the 43 didn't make much difference, it developed. As Howton scooted down the field to outmaneuver Lane, one of the best defenders in the business, Rote uncorked a beautiful pass that Billy caught on the dead run a half step behind Lane. The Cardinal defender never had a chance to catch Howton on the 72-yard touchdown play. Cone's kick clinched the verdict for Green Bay, 34-21. The Cardinals, however, bounced back. After Goble's 35-yard kickoff return to the 32, McHan connected on successive passes to Matson, Stonesifer and Nagler for 11, 17 and 33 yards to put the ball on the Green Bay 7. A penalty moved it back to the 12 and then Deral Teteak broke through to drop McHan on the 25 for a 13-yard loss. McHan more than got it back on a 17-yard aerial to Brubaker on the 8, from where McHan circled right end for the touchdown. Summerall's extra point made it 34-28 Green Bay. Nothing daunted, the Packers unwound again. Switzer's 43-yard kickoff return to the Cardinal 49 started it off. Ferguson and Johnson collaborated on ground plays and Rote passed to Switzer to move the ball down to the 10 with two minutes remaining. A penalty shoved Green Bay back to the 22. Johnson gained four back to the 18, but Switzer lost six to the 24. This coupled with another penalty put the ball on the 29. After Ferguson gained eight back to the 21, Cone kicked a 27-yard field goal to give Green Bay a 37-28 advantage. With only 20 seconds left in the game, the Cardinals tried three passes. The first two were incomplete, and the third, to Nagler, connected for 11 yards as the game ended.
CHI CARDS -   7    7   0   14   -   28
GREEN BAY -   0   13   7   17   -   37
                   CHI CARDINALS     GREEN BAY
First Downs                   17            20
Rushing-Yards-TD             161           225
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 24-12-172-1-1 32-16-296-2-3
Total Yards                  333           521
Fumbles-lost                 0-0           1-1
Turnovers                      1             4
Yards penalized             6-47          7-68
SCORING
CHI – Dick Lane, 37-yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)  CHICAGO 7-0
GB – Howie Ferguson, 4-yard run (Fred Cone kick)  TIED 7-7
GB – Tobin Rote, 1-yard run (Kick blocked)  GREEN BAY 13-7
CHI – Lamar McHan, 1-yard run (Summerall kick)  CHICAGO 14-13
GB – Ferguson, 79-yard run (Cone kick)  GREEN BAY 20-14
CHI – Johnny Olszewski, 13-yard pass from McHan (Summerall kick)  CHICAGO 21-20
GB – Gary Knafelc, 77-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick)  GREEN BAY 27-21
GB – Billy Howton, 72-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick)  GREEN BAY 34-21
CHI – McHan, 8-yard run (Summerall kick)  GREEN BAY 34-28
GB – Cone, 27-yard field goal  GREEN BAY 37-28
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-4) 37, Chicago Cardinals 28
Saturday September 17th 1955 (at Milwaukee)
'LONG ONES BEAT US,' SAYS RAY; 'NOT BEST GAME,' LIZ
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - A thoughtful Ray Richards described what had happened to his Chicago Cardinals at Marquette Stadium here Saturday night in six words: "Those three long ones killed us." Richards, of course, had reference to the Packers' three long second half scoring strikes, one a 79-yard jaunt by Howie Ferguson and the others 77 and 72-yard aerial collaborations between Tobin Rote and Gary Knafelc-Bill Howton. "It wasn't a case of our being fooled so much as as the fact that they outmaneuvered us," the Big Red's new head man explained. "We were on top of the play every time." Richards, whose athletes now have lost three in a row after starting auspiciously with a pair of victories over the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, was "impressed by the accuracy of Rote's long passes." Take that one to Howton for example. If that had six inches or a foot either way, it wouldn't have been complete but it was right on the button. The former Los Angeles Ram line coach also was lavish in his praise of Ferguson. "He played a real good football game," Ray opined. "He's come a long way, hasn't he? Howie was with the Rams when I was with them, and we had three outstanding fullbacks, Tank Younger, Dick Hoerner and Dan Towler." How does he rate Ferguson, who was dealt to the Packers by the Rams in their palmier days, now? "On his performance tonight, he rates right up there with the best of them," Ray conceded. "Howton was in great form tonight, too, getting into the open," Richards continued. "It looked like Dick (Lane) was going to take pretty good care of him till Howton got that step on him on that long one." In the same breath, Ray admitted he was "disappointed in our pass defense because nobody has thrown on us like that all year. We haven't been the same since Charley Trippi was hurt, not only because of his own physical contribution but because he always kept everybody else in line." Trippi was hurt early in the Cardinals' 43-7 loss to San Francisco and the injury may have ended his career. How did he compare the Packers with the four teams the Cards have faced in grapefruit competition, particularly the Bears and Detroit? Richards reflected briefly and replied, “I think the Packers, off their performance tonight, will play both the Bears and Lion a good ball game.” “I think they’re going to win some ball games, too,” Ray insisted, “if they keep coming like they showed tonight.”…It might be expected that joy would be unrestrained among the Packers after it was all over, particularly in view of the fact that they had just ended a four-game losing streak with a resounding victory. But such was not the case on the player bus which transported Green Bay’s favorite sons back to the Hotel Astor headquarters immediately following the game. Conversation was subdued and there was only one topic – next Sunday’s league inaugural with the Lions at City Stadium. Rote summed up the prevailing sentiment by remarking: “We’re going to have to play better ball than that to beat Detroit next week.”…A light-hearted Blackbourn admitted “it was an important victory from the morale standpoint. Coming from behind is something new for us this year. We’ve been having it the other way so much. In fact, this one reminds me of our game with New York.” In that one, the Packers’ first and last victory until Saturday night’s edifying performance, they also came from behind to win in the second half, 31-24. Surprisingly enough, Liz didn’t think “this was our best ball game to date. We played real good football against the Redskins, you know, even though we did lose in the last minute. Those Redskins are an awfully good running team. As a matter of fact,” Liz went on, “this is a real tough league this year, you know. It’s all so well balanced you don’t know who’s going to be good. Take these Cardinals, for instance. They’re going to give a lot of people some trouble before this year is over.” Did he intend to pound any single phase of play in preparation for the Lions? “Yes,” he said, “we’re going after our defense pretty tough this week.” Like Richards, he was unstinting in his praise of Ferguson, allowing that the bruising Louisianan is “a real good one. Right now, I’d have to rate him 1-2-3 in the league at fullback.”…It was an historic night in the stadium’s “steam-heated” press box, the occasions marking the first time in his coaching career that George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears, has paid a visit to the “home” of the fourth estate. This information was volunteered by Clem Collard, custodian of the Packer press box both here and in Green Bay for the last 34 years, and later corroborated by George himself. “Yes, I believe this is the first time I’ve ever been in any press box,” he said. Halas, who sends his Bears against the Packers in City Stadium Oct. 2, was not alone. His entourage included his son, George, Jr., Walter Halas and his son, Pete, Bear line coach Phil Handler and backfield coach Paddy Driscoll. George, blandly insisting that it was “pleasure and not business” that brought him to Milwaukee, observed, not without a smile, that “it was a nice balmy night and the coaches had a holiday – there was no coaches’ meeting – so I came up.” Officially diagramming the action were Russ Thomas of the Detroit Lions; the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Bob Snyder, Tom Hughes and Paul Copoulos of the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants’ cherubic Jack LaValle…Halas was not, however, the only distinguished guest in attendance. Also in the stands were comedian Red Skelton, Milwaukee Braves slugger Eddie Mathews and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Stan (The Man) Musial, Red Schoendienst and Solly Hemus. The Cardinals helped the Braves close out their home series Sunday afternoon…ROCK AND SOCK: The Cardinals’ Ollie Matson was the victim of a crushing gang tackle in the third quarter that drew a sympathetic “ooh” from the 18,000 witnesses. It happened on the kickoff following the Packers’ second touchdown in the second quarter. Charlie Brackins, the kicker, rushed downfield and rocked Matson low. Almost simultaneously, Tom Bettis and Bob (Footsie) Clemens hit him high, in midair. The three-pronged blow threatened to break him in two, but Ollie was able to continue…RARE STOP: When any NFL team has a third down and one situation, a first down is almost automatic. It didn’t hold true, however, on one occasion Saturday night. The Cards called upon Johnny Olszewski and their chances looked good but big John Martinkovic roared up, wrestled Johnny-O to the ground at the line of scrimmage and held him there, forcing a punt…ALMOST A TD: Jim Philbee came within an ace of going all the way in his first Wisconsin appearance as a Packer. Returning the kickoff, following the second Cardinal touchdown in the second quarter, Philbee, a :09.7 man in the 100-yard dash, would have gone the distance with the aid of one more block. As it was, he brought the ball back to the Packer 40…’QUICK KICK’: Under the circumstances, Cardinal punter Dave Mann did nobly on a late third quarter “quick kick”. He fumbled the perfect pass from center, started to run with it, then changed his mind and got a low “line drive” off the side of his foot. The ball bounced to the Packer 21, a distance of 24 yards…PAGEANTRY: With 25,000 Shriners from seven states in Milwaukee for a Great Lakes convention over the weekend, the pregame and halftime ceremonies for this sixth midwest Shrine classic were even more colorful than usual. A highlight of the production was the appearance of the Minneapolis Zuhrah Temple Drum and Bugle Corps.
TWO ON WAIVERS
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - The Packers today asked waivers on two players - tackle John Bove and end Bob Peringer. Additional cuts may be made Tuesday, pending the completion of trade talks with several other clubs, Coach Liz Blackbourn indicated today.
PACKERS LOOKED BETTER - HALTED SLIDE, DIDN'T TIGHTEN UP, BUT - 
SEPT 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Cardinals here Saturday, 37-28, and that was good. It broke a four game losing streak. They ran the ball for 225 yards and passed for 295 more and that was very good. A week ago against Washington they gained a measly 26 yards on the ground. They got three very easy touchdowns among their five, and that was good. Howie Ferguson ran 79 yards for one, Gary Knafelc took a 77 yard pass from Tobin Rote for another and Bill Howton a 72 yard pass for the third. Why bat your brains out smashing the ball down the field on short digs? They didn't tighten up down the stretch as they have so disturbingly before and that was good, too. In fact, they played their best football down the stretch, scoring 24 of their points in the second half - 17 in the fourth quarter - and yielding only 14. They needed something like this to restore their wavering confidence. They didn't drop cinch passes as they did against the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of weeks ago or against Washington in the disastrous fourth quarter a week ago, and that was good. They showed they have some football players - Howie Ferguson, who gained 155 yards rushing alone; John Martinkovic, a giant on defense; hard working Rote, of course; Tom Bettis, and that was good. They gave the 18,000 spectators a rare offensive show, coming back three times from deficits, and that was very good. They need all the friends they can win in Milwaukee. But - and this almost sounds like heresy in Packerland after a victory - for all they did and showed, they still did not leave the impression they were a football team ready to take on the champion Detroit Lions in the league opener Sunday or geared up to go any place in particular in the NFL race. Maybe, though, after earlier bumps, this was just what they needed really to start jelling. They played very spotty football. When they were good, they looked very good as on their long touchdowns. When they were bad, especially on defense, they looked very bad. They were punctured at times. They need help for Rote at quarterback. Charlie Brackins who gave promise earlier of giving Rote the support he needs, has yet to settle down. They need better protection for their passers. The blocking of the halfbacks was exceedingly sloppy at time. They need defensive ends. The loss of Jim Temp to the Army, although he may still be available for part of the season, and the injury to Gene Knutson have created a real problem. Martinkovic and Nate Borden can't possibly carry the load alone. The Cardinals, with Johnny Olszewski the chief tormentor, did real damage Saturday night inside and outside the ends. They need some running from the halfbacks, some offensive blocking on their own wide stuff, to give Ferguson ball carrying support. All that was not good. Monday, Blackbourn cut the first two of seven he must still release to get within the player limit of 35 by Tuesday night. Placed on waivers were offensive end Bob Peringer and tackle John Bove. The others will be cut Tuesday. This week will probably be spent in making a lot of adjustments. Not only will Knutson and Temp not be available for the opener, but Len Szafaryn has a split toe which may keep him out and Al Carmichael has a shoulder separation which will definitely keep him out. Injuries have really raise up with the team. "Oh My Ulcers" by Lisle Blackbourn could become a best seller.
PACKERS EYE LIONS WITH GO-GO ATTACK
SEPT 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers came up with a surprising running attack Saturday night, thanks to Howie Ferguson's 155 yards, and it proved the winning ingredient to Tobin Rote's passing. Last week, Green Bay could measure a measly 26 yards on the ground and the consequence was their fourth straight exhibition setback to the Redskins. But add 225 yards on the ground to 296 through the air and it gives the Packers a double-barreled attack. something absolutely necessary in the tough Western Division race which opens against the Lions in Green Bay next Sunday. "We were happy to get this one," said Coach Liz Blackbourn Sunday, "but I can't tell you how good we played despite the score. The films will tell the story. I can tell you one thing, though, our defense will have to more consistent if we expect to stay with the fast company coming up. Several lapses allowed the Cardinals to score too easily." Blackbourn had called a staff meeting for later Sunday night in which a detailed study of the films would be made. "I can't measure a darn thing until I've done that." While the Packers were taking the day off after their 37-28 conquest over the Cardinals, they were probably quite concerned after hearing their Sunday playmates, the Lions, had pounded the Giants, 27-17. At least Blackbourn was. "We figured the Giants were one of the better clubs we faced during the exhibition season," added Blackbourn. The Packers defeated New York, 31-24, in their first game. Now the Lions look very, very good. "I'm not going to say anything about our opener Sunday, only that we're going to study and study ANY Detroit weakness our scouts point out. At this stage of the game we still haven't come up with a left end as good as Max McGee. Our offensive line appears somewhat stronger than last season," was the extent of Blackbourn's appraisal of his '55 club. An improved forward wall was certainly evident in Ferguson's 79 yard gallop against the Cardinals. Bill Howton, Joe Johnson, and Tom Dahms were the key blocks after the line opened up for Fergy, Blackbourn pointed out. Rote gave notice to Lion scouters that he is up to his old running tricks again. On a keeper play against the Cards, rovin' Tobin gained 13 yards to Chicago's four to set up the second Packer touchdown. Incidentally, when Rote's first pass was intercepted by Jim Keane on the Cardinals' five. It marked the first time in three games that the passing Packer had lost the ball to an opponent. Adequate protection was all that Tob needed. Blackbourn reported that tackles Len Szafaryn and Gene Knutson would definitely miss the Lion game as would halfback Al Carmichael. Knutson's injury is the more serious. Knee trouble will probably keep him out the remainder of the season. Szafaryn has a split toe and Carmichael is laid up with a dislocated shoulder. However, both Szafarn and Carmichael should be ready for the Bear game the following week. This is the Packer picture as the club opens its 37th season of pro football. Saturday night against the Cardinals resembled some of those more pleasant memories of the past. Sunday against the Lions the opponent is the defending champion. But even though Blackbourn is mum, there must be optimism growing. Liz can remember two defeats to the Lions last season in four days by the total of six points. A break (like hanging on to the football) could have meant the difference.
BLACKBOURN MULLS TRADE AFTER BAYS WIN 38-27
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - The murmer of trade wins rustled the air after the Green Bay Packers stamped a 37-28 defeat on the record of the Chicago Cardinals in the Shrine exhibition football game Saturday night. Coach Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn indicated the Packers might make a deal for a defensive end or a defensive halfback, depending on the outcome of the Sunday's exhibition slate in the NFL. "An injury in any of the games could change the picture," he said. "But, we'll know more about it by Monday." Blackbourn said the Packers probably would give up a draft choice if a deal went through. The Bays still owe the Los Angeles Rams a draft choice for tackle Tom Dahms. Not long ago the club was set at defensive end, but the situation has been altered drastically by the trade of Carlton (Stretch) Elliott and an undisclosed draft choice for Dahms; the unexpected entry into service of Wisconsin's Jim Temp; and the injury that put Gene Knutson out of business. Aside from the defensive problems he must still solve, Blackbourn said he was very pleased with the showing of the club against the Cards. "It was an important victory for morale," he said. "Coming from behind was something for us. And those three long-distance touchdown plays were another thing."
PACKERS CUT TO 34, SHARPEN DRILL TEMPO FOR LIONS
SEPT 20 (Green Bay) - The Packers skinned down to 34 players today – one under the new All Star limit – as Coach Liz Blackbourn stepped up the tempo of practice for the NFL opener against the Detroit Lions at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. While the Bays worked Monday afternoon in the Bluejay baseball field, today’s concentrated efforts marked the official start of the league-season drills because talent testing, which started last July 16 with rookie week, is no longer the theme of the day. From now on, everything in the way of mental and physical preparation is for next Sunday’s opponent. Thus, today, a number of Packers carried aliases such as Bobby Layne, Jack Christiansen, Doak Walker, Jug Girard, and a flock of other notable Lions – 35 to be exact. Blackbourn reduced the Bay squad to 34 by disposing of four individuals. Steve Ruzich, a four-year veteran tackle and guard, and Jack Spinks, the former Pittsburgh and Chicago Cardinal fullback who tried his luck as an offensive guard, were placed on waivers. Jim Temp, the rookie defensive end from Wisconsin, now in military service, was placed on the club’s military reserve. And Gene Knutson, the defensive end who suffered a damaging knee injury in the Washington game, was placed on the permanent injured reserve list. Temp this has been preserved for the Packers once he gets out of service and Knutson will be lost for the season, though he remains Packer property. With one spot remaining to be filled, there was a possibility of a trade today. With both Temp and Knutson on the shelf, there appeared to be a shortage of defensive ends. Only listed DE’s presently are John Martinkovic and Nate Borden, although linebacker Roger Zatkoff played the position during the second half against the Chicago Cardinals Saturday. Under the new All Star rule, any two players the Packers had on the All Star squad may be carried over and above the 33 active players for the first two games of the regular season. The Packers had three players in the game – Hank Bullough, Tom Bettis and Temp. Bullough and Bettis were among the 34. After the first two league games, the Packers will cut down to 33 to meet the league limit…Packer ticket director Carl Mraz emphasized today that “there are a good selection of seats still available” for the Detroit game. The Packer ticket office will be open until 8 o’clock every night this week for the convenience of the fans…Veteran halfback Al Carmichael reported to Packer practice yesterday – out of uniform. He had just returned from California where he recuperated from a shoulder injury suffered two weeks ago. He was called home unexpectedly due to the illness of his wide, who is expecting. Carmichael, hurt in the Philadelphia Eagle game, hopes to be running soon. Blackbourn has installed a flanker system to soften the loss of Carmichael, with Veryl Switzer and Joe Johnson playing wide…Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi are having a rather hectic time what with getting ready for Detroit, looking at movies of the victory over the Cardinals, deciding on cuts and looking over the waiver lists of other clubs. This procedure probably was going on in all National league camps, since the waiver lists reveal the other club’s strength – plus give other teams a chance to strengthen up. The Los Angeles Rams headed activity today, dropping rookie backs Corky Tharpe of Alabama, Don Wade of Vanderbilt and Allan Webb of Arnold College; and veterans Stan West, Harry Thompson and Don Paul. West was traded to the New York Giants for a high 1956 draft choice. He had been a Ram regular since 1950. Thompson had been a regular guard since 1950, too. Coach Sid Gilman said he regretted sending West and Thompson away, but that it is his policy to keep rookies whenever he had to make a choice between veterans and youngsters. Jack Ellena of UCLA beat West for his job this year, and Sid Fournet of Louisiana State beat out Thompson…O’DONAHUE GOES BACK: The Rams roster is now down to 36 players. Skeet Quinlan, the Rams’ No. 1 halfback, may be the next cut. Because of an injured knee, he may be put on the injured reserve list until next year. Four members of last year’s squad were among seven released Monday by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The “upperclassmen” who got their walking papers were halfback Jim (Popcorn) Brandt of Olivia, Minn.; Dewey McConnell of Laramie, Wyo.; end Ed Kissell of Pittsburgh, and tackle Tom Palmer of Athens, Ga. End Joe O’Malley was returned to the Chicago Bears and end Pat O’Donahue went back to the San Francisco 49ers. Guard George Onesky from Chattanooga was released outright. O’Malley and O’Donahue had been traded to the Steelers on an “if” basis – if they made the squad. The Baltimore Colts placed end Jack Bighead and defensive halfback Jimmy Lesane on waivers Monday, cutting the squad to 36 players. Bighead was with the Colts last year, but was injured twice and saw little action. Lesane formerly played with the Bears. The Cleveland Browns Monday asked waivers on ends John Hall of Iowa, Glenn Dillon of Pittsburgh and halfback Dean Renfro of North Texas State.
LAYNE HEALTHY FOR PACK; WARMS UP VS. NEW YORK
SEPT 21 (Green Bay) - "Anybody want to bet Layne won't be in there opening day." That was Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn's first reaction one evening last August when the radio blared the news that "Bobby Layne may be lost for the season due to a shoulder injury." Blackbourn had no takers - so sure was he that Layne would be ready when the Packers engage the Lions in their NFL kickoff, then almost 40 days away but now only four days in the offing. For the record, it can be stated that Layne is ready, willing and able to go the route for the Lions this season - so rapid has been his recovery and/or treatment. Layne warmed up for Sunday by going the distance in the Lions' 27-17 victory over the New York Giants Sunday in Detroit. He hurled 18 times and completed nine for 152 yards - a far cry from his 25 to 40 throws a game. But that was an unusual game as Coach Buddy Parker seemingly cloaked his attack. Only two backs carried the ball all afternoon - Lew Carpenter, fullback, who lugged 20 times for 81 yards, and halfback Bob Hoernschemeyer,
the Redskins in the first two '52 league contests, the Pack had shown a real scoring punch...STYDAHAR REPLACED: The Rams, on the other hand, had looked anything but defending champions in their first games, scoring only 21 points in dropping the opening pair. A shakeup during a stumbling exhibition season had replaced Joe Stydahar as head coach by Hamp Pool, who was still looking for his first league victory. For three quarters, it looked like he would have to postpone his search even further. The crowd enjoyed itself hugely as the Packers put on a magnificent offensive splurge and corked the eager Ram attack to pile up a 28-6 lead. Then the roof fell in. Starting in the closing seconds of the third period, the Rams completed a 66 yard drive early in the fourth, caught fire, and in the remaining 12 minutes staged one of the most astonishing comebacks in the annals of professional football. The Packers made a romp of the contest at the very outset, powering 68 yards in the opening minute after Bobby Dillon intercepted a Ram pass on his 32. Bobby Jack Floyd climaxed the drive by bolting 14 yards for the touchdown, and Fred Cone converted. Through most of the second quarter, the Packers dominated play, although Bob Waterfield negotiated placekicks from 16 and 32 yards out after Ram advances were halted. Green Bay made it 14-6 when Billy Howton took a 10 yard fling from Tobin Rote and raced 60 spectacular yards. Billy evaded tacklers as he caught the pass and simply ran over two more just short of the goal line. When Bill Reichardt missed an easy 13 yard field goal near the end of the half, nobody paid much attention to the failure...PROHIBITIVE MARGIN: By the end of the third quarter, they had practically forgotten all about it. Bobby Mann caught one pass from Rote for 17 and a touchdown and another for  seven and a tally from Babe Parilli to give Green
O'DONAHUE TO PACK; WALKER POINT THREAT!
SEPT 22 (Green Bay) - A million things come to mind today as the Packer-Detroit game leaps into focus: Pat O'Donahue...Doak Walkers' Scoring...Spot Inconsistency...Western Division Tougher...Hart on Defense...Girard vs. Deschaine...Two by Eight...Tickets Left..Etc..O'Donahue, obtained yesterday on waivers from San Francisco, feels "like I'm home where I belong. This is where I wanted to come in the first place." he said after a stiff drill Wednesday afternoon. A native of Eau Claire, O'Donahue played with the famed Wisconsin Hard Rocks of '51 and now has rejoined a teammate on that team - Deral Teteak, Packer linebacker. O'Donahue was San Francisco's fifth draft choice in '52 and a regular defensive end that season. He served in the Army the next two years and signed with the Forty Niners in June of '55. "A month later, they traded me to Pittsburgh," Pat laughed, "even after they gave me a raise." O'Donahue was traded on a conditional basis - that is if he made the Steelers, Frisco was to get Pittsburgh's fifth draft choice next January. After attempting to lower the choice, the Steelers returned Pat to the Forty Niners who placed him on waivers. Installation of O'Donahue put the Packer roster up to the limit for the first two league games - 35. After two tests, it must be reduced to 33...Walker's scoring? Little Doaker, one of the many wonderful guys in pro football even though he'll be wearing a Detroit Lion uniform at City Stadium Sunday, has scored 82 points in eight games against the Packers since he turned pro in '50. The little clutch ace, who will be among the Packers' many special assignments Sunday, missed the two games against the Packers in 1952 but in the eight tests in 1950-51-53-54 he rolled up seven touchdowns, five field goals and 25 extra points against the Bays. He scored 33 in '50, including all of the points in the Lions' 24-21 victory at Detroit. He counted 28 in '51, eight in '53 in one game (he was hurt in the other) and 13 in '54. Walker's biggest scoring year was in '50 when he registered 128 points - 10 less than Don Hutson's all-time record. Walker finished second last year with 106 behind Bobby Walston of Philadelphia...Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn figured the other day that "spot inconsistency hurt us the most in the exhibition games" and he expressed the hope that "we have it cured by now." Bad inconsistency, spots of it, produced letdowns on the part of the Bay offense and defense. Good inconsistency resulted in the Packers making sudden breaks for what seemed like easy touchdowns and, defensively, stopping opponents cold. The Packers finished with a 2-4 non-league slate, the wins coming over the New York Giants in the first game and the
especially in that whirlwind fourth quarter as the lead changed hands four times before the local heroes staggered off the field in front. It didn’t start out that way. One of the most brilliant first half exhibitions ever put on by a Packer team completely overwhelmed the Lions, who were bottled securely through two quarters while the Bays romped to a 10-0 lead. The third quarter, however, was something else, and the fourth – well, read it for yourself. The Packers didn’t waste any time taking control and marched to the Detroit 30 yard stripe, where Tiny Engebretsen dropped back to the 40 and parked a placement squarely through the keyhole. Green Bay drove 58 yards in the second quarter to make it 10-0 as Arnie Herber flung bullseyes to Hutson, and Hinkle and Joe Laws pounded through the line. From the Lions’ 22, Arnie fired straight down the middle to Milt Gantenbein for the touchdown and Ernie Smith kicked the extra point…SWEEPING GROUND GAME: A completely different Lion team stormed out for the third quarter and practically chased the Packers out of their own park with a sweeping ground attack that Green Bay simply couldn’t stop. Ace Gutowsky, Dutch Clark and Ernie Caddel took turns slicing off the tackles, crashing over the middle and sweeping wide around the flanks to carry Detroit from its own 32 to the Packer 28 yard line. Then Caddel catapulted through left tackle and fled down the sidelines the rest of the way. Clark’s dropkick narrowed the gap to 10-7. It was only 10-9 a few minutes later when Herber elected to pass from the 18, was chased back into the end zone and overwhelmed. Detroit came roaring back again on the Gutowsky-Clark-Caddel combination and was on the Packer 13 yard mark as the third period ended. Caddel opened the fourth quarter by taking Clark’s pitch for nine and a touchdown. When Dutch’s conversion try bounced off the goal post to leave the score at 15-10, the coincidence was too pat for the comfort of those who remembered 1932. The Packers took the kickoff and advanced to the Detroit 47, where they called timeout. To quote John Walter, “prayers were rising from the stands like ducks from Peak’s Lake,” as the aging but always unpredictable Johnny Blood totted nonchalantly onto the field. On the first play, Blood went wide as a flanker and took off downfield while Herber faded to the Green Bay 45. Arnie let fly with a tremendous heave and Johnny, putting everything he had left into his old legs, took it as he stumbled across the last stripe. Smith’s point was good, and the Packers were out in front, 17-15…CLARK MAKES IT 18-17: The margin didn’t hold up long. Taking the ensuing kickoff, Detroit started all over again and soon has a first down on the home 25. Three plays failed to make required yardage, but on fourth down Clark sent the pigskin tumbling over the crossbar from 28 yards out. It was 18-17, Detroit, with time dribbling away. The Packers were battling both the Lions and the clock now as they got underway from their 32 yards line and clawed a path to a first down on the Detroit nine. Two thrusts netted only three yards, however, and Herber sacrificed a down to move the ball out in front of the goal posts. The emotionally exhausted crowd held its breath as Blood knelt on the 18 yards line, then let out a quivering sigh of relief and a triumphant roar when Engebretsen’s placekick sailed between the uprights for the winning score. Detroit took to the air in a last gasp bid, but its courageous comeback was quickly snuffed out. On the first play, Hutson, who had fielded five of Herber’s passes for vital yardage, intercepted Clark’s throw and dodged 20 yards before being grassed on the Lions 18 yard mark.
ASK COMPARATIVE STADIUM COST STUDY
SEPT 20 (Green Bay) - What would the cost of a new west side stadium be compared with the proposed improvement of City Stadium? The City Council’s finance committee Monday night moved to provide some hard facts in the debate over the best new home for the Packers by asking the Council tonight to authorize the Board of Public Works to engage a second architect. The architect would be hired to prepare a cost estimate for a stadium, with facilities equal to the improved City Stadium, located on city-owned land at Military Avenue and Boland Road. The committee presently is awaiting cost figures for the City Stadium project. The comparative study was requested by Ald. Leonard Jahn and Roman Denisen and endorsed by Mayor Otto Rachals, who has stated cost and time factors favor the present stadium improvement. “I agree fully that this should be done so the finance committee, the Council and the public may become informed,” Rachals said. The mayor indicated the second architect would be hired only if a “no building, no fee” agreement could be reached and agreed with Jahn that a firm other than the one preparing cost totals for City Stadium improvement should be hired. Both said Foeller, Schober, Berners, Safford and Jahn were too occupied with other work, though the mayor disputed Jahn’s claim that the firm was hired for the stadium improvement because it favored the site when sounded out by the Board of Public Works last winter. “I agree that someone else should be hired so we get this information in at least two months,” the mayor said. A bond issue to finance the new stadium or improved City Stadium will have to go to a referendum once it clears the Council. (Jahn today said his comment about the possibility of the contract award being based in part on opinions of stadium location was an “unfair statement” and should be withdrawn.)
PACKERS' 20-18 WIN OVER DETROIT IN '36, DETHRONING LIONS, HAD EVERYTHING
SEPT 20 (Green Bay) - A particular game of football may be remembered for a variety of reasons – a single, flashing play or the heroics of an individual. Defensive stands with the chips down, a courageous rally from the brink of defeat, or an exhibition of overwhelming power distinguish others. Then there’s the game that has everything – the kind of thriller that was staged in Green Bay on Oct. 18, 1936, in which the Packers dethroned the champion Detroit Lions, 20-18, and went on to win their fourth world championship. No more wide open, see-saw heart-stopped has ever been witnessed in City Stadium, particularly the fourth quarter when the two explosive elevens swept up and down the field, first one and then the other snatching the lead. It was the sort of battle only determined, evenly matched and bitter antagonists could wage, and the Packers and Lions were just the boys who could do it. The Detroit-Packer rivalry of 20 years ago was, actually, a continuation of the old Portsmouth feud under new auspices. The Portsmouth franchise had been transferred to Detroit in 1934, but many of the old Spartans, including coach Potsy Clark, Dutch Clark, Ox Emerson, Glenn Presnell, Ace Gutowsky, Harry Ebding, George Christensen, Clare Randolph and Bill McKalip were still around and still gunning for the Packers…LIMP WITH EXCITEMENT: In 1935, the Lions got the championship they had wanted so badly in Portsmouth, but their dispositions were no sweeter for the fact that, of the three defeats they suffered, two were inflicted by Green Bay. One of them, a 31-7 shellacking, would have rankled any champion. They were also undefeated in their first three 1936 contests, whereas the Packers had already dropped one – the only loss they were to sustain on the road back to the summit. The double prospect of a look at the champions and an opportunity to torpedo them was enough to bring the faithful to the tabernacle, and a record crowd of 13,500 was on hand to greet the Lions. Before the afternoon was over, all of them were limp with excitement,
impact split Ferguson's helmet and nose, Fergy was back on the next play, though, with a new helmet and greater life than ever. He worried about his pro status with the Packers after the finale at Los Angeles last season. It was on the flight home when Ferguson realized that the Packers were dead serious on drafting Wisconsin's Alan Ameche. "I know Ameche's real good, but I'll certainly do my darnedest to beat him out of a job." Well, the Colts grabbed The Horse before the Packers got a chance, but it hasn't fazed Ferguson. He's out to prove he'a as good as the best and he's coming darn close.
RIB INJURY SIDELINES LIONS' HARLEY SEWELL
SEPT 20 (Detroit) - Coach Buddy Parker faced two problems as the Detroit Lions opened the five days of drills for the season's opener against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay next Sunday. No. 1 was finding able bodied backs to man the offensive backfield. Dave Masterson is nursing a pulled muscle. So is Doak Walker. Bob Hoernschemeyer is suffering from a knee injury. No. 2 is shuffling his offensive line to replace Harley Sewell at left guard. Sewell suffered two cracked ribs in the Giant game Sunday and will miss at least two games. The Lions will go back to work at Tartar Field Tuesday to polish their offense and defense for the first league game of the year. Among those who will be in action is Gil Mains, signed Monday after reconsidering the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Bug Four pro league. Mains reached agreement with General Manager Nick Kerbawy. He will bolster the Lions' defensive unit at tackle. Meanwhile, Parker will have another problem that must be solved before Sunday's game. The Lions' squad will have to be trimmed from its present 40 men to 35 by midnight Saturday. Up to now, Bill Clark, halfback; Bud Brooks, guard; Leon Cunningham, center; Ted Topor, linebacker; Paul Held, quarterback; Stan Campbell, guard; Elijah Childers, tackle, and Walt Jenkins are the question marks. Held hasn't played a minute of offense. Topor recently joined the club after military service and has seen a minimum of action. Campbell is suffering from a foot infection that could put him on the injured reserve list for the season. Only Childers, Cunningham and Jenkins have played to any extent in the six exhibition games. On the basis of Sunday's performance in the Free Press Fresh Air game against the Giants, Bill Stits will probably get the call in the offensive backfield if the others are not ready. Stits gained 74 yards against the Giants on running and pass plays. He also scored two touchdowns, although he hasn't played on offense since the second game of the exhibition season. There is a possibility that Middleton will be available. The rest of the offensive platoon will be ready. Bobby Layne, Lew Carpenter, Harry Gilmer, Jug Girard, Dorne Dibble and Lee Riley escaped the final game without serious injury. The Lions will go into the opener with a record of having won 11 straight games from the Packers. The last time the Packers won was in 1949, when the Lions bowed, 16 to 14. While the Lions' players personnel had a day off Monday, the coaching staff was poring over the scouting reports of the Packer exhibition games. Scout Russ Thomas reported that the Packers have developed a running attack that has broken backs loose for long gains consistently. The Lions will start building their defenses this week. Unless the Packers have more luck than the six eastern division teams, they will be held to two touchdowns. No team has scored more than a pair of six pointers against the Lions in six games. The outlook isn't as dark as the casualties would make it appear.
NOBODY WANTED FERGUSON IN '52
SEPT 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - For a bruiser who was a nobody in 1952, Howie Ferguson seems to have found his place in the NFL with the Packers. That year Ferguson saw his football ambitions all but flattened when the Rams released him before their very first game. Fergy felt slighted, the talent-loaded Rams never seemed to take any interest. The 212 pound, 6-2 New Iberia, LA product continued a nobody until the Packers picked him up as a free agent in 1953. Playing second fiddle to veteran Fred Cone that first full season of pro ball, Ferguson caught fire last year and gained a starting role. The Colts were blasted dizzy by this halfback-like runner as he galloped for 119 yards at County Stadium last November. When he raced 155 yards against the Cardinals Saturday night, Ferguson labeled himself one of the fastest fullbacks in Packer history. His 79 yard touchdown run is bettered only by halfback Andy Uram's 97-yard touchdown sprint against the Cardinals. And that was 16 years ago! Ferguson, who never played college football, says he never really learned football during a four year Navy stretch. It was the only experience he could show when applying for a Ram job. Certainly, New Iberia High School football was no prerequisite. One of the toughest backs in the business, Fergy is rarely laid up with injuries. Take last year's game at San Francisco, for example, 49er tackle Bruno Banducci lowered the boom on the romping Ferguson with a blind tackle. The
who moved 13 times for 69 yards. Parker apparently played 'er straight all the way - a couple of runs and a Layne pass...HOERNSCHEMEYER OUT: Layne developed arm and/or shoulder trouble shortly after Detroit's opening non-league game. Harry Gilmer, the former running-jump-and-pass expert with Washington, carried on for the next two games after which Bobby worked in gradually. Layne finished up throwing 72 and completing 33 for 492 yards, while Gilmer completed 39 in 71 tosses for 436 yards. Each tossed two TD passes. Incidentally, the two aforementioned ball carriers are both listed as fullbacks by Detroit, but Carpenter will be "alone" in that department Sunday. Hoernschemeyer, according to Detroit publicist Bud Erickson, won't participate in the opener because of an injury. And, Bud added, guard Harley Sewell has an injury that will keep him sidelined Sunday. And speaking about hurts, the Lions' flashy rookie back, Dave Middleton, and their ace veteran, Doak Walker, both will be ready for the Packers. Erickson said they were held out of the New York tilt. Defensive back Bill Stits was shifted to offense against the Giants. Middleton wound up as the Lions' leading ground gainer, despite the fact that he played in only five of the six games. The newcomer gained 299 yards in 59 tries for an average of 5.1. Carpenter ranked second with 254 yards in 68 trips for 3.7 and Hoernschemeyer picked up 224 in 41 for 5.5. Middleton apparently can pass, too, trying three and completing once...FERGUSON GAINS 301: By comparison, the Packers' coming-fast fullback, Howie Ferguson, gained 301 yards in 60 trips for 5.0. Under him are Breezy Reid with 95, Tobin Rote with 80 and Veryl Switzer with 63. Rote, the Packers' wheelhorse at QB, warmed up for the 12 big scraps with 79 completions in 167 throws for 1,332 yards - over 200 a game, and nine touchdowns. He had eight intercepted. Understudy Charlie Brackins completed six out of 18 tries for 51 yards...Tickets are still available for Sunday's big contest, ticket director Carl Mraz said today, adding that the ticket office at 349 S. Washington will be open every night this week until 8 o'clock for the convenience of fans...The Packers stressed defense in practice yesterday and, among other things, a sidelight was the running of Al Carmichael, the Bays' halfback injured two weeks ago. "It sure seems good to see Al running like that," Blackbourn said. The workout was topped off with a punting frill featuring Dick Deschaine, the specialist, and Bill Forester, middle guard. To liven things up, linemen rushed in at Deschaine and Forester with arms waiving and throats screaming. Blackbourn welcomed the rain today - at least this morning, since it helped soften up the outfield of the Bluejay baseball orchard. Yesterday's drill was held in one spot soaked up by water pumped out of the East River. Freddie Cone went through another long field goal practice session yesterday, using the goal posts in back of East High School, while Brackins worked on kickoffs in the baseball outfield. Cone tried nine field goals along the exhibition trail and converted four.
GREEN BAY CONSIDERS NEW FOOTBALL STADIUM
SEPT 21 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay City Council, embroiled in a controversy over how to increase the seating capacity of the Green Bay Packers' home stadium to 34,000, has authorized preparation of cost estimates for an entirely new structure. Officials currently are awaiting estimates on increasing the size of the present City Stadium, on the east side. The proposal has been criticized because of traffic difficulties and lack of parking space around the field. The new suggested site would be on the far west side, near Highway 41, on land acquired for park purposes last year.
M-M FANS TO HONOR JUG GIRARD
SEPT 21 (Marinette, WI) - Marinette and Menominee football fans, who have seen many of their finest prep grid heroes go on to further glory in professional football, Sunday will honor one of their all-time favorites as "Earl (Jug) Girard Day" is observed at the Packers-Lions game. A committee of twin city fans have collected a variety of gifts and "keys to the city" to bestow on Girard, now in his seventh season of pro ball after a brilliant career at Marinette High and at the University of Wisconsin. Jug started his pro football with the Packers but was traded to the Lions in 1951. At the invitation of the Marinette-Menominee committee, Kaukauna fans also are arranging a gift for Girard on Sunday. Girard's wife is from Kaukauna and "Jug" managed and played with the Papermakers' baseball team there after leaving organized ball. Mayor Doty Bayorgeon of Kaukauna will join Circuit Judge Arnold F. Murphy in making the presentation to the Lions' star...MOTHER TO ATTEND: In the stands will be Mrs. Emil Girard, mother of "Jug", and his brother, George, who also was active in athletics in high school and local amateur competition. Girard grew up across the street from Lauerman Athletic Field, where such early day Packer and other performers as attorney Richard (Jab) Murray, later mayor of Marinette; Eddie Glick, now a Green Bay insurance man; Joe Kresky, Philadelphia Eagles' punting star, and Sammy Powers, hard-plunging fullback, made high school grid history. Across the Menominee River, a quarter century of twin city fans proudly cheered such early Packer players as Wally Niemann, former Michigan center star; Frank Kreutz and Johnny Noppenberg as
well as Billy Wells, who won a halfback post with the Washington Redskins last year before entering the army. Girard and Wells just missed playing against each other on the diamond in Marinette-Menominee inter-city contests. Members of the committee which arranged Sunday's tribute to Girard are Harris (Mickey) McCormick and Howard L. Emich, co-chairman; Charles Goldberg, Judge Murphy, Fred M. Klaus, Samuel A. Wells, James M. Ripley, James Gleason and Julius (Babe) Rettke, Jr.
PACKERS PERFECT FOOTBALL MACHINE IN CRUSHING GIANTS FOR 1939 TITLE, 27-0
SEPT 21 (Green Bay) - Perfection is the ultimate standard, striven for but rarely achieved. The Chicago Bears made it in 1940 when they slaughtered Washington, 73-0, but Green Bay blazed the way a year earlier. At the State Fair Grounds in Milwaukee on Dec. 10, 1939, the Packers were a perfect football machine as they crushed the New York Giants, 27-0, in the National League championship playoff. The Packer conquest that day has submerged in the record books by the size of the Bears-Redskins score, but a good claim can be made that the Packers of 1939 were as great as the 1940 Bears. At least, they earned all their points, whereas the Redskins forward passed to more Chicago touchdowns than the Bears made on their own merits. It was a thoroughly fired-up team that took the Giants apart that wintery afternoon. Local as well as professional pride was involved. As is usually the case when Big Town and Podunk tangle, the 1939 playoff was prefaced by considerable bitterness. Green Bay still smarted under the 23-17 licking by the Giants in the 1938 title game and demanded revenge. Furthermore, although the Packers had won four championships and lost another playoff, all had been decided on foreign fields, and Green Bay wanted to win one at home..."UNDER EQUIPPED": In New York, meanwhile, the condescending friendliness of the sportswriters had curdled in the decade since the team they had sympathetically labeled as "under equipped" because several players didn't like to wear helmets had
routed the Giants in the Polo Grounds. The Giants again won handily in the Eastern Division in 1939. As soon as it became evident that the Packers might also repeat in the west, a howl went up to transfer the big game to New York on the grounds that Green Bay was unfit as the site of a world championship contest, especially one involving the overgrown village of New Amsterdam. The maneuver didn't succeed completely, but it did rob Green Bay of the plum when the league executive board yielded to pressure and decided that, in the event the Packers made the playoff, the game would be played in Milwaukee. The decision blew up such a storm that the Packer board of directors felt impelled to approve it unanimously - not that they could to anything else. The action, while probably financially sound, was a nasty rabbit punch to local pride. Having made their point, however, the Gotham scribes weren't contest to leave bad enough alone. Bill Corum, then one of New York's leading sportswriters, who eventually wound up in a horse barn, lit the fuse when he advised Green Bay to get out of the league for the good of professional football. Green Bay, said Brother Corum flatly, was not big league and never could be. That did it. From all over Wisconsin, angry fans converged on the State Fair Grounds in spite of midwinter temperatures, rendered even colder by a 35 mile an hour win. A completely aroused Packer club that included eight members, whose combined service totaled 59 1/2 years was out to vindicate its existence as well as the betting odds that had it a slight favorite even on Broadway...MURDER IN DAYLIGHT: From the opening whistle, there never was much question of the outcome as the Packers proceeded to perpetrate what John Walter called "cold blooded murder in broad daylight" before a delighted crowd of 32,279 chilled customers. Playing pure, beautifully executed football, the Packers simply trampled the Giants into the frozen ground. The latter, having sown the wind, found themselves reaping the inevitable whirlwind. Caught in the eye of a hurricane as hot as the day was cold, New York was outthought, outfought and outclassed in every department. The Green Bay passing attack was unstoppable and its running game superb behind devastating blocking and a snarling line that chewed huge gaps in the Giant wall. With the Packer forwards pouring through on almost every play, the vaunted New York passing attack was smothered. Forced to throw with waves of tacklers swarming all over them, the Giant pitchers saw six of their efforts intercepted, two of them at highly critical moments. Even their great all-time pro center, Mel Hein, spent so much time reclining on the back of his neck that he was able to go the full 60 minutes. New York's only scoring thrust came in the early minutes and didn't amount to much. A blocked punt gave the Giants possession on the Packer 44 yard line. Three downs picked up only nine yards, however, and Ward Cuff was short with a placekick from the 42. An exchange of punts shortly found the Packers on the Giant 42, and they rolled down to the 21. Herber connected with Hutson on the six, then snapped a bullet to Gantenbein in the end zone. Tiny Engebretsen converted...BROCK ENDS THREAT: There was no further scoring in the first half as the Giants waged a grudging defensive fight. A long pass by Tuffy Leemans carried New York to the Green Bay nine yard mark in the second quarter, but Charlie Brock quickly snuffed out the threat by intercepting another Leemans toss on the next play. The Packers continued to wreck the New York running game in the second half and increased their lead to 10-0 when Engebretsen zeroed in a placement after a 55 yard march was stalled by a fumble. A few minutes later, it was 17-0. Gantenbein picked off a Giant aerial on the New York 33 and three plays later Cecil Isbell threw a strike to Joe Laws, who took it on the five and barreled into the end zone. Tiny again made the point. Late in the third period, another blocked kick put the Giants on the Packer 16, but once again Brock intercepted. Ernie Smith punched across a field goal from 42 yards out early in the fourth quarter, then an interception set up the last Packer tally. Bud Svendsen engineered it by picking off Leemans' throw and coming back 15 yards to the Giant 15. Andy Uram, Eddie Jankowski and Harry Jacunski combined to move to within a yard of the goal, and Jankowski battered over. Smith's conversion made the final count 27-0. In justice to the Giants, it must be added that they were playing without the leadership of their coach, Steve Owen, who had been called away by the sudden death of his mother. By a unique twist of fate, his place was filled that day by Bo Molenda, who had played such a big hand in the Packer conquest of New York ten years before.
LIONS DROP CHILDERS AND CLARK
SEPT 21 (Detroit) - Coach Buddy Parker trimmed his squad to within three of the National League limit Tuesday when he asked waivers on a pair of rookies. Elijah Childers, a 260-pound tackle, and halfback William Clark, both of Prairie View (Tex.) College are the casualties. Childers saw considerable action during the exhibition season, but Clark's work was limited. The return of Gil Mains sealed the doom of Childers. When he returned from Canada, it gave the Lions four veteran tackles and rookie Darris McCord, who has been impressive in the six exhibition games. The cutting of the two players brought the Lions' squad down to 38 men. The team must be down to 35 by Saturday night.
Chicago Cardinals in the last. In between, the Bays lost to Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington...The Western division asserted itself after a slow start in the exhibition games. Of the 31 games between teams of opposite sectors (two games involved teams of the same division), the Western circuit scored 17 victories against the Eastern division's 14...Big Leon Hart, the Lions' bonus choice in '50, will be at defensive end "about 90 percent of the time Sunday," Detroit publicist Bud Erickson said today. Hart, an offensive end most of his pro career despite his 265 pounds, reluctantly agreed to Coach Buddy Parker's plan to have the former Notre Dame star play regularly as a defensive wing. He has been the Lions' top defensive performer in exhibitions, Erickson said. Incidentally, Hart has scored seven touchdowns against the Pack - four in '51, two in '52 and one in '53...The longest high school football rivalry in the country will be continued in a professional way Sunday when Detroit's Jug Girard and the Packers' Dick Deschaine start punting. Girard was a hero at Marinette High when Deschaine was in grade school at Menominee. Both were big features for their high schools but never had a chance to match punts - until Sunday. Girard went to star at Wisconsin while specialist Deschaine remained out of school, playing semi-pro ball. Jug will be honored by Marinette and Menominee fans who will present him with gifts...The Packers lost their two games with Detroit last fall by a total of eight points in the short space of four days. On Nov. 21 in Green Bay, the Lions scored a 21-17 victory and on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit Nov. 25, the Lions won 28-24 in another thriller...Packer ticket director Carl Mraz said today that tickets are available for Sunday's Packer-Lion clash. The ticket office at 349 S. Washington St., will be open every night this week for the convenience of the fans...The Packers hammered offense in yesterday's drill after featuring defense earlier in the week. Another concentrated workout was scheduled for today. With the exception of tackle Len Szafaryn and halfback Al Carmichael, the Packers will be in good condition for Detroit. Carmichael has a shoulder injury and Szafaryn has a troubled toe.
17 BEHIND, PACKERS BEAT REDSKINS IN LAST HALF
SEPT 22 (Green Bay) - The test of a champion is his ability to come up off the floor and win when the pressure is on. The Packers did not win a title in 1941, although they forced the Chicago Bears into extra innings before they yielded, but if ever a team demonstrated the recuperative qualities of a true champion the Packers did on Nov. 30 when, battered and seemingly hopelessly drubbed, they picked themselves off the turf of Griffith Stadium and kayoed the Washington Redskins, 22-17. They had to do it the hard way. Trailing 17-0 at the half, the Packers came back to clinch a tie for the Western Division championship with a second half assault that saw Don Hutson crack records left and right in one of his finest exhibitions. When it was over, a capacity crowd of 35,594 rabid Washington fans roared tribute. The 1941 season in the west was a dog fight between the Bears and Packers, as both clubs trampled everybody but each other. Each lost once – to the other – and with Hutson having a great season, it was apparent that unless somebody engineered a shocking upset, they would have to play off for the right to go into the championship finals. Hutson was virtually unstoppable that year. With Cecil Isbell pitching in place of Arnie Herber, the Alabama Antelope romped to a whole flock of new records, including the individual scoring crown which he eventually snared with a record 95 points. When the Packers headed east for Washington and the schedule’s final contest they had to win to stay in a deadlock with the Bears….MIRED IN THIRD: Washington, on the other hand, wasn’t going anywhere that year. They were securely mired in third place in the Eastern Division with a 5-4 record and didn’t figure to give the redhot Packers much of a challenge. As is 
usually the case under such circumstances in the NFL, where any team can beat any other on a given day, the unimpressed Redskins proceeded to unsheath their tomahawks and give Green Bay the battle of its life. Washington lost no time in making a shambles of the pregame dope sheets by racing to a 10-0 lead right off the bat. In just 14 plays from the kickoff, the Skins powered to a touchdown. Frank Filchock, workhorse of the drive, tallied it when he put his head down and battered 10 yards straight through the Packers. The very next time they got the ball the Redskins counted again. After moving from their 22 to the Green Bay 20 where they finally stalled, they added a field goal when Bob Masterson registered a bullseye placement from the 28. It was pretty much the same story in the second quarter as Washington kept smearing the Packer attack, upping their lead to 17-0 on a beautiful 41-yard throw by Sammy Baugh that Bob Seymour took in the end zone. The pattern continued as the second half got underway, with the Skins marching to the 28 before a fumble halted them. From here on, however, it was a different story. The Packers suddenly got untracked for the first time all afternoon and roared to the Washington eight yard line. Here Isbell shot a perfect throw to Hutson in the end zone and the count was 17-6. It stayed that way as Don missed the try for point, but not for long…STARTED FOR HOME: A few minutes later, Bud Svendsen got in front of one of Baugh’s bullets at midfield and started for home. Blockers popped up all over the place to convoy the big boy, and Bud lumbered straight ahead. It looked like he would go all the way, but Bob Titchenal dumped him from behind on the Washington three-yard line after a return of 42 yards. Hinkle could pick up only one yard in two stabs into the Redskin line, so Isbell and Hutson went into action again, Don taking a short snapper for the touchdown. This time he made the point and the score was 17-13 going into the last quarter. It wasn’t very long before the Packers were on the prowl again. Andy Uram ran a punt back 12 yards to his 32, and Green Bay punched its way to the home 40. With the capacity crowd pleading for the Redskins to stop the nonsense, Hutson streaked downfield and pulled in Isbell’s 30-yard throw on the Washington ten. Don was hit as he caught the ball, staggered, then shook himself loose and raced over the goal line. His successful conversion put the Packers in front, 20-17, every point of which had been registered by Hutson. It brought his total to a record 95 points for the season and insured him of the league scoring crown…RESULT WAS SAFETY: His monopoly was broken on the ensuing kickoff, with a weird play. Ray Hare took the boot in his end zone and started upfield. As he reached the three-yard line, a whole platoon of tacklers converged on him, and he retreated back over the goal line. It isn’t clear from Russ Davis’ highly excited report whether Hare deliberately grounded the ball under the impression he was making a touchback or whether he was submerged by the charging wave, but the result was a safety and another two points. A lead of five points never meant much when Sammy Baugh was in the pocket for Washington, and the Packers still needed a load of horseshoes in preventing the lanky Texan from pulling the game out of the fire. The aroused Skins rode his slingshot arm from their own 13 to the Packer 21 before the danger was averted, and then only because two of Baugh’s aerials were dropped in the end zone by unguarded receivers.
PACKERS BEWARE! THE LIONS BETTER THAN EVER
SEPT 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Be it be known to the pro football world, and especially the Packers Sunday, that the Lions should be better than ever this season. That's a far cry from the pessimistic picture painted by the defending Western Division champions after seeing their happy family split up last season, some quitting, some seeking Canadian adventure and others being plucked by Uncle Sam. But for several interesting reasons, those maladies are remedied. There is nothing wrong with the Lions, and that assuring statement comes from the head man himself, Coach Buddy Parker. Lion publicitor Bud Erickson, bringing Parker's happy tidings, was bubbling with enthusiasm here as he reported that the Lions have come up with "the best offensive line ever" - a springboard for the Bobby Layne-triggered attack. Why should that be when a carload of talent threw in the sponge after last year's 56-10 rout by the Browns in the title game? Waving goodbye were Les Bingaman, Thurman McGraw, Gil Mains and Jim Martin. "Martin and Mains have returned from their Toronto hideaway," said Erickson, "but we really came through with some draft choices which have panned out. Luckily, I guess. Take our second choice, Jim Salsbury, 225 pound middle guard from UCLA. He's taken over Bingaman's spot and for the first time there will be speed at this position. Then there's Darris McCord, a 245 pound Tennessee tackle. Parker has said he's the finest two-way player to come to the Lions since Lou Creekmur showed up in 1950. We went into the draft wanting a middle guard, offensive tackle and offensive halfback," added Erickson. "Well, we got just what we wanted. Wait until you see Dave Middleton, our first choice from Auburn. He's led the team in rushing this exhibition season with a better than five yard average. And, incidentally, he runs the 100 in 9.7." But what about Layne? Wasn't it the consensus that the eight year veteran was all but laid up with bursitis? "Bobby's getting shots for his arm at the University of Michigan," said Erickson. "And the doctors have told him that his arm will be no worst and probably better than last season." Can you say Layne had a bum arm last year, throwing 14 touchdown passes? "His condition has been plaguing him for five years," the publicitor continued. "He's our trigger man all right. But don't take anything away from Harry Gilmer. He never had a chance at Washington and he's raring to go with us." Along with Middleton, the Lions will field the familiar explosive weapons of Layne, Doak Walker and Bob Carpenter. Bob Hoernschemeyer and guard Harley Sewell will miss the Green Bay game because of injuries. Perhaps the best defensive club in the league, with talent like Sherwin Gandee, Jim David, Bill Stits and Jack Christiansen patrolling the outfield, the Lions have come up with a toughened offensive line and an outstanding halfback to add to their terrific backfield. They've sold Detroit fans on the club's ability, selling 35,000 season tickets, a league record. And they're out to sell the pro world the same deal. Beware, Green Bay!
LETDOWN - DETROIT COACH PARKER WARNS BROOKS, KNOWS FROM SAD EXPERIENCE
SEPT 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Off the celluloid cuff - Buddy Parker whose Detroit Lions will be our way to help the Packers open the regular season at Green Bay Sunday, thinks the American League is a cinch to win the World Series. "The Dodgers are going to find out what we did last year," he says. "Any time you win a divisional championship or as in Brooklyn's case, a league championship and then have a chance to relax before the playoffs, you're in trouble. We coasted to our divisional championship last year, cinched it fairly early, and let down, which was a natural thing. You know the rest. When we tried to come back for the playoffs with Cleveland, we were clobbered." Cleveland won 56-10...NO CONFIDENCE: Listen to Coach Lisle Blackbourn discourse on second string quarterback Charlie Brackins who play for the Packers has been disappointing so far. "When Rote has a bad day at quarterback or hits a slump, he works all the harder and eventually comes back. Brackins won't. He just doesn't seem to have any confidence that he can ever do better. He does have potential. We certainly haven't given up on him. Just so he doesn't completely give up on himself. If he does, he's through...ONE OF THE BEST: Blackbourn said he would not trade Howie Ferguson for any other fullback in the NFL today except one: Joe Perry of San Francisco. "He hasn't been only our most consistent ball player all through the exhibition season, he's probably been out best." Ferguson rammed for 155 yards against the Cardinals in the closing exhibition Saturday night. He is also one of the team's best pass receivers...The Lions rule eight point favorites in Sunday's opener.
PACKER SPIRIT ZOOMING FOR NFL OPENER SUNDAY
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - Little kids pound on doors – as every mother knows. The Packers had just lumbered into their dressing room under City Stadium one day this week when the usual pounding started. They generally like to make noise to hurry the players along so’s they can get autographs and do some talking. But this day, the kids were yelling “Beat Detroit” as they hammered with their little fists on the heavy green door which bears a sign saying “No Admittance”. The high-pitched bleats somehow represented what’s been going on in Green Bay this week. Packer spirit started to rise after the Bays downed the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee Saturday night and every day since it has been increasing. The town is plastered with signs, “Welcome Packers! Beat Detroit!” Folks downtown are making a lot of noise and everybody seems to have two words on their lips, “Beat Detroit!” The merchants jumped on the “Beat Detroit” bandwagon with the largest single-night display of “spirit” advertising ever experienced by the Press-Gazette. On the practice field, the Packers seem to have caught fire. “They’re working hard,” Coach Liz Blackbourn beamed yesterday – the final day of heavy practice. Tapering off starts today, but the spirit and zest to get at the Lions remained. Blackbourn is making no optimistic statements other than “we’ll do the best we can.” Blackbourn, aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus and every player feel that the task Sunday is a gigantic one. The Lions actually have strengthened up over a year ago with the addition of at least three outstanding rookies – halfback Dave Middleton and linemen Jim Salsbury and Darris McCord. What’s more, a winter trade brought them three reliables – quarterback Harry Gilmer and linemen Walt Yowarsky and Jim Ricca. The Packers will unveil 10 rookies, three of whom will be playing key roles on defense – Billy Bookout, Doyle Nix and Tom Bettis. The other simon-pures are Bob Clemens, Hank Bullough, Bill Lucky, Charlie Brackins, Dick Deschaine, Nate Borden and Jim Jennings. The Packers have been bolstered with three veterans from other clubs – Tom Dahms, the former Los Angeles Ram tackle; Joe Skibinski, onetime Cleveland guard; and Pat O’Donahue, former San Francisco Forty Niner and Pittsburgh Steeler defensive end. Green Bay will go into Sunday’s battle as a distinct underdog – as it has been in the last seven or eight games between the two rivals. The Lions, favored to repeat as Western Division champions, have lost only seven league games in the last three seasons – two each in 1954 and 1953 and three in 1952…Three stars will miss Sunday’s game because of injuries. Detroit announced that halfback Bob Hoernschemeyer and guard Harley Sewell won’t play. Lost to the Packers will be halfback Al Carmichael…Detroit punter Jug Girard allowed opponents an average of only 2.3 yards per return during the ’54 season. Twenty-nine of his kicks were returned a total of only 67 yards…Weatherman Herb Bomalaski announced today that “it will be fair and cool Sunday with temperatures in the low 60s.”…The Lions will fly into Green Bay about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon and headquarter at the Northland hotel. They’ll fly out immediately after the game.
verdict in the string, which came on Oct. 7, 1945, was a day to remember. It saw Roy (Tex) McKay, who was never again to attain such heights, and Hutson make a shambles of Detroit’s pass defense. They collaborated for four touchdowns in a second quarter eruption that threatened to blow the demoralized Lions out of State Fair Park. Each time it was an elementary maneuver – Hutson loped down and out, the ball was there, and Don minced unmolested across the goal line. Huston, also a kicker of note, added five extra points to his contribution to finish with 29 points, a total which still stands as an NFL one-quarter record. It also ranks as the fifth highest single game total in league history. This was not, however, the only period in which the Packers dominated the rivalry. They also engineered a five-game streak in 1946 through 1948 and a cluster of four in 1936-37. In ’46, a year that saw them excel defensively after a long reputation as an offensive power, the Bays skinned the Lions in Milwaukee, 10-7, and added a 9-0 decision in Detroit. They triumphed by 34-17 here and 35-14 in Detroit in ’47 and made it five in a row in ’48 here with a 33-21 nod before stubbing their toes in Detroit, 24-20…KICKED RECORD FG: Both of the 1936 battles were on the spectacular side. In the first one, the Packers came from behind to shade the defending champions in one of the most memorable duels in Green Bay’s long, colorful history, 20-18. They followed that one with a 26-17 victory in Detroit, then beat the Lions 26-6 and 14-13 in ’37. This string ended with Detroit’s 17-7 win in their first 1938 meeting. The rivalry, which has approximated the traditional Packer-Bear series in ferocity over the years, began here dramatically on Oct. 7, 1934 when Glenn Presnell booted a record 54-yard field goal to produce a 3-0 Detroit victory. That monumental effort stood as a record until the Baltimore Colts’ Bert Rechichar kicked a 56-yarder against the Chicago Bears in 1953. It was an extremely bitter pill for the Packers, just reorganized after experiencing financial difficulties, to swallow, but revenge was theirs two months later when their placement expert, Clarke Hinkle, rammed home a 47-yarder for a reciprocal 3-0 triumph in Detroit a month later. The Lions launched their current string with a 21-7 nod in Detroit in their second 1949 collision, that one following the Packers’ last victory in the series to date, a tingling 16-14 decision at Milwaukee earlier in the ’49 season. This last, though both were also-rans that season, may have been one of the most spectacular in the history of the series. As they have on so many other occasions, the Packers came from behind to win. Ted Fritsch kicked a 46-yard field goal, the eventual margin of victory, and it gave Green Bay a short-lived 3-0 lead. Not long after, the Lions engineered a 75-yard drive that sent them ahead, 7-3, Bullet Bill Dudley going the last four yards. It remained that way until early in the third quarter when defensive back Jack Jacobs halted a Detroit yard march with an interception on the Packer two. The Bays immediately embarked on a 15-play, 98-yard drive on their own, Tony Canadeo slanting over from the nine. Fritsch’s extra point attempt was low and the Packers led 9-7…GIRARD TO COOK!: Early in the fourth quarter, the Lions gambled and lost on fourth down, the Packers taking over on their own 46. They scored in seven plays, a pass from Jug Girard – who will be here in a Lion uniform Sunday afternoon – to Ted Cook covering the final 22 yards. Fritsch converted to make it 16-7. At this stage, a nine-point margin looked safe – to everybody except the Lions. Faced with a fourth down and one situation on their own 20 with less than five minutes to play, they gambled again – and this time they won. Bill Triplett, the mercurial Negro halfback, eluded at least four Packers and romped all the way down the sidelines to score. Dudley converted, cutting the Packers’ margin to 16-14. Even then, with time running out, the Lions didn’t give up hope. Dudley’s onside kick dribbled off Red Vogd’s hands and Dudley recovered on the Packer 42. A series of passes carried the Lions to the 17, but they were set back to the 29 on two more abortive attempts. Packer fans sweated it out as Dudley lined up for a field goal – but the kick was low and wide, leaving the final reading 16-14. Since that time, the Packers have found the Lions anti-social on 11 consecutive occasions. They, however, gave the champions a pair of unpleasant afternoons in 21-17 and 28-24 battles last year, indicating that the worm may be about to turn. Sunday could be the day!
​SPORTSMANSHIP MAKES PACKERS 30-28 LOSS TO RAMS MUST AS 'GREAT GAME'
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - You can't win them all, not even the great ones. That's why this series, however unpleasant it may be, is ending on a note of sadness. To the everlasting credit of Green Bay's sportsmanship, everyone with whom the series was discussed insisted that the Los Angeles Rams game in Milwaukee on Oct. 12, 1952, was a must. You remember that one, no doubt, and so do several current Packer veterans, though one and all would rather forget it. That was the say the Rams, trailing 28-6 going into the final quarter, scoring 24 points in less than 12 minutes to beat the Packers, 30-28, in what was possibly the greatest rally in gridiron history. That game had figured to be explosive, but hardly what it actually turned out to be. Both clubs wanted it badly, though for widely divergent reasons, and the prospect of a rouser pulled 21,693 customers into Marquette Stadium. They got all and more than they bargained for. The Packers hadn't beaten the Rams since early 1948 and in the interim had taken some pretty bad drubbings from the Angelenos. They had been rebuilding after the crisis of 1949 and appeared to be on the threshold of their best season since the last championship year of 1944. In losing to the Bears and beating
WORM READY TO TURN IN PACKER-DETROIT SERIES?
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - When the Detroit Lions make their 1955 visit to compact, historic City Stadium Sunday afternoon, they doubtless will be entertaining visions of a 12th straight victory over the Packers. Fortunately, it has not always been thus. The Packers, who assuredly will be striving mightily to change this one-sided relationship in their third shot at the Lions under Liz Blackbourn’s direction, still hold an imposing 26-17 edge in their all-time rivalry, as well as total points (904-703), despite Detroit’s present 11-game streak. Further, mature Packer partisans can remember when the shoe definitely was on the other foot. They can hark back to a time, and it was not too long ago, that the Packers themselves compiled a string of 10 consecutive triumphs against the Lions. That period of fond memory began with the second meeting of the 1940 season. The Bays, through forced to surrender their NFL championship to the “T”-happy Chicago Bears, ran wild that day in the Motor City, humiliating the Lions, 50-7. Their 43-point spread in that one is still the biggest margin ever recorded in the series. The Packers’ whammy on the Michigan athletes endured until the 1945 finale. On that occasion, the immortal Don Hutson, who closed out his fabulous career that afternoon, saved Green Bay’s favorite sons from a shutout by kicking a fourth quarter field goal as the Packers bowed, 14-3…HUTSON SCORED 29: In between those decisions, the Packers romped the Lions 23-0 and 24-7 in 1941, 38-7 and 28-7 in ’42, 35-14 and 27-6 in ’43, 27-6 and 14-0 in their last championship year, ’44, and again their first 1945 meeting at Milwaukee, 57-21. That 10th and final 
PACKERS, LIONS 'FAMILIAR' FOR '55 OPENER SUNDAY
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - Familiarity breeds contempt, they say. The Packers and Lions will be meeting for the third time in their last five NFL games Sunday - which makes 'em rather familiar with each other on a recent basis. As for contempt? The way the two battlists went after each other last year, the contempt is there, probably a little more on the side of the Packers since they lost two games in four days late last November by eight points, 21-17 and 28-24. Familiarity, contempt or what you have, the stage is all set for another league season opener - the 35th for the Packers in their long, colorful career. Cool, clear weather is on tap for a crowd of more than 20,000. Kickoff at City Stadium is set for 1:35. The Packers will be out to end at least two losing streaks but the experts, who ever they are, figure the Lions will continue said streaks - by some 12 points. There's a seven and an 11 involved in the skeins, if you know what we mean. The Packers have lost six straight games at City Stadium - one in '53, four in '54 and one thus far this year, which means that the Bays won't want to roll a seven. Eleven? The Detroits have beaten Green Bay in 11 straight league games, starting with the nightcap in '49. Sunday's will be the 44th between the two clubs and, despite the run of 11, Green Bay still holds a 27-16 series edge. It's rather difficult to figure Sunday's showdown of games a year ago. Both clubs lost a number of veterans and both will present a number of rookies, headed by Dave Middleton, Jim Salsbury and Darris McCord of the Lions and Doyle Nix, Billy Bookout and Tom Bettis of the Packers. Green Bay's key loses from '54 were Max McGee, Al Barry, Art Huntere and Clayton Tonnemaker. The hole left by McGee is still a question mark. Max finished up with 54 points- a lot of slack to be taken up. Yet, it is interesting to recall that Max dropped an alone-in-the-end-zone pass with five minutes left last year against Detroit here - a catch that would have put the Pack ahead. Former Los Angeles Ram Tom Dahms fills Hunter's shoes and ex-Cleveland Brown Joe Skibinski takes over for Barry. Filling in for McGee are Gary Knafelc, a veteran who played under McGee last year, and Jim Jennings, a darkhorse rookie. The Lions will unfold what Coach Buddy Parker claims is his best offensive line since he's been at Detroit. Thus, quarterback Bob Layne and Harry Gilmer might haul out the rocking chair if the Packers can't crack said line. Detroit also has improved defensively - a phase of play in which they led the Western circuit last year, thus offering another challenge to the Packers' offensive line, ace pass catcher Bill Howton and such backs as 
Howie Ferguson, Breezy Reid, Veryl Switzer and Joe Johnson. The Packer defense hasn't sparkled along the 2-4 exhibition trail - a long suit in the '54 league season. But three members of the defensive unit are simon-pures - Doyle Nix, Billy Bookout and Tom Bettis. Coach Liz Blackbourn hopes they have gained enough experience in the non-leaguers to combat the crafty Lions. Also new in the defense to go with veterans Val Joe Walker and Bobby Dillon, tackles Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin and John Martinkovic are defensive ends Pat O'Donahue, who put in a full league season with San Francisco and an exhibition campaign with Pittsburgh, and Nate Borden, first-year man. The Packer defense, to say the least, will get its toughest test from backs Middleton, reliable Lew Carpenter and Dorne Dibble, and ends Jug Girard, Jim Doran and Leon Hart when he's not playing defense. In the special duty department Sunday, there will be two new faces - the Packers' punting special duty department Sunday, there will be two new faces - the Packers' punting specialist, Dick Deschaine, and kickoff expert Charlie Brackins. Field goals and extra points for the Bays will be handled by Fred Cone. Girard, one-time neighbor of Deschaine's at Marinette-Menominee, will do the Lions' punting. Doak Walker will kick field goals and extra points and Jim Martin, just back from Canada, will handle the punting and long kickoffs. And speaking about Canada, the Lions also will have another returned refugee in the person of Gil Mains, defensive tackle. Of the three who skipped north last year only Tom Dublinski remains in Canada. But the Lions don't figure to miss him much, what with Gilmer ready to back up Layne. Injuries will keep out three players - the Lions' Bob Hoernschemeyer, a halfback starting his 10th pro season, and guard Harley Sewell; and the Packers' offensive halfback, Al Carmichael. The Lions will welcome the return of Walker and Middleton who missed last Sunday's exhibition windup because of injuries.
OUR 37TH YEAR IN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will be opening their thirty-seventh year of professional football and their thirty-fifth year of league play when they meet the Detroit Lions at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Packers have played full schedules in the league every season since they entered in 1921. Only two other teams, the Chicago Bears and Cardinals, have such a record. Cleveland and Detroit had teams in the league when the Packers entered, but they both dropped out the following year. Cleveland was back in 1923, but Detroit did not reappear until 1925. Both have been in and out since. New York was not represented until 1925. A list of the cities that have been members of the league since 1921 reads like a roster of the principal cities in the northeastern quarter of the United States. The west coast was not represented until Los Angeles joined in 1946 and San Francisco in 1950. The Packers, Bears and Cardinals alone have gone all the way facing the tough competition on the field and at the box office. Since the Packers have made the grade for thirty-three years, one might be pardoned for thinking professional football is a permanent part of Green Bay. That is not so. Nothing is permanent. The Packers are here because they played good football and won the support of Wisconsin fans. They will be here while they play good football and have the support of the fans and no longer. Today, they need our support and deserve it.
COOL, CLEAR WEATHER SET FOR OPENER
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - The weather will be "just about ideal," suitable for both fans and players alike, for the Packers' 1955 NFL inaugural with the Detroit Lions at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. "It will be on the cool side, but sunny," according to the Green Bay Weather Bureau. "The temperatures will be in the mid 50's and the winds will be light and variable."...The Wisconsin Associated Press Sports Writers' Assn. will hold its annual fall meeting here in conjunction with the big football weekend. An evening meeting is scheduled in the Beaumont Hotel at 8 o'clock tonight and a breakfast session Sunday morning, also at the Beaumont. About 20 scribes from all corners of the state are expected to attend...Jug Girard, once a Packer and a Lion stalwart, will be honored for Marinette and Menominee fans in ceremonies to be held before the game. A committee of twin city partisans will present Girard, now in his seventh NFL season, with a variety of gifts and "keys to the city." Kaukauna fans also will make a presentation to Jug, an adopted son of the Electric City because of his baseball exploits there...Sunday's 44th meeting between the Packers and Lions will be broadcast over station WJPG, radio service of the Press-Gazette, starting at 1:30. Earl Gillespie will describe the action and Tony Flynn and Bob Forte will divide the color assignment...The NFL's 36th season will be officially launched tonight when the New York Giants meet the Philadelphia Eagles in the city of brotherly love before an expected crowd of 25,000. All other league entries, except the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, who meet in Pittsburgh Monday night, will open championship competition Sunday. In addition to the Packer-Detroit game here, the Chicago Bears will debut at Baltimore, the Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco and Washington at Cleveland. Commissioner Bert Bell, who predicted record attendance the past two seasons, and who made good each time, said this year should be "the greatest ever in history." He forecast that the record attendance of 2,219,162 set last year would be broken. Three new head coaches make their bows in the openers. Ray Richards, long an assistant coach in the league, leads the Cardinals. Norman (Red) Strader is the new San Francisco leader, and Sid Gillman, fresh from the University of Cincinnati, is the latest Los Angeles coach...All stadium workers, including gatemen, ushers and inside police, today were reminded by H.J. Bero to report at City Stadium by 11:15 Sunday morning. Gates to the stadium will be opened at 11:45.
LIONS ROARING FOR PACKER OPENER
SEPT 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers open their 37th season in professional football against the Lions Sunday, a span which reflects six world championships and 10 consecutive years out of the running. The year was 1944 which Green Bay ruled the big time, beating New York in the title game, 14-7. Those were the glorious days of Hutson and Isbell. But gone are the stars of yesteryear and gone are the titles. A 6-6 production under Gene Ronzani looked like something was building in the Bay only to have it burst in one of the poorest Packer showings of all time the following year (nine losses, two wins, one tie). Sunday Liz Blackbourn begins his second season as the Packer's third coach, his first producing a worthy 4-8 showing. The question as the Packers open, can they come back? What used to be the doormat of the Western Division invades City Stadium as a defending champion, a reversed complexion and a bull of an opponent. For the record, Green Bay holds a 26-17 edge in the series but has not beaten Detroit since a 16-14 win in 1949. These are the roaring Lions, defending their third straight Western Division championship and determined to start the season off with a bang after being whipped with ridiculous ease by the Browns in the 1954 playoff, 56-10. More than 24,000 Green Bay faithful will witness Sunday's battle which kickoffs at 1:35 p.m. The Lions rule a two touchdown choice. Blackbourn drafted and traded to build an offensive line and defensive secondary. He figures quarterback Tobin Rote and fullback Howie Ferguson can match the best. Weaknesses loom yet, but overall the Packers have jelled into a stronger club than last season's surprise. Can they match the talent-loaded Lions? Bobby Layne is ready and roaring for his eighth season in pro ball and has capable running mates in veteran Doak Walker and rookie Dave Middleton and fullback Bob Carpenter. Add the league's most powerful offensive wall and best secondary and it paints a championship picture. Although the Packers will not be at top physical strength, they appeared ready for the Lions after hammering through offensive and defensive drills all week. Halfback Al Carmichael out with a dislocated shoulder, and tackle Len Szafaryn, who split his toe, are sidelined. There will be a continuation of an old football rivalry in a professional way when Detroit's Jug Girard and Green Bay's Dick Deschaine start punting. Girard was a start at Marinette when Deschaine was playing grade school ball at Menominee. Both were stars for their schools but never had a chance to match punts - until Sunday. To welcome the Jugger, Marinette and Menominee fans will present him with gifts.
LIONS FAVORED IN NFL OPENER
SEPT 25 (Green Bay-Detroit Free Press) - The Western Division champion Detroit Lions open their bid for a fourth straight title when they clash with the Green Bay Packers here Sunday afternoon. Although hampered by injuries, the Lions are favored to score their 12th straight victory over the Packers and help celebrate Jug Girard Day. The former Wisconsin star is being honored by fans from Marinette and Menominee and Kaukauna, Wis., where Girard lived before joining the Lions. He will receive numerous gifts...This will be the first acid test for the powerful Lion defensive unit that has given up only one touchdown in the last three exhibition games. No. 1 running threat for the Packers is Howie Ferguson, a sophomore fullback who had a great night against the Cards last week. He gained 155 yards in 13 carries to pace the Packer triumph. Coupled with him in the backfield are Breezy Reid, Veryl Switzer and quarterback Tobin Rote. Rote's passes to Bill Howton are the feature of the Green Bay air attack. The game will be broadcast to Detroit starting at 2:30 over WJR. The game is the only grid game not televised back to Detroit because of the lack of cable facilities.
Bay what looked like a prohibitive margin. Then just before the teams changed goals, the Rams got underway. Early in the final quarter, Deacon Dan Towler dove the final foot for the first Los Angeles touchdown of the afternoon. When Waterfield kicked the point to make it 28-13, the clock showed only 11 minutes and 10 seconds remaining. The next time they got the ball the Rams marched from their 35 to the Green Bay 17. When the Packer defense stiffened, old reliable Bob dropped back to the 29 and sent his third field goal of the day whirling through the timbers, but it was still a comfortable 28-16 lead. All of sudden, however, the Rams were breathing right down the back of the Packers' necks. Rote fumbled when hit on the Packer 33 and the Rams recovered. Then came one of those breaks that only an alert, fired-up club can make for itself. Towler bobbled at the Green Bay 15, but the ball bounced into the hands of Bob Carey and the startled but delighted Ram end sprinted the rest of the way. Up stepped Waterfield again, and it was only 28-23, with six long minutes still to go. The crowd was in an uproar when Jerry Williams made a leaping interception of Parilli's long throw on the Los Angeles 42, but breathed easier when Clarence Self retrieved a fumble on the Ram 46. The next series of plays almost wrapped it up for the Packers, but there was another of those breaks. Mann took Rote's pass on the Ram 15, but stepped out of bounds a second too soon and it was no good. Failing to make the distance the Packers punted to the Ram eight. With only 2:19 to go, that goal line was a long way, but the Rams spanned the distance in just seven plays. Two running plays netted 10, then Waterfield started pitching. Carey fielded one for 20, V.T. Smith picked off another for 29, and Bob hit Skeet Quinlan for 27 more to put the ball only six yards from victory. Smith made four on one plunge, then Towler
powered the remaining two to put the Rams in front, 29-28. Waterfield's conversion wasn't really needed, but it was good anyway.
PACKERS LEAN ON ROOKIES FOR 1955 IMPROVEMENT
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers may have to lean a lot on rookies this NFL season as offense against looms as the big question mark. The Packers wound up in fifth place in the rugged Western Division of the NFL. Although they lost four of their games by only 14 points total, they finished the season with a 4-8 record. As last year, Green Bay's defense looks good in 1955. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said "our defense this is just as good or better than it was in 1954. If we can improve our offense just a few points a game, we should wind up with a better record when the season ends." Blackbourn built his attack last year around Tobin Rote as passer and ends Billy Howton and Max McGee. The attack in the air failed frequently and the Packers lost just as often. McGee is in the armed forces now and Blackbourn hasn't found a suitable replacement. He's tried rookie Jim Jennings of Missouri and Gary Knafelc, a second year man, but neither approached McGee's stature at left end. Jim Philbee, a Bradley standout back from a whirl at Canadian football, entered the contest for end positions. Charlie Brackins, Prairie View A&M record setter, has shown a good passing arm in exhibitions and may fill the reserve quarterback spot behind Rote as the first Negro play caller in the NFL. The club's first draft choice, guard Tom Bettis of Purdue, Southern California's George Timberlake and Hank Bullough of Michigan State have added strength to Blackbourn's defense. In the defensive secondary, Doyle Nix, a SMU rookie halfback, has looked good enough in exhibitions to team with veteran pass defender Val Joe Walker. Blackbourn, going into his second season in this traditionally critical pro football town, admitted freely that "it all depends on the rookies we got in the draft...it could be a good season, or it could be disastrous."
NFL MAY BE FORCED TO ABANDON TV
SEPT 23 (Philadelphia) – The NFL may be forced to abandon its nationwide Saturday night football telecasts because “the government, through the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), is pricing us out of the Saturday market,” NFL Commissioner Bert Bell says. “The government went to court to force us to televise,” Bell observed Thursday. But, he said, the pro league’s television program will be curtailed this year because of “excessive charges” for cables by the American Telephone and Telegraph Co., under FCC approved rates…”FOUR TIMES AS MUCH”: “The hitch is this: It costs us four time as much to buy cables for telecasts as it does the network. We have to pay $1.00 a mile per hour for cables, while the networks get it anywhere from 13 cents to 40 cents per mile per hour because they buy it in great volume,” Bell said. An AT&T spokesman in New York said Bell “is the unfortunate victim of circumstances,” explaining that whereas the networks use television channels approximately 360 hours a month, the NFL would use it at most two and a half hours a week. Bell said he is hopeful that some last minute deal can be worked out to continue the coast-to-coast television games and other long distance regional telecasts…The Packers’ two Saturday night games with Baltimore were scheduled to be televised in the nationwide package, but TV’ing of the pair likely will be off unless a last minute deal is made. (If the national TV program is off, the only Packer game to be TV’d to Packerland will be the battle in Detroit Thanksgiving Day.)