BEARS 17, PACK 7? COULD HAVE BEEN, PADDY! NIXON IN BAY DRESSING ROOM
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - It may come as a shock to the Packers' predominantly delirious faithful but John L. (Paddy) Driscoll, mastermind of the fearsome invaders, feels the final score of Sunday's new City Stadium "dedication" game easily could have read: Chicago Bears 17, Packers 7. "Parilli should have been tackled for a 15-yard loss," Paddy reasoned, to show there can be a radical difference in viewpoint, "on both of those touchdown passes to Howton (Bill) and Knafelc (Gary). Our boys had him trapped both times but they missed their tackles." "In fact," Paddy declared, reflecting somberly upon the afternoon's happenings, "Howton was knocked down on that second one and Parilli had to look around. He ran away from our tackles, spotted Knafelc, and, boom, six points." This last observation moved Paddy, about to desert the Hotel Northland in pursuit of a Chicago-bound train, to ponder the future. "If Parilli is that hot all the time, you guys won't be where you were last year, that's for sure." Driscoll, in a position to evaluate talent himself since he himself is an all-time, all-pro, volunteered, "That Howton's terrific, too. He led the league last year and it looks like he's going to do it again." All of Paddy's bouquets were not tossed in the direction of the Packers' offensive unit, however. "That defensive team played a hell of a game, too," the Midway Monsters' chief strategist insisted. "Another thing," the Bears' 61-year old sophomore head man pointed out, "Deschaine (Dick) got off a couple of kicks that helped turn the tide of the game. He's a great punter." Had he been surprised? "No, we weren't surprised," he shot back. "They (the Packers) have won five games, haven't they? They just played darned good football." In another corner of Driscoll's room stood a somewhat solemn figure in a dark suit. It was George Halas, veteran owner of the Bears who earlier had helped city officials dedicate the new stadium in halftime ceremonies. Though never a happy loser, even George tacitly conceded this might have been a special occasion. "It was a great day," he mused, "a great day."...A visit from the vice president of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, put the icing on the cake for the exuberant Packers, living it up in their new dressing room at the south end of the stadium. Nixon, introduced to the noisy room at large by Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen, shook hands with Lou Rymkus and told the Packer line coach, "I was a little bit worried there in the third quarter." Upon reaching Head Coach Liz Blackbourn, he submitted, "You must feel pretty good now, too." Liz assured the vice president he did and Nixon added, "You have a nice bunch of boys, beautifully coached." Cong. John W. Byrnes came upon the scene at this point and added his congratulations to Nixon's well wished. "You won't see many days like this," he declared with a broad grin. A few steps way, the vice president had become surrounded by the players, including ex-Southern California stars Al Carmichael and Al Barry and UCLA alumnus Jim Salsbury, all undergraduate favorites in Nixon's home state. Nixon, who saw all of them play in their college days, was reminiscing with this trio when Asst. Coach Jack Morton arrived to inform the vice president, "I have an aunt who is a great admirer of yours. Would you send her an autographed picture?" Nixon, taking the name and address, indicated he would oblige. This done, he looked about him and queried, "How about the boy who was kicked out, is he all right?" Lewellen, at his side, grinned and pointed to the man in question, Ollie Spencer, dressing in front of his locker a few feet away. The big tackle, ejected over an exchange with the Bears' Stan Wallace, smiled sheepishly and allowed that he was none the worse for wear. Nixon left the Packer quarters shortly thereafter and was escorted to the Bears' dressing room across the way where he chatted with Halas and was introduced to the Bear players...The Packer had blown off considerable steam before the vice president arrived in their midst. They had barely crossed the threshold before Jim Ringo, employing the medley of East High's school song, sang out, "Green Bay will shine tonight, Green Bay will shine!" Across the way, over the mounting bedlam, Babe Parilli modestly insisted, "I was pretty luck there a couple of times today. On that second touchdown, Howton got knocked down so I had to start looking around and I found Gary Knafelc." On the other side of the room, burly Dave Hanner already was worrying about next week. "The Lions will be higher than a kite after getting racked by Baltimore today," he said soberly. "When's practice?" came from Salsbury, down the line. "Wednesday," chortled Jerry Helluin, tongue in cheek. A few doors down, Nate Borden yelled, "What did Galimore (Bear rookie sensation) do today?" Hanner chuckled eloquently at the memory of how efficiently the Bear phenom had been handled, walked over and shook hands with Borden. In another corner, bonus rookie Paul Hornung was shaking his head. "That Howton's too much," he muttered with a trace of awe in his tone. "Of course, that Parilli didn't play a bad ball game, either." Howton, encountered elsewhere, summed up the unspoken sentiments of 32,000 fans with, "it just wouldn't have been appropriate if we hadn't won." There were signs of a partial return to normalcy as Ron Kramer declared, "We've got to look for the next one, now," and Rymkus toured the dressing room, announcing, "Meeting at 9 o'clock Tuesday at the office."...Blackbourn, still accepting felicitations in the coaches' room, chuckled, "You're going to look good when you beat the Bears." Irv Kupcinet, Chicago Sun-Times columnist who happened in at this point, told Liz, "Your club looked real good." Later, on a more serious note, Liz admitted, "I feel really relieved. I was worried. Everybody had done such a magnificent job, the people approving the new stadium, the architect, the executive committee and all the various other committees who helped make the whole thing a success, that the coaches and I were wondering what kind of a job we were going to do. And are we tickled." Though he made no reference to individuals, as per custom, Liz conceded "Parilli had a good day - and was I pleased." "Our defensive line did a whale of a job, too," the Packer boss noted. "That's what I was particularly pleased with. They've got a great running team, you know."...CONFIDENCE: When concern was expressed over inability to mount a sustained offense in the early going, Liz insisted, "We'll move the ball once we get the wind and we can pass." His athletes justified his confidence - they scored the next time they got hold of the ball...'HOLDING': Ollie Spencer was more than a little miffed over being thrown out of the game over his "altercation" with Wallace. "He hit me and I grabbed him, that's all I did," he told Blackbourn after being banished, "and they threw me out of the ball game. That's the first time I've ever been thrown out of a game."...PREMATURE?: "Nice game," Hornung told Bobby Dillon, standing beside him on the sidelines, with 23 seconds remaining the game. "Not yet," Bobby shot back...CLOSE CALL: It might have passed largely unnoticed, but the combatants were on the verge of a free-for-all in the closing seasons. The Bears' Fred Williams began pushing the Packers' Don McIlhenny around with great vigor and several Packers stormed off the bench bound for the scene of action but cooler heads prevailed, Blackbourn and Trainer Bud Jorgensen restraining the would-be gladiators...FOLLOWS INSTRUCTIONS: "Kick it down there, Dick," Blackbourn admonished Deschaine on the Packers' first punt of the afternoon, from the Bear 46. Not a man to disregard instructions, the heavy-footed Menominee, Mich., native got off one that rolled dead on the Bear six-yard line. Before the game, Deschaine thrilled the assemblage by delivering himself of a 90-yarder with an aiding wind. The ball, kicked from the south 30-yard line, bounced once at the north end of the stadium - and into the seats...OLD HAT: Yesterday's dedication was nothing new for Clark Shaughnessy, veteran Bear assistant coach. He volunteered the information that he has figured in the dedication of eight stadiums, including the 85,000-seat Sugar Bowl at New Orleans. Phil Handler, his coaching colleague, was no rookie on Green Bay soil either. It was his 28th annual visit to the home of the Packers...SLOW START: Willie Galimore, the Bears' highly touted rookie, made an inglorious start Sunday. He was thrown for a loss on his first two ball carrying attempts, losing six yards on his second try...BACK IN BUSINESS: The Packer Lumberjack band, which figured in both the pregame and halftime ceremonies, officially opened its 19th season Sunday, under Wilner Burke's baton, in the new quarters - a special bandstand constructed at the northeast corner of the stadium...NEW PACKER 'VOICE': Clair Stone, program director of Press-Gazette station WJPG, made his debut as the Packers' field announcer. Stone, who also served in that capacity for a short time in 1955, replaces Tom White, who is ill.
PARILLI'S PERFORMANCE WAS NO SURPRISE; BLACKBOURN KNEW HE COULD DO THE JOB
SEPT 30 (GREEN BAY) - "Surprised by Parilli's showing? No, we weren't surprised. We knew he could do what he did today." Lisle Blackbourn, coach of the Green Bay Packers, was talking after the upset of the Chicago Bears here Sunday. "You might call this V-Day," a spectator in the crowded dressing room said. "V is victory and V for vindication of your faith in Parilli."