(GREEN BAY) - The Packers dynamited the Bears with the fighting spirit of all Packerland Sunday. And the result was inevitable - a Green Bay victory, 21 to 17! This triumph started taking shape when they poured the first concrete in the new stadium last February. Everybody wanted it most of all as a final prize for this Perfect Dedication Weekend, but a win over the vaunted Western Division Champions really was only a dream! The Packers, thrilled to the core at the mere sight of the new stadium when they arrived here three weeks ago, made up their minds then that they just had to win. And the Big Bays just wouldn't be beaten Sunday in what seemed like one of their guttiest performances in history. The Bears, aiming at the World Championship this year, really put the wood to the Packers, threatening at time to run the Bays ragged. But the Packers - boom boomed by a partisan (what an understatement) gathering of 32,132 fans - were on the way to another touchdown when the gun ended the fierce struggle and set off the wildest combination of tears and joy in Bay history. What does it all mean? The Packers are now in a first place tie in the Western Division with Los Angeles and Baltimore, each with 1-0 records. Detroit, dumped by the Baltimores yesterday, moves into the New Stadium next Sunday. This was a most unusual game at times. The Bears are the scoring kings of football and this phase of Packer efforts was up for worry during the non-league season. Yet, the Packers came from behind twice to gain ties, 7-7 and 14-14, and then overcame a 17-14 deficit to win 21-17. The two clubs scored 28 points from midway in the first quarter to halfway in the second period and only 10 from then until the game's end. The Bears, with ease, drove 77 yards in nine plays for their 7-0 lead with 13:33 left in the first quarter, Ed Brown going five yards on a keeper. The Packers slammed right back, bolting 79 yards in 10 plays to tie it up. The payoff was a 37-yard pass from Babe Parilli to Billy Howton early in the second frame. The Bears took the next kickoff and moved 72 yards on 10 plays to go in front 14-7 on Brown's 11-yard pass to the great Harlon Hill who thus scored his first TD in Green Bay. Again the Packers bounced and this must have tipped off the Bays' intention Sunday. The Pack moved 59 yards in 10 plays with Fred Cone scoring from one yard out. Early in the second half, George Blanda booted a field goal for the Bears' 17-14 lead, but with 8:21 left in the game Parilli hurled a six-yard strike to Gary Knafelc for the winning TD. Those remaining 8 minutes and 21 seconds represented the longest cold sweat all weekend. It was plenty of time for a team like the Bears to produce a stack of points, but they had the ball only for seven plays against the Packs' 13 in those final 501 seconds. The stoppers were an interception of a Brown pass by Bobby Dillon with 3:59 left and recovery of Perry Jeter's fumble of a punt by Larry Lauer with 1:16 left in the game. This was the last of five interceptions and the second for Dillon, pointing up the Packers' magnificent defense. The Packers' defensive unit was murder during the exhibitions and the Bears were to provide the supreme test. But the Bruins' 17-point total offered evidence that the Pack's defense is a growing concern. The Bears rolled up 372 yards - 141 by rushing and 231 by aerials, but the Packers managed to come up with the big defensive plays with the exceptions of the Bears' two scoring drives. Dillon's duel with the talented Hill was worth the price of admission alone. Hill caught one for a touchdown and nabbed a pass deflected by Dillon who almost had it for a touchdown the other way. But Bobby came up with two interceptions in front of Hill and the second practically sealed the Bears' doom, coming with only 3:59 left. Hank Gremminger, Sam Palumbo, and Bill Forester each stole one Bear pass. The Pack's defense, composed on only 14 gents, kept the highly-advertised Willie Galimore down to 28 yards in eight carries. The overall hard play of the Packers made it quite easy to figure this win as a big team effort. The Bays, for instance, gang tackled all afternoon. On offense, the line provided excellent protection for Parilli and Bart Starr, although the Bays' rushers were limited to 97 yards. The Packers picked up 235 yards passing and, of course, that was the big story. Parilli took over for Starr in the second quarter and pitched two touchdown passes, finishing with nine completions in 17 attempts for 197 yards against Starr's three for five for 38. Howton was the Packers' big club and the Rice Rocket kept the left side of the Bears' defense slightly goofy. He wound up snaring eight aerials for 165 yards - the best air showing on the field. His 42-yard catch from Parilli set up the winning touchdown pitch from Babe to Knafelc. Knafelc, incidentally, caught the only passes that Howton didn't, snaring four for 70 yards. Also adding to the "team" side of the Pack's victory was the work of the platoons. The kickoff return team, headed by Al Carmichael, carried four back for 114 yards against the Bears' 39 and four punts were returned for 34 yards against the Bears' zero. And boot-happy Dick Deschaine averaged a wowing 51.2 yards with five punts. One of his boots, from the end zone because the line of scrimmage was on the four, traveled 71 yards, finally coming to rest on the Bear 25. On the second play of the game, the Packers got a bad break when fullback Howie Ferguson, well and ready to go, suffered a leg injury, knocking him out of the rest of the game. On the next play, Starr and Knafelc worked a 24-yard pass play. The push ended and Deschaine placed a 41-yard punt out of bounds on the six. Galimore made the first Bear carry and Carlton Massey stopped him for a two-yard loss. Rick Casares, stopped at the middle by Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner, tried a quick kick on third down and it went out of bounds on the Bear 31. The Pack had a good chance to score but on fourth down, Don McIlhenny was unable to get one yard for a first down. The Pack took over again at midfield and on the first play Howton worked behind Zucco and in the clear but Starr's pass was short and Zucco intercepted. At this point the Bears and Packers traded two touchdowns apiece. The Bears went 73 yards with Brown completing four passes to Dooley, Hill and McColl and then circling end for himself for the TD. Blanda kicked the extra point. Now it was the Packers' turn. McIlhenny and Cone picked up 15 yards in four carries to start the 79-yard drive. Starr threw to Howton for six and Cone added four. On the first play of the second frame, Parilli saw Knafelc drop his pass and then hit Howton for 17. Parilli overthrew Carmichael but then pin-pointed Howton on the 12 and Billy ran in standing up. Cone converted and it was 7-7. Four big Brown passes, to Hill for 16, Dooley for 17, McColl for 30 and Hill for 11 and the touchdown, put the Bears ahead, but the Packers charged right back with a 59-yard TD rush. Sharp passing from Parilli to Knafelc for 26, to Howton for 11, Howton again for 11 and Knafelc for 14 gave the Pack first down on the 11. Parilli overshot Howton in the end zone but Zucco was hanging on to Howton and the interference gave the Pack first down on the Bear one. Cone smashed on the first try and kicked the extra point to tie it up. Just before the half, Forester intercepted a Brown pass, Cone lost the ball on a fumble and Gremminger intercepted a Bratkowski pass. Hill ran 43 yards with the "almost" interception by Dillon to set up the field goal early in the second half after Paul Hornung kicked off over the end line for the second time in the game. The Bears plowed down to the Packer nine and a teedee looked inevitable, but after Casares gained four Brown tried two passes. Dillon hurled Dooley for a one-yard loss on the first and Brown threw the next one into the dirt. Blanda then hit his field goal from the 13. After Ollie Spencer and Stan Wallace were banned for "fighting" (Ollie tried to hold Wallace and keep from being involved). Hornung's 50-yard field goal try was long enough but a trifle wide. The defenses started to take over as Zucco and Dillon traded interceptions and just before the third period ended Sam Palumbo intercepted as Tom Bettis rushed Brown. Early in the last quarter, the Packers moved to the Bear 39, but Hornung's field goal try into the strong wind went short. One of the key plays of the game came up shortly. The Bears were just shy of the 50 and needed less than a yard for first down. Watkins was sent into the middle of the Bay line on fourth down and it gave only a few inches. A measurement showed the Bears lacking a couple of inches. Three plays later, the Pack had a 21-17 edge. Parilli drilled a beautiful shot to Howton on the 15 and Billy was hauled down on the eight. Cone crashed to the six. Parilli went back to pass, leaped out of the fire of three hungry Bears and then hit Knafelc smack in the bread basket with a sharp shot under the goal posts. Gary was sitting on the ground when he caught caught it. Cone converted and the audience went nuts. The Packer defense rushed the Bears badly and Brown had to punt. Billy Kinard took the ball on the 39 and legged back nicely for 18 yards to the Bear 43. This was excellent position, but Parilli lost 13 trying to pass and Deschaine had to punt, giving the Bears a shot with 4:22 left. The Pack was nailed for interference on Hill on the Packer 41, but on the next play the Bay line put another good rush on Brown and his throw to Hill was a wee bit short and Dillon snaked in and grabbed the ball on the Packer 29. With 3:59 left, Carmichael gained 10 and it appeared that the Pack might be able to freeze the ball. The Bears held and forced Deschaine to punt. Jeter tried to field the high boomer but he was smacked hard by Jim Temp just as he grabbed at the ball and Larry Lauer recovered for the Pack on the Bear 15. The Packers then ran out the clock and Green Bay promptly became a madhouse!
CHICAGO   -   7   7   3   0  -  17
GREEN BAY -   0  14   0   7  -  21
                         CHICAGO     GREEN BAY
First Downs                   19            16
Rushing-Yards-TD        35-141-1       39-97-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 28-14-231-1-5 22-12-235-2-2
Sacked-Yards                  10            35
Net Passing Yards            221           200
Total Yards                  362           297
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           2-2
Turnovers                      6             4
Yards penalized             7-55          2-26
1st - CHI - Ed Brown, 5-yard run (George Blanda kick) CHICAGO 7-0
2nd - GB - Billy Howton, 37-yard pass from Babe Parilli (Fred Cone kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - CHI - Harlon Hill, 11-pass from Brown (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 14-7
2nd - GB - Cone, 1-yard run (Cone run) TIED 14-14
3rd - CHI - Blanda, 13-yard field goal CHICAGO 17-14
4th - GB - Gary Knafelc, 6-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
GREEN BAY - Fred Cone 20-52 1 TD, Al Carmichael 11-50, Don McIlhenny 3-7, Howie Ferguson 2-0, Billy Howton 1-(-2), Paul Hornung 2-(-10)
CHICAGO BEARS - Rick Casares 18-72, Willie Galimore 8-28, Bobby Watkins 4-24, Zeke Bratkowski 1-10, Perry Jeter 2-7, Ed Brown 2-0 1 TD
GREEN BAY - Babe Parilli 17-9-1977 2 TD 1 INT, Bart Starr 5-3-8 1 INT
CHICAGO BEARS - Ed Brown 24-12-197 1 TD 4 INT, Zeke Bratkowski 4-2-34 1 INT
GREEN BAY - Billy Howton 8-165 1 TD, Gary Knafelc 4-70 1 TD
CHICAGO BEARS - Bill McColl 4-84, Harlon Hill 4-82 1 TD, Jim Dolley 4-59, Willie Galimore 1-7, Bobby Watkins 1-(-1)
According to the caption supplied, eventual Hall of Famers seated in the photo include Don Hutson, Arnie Herber, Tony Canadeo, and Curly Lambeau. The image is credited to D. Elliott Photography out of Milwaukee, Wis. (Photo Credit -
Then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon on the platform at the City Stadium dedication. Joining him in the festivities are the reigning Miss America, Marilyn Van Der Bur (left), and National Football League commissioner Bert Bell (right). (Photo Credit -
James Arness is pictured above outside the Northland Hotel in downtown Green Bay. Arness visited Green Bay on the last weekend of September 1957 for the dedication of the then brand-new City Stadium. The actor rode in a parade as Green Bay closed the old stadium on the east side and dedicated the new facility on the far west side. An estimated 18,000 people showed up, but “about two-thirds (were) children who were more interested in ‘Matt Dillon’ than football nostalgia," the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported. (Source: Packerville, USA Blog)
Green Bay Packers (1-0) 21, Chicago Bears (0-1) 17
Sunday September 29th 1957 (at Green Bay)
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.
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."
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - Packerland was still pinching itself today. But it's still true - that is a new stadium out there on the corner of Highland and Ridge Road, and those figures on the scoreboard are correct: Packers 21, Bears 17! And just to prove that nobody really pinches themselves (it's just an old saying), the Detroit Lion game in the New City Stadium next Sunday was sold out in nothing flat Monday. Ticket chief Earl Falck went into business with only 700 tickets left at 7:30 Monday morning and by 10 o'clock the stadium was filled. "They were waiting at the door (349 S. Washington) when we arrived to open up the place," Falck laughed. He said that $4.75 tickets are still available for the New York Giant game in the new stadium Nov. 3. That's your last chance to see the Pack in the new stadium (barring a playoff) this year. The Packer ticket office has good seats available for the three games in Milwaukee - Baltimore Oct. 13, San Francisco Oct. 20, and Los Angeles Nov. 17. The Packer picture started to take on a Honolulu Blue and Gold tinge yesterday as Coach Liz Blackbourn and aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Morton sat down early Monday morning to start work on a program designed to hand the Lions their second straight defeat. The coaches were hard at it early this morning and the players arrived at 9:30 for their usual morning meeting. The first outdoor session was held this afternoon. The staff started Lion Week with some good news. Trainer Bud Jorgensen reported that fullback Howie Ferguson hurt his hip, and not his bothersome knees, on the second play of the game. Howie will be ready to go Sunday. There were no other injuries of serious not. Fred Cone stepped into Howie's boots Sunday and carried 20 times for 52 yards against the Bears' hungry defense. The invasion of the Lions presents a staggering problem for a couple of reasons: (1) The Detroits lost their opener, 34 to 14, to Baltimore last Sunday - and thus will be murderously tough in an effort to balance the books. (2) The Packers will not be quite as "high" as they were for their Dedicated Dedication performance. The combination of the two could spell trouble. The Lions always have been a great bounce-back team - judging by their 3-9 record in '55 and 9-3 in '56. The Packers were keyed to the skies for that Bear opener for weeks through the elaborate Stadium Dedication and their own desire to successfully christen the elegant structure. This natural desire will be gone but folks in Packerland are sure the Packer gained enough confidence from that 21-17 victory to beat anybody. There will be a side battle involving two former Packers - Tobin Rote and Roger Zatkoff - and four ex-Lions, Ollie Spencer, Jim Salsbury, Don McIlhenny and Norm Masters. All six will be looking for revenge, but Rote will be in a better position since he will have command of the Detroit offense in his position as quarterback. Rote undoubtedly will be allowed to start and carry on in the place of Bobby Layne. Rote and Layne shared quarterbacking in the Lions' loss in Baltimore. Tobin completed seven of 12 attempts for 90 yards and one touchdown and Bobby completed eight for 15 for 88 yards. The Lions were held to 23 yards rushing in 24 running plays. The Detroits went into the game badly crippled up. Three backs were at half speed, including Leon Hart, and a couple of linemen had injuries.
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - The Packers, in the process of beating the Bears Sunday, performed two important and significant heroics - (1) Coming from behind three times to score touchdowns, twice to tie the score at 7-7 and 14-14 and the third time to win the game, 21-17; and (2) Holding the point-crazy Bears to 17 marks. A few individuals - like Babe Parilli, who leaped around like a monkey on a hot stove when the Bears red-dogged, and Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc, who caught 12 passes between 'em - were the main characters in the Packer come-backing offense but the work of the offensive team as a unit was really something to behold. The Pack's offensive line had been kicked around pretty good - on the field, in the public prints and a few other places, but the wall actually served to protect Bart Starr and Parilli well - except when the Bears rushed. When the Bears or any other team decides to red dog (rushing linebackers), an offensive line and the protecting-the-passer backs are pretty helpless; then it's good to have a jumping jack QB. Big Jim Ringo, the Packer center playing his first season as offensive captain, was a fierce blocker Sunday, setting a hot pace for Al Barry, Jim Salsbury, Norm Masters, Ollie Spencer and Carl Vereen. And Ringo set the future pace, too, with this dressing room blast: "We can do anything now!" The Packer offense used 26 players in scoring 21 points; the Bear offense, greatest in the league last year, used 28 to score 17 points...One day last week, defensive tackle Dave 
OCT 2 (Green Bay) - This has been sort of a quarterbacky year - by cracky! Remember all the fuss about getting Tobin Rote signed - just about the time the Braves opened league play last spring? About that time Bart Starr slipped out of service and into Green Bay to become a salesman and prepare for his sophomore season. And it wasn't much later that Babe Parilli, a quarterback here with Rote in 1952-53, became a Packer again in the six-player trade with the Cleveland Browns. And, to cap it, shortly before training started, Rote was traded to Detroit. Between wondering who's quarterbacking the Packers and getting the stadium finished, the folks in these parts were revolving. But somewhere along the training line, Coach Liz Blackbourn and his Offensive Backfield Coach Ray McLean made up their minds that "this is a two-quarterback team." And that's exactly what Liz said yesterday when asked about his QB's in the wake of Parilli's masterful showing in the 21-17 victory over the Bears Sunday: "We've got no first quarterback - we're a two quarterback team, and we've got two good ones. We have a third one (Paul Hornung) but he's a utility man and also plays other positions. We're not picking a No. 1 quarterback, but I guess that's what everybody (press, radio, etc.) wanted me to do Sunday night after the game. How will we play them? We'll start one of them and see how he looks, and then make our decisions accordingly. We won't play one for one half and then play the other in the other half. Yes, it is quite a change from my other years here. Tobin was pretty much in a class by himself and he had had plenty of experience with the result that he had to be considered our No. 1 quarterback." Starr and Parilli have been quite a quarterback team thus far - as the Packers' 6-0-1 (including 5-0-1 in exhibitions) record might indicate. In no single game this year did the two QB's fail to hit below 50 percent on completions and that was true in Sunday's key struggle, Starr completing three of five and Parilli hitting on nine in 17 attempts, including two touchdowns. Starr started Sunday and completed the first pass attempt in the new stadium - a 24-yard shot to Gary Knafelc. But Starr was short to Billy Howton on the next series and midway in the quarter a long pitch to Howton fell short and Vic Zucco intercepted. Starr throws a "soft" pass and the stiff south wind, which he was facing in the first quarter, actually seemed to hold 
OCT 3 (Green Bay) - The four officers of the Green Bay Branch of the Detroit Lions Alumni Assn. don't have much to say about the impending first struggle with their former teammates. Just a few words, like: "They will be tough and let's not forget it!" Other than a general statement of that nature, members of the Former Foursome - Ollie Spencer, Don McIlhenny, Jim Salsbury and Norm Masters - are being mum about the whole business. If Ollie, Don, Jim and Norm are planning a special party of their own, they aren't advertising. A right smart move! Offensive right tackle Spencer, offensive right guard Salsbury, offensive halfback McIlhenny and offensive left tackle Masters came to the Packers in the trade featuring quarterback Tobin Rote. Also with the Lions is former Packer linebacker Roger Zatkoff, who landed in Detroit the long way - through Cleveland. Whether Rote and Zatkoff are making special plans isn't known. But they might just doing same! There are four gents in Green Bay who are making a lot of plans - Packer coach Liz Blackbourn and aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Morton. "I'll say we're making plans," Liz led off yesterday, adding: "Look at that Lion personnel. Practically the same as last year and now they've got two all-pro linebackers with Roger (Zatkoff) and that Joe Schmidt. We all know about that secondary of theirs - the same bunch, best in the league, Christiansen, Lary, Karilivacz and David." Detroit's answer to guys like Howton and Harlon Hill will be in good condition and ready to go, Blackbourn is a fearin'. That would be the swift and surefingered Dave Middleton, the offensive end who has finally finished (for the season) racing back and forth between Detroit and medical school at the University of Tennessee. Dave had been playing weekends during the non-league season and wasn't going full steam vs. Baltimore last Sunday. Middleton finished fifth in pass catching in the league last year with 39 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns. "And their other ends are all back - that Doran and Dibble. They have that big Gatski at center now. Gedman always has been tough, you know, and they've got that big John Henry (Johnson) in there, too. Leon Hart should be about ready to go. He's been hurt, you know. We know Rote will be tough working with Bobby Layne," Liz said continuing: "They're sure to bounce back after losing (to Baltimore 34-14). We gained some valuable confidence in the Bear game and I'm hoping now we don't have a letdown." Blackbourn started to worry somewhat along those line after what Liz called a "poor practice" Wednesday...Mike Hudock, the 1956 Packer draftee who injured his knee in the College All Star game, is here for treatment. The injury knocked him out for the season but he'll be out in '57. Hudock is a 245-pound center...The game ball from Sunday's 21-17 victory over the Bears will be presented soon to Tom Hearden, the Packer defensive coach who suffered a stroke last May. It will be autographed by the squad. Tom is recuperating at his home, and doing quite well, and manages to watch a few practices from his car...And speaking about game balls, the Colts handed their prize ball to Don Shula after their victory over Detroit. Shula was the last player to be cut but many of the players felt that the veterans had worked so hard with such newcomers as Milt Davis, Henry Moore, Jack Call and Andy Nelson that he deserved this recognition. Shula, who lost his job to Moore, since has joined the Redskins...MUSIC: The Packers now have a juke box in the center of the dressing room. Player representative Billy Howton said "we all chipped in for it - it helps cut the tension after workouts and helps us relax." The players write their favorite music on a request slip on the highly-colored machine. No nickels are needed...SOUVENIR: Want to buy a Dedication program? Just mail 50 cents to the Packer office, 349 S Washington, and you'll get one in the return mail. The Packers have a number of extra copies; the book, printed for the Packer-Bear game, is a valuable Packer historical record.
OCT 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay beat the Western Division champion Chicago Bears, 21-17, and Detroit was whipped by Baltimore, 34-14, so that would seem to make Green Bay a cinch against Detroit at Green Bay Sunday. "Not at all," said Walter Cruice, Green Bay scout who watched the game in Baltimore. "Detroit's got too fine personnel to count out. They could explode in the Packers' faces. Remember, the Packers and Colts had big psychological advantages in the openers, playing at home. The dedication of the new stadium had everyone in Green Bay steamed up. It was a tough place for the Bears to play. Baltimore is always a hard place to play, but especially for an opener. The fans for wild and so do the Colts."...Tom Wilson, Los Angeles Rams halfback who set a NFL rushing record against the Packers in last year's finale with 223 yards in 23 carries, gained 135 yards in 17 tries against Philadelphia last Sunday...QUICK QUOTES: George Wilson, Detroit coach, before the season opened: "This Lion team is as good as any (1952-54) that won the championship in Detroit. I can't promise the championship, but we'll battle it all the way."...Weeb Ewbank, Baltimore coach: "We got the breaks to win this one. Detroit's a good team. They'll get settled down. I hope they don't give us the big buildup like Buddy Parker did." (In 1955, Baltimore beat the Lions in the second game of the season and Parker, then Detroit coach, called the Colts "the best team I've ever seen in pro football." Baltimore finished fourth.)...Don Kellett, Baltimore general manager, to Edwin J. Anderson, Detroit president: "Our team is hungry and yours is complacent."...When Harvey Knox charged the other day that the Bears underpaid his stepson Ronnie, he might have mentioned that they also underplayed him at Green Bay. Ronnie was on the kickoff platoon, was knocked down by a hearty block and was helped from the field...MARCHETTI AGAIN: The Lions couldn't keep Gino Marchetti, Baltimore's ferocious defensive end, away from their quarterbacks. "We put two men on him and that didn't work," Detroit Coach George Wilson said. "It was the greatest end performance I have ever seen." Marchetti always plays that way against Green Bay...In one stretch, Bobby Layne found his receivers on 11 out 12 passes against Baltimore. Buddy Young, former Illinois and Colt star, said, "He had to be phenomenal. Layne's old enough so he's not the running threat he was. He's easier to defense." Young also called the Lions an "old club." "They've been," he said. "Now some of their key players have slowed down a second or two. You can tell better when you don't see 'em all the time, like me."
OCT 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn doesn't like to talk about it, but he feats the Packers could be in for a letdown Sunday against the Lions. "Last weekend certainly aroused our club no end," Blackbourn said Wednesday. "And we should have gained a little confidence after beating a team like the Bears. But I'm afraid - well, let's just hope we don't have a letdown." Blackbourn respects Sunday's invaders, perhaps as much as the Bears. "Their personnel is wonderful," he said. "They're bound to be in this thing to the end." While Detroit Coach George Wilson has been rotating quarterbacks Bobby Layne and Tobin Rote, Blackbourn believes Rote will surely get the starting assignment at Green Bay. Despite a murderous rush by the Colts last Sunday, Rote completed seven out of 12 passes for 90 yards and one touchdown. The Packers came out of the Bear scrap with two injuries, only one of any consequence. Howie Ferguson wrenched a joint in his hip on the second play of the game and it is doubtful he will suit up. Freddie Cone will start at fullback, backed by Paul Hornung. Safetyman Bobby Dillon developed a slight pull in his thigh muscle on Rick Casares' quick kick play in the first quarter. However, he turned in a superb performance, intercepting two passes and should be in shape by Sunday. The Bears weren't so fortunate. Center Larry Strickland's shoulder injury is serious enough to sideline him Saturday night against the Colts. Willie Galimore is still limping and Ronnie Knox has a swollen lip. Getting back to Hornung, Blackbourn praised the versatility of his bonus choice. "We certainly can move that fellow around," Liz said. "We use him on long field goals because he can put more kick into the ball than Fred Cone. He's not as accurate as Cone, but he'll come around." So bring on the Lions! Blackbourn had the same sentiments as another pro coach who said, "In this league what you did last week doesn't mean a thing. It's what you do this week what counts."
OCT 3 (Detroit) - If the usually affable George Wilson becomes a snarling, prematurely gray-haired football coach, it won't be surprising. In his most recent chores as the bossman of the Detroit Lions, Wilson has been
OCT 4 (Green Bay) - So you're George Wilson, head coach of the Detroit Lions! You have two all-time quarterbacks - Bobby Layne, the Lions' passing record smasher, and Tobin Rote, the former Packer same. And you're playing the Packers - in Green Bay's new stadium. Who are you going to start - Layne, who has killed the Pack many times in the past, or Rote, who will want to whip his ex-teammates but good. Lion Publicitor Bud Erickson, carrying the word from Coach Wilson, announced today that the decision as to the starter probably will be made shortly before game time. And Bud added with a laugh: "I'm sure Green Bay fans will get a chance to see their former quarterback somewhere during the game." Best guess: Tobin to start! And he'll finish, too, if he can keep the Lions ahead. And speaking about former Packers, the sellout crowd of over 32,000 will see the noted Roger Zatkoff in a Lion uniform. Roger was traded to Cleveland originally and finally went to Detroit in a later deal. Zatkoff, an all-pro linebacker, is counted on to help make the Lions' defense tougher since he plays alongside all-pro Joe Schmidt and the all-pro secondary composed of Jack Christiansen, Yale Lary, Carl Karilivacz and Jim David. The Lions gave up 34 points in losing to Baltimore last Sunday while the Packers permitted 17 in beating the Bears 21-17. And here's how the aforementioned Wilson has been reacting in Detroit, according to writer Watson Spoelstra in the Detroit News: "Nobody has scored more than 17 points on them (the Packers) in seven games," said Wilson. "That's two touchdowns and a field goal. Green Bay's defense is the surprise of the league." Spoelstra, in his dispatch, continued: "This is distressing news to the Lions who haven't been storming across the goal line in recent weeks. For the last three games Detroit has totaled three touchdowns. In a year's span where has Green Bay picked up this defensive talent? 'They probably improved themselves by letting me go,' said Roger Zatkoff facetiously." Spoelstra went on to explain the Packers' trades that changed the Bays' defense...APOLOGY: Despite the elegant coverage, the Press-Gazette gave the Packer-Bear game Sunday, we "regret" that the name of one visiting dignitary was omitted. We refer to Harvey Knox, mouthy stepfather of the Bears' Ronnie Knox. Harvey looked a little distant and serious as he talked with Ronnie and Packer Al Barry, a neighborhood chum of Ronnie's in Los Angeles, behind the dressing rooms after the game. Maybe he was planning his publicity move against George Halas (see below). Note to Harvey: Uncle George is one guy you wont' fool!
OCT 4 (Chicago) - Harvey Knox, stepfather of quarterback Ronnie Knox, says he is going to sue George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears. Halas Thursday suspended Ronnie for "willful violations of rules and regulations of the club." He said the rookie quarterback missed two club practices in 12 days and also did not show up for special quarterback tutoring sessions three days this week. "When we are officially notified about the suspension, we'll call in our lawyers and sue for breach of contract and misrepresentation," said Harvey. Ronnie, with Harvey usually doing most of the talking, has figured in a series of controversies. Ronnie left the University of California after one season with his stepfather charging that Ronnie wasn't played enough and the school did not live up to its outside job promises. At UCLA, Harvey and Coach Red Sanders often were at sword point. Ronnie later had a movie contract briefly, played pro ball in Canada and served a stint in California's National Guard. Harvey, when asked if Ronnie would leave the Bears, said: "Halas hasn't enough power or skunk tactics to make the boy quit."
OCT 4 (Green Bay) - Andries J. Pot, Dutch journalist on the Press-Gazette staff, attended the Packer-Bear game Sunday. Following is his impression: It is difficult to compare football with any other field game in The Netherlands. I even think that football would be impossible to play in my country because five minutes after the kickoff, the police would enter the field in closed rows and arrest all the players for attempted manslaughter. The only similarity with our big events like field hockey, soccer or handball is the public. People are the same as well as in the Olympic Stadium at Amsterdam, the bull fight arenas in Madrid, the dignified Wembley in London or the new Green Bay stadium. In fact, the crowds who pass the gates of stadium all over the world can be divided into four main groups - the ignorants, the frustrated, the emotionalists and the connoisseurs. The first, to whom I belonged during the Packer-Bear football game. are sometimes difficult to recognize. Most times they are dressed properly and look a little shy. Some read their programs upside down and ask why the game is called football, because practically nobody touches the ball with their feet. There, however, are exceptions. Most ignorants will follow with great accuracy the reactions and movements of the people around them, afraid of making a mistake and looking stupid. They cheer when everybody cheers and sometimes they even dare to utter a soft "boo". They are always a couple of seconds too late and therefore a little hastened in their expressions, like children who quickly want to make amends. Some ignorants try after awhile to act independently. This is very dangerous and often the result is that they are beaten firmly on their head, because in football one easily cheers for the wrong team. The second group, the frustrated, is small but very independent. They seem to have the courage to rise when everybody is seated and to shout when everybody is quite. Their faces are read and they are not chary of gestures. In their voices is the flavor of complaint. They seem to be hurt and even insulted by the behavior of referees, linesmen and players. Also they try to involve spectators in their sadness about all the injustices, without, however, having the meaning to receive an answer. They only direct their words to somebody in the neighborhood because deep in their consciousness they realize that this is rather silly to shout in the open air without reaching a target. In the fourth quarter, the average frustrated has lost his voice, but he will not five up and squeaks through the last minutes. It would be a mistake to consider the frustrated as being pent-up supporters. They do not complain because of the fate of their beloved team, they always complain. They just love it. They are suspicious of being cheated by anyone. And in the stadium they have the opportunity to utter their bottled-up grievance against the world, without being ridiculous. The real supporters are found among the emotionalists. They are genuine. They dance, they jump, shout and bite their nails. They drink beer or pour it over the heads of the people in front and they do not care that lady's hat is soaked with the noble drink. Some of the emotionalists do not know much about the strategy of the game, but that does not bother them. They are in the stadium to cheer and they will cheer for their team. Foul play is only made by the opponents and their own team is a bunch of nice, good hearted and decent fellows. In fact, the emotionalists have ceased to exist as an individual. They have transplanted their soul and happiness in their team. Quite different from these three groups are the few connoisseurs. The connoisseur is the steady rock in the choppy sea of turbulent spirits. While others are excited, he just sits, quiet and at ease. To emphasize his extraordinary knowledge, he sometimes gives his program to his neighbor with the words "You take it. I don't need it." This is of course a mental death blow for everyone. It puts him immediately in an ivory tower. He has become untouchable, the source of wisdom. For the people around him, the connoisseur is very depressing. They feel he laughs scornfully about their childish spontaneity. He for all, will not easily rise from his seat like they do and instead of cheering he calmly will say, "Well played, a beauty." And when the tension is near to a climax and nobody dares to breathe, then the connoisseur will reveal his insight in the unknown subtleties of the game by stating with a cool voice "get the ball boys" or "go". He is always controlled. When something goes wrong, he will not boo, he only shakes his head with a disappointed and disapproving smile. The near presence of the connoisseur is horrible. There is only one moment he will throw down his mask of sophistication and that is when a touchdown is made. Then all the groups are united. The ignorant will applaud (even when he did not see it happening but the scoreboard told him) the frustrated forgets his cruel world, the emotionalist loses his voice, because he cannot shout louder, and the connoisseur joins for a moment that outburst of delightful childish joy.
OCT 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - In their fine NFL start, the Green Bay Packers received good help from the rookies. Eight out of 35 men are yearlings, a healthy ratio. They helped upset the Chicago Bears and will go after the Detroit Lions at Green Bay Sunday. Three play defense, end Jim Temp, guard Ernie Danjean and back John Symank. Five are on the offense, back Paul Hornung, end Ron Kramer, tackles Carl Vereen and Norm Masters and guard Norm Amundsen. Hornung of Notre Dame and Kramer of Michigan are the ballyhoo boys. They were All-Americans and hardly seem over-rated. Kramer loves to block and is a good target as a receiver. Hornung has played quarterback, left halfback and fullback and Coach Lisle Blackbourn is pleased with him. "He will get better, too," the coach said. Amundsen and Temp, former Wisconsin Badgers, came back from two years in the service and won berths against rugged competition. Norm Masters, former Michigan State athlete, belonged to three NFL 
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"That's right," Blackbourn said, "And V for Vito." Vito Parilli, the journeyman quarterback who played last year for the Cleveland Browns had one of his best days in football. He passed for two touchdowns and ignited the spark the Packers needed for their triumph over the big, bad Bears. "That's the best game I've ever seen Parilli play," a dejected Paddy Driscoll said in the Bears' quarters. "And that Howton was great. I thought, too, that your Carmichael played a good game." "The Packers were up for this one, coach," a sympathetic Bear writer chimed in. "Of course, they were up," Driscoll snapped. "But that's no excuse for our losing. This is opening game. Everybody should be up for this one." Even in the flush of winning the first game ever played in Green Bay's new City Stadium, Blackbourn refused to go overboard on the Packers' chance the rest of the way. "This was a good one to win," he said. "But I thought the game was about even. We'll enjoy our victory tonight and start thinking about the Lions (next Sunday's foe) tomorrow. I didn't really feel that the game was ours until Jeter fumbled that punt," he continued. "When he fumbled and Lauer (Larry) recovered for us, I figured we might win it." Perry Jeter fumbled a punt inside his own 10 yard line with little more than a minute to play. Jim Temp had a smashing tackle timed perfectly. He and the ball arrived almost simultaneously and Jeter, of course, departed. After that the Packers moved to a first down on the Bear two where the game ended. Driscoll refused to defend Jeter's action in attempting to catch the punt. "He should have signaled for a fair catch," he said. On a similarly fumbled punt by Billy Kinard of the Packers, Blackbourn was more lenient. "I think Kinard must have taken his eyes off the ball momentarily," he said. "Carmichael cut over in front of him just as the ball was coming down and I think that threw him off." Whereas Driscoll cited only three Packers for praise, Blackbourn was more inclusive. "Our defensive line kept getting better as the game wore on," he said. "Brown (Bear quarterback Ed Brown) kept going deeper and deeper. When the game was over, he was lucky to throw the ball at all." The Packers intercepted five passes, four in the second half. Bobby Dillon grabbed off two and Hank Gremminger, Bill Forester and Sam Palumbo one each. Tom Bettis just missed on two other interceptions and Dillon another. "Very disappointing," Bettis said of his near catches.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - The gayest time of the year in this neck of the woods is when the Packers beat the Bears. Monday was just that as every Tom, Dick and Harry grinned from ear to ear while talking up Sunday's 21-17 victory. The contagious spirit was reflected at the Packer ticket office, too. At noon the "All Sold Out" sign was tacked on the windows, assuring another sellout throng (32,150) for next Sunday's battle against Tobin Rote and the Lions. Liz Blackbourn was in a mighty chipper mood as he opened shop at 8:30 a.m to scheme trouble for Detroit. In walked Assistant Coaches Scooter McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Morton - more confident than ever that the Bays will amount to something this year. There is no doubt the Packers were hypoed by a gigantic stadium dedication weekend. But, as Blackbourn pointed out, "we didn't blow up despite that pressure. In fact, we got better as the game progressed." With the finger of guilt pointed at the offensive line for a sputtering pre-season attack, the boys up front performed in a manner which helped spell victory. Jim Ringo, Ollie Spencer, Norm Masters, Jim Salsbury and Norm Amundsen proved they could dish it out when it counted. Blackbourn was surprised the way the Bears "red-dogged" the Packers' quarterbacks. By rushing in their linebackers and defensive ends, the Bruins were content to go and get the passer and darn near forgot the ends. "I would say they gambled and lost," Blackbourn observed. "You know we have two fast receivers (Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc) and they weren't having any trouble going out. But that's the risk they took and I'm glad they did." When asked if Babe Parilli, who sparked the scoring drives, was now in the driver's seat, Liz said, "No. Bart Starr throws a lighter pass than Parilli. But when that wind raised heck with Starr's accuracy, we tried the Babe. He really rifled 'em in, didn't he?" A few statistics are noteworthy: When you can hold Rick Casares to 72 yards, Willie Galimore to 28 and Perry Jeter to 7, the Packer defense must be shaping up. And that goes for five interceptions, too! Dick Deschaine averaged 51.2 yards for five punts - and that's the reason he'll be around for seasons to come. His third quarter boot carried 71 yards. His final lofty punt, which was fumbled by Jeter, iced the victory. The Packers recovered and were on the Bear three when the gun sounded. Howton and Knafelc were the only Packers to catch passes. Billy outclassed the Bears' defense with eight completions for 165 yards and one touchdown. Knafelc grabbed four for 70 yards and one touchdown. Tom Bettis and Hank Gremminger showed tremendous improvement over a year ago. They stopped the Bears cold. Howie Ferguson was hurt after the second play of the game. He injured his left hip and not his knees, as first feared. Otherwise, the Packers came out of the game in good shape. The Bear linebacking situation was weakened in the first quarter when Wayne Hansen was forced to leave his position and take over for Larry Strickland, who was roughed up. The situation became serious when Stan Wallace was ejected for socking the Packers' Ollie Spencer. Green Bay now shows a fabulous 6 win, 1 tie mark since opening camp. This one was the confidence builder, though.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - Green Bay dedicated its new $1,000,000 football stadium over the weekend in a manner that can be described in just one word. It was magnificent! Beautiful weather, a colorful program and the spectacular victory by the Packers on the new field. Anybody was wasn't satisfied is the kind of a fellow who would growl about not getting eggs in his beer. It was a spectacle under clear, bright skies to thrill a Vice President of the United States, a newly crowned Miss America, a host of other dignitaries, the corps of usually hard-boiled newsmen, and crowds estimated at 70,000 to 75,000 for Saturday's parade and 32,125 howling football fans at the game itself. In addition, an estimated 18,000 attended a farewell program at old City Stadium Saturday afternoon and 15,000 watched the Venetian Nights boat parade on Fox River Saturday night. The total who attended all events reached over 135,000. Green Bay had produced a lot of "spectaculars" in its long history, but never anything like this. It began on the right note at 10:45 Saturday morning when the plane bringing Miss America - her real name is Marilyn Van Derbur of Denver, but she was triumphantly the charming and wholesome Miss America she was chosen to be - and James Arness, the "Matt Dillon" of "Gunsmoke" into town for the pre-dedication program and parade...PARADE IS COLORFUL: The parade itself, with which the celebration officially kicked off, was the greatest and most colorful in the city's history and thoroughly enjoyed by the greatest crowd ever to cram the long route of march. Lt. Harry Bultman of the city Traffic Dept. estimated the huge gathering at 70,000. Later he upped it close to 80,000. Divided into six marching sections and consisting of marching units, variety acts and 35 remarkably clever floats, the parade had just about everything. It was a spectacle to remember. About the only thing that didn't go according to the script was the farewell ceremony at old City Stadium, and even that had a carnival air about it. The 18,000 crowd at the old field consisted of about two-thirds children who were more interested in Matt Dillon than in football nostalgia, and Arness' appearance touched off a small fry assault on police lines that threatened to engulf their TV hero. After that, things never did completely straightened out, but nobody really cared. Things went off with some difficulty, but the old field was suitably laid to rest as far as professional football is concerned. The "Venetian Nights" display on Fox River in the evening was in full keeping with the rest of the program, as 21 brightly lighted yachts circled between the Mason and Main Street bridges before a riverbank crowd of about 15,000. Aside from the fact that it was chilly enough to drive Miss America into a fur coat, everything went well. The size of the crowd was something of a drawback to many on the outskirts, who had trouble seeing over the heads of those in front, but the bright lights, the music and the fireworks made it a colorful show. But the climax of it all was the stadium scene itself. Once again the weatherman cooperated. The field and the stands were lively and beautiful. Everything went off with admirable precision, considering it was the first time for everybody and everything. Everyone was unanimous in praise of the stadium's facilities and of the way the huge crowd was handled. The short halftime ceremonies presented Miss America again as well as Vice President Richard Nixon, who enjoyed himself thoroughly and made no bones about it. Unlike many dignitaries, who like to get out of a crowd before the big exodus begins, Nixon, an ardent football fan, sat tight to the final fun, then visited both teams' dressing rooms...PRAISE FOR STADIUM: Others who spoke briefly were Commissioner Bert Bell of the National League, Governor Thomson, Congressman John W. Byrnes and George Halas of the Bears. All were outspoken in their praise of the stadium and of the spirit that built it. As might be expected, the biggest problem facing stadium workers and police was the clearing of the area after the game. Here one unexpected aspect cropped up. The stadium itself emptied so fast - it was cleared in slightly over 10 minutes - that everyone converged on the parking lots at once, with resultant confusion. Even so, the attendants and police did an efficient job moving them out, and once vehicles were clear of the lots traffic moved smoothly. These, however, were things to be expected and will improve with experience in handling. The afternoon was marred by one fatality. Al Johnson, 55, of 624 Stambaugh Rd., Allouez, suffered a heat attack in the stands and was dead on arrival at St. Vincent's Hospital. There were a few minor traffic accidents, but in general the size of the crowd and the number of vehicles were their own protection. It was a great weekend for the city and a great Sunday for the Packers. To repeat, it was magnificent.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - Vice President Richard Nixon came to help dedicate new City Stadium Sunday but, like everyone else, found himself an anxious witness to a tight Packer-Bear game like those which have graced older gridirons. "Gee, I hope we don't miss anything," Nixon said, standing on tip-toe while heading down a ramp before halftime ceremonies with the score tied at 14-14. The remark was directed at nobody in particular with other dignitaries and a police escort waiting at the foot of the ramp. Subordinating or incorporating football with politics, depending on your view, Nixon signed autographs, shook hands with fans and even the referee, and visited the Packers' and Bears' locker rooms after the game. It would seem, however, that there was little time for much more than football talk as Nixon and Rep. John Byrnes and Gov. Vernon Thomson exchanged hurried comments during the game. "Someday, I'd like to talk to you about Wisconsin, about your Senate deal," Nixon said in farewell to Thomson in the stadium parking lot. Speaking during the halftime, Nixon praised Green Bay for building its stadium without looking for financial help from the federal government. "In Washington, we are used to hearing requests for federal aid. It is in the great American tradition that you people did it all yourself. This is your team and your stadium." Nixon said...WEATHER TIES CALIFORNIA: Getting a laugh by noting that the weather was "as good as anything I've ever seen in California," Nixon said helping to dedicate the stadium was among the more pleasant duties he had experienced. The past Packer record and its players, he said, made Green Bay "the best known little city in the United States today." "I have never been in a stadium built more for football so the spectators can see than the Green Bay Stadium here today," he said. Byrnes and Thomson also told the halftime 
audience that the stadium and Wisconsin sports were earning national recognition. Byrnes said that the Milwaukee Braves had won a pennant and he predicted the Braves would win the World Series and that the Packers also were headed for a championship. "The State of Wisconsin can be proud of the Green Bay Packers. Wisconsin can be proud of the civic spirit which built this great stadium we are enjoying here today. I predict great returns for this investment in the confidence and pride of these citizens of Wisconsin and the Packer organization," Thomson said...ALWAYS A LEADER: As part of the halftime program, Bert Bell, NFL commissioner, termed Green Bay as always being a leader in professional football. The stadium was built by a city of 60,000 people while cities of 2,000,000 were arguing about what to do, he said. Recalling a 21-year history dating back to Hagemeister Park, George Halas, Bear owner, said his "Bears are proud to meet the Packers here today." The halftime program also included a congratulatory wire from E.L. Lambeau, one of the Packer founders, who said Green Bay now had the only modern plant in the league, and introductions of Gene Ronzani, a past Packer coach, Mayor Otto Rachals and Marilyn Van Derbur, 1958 Miss America. Dominic Olejniczak was master of ceremonies. In "city-level" dedicatory ceremonies before the game, Rachals singled out city taxpayers, Packer fans, city officials and those connected with the construction project. 'It is only proper and fitting to recognize and thank all those who had a part in the building of this beautiful stadium. The first group I wish to recognize are you, the citizens of Green Bay, who, by your overwhelming vote, approved the bond issue for without your vote we could not have had this stadium," he said. Rachals introduced members of the City Council, City Attorney Clarence Nier, City Engineer F.J. Euclide, Roman Denissen, his 1957 mayoralty opponent and former Council president, paid a tribute to the late First Ward Ald. Harold Reynolds, and praised John Somerville, stadium architect, and George Hougard, general contractor. Nier, Stadium Commission president, said his group was charged with managing the stadium "for the citizens of Green Bay, who are the real owners of this stadium." A dedicatory prayer was led by the Rev. Anselm Keefe, O. Praem., retired Chaplain Corps colonel of St. Norbert College, before the Packer Band played the National Anthem for the first flag raising in the new stadium. A crowd of more than 2,000 persons were on hand at Straubel Field when Nixon's two-motored Air Force Corvair set down at 11 a.m. "Johnny, how are you," Nixon said to Byrnes as he walked down the steps from the plane...GREET VICE-PRESIDENT: Standing in line to greet Nixon were Thomson, Rachals, Olejniczak, Lee Joannes, Jerry Atkinson, Russ Winters, and Major Joseph Cutrone, commander of the St. Norbert College ROTC detachment. After the college band sounded a ruffles and flourishes salute, Nixon accompanied Cadet Lt. Col. Norman Jarock on an inspection of the 36-man honor guard. While walking toward the administration building, Nixon told Jarock that he had been met by many honor guards but "this is one of the finest I have ever had." As planned by the Secret Service earlier, the plane rolled to a stop on the extreme east end of the terminal building. But Nixon decided the crowd bordering the fence to the west should be greeted. "If that many people drive out here on a Sunday morning, we should go and see them," he said. Nixon shook hands, commented about the weather, and inquired if there were any Bear fans in the crowd. He got a Packer Backer button from Thomson, which he had discarded by the game time in the interest of bipartisanship. Nixon was driven to Green Bay, riding with Rachals, in a police-escorted convoy before lunching in the Northland Hotel suite of Bell...SITS ON 50-YARD LINE: Nixon sat in the eighth row behind the 50-yard line with Byrnes, Bell, and Gov. and Mrs. Thomson. His traveling companions included William Rogers, an assistant attorney general, and two Secret Servicemen, who sat in the aisle. Green Bay police and county sheriff's officers aide in the escort, and Civil Defense Auxiliary police were on duty at the airport. The vice-president got a rising ovation from persons in the west stands when he arrived at 12:43 p.m., but he also got a few political cracks before the day was over particularly from beer stand customers during his walk from halftime ceremonies. A number of customers wanted to know where Sen. Proxmire was and one shouted advice to "throw that Republican out of here." But mostly it was a football outing. If Parilli keeps passing like he did against the Bears, the Packers are going to be tough, Nixon told persons for whom he signed programs after the game. Nixon's most frequent postgame comment was a question about whether people had a good time seeing the game, and a 10-year old boy had an unexpected but youthfully frank reply. "I did. How about you?" the lad said. "I had a wonderful time," said Nixon.
Hanner whispered "if we can only score 30 points or more; I think we (the defense) can hold 'em to four touchdowns." Hanner was convinced after the game that the revised Pack defense can hold its own against any team. There was one major surprise in that unit - rookie Ernie Danjean, who spared Sam Palumbo, with amazing savvy and meanness. The Bears gained 141 yards rushing and that's below par for them - compared to the 278 they ran here last year. The defensive unit intercepted five passes - two by Bobby Dillon and one each by Palumbo, John Symank and defensive captain Bill Forester, and all of the defenders seemed to have a hand in it because of the pressure put on the Bear passers by tackers Hanner and Jerry Helluin, ends Jim Temp, Carlton Massey and Nate Borden and linebackers Forester, Palumbo, Danjean and Tom Bettis...After the game, Dillon shook his head: "Sorry, he had to catch one, but I guess it doesn't hurt so bad after all!" Dillon was referring to the first touchdown scored in Green Bay by Harlon Hill, the Bears' great offensive end, in four seasons. In fact, in his first three years here, Hill had caught only one pass. Dillon marshaled two passes aimed at Hill and one came with 3:59 left in the game, sealing the Bears' doom because it turned out to be the Bears' last offensive play of the day!
OCT 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers bear the Chicago Bears "up front". The infantry wore down the favored Western Division champions in the NFL opener at Green Bay's new stadium Sunday and that was the story, 21-17. The passing of Babe Parilli, the quarterback nobody wanted, produced the scores, of course, and Parilli played a whale of a game. Bart Starr is still not out of the picture. Coach Lisle Blackbourn is happy to have two quarterbacks, thank you. "We'll find work for both of them," he said. But the game was still won "in the trenches". The Packer defensive line handled Willie Galimore as if he were a high school lad rather than a sensation who had averaged about 10 yards a clip in six exhibition games. Even Rick Casares was stopped more than once by one man. That usually does not happen. The Packers played great football, individually and collectively. The way Green Bay played the Bears' feared end sweeps was something to behold. Linebackers Tom Bettis and Bill Forester, ends Nate Borden, Carlton Massey and Jim Temp, backs Hank Gremminger, John Petitbon, Bob Dillon, Billy Kinard and John Symank, guards Sam Palumbo and Ernie Danjean and tackles Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin knifed through the Bear blockers to get at the carrier and slow him or stop him. The Packers' defenders, as the game wore on, fought through the Bears' fine pass protection and ruffled quarterback Ed Brown. When that happened, Brown's sharpness disappeared. The Bears "was dead", Green Bay's deep men then had more than an even chance, even against ends like Harlon Hill, Bill McColl and Jim Dooley. On offense, the Packers' front wall also found itself after a slow start. This is the fourth line which Lou Rymkus, line coach, has built in four years with the Packers. The men obtained from Detroit in the Rote deal - Oliver Spencer, Jim Salsbury and Norm Masters - worked hard. The fellows back from the service, rookie Norm Amundsen and veteran Al Barry, contributed. Carl Vereen, tall rookie from Georgia Tech, stepped in capably when Spencer was ejected in a scuffle with Stan Wallace, Bear linebacker. And Jim Ringo, the center and only man back from last year's interior wall, did his customary excellent job. Considering the all-out rush, or "blitz", that the Bears put on the passer, Parilli and Starr got good protection. Parilli had to skip around a few times and wriggle free from big Jack Hoffna or bigger Doug Atkins in order to get away his pass, but most of the time the blockers kept them away. And when Parilli did have time or find time somehow to look for his receivers they were open. The Bear pass defense has been a sore point in other years. It is still a sore point. They do not have the real good deep men. They have to rush the passer off his feet - or else. Blackbourn looked at the movies Monday night and said, "We still had our share of mistakes. But I'd rather make a few mistakes and win than play perfect football and lose. We've still got a lot of things to iron out." Much of the time Sunday, the Packers were playing a three man line - Hanner at middle guard, flanked by two of the ends or perhaps a tackle and an end. Often, Green Bay had as many as four linebackers at once. "We were using a little variation," the coach said. "We shifted things around to foul up their pass blocking protection. Maybe we did." Danjean, the 220 pound turtle from Auburn, came in for a little praise. "He's a pretty good boy," Blackbourn said. "He played a lot of football Sunday. He's short but he's mobile and he likes to get in there." Fullback Howie Ferguson was the only injured player. He went out with a bad hip after two plays. Before, his knees had been bothering him. He tends to brittleness. Paul Hornung, the bonus rookie, likely will be worked at both fullback and left halfback against Detroit at Green Bay Sunday. Spencer felt that he was the victim of circumstances in being asked to leave with Wallace. "He swung at me," Spencer said. "Maybe I charged him a little hard (on an attempted block), but all I did was grab him so he couldn't swing anymore." Blackbourn had an answer for that. "Don't play any attention to someone who wants to fight you," he said. "Just put your arms up to cover your face and walk away from them. With the headgear and mask and pads, they can't hurt you anyway, even if they swing all day. We need you to play football, not to fight."
OCT 1 (Detroit) - "Without the big guys back there, we're in trouble." That's the way Coach George Wilson summed up the smashing 34-14 defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Colts in Sunday's opening league game for the Detroit Lions. The "big guys" are John Henry Johnson and Leon Hart - two of the club's fullbacks who are out of action with leg injuries. A big, tough-blocking fullback is the key to good pass protection. When Tom Tracy was sidelined early in the contest, the Lions' pass protection became non-existent. Wilson was trying to do something about the situation Monday. He had two courses of action as he saw it. 1 - He summoned both Hart and Johnson to his office for "heart-to-heart" talks. 2 - He could move some of his other personnel into the fullback spot, primarily for blocking purposes. "I talked to them with the idea that football injuries sometimes develop into psychological problems as well as physical," Wilson said. "I think that if we can solve some of their problems we might get them back into action sooner. All I know is that both of them can block and both of them like to carry a football. Without them, we're in trouble." Wilson spent considerable time Monday in conversations with other NFL coaches. But there is no indication that a deal was on the fire. "There just isn't a back we want that's available," Wilson declared. "You have to gamble by picking up a player released by another club. There must be something wrong when a club lets them go." Despite the fact that Bobby Layne took as hard a physical beating as he has absorbed in 10 years of pro ball, Wilson felt that he played a "great" game. Layne completed eight of 15 passes for 144 yards during the first half. He didn't play the second half as Tobin Rote took over and fired seven out of 12 for 90 yards. Another who came in for special praise was Jerry Reichow, the youngster who took the ball away from a defender for the Lions' second touchdown. "He had a hemorrhage in his leg and could barely walk," coach Bob Nussbaumer said. "Before the game he was given medication and went into the clubhouse to have the leg retaped. Jerry came back and played well, topping the pass receivers with five catches. The kid sure has guts!" Although there is little a coach can say when he sees his team manhandled as the Lions were, Wilson thinks that the turning point came in the first quarter when a penalty cost the Lions a second touchdown. "If we had gone in for the score," he pointed out, "we would have led, 14-0. That would have changed the course of the ball game. It would have taken a lot of fire out of the Colts." At the moment, the Lions need a victory more than anything else. After the Colts' 17-point second quarter, Detroit looked like a beaten ball club. It wasn't that the Lions lost their poise. It just appeared that they felt defeat was inevitable. Next to getting a couple of healthy fullbacks, Wilson's biggest problem may be one of morale.
up the second pass to Billy, who had worked himself six yards or so behind Zucco. Parilli, who throws a "hard" pass by comparison to Starr's throws, entered the game at the start of the second quarter after Bart had moved the team to midfield on two first downs. Then, in quick order, Gary Knafec, who later caught the winning touchdown pass, dropped Babe's first throw; Parilli overshot Carmichael; and Howton caught Parilli's perfect strike for a 38-yard touchdown. It's 7-7! Next Sunday, the Packers' Big Three of last spring will be on the same field since - in case you haven't heard - the Lions and Tobin Rote (plus all-pro linebacker Roger Zatkoff) will be in town...DETROIT MASTER: And if that's not enough quarterback, let us not forget the old Detroit  master himself - Bobby Layne, who has given Green Bay much grief since he broke into the league in '49. And speaking about having two good quarterbacks here (which the Packers have), how about Layne and Rote. They both rank as "all-time" passers in that Bobby has established all new records in Detroit passing history and Rote has done the same in Green Bay...Watching practice yesterday was Joe Skibinski, Packer guard who broke his leg during the training season at Stevens Point. Skibinski, with his leg still in a cast, will work in the Packer office, assisting the coaches with films, etc. Also on hand was Breezy Reid, former Packer halfback who is now working as a Packer game scout. He worked the Baltimore-Detroit game Sunday with Chief Game Scout Wally Cruice. "First heard about our victory when I arrived at the Baltimore airport. It was quite a thrill," Breezy said. The Packers worked lightly yesterday and all hands are in good physical condition, with the exception of a few minor things - not to mention bumps and bruises...John Martinkovic, the Packer defensive end who was traded to the New York Giants recently, will be here for the Packer-Detroit game. He'll fly home after the Giants play in Philly Saturday night to spend some time with his family. Incidentally, Jack Mara, one of the Giants' owners, told Packer Aide Jack Vainisi that Martinkovic played a good game in his debut as a Giant. "The defenses just took over and tore each other apart," Cleveland coach Paul Brown said after the 6-3 Cleveland victory, adding: "It got so bad the passers could hardly get a pass off - much less complete one."...BRIEFS: Billy Wells, the scatback from Menominee, Mich., which is Dick Deschaine's hometown, has been traded by the Washington Redskins to Pittsburgh for a future draft choice...Fullback Frank Purnell, a former Brown, and center Jim Taylor, a former Steeler, are working out with the Pack...The Packers received many wires of congratulations from all part of the country after their victory. One came from Jerry Groom, the former Notre Dame and Chicago Cardinal star, who witnessed the game via TV with 14 people in Denver. Skibinski saw it on TV and "they sure gave the audience a good look a the stadium; they flashed the stadium during most of the timeouts."...The Cards grabbed off Ted Marchibroda, the former Steeler quarterback.
OCT 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - The worry in both the Detroit and Green Bay camps this week is how the Lions react to the 34-14 trouncing at Baltimore last Sunday. Detroit will meet Green Bay in Green Bay Sunday. "I don't know whether to be happy or sad," Green Bay Coach Lisle Blackbourn said after hearing the Lions had lost. "They could get fired up and snap back or they could keep down all season. I know they've got troubles." The Lions are worried, too. "It will take a lot of doing to rebuild this club into a contender," Detroit's president, Edwin J. Anderson, said. "This team needs a victory in a hurry," said George Wilson, after his first NFL game as head coach. Nor did the Lions get much encouragement out of the fact that the Packers beat the Western Division champion Chicago Bears, 21-17. "If we stay close to the Bears," said one of the Lions, "everything will be all right. They're still the team to beat." "You heard about the Titanic, didn't you?" halfback Gene Gedman interrupted. "They all went down together." Gedman was right - for the first weekend anyway. The champion Giants, the runner-up Bears, the Lions - all went down. Los Angeles barely kept its head above water, too, in its 17-13 squeaker with the supposedly weaker Philadelphia Eagles...Rookie fullback Jim Brown gained 89 yards in 21 carries in Cleveland's 6-3 defensive battle with the Giants. Brown had two 15-yard runs and each set up one of Lou Groza's field goals...INEXHAUSTIBLE MINE: Green Bay's defense gains new stature each week. It hardly resembles last year's. Rookies like Jim Temp, Ernie Danjean and John Symank have helped. The veterans seem revitalized and young pros like Hank Gremminger and Tom Bettis and Nate Borden keep coming. But the big change came with the trade with Cleveland. Carlton Massey, Sam Palumbo, John Petitbon, Billy Kinard - all these men were obtained from the Browns' defensive platoon and all have helped greatly. The Browns really got nothing from the trade - Bobby Garrett gave up the game on his return from service and Roger Zatkoff finally was traded again, to Detroit, for Lew Carpenter, still in the Army in Germany, and a future draft choice. Still, the Browns had enough left to hold the champion Giants - Connerly, Gifford, Heinrich, Webster, Triplett, et al - to one measly field goal. Paul Brown's mine of defensive gems would seem inexhaustible...Tobin Rote completed 7 out of 12 passes against Baltimore for 90 yards and one touchdown. Alan Ameche, the Wisconsin Horse turned Baltimore Colt, gained 44 yards in nine tries against the Lions...PLATOON PLAY: A good example of what Blackbourn was talking about when he mentioned "platoon" play as a reason for trading John Martinkovic to New York at cutdown time was afforded in Sunday's game with the Bears. Temp, Massey and Borden were retained as defensive ends because they are versatile enough to play on the platoons. They rushed the passer like Martinkovic, big but slow, never did and what rookie Temp of Wisconsin did in separating the 
Bears' Perry Jeter from the ball on a punt late in the game will not be soon forgotten, either by those at the game in person or by those brought close to the fumble play by television's long lens. He really pried him loose.
OCT 2 (Detroit) - Scouting reports on the Green Bay Packers brought no joy to the Lions Tuesday as they prepared for their second straight road game of the young 1957 season. They have been assured that the Packers will be as high or higher in spirit than the Baltimore Colts in the opener last week. They can also be assured that they will face another week of hostile fans. Lou Zarza, who has been looking over the Packers for Detroit, reports that Green Bay has a formidable football team. Vito (Babe) Parilli, returning to the scene of his first pro triumphs, have a sparkling exhibition in topping the Chicago Bears last week. With Billy Howton, Gary Knafelc and Ron Kramer as Green Bay's receivers, the Detroit secondary will be in for another busy afternoon. There could be disaster unless the defense gets some help from the offensive platoon. Sound confusing? This is the way the coaches figure it has to work" The offense must control the ball for longer than three or four plays at a stretch if the defense is to get any kind of a breather between turns on the field. In the game against the Colts, the Detroit defenders spent most of the afternoon on the field. They had few chances to recover from chasing scat backs like L.G. Dupre and Lennie Moore. The best defensive players in the business are just mediocre if they are tired. Offensively, Coach George Wilson was a little optimistic Tuesday. After a light drill in Briggs Stadium, it appeared that both Leon Hart and John Henry Johnson would be available for duty against the Packers. Wilson sent the squad back to fundamentals again after he reviewed films of the 34-14 loss to the Colts. "You don't have to look any farther than our blocking and tackling for a reason for our licking," Wilson said. "We were terrible in both departments." Despite the defeat the Lions will play to a full house in Green Bay. Packer officials reported that some 6,000 seats remaining were snapped up Monday after the Packers had upset the Bears in the opener, 21 to 17. That victory was the sixth in a row for the Packers, including preseason contests.
beset by troubles every football coach dreads - injuries to key players. First, he had trouble when virtually all of his offensive ends were sidelined with ailments of one sort or another. Then the Lions got the receivers back but the blocking fullbacks were gone, crippling any consistent passing game. This week, the fullbacks will be back on paper, providing Tobin Rote and Bobby Layne with better protection, but Wilson's problems are still mounting. Dave Middleton, the Lions' most dangerous pass receiver, is far from being in top shape. He was wracked up in the loss to the Colts last Sunday and didn't work with the club Wednesday. Wilson will have Jim Doran, Dorne Dibble and Jerry Reichow around to harass the Green Bay Packers next week, however. John Henry Johnson seems recovered from his injuries and will start against the Packers. In case anybody was wondering about the 23 yards rushing the Lions were held to by the Colts, it is nowhere near the record for non-productivity. Another Lion team does hold that record, though. In 1943, the Chicago Cardinals penned up the Lion runners so effectively that the Detroiters were held to a MINUS 53 yards on the ground. That still stands as a NFL record. Every scout in the press box at Baltimore last Sunday still figures the Lions to be "right around the top" despite their miserable showing. "That's too good a football team to count out this early," one said. The Lions still have 11 games to prove them right.
teams before he played his first league game. He was drafted originally by the Chicago Cardinals, but played a year in Canada. Detroit got him in a trade, and, in turn, send him to Green Bay in the Tobin Rote deal. He is a starter. Vereen, of Georgia Tech, 6 feet 6 1/2 inches tall, is rated a fine prospect. He backs up Masters and Oliver Spencer. He was drafted in the fourth round last winter. Symank, of Florida, and Danjean, of Auburn, are bargain basement draftees. Danjean's name was drawn on the 19th round and Symank's on the 23rd. They have shored up the defense. Symank, who told the coached he weighed 179 3/4 pounds, plays safetyman. Danjean, middle guard and linebacker, is called "Turtle" because at 5-11 and 230 pounds he rather resembles one. The Packers of late have had good fortune on late draft choices, rejects and trades. Four fellows were picked up as free agents - Dick Deschaine from the sand lots, Howie Ferguson, Gary Knafelc and Larry Lauer. Trades brought in 10 others - Babe Parilli, Jerry Helluin, Bill Kinard, Carlton Massey, Don McIlhenny, Sam Palumbo, John Petitbon, Jim Salsbury, Oliver Spencer and Masters. Parilli, of course, played for the Packers once before. Bart Starr, Nate Borden and Al Barry were obtained late in the draft. Starr was 17th choice in 1956, Borden 25th in 1955 and Barry 30th and last in 1953.
OCT 5 (Green Bay) - The Lions are due to bounce back Sunday. The Packers probably can't bounce as high as they did last Sunday! Detroit was victimized by a savage Baltimore Colt team, 34-14. Green Bay was savage in beating the Chicago Bears 21-17 to dedicate our town's new City Stadium. Thus, a cautious hometown attitude prevails for the Packers' second NFL game in the new stadium Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:06 (WJPG) and a capacity crowd of over 32,100 will sit in on the proceedings. Both teams rate on the mysterious side today because: The Lions, a 9-3 second placer in 1956, lost three straight non-league games plus that league opener with the Colts. The Packers, a 4-8'er last year, posted a 5-0-1 mark in the No Count League and then followed with the victory over Halas U. Despite last year's marks, the Packers rank as a couple-of-points favorite (by the experts, of course) to make their record read 2-0 on Monday. Detroit has grown a little superstitious of Green Bay. The Packers gained splits with the Lions in the last two seasons and in each case the Green Bay win was disastrous for the Detroits. In '55, for instance, the Pack whipped the Lions 20-17 in the last 20 seconds and the Detroits went on to a 3-9 record. In 1956, Thanksgiving Day, the Packers knocked the Lions out of the championship, 24-20. The two clubs will see a little bit of themselves in each other when they clash - and the "former teammates" could figure heavily in the final result. Former Packers with the Lions are quarterback Tobin Rote and linebacker Roger Zatkoff who went to Detroit by way of Cleveland. Former Lions with the Packers are offensive tackles Ollie Spencer and Norm Masters, offensive guard Jim Salsbury and offensive halfback Don McIlhenny. They came in exchange for Rote and Val Joe Walker, who is now with San Francisco. It's a foregone conclusion that the Packer foursome of ex-Lions and the Lions twosome of ex-Packers are anxious to post revenge in the form of respective victories. Some heat likely will be generated. Rote probably will start for the Lions but Coach George Wilson has announced that he'll make his decision as to Rote or Detroit immortal Bobby
Layne just before kickoff. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has decided to wait until just before kicking off on his starting quarterback - Babe Parilli or Bart Starr. Bart started last Sunday but when the wind started floating his passes around, Parilli went in and had himself a really hot time. Babe pitched for two touchdown passes - one each to Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc. The Packer offense will have quite a mission Sunday. Besides the three former Lions in the line, McIlhenny will be running and Ron Kramer, the Michigan alumnus whose home is in Detroit, will be making with his blocks and pass catches. The Packer defense, a tough hombre against the Bears, will be called on to face two of the deadliest QB's in the league in Rote and Layne - not to mention that hard hittin' John Henry Johnson and the Hill-like Dave Middleton. The Lions will go into action feeling pretty healthy. They were pretty well banged up for the Baltimore game. Coming back intact, however, will be the two all-pro linebackers, Zatkoff and Joe Schmidt, and that skilled foursome behind them, Yale Lary and Jack Christiansen at safety and Jim David and Carl Karilivacz at cornerbacker.
OCT 5 (Green Bay) - George Wilson, the handsome ex-Chicago Bear end, makes his Green Bay debut as head coach of the Detroit Lions in Sunday's second NFL production in new City Stadium. Wilson actually directed the Lions' operations on one other occasion here, in 1954 when the Motor City athletes triumphed 14-7, but at that time was acting head man in the absence of Buddy Parker, called to his Kemp, Tex., home by the death of his father...The Lions arrived at Austin Straubel Field at 10:53 this morning and were scheduled to hold their "charter" workout in the new stadium this afternoon. The Lions, who are headquartering at the Hotel Northland, will fly out immediately after the game...Though the Lions have had the better of it in recent years, the Packers still hold a 28-19 edge in their all-time rivalry with Detroit, which dates back to 1934. Tomorrow's combatants have split the last two years, with Detroit winning 20-16 here in '56 and losing on Thanksgiving Day, 24-20, as Tobin Rote paced a last period Green Bay explosion. The Packers scored a 20-17 victory in the 1955 opener here but the Lions gained revenge in their return match, 24-10...There is a good possibility that a recent Packer hero, John Martinkovic, will be among the 32,000-odd witnesses tomorrow. Big Jawn, traded to the New York Giants just before the start of the NFL season, was expected to fly in for a visit with his family. He will be idle Sunday because the Giants dispose of their week's work in Philadelphia tonight against the Eagles...In addition to the Giant-Eagle contest, two other games are scheduled tonight, the only contests to be played under arcs this season. They will find the Chicago Bears at Baltimore and Cleveland's Browns invading Pittsburgh to meet Buddy Parker's revamped Steelers. This arrangement presumably was effected to avoid conflict with the World Series...All stadium workers, including police, gatemen and ushers, are reminded by Police Chief H.J. Bero to report at the Stadium at 10:30 Sunday morning. Gates open at 11:30. Car parkers are asked to report at the Stadium at 9:30.
OCT 5 (Detroit) - Green Bay's two quarterbacks have favorite receivers. This was proven in their opening victory over the Chicago Bears last week. Babe Parilli, who played most of the way, and Bart Starr completed 12 passes against the Bears. Only the two Packer ends were on the receiving end of the completions. Bill Howton, long ranked as one of the better flankers in the National League, picked up 165 yards and a touchdowns on eight receptions. Gary Knafelc grabbed the other four for 70 yards. That doesn't mean the Packers will stick to their pass patterns for the Lion encounter Sunday afternoon, but it does give the defense a chance to figure who'll get the ball on a "bread and butter" play. While Howton has the reputation, Knafelc has been the thorn in the side of the Lions in recent seasons.  He has taken great delight in making circus catches for winning touchdowns. The Lions completed the same number of passes in their opener against the Colts, but the pitches were divided among five receivers. Jerry Reichow grabbed five, including a scoring pass, Dave Middleton, Jim Doran and Tom Tracy each had three. Dorne Dibble picked off the other. A combination of factors has caused coach George Wilson and his Lion assistants to change their defense somewhat for the Packers. The way Johnny Unitas riddled the secondary last week was one reason. The other was information gained from scouts and the films of the Packer victory over the Bears. Naturally, the Lions are NOT discussing the changes.
OCT 6 (Green Bay-Detroit Free Press) - It will be only the second game of the schedule, but the 1957 season of the Detroit Lions could be wrapped up in the 60 minutes of action in City Stadium here Sunday afternoon. During the engagement with the Green Bay Packers, upset victors over the Chicago Bears last week, several questions concerning the Lions should be answered. Foremost in the minds of pro football followers is the question of Lion morale. Have the Lions developed a losing complex? Ranking next is the question of the Lions' inability to adjust to changing defenses when the game is in progress. That has been a hallmark of the successful Lion teams. Good football teams have made the Lions appear slow in recent weeks. The Detroiters have been outcharged in the line and outblocked all over the field. Much has been said concerning breaks and their part in winning or losing football game. But the good teams are the one who alertly help create those breaks themselves. Another performance like the one against Baltimore last Sunday will tab the Lions as sure-fire cellar material. A victory - of some clear-cut proportion - would return the Lions to the rank of a contender. Still hobbled by injuries to fullbacks and ends, the Lions won't be at top strength. But personnel differences between the teams certainly should equalize this deficiency. Coach George Wilson has insisted that the Lions have a good football team. Its performance, however, indicates that the club has either deteriorated or isn't playing as it can. If the latter is the case, it is time for the coaches to have some heart-to-heart talks with the players aimed along the lines of putting out or getting out. Charges of complacency have been aimed at the Lions. They have been pictured as far, satisfied has beens. In their last four games, they have proved that games are not won on reputations. Green Bay, with only 16 players from last year's club still on the roster, will provide an acid test for the Lions. They'll be up after their big victory over the powerful Bears. Babe Parilli, Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc and Fred Cone provide plenty of offense. Newcomers Ron Kramer and Paul Hornung can be relied upon to improve with each performance. The Packers' defense has been one of the surprising developments of the season. No team has been able to score more than three touchdowns against them in seven preseason and league games. Wilson will go along with the same lineup that started the Colt fiasco, except for a question mark at the quarterback slot. Gene Gedman, John Henry Johnson and Dorne Dibble will start in the backfield. Whether Tobin Rote or Bobby Layne will start at quarterback won't be decided until the pregame warmup. Layne, despite a complete lack of protection, turned in a respectable job in the opener. The Lions probably will not have the services of Leon Hart and Dave Middleton in the game. How long Johnson plays is also a question that only time will tell. An "inspired" performance may get the Lions off the hook for a time. After Green Bay, they'll meet the Los Angeles Rams and those bashing Colts again in the unfriendly confines of Briggs Stadium. That's why Wilson calls Sunday's victory a "must".