GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(DETROIT) - Rain and mud, sometimes labeled the great levelers, reduced the Lions to one touchdown and the Packers to none in Briggs Stadium Thursday. Wrapped around that 7 to 0 totaling were five field goals and, of all things, a safety. The points were divided as follows: Detroit 18, Green Bay 6. The Lions obtained the game's only TD on a 62-yard run by John Henry Johnson on the first play of the second half. That gave the Motors a 10-6 lead and they went on from there before 54,301 fans plus a national TV audience. Until Thursday, the Packers hadn't gone without a touchdown since they lost to Frisco, 35-0, near the end of the '54 season and this was the first time the Bays had engaged in a mud bath since the Bear-Packer game in Green Bay in 1954 - a scorcher that ended 10-3 for the Bruins. The Packers now get a long chance to think it over and a change of climate. The squad will leave for the West Coast Sunday to prepare for the Pacific Double in Los Angeles Dec. 8 and San Francisco Dec. 15. The Packers came up with the unusual in absorbing their seventh loss against three wins. They displayed a red-hot Bart Starr-engineered passing attack and in view of the steady downpour, it was nothing short of fantastic. The aerial game might have been effective on the scoreboard but the Bays couldn't rush worth a darn - getting only 58 yards on the slippery turf - a minus nine in the second half. Starr completed 21 passes in 38 attempts for 247 yards. But if you think the turf wasn't good for rushing, look at the Lions' ground total - 215 yards. Johnson's big run ate up a good chunk of that total but their rushing helped set the Lion in position for three field goals, 36, 42 and 17 yards by Jim Martin. Fred Cone kicked two field goals to give the Bays two different leads - 3 to 0 in the first quarter on a 14-yarder and 6 to 3 in the second on a 16-yard boot. He attempted two others, one going slightly wide of the uprights and the other never coming off since the ball got away from holder Starr. The Lions scored 10 points in seven plays and three minutes and one second in the third quarter. Johnson's run came at the 45-second mark and at 3:46 Martin kicked his second field goal, a nifty 42-yarder, for a 13-6 Detroit edge. The safety came on the last scrimmage play of the third period when Darris McCord tackled Babe Parilli in the end zone. Martin ended the scoring with his third field goal, a 17-yarder, at 6:21 of the fourth period. This game easily could have gone to the Packers who came so close to breaking loose Don McIlhenny and Ron Kramer away on long runs, Kramer's on a pass. In addition, Howie Ferguson dropped a long-gain pass, although he led the Bays with seven catches, and Al Carmichael dropped a long reception as he was hit. The officials ruled an incompletion but it easily could have been a fumble - recovered by Detroit. The Packers recovered three fumbles (two by Ernie Danjean and one by Jerry Helluin) and intercepted two (by Bobby Dillon and John Symank) passes thrown by Bobby Layne. Former Packer Tobin Rote fumbled once and threw a wild pitchout to Johnson but set up Martin's first field goal with a pretty 48-yard pitch to Hoppy Cassady and Martin's last field goal in the fourth period. Rote started and stayed on until late in the second period. The Pack greeted Layne with two interceptions before the half. Rote came back when Layne hurt his shoulder early in the fourth frame. Starr's sharp pitching produced 13 first downs which matched Detroit's entire first down total. The Packers finished with 19 first downs. Starr completed 12 out of 19 passes in the first half and at one stretch in the third quarter had 16 out of 24, despite the poor footing. Bart had two bad breaks - drops by Ferguson and Carmichael, that might have lifted the Bays over the hump. The Lions gained 349 yards, including 215 rushing and 134 passing, while the Pack had 58 rushing and 247 passing for 286. The Packer rushed for 65 yards and passed for 131 in the first half. Detroit gained 154 yards rushing and only 38 passing in the second half. The Lions tried only 15 passes and completed seven. The Bays actually dominated play, running off 65 plays against the Lions' 56. The Packers received the opening kickoff, thanks to winning the toss, and marched to a field goal in a dozen plays from their own 20. The two big Detroit interests with the Pack - Don McIlhenny, the former Lion, and Ron Kramer, whose home is in the Motor City - figured heavily in the big drive. After Starr and Ferguson went 10, McIlhenny went up the briar patch for 17. Starr, unable to pass, stepped off 16 stripes and two plays later Kramer took Starr's short pass and fought his way 31 yards to the Detroit 6. Ron was tackled as he caught the ball but broke away. The attack stalled there, although Max McGee was actually tackled trying to catch a pass on third down but the officials weren't of a mind to call much yesterday. Anyhow, Cone booted a field goal from the 14 at 6:36 for a 3-0 lead. The Pack then put on a kickoff show. Fred Cone's boot went out of bounds so Kramer tried a boot from the 35 but that also went OB. Cone tried the third from the 30 and reached down to the eight. The Lions made 20 yards in five trips but Rote fumbled and Helluin recovered at midfield. McIlhenny took Starr's screen nicely and got away from Jim David for a 21-yard gain to the Detroit 33. The attack was short and Cone just barely missed a field goal from the 33. After Martin's 36-yard field goal tied the score at 13:21 of the first quarter, the teams exchanged punts. Early in the second frame, Rote hit Gedman with a 30-yard pass to the Pack 38 and then tossed 18 to Steve Junker. Tobin lateraled badly to Johnson and Danjean recovered the loose ball on the Packer 24. The Bays punted the ball back in a hurry - on Dillon's beautifully executed steal of a Layne pass aimed at Dorne Dibble. Bobby did the deed on the 12 and returned 22 yards. The Bays were nicked for holding but Starr's 16-yard pass to Howton, a three-yard Starr run and Bart's short throw to McGee overcame the loss. McIlhenny caught a Starr pass for 17 to the Detroit 33 with less than two minutes left. Starr ran for eight and then threw to Howton for five to the 20. On third and one with 20 seconds to go, Cone field goaled from the 16 for a 6-3 Packer lead. On the last play of the half, Symank intercepted a Layne pass and returned to the Detroit 22, missing another field goal shot for the Pack when he stayed in bounds. The start of the second half was conspicuous by Johnson's 62-yard run - a shot just over his right guard. He slipped off to his left, evaded a couple of Packers and set sail with Hank Gremminger giving chase. Layne booted the point with 45 seconds gone and it was 10-6. After Starr hit Kramer for seven yards, McIlhenny fumbled and Roger Zatkoff recovered on the Bay 41. With fourth and two, Martin arched a 42-yard field goal at 3:46 for a 13-6 lead. The Packers made two advances into Detroit territory in the next 10 minutes. Starr passes to Ferguson and Howton reached the Lion 40 but the attack stalled and Deschaine punted, the ball bouncing on the five and then into the end zone. The Bays got it right back when Helluin recovered Johnson's fumble on the Detroit 45. Starr hit Ferguson for 13 yards to the 32 but the attack again fizzled and Cone tried a field goal from the 46. The pass-back slipped out of Starr's hand and Cone ran for a four-yard loss.
65-YARD PUNT
A 65-yard punt by Yale Lary set up the safety, the ball going out of bounds on the Bay 7. Parilli made his first appearance - perhaps to help change the Lion spell - but on his second play, he became undecided on passing or eating the ball. McCord tackled him just in the end zone for the safety. Deschaine delivered the "free kick", a 47-yarder on the last play of the third quarter, and the Lions went on a 13-play field goal drive. Layne threw one pass - to Cassady for 10 and the Lions ran the rest of the way, with Rote replacing the injured Layne at the Bay 38. The Bays stiffened on their 10 and Martin kicked his third field goal from the 17. In the final minutes, the teams exchanged penalties, an interference penalty ruling killing off Barr's interception, and a holding penalty ruining Starr's 15-yard run to the Detroit 11. Jack Christiansen intercepted Bart's shot aimed at Kramer and still later Bob Long recovered Starr's fumble.
GREEN BAY -   3   3   0   0  -   6
DETROIT   -   3   0  12   3  -  18
                       GREEN BAY      DETROIT
First Downs                   19           13
Rushing-Yards-TD         23-58-0     38-215-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 38-21-247-0-1 15-7-134-0-2
Sacked-Yards                  19            0
Net Passing Yards            228          134
Total Yards                  286          349
Fumbles-lost                 2-2          3-3
Turnovers                      3            5
Yards penalized             4-39         6-47
SCORING
1st - GB - Fred Cone, 14-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - DET - Jim Martin, 36-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - GB - Cone, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
3rd - DET - John Henry Johnson, 62-yard run (Martin kick) DETROIT 10-6
3rd - DET - Martin, 42-yard field goal DETROIT 13-6
3rd - DET - Safety, Gerry Perry tackled Parilli in the end zone DETROIT 15-6
4th - DET - Martin, 17-yard field goal DETROIT 18-6
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 4-28, Don McIlhenny 9-23, Howie Ferguson 8-13, Max McGee 1-(-3), Fred Cone 1-(-3)
DETROIT - John Henry Johnson 8-105 1 TD, Leon Hart 9-38, Tobin Rote 10-28, Gene Gedman 9-27, Howard Cassady 1-11, Bobby Layne 1-6
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 38-21-247 1 INT
DETROIT - Tobin Rote 9-4-98, Bobby Layne 6-3-26 2 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Howie Ferguson 7-66, Billy Howton 5-40, Ron Kramer 4-68, Don McIlhenny 4-67, Max McGee 1-6
DETROIT - Howard Cassady 2-57, Steve Junker 2-36, Gene Gedman 2-32, John Henry Johnson 1-9
Detroit Lions (6-4) 18, Green Bay Packers (3-7) 6
Thursday November 28th 1957 (at Detroit)
PLANNED IT ON GROUND, WILSON; STARR PRAISED
NOV 29 (Detroit-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "We planned to go it on the ground mostly because of the weather, and we've got the backs to do it with." That's how Detroit Coach George Wilson sized up the Lions' 18-6 victory over the Packers. "And we were lucky enough to get that long run - that's what did it," Wilson added, recalling John Henry Johnson's 62-yard touchdown chase on the first play of the second half. The Lions rushed 38 times for 215 yards with Johnson (105 yards in 8 tries), Leon Hart (38 in 9), Gene Gedman (27 in 9) and Tobin Rote (28 in 10) carrying the load. "We didn't expect to score on that play (Johnson's run) - it wasn't a special play, we were just out to get a drive started then," Wilson said. George felt that Bart Starr did an "exceptional job passing under those circumstances," referring to Starr's 21 completions in 38 passes for 247 yards in the downpour. So did Tobin Rote, whose understudy with the Pack last year with Starr. "He had a good day; he'll be all right; I'm sure of that," Tobin said. Rote said he hurt his shoulder but "not as bad as Layne." Wilson admitted that "we had been flat for five quarters (the last three of the loss to the Bears and the first two here) and for no good reason. So I told them, in words you can't print, that they'd better wake up and play some football." The Lions came up with 12 points in the third quarter and held the Packers to a net loss of nine yards rushing in the second half. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn was high in his praise of Starr's passing and added a thought: "If he'd had some holes for his backs, Bart would have taken us in (touchdown) there a couple of times. We're just not opening those holes for our backs. That Hart and Johnson do quite a job of bulldozing." Blackbourn felt that Johnson's run and "that safety did it. He (Johnson) never should have gotten away - 15 yards at the most. It was a trap play and they gave us a fast count. That Bart can throw and don't forget we've got us a good quarterback now. He steps back there and throws that ball with the best of them. You know the difference in the good quarterbacks in this league is 'seeing' the defense. That takes experience and Bart is now able to do it."...The Packers had a few other troubles over the holiday "weekend". To start with, they were at Austin Straubel Field promptly at 12:40 awaiting a scheduled 1 o'clock takeoff in their two North Central charters. They finally left at 2. The bus taking the team from the City of Detroit airport apparently wanted to dump the team at Briggs Stadium but the drive was informed as the team neared the stadium; the driver then got caught in the after-work downtown traffic and it was a struggle getting to the Hotel Fort Shelby. The team was scheduled to leave the hotel for the stadium at 10:30 Thursday morning (noon kickoff) but the bus never showed up. A dozen cabs were rounded up in a hurry to carry the players to Briggs Stadium. Meantime, it's raining cats and dogs. One more: The bus taking the team from the stadium to Willow Run stopped at Wayne County Airport but the drive was quickly informed of his error. There was no delay leaving Willow Run and the two charters landed within minutes at Austin Straubel Field around 6...All was peaceful back home. The players and their wives and children were guests of the Packer Corp. at a Thanksgiving dinner at the Beaumont Hotel...Roger Zatkoff, in the Lion dressing room after the game: "I'm home now and I'll probably play until I can't stand up anymore."
LAYNE TOLD NOT TO RUN - HE DOES - TO HOSPITAL
NOV 29 (Detroit) - The Lions had so much success running against the Packers in the muck Thanksgiving Day that even Bobby Layne tried his luck. Detroit's prized quarterback has been told not to run as long as the Lions are in contention. But he did and he was hurt. He banged up his shoulder and was taken to the hospital for X-rays. The doctor's preliminary diagnosis quieted fears among the Lions and the team bosses who remember well their fate in 1955 when Layne's right arm ruined their championship hopes. Lion President Edward Anderson had said during the game:
"If he runs and the other team doesn't kill him, I will." Layne himself appeared unconcerned. "I don't know how bad the damage is," he said. "But I'll be all right. I was hurt when Jim Temp hit my shoulder with his knee as he was tackling me." John Henry Johnson, whose 62-yard touchdown run, "broke" the Packers in the third
RAMS WEEK OFF BUT PACK SCHEMING
NOV 30 (Green Bay) - Saturday closeouts: The Packers don't play the Rams until a week from Sunday in Los Angeles but Coach Liz Blackbourn already has started preparations with aides Ray McLean, Jack Morton and Lou Rymkus. Blackbourn went over the films of the Packers' 31 to 27 loss to the Rams in Milwaukee several times today. "We want to see if we can do a better job of defensing that outfit," Blackbourn pointed out. The Ram defeat was the Packers' top heart-breaker and they hope to get even Dec. 8. The Packers held a 24 to 3 lead on the LA high scorers and then saw it evaporate down to a 24-24 tie. The Bays went ahead 27-24 on a Fred Cone field goal and then lost in the last minute on Norm Van Brocklin's 34-yard pass to Lamar Lundy. The Rams are a potent point team; they rank second only to the high-scoring Colts, with 214 marks compared to 238 for Baltimore. The Packers, by comparison, scored 181 points in one more game. The Packers' collapse in the second half of the Ram game has been reflected in the Bays' scoring in the 10 games thus far. The Bays scored 106 points in the first half and allowed their opponents 109. In the second half of the same games, they scored 75 and were nicked for 133. The Packers held leads at the halftime of four of their first 10 games and wound up losing three of those. They were in front of Baltimore 10-7 and then were shelled 45-17. After the Rams, they grabbed a 21-3 lead on Pittsburgh and managed to win out 27-10. They led Detroit 6-3 at the half Thanksgiving Day but lost 18 to 6. Incidentally, both Bear games were tied at the half by the same score, 14-up. The Pack won the first test here 21-17 and lost the nightcap in Chicago 21-14. The Packers reversed their second half downhill trend in the second Colt game at Baltimore. The Bays fell behind 14-0 at the half but won out in the last 25 seconds. And speaking about scoring, the Packers hope they can do something about scoring in the third quarter. They have managed just seven points in 10 third quarters played thus far, that coming on Don McIlhenny's 40-touchdown run, plus Cone's point boot, against the New York Giants here...The aforementioned Mr. Cone now has kicked two field goals in each of his last three games - against the Rams, Steelers and Lions. Cone had booted nine field goals in 14 points and with his 22 extra points and two touchdowns, he has 61 marks in the 10 games. Freddie now has booted in 10 games. Freddie how has booted an even 50 field goals - more than any other Packers. Closest is Ted Fritsch, who helped coach Cone on field goals in '51, with 36. Clarke Hinkle booted 28. Cone's all-time Packer point total is 442, which boosts him well into second place above Fritsch who is third with 392. Don Hutson, of course, leads with his fantastic 825 total...Blackbourn has an open mind on the draft in Philadelphia Monday along with his player-personnel chief, Vainisi, and their feeling is that "any good players" will help. Blackbourn isn't giving comfort to the enemy by naming his first, second, third and fourth picks. The past season indicated that the Bays could stand help in a few spots. In addition, the Packers might lose Ron Kramer, the beefy and glue-fingered slotback who caught 26 passes thus far - second only to Howton. Kramer may go into the Air Force. Several players are due out of service, including Doyle Nix, Forrest Gregg and Veryl Switzer - to mention a few...The Bays came out of the Thanksgiving Day loss with no serious injuries. Trainer Bud Jorgensen had only five guests on the training table - Jim Ringo, Sam Palumbo, John Petitbon, Al Barry and Carleton Massey. Paul Hornung, who sprained his ankle against Pitt, will join the team Sunday. He had been at his home at Louisville...The Packers will leave for the West from Milwaukee in a chartered United Airlines plane Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. They'll leave Green Bay via the North Western at 7 o'clock. Headquarters there will be at the Green Hotel in Pasadena.
NFL HOLDING EARLY DRAFT MONDAY
NOV 30 (Green Bay) - The NFL holds its preliminary draft session in Philadelphia Monday followed by an executive meeting of club owners which could end the squabble between players and owners over the players association. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell says the first items on the agenda of the one day meeting will be the bonus choice and the first four rounds of the 30 round player draft. Bell initiated this early preliminary competition for the 1957 graduating talent. After the draft, Bell and the owners will meet to discuss the Players Assn., a new six-year schedule format, recommendations for constitutional changes made to the league by a Congressional committee, and an exhibition game schedule. Details of possible playoffs in the event of conference ties and plans for the league's championship game also will be ironed out. General Manager Verne Lewellen, Coach Liz Blackbourn and Scout Jack Vainisi will attend the Philadelphia session. Blackbourn and Vainisi will take part in the draft and Lewellen the business sessions. Blackbourn and Lewellen will head for the west coast later Monday where the Packers will be getting ready for the Ram game Dec. 8. Vainisi will take off on a player-signing tour. The Chicago Cardinals automatically get the bonus choice this year as the only team remaining in the annual out-of-the-hat draw in which each winner drops out until every club has won. The bonus choice was initiated in 1947, when the Chicago Bears selected Bob Fennimore, Oklahoma A. and M. back. Last year, Green Bay won and took Notre Dame's Paul Hornung. The bonus is negotiating rights to any draft-eligible player in the country...LIKELY TO PICK HILL: The Cardinals reportedly will select King Hill, Rice quarterback, as their bonus player. Hill, a 210 pounder, is the key man on the Rice team which upset Texas A. and M. An all-around athlete, Hill is a fine passer, excellent punter, swift and powerful runner, kicks extra points and stars on defense. Other possibilities as bonus choice include Walt Kowalczyk, Michigan State halfback; Phil King, Vanderbilt halfback; John Crow, Texas A. and M. back; Lou Michaels, Kentucky tackle; Jim Ninowski, Michigan State quarterback; Charles Krueger, Texas A. and M. tackle; Dan Currie, Michigan State center. Immediately after the Cardinals make their bonus pick, the league will start the draft with the 12 teams selecting in order, from last to first according to the standings after game of Dec. 1. The Cardinals, in the Eastern Conference cellar, conceivably could get the bonus and the first draft choice...TOP PROSPECTS LISTED: In all, 49 players will be chosen. The mere drafting of a player doesn't automatically give a team that player. A draft selection represents negotiating rights to the player picked. It is up to the clubs to go out and sign their choices. Some of the top players, in addition to those mentioned as possible bonus choices, available to the pros are: Alex Karras, Iowa tackle; Jimmy Phillips, Auburn end; Dick Christy, North Carolina State back; Bill Krisher, Oklahoma guard; Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma back; Gene Hickman, Mississippi quarterback; Garland Kennon, Texas tackle; Jim Pace, Michigan back; Stan Flowers, Georgia Tech halfback; Les Walters, Penn State end; Jim McClusker, Pittsburgh tackle; Aurelius Thomas, Ohio State guard. Following the draft, Bell will take up the Players Assn. problem. The association, represented by attorney Creighton Miller, has threatened a $4,200,000 anti-trust suit if the owners don't formally recognize the group and grant certain demands. The Associated Press learned last week that Bell, prior to the threatened suit, recommended to the owners that they grant the players everything they have asked Bell expects unanimous approval of these recommendations, a reliable source reported...MAY DELAY ACTION: The commissioner recommended that the owners recognize the association, pay $50 a game for exhibition contests, provide an injury protection clause, and establish a minimum salary of $5,000 a season. These are the things the players have asked. It is possible that final action on the Players Assn. may be put off until the league's annual four day meeting in mid-January because of the many items and the limited time involved in Monday's confab. However, Miller has threatened to file his multi-million dollar act by 3 p.m. Monday. Bell's only comment on that is, "I'm not worried about Miller." Another major discussion will revolve around scheduling. Bell will present to the owners a six-year schedule which would increase the games played between members of the Eastern and Western conferences. As now set up, the teams play home and home series with each team within their conference and two games with clubs from the other conference. In recent years, the balance of power has swung to the West and the Eastern clubs feel most of the big gates are in the opposite conference. In brief, they want some of that loot in the way of more inter-conference games. The two conference are split this way - Chicago Bears, Green Bay, Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit in the West; Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Chicago Cardinals, Pittsburgh and Cleveland in the East. Bell says he has a schedule plan which would provide more East-West competition. The meeting is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Monday and probably will last most of the day and possibly into the night. 
'JOHNSON'S 62-YD. RUN, SAFETY BEAT BAYS' - LIZ
NOV 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn was studying films of the recent Packer-Ram game at his Green Bay hideaway Friday, trying to pinpoint what went wrong again. Thursday's 18-6 loss at Detroit was so much history as far as Blackbourn was concerned. While the Lions swept both ends of the home and away games with the Bays, Liz would like to believe his gang could split with the Rams when they resume play at Los Angeles December 8. This would really be an accomplishment. Since the Packers have been making the westward jaunt, they have won only twice, while losing 16 times. For some reason California weather hasn't helped the Wisconsin pros - maybe it's took much sun. So let's get back to Thursday's defeat in the miserable playing conditions at Briggs Stadium. Blackbourn pinpointed this outcome on two plays - John Henry Johnson's 62 yard touchdown run and Babe Parilli being tackled in the end zone for a safety. "That's what did it," said Blackbourn. "When they scored on that first play they got loose. It was another third quarter lapse for us." But what made Johnson a superman in the mud while every other runner slipped fell time and again? "I know the play was trapped," Liz answered. "They trapped (Carlton) Massey and Johnson was five steps in the clear. "They probably knew Massey was hurt," Liz continued. "He hasn't much use of his right arm. He probably shouldn't have played - but we're down where we haven't any replacements." Regarding Parilli being dumped for a safety, Blackbourn wouldn't comment. It was Parilli's second play of the game just before the third period ended. The Packers were in a big hole on their 7. The Babe went back to pass, couldn't spot a receiver - and like old time, was swarmed under. He never had a chance to run. Bart Starr threw the most passes in his pro career (38) and had a remarkable completion record (21) considering the playing conditions. "We had to throw more because our crippled line wasn't doing a good job with their big line," Blackbourn insisted. "The times we tried to run we couldn't keep our footing." The most encouraging outcome was the injury report. "For the first time, I don't think anyone sustained new injuries," Blackbourn said. That hardly means the Packers are in the punk of health. Center Jim Ringo has been playing for the last three weeks with a badly bruised shoulder bone. "He's a real pro, that Ringo," praised Liz. "Not many men would go all out with such an ailment. His shoulder is miserably sore." Blackbourn will leave for Philadelphia Sunday for the NFL's preliminary draft meeting Monday. Assistant Coach Scooter McLean will be in charge when the club flies west Sunday. The Packers will work out one week at Pasadena before the Ram game and complete their schedule the following week at San Francisco. The law of averages should make one of these visits worthwhile one of these years.
CURRIE PACKERS' TOP DRAFT PICK; TAYLOR SECOND
DEC 2 (Green Bay) - Dan Currie, a 230-pound center and linebacker from Michigan State, was the Packers' first draft choice in the annual preliminary selection session here today. Coach Liz Blackbourn selected running back Jim Taylor of Louisiana State University on the second round and followed with Dick Christy, a 190-pound halfback from North Carolina State on the third. The Chicago Cardinals picked Rice quarterback King Hill as their automatic bonus choice and then sailed 210-pound John Crow, the hard-hitting Texas A and M back, as their first choice. The Packers drafted second behind the Cardinals, who has the lowest won-lost percentage through Sunday's game. Other first round picks after Crow and Currie: Lou Michaels, Kentucky tackle, by the Los Angeles Rams who had Washington's first pick as the result of a previous trade; Jim Phillips, Auburn end, by Los Angeles; Walt Kowalczyk, Michigan State back, by Philadelphia; Charley Howley, West Virginia guard, by Chicago Bears; Jim Pace, Michigan back, by San Francisco; Alex Karras, Iowa tackle, by Detroit; Leonard Lyles, Louisville  back, by Baltimore; Phil King, Vanderbilt back, by New York; and Jim Shofner, Texas Christian back, by Cleveland. Blackbourn drafted Currie to bolster the Packers' defenses, chiefly against rushing, and to give veteran center Jim Ringo a top-flight replacement. The hard-smacking Spartan is considered a sure-flight bet to make the pros. Taylor was a fullback at LSU but he'll be highly considered as the heavier-type runner Blackbourn wants at halfback. He packs 205 pounds now and may go heavier as a pro. Scout reports reveal that Currie will carry 240 to 250 pounds without trouble. He's considered fast enough for defensive end, although his best positions are linebacker and offensive center and guard. Currie, himself, feels linebacker is his best position. Currie's married and has a five-month old daughter, eliminating any immediate draft worries for the Packers. Currie has told the Packers that he'd rather play in the United States. Winnipeg holds Canadian draft rights to him. The Bays' top choice, according to Bernie Bierman, has size, speed and ruggedness and seems to have a lot of football savvy. He can play any offensive position in the line from tackle to tackle, Bierman said. Another Bay scout called Currie "a man among boys in the Big Ten." Taylor has been coached by Ab Wimberly, the former Packer, at LSU and Wimberly rates Taylor a good short-pass receiver and a good extra point man who "is cut out to be the running halfback on a pro team." Taylor has been the LSU bread-and-butter back for three seasons. He has a reputation for being rugged, plus hard-running ability with speed to go all the way. Taylor is married and has one child. Christy is rated a hard-nosed running type who can receive a pass. He recently broke the three-year rushing record of 1,231 yards set by Alex Webster, the New York Giants' star. Blackbourn headed for the west coast after the draft. The Bays are in Pasadena getting ready for their game with the Rams in Los Angeles Sunday. The Bays worked out lightly today and will move into heavy drills Tuesday.
CLEVELAND, COLTS NEAR NFL PLAYOFF
DEC 2 (New York) - The Cleveland Browns, who have missed only one championship game in 11 years, and the Baltimore Colts, who never have played in one, will clash for the 1957 NFL title if they win next Sunday. Cleveland can win the Eastern Division title for the seventh time in eight tries by whipping the Lions in Detroit. A Cleveland victory over the Lions, parlayed with a Baltimore triumph over the 49ers at San Francisco, would give Baltimore in the Western crown. Each of the five leaders has two more games but Cleveland and Baltimore victories next Sunday would give them unbeatable leads...GET BIG ASSIST: The Browns took a 1 1/2-game lead Sunday by shutting out the Chicago Cardinals, 31-0. The 49ers gave Cleveland a big assist by upsetting the New York Giants, defending league and Eastern Division champions, 27-17. A victory or a tie against the Lions or the Giants Dec. 15 at New York would give Cleveland the Eastern title. The Colts remained a game ahead of Detroit and San Francisco in the Western race by defeating the Los Angeles Rams, 31-14, before a record Baltimore pro football crowd of 52,060. Detroit kept within range of Baltimore with an 18-6 Thanksgiving Day triumph over the Green Bay Packers. The Washington Redskins beat the Chicago Bears 14-3, as Eddie LeBaron threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jim Podoley and set up Ed Sutton's four-yard scoring dash. In Sunday's other game, Sonny Jurgensen's seven-yard pass to Dick Bielski gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 7-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
FORMER PACKER AIDE TAKES TEAM TO BOWL
DEC 2 (Pasadena, CA) - A school that wasn't in existence a year ago, Cerrito Junior College of Norwalk, Calif., will represent the West against Arlington, Tex., State College in the 12th annual Junior Rose Bowl football game here Dec. 14. Cerritos was chosen today, Arlington Sunday. Cerritos, with an 8-1 season record in the Western State Conference, is the 
CURRIE WAS PACK'S BIG OBJECTIVE: LIZ
DEC 3 (Green Bay) - Dan Currie was the Packers' big objective in the draft. Coach Liz Blackbourn said as much via long-distance telephone from Philadelphia after the draft Monday: "We were extremely happy to draft two outstanding backs and still get Currie." Michigan State's Currie was the Packers' first choice in the preliminary four-round draft, followed by selecting backs Jimmy Taylor of LSU and Dick Christy of North Carolina State, linebacker Ray Nitschke of Illinois (who represents payment from the Giants in the John Martinkovic deal) and guard Jerry Kramer of Idaho. Currie, rated by Packer scouts as "a man among boys" in the Big Ten, is an offensive center and linebacker. He stands 6-3 and packs 235 pounds. The rangy, long-legged type, Currie can play at 240 or 245. And Blackbourn was happy to point out that "he's not necessarily an offensive center. We'll figure on him right now as an offensive guard or offensive tackle. He's the kind of player who can go either place. He played guard you know in 1956 and they had him at center last year." Currie also could wind up as a linebacker - a position at which he starred at MSU. Blackbourn, in a sort of understatement, said: "I understand Currie is a fine linebacker, too." Duffy Daugherty, the Spartans' head football coach, rated Currie as "one of the best lineman in Michigan State history. Dan can do anything asked of a lineman." The other all-timer, incidentally, was Don Coleman, the 180-pound guard of the two-platoon era. Currie has his heart set on playing pro football and he put it this way: "I don't care where I play, just so I play." A native of Detroit (home of the Lions, that is), Currie learned about his selection when he returned home from New York yesterday afternoon after a brief appearance Sunday night. Dan was the third player chosen in the draft (the Cards picked King Hill and John Crow ahead of Green Bay) and, as he put it, "I was really surprised when Green Bay took me first. I've heard wonderful things about Green Bay and I'm anxious to play there." Married and the father of a daughter, Currie admitted that he has received an offer from Winnipeg. "I'll listen to them and consider them against the Packers' offer, but I would prefer to play in the States." Blackbourn was highly enthused about Taylor and Christy. "Taylor is the kind of guy who gets the job done. He's got good weight, 205, and catches the ball well. Christy is like that Billy Barnes who is doing so well with the Eagles. He's a rabbit type but heavy enough at 190 and he'll hit real hard," Liz said. Christy, incidentally, scored all 29 of his team's points in a 29-26 victory recently. Fullback Nitschke, according to Liz, has also a reputation for being mean and hard nosed as a linebacker. "He's also a possibility as a defensive end but he's a bit slow for offense," Liz said. Kramer was highly recommended by Earl Klapstein, the former Packer aide now coach on the west coast. "Earl tells us that he'll fill out like Gregg and he's that type," Liz said. Kramer weighs about 230 now and should go up to 245 with little trouble. He's also an expert at extra points and field goals. Forrest Gregg came here at 235 and "grew" to 250 with no slowup. Three of the five draftees are married and have one child - Currie, Taylor and Kramer, thus eliminating any immediate draft worries. Blackbourn said he felt that the draft "looked good on paper." And Liz repeated "on paper," indicating that the draftees still must be tested and make the club. Blackbourn made an overnight flight from New York to Los Angeles last night and was scheduled to join the team in Pasadena, Calif., this morning. The squad is practicing for its battle against the Rams in the LA Coliseum Sunday afternoon. Packer Scout Jack Vainisi left Philadelphia today on a player-siging tour. He planned to get in personal contact with the five draftees as soon as possible. General Manager Verne Lewellen, who represented the Bays at the business meetings yesterday, left Philly for the west coast today.
LOOKS FORWARD TO PRO BALL - BAYS SURPRISE CURRIE
DEC 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - When a guy picks up a newspaper and discovers where his next job will be - that's a new twist to an old story. The usual thing to do is turn to the want ad section. But if you were Dan Currie, Michigan State center, you would have found your new job offer splashed across the local sports pages. Currie, who appeared on Ed Sullivan's TV show honoring the Coaches' All-American team, returned from New York Monday afternoon, picked up a paper and found out the Packers had drafted him. "Surprised?" the Spartan All-American candidate answered to the same question - "I sure was surprised Green Bay made me its first pick." The 6-3, 230 pound lineman wants to play pro football, "I've been looking forward to the day for a long time," Currie said. "I don't care where I play just so I play." While Liz Blackbourn wanted Currie more than any other college draftee available, so did Canada. Currie said he had already been offered a Canadian bid - one he prefers not to disclose. "I'll listen to them," he said. "But I would prefer playing in the States and, well, I'm acquainted with two members of the Packers and it would be swell playing with them again." Currie said he played with Packer tackle Norm Masters in the Rose Bowl. And Hank Bullough (Packer guard soon to be released from the service soon) is an old buddy. But that's the only acquaintance Currie has with the Bays. "I've only seen the Packers play against the Lions," he said. Currie added that the Lions were his first choice to play with because "that's my home town. But I've heard about what a great pro town Green Bay is." Married and the father of a daughter, Currie is classified 3-A by his draft board. And if the Packers sign him, there should be little worry he will be lost to military service. Currie said he was familiar with players like Ollie Spencer, Jim Ringo, Jim Salsbury - "I would be playing in tough company," he said, "but I sure would like it." The rugged lineman was also looking forward to playing pro football's platoon system - "that's the only way to play," he said.
PROS STILL AREN'T GOING ALL THE WAY IN CHANGING BONUS SYSTEM
DEC 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Apparently some prodding by a congressional committee did it. But whatever the inspiration. It's nice to note that the NFL is about to change the system of awarding one so-called bonus extra in the annual draft.The original plan, drawing for the added talent prize, smacked too much of lottery in the eyes of committee members. Without saying so, they also recognized that teams with the greatest need could be moved to the end of the line by the luck of the draw. That's just about what happened over the first 12-year span, which came to an end with the Cardinals finally getting their long awaited shot at an extra. The new proposal calls for giving the tailender first crack when another cycle is started next year, working up from that point until all the teams again have cut into the bonus act....STILL DEALING IN FUTURES: That's a start in the right direction, but only a start, for any system that guarantees every club a bonus choice - the haves as well as the have-nots - is out of step with what must have been a competition-balancing motive in the first place. The ideal way would be to confine bonus choice eligibility to the tailender, or two or more clubs in case of a tie for last place. If more widespread participation is insisted upon, the draw should be limited to second division outfits. On their records, the first division group doesn't need special consideration. Or, if they don't like that, why not toss the entire bonus business into the ashcan? Unfortunately, the pros aren't doing anything about an even greater weakness in their talent procurement and distribution setup. That, of course, is the old business of getting first dibs on outstanding newcomers by trading active players for future draft choices. That wasn't even mentioned in news dispatches from the preliminary meeting in Philadelphia. Look at the Los Angeles Rams. They came out of the early draft session (four rounds of selection) with SEVEN players. How come? The answer is simple: Three rival clubs owed them draft choices. It would be much better for all concerned if trades were limited to active pros and if each club had to release all surplus talent outright when cutdown date rolls around each season. Then all clubs would be starting from scratch and taking their chances when a new collegiate crop is up for grabs. The Packers, by the way, seem to have done all right in the first four rounds. Their No. 1 choice, Dan Currie of Michigan State, is a terrific football player - an ideal pro type. They could use a bellringing fullback. But there just aren't any Nagurskis, Hinkles and Ameches around. So the Bays did the next best thing and went for topnotch halfbacks, Jim Taylor and Dick Christy, as their second and third picks.
PACKERS DRAFT BIG 10'S 'BEST'
DEC 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Dan Currie, whom Liz Blackbourn described as "a man among the boys in the Big 10," heads the list of rebuilding material for the Packers next fall. The 6-3, 230 pound Michigan State center was the Packers' first pick in the NFL's early draft at Philadelphia Monday. Currie is a rough and strong performer, one who wants to play pro football. In picking his prize lineman, Blackbourn, like four other coaches, passed up on the Spartans' bruising halfback, Walt Kowalczyk. But Blackbourn picked backfield help in the next two rounds, grabbing Jim Taylor, Louisiana State fullback; Dick Christy, North Carolina State halfback and Ray Nitschke, Illinois fullback, obtained from New York in the third round to complete a previous trade for John Martinkovic. Prior to the draft, Blackbourn considered Currie as his first pick if he were lucky enough to grab him. "Currie is the kind of lineman you always hope to get," said Blackbourn. "He's the pro type - and he wants to play. We'll probably use him as a defensive linebacker," Blackbourn added. "But then, too, he's a dandy replacement for our offensive center, Jim Ringo." Blackbourn said he passed up on Kowalczyk because he considered the Spartan runner too slow for pro ball. "Many a good college boy isn't a good pro candidate," Blackbourn pointed out. "I saw Kowalczyk when I coached Marquette. He's a good runner but not a fast starter - a necessity in this league." In the fourth round, Green Bay came up with a guard, Idaho's Jerry Kramer. The lowly Cardinals, the 12th team to earn the bonus choice since its inception in 1947, grabbed King Hill, Rice's outstanding quarterback. John Crow, Texas A&M fullback, was their No. 1 pick.
QB DUEL SIDESHOW TO PACKER-RAM GO
DEC 4 (Green Bay) - Van Brocklin vs. Starr! That could be one of the individual sideshows to Sunday's Ram-Packer game in Los Angeles. They had a short meeting in Milwaukee last Nov. 17 and it was something of no contest because Packer quarterback Bart Starr had to leave early with a sore arm. Ram QB Norm Van Brocklin went the route and got the win 31-27. Starr pushed the Packers into a 10-0 lead in the first quarter with a slick job of quarterbacking. He drove the Bays 60 yards in 13 plays for a Fred Cone field goal after they received the opening kickoff. The next time Green Bay got the ball Starr pushed the Pack 86 yards in nine plays for a touchdown, the score coming on a 14-yard Starr-to-Don McIlhenny pass. Starr completed six out of seven passes for 76 yards and one touchdown in the two drives. He injured his arm and never returned after the first frame. Babe Parilli helped the Bays to another TD and the defense added another for a 24-3 lead at the half. Starr was sorely missed in the second half as the Packers fought for time-killing first downs. Van Brocklin was as hot in the second half as he was cold in the first half and pitched a last-minute pass to Lamar Lundy for the back-breaker. Starr is due for something better. He hurled beautifully in the Lion loss Thanksgiving Day but couldn't work a touchdown. Van Brocklin ranks second in the latest passing figures with his 7.36 yards per attempt average. Starr is eighth with 6.99. Van has pitched more, 207 times to Starr's 174, but Bart is close on completions. Starr has a percentage of 52.9 against Van's 47.3. The Dutchman has had 19 intercepted; Starr nine. Six other Packers are holding their own in statistics. Billy Howton is fifth in pass catching with 33 for 647 yards, while Fred Cone is fourth in scoring with 61. Dick Deschaine ranks sixth in punting with an average of 41.9 despite two blocked kicks. Al Carmichael has moved into second in punt returns with an average of 8.4 - well below Bert Zager's top 15.5. Bobby Dillon is just one off in pass interceptions with eight. Jack Butler of Pitt is leading with nine. John Symank is third with seven. Coach Liz Blackbourn arrived here Tuesday after flying from Philadelphia where he took part in the draft Monday.
GREEN BAY IS GOING NO PLACE, BUT MAY HELP DECIDE WHO IS
DEC 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - The last place Green Bay Packers are far out of the title picture in the NFL's Western Division, but Lisle Blackbourn's fighting band still can have something to say whether it will be Baltimore, San Francisco or Detroit which faces Cleveland, or possibly New York, in the championship game. The Packers this week are working out in Los Angeles, trying to recover from multiple injuries before their game with the Rams there Sunday. That one won't have any bearing on the race, aside from position in the draft next January, but Green Bay's game at San Francisco December 15 probably will. Green Bay and Baltimore will exchange opponents the next two Sundays. Baltimore will play the 49ers at San Francisco first, and then move to Los Angeles to meet the Rams. The Colts have a one game lead over Detroit and San Francisco with two games to play...Y.A. Tittle of San Francisco leads the league's passers with 62.8% on completions. Babe Parilli of Green Bay is last with 37.9%. John Unitas of Baltimore has thrown 22 touchdown passes. Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles has had 19 intercepted...'49ERS TO WIN': Frank Albert, San Francisco coach, said after his team's victory over New York's defending champion Giants, "I think we'll win the Western Division championship now. The 49ers are a good, hustling, fighting club. With this shot in the arm, I'm sure we can handle Baltimore next Sunday back home at Kezar Stadium. The Rams will have a good chance to knock off the Colts in Los Angeles. I figure Detroit will get a split. Don't ask me whether the Lions will beat the Browns and lose to the Bears, or the other way around. I can't get into Detroit's problems. I have enough of my own"...Jim Taylor, Louisiana State fullback, Green Bay's second draft choice, led the major colleges in scoring this season with 86 points, two more than Army's Bob Anderson. Taylor led the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 760 yards. He scored two touchdowns and rushed for 171 yards in 19 carries in LSU's windup 25-6 victory over archrival Tulane last Saturday...BAWEL STARS: Ray (Bibbles) Bawel, whose last name is pronounced "bobble", left Green Bay's camp in the middle of the night last August after it seemed certain he would make the Packers as a defensive back. He went to Canada and played under his old coach, Jim Trimble, at Montreal. Bawel and Tribble had been together before with the Philadelphia Eagles. As Montreal won Canada's Grey Cup final playoff from Winnipeg last Saturday, Bawel scored one touchdown when he picked up a fumble and ran into the end zone. Later he
RAMS TO GIVE PACK MAJOR RUSHING TEST
DEC 5 (Pasadena-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Will the Packers get rushed to death in Los Angeles again? The Rams ran for 314 yards on the Packers in the 12th and final game in the Coliseum a year ago. That was terrible and the score was just as bad, 49-21. The Packer tackling was bad, Coach Liz Blackbourn moaned after the game, and it helped Ram back Tom Wilson to a new league yardage record - 223 stripes in 23 carries. That record was broken recently by Jimmy Brown of the Cleveland Browns. The Rams have the same group of rushers back (Joe Marconi added 59 yards and Tank Younger 49 to Wilson's total last year) this season but they have an important addition, one Jon Arnett. The Packers already had a painful experience with this new ground group - in Milwaukee Nov. 17. In the process of overcoming a 24-3 deficit, the Ram rushers rolled up 271 yards rushing to win (with the help of passes, of course) 31 to 27. Arnett was the big noise, with 149 yards in 17 attempts, including a 68-yard TD scamper. Younger posted 58 yards, Marconi 24, the aforementioned Wilson 24, Ronnie Waller 13 and Norm Van Brocklin three. Thus, in the last two games vs. Green Bay, the Rams rolled up the fantastic total of 585 yards rushing in 91 attempts for an average of nearly 6.4 stripes per try. The Rams have a powerful offensive team and about the only mystery is this: How come the Rams are just one notch ahead of the Packers in the lower division of the Western Conference?...PASS DEFENSE THIRD: Coach Liz Blackbourn isn't particularly worried about that question; he's more concerned with defensing the Rams down to size. Liz started looking at Ram pictures the day after Thanksgiving Day show at Detroit last week. "We've got to slow down that offense," Liz explained. Blackbourn had this much to start with: A sound pass defense - sound enough, at least, to rank third in the league. Packer defensers, led by "coach" Bobby Dillon and rookie Johnny Symank, have permitted enemy teams to complete 47.1 percent of their pitches. Only two teams are better - Cleveland with 43.3 and New York with 44.5. Overall, the Packers' defense has given up 3,273 yards - 1,685 by rushing and 1,588 by passing. That rushing figure is the worst in the league, and that's exactly what's worrying Blackbourn. The Rams will attempt to make it "worser". The Bays are working out at Brookside Park here and headquartering at the Green Hotel.
DRAFTEE GUNSHOT VICTIM
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Packer fourth draft choice Jerry (no relation to Ron) Kramer, the guard from Idaho, was a victim of a hunting accident. Part of right hand and forearm was torn off by accidental gunshot. Kramer was playing high school football at the time at Sandpoint, Idaho, but, according to Idaho U publicity chief Ken Hunter, "the near tragedy only strengthened his desire to be a competitor. He tosses the shot in track with that right hand, too." Incidentally, Kramer's coach, Skip Stahley, feels that the youngster will make pro football because "he is big, agile and has an intense desire to play," Hunter said. Kramer, himself, says, "I will certainly do my best to justify their choice."...Remember Choo Choo Brackins, the Packers' No. 2 quarterback in 1955 and the first Negro QB in the history of the pro league? Brackins was named to the All-Army team today along with Forrest Gregg, the 245-pound Packer guard. Halfback Veryl Switzer also made the All-Air Force team. Brackins is stationed at Ulm, Germany, while Switzer and Gregg are in the States. Brackins was released late in the 1955 season. The long-legged Prairie View, Tex., A and M product showed some possibility as an offensive end because of his height and giant hands. Gregg and Switzer are expected to return in 1958. Incidentally, Switzer was named player of the week at the Bolling Air Force Base the other day for scoring two touchdowns against Quantico Marines - one on a 32-yard run and the other on a 40-yarder. The notice of recognition also contained this tribute: "The halfback's ability isn't confined to running. He is a defensive back and a crushing blocker." Veryl was the Packers' best offensive backer in '55 and maybe it's only coincidence
their season at San Francisco December 15 and this contest figures to spell trouble galore. While Blackbourn had been re-running films of the Milwaukee lallapalooza to detect what caused the complete reversal of events, he didn't need pictures to pinpoint the damage done by halfback Arnett and quarterback Norm Van Brocklin. Arnett picked up 149 yards against the Packers, the spark which touched off a 28 point L.A. blast in the second half. Van Brocklin completed 14 out of 32 passes for 250 yards, including a 34 yard payoff strike to Lamar Lundy with one minute and 21 seconds to go which won the ball game. Blackbourn's closest resemblance to a win at the Coliseum was in 1954 when his club was beaten, 35-27. His worst showing was last year's 49-21 shellacking - the day Van Brocklin hit 17 of 22 for 289 yards and Tom Wilson set a league rushing record, picking up 223 yards in 23 carries. For some strange reason sunny California hasn't been the right tonic for the pros from the frozen north. Humidity or what, it certainly has been humiliating.
BART STARR, RATED 'BAMA'S BEST PASSER, GUNS FOR RAMS TOMORROW
DEC 7 (Los Angeles) - Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr has been called the best passer in Alabama history. Considering that this heart-of-Dixie institution has spawned such spiral artists as Dixie Howell and Harry Gilmer, this is high praise indeed. And it came from the Crimson Tide coaches. The 6 ft., 1 in., 200-pounder from you-all land will be starting against the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum tomorrow and he'll be attempting to take off where he left off. Starr started against the Rams that cold Milwaukee day last month and moved the team into a quick 10-0 first quarter lead before he suffered an injured elbow on his throwing arm. Babe Parilli took over, engineered one touchdown drive, then saw the lead mount to 24-3 when guard Bill Forester intercepted a pass on the Packer 8, ran to the Packer 45, and lateraled to Bobby Dillon, who took the ball in. The Rams staged a tremendous second-half comeback to win, 31-27, and for a full week the Milwaukee papers complained that if Starr hadn't been injured the game would have been a Packer victory. Starr went almost unnoticed at the 1956 draft meeting and wasn't picked up until the 17th round. For a quarterback to go that far without a call is equivalent to Jayne Mansfield walking past the crew of the USS Independence without drawing a whistle. Starr played in Tobin Rote's shadow last year and the tall Texan's shadow was so long that Starr was called upon for but 44 passes. He completed 24 for a 54.5% and looked so good in his brief appearances that Coach Lisle Blackbourn felt no compunctions about trading Rote at season's end. Starr stepped into the top spot this year and has been there ever since. At the moment he ranks eighth among National League passers, a rating based on the average yardage gained per completion. Starr has completed 92 of 174 for a 52.9%. His aerials have gained 1,217 yards and accounted for six touchdowns. Nine have been swiped. His coach, Blackbourn, predicts Starr will be one of the finest. If so, someone will probably write a song titled, "A Starr Fell from Alabama." Or something like that.
quarter, is a picture of taping perfection. His right ankle, right calf and right thigh are encased in tape, and stringing up the leg is a series of elastic tapes supporting the knee. Because of this, John Henry always limps - except when he's running with the ball. Lion Coach George Wilson was satisfied with the victory. "Under these conditions," Wilson said, "it was an awfully rough game. This kind can go either way."
JOHNSON'S LONG RUN KEY, COACHES AGREE
NOV 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - Both coaches saw John Henry Johnson's 62 yard run for the only touchdown as the key play in Detroit's 18-6 triumph over Green Bay in their muddy NFL game here Thursday. "It let us play the game we planned," said George Wilson, head Lion. "We could control the ball by running and passing only enough to keep them loose." "That run," moaned Lisle Blackbourn, sadly shaking his head again. "We should have got him after 15-20 yards, but we didn't. They caught us with it. We've been vulnerable in that sort of thing. It killed us."...Green Bay's blockers did a generally good job of protecting passer Bart Starr, but after a fast start the offensive line seemed to run out of gas and in the second half could no longer move Detroit's defenders on running plays. This followed a pattern which cost Green Bay dearly in the second half of earlier games, notably the Los Angeles and Baltimore contests at Milwaukee...DOWN TO LAST 11: The Packers started Thursday's game with 14 defensive players. One of them was tackle Tom Finnin, who joined the club Wednesday after being picked up on waivers from the Cardinals to replace the injured Nate Borden. Middle guard Sam Palumbo could hardly walk, much less play, on his sore ankle. Back John Petitbon was knocked unconscious when hit in the head in the second quarter and replaced by Billy Kinard. End Carlton Massey, 10 pounds underweight at 215 after a bout with the flu, had to retire because his sore right shoulder became further aggravated. Johnson got past Massey's "weak" side on his long run. When Massey was no longer able to perform capably, Finnin was inserted at tackle and Dave Hanner moved to end, a position unfamiliar to him. There was no other choice. Only 11 players were available..."We couldn't run much in that stuff anyway," Blackbourn said after the game. "We didn't have any bulldozers like Hart and John Henry. Our backs need good footing. They have bigger blockers, too - Sewell, Ane, Creekmur."...PRAISE FOR STARR: In the Lion dressing room afterward, Tobin Rote said of Bart Starr, his successor as Packer quarterback, "He played a real fine game. He's getting better all the time." Coach Blackbourn said, "Bart is getting that experience to look over the defense and know what to do about it. That comes only with experience. Starr did the right thing most of the time today. He was a shade off for awhile after he got hit but he played a real good game. He's going to be a great quarterback, if he doesn't get hurt."...Green Bay even used the platoon system to kick off in the first quarter. Paul Hornung, rookie, who usually kicks off, was at home in Louisville nursing a sprained ankle. Fred Cone's first try went out of bounds, costing the Packers five yards. Rookie Ron Kramer then tried a kick and it went out of bounds. Then from the Packer 30, Cone tried again and lofted the ball 62 yards to Detroit's eight...HEAR HEAD OF LINE: The defeat did assure Green Bay a place near the head of the line when the first four rounds of college players are chosen in the NFL's early draft at Philadelphia Monday...It was hard to distinguish the officials' penalty flags and the cleaning rags in Thursday's game. Cloths were spread all over the field after being used to wipe moisture and mud from the ball and the players. A "fresh" ball was used on every play. The referee kept it under cover until the offensive team broke its huddle and lined up for the next play...Norm Master, rookie Green Bay tackle, got in for two plays. He has a sore knee, but wanted to play before the home folks.
real Cinderella team of the year. The school is state supported and funds have been allocated for a big campus of modern, up-to-the-minute buildings, but since this is its first year of operation, it has no classrooms, no football practice field, no stadium. The 400 full-time students attend night classes at Artesia High School. The football team, coached by Earl Klapstein, assistant coach last year with the Green Bay Packers, practices at Bellflower High School's field and it plays its "home" games at Excelsior High School. Cerritos JC's campus formerly was a dairy farm. The only building on the campus as of now is a big barn that was a milking barn. It is used by the football players to store their equipment, and the stalls that the cows used a year ago have been converted into cement shower stalls for the gridiron heroes. In Arlington, the Cerritos Falcons will be meeting a team that is ranked first in the nation under the All-American Gridiron Index and the Williamson Rating Systems of Texas. Arlington played in the Junior Rose Bowl game last year, beating Compton, Calif., College, 20-13. Arlington has an 11-0 record this year. Cerritos' only loss was to Compton, 12-0.
intercepted a pass and appeared headed for another score when a fan came out of the stands and tripped him on Winnipeg's 42 yard line.
but the Bays posted 6-6 that year.
NEARS NFL CROWN - SCORING TITLE TO CONE?
DEC 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Fred Cone, whose jersey No. 31 matched his age, has a good chance to capture the NFL's scoring title. But he'll need a touchdown or so on the West Coast to sew things up. Going into the season's 11th game at Los Angeles Sunday, the oldest Packer veteran is tied with Washington's Sam Baker for third place honors among the league's top scorers with 61 points. Lou (The Toe) Groza of the Browns is leading the parade with 66 points and the Bears' George Blanda is runnerup with 62. But Cone has an advantage over his rivals. Freddie is a touchdown threat - he scored two this season. Groza, Blanda and Baker have chalked up points on their kicking ability alone. While Groza has booted 27 extra points without a miss and 13 out of 19 field goals, Cone has tacked on 22 conversions (no misses and nine out of 14 field goals. If Cone could win the NFL scoring title, it would be a perfect ending to a successful pro career. Cone has said he would definitely retire after this season. Cone is now ranked second only to Don Hutson in the all-time Packer scoring. He passed up Ted Fritsch early this fall...HORNUNG'S RUN TOPS: Paul Hornung, the Packers' Jack-of-all-trades, still hangs on to the league's longest run from scrimmage...72 yards against the Giants. The bonus choice is still recuperating from a severely sprained ankle at his Louisville home and is not expected to see action until the finale in San Francisco...Third quarter jitters? Whatever the reasons, the Packers have done miserably in this period, scoring only one touchdown in 10 games...MONTREAL EYES CHRISTY: Owner Ted Workman of the Montreal Alouettes said three American college players named in the NFL's draft have been on his negotiation list for "many months, possibly a year." The three players are John Crow of Texas A&M, Vanderbilt's Phil King and Dick Christy of North Carolina State, the Packers' third draft choice. "I guess we'll have stiff competition," Workman said.
PACKERS ARE 3RD BEST ON PASS DEFENSE
​DEC 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers are third best pass defense team in the NFL, according to the latest NFL team statistics. Green Bay has allowed its opponents to complete 48.5% of their passes. Cleveland moved from second to first place in pass defense, allowing only 43.3% completions. Currently in second place is New York, which has permitted 44.5%. The Colts, Western Conference leaders, increased their total offense for the season to 3,417 yards, 132 more than their nearest rival in the statistical competition. Baltimore has gained 1,516 yards rushing and 1,991 passing. Detroit ranks second with 3,285 yards on 1,486 rushing and 1,790 passing. Los Angeles and New York are tied for third with 3,099 yards each. The Rams top the 12 team NFL in yards gained on the ground with an average of 4.4 yards per try. The Rams have totaled 1,689 yards on 388 rushes. Cleveland, leader of the Eastern Conference, is second with 1,591 with Washington third on 1,526. Baltimore, second last week in the passing department, moved ahead of Detroit with 1,901 yards through the air. The Colts lead in touchdown passes with 23. Detroit has gained 1,799 yards passing. San Francisco, with 1,668 yards, is third in the aerial game. San Francisco tops the league in passing percentage with a 62.3 to 56.7 lead over Baltimore. New York is third with a 54.8 mark. Baltimore's 269 points top Cleveland and Los Angeles each with 228 and New York and San Francisco with 216 apiece. In punting, the Giants have averaged 44.9 yards per boot as against 44.5 for Los Angeles and 43.6 for San Francisco. Defensively, Baltimore has allowed only three years in each of the 306 opposition rushes to qualify as the best defensive team against ball carrying. The Bears have allowed 3.3 and Cleveland and Pittsburgh 3.6 per opposing rush.
GEYERSCOPE
DEC 5 (Los Angeles) - Green Bay Packer Coach Lisle Blackbourn took a few moments from preparation for Sunday's pro football game with the Los Angeles Rams to mount the witness stand. The Packers are presently in the Western Conference cellar with a  3-7 record. Question: How do you feel about your season? Answer: "We've had just miserable bad luck all year, much of which was our own doing, of course. We lost three games primarily because we couldn't score on fourth down a yard out. And they were all in the fourth quarter. We outplayed the Giants (N.Y. 31; G.B. 17) but good, but then we had a punt blocked for one touchdown and have the Giants the ball right on our goal line through an interference penalty for another...TOUCHDOWN DISALLOWED: "In the Bear game at Chicago (Bears 21, G.B. 14), we scored a late touchdown which wasn't allowed because the officials were out of position and called it incomplete. Quarterback Bart Starr hit halfback Joe Johnson in the corner. The movies show it clearly. We've just had more of that kind of thing than is normal." Q - Where has most of the trouble originated? A - "Much of it has been in the offensive line. We lost tackles Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski to the service, guard Bobbie Brown retired and guard Joe Skibinski broke his leg in the preseason. That's one reason why we traded quarterback Tobin Rote and halfback Val Joe Walker to Detroit. We needed linemen, especially with four regulars gone. We obtained tackle Norm Masters, guard Jim Salsbury of UCLA, tackle Ollie Spencer and halfback Don McIlhenny...LITTLE PROBLEMS: "Salsbury and Spencer had little problems fitting into new situations fitting into new situations and we had more than a normal allotment of missed assignments. In many instances, the blocking was not up to league standards, which may account for our not getting some of the fourth-and-1 touchdowns. Next year Gregg will be back along with Henry Bullough (ex-Michigan Stater now in service). With those fellows, plus another year of experience for quarterback Bart Starr, I have high hopes for next season." Question - How do you feel about Sunday's game? Answer - "It's always been tough for us to do anything out here." Q - Why?...LAST GAME: A - "Well, in the years that I've been out here (Blackbourn's been head coach since 1954) it's always been the last game and maybe the boys weren't playing too hard. And another thing. The Rams have always played a great game out here. Last year, they tore us to pieces and Wilson (L.A. halfback Tom Wilson) almost ran us out of the stadium (LA 49, GB 21). Oddly enough, according to our individual grading, the offensive players played their best games of the year, but the defense wasn't able to cope with the Rams." Q - How do you feel about the Rams? A - "I've always felt the Rams are pro football's most explosive team. They have the best offensive potential of any team in either conference and once the full scope of that offensive is brought to bear, it takes a pretty sturdy defense to check it." Q - Who do you think will win the Colt-49er game Sunday? A - "The Colts should beat them. They've got a good experienced team. We all think the 49ers are very fortunate to be where they are."...TEAMS RATED: Q - Were you surprised when San Francisco beat New York Sunday? A - "Not at all, Pittsburgh's probably the poorest team we've played, and the Giants are next with the 49ers third." Q - Has Starr's good work been a surprise? A - "No, it hasn't. We thought he was all right last year. He's done real well and we think he'll be a good one. That's another reason why we traded Rote." Q - Starr and Baltimore's Johnny Unitas appear to operate in a similar fashion. How would you compare them? A - "Unitas, of course is a fine quarterback. I think Starr's just as good." Good luck Sunday and also against the 49ers next week. "Thanks, and I may need some more when I get some."
HORNUNG, PALUMBO OUT OF PACK-RAM GO
DEC 6 (Pasadena-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers will lose some of their Notre Dame influence when they tackle the Rams in the Los Angeles Coliseum Sunday afternoon. Coach Liz Blackbourn said that Paul Hornung and Sam Palumbo, the former Notre Damers, both will be unable to oppose the Rams because of injuries. Lone graduate of the Fighting Irish school left is John Petitbon and he's not operating up to par due to a heel injury. The sprained ankle that befell Hornung in the Pittsburgh game two weeks ago has slowed the talented rookie down to a walk. And it's been a tough blow for him because of his popularity in LA. He ran wild against Southern California a year ago in the Coliseum. Loss of Hornung is also tough on veteran Howie Ferguson who could use a bit of rest at times. The hard-rocked blaster went the route after Hornung was hurt early in the Pitt game, gaining 71 yards and a touchdown, and he played all of the Detroit tilt. Blackbourn said that "we'll use Purnell a little more - to find out how he hits against a team like the Rams." Frank Purnell, rookie fullback obtained from Cleveland earlier in the season, did well in three carries against Pitt. Blackbourn was happy to report that Norm Masters, the giant offensive left tackle, will be ready to go full steam Sunday. Big Norm missed all of the Pittsburg game and all but a few plays vs. Detroit. He's had knee troubles...NO LONGER SERIOUS: Despite occasional rain, the coach felt that "we were able to do some good practicing here." With the exception of Palumbo and Hornung, the injury problem no longer is serious. Most of the dozen or so cripples of the past two weeks are ready. Actually, the team will be under-strength due to the lack of Palumbo, Hornung and Nate Borden who left after breaking his wrist in the Pitt game. "It looks as if we'll be in good mental condition for the game, too," Liz said, with a meaning. He was referring to what seems like the usual beatings the Packers take out here and more specifically the 49 to 21 setback in LA a year ago. The Pack showed little zest for combat and was rocked for nearly 650 yards. The Packers have always had trouble winning on the west coast. In 17 games against LA and San Francisco, Green Bay won only two. The Bays beat the 49ers in 1955 by a 28-7 count and the Rams in 1947 by 30-10. The Rams were moved to LA in '46 and the Packers haven't won one since that first season. In fact, the Bays have yet to exceed that 30-point total in losing nine straight. They hit 27 twice but lost 45 to 27 in '52 and 35 to 27 in 1954. The Pack record in LA is 1-9, in Frisco 1-6. The Packers, who are working out at Brookside Park and headquartering at the Green Hotel here, will move up to Boyes' Springs Monday to prepare for the season's windup in 'Frisco a week from Sunday...Dan Currie and Jimmy Taylor, the Packers' top top draft choices, made two All-American teams today - the Look and Tribune Players. Currie, the Michigan State star, was named as a center on both polls and Taylor as a back, his normal position. Taylor played at LSU. Currie was named yesterday on the Associated Press All-America along with Dick Christy, the North Carolina State back who was the Pack's third choice.
​SUN NO TONIC - YET
DEC 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers hope to take the Rams by the horns Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum and bring them down to their own level. Liz Blackbourn wants this one badly. He figures his bruisers should have won the first meeting at Milwaukee, the game the Bays blew a 24-3 halftime lead. But it's a proven fact in pro football that the second time around is tougher. And Blackbourn doesn't have to be reminded that he has yet to win a game in Los Angeles. The Packers, who haven't seen action since Thanksgiving Day, will have a full week of drills in California. They have been working out at Pasadena. Physically, the Wisconsinites will be in good shape - good shape, that is, if you disregard the fact fullback Paul Hornung and defensive end Nate Borden won't be around. Hornung is still sidelined with an ankle injury and Borden is out with a broken arm. If Blackbourn can't come up with a victory against the Rams, he may have to settle for his worst records since taking over the coaching reins in Packerland. The Bays finish
UNDERDOG PACKERS BATTLE RAMS, NEED 'MIRACLE'
DEC 7 (Los Angeles-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Get out the crying towel, Louie. The Packers are hurting, the Rams are healthy again and how in blazes are the Packers ever going to get out of the Western Division cellar this year. The Packers and Rams put on a show in the Coliseum Sunday afternoon (WJPG, 3:30) for the benefit of nearly 70,000 football fanatics, and if the Green Bays win, it's be close to a miracle. The Rams are a 7 1/2-point choice. The Packers are low in the Western with 3-7, while the Rams are a notch ahead with 4-6. A Bay win would make LA and GB roomies - in the basement. Green Bay wasn't in good physical condition when it set up shop here earlier in the week but the sunshine was supposed to help. It worked the other way around because just yesterday Billy Kinard suffered a sprained ankle - probably from looking into the aforementioned sun. Anyhow, Billy was cutting sharply as he practiced his cornerbacker duties on the Bays' three-man line defense and he stepped on his own ankle. "He's our only regular replacement in the defensive secondary," Coach Liz Blackbourn pointed out last night, adding; "Joe Johnson will have to go in if anybody gets hurt." Johnson is chiefly an offensive back...FOUR BELOW STRENGTH: With Kinard out along with Sam Palumbo and Paul Hornung, who were counted out earlier in the week, and Nate Borden, who broke his arm in the Pitt game, the Packers must play with only 31 men, four under legal strength. The Rams, on the other hand, suddenly got well when they started tasting home cooking after returning from a three-game road trip last Monday. They were short seven players in the loss at Baltimore last Sunday, but horrors, all of them are back. Three of the Ram returnees are real thorny for the Packers - Jon Arnett, Will Sherman and Leon Clarke. Arnett's the feller who ran 68 yards for a touchdown in the first Ram-Packer event in Milwaukee Nov. 17 and finished with over 130 yards rushing...MISSED TWO GAMES: Sherman is the Ram ace defensive back - like Bobby Dillon is to the Pack. Will was clunked out for two games due to a collision with Ron Kramer and during his absence the Browns and Colts scored a total of 76 points on the Rams. The Packers should be so lucky to face a Sherman-less LA? Clarke didn't play in Milwaukee but the long-geared end caught two 56-yard touchdown passes against the Pack here last year. Ram Coach Sid Gillman plans to start Lamar Lundy at slot back Sunday and that won't be good news to Packer linebackers who were blocked all which ways when the Rams scored 28 points in the second half to win 31-27. What's more, Lundy caught the winning touchdown pass from Norm Van Brocklin in the last minute. Blackbourn feels that the Rams have the most explosive offense in the league. "If they had a defense to go with that offense, they'd be murder. We've got to score well on them in order to win," Liz pointed out...SHOULD HAVE WON: The Packers scored their season high, 27 points, on the Rams in Milwaukee and should have won the game what with a 24-3 lead at halftime. The Ram offense exploded and controlled the ball so much that the Packers didn't get much chance to dent LA's vulnerable defense. That defense, incidentally, will be considerably less vulnerable with Sherman back. The Packers should get a smile from the law of averages. They haven't won in LA since 1947 and since then they've dropped nine straight. The two clubs have split their last three series, the Bays winning in Milwaukee in 1954-55-56 and the Rams winning out here in each year. Let's hope for a reverse this season. This might be Bart Starr's big chance. The sophomore quarterback, who has been looking so good, is due to a full game of protection for his passes and good openings in the line for his backs.
NITSCHKE IS BEST FB IN BIG TEN, ILLINI CLAIM
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - Saturday closeouts: Ray Nitschke, the Illinois fullback and linebacker whose name was selected by the Giants at the request of the Packers (in payment for John Martinkovic), is considered by the folks at Urbana and Champaign as the best fullback in the Big Ten. That's what Bert Bertine, sports editor of the Urbana Courier, says and what's more: "Ray's been a regular for three years at Illinois but he was a quarterback at Proviso High School in Maywood (Ill.) and still can throw a pass over 50 yards in case the Packers have any thoughts along that line." Listed at 205 in the program, Nitschke (now it can be told) actually packs 220. His best offensive game was against Northwestern, when he gained 170 yards, most by any Big Ten back this season, including an 84-yard jolt for a touchdown. His season rushing average was 6.5. Bertine said that "Ray is mean as a linebacker, as reported, but he's inclined to be over-eager which makes you think he'd be a fine rushing defensive end. He topped an Illini tacklers this year with 70 unassisted stops." In three years, Nitschke gained 972 yards and averaged 5.1 per crack...Bob August of the Cleveland Press asked Brown Coach Paul Brown whom he would have taken if he had the pick of the collegiate crop in last Monday's draft. After pondering a moment, Brown guesses it would have been center Dan Currie of Michigan State, taken by Green Bay in the first round. "Hill (King, bonus choice taken by the Cardinals) sounds good but I really don't know too much about him. I think we would have taken Currie, not as a center, but because he could help you so many other places. He could be a guard, linebacker or defensive end."...Y.A. Tittle, 49er quarterback after his team beat New York: "All out running plays were designed to keep the ball carrier away from Sam Huff. We knew Huff is a tremendous linebackers so we tried to keep away from as much as possible."...Coach Joe Kuharich of the Washington Redskins, who cater to North Carolina, admitted "we waited too long and lost Christy." The Redskins had planned to select Dick Christy, the NC State whiz back, on the third round but the Packers, drawing one notch ahead of Washington, picked him on the third trip.
HONOR PACKER DRAFTEE CHRISTY AS BACK OF YEAR TONIGHT
DEC 7 (Washington) - Dick Christy, North Carolina State's All-America halfback and Green Bay Packers' No. 2 draft choice, will be honored as the No. 1 back of 1957 at the Atlantic Coast Conference Clubs awards dinner at the Willard Hotel here tonight. Fred A. Seaton, Secretary of the Interior, will present a trophy to Christie and to his coach, Earle Edwards, picked as outstanding in the conference. Earlier Christy had been named player of the year by the Atlantic Coach Sports Writers Assn. Christy, who polled 322 points to 195 for Jim Bakhtiar of Virginia, also was the only unanimous choice on the writers' ACC team announced a few days ago. In the player of the year voting, he received 60 first place votes from the 78 writers, sportscasters and college publicity men who participated. Christy paced the Wolfpack to a 7-1-2 record and the ACC championship. His season total of 83 points won him the individual scoring record in the conference. He also set an ACC single game scoring mark when he collected 29 points against South Carolina. In addition, Christy led the conference in kickoff returns with a 45.4 average for seven returns. In the Wolfpack record book, the 191-pound Christy entered seven records and missed an eighth by six yards. Among his marks: most points in a game, 29; most points in a season, 83; most touchdowns in a game, 4; most touchdowns in a season, 13; most touchdowns in a three-year career, 20; most points in a career, 127; and most yards rushing in a career, 1,817. He was six yards shy of the school's single season rushing record of 634 yards, held by Alex Webster of the New York Giants. His 
coach, Edwards, called Christy "the greatest all-around back I've ever seen." Two post-season games already are set for Christy. He will play in the North-South game at Miami Christmas Day and in the Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala.
RAMS FAVORED OVER PACKER TODAY; 60,000 EXPECTED FOR COLISEUM TILT
DEC 8 (Los Angeles) - Shorn of any title pretenses, the Los Angeles Rams will play the Green Bay Packers for the love of the game - and a possible second place - in today's professional football offering at the Coliseum. Some 60,000 Southlanders are expected for the 1:35 p.m. kickoff. Los Angeles has played before 927,884 onlookers thus far and, with two games to go, will become the first football team in history to draw more than a million in one season. Coach Sid Gillman's hired hands have been made 9-point favorite, which appears to be a fair shake, all things considered...TIE FOR FOURTH: The Rams' 4-6 record places them in a two-way tie for fourth with the Chicago Bears. However, should the second-placers (Detroit and San Francisco) falter, the Rams could conceivably finish second, alone or tied. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's Packers are last with a 3-7 record. They, too, have aspirations for better things. Los Angeles defeated Green Bay at Milwaukee last month, 31-27, for the only road victory in two year. And it wasn't easy. Down 24-3 at the half, the Rams roared back for four second-half touchdowns and won with 1:21 left to play when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin fired a 34-yarder to rookie Lamar Lundy...REVERT TO FORM: After that, the Rams reverted to their road form and lost to Cleveland, 45-31, and to Baltimore, 31-14. Both teams are leading their respective conferences. The Packers, meanwhile, polished off Pittsburgh, 27-10, then lost Thanksgiving Day to Detroit, 18-6. Los Angeles will be at near full strength today, in contrast to the makeshift club which played Baltimore last week. Jon Arnett will open at left half and Dick Daugherty will start at linebacker. Ankle injuries sidelined them for all but a few seconds against the Colts...SHERMAN READY: Safetyman Will Sherman will make his first appearance since he dislocated his elbow against the Packers Nov. 17. And both defensive end Paul Miller and offensive tackle Ken Panfil, hampered by ailments last week, are once again drawing full power. There are two doubtful Packer performers in fullback Paul Hornung, last year's bonus baby, and veteran center Sam Palumbo. Bart Starr, injured in the second quarter of the Ram game, will start at quarterback for Green Bay with Babe Parilli standing in the wings. Today's other games: Baltimore at San Francisco (San Francisco favored by 3); Chicago Bears at Chicago Cardinals (Bears favored by 7); Cleveland at Detroit (Detroit favored by 2); and Philadelphia at Washington (Washington favored by 7). The favorites look fairly safe, except in the Cleveland-Detroit game. We like the Browns in a slight upset, if you'll excuse the expression.
BAY RULES UNDERDOG AGAINST LOS ANGELES TODAY
DEC 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers will open their annual two game West Coast trip as decided underdogs against the Los Angeles Rams here Sunday. The Packers need a victory here or against the 49ers at San Francisco a week hence to avert their worst finish since Blackbourn took over as coach in 1954. Blackbourn's first team had four victories and eight defeats, his second, six and six, and his third, four and eight. This year's injured and seemingly unlucky outfit has won three games and lost seven. Two more defeats would leave Green Bay with its worst record since Gene Ronzani's last team compiled a 2-9-1 record in 1953. Green Bay has never done well on the coast. Since the Packers started coming out here for the two windup games in 1950, they have won one game, at San Francisco two years ago, and lost 13. Last year, the Rams whipped them at the Coliseum, 49-21, as Norm Van Brocklin completed 17 out of 22 passes for 289 yards and Tom Wilson set what was then a NFL single game rushing record of 223 yards in 23 carries. A crowd of some 60,000 is expected Sunday. The Rams need to draw 125,000 fans in their last two games to reach the million mark for all exhibition and league games this season. In seven preseason and 10 league games so far, they have attracted more than 875,000 spectators. Green Bay is in better shape than it has been for weeks. Fullback Paul Hornung, defensive middle guard Sam Palumbo and defensive end Nate Borden are the only regulars not likely to play. The attack will be centered around quarterback Bart Starr, runners Don McIlhenny and Howie Ferguson and receivers Bill Howton, Ron Kramer and Max McGee. Blackbourn may take a long look at rookie Frank Purnell at fullback. "We've got to start thinking about next year," Blackbourn said, "so we have to find out what this boy can do." The Packers will be seeking revenge for a 31-27 licking they suffered in MIlwaukee three weeks ago. In that one, the Packers held a 24-3 lead at halftime, then fell apart, both on offense and defense. Los Angeles will be at full strength and that's bad news for Green Bay's defense, which must try to contain passer Van Brocklin, runners Jon Arnett, Tank Younger, Joe Marconi, Wilson and Ron Waller and receivers Elroy Hirsch, Leon Clarke, Bob Boyd and Lamar Lundy.