(GREEN BAY) - The Packers couldn’t score from the one-yard line in four attempts. And – as expected after such a sin – they lost to the world champion New York Giants. The final score, 31 to 17, doesn’t begin to show the closeness of this fierce NFL show before 32,071 fans in New City Stadium. The Packers did just about everything to the Giants by outscore ‘em. They gained 410 yards, which is fantastic when you consider the Pack only scored two touchdowns, controlled the ball, 78 Packer plays to 63 for the Giants, and outgained the champs on the ground and in the air. Yet they couldn’t get one yard that would have given them a 24-24 tie and a zooming mental ride with 13 minutes left in the game. It was Green Bay’s fourth loss against two wins and left the Pack in a “last” place tie with the Bears and Rams in the Western sector. Now, the Packer visit Chicago to play the Bears. The Giants didn’t exactly look like champions Sunday. They actually earned only one touchdown. The Giants blocked a punt for their opening touchdown, moved 63 yards in five plays for the second, accepted a useless 33-yard interference penalty on the Packer three-yard line to set up the third touchdown and scored the fourth on a 52-yard pass interception return. In addition, the Packers’ inability to score from one yard out was like giving New York a touchdown. The Packers got both of their touchdowns on the long ball – a 77-yard pass from Bart Starr to Billy Howton and a 40-yard run by Don McIlhenny, but they couldn’t “bunt”, as it were, on the one-yard move as Starr and Paul Hornung each tried twice. And if you think that wasn’t frustrating, the Packers moved right down into Giant territory after that one-yard business – only to lose it on a refunded first down. The Packers had fourth and 10 on the Giant 42. Starr hurled 12 yards to Ron Kramer for a first down on the Giant 30 but Kramer fumbled in an effort to lateral to Fred Cone and the ball went out of bounds on the Giant 37. Thus, instead of a first down on the Giant 30 with 8:20 left, the Packers lost it on downs. But that’s the way things were going! The Packers and Giants were smacking hard and some of the tackles and blocks were downright earth-shaking. The Packers were damaged by the flu and at least three of them were under the weather – Bobby Dillon, Carlton Massey and Max McGee. But you’d never know the Bays were hurting by their roughhouse action. The Bays came up with a couple of “new stars,” so to speak, in this sixth league game for both teams – Hornung and McIlhenny, who piled up 200 of the Bays’ 225 yards rushing. The Giants only gained 125 yards rushing. Hornung, running from fullback, belted 112 yards in 16 carries and McIlhenny, who had carried only 16 times before, lugged 14 times for 88 yards. They fattened their totals on long blasts, McIlhenny gaining 40 on a touchdown run two plays after going 21. Hornung set up the ill-fated one-yarder with a 72-yard dash down the west sidelines. Hornung’s 112 was the best by a Packer since Howie Ferguson picked up 120 on 17 trips vs. the Bears in 1955. Fergie sat out yesterday’s game with injuries. Other than the Packers’ touchdown generosity, the difference seemed to be in the air. The Giants’ Chuck Conerly has his worst day, nine out of 22 for 153 yards, but he saved one strike of three yards for a TD pass to Ken MacAfee and completed two to the skilled Frank Gifford for 46 yards on the 73-yard drive for the lone earned TD. Starr hit only 11 out of 27 for 185 yards, including 77 stripes at one crack to Howton, while the Bays got no help from Babe Parilli who missed on five attempts, one of which was intercepted by Em Tunnell and returned for a TD. The Giants made a pair of first downs after receiving the opening kickoff but the Packers made the deepest penetration. Starting on their own 9, the Bays moved to the Giant 38 on Starr passes to Kramer and McIlhenny for 26 yards and a 14-yard rush by Hornung. This drive ended when Hughes recovered Hornung’s fumble. An exchange of punts followed but Dick Deschaine’s boot didn’t go far. Cliff Livingston crashed in without being touched, blocked Dick’s boot (first one he’s ever had blocked) and Sam Huff dropped on it in the end zone for 7-0, Ben Agajanian kicking the first of four extra points. Two plays later, Howton worked free of Patton and Bookman around the 42, took Starr’s strike there and outlegged the two defenders into the end zone, the play covering 77 yards. Fred Cone’s boot made it 7-7. The Giants started to take charge a bit at this point. Agajanian tried a field goal from the 49, but then the Giants worked deeper into Packer territory and Agajanian hit a field goal from the 12 for 10-7. The Packers missed a first down by a yard and the Giants promptly worked their 63-yard TD drive in five plays, Gifford going over from the three. With less than five minutes in the half, the Packers advanced for Cone’s field goal position on Starr’s passing to Cone for 15, Howton for 12 and McGee for 15. Cone just barely lifted a field goal over from the 39 with 1:41 left and the score was 17-10. The Giants came right back, moving to a touchdown with nine seconds left in the half. The big “gainer” was a 33-yard interference penalty against John Symank on John Schnelker while Bobby Dillon was intercepting in the end zone. It was a bitter dose and became worse when MacAfee took Conerly’s shot in the end zone for 24-10 at the half. McIlhenny had himself quite a time as the second half opened. He took the kickoff from the goal line to the 27, hit off right tackle for 1 and then around right end for 21 to the Packer 49. Hornung made 11 yards in two tries and McIlhenny zipped around his left end for the touchdown, with Al Barry making the key block. So it was 24-17 as Cone converted. Chandler put the Packers in a hole with his punt going out of bounds on the Bay 4. The Bays came out nicely to the 15 on runs by McIlhenny and Hornung put Huff intercepted Starr’s pass and returned six yards to the Bay 21. That looked bad indeed but on the second play, Symank intercepted Conerly’s pass and returned to the 25, the Packers gaining 10 yards on the exchange. After trading punts, the Packers started a drive on their own 20. Starr was just a shade too long to Howton, who was in the clear for a touchdown on first down, but on the next play Hornung exploded out of the right side of the Packer line and zipped down the sidelines for 72 yards to the Giant 8, Patton making the stop. Cone hit for two and Starr’s pass to Kramer was high in the end zone. On third down, Hughes interfered with Howton on Starr’s pass and the Packers got the ball on the one. Then in quick order Starr hit right guard and left tackle and Hornung hit left tackle twice. Hornung was a foot away on his last two tries. Chandled punted on first down and Dillon fielded the ball on the 50 and weaved 20 yards. But the Packers were clipping and they started on their own 47. McGee, on an end around, Horning twice and Starr on the sneak made 10 yards but on the next third down Kramer flipped the ball out of bounds for the first down refund. A pass to Howton for the first down was a bit off. With 4:50 left, Agajanian tried a field goal – from the 44, but it was short. Starr pitched to Howton for 12 to the 32 and Parilli went forth with three minutes left. He tried a draw run for two but then incompleted three passes. The Giants took over on the Pack 35 but Webster fumbled on the first play and Bill Forester recovered on the Bay 38. Parilli was chased out of the pocket on the first play and fired toward Howton. Tunnell knifed in front of Bill, snared the ball and ran 52 yards for the touchdown.
NEW YORK  -   7  17   0   7  -  31
GREEN BAY -   7   3   7   0  -  17
                       NEW YORK     GREEN BAY
First Downs                  16            17
Rushing-Yards-TD       36-123-1      41-225-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 22-9-153-1-1 32-11-185-1-2
Sacked-Yards                  0            28
Net Passing Yards           153           157
Total Yards                 276           382
Fumbles-lost                2-1           1-1
Turnovers                     2             3
Yards penalized            9-58          4-78
1st - NY - Sam Huff recovered blocked punt in end zone (Ben Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 7-0
1st - GB - Billy Howton, 77-yard pass from Bart Starr (Fred Cone kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - NY - Agajanian, 12-yard field goal NEW YORK 10-7
2nd - NY - Frank Gifford, 3-yard run (Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 17-7
2nd - GB - Cone, 39-yard field goal NEW YORK 17-10
2nd - NY - Ken McAfee, 3-yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 24-10
3rd - GB - Hugh McIlhenny, 40-yard run (Cone kick) NEW YORK 24-17
4th - NY - Emlen Tunnell, 52-yard interception return (Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 31-17
GREEN BAY - Paul Hornung 16-112, Don McIlhenny 14-88 1 TD, Babe Parilli 2-8, Max McGee 1-7, Fred Cone 2-5, Al Carmichael 3-4, Bart Starr 3-1
NEW YORK - Alex Webster 17-63, Mel Triplett 7-33, Frank Gifford 11-32 1 TD, Charlie Conerly 1-(-5)
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 27-11-185 1 TD 1 INT, Babe Parilli 5-0-0 1 INT
NEW YORK - Charlie Conerly 22-9-153 1 TD 1 INT
GREEN BAY - Billy Howton 4-111 1 TD, Ron Kramer 2-18, Max McGee 1-15, Frank Purnell 1-15, Don McIlhenny 1-12, Fred Cone 1-10, Paul Hornung 1-4
NEW YORK - Frank Gifford 4-93, Kyle Rote 2-30, Ken MacAfee 2-18 1 TD, Alex Webster 1-12
New York Giants (4-2) 31, Green Bay Packers (2-4) 17
Sunday November 3rd 1957 (at Green Bay)
NOV 3 (Green Bay) - "We played our best ball game this season." That was the comment of Coach Lisle Blackbourn following Sunday's home finale in which the Packers bowed to the Giants, 31-17. "It was breaks," he reflected, but quickly pointed out - "you've got to score from the one-yard line, that's when we lost the game." He referred to the fourth quarter situation when the Packers, trailing 24-17, failed to move the ball one yard for a touchdown in four tries. Blackbourn also pointed to Dick Deschaine's blocked punt in the first quarter. "You cannot afford to get punts blocked in this league." Liz had another observation. "We played well, but had a little lack of poise." He added as an afterthought. "For champions, the Giants didn't show too much poise, either." Blackbourn didn't try to alibi the loss, but did point out that at least a half a dozen of the Packers were hit by the flu bug. Guard Jim Salsbury, who suffered a sprained ankle last week against Baltimore, had to replace his replacement, Norm Amundsen, early in the game and Howie Ferguson did not even play. But then he didn't have to, the way Paul Hornung operated from fullback. The head coach also recalled (on the blocked punt) that Carlton Massey was out of the game. It was Massey's replacement who missed his block on Cliff Livingston, who batted down Deschaine's kick. Jim Lee Howell, the Giants' coach, beamed in the locker room after the game. His summation. "Breaks did it today. That game could have gone either way. Those Packers hit hard. This is the hardest we've been hit all year." He had special praise for Hornung and end Billy Howton. He called Hornung "great, really great." About Howton, he remarked. "That Howton is in a class all by himself." Howell also lauded former Packer defensive end John Martinkovic, now playing with the Giants. "Martinkovic had a real good day. As a matter of fact, he's played a couple of great games since he's been with us and in the others he's played good steady ball."
NOV 4 (Green Bay) - Rival football coaches rarely see critical developments the same way, for obvious reasons, but the New York Giants’ kingsized Jim Lee Howell and the Packers’ Liz Blackbourn were in virtual agreement upon Sunday afternoon’s game-breaker at new City Stadium. Both pinpointed the Packers’ failure to score with first down on the Giant one-yard-line in the fourth quarter. They differed slightly, however, in their appraisals of this contretemps. “That was a tie there, anyhow,” the amiable Howell conceded. “That goal line stand was terrific on our part, of course, but if the Packers had scored it would have had them back in the ball game with a tie and anything might have happened after that. The interception (run back for the Giants’ final touchdown by Emlen Tunnell) was anti-climatic.” Liz, as might be expected, was even more definite. “That’s where we lost it,” he rapped. “The Giants did not win it – we lost it there.” In his review, Howell submitted what he patently regarded as a more positive explanation for the defending world champions’ success. Indicating his hirelings had been men with a mission after absorbing a 31-14 thumping at Washington’s hands last week, Jim said, “We had to win or be out of it in the Eastern Division. We have to stay within range of Cleveland.” The Giants’ towering head man, standing in the center of a now nearly deserted dressing room, admitted he was happy to have this one behind him. “Those boys (the Packers) were really after us. That’s the hardest we’ve been hit all season,” he insisted. “There was a lot of poppin’ out there.” Paying further tribute to the Packer defense, Howell said, “They were rushing Conerly (quarterback Charlie) harder than he’s been rushed all year and our runners didn’t have any holes, either. It was a real tough ball game and we’re just grateful we won. I never did have the feeling we could contain ‘em, even when we stopped ‘em on the goal line,” Jim explained. “When the other team has fellows like Howton and Hornung around, you never feel safe, I can tell you that. Hornung played a great ball game and that Howton, he’s one of the greatest.” Had he been surprised by the running of the Packers’ Don McIlhenny? “No, I wasn’t,” Howell responded. “McIlhenny always has been a good runner, he was good in college, and he’s good now and will be better when he gains more experience. He has good speed, a good move, and he plays hard, he never slows down when he’s hit like some of these good old boys do.” How did he compare the Packers with the teams the Giants have faced? “I can’t tell the difference,” was his answer, accompanied by a significant shake of his head. “They all have looked the same to me. All of ‘em have some great boys, it just depends on who’s up. The Packers looked just as good if not better than anybody we’ve played. It makes it 
NOV 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers turned their attention today to the second half of the season with a new look, a new hope and preparation for an old and respected foe, the Chicago Bears. Green Bay's first half resulted in a two-win and four-loss record, which dropped the Pack into a first-place tie with the defending champion Bears and the talent-loaded Los Angeles Rams. Ahead of them are the skidding Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions, each with 3-3, while on top is surprising San Francisco with 5-1. Five of the six second half games will be on the road - at Chicago next Sunday, at Pittsburgh Nov. 24, at Detroit Nov. 28, and then the two on the coast. The lone "home" game will send the Rams to Milwaukee, Nov. 17. The Packers' six-game road appears extremely rocky by the way the trend has been switching in the Western Division, anything can happen. The Bears, with the same record as the Pack, still expect to make a playoff; so there's no reason why the Packers can't do the same. The feeling is quite general that the 'Frisco team will do a collapse - which is why everybody in the division still expects a playoff berth. But there's a slight catch; the expectees all must keep on winning. The key game is in Los Angeles, where the Rams must beat the 49ers for the good of everybody - except the 49ers. The Packers also face a must-win task in Chicago and they've got a new and fresh look ready - chiefly the offensive backfield, which has two rookies and two pro sophomores. That cast would be freshman fullback Paul Hornung and right halfback (slot) Ron Kramer and sophs Bart Starr, quarterback, and Don McIlhenny, left half. Oddly enough, that foursome did little exciting in the first Bear game in Green Bay Sept. 29. McIlhenny carried three times for seven yards; Hornung carried twice for a minus 10 yards; Starr completed three out of five passes for 38 yards and one interception; and Kramer caught no passes. The big backfield guns in that big 21-17 victory were Babe Parilli, with two touchdown passes and 9 completions in 17 attempts for 197 yards; Fred Cone, with 52 yards in 20 tries and one touchdown; and Al Carmichael with 50 yards in 11 tries. Just last Sunday in a losing effort against the Giants, the new-look backfield accounted tor 420 yards, including 225 by rushing, in what Coach Liz Blackbourn called "our best offensive effort." Hornung rolled up 112 yards and McIlhenny 88 - a total of 200. Incidentally, Hornung's 72-yard run in the fourth quarter tied for the third longest in Packer history. Ralph Earhart went 72 against the old Boston Yanks in 1948. Second longest was Billy Grimes' 73-yarder against the Bears in Chicago in 1950 and the longest was a 97-yard job by Andy Uram against the Chicago Cardinals in 1939. New Hope? The Packers would like a few breaks along the way - on and off the field. The bad breaks on the gridiron are almost too numerous to mention, although the Packers haven't been in the habit of making their own breaks either. Off the field, the Bays would like a let-up from the flu for the second half - starting for the Bear game. A step in that direction was taken today, as it were, as only one case was still bothersome - Bobby Dillon, the Bays' defensive specialist. Bobby lost so much weight fighting the flu in bed Thursday and Friday that he had to wear smaller football pants Sunday. Dillon likely will be ready to battle against his long-time and talented opponent, the elongated Harlon Hill. While no new flu cases were reported today, the job now is to get the former sicksters back in top-flight condition. The Bays played the Giants with at least six flu cases. Injuries? Trainer Bud Jorgensen discovered today that lightning had struck in the same place (guard) three times. Jim Salsbury injured his ankle in the Baltimore game and he wasn't supposed to play against the Giants. Early in the Giant test, Norm Amundsen was hurt and Salsbury had to be used. After the contest, it was learned that guard Al Barry, who delivered a number of key blocks, also suffered an injury.
NOV 6 (Green Bay) - This is Statistics Day. But let's look over what the Packer Defense wished the Packer Offense would do: Score! The Packer defense is listed as having allowed 162 points - worst in the league, but that's just a crying shame. During the first half of the season (six games), the Bays allowed 20 touchdowns - in the following order: Two to the Bears, three to Detroit, six to Baltimore, three to San Francisco, three to Baltimore and three to New York. Other than the first Baltimore game, which the Colts won 45-17, the Packers allowed an average of just about an even three touchdowns a game. That's good but maybe not a championship clip - unless, of course, the defense can get some help from the offense. The Packer offense has had a finger in helping Packer enemies to score via two methods: (1) By failing to score more than three touchdowns in any one game thus far and (2) by failing to control the ball. The Bay offense played four two-touchdown games and two three-touchdown tests. And it's quite noteworthy that the Bays won the two games they were able to score three TDs the first Bear game 21 to 17 and the second Colt game 24 to 21. There's more to the Defense's case. Of the 20 touchdowns scored by the enemies in the first half, 10 of them followed some goof by the offense - an interception (wayward pass), loss of ball on downs, a fumbled punt, a bad punt, and, bejabbers, a blocked punt. There were two such instances in the Detroit game, four in the first Colt game, two in the San Francisco game and two in the New York game. Against Detroit here, Jack Christiansen intercepted a Babe Parilli pass and returned 29 yards for a touchdown. The Packers lost the ball on downs at midfield and Detroit scored in 12 plays. Against Baltimore in Milwaukee, Baltimore scored in six plays after the Pack lost the ball on downs on the Packer 41, three plays from Packer 35 after short punt, 10 plays and 56 yards after intercepting a pass and three plays and 21 yards after Colts recovered fumbled punt. Against 'Frisco in Milwaukee, 49ers scored five plays after intercepted Parilli pass and nine plays after interception of another Parilli pass. Against New York, Giants scored on blocked punt and 52-yard return of intercepted pass. In addition, the Packers failed to score from the two-yard line in four plays vs. Frisco and in four plays from the one-yard stripe vs. New York. That's like giving the enemy two touchdowns right there. It's the defense's business to keep the other team from scoring - even if the offense punted on first down every time, but maybe if the Packers scored a little more than they might win a little more. No?...Five second interview with bundled-up flu-bitten Carlton Massey as he hurried from Packer clubhouse: Question - How do you feel today? Answer - I think I'll live, but that's all...Coach Liz Blackbourn is taking no chances with Max McGee, the Packers' offensive end who was so sick with the flu Sunday and ordered him to the hospital. McGee looked like a ghost yesterday after treating himself at his bachelor quarters. Max, Billy Howton and Paul Hornung have rented a house. "He'll get steady attention at the hospital," Liz said. The flu might be tapering off some today - other than McGee. And as oldtimers used to say: "A good frost will knock out a lot of sickness." Which is what the Bay area got this morning. McGee would like to enter next Sunday's Bear game in Chicago feeling well for a change. As a rookie in '54, McGee took sick (cold, fever - the flu) the night before the battle in Chicago but managed to come up with five catches with 77 yards and two touchdowns in the heart-tugging 28 to 23 loss. McGee hasn't played the Bears in Chicago since 1954, having spent the next two seasons in the Air Force...Veteran tackle Ollie Spencer was worked some at offensive right guard yesterday as a precautionary measure in case the Bays run out of guards. All three of the Packers' offensive guard are hurting some - Al Barry, Jim Salsbury and Norm Amundsen. Salsbury wasn't supposed to play at all last Sunday, but had to go in when Amundsen hurt his leg. Norm may not be able to play vs. the Bears. Spencer's shift to guard opens the way to the giant-like Carl Vereen who now is picking up the right tackle duties. Vereen has played little this season but he's been anxious. Other than the guards, the biggest injury problem for Trainer Bud Jorgensen has been fullback Howie Ferguson, who has knee and hip troubles...The Packers had a leader in National League statistics. Don McIlhenny tops the kickoff returns with an average of 32.3 yards on six returns. In another highlight, John Symank is now tied with five players, including Bobby Dillon, for third in pass interceptions. The Bays also have a "long" representative - Paul Hornung, whose 72 yard scamper against the Giants is the longest of the season thus far.
NOV 6 (Chicago Tribune) - One of the Chicago Bears who cannot be held responsible for the team's disappointing record is Bill George. George, who has been an outstanding Bear on defense for six years, is one of the favorite conversational subjects of Clark Shaughnessy, Bear defensive coach. "There is no question by that Bill is the best middle guard in the NFL," Shaughnessy declares. As if George has not had enough of a burden to carry upon his 6 foot 2 1/2 inch, 235 pound frame the last few years, he has been given additional duties by Shaughnessy in some recent Bear games. George occasionally has been relieved of his middle guard chores and sent into the defensive line at tackle to buoy up the Bears' harassment of enemy passers. "When the situation demands that our pass defense be tightened," explains Shaughnessy, "we sometimes move Stan Wallace into George's middle spot. That gives us five defensive backs in one lineup." George stayed in his middle guard position last Sunday in Los Angeles, as Shaughnessy stopped the potent Ram attack with a four man defensive line. A member of the College All-Star team in 1952, George was an All-American tackle at Wake Forest, where he also was a champion heavyweight wrestler. As the Bears' middle guard, George calls defensive signals. "I can't think of anybody I would rather have responsible for our defensive strategy on the field than George," says Shaughnessy. "Once in a while someone will tell me that Les Richter of the Rams is as good a middle guard as George. I tell you why he's not. Richter is big, tough and mean. But George is big, tough, mean and smart."
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - The Bears, you ought to know, won the Western Division title last year, with a fat 9-2-1 record, while the Packers finished with 4-8. At the moment, the Packers and Bears are tied with 2-4 marks as the two rivals prepare for their crucial test in Chicago Sunday. Going into the seventh game a year ago, the Packers had 2-4 and the Bears 5-1. The seventh game for football's oldest and bitterest rivals in 1956 also was a Packer-Bear game. The Bears won it 38-14, scoring 21 in the second quarter. Off last year's work, the Bears have made a graceful advance to the rear, as it were - from 5-1 at the halfway make to the present 2-4. The Packers are the same as a year ago, 2-4, and thus have yet to shift into a new gear after 365 days...If you like figgers with your football, the Packer-Bear comparison in the next column is quite interesting. It shows what the two clubs did during the first half of '57. Each team, according to the figures, has a few strong points. The Packers' pass defense has permitted 47.9 percent of enemy passes to be completed; the Bear defenders were nicked for 56.7. And that's a hope on our side! But look at the offense: The Bears gained 1,864 yards against the Pack's 1,608. Wait a minute! The Packers outscored the Bears in touchdowns, 14 to 12, but the Bears have more points, 111 to 107. The difference there is George Blanda, the Bears' field goal expert and QB assistant, who has booted nine three-pointers (in 15 attempts). The Pack's Fred Cone tried four and made three. And if you thought it was tough for the Packers to score from the one-yard line vs. the Giants, the Bears didn't score all day from scrimmage at Los Angeles last Sunday. Their long touchdown came on Vic Zucco's 43-yard return of a fumble. And Blanda kicked an extra point and three field goals in the Bears' 16-10 victory. But let us not say words about the Bears not scoring. They counted 80 on the Packers in the last two games in Chicago, winning 38-14 last year and 52-31 in 1955...Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn gets lots of fan mail. The real payoff was a letter postmarked "Oneida, Wis." and it still has Liz chuckling. Here's the note, apparently written by an Indian resident of Oneida: "Don't feel so bad, We lost the whole country." It was signed "Old Faithful."...The Bears report that Sunday's battle will be witnessed by 49,000 fans. More than 1,500 standing room tickets went on sale Wednesday but they'll probably be gone before today is history. That sale is a tribute to the type of football the Packers and Bears play. The 2-4 records of the two clubs don't mean a thing to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Phan and, besides, the Packers and Bears still think they can get a piece of that playoff melon...How important is halfback Willie Galimore to the Bear attack? Frank Korch, Bear publicist, gave the following answer before the Bear-Ram game in LA last week: "We didn't have him much for the first three games and we lost. And we didn't have him for the entire game last week (Frisco) and we lost. With Galimore around, we don't have to throw 
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - Do you realize it’s been 22 years since the Packers beat the Bears twice in the same year? You’re heard of jinxes and black cats and all that sort of baloney. This double-win stonewall has gone beyond that. It’s like a way of November life up here; if the Packers beat the Bears in September in Green Bay, the Bears just automatically win in Chicago in November. It’s been going on that way for about two thirds of a generation, which Webster lists as 33 years. The Bears haven’t found it that tough – to beat the Packers twice in the same season. They did it nine times, the latest being in 1956 – 37 to 21 in Green Bay and 38-14 in Chicago. The last time Green Bay handled the Bears twice in the same campaign was in 1935. The Pack won the opener in Green Bay, 7-0, with Don Hutson, then a rookie, scoring the touchdown on the first play of the game. They took the nightcap in Chicago, with Don Hutson scoring a touchdown in the last minute to win 17-14. That, of course, is ancient history to the present crop of players. Paul Hornung, 21, wasn’t born until a month after that game while Fred Cone, 31, was just learning advanced arithmetic in grade school in Pineapple, Ala. The average Packer, about 25, wasn’t even in school. Yet the Packer-Bear game has become a great tradition in pro football – as new players come up each year and quickly sense an arch enemy. The Packers and Bears will be meeting for the 79th time in Chicago Sunday, and the Bears lead in victories with 46. The Bays won 26 and six games ended in ties. The Packers have had only seven chances to beat the Bears twice in the same year since 1935 – in 1939, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1955 and 1957. In those years, the Packers won the opener in Green Bay but the Bears managed to shut the door in the Chicago nightcap in six of those seasons. No. 7 is next Sunday. The 1957 Packers get one of seven big chances in the last 22 years. Will this be the team that (1) creates a bit of extra-special history and (2) keeps alive a championship chance despite a 2-4 record?...The Packers’ chances of reliving the 2-0 of ’35 looked a little better today as Max McGee reported “feeling good.” McGee was one of five who came down with the flu last weekend, damaging the Packers’ strength for the New York Giants. He spent Tuesday and Wednesday in the hospital and came forth into the open air yesterday. He was due to take his first workout today. McGee might be worrying the Bears some. Uncle George and Uncle Paddy no doubt remember that Max caught five for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Chicago in 1954. McGee was sick that day, with a fever and cold. He was in service the next two years. If McGee doesn’t bounce back Sunday, his end position likely will be filled by Joe Johnson, the veteran who caught so many clutch passes in relief roles along the way last year. The entire Packer cast will be in good condition for battlin’ the Bears with the possible exception of guard Norm Amundsen and fullback Howie Ferguson. Amundsen hurt his knee last Sunday and Ferguson has various injuries. Injured Jim Salsbury has been running good…The former Marquette star, Ron Drzewiecki, is playing under the great Willie Galimore. Ron, who played under Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn at MU, is fresh out of the Army. He carried five times against Los Angeles and gained 11 yards. Rick Casares and Galimore have been the Bear workhorses with 153 carries between ‘em for 595 yards, with Casares getting 306 in 90 tries. Bobby Watkins lugged 24 times for 67 yards, Ed Brown 19 for 52. It’s been quite a spell since anybody but Harlon Hill led the Bears in pass catching. But the figures right now show Jim Dooley in front with 22 catches for 311 yards. Hill has 18 for 405 and, mind you, Casares caught 10 for 154 yards. Galimore nailed 7, Bill McColl 6, Watkins and Perry Jeter 2 each, and Drzewiecki 1. The Bears had intercepted seven passes in the first six games, with Vic Zucco’s two being tops. Hansen, Smith, Moore, Johnson and Wallace each stole one. The Bears scored 38 of their 111 points in the first quarter, 30 in the second, 20 in the third and 23 in the fourth. Bear opponents nailed 17 in the first quarter, 24 in the second, 38 in the third and 41 in the fourth. Incidentally, when Don McIlhenny ran 40 yards for that touchdown against the Giants in the third period it was the Packers’ first points in that quarter this league season…BRIEFS: Tackle Dave Hanner got a Wyatt Earp Buntline Special in the mail the other day. It was from “Hugh O’Brien, Hollywood, Calif.,” but Dave suspects some of his buddies. “I’m not naming names,” Dave snickered yesterday…Speaking about guns, Fred Cone had a neat looking .22 rifle with him in the clubhouse yesterday. Bear hunting?...Paul Hornung is using some of his spare time selling cars for House of Ryan…The Packers, along with the rest of us, got our first good look at ’57 snow today. Nope, it didn’t phase Packer practice one bit. In fact, Texan John Symank, who played football in Florida, said yesterday: “Wish it would snow!”
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo, the Packers’ all-time ground gainer, has been named to the major league football hall of fame. Selection of Canadeo, along with four other NFL stars of the past and present, was announced today by the Helms Athletic Foundation, founder of the football shrine. Accompanying the erstwhile Gray Ghost of Gonzaga into the hall were Lou Groza of the Cleveland Browns and Elroy Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams, both still active; and the Detroit Lions’ Doak Walker (1950-55) and the Chicago Bears’ Ed Sprinkle (1944-55)…JOINED PACK IN ’41: Canadeo wore Packer silks from 1941 through 1944 and again from 1946 through 1952 after completing a tour of duty with an Army tank battalion in Germany. During that span, the silver-thatched linebuster ground out 4,006 yards, third highest total in NFL history, in 960 attempts for an average of 4.2. Blessed with fine speed and deceptive power, the 6-foot, 190-pound “Ghost” also was a defensive standout. In 1949, Canadeo galloped for 1,052 yards, gaining an all-time second in the record book. Unfortunately for Tony, the all-time record of 1,146 was made the same season by Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles…SIX OTHER PACKERS: Tony, who played 11 years for the Packers, was an all-league choice in 1943 by the Associated Press and a United Press selection in 1949. Canadeo joins six other Packer greats in the hall of fame. The others are former head coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, Johnny Blood, Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle, Cal Hubbard and Don Hutson. A total of 37 players now have been named to the hall in addition to coaches George Halas, Steve Owen, Greasy Neale and Lambeau and Joe F. Carr, first NFL president, who is listed in the “contributor” category.
NOV 8 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will play their 78th game Sunday in Wrigley field, and a lad fresh out of Notre Dame may have a lot to say about the outcome. Paul Hornung, 1956 Irish backfield star, was to have been a halfback under original Packer plans. But injuries forced Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, to use him a reserve quarterback the first part of the season. Last Sunday, against the New York Giants, more adjustments became necessary, and Hornung was started at fullback. He responded by gaining 112 yards in 16 carries, including a spectacular 72 yard run. "We don't know where we'll play Paul against the Bears," Blackbourn said yesterday by telephone. "He gives us fine insurance at quarterback, although he's not a top flight passer. But as a running back, he's terrific." If Howie Ferguson recovers from a knee injury sufficiently to permit his return at fullback, Hornung probably will revert to his early season role as third string quarterback behind Bart Starr and Babe Parilli. "But you can bet he won't stay on the bench long," Blackbourn asserted. "He's far too valuable." Ron Kramer, the standout rookie from Michigan, is doing a good job as the Packers' regular slot man, Blackbourn said. Last Sunday's opening Green Bay backfield consisted of Starr, Kramer, Hornung, and Don McIlhenny. "The combination worked fine," Blackbourn declared. "But we never know what we're going to do. The flu bug won't let us along, you know. We had five down with fly for the Giants game. We've had Max McGee, offensive end, in the hospital all week. If he isn't ready by Sunday, we'll have to use Joe Johnson to team with Bill Howton at end."
NOV 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Just a little thinking out loud - First, about a couple of changes in pro football operation to be sought by Commissioner Bert Bell. The first and most important has to do with 
hard on the coaches,” Jim grinned, “but it’s really a great league. If somebody would just beat Cleveland in our division, everything will be all right.”…In no mood to mince words, Blackbourn declared, “We should have won this one by three touchdowns.” Conceding the Giants were “a very fine team all around,” he charged off the day’s disappointment to “those silly bad breaks” as much as that goal line failure. “We had a punt blocked for one touchdown and an interference penalty gave them another,” he pointed out. “You just can’t have those things. You shouldn’t get punts blocked – and you’ve got to score from the one-yard line.” A possible factor on that ill-fated punt, Liz explained, might have been the absence of Carlton Massey, a regular member of the punting unit. “We had Massey out of there on that play because he’s had the flu,” Liz said. He declined to disclose who had replaced him. At the same time, Liz gave his athletes an unqualified “A” for effort. “I think they all played a real good game,” he declared. “It’s the most consistent effort we’ve had. Oh, our team’s improving.” In this connection he noted with satisfaction, “We ran a little today, didn’t we?” This observation moved him to music. “If the Giants hadn’t lost that game last week, we’d have won this one pretty handily.” Resolutely consigning these matters to the past, Liz sighed, “I hope the flu is over with for us. McGee, Dillon, Petitbon, Forester and Massey all have been troubled with it,” he reported, in answer to a question. “And when we lost Norm Amundsen early with an injury, we had to play Salsbury. We had no intention of playing him. Dillon should not have played, actually.” At this point, Line Coach Lou Rymkus interposed, “Considering the flu and the injuries, the kids played a great ball game, Liz. They gave it all they had.” Blackbourn seconded the motion. “I don’t see how they could play a ball game,” he said…The players shared their coaching staff’s unhappiness over that fourth quarter misfire on the goal line but, aside from that, they were generally satisfied with their efforts. Their only quarrel was with the final score. “It doesn’t seem right to go all the way down to the one and not score,” Al Barry glumly confided to locker partners Ollie Spencer and Jim Salsbury in the buzzing dressing room. Spencer, the Bays’ holler guy, was busy analyzing the situation as a whole. “You know, if we’d played this way all year, we would be 5-1 now,” he declared, “or at least 4-2.” Further down the line, Bill (Bubba) Forester disclaimed full credit for forcing the fumble that produced the Packers’ last scoring chance. “Tom Bettis got him good,” he said. “I think he hit him first.” Admitting that he and his mates had been rocking the Giants with abandon, Bubba said simply, “We wanted it bad.” In another corner, big Carl Vereen still didn’t know who had rabbit-punched him in a second quarter incident. “He (it was the Giants’ Bill Svoboda) knocked me out, I could not see a thing,” the 6-foot, 6-inch rookie giant volunteered, adding ruefully, “I’ve got a big lump back there. I guess he thought I blocked him late. Truth is, I don’t know whether I did or not.” “Trouble with me is,” he said with a smile, “my neck’s so long, part of it shows below my helmet and if I ever get one back there, I’m out.”…SAD SPECTATOR: Gary Knafelc, the Packer end recuperating from recent knee surgery, didn’t relish his role as a spectator on the Packer bench. Gary, sitting it out for the first time “since I was a sophomore in high school when I had a busted leg,” said, “It’s terrible, I never realized how much I would miss playing until now.”…NO HELP: A resounding and repeated chorus of boos, occasioned by an interference ruling that gave the Giants possession on the Packer three-yard line just before the half, caused Referee Bill Downes to suspend play twice because the Giants couldn’t hear quarterback Charlie Conerly’s signals, but the interruptions only delayed the inevitable. It may have rattled Conerly on first down, but on second he found Ken MacAfee in the end zone for the Giants’ third touchdown…’BENCH WARMERS’: Three regular members of St. Norbert College’s unbeaten cast, Touchdown Twins Norm Jarock and Bill Van Lanen and tackle Jerry Johnson, rode the bench for the first time this season. The Knight stars, who have been key figures in the Knights’ drive to seven straight victories, were guests of the Packers. One of them, Johnson, already has been drafted for 1958 delivery…TAKING NO CHANCES: The Chicago Bears made sure they will have a complete book on the Packers for next Sunday’s rematch in the Windy City. Veteran Walter Halas headed a three-man Bear delegation diagramming Packer maneuvers…BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY: The undefeated Ripon College Redmen and their coach, Jerry Thompson, attended the game in a body. Although planned for some time, the excursion was in the nature of a reward for the Redmen, who claimed sole title to the Midwest Conference lead with a 40-19 blasting of Carleton just 24 hours earlier…POST-HALLOWEEN TREAT: A total of 350 Press-Gazette carrier boys were guests of the newspaper at the game. They were the second P-G delegation so honored. The first group, in excess of 400 young “businessmen”, attended the Detroit game Oct. 6…COMMAND PERFORMANCE: The Packerettes, 40 majorettes strong, repeated their recent Milwaukee performance between halves by request – for an appreciative “house”. Also accorded an enthusiastic reception were Drum Majorette Mary Jane Van Duyse and the acrobatic Karsten family, featured in that earlier television appearance with the Packerettes. Yesterday’s performance, supported as always by the Packer Lumberjack band, also was TV’d regionally.
NOV 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - "In my years of coaching, I've had many a team stop running just when I needed it most. But it didn't run out of offense, it was just clogged." That, in effect, was Coach Lisle Blackbourn's explanation for the Packers' defeat by the New York Giants here Sunday. With first down on the Giants' one yard line and trailing by one touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the Packers ran out of "flogen". They could not punch the ball over. "That's when we lost the ball game," Blackbourn said. "It wasn't when they won it. This (the defeat) is the worst to take I've had in my life. The team played so well. And to lose it..." His words trailed off. Two factors accounted for the Giants' victory, he said. "Our failure to score was one and that blocked punt was the other. In this league, you just can't have blocked punts," the coach said. "This was our best running of this year. The whole team played well. I hope the flu's over," Blackbourn said. Five Packers went into the game still troubled by flu. They were Don McIlhenny, Bobby Dillon, Jon Petitbon, Bill Forester and Carlton Massey. Massey was removed from the lineup on the blocked punt because of his illness and it was through his position that Cliff Livingston came roaring in to block Dick Deschaine's boot. The Packers also were hurt in the guard department. Norm Amundson injured his knee early in the game and his place was taken by Jim Salsbury, who had suffered a sprained ankle a week before in Baltimore. "I hadn't even planned to use Salsbury," Blackbourn said. "But it couldn't be avoided." Amundson's injury was not believed serious enough to keep him out of next Sunday's game with the Bears in Chicago. "We're improving," Blackbourn said. "If we can just get over these silly bad breaks." Jim Lee Howell, the Giant coach, agreed with Blackbourn about the breaks. "The team that gets the breaks in this league will win," he said. "We got them today." As for rating the teams in the league, Howell remarked, "I can't tell one team from another. They're all good, they're all tough, they all can beat you. The league is producing good football, but it's hard on the coaches." Howell did say, however, that the Packers played "harder" football against the Giants than any other team had this year. "They were hitting awfully hard out there," he said. "As long as the Packer have Howton, they'll have a good team." Three brief fistic flurries enlivened action in the second quarter. Fred Cone and Bill Svoboda squared off in one but parted patting each other. Carl Vereen and Andy Robustelli also squared off. And then, as though they had been in an elimination tournament, Svoboda and Vereen got into a scuffle. Sam Huff and Ron Kramer renewed a feud begun in the college all-star game in Chicago. Kramer then tried to unscrew Huff's helmet. "The Packer hurt us with their long runs," Howell said. "Hornung looked great on the wide stuff and McIlhenny will become better. He's got good speed, a good movement and could become a real good back."
NOV 5 (Green Bay) - Still trying to score from the one-yard line? So are the Packers and yours truly. But we have it on good authority that the goal line series can't be replayed; the Giants won't return here; and the new City Stadium season is closed barring a playoff or some such good fortune. Seriously, the Packers scored 24 points in the fourth quarter against the Colts; they were blanked in the fourth quarter against the Giants here Sunday. But the Bays' opposition in that period was composed of the most wonderful and most horrible set of circumstances we ever had the pleasure and displeasure of seeing. Looking at these fourth quarter rights and wrongs: (1) The Packers had the ball for 27 plays in the final 15 minutes; the Giants only 12 - which is better than 2 to 1. (2) The Packers lost the ball on downs three times - on the one-yard line, on the Giant 36 and on the Packer 34 as time ran weak. (3) The Packers forced the Giants to punt twice. (4) The Packers recovered a Giant fumble. (5) The Packers worked a 72-yard push from scrimmage, with Paul Hornung legging it. (6) The Packers made a first down and then needlessly gave it away, Ron Kramer catching a pass on the Giant 30 for the first down and then fumbling on an attempted lateral out of bounds back on
the 36. (7) The Packers drew two 15-yard penalties for clipping, the second of which nullified Bobby Dillon's 20-yard punt return to the Giant 30, thus setting the ball back to the Pack 47. To sum it up, the Packers outplayed the Giants in the fourth frame but losing the ball on downs twice in Giant territory - within five minutes - gummed it all up. That was the time for the Packers to score, tie up the game, and go out and win. Starting on the Giant one-yard line with 13:20 left in the game, there were 13 plays (why does it always have to be 13) run off - 12 by the Packers. Here's how it went (chart to the right). The Packers had plenty of time to come back but the Giants, getting reprieves like the two above, wore away time with eight running plays and a missed field goal attempt. What's more, it looked as if the Packers were tiring, the result of scattered flu cases and nothing else. The fact that the Giants scored in the last minute was like salting that cut your finger.
NOV 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, was asked Tuesday, "Why can't the Packers score from the one yard line?" "If I knew," he said, "I'd correct it." Twice in the last three Sunday, Green Bay's pro football team has had first down on the other side's one yard line and failed to score. "We may have to make a few changes," Blackbourn said. In personnel or in strategy? "Probably both." The Packers failed from the one yard in four stabs at the middle against San Francisco here two weeks ago. The same thing happened again against the New York Giants, NFL champions, in Green Bay Sunday. Babe Parilli was at quarterback for the four plays against San Francisco. He tried three quarterback sneaks and handed off to Howie Ferguson for a plunge straight ahead on the fourth. Bart Starr was at quarterback Sunday. He tried two sneaks himself and handed off to rookie Paul Hornung for two plunges straight ahead. The Packers lost both games. The failure was especially costly against the Giants, for a touchdown then, in the fourth quarter, would have tied the score. In between the two games, the Packers got close to the Colts' goal three times in Baltimore. Twice Hornung was sent in at quarterback and twice he drove into the end zone for touchdowns. The other time, Starr was at quarterback and the Packers had to settle for a field goal. The Packers won that game. Why, then, Blackbourn was asked, wasn't Hornung at quarterback for the "push" against New York? "Well," the coach said, "he wasn't in there to start with because he had just got away on that 72 yard run and needed a rest. Then I put him in at fullback in place of Cone. I thought he could dive it from fullback. Paul didn't play quarterback at all Sunday. We needed him so badly at fullback with Ferguson out." Did New York's like outcharge Green Bay's? "I''ll say it did," Blackbourn said. "Otherwise, a fat man could make that yard." It was pointed out that three times the Giants reached Green Bay's three yard line and that they passed for a touchdown with time running out in the first half, ran wide for a touchdown once and ran wide and lost yardage and had to settle for a field goal once. "I don't believe in running wide in that situation," Blackbourn said. "We've always gone in before and we should have gone in this time. Our ball carriers were too eager, too. Instead of slanting off linemen, they ran smack into them. Some teams try to pull a quick one as a fooler in there. Sometimes it works. But sometimes they catch themselves big losses and are out of the touchdown picture altogether. The percentage is with just punching it over. I feel that way and I think you'll find most coaches would agree. When you're that close, you ought to be able to make that yard on a simple play. Amen."
NOV 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers gained 410 yards Sunday against the Giants. It was their best offensive showing in 13 league games. But the Bays couldn't punch across the one yard which was needed most - the yard which prevented them from tying pro football's defending champions. It brought back haunting memories of the 49er game two weeks ago in Milwaukee. On a similar first down and one yard to go situation, Green Bay couldn't do it. Liz Blackbourn, recalling that nothing like this has happened in all his days of coaching, Monday explained it this way. "Our ball carriers were too eager. Instead of slanting off linemen they ran smack into them. And that Giant line outcharged us on every one of those four plays." When asked if an old pro like Tobin Rote would have scored, Blackbourn emphatically said "yes". "The experienced quarterback has that play down pat," Liz said. "The only thing we can do now is change our strategy when we get down there." Blackbourn wouldn't reveal just what changes would be made. We also asked Blackbourn why Paul Hornung wasn't used as a quarterback in this situation. In Baltimore he scored twice on quarterback sneaks against the best defensive line in the business."When Hornung completed that 72 yard run he was exhausted," Blackbourn explained. "We took him out so he could get his breath. Fred Cone got two yards on the next play and that pass interference gave us first down on their one. We sent Hornung back in place of Cone and then well, you know the rest." If it weren't for those frustrating moments, Green Bay played its best game of the season. Starr, improving by the game, was especially sharp, completing 11 out of 27 passes for 185 yards. The Packers fused a running game, too. Hornung, taking over for the injured Ferguson, picked up 112 yards in 16 carries. Don McIlhenny sprinted 88 in 14 attempts. "McIlhenny's our fastest runner," Blackbourn said. "Their defense was caught out of position on his 40-yard touchdown run. He got the right block to spring loose and once he got out he was gone." Five Packers went into the game still fighting the flu. They were Bobby Dillon, John Petitbon, Bill Forester, Carlton Massey and Max McGee. "Dillon lost so much weight this week that he had to change from a size 32 pants to 30," Blackbourn explained. "I hated to use McGee, but we were really short on ends with Knafelc out. McGee was vomiting on the sideline every time he came out. And Massey never should have started." Massey was removed prior to Dick Deschaine's blocked punt, which resulted in New York's first touchdown. "That blocked punt was partly responsible because Massey's replacement missed his assignment and partly because Deschaine took too much time," Blackbourn said. It was the first time in a league game that Deschaine has had a punt blocked. It affected his toe thereafter and he wound up with his lowest average ever - 32 yards. Blackbourn praised former Packer John Martinkovic for playing "his usual good game." But as Liz pointed out, "I would still trade him to the Giants today. He plays only one position while Massey can play either as a defensive end or a halfback. I'm real satisfied with our defensive ends." Blackbourn said the draft choice he got for Martinkovic would not be one of those picked in the early draft meeting in Philadelphia December 2. And speaking of that draft, Liz said, "I haven't really decided on whom we would go after. I presume our first pick would be a good running back."
NOV 5 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell says he will propose to owners of the NFL clubs, at their annual meeting in January, that two more teams be added to the league. In announcing this today, Bell said that even if his proposal were accepted, it was doubtful that the new additions would be able to compete before the 1960 season. Bell said the owners would be the ones to choose the new member cities, but his personal choices were Buffalo and Louisville. He said both had indicated they would double deck existing stadiums and would provide ample parking facilities. In addition, said Bell, "Buffalo has already shown it is a good football town." Buffalo had a team in the old All-America conference which was absorbed by the National league. The commissioner previously said he didn't want the league expanded from its present 12 team setup until all the present members were somewhat equal in personnel and ability. His criteria has been that the last place teams should be able to win at least three games in their 12 game schedule. So far this year, no team has won less than two of its six games. "The way it is now," said Bell, "any team is capable of beating any other. They all have good material." Providing personnel for the proposed two new entries would be among the biggest problem facing the league and one, he said, that makes it improbably a new entry will participate before 1960. If the proposal for two new entries is accepted at the annual meeting and player draft in January, then the teams would have to be accepted and franchises formally awarded. That would rule out their participating in the 1958 draft.
NOV 6 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell said Tuesday he feels conditions are right for expansion of the NFL to 14 teams. Bell said he would propose the expansion at the annual NFL meeting in January, 1958. He said no specific cities have been lined but he personally favored the addition of Buffalo and Louisville. Bell, for the past several years, has said the league should expand when its present teams reach a point of fairly equal personnel and ability. By this criteria, he said, the last place teams should be able to win at least three or four games in their 12-game schedule. So far this year, with six games played by each team, no team has won less than two games. Bell said both Louisville and Buffalo were ready with double deck stadiums to accommodate large crowds and that both would have sufficient parking space to make it easy for persons to attend games. Lack of easy access to the Polo Grounds was one reason given by the New York Giants baseball team for their transfer to San Francisco. On the matter of playing personnel, Bell said he felt the two new entries should be given draft rights. It appeared unlikely these teams, if selected in January, would be able to participate in the 1958 draft. Therefore, said Bell, it was unlikely any new entries would be in the league before 1960. He said this was because in a one year period of drafting and buying players a new team would not acquire sufficient personnel to make a representative showing. Players drafted in 1959 could be loaned to other league teams for a year.
every time we're in trouble because he's the breakaway guy. He's the one who makes outside stuff go. He complements Casares (fullback Rick) and makes our running game effective."...The Packers had a little of that going last Sunday, Don McIlhenny's skip running making fullback Paul Hornung's belting more effective and vice versa...Ollie Spencer, who came here as a tackle from Detroit, continued to work some at offensive right guard in workouts yesterday and today. Spencer is being pressed into service there because of a shortage of able-bodied guards. Al Barry, Norm Amundsen and Jim Salsbury are all ailing. Moving into Spencer's position is long Carl Vereen, who could possibly get his best test of the season. Unless he perks up today or Friday, fullback Howie Ferguson may miss his second straight game. The big veteran has been bothered by numerous injuries. Hornung worked in his position Sunday. Missing again from practice yesterday was offensive end Max McGee, who is sweating out the flu in the hospital.
NOV 7 (Chicago Tribune) - "I wouldn't trade our player personnel or our coaching staff for that of any other club in the NFL." So declared George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, at the second 1957 luncheon meeting of the Bears Alumni Fan club yesterday noon in the Sherman hotel. "When you've won only two games and lost four, the tendency is to panic," Halas told his 300 listeners in the Bernard Shaw room. "But we are not going to panic. This is the same Bear organization that won the western division title last year. We can do it again by winning the rest of our games." Halas laughed when asked by a questioner whether he thought it possible for the Bears to catch the San Francisco 49ers, the current divisional leaders with a 5-1 record. "Beginning next Sunday, the 49ers must play, in succession, Los Angeles, Detroit, Baltimore and New York. All those games are away from home. I expect them to lose three out of the four." Luke Johnsos, Bear offensive coach, paid tribute to the team's defense and its defensive coach, Clark Shaughnessy. "If the offense had been half as good as the defense," Johnsos said, "we wouldn't have lost a game." Johnsos said he could not pinpoint a reason for the Bears' dearth of offensive punch. Asked how many points the Bear offensive platoon would score if it were to be matched against the Bear defensive unit, Johnsos replied: "If we were lucky enough to get to the 30 yard line, we'd get three. George Blanda would kick a field goal." In response to a query, "Do you have any suggestion for Coach Ray Richards of the Cardinals?" Johnsos said: "Yes, I do have a suggestion. Ray is a very fine fellow and a good friend. I think he should pray real hard."
NOV 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - One of the most determined players in the NFL may be all washed up. Howie Ferguson, who is described by Liz Blackbourn as the hardest hitting runner he has ever coached, is injured almost beyond repair. Fergy's knees have all but given out. "When he gets on the training table, it's a discouraging sight," Blackbourn said. "Bud Jorgenson (Packer trainer) asks him where it hurts and he answers, 'all over'." Besides those banged up knees, Howie is a body bruised from head to toe. If Ferguson has to call it quits, it will be a dirty shame. Here's the guy who came up the hard way, the player who never had a chance at college football, the real pro who earned respect in the NFL by placing second in the league with 859 yards in 1955. Ferguson was told surgery wasn't necessary after he was racked up last season. But it wasn't long before those knees were giving out. It was only because of sheer guts he picked up 74 yards, his best performance this season, against the 49ers two weeks ago...STARR WINDS UP: Who said Bart Starr can't throw a long pass? The Alabama flipper spiraled a 30 yard pitch smack into Bill Howton's mitts and the Rice redhead went that-away - the touchdown play covering 77 yards. Starr hit seven difference receivers. Howton was the best target, grabbing four for 11 yards. Ron Kramer caught two and Fred Cone, Paul Hornung, Max McGee, Don McIlhenny and Frank Purnell one apiece. When McIlhenny romped 40 yards for a touchdown, it marked the first time this season the Packers scored in the third period...QUITE A DIFFERENCE: Starr couldn't punch over the tying touchdown on two quarterback sneaks in the fourth quarter. But the next time the Bays got the ball, Bart picked up a first down on a fourth down and one yard to go play on the Giant 43. Any resemblance between the Giant defense on its one and the same unit on it 43 was like night and day.
them." Korch said 1,500 standing room tickets went on sale Wednesday and should be gobbled up by Thursday. The game will be televised over WXIX, Milwaukee starting at 1:05. The Packers defeated the Bears, 21-17, in a real humdinger of an opener at Green Bay. It proved to be a costly loss for the Bruins, one which claimed the services of center George Strickland and halfback Ronnie Knox. Strickland was out three weeks with a shoulder separation. Knox claims he was viciously beaten up on a kickoff return. Knox has since been suspended and is presently in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from that "brutal play", as Harvey puts its. Ron Drzewiecki, released from the service three weeks ago, has replaced Knox. Drzewiecki's rise to fame in his freshman year with the Bears was returning punts and kickoffs. Drzewiecki joined the Bears when they went west two weeks ago and has returned three kickoffs for 62 yards against the Rams and 49ers. The former Marquette star also has been used as an offensive halfback for the first time with the Bears. Rick Casares, sixth ranked in the league, continues to pace the Bruin ground attack with 306 yards in 90 carries for a 3.4 yard average. Rookie Willie Galimore, who suffered bruised ribs in the 49er scrap, is moving again. He has compiled 289 yards. The improving Packers are finally capable of springing some surprises on the ground, too. Bonus plum Paul Hornung is the biggest threat. Hornung has picked up 225 yards in 35 carries for a 6.4 yard average. His 72-yard spring against the Giants last Sunday is a league record for the season. Don McIlhenny, the Packers' fastest man, played his best game against the Giants. He's the league's best kickoff returner, with a 32.1 yard average. McIlhenny is also the clubs' third best runner with 106 yards for a 3.5 yard average. Coach Liz Blackbourn will probably start one of the youngest offensive backfields in the league against the Bears. Sophomores Bart Starr and McIlhenny and rookies Hornung and Ron Kramer are the likely starters. On paper the Bears have a better passing and running attack than the Packers. In fact, Chicago's passing is the best in the league. This will be the 78th renewal of a rivalry dating back to 1921. The Bears lead the series, 45 to 26 with six ties.
NOV 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers can expect little cooperation from the Chicago Bears' defense when they resume their long NFL rivalry in Wrigley Field Sunday. In the West Coast trip just completed, the Bears permitted San Francisco and Los Angeles 31 points between them. This compares quite favorably with the total of 70 points allowed the same opponents by Detroit's supposedly superior defense. The Bears split, losing to San Francisco, 21-17, and beating Los Angeles, 16-10. The Bear defense actually gave up only one touchdown on the coast. Two others were scored on a kickoff return and an interception. An interception set up a third. The Bear offense last Sunday rather resembled the Packers'. While Green Bay couldn't score with first down on the one yard line for the second time in three games, the Bears couldn't score a touchdown from scrimmage, period. Once, the Bears had first down on the Los Angeles two. Their fourth down play resulted in a fumble back to the 12. Again, they had first down on the six and Willie Galimore fumbled. Again, they were inside the 10 and George Blanda's field goal from the 11 hit the goal post and bounced back...Paul Hornung's 72 yard run for Green Bay against New York last Sunday is the longest from scrimmage of the NFL season...QUICK QUOTES: George Wilson, Detroit coach, after his Lions kicked a field goal against San Francisco with fourth down on the one yard line: "Every time we get inside the 20, we have to score some points. That's why I ordered the field goal."...George Halas, Bears' owner: "I might trade records, but I wouldn't trade the Bear players or coaches with any other club in the league. San Francisco has been lucky. Beginning next Sunday, the 49ers must play, in succession, Los Angeles, Detroit, Baltimore and New York. All those games are away from home. I expect them to lose three out of the four."...Wally Cruice, Green Bay scout: "I hadn't seen Earl Morrall (Pittsburgh quarterback) since the all-star game a year ago. What a change. He's had a year and a half of pro football and the teaching has sunk in. He knows what to do back there - when to throw bullets, when to loft it and let his ends run under the ball, everything."...Frank Albert, San Francisco coach, speaking of Y.A. Tittle after the Detroit game: "I've seen quite a few quarterbacks but never a day like this one."...Luke Johnsos, Bears' coach on offense: "If the offense played as well as the defense, we wouldn't have lost a game. I don't know whether we're trying too hard or not trying hard enough."
NOV 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The word from Chicago Wednesday was that the largest Wrigley Field crowd of the season - 49,000 plus - will be on hand Sunday to see pro football's old grudge foes, the Packers and Bears. Neither team has been any ball of fire this year. Both have identical (2-4) records and are three games behind San Francisco with six games to play. "But it happens every time," Bear Publicitor Frank Korch was saying Wednesday. "Every time these two teams play everybody wants to see
putting a deadline, probably early September, on trading off future draft choices for talent immediately available. It's a step in the right direction to be sure. But why not go all the way and put a complete end to the practice that has been growing by leaps and bounds? Despite the fact that dealing in futures has worked out beneficially for one of the have-nots on occasion, there is no reason to believe it promotes, over the long haul, the balanced competition all concerned presumably seek and should seek. A much better plan would be force all clubs to give up their surplus talent at cutdown time each year. Thus they would not be in position to turn such surplus into more surplus the next year via rival clubs' draft choices. Then all would be assured of the same number of newcomers each season. There is another angle that nobody should overlook. Pro football have been under the gun on the draft itself in recent congressional investigations. The charge: A prospective pro leaguer has no freedom of choice and can't sell his services to the highest bidder under the present talent distribution system. Trading players long before their identities are revealed certainly does nothing to clear up the already dim view of the situation. Bell also will throw an expansion plan into the hopper at the league meeting in January. If it is accepted, two teams will be added to make it a 14 team league by 1960. Nothing terrific there is on the surface. The only question that pops is What about the schedule arrangement? Two divisions are necessary for championship playoff purposes. But what will happen to inter-divisional play during the regular season? Te trend is toward more of that. But how can it come about if they play home and home in each division? The ideal, of course, would be a complete round robin each season. It's doubtful that anyone would go for it unless baseball's post-season minor league playoff system is adopted. Come to think of it, that's the way the NHL does it. So maybe the footballers will wind up the top four clubs fighting it our for THE title too. Wouldn't that be something?
NOV 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - The handicappers figure the Chicago Bears will get even with the Green Bay Packers at Wrigley Field Sunday. Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, was not conceding, nor was he particularly optimistic Friday. "I'm afraid the Bears may be ready to roll," he said. "They usually do this time of the year, especially in Wrigley Field. I feel that our boys have played three real good ball games in a row. How will we do Sunday? I really don't know. It all depends on how we play. We've improved in the last few games, but so have most of the other teams." The Packers will hardly be at full strength for the NFL game which matches Western Division rivals with 2-4 records. Max McGee, first string end since Gary Knafelc's knee gave out for the season, spent two days in a hospital with flu complications. He will make the trip to Chicago but handyman Joe Johnson probably will play in his place. The interior lineman situation is also distressing. Guards Norm Amundsen and Jim Salsbury have knee and ankle troubles, respectively. Amundsen may be done for the season. Salsbury replaced him last Sunday due to necessity and made it through the game but came down with flu this week. Oliver Spencer, tackle, has been tried at guard this week. He will work there in emergency and rookies Carl Vereen and Norm Masters then holding forth as the only tackles on attack. Then, too, fullback Howie Ferguson will not play again. His knees may be finished. He is battered elsewhere, too. Blackbourn, then, will go with his very young backfield - rookies Paul Hornung at fullback and Ron Kramer at slot halfback and second year man Bart Starr at quarterback and Don McIlhenny at running halfback. Against the Giants last Sunday, Hornung and McIlhenny gave Green Bay surprising running strength. Blackbourn hopes they keep up it up. Starr has shown steady progress as Tobin Rote's replacement but still lacks the consistency the coach is seeking. Bill Howton, long distance scoring threat, will be at the end as usual. The Bears reported a sellout (49,000 fans plus) and that they were in "good shape" to get even for the 21-17 licking the Packers hung on them in the opener at Green Bay. Chicago suffered two other 21-17 defeats, both at San Francisco's hands. The Bears' high powered offense has lacked octane, failing to produce a touchdown in last Sunday's 16-10 victory over Los Angeles, the only team they have beaten. The Bears gained enough yardage against the Rams. It was just that when they got in close they would fumble or foul up. Harlon Hill also dropped three touchdown passes. That is not normal procedure.
NOV 9 (Chicago Tribune) - Chicago's Bears and the Green Bay Packers focused attention on the weather yesterday as they concluded final vigorous drills for their 78th meeting tomorrow in Wrigley field. Both teams hope for a dry field to help offenses which have not been as potent as expected. The Packers would like to have ideal ball handling conditions for their pass attack quarterback Bart Starr to Bill Howton, and the Bears need similar advantages for their attack built largely around the passing of Zeke Bratkowski and Ed Brown and the receiving of Harlon Hill, Bill McColl and Jim Dooley. Ground crews at Wrigley field, anticipating the touch of winter, threw a protective cover over the girdiron on Thursday and are ready to guarantee the old rivals solid footing when they kick off at 1:05 tomorrow afternoon. The anxiety develops, however, over what in the way of weather might blow in after the huge tarpaulin has been removed from the field. Green Bay is due in the city tonight, following its final drill up north this morning. Word from the Packer headquarters indicates that Howie Ferguson, Green Bay's great fullback, still is too much of an invalid to be counted upon and that Paul Hornung, Notre Dame's All-American quarterback last fall, will start at the position. Hornung has been the most productive runner in the Packer attack, averaging slightly over 6 yards per carry as a halfback and a fullback.
NOV 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn tried to iron out Friday's wrinkles as his club ended preparations for Sunday's 78th Bear fight at Wrigley Field. But he almost gave up in disgust. "Why, it's like winter up here," said Blackbourn from the stadium dressing room before he sent his 35-man squad through their final drill. "The way it's snowing and blowing, I'm sure we're not going to accomplish much." A Blackbourn-coached Packer team has never beaten the Bears in Chicago. The oddsmakers figure this time won't be the exception. They favor the Bruins by nine points. But Blackbourn's bruisers turned the trick at Green Bay in the opener, trimming the Bears, 21-17. All told, Blackbourn's Bays have won two out of seven meetings with the Monsters. "I guess we've finally shaken the flu," Blackbourn continued. "(Max) McGee was released from the hospital Thursday night after staying there two days. I believe he will start. From what I've been reading we gave the flu bug to the Giants. But it's national concern when they get it. Some people must have thought we've been in the pink of health the last few games - you should have seen how sick some of these boys were." Blackbourn said he would start the backfield of Bart Starr at quarterback, Don McIlhenny at halfback, Ron Kramer at slotback and Paul Hornung at fullback. Two players are definitely out. Fullback Howie Ferguson may be out for the session if his knees don't respond to treatment. Guard Norm Amundsen is lost for two weeks because of a wrenched knee sustained in the New York scrap. Tackle Ollie Spencer, the Packers' holler guy, will take over for Amundsen at guard. Jim Salsbury may see some limited action at the other guard post because of an ankle injury. He will be spelled by Al Barry. Carl Vereen will move into Spencer's spot and Norm Masters will be the other tackle. The Bears credit an improve defense as the element which dumped the Rams, 16-10, last Sunday. "Almost every game we've played has been decided in the last half minute," said Coach Paddy Driscoll. "It was time we won one." George Halas said, "when you hold a team with the power of the Rams without a touchdown on offense, you've really done something. That big Doug Atkins and Fred Williams were the stars in that defensive line."
Driscoll said the Bears set up their defense and stopped Tom Wilson, the league's top ground gainer, to 46 yards in nine carries. Wilson also fumbled the ball to the Bears' lone TD. Blackbourn doesn't have to be acquainted with what the Bears can do - especially at Wrigley Field. But the Bruins have been had this season four times, one of those losses being on their happy hunting ground.
NOV 9 (Chicago) - Like Bart Starr was saying the other day: “I hope we get on their one-yard line six times Sunday; we’ll score six touchdowns.” Starr, the Packers’ sophomore quarterback, was referring to two things: (1) The Packers inability to score in four plays from the New York Giants’ one-yard line in Green Bay last Sunday and (2) the 78th Packer-Bear contest in Wrigley Field here Sunday afternoon. Thus, Starr displayed some of the confidence that characterized the Packers’ workouts this week in preparation for the make-or-break struggle with the Bears. The two long-time foes have identical 2-4 records, each with a chance of sharing in some of the Western Division gold and glory. A sellout, standing room crowd of close to 50,000 fans will witness the show in the flesh – plus the television audience back home. Kickoff is set for 1:06. Actually, the Packers aren’t given much chance to win Sunday – despite the fact that they whipped the Bruins in Green Bay 24-21. The Bears are favored to emerge with the coveted 3-4 record by something like 10 points. The big, bad Bears are supposed to have fully recovered from the physical beating they took in the battle in Green Bay Sept. 29. And the story goes that the Bears want to get even tomorrow. So, the experts are practically certain that the Bays will take a clobbering. The Bears, however, haven’t shown any of the high-point offense that brought ‘em a 9-2-1 record last year. In fact, they whipped Los Angeles (16-10) last week without a touchdown from scrimmage, Vic Zucco counting on a scooped-up fumble and George Blanda kicking three field goals. But the Bears came up with a sound defense in that game, too, the Rams going without a touchdown from scrimmage. LA’s only TD came on Jon Arnett’s 98-yard kickoff return. That “new” defense is what’s bothering Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn, who feels that the Packers must get on the scoring ball to win. The Packers had four two-touchdown games and lost all of them; they won the only two games in which they managed to score three TDs. Blackbourn will bank on his two-sophomore, two-rookie backfield as a starter – Starr at quarterback, Don McIlhenny at left half, Paul Hornung at fullback and Ron Kramer at slot (right) back. Hornung could even move into quarterback for a spell if Howie Ferguson can make it at fullback. Hornung, with 112, and McIlhenny gained 200 yards rushing last Sunday. Injuries and sickness could hurt the rest of the Pack’s offense. Max McGee is just two days out of the hospital after a tough bout of flu and right offensive guard is on the shaky legs of Jim Salsbury and Norm Amundsen. Defensively, the Packers will have to be extra special alert since Willie Galimore and Rick Casares are due to explode. Harlon Hill, who hasn’t caught a touchdown pass since he did same in the opener in Green Bay, has recovered some from his sore back. He’ll join with Jim Dooley, Gene Schroeder and Bill McColl – not to mention quarterbacks Ed Brown and Zeke Bratkowski, to plague the Pack with passes. The Packers’ defense has a new flu spot – at left safety where the hard-hitting newcomer, John Symank, works. John started feeling punk Friday. Last Sunday, Symank’s safety mate and tutor, Bobby Dillon, played the entire defensive game against the Giants after spending two days in bed last week. The Packers will have the law of averages on their side. Green Bay hasn’t beaten the Bears twice in the same season for the last 22 years – since 1935, when Don Hutson made his debut. The ’35 Pack won in Green Bay 7-0 and in Chicago 17-14. The Packers have a start toward that objective, having won the opener in Green Bay. Thus, the LOA says the Packers are due to crack the spell. The Packers’ last two trips into Wrigley Field have been on the discouraging side. The Bears scored 80 points in the two games, beating the Pack 52-31 in 1955 and 38-14 last year. The Packers are headquartering at the Hotel Knickerbocker. They practiced on the lake front after arriving Saturday afternoon. The team returns to Green Bay on the North Western, arriving at 10:05.
NOV 9 (Chicago-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Saturday pro closeouts: Things have a habit of coming out right. Back in '53, quarterback Y.A. Tittle received a fractured cheekbone and other injuries when he was tackled quite vigorously near the goal line by the Lions' Jim David and Jack Christiansen. The 49ers hollered "dirty play" but Tittle was lost for the season and the Lions stepped away from the Tittle-less 49ers to win the title. Now comes 1957! Tittle threw a sharp pass to R.C. Owens, who leaped between two Detroit defenders for the winning touchdown in the last 11 seconds Sunday. The defenders? You guessed it: David and Christiansen. And the play may have been the one that knocked the Lions out this year...After last Sunday's 49er-Lion game, Detroit coach George Wilson phoned Commissioner Bert Bell about "the bad officiating in our two games on the Coast." "I'm not complaining through the newspapers or anything like that," said Wilson (inquote from Detroit News), "but there were some terrible calls in Los Angeles and San Francisco." The Lion fire is largely directed at head linesman Elvin Hutchinson. "He gave us a bad time both weeks," the Lions say. "I remember that fellow," said equipment manager Friday Macklem. "He played with the Los Angeles Bulldogs and had a tryout with the Lions. We didn't give him a job. Maybe he's still mad at us." Incidentally, Bell is shifting his officiating crews around considerably more than in the past
and west coast crews no longer are fixtures on the west coast...And speaking about officiating, the officials called interference with pass catchers in four of the six games last Sunday. The Giants were penalized twice, once for misplay in the end zone, and the Packers once. J.C. Caroline was twice called for impeding Elroy Hirsch of the Rams in LA. Interference was called against the Cardinals (vs. Eagles) and both sides were penalized in the Frisco-Detroit game. The officials apparently are cracking down on roughhouse tactics of recent weeks against pass receivers...The Packers could reach the 1,000-point mark against the Bears Sunday. Going into the 78th renewal, the Packers scored 987 marks against the Bruins. The second touchdown should do it. The Bears passed 1,000 against the Pack long ago, having scored 1,319...The Steelers came up with an unorthodox offense in the second half against the Colts Sunday, placing fullback Fran Rogel just behind the guard and alongside the quarterback and spotting the ball carrying back a few yards behind the QB. Pitt won 19-13. The defense wasted valuable seconds trying to figure out what Rogel was going to do, permitting Earl Morrall a little extra time to fade back and throw strikes. He completed 18 of 30 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Steeler Coach Buddy Parker admitted the formation is useless for running "but we didn't feel we could run against them anyway." When the defense was used for the first time, Pitt players recorded Colt defensers as follows: "Double Wing" and "Where's the fullbacks." Incidentally, Pitt tackle Frank Varrichione was given credit for "handling Marchetti," the Colts' great defensive end...The Forty Niners have won 15, lost two and ties one of their last 18 games. Here's more good luck: It has never rained during a 49er game in San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. One more Frisco blurb: The price of a bottle of beer was raised from 45 to 50 cents during 49er games in Kezar. That was decided before the 49ers started getting real hot...When Cleveland beat Washington last Sunday 21-17, the Browns ran off 70 plays against the Redskin' 45. The Browns ran the ball 58 times and tried only 12 passes, Tom O'Connell completing eight for 122 yards. The Redskins also tried a dozen passes and rushed 33 times.
NOV 10 (Chicago Tribune) - Professional football's most colorful and bitter rivalry comes up for its 78th renewal today in Wrigley field when the Green Bay Packers pay their annual visit to the Chicago Bears. Available tickets are limited to general admissions and standing room, which go on sale at 9:30 o'clock this morning. It has been 22 years - way back there when the immortal Don Hutson, a spindly rookie making his pro debut, caught a pass from Arnie Herber and ran 87 yards for the only touchdown on the first play of the game - since the Packers have swept a season series with the Bears. Today they will attempt to duplicate that 1935 success by relying heavily on two other rookies. Paul Hornung, an All-American quarterback at Notre Dame, will be at fullback, and Ron Kramer, an All-American end at Michigan, will be at right halfback in the Packers' slot formation. The Bears go into the game with their longest winning streak of the year - a victory over Los Angeles last week - and great determination to prevent a recurrence of the debacle at Green Bay seven weeks ago, when the young Packers upset them, 21 to 17. Green Bay is no better off. Like the Bears, it, too, has won only two of its first six games. But the Packers have been improving as Bart Starr, a cherubic-faced quarterback and off-season salesman from Alabama, has become more adept at teaming with Bill Howton, one of football's most dangerous pass receivers. Hornung's development as one of the league's most powerful runners has helped the offense and Kramer has done his share in the gradual improvement with an outstanding first year performance. Passing undoubtedly will be the chief ground gainer for both teams, although the Bears hope to break Willie Gallimore, their rookie comet, into the clear for long gains and clear the way for Rick Casares to return to his 1956 production schedule. Weather forecasts are not too encouraging, but unless a snow storm blankets the premises, the teams will have solid footing.