touchdown, but gave them a big lift. The worst part of it was it came too easy." There were at least two other factors, he felt. "We missed Starr, of course," he pointed out, "and that missed third down pass to Howton just before they scored really hurt, too. We could have kept possession if it had been complete and we'd have been in business. Of course, it would have been a good catch if he'd held the ball because he was hit hard as it arrived." Leaning back, Liz reflected sadly. "We just find a way to get beat."...FAST ACTION: Perhaps NFL officials have become sensitive as the result of criticisms leveled at them in recent days but, whatever the case, Headlinesman Lon Evans acted with dispatch when Ram headmaster Gillman stormed down the sidelines to protest an offside call in the second quarter. Evans wheeled around and ordered Gillman back to the bench and Sid retreated with alacrity, under threat of a 15-yard penalty. Later, Gillman explained, "I was made because somebody kicked Lamar Lundy on the play and also because Hirsch, who first jumped offside, had jumped back before the ball was snapped and so did a Packer so no handkerchief should have been dropped." There was, however, no penalty on the play since the Packers declined when the Rams made only a short gain...UNHAPPY LANDING: The Rams' Ron Waller was more than mildly perturbed when the hard-hitting Johnny Symank catapulted him over the Packer bench and onto the bare turf in front of the first base box seats as the Maryland alumnus returned the kickoff following the Packers' late fourth quarter field goal. No blows were exchanged but Waller expressed his displeasure in unmistakable terms...GHOST ENTERS "HALL": Tony Canadeo, the Packers' Gray Ghost of Gonzaga officially entered the major league football hall of fame when General Manager Verne Lewellen presented him with the Helms Athletic Foundation plaque between halves. "Football is a game of many thrills but I think this is about the greatest I've ever had," Tony told the 19,000-odd spectators who had cheered him as his name was announced. He thanked "all Packer fans and my former teammates without whom this honor wouldn't have been possible." The Packers' all-time ground gainer thus joined six other Green Bay greats in the pro shrine - Earl (Curly) Lambeau, Cal Hubbard, Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson and Johnny Blood...DISTINGUISHED GUESTS: Henry Aaron, only last week named the National Baseball League's most valuable player, and his hard-hitting Braves colleague, Eddie Mathews, were guests on the Packer bench. Also lending moral support was a former Packer defensive back, Lou Mihaljovich, now baseball and swimming coach at Milwaukee's Riverside (East Division) High School...RAMS STAY: The Rams will remain in Milwaukee until Saturday and train at St. Francis Seminary until Saturday, when they leave for a date with the Cleveland Browns. The seminary arrangement, now in its fourth year, is made through the Rev. Gerald Hauser, a member of the St. Francis faculty, who is a brother of Ram tackle Art Hauser.
AWAKENING FOLLOWS RAMS' WAKE AT HALF
NOV 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Los Angeles Rams held a halftime wake over themselves at County Stadium Sunday and in the second half woke up. "It was like a wake in our dressing room at the half," Sid Gillman of the Rams said. "Fight talk? Of course not. We just quietly talked things over, that's all. We'd had nothing the first half." The nothing of the first half became something indeed after the intermission. They woke up. Behind at the half, 24-3, they snapped back with 28 points, giving up only three and won 31-27. "It
was ridiculous," Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the six times beaten Packers said, referring to his collapsed defensive. "But that's the way our season has been - ever since that Detroit game." Turning point of the game, Blackbourn said, occurred on the Rams' first touchdown of the second half. Bob Boyd took Norm Van Brocklin's pass for the score with hardly more than two minutes gone. "There were three men around Boyd, Blackbourn said, "and they let him catch the ball. Ridiculous." Physically, the Packers experienced their worst afternoon of the season. Eight were hurt. Four suffered arm injuries, three leg injuries and Ron Kramer hurt his back. Jim Ringo, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and Hank Gremminger had ailing arms although only Starr was removed from the action. Sam Palumbo, Norm Masters and Jerry Helluin went out with injured legs. The Rams lost defensive back Bill Sherman midway through the first quarter when he tackled Kramer on a pass play. Sherman will probably be out for the season with a bad elbow. Starr left the game in the first half after being hit on the muscle of his pitching arm. "I don't even remember when it happened," Starr said. "The arm got sore and I couldn't cock it to throw." "If we made a mistake," Blackbourn said, "it was in not throwing the ball sooner in the second half. The defense let us down though. The defense wasn't too good in the first half either." Happiest Ram of them all was Elroy Hirsch, the 12 year veteran who played high school football at Wausau and college football at Wisconsin and Michigan. The annual "Return of the Native" was a victorious one for the first time since 1953. "This was a good one to win," Hirsch said. "It'll be pleasant for a change not to go home with my tail between my legs. This game will be a tonic for Dad." Hirsch's father, Otto, was released from a Wausau hospital Saturday and watched the game on television. He had suffered a heart attack and was under an oxygen tent earlier in the week. "This Green Bay team ought to be up for a long time," Hirsch said. "They're young, fast, have a lot of spirit, and, boy, do they hit!" Gillman, happy at the turn of events which gave him his first victory in Milwaukee, said that he had "no explanation" for the turnabout. It just happened. The Rams' chances of winning the Western Division title? "It's going to be a helluva race," he said. "Our key game is with the Browns this week." The Rams, just a game behind the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts, will stay in Milwaukee the rest of the week, going to Cleveland Saturday for their meeting with the Browns. They will work out at the St. Francis Seminary where the brother of the Rams' Art Hauser is a priest. Gillman refused to cite any of his own players or any of the Packers for praise or censure. He refused, that is, until Billy Howton's name popped into the conversation. "That Howton's out of this world," he said. "What a receiver." The only argument between coach and official was precipitated in the second quarter but was not as bad as it seemed. Head linesman Lon Evans threw down his handkerchief, apparently indicating an offside. The hankie went down before the ball was snapped and about half the players merely went through the motions. Tom Wilson of the Rams hit left tackle for four yards and could just as easily gone for 84 yards with one or two more blocks. Gillman began fussing and fuming on the sidelines and Evans had to order him back to the bench. No penalty was called on the play, despite the dropped handkerchief. Gillman's argument was not about the offside call that wasn't an offside call. "A Packer kicked Lamar Lundy right in the face in front of the official," Gillman said. "And he refused to call it. That's what I was mad about." Suppose, however, Wilson had gone all the way for a touchdown? Well, just suppose. Commissioner Bert Bell's desk would be flooded with protests.
WE RELAXED TOO MUCH IN 2ND HALF: LIZ
NOV 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "We tried not to relax," Liz Blackbourn was saying after Sunday's 31-27 Packer loss, "we tried so hard not to relax in the second half." As if history repeated, the Packers couldn't stand prosperity after holding a convincing lead. In 1952, Green Bay lost to the Rams here, 30-28, after leading, 28-6, at the end of the third quarter. "We played terrific ball in the first half," Blackbourn continued. "But even then there were some indications the defense wasn't too good in spots. They played the heck out of us the rest of the way. They really put the pressure on us." Blackbourn believed a shoulder injury to defensive halfback Hank Gremminger weakened the Packers' pass defense in the second half. Gremminger played, despite the painful injury, the remainder of the game. "That long pass to (Elroy) Hirsch in the third quarter got them started," Liz said. "I guess that's what started that debacle." Over in the Rams' quarters, Sid Gillman was happy for the first time after a game in Milwaukee. It was his first win in four visits to Milwaukee Stadium. "We were nothing in the first half," Gillman said. "In the second half things began to go for us. It was just the reverse for Green Bay." Gillman then added that it's a heck of a game every time these foes meet in Milwaukee. When Hirsch was asked if this is his last season, the 12-year veteran said, "I'll see how I feel at the end of the season. Right now I've never felt better." As far as Gillman is concerned, "Hirsch is good for a half a dozen more years with the Rams." Regarding the play in which Bill Forester intercepted Norm Van Brocklin's long pass to Hirsch (the one which resulted in a Packer touchdown), Hirsch said, "(Carlton) Massey hit me the hardest I've been hit since playing football. It was a good clean block." Said Massey: "Maybe so, but it almost killed me. I think I got hurt worse than Hirsch." Sitting on the Green Bay bench and wrapped up in Packer robes were Eddie Mathews and Henry Aaron. The way injuries were cropping up Blackbourn glanced more than once to the Braves' stars.
GREEN BAY BEATS MILWAUKEE AT GATE
NOV 18 (Green Bay) - Green Bay outdrew Milwaukee by a 3-2 margin for the Packers' home football season. Three games in Green Bay's new city stadium drew 96,322 and three games in Milwaukee's County Stadium, 64,781, giving the Packers 161,103 for the season.
FILM, INJURIES MAKE PACK SICK ALL OVER
NOV 19 (Green Bay) - The Packers were sick all over today for two reasons - (1) the pictures of the 31 to 27 loss to Los Angeles and (2) a report from Trainer Bud Jorgenson. Both both Coach Liz Blackbourn and Jorgenson agree that there will be no "sickness" come Sunday when the Bays invade Pittsburgh to meet the make-shift Steelers. The pictures revealed the glowing action in detail and Blackbourn was impressed with two items in particular - the blocking of Lamar Lundy, the Rams' slot back, and the "blocking from behind on our cornerbackers." Liz was referring to the Rams' big push in the second half in which the Rams scored 28 points to overcome a 24-3 Packer lead. Lundy did a "great job blocking our linebackers," Liz pointed out but the Bay cornerbackers (Hank Gremminger and John Petitbon) were "being blocked from behind by the Ram ends." Blocking from behind, of course, is clipping - the penalty for which is 15 yards. The reason for the penalty is that the clipped one is helpless to defend himself (it's like getting shot in the back) and the extreme danger of injuries. Blackbourn said that on Jon Arnett's 68-yard touchdown run "Gremminger was blocked beautifully from behind. Penalty? There wasn't a clipping penalty called all afternoon. Oh yes, Gremminger was among the more seriously hurt Sunday." Blackbourn praised two Rams in particular for stopping up the Bays in the second half - Paul Miller, the defensive left end, and Art Hauser, the defensive right tackle. "They played a tremendous game," Liz said. The Packers needed a first down in the worst way in that third quarter and Blackbourn recalled that "we only missed one by a couple of inches on Hornung's third try." That occurred after the Rams scored the second time in the period, making it 24-17. Jorgensen was down at the training room bright and early Monday morning and the players were waiting treatments. And the "action" continued today. Jorgensen handed Blackbourn a training-room list containing 17 times - which is almost half the squad. It isn't quite that bad, however, since three of the players are recuperating - Norm Amundsen, who hurt his knee three games ago, Joe Skibinski, who is getting treatment for a leg broken in training camp, and Gary Knafelc, who underwent surgery recently. Others on the list and the ailment: Norm Masters, knee; Jerry Helluin, leg and knee; Hank Gremminger, shoulder and leg; Al Carmichael, leg; Sam Palumbo, ankle; John Petitbon, foot; Bart Starr, arm; Ron Kramer, back; Jim Ringo, shoulder; Nate Borden, neck; Bill Forester, finger; Carl Vereen, arm; Bill Howton, leg and hip; Paul Hornung, arm. Some of the injuries are the normal run, as it were, but Jorgensen pinpointed seven that will require "plenty of treatment." He puts Masters, Helluin, Gremminger, Palumbo, Kramer, Ringo and Borden in that category. Jorgensen's big job is to get these seven in good condition for the Pittsburgh game. The list presents a problem to Blackbourn and aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Morton for various reasons. Two of the hurt players, for instance, are centers Ringo and Palumbo. Sam handles the platoon-centering (punts, etc.) and also is a linebacker, while Ringo is the regular-play center. Larry Lauer is the reserve center. Another problem would involve Helluin and Borden who interchange. When Jerry was injured Sunday, Borden was moved to his defensive tackle spot and Jim Temp took over Borden's defensive end spot. And so it foes as the Bays prepare for a well-rested and free-of-injury Steeler squad. Pittsburgh, you know, didn't play last Sunday. Maybe the Steelers will be rusty! The Packers should be so lucky?
DEPARTURE OF DEFENSE GREATEST PACKER SIN
NOV 19 (Green Bay) - The third quarter of the Packer-Ram game might be set up as an example of what not to do in a football match - if your team is in front, that is. That period started with the Packers ahead by a score of 24 to 3. When the quarter was over, the score was 24 to 17 and the Rams were on the Packers' 40-yard line. During the 15 minutes herewith on display, the Rams ran off 30 plays, including two extra point kicks, for 188 yards. The Packers, in the 15 minutes, had the pigskin for eight plays, including two punts, for no yards. In the first series after the Rams cut it to 24-10, Don McIlhenny lost two to his left and seven to his right and then Babe Parilli was wide on a pass to Bill Howton who was open; Dick Deschaine followed with a 31-yard punt. After the Rams made it 24-17, the Packers tried again and this time just barely missed a first down. Paul Hornung ran it three times, gaining, in order, three yards at center, five at right tackle and one-plus at right tackle again. Deschaine then dropped a nifty 56-yard punt. So, in the two Packer series, McIlhenny lost nine yards in two tries, Hornung gained nine in three, one pass was incomplete, and Deschaine averaged 43.5 yards on two punts. The Rams were higher than a kite during those two series and Parill was extended to fierce pressure. It would have been interesting to see what injured Bart Starr had done with the two series although he, too, would have been pressed hard by the Rams. Actually, the greatest sin on the part of the Packers was the "departure" of the defense during the third period. The Rams averaged almost seven yards per in 28 scrimmage plays and passed for 105 yards on five completions in nine Norm Van Brocklin attempts. The Rams went 80 yards in seven plays for the first TD and 63 stripes in 11 trips for the TD that made it 24-17 and put the Rams back in the game. The Rams were moving so well in the two touchdown drives that they needed only two third down plays - one in each TD drive. In the first move, Tank Younger made seven on a third and two situation on the Ram 35 and in the second TD jaunt the Rams had a third and six situation on the Packer nine and Jon Arnett made seven. Actually, the play that started the Rams off was the 45-yard catch Elroy Hirsch made to set up the Rams' first TD in the third period from the Bay 21. That was a second and 10 play and a tough break for the Pack. John Petitbon and Bobby Dillon went all the way with Hirsch just inside the sidelines and the two Bay defenders both were in a position to intercept; but apparently both waited for the other to steal it, while Hirsch snared the ball. It was the kind of pass Dillon intercepts with that one eye of his closed. Many things happened after the third quarter but the Packers' collapse on defense in that period put the high-powered Rams back in the game and convinced 'em they could win.
'OPEN DATE' DRILLS HELD BY STEELERS
NOV 19 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steelers held an unusual Monday practice yesterday as they looked forward to Sunday's game here with the Green Bay Packers. Wash day is generally a holiday for Rooney U., but they were idle last weekend. Coach Buddy Parker still has hopes of overtaking the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants in the Eastern Conference race but must whip the Packers to stick in contention. The Gold and Black gained a 10-10 tie with the Wisconsin entry in Minneapolis in their last exhibition game. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's proteges caught up in the last minute and a half on a pass from quarterback Bart Starr to halfback Joe Johnson, after the Steelers had been in control most of the game. In addition to Starr the invaders will present the veteran Vito (Babe) Parilli in the quarterback position. The Rochester, Pa., native usually manages to do well against the Steelers.
DON'T BLAME PARILLI - PACKER DEFENSE FOLDS
NOV 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers lost their No. 1 quarterback, Bart Starr, on the last play of the first quarter Sunday. He suffered an injury to his right elbow. He had no feeling in his fingers. He couldn't grip a football. Had it been his left elbow, he could have stayed in the game. Starr should be in shape for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. During his brief action, the Alabama Flipper completed six out of seven passes for 62 yards. He triggered the Packers to a 10-0 advantage over the Rams. When something happens to Starr, the only alternative is to send in Babe Parilli - the Kentucky Babe who has passed the Packers to their only two wins this season. Parilli took advantage and moved the Bays goalward for their second touchdown in five plays. His 47 yard pass play to Billy Howton, which set up the TD on the Ram seven, was the game's longest aerial. The Packers didn't lose to the Rams Sunday because Parilli had taken over the quarterback chores. They lost because they couldn't stop Norm Van Brocklin's passing and Jon Arnett's running in the second half. Coach Liz Blackbourn preferred to be tight-lipped about the outcome Monday. "With our record people are tired of reading Blackbourn's excuses," said the disappointed but frank coach. "I'd rather not comment on turning points of the game or what have you," he said. "We're experiencing one of those seasons where nothing's going right." But why the complexion change in the second half? How could the Packers blow a 24-3 halftime lead? "I'll tell you one thing," Blackbourn shot back. "That first touchdown certainly gave them a lift - the catch by Hirsch (a 44-yard gain to the Packer 21) wins the big one." Did the Rams change their offense or defense drastically in the second half? "They shot their outside linebackers in a little more," Blackbourn answered. "That is the only change I observed. I haven't seen the films, though." Just how good are the Rams? "At this time I would say the Lions, Colts and Rams are the best teams in our division," was Blackbourn's comments. "I think Detroit will win it. We took a lot out of the Bears last week. The Rams have three tremendous left halfs," Blackbourn continued. "They run at you, pass at you - wow." But getting back to Sunday's game itself Blackbourn refused to pin the blame on anyone. If you're interested in game control, the Packers ran up a 24-3 lead by using 36 plays to the Rams' 35. In the second half in which Los Angeles scored 28 points to Green Bay's three, the Rams had the ball 47 times and the Packers 32. The Packers experienced a real beating physically. Eight were hurt, which took a lot of sting out of the club as the Rams closed in. Ron Kramer hurt his back, Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Ringo and Hank Gremminger sustained arm injuries and Norm Masters, Sam Palumbo and Jerry Helluin went out with leg ailments. Being so effective on the ground in the first half (picking up 117 yards), Parilli directed the ground troops on five plays in the third quarter and the Bays gained no yardage. His only pass of the period was incomplete to Howton. When the Rams finally closed the gap, the Babe passed in desperation, frantically trying to unleash a bomb. But he lost 30 yards when he couldn't get rid of the ball. And when you hesitate in this league, you're dead. Meanwhile, Van Brocklin continued to pass the Packers dizzy. His payoff throw to Lamar Lundy, which scored the winning points, was too easy. Lundy took the ball all alone on the east sidelines. Apparently, the Packers were more concerned covering Hirsch, who had caught six for 106 yards, and Bob Boyd, who had snared four for 87, because Lundry was ignored. Dick Deschaine, who has had a miserable time lately with two punts being blocked, outdid the master. His 41 yard average on six punts bettered the 39 yard average on four by the league's second ranked punter, Van Brocklin. "Deschaine wasn't going back any further," Blackbourn pointed out. "He just took quicker steps."