NOV 25 (Pittsburgh-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Raymond Kennedy (Buddy) Parker, a forthright Texan, was able to find two good reasons for the downfall of his Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers' accompanying success, at sooty, begrimed Forbes Field here Sunday afternoon. They were, in no particular order of importance: (1) The superior artistry of the Packers themselves; and (2) The Steelers' generosity. Parker, erstwhile habitue of the NFL's Western Division when he directed the Detroit Lions to the three straight championships before the honeymoon ended, amplified his first point by noting with emphasis that "the Packers are a pretty good football team." The Packers' 2-6 record heading into the afternoon's proceedings didn't reflect their true ability, Buddy contended. "They've just been unlucky," he said. "They're not a bad football team." At the same time, he expressed disappointment with the performance of his Steelers, who have undergone sweeping personnel changes since he assumed the Pittsburgh reigns last August after his spectacular resignation at Detroit. "You can't give anybody a couple of touchdowns like we gave them," Parker said sadly, wincing at the memory of a pair of fumbles the Packers converted into 14 points. "You're going to get yourself in trouble you do - and we did. We certainly didn't play very well." Expanding on this theme, Buddy said he how has grave doubts concerning the results of his rebuilding program, which had lifted the Steelers into contention for the Eastern Division title, until today. "I thought we were building pretty well," he said, "but I don't know how. We were better the first half of the season. Now we seem to be going downhill. We've got to have a lot of ball players, a lot of ball players." Centenary's most distinguished alumnus did have one consolation, however. "I thought Derby (Dean, rookie defensive back from Washington) did a good job of covering Howton," he said. The Packers' long ball specialist caught two passes, below par for him, but was deprived of two other receptions by out-of-bounds rulings...TRIED PUNT BLOCKS: Buddy admitted that, encouraged by the success of the New York Giants and Chicago Bears in this department, "We were making a special effort to block Descaine's punts." The Steelers didn't succeed but did come uncomfortably close on one occasion. Another Packer also caught his eye, in a different way. "That Ferguson," he said, "was playing like he used to play." Around the corner, in another section of the barn-like Steeler dressing room, Marinette's Earl (Jug) Girard called it a "bad day all around." What about those retirement rumors? "You said it, this is my last year," the 10-year NFL veteran declared. "I want to get back to my business in Detroit." Jug, who operates a cocktail lounge, the Lion's Den, in partnership with another former Lion, Bob Hoernschemeyer, said, "I didn't want to play this year but I let myself be talked into it."...The talk of the Packer dressing room, bubbling over the end of a nagging three-game losing streak, was mountainous Jerry Helluin, who made the first interception of his six-year pro career. The 265-pound Tulane alumnus, whose steal set up the Packers' final touchdown, had chided Dave Hanner as they came to the sidelines, "Why didn't you block for me Hawg? I could have gone." Now he confessed again, with a grin, "I could hardly blame them. We've been practicing all week that when somebody intercepts a pass, he yells, 'Bingo!' and everyone blocks. I forgot to yell bingo," he chuckled. The interception "was my first since high school," the huge Frenchmen revealed. Jerry, who "pushed Jack Nisby (a former Packer) from one end of the park to the other," in the words of a teammate, also reported that "Massey (Carlton) deflected the pass before I grabbed it." While Jerry was accepting congratulations, Head Coach Liz Blackbourn was administering a pat on the back to each of his players, in lieu of his customary postgame talk, on a tour of the dressing room. Along the way, Bobby Dillon was taking a ribbing for "getting caught by a 280-pound lineman" after his fourth quarter interception. "That tackle was just too fast for me," Bobby smiled. "Funny thing, he jerked his head back hard and I didn't have any feeling in my feet for a minute." This last explained his woozy return to the sidelines after the swipe. A few yards off, big Ollie Spencer was still reveling in the victory. "Wasn't that sweet?" he asked. "That's a tough hitting club," he added before returning to his original them with, "It's sure fun to win." Howie Ferguson, congratulated upon his return to form, grinned and quipped, "I had a long rest." Locker partner Al Carmichael chuckled, then observed, "Positive thinking, that's all." Babe Parilli, who had had a big day in front  of a delegation from his hometown, Rochester, Pa., 22 miles outside Pittsburgh, admitted this brought certain satisfaction but noted, "It's good to win, I'll tell you. That's the main thing." Across the room, burly Frank Purnell, who carried the ball in NFL competition for the first time, also was all smiles. "It sure was nice to run," he grinned...Blackbourn, able to smile again after three weeks of adversity, felt. "The red dogs by our two linebackers, Ernie Danjean and Tom Bettis, set up most of our opportunities. Ferguson's taking over when Hornung was injured helped a lot. That touchdown run of his was a great offensive break for us," Liz declared, "perhaps the greatest of the day." Blackbourn also lauded "Jim Ringo, for playing almost the whole game when he was in such poor physical condition. I can't say enough for him," Ringo, injured in last Sunday's Los Angeles Ram game, hadn't been able to practice all week and was re-injured early in the afternoon. Speaking of injuries, what would have happened if Danjean, hurt in the second half, had been forced to the sidelines? "We would have used Massey as a linebacker and Ron Kramer would have had to go to defensive end," Liz explained. Danjean, who had been alternating with Sam Palumbo, was pressed into full-time service when Palumbo was sidelines by injuries incurred in the Los Angeles game...FREDDIE'S RETURN: Fred Cone, the sturdy Packer veteran, is a fellow who doesn't believe in letting George do it. Kicking off in place of the injured Hornung, Freddie personally made the tackles, both of the ankle-snapping shoestring variety, on the kickoffs following the Packers' second touchdown and his last field goal...POPULAR PEOPLE: Steeler fans, famous for their lack of patience, still show their athletic sons no mercy. They booed Buddy Parker's hirelings as they left the field at the end of the first half and again when they returned at the start of the second...MAN OF STEEL: Fran Rogel, veteran Steeler fullback, was honored by his hometown, the tri-borough of North Braddock, Braddock and Rankin, Pa., before the game. He received a bond, a check, luggage and numerous other presents, in addition to a trophy from the Greater Braddock Chamber of Commerce. His fan club was out in force and displayed signs, one of which read, "Hi Diddle Diddle, Rogel up the Middle."...CRAZY MAN: Two of those perverse fanatics stole the spotlight, on as many occasions, in the second half. The first incident occurred in the third quarter when an irate customer, who had been yelling "down in front" for some time, invaded the Packer bench to enforce his admonition. The usually mild-manner Jack Vainisi, veteran Packer aide, wrestled the obstreperous gentleman the full length of the bench and into the arms of the park police, who carried the ball from there. The second offender swept onto the field and jumped upon the back of Don McIlhenny as the Packers lined up for a fourth quarter play. McIlhenny sent his attacker to the ground, with the aide of a well-placed right hand, and the gendarmes carried him away, as the saying goes, "kicking and screaming."
NOV 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - "The Packers look like a good team to me," Coach Buddy Parker of the Steelers said here Sunday after his club had been whacked by Green Bay. "From a study of their movies I have had the impression that they were pretty good, just unlucky." "We've played a lot better ball games this year and lost," Coach Lisle Blackbourn of Green Bay said. "We didn't look too good today. I would say that the pressure we put on Earl Morrall won the game for us." Paul Hornung and Nate Borden were the principal casualties of the Packers. Hornung, running at fullback, was injured the third time the Packers had the ball and the second time he carried. Borden was injured in the second quarter, went back into the game and returned to the sidelines when "we saw he wasn't doing anything." Hornung sprained his left  ankle. Borden suffered a cracked bone in his forearm. X-rays were taken of the defensive end's arm Sunday night and the results learned Monday morning. He will be out the rest of the season. Hornung will miss Thursday's game against the Lions in Detroit. "Hornung should be ready again for our first game on the coast," Blackbourn said. The Packers did not greatly miss Hornung because replacement Howie Ferguson played his best game of the year. "If Fergie's right, he's all the fullback we need," Blackbourn said. "Don't forget he's a good pass receiver, too." On Ferguson's 40 yard touchdown run, the score which proved to the winning one, he showed the presence of mind to pick up blockers and then direct them. It wasn't until he was about 20 yards away from the promised land that he left the interference and went out on his own. Usually Ferguson looks for someone to run over. Borden's place in the lineup was taken by Jim Temp, the former Wisconsin player. "Temp played very well," the coach said. "He's got a lot of potential if he'd ever get going." Although it was the Packers' defense that won the game, it is this phase of of the Green Bay operation that has Blackbourn most worried for the Thanksgiving Day game. "When the game was over, we had just 11 defensive players left," he said. The Packers' strategy against the Steelers was obvious from the start. The linebackers "shot the gap", catching Earl Morrall in the squeeze time after time. They held the Steelers' running attack in disdain. And with reason. Pittsburgh had averaged a mere 79 yard rushing in its seven previous games. Against the Packers they got only 59. "We wouldn't have been able to do that against an experienced quarterback," Blackbourn said. "If we'd try that against fellows like Tittle, Van Brocklin, Layne, Brown, Bratkowski or Rote, they'd chew us up and wring us out." Parker was disconsolate in the Steelers' dressing room. He'd heard the boos of Pittsburgh fans for the first time in his short stay there. He'd heard the fans chant for a change of quarterbacks before the end of the first half. "I had thought we were doing a pretty good building job until now," the former coach of the Lions said. "Now I'm not so sure. We need a lot of new players." The Steelers had an open date a week ago. They looked rusty. Only two Packers did not play Sunday but one, Norm Masters, was suited up and ready to go if needed. Sam Palumbo made the trip but did not dress for the game. He is a doubtful starter for Thursday but Masters has the green light. Norm Amundsen made his return to the lineup after sitting out the last two games.
NOV 25 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Buddy Parker, the leathery-faced Texan, learned yesterday just as Johnny Michelosen, Joe Bach and Walt Kiesling did before him, that life in Pittsburgh can't be beautiful for a losing coach. Fickle fandom's juicy razzberries cascaded around Buddy's jug-shaped ears at Forbes Field as his Steelers fell in ignoble fashion before the Green Bay Packers, 27-10. This was a game which the local pros figured to win so as to maintain their slim hopes of remaining in the Eastern Division race. Defeat, the fourth of the season, now means almost virtual elimination with the usual memo attached, "Wait until next year". Where only a week ago, or even as late as 2 p.m. yesterday, Parker was hailed as a Moses to lead the local pros out of the wilderness, late Sunday afternoon he heard the familiar boo-boo bird call as he walked dejectedly off the field with his crushed forces. What worried Buddy more than the yipping was the wretched performance put up by the Steelers. Outside of an early 3-0 lead in the second quarter, the home boys never were in the game. They pulled practically every wrong play in the book and if a club ever deserved defeat, this was it. Since it seems to be the customer's privilege to cheer or boo, depending on his pent-up feelings and upbringing, sound-thinking football men here won't pay much attention to the ear-offending yelps. They still feel Parker will give us a championship outfit once he has the right personnel. That he doesn't have enough good men now is quite evident. Those who booed yesterday felt the Steelers were better than the Packers, their belief germinating from a lowly 2-6 record. This was the only way they could vent their disappointment. Parker wasn't the only target. Earl Morall, a brilliant quarterback in the four victories scored to date, had a poor day on the field and was another victim. So were most of the Steeler players with the possible exception of Franny Rogel, the veteran fullback, who was honored by his neighbors from Rankin, North Braddock and Braddock. Franny was presented with a bond, check and luggage. (Why do they always give luggage?)
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - The Packers suffered their first case of real embarrassment at the hands of Detroit in Green Bay's new stadium last Oct. 6. Remember? Yale Lary went back to punt on a fourth down and 22-yard situation. He ran instead and gained 32 yards to the Packer 23, completely fooling the Bays. Tobin Rote, the former Packer who started and set up that punting situation, then returned to the game and brought the Lions in for a 7-0 lead. Three plays later Jack Christiansen intercepted a Babe Parilli pass and returned 29 yards for a touchdown. That made it 14-0 and the Packers never caught up, finally losing 24-14. Now the Packers get a chance to embarrass the Lions before a national television audience in Detroit Thanksgiving Day and, incidentally, escape a crow dinner Thursday night. "I suppose they'll bring out the crow again and I hope they do," Howie Ferguson quipped with his teammates after the Steeler game in Pittsburgh Sunday. A year ago, the Packers went into the Thanksgiving Day feast stinging from a 17-16 loss at the hands of San Francisco. The talk all week was that the Packers would "eat crow as usual" on Thanksgiving Day since the Bays had never beaten the Lions on Turkey Day. A caged live crow (courtesy of Bob Houle) sat in the middle of the Packer dressing room the week of the game. The Packers proceeded to down the Lions 24 to 20 and knock them out of the championship. The Packers went into last year's Turkey Talk with a wee bit worse record than now. They had 2-6 and then followed the Lion scalping with a decision over the Cardinals for 4-6 before losing both on the coast. The mark now is 3-6, although the schedule is different. A victory would set the record at 4-6 and send them west with a chance to even the score at 6-6. Oh yes, if the sight of a meatless-looking 
(PITTSBURGH) - The Packers parlayed fierce and alert defensive football - four interceptions and three fumble recoveries - with a 40-yard touchdown run by Howie Ferguson for a 27 to 10 NFL victory over the Steelers before 29,701 fans in Forbes Field Sunday afternoon. The Bays ripped over three touchdowns in an eight-minute stretch in the second quarter and Fred Cone kicked 24 and 12-yard field goals inside of two minutes in the fourth quarter. The Packer defense silenced Pitt to a 17-yard field goal by Gary Glick in the second period and a 15-yard aerial touchdown in the third stanza. The victory ended the Packers' three-game losing streak and placed their record at 3-6. The loss knocked Pittsburgh into a 4-4 mark and out of the Eastern Division championship contention. The big prize for little old Green Bay is just around the corner - in Detroit Thanksgiving Day. So it was back to work earlier this week - a blackboard and movie session in the Bay Stadium clubhouse this afternoon. The Packers went into Sunday's game with plenty of injuries and came out with more - defensive end Nate Borden, who suffered a broken arm, and fullback Paul Hornung, who sustained a sprained ankle. Borden is out for the season and Hornung 
Green Bay Packers (3-6) 27, Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) 10
Sunday November 24th 1957 (at Pittsburgh)
NOV 28 (Detroit) - Thanksgiving Day in Detroit! This is getting to be a habit! Today's football classic is the seventh straight Turkey Day game between the Packers and Lions and the 13th annual Thanksgiving show here. Green Bay started turkeying in Briggs Stadium in 1951 and it looks right now as if the Packers and Lions have fought themselves into a lucrative future. The last four games have averaged over 52,000 fans in the flesh and 50 million via nationwide television. The Lions started Thanksgiving action in 1945 and kept it up ever since. Five different teams played the first six games, the Chicago Bears playing twice, and the Packers were guests (thank you) in the last seven. Detroit lost its first five Thanksgivers but finally broke the spell by hammering the old New York Tanks 49 to 14 in 1950. The Lions then proceeded to whip the Packers in five straight tests before the Bays ended the picnic 24 to 20 in a terrific battle in '56. Thus, the Lions haver a 6-6 record in 12 Turkey Day battles. That tie was due for a busting today, barring a real tie. The Lions' first Thanksgiving Day game in 1945 drew a surprise 40,071, but the Lions had a fine team that year and the Cleveland Rams had a hot club; not enough to win the championship with a rookie quarterback named Bob Waterfield. Cleveland sent over a big crowd for the exciting battle that was won by the Rams 28-21. Cleveland won the Western Division title with 9-1 and went on to top Washington 15-14 for the world's crown. Detroit finished the year 7-3. Natural rivals, Cleveland and Detroit might have been playing on Thanksgiving Day yet but the following year the Rams were moved to Los Angeles. Cleveland has another natural foe for Detroit (the Browns) but the two clubs are in opposite divisions and don't play every year. The Lions looked around for a solid Turkey Day foe for the next five years and didn't have much luck, never drawing more than 28,000, and once dropping down to 13,100. The Packers were brought in for the 1951 game and the attendance of 33,247 was richly rewarded with an 87-point thriller than was won by the Lions 52 to 35. It was pro football at its best - especially in that era of high scores and wide open play. The two clubs gained 949 yards, 471 for Green Bay and 478 for the Lions. They threw 80 passes, 40 apiece, with the Pack completing 17 for 292 yards and the Lions 21 for 306. Bobby Layne, Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason threw eight TD passes in the 12-touchdown battle, with Layne hitting four, Rote three and Thomason one. Rote, now a Lion, gained 131 yards rushing that day and Ray Pelfrey and Stretch Elliott caught 10 passes between 'em. The Pack had to be invited back after that show and the 1952 event was almost as wide open - 72 points in a 48-24 battle won by the Detroits before 39,101. The two clubs scored five touchdowns in the second quarter, with the Lions leading 24-17 at the half. Detroit won handily with 17 points in the last period. Billy Howton was a rookie that year and that day caught three touchdown passes, winding up with seven catches for 125 yards. The big crowds started coming in 1953, when 52,547 turned out to see the Lions make off with a 34-15 edge. The Packers were seven yards from a 22-7 halftime lead when Al Carmichael fumbled and the Lions recovered. Detroit then worked a 98-yard scoring play and the Pack dropped back. The 1954 game, marking the start of the Liz Blackbourn regime, was another thriller and the attendance was 55,532. The Bays defensed the Lions down to two touchdowns but that pesky Jack Christiansen gave Detroit two "free" TDs on a pass interception return and a punt runback. 
may miss the Detroit battle. John Petitbon left action early and Sam Palumbo and Norm Masters never played. Several players, especially Jim Ringo, were bothered with previous injuries but stuck it out. But the Packers had some power lurking on the bench. Ferguson, healthy again after early season injuries, went into action and exploded - 71 yards and a TD in 13 rushing attempts and three pass catches for 26 yards to lead his team in both departments. Ernie Danjean went the distance for Palumbo and got some important tackles, and Carl Vereen, working for Masters at tackle, and Billy Kinard, for Petitbon at cornerbacker, did well. Four of the Packers' five scoring successes were set up by an interception or fumble recovery - to give you an idea of the Pack's defensive work. The defensive unit was led by tackles Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner who spearheaded the charge that boiled Pitt down to only 167 offensive yards, including only 59 yards and three first downs rushing. Here's how the Bays put the offense in good position: In the second quarter, Bill Forester recovered Earl Morrall's fumble on the Pitt five-yard line. Quarterback Bart Starr plunged one yard to give the Pack a 7-3 lead. Five minutes later, Ferguson ripped 40 yards for a 14-3 score - the only time a fumble or interception didn't figure. Two minutes later, Helluin (that's right) intercepted a Morrall pass on the Pitt 22 and in two plays Babe Parilli scored from the five for 21-3. In the fourth quarter, Tom Bettis recovered a fumbled punt on the Pitt 38 and nine plays later Cone field goaled from the 24 for 24-10. In less than two minutes, Bobby Dillon intercepted and returned 38 yards to the Pitt 12 from where Cone added another field goal to set the final reading. The Bays returned interceptions by Dillon, John Symank, Helluin and Hank Gremminger 68 yards and tossed Morrall and Jack Kemp for losses totaling 47 yards attempting to pass. Bettis, Forester and Petitbon recovered Steeler fumbles. The Packers weren't setting ancient Forbes Field on fire with their offense, although they managed 151 yards rushing, with Fergie getting nearly half for a 253-yard total. Starr and Parilli completed only 10 passes in 33 attempts for 108 yards, while Pitt had 14 completions in 27 tries for 108 yards, including Morrall's 15 yarder to Jack McClairen for a TD. Oddly enough, the Packers had passes intercepted on the first and last plays of the game. Dale Dodrill grabbed Starr's throw on the first play after the opening kickoff and on the last maneuver of the game, when the Packers were going for their first 30-pointer of the season, Jack Butler grabbed Parilli's throw in the end zone. This was a real ball changer, since the two clubs punted 15 times, worked six interceptions and grabbed four enemy fumbles. The Pack's Dick Deschaine booted eight of 'em for a 43-yard average, while Jug Girard averaged 44 on seven kicks. The first quarter was eight minutes old when the Bays made a first down - the first of the game. But the Pack paid the price, Hornung getting hurt after gaining five yards between three-yard gains by Don McIlhenny. Before that first down, the Bays lost the ball once on Dodrill's interception and twice on Dick Deschaine's punting. The Steels gave it up once on Gary Glick's field goal try, a fumble by Bill Bowman and a recovery by Petitbon and Girard's punt. Fergie came in after Hornung was hurt and on the next two plays he took a pass from Starr for 11 yards and then ran nine to the Pitt 13. The attack stalled and Cone missed a field goal from the 22. The Steelers went on a 14-play drive late in the first quarter and into the second for Glick's 17-yard FG and a 3-0 lead after 46 seconds of the second frame. This was the longest drive of the game. Ringo was hurt on the next series but he stayed around for most of the action, with Larry Lauer providing some help. Deschaine averaged nearly 50 yards on his next boot and after Hanner and former Packer John Nisby exchanged swings (Dave landed the only solid blow) Forester recovered Morrall's fumble after Helluin tackled the QB hard on the Pitt 5. Ferguson made a nifty one-yard catch of a pass from Starr, who threw as he was being dragged to the ground. Two plays later, Starr leaped in for the touchdown. Cone made the first of three extra points and the Bays were in front for good. Girard punted twice and Deschaine once, and on Jug's second Carmichael returned 12 yards to the Pitt 47. On third down with three to go, Ferguson took a pitchout to the left, went wide, turned the "corner" sharply, slipped away from two Steelers, reversed his field and went in standing up to make the score 14-3. Morrall pitched for a first down but on his next try, Jim Temp and Carlton Massey forced a quick pass with a tough rush and the ball went short, Helluin intercepting on the Pitt 22. Then, Parilli pinpointed Howton on the right for a 17-yard gain to the five. Parilli slipped around right end for the score. He fumbled as  he went into the end zone Ferguson recovered in the pay area, but Parilli automatically scored when he passed the goal line. Anyhow, it was 21-3. The second half wasn't over three minutes old when the Steels started reminding Packer fans of last week's game when the Rams overcame a 24-3 Packer lead to win 31-27. The Bays forced Pitt to punt after one first down but Al Carmichael fumbled and Clyde Beatty recovered on the Pack 19. Three plays later, Morrall threw to Jack McClairen between Dillon and Symank under the goal posts for the touchdown. Glick's points made it 21-10. The Steelers seemed fired up and after two Deschaine punts and one by Girard, the Irons took over on their 23. Morrall hit McClairen for 13 and again for 22 after two short gains, putting the ball on the Packer 36, but Symank stopped a serious threat by intercepting. On the second play of the fourth quarter after Starr hurled 13 yards to Max McGee, Bettis recovered Dean Derby's fumbled Deschaine punt on the Pitt 38. The Bays worked to the 13 on Parilli's 11-yard toss to McIlhenny and Parilli's 12-yard run but a tripping penalty on the Pack forced Cone to try a field goal. Cone made same from the 24 for a 24-10 score. Morrall went to the air immediately and Dillon intercepted the third aerial. The fleet Dillon snared the ball on the 50 and with the aid of blocking by Forester and Symank reached the Pitt 12 where he was pulled down from behind. The Bays got a break for the second field goal. On fourth down, Pitt blocked Cone's field goal try from the 17, but the Steels were offside. Cone tried again - this time from the 12, and made it for 27-10. In the final minutes, the Bays made four first downs and kayoed a spectator, McIlhenny doing the honors when a fan ran onto the field and into the Packer backfield just before Ringo snapped the ball. After Joe Phan was ushered off, Ferguson made 13 yards and Frank Purnell, the No. 3 fullback, replaced Howie. Frank slammed for 13 yards in two tries. After another Deschaine punt, the Bays made 12 yards on McGee's end-arounder and worked into scoring position on Parilli's 10-yard pass to Howton. But on the last play, Butler intercepted Parilli's pass aimed at Joe Johnson in the end zone.
GREEN BAY  -   0  21   0   6  -  27
PITTSBURGH -   0   3   7   0  -  10
                       GREEN BAY    PITTSBURGH
First Downs                   15            11
Rushing-Yards-TD        39-151-3       23-59-0
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 33-10-102-0-2 37-14-155-1-4
Sacked-Yards                   0            47
Net Passing Yards            102           108
Total Yards                  253           167
Fumbles-lost                 2-1           5-3
Turnovers                      3             7
Yards penalized             2-30           1-5
2nd - PITT - Gary Glick, 17-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 3-0
2nd - GB - Bart Starr, 1-yard run (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Howie Ferguson, 40-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - GB - Babe Parilli, 5-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-3
3rd - PITT - Jack McClairen, 14-yard pass from Earl Morrall (Glick kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
4th - GB - Cone, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-10
4th - GB - Cone, 12-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-10
GREEN BAY - Howie Ferguson 13-71 1 TD, Don McIlhenny 12-24, Babe Parilli 4-19 1 TD, Frank Purnell 3-15, Max McGee 1-12, Paul Hornung 2-6, Al Carmichael 1-2, Bart Starr 3-2 1 TD
PITTSBURGH - Billy Wells 12-32, Fran Rogel 6-19, Earl Morrall 2-7, Bill Bowman 2-4, Jack Kemp 1-(-3)
GREEN BAY - Babe Parilli 18-6-63 1 INT, Bart Starr 15-4-39 1 INT
PITTSBURGH - Earl Morrall 33-13-149 1 TD 4 INT, Jack Kemp 4-1-6
GREEN BAY - Howie Ferguson 3-26, Billy Howton 2-26, Al Carmichael 2-16, Max McGee 1-13, Ron Kramer 1-11, Don McIlhenny 1-10
PITTSBURGH - Jack McClairen 5-70 1 TD, Jug Girard 3-37, Billy Wells 3-26, Fran Rogel 3-22
black (what a horrible meal) crow will help, leave us get at least 33 crows - one for each possible contestant? Eh Howie? Thirty-five crows you say? Thirty-three-player limit? Each team is allowed 35 players under the new limit this year, but the Packers will be going with about 28 and several halves and quarters. Coach Liz Blackbourn received the black news from Trainer Bud Jorgensen yesterday - defensive lineman Nate Borden definitely has a broken arm and fullback Paul Hornung won't be able to play because of an ankle sprain. That brings the manpower situation down to 33. Two other players didn't play vs. Pitt last Sunday - tackle Norm Masters and linebacker Sam Palumbo, but both will be in some sort of condition for Sunday. But there are others - Jim Ringo, John Petitbon, Ron Kramer, Norm Amundsen - to mention a few, who have assorted injuries. The Packers pulled themselves together beautifully despite the injuries against the Steelers. Ernie Danjean came off the bench and had himself a wonderful time and Ferguson stepped in for Hornung and gained 71 yards rushing, including a 40-yard TD scamper, and caught three passes. Carl Vereen worked the entire game at offensive tackle and got himself several good blocks, including a couple downfield...SASSY AND ALERT: The defense was real sassy and alert, making up for the offense's inability to move the ball with any degree of consistency. The Bays may not get as many chances to intercept or fumble vs. the Lions (they snared four enemy passes and recovered three fumbles at Pitt), but the Packer offense undoubtedly will get back on the track. The entire business could be interesting for Green Bay. The Packers loosened up today with a workout designed to stretch the muscles and set up some strategy for the Lions. It's a short practice week, to say the least, since the only other drill will be Wednesday. The team met Monday afternoon for movies and a chalk talk. The Bays will fly to Detroit from Austin Straubel Field in two chartered North Central planes at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - If pass interceptions and recovered enemy fumbles are breaks of the game, then the Packers got some good breaks in beating Pittsburgh 27-10 Sunday. The contest had a total of six interceptions and four lost fumbles. The Packers produced four interceptions and three of the fumble recoveries. So nobody can deny that they received the breaks in Pitt. And that quite a switch because enemy teams seemed to have a corner on good bounces. Maybe the Packers helped to make their breaks. In fact, Earl Morrall, the Pitt quarterback, would probably agree that the chief reason for Steeler fumbles and interceptions by the Pack resulted from rugged rushing by the Packer defensive line and extremely timely crashing by the linebackers. Morrall was hurried, forcing a few wild and short throws and insecure possession when he did keep the ball. Both teams were off the offensive beam Sunday and the interceptions and fumbles helped make it quite a show. Take out all the interceptions and fumbles and what do you have left? The score then might have ended 7 to 3 in favor of the Packers since Howie Ferguson's 40-yard touchdown run and Gary Glick's 17-yard field goal were the only scores that weren't set up by an interception or fumble. Of the seven scores (four touchdowns and three field goals), only two were untouched by physical errors. As Coach Liz Blackbourn put it outside Forbes Field after the game: "Isn't it something? We play probably our worst game and win big and then we cut the Rams to pieces in our beat game and lost. How do you figure it out!" The Packers had their poorest passing day of the season, completing only 10 passes in 33 attempts for 102 yards, which amounts to a completion percentage of about 30 and an average gain of 3.0 yards per pass attempt. Yet, they rolled up the biggest winning margin in 18 games - since they walloped the Rams 42 to 17 a year ago. The Bays averaged more rushing (3.8 yards in 39 carries for 151 yards) than they did passing. You've heard about pro football being a little on the unorthodox side compared to college ball which is usually pretty much of a standard two runs, a pass and a punt. There was quite an example in Pitt Sunday when the Steelers had the ball on the Packer 20, first down. QB Morrall sent Billy Wells around right end for a five-yard gain. That puts the ball on the Packer 15 - second and five, not to mention three downs to make five yards. Morrall, and this is the rule in pro ball, goes for the surprise quickie - a pass to Jug Girard in the end zone. But Bobby Dillon has been around the pros for a few years and breaks up the play. Now it's third and five. Morrall then calls a left tackle shot and Wells makes six yards for the first down on the Packer 9. You can get an argument a couple of ways - (1) Morrall was trying to keep the Pack loose down there and apparently he succeeded on that particular series and (2) Morrall didn't figure he could get five yards in three plays the way the Pack had been hitting and his team has been running. Anyhow, on the next first down, Ernie Danjean busted in and threw Wells for a six-yard loss on a left end sweep putting Pitt back on the 15. This time, with second and goal (15) to go, Morrall played it straight - a run (5 yards by Fran Rogel), an incompleted pass and a field goal.
NOV 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - While the Thanksgiving turkey roasts in the oven, the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will be on television in all states except Michigan. Starting at 11 a.m., these pro football teams will try to make mincemeat out of each other in Briggs Stadium, Detroit. There is something about this series which defies explanation. Perhaps it is starting a game so early in the day. In any case, the six Thanksgiving Day meetings of the Lions and Packers have been different. Decidedly so. Probably no other NFL rivalry has produced such a varied and bizarre program. Detroit has won five times and Green Bay only once, last year, but that is not the point. Rarely has anyone turned off the set for any reason but that the game is over. If Thursday's meeting is like the others, it will be some pumpkins. The oddities since 1951, when the Packers became the visiting team for this turkey appetizer, would fill a book. There have been intercepted laterals, long passes, long punt returns, fumbles and interceptions galore. Mostly there have been high scores, although there was the turkey of two years ago when Green Bay got 10 points before the usual sellout crowd had settled down and then couldn't score again because of a lack of a center who could have the ball to the quarterback at the proper time. Detroit won the first five games and where the scores are one-sided, the games weren't. It was 52-35 in 1951, 48-24 in 1952, 34-15 in 1953, 28-24 in 1954 and 24-10 in 1955. The Packers, grossly overdue, won a year ago, 24-20, knocking Detroit out of the Western Division title and fans from coast to coast right out of their easy chairs. The highlights, year by year, thumbnail version, follows: 1951 - Green Bay led, 21-10, in the second quarter but Detroit won 52-35. Jack Christiansen, still a sturdy Lion defender, broke it up with punt returns of 71 and 89 yards. Tobin Rote, young Packer quarterback, gained 332 of Green Bay's 471 yards by himself - 131 running and 201 passing. 1952 - Detroit won, 48-24, but it was 31-24 going into the final period. Rote threw touchdown passes to Bill Howton, but the Packers lost six fumbles. 1953 - The Packers lost, 34-15, and Gene Ronzani resigned as coach the next morning. Green Bay led at the half, 15-7, and had first down on Detroit's three in the third period when Al Carmichael fumbled a lateral from Babe Parilli. Detroit then woke up under the lights (it was snowing hard) and went ahead, 21-15. First, Detroit scored on Bobby Layne's 97 yard pass to Cloyce Box following the fumble recovery and then the Lions tallied again after an interception of one of Parilli's passes. Still Green Bay was in it, but when the Packers reached Detroit's eight, Parilli fumbled the ball away. Parilli fumbled still another time to set up Detroit's final touchdown. 1954 - Detroit won, 28-24, its second four point victory over Lisle Blackbourn's luckless Packers in five days. It had been 21-17 in Green Bay the Sunday before. The defeat was Green Bay's sixth that season, by a margin of 27 points. Jack Christiansen again helped Detroit with two touchdowns on a 30 yard interception and a 61 yard punt return. The Packers, however, dropped seven passes and muffed two excellent interception opportunities. Breezy Reid scored one Green Bay touchdown on a 52 yard run after a lateral from Rote and Rote passed 82 yards to Max McGee, sensational rookie end, for another. Carmichael had a clear field ahead with five minutes to go when he dropped Rote's strike at midfield. 1955 - A real turkey. The ball was lost on fumbles 10 times, evenly divided. The Packers threatened to run the last place Lions out of the park with a 10-0 lead and two other muffed opportunities. Then center Jim Ringo slipped on the frozen turf while trying to throw a block, and threw his back out of kilter instead. The Packers had no other center. Linebacker Tom Bettis tried to fill in at a strange position and Green Bay, its timing gone, could move no more. The Packers were offside or in motion at least once on every series the rest of the game. Lew Carpenter scored one Lion touchdown on a 49 yard run when Detroit was trying to make one yard on fourth down. Sonny Gandee go another when, on a field goal try, the pass from center went wild. Rote recovered and tried to lateral to Fred Cone and Gandee got the ball instead and ran 46 yards. Howton dropped a touchdown pass in the clear, 10 yards behind defending Jim David. Detroit finally won, 24-10, ending Green Bay's modest title hopes. 1956 - This time it was 13-3, Detroit, going into the last quarter and it was 20-10 with less than nine minutes to play. Then Rote caught fire as only Rote can. Passing on almost every play and running for big yardage when he appeared trapped for losses, the tall Texan finally beat the Lions, 24-20, with a 13 yard pass to Howton with 1 minute 39 seconds to go. And 1957 - Rote is now a Lion and Parilli is back with the Packers. Christiansen, Layne, Carmichael, McGee, Cone and Howton will be on the screen again. The Packers will be decided underdogs, but they owe Detroit something for the way the Lions mauled them at Green Bay at World Series time.
NOV 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Buddy Parker, the Pied Piper who is expected to lead the Steelers out of pro football's doldrums, heard the boo bird for the first time this season at Pittsburgh Sunday. He then learned that fans at Forbes Field can be as fickle as the Briggs Stadium folks when you lose to a team you expect to whip. And the Packer game certainly was expected to be salted away early. Last-place Green Bay was figured to be an easy outing for the revamped Steelers. So how come the Packers chalked up an amazingly easy 27-10 victory? When the Western Division's last place team knocks off an Eastern contender is the West the best? "I don't think either team played good football," was Coach Liz Blackbourn's immediate reaction. "They looked rusty, maybe that open date last Sunday hurt them But we got some breaks this time. You need them to win. Out linebackers sure did a good job shooting the gap on (Earl) Morall - and that helped tremendously." You might say, then, the "moral" of this thinking is don't take the Packer defense for granted. Blackbourn pointed out that Bart Starr had one of his poorest days. His first pass was batted high into the air and intercepted. He completed only four of 15 for 39 yards. Blackbourn added that Starr's elbow, injured in the Ram game, was not responsible for his poor performance. "It was just one of those days," blamed Blackbourn. But getting back to his defensive platoon. Blackbourn said, "they never let up. That's what won for us." The Packers' third victory proved a costly one. Nate Borden, the dependable defensive end, broke his forearm in the second period. He will be lost for the remainder of the season. Fullback Paul Hornung, hurt the second time he carried the ball, severely sprained his ankle. He will miss the Detroit game Thursday. "I think Borden hit his arm on somebody's helmet," Blackbourn said. "He went back in the game, but when we saw he couldn't do anything we knew he had been seriously hurt." Blackbourn said somebody apparently stepped on Hornung's ankle after he tried to break loose after being hit. Ice packs were applied when he sat on the bench, but Hornung was in much pain. The injury-riddled Bays are now down to three linebackers, two defensive ends, two defensive tackles, two offensive ends and one able bodied center. When linebacker Ernie Danjean, filling in for the injured Sam Palumbo, was shaken up, Blackbourn was going to switch Carlton Massey to the linebacking spot and put Ron Kramer in as a defensive end. But Danjean stayed in. With only three days to pick up the pieces and prepare for the contending Lions, Blackbourn called the first Monday squad meeting of the season. "It's going to be darn tough trying to get ready on this short notice the way we're banged up," Blackbourn said. "It's getting to a point where we're lucky to field a team." Jerry Helluin's interception of a Morrall pass in the second period set up the Packers' third touchdown from the Pitt 23. But the club's biggest man (265 pounds) claimed he could have scored himself on the interception if "I had any downfield blocking." Jug Girard, playing his 10th season of pro football, said he will definitely quit after this year. Girard wants to go back to Detroit to manage the Lions' Den, a cocktail lounge co-operated with Hunchy Hoernschymeyer. Girard is still a feared pro. He caught three passes for 37 yards and punted seven times for a 44.3 yard average.
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - Packer fullback Paul Hornung, who suffered a severely sprained ankle at Pittsburgh Sunday, was sent home on crutches Tuesday by coach Liz Blackbourn. "He's got a real bad sprain, worse than we had feared," Blackbourn said. "We will be lucky to have him for our last game at San Francisco." Blackbourn said veteran Howie Ferguson will start at fullback. Ferguson looked good against the Steelers and came out of the contest without hurting his damaged knees. The Packers lost their starting defensive end, Nate Borden, Sunday after he broke his forearm. Blackbourn added that linebacker Sam Palumbo will also miss the Thanksgiving Day battle because "he just can't run." Center Jim Ringo will see part-time duty because of a shoulder ailment and defensive halfback John Petitbon will also be used sparingly because of a stone bruise. Blackbourn said he was trying to get immediate help, but as yet hadn't found any.
NOV 26 (Detroit) - Possible, but not probable. That sums up the Detroit Lions' chances to capture the Western Division championship in the NFL. After absorbing a 27-7 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears last Sunday, the Lions' stock has dropped considerably. A three-week resurgence by the offensive team came to an end with a dull thud. And what is the outlook? Not bright. The Lions must face the rebuilding Green Bay Packers in Briggs Stadium Thursday. Then the Cleveland Browns, who have lost only one game so far this season, close the home stand. If that isn't bad enough, the club must play the Bears again in their own backyard - where it hasn't won a game since 1953. It is difficult to find a bright spot in the Lions' picture after their performance against the Bears. They started with a great surge - but also folded just as quickly. The Lion linemen were mishandled. The defense wasn't quite so bad as the offense, but it was vulnerable in the key situations. It was put in a hole on several occasions by offensive mistakes. A fumble by Bobby Layne gave the Bears the ball on the Detroit 15 in the second quarter. The defense held for three downs, but a field goal from the 10 on fourth down put the Bears ahead. With the Lions trailing by only 10 points in the third quarter, another mistake made it possible for the Bears to put the game out of reach. This time a bad pitchout from Tobin Rote to John Henry Johnson wound up in the Bears' possession on the Detroit 16. Four plays later the Bears scored to make it 24 to 7. If there was any one play which seemed to deflate the Lions, it was a pass maneuver that went awry in the first quarter. The Lions had scored once and were on the move again when the ball bounced off the fingers of Jim Doran into the hands of a Bear defender. From that point, nothing seemed to work for the Lions. Monday afternoon the Lions went back to work to prepare for the Thanksgiving Day engagement with the Packers. Physically the team is in good shape. But, if the Lions take the Packers as lightly as they did the Bears Sunday, the championship aspirations will go right out the window. The Packers have been beaten six times, but no team, including the Lions, has been able to coast against Green Bay. While there is much ado about mental attitudes and whether a team is "up" for a game - winning football boils down to solid blocking and tackling. If the Lions work at those two phases of football for the next three weeks, a title is possible. But another fiasco like the Bear performance and it's not probable. Reports from Green Bay indicate that the Packers will be at a decided disadvantage in Thursday's game here. Paul Hornung, who has been the team's leading ground-gainer since moving to fullback, sprained an ankle and probably will not play. In addition, the Packers have five other players hurt. They are down to three linebackers, two defensive ends, two defensive tackles, two offensive tackles and two offensive ends and one center. Don McIlhenny, the former Lions, is listed as the No. 1 fullback since a wave of injuries has hit the Packers. Nate Borden, regular defensive end, suffered a broken arm in Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
NOV 27 (Detroit-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place. The Packers hope to make a liar out of "they" in Briggs Stadium here Thursday morning (11 o'clock, your time) when Green Bay takes on the Lions before close to 55,000 fans in the flesh and millions via television. A year ago, the Packers, with a 2-6 record, upset the Lions, with 7-1, on Thanksgiving morn here to the tune of 24-21 with a 21-point fourth quarter. The stage is a similar setting - Green Bay with 3-6 and Detroit with 5-4. That 1956 clutch victory knocked the Lions out of the championship. A victory here tomorrow would do the same. Mr. Lightning, get into position! The Packers are in terrible condition compared to a year ago. Two regulars are definitely out - Nate Borden, the fine defensive lineman, and Paul Hornung, the rookie fullback. Borden is through for the season with a broken arm and Hornung will miss the next two games with a sprained ankle. There are at least eight injured players who will be hampered. Among them are center Jim Ringo, defensive back John Petitbon and linebacker Sam Palumbo. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn took a step toward correcting the injury situation by adding 260-pound Tom Finnin, a defensive tackle, who was waived earlier this week by the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers claimed waivers on the burly battler and he made the trip here with the team. Blackbourn said Tom, who was traded by the Baltimore Colts to the Cards earlier in the season, will serve as the Packers' fifth defensive lineman. Injuries have leveled the Packers to two defensive tackles and two defensive ends. If a defensive end (Carlton Massey and Jim Temp) Dave Hammer would go to that spot and Finnin would play tackle. Finnin, 28, incidentally, knows Detroit in more ways than one. He played at the University of Detroit before joining the Colts in 1953 and he has worked against the Lions in at least eight games. Finnin won't be the only one going home, as it were. Big Ron Kramer, the former Michigan star, hails from Detroit and will be playing his first game in Briggs Stadium. But the big guy may not be at full steam; his back is bothering him. The game also will be the first in Briggs for the four former Lions - Don McIlhenny, Ollie Spencer, Jim Salsbury and Norm Masters. And that goes for the two former Packers with the Lions - Tobin Rote and Roger Zatkoff. Rote probably will start - as he did in Green Bay Oct. 6. Bothered by a bad cold that day, Tobin led the Lions in for a 7-0 lead and then stayed out for most of the game while Bobby Layne handled the 24-14 victory. Both Rote and Layne had "bad days" in the 27-7 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday, so Coach George Wilson probably is undecided on his starting QB. The Lions have been cocky in practice this week, according to the grapevine here, but Wilson made this statement today: "If we've got championship stuff, I hope we've learned (after the Bear loss) that we can't overlook anybody in the league." The Packers aren't cocky, of course, what with a 3-6 record, but they certainly were lively in practice yesterday - the only full-length workout for this game. They held a brief one in Green Bay before flying out this afternoon. The Packers feel they've lost enough "tough ones" and expect to give it a full go Thursday. This Thanksgiving Day show is a special plum because it's strictly nationwide - not to mention being one of the NFL's selling points. The Packers are 
staying at the Fort Shelby Hotel here tonight. They'll fly back to Green Bay right after the game and are due to land at Austin Straubel Field about 5:30...Watching practice yesterday was Tarz Taylor, former Packer line coach. Tarz recently joined Green Bay Poster Advertising as the Green Bay representative in Chicago. Charley Brck, the former all-time Packer center, is president of GBPA...WARNING: Tom Miller, Packer publicity chief, discovered here the last few days that the Lions "expect to win their last three games and the Western championship."
NOV 27 (Detroit) - "Don't let that 3-6 record fool you. We have a good football team." That's the way Tom Miller, the Green Bay Packers' publicist, started his analysis of the club which will attempt to knock the Lions out of the Western Division title chase at Briggs Stadium Thursday noon. The Packers are a good football team, but they have been shackled with injuries and a lot of breaks have gone against them in the nine games played so far. Only once did the Packers take a real shellacking. That was in the third game of the season when the Baltimore Colts whipped them 45 to 17. "Everything seemed to go wrong in that game," Miller said. But the Packers upset the Colts, 24 to 21, in a return engagement. In fact, the Packers have done no worse than split with any of their Western Division foes. They divided four with the Bears and Colts, then split with the two Eastern teams, beating Pittsburgh and losing to the New York Giants. In their six defeats, the Packers dropped two games by 10 points, another by four and one by seven. This Packer team will have a decided new look for Detroit fans. Only three players in the starting offensive lineup have appeared here as Packers before. Second-year quarterback Bart Starr, fullback Howie Ferguson and star end Bill Howton are the veterans. Four Packers are members of the Lion alumni society. Don McIlhenny will be at left half, with Ollie Spencer, Norm Masters and Jim Salsbury in the line. Half a dozen Packers are nursing injuries. The main casualty is Paul Hornung, former Notre Dame quarterback, who has become the
The final score was 28-24, but it should have been 24-14 Green Bay. The 1955 Packer showing was somewhat disappointing since the Bays entered the game with a 5-4 record against Detroit's 2-7. It was a 10-10 standoff going into the last quarter, when the Lions scored twice to win 24-10. The Bays were going for a 17-0 lead in the first quarter when they lost the ball on downs deep in Detroit territory. The crowd was 51,685. The 1956 game was an all-timer and the gate reached 54,087. The Bays scored 21 points in the last quarter to win 24-20 behind flawless pitching by Rote who completed 21 passes in 40 attempts for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Howie Ferguson caught seven passes, Gary Knafelc 5, Howton 4, Joe Johnson 3, Jack Losch 1 and Fred Cone 1.
NOV 28 (Green Bay) - The Stadium Dedication weekend in Green Bay was not only a great success from the spectator's point of view, it was also a success financially, it was announced today. Total receipts in the celebration amounted to $19,036.54, and total expenditures were $18,899.62, leaving a balance of $136.92, according to John M. Rose, who served as chairman of the finance committee for the event...FOR CIVIC PURPOSE: The balance is being held for any contingent bills which might show up, and any such balance eventually will be given to some civic purpose, Rose said. The sale of Packer Backer buttons practically financed all of the activities of the weekend. Such widespread support of a civic celebration is unique in the experience of the Association of Commerce, compared with similar events staged in other cities. The button sale brought in $13,145. Sale of bumper stickers realized $185 and concession rights at the old stadium raised $202. Merchants paid $4,607 for store front decorations which cost the committee $4,267, and banquet tickets raised $897.50 against expenses for the banquet of $326.80...EXPENDITURES LISTED: Major expenditures were $5,781 for talent, $2,804 for Venetian Night, $1,078 for the parade, $591 for the bumper stickers, $863 for expenses at the old stadium spectacular, $254 for publicity, $61 at the new stadium and $1,164 in miscellaneous expenses. The event was staged by a civic committee appointed by Mayor Otto Rachals and chairmanned by Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo.
NOV 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - If Liz Blackbourn could pull the long end of the wishing bone and be guaranteed his wish, Thanksgiving Day could be a happy holiday for the Packers. Blackbourn needs the helping hand of Dame Fortune Thursday. His bruised and battered Bays face the mountainous task of battling the title-bidding Lions - and it just shouldn't be.If you want to sit in on the apparent mismatch, tune into WXIX-TV at 11 a.m, Milwaukee time. A sellout throng of 52,000 will be clamoring for their roaring Lions to feast on their wounded foe. Detroit must beat Green Bay to remain the Wild West race. If ever a team had a game in the bag, it should be the Lions this time. Blackbourn brought his cripples into town Wednesday afternoon minus fullback Paul Hornung and defensive back Nate Borden. However, Liz had a replacement for Borden. The Packers placed Nate on the injured reserve list and claimed defensive tackle Tom Finnin after he had been placed on waivers by the Cardinals. The 6-2, 270 pound Finnin is a five-year veteran. Besides the Cards, the 29-year old saw duty with the Giants and the Colts. Hornung's sprained ankle was so serious Blackbourn ordered him on crutches and sent home. Howie Ferguson, the old workhorse who has had his share of injuries this season, will take over for the bonus choice. Fergy had his best day of the season against Pittsburgh. But Fergy is also living on borrowed time with a bad case of football knees. Blackbourn's offensive line will be operating with an ailing Jim Ringo, a center who should sit this one out because of a shoulder injury. "Ringo has to play," said Blackbourn, "half a Ringo is better than none." Liz brought three other "physical wrecks" with him, but will use them only as a last resort. They are linebacker Sam Palumbo, tackle Norm Masters and defensive halfback John Petitbon. While Blackbourn was keeping his fingers crossed, Lion Coach George Wilson boasted that his pros should be in fine shape.
NOV 28 (Detroit) - Win and wait! That's the routine for the Lions this week as they face the Green Bay Packers in the annual Thanksgiving Day football battle at Briggs Stadium. The kickoff is at 12 noon. If they are to stay in the running for the Western Division title, the Lions must win. Then they will be forced to wait and see what develops in the Los Angeles-Baltimore game in Baltimore Sunday. The Lions (5-4) are currently a game behind the league-leading Colts (6-3) in the standings. The betting gentry have installed the Lions as 10-point favorites to beat the Packers. This advantage is based primarily on the physical fitness of the Lions as opposed to the battered Packers. In recent years, however, the Packers have always played their best football against the Lions - winning when the odds are the longest. Last year, the Lions blew a 20-10 lead in the fourth quarter when Tobin Rote pitched touchdown passes in a brilliant finish and the Packers won, 24-20. Rote, of course, is now a member of the Lions. But the Packers have a youngster, Bart Starr, who is throwing passes to Billy Howton and ex-Wolverine Ron Kramer. Veteran Babe Parilli is around to back Starr in the Packers' version of the two-quarterback system. The Lions will be shooting for their first sweep of a series this season. They rolled over the Packers, 24 to 14, in the second game of the season. Although Tobin Rote started the first game against his old mates, Bobby Layne will most likely get the call this time. He'll work with Gene Gedman, Howard (Hopalong) Cassady and John Henry Johnson in the backfield. The Packers' No. 1 unit will consist of Starr at quarterback, with former Lion Don McIlhenny and Kramer at the halves and Howie Ferguson at fullback. If Paul Horning recovers from a sprained ankle, he'll be at fullback. Howton is the best long threat on passing for the Packers. He's sixth in the league, grabbing 28 passes for 607 yards and five touchdowns. Howton is tied in touchdowns with the Lions' Jim Doran, who has picked off 31 tosses for 604 yards. Detroit can look for some trouble passing against the Packers, Bobby Dillon and John Symank, of Green Bay, rate in the first five in the league in pass interceptions. Dillon has picked off seven and Symank six as the Packers have held the opposition to a mere 47.1 percent in completions. The Lions have allowed 57 percent of the enemy aerials to be completed. The Packers got some help for their defensive club Wednesday when they signed Tom Finnin, the old U. of Detroit star, on waivers from the Chicago Cardinals. Finnin, a 6-foot-2, 265-pounder, was a four-year veteran tackle for the Baltimore Colts before joining the Cardinals. To make room for Finning, the Packers put end Nate Borden on the injured reserve list. He broke an arm last Sunday. Thursday's game will be carried on a coast-to-coast 190-station television network, with the usual 75-mile radius around Detroit blacked out. The game will be carried locally on WJR and WKMH radio. Although the Lions have dominated the series since 1950, the Packers have a 28-20 edge in the overall competition. Green Bay, however, has won only twice in the 15 games played since 1950, taking the 1955 opener, 20 to 17, and then winning last year here.
Packers' leading ground-gainer as a fullback. Hornung, who sprained his ankle in last week's game, is a doubtful starter. Green Bay most likely will start Starr at quarter, with McIlhenny and Ron Kramer at the halves and Ferguson at fullback. Both McIlhenny and Ferguson turned in fine performances when the Packers beat the Steelers last week. Kramer is developing into a dangerous pass receiver. He is teamed with Howton, the long threat and for years one of the league's best flankers. The Lions had a comparatively easy time in winning Green Bay. They beat the Packers, but the losers have shown much improvement since then. The Lions should remember what the Packers did to them last Thanksgiving Day. A brilliant passing attack upset Detroit, 24 to 21, and the defeat probably cost the Lions the title.
NOV 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn, a tireless worker, has very definite ideas how the Packers can bounced back to the top where they reigned so long in pro football. Blackbourn has found out, like his predecessors, that life in Green Bay can't be beautiful with a losing football team. Injuries and bad breaks may sound like the old alibi tune to many fans. Yet it's a proven fact the healthy and lucky team is the one which takes it all in pro football. The Packers haven't been healthy and they haven't been lucky. They've come real close time and again - but how well Blackbourn realizes that close means nothing. "When I took over in '54," Blackbourn recalled, "we went to camp with 49 men. We had to scrape to get that many. As it turned out, we were caught short-handed. There wasn't a good fight for any position. That '54 squad won four and lost eight," Blackbourn continued. "We went with the same veterans but added a bigger camp roster the next year. We wound up with 6-6. When that same nucleus tailed last season we realized we weren't on the right track. Changes were necessary and changes will be necessary until we get winning material." Trading quarterback Tobin Rote was the biggest gamble. Had Blackbourn lost his mind, many an observer wondered. But the way things have turned out it was a wise decision. Halfback Don McIlhenny, one of the four Lions obtained for the veteran quarterback and Val Joe Walker, has given the Bays a running halfback threat - something absent for several season. Ollie Spencer, Jim Salsbury and Norm Masters plugged the offensive line holes left vacant by rookies who went into service and retired vets. It's no secret Blackbourn was unhappy with the early season play of these Detroit bruisers. They weren't producing in the manner expected by their new coach. Whether Liz got tough with this trio or not, a change was apparent in the fifth game. It can be said now they have been responsible for springing a complimentary passing and running attack. The trade with Cleveland in which Babe Parilli, John Petitbon, Sam Palumbo, Billy Kinard and Carlton Massey were obtained for Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett gave the Packers immediate veteran help. Parilli could still be the No. 1 quarterback if he gains confidence. A beautiful faker and a deadly long ball passer, the Babe has won and lost games on critical plays. His bad habit is throwing to the called receiver even though he is covered like a blanket. An enemy rush flusters him - it makes him panic. Blackbourn said if he had to do it over again, he would pick Paul Hornung as his bonus choice and Ron Kramer as his first pick. The Notre Dame Golden Boy who will serve a six month service hitch, will get a big chance to show his passing ability in the preseason campaign next year. He has proved to be a good runner. Kramer grabbed the starting slotback position as if it were made for him. The rugged Michigan All-American will be lost for three years when he enters the Air Force at the end of the season. Blackbourn is counting on Veryl Switzer, Doyle Nix and Forrest Gregg next year. Gregg is rated by assistant coach Lou Rymkus as the best lineman he has ever coached. Blackbourn retained only 15 veterans from last year's squad. "We were all new to each other," he pointed out. "But we've come along fast - then those injuries. I'm positive if I'm still here next year or whoever is the Packers will be a winning football team. We've got the makings."