CARDS TOUGHER IN REMATCH
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - Like Dave Hanner was saying yesterday. “They must have been sick last time because they couldn’t be that bad. I played against those old boys a lot of times and I know what they can do. I suppose the ones that wasn’t sick thought they was. They’ll be after us this time, I’ll say.” In short, the veteran Packer defensive tackle sounded the keynote for the Packers’ second game with the Chicago Cardinals in eight days, the rematch being scheduled in Austin, Tex., Saturday night. The Packers beat the Cards 24 to 16 in Miami, Fla., last Friday night – the game Hanner was referring to, and a number of the Cards were laid up with the flu. The Packers were flying to Austin today, being scheduled to land there early this afternoon. They flew out of Stevens Point this morning in two chartered North Central planes and switched to Braniff Airlines in Chicago. Hanner is one of a few athletes who practices (despite the heat) in a rubber jacket. Every so often he’ll take a timeout to “run off” the sweat – by loosening up the rubber part of the jacket around the wrist. Asked how training was shaping up this year, big Dave said “it’s been fine and I like this idea of playing in only half the exhibitions. Except I’d like to play all (of the defense) of the last two or three to get the swing of things before the league season.” Coach Liz Blackbourn says he plans to continue his plan of substituting by units against the Cardinals. He carried on this procedure in Miami except on two occasions to stop Cardinal drives deep in Packer territory. Blackbourn has two complete offensive units and two defensive groups ready for action. Fifty-one players are making the trip – one less than originally expected. The lone misses is safetyman Bibble Bawel, the former Philadelphia Eagle, who left camp Wednesday night unannounced. Bawel came to the Packers in a trade for Len Szafaryn. Liz still has four safetymen ready to divide defensive chores – Bobby Dillon, John Symank, Billy Kinard and Bill Roberts. Symank, a tough little rabbit, has been doing exceptionally well and had been working with Dillon on the first unit. Roberts was switched from offense this season and Kinard was one of six players obtained in the Cleveland trade. The Packers spent quite a bit of time doing platoon work – punting, punt return, kickoff, kickoff returning, etc., and Blackbourn later explained that “there sure isn’t a shortage of good material for the platoons, but the question is whether we’ll have the good platoon boys around when we have to cut to 35.” Blackbourn always has been in the market for good athletes who can do a lot of things. And to top off the platooning afternoon, Blackbourn answered a knock on the door, said "come in," and reported later that the visitor (Glenn Bestor) wondered why he hadn't been playing on a platoon. You can bet Bestor, the former University of Wisconsin fullback, will be in some platoon Saturday night...The Packers will go to Milwaukee Sunday after the show in Austin. They'll headquarter at the Astor Hotel and practice at Washington Park in preparation for the Shrine classic against the Philadelphia Eagles in County Stadium Wednesday night. The Bays will return to Stevens Point Thursday.
ROTE GOOD, BUT STARR, PARILLI, WILL MORE THAN OFFSET HIS LOSS- LIZ
AUG 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers traded off a quarterback who could play on anybody's team to get themselves a line this season. Now there's no Tobin Rote, a hard-nosed Texan who was the passingest Packer ever. Coach Liz Blackbourn said he was as "happy as the devil" at the time he bartered Rote for Detroit beef. When asked how the Packers will operate without Rote, Liz said: " Bart Starr is our quarterback. That Alabama boy had more poise than Rote last fall, his first season, and he's one of the smartest signal-callers in the game. He's not as good mechanically as Rote was in some respects, but good enough and he's quick in the head. Then we got Babe Parilli back from the Browns. Babe wasn't happy with Cleveland and he seems to like coming back to us. We know he's a good football player. In Paul Hornung, we got the kind of rookie you're always hoping for and seldom ever see. He's green as grass in many angles of the pro game, but he'll learn quickly." Hornung rose to the spotlight Thursday as being the best running quarterback in camp. "Hornung is a big strong kid who runs real good," praised Blackbourn. "And that puts him on a higher plane as quarterbacks go." A better runner than Rote? "Yes," was Blackbourn's emphatic answer. "We won't send this one back," he added. Credell (Incredible) Green, Washington halfback, appears as another rookie who will stick. At the moment Green is Blackbourn's No. 1 halfback, moving ahead of veterans Don McIlhenny and Al Carmichael. A disappointment has been Ron Kramer, the team's No. 1 draft choice. Although handicapped by a sore heel sustained in the pre-season opener against the Cardinals, Kramer has been comparatively slow in catching onto Blackbourn's offense. Kramer was labeled sure stuff when he came to camp. When asked who ranks behind him as a slot back, Blackbourn said, "you mean who's ahead of him." The Packer coach then picked rookie Ken Vakey and veteran Joe Johnson ahead of Kramer. Blackbourn credits an improved defense as the key to this year's success. He pointed out that the acquisitions of John Petitbon from Cleveland and Bibbles Bawel from Philadelphia provide greater depth. "Then Hank Gremminger has looked much better," said Liz. "Rookie John Symank looks good and in Bobby Dillon we have the best in the league."
CARDS' MATSON KING OF PRO RUNNERS
AUG 23 (Austin, TX) - The Chicago Cardinals, who deal in more futures than most grain speculators, will be playing a comparative pat hand in the NFL race, partly because of their trading in futures. It's a hand, however, that was good enough for a strong second in the Eastern Conference race and a pair of three-point defeats kept them from finishing in the top rung ahead of the New York Giants. Two of the top cards of the Cardinal hand this year should be of tremendous appeal to football kibitzers from this area. First, there's Ollie Matson, a native Texan who is the acknowledged king of the pro runners. Then there's that classy defensive secondary that has drawn heavily on Austin-produced talent. They'll be on display Saturday night at Memorial Stadium against the Green Bay Packers. Matson, who spent his boyhood years in Houston but sprung to prominence in California athletics, is in a class by himself as a runner and is considered the complete football player, too. But it's his amazing ability to break loose that made the Cardinals so rough last year. The 6-2, 210-pounder combines more speed and power than any back in the pro ranks and his ability to capitalize on an opening is the talk of the pro ranks. The 27-year old Matson really came into his own last year, his fourth pro season, but had to settle for second in rushing with 924 yards on 192 carries. Rick Casares, the Chicago Bear fullback, topped him with 1,126 yards in 234 totes but three big gems totaling 220 yards by Matson were erased by penalties. They would have given him the title for sure and also would have enabled him to flirt with the all-time season rushing total of 1,146 Steven Van Buren set with the Philadelphia Eagles on 263 carries in 1949...MORE TAKEN AWAY THAN MOST GAINED: Cardinal publicist Eddie McGuire figures that Matson, in all, lost around 350 yards on plays called back. That yardage total he lost was exceeded by only 23 of the ball carriers in the league and another 84 failed to gain as much as Matson lost on penalties in the entire 12-game schedule! Matson's big whistle losses were touchdown runs of 83 and 65 yards against the hated crosstown Bears, who emerged with a 10-3 victory. The next week a penalty cost him a 72-yard breakway run against Cleveland. Long runs have long been a Matson trademark. As a collegian, he scored 41 touchdowns with San Francisco U. and 19 of them were from 40 or more yards out. Ollie finished out at SFU in 1951 as an All-American and since '52 was an Olympic year, he turned to a long dash - the 400-meter race. Though it was his only serious track fling, he took down a bronze medal against the classiest field of the quadrennial games. Although Matson's running is his best known talent, he's gained respect for his blocking, pass receiving and defense. He broke in as a pro in '52, working part time on defense and could be a standout at that end of the game if his offense weren't so precious. The Cardinal defensive secondary is responsible for much of the quick success the club has had. Back in 154, McGuire points out, the Cardinals gave up 29 touchdown passes despite some outstanding work by Dick (Night Train) Lane, the big cog of the present set of deep backs. The increased efficiency of the Cardinal secondary shows up dramatically in figures. The TD figure was cut to 16 permitted in '55 and last year to eight, second best figure in the league. The completion figure against the Cards was 44.9 percent, best in the NFL. Lane, and Anderson High product who did his collegiate playing at Scottsbluff, Neb., handles the left corner job on defense but appropriately wears an end's number, 81. The long-shanked Lane steps in on occasions as an end and is deadly against his rival defensive counterparts when he does...SPENCE FINAL LINK FOR CARD DEFENSE: He had a 95-yard touchdown pass gain against Green Bay in 1954. Last year, he stepped is as an end in a clutch job against the Bears and took a pass for 75 yards down to the nine-yard line on the final play of the game. "Lane had a bad leg in that game, or it would have been a 10-10 games. J.C. Caroline got him from behind but with two good legs, nobody catches Lane," McGuire counsels. Jimmy Hill, a Dallas product who played for Sam Huston here, does a nifty job at the other corner and Lindon Crow, the USC ex who like Hill is also starting his third year with the Cards, works at the right safety and last year led the league with 12 interceptions. The unit was completed last year with the addition of Julian Spence, an Anderson and Sam Huston alumnus, at the left safety. Spence did an outstanding job until struck down with an injury in the seventh game last year. He's ailing from a cut heel this fall but is expected to be able to get in against the Packers Saturday night. Rookie talent is slim with the Cardinals this year, partly because of their dealing in futures. They had to give up their fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth draft choices, owed on beneficial deals they made last year. The dealing in futures also shows up in 12 of their draft choices being men who won't come out of college for at least another season. A striking example of this dealing in futures is Paul Larson, the California All-America quarterback who was drafted in 1954. Here it is three seasons later and Larson is just a rookie after a final season of college and two in the service. And Baylor's Dave Lunceford, an offensive tackle, and Charley Dupre, a defensive safety candidate, both are trying to break in as rookies this year though drafted after their junior years. Top rookie hope is the Cards' No. 1 draft choice, center Jerry Tubbs, but the Oklahoman has been ailing from an all-star practice wound and probably won't perform here.
CARDINAL, PACKER SQUADS ARRIVE IN AUSTIN TODAY
AUG 23 (Austin, TX) - Austin's red - and green - carpet will be out Friday when the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers arrive for their Saturday 8 p.m. date in Memorial Stadium. Opponents in the first professional football game ever held in Austin, the Packers and Cardinals will arrive by plane shortly before noon Friday, just in time for a luncheon in their honor at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel. Austin's three Kiwanis Clubs, who first had the idea of bringing pro football to Austin, are giving the luncheon. After eating, the two teams will hold brief drills at Memorial Stadium. The Packers work out at 3 p.m. and the Cards an hour later. Friday night, both teams will be guests of Allen Russell and the Austin baseball team when the Senators play San Antonio at 8 p.m. Memorial Stadium should be in good condition for the game. Temporary goal posts have been erected on the goal lines in accord with NFL rules. The permanent posts are, of course, the collegiate regulation 10 yards back. The UT stadium's turf, unused since June's NCAA track and field meet, is in almost perfect condition, so, if the weatherman cooperates with warm, but not to warm, weather things should be ideal when the two NFL contenders collide. The contest from the standpoint of last week's meeting in Miami, is apt to be a battle between a Packer passing offense and a tremendous Cardinal ground game. Top quarterback, at this stage, in the Packer camp is Bart Starr, a good but not outstanding back at Alabama when it played in the Cotton Bowl in 1954. As a pro, however, Starr has developed into a topflight passer and reputedly one of the NFL's best "thinking" signal-callers. Both of Starr's subs have All-America credentials. Babe Parilli, an alternate starter at Green Bay a few years ago, was an All-American at Kentucky in 1950 and 1951, and Paul Hornung made All-America selections at Notre Dame the past two seasons. The Cardinals are admittedly little more than clunkers when it comes to passing, but their Ollie Matson-powered running attack is second to none. Working with Matson, almost unanimously rated the top running back in football, will be quarterback Lamar McHan, late of Arkansas, and All-Americans Johnny Olszewski of California and Joe Childress of Auburn. Quite a few good seats are still available for the game.