AUG 29 (Milwaukee-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "You can't play two games inside of a week and expect to have an offense look like anything - especially at this stage of the game." That's how Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn felt after last night's 16-13 Packer victory over the Eagles in County Stadium. To be sure, the Packers, as they dressed after the game, seemed to be elated about winning but there was a certain quiet that reflected a disappointment in the Packers' inability to score offensive points. Blackbourn expressed pleasure with the work of the defense and calmly credited the unit with being responsible for the victory. "Everybody did good on defense - it seemed. They were all hitting hard. We made a lot of substitutions, too, but they still held out long enough for us to win." A great believer in practice - and more of it, Blackbourn was hoping against hope that the short drills Monday and Tuesday wouldn't hurt his offense. But the unit seemed to lack the necessary precision and authority and as a result the Bays had trouble moving the ball. That's what he meant by "two games inside of a week." The Bays beat the Cards 17-14 Saturday night. The Packers were facing a hungry Eagle team. Philly had lost its first two starts and that made the Eagles doubly difficult to master. Actually, the Packers handled their foes quite well - especially in the last quarter when the Pack moved the ball reasonably well and kept the Eagles from moving out of their own tracks. Eagle Coach Hugh Devore and his defensive chief, Steve Owen, was quite pleased with the result. "We'll be all right," Hughie said, "especially if we can hold down teams like the Packers. Cone and Ferguson run as hard as every, don't they?" Owen, whose middle name is De Fence, said "we all ought to be happy because you can usually win by holding the other team to 15 or 16 points. I thought our defense did exceptionally well with that bunch of animals you got." Devore said he liked the looks of his team - "those new backs can really go - Peaks, Barnes, McDonald, they're all good ones." But nobody seemed to want to answer the big Philly question: What about quarterback? It appears that Bobby Thomason isn't returning and it's doubtful whether the Eagles will go 12 league games with Sonny Jurgensen. Halftime comment to Mugsy Halas, the Chicago Bear aide and son of owner George: "How we gonna score on the Bears if we can't score on the Eagles?" To which M.H. answered: "The Eagles got a better defense than the Bears." Frankly, we didn't notice whether he had his fingers crossed or had his tongue in cheek.
AUG 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - A couple of impartial observers, Hugh Devore of the Philadelphia Eagles and Jack Lavelle of the New York Giants, are of the opinion that the Packers will be an improved team when they open the regular NFL season September 29 in Green Bay against the Chicago Bears. Devore's Eagles dropped their third straight exhibition game Wednesday night at County Stadium to the Packers. Lavelle, chief scout of the pro champion Giants, was on hand to get a line on the Packers. The Giants and Packers play an exhibition in Boston September 7. "It's a little difficult to tell on a game like this," Devore said. "I'd say though that the Packers look better than they did a year ago." The Packers in the Shrine game here last year thumped the Eagles, 27-6. The Eagles lost to the Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions in their other exhibition starts. How do the Packers compare with them? "Right now I wouldn't pick among the three," Devore said. "When we played the Colts, Shaw (George) hadn't joined the team yet. Johnny Unitas played quarterback. Your Ferguson (Howie) looked real good against us tonight, I thought," Devore said. "He was running hard. So was Cone (Fred). If the Packers have been worried about fullback, it looks like they can cease." Was Ferguson running harder than the Colts' Alan (The Horse) Ameche, former Wisconsin All-American? "I'd say so," the former Notre Dame All-American end and onetime Green Bay assistant responded. "He's a good fullback." Ferguson admitted in the Packers' dressing room that his question mark knees "felt good" and that he had no other trouble. "Cone was running well, wasn't he?" Ferguson said, passing on a compliment to his fullbacking sidekick. Cone turned out to be the game's leading gainer with 42 yards in nine carries. Lavelle has seen all Western Conference teams play. He wouldn't attempt a rating but said the Bears and Lions were just as strong as ever. "This could turn out to be the surprise team of the league," Lavelle said in reference to the Packers. "They are a more solid team. It looks as if they have helped themselves in the line. It's still early but this team could be one that'll get better as the season wears on. They always do a good job with the material up here." Both Lisle Blackbourn of the Packers and Devore were disappointed at their sputtering offenses. "You just can't seem to put two offensive games into less than a week," Blackbourn said. "The defense can take it but the offense seems to need more rest between games." "Palumbo wants to return punts," Paul Hornung, the bonus pick from Notre Dame quipped  in the dressing room. The touchdown for Sam Palumbo, middle guard obtained from Cleveland in a trade, was his first since high school. He scored three touchdowns as an end for Collinwood High School in Cleveland. "Sure it was a thrill," Sam said. "Who doesn't like to score touchdowns?"
(MILWAUKEE) - The Packers and Eagles defensed each other's offense to death but, fortunately for the Pack, there was one survivor - Fred Cone, the fullback whose jersey number (31) matches his age. Cone kicked three field goals and wound up scoring 10 points to give the Packers a 16 to 13 victory in what amounted to almost a complete defensive game before 17,101 fans in County Stadium Wednesday night. It was the Packers' third straight non-championship triumph and the Eagles' third successive setback. The Shrine Classic win puts the Bays at the head of the class in the Grapefruit League, with three games to go before the organized action starts Sept. 29. From an offensive way, old warhorse Cone was the best player on the field. And to cap off the night's work, Fred recovered Don McIlhenny's fumble on the last play of the game on the Eagles' 17-yard line. Cone kicked field goals of 41, 36 and 37 yards; made the longest run from scrimmage, 20 yards; caught the longest pass, 11 yards; and led both clubs in rushing with 42 yards. Other than the field goals, Cone's figures aren't world-beating, but they do point up the lack of offense last night. The Packers completed only five passes and their ace ends, Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc, caught a total of one pass that resulted in no yards. Starting quarterback Bart Starr hurled 12 times and completed five for 35 yards, while Babe Parilli was blanked in seven pitches. More offense? The Packers made only nine first downs; the Eagles eight. Green Bay couldn't make a first down in the first frame and added two in the second. The Eagles' offense was in charge of rookie quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, who managed four completions in nine attempts and handed off for 99 yards. But the Packer defense, like the Eagles, had no mercy on anybody who wanted to move the ball from a planned formation. This was the defense's night and, in an old-fashioned way, this was a pistol of a game. Since we live in a high-scoring fast-moving age, this had to be considered an unimpressive show. There were six scores made by the two clubs - three touchdowns and three field goals, and four were preceded or set up by interceptions and a fifth by a fumble recovery. That fumble recovery resulted in the longest run of the night and you'll never guess who made it - Sam Palumbo, the Packers' new middle guard. Sam took a lateral from Bill Forester, who recovered an Eagle fumble and rumbled the 42 stripes to make it 13-0 in the second quarter. The sixth score was the big one for Green Bay and the defense wasn't exactly the hero. The score was 13 to 13 near the end of the third quarter. The Packers got possession on their own 48 on a punt. Al Carmichael gained two yards but the Eagles were hooked for a personal foul and that put the ball on the Eagle 35. Howie Ferguson and Paul Hornung advanced the ball to the 30 and on fourth down Cone booted a 37-yard field goal for what proved to be the winning margin. That lead spurred the Packer offense, as it were, and the un-scoring unit went out and showed its appreciation by holding the ball for 25 plays, including four first downs, to the end of the game. The Eagles had it for only nine plays in the fourth period. The Packers had a sort of hidden hero - Mr. Richard Deschaine, the punting specialist who has added something new to his bag of tricks, waiting a few counts while his teammates get downfield. Deschaine came in with a 51.8-yard average and once delivered a 70-yard job - from the 15 to the 15. Twice in the first quarter, he kept the Eagles in hot water, once dropping a 60-yard shot like a nine-iron on the Eagle 5 and one series later dropping a 45-yarder on the 7. If Dick hadn't had a 23-yarder, his average might have gone above 55 strikes. Dick's 70-yard boot came after the Eagles tied the score and quite easily might have kept the Phils from exploding since they had to start from their own 15. Here's the scoring and kindly note the defensive work: FIRST QUARTER - Billy Kinard intercepted Jurgensen's pass on the Eagle 35 and returned 15 yards. The Packers were penalized 15 yards for a personal foul so Cone wheeled a 41-yard field goal on the last play of the first frame...SECOND QUARTER - Forester intercepted Jurgensen's pass on the Packer 28, returned to the Packer 45, lateraled to Kinard who ran nine more yards to Eagle 46. Ferguson and Parilli made 13 yards on two runs for Packers' first first down of the game but attack stalled and Cone made it 6-0 from 36-yard line. Dave Hanner and John Martinkovic slammed Rogers on an end run and Forester picked up the inevitable fumble. Bill flipped ball to Palumbo who ran with large group of Packers into end zone. Cone converted and it was 13-0...THIRD QUARTER - Bob Lusk, the former Detroit Lion, intercepted Starr's pass and ran untouched 46 yards to TD. Walston's try for the point was wide and it was 13-6. Barely two minutes later, Eddie Bell intercepted Starr's pass in front of Howton and returned five yards to the Packer 15. Bill Barnes went three, Jurgensen threw for eight to Ryan and Neil Worden went over in two cracks from the four. Walston was good this time and it was 13-13. Cone's winning field goal followed. The Packers' new quarterback-fullback, Paul Hornung, worked sparingly at QB, and threw no passes. He rolled out several times and gained 29 yards in five trys.
PHILADELPHIA -  0   0  13  0  -  13
GREEN BAY    -  3  10   3  0  -  16
                  PHILADELPHIA   GREEN BAY
First Downs                  8           9
Rushing-Yards-TD       39-99-1    40-129-0
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 10-4-0-2-53 19-5-0-3-35
Total Yards                152         164
Fumbles-lost               1-1         2-0
Turnovers                    3           3
Yards penalized           6-70        4-40
GB – Fred Cone, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
GB – Cone, 36-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-0
GB – Sam Palumbo, 42-yard lateral from Bill Forrester after a fumble recovery (Cone kick) GR BAY 13-0
PHIL – Bob Lusk, 46-yard interception return (Bobby Walston kick) GREEN BAY 13-7
PHIL – Neil Worden, 1-yard run (Walston kick failed) TIED 13-13
GB – Cone, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-13
GREEN BAY - Fred Cone 9-42, Howie Ferguson 9-36, Paul Hornung 5-29, Don McIlhenny 6-15, Al Carmichael 3-8, Babe Parilli 1-7, Bart Starr 1-2, Ron Quillian 1-(-1), Credell Green 5-(-8)
PHILADELPHIA - Tommy McDonald 8-38, Bill Barnes 15-32, Neil Worden 7-21 1 TD, Clarence Peaks 2-6, Sonny Jurgensen 1-6, Hal Giancanelli 1-5, Dave Rogers 5-(-8)
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 12-5-35, Babe Parilli 7-0-0
PHILADELPHIA - Sonny Jurgensen 9-4-53, Tommy McDonald 1-0-0
GREEN BAY - Ken Vakey 2-17, Fred Cone 1-1, Don McIlhenny 1-7, Gary Knafelc 1-0
PHILADELPHIA - Tommy McDonald 2-29, Hal Giancanelli 1-15, Rocky Ryan 1-9
Green Bay Packers (3-0) 16, Philadelphia Eagles 13
EXHIBITION - Wednesday August 28th 1957 (at Milwaukee)
AUG 30 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn reduced the squad by five players today and issued a warning. One veteran was included in the group of departees - Jerry Smith, the former University of Wisconsin and San Francisco Forty Niner guard who was trying out as a defensive end. He joined the Packers in 1956. Joining Smith on the waiver list were rookies Bob Schaeffer, linebacker from Wichita; Glenn Bestor, linebacker from Fond du Lac and Wisconsin; Frank Gilliam, end-halfback from Iowa; and a veteran by virtue of play in Canada, Bob Dean, tackle-kicker from Maryland. Blackbourn now has 46 players on his roster but must reduced by one more by Tuesday when all clubs in the league must cut to 43 - not counting players just out of service. The Packers have two such players in camp - Jim Temp and Bill Praitko, and are expecting another this weekend, halfback Tom Pagna, who tried out with the Pack in '53. The Packers had no practice today - in fact they don't have to report until 7:30 tonight for a squad meeting, but the coaches were busy this morning viewing pictures of Wednesday night's 16 to 13 victory over Philadelphia in Milwaukee. It was the third straight victory for the Bays and that's been fine with Liz but also a source of concern for the veteran coach. "Everybody's building us up too much, thinking we've got a world beater. We've only beaten the Cardinals 
AUG 31 (Green Bay) - The Packers’ high-scoring defense may find it a bit more difficult to register touchdowns in the team’s next three non-championship game. That is a rib at the Packers’ offense for the following reason: Green Bay’s 1957 Pros scored six touchdowns in winning their first three games and the Defensive Unit scored half of them. That’s a tremendous percentage when you figure some defenses go through an entire season without scoring a point. Bobby Dillon, the Packers’ player-coach, scored two of the defensive touchdowns and linebacker Sam Palumbo got the other, with Bill Forester getting two assists. Dillon scored one on a 44-yard interception return and gathered the other after taking a lateral from Forester who had intercepted. Palumbo took a lateral from Forester, who had recovered a fumble and lumbered 44 yards for six. Howie Ferguson, Gary Knafelc and Paul Hornung scored the touchdowns for the offensive team. Speaking about scoring, Fred Cone is off to a blazing start with 21 points in the three games. He booted five field goals for 15 of the points and won the last two games with his three-pointing. He kicked three against Philadelphia Wednesday night and one each in the first two tilts. There might be some truth, however, in Paragraph One for this reason: The Packer defense hasn’t faced what might be termed a high-priced quarterback yet – at least one with a big reputation. In beating the Chicago Cardinals twice, 24 to 16 and 17 to 14, the Bays faced Lamar McHan, Jim Root and Tommy Spiers. Philadelphia used only rookie Sonny Jurgensen in losing to the Packers, 16-13. A week from tonight the Bay don’t-let-‘em-scorers will look at the slants and handoffs of the great Charley Conerly and his equally-great partner Don Heinrich. They play with the New York Giants, and the game will be played in Boston. The following Saturday night (Sept. 14), the Washington Redskins will be the opponents in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the big quarterback will be little Eddie LeBaron, who pound for pound is the best in the league. The exhibition windup sends the Bays against Pittsburgh in Minneapolis Sept. 21. The Steelers have the talented Ted Marchibroda returning at QB – plus Len Dawson, the Purdue great, who has been looking good despite the fact that he didn’t play a second in the All Star game. By that time, the Packers should be ready for the big bad Bears from Chicago – at the new stadium Sunday, Sept. 29…The process of preparing the Packers continued at their training camp in Stevens Point today with a double workout. It was the first practice since the Philly game and marked the start of a busy weekend. Single drills are on tap for Sunday and Monday and there will be one scrimmage between now and the New York test, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced. The Bays have 46 players in camp and one must go by cutting-deadline time Tuesday. Released yesterday were Glenn Bestor, Frank Gilliam, Bob Schaeffer, Bob Dean and Jerry Smith…In this connection, Blackbourn, who bolstered his NFL Green Bay Packers with two big trades earlier, said Friday “there are a couple of possible deals still cooking.” He added there will be no further squad reductions until the trades are decided. The coach refused any more details, but indicated the deals won’t approach the proportions of the trades with the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions earlier in the year when the Packers picked up 10 players in exchange for four…BRIEFS: Former Packer Tobin Rote has completed eight of 19 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit’s first three games, while teammate Bobby Layne has connected on 27 of 44 for 392 yards and two TDs…Paddy Driscoll, coach of the Chicago Bears, calls his quarterback brigade the pro league’s best and perhaps the greatest ever assembled on one club. League passing champ Ed Brown heads the group, including George Blanda, Jim Haluska, Zeke Bratkowski and Ronnie Knox. Driscoll may trade one for a defensive halfback…Tom Pagna, a fast halfback just out of service, may report to the Packers this weekend. Also due shortly are Carlton Massey, the defensive end obtained from Cleveland, and Packer veteran Gene White. All are just getting out of service.
AUG 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn said Friday there are a "couple of possible trades cooking" and added he won't cut another man from the team to reach the NFL player limit until they are decided. NFL rules require all teams to list no more than 43 men on the roster on September 1. Faced with the 48 hour deadline, Blackbourn said he was trying to trade one of his rookies. Tom Pagna of Miami of Ohio - drafted by Cleveland in 1953 and sold to the Packers last year - was expected to arrive in camp anytime. A halfback, Pagna has just completed his Army service. Blackbourn did not have the team on the practice field at all Friday, but scheduled a scrimmage for next Wednesday. He also said the team will only have one-a-day sessions on the drill field from now on instead of two. When a newsman asked him if he wasn't taking a chance on allowing valuable Fred Cone to run as well as kick field goals, Blackbourn said, "We need the field goal kicker but we don't need a specialist on the bench."
SEPT 1 (Boston) - The prescription carried the instructions, “Shake Up Well Before Using.” Liz Blackbourn followed instructions to the letter in order to build up his Green Bay Packers to NFL champions. The results have been most encouraging so far. Green Bay comes here undefeated in three games to play the pro champions New York Giants for the Agganis Foundation Fund Saturday night at Boston University Field…NOTHING BUT PASSING: This not only is surprising but as unexpected as the Packers limiting the opposition in those three games – Chicago Cardinals twice and Philadelphia Eagles – to a pair of touchdowns in a game. A year ago, the Packers had sensational passers. They outpassed everybody in the league. But they couldn’t run and they had no defense. Who can win that way? Nobody, declared Blackbourn, the former Marquette University coach, and he decided to do something about it. He remembered the results from bottles of medicine with the label, “Shake Well Before Using,” were good. So he shook up his Green Bay Packers but good. In two big trades, he got rid of his top passer, Tobin Rote, who led the league in most thrown and most completed to the Detroit Lions and quarterback Bobby Garrett and linebacker Roger Zatkoff to the Cleveland Browns. In return, he got four players from Detroit and five from Cleveland, mostly all of them defensive specialists designed to bolster his weak defense…SEVERAL ROOKIE STARS: With these newcomers, he mixed a crop of rookies headed by Notre Dame All-America Paul Hornung and ace Michigan end Ron Kramer. Hornung led Notre Dame in everything, running, passing and kicking, a year ago and so far in the Packers’ three exhibitions he has been the big gun, pitching strikes to Kramer and former B.C. captain Joe Johnson, who incidentally has been converted from halfback to end. Blackbourn, who is only the Packers’ third coach in their 39-yard history, is quite pleased with his club so far. He still has a passing attack. But he now has a mobile outfit which can move the ball on the ground and his defense isn’t giving him the worries that confronted the 1956 Packers. In three exhibitions so far, Green Bay whipped the Cardinals, 24 to 16 in Miami and again 17 to 14 in Austin, Tex. Last Wednesday in Milwaukee, the Philadelphia Eagles were downed, 16 to 13. Holding pro opposition to a pair of touchdowns is quite a defensive feat. If the Packers can do the same against the powerful NFL champions in Saturday’s exhibition here, Blackbourn and his boys may have to be regarded as contenders for the Giants’ laurels.
SEPT 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Rgoer Zatkoff, former Green Bay Packer, will start at linebacker for the Cleveland Browns in their NFL exhibition game with the 49ers at San Francisco Sunday. Zatkoff was traded to Cleveland and reported late, after claiming he would play for no team but Detroit. Paul Brown, Cleveland coach, also plans to look at the Michigan veteran at both defensive end and offensive tackle...Coach Brown calls Jim Brown, All-American fullback from Syracuse, the "fastest big man I've seen since Marion Motley - at Motley's peak. Furthermore, he's a contact player." Jim Brown is a rookie. Motley was Brown's fullback in the early, palmy days of the Browns...Paddy Driscoll of the Chicago Bears calls his quarterback brigade the pro league's best and perhaps the greatest ever assembled on one club. The roster has Ed Brown, Zeke Bratkowski, George Blanda, Jim Haluska and Ronnie Knox...PAR FOR VAL JOE: Val Joe Walker, former Green Bay defensive back who was traded to the Lions, shot a 76 at Detroit's North Hills golf course the first time he played there...Former Wisconsin, Packer and Lion back Earl (Jug) Girard reports from the Baltimore Colts camp that there is a 10 p.m. curfew with a $50 fine for violators. "I get more sleep that I did the whole training camp at Ypsilanti (with the Lions)." Girard wrote one of his former Lions teammates the other day...The Packers have one more player to trim by Tuesday. They hope to make a deal to get down to the limit by then...NO REAL TEST: Coach Lisle Blackbourn's appraisal of Green Bay's fine defense in three straight exhibition victories: "They've done wonderful, but let's face it. Neither the Cardinals (twice) nor the Eagles gave them a serious test."...Blackbourn feels that Philadelphia's defense was mostly what was wrong with the Packer offense at Milwaukee. "But our linemen got mixed up on assignments and didn't adjust as well as they should have," he said. "The Giants (at Boston next Saturday night) should give us some pretty good ideas of what kind of an offense and defense we have."
SEPT 3 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – Two injuries, a trade and plenty of work marked the Packers’ Labor Day weekend. On the injured list are veteran tackle Dave Hanner and rookie center Bill Priatko. The tradee is Ken Vakey, rookie slot back-end from Texas Tech, who was drafted No. 19 as a junior a year ago. Hanner hurt his knee in some rough work Sunday and will sit out the Packer-Giant game in Boston Saturday night. Coach Liz Blackbourn said Hanner “might even miss the next game, too.” The Packers play Washington at Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday night, Sept. 14. Praitko suffered a slight concussion and was to be released from St. Michael’s Hospital today. He may be ready for action Saturday. Vakey was traded off to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for an undisclosed 1958 draft choice and it was Blackbourn’s first deal with Steeler Coach Buddy Parker since he left the Detroit Lions. Parker’s last big trade with the Lions was the four-for-two deal with the Pack involving Tobin Rote. Vakey has shown considerable promise as a pass catcher, snaring eight pitches in the Packers’ three exhibition wins and starting all three games. However, he had difficulty making with the key blocking the important position requires, the coach pointed out. The trade left the Packers with two slot backs at the moment – veteran Joe Johnson and rookie Ron Kramer. The Packers still must drop one more player to get down to 43 – the player limit that goes into effect today. This total doesn’t count service returnees – such as Jim Temp, Tom Pagna and Praitko. Most of the work over the weekend was aimed at strengthening the Packers’ offense in preparation for the Giants – and the league season. The Bay offense had no luck scoring against the Philadelphia Eagles, since the defense scored all the points in the 16-13 Green Bay victory.
SEPT 3 (Green Bay) - Officials of teams in the NFL are sending in their answers to Green Bay confirming that the NFL will be represented in the Green Bay Stadium Dedication weekend activities. The publicity chairman for the Green Bay Junior Chamber of Commerce parade committee, Bob Ebert, today announced that the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions have agreed to enter floats along with the Green Bay Packers in the parade scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28. Confirmations from other National League teams are expected shortly. The parade committee hopes to have a float from every NFL club besides having the entire Packer team participate in the parade. So far, the entry of 26 floats and 20 bands has been confirmed along with 10 marching groups and many old-car and clown acts. The highlight of the weekend activities will be the appearance of television star, James Arness, who plays Matt Dillon in “Gunsmoke,” and the new Miss America, to be selected Saturday night. Matt Dillon and Miss America will take part in the farewell ceremonies at the old stadium and will also be seen in the Venetian night boat-parade on the Fox River Saturday night, Sept. 28. Although most of the plans are completed, the parade committee is still anxious to enter more floats and marching units. Any civic or service organization interested in entering either a float or a marching unit is asked to contact the Green Bay Association of Commerce.
SEPT 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - What was tabbed to be the Packers' biggest improvement this campaign has not lived up to expectations...well, not yet. Green Bay traded its most highly publicized player, Tobin Rote, to get what was so badly needed - offensive linemen. In three pre-season games the Packers' attack sputtered and the guilty finger was pointed to the line. The situation is disturbing, but not alarming at this stage. Being brand new to each other and to Coach Liz Blackbourn's system, the forward wall has been slow in clicking as a unit. Yet, there is every reason to believe men like Ollie Spencer, Norm Masters, Jim Salsbury and Norm Amundsen have the know-how and ability to do the job. It should be pointed out as of Monday that Blackbourn had only 16 veterans from last year's squad in camp. The task of molding this team into a contender is a gigantic one. The league opener is less than four weeks away. Defensively, the Bays have pleased Blackbourn no end. Sam Palumbo, John Petitbon, Tom Bettis, Bill Forester, Dave Hanner, John Martinkovic and the always reliable Bobby Dillon have been mainly responsible for three consecutive exhibition victories. Blackbourn is also happy with the running of halfbacks Al Carmichael and Don McIlhenny. He figures Fred Cone, Howie Ferguson and rookie Ron Quillian are doing the job as fullbacks. And as far as ends are concerned he knows Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc are good ones. But what about the key man in pro football, the quarterback? Bart Starr remains the starting fixture, because, as Liz points out, "he throws the ball better, he calls a better game - he's the better quarterback for us at this time." The man with the most experience, Babe Parilli, therefore, is playing second fiddle. Paul Hornung will continue to learn the quarterback ropes for insurance. It's not in Blackbourn's cards to play his bonus choice at halfback for some time.
SEPT 3 (Boston) - There are plenty of good seats still available for Saturday night’s Harry Aggannis Memorial pro football game at Boston University Field. Seats for the clash between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers include 6,000 on the sideline. The ticket office will be open daily this week at B.U. Field from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Packers are undefeated in three previous exhibition games, while the Giants dropped one decision in four starts.
SEPT 4 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – The Packers crossed a collective finger today as old John Flu Bug added another victim. Coach Liz Blackbourn, fearing the worst but hoping for the best, groaned this morning: “The flu will probably sweep the whole camp. And we got the Giants to play Saturday.” Linebacker Tom Bettis was in bed all day Tuesday but was up for breakfast today, showing some signs of improvement. Tom Pagna, the service returnee halfback who reported over the weekend, was in bed Tuesday and was still there today. Latest victim was defensive end Nate Borden, who was up most of the night and stayed in bed today. All three are fighting the stomach flu. The Packers are about ready to break camp and head east for a two-game series – the Giants in Boston Saturday night and Washington in Winston-Salem, N.C., the following Saturday night. And they hope they’ll leave the flu behind them. The team will headquarter in Winston-Salem next week. Blackbourn said he may send Pagna home for this season, explaining that the offensive halfback is more than a month behind due to reporting late. And now the flu will set him back even more. Liz said Pagna can make an even start with everybody next year. Pagna was obtained from Cleveland on waivers in 1954 and then went into service…After observing a lively workout yesterday afternoon, Blackbourn announced that he’ll let rookie quarterback Paul Hornung play the first half against the Giants. Veterans Bart Starr and Babe Parilli will share the second half. Liz was quick to emphasize that “this has nothing to do with whom I consider to be the No. 1 quarterback. Hornung will play the first half for the purpose of testing his abilities.” Starr, who broke in under Tobin Rote in 1956, started the Packers’ three previous non-league games – all victories…Dick Deschaine, the Packers’ long-distance punter and offensive end, tried a new position yesterday – center. Deschaine, bothered with a pulled muscle, centered the ball during a punting drill that saw Ron Quillian, Hornung, Parilli – and even Bill Forester, get off some long boots with the aid of a brisk wind. Parilli was a late starter among the punters and reminded sidelined Dave Hanner of Babe’s 92-yard punt in Dallas in 1952. “That would have been a record by Jim Keane leaned a little on the play and they called it back,” adding: “The ball only went about 40 yards and rolled the rest of the way.” Parilli punted 65 times for the Pack that year and averaged 40.7 yards per boot. While the punters had the wind on their backs, the field goal experts booted into the breeze. Fred Cone, Ron Kramer and Hornung exchanged booting from 25 to 40 yards out, with Starr holding the ball…Blackbourn called for a brief scrimmage in an effort to test the team’s lagging offense and took a special look at the inner defensive line – tackles and guards. This group has presented Blackbourn and line coach Lou Rymkus with a particular problem, which showed in the Eagle game Wednesday night when the Bay offensive team was unable to score a single point. Blackbourn pointed out that “the offensive linemen aren’t advancing as well as I had expected. They’ve been taking turns missing assignments. In the Eagle game, somebody missed an assignment on six straight plays.” Liz also felt that “some of this might be due to the fact that everybody is new.” Not one of the offensive tackles or guards wore a Packer uniform in ’56. They are Norm Amundsen, Al Barry, Pat Hinton, Jim Salsbury, Dalton Truax, John Macerelli, Carl Vereen, Norm Masters and Ollie Spencer…On the personnel front, the Bays are awaiting the arrival of Carlton Massey, one of six players obtained in the Zatkoff- Garrett deal with the Browns. Massey has finished a six-months’ tour with the Army. Reportedly, he is undecided about playing this year. Also on the fence is Gene White, former Pack defensive back, who is out of service.
SEPT 4 (Bear Mountain, NY) – Charlie Conerly enjoys playing football. Otherwise, the 35-year old N.Y. Giants quarterback wouldn’t be starting his 10th NFL season. “Sure the pay is good,” the former Mississippi star said as he limbered up with his mates at Bear Mountain Inn for Saturday night’s Harry Agganis’ Fund game against Green Bay’s Packers at B.U. Field. “But it’s not easy. Here we’ve already been in training six weeks and have traveled all over the country for exhibition games. We’ve got four more weeks’ training before we open the season. It means being away from your family and we get no pay. If I didn’t enjoy playing, I wouldn’t be here now.” Conerly, who has completed over 100 touchdown passes in his career, had better years statistically than last year because he played more. “I only played half the time last fall, while it was good in one way – it kept me fresher – it wasn’t so good in another. You have to be in the game awhile to get the feel of the ball. Playing only half the time you don’t get the feel that quickly.” Conerly, a cotton farmer in the offseason, feels the key to a successful Giants defense of their NFL crown is injuries. “We look better right now than we did last year at this time. If the boys don’t get hurt, we have a good chance of winning again.”
SEPT 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers’ two biggest trades in history took on a definite Honolulu blue and silver shade today, with these developments: Linebacker Roger Zatkoff and quarterback Bobby Garrett, who were obtained from the Packers for six veterans, both left the Browns today. Zatkoff was traded to Detroit for halfback Lew Carpenter and Garrett quit football for a career in business. Zatkoff and Garrett were worth the following to the Packers – defensive halfbacks Billy Kinard and John Petitbon, tackle John Macerelli, linebacker Sam Palumbo, quarterback Babe Pariili and Carlton Massey, the defensive end who has yet to report. Zatkoff’s moving to Detroit means that the former Packers will wear the Lions’ blue and silver here Oct. 6. Rodger Dodger joins quarterback Tobin Rote and defensive halfback Val Joe Walker, who were traded to the Lions for tackles Ollie Spencer and Norm Masters, guard Jim Salsbury and halfback Don McIlhenny. The whole business leaves (1) the Browns with one player – Carpenter, who is due out of the Army soon, and an undisclosed draft choice (probably high) from Detroit; (2) the Lions with Rote, Walker and Zatkoff; and (3) the Packers with 10 veteran players. When making the trade with Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn, Coach Paul Brown said he wouldn’t trade – at Blackbourn’s request – Zatkoff to Detroit. However, Brown apparently was relieved of his promise after it became apparent that Roger became extremely balky at playing in Detroit – plus Garrett’s inability to come anywhere near matching his showing in Green Bay in 1954. Zatkoff finally did agree to play in Cleveland but trouble apparently was in the wind because earlier this week the Browns and Los Angeles Rams agreed to a Zatkoff-for-quarterback Rudy Bukich deal. This fell through when Zatkoff refused to report to the Rams, saying he wanted to play in the midwest. Garrett, who joined the Browns after two years in the Air Force, left the Browns in Pasadena, Calif., where the Clevelands are drilling for a game with the Rams Friday night. Bobby plans to pursue the advertising business in Los Angeles. He lives in nearby San Marino. The two big deals were designed by Blackbourn to help rebuild the Bays’ offensive line and solidify the defense. On the strength of three non-league games, the defense has been exceptional in leading the Bays to 24-16, 17-14 and 16-13 victories. The offensive line – all new at tackle and guard – has been having difficulty and Blackbourn is hopeful that the chief reason is “newness to the Packer attack.” This unit, now headed by tackles Spencer and Masters and guards Norm Amundsen and Salsbury, will get its toughest test against the New York Giants in Boston Friday night. It will be a murderous task because the Giants have practically the same team that won the world championship last December. “They’re already cut down to league-game size,” Liz said. The Giants had a two-week start on the other clubs in training due to the All Star game. The Packers will quit their Stevens Point training camp Friday morning and head for Boston via chartered plane. They’ll move over to Greensboro, N.C., next week to prepare for the Washington game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 14, and then return to Green Bay Sept. 15…The Packers will take 45 players East unless Carlton Massey reports. The big defensive end and linebacker has completed his six months of Army service. The Bays reduced to 45 (including servicemen Jim Temp and Bill Praitko) yesterday when halfback Tom Pagna was placed on waivers. Pagna was recently discharged from service and reported just this week. He developed the flu when he arrived. Blackbourn invited him back for 1958. The Bays were happy to note that there were no new cases of the stomach flu that has been going around Stevens Point. Tom Bettis and Nate Borden both are just now recovering from the disease.
SEPTEMBER 5 (Stevens Point) - Paul Hornung, the Green Bay Packers' bonus choice in the pro football draft, will get his first extended test of the exhibition season against the New York Giants Saturday night in Boston. "We'll let him play at least the first half to get the feel of the job," Coach Lisle Blackbourn said. He termed the NFL champion Giants "our first real test." "We'll also start using Hornung at left halfback next week," Blackbourn added. "He's the kind of boy we don't want on the bench." In the Packers' exhibition victories over the Chicago Cardinals (twice) and the Philadelphia Eagles, Hornung was used only sparingly behind Bart Starr and Vito (Babe) Parilli. Two players - defensive tackle Dave Hanner and center Bill Priatko - will be held out of action. Hanner suffered a knee injury and Priatko a slight concussion in a drill earlier in the week. The two will accompany the team, however. The Packers released halfback Tom Pagna Wednesday. The rookie from Miami (Ohio) University reported last week after his Army discharge but had seen little contact work because of illness. Another service returnee, Carlton Massey, end acquired from the Cleveland Browns in an off-season trade, was reported doubtful as a member of the 1957 Packers. Massey has received his Army discharge and is at his home in Dallas. He has been in touch with the club and indicated that he might not report....Roger Zatkoff and 
SEPT 6 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers' last day of practice in this college town Thursday was a happy one. And for several good reasons! Shortly after lunch yesterday, Carlton Massey, the mobile defensive end who was obtained from the Cleveland Browns in the historic six-for-two trade, called from his home in Texas to report that he "wants to play." The best was yet to come - after a spirited practice in which Fred Cone almost lost the entire squad in the city dump and Equipment Man Dad Braisher led calisthenics at the players' request. The coaches, feeling good about the looks of the club, including the improvement of Ron Kramer, the team's first draft choice, were starting to pack their suitcases in Delzell Hall after the workout when Administrative Aide Jack Vainisi dropped this choice bit: "Max McGee called from Florida. Said he can join us Sunday. He's due out Oct. 1 but he's getting out earlier on accumulated time. Told him to join us in Greensboro." Coach Liz Blackbourn was beaming all over the place and chuckled, "Now he's just the guy we need." McGee wasn't expected until Oct. 1 or after, and Blackbourn didn't think "he'd be ready for six or eight games." Thus, the prospect of having Maxie for the entire league season - if he regains his 1954 peak, was a shot in the arm for the entire camp. The news, incidentally, traveled up and down the halls of Delzell with three or four shouts - "Maxie's Coming!" McGee's earlier return prompted all sorts of plans and thoughts, but Liz wasn't inclined to discuss them at the moment. The Packers now have three top-flight pass catching ends in Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc, who understudied McGee in 1954, and McGee - plus another offensive end who ranks as one of the two best punters in the league in 1955-56, one Dick Deschaine. McGee caught nine TD passes in his one year. Deschaine, who never had any college experience, has gradually become one of the top relief offensive ends in the circuit. Thus, the way is open for trade possibilities - if there is need to bolster the club's problem at the moment, the offensive line. The Packers were worried about Massey, because the former Brown indicated that he might retire despite his tender 27 years. He was one of the key figures in the deal that moved Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett to Cleveland for Babe Parilli, John Petitbon, Billy Kinard, Sam Palumbo and John Macerelli. Massey wants to play defensive end, Blackbourn pointed out and then added: "But that big guy (220 pounds) could also do quite a job at slot back." Massey was a top-grade pass catcher at the University of Texas; what's more, he's rough and can block. Massey will join the team when it arrives in Boston late this evening. The Packers play the New York Giants in Boston University's field (formerly Braves field) Saturday night. Speaking of slot backs, Blackbourn said he's feeling better about the position now that Kramer is starting to blossom. The big Michigander has had some trouble with blocking and pass patterns, although he has been bothered by a sore heel. Kramer drew raves in yesterday's pass drills - not only with his receiving, but his maneuvering while passes were thrown to other receivers. News about Massey and McGee added frosting to yesterday's report in which Blackbourn said "our camp this year was a good one in that we never lost a day of practice by weather. In fact, the first day we had one drill (in the afternoon) it rained in the morning. The players accused me of having a pipeline Up There." Blackbourn also felt that "the time went past in too big a hurry. I wish we were just starting with what we've got now." The last drill here (unless the Bays train in Green Bay next year) was off to an odd start when kicker-fullback Cone led a line of 45 giants into the high willows of the banks of the Wisconsin River in Buchholt Park. For a moment, it looked as if the squad was disappearing from the earth but gradually the boys started to emerge, with Cone in front. Actually, the are is used by Stevens Point to dump rubbish, etc. Lining up for calisthenics, the players yelled, "We want Dad," and Braisher, who is a mere 56 and a "little overweight from the Braves camp," worked over the crew for 10 minutes. Just before the end, the players were yelling, "We want Rymkus." Line Coach Lou Rymkus usually leads 'em in exercises.
twice and had a lot of luck beating the Eagles," Liz started off, adding: "People have go to get down to earth - at home (Green Bay), here (Stevens Point) and Milwaukee. We've got a long way to go before we'll be ready for that tough league season."...The Packers had considerable difficulty moving the ball against the Eagles in the defense-minded contest, and Blackbourn discovered after conferring with aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Morton that the Eagles were using an unorthodox defense. Liz explained it as a gambling defense in which the linebackers "shoot" through the line of scrimmage, leaving an open hole behind them. "This type of thing is even unusual in the league season, but at least you're prepared for it then," Liz pointed out. The shooting and stunting, of course, resulted in poor protection for Packer passers, who, between dodges, responded with only five completions (one for 0 yards) in 19 attempts for 35 yards. The Eagles were quite anxious to win - what with two previous losses under their belts, and went to the gambling defense as a last resort. This was verified by Frank Kilroy, one of the Eagles' assistant coaches, in a chat with his former teammate - Tom Miller, Packer publicity chief...BRIEFS: The Packers used 50 men against the Eagles and the coaching staff now feels it has a good line on everybody in camp. The only casualty was linebacker Tom Bettis, who strained his neck; he was to be X-rayed tonight. The best injury news was non-injury - one Howie Ferguson who went to camp with a shaky knee. Ferguson crashed like his old self (1955) and the knee felt like new in the dressing room after the game...Two workouts are scheduled for Saturday and one on Sunday afternoon. The labor on Labor Day will depend somewhat on progress made the previous two days, Liz indicated. He said that there will be one more scrimmage before the next exhibition - against the New York Giants in Boston Sept. 7.
AUG 30 (Green Bay) - The big show which will say farewell to the old City Stadium here Saturday, Sept. 28, will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will precede the arrival of the giant Stadium Dedication Parade at the stadium, it was decided today. The Stadium Dedication Committee at a breakfast meeting today decided on the change in timing to facilitate traffic arrangements...FEATURES MATT DILLON: The stadium show will feature Matt Dillon, star of "Gunsmoke," Miss America of 1957, and a historical review of Packer feats on the stadium turf dating back to 1919. Admission to the stadium will be by Packer Backers Badges, which are now on sale throughout the city. The show will last for one hour, at the conclusion of which the big parade, starting out in the downtown area at 1:30, will arrive at the stadium and pass in review around the stadium track. Those seated at the stadium thus will see the big show and the parade, too. At the conclusion of the parade, Miss America will crown Miss Packerland, to be selected from one of the queens riding in the parade, and taps will be sounded as the American flag is lowered at the old field...SCENE SHIFTS SUNDAY: Sunday the scene shifts to Green Bay's new million dollar City Stadium on Highland Ave. where the Packers meet the Chicago Bears in the Dedication game. Packer Backer buttons at $1 each may be purchased at any retail store in Green Bay and are also available at most places of employment. Purchasers are reminded to wear their buttons and to be sure and keep them as their badge of admission for the stadium show.
AUG 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Bring back Tobin Rote," the office Joe Miller said Thursday after the Packers sputtered to a 16-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Shrine charity game here Wednesday. What the guy meant was that the Packer offense wasn't the same without quarterback Rote, who was traded to Detroit a month ago. What the guy forgets is that (1) Green Bay won its third straight exhibition; (2) Philadelphia has an excellent defensive team, and (3) the Packers have had bad days on offense with Rote in the saddle, too. Actually, Coach Lisle Blackbourn used the game as another thorough testing ground. He alternated quarterbacks Bart Starr and Babe Parilli frequently, often on every other play. He changed his lineup often at other places, too. The surprising thing was not that the offense had its troubles, but that the defense did so well. Blackbourn used 50 men, all told, and he gave everyone a fair shake. Afterward, the Packers seemed agreed that the Eagles had been awfully "hungry". "I think," said one Packers, "that with two losses already, they wanted this one more than we did." The Eagles played their defense that way. Scout Walter Cruice said after the game, "The Eagles got away with a defense tonight that they'd never get away with in midseason. The Packers or any other team would pick it apart. We just couldn't get good enough execution tonight to take advantage of it. They gambled and almost won." Philadelphia frequently rushed its linebackers. That left holes in the secondary, but the Packers' protection for Starr and Parilli broke down so often, the quarterbacks had little time to find the receivers and hit them. Blackbourn said that the Packers would work hard on offense in the next 10 days. They will meet the NFL champion New York Giants at Boston September 7 in their next exhibition. Paul Hornung, Notre Dame Golden Boy rookie, will probably play more at quarterback in that one. He was in only briefly against the Eagles. He ran well but threw the ball not at all. Blackbourn cut his squad from 51 to 46 players Thursday, letting four rookies and a veteran go. The experienced man was Jerry Smith, former Wisconsin tackle, who played with the San Francisco 49ers before Green Bay picked him up in the middle of last season. He had been switched from offensive guard to defensive end this season. Rookies who departed include Frank Gilliam, end and defensive back from Iowa's Big Ten Rose Bowl champions; tackle Bob Dean of Maryland, former Canadian placekicking star, and linebackers Glenn Bestor of Wisconsin and Bob Schaeffer of Wichita.
AUG 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "There was nothing wrong with our passing that a little protection wouldn't have helped." Coach Liz Blackbourn was referring to the Packers' 35 yards passing against the Eagles at the Stadium Wednesday night, an aerial figure which could be an all-time low for the Green Bay club. "They tossed a mid-season defense against us," continued Blackbourn. "The way their linebackers were shooting in, why you'd think this game meant everything to them. That's how much they wanted to win." Despite the fact that Blackbourn's boys chalked up their third straight exhibition victory, 16-13, the Eagles must have brought the Packers down to earth following two comparatively easy wins over the Cardinals. "Sure they cut us down to size," said Liz. "But it should level a lot of people to the fact that we used a lot of new men. Fifty of them saw action." The Packer boss then said he had notified three newcomers that they had been cut. Defensive back Frank Gilliam of Iowa; tackle Bob Dean of Maryland and linebacker Bob Schaeffer of Wichita were the first to be trimmed. Blackbourn said he had made up his mind on three more but wanted to talk to them before releasing their names. Getting back to the game, Liz figured playing two games within four days at this stage of the season was bound to slow the offense. "What pleased me the most was the running of Fergy," said Blackbourn. Howie Ferguson picked up 36 yards in nine carries. "He showed that old drive again and his knees felt good after the game." While Bart Starr completed five out of 12 passes for 35 yards and Babe Parilli hit nothing out of seven, Blackbourn said he told Paul Hornung not to throw the way the Eagles were shooting in. Hornung picked up 29 yards in five carries. Blackbourn won't call his troops together again until Friday for a 7:30 p.m. meeting. Their next test is against the New York Giants September 7 at Boston. Jack Lavelle, chief scout of the New York Giants and a press box observer Wednesday night, said the Bears lost no love for the Packers when Green Bay traded Tobin Rote to Detroit. Bill Anderson, Stadium director, didn't think the football game hurt the baseball field one bit. "We were going to patch up the infield even if a football game weren't played," said Anderson. "A little massaging on the outfield will groom it back to perfect shape. Johnny Logan (Braves' shortstop sidelined by injuries) through they were doing a good job butchering the field," said Anderson. "I assured him it will look like new when the Braves return."
Bobby Garrett, obtained by the Cleveland Browns from the Green Bay Packers in an off-season trade, ended their brief careers with the Browns Wednesday. Zatkoff, a linebacker, was traded to the Detroit Lions for halfback Lew Carpenter and a 1958 draft choice. Garrett, a quarterback, quit the squad in Pasadena, Calif., to enter the advertising business. Zatkoff, whose home is in Detroit, had refused earlier to be part of a trade between the Browns and the Los Angeles Rams. Carpenter was the Lions' leading ground gainer in the 1954 and '55 seasons.
SEPT 5 (Green Bay) - Don’t have a ticket for the Bear game? The Bear-Packer dedication game at the new stadium Sept. 29 has been oversubscribed with paid orders but you can still get a ticket by purchasing season tickets, Earl Falck, ticket director said today. But don’t wait that season tickets. The sale of “group” tickets for the Bear, Detroit (Oct. 6) and New York (Nov. 3) games closes at noon Saturday at the Packer ticket office, 349 S. Washington. The ticket office closes today at 5 p.m. and Friday at 5 p.m. Falck also issued this warning: “All ordered season tickets must be picked up by noon Saturday!” They’ll be thrown back into the general sale if they aren’t picked up.
SEPT 5 (Bear Mountain, NY) - The biggest pro football change in the past 10 years, according to Johnny Dell Isola, is in the speed of today’s game. Dell Isola, a pro star in his own right with the New York Giants for seven years, returned to the NFL with his old club as a line coach this year. His last personal contact with pro football was an assistant coach under Herb Kopf with the Boston Yanks from 1944 through 1946. By watching pro games on TV, he could sense the change but just how great it was didn’t really hit home until he rejoined the Giants this year…SPEED REPLACES BRAWN: “The tackles now run like backs,” pointed out Dell Isola, who will be in Boston with the champion Giants for the Green Bay Packers’ exhibition game for the Harry Agganis Fund Saturday night at University Field. “Speed has been substituted for brawn or I should say ‘slow brawn.’ The fellows today are 40 lbs. bigger per man than in my day but so much faster. For example, when Jim Howell, our head coach, was playing for the Giants, he weighed 185. Now the average ends are 225. I weighed only 203. Guards today go from 240 to 260 pounds and are mobile. Oh, we had some fast-moving big men in the old days like Joe Stydahar and Cal Hubbard, but they were the exceptions rather than the rule.” The game is so fast now a player has to be careful of every step. “One misstep and you’re gone,” Dell Isola was saying as he kept a watchful eye on the Giants going through their paces on the practice field behind Bear Mountain Inn. “We always told the kids on defense to be reckless and dashing to beat trap plays. Heck, now if you’re careless and make the wrong step, you grab a handful
SEPT 6 (Stevens Point) - Player representative Billy Howton said Thursday the Green Bay Packer executive committee had granted their demands for weekly pay during the exhibition season, an increased meal allowance, and more complimentary tickets. Howton said the committee also agreed to consider the writing of an injury clause in the players' contracts and the establishment of a pension fund. Under the new terms, the Packers will get $50 a week during the exhibition season, $10 a day for meals during the regular season, a $4 increase, and more complimentary tickets for each home game if they request them at least five days before the game. Previously, the players were limited to one complimentary ticket per games. Howton said the injury clause was suggested despite the fact no Packer had gone without pay while he's injured. "We want it official," said Howton.
SEPT 7 (Boston) - With three consecutive pre-season victories under their belt, the Packers will take on pro football's very best here Saturday night, playing the defending champion Giants. "They're already cut down to the league (35 men) size," Coach Liz Blackbourn said about his club's toughest opponent to date. New York had a two-week start on the other clubs in training due to the All-Star game. Blackbourn said he plans to start Paul Hornung at quarterback. The bonus choice will play at least the first half of the contest. It is still doubtful whether Hornung will be used as a halfback when play for keeps starts. The Packers quit their Stevens Point training camp Friday morning and flew directly here. They'll move over to Greensboro, N.C., next week to prepare for the Washington Redskins in Winston-Salem, N.C., September 14 and then return to Green Bay September 15. Blackbourn also learned that Carlton Massey, obtained from the Browns, and Max McGee, 1954 rookie end sensation, will report shortly. Both have been in the service.
SEPT 7 (Boston) - If Jim Lee Howell had been concerned his champion New York Giants might suffer too much from complacency over last year's success, he isn't now. Instead of being overconfident and oversure of themselves, the Giants, who meet the Green Bay Packers tonight at 8:15 at Boston University Field for the Harry Agganis Memorial Fund, are very proud of what they have done. The exhibition game between two of the NFL's outstanding teams is expected to attract a crowd of 25,000 to the former Braves field. "I was kind of wondering before we went to camp just what it would be like this year," revealed Howell, the Giants' head man. "But it didn't take me long to find out. I haven't had to give the boys a pep talk or to threaten them by saying their jobs were at stake. Winning the title has done wonders for them. They won the big game. Now they know they can do it. They know what they want. They want another title." One thing for sure, according to Howell, there never had been any question of complacency from the opening day of practice. "It's amazing the way they dug in and went to work," he lauded. "It's been hustle, hustle, hustle. As a result, I'd say we're better than we were at the same time a year ago." Only one man is missing from that Giants' squad which captured the title. He is Rosie Grier, now in Uncle Sam's Army. "That was a squad on which we went for young, experienced players," Howell explained. "We were lucky in trades. Andy Robustelli, Dick Modzelewski and rookie Sam Huff were the boys we got, and they really bolstered our defensive unit. Then Alex Webster, back from Canadian football, had a great year, and Mel Triplett came into his own as a big league fullback. That squad, except for Grier, is still intact. They have another season together behind them. They have the confidence of a champion." While Howell figures his Giants should repeat, he expects the most trouble from Cleveland and Chicago Cardinals, respectively, in his division, although the Browns have to go with a rookie team...PACKERS DARK HORSE: His original figures had Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams as the Western Division's top pair. But he admits he might have to revise it somewhat because Green Bay shapes up as a real "dark horse." "The Packers have made a lot of trades just as we did a year ago," Howell explained. "I don't know how these trades will stand up. But if they're lucky as we were, they could be troublesome." For proof of this, he referred to his chief scout's report on the Packers. Jack Lavelle, who handles the Giants' scouting assignments, reported the Packers to be better than last Thanksgiving Day when they walloped Detroit and a little better than the Bears in the games in which he saw both this year.
SEPT 7 (Boston-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Undefeated in three starts, the Green Bay Packers will get their first major test of the 1957 non-championship season when they battle the world champion New York Giants here tonight. The Packers beat the Chicago Cardinals twice, 24 to 16 and 17 to 14, and then edged the quarterback-lacking Philadelphia Eagles 16 to 13. New York, with three extra weeks of practice due to the College All Star game, lost to San Francisco but then handled the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears with ease. Kickoff tonight is set for 7:15, and a crowd of over 25,000 is expected at the annual Harry Agganis benefit classic in Boston University Field, which was formerly Braves Field. The Packers hope to get their offense rolling tonight, but they're expecting a stiff task. The Giant defense, one of the best in football, held the high-flying Rams to seven points (the Rams later ripped the Cards (63-21)) and permitted the point-happy Bears only 17. The Packers have depended mostly on their defense and Fred Cone for points. The defense scored three of the team's six touchdowns and set up two of the other three with interceptions. Cone has kicked five field goals in three tests. The Packer defense also is in for its toughest job and for the first time will be looking at a top-flight quarterback - Chuck Conerly and/or Don Heinrich, not to mention such backs as Mel Triplett, Alex Webster and Frank Gifford. The Packer defense will be weakened by the loss of tackle Dave Hanner, whose vacated spot will be filled by Bill Lucky and John Nisby. Two other defenders are a bit weak, but will play. They are Tom Bettis and Nate Borden, who are recovering from the flu. Coach Liz Blackbourn will start both of his prize draftees - bonus choice Paul Hornung at quarterback and first pick Ron Kramer at right (slot) halfback, along with Al Carmichael at left half and Howie Ferguson at fullback. 
Other than ends Gary Knafelc and Bill Howton and center Jim Ringo, Blackbourn is undecided on his starting offensive line. The offensive tackles and guards have been a source of concern for Blackbourn. He likely will open with Norm Masters and Ollie Spencer at tackles and Norm Amundsen and Jim Salsbury at guards - and make frequent substitutions. The Packer player party was swelled to 46 last night when Carlton Massey reports. Defensive end Massey is the last of six players obtained in a trade with Cleveland to report. The Bays, who are headquartering at the Somerset Hotel here, will leave for Greensboro, N.C., Sunday and welcome still another player when they arrive - end Max McGee, who is just out of the Air Force. McGee starred as a rookie with the Pack in '54 but then went into service. They'll stay in Greensboro to prepare for the fifth exhibition of the season against the Washington Redskins in Winston-Salem, N.C., next Saturday night.
SEPT 7 (Green Bay) - Packer Line Coach Lou Rymkus, probably thinking of tonight's game with the Giants, found the other day that the offensive linemen were "missing so many assignments that I'm getting mixed up myself." When similar trouble developed in drills Thursday, Lou bellowed: "You guys will drive your coach to drink!"...Paul Horning, the Packers' bonus choice, is the busiest of Packers. The young Notre Dame star is being tested and worked at the following jobs: quarterback, left half, fullback, extra point kicking, field goal kicking, kicking off, returning punts and returning kickoffs. And the guy probably wouldn't make the worst end in the league because he can really catch the ball. Defense? He was an expert at that at old N.D., too, but 60-minute players aren't being cultivated in the super pro football they've been playing the last few years.
of air.”…MISSES SCHOOL PLAYERS: When Johnny Dell was with the Giants, they had three or four set defenses. Now there are 30 or 40 combinations and the offense has three times the number of plays. While he is happy to be back with the pros. Dell Isola misses the terrific competition in Greater Boston’s Class A school football. “You’ve got coaches as good as anywhere in the country there,” he lauded. “Even though they’ve never been connected with pro ball, they’re doing things the pros do because of their knowledge of the game. I guess I miss my Medford players, too. They weren’t world-beaters, but they gave everything and scrapped like wildcats.” Whatever prompted him to give the security of his Medford High head coaching post this summer to rejoin the pros? “First off,” he corrected, “there’s no security in football for coaches. Medford was wonderful to me. But when my old teammate, Jim Howell, offered me a good proposition, I just couldn’t refuse. Let’s say, there’s a little gypsy blood in me.”
SEPT 5 (Boston) - The Green Bay Packers of the NFL will fly to Boston tomorrow morning for their exhibition game with the New York Giants Saturday night. Coach Lisle Blackbourn scheduled a light drill this afternoon, then called his boys back this evening for a session under the lights. Blackbourn said Paul Hornung, the former Notre Dame star, would start as quarterback and play for at least the first half. Blackbourn has been reluctant to say whether Hornung would be his regular starting quarterback for the regular season, which opens Sept. 29 with a contest at Green Bay with the Chicago Bears.
SEPT 5 (Boston) - The 1,000 extra sideline seats which Boston University planned for its home games this season will be available for tomorrow night’s New York Giants-Green Bay Packers football game for the Harry Agganis Fund. As a result, there still are plenty of choice locations available. Tickets may be obtained at Boston University Field or at Filene’s downtown store.