line outplayed ours. It was a good rough ball game," he added as an afterthought. "Maybe it (the win) will stand them in good stead next Sunday - they play the Cardinals, don't they?" he winked. But after these compliments to the enemy - something he never received even honorable mention for as a member of the Bears - he was once again the Trafton of old, asserting "it was just a case of catching a good club off stride." "I'm glad," he boomed, "that we've got another chance to play 'em." (The Packers meet the Rams in a return match at Los Angeles in December.) The Brute had been chatting with two Chicago friends who came to offer their condolences and they interrupted to express their admiration for the Packers' submarine, fullback Walt Schlinkman. "Yeh, that Schlinkman can sure go, can't he," the burly L.A. line mentor admitted. "And that --- Canadeo can run, too, don't think he can't," Trafton added. "He sure gave us a bad time today."...NEAL'S BLOCK TURNING POINT: Five floors above, Head Coach Bob Snyder, Bob Waterfield's predecessor in the Los Angeles T-formation, was preparing for a shower, the while mulling over the factors that brought the Rams, rated 10-point pre-game favorites, defeat instead of a victory they obviously expected. He thought the game's turning point came when Ed Neal burst into the Los Angeles backfield to block Waterfield's punt and recovered in the end zone for the Packers' second touchdown. "That was the first time Bob has ever had a punt blocked on him and I still don't know how it happened." At that juncture, the phone rang and he called Mr. Danny Fortmann, former Chicago Bear guard now Ram team physician, to tell an inquiring sports scribe about the condition of Steve Bargarus, who was hurt in the first quarter of the game. (Bargarus' left leg was fractured just above the knee when he was blocked by Jack Jacobs.) He and Fortmann then went into a discussion of the L.A. line play, Snyder pointing out, "We put in a 5-4 (defense) just to stop their wide stuff, and what do we do?" This statement, made with bitter emphasis, obviously referred to the fact that the Packers had picked up much of their yardage on just those sweeps that the Rams had been supposedly set for...BEARING ON PACKERS' SEASON: Not long after, the writer was a little amazed to find the Bays' jubilant Headman M'sier E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, already looking ahead to the Cardinal game in Green Bay next Sunday, one which he considers will have great bearing on where the Packers will be when the NFL season ends in December. "The boys put out good, but we're going to start right now to forget all about this ball game," he emphasized with a wave of the hands in his Hotel Schroeder suite. "We're worried about the Cardinals. From this point on, we're talking Cardinals." "And that is as it should be. We've won two games now," he pointed out, "and if we can lick those Cardinals, we should be in a pretty good spot." A light came into his eye with his last word, indicating that the thought had conjured up a pleasant mental picture of what a third straight victory could mean...CURLY CONGRATULATES KIESLING: Then, reverting to the present, he commented, "This club will have to be in better physical condition. They weren't in condition in the last five minutes. They showed great heart, make no mistake, but they just didn't have it." Earlier, immediately following the game, the Packer head coach had congratulated mountainous Walt Kiesling, tutor of the Bay forwards, "for having his line prepared for this ball game."...Nearly everybody in the park, including the Rams, were surprised when a Jacobs pass went to Larry Craig in the first quarter for a 15-yard gain. It was one of a very few passes the blocking specialist has taken in his nine-year NFL career. Unfortunately, it all went for naught for the Packers were penalized on the play...The game was held up for nearly 10 minutes in the first quarter when Steve Bargarus, Ram halfback, was stretched out on the turf (he couldn't be moved) until a stretcher arrived. He was taken to Mt. Sinai hospital in an ambulance, which was finally summoned after considerable confusion...A rare occurrence in football, any variety, came in the second quarter when the officials summoned Riley (Snake) Matheson, Ram captain, to the sidelines to ask him where the Packers had made a first down. The margin wasn't too small, but had Matheson insisted, the officials would have had to call in the sticks. Had they signaled a first down without consulting Matheson, there might have been repercussions...Most of the Scouts, the fellows who specialize in gridiron espionage, must have been in Chicago for the Bear-Cardinal tete-a-tete, for only a few were in the State Fair park press box, usually loaded with expert observers. Sunday's list included Ray Watts, head coach at Baldwin-Wallace college, for the Redskins, Tom Dorais of the Detroit Lions, Eddie Kotal of the Los Angeles Rams and John Schneller, former University of Wisconsin and Lions' end, who represented the Cardinals. Schneller, a native of Neenah, is now in business in Cleveland...Those who can't tell the players without a program will probably be interested to learn that Aldo Forte, new Packer guard, is forty, No. 40, that is. Aldo, incidentally, pronounces his name like the number while the Packers' other husky of the same name, Bob, calls him "Fort"..."Let 'em kick," a yell from Lambeau in the third period proved to be good advice for the Packers. The Rams were in possession at midfield, fourth down and three to go. But, instead of sending two potential receivers back for the normal punt, all 11 played in close and converged in the Ram middle, stopping the West coasters short of a first down and taking over. Not long after, Ted Fritsch booted a 23-yard field goal for what proved to be the winning points...A new visitor to the park press box was W.S. (Pat) Murphy, publicity director and part owner of the Sports Group, publisher of periodicals dealing with professional football, basketball and baseball and college football. Murphy said he was on an annual tour to collect material for his pro grid number...There were two other strangers to the press box, Bill McPartland, Packer tackle, not in uniform, and Ed Champage, Ram end from Louisiana State university, also in civvies...P.A. Announcer Jim Coffeen, whose wise cracks have livened up many a Packer game for the fans in the last 26 yards, had to said, "And it's first down for the Cleveland Rams on their own 18 - Los Angeles Rams, I mean." The Rams left Cleveland behind for bigger crowds and the sunnier climes of California in '46...ADD FAN-FEATHERS: Ed Crim, Milwaukee Road passenger agent, traveled only as far as Hilbert with the Packers Saturday afternoon. There he picked up his car, driven to Hilbert earlier in the day, and drove back to Green Bay to watch his son, Ray, right halfback on Central Catholic's team, help the Cadets beat St. Mary of Menasha, 21-6...Kenny Neidl, former Green Bay resident, came in from Chicago Saturday night for the game, Ken, a rabid pro football fan, is now publicity director for the Roller Derby, Inc., currently appearing in Louisville. He had been in the Windy City arranging for the show's opening there later in the month...Another familiar face in the Hotel Schroeder lobby belonged to Bill Kuusisto, a Packer guard in 1946, and for several seasons before the war who has retired from pro football, is now on the grunt and groan circuit. He opens a four-match itinerary this week in Winnipeg, Canada, from where he moves 500 miles to Grand Forks, N.D., for a second bout. Jack Dempsey, the old Manassa Mauler, will referee all his matches...The Packer Lumberjack band's majorette corps, 15 strong, presented its second mass demonstration of precision twirling between halves, accompanied by the band.
PROTECTION VITAL TO PASSING ATTACK
OCT 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Over the weekend I saw two of football's outstanding passers, Bob Waterfield of the Los Angeles Rams by way of UCLA and Johnny Lujack of Notre Dame. At the same time, it was brought home to me again that it takes more than a superior passer to make a passing attack click. Protection is vital. Without it, neither the best pitcher in the world nor his receivers will have time enough to collaborate properly. Receivers, of course, must have speed, a sense of timing and the ability to catch the ball under pressure. Second rate receiving just doesn't go with topnotch passing. The Rams held off the Packer lineman so consistently that they rarely got to Waterfield, who was knocked down only a few times. Notre Dame's regulars gave Lujack the same kind of help against Pitt. The Rams have a crew of expert catchers, topped by Jim Benton, the pro league's ace since the retirement of Don Hutson. Lujack, too, has the targets for his fireball stuff. Halfback Terry Brennan, a Milwaukee boy, and two big ends, Leon Hart and Jim Martin, are the best of the lot. In a sense, all this is another way of saying that the best pass defense still is a terrific rush. The ace of aces won't beat many teams or set any records if the ball is jammed down his throat, figuratively speaking, or he is knocked down, hard and often, before or as he gets rid of the ball. The more vigorous the rush, the sooner he will get rid of the ball and the less passes he will complete...BENTON SHOWED CLASS ON INCOMPLETE PASS: Speaking of Benton, the big guy proved his class on one play in particular in Sunday's game at State Fair Park - strangely, a play which developed into a seemingly harmless incomplete pass. So it may have escaped the attention of many onlookers. The fancy effort came during the fourth quarter revival when the Rams were driving for their first touchdown. Waterfield whipped the ball went downfield and, for a moment, it appeared the alert Packer secondary would intercept. Benton sized up the situation in less time than it takes to tell about it. Realizing he had no chance to make the catch, he turned defender, so to speak, and tipped the ball just enough to break up the interception. As a result the Rams retained possession, the rally was kept alive and they went on to almost win or tie. Only a big timers react as Benton did. An ordinary operator would have made a futile, conscience clearing leap for the ball and let it go at that...FOUR TOUCHDOWNS - ALL THE HARD WAY: That game was one for the books - that is, for the pros. Four touchdowns and not one of them on a pass! The scores came on as many different plays: A sweep off a lateral, a blocked punt (another pro league rarity), a straight buck and a naked reverse, on which the runner runs wide without interference after first taking a handout to pull the defense out of position. Although Jack Jacobs completed four out of 12 pass attempts and was doing his usual expert job, the Packers actually won the ball game on the ground. Their attack was varied and well conceived, and they really ran with enthusiasm, especially Walt Schlinkman, Tony Canadeo, Bruce Smith and Jim Gillette. Which was fortunate, for the receivers weren't quite up to snuff and the Rams weren't giving Jacobs much time to get set. Schlinkman is becoming something of a "people's choice". The stocky little Texan is one of those rare individuals who runs his own interference when the hole fails to open up. Obviously, he has plenty of the old moxie and he's as tough as they come. The same for Canadeo, a gray haired gentleman who runs like a 20 year old. Needless to say, the Packers can't continue to make it the hard way. Once, yes, but not against the Cardinals next Sunday or in the nine games thereafter. Which means they'll have to complement the running attack by getting back on the beam through the airlanes.
CUFF, GILLETTE LIST INJURIES
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - Veteran halfbacks Ward Cuff and Jim Gillette were sidelined with injuries today as the Green Bay Packers resumed workouts for their divisional leadership battle Sunday with the Chicago Cardinals. Cuff pulled a leg muscle and Gillette suffered a groin injury against Los Angeles last week. The Packers and Cardinals currently are deadlocked with two victories each atop the NFL's western division and will play before a sellout of 25,000 at City stadium.