(DETROIT) - The "new" Packers they call them or the
"revitalized" Packers or the "resurgent" Packers, but they still
look strikingly like the old and they still can lose like the old.
They opened the regular season against Bo McMillin's blue
clad Detroit Lions here Sunday afternoon, after three victories
in four exhibitions, and while 22,096 fans squirmed and twisted
in their seats, they went down to one of their worst defeats in
history. The score was 45-7. Only twice before has any club
rolled up more points against them.
The Packer, clad in new kelly green jerseys and pants in
significant keeping with this autumnal "rebirth", scored first, and
it augered well. Tony Canadeo went five yards into the end zone
after six minutes of play. But that was all. They never scored
again and they were so badly harassed and outclassed the rest
of the way that some of the fans started to leave in the third
quarter. It was Detroit's game after the early minutes, and the
strange fact is the Lions mixed no small measure of bad football
with the good. They fumbled 11 times, recovered every one, and
they stuttered around occasionally with all of the familiar
markings of a McMillin team. But still they won as they
pleased. They had a guy by the name of Bobby Layne to
throw the ball and a rather stout defensive line, and Layne and
the defensive line were enough. Green Bay got beyond Detroit's
40-yard line only twice.
Layne was hardly on the terrific side, but he was good. He
tossed 18 of Detroit's 23 passes, and he completed 10 of them
for 232 yards, which was a lot more than the disillusioned and
finally disorganized Packers gained rushing and passing both.
The veteran Fred Enke tossed the five others and completed
two for 34 yards more. Layne, pulling back too quickly on
some of the intended passes, was guilty of most of the
fumbling. Neither Tobin Rote nor Tom O'Malley came even 
close to Layne in aerial ledgermain. Rote tried 10 passes and
completed three for 55 yards before an injury forced him to the
sidelines late in the second quarter. O'Malley tried 14 and
completed four for 31 yards. Rote had one intercepted and
O'Malley six. Rote fortunately suffered nothing more than a
muscle bruise ad will be resume work in a few days. There
were high hopes in the early minutes as Rebel Steiner
intercepted the first pass Layne threw, on Detroit's 39, and the
Packers unleashed their scoring drive. Grimes hit center for
two and Rote passed to Tony Cannava for 28 and a first down
on the nine. Canadeo picked up two more, Cannava added
two, and Canadeo on third down hit right tackle for five and the
touchdown. Fritsch's kick was good - and the smile of
satisfaction which been on Green Bay's face ever since the
Packers gave Curly Lambeau such a going over in an
exhibition a month ago was widened into a grin. That was it,
all right.
But the grin was quickly wiped off. The Lions went into action
at once and they remained in action the rest of the way. On
the subsequent kickoff, they drove 54 yards to Green Bay's
19. Here they were stopped, though, and on fourth down Doak
Walker booted the first of his two field goals from 38 yards
out. They added a touchdown a few minutes later on a pass,
Layne to Walker. Walker fumbled into the end zone when
tackled on the two but Johnny Greene scored on the
recovery. They got another touchdown early in the second
quarter on another pass, Layne to Cloyd Box, which covered
35 yards. They added a third in the closing minutes of the half
on one of O'Malley's passes which Clarence Self intercepted
and carried back 56 yards behind good blocking. The early
minutes of the third quarter were almost a nightmare. Three
plays took the Lions to the Bay's 10 and Ollie Cline rambled
over for the fourth touchdown. Cannava fumbled the subsequent
kickoff and the speedy Triplett scooped it up and ran 21 yards
for the fifth touchdown.
And still the Lions came. A pass, Layne to Box, late in the quarter gave them position for Walker's second field goal, from 33 yards out, and a pass which Tom Watson intercepted midway through the fourth quarter gave them possession on Green Bay's 33 for the final touchdown drive. Lindell Pearson, the last of the "bench" which McMillin cleared, went the last three yards. Walker, although he kicked two field goals, had quite a time of it with his attempts for extra points. After the first two touchdowns, his kicks struck the crossbar and bounced back on the field. After the others, his kicks barely cleared the bar. The extra point kick, though, was of minor importance. This was still all Detroit's day in big things. The victory was the first scored by an Lion eleven over Green Bay on this field in 10 years. It was the most decisive licking the Packers ever took from Detroit.

DETROIT   -  9 13 16  7 - 45
GREEN BAY -  7  0  0  0 -  7
                     DETROIT  GREEN BAY
First Downs               14         11 
Rushing Yardage           38         78
Passing Yardage          266         86
Attempted-Comp-Int   23-12-1     24-7-1
Punts-Average           6-42       8-42
Fumbles lost               0          1
Yards penalized           65         58
1st - GB - Canadeo, 5-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - DET - Doak Walker, 38-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
1st - DET - John Greene, 1-yard fumble return (Kick failed) DETROIT 9-7
2nd - DET - Cloyce Box, 50-yard pass from Bobby Layne (Walker kick) DET 16-7
2nd - DET - Clarence Self, 56-yard interception return (Kick failed) DETROIT 22-7
3rd - DET - Ollie Cline, 10-yard run (Kick failed) DETROIT 28-7
3rd - DET - Wally Triplett, 18-yard fumble return (Walker kick) DETROIT 35-7
3rd - DET - Walker, 33-yard field goal DETROIT 38-7
4th - DET - Lindy Pearson, 2-yard run (Walker kick) DETROIT 45-7
In 2012, the Packers website reported the team first wore green and gold uniforms on this date in 1950. As the great website - - reported, this was an incorrect "anniversary". The Packers were sporting green and gold jerseys as far back as 1935, with pictures to prove it. When Lisle Blackbourn took over the head coaching duties in 1954, he brought back navy blue jerseys with gold numbers and gold Northwestern stripes on the sleeves. 
Detroit Lions (1-0) 45, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 7
Sunday September 17th 1950 (at Green Bay)
SEPTEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - Fanfare is usually reserved for the winner Saturday, though, it will go to the Green Bay Packers upon arrival her for the game with the Washington Redskins at State Fair park Sunday. The Packers were roundly trounced by the Detroit Lions in their league opener at Green Bay, 45-7, but that will make no difference. They will be welcomed like champions. They will be serenaded at the Schroeder hotel Saturday morning at 10 o'clock by the Miller brewery band, driven through downtown Milwaukee in convertibles and then taken to the stadium site for practice. A loudspeaker will be set up at the practice field to help acquaint fans with the players. A similar public workout in Green Bay several weeks ago drew 7,500 fans.
SEPTEMBER 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Tuesday obtained two more players from the Chicago Bears - veteran Chuck Drulis, a guard, and Floyd Reid, a rookie halfback from Georgia. They were claimed on waivers. Drulis and Reid left the Bears on the West Coast Tuesday to join the Packers.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The No. 1 surprise team in pro football - the Washington Redskins - is coming to town Sunday to share the spotlight with the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park. The Redskins weren't supposed to cut much of a figure in the National League race. But here they are right up with the men, definitely labeled as possible champions after an undefeated exhibition string and a handsome victory over Baltimore in last week's league opener. And who do you suppose is setting the pace in the dazzling revival? None other than Sammy Baugh, still doing business at the same old quarterback stand after years of passing the ears off of the best. An amazing man is the skinny Texan, who celebrated his thirty-sixth birthday last March. Which is at least six years beyond an ordinary guy's prime. He came out of Texas Christian in 1937, joined the Redskins immediately and has gone on without interruption ever since. Only last Sunday, as he started his fourteenth consecutive league seasons, he flipped three touchdown passes in the rout of Baltimore. So there's nothing to indicate that he's nearing the end of the road. Sammy probably has taken a minimum of physical beating, mainly because he has learned long since to stay in the pocket when passing. But in 13 years he certainly took enough by accident to prove he can take it far beyond what one would expect of a man who has practically no fat and muscle to protect him...A FANCY STRING OF RECORDS: It goes without saying that Baugh was and is blessed with great skill as a passer. As a kicker, too, but it's his passing that had kept him in the limelight these many years. The records he has piled up speak of themselves. As late as last year, despite the presence of brilliant newcomers, he led the National League in passing for the sixth time. He also topped the pitchers in 1937-40-43-45-47. His numerous other marks follow:
LIFETIME: Most passes thrown: 2,663; most completions: 1,532; most yards gained: 19,672; most TD passes: 168; highest completion percentage: .575; highest average gain per completion: 12.83.
SEASON: Most passes thrown: 354 in 1947; most completed: 210 in 1947; most yards gained: 2,938 in 1947; highest percentage: .703 in 1945.
GAME: Most yards gained: 446 against the Yanks in 1948; most time threw six TD passes: twice.
CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS: Most passes attempted: 81; most completed: 42; most yards gained in ont game, 335 vs. Bears, December 12, 1937; longest completion: 77 yards, to Wayne Millner in the same Bear game.
Come to think of it, that's enough activity for two lifetimes as a football lifetime is measured...SOME OF THIS AND LITTLE OF THAT: A little surprising but true: Not one of the five pro league games played last Sunday drew more than 29,000. San Francisco and Baltimore hit that figure. Pittsburgh drew 24,000. Green Bay 22,000 and Los Angeles a disappointing 18,000. The latter figure is unbelievable with the Bears the visiting attraction at L.A. Television apparently kept 'em away in droves. The game was expected to draw at least 50,000.
SEPTEMBER 21st - The Green Bay Packers took a big step toward
solving their dual problem of experience and manpower at quarterback
Thursday when they acquired the veteran pass master, Paul Christman,
from the Chicago Cardinals. In announcing the deal, on the fire for the
past 10 days, coach Gene Ronzani revealed that Christman will join the
Packers Friday and be ready for duty against the Washington Redskins
in Milwaukee Sunday. There was no mention of an exchange of players
or cash. So it is assumed the Cardinals, well-stocked with quarterbacks
like Jim Hardy and Frank Tripucka, decided to give the high-priced
32-year old veteran in order to make room for another halfback, thus it
amounted to a waiver deal. Originally, Ronzani hoped to get George
Blanda, dropped by the Baltimore Colts earlier in the week, but a
stipulation George Halas insisted upon when the Colts first got Blanda
from the Bears thwarted him. Halas stipulated that if Blanda failed to
make the grade with the Colts he be offered back to them. The Colts
dropped Blanda, so Halas paid $500 to get him back. Christman, an
All-American at Missouri in 1939-40, was in the Navy from 1941-1954.
This was his sixth season with the Cardinals. He led them to the NFL
championship in 1947. Meanwhile, Tobin Rote reported for practice
Thursday for the first time this week. The muscle injury which sidelined
him before the end of the first half Sunday is greatly improved. The only
man on the doubtful is Jack Cloud, who is still handicapped by a leg
injury. Ronzani is hopeful the big fellow will be ready for at least partial
duty by Sunday. The first of two releases necessary to make room for
Christman and the earlier additions in the week, guard Chuck Drulis and
halfback Floyd Reid, saw Tony Cannava cut from the squad. The
youngster came to the Packers by way of Boston College. Quarterback
Tom O'Malley probably will draw the other pink slip.
SEPTEMBER 22 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers and
Washington Redskins, who square off in a game at State Fair park
Sunday went through final tune-up drills Saturday morning. The Packers
worked out at the site of the new stadium on W. Wisconsin Avenue and
drew a large crowd of spectators. The Redskins drilled in the comparative
privacy of the State Fair Park field. Coach Gene Ronzani announced
upon his arrival here that waivers had been asked in Tom O'Malley,
freshman quarterback, to make room for Paul Christman, obtained from
the Chicago Cardinals. Christman and Tobin Rote will share the passing
duties against the Redskins. With his roster reduced to the limit of 33
players, Ronzani transferred Walter Schlinkman, veteran fullback, from
his reserve list to his waiver list.
SEPTEMBER 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It's amazing, but true! Neither
the Packers nor the Redskins would offer a single alibi Saturday in the 
way of injuries as they plotted and schemed for their "key" ball game at
the State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. Coach Gene
Ronzani of the Packer said: "Quarterback Tobin Rote
and fullback Jack Cloud are our only injured men, and
they will play." Publicist Dick McCann of the Redskins
declared: "We are as ready as we can be. Every man
on the roster is in shape." So, with fair weather
promised, and both teams submitting that they are in
good physical shape, a topnotch professional football 
engagement seems assured on this late September
Sabbath afternoon. Kickoff time is 2 o'clock. Ronzani
did not want to hedge on his original announcement that
that Bays were ready, but as the conversation went
along he allowed that Rote was not in exactly tip-top
physical form and that Paul Christman, the recent
quarterback acquisition from the Cardinals had done
little heavy this fall and should not be expected to be at
his best. "It's a tough one for us," the broadchested
Gene remarked. "We have five backs and five linemen
experienced in pro ball and that means quite a job
fitting old and new into our offensive patterns. Even for
the veterans our system of play is something for them
to assimilate, and we haven't had enough time. But 
there is nothing wrong, or lacking, in the spirit and
eagerness of this Packer gang. They are going to jell at
any moment. The Lions didn't run over us last Sunday -
we didn't get a good hop from the football all day." Tony
Canadeo, the veteran running back, will again alternate at full and left half, and Jug Girard "who can be as food as he feels" will help at left half and the quarterback post.