(MILWAUKEE) - The Green Bay Packers bounced back - and what a bounce - Sunday at State Fair Park, much to the delight of 14,109 paying customers, to chalk up
one of their most gratifying victories in years at the expense
of the previously undefeated Washington Redskins. The
delightfully convincing margin was 35-21. Only a week ago,
the new Packers, outlucked and definitely down, were belted
from here to there by the Detroit Lions, 45-7, a score so
convincing that no one held out hope for anything but a good
fight against the haughty Redskins, who had won five
exhibitions and their first league start. But it was a completely
different team, and therefore a different story Sunday. Gene
Ronzani's boys, playing as though they had never tasted
defeat and as though their lives depended on the outcome,
took charge of the visitors early and never let up until they
had salted away the big one. This one had everything, literally,
long runs, sensational passes and catches, dazzling
defensive plays, rocking blocks and tackles, an occasional
fumble, a blocked kick, and, as might be expected in a
spirited upset battle, a goodly dash of roughness. Much of the
latter centered around Paul Lipscomb, former Packer tackle
traded to Washington early in the season. Lipscomb was
tossed out on the second to last play of the game. The
Packers gave no hint of what was to come as the Redskins
drew first blood on Sammy Baugh's pass to Howie Livingston,
good for 44 yards and a touchdown after six minutes of play.
Bill Dudley booted the extra point to make it 7-0. In fact, all
through that first quarter, the Bays offered only one mild threat,
on Tobin Rote's screen pass to Al Baldwin, good for 44 yards.
And even that threat fizzled when Ted Fritsch missed the first
of four field goals, this one from 44 yards out. Ted later tried
from the 46 and twice from the 38. But the tide turned quickly
in the second quarter when Bob Goode fumbled after taking a
pass from Baugh deep in the second quarter. Carl Schuette not
only caused the fumble by laying the wood on Goode, but also
recovered the ball himself on the Redskins' 20. For a moment,
it appeared that nothing would come of the first real break when
three straight passed failed. One of them was a heartbreaker to
Ted Cook who muffed in the end zone on a pass from Paul
Christman. All was forgiven on the next play, however.
Christman again fired and this time Cook, cutting sharply to his
left, made a perfect catch and went over standing for the
touchdown. Fritsch's conversion tied it at 7-7. Billy Grimes put
the Packers in the lead for keeps a few minutes later when he
fielded Bill Dudley's punt on his 15, pivoted away from a
Redskin breathing down his neck and suddenly broke into the
clear to go all the way, a dazzling 85-punt return. Fritsch's
conversion made it 14-7, and there it stayed through the rest
of the half. It looked like the Packers' ball game at that point.
Not that the Redskins, with Baugh and the brilliant Harry
Gilmer throwing, weren't dangerous to the very end. But there
was a feeling that the Packers, becoming more and more alert
and having weathered the late second period storm, wouldn't let
'em off the hook. And so it turned out. Rote pitched a 31-yarder
to Baldwin to set up the Bay's third marker in the third period
after Dudley's short punt gave them position on Washington's
32 and Grimes lost a yard on his first try. Baldwin made a nifty
catch just before he stepped out of bounds on the two. Grimes
took it from there. Goode threw a scare into the goose-pimpled
fans on the first play after the following kickoff which went for a
touchback. Goode blasted through left tackle behind a wave of
interference and suddenly was ahead of the defensive pack.
The rest of the 80-yard touchdown gallop was a breeze. Dudley
kicked the point again to reduce the deficit to 21-14. But all the
uneasiness was removed late in the period as huge Ed Neal
broke through to block Baugh's fourth down punt. The ball
rolled to Washington's 1-yard line, where Baugh himself
recovered. It was the Packers' ball, of course. And again it
took only one play to cash in on the break. The veteran Tony
Canadeo, who did himself proud at both fullback and left half,
did the honors. Bob Summerhays and Abner Wimberly
collaborated to open the doors again shortly before the third
quarter ended. Chuck Drazenovich fumbled when hit hard by
Summerhays and Wimberly was there to accept the gift on
the Redskins' 40. From there, the Packers ground out the
fifth and final score on running plays, with Canadeo and Larry Coutre carrying the load. Courtre finally scored from the one. The Redskins had one more big thrill up their sleeves and a real one it was. Gilmer, running far to his right, suddenly jumped, in his copyrighted style, and fired a long one to Livingston, who made the catch and romped to the touchdown. The play covered 74 yards. Twice more, the 'Skins threatened. But each time the fire was doused by Baldwin with interceptions in the end zone. Just as Wally Dreyer had snuffed out a second quarter rally. So many contributed to the victory that it's unfair to single any of those Packers. Suffice it to say that they did a tremendous job individually and collectively. Strangely, the winners lost the battle of statistics. The Redskins, in fact, had a top-heavy margin in yards gained on passes, 311 to 91; in pass completions, 22 out of 43 to 6 out of 27; and in total yards gained, 500 to 264. But the Packers had the only interceptions (three); recovered three of Washingtons' four fumbles; blocked a kick thanks to Neal; and controlled the punt return department thanks to Grimes. Add 'em up and they meant the ball game. The real vital statistics, they might be called. This was the best scoring effort by a Green Bay team since the 35-14 win over Detroit in 1947. The 1949 high was 21 (in a losing game with the Cardinals). Only twice in 1948 were the Packers able to pass the 30 mark in point production. Canadeo was Sunday's workhorse with 15 carries for 55 yards. Goode was head and shoulders above his Washington teammates with 102 yards in eight attempts. Baldwin was Green Bay's top receiver with two catches for 76 yards. Livingston led the Redskins with four for 141. And now comes the superdooper with the Bears at Green Bay next Sunday.
WASHINGTON -   7   0   7   7  -  21
GREEN BAY  -   0  14  14   7  -  35
1st - WASH - Howie Livingston, 33-yd pass fr Baugh (Bill Dudley kick) WASHINGTON 7-0
2nd - GB - Cook, 21-yard pass from Christman (Fritsch kick)  TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Grimes, 85-yard punt return (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 14-7
3rd - GB - Grimes, 2-yard run (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - WASH - Rob Goode, 80-yard run (Dudley kick)  GREEN  BAY 21-14
3rd - GB - Canadeo, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 28-14
4th - GB - Coutre, 3-yard run (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 35-14
4th - WASH - Livingston, 74-yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Dudley kick) GREEN BAY 35-21
SEPTEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - More than 5,000 fans turned out to greet the Green Bay Packers here Sunday night when coach Gene Ronzani's boys returned from Milwaukee where they upset the Washington Redskins, 35-21. The Packer Band was also on hand. Microphones were set up to interview the coaches and players as they stepped off the train.
SEPTEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - Earl (Jug) Girard, Packer halfback, sustained a dislocated right wrist against the Redskins at Milwaukee Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for several weeks. Coach Gene Ronzani said Monday that the nature of the injury has not been exactly diagnosed but he was confident the former Wisconsin star would at least be able to handle his punting chores before long. Girard was the only injured player not expected to be ready for the big battle with the Bears here Sunday. Bob Forte will do most of the punting until Jug is ready again.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Chicago Tribune) - Football kings of the far west, the Chicago Bears will return home today to start preparing for Sunday's match with Gene Ronzani's unpredictable Green Bay Packers. The game, days ago a sellout, will be contested in Green Bay's City stadium which, if a majority of the customers are on the slim side, will seat upwards of 25,000. Shocker of the week, of course, was the Packers' 35 to 21 walloping of the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee, which followed the decisive defeat suffered by Green Bay in its opener with Detroit. Before the season is over, no matter where the Packers wind up, Ronzani will be renowned as as a resourceful coach. This earnest ex-Bear is combing the best of the Packer veterans with near-misses from the other league clubs. With Paul Christman and Tobin Rote at quarterback, the Packers seem finally to be equipped at that key position. And, there are whispers that the big Packer line is getting stronger. Ed Ecker, a castoff from many pro clubs, is reported to be doing a great job. And don't forget - the Packers may have the rookie lineman of the year in Clay Tonnemaker, the Minnesota giant.
SEPTEMBER 26th - Hometown Packer fans may have the chance to see their team play the New York Yankees here October 8th. The game, originally scheduled for New York, will be shifted here if the baseball Yankees win the American League pennant as now seems likely. The return game, originally scheduled for Green Bay, will be held in New York. 
SEPTEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The Packers. For the first time in a long, long time - it seems like ages - it's an electrifying name. Imagine a gang of supposed nobodies rising up and giving it to the Washington Redskins, a high class and dangerous club. Imagine scoring a winning total of 35 points (it could have been more) and blocking a punt, recovering fumbles, intercepting passes, scoring on an 85 yard run and generally looking like a tough, spirited ball team in the process. And right here in Milwaukee at that. In Milwaukee, where the disorganized Packers of the last two years managed to play just about the worst of a lot of bad games. Just the right spot to turn the Packers into a state institution once again. Yes, sir! Sunday's game did it. It went far beyond a thrilling upset victory. It was the type of game that wins friends and influences customers, no matter what the actual outcome. One big little incident in that game stands out in my mind more importantly than Billy Grimes' great punt return, Ed Neal's punt blocking act and a host of other key plays and vital individual performances, as wonderful as they are. Big because of the behind-the-scenes story it tells. Little only because it wasn't spotlighted and therefore may have gone unnoticed by most of the 14,109 patrons...A BIT OF RELAXING - THEN IT HAPPENED: It happened in the third period shortly after a pass, Tobin Rote to Al Baldwin, had paved the way for Grimes' two yard touchdown thrust. When Ted Fritsch kicked the point that put the Packers ahead, 21-7, everybody relaxed, including the players. There was another sigh of relief when Fritsch nudged the ball a mile on the kickoff. It was a touchback, with no chance for a return. On the very first play from scrimmage came the awakening shock. Bob Goode took a handoff, drove off defensive left tackle behind rugged interference and, in less time than it takes to tell about it, went all the way 80 yards for a TD. Bill Dudley's conversion narrowed the gap to 21-14. As the kickoff (defensive) Packer team came to the bench, maybe they expected to have their ears burned by the head coach, Gene Ronzani. If so, they were disappointed in a pleasant sort of way. Instead of acting as though he were fit to be tied, Ronzani met each one of the boys with a "that's all right, we'll make up for it" pat on the back. No storming, no raving, no pointing the finger of blame. That, I submit, was a big timer's reaction to what could have been a ruinous defensive slip. And it's more possible that such handling is the key to the comeback situation. The reward came quickly. The boys went out and got themselves another TD to just about ice the verdict. And the chances are they'll get more for the coach....A SENDOFF FROM CHEERING MOB: No one's kidding himself that pats on the back will win a championship without championship material. But it's the type of handling that guarantees the maximum in spirited effort and the best possible show for the public. Which is exactly what the public wants above all else. Post-game fan reaction to Sunday's full dollar value performance was on the terrific side. That happy mob scene on the track in front of the grandstand a few minutes after the final gun was a fine example. It was almost unbelievable to see hundreds of fans jammed around the Packers' bus to give 'em a rousing sendoff. A reminder of last year and the year before only because it was so different. One didn't have to strain to overhear remarks like these: "Am I glad I came! Man, will Jim be sore when he finds out what he missed!" "When they play ball like this, I'm for 'em even if they lose." Guess everybody was happy - everybody but George Marshall, owner of the Redskins. He flew from one official to the other, apparently giving 'em you know what verbally with gestures which could be mistaken for nothing else but "We was robbed." That's an old Marshall custom. He's done it before and he'll do it again, like all hard losers. But let George yell his head off. He can't take that one away from the Packers.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - This is Bear week! The new Packers, fresh from an impressive 35 to 21 victory over the previously-unbeaten Redskins, face the powerful Bears here Sunday afternoon. The game has been sold out for 10 days, meaning that more than 25,000 will jam every corner of City Stadium for the traditional battle. Everything is under, over and off the record here this week. Coach Gene Ronzani, facing the team he once served as player and coach for 18 years, is oiling his machine behind the fence of the local baseball park. The Bears will enter the contest with two straight league victories under their belts. They collapsed both Los Angeles and San Francisco on the coast while the Packers have an even break - a 45-7 loss to Detroit and the victory over Washington. The Packers will send five former Bears against their old teammates. Heading this group is Chuck Drulis, the rugged guard, who won all-pro honors in 1948. Other ex-Bears are halfback Floyd Reid, a rookie, guard Ray DiPierro, halfback Wally Dreyer and tackle Ed Ecker. Expected to be ready for more duty Sunday will be Paul Christman, the quarterback obtained in a deal with the Cardinals. Though he knew few of the Packer plays, Christman tossed a touchdown pass to Ted Cook in the Washington game. Young Tobin Rote, the rookie quarterback, handled most of the Bay offense against the Redskins despite an injury that handicapped his passing. Rote should be at full strength for the Bears.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Hometown Packer fans may have the chance to see their team play the New York Yankees here October 8th. The game, originally scheduled for New York, will be shifted here if the baseball Yankees win the American League pennant as now seems likely. The return game, originally 
Green Bay Packers (1-1) 35, Washington Redskins (1-1) 21
Sunday September 24th 1950 (at Milwaukee)
scheduled for Green Bay, will be held in New York. 
SEPTEMBER 27 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears, travel weary after their successful two-week invasion of the Pacific coast which followed exhibition jaunts into the east and south, were a cheerful lot when they arrived shortly before noon from San Francisco. They were even more cheerful when Coach George Halas confined their day's activity to a meeting last night. Today and tomorrow they will drill at Loyola University, then move into Wrigley Field for the remainder of the season, Thursday. Next business ahead for the Bears is in Green Bay Sunday against the rejuvenated Packers. The Bears learned yesterday that Franklin Dempsey, rookie lineman, suffered wrenched ligaments and muscles in his neck in Sunday's game in San Francisco. Dempsey will return by air to Chicago Thursday, but will miss Sunday's game and possibly the following one with the Cardinals.
SEPTEMBER 28 (Chicago Tribune) - The rivalry between
the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, oldest and
most intense in major league football, takes some new
twists this year. First, Curly Lambeau is gone as the
landmark of Packer football and his successor is a former
Bear, Gene Ronzani. Second, the two game series is
constricted into two weeks, the first one Sunday in Green
Bay, the second one October 15 in Wrigley field. The two
rivals started bashing one another in 1921 in a competition
than any other in the game. The old series has sagged in
recent years, but it got a shot in the arm when the Packers
whipped the Washington Redskins last Sunday, 35 to 21.
The Bears have won five straight from the Packers and in
the last four game have rolled up 103 points to 16. In
yesterday's drill, watched by a large crowd at Loyola, the
Bears didn't act like a squad which figured it had a soft
touch. They have been briefed on the jigsaw Green Bay
team which has been boiled down from close to 100
players who have come under Ronzani's surveillance since
midsummer. George Halas, the Bears' coach, told the
players he consider the Packers' offensive unit ranks with
the best in the National league. Here's a bried rundown on
the main men in the attacking group:
ENDS - Alton Baldwin from the Buffalo Bills, who finished
second to Cleveland's Mac Speedie last year as the top 
receiver in the All-America conference; Ted Cook, a four
year Packer veteran
TACKLES - Dick Wildung, five year star with the Packers,
and Joe Spencer, 240 pound Oklahoman obtained from the
GUARDS - Len Szafaryn, 230 pounder from the Washington
Redskins, and Willie Leon Manley, 215 pound freshman
from Oklahoma.
CENTER - Ed Neal, 275 pounder in his fifth Packer
BACKS - Paul Christman from the Cardinals and Tobin
Rote, rookie from Rice, at quarterback; Earl (jug) Girard,
Packer veteran, left end; Billy Grimes from the Los Angeles
Dons, right half; Tony Canadeo, switched from left half to
Clayton Tonnemaker, the Minnesota behemoth, has been
terrific as a linebacker. Other defensive gents are Rebel
Steiner of Alabama, Jack Cloud of William and Mary, and
Alex Wizbicki of Holy Cross in the backfield; Abner
Wimberly and Steve Pritko at ends, and Chuck Drulis,
ex-Bear, at guard.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Chicago Tribune) - One Chicago team worked hard yesterday to remain undefeated, the other one worked harder to post is first triumph in the NFL. The team with the most difficult chore is the Chicago Cardinals, routed last Sunday by the Philadelphia Eagles, 45 to 7. The Cards are laboring zealously for a comeback Monday night in Comiskey Park against the Baltimore Colts, who have lost their two starts to Washington and Cleveland. The Bears moved into Wrigley Field yesterday and concentrated so thoroughly for Sunday's game in Green Bay that with the Packers that they were undisturbed by the erection of the steel bleachers on the east side and the sodding of the infield by Bobby Dorr's ground crew. The Bears will be shooting for their third straight triumph...So far no spy charges have developed from the Bears or Packers, who in other years have operated in secrecy in the days leading up to their traditional battles. The Bears used to point the finger of suspicion at Jug Earp, a former Packer. But Jug is now the Packers' publicity agent and considered in too lofty a profession to snoop. Gene Ronzani who left the Bears' organization to head up the Packers' new coaching staff, is talking in true Bear pre-game tempo in which the opposition is praised to the skies. "You can't make a mistake against the Bears," said Gene mournfully in Green Bay yesterday. "They are powerful and smart. They get a break playing four of 12 league games against guys who used to play for Halas - Joe Stydahar of the Rams and myself. We're bound to make mistakes and they'll capitalize every time. Are we bearing down harder this week because because we're getting ready for the Bears? Gosh, no! We're just going along with our regular practice."
SEPTEMBER 30 (Green Bay) - Professional football's 
ancient game of games - the Packers vs. the Chicago
Bears - holds the center of the spotlight Sunday, with some
26,000 fans slated to jam City Stadium for the duel. It will
mark the 64th NFL meeting of the clubs and a new era in
the traditional rivalry. Coach Gene Ronzani in his first year
at the helm of the Packers will be facing George Halas, for
whom Gene played and coached for 17 years. The Bears
are quoted as 17 to 21 point favorites. The Chicagoans will
carry a clean slate into action. They boast a 24-20 victory
over the Los Angeles Rams and a 32-20 win over the San
Francisco 49ers. The Packers lost to the Detroit Lions, 
45-7, and then upset the Washington Redskins last
Sunday, 35-21. The Bears will bank on the good right arm
of quarterback Johnny Lujack for quick and easy points.
He'll be pitching to ends Bill Wightkin, the rookie from 
Notre Dame, and veterans Jim Keane and Ken Kavanaugh -
not to mention a host of backs. Lujack will be backed up 
by the skilled Sid Luckman and field goal kicking George
Blanda. The Packers' offense is in the hands of the former
Chicago Cardinal star quarterback, Paul Christman, and
the promising rookie from Rice, Tobin Rote. Rote, gradually
throwing off an injury that handicapped him against
Washington last Sunday, may be in top shape for the
Bears. Christman, who has been in Green Bay only eight
days, has absorbed enough of the Packers' intricate T-
formation to handle some of the quarterbacking Sunday. In
other league games Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams are at
San Francisco, the New York Giants at Cleveland, and
Pittsburgh at Washington. The Chicago Cardinals will play
host to the Baltimore Colts Monday night.
SEPTEMBER 30 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears,
who, at this early date are suspected of being en route to
their first divisional title since 1946, will be on alert tomorrow
afternoon, mindful that anything can happen when the Green
Bay Packers are the opponent of the day. Anything could and did happen last week when the Packers upset the Washington Redskins, a team which had breezed through five exhibition victories. Any gridiron celebrations which in the past have rocked this community would be dwarfed by a Packer triumph over the Bears. Close to 25,000, all that little City Stadium holds, will watch this 64th collision of the old rivals, who have been playing each other since 1921. The Packers, of course, cannot match the manpower of the Bears, who whipped Los Angeles and San Francisco on successive weekends to keep pace with Detroit as undefeated co-leaders of the National, or western section of the National league. Detroit lost to the New York Yanks last night, leaving the Bears in sole possession of the top. Gene Ronzani, as successor to Curly Lambeau, stirred up the town in this new football era. If the Packers toppled the Bears, they would match their 1949 victory production of two in 12 games. The Packers last year whipped only the New York Bulldogs and the Detroit Lions. Last year, the Bears tripped up Green Bay, 17 to 0 and 24 to 3. Against the Redskins in 1949 the Packers were overwhelmed, 30 to 0. The Bears, of course, are heavy favorites to make it three in a row. They have triumphed over their own ragged play which forced them to come from behind against Los Angeles and San Francisco. The full fury of their attack, both on the ground and in the air, has not yet exploded on one afternoon. They are capable of running up scores far in excess of the 24 they scored against the Rams and the 32 against the 49ers. Except for Frank Dempsey, injured rookie guard, all of the Bears will be on call. John Hoffman, who rested last Sunday because of a pulled muscle, will start at fullback. Few teams are so bountifully endowed that they can give an afternoon off to a fellow of Hoffman's talents. That's another tipoff on these Bears of 1950.