GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(BALTIMORE) - A hungry Baltimore Colt team banged
over 27 points in a fourth-period outburst Sunday to
overwhelm the Green Bay Packers 41-21 for its NFL
victory. A crowd of 12,971 went wild in Memorial
Stadium as it saw the Colts win at home for the first time
since 1948. Baltimore had lost 19 straight games,
including seven exhibitions this season and the Colts'
first six contests in the NFL.
FANS HUG SIDELINES
The long-suffering fans came out of the stands to the
sidelines during the last minute when the Colts scored
two of their last period touchdowns. Baltimore seemed
headed for defeat again as it went into the final 15
minutes of play behind 21-14. But then the dikes opened
wide. Fullback Jim Spavital exploded for a 96-yard
touchdown run, his third excursion over the goal.
However, Rex Grossman was slow kicking the extra
point and it was blocked, leaving Green Bay ahead
21-20. The Colts, playing like animals at the sight of
blood, intercepted three passes by Paul Christman and 
Tobin Rote, and ran them back for touchdowns. End
Jim Owens went 20 yards with the all-important one
that put the Colts ahead. Then in the last 30 seconds
 halfback Frank Spaniel returned another 35 yards and
halfback Herb Rich followed with a 50-yard runback.
MOBBED BY FANS
Spaniel and Rich were mobbed by fans upon reaching
the end zone. Spavital, who last week had a
bothersome corn removed from his foot, ran like a new
man to give the Colts a tremendous list. He scored
twice in the second quarter on 45-yard pass plays,
one a jaunt around end and the other on a pass from
quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Green Bay matched those
touchdowns for a 14-14 halftime standoff on a 1-yard
dive by Billy Grimes in the first period and a 16-yard
pass from Christman to Larry Coutre in the second.
Christman's 30-yard pass to end Al Baldwin who ran
the last ten yards put the Packers ahead early in the
third period. Baltimore almost bounced right back when
two Tittle passes ate up 70 yards to the Green Bay 
10. The Packers held on the 4 and sprang back
themselves. Floyd Reid, who with Grimes were running
threats throughout, burst through the line at the 16 and
was caught from behind at the Colt 45. Christman was
unable to pass the Packers any farther. The same
thing happened at the start of the first period after
Grimes ran a punt back 21 yards to the Colt 44. Three
Christman passes were grounded. Green Bay opened
the game with a rush when Alex Wizbicki recovered a
fumble on the Colt 42. Tony Canadeo moved the ball
to the goal, Grimes rammed it over. The Packers'
number one draft choice set up Green Bay's second
score by returning a kick 44 yards to the Colt 16 from
where Christman found Coutre with a heave in the end
zone. That was only the third time Green Bay had been
past midfield in the half. Except for their third period
score the Packers never got beyond the Colt 40 in the
second half. It was Green Bay's fifth defeat in seven
league games. The Packers were one of the teams
to beat the Colts in a pre-season exhibition. Both
teams tried long field goals that came nowhere close.
Ted Fritsch booted from own 48 in the first period and
the ball did not go beyond the Colt 5. Grossman
attempted two with the ball on the Green Bay 25 and
35. The Packers also had to repulse other Colt threats
in the second and third periods. Bob Summerhays
killed one with the Colts on the 11 by intercepting a
pass behind his goal. Wizbicki stopped another in
similar fashion by grabbing an aerial on his one and
running it back to the 34.
GREEN BAY -  7  7  7  0 - 21
BALTIMORE -  0 14  0 27 - 41
1st - GB - Grimes, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN
BAY 7-0
2nd - BALT - Jim Spavital, 46-yard run (Rex Grossman kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - BALT - Spavital, 45-yard pass from Y.A.Tittle (Grossman kick) BALTIMORE 14-7
2nd - GB - Coutre, 15-yard pass from Christman (Fritsch kick) TIED 14-14
3rd - GB - Baldwin, 40-yard pass from Christman (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
4th - BALT - Spavital, 96-yard run (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 21-20
4th - BALT - Jim Owens, 26-yard interception return (Grossman kick) BALTIMORE 27-21
4th - BALT - Frank Spaniel, 29-yd interception return (Grossman kick) BALTIMORE 34-21
4th - BALT - Herb Rich, 45-yard interception return (Grossman kick) BALTIMORE 41-21
Baltimore Colts (1-6) 41, Green Bay Packers (2-5) 21
Sunday November 5th 1950 (at Baltimore)
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS SET SIGHTS ON WIN OVER RAMS
NOVEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - The Packers move into Milwaukee Sunday to meet the NFL's highest scoring team, the Los Angeles Rams. The largest crowd of the year for a Packer game in the Beer City is expected to see the Packers try for one of the big upsets of the season and thus return to their winning ways. The Bays, out to snap a four game losing streak, have five games left. After the Ram battles, they move into Detroit November 19; battle the San Francisco 49ers here November 26, and then take to the West Coast to engage the Rams December 3 and the 49ers December 10. The Rams, of course, present a real headache to the Packers. They have scored 313 points in compiling six victories and two defeats, ranking second in the National Conference. Their two losses were administered by the Bears and Eagles. The fact that one of the Packers' two victories came over the Bears (31-21 on October 1) gives the Bays a lot of hope and determination for Sunday's chore. The Rams present a powerful air machine, sparked by quarterbacks Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin, both slick passers, and ball handlers. Chief receiver is Tom Fears, the All-American end, and backing him up are Glenn Davis, the former Army ace, and Elroy Hirsch, the ex-Wisconsin star. The Packers came out of the Baltimore game in good physical condition, but are smarting under the 41 to 21 setback, the wide difference in pointage being due to two pass interceptions for touchdowns in the final 35 seconds. Coach Gene Ronzani will work on offense most of the week in an effort to soup up the ground and air games. At Baltimore the Packers who rank among the leaders in rushing, were limited to 118 yards on the ground and settled for 171 in the air on 12 completions in 35 attempts. The Bays were unable to penetrate deep into Baltimore territory outside of the three scoring sorties. Two of the touchdowns came on Paul Christman passes, one a 16-yarder to Larry Coutre and the other on a 40-yard maneuver with Al Baldwin on the scoring end. The other TD came on a one-yard plunge by Billy Grimes, climaxing a 31-yard drive.
BAYS HAVE CHANCE - IF DEFENSE STOPS RAMS
NOVEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Based upon comparative scores, the Green Bay Packers seemingly have little business on the same field with the Los Angeles Rams Sunday at State Fair Park. The high scoring Rams hold two lopsided decisions over the generally impotent Baltimore Colts, 70 to 21 and 70 to 27, and unless somebody played a tremendous hoax on the state of Wisconsin last Sunday, the Packers lost a 41 to 21 duke to these same Colts. But fortunately for the Packers, the NFL does not pay off on comparative scores. Actually, the Packers are in an excellent position to duplicate their stunning early season upset of the Chicago Bears. The Rams are highly vulnerable, both physically and mentally. On the latter score, the West Coasters have just won four straight and are in second place in the National Conference race. Their two biggies follow the Packer fray - the New York Yanks in New York and the Bears in Chicago. It is not inconceivable that Coach Joe Stydahar's lads might be looking beyond the Packers, as those same Packers were last Sunday when they let the Colts slip away.On top of this, the Rams are not any great team at stopping the opposition. Only one team in the league has given up more yards than the Rams, and that is the Colts. The Rams have also given up 31 touchdowns in eight game or almost four per game. If Coach Gene Ronzani can come up with a defense to throttle the Rams' explosive offense which centers around such lads as Glenn Davis, Elroy Hirsch, Bob Waterfield, Norm Van Brocklin, Tom Fears, Vitamin T. Smith and others, the Packers may steal themselves a handsome victory. The Rams flew into Chicago Thursday night and will remain in the Windy City until Saturday when they train into Milwaukee. Kickoff time for Sunday's game has been moved up to 1:30 p.m. Plenty of good tickets are still available at the Sentinel's public service desk.
RAMS GIVE HIRSCH CREDIT FOR HIGH SCORING - SWITCH DID IT - FROM HALFBACK TO END
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - When the high powered Los Angeles Rams line up on offense against the Green Bay Packers Sunday at State Fair Park, you're likely to say to yourself: "Where have I seen that right end before? The legs are familiar and so is the number (40), but I can't place him." Well, don't let the position confuse you. Playing right end and flashing No. 40 will be none other than Elroy Hirsch - Crazy Legs in person. He was brought up at halfback, as Wausau and Wisconsin fans remember so well. He was still a halfback until the week before the 1950 pro league opener. Then Rams Coach Joe Stydahar came up with an idea for a noble experiment. Reasoned Joe: "It looks like the pass game will be out bread and butter. With his speed, height, spring and sticky hands, Hirsch is a great receiver. So why not put him a spot where he really can do some business for us?" The switch worked so well when the Rams pulled it on the Bears that Hirsch dropped his halfback chores permanently. He was an end from that day on. "I really believe Hirsch, in his new position, has been the making of our club," says Tex Schramm, Rams' public relations chief. "He's a great target himself. Besides, he makes it easier for Tom Fears and Glenn Davis. Each of the three requires double coverage by the opposition. They're all in the first 10 in receiving and driving the other teams crazy."...MUST BE GOOD TO OUTSHINE WATERFIELD: The other key element in the Rams' terrific point production (they've hit 70 twice and 65 once) is Norm Van Brocklin's passing. The ex-Oregon ace has taken the passing and quarterbacking play away from Bob Waterfield almost completely. "Van Brocklin will go down as one of the great passers and competitors in pro history," Schram predicts. "Once he gets the other team on the run, he never lets 'em off the hook. Long or short, he throws 'em on a line. And nothing but strikes. If we only had a running attack and defense to match our passing!" The latter point puts the finger on the Packers' real chance for an upset. The Rams have average more than 400 yards a game, but their opponents have done almost as well. So possession of the ball will mean everything when the teams square off at Fair Park. The Packers simply can't afford to permit the Rams to hog it. There are two other solid angles of hope for Gene Ronzani's operators in their last Milwaukee appearance. 1. They've played their best ball against the strongest clubs in their division, the Yanks and Bears. 2. The Rams conceivably will be looking ahead to next week's game with the Yanks 
the big one they must win in order to stay in the title fight. It could be a great day for the Packers if Los Angeles is too far ahead of itself.
RAMS TO RELY ON AIR POWER IN PACKER DUEL SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Los Angeles Rams are scheduled to slip into town by train Saturday and that will probably be the last time they will move on the ground this weekend. At least they don't bother with that mode of travel when they take to the football field, as they will Sunday when they engage the Green Bay Packers at State Fair Park. Kickoff has been set for 1:30 p.m. If passing is modern football, then the Rams are playing in the era of Buck Rogers. They just don's have any truck with running and based upon their success thus far, there is little wonder. The Rams top the NFL in points scored with 313 points. They also have rolled up the most yards, 3,523, and 2,435 of these have been gained through the air lanes. Both of the Ram passers are in the top five in the standings. Norm Van Brocklin heads the list  and Bob Waterfield holds down the fifth spot. Three receivers are in the top 10. Tom Fears, the leader, along with Glenn David and Elroy Hirsch. Naturally, the cry around the loop is, "Stop the Rams' passing and you stop the Rams." This, however, has proven a little difficult and it will be the Packers' main chore Sunday. Packer Coach Gene Ronzani, who was well schooled by George Halas and Hunk Anderson in the art of setting up defenses, has been working in secret with his club all week.
PICK RAMS TODAY, BAYS GUN FOR BIG UPSET
NOVEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay Packers, who seemingly take great joy in doing what they are not supposed to do, will seek to create more confusion Sunday. Furnishing the opportunity will be the Los Angeles Rams who engage the Packers in State Fair Park. The kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. The Packers are supposed to lose this one, by 14 1/2 points to be exact. The Rams, with a record of six victories and two defeats, are currently riding in second place in the National Conference race, just a half game behind the pace setting New York Yanks. For all practical purposes, the Packers are out of it with two wins and five losses. Off the comparative records of the two teams, the Packers just don't figure against the Rams. But the Packers don't do what they are supposed to do. They don't read the script. This the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins learned early in the season. Last week it was the other way around. The Packers were finally supposed to win against the Baltimore Colts - but they didn't. Now they are back to a familiar role - the underdog. The Rams have a talent loaded squad, but one that can be had. They boast the League's best offense and at the same time, the poorest defense. But that offense can be deadly, as indicated by the 313 points they have rolled up. The boys who do the damage are well known. Directing the passing game are Norman Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield, both of whom rate with the greatest. Their principal targets include Wisconsin's own Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, Glenn Davis and Tom Fears. To give you an indication of the Rams' overall strength, they have been able to move Hirsch to right end. As evidenced by their defensive record, the Rams' forward wall is nothing to rave about but does contain two good tackles in Bob Reinhard and Dick Huffman.