NATIONAL CONFERENCE - STANDINGS
Detroit           1   0   0  1.000   35   17
Chicago Bears     1   0   0  1.000   31   20
San Francisco     1   0   0  1.000   24   10
Los Angeles       1   0   0  1.000   54   14
GREEN BAY         0   1   0   .000   20   31
New York Yanks    0   1   0   .000   14   54
Friday September 28th
LOS ANGELES 54, New York Yanks 14 - The NFL is off to a flying start today, with the Los Angeles Rams writing a brilliant new chapter in the record book. Other clubs will swing into action over the weekend. Highlighted by the record-smashing performance of quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, who broke the league mark for yards gained by passing when he sent the Rams traveling 554 yards through the air, Los Angeles walloped the New York Yankes, 54-14, and set records right and left. The yardage by the flying Dutchman from Oregon eclipsed the record of 468 yards for a single game set in December of 1949 by Johnny Lujack of the Chicago Bears against the Chicago Cardinals. Van Brocklin threw 41 passes and completed 27, three more completions than Lujack achieved in his game. He connected for five touchdowns passes, the longest for 67 yards, the shortest for one. With four key men sidelined by injuries, including quarterback Bob Waterfield, the Rams still rang up eight touchdowns. Four were scored on the Dutchman's passes to Elroy Hirsch. The Rams were stopped on their first drive, but the next five times they got the ball they roared for touchdowns. At halftime, they had battered the Yanks for 415 yards and a 34-7 lead. The Yanks scored their first on a sensational return of a punt by halfback Buddy Young. He raced 79 yards. The other Yank tally was scored when end Arthur Tait intercepted a pitchout and ran it back 30 yards. Quarterback Johnny Rauch of the Yanks was ejected in the second period, materially hurting any chance they had of scoring more than they did. He and fullback Ollie Toth were the workhorses for the visitors. All told, the Rams rolled up 735 yards total, breaking the league mark of 682 set by the Bears in 1943. Their 34 first downs were two more than the record shared by the Rams of 1950 and the Cardinals of 1949.
Sunday September 30th
SAN FRANCISCO 24, Cleveland 10 - The Cleveland Browns, defending pro football champions, were defeated Sunday by the San Francisco 49ers, 24-10. Last season, Frisco won only three games. Guided by Frankie Albert, the 49ers upset the mighty Browns before 52,219 fans. The deft lefthander, a master at deception, led San Francisco to a touchdown in the first, third and final periods. Cleveland started out quickly, scoring on three passes by Otto Graham. But after that, it was all San Francisco. The 49ers tied the score at the end of the first period, smashing 41 yards in two plays and a second-period field goal by Gordon Soltau put them ahead to stay. Joe Perry sewed up the game by scoring touchdowns in the third and final periods on six-yard runs. Lou Groza accounted for the Browns' final three points, with a field goal, but he missed from 37, 42 and 50 yards out.
DETROIT 35, Washington 17 - The Detroit Lions' dream backfield of Doak Walker, Bobby Layne, Bob Hoernschemeyer, and Pat Harder and end Bill Swiacki propelled their team to a 35-17 victory over the Washington Redskins in the NFL opener for both clubs at Briggs Stadium. The Lions roared from behind with three touchdowns in the last 16 minutes after the lead had changed hands five times. Buddy Parker made his debut as Detroit's head coach. Harder battered 47 yards in nine tries and in the fourth period grabbed a 5-yard touchdown pass. Layne completed 20 of 26 passes for 310 yards. In the second quarter, he circled left end for a touchdown from the 12-yard line after failing to find a receiver. Right half Hoernschemeyer got yardage when the Lions needed it. He averaged five yards a try and smashed over a 6-yard touchdown in the third period. Walker tallied 11 points. He zipped around left end for 21 yards in the fourth period for the touchdown that gave the Lions a 28-17 lead, and he booted five conversions. Swiacki snagged 10 aerials. Fullback Chuck Drzenovich scored twice for Washington on short plunges. Bill Dudley booted a 23-yard field goal and converted twice.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Bob Thomason kneels along the sideline with coach Gene Ronzani during a 31-20 loss to the Chicago Bears at old City Stadium on Sept. 30, 1951. Photo courtesy of the Tom Pigeon collection.
ABOVE - The Packers score a touchdown during their season-opening 31-20 loss to the Chicago Bears at City Stadium on Sept. 30, 1951. The game drew a crowd of 24,666. 
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(GREEN BAY) - Those Bears! When the chips are down, 
they're tough! They demonstrated once again here Sunday
afternoon as they whipped Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers
in a furious NFL opener before a record crowd of 24,666 fans,
31-20. Those Bears, indeed! Kicked around in the exhibition
campaign in which they lost four out of seven starts, they
straightened themselves out in a hurry once the play was for
keeps and won with all the irritating eclat they generally do
before the natives here. It wasn't exactly easy. The Packers
made a fight of it all the way, a good fight in which they bucked
an early 17-0 deficit and eventually overcame part, but that 
was all. The Bears had too much.
BEARS TAKE 17-0 LEAD
The game was actually decided in the first 16 minutes in which
George Halas' monsters, highly charged, rolled up that 17-0
lead. There was nothing the Packers could do about it as the
Bears huffed and puffed and by the time they settled down to
play even football the game was all but gone. The Bears 
scored three of the first four times they had the ball. Whizzer
White careened eight yards for the first touchdown after seven
minutes. George Blanda kicked a 46 yard field goal after 11
minutes. Julie Rykovich plowed one yard for another score 
after 16 minutes. Thereafter, the Packers did better than match
points, but it was too late. Bobby Thomason passed to Bob
Mann for Green Bay's first touchdown late in the first half.
John Dottley put the Bears on the board again with a three
yard plunge early in the third quarter. Thomason passed six
yards to Jack Cloud for Green Bay's second touchdown late in
the same period. Chuck Huntsinger completed Chicago's 
scoring with a five yard plunge early in the fourth quarter. And
Jack Cloud smashed one yard for Green Bay's final points in
the closing minutes. Johnny Lujack added all of the Chicago's
extra points and Fred Cone, two out of three for Green Bay.
AERIAL ATTACK EFFECTIVE
The Packer waged almost all of their fight, certainly did all of
their heavy damage, in the air. Apparently convinced that they
could not run with the fleet Bears, they came up with an out
and out passing formation, a wide backfield spread with ends
split, and they darkened the sky with flying football. Of the 60
plays on which they had the ball, exclusive of punts, they
threw it 38 times which figures out to better than 63% of the
time. Not a little surprisingly, since the Bears always knew 
what was coming, or almost always, they made the formation
work and completed the afternoon with 22 completions good
for 238 yards. By rushing, including one 24 yard run from punt
formation by Ray Pelfrey, they added only 64. Such old
workhorses as Tony Canadeo and Billy Grimes didn't rush the
ball from scrimmage at all. Thomason was the No. 1 
bombardier with 16 completions out of 28. Tobin Rote 
completed six out of 10. In one touchdown drive, the second,
Thomason completed 10 out 11 attempts, while the crowd
howled in delight. With four men down on passes, sometimes
five, almost everybody, naturally, had a hand in receiving. At 
last count, it was 10 - Ab Wimberly, Mann and Stretch Elliott,
ends, and Canadeo, Cloud, Breezy Reid, Fred Cone, Grimes,
Pelfrey and Jug Girard, backs. The Bears, with a whole slough
of fine, fast, hard running backs led by White and Fred
Morrison, stuck much closer to the ground, of course. They 
ran on 50 of their 70 plays. And how they ran at times, tearing
away from tackler who apparently had them nailed, zooming,
dodging, twisting. The air arms was directed almost entirely
by Lujack, with 12 completions in 18 attempts. A spectacular
pass, Lujack to Billy Stone which covered 60 yards to Green
Bay's 28, created position for the first touchdown. Cloud's
fumble, which Brad Rowland recovered on Green Bay's 28,
preceded George Blanda's field goal. And White's free wheeling
35 yard punt return to Green Bay's 41 preceded the second
touchdown. The Packers muffed a couple of good scoring
chances immediately after this, when Gene Schroeder 
intercepted passes on the goal line, but they finally put the
scorekeeper to work in the closing minutes of the half. Howard
Ruetz intercepted a screen pass on Chicago's 25, and the 
boys buckled down. A roughing penalty against the Bears and
a pass to Mann brought the ball to the eight from where Mann,
on fourth down, took another pass to score. Rote's fumble on
the second play of the third quarter, which Sprinkle recovered
on Green Bay's 44, let the Bears set up their scoring gears in
motion quickly again. Vital play was a 25 yard dash by Lujack
after he had apparently been nailed for a 15 yard loss. With the
ball on the three, Dottley finally rammed over. Green Bay's best
drive followed immediately after and produced the second
touchdown. With Thomason pitching his succession of strikes,
the Packers hung together six first downs from their 20 to
Chicago's one. Thomason passed to Cloud in the end zone. In
eight plays, which covered 63 yards, the Bears got the
touchdown right back however. Huntsinger roared over a wide gap at center for the last five yards. Bob Williams' fumble, which Martinkovic recovered on Chicago's 40, put the Packers in business to wind up the scoring. Passes to Cloud, Jug Girard and Canadeo, and a penalty against the Bears brought the ball to the one. Cloud, on first down here, heaved himself into the end zone.
CHICAGO BEARS - 10  7  7  7 - 31
GREEN BAY     -  0  6  7  7 - 20
1st - CHI - Whizzer White, 8-yard run (Johnny Lujack kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - CHI - George Blanda, 46-yard field goal CHICAGO 10-0
2nd - CHI - Julie Rykovich, 1-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO 17-0
2nd - GB - Mann, 12-yard pass from Thomason (Kick failed) CHICAGO 17-6
3rd - CHI - John Dottley, 3-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO 24-6
3rd - GB - Cloud, 1-yard pass from Thomason (Cone kick) CHICAGO 24-13
4th - CHI - Chuck Hunsinger, 5-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO 31-13
4th - GB - Cloud, 1-yard run (Cone kick) CHICAGO 31-20
RIGHT - Packers fullback Fred Cone tries to elude two would-be tacklers as three more close in during Green Bay's 31-20 season-opening loss to the Bears at City Stadium on Sept. 30, 1951. Closing in from left are the Bears' Wayne Hansen (14), George Connor (81) and John Hoffman (89). 
ABOVE - Fans arrive for the Packers' season opener. The game drew a season-high crowd of 24,666, but the Packers lost 30-21. This is the west end of the stadium, along Baird Street.
Chicago Bears (1-0) 31, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 20
Sunday September 30th 1951 (at Green Bay)
RIGHT - Packers coach Gene Ronzani talks to quarterback Bobby Thomason (Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette archives)
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKER-BEAR GAME A 2ND GUESSER'S PARADISE
OCTOBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It isn't often that a football game offers a consistent a series of clutch plays - good or bad, according to the point of view - as the Bear-Packer battle of last Sunday. There were eight scores - seven touchdowns, four by the victorious Bears, and three by the Packers, and one field goal. Analysis shows that each was the outgrowth of a vital break or one key maneuver. Look: Johnny Lujack's long pass to Billy Stone, good for 61 yards, set up the Bears' first TD. Jack Cloud's fumble after catching a pass for a first down gave the Bears the ball and George Blanda his 46 yard field goal shot. Whizzer White, the mighty mite, set the second six point drive in motion with a dazzling 30 yard punt return. Howard Reutz dropped back and, with a well timed leap, intercepted Lujack's screen pass attempt to give the Packers position (on the enemy 25) for their first six-pointer. The Packers' second disastrous fumble by Tobin Rote when he had advanced beyond the first down point on the second play of the third quarter, touched off Halas U's third jaunt into the end zone...TOOK TWO KEYS TO OPEN THIS DOOR: But for Lujack's squirming, twisting 23 yard run after he had been trapped beyond midfield, disaster would have been averted. So on that one there were two keys. The second key wouldn't have opened the door if five or six Packers hadn't missed the tackle. Rote's fourth down sneak for a first down way back on his own 32 kept Green Bay's successful bid for touchdown No. 2 alive. It was a desperate, yet necessary move, for to give up the ball on a punt at that point would have been admitting defeat. The Bears had third down and 10 to go, deep in their own territory, when Lujack hit Gene Schroeder on a 22 yard pass. They went on from there to score the clincher. If that pass had failed it would have been necessary to kick and the Packers, 11 points down, conceivably could have come on to pull the game out of the fire. Bob Williams, belted hard when about to pass, fumbled, and John Martinkovic recovered for the Bays on the Bear 40. Out of that break grew the home team's score. It all adds up to a load of second guessing material for both sides. Packer followers naturally can win that one in a mental replay. The Bears, just as naturally, can roll up a more decisive margin by eliminating plays of their own choice. Which means an ideal game from the fans' standpoint. After all, talking about it is at least half the fun....GAMBLED ON OBVIOUS PASS SETUP: Some of the most vigorous tongue wagging among those who saw the game has to do with the Packers' reliance on a straight passing variation of the T-formation. "How could they expect to run with the two halfbacks wide, the quarterback under center as usual and the fullback alone?" is a typical question. The truth is is that Gene Ronzani and his staff decided on an admitted pass setup because they figured (1) a pass attack was their only hope and (2) there was a better chance it could click by springing more potential receivers loose. They planned only on enough running stuff to keep the Bears defense honest. The rest of the time it was up to the good right arms of Rote and Bobby Thomason. It was a good show even though the gamble didn't pay off completely. Not all the post-game talk can be classed as second guessing, of course. There's no explanation for grabbing so much air, especially when White or Lujack had the ball, except to say it was one of those days most teams run into. Certainly some of the Packers' main offenders long since proved they have the heart for tackling and the knack. Maybe they were overanxious. That happens in a Bear game. The chances are that Ronzani will have the boys relaxed and hitting 'em right against the Steelers here Sunday. Let's hope so because those Steelers are tough to handle, too.
SCHLINKMAN TO COACH AT LAKE FOREST
OCTOBER 2 (Lake Forest, IL) - Walter Schlinkman, 1947 graduate of Texas Tech and former Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cardinal fullback, Monday was named to the coaching staff of Lake Forest College, Schlinkman will serve as assistant varsity coach in all sports.
STEELERS TOUGH, GOOD
OCTOBER 3 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Not since the Steelers and Detroit Lions played that 35 to 34 thriller several years ago has a pro football game caught the fancy of local fans as the one staged at Forbes Field Monday night between the Steelers and Giants. The 13-all score was hardly indicative of the rapid-fire action that took place on the field. The two touchdowns in the second quarter recorded within a couple of minutes of each other, provided two of the best action plays we've seen in a long time. Johnny Michelosen's well-coached team not only stood up against the powerful New Yorkers but actually outplayed them on several occasions. With a number of good backs at his command, the young Steeler pilot is finally opening up on the attack and the club looks all the better for it. The return of Jerry Shipkey, the fast-moving little Ray Mathews, Joe Geri in all-star stride. Chuck Ortmann's fine, short passing game, Fran Rogel's line battering, Lynn Chadnois' running and passing, the unbending defensive play of Howard Hartley and Jim Finks plus a magnificent line, all go into the makeup of the best Steelers team in history. For the Giants, the best man on the field was Emlen Tunnell, the best defensive back in the league. The colored lad, whose 183 pounds is puny by comparison with the big beef he goes up against, not only has speed and savvy to diagnose plays, he fears no one.
STEELERS' SHARP BLOCKING PLEASES MICHELOSEN
OCTOBER 3 (Pittsburgh Press) - Coach Johnny Michelosen is eagerly awaiting the movies of the Steeler-Giant game today to toss a few bouquets at three of his downfield blockers. The Steeler coach doesn't know who they are yet. But the trio tossed key blocks, permitting Joe Geri to break way on his 86-yard kickoff return which set up the Steelers' touchdown in the 13-13 ties with the favored New Yorkers Monday night. The blocks came after Geri darted from the sidelines. One after another in sequence three Giants who had a crack at the Georgian were knocked off their feet. Guard George Hughes, whose failure to block Emlen Tunnell, deprived Geri of a touchdown on his electrifying jaunt, was the most dejected man on the squad. "I just ran out of gas," the disappointed Virginian drawled. "Just couldn't reach him." For the first time in his four years as coach of the Steelers, Michelosen softpedaled criticism of his team. "The boys played remarkable football," he declared yesterday, still trying to pull himself together from the effect of the brutal fracas the night before. "No one was outstanding. The whole team worked as a unit." Michelosen regretted that he couldn't use wingbacks Ray Mathews or Lynn Chadnois more frequently as ball carriers. "They kept playing us to the weak side looking for reverses," he explained. "Of course, that should have given our strong side attack a chance to go, but the Giant line is terrific. They outweighed us about 25 pounds a man - a lot of beef to spot a team that good." The highlight of the game, Charley Mehelich's slugging of linebacker Frank Sinkovitz, turned out to be a dud. Instead of dissension, it was just the case of a player out on his feet not knowing what he was doing. After coming to the sidelines, Mehelich told Michelosen: "I punched somebody out there."
PACKERS SETTLE BROCK'S SUIT
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Football club settled Charlie Brock's $21,000 damage suit Wednesday on terms which were not disclosed but which Brock said were "very satisfactory". Brock, a former player, had a contract as assistant coach with two years to run at the time that Gene Ronzani replaced Curly Lambeau as head coach. Brock was dismissed and a Packer official said that it was for "the sake of money". Atty. E.I. Everson filed suit for $11,000 salary for the two years and $10,000 damages because of the remark. Adverse examinations of Packer officials were scheduled Wednesday but Atty. Fred Trowbridge, representing the Packers, forestalled these with the settlement. It also released some of the $21,000 of club funds which Everson had tied up. Brock was an all-American center at the University of Nebraska and an all-National league choice as a Packer.
ORTMANN PLAYS HERE SUNDAY
OCTOBER 4 (Milwaukee) - It will be a homecoming for Chuck Ortmann when the former East all-time football great and Michigan All-American comes to town with his Pittsburgh Steelers to play the Packers at State Fair Park. Kickoff time is 1:30 PM. Ortmann, despite his rookie status, is a key man in the powerful Steeler running game and passing attack. The Packers, who will display their new double-flanker formation, will be out to chalk up their first NFL victory. They will also be trying to gain revenge for the 35-6 beating handed them by the Steelers in an exhibition game at Buffalo. Coach Gene Ronzani's new formation helped produce three touchdowns and resulted in 22 completions in 38 attempts in its unveiling against the rugged Chicago Bears last week. It calls for two halfbacks to play wide to the left or right, with the quarterback and fullback working "alone" behind the center. Against the Bears, such halfbacks as Tony Canadeo, Ray Pelfrey, and Billy Grimes didn't rush but caught passes instead. Canadeo led the 10 pass received with six catches for 58 yards. The power fullbacks, Jack Cloud and Fred Cone, did most of the rushing. Sunday's game is the first of two in Milwaukee. The Packers also play the formidable Los Angeles Rams at State Fair Park October 21.
AN OLD FAVORITE RETURNS, ORTMANN OF THE STEELERS
OCTOBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - A familiar old figure on football fields here will return for a visit Sunday - Chuck Ortmann. Touselled haired blond Ortmann, one of his finest football players in East Side High School's history, and one of the mainstays for three years of Michigan's great championship teams, will be here with the Pittsburgh Steelers for their game with the Green Bay Packers at State Fair Park. Milwaukee knows all about Ortmann, but Pittsburgh is just learning, and Pittsburgh had begun to go into ecstasy about him. "The greatest passer in all 19 years of our history," said Coach Johnny Michelosen over the telephone Wednesday. "We didn't get him until after the all-star game. So he was a little late breaking in, but we've already seen enough to know." Ortmann, Pittsburgh's No. 1 choice in the draft, saw relatively little action in the exhibition games. He had his first big opportunity in the 13-13 tie with the Giants Sunday, alternating with veteran Joe Geri at tailback, and besides doing a nifty job running and calling signals he completed five out of seven passing attempts. He played most of the second half. "We think he's destined to become one of the greatest stars in pro ball," Michelosen said. "And what a T formation quarterback he would have made, or would still make with practice." In Pittsburgh's single wing and a devastating thing it can be. Ortmann has generally operated with Joe Gasparella at quarterback, Lynn Chadnois, late of Michigan State, at right half and Frank Rogell or Jerry Nuzum at fullback. In their last three starts the Steelers have beaten the Packers in an exhibition, 35-6; the Bears in an exhibition, 23-21, and tied the Giants in a league game. Pittsburgh rules a seven point favorite in Sunday's game.
MICHELOSEN FEARS STEELER LET-DOWN SUNDAY
OCTOBER 4 (Pittsburgh) - Coach Johnny Michelosen, fearing a
letdown in the wake of the Steelers' 13-13 tie with the New York
Giants, is trying to build a fire under the Steelers this week. He
drove his battered and bruised gridders through a brisk two-and-a-
half hour drill at Forbes Field yesterday, preparing them for 
Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee, Wis.
"We have to get them up for this game," Michelosen pointed out,
explaining that a letdown is a natural consequence for a team
that reached an emotional peak the week before. "The boys were
ready for the Giants," he said. "You could see it coming for a few
days. As a result they played good football. That's not the case
with this week's game. We beat the Packers, 35-6, in Buffalo a
few weeks ago and the team appears ready to rest on its laurels.
They figure they can take the Packers again. That doesn't 
necessarily follow."
STEELERS WILL SHOW POWER GAME AGAINST PACKERS
HERE ON SUNDAY
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay) - Pittsburgh has long been noted for its industrial might, its deep coal pits, its sprawling steel mills - and its single wing football. At State Fair Park Sunday, the single wing part of it will be display when Pittsburgh's entry in the NFL, the Steelers, meet Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers in their second league start of the fall. Through a whole era of the T-formation, almost 20 years, while other teams flocked to this type of offense, Pittsburgh stuck with and was satisfied with its straight power, rock 'em, sock 'em football. And it still is. It is the football the Steelers will offer Sunday. Power football is probably part of a power conscious city. It explains why the famed University of Pittsburgh elevens of the thirties and later the Pittsburgh Steelers never even game the T a nod. If, however, you give the sports scene a closer study, you'll find the real reason Pittsburgh, collegiate and pro, stuck with sound, fundamental football. In the background you will note the hand of a ramrod straight, dour visaged, stern Scot, the late Dr. John Bam (Jock) Sutherland, probably the leading exponent of the single offense, and, incidentally, one of the great coaches of all-time. Dr. Sutherland, who died in the spring of 1948, was more than a football coach in Pittsburgh. He was an institution like United States Steel or the Mellon Bank. And when he died, he passed his football legacy along to his young and faithful assistant of 10 years' standing- John Michelosen, now head coach of the Steelers. Michelosen, young in years but long in gridiron knowledge and lore, has often been asked why he sticks with the straight single wing when, all about him, everyone switched to the T. "A football coach teachers the system he knows best," Michelosen explained. "Ever since I started playing football in high school, I have been associated with the single wing. And in Dr. Sutherland I think I had one of the great football teachers of all time. It would seem unreasonable to switch. After all," he went on, "there are only two base systems
in football - the T and the single wing. Back about 25
years ago, nearly everybody used the single wing and
all the coaches began to defense the system. In an
attempt to beat the defense, some coaches switched to
the T and it was a sensational system until everybody
started using it. Then a defense was found to halt the
quick openers. Immediately," Michelosen added,"
coaches came up with a number of variations - the split
T, the winged T, the man in motion, etc. Now a lot of
colleges - Michigan, Michigan State, Princeton,
Tennessee, Southern Methodist, to name a few - use
the single wing again, and it looks as though power
football may be on the way back. Michigan, Michigan
State, Princeton and Tennessee certainly ranked with
the top college elevens in 1950." The Packers can
expect a grinding, grueling game of it here Sunday
afternoon.
STEELERS MUST STOP 'OLD PRO' CANADEO
OCTOBER 6 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers may
learn, much to their sorrow, that football isn't necessarily
a "kids' game". There are still a dangerous old timers
battling around the league. One of them is creaking,
grey-haired Tony Canadeo of Green Bay, a 10-year pro
veteran whom the Steelers will face in Milwaukee
tomorrow afternoon. Canadeo, the Grey Ghost of
Gonzaga still knows what to do with a football. The most
prolific ground gainer in Green Bay history, he is still a
threat every time he wraps his hands around a ball. The
aging halfback from Chicago doesn't get the protection
given other 10-year men in the league. His assignments
usually call for him to smash into the line but he's still
going strong. Last year he gained 247 yards from
scrimmage and scored four touchdowns. In addition, he
led the team in kickoff returns, running back 16 for a
26.7 average. But 1950 wasn't one of his better seasons.
Not by a long shot! Tony has been moved to fullback and
the switch came slowly for the 32-year old runner.
Canadeo's greatest years came as a halfback. In 1949,
for example, he averaged 5.1 yards and picked up 1056
for the season. That amazing performance made him
one of three men in pro football who cracked the
thousand mark in a single campaign. In nine years with
the Packers Canadeo ran for 3,879 yards and a 4.28 yard-per-carry average.
STEELERS RATE AS FAVORITES OVER PACKERS
OCTOBER 6 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles, each victorious in lone starts in the NFL, will clash tonight under the lights at Shibe Park to start a busy three-day schedule of pro grid games. Tomorrow the Pittsburgh Steelers will invade the Milwaukee Fair Grounds for an inter-conference clash with the Green Bay Packers. Other contest on the Sunday schedule show the Chicago Bears against the Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey Park, Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Washington Redskins. On Monday night the New York Yanks will face the Detroit Lions in Briggs Stadium. This game was originally scheduled in Yankee Stadium but was transferred due to the World Series. Coach Johnny Michelosen's Steelers will be favored to whip the Packers before a crowd of 20,000.
AERIAL BATTLE LOOMS IN PACKER-STEELER TILT
OCTOBER 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - A thrilling aerial show is in prospect Sunday when the Green Bay Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season's first pro football league game at State Fair Park. If that seems strange in view of Pittsburgh's reputation as a single wing power club, the story of the Steelers' 13-13 tie with the Giants should be the convincer. Five of Coach Johnny Michelosen's backs, paced by Joe Geri and Milwaukee's own Chuck Ortmann, took turns in the pitching department which is the tipoff that the sprightly Steelers aren't going to try to bull their way through the league this year. Michelosen was particularly impressed with Ortmann. "Best passer the Steelers ever had," said the coach after watching Chuck hit five out of seven in addition to running well and defending just as well at the safety spot. The Packers, of course, definitely established themselves as a passing outfit when Bobby Thomason and Tobin Rote fired 38 times against the Bears and completed 22 (to 10 different receivers) for 238 yards. Coach Gene Ronzani's squad, in top shape despite the rough battle with the Bears, is unusually confident of breaking into the win column by reversing the result of an early season exhibition with the Steelers. The Bays, who will take the final workout at home, will arrive here Saturday night. The Steelers are due to reach Milwaukee in time for an afternoon lumbering session.
STEELERS PLAY G.B. PACKERS IN MILWAUKEE
OCTOBER 6 (Milwaukee) - The Pittsburgh Steelers of the National League's American Conference, making their first inter-divisional start of the season, will meet the Green Bay Packers here tomorrow. The Packers are in the National Conference. A near-sellout crowd of more than 20,000 is expected for Green Bay's first league game in Milwaukee this year. Magnet for the big turnout will be the Steelers' Chuck Ortmann, a local boy who hasn't played football in his hometown since leaving the high school five years ago. The game will be the second encounter for the rival teams. The Steelers opened their schedule last Monday with a 13-13 ties against the favored New York Giants. The Packers lost 31-20 to the Chicago Bears Sunday. The Pittsburghers rule as two-touchdown favorites in tomorrow's game, chiefly as a result of a 35-6 pre-season win over the Packers in Buffalo three weeks ago. But Coach Johnny Michelosen and Assistant Bob Davis, who scouted the Packers against the Bears, have warned the Steelers that the oddsmakers have underrated the big Wisconsin team. First quarter mistakes by an inexperienced team gave Chicago a 10-0 edged, but the Packers hung on to match the Bears touchdown for touchdown in the ensuing three periods. Gene Ronzani, coach of the Packers, unveiled an unusual double-flankers offense against the 
Bears, and it produced 22 completions in 38 pass attempts. Most of the aerials were directed to end Bob Mann, a 175-pound receiver from Michigan who gave the Steelers trouble in the Buffalo game. The Packers' aerial circus saw quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason connecting in bullet-like heaves in 10 different receivers.
PACKERS PRIMED TO UPSET STEELERS HERE TODAY
OCTOBER 7 (Milwaukee) - The Packers are primed to pull all the stops as they go after NFL victory No. 1 at the expense of the fancy passing, hard-running Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair Park Sunday. Kickoff time is 1:30. The Steelers, off their showing in the 13-13 draw against the Giants in last week's first round play, are the logical favorites. But coach Gene Ronzani's operators, coming up steadily since the opening exhibition victory over the Cardinals, figure they are ripe for an upset. They looked good most of the way in dropping a tough one to the Bears last week. But for a couple of disastrous fumbles, they might have reversed the 31-20 result. Bobby Thomason and Tobin Rote are still locked in a share-the-job plan at quarterback. There's quality and quantity, too, on the receiving end, no less than ten teammates having taken turns in snagging 22 passes last Sunday. Which is to say the overhead game is in order. If the ground attack, built around Jack Cloud, Tony Canadeo, Billy Grimes, Jug Girard and Breezy Reid, can start to click the Packers will be ready to break out in a real rash of touchdowns. The Bays defense will be put to a severe test by the Steelers offensive vehicle. Coach John Michelosen's modern version of the single wing. Joe Geri, one of the league's best all-around backs, and Chuck Ortmann, Milwaukee's latest contribution to big time pro ball, are the chief pass-or-run threats.