(MILWAUKEE) - The Los Angeles Rams, held scoreless for almost three quarters, finally broke out into a rash of long runs, long passes and four touchdowns to
bury the Green Bay Packers, 28-0, at State Fair Park
Sunday afternoon. It was a crushing defeat for the
Packers, even cruel considering what preceded the
avalanche that finally engulfed them on the field made
slippery by an all-night rain that continued until almost
game time. The Ronzanimen, not Los Angeles, had
the best chances to sew up victory through those first
42 minutes. They had third on the three, two to go for
a first down, shortly after the opening kickoff and
couldn't score.
Again in the third quarter, they flew 80 yards (on eight
passes by Bobby Thomason) to the Rams' one, two
downs to go for a touchdown. But again they bogged
down. In the meantime, the Rams had only come
close enough to set up four field goals by Bob
Waterfield, one in the first period, two in the second,
and one in the third from 21, 28, 40 and 21 yards out.
A bobbled pass from center stopped one and Dan
Orlich blocked another. The other two weren't even
close. But with the third quarter fizzle, the roof caved
in for the Packers, by coincidence just about the time
the sun finally broke through the dark clouds and
dissipated the threat of more rain that held the crowd
to 21,393. The rain and the mud, it is safe to say,
made the difference between the official attendance
figure and a sellout of 27,000. Translated into money,
it probably meant a loss of at least $15,000 in gross
Dan Towler started the scoring flood with a beautiful,
79-yard run. The giant 220-pound, 6 foot 2, fullback
broke off the Packers' vulnerable right side, skidded
toward the the side line, and with a surprising burst of
speed, outran the secondary. Having tasted blood, the
Rams really went to town with three big markers in
the final period - just in case any of the beleaguered
Packers or their squirming rooters still entertained
comeback ideas. The brilliant Bob Waterfield, who
hadn't done enough to each his pay up to that time,
was the key man with a couple of dazzling touchdown
passes - the first to Tommy Kalmanir for 38 yards and
the next to Elroy Hirsch for 81 yards. Yes, that's right,
81 yards.
Hirsch, looking back without turning his head to either
side as only he can do it, fielded the ball like a Joe
DiMaggio near midfield and scampered 51 yards to the
goal-line. The ex-Badger hero from Wausau made
another great catch for a 25-yard gain that set the
stage for Kalmanar's TD. The latter had Rebel Steiner
breathing down his neck, yet managed to slip into the end zone for the catch. The last touchdown, strictly superfluous, was something of a gift, the Packers having given up the ball on downs on their own 44. Jerry Williams sliced over guard for the final five yards after setting the stage himself with a 34-yard right end sweep on a well-executed reverse. After drawing a blank in the field goal department, Waterfield booted four perfect placekicks for the extra points. And that's the way it happened: a scoreless tie for 42 minutes and 28-0 for the Rams the rest of the way. The winners rolled up a total of 502 yards, a tremendous day's production. But they had only 191 until that second big Packer drive came to grief in the ill-fated third quarter. From then on the Rams had a picnic, running and passing for 311 more. The Packers, incidentally, were held to 12 yards rushing in the second half. Of their final 317 total, 243 came through the airlanes.
The Bays, unable to budge the huge Los Angeles line, tried only 20 running plays all afternoon. Despite the slippery field, which handicapped light, fast-moving boys like Bob Mann and Ray Pelfrey, they turned almost exclusively to the air, setting a new all-time high of 50 pass attempts. Thomason had 19 of the completions in 36 attempts for 207 yards, while Rote hit on only three of 14 for 36. Waterfield clicked on five out of 11 for 85, and Norm Van Brockling on four out of 12 for 89. Glenn Davis' only attempt was good for five yards. The Packers gave the customers a couple of thrills in addition to the touchdown bids that backfired. After the Rams piled up a 21-0 lead, Rote hit Mann on the goal-lien from 42 yards out for what looked at least like a consolation score. But the speedy end was called for pushing a defender out of the way. So the TD was nullified and the Packers penalized 15 yards and a down.
Jug Girard was the hero of the game's most daring play. He swept defensive right end for 32 yards late in the first quarter off a fake punt from his 20, with fourth down and 10 to go. The game, becoming rougher as it progressed, threatened to get out of hand in the closing minutes. Larry Brink, 240-pound end who had been challenged by little Tony Canadeo among others, was in the middle of most of the extra-curricular stuff. Finally, he and Dave Stephenson of the Packers were tossed out. Coach Gene Ronzani and his players on the bench didn't take kindly to what was going on the field. Their verbal protests finally became so pointed that the coach was penalized 15 yards. As the gun cracked, though, tempers had cooled and everything was peaceful as the mud-splattered gladiators trudged off the field.
LOS ANGELES -  0  0  7 21 - 28
GREEN BAY   -  0  0  0  0 -  0
3rd - LA - Dan Towler, 79-yard run (Bob Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 7-0
4th - LA - Tommy Kalmanir, 38-yard pass from Waterfield (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 14-0
4th - LA - Elroy Hirsch, 81-yd pass fr Norm Van Brocklin (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 21-0
4th - LA - Jerry Williams, 5-yard run (Waterfield kick) LOS ANGELES 28-0
Los Angeles Rams (3-1) 28, Green Bay Packers (2-2) 0
Sunday October 21st 1951 (at Milwaukee)
OCTOBER 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - It isn't often that a team can absorb a 28-0 licking and come out of it with as little loss of face as the Packers did Sunday. Most of the 21,393 fans were more in the spirit of sadness and sympathy than criticism as they turned homeward from State Fair Park. While recognizing that the Rams had the personnel to win on merit, they figured Coach Gene Ronzani's boys deserved a better fate than a 28-0 shellacking - even could have won this particular day with a break or a little something extra in some clutch spots. After almost three full periods of scoreless play, during which the Packers were so close to at least two touchdowns they could almost taste them, a 14-7 or 21-14 defeat would have been depressing enough. But 28 to 0! It was almost too much to take - for fans, players and coaches alike. When the Rams took over on their 20 after Bobby Thomason's fourth down pass had dropped incomplete in the end zone as a touchback as the third quarter was running out, no on expected anything but a continued dog fight to the end - possibly an ultimate scoreless tie. One harmless play for a yard gain. Then bang! Huge, footloose Dan Towler was gone on a 79 yard touchdown jaunt....RAMS CASHED IN ON THE  BIG LIFT: It was easy to sense the two way reaction. For the Rams it was a tremendous lift. For the Packers a terrific letdown. Give men like Towler, Dick Hoerner, Bob Waterfield, Norm Van Brocklin, Elroy Hirsch, Larry Brink, Glenn Davis, Vitamin Smith, Jim Winkler, Bob Boyd and assorted Rams a "recharge" via a 79 yard scoring run and it should be all over but the shouting. It was. The tiring Packers didn't have a chance as everything started to work for the Coast club. Passing and protection suddenly became sharper, the receiving even better and the running just as good. In no time at all the Rams had two more touchdowns and they got the fourth when the Bays, with nothing more to lose, chose to go for the distance on fourth down from their own 44 and missed. But that didn't lose the game. Nor did the TD passes to Tommy Kalmanir and Hirsch. It was lost when the huge Towler, remarkably fast for a 220 pounder, went all the way from his own 21. What came later was merely so much gravy added to the full victory meal Towler set up. It took some softening up by Towler, Hoerner and Smith, to be sure. But Towler's run was the real clincher...PACKERS HAD CHANCES TO SCORE FIRST: The final answer is that no team, especially a team at a manpower disadvantage like the Packers, can blow some good scoring opportunities and finish on the sunny side. The Rams, for all their physical power and versatility, have been known to get stormy when behind. So scoring first was important in this game and the Packers knew it. They had chances - two good one. Third down on the Rams' three, with two to go for a first down in the first quarter. Third down on the one in the third canto. They couldn't connect. There were two other big moments. Bob Mann was free in the end zone just before the first period surge to the three. Bobby Thomason spotted him and his pass looked good. But the ball hit the crossbar for an incompletion. Again in the second quarter Mann was in the clear on the Rams' 25 when Tobin Rote's long pass slipped off his fingers. All that before the Rams got up a real head of steam. But the payoff punch wasn't there. Things just can't go that way against an outfit like the Rams. They can't be held in check indefinitely.
OCTOBER 22 (Chicago) - Curly Lambeau, former Green Bay Packer coach who took over the reins for the Chicago Cardinals two years ago, is on his way out, according to reports here Monday. Walter Wolfner, managing director of the Cardinals, was quoted, after the Cardinals lost to the Washington Redskins, 7-3, as saying that the defeat would "cost Lambeau his job". The Chicago club has won only one of four league games. That was an upset of the Bears.
OCTOBER 23 (Chicago) - Managing director Walter Wolfner of the Chicago Cardinals flatly denied Tuesday reports that head coach Curly Lambeau was on the way out. The rumor emanated from Washington after the Cardinals lost to the lowly Washington Redskins, 7-3. It was their third loss in four league games. Wolfner issued the denial on his return from Washington Tuesday morning.
OCTOBER 24 (Chicago) - The Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday night quoted Charley Trippi, Chicago Cardinal quarterback, as accusing the Cardinal coaching staff of "buck passing" in the pro football club's poor record for this season. The Cards has lost three of four league games. The last setback came Sunday, when they were beaten by the Washington Redskins, 7-3. Reporters who covered the game have stated the Cards failed to make good on several scoring opportunities. The Sun-Time said Trippi has been "widely criticized for failure to call the right plays when the Cardinals were near the Redskins goal" and that coach Curly Lambeau has said Trippi "was on his own" at those times. In response to this, the newspaper said, Trippi replied, with emotion: "That's not true! The Cardinal coaching staff called 90 percent of the plays against Washington...I was pretty much on my own until the Cards reached the Washington 10 or 15-yard line. And then I got my instructions from the bench....I'd like to get the record clear. All the players know who's been calling the plays. And they're behind me 100 percent." Neither Trippi nor Lambeau could be reached for comment immediately. A club spokesman told the Associated Press, "This is a personal thing on Trippi's part. Maybe he was letting off a little steam. After all, it's his first year as quarterback and he's been doing a good job." The spokesman refused further comment. Trippi has been doing all the quarterbacking, because of injuries to reserves. In a move to alleviate this situation, Lambeau sent for last year's signal caller, Jim Hardy, who had retired from the game. Hardy arrived by airplane Wednesday.
OCTOBER 24 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer officials asked for a waiver on Don Stansauk, 255-pound tackle, yesterday. Stansauk, ex-Denver University star, has been with the Packers for two years. He missed the last two games because of injuries.
OCTOBER 24 (Philadelphia) - The Los Angeles Rams continue to pace the NFL Wednesday in total offense. The Rams lead in yards gained passing, NFL statistics show, with 1,240 but are a close second, behind the Chicago Bears, in rushing the ball with 742 yards. This give Los Angeles a combined No. 1 total of 1,982. The Bears with 794 running and 725 passing are second in total offense, followed by Cleveland with 1,429, Detroit with 1,426 and Green Bay with 1,337. On the ground, the Bears have rushed 794 yards or an average of 4.6 per try. Los Angeles has the best average - 5.3 yards - on the ground, but its passing average is the NFL's third best. Cleveland has a 57.8 pass completion average, San Francisco 52.9 and Los Angeles 49.2. San Francisco boasts the top punters in the pro league, with 49er booters averaging 48 yards per kick. Cleveland is second with 47.2 followed by Los Angeles with 44.2 and Detroit with 43.9. Los Angeles is the top point maker with 132. Detroit is second with 117 and Cleveland third with 110.
OCTOBER 26 (Green Bay) - Eager to get a chance to get back in the race after their game but losing effort against the Los Angeles Rams at State Fair Park a week ago, the Green Bay Packers passed through 
OCTOBER 26 (Chicago) - All was peace Friday between Coach Curly Lambeau of the Chicago Cardinals and his hot-tempered quarterback, Charley Trippi. Trippi and Lambeau patched up the spat that flared when Lambeau said Trippi was "on his own" as the Cardinals lost a golden chance to whip the Washington Redskins last Sunday. It was all a "misunderstanding", Lambeau said Friday. "I'm not trying to pass any bucks. Any time the Cardinals lost, I take full blame for the defeat. This was a misunderstanding." Trippi, a Cardinal veteran of five season who is making his first appearance as quarterback this year, was quoted as saying that Lambeau ordered three of the four futile plays inside the 10. But Trippi denied he was talking about Lambeau. "All I said was 'the bench' sent the plays in," he said. "I'm willing to take 50 percent of the blame, but I'm not going to take all of it." Trippi and Lambeau talked over their differences Thursday and announced harmony had been restored.
OCTOBER 27 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, who open the home season of the New York Yanks Sunday, held a brisk one-hour workout Saturday at the Stadium and all hands reported in good shape. The drill was divided between an offensive workout and a review of defensive patterns. Coach Jimmy Phelan finally seems ready to move out with his Yanks, always a tough factor in the league until this season when they were hampered by the loss of quarterback George Ratterman. Last Sunday, he found a passer, when Bob Celeri sparked the Yank assault against Detroit. With his offense all set, Phelan made two changes on defense due to injuries suffered by Paul Crowe, defensive halfback, and Breck Stroschein, defensive end. Russ Nagle is switching to end from tackle, and Al Pollard, former fullback at West Point, moves into Crowe's place.
OCTOBER 27 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, in the role of favorite for the first time this season, face the resurgent New York Yanks in an NFL game at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Packers, smarting from a 28-0 shutout at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee last Sunday, will be seeking their third victory in five starts. They have beaten the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, and lost to the Chicago Bears and the Rams. The Yanks, boasting excellent personnel, are on the way back. After three successive losses, they stunned the pro grid world by holding the highly-favored Detroit Lions to a 24-24 deadlock last Sunday. The previous Sabbath they scored 21 points in the last six minutes to lose a close 24-21 decision to the Chicago Bears. Big gun in the Yank offense is Bob Celeri, who pitches and hands off from the short punt formation. Celeri was uncovered in the last few minutes of the Bear game and immediately led the underdogs to three quick TDs. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani announced several lineup changes this week. Veteran fullback Jack Cloud was left home with a back injury and Ronzani hopes he'll be ready for Detroit in Green Bay November 4th. Taking Cloud's place is Rip Collins, the former Baltimore Colt. Also in the lineup Sunday will be Ed Ecker, who took over for the departed Don Stansauk. In another move, halfback Bob Nussbaumer was placed on waivers. Without Cloud, rookie Fred Cone will likely carry the load from fullback.
Milwaukee Friday noon on their way to New York and their engagement with the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium Sunday afternoon. The team came down from Green Bay by train, then took a chartered plane from here. A light workout was held Friday morning in Green Bay. Another will be held in New York Saturday morning. A slightly shuffled squad made the trip. Bob Nussbaumer, defensive halfback picked up earlier from the Chicago Cardinals earlier this season on waivers, was released. Rip Collins, halfback, and Ed Ecker, tackle, were restored to the active list. Sunday's game will be New York's first at home. Earlier games with the Rams and Detroit were played on the road because of the World Series.