GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(NEW YORK) - Quarterback Bobby Thomason threw
three touchdown passes and fullback Fred Cone
booted a field goal in a ferocious fourth period attack
which gave the Green Bay Packers a 29-27 triumph
over the winless New York Yanks Sunday in a thrill-
packed game. Cone's winning three-pointer, a 16-yard
kick, came with only 11 seconds remaining and
snatched victory from almost certain defeat. It was the
Packers' third victory against two defeats, and the
Yank's fourth loss in five starts. The Yanks tied the
Detroit Lions last week. A meager crowd of 7,351,
which braved biting cold and overhanging clouds, felt
confident the Yanks had finally broken into the victory
column when Bob Celeri pitched a 10-yard pass to Dan
Garza with only 1:12 remaining in the final quarter.
PASS REGAINS LEAD
That pass regained a 27-26 advantage for the Yanks
after Thomason had enabled the Packers to overcome
a 21-6 deficit by completing nine straight aerials, there
for scores. The first was a three-yarder to Ray Pelfrey,
the second a 75-yard pass play to Jug Girard and the
third a 15-yard heave to Tony Canadeo. The clock
showed just a little over a minute to go when the
Packers, trailing 27-26, gained possession on their
own 47. It looked like the turning point of the game
when Barney Poole, New York end, blocked Cone's
try for extra point following the Packers' final score.
Green Bay's chances appeared almost hopeless when
Thomason failed to connect with two passes. Tobin
Rote, who had yielded the quarterback chores to
Thomason when a majority of his passes went awry,
returned and completed an 18-yarder to Girard. 
Thomason then fired to the same Girard, who made a
sensational tumbling catch on the nine. Two plays
later, Cone booted his all-important field goal. Celeri
stood out in the Yanks' heartbreaking defeat. The
former California star, who failed to make the grade with
the San Francisco 49ers, enjoyed his best day as a
professional. He did all of the Yanks' passing, gaining
319 of the Yanks' 419 yards via the air. Celeri
completed 14 of 27 tosses, three of them for
touchdowns. The Yanks outgained the Packers, 508
yards to 340. Rote and Thomason made good on 21 of
their 45 heaves for 276 yards.
YANKS IN CONTROL
It was all New York for the first three periods. The first
time the Yanks got the ball, they traveled 84 yards for
a score. Celeri, the Yanks' new passing star, sparked
the drive with four successful aerials to bring the ball
to the Green Bay four from where Sherman Howard
plowed over into the endzone. The Yanks wasted no time adding to their lead. Taking over on their own 25 after an unsuccessful Packer drive, they struck paydirt again. This time they needed only one play. Celeri, heaving 30 yards to Howard, who evaded Rebel Steiner and raced the remaining 45 yards for the TD. Harvey Johnson, who booted three extra points to boost his record to 116 consecutive successful conversions, made it 14-0. The Packers finally broke through for a score in the second period after they were thwarted twice inside New York's 10. Harper Davis intercepted a Celeri pass on the New York 10 and Rote tossed to Bob Mann for the TD. The Yanks got that back when Celeri and Garza collaborated on a 52-yard pass play to put the Yanks out in front, 21-6. The Packers dominated most of the play in the second period, but were plagued by bad luck. Rote, who had a bad first quarter when his passes failed to hit his receivers, found his eye in this stanza. A poor punt by George Taliaferro gave Green Bay the ball on New York's 35. Rote picked up 12 yards on the ground, then hit Carlton Elliott on the 10. The Rice alumnus threw a perfect strike to Billy Grimes in the end zone, but the latter allowed the ball to squirt out of his hands. Two passes failed, and the Packers had to give up the ball. Green Bay regained possession a minute later and drove to the 10, aided by a 15-yard penalty. A fourth down pass from Rote to Dom Moselle carried to the two, short of a first down. The Packers missed another scoring opportunity when Ace Loomis intercepted a Celeri pass on Green Bay's 36 and sprinted 66 yards before he was finally brought down from behind by Bill O'Connor eight yards short of a touchdown. The gun ended the first half before the Packers could get a play underway. Neither team could do much in the third period until the final moments when Thomason replaced Rote as signal caller and passer. The former VMI star completed five of seven short aerials to move the pigskin to New York's 16. Ross Nagel, Yanks tackled, swiped Tommy's pass in the end zone, however, and raced it back to the 39 to end the Packer threat. Thomason, now fully warmed up, really got hot in the fourth quarter. The 23-year old quarterback, taking all the time in the world, was the whole show as the Packers began their long uphill climb. He accounted for all of the yardage in an 80-yard touchdown drive. Thomason hit with seven straight passes, connecting with five different receivers. The finisher was short on to Pelfrey from the three. Cone's kick made it 21-13. The Yanks threatened to score when Buddy Young returned Cone's kick to the New York 44. Three ground plays failed, however, and Green Bay took over on its 22. Thomason immediately passed three yards to Pelfret, then uncorked a long one to Girard who made a fine grab on New York's 36, side-stepped Paul Crowe, and outran O'Connor for the TD. Cone's kick made it 21-20. The Packers regained possession three plays later when end Dan Orlich recovered Zollie Toth's fumble in midfield and scampered to the 15. Thomason calmly faded back and pitched a short on to Canadeo, who bulled his way past several defenders across the payoff stripe. It was Green Bay's third TD within five minutes. Cone's try for the extra point was blocked by Poole and the Packers led 26-21 with five minutes remaining. The Yanks were not down, however. Getting the ball back on their 41 when Green Bay kicked short, they moved to the Packers' 10 on two fine runs by Young, one for 17 and another for eight, and an 18-yard pass from Celeri to Garza. Celeri then hit Garza in the end zone to put the Yanks in front, 27-26. The Yanks failed to convert when Johnny Rauch fumbled the pass from center. The Packers were not to be denied. They began their final march on their 47, moved to the nine on a 35-yard pass from Rote and one of nine yards by Thomason. Then came Cone's payoff boot with 11 seconds to go.
GREEN BAY      -  0  6  0 23 - 29
NEW YORK YANKS - 14  7  0  6 - 27
1st - NYY - Sherman Howard,4-yard run (Harvey Johnson kick) NY YANKS 7-0
1st - NYY - Howard, 75-yard pass from Bob Celeri (Johnson kick) NY YANKS 14-0
2nd - GB - Mann, 7-yard pass from Rote (Kick failed) NEW YORK YANKS 14-6
2nd - NYY - Dan Garza, 52-yard pass from Celeri (Johnson kick) NY YANKS 21-6
4th - GB - Pelfrey, 3-yard pass from Thomason (Cone kick) NY YANKS 21-13
4th - GB - Girard, 75-yard pass from Thomason (Cone kick) NY YANKS 21-20
4th - GB - Canadeo, 15-yard pass from Thomason (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 26-21
4th - NYY - Garza, 10-yard pass from Celeri (Kick failed) NY YANKS 27-26
4th - GB - Cone, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 29-27
NATIONAL CONFERENCE - STANDINGS
Chicago Bears     4   1   0   .800  110   99
Los Angeles       3   2   0   .600  149  117
San Francisco     3   2   0   .600  117   85
GREEN BAY         3   2   0   .600  121  143
Detroit           2   2   1   .500  140  106
New York Yanks    0   4   1   .000   96  168
Sunday October 28th
SAN FRANCISCO 44, Los Angeles 17 - San Francisco's 49ers passed and powered their way to a 44-17 NFL victory over the Los Angeles Rams that saw former Minnesota star, Gordon Soltau, personally account for more points than the losing team. Soltau snagged three passes in sensational fashion, placekicked a 23-yard field goal and converted five after touchdown tries. San Francisco scored 38 points in the first half for enough tallies to clinch the contest. Soltau's field goal followed the kickoff when the 49ers took the ball from their own 37 to the Los Angeles 10, from where they were penalized five yards. Soltau then dropped back to boot the ball through the uprights. The 49ers scored again in the same quarter with halfback Joe Arenas going over from the two to climax an 80-yard drive. In the second quarter, Soltau snagged another Frank Albert pass and ran five yards for the touchdown. Leo Nomellini also contributed a sparkling individual effort when he blocked a punt by Ram quarterback Norm Van Brocklin on the Los Angeles 14. Nomellini recovered the ball in the endzone for a touchdown. Right halfback Joe Strzkalski rammed over from the one-foot marker on the tail end of a 76-yard march. It was highlighted by a 67-yard run to the one-foot stripe by rookie halfback Pete Schabarum. Soltau caught a 13-yard pass from Y.A. Tittle for the fourth touchdown shortly before the half ended. The 49ers had put the ball into play on the Rams' 14 after a pass interception. Soltau wrote the finish to a spectacular individual exhibition shortly before the game ended when he caught another pass from Tittle between a couple of defenders and raced some 12 yards for the touchdown. Los Angeles tied the score 3-3 when Bob Waterfield kicked a 26-yard field goal just after San Francisco had scored the same way. The Rams chalked up a second period touchdown when Van Brocklin threw to Elroy Hirsch, on the right end, who galloped 48 yards to complete the 79-yard scoring play. The Rams pushed over their other touchdown early in the third period when fullback Dick Hoerner smashed 12 yards.
Chicago Bears 28, DETROIT 23 - The Chicago Bears took undisputed first place in the NFL's National Conference here Sunday, scoring on a blocked punt in the final period to beat the Detroit Lions, 28-23. Ends Ed Sprinkle and Bill Wightkin teamed up on the winning play. Sprinkle blocked Bob Smith's kick from the Lions' 14-yard line. Wightkin picked up the ball a yard over the goal and stepped over. Only 99 seconds earlier, the Bears had pulled into a 21-21 tie on a 4-yard plunge by George Gulyanics. The victory was the Bears' fourth in five starts, and enabled them to break their first-place deadlock with the Los Angeles Rams, who were upset by San Francisco. A crowd of 36,950 saw the see-saw battle. The score was tied at 7,14 and 21. Shortly after the punt was blocked, the Lions made a safety and they driving hard for a winning touchdown, with three minutes to play, when Don Kindt intercepted a pass on the Bears' 16. Steve Romanik, subbing at quarterback for the injured Johnny Lujack, and Johnny Dottley, rookie fullback, were the Bears' offensive stars. Romanik set up the first three touchdowns with long passes and Dottley scored the first two on short ones. Bobby Layne's passes accounted for all of the Detroit touchdowns.
Green Bay Packers (3-2) 29, New York Yanks (0-4-1) 27
Sunday October 28th 1951 (at New York)
NEWS AND NOTES
CUFF RESIGNS AS BAY COACH
OCTOBER 30 (Green Bay) - Ward Cuff Tuesday announced he has resigned as head football coach at Green Bay Central Catholic High School, effective at the end of the current semester. The former Marquette University grid great who went on to star in professional football with the Giants, Cardinals and Packers, added that his plans for the future was indefinite. Cuff joined the Central Catholic faculty in 1948. His football coaching was crowned with success immediately, since his first Cadet eleven posted a 6-1-1 record. The Bay preps have stayed in the front rank through his four years as chief mentor, winning a grand total of 23 games, losing four and tying two. Cuff is a product of Redwood Falls, Minn. High School. He came to Marquette U. unheralded in '33. But like his coaching, Ward clicked right from the start as a player. A battering fullback and great blocker, Cuff was a Hilltop regular from '34 through '36, winding up his collegiate career in the 1937 Cotton Bowl game.
LIONS SHIFT LINEUP FOR BAY CLASH
OCTOBER 31 (Detroit) - You are going to need a program Sunday if you want to fully recognize the lineup Coach Buddy Parker will use when his Detroit Lions oppose the Packers at Green Bay. That is, if Parker carried out his intention for the game that will mark the approach to the halfway point of the 1951 NFL season. "We simply have not gotten the maximum production from our club for the past three weeks," Packer declared. The Lions' youthful new head coach was talking about his team's recent three game. The Lions lost to Los Angeles, 27 to 21, were tied by the New York Yanks, 24-24, and last Sunday dropped a tough one to the Bears, 28 to 23. Parker's newest edict has been of the "crack-the-whip" variety. He is benching at least a trio of his so-called "regulars" in hopes of returning the Lions to their earlier winning ways. Dorne Dibble, the Lions' leading pass-catching end, is slated to get his first starting assignment at left end. Dibble, formerly of Michigan State, will replace the veteran Bill Swiacki at the opening whistle. Floyd Jaszewski, the ex-Minnesota tackle, is slated to be replaced. Filling Jaszewski's spot either will be Jim Martin, a transplanted end, or the huge Les Bingaman. Martin, the ex-Notre Dame star, will not be entirely new to the tackle position. He played there in college alongside the great Leon Hart. Incidentally, Hart is playing his best football for the Lions and is certain to see considerable action against the Packers. Bingaman, the 295-pounder, previously has been employed on the Lions' defensive platoon. Despite his size, the former Illinois star has an exceptionally quick start which the coaches believe will aid the team's running and passing attack. Should Bingaman fight his way into the offensive tackle position, then he will be required to play both ways. Parker has no intention of spelling him from defensive duty. Another lad slated to go both ways for the first time is Dick Flanagan, a three-year veteran. Flanagan, a defensive linebacker, is being groomed for the right guard position to supplant the rookie Dan Rogas, who held the post since the season's opening game. "We must get better blocking," Parker declared. "There's nothing wrong with our backfield but what a little blocking will help." The Lions' backfield has Bobby Layne at quarter, Doak Walker and Bobby Hoernschemeyer at the halves with Pat Harder at fullback.
RAMS' OFFENSE BEST; PACKER PASSING 2ND
OCTOBER 31 (Philadelphia) - The Rams dropped out of first place in the NFL's National division but the air minded Rams still lead the pack in total offense. Coach Joe Stydahar's defending National Conference champs have amassed a total of 2,353 yards, 1,480 by passing and 873 on the ground. Norman Van Brocklin, the Rams' second string quarterback, leads all NFL passers with 54 completions for 1,013 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Bears' 935 yards rushing leads that department with Los Angeles second (873), the Redskins third on 862 yards and the Cardinals fourth (846). In passing, Los Angeles, of course, is tops (1,480), followed by three other National Conference teams, Green Bay (1,216), Detroit (1,153), and the Bears (1,024).
COLTS SUE PRO LEAGUE;WANT FULL ACCOUNTING
NOVEMBER 1 (Baltimore) - The Baltimore Colts football club Thursday filed a damage suit against the NFL and the club's former president, Abraham Watner, asking a full accounting of the club's assets and return of $50,000 paid to the Washington Redskins for territorial rights. The Colts bowed out of the league last January when Watner turned over the franchise and players to the league at a meeting in Chicago. Watner was quoted at the time as saying the team could not continue unless given player help from other clubs. 
BEST RECORD SINCE 1947 AIM OF PACKERS SUNDAY
OCTOBER 31 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, one game out of the lead in the NFL's National Conference, can assure themselves of their best record since 1947 by defeating the Detroit Lions here Sunday. Gene Ronzani's men currently have a 3-2 record, good for a second place tie with Los Angeles and San Francisco. A triumph Sunday would give them their highest victory total since they won six out of 12 games in 1947. They won only three games in 1948, two in 1949 and three last season. Devising a means of stopping the Lions' powerful backfield has occupied much of the Packers' practice time this week. With Bobby Layne at quarterback, Doak Walker and Bob Hoernschemeyer at halves and Pat Harder at full, the Lions have one of the best combinations in professional football. Layne, Hoernschmeyer and Walker are among the league leaders in passing, rushing and scoring, respectively. Harder, the former Wisconsin star, has been running like his old self since coming out of his brief retirement a few weeks ago. Much of the Packers' hopes for a victory will ride on the passing arms of Bobby Thomason and Tobin Rote. The Packers are the passingest team in the league, having thrown 193 aerials and completed 91. Detroit has taken to the air only 148 times, connecting on 71 of them. A crowd of more than 20,000 is expected for Sunday's contest, the Packers' last appearance until December 2.
PACKERS LOSE JACK CLOUD FOR LIONS GAME SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 1 (Green Bay) - The Packers will be minus the services of Jack (Flying) Cloud when they clash with the Detroit Lions here Sunday. Cloud, who was unable to make the New York trip last week because of a back injury, was expected to be ready for the key battle with the Lions. But Gene Ronzani announced Thursday that the husky pro sophomore needs at least another week to regain top playing condition. This leaves the heavy end of the fullbacking chores in the expert hands of Fred Cone, newcomer from Clemson who has been doing a great job. The veteran left halfback, Tony Canadeo, and Bob Summerhays, defensive ace, are being groomed to relieve Cone if necessary. Walt Michaels, middle linebacker and generally considered a guard, also was a fullback in college, which means added insurance at the position. Except for Cloud, the Packers are ready, physically and mentally, for an all-out effort. Excitement over the coming game has been mounting all week following last week's miracle victory over the Yanks. As a result, the crowd is a cinch to hit better than 20,000, with a sellout possible.
When the help was not forthcoming, he reportedly sold Colt players to the league for $50,000. The action against the league asks that the league account for the club's interest in its franchise "with respect to its assets wrongfully damaged, dissipated and disposed of" by Watner and the league. In Philadelphia, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell said, "This is the worst way possible for Baltimore to try to get back into the league, as far as I'm concerned. We've bent over backward to help Baltimore, but nobody has ever put up any money. All they've done is talk, talk, talk." Watner's comment was, "They still owe me money."
KICK OUT EXTRA POINT AS CURB ON PRO GRID GAMBLING - BELL
NOVEMBER 1 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell wants to kick the extra point right out of pro football. Deadlocked teams would play a sudden death overtime period in the NFL if a plan recommended by Commissioner Bert Bell is approved. "I feel in doing away with the point after touchdown we could reduce by 60% the gambling on pro games," the commissioner explained. "Of course," he added, "this is not meant for colleges." "The extra point is something almost automatic. The experts hardly ever miss. The field goal is OK. But by eliminating the extra point, we will do away with the one point spread in which gamblers are so much interested." The commissioner said he would make touchdowns count seven points instead of six. "This would put more emphasis on a touchdown and put it out of reach of two field goals, which count six points." Bell said the elimination of the extra point would speed up play and do away with a good many injuries. "How many times have you seen a game held up while the star kicker fastens on his detachable kicking toe," Bell asked. "Sudden death is the answer to me." The team to score first in the extra period wins the game. "We don't care how long that extra period lasts. Most stadiums have lights."
PACKERS, LIONS IN KEY BATTLE
NOVEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Speaking of important games, that's no run of the mine affair coming up Sunday at Green Bay. It's a key battle, really a key battle - between the rapidly improving Packers and one of the pre-season favorites, the Detroit Lions. Coach Gene Ronzani's somewhat amazing outfit, tied for second place in the National Division with three wins and two defeats, actually leads the Lions, who have a two-two-one record. Another defeat, naturally, will hurt the Packers' chances of staying in the title race, but to the Lions a third setback will be ruinous because of the damaging tie with the Yanks. The Ronzanimen have something else in mind - something almost as important as title considerations. It's four years since a Green Bay team managed to win more than three league game. So they can set a four year high by taming the Lions. And if they do, there's no telling how far they will go. After the 1947 squad won six, lost five and tied one, the drought set it. The Bays won three and lost nine in 1948; won two and dropped 10 in 1949, Curly Lambeau's last year, and had to settle for another three-nine mark last year when Ronzani came on the scene. With a fine deal in the making, folks around the Bay, and around the state, too, for that matter, are excited to no end. Here's hoping this interest is translated into a sellout or near-sellout Sunday.
PACKERS SEEK UPSET OVER LIONS
NOVEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - The Packers will be in the familiar underdog role when they go gunning for Lions (Detroit variety) Sunday at City Stadium, starting at 1:30 PM. Coach Gene Ronzani's operators aren't disturbed by the knowledge that the "smart boys" figure they should lose by seven points or more. In fact, coaches and players alike are getting to enjoy this business of being behind the eight ball in advance. In each of the five games to date, of which the Bays have won three to tie for second with the Rams and Forty-niners and stay within hailing distance of the Bears' National division leaders, they weren't given much of a chance to advance. "Hope they keep in insisting we can't come through," Ronzani said following the final light practice Saturday. "Winning is fun under any circumstances and more so when the experts say we aren't supposed to. Making our boys underdogs seems to spur them on. Let's hope it happens again." Ronzani isn't kidding himself about Buddy Parker's Lions. He considers them as dangerous as an unexploded bomb that may go off any minute and has prepared accordingly. And for good reason, for there's power and scoring punch in Detroit's backfield: Doak Walker, Pat Harder, Bob Hoernschmeyer and Bob Layne. The Packers hope to march that foursome with their one-two quarterback punch, Tobin Rote and Bob Thomason; fullback Fred Cone and halfbacks Billy Grimes, Tony Canadeo, Jug Girard and Breezy Reid, plus fancy pass catching Bob Mann, Ray Pelfry and Carlton Elliott. Green Bay is in top shape except for Jack Cloud, churning fullback who is sidelined for the second straight week because of a back injury.
RAMS, 49ERS CLASH
NOVEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Sunday's full NFL of six games will be headlined by the return meeting between the Forty-niners and Rams at Los Angeles. Last week the Frisco club, playing before the home folks, pulled a fancy upset to knock the Rams out of a tie for first place. Washington and the Cardinals play host to the divisional leaders, the Browns and Bears, respectively. Philadelphia invades Pittsburgh while the Yanks and Giants hook up in inter-divisional "civil war" at New York's Polo Grounds.