(GREEN BAY) - It was Santa Claus weather at City
Stadium Sunday afternoon, but there wasn't any merry
jingling of bells or pre-Christmas gifts for the Packers.
Which is to say that they dropped a heartbreaking
24-17 decision to the Detroit Lions on turf partially
covered with snow and frozen to concrete hardness by
18-degree temperatures. Actually, the Bays gave a lot
more than they received in the way of gifts, that is.
Two giveaways in particulate, those damaging third
quarter fumbles along with sharpshooting Bobby
Layne a huge line that gave his almost perfect
protection and a just too big guy by the name of Leon
Hart settled the home club's hash. But the crowd of
18,800, an amazing turnout considering the weather,
didn't go away grumbling. The brave folks were
rewarded with almost unbelievable performances on
both sides, especially in the passing and the receiving
department. Witness the fact that the Lions' three
touchdowns (two by Hart and one by Doak Walker)
and one by the Packers (Jug Girard) came through the
airlanes. Consider too, the Packers' 28 completions in
44 attempts (24 out of 33 for Bobby Thomason and 4
out of 11 by Tobin Rote), and Layne's record of seven
out of 15.
As might be imagined, the receiving was in keeping
with the pitching. Tony Canadeo and Bobby Mann
fielded six apiece for the Bays and Fred Cone five.
Cone, by the way, played terrific all-around ball. Hart
came up with two dazzlers in addition to his brilliant
scoring catches. Pat Harder, still a mighty hunk of a
football man, caught two in addition to winning the
day's ground gaining honors without an argument. Pat
ground out 61 yards in 13 tries for an average of close to five. Add a couple of tremendous interceptions by Girard and Ace Loomis and Girard's 41-yard punting average in the strong win, and you have more evidence that the boys on the field put on a real show, the numbing cold to the contrary notwithstanding. The edge, if any, belonged to the Packers in the 3-3 first half. Cone's 16-yard first quarter field goal was matched by Walker's from 13 yards out in the second period. The home club lost a touchdown, via a 16-yard Rote to Mann pass, because of an offside penalty. Balancing the bad  breaks were two place kick failures, from 42 and 36 yards out, by Walker. But the real fireworks, and the Santa Claus business, came in the third quarter when the Lions built up a lead they never relinquished, after the Packers seemed well on their way to scoring against the strong west win and perhaps sewing up the victory themselves.
Billy Grimes almost went all the way with the kickoff opening the second half. He was hauled down on Green Bay's 44 by the last man, Walker, who had booted the ball. Thomason tossed the first of 13 consecutive completions to Carlton Elliott for six yards and then hit Canadeo along the north sidelines. Tony pivoted two tacklers for 26 yards to the Detroit 20 where he was hit so hard the slippery ball popped out of his arms and right smack into the outstretched hands of the Lions' Jack Christiansen. Christiansen recognized a gift when he saw one and promptly rambled toward the right goal for 52 yards before he was knocked out of bounds by Thomason. A third down pass from Layne to Hart, good for 23 yards, cashed in on the big break. Hart juggled the ball going into the end zone, but managed to hang on. Walker added the first of three three conversions.
Nothing came of Dom Moselle's fumble after he took a Thomason pass for a first down on the Lions' 41. But it was curtains when Billy Grimes let the ball get away a few minutes later as he was tackled on the Bay 38. Bob Momsen pounced on it for Detroit. Three plays later, two of them passes to Hart and one a 12-yard scamper by Walker, ran the bell was the fourth period got underway. The payoff was a 17-yard toss to Hart, who outreached Girard and Harper Davis in the end zone. That made it 17-3. From then on the Packers more than held their own. They drove 73 yards, with Cone plunging over from the one, to reduce the deficit to 17-10 with 4:45 to play. And, after the Lions had racked up an insurance marker on a Layne to Walker aerial for 47 yards, they came right back to move 55 yards on five straight completions by Thomason for a consolation marker. As Girard made a grand catch in the end zone (the final play started from the Lion 24), the clock showed only 10 seconds to play. The Ronzanimen were still trying despite the almost hopeless situation. Cone's short kickoff was almost recovered - almost, but not quite. If it had been, there would have been time for one shot at a tie. Detroit's real edge came in line play - particularly, as previously mentioned, in protecting Layne so well that he had a world of time on each pass and in rushing the Packer passers so hard that it was impossible to get off the damaging long throws. But, with it all, it was a ball game which would have done credit to a warm, mid-October afternoon. 
DETROIT   -  0  3  7 14 - 24
GREEN BAY -  3  0  0 14 - 17
1st - GB - Cone, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - DET - Doak Walker, 13-yard field goal TIED 3-3
3rd - DET - Leon Hart, 23-yard pass from Bobby Layne (Walker kick) DET 10-3
4th - DET - Hart, 17-yard pass from Layne (Walker kick) DETROIT 17-3
4th - GB - Cone, 1-yard run (Cone kick) DETROIT 17-10
4th - DET - Walker, 47-yard pass from Layne (Walker kick) DETROIT 24-10
4th - GB - Girard, 24-yard pass from Thomason (Cone kick) DETROIT 24-17
Detroit Lions (3-2-1) 24, Green Bay Packers (3-3) 17
Sunday November 4th 1951 (at Green Bay)
NOVEMBER 6 (Pittsburgh) - A veteran player of the Pittsburgh Steelers quit Tuesday night, blaming the booing of fans. Veteran end Val Jansante, 30, announced his retirement from professional football. Jansante, the Steelers' leading pass receiver in 1947, '48 and '49, has been getting a rough deal from the crowd this year. "Some players can take that kind of abuse from the fans but I can't," said Jansante, "so I'll step out and make room for someone else." Jansante said he has no idea why the Pittsburgh fans have booed him repeatedly, adding: "I got booed even before I played a single game in Pittsburgh this year. The first booing came when I was introduced from the field in the first home game and the booing hasn't let up since. If I only knew what the trouble was I might have been able to make some adjustments but there's no use playing for fans who boo you at every turn." Coach Johnny Michelosen said that Jansante's retirement surprised him. He added: "I thought Val was playing better ball than he has for the last couple of seasons. He didn't show up for practice this morning and we checked his home and his wife said he was going down to the Steeler's office. I found out later he was through. I'm sorry to hear it." Veteran end Charlie Mehelich enters a hospital Wednesday for an appendicitis operation. He won't be able to play the rest of the season. An examination showed guard Dale Dodrill suffered a broken jaw and nose in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He will be out at least two weeks. The loss of three regulars will leave the floundering Steelers woefully shorthanded for their game against the Green Bay Packers here Sunday.
NOVEMBER 6 (Pittsburgh Press) - Steeler Coach Johnny Michelosen is more concerned with the remaining six games on this year's schedule than he is with his status next year. Already on the pan for his team's foldup in the first half of the campaign, the Steeler coach told the Jaycee Quarterbacks at their weekly luncheon yesterday that neither he nor his team has given up hope. "The boys are starting to press a little bit," he said, explaining the Steelers' pathetic showing in losing, 34-13, to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. The harried Steeler coach blamed the inept Steeler passing attack on the passers. "They were moving out of their pockets," he said. Michelosen's reference to his status came when he disclosed that he had been asked prior to the meeting whether he thought he'd be back as coach in 1952. "I'm not concerned with next year as with the rest of this season. We haven't given up," he replied to the questioner. Michelosen also berated his line for the Eagles' success against the Steelers. "We didn't rush (quarterback Adrian) Burk at all," he said. "There is no adequate pass defense when the passer has all day to throw the ball." Michelosen noted, too, that the Eagles were holding the Steeler ends and he blasted tackle Frank Kilroy for another of his elbow blocks. "Kilroy is pretty good with the elbow block," Mike said. "He flattened Dale Dodrill's nose." Four years ago, Kilroy kayoed another Steeler. He fractured center Bryant Meeks' jaw and knocked out several of the ex-Steeler's teeth. The reference to Kilroy was sparked by a question as to whether any action should be taken against tackle Wilbanks Smith of Oklahoma A&M. Smith was the fellow who broke Johnny Bright's jaw as an added feature of the Oklahoma A&M-Drake game two weeks ago.
NOVEMBER 6 (Pittsburgh Press-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will start drills this morning in Forbes Field for next Sunday's game there against the Green Bay Packers. Coach Johnny Michelosen's proteges hope to avenge a 35-33 loss to the same rival earlier in the season at wind-swept Milwaukee Fairgrounds. Sunday's contest will mark the second annual "Gus Fan Day" staged by the Steelers. On Sunday November 18, when the Washington Redskins appear here, all district high school squads will be invited to the game. Coaches are requested to contact Ed Kiely, Steeler publicity man, concerning that contest.
NOVEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers may have lost their first-string fullback for the rest of the season, and have only one man to fill in for him, Coach Gene Ronzani said Tuesday night. Ronzani said doctors ordered Jack Cloud, Packer regular fullback, back to the hospital for treatment of a back injury. He said Cloud would be out of the lineup for a minimum of three weeks and "possibly the rest of the season". He is feared to have a slipped disc. Fred Cone filled in for Cloud in the Steeler and Ram games, but he is the only other Packer fullback. Ronzani will search his waiver list for a reserve or reshuffle his present squad.
NOVEMBER 8 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers' improved passing game has boosted them to second place, 188 yards back of the leading Rams, in the NFL. Los Angeles has made 1,682 yards by air. The Rams also lead in total offense and the Bears are tops in rushing yardage. Norm Van Brocklin of the Rams leads the passers with an average of 9.25 yards per toss, and his teammate Elroy Hirsch is the top receiver with 81 catches for 766 yards. Los Angeles is also the best defensive club against aerial assaults.
NOVEMBER 8 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The Steelers, their ranks thinned to 29 by injury, by surgery and by the retirement of veteran end Val Jansante, yesterday recalled Tom Jelley from the reserve list to take over one of the offensive end posts for Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers at Forbes Field. Jelly, a former Brentwood High School and Miami (Fla.) University star, was placed on the reserve list, when he injured a knee in training at Cambridge Springs last August. The big 6-foot-5-inch, 230-pound players had originally been drafted by the Chicago Bears, and was obtained from that club by the Steelers. He was praised by his Miami coach Andy Gustafson as "the best offensive end I ever saw." His knee injury apparently has mended, and the loss of Jansante and Chuck Mehelich, veteran offensive end, prompted Coach Michelosen to return him to the active list. Mehelich, who had been fighting a case of appendicitis all season, finally submitted to surgery for the ailment at McKeesport Hospital yesterday morning, and was pronounced in good condition. He will be lost to the club for the rest of the season, however. Dale Dodrill, brilliant rookie guard from Colorado Aggies, remained on the sidelines with a fractured jaw and broken nose, and is lost for about two weeks. The Packers, who started the Steelers skidding early in the season when they edged out a last-minute 35-33 victory at Milwaukee, were having troubles of their own. Jack Cloud, big fullback from William and Mary, suffered a back injury last week and will not make the trip to Pittsburgh. Fred Cone of Clemson will replace him. The Packers will arrive here tomorrow and will work out, probably, in the Carnegie Tech bowl Saturday morning. Michelosen stressed offense in yesterday's drills after studying charts of the game of Sunday which Philadelphia won, 34-13. The Eagles carried the ball 20 times in the first half, but made only 22 yards in that one.
NOVEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - "They're a better team than their record shows. We've got to play our best game of the season if we hope to win." Gene Ronzani made this parting observation as he led his Green Bay Packers out of town Friday morning on the first leg of their trip to Pittsburgh, where Sunday they will renew acquaintances with Johnny Michelson's Steelers. The Packers bowed to Pittsburgh in an exhibition game, but won the first game of the home and home league series in Milwaukee later, 35-33. Ronzani was inspired to his observation by reports out of Pittsburgh that dissension has settled in the ranks of the Steelers, that Michelson was directly on the spot, and that the firing of veteran end Val Jasante had created a furor in the players' ranks that refused to be stilled. "We don't believe all that talk of dissension," Ronzani said. "All we know is that we've got to be at the top of our game to win." The Packers flew into Milwaukee, then, after a brief layover, continued on to Pittsburgh by plane. The squad is in excellent condition except for fullback Jack Cloud, who still has a back injury. Cloud did not make the trip. The Steelers, despite talk of dissension, ruled a seven-point favorite Friday.
NOVEMBER 9 (Pittsburgh Press) - The 16 years Gene
Ronzani spent with George Halas and the Chicago Bears
are beginning to pay off for the Green Bay Packers. 
Apparently the ex-Bear quarterback learned all there is to
know about dealing in the pro football player market. The
flashy-eyed pilot of the Packers, who brings his team here
for a game with the Steelers at Forbes Field Sunday, is
molding the once-powerful Packers into another typical
Packerland grid squad. But to do it, he first got rid of the
driftwood. He reorganized his entire squad, retaining key
players and trading for players who injected new life into
the old team. His success as a trader must bring a grin to
Halas' face. Ronzani learned his lessons well. Two-thirds
of the Green Bay squad is made up of castoffs, players
traded to Green Bay from other teams in the league. Nine
clubs contributed to the Packers, from the Erie Vets - who
sent up end Carlton Elliott - to the Cleveland Browns, who
gave Ronzani five players. Tackle Joe Spencer, end Dan
Orlich and backs Dom Moselle, Ace Loomis and Walt
Michaels were all sent to Green Bay by Coach Paul
Brown of Cleveland. Even the Packers' one-two scoring punch, quarterback Bobby Thomason and end Bob Mann are graduates of the trading mart. Thomason, along with guard Dave Stephenson and tackle Harry Ruetz, came from the Los Angeles Rams. The 173-pound Mann, one of the most adept pass receivers in the league, came from the Detroit Lions. Ronzani is ready to trade at the drop of a hat - or a player. He keeps the telegraph wires to Commissioner Bert Bell's office busy claiming players waived out of the league. He even out-foxed fabulous Brown of Cleveland. He traded Orlich to the Browns for Walt Michaels and Chuck Schroll, and then later regained Orlich in a trade for Bob Gain, a tackle, playing in the Canadian League.
NOVEMBER 10 (Pittsburgh Press) - If he doesn't win another game this year, Green Bay's brainy, enthusiastic Gene Ronzani will rate consideration as the NFL's new coach of the year. Without press clippings or top flight experience, the flashy-eyed, affable pilot of the Packers has done an outstanding job with as little material as any team in the league. Now leading the Green Bay Packers back toward the top in pro football, he's doing it with castoffs and a collection of players culled from the scrap heap of the other 11 teams in the league. He even had tough breaks from the military service when three of his key players from last year's squad were drafted by the Army before the season started. Ronzani lost halfback Larry Coutre, his fanciest runner; tackle Len Szafaryn, the best man on the team down under punts, and center Clayton Tonnemaker, his All-League linebacker who had been an All-American at Minnesota just two years ago. And to make matters worse, Bob Gain, his No. 1 draft choice, decided to play football in Canada. Yet the guy wins football games. He won three of six so far this year. The chances are better than ever that he'll win a couple more before the campaign ends. The effect of Ronzani's coaching was evident in the Packers from the time the Steelers beat them, 35-6, in Buffalo early in September until the Packers' 35-33 win over the Steelers a month later. The players were the same, for the most part, but the team moved about like it knew it could win. Bobby Thomason had gained confidence in his quarterbacking and end Bob Mann teamed with Thomason as a perfect receiver. Thomason and Mann? A pair of castoffs picked up from Los Angeles and the New York Yanks respectively. But Ronzani is worried that his luck is about to run out. He thinks his team has been playing over its head in some games, well below par in others. He has a fighting but, unfortunately, a green, inexperienced squad that does make mistakes. The Green Bay coach thinks that a win over the Steelers will help his squad tomorrow. Though he doesn't predict it, he has the quiet confidence of a coach who knows that, if his team plays football, it will win. With Ronzani along the sidelines, it better win. The fellows on the squad are sure that the Iron Man from Iron Mountain, Mich., mean business. And business to him is winning football.
NOVEMBER 10 (Pittsburgh) - The Green Bay Packers will try to move above the .500 mark by belting the Pittsburgh Steelers a second time in a NFL clash Sunday. A Packer win if coupled with a Detroit loss to the Chicago Bears, would move Green Bay into third place in the National Conference. The Steelers consider the rejuvenated Packers the most underrated team in the league. Green Bay has a 3-3 record. The Steelers have won only one, losing four and tying one. To climb a notch up in the conference ladder, the Packers will have to stop a passing attack which met with more success point-wise against Green Bay than any other Steeler opponent this season. Pittsburgh had spotted the Packers 28 points when Chuck Ortmann's passes started to click and carried the Steelers to a 33-28 lead before they dropped the decision, 35-33. Ortmann and Lynn Chadnois will have Hank Minarik to pitch to in this game. Minarik starred at Michigan State with Chadnois and is an excellent receiver. Now, with Val Jansante gone, Minarik will get his chance. Jansante quit the team this week because of incessant booing by fans. Jansante's departure leaves the Steelers definitely shorthanded as some other first-string men are out with injuries.
NOVEMBER 10 (PITTSBURGH) - The Pittsburgh Steelers entertain the Green Bay Packers today, determined to make up for a 35-33 thriller the Packers won from them earlier this season. Green Bay is only two game out of first ​place in the NFL's National Conference and could move back into a second-place tie if both Los Angeles and Detroit lose Sunday. The Packers are in good shape physically, although veteran fullback Jack Cloud has been lost for the season. Fred Cone has taken Cloud's place in the lineup.
NOVEMBER 11 (Green Bay) - The second half of the NFL schedule will open tomorrow when six games will be played. The disappointing Pittsburgh Steelers, who won one and tied one while losing four in the opening half of the card, will meet the Green Bay Packers at Forbes Field in the annual "Gus Fan Day" game. A crowd of 18,000 is expcted for the kickoff at 2 o'clock. The other five league frays have the Chicago Cardinals at Los Angeles, Detroit at the Chicago Bears, the New York Yanks at San Francisco, Philadelphia at Cleveland and Washington at the New York Giants. Coach Johnny Michelosen's single-wingers have split even in two previous meetings with Coach Gene Ronzani's Packers. The only trouble is that the victory, by 35-6, in Buffalo, was an exhibition fray. When it counted in the standings the Packers copped by 35-33 in Milwaukee. Only roster change in the local array since their lopsided 34-13 loss to the Packers last Sunday is in the wingmen. Left end Val Jansante quit because of the fans' booing and Hank Minarik, rookie from Michigan State, was sent to his offensive post. Tom Jelley, of Brentwood, a Miami of Florida product who was cut by the Chicago Bears, has signed a Steeler contract and may break into the box score. Tobin Rote and Bob Thomason, Packer quarterbacks, pose a passing threat which must be stopped. Star receiver is Bob Mann, fleet left end, who caught the aerial which beat the Steelers in Milwaukee.
NOVEMBER 11 (Green Bay) - Guard Ray DiPietro, was was dropped at the beginning of the season, has been called up to join the Green Bay Packers for their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
NOVEMBER 11 (Pittsburgh Press) - Apparently the oddsmakers still haven't given up on Johnny Michelosen or his tumbling Steelers. The
forecasters for the bookmakers still in business
have established the Gold and Black as six-and-a-
half point favorites for their game with the Green 
Bay Packers at Forbes Field today at 2 p.m. This
despite the discrepancy in the rival's records. The
Steelers have won only one of six football games.
The Packers have an even split in their half-dozen
contests, including a 35-33 win over Pittsburgh last
month in Milwaukee. Packer Coach Gene Ronzani,
the flashy-eyed one-time Chicago Bears
quarterback who is leading the visitors for the 
second year, relishes the idea of having his lads
underdogs. Green Bay always plays better in that
role. Ronzani insists. The Steelers were heavy
favorites in the first meeting between the two clubs,
a wild scoring affair in which Pittsburgh, trailing by
28 points at the end of the first quarter, rallied for
a 33-28 lead before losing. The affable pilot of the Packers has molded together a dangerous team of castoffs from other National League squads. Rummaging through the league's scrap heap, he picked up no less than 20 players who were cut loose from their original teams, signed them for the Packers, and started winning football games. The Packers defeated Philadelphia, 37-24, and the New York Yanks, 29-27, in addition to the Steelers. They lost, 31-20, to the Chicago Bears, 28-0 to the Los Angeles Rams and 24-27 to the Detroit Lions. The Steelers beat the Chicago Cards, 28-14, and tied the New York Giants, 13-13. The rest of the season was made up of losses to Green Bay, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Cleveland. One new Steeler will take his place in the Steeler lineup. End and tackle Tom Jelley, a 6-5, 232-pounder acquired in a trade with the Bears, has replaced the retired Val Jansante in a Steeler uniform. Jansante quit the squad last Tuesday, claiming that he was not the type of ball players who could take the abuse heaped upon him by the local fans. Jansante had been booed relentlessly this year, and at last Sunday's game a fan displayed a banner proclaiming, "Down with Michelosen, Jansante and Single Wing." Two Steelers, out for the season, will not see action today. End Chuck Mehelich was operated on last Wednesday for appendicitis and guard Dale Dodrill suffered a fractured jaw and nose when elbowed by tackle Frank Kilroy of the Eagles last Sunday. Today is Gus Fan Day at Forbes Field for the expected 18,000 fans.