GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers took the fumble route, the straightest line to defeat known in football, to make things easy for the big, alert Detroit Lions at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. As the capacity crowd of 24,656 plus untold hundreds of standing room guests can attest,
the Lions were in mood to be tamed. They were good enough to
make it without help. When the Packers turned charitable and
fumbled the ball away four times, had five passes intercepted
(one for a touchdown) and gave up another on a 65-yard punt
return that should have been stopped at the point of the catch,
the game was turned into a 52-17 rout. Those four fumbles
boomeranged into as many scores - three touchdowns and a
16-yard field by Pat Harder, the perennial sophomore, for 24 points.
The Lions rang up seven more points on Bob Smith's 46-yard run
after intercepting Tobin Rote's flat pass. Jack Christiansen did the
honors on the long punt return. So all told the Packers gave
vital assistance, involuntary but still assistance, as the rough
and ready Lions racked up 38 of their 52 points.
LIONS OUTGAINED
Amazingly, the Packers actually has the advantage in the
sections of the statistics which usually catch the eye first. They
picked up the tremendous total of 380 yards in completing 26 of
45 passes and added 53 rushing for an overall count of 433 to
outgain the Lions in those departments by 49 yards. But those
four fumbles and five interceptions; they were brutal - absolutely
brutal - because those figures settled the Ronzanimen's hash
beyond all question of doubt. Ironically, a returned native, Jug
Girard, was one of the big thorns in the sides of his former
teammates. Jug caught four of Bobby Layne's passes for 69
yards, two for touchdowns, and was Detroit's chief yardage
producer on the ground with 61 in 11 tries. Girard's first TD catch
was good for 15 yards and his second for 39.
9 POINTS FOR HARDER
Bob Hoernschemeyer tied Girard for high scoring honors with
touchdown runs of six and eight yards. Bill Swiacki fielded a
15-yard pass from Layne to join Hoernschemeyer, Girard, Smith
and Christiansen in the touchdown scoring department. Harder
hit six for six on converstions, to go with his field goal for a total
of nine points. Layne booted the final extra point. Although they
blew the ball game, the Packers came through with the day's
most thrilling scoring play - a beautiful pass from Rote to Bill
Howton for a total gain of 78 yards. Babe Parilli's TD pass to
Jim Keane, good for 29 yards, and Bill Reichardt's 35-yard field
goal completed the home team's scoring.
LIONS CASH IN
After Layne hit Girard for 15 to open the scoring books, Rote
fumbled and lost the ball on his 43. Layne promptly fired one to
Cloyce Box for 37 and Hoernschemeyer completed the journey
on the next play to cash in on the error. Rote and Howton
clicked on the first play following the kickoff, and the Packers
were rolling to a tie with a second down on the Lion 13 as the
result of an opportunity set up by Dom Moselle's interception of
a Layne pass. Rote passed incomplete off the spread formation
and then came another fumble, recovered by the Lions on their
22. The Lions swept 78 yards, with the Layne-Swiacki 15-yard
pass the climax punch. Shortly thereafter, they covered 73 yards
on five plays, with the help of a 15-yard penalty against the
Packers to go ahead 28-7. Girard's twisting run of  36 yards was
the big gainer, Hoernschemeyer went over on a pitchout from the
eight. Reichardt's field goal reduced the deficit to 28-10 a half
minute before intermission. Hope, such as it was, disappeared
almost completely when Smith picked off Rote's pass, intended
for Mann, and breezed to an early second half score.
LAYNE CRANKS UP
Bobby Jack Floyd set up the next enemy marker by fumbling on
his 49 after a nice gain. Yes, the Lions recovered. They have
everything going for them by this time, even their own bobbles
as well as passes dribbling off the mitts of Packer receivers. Layne cranked up and pitched a strike to Girard in the end zone from 39 yards out. The Packers picked up some consolation when Parilli and Keane collaborated from the Detroit 29. But it was all Detroit in the final period again as Harder split the uprights from the 16-yard line and Christiansen broke away from four would-be tacklers to go all the way following a Parilli punt. Fred Cone's fumble on the Lion 39 paved the way for Harder's superfluous points.
ROTE TOP GAINER
Parilli completed 10 out of his 15 tries for 127 yards. Rote clicked on 16 out of 30 for 253 yards. Three of Rote's shots and two of Parilli's were intercepted. Rote accounted for almost half of the Packers net yardage running with 25 yards on eight carries. Howton topped the receivers with seven for 151 yards. Layne threw all but three of the Lion passes and completed 11 for 173 yards. Jim Hardy connected once in three attempts for 49. It was the second time in history that the Packers gave up 52 points - both times to Detroit. They lost to the Lions in the Motor City last year, 52-35. However this wasn't the widest margin of defeat. The all-time high was 49-3 by the Giants in 1948 at State Fair Park in Milwaukee.
DETROIT   - 14  14  14  10  - 52
GREEN BAY -  7   3   7   0  - 17
1st - DET - Jug Girard, 15-yard pass from Bobby Layne (Pat Harder kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - DET - Bob Hoernschemeyer, 6-yard run (Harder kick) DETROIT 14-0
1st - GB - Howton, 78-yard pass from Rote (Kick good) DETROIT 14-7
2nd - DET - Bill Swiacki, 15-yard pass from Layne (Harder kick) DETROIT 21-7
2nd - DET - Hoernschemeyer, 8-yard run (Harder kick) DETROIT 28-7
2nd - GB - Reichardt, 35-yard field goal DETROIT 28-10
3rd - DET - Bob Smith, 46-yard interception return (Harder kick) DETROIT 35-10
3rd - DET - Jug Girard, 39-yard pass from Layne (Harder kick) DETROIT 42-10
3rd - GB - Keane, 29-yard pass from Parilli (Kick good) DETROIT 42-17
4th - DET - Harder, 16-yard field goal DETROIT 45-17
4th - DET - Jack Christiansen, 65-yard punt return (Layne kick) DETROIT 52-17
NEWS AND NOTES
EAGLES WILL FACE LEAGUE'S TWO LEADING PASSERS IN PARILLI AND ROTE IN SUNDAY'S PRO GAME HERE
OCTOBER 29 (Green Bay) - Jim Timble's Philadelphia Eagles won't have only the NFL's No. 1 forward passer on their necks when they meet the Green Bay Packers at Marquette University's stadium Sunday afternoon, they'll have the league's No. 2 passer, too. Latest averages, released Wednesday, reveal that Babe Parilli, the Green Bay colonel, took over first place with his performance against the Detroit Lions Sunday, and Tobin Rote second. Parilli, in one of his finest performances, although the cause was lost, completed 10 out of 15 for 127 yards. In the season's averages, the former Kentucky star has now picked up 485 yards on 25 completions in 47 attempts for an average of 10.32 yards a pass. Rote, with 42 completions in 78 attempts. has gained 681 yards for an average of 8.73. The league, unlike the colleges, rates its passers on average gain per attempt. The colleges rate on completions only. Veteran Frankie Albert of the undefeated 49ers ranks third with 8.31 yards a pass, Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns fourth with 7.94 and Adrian Burk of the Eagles fifth with 7.64. In passing efficiency, however, and the league considers this only secondary importance, Parilli and Rote both stand well down the line. Rote has averaged 53.8 percent and Parilli 53.2 percent. Y.A. Tittle of the 49ers leads in this with 43 completions in 70 attempts for an average of 61.4 percent - and here certainly is one of the reasons the team has rolled to a string of unbroken successes. Burk has averaged only 42.9 percent. The Packers also have men well up in other categories of play. Rote ranks eighth among the ground gainers with 221 yards on 41 plays for an average of 5.4 per carry and Bill Howton third among pass receivers with 21 for 543 yards and third among scorers with 36 points. Howton has scored six touchdowns - the sixth against Detroit Sunday. In ground gaining, dazzling Hugh McElhenny of the 49ers has replaced Eddie Price of the Giants on top of the heap with 437 yards on 43 attempts for the spectacular average of 10.2 yards a play. Price, in second place, has gained 358 in 78 attempts. In pass receiving, Mac Speedie of the Browns leads with 26 for 420 yards; in scoring, Lou Groza, also of Cleveland, with 45 points on 10 field goals and 16 points after touchdown; in punting, Horace Gillom of Cleveland with an average of 48.3 a kick; in punt returns, Johnny Williams of Washington with 177 yards on nine returns; in kickoff returns, Lynn Chadnois of Pittsburgh with 273 yards on eight returns, and in interceptions, Howie Rich of the Rams with six which he returned 102 yards. The Eagles have a few topnotchers aside from Burk. Bobby Thomason, who played with the Packers last year, ranks 15th among receivers, Bobby Walston eighth among scorers, Bud Grant fifth among pass receivers, Burk 10th among punters and Eddie Bawal eighth among punt returners and second among pass interceptors.
PACKER PLAYERS WERE 'TOO HIGH'
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee) - How do you explain a 52-17 pasting, the worst in your league all year, even though you out-statisticked the other guys? "The kids were pitched a little too high" is the way Coach Gene Ronzani put it to the Green Bay Press-Gazette after his Packers were thumped thoroughly by the Detroit Lions in an NFL game last Sunday. Then, in seeming contradiction, Ronzani added: "People looked at Detroit with a 2-2 record and figured we should win." Maybe some did - a capacity crowd of 24,656 turned out - but certainly not for long after the kickoff. The Lions scored in 7 plays the first time they had the ball, in 2 the second time, in 10 the fourth, and in 6 the fifth. The third time they failed because of a pass interception, the only Bobby Layne lost all day. "You could feel what was going to happen out there right from the start," said Ronzani in his post-game interview. Despite the shellacking they took, the Packers actually had the best of it in the statistics although this must have come as a complete surprise to folks who watched the debacle. They outgained, outpassed and outpunted the Lions - and outfumbled them, 5-2, losing the ball four time that way and five other times on intercepted passes. "I won't blame the kids, though, because they tried all the way," the coach confided. Green Bay emerged from the whipping with the league's top passers - Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote. The pair combined for 26 completions in 45 tries for 380 yards despite the five interceptions - and currently rank 1-2 in NFL statistics based on average gain per pass. Parilli has a 10.32 average, Rote 8.73. The two worked individually Sunday, despite the outstanding success they had together in the split T against Los Angeles a fortnight ago. Rote operated almost exclusively off the spread, which leaves almost no doubts that he's going to pass, and Parilli off the straight T. Not once, with his club trailing by huge margins all the way, did Ronzani have both his best offensive threats in the game at the same time. "We'll beat some of these teams before the season's over," said Ronzani. The Philadelphia Eagles, who upset the Giants 14-10 last Sunday for their third win in five league starts, meet the Packers here Sunday. There are plenty of seats still available at Marquette Stadium.
EAGLES DID ABOUT FACE AGAINST THE GIANTS
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson column) - When the Green Bay Packers square off with the Philadelphia Eagles at Marquette Stadium Sunday afternoon, their situation will be much the same as the one confronting these very same Eagles last Sunday. The previous week the Eagles contributed to their own downfall as they were practically run out of their own ballpark by the Cleveland Browns, 49-7. It was 42-0 going into the last quarter. They lost the ball on fumbles four times and twice on interceptions. Cleveland racked up five of its seven touchdowns on passes. Another came when the Eagles fumbled a pitchout in their own end zone and the Browns pounced on the ball - an out and out gift. Even the statistics, which can be misleading, offered absolutely no consolation. The Browns ran for 234 yards and passed for 273 on 19 completion in 31 attempts - a bulging total of 507. The best the Eagles could do was pick up an extremely modest 45 rushing and complete 13 only out of 41 passes for 117. That made the combined yardage figure 162, which was just about in keeping with the final point tabulation. So last week it was on to New York to battle the Giants, conquerors of those same Browns who has clipped the Eagles almost beyond recognition. But the direct opposite of the expected happened. Yes, the Eagles cut the Giants down to size, definitely. It wasn't only the winning numbers on the scoreboard: 14-10. The Giants were held to the unbelievably total of 109 yards - 54 rushing and 55 passing. The Eagles gained 222 (120 passing and 102 on the ground). They fumbled only once and didn't have a single pass intercepted by the famed Giants' umbrella defense. The moral to that complete about-face is obvious: There's no telling how a football will bounced or how even the best football players will perform. This time the Packers are in the bounce-back spot and the Eagles, now tied for second in the American Conference, on the defense. Last Sunday, coach Gene Ronzani's boys played pretty much the same type of give-away game in losing to Detroit that the Eagles did in the nightmarish affair of October 19 with the Browns. The Bays fumbled four times to cut off possible scores of their own. The bloopers cost them double when the Lions turned each into a score of their own. To be exact, 24 of the Lions' 52 points developed that way. In addition, five passes were intercepted - one turned directly into a Detroit touchdown on Bob Smith's 46-yard runback. Jack Christiansen's 65-yard punt return late in the game was one of those things that happen when a team is down and has no chance. So that, too, was in the nature of a gift. Which adds up to 38 points of give-away. Statistically, the Packers have much more to cheer about than the Eagles had the day they were snookered by the Browns. The Ronzanimen wound up with a commendable total of 433 yards gained, 49 more than the conquering Lions. So they have what it takes to move the ball and score enough to jolt those high-flying Eagles. But they must eliminate the mechanical errors, just as the Eagles did last Sunday against the Giants. There's no telling what would have happened in the Lion game if vital things hadn't gone haywire in the first quarter. For instance, what if Bill Reichardt had caught Tobin Rote's third down pass into the left flat on the first series of plays after the opening kickoff? Bill was wide open and might have been running yet IF he had made the catch. But he didn't. So Babe Parilli punted and the Lions were on their way to TD No. 1. Came the next kickoff and a better return by Billy Grimes to the 27. In three plays the Bays moved close to midfield. Then, with second down and two to go, Rote fumbled. The Lions recovered and covered the necessary 43 yards in two plays. The Packers countered with that 78-yard dazzler, Rote to Bill Howton, and soon again were back in business following Dom Moselle's interception of a Bobby Layne pass. On first down from the Lion 22, Rote hit Jim Keane for nine yards to the 13. It looked like a touchdown coming up and a tie score in spite of the costly errors already committed. It was all right for Rote to try to cross up the defense with a pass in the second down-one situation. But it was a mistake to try it off the spread, which practically shouted a "Pass" warning. A pass off a running formation, with the threat of going for a first down, would have been the smart call. But a spread it was and it failed. Rote stayed in the spread on third down, was rushed hard and fumbled when hit. Doran recovered for the Lions and there went the ball game. It's too later to do anything about that one. So why not take it out on the Eagles, just as the Eagles did to the Giants?
Detroit Lions (3-2) 52, Green Bay Packers (2-3) 17
Sunday October 26th 1952 (at Green Bay)
DALLAS TEXANS BROKE, MAY NOT FINISH SEASON
OCTOBER 29 (Dallas) - Officials of the Dallas Texans' professional football club admitted Wednesday that the club's ownership is being reorganized because of financial loss due to poor attendance at games. Stockholders have turned over their stock to five trustees - Giles E. Miller, Col. D. Harold Byrd, John Coyle, Jack E. Vaughn and Harlan Ray - in an effort to continue the team in the NFL. The Texans have lost all their games this year and have averaged only 12,000 paid spectators at three home games. A director of the Texans told the Dallas News, "If the community doesn't get behind us, we may not finish the season." Asking to remain anonymous, the director added, "We're not going to dig down into our pockets any deeper to keep pro football in Dallas. If Dallas doesn't want the game here, there's no point in spending more money." About $250,000 is necessary, in addition to the sale of 15,000 season tickets next year, to keep the team out of the red and assure its continuance in pro league football for the rest of the season and next.
PACKERS TAKE SECOND IN PASSING YARDAGE
OCTOBER 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - When the Green
Bay Packers take the field at Marquette Stadium here
against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, local fans 
will see two of the outstanding passing attacks in the
pro ranks in action. The Packers, with their aerial one-
two punch of Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote, are second
only to the Browns in the NFL's passing yardage
gained department, according to league statistics
released Wednesday. Green Bay's opponents, the
Eagles, are third. Cleveland is first with 1,144, while
Green Bay is second with 1,044. The Eagles are next
with 861. Coach Gene Ronzani's gridders are doing
all right on the ground, as their 717 total testifies. 
They're fifth in the league, with the San Francisco 
49ers taking the lead on their 1,148 yards. The 
Chicago Cards are second with 817. Green Bay is
second in passes completed, being topped by the 
49ers who have 68 out of 123 for a 55.3 percentage.
The Packers have 54 percent. Individually, the Bay's
brilliant rookie, Vito Parilli, is the league's No. 1 
passer. The Kentucky Babe has completed 25 of the 47 passes, gaining 485 yards for an average of 10.32 yards a toss. Parilli has moved ahead of his teammate, Rote with 42 completed in 78 tries for 681 yards or 8.73 yards each toss. The 49ers, paced by freshman back Hugh McElhenny, have replaced the Browns as the best offensive team - on the ground as well as in the air. San Francisco has rolled up a total of 1,879 yards to 1,832 for the Browns. Defensively the best overall records belong to the Lions and Giants. Each has allowed the opponents only 3.1 yards per running attempt. Cleveland has the best pass defense record, having allowed only 34.1 percent.
CLOSE PACKER-EAGLE TILT INDICATED BY STATISTICS
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - Statistics indicate the tightest kind of battle when Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers close out the Milwaukee end of their schedule here Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles. The game, at Marquette Stadium again, will begin at 1:30 o'clock. The unquestioned edge on offense after five league games belongs to Green Bay; the clear advantage on defense to Philadelphia. Breaks, spirit and alertness will probably determine the winner. The Packers lead in almost all categories that involve advancing the ball - total first downs, yards rushing, ball handling and scoring. In only two of them do the Eagles lead. They have rolled up two more first downs by passing and have kicked three more field goals. In most categories of defense, though, the Eagles lead - opponents' points allowed, first downs, yards passing and rushing and points. In only two of these maneuvers do the Packers show an edge in defense against passes and in number of plays allowed an opponent. Offense or defense, you can take your pick. The Eagles, who will fly in Saturday afternoon, have won three and lost two, with their last victory a surprise over the defensively tough New York Giants last Sunday. The Packers have won two and lost three - the last game a 52-17 shellacking at Detroit's hands.
like to see the National pro football league add two teams next year. His nomination for the two teams: Baltimore and Buffalo. Both were in the old All-America Conference, and Baltimore had a try in the NFL. Marshall is sure the league will expand from 14 to 16 teams. "It's got to come eventually," he said in an interview. "It's only a matter of time before every section of the country will have a team." Marshall fought - and lost - a fight to bring Buffalo into the league when San Francisco, Cleveland and Baltimore were added. Commissioner Bert Bell of the NFL has said there has been talk of reviving the Baltimore franchise, revoked by the league at the end of the 1950 season.
JOHNSON SET TO PLAY FOR PACKERS SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The best bit of news out of the Green Bay Packer camp in a long time came Friday when Coach Gene Ronzani announced Tom Johnson, 203 pound tackle from the University of Michigan, will return to action Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at Marquette Stadium. Johnson did such a bang-up defensive job through the exhibition series that he apparently had the left tackle assignment sewed up when he was injured early in the league opener with the Bears. He has been on the shelf ever since. To make room for the big tackle, Ronzani released Bill Robinson, who saw limited service at halfback after being signed as a free agent two weeks ago. The defensive problem became acute when Howie Ruetz underwent an emergency appendectomy. But the outlook is brighter now that Johnson is ready for tackle duty as well as a relief man for Ray Bray in the middle guard spot. Ronzani is pleased with the way the boys have bounced back in practice after last week's Detroit game. "The spirit is great and I have a hunch they will be keyed for an all out effort against the Eagles," said the coach. "The Philadelphia club is tough, but our gang is capable of a lot of football, too." Babe Parilli, Tony Canadeo, Breezy Reid and Fred Cone will make up the Bays' starting backfield. Jim Keane and Bill Howton, ends; Dick Afflis and Steve Dowden, tackles; Steve Ruzich and Dave Stephenson, guards, and Jay Rhodemyre, center, will be in the offensive line. A once-over-lightly workout will complete the Packers' preparatory chores Saturday morning. They will leave immediately thereafter for Milwaukee. The Marquette University band, under the direction of W.J. Geisheker, will join with the Packer Lumberjacks in putting on a show between halves Sunday.
PACKERS LOOK TO EVEN RECORD
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers will be out to even their record in the National Conference at three wins and three losses when they engage the Philadelphia Eagles in a NFL contest in Marquette Stadium Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:30. The Packers suffered loss No. 3 at the hands of the Detroit Lions in Green Bay last Sunday, 52-17, and they're anxious to bounce back hard in an effort to maintain a slim chance for the National Conference championship. Green Bay's task won't be easy Sunday. The Eagles possess a 3-2 record in the American Conference and their latest win was a 14-10 gem over the Giants in New York. The other two victories were recorded over Pittsburgh, while the two losses were at the hands of the Giants in an earlier contest and the Cleveland Browns. The Packers, who uncoiled 380 yards by passing against Detroit, are expected to unleash their potent air attack, with Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli pitching. Parilli ranks first in the league in passing while Rote is a close second. On the receiving side will be the brilliant rookie, Bill Howton, and veteran Bobby Mann. The Eagles' attack with be engineered by a former Packer quarterback - Bobby Thomason, who presided over the victory over the Giants. Thomason, a pinpoint passer, threw the winning touchdown pass to end Bob Walston. The Eagles will present a revised lineup. Offensive end Pete Pihos, for years one of the club's top receivers, will be at defensive end, representing one of six switches that helped make the Eagles a "new" team against the Giants. Sunday's game will be the Packers' last appearance of the 1952 season in Milwaukee. In two earlier league matches, they whipped Washington, 35-20, but lost to Los Angeles, 30-28.
PACKERS, EAGLES CLASH IN AERIAL DUEL TODAY
NOVEMBER 2 (Milwaukee) - An afternoon of passing thrills is in prospect when the Green Bay Packers close the Milwaukee half of their home schedule Sunday at Marquette Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles. The usual 1:30 kickoff time will prevail. The Eagles' huge defensive line probably will force the Packers to take to the airlanes. The easterners, not exactly noted for their running attack, very likely will have to move "upstairs" too. So it could turn out to be a pitching duel between the Packers' Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote, and Bobby Thomason, who played for Green Bay last year, and Adrian Burk of the Eagles. Philly has some pretty fair country catchers, notably Bobby Walston, but as a group they can't compare with Bill Howton, Jim Keane, Bob Mann, Stretch Elliott and Compant. Around the league they're already calling this Howton boy another Hutson - high praise indeed for a pro freshman. Coach Gene Ronzani's operators, who whipped Washington, 35-20, and lost to Los Angeles in that never-to-be-forgotten 30-28 thriller, will be gunning for a second place tie in the National Conference. They are presently tied for third with the Bears and Rams, a game behind the Lions. Philadelphia shares the American Conference's runner-up spot with the Giants and Chicago Cardinals. Except for Howie Ruetz, the big tackle recuperating from an operation for appendicitis, the Packers are in the best shape in weeks. Tom Johnson, 230-pound rookie defensive specialist, will make his first appearance since the Bear game, in which he sustained a severe leg injury.
OLD FRIEND, THOMASON BECOMES ENEMY NO. 1
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - One of the major tasks confronting the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon in their final Milwaukee appearance at Marquette Stadium will be trying to stop an old friend turned enemy, not by choice but still an enemy. That would be none other than Bobby Thomason, now a member of the Eagles in extra good standing - the pro football variety of Eagles that is. The extra good part of the deal stems from the fact that Thomason was at the quarterback controls all the way as Philadelphia pulled a major 14-10 upset on the New York Giants last Sunday. Not only did he call a superlative game, in the judgment of the coaches if you please, but pitched the key touchdown pass to Bob Walston by way of clinching one of the finest comebacks in pro football history. The previous week, be it known, the Eagles looked like something the cat dragged in as they
were taken for a 49-7 ride by Cleveland. But it was a completely
different showing last Sunday, and a major part of the credit for the
victorious revival went to Thomason. Bobby's fine job didn't come as
the staggering surprise some might imagine, for the Eagles'
management saw enough of him last year to become convinced he
had such possibilities. It was when he was with the Packers that the
"let's get Thomason on our side" first hit Philadelphia for Bobby was
the big gun in Green Bay's victory that day...THOSE RAMS ARE
HARD BARGAINERS: In other words, the Eagles, like wise men in 
all walks of life, were determined to go along with old political axiom:
"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." It wouldn't have been possible if the
Packers had owned Thomason, for they, too, recognized his value.
But it so happened that he was on lend-lease from the Los Angeles
Rams. The Rams, very much in the driver's seat, had the Packers
strictly over a barrel. They (the Packers) could make use of 
Thomason's talents and pay his salary during 1951. But he would
revert back to L.A. after the season UNLESS Green Bay agreed to
give its first two 1952 draft choices in payment. That's like demanding
a handful of dimes in exchange for a nickel. The Packers had no
choice. They had to turn down the hard bargaining offer, for as
valuable as Thomason is, no one in his right mind would trade Bobby
for Babe Parilli and Bill Howton, No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the
Bays' 1952 draft list. Thomason went back to the Rams - on paper
and only long enough to give the Eagles a chance to get him in a
trade for Jack Myers. So that's how it happened that Gene Ronzani's
club will be playing against the man who was such a big help at the
Bay last year...ROBINSON MAKES AUSPICIOUS DEBUT: The
Eagles were full of surprises last Sunday - surprises born of 
necessity and which worked out so well they are serving as guides
for procedure this week against the Packers. Take the case of Wayne
Robinson, Minnesota center last year. Robinson hasn't played a
minute on defense as a pro until last Sunday when he took over the
left linebacking duties of the injured Chuck Bednarik, big All-
American from Pennsylvania. Result: Bednarik may have lost the
assignment permanently. Bibble Bawel (pronounced BOBBLE) never
played defense at little Evansville (Ind.) College. Yet he sewed up the
safety position with the Eagles. On offense, too, Philly goes contrary
to the pattern with three pro freshmen in the starting backfield. They
are left half Ralph Goldston, 195 pounder from Youngstown College;
fullback John Huzvar, 240 pounder who played at Pitt and North
Carolina State, and Don Stevens, 175 pound right halfback from
Illinois. But the five man defensive line - the Fearsome Fivesome - is made up of veterans only: Ends Pete Pihos and Norman Willey, tackles Vic Sears and Mike Jarmoluk, and Frank Kilroy, middle guard. "Wild Man" Willey last week knocked down the Giant passers 13 times and was mainly responsible for causing them to lost 127 yards. So throw 'er into high, you Packers!
SKINS' MARSHALL WOULD EXPAND PRO GRID LOOP
OCTOBER 31 (Washington) - George P. Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, said Friday he would