GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(NEW YORK) - At 2:05 p.m. Sunday the New York
Giants were riding high - tied for the American
Conference lead and boasting of successive victories
over the Chicago Cards and the tough San Francisco
49ers. A little over two hours later, when Green Bay's
hard driving Packers were through with them, things
were difference. Among other things the Giants had:
1. Lost a game that was nearly as onesided as its 17-3
score.
2. Been held by an opponent's line to no touchdowns
for the first time since the Cleveland Browns did it in
1951.
3) Heard a crowd, which has considered them the
all-conquering heroes of Coogan's bluff only a week
ago, boo their ineffectual play.
RELY ON PASSES
So thoroughly licked were the New Yorkers by their
Wisconsin guests that by the fourth quarter the Giants
were forced to rely on a series of desperation passes
by their second string quarterback, Fred Benners. The
former SMU star connected with four of these for a
total gain of 57 yards, but it was not enough. Ace
Loomis finally put the home team out of its misery by
intercepting one of their last chance heaves and would
have had a touchdown if the officials had not ruled that
his foot went out of bounds on the Giant 14. As it was,
he set the stage for Bill Reichardt's field goal from the
22, which added the final insult to the Packers' two
touchdown margin a few second before the game
ended. Green Bay's alertness in scooping by Giant
fumbles paved he way for bone crushing line play of the
Wisconsin visitors. In their seven previous game the
Packers had permitted opponents to score a total of 178
points to Green Bay's 171, but when the chips were
down Sunday the visiting musclemen slapped down the home team's bruisers,
stopping them once on the three after the Giants, making their only sustained
march of the afternoon, had gained 74 yards. In seven previous games the
Giants made at least two touchdowns in all but one, when they were held to 10
points.
MISS FIELD GOALS
Neither team scored in the first quarter, although both tried long-range field
goals. Reichardt missing from the 47 for the Packers and the Giants' Ray
Poole failing with a 40-yarder. Toward the end of the quarter, the New Yorkers
switched from a T- to an A-formation, a move that has proved effective in their
recent games, but one that was taken in stride by the Packers' linemen.
Midway in the second quarter, quarterback Babe Parilli, whose running and
passing were outstanding all afternoon, got away a high, lazy kick and the
Giants took over on the Packer 41. Two running plays and a short pass from
Charlie Conerly to Bill Striblin left the New Yorkers short. On fourth down Poole booted a 42-yard field goal and the crowd of 26,723 got a chance to do its only cheering of the day. A few minutes later former Wisconsin back Clarence Self pounced on a Giant fumble on the 40. Two passes from Parilli and a couple of running plays brought the ball to the 13 and then Parilli heaved the ball toward Stretch Elliott. Three husky adherents of the New Yorkers' "umbrella" defense were escorting Elliott at the time, but he ignored them until the ball was safely in his grasp on the Giants' one-foot mark. With less than a minute left in the half, Parilli took matters into his own hands and the score as 6-3. Fred Cone's conversion was good. In the first series of plays in the third quarter, the Giants managed to get the ball from their own 16 to the 22 when Conerly changed his mind about trying to pass, started to run and fumbled. Hal Faverty clutched the ball to his bosom and that led to a series of running plays, which brought the Packers a first down on the four. Three plays later Bob Mann caught Parilli's pass in the end zone as he fell to the ground. Cone's kick made it 14-3. Featured by the fancy running of Eddie Price, the New Yorkers then racked up a series of first downs that seemed to have proved fruitless when Bobby Dillon intercepted Conerly's pass on the Packers 15. However, the officials ruled that the Green Bay players had been roughing the pass and gave the ball back to the Giants on Green Bay's eight. Kyle Rote tried the line but was stopped cold. Price, three tacklers clinging to him, bulled ahead to the five. Conerly missed Rote with a pass into the end zone and, on fourth down, Price was brought down on the three. That was as close the Giants got to pay dirt. Conerly was yanked with about 10 minutes left of the fourth quarter and his substitute, Benners, abandoned the Giants' running game entirely. In the 17 plays that the New Yorkers ran off after he came in, Benners either passed or tried to in 16 of them. On the other occasion he ran the ball back seven yards when he could not find a prospective receiver. The victory kept the Packers tied with Los Angeles for second place in the National Conference with a 5-3 record. It knocked the Giants out of their first place tie with the Browns in the American Conference. And it made a lot of New Yorkers, who had looked on Sunday's encounter as something of a breather for their favorites, wonder what has been going on among the Green Bay representatives the last few weeks.
GREEN BAY -  0  7  7  3 - 17 
NEW YORK  -  0  3  0  0 -  3
2nd - NYG - Ray Poole, 42-yard field goal NEW YORK 3-0
2nd - GB - Parilli, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
3rd - GB - Mann, 2-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
4th - GB - Reichardt, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-3
NEWS AND NOTES
SHOULDER INJURY SIDELINES PACKERS' MOSELLE FOR YEAR
NOVEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, riding
a three-game winning streak, were in high spirits as they
returned to practice Tuesday in preparation for their last home
game of the season against Dallas next Sunday. Aside from
the usual bumps and bruises, all players emerged from the
17-3 win over the Giants in good shape except Dom Moselle,
defensive halfback. The former Superior State gridder suffered
a sever shoulder separation and most likely is lost for the rest
of the season. Dick Logan, on the inactive list for some time,
may be able to resume action at offensive guard. When the
opening whistle blows at 1 p.m. (a half hour earlier than usual)
the Packers will find themselves in the unusual position of
heavy favorites. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani expressed 
concern over the contest Tuesday. As a sidelight Sunday,
veteran Packer halfback Tony Canadeo will be honored by
thousands of fans in a special "Tony Canadeo Day" ceremony.
The program will precede the contest.
PACKERS COULD PLAY ON DECEMBER 28
NOVEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - You may not believe this, but
there's a possibility of Christmastime football this year in
northeastern Wisconsin. Actually, there could be a game here
December 21. There could be, also, a game here December
28. At least, that's what Bert Bell, NFL Commissioner, said
yesterday at his Philadelphia headquarters. The games would
 of course, involve the Green Bay Packers. How they were
scheduled tentatively by Bell came about like this: The
commissioner sees the possibility of several ties cropping up
in the final standings of both conferences of the league. In
setting up a playoff system visualizing all possibilities, he
gave the Packers two games. If the National Conference
should end up in a triple tie involving Green Bay, Los Angeles
and San Francisco, Bell said the 49ers would draw a bye and
the Packers would play the Rams at Green Bay December
21. If a tie should involve Green Bay, San Francisco and
Detroit, the Packers would get a bye with the Lions and 49ers
playing December 21 in Frisco and the winner meeting the
Packers here December 28. Cold outside? You bet. Get out
your earmuffs.
DALLAS GIVES UP FRANCHISE
NOVEMBER 18 (Dallas) - There will be no further effort by
Dallas to operate a franchise in the NFL. John Coyle, Dallas
investment banker representing a group that had planned to
bid for the return of the Dallas franchise which was turned
back to the league last week, said Commissioner Bert Bell
had put a hiatus on the efforts by his refusal to eliminate or
split up $200,000 that would to be paid for a lease on Yankee
Stadium in New York. The Dallas club was the New York Yanks until bought last winter by Giles Miller for $100,000 and the assumption of the $200,000. This was to be paid at the rate of $25,000 a year but no payment has been made when Miller and his associates turned back the franchise to the league after losing more than $225,000 in operating the club a little more than one half the season. Coyle said he called Bell in Philadelphia Tuesday and told him his group of six or seven men who were not identified and who were willing to bid for the franchise and put up $200,000 to $250,000 a year for three years, would not enter the deal without the $200,000 being eliminated or at least with each of the 12 clubs in the league paying one-twelfth. "Bell said nothing doing and so we are withdrawing any bid for the franchise," Coyle said.
GENE RONZANI'S PROPHETIC PRE-GAME STATEMENT
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson column) - "If they just don't throw the ball away and fumble, don't make more of the mistakes that killed us in other games, they can take this one. I feel they will win because they're starting to believe in themselves. The jitters are disappearing. They're a great gang." That was coach Gene Ronzani talking, calmly and confidently, in his hotel room in New York last Sunday a half hour before departing for the Polo Grounds and the big battle with the Giants. A prophetic talk it turned out to be, for, as everybody knows, Ronzani had his players and the game pegged right. Even before the game, as they taped up and slipped into their war togs in the dressing room, one got the definite impression from the players that the coach knew exactly what he was talking about. There were no signs of pre-battle shakes. So what if the Giants had cooled off the Chicago Cardinals and belted the mighty San Francisco 49ers? Those Packers didn't appear to be the least bit frightened. They were in New York to win - not merely escape with their lives. The air of confidence was almost an assurance that they weren't going to toss this one away; that they were going to belt those Giants like they hadn't been belted all year. One could almost detect that the fire which swept the Bears to defeat the previous week, was being fanned into another roaring blaze. The game went strictly according to plan and hope - even more so. The Packers fumbled only once, which was miraculous considering the violent way Billy Grimes, Dom Moselle, Bobby Dillon, Tony Canadeo, Fred Cone, Breezy Reid, Bobby Jack Floyd and Babe Parilli were jolted every time they got their mitts on the ball. How Grimes managed to hang to the ball after catching some of Tom Landry's towering punts I'll never know. But he did - indicating that Billy is returning to the form that made him an all-league back two years ago. Not a single Packer pass was intercepted by the team famed for its pass defense. Which is a tribute to the protection as well as the throwing of Parilli and Tobin Rote. The Giants lost the ball twice on fumbles and each time the Packers turned the error into a touchdown. Clarence Self, a very much underrated ball player, recovered one and another ex-Wisconsin star, Hal Faverty, the other. Through the airlanes, too, the Giants suffered by comparison. Ace Loomis, Dillon and Moselle came up with a vital interception apiece. Two others (by Dillon and Faverty) were nullified by penalties against the Packers. At least three other interceptions were missed when the defenders dropped the ball in their hurry to run it back. Add the sharp clutch bat-downs and it's apparent the Packers weren't making the mistake of zigging when they should have been zagging in the secondary. Theirs was the real umbrella defense - not the Giants. And talk about hitting 'em with enthusiasm on defense! Those Packers really did. John Martinkovic, Ab Wimberly, Ray Bray, Washington Serini, Dave (Straw Hat) Hanner, Bob Forte, Deral Teteak, Marvin Johnson - oh, name anyone who did his bit on defense and you can be sure he did quite a job. Wimberly deserved a special nod. He was suffering from an attack of the flu when the squad left for New York, and he wasn't exactly in the best of health at game time. But do you suppose that could keep him on the bench? No sir! Not only did he insist on playing, but no one would have suspected he was anything but hale and hearty in playing right end in the copyrighted manner. Any number of the boys half knocked themselves out at times, but they always bounced back full of fire. Take that guy Marvin Johnson, for instance. He was glassy-eyed and rubber-legged, and didn't know the time of the day or the day of the week when he was dragged off the field, glassy-eyed and rubber-legged, after a particularly tough tackle. But it wasn't long before he was back at work. It takes spirit - great desire - to play football that way. And that's exactly what this Packer squad has in abundance. That's the reason they've already gone farther than anyone dared expect. How else can one account for a team being up with the leaders in the toughest league of all after starting almost completely from scratch? Most successful teams start with a nucleus of 20 to 25 or more holdovers from the previous year. All they have to do is work a handful of newcomers into the act, and they're ready for business. The Packers, by sharp contract, have 19 members of the present active squad who were not with the club last year. Thirteen of those 19 are fresh out of the college ranks and therefore going through their first professional experience. That's right - 13. Count 'em: Babe Parilli, Deral Teteak, Bill Howton, Bobby Jack Floyd, Dave Hanner, Steve Dowden, Steve Ruzich, Hal Faverty, Dick Logan, Tom Johnson, Bill Reichardt, Bobby Dillon and Bob Dees. Six boasting varying degrees of experience were picked up from other clubs. Bray, Serini, and Jim Keane came from the Bears - Serini on waivers and the other two as free agents. Self was purchased from Detroit. Marvin Johnson came from Los Angeles on waivers, and Dan Sandifer from Philadelphia in a trade for Rip Collins. It goes without saying that it took a lot of doing - on the part of the players themselves as well as the coaches - to mold this group into a clicking outfit.
PACKERS FAIL TO GAIN IN PLAYER AVERAGES
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers turned in one of the most satisfying victories of their season Sunday as they whipped the New York Giants in New York, 17-3, yet oddly they did not improve a single one of their individual marks in the weekly averages released Wednesday. Bill Howton dropped from third to sixth in pass receiving; Fred Cone from fourth to sixth in scoring and Howton from third to seventh; and Babe Parilli from seventh to 10th in punting. Most surprising, perhaps, Tobin Rote and Parilli tumbled to second and fifth respectively in passing. In two categories, the Packers even fell out of the first 10. Dom Moselle, sixth in punt returns a week ago, and Billy Grimes, 10th in kickoff returns, no longer have rankings. Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams with his fine performance against the Bears, replaced Rote as boss passer with 59 completions in 115 attempts for 
PACKERS LOOK TO EXTEND WIN STREAK
NOVEMBER 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will attempt to stretch their winning streak to four game here Sunday when they meet the Dallas Texans in their last home game of the year. The Texans, who haven't won a game this year and also are homeless now, came off second best to the Packers in their first meeting in Dallas. The Green Bay squad goes into the game in an unfamiliar role, that of favorite, Sunday but coach Gene Ronzani is worried. "A team that hasn't won a game is always hard to beat," Ronzani said. "We expect our toughest battle from the Texans." The Packers rolled over the New York Giants last Sunday in their second upset in a row. The win kept them in a tie for second place with the Los Angeles Rams in the National Conference. Ronzani has been drilling the Packer offense this week seeking more scoring punch. The defensive unit, which played a tough and sharp game last Sunday and recovered two Giant fumbles, had things a little easier in Tuesday's drills. After the Texan game here, the Packers take to the road for three tough games. They meet the Detroit Lions in Detroit Thanksgiving Day, then go to the West Coast for games with the Rams and the 49ers. The 49ers and Lions currently are tied for first place in the National Conference.
BAYS EYES FIRST HOME WIN SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 20 (Green Bay) - The Cinderella boys of the NFL, Coach Gene Ronzani's Packers, will be out to break the 1952 home field jinx when they take on the orphan Dallas Texans here Sunday. It will be the last home game of the season and therefore the last chance to chalk up victory No. 1 at Green Bay. Yes, that's right. The Packers, although tied for second in the bristling National conference race and only a game behind the mighty Detroit Lions and San Francisco Forty-niners, are still seeking their first win of the year at chummy little City Stadium. With a break in the weather, a crowd of more than 20,000 is expected for the home finale, which has been designated as Tony Canadeo day in honor of the great veteran who is rounding out an 11 year pro career. Tony is one of the most popular players in Packer history. Kickoff time is 1 p.m., a half hour earlier than usual. Members of the Women's Quarterback Club Thursday voted their "most valuable" trophy awards to the entire team rather than one player. Mary McMillin Jacobs was elected chief quarterback for next year.
PACKERS SEEK NO. 4 IN ROW
NOVEMBER 20 (Green Bay) - It has been eight years since the Green Bay Packers won the NFL championship - and the same length of time since they have won more than three games in a row. The chances that the 1952 pennant will fly at City Stadium are slim. The chances that they will rack up their fourth straight triumph, however, are good. They will meet the hapless and homeless Dallas Texans in the 
Green Bay Packers (5-3) 17, New York Giants (5-3) 3
Sunday November 16th 1952 (at New York)
last home game of the season here Sunday. Green Bay last won more than three games in succession in 1944, when they opened with five consecutive victories before bowing to the Chicago Bears. They went on to compile a 7-2 record and win the league title. Since they they have won three straight twice - in 1945 and again in 1946 - but in the last four years they have never won more than three games all season. The current victory string started with a 12-10 conquest of Philadelphia the week after the disastrous 52-17 trouncing by Detroit. Then came the gratifying rout of the Bears, and, last Sunday, the 17-3 trimming of New York. The favorite's role Sunday will be a novel experience for the Packers. In all three of the their last games they were underdog. Statistically they will have a big edge in Sunday's game and they should win. They ruled three touchdown favorites Thursday. A crowd of some 20,000 is expected for the finale.
ROOKIES SIZZLING IN NATIONAL LEAGUE
NOVEMBER 21 (New York) - The brilliant play of most of the top rookie class is one of the main reasons for the NFL's tight division races. Highly publicized college stars, who usually make up the bulk of the No. 1 choices, sometimes get their press clippings frayed during their first pro campaigns. But Hugh McElhenny of the 49ers, Ollie Matson of the Cardinals and Babe Parilli of the Packers head a list of rookies who have made good this season. McElhenny leads the league in touchdowns with eight and ranks third in the ball carrying race. His only bad day was against the New York Giants, who limited him to four yards. He also is a good pass receiver and has been lauded by such experienced coaches as Buck Shaw of the 49ers, George Halas of the Bears and Steve Owen of the Giants. Matson, a 200-pound football and track star from the University of San Francisco, probably is the fastest man in the league. He is one of the scoring leaders with 42 points on seven touchdowns. His touchdowns represented the victory in two of the Cardinals' three victories. Parilli, described by Green Bay coach Gene Ronzani as "the best rookie quarterback to come into the league in a long time", ranks fifth in passing after being second last week. Ironically, he slipped in the rankings although his passing, play selection and faking brought both touchdowns in Green Bay's upset triumph over New York Sunday. McElhenny, Matson and Parilli probably have made the biggest first year splashes but such top draft choices as Bert Rechichar of the Browns, end Bob Cary of the Rams, Frank Gifford of the Giants and fullback Ed Modzelweski of the Steelers also have made good showings. Rechichar, Tennessee's 1951 team captain, has done one of the best jobs. He has become Cleveland's safety man, one of the most demanding posts on a club noted for its defensive skills. Even coach Paul Brown says he's good.
PACKERS FAVORED OVER DALLAS
NOVEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - The Packers will be cast in the
strange role of favorites when they try for their fourth straight NFL
victory at the expense of the wandering Dallas Texans at City
Stadium Sunday. The kickoff for this late season home final will be
at 1 p.m., a half hour earlier than usual. Coach Gene Ronzani's
team, which has come from nowhere to move into title contention
and confound the experts with a 5-3 mark, already is assured of the
best record for a Packer club since 1947. Not since 1946 have the
Packers racked up three successive wins. In fact, it's necessary to
go back to 1944 for a longer streak. The Bays of that year opened
the season with a string of five. 20,000 or more fans are expected to
sit in on the Ronzanimen's bid to stay within reach of the National
Conference leaders, or, if things break right in other games, tied for
the top. Right now they and the Los Angeles Rams are deadlocked,
only a game behind San Francisco and Detroit. Rozani is prepared
to pull out all the stops Sunday in spite of the fact he must send his
team against the Lions in Detroit only four days from now. This one
is a must.
"POSSESSION" GAME IS O.K. ON THE FIELD - 
BUT IN THE STANDS IT'S STRICTLY ILLEGAL
NOVEMBER 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson column) - You
hear a lot about juvenile delinquency because it's a serious thing, a
real problem. Leading citizens and top organizations in all
communities of the nation, busily engaged in trying to keep it all a
minimum if not stamping it out completely, generally agree that
sports provide one of the best avenues of approach. The reasoning
is sound. Youngsters active and intensely interested in sports
usually don't have time to get into trouble. Besides, they get the type
of leadership and companionship which should by all odds lead them
into the path of righteousness instead of the road to evil and ruin. But
there are times, unfortunately, when a phase of clean, healthy sport
actually works in reverse - yes, actually contributes to the very delinquency all decent people are trying to stamp out. And the sad part of it is that people, assumed to be basically decent, aid and abet the cause of delinquency - even branch out into the field of adult delinquency themselves. What I have in mid in the ball snatching that goes on at professional football and baseball games. Baseball people have resigned themselves to the fact that the "finder" of a ball hit into the stands will keep it - not by legal right, but simply because the legal owner, the baseball club, doesn't have the nerve to force the issue. Most football clubs have bowed to the pressure of a souvenir-minded public even though each lost item costs 20 bucks or more. Others are handing on but weakening fast because of the customers' spirit of grab and the failure of police to cooperate. In fact, the Packers are the only club I know of with an almost perfect, return-the-ball record. And it happens only in Green Bay, where everybody, from the smallest tot to the oldest citizen, wants to do his part to keep the Packers in business. Anyone will admit that a couple of hundred dollars worth of footballs a game is quite a help - or a dent, as the case may be. The same thing does not apply to the Milwaukee half of the schedule. Here the fans go for the "possession" game in a big way, just as they do at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It happened when the Packers played at State Fair Park and it happened again the past season at Marquette Stadium. The game with the Philadelphia Eagles a few weeks ago was a fine example. Time and again the ball sailed or bounced into the end zone stands after a kickoff or try for point. Each time a youngster tucked the ball under his arm and took off, with the cheers of the grownups ringing in his ears. Or a gang of small fry would team up to quadruple-pass their way off the premises. The chances are most of those kids were on the house in the first place - uninvited, but still guests. It's a cinch nobody, child or adult, paid more than half the top price, for that as the $2.40 section. Pay $2.40 or not at all, and have the right to make off with a 20 or 25 dollar football! It doesn't make sense. The only time the one man end zone police force managed to beat a pack of kids to the ball, he got a terrific boo from the crowd. That doesn't make sense either. Sure, maybe it seems cute and good for a laugh when a youngster outmaneuvers and outspeeds a cop. But it's still a fact that he is taking something that doesn't belong to him. Thus encouraged, isn't it possible the supposedly harmless bit of pilfering will lead to swiping a car when he reaches the ripe old age of 16 or 17? Or reaching through a bank teller's window for samples a few years later? If it's true that because "the poor kid doesn't have a ball", it's o.k. for him to snatch one, then it must be all right to steal a car because he "needs one and wants one so badly," and make off with money belonging to another when he has none of this own. Jails are full of guys with such ideas. I'll never forget the stupid father who touched on this very subject in writing me last year. "It would break my boy's heart if he couldn't keep the baseball or football he caught at a game; in fact, that's the big reason for going," was the man's attitude. Did that second-rate father ever think of buying a ball for his kid? That's the best way of all to mend a broken heart and teach his kid to keep his hands off other people's property.