GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers buttoned up their home season in
fitting style by romping over the orphan Dallas Texans by a 
comfortable 42-14 margin before 16.340 happy customers
Sunday. It was the fourth straight victory for Gene Ronzani's
boys - the longest win streak by a Packer team in seven years
- enabling the Packers to gain a four-way tie in the National
Conference with the Lions, Rams and 49ers. The victory was
also the first of 1952 at City Stadium. Of added significance is
the fact that the Packers now boast six league triumphs - a feat
last accomplished in 1947. The windup tussle also marked the
home folks' official farewell to Tony Canadeo, who will call it quits
after 11 rugged years in the pro circuit. The Gray Ghost, one of
the greatest and most popular figures in Green Bay history,
bowed out in a blaze of glory by way of thanking his many
friends for a variety of beautiful gifts presented to him at pre-
game ceremonies in his honor.
CANADEO OPENS SCORING
Tony had the distinction of scoring the first touchdown on a
21-yard pass from Tobin Rote and added another later on a
10-yard blast which would have done credit to a youngster just
getting his start in football. The Gray Ghost's dash into the end
zone to open the second half scoring was the only Packer
scoring shot on the ground. The other four markers, registered
by as many different players, developed through the airlanes.
Breezy Reid, like Canadeo, scored on a pass from Rote. Babe
Parilli matched his quarterback partner's efforts by hitting Bill
Howton and Bobby Mann for TDs.
LOOMIS ADDS TD
Ace Loomis jammed into the scoring act by intercepting a
Frank Tripucka pass and running it back 45 yards for a
touchdown. Fred Cone hit six for six in the conversion
department. The Texans, who became a NFL "house" team
when their Dallas support faded away, were in the running only
in the first period when Tripucka swept defensive left end for
eight yards on a bootleg play to wipe out the Packers' early
advantage. Keith Flowers' extra point made it 7-7. Parilli and
Howton collaborated on a 50-yard scoring effort, and the Babe
then pitched one to Mann for 17 to take care of the second
period production and boost the Bays' lead to 21-7 at the half.
The margin was boosted to 35-7 before Dick Hoerner picked up
a consolation score on a 6-yard tackle smash late in the third
quarter. Loomis' interception and fancy return accounted for the
only official business in the final period.
100 YARD TD RECALLED
The most thrilling play of the day was Reid's 81-yard gallop
behind a wave of interference after taking a screen pass from
Rote. Bobby Dillon almost beat Reid for distance with a 100-
yard runback of an interception, but the super thriller was
nullified when the Packers were nicked for interference way
back on their six-yard line. Hoerner took it from there a moment
later. Loomis' 31-yard punt return set the stage for Canadeo's
ice-breaker early in the game. A 36-yard pitch, Parilli to Mann,
preceded the big one from Babe to Howton. Billy Grimes, who
continues to regain his old form with every game, got away for
72 yards on a beautiful punt return to set up Mann's touchdown.
Bobby made one of the season's great catches jumping high to
field Parilli's flip with one hand. He was all alone in the end zone
as he made the startling grab. The Packers ganged up to block
Hank Lauricella's quick kick attempt, John Martinkovic
recovering to provide Canadeo with the opportunity to score his
last home touchdown from the 10. Tom Keane's interception of
Rote's pass and runback to the Packer 22 opened the gates for
the Texans' first payoff punch. Buddy Young's 63-yard kickoff
return was the big gainer leading up to their second and last
scoring effort by Hoerner. The slippery field made it
almost impossible to get a head of steam on running
plats. As a result, the Packers were limited to 73 yards
rushing and the Texans 45. So both move upstairs and,
strangely, the completion percentage favored the
losers. Tripucka clicked on 22 out of 38 and had two
intercepted. George Taliaferro tried two and drew a
complete bland, for both were intercepted.
ROTE COMPLETES 7 PASSES
Rote completed seven out of 13 and Parilli only four out
of 17. Four of the Babe's pitches and one of Rote's were
picked off by the enemy. The Packer twosome, however,
had a big edge in passing yardage, 267 to 142. The
game was rougher than usual, probably because of the
presence in the Texans' lineup of Chubby Grigg and Ray
Pelfrey, who were were dropped by the Packers early in
the season. Grigg in particular seemed intent on proving
to all and sundry that he wasn't happy about being
released. Officials stepped off 108 yards for 10 penalties
against the Packers. Eleven official fouls cost the Texans 95 yards. The usual refusal on both sides kept the totals from mounting. The Packers now must prepare hurriedly for the big one at Detroit Thursday. This will be the first of three tough, important games on the road for Ronzani's Cinderella boys. A shining new station wagon, a combination TV-radio set, a bundle of cash, sunglasses, drinking glasses and a variety of foodstuffs were included in the grand array of gifts presented to Canadeo before the game.
DALLAS    -  7  0  7  0 - 14
GREEN BAY -  7 14 14  7 - 42
1st - GB - Canadeo, 21-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - DAL - Frank Tripucka, 8-yard run (Keith Flowers kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Howton, 50-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Mann, 17-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - GB - Canadeo, 10-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
3rd - GB - Reid, 81-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 35-7
4th - DAL - Dick Hoerner, 6-yard run (Flowers kick) GREEN BAY 35-14
4th - GB - Loomis, 45-yard interception return (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 42-14
One of the rare photos of the 1952 Texans in action. Halfback Buddy Young, with ball, battles the Green Bay Packers. (Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame)
Packer great Tony Canadeo in action versus the Dallas Texans
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS POISED FOR TV GAME
NOVEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers appeared confident that "we can win it" as they finished heavy practice Tuesday for their showdown struggle with the Detroit Lions in Detroit Thanksgiving Day. Kickoff in the coast-to-coast televised battle is set for 11 a.m., Milwaukee time. The Packers have revenge in mind. They can't forget the 52 to 17 beating the Lions handed them before a sellout crowd here October 26. The Packers, who finished with a 3-9 record a year ago, will be seeking their seventh win of the current season, but experts figure the Lions to win by some eight points. All of which is a break for the Packers because they have been successful as underdogs this season. Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani and his players felt optimistic Tuesday because of the big improvement shown in the last four triumphs. They outscored their foes, Philadelphia, Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Dallas Texans, 112 points to 55. Undisputed possession of first place in the National Conference will be at stake - at least until next Sunday when Los Angeles and the Forty-niners clash in Sanf Francisco. The four clubs are locked in a first place tie (6-3 records).
PACKERS FACE DETROIT NEXT
NOVEMBER 25 (Detroit) - The hospital corridors overflowed with Detroit Lions football players Monday - just 72 hours before the battle for first place with the Green Bay Packers here Thursday morning. The game will be televised by WTMJ-TV at 11 o'clock, Milwaukee time. Of the Lions' 33 players eight went to Osteopathic hospital for treatment. Included were backs Jug Girard, Don Doll Tom Dublinski and Doak Walker; ends Cloyce Box and Leon Hart, and linemen Dick Flanagan and Lou Creekmur. One other player, end Jim Dooley, received locker room treatment for an injury. All will probably be able to play Thursday but none will be at full efficiency. A crowd of 40,000 to 50,000 is expected. The Packers and Lions each have 6-3 records in the National Conference of the NFL and share first place with San Francisco and Los Angeles. The winner will move into first place alone. The winner will move into first place alone. The other leaders will not play until Sunday.
RONZANI CALLS PLAYERS 'MIRACLE MEN'
NOVEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani, coach of the surprising Green Bay Packers, said Monday his team's rise to a tie for first place in the NFL probably amazed everyone '"except the fans in Green Bay." Rozani, in his third year as head man of the Packers, said "up here the fans think we're all miracle men and I guess we just have to live up to it." The youthful Packers moved into a four-way tie for first place in the National Conference Sunday with a 42-14 thumping of the Dallas Texans. The Packers' rapid advance to the top is all the more amazing when one checks the team's roster and find 13 rookies on the squad and seven others who were castoffs from other clubs and have never played in Green Bay uniforms before. "We started out the season with a bunch of possibilities and most of them have turned out better than we could ever have hoped," Ronzani said. "The most improved man on the team is John Martinkovic, and Ab Wimberly is doing a fine job now, too." Both Martinkovic and Wimberly are defensive players and Ronzani said it was the sterling play of the defensive platoon in recent games which had given the team four straight wins and a share of the top spot in the league standings. "Of course, they've been aided by a lot of good men all along the line and in the backfield," Rozani said. "The team has looked better with each succeeding game and you can't tell how far we'll go." Green Bay has three tough games remaining on its schedule, one each with Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Those are the three National Conference teams with which Green Bay is tied for first place. Each team has won six and lost three. "I think the winner will lose four games when it's all over," Rozani said. "Each team has three games left and I doubt if anyone will go the rest of the way without a defeat." The immediate problem for the Packers is to get past Detroit Thanksgiving Day at Detroit. The traditional holiday game could either make or break the Packer title hopes since they then go to the West Coast to play the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. "We have a young team and the boys made a lot of mistakes, but they are pulling together," Ronzani said. "I've never seen such spirit." The coach knows what it means to be on a championship team. He won nine letters at Marquette University and then was a player and assistant coach with the Chicago Bears for 16 years. He was on three championship Bear teams. Ronzani was a halfback in his playing days and teamed with Bronco Nagurski, Carl Brumbaugh and Beattie Feathers to form one of the Bears' greatest backfield in the 1930s, then shifting over to the quarterback post.
Green Bay Packers (6-3) 42, Dallas Texans (0-9) 14
Sunday November 23rd 1952 (at Green Bay)
certainly want this one badly, too, but you'll see a different team." Ronzani discounted the story out of Detroit about the Lions' poor physical shape. "They might have some bumps, but they'll all be out there Thursday," he said. "Us? We're in good shape." Detroit Wednesday ruled a 10 point favorite. Green Bay's hopes again rest on the good passing arms of Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, and just enough strong running to support the air arm.
LIONS, PACKERS MEET FOR FIRST BEFORE TURKEY
NOVEMBER 26 (Chicago Tribune) - First place in the
National Conferece of the NFL will be at stake
tomorrow morning in Briggs Stadium when the Detroit
Lions and the Green Bay Packers meet in a wintry
Thanksgiving Day setting. The weatherman tonight
issued a forecast of a 30 degree temperature and
snow flurries for the game, which will start at 11 a.m.
(Chicago time). Despite the unfavorable weather
outlook, the Lions tonight announced that between
35,000 and 40,000 will attend tomorrow's crucial
battle. Because the Packers and Lions, along with the
Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, are tied
for the conference lead with identical 6-3 records, the
winner of tomorrow's game will take over sole
possession of the pace setting role, but only until 
after the Rams and 49ers collide in their second
meeting Sunday. The Packers will go into tomorrow's
game riding a crest of four straight triumphs, the
clubs' longest victory streak in eight years, but are
confronted with probably the most formidable stretch
run in the annals of the National league. After the
battle with the Lions, the Packers will meet the Rams
in Los Angeles and the 49ers in San Francisco. 
Should the Packers pass those three hurdles they 
will have won the National conference title. The Lions,
of course, must meet the Chicago Bears in Detroit
December 7 and then wind up their regular season
with the victory-less and homeless Dallas Texans.
Since the Lions defeated the Packers in Green Bay,
52 to 17, Green Bay has scored successive victories
over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Bears, the New 
York Giants, and the Texans. Last Sunday's games 
involving the Lions and the Packers may prove a 
factor tomorrow. While the Lions were absorbing a 
24 to 23 defeat by the Bears in Chicago, the Packers
went through little more than light exercise in
trouncing the Texans, 42 to 14. The Packers came
through last Sunday's game without injury, but nine of
the 33 on the Detroit roster answered the injury call
after the bruising battle with the Bears and although
most of those will see action tomorrow they figure to be below par physically. Included in the Lions' casualty list are such key performers as ends Cloyce Box, Jim Doran and Leon Hart; tackle Lou Creekmur; guard Dick Flanagan and halfback Jug Girard. Girard, a former Packer, was the key performer in the first meeting of the two teams, rushing 61 yards in 11 tries and catching four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Coach Buddy Parker expressed some concern tonight over the ability of the crippled Lions to cope with the Packer spread formation. The Packers now boast the best one-two punch at quarterback in the National league with Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli.
LIONS WORRIED ABOUT INJURIES, PACKER FORMATIONS
NOVEMBER 25 (Detroit) - In between their trips to the hospital, the Detroit Lions are worrying about a tricky, spread formation the Green Bay Packers own. The Lions, with nine of 33 players injured, battle the Packers here Thanksgiving Day before a crowd that may hit 45,000 if the weather is fair. At stake: first place in the National Conference. The combatants are rolled up now in a four-way tie with San Francisco and Los Angeles, who don't play each other until Sunday. The Packers have shown improvement since the Lions beat them earlier 52-17. And they've shown the following dangerous formation, which was also used against Detroit with great success. Passer Tobin Rote stands about seven feet behind the center and takes a direct pass from him, as is done in most showy spread formations. Meanwhile the other three backs line up of the far side of the field side by side, a couple yards moved from the line of scrimmage. The formation is particularly effective for short gains. It enables five pass receivers to get into the Lion secondary in a hurry. And three of them are over on the side with plenty of room to fake and maneuver. The defense against such a formation, in these days of brainpower football, is too intricate to detail. But in the words of defensive halfback Jack Christiansen, "It's one that worries us." That isn't all the Packers will use. They'll run the T-formation with Kentucky's Babe Parilli passing. Meanwhile the Lions passing attack will suffer. Only one of four regular offensive ends - Bill Swiacki - is physically sound. Giant Leon Hart and Cloyce Box will probably play but will run at reduced effectiveness because of leg injuries. Jim Doran is a maybe-year, maybe-no performer Thursday. Short of end, the Lions were upset 24-23 by the Chicago Bears Sunday. The Lions also are aching at left halfback. Jug Girard, the fill-in for Doak Walker, came up with a sore knee Sunday. Walker hasn't played regularly since the second game of the season but insists he is ready to play Thursday. Walker also has leg troubles. Others who visited Orthopedic Hospital Monday were tackle Lou Creekmur, defensive halfback Don Doll, linebacker Dick Flanagan and quarterback Tom Dublinski.
PACKERS' ROTE LEADS PASSERS
NOVEMBER 26 (Philadelphia) - Tobin Rote of the Green Bay Packers and Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams are waging a nip-and-tuck battle for the 1952 NFL individual passing honors, with Rote currently holding the edge - 8.54 yards per pass to 8.23 for Van Brocklin. Both had good days Sunday as their teams battled into a four-way tie in the National Conference. Rote passed 12 times for 142 yards while Van Brocklin flipped 32 for 259. With three quarters of the season gone, Rote has completed 59 times for 956 yards and nine touchdowns, while Van Brocklin has connected 75 times for 1,210 and 10 TDs. Babe Parilli, the other half of the Green Bay passing duo, ranks third with 49 completions for 847 yards and a 7.37 average. Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns is fourth with a 7.36 average - 140 completed for 2,135 yards and 15 TDs. Eddie Price of the New York Giants gained 93 yards last week to increase his ground gaining leadership over Deacon Dan Towler of the Rams. Price has carried 169 times for 734 yards and a 4.3 average, Towler has lugged the ball 111 times for 660 and a 5.9 average. Hustling Hugh McElhenny of San Francisco is third (80-629-7.9)
PACKERS INVADE LIONS' LAIR IN BATTLE FOR LEAGUE LEAD
NOVEMBER 26 (Detroit) - The first step in breaking this
terrific NFL log jam will be taken when Green Bay's
Cinderella boys and the Detroit Lions clash in a Turkey
Day tussle at Briggs Stadium, starting at 11 o'clock 
Milwaukee time. To the winner will go the honor of
leading the entire league until Sunday when Los
Angeles and San Francisco, presently tied with the
Packers and Lions in the National Conference with
identical records of 6-3, and the deadlocked American
section pacesetters - Cleveland, New York and
Philadelphia - catch up. The latter three also are in the
6-3 class. At least 35,000 are expected to sit in on
the game, which will be televised nationally over a
48-station hookup, including WTMJ Milwaukee. The
outcome may depend on breaks, for weather
predictions indicate wind of gale-like propositions,
freezing temperatures (possibly as low as 18 degrees)
and a slippery field. Rain was due to turn to snow
during the night. Punting, passing and receiving
probably will be extremely difficult. Coach Gene
Ronzani and his amazing squad were in a confident
mood when they arrived in mid-afternoon. "All we're
hoping is that we get our share of the breaks," said
the coach. "The boys are up and definitely feel they
have a chance to turn the tables on the Lions. The
Lions are supposed to be riddled with injuries
sustained in last Sunday's game with the Bears.
Maybe those reports are on the level. But we aren't
figuring on running into them at anything but their
best." The Packers will be shooting for their fifth
straight victory. If they make the grade, they will go a
half-game ahead of the Rams and 49ers and a full game ahead of the Lions. The Ronzanimen have yet to lose a league tussle on the road. Following Thursday's duel here, they will return home to prepare for the climax invasion of the West Coast - Los Angeles December 7 and San Francisco December 14. One other tilt is on the Thanksgiving Day card: the Chicago Bears and the orphan Texans at Akron, OH.
PACKERS BID FOR DIVISION LEAD IN GAME WITH LIONS THURSDAY
​NOVEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers, the football whirlwinds who blew up out of comparative nowhere this National league season, make the first of their decisive championship bids Thursday morning when they meet the Detroit Lions at Briggs Stadium, Detroit. Undisputed first place in the National division of the league will be at stake when they take the field in a game that will be nationally televised and which will draw a crowd of close to 50,000 if the day is clear. The game will start at 11 o'clock (Milwaukee time). The Packers, riding the foam of a four game winning streak, which includes victories over Philadelphia, the Bears, New York and Dallas, enter the game tied for first place in the division with San Francisco, Los Angeles and Detroit. Each has won six and lost three. The other leaders will not play until Sunday. The winner of Thursday's game, as a result, will take over, temporarily at least, the divisional leads. Ironically, the Packers started their big push, which has led to championship speculation, after taking a humiliating licking from Detroit in the first game of the series at Green Bay five weeks ago, 52-17. The Packers could do nothing right that day, the Lions could do nothing wrong. "We were a little too tight," Ronzani explained as the final licks of preparations were put in Tuesday. "We made mistakes we hadn't made before or since. We just wanted to win the game too badly. Well, we