versions of football has Parilli noted to date: "As I see it, the big thing is that you absolutely can't make mistakes in pro ball and come out even. You can get away with an occasional blooper in college, but not with the pros. They'll jam it right down your throat." "You can't afford to let down against the pros. In college you go into a game once in awhile knowing you can't lose. But there's nothing like that in pro ball. A college game usually is in the bag when you have a good lead, say 14 points, well along in the second half. So you can relax. But the pros never let you relax. It's pressure right to the end." What's the No. 1 requirement for success in football? "Real desire. A fellow must love to play the game and play it to the hilt, must want to win." What's a passer's No. 1 problem? "To get to know his receiver's every move and to judge his speed. Boiled down to one work, it's TIMING. Judgment is important, too. You must be able to throw and know when to throw or not throw. That takes practice and experience." The best team he's faced so far? "They've all been pretty good, but those Redskins don't have to take a back seat to any of 'em. They have more talent than anyone realizes. Big, hard running backs, good passers and receivers, and big linemen." So on to the Babe's official debut against the Bears next Sunday when he will discover that his realistic approach to pro football is well taken!
PACKERS WAIVE PLAYERS
SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday asked for waivers on Dan Makowski, a center from Marquette; Rusty Russell, a SMU halfback, and guard Art Kleinschmidt of Tulane. The move reduces the Packer squad to 39. The team must cut its strength to the league limit of 33 before the first game with the Chicago Bears here Sunday.
3 PRO ELEVENS DRILL IN CHICAGO FOR OPENERS
SEPTEMBER 23 (Chicago Tribune) - Twenty-five percent of the NFL team started going through various motions yesterday in different part of the town. They were the Bears, Cardinals and the Washington Redskins, all of whom will drill this week in Chicago for their league openers. The Bears moved into Wrigley field yesterday as the Cubs moved out. Coach George Halas didn't think anyone should have been surprised that they utilized their usually idle Monday. "The Packers have a three day jump on us as it is for Sunday's game in Green Bay," said Halas. "We'll have a hard time catching up." Yesterday's workout demonstrated that the Bears' coaching staff is well organized. The squad worked in three groups before it finally came together for both offensive and defensive maneuvers. Phil Handler worked with quarterbacks, offensive ends and offensive backs. In a classroom underneath the park, Luke Johnsos, the defensive coach, lectured the group which will operate on defense against the Packers. In the Bears' downtown office, Clark Shaughnessy worked on the offense plan. Later in the day, all the coaches held a meeting. Franklin Dempsey, who suffered a mouth injury in the New York Giant game, took part in the exercise. He was protected by an iron mask.
PACKERS RELEASE FIVE MORE PLAYERS
SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have asked waivers on five players - three veterans and two rookies - in an effort to trim their squad to the 33-man limit. Coach Gene Ronzani Monday asked for bids on veterans Jack Cloud, Forrest Grigg and Ed Ecker. The first-year men placed on waivers were Tito Carinici of Xavier and Elmer Costa of North Carolina State.
PACKERS, BEARS READY TO CLASH
SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears - pro football's oldest and bitterest rivals - clash for the 68th time in City Stadium here Sunday afternoon. A sellout crowd of 25,000 fans will watch the NFL opener. Actually, this will be the 65th regularly-scheduled league clash between the two NFL charter members. They collided in a non-league game in Milwaukee in 1934 and then battled in a Western Division playoff in Chicago in 1941. The Bears won both extra battles, 10-6 in 1934 and 33-14 in 1941. The 1952 Bears, boasting a great crop of new stars, headed by star end Bill McColl, went through the non-conference season with a 4-1 record. The Packers came out of the non-league competition with a 2-4 mark. The Bears' lone loss was a 14-7 decision to the Cleveland Browns, who whipped the Packers 21-14. The Bears will unveil at least two new secret weapons - McColl, the great pass catcher from Stanford, and Jim Dooley, the swift halfback from Miami who the club's first draft choice. The Bears' biggest change has been at tackle where four of the five aces are rookies - Bill Bishop, Herman Clark, Bobby Cross, Bill George and Fred Williams. The only returning veteran tackle is George Connor.
BEARS TRADE RYKOVICH; ASK SERINI WAIVERS
SEPTEMBER 25 (Chicago Tribune) - Julie Rykovich, veteran halfback, and Washington Serini, a guard with four years' service, yesterday were removed from the roster of the Chicago Bears, bringing the squad down to 37, four above the 33 player limit. Rykovich, 28 year old former University of Illinois star, was traded to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a high draft choice for the 1953 season. Rykovich worked out yesterday morning with the Redskins, who will help the Cardinals open their 1952 season in Comiskey park next Monday night. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Redskins said Rykovich will start at right half. Waivers were asked on Serini, also 28, who has been one of the club's most serviceable linemen. It was believed old Wash would turn up in a Green Bay uniform in time to play against his former teammates Sunday. The Bears shucked their bright orange sweatsuits for old game uniforms in yesterday's workout at Amundsen High School on the northwest side.
RONZANI EASES BACK ON WORKOUTS
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani eased the pace of workout for his Green Bay Packers Wednesday as they prepared for their NFL opener with the Chicago Bears. Rookie quarterback Babe Parilli was scheduled to alternate with veteran signal caller Tobin Rote as the key man in the Bays' passing attack. The Bears will start he 1952 season without Johnny Lujack, their passing ace of past seasons. Lujack has returned to Notre Dame as an assistant coach. However, George Halas, the Bears' owner-coach, has Bob Williams and Steve Romanik ready for the opener. Sunday's game will mark the 67th meeting between the two teams. The Bears have won 40 of them and 23 went to the Packers. Three ended in ties.
FORMER PACKERS RELEASED BY BROWNS
SEPTEMBER 26 (Cleveland) - The Cleveland Browns cut their roster to 33 players Thursday by asking waivers on halfback Ace Loomis and fullback Emerson Cole. Loomis came to Cleveland this spring from the Green Bay Packers. He was with the Browns during the 1951 training season, but was sent to Green Bay before the regular season. He started with La Crosse State College.
PACKERS SET TO OPEN SEASON
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, bulging with 13 rookies, open their 34th season in professional football and the 33rd in the NFL against the powerful Chicago Bears in snug City Stadium here
Sunday afternoon. The Bears will send two veteran quarterbacks - Steve Romanik and Bob Williams, while the Packer forces will be in the hands of veteran Tobin Rote and rookie Babe Parilli, the club's first draft choice. The Bears are boasting the toughest defense in the last six or seven years - or longer. They permitted five opponents only 37 points along the non-league while the Packers gave up 90 in six games. Green Bay's attack will revolved around the rushing of such backs as Ray Pelfrey, the ageless Tony Canadeo, Billy Grimes, Fred Cone, Floyd Reid, and the two rookie fullbacks - Bill Reichardt and Bobby Jack Floyd. In the air, the Bays will bank on the good right arms of Rote and Parilli and the receiving of veterans Bob Mann and Stretch Elliott and the Rice rookie, Bill Howton. The Bears presented ground power to burn with such stars as John Dottley, George Gulyanics, Chuck Hunsinger, Julie Rykovich and the mighty mite Whizzer White, on the exhibition card. Although held back, rookie Bill McColl, the All-America from Stanford, may carry the pass catching load. He'll get veteran help from ends Gene Schroeder and John Hoffman - not to mention a flock of backs. The contest will be marked by the appearance of two real old pros - the Bears' Bulldog Turner and the Packers' Tony Canadeo. Turner, a center in his first 12 season, will launch his 13th campaign, oddly enough, at offensive right tackle. Canadeo will open his 10th professional season at his familiar left halfback position.
BEARS, PACKERS GO AT IT AGAIN IN OPENER TODAY
SEPTEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - Here they go at it
again - those Bears and Packers. In a series which
started before any present day Packer or Bear player
was born, the two old pioneer teams on the National
league tomorrow will hammer at each other for the
67th time. It's an annual game up here of which the
natives never grow tired. That's why all the 25,000
tickets to little City Stadium were sold weeks ago.
Thousands of applications had to be turned back.
Requests for press accommodations set a record,
reporters and radio announcers from Wisconsin and
Iowa putting in bids for the first time. The Bears,
whose personnel for 1952 has undergone the most
extensive change in the club's recent history, are
favorites to whip the Packers, who in the last two
years have won three out of 12 league matches. Each
team will show off glamorous rookies, but the only
Bear rookie on the first offensive eleven is Bill George,
the 238 pounder from Wake Forest who will open at
right guard on offense. But five of the Bears' defensive
starting specialists are freshman. Three of them
bulwark the five man line, with 250 pound Fred
Williams of Arkansas at left tackle, 260 pound
Herman Clark, the Hawaiian from Oregon State, at
middle guard, and 248 pound Bill Bishop of North
Texas State, at right tackle. At left end in this unit is
Jack Hoffman, 230, a newcomer from Xavier. The right
end is veteran Ed Sprinkle. Another rookie, long Jim
Dooley of Miami university will be at right half on
defense. Green Bay's opening offensive line list four
newcomers. They are Bill Howton of Rice at right end,
Steve Dowden of Baylor at right tackle, Dave Hanner
of Arkansas at left tackle, and Dick Logan of Ohio
State at right guard. Defensive rookies starting are Tom Johnson of Michigan at left tackle; Darel Teteak of Wisconsin and Chuck Boerio of Illinois as linebackers, and Bobby Dillon of Texas at left half. The Packers' brightest rookie, Vito (Babe) Parilli, Kentucky's record passing smasher, will spell Tobin Rote at quarterback.