(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers rolled up their biggest score of the season to humble once-beaten Baltimore, 37-14, here Sunday. Discovering their
potential after three straight NFL losses, the Packers
ran and blocked and tackled in the manner of master
craftsmen of fundamentals as they staged their most
impressive exhibition in years. Pulling in five
interceptions, the Packers scored their first two
touchdowns at the expense of Colts' quarterback Fred
Enke. Marv Johnson grabbed a pass in the second
quarter and sped 36 yards to Baltimore's 34 to set up
the first score which came on Babe Parilli's one-yard
plunge. Fred Cone booted the first of his four
Enke fumbled on the second play following the kickoff,
with Howie Ruetz recovering on the 11. Cone chopped
off guard to score on the first play. The conversion
failed. The only sustained drive of the game was
fashioned by Green Bay as the third quarter opened.
Going 67 yards in 10 plays, the Packers scored on
Floyd Reid's 7-yard spring with a pitchout from Tobin
Rote. A 41-yard dash by rookie Al Carmichael added
another touchdown late in the quarter. Enke suffered
another expensive frustration in the fourth period when
Val Joe Walker intercepted a pass and tore 54 yards for
the final touchdown after the Cone had kicked a 19-yard
field goal.
The Colts managed to blast their way out of their own
territory on scoring drives late in the game. Enke found
John Huzvar with a screen pass in the final minutes of
the third quarter and Huzvar carried it 30 yards to
score. Enke hit again with less than two minutes left
Bert Rechichar taking the pass and running 55 yards.
Buck McPhail kicked both conversions. The only trip
Baltimore made into Green Bay territory in the first half
was to the 44 where Rechichar missed a field goal try.
The Packers rushed through the Colts for 303 yards while Baltimore eaked out 65. Baltimore completed one third of 30 passes for 162 yards, while Parilli and Rote, who was hurt in the third quarter, completed 7 out 19 for only 67 yards. Leading the Green Bay running attack was Carmichael, the rookie star from Southern California, who totaled 73 yards on 11 carries. Defensive back Marv Johnson of Green Bay suffered facial bruises in the fourth quarter and was sent to St. Vincent Hospital for observation and X-rays for a possible fracture of the left cheekbone.
BALTIMORE -  0  0  7  7 - 14
GREEN BAY -  0 13 14 10 - 37
2nd - GB - Parilli, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Cone, 11-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - GB - Reid, 7-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 20-0
3rd - GB - Carmichael, 41-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 27-0
3rd - BALT - John Huzvar, 30-yd pass from Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick) GREEN BAY 27-7
4th - GB - Cone, 19-yard field goal GREEN BAY 30-7
4th - GB - Walker, 54-yard interception return (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 37-7
4th - BALT - Bert Rechichar, 55-yard pass from Enke (McPhail kick) GREEN BAY 37-14
OCTOBER 18 (Baltimore) - A roaring crowd of 2,500 fans moved many a burly football player to tears when it turned out late Sunday night to greet the Baltimore Colts after their defeat in Green Bay a few hours earlier. "They should have been throwing rotten eggs at us the way we played," said one big tackle as he saw the welcoming throng. A few hours earlier the Colts had been crushed, 37-14, by Green Bay. "Gee," said guard Bill Lange, who had played for the Los Angeles Rams before joining the Colts, "if this had been L.A. we would have been pelted with tomatoes. What kind of crowd would have been out here if we had won."
OCTOBER 19 (New York) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL, made his annual report to the New York football writers Monday. He said: 1. Attendance in the first 24 games is 72,000 above that of last year - an average of 3,000 a game - and the league is headed for an all-time crowd mark. 2. The pro circuit is so evenly balanced that every club in it will lose at least three games. The Cleveland Browns currently are the league's only unbeaten team. 3. Salaries are 400 percent above what they were 10 years ago and can be met only because of added television receipts. 4. Pro football is a "lousy business" with only four of the 12 clubs in the black. "You go to a bank and try to borrow money on it and they'll shut the door in your face." 5. The NFL will win the television suit brought by the government because "we're not going to stand for socialized medicine and we're not going to stand for socialized TV." The pro executive said the pro teams offer the games on 150 outlets during a 24-hour period starting Saturday night and "no other program has as many outlets unless it's the President of the United States. We have given the people plenty of television," he added. "But we're going to protect our home gate. We're not going to permit television of home games. And we're going to win the suit." The NFL is on the government's anti-trust carpet, charged with entering into a conspiracy to restrain trade. The case is still in federal courts. Speaking of the league generally, Bell said attendance is up because of the closeness of the races and the "rough, tough but clean show we give the fans. I don't think any club can escape losing three games," he added. "And I don't mean to throw any reflection on Cleveland. The Browns have a great ball club and Otto Graham is having his greatest year."
OCTOBER 19 (Pittsburgh Press) - There was sharp disagreement today between owner Art Rooney and his Steelers over the cause of Saturday's 23-7 defeat by the
Philadelphia Eagles. To the frank but disappointed Steeler
owner, it was because his team played a "lousy" football 
game. The players complained bitterly about the officiating.
"There was nothing wrong with the officials," Rooney, 
bristling with anger, stormed after the game. "This ball club
played a lousy game. That's all there was to it. They looked
worse than semipros." But the irate Irishman quickly pointed
out that he didn't refer to the entire club. He absolved his 
defensive line entirely. "I don't mean everybody, you
understand. There were lots of good ball players, fellow who
want to play football, but there are a couple of those guys
who don't care whether they win or not." Once again the
lineup held up its end. It held the Eagles to less than two
yard a carry on running plays and had the Birds deep in the
hole when they exploded for both last period touchdowns.
On one occasion, it was fourth and 16 when Bobby
Thomason hit Hal Giancanelli deep in the end zone with a six-pointer. Again, with fourth and 25, the same combination clicked for a first down on the Steeler three. One player, who will not be identified because of league discipline against players who criticize officials, complained vehemently about the decision which gave the Eagles a touchdown on Giancanelli's end-zone catch. "I don't know where he was when he caught that ball," the Steeler said, "but I do know he lit outside the line when he came down." The real losers, however, were the fans at Connie Mack Stadium and in thousands of living rooms who watched the flag-dropping, whistle-tooting officials call a total of 21 penalties that were walked off, as well as numerous others that were declined or were multiple fouls. At one point in the game it took the officials more than five minutes to decide how much to penalize whom for what. The one good point for the Steelers was Pat Brady's punting. The lanky Nevadan boosted his season average to 50 yards a kick with towering punts that kept the Eagles deep in their own territory. Brady, who kicked a ball from the infield over the centerfield fence at Forbes Field on one bounce last Thursday, kicked seven times for a 52.4 average Saturday. The Steelers' woes didn't end with the game. While they slept Sunday morning, a sneak thief entered their hotel rooms and stole amounts ranging from $20 to $50 from Ernie Stautner, John Alderton, Marc McFadden, Marv Matuszak and Jack Butler. Tom Galvin, who had been groomed as a safety man the last two weeks, suffered a pulled leg muscle Friday morning and didn't get into the game. Popcorn Brandt, although he had little practice in that role, took over the Alabaman.
OCTOBER 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers reported Monday that the club's star pass catching end, Billy Howton, would be able to play next Saturday night for the first time this season. Howton suffered a chest injury in an exhibition game before the NFL season opened and missed the Packers' first four league games. Green Bay lost three straight before topping the Baltimore Colts at Green Bay Sunday, 37-14. The Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh Saturday night and coach Gene Ronzani said he hoped his club's passing game would improve. The Packers had the best passing record of any club in the league last year, but the loss of Howton has stalled the club's aerial game this season.
OCTOBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - New techniques have been developed through the years. Offensive formations and defensive patterns have become much more numerous and more varied. But the basic winning formula in football is the same. With rare exceptions, it still takes sharp blocking, hard tackling, hard running, alertness and strong desire to chalk up victories at any level of competition. The last ingredient, in fact, logically should be listed first, for without great desire - determination, enthusiasm, spirit or whatever one cares to label that underlying quality - there will be no blocking, tackling or running in the manner that wins games. All of which the Packers proved in swarming all over the Baltimore Colts in Sunday's pleasing performance at Green Bay. They took mainly the old fundamental route to victory by a surprisingly lopsided margin which no one dared expect, considering Baltimore's record and tremendous battles with the mighty Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. They passed only often enough to keep the opposition honest. They had comparatively little success through the airlanes with super receivers Bill Howton (not even in uniform) and Bob Mann parked on the bench with injuries. A couple of untimely penalties and a doubtful call on a pass into the end zone deprived them of additional scores. Yet they won and won easily - by playing it up to the hilt, fundamentally. And the fans loved it. "Fate doesn't forgive" is an old football axiom. In other words, a team can't muff opportunities and still expect to win. Which is another way of saying that the Packers were a solid team Sunday and deserved to win handsomely. They cashed in practically each time they had a chance to open the gates. They set up their first two touchdowns with a pass interception (one of five for the day) and a fumble recovery. The second fumble recovery led to a field goal and another interception was turned directly into a final touchdown. In addition, they put on a 67-yard drive for another score and turned Al Carmichael loose for still another on a 41-yard run, the longest from scrimmage. One of the day's best blocks was thrown by Breezy Reid in giving Carmichael final clearance for his fine dash. Big Al, who put on a great kick return performance the week before against the Rams, had his running-from-scrimmage coming out party this time - more than a hint that he had arrived, definitely. "we dreamed up nothing special," said the beaming head coach Gene Ronzani after the game. "We used the same plays we had for the other games. It was simply a case of blocking and fighting for extra yards on offense, and tackling, rushing and alertness on defense. I was proud of the way all the boys came through. They really started to jell. And how do you like the spirit after all they've been through? Don't forget, too, that we had to get along without Howton, Mann and Aldridge."
OCTOBER 20 (Pittsburgh Press) - Here's bad news for the Steelers! Bill Howton, the Rookie of the Year in 1952, will return to action with the Green Bay Packers Saturday night at Forbes Field. Howton, the rangy, 180-pound pass receiver from Rice, has been sidelined since the start of the season, but word out of Green Bay today revealed that the speedy end would be ready for Pittsburgh. The addition of Howton, along with the Packers' brilliant running attack that netted 303 yards against the Baltimore Colts Sunday, will make the visitors a rugged foe for Coach Joe Bach's skidding Steelers. For one thing, Howton and Bob Mann, the Packers' left end, will keep the Steeler defenses honest. The two, as a pair, are one of the top pass receiving combinations in the NFL. Green Bay, after a disastrous start during which the team lost its first three games, exploded against the Colts. It showed the ability to strike from any point on the field and rookie Al Carmichael and Val Joe Walker contributed 41 and 54 yard touchdowns to the Baltimore rout. Prior to the start of the season, the Packers were regarded as one of the better team in the Western Conference. However, the injury to Howton and a glaring weakness at fullback slowed down the Packer attack. Bach regards Saturday's game as one of the key contests on the schedule. The Steeler mentor denied his team its usual Monday holiday and had the squad working out at Forbes Field yesterday. As usual, the session was devoted largely to finding a defensive back, someone to replace Claude Hipps, Ed Fullerton and Tom Calvin, each of whom was sidelined by a succession of injuries. Popcorn Brandt is running at that position this week. Once again it will be a one-two quarterback punch that faces the Steelers. The Packers have Tobin Rote and Vito (Babe) Parilli of Rochester, Pa., in that role and each has been a thorn in the sides of the Steeler defense. The Steelers defeated the Packers, 26-23, in a preseason game.
OCTOBER 20 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Bill Howton, brilliant pass
catcher from Rice Institute, will return to the lineup of the Green Bay
Packers when they play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Forbes Field on
Saturday night. The star end has been sidelined by injuries most of
the season but has recovered just in time to give Coach Joe Bach's
club additional worries. Last season as a rookie Howton led the
Packers in scoring with 13 touchdowns. He nabbed 53 passes for
1,231 yards. The Texan is the favorite target of quarterbacks Vito
(Babe) Parilli and Tobin Rote. The trio teamed last autumn to capture
the team passing honors in the NFL. Parilli is a Rochester, Pa.,
produce. Another local gridder with the Packers is defensive end
George Hays from Glassport. He was released by the Steelers
before the league campaign opened and was picked up by his 
former St. Bonaventure mentor, Hugh Devore, who is line tutor of the
Packers. Coach Joe Bach may shift his backfield on Saturday. Ray
Mathews, who performed brilliantly last season, can't seem to get
started and he may be replaced by either Jim (Popcorn) Brandt or
Fran Rogel. If the latter gets the call he will move over from his
fullback spot and Leo Etter will become the linebacker.
OCTOBER 21 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steelers
asked waivers yesterday on fullback Jack (The Ripper) Spinks, 
sophomore pro from Alcorn A. and M. and there was a chance that
the 238-pound linebacker might wind up with the winless Chicago
Cardinals. Spinks has been on the injured list ever since he hurt an
ankle in a preseason game here on Sunday September 20 with the
Los Angeles Rams which the invaders won, 49-6. Under NFL rules
other clubs have 48 hours in which to claim Spinks at the waiver
price of $100. If more than one files a bid the lowest in the standings
receives preference. Walter Wolfner, managing director of the 
Chicago Cardinals, expressed interest in Spinks yesterday but
delayed taking any action until he conferred with Coach Joe
Stydahar. Ralph Pasquarelli, first string fullback of the Redbirds, was
hurt before the campaign opened and has been on their injured 
reserve list. Spinks has been a spotty performer with the Steelers,
displaying great promise at times and slumping badly at others. He
was due to be cut early in the training grind but asked for a second
chance. His best showing was in Columbia, S.C., when the Steelers
scalped the Washington Redskins, 21-14, in a preseason game.
Scout Mike Nixon was at Forbes Field yesterday with his charts on
the Green Bay Packers, who appear here on Saturday night. The
Wisconsin eleven finally found the win column against the Baltimore
Colts last Sunday.
OCTOBER 21 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Chicago Cardinals, the first
club that had a chance at him, today picked up the waivers on Jack
Spinks, 240-pound fullback who has been on the injured reserve
list. The big, broad-shouldered blockers, who averaged 4.3 yards a
carry in his rookie campaign last year, will report to his new 
teammates tomorrow. Although the Steelers have the worst blocking team in the league, Coach Joe Bach put Spinks on the injured reserve list prior to the start of the season. It's because he was not included as one of the original 33 players on the roster at the start of the season that the Steelers were forced to ask waivers on him yesterday. Meanwhile, NFL statistics revealed that fullback Franny Rogel and halfback Lynn Chadnois dropped a notch while punter Pat Brady was cementing his lead over Detroit's Bob Smith last week. The lanky, left footed Nevadan jumped his kicking average to 49.8 yards a punt, almost five yards better than Smith and seven yards more than Cleveland's Horace Gillom, the defending champion. Brady got a new pair of shoes last week, a pair with a hard toe on the kicking foot, and the purchase paid off with 64 and 65-yard kicks against the Eagles that knocked them deep in the hole on two occasions. But those were nothing to the one he got off in practice last week. Standing in the infield, the Steeler booter lashed into one last Thursday that traveled far over the end zone and went over the centerfield fence at Forbes Field on one bounce. Brady's goggle-eyed teammates swore that it was the longest kick in the history of football. Despite the distance of his boots, the one that gave the black-haired westerner the most satisfaction was a 35-yard kick against the Chicago Cardinals two weeks ago. It came late in the game, with time for only one more play and the Steelers leading by three points. "I put 'english' on that one," Brady said. "Didn't you see the safety man running around in circles trying to get it?" The Steelers' southpaw kicker has punting down to a science. He does nothing but practice it during the week. Lately he has been working for 30 minutes on distance and then an additional 30 minutes on accuracy. There's still another statistic that makes Brady's punts even more fabulous. They've been returned for an average of only 2.5 yards, giving him an effective distance of 47.3 yards per boot. He's the only kicker in the league within 10 yards of the Steeler specialist. San Francisco's Joe Arenas had a big day Sunday to move past Chadnois in the kickoff return race and Charley Justice with 79 yards in 13 carries, edged by Rogel.
OCTOBER 22 (Green Bay) - A "winged" Packer squad looked forward to its first nationally televised appearance Saturday night at Pittsburgh with the announcement Thursday that Bill Howton and Bobby Mann, the Packers' two best pass receiving ends, would be ready for fulltime action. Coupled with its new found running attack, the Packers are primed to surprise the Steelers and climb back into the NFL race, The game will be televised in Milwaukee Saturday night starting at 7 p.m. Howton, who has been sidelined with a chest injury for a month, will give the Packers its best weapon - an air arm - which incidentally led the league last year. Mann is also an important figure in the Packer pass pattern, proving a more than capable receiver when Howton is used as a decoy. Mann was sidelined for the Baltimore engagement last Sunday. Coach Gene Ronzani was especially glad with the return of Howton. The Bays, who were forced to rely on their ground game, can now keep the enemy defense honest with a more versatile attack. The Packer ground attack reached its peak performance against the Colts when the Bays chalked up a total of 303 yards. It was the Packers' best ground showing since 1950 and the single-game mark by any club in the league this season. The Packers offense has shown gradual improvement in each outing. From their first shutout the Packers have gone on to score 13, 20 and finally 37 points in scoring their initial victory.
OCTOBER 22 (Green Bay) - Quarterback Tobin Rote of the Green Bay Packers, who was No. 2 passer in the NFL last year, is repeating his 1952 performance as the Bays' best rusher and passer. The T-formation quarterback has carried the ball 17 times for 107 yards and an average gain of 6.3 yards this season. The former Rice star has completed 31 of 75 passes for 452 yards to average 6.03 yards per toss. He ranks 10th among the NFL passers. Fullback Fred Cone is fifth in the NFL scoring after four games with 28 points.
OCTOBER 22 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - F.L. (Jug) Earp, tub-thumper for Green Bay, was alternately singing the blues and shouting praises for the Packers as he reported the Wisconsin team would unveil Rochester's Vito (Babe) Parilli in Saturday night's game with the Steelers at Forbes Field. "The Packers looked their best Sunday, especially Parilli, who has his best day since he joined us last year," he said. "But it always seems to me those Steelers pick on us for some reason. They'll have a bad game, like they had with Philadelphia last Saturday, and then when we show up they hit their peak." Reminded that the Packers were the first to knock off the Baltimore Colts - they did it, 37-14, Sunday - Earp merely produced another flow of tears and said: "I don't think we'll be that good against the Steeler defense Saturday night. They're too tough that way, and with Fran Rogel and Lynn Chadnois running, and Jim Finks passing, we won't have too much of a chance." Parilli is expected to start at quarterback in place of Tobin Rote Saturday night, Earp said, but that switch will not be definite until coach Gene Ronzani brings the team into Pittsburgh. The Steelers tentatively planned but one change in the lineup for the Packer game. Jim (Popcorn) Brandt will probably take over for Ray Mathews at halfback and as a punt receiver. Meanwhile, the Steelers announced that fullback Jack (The Ripper) Spinks had been picked up at the waiver price of $100 by the Chicago Cardinals. He has been on the reserve list, following an exhibition game injury.
Green Bay Packers (1-3) 37, Baltimore Colts (2-2) 14
Sunday October 18th 1953 (at Green Bay)
OCTOBER 22 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers get another tough running team to test their defensive line this week, the Green Bay Packers who are finally starting to live up to their preseason predictions. Jug Earp, an ex-pro gridder himself and the Packers' press agent, is in town to drum up business for the NFL game at Forbes Field Saturday night. "The boys really started to move last week," Earp declared. "They got down out of those airways and started using the runways, and how the fur flew!" The pass-conscious Packers were quite surprised at the results. The team that wasn't expected to go unless it was on the arm of Vito (Babe) Parilli, the Rochester, Pa., quarterback, or Tobin Rote, the other half of the one-two punch, looked like a real running threat. The corps of speedy backs - Gib Dawson of Texas, Al Carmichael of California, Larry Coutre of Notre Dame and J.R. Boone, the old Chicago Bear, raced through and around the heretofore impregnable Baltimore line. "Of course," Earp continued, "I noticed that Pittsburgh has the toughest defense against rushing in the league, but that doesn't worry us any longer. No matter what Pittsburgh has, they always manage to give us a good pushing around." Earp was in full agreement with the oddsmakers, who have established the Steelers as a surprising seven-point favorite. "It could even be 10 points," he grinned. Earp said that Parilli, who got off to a slow start because the Pack has been using the spread more than the T-formation, looked good in the 37-14 win over Baltimore last week. The Rochester quarterback is used sparingly when Green Bay move out of the T. That's when rangy Tobin Rote takes over for coach Gene Ronzani's crew. The Packers added another halfback this week. Ace Loomis, a veteran who earlier this year decided to give up the game. Loomis reported to the Packers too late to start playing until this week. There is one doubtful starter, end Bob Mann. Mann got bounced around against the Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago and missed last week's game, but there is a possibility he may be recovered in time to go against the Steelers. If he does, it will be the first time this year that the classy Mann-Bill Howton combination will be in action together. Howton has just returned to the active list, following a hip injury suffered before the start of the season.
OCTOBER 22 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani's job as coach of the faltering Green Bay Packers was a little more secure today as the fans in this football outpost eased off in their criticism. The Packers' upset victory over the Baltimore Colts last Sunday apparently saved Ronzani's job, or at least extended it. Up until the decisive 37-14 win over Baltimore, the Packers had lost seven straight games, including the last four pre-season exhibitions and their first three NFL contests. Ronzani, in his fourth year as Packer coach, is starting a new three-year contract but the contract has an "escape" clause which permits the community-owned club to fire him at any time upon payment of $7,500. It is the unique situation of a major league club operating in a northern Wisconsin city of only 50,000 population that makes Ronzani's job so precarious. The merchants in the area own all the stock in the club and they elect an executive board to handle the business affairs of the team. When the fans get down on a player or coach, his days are numbered because fans really run the club. Curly Lambeau can attest to that. Lambeau founded the Packers in 1919 and coached the club for an unprecedented 30 years until 1950, when he became unpopular with the fans and was promptly ousted. The Packers started out the 1953 season as the "dark horse" entry in the NFL Western Conference, with one of the most potent passing attacks in the league. But sophomore end Billy Howton, who had a great year in his 1952 debut, was injured before the first game this year. He still has not seen action in a league game. Howton was credited by many with making Packer quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli the second and third ranking passers in the loop in 1952. His absence so far has hurt the Packers, who were forced to rely almost entirely on a ground attack for their win over the Colts. He will be in action for the first time Saturday night at Pittsburgh. Ronzani said his team had gotten off to a bad start, but he said the club was "shaping up now and it looks like we're going to get rolling." Ronzani declined to comment on the earlier rumors that he either was going to quit or be fired. He said he would leave that up to the Packers executive board, which was forced to give Ronzani a vote of confidence twice in less than two weeks to quiet the rumbling of discontent in Green Bay and Milwaukee.
OCTOBER 23 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Coach Joe Bach of the Pittsburgh Steelers last night nominated Jim (Popcorn) Brandt to replace Ray Mathews in the starting lineup for the game with Green Bay in Forbes Field tomorrow night at 8:05 o'clock. The shift was made in an effort to pep up the Steeler offense, which was almost non-existent last week when the Gold and Black lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 23-7. Brandt, a graduate of St. Thomas College in Minnesota, is in his second season here. He has been used very little on offense but on the few occasions when he was inserted. Popcorn came through with flying colors. Last Saturday night he subbed as a safetyman for the injured Tom Calvin and did a creditable job in a strange role. Calvin pulled a muscle in his left leg last Friday and missed the game entirely. He expects to be ready for the Packers. Coach Gene Ronzani will wind up preparations of the Green Bay squad on its home grid this morning, then will bring the team here by plane. Headquarters will be at Hotel Schenley.
OCTOBER 23 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers' offensive platoon gets a chance to redeem itself tomorrow night when it meets the Green Bay Packers before the millions of fans it chased away from television sets last week. The game, at Forbes Field, will be televised nationally. The local fans will have to pay to learn whether or not the team is really as bad as it looked. The contest will be blacked out on stations within 100 miles of Pittsburgh. In sending his team against the Packers, 37-14 victors over the Baltimore Colts a week ago, Coach Joe Bach has announced that Jim (Popcorn) Brandt will start at left halfback in place of Ray Mathews, the fellow who has slumped to the point where he has been able to score only three touchdowns this year. Even the addition of the hard-running Brandt isn't likely to help the Steelers unless they start knocking somebody down, though. The blocking has been atrocious all season. Once again the defensive line will get another severe test. It held the Philadelphia Eagles to 67 yards in 35 running plays last week, despite the fact that the Birds were the league's top rushing team. Now it meets the Packers, a ball club that ran for 303 yards against the hard-headed Baltimore forward wall. Since the season started, the Steeler line has given up only 245 yards in four games, an average of 1.9 yards per running play. It leads the league in that department. Green Bay's Gene Ronzani, who already has a line of applicants waiting for his coaching job, has been having trouble with his aerial attack so far, mainly because sophomore Vito Parilli, the Sweet Kentucky Babe from Rochester, Pa., hasn't been hitting his receivers like he was a year ago. However, Parilli showed his 1952 form against the Colts and it's a sure bet he'll be out to continue it in his debut in front of a predominantly hometown audience. Tomorrow's game will be the Babe's first appearance in Pittsburgh. The Steelers, in the event the Packers decide to pass, will have a defensive backfield to use at any rate. Tom Calvin, who missed last week's game with the Eagles because of a pulled muscle is ready to return to action. It will be the first time in five games that the Steelers will be able to start a secondary that has played earlier. Ronzani and his team will arrive in Pittsburgh late today.
OCTOBER 23 (Green Bay - Milwaukee Journal) - Even with Bill Howton, ace receiver, back in the lineup, coach Gene Ronzani expressed worry Friday over Green Bay's passing attack as the Packers prepared to take off on their flight to Pittsburgh, where they will meet the Steelers in a NFL game Saturday night. "Our passing has been spotty in practice this week," Ronzani said. "I hope we start hitting in the game." The contest will be televised by WTMJ-TV, The Milwaukee Journal station, starting at 7 o'clock. Howton led the league in pass catching in 1952, his rookie season. The former Rice Institute end caught 53 passes for 1,231 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has not played at all in the league season so far, a chest injury sidelining him after the Packers' final exhibition with the Cleveland Browns. There was still some doubt, however, whether Bobby Mann would be able to play. Mann, himself a receiving ace, missed last Sunday's
OCTOBER 24 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - With our college gridders out of town the Steelers have the local scene to themselves for the game tonight with the Green Bay Packers. Once the most colorful club in pro ranks the Wisconsin team has come on lean days. They hold one record here, that of inflicting the worst defeat in history on the Rooneymen. It all happened the first time a Packer eleven set foot in Forbes Field back in 1941. Final score read Green Bay 54, Steelers 7. Fullback Joe Hoague plunged across from the one-foot line in the first quarter and Armand Niccolai converted at 10:25 and the locals led at the end of the period, 7-0. After that the roof caved in. Don Hutson, greatest end in NFL history, played only briefly in the closing minutes of the opening stanza and part of the second but he caught all seven passes tossed to him for a gain of 72 yards and one touchdown. Clark Hinkle tallied two TDs. Hal Van Every registered three and Ernie Pannell and Alex Urban took over singletons. There will never be another Hutson, Packer fans insisted when Don hung up his moleskins. But last season Bill Howton, rookie from Rice Institute, caught 53 passes for 1,231 yards. That bettered Hutson's top yardage for one season in his long career. His best was 1,211 in 1942. There are some 15 all-NFL records held by Hutson, though, so Bill has plenty of goals to shoot at in the coming seasons. The Steelers entered the league in 1933 but it wasn't until 1947 that they finally defeated the Packers. The long Green Bay mastery ended in the old Fairgrounds park in Milwaukee before 30,073, greatest crowd to see them perform in Wisconsin up to that time. Deciding points of an 18-17 triumph for Dr. Jock Sutherland's singlewingers came when the late Ralph Calcagni, Steeler tackle, grabbed Indian Jack Jacobs, Packer quarterback, in the end zone for a safety with only 40 seconds elapsed in the final quarter of play. The Steelers scored touchdowns on a 22-yard pass from Johnny (Zero) Clement to end Val Jasante and on a 63-yard run by fullback Tony Campagno with an intercepted lateral. Once they found the combination the local pros swept three straight and four of their last five from the Packers. Tonight they hope to change that to five out of six.
OCTOBER 24 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - As far as the Pittsburgh Steelers are concerned this year in the NFL the home team always wins. In friendly Forbes Field Coach Joe Bach's T-formation array has beaten the New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals. On the road the Rooneymen have bowed before the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. That brings up the Green Bay Packers game tonight at 8:05 in the Oakland ballpark, first of six weekend pairings in the pro circuit and due to draw about 20,000 fans. The win-'em-at-home trend has made the Black and Gold a seven point
favorite in their final after-dark appearance of the season. In a
preseason game at Milwaukee, the Steelers nosed out 
Green Bay, 26-23. Coach Gene Ronzani's pupils got off to a
rough start in league competition, losing to Cleveland, the
Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams before surprising the
Baltimore Colts last Sunday, 37-14. Bill Howton, top rookie
in the circuit last season, will be making his league debut
here at right end. He suffered an injured hip and chest in a preseason game with Cleveland which has kept him on the bench thus far. Vito (Babe) Parilli, Rochester, Pa., passer who starred in college at the University of Kentucky, will make his first pro appearance here. He shares the quarterback duties with Tobin Rote. The Steelers will send Jim (Popcorn) Brandt, hard-running pro sophomore, to left halfback in place of Ray Mathews in an effort to bolster their attack. In addition, quarterback Ted Marchibroda will likely replace Mathews on punt returns. There's some chance that Ed Fullerton, recruit safetyman from Maryland, will return to action tonight. He's been nursing a twisted knee but was running fairly well in this week's practice sessions.
OCTOBER 24 (Pittsburgh Press) - Pittsburgh's pro football fans will learn tonight whether the Steelers are a team that will crawl off and hide or whether it will get off the floor and come out swinging. The pressure off after last week's 23-7 defeat by Philadelphia, the Steelers face the Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game at Forbes Field. Kickoff is at 8 o'clock, a half hour earlier than the usual starting time for night games. For the first time since the league opened, the Steelers face a team that knows what it's like to win. The Packers upset the Baltimore Colts, 37-14, last Sunday. But all four earlier opponents - the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Chicago Cardinals and the Eagles - had not won a game when they faced the Steelers. As a result, they were fired up, eager for victory when they entered the game. If the Steelers are to win tonight - the oddsmakers think enough of them to make them seven-point favorites - they will have changed radically from the team that sent millions of television viewers scurrying for cover last week. For one thing, they'll have to start blocking. It's unbelievable that players so big can't open a two-foot hole in the line, or stave off onrushing tacklers long enough for quarterback Jimmy Finks to see which receivers are open. Lynn Chadnois was robbed of a touchdown last week when a teammate, with nothing to do but stand in the way of the Eagles' Chuck Bednarik, made no attempt to harass the Philadelphia linebacker. Bednarik, the last man with a crack at him, managed to nudge Chadnois out of bounds. The Steelers' offense was pitiful against the Eagles. Backs neglected to carry out fakes. Pass receivers who were decoys stood around twiddling their thumbs unwilling to get out of range of television cameras. The Steelers won't find the Packers so nonchalant. Green Bay wants tonight's game, if for no other reason than to stave off the wolves in the Wisconsin northwoods. To win it, Coach Gene Ronzani will field an able-bodied team that has been strengthened immeasurably by the return of end Bill Howton, the rookie of the year in 1952. The Packers have two talented passers in Vito Parilli of Rochester, Pa., and Tobin Rote, the lean Texan from Rice. A speedy backfield corps features No. 1 draft choice - Al Carmichael of California and Val Joe Walker of SMU, the rookie who came to the Packers from the Giants in exchange for Arnie Galiffa. They have a slashing runner in Breezy Reid and a will-o-the-wisp who can go the distance in Gib Dawson of Texas. The line is big, the type that has worried the Steelers all year.
game here because of injuries and Thursday still hobbled around. The Packers, seven point underdogs, will be seeking revenge for a 26-23 setback handed them in the Shrine exhibition game in Milwaukee in early September. Ronzani and his assistance watched on television last Saturday night as the Steelers absorbed a 23-7 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. "The Steelers did all right," he said, "until the Eagles got a break or two late in the game." The Steelers have a 2-2 record; the Packers, a 1-3 mark in the Western Conference.
OCTOBER 23 (Pittsburgh - Milwaukee Sentinel) - They whipped Baltimore with a devastating ground attack last Sunday, but the Green Bay Packers Saturday night will probably take to the air for several key reasons when they battle the Pittsburgh Steelers in a nationally televised game. 1. Both Billy Howton and Bob Mann, sidelined with injuries, will be ready for action against the Steelers. Howton, the club's star end, suffered chest injuries in the non-league contest against the Browns in Cleveland and has missed four league games. Mann, who took a beating against the Rams in Milwaukee, was not used against the Colts. 3. League statistics show that Pittsburgh has the worst pass defense, but at the same time the Steelers' defense against rushing is the best. Coach Gene Ronzani will, without doubt, open up with the air bombs to prove how vulnerable the Steelers pass defense really is. 3. Quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, the two-three aerialists in the league last year, get their favorite targets back. Howton caught 13 touchdown passes last season and rolled up 1,231 yards in 53 catches. Mann turned in 30 catches, six of them for touchdowns.