GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(BALTIMORE) - The Green Bay Packers are champions of the
Baltimore Colts. Gene Ronzani's crew completed its mastery of
the new entry in the NFL here Saturday night before a sellout
crowd of 33,797. The score this time was 35-24. Just as in their
37-14 triumph over the Colts at Green Bay two weeks ago, the
Packers had things much their own way. With the season half
over, the Packers' two victories in six starts both have been at the
expense of the Colts, who now have a 3-3 record. Green Bay
quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli out on their best
performance this campaign, each passing for two touchdowns.
Bill Howton, back on top form after an early season injury
sidelined him a month, caught two of the scoring aerials. Breezy
Reid led the Packers on the ground, tallying their final touchdown
on a 38-yard ramble and picking up 120 yards on nine rushes.
Two of the game's early stars, Buddy Young of the Colts and
Green Bay's Al Carmichael, were unable to finish because of
injuries. Before he was injured, Carmichael returned three punts
for 66 yards to aid the Packer cause tremendously. Fred Cone,
a contender for the league's individual scoring lead, added 11
points on a touchdown and five conversions. Martinkovic almost
blocked Taliaferro's punt early in the first period and the boot
carried only 22 yards to the Baltimore 39 where it was downed.
After Ferguson lost two yards, Rote passed to Howton, who
grabbed the ball on the 25 and loped over. The play covered 41
yards. Cone made the first of his five conversions. After an
exchange of punts, the Colts moved 78 yards in six plays to tie
the score. The touchdown was scored on a 49-yard pass play,
Enke to Young, who sidestepped half a dozen Packers in
scampering the final 25 yards. McPhail added the first of his three
extra points. Early in the second quarter, Baltimore went 87 yards
in six rushes for a 14-7 lead. Huzvar bulled his way to the two big
gainers, pickup up 26 yards on one play and 36 yards on the
touchdown run. The Packers immediately bounced back and tied
the score again, eating up 67 yards in 10 plays. Parilli mixed his
passes with Carmichael's running to reach the Baltimore 14. From
there, Parilli passed to Howton who made a spectacular catch in
the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
LOOMIS RECOVERS
With only 35 seconds left in the first half, the Packers scored
again and went ahead, 21-14. Loomis recovered Taliaferro's fumble
on the 50 to start Green Bay on its way. The longest gainer on the
drive was a short pass, Parilli to Cone, picking up 30 yards to the
Baltimore 15. Then Parilli, back to pass, ran instead and reached
the three. Cone circled his right end for the touchdown.
Carmichael's 50-yard punt return to the Colt 34 put the Packers
in a threatening position again shortly after the second half
began. Rote's fumble, however, was recovered by the Colts on the Baltimore 10.
COLTS GET NOWHERE
The Colts could get nowhere and Taliaferro punted out of bounds on the Baltimore 46. Rote threw short to Cone who raced to the 25. Carmichael and Cone blasted to the nine from where Rote tossed to Boone for the touchdown. Late in the third period, Rechichar booted a 42-yard field goal. Early in the fourth quarter, Taliaferro's punt went out of bounds on the Baltimore 41. On the next play, Reid skirted his right end and danced down the sidelines for a touchdown. Tasseff later returned a punt 67 yards for a consolation touchdown.
GREEN BAY -  7 14  7  7 - 35
BALTIMORE -  7  7  3  7 - 24
1st - GB - Howton, 41-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - BALT - Buddy Young, 49-yd pass fr Fred Enke (Buck McPhail kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - BALT - John Huzvar, 36-yard run (McPhail kick) BALTIMORE 14-7
2nd - GB - Howton, 14-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) TIED 14-14
2nd - GB - Cone, 3-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
3rd - BALT - Bert Rechichar, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 21-17
3rd - GB - Boone, 9-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 28-17
4th - GB - Reid, 41-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 35-17
4th - BALT - Carl Taseff, 67-yard punt return (McPhail kick) GREEN BAY 35-24
Green Bay Packers (2-4) 35, Baltimore Colts (3-3) 24
Saturday October 31st 1953 (at Baltimore)
NEWS AND NOTES
INSPIRED PACKERS PREPARE FOR BEARS
NOVEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - "Bring on the Bears" was the battle cry of the Packers Monday as they began preparation for return match with the Bruins at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Sunday. The Packers, inspired after a 35-24 win over the Colts at Baltimore Saturday, will be seeking revenge for an earlier 17-13 loss to the Bears at Green Bay. Tackle Gus Cifelli sustained the only serious injury against the Colts. Cifelli suffered a broken hand but will be ready to go against the Bears. He'll be wearing a cast. Minor injuries were reported by halfback Al Carmichael and defensive back Marv Johnson. Both were bothered with shoulder bruises. Coach Gene Ronzani was especially pleased with halfback Breezy Reid's showing. The Georgia peach aggregated 120 yards on nine tries including jaunts of 38 and 42 yards. That's the best Reid has ever done as a pro. Halfback Benny Aldridge, injured in the Ram game, is the only Packer on the disabled list. Center Jim Ringo, who was hut in drills last week, left the club. That, coupled with the releases of Johnny Papit and Howie Ruetz, made room for the return of halfback J.R. Boon, guard Deral Teteak and Len Szafaryn. The Packers will hold daily drills before leaving for Chicago Saturday morning.
PACKERS BACK RONZANI BEFORE EXECUTIVE BOARD
NOVEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer players, represented by Capt. Bob Forte and four other veterans, went down the line for Head Coach Gene Ronzani and the other coaches at a meeting with the club's executive committee Tuesday. The special session was called at the insistence of and for the express purpose of hearing the players whose own jobs have been made more difficult by a flood of rumors and constant criticism. Forte was accompanied by Clayton Tonnemaker, Dick Wildung, Tobin Rote and Gus Cifelli. "The players wished to express full confidence in the coaching staff and the committee expressed its appreciation of the attitude," was the official announcement by President Russ Bogda following the meeting. But it is understood that it was much a more vigorous and voiciferous gathering than the news release indicates. Cifelli is among those who stressed the "vicious circle" nature of the grumbling and growling, emanating even from the executive committee itself, which followed each of the four defeats in six league starts to date. The greater the criticism and the more numerous rumors of every description, including alleged fights and other forms of dissension among players and coaches, the tougher the problem of building a winning ball club, Cifelli is said to have pointed out. The players' demand for an opportunity to be heard by club executives grew out of a meeting last Saturday morning in Baltimore before the game that night with the Colts. They were so incensed by the week of behind-the-scenes turmoil back in Green Bay, highlighted by the quite definite understanding that Ronzani was about to be fired, that they decided right then and there to take two definite steps: 1 - Win the ball game. 2 - Insist upon a session with the bigwigs. Both objectives were achieved. Line Coach Chuck Drulis, who didn't make the Baltimore trip, supposedly because of illness, was slated to walk the plank with Ronzani. But every player and all coaches, including Drulis, were on hand Tuesday morning for the first workout in preparation for next Sunday's game with the Bears. There was every indication that all the unrest is turning into something beneficial when Ronzani labeled it "the best practice of the year". The only sour note was the report that Marvin Johnson, rugged defensive halfback, sustained a dislocated shoulder in the Baltimore game and is lost indefinitely. Al Carmichael and Byron Bailey also are hampered by injuries, but very likely will be available for at least limited service at Wrigley field Sunday.
PLAYERS VOTE CONFIDENCE IN PACKER COACH
NOVEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - A five player committee gave Coach Gene Ronzani a vote of confidence today during an audience with the executive committee of the Green Bay Packers in a special session called to discuss the club's coaching situation. The players, Capt. Bob Forte, Dick Wildung, Gus Cifelli, Clayton Tonnemaker and Tobin Rote, asked the committee not to consider any coaching changes at the present time. The Packers, a preseason choice for contendership, have won only won two of six National league games. "They told us," said Max Murphy, a member of the executive committee, "they did not feel the coaches were completely at fault for the team's showing. They said the players felt they themselves also were responsible." Murphy did not deny that the special session had been called to consider the coaching situation, especially the contract of Ronzani, who has been the center of fan controversy all season. "We have the same situation they have in Chicago," Murphy said. "We've got to start winning. This thing's getting too old." The players said they had asked for a hearing because they understood the meeting had been called to make changes in the coaching staff. President Russell Bogda told the Associated Press, however, that the meeting had not been called for "any special reason."
HALAS ORDERS REST IN DRILL FOR PACKERS
NOVEMBER 4 (Chicago Tribune) - In 34 years of operating a major league franchise, George Halas had has comparatively little experience with losing teams. He has had sufficient, however, to know that overwork is no remedy for a string of defeats. As a result, he opened his Chicago Bears' preparation for Sunday's Green Bay game in Wrigley field with a day of rest. "The boys worked hard on the coast and played two fine ball games," he said. "Then, they had a long, confining nonstop flight from San Francisco on Monday. Rest will do them more good than a workout." While his players sought surcease from the thought of a one-and-five record, Halas and his assistants holed up in the Burgundy room, their closely guarded strategy factory, to catalog some of the more pleasant aspects of the recent trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Foremost among the smile raisers was the play of George Blanda. On the basis of his performance, Halas has ample reason to believe the quarterback problem that has plagued the Bears ever since the retirement of Johnny Lujack has been solved. Los Angeles Ram players and their coach, Hampton Pool, were high in their praise of the former Kentuckian after their game in the Coliseum, and last Sunday in San Francisco Blanda helped set a professional football record for completions when he connected on 29 of 46 attempts for an average of .630. Blanda has a ready explanation for his rapid improvement. "I'm getting more chance to play. When you are being used only occasionally, you have a tendency to try too hard. Our club's general improvement in all departments helps, too. We played good games on the coast. We just can't get any breaks." Blanda has had an unusual career with the Bears. Brought up in 1949 as a quarterback with two years of T formation experience at the University of Kentucky, he found Sid Luckman and Johnny Lujack ahead of  him and wound up being a linebacker and placekicking specialist. In 1950, he was traded to the Baltimore, but the Colts released him before the season opened. The Bears opened on the coast against Los Angeles that year and suddenly found themselves without adequate kicking. A hurried wire to Blanda brought the husky youngster flying out to San Francisco the following week in time to grab a suit and take a seat on the bench. This morning Halas will start parceling out the plays which will be used by Blanda and company in the 70th meeting with the Packers Sunday. All hands are reported ready to participate in the workout. Bobby Jack Floyd, burly fullback, who showed to advantage against the Rams before he was hurt, will be available Sunday to face his old team, the Packers.
'STAX' NO FACTOR IN BEAR TILT
NOVEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - The statistic charts were thrown in the basket Wednesday as coach Gene Ronzani pepped his Packers in preparation for their rematch with the Bears at Chicago Sunday. "Comparing team 'stax' doesn't mean too much when the Packers and Bears play," said Ronzani. "Of course, statistics point out a squad's weaknesses, but anything can happen and usually does when Green Bay and Chicago clash." League statistics did point out that fullback Fred Cone has tied Cleveland's Lou Groza for the NFL scoring lead. Both have scored 47 points, Cone getting his on four touchdowns, 14 extra points and three field goals. Cleveland's Otto Graham was pacing the passers. George Blanda, who will direct the Bear "T", is ranked 10th. Green Bay's Tobin Rote is 11th and Babe Parilli 14th. Ronzani was especially concerned over the steady improvement of Blanda. "Blanda never got much of a chance when I was with the Bears," commented Ronzani. "But now being the team's No. 1 quarterback has given Blanda confidence and poise." Last Sunday in San Francisco Blanda helped set a professional football record for completions when he connected on 29 of 46 attempts for an average of .630. "The Bears' poor (1-5) mark certainly isn't an indication of the power of the club," warned Ronzani. "They've had some tough breaks this season losing twice to the 49ers and Colts and once to the Rams." The Bears' lone win was a 17-13 victory over the Packers in Green Bay. Blanda, incidentally, engineered that win with a touchdown pass in the final 3 1/2 minutes. Defensive halfback Marv Johnson injured in the Baltimore game with a dislocated shoulder, will probably miss the Bear game. Other "doubtfuls" are backs Byron Bailey and Al Carmichael. Both are bothered by leg injuries. Ronzani indicated that spirit was especially high in drills this week. But that's traditional in Green Bay during "Bear Week."
HALAS WON'T QUIT HIS LOSING TEAM
NOVEMBER 4 (Chicago) - George Halas will never step down as head coach of the Chicago Bears until the team "is back on top", Luke Johnsos, assistant coach, said Wednesday. The Bears are in the midst of one of their most dismal seasons, losing five of their first six NFL starts. They will face the Green Bay Packers, the only club they have beaten, at Wrigley Field Sunday. "It may take another 10 years to get the Bears on top," Johnsos told a Bear Luncheon club, "but Halas will stick around to see it . When that time comes, and if he offers me the job of head coach, I'll take it." Johnsos said that the coaching staff has not lost confidence in rookie quarterback Tommy O'Connell of Illinois but that George Blanda had played so well of late he would continue as No. 1.
TELEVISION CHANGE
NOVEMBER 4 (New York) - The Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns pro football game will be telecast coast to coast Sunday by the DuMont Network instead of the previously scheduled contest between Green Bay and the Chicago Bears. The switch was made because of cable difficulties, Tom McMahon, director of sports for DuMont, said today.
SUMINSKI WITH CARDS
NOVEMBER 4 (Chicago) - The winless Chicago Cardinals Wednesday signed two linemen, the seventh and eighth new players of a club reshuffling the past few weeks. Latest to join the Cards are George Schmidt, 230-pound defensive end, who played with the Green Bay Packers last year, and Dave Suminski, 220-pound offensive guard released by the Washington Redskins two weeks ago, and formerly of Wisconsin.
PACKERS' PASS POWER LEAVES BEARS UP IN THE AIR
NOVEMBER 5 (Chicago Tribune) - Pass defense, football's most difficult assignment and every coach's headache, was the order of the day in Wrigley field yesterday where the Chicago Bears opened drills for the 69th renewal of their traditional series with Green Bay. Accepting reports of internal dissension, special board meetings and player votes of confidence for Coach Gene Ronzani as so much routine psychological folderol in the Packers' preparations for Sunday's game in Wrigley field, the Bears centered their attention on scout reports concerning end Bill Howton. Howton, the slender, fleet-footed Texans, returned to the Packer lineup for the first time against Baltimore last Saturday and Green Bay immediately became a formidable outfit. It upset the Colts for the second time, 35 to 24. Ronzani is reported to have collapsed emotionally before the Colt game. Howton caught only two passes against the Colts. But both went for touchdowns, one for 41 yards. The former Rice star led the league last year as a rookie with an average gain of 23.2 yards on 53 receptions good for 13 touchdowns. Paired with Bobby Mann, another excellent receiver, and quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, Howton helped the Packers to lead the National league in team passing in 1952. The Bears beat the Packers, 17 to 13, in Green Bay in September, but Howton sat out that one in a cast. Sunday's game is expected to measure up in every respect to the best traditions of the series, which long ago established itself as one of the bitterest and most spectacular rivalries in football. Some 42,000 fans, many from Wisconsin making it a weekend holiday to take in the Wisconsin-Northwestern game on Saturday, are expected to see the contest.
have two topnotch receivers, Bill Howton and Bob Mann, to pitch to this time.
PACKERS MEET BEARS IN FIGHT FOR LAST PLACE
NOVEMBER 8 (Chicago Tribune) - Chicago's Bears and the Green Bay Packers meet in Wrigley field today in a contest that even before the kickoff is qualified for
special mention in National league history. It will be the
first time these arch foes in football's bitterest rivalry have
ever clashed for last place. Play starts at 1:05 p.m. The
Bears are at the bottom of the western division with one
victory in six starts, a 17 to 13 conquest of the Packers on
October 4. Green Bay is only slightly better off. It has just
two triumphs, both over the Baltimore Colts. It has taken 
the Bears and Packers 33 years and 69 epic struggles to
come down to today's unprecedented circumstances, but
in the process they have built up not only a magnificent
dislike for each other, but such a tradition for the dramatic
that this 70th meeting is expected to attract an audience
of 42,000. Some of the attraction undoubtedly is due to an
indication that both are on the upgrade. Green Bay rallied
last week with the return of Bill Howton, its star end, to
make a most impressive television appearance at
Baltimore. There was nothing alarmingly wrong with the
Bears' performance at Los Angeles and San Francisco
except the scores and the secondary defense. The
secondary defense has been overhauled. The scores,
unfortunately, stand. Green Bay, as always in its
preparation for the Bear game, has pulled all the
psychological stops, calling special board meetings, 
sending out long casualty lists, and even organizing player
committees to extend a vote of confidence to Coach Gene
Ronzani. In the first Bear game, the Packers attempted to
discommode the enemy by springing unannounced a
veteran halfback, Byron Bailey, obtained on waivers from
Detroit. Bailey was prominent in that day's activities, but
more or less forgotten thereafter. Today the Bears expect
to be "surprised" by the sudden appearance in the Packer secondary of Dan Standifer, once a back with wide reputation for long returns, but more recently distinguished only as interim member of the Chicago Cardinals. Sandifer, the Bears hear, reported back to the Packers, with whom he opened the season, after having been released by the Cardinals last Tuesday. Bear preparation has been more casual and routine for this Packer game than for probably any other series that started way back there when George Halas and Curly Lambeau were first beginning to shave. Rest after the long coast trip and special work on defense have been the chief items on their training schedule this past week. Whether this has been enough will be determined bu how well they contain the fleet Breezy Reid and Larry Coutre, filling in for injured Al Carmichael, and what luck their secondary has with Howton and Bobby Mann, a pair of dangerous receivers.
NO DISSENSION SIGNS AS BAYS DRILL HARD
NOVEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - There were no evidences of internal dissension among the Green Bay Packers Thursday as coach Gene Ronzani directed a vigorous passing drill behind the doors of City Stadium. A raw, cold wind biting out of the northwest
pepped the club as it ran through numerous pass patterns.
And the Packers, bitter over an earlier 17-13 defeat to the
Bears, seemed to sense responsibilities to avenge their
ancient rivals in Chicago Sunday. The result was a sharp
session. Quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli and
ends Bill Howton and Bob Mann were combining on aerials
which resembled the spark of the '52 club which led the
NFL in passing. Howton and Mann, crippled with injuries
throughout the season, seriously weakened Ronzani's
offense. Once back, they restored the feared Packer aerial
game. Howton caught only two passes against the Colts
last Saturday, but both went for touchdowns, one for 41
yards. The fleet-footed Texan sat on the bench against the
Bears in Green Bay, but he'll be ready as ever Sunday at
Wrigley Field. Thursday's session ended offensive drills.
Friday the club will sharpen its defense before leaving for
Chicago Saturday morning. Reports from Wrigley Field
indicate that Bobby Jack Floyd, the former Packer fullback,
will be ready to oppose his old mates. Pass defense,
especially concerning Howton, was the theme of Bear
drills. Then, too, coach George Halas is keeping
quarterback George Blanda and Tommy O'Connell
limbering their pitching arms. Blanda will start. Sunday's
game is expected to draw some 42,000 fans, including a
large group from Green Bay. Sunday's game is expected
to draw some 42,000 fans, including a large group from
Green Bay.
BEARS SHAKE UP SECONDARY FOR PACKER BATTLE
NOVEMBER 6 (Chicago Tribune) - Still defiant and
determined to prove they are not a last place ball club, the
Chicago Bears yesterday began a long overdue revision
of their secondary defense. Working out in Winnemac
park to save the turf on Wrigley field, where they meet the
Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Bears drilled on
defense with three new faces in the secondary. Identity of
the players switched from other assignments has been kept secret by Coach George Halas, principally to add to the worries of Packer Coach Gene Ronzani, if possible. It is safe to bet, however, that no matter what alignment the Bears choose for Sunday's game, Don Kindt will be among those charged with keeping Breezy Reid, Bill Howton and Bobby Mann from running wild as they did against Baltimore last week. Up to now Halas has relied on what he had a right to expect would be normal improvement in the play of rookie Billy Anderson, Eddie Macon and several others. Anderson and Macon were tabbed as logical defensive aces because of their speed. Anderson, however, has been handicapped by a lack of experience and an all-consuming urge to make good. Macon just seems to become confused in aerial traffic. In six games so far - half their schedule - the Bears have only intercepted seven passes. Los Angeles and Cleveland, who lead the division races for championship playoff berths, have intercepted 19 and 18, respectively. Not only have the Bears been unable to intercept, they have been unable to knock down enemy attempts with any degree of regularity. Opponents have completed 49 percent of their passes against the north siders. So far, Kindt has been the only consistent performer in the secondary. Kindt tackles with authority, has yet to see the runner he is afraid to meet head on, and is only infrequently outmaneuvered by receivers. Long gainers were the Bears' undoing in Los Angeles two weeks ago in a game they could just as easily have won as lost, after outplaying the Rams to tie the score in the second half. Long gainers, even in major league football, more frequently are the result of defensive ineptitude, rather than offensive brilliance. Somebody has to make a mistake, even against Hugh McElhenny and Joe Perry. Green Bay, with its high-geared pass attack of Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli to Mann and Howton, can raise havoc with a secondary and did at Baltimore. The Bears are knuckling down to prove the exception Sunday.
INJURY WOES INCREASE FOR GREEN BAY
NOVEMBER 7 (Chicago Tribune) - Al Carmichael and Howard Ferguson, a pair of rookies who have been making frequent appearances in the Green Bay lineup this year, were added to the list of doubtful participants in the Chicago Bear game by Coach Gene Ronzani yesterday. The Packers will meet the Bears in Wrigley field tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 o'clock. Carmichael, a halfback from the University of Southern California, was scheduled to start. Ferguson, a 215 pound line smasher who did not go to college, has been Fred Cone's No. 1 relief at fullback. Both have been taking light workouts, but are reported by Ronzani to be handicapped by injuries received last week against Baltimore. Ronzani previously had said the Packers will attempt to even their season series with the Bears in tis 69th renewal of their traditional rivalry without the services of Jim Ringo, another rookie and regular center, and Marv Johnson, a veteran defensive halfback. Carmichael's place in the starting lineup will be taken by Larry Coutre, former Notre Dame star, or Byron Bailey, a veteran back obtained at the start of the season from the Detroit Lions. Dave Stephenson, a 245 pound veteran, will replace Ringo. Bobby Jack Floyd, a fullback formerly with Green Bay, was declared ready for the Packer game as the Bears continued their defensive drills yesterday. Floyd has played only one game for the Bears, breaking into the lineup against Los Angeles two weeks ago. Lloyd Lowe, a speedy little halfback from North Texas State, who worked out with the Bears during preseason training, will make his Chicago debut in tomorrow's contest, Halas announced.
RENEW 'HOT' PACKER, BEAR RIVALRY
NOVEMBER 7 (Chicago) - One of the most storied rivalries in the NFL will be renewed Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field when the Green Bay Packers clash with the Chicago Bears. The Packers are confident that they can narrow the margin in this 70th game of the series. The Bears hold the edge, 40-24, with five games ending in ties. With an expected crowd of 42,000, including a large Green Bay contingent, the Packers hope to avenge an earlier defeat at the hands of the Bears. It was a thrilling last minute finish that brought the Halasmen their only triumph of the year, 17-13. There is no doubt the Packers are in better shape for this one than for the previous meeting. The aerial corps of Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli will