SEPTEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The spotlight will be overlapping seasonsnext weekend - very likely the biggest weekend in Milwaukee sports history from an attendance standpoint. Braves vs. Dodgers Friday night at the Stadium...more of the same Saturday afternoon...Packers vs. Steelers in the annual Shrine benefit football game Saturday night at Marquette Stadium...the Packers' first
1953 appearance in the Milwaukee half of their "double house"...Braves vs.
Giants Sunday afternoon at the Stadium. Milwaukee host to major league
teams from Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and New York over a span of less than 48
hours. Prospective total attendance: 125,000. What a weekend! With the
Packers on the upgrade in their fourth season under coach Gene Ronzani, and
Pittsburgh threatening to jam into the championship picture in a serious way,
the football phase of the crowded program should have considerable appeal
strictly as a contest. Add that unquestioned charitable angle and the game
should attract a sellout crowd. No game ever is played for a more worthy cause
 for the Shrine's profits, every dime, will be devoted to the care and cure of
crippled youngsters who wouldn't have a chance in the world if it weren't for the
hospital facilities provided for them by the Shrine. "Strong legs will run so that
weak legs may walk" is the appealing slogan. And behind it is something even
more heartwarming, for the hospital doors are opened to youngsters
desperately in need of help, regardless of race, color or creed. The only
question: Is the youngster indigent? In other words, does he or she have
anyone who can afford to pay for the treatments and lengthy hospital stay? If
the parent are without means, the unfortunate kids are accepted with open arms. Those able to pay must undertake the rehabilitation struggle elsewhere. Nobody has a "pull" or "drag". Not even a member of the Shrine. The hospitals were founded for the sole purpose of providing the finest care FREE OF CHARGE and, again, only to those economically in no position to assume the financial burden. That's charity in purest form - immeasurably more so when the racial background, color and creed of the beneficiaries are of absolutely no concern to the sponsors. Would that same refusal to set up barriers along nationality, color-of-skin and religious lines spread to all walks of life, to all people everywhere. The best week coming up. So let's team up and jam Marquette Stadium for the Packer-Steeler game next Saturday night. Tickets are on sale at the Sentinel and Journal Public Service Bureaus, at the Milwaukee County Stadium and Packer offices in the Schroeder Hotel and Green Bay.
SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - Bill Skyinkus, rookie guard from Syracuse, reported today to the Green Bay Packers, who obtained him in a deal with the New York Giants. The Packers gave New York an undisclosed draft choice next year for Skyinkus. The rookie guard probably will see action in the Packers' exhibition game with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Milwaukee Saturday night.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Apparently satisfied with his defense, coach Gene Ronzani Tuesday directed his Packer offensive unit through extensive drills in preparation for Saturday night's Shrine charity game with the rugged Pittsburgh Steelers at Marquette Stadium. In losing to the Redskins, 13-6, Saturday at Green Bay, the Packers displayed an adequate defense but faltered on their aerial and running attack. Two-a-day drills with all-out emphasis on offense will be three this week. The line was bolstered with the addition of Bill Skyinkus from the New York Giants. For Skyinkus, who will report Wednesday, the Packers will give the Giants an undisclosed draft choice next year. Another boost in the forward wall be find veteran tackle Dick Wildung starting after a two year absence. The only injuries inflicted by the Redskins were a bruised shoulder for end Billy Howton and a broken finger for center Jim Ringo. Both are expected to see action Saturday. In the Steelers, the Packers will battle a club traditionally tabbed as the NFL's "most rugged". Pittsburgh, which plays Washington Wednesday night, has won one of four exhibition starts. The Steelers won their opener against the Bears, 29-10. Then they lost to the defending champion Detroit Lions, 16-13, and followed with a 13-6 loss to the improving Baltimore Colts. Their last mixer was a 31-28 loss to the Bears. Green Bay will arrive in Milwaukee Friday morning and hold an afternoon workout. Pittsburgh is expected in town Thursday.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Although naturally disappointed over the way the offense bogged down against the Cardinals and Redskins after a great opening show against the Giants, the Packers' head man, Gene Ronzani, is hoping the rugged experience will prove of real benefit in the Bay's first Milwaukee appearance - the fourth annual Shrine benefit game with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Marquette Stadium Saturday night. "Maybe it's just as well that the boys got their lumps and bumps early - veterans who may have forgotten as well as newcomers who are just finding out about life in the pro league," said Ronzani after Tuesday's rugged workout, which stressed offense almost exclusively. "Guess that first game was too easy," the coach continued. "Everything worked almost too well for a starter. It turned out to be poor preparation for the rugged defense the Cardinals and Redskins threw at us." Ronzani had warned his players they can look forward to more of the same from the Steelers, who loom right up now as definite Eastern Division title threats. Scout reports indicate the Smoky City outfit is just as fast, tough and generally solid as the record to date hints. "It's a cinch they won't curl up and play dead," he added. "They'll be gunning for this one, and so will we. So you can look for a night of real rock and sock at Marquette Stadium Saturday night." Ronzani and his staff are more than satisfied with the defense, which has given up only four touchdowns in three games - one on a punt return. He had nothing but praise for John Martinkovic, Dave Hanner, Floyd Harrawood, Howie Ruetz and Bill Georges, who have seen most of the front line servivce; linebackers Clayton Tonnemaker, Deral Teteak, Bob Forte and Roger Zatkoff, and Bobby Dillon, Val Joe Walker and assorted deep defenders. "It looks like we should achieve our goal of improving our total defense at least 25 percent over last year," the boss pointed out. "Now the job is to regain the scoring pace we set the last two years. So far we just haven't had the necessary blocking to make our ground stuff go and our passing attack naturally has suffered, too." By way of bolstering the line blocking, Hanner very likely will be shifted to offense - a move made possible by Dick Wildung's return after a year's absence. The former Minnesota All-American looked amazingly good against the Redskins despite the fact that he had reported only a few hours earlier. He's a two-way operator, but most likely will contribute on defense. A big, boom-booming fullback would do a lot for the offense. But the type of guy who more or less runs his own interference and protects passers with real authority just isn't in sight. In fact, the emphasis is on speed in that spot as well as at the halfbacks. Which means a problem and added pressure on the quarterbacks, Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote. They must be on the alert to come up with more variety and throw more cute stuff at opposing lineman who come roaring across with every snap of the gall - traps, screens, naked reverses and the like. The more they keep the opposition honest, the more time they will have to complete passes to those fancy receivers, Bill Howton, Bob Mann and Stretch Elliott. "We did a lot of scoring the last two years with no more backfield power than we have now and less speed," Ronzani emphasized. "And there's no reason why we can't do it again. But we must have blocking all around and more variety in order to keep the other teams crossed up. The boys' attitude is good and I know they'll be working their heads off to get the job done. They know it's going to take a lot of doing because the league is tougher than every." Tougher than ever is right, what with the Rams, Lions and Browns still up to their old tricks; the Bears, 49ers and Eagles as dangerous as ever; the Cardinals, Redskins, Steelers and Baltimore Colts flashing unexpected class, and the Giants, notoriously slow starters, certain to be hard to handle before the season is very far advanced.
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers could do very little right in
their 1953 home debut Saturday night. So little, in fact, that
it was something of an accomplishment to wind up with
nothing worse than a 13-6 deficit in the season's third
exhibition game against the Washington Redskins. It was a
little hard to take for the 16.425 customers, most of them
old time Packer fans. For this was the first defeat suffered
by the Bays in five meetings with team coached by Curly
Lambeau over a four-year stretch. Curly, as everybody
knows put in 31 years here before switching to the Chicago
Cardinals and then to the Redskins. But hard to take or not,
there was no question about justice being served. The
Redskins, spearheaded by a rugged, hard charging line built
around Laurie Niemi, Paul Lipscomb and John Yonakor,
generally outplayed the home club and won strictly on merit.
The Skins were no great shakes themselves on offense, but
they managed to strike twice for long gainers that sewed it
up. The first was a beautiful, 68-yard punt return by Harry
Gilmer for touchdown No. 1 in the second quarter. The next
and last big one was quarterback Jack Scarbarth's twisting
33-yard dash to the Packer four-yard line to set up the tie-
breaking marker in the third period. Scarbarth took a deep
breath while Chuck Drazenovich was picking up a yard on
first down, and then lugged it over himself on the next play.
Between times, Bobby Dean missed three opportunities to
increase the visitor's margin on field goals. He blew a 20-
yarder in front of the uprights, and later failed from 45 and 40
yards out. In addition, the ball went haywire on one of his
two conversion attempts.
The Packers' only real signs of life came on the 68-yard
drive that enabled them to tie the score at 6-6 late in the
second period. At that, the Skins donated 15 of those yards
by drawing a roughness penalty to get things started. A big
gainer was Babe Parilli's pass to Stretch Elliott for 17 yards,
but the real thriller was the payoff pitch from 10 yards out.
Parilli fired a low one which Bobby Mann snared on a
miraculous end zone dive. Johnny Williams, thanks to the
delay caused by a high pass from center and J.R. Boone's
bobble in trying to place the ball, blocked Gib Dawson's try
for the extra point. That, as things turned out, settle the
Packers' hash for the night. They never got out of their
territory all through the agonizing second half. Parilli and
Tobin Rote were so badly rushed that, in the main, they
either had to hurry their throws or were thrown for losses.
On those occasions when they cut loose with a degree of comfort, the receivers weren't too cooperative. It wasn't until late in the game that the Bays came up with their initial first down of the second half on an 11-yard Parilli to Bill Howton pass deep in their own territory. Another of similar length, with Elliott on the receiving end, was chalked up on the very last play. The statistics tell the story. 28 times the Bays fired and only 11 were completed. Rote had a particularly rough time with only two out of four for the almost unheard of total of three yards. Parilli picked up 50 yards with nine out of 24. At that, the Packers had nothing to be ashamed of defensively - the runs by Gilmer and Scarbarth excepted. They held the Redskins to 218 yards and had only six passed completed against them in 24 shots. Scarbarth clicked on only five out of 22, four of them in the second half, and Gilmer hit one for two. The absence of Bobby Jack Floyd and the limited activity of Fred Cone obviously hurt the Bays at the vital fullback spot. The loss of freshman speed demon, Don Barton, also was felt. The Texas flyer is out for the season with a broken leg. Dick Wildung, staging a comeback, looked good after a long layoff and should be ready to help in the first Milwaukee game - the Shrine game with Pittsburgh next Saturday night. Another newcomer who will benefit by the extra week of work is Bob Oppinger, big end recently released from the service.
WASHINGTON -  0  6  7  0 - 13
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  7  0 -  6
WASH – Harry Gilmer, 68-yard punt return (Kick failed) WASHINGTON 6-0
GB – Mann, 10-yard pass from Parilli (Kick failed) TIED 6-6
WASH – Jack Scarbath, 3-yard run (Bob Dean kick) WASHINGTON 13-6
SEPTEMBER 11 (Milwaukee) - "The Packers have the horses and will be tough, but we'll be ready for them." So said coach Joe Bach of the Pittsburgh Steelers when he and his squad arrived in the city Thursday to make final preparations for Saturday night's battle with the Packers at Marquette Stadium. Except for Elbie Nickel, one of the finest pass catching ends in pro football, the Steelers came out of Wednesday night's game with Washington at Columbia, SC in good shape. Nickel suffered a badly bruised rib against the Redskins and will miss the Packer game and the Ram tilt September 20. The Steelers knocked off the Redskins, 21-14, for their second victory in five starts. They also walloped the Bears, 29-10. The losses were by narrow margins - 16-13 to the champion Lions; 31-28 to the Bears and 13-6 to darkhorse Baltimore. Bach expressed the hope that losing those close ones doesn't mean a continuation of last year's jinx. "We lost five of our league games by a total of 20 points," he recalled. "But we finished strong by winning five our of last seven starts in 1952. So I have a hunch we can go on from there. It's going to be a terrific race," the Steelers' head man added. "No team looms up as weak. Each one is good enough to knock off any other on a given day. The champion in each division is a cinch to lose three or four. So it's going to be a bear-down deal all the way." Coach Gene Ronzani and his Packers will be here Friday morning. They will attend the Shrine luncheon at noon and then swing into their final pre-game workout. The Steelers also are scheduled to practice Friday afternoon.
SEPTEMBER 11 (Milwaukee) - Pittsburgh's pro football fans can expect an aerial circus from the Steelers this fall. Coach Joe Bach practically promised it today, revealing that everybody in the backfield would be on the flinging end of passes before the season ends. "I know you have to have a running attack," Bach said in the hotel lobby just before the team went out for a limbering-up drill. "But it's the passes that get those touchdowns in a hurry. We let Popcorn Brandt throw a pass the other night, and before the season is over we'll have plays where both halfbacks and even the fullback will be pitching that ball." Brandt's pass, a six yarder for a first down, kept alive a touchdown drive in the Steelers' 21-14 win over the Washington Redskins at Columbia, S.C., Wednesday night. The toss, incidentally, was the first for the hard-running halfback from St. Thomas College. Bach got onto the question of his aerial circus after discussing his ground attack in the Washington victory. It was the best overland game the Steelers played since installing the T formation a year ago. "Yes, the boys looked pretty good," Bach said. "They were running hard and with lots of fire. That's the kind of runners I like to see. And the downfield blocking was as good as you 
EXHIBITION - Washington Redskins 13, Green Bay Packers (1-2) 6
Saturday September 5th 1953 (at Green Bay)
could expect. Lynn Chadnois missed a touchdown when he tripped running around end. On that play, he had only a safety man to get by and he had three blockers to handle that one man." Even the critical Walt Kiesling was impressed by the blocking. "It was the best blocking I've ever seen on a Steeler team," the veteran aide remarked. Bach acknowledged, too, that the toughest part of his job is coming up in the next two weeks when he had to trim his squad to 33 players. "I frankly don't know just who we're going to cut," he said. "One thing I do know, though, is that we won't bring anymore backs in here. We have a fair backfield and good fair depth now." Bach could well afford to be buoyant after the scare he had just been through. End Elbie Nickel had been pronounced okay after x-rays indicated that he had suffered nothing more incapacitating than a bruised muscle. At first it was feared that the team's top receiver might have suffered a fractured rib. Nickel, however, joins halfbacks Ray Matthews and Jack Zachary, guard Pete Ladygo and tackle Ernie Stautner on the sidelines. He may be out for as much as two weeks. In his absence Jack Butler - who won his starting left end job with his show against the Redskins - will temporarily switch to the right terminal. George Sulina will replace Butler at left end. Everybody is wearing a wide grin over the Steelers' situation at left halfback. They challenge you to produce a team that has the likes of Mathews, Brandt and Franny Rogel, who switches from full to half, at one position.
SEPTEMBER 11 (Milwaukee) - Jack (The Ripper)
Spinks, 238 pound fullback of the Pittsburgh
Steelers, will get a chance to start tomorrow
night's exhibition game here in Marquette 
Stadium against the Green Bay Packers. The
kickoff will be at 10 o'clock, Pittsburgh time.
Coach Joe Bach nominated the former Alcorn
A&M star this afternoon after a brisk workout at
the battle site. Spinks played the greatest game
of his brief pro career in helping scalp the
Washington Redskins, 21-14, last Wednesday
night in Columbia, S.C. This final pre-season
affair on the road is sponsored by the Midwest
Shriners and is expected to draw 20,000 fans.
Other NFL exhibitions tomorrow might have the
New York Giants and Baltimore Colts at St. Louis
and the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles
Rams clashing at Little Rock. On Sunday the San
Francisco 49ers play host to the Chicago Cardinals while the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions meet in Buffalo. The entire Steeler squad will watch the latter game to scout the Motor City array which they meet in the NFL opener on September 27 in Detroit. Ted Marchibroda, No. 1 draft choice of the Gold and Black last winter, will again start at quarterback tomorrow night. Bach wants the youngster to gain experience before the gridders start playing for keeps. Ted piloted the team to a first quarter TD in skillful fashion against the Skins. Jim (Popcorn) Brandy and Lynn Chadnois will be the starting halfbacks while the regular offensive line will begin except at right end where Jack Butler will sub for the injured Elbie Nickel. Green Bay, with two stellar passers in Babe Parilli from Rochester, Pa., and Tobin Rote, will stress the overhead game. Ends Bobby Mann and Bill Howton are two of the best receivers in the business. Last year the teams split an exhibition series, the Steelers copping by 7-6 at Latrobe for their only pre-season triumph while the Bays got even by 23-10 later in Minneapolis. They didn't meet in league warfare.
SEPTEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packer football machine, 1953 model, considered potentially the best produced in the last six or seven years, will go on public display in Milwaukee for the first time Saturday night at Marquette Stadium. The occasion is the fourth annual Shrine Midwest benefit game, with the Bays' rugged NFL opponents, the Pittsburgh Steelers, collaborating if not exactly cooperating in the hoped-for successful unveiling. Kickoff time is 8 p.m. Last minute ticket sales are expected to boost the crowd total to at least 20,000. Capacity is well over that figure, thanks to the addition of 2,500 end zone seats, specially priced at $1.50. West ticket booths at the Hilltop Stadium will open at 9 a.m. Saturday. One-third of the net receipts, plus thousands always raised by the Shriners in the way of extras from the unique and attractive program, etc. will go to hospitals for crippled children - youngsters without means, who are accepted regardless of race, color or creed. So there's one sure winner: the group of helpless boys and girls benefiting directly. The bigger the crowd the greater their possible margin of "victory", Milwaukee fans are naturally anxious for their first look at the nifty newcomers on whom head coach Gene Ronzani and his staff are depending so heavily. Among them are Gib Dawson, the Texas Flyer who was named the most valuable player in the recent College All-Star game; Al Carmichael, No. 1 draft choice and the young man whose touchdown catch beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last New Year's Day; Floyd Harrawood, middle guard on defense; Roger Zatkoff, linebacker from Michigan; ends Bill Murray and Bill Georges; J.R. Boone, a pro veteran but new to the Packers; Val Joe Walker, Jim Ringo, Vic Rimkus, Billy Hair and Bill Forester. Add old friends back from service after absences of two years - Clayton Tonnemaker, Larry Coutre and Len Szafaryn - plus Babe Parilli, Tobin Rote, Bill Howton, Bobby Mann, John Martinkovic, Dave Hanner, Bobby Dillon, Deral Teteak, Bob Forte, Fred Cone, Steve Ruzich, Stretch Elliott and other solid holdovers from last year, and you have a line on the "horses" on whose shoulders the Packer hopes rest. Although the Packers were tabbed as definite title threats in pre-season summaries and the Steelers' prospects in the Eastern Division were and are considered good, this will be a meeting of two clubs very hungry at the moment. After a dazzling start - too good a start perhaps - against the Giants, the Ronzanimen were nosed out by the up and coming Cardinals and again by the big, rough Redskins. As a result, they really want this one so badly they can practically taste it. Coach Joe Bach's Pittsburghers are in pretty much the same position. They whacked the Bears and beat the Redskins by a touchdown, but between times lost close decisions to the champion Lions, Bears and Baltimore Colts. The point is that there is nothing "exhibitionish" about pre-league games these days. They mean too much in vital future business to be taken lightly, although it is still a fact that such battles provide the only means of testing and reducing squads to workable size. Key man in Pittsburgh's scheme of things is Jim Finks, who has continued the sensational passing which led his team to victory in five of their last seven league games of 1952. Jim has completed 86 out of 121 to date. That means Parilli and Rote better be sharp. Ditto their protectors and receivers. The Packers' defense has been more than adequate. But defense alone can't win many pro games. So the heat's been on the offense the past week for success in that department, or lack of it, will tell the story tonight.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - Offense, offense and more offense. Such has been the order of work in the camp of the Green Bay Packers this week as a slightly-discouraged Gene Ronzani has gone about prepping for the next start of the exhibition season against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Marquette University Saturday night. An impressive offensive showing against the New York Giants in Minneapolis three weeks ago raised all manner of hopes for the season. Ordinary and losing performances against the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins in the two weeks since, however, altered the picture a bit. The Packers flattened the Giants, 31-7, then suddenly lost all of their punch and got no more than a touchdown a game in their next starts. They bowed to the Cardinals, 13-7, and to the Redskins. Major injuries to men like Bobby Jack Floyd, Jim Murray and Don Barton, and other lesser injuries, undoubtedly hurt and Ronzani had made allowances for them. Beyond the injuries, however, have been other disappointments and none greater than the unfruitfulness of the passing attack. Certainly the failure to do more against both the Cardinals and Redskins in the air was the greatest disappointment in each game. Two of the finest passers in the league, by last year's standards, Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote, have given ordinary performances at best. Against the Cardinals, the two who last year in league play averaged better than 50 percent averaged 36 percent, and against the Redskins 39 percent. "We've been most disappointed in this," Ronzani said Wednesday. "If our passing isn't good, the rest of our offense suffers, and that has been our trouble in the last two games." Rote's reaction in the Washington game, even though his protection wasn't always of the best, was particularly slow. So the emphasis this week has been on offense and especially on passing. Pittsburgh will throw one of the toughest defensive lines in the league on the field. The Packers, 40 strong, and their coaching staff will be guests of Tripoli at a booster luncheon at the Mosque Friday noon. The team will work out here later in the afternoon. The Steelers will arrive Friday night.
SEPTEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - The emphasis was on offense Thursday as the Green Bay Packers prepared for their exhibition meeting with Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night at Milwaukee in the fourth annual Midwest Shrine benefit game. Coach Gene Ronzani is expected to let quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli open the passing throttle for the 20,000 crowd expected at Marquette Stadium. A new running attack, pegged on rookie halfbacks Gib Dawson and Al Carmichael, also is likely to be unveiled.
SEPTEMBER 10 (Milwaukee) - Captain Elbie Nickel of the Pittsburgh Steelers must miss the last two exhibition games of the Gold and Black due to a badly bruised rib which he suffered Wednesday night in the 21-14 victory over the Washington Redskins at Columbia, S.C. First engagement which the star right end will sit out comes here Saturday night in Marquette Stadium when Coach Joe Bach's entry seeks its third pre-season triumph against Coach Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers. Then on Sunday, September 20, in Forbes Field the Rooneymen finish the non-league card against the powerful Los Angeles Rams in the annual Post-Gazette-Dapper Dan club contest for the benefit of the Palestra Fund. Nickel, now in his seventh season and looking better than ever in hauling in the aerials, was injured on a peculiar play. "I caught a pass from Jimmy Finks while on my knees but managed to hold on to it when tackled," Elbie recalls. "Maybe I felt a pain in the stomach near the lower ribs. I stuck in there and we scored two plays later for our second touchdown. Then I kicked off and it really hurt. I couldn't get my breath and had to leave the game." After examination in the dressing room by a team physician, Elbie was hurried to a Columbia hospital in an ambulance. X-rays revealed no fractures and he got back to the hotel about the same time as his victorious teammates. It's believed that two weeks rest will put the former Cincinnati University star back on the grid and that he should be able to face the Detroit Lions in the NFL opener in Briggs Stadium on Sunday, September 27. Injury of Nickel continues the Steelers' hard luck, as he joins Ernie Stautner, Pete Ladygo, Bill Hegarty and Jack Zachary on the sidelines at least temporarily. Jack Butler, versatile Whitehall athlete who stars at either defensive halfback or offensive end, will probably be shifted to the right terminal to sub for Nickel. The former St. Bonaventure star made the most sensational catch of the Redskin fray when he clutched a long Finks heave good for 51 yards as he was falling backwards to the sod in the final quarter. The Packers are in a mean mood after dropping their last two outings. They opened with a 31-7 drubbing of the New York Giants, but afterward were beaten by the Chicago Cardinals, 13-7, and by the Washington Redskins, 13-6.
​SEPTEMBER 12 (Milwaukee) - The borderline rookies get their last chance tonight as the Steelers face the Green Bay Packers at Marquette Stadium at 10 p.m.m (EDT). A crowd of 18,000 is expected. Coach Joe Bach said today that quarterback Ted Marchibroda, halfback Popcorn Brandt and fullback Jack Spinks would be in the opening lineup at kickoff. It's a key night for Spinks, the 240-pound fullback. Listed as a sure bet to be released a week ago, the 22-year old fullback turned in his best showing of his brief but shaky career against the Washington Redskins last Wednesday night. The performance not only won him a reprieve from the axe, but moved him into the starting lineup for tonight's test against the rugged, highly-regarded Packers. In the Packers, the Steelers meet a foe rapidly developing into a top flight team. Perhaps not quite ready for the championship flight yet, but in Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, Green Bay has a fearsome passing combination that is a constant threat. At the ends, Billy Howton and Bill Mann are two receivers who have the ability to strike quickly and with complete devastation. Howton was Rookie-of-the-Year last season and an All-League selection. The combinations would give the Packers an overwhelming advantage over the Steelers were it not for quarterback Jimmy Finks, who is gaining stature with each game. Some people, notably Commissioner Bert Bell and Art Rooney, have already labeled him as the best passer in the east, including the Otto Graham of 1952. The figures side favorably with the Steeler tosser. He has compiled an amazing 64 percent average with 81 completions in in 126 throws. As usual, the battered Steelers will be handicapped by injuries - four starters sidelined with ailments. They are tackle Ernie Stautner, guard Pete Ladygo, end Elbie Nickel and halfback Ray Mathews. Green Bay, on the other hand, is at full strength. Jack Butler, normally a defensive halfback, moves into Nickel's spot at left end. Butler appears to be set for one of the Steelers' starting end positions, a development that arose against the Redskins. The emergence of Ed Fullerton, as a sure-tackling, close guarding defensive halfback permitted Bach to switch Butler. The versatile Whitehall gridder was one of the nation's top receivers as a collegian in 1950. Meanwhile, the linebackers continue to give the Steelers headaches. George Tarasovic, a bull-like fellow who ignores the technicalities of defense, so far has failed to come through. He may be getting his last chance tonight in that role. Of course, Tarasovic won't be released. In the event he doesn't make it as a linebacker, he's always a valuable gent to have around as an end.