(MINNEAPOLIS) - The Green Bay Packers, in their first game under head coach Liz Blackbourn, ran into a Chicago Cardinals team a bit too far and too sharp to
handle at Parade Stadium Saturday night. That added
up to a well-earned 27-10 victory for Joe Stydahar's
sprightly combination of veterans and newcomers
before 19,950 in the annual Catholic Charities
exhibition game. The Bays naturally were badly
handicapped by the absence of seven players from the
College All-Star camp and recent injuries to key men
like Deral Teteak, Bobby Dillon, Al Barry and Dave
Yet, they managed to make a real fight of it on this
humid night, and surprisingly a good fight at time. But
they just didn't have the tickets to cope with the likes
of Charley Trippi, still a whiz after eight years of pro
ball; Johnny Olszewski, Leo Sanford, Len Teeuws,
Jerry Groom, Leo Sugar, and assorted others. Things
looked good through most of the first period as the
Packers took a 3-0 lead on Fred Cone's 23-yard field
goal and came withing an eyelash of adding a
touchdown. Then came a brutally rough break two
minutes before the end of the period in the form of a
fumble by Breezy Reid only seven yards from his own
goal. Sanford recovered for the Cardinals, who turned
it into a score on the first play of the second canto, via
a Root to Olszewski pass for five yards.
Pat Summerall, a golden-toed place kicker, chalked up
the first of three extra points, and from then on the
Chicagoans were in charge. They added a touchdown
on a 21-yard pass, Root to Trippi, and three points on
the first of two field goals by Summerall before the end
of the half to take a 17-3 lead. This boot by Summerall
was a 49-yard beauty. Big Pat connected again from
49 yards early in the third quarter. The Bays struck
back with a 79-yard scoring march, climaxed by Tobin
Rote's 1-yard sneak, to cut the deficit to 20-10 going
into the final period. All hopes of a winning counter
attack, however, went glimmering when the tiring
Packers gave up another touchdown down the home
stretch, with Olszewski again doing the honor on a
3-yard sweep. That wrapped up a 73 yard drive. With
Rote going all the way and doing all the throwing,
Blackbourn's boys managed to outgain the Cards on passes and come within hailing distance in total gains. But they just couldn't move the ball on the ground, winding up with minus three yards in that department. That's the tipoff on the Red Shirts' rugged defensive play, they also did a good job of rushing the passer.
The highlight for the Packers was their touchdown march, during which Rote completed seven out of nine passes - four to Howton, two to Howie Ferguson and one to Joe Johnson. Rote and Ferguson also gave the crowd a thrill in the last quarter by collaborating on two straight screen passes for 51 yards. The first one, good for 40 yards, almost went all the way, Ferguson was caught from behind as he sidestepped the last defender. Ferguson, incidentally, played the entire second half as a result of a late first half injury to Cone, who was carried from the field to General Hospital after being tackled as he caught a short pass. Late reports, following X-rays, indicate a painful but not serious back injury. It is believed he will be ready for action again in two weeks.
CHI CARDS -  0 17  3  7 - 27
GREEN BAY -  3  0  7  0 - 10
GB – Cone, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
CHI – Johnny Olszewski, 5-yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick) CHICAGO 7-3
CHI – Charley Trippi, 21-yard pass from Rotot (Summerall kick) CHICAGO 14-3
CHI – Summerall, 49-yard field goal CHICAGO 17-3
CHI – Summerall, 32-yard field goal CHICAGO 20-3
GB – Rote, 1-yard run (Burkhart kick) CHICAGO 20-10
GB – Olszewski, 3-yard run (Lou Sawchick kick) CHICAGO 27-10
to enroll at a state college or university. Flanagan, who is property of the New York Giants, has requested a release from the Giants so that he may eventually land a berth with the Green Bay Packers. His request was denied.
AUGUST 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - They finished on the short end of the score (27-10) in the opening exhibition game with the Cardinals in Minneapolis Saturday night. But don't sell the Packers short on the basis of that showing. First, Coach Liz Blackbourn's club wasn't even close to what it will be a few weeks hence, from the standpoint of personnel alone. The new head man and his staff were without the services of seven good boys who spent the early training weeks - wasted weeks, unfortunately - with the College All-Stars. Val Joe Walker and Don Miller, likely defensive halfback regulars, had only a few days of practice previous to the game. Naturally, they weren't close to being ready. Bobby Dillon, one of the NFL's best in the safety spot, was held out because of a practice injury. The same with Al Barry, the outstanding new guard from Southern California. Deral Teteak, of course, is out of action because of a broken bone in his ankle. He will be sidelined until the league opener late next month. Even disregarding the manpower angle, there were points of encouragement in the opener against the Cardinals, who were farther advanced individually because of an extra week's practice and obviously had worked in units. Be it known, too, that the Cards have a rugged club in the making, with Charley Trippi, Johnny Olszewski, Jim Root, Tom Bienemann, Lan Teeuws, Jerry Groom, Leo Sanford and other bellringers. It wasn't difficult to detect organization, poise and spirits as the Packers performed. They were more than adequate defensively in the line and in the linebacking spots - real good most of the time, in fact. The Cards did their greatest damage through the air in vital situations. Those slipups, as already hinted, can be traced to lack of manpower and practice. It goes without saying that things will be sharply different once they get straightened out. Among those who see brighter days for Blackbourn & Co. is Joe Stydahar, boss of the Cardinals. "You could tell that they've been hurt badly by not being able to perfect unit play on account of the absence of so many men, and they didn't have the running punch yet," said likeable Big Joe. "But don't you worry about the Packers. Blackbourn and his gang showed me enough so that I feel certain they're coming up with a good outfit. That Veryl Switzer will give them the help they need at halfback. He's a dandy - might even be great before very long. Mark my word: Switzer will make quite a change in that team." Why did Stydahar particularly like about the Bays, handicapped as they were? "It didn't take long to spot that they have organization and know what they're doing," he emphasized. "They have real talent, too - fellows like John Martinkovic, Dave Hanner, Jerry Helluin, Clayton Tonnemaker, Tobin Rote, Bill Howton and Bob Mann. In my opinion, Hanner is as good a tackle as there is in the league. Rote and Martinkovic rank with the best, too. And who has better pass catching ends than Howton and Mann? As soon as they get all that help from the new men, that team is going to be tough. Wait and see." Friendly Joe also stressed the Cards' advantage of playing in units, offensively as well as defensively, and the edge gained by more practice. The Packers came close, painfully close, to running up a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. It isn't often that Howton will drop a pass in his hands. But he did, in the clear and only a step from the goal line, and the fine opportunity went blooey. There's no telling what would have happened if Bill had hung on. At that, 17 of the Cards' 27 points came on breaks, which they helped make of course, but still breaks. They recovered a fumble on the Packer seven to set up their first touchdown; blocked a field goal try to pave the way for TD No. 2 and later intercepted a pass which led to Pat Summerall's first field goal. Blackbourn's charges were down, 20-3, when they put on the best drive of the night - 79 yards in 14 plays, nine of them passed, of which seven were completed. The march was well conceived, with execution to match. Howton took quite some bumping around in catching four of the seven passed completed, proving that his serious injury of last year left no after-effects. That in itself is important to the Packer cause.
AUGUST 18 (Stevens Point) - Faced with a fullback shortage, the Green Bay Packers Tuesday shifted rookie quarterback Bob Burkhart to the line-battering position. The move left the quarterbacking in charge of veteran Tobin Rote and rookies Bobby Garrett and Elry Falkenstein. Burkhart's possibilities as a ball carrier showed up before the Packers obtained Garrett in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. Also shifted to fullback was Clyde Sanders, a right halfback, to make room for Veryl Switzer. Help was needed at fullback when veteran Fred Cone was injured in the Chicago Cardinal games last Saturday. Cone will be out for two weeks. Burkhart also will be counted on to some of the extra point and field goal kicking, along with Clarence Johnson. Cone had been doing this type of kicking. Coach Liz Blackbourn gave the team a short dose of rough stuff this afternoon in order to perfect passing plays and protecting the thrower. Most of the drills this week are aimed at the Cleveland Browns - the Packers' opponent in Green Bay Saturday night.
AUGUST 19 (Stevens Point) - There was some creditable offensive fireworks here in the Wednesday afternoon scrimmage of the Green Bay Packers who will play the Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game Saturday night at Green Bay. Touchdowns were not recorded but there were five times that offensive performers could have gone all the way - Breezy Reid on an end sweep, Joe Johnson through the middle, Max McGee on a pass from Tobin Rote, Veryl Switzer around right end, and Stretch Elliott on a pass from Elry Falkenstein. Several regulars were held out of the practice but most of the new men got into a skirmish. Hosea Sims was one of the defensive stalwarts along with Bill Forester. Clyde Sanders did well for the first time as a fullback.
AUGUST 20 (Stevens Point) - A crowd of 18,000 is expected here Saturday night when the Green Bay Packers come over from their training camp at Stevens Point 85 miles away for an exhibition with the Cleveland Browns. It will be Green Bay's second start and Cleveland's first. The Packers bowed to the Chicago Cardinals, 27-10, at Minneapolis a week ago. Saturday's game will be the fifth between the rivals. The Browns won all the others. They took an exhibition game in 1950, 38-7, another exhibition in 1952, 21-14, a third exhibition last year, 21-13, and then blanked the Packers in their only league meeting later in the season last year, 27-0. Out of the camp of the Packers have come reports this week of a much improved team since the addition of boys who had not joined the squad in time for the game at Minneapolis. Outstanding among them in practice this week have been halfback Veryl Switzer, linebacker George Timberlake, quarterback Bobby Garrett and tackle Art Hunter. The Packers also have guard Al Barry and halfback Bobby Dillon, who were injured a week ago and did not play, ready for duty. The Browns, one of the teams to beat in this year's race, arrived here Friday. The Packers will not arrive until Saturday afternoon. The game will start at 8 o'clock.
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay) - The city will get its first opportunity to see the Packers in action this season when they meet the Cleveland Browns in a NFL exhibition game here tonight. Game time is 8 o'clock. Coach Lisle Blackbourn, also in his debut before the home folks, said Friday that two rookies would start - end Hosea Sims on defense and guard Al Barry on offense. Howie Ferguson will start at fullback in place of the injured Fred Cone. Bobby Dillon and Marv Johnson, out with injuries in last Saturday night's game with the Chicago Cardinals in Minneapolis, will open at the defensive halfback spots. Otherwise, the starting lineup will be the same as in the 27-10 defeat by the Cardinals. Tom Allman, rookie fullback from West Virginia, who was with the College All-Stars, left the squad Friday. He decided to go home. Langon Varicalo, a defensive back, showed up and asked for a tryout. He formerly played with the Baltimore Colts, Ottawa of the Canadian league and Fordham University. Other rookies likely to play against the Browns include halfbacks Veryl Switzer and Joe Johnson, fullback Clyde Sanders, quarterback Bobby Garrett, end Max McGee, tackles Art Hunter and John Bauer, linebacker George Timberlake and defensive backs Gene White and Don Miller. The Browns, perennial winners of the eastern division championship, will be making their first start this season. As usual, the peerless Otto Graham will be at quarterback.
Chicago Cardinals 27, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 10
Saturday August 14th 1954 (at Minneapolis)
AUGUST 15 (Chicago) - Veryl Switzer, Green Bay Packers draftee from Kansas State, was runnerup to Carlton Massey, Texas end, in the most valuable player vote among the College All-Stars. Switzer made one run of 27 yards in one of the few offensive spurts by the college men. Massey, a 205-pound end, received all but 34 votes. The other voters were scattered among five of his teammates.
AUGUST 16 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers - beaten 27-10 in their exhibition opener - returned to the practice field today with their training roster just about complete. That was good news for coach Liz Blackbourn whose biggest difficulty to date has been the absence of key personnel. This sore spot was obvious as the Chicago Cardinals spoiled the Pack's exhibition opener and Blackbourn's pro football debut at Minneapolis. Six of the seven men who haven't been around because of Friday night's so-called All-Star game went through their initial drills in the Stevens Point camp this morning. The other, tackle Art Hunter of Notre Dame, is expected late today or Tuesday after taking care of personal matters in Green Bay. End Cotton Hall of North Texas State and Tom Allman, fullback from West Virginia, flew from Chicago to the Twin Cities after the All-Star debacle to watch the Pack's non-league opener. They then accompanied the team back to Point Sunday afternoon. Four others went the All-Star tilt to Green Bay and came to Point late Sunday night with chief scout Jack Vainisi who spent the weekend in Pittsburgh where he watched the Chicago Bears beat the Steelers, 21-14. Arriving here Sunday with Vainisi were quarterback Bobby Garrett of Stanford, halfback Veryl Switzer of Kansas State, linebacker George Timberlake of Southern Cal and end Hosea Sims of Marquette. All the aforementioned players got to see action in the All-Star game won handily by the Detroit Lions, 31-6, with the exception of Hall. The Texan wingman hurt his hand in the final scrimmage before Friday's game and was kept out of play. Switzer, incidentally, was runnerup in the voting to end Carlton Massey for the outstanding college player award. The swift ex-Kansas State star drew plaudits for his excellent running despite the fact coach Jim Tatum of Maryland and the All-Stars saw fit to use him sparingly. Blackbourn dropped two more players from the roster today. They are Clyde Adkins, Negro defensive halfback from William Penn (Iowa) and Dick Mace, tackle from Syracuse. Both are rookies. There are 53 in camp now.
AUGUST 16 (Stevens Point) - Veteran fullback Fred Cone, who suffered a back injury in the game with the Chicago Cardinals last Saturday in Minneapolis, will be lost to the Green Bay Packers for about two weeks, it was learned here Monday. Cone is expected to leave the hospital here Tuesday. He had been checked over at a Minneapolis hospital Saturday and released to return with the team. He complained of continued soreness Sunday and entered the local hospital for treatment of bruised back muscles. The loss of Cone leaves the Bays with one regular fullback, Howie Ferguson. Right halfback Clyde Sanders was shifted to full to relieve the shortage. Meanwhile, the Packers welcomed the seven rookies who played with the College All-Stars against the Lions last Friday night. Training was launched for Saturday night's exhibition with the Cleveland Browns in Green Bay. "It's irritating but necessary to go into reverse and pick up new men," said coach Liz Blackbourn. "But most of our personnel is now here and the job at present is to bring the latest arrivals along." Veryl Switzer, Kansas State flash who was the Stars' only consistent ground gainer, was installed at right half along with veteran Al Carmichael. Bobby Garrett, quarterback obtained from Cleveland, worked behind rookies Elry Falkenstein and Bob Burkhart. Blackbourn called Garrett a "keen, eager kid who will move up fast." Commenting on the 27-10 loss to the Cardinals, Blackbourn said a couple of dropped passes which should have been touchdowns hurt the Packers. But he made no alibis and praised the Cards for their tough defense and good backfield, especially quarterback Jim Root.
AUGUST 16 (Kaukauna) - Pat Flanagan, former Marquette University football star and Kaukauna high school athlete, informed the Milwaukee Sentinel Monday night that he does not plan to play pro football this
season. Flanagan, a 250-pound tackle, said he intends to continue his education in engineering and hopes