(DETROIT) - The Packers, who have depended so much on so few, lost a key player in the second quarter of their nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game with the Detroit Lions and consequently lost, 24-10, before a crowd of 51,685 fans. The situation was that critical when center Jim Ringo injured his back and was carried from the field on a stretcher with the Packers
ahead, 10-7. Rookie linebacker Tom Bettis was shot into the
unfamiliar role and, although he played his heart out, he just
wasn't the proper replacement. Bettis just couldn't center the
ball, never having played that position. He gave punter Dick
Deschaine fits. His most costly bad pass, which blew the
game wide open, came when Fred Cone attempted a 50 yard
field goal with five minutes to play and the Lions ahead, 17-
10. Bettis' pass sailed over Tobin Rote's head. Rote chased
after the ball, tried to lateral to Cone - but the ball bounced
crazily into Sherwin Gandee's mitts and he was off to the
races - 46 yards and a too easy touchdown. So, instead of
trailing by only seven points, the Packers were now behind,
24-10, and any hopes for victory had all but vanished. The
loss virtually eliminated the Packers from the championship
race. Two games on the coast will be strictly a formality. The
teams, in a charitable holiday mood, spent most of the time
giving the ball away. So much so, in fact, that there was nary
a punt in the first half. Fumbles figured heavily in the scoring with each team bobbling the ball six times and losing it five times.
The Packers looked as though they would win their sixth Western Division game in 10 starts with ease as they wheeled and dealed for a 10-0 first quarter lead. Detroit rookie Richie West fumbled the opening kickoff and four plays later Cone booted a 21-yard field goal. The Packers then halted a 55 yard Lion march by recovering a second fumble on the Bay 10. From there the Packers went 90 yards in 15 plays for their 10-0 lead, with Rote passing to Gary Knafelc for the last five yards. It looked like the margin would stretch on the ensuing kickoff. Deral Teteak recovered Jack Christiansen's fumble on the Detroit 27, but the Packers could not strike paydirt again, and with their 10-0 first period advantage, it was hard to realize later that this was to be the extent of the Packer scoring.
The Packers were in business again when Teteak grabbed a Bobby Layne pass on the 50 early in the second quarter. But when Billy Howton tried to lateral after taking a Rote pass, the play turned into a disaster. Christiansen picked up the loose ball and romped to the Packer 33. In six plays Detroit scored its first touchdown as Layne hit Lew Carpenter with a three yard pass. Doak Walker booted the extra point. After Veryl Switzer returned the kickoff 35 yards to the Packer 49, trouble started. Ringo was taken out on the first play and Jim David intercepted Rote's pass on the next to end any kind of threat. The Packer defense stiffened and the Lions went for a field goal. But Walker missed a 32 yarder. Rote was shaken up on the play and rookie Paul Held triggered the Packer offense - an offense which handed the Lions an easy scoring chance when Ferguson's fumble was recovered by Bob Miller on the Packer 20, two plays later. But the Lions could not penetrate the Bays with passes or runs and had to settle for Walker's 25-yard field goal to tied the count, 10-10, with less than two minutes of play remaining in the half. The last 1 1/2 minutes were frightful to watch. Johnson fumbled and Joe Schmidt recovered for the Lions on the Packer 32. John Martinkovic returned the favor by recovering Layne's bobble on the nine, five plays later. The gun ended the give away stuff. The next moment of excitement came midway through the third period when Jim Jennings recovered Christiansen's fumble on a punt return. First down on the eight - a big chance for the Packers to go out in front again. Reid's fumble, recovered by Sherwin Gandee, ended such dreams, and the third period ended, 10-10. Rote was either overthrowing the long ones or having them dropped. And when the Packers had to punt, Deschaine got them away, despite the poor passes from center. The Packers held on though until three minutes into the last period. Then - Lew Carpenter took a handoff off right tackle and sped 49 yards to put the Lions ahead for the first time, 17-10. Green Bay still had a chance. But when Howton dropped a Rote strike right in his mitts near the goal line, it knocked all the life out of the Packers. Seconds later came the gift touchdown. Cone was attempting a 50-yard field goal on fourth down on the fizzled field goal attempt. That was the ball game. Rote shook his head in disgust. This just wasn't Green Bay's day. Carpenter was the leading ground gainer of the day as he picked up 120 yards in 20 carries. Hart gained another 56 for Detroit. Ferguson, ailing with a painfully bruised shoulder, led the Packers with 50 yards in 15 cracks. Rote completed 10 of 24 tosses for 130 yards while Layne hit 11 of 21 for 92 yards.
GREEN BAY - 10  0  0  0 - 10
DETROIT   -  0 10  0 14 - 24
1st - GB - Cone, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - Knafelc, 5-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - DET - Lew Carpenter, 3-yd pass fr Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick) GREEN BAY 10-7 
2nd - DET - Walker, 25-yard field goal TIED 10-10
4th - DET - Carpenter, 49-yard run (Walker kick) DETROIT 17-10
4th - DET - Sonny Gandee, 46-yard fumble return (Walker kick) DETROIT 24-10
NOVEMBER 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn will make Earl Morrall, Michigan State's fine quarterback, his No. 1 choice in the annual NFL draft to be held at Philadelphia Monday morning. The league, breaking with precedent, will hold both the bonus draw and the first three rounds of the draft at this time. The rest of the draft, involving 30 rounds for each team all told, will again be held at the league meeting in January. "We need a lot of things," Blackbourn said, "but, most of all, we've decided, a quarterback - if we can get him. Rote needs help. It's just too much to ask him to continue to carry the load as he has." Three clubs remain eligible in the bonus draw - the Packers, Cardinals and Steelers. All others already have had this free choice which opens the draft meeting. Lot determines which team gets it. While both the Steelers and Cardinals have said they do not particularly care to win the bonus choice this year because of what they described as a dearth of good material, Blackbourn said he wanted it in the worst way. "We've got to have it to get three men out of this meeting," he said. "Our third draft choice in the regular draft belongs to Los Angeles in the deal we made for Tom Dahms. We've really got only two picks." Also high on the list from which the Packers will pick their men are halfbacks Hopalong Cassady of Ohio State and Art Davis of Mississippi State and tackle Norm Masters of Michigan State. Blackbourn will scout the San Francisco 49ers against Baltimore in Baltimore Sunday, then go to Philadelphia. Green Bay will make its next start against San Francisco at San Francisco a week from Sunday. Trapper Stephenson, veteran center who retired after last season, was recalled by the Packers Friday to replace Jim Ringo who was injured in Detroit Thursday.
NOVEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Dave (Trapper) Stephenson, a 30-year old center who played six years of professional football before retiring last season, hastened to the Packers' cause Friday. Coach Liz Blackbourn talked Stephenson into reporting to San Francisco Monday, where the Packers will start a week long drill in preparation for their December 4 contest with the 49ers. The Packers proved Thursday that they were in drastic need for an offensive center replacement when veteran Jim Ringo was taken out in the second quarter on a stretcher. Rookie linebacker Tom Bettis, who never centered a ball before, had to take over and the Bays immediately went to pot. "X-rays show there is no structural break in Ringo's back," Blackbourn reported. "And there is no internal injury. It appears to be a tear in the lumbar region." Blackbourn revealed he would not add Stephenson to the active list immediately but wait until Ringo's condition is more certain. "Stephenson was called because we figure he could fit into our picture sooner than anyone else," said Liz. "He knows our system from last season. We couldn't expect that from anyone else." Ringo wasn't the only injury. Quarterback Tobin Rote was knocked out in the second quarter and had a severe headache the rest of the game. Fullback Howie Ferguson had such a bruised shoulder that he couldn't put on his coat after the game. Linebacker Billy Bookout, who was racked up in the 49ers game, played sparingly. Injuries had finally caught up with the Packers. "I have a feeling we can come out of it," Liz philosophized. "Warm weather should heal our aches and pains. If Ferguson is ever to get over his ailments this season the time is now." Blackbourn explained the over-abundance of fumbles, saying, "It was a Thursday ball game, there was no time to get over the bumps and bruises from last Sunday's game. I don't think either the Lions or the Packers were ready after a four day rest. They had a bruiser with the Bears and we have the same treatment from the 49ers. The cold weather had nothing to do with it. It was a perfect football day." Blackbourn emphatically believed if Billy Howton could have hung on to Rote's sure touchdown pass in the fourth quarter the tide would have changed. "We would have been tied then, and I'm sure we could have come through." A missed assignment in the line allowed Lew Carpenter to romp 49 yards to put the Lions ahead, 17-10, in the fourth quarter. "We used a tight 5-4-2 defense, with the secondary up close," pointed out Liz. "I'm not going to tell you who missed his job, but by the time the hole closed Carpenter had knifed through and was away. It was a once in a year touchdown."
NOVEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Pro football club representatives will get together Monday to get a head start on their annual draft proceedings. First on the agenda will be the bonus selection, with three teams - Packers, Cardinals and Steelers - drawing lots for the right to get the right to an extra player. The drafting machinery will continue in operation through the first three rounds. Then a recess will be declared until the regular annual meeting in January. The purpose of the early selections, of course, is to give each of the 12 clubs a chance to sign its front liners before Canadian teams get into the act. Actually, the pro talent scouts - also coaches and owners relying on the scouts' opinions - could save themselves a lot of time and money if they would seek the help and advice of the Sullivan brothers, Jack and Joe, Milwaukee football enthusiasts. The Sullivans' hobby is to dig up and evaluate material for professional ball. They do it only for their own amusement and amazement. And what a job they do! Last year, for instance, 27 of the 47 college seniors they rated as the best in the nation were picked in the first three rounds of the draft. Five more went in the fourth round. They also put the finger on George Shaw as the logical bonus choice. Sure enough - Shaw was Baltimore's bonus selection. The hobbyists naturally do a lot of work. They subscribe to newspapers throughout the nation; study every football publication on the market, and contact every college and university from the smallest to the largest, as well as the pro clubs and league office. The volume of information, all of which has to be deciphered and judged, is terrific. Right now they, like the paid talent chasers who have the benefit of bird dogs in every section of the U.S., are ready with their early "book". They know exactly which players are eligible for the draft and they have a perfect line on those drafted in previous years. Which is something the pros don't always know themselves. The Sullivans' bonus guy this time is Earl Morrall, Michigan State quarterback, for they are absolutely certain of two things: 1 - Morrall can make it in post-graduate competition; 2 - Each of the three clubs in the running for the bonus shot (Packers, Cardinals and Steelers) need and will go for a quarterback. They figure the following should go in the first three rounds: First - Preston Carpenter, Arkansas back; Howard Cassady, Ohio State back; Joe Childress, Auburn back; Art Davis, Mississippi State back; Charles Horton, Vanderbilt back; Calvin Jones, Iowa guard; Joe Krupa, Purdue tackle; Jack Losch, Miami (Fla.) back; Henry Moore, Arkansas back; Bob Pellegrini, Maryland center; Don Schaefer, Notre Dame back; Ed Vereb, Maryland back. Second - Bruce Bosley, West Virginia tackle; M.L. Bracket, Auburn tackle; Hardiman Cureton, UCLA guard; Forrest Gregg, SMU tackle; Billy Kinard, Mississippi back; Earl Lunsford, Oklahoma A&M back; Joe Marconi, West Virginia back; Don McIlhenny, SMU back; Lenny Moore, Penn State back; Bob Moss, West Virginia back; Bob Pascal, Duke back; Mennen Schreiwer, Texas end. Third - Bob Burris, Oklahoma back; Jim Carmichael, California end; Leon Clarke, USC end; Frank D'Augustino, Auburn tackle; Gary Glick, Colorado A&M back; Sam Huff, West Virginia tackle; Fob James, Auburn back; Norman Masters, Michigan State tackle; John Paluck, Pitt end; Hugh Pitts, TCU center; Ed Rayburn, Rice tackle; Ed West, North Carolina State quarterback. Just in case you're wondering why some well-known names aren't on the list, the amateur talent sleuths offer some sample explanations that make sense and also show how thoroughly they go into things. Too small for pro ball: Sam Brown, 169-pound UCLA back; Bo Bolinger, 206-pound Oklahoma guard; Pat Bisciglia, 195-pound Notre Dame guard; Francis Machinsky, 209-pound Ohio State tackle, and Eddie Vincent, 171-pound Iowa back. Do not intend to play pro ball: Wells Gray, Wisconsin guard and tackle, and Bob Davenport, UCLA fullback. High on the list of sleepers (small college players and others not in the publicity spotlight) is Willie Berzinski, 195-pound La Crosse State back. Also rated a chance to succeed without benefit of a big buildup are Paul Goad, Abeline Christian back; Mel Siegel, 210-pound Washington University (St. Louis) quarterback; Wendell Taylor, Florence State Teachers (Ala.) back, and Paul Wiggins, Stanford tackle and prospective pro-defensive end. From all that, it's apparent the Sullivans really dig. Let's see how their list compares with the pros, whose combined talent chasing costs run into a lot of money, possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars.
NOVEMBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn studied his Packer personnel the night before the Lion game in Detroit and named eight players who could make a championship team. They were quarterback Tobin Rote, halfback Veryl Switzer, fullback Howie Ferguson, ends Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc, linebackers Roger Zatkoff and Deral Teteak and safetyman Bobby Dillon. That pretty much tells why Green Bay hasn't the potential of a champion this season. Monday's NFL player draft, therefore, is the key to the Packers' progress under the Blackborn regime. "We need so much this time," said Blackbourn. "We need the bonus choice to get a good quarterback to take the pressure off Rote. I think Earl Morrall of Michigan State could be the answer." The Cardinals and Steelers also are in the bonus running with the Packers. Green Bay, though, will be short changed in the three round draft, owing the Rams their third choice for tackle Tom Dahms. "We've only got one halfback who is a real football player," added Blackbourn. "Switzer has done so many things well that he has had to play both ways. We need another one like Switzer. I think Howard Cassady of Ohio State is the best prospect. Then, too, we like Art Davis of Mississippi State." These were the immediate names mentioned by Blackbourn and certainly will be his top choices if he is lucky. However, the draft depends on the results of Sunday's standings. While Blackbourn had restored a winning frame of mind in Green Bay, he hasn't been very successful in the two drafts he has participated. The only '55 draftees to make the club this year are linebacker Tom Bettis, first choice; guard Hank Bullough, fifth; cornerbacker Doyle Nix, 18th, and end Nate Borden, 25th. None of these are top notch players, Blackbourn admits. In 1954 Blackbourn came home with tackle Art Hunter, first round; end Max McGee, fifth; and end Gene Knutson, 10th. Switzer was picked in the first round, the Giants owing the Packers their top picks after acquiring quarterback Arnold Galiffa in 1953. Only Switzer is around today. The Packers traded Hunter to Cleveland this season for tackles Bill Lucky and Joe Skibinski. McGee is doing a three year hitch with the Air Force and probably will not come back. Knutson mangled his back in the exhibition season. Gene Ronzani probably was the luckiest of any Packer picker, coming through with six members of the present squad. They are: halfback Al Carmichael, first choice; safetyman Val Joe Walker from the Giants in the first round; middle guard Bill Forester, third; Zatkoff, fifth; center Jim Ringo, seventh; halfback Joe Johnson, 11th. Ronzani also picked up Ferguson on waivers from the Rams that season and guard Buddy Brown from the Redskins. At the moment reserve quarterback Paul Held, obtained from the Lions this season, is the only backfield man acquired by the Packers through Blackbourn's dealings. Liz believe he had a good prospect in third choice Buddy Leake of Oklahoma last January, but Leake decided on Canadian ball. Liz is the first to show displeasure with his offensive line. "I'm disappointed in Skibinski and Lucky, I thought they could handle themselves better. We have had trouble keeping a four man defensive line from pouring into our backfield," confessed Blackbourn. "Consequently, our halfbacks and fullbacks must protect Rote. That gives us only two receivers to throw to. And if you're wondering why Camichael hasn't been used much as a halfback, the answer lies directly in his blocking - he does a poor job of it. I think we've got this club believing it is as good as any other team, but it takes more than determination, unfortunately, to be a contender. We've been skating on some pretty thin ice all season." Blackbourn revealed that the Packers' scouting system is as adequate as any other team's. "There's no such thing as a sleeper. What's to be had is known to all. We've made some money this season and the front office has told me it will spend as much as necessary for obtaining players. Green Bay isn't interested in making a profit, it's interested in getting back into the championship picture. That's our aim."
NOVEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - Only by the greatest stretch of the imagination do the Green Bay Packers possess any kind of championship hopes in the NFL this season. Still, their trip to the Pacific Coast for the last two games carries more importance than it has in many years. The Packers, who arrived in San Francisco Monday, will play the 49ers in the Golden Gate city next Sunday, then will wind up their season against the Rams at Los Angeles December 11. This combination of events would be required for Green Bay to win the Western Division title:
1) The Packers would have to beat both San Francisco and Los Angeles, something they have already accomplished once. They beat both in Milwaukee.
2) Baltimore would have to beat Los Angeles and in turn be defeated by San Francisco.
3) The Chicago Bears would have to drop their last two games, against Detroit and Philadelphia.
If the first two items came to pass and the Bears merely split, the Packers and Bears would require a playoff to determine which team would the Eastern Division winner in the championship game December 26 or January 1. Green Bay's chances become even more remote when it is considered that the Packers, in compiling a 5-5 record, have yet to win on the road. Right now, Los Angeles, considered by most observers to be the luckiest team in pro football, occupies the driver's seat. The Rams, thanks to another of their last minute victories and the Chicago Cardinals' upset rout of the Chicago Bears, lead the Bears by a half a game, Baltimore by one game and Green Bay by one and a half games. With the outcome of the race likely to go down to the last Sunday, the Packers are likely to draw against the Rams as they never before have in tremendous Los Angeles Coliseum, which seats 100,000 plus. The Eastern Division has a hot race of its own, although only two teams, rather than four, are involved. Cleveland leads surprising Washington by a mere half game with two to play. Washington will meet New York (which tied Cleveland last Sunday, 35-35) at Washington next Sunday. Cleveland must get by the Cardinals (53-14 winners of the Bears last Sunday) in the finale at Cleveland December 11. Pittsburgh, slipping badly after a fast start, will meet both of the leaders - Cleveland at Pittsburgh next Sunday and Washington at Washington December 11. As the race unfolds with only Cleveland, among preseason favorites, where it was supposed to be, one is reminded of what Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, said early in the season. "Pro football," he said, "is a crazy game." It's got to be when the Bears mauls the Packers, 52-31; the Packers maul the Cardinals, 31-14, and the Cardinals maul the Bears, 53-14, all within three weeks.
DECEMBER 1(Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Liz Blackbourn is hoping California sunshine is what his bruised Packers need to complete what could be a very successful season. "We need some warm weather to soothe our aches and pains," said Blackbourn before departing for Sonoma Mission Inn, a training resort about 40 miles outside of San Francisco. The Packers had originally planned to fly out of Green Bay two days before their 49er clash Sunday. But when Wisconsin's wintry blasts blew in early, Blackbourn altered plans to have the squad work out for a full week in California. Fullback Howie Ferguson, who has been ailing with a severely bruised shoulder for three weeks, hasn't been able to snap his injury, yet has played in every game. A health Ferguson could mean a lot in these very important coast games. Ferguson, who has been the biggest threat to Al Ameche's rushing mark, has carried the ball 164 times and has gained 768 yards for a 4.7 average. However, Ferguson's big gains were made in September and October, when the weather was warmer. Packer physician, Dr. Henry Atkinson, gave center Jim Ringo permission to join the club in San Francisco for the 49ers game. Ringo suffered a back injury in the Detroit game and has been confined to a Green Bay hospital. Dave (Trapper) Stephenson, veteran Packer who was called out of retirement to fill the gaping center position, has joined the club but has not been placed on the active list. He will remain with the Packers as a precaution in case Ringo suffers further injury...NEARS FG MARK: When Fred Cone kicked his 15th field goal of the season against the Lions, it boosted his all-time total to 35, one less than the Packer record set by Ted Fritsch (1942-50). Cone's 15 goals also ranks fourth best in NFL history. Cleveland's Lou Groza holds the mark with 23 in 1953. Groza owns the other two highs with 19 in 1952 and 16 in 1954. Cone has also kicked 24 extra points this season without a miss. His four points against the Lions raised his lifetime total to an even 300, which is one point behind Verne Lewellen...PUNT AVERAGE 42.0: Dick Deschaine, the lad who punted as a hobby on the sandlots of Menominee, Mich., averaged 47 yards on four kicks his last time out to raise his average to 42.9 yards, third best in the league. The Rams' Norm Van Brocklin's 44.8 yard average is the league's best performance. Philadelphia's Adrian Burk has a 43.5 mark. The Packers' all-time average for punting is 43.5 yards, set by Jack Jacobs in 1947 on 57 kicks.
DECEMBER 1 (Sonoma, CA) - Jim Ringo, injured Green Bay Packer center, worked out lightly in Wednesday's drill, but Coach Liz Blackbourn was not sure that he would be ready for Sunday's NFL with the 49ers at San Francisco. Blackbourn said that Ringo was a "doubtful" starter and might not see any action against the 49ers. The big pivotman was injured and carried off the field in the Thanksgiving Day game with the Lions at Detroit. "We don't know yet whether he'll be able to go," said Blackbourn Monday in the hope that warmer weather would speed the healing of accumulated bumps and bruises. "He's working out lightly," Blackbourn added, "but whether he'll play we won't know until the end of the week." If Ringo can't play, he will be replaced in the offensive line by Dave (Trapper) Stephenson, who retired last season. Stephenson joined the club here Monday and Blackbourn said he would be put on the active list only if needed. Besides Ringo, quarterback Tobin Rote and fullback Howie Ferguson were a little lame when the club arrived. 
Detroit Lions (3-7) 24, Green Bay Packers (5-5) 10
Thursday November 24th 1955 (at Detroit)
NOVEMBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Bert Bell seems to be deeply concerned about the entertainment end of professional football. That's understandable to a degree, for Bell happens to be the fat-salaried Mr. Big of the NFL - the commissioner. The truth is, though, that hustling, bustling Bertie shouldn't waste too much time on that phase of the overall program. Pro football is entertaining enough even if a punt returner calls for an occasional fair catch instead of trying to catch the ball and run it back. That trivial matter rates major billing in the commissioner's mind. Therefore he proposes to do something about it by forcing the punter to stay within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. His theory: That would put an end to high, booming kicks off spread formation, with the kicker standing 15 or more yards behind the line. Such kicks are easily covered and induce more fair catches, which, in turn, prevent thrilling returns. It should be pointed out first of all that the very name of the sport, football, hints at the appropriate answer. The more foot you get into it, the more it will continue to be football instead of a combination handball, baseball and basketball. Which is what tends to be when rival quarterbacks fill the air with passes - anywhere from 50 to 80 a game...BONUS PLAN NEEDS REVISION: Regardless of the merits of the kick-and-return argument, if any, there are much more serious problems - old problems still unsolved for the apparent reason that no one, including Bell, either tries to solve them or worries about them. For instance, how about working toward more equality of competition by overhauling the rather ancient rules now in force? As they stand, they favor those who have over the have-nots - help the strong clubs become stronger and the weak weaker. That's dangerous over the long haul. Look at the bonus setup. From the start, the top clubs not only had as good a shot at the super first choice as the tailenders - they actually outlucked those more in need of an extra lift on their records. Check the three clubs still waiting for their first bonus break: Packers, Cardinals and Steelers. The 12 year cycle must be completed in fairness to those clubs. But when each club finally has had its bonus shot, the actual sweepstakes should be confined to bottom teams, preferably the very last in each division. Say the original 12 year plan was at the end right now. Would it make sense to give the Bears and Browns the same opportunity to land an extra star as the basement clubs?...GIVING UP DRAFT RIGHTS ALL WRONG: Then there's the old business of trading off surplus talent for future draft choices, with the strong unloading current surplus, naturally. A club in dire need can't think of tomorrow. It is too busy desperately trying to survive today. As a result, it must give up valuable draft rights to players who might bring about an upswing next year. The Packers present a serious case in point. They have given up more than their share of future draftees the last six or seven years. In addition, they have been forced to trade off top operators going into the service - again because of the absence of enough talent to fill the gaps for a year or two. Prime examples: They traded Babe Parilli and Art Hunter although probably aware of their value in the future. The club just couldn't sweat out the stars' service hitch. Cleveland, by contrast, could afford to gamble on their return two years hence. The things to do is prohibit trading off future draft choices and force all clubs to get down to the player limit well in advance of the start of each regular season. Then a surplus talent pool would be available to the less fortunate clubs - for free. Bell might also take sharp note of the newest article on pro roughness in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated. It features Don Paul of the Rams, a self-styled villain who tells all about elbow treatment, holding and other illegal practices, and admits "we never break the rules unless the officials are looking the other way." Isn't it high time the pros start leveling for no other reason than the fact that they are the heroes and models of today's youth? The kids read all that stuff, too, and they look at the pictorial evidence of all the illegal stuff which causes the likes of Paul to swell with pride. The next thing you know they will be elbowing, gouging, clobbering, etc., just like the pros. And maybe killing each other in the name of sport.
NOVEMBER 28 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers failed to draw the bonus pick out of NFL Commissioner Bert Bell's hat for the 10th straight time Monday and had to be satisfied with the seventh pick in the first round for its number one choice. Jack Losch, Miami (Fla.) halfback was Coach Liz Blackbourn's top pick, after seven other choices, including the bonus pick, had been made. The Packers then grabbed SMU tackle Forrest Gregg in the second round. Their third choice was picked up by the Rams. The Pittsburgh Steelers passed over all of the nation's more publicized college football players to select a 25-year old defensive quarterback as their bonus. Coach Walt Kiesling of the Steelers named Gary Glick, a comparative unknown from Colorado A&M College. Green Bay and the Chicago Cardinals were the other participants in the annual bonus selection. Under league rules, each team winning the bonus choice - a gimmick initiated by Bell in 1947- drop out until every club has had a chance to become the lucky selector. Next year, the Cards and Green Bay will vie for the big prize. The clubs went through only three of the annual 30 rounds in the pro player draft. This early drafting was decided upon in order to meet competition from the Canadian League in signing America's top gridiron talent. The NFL usually drafts in January while the Canadians get busy in late November. After Pittsburgh dropped its bombshell by picking Glick, the first three teams in the regular draft quickly grabbed the players everyone thought were surefire bonus material. San Francisco and Detroit, tied for last place in the league standings, tossed a coin for the first choice and the 49ers won. Coach Red Strader unhesitatingly named Earl Morrall, the brilliant quarterback in Michigan State's multiple offense. Detroit wasted no time picking Howard (Hopalong) Cassady, rugged running halfback from Ohio State's Big Ten champions, and the Philadelphia Eagles, badly in need of help for the fading Chuck Bednarik, grabbed Bob Pellegrini, the standout University of Maryland linebacker. First round choice, as usual, went fast. Pittsburgh, which with its bonus choice wound up with four players in the drafting, took Art Davis, the fine Mississippi State halfback; the Los Angeles Rams, picking New York's first choice as a part of a previous trade, named Joe Marconi, 220-pound West Virginia back. Then came the Chicago Cardinals who took Joe Childress, Auburn fullback; Green Bay selecting Jack Losch; Baltimore taking Penn State's fleet back, Lenny Moore; the Bears grabbing Menan Schriewer, Texas end; Los Angeles naming Charley Horton, Vanderbilt halfback; Washington naming Ed Vereb, Maryland's hard running halfback, and finally Cleveland taking Preston Carpenter, Arkansas halfback. Kiesling defended his choice of Glick, who he said was recommended highly by all who watched the Skyline quarterback in action. Kiesling said Glick led the nation in pass interceptions in 1954 and does everything on offense but punt. The veteran of four years in the Navy gained 621 yards on 144 carries, caught 10 passes for 153 yards and completed 14 of 43 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns during the past season. He returned 13 punts for 136 yards and intercepted five passes in leading the Aggies to the 1955 Skyline Conference title. His one field goal attempt was successful, while he booted 15 conversions. Kiesling said he went for a defensive back because he is satisfied with Jim Finks, present Steeler offensive quarterback, and expects John Lattner, former Notre Dame ace, and Paul Cameron, top runner from UCLA, back from the service next year. Detroit may have to wait for Cassady, since the Ohio State ace is headed for jet pilot training in the U.S. Air Force after he graduates in June.
NOVEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - When the Packers picked Miami's halfback Jack Losch as their first draft choice Monday, the popular query was, "Who's he?" Losch happens to be the guy who set a new Miami rushing record this season, carrying the ball 47 times for 426 yards and a 9.06 average. Losch also caught seven passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. And it was Losch who ran 90 yards for a touchdown against Bucknell, the longest run any Miami player ever made. He was "Mr. Offense" as far as the Hurricanes were concerned. "It's simply great being the Packers' number one choice," said Losch when informed of the news in Miami Monday. "I want to play pro football and then go into coaching." Losch could be the answer to Coach Liz Blackbourn's dire need of a top notch halfback. He weighs 185 pounds and is majoring in business administrator. Meanwhile, on the Southern Methodist campus, tackle Forrest Gregg was equally anxious to play with the Packers. Gregg, Green Bay's second choice, weighs 220 pounds and is 6-3. "I'm very happy to be drafted by the Packers and am looking forward to playing with Bill Forester, Val ​Joe Walker and Doyle Nix (three other former Mustangs)." Gregg, who is married, was co-captain of SMU this season and was selected on the All-Opponent's team named by Notre Dame, Missouri in 1954. He was named on the coaches' All-Southwest team both as a junior and a senior. Gregg came to SMU as an unheralded lineman from Sulphur Springs, Tex. He also lettered in track as a javelin thrower.
NOVEMBER 29 (Sonoma, CA) - The Green Bay Packers won something from the Cleveland Browns this year after all, Coach Liz Blackbourn revealed Tuesday. "When we drafted Jack Losch as out first choice Monday, we got the back they were after," Blackbourn said after his arrival here. "Paul Brown told me after we took him 'you got our back'." Blackbourn said the Packers took Losch, 195-pound Miami fullback, because "he has lots of promise. He has enough height so he can go up to 212-215 pounds without getting too heavy. He has good speed and is an excellent pass receiver. We're glad we drafted him and figure he can be a big help to us." Blackbourn said it was the Packers' plan to take the best tackle available on the second round. Drafting seventh, one of their lowest positions in years, left the Packers slightly on the spot. "But we rated four of them about even," he said, "and we're happy with Forrest Gregg who's big and mobile and should fit in well." Gregg, 235-pound SMU star, was named Tuesday to the West squad for the East-West Shrine game December 31. The three other tackles Blackbourn said he "rated on par with Gregg" are Joe Krupa, Purdue, drafted by Pittsburgh; Frank D'Agostino, Auburn, drafted by Philadelphia; and Norman Masters, Michigan State, by the Cardinals. A.D. Williams, College of Pacific, was the Packers' third choice owed to Los Angeles in the Tom Dahms deal.
NOVEMBER 29 (Miami) - Halfback Jack Losch, the Green Bay Packers' No. 1 draftee from Miami, has
DECEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - Still harboring fleeting championship hopes, the Green Bay Packers will seek to sweep their season series with the 49ers at San Francisco Sunday. The Western Division title and a crack at the NFL crown appear beyond the reach of Lisle Blackbourn's Packers, because they require too much outside help. They trail Los Angeles by a game and a half with two games to play and both the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Colts stand between the Rams and themselves. But one thing that the Packers can do all by themselves is finish with their best record in 10 yards. A sweep of the Coast trip, no easy task for any team at any time, is required. But if they accomplish it, they would finish with seven victories and five defeats for their best mark since 1945 and perhaps their highest standing since 1944, Green Bay's last championship season. The Packers' records and positions for the last 10 seasons follows: 1954, 4-8, fifth place; 1953 - 2-9-1, sixth; 1952 - 6-6, fourth; 1951 - 3-9, fifth; 1950 - 3-9, tie for fifth (seven teams); 1949 - 2-10, fifth (five teams); 1948 - 3-9, fourth out of five; 1947 - 6-5-1, third out of five; 1946 - 6-5, tie for third out of five; 1945 - 6-4, third out of five. Even if the Packers beat the 49ers Sunday to repeat their 27-21 triumph at Milwaukee November 20, they would fall from championship contention if Los Angeles beats Baltimore. Chances are, though, that the Packers will have their say in determining the Western Division champion when they meet the Rams in the finale at Los Angeles December 11. That is, if the second place Bears do not stumble against Detroit Sunday. A Bear defeat coupled with a Ram victory would end things right then.
DECEMBER 2 (Sonoma, CA) - Coach Liz Blackbourn revealed Friday why his Green Bay Packers went west for their windup NFL games earlier than usual. "Generally the fans at home figure the season is over about this time so up in Green Bay they start inviting the players out for dinner," said Blackbourn. "By the time we get started west the players' stomachs are filled and their minds aren't on their business, so this year we figured we'd get them out here ahead of time so they could concentrate on football." The plan, apparently, worked. "We had one of our best workouts of the year Thursday," Blackbourn said, "and we tapered off Friday." The Packers won't go into San Francisco, 40 miles from their Sonoma Valley retreat, until Sunday morning for their game against the 49ers. They'll go directly to Kezar Stadium, where some 25,000 fans are expected. Blackbourn said Tom Bettis would start at offensive center for the Packers and that Jim Ringo, regular pivot man, was "very doubtful" of seeing any action at all. Ringo suffered a back injury against Detroit Thanksgiving Day. The 49ers are in worse physical condition. Both fullbacks, Joe Perry and Bud Laughlin, were nursing varied ailments; defensive wing-back Paul Carr had an aching tooth, and rookie halfbacks Dicky Moegle and Carroll Hardy were limping. The Packers never have beaten the 49ers at Kezar and hold only two wins in nine games the latest a 27-21 verdict at Milwaukee two weeks ago. San Francisco is nursing a four-game losing streak and must win its final two games to avoid its worst season since joining the league in 1950.
been added to the Rebel lineup for the Shrine's North-South College All-Star football game here December 26. Losch was signed Monday with SMU backfield stars Don McIlhenny and John Marshall.