(MILWAUKEE) – When fullback Howie Ferguson gallops for 155 yards and quarterback Tobin Rote passes for 286 yards, the Packers will be tough customers for any NFL opponent this campaign. The Cardinals got a taste of this Packer dynamite duo Saturday night at
Marquette Stadium and lost, 37-28, as 18,000 saw a
Green Bay squad strike like a cobra when down for its
convincing win in the Sixth Annual Midwest Shrine
football game. Ferguson has had 100-yard games before
but a night like this strictly put him in the Perry class.
His seven yard plus average and two pass completions
from Rote for 24 yards were certainly top notch pro
But the real beauty of the evening was a 79 yard scamper
in the third quarter which was something which had to be
seen to be appreciated. Howie took a short pass from
Rote and bulled his way into the open. The downfield
path goalward was Cardinal strewn as the Packers
cleared the way for their galloping horse. Fergy tired
slightly as he reached the Cardinal 20 but a jet of speed
at the very end shot him beyond the last Chicago tackler.
While Ferguson established himself as a "handle with 
care", Rote was in clover with the long ones. His
touchdown pass to Gary Knafelc covered 77 yards and
his last scoring throw to Billy Howton ate up 72 yards.
These lightning strikes bolted the Cardinals after they had
gone ahead again, 21-20, early in the fourth quarter. Fred
Cone's 27 yard field with 20 second left was the clincher
which put the Big Red out of reach.
While a new "dream quarter" failed to materialize, the
Packers defense found quarterback Lamar McHan a
slippery runner and Johnny Olszewski all the All-
American he is. McHan scored two Cardinal touchdowns
while Olszewski counted one - and that one loomed as a
big one until Rote unleashed his buggy-whip arm. This was
a convincing win for the Packers after losing four straight
exhibitions by 24 points. Green Bay rolled up 225 yards on
the ground as compared to the Cardinals' 172. The
combined yardage total gave Green Bay a 521-333
advantage. The Cardinals scored on a gift variety midway
through the first quarter. Dick Lane intercepted starter
Charlie Brackins' pass on the Packer 37 and went down
the sidelines unmolested for the touchdown. Pat
Summerall booted the conversion and the Cardinals had
a too-easy 7-0 lead which stood up the rest of the quarter.
The Packers came back with their first score, when Roger
Zatkoff recovered Jim Carr's fair catch bobble of Dick
Deschaine's punt on the Cardinal 23. Rote engineered the
scoring drive, which needed only five plays. Ferguson
doing the honors on a four-yard blast through the middle.
Cone converted to knot the score, 7-7. Green Bay
squelched any kind of a Cardinal threat and went back to
work for another touchdown. The 43 yard march was concluded when Rote scored on a quarterback sneak. Cone's conversion this time was blocked by Dick Lane, a play which for some time seemed quite disturbing.
It developed into a see-saw second period battle as Chicago bounced right back into the lead as McHan plunged over the one. Olszewski for 35 and McHan for 20 were the blockbusters in the drive. Summerall's kick was good and the Cardinals lead, 14-13, which held up until half time. The third quarter saw no scoring in sight - until Ferguson spurted out of nowhere for 79 yards and six points. Cone booted the Packers ahead, 20-14.
The works was yet to come, though. The Packers blasted the Cardinals for 17 points in this wild and wooly period as the Chicagoans countered with 14. Chicago got the first crack and went ahead for the last time when McHan passed to Olszewski for a 13 yard touchdown play. Summerall's third conversion was perfect and Chicago led, 21-20. Four plays later saw an entirely different complexion. Rote connected with Knafelc for 77 yards and Green Bay led after Cone's boot, 27-21. HThat margin was jumped to an almost-safe 34-21 on Rote's 72 yard bullseye to Howton and Cone's conversion. But Chicago was not out. McHan passing desperately, moved the Big Red goalward and scored himself on a fourth down eight yard run. Summerall again converted. The Packers, who have been beaten in the final minutes, were determined not to have it happen again. They moved deep into Chicago territory once again, in fact to the 10. But a clipping penalty stopped a possible touchdown and Cone's field goal was the clincher.
CHI CARDS -  7   7   0  14  -  28
GREEN BAY -  0  13   7  17  -  37
CHI – Dick Lane, 37-yard interception return (Pat Summerall kick)  CHICAGO 7-0
GB – Ferguson, 4-yard run (Cone kick)  TIED 7-7
GB – Rote, 1-yard run (Kick blocked)  GREEN BAY 13-7
CHI – Lamar McHan, 1-yard run (Summerall kick)  CHICAGO 14-13
GB – Ferguson, 79-yard run (Cone kick)  GREEN BAY 20-14
CHI – Johnny Olszewski, 13-yard pass from McHan (Summerall kick)  CHICAGO 21-20
GB – Knafelc, 77-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick)  GREEN BAY 27-21
GB – Howton, 72-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick)  GREEN BAY 34-21
CHI – McHan, 8-yard run (Summerall kick)  GREEN BAY 34-28
GB – Cone, 27-yard field goal  GREEN BAY 37-28
SEPTEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Be it be known to the pro football world, and especially the Packers Sunday, that the Lions should be better than ever this season. That's a far cry from the pessimistic picture painted by the defending Western Division champions after seeing their happy family split up last season, some quitting, some seeking Canadian adventure and others being plucked by Uncle Sam. But for several interesting reasons, those maladies are remedied. There is nothing wrong with the Lions, and that assuring statement comes from the head man himself, Coach Buddy Parker. Lion publicitor Bud Erickson, bringing Parker's happy tidings, was bubbling with enthusiasm here as he reported that the Lions have come up with "the best offensive line ever" - a springboard for the Bobby Layne-triggered attack. Why should that be when a carload of talent threw in the sponge after last year's 56-10 rout by the Browns in the title game? Waving goodbye were Les Bingaman, Thurman McGraw, Gil Mains and Jim Martin. "Martin and Mains have returned from their Toronto hideaway," said Erickson, "but we really came through with some draft choices which have panned out. Luckily, I guess. Take our second choice, Jim Salsbury, 225 pound middle guard from UCLA. He's taken over Bingaman's spot and for the first time there will be speed at this position. Then there's Darris McCord, a 245 pound Tennessee tackle. Parker has said he's the finest two-way player to come to the Lions since Lou Creekmur showed up in 1950. We went into the draft wanting a middle guard, offensive tackle and offensive halfback," added Erickson. "Well, we got just what we wanted. Wait until you see Dave Middleton, our first choice from Auburn. He's led the team in rushing this exhibition season with a better than five yard average. And, incidentally, he runs the 100 in 9.7." But what about Layne? Wasn't it the consensus that the eight year veteran was all but laid up with bursitis? "Bobby's getting shots for his arm at the University of Michigan," said Erickson. "And the doctors have told him that his arm will be no worst and probably better than last season." Can you say Layne had a bum arm last year, throwing 14 touchdown passes? "His condition has been plaguing him for five years," the publicitor continued. "He's our trigger man all right. But don't take anything away from Harry Gilmer. He never had a chance at Washington and he's raring to go with us." Along with Middleton, the Lions will field the familiar explosive weapons of Layne, Doak Walker and Bob Carpenter. Bob Hoernschemeyer and guard Harley Sewell will miss the Green Bay game because of injuries. Perhaps the best defensive club in the league, with talent like Sherwin Gandee, Jim David, Bill Stits and Jack Christiansen patrolling the outfield, the Lions have come up with a toughened offensive line and an outstanding halfback to add to their terrific backfield. They've sold Detroit fans on the club's ability, selling 35,000 season tickets, a league record. And they're out to sell the pro world the same deal. Beware, Green Bay!
SEPTEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Off the celluloid cuff - Buddy Parker whose Detroit Lions will be our way to help the Packers open the regular season at Green Bay Sunday, thinks the American League is a cinch to win the World Series. "The Dodgers are going to find out what we did last year," he says. "Any time you win a divisional championship or as in Brooklyn's case, a league championship and then have a chance to relax before the playoffs, you're in trouble. We coasted to our divisional championship last year, cinched it fairly early, and let down, which was a natural thing. You know the rest. When we tried to come back for the playoffs with Cleveland, we were clobbered." Cleveland won 56-10...NO CONFIDENCE: Listen to Coach Lisle Blackbourn discourse on second string quarterback Charlie Brackins who play for the Packers has been disappointing so far. "When Rote has a bad day at quarterback or hits a slump, he works all the harder and eventually comes back. Brackins won't. He just doesn't seem to have any confidence that he can ever do better. He does have potential. We certainly haven't given up on him. Just so he doesn't completely give up on himself. If he does, he's through...ONE OF THE BEST: Blackbourn said he would not trade Howie Ferguson for any other fullback in the NFL today except one: Joe Perry of San Francisco. "He hasn't been only our most consistent ball player all through the exhibition season, he's probably been out best." Ferguson rammed for 155 yards against the Cardinals in the closing exhibition Saturday night. He is also one of the team's best pass receivers...The Lions rule eight point favorites in Sunday's opener.
SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers may have to lean a lot on rookies this NFL season as offense against looms as the big question mark. The Packers wound up in fifth place in the rugged Western Division of the NFL. Although they lost four of their games by only 14 points total, they finished the season with a 4-8 record. As last year, Green Bay's defense looks good in 1955. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said "our defense this is just as good or better than it was in 1954. If we can improve our offense just a few points a game, we should wind up with a better record when the season ends." Blackbourn built his attack last year around Tobin Rote as passer and ends Billy Howton and Max McGee. The attack in the air failed frequently and the Packers lost just as often. McGee is in the armed forces now and Blackbourn hasn't found a suitable replacement. He's tried rookie Jim Jennings of Missouri and Gary Knafelc, a second year man, but neither approached McGee's stature at left end. Jim Philbee, a Bradley standout back from a whirl at Canadian football, entered the contest for end positions. Charlie Brackins, Prairie View A&M record setter, has shown a good passing arm in exhibitions and may fill the reserve quarterback spot behind Rote as the first Negro play caller in the NFL. The club's first draft choice, guard Tom Bettis of Purdue, Southern California's George Timberlake and Hank Bullough of Michigan State have added strength to Blackbourn's defense. In the defensive secondary, Doyle Nix, a SMU rookie halfback, has looked good enough in exhibitions to team with veteran pass defender Val Joe Walker. Blackbourn, going into his second season in this traditionally critical pro football town, admitted freely that "it all depends on the rookies we got in the could be a good season, or it could be disastrous."
SEPTEMBER 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers open their 37th season in professional football against the Lions Sunday, a span which reflects six world championships and 10 consecutive years out of the running. The year was 1944 which Green Bay ruled the big time, beating New York in the title game, 14-7. Those were the glorious days of Hutson and Isbell. But gone are the stars of yesteryear and gone are the titles. A 6-6 production under Gene Ronzani looked like something was building in the Bay only to have it burst in one of the poorest Packer showings of all time the following year (nine losses, two wins, one tie). Sunday Liz Blackbourn begins his second season as the Packer's third coach, his first producing a worthy 4-8 showing. The question as the Packers open, can they come back? What used to be the doormat of the Western Division invades City Stadium as a defending champion, a reversed complexion and a bull of an opponent. For the record, Green Bay holds a 26-17 edge in the series but has not beaten Detroit since a 16-14 win in 1949. These are the roaring Lions, defending their third straight Western Division championship and determined to start the season off with a bang after being whipped with ridiculous ease by the Browns in the 1954 playoff, 56-10. More than 24,000 Green Bay faithful will witness Sunday's battle which kickoffs at 1:35 p.m. The Lions rule a two touchdown choice. Blackbourn drafted and traded to build an offensive line and defensive secondary. He figures quarterback Tobin Rote and fullback Howie Ferguson can match the best. Weaknesses loom yet, but overall the Packers have jelled into a stronger club than last season's surprise. Can they match the talent-loaded Lions? Bobby Layne is ready and roaring for his eighth season in pro ball and has capable running mates in veteran Doak Walker and rookie Dave Middleton and fullback Bob Carpenter. Add the league's most powerful offensive wall and best secondary and it paints a championship picture. Although the Packers will not be at top physical strength, they appeared ready for the Lions after hammering through offensive and defensive drills all week. Halfback Al Carmichael out with a dislocated shoulder, and tackle Len Szafaryn, who split his toe, are sidelined. There will be a continuation of an old football rivalry in a professional way when Detroit's Jug Girard and Green Bay's Dick Deschaine start punting. Girard was a start at Marinette when Deschaine was playing grade school ball at Menominee. Both were stars for their schools but never had a chance to match punts - until Sunday. To welcome the Jugger, Marinette and Menominee fans will present him with gifts.
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-4) 37, Chicago Cardinals 28
Saturday September 17th 1955 (at Milwaukee)
SEPTEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Cardinals here Saturday, 37-28, and that was good. It broke a four game losing streak. They ran the ball for 225 yards and passed for 295 more and that was very good. A week ago against Washington they gained a measly 26 yards on the ground. They got three very easy touchdowns among their five, and that was good. Howie Ferguson ran 79 yards for one, Gary Knafelc took a 77 yard pass from Tobin Rote for another and Bill Howton a 72 yard pass for the third. Why bat your brains out smashing the ball down the field on short digs? They didn't tighten up down the stretch as they have so disturbingly before and that was good, too. In fact, they played their best football down the stretch, scoring 24 of their points in the second half - 17 in the fourth quarter - and yielding only 14. They needed something like this to restore their wavering confidence. They didn't drop cinch passes as they did against the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of weeks ago or against Washington in the disastrous fourth quarter a week ago, and that was good. They showed they have some football players - Howie Ferguson, who gained 155 yards rushing alone; John Martinkovic, a giant on defense; hard working Rote, of course; Tom Bettis, and that was good. They gave the 18,000 spectators a rare offensive show, coming back three times from deficits, and that was very good. They need all the friends they can win in Milwaukee. But - and this almost sounds like heresy in Packerland after a victory - for all they did and showed, they still did not leave the impression they were a football team ready to take on the champion Detroit Lions in the league opener Sunday or geared up to go any place in particular in the NFL race. Maybe, though, after earlier bumps, this was just what they needed really to start jelling. They played very spotty football. When they were good, they looked very good as on their long touchdowns. When they were bad, especially on defense, they looked very bad. They were punctured at times. They need help for Rote at quarterback. Charlie Brackins who gave promise earlier of giving Rote the support he needs, has yet to settle down. They need better protection for their passers. The blocking of the halfbacks was exceedingly sloppy at time. They need defensive ends. The loss of Jim Temp to the Army, although he may still be available for part of the season, and the injury to Gene Knutson have created a real problem. Martinkovic and Nate Borden can't possibly carry the load alone. The Cardinals, with Johnny Olszewski the chief tormentor, did real damage Saturday night inside and outside the ends. They need some running from the halfbacks, some offensive blocking on their own wide stuff, to give Ferguson ball carrying support. All that was not good. Monday, Blackbourn cut the first two of seven he must still release to get within the player limit of 35 by Tuesday night. Placed on waivers were offensive end Bob Peringer and tackle John Bove. The others will be cut Tuesday. This week will probably be spent in making a lot of adjustments. Not only will Knutson and Temp not be available for the opener, but Len Szafaryn has a split toe which may keep him out and Al Carmichael has a shoulder separation which will definitely keep him out. Injuries have really raise up with the team. "Oh My Ulcers" by Lisle Blackbourn could become a best seller.
SEPTEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers came up with a surprising running attack Saturday night, thanks to Howie Ferguson's 155 yards, and it proved the winning ingredient to Tobin Rote's passing. Last week, Green Bay could measure a measly 26 yards on the ground and the consequence was their fourth straight exhibition setback to the Redskins. But add 225 yards on the ground to 296 through the air and it gives the Packers a double-barreled attack. something absolutely necessary in the tough Western Division race which opens against the Lions in Green Bay next Sunday. "We were happy to get this one," said Coach Liz Blackbourn Sunday, "but I can't tell you how good we played despite the score. The films will tell the story. I can tell you one thing, though, our defense will have to more consistent if we expect to stay with the fast company coming up. Several lapses allowed the Cardinals to score too easily." Blackbourn had called a staff meeting for later Sunday night in which a detailed study of the films would be made. "I can't measure a darn thing until I've done that." While the Packers were taking the day off after their 37-28 conquest over the Cardinals, they were probably quite concerned after hearing their Sunday playmates, the Lions, had pounded the Giants, 27-17. At least Blackbourn was. "We figured the Giants were one of the better clubs we faced during the exhibition season," added Blackbourn. The Packers defeated New York, 31-24, in their first game. Now the Lions look very, very good. "I'm not going to say anything about our opener Sunday, only that we're going to study and study ANY Detroit weakness our scouts point out. At this stage of the game we still haven't come up with a left end as good as Max McGee. Our offensive line appears somewhat stronger than last season," was the extent of Blackbourn's appraisal of his '55 club. An improved forward wall was certainly evident in Ferguson's 79 yard gallop against the Cardinals. Bill Howton, Joe Johnson, and Tom Dahms were the key blocks after the line opened up for Fergy, Blackbourn pointed out. Rote gave notice to Lion scouters that he is up to his old running tricks again. On a keeper play against the Cards, rovin' Tobin gained 13 yards to Chicago's four to set up the second Packer touchdown. Incidentally, when Rote's first pass was intercepted by Jim Keane on the Cardinals' five. It marked the first time in three games that the passing Packer had lost the ball to an opponent. Adequate protection was all that Tob needed. Blackbourn reported that tackles Len Szafaryn and Gene Knutson would definitely miss the Lion game as would halfback Al Carmichael. Knutson's injury is the more serious. Knee trouble will probably keep him out the remainder of the season. Szafaryn has a split toe and Carmichael is laid up with a dislocated shoulder. However, both Szafarn and Carmichael should be ready for the Bear game the following week. This is the Packer picture as the club opens its 37th season of pro football. Saturday night against the Cardinals resembled some of those more pleasant memories of the past. Sunday against the Lions the opponent is the defending champion. But even though Blackbourn is mum, there must be optimism growing. Liz can remember two defeats to the Lions last season in four days by the total of six points. A break (like hanging on to the football) could have meant the difference.
SEPTEMBER 19 (Green Bay) - The murmer of trade wins rustled the air after the Green Bay Packers stamped a 37-28 defeat on the record of the Chicago Cardinals in the Shrine exhibition football game Saturday night. Coach Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn indicated the Packers might make a deal for a defensive end or a defensive halfback, depending on the outcome of the Sunday's exhibition slate in the NFL. "An injury in any of the games could change the picture," he said. "But, we'll know more about it by Monday." Blackbourn said the Packers probably would give up a draft choice if a deal went through. The Bays still owe the Los Angeles Rams a draft choice for tackle Tom Dahms. Not long ago the club was set at defensive end, but the situation has been altered drastically by the trade of Carlton (Stretch) Elliott and an undisclosed draft choice for Dahms; the unexpected entry into service of Wisconsin's Jim Temp; and the injury that put Gene Knutson out of business. Aside from the defensive problems he must still solve, Blackbourn said he was very pleased with the showing of the club against the Cards. "It was an important victory for morale," he said. "Coming from behind was something for us. And those three long-distance touchdown plays were another thing."
SEPTEMBER 19 (Green Bay) - Two players Monday were placed on waivers by the Green Bay Packers. They are Bob Peringer, an end from Washington State, and John Bove, a tackle from West Virginia.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - For a bruiser who was a nobody in 1952, Howie Ferguson seems to have found his place in the NFL with the Packers. That year Ferguson saw his football ambitions all but flattened when the Rams released him before their very first game. Fergy felt slighted, the talent-loaded Rams never seemed to take any interest. The 212 pound, 6-2 New Iberia, LA product continued a nobody until the Packers picked him up as a free agent in 1953. Playing second fiddle to veteran Fred Cone that first full season of pro ball, Ferguson caught fire last year and gained a starting role. The Colts were blasted dizzy by this halfback-like runner as he galloped for 119 yards at County Stadium last November. When he raced 155 yards against the Cardinals Saturday night, Ferguson labeled himself one of the fastest fullbacks in Packer history. His 79 yard touchdown run is bettered only by halfback Andy Uram's 97-yard touchdown sprint against the Cardinals. And that was 16 years ago! Ferguson, who never played college football, says he never really learned football during a four year Navy stretch. It was the only experience he could show when applying for a Ram job. Certainly, New Iberia High School football was no prerequisite. One of the toughest backs in the business, Fergy is rarely laid up with injuries. Take last year's game at San Francisco, for example, 49er tackle Bruno Banducci lowered the boom on the romping Ferguson with a blind tackle. The impact split Ferguson's helmet and nose, Fergy was back on the next play, though, with a new helmet and greater life than ever. He worried about his pro status with the Packers after the finale at Los Angeles last season. It was on the flight home when Ferguson realized that the Packers were dead serious on drafting Wisconsin's Alan Ameche. "I know Ameche's real good, but I'll certainly do my darnedest to beat him out of a job." Well, the Colts grabbed The Horse before the Packers got a chance, but it hasn't fazed Ferguson. He's out to prove he'a as good as the best and he's coming darn close.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers yesterday pared their active player list to 34, one under the NFL limit, for the first two regular games. Players taken off the active list are Steve Ruzich, Jack Spings, Jim Temp and Gene Knutson. Ruzich, former Ohio State standout and three-year professional veteran tackle, was released on waivers along with Spinks, formerly of Alcorn A&M. Spinks, a fullback with both Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cardinals, had been converted to a guard after the Packers picked him up as a free agent this year. Temp, rookie end from the University of Wisconsin and the Packer's No. 2 draft choice, was placed on the military reserve list. Defensive end Knutson, University of Michigan second year veteran from Beloit, was placed on the injured list for the season. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said the Packers would probably pick up one player before the opening game against the Detroit Lions Sunday at Green Bay.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay City Council, embroiled in a controversy over how to increase the seating capacity of the Green Bay Packers' home stadium to 34,000, has authorized preparation of cost estimates for an entirely new structure. Officials currently are awaiting estimates on increasing the size of the present City Stadium, on the east side. The proposal has been criticized
because of traffic difficulties and lack of parking space around the field. The new suggested site would be on the far west side, near Highway 41, on land acquired for park purposes last year.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Green Bay) - Pat O'Donahue, former Wisconsin end of the famed '51 Hard Rocks, Wednesday was picked up on waivers from the San Francisco 49ers by the Green Bay Packers. O'Donahue has been with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a trial basis from the 49ers this season but was returned to San Francisco Tuesday and was immediately placed on waivers.