LIZ LOOKS TO NOVEMBER TILT WITH BROWNS, NOT SATURDAY
AUGUST 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - A Liz Blackbourn-coached Packer team has never beaten the Browns, whether it was a pre-season test or when the chips were down. How bad then does Blackbourn want to win when his Packers take on the Browns in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium Saturday night? "I don't want to win this one too much," said the sharp spoken Packer headman Wednesday. "When the chips are down in November, we'll be shooting the works." Blackbourn was referring to the Stadium engagement with the world champs November 4. "We're still trying out many new things and that's the way it's going to be in these preseason games," Blackbourn continued. "It's a funny thing, though, when things get tight I find myself wanting to win." Well, that attitude has rubbed off on his 47-man squad. Even though there is a complete shuffling of personnel taking place, the club has two wins in its first two starts. Cleveland, which has referred to Green Bay as its farm club because of numerous deals, will toss one of those prize trades against the Packers when Babe Parilli starts at quarterback. The Babe hasn't been able to shed the rust from two years in the service so far, but is starting because George Ratterman is bothered with a shoulder bruise. "Cleveland fans have been reading a lot of Parilli and now they'll get a chance to see him," is Coach Paul Brown's reasoning. "I had the feeling in the late stages of the Ram game that he was beginning to find himself." Blackbourn's reaction: "That doesn't mean anything to me. Parilli wasn't around when I took over at Green Bay. I've only met the boy once. Reports show the Browns haven't been throwing well yet, but that's nothing new this time of year." Blackbourn said he would start veteran fullback Howie Ferguson, sidelines against the Giants because of a leg injury. "Fergy needs the work and he's itching to play," said the coach. End Billy Howton, working out with pads again, and linebacker Billy Bookout, who got a going over from New York, will be the only Packers benched against the Browns. Safetyman Bobby Dillon, out with a slight ankle sprain, is fit to go. Blackbourn was uneasy only about one thing in preparation for Saturday night's game - lack of contact work. "Tuesday was our last chance to scrimmage because our equipment had to be shipped east." The Packers will headquarter in North Carolina prior to their next engagement with the Redskins at Winston-Salem September 8. While the Cleveland exhibition means absolutely nothing in the books, it could be a probing ground for each club prior to their November meeting.
PACKERS OPPOSE CLEVELAND, SEEK THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY
AUGUST 31 (Cleveland) - The Green Bay Packers will seek their third straight NFL exhibition victory when they meet the Cleveland Browns here Saturday night. Paul Brown's Browns will be after their first victory. This, however, does not mean the Packers are favored. On the contrary, Cleveland rules a slight favorite. The reasons for this include: (1) Brown and his Browns want to win at home, even in an exhibition, and (2) Lisle Blackbourn's Packers never have beaten the Browns, either in exhibition or league play. The Browns use the preseason games to get ready for the season. Their records in exhibition games are rarely good, but once the regular season starts, they always win the division and often the league championship. Brown said Friday that he would start his regulars against the Packers. A victory here would help the gate when the season starts and he said he wanted the boys who would be playing together most of the time to get the "team feel". Vito (Babe) Parilli, former Packer just back from the service, will be at quarterback against his former teammates. George Ratterman, understudy last year to the retired Otto Graham, may not play because of injuries. Veteran Tobin Rote and rookie Bart Starr of Alabama will share the quarterback job for Green Bay. Starr will probably start. The Packers will have a makeshift defensive backfield because regulars Val Joe Walker and Bobby Dillon, talented deep men, both are injured. Rookies Jack Losch and Lowell Herbert also are sidelined. Bill Howton, star offensive end, will likely miss his third straight game because of injuries, but fullback Howie Ferguson should be ready. The Packers have beaten Philadelphia, 27-6, and New York, 17-13. Cleveland was beaten by San Francisco, 27-17, and by Los Angeles, 17-6. Both games were played on the West Coast.
PACKERS SEEK 1ST WIN OVER TOUGH BROWNS
AUGUST 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers are extremely anxious to beat the big, bad Browns for the first time ever Saturday night, but if Coach Liz Blackbourn's gang expects to turn the trick, rookies and sheer guts will mean the mostest. Injuries will keep three Bays sidelined. Defensive back Val Joe Walker is out two weeks with a lung injury sustained in practice Wednesday. Rookie back Jack Losch has a pulled muscle, and center Lowell Herbert is benched with a sprained ankle. Then, too, Blackbourn can name six other players with various injuries. On the list are Al Carmichael, Billy Howton, Alton Romie, Bobby Dillon, Howie Ferguson and Billy Bookout. Meanwhile, the Browns will counter with a veteran offensive and defensive unit which is likely to open the regular season. Babe Parilli, the old Packer flipper, will open at quarterback in place of George Ratterman, nursing a bruised right shoulder and damaged ribs. Blackbourn will probably start Tobin Rote at quarterback with Breezy Reid and Bill Roberts at halfbacks and Ferguson at fullback. Halfback Joe Johnson is expected to get a shot at end. Veteran linebacker Tom Bettis, who returned from the Army on Wednesday, may get into the lineup. Liz will shoot the rookie herd against the Browns and may have to go the whole game with Ralph Goldston, a former Eagle, and Max Burnett at defensive halfback posts.