(DETROIT) - John Henry Johnson pinned the turkey tag on the Packers on the first play of the second half Thanksgiving Day. The Lions' 207-pound fullback shifted into high gear for 62 yards and the game's only touchdown. The Packers, who penetrated deep into Detroit territory three times, couldn't punch across a touchdown and eventually fell, 18-6, before 54,301 rain-soaked customers. Green Bay's crippled held a 6-3 halftime lead before the haymaker was landed. But they couldn't buy anything resembling a score the rest of the way.
With one half of the running attack (Paul Hornung) sent home on crutches, the Packers had to rely on the passing arm of Bart Starr, and the youngster from Alabama had a remarkable day, considering the miserable playing condition of Briggs Stadium. Starr completed 21 out of 38 passes for 247 yards in a field of mud. But a complementary running attack wasn't there. While the Bays gained 58 yards on the ground, the Lions countered with 215. Starr himself was the Packers' leading rusher with 28 yards. The Packers took a 3-0 first quarter lead on Fred Cone's 14 yard field goal. Jim Martin tied it up on a booming 36-yarder before the period ended. Freddie came back to split the uprights from the 16 yard line 20 seconds before the half ended.
Besides Johnson's dazzling touchdown run, the Lions added two more field goals by Martin (42 and 17 yards) and chalked up a safety by swarming on Babe Parilli in the end zone. Although the field was covered up to game time, it was no time before the gridiron was a quagmire. Even with these adverse playing conditions, the Packers took the opening kickoff and marched 63 yards to the Detroit seven. It looked easy the way Don McIlhenny scampered for 16 yards, Howie Ferguson hit for nine, Starr for 16 and then passed to Ron Kramer for 31 down the middle.
It looked frustrating with first down on the seven when Ferguson lost a yard and Starr missed two targets. But this was the indication of things to come. Cone's 14 yard field goal on fourth down was a cinch and the quick 3-0 score was posted with 6:35 of the game played. Tobin Rote, who completed four out of nine passes for 98 yards, did his old buddies a good turn when the Lions got their mitts on the ball, fumbling on a quarterback sneak. Jerry Helluin recovered on the Packer 47. Again Starr pitched a wet ball well, hitting McIlhenny for a 21 yard gain to the Lion 32. But three more played netted only six more yards and Cone tried his second field goal from the 33. A high pass from center made Old Pineapple hurry - and the ball sailed harmlessly to the left. Detroit finally came to as Rote passed to Hopalong Cassady for 48 yards to the Packer 32. The Lions squirmed for four more yards but that was all. They settled for Martin's 36 yard field goal which had the power of a kickoff. It knotted the count with one and one-half minutes to play. The third time the Packers got the ball they went nowhere. And it wasn't until Bobby Dillon made a sensational interception on Bobby Layne's long pass that the Bays bounced back. Dillon grabbed Layne's long heave on the Packer 12 and returned it to his 34. A holding penalty on the next play moved Green Bay back to its 23.
Now Starr got hot again, hitting Howton for 17 and McIlhenny for 17. In 10 plays the Packers reached the Lion 10. However, with a half minute to play until intermission, Coach Liz Blackbourn called for Cone's 16 yard field on third down. It was perfect and the Packers led, 6-3. Apparently there was more time remaining than Liz had figured as the Packers kicked off with 20 seconds showing. On the Lions' second play, Johnny Symank snared another long Layne pass on the 50 and returned it to the Detroit 20. But the sounding gun ruined the chance. Green Bay not only had the upper hand on the score at halftime but it outgained Detroit, 196 yards to 157. The longest run was McIlhenny's 16-yard scamper.
Whoever dared to think John Henry Johnson was going to take off in this well-whipped muck? But he did on the first play of the second half and there was the ball game. Johnson broke through the secondary with amazing speed. Once in the clear he was five yard beyond the nearest Packer tackler. The 62-yard touchdown run was not only the game's winning play, but it was the longest run for a Lion from scrimmage since 1952. Martin's conversion gave Detroit the lead for the first time, 10-6, with 45 seconds of the third period expired. When Roger Zatkoff, who learned the tricks of the trade as a Packer during a four year stay, recovered McIlhenny's fumble on the Packer 41, the Lions were to boost their lead to 13-6 on Martin's second field goal from the 42. Ten points in three minutes and 45 seconds on this field seemed to take all the wind out of the Packers' sails, for they couldn't consistently move the rest of the quarter. Helluin recovered Johnson's fumble on the Lion 41, but the effort went for naught. On fourth down, Starr bobbled the pass from center and Cone could do nothing but pick it up and run. He was smeared for a five yard loss and the Lions took over.
Yale Lary, who averaged 49 yards on three punts to 42 on four by Dick Deschaine, put the Packers in a big hole when his booming kick was downed by Dorne Dibble on the Bay seven. Parilli made his game debut. On the first play, his handoff to Ferguson picked up nothing. On the second play he went back to pass, couldn't find a receiver and was racked by Darris McCord in the end zone for a safety - the first such experience for the Packers in many a moon. Deschaine had to punt from his 20. The ball bounced well and traveled 50 yards when Gedman was downed by Frank Purnell on the Lion 34 as the third quarter ended.
With Rote taking over for Layne, who had moved Detroit to the Packer 30, Detroit reached the 12 before Tobin missed a payoff pass in the end zone. But with a kicker like Martin available, three points were in the bag as he booted his third field goal from the 17 to conclude the scoring. Starr rallied the Packers forced in a last ditch effort. He hit Kramer for nine, Ferguson for 17 and McIlhenny for 20 as they moved from their 23 to the Lion 36. A third down pass from this point was intercepted by Terry Barr, who looked like he was going the distance only to be stopped from behind by Ferguson. But the brilliant rookie was all for nothing as the Lions were penalized for holding.
So with first down on the 18, the Packers had a glorious chance for their first touchdown. Starr ran to the six - but a holding penalty was walked off against the Bays. Starr then tied a long heave which was picked off by Jack Christiansen on the Lions 14. The Packers had still another chance to notch their first points of the second half with two minutes to play from the Lion 34. But on second down, Starr was hit, fumbled and the ball was recovered by Bob Long to end this dismal day. The Packers flew immediately after the game for the traditional turkey feast with their families at Green Bay - since they got nothing but hash in this turkey day clash.
GREEN BAY -  3  3  0  0 -  6
DETROIT   -  3  0 12  3 - 18
1st - GB - Cone, 14-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - DET - Jim Martin, 36-yard field goal TIED 3-3
2nd - GB - Cone, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3
3rd - DET - John Henry Johnson, 62-yard run (Martin kick) DETROIT 10-6
3rd - DET - Martin, 42-yard field goal DETROIT 13-6
3rd - DET - Safety, Gerry Perry tackled Parilli in the end zone DETROIT 15-6
4th - DET - Martin, 17-yard field goal DETROIT 18-6
NOVEMBER 28 (Detroit) - The Lions had so much success running against the Packers in the muck Thanksgiving Day that even Bobby Layne tried his luck.
Detroit's prized quarterback has been told not to run as
long as the Lions are in contention. But he did and he
was hurt. He banged up his shoulder and was taken
to the hospital for X-rays. The doctor's preliminary
diagnosis quieted fears among the Lions and the team
bosses who remember well their fate in 1955 when
Layne's right arm ruined their championship hopes. Lion
President Edward Anderson had said during the game:
"If he runs and the other team doesn't kill him, I will."
Layne himself appeared unconcerned. "I don't know
how bad the damage is," he said. "But I'll be all right. I
was hurt when Jim Temp hit my shoulder with his knee
as he was tackling me." John Henry Johnson, whose
62-yard touchdown run, "broke" the Packers in the third
quarter, is a picture of taping perfection. His right ankle,
right calf and right thigh are encased in tape, and
stringing up the leg is a series of elastic tapes
supporting the knee. Because of this, John Henry
always limps - except when he's running with the ball.
Lion Coach George Wilson was satisfied with the
victory. "Under these conditions," Wilson said, "it was
an awfully rough game. This kind can go either way."
NOVEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - Both coaches
saw John Henry Johnson's 62 yard run for the only
touchdown as the key play in Detroit's 18-6 triumph
over Green Bay in their muddy NFL game here
Thursday. "It let us play the game we planned," said
George Wilson, head Lion. "We could control the ball
by running and passing only enough to keep them
loose." "That run," moaned Lisle Blackbourn, sadly
shaking his head again. "We should have got him after
15-20 yards, but we didn't. They caught us with it.
We've been vulnerable in that sort of thing. It killed us."
...Green Bay's blockers did a generally good job of protecting passer Bart Starr, but after a fast start the offensive line seemed to run out of gas and in the second half could no longer move Detroit's defenders on running plays. This followed a pattern which cost Green Bay dearly in the second half of earlier games, notably the Los Angeles and Baltimore contests at Milwaukee...DOWN TO LAST 11: The Packers started Thursday's game with 14 defensive players. One of them was tackle Tom Finnin, who joined the club Wednesday after being picked up on waivers from the Cardinals to replace the injured Nate Borden. Middle guard Sam Palumbo could hardly walk, much less play, on his sore ankle. Back John Petitbon was knocked unconscious when hit in the head in the second quarter and replaced by Billy Kinard. End Carlton Massey, 10 pounds underweight at 215 after a bout with the flu, had to retire because his sore right shoulder became further aggravated. Johnson got past Massey's "weak" side on his long run. When Massey was no longer able to perform capably, Finnin was inserted at tackle and Dave Hanner moved to end, a position unfamiliar to him. There was no other choice. Only 11 players were available..."We couldn't run much in that stuff anyway," Blackbourn said after the game. "We didn't have any bulldozers like Hart and John Henry. Our backs need good footing. They have bigger blockers, too - Sewell, Ane, Creekmur."...PRAISE FOR STARR: In the Lion dressing room afterward, Tobin Rote said of Bart Starr, his successor as Packer quarterback, "He played a real fine game. He's getting better all the time." Coach Blackbourn said, "Bart is getting that experience to look over the defense and know what to do about it. That comes only with experience. Starr did the right thing most of the time today. He was a shade off for awhile after he got hit but he played a real good game. He's going to be a great quarterback, if he doesn't get hurt."...Green Bay even used the platoon system to kick off in the first quarter. Paul Hornung, rookie, who usually kicks off, was at home in Louisville nursing a sprained ankle. Fred Cone's first try went out of bounds, costing the Packers five yards. Rookie Ron Kramer then tried a kick and it went out of bounds. Then from the Packer 30, Cone tried again and lofted the ball 62 yards to Detroit's eight...HEAR HEAD OF LINE: The defeat did assure Green Bay a place near the head of the line when the first four rounds of college players are chosen in the NFL's early draft at Philadelphia Monday...It was hard to distinguish the officials' penalty flags and the cleaning rags in Thursday's game. Cloths were spread all over the field after being used to wipe moisture and mud from the ball and the players. A "fresh" ball was used on every play. The referee kept it under cover until the offensive team broke its huddle and lined up for the next play...Norm Master, rookie Green Bay tackle, got in for two plays. He has a sore knee, but wanted to play before the home folks.
NOVEMBER 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn was studying films of the recent Packer-Ram game at his Green Bay hideaway Friday, trying to pinpoint what went wrong again. Thursday's 18-6 loss at Detroit was so much history as far as Blackbourn was concerned. While the Lions swept both ends of the home and away games with the Bays, Liz would like to believe his gang could split with the Rams when they resume play at Los Angeles December 8. This would really be an accomplishment. Since the Packers have been making the westward jaunt, they have won only twice, while losing 16 times. For some reason California weather hasn't helped the Wisconsin pros - maybe it's took much sun. So let's get back to Thursday's defeat in the miserable playing conditions at Briggs Stadium. Blackbourn pinpointed this outcome on two plays - John Henry Johnson's 62 yard touchdown run and Babe Parilli being tackled in the end zone for a safety. "That's what did it," said Blackbourn. "When they scored on that first play they got loose. It was another third quarter lapse for us." But what made Johnson a superman in the mud while every other runner slipped fell time and again? "I know the play was trapped," Liz answered. "They trapped (Carlton) Massey and Johnson was five steps in the clear. "They probably knew Massey was hurt," Liz continued. "He hasn't much use of his right arm. He probably shouldn't have played - but we're down where we haven't any replacements." Regarding Parilli being dumped for a safety, Blackbourn wouldn't comment. It was Parilli's second play of the game just before the third period ended. The Packers were in a big hole on their 7. The Babe went back to pass, couldn't spot a receiver - and like old time, was swarmed under. He never had a chance to run. Bart Starr threw the most passes in his pro career (38) and had a remarkable completion record (21) considering the playing conditions. "We had to throw more because our crippled line wasn't doing a good job with their big line," Blackbourn insisted. "The times we tried to run we couldn't keep our footing." The most encouraging outcome was the injury report. "For the first time, I don't think anyone sustained new injuries," Blackbourn said. That hardly means the Packers are in the punk of health. Center Jim Ringo has been playing for the last three weeks with a badly bruised shoulder bone. "He's a real pro, that Ringo," praised Liz. "Not many men would go all out with such an ailment. His shoulder is miserably sore." Blackbourn will leave for Philadelphia Sunday for the NFL's preliminary draft meeting Monday. Assistant Coach Scooter McLean will be in charge when the club flies west Sunday. The Packers will work out one week at Pasadena before the Ram game and complete their schedule the following week at San Francisco. The law of averages should make one of these visits worthwhile one of these years.
DECEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - When a guy picks up a newspaper and discovers where his next job will be - that's a new twist to an old story. The usual thing to do is turn to the want ad section. But if you were Dan Currie, Michigan State center, you would have found your
new job offer splashed across the local sports pages. Currie, who
appeared on Ed Sullivan's TV show honoring the Coaches' All-
American team, returned from New York Monday afternoon, picked
up a paper and found out the Packers had drafted him. "Surprised?"
the Spartan All-American candidate answered to the same
question - "I sure was surprised Green Bay made me its first pick."
The 6-3, 230 pound lineman wants to play pro football, "I've been
looking forward to the day for a long time," Currie said. "I don't care
where I play just so I play." While Liz Blackbourn wanted Currie
more than any other college draftee available, so did Canada.
Currie said he had already been offered a Canadian bid - one he
prefers not to disclose. "I'll listen to them," he said. "But I would
prefer playing in the States and, well, I'm acquainted with two
members of the Packers and it would be swell playing with them
again." Currie said he played with Packer tackle Norm Masters in
the Rose Bowl. And Hank Bullough (Packer guard soon to be
released from the service soon) is an old buddy. But that's the only
acquaintance Currie has with the Bays. "I've only seen the Packers
play against the Lions," he said. Currie added that the Lions were
his first choice to play with because "that's my home town. But I've
heard about what a great pro town Green Bay is." Married and the
father of a daughter, Currie is classified 3-A by his draft board. And
if the Packers sign him, there should be little worry he will be lost
to military service. Currie said he was familiar with players like Ollie
Spencer, Jim Ringo, Jim Salsbury - "I would be playing in tough
company," he said, "but I sure would like it." The rugged lineman
was also looking forward to playing pro football's platoon system -
"that's the only way to play," he said.
DECEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Apparently
some prodding by a congressional committee did it. But whatever
the inspiration. It's nice to note that the NFL is about to change
the system of awarding one so-called bonus extra in the annual
draft.The original plan, drawing for the added talent prize, smacked
too much of lottery in the eyes of committee members. Without
saying so, they also recognized that teams with the greatest need
could be moved to the end of the line by the luck of the draw. That's
just about what happened over the first 12-year span, which came
to an end with the Cardinals finally getting their long awaited shot
at an extra. The new proposal calls for giving the tailender first
crack when another cycle is started next year, working up from
that point until all the teams again have cut into the bonus act....
STILL DEALING IN FUTURES: That's a start in the right direction,
but only a start, for any system that guarantees every club a bonus choice - the haves as well as the have-nots - is out of step with what must have been a competition-balancing motive in the first place. The ideal way would be to confine bonus choice eligibility to the tailender, or two or more clubs in case of a tie for last place. If more widespread participation is insisted upon, the draw should be limited to second division outfits. On their records, the first division group doesn't need special consideration. Or, if they don't like that, why not toss the entire bonus business into the ashcan? Unfortunately, the pros aren't doing anything about an even greater weakness in their talent procurement and distribution setup. That, of course, is the old business of getting first dibs on outstanding newcomers by trading active players for future draft choices. That wasn't even mentioned in news dispatches from the preliminary meeting in Philadelphia. Look at the Los Angeles Rams. They came out of the early draft session (four rounds of selection) with SEVEN players. How come? The answer is simple: Three rival clubs owed them draft choices. It would be much better for all concerned if trades were limited to active pros and if each club had to release all surplus talent outright when cutdown date rolls around each season. Then all clubs would be starting from scratch and taking their chances when a new collegiate crop is up for grabs. The Packers, by the way, seem to have done all right in the first four rounds. Their No. 1 choice, Dan Currie of Michigan State, is a terrific football player - an ideal pro type. They could use a bellringing fullback. But there just aren't any Nagurskis, Hinkles and Ameches around. So the Bays did the next best thing and went for topnotch halfbacks, Jim Taylor and Dick Christy, as their second and third picks.
DECEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Dan Currie, whom Liz Blackbourn described as "a man among the boys in the Big 10," heads the list of rebuilding material for the Packers next fall. The 6-3, 230 pound Michigan State center was the Packers' first pick in the NFL's early draft at Philadelphia Monday. Currie is a rough and strong performer, one who wants to play pro football. In picking his prize lineman, Blackbourn, like four other coaches, passed up on the Spartans' bruising halfback, Walt Kowalczyk. But Blackbourn picked backfield help in the next two rounds, grabbing Jim Taylor, Louisiana State fullback; Dick Christy, North Carolina State halfback and Ray Nitschke, Illinois fullback, obtained from New York in the third round to complete a previous trade for John Martinkovic. Prior to the draft, Blackbourn considered Currie as his first pick if he were lucky enough to grab him. "Currie is the kind of lineman you always hope to get," said Blackbourn. "He's the pro type - and he wants to play. We'll probably use him as a defensive linebacker," Blackbourn added. "But then, too, he's a dandy replacement for our offensive center, Jim Ringo." Blackbourn said he passed up on Kowalczyk because he considered the Spartan runner too slow for pro ball. "Many a good college boy isn't a good pro candidate," Blackbourn pointed out. "I saw Kowalczyk when I coached Marquette. He's a good runner but not a fast starter - a necessity in this league." In the fourth round, Green Bay came up with a guard, Idaho's Jerry Kramer. The lowly Cardinals, the 12th team to earn the bonus choice since its inception in 1947, grabbed King Hill, Rice's outstanding quarterback. John Crow, Texas A&M fullback, was their No. 1 pick.
Francisco...Third quarter jitters? Whatever the reasons, the Packers have done miserably in this period, scoring only one touchdown in 10 games...MONTREAL EYES CHRISTY: Owner Ted Workman of the Montreal Alouettes said three American college players named in the NFL's draft have been on his negotiation list for "many months, possibly a year." The three players are John Crow of Texas A&M, Vanderbilt's Phil King and Dick Christy of North Carolina State, the Packers' third draft choice. "I guess we'll have stiff competition," Workman said.
​DECEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers are third best pass defense team in the NFL, according to the latest NFL team statistics. Green Bay has allowed its opponents to complete 48.5% of their passes. Cleveland moved from second to first place in pass defense, allowing only 43.3% completions. Currently in second place is New York, which has permitted 44.5%. The Colts, Western Conference leaders, increased their total offense for the season to 3,417 yards, 132 more than their nearest rival in the statistical competition. Baltimore has gained 1,516 yards rushing and 1,991 passing. Detroit ranks second with 3,285 yards on 1,486 rushing and 1,790 passing. Los Angeles and New York are tied for third with 3,099 yards each. The Rams top the 12 team NFL in yards gained on the ground with an average of 4.4 yards per try. The Rams have totaled 1,689 yards on 388 rushes. Cleveland, leader of the Eastern Conference, is second with 1,591 with Washington third on 1,526. Baltimore, second last week in the passing department, moved ahead of Detroit with 1,901 yards through the air. The Colts lead in touchdown passes with 23. Detroit has gained 1,799 yards passing. San Francisco, with 1,668 yards, is third in the aerial game. San Francisco tops the league in passing percentage with a 62.3 to 56.7 lead over Baltimore. New York is third with a 54.8 mark. Baltimore's 269 points top Cleveland and Los Angeles each with 228 and New York and San Francisco with 216 apiece. In punting, the Giants have averaged 44.9 yards per boot as against 44.5 for Los Angeles and 43.6 for San Francisco. Defensively, Baltimore has allowed only three years in each of the 306 opposition rushes to qualify as the best defensive team against ball carrying. The Bears have allowed 3.3 and Cleveland and Pittsburgh 3.6 per opposing rush.
DECEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers hope to take the Rams by the horns Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum and bring them down to their own level. Liz Blackbourn wants this one badly. He figures his bruisers should have won the first meeting at Milwaukee, the game the Bays blew a 24-3 halftime lead. But it's a proven fact in pro football that the second time around is tougher. And Blackbourn doesn't have to be reminded that he has yet to win a game in Los Angeles. The Packers, who haven't seen action since Thanksgiving Day, will have a full week of drills in California. They have been working out at Pasadena. Physically, the Wisconsinites will be in good shape - good shape, that is, if you disregard the fact fullback Paul Hornung and defensive end Nate Borden won't be around. Hornung is still sidelined with an ankle injury and Borden is out with a broken arm. If Blackbourn can't come up with a victory against the Rams, he may have to settle for his worst records since taking over the coaching reins in Packerland. The Bays finish their season at San Francisco December 15 and this contest figures to spell trouble galore. While Blackbourn had been re-running films of the Milwaukee lallapalooza to detect what caused the complete reversal of events, he didn't need pictures to pinpoint the damage done by halfback Arnett and quarterback Norm Van Brocklin. Arnett picked up 149 yards against the Packers, the spark which touched off a 28 point L.A. blast in the second half. Van Brocklin completed 14 out of 32 passes for 250 yards, including a 34 yard payoff strike to Lamar Lundy with one minute and 21 seconds to go which won the ball game. Blackbourn's closest resemblance to a win at the Coliseum was in 1954 when his club was beaten, 35-27. His worst showing was last year's 49-21 shellacking - the day Van Brocklin hit 17 of 22 for 289 yards and Tom Wilson set a league rushing record, picking up 223 yards in 23 carries. For some strange reason sunny California hasn't been the right tonic for the pros from the frozen north. Humidity or what, it certainly has been humiliating.
DECEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - The last place Green Bay Packers are far out of the title picture in the NFL's Western Division, but Lisle Blackbourn's fighting band still can have something to say whether it will be Baltimore, San Francisco or Detroit which faces Cleveland, or possibly New York, in the championship game. The Packers this week are working out in Los Angeles, trying to recover from multiple injuries before their game with the Rams there Sunday. That one won't have any bearing on the race, aside from position in the draft next January, but Green Bay's game at San Francisco December 15 probably will. Green Bay and Baltimore will exchange opponents the next two Sundays. Baltimore will play the 49ers at San Francisco first, and then move to Los Angeles to meet the Rams. The Colts have a one game lead over Detroit and San Francisco with two games to play...Y.A. Tittle of San Francisco leads the league's passers with 62.8% on completions. Babe Parilli of Green Bay is last with 37.9%. John Unitas of Baltimore has thrown 22 touchdown passes. Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles has had 19 intercepted...'49ERS TO WIN': Frank Albert, San Francisco coach, said after his team's victory over New York's defending champion Giants, "I think we'll win the Western Division championship now. The 49ers are a good, hustling, fighting club. With this shot in the arm, I'm sure we can handle Baltimore next Sunday back home at Kezar Stadium. The Rams will have a good chance to knock off the Colts in Los Angeles. I figure Detroit will get a split. Don't ask me whether the Lions will beat the Browns and lose to the Bears, or the other way around. I can't get into Detroit's problems. I have enough of my own"...Jim Taylor, Louisiana State fullback, Green Bay's second draft choice, led the major colleges in scoring this season with 86 points, two more than Army's Bob Anderson. Taylor led the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 760 yards. He scored two touchdowns and rushed for 171 yards in 19 carries in LSU's windup 25-6 victory over archrival Tulane last Saturday...BAWEL STARS: Ray (Bibbles) Bawel, whose last name is pronounced "bobble", left Green Bay's camp in the middle of the night last August after it seemed certain he would make the Packers as a defensive back. He went to Canada and played under his old coach, Jim Trimble, at Montreal. Bawel and Tribble had been together before with the Philadelphia Eagles. As Montreal won Canada's Grey Cup final playoff from Winnipeg last Saturday, Bawel scored one touchdown when he picked up a fumble and ran into the end zone. Later he intercepted a pass and appeared headed for another score when a fan came out of the stands and tripped him on Winnipeg's 42 yard line.
DECEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Fred Cone, whose jersey No. 31 matched his age, has a good chance to capture the NFL's scoring title. But he'll need a touchdown or so on the West Coast to sew things up. Going into the season's 11th game at Los Angeles Sunday, the oldest Packer veteran is tied with Washington's Sam Baker for third place honors among the league's top scorers with 61 points. Lou (The Toe) Groza of the Browns is leading the parade with 66 points and the Bears' George Blanda is runnerup with 62. But Cone has an advantage over his rivals. Freddie is a touchdown threat - he scored two this season. Groza, Blanda and Baker have chalked up points on their kicking ability alone. While Groza has booted 27 extra points without a miss and 13 out of 19 field goals, Cone has tacked on 22 conversions (no misses and nine out of 14 field goals. If Cone could win the NFL scoring title, it would be a perfect ending to a successful pro career. Cone has said he would definitely retire after this season. Cone is now ranked second only to Don Hutson in the all-time Packer scoring. He passed up Ted Fritsch early this fall...HORNUNG'S RUN TOPS: Paul Hornung, the Packers' Jack-of-all-trades, still hangs on to the league's longest run from scrimmage...72 yards against the Giants. The bonus choice is still recuperating from a severely sprained ankle at his Louisville home and is not expected to see action until the finale in San
DECEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers will open their annual two game West Coast trip as decided underdogs against the Los Angeles Rams here Sunday. The Packers need a victory here or against the 49ers at San Francisco a week hence to avert their worst finish since Blackbourn took over as coach in 1954. Blackbourn's first team had four victories and eight defeats, his second, six and six, and his third, four and eight. This year's injured and seemingly unlucky outfit has won three games and lost seven. Two more defeats would leave Green Bay with its worst record since Gene Ronzani's last team compiled a 2-9-1 record in 1953. Green Bay has never done well on the coast. Since the Packers started coming out here for the two windup games in 1950, they have won one game, at San Francisco two years ago, and lost 13. Last year, the Rams whipped them at the Coliseum, 49-21, as Norm Van Brocklin completed 17 out of 22 passes for 289 yards and Tom Wilson set what was then a NFL single game rushing record of 223 yards in 23 carries. A crowd of some 60,000 is expected Sunday. The Rams need to draw 125,000 fans in their last two games to reach the million mark for all exhibition and league games this season. In seven preseason and 10 league games so far, they have attracted more than 875,000 spectators. Green Bay is in better shape than it has been for weeks. Fullback Paul Hornung, defensive middle guard Sam Palumbo and defensive end Nate Borden are the only regulars not likely to play. The attack will be centered around quarterback Bart Starr, runners Don McIlhenny and Howie Ferguson and receivers Bill Howton, Ron Kramer and Max McGee. Blackbourn may take a long look at rookie Frank Purnell at fullback. "We've got to start thinking about next year," Blackbourn said, "so we have to find out what this boy can do." The Packers will be seeking revenge for a 31-27 licking they suffered in MIlwaukee three weeks ago. In that one, the Packers held a 24-3 lead at halftime, then fell apart, both on offense and defense. Los Angeles will be at full strength and that's bad news for Green Bay's defense, which must try to contain passer Van Brocklin, runners Jon Arnett, Tank Younger, Joe Marconi, Wilson and Ron Waller and receivers Elroy Hirsch, Leon Clarke, Bob Boyd and Lamar Lundy.
Detroit Lions (6-4) 18, Green Bay Packers (3-7) 6
Thursday November 28th 1957 (at Detroit)