(GREEN BAY) - For want of a yard on the one yard line in four tries, the Green Bay Packers failed to catch the champion New York Giants in the fourth quarter of their NFL thriller Sunday. What would have happened if the Packers had tied the score is anyone's guess, but it is fair to say that they quite likely would have had the pendulums's momentum swinging the other way. What did happen was that the Giants climbed out of a bad hole, intercepted a desperation pass for a superfluous touchdown and won, 31-17. This was the second time in three Sundays that a first down on the opponent's one yard line failed to produce a score. It also happened against San Francisco in Milwaukee two weeks ago. Sunday, it was especially hard to take, for otherwise the Packers played a fine game. They outgained the Giants rushing and they outgained them passing. But they couldn't outscore the white clad New Yorkers, who took advantage of every opportunity of any size, shape or form. Green Bay did not cash in its chips, again. So the Packers fell into a tie for last place in the Western Division on their fourth defeat against two victories and New York remained within one game of the Eastern lead with its fourth triumph against two setbacks. Sam Huff scored New York's first touchdown when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. Frank Gifford got the second on a three yard run around end, Ken MacAfee the third on a three yard pass from Charlie Conerly after an interference call gave the Giants position and Emlen Tunnell the fourth on a 52 yard runback of Babe Parilli's misdirected pass after the Packers had misfired so badly. Ben Agajanian kicked a 12 yard field goal and the four extra points. Bart Starr passed to Billy Howton in a 77 yard play for Green Bay's first touchdown and Don McIlhenny, the halfback obtained from Detroit in the Tobin Rote trade, ran 40 yards around end for the second. Fred Cone kicked a 39 yard field goal and converted both times.
Paul Hornung, the bonus rookie from Notre Dame, running from fullback, led Green Bay's revived rushers. He got away on a 72 yard jaunt to New York's eight which set up Green Bay's late frustration series. Green Bay gave away the first score. Cliff Livingston was permitted to rush in unattended and curl his long body around Dick Deschaine's toe. The ball bounded into the end zone and Huff outhustled the punting specialist to it. Starr and Howton struck back quickly. The speedy end took a short pass on the right at Green Bay's 42, spun away from Ed Hughes and outran Jim Patton to the goal.
Agajanian's field goal was next, after the Packer defense threw the Giants back near the goal. Then old Conerly found the versatile Gifford for passes up for the middle twice and Gifford finished things off by circling end. Cone's field goal cut the score to 17-10. The ball barely crossed the crossbar. Bob Dillon had Conerly's pass intercepted in the end zone when an official called John Symank, eager rookie, for interference on Bob Schnelker. The Packers had a three on one situation and Dillon played the ball perfectly but Symank was ruled to have played the man. With four seconds left in the half, Conerly waved off the field goal kicking team and passed to MacAfee for a 24-10 half time lead. At the start of the second half, the Packers almost ran the Giants out of the neat new stadium, which held a capacity 32,070 spectators on a mostly cloudy afternoon. McIlhenny shook loose for 20 yards and Hornung broke through for 12 yards on two carries as Green Bay went 73 yards in five plays, all on the ground. This was a switch. McIlhenny sped around left end for the last 40 yards as Al Barry's block sprung him. So the Packers were behind by only seven points. The first time they got the ball in the fourth quarter, Starr faked beautifully, had lots of time and threw long for Howton. The end was behind the secondary but the throw was a trifle long and trickled off his fingertips on New York's 37. It was almost an 80 yard scoring play.
Undaunted, Starr faked beautifully again, only this time he handed off to Hornung and the Giants were caught going left while Hornung raced off right tackle. He was in the clear, but he couldn't outrun Patton. He turned and tried to stiff arm the Giant halfback and was brought down on the New York eight. Starr's pass was on target to Howton in the end zone but the Giants were all over Howton. He almost caught it anyway, but interference was called and Green Bay had first down on the one. Starr butted his head into a stone wall twice on quarterback sneaks, then handed off to Hornung twice on dive plays. Hornung had no place to dive and New York took over one foot from its goal.
The Giants punted on the first play and Dillon made a fine runback to New York's 25, but clipping was detected and the Packers had to start from their 47. Starr's two yard sneak brought one first down and Kramer had another on New York's 30 after a pass but he tried to lateral and the ball rolled out of bounds six yards farther back.
Green Bay gave up the ball on downs, got it back after a missed field goal try, gave it back on downs, regained it when Bill Forester separated Alex Webster from the ball and gave it back with interest when Tunnell, the grand old man of defensive backs, picked off Parilli's pass and sped into the end zone. The fans had been calling for Parilli. They got him.
NEW YORK  -  7 17  0  7 - 31
GREEN BAY -  7  3  7  0 - 17
1st - NY - Sam Huff recovered blocked punt in end zone (Ben Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 7-0
1st - GB - Howton, 77-yard pass from Starr (Cone kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - NY - Agajanian, 12-yard field goal NEW YORK 10-7
2nd - NY - Frank Gifford, 3-yard run (Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 17-7
2nd - GB - Cone, 39-yard field goal NEW YORK 17-10
2nd - NY - Ken McAfee, 3-yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 24-10
3rd - GB - McIlhenny, 40-yard run (Cone kick) NEW YORK 24-17
4th - NY - Emlen Tunnell, 52-yard interception return (Agajanian kick) NEW YORK 31-17
NOVEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - "We played our best ball game this season." That was the comment of Coach Lisle Blackbourn following Sunday's home finale in which the Packers bowed to the Giants, 31-17. "It was breaks," he reflected, but quickly pointed out - "you've got to score from the one-yard line, that's when we lost the game." He referred to the fourth quarter situation when the Packers, trailing 24-17, failed to move the ball one yard for a touchdown in four tries. Blackbourn also pointed to Dick Deschaine's blocked punt in the first quarter. "You cannot afford to get punts blocked in this league." Liz had another observation. "We played well, but had a little lack of poise." He added as an afterthought. "For champions, the Giants didn't show too much poise, either." Blackbourn didn't try to alibi the loss, but did point out that at least a half a dozen of the Packers were hit by the flu bug. Guard Jim Salsbury, who suffered a sprained ankle last week against Baltimore, had to replace his replacement, Norm Amundsen, early in the game and Howie Ferguson did not even play. But then he didn't have to, the way Paul Hornung operated from fullback. The head coach also recalled (on the blocked punt) that Carlton Massey was out of the game. It was Massey's replacement who missed his block on Cliff Livingston, who batted down Deschaine's kick. Jim Lee Howell, the Giants' coach, beamed in the locker room after the game. His summation. "Breaks did it today. That game could have gone either way. Those Packers hit hard. This is the hardest we've been hit all year." He had special praise for Hornung and end Billy Howton. He called Hornung "great, really great." About Howton, he remarked. "That Howton is in a class all by himself." Howell also lauded former Packer defensive end John Martinkovic, now playing with the Giants. "Martinkovic had a real good day. As a matter of fact, he's played a couple of great games since he's been with us and in the others he's played good steady ball."
NOVEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - "In my years of coaching, I've had many a team stop running just when I needed it most. But it didn't run out of offense, it was just clogged." That, in effect, was Coach Lisle Blackbourn's explanation for the Packers' defeat by the New York Giants here Sunday. With first down on the Giants' one yard line and trailing by one touchdown early in the fourth quarter, the Packers ran out of "flogen". They could not punch the ball over. "That's when we lost the ball game," Blackbourn said. "It wasn't when they won it. This (the defeat) is the worst to take I've had in my life. The team played so well. And to lose it..." His words trailed off. Two factors accounted for the Giants' victory, he said. "Our failure to score was one and that blocked punt was the other. In this league, you just can't have blocked punts," the coach said. "This was our best running of this year. The whole team played well. I hope the flu's over," Blackbourn said. Five Packers went into the game still troubled by flu. They were Don McIlhenny, Bobby Dillon, Jon Petitbon, Bill Forester and Carlton Massey. Massey was removed from the lineup on the blocked punt because of his illness and it was through his position that Cliff Livingston came roaring in to block Dick Deschaine's boot. The Packers also were hurt in the guard department. Norm Amundson injured his knee early in the game and his place was taken by Jim Salsbury, who had suffered a sprained ankle a week before in Baltimore. "I hadn't even planned to use Salsbury," Blackbourn said. "But it couldn't be avoided." Amundson's injury was not believed serious enough to keep him out of next Sunday's game with the Bears in Chicago. "We're improving," Blackbourn said. "If we can just get over these silly bad breaks." Jim Lee Howell, the Giant coach, agreed with Blackbourn about the breaks. "The team that gets the breaks in this league will win," he said. "We got them today." As for rating the teams in the league, Howell remarked, "I can't tell one team from another. They're all good, they're all tough, they all can beat you. The league is producing good football, but it's hard on the coaches." Howell did say, however, that the Packers played "harder" football against the Giants than any other team had this year. "They were hitting awfully hard out there," he said. "As long as the Packer have Howton, they'll have a good team." Three brief fistic flurries enlivened action in the second quarter. Fred Cone and Bill Svoboda squared off in one but parted patting each other. Carl Vereen and Andy Robustelli also squared off. And then, as though they had been in an elimination tournament, Svoboda and Vereen got into a scuffle. Sam Huff and Ron Kramer renewed a feud begun in the college all-star game in Chicago. Kramer then tried to unscrew Huff's helmet. "The Packer hurt us with their long runs," Howell said. "Hornung looked great on the wide stuff and McIlhenny will become better. He's got good speed, a good movement and could become a real good back."
NOVEMBER 5 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell says he will propose to owners of the NFL clubs, at their annual meeting in January, that two more teams be added to the league. In announcing this today, Bell said that even if his proposal were accepted, it was doubtful that the new additions would be able to compete before the 1960 season. Bell said the owners would be the ones to choose the new member cities, but his personal choices were Buffalo and Louisville. He said both had indicated they would double deck existing stadiums and would provide ample parking facilities. In addition, said Bell, "Buffalo has already shown it is a good football town." Buffalo had a team in the old All-America conference which was absorbed by the National league. The commissioner previously said he didn't want the league expanded from its present 12 team setup until all the present members were somewhat equal in personnel and ability. His criteria has been that the last place teams should be able to win at least three games in their 12 game schedule. So far this year, no team has won less than two of its six games. "The way it is now," said Bell, "any team is capable of beating any other. They all have good material." Providing personnel for the proposed two new entries would be among the biggest problem facing the league and one, he said, that makes it improbably a new entry will participate before 1960. If the proposal for two new entries is accepted at the annual meeting and player draft in January, then the teams would have to be accepted and franchises formally awarded. That would rule out their participating in the 1958 draft.
NOVEMBER 6 (Chicago Tribune) - One of the Chicago Bears who cannot be held responsible for the team's disappointing record is Bill George. George, who has been an outstanding Bear on defense for six years, is one of the favorite conversational subjects of Clark Shaughnessy, Bear defensive coach. "There is no question by that Bill is the best middle guard in the NFL," Shaughnessy declares. As if George has not had enough of a burden to carry upon his 6 foot 2 1/2 inch, 235 pound frame the last few years, he has been given additional duties by Shaughnessy in some recent Bear games. George occasionally has been relieved of his middle guard chores and sent into the defensive line at tackle to buoy up the Bears' harassment of enemy passers. "When the situation demands that our pass defense be tightened," explains Shaughnessy, "we sometimes move Stan Wallace into George's middle spot. That gives us five defensive backs in one lineup." George stayed in his middle guard position last Sunday in Los Angeles, as Shaughnessy stopped the potent Ram attack with a four man defensive line. A member of the College All-Star team in 1952, George was an All-American tackle at Wake Forest, where he also was a champion heavyweight wrestler. As the Bears' middle guard, George calls defensive signals. "I can't think of anybody I would rather have responsible for our defensive strategy on the field than George," says Shaughnessy. "Once in a while someone will tell me that Les Richter of the Rams is as good a middle guard as George. I tell you why he's not. Richter is big, tough and mean. But George is big, tough, mean and smart."
NOVEMBER 7 (Chicago Tribune) - "I wouldn't trade our player personnel or our coaching staff for that of any other club in the NFL." So declared George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, at the second 1957 luncheon meeting of the Bears Alumni Fan club yesterday noon in the Sherman hotel. "When you've won only two games and lost four, the tendency is to panic," Halas told his 300 listeners in the Bernard Shaw room. "But we are not going to panic. This is the same Bear organization that won the western division title last year. We can do it again by winning the rest of our games." Halas laughed when asked by a questioner whether he thought it possible for the Bears to catch the San Francisco 49ers, the current divisional leaders with a 5-1 record. "Beginning next Sunday, the 49ers must play, in succession, Los Angeles, Detroit, Baltimore and New York. All those games are away from home. I expect them to lose three out of the four." Luke Johnsos, Bear offensive coach, paid tribute to the team's defense and its defensive coach, Clark Shaughnessy. "If the offense had been half as good as the defense," Johnsos said, "we wouldn't have lost a game." Johnsos said he could not pinpoint a reason for the Bears' dearth of offensive punch. Asked how many points the Bear offensive platoon would score if it were to be matched against the Bear defensive unit, Johnsos replied: "If we were lucky enough to get to the 30 yard line, we'd get three. George Blanda would kick a field goal." In response to a query, "Do you have any suggestion for Coach Ray Richards of the Cardinals?" Johnsos said: "Yes, I do have a suggestion. Ray is a very fine fellow and a good friend. I think he should pray real hard."
Knafelc's knee gave out for the season, spent two days in a hospital with flu complications. He will make the trip to Chicago but handyman Joe Johnson probably will play in his place. The interior lineman situation is also distressing. Guards Norm Amundsen and Jim Salsbury have knee and ankle troubles, respectively. Amundsen may be done for the season. Salsbury replaced him last Sunday due to necessity and made it through the game but came down with flu this week. Oliver Spencer, tackle, has been tried at guard this week. He will work there in emergency and rookies Carl Vereen and Norm Masters then holding forth as the only tackles on attack. Then, too, fullback Howie Ferguson will not play again. His knees may be finished. He is battered elsewhere, too. Blackbourn, then, will go with his very young backfield - rookies Paul Hornung at fullback and Ron Kramer at slot halfback and second year man Bart Starr at quarterback and Don McIlhenny at running halfback. Against the Giants last Sunday, Hornung and McIlhenny gave Green Bay surprising running strength. Blackbourn hopes they keep up it up. Starr has shown steady progress as Tobin Rote's replacement but still lacks the consistency the coach is seeking. Bill Howton, long distance scoring threat, will be at the end as usual. The Bears reported a sellout (49,000 fans plus) and that they were in "good shape" to get even for the 21-17 licking the Packers hung on them in the opener at Green Bay. Chicago suffered two other 21-17 defeats, both at San Francisco's hands. The Bears' high powered offense has lacked octane, failing to produce a touchdown in last Sunday's 16-10 victory over Los Angeles, the only team they have beaten. The Bears gained enough yardage against the Rams. It was just that when they got in close they would fumble or foul up. Harlon Hill also dropped three touchdown passes. That is not normal procedure.
NOVEMBER 9 (Chicago Tribune) - Chicago's Bears and the Green Bay Packers focused attention on the weather yesterday as they concluded final vigorous drills for their 78th meeting tomorrow in Wrigley field. Both teams hope for a dry field to help offenses which have not been as potent as expected. The Packers would like to have ideal ball handling conditions for their pass attack quarterback Bart Starr to Bill Howton, and the Bears need similar advantages for their attack built largely around the passing of Zeke Bratkowski and Ed Brown and the receiving of Harlon Hill, Bill McColl and Jim Dooley. Ground crews at Wrigley field, anticipating the touch of winter, threw a protective cover over the girdiron on Thursday and are ready to guarantee the old rivals solid footing when they kick off at 1:05 tomorrow afternoon. The anxiety develops, however, over what in the way of weather might blow in after the huge
tarpaulin has been removed from the field. Green Bay is due in the city tonight,
following its final drill up north this morning. Word from the Packer headquarters
indicates that Howie Ferguson, Green Bay's great fullback, still is too much of
an invalid to be counted upon and that Paul Hornung, Notre Dame's All-
American quarterback last fall, will start at the position. Hornung has been the
most productive runner in the Packer attack, averaging slightly over 6 yards per
carry as a halfback and a fullback.
NOVEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn tried to iron out Friday's
wrinkles as his club ended preparations for Sunday's 78th Bear fight at Wrigley
Field. But he almost gave up in disgust. "Why, it's like winter up here," said
Blackbourn from the stadium dressing room before he sent his 35-man squad
through their final drill. "The way it's snowing and blowing, I'm sure we're not
going to accomplish much." A Blackbourn-coached Packer team has never
beaten the Bears in Chicago. The oddsmakers figure this time won't be the
exception. They favor the Bruins by nine points. But Blackbourn's bruisers
turned the trick at Green Bay in the opener, trimming the Bears, 21-17. All
told, Blackbourn's Bays have won two out of seven meetings with the
Monsters. "I guess we've finally shaken the flu," Blackbourn continued.
"(Max) McGee was released from the hospital Thursday night after staying
there two days. I believe he will start. From what I've been reading we gave
the flu bug to the Giants. But it's national concern when they get it. Some
people must have thought we've been in the pink of health the last few
games - you should have seen how sick some of these boys were."
Blackbourn said he would start the backfield of Bart Starr at quarterback,
Don McIlhenny at halfback, Ron Kramer at slotback and Paul Hornung at
fullback. Two players are definitely out. Fullback Howie Ferguson may be out
for the session if his knees don't respond to treatment. Guard Norm Amundsen
is lost for two weeks because of a wrenched knee sustained in the New York
scrap. Tackle Ollie Spence, the Packers' holler guy, will take over for
Amundsen at guard. Jim Salsbury may see some limited action at the other
guard post because of an ankle injury. He will be spelled by Al Barry. Carl
Vereen will move into Spencer's spot and Norm Masters will be the other
tackle. The Bears credit an improve defense as the element which dumped
the Rams, 16-10, last Sunday. "Almost every game we've played has been
decided in the last half minute," said Coach Paddy Driscoll. "It was time we
won one." George Halas said, "when you hold a team with the power of the
Rams without a touchdown on offense, you've really done something. That
big Doug Atkins and Fred Williams were the stars in that defensive line."
Driscoll said the Bears set up their defense and stopped Tom Wilson, the
league's top ground gainer, to 46 yards in nine carries. Wilson also fumbled
the ball to the Bears' lone TD. Blackbourn doesn't have to be acquainted
with what the Bears can do - especially at Wrigley Field. But the Bruins have
been had this season four times, one of those losses being on their happy
hunting ground.
NOVEMBER 10 (Chicago Tribune) - Professional
football's most colorful and bitter rivalry comes up for its
78th renewal today in Wrigley field when the Green Bay
Packers pay their annual visit to the Chicago Bears.
Available tickets are limited to general admissions and
standing room, which go on sale at 9:30 o'clock this
morning. It has been 22 years - way back there when the
immortal Don Hutson, a spindly rookie making his pro
debut, caught a pass from Arnie Herber and ran 87 yards
for the only touchdown on the first play of the game - 
since the Packers have swept a season series with the
Bears. Today they will attempt to duplicate that 1935
success by relying heavily on two other rookies. Paul
Hornung, an All-American quarterback at Notre Dame,
will be at fullback, and Ron Kramer, an All-American end
at Michigan, will be at right halfback in the Packers' slot
formation. The Bears go into the game with their longest
winning streak of the year - a victory over Los Angeles
last week - and great determination to prevent a
recurrence of the debacle at Green Bay seven weeks
ago, when the young Packers upset them, 21 to 17.
Green Bay is no better off. Like the Bears, it, too, has
won only two of its first six games. But the Packers
have been improving as Bart Starr, a cherubic-faced
quarterback and off-season salesman from Alabama, has
become more adept at teaming with Bill Howton, one of
football's most dangerous pass receivers. Hornung's
development as one of the league's most powerful
runners has helped the offense and Kramer has done his
share in the gradual improvement with an outstanding
first year performance. Passing undoubtedly will be the
chief ground gainer for both teams, although the Bears
hope to break Willie Gallimore, their rookie comet, into the clear for long gains and clear the way for Rick Casares to return to his 1956 production schedule. Weather forecasts are not too encouraging, but unless a snow storm blankets the premises, the teams will have solid footing.
NOVEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, was asked Tuesday, "Why can't the Packers score from the one yard line?" "If I knew," he said, "I'd correct it." Twice in the last three Sunday, Green Bay's pro football team has had first down on the other side's one yard line and failed to score. "We may have to make a few changes," Blackbourn said. In personnel or in strategy? "Probably both." The Packers failed from the one yard in four stabs at the middle against San Francisco here two weeks ago. The same thing happened again against the New York Giants, NFL champions, in Green Bay Sunday. Babe Parilli was at quarterback for the four plays against San Francisco. He tried three quarterback sneaks and handed off to Howie Ferguson for a plunge straight ahead on the fourth. Bart Starr was at quarterback Sunday. He tried two sneaks himself and handed off to rookie Paul Hornung for two plunges straight ahead. The Packers lost both games. The failure was especially costly against the Giants, for a touchdown then, in the fourth quarter, would have tied the score. In between the two games, the Packers got close to the Colts' goal three times in Baltimore. Twice Hornung was sent in at quarterback and twice he drove into the end zone for touchdowns. The other time, Starr was at quarterback and the Packers had to settle for a field goal. The Packers won that game. Why, then, Blackbourn was asked, wasn't Hornung at quarterback for the "push" against New York? "Well," the coach said, "he wasn't in there to start with because he had just got away on that 72 yard run and needed a rest. Then I put him in at fullback in place of Cone. I thought he could dive it from fullback. Paul didn't play quarterback at all Sunday. We needed him so badly at fullback with Ferguson out." Did New York's like outcharge Green Bay's? "I''ll say it did," Blackbourn said. "Otherwise, a fat man could make that yard." It was pointed out that three times the Giants reached Green Bay's three yard line and that they passed for a touchdown with time running out in the first half, ran wide for a touchdown once and ran wide and lost yardage and had to settle for a field goal once. "I don't believe in running wide in that situation," Blackbourn said. "We've always gone in before and we should have gone in this time. Our ball carriers were too eager, too. Instead of slanting off linemen, they ran smack into them. Some teams try to pull a quick one as a fooler in there. Sometimes it works. But sometimes they catch themselves big losses and are out of the touchdown picture altogether. The percentage is with just punching it over. I feel that way and I think you'll find most coaches would agree. When you're that close, you ought to be able to make that yard on a simple play. Amen."
NOVEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers gained 410 yards Sunday against the Giants. It was their best offensive showing in 13 league games. But the Bays couldn't punch across the one yard which was needed most - the yard which prevented them from tying pro football's defending champions. It brought back haunting memories of the 49er game two weeks ago in Milwaukee. On a similar first down and one yard to go situation, Green Bay couldn't do it. Liz Blackbourn, recalling that nothing like this has happened in all his days of coaching, Monday explained it this way. "Our ball carriers were too eager. Instead of slanting off linemen they ran smack into them. And that Giant line outcharged us on every one of those four plays." When asked if an old pro like Tobin Rote would have scored, Blackbourn emphatically said "yes". "The experienced quarterback has that play down pat," Liz said. "The only thing we can do now is change our strategy when we get down there." Blackbourn wouldn't reveal just what changes would be made. We also asked Blackbourn why Paul Hornung wasn't used as a quarterback in this situation. In Baltimore he scored twice on quarterback sneaks against the best defensive line in the business."When Hornung completed that 72 yard run he was exhausted," Blackbourn explained. "We took him out so he could get his breath. Fred Cone got two yards on the next play and that pass interference gave us first down on their one. We sent Hornung back in place of Cone and then well, you know the rest." If it weren't for those frustrating moments, Green Bay played its best game of the season. Starr, improving by the game, was especially sharp, completing 11 out of 27 passes for 185 yards. The Packers fused a running game, too. Hornung, taking over for the injured Ferguson, picked up 112 yards in 16 carries. Don McIlhenny sprinted 88 in 14 attempts. "McIlhenny's our fastest runner," Blackbourn said. "Their defense was caught out of position on his 40-yard touchdown run. He got the right block to spring loose and once he got out he was gone." Five Packers went into the game still fighting the flu. They were Bobby Dillon, John Petitbon, Bill Forester, Carlton Massey and Max McGee. "Dillon lost so much weight this week that he had to change from a size 32 pants to 30," Blackbourn explained. "I hated to use McGee, but we were really short on ends with Knafelc out. McGee was vomiting on the sideline every time he came out. And Massey never should have started." Massey was removed prior to Dick Deschaine's blocked punt, which resulted in New York's first touchdown. "That blocked punt was partly responsible because Massey's replacement missed his assignment and partly because Deschaine took too much time," Blackbourn said. It was the first time in a league game that Deschaine has had a punt blocked. It affected his toe thereafter and he wound up with his lowest average ever - 32 yards. Blackbourn praised former Packer John Martinkovic for playing "his usual good game." But as Liz pointed out, "I would still trade him to the Giants today. He plays only one position while Massey can play either as a defensive end or a halfback. I'm real satisfied with our defensive ends." Blackbourn said the draft choice he got for Martinkovic would not be one of those picked in the early draft meeting in Philadelphia December 2. And speaking of that draft, Liz said, "I haven't really decided on whom we would go after. I presume our first pick would be a good running back."
NOVEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - One of the most determined players in the NFL may be all washed up. Howie Ferguson, who is described by Liz Blackbourn as the hardest hitting runner he has ever coached, is injured almost beyond repair. Fergy's knees have all but given out. "When he gets on the training table, it's a discouraging sight," Blackbourn said. "Bud Jorgenson (Packer trainer) asks him where it hurts and he answers, 'all over'." Besides those banged up knees, Howie is a body bruised from head to toe. If Ferguson has to call it quits, it will be a dirty shame. Here's the guy who came up the hard way, the player who never had a chance at college football, the real pro who earned respect in the NFL by placing second in the league with 859 yards in 1955. Ferguson was told surgery wasn't necessary after he was racked up last season. But it wasn't long before those knees were giving out. It was only because of sheer guts he picked up 74 yards, his best performance this season, against the 49ers two weeks ago...STARR WINDS UP: Who said Bart Starr can't throw a long pass? The Alabama flipper spiraled a 30 yard pitch smack into Bill Howton's mitts and the Rice redhead went that-away - the touchdown play covering 77 yards. Starr hit seven difference receivers. Howton was the best target, grabbing four for 11 yards. Ron Kramer caught two and Fred Cone, Paul Hornung, Max McGee, Don McIlhenny and Frank Purnell one apiece. When McIlhenny romped 40 yards for a touchdown, it marked the first time this season the Packers scored in the third period...QUITE A DIFFERENCE: Starr couldn't punch over the tying touchdown on two quarterback sneaks in the fourth quarter. But the next time the Bays got the ball, Bart picked up a first down on a fourth down and one yard to go play on the Giant 43. Any resemblance between the Giant defense on its one and the same unit on it 43 was like night and day
NOVEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers can expect little cooperation from the Chicago Bears' defense when they resume their long NFL rivalry in Wrigley Field Sunday. In the West Coast trip just completed, the Bears permitted San Francisco and Los Angeles 31 points between them. This compares quite favorably with the total of 70 points allowed the same opponents by Detroit's supposedly superior defense. The Bears split, losing to San Francisco, 21-17, and beating Los Angeles, 16-10. The Bear defense actually gave up only one touchdown on the coast. Two others were scored on a kickoff return and an interception. An interception set up a third. The Bear offense last Sunday rather resembled the Packers'. While Green Bay couldn't score with first down on the one yard line for the second time in three games, the Bears couldn't score a touchdown from scrimmage, period. Once, the Bears had first down on the Los Angeles two. Their fourth down play resulted in a fumble back to the 12. Again, they had first down on the six and Willie Galimore fumbled. Again, they were inside the 10 and George Blanda's field goal from the 11 hit the goal post and bounced back...Paul Hornung's 72 yard run for Green Bay against New York last Sunday is the longest from scrimmage of the NFL season...QUICK QUOTES: George Wilson, Detroit coach, after his Lions kicked a field goal against San Francisco with fourth down on the one yard line: "Every time we get inside the 20, we have to score some points. That's why I ordered the field goal."...George Halas, Bears' owner: "I might trade records, but I wouldn't trade the Bear players or coaches with any other club in the league. San Francisco has been lucky. Beginning next Sunday, the 49ers must play, in succession, Los Angeles, Detroit, Baltimore and New York. All those games are away from home. I expect them to lose three out of the four."...Wally Cruice, Green Bay scout: "I hadn't seen Earl Morrall (Pittsburgh quarterback) since the all-star game a year ago. What a change. He's had a year and a half of pro football and the teaching has sunk in. He knows what to do back there - when to throw bullets, when to loft it and let his ends run under the ball, everything."...Frank Albert, San Francisco coach, speaking of Y.A. Tittle after the Detroit game: "I've seen quite a few quarterbacks but never a day like this one."...Luke Johnsos, Bears' coach on offense: "If the offense played as well as the defense, we wouldn't have lost a game. I don't know whether we're trying too hard or not trying hard enough."
NOVEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The word from Chicago Wednesday was that the largest Wrigley Field crowd of the season - 49,000 plus - will be on hand Sunday to see pro football's old grudge foes, the Packers and Bears. Neither team has been any ball of fire this year. Both have identical (2-4) records and are three games behind San Francisco with six games to play. "But it happens every time," Bear Publicitor Frank Korch was saying Wednesday. "Every time these two teams play everybody wants to see them." Korch said 1,500 standing room tickets went on sale Wednesday and should be gobbled up by Thursday. The game will be televised over WXIX, Milwaukee starting at 1:05. The Packers defeated the Bears, 21-17, in a real humdinger of an opener at Green Bay. It proved to be a costly loss for the Bruins, one which claimed the services of center George Strickland and halfback Ronnie Knox. Strickland was out three weeks with a shoulder separation. Knox claims he was viciously beaten up on a kickoff return. Knox has since been suspended and is presently in a Los Angeles hospital recovering from that "brutal play", as Harvey puts its. Ron Drzewiecki, released from the service three weeks ago, has replaced Knox. Drzewiecki's rise to fame in his freshman year with the Bears was returning punts and kickoffs. Drzewiecki joined the Bears when they went west two weeks ago and has returned three kickoffs for 62 yards against the Rams and 49ers. The former Marquette star also has been used as an offensive halfback for the first time with the Bears. Rick Casares, sixth ranked in the league, continues to pace the Bruin ground attack with 306 yards in 90 carries for a 3.4 yard average. Rookie Willie Galimore, who suffered bruised ribs in the 49er scrap, is moving again. He has compiled 289 yards. The improving Packers are finally capable of springing some surprises on the ground, too. Bonus plum Paul Hornung is the biggest threat. Hornung has picked up 225 yards in 35 carries for a 6.4 yard average. His 72-yard spring against the Giants last Sunday is a league record for the season. Don McIlhenny, the Packers' fastest man, played his best game against the Giants. He's the league's best kickoff returner, with a 32.1 yard average. McIlhenny is also the clubs' third best runner with 106 yards for a 3.5 yard average. Coach Liz Blackbourn will probably start one of the youngest offensive backfields in the league against the Bears. Sophomores Bart Starr and McIlhenny and rookies Hornung and Ron Kramer are the likely starters. On paper the Bears have a better passing and running attack than the Packers. In fact, Chicago's passing is the best in the league. This will be the 78th renewal of a rivalry dating back to 1921. The Bears lead the series, 45 to 26 with six ties.
NOVEMBER 8 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears and
Green Bay Packers will play their 78th game Sunday in 
Wrigley field, and a lad fresh out of Notre Dame may have a 
lot to say about the outcome. Paul Hornung, 1956 Irish
backfield star, was to have been a halfback under original 
Packer plans. But injuries forced Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay
coach, to use him a reserve quarterback the first part of the
season. Last Sunday, against the New York Giants, more
adjustments became necessary, and Hornung was started at
fullback. He responded by gaining 112 yards in 16 carries, 
including a spectacular 72 yard run. "We don't know where
we'll play Paul against the Bears," Blackbourn said yesterday
by telephone. "He gives us fine insurance at quarterback, 
although he's not a top flight passer. But as a running back,
he's terrific." If Howie Ferguson recovers from a knee injury
sufficiently to permit his return at fullback, Hornung probably
will revert to his early season role as third string quarterback
behind Bart Starr and Babe Parilli. "But you can bet he won't
stay on the bench long," Blackbourn asserted. "He's far too
valuable." Ron Kramer, the standout rookie from Michigan, is
doing a good job as the Packers' regular slot man, Blackbourn
said. Last Sunday's opening Green Bay backfield consisted of
Starr, Kramer, Hornung, and Don McIlhenny. "The combination
worked fine," Blackbourn declared. "But we never know what
we're going to do. The flu bug won't let us along, you know. We
had five down with fly for the Giants game. We've had Max
McGee, offensive end, in the hospital all week. If he isn't ready
by Sunday, we'll have to use Joe Johnson to team with Bill
Howton at end."
NOVEMBER 8 (Los Angeles) - Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch and Tony Canadeo, two outstanding state contributions to professional football, were named Thursday to the Helms Hall (professional) Football Hall of Fame. Also welcomes by the board of which Paul H. Helms, Jr. is the chairman were Lou Groza, Browns 1946-57, Ed Sprinkle, Bears 1944-55, and Doak Walker, Lions 1950-55. Hirsch of Wausau and a collegiate star with Wisconsin and Michigan started his professional career with the Chicago Rockets in 1946 and has been with the Rams since 1949. Canadeo played college football at Gonzaga and was a fine Packer back from 1941 through 1952, when he retired. The selections of these five brings to 42 the number who have been so honored, the list including four coaches. Other Packers previously picked were Johnny Blood, Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle and Don Hutson. All name are engraved upon the Hall of Fame trophy which is lodged at Helms Hall, Los Angeles. Canadeo still holds two Green Bay rushing records, carrying the ball 1,025 times and picking up 4,127 yards, the last figure the third best in NFL history. Hirsch still shares the pro record with 17 TD pass receptions in one season.
NOVEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Just a little thinking out loud - First, about a couple of changes in pro football operation to be sought by Commissioner Bert Bell. The first and most important has to do with putting a deadline, probably early September, on trading off future draft choices for talent immediately available. It's a step in the right direction to be sure. But why not go all the way and put a complete end to the practice that has been growing by leaps and bounds? Despite the fact that dealing in futures has worked out beneficially for one of the have-nots on occasion, there is no reason to believe it promotes, over the long haul, the balanced competition all concerned presumably seek and should seek. A much better plan would be force all clubs to give up their surplus talent at cutdown time each year. Thus they would not be in position to turn such surplus into more surplus the next year via rival clubs' draft choices. Then all would be assured of the same number of newcomers each season. There is another angle that nobody should overlook. Pro football have been under the gun on the draft itself in recent congressional investigations. The charge: A prospective pro leaguer has no freedom of choice and can't sell his services to the highest bidder under the present talent distribution system. Trading players long before their identities are revealed certainly does nothing to clear up the already dim view of the situation. Bell also will throw an expansion plan into the hopper at the league meeting in January. If it is accepted, two teams will be added to make it a 14 team league by 1960. Nothing terrific there is on the surface. The only question that pops is What about the schedule arrangement? Two divisions are necessary for championship playoff purposes. But what will happen to inter-divisional play during the regular season? Te trend is toward more of that. But how can it come about if they play home and home in each division? The ideal, of course, would be a complete round robin each season. It's doubtful that anyone would go for it unless baseball's post-season minor league playoff system is adopted. Come to think of it, that's the way the NHL does it. So maybe the footballers will wind up the top four clubs fighting it our for THE title too. Wouldn't that be something?
NOVEMBER 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - The handicappers figure the Chicago Bears will get even with the Green Bay Packers at Wrigley Field Sunday. Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, was not conceding, nor was he particularly optimistic Friday. "I'm afraid the Bears may be ready to roll," he said. "They usually do this time of the year, especially in Wrigley Field. I feel that our boys have played three real good ball games in a row. How will we do Sunday? I really don't know. It all depends on how we play. We've improved in the last few games, but so have most of the other teams." The Packers will hardly be at full strength for the NFL game which matches Western Division rivals with 2-4 records. Max McGee, first string end since Gary
New York Giants (4-2) 31, Green Bay Packers (2-4) 17
Sunday November 3rd 1957 (at Green Bay)