GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(CHICAGO) - The Packers had shaken the Asian flu going into Sunday's Bear fight at Wrigley Field, but a pesty old ailment, fourth down-itis, cropped up in the fourth quarter and cost them a 21-14 decision before a chilled but thrilled turnout of 47,183. Paul Hornung, who time and again danced his way around the ornery Bruins, was stopped on a fourth down, six inches to go play with three minutes remaining. Chicago took over on its own 41, Seven plays later, it clinched the victory when Rick Casares barreled nine yards for the TD with 45 seconds left. The verdict could have easily Green Bay's way. But when an opponent has to meet those roughnecks on the hallowed grounds of old Halas U., it's hard enough winning, yet to expect any kind of break is wishful thinking. Two inspiring interceptions gave the northern visitors a chance to go in front, the first one late in the third quarter as the 14-14 halftime deadlock was kept intact. Bill Forester snared Ed Brown's pass on the Bear 38 and returned it 20 yards to the 18. Three plays later Bart Starr hit Joe Johnson on the one-yard line. Johnson juggled the ball but held on for dear life as he slid into the end zone flag. "Incomplete," charged the officials, " You caught that pass out of bounds." Fred Cone then tried a 37 yard field goal which sailed wide to the right and the fourth quarter started. The second chance came two minutes later when Bobby Dillon made a remarkable interception of Brown's TD-bound rifle to Harlon Hill. Dillon took the ball away from Hill on the Packer 12 and jockeyed his way back 43 yards to the Bear 45. Babe Parilli was sent in to launch the Packer "sputnik" but he never got a chance to light the fire. He saw nothing but the white of the enemy's eye. The Packers were no Sunday School boys on defense, either. They forced the Bears to give them still another chance with the ball. And the Packers rolled from their 26 to the Bear 41 before the aforementioned fourth down play failed. Casares, the game's leading ground gainer with 75 yards, scored the first touchdown on a 16 yard quick opener. Zeke Bratkowski hit Hill for a 35
yard touchdown play for the other Chicago tally in the second quarter. George Blanda booted the three conversions. The Packers evened the count in the first quarter on a 47 yard pass play from Starr to Billy Howton. They went ahead in the second quarter when Starr passed to Don McIlhenny for a 28 yard touchdown play. Fred Cone kicked both extra points. This was a usual dog-eat-dog battle between these old rivals. The Bears, a 10 point favorite, could not spring Willie Galimore. He wound up with 10 yards in 10 carries. But the Bears did have the punch when the last chance prevailed. The Packers did not. Starr again gained big league stature. He completed 12 out of 21 passes to five receivers for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Bratkowski, the people's choice at Wrigley Field, hit 13 out of 19 targets for 182 yards and one touchdown. Brown, getting the Bronx cheer when his aerials were constantly overthrown, hit three out of eight for 30 yards. The Bears took charge on the opening kickoff and marched 62 yards in nine plays for an early lead. They got a break along the way when tackle Kline Gilbert fell on a Galimore fumble on the Packer 38. Bratkowski set up the score when he fired a 22 yard pass to Bill McColl on the Packer 16. From here Casares took off like a Mack truck for the touchdown. Blanda booted a $17.50 gift into the south stands. It took the Packers only two minutes and 13 seconds to retaliate. After Hornung had picked up 12 yards in two plays and McIlhenny five to the Bear 47, Starr rolled out and hit Howton on the Bear 13. Billy scampered away from J.C. Caroline for the 47 yard score. Cone's PAT sailed into Waveland Avenue. Dillon jarred Galimore the next time the Bears ran with the ball and Johnny Symank recovered for Green Bay on the Bear 40. But the nearest thing to a Packer score was Cone's 44 yard field goal attempt which drifted wide to the right. Big Fred Williams gave Starr a going-over when the Packer quarterback was knocked out of bounds the next time the Bays had something going. It cost the Bruins 15 yards and put the Packers within scoring distance on the Bear 29. On second down, Starr fired another beauty, this one to McIlhenny on the Bear 10 and he outraced McNeil Moore to the end zone. Cone's PAT capped the 59 yard scoring drive in six plays with 53 seconds played in the second quarter. The Bears must have really studied movies of the Packers' last performance with the Giants. For when Dick Deschaine attempted his first punt, it was to be a repeat performance of this disastrous play last Sunday. The Monsters swarmed in on the Packer kicking specialist midway through the second quarter and easily blocked his punt. Caroline was given credit for batting it down, and Jack Hoffman fell on it to give the Bears the ball on the Packer 36. And like last Sunday it paid off on the scoreboard. On the third play, Bratkowski hit Hill on the Packer 15 and he raced the remaining yards for the touchdown. Blanda knotted things up with his PAT. Deschaine saved face for his dubious feat by booting a 50-yarder out of bounds on the Bear 4 when the third quarter came to life. It appeared the Bears were going to grab the lead midway through this quarter when Stan Wallace recovered McIlhenny's fumble on the Bear 44. The Bruins moved to the Packer 21 when the ball bounced the Packers' way. Carlton Massey hit Brown from behind, the Bear passer fumbling and Nate Borden fell on it on the Packer 23. The Bays moved to their 46 and on a fourth down and one yard to go situation, Starr easily made the yardage. Starr's second pass of the series hit Kramer on the Bear 40. But Green Bay was penalized all the way back to its 28 for holding. The Bears again were having trouble punching the Packers' stubborn defense, and when Forester intercepted Brown's pass on the Bear 38 and returned it to the Bear 18, it looked like this was it. But it just wasn't in the books, which is the case just about every time Green Bay plays in this arena. The Packers played a great game defensively. Full credit should be given real pros like Dave Hanner, Jerry Helluin, Tom Bettis, Sam Palumbo, Hank Gremminger, John Petitbon, Massey, Forester, Symank and Dillon. And offensively they battled these still proud Bears on even terms down to the wire. If ever a team looked good losing, it was the Packers Sunday.
GREEN BAY -  7  7  0  0 - 14
CHICAGO   -  7  7  0  7 - 21
1st - CHI - Rick Casares, 16-yard run (George Blanda kick) CHICAGO 7-0
1st - GB - Howton, 47-yard pass from Starr (Cone kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - McIlhenny, 28-yard pass from Starr (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - CH - Harlon Hill, 35-yd pass from Zeke Bratkowski (Blanda kick) TIED 14-14
4th - CHI - Casares, 9-yard run (Blanda kick) CHICAGO 21-14
NEWS AND NOTES
LIZ BOILING MAD - BUT BELL'S RULE KEEPS HIM TONGUE-TIED
NOVEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "I'm sorry," said the voice on the other end of the phone Monday, "I am unable to make statement regarding that play." Because of
Commissioner Bert Bell's ironclad rule, Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn
could not make a single comment on Head Linesman Dan Tehan's
judgment of Bart Starr's 30-yard pass to Joe Johnson, the one which was
ruled incomplete on the Bear one foot line during Sunday's game at
Chicago. Apparently it's an unwritten law handed down by Bell's office. It
must carry enough weight to cost a violator his job. The Packers have
found it tough winning at Wrigley Field. They've turned the trick only once
in the last 16 years. And when such a disputed call occurs in as close a
game as Sunday's, there's reason aplenty for howling in Packerland. As
it was, Johnson made a sensational catch of Starr's pass. He juggled it,
fell forward and slid along the turf. The ball was clutched to his stomach
and Bear defender Bill George was riding his back. The two players
skidded diagonally toward the sidelines and eventually out of bounds
over the corner flag. An Associated Press sequence picture showed that Johnson apparently had possession of the ball in bounds. For a few moments the only visible signal on the field came from the Bears' J.C. Caroline, who waved his hands palms down in a scissors motion to signify an incompleted pass. After a conference with Field Judge Yans Wallace, Tehan picked up the ball and motioned it was caught out of bounds. Johnson almost went berserk, jumping up and down. But the decision stood. The Bruins went on to push over a touchdown with 61 seconds to go for a 21-15 victory. Blackbourn, still trying to buy a little bit of luck, believes his team is improving by the game. "We're not doing anything difference now than when the season started," Liz said. "But we are gaining that needed confidence." When asked why Dick Deschaine, who is carried for his punting ability, is having his kicks blocked lately, Blackbourn said, "he's taking too darn much time, he can't be that slow and expect the opposition to stand around and watch." The Bears had a 6-man line with two linebackers, one of them Harlon Hill, on that rush. All eight of them rushed Deschaine. Three of them charged the same path. Hill and Jack Hoffman came in on the blocking back. He took Hoffman and Hill blocked it. The next time the Bears tried it, almost worked again. Fred Cone, who kicked five field goals during the pre-season campaign, has only booted three to date. He missed from the 37 and 44 against the Bears. Blackbourn said he would still stick with Cone for kicking the "short" goals until it's proven he is falling. Then Paul Hornung will be used. Hornung does all the kicking off. On the critical fourth down and six inches to go play in the fourth quarter, the Bears outsmarted the Packers and nailed Hornung from making the vital first down. On three previous occasions, Starr made the necessary yardage on quarterback sneaks. The Packers must have thought the Bears were waiting for the sneak on the big one, so they gave it to Hornung on a quick count - and that quick count gave Starr no time to convert the play when he realized the Bears had stacked up on that side. The game was another bruising affair, typical of Packer-Bear scraps. Yet, Blackbourn believed his squad came out without any serious injuries. Tackle Norm Masters reported a wrenched knee.
PACKER FANS STILL 'BURNING' OVER VITAL CALL IN BEAR GAME
NOVEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - "Can't something be done about that awful decision?" No need to explain that the man on the other end of a line was a Packer fan; still hoppin' mad almost 24 hours after the fact. Nor was it necessary to ask him what he meant by "that awful decision". It could mean only that "incomplete" call on the pass to Joe Johnson in the third quarter of Sunday's game with the Bears at Wrigley Field. The importance of the call against the Packers is obvious. The score was tied at the time, 14-14. In addition to giving the Bays the lead, a touchdown at that point undoubtedly would have changed their later play pattern. Specifically, it's a thousand to one they never would have gambled with a yard to go on fourth down near the Bears' 40. They paid dearly for the losing gamble, for Halas U. went on from there to score and win, 21-14. To eyewitnesses and TV viewers alike, it looked like a clean catch beyond question. Johnson appeared to have possession definitely before skidding into the flag stuck in the ground where the goal line and sideline meet. Sequence pictures (like those published in Monday's Sentinel) offer similar testimony. To get back to the original question. No, nothing can be done about it even if it were possible to prove conclusively that it was an error. It was a judgment decision similar to ball-strike, safe-out, and fair-foul decisions in baseball. As long as an official doesn't boot a rule or interpretation thereof, it would be a waste of time to file an official protest. A source of added beef for the Packers in this case is the fact that no official was right on the spot to make the call. But someone had to make it, regardless of proximity. Someone finally did and it went against Green Bay beyond recall. So there goes another one down the drain that the Packers might have won - perhaps should have won in spite of the big call that went against them. Once again they set up an enemy touchdown by having a punt blocked. It was an error of their own making. That shouldn't happen to a pro team twice in any season. But no one can or will deny that the Packers did a terrific job in defeat. They looked and played like a first class football team except for the lapse on the blocked punt. More of the same and they have a legitimate chance against any club in the league. Here's hoping they are as sharp, rough and tough against the Rams here next Sunday in the final game in home territory.
BAYS' MCLEAN DETROIT BOUND?
NOVEMBER 12 (Detroit) - George Wilson will receive a new 1-year contract as coach of the Lions, the Detroit News reported it had learned Tuesday. The News also reported that Wilson will get a new assistant coach, Ray (Scooter) McLean, backfield coach with the Packers for seven years.
STARR'S STEADINESS, GREEN BAY RUNNING PLEASE BLACKBOURN
NOVEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - Since the unwritten laws of the NFL, as written by Commissioner Bert Bell, include the commandment, "Thou shalt not criticize the officials," Green Bay Coach Lisle Blackbourn was questioned Tuesday about other phases of Sunday's controversial 21-14 loss by the Bears in Chicago. What, the coach was asked, did he think of the Packers' offense? "Well, we like to see them run a little," Blackbourn said. "I thought Starr at quarterback was quite steady. Hornung and McIlhenny have picked up our running game in many ways. They don't protect the passer as well, but much of this is due to inexperience. There is more to blocking, you know, that gritting your teeth. I thought the difference between the Bears this time and in the opener when we beat them was their defensive ends. They were all fired up. Thus Atkins will play about three games a year and when it's your misfortune to catch him in one of his days, watch out. Our defensive line did a little better. They were moving faster. We had some losses on pass plays, but part of it was our mistakes and part of it was in the play we had called. They'd gamble and rush in and if we didn't have a receiver swinging in the zone they'd left, we couldn't do anything about it. The Bears are a pretty good outfit on offense. I thought our defense played pretty well. Dillon played Hill perfectly on that pass along the sideline and figured to get an interception but Hill threw his body in his way and took the ball away. We didn't do too well on their winning drive. Of course, Galimore made that catch. The movies show he lost the ball on his shoulder, then picked it off again. On Casares' fumble, you can't tell who hit him. The play is screened, but the ball rolled out and right to a Bear, as if it had eyes. He wasn't anywhere near the play. After Forester's interception and before the play on the goal line, I was very disappointed that Starr didn't see McGee along under the goal posts. McIlhenny swung to the right on a play very similar to his touchdown and three of them followed him. That left McGee all alone, but Starr was watching McIlhenny. On the long one over Howton in the clear, that's a tough pass. It's an experienced man's throw. Howton was racing deep and it's not easy to put the ball in the right place. Starr will get that down with more experience. He's coming along fine." Blackbourn reported that tackle Norm Masters suffered a wrenched knee and that it was "very sore" Monday. If he cannot play against the Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee County Stadium Sunday, the Packers will be down to four men to man the offensive guard and tackle spots. Norm Amundson, guard, is likely to miss the Ram game because of a knee injury suffered against New York. "We'll be a little short there," Blackbourn said. "Carl Vereen may have to take over for Masters, but he has been doing most of his work at the other tackle. Larry Lauer (reserve center) will have to be next man for everything."
SPOTLIGHT'S ON PACKER-RAM GATE HERE, TOO
NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers battle the Rams in a NFL game at the Stadium Sunday and the attendance figure looms almost as
important as the final score. Los Angeles has drawn
the fantastic total of 790,967 customers in four pre-
season games and four league contests at the
Coliseum. On the road, the Rams have attracted
sellouts in San Francisco, Chicago (Wrigley Field)
and Detroit. A turnaway crowd of 102,368 saw last
Sunday's Ram-49er game at Los Angeles. That
represented the largest gathering ever to see a pro
football game. "We realize Milwaukee is a terrific
baseball city," Ram Publicitor Bert Rose said
Tuesday. "Those baseball figures prove Milwaukee is
the best major league city in the league. But if the
Ram-Packer game Sunday draws less than 30,000,"
Rose added, "I would have to say that Milwaukee's
claim as the best sports town in America is a myth."
It is hard to believe that more than 102,000 fans, and
10,000 were turned away, will see a pro football game
in Los Angeles and from all indications a crowd
estimated at under 30,000 will turn out here Sunday.
"The Packers are a good football team," Rose
continued. "My Lord, we had a 2-4 record going into
last Sunday's game and we sold out the place. This
Western Conference is amazingly even. Green Bay is
just as good as the pace-setting 49ers. A five-way tie
for divisional honors is highly possible." Not only will
the Rams be watching Sunday's gate, but the
Packers will have a critical eye on the turnstile story,
too. The Ram-Packer game here, incidentally, has
never gone over the 30,000 mark. From all indications
 the Packers could  be pleasantly surprised with
Sunday's turnout, barring bad weather. Activity at the
Stadium has picked up considerably after last
Sunday's nip-and-tuck Packer-Bear scrap. Incidentally
 the Packers sold out all three of their Green Bay
games this fall. And if the Milwaukee half of the
"home" slate doesn't pick up, the Bays will undoubtedly play four games in Green Bay next season and two in Milwaukee. The biggest crowd to see a Packer game at the Stadium this season was 26,322 against the Colts October 13. The 49er game here attracted 18,919. The Green Bay sellouts drew better than 32,000. This year the Rams are shooting for a new NFL attendance record of playing to more than a million spectators. The Gold Coasters need to average only 41,000 in their last five games. There has been some question about the legitimate paid crowd at the Coliseum, with the arrangement that any spectator who buys a $2.50 general admission ticket may bring in free as many as five boys 14 and under. "Our paid crowd Sunday was 93,500," said Rose. "We have two prices - $3.90 for reserved tickets and $2.50 general admission. The average number of kids who have come in free has averaged 1.8 per game. The advance ticket sale for last Sunday's record crowd was 57,500," Rose pointed out. "We had 7,300 reserved tickets left to sell at the gate - 64,800 is the reserved capacity at the Coliseum. We have 22 ticket batteries at the park (each with 2 to 4 ticket booths) and they were swamped," Rose beamed. "That crowd definitely inspired the Rams to their highest pitch." When the Rams opened business in L.A. in 1946, they had to guarantee a visiting team $20,000. The Eastern teams didn't want to come out west to play. The visitors still get 40%. Who has a thought now for the $20,000 guarantee?
RAMS HAVE TROUBLE; TOO MANY HALFBACKS
NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - Sid Gillman,
Los Angeles Ram coach, finds himself in much the
same position as Old Mother Hubbard, except that
with him, he has so many halfbacks he doesn't know
what to do. For instance, Tom Wilson, "no college"
second yard man who was a high school teammate of
the Braves' Wes Covington leads the NFL in rushing
with 501 yards. Still, Wilson hardly played in the
Rams' 37-24 triumph over first place San Francisco at
Los Angeles last Sunday and he has no assurance
that he will play much against the Green Bay Packers
at County Stadium Sunday. This, despite the fact that
Wilson, as a rookie, set a league record against the
Packers in the Los Angeles finale last December by
rolling up 223 yards rushing in 23 carries (average; 9.7
yards a try). So, you ask, how come the league's
leading rusher get to play so little and gained only five
yards last Sunday? Because of Jon Arnett, Southern
California All-American, that's why. Arnett, the Rams'
first draft choice, started as an end, but the clamor for
him to get a shot at running back, plus Los Angeles'
poor start even with Wilson running up big yardage,
caused Gillman to give Arnett a whirl at halfback.
Arnett responded with 39 yards in 10 carries. He
remains an outstanding pass receiver and is already
feared around the league as a kickoff and punt return
man. Wisconsin fans have reason to remember Arnett
for the performance he put on against the Badgers at
Madison two years ago. Actually, the running back spot is more crowded than has been mentioned. Ron Waller, former Maryland ace, also plays there. As a rookie in 1955, Waller helped more than a little as Los Angeles won the Western Division title. He ranked fourth in the league rushing. Last year, even though he missed three games and part of another due to injuries, he stood 11th among the ball carriers. So Gillman has both quality and quantity, and not only at running halfback. Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Packers should have such troubles. He'd welcome them.
RAMS STRIKE GOLD WITH DRAFT PICKS
NOVEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - How to build a winner in pro football is something the Packers have been trying to do since 1944. If they took Jim Lee Howell's advice, they would surrender draft picks in exchange for experienced players who would offer immediate help. Howell produced a champion in New York last season with the presence of eight stars obtained from other teams. They were Bill Svoboda, Cards' linebacker; Bob Schnelker, Eagles' end; Alex Webster, Canadian halfback; Andy Robustelli, Rams; defensive end; Ed Hughes, Rams' defensive back; Dick Modzelewski, Steelers' tackle; Gene Filipski, Browns' halfback; Walt Yowarsky, Lions' defensive end. But if the Packers listened to the Rams' secret to success, it would be the other way around - trade your veterans for future draft picks. Los Angeles won the NFL title in 1951 with 13 rookies, most of them acquired in the early rounds of the draft because the Rams owned a good choice from just about everyone. When the Gold Coasters play at the Stadium Sunday against the Packers, they will field a team with the second highest rookie crop in their history - 10. Of the first 49 college stars picked by 12 teams in the early draft last November, Los Angeles plucked seven. And of those seven, one was a future pick - quarterback Bobby Cox of Minnesota. All top six draft choices reported to the Rams' camp and all six have made the ball club. Jon Arnett, one of the greatest open field runners in Southern California history, was the Rams' top choice. He has won a starting end position. Del Shofner, "Mr. Versatile" at Baylor, was also obtained in the first round. He was the Giants' payment for Robustelli. Shofner is the Rams' regular cornerbacker. Jack Pardee, judged to be the best linebacker in the Southwest Conference while with Texas A&M, was the Rams' second choice. He is a reserve linebacker at the moment. Billy Ray Smith, a 6-4, 227 pound defensive end from Arkansas, was picked in the third round. He has earned the starting defensive end post. Another third round choice (the 49ers' payment for tackle Bob Cross) was tackle George Strugar, an All-Pacific Conference star, Strugar is another rookie who has moved into a regular position on defense. Cox was the Rams' fourth round choice, but they also came up with an immediate delivery in this round. The Rams took the Giant's pick (payment for Hughes) and grabbed Lamar Lundy, one of the most outstanding athletes in Purdue history. Lundy has seen a lot of action as a slotback. Paige Cothren, kicking specialist from Mississippi, was the next pick. Cothren has replaced Les Richter as the club's placekicker. He has booted six of 12 field goals and 18 PATs. One was blocked. Other rookies who made the club are John Houser, starting offensive guard who signed as a free agent; Bob Dougherty, a 24th choice in 1954, who is a reserve linebacker; and Alex Bravo, obtained in the ninth round in 1954. Bravo is a reserve defensive halfback. So with 10 rookies the Rams believe in refreshing the club. This strategy paid off in a championship two years ago, but so did the daring trading strategy of New York.
SIX WAY TIE FOR WESTERN DIVISION TITLE IN PRO RACE IS MATHEMATICAL POSSIBILITY
NOVEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - With seven-twelfths of the NFL season is completed, a six way tie for the Western Division title is still a mathematical possibility. Not a one tie, all tie probability, understand, but the way things are going, a multiple tie of some sort is more than a remote likelihood. The Green Bay Packers, of course, are least likely to get any part of the championship. They are three games behind the leading San Francisco 49ers with five games to play and four of their last five games will be on the road. The only "home game" left for Green Bay will be played at County Stadium Sunday when they meet the Los Angeles Rams, perhaps the league's worst road team with nine straight defeats away from Memorial Coliseum, where they drew 102,000 plus against the 49ers last Sunday. To bring off the publicity man's dream, a six way tie at 6-6, here is an example of what would have to happen in the remaining games:
San Francisco - Lose at Detroit, lose at Baltimore, lost at New York, win over Baltimore at home, lost to the Packers at home
Detroit - Win over San Francisco at home, win over the Bears at home, lost to the Packers at home Thanksgiving Day, lose to Cleveland at home, lose to the Bears at Chicago
Baltimore - Lose to the Bears at Chicago, win over the 49ers at home, win over the Rams at home, lose to the 49ers at San Francisco, lost to the Rams at Los Angeles
Chicago - Win over Colts at home, lose to Lions in Detroit, win over Washington at home, lose to Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey Park, win over Lions at home
Los Angeles - Lose to Packers in Milwaukee, win over Browns in Cleveland, lose to Colts in Baltimore, win over Packer at home, win over Colts at home
Green Bay - Win over Los Angeles at Milwaukee, win over Steelers at Pittsburgh, win over Lions at Detroit Thanksgiving Day, lose to Rams at Los Angeles, win over 49ers at San Francisco.
Only Baltimore and San Francisco, so far, have done better than .500 on the road. Green Bay has been by far the poorest "home" team.
SYMANK MIGHTY MITE AMONG PROS
NOVEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Johnny Symank is the Packer who had a tough time getting on the train last Sunday in Chicago; he was told, "this is the car for the pro football team and not high school kids." When the Florida rookie reported to the Packers' Stevens Point training camp last July, he hardly resembled the usual clientele. Coach Liz Blackbourn's first observation of the 18th round draft choice was not an impressive one. Symank weighed in at 174 pounds and stood 5-10 1/2. He looked more like a high school basketball player than a pro grid recruit. But the quite, unassuming rookie went about his football in a most business-like way and at the end of two weeks was given the position left vacant by the traded Val Joe Walker. "He's started every ball game for us this season, including the pre-season games," Blackbourn said Thursday. "You bet we thought he was too small, but did he surprise us. He's a strong boy, a good tackler." Symank's presence in the Packers' defensive platoon can be measured by this achievement: He is presently fourth ranked among the league's interception leaders with six steals for 95 yards. The southern gentleman is one of the most humbled rookies ever to report to the Packers. Everything is "yes, sir" or "no sir, I want to learn, sir." But when showdown time arrives, Symank is as tough, pound for pound, as the most proven pro. He tackled Al Ameche and Rick Casares head on in recent games. "Oh, he was jammed up a little," Blackbourn chuckled. "But when Ameche or Casares hits you they really rock you. He did put them down for keeps." His spunk on the field was vividly demonstrated during the Colt game at the Stadium. Symank tackled Carl Taseff on a punt return, and the Baltimore runner was quite upset the way he was thrown to the ground in front of the Colt bench. The Colts swarmed around Symank, one of them pushing the Packer rascal with much enthusiasm. Symank retaliated by booting one hoss in the tail. A stampede almost started before officials grabbed the participants. Symank was told that the Colts would be out to get him in Baltimore, but John said he could take care of himself. He continued to dish out vicious tackles and the Colts had to admit - this was no kid playing in a man's league. Coach Liz Blackbourn, waiting for the showers to let up before sending his squad on the field Thursday, said the Packers would be in good shape for the Ram game. "Billy Howton and Paul Hornung (they're roommates) had the stomach flu Wednesday but felt better today," Blackbourn reported. "Jim Ringo was also feeling under the weather. But they all should be in good shape physically by Sunday. Even Howie Ferguson is running again." Blackbourn said guard Jim Salsbury, injured in the Colt game three weeks ago, is much better and will play. The same goes for tackle Norm Masters, who hurt his leg in the Giant game.
BELL TELLS TWO BAY FANS HE'LL STUDY FILMS
NOVEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - Two Packer fans said they received a phone call from NFL Commissioner Bert Bell Thursday in answer to their complaints about the officiating in Sunday's Packer-Bear game at Chicago. Jim DeBroux and Lee O'Connor, employees of the Brown County Highway Department, said Bell assured them that he was making a complete study of the game movies. O'Connor described the conversation as "real satisfactory and interesting." DeBroux and O'Connor fired off a letter to Bell Monday complaining about the officiating, particularly a call against the Packers' Joe Johnson late in the third quarter.
PACKERS AND RAM STAKE TITLE HOPES ON VICTORY HERE
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Los Angeles Rams, a talented but erratic pro football team, rule as favorites to beat the gritty Green Bay Packers at County Stadium Sunday (kickoff, 1:05 p.m., WTMJ radio). Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, is conceding nothing. "If the morale is up," he said Saturday, "we'll be all right." Both teams need a victory to stay in the running for the western division title in the NFL. The Packers, especially, have their backs to the wall. They stand last, despite three fine performances in a row, three games behind leading San Francisco. The Rams kept alive last Sunday by beating San Francisco, 37-24, before 102,368 fans at Los Angeles. About 20,000 will see today's game on a cloudy, cold day (temperature in the thirties). "They're quite an explosive outfit once they get going," Blackbourn said. "We're looking for a full go from them. But that's all right. If both teams play well, we feel we've got a chance." The Ram-Packer series has been an odd one the last three years. Green Bay win, usually handily, in Milwaukee and Los Angeles wins, usually with ease, in Los Angeles. Part of that can be attributed to the Rams' record as a road team. They have lost nine straight away from home. Because of a change in the schedule this year, the Rams did not spend a full week here between games. They flew in Friday night. Blackbourn said that he felt that staying in Los Angeles all week would make the Rams tougher. "No team is likely to be sharp after spending the week away from home," he said. "I know we never are." The Ram offense clicked last week, as it always does when quarterback Norm Van Brocklin is clicking. The week before, the Los Angeles defense held the Chicago Bears without a touchdown from scrimmage but the offense couldn't score from scrimmage, either, and Los Angeles lost, 16-10. Coach Sid Gillman probably will call most of the Ram plays - he did in the victory over San Francisco. For runners, Los Angeles can call on rookie Jon Arnett, Tom Wilson and Ron Waller at halfback and Tank Younger and Joe Marconi at fullback. Prime targets on passes will be Bob Boyd, Elroy Hirsch and Lamar Lundy.
THE RAMS INVEST IN KIDS AND LOOK WHAT
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal-Oliver Kuechle) - The Los Angeles Rams made an investment 11 years ago and they never made one better. They invested in kids, not kid halfbacks or kid tackles who someday might trot out on the Coliseum's fine turf, but just plain kids. Business manager Bill John had the idea. "Here we've got a stadium that seats 100,000 plus," he reasoned in effect, "and we're drawing 20,000 or 25,000 paid. Let's use some of those empty seats. Let's let kids in free." John worked out a plan. Every adult who bought a $2.50 ticket was permitted to bring in five boys under 14. He got tickets for them next to his own. And they began to come in droves. Around the league, they used to smirk once in awhile at the crowds the Rams announced. Sixty thousand, 70,000, 80,0000. "So what?" they'd ask. "Kids, a lot of kids. What's the gate - tell me that?"...NO MORE SMIRKS: They're not smirking today - except maybe with envy. The kids have begun to pay off. The 12 or 13 year olds who used to pile in because the old man could take them along without dipping into the sugar jar today have a buck of their own and they're putting it on the line. They're not UCLA fans or SC fans, they're pro fans and bitten to the core. "No question it has been a tremendous thing for us," said Bert Rose in advance of the Rams who Sunday will play the Pack here. "Some of them would have become Ram fans anyway, I suppose. But this way we feel we got them all. Bent the twig, so to speak." A week ago, the Rams drew 102,368 fans to their traditional game with the 49ers and the remarkable thing was not the size of the crowd - the Rams with their kids have at least flirted with 100,000 before - but the number who paid. "We've got a sliding scale with the kids - fix it as we want," Rose explained. "In a game like last week's we didn't have more than 7,000. I don't know how many of them were kids who first got excited about us because they used to get in free but I'd like to bet there were 15,000 or 20,000 at least."...CAN'T CONTINUE: Why haven't the Packers done something like this here? Make young new fans? Get the extra adult who might not go except that his boy can go along free? Play at least to the appearance of a good house? With the crowds they've been drawing something certainly could have been tried, something different if not exactly this - and Sunday, with no more than 20,000 expected, the Rams will probably feel they're in a rest home. Good promotion in Milwaukee, though, has never been one of Green Bay's long suits - good promotion not only along these lines but along a lot of lines. They just don't sell themselves well. It's all becoming a little serious, too, for patently, the club with a 32,500 stadium of its own, can't continue in Milwaukee as it has. "Play all six games in Green Bay," say some of the aroused burghers along the Fox, but that's not the answer, either. It's one thing for Green Bay to sell season tickets in Green Bay on a three game basis and another to sell them on a six. The answer, or partial answer, anyway, lies in better promotion here - an idea like Bill John's...OATES SPEAKS: In line with all this, my friend Bob Oates of the Los Angeles Examiner took a healthy poke at Milwaukee fandom the other day and you can mull over it with your morning coffee. But don't throw the cup at your wife as you read. (Mr. Oates will be staying at the Schroeder all next week and you can see him there.) Here is Mr. Oates speaking: "In their race to become the first team in football history to play before a million fans, the Rams will hit a roadblock in Milwaukee Sunday. A crowd of 20,000 or less is expected. That just isn't a sports town. Packer games weren't well attended even in the championship years. Moreover, fight promoters have learned to steer clear of Milwaukee - and the handwriting is on the wall for the Braves. When the novelty wears off in a year or two, the Braves, no doubt, will think deeply of going back to Boston." Hold that cup of coffee, sir, hold it.
Chicago Bears (3-4) 21, Green Bay Packers (2-5) 14
Sunday November 10th 1957 (at Chicago)