(MILWAUKEE) - Jon Arnett, a fellow who spells his name without the "h", put the "h" into Hurricane Hijack Sunday, sparking a Ram comeback which blasted a Packer sure thing into smithereens, 31-27. The rampaging rookie punctured the hoity, toity Bays' ego by rolling up 149 yards - the spark which touched off a 28-point Los Angeles explosion in the second half after the Packers had things very much under control at halftime, leading 24-3. And so the Indian sign Coach Liz Blackbourn's bruisers had over the Californians in their home away from home turned the other way. It was Blackbourn's first defeat by the Rams at County
Stadium. A disappointed crowd of 19,540 must have felt the shuddering reversal was coming after the West
Coasters had struck quickly for two touchdowns the first two times they had the ball in the third quarter. Norm Van Brocklin, who ages with perfection like good wine, tossed a 21-yard TD strike to Bob Boyd. Six minutes later, Tank Younger plunged over from the one for the second touchdown. Los Angeles finally caught up with the Packers on the seventh play of the fourth quarter when Arnett wheeled 68 yards for the third touchdown. The payoff play, with one minute and 21 seconds remaining, was Van Brocklin's 34 yard strike which spiraled perfectly into Lamar Lundry's outstretched mitts. Paige Cothren who booted a 12 yard field goal in the second quarter but who missed a 39-yard attempt in the final period, booted the four conversions. Like the Rams' whirlwind second half, the Packers jumped off to a 10-0 first quarter lead on Fred Cone's 39 yard field goal and Bart Starr's 14 yard missile which hit its target, Don McIlhenny, for the first touchdown. L.A. squeezed in Cothren's field goal, but the Bays bounced back for two more touchdowns. Al Carmichael's four-yard run and a remarkable interception play by Bill Forester, who lateraled to Bobby Dillon. It covered 92 yards. Fred Cone kicked the Packers' only points in the second half, a 32-yard field goal. It gave the Bays a 27-24 lead with seven minutes to play. Seven minutes was too much time the way things were going. With Starr at the throttle, the Packers had the Rams on the run. The Alabama Flipper completed six out of seven passes for 62 yards and one touchdown. He did not loss a single yard attempting to pass. But Starr was racked up early in the second quarter. He sustained a bruised elbow and never returned. Babe Parilli took charge and moved the attack goalward, his 47 yard strike to Billy Howton setting up the Packers' second touchdown.
But the Parilli in the first half and the Parilli in the second half was like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Kentucky Babe, feeling the pressure more and more as the Rams closed the gap, lost 30 yards trying to pass. He finished with seven completions in 15 tries for 125 yards. A clearer picture of the turn of events can be measured by these statistics. Green Bay gained 117 yards rushing in the first half, three in the second half. And their passing yardage was 120 in the first half and 67 in the final 30 minutes. Quite conversely, Van Brocklin passed for 85 yards during the first half and added 165 in the tell-tale finish. The Rams broke loose for 193 yards rushing in the last two quarters after picking up 78 in the first two periods. Green Bay was almost in the pink of health going into the scrap. At the finish they were a beaten team physically as well as on the scoreboard.
Besides Starr taking an early shower, tackle Norm Masters reinjured his right knee. Linebacker Sam Palumbo sustained a painful ankle injury. Center Jim Ringo hurt his shoulder and defensive halfback Hank Gremminger badly bruised his shoulder. But getting back to the healthy Packers - they took the opening kickoff and marched right down to score on Cone's 39 yard field goal. The second time they got the ball, the Bays drove 87 yards goalward in nine plays. The passing of Starr and the running of McIlhenny and Paul Hornung ripped off big chunks of yardage. When the Bays reached the L.A. 14, Starr hit McIlhenny on the buttong and it was a touchdown. Cone's conversion made it 10-0. The Packers took off like they were TD bound the next time Van Brocklin punted. McIlhenny, on a quick opener, reeled for 28 yards to the Packer 46. But he missed Starr's handoff on the next play. Starr was hurt on the play. Paul Miller recovered the loose ball for the Rams on the Packer 47. The Rams moved down to the Packers four, but they had to settle for Cothren's 12-yard field goal. Cone ran back a short kickoff 25 yards to the Bay 40. On the second play, Parilli hit Howton for 47 yards on the Ram seven. Three plays later, Parilli pitched out to Carmichael and he wheeled around the right side for the TD. Cone's PAT made it 17-3. The Rams recovered another fumble moments later when John Houser fell on the ball, bobble by Carmichael returning a punt. But the luck turned the Packers' way four plays later when Forester made a sensational catch of a long Van Brocklin pass on the Packer eight. His twisting and turning runback was beautiful to watch. When he ran into trouble on the Packer 45, he lateraled to an alert Dillon who sprinted the remaining 55 yards for the Packers' third touchdown. Cone again did what comes naturally to make it 24-3. More than one Gold Coaster stood and watched Dillon go the distance. An official's flag laid on the field, and they thought the Packers were to be penalized. Whose face was red when they were told? When John Petitbon intercepted another Van Brocklin pass late in the second period on the Ram 49, the Packers had a chance to stretch their margin. Hornung's 45 yard field goal attempt with 13 seconds, however, dribbled off his foot. Like an amateur golfer, he looked up. The big play for Los Angeles, the one which opened up the gates for the onslaught, was Van Brocklin's 44 yard heave to Elroy Hirsch. It was the fifth play of the third quarter and two plays later the Dutchmen rifled a 21 yard strike to a sliding Boyd in the end zone. Cothren's PAT narrowed Green Bay's margin to 24-10. Parilli couldn't make the Packers go, so Van Brocklin cranked up the Rams again. This time they moved 63 yards goalward in 11 plays. Arnett and Van Brocklin were the culprits, and Younger plowed over from inches away. Cothren tacked on the extra point. Again the Packers failed to make a first down, and again the Rams could. Forester's second interception, however, stopped the winners on the Packer 39. With Parilli losing yardage trying to pass the Packers gave the Rams another chance. From their 32 the Rams needed just two plays to knot the score. Arnett running the Packers dizzy on a 68 yard gallop. Cothern's conversion made it 24-24. Green Bay's first first down in the second half finally was chalked up with three minutes of the fourth quarter played. Parilli hitting Kramer for 13 yards. But the Babe lost 14 two plays later after that and it was a punting situation again. The Packers held the Rams and Van Brocklin punted for the first time in the second half. Carmichael's brilliant 48 yard return to the Ram 34 gave the Packers a good chance to go ahead. Parilli marched the Bays to the Ram 20 before he fizzled. The stage was then set for Cone's 32 yard field goal which split the uprights and gave Green Bay the lead again, 27-24. Los Angeles stormed back, Van Brocklin throwing the bombs. Green Bay tightened on its own 32, so Cothren tried a 39 yard field goal. It was like Hornung's - a dribbler. With two minutes remaining and a last chance prevailing, the Rams went for broke. Van Brocklin was hitting his targets perfectly as L.A. marched 59 yards in five plays. Norm's touchdown toss to Lundy was good for 34 yards. Gremminger was the only man who had a shot at the Ram receiver but he was long gone. Cothren's PAT made it 31-27. Parilli tried to unload the big one with a minute and 20 seconds remaining, but it just wasn't the Babe's day.
LOS ANGELES -  0  3 14 14 - 31
GREEN BAY   - 10 14  0  3 - 27
1st - GB - Cone, 39-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - McIlhenny, 19-yard pass from Starr (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - LA - Paige Cothren, 13-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-3
2nd - GB - Carmichael, 4-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 17-3
2nd - GB - Dillon, 55-yd lateral after a 37-yd int. ret by Forester (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-3
3rd - LA - Bob Boyd, 20-yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Cothren kick) GREEN BAY 24-10
3rd - LA - Tank Younger, 1-yard run (Cothren kick) GREEN BAY 24-17
4th - LA - Jon Arnett, 68-yard run (Cothren kick) TIED 24-24
4th - GB - Cone, 32-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-24
4th - LA - Lamar Lundry, 34-yard pass from Van Brocklin (Cothren kick) LOS ANGELES 31-27 
NOVEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Los Angeles
Rams held a halftime wake over themselves at County
Stadium Sunday and in the second half woke up. "It
was like a wake in our dressing room at the half," Sid
Gillman of the Rams said. "Fight talk? Of course not.
We just quietly talked things over, that's all. We'd had
nothing the first half." The nothing of the first half
became something indeed after the intermission. They
woke up. Behind at the half, 24-3, they snapped back
with 28 points, giving up only three and won 31-27. "It
was ridiculous," Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the six
times beaten Packers said, referring to his collapsed
defensive. "But that's the way our season has been - 
ever since that Detroit game." Turning point of the
game, Blackbourn said, occurred on the Rams' first
touchdown of the second half. Bob Boyd took Norm
Van Brocklin's pass for the score with hardly more than
two minutes gone. "There were three men around Boyd,
 Blackbourn said, "and they let him catch the ball.
Ridiculous." Physically, the Packers experienced their
worst afternoon of the season. Eight were hurt. Four
suffered arm injuries, three leg injuries and Ron Kramer
hurt his back. Jim Ringo, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung and 
Hank Gremminger had ailing arms although only Starr
was removed from the action. Sam Palumbo, Norm
Masters and Jerry Helluin went out with injured legs.
The Rams lost defensive back Bill Sherman midway through the first quarter when he tackled Kramer on a pass play. Sherman will probably be out for the season with a bad elbow. Starr left the game in the first half after being hit on the muscle of his pitching arm. "I don't even remember when it happened," Starr said. "The arm got sore and I couldn't cock it to throw." "If we made a mistake," Blackbourn said, "it was in not throwing the ball sooner in the second half. The defense let us down though. The defense wasn't too good in the first half either." Happiest Ram of them all was Elroy Hirsch, the 12 year veteran who played high school football at Wausau and college football at Wisconsin and Michigan. The annual "Return of the Native" was a victorious one for the first time since 1953. "This was a good one to win," Hirsch said. "It'll be pleasant for a change not to go home with my tail between my legs. This game will be a tonic for Dad." Hirsch's father, Otto, was released from a Wausau hospital Saturday and watched the game on television. He had suffered a heart attack and was under an oxygen tent earlier in the week. "This Green Bay team ought to be up for a long time," Hirsch said. "They're young, fast, have a lot of spirit, and, boy, do they hit!" Gillman, happy at the turn of events which gave him his first victory in Milwaukee, said that he had "no explanation" for the turnabout. It just happened. The Rams' chances of winning the Western Division title? "It's going to be a helluva race," he said. "Our key game is with the Browns this week." The Rams, just a game behind the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Colts, will stay in Milwaukee the rest of the week, going to Cleveland Saturday for their meeting with the Browns. They will work out at the St. Francis Seminary where the brother of the Rams' Art Hauser is a priest. Gillman refused to cite any of his own players or any of the Packers for praise or censure. He refused, that is, until Billy Howton's name popped into the conversation. "That Howton's out of this world," he said. "What a receiver." The only argument between coach and official was precipitated in the second quarter but was not as bad as it seemed. Head linesman Lon Evans threw down his handkerchief, apparently indicating an offside. The hankie went down before the ball was snapped and about half the players merely went through the motions. Tom Wilson of the Rams hit left tackle for four yards and could just as easily gone for 84 yards with one or two more blocks. Gillman began fussing and fuming on the sidelines and Evans had to order him back to the bench. No penalty was called on the play, despite the dropped handkerchief. Gillman's argument was not about the offside call that wasn't an offside call. "A Packer kicked Lamar Lundy right in the face in front of the official," Gillman said. "And he refused to call it. That's what I was mad about." Suppose, however, Wilson had gone all the way for a touchdown? Well, just suppose. Commissioner Bert Bell's desk would be flooded with protests.
NOVEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "We tried not to relax," Liz Blackbourn was saying after Sunday's 31-27 Packer loss, "we tried so hard not to relax in the second half." As if history repeated, the Packers couldn't stand prosperity after holding a convincing lead. In 1952, Green Bay lost to the Rams here, 30-28, after leading, 28-6, at the end of the third quarter. "We played terrific ball in the first half," Blackbourn continued. "But even then there were some indications the defense wasn't too good in spots. They played the heck out of us the rest of the way. They really put the pressure on us." Blackbourn believed a shoulder injury to defensive halfback Hank Gremminger weakened the Packers' pass defense in the second half. Gremminger played, despite the painful injury, the remainder of the game. "That long pass to (Elroy) Hirsch in the third quarter got them started," Liz said. "I guess that's what started that debacle." Over in the Rams' quarters, Sid Gillman was happy for the first time after a game in Milwaukee. It was his first win in four visits to Milwaukee Stadium. "We were nothing in the first half," Gillman said. "In the second half things began to go for us. It was just the reverse for Green Bay." Gillman then added that it's a heck of a game every time these foes meet in Milwaukee. When Hirsch was asked if this is his last season, the 12-year veteran said, "I'll see how I feel at the end of the season. Right now I've never felt better." As far as Gillman is concerned, "Hirsch is good for a half a dozen more years with the Rams." Regarding the play in which Bill Forester intercepted Norm Van Brocklin's long pass to Hirsch (the one which resulted in a Packer touchdown), Hirsch said, "(Carlton) Massey hit me the hardest I've been hit since playing football. It was a good clean block." Said Massey: "Maybe so, but it almost killed me. I think I got hurt worse than Hirsch." Sitting on the Green Bay bench and wrapped up in Packer robes were Eddie Mathews and Henry Aaron. The way injuries were cropping up Blackbourn glanced more than once to the Braves' stars.
NOVEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - Green Bay outdrew Milwaukee by a 3-2 margin for the Packers' home football season. Three games in Green Bay's new city stadium drew 96,322 and three games in Milwaukee's County Stadium, 64,781, giving the Packers 161,103 for the season.
NOVEMBER 19 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steelers held an unusual Monday practice yesterday as they looked forward to Sunday's game here with the Green Bay Packers. Wash day is generally a holiday for Rooney U., but they were idle last weekend. Coach Buddy Parker still has hopes of overtaking the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants in the Eastern Conference race but must whip the Packers to stick in contention. The Gold and Black gained a 10-10 tie with the Wisconsin entry in Minneapolis in their last exhibition game. Coach Lisle Blackbourn's proteges caught up in the last minute and a half on a pass from quarterback Bart Starr to halfback Joe Johnson, after the Steelers had been in control most of the game. In addition to Starr the invaders will present the veteran Vito (Babe) Parilli in the quarterback position. The Rochester, Pa., native usually manages to do well against the Steelers.
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers lost their No. 1 quarterback, Bart Starr, on the last play of the first quarter Sunday. He suffered an injury to his right elbow. He had no feeling in his fingers. He couldn't grip a football. Had it been his left elbow, he could have stayed in the game. Starr should be in shape for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. During his brief action, the Alabama Flipper completed six out of seven passes for 62 yards. He triggered the Packers to a 10-0 advantage over the Rams. When something happens to Starr, the only alternative is to send in Babe Parilli - the Kentucky Babe who has passed the Packers to their only two wins this season. Parilli took advantage and moved the Bays goalward for their second touchdown in five plays. His 47 yard pass play to Billy Howton, which set up the TD on the Ram seven, was the game's longest aerial. The Packers didn't lose to the Rams Sunday because Parilli had taken over the quarterback chores. They lost because they couldn't stop Norm Van Brocklin's passing and Jon Arnett's running in the second half. Coach Liz Blackbourn preferred to be tight-lipped about the outcome Monday. "With our record people are tired of reading Blackbourn's excuses," said the disappointed but frank coach. "I'd rather not comment on turning points of the game or what have you," he said. "We're experiencing one of those seasons where nothing's going right." But why the complexion change in the second half? How could the Packers blow a 24-3 halftime lead? "I'll tell you one thing," Blackbourn shot back. "That first touchdown certainly gave them a lift - the catch by Hirsch (a 44-yard gain to the Packer 21) wins the big one." Did the Rams change their offense or defense drastically in the second half? "They shot their outside linebackers in a little more," Blackbourn answered. "That is the only change I observed. I haven't seen the films, though." Just how good are the Rams? "At this time I would say the Lions, Colts and Rams are the best teams in our division," was Blackbourn's comments. "I think Detroit will win it. We took a lot out of the Bears last week. The Rams have three tremendous left halfs," Blackbourn continued. "They run at you, pass at you - wow." But getting back to Sunday's game itself Blackbourn refused to pin the blame on anyone. If you're interested in game control, the Packers ran up a 24-3 lead by using 36 plays to the Rams' 35. In the second half in which Los Angeles scored 28 points to Green Bay's three, the Rams had the ball 47 times and the Packers 32. The Packers experienced a real beating physically. Eight were hurt, which took a lot of sting out of the club as the Rams closed in. Ron Kramer hurt his back, Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Ringo and Hank Gremminger sustained arm injuries and Norm Masters, Sam Palumbo and Jerry Helluin went out with leg ailments. Being so effective on the ground in the first half (picking up 117 yards), Parilli directed the ground troops on five plays in the third quarter and the Bays gained no yardage. His only pass of the period was incomplete to Howton. When the Rams finally closed the gap, the Babe passed in desperation, frantically trying to unleash a bomb. But he lost 30 yards when he couldn't get rid of the ball. And when you hesitate in this league, you're dead. Meanwhile, Van Brocklin continued to pass the Packers dizzy. His payoff throw to Lamar Lundy, which scored the winning points, was too easy. Lundy took the ball all alone on the east sidelines. Apparently, the Packers were more concerned covering Hirsch, who had caught six for 106 yards, and Bob Boyd, who had snared four for 87, because Lundry was ignored. Dick Deschaine, who has had a miserable time lately with two punts being blocked, outdid the master. His 41 yard average on six punts bettered the 39 yard average on four by the league's second ranked punter, Van Brocklin. "Deschaine wasn't going back any further," Blackbourn pointed out. "He just took quicker steps."
NOVEMBER 20 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) have been tabbed as 3 1/2 point favorites over the Green Bay Packers (2-6) for their NFL clash in Forbes Field on Sunday. Coach Buddy Parker's local combine has a chance to equal their entire local win total of 1956. Last season the Gold and Black finished with a record of five wins and seven setbacks. For the first time since the initial game with the Cleveland Browns here on Saturday night, October 5, the Steelers will have their complete roster of 35 players in uniform. Bill Michael, promising rookie right guard from Ohio State, suffered a broken knee against the Brownies and has been idle ever since. He returned to light practice last week and is gradually reaching playing condition. Coach Parker may withhold him at the start but he'll be ready to spell off John Nisby, another recruit from the College of Pacific, who shifted from defensive right end to plug he guard gap. Bart Starr, first string quarterback of the Packers, suffered an elbow injury in the game against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday in Milwaukee and is doubtful for the local contest. If he doesn't recover Vito (Babe) Parilli, Kentucky U. product from Rochester, Pa., will get the field general role. The Steelers held their second drill of the week under trying conditions at Forbes Field. Resoddding of the infield complicated the practice routine of Rooney U.
NOVEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Journal) - When new ways to lose are found, the Green Bay Packers probably will find them. Close doesn't count in the NFL, so the Packers are buried in last place of the Western Division with two victories and six defeats. In his four seasons at Green Bay, Coach Lisle Blackbourn has met repeated frustration and disappointment. His teams have been highly respectable, but not winners. They come close, but they can't win. The breaks go against them, it would seem, week after week. It has been said, "It's better to be lucky than good." It also follows, however, that if you're good, you'll be lucky, too. You'll make a break for yourself here and there. Green Bay hasn't had that luck. From here it seems more a matter of personnel than anything else. The Packers have good players. The worst football player in the league is a good one. But the Packers do not have many great ones - not as many as the top teams. They have Bill Howton and Bob Dillon. The rest are mostly average. They have several promising youngsters, but none of them is great yet and some of the others will never be great. The club lacks something. Spirit is not enough. When the breaks go against them, they are unable to shake them off. If they were genuine contenders, the Packers would get their share of breaks and victories. This year's Green Bay team has an odd record. They beat the Chicago Bears in the opener when Babe Parilli got hot and they beat the Colts at Baltimore, no easy job, when they came alive from a 14-0 deficit going into the last quarter, went ahead with only two minutes to play, fell behind with a minute to play, then won on Parilli's 75 yard pitch to Howton with 29 seconds left. In losing, the Packers have almost exhausted the book. They have lost them early - Detroit piled up a 14-0 lead before the Packers tried their second play from scrimmage. First the Lions dusted off the fake punt to get position for a score, then they intercepted Parilli's first pass for the second touchdown. The Packers led the Colts at the half of their first meeting, 10-7, but fell completely apart in the second half. San Francisco needed help to win, 24-14. Green Bay gave it with failure on the 15, failure on first down on the one and an impromptu lateral and pass which backfired. The worst has been in the last three defeats. Against the champion Giants, first a blocked punt, then an interference call, then another first down failure from the one. Against the Bears at Chicago, a blocked punt, then an official's call which cost a touchdown (movies and still pictures made it resemble a touchdown, anyway) and failure to make a yard on fourth down gave the Bears the ball for their winning drive. And last Sunday the Packers rolled to a 24-3 lead at halftime and permitted the Los Angeles Rams to get off the hook, 31-27. Bart Starr, improving young quarterback, left early with a sore arm, and Parilli couldn't do the job. Nor could the defense. So Green Bay has lost them early (Detroit was ahead, 24-0, before the Packers crossed the Lion 40) and it has lost them late (61 seconds to go against the Bears and 80 seconds left against the Rams). There can't be too many ways left to lose.
NOVEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers lost to the Rams with one minute and 21 seconds to play...they dropped a 21-14 decision to the Bears the previous week with a minute and one second remaining. The Wisconsin pros, on the other hand, jolted the Colts, 24-21, with 29 seconds left on the clock. Unusual? No sir, not the way the ball is bouncing in the NFL this season. In fact 45 percent of the underdogs have been winning. So the time-worn statement by Commissioner Bert Bell - "any club can knock off any other club on a given day" - now is a fact rather than preseason oratory. Sid Gillman, who is drilling his Californians in the Wisconsin much, Tuesday admitted Sunday's 31-27 victory was pulled out of the fire. But he quickly pointed out two L.A. losses which were inflicted on last ditch plays. "Blocking and tackling, that's what won for us," said Gillman, pin-pointing Sunday's second half reversal. "Maybe Green Bay was too impressed with its first half." Although eight Packers and two Rams were injured, Gillman did not believe the game was rougher than any other. Don Sherman, veteran defensive halfback, will be lost of the rest of the road games. He sustained an injured elbow. Fullback Tank Younger reported an injured cheek bone. He will have a specialist examine it. And speaking of fullbacks, Gillman prefers the Packers' Howie Ferguson to rookie Paul Hornung. "Don't get me wrong," Gillman said. "Hornung is a fine football player. But I'm a Ferguson fan." The Packers taken on an Eastern foe again Sunday, meeting the Steelers at Pittsburgh. This will be the first game between these clubs since 1954, when the Steelers edged Coach Liz Blackbourn's first Packer team, 21-20, at Green Bay. Buddy Parker, trading the best Pittsburgh draft choices for the next two years to get immediate veteran help, has molded a surprisingly strong contender even though it has been blanked twice. With Earl Morrall, former 49er, at the quarterback slot, the Steelers have outpointed four rivals while losing three games. A strong defensive team, Pittsburgh has allowed its opposition 17.4 points a game. In its all-time series with Pittsburgh, Green Bay shows a 10-6 mark. However, the Packers have always had trouble beating a Parker-coached team - and this time should be no exception.
to his team's engagement with the Wisconsin entry. Tom Miller, publicist of the Packers, arrived here yesterday and reported four players doubtful for the local engagement. They are center Jim Ringo, shoulder separation; tackle Norm Masters, bad knee; guard Norm Amundsen, twisted knee; and linebacker Sam Palumbo, sprained ankle. Bart Starr, first string quarterback, has recovered from a bruised elbow suffered last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams and will start the local contest. Paul Hornung, bonus choice from Notre Dame, will open at fullback. Sunday will be Fran Rogel Day at the Oakland ballpark. Friends of the veteran Steeler fullback from North Braddock will honor him for his long service to Rooney U. Coach Buddy Parker has his squad hard at work yesterday in the Oakland ballpark. Everyone is ready for action, including guard Bill Michael, who has missed the last five games due to a fractured knee. Official statistics of the NFL released yesterday show that halfback Jack Butler of the Steelers continues to lead the league in pass interceptions with eight despite the fact that the local club was idle last Sunday. Jack Christiansen of the Detroit Lions and Milt Davis of the Baltimore Colts are close on his heels with seven. End Jack McClairen of Rooney U. was unable to cling to the top rung in pass receptions. Billy Wilson of the San Francisco 49ers snared eight last week against Detroit to slip into the lead with 32, one more than the Goose.
NOVEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - There's a moral to the story of the 1957 Pittsburgh Steelers. He is Earl Morrall, former All-American quarterback at Michigan State. And as Morrall goes, so go the Steelers. The Green Bay Packers must stop him to beat the Steelers Sunday. When the Steelers won their opener, Buddy Parker was ecstatic. In the dressing room, someone asked Parker if Morrall's name was pronounced "moral" or "morale". "Neither," Parker replied. "You pronounce it 'Darling'." The name is pronounced "moral" but Morrall has certainly improved the morale of the Steelers this season. The former second stringer with the San Francisco 49ers ranks eighth in NFL passing with an average gain of 7.46 yards. He has completed 94 of 184 for 1,372 yards and eight touchdowns. His total yardage is second only to that of John Unitas of the Baltimore Colts. Morrall has figured prominently in all of the Steelers' four victories. In the opening triumph over the Washington Redskins (28-7), he connected on 15 of 32 for 249 yards and three touchdowns. A 35 yard pass to Ray Mathews downed the Philadelphia Eagles, 6-0, in a game in which Morrall completed 14 of 28 for 227 yards. In the 19-13 conquest of the Colts, he completed 18 of 30 for 256 yards and two touchdowns to Mathews. He plunged a yard for a touchdown and passed 23 yards to Jack McClairen to set up another in the 29-20 victory over the Chicago Cardinals. Even in the 23-12 and 24-0 defeats by the Cleveland Browns, Morrall had good days. He pitched for both scores in the first game and hit on 15 of 33 for 193 yards in the other. Only in the 35-0 defeat by the New York Giants did he fail to turn in an outstanding performance. Cleveland's Paul Brown is enthusiastic about Morrall. After the first game, Brown said, "The Steelers are somewhat overbalanced toward passing but Morrall looks like a good one. He can throw the ball and he doesn't scare. We had the heat on but he stayed right in there." Parker believes that within the next couple of seasons Morrall will be the league's top quarterback. Morrall was valued highly enough by the Pittsburgh brass that they gave up their first draft choices in 1958 and 1959 and linebacker Marv Matuszak to the 49ers. That's the way the Steelers have been built this year. Other key players came to the club in exchange for future draft choices. Billy Wells, also a Michigan State alumnus, was obtained from the Redskins for a 1959 draft pick. Wells returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against the Chicago Cardinals. Parker has been getting top performances from center Ed Beatty, halfback Dean Derby and guard Sid Fournet - all obtained in the same manner. The Steelers are in hock to five teams - the 49ers, Colts, Redskins, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams. "There's a pawn shop on a corner in Pittsburgh," and its proprietor is Raymond K. Parker, former coach of the Lions, who deals in football players and short speeches.
NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Officials of the Packer Corp. Wednesday termed as "ridiculous" a report that Liz Blackbourn will be replaced next year by Clark Shaughnessy, defensive coach of the Chicago Bears. In Chicago Shaughnessy also denied it and commented: "I don't know any more about this that the man in the moon. Where do they get these stories?" "I have no idea where a report like that could have started," said Verne Lewellen, general manager of the Packers. "We are not interested in contacting Shaughnessy. It's ridiculous." The Chicago American which carried the report in Wednesday's editions, said it learned of the coaching change from a reliable source. It also said Blackbourn would be "moved upstairs" in the Green Bay organization. "The report is utterly without foundation," Lewellen added. "There's absolutely nothing to it." Dominic Olejniczak, vice president of the Packer Corp., also denied the report. "There is no foundation whatsoever for the story," Olejniczak said. "The executive committee has never discussed a coaching change." When asked whether Blackbourn has ever been given a vote of confidence, Olejniczak said, "We sit down with the coaches each Monday and review Sunday's game. We don't believe in that old malarkey of giving the staff a vote of confidence. The question of Blackbourn's status has never come up, believe me." Earlier this season, one of the most dismal in recent Packer history, it was learned that Blackbourn was under heavy fire from the club's board of directors. He apparently weathered that storm, although there have been indications that the board will make a decision one way or the other at the close of the current NFL schedule. The Packers, who battle the Steelers at Pittsburgh Sunday, are mired in the Western Division cellar with a 2-6 won-lost record. A source close to the organization, who asked not to be named, said if Blackbourn were dismissed Shaughnessy definitely would not be named as his successor. Blackbourn, 53, has another year to go on his contract. The pact, calling for about $25,000 a year, is an ironclad agreement that can only be terminated with the agreement of both parties and then only if Blackbourn is paid in full for the unexpired portion. Blackbourn became head coach at Green Bay in 1954 following a three-year term as head coach at Marquette University. In his first year, the Packers won four and lost eight. The previous year, under Gene Ronzani, the Packers closed with a 2-9-1 record. Ronzani resigned under fire with two games left on the schedule. Shaughnessy has been with the Bears as technical advisor since 1951. In 1950 he held a similar job in Green Bay, helping Ronzani during the early part of the season. Reports have circulated rumoring that Shaughnessy, Bears' head coach Paddy Driscoll and offensive mentor Luke Johnsos were feuding. The rumors were denied by the team's owner, George Halas. The Bears, ousted as a title contender at the start of the current season, have a 3-5 record and are but one game ahead of the Packers in the Western Division.
NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Ridiculous" was the key word in answer to a report from Chicago Wednesday that Clark Shaughnessy, assistant coach of the Chicago Bears, would replace Lisle Blackbourn as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. A Chicago newspaper, the American, ran the story supposedly from a "reliable source". Vern Lewellen, general manager of the Packers, said, "I have no idea where a report like that could have started. We are not interested in contacting Shaughnessy. It's ridiculous." The Packers are last in the Western Division with two victories and six defeats. Shaughnessy is defensive coach of the Bears, who have a 3-5 record, one step ahead of the Packers. One school of thought was that George Halas, Bears' owner, started the rumor. The Bears' coaching staff, too, has been under heavy criticism and Shaughnessy has been one of the principal targets. Blackbourn, 58, has one year to go on a three year contract. The Chicago report said Blackbourn would be moved to a front office post. The coach has an ironclad agreement, calling for more than $20,000 a year, which can only be terminated with the agreement of both parties and then only if Blackbourn is paid in full for the unexpired portion. "The report is utterly without foundation and too ridiculous to discuss," Lewellen said. "There's absolutely nothing to it." Dominic Olejniczak, vice-president of the Green Bay Packers Corp., also denited the report. A source close to the organization said that even if Blackbourn were dismissed, Shaughnessy "definitely" would not be named his successor. Blackbourn succeeded Gene Ronzani, a one time Bears assistant, as Green Bay coach in 1954. He is only the third coach in Green Bay's 38 seasons. Curly Lambeau was the first. Blackbourn's first team had a 4-8 record, his second 6-6, and his third 4-8. This year's team went undefeated in the exhibition season, but has had little success in league play. In Chicago, Shaughnessy denied the report. He said, "I don't know any more about this than the man in the moon. Where do they get these stories?" Shaughnessy, a football nomad, once was head coach of the Los Angeles rams and before that of Stanford University. He was backfield coach at Green Bay under Ronzani for one season before going to the Bears in 1951.
NOVEMBER 22 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - All things considered, the Steelers should be a favorite - on paper, that is - for Sunday's "must" game with the Green Bay Packers at Forbes Field. But Coach Buddy Parker takes a dim view of such prognostications. "Don't let the Packers' 2-6 record fool you. They lost some tough ones. Given a good day they probably could beat any team in the league," he said yesterday. And the way he had his charges snapping through a long workout in the Oakland orchard yesterday proved that he's taking anything but a dim view of the invasion of the Green Bays. "We can't afford to let up for a second if we're going to stay in the race for the Eastern title," he added. The players apparently agreed. They went through a long defensive drill against Packer plays, and topped it off with practice on the tackling dummy. And the majority of them made the bell ring every time they plowed into the swinging form. Parker will have one or two things in his favor - paperwise, that is. In the first place, the squad will be at full strength for the first time in several weeks. In the second place, statistics released by the league following last Sunday's games reveal the Steelers far in front of the Packers defensively, and hold a good edge in passing offense although they have played one game less than Green Bay. Opposing teams have rushed 1,411 yards and passed 1,346 yards against the Packers. Against the Steelers the figures are 873 yards by rushing, 880 by passing. Those returning from the infirmary ready to get into Sunday's game are guard Bill Michael, injured in the second game of the season, and fullbacks Bill Bowman and Dick Young. 
NOVEMBER 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Steelers are not a good rushing team as far as pro football ground attacks go. They've won because a young passer, Earl Morrall, has risen to the occasion time and again. On the other hand, the Packers have been the league's "pushover" defending against the enemy's rush. They've lost because at critical times they have been unable to stop a runner. Looking at these facts Friday, coach Liz Blackbourn said his defense could not concentrate on Pittsburgh's passing attack alone Sunday at Forbes Field and ignore their running. Other teams have found this strategy paid off. "We'll have to set our defense the same," Blackbourn explained. "With our injuries and record we can't afford to take that chance." Blackbourn turned to the statistics himself and pointed out that Pittsburgh is a darn good team defensively. "While they've acquired practically a brand new offense, their defense is the same rugged unit which operated last year," Blackbourn observed. "They've allowed opponents 3.5 yards per rush. Our bunch has given up 4.4 yards per rush." The encouraging word from Green Bay was that quarterback Bart Starr, injured in the first quarter of last Sunday's game with the Rams, will be ready to start against the Steelers. "Bart is O.K." Blackbourn reported. "He's been throwing since Tuesday. That elbow bothered him a little during the early part of the week, but he can throw without any pain now." Such is not the case with five other Packers who were more seriously racked up in the Los Angeles scrap. Linebacker Sam Palumbo, defensive halfback John Petitbon, center Jim Ringo, tackle Norm Masters and guard Norm Amundsen haven't attended a single drill this week. If there's a chance one could play, it probably could be Ringo and Petitbon. Carl Vereen, rookie tackle from Georgia Tech, will take over Masters' starting position. Jim Salsbury and Al Berry will be the offensive guards and Larry Lauer, 28-year old sub center, will be Ringo's replacement. Blackbourn also said his two top draft choices, fullback Paul Hornung and slotback Ron Kramer, were nursing back ailments but will be starters. With the injury list swelled and a frozen practice field to drill upon, Blackbourn is anything but happy over preparations for the Steeler battle. On the other hand, Pittsburgh will be well conditioned for Green Bay, having had an open date last Sunday. The team has been taking things easy since the Brown game and all the aches have vanished. The game will be a homecoming affair for three Menominee-Marinette athletes. Marinette's Jug Girard and Menominee's Billy Wells will be big guns in the Steeler attack and Menominee's Dick Deschaine will be in his usual punting role for the Packers. Wells and Deschaine were high school teammates. Both were in grade school when Girard was a freshman sensation at Wisconsin in 1944. But the fact will make little difference when the two teams clash at the Pirate park. The Packers will fly via a chartered airline early Saturday morning and will hold a workout at Forbes Field.
NOVEMBER 23 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The
Pittsburgh Steelers face a "must" game against the 
Green Bay Packers tomorrow afternoon in Forbes Field.
After an open day in the NFL schedule, Coach Buddy
Parker's proteges (4-3) face almost certain elimination
from the Eastern Conference race unless they conquer
the Wisconsin invaders (2-6). A crowd of 28,000 is
expected for the kickoff at 2:05 p.m. The remainder of
the pro card has the Washington Redskins (2-5-1) at the
Philadelphia Eagles (2-6); the New York Giants (6-2) at
the Chicago Cardinals (2-5); the Los Angeles Rams
(4-4) at the Cleveland Browns (6-1-1); the Chicago Bears
(3-5) at the Detroit Lions (5-3); and the San Francisco
49ers (5-3) at the Baltimore Colts (5-3). Rooney U. is a
3 1/2 point favorite. They are all in good physical trim
following the fortnight rest. Earl Morrall, brilliant
quarterback, will duel with Green Bay's Bart Starr and
Vito (Babe) Parilli. Coach Parker hopes to show a 
better ground attack. He has characterized the locals as the "worst running team he has ever seen." Billy Wells has been the only real local threat. He skipped 51 yards from scrimmage on a quick opener against the Cleveland Browns the last time out. Tomorrow will be Fran Rogel Day and friends from his native North Braddock area will honor the veteran fullback of the Steelers. Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Packers has been under fire due to the lowly standing of his team and rumors circulated this week that he will be fired. The 53-year old tutor is popular with the squad and the yarn, since denied, may stir them up against the Gold and Black. The Packers will present the bonus choice of last winter, Paul Hornung of Notre Dame, who is well known here for his appearances against Pitt. A QB with the Irish he is now the regular fullback of the Packers. Their No. 1 draft pick, Ron Kramer, brilliant Michigan end, is a starter in the slotback position where he nabs aerials. Bill Howton is one of the top pass catching ends in the NFL. Local fans will also get their first look at Dick Deschaine, a punter who will remind them of Pat Brady, ex-Steeler great. Deschaine is one of the few pro performers with no college experience.
NOVEMBER 21 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will meet a fired up Green Bay Packer opponent on Sunday in Forbes Field. Yesterday a story in a Chicago paper said that Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Wisconsin team would be released and that Clark Shaughnessy, one-time Pitt mentor and now defensive coach of the defenseless Chicago Bears, would be named as big boss for 1958. Blackbourn, 53, has another year to go on an ironclad contract calling for about $25,000 annually. He became head man in 1954 following a three year team at Marquette University. His present record is 2-6 and the Packers are floundering in the Western Conference cellar. Verne Lewellen, general manager of the Packers, and Dominic Olejniczak, vice president, promptly denied that Blackbourn is on the way out. Lewellen said that Green Bay was not interested in Shaughnessy. Shaughnessy also was skeptical and said: "I don't know any more about this than the man on the moon. Where do they get these stories?" The furor is certain to stir up the Packer squad for the impending Steeler fray. Even the hard-bitten pros react to such yarns and Coach Buddy Parker of Rooney U. was sorry that the rumor had to break just prior 
Los Angeles Rams (4-4) 31, Green Bay Packers (2-6) 27
Sunday November 17th 1957 (at Milwaukee)