NEWS AND NOTES
PARKER SAYS PACK 'GOOD, BUT UNLUCKY'
NOVEMBER 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - "The Packers look like a good team to
me," Coach Buddy Parker of the Steelers said here Sunday after his club had
been whacked by Green Bay. "From a study of their movies I have had the
impression that they were pretty good, just unlucky." "We've played a lot
better ball games this year and lost," Coach Lisle Blackbourn of Green Bay
said. "We didn't look too good today. I would say that the pressure we put on
Earl Morrall won the game for us." Paul Hornung and Nate Borden were the
principal casualties of the Packers. Hornung, running at fullback, was injured
the third time the Packers had the ball and the second time he carried. Borden
was injured in the second quarter, went back into the game and returned to the
sidelines when "we saw he wasn't doing anything." Hornung sprained his left
 ankle. Borden suffered a cracked bone in his forearm. X-rays were taken of the
defensive end's arm Sunday night and the results learned Monday morning. He will be out the rest of the season. Hornung will miss Thursday's game against the Lions in Detroit. "Hornung should be ready again for our first game on the coast," Blackbourn said. The Packers did not greatly miss Hornung because replacement Howie Ferguson played his best game of the year. "If Fergie's right, he's all the fullback we need," Blackbourn said. "Don't forget he's a good pass receiver, too." On Ferguson's 40 yard touchdown run, the score which proved to the winning one, he showed the presence of mind to pick up blockers and then direct them. It wasn't until he was about 20 yards away from the promised land that he left the interference and went out on his own. Usually Ferguson looks for someone to run over. Borden's place in the lineup was taken by Jim Temp, the former Wisconsin player. "Temp played very well," the coach said. "He's got a lot of potential if he'd ever get going." Although it was the Packers' defense that won the game, it is this phase of of the Green Bay operation that has Blackbourn most worried for the Thanksgiving Day game. "When the game was over, we had just 11 defensive players left," he said. The Packers' strategy against the Steelers was obvious from the start. The linebackers "shot the gap", catching Earl Morrall in the squeeze time after time. They held the Steelers' running attack in disdain. And with reason. Pittsburgh had averaged a mere 79 yard rushing in its seven previous games. Against the Packers they got only 59. "We wouldn't have been able to do that against an experienced quarterback," Blackbourn said. "If we'd try that against fellows like Tittle, Van Brocklin, Layne, Brown, Bratkowski or Rote, they'd chew us up and wring us out." Parker was disconsolate in the Steelers' dressing room. He'd heard the boos of Pittsburgh fans for the first time in his short stay there. He'd heard the fans chant for a change of quarterbacks before the end of the first half. "I had thought we were doing a pretty good building job until now," the former coach of the Lions said. "Now I'm not so sure. We need a lot of new players." The Steelers had an open date a week ago. They looked rusty. Only two Packers did not play Sunday but one, Norm Masters, was suited up and ready to go if needed. Sam Palumbo made the trip but did not dress for the game. He is a doubtful starter for Thursday but Masters has the green light. Norm Amundsen made his return to the lineup after sitting out the last two games.
MONDAY MORNING'S SPORTS WASH
NOVEMBER 25 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Buddy Parker, the leathery-faced Texan, learned yesterday just as Johnny Michelosen, Joe Bach and Walt Kiesling did before him, that life in Pittsburgh can't be beautiful for a losing coach. Fickle fandom's juicy razzberries cascaded around Buddy's jug-shaped ears at Forbes Field as his Steelers fell in ignoble fashion before the Green Bay Packers, 27-10. This was a game which the local pros figured to win so as to maintain their slim hopes of remaining in the Eastern Division race. Defeat, the fourth of the season, now means almost virtual elimination with the usual memo attached, "Wait until next year". Where only a week ago, or even as late as 2 p.m. yesterday, Parker was hailed as a Moses to lead the local pros out of the wilderness, late Sunday afternoon he heard the familiar boo-boo bird call as he walked dejectedly off the field with his crushed forces. What worried Buddy more than the yipping was the wretched performance put up by the Steelers. Outside of an early 3-0 lead in the second quarter, the home boys never were in the game. They pulled practically every wrong play in the book and if a club ever deserved defeat, this was it. Since it seems to be the customer's privilege to cheer or boo, depending on his pent-up feelings and upbringing, sound-thinking football men here won't pay much attention to the ear-offending yelps. They still feel Parker will give us a championship outfit once he has the right personnel. That he doesn't have enough good men now is quite evident. Those who booed yesterday felt the Steelers were better than the Packers, their belief germinating from a lowly 2-6 record. This was the only way they could vent their disappointment. Parker wasn't the only target. Earl Morall, a brilliant quarterback in the four victories scored to date, had a poor day on the field and was another victim. So were most of the Steeler players with the possible exception of Franny Rogel, the veteran fullback, who was honored by his neighbors from Rankin, North Braddock and Braddock. Franny was presented with a bond, check and luggage. (Why do they always give luggage?)
PRO GAME ON TURKEY DAY IS USUALLY FULL OF ODDITIES
NOVEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - While the Thanksgiving turkey roasts in the oven, the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will be on television in all
states except Michigan. Starting at 11 a.m., these pro
football teams will try to make mincemeat out of each
other in Briggs Stadium, Detroit. There is something
about this series which defies explanation. Perhaps it is
starting a  game so early in the day. In any case, the
six Thanksgiving Day meetings of the Lions and
Packers have been different. Decidedly so. Probably no
other NFL rivalry has produced such a varied and bizarre
program. Detroit has won five times and Green Bay only
once, last year, but that is not the point. Rarely has
anyone turned off the set for any reason but that the
game is over. If Thursday's meeting is like the others, it
will be some pumpkins. The oddities since 1951, when
the Packers became the visiting team for this turkey
appetizer, would fill a book. There have been intercepted
laterals, long passes, long punt returns, fumbles and
interceptions galore. Mostly there have been high scores,
although there was the turkey of two years ago when
Green Bay got 10 points before the usual sellout crowd
had settled down and then couldn't score again because
of a lack of a center who could have the ball to the
quarterback at the proper time. Detroit won the first five
games and where the scores are one-sided, the games
weren't. It was 52-35 in 1951, 48-24 in 1952, 34-15 in
1953, 28-24 in 1954 and 24-10 in 1955. The Packers,
grossly overdue, won a year ago, 24-20, knocking
Detroit out of the Western Division title and fans from
coast to coast right out of their easy chairs. The
highlights, year by year, thumbnail version, follows:
1951 - Green Bay led, 21-10, in the second quarter but
Detroit won 52-35. Jack Christiansen, still a sturdy Lion
defender, broke it up with punt returns of 71 and 89
yards. Tobin Rote, young Packer quarterback, gained
332 of Green Bay's 471 yards by himself - 131 running
and 201 passing.
1952 - Detroit won, 48-24, but it was 31-24 going into
the final period. Rote threw touchdown passes to Bill
Howton, but the Packers lost six fumbles.
1953 - The Packers lost, 34-15, and Gene Ronzani resigned as coach the next morning. Green Bay led at the half, 15-7, and had first down on Detroit's three in the third period when Al Carmichael fumbled a lateral from Babe Parilli. Detroit then woke up under the lights (it was snowing hard) and went ahead, 21-15. First, Detroit scored on Bobby Layne's 97 yard pass to Cloyce Box following the fumble recovery and then the Lions tallied again after an interception of one of Parilli's passes. Still Green Bay was in it, but when the Packers reached Detroit's eight, Parilli fumbled the ball away. Parilli fumbled still another time to set up Detroit's final touchdown.
1954 - Detroit won, 28-24, its second four point victory over Lisle Blackbourn's luckless Packers in five days. It had been 21-17 in Green Bay the Sunday before. The defeat was Green Bay's sixth that season, by a margin of 27 points. Jack Christiansen again helped Detroit with two touchdowns on a 30 yard interception and a 61 yard punt return. The Packers, however, dropped seven passes and muffed two excellent interception opportunities. Breezy Reid scored one Green Bay touchdown on a 52 yard run after a lateral from Rote and Rote passed 82 yards to Max McGee, sensational rookie end, for another. Carmichael had a clear field ahead with five minutes to go when he dropped Rote's strike at midfield.
1955 - A real turkey. The ball was lost on fumbles 10 times, evenly divided. The Packers threatened to run the last place Lions out of the park with a 10-0 lead and two other muffed opportunities. Then center Jim Ringo slipped on the frozen turf while trying to throw a block, and threw his back out of kilter instead. The 
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(PITTSBURGH) - The Green Bay Packers, determined that second half disaster would not strike two weekends in a row, scored a 27-10 triumph over the Pittsburgh Steelers in their NFL game before 29,701 fans here Sunday. As they had against the Los Angeles Rams a week ago in Milwaukee, the Packers jumped to a big halftime lead. They went to the dressing room with a 213 advantage, only three points less than the margin they held over the Rams. But this time, they held their foe to a single touchdown the rest of the way while Fred Cone was tacking on two field goals. It was entirely difference from the collapse against the Rams.
PRESSURE ON PASSER
The Packers put pressure on Steelers' quarterback Earl Morrall and thereby hung their tale of victory. They intercepted four Steeler passes and recovered three fumbles. The triumph was Green Bay's third in nine starts. The Steelers, now 4-4 for the season, dropped out of contention in the Eastern Division race. The Packers, who next face the Detroit Lions Thursday, had already counted themselves out in the Western Division, although they are still mathematically in the running. The Steelers were held to 108 yard net passing and 59 yards on the ground. The Packers, meanwhile, picked up 102 in the air and 151 rushing for a 253-167 overall advantage.
BIG SECOND QUARTER
All three Packer touchdowns were scored in the second quarter, both of Cone's field goals in the fourth period. The Steelers' Gary Glick clicked on a 17 yard field goal in the second quarter and Pittsburgh made its touchdown in the third. Both Glick and Cone missed field goal attempts in the first quarter, Glick from the 31 and Cone from the 22. Morrall and his replacement, Jack Kemp, lost 47 yards attempting to pass. Neither Bart Starr, still ailing with a sore arm, nor Babe Parilli was particularly outstanding for the Packers. Starr completed 4 of 15 passes for 39 yards and Parilli 6 of 18 for 63. Morrall hit 13 of 33 for Pittsburgh. One of his completions was for a touchdown, his ninth scoring pass of the seasons.
STEELERS BOOED
Pittsburgh's Jack Butler intercepted his ninth pass of the year, too, but otherwise the Steelers had little to cheer. In fact, as the team left the field at halftime it was loudly booed. Not all of the Pittsburgh fans, however, were down on Buddy Parker's entry. One fan enlivened action near the end of the game by running
onto the field and jumping on Don McIlhenny's back as the Packers lined up for a scrimmage play. McIlhenny helped the inebriate to his feet while fullback Howie Ferguson cuffed him on the ear. Police escorted the overenthusiastic one from the premises. Ferguson, playing in place of Paul Hornung who was injured early in the game, scored one touchdown, Starr and Parilli the others. Pittsburgh got its touchdown on Morrall's 14 yard pass to Jack McClairen.
GLICK KICKS GOAL
After Glick and Cone missed their field goal tries in the first quarter, the Steelers went from their own 20 to the Packers' 10 in 14 plays before they met stiffened resistance. That's when Glick successfully kicked for a 3-0 lead with 46 seconds gone in the second quarter. Green Bay's first touchdown was a gift. Morrall, attempting to pass, was hit by Jerry Helluin and fumbled with Bill Forester recovering on the Steelers' five. After Ferguson failed to gain, Starr flipped a pass while being tackled and Ferguson caught the ball while going down on the one. The Packers evidently remembered well a lesson they had learned earlier in the year when they had failed to score on two occasions with first down on the opponents' one. Starr sneaked twice, the second time going over.
FERGUSON SCORES
The second touchdown was Ferguson's doing. He took a pitchout from Parilli, picked up several blockers as he went down the left sideline and then cut back across the field to outrace the defenders on a 40 yard sprint. The third touchdown, too, might just as well have been a gift wrapped by Parker and presented to Packer Coach Lisle Blackbourn as a Thanksgiving present. Jim Temp, former University of Wisconsin star, put the rush on Morrall, partly blocked his pass and Helluin intercepted on the Steeler 22. Parilli completed a pass to Billy Howton for 17 yards and then rolled out around right end five yards for the score with less than a minute to go before the half.
BEATTY STEALS BALL
The Steelers' third touchdown in the third quarter was set up by a burglary. Ed Beatty stole the ball from the Packers' Al Carmichael on a punt return, giving the Steelers the ball on the Packers' 19. Dave Hanner threw Morrall for a nine yard loss but the former Michigan State quarterback completed passes to Billy Wells and McClairen for 14 yards each and a touchdown. A 38 yard interception return by Bobby Dillon and a fumble recovery by Tom Bettis gave Cone his chances for field goals in the fourth quarter. John Petitbon got Green Bay's other fumble recovery. John Symank and Hank Gremminger joined Helluin and Dillon as interceptors.
GREEN BAY  -  0 21  0  6 - 27
PITTSBURGH -  0  3  7  0 - 10
2nd - PITT - Gary Glick, 17-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 3-0
2nd - GB - Starr, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Ferguson, 40-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - GB - Parilli, 5-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-3
3rd - PITT - Jack McLairen, 14-yard pass from Earl Morrall (Glick kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
4th - GB - Cone, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-10
4th - GB - Cone, 12-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-10
Packers had no other center. Linebacker Tom Bettis tried to fill in at a strange position and Green Bay, its timing gone, could move no more. The Packers were offside or in motion at least once on every series the rest of the game. Lew Carpenter scored one Lion touchdown on a 49 yard run when Detroit was trying to make one yard on fourth down. Sonny Gandee go another when, on a field goal try, the pass from center went wild. Rote recovered and tried to lateral to Fred Cone and Gandee got the ball instead and ran 46 yards. Howton dropped a touchdown pass in the clear, 10 yards behind defending Jim David. Detroit finally won, 24-10, ending Green Bay's modest title hopes.
1956 - This time it was 13-3, Detroit, going into the last quarter and it was 20-10 with less than nine minutes to play. Then Rote caught fire as only Rote can. Passing on almost every play and running for big yardage when he appeared trapped for losses, the tall Texan finally beat the Lions, 24-20, with a 13 yard pass to Howton with 1 minute 39 seconds to go.
And 1957 - Rote is now a Lion and Parilli is back with the Packers. Christiansen, Layne, Carmichael, McGee, Cone and Howton will be on the screen again. The Packers will be decided underdogs, but they owe Detroit something for the way the Lions mauled them at Green Bay at World Series time.
LIZ: WE GOT THE BREAKS
NOVEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Buddy Parker, the Pied Piper who is expected to lead the Steelers out of pro football's doldrums, heard the boo bird for the first time this season at Pittsburgh Sunday. He then learned that fans at Forbes Field can be as fickle as the Briggs Stadium folks when you lose to a team you expect to whip. And the Packer game certainly was expected to be salted away early. Last-place Green Bay was figured to be an easy outing for the revamped Steelers. So how come the Packers chalked up an amazingly easy 27-10 victory? When the Western Division's last place team knocks off an Eastern contender is the West the best? "I don't think either team played good football," was Coach Liz Blackbourn's immediate reaction. "They looked rusty, maybe that open date last Sunday hurt them But we got some breaks this time. You need them to win. Out linebackers sure did a good job shooting the gap on (Earl) Morall - and that helped tremendously." You might say, then, the "moral" of this thinking is don't take the Packer defense for granted. Blackbourn pointed out that Bart Starr had one of his poorest days. His first pass was batted high into the air and intercepted. He completed only four of 15 for 39 yards. Blackbourn added that Starr's elbow, injured in the Ram game, was not responsible for his poor performance. "It was just one of those days," blamed Blackbourn. But getting back to his defensive platoon. Blackbourn said, "they never let up. That's what won for us." The Packers' third victory proved a costly one. Nate Borden, the dependable defensive end, broke his forearm in the second period. He will be lost for the remainder of the season. Fullback Paul Hornung, hurt the second time he carried the ball, severely sprained his ankle. He will miss the Detroit game Thursday. "I think Borden hit his arm on somebody's helmet," Blackbourn said. "He went  back in the game, but when we saw he couldn't do anything we knew he had been seriously hurt." Blackbourn said somebody apparently stepped on Hornung's ankle after he tried to break loose after being hit. Ice packs were applied when he sat on the bench, but Hornung was in much pain. The injury-riddled Bays are now down to three linebackers, two defensive ends, two defensive tackles, two offensive ends and one able bodied center. When linebacker Ernie Danjean, filling in for the injured Sam Palumbo, was shaken up, Blackbourn was going to switch Carlton Massey to the linebacking spot and put Ron Kramer in as a defensive end. But Danjean stayed in. With only three days to pick up the pieces and prepare for the contending Lions, Blackbourn called the first Monday squad meeting of the season. "It's going to be darn tough trying to get ready on this short notice the way we're banged up," Blackbourn said. "It's getting to a point where we're lucky to field a team." Jerry Helluin's interception of a Morrall pass in the second period set up the Packers' third touchdown from the Pitt 23. But the club's biggest man (265 pounds) claimed he could have scored himself on the interception if "I had any downfield blocking." Jug Girard, playing his 10th season of pro football, said he will definitely quit after this year. Girard wants to go back to Detroit to manage the Lions' Den, a cocktail lounge co-operated with Hunchy Hoernschymeyer. Girard is still a feared pro. He caught three passes for 37 yards and punted seven times for a 44.3 yard average.
HORNUNG TO MISS NEXT TWO GAMES
NOVEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Packer fullback Paul Hornung, who suffered a severely sprained ankle at Pittsburgh Sunday, was sent home on crutches Tuesday by coach Liz Blackbourn. "He's got a real bad sprain, worse than we had feared," Blackbourn said. "We will be lucky to have him for our last game at San Francisco." Blackbourn said veteran Howie Ferguson will start at fullback. Ferguson looked good against the Steelers and came out of the contest without hurting his damaged knees. The Packers lost their starting defensive end, Nate Borden, Sunday after he broke his forearm. Blackbourn added that linebacker Sam Palumbo will also miss the Thanksgiving Day battle because "he just can't run." Center Jim Ringo will see part-time duty because of a shoulder ailment and defensive halfback John Petitbon will also be used sparingly because of a stone bruise. Blackbourn said he was trying to get immediate help, but as yet hadn't found any.
LIZ HAS DEFINITE IDEAS HOW PACKERS CAN REGAIN FAME
NOVEMBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Liz Blackbourn, a tireless worker, has very definite ideas how the Packers can bounced back to the top where they reigned so long in pro football. Blackbourn has found out, like his predecessors, that life in Green Bay can't be beautiful with a losing football team. Injuries and bad breaks may sound like the old alibi tune to many fans. Yet it's a proven fact the healthy and lucky team is the one which takes it all in pro football. The Packers haven't been healthy and they haven't been lucky. They've come real close time and again - but how well Blackbourn realizes that close means nothing. "When I took over in '54," Blackbourn recalled, "we went to camp with 49 men. We had to scrape to get that many. As it turned out, we were caught short-handed. There wasn't a good fight for any position. That '54 squad won four and lost eight," Blackbourn continued. "We went with the same veterans but added a bigger camp roster the next year. We wound up with 6-6. When that same nucleus tailed last season we realized we weren't on the right track. Changes were necessary and changes will be necessary until we get winning material." Trading quarterback Tobin Rote was the biggest gamble. Had Blackbourn lost his mind, many an observer wondered. But the way things have turned out it was a wise decision. Halfback Don McIlhenny, one of the four Lions obtained for the veteran quarterback and Val Joe Walker, has given the
Bays a running halfback threat - something absent for several season. Ollie Spencer, Jim Salsbury and Norm Masters plugged the offensive line holes left vacant by rookies who went into service and retired vets. It's no secret Blackbourn was unhappy with the early season play of these Detroit bruisers. They weren't producing in the manner expected by their new coach. Whether Liz got tough with this trio or not, a change was apparent in the fifth game. It can be said now they have been responsible for springing a complimentary passing and running attack. The trade with Cleveland in which Babe Parilli, John Petitbon, Sam Palumbo, Billy Kinard and Carlton Massey were obtained for Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett gave the Packers immediate veteran help. Parilli could still be the No. 1 quarterback if he gains confidence. A beautiful faker and a deadly long ball passer, the Babe has won and lost games on critical plays. His bad habit is throwing to the called receiver even though he is covered like a blanket. An enemy rush flusters him - it makes him panic. Blackbourn said if he had to do it over again, he would pick Paul Hornung as his bonus choice and Ron Kramer as his first pick. The Notre Dame Golden Boy who will serve a six month service hitch, will get a big chance to show his passing ability in the preseason campaign next year. He has proved to be a good runner. Kramer grabbed the starting slotback position as if it were made for him. The rugged Michigan All-American will be lost for three years when he enters the Air Force at the end of the season. Blackbourn is counting on Veryl Switzer, Doyle Nix and Forrest Gregg next year. Gregg is rated by assistant coach Lou Rymkus as the best lineman he has ever coached. Blackbourn retained only 15 veterans from last year's squad. "We were all new to each other," he pointed out. "But we've come along fast - then those injuries. I'm positive if I'm still here next year or whoever is the Packers will be a winning football team. We've got the makings."
PACKERS, LIONS PLAY TV GAME
NOVEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - If Liz Blackbourn could pull the long end of the wishing bone and be guaranteed his wish, Thanksgiving Day could be a happy holiday for the Packers. Blackbourn needs the helping hand of Dame Fortune Thursday. His bruised and battered Bays face the mountainous task of battling the title-bidding Lions - and it just shouldn't be.If you want to sit in on the apparent mismatch, tune into WXIX-TV at 11 a.m, Milwaukee time. A sellout throng of 52,000 will be clamoring for their roaring Lions to feast on their wounded foe. Detroit must beat Green Bay to remain the Wild West race. If ever a team had a game in the bag, it should be the Lions this time. Blackbourn brought his cripples into town Wednesday afternoon minus fullback Paul Hornung and defensive back Nate Borden. However, Liz had a replacement for Borden. The Packers placed Nate on the injured reserve list and claimed defensive tackle Tom Finnin after he had been placed on waivers by the Cardinals. The 6-2, 270 pound Finnin is a five-year veteran. Besides the Cards, the 29-year old saw duty with the Giants and the Colts. Hornung's sprained ankle was so serious Blackbourn ordered him on crutches and sent home. Howie Ferguson, the old workhorse who has had his share of injuries this season, will take over for the bonus choice. Fergy had his best day of the season against Pittsburgh. But Fergy is also living on borrowed time with a bad case of football knees. Blackbourn's offensive line will be operating with an ailing Jim Ringo, a center who should sit this one out because of a shoulder injury. "Ringo has to play," said Blackbourn, "half a Ringo is better than none." Liz brought three other "physical wrecks" with him, but will use them only as a last resort. They are linebacker Sam Palumbo, tackle Norm Masters and defensive halfback John Petitbon. While Blackbourn was keeping his fingers crossed, Lion Coach George Wilson boasted that his pros should be in fine shape.
Green Bay Packers (3-6) 27, Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) 10
Sunday November 24th 1957 (at Pittsburgh)