we're going to be okay on that score." With so many new men in camp, Howton figures the Packers won't hit their stride for three weeks. "Offensively, we haven't clicked yet," he said. "It takes time, I figure by the time we meet the Redskins (September 14) we should be able to move but good." The Bears and Rams should be favorites in the Western Division, according to Billy. "But I'm convinced that we can be right up there at the end," he said. "We can't afford injuries to key personnel, though. So if we stay healthy this Packer team is good enough to win a title."
BABY'S WAIL, PACKER SIGNALS MIX AS GREEN BAY DRILLS FOR EAGLES
AUGUST 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - Paul Hornung, the big, blond rookie quarterback, called a play for a group of linemen going through assignments against a passive defense. "Eighty-two draw middle center on three," Hornung sang out. The other players stood facing him in an open huddle. This was at Washington Park. It was a hot Monday afternoon and the Green Bay Packers were working out in sweat clothes. The Wisconsin pro football team was getting ready for Wednesday night's meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles in the annual Shrine charity game at County Stadium. The ground was baked hard and dry under the grass and as the ends and backs ran out for passes, they slipped often, for their cleats would not dig in. There are no seats or bleachers on the Lisbon Avenue side of Washington Park and a standing room only crowd of perhaps a thousand persons fringed the playing area. Watching were a mixture of children, young boys and adults, of the curious and the football fanatics. Coach Lisle Blackbourn watched his men, too, but frequently his attention was diverted as friends came up and shook hands and said hello. For this was Blackbourn's old neighborhood. Before he went on to Marquette University and then the Packers, he coached for almost 25 years at Washington High School. "Hi, coach," a fellow in his thirties said. "You don't remember me." Blackbourn shook the man's hand and smiled and said warmly, "Why, sure I do, Bob. You'd better get a uniform and suit up." Back in the northwest corner of the
area, where line coach Lou Rymkus was working his linemen, quarterback
Hornung said, "Break," and his men clapped their hands and ran to their
positions. "Set, 69, 84, 43," Hornung barked. A baby on the sidelines cried
and the Notre Dame All-American raised his voice higher. "Hut one, hut two
hut three." The ball was snapped and the play run off and line coach Rymkus
stepped in, clad in football shoes, tan shorts, no shirt and a baseball cap.
Rymkus weighs 234 pounds, his playing weight when he was all-pro tackle
with the Cleveland Browns. He is tan and trim. He looks as if he could play
tackle right now. "You've got to step back, Dalton," he said to Dalton Truax,
rookie guard from Tulane, "and then fire out." Rymkus showed what he
meant, step by step. "Now the same gang try that play again," he said. A
few of the larger linemen wore rubber shirts. Sweat beaded on their noses
and coursed down the sides of their cheeks. They got a breather when head
coach Blackbourn called the three groups of players together to the middle
of the field. The defensive men wore red shirts and the linemen held
shieldlike pads in front of their bodies for the blockers to smash into. On
pass plays, the defensive backs fought potential receivers for the ball. Ron
Kramer, All-American rookie from Michigan, crossed behind the center for a
short pass and went down in a heap with short, squat Ernie Danjean, first
year middle guard from Auburn. The pass fell harmlessly incomplete and the
defensive players along the sideline shouted encouragement to Danjean.
"Attaboy, Turtle. That's the way to submarine him." Big Kramer looked
around at little Danjean, came about as close to a smile as he ever does
and limped back to his side of the line, behind a huddle formed by a new
unit preparing for the next play. The Michigan man has a bruised heel. It is
not enough to keep him out of action but restrains him from going all out.
Bart Starr completed a pass over the middle to Ken Vakey, Texas Tech
rookie, and Blackbourn ran toward the defense. "Symank, Symank,
Symank, where were you on that one," the coach shouted to John Symank,
first year defensive back from Florida. Symank has a tattoo on his left bicep
and his teammates call him the Marlboro Man. Now Babe Parilli was at
quarterback for a running play. Fullback Howie Ferguson was answering
questions in the background. "I'm wearing the rubber shirt," he said,
"because Jorgy (trainer Bud Jorgenson) told me not to run too much today. I
figured I'd need this to get up a good sweat. The knees feel better. I was
afraid they weren't going to ever get better. Man, I was worried. I feel a lot
better now, you can bet. A lot better." Someone told Gary Knafelc, the end,
that he was no longer the most handsome Packer now that bonus choice
Hornung, the Notre Dame Golden Boy, had joined the team. "He's good
looking, all right," Knafelc said smiling. Then seriously, "And he's a good
looking football player. Good attitude, too." Another player, who shall remain
unnamed here, said loud enough for Hornung to hear, "Bonus plum, ha!"
Hornung set his jaw, then relaxed and smiled. So did the other. Hornung is a
member of the lodge.
UNBEATEN PACKERS WILL BATTLE PHILADELPHIA ELEVEN TONIGHT
AUGUST 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn's new Green Bay Packers will go after their third straight exhibition triumph at County Stadium tonight when they meet the Philadelphia Eagles in their eighth annual Shrine charity game. The forecast of rain hung over the game. Ceremonies and pageantry will start at 7:30. The game will be broadcast over WTMJ. Blackbourn plans to use all healthy hands, 50 of them. Only center Jim Ringo, who has a sore knee, will not play. Ron Kramer, publicized rookie end, has a bruised heel but will get in. Larry Lauer and Bill Priatko will share Ringo's job. The coach will alternate units, both on defense and offense, and will substitute liberally within units. Bart Starr, Babe Parilli, and Paul Hornung, bonus rookie, will take turns at quarterback, as they did in successive victories (24-16 and 17-14) over the Chicago Cardinals. The Eagles have lost to two of Green Bay's Western Division rivals, Baltimore (17-10) and Detroit (34-27). In each contest, however, they had the tying touchdown in the making at the final gun. When asked how good the Eagles are, the Packer coaches and scouts give the stock answer for a winless team, "better than their record indicates." "They've done pretty well," Packer Coach Blackbourn said Wednesday morning, "when you consider they've had to go with a rookie quarterback (Sonny Jurgensen of Duke). He's a better thrower than anyone expected. Everyone knew he could move around all right. And that defensive backfield of theirs is as good as there is in the league." Blackbourn had nice things to say too about Tommy McDonald, halfback from Oklahoma. "McDonald," Blackbourn said, "may be the best rookie halfback of the whole lot. He throws well and he's fast and elusive. The only thing is whether, at 176 pounds, he'll hold up under the pounding." Walter Cruice, the Packers' chief game scout, added a few comments to Blackbourn's. "The Eagles," he said, "have good spirit. They figure they've got a chance in their division. They've got a veteran defensive unit. McDonald is sensational - fast, quick and active. He was the individual star of the Lions' game. He is a great one. He threw for one touchdown and caught another. Their running attack has been hurt because Bill Barnes (Wake Forest) is out with a broken hand and Clarence Peaks (Michigan State) with a pulled muscle. The are fine rookie halfbacks. They had a weakness in their protection for the passer against Baltimore, but they did a good job for Jurgensen against Detroit." The Eagles are coached by Hugh Devore, former Notre Dame coach and Green Bay assistant under Gene Ronzani. They arrived Tuesday afternoon. Two former Packers will be in the Eagles' starting lineup. Len Szafaryn has played every minute of both exhibition games at offensive left tackle. Don King, 275 pounds, is at defensive right tackle. The Eagles' main receivers include Rocky Ryan, Bob Walston and Bill Stribling. "They measure up with the best in the NFL," Blackbourn said. Jim Harris, Oklahoma's quarterback last year, has broken into the defensive backfield at safety. "A real hardnose," Blackbourn said. "Bell, Hudson, Norton and Harris will give our receivers plenty of trouble." Neil Worden, former Milwaukee Pulaski High School and Notre Dame fullback, is back from the service and playing on offense. Ken Huxhold, guard from Wisconsin, and Willie Berzinski, halfback from La Crosse State, are also on the Eagle squad.