NEWS AND NOTES
PAPA BEAR WILL BE MIGHTY HAPPY TO SEE BAY PARK
SEPTEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - George Halas has sponsored a float in Green Bay's huge stadium dedication parade next Saturday - it is supposed to be a big one to express thanks for building a bigger ball park. For years his beloved Monsters of the Midway attracted a bulging house of 24,500 in a rickety, wooden structure along the banks of the East River. The Hatfields and McCoys of pro football were assured of a sellout gang everytime they clashed at old City Stadium. Yet, it was no secret Papa Bear wanted this crowd pleaser moved to a bigger arena. Well, the fine citizenry of Green Bay have built a beautiful new home for their Packers, a 32,266 capacity structure which will be packed to the seams next Sunday when those Bears come to town. And how George will be pleased! Dedication of the new million-dollar stadium will be the biggest wingding this old pro football hotbed has ever seen. A 2 1/2 mile parade with 37 floats and 27 bands will kick things off Saturday afternoon. That night there will be a Venetian night parade on the Fox River. There will be celebrities galore - Miss America, Matt Dillon of TV fame, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell, Curly Lambeau, Governor Thompson...and hopes will be higher than Uncle Walt on Saturday night for the Packers to send the Bruins back to Chicago, beaten to a pulp. This, of course, remains to be seen for the more calm observer knows the Bears will be the vicious old favorites. It's said the Bears could have their greatest offensive unit since the days of George McAfee et al. Two comparative newcomers, quarterback Zeke Bratkowski and halfback Willie Galimore, are worth the price of admission alone to watch. Bratkowski, back in the harness after three years in the Air Force, seems ready for a fine pro career. He was the regular quarterback for the final four games of 1954 and was largely responsible for the Bears' fast finish. Ideally constructed for T-engineering at 6-2 and 205 pounds, the former Georgia ace figures to make the Bears tougher than ever. With Ed Brown and George Blanda at the helm they were strong enough last season to win the Western Division title. Galimore, drafted a year ago as a future choice, is a 6-1, 190 pound rookie who three weeks ago ran 100 and 74 yards for touchdowns against the Eagles. Last Saturday he romped for three TDs against the Steelers. Willie seems to have won himself a regular spot on a squad loaded with hard running backs. He has completely lived up to his collegiate clippings as the hottest back in Florida A&M history. An average of 14 touchdowns per season for each of three years are in the record book. He also has been clocked at 9.7 in the 100. Last fall the Bears rolled up 2,468 yards along the ground and Rick Casares personally accounted for 1,126 of those yards in 234 tries. Since he was a marked man, his efforts had to be of herculean proportions. Now with Galimore as the best outside threat, the pressure is certain to be more evenly divided. Need we say anymore?
FAVOR GIANTS IN NFL TITLE RACE
SEPTEMBER 22 (San Francisco - Ed Carroll) - It's been a short summer. Unless, of course, you picked the Dodgers to repeat in the National League. (I didn't make a ridiculous mistake like that. I picked Cincinnati.) At any rate, it has been a summer of action and decision. It saw major league baseball move 3,000 miles across the continent to this city on the bay. It saw many other things in all the myriad arenas of sports. (Quick now, who won the Kentucky Derby?) It saw one of the strangest of all fights, the Seattle encounter between professional champion Floyd Patterson and amateur champion Pete Rademacher. The fight was strange; the ending wasn't. It saw the four-minute mile become obsolete. Any top runner today who doesn't break four minutes for the mile is apt to be greeted at the finish line by a sneering coach with the question, "What detained you?" But now that the equinox is officially with us, it's time to dig out the old raccoon coats (In the frigid East, that is), shine up the pocket flasks and prepare for another football season. The professional footballers have been hard at it since the dog days of August, preparing for what is almost certain to be the most profitable season in history. However, since you and I don't own any of the teams (and ain't it a shame), we will continue our discussion to who is liable to do what to whom in the matter of winning games. The current World Champions are the New York Giants. There are the football Giants, of course. The baseball Giants are now the San Francisco Giants, and they can't play football, anyhow. Some disgruntled former Giant rooters seem to feel that they can't play baseball, either. However, no matter. The Giants, champions of the Eastern Division of the NFL, won the title on a frigid day at the Polo Grounds in New York (once a baseball arena) last winter by bouncing the Chicago Bears, champions of the Western Division. They did it emphatically, too. Thus the Giants must be considered the team to beat, and it won't be easy since they have lost only a few men to age and Uncle Sam. However, one of the losses is Roosevelt Grier, a burly and vicious tackle who may have been the best lineman in football. He will be missed. The Giants also must operate without two first string guards, leaving the middle of the line a mite porous. But the champs are too well balanced not to be extremely dangerous. They have the best backfield in football with either Chuck Conerly or Don Heinrich at quarterback, Frank Gifford and Alex Webster at the halfback posts, and crashing Mel Triplett at fullback. While most pro teams depend primarily on passing for an offense, the Giants can pass you dizzy and move all over the field by running, too. No other outfit has such backfield balances, Frank Gifford, once of USC, was adjudged the most valuable operative in the league last year. He should be no less valuable this season. If the Giants have come back to the field at all, it is because they did not snare many top names in the annual college draft. The rookie with the best chance to become a regular is Dennis (The Menace) Mendyk of Michigan State. He is a back and if he plays, he will have to play only on defense. Best rookie in the league probably will be John Brodie, who will be the regular quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. To these eyes, Brodie was the best passer in collegiate football at Stanford last year; he may turn out to be the best in many years. His play in the annual All-Star game in Chicago was outstanding against these self-same Giants. Thus, the 49ers will be better than this year than last, and it's about time. Cleveland's perennial powerhouse was less powerful than usual last fall. One reason was the retirement of Otto Graham. Another was the lack of a smashing fullback, who can go inside or outside - like Marion Motley. This lack has been remedied by the acquisition of Syracuse's Jim Brown. He's big, fast, and can play both ways. Brown was a halfback in college. He will be a fullback with the Browns. The feeling here is that the Browns will be a team to watch. Detroit's Lions, who seemed on the way back after an unexpected collapse in 1956, will be working under a new coach since Buddy Parker decided he couldn't take the pressure anymore. They have the playing potential to cause trouble. The Chicago Bears, always a power, will be among the top flight. The Los Angeles Rams will try to make the grade on the aging pitching arm of Y.A. Tittle, who has been throwing nothing but strikes in pre-season games. The Green Bay Packers are touted to be the most improved outfit in the league. They can be the big surprise. If you live in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia or Washington, come out and watch the visiting teams win. The same applies to the Chicago Cardinals.
'BRING ON BEARS' CHILLS BLACKBOURN
SEPTEMBER 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Now that the Packers have completed an undefeated pre-season campaign, is the club as good as the record shows? "Certainly not," was Liz Blackbourn's emphatic answer Sunday. If you asked Bear scouts who closely recorded Green Bay's come-from-behind 10-10 with Pittsburgh at Minneapolis Saturday night, they might believe the Bays had played under wraps in this last tuneup. Yet, the Packers finished pre-season play as the NFL's only unbeaten team. An improving team with a five win, one tie exhibition mark should be a better contender say, then, a team which has had rough sledding in the play for nothing league. The fact which disrupts any such thinking is the arrivals of the Bears in Green Bay next Sunday for the Bays' 39th season opener. Take over Mr. Blackbourn..."We find ourselves not as far advanced as a year ago, mainly because of our big turnover in personnel. Our offense is not as versatile. Some of the trouble has been with our quarterbacking, some of it can be pointed to the line." You mean there's no hope at all next Sunday? "Oh, there's always hope in a football game. But golly, those guys have been playing together for the past three years and they're at a point now where they're simply tremendous." When asked what kind of news his scouts brought back from the Bruins' 29-3 conquest of the Browns last Friday night, Blackbourn said, "I'd hate to tell you. We'll surely find out Sunday!" All's not lost, though, Blackbourn admitted he had a fine defensive club, good pass receivers and good punting. He praised slotback Ron Kramer, the club's first draft choice, "is developing into everything you'd think he would. He's a good pass receiver and doing a whale of a job blocking." About that impressive preseason mark, Blackbourn said, "Just look at our scoring and statistics, that will prove how close those scores were. No, I'm not satisfied." Liz is convinced Paul Hornung is best positioned as a quarterback, although he can do the job as a passing halfback. Fullback Howie Ferguson started against the Steelers and looked good. Halfback Don McIlhenny is the club's best open field runner, but he's no bet as a plunger. Halfback Joe Johnson, the jack-of-all-trades, is an old dependable as shown in his game-tying touchdown against the Steelers. Halfback Al Carmichael was held out of the last two exhibitions but should be raring to go against the Bears. It was Carmichael who romped 106 yards on a kickoff return against the Monsters last September. Blackbourn will start Bart Starr at quarterback, Babe Parilli has stiff
knees. Kramer, Carmichael and Ferguson will be the other ammunition as open
season on the Bears begins. Liz was to notify five players that they were cut.
He said "none are veterans who have been with us."
NEVER FEAR WHEN CONE'S THERE
SEPTEMBER 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - If the trade-happy Green Bay Packers
ever put Fred Cone on the block - well, let's not even think of it. Cone has
kicked more life into a not too potent scoring attack than any other Packer.
While Green Bay scored 160 points in six pre-season games, Cone contributed
40. The oldest Packer (31) has booted 10 field goals and 10 conversions. Last
season he tied teammate Billy Howton as the league's fourth best point
producer with 72. Cone has yet to score a touchdown this campaign. Last
season he counted four. What makes Freddie indispensable is the fact he has
personally won five exhibition games by booting 10 out of 12 field goals, only
one missed splitting the uprights and one was blocked....GALIMORE
GALLOPS: Halfback Willie Galimore, the heralded Bear rookie, has scored nine
touchdowns in pre-season play. He's gained 449 yards in 59 attempts for an
almost nine yard per gain average. Then, too, Willie has caught seven passes
for 186 yards. He'll be a marked man by the Packers Sunday...Frank Korch,
Bears publicitor, pegs this year's Bruins as "better than last year's Western
Division champions because of the additions of Galimore and quarterback Zeke
Bratkowski, Galimore fills the bill as an outside threat. Bobby Watkins and
Perry Jeter have shown tremendous improvement on the inside. Bratkowski has
been very sharp in passing."...KNOX A HALFBACK: Ronnie Knox, the Bears'
much talked about acquisition from Canadian ball, reported late and, because
of the quantity of top-notch quarterbacks, has been switched to a halfback...The
Bears have won four, lost one and tied on during the exhibition trail. Their
biggest offensive show was a 37-10 conquest of the Steelers. Their poorest
performance was a 24-17 setback by the Giants...BRACKET SIDELINED:
Linebacker M.L. Brackett will be the only Bruin sidelined Sunday. The veteran
defensive giant pulled a ligament in his leg while playing against the Browns
last Friday and hasn't responded to treatment. Coach Paddy Driscoll will start
a backfield of quarterback Eddie Brown, halfback Galimore, slotback Bill McColl
and fullback Rick Casares against the Packers. Ends Harlon Hill and Jim
Dooley will be on the receiving end.
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(MINNEAPOLIS) – The Green Bay Packers became the only NFL team undefeated in pre-season exhibition events by coming from behind to grab a 10-10 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night. Despite five victories and one deadlock in the warmup games, Packer Coach Liz Blackburn said "I'm not satisfied.” "We find ourselves not as far advanced as a year ago, mainly because of our big turnover in personnel. Our offense is not as versatile. Some of the trouble has been with our quarterbacking, some of it with the line." Then Blackbourn was asked to anticipate Packer fortunes in next Sunday's game when they open the regular season against the Chicago Bears before a sellout crowd in the new City Stadium at Green Bay. "There's always hope in a football game," he said, "but those guys have been playing together for the past three years and are at a point now where they are simply tremendous." The coach admitted, however, that the club does have something, including a stout defense, good pass receivers and good punting. Pass catching played a vital role as the Packers battled for the tie after taking over the ball on their own 39 with less than three minutes remaining. After seeing little action as a runner Paul Hornung, bonus draft choice from Notre Dame, shook loose for 15 yards. Then quarterback Bart Starr began to find his targets, hitting end Bill Howton for six and later back Ron Kramer for 22. The scoring play came when Starr stepped back to the Steeler 16 and flipped the ball to veteran halfback Joe Johnson who grabbed it at about the 10 and fought his way over for the touchdown, carrying a Steeler defender on his back the last five yards. Fred Cone's conversion was good. Actually the Packers were in control most of the way and marched up and down the field, but as in earlier games couldn't score. Green Bay rolled up 17 first downs to 8 for the Steelers and gained a total of 310 yards while holding Pittsburgh to 116. Pittsburgh managed to take advantage of its few opportunities, and at one time in the second quarter led 10-0. With rookie quarterback Jack Kemp playing nearly the entire game, the Steelers grabbed a 7-0 lead when Fran Rogel ended a 64-yard drive by driving over from the one. Gary Glick added the extra point and later kicked a 30-yard field goal after the Packer defense has stopped a Steeler drive. Cone's field goal from 35 yards away in the final minutes of the first half gave the Packers their first three points.
PITTSBURGH -  0 10  0  0 - 10
GREEN BAY  -  0  3  0  7 - 10
PIT – Fran Rogel, 1-yard run (Gary Glick kick) PITTSBURGH 7-0
PIT – Glick, 30-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 10-0
GB – Cone, 35-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 10-3
GB – Johnson, 16-yard pass from Starr (Cone kick) TIED 10-10

​Schroeder, Willie Galimore, et al. Howie Ferguson, his knees apparently recovered from injury, will start at fullback for Green Bay. At left halfback it will be Al Carmichael or Don McIlhenny, obtained from Detroit, or maybe even bonus rookie Paul Hornung of Notre Dame. Fred Cone will back up Ferguson at fullback and Babe Parilli, Starr at quarterback. Hornung is also available for both fullback and quarterback. Much, of course, will depend on Starr. Will he be able to take the place of Tobin Rote, the big guy who was traded to
Detroit? Can he outsmart the Bear defense with his
calls? Can he remain cool under the furious rush? The
Green Bay line will be sorely tried, too. Can Oliver
Spencer and Norm Masters, the tackles, and Jim
Salsbury and Norm Amundsen, the guards, and Jim
Ringo, the center, give Starr the protection and
Ferguson, Carmichael, McIlhenny, Cone and Hornung,
the kind of holes they need to move the ball and keep it
away from the Bears' potent offense? The Packers are
in fine shape for the game. Only Bear likely to miss the
game is M.L. Brackett, reserve linebacker.
MIRACLES? TAKE A LOOK IN GREEN BAY
SEPTEMBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle)
- They talk about the Milwaukee miracle in baseball.
How about the Green Bay miracle in football? Green
Bay, a community of 31,000 at the time, started a
professional football team in 1919; kept it going through
good days and bad while dozens of other cities, mostly
larger, fell by the way, and Sunday will open yet another
era in not only its own history but professional football's
but dedicating a spanking new stadium of its own
(Capacity: 32,150). Where else is there a city like it?
Green Bay rubs shoulders today with New York,
Chicago and Los Angeles. Where else is there a city
which through the years has so much consistently
supported its team? St. Louis, Milwaukee, Duluth,
Minneapolis, Louisville, Columbus, a score of smaller
cities also had league franchises at one time but quit.
Not Green Bay. Where else is there a city, or team,
that has won more championships? Well, the Chicago
Bears have with their seven. That's true. But Green Bay
has won six and how many else have? And most of all
today, where else is there a team with its own field? The
rest use baseball parks or municipal stadia. They talk of
building their own. They're still talking. Green Bay today
has an exclusive pro football field - a first. No mention of
Green Bay and professional football up there can can be
\complete, can even be begun, without consideration of
the man who started it all - Curly Lambeau. It was his
idea in the summer of 1919 to organize a team; it was
he who raised the money for the first team from a
packing company and who most of all sweated through
lean years that followed; it was he who coached the
team for 31 years and who won those six
championships - not only coached it but acted as
general manager of the club. Unfortunately, as pro football
grew, jealousies cropped up within. Internal fights
concerned themselves principally with personalities.
Lambeau actually was ahead of his time in the things he
wanted to do. But they clipped his wings, and a little
weary he finally resigned. A lot of water has gone over the
dam since he left; bitterness has been forgotten. And
Green Bay has a stadium. What a wonderful tribute it
would be to him who contributed so much if some day
Green Bay could see its way to call this field "Lambeau
Field." A capacity crowd will see Sunday's game of course,
and in it will surely be some who saw the first Packers
team - Acme Packing Co. blazed across the jerseys - in
its games at old Hagemeister Park almost 40 years ago.
The park was a pleasant place. It had a pavilion where
German bands played, picnic tables among huge pines
and, of course, the playing field which for the Packers
was turned into a football field. The club next moved to
Belleview Park, nearer the brewery, and here the soft odor
of hops and malt often hung over the field on a Sunday
afternoon. The old stadium was finally built on land owned
by the school board and down through the years was
repeatedly enlarged and improved until last year it had a
walled-in capacity of 24,000 plus. The Packers and high
schools both used it. But 24,000 plus wasn't enough. Not
for this miracle of Green Bay. Not if Green Bay wanted to
continue with New York and Chicago and Los Angeles in
the NFL. So a million dollar stadium was built and built in
less than a year. Green Bay today has a population of
52,000. Is there any other small city in the country with a
story quite like that? My hat goes off to Green Bay.
BEAR ATTACK KNOWN; LIZ FEARS DEFENSE
SEPTEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The whole bloomin'
league knows the Bears are the class when it comes to
scoring - with Brown, Casares, Hill, Galimore, et al. It must
almost be taken for granted that the Monsters will chalk up
points aplenty on every opponent. In the Packers' case
Sunday at Green Bay, only a "shoot the works"
counterattack can obtain victory. The Packers, pro
football's only unbeaten pre-season campaigners, were no
ball of fire offensively. A vastly improved defense saved
face for a sputtering attack. After Coach Liz Blackbourn
looked over pictures of the Steeler-Bear game (the Bruins
won, 37-10), he not only saw a rip-snorting offense but a
real hard-nosed defense. And that defense could give the
Bays a rough time. "That Bishop," Blackbourn observed
Friday, "and that Atkins why, they're wild men. They've
made a whale of a difference in that defense." Bill Bishop,
a 6-4, 245 pound tackle, has been a starter ever since
joining the club six years ago. Doug Atkins is the real
giant, 6-8, 255 pounds, and is starting his third year with
Chicago after being acquired in a trade with Cleveland. So,
if the Packers are going to match touchdowns with the
Bears, they''ll have to cut that defense down to size or
Bart Starr and Co. will never catch fire. The answer, to a
great extent, lies with gents like Ollie Spencer, Norm
Masters, Jim Salsbury, Norm Amundsen and Jim Ringo.
Blackbourn worked his club on the new Stadium turf for
the first time Friday afternoon to get the '"feel" and to
polish platoon work. The team will also exercise lightly
Saturday morning.
HEAVY TURNOVER PUTS PACKERS AT DISADVANTAGE AGAINST BEARS
SEPTEMBER 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay will make its run for NFL glory with more than 50 percent new men. Not all are rookies, but it will be a distinct disadvantage to open against so veteran and powerful a team as the Chicago Bears, defending champions, who will appear in Green Bay's new stadium Sunday. The Packers have eight rookies - guards Norm Amundsen and Ernie Danjean, tackles Norm Masters and Carl Vereen, ends Ron Kramer and Jim Temp and backs Paul Hornung and John Symank. Amundsen and Temp, former Wisconsin stars, are just back from two years in the armed service. Masters played a year in Canada, then was traded from the Chicago Cardinals, who drafted him originally, to Detroit. The Lions sent him to Green Bay. Other "new" Packers who made the 35 man squad include eight obtained in trades - guards Jim Salsbury and Sam Palumbo, tackle Oliver Spencer, end Carlton Massey and backs Babe Parilli, Don McIlhenny, John Petitbon and Bill Kinard - and two former Packers back from service - guard Al Barry and end Max McGee. The 18 newcomers must blend with 17 holdovers - quarterback Bart Starr, fullbacks Fred Cone and Howie Ferguson, halfbacks Bob Dillon, Henry Gremminger, Joe Johnson and Al Carmichael, centers Jim Ringo and Larry Lauer, linebackers Tom Bettis and Bill Forester, tackles Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner and ends Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc, Nate Borden and Dick Deschaine. The defense seems ready, willing and able to try to hold down Chicago's great offense, but Green Bay's attack apparently has not yet jelled...Lou Zarza scouted the Packers in their 10-10 tied with Pittsburgh at Minneapolis last Saturday and reported: "Ron Kramer looked great. He's playing the slotback position and the Packers are making him an important receiver."
BEARS, PACKERS BATTLE SUNDAY WILL BE ON TV
SEPTEMBER 25 (Chicago Tribune) - Sunday's NFL opening game in Green Bay, Wis., matching the Bears and Packers, will be televised back to Chicago, it was announced yesterday. The telecast, which will be seen on WBBM-TV, beginning at 2 p.m., will be the first Bear regular season game to be shown on Chicago video screens since 1950. Red Grange will do the play-by-play and Bill Fay the commentary.
BAYS NEED PUNCH FOR UPSET
SPETEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - As usual the odds favor the Bears Sunday. But there's a feeling that sooner or later the Packers are bound to cut loose offensively after a sputtering but unbeaten pre-season campaign. This feeling stems from several facts. Bart Starr had been passing with increasing perfection. The Packers have more punch on the ground than a year ago. Potentially, the Bays have their best forward wall in years. If Coach Liz Blackbourn can mesh these offensive gears Sunday it could spell points galore and an upset. Last season Green Bay, with Tobin Rote directing the attack, averaged 22 points a game. During the recent exhibition trail, the Bays could do no better than a 16.6 average. The ingredient which helped pave a clear path against pre-season opponents was the defense which limited foes to 14.5 points a game. Last year the Packers gave up more points than any other team, allowing 28.5 points per contest. Starr completed 54.5 percent of his passes last year while Rote connected 47.4 percent of the time. In the final tuneup against the Steelers, Bart completed 10 of 15 passes for 145 yards. The acquisition of Don McIlhenny from the Lions gives the Packers an outside threat. He's fast and slippery. But when it comes to the bull work, Howie Ferguson and Freddie Cone will fill the bill. Ferguson now has observers guessing whether he has knee trouble or not. In five exhibition games he showed little. Ron Kramer could develop into one of the best slotbacks in the business. A big question is how crisp the line reacts. It's an impressive lineup with Jim Ringo, Ollie Spencer, Norm Masters, Jim Salsbury and Norm Amundsen. But showdown time has arrived. They looked unimpressive in the "Citrus League". Kramer, Masters, Amundsen and John Symank will be the only rookie starters against the Bears. Symank took over the traded Val Joe Walker's defensive halfback position in the first exhibition game and held onto it. The only other rookies to make the grade this season are tackle Carl Vereen, who works as a swingman, linebacker Ernie Danjean and bonus choice Paul Hornung.
HAS PACKERS' DEFENSE IMPROVED GREATLY? BEARS SHOULD ANSWER THAT ONE SUNDAY
SEPTEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay's defense has shown the way in exhibition games. How good it really is should be determined in the Packers' NFL opener in Green Bay's new stadium Sunday. The Bears certainly will test its every strength and weakness. Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, said Thursday, "I just don't know," when asked how much the Packer defense had improved since last year. "All we can do is go by the record," Blackbourn said. "It's certainly been good up to this point." The Bears will present an offense which is rated better than the one they had last year, when they lathered the Packers twice, 37-21 and 38-14. The Chicagoans also whipped the Packers, 52-31, in the second meeting in 1955. They have added a great rookie halfback, Willie Galimore of Florida A&M. Zeke Bratkowski has returned from the Air Force to team with Ed Brown at quarterback. Rick Casares is back at fullback and Blackbourn says, "Who is a better inside runner - and outside, too - than that fellow?" They have the pass catchers in Harlon Hill and Jim Dooley and Bill McColl and Gene Schroeder. Galimore and Casares can catch them, too. And they have Perry Jeter and Bob Watkins and Ronnie Knox as backfield reserves. They'd start for most other teams. Against this, Green Bay will start a revised defense from last season. Only five players of the 1956 lineup remain at their accustomed posts - end Nate Borden, tackles Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin, halfback Hank Gremminger and safety man Bob Dillon. Bill Forester also started last year, but at middle guard. Now he is at linebacker with Tom Bettis, a reserve last season. They replace Roger Zatkoff, who was traded, and Deral Teteak, who retired to coach Wisconsin's freshman team. Forester seems to play better at linebacker, where he ranges well. Bettis is finally living up to the promise that made him first draft choice two years ago. He seems to have more confidence as a regular. Four players obtained in the trade with Cleveland figure prominently. Carlton Massey has taken over at end from John Martinkovic, who was traded to New York; Sam Palumbo is the new middle guard, and John Petitbon and Bob Kinard seems to have survived in the backfield. Massey is fast and agile, and exerts great pressure on the opposing passes. Petitbon is a halfback opposite Gremminger and gives Green Bay better coverage than it got last year. Gremminger, as a second year man, is playing much better than last season. At safety, Dillon is still a marvel.
BAY'S OFFENSE MUST PERK UP TO HAVE CHANCE AGAINST BEARS
SEPTEMBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - In the games that didn't count, Green Bay's offense showed great potential, produced few points. In the NFL opener against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay's new stadium Sunday, the Packer attack will have to do quite a bit better than it did in exhibitions (17 points a game) to have any kind of a chance. If the Packers offense, sprinkled liberally with new men, has not yet jelled the Bears won't let it. The Chicago defense, a veteran outfit, has been ferocious in preseason activity. It will put out an all-out "blitz" in rushing the passer and runners. The Bears held their opponents to 14 points a game in winning four, losing one and tying one in the exhibitions. Green Bay's defense was even stingier, permitting only 13 points a game. The Bear offense, however, averaged 26 points a game. Green Bay's only 17 in winning five, tying one. The Bear defense was especially tough in its last two outings, victories over Pittsburgh (37-10) and Cleveland (29-3). Green Bay tied Pittsburgh, 10-10, in its last exhibition and did not meet Cleveland. Cleveland passers lost 111 yards trying to pass against the Bears. They ended up with minus yardage in the air. A 48 yard field goal saved the Browns from a shutout. If Paul Brown, Cleveland's mastermind, could not adjust his offense to the Bear charge, how will the Packers react? Walter Cruice, Green Bay scout, analyzed the Bear defense thusly: "They did so poorly in the championship game (losing to New York, 47-7) and the coached have been using that a lever to spur them on. They have been spending more time on defense. They have experienced personnel. Vic Zucco of Michigan State is the only rookie to break in. So they have been able to use all their defenses. Most teams at this stage have been working with only three or four defenses. The Bears have been throwing the book at their opponents." The Bears have a veteran line - Doug Atkins and Jack Hoffman at ends with Country Meadows in reserve. Fred Williams and Bill Bishop at tackles, Bill George at middle guard. Wayne Hansen and Joe Fortunato are the linebackers. J.C. Caroline has been switched from halfback to safety, where he teams with McNeil Moore. Zucco and Ray Gene Smith are at the corners. Stan Wallace, a regular deep man a year ago, now is substitute linebacker and general handyman. A great rookie lineman like Earl Leggett of Louisiana State is unable to break in. Against this, the Packers will try to move with an almost entirely rebuilt offensive line (the third "new" one in three years), a new quarterback (Bart Starr), what should be an improved running game and a fine set of receivers. Buddy Parker, Pittsburgh coach, calls the Packers receivers - Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc, Ron Kramer and Max McGee - "the best in the league". They certainly rank high, although the Bears will have a mighty crew there themselves Sunday in Harlon Hill, Jim Dooley, Bill McColl, Gene 
PACKERS OPEN STADIUM, PRO RACE AGAINST BEARS
SEPTEMBER 28 (Green Bay) - The pro football town with the college football spirit opened its gates and its hear today to the Green Bay Packers and thousands of gridiron enthusiasts. The first athletic stadium in history to be built specifically for professional football will be dedicated tomorrow, and the 62,000 citizens of this hustling Brown County city began celebrating the historic event today. There was a parade with pretty girls and spectacular floats. There were celebrities. Packer greats such as Arnie Herber, Don Hutson and Buckets Goldenberg were bywords along the main street parade route. The Packers, undefeated during the exhibition campaign, will open their NFL season tomorrow in their new, million dollar city stadium. And, of course, the foe in this dramatic dedication game simply had to be the big, bad Chicago Bears. The Bears and Packers have been archrivals over a span of 38 years. This 77th meeting of two of pro football's pioneer teams will climax a valiant and winning struggle by Green Bay fans to protect their beloved Packer franchise from the clutches of outsiders. Many larger cities have cast covetous eyes in the direction of the Packers in the last decade. Packer club officials finally made it known two years ago that the future of pro football in Green Bay was dependent upon construction of a new playing arena to replace the ancient, crumbling City stadium. Green Bay citizens responded by approving, by an overwhelming majority, a bond issue for the new City stadium, into which 32,250 jubilant fans will troop tomorrow in hopes of witnessing the start of a new golden era of Packer football. Police Chief H.J. Bero estimated that 50,000 watched today's colorful parade. A veteran taxicab driver said he had never seen such traffic congestion in Green Bay. Buses carrying the Bear squad from the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad station were held up for an hour. The parade featured 26 marching bands and 40 floats. Television's Jim Arness (Matt Dillon) and Miss America (Marilyn Van Derbur of Denver) headlined a two hour farewell program to the old city stadium after the parade. There was a fireworks display tonight on the Fox River. Vice President Nixon will participate in tomorrow afternoon's dedication ceremony, 20 minutes before game time. He will be joined then and in a halftime show by Bert Bell, league commissioner; Gov. Vernon Thompson of Wisconsin, and George Halas, owner of the Bears and one of pro football's pioneers. The weatherman cooperated. It was warm and clear today, and tomorrow's forecast calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the high 60s. Chicago fans will have a rare opportunity to watch a Bear game on television.
Green Bay Packers (5-0-1) 10, Pittsburgh Steelers 10 (T)
EXHIBITION - Saturday September 21st 1957 (at Minneapolis)