strong crosswind, 28 and 32 yards. But he looked up on the big one, kicking turf before laying into the ball. Lombardi called his linebackers - Bill Forester, Tom Bettis and Dan Currie - "the best in the league." Y.A. Tittle, 49ers quarterback agreed. While the 49ers turned a fumble recovery and an interception into 10 points, their other touchdown was on a 75 yard pass play from Tittle to R.C. Owens. On that bomb Owens was actually knocked down by Em Tunnell. However, the Packer red-dogs missed Tittle and he had a second chance. Owens got up and ambled off to the side all alone. Tittle hit him and R.C was off to the races. The win was a honey for Defensive Coach Phil Bengtson, who had been on the 49er staff for eight years before joining Lombardi at Green Bay. "I was kidding Red Hickey before the game that he wouldn't try that "Alley-Oop" pass the way the wind was blowing," said Bengtson. Owens gives San Francisco its "Alley-Oop" play with his spectacular leaping catches. Bengtson was right. The wind took care of "Alley-Oop". While Lombardi was happy with his successful start, he said, "we haven't had that lucky game yet. I mean a game when we pick off interceptions and fumbles for touchdowns. We've had to grind out these wins the hard way. We're bound to get one of those lucky games and really scores." How about next Sunday against the Rams, coach?
RAMS HITCH ATTACK TO MATSON
OCTOBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "He's just great. What else can I say about him?" Coach Vince Lombardi was talking about Ollie Matson Tuesday, the 29-year old wheelhorse to whom the Rams hitched their attack in beating the Bears, 28-21, Sunday. Matson carried 31 times for 199 yards against the Bears. For some inexplicable reason, he carried only 15 times in L.A.'s first two losses. Lombardi, as offensive coach of the Giants, had seen a lot of Matson during his brilliant six-year career with the Cardinals. He was obtained by the Rams last February in one of the most startling trades in NFL history. Los Angeles parted with eight players, including three regulars from the 1958 squad (defensive tackle Frank Fuller, defensive end Glenn Holtzman and offensive tackle Ken Panfil). Bert Rose, publicity director of the Rams, summed up the trade this way: "We felt we needed a top fullback. Rather than trading individually, we figured why not trade a whole bunch of guys for one we wanted." Matson's 199 yards against the Bears was his greatest single game productions. So impressed was Coach Sid Gillman that he didn't call a play from the bench, something Sidney hasn't done in years. The Rams consider Panfil as the key man they gave up. He has been replaced by Charlie Bradshaw, an ambitious rookie a year ago who lifted weights during the off-season to build himself into a 6-6, 260-pound starter. The Rams, never lacking for talented reserves, found that 6-6, 291 pound John Baker was more than an adequate replacement for Fuller. Holtzman, who never reported to the Cardinals, figured in the trade because the Rams had previously obtained Gene Brito, the All-Pro defensive end from the Redskins. But Brito broke his ankle against the 49ers and is lost for the season. It prompted Gillman to move Lamar Lundy, a 6-7, 240 pound offensive end to Brito's spot. The Rams aren't hurting in giving up three regulars, a 1957 regular (Art Hauser), three high draft choices and a top future choice next year - for the one and only Matson. "It just kind of stripped our backlog of players," quipped Rose....WADE HURTS KNEE: The Rams, who are working out at Stagg Field in Chicago, were concerned about a knee injury to quarterback Billy Wade. They feared it was a loose cartilage. Wade hurt his knee in the opener against the Giants, suffering strained ligaments. He didn't start against the 49ers but played in the second and third quarters against the Bears. His knee locked in the third period Sunday. The club awaiting the arrival of their tear physician from Los Angeles before deciding if Wade can play Sunday. At Green Bay, Lombardi reported that all his casualties were working out Tuesday. This means Paul Hornung, Lamar McHan, Don McIlhenny, Jim Ringo, and maybe even Nate Borden will be ready for the Rams.
BAYS TOP NFL IN RUSHING, DEFENSE
OCTOBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The amazing Packers are pro football's best running team and the best defensive club against rushing. NFL statistics Wednesday proved that Vince Lombardi's scrappy gang is leading the way by averaging 191.1 yards rushing per game. Defensively, the Packers have held three opponents to 279 yards or 93 yards a game rushing. But the Packers will have their work cut out Sunday when they tackle the healthy Rams at the Stadium. Crippled with injuries to key personnel, Los Angeles dropped its first two games before decking the Bears, 28-21, at Wrigley Field last Sunday. The oddsmakers have installed the Rams as a three point favorite to hand Green Bay its first loss. Backing up this prediction was the word out of Rams' camp in Chicago Wednesday that quarterback Billy Wade, halfback Jon Arnett and end Del Shofner will start Sunday. Wade, who has completed 35 out of 62 passes for 452 yards and five touchdowns, was a big question mark after he re-injured his knee against the Bears. But the Rams' No. 1 quarterback was jogging well in drills and Coach Sid Gillman saw no reason why he shouldn't start him Sunday. The Rams need a victory to climb into contention. Arnett played his first full game of the season at Chicago. When healthy, they come no better. Shofner, a unanimous All-Pro selection, suffered severe cramped leg muscles after the Bear game, but he was running better than ever Wednesday. The only L.A. casualties are defensive halfbacks Will Sherman and Don Burroughs. Sherman suffered a sprained foot in the Rams' opener and he is still unable to run. Burroughs was ordered to a Chicago hospital for a complete checkup. He has tried to play while fighting the flu for the past few weeks. Green Bay's best chance to beat L.A.? Keep punching it out on the ground. Not only have the Packers been successful this way, but they've controlled the ball. Halfback Paul Hornung, Lombardi's bread and butter player, is the league's fourth best producer in rushing yardage with 234 yards in 61 carries. The Rams will counter with Ollie Matson, ranked seconds in the NFL with 282 yards in 55 tries. Matson was a nobody until last Sunday when he gained 100 yards. Los Angeles had to catch up in its first two game when the opposition jumped off to fast starts. The Rams went to the air and kept Mr. Matson on ice. Lamar McHan has thrown only 42 passes while engineering the Packers' perfect start. But of 16 completions, six have been touchdowns. Defensively, Green Bay leads the league in the following categories: Opponents' first downs, 37; by rushing, 12; opponents' yards gained, 627; by rushing, 279, and passing, 348. The Rams feature long-range offensive power. And with the aces healthy again, the Packers are in for their most severe test. Both clubs will arrive in town Friday and work out at the Stadium Saturday. The Rams will headquarter at the Schroeder Hotel and the Packers at the Astor.
PACKERS TO GET FULL COVERAGE TREATMENT IN BATTLE WITH RAMS
OCTOBER 15 (Lloyd Larson - Milwaukee Sentinel) - As befits their new station in life, the Packers - the undefeated, league leading Packers if you please - will get the full coverage treatment when they shoot for victory No.4 against the Rams here Sunday. Possibly an all-time high and certainly the best since the championship playoff at State Fair Park 20 years ago. Publicity Director Tom Miller already has requests for accommodations from Minneapolis, Washington, Chicago and Cleveland writers as well as a record number of representatives of newspapers in the state, plus the Los Angeles delegation and special outside agencies like CBS News. The chances are there will be more before the weekend. So the spacious press box at County Stadium should be bulging at the seams by game time. Which is the best possible tipoff that the Lombardimen's electrifying start has sent sparks flying in all directions. "This is something new to all of us," Miller said, smiling and happy despite the big rush and mounting pressure. "It's a headache, of course. But that's the kind of headache I like and have been hoping for. That goes for the entire organization, too." Miller, incidentally, is a former Packer player. Few P.R. men can point to experience on that side of the pro football fence. Fan response is just as encouraging. A full staff at the Packers' Stadium ticket office has been busy from morning to night. The same activity report comes from the Sentinel and Journal service bureaus. Everybody wants in on the big one. They'll be coming from all sections of the state. Judging by all the scrambling for ducats the first three days of the week a sellout, or very close to it, is more than a possibility. Another sign of healthy interest - a by-product of the Packers' fast start - comes in the form of requests for the future, something practically unheard of until now. Believe it or not, a number of fans are actually getting in on the ground floor for next year. Miller already has orders for season as well as individual game tickets for 1960. Not the conversational variety, either, for each order was accompanied by a check. It's great to have a winner. Yes, sir!
REPORT HOUSTON, DALLAS TO JOIN NFL
OCTOBER 15 (Detroit) - The Detroit Free Press said Thursday night that Dallas and Houston would become working members of the NFL next month and field their first teams in the 1960 season. The newspaper said formal approval of the new franchises will be made at the winter meeting of professional football owners at Philadelphia in January. And other franchises are expected to be added in time for the 1961 season.
BAYS SALUTE VINCE - 'TOUGH BUT FAIR'
OCTOBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Vince Lombardi is a man of granite. He is the boss of the Packers and everyone knows it. He has transformed a long-time loser into an unbeaten contender. Lombardi had to be talked into leaving a secure job as offensive coach of the Giants to come to Green Bay, a weakling in the NFL in recent years. But a five year contract as head coach and general manager of the Packers was the challenge of a lifetime. Lombardi took it. It was a case of "put out or get out" when he greeted his training squad last July. He quickly traded for proven veterans, turned his attention to defense and molded a team which won four and lost two during the preseason campaign. Lombardi demands perfection. On the practice field he is happy and smiling when a play works. A missed assignment, dropped pass or loafing on the job brings out his fierce temperament. In trying to pinpoint the reasons, or reasons, for their upward flight the players themselves seem agreed on two points:
* Leadership and inspiration from Lombardi and his coaching staff.
* Superb physical and mental conditioning.
Halfback Don McIlhenny commented, "it's really Lombardi. He's instilled a different attitude. We came back after that pass interception last Sunday. In past years we would have come apart at the seams." McIlhenny confided, "the offense this year has a definite pride in the defense. The backs have confidence in the offensive line. And of real importance, we all have confidence in our quarterback Lamar McHan." McHan said: "He's the big reasons for our success. He and the other coaches. Coach Lombardi is a driving force. He inspires each player. He demands and gets everything he can from the team. I can't praise him enough. He's a good man to work for. He's tough, but fair." McHan also had lavish praise for the Bays' rock-ribbed defensive team. He said, "when we see the defense make such great plays it helps the offense. We know that if we do our job they'll stop the other team. Besides, while the defense is resting they can study the other team. I think we've got a real good all around ball club." Veteran linebacker Tom Bettis listed Lombardi, the coaches and conditioning as the reasons for success. Bettis ventured, "we're in better shape than any team we've played so far. And we've got the ability to come from behind." Bettis recalled that he "got the word" from Lombardi in training camp..."lose weight." Bettis said he dropped from 245 pounds to 220. "It definitely helped me," he added. "I'm in the best condition since I played in college." Aside from conditioning, Bettis credited Lombardi and his coaching staff as being a significant factor. "We needed to be organized as a team," said Bettis. "Now we have confidence, knowing we can win, and there's no telling how far we can go." Bettis also observed, "the players are working together toward one goal - to win. It takes 11 men at a time, together, trying to help each other." And Bettis recalled, "we found with conditioning and enthusiasm we could win. We found that out in the exhibition season." Another veteran, defensive tackle Dave Hanner, also gave Lombardi and the coaching staff their share of credit. And Hanner noted, "we're a better conditioned ball club. We have better personnel in camp than last year. We all had to work harder for a position. Nobody had it made this year." Hanner explained "there's no individual efforts either on the defense or offense. They work as one team." Hanner said he felt "individualism" harmed Packer efforts in the past. In recalling other season, Hanner said, "in the past when a guy had made the team it seemed there was a letdown. Now, where we have some depth, if you goof off somebody else will take your job." And he mentioned a plus factor, "the men have enough respect for Lombardi that they wouldn't let down if they could." "We should have had Lombardi five years ago," said Gary Knafelc, a starting end whose clutch catches helped beat the 49ers last week. "I'm a better end than I ever was because of him." "Tough?" asked Knafelc, "Well, you don't get discipline without fear." Lombardi says he has a fine football team. He admitted there were some good players when he scanned the roster last January. The difference between last year's patsies and today's aroused giants has to be Lombardi, who has installed a fierce desire to win. The Packers have jumped off to a surprising start with victories over the Bears, Lions and 49ers. They had to come from behind against Chicago and San Fancisco, a true trait of a champion. Their amazing achievement was accomplished before three straight sellouts (32,150) in Green Bay. The Packers play a "home" game Sunday against the "rapid transit" scoring Rams. County Stadium has been a home away from home with too many thousand empty seats in the past. Nothing would be finer for Lombardi's Packers Sunday to make them feel at home before a sellout - in Milwaukee.
LOMBARDI HAS NO TRICKS FOR RAMS
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Vince Lombardi said Friday he had no tricks up his sleeve for the Rams at the Stadium Sunday. "We're going to play our regular game," said the Packer boss. This means Lombardi will count on the best running attack in the NFL to string up victory No. 4. The man who has eliminated confusion at Green Bay with sound football said, "there is no question about it. The Rams will be our toughest game so far." Lombardi listed two reasons:
* "They've got the best personnel in the league."
* "We're hurting for backs."
The Packers, who suffered a series of minor injuries in beating the 49ers last week, will need to be at their best against a Los Angeles team which has begun rolling behind the hard-running Ollie Matson. "We're almost out of backs," Lombardi said. "We've got three and two of those have been injured." Lew Carpenter, who turned in a good job Sunday as a replacement for No. 1 fullback Jim Taylor, is the only healthy back. Paul Hornung, who gained 138 yards in 28 carries against San Francisco, has been nursing a painful neck injury. He will start against the Rams, however, Lombardi has no choice. "I'm going to start Boyd Dowler at a flanker," Lombardi said. This will mean halfback Don McIlhenny, who bruised his shoulder blade last Sunday, will not start. Does this mean the Packers will throw more against a team which is hurting with its two defensive aces, Will Sheman and Don Burroughs, sidelined? "It's a case of necessity in starting Dowler," answered Lombardi. "But we might be forced into throwing more." While Dowler, one of the fastest and surest fingered receivers on the club, will be on the flanker, Max McGee and Gary Knafelc will open at their regular spots. "It's too bad we're hurting," Lombardi said. "If we could win this one why there's no telling how far we could go." Defensively the Packers will be in excellent shape. It's been this bone crushing defense which has paid off in three straight victories. Green Bay's defense is the best in the league. It has limited three powerhouse offenses to 93 yards a game rushing and 116 passing. Although the odds have dropped this week, the Rams are a two point favorite. The Packers haven't beaten the Rams since 1956 when Tobin Rote engineered a 42-17 victory at the Stadium. Los Angeles holds a 20-6 edge in the series. Lombardi's team arrived by train late Friday afternoon and headquartered at the Astor Hotel. The Rams, who have been working out at Stagg Field, Chicago, came in by bus and went to the Schroeder. Both clubs will hold half hour warmups at the Stadium Saturday morning.