Detroit Lions (1-1) 24, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 14
Sunday October 6th 1957 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers are human after all. They can lose a game and they can look bad doing it! Green Bay had a 1-0 NFL record - not to mention a 5-0-1 mark in non-league play, going into Sunday's second sellout crowd at the new stadium but the Detroit Lions, with some help from the Packers, made off with a 24-14 victory. The Packer team of yesterday was just a smudged carbon copy of the outfit that belted the Chicago Bears 21 to 17 in the Dedication Doings a week ago. And, by the same token, the Lions of yesterday were far from the same Lions that were dumped by Baltimore 34 to 14 a week ago! So, the Packers are saddled with a one-one mark today, resting in a tie with Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit in second place behind the unbeaten Baltimore Colts (2-0). Green Bay doesn't have to wait long to leap into first place - next Sunday in Milwaukee against the Colts! A crowd of 32,120 sat in stunned silence as the Lions gambled and stole themselves into a 14-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game, and then puled up a 24-0 margin before the Packers pushed over two touchdowns in the last quarter. The Packers couldn't beg, borrow or steal a break all afternoon and they seemed to be bucking a stone wall in just about every phase of play - except maybe on the defense. Offensively, the Packers couldn't move until it was too late. They got into Detroit territory only four times all day - the first not until the third quarter, but managed to make two of the invasions pay off. Defensively, the Packers were making with the tar paper but even this fighting unit had to succumb somewhat to the pressure brought about by a Packer offense that had the ball for only 47 plays against Detroit's 76. The Bays made only 63 yards (33 rushing and 30 passing) and two first downs in the first half. In the first three frames, the Pack got beyond the 50 just once - and a penalty brought that about halfway through the third period. It was a roughhouse battle and the officials called 17 penalties for 167 yards - five for 54 on the Pack and 12 for 113 yards on the Lions. Players were being separated throughout the game by officials, who wound up tossing only one player out - tackle John Gordy of the Lions following a big free for all in front of the Detroit bench in the fourth quarter. The Lions rushed off the bench onto the field as Carlton Massey and John Henry Johnson clashed. A few plays earlier, Tobin Rote and John Symank squared off. This was a frustrating experience for Green Bay. The Packers couldn't move the ball and the Lions were good enough with their rushing game (249 yards, including 108 by John Henry Johnson) to keep the Bays from getting a lot of chances. The frustration theme was set early when the Lions gambled on a fourth down and 22 yards to go punt situation and made it, Yale Lary going to the Packer 23. With Rote at the controls, the Lions and Rote, himself, scored in five plays. As if that wasn't easy enough, the Lions got a "free" touchdown when Jack Christiansen returned Babe Parilli's pass 29 yards three plays later. It was 14-0 with only 9:26 gone in the game. And the Bays never recovered, though they hung in there - even after the Lions went ahead 24-0.
ROTE BATS 1.000
The six "formers" on the field had different degrees of success. Rote couldn't have done better since he batted 1.000 against his former friends, completing five passes in five attempts for 25 yards. He scored Detroit's first touchdown on a right end keeper of two yards with 8:11 gone in the game. Tobin stayed in for one more series in the first quarter and then returned in the fourth, Bobby Layne taking over in between. The other Packer, former linebacker Roger Zatkoff, contributed to a defense that allowed the Pack only 98 yards rushing. The four former Lions, Don McIlhenny, Ollie Spencer, Jim Salsbury and Norm Masters, all Packer offensive players, weren't tearing the Lions apart, judging by the Packers' 14 points and total 217 yards. McIlhenny carried only twice, though, gaining two yards. While the Bays scored two teedees, the offense seemed cold by comparison to the same group against the Bears. Babe Parilli, like a firecracker a week ago, had three interceptions - one for a touchdown by Jack Christiansen that gave the Lions a 14-0 lead with only 9:26 gone in the game. Starr had two picked off by the Lions who returned the five interceptions 85 yards. The Packers made only two first downs in the first half and both came in the second quarter - one on a 20-yard run by Howie Ferguson and the other on Starr's 11-yard pass to Ron Kramer. The Detroits put a fierce clamp on the Pack's aerial game, allowing only 119 air yards. In fact, the Pack's ace receiver - Billy Howton who caught eight vs. the Bears - was held without a catch, although he dropped a near-touchdown pass along the way. Knafelc caught only one and Kramer wound up as the Pack's top receiver, with five for 56 yards, Al Carmichael picked off three for 50. There's an old saying that most football games are decided early and this may have been the case Sunday. Rote started after the Lions received the opening kickoff and the Lions moved 46 yards in six running plays, including 14 by Rote on a QB draw. The Lions then drew a 15-yard penalty for pushing and three downs later the Lions faced a fourth down and 22 to go situation. With the ball on the Lions 45, Lary dropped back to punt and he apparently caught everybody flat-footed. Lary ran instead and galloped 32 yards to the Pack 23. Johnson, who wound up as the game's leading ground gainer with 108 yards, banged 14 to the 9 and Rote, with a block from Leon Hart, skirted right end for the TD. Layne converted for 7-0. It was 14-0 one minute and 15 seconds later as Christiansen grabbed Parilli's bad pass and returned 29 yards, with Layne converting. The Packers pulled themselves together and, thanks to their defense, fought the Lions to a standstill, Dick Deschaine punting three times and Lary twice. The Lions took over on the Detroit 46 and has a field goal in 10 plays, Layne's 29-yard pass to Jim Doran earing up most of the yardage to the Pack 11. The Bays yielded only four yards in three plays so Layne hit a field goal from the 15. Just before the half, Bobby Dillon and Bob Long exchanged interceptions. The Packers' offensive work was choked by a 24-yard tripping penalty (from the Bay 40 to the 16) in the first series and an interception by Carl Karilivacz in the second shortly after the second half started. That interception gave Detroit possession on the Pack's 16 and a score seemed sure for the Lions, but the Packers' defense stayed tough and the Pack took over on downs. The Pack put together two first downs for the first time at this point when Starr pitched to Kramer for 10 and Carmichael and Ferguson ran 14 yards to the Packer 44. Then, in quick order, Carmichael dropped Starr's pass; the Lions were penalized 15 yards for a personal foul; Howton caught, juggled and dropped Starr's long pass on the Detroit five; Ferguson gained zero yards around right end; Knafelc's first down catch in-bounds was ruled out-of-bounds; the Packers were offside on Starr's incompleted pass. The Lions then put on a 59-yard touchdown drive, getting some help from a Packer personal foul penalty on fourth down that gave the Lions first down on the Packer 19. Cassady banged to the six in two cracks and on fourth down - on the first play of the fourth frame - Gene Gedman crashed in the touchdown. Layne's kick made it 24-0. The Packer finally uncorked a touchdown drive. With Paul Hornung at QB, Max McGee ran 28 yards from the Pack's 34 on an end-around but penalties on both teams nullified it. Starr took over and ran for 10 and passed to Kramer for 10 and Carmichael for 27 to the Detroit 3. Ferguson, Carmichael and Cone got to the one-foot line and Starr banged in for the score. Cone's kick made it 24-7. The Packers might have had the ball back quicker when the Pack forced a punt but Spencer was called for roughing the kicker and the Lions had a first down on Detroit's 33. The fighting broke out at this point. Six plays and two penalties later, Rote fumbled and Tom Bettis recovered and ran for a touchdown. The ball was ruled dead on the Detroit 24. Detroit got it right back when Christiansen intercepted one yard in the end zone and raced out 28 yards. The frisky Lions were penalized back to the 12 and Lary was forced to punt. With less than three minutes left, the Pack scored in two plays from Detroit's 7. Starr threw to Carmichael for 21 and Cone ripped up the middle for 26 yards and a touchdown - and kicked the extra point. The Packers had another chance with 1:05 left but after Parilli hit Kramer for 15 Joe Schmidt intercepted Starr's pass. Enough!
DETROIT - 14 3 0 7 - 24
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 14 - 14
DETROIT GREEN BAY
First Downs 19 11
Rushing-Yards-TD 56-249-2 18-98-2
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 20-9-84-0-1 29-11-119-0-5
Sacked-Yards 6 12
Net Passing Yards 78 107
Total Yards 327 205
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-0
Turnovers 2 5
Yards penalized 12-113 5-54
1st - DET - Tobin Rote, 2-yard run (Bobby Layne kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - DET - Jack Christiansen, 29-yard interception return (Layne kick) DETROIT 14-0
2nd - DET - Layne, 15-yard field goal DETROIT 17-0
4th - DET - Gene Gedman, 1-yard run (Layne kick) DETROIT 24-0
4th - GB - Bart Starr, 1-yard run (Fred Cone kick) DETROIT 24-7
4th - GB - Cone, 26-yard run (Cone kick) DETROIT 24-14
GREEN BAY - Fred Cone 4-27 1 TD, Howie Ferguson 4-26, Bart Starr 3-26 1 TD, Al Carmichael 2-9, Joe Johnson 2-6, Don McIlhenny 2-2, Paul Hornung 1-2
DETROIT - John Henry Johnson 18-109, Yale Lary 1-32, Gene Gedman 10-27 1 TD, Tobin Rote 8-27 1 TD, Howard Cassady 11-26, Bobby Layne 5-16, Tom Tracy 1-7, Leon Hart 2-5
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 19-9-100 2 INT, Babe Parilli 10-2-19 3 INT
DETROIT - Bobby Layne 14-4-59 1 INT, Tobin Rote 5-5-25, Jerry Reichow 1-0-0
GREEN BAY - Ron Kramer 5-56, Al Carmichael 3-50, Gary Knafelc 1-12, Fred Cone 1-6, Howie Ferguson 1-(-5)
DETROIT - Jim Doran 2-32, Gene Gedman 2-25, Howard Cassady 2-18, John Henry Johnson 2-11, Tom Tracy 1-(-2)
FAKE PUNT DID TRICK FOR LIONS: WILSON
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - "We just happened to catch 'em (the Packers) by surprise on a couple of things like that fake punt. A play like that will bring a team up and it sure did the trick for us." Author of the foregoing was George Wilson, forthright freshman leader of the Detroit Lions and a man at peace with the world after acquiring his first NFL victory as a head coach at the expense of Green Bay's unhappy standard bearers Sunday afternoon. This observation was not without an element of irony. Saturday night he and his staff had been clustered around a radio in the Hotel Northland lobby intently following the progress of the Chicago Bears-Baltimore Colts game. With fourth down and three to go on the Bear eight and trailing 10-7, the Colts scorned a "tying" field goal attempt and quarterback John Unitas jump-passed to end Jim Mutscheller for what proved to be the winning touchdown. "That's not smart football," Gerrard (Buster) Ramsey, a Lion assistant, said. "That type of thing will backfire on 'em one of these days." His colleagues nodded agreement. Just 18 hours later at new City Stadium, the Lions were confronted with fourth down and 22 on their own 45 in the first quarter. With perhaps less justification than the Colts, they gambled with that fake punt - and won, Yale Lary threading his way through the Packer defense for a first down on the Green Bay 23. All of which goes to prove your definition of "smart football" depends upon where you sit. The maneuver, as it turned out, had more than the element of surprise to recommend it, Wilson pointed it. "It helped us control the ball - we had it a long time in the first quarter you know - and that's a big thing in this game, too." The handsome Detroit chieftain, who called it a "team victory all the way," volunteered the information that "We were really keyed up for this one. That flare-up at the end of the game (precipitated by an exchange between the Lions' John Henry Johnson and the Packers' Carlton Massey) proves it, I guess. They get keyed up so high," he explained, almost apologetically, "that it's got to come out somewhere." It was assumed he had been happy with the performance to Tobin Rote, erstwhile Packer field general. Conceding this to be true, George revealed "Tobin has had a very bad cold all week. In fact, he had the shakes and was running a temperature before game time. At one point, he asked me if I would mind if he walked out, if it became necessary, instead of being taken out," Wilson added. "After he was out of there, I didn't want to put him back in because of the way he was feeling and, at the same time, I didn't want to keep him out because I knew he wanted to play against Green Bay. Finally, I asked him about it and he said he wanted to play so I put him back in," Wilson said. "Ordinarily, I wouldn't have taken a chance with him, the way he was feeling."...Rote, encountered later at Austin Straubel Field, made no attempt to conceal his delight. "I was really happy to win this one," he declared with a broad Texas smile. At the same time, he indicated he still respects his ex-teammates. "They've got some real fine ball players," Tobin, stifling a racking cough, asserted. Had they given him a rude reception? "No, they didn't," was his frank response. "I was hit hard only once and I don't know if it was intentional or not." How about Detroit? "Everything's real fine," the big Texan rejoined. "We're going to be all right, we've just had a lot of injuries."...Losing was a new experience for the Packers, unbeaten through six non-league appearances and conquerors of the Chicago Bears in last week's dedication opener, but novelty failed to alleviate the pain. Babe Parilli, still haunted by the memory of four interceptions, sat with his head bowed in front of his locker, alongside an equally somber Bart Starr. Parilli remained to mourn until long after everyone else had left. Directly across from them, big Oliver Spencer waxed philosophical to break the silence. He patted the shoulder of a morose Tom Bettis and queried, "How many's the champion going to lose this year? Probably four games." At this point, ex-teammate John Martinkovic, now a New York Giant, came upon the scene. Big Jawn, after shaking hands with Bobby Dillon, was greeted by his old boss, Head Coach Liz Blackbourn, and offered his condolences. "We had a bad break here and there," Liz said ruefully. Down the line, Starr, injured in the fourth quarter, was insisting he was all right. "I got hit and my leg just got numb for a little while," he said. "It was all right after a couple of minutes." In a far corner of the room, Carlton Massey declined to discuss his clash with John Henry Johnson. "It was just one of those things," he said, pointing out, "This is a competitive game. We shook hands after the game and it's all forgotten." Next door in the training room, Howie Ferguson was reclining on Trainer Bud Jorgensen's table. Fergie, injured in the fourth quarter, reported with a wry smile, "I got kicked in the head. I was happy for awhile." Minutes later, it looked like old times when Roger Zatkoff, like Rote now a Detroit Lion, sauntered in to shake hands with those of his ex-mates still remaining, then made for the equipment room to chat with Dad Braisher and Jorgensen. Was it safe to assume the afternoon's
proceedings had met with his approval? An eloquent chuckle was his only answer...Blackbourn, analyzing for at least the third time what had transpired, still was unwilling to conceded the Lions a thing. Liz, who held out hope of victory until the final minute, said, "The Lions looked real good at time but I don't think they're a bit better than we were." A realist, he felt, "It may be the best thing that ever happened to us. I was afraid, with the good breaks we were getting in the exhibition season, that the roof was going to fall in on us one of these days."...'HERE TO STAY': "Football is in Green Bay to stay, this proves it to me," was the reaction of W. Nicholas Kerbawy, general manager of the Lions, upon surveying the new stadium. "To have football for so many years and still come up with something like this, it's amazing. It's beautiful," Kerbawy glowed. "It reminds me of the Michigan State stadium before it was enlarged. What I like about it is no post seats - every seat's a good seat."...CIVIL WAR?: Not all of the "violence" occurred on the field of play, although there was considerable of that, particularly in the fourth quarter. Perhaps the best bout of the afternoon was between the Lions' trainer and property man on the east sidelines in that hectic period. Asst. Coach Buster Ramsey finally stepped in to separate the combatants. The nature of their disagreement was not divulged...'MAD' RUSSIAN?: Roger Zatkoff, long ago dubbed the "Mad Russian", acted the part in the second quarter when he shot the Packers' "wedge" on a kickoff to run Al Carmichael out of bounds on the Packer 23...NOT FORGOTTEN: Rote was greeted by generous applause when he was announced as Detroit's starting quarterback, indicating football fans are not as fickle as they have been represented...SUSPENSE: The end of the third quarter interrupted a dramatic situation. With Detroit on the Packer one-foot line, Lion quarterback Bobby Layne was poised behind center Frank Gatski, with hands outstretched, when Umpire Joe Crowley fired his gun. The suspense was short-lived, however. The Lions scored on the first play of the fourth quarter...'COMPETITION': The Packers were competing for attention, particularly in the fourth quarter, with the World Series. Many of the fans came equipped with portable radios and they uncorked a thunderous cheer when Eddie Mathews, with five minutes of Packer-Lion business remaining, hit his climatic home run in the 10th inning to scuttle the Yankees. As a convenience to those fans without radios or access to one, the Packer flashed the inning by inning score on the huge scoreboard at the south end of the stadium...FAMILIAR FACE: Herman Rohrig, a halfback on the Packers' last championship team in 1944, made his first appearance in the new stadium Sunday - as field judge in Referee Emil Heintz's crew...WHO'S EXCITED: Field Announcer Clair Stone, normally imperturbable, surprised the assemblage with this announcement in the second quarter, "Gremminger carrying to the 13-yard line, dropped by Gremminger." A neat trick, if Hank could do it. Stone shortly amended the report to read, "Gedman carrying..."
CITY PRAISED FOR SPEED IN CONSTRUCTING NEW STADIUM
OCT 7 (Washington) - Even the oldest member of the Society of Oldest Inhabitants can remember talk of building a stadium in Washington. That's all there's ever been - talk. In sharp contrast is the little city of Green Bay, Wis. Of course, Green Bay is anything but an ordinary town but there the rabid Packer backers substituted action for words and in less than a year erected a modern, handsome 32,000-seat City Stadium. The good citizens realized old City Stadium had become antiquated for present pro football needs. Fearful of losing the Packers, perish the thought in Green Bay, the voters went to the polls on April 3, 1956, and approved a $960,000 bond issue for a new stadium by an 11,575 to 4,893 count. Actually there was no organized opposition even though the taxpayers realized they were voting a
boost on themselves. The only trouble was the rivalry between East and West sides of this town split by the Fox River...AVOID SITE REFERENCE: City officials wouldn't let the idea founder on the rivalry. They carefully avoided any reference to a site for the stadium. Later, the Osborn Engineering Co. of Cleveland was called in to make a full and impartial study. This outside group recommended the present site which is on the West Side. City Council approved the report and purchased the land for $73,305. When initial bids for excavating were too high, the city did a job itself at a saving of nearly $20,000. The Green Bay Packer Corporation has agreed to furnish half of the $960,000 by paying $30,000 a year on a 20-year lease. This payment includes principal and interest. Actually, the whole project has been one of teamwork by civic-minded Green Bay citizens who all claim the Packers. This pro football franchise is community-owned. It's a non-profit corporation with more than 1,700 stockholders. Forty-five directors serve gratis...COST OVER MILLION: The cost of the first stadium ever built for pro football soared over a million dollars with an additional $150,000 being required to provide parking for 6,500 cars. Brown County made that contribution and is planning an indoor arena adjacent to the stadium. It's in the Green Bay tradition to get behind the Packers. The fans have demonstrated on many occasions they will lay out hard cash to keep their team. They've contributed to many ticket and stock selling drives. A classic example was in 1950 when the Packers played an intrasquad game on a snowy Thanksgiving Day to raise enough money to pay their bills. Fred Leicht, chairman of the Packer Corporation Stadium Committee, said the contractors told him the only reason it was built on time was the wonderful cooperation of the workmen. "They all put out as if it was their own stadium," Leicht said. There are some humorous stories, though, about the impatience with delays because of strikes of plumbers and electricians. At one time, 200 self-styled "minute-men" threatened to go out and finish the stadium themselves if the boys didn't get on with it. Knowing Green Bay, they'd have done it...IMPRESSIVE MONUMENT: It's all a most impressive monument to the fan support of thousands in Packerland. Green Bay's population may be nearing 60,000 now, although it was only 52,375 at the last census. Still, 24,000 season tickets have been sold for the three home games the Packers will play. Next Sunday, a town 115 miles down the road is having a little excitement of its own when the Milwaukee Braves will be playing World Series host to the Yankees. Even though it will be on TV free in Green Bay, there's no conflict. Yesterday, only 400 seats were left for the Packers' game with the Detroit Lions, who are bringing back Tobin Rote.
GAME TRAFFIC MOVES FASTER ON SECOND TRY
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - A reduced number of autos in the stadium parking lot, revised traffic control procedures and cooperation of motorists with suggestions by police combined with the experience gained a week earlier by both authorities and drivers brought a smoother and faster flow of traffic in connection with the second Packer game at the new City Stadium on Sunday. "They were 'big city' drivers," said Lt. Harry Bultman of the Police Dept. traffic division today in expressing the department's "thanks for swell cooperation" to motorists concerned...VOLUME DISPERSED: Bultman reported satisfaction with the employment of an extra lane on the Mason Street bridge to accommodate game traffic and allowing of left turns from two lanes at many main intersections. He said that motorists followed police direction well in such cases through some drivers, because of unfamiliarity with this, were leery about using double turns and the added center lane on the normal two-lane bridge. Traffic volume was dispersed to more major stadium routes this Sunday than the week before in compliance with police suggestions, Bultman also said. There was a marked increase in the use of Oneida and Ninth Streets as well as 12th and 14th Avenues, he said, relieving the situation somewhat on S. Ashland and Highland Avenues and Ridge Road. He added that this allowed out-of-town traffic from the south to use Highland Avenue more. With the placement of traffic officers at more points this Sunday, there was no congestion at places in the city away from the stadium, Bultman reported...MASON STREET KEY: Turning to conditions near the stadium, Blackbourn said that four officers were used at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Ridge Road, permitting traffic to use four lanes northbound on Ridge Road after the stadium event. This intersection and the one at Highland and S. Oneida Street, both trouble spots last Sunday, were reported to be much improved this Sunday. Bultman promised even better traffic movement when W. Mason Street can be used as a major route. For this season, while the street is closed for reconstruction, he said, police will continue with the traffic pattern used Sunday. Provisions for different parking space for buses with their own exit at this second game also helped eliminate confusion, Bultman reported. In the contrast to the situation for the Packer-Bear game, both city and county traffic authorities reported that all cars were in the stadium parking lot and cleared from stadium routes before 1 p.m. After the game, Bultman said the stadium lot was cleared of most vehicles 28 minutes from the final gun, compared to around 40 minutes a week ago. Harvey Younk, chief of the parking lot crew, revised the period somewhat higher from the lower end of the stadium lot (Oneida Street side), saying that it was cleared in 53 minutes. But this was nine minutes faster than last Sunday, he said...IGNORED DIRECTIONS: The only postgame difficulty in the stadium lot apparently was in the northernmost section emptying onto Oneida Street. In answer to complaints that there weren't enough parking lot workers there after the game, Younk said that drivers didn't follow the direction of his workers toward a driveway in the center of the section when there was traffic control and instead tried to leave by way of the sides of the section. He said that there were just as many workers in this section as others after the game and that some workers were even brought from other parts to help. For future games, Younk offered the suggestion that more vehicles use the Oneida Street side of the parking lot instead of the Ridge Road side. He pointed out that there is three times as much on the eastern (Oneida Street) side...FEWER CARS IN LOT: Compared to the jammed stadium parking lot a week ago, only an estimated 5,800 to 5,900 autos used the 6,500-car capacity lot this Sunday, with the center section facing on Oneida Street being less than one-half filled. This was apparently because many drivers, remembering the long exit period after the first game, choosing to park on a number of side streets north of Highland Avenue or on Potts Avenue southeast of the stadium lot or in private lots along Ridge Road. Stadium parking lot receipts from fees this Sunday were only $2,419.50, compared to around $2,900 last week. Neither figure includes the respective game's share of $823.25 collected in $4 season parking permits...IMPROVED FARTHER OUT: County Traffic Director Laurence Koeppen reported much improved traffic movement on roads south of the stadium. Pointing of extra officers to direct traffic at two main intersections was viewed as helping the situation immeasurably. De Pere Police Chief Hubert Vaessen said that movement of outgoing traffic was smoother and faster than the Packer-Bear game. De Pere police were stationed at four critical points along Main Avenue on the West Side and each end of the Claude Allouez Bridge when traffic was directed across in a single continuous flow and built up two lanes at the east approach. Hand-operated traffic signals at Broadway and the bridge siphoned off the bridge load without delay or incident, Vaessen said.
PACKERS (1-1) TO START AFRESH AGAINST FANTASTIC COLTS SUNDAY
OCT 8 (Green Bay) - The reaction to the Packers' showing against Detroit Sunday was pretty much the same: "We're a better team that that." The Packers, themselves, know it and so does Packerland. Maybe the Packers were due for a clipping and, as Coach Liz Blackbourn put it, "maybe that loss will help as in the long run." Things had been going too good in the previous seven games which resulted in a 6-0-1 record. "In all my years of coaching (over 30 years), I've never had so much good luck, so maybe were were due for a tough sledding today," Blackbourn said. The Packers couldn't have found two better and tougher opponents for their first two games in the new stadium - the one-two clubs of last year, the champion Bears and runnerup Detroit. The Bays whipped the Bays 21-17, which proved that the Pack can be tough, and they buckled before Detroit 24-14. With an even break in two league games, the Packers now can start afresh against the leaders of the Western Division, the team that beat both the Lions and Bears - namely, the Baltimore Colts in Milwaukee Sunday. The Colts were slightly fantastic in manhandling the "high scoring" Bears 21 to 10 and the Lions 34 to 14. For instance, they held the Bruins without a first down rushing all afternoon and permitted 'em only 26 yards rushing. Can you imagine anyone doing that to such customers as Casares, Watkins, Jeter, Galimore and the others? What's more, the Colts stopped the great Harlon Hill cold - without a catch. And that makes two stops, the Lions holding the Packers' Billy Howton catchless. Oddly enough, both Hill and Howton were pitched at little since they were so well blanketed by the opposition. Another thing! The Colts stopped the Lions' rushers with just 29 yards. The Lions gained 249 yard rushing on the Packers. Thus, the Packers had their work cut out for the week. The Bays didn't
come out of the Lions game in good physical condition. The injured players are defensers Tom Bettis, John Symank, Hank Gremminger and Dave Hanner and offensers Howie Ferguson and Dick Deschaine. Bettis and Symank are shoulder cases; Gremming, Deschaine and Hanner have leg troubles; and Fergie has a head injury. Deschaine, who averaged 48.6 yards with his punting, hurt his knee. While the injury list is crowded, the hurts aren't expected to keep anybody out of action Sunday. The Packers' fierce play in the Bear game reportedly banged up the Bruins to a point where their efficiency was damaged vs. the Colts. The Lions had the "mean look" Sunday and the Packers were hurt...Bart Starr had more than the Lions on his mind Sunday. His wife went to the hospital Saturday afternoon and it wasn't until Sunday night that there were three Starrs in Green Bay. The newcomer is a nine-pound boy and he'll be a junior - Bryan (Bart) Starr. Mother and son are both doing fine. Mrs. Fred Cone stayed at Mrs. Starr's side during the game...The picture above shows Gary Knafelc's catch early in the third quarter is quite astonishing. The west stands setup a terrific howl when the officials ruled Knafelc caught it out of bounds, and the view shows why. This unfortunate ruling didn't beat the Packers, let it be understood, but it did ruin the Packers' first and best invasion of the day. It was third down and 10 on the Detroit 41. Gary caught it on the 26 - a first down! The Packer Backers had been stewing about the Packers' inability to move the ball in the first half and they, like the Packers, were in a bad frame of mind. The ruling was like pouring salt in an open wound. When folks in the west stand stood up to voice their disapproval, Nick Kerbawy, general manager of the Detroit Lions, barked in the press box: "All right, Green Bay, you got your new stadium, now sit down."...BRIEFS: The fans didn't like it when Paul Hornung was pulled out of brief action in the fourth quarter and they set off quite a boo...The Packers held their usual Tuesday morning squad meeting at the stadium dressing room instead of on the second floor of the Packer office...Blackbourn is looking for water. The practice field on Oneida Street needs it real bad but it may have to be piped in from a hydrant on the highway. The field is hard as a rock, which could cause some aching legs. Some rain would help...How would you like to be football salesman in Milwaukee now? That's what Packer Publicitor Tom Miller and ditto John Steadman of Baltimore are doing there now, trying to break in on the World Series picture!
FAKE PUNT GAMBLE PAID OFF FOR LIONS
OCT 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - The play which fooled Coach Lisle Blackbourn, 11 Packers and 32,150 fans in Green Bay Sunday isn't likely to fool anyone for another 10 years. Or at least that was the thinking Tuesday after Blackbourn had reviewed movies of the Packers' 24-14 defeat by the Detroit Lions. The fooler, of course, was the fourth down "punt" play early in the game when Yale Lary faked a punt and ran 32 yards to a first down and sparked the Lions to their first touchdown. "It was a distinct surprise to me," Blackbourn said. "I don't think you'll see that play again in the next 10 years." The Lions needed 22 yards for a first down on the play. Neither team had scored and the game was yet young - certainly not a situation to call for a gamble. "It was an extreme gamble. Maybe that's why it worked," Blackbourn said. "If they'd had four yards to go, it wouldn't have been so bad. But 22 yards. Well, it fooled me." The fake punt is not new to the Lions. They pulled the same stunt with success two years ago against the San Francisco 49ers. The measure of success wasn't as great, however. The Lions still lost the game. Blackbourn did not detract from the Lions' success. "They played good football," he said matter of factly. "And I suppose they deserved to win." Three facets of the game stood out in his replay - Lary's run, the pass interception for a touchdown by Jack Christiansen and the running of John Henry Johnson. The Lions had a 7-0 lead with about half of the first quarter played, thanks to Lary and Tobin Rote, the former Packer turned Lion. In another minute and 15 seconds, they had a 14-0 lead, thanks to Christiansen's interception. "Those two touchdowns gave the Lions the spark they needed," Blackbourn said. "John Henry Johnson took care of all the offense they needed the rest of the way." Billy Howton, who caught eight passes for 165 yards against the Chicago Bears a week ago, was shackled by the Lions. This did not surprise Blackbourn though. "Howton has never been successful against the Lions," he said. "That's his history, Jim David and Christiansen seem to have his number."
PACKERS PROVIDE FIRST ROAD TEST FOR COLTS
OCT 8 (Baltimore) - Are the Colts hometown phenoms? Will a trip to cheese and beer land show again that their hearts were in Baltimore? The question will be answered Sunday in Milwaukee where the Colts meet the Green Bay Packers. And both questions need answering. Heretofore the Colts have proved to one and all that they can win more than they lose at home. But road trips have been just a series of detours to the Baltimore outfit...WIN ONLY 3 ON ROAD: In the past three years, the Colts have won only three games on the road while hanging up ten scalps at home plus a tie. In the loss column that appears as 15 away defeats and 7 beatings at the Stadium. Percentagewise, the Colts in 1954-55-56 played .588 ball at home, away it was a paltry .167. To get within smelling distance of the Western Division title of the NFL, the Colts must be able to split even on the road, while maintaining their torrid home record. It is easier said than done and Coach Weeb Ewbank is the first to admit it...FAN SUPPORT CITED: "Baltimore fans support has lifted the Colts time-after-time from a commonplace football team to an excellent one," remarked Ewbank. "We would like to take the entire city with us when we go on the road," laughed Ewbank, "but remember one thing, please. Our losses in the past were during our formative years. We think we are coming of age. One of the things that has hurt us on the road has been injuries. We have always suffered with a heavy burden of casualties in our away trips. We are not overlooking that possibility now."...PACKERS ARE ROUGH: "The Packers have proved they are a rough-tough ball team this year by their preseason record and the scores of their first two games. Of course, Green Bay doesn't have to show us their records. They have made an indelible impression on us in prior games. For some reason, the Packers are exceptionally
tough on us physically. Maybe they think we are upstarts and need taking down a peg or two, and they usually do just that," concluded Ewbank. The Colts will pack their bags this week with the idea that the Milwaukee trip will be a profitable one if not a pleasant excursion. If the Baltimoreans can maintain the pace they have set in winning twice at home, there is reason to hope for a victory in Milwaukee.
THE COLTS: TURNABOUT MADE BY OFFENSIVE LINE
OCT 8 (Baltimore) - What was once a major weakness has developed into a real strong point as the Colts dazzle the NFL by their sparkling surge to the top of the Western Division. "I've got a lot of confidence in the offensive line," says Coach Weeb Ewbank. "Unless we kill ourselves with fumbles, we'll score when we get the ball."...IT'S DIFFERENT NOW: A year ago he could not honestly say that, although the Colts, previously a team that earned about 2,600 yards during a campaign, raised that total to better than 4,100. Off the attack mounted in the first two games that resulted in decisive victories over Detroit and the Chicago Bears, there is reason to believe that latter figure is due further improvement. Now the offensive forwards are playing as if a tile rides on every handoff, and it's a lot harder to drop a Baltimore back before he gets started than it was in 1956...PARKER NEWCOMER: This amazing turnabout has been effected with little change in personnel. Of the eight fellows who do the work only one in a new face, while two others are merely operating in different places on the line. The single newcomer is Jim Parker, 268-pound All-American from Ohio State, who has moved into the left tackle slot and taken over as if he owns it. His making good so quickly freed the incumbent, George Preas, for duty on the opposite side, a berth divided among Dick Chorovich, Tom Feamster and Ken Jackson last year. Chorovich and Feaster are gone and Jackson, who calls the offensive line blocks, is now functioning as a guard. Doughty Ken is equally at home in either position and it works out fine for the fired-up Colts. The ends, Jim Mutscheller and Raymond Berry, are the same. So are the starting guards, Art Spinney and Alex Sandusky, and center Buzz Nutter, a highly underrated player. These lads have show an advantage on pass protection, and it's well they have, for the job will get tougher as the season progresses...PACKERS FOE SUNDAY: The Green Bay Packers, to be met Sunday in Milwaukee, will have one idea in mind: Get John Unitas out of the game as quickly as possible. Other rivals are certain to entertain the same thought. The way the Lithuanian slingshot has been going, any club would much rather derrick him and take a chance on having George Shaw or Cotton Davidson lead the Colt. Unitas has passed for six of the seven touchdowns scored in the Lion and Bear triumphs. The aerials have been divided among four receivers - Mutscheller and Louis Dupre (2), Berry and Alan Ameche. The only overland score was by Lenny Moore, who specializes in all-or-nothing dashes. He rambled 55 yards after slanting through the left side of the Bruin line last Saturday for the initial Baltimore tally.
COLT DEFENSE POSES ACID TEST FOR PACKERS
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - The Colts have been the surprise of the NFL thus far by virtue of their convincing victories over the Western Division's one-two teams last year, the Bears and Lions. The Lions couldn't move against the Colts as they went down 34 to 14. And the Bears couldn't either, getting tacked 21-10. How come the Lions and Bears couldn't act like themselves vs. Baltimore? Generally, the answer is merely that the Colts have a good football team. But, particularly, the answer is fourfold - Gino Marchetti, Artie Donovan, Gene Lipscomb and Don Joyce. This foursome has had quarterbacks Bobby Layne and Tobin Rote of Detroit and Ed Brown and Zeke Bratkowski of the Bears seeing stars over Baltimore. And it's likely that they will want to make Babe Parilli and Bart Starr see the same over Milwaukee Sunday afternoon. Marchetti, the defensive left end who broke his collarbone tackling Howie Ferguson in Milwaukee two years ago, has been a wild man. And one of his pet tactics is leaping over the blockers protecting the passer and then, of course, eating the QB alive. Marchetti, a 240-pounder, has been lucky thus far that none of the blockers have decided to stand up when Gino is halfway through his leap. Next to Marchetti at left tackle is Donovan, a 265-pounder, who collaborates with Gino in tricking and knocking out offensive linemen. On the bright side are tackle Gene (Daddy) Lipscomb, 282, former Ram, and Don Joyce, 250, the end. This foursome has some excellent help, naturally, from linebackers Doug Eggers, Jack Patera and Don Shinnick and they'll get some more from Joe Campanella, who came out of retirement (he was running Alan Ameche's restaurant) the other day. But scouts report that the excellent play of the big defensive tackles and ends have been the real reason why enemy attacks have been virtually useless. The Colts held the Bears and Lions to 24 points - an average of 12. Only the Cleveland Browns have a better defensive mark, having allowed 15 in two games - an average of 7.5 Incidentally, the secondary behind these fantastic linemen and linebackers includes two first-year men, Milt Davis of UCLA, who was cut by Detroit, and Andy Nelson, a surprise out of Memphis State. Davis works at cornerbacker across from Carl Taseff and Nelson is at safety with veteran Bert Rechichar...The Packers buckled down on a wet but soft practice field this afternoon. The new practice area on Oneida Street east of the stadium was dangerously hard and Coach Liz Blackbourn was starting to fear leg aches. But the fire department was out this morning and watered at least half the field down good. The unit hooked in on a new hydrant at the end of Oneida Street south of the highway. Permanent connections to the hydrant will be built shortly so that the field can be watered. The field has been like cement due to the lack of rain...Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and his aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Morton felt good about Tuesday's workout. "It was a good one," Liz beamed, adding: "best one we've had in awhile." But that's where the joy - if you could call it that - ended because a look at Trainer Bud Jorgenson's dormitory revealed a long list of cripples - Dave Hanner, Dick Deschaine, Howie Ferguson, Ollie Spencer, Tom Bettis, John Symank and a few others. Now it's a question of getting 'em ready for the Colts...Yale Lary isn't a "rookie" at running instead of punting. The Detroit punter, whose run off a punt produced 32 yards, set up the Lions' first touchdown and gave the Lions the necessary winning lift here Sunday, tried that twice before "without having it backfire," he said. He picked up 20 yards in 1953 against the 49ers and last year he made 10 on the Rams on a fake punt. A few plays later Jack Christiansen intercepted a Babe Parilli pass and ran for 29 yards and a touchdown, giving the Lions a 14-0 lead. "I guessed right on it," Chris said later, "if they had thrown a long pass I would have looked pretty bad."
PACKERS TO GET OPPORTUNITY TO HARNESS COLTS ON SUNDAY
OCT 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - So the Green Bay Packers are back in the pack at .500 after the Detroit Lions caught them celebrating their victory over the Chicago Bears. The question after the first two weeks of NFL play: Which teams are the contenders? Only two teams are over .500 - Baltimore and Cleveland, division leaders with 2-0 records. And only two teams are under .500 - the supposedly powerful Chicago Bears and the admittedly weak Philadelphia Eagles. All the rest are 1-1 and they include the champion New York Giants, the Los Angeles Rams, the Lions, the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers and others. The Packers will get the next chance to break the Colts when they meet at County Stadium here Sunday at 1:05 p.m. The Colts have been unusual, in playing well two weeks in a row against genuine contenders. They whipped Detroit, 34-14, and the Bears, 21-10, and both times they hamstrung the oppositions' running game almost completely. Baltimore came in here two years ago, when Alan Ameche, the Wisconsin Horse, was a fledgling Colt, and drew 40,199 fans to a Saturday night game with the Packers. Both teams were undefeated after two games that year. The Colts won, 24-20, as the Packers ran out of time. At that, Green Bay finished third at the end of the season and Baltimore fourth, even though the Colts beat the Packers at Baltimore, too, 14-10. The two young rivals put on another pair of thrillers last season. Green Bay won here, 38-33, in a wild one and Baltimore won at Baltimore in a weird one, 28-21. Whether Coach Lisle Blackbourn's Packers can keep the Colts from an early runaway probably will be checked up to Green Bay's offense, which has yet to shock anyone. The Packer defense, although ruffled by Detroit, has been adequate. The Lions had the ball most of the time last Sunday because Green Bay's offense couldn't do anything. Once behind, 14-0, and with the offense sputtering, the Packers had little chance. Of course, a Baltimore defense which gave Detroit and the Bears little opportunity hardly gives hope for a sudden surge by the Packers.
PACKERS BEWARE: COLTS TOUGHER THAN LIONS
OCT 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Now that the Packers have tasted defeat for the first time this season, they can come down from cloud 9 and realize Sunday's play for keeps is bound to get tougher. The rambunctious Colts (2-0) are Sunday's Stadium attraction and if the Baylanders believe they got shoved around by the Lions - they haven't seen anything...yet. Baltimore squelched Detroit's rushing attack, allowing only 23 yards and limited the bewildered Bears to 29 yards on the ground. Green Bay has been no ball of fire as a running team. And against Detroit it didn't impress via the airlanes - five interceptions saw to that. Despite the fact the Lions grabbed a 24-0 lead in the fourth quarter, the final outcome didn't suggest the Packers were pushovers. Detroit gambled and won on a fourth down and 22 yards to go situation when Yale Lary faked a punt and scampered down the right sidelines for 32 yards.
The daredevil tricks caught the Packers flat-footed and paved the way for Tobin Rote to score the first touchdown. How the Packers could be sucked into such a predicament is almost unbelievable. Coach Liz Blackbourn hopes or rather insists that it won't happen again. A hard loser, indeed. Blackbourn offered no alibis. He also wasn't going to relegate his troops to the also-run class because of one loss. "We'll start talking about our troubles if we lose some more," Blackbourn said. "We got off to a bad start. Our quarterback got jittery when our receivers kept dropping passes and when penalties time and again killed drives. But that was our tough luck, we can't let it happen again if we expect to stay in this thing." Blackbourn praised Rote's ability to move the Lions. "We knew what Rote could do," he said. "He played a good game." A sideline observer said Tobin was the happiest guy on the field. "He still loves to play football," said the witness, who asked to be anonymous. "When he was on the bench he called the Packers' shot perfectly and yelled instructions to linebacker Roger Zatkoff (another Bay castoff). And one thing for sure, he hates to play second fiddle to Bobby Layne." It proved to be a great "homecoming" for Tobin. In his cheering section was his wife, Betsy, who flew up from Texas to see her first game this season. Blackbourn reported that Howie Ferguson was the game's only casualty. The oft-injured fullback got kicked in the head. That meany Fergy has now has the works, from head to toe. Ron Kramer played his best game, catching five passes for 56 yards. Blackbourn's only explanation as to why Bill Howton failed to catch a pass: "They didn't throw to him, why, I don't know."
COLTS WILL NEED SOME LUCK IN GREEN BAY GAME SUNDAY
OCT 9 (Baltimore) - The one ingredient the Colts need most Sunday when they meet the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee is luck. Unless the ball bounces right, the best team ever put on a football team would lose. A look at the Colt-Chicago Bear game pictures quickly illustrated the part fate plays in a game. On the Colts' winning touchdown toss Saturday night, an official almost goofed up the play by being in the way. Jim Mutscheller, who caught the nine-yard toss from John Unitas, had to veer out of the way of the man in the striped shirt before grabbing the pass...ALMOST LOSES BALL: As it was the little deviation from the course, Mutscheller was running nearly caused an interception and loss of ball. The ball instead of hitting Jim in the hands bounced off his arm. Mutscheller made a good recovery of the elusive pigskin and scored. If the official had been one step closer to the line of scrimmage, the perfect call would have gone to waste and the Bears would have taken over at that spot since it was fourth down. Chicago's lead would have remained at 10-7 and the Colts may not have had another chance to score...PASS IS SURPRISE: Raymond Berry, the dedicated end, who was busily scanning the motion pictures, said the Bears were expecting a running play and the pass was a complete surprise to them. It was a surprise to a lot of fans, too. The Colts needed only a couple of yards for a first down and nearly everyone including the Bears expected big Alan Ameche to hurl his 218 pounds at the line. Unitas said that normally the linebacker would have racked up Mutscheller when the Colt end slanted toward the middle, but the Bears were so sure that it was a run that they let him go untouched.
THE COLTS: OPPONENTS LEARN PATERA, LIPSCOMB, DON JOYCE ON DEFENSIVE LINE, TOO
OCT 9 (Baltimore) - Everyone knows Gino Marchetti and Art Donovan are their old selves in wreaking havoc among NFL teams, but don’t overlook the other side of the Colts’ defensive line. Even if fans are inclined to bypass it, the telltale eye of the camera gives strong indication that the right side of the line – in the persons of Big Daddy Lipscomb and Don Joyce – is doing its share also…PATERA GOOD, TOO: In the general rebirth of the defensive line, it would likewise be unfair to underestimate the progress of Jack Patera at middle guard. Patera took over when Joe Campanella retired, and now that Joe is back, he will have to play in the Oregonian’s shadow for a while. The way Jack has performed in the first two games, it may be some time. Although he is held in high esteem throughout the NFL, Joyce never has been the premier rusher of passers that Marchetti is…IN FOE’S BACKFIELD: Nevertheless, Big Don has picked up in this department spending a lot of time in alien backfields in the Colts’ wins over Detroit and the Chicago Bears. Coach Weeb Ewbank feels Joyce’s improvement stems from being more mobile as a result of keeping his weight down. The chubby wingman was a 250-pounder last year, reported to training camp at 239 ½ and expects to tote a poundage of 243, same as last Saturday, when the Colts tangle with Green Bay in Milwaukee Sunday…BIG DADDY IMPROVES: Lipscomb, one of the most popular Colts, has made rapid strides forward, and the grading system employed by Ewbank to register effectiveness shows several 4’s for extra effort opposite the huge Negro’s name. Ever since he came to Baltimore on waivers last season from Los Angeles, Big Daddy has been the team’s best tackler. Not to be minimized is his ability to get his tremendous paws in the air on pass defense. Enemy aerialists have been known to throw over his clutching talons only with undue difficulty, frequently with erring accuracy…HAH! COVER BOY: Lispcomb, who when he is dressed up, a perky little cap perched jauntily atop his skull, looks like a cover boy for an awning catalogue, has developed in another respect. So proficient has he become that Ed Brown, Chicago Bear quarterback, may not place too much credence in future Bruin scouting reports. It has been known that Big Daddy has excellent lateral movements, but never was much of a rusher. His main value lay in bringing down or assisting in the tackling of ball carriers…A DEFENSIVE TRIUMPH: Lo and behold, last Saturday Brown several times found his chief assailant on a pass play that went awry not Marchetti, not Joyce, not Donovan, but the 286-pound carcass of Big Daddy. Reveling in his new-found prowess, Lipscomb refuses to believe the victories over the Lions and Grizzlies were team affairs. To him, regardless of the point scoring, each was a defensive triumph.
DEFENSE-MINDED? BALTIMORE LEADS NFL IN SCORING
OCT 10 (Green Bay) - Much has been said about the Colts’ defense which, don’t forget, held the Lions and Bears to a total of 52 yards rushing in Baltimore’s two victories – 34 to 14 over Detroit and 21-10 over Chicago’s Bears. That can’t be forgotten because it points up the task facing the Packers’ rushing vs. the Colts in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon. But what about the Colt offense? The Colt pointmakers are leading the league in that phase of work – 55 in two games. Washington is a ways back with 44, and the Packers, by comparison, scored 35 – 20 less than Baltimore. Baltimore’s offense is led by quarterback John Unitas, who has thrown six touchdown passes in six games. The Colts have scored seven TD's’ which emphasizes Unitas’ pitching. John, once the property of the Pittsburgh Steelers, attempted 49 passes and completed 31 for 425 yards. He has had four intercepted, which proves that he’s not absolutely invincible, but his 63.3 percentage on completions is nothing short of fantastic. Oddly enough, Unitas was one of two casualties in the Bear game last Saturday night. He’s stiff and sore in the back as a result of being gouged (according to Baltimore newspaper accounts) by the knee of Bill George, the Bruins’ ace middle guard. Unitas was rushed to the hospital after the game for X-rays which showed no fractures. Both Unitas and linebacker Don Shinnick, the other Bear victim, will be ready for the Packers. Incidentally, Shinnick made a last-minute interception of an Ed Brown pass to stop a final Bear drive, prompting Colt Coach Weeb Ewbank to comment: “He certainly has a habit of coming up with the big play when we need it. He’s a real pro.” Unitas, of course, isn’t the only statistical leader. In the rushing department, for instance, the leggy and swift Lenny Moore has averaged 6.9 yards on 20 carries, gaining 137 stripes. Alan Ameche ranks next with 88 yards in 23 tries for 3.8 and L.G. Dupre has 74 yards in 19 tries for 3.9. Dupre is the team’s leading pass catcher with 10 snares for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Big Jim Mutscheller ranks second with seven for 95 and two touchdowns. Moore and Ray Berry each caught five and Ameche picked off three – one for a touchdown. The figures, especially Unitas’, indicate that the Colts have something to go with their man-eating defense…Speaking of figures, the Packers’ rushing leader is old reliable himself, Fred Cone, who piled up 79 yards in 24 attempts for an average of 3.3. Al Carmichael is second with 59 in 13 tries for 4.5. Howie Ferguson, the Packers’ ground leader the last two years, gained 26 in six tries. Howie, incidentally, has been running well in practice this week and could gallop loose Sunday. Despite no catches vs. Detroit, Billy Howton leads the pass catchers with eight for 165 yards. Gary Knafelc and Ron Kramer are tied with five apiece, Kramer getting all of his vs. Detroit. Passing wise, Bart Starr has completed 12 of 24 attempts for 138 yards while Babe Parilli hit on 11 of 24 for 216 yards…TODAY’S THOUGHT: The trend to running in the pro game that started last year is still with us. With most teams employing the four-man defensive line, the ball carrier is back in fashion. Look: the three winning teams Sunday piled up more rushing yards than passing. The Lions’ rush ratio over passing was 249 to 84, the Redskins 247 to 180 and the 49ers 196 to 122.
BALTIMORE'S STRONG DEFENSE TESTS PACKERS HERE SUNDAY
OCT 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - Baltimore's surprising Colts, undefeated and undisputed Western Division leaders in the NFL, will meet the Green Bay Packers at County Stadium Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Alan (The Horse) Ameche and Co. have galloped exceptionally well after ordinary grazing in the exhibition season (2-2-1). The Colts opened with a 34-14 triumph over Detroit and followed with a 21-10 triumph of the Chicago Bears. The Bears and Lions rated among the favorites. The Packers split against the same opposition, beating the Bears, 21-17, and falling to the Lions, 24-14. "The Colts keep getting better every week," Green Bay scout Walter Cruice said Thursday. "They looked great against the Lions and played ever better against the Bears." Cruice seemed most impressed by the defense. "They give the runners nothing (Detroit got 23 yards on the ground and the Bears only 29)," he said. "And they rush the passer hard. Those linemen are the best I've ever seen at getting rid of the pass protection by throwing off the blockers. Not just fighting them, but throwing them up for grabs." Baltimore's defensive line includes end Gino Marchetti (240 pounds) and Don Joyce (250) and tackles Art Donovan (265) and Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb (282). Donovan, son of fight referee Art Donovan, is in his eighth pro season, Joyce in his seventh and Marchetti his sixth. Lipscomb, who jumped to the pro league from a Detroit high school, stands 6 feet 6 inches and formerly played with the Los Angeles Rams. Jack Patera, 225 pounds, plays middle guard and middle linebacker. "New men have helped them a lot," Cruice said. These include
linebacker Don Shinnick of UCLA and halfbacks Milt Davis of UCLA and the Detroit Lions, and Andy Nelson of Memphis State. Doug Eggers has taken over as the other linebacker with Bill Pellington out with a broken arm. Veterans Bert Rechichar and Carl Taseff round out the backfield. On offense, the Colts have John Unitas at quarterback, Wisconsin's Ameche at fullback, L.G. (Long Gone) Dupre and Lenny Moore at halfbacks, Ray Berry and Jim Mutscheller at ends, Jim Parker and George Preas at tackles, Art Spinney and Alex Sandusky at guards and Madison Nutter at center. "Unitas is greatly improved since last year when he took over when George Shaw was injured," Cruice said. Unitas was picked up as a Pittsburgh Steeler reject. He was playing sandlot ball in Pittsburgh. He is a University of Louisville graduate. Now Shaw, the bonus draft choice from Oregon, can't get his job back. "Unitas is throwing well," Cruice said. "He's not a strong runner but is fairly fast. He has good poise and uses real good judgment. He took them in for touchdowns on fourth down plays against the Bears when other might have missed or gone for field goals." The reports on the other backs were as follows: Dupre - Terrific this year, avoiding injuries which slowed him last year. Fine blocker, pass receiver, good runner inside and outside. Ameche - Going good again. Really does a job of blocking in protecting the passer. Running hard and caught a forward pass for a touchdown against the Bears. Moore - A great runner. Keeps his feet good when hit. Hard to knock down. Cruice said that Berry and Mutscheller had improved greatly at the end positions. "Mutscheller always was a good blocker," he said, "and now he's a much better receiver." Parker, the Ohio State rookie, 262 pounds, "has helped their offense a lot at left tackle," the scout said. "He takes off out of there and leads the play."
COLTS CLICK ON '56 PLAYS
OCT 10 (Baltimore) - What a difference a year makes. This time last season some of the fans were complaining that the Colt attack lacked imagination and Coach Weeb Ewbank was too conservative. Now the situation has changed. The Colts have won two ball games with a rip-roaring attack featuring unadulterated gambling and razzle-dazzle stuff like a double reverse, lateral and pass play used against the Chicago Bears…CLICKING IS DIFFERENCE: Ewbank defended himself and the team last year against the charges, saying the Colts had the same plays that all other teams in the league had. Reiterating his stand yesterday he explained, “We haven’t added more than two plays to our repertoire this season. It’s basically the same offense but it is clicking.” What Ewbank left out of his defense last season was that to make an attack work you must have proper personnel. He didn’t mention at that time because it felt it wouldn’t help the team spirit a bit to fault the talent. He is still of the same mind, but conversely his statement of praise does it for him…MUST WATCH RECEIVERS: “We have no Harlon Hill (great Bear end) on our squad, but all the teams realize now that they cannot overlook any of our pass receivers. If they try to stop Raymond Berry and Jim Mutscheller, our ends, we can connect with our halfbacks, L.G. Dupre and Lenny Moore. If they can stop all four, Alan Ameche can go all the way with a pass. Behind that sextet, we have Dickie Nyers, Royce Womble, Jack Call. Each and every one is a top pass receiver. That makes a big difference in our playing. We don’t have to throw to just one or two players.” Of course, one of the big reasons for the improvement in the Colt attack is the line. It was known that the guard position was in good hands with Art Spinney, Alex Sandusky and Ken Jackson around. But the center spot was considered weak, also the two tackle posts. Buzz Nutter has taken care of the snapper back spot as well as anyone could. He probably is the most underrated player on the Colt squad. People still moan the loss of Dick Szymanski, 1955 center, to the Army. Nutter, of Huntington, W. Va., has heard the backhanded slaps but never has let them bother him except to make him a better player. If Dick would rejoin the Colts now, he would have the most impossible task in unseating Nutter. Acquisition of Jim Parker, No. 1 draft choice, strengthened the tackle position. Parker has done a good job in his rookie year and he is the kind that keeps improving through desire.
THE COLTS: PACKERS RETRENCH WITH MAJOR DEALS
OCT 10 (Baltimore) - With their offensive line hit buy retirements and service calls and their defensive backfield a thing of porousness, the Green Bay Packers used two big deals to rebuild their forces for the current NFL season. How well they have succeeded will be ascertained by the Colts Sunday in Milwaukee, but it look like another typical Packer team - rough, tough and hard to handle...GOT HELP NEEDED: Green Bay turned mainly to neighboring Cleveland and Detroit in its retrenching campaign, and both the Browns and Lions came through handsomely. Four gridders acquired from Detroit are starters on the offensive eleven, and four of six dealt off by Cleveland are playing regularly. Of course, the Packers had to give up something worthwhile. They lost Tobin Rote, Roger Zatkoff and Val Joe Walker in the process, but there is no question in Coach Liz Blackbourn's mind his machine is stronger than that of 1956...FOUR MADE GRADE: Zatkoff, one of football's ace linebackers, and quarterback Bob Garrett were swapped to the Browns for Carlton Massey, Sam Palumbo, John Macerelli, Billy Kinard, Babe Parilli and John Petitbon. Macerelli and Kinard couldn't make the grade, but Massey, Palumbo and Petitbon are integral parts of the defense at left end, middle guard and right halfback, respectively. Parilli, returning to the team with which he started his pro career, divides quarterback duties with Bart Starr...HORNUNG AT HALFBACK: They have been so effective that Paul Hornung, the Packers' bonus choice from Notre Dame, is used as an offensive halfback and no longer figures seriously in the signal-calling picture. Walker and Rote went to Detroit for Norm Master, Ollie Spencer, Jim Salsbury and Don McIlhenny, all of whom swing into action when Green Bay has the ball. Masters and Spencer are the Packers' tackles, while Salsbury has moved into a guard spot, and McIlhenny gives Blackbourn his best running halfback in some time...KRAMER IN PICTURE: In addition to Hornung, the club's No. 1 draft choice, Ron Kramer, of Michigan, has carved a place for himself on the varsity. Running at either end or halfback, he functions as the "slot back" just like the Colts' Royce Womble or Dick Nyers and Los Angeles' Leon Clarke and Jon Arnett.
NEW STADIUM BOON TO PACKERS BUT ALSO EXPENSE: LEWELLEN
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - The new City Stadium has been a great boon to the Packers in many ways, but it has also meant some heavy new expenses to the football corporation, the Packer board of directors were told at a meeting Thursday night at the Beaumont Hotel. Contrary to public opinion, the Packers
are not "rolling in dough" as a result of the increase in home attendance, General Manager Verne Lewellen explained to the directors. Sellouts for the three games being played here this season, which now appears probable, will mean about $50,000 additional in gross revenue to the Packers for the year, Lewellen explained. But he quickly pointed out that the Packers have already invested about $45,000 in various facilities at the new stadium. Main benefit of the stadium has been to increase the take of visiting ball clubs in Green Bay, Lewellen said, and this was the main reason for the construction of the stadium in the first place. Both the Bears and Lions received almost $40,000 for appearances here this season, which is about $11,500 more than they received from sellouts the year before in old City Stadium. Fred Leicht, chairman of the Packer stadium committee and a member of the stadium commission, listed the following Packer expenditures toward the new stadium; $6,000 for the engineering survey which picked the Highland Ave.-Ridge Road site; $2,500 to the property owner to avoid lengthy litigation in clearing the title to the land; $12,000 for the third floor on the press box; $10,000 for practice field property and $4,000 for seeding the practice fields, and $7,000 for a new tarpaulin for the field. In addition the Packers have paid $30,000 for the first year's rent, and they gave up to the city rights to the concessions which they held at the old stadium and the parking concession. Actually, Lewellen said, a conservative budget prepared at the start of this year's operations forecast a deficit in operating revenues for this year, although developments since that time make it probable the Packers will about break even for the year. President Russell W. Bogda sent a message to the meeting in which he thanked for the Packers all the persons who had anything to do with building the stadium, selling season tickets and staging the Dedication Weekend celebration. "Once again, Packer Backers have proved to the nation that the Packers are big league," Bogda said. "Our problem now is to maintain that position." Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn told the directors it was impossible to make any prognostications about the rest of the season on the basis of the first two games, but he did say that the coaching staff was hopeful that the Packer offense would develop some of the explosiveness that is so vitally necessary to remain in contention in the NFL. Blackbourn said that a letdown for the Lion game was a natural thing after the tremendous pressure that had been built up over a year's time for the Dedication game with the Bears. But he said the staff and the team are taking them one game at a time and that all attention now is focused on the Baltimore game in Milwaukee Sunday.
PACKERS SELLING IN TRIBE'S HAPPY HOME
OCT 11 (Milwaukee) - This baseball capital of the world is going to pinch itself in time to recognize that the Packers will play here Sunday. Tom Miller and John Steadman will see to that. In fact, the Packers are looking forward to a good crowd for their battle with the unbeaten Baltimore Colts in County Stadium at 1:06 Sunday afternoon. The game already has an advance of approximately 20,000 tickets, which means that - with good weather - the crowd could get into the 20s, and possible 30,000. Miller, the Packer publicitor, and Steadman, same for the Colts, arrived here Tuesday to start selling the football game. They ran into the world's toughest job, coming as they did smack in the middle of the Braves' World Series fight. Big Tom, a one time Packer himself, and John, who got his first look at Milwaukee under the World Series spell, couldn't beat 'em so they joined 'em - at least until today when they expect to get a word in edgewise on the radio and television and in the press. The Packers will leave Green Bay for Milwaukee on the North Western Saturday evening and headquarter at the Hotel Astor. The Colts will arrive Saturday morning and stay at the Pfister Hotel.
PACKERS FELICITATE CHAMPION BRAVES
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - The Packers Thursday sent their congratulations to the Milwaukee Braves on winning the World Series, and at the same time invited the Braves management and players to be the Packers' guests at the Packer-Baltimore game in Milwaukee County Stadium Sunday. "Your victory has electrified the great sports fans of Wisconsin," the Packer wire said.
PACKERS RATED EVEN WITH COLTS IN GAME HERE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
OCT 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers are rated even with the undefeated Baltimore Colts in their NFL game at County Stadium Sunday afternoon. Kickoff time will be 1:05 p.m. Coach Weeb Ewbank's Colts have a fine record as undisputed Western Division leaders. They have manhandled the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, one-two in the division last year, on successive weekends. Green Bay also beat the Bears, but lost to the Lions. Still the Packers are rated even with Baltimore, probably because (1) Green Bay usually plays well in Milwaukee and (2) Baltimore rarely plays well anywhere except in Baltimore. Despite the World Series fever, the Packers reported Friday an advance sale of "more than 20,000 tickets." The Colts and Packers drew 40,199 fans here two years ago, Wisconsin pro football record crowd. Baltimore's record is an odd one. In the last three seasons since rejoining the NFL, the Colts have played .588 ball at home, with 10 victories, 7 defeats and 1 tie. On the road, meanwhile, the Colts have won only three games and lost 15 for a .167 average. The answer probably lies with Baltimore's enthusiastic crowds. The rabid Colt fans fire up their heroes, overwhelm their opposition. Both Colt victories this season over the Lions and Bears were scored at Baltimore.
GREEN BAY 11 AIMING TO REBOUND
OCT 11 (Baltimore) - There is just as much incentive for the Green Bay Packers as there is for the Colts in their NFL clash Sunday in Milwaukee. The Colts are off and running with two stirring victories and naturally want to keep the ball rolling with the best team they have fielded in the history...CLAWED BY LIONS: The Packers were one of the most impressive clubs during the exhibition campaign as they rang up a 5-0-1 record. They kept their winning tenor by tripping the Chicago Bears in the loop opener, but last week they ran afoul of Detroit. That puts them on the rebound and anxious to recoup their fortunes at Baltimore's expense. Coach Liz Blackbourn was anything but happy about the play of his refurbished squad. The defense allowed the Lions 249 yards on the ground of which 109 were picked up by John Henry Johnson in 18 carries...HOWTON RATES HIGH: Blackbourn sizzled as his quarterbacks, Babe Parilli and Bart Starr, completed only 11 of 29 aerials for a mere 119 yards and suffered five interceptions. The Packers have one of the league's top receivers in Bill Howton, an end who ranks in the same class with the Bears' Harlon Hill and San Francisco's Billy Wilson. Howton, still a prime object of the Colt defense, didn't catch a pass against Detroit, and Joe Johnson, second-string halfback, dropped three right in his hands...MAIN PASS CATCHERS: The main Packer pass-catchers were Ron Kramer and Al Carmichael, a fact Coach Weeb Ewbank and his staff have noted in preparing the Colts for the Milwaukee invasion. Kramer grabbed five for 56 yards; Carmichael, three for 50. Parilli clicked on only two of 10 efforts for 19 yards and saw the Lions pick off three heaves. That left most of it up to sophomore Starr, who earned 100 yards as 9 of 19 were good, but he threw two to Detroit defenders. Green Bay has been playing Fred Cone at fullback while Howie Ferguson sat it out with an injury. Now both are up to par physically and probably will divide duties Sunday...RECHICHAR FINED: They and Starr achieved the major portion of the Packers' 98 rushing yards a week ago. Starr and Ferguson each picked up 26 yards, and Cone got one more, most of his coming on a 26-yard scoring run. Meanwhile, Bert Rechichar has drawn a fine of undisclosed amount from Commissioner Bert Bell for his part in an altercation with an official over a pass interference call against the Colts last Saturday night. Bell, however, is noted for leniency in such matters and frequently returns fines to assessed gridders if they behave themselves the rest of the way.
COLTS SEE PACKERS AS FIGHTING SQUAD
OCT 11 (Baltimore) - The Colt scouting report read: "We can beat the Packers if - ." A long list of things the offense and defense must do to win Sunday's game in Milwaukee followed. Not the least among the "ifs" was the reminder of the two games the Green Bay Packers have played to date...WON FROM BEARS: In the first, a 21-to-17 triumph over the Chicago Bears, the Packers were a ball of fire, carrying the fight to the Windy City outfit from the opening kickoff. For the 24-to-14 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday the Packers were just burned out cinders. But, cautioned Bob Shaw, Colt scout and end coach, "They can catch fire again against anyone and if they do against us, we will have our hands full."...LIKE ALL TEAMS: The Packers, like every team in the NFL, have good and bad days. No team can keep mentally fit week after week. In a game determined largely on desire and spirit, the victory usually goes to the team with the will to win. The perfect pro eleven would be one that was so good it didn't need to get keyed up for each game. The competition in the NFL is so keen, however, that the team which is hungriest for victory is usually the winner. The Colts were mentally right for their first two victories. Both teams - the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears - presented a challenge that couldn't be refused, particularly before the home folks. Whether the Colts can maintain their spirit on the road, only time will tell...OUT OF TOWN QUOTES: Here a few quotes from the Green Bay Press Gazette that might keep the Colts fighting mad: Art Daley, sports editor of that paper, wrote, "The Packers are human after all. They can lose a game and they can look bad doing it..." Later on, he said, "Green Bay doesn't have to wait long to leap into first place - next Sunday in Milwaukee against the Colts!" Also, "And by the same token, the Lions of yesterday were far from the same Lions that were dumped by Baltimore 34 to 14 a week ago." Under Lee Remmel's byline appears a quote by Buster Ramsey, Lion line coach, concerning John Unitas' fourth down touchdown pass last Saturday night which put the Colts ahead of the Bears for good. "That's not smart football. That type of thing will backfire on 'em one of these days."...Both the B.&O. and the Pennsylvania Railroads are planning excursions to Detroit for the Colt-Lion game a week from Sunday. The Pennsy trip is called the Buddy Young special. Tickets for this
can be purchased at the Colt office and several other spots. Bill Amey, of the B.&O., is running that railroad's trip. He has provided two plans, one a regular trip to Detroit and the game and back, the other with a stopover in a hotel Saturday night. Amey can be contacted at the B.&O. ticket office.
COLTS STAKE CLEAR LEAD AGAINST PACKERS
OCT 12 (Milwaukee-Baltimore Evening Sun) – This Midwestern metropolis, still in frenzied acclaim of its World Series triumph, takes time out from lauding the Braves tomorrow (3:05 o’clock) to welcome the pro football Baltimore Colts and Green Bay Packers. Enthusiasm for the baseball championship is yet on every hand, and some of this contagious exuberance may rub off on the two NFL contenders, particularly the Packers, for whom this is a home game…30,000 CROWD EXPECTED: In fact, several of the Braves are staying here to see the contest and will help to make up an expected crowd of 30,000. Just as the Braves were underdogs at the start of the World Series, so Green Bay is down one point to Baltimore in the callous figuring of oddsmakers, for whom sentiment and loyalty do not exist. The visiting Colts have drawn the squeaky favorite’s role in the light of effective victories over Detroit and the Chicago Bears that put them all alone atop the Western Division…ROAD MARK CITED: The Packers, meeting the same rivals, are 1-1, having trimmed the Bruins, but fallen before the Lions. Definitely in the Wisconsinites’ favor is the fact Baltimore never has been known as a good road club. Over the years the Colts have managed a mere four triumphs in 30 engagements. The fracas pits two squads that have undergone considerable revision since last year. The Colts own eleven players who weren’t with them in 1956, and the Packers can boast of 16, most of them from other NFL clubs…TWO TOP PICKS: They include Green Bays’ bonus pick (Paul Hornung of Notre Dame) and No. 1 draft choice (Ron Kramer of Michigan) and Baltimore’s top three draftees – Jim Parker, Don Shinnick and Luke Owens. The Packers used two big deals with Detroit and Cleveland to rebuild an offensive line smitten by service calls and retirements, and a leaky defensive secondary. Nine of ten gridders received in those transactions are integral members of the squad. Of them all, Babe Parilli, returning to the club that once dealt him away, may pose the biggest question for the Colts…PARILLI AT QUARTER: Parilli divides quarterbacking duties with Bart Starr, and the two of them, if they are right, can offer a stern test for the improved Baltimore defense. Al Carmichael, Don McIlhenny, Fred Cone and Howie Ferguson handle the brunt of the home force’s overland game. Main aerial targets of Starr and Parilli are Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc, Kramer and service returnee, Max McGee, also a punter of note…UNITAS IMPROVING: The Colts produced all kinds of heroes in their two decisions. They have a crackerjack attack led by constantly improving John Unitas, who has pitched six scores among the seven touchdowns Baltimore has scored this fall. The overland TD came from Lenny Moore, who slanted through the left side of the Bears’ line for 55 yards a week ago. Moore is playing great ball after a lackluster exhibition campaign, leading Coach Weeb Ewbank to comment, “The Bears may have their Galimore, but when he’s right, I’ll take Lenny Moore.” The Ewbankmen are in good physical shape for the struggle. Unitas and Shinnick were the main casualties of last week’s fray, but both are ready to start. Green Bay counted injuries to six men after bowing to Detroit last Sunday, but figures all will be in action tomorrow.
COLTS CHOICE BY ONE POINT
OCT 12 (Baltimore) - “Packers definitely ready for Sunday. Feel loss to Detroit came because of natural letdown following victory over Bears,” was the terse communique sent to the Colts by their publicist, John Steadman, from Milwaukee yesterday. “Got the impression Packers feel they can handle Baltimore. Packer officials don’t think much of the Colt ends on offense.”…GLAD PELLINGTON OUT: “Packers happy they don’t have to face Pellington (Bill Pellington, Colt linebacker injured in first game and out for season), whom they fear,” concluded Steadman’s wire. It must be the Packers’ confident attitude which has kept the
odds down on the game. The Colts rate only a one-point choice despite their statistical edge. Both the Colts and the Packers played the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears in their first two games. Baltimore won twice, while the Bays split even, losing to the Lions, 24 to 14, last Sunday. Statistically, the Colts are far ahead of their Milwaukee opponents. In the matter of first downs, the Colts have piled up 40 in two games to Green Bay’s 27. Scoring Baltimore has 55 points, Packers’ 35…COLTS LEAD IN RUSHING: In rushing, the Colts have grounded out 310 yards, the Packers just 195. Passing John Unitas has completed 31 of 49 attempts for 425 yards. Bart Starr and Babe Parilli, Green Bay passers, have completed 23 of 51 attempts for 354 yards. Despite the Colt edge on offense, it is defensively where Baltimore really outshines the Packers. Only 24 points have been scored against Baltimore, compared to 41 against the Packers. In first downs, the Colts have permitted 21, Packers 38. Yards rushing against Baltimore’s line has netted just 52 yards, Green Bay has given up 315.
COLT STAR’S MISSING GEAR IS RECOVERED
OCT 12 (Baltimore) – A bag containing the football gear of Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb, Baltimore Colt defensive tackle, was found near the Stadium early this morning by a resident of the area. It was turned over to Northeastern District police who said that Donald S. Kellett, general manager of the club, reported that three bags of equipment, including Lipscomb’s, were missing or lost as the club left today for tomorrow’s game in Milwaukee with the Green Bay Packers. Kellett said he would take two sets of spare equipment and Lipscomb’s with him later today when he flies west to join the club.
PACKERS BATTLE BALTIMORE IN 'BIG ONE' SUNDAY
OCT 12 (Milwaukee-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – The Packers play the “big game” of the early NFL season at County Stadium Sunday afternoon. This is the game that will tell the tale of the 1957 Packers. This will be the handwriting on the wall. A crowd of 30,000 is expected. Kickoff is set for 1:06. Baltimore’s Colts, the surprise and scourge of the Western Division, will provide the Packers with their major test. And it will be a stiff test because the Colts polished off both the Chicago Bears (21-10) and Detroit Lions (34-14) on successive Sundays. The Colts showed a tendency to be “inhuman” in that they leaped to tremendous heights in downing Detroit and remained that way to cuff the Bears. The Packers, by comparison, went out of this world in keying themselves to a victory (21-17) pitch for the Bears. The Bays simmered down some the next Sunday and lost to Detroit, 24-14. The Packers thus face a must-win situation Sunday. The Packers thus face as must-win situation Sunday. Baltimore isn’t in the same boat but the Colts have displayed so much talent the last two Sundays that they’ve been named favorites to make the Packers their third straight victims – by a couple of points. The Packers can move into a first-place tie with Baltimore if they win. The Packers’ best chance of winning rests with their ability to move the ball against the Colts – and that won’t be an easy task because the Colts held the Lions and Bears to a total of 51 yards rushing. Fellers like Howie Ferguson, Fred Cone, Paul Hornung, Al Carmichael and Don McIlhenny will have to be at their running best to outshine the Bear and Lion record. And there will have to be some success in the aerial department handled by Babe Parilli and Bart Starr, a phase of offense that suffered vs. Detroit. As an example, Billy Howton went catchless. Baltimore’s defense seems to be the main reason Bear and Lion offenses went to pot. The Colt defensive line has been led fiercely by Gino Marchetti and Artie Donovan, who represent the left side. On the right are Don Joyce and Daddy Lipscomb. The Packer inner offensive linemen who will face these killer are (from left to right) Norm Masters, Al Barry, Jim Ringo, Jim Salsbury and Ollie Spencer. If they break down, along with the pass protection behind ‘em, Packer quarterbacks will be in for a peeling and eating session, and the rushing backs won’t be gaining. The Colts will uncover the hottest quarterback in the league Sunday, John Unitas, the onetime Steeler (he cost the Colts nothing but an eight-cent stamp), who has thrown six touchdown passes in two games. He attempted 49 passes, completed 31 for an amazing percentage of 63.3. With Unitas will be Lenny Moore, Alan Ameche and L.G. Dupre – among others. Moore has a habit of giving the Packers fits, and he’s now averaging 6.9 yards in 20 trips, while Ameche, the former Wisconsin whiz, generally belts with extra gusto in his home state. The Packer defense, while it has been heroic in the Bear game, gave up nearly 350 yards vs. Detroit, including over 200 rushing. This allowed the Lions to keep the ball too long. The Colts will offer the Packers even a tougher task. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn likely will lead off with Starr at quarterback with Ron Kramer and Carmichael at halfbacks and Ferguson at fullback. Coach Weeb Ewbank of the Colts will go with Unitas, Moore, Ameche and Dupre in his backfield. The Packers are staying at the Astor Hotel here after they arrive at 7:30 tonight on the North Western. They’ll arrive back in Green Bay on the North Western at 8:30 Sunday.
UNITAS NO FLUKE, COLTS' FOES FIND OUT
OCT 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - They called him the "Cinderella Kid of 1956:, but the name John Unitas is now regarded with respect in the NFL. Unitas was a nobody when he tried to latch on with Notre Dame, Indiana and finally the Pittsburgh Steelers because he wasn't given a chance. He proved to be a somebody with Louisville and the Colts because he was given that chance. He got the not-wanted treatment at Notre Dame and Indiana because he was too skinny (160 pounds). Pittsburgh drafted him in the ninth round in 1954 after he passed for over 3,000 yards and for 27 touchdowns while at Louisville. In the Steeler camp, Unitas soon realized it was Notre Dame and Indiana all over again. He just wasn't wanted. He quit and joined the Bloomington Rams, a Pittsburgh sandlot club. Unitas got his first break when Baltimore General Manager Don Kellett paged through the waiver list one February day in 1956 and pondered his name. An 80 cent phone call to Pittsburgh made Unitas Baltimore property. Unitas, who will start for the Colts Sunday at the Stadium against the Packers, brings back haunting memories to Green Bay Coach Liz Blackbourn. "If you remember, we gave him his baptism," Blackbourn recalled Friday. "He got his start beating us with a real good passing day and proved as the season rolled along to be no fluke." Unitas started for the injured George Shaw that October afternoon and has yet to give the reins back to the Oregon star. His 50.6 pass completion percentage was highest ever recorded by a first year player in the NFL. His rise to fame came on that strong arm and the ability to throw on the run. Unitas comes from a poor family. He's gotten everything on his own. Success couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
COLTS GIVEN EDGE TO BEAT PACKERS, ROAD JINX TODAY
OCT 13 (Baltimore) - Road sickness, a chronic illness of the Colts, comes up for a kill or cure treatment this afternoon when the unbeaten Baltimore team takes on the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee’s County Stadium. The 3:05 P.M. kickoff is expected to draw 30,000 paying fans, while Baltimoreans will sit in free via television over WMAR (Channel 2). The Colts, consistent winners at home, have taken only three road games in the last three years. For some reason, as soon as the Colts hit the road, the spirit, fermented by the Baltimore public at home, is lost and so is the game…COLTS ONE POINT CHOICE: Whether the Colts’ inability to win on the road or the optimism radiating from the Packer outfit is the cause, the experts have made the Colts just a one-point favorite. This small edge was given despite the Colts overwhelming statistical margin against the same two teams that Green Bay has played. The Colts beat the Detroit Lions, 34 to 14, and the Chicago Bears, 21 to 10, on successive weekends…UNITAS HAS EDGE: Green Bay, playing the Bears first won, 21 to 17, then lost the following week to the Lions, 24 to 14. In the two games played the Colts have allowed the opponents just 52 yards rushing. Green Bay has yielded 315. John Unitas pitching for the Colts has connected on 31 of 49 attempts for 425 yards. Bart Starr and Babe Parilli, sharing the Packer quarterback job, have hit with 23 of 51 attempts for 354 yards. In the rushing department, Baltimore has ground out 310 yards and the Packers just 195. Bob Shaw, who scouted the Packers for the Colts, has warned the Baltimore team not to take the Green Bay outfit lightly. “The team that lost to the Lions isn’t the same that beat the Bears,” said Shaw. “Green Bay can get high for a team and if it does, watch out.” Coach Weeb Ewbank excuses Baltimore’s poor road showing to two things. First, he said injuries have been a contributing factor to the Colts’ efforts away. Second, the Colts were still growing the past three years and were not big enough to do better…COLTS BELIEVED READY: Now, Ewbank believes, the Colts have come of age. Injuries, thus far, have been few. The Packers didn’t come out of their meeting with the Lions unscathed. Punter Dick Deschaine, tackle Dave Hanner and defensive back Hank Gremminger received leg injuries. Linebacker Tom Bettis and John Symank injured their shoulders, while fullback Howie Ferguson was shaken up. All are expected to play against the Colts.