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Green Bay Packers (8-0) 38, Chicago Bears (4-4) 7

Sunday November 4th 1962 (at Chicago)


(CHICAGO) - The Packers roared to their eighth straight victory on the strength of a Taylor-made offense and an extremely alert defense at Wrigley Field Sunday. They blistered the Bears 38 to 7 in the rain and a biting cold before a standing room audience of 48,953 and thus remained the only unbeaten team in pro football. The record now stands at 8-0. Jim Taylor scored the first four Packer touchdowns on blasts of 2, 1, 1 and 2 yards and his rookie understudy, Earl Gros, counted the fifth on a 7-yard run. Jerry Kramer kicked a 17-yard field goal and 5 extra points. The Packers held their two-game lead in the Western Division chase since the Lions also won Sunday. Green Bay next plays the Eagles at Philadelphia. As expected, the Bears were keyed exceptionally high and their fierce approach held them up until the fourth quarter when the Bays scored three touchdowns and put the game out of reach. This was the Packers' 16th straight victory since they lost at San Francisco last December. They now have beaten the Bears three straight games in Wrigley Field - a fantastic feat which at one time in Packer history seemed impossible. Green Bay took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 70-yard drive and Taylor's short TD slant. The Bears charged right back, with a 79-yard TD drive and tied the score at 7-all on Bill Wade's four-yard toss to the end zone. Jerry Kramer kicked a 17-yard field goal to make it 10-7 at the half. Taylor's second TD was on a one-yard plunge in the third frame. The Bays then broke away in the fourth frame on two touchdowns by Taylor and one by Gros to ice the show. The Packers, facing hat generally amounts to a blood-letting ceremony in the Windy City, were ready, willing and anxious to combat. The Bays forced seven fumbles with their sock-'em football and recovered four of them, one each by Jim Ringo, Bill Quinlan, Herb Adderley and Gros. They intercepted three passes - by Willie Wood, Ray Nitschke and Adderley. The Packers displayed their fine bench strength - in a pinch. Boyd Dowler aggravated a knee injury in pregame warmups and Lew Carpenter took 

over at flanker-back. He caught three passes for 33 yards while Dowler confined his activity to punting. The Bays' offensive line, unable to crack the Colts consistently a week ago, led the way for 376 yards, including 215 by rushing. Taylor ripped off 124 yards in 25 carries and needless to say they were hard-earned. Taylor was usually greeted with three or four tacklers in running his eight-game total for 934 yards in 152 trips. Tom Moore went the distance for injured Paul Hornung for the third straight game and gained 38 yards in 12 attempts, caught three passes for 60 yards, and had a 17-yard picture-play touchdown run called back because of a penalty. This was anybody's game until the Pack broke away with the three TDs in the fourth period but the turning point came in the third period when Dowler punt hit defense back Roosevelt Taylor and the Packers recovered on the Bear 28. The Bays scored in two plays and the Bays had the upper hand. The Packers had to overcome 78 yards in six penalties along the way - especially on the drives for the third and fourth TDs. Starr kept the Bears off balance with a mixture of plays and indicated that the Packers have a trick or two up their sleeves when he leaped up (from holding the ball) and attempted a pass on an attempted field goal. Here are some of the juicy details: The Bears made a total of seven yards the first two times they had the mitts on the ball. The Packers scored the second time they worked their offense. The Bays moved 70 yards in 12 plays for a 7-0 lead. Taylor and Moore led off with 21 yards in two trips. Then Starr hurled to Carpenter for 7 and Taylor and Moore went back to work, moving the ball to the Bear 21. Starr hurled 13 to Carpenter on the eighth and two plays later Taylor gunned over from the 2. Jerry Kramer kicked the first of five extra points. The Bears smashed right back to tie the score but the Bays helped with a personal foul and, well, the officials changed a decision. Wade threw to big Mike Ditka for 17 and Rick Casares gained 12 on the ground to reach the Bay 31. Wade threw to Morris for 13 but a "roughing" penalty set it on the 15. Ronnie Bull then hit for 7 off right and fumbled. The official ruled a recovery by Willie Wood and new teams came onto the field. However, another official ruled that the ball was dead before Bull fumbled. Anyway, the Bears kept the ball. Five plays later, Wade, rolling out to his right, hit Adams in the end zone for the touchdown. Roger Leclerc's kick made it 7-up early in the second quarter. Late in the period, Adderley intercepted a Wade pass to end a Bear threat and moments later Nitschke intercepted to set up Kramer's field goal for a 10-7 lead. Dowler punted twice and Green once to start the second half. Dowler's second boot hit Taylor, who has his back to the punter, and Ringo recovered on the Bear 28. On the first play, Starr fired a sharp pass to McGee for 27 yards to the one and on the next play Taylor leaped over right tackle for the TD. The Bays got riled up when the officials allowed Bull to pick up a "grounded" pass by Wade and run for a 20-yard gain to the Packer 18. On the next play the Packer line smothered Wade and Quinlan recovered the inevitable fumble. Taylor then made his longest run of the season, 51 yards, on a sweep around right end to the Bear 23. Starr lost 12 trying to pass and Kramer then went back for a field goal. Starr grabbed the ball and attempted a pass but two Bears ran Bart out of bounds. Just before the third period ended, Wood intercepted a pass attempt by Rudy Bukich, and the Packers were off to the races, starting from the Bear 28. Starr led off with an 11-yard pass to Ron Kramer. Moore than ran 17 yards for a TD, but a holding penalty killed it. Two plays later Starr hurled a 17-yard pass to Moore and this time the Bears were nicked for a personal foul. From the 5 the Packers scored in four plays, Taylor leaping the last yard. After the Bays took the ball on downs, they moved 60 yards in 9 plays. The series opened with a clipping penalty on Taylor's 13-yard run but Starr hurled 15 to McGee and 32 on a screen to Moore to the Bear 12. Starr slammed 10 yards when he couldn't pass and on the next play Taylor shot outside left and unmolested for a 31-7 lead. John Roach took over at QB - plus Gros, Ed Blaine, Gary Knafelc and Elijah Pitts after Adderley's fumble recovery gave the Pack the ball with 2:20 left. Gros, Pitts and Roach each ran 5 yards and then Gros streaked around right end for 26 yards to the 9. With 23 seconds, Gros powered up the middle for the TD. And that gave the Pack's LSU grads five touchdowns for the day and kept Green Bay U a winner.

GREEN BAY -  7  3  7 21 - 38

CHICAGO   -  0  7  0  0 -  7

                       GREEN BAY       CHICAGO

First Downs                   25            16

Rushing-Yards-TD        44-215-5       27-65-0

Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 27-14-181-0-0 26-13-147-1-3

Sack Yards Lost               20             0

Total Yards                  376           212

Fumbles-lost                 0-0           7-4

Turnovers                      0             7

Yards penalized             6-78          3-25


1st - GB - Jim Taylor, 2-yard run (Jerry Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 7-0

2nd - CH - John Adams, 4-yard pass from Billy Wade (Roger LeClerc kick) TIED 7-7

2nd - GB - J. Kramer, 17-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7

3rd - GB - Taylor, 1-yard run (J. Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 17-7

4th - GB - Taylor, 1-yard run (J. Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 24-7

4th - GB - Taylor, 2-yard run (J. Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 31-7

4th - GB - Earl Gros, 9-yard run (J. Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 38-7


GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 25-124 4 TD, Earl Gros 3-40, Tom Moore 12-38, Elijah Pitts 1-5, John Roach 1-5, Bart Starr 2-3

CHICAGO - Joe Marconi 4-29, Billy Wade 8-21, Rick Casares 5-14, Ronnie Bull 8-10, Johnny Morris 1-3, Charlie Bivins 1-(-12)


GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 26-14-181, John Roach 1-0-0

CHICAGO - Billy Wade 24-13-147 1 TD 2 INT, Rudy Bukich 1-0-0 1 INT, Rick Casares 1-0-0


GREEN BAY - Max McGee 4-58, Tom Moore 3-60, Lew Carpenter 3-33, Ron Kramer 2-22, Jim Taylor 2-8

CHICAGO - Mike Ditka 5-79, Rick Casares 2-33, Joe Marconi 2-10, Ronnie Bull 2-9, Johnny Morris 1-12, John Adams 1-4 1 TD


NOV 5 (Chicago-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Will the Packers go undefeated? For obvious reasons, Vince Lombardi is not overfond of this question, one which has rapidly increasing fascination for the public and press corps alike. The defending world champions' resident genius, who has maneuvered the Pack to a glittering 8-0 record, customarily fixes the interrogator with his best professional frown and responds with something akin to indignation: "In this league? It's almost impossible." But, aglow with good humor in the wake of Sunday afternoon's 38-7 destruction of Chicago's crestfallen Bears in frost-bitten Wrigley Field. Lombardi did not permit the now inevitable question to encroach upon his expansive grin. "I don't know," was ex-Block of Granite's forthright reply on this joyous occasion. "We're just going to play 'em one by one - that's all we can do." The fourth estate, particularly the Chicago chapter, was not satisfied. Pursuing the subject, a Windy City scribe wanted to know, "Do you think it's possible for a team to win 'em all in the NFL today?" "I think it's highly improbable," Vince countered with a somewhat enigmatic smile. "Let's put it that way." With six more demanding assignments remaining, Vince was nothing loath to change the subject. "The boys stayed in there," he agreed in response to another comment not without a

modicum of pride. "Too bad Moore's touchdown was called back," he added soberly. "That was a picture run." The officiating (turning points are not always easy to find when a team wins by five touchdowns) had been something less than professional, a veteran Milwaukee writer opined. "They looked a little jittery," Vince conceded, "but I have no comment." What about that incomplete pass to Ron Bull that was ruled a fumble? "I have no comment on that either," Lombardi twinkled. "But I will say it was obvious to everybody." "How do you get the Bears to make so many mistakes?" a facetious Chicago writer queried. "We made quite a few ourselves," the Packer strategist rejoined. "We didn't throw the ball up but we had a lot of penalties today." The conversation turned to the Packers' invalids, Boyd Dowler and Paul Hornung. "Dowler will be all right next week," Vince revealed. "He has pain in his left leg (Lombardi tapped an area on his own just below the knee). It was one of those freak accidents in practice. I hadn't planned to use Hornung. I wanted to give him another week," he explained. "If the weather had been good, I might have given him a couple of shots. He should be ready next week." In this connection, Lombardi declared, "Carpenter (filling in at right half for Dowler) did a real fine job. He's a fine athlete - he could play quarterback if he had to." Blockbusting rookie Earl Gros, the Pack's most recent addition, "is a tough kid," Vince also noted. "He has good size and good speed - pretty fair combination." Tom Moore, a writer ventured, appears to be running harder, a little more like Taylor. "Moore always was a hard runner," the Packer chieftain informed the scribe. Did he feel the Packers might have been in something of a slump in recent weeks? "No, I don't think so," was the considered reply. "I think the teams are pretty aroused against us - they give maximum effort. Remember, this one today was anybody's ball game until the middle of the third quarter." Had it been hard to "get the Packers up" for the Bears after that 49-0 rout at Green Bay early in the season? "You don't have to worry about getting the Packers up when you're playing the Bears," Vince grinned. Any surprises from the Bruins? "Yes," Vince replied. "They used a new defense we hadn't seen, an odd-man line with the linebacker shifted one way. But they have so many," he chuckled, "that it was just one more." Had it given much trouble? "Not too much," he said. "It did for one or two series." Had he called any plays? "Yes, three," Lombardi said throwing back his head to release his hearty chuckle. "Two of 'em were called back (including Moore's touchdown run) and one was unsuccessful."...Resilient George Stanley Halas, although accepting what had befallen his Bears with good grace, was not convinced it had been inevitable. "We were doing pretty good until that freak play (the third quarter punt that bounced off Roosevelt Taylor and was recovered by Jim Ringo, a development that triggered the Packers' surge to a 17-7 lead)," he confided while en route to Wrigley Field's "Pink Poodle," where he held forth at some length. "That was the most freakish play in the books," George insisted. "A player gets hit in the back with the ball," Halas lamented. "He was facing north and the punt was coming from the south." Taylor apparently felt the ball was going to bounce over his head, it was suggested. "Yes, sure he did," Halas replied. "He came down short in the middle of his stride." That was the beginning of the end, the 68-year-old Bruin major-domo added, "With the avalanche of mistakes we made, and the great play of the Packers, it was too much for us." He had figured, despite the Packers' awesome record and that earlier 49-0 dismantling on Green Bay soil, on winning this one? "I figure on winning every game we go into," was the unhesitating reply. Obviously, then, he did not consider the Packers a super-team, as they have been described in some NFL quarters. "They weren't one," Halas said dryly, "until that particular play in the third quarter. We were in it until then. In fact, we were in great position - it was a short punt." George, who now had been studying the statistics at a heavily populated Pink Poodle table for some time, looked up and volunteered with a puckish grin, "I don't see anything interesting in the figures, either." His Bears had played defensive titans Detroit and Green Bay back to back, it was noted. "A delightful chore," Halas commented with a wintry smile. "It proves Detroit's defense is three times better than the Packers - the Lions gave us 75 yards and the Packers 212." He was "only kidding," George was quick to add. Did he think the Packers could go through unbeaten? Halas refused to make a prediction, asserting, "That's up to them."...VIEWPOINT: Halas may not consider the Packers a super-team but one of his employees, bruising Mike Ditka, is highly impressed with Lombardi's legions. "I haven't been around too long," says sophomore Ditka, "but the Packers are beyond a doubt the best team I've ever seen - and I'm sure they have to be the best team in pro history." "They have superb confidence," Ditka declared. "We came into this game fully intending to win - and we felt we were going to do so. We feel we are the second best team in the league, next to the Packers, but the distance between us is tremendous. They call the right play, the right red dog," Ditka marveled. "They're the right blend of poise and confidence."...PENALTY OF PROSPERITY?: When the Packers performed here without conspicuous success in the 50's, they were greeted by the Bear faithful with something akin to affection - but not so anymore. The world champions, who had beaten the Bruins six straight going into action, were roundly booed when they emerged from the dugout to deploy for the second half...COOL CAT: When the outcome became apparent, fans in the lower boxes were diverted by the antics of an unidentified male fan, who showed contempt for the near-freezing temperatures by surveying the action throughout while naked to the waist, except for a hat and tie.


NOV 5 (Chicago-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Rotund Jackie Gleason fancies himself a conductor. George Burns has unfulfilled vocal aspirations - and bruising, beefy Raymond Carl Nitschke is a frustrated halfback. "I like to run with the ball - and I don't get a chance very often playing defense," the bone-bending linebacker imparted with an unabashed smile in a remote corner of the Packers' commodious Wrigley Field dressing room not long after he and his colleagues had massaged the Bears 37-7 Sunday afternoon. "Anytime I get my hands on it," Nitschke asserted, "I'm going for the goal." Which is just what he did after waylaying a Bill Wade pass late in the second quarter - with dazzling effect. Lunging about with abandon, the 235-pound Illinois alumnus who once sported a six-yard-per-carry average as an Illini fullback rumbled 26 yards to the Bear 18 before being spectacularly upended and hurtling nose-first to the turf. His highly opportune "theft" led directly to Jerry Kramer's 17-yard field goal in the final minute of the first half, an item which lifted the Packers into a 10-7 lead and actually produced their margin of victory, although they were subsequently to augment that tenuous three-point bulge with four touchdowns. Nitschke, who has become a serious citizen with a highly developed "one-for-all" outlook, deprecated his contribution. "I just played the ball," he said. "It was right to me - it was a poor throw." Be that as it may, his was one of three grand larcenies that contributed mightily to the Packer cause this incredibly gray afternoon, the others being engineered by the far-ranging Herb Adderley and by radar expert Willie Wood, the NFL's leading interceptor. Adderley, rapidly gaining respect for his ballhawking, frisked the Bears at a very critical point, pilfering a pass from the straining hands of Johnny Morris on the Packer six-yard line with the score tied at 7-7 in the second quarter. Morris, Herb confided, "ran a zig-out pattern and I had to turn around (he maneuvered through an arc). When I got back, I was behind him." And, he might have added, in a perfect position. His coup came as no surprise, Adderley noted. "I felt real good before the game. I'm usually real nervous, but I wasn't today. It's my second time around the league and I've got an idea what these guys are going do. I felt real loose out there." Wood, who by picking off luckless Rudy Bukich's only pass of the day, padded his league-leading interception total to seven, grinned and observed, "You've got to get the big play." On his "steal," which shortly catapulted the Pack into a 24-7 third quarter lead, "the weak side halfback ran a zig-out and Bukich rolled out to pass," Willie recalled. "The pressure was so great on him, he threw it up there." "It happened so fast it almost surprised me," Wood confessed. "I didn't think he was going to throw. I just didn't think he was going to get the chance." Jolting Jim Taylor, who had just completed his seventh 100-plus-yards day in eight attempts, explained the latest success secret, "We went for the quick opening stuff today, as we planned, to catch their defense while they were stunting." "The less time you use to make your handoff or to get the ball in play," he pointed out with undeniable logic, "the less time they have to stunt." Lew Carpenter, limping Boyd Dowler's highly competent stand-in on this occasion, had taken the assignment in stride. "I've played both of 'em (both flanker positions) at one time or another," he pointed out. "And almost the only difference is you get a little bit different perspective - the ball is coming in at a different angle. But the patterns are about the same on both sides." "I was getting free pretty decent," the one-time Arkansas Razorback admitted, "but I may have been running my patterns a little deep. That comes with game experience, of course." Wood's interception, it may be remembered, came on the play following Bill Quinlan's recovery (his second of the day) of a Bukich fumble, nullified by an offside ruling on the Pack. "As long as he intercepted right after it," Bill sad with a smile and a nonchalant wave of the hand, "it doesn't make any difference. Win any way you can." With that magnanimous gesture, he moved mirror-ward, calling out, "Anybody got any of that greasy kid stuff?"


NOV 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Does anybody in the house remember the late 11-year Packer famine? During this nightmare (1948-58), the Packers won only 37 league games - an average of 3-plus per season. Those 37 victories are close to being matched - in less than four years. Since Vince Lombardi took over the Packer fortunes in the early winter of 1959, the Packers have scored 34 league triumphs - seven in 1959, eight n 1960, 11 in 1961 and eight thus far in 1962. The Lombardi total doesn't include the gravy, which includes two appearances and a 1-1 record in championship playoffs. During the famine, the Packers lost 93 and lost 2. The Invinceables have lost one dozen - five in '59, four in '60, three in '61 and none thus far in '62. No ties! Wha brought this on - what with a victory over the Bears just two days removed and a visit to Philadelphia up next? This occurred to us when Lombardi, when asked how the Pack looked in the movies, responded with no hesitation: "We played a good overall game." It's no secret that Lombardi is a perfectionist. Yet, for three straight weeks now, Vince has been able to report - after close inspection of the films - that the Packers were good, tremendous, etc. Lombardi doesn't pass out compliments wildly. There have been wins that left him with quite the opposite reaction. This, then, serves as a tipoff on how the Packers performed in just about eliminating from Western title contention their last three foes - the 49ers (31-13), Colts (in Baltimore 17-6) and Bears (38-7). The 49ers were handed their third loss and the Colts and Bears each were presented with their fourth losses. The 49ers have lost two more since. Thus, the Packers hold at least four-game leads on these three arch-enemies - with six games left. Closest is Detroit - two games behind as the Bays drive for their third straight Western crown. The Bays play four of their final six league matches on the road. They invade Philadelphia next Sunday and return home to meet the Colts Nov. 18. Five days later they'll tangle with the Lions in Detroit Thanksgiving Day. The final three sends the Pack against the Rams in Milwaukee Dec. 2, the 49ers in San Francisco Dec. 9 and Rams in Los Angeles Dec. 16...But back to last Sunday. One of the surprises was the Pack's failed field goal. Some folks - especially out-of-town scribes - have tossed a little asparagus at the Pack for being perhaps a bit stereotyped. Thus, it must have come as quite a surprise when Bart Starr, kneeling to hold the ball for Jerry Kramer's 42-yard field goal attempt in the third period, leaped up and looked for a receiver. It was no surprise to the Bears, though. Two of their number were on Bart in a flash. "That's what we get for being fancy," Lombardi chuckled...The Bays' coach, taking note of a magazine story on Jim Taylor in which the intelligence of the Packer fullback was impugned, said today that "Taylor is one of the most intelligent backs I have ever coached and I've had the pleasure of coaching some exceptionally intelligent ones at West Point." He explained that "Taylor never missed a blocking assignment and you only have to tell him something once, whether it's running or blocking. He executes the assignments the way he's supposed to. This helps the overall attack just as much as his running." Taylor scored four touchdowns against the Bears on plunges of 2, 1, 1 and 2 yards. He finished with 124 yards in 25 carries. Jim now has scored 10 touchdowns.


NOV 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer-Bear game must have been the half-yardingest game in NFL history. No such records, of course, but every time a play was finished the ball would finish up between the hash marks, rarely if ever on the yard-marker. As a result, official scorer Ed Sainbury had to scratch his head before calling out the yardage in the pressbox. Early in the third quarter, quarterback Bart Starr completed a pass to Tom Moore for 9 yards - or rather 8 1/2 yards. Capt. Jim Ringo asked the officials for a timeout for measurement. That stopped the clock, of course, and allowed Starr an opportunity to confer with Coach Vince 

Lombardi on the sidelines. Anyhow, the crowd hooted a bit when the measurement showed the Pack needed a yard-play for a first down. What did Starr and Lombardi talk about. Well, er, the next play - Jim Taylor off left tackle - gained one yard, not quite enough for a first down. Maybe the coach and his QB were planning the second play - Boyd Dowler's punt. It was a beaut. It hit a Bear in the back and Mr. Ringo recovered on the Bear 28. Two plays later the Bays had a touch. Here are a few circled notations from the play book: FALL, BOYD - Boyd Dowler, confined to punting due to a leg injury, might have drawn a 15-yard roughing-the-kicker penalty - with a quick fall. Dave Whitsell, making a big stab at blocking the boot, brushed against Dowler just after his first punt of the game. The official apparently was saying something to Whitsell as they ran upfield...WHIT HURT - Jess Whittenton and Hank Gremminger went up together for a pass aimed at John Farrington in the first quarter and Jess came down with a leg injury. He hobbled off the field but was back in action for the next series...WHAT'S THIS? - Ronnie Bull fumbled on the Packer 8 and Willie Wood recovered. The Packer offense moved onto the field and the Bear offense left. But the Bears were given the ball and the Pack defense and Bear offense returned. Wood said later one official overruled the other, claiming the ball was dead before the fumble...RUNNING SCREEN? - Rick Casares went 13 yards off right end in the second quarter but looked like a pass-less screen. Casares took the handoff from Bill Wade and jogged a few steps to his right. There he seemed to wait while a couple of guys formed a screen in front of him and then they all took off together...OUTTA THE WAY - Bart Starr had a frustrating experience in the first quarter. He drifted away back to pass on a second and nine down but an official got in his way. Finally, Bill George made a lunge at the QB and Bart hurled the ball forward. The official recovered in time to call Starr for intentionally grounding a pass. That's a real rare penalty, folks!...LIKE TAYLOR - Big Joe Marconi needed one yard on the Packer 46 for a first down on third down midway in the third quarter. This was a crucial play and the Packer line tightened. He hit toward left tackle and got himself straightened up - but good. He danced back, like our Jim Taylor, and zoomed around left end for an eight-yard gain...HOLD IT - Willie Davis and Mike Ditka, a couple of good football players, exchanged words and appeared ready to fight in a mixup late in the third quarter. Ditka was trying to block Davis on a run by Bull...NO. 7 - When Billy Martin fumbled the kickoff after the Packers' fifth touchdown, it was the Bears' seventh fumble of the game. The Packers recovered four of them.


NOV 6 (Chicago) - George Halas, Chicago Bears owner, isn't ready to fire George Halas, the Bears coach, George Halas said Monday. Halas was popped this question at the Chicago American's quarterback club: "If you didn't own the Bears, how long would you put up with a coach like you?" Papa Bear chuckled and replied: "We are 4-4 so far this season and I would give the coach a 50-50 chance to continue." "My metabolism remains good. I got up swinging this morning after that 38-7 defeat by Green Bay and ready to go. But after the game yesterday, when you lose like we did, you feel your age. We've been making mistakes at critical times. We are very much alive. We've got a good team and we will play good football on in."


NOV 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Eagles are the passingest team in the league - 267 attempts, 151 completions for 2,075 yards. Those figures top the league. And they serve as a warning to the Packers' defense. This is nothing new. The enemy has been throwing everything but the kitchen sink (built-in, of course) at the Green Bay defense. Each week brings a new challenge. This week (in Philadelphia) the Bays may face a concentrated aerial bombing. Don't know what brought it out, but Coach Vince Lombardi remarked in the dressing room after the win in Chicago last Sunday that "they'll (the Eagles) probably throw 50 passes at us." But the defense has been nothing short of sensational. Detroit's Lions have crept up and now each team leads in six defense (statistics) categories. The Packers are tops in the department where it really counts - points allowed, a miserly 61. That's an average of 7.6 per game. The Packers allowed points in this order: Vikings 7, Cardinals 0, Bears 0, Lions 7, Vikings 21, 49ers 13, Colts 6, Bears 7. The total adds up to seven touchdowns, seven extra points, and four field goals. One of the touchdowns didn't come at the expense of the regular defense. That would be Abe Woodson's 85-yard punt return. The remaining six TDs came on moves of 65, 34, 80, 91, 53 and 78 yards. The field goals, two each by the 49ers' Tommy Davis and two by Dick Bielski of the Colts, were from 31, 13, 34 and 34 yards. Thus, the enemy has been able to make good on only 11 scoring chances (getting the ball for offensive scrimmage) out of approximately 100 in the eight games. One out of 10! The Bears, for instance, had the ball 12 times and came out with one score. The Colts had it for 11 and came out with two scores (field goals). How good is the Packer defense? Obviously, it's too early for answers to such a query. There are still six toughies ahead - Eagles, Colts, Lions, Rams, 49ers and Rams. The Bay defense has a good start toward a ranking as one of the best defenses against scoring (what else is there?) in the last 20 years. Since 1950, when the Browns came into the league with their fine defensive unit, the best average against points was an even 12 in 12 games by the Browns of 1950. The post-war era saw the Packers lead the league with an average of 17.5 in 1947. The Bears had 12.5 in 1948 and the Eagles a stingy 11.1 in 1949. The Bears of 1942, who went unbeaten in 11 games, allowed an average of 7.6. But back in those days high powered offenses were rare. The Packers were barely edged out the past two years. They allowed 209 in '60 and 223 in '61. And there are you. Good luck, Coaches Phil Bengtson and Norb 

Hecker, Headmaster Lombardi, and all 15 of you defensive players - Jess Whittenton, Herb Adderley, Willie Wood, Hank Gremminger, John Symank, Bill Forester, Dan Currie, Ray Nitschke, Nelson Toburen, Bill Quinlan, Dave Hanner, Willie Davis, Hank Jordan, Ron Kostelnik and Ron Gassert...The Packers played touch football on their own Tuesday while the coaching staff remained in the clubhouse to work on strategy for the Eagle game. After the lively workout the Bays heard the weekly report from Scout Wally Cruice, who viewed the

Eagles' 14-14 tie with the Browns last Sunday.


NOV 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The most glaring thing about this week's batch of statistics is in the category labeled "leading pass receivers." Two Eagles are among the league's top pass catchers - Tommy McDonald and Timmy Brown. McDonald and Brown have caught 81 passes between 'em and that's only 25 less than all eight Packer receivers. In fact, 10 Eagle receivers haven nailed 151 passes while the Bays' eight have snatched 106. It must be quickly explained, however, that the Eagles are pretty much an aerial team which the Packers lean a bit toward mother earth. Look: In eight games the Eagles hurled 267 passes and rushed 189 times. The Packers threw 171 passes and rushed 299 yards. Off those figures, there can be a feeling that the Eagles will do some flying Sunday, with Sonny Jurgensen at the stick. Jurgensen is carrying on in the best tradition of Norm Van Brocklin, who was the pitcher when the Eagles defeated the Pack, 17-13, in the 1960 championship game in Franklin Field. The Eagles leaned on the pass that day, too, gaining 197 of their 296 yards in the air. In fact that "197" represented the only statistical edge they had on the Packers, whose Bart Starr hurled for 178. McDonald, whose 35-yard catch and touchdown (plus two other catches for 55 yards) were instrumental in downing the Pack, grabbed 41 passes for 687 yards and five touchdowns. Brown has 40 for 557 and three TDs. Compare those two with the Pack's top pair: Max McGee, 28 for 424 and three TDs; Boyd Dowler, 26 for 443 and 1. But like we said: The Eagles are a flying bird; the Packers run on the ground (Tsk. Tsk.) Starr has found his receivers on 63.2 percent of his attempts and that figure is best in the league. Jurgensen has a 56.6 percentage, which is amazing for the number of passes he has thrown, 221. Starr has thrown 163. Jurgensen has 125 completions, which is just one under leader Y.A. Tittle of the Giants. Tittle has thrown 233. While the Eagles dominate the pass receiving figures they aren't even on the big rushing board. That's where our Jim Taylor shines and the latest quotations show him with 934 yards in 152 attempts for an average of 6.1. Taylor has some bitter memories of Franklin Field and the big crasher hasn't forgotten. Big Jim gained 105 yards in the title playoff but was stopped just nine yards short of the winning touchdown on a Starr pass on the last play of the game. Taylor is crackling along at a record breaking pace. He is averaging 117 yards a game. At that rate over the 14-game haul, he would total 1,638, which is well over the mark of 1,527 set by Jimmy Brown in 1958. Taylor also is 159 yards away from breaking the all-time Packer rushing record held by Tony Canadeo - 4,197 yards. Jim ran his total to 4,039 with a 124-yard burst vs. the Bears Sunday...The Packers' two injured players, Paul Hornung and Boyd Dowler, were both running hard in Wednesday's practice, indicating that they'll be ready come Sunday. Hornung has missed three games and Dowler was out of the Bear game except for punting. Coach Vince Lombardi drove the Bays through the usual "pads" workout today and finished off with a session on defense - against the Eagles' powerful aerial game.


NOV 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "When you get him, you gotta sit on him or he'll keep moving. You gotta pile on him a little to keep him down." The speaker was Sam Huff, linebacker for the New York Giants, and the "him" Huff was discussing is Packer halfback Jim Taylor, who is making a runaway for rushing honors in the NFL. Huff also proposed that maybe the roughness rules ought to be changed a little in Taylor's case. He explained: "You can get an unnecessary roughness penalty easy when you pile on Taylor, but it's not right. You gotta pile on him a little to keep him down." Bob Harrison, linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, explained how it feels to tackle Taylor. "One time," Harrison said in a burst of bruised recollection, "Taylor saw me waiting for him and he ran right at me. I planted my feet wide apart to be as solid as possible, but he hit me so hard that he knocked me right into the air. I went right off my feet and landed on my back. That never happened to me before in my life. Then he picked me up." Taylor has a philosophy and puts in basic terms: "Football is a contact sport." Continuing, he says, "you've got to make them respect you. You've got to punish tacklers. You've got to deal out more misery than the tacklers deal out to you." Coach Vince Lombardi said of Taylor:...BEST BLOCKING BACK: "He hits the right hole at the right time. He follows the right blocker and he doesn't blow assignments. Don't ever get the idea it's all legs and power. Sure, Jim blasts past linebackers and crashed through defensive backs, but he'd never get these opponents if he wasn't moving in the right direction and using the blockers the way he should." What does Taylor do when he isn't running? "Taylor is one of the best blocking backs I've ever seen," said Bill George, the linebacker who is the key to the Chicago Bears defense.


NOV 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - For a guy who doesn't get much exercise, Lew Carpenter stays in pretty good condition, game exercise, that is. Carpenter has played in only two complete games in nearly three seasons - the nightcap in 1961 and the Bear game last Sunday. He saw plenty of action in 1959 - the year Vince Lombardi obtained him as part of the Bill Quinlan-Billy Howton trade. Lew backed up Jim Taylor at fullback and Paul Hornung at left half. "I don't even remember much about 1960. I guess I never played much," Carpenter laughed the other day, adding, "Things were better the next year when I started playing end." But 1961 was almost over before the hard training converted halfback got a good shot. It was in the 49er game in San Francisco last year when Max McGee tried to block out the goal post. Carpenter caught one pass and then went the route vs. the Rams in Los Angeles the next Sunday, catching two. When Boyd Dowler was unable to make it last Sunday, Carpenter played an entire game at flanker for the first time in his seven-year career. He caught 3 for 33 yards, which tied in nicely with his number, 33. The previous week in Baltimore Dowler was hurt "briefly" and Carpenter, cold off the bench, caught a key 18-yard pass, removing the Pack from deep in their own territory. Dowler's status for Sunday in Philadelphia is touch-and-go but if the Long One can't go you can be sure Carpenter will be ready. An end for two seasons now after five at running halfback, Carpenter says, "I don't have a preference - it's been so long that I've played regularly. You don't take the beating at end that you do as a running back. Back there you're blocking when you're not carrying the ball."...Since the Packers lost the 1960 championship game in Philadelphia, they have compiled a fantastic overall record of 31 victories and 3 losses. They won five non-leaguers in 1961, posted 11-3 in the league season, and then captured the title game. In 1962, they've won all 14 games thus far. Incidentally, three of those losses (to the Lions, Colts and 49ers) have been avenged thus far this year (9-7 over Lions, 17-6 over Colts and 31-13 over the 49ers). The big revenger, of course, will be in Philly's Franklin Field...Paul Hornung, who has missed the last three games with his leg injury, is ready to go, Lombardi pronounced after yesterday's drill. The league's most 

valuable player undoubtedly will see some action in Philly, probably sharing the left halfbacking with Tom Moore...Eleven members of the last Packer team to play in Franklin Field have departed. They are Lamar McHan, Paul Winslow, Larry Hickman, Dale Hackbart, Em Tunnell, Dick Pesonen, Tom Bettis, Andy Cvercko, John Miller, Ken Beck and Steve Meilinger. Five of those are still playing in the NFL - McHan, with the Colts; Hackbart, Redskins; Pesonen, Giants; Bettis, Steelers; Cvercko, Cowboys. Eighteen of the 1960 titled Eagles will be missing from Sunday's game - Norm Van Brocklin, Jerry Reichow, Gene Johnson, Bobby Jackson, Gene Johnson, Ted Dean, Billy Barnes, Tom Brookshier, Bob Freeman, Chuck Weber, Bob Pelligrini, Bill Lapham, Gerry Huth, Joe Robb, Stan Campbell, John Wilcox, Jess Richardson, Ed Khayat and Marion Campbell...If the Packers have anything to prove to Philly Phans, it is merely that they can score in Franklin Field. And nobody is more aware of this than Bart Starr, who ground out over 400 yards in that title game but finished with one TD and two field goals...Green Bay last played a league game in Philadelphia in 1954 and Max McGee won't forget it. The Taxi, then a rookie, caught three touchdown passes from Tobin Rote in the Pack's 37-14 win in old Shibe Park...The Packers fly out of Austin Straubel in their United Airlines charter at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. They'll headquarter at the Warwick Hotel.


NOV 9 (Oakland) - A 43-year-old placekicker, Ben Agajanian, was signed Thursday by the Oakland Raiders of the AFL. Agajanian started with the Los Angeles Dons in the old All America Conference. Last year, he started with Dallas of the American league and finished with Green Bay of the NFL.


NOV 10 (Philadelphia-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Tis sprawling town of narrow streets and an outdoor sports arena known as Franklin Field bring back vivid memories of the Packers' gallant fight against the Eagles in the 1960 championship game. That was Green Bay's first title game appearance since 1944 when the Bays nipped the Giants in New York for the blue chips. Sunday, the Packers play the Eagles again in Franklin Field. The title won't be at stake but a sellout (three months ago) crowd of over 65,000 will relive the memory of that thrilling title game and hope their beloved Eagles can keep the big Packers from winning their ninth in a row. The Packers left a good impression on Dec. 26, 1960. Fred G. Sampson of Camp Hill, Pa., a spectator at the game, was so impressed by the 17-13 contest that he wrote a letter to several newspapers in Wisconsin. Here's his letter: "I am an Eagle fan. I have been for 20 years. Last Monday I sat at Franklin Field and witnessed as fine a game as has ever been played in a championship contest. Needless to say, I was happy with the results. But I felt that you should know from one of the 'enemy' how much respect and admiration your team gained in defeat. The Packers truly displayed 'championship effort,' their last ditch effort was a classic example of why they won the Western Division title. Their sportsmanship afield was excellent, in fact there were only four penalties in the entire game. To say there is an outstanding star on the team would be unfair to the entire squad, it is truly an 11-man team, no matter who the 11 men are. Your fine coach displayed his true worth when, while being interviewed, he made it a point that his remarks were not to be taken as excuses. I'm sure that many of the Green Bay fans are disappointed that their team didn't win, maybe another 30 seconds would have told a different story, who knows, that's what makes pro football the great game that it is. On behalf of all the Eagles fans (they know talent when they see it) and as one of the 67,000 spectators who attended the game, thank you for sending a fine team. They are a credit not only to the game of football, but most certainly to the City of Green Bay. Hope our Eagles will have to come there next year to play for the 1961 'World's Championship.'" If the Eagles had made it to Green Bay last winter, we're sure the Packers would have obtained revenge. And that's exactly what the Packers will be seeking when the two clubs meet in Franklin Field Sunday - revenge! Most people thought the Packers did everything but win in the '60 playoff. Green Bay's offense ran off 77 plays, 42 rushes and 35 passes, against the Eagles' 48, including 20 aerials. The Vince Lombardimen stacked up 401 yards, the Eagles 296. The Bay defense intercepted two passes, recovered two fumbles and forced the Eagles to punt six times. The Eagle defense stole no passes, grabbed one fumble and brought on five punts. But the Eagles had one damaging advantage. They finished with the most points, 17, to the Packers' 13.


NOV 11 (Philadelphia-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The run-run Packers meet the pass-pass Eagles in a conflict of offensive weapons in historic Franklin Field this afternoon. This will be the ninth NFL game for both teams and the Packers will be seeking their ninth straight triumph. The Eagles will be looking for their second win against five losses and one tie. Philadelphia's only victory has been at the expense of the "running" Browns, 34-7, and the same two clubs played q 14-14 tie last Sunday. Green Bay will be going for its 17th straight win - a string that started with the final league game in 1961. And since the Packers lost to the Eagles in the 1960 championship in Franklin Field, they won 31 and lost 3. Today's game has been a sellout for over two months and a crowd of more than 60,000 will be in attendance. Kickoff is set for 12:30, Packerland time. The game marks the close of the Pack's play against Eastern Division teams. The Bays faced the Cardinals in the only other opposite-division game and it was tough going. The Pack came up with a "perfect" defense and a 17-0 shutout...PACK 15-POINT PICK: Green Bay is a heavy 15-point favorite today but for the ninth team this season the Packers will be prime targets. The Eagles could "make" their season by winning. The Packers will be out to avenge the 17-13 loss to the Eagles in the title battle. That was a bitter pill since the Bays actually out-played and out-gained the Eagles that day. Today's battle matches the passingest team in the league against the runningest team. The Eagles have passed for more yards than any other team, 2,075, while the Packers have gained the most yards rushing, 1,515. And that's the way it will go today - unless defenses of the two teams dictate otherwise. It will be the battering of Jim Taylor, Tom Moore and possible Paul Hornung against the air-forcing of Sonny Jurgensen and his two fine receivers, Tommy McDonald and Timmy Brown...ALSO HAVE AIR CORPS: This could change. If the Eagles' defense gives Taylor & Co. a hard time, Bart Starr can call out his own air corps, chiefly Max McGee, Ron Kramer and Boyd Dowler and/or Lew Carpenter. The Eagles, if  necessary, can call on such runners as Clarence Peaks, Theron Sapp and Brown. McGee has been troublesome against Philly. In three games against the Eagles, McGee caught six touchdown passes - three as a rookie in Philly in 1954, two in Green Bay in 1958, and the only Packer TD in the title game. Hornung is expected to get his first taste of action since he was hurt against the Vikings in Minnesota three weeks ago. Moore likely will start at left half. Dowler showed great improvement in Friday's practice and he could be the starter. "I hope to play," Hornung said after Saturday's 

workout here, "but I don't feel as strong as I'd like to. I'm about 50 percent below my normal strength."...FIRST HEAVY BOMBARDMENT: If the Eagles go all-out in the air, the Packers will be getting their first heavy aerial bombardment. This will be a new experience for at least one of the Packer defensers, Herb Adderley, the left cornerbacker who will be charged with sticking with the diminutive but slippery McDonald. Tommy has nailed 41 passes already and, if you recall, his three catches figured largely in beating the Pack in the title game. Adderley will want to be at his best since he'll be playing in his hometown for the first time as a pro. The Packers drilled Saturday at Murphy Park, the Eagles' practice field, which is located near Franklin Field, site of today's struggle. While the Bays were exercising, a game between 150-pound teams of Penn and Princeton were playing on an adjacent Murphy gridiron. Roughly half of the spectators, an estimated 400, wandered over to watch the Packer practice.


NOV 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - But for infected tonsils, once the property of legendary Earl Louis (Curly) Lambeau, the Packers might never have been born. The brawny Belgian, who Saturday night will be enshrined in the Wisconsin Hall of Fame, in the community he made famous, is the authority for this long untold tale of the sports world wonder he spawned just over four decades ago. Lambeau, now a semi-retired resident of Fish Creek and Palm Springs, Calif., but then a freshman under the fabled Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, recalls, "I developed tonsil trouble about Christmas time that year (1918). I went to the doctor at South Bend and he told me they'd have to come out."...'MISSED TOO MUCH': " I went back to school after the holidays, but they kept bothering me so I had another examination," Curly relates. "Dr. Robb - I think he's still practicing in Green Bay - said they'd have to come out but I'd have to wait until the infection cleared up. I stayed around home for quite a while - kept waiting for the infection to leave, but by this time, I had missed too much school to go back." Then ever capricious fate intervened. "The Indian Packing Company offered me a job at $250 a month and some stock in the company. I thought," Curly remembers with a hearty chuckle, "that was as much money as any man would want in the world - so I went to work." The job was eminently satisfactory, the pro football pioneer admits, but there was something missing as the autumn of 1919 approached, he discovered. A four-year East High athletic hero (he was one of a handful to win four football letters as a Red Devil) before matriculating at Notre Dame, Curly says, "I loved football and wanted to keep playing, so..." He didn't know it then, but the Packers were already abuilding. As a matter of fact, Lambeau freely admits he had no idea his affection for the sport would have such spectacular results. "I never thought of coaching," he says with a broad smile. "I just wanted to play football and have a good football team." Lambeau, who shortly enlisted the aid of Press-Gazette Sports Editor George W. Calhoun (the Packers' first meeting was held in the P-G editorial rooms in August 1919) and prevailed upon the Indian Packing Co., to sponsor his fledgling team, already had some coaching experience, however. Through a fortuitous combination of circumstances, Curly had become East's unofficial coach as a Red Devil senior in 1916. "Our coach the year before, Carroll Nelson, didn't come back," Lambeau said. "A teacher was assigned to coach us but he had never played football. I was the captain - they had to elect me captain. I was bigger than they were," Lambeau imparted with a laugh, "so I went to him and asked him what he wanted us to do. He said, 'I want to read a book on football, go ahead and do what you want to.' So we used the same plays we had the year before." He didn't say so, but they paid victory dividends in the East-West game that year, which saw Curly and his Red Devils conferees shade the Wildcats, 7-6. According to Press-Gazette files, "Lambeau and West's Orlo McLean played great football. Each scored a touchdown, with Lambeau also getting the extra points in addition to making two-thirds of East's gains by himself." That late November performance climaxed a brilliant prep career for the powerfully built North Side youth, who the spring before had won the conference shotput, discus and hammer 

throw titles in track...WEST FANS CRITICAL: Generally acknowledged pioneer of the forward pass in professional football, Curly's early penchant for air travel was not received with enthusiasm in all quarters, he recalls with a chuckle. Coaching East High and the Packers simultaneously from 1919 through '21, he says, "We beat West 43-6 in 1920 with passing - Jim Crowley (later one of Notre Dame's legendary Four Horsemen) was a great passer. I remember the West fans didn't like it. They said, 'Run the ball, that's not football.' With the Packers, we thought nothing of passing from behind the goal line those days - when it was unheard of," Lambeau says with a smile. "But we weren't foolish about it. If there was any chance of interception, we'd throw it out of bounds. By passing, I think we forced 'em out of that 7-man line," Curly pointed out. "I don't recall just when it was - I think it was in the early '30's - they started going to the 6-man line. In fact, we were one of the first. Then it was 5-man and now it's four." It was a major factor in the Packers' rise to national prominence, Curly is convinced. "I don't think we ever would have gotten into the NFL without passing. We took advantage of the defense, and it paid off. And, of course, it gave us a reputation." "I always loved to pass," Curly volunteered, a glint in his piercing blue eyes. "I used to practice passing in the spring. The ball was harder to throw then - it was bigger around. They changed the ball in the early '30's, which made it easier to throw, but at the same time out went the dropback. And in went the placekick. The new ball was better for passing and punting. Our offense those days was 75 percent passing. Other teams passed in desperation - we threw on first down," Lambeau noted, adding, "I'd rather pass - I figured it was the easiest way to pick up yards. Fritz Gavin (center on the charter Packer team) told me not so long ago that he remembers one game I threw 45 passes and completed 37."...'RUN FOR MY LIFE': Throwing the ball also

was a matter of discretion on occasion, Curly says, "I remember one game at Stambaugh in '19 we ran three plays and had three broken bones - Jim Coffeen, Al Petcka and somebody else. I never ran the ball the rest of the day," Lambeau confides with a chuckle. "I had to run for my life after I threw the ball. Those miners were tough. Wow." Curly then was the Pack's coach, captain and tailback (they played the single wing those days), a tri-cornered role he enacted through the 1927 season. Charley Mathys, Packer quarterback during most of those early NFL days (1922-26), remembers Lambeau as "rough and rugged. He was a very good passer, and a good hard runner, too. Curly was about 190 to 195 pounds - he had the weight and the determination."...'SET THE EXAMPLE': Labeling Lambeau "a sound, respected football player," Mathys says, "he ranked as one of the best backs in the league. And Curly set the example - he got out there and played the way he wanted everybody else to play, hard and rugged." A Green Bay native who had played against Curly in the East-West rivalry, Mathys recalls, "When we got back here (he had played at Indiana University and pro football for Hammond, Ind., in 1921), fellows like Cub Buck, Jug Earp and myself, were all years older than Curly but he handled the team like he'd been doing it all his life. He took charge - he was a leader. And what he said went. He was stern, on the order of Lombardi." "There was not standing around at practice," the diminutive ex-Packer quarterback says "Everybody worked and worked hard - he was a driver. He meant business and everybody knew it and toed the mark. Well, his record speaks for itself." That 1922 season, Mathys revealed, marked the end of "the original town team. Each week, two or three boys would report - Curly was the only player left from the '21 team. Jug Earp, Cub Buck, Whitey Woodin and others came in at that time. Curly just kept adding from week to week - that the big changeover from local to college players." "That was also the year Curly started daily practices," Mathys pointed out. "We were the first pro team to do it - it got into the papers all over the country. When I was with Hammond the year before, we'd just practice on Saturday and get a few signals. Maybe we couldn't even practice until just before the game on Sunday." Lanky Verne Lewellen, the Packers' first super-star (1924-32), who now is the team's business manager, says, "One of Curly's greatest assets as a coach, during my playing days, was his ability to get the most out of his player personnel. He was always in control of the situation." Despite Lambeau's relative youth, Lewellen added, "he had probably as good offensive strategy as any other coach in the league." Ever-confident (he never went into a game he didn't expect to win), the broad-shouldered son of a North Side contractor was to parlay these talents and a collection of gifted and incredibly hard-nosed athletes, among them the nomadic Johnny Blood and nonpareil Don Hutson, into six world championships and an eminence in pro football annals shared only by Chicago Bear owner-coach George Halas, the man with whom he joined hands in building the NFL. Lambeau drove the Packers, who fast became the "Yankees" of the embryonic NFL and the darlings of the sports world, to three straight championships in 1929-30-31 (the only time this feat has been accomplished) and to additional crowns in 1936, '39 and '44. None of those six titles, strangely enough, stands out as the greatest thrill of a 30-year coaching career. "It probably will shock you," Lambeau said, after due consideration, "but winning the 1940 All-Star game gave me my biggest thrill. That was the time a lot of sports experts couldn't see the pro game. They would point out that, with all that offense, the pros never scored more than one touchdown in the previous six games. In that' 40 game, we scored 45 points (still an All-Star series record)," Curly noted with the trace of a smile. "And they had a great team - fellows like Ken Washington and Amby Schindler. When we won it, and the way we won it, that was my greatest thrill. I'll never forget, the All-Stars went right down and scored. Then on first down, they threw Isbell (Cecil) for a big loss. Now it was second down and 17 or 18 - and it didn't look good. The next play," Curly grinned, "it was a touchdown - to Hutson. The reason it stands out in my memory," he added, "is because it meant so much to pro football. It sold a lot of people - a lot of college people - on the pro game. And it made it easier for us to attract the top college players." It wasn't always thus, however. Along the way, he and his colleagues (including his fellow members of the famed "Hungry Five," A.B. Turnbull, Jerry Clifford, Dr. W.W. Kelly, and L.H. Joannes) weathered a number of major crises, among them a near-fatal lawsuit instituted by a fan injured in a 1934 bleacher collapse and further financial peril in the late 1940's when the Packers' artistic fortunes and exchequer simultaneously plunged to dangerous levels. There was another that looms large in his memory - the Milwaukee situation. "When we assured Green Bay the Milwaukee territory, that secured the Packer franchise," Curly, who coached the Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins and College All-Stars after leaving the Packers early in 1950, feels. "Some people didn't see it that way - they thought we were going to move to Milwaukee. The thought never entered my mind," he declared. "I felt we were a state team and getting the Milwaukee territory was merely a protection. It wasn't easy. Halas fought it," Lambeau emphasized. "It was a two-day debate, but I finally won it. The league gave us Milwaukee County and a 75-mile radius." All these vicissitudes, happily, are in the past. Curly, who feels the 1962 Packers are "without a doubt the greatest team ever assembled since free substitution was inaugurated," declared, "Loving the game and seeing the Packers doing so well gives me a lot of pleasure." "Some people say, 'Doesn't it make you feel bad to see your records broken?' And it doesn't - not in the slightest. I get a kick out of it. I want the Packers to go unbeaten. Records are made to be broken." "I'm not one to live in the past," he points out. "If records are being broken, it means we're going someplace." The square-hewed sexagenarian, whose rugged physique and sprightly step belie his 64 years, is pleased, too, about his imminent enshrinement in the Wisconsin Hall of Fame. Curly, already enshrined in the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame, says, "I feel honored and happy about it. There's something special about being recognized by your home state. I was thrilled to death when I got the notice. And I'm also happy it's in Green Bay - the town I was born and raised in."

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