Chicago Bears (1-0) 7, Green Bay Packers (2-1) 6
​Sunday October 2nd 1927 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - The Chicago Bears won the "battle royal" which was staged at the City stadium Sunday afternoon by the score of 7 to 6 but the army of husky Bruins had to show everything they had to push the Packers off the top of the heap in the National league race. It was a typical Bear-Packer game all the way. There was no love lost on either side and the players went after each other hammer and tongs. When the  fracas reached the sizzling point in the final stanza several personal encounters enlivened the argument and the fans were yelling for blood. The opening stanza hadn't gone very far before the Packers has the Bruins doing some fancy stepping with reverse English. Dick O'Donnell made a pretty catch of a pass for the first big gain of the game. Several line plunges and an offside penalty helped the Packers' cause and the bugs began thinking of a touchdown. Dunn shot a pass to Lewellen and it looked very much as if were a victim of interference as he tried to grab the ball for a touchdown.
The officials ruled it the other way, however, and the 
Bears scrimmaged on their 20-yard line. This was just
one of the breaks that the Packers suffered during the
game. Except in the second quarter when the Bruins
launched a line smashing attack that resulted in their
only touchdown, the visitors didn't have a thing on the 
Big Bay Blues. True enough the Halas-Sternaman 
hirelings looked mighty dangerous in the third quarter
but the Packers sat tight and weathered the storm.
USED ABOUT 24 PLAYERS
The Bears used about twenty-four players in the game
and they were sending fresh men in whenever any of
the huskies showed signs of fading out. Just as the last
quarter ended, the Chicagoans pulled out their shock
troops and rushed Driscoll, Trafton, Senn and their 
other stars into the battle. And this turned the tide of
the conflict. The Bruin regulars uncorked a savage line
crashing attack that took them down the field in a
series of first downs when soon had the crowd yelling,
"Hold 'em, Packers!" But for the time being, the Bays
didn't seem able to. However, when they had their
backs to the goal line, the Packers braced. Two thrusts
netted little yardage but on a third rush young Mr. Senn,
who is quite some halfback sneaked his way across for
the needed yard and a half. Paddy Driscoll kicked the
goal. This one point didn't look half as big as it did in
the closing minutes of play when Purdy enacted the
role of "Casey At the Bat."
CAME BACK GAMELY
The Packers came back gamely after the Bears' score,
and it wasn't long before the air was full of footballs and
there was usually a blue jerseyed player around when
the cowhide came within catching distance. Using a
spread formation, mixed up with some line smashing,
the Packers started a procession of their own that
loomed so serious to the Bears that George Halas
nearly worried himself off the bench. The Big Bay Blues
fought their way towards the Bears' goal and the crowd
went crazy with job. Down close in scoring territory, the
Chicagoans called a halt and talked things over. The
next three Packer plays were stopped with little gain.
Then a pass was attempted and Dunn's peg seemed to
be sailing straight into Capt. Lambeau's arm when one
of the pesky Bears came in from nowhere and knocked
the ball down. It wasn't long after when the halftime
horn tooted.
BEARS SLASH FORWARD
When the third quarter got underway things looked as if
the Bears were going to fatten their count a bit. They
uncorked their bone crushing attack again and mixed in
a couple of passes. But it was only a flash in the pan
and, when the Packers regained the ball after a toss
went bad on the last down, Lewellen got off a dandy
punt and the danger was over with. Several exchanges
of punts following with little advantage for either side.
The Packers were playing desperately but fumbles and
other breaks of the game always spoiled the picture.
When the fourth quarter was underway awhile, Red 
Dunn intercepted a Bear pass and scampered back to
midfield. This seemed to serve as a tonic to the Big
Bay Blues and they uncorked a brilliant attack with the
air game as their main weapon. It was not long before
screams of "Touchdown, Packers, touchdown" rent the
air and they were answered but not until the spectators
saw about five minutes of as savage footballing as has
ever been glimpsed on a Green Bay gridiron.
DON'T FALL EASY
With their back to the wall, the visitors were fighting for
every inch. The Packers simply had to crack 'em down
and everybody knows that the Bears don't fall very
easily. Once the Chicagoans tried to steal the ball from 
​Lewellen after he had tried to snag a pass. This nearly
kicked up a fine little row and "Cupid" Perry was ready
to fight for dear old Alabama and Green Bay in the
bargain. Once it seemed as if the Packers had scored
and the crowd went wild. However, the cheers turned to
jeers when Referee Lawrie brought the ball back and ruled no play as the Bears were offside and Red Dunn had made an illegal pass to Lambeau, who snagged the cowhide over the goal line. Dunn then snapped a short pass to Dilweg, who was downed six feet from the Bears' goal. Lewellen got a yard on his first thrust and then got the necessary for a touchdown. He had a great opening to slash through.
PURDY MISSES GOAL
The extra point after touchdown would tie the score and Pid Purdy was called in from the bench to do the trick. The midget quarterback got set for the pass from Earpe and the spectators held their breath. Then there was a groan that could be heard a mile off. Purdy's attempted dropkick didn't go within a mile of the uprights and the gloom at the stadium was so thick that it could be cut with a knife. There was just a minute and 48 seconds left to play. The Bears chose to receive the kickoff and they gave a beautiful exhibition of killing time. Then the final whistle blew and it was all over but the groaning. But it was a real football game, full of thrills from start to finish and a hundred years from now, nobody will know the difference.
FIRST CLASS TURNOUT
Although weather conditions were bad nearly up to the time for the kickoff. Green Bay and vicinity once again showed it will take its football rain or shine. The paid gate ran over 5,500, which was exceptionally good considering the damp spell that had held sway all week. Hundreds of out of towners were present. Many cars from Upper Michigan were to be seen parked for blocks around the stadium and there was also a vast sprinkling of autos from all the cities down the Valley. The playing field was a surprise to everybody. Aside from about 30 yards at the east end of the gridiron, the going was fairly good. It was a bit sticky, however, and whenever a time out was called, the played busied themselves by cleaning the clay of their cleats.
DOG TAKES HAND
Early in the game, a stray dog wanted to take a hand in the fray and twice hostilities had to be stopped while one of the officials personally escorted the pup off the scene of combat. George Halas, one of the Bears' managers, in speaking of the game, said: "One thing is sure the crowd got a run for its money. We expected a tough battle and we got it all right. I suppose it is 'hard' to lose a game by one point but if the shoes was on the other foot, the Packer crowd would be just as tickled as we are. To me, the Green Bay team looks stronger than ever and I am sure that your Packers will be right up there close to the top when the football season is finished."
CHI BEARS -  0  7  0  0 -  7
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  6 -  6
2nd - CHI - Bill Senn, 2-yard run (Paddy Driscoll kick) CHICAGO BEARS 7-0
4th - GB - Lewellen, 1-yard run (Kick failed) CHICAGO BEARS 7-6
NEVERS ESKIMOS PLAY HERE SUNDAY
OCTOBER 4 (Duluth) - Ernie Nevers and his Eskimos
start their nationwide football pilgrimage on Sunday at
Green Bay where they tackled the Packers in a NFL
game. The game in the Badger pro football "metropolis"
will be the first stop of a football tour which will take the
Duluthians to the Atlantic coast and then back across
the continent to California where several contests have
been booked during the Christmas holiday season...
LATER THAN USUAL: The Eskimos are starting their
league season later than usual this season but this
was necessary on account of Ernie Nevers' baseball
contact with the St. Louis Browns. Early in August, the
big fullback underwent an operation for appendicitis and
it was figured that the ball club would excuse him for 
the rest of the year. However, this was not the case as
Ernie got the comeback call from the Browns and he 
was forced to don the diamond spangles again. This
necessitated a change in the football program and the
Eskimos management deemed it best to wait another
two weeks and tangle with non-league competition 
rather than to hop into the pro league schedule without
the main spring. That's what the Duluth fans call
Nevers...TEAM IN HIMSELF: The big blonde surely is a
whole team in himself. He likes his football every minute
and is not one of those stars who play a few minutes
and then pose on the bench for the remainder of the 
game. Last season the Eskimos played 25 games and
Nevers only missed 27 minutes of the entire playing
time. The former Superior high star, who later made 
football history at Stanford U, was the unanimous
choice of sport writers for the fullback job on the All-
American professional eleven in 1926. Nevers starred in
every game that the Eskimos played last fall. There are
big better line plungers than Ernie. He passes with
bullet-like speed and, when it comes booting the old
apple there are few players on the postgraduate who 
have anything on Nevers. While Nevers was finishing up
the baseball season, his Eskimos took a fall out of the
Duluth All Stars, 30 to 6, and then trampled on Virginia,
Minn. 24 to 0. Nevers checked in at Duluth this morning
and immediately got into moleskins. The Eskimos will
work out twice a day for the remainder of the week so
as to have the club going right when they mix with the
Packers...REMEMBERS NEVERS WELL: Football
fans in Green Bay probably still remember well what
Nevers came near doing to the Packers last season.
The big fullback intercepted a Packer pass down near
his own goal line in the second quarter and dashed
down the rain splashed gridiron. For a second or two, it
looked as if Nevers was going to make good on his
touchdown dash but Gardner, a Green Bay guard, cut
loose from the chasing pack and caught Nevers from
behind about 10 yards from the goal. This was the
longest run Ernie made during the 1926 season. The
Eskimo management has surrounded Nevers with an all
star cast of gridders. The pick of the 1926 club,
including the three Rooney brothers, Joe, Cobb and Bill;
Stein and Doc Williams are again in the fold as are
Manion and Kiesling, two veteran guard.
DULUTH HAS ALWAYS BEEN JINX TO PACKERS
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Ever since
football relations between Green Bay and Duluth were
inaugurated back in 1922, the pesky Northerners have
always been a thorn in the side of the Green Bay
Packers. The clubs have met six times. The Bays have
taken three games, Duluth two and there has been one
tie contest. The Packers never have succeeded in
winning a game in the Eskimo country and Duluth has
not ever bumped the Packers off here. The nearest the
Eskimos came to it was last year when the clubs
battled to a 0 and 0 count on a sloppy field...BEATEN
AT DULUTH: In the opening game of the 1922 season,
the Packers journeyed to Duluth expecting to have
easy picking but they returned home a whole lot wiser
and on the short end of a 6 to 0 score in the bargain.
The Northerners invaded the Bay on Thanksgiving Day
in '22 and took a 10 to 0 defeat, thanks to a timely
touchdown and a field goal by Cub Buck. There was
only one game played between the clubs in 1923 and it
resulted in a 10 to 0 victory for the Packers. Joie
Sternaman was with Duluth at that time and "Bunk"
Harris, who was head linesman in the Bear game last
Sunday, played fullback for the Northerners. Tommy
Mills scampered across with a touchdown and Cub
Buck once again kicked a field goal...EVEN BREAK
IN 1924: The teams broke even in 1924. The Packers,
after mopping up Ironwood and the Chicago Bears, went
to Duluth and took a 6-3 beating. Underwood, who is
with Pottsville now, playing an end, grabbed a pass and
a touchdown resulted. Buck got another field goal. This
was quite a habit of Cub's. Duluth played a return game
later in the season and the Northerners headed to home
on the short end of a 13 to 0 count. Charlie Mathys and
Tillie Voss made the touchdowns for the Big Bay Blues.
This year, according to Manager Dewey Scanlon of the
Eskimos, his club is going to whip the Packers in their
own backyard. In a letter to Packer officials, the Duluth
helmsman has this to say: "Look out for us this year.
We haven't ever beaten the Packers in Green Bay but
we expect to do it Sunday. The Eskimos size up like
the strongest eleven that ever represented Duluth in
professional football. Nevers is feeling fit as a fiddle and
he expects to play the whole game against the 
Packers. The veterans from last year seem to be faster
than ever. Method, Stein and Doc Williams always gave
the Bays plenty of trouble and they will do it again.
These boys would rather knock off the Packers than
any other club on the professional gridiron."...
BACKFIELD IS FAST: "Our new men are showing gobs
of class, particularly the collegians from California. Our
backfield will be fast as lightning and I don't think there
is a better line in the country. As I said before, watch
your step Sunday, because we are going to to give up a
dose of sour medicine just like the Bears did."
BULLETIN
OCTOBER 6 (Columbus, OH) - President Joe F. Carr of
the NFL has assigned the following officials to handle
the Packer-Duluth game in Green Bay on Sunday:
referee, Bobbie Cahn, Chicago; umpire, Meyer Morris,
Chicago; head linesman, A.O. Iversen, Sheboygan.
FIVE CALIFORNIA STARS WITH DULUTH ESKIMOS
OCTOBER 6 (Duluth) - When Ernie Nevers and his
Eskimos stop out on the field at Green Bay Sunday to
face the Packers, five husky gridders from California
will make their debut in the NFL. They are: Potsy Clark,
Bunny Belden, Jack McCarthy, Fritz Cronin and Ray
Suess. When the Duluth aggregation finished its
football season out on the coast last January, Ernie
Nevers stuck around in the Golden West and hand
picked some footballers for his 1927 team. And the
above five were the "buds" that Nevers pulled off the
gridiron bushes...POTSY CLARK IS STAR: The Duluth
management is confident that Potsy Clark will be one
of the year's sensations. He is a superb open field
runner and a first class passer. The former St. Mary's
star likes his football. He is a rugged customer and, 
during his three years on the coast, never lost a minute
on account of injury. Bunny Belden comes from Santa
Rosa, the hometown of Nevers, since the big blonde
quit handing his hat in Superior, Wis. Belden got his
football at Stanford where he developed into a star 
dropkicker. He is a triple threat gridder because aside
from his ability to kick, he is a sure shot passer and
smashing line plunger. In the two preliminary games
that the Eskimos players, Belden did all the passing...
IS SAVAGE TACKLER: McCarthy of California U has
more than lived up to advance notices in the two
practice games. He is lightning fast and has a nice
change of pace when lugging the cowhide. McCarthy
did some savage tackling in the fray against the
Virginia (Minn.) All Stars last Sunday. Cronin, an end
from St. Mary's, and Ray Suess, a 200-pound tackle
from the Olympic club of San Francisco, should have
little trouble climbing the pro football ladder of fame.
Cronin is on the receiving end of many of the Duluthian
passes and he sizes up like a first rate ball snapper.
The work of Suess has been superb. He moves fast for
a big fellow and is often down the field faster than either
of the ends...THREE BROTHERS IN TOWN: The
Eskimos are the only team in the National league with
which three brothers perform. Cobb, Bill and Joe
Rooney are all hometown products from Duluth. Joe is
an aggressive end, his younger brother, Cobb, has 
developed into a great half while Bill, the oldest of the
trio, is one of the veterans of pro football. Bill started
with Duluth and after about five years of service went to
New York in 1925. Last year, he was with Brooklyn.
The oldest Rooney is a handy man as he first in at any
position except quarterback.
EXPECT DULUTH TO DRAW LARGE CROWD
SUNDAY
OCTOBER 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Another big
crowd is expected at the City stadium on Sunday to
witness the National league football game between the
Packers and Ernie Nevers' Duluth Eskimos, who are
ranked as one of the best spokes in President Joe
Carr's postgraduate gridiron wheel. The kickoff is
scheduled for 2:15 and, as usual, the teams will go at it
rain or shine. Nevers is a great drawing card around the
circuit and he is expected to pack 'em in here also.
Last season when the Duluthians mixed with the Bays
nearly 3,000 fans sat in a driving rain and watched the
teams battle to a scoreless tie...ESKIMOS LOTS
STRONGER: The Eskimos of 1927 are said to be
considerably stronger than last year's club. A number
of Pacific coast stars have been added to the machine
and these stellar backfielders take some of the carrying
load off Nevers' shoulders. In 1926, Nevers used to lug
the ball six out of ten times but, at that, he was only
out of action 25 minutes and the Duluth club played 25
games. Nevers is one of those gridiron stars who 
doesn't care about "bench duty". He would rather be in
there when the going is rough. According to reports
from around town, the advance ticket sale is unusually
brisk. Many reservations have been put aside and the
prospective customers have promised to call for them
before Saturday evening. Nevers is going to draw a lot
of out-of-town fans here Sunday as the Packer
management has received a flock of requests for seats
from Upper Michigan gridiron followers and those in
Northeastern Wisconsin. It 
PRO FOOTBALL GOSSIP
OCTOBER 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The
Frankford Yellowjackets have initiated a broadcasting
period known as the "Yellowjacket hustle" through 
stattion WFL, Strawbridge and Clothier, Philadelphia.
The Jackets go on the air every Friday night, 7:15...The
Duluth Eskimos had little trouble beating the Virginia,
Minn. Miners, 24 to 0, in a non-league game. The
Northerners played without Nevers, who was finishing
his baseball season. The Rooney brothers starred for
Duluth...Pottsville bumped into a rude surprise when the
Chicago Cardinals trimmed them, 19 to 7. The Maroons
scored in the opening minute of play but after that they
only made three first downs during the argument...A
field goal and safety was the margin by which the
Providence Steamrollers took Buffalo into camp. The
Bisons looked much better than at Pottsville the week
before but at that the Rhode Islanders held a slight
edge...A large crowd was on hand in Cleveland to see
Benny Friedman's Bulldogs and the New York Giants
battle to a 0-0 tie game. Despite the lack of scoring, the
gridders uncorked plenty of thrills for the spectators...
Red Grange and his N.Y. Yankees got off on the right
foot in the National league pennant chase by defeating
the fast going Dayton Triangles, 7 to 3. It was a battle
all the way with both teams showing good football...
Failure to kick the goal after touchdown forced the
Green Bay Packers to stub their toe before the Chicago
Bears, 7 to 6. This was a grudge battle and the officials
earned little money to keep peace in the family...
Displaying a much improved attack, the Philadelphia
Yellowjackets did not have much trouble brushing aside
the New Britain, Conn. club, 22 to 9. It looked as if
Coach Moran now has Frankford headed along victory
row..Detroit will be the scene of a National league game
on Sunday as the New York Yankees and Cleveland
Bulldogs will clash at Navin field. Benny Friedman, ex-
Michigan star, should be a bang up attraction in the
Motor City...The Chicago Bears are not using a single
collegiate recruit this season. Every player on the
Halas-Sternaman payroll is an experienced pro
footballer and these veterans generally come through in
the pinch moments...Guy Chamberlain, the Chicago
Cardinal coach, is making an end out of Weller, who
was an all-American tackle when at Nebraska. Weller
tips the beam at 200 pounds but he is fast afoot and
goes well in the open field...Potsy Clark, a product of
the western coast, is holding down a halfback job with
Nevers' Eskimos. He is said to be a second Tut Imlay.
Clark is a clever ball carrier and is tough enough to 
stand plenty of punishment...Hubbard, who led Geneva
college to a victory over Harvard in 1926, is displaying
gobs of class at end for the New York Giants. Hubbard
is a giant in size and the New Yorkers are piling up
yardage over his side of the line...Thomas is doing
everything that is wanted of him at half for the Cleveland
Bulldogs. He played with Brooklyn last year and looked
so good to Manager Andrews that the Cleveland
helmsman worked fast to get his name on a contract...
Frank Racis, one of the veterans on the Pottsville club,
seems to be going better than ever. In the game against
the Chicago Cards, Racis blocked a punt by Erickson
and covered the ball behind the goal line for a score...
Chef Pierotti has donned the moleskins again and is
chasing around with the Providence club. Pierotti
always was ranked as a first class center. He is a nifty
ball hawk and covering fumbles is one of his best habits
...Dim Batterson, coach of the Buffalo club, is more
than satisfied with the way MacArthur, his snapper
back from California, is doing business. The Bisons
have lost two straight but MacArthur has starred in both
contests...Dick Moynihan, former Villanova quarterback,
seems to have won a home in the Frankford backfield.
Moynihan is blessed with an educated toe and it was 
his timely boot that gave Moran's crew 3 points in the
Dayton game...Joseph, the red headed wingman of the
Dayton club, looks like one of the finds of the season.
This is his first year in postgraduate ball but as yet he
hasn't been outplayed. Joseph is of the long rangy type
of end...Duke Slater, giant negro tackle, has plugged a
big gap in the Chicago Cardinals' forward wall. Father
Time hasn't slowed up the Duke as yet and his game
this year has been a series of feature performances...
In Dilweg and O'Donnell, the Green Bay Packers have a
pair of sturdy ends. Both of these wingmen are first
class pass receivers while their defensive play has been
praised highly to teams who have faced them this year..
.This has been a "pruning" week for the National league
clubs. The teams were forced to get down to the
players' limit and, as a result, there are quite a number
of footballers looking around for some jobs.
FACE 'EM AGAIN
OCTOBER 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - For the third
time this season, the Packers will have to tangle with
Clem Neacy and Ashmore. These two gridders faced
the Bays with the Milwaukee club; then they came
back here last Sunday with the Chicago Bears and now
they have joined the Eskimos. Maybe when the Big
Bay Blues play Providence in the Rhode Island city on Dec. 11., they will bump into the husky tackle and end again. Who knows?
PACKERS AND DULUTH SET FOR FRAY
OCTOBER 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Duluth Eskimos, headed by the famous Ernie Nevers, who is ranked with the greatest footballers of all time, will have it out with the Green Bay Packers at the City stadium Sunday afternoon in a National league game. Hostilities will start promptly at 2:15 and the game will be played rain or shine. If there is a World Series game played in New York on Sunday, score by innings, results and batters will be announced at the City stadium. The Packer management will set up a baseball scoreboard to let the football fans know what is going on in a baseball way. The Northerners are coming here with a classy aggregation of footballers. This year's club is said to have a decided edge on the 1926 machine with which the Duluthians toured the country from coast to coast and finished well up in the pro loop pennant chase...EIGHT NEW PLAYERS: Eight new players are sporting the Eskimos' colors this season and there are enough regulars from '26 back in togs to give perfect balance to the gridiron machine. The Northerners started off with a pair of victories in non-league games. The Duluth All Stars were sat on 30 to 6 while the Virginia Miners took the count, 24 to 0. These are both creditable scores as Nevers, who is the sparkplug of the club, did not participate in either fracas. Nevers was pitching ball for the St. Louis
Browns until last Saturday. He joined the team on Monday and the Packer fray will be his first gridiron start of the season. Dewey Scanlon, who is one of the veteran managers in professional football, has gone the limit this season to support Nevers with an all-star cast of gridders. The Eskimos' helmsman rounded up a flock of stars from the Pacific coast, all of whom were first given the official O.K. by Nevers. Potsy Clark, McNellis and Belden are said to be nifty ball carriers and passers. Each of these players earned his football spurs in California...THREE NEW TACKLES: The Eskimos have three new tackles in McCarthy, Suess and Shanley. McCarthy and Suess are products of California while Shanley got his sheepskin at Oklahoma. Blood, of Minnesota, who played with Milwaukee a few years back, has been added to the backfield. Cobb Rooney and Method, two experienced pro footballers, and Nevers, himself, round out the set of carriers. Joe Rooney, one of the best wingmen in pro football, and Fritz Cronin, from St. Mary's college, are playing the ends for Duluth. Five veterans are available for the center trio. Kiesling, Manion and Bill Rooney are the guards while Stein and Doc Williams fill in at the snapper-back's job. The Eskimos are certainly well fortified in the middle of the line. This will be Duluth's first game in the 1927 championship race. Following the battle here, the Eskimos perform in Madison on Oct. 16 and then make a "detour" to the Atlantic coast before hitting the trail for California where they will chase the cowhide during the Christmas holiday. The Eskimos are not expected to get back home up north until about the middle of January...PLENTY OF TROUBLE: Duluth has always given the Packers plenty of trouble on the gridiron and, from the looks of things, Sunday's game will be no exception to the rule because, on paper, the visitors look like one of the best clubs in the National league. The Big Bay Blues are reported fit for the fray. All of the players came out of the grueling struggle with the Bears in pretty good shape and Capt. Lambeau will be able to call every one of his gridders into action when it is necessary. The team has put in a good week of practice and special attention has been given to the forward wall so that it will be able to withstand the bruising attacks of Nevers, who with the possible exception of Tony La Tone, the Pottsville Miner, is the hardest hitting back on the postgraduate gridiron...POLISH UP PAS DEFENSE: The pass defense has also been polished up as the Eskimos are known to be pretty near as much at home in the air as the Bays, themselves. This year, the Duluthians' tosses are expected to be more deceptive because there are other players behind the line besides Nevers who can hurl the cowhide like a bullet. It will be a fighting Packer squad that steps on the field to mix with the Eskimos. The one point margin upset at the hands of the pesky Bears did not set well on the Big Bay Blues squad and the players are determined to start a new winning streak at the expense of Nevers, the Rooney brothers & Co. On account of the death of Bobbie Cahn's father, the Chicago official who has been assigned to referee Sunday's game, will not be here. Halsey Hall of Minneapolis will fill in for Cahn, according to a wire received from President Joe F. Carr of the National league this morning...EXPECT BIG CROWD: If the weatherman uncorks a bit of Sabbath day sunshine, it is expected that a big crowd will be on hand to see the Packers attempt to shake off the Duluth jinx. Advance seat sales have been exceptionally good and from all indications the stands will be well filled when the whistle blows. The gates at the park will be opened promptly at 12:30. The Legion band will arrive early so as to rattle off some tunes before the team steps out for their warming up practice stunts. Packer ticket men will make the rounds early Saturday evening picking up all uncalled for ducats. Those having made reservations at any of the numerous places about town are urged to get their tickets before 7 p.m. The ticket office in The Press-Gazette building will be open Saturday evening from 7:30 until 10 and Sunday morning from 9:30 until noon.