NEWS AND NOTES
BAYS PREPARE FOR LAST GAME AGAINST BEARS
DECEMBER 4 (Atlantic City, NJ) - The Packer squad
returned to Atlantic City Monday for a four day stay
during which time Capt. Lambeau hopes the balmy sea
air will develop an ultra appetite for Bear meat that will
be evidenced in Chicago Sunday. The Bear-Yellow
Jacket game ran true to the Packers' line of dope, the
players figuring the massive Bruin forward line would do
plenty of mussing to the Hornet carriers and from all
accounts they did. They may be Providence games,
New York games and Yellowjacket games, but none of
them get the talk of the Bay camp that a fray with the
Bears does. Sunday night in Providence, while the
players were shedding their gridiron togs, Jugger Earpe
said: "Well, next Sunday is another day and we must
get those Bears," and everybody thought the same way.
When practice started Tuesday morning nearly all
hands were on deck. Tiny Cahoon left for home on
Monday from New York but he will rejoin the club in
Chicago on Saturday. With him went Frenchy Yaeger,
the Packers' rooter extra ordinary, who rides passes
and other things to his heart's content while the Bays
are traveling...MANY ARE BRUISED: Dr. Kelly also is
among the missing as he left for home Monday morning.
The players hated to see the "Doctah" go as he was the
life of the part ever since he joined the team about two
weeks ago. However, he will be on hand in Chicago
Sunday. The doctor promised the boys a superb feed if
they put the skids under the Halas-Sternaman team.
The Providence game was just as tough a contest as
the Bays played all season and when the tribe reported
for drill Tuesday morning there were plenty of sprains
and bruises complained of. However, Capt. Lambeau
put the club through a good workout and the stiffness
soon wore off. Aside from Red Dunn, there are no major
casualties on the squad and it is expected that "Sixty Minutes" will be ready to go at least part of the game against the Bruins. The Bears have always been poison to Dunn and he is determined to see some action even if he has to carry a cane into the battle. Packer fans who come down to Chicago on Sunday will see a sweet fullback in action for the Bays...MOLENDA GOING GOOD: Bo Molenda is now going at top speed. It took him a few days to get the hang of things but now he is a perfect link in the Packer chain. A cramped leg forced Bo to the sidelines in Providence but he recovered quickly and was prancing around like a two year old at Tuesday's practice. The Packers are wondering if the Bear management will life Trafton's suspension in time for the game Sunday. Individually the players would like to see him in there because they still have some old scores to settle. A half dozen conventions are being held in Atlantic City this week and the army or resorts guests run into the thousands. However, the Morton Hotel management is taking care of the Bays in the best possible manner and every man on the squad is hitting way over three hundred in the knife and fork league. When it comes to eats, this hotel is in a class by itself, and this was just one of the reasons why Tiny Cahoon was so sorry that he had to hit the trail homeward.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT
DECEMBER 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - George Downer has some interesting comments about pro football in his column in the Milwaukee Sentinel today. He says: "Professional football is making slow but steady advances but it is not drawing crowds in any way comparable to those which attend the college games and the university gentlemen who got themselves so alarmed about it a few years ago are probably now able to rest better at night, when they think of the 'pro menace'. The NFL, under the able leadership of President Joe Carr, has lived up to its promise to permit no college men to play on any league team until his college class has graduated. In the last two seasons, we have not heard of a case of tampering with a college athlete by the pros. Pro football has its place and, due to the efforts of men in the game like President Carr; George Halas and Ed Sternaman, owners of the Chicago Bears; Benny Friedman of the Detroit Wolverines and the businessmen who direct the affairs of such community clubs are the Green Bay Packers, Frankford Yellowjackets and Pottsville Maroons, pro football is now conducted on a plane comparable with that of the best clubs in organized baseball."
BAYS WILL BE IN GOOD SHAPE FOR BEARS GAME
DECEMBER 5 (Atlantic City, NJ) - Working out in a midsummer brand of weather, the Green Bay Packers are getting in shape for their game with the Bears in Chicago on Sunday. The temperature climbed to the 70 mark here Tuesday and the Bays cut loose just as if it was early in September. From the looks of things, the Packers will be in the pink for the fracas with the Halas-Sternaman tribe. Red Dunn's ankle is rounding into shape nicely while Nash's knee, Earpe's side and Perry's neck are all on the mend. This kind of Atlantic City weather would just about cure anything. Capt. Lambeau figures his club will take the Bears Sunday. "For the first time since the Philadelphia game in early September, we will have everyone of our players in shape to go," said the Packer leader. "The addition of Bo Molenda has strengthened our team a lot and the former Michigan star is keen to strut his stuff against the Bears. Bo is a great line plunger and I feel confident that he will pile up plenty of yardage against the Bears. I don't think he likes them any better than we do."...AFTER EVEN BREAK: "With all out reserves in shape, it will be possible to make frequent substitutions and this will enable us to fight against the Bears at top speed from first to last whistle. We are determined to beat the Bears and thus gain an even break on one of the toughest trips ever attempted by a professional football club." The Packers are expecting many fans from the Bay in the stands when the whistle blows. The team has been going it alone for four games and a rallying cheer from a Packer contingent will go a long way towards helping out the cause for victory. The schedule for the home trip has been mapped out. The team leaves here Thursday afternoon and will arrive in Philadelphia in time to get a bite to eat. The Packers board a Pennsylvania train at 8:40 p.m., riding in a special Pullman car. They will reach Chicago early Friday evening and go direct to the Parkway hotel. Saturday morning the team will stage a workout in Lincoln park which is located right in front of the hotel...DISBAND IN CHICAGO: The Packers are disband in Chicago Sunday night after the Bear game. Baker, Ashmore and Minick are going to drive to the coast. Perry, Nash. Jones and Bowdoin will head for "dear old" Alabama and Georgia. Molenda goes back to Detroit while Harry O'Boyle travels to Des Moines. The rest of the crew will return to the Badger state and put their gridiron togs in mothballs for another season. Several Yellowjacket players came down to Atlantic City to rest up for a few days after the licking they got from the Bears in Chicago. These players claim the Chicagoans were at the top of their game besides playing rough and ready ball. Nearly every man on the Hornet club was banged to the limit at the hands of the Bears. However, the Jackets hope to get their revenge when the Bears return to Philadelphia on Dec. 15. This Sunday the Jackets meet the Giants and the Quakers are worrying about the result as six of their stars won't be able to perform on the chalk marked field.
SPECIAL TRAINS WILL RUN TO CHICAGO
DECEMBER 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Special excursion trains on both Northwestern and Milwaukee roads are expected to bear several hundred Green Bay people to Chicago Sunday for the Packer-Bear game. The last time the two teams clashed at Wrigley field more than 1,000 fans took advantage of the special low excursion and saw the favorites in action. On the Northwestern line, trains will leave Green Bay at 12:15 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. Sunday morning. Return trains will leave Chicago at 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. Sunday night. All children will be carried half fare. The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul road will also run two excursion trains. One train will leave here at 1:15 a.m., and the other at 7 a.m. Sunday morning and the latter train will arrive at 12:05 p.m. Sunday noon. Return trains will leave Chicago at 5 and 9:20 p.m. Children will be carried on the Milwaukee road also.
EASTERN FANS LIKE PACKERS, SAYS DR. KELLY
DECEMBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dr. W. Weber Kelly, team physician, returned last night from Providence, R.I., after spending the past two weeks on tour with the Green Bay Packers professional football club. Dr. Kelly joined the local eleven at Atlantic City and journeyed with them to Pottsville, Philadelphia and Providence. In commenting on the Pottsville defeat, the doctor said everything there was against Green Bay. The team arrived in the Pennsylvania city late at night, there was no one at the depot to meet them and by the time they found their hotel and got settled it was quite late. When they awoke the next day, it was drizzling rain and cold. Just before the game started, it began to snow and the wind rose, making it almost impossible to do anything. This fact coupled with the small crowd and its apparent hostility took the heart out of the Packers, the physician said. The crowd was abusive and showed poor sportsmanship all the way through the game. Then, too, several of the players were banged up and could not give their best. Kotal could not play at all...POTTSVILLE AT PEAK: Green Bay played hard but every break went against them; everything Pottsville tried worked. Furthermore, Dr. Kelly said, Pottsville was at the teak of its game and it would have taken a great team to beat them that day. During the half, the Packers had no place to go and had to huddle down at the corner of the field in the snow and cold. "They never want to see Pottsville again," said the physician. "Every man was fed up on the place and the reception they got. At Philadelphia Thanksgiving day, the Packers looked like the Packers of old. They played a splendid game and won much favorable comment from the fans, especially Eddie Kotal, who dazzled the crowd with his great pass catching and open field running. Eddie was not in the best of shape, but he played a great game as did the rest of the fellows. We made more first downs than Philadelphia and had the ball near the goal several times, but breaks robbed us of a score. We received an invitation to return to Philadelphia next Thanksgiving day so well pleased was the crowd with the fight put up by Green Bay."...PROVIDENCE LIKES TEAM: "At Providence, we received a warm reception from the Providence team and fans and also an invitation to return. We were without the services of our quarterback, Earpe was hurt and so was Perry. Nevertheless, we gave them a great fight and Providence is satisfied with the tie. The crowd was very fair and gave our players a big hand. The Packers played good, clean football. O'Donnell played the best game of his career and every time Providence tried his end they failed." Dr. Kelly left Providence Sunday night, reaching home last evening. The physician said he expected every player on the team to be ready to play the Bears Sunday. "The Packers have had a hard schedule on the road, but they hope to wind up the season with a win over the Halas-Sternaman eleven at Chicago," he said. "And I believe they will win, particularly if the Green Bay fans go down and give them a little encouragement." Cahoon left Providence Sunday night from home, too, returning via New York. He will rejoin the Packers in Chicago Saturday for the Bear game.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT - AS OTHERS SEE THEM
DECEMBER 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - While scanning the sports pages of the Providence Journal, we ran across some interesting comments about the Providence Steamroller football team that is worth passing on. The Providence writer also had some highly complimentary remarks about the Packer team in his comments: "Green Bay brought forward a team that showed surprising strength," the Providence writer states. "Lewellen and Kotal were two of the classiest backs to perform here this season. O'Donnell, the right end, was exceptionally good. Earpe, the regular center, was a tower of strength and he mainly halted the Rollers' prospective touchdown march late in the third period." In a column headed, "First and Second Guesses", conducted by John R. Hess, the Providence Journal sports editor, we ran across the following: "Rhode Island's football season came to a close in a blaze of glory yesterday with the Steam Roller bringing a world championship to Providence, the first world title since 1884, when 'Old Hoss' Radbourne pitched the Providence Grays of the National league into the title in a three-game series with the Metropolitan club of New York City. And the occasion of the Steam Roller triumph will be celebrated tomorrow evening at a victory banquet at the Biltmore hotel at which the football players will be the guests of honor. The championship was clinched for Providence when the Roller played the Green Bay Packers from the wilds of Wisconsin to a 7-7 tie, coming from behind to tie the score with an exhibition of drive and courage which has never been exceeded if ever equaled on a professional football field. Gus Sonnenberg, with the game and the championship hanging in the balance, booted a placement between the uprights for the point that tied the score, and Gus' kick would have gone over the bar from the 40 yard line, so lusty was his boot. It is a fine tribute to the gameness of the club, that it was able to rally after a Green Bay touchdown which would have demoralized most teams with so much at stake. Taking the ball on the kickoff following this touchdown, the Roller marched 72 yards with a battering, bruising drive and tallied on a beautifully executed forward pass. Certainly this splendid exhibition of courage should put an end to any scoffing at the sincerity of the football played by the professionals. The Steam Roller is an unusual club, however. Few squads, in or out of college, have had finer comaraderie or keener desire to win their games. Conclusive proof of this fine feeling among the players was shown in the opening quarter when Kotal, Green Bay halfback, recovered Jack Cronin's fumble. Cronin, playing with a mask to protect his broken nose, was partially blinded by his protector, but there was no 'crabbing' by his teammates at his mistake. It has been the team, first, and all the time, that counted with these Roller players and this fine spirit has given Providence is the most powerful team in the history of football. That the Roller has the support of Providence sports followers is proved by the attendance reports, which show that 76,725 customers paid to see its nine home games. Three of the games drew more than 10,000 each. The New York Giants attracted the bumper turnout of more than 13,000 spectators, and this on a day with the temperature below the freezing mark. These figures indicate that at an average of $1.25 per customer, the Roller has done between $95,000 and $100,000 worth of business. But this is far from all profit, however. The Roller has one of the heaviest payrolls in the league, visiting clubs take a big slice of the gate and the other operating expenses of a pro teams are unusually heavy. League guarantees on games away from home are less then the payroll, while transportation and hotel expenses must be paid by the visiting team. Add to this the hazard of poor weather and the possibility of a losing team with consequent decrease in drawing power and it can been seen that professional promotion is not conducive to the peace of mind of its backers."
REVENGE IS BEAR MOTIF FOR SUNDAY
DECEMBER 6 (Chicago Tribune) - While victory Sunday over the Green Bay Packers will not advance the Bears in the final standings of the NFL, it would give the Bears a tremendous amount of satisfaction. Green Bay is the team which started the Bears to a series of three defeats, Detroit accounting for the others. Green Bay and the Bears fought to a 12 to 12 tie in the second game of the fall, and then the Chicagoans list, 16 to 6, at Wrigley field. So Sunday, when the pros wind up their Chicago schedule, the Bears are anxious to show their followers they can reverse the figures of the second game. The Bears are preparing a defense for Dunn's passes and the open field work of Eddie Kotal.