PRO FOOTBALL MUCH FASTER THAN COLLEGE GAME; CAGLE, PACKERS LAUDED BY WRITERS
NOV 25 (New York) - Chris Cagle for a lesson in professional footabll, he indicated after the game with the Packers. Discussing his collision with Tom Nash early in the game at the Polo Grounds, he told Arthur Rhodes of the Graphic here that the professionals play much faster and harder ball than the colleges. This opinion was described as follows: Gasping in his dressing room from the effects of his first professional football game, Christian "Red" Cagle, ex-Army star and now of the New York Giants, yesterday explained the chief difference between college and pro football as his teammates clapped one another upon the back in celebration of their 13-6 win over the Green Bay Packers. Cagle's first assertion was that the pros are far more considerate of their opponents than are the so-called gentlemanly collegians. "I tell you," Cagle began as he commenced unrolling his stockings, "these college fellows are more aggressive, but the pros, while they aren't as frisky are much more considerate. They take pretty good care of you." ..STATEMENT IS SURPRISING: This statement was altogether surprising in face of the fact that Chris was roughed up shortly after the start of the contest and was retired for a long while with a sharp abrasion upon his right temple. After admitting that his opponents might have been a little more careful in this instance, Cagle continued as a friend unwound a band of gauze about his head. "The teamwork among the pros is perfect," he said, "and while the offensive is stronger than that of most college teams, the defensive is equally as effective. The pros are much smarter.' And this was the reason why Cagle was unable to accomplish anything unusual yesterday. "I believe a team like the Giants could lick most any college team in the country,' announced Cagle in reply to how he thought Notre Dame would fare against such a squad as the Giants."...DAILY NEWS COMMENTS: Paul Gallico of the Daily News said: "The three greatest football games I have seen this year were the Yale-Georgia heartstopper, the Fordham-St. Mary's pulse exhilarator, and the pro game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers of Wisconsin. And the greatest of these was the latter, viewed at the Polo Grounds last Sunday, because, in addition to the excitement and suspense, it offered a technical precision that is unmatched in any college games. I never saw a better played game. It kept 40,000 or so in a constant uproar. Between trick plays, broken field runs, forward passes and two goal defenses on the one-yard line by the Giant team, it had everything - including three very exciting young men named Friedman, Badgro and Cagle. Cagle's entrance into professional football was probably the stormiest debut ever. He caught the opening kickoff, ran 30 yards, and was tackled simultaneously by what seemed to 3,476 Green Bay Packers, each of them 10 feet high. Gosh, they were big guy! But then...you have to be big to play the pro game. Yet Cagle can give it and he's a little fellow. When he was hurt they carried the guy who hurt him off the field."..JOURNAL'S COMMENTS: The New York Journal said: "Chris Cagle making his professional debut was a decided success. But he didn't have a chance to break loose on any of the scintillating runs that made him famous under the grim walls of West Point. The rampant Red's head was badly cut and he was stunned in the opening moments of the tussle and it was not until the last period that he was able to resume the battle...the Packers were watching him from the moment he stepped on the field and made it a rough party for the former Army wizard." The New York Evening Post: "The Packers, undefeated last year, and with only one setback this season, presented a slashing offense in the second half, but the fighting Giants by a superb goal line stand late in the last quarter threw the Packers back and saved the game."...WORLD PRAISES TEAM: The New York World said: "With Benny Friedman and Red Cagle playing side by side part of the time, the Giants swept to the lead and then doggedly threw back the powerful Packers determined rally in one of the most sensational games ever played here." The Herald Tribune story said: ""Cagle, who quit the Army for a brief trial at coaching, started in the Giant backfield and was in six plays. It was on his sixth play, as he was twisting to receive a pass that Tom Nash, one of the Green Bay ends, hit him like a bullet. Nash was carried from off the field with a broken nose and Cagle sat on the ground, stunned, blood running down his face from a gash in his right temple. He was led off the field and sat on the bench until the third period when he came back with his head in bandages which he finally had to fling away. Cagle showed fine courage but he did not win the game for the Giants. He was fast. But he was like a shift bird beating its wings against rocks. He never had been up against anything like the Packers. He could not have made his professional football debut against sterner opponents."
CAGLE RUBS HEAD, "NO FOOLIN' - PRO GAME IS TOUGH"
NOV 25 (New York) - Chris Cagle agrees that football is a tough racket as the professionals play it. "There's no fooling about this professional football," the famous redhead said, "and when they tackle they mean it." Cagle made his pro debut with the New York Giants on Sunday and was hurt early in the first period when he collided with Tom Nash of the Green Bay Packers. Cagle suffered a deep gash in his head and Nash a broken nose. Nash was through for the day but Cagle returned to the lineup late in the game. Commenting on Green Bay's forward wall Cagle said: "I never thought or believed a line could be so tough. Both teams fought bitterly but there was no unnecessary roughness."
PACKERS GOT $9,000 OF A $60,000 GATE
NOV 25 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers took several lickings at the Polo Grounds Sunday - the first in the National league standings when they lost to Benny Friedman's Giants, 13 to 6, and the second in the region of the pocketbook, which probably hurt more, when they played before 40,000 fans and got only a flat $9,000 guarantee. Of the first there is little to say. They lost to a great team and have only a mathematical chance today of finishing the season on top. In second place now, with a standing of 8-2 - .800 against the Giants' rating of 11-2 - .846, the Packers still have four games to play, Philadelphia at Philadelphia Thanksgiving afternoon, Stapleton at Stapleton next Sunday, Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field December 7 and Portsmouth at Portsmouth December 14, but even if they win them all they can finish no better than second if the Giants also win their four remaining games, which now seems highly probable. The Giants must still play Stapleton Thanksgiving Day, Brooklyn at Brooklyn next Sunday, Philadelphia at Philadelphia December 6 and Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds December 7 and they have little to feat from any of them, although upsets do occur. Only if the Giants lost one of their games and the Packers cop all four, which doesn't appear at all certain with the Bears standing out like bugaboos in the December 7 game, can the champions of 1929 repeat. Of the second licking, however, the licking in the region of the pocketbook, a lot can be said. It is a story in itself because when the Packers last summer closed the contract calling for a guarantee of $9,000 without a percentage privilege, they believed they had a bargain. It all came about when the Giants came into the annual schedule meeting only lukewarm toward making the trip to Green Bay. "It's a long train jump," they said, "and it will hardly pay us for what you can offer." But the Packers, with the finger on the pulse of Green Bay's tremendous football interest, started to bargain. "We'll give you a flat $7,000. No? We'll give you $8,000. What! No? We'll give you $9,000." Which the Giants gobbled up. And then came the bargain, or what to Green Bay's promoters looked like a bargain. "Now," they said, never dreaming of a 40,000 crowd and a $60,000 gate, "since we guaranteed you a flat $9,000, which is quite a sum for our little town of Green Bay, you'll have to guarantee us $9,000 for the visiting club in the home series. At first it did look like a bargain. Not only did the Packers meet the New York's guarantee and pay all their own expenses when the Giants played at Green Bay but they made $8,000 besides. It even struck George Calhoun of the Packers so funny when he recounted the tale of the "bargain" two weeks ago that he chuckled for a full five minutes. But then came the game in New York, played before 40,000 fans who roughly paid $60,000 to see it and the bargain suddenly became a bad piece of business. The Packers got their flat $9,000 all right but the Giants, without the customary percentage privilege, got $51,000. Which you will admit isn't a bad piece of business in these hard times. Thousands in the crowd that jammed the Polo Grounds undoubtedly came to see their old Army favorite, Red Cagle, in his professional debut. A whirlwind in his college days, Cagle was just another player Sunday, judging from reports. But that is the way of pro football. With rare exceptions, the powerful Mr. Nagurski of the Bears being one, professional football quickly cuts the sunflowers of college days into dandelions. Red Dunn had a terrible time when he first broke into pro ball. Red Grange was just another football player, Ken Haycraft, Minnesota's All-American end, gave a sad exhibition the short time he played with the Packers against the Cards a week ago; Johnny Mohardt of Notre Dame was nobody on the professional field, and now Red Cagle, not the All-American of his college days, but just another halfback who was hit so hard by Tom Nash in the first quarter that he had to leave the game and did not return until the fourth quarter in which he played only a short while before being pulled. Yes, college football is better than professional football, yes it is - not. In line with this last, none other than Grantland Rice, who saw Sunday's game, raves about professional football as the Giants and Packers played it. His worthwhile comments on the game follows: "Those who happened to see the New York Giants upset the Green Bay Packers at the Polo Grounds saw more good football, on both sides, than they saw in any one game this year. The game was not only a thriller but it was played with far greater skill than any of the college teams can show, which is only natural. The type of plays selected and the execution of those plays was almost as far above the average college standard as big league baseball is above college baseball. The game was played with a dash and a spirit that had 40,000 or more fans roaring most of the afternoon. The blocking, the running and the tackling was all hard and clean and the passing was far above anything one sees in a college game. This also is only natural with Benny Friedman as one of the passers. Friedman is a greatly improved player over his Michigan days. He is a much better ball carrier, a better all-around performer. Badgro of the Giants, a Southern California product, was far beyond any end I have seen this season. He was a human whirlwind, on top of every job that came his way. Cagle in this game was just a halfback, although a good one. I checked up the average weights of the two teams. The Green Bay Packers averaged 213 pounds and the New York Giants 201 and if there was a slow man on the field no one saw him. Moran's 85-yard run was as fine a piece of broken field zig-zag sprinting as anyone ever saw. And in their last march against two heavy penalties to the Giants' six-inch line the Packers put as much spirit in their play as you could ask from any college team in a traditional battle."