GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - Were you one of the 30,000 fans who saw Mike Michalske 80 yards for a touchdown here yesterday? If you were not, gather around and we'll tell
you about one of the greatest runs seen in many a year
that gave the Packers a 6-2 victory over the team they
would rather beat than any other National league eleven.
Mike's run came midway in the second period. It came
unexpectedly like a heaven-sent gift, to turn the tide of
a hard, smashing ball game to Green Bay's favor.
Picture this setting:
HAMMER BEARS' LINE
The Packers had hammered the Bear line for nearly half
an hour without results. True, they had made a few first
downs and had gone beyond midfield, but they never
threatened. The Bears likewise had pounded hard and
often at the powerful Packer wall, but neither side 
yielded to allow opponents down beyond the 25-yard 
line. Then the Bears began to click. Nagurski, the big
Minnesota battering ram, smashed through the right 
side of the Packer line, bowled over one man and kept
on going 21 yards before he was brought down on the
Packer 40 yard line. Red Grange went over right guard
for nine yards and then found a hole in center to put the
ball on the 26 yard line. That set the stage for the
turning point of the game. Brumbaugh slipped back to
pass. Big, broad Cal Hubbard came charging in at him
like a locomotive. Brumbaugh couldn't thrown the ball to
the man the play called for as Cal smashed into him, so
he threw wildly to the left side of the field. Michalske
came bounding out from behind the line. He grabbed the
ball on his own 20 yard line and started to gallop. 
Stahlman cut down one Bear man who nearly caught
Mike. Cal Hubbard picked himself up after mussing up
Brumbaugh and blocked out another Bear man, as Mike
continued to tear down the west side of the field.
GANTENBEIN SPILLS LYMAN
Gantenbein followed Mike, both galloping at top speed
as Link Lyman cut across the gridiron to try and head
them off. Down they went with Lyman closing in as they
got to the 15 yard line. Gantenbein slackened his pace
momentarily and threw himself at Lyman and the Bear
tackler went down hard. He was the only man with a
possible chance to get Mike and when he was blocked
out, Mike finished the run. Dunn missed the try for extra
point by a kick, but it didn't matter, as the six points
were enough to win. There were other sensational plays
in this ball game as there always is when the Packers
​and Bears tangle but the run was by far the outstanding
event. There was for instance, the kicking of Nesbit,
former Drake star, who showed the Packers a few tricks
about punting. There also was the line smashing of this
big Bear halfback, and the running of Grange and
Molesworth who continually threatened to break loose
for dashes that might have meant touchdowns. There
was one run by Molesworth after intercepting a pass in
the third period that almost gave the Bears a score. He
broke loose on the prettiest open field run of the game,
sidestepped, reversed his field, cut back and did
everything to evade Packer tacklers but finally was
stopped on the 25-yard mark when it looked like he was
going the rest of the way to the goal. Then there was 
the play of the two lines. Hard, rough and bruising, the
forward wall men pounded into each other with neither side yielding without the bitterest kind of a struggle. On the Packer line, they all did their bit with Gantenbein at end and Dick Stahlman and Red Sleight, tackles, and Michalske probably the outstanding performers.
BEARS SCORE SAFETY
Before we go any farther, we might tell about the Bears' two points. The score came early in the third period, with Red Dunn the victim. Nesbit got off a great kick, which Red grabbed on the two yard line. Before Red could get started, he was boxed by Johnsos and Garland Grange. Attempting to run out, Dunn circled backwards over the goal, but the two Bear ends closed in and smashed him down before he could get into the field of play. The game was tense, occasionally sensational, often thrilling and always dogged. Both seemed to be suffering the effects of super tension. They were so intent on winning that they tightened up inadvertently and couldn't loosen up for consistent, smooth attacks. The Bears were keyed to such a pitch that occasionally when scoring opportunities presented ​they couldn't take advantage of them. On two occasions pass plays failed when receivers dropped balls which ordinarily would have been caught. Fumbles when scoring opportunities were available were indications of overanxiety of the Bears. The Packers were alert to take advantage of Bear mishaps, recovering most of the Chicagoans' fumbles. The Bears, on the other hand, failed to take advantage of breaks, and this probably was the deciding factor in the game. An unusual feature was the scarcity of completed forward passes. Timing of pass plays was poor, due probably to rushing tactics used by both teams. As a result, only one pass was completed by the Bears, another was given them for interference while the Packers could only complete one heave. Tackling and blocking was vicious and hard. Occasionally it was rough beyond necessity, but the officials did nothing about it. All who played took punishment as they have seldom taken it in any game. Punting played an important part of the game. The Bears had it over the Packers in this department by a wide margin. Both Blood and Lewellen had off days in kicking, probably due to the fact that they were being rushed and had to hurry kicks. Nesbit punted from far behind his line of scrimmage and one of his kicks traveled more than 75 yards.
RUNS 25 YARDS
An opening period thrust by the Packers were impressive but it failed of its purpose after carrying the invaders into Chicago territory. Bo Molenda started it off by smashing through right tackle for a gain of 25 yards before he was hauled down. Bo and Lewellen
went through for another first down around the 25 yard
mark. A line play failed to gain so the Packers started
passing. The overhead game didn't connect and on the
fourth down Lew punted out of bounds on the Bear 20
yard mark and it was the Bears turn to attack. The
Bears wasted no time and Nagurski and Red Grange
alternated in some fine ball carrying. They smashed
ahead for three first downs and it looked like they were
going to continue down the field but Nagurski fumbled
and Lewellen recovered and the assault was stopped
for the time being. Shortly after the start of the second
period, Nagurski ripped through the line and kept going
for 21 yards before he was brought down. Grange
picked up 15 yards on two fast plays cutting through 
the line to put the ball on the Packer 25 yard line. Then
the Bears called a pass and Mike intercepted it for his
touchdown run. Both teams threatened again in the
period without result. The Packers were set back after
two successive first downs by a 15 yard penalty and
they had to punt after a Bear drive and McCrary 
recovered for the Packers on the 30 yard mark.
MOLESWORTH GETS LOOSE
Again in the third period, after the Bears had counted
two points on the safety, the Packers stopped a Bear
attack by recovering a fumble. Nagurski was stopped 
on the line of scrimmage after the Bears had advanced to midfield and fumbled, Michalske recovering. It was after this play that Molesworth intercepted a pass by Saunders and started his sensational dash. He cut to the left and sidestepped as two Packers tried to run him out of bounds. Sleight cleverly made Molesworth run across the field by close guarding although he was not quite in a position to tackle him. As he forced the speedy Bear halfback across the gridiron, other Packers were able to come up from behind and nail Molesworth on the 25 yard line. The Bears tried one line play from this spot and failed to go far and then opened up with passes. Two heaves, intended for Johnsos, were knocked down and Red Dunn smashed another intended for Garland Grange on the goal line and the Packers took the ball. The final period was wild with the Bears tying desperate passes. Blood intercepted one heave to carry the ball back to his own 27 yard line and Wilson intercepted another, making up for a fumble that gave the Bears the ball in midfield a moment before.
GREEN BAY -  0  6  0  0 -  6
CHI BEARS -  0  0  2  0 -  2
2nd - GB - Michalske, 80-yard interception return (Dunn kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
4th - CHI - Safety, Luke Johnsos tackled Dunn in the end zone GREEN BAY 6-2
NEWS AND NOTES
SIDELIGHTS
NOVEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - Tom Nash and Milt Gantenbein called on for most of the action at ends, due to Dilweg's illness, played on sheer nerve. Nash's shoulder was painful due to a recent injury, but he kept banging into the opposition continually, playing nearly the entire game. Gantenbein was in the full 60 minutes and what a whale of a game he played!...The Green Bay Legion band in full uniform, instead of the Lumberjack custom, was on hand to take its part in the program. Cheerleaders of Green Bay high schools led fans of Wisconsin in several good cheers for the Packers. Approximately 5,000 fans were in the stands reserved for the Packer followers...Red Sleight also played the entire game. He shifted with Tom Nash on offense when his team was punting, going down the field often to nab receivers in their tracks. After getting hit a few times, Molesworth, who played safety, began signalling for free catches...Lavvie Dilweg played only a few minutes but it was long enough for him to knock out Nagurski. The Bears tried a smash at Lavvie's end soon after he came into the game, but Dilweg sliced through the interference and tackled the Big Nag, knocking him out...Nate Barragar, the new center, also saw a few minutes service. He took Mike's place at guard late in the game. He showed some real blocking ability in a running play.
BAND PLAYS HOT TUNES ON WAY FROM CHICAGO
NOVEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - A happy bunch of Packer rooters boarded the special trains in Chicago last night after the Bear-Packer game at Wrigley field yesterday afternoon. The Legion band was much in evidence on one of the specials and they paraded throughout the length of the train with their instruments and kept the passengers in a lively frame of mind as they turned up on the "Packer Song", "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight", and "On, Wisconsin". At several of the stops, the band with a number of rooters paraded on the platform while citizens of the cities where the train happened to be stopping looked on with admiration at the spirit shown by the Green Bay fans.
STAPLETON PLAYS BAYS SUNDAY IN FINAL HOME GAME
NOVEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - Although most of the nation's football talent has been paraded across the City Stadium at some time or other for the benefit of Green Bay fans and the Packers have halted the rushes of the best-known players ever to appear on American gridirons, fewer backfield stars have approached the reputation of several players who will represent Stapleton here next Sunday afternoon. The contest will make the last appearance of the champions before a home crowd, and will get underway at 2 o'clock. The best known and perhaps most formidable of the invaders is Ken Strong, all-American fullback at New York University in 1928 and all-American professional halfback with the Stapes last season. Strong is the original triple threat artist, as he can pass with the best in the game, is adept at broken field running, excellent line smasher or end runner, and one of the longest punters in the National league. His punts are so far up in the air that Barrabee, Marshall and Cunningham, Stapleton's crack ends, are nearly always under the receiver when the boots come down. Stapleton expects that Strong's punting will play an important part in what they intend to be a victory over Green Bay...BAKER GOOD BLOCKER: No newcomer to Green Bay fans is Roy (Bullet) Baker, who plays half and quarter with Stapleton. Once an all-Pacific Coast halfback, he has played with the New York Yankees, the Packers and the Chicago Cardinals. Baker is a sensational blocker, and his sweeping charges have paved the way for many of Strong's advances. Thomas (Doc) Parkinson, mentioned as an all-American fullback for Pitt in 1929, is playing his first year of professional football. He is a power on both defense and offense, and has to his credit the major number of tackles chalked up by the Stape secondary. Stuart Clancy, 195 pound back, is the same Clancy who tore up eastern gridirons as captain of the 1929 Holy Cross team. He received all-eastern attention, and played with Newark last year until a broken leg tossed him to the sidelines for the remainder of the season. His punts, while not as Strong's are good. Then Stapleton has E.E. (Tiny) Feather, formerly of Kansas State, who has visited Green Bay as running mate for Benny Friedman's New York Giants. This is his fifth year in the professional circuit...HAINES MAY SEE ACTION: Hinky Haines, the coach, may see action Sunday, but Mays McLain, Portsmouth's great fullback of last season, is certain to pound the Packer line before many whistles have blown. He weighs 225 pounds and last year scored 62 points for Portsmouth to top the National league column. The backfield list is completed by Irving (Murphy) Considine, Syracuse back who is playing his first year of professional football, and Indian Yablok, who started the season with Brooklyn. At ends the Stapes have "Cookie" Cunningham, one time Ohio State star, whose six feet three inches makes him one of the tallest men in the pro game. He is death on passes. Barrabee, another NYU man, probably will be paired with Cunningham. Barrabee's press notices claim that "he wears a 16 1/2 collar around what passes as a neck." Charley Marshall, one more NYU product, completes the wing roster. In John (Bing) Miller, Al Kanya and Elwyn Comstock, the Stapes have three excellent tackles. Miller is an NYU alumnus who has played for three years with Stapleton, while Kanya is a promising newcomer from Syracuse. Comstock played with West Virginia Wesleyan and Washington U. at St. Louis, and has proved a capable substitute for the other two tackles...GARVEY PLAYING GUARD: Three veterans and a youngster of promise holds down the guard assignments. There are Ollie Satenstein, another NYU man; Jim Laird, Colgate; Heck Garvey, Notre Dame, and Erk Taylor, Alabama Poly. Laird is a veteran of the champion Providence Steamrollers of 1928, and weighs 235 pounds. Satenstein and Garvey are of the same general weight and build. At center the Stapes make use of Herb Rapp, former Xavier University captain, and Jim Fitzgerald of Holy Cross. Both are accurate passers, hefty line charges and are apt at diagnosing plays.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS - "BREAKS"
NOVEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - A great team gets the breaks - by making them. We don't know who penned those words, but we do know they form an axiom that was pushed down the Chicago Bears' throat by the Packers Sunday. If ever two teams were evenly matched - they were the Bears and Packers. But the Packers won, because they got the breaks - by making them. They proved their greatness in the performance, against a team that looked as good as they did, but lacked that one thing. Let's analyze the game. We'll start with the statistics. The Bears completed one forward pass some 25 yards. The Packers completed one pass for a similar gain. Neither side had an advantage in the overhead game. The Packers gained 148 yards from scrimmage, while the Bears gained 150 yards. All of which leads to the contention that offensively and defensively they were little difference in the play of the two teams. Next, let's inspect that play that brought the Packers' score. "Just a break, they were lucky to get", was the comment of Bear followers after the game. But was it a break they were "lucky to get"? Decidedly not. It was a break that the Packers made. When Cal Hubbard rushed Brumbaugh on the pass play, he started making the "break". He got to the Bear back before the latter could pick out his receiver. Brumbaugh had a choice of taking a ten yard loss or throwing in the general direction of the receiver. He threw the ball. Mike helped in completing the "break" by getting to the ball before a Bear man - and the rest of the performance is history. There wasn't any more "breaks" in the play - only perfect football. It was perfect football when at least four men blocked out by Packers, the final by Gantenbein deep in Bear territory, and Mike went on to score. Then we come to Bear fumbles, also termed as "bad breaks" to the Chicagoans by their followers. Again it is apparent that they worked to the Packers' advantage because they made them. When a Bear man fumbled, and a Packer recovered, it was because the Bear man was tackled hard and another Green Bay player was on his toes to get the ball. The Packers fumbled too, occasionally, but they recovered the ball most of the time. Once Johnny Blood recovered a Packer fumble for a four yard gain. That was winning football.
Green Bay Packers (8-0) 6, Chicago Bears (3-3) 2
​Sunday November 1st 1931 (at Chicago)
PACKERS PACE PRO GRIDIRON CIRCUIT IN POINT SCORING
NOVEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers in their determined bid for their third successive national pro football championship have participated in a scoring spree this fall which in a scoring spree this fall which puts Coach Lambeau's team so far in the lead in the point scoring column. In eight games, the Packers have scored 187 points or more than Portsmouth and the Chicago Bears combined. Portsmouth, the second place club in the percentage table has counted 119 points in nine games while the New York Giants are credited with 75 in seven contests and the Bears 67 in a half dozen combats. Philadelphia trails in the point scoring with only 13 but strange to relate all
these points were chalked up in the game against the
Bears and brought about the Yellowjackets only victory
of the season...PORTSMOUTH HAS EDGE: On the
defensive Portsmouth sets the pace as 30 points have
been scored against the Spartans in their nine games.
The Bears have played six contests with the opponents
counting 39 points. Rivals of the Packers have come
through with 42 points. The records show Brooklyn as
the the weakest defensive team as foes of the Dodgers
are credited with 127 points. The Green Bay-Providence
game which was played here on Sunday October 25
was the year's high point tilt. There were 68 points
recorded in this "track carnival", the Packers getting 48
and the Steamrollers 20. The next biggest scoring affray
was the Green Bay-Brooklyn 32 to 6 skirmish early in
the season here.
DODGERS GET RADICK, PERRY FOR PACKERS
NOVEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - Claude Perry and Kenneth
Radick, Packer football tackles were released to the
Brooklyn Dodgers and will arrive in the eastern city
Friday or Saturday. Perry has been with the Bays five
years. He came here from Alabama. Radick joined the
Packers last year, after playing with West high and
Marquette University elevens. His home is in Green Bay.
TALKING IT OVER - BY ARCH WARD
NOVEMBER 4 (Chicago) - A comparison of college and
professional football is ridiculous in the opinion of a 
large percentage of the readers who have taken enough interest in the discussion to write in their views. They contend that the postgraduate game is so much superior there is no comparison. Having spent several years of his life in the business of being ridiculous, this writer does not hesitate to state that, in his estimation, with due allowance for reshuffling of war debts and reparations and recognition of the polluted condition of some Wisconsin streams, there is at least one college football team that can whip the Bears or the Packers any or every weekend of the season. If anyone doubts it, I wish he would arrange a game between Notre Dame and either the Packers or Bears for Soldiers' field, Dec. 6. There probably are two or three other rah rah elevens that could turn the trick, but I would be willing to wager my oil wells, copper mines, and handball glove only on Notre Dame...I wasn't ready to shoot the works until I saw the Packers defeat the Bears at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon. This was supposed to represent the ultimate in gridiron technique. Maybe it was. But I am sure I have seen college teams, led by 19 or 20 year old quarterbacks, show better strategy than either of these outstanding professional elevens displayed Sunday. Nobody left Wrigley field feeling he had not received his money's worth. There have been few games more exciting. But as I watched expert backs fumble the ball on line plunges, throw forward passes to unprotected parts of the field and permit themselves to be trapped behind the goal line for safeties there was an increased yearning to see what would happen if they made mistakes like these against Notre Dame. I pick Notre Dame as my standard bearer against the pros because it has the replacements to survive the physical strain of competing against heavier and more matured men. Then, too, Notre Dame is more versatile both on attack and defense than any college eleven I can name. It knows four or five ways to handle every play where most teams are satisfied if they have mastered one. The Irish are equally dangerous on land or in the air...The pros, of course, would have greater weight, but added poundage does no particular good when your man scoots past before you realize what is going on. Russell Saunders, the 175 pound Green Bay boy who is playing his first year in postgraduate football, proved that Sunday. And the clinching argument, as submitted by Bob Zuppke and Dick Hanley, is the collegians' "zest for the game". Now, readers, it is your turn to shoot. I hope for the best but fear for the worst. I shall try to bear up with Spartan fortitude. I might add that I picked Stribling to whip Schmeling.
CRACK STAPLETON HALFBACK IS TRIPLE THREAT GRIDDER
NOVEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - Many outstanding stars of the gridiron have paraded across the Green Bay gridiron in opposition to the twice champion Packers and have been the most colorful players of the modern game, but none has achieved greater success than the spearhead of the Stapleton offense, Ken Strong, all American college and professional star. Strong will invade Green Bay's stronghold Sunday surrounded by a galaxy of former college luminaries, who comprise Stapleton's threat to the National league leaders and champions. It was Ken Strong who wound his way 70 yards through the entire Green Bay team at Stapleton last year for the Stapes' only offensive threat against the Packers, when the Bays were engaged on their eastern invasion. In the course of the game Green Bay served Stapleton a 33 to 7 trimming, but Strong's work, particularly in that one spree, earned him high praise from eastern sport writers...WAS CRUCIAL CONTEST: That game was crucial for Green Bay's pennant chances, and by defeating Stapleton the Packers stepped back into first place, aided by a 7 to 6 beating that Brooklyn handed the New York Giants on the same day. Shortly before the end of the second period, Strong took the ball on his 30 yard line and in a long, beautiful run which carried him twice across the width of the field, he raced to a touchdown. As Strong crossed the Packer goal line, he was hit simultaneously by three big Bay men, and the Stape back came up groggy. He recovered sufficiently to boot the extra point, and then was aided into the clubhouse where he fainted. A doctor's examination revealed three broken ribs...COLLEGIATE ALL-AMERICAN: Back in his college days at New York university, Strong won acclaim for his hard driving attack and sterling defensive play, which earned him all American rating in 1928. Since joining Stapleton he has been played at halfback, and in 1930 was selected for the all American professional eleven, along with ten other stars of the National league. The Stape halfback can pass with the best in the pro game, and is perhaps the season's outstanding punter. Recently at the Polo grounds, in a game against the Giants, he booted one punt which landed 78 yards from the spot it was kicked, and then bounded 15 yards before the New York safety man could catch up with it. His punts at Green Bay are certain to keep the ball bouncing deep in Packers' territory on more than one occasion, and the Stapes carry ends who are capable of getting down on Strong's punts with all varieties of speed. Strong also stars at baseball, and during the summer months handles an outfield assignment with Toronto in the International league.
STAPES-PACKERS READY FOR FINAL GREEN BAY GAME
NOVEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - Headed by a sensational all-American professional halfback, the Stapes of Stapleton, gunning for a higher notch in the first division of the National league, are prepared to spoil the last home game of the Green Bay Packers at the City stadium Sunday afternoon. The kickoff with two powerful teams lined against each other, has been set for 2 o'clock. The husky all-American ace in question, who has been running wild for Stapleton this season, is Ken Strong, New York university product. The special Pullman carrying the invaders arrived at Green Bay early this morning, and this afternoon the Stapes were slated to kick the travel knots out of their muscles in a practice session at Joannes park. The squad in in excellent condition apparently. In addition to Strong, who has to be watched every minute by opponents, there are several triple threat backs who are certain to cause trouble to the Packers...SEEK 24TH WIN: If the Packers capture Sunday's tilt, they will have won 24 consecutive games at Green Bay without a defeat, a victory string which has its origin back in 1928. Another win will keep the string going at least until the next season opens, and will start the champions on their out-of-town appearances with nine consecutive league victories for 1931. Stapleton, however, is aiming for better things in the National league, and a win over the Packers would be rated of the greatest benefit. The Stapes, aided to great extent by Strong's stellar performances, have hoisted themselves to the bottom of the first division, only half a notch behind the Chicago Bears. If Portsmouth knocks down the Bears Sunday, which is regarded as more than a possibility, and the Stapes upset the Packers, Stapleton will climb above the Bears and roost in fourth place, directly behind New York and in position to menace the leaders...PRESENT STRONGEST LINEUPS: Realizing the importance of the game to the league standings, both teams will present their strongest battle front. Packer injuries with the exception of Lewellen's, have been smoothed over, and the Stapleton squad is in its best condition of the season. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau intends to give Stapleton "both barrels" in the final home game, and has promised plenty of open playing, including a variety of serial work. With the prospect of a wide open, rough and tumble game listed as likely, the advance ticket sale has exceeded expectations. Many persons living outside of Green Bay and Brown county have sent in reservations. The Green Bay school police will be guests of the Packer management, and will be seated at the north end of the field. These boys must report to Officer Reynolds at 12:30 o'clock, at the field. The printed programs at the game will feature the Packers' official 1931 team picture, on a four page insert, suitable for framing. The Marinette American Legion drum corps also will invade Green Bay tomorrow, its function being to perform between halves of the game. The Green Bay Legion band also will entertain.
GREEN BAY PACKERS CLOSE 1931 HOME SEASON WITH STAPLETON ELEVEN
NOVEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - As far as Green Bay fans are concerned, the 1931 professional football season will be rung down next Sunday afternoon November 8, when the Packers, leading the National league pack in a dash for their third consecutive pennant, will close their home season against the Stapleton Stapes of Staten Island. The big Bay eleven has several grueling contests ahead before the last whistle of the year, but the Stapleton contest will mark the last appearance of the champions before the home crowd. Indications are that the mix will prove a worthy battle. Stapleton is invading Green Bay with a galaxy of stars, the most prominent and formidable of which is Ken Strong, who has won all-American honors both at New York University, during the undergraduate days, and with the Stapes in the National league. Strong rates as one of the most colorful players in the league, as his triple threat ability constantly harasses his opposition. The Packers have been spending the week recuperating from the terrific pounding they experienced at the hands of the Bears at Chicago last Sunday. Although the Bays came out of the struggle on the satisfactory end of the score, winning 6 to 2 to protect their undefeated record, bruises and bumps galore were carried back to Green Bay on the same train which transported the Packers. Nevertheless, the "cripples" are expected the be ironed out before Sunday, and the Bays will present their usual bruising starting linup against the invaders in the last home game of the year. More than that, the Packers will seek to add one last victory to their elongated string of home successes, which now numbers 23 games without a defeat, covering a period of three years. The between-halves period at the Packer games this season have carried all the color of a series of vaudeville performances, and this policy will be continued Sunday, when the Marinette American Legion drum corps will parade and play during the intermission.
DIRECT BLOOD RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OLD TEAM, PACKERS
NOVEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - They're beginning to kid us about our great football team of the Late Nineties. (I hope the printer who persists in spelling "Hulbert" as "Hurlbut" won't also set his up "Lace Ninties".) One correspondent writes to ask if Paul Bunyan was not perhaps also on this greatest of aggregations. Out arguments about the Great Team and the World Champs, being a case of Cause and Effect, is po-poohed by the loyalist of the loyal Packer fans. So we wonder how they will like to have us trace a direct blood relationship between the Packers and one of the great early teams. After the Great Team of 1986, 1897 and
1898, settled the question of professional or collegiate football supremacy by defeating Lawrence, they were smart enough to quit. They might not be getting all of this thirty-years-after publicity if they had not...SCHOOLS FEEL URGE: But the germ has been 
released to infect the town. Fred Hulbert had arrived 
here with a football under his arm, and had sold the idea
of big-time football to the place. Even the high schools
began squirming with the urge, and soon were to break
forth with good teams and fast competition. This same
Hulbert, who took his bow at the "Homecoming" of
veteran footballers two weeks ago, wasn't as ready to
quit as the other original squadmen. He had learned a
great deal from the experience of that first team. He
thought more money could be made by selling tickets
in advance than by depending upon hat collections. He
thought Sunday would be a better day for the games 
than Saturdays if the idea could be sold to the church
people and it could be assured that no public spirited
citizen would invoke the ancient Wisconsin blue 
law to prohibit. The first objection was overcome at the
first Sunday game which was tried as an experiment.
The Reverend Father Michael J. O'Brien appeared at the
game and cheered lustily for the home team. He was
immediately made the team chaplain, and that in itself
is a new one. Not many current teams have regular
chaplains. The ticket sellers and takers were instructed
never to take any money from Father O'Brien. He was
the team's pal. The tickets were printed by James Kerr
& Sons Company and were sold for a quarter. The 
crowd was bigger than at any of the Saturday games of
the Great Team. A new team was organized, for Sunday
football. Manager Hulbert avers that was the first
Sunday football played in the United States. He may or
may not be right. Skenadore had retired from actual
play. Some good Indian was needed for a feature
attraction. Jonas Metoxen was elected. He drew the
same place in the squad - fullback...LATOUR STAR
KICKER: And now - the denouement. The star drop
kicker on the team was one Oliver LaTour. And Oliver
LaTour is Curley Lambeau's uncle - his mother's brother.
Ollie Lambeau is named for his uncle Ollie. So there is
a direct blood relationship between our great football
teams of yesteryear and the World Champion Packers
and the argument is on ice. Big time football started in
eighteen ninety something and grew and grew and grew.
A great drop-kicker and field general and the coach of
the national champs is but following in the footsteps of
his own uncle. This Second Section of the World
Championship Slow Freight which took more than thirty
years to chug into Pennantville was never defeated,
according to its members and historians. It organized in
1900 only one season after the First Section had folded up. It played on Sundays in 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903 and 1904. They say it was never beaten but its greatest season was 1903. After inaugurating Sunday football in 1900, it inaugurated Thanksgiving football in 1903 and there's where we can cop onto another honor. On a crisp Thanksgiving afternoon in 1903, when the first of the La Follette's was governor and had proclaimed the holiday, the Second Section established an institution which is to be abandoned only this year, a Thanksgiving game. They brought the crack Milwaukee Football club to Green Bay and before their Chaplain and several hundred others took them to the tune of 78 to 0...SILVERWOOD IN ACTION: In their five years trek across the football horizon these gladiators met in mortal combat the representative squads from Peshtigo, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Appleton and De Pere. How they loved to play De Pere, a habit which persisted even up into mid-Packer days, if one will remember. And the idea of having lawyers on the teams is in no way to be reserved for the Packers. Didn't the first team have Silverwood? And this next great team had Reynolds. Not even the idea of the Packers having the district attorney on their squad will go undisputed by these oldsters. For their coach, one John W. Reynolds, was to become both district attorney and attorney general. Why, even the idea of having a Russ Saunders prancing merrily in and out and beyond enemy lines isn't exclusive with the World Champs. For in the halcyon days of the early twentieth century a Russ Saunders came down out of Kaukauna, as Cub Buck did later, and practiced with the team and played at right halfback, in most of its important games. Now we know who started Sunday football; who started Thanksgiving football; who started championship football; who started drop kicks here; who started the whole big noise about superior football which they passed by a sort of quadruple forward pass. "From Silverwood's 1896 team to Hulbert's 1900 team to East and West high teams to the Packers to Glory." And this copy of the newspaper bound in a big book and filed away will be consulted by history-minded young footballers one hundred years from now, or whether or not "Paul Bunyan" was on the great team, these old timers who blazed the great trail, and pioneered the speculative days of football will step out before the curtain of the years and take their modest bows, before an ever grateful and ever applauding young generation of football fans and players for whom forever the best will be none too good.
EXPECT BIG CROWD
NOVEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers make their final home appearance of the 1931 season this Sunday and the advance ticket sale indicates that there will be a big farewell crowd on hand to see the national champions display their gridiron wares against the Stapleton, N.Y. club which is headed by the famed Ken Strong, who is rated on par with such stars as Benny Friedman, Ernie Nevers and Red Grange. This will be Stapleton's debut before the Green Bay fans. The Islanders from New York state have never been this far west before. They are making the trip of it this time as they will journey on to Portsmouth after the game here to tackle Potsy Clark's Spartans in an Armistice Day combat...HAVE ALL STAR BACKFIELD: The Easterners have come here with a first class ballclub and in Strong, McLain, Feather and Parkinson, Coach Hinkey Haines has a first string backfield that is second to none in the loop. And behind the "big four" is Coach Hinkey Haines, who knows the football book backwards. He was a star at Penn State and then was a headliner with the New York Giants as a quarterback a few years ago. Haines still gets in the game for a few minutes and he will probably see action against the Packers. Marty Brill, former Notre Dame star, has recently been secured to coach the Stapleton backs. According to E.A. Spachmann, director of the Packer ticket sales, there is an unusual number of ticket applications from out of town fans and the football corporation's mail order department has been busy sending out tickets. Reports from the sales agencies here and the neighboring cities show the demand is above the average and it would appear as if all the fans want to get one more glimpse of the Packer machine before it takes the road for a five game trip which is likely to lead to a pennant for the third successive season.
BLOOD HOLDS 2ND PLACE IN SCORING RACE
NOVEMBER 5 (Columbus) - Not many changes were
made in the National Professional football league
individual scoring race over the last weekend, statistics
released today by Joe F. Carr, president, revealed. Earl
(Dutch) Clark, Portsmouth back, was injured in the first
half of Saturday's Portsmouth-Philadelphia game, and
was removed from the contest. He did not play at all 
against New York on Sunday, and as a consequence,
failed to add to his total of 48 points, which still tops the
league. Few players took advantage of the opportunity
to gain upon Clark. Presnell, however, was busy while
his Portsmouth backfield mate was on the shelf, and
accounted for a touchdown and extra point to climb from
fifth to third place in the league standing, one point
behind John Blood, Green Bay halfback, who holds
second to Clark. Blood has 36 points and Presnell 35.
Ken Strong of Stapleton spurted during the past week
and is now in sixth position with 25. Strong made a
touchdown and added the extra point in Sunday's game
against Providence while Wednesday night the Stapes'
ace came through with two touchdowns and an extra
point at the expense of Brooklyn...NEVERS CLIMBS
UP: Ernie Nevers was the only other one of the scoring
leaders to materially increase his position. He counted
eight points against the Brooklyn Dodgers Sunday and
as a consequence advanced from fourteenth to eighth
place. New men to break in the scoring column as a
result of weekend games were Michalske, Green Bay;
Kassell, Cardinals; Thomas, Brooklyn; Meeker and 
Oden, Providence. Minor advances were registered at
scattered places throughout the list. Moran of New York
kicked two extra points and went into a tie with Dunn of
Green Bay for eighteenth place. McBride, Brooklyn
back, added one point to his total, and Holm of
Portsmouth scored another touchdown, his second of
the season. Wyckoff, New York Giants, also made a 
touchdown, as did Kitzmiller of the same team...15
PACKERS HAVE SCORED: Fifteen Green Bay players
are registered in the scoring list, the Packers heading
all other teams in the percentage of squad members
who have scored. Four of these players are linemen.
Eight New York players have scored, while the other
National league clubs are listed thus as follows: 
Providence, six scoring players; Portsmouth, Chicago
Bears and Brooklyn, five each; Chicago Cardinals and
Cleveland, four each; Stapleton and Philadelphia, three
each.
MORRIS TO REFEREE
NOVEMBER 5 (Columbus) - President Joe F. Carr of
the NFL has appointed Meyer Morris to referee the
Packer-Stapleton game, scheduled for Green Bay this
Sunday. George Lawrie of Chicago is to be the umpire while Halsey Hall, Minneapolis sports writer, has been selected as head linesman.
JOE CARR EXPECTS MILWAUKEE TO GET FRANCHISE IN 1932
NOVEMBER 6 (New York) - Joe Carr, president of the National Professional Football league, revealed during a visit to the eastern end of the loop that application for a franchise for Milwaukee is expected within a few days. He indicated that the application would be approved by the league and that Milwaukee would put a team in the field in 1932. He said that the question of a Milwaukee team has been before the league for several years but that it now appears that the right people are interested. He did not reveal the sponsors of the venture which would be a bid for the patronage of fans of professional football in Wisconsin, a following which is not devoted exclusively to the Green Bay Packers. Despite the depression, professional football in the east continues to increase its draw at the gate, with crowds of 12,000 to 32,000 regular occurrences among the eastern teams. Portsmouth and the Giants drew a gate of more than 32,000, a figure previously equaled only by the Giants and the Packers on this end of the loop. Carr, reminded of these figures, pointed out that it is only a few years since all that professional football got in the east was a laugh on the sports pages and crowds of 500 or 600 persons.
STAPLETON TO HOLD PRACTICE HERE SATURDAY
NOVEMBER 6 (New York) - Headed by owner Dan Blaine, head coach Hinky Haines, former Penn State all-American and assistant coach Marty Brill, Notre Dame, the Stapleton football squad left here Thursday night over the B. and O. for the middle west where Green Bay and Portsmouth will be met in a two-game series in four days. The Stapes are making the trip in a special Pullman. They are scheduled to arrive in Chicago tonight. There will be a brief layover while the footballers' car is switched to the Northwestern line for the last lap of the Green Bay trip...ARRIVE EARLY SATURDAY: The Islanders will reach Green Bay at 4:45 a.m. Saturday but the Pullman will be parked and the gridders won't have to climb out of their berths until 8 o'clock. While in Green Bay, the Stapleton club will headquarter at the Beaumont hotel. Coach Haines plans to practice Saturday morning. This workout, he hopes, will shake off their "travel legs". This is the first time the Islanders have ever been west and the players are confidence that they will make it interesting for the Packers, who haven't tasted defeat this season. The team is in good physical condition as every player came out of the Brooklyn game, which was won by Stapleton, 13 to 0, little the worse for wear...PLAY PORTSMOUTH WEDNESDAY: According to the schedule, the Stapleton club is to leave Green Bay early Monday for Portsmouth where the Islanders are billed for an Armistice Day game with the Spartans. After the game in Portsmouth, Stapleton will return home for a day and then travel on to Providence for a game with the Steam Rollers on Sunday, Nov. 15.
PACKERS TUNED UP
NOVEMBER 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers are pretty well tuned up for their 1931 finale, which will be played at Joannes park Sunday afternoon, starting at 2 o'clock. If the champions annex another victory, they will have captured 24 consecutive games on the home lot, and will have won nine straight contests toward the prospective 1931 pennant. With the exception of Lewellen, who is nursing a bad shoulder, the Bays are in good shape for the invasion. The advance ticket sale is reported to be excellent. Many out-of-town requests have been received, proving that outside fans are planning to flock Green Bay-ward to witness the last home appearance of the 1929 and 1930 champions...SCHOOL POLICE GUESTS: Members of the Green Bay school police will be guests of the Packer management at Sunday's game. About 130 youngsters will be seated on the north side of the field. The boys must report to Office Harold Reynolds of the city police at the pass gate at 12:30 o'clock. The Green Bay Legion band will provide the entertainment between halves. Several numbers are on the program, including the Packers' song. The Stapleton game program will have the official team picture of the Packers. The photograph is printed on a four page insert, like last year and is suitable for framing.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS - AN OPEN LETTER
NOVEMBER 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Mr. Arch Ward, Sport Editor, Chicago Tribune. Dear Ward: I was puzzled and bewildered after reading your column
contribution of Nov. 4. I've brooded and puzzled over it
for two days, but I can't understand it, so I am writing
this letter, asking if you will kindly explain it all to me.
It is hard to believe you mean all that you say, yet it is
there in type. I know you have seen many football
games and you know more about the game than the
average follower. You must be blessed with better than
average intelligence or you wouldn't be the Sport Editor
of the World's Greatest Newspaper - for the Chicago
Trib must be the world's greatest newspaper, as all
connected with it admit it themselves - so I can't
understand how you arrive at the deductions about a
college team being able to beat the best pros. It
grieves me to see you pass judgment on Red Dunn,
the Packer quarterback, on the basis of one play. I
thought you more liberal minded than that. Also to form
such opinions as you did on the performance of two
great defensive teams, on the basis of a few plays in
one game...You've seen Red Dunn perform for the
Packers before. You've seen him call passes in the flat
zone, when the secondary was playing deep; you've
seen him throw passes to the deep zone when the
backs were close; you've seen him throw them to the
ends that were good. You have seen him snap a play
through tackle when the opposing end was playing too
wide. You have seen him win five out of the last six
games against the Bears in Chicago by smart football
and selection of plays. Yet when he commits one error
in seven games, you pick out this play and say that he
pulled a boner that no 18-year old quarterback would
pull...And, was this play a grave error? Think back,
Ward, how many men have you see catch a punt on
their one yard line and dash back for 20, 30, 40 and 50
yards, sometimes for a touchdown? And do you
remember a Northwestern game a few years ago when
a punt was run back for an intentional safety to avoid
taking a chance of a blocked kick that might have
meant a touchdown? And do you remember the
Southern California-Notre Dame game of 1927, when
Notre Dame won 7 to 6. Russ Saunders and Nate
Barrager, now with the Packers, played in that game.
They remember it - too well. They remember a play, 
when Riley, Notre Dame's great quarter, intercepted
a pass on his own one-yard line. They remember
running him back into the end zone where he was
downed, only to have the ball bounce out of his hands
and be recovered by a Southern California man. The
officials ruled that play a touchback, but take the word
of the men who played in the game, it wasn't a
touchback, but a touchdown or safety. And if if had
been called a safety or touchdown, Southern California
would have won that game. There's a marked similarity
in that play and the one at Chicago Sunday. And do
you remember a hundred other games when college
backs threw balls to unprotected zones as some of the
pros did Sunday? Look through the Sunday editions,
Ward, and you'll see at least ten games won by teams
when their men intercepted passes and ran for a
touchdowns. Those passes were thrown to unprotected
zones. If they hadn't been, the men who intercepted
them never would have run for touchdowns. I only
remember three passes thrown to unprotected zones Sunday. They were gambles - only one wasn't a successful gamble. And about fumbles by the pros - is there any comparison when you recall the Notre Dame-Northwestern game? There were 19 fumbles in that game, were there not - or was it 21?
PRO GRID NOTES
NOVEMBER 6 (Green Bay) - Presnell of Portsmouth moved up into third position in the National league's point making schedule. He made a touchdown and added two extra points after scores. He is credited with 35 points so far this season...Dutch Clark of Portsmouth, who is leading the point makers with 48, and Johnny Blood, Green Bay, the second place with 36, failed to break into the scoring sheets over the weekend. It looks like a tight race for top place...Frank Wandle, who served as trainer of the football teams at West Point for many years, is now serving in the same capacity for Brooklyn. Wandle knows his aches
and pains and the Dodgers should all be healthy...Jerry Corcoran's Clevelanders took it on the nose, 25 to 0, at the hands of the Grand Rapids, Mich., Maroons. This Wolverine free-lance outfit ranks with the best. Tony LaTone, ex-Pottsville back, is playing with them...This is a tough week for Ken Strong's Stapleton club. Wednesday night the Islanders were at home to beat Brooklyn and Thursday the Stapleton squad hopped a train for Green Bay where they are booked to face the Packers Sunday...Portsmouth winds up a long road trip this weekend by battling the Bears in Chicago. The Ohioans have been abroad for about a month and they chalked up three victories while cavorting on gridirons in the eastern sector...The Chicago Cards are billed for action in Cleveland this Sunday. The Indians haven't been playing at home very much and Manager Corcoran figures the appearance of Ernie Nevers should pack 'em in at the gate...This will be another big weekend in the National league as five contests are scheduled with every spoke in the wheel in action. There are three arguments in the eastern end of the circuit and a pair in the middle west...Tim Mara, owner of the New York Giants, still has hopes of winning the bunting this year. Mara cut the strings on his purse and he has strengthened his ball club about 50 percent during the past month...Chuck Kassell, former Illinois star, broke into the scoring table in the Brooklyn game when he snagged a long pass from Ernie Nevers and stepped the other ten yards to the goal for the first Chicago Cardinal touchdown...Business continues good, according to official attendance reports filed with President Joe F. Carr. The big gate last Sunday was in Chicago where the Bears and Packers drew 29,000...Coach Depler of the Brooklyn club is still tinkering with his battle front. He has released quarterback Yablos to Stapleton and Frosty Peters is now calling signals with Senn, Thomason and McBride playing the other backs.