DILWEG SELECTS AN ALL-OPPONENT FOOTBALL ELEVEN
DECEMBER 12 (Green Bay) - The open season for mythical and imaginary football teams is not over. Not even yet. I asked the "Perfect End" to select an "All Opponent Team", confining his selections to professionals he had played against this year and rating them upon those appearances. This was not to be an All-America team. Games he did not see, nor play in, counted not at all. This was an "All Opponent Team" made up of the best backfield, the best two ends, the two best guards, the two
best tackles and the best center, best because they played
better than any other opponents in the same positions, in
any of the single games, two or three-game series played
by the Packers this season. Even though he must have
known that there were several magazines and some
Sunday newspapers which would pay him quite well for
just such a manuscript, Laywer Lavvie Dilweg accepted at
once. He did not immediately select the team however. He
wanted a day to think about it and then a couple more days.
It proved not such an easy task, this business of picking
out the best performances played against his team this
year. He had to forego popularity of headliners, and forget
all about all-season ratings, and recall the lads who had,
upon certain Sundays, contributed the greatest exhibitions
of football in their respective positions. Finally Dilweg came
through. He assumes sole responsibility for his team. It is
likely that he may not find many of his teammates to accept
the whole team without dispute or without at least
questioning his judgment. I knew the big fellow's judgment
would be absolutely fair, however. Nowhere will anyone
question that even in picking an imaginary "All-Opponent
Team". Dilweg will give every fellow a break, and will be
positively honest in his judgments, let the criticism come
from where it may...NEVERS IS CAPTAIN: And here's the
squad. Ernie Nevers is the captain. The team will, Mr.
Dilweg informs men, have to adopt the Pop Warner system
of football. It will line up with double wing back formation
because backfielders are going to be shifted around to
where Lavvie will get the greatest skill and exhibitions from
them. Ernie Nevers will be the defensive fullback, but on
offense he will be quarterback and call the signals and run
the team. Dick Nesbitt will be the fullback offensively while
defensively he will play a halfback position. Ken Strong and
Sedbrook will be the other two backfielders. In this
backfield any one of the three, Sedbrook, Nesbitt or Strong,
can play the safety position, always keeping the huge
blonde boy from Superior up where he will be the most
effective. Nevers at quarterback will have poise, will be
smart with the plays he chooses and can kick for his team.
It is because he did these things superlatively well in
games against the Packers this season that he is chosen.
"Despite the fact that our own squad was off color or below
par that day, Ernie Nevers in my opinion contributed the
outstanding example of smartness in running a team, in
signal calling and the choice of plays and in versatility in
worth to his team, in our game against the Cardinals at
Chicago," says Dilweg. "He has a marvelous constitution,
thinking nothing of playing the full 60 minutes of the game
week after week. He kicked, passed and ran the ball
extraordinarily well against us. Dick Nesbitt did more
damage to our club than any single back we played
against. He punted exceptionally well and did some real
serious line plunging. He is big, strong, very fast and shifty.
He is one of the real mysteries of the Bear team because
he played superlatively well against us, but was not used
much nor effectively elsewhere. In the first game here he
was in but a short time but did some outstanding work. In
the second meeting he was the Bears's real threat both
with the ball and punting. In the third game he made
whatever yardage the Bears made...STRONG REAL THREAT: "We only played Ken Strong once this season but he was the whole threat of the Stapleton outfit. He is a real backfielder, judged from the one game he played against us. Sedbrook is fast in starting and exceptionally hard to tackle. He has a definite place in this lineup." It can be said that one of the things that held up the final release of Lavvie's selection was his wavering between opinions as to whether Sedbrook or Odin, of Providence, had turned in the better games. He finally chose the New Yorker. Mr. Dilweg ought to be able to select ends. He chose Badgro of the Giants for his right end position and Luke Johnsos of the Bears for the opposite end. "I can't conscientiously select Flaherty under the conditions you have laid down for selecting this team, although I know Flaherty is a really great end. In Green Bay he played a very few minutes, was effective when he was in but was withdrawn because of bad wrists. At New York again he made one good, long run and was jerked out. Johnsos is an all around end. He is one of the big threats of the Bears in every department of the game. He plays the whole of four quarters and plays every minute of those four quarters. He is bad medicine to oppose. Badgro on the other hand is an impressive, effective end player especially on defense."...SLATER AT TACKLE: The tackle positions went to Gordon, of Brooklyn, who was said to be "tall, rangy, angular and very effective against us," and Duke Slater who "makes the most of his position; is powerful, has huge hands and feet, is heady, is ever seldom caught, and hasn't slowed up a bit in the 6 years I have played opposite to him." Guards for some reason or other, football men may better understand, were not so outstanding to Lavvie. He had difficulty recalling the names of the guards he wanted to name. "The big fellow who plays often without a headguard and puts up a whale of a game" was
recalled at last to be Mr. Kiesling of the Cardinals and the
Bear-owned Carlson got the other berth. There remained
but a center to pick, and there was no hesitancy in the
nomination of McNally of the Cardinals. "That bird cracked
through time after time and throughout an entire game," the
Packer end reports, "and cut down our backs before they
even got started. His play at center at Chicago gets him the
center job on my All-Opponent squad." So there's the
unorthodox team, which must play Warnerized football in
order to let Ernie Nevers be both quarterback and fullback,
and which has passed up such names as Red Grange,
Bennie Friedman, Nagurski, Joesting, et al...HAS NO
APOLOGIES: Dilweg had no apologies to offer anywhere
except that he is willing to explain his refusal to name
Friedman. "Friedman's generalship and his handling of the
Giants was outstanding, and also his selection of plays, in
the first half of the great game at New York. However his
failure to use his passing attack at all in the second half
and to be really effective offensively and defensively
completely nullifies the brilliance of the first two quarters.
He was our opponent but once. I must form my judgment
on that one game." Portsmouth of course could not be
considered at all because they did not this season qualify
as "opponents". The two teams did not meet. So Lavvie
Dilweg, by whose judgment, here is one who will go a long
ways, has picked his team of the best performers against
the Packers this season. Dilweg admittedly is a student of
football as a science, if you please. Who else, if not Dilweg,
would sense the smart thing to do and spot the smart thing
being done by opponents? On this mythical team, "Coach"
Dilweg has four from the Chicago Cardinals and three from
the Chicago Bears. That's seven-elevenths of his squad
from the two teams. He gives the New York Giants two positions, Brooklyn one and the Staten Island Stapes one.
BLACKHAWKS GET BADGERS
DECEMBER 12 (Fort Atkinson) - Captain Hal Smith and Ken (Moose) Kruger of the 1931 University of Wisconsin football team have joined six other former Wisconsin stars to play with the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks against the Green bay professional team at Janesville Sunday. The game will start at 1:30 o'clock.
PLAY ISCHE RADIOS
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee) - The Ische Radios, champions of the Wisconsin Professional Football league, will close their season today against a team composed of Green Bay and other National league players. The game will be one of the last for Red Dunn, former Marquette university star and a member of the Packers for many years. Dunn has announced that he will devote his entire time to the insurance business. Dunn made a similar announcement last year but changed his mind.
OFFICIAL PRO TITLE AWARDED TO GREEN BAY
DECEMBER 12 (Columbus, OH) - Professional football insofar as the NFL title race is concerned is ended for the season. Joseph F. Carr, president of the league, announced here last night that Portsmouth and Green Bay will not play a post-season game, giving Green Bay the championship with twelve victories and two defeats. Portsmouth was close behind withe eleven victories and three losses. Although an additional post-season game between Portsmouth and Green Bay was scheduled, Carr explained, Green Bay exercised its right to cancel it because it was not on the official schedule.
BAY PROS BEAT ISCHES, 44 TO 0
DECEMBER 13 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packer Pros, a barnstorming collection of the Green Bay Packers, went through the motions in four quarters of football with the Ische Radios, champions of the Wisconsin State professional league, at Borchert Field Saturday afternoon, and won in a canter. The score was 44 to 0. A crowd of 3,000 watched the game. Green Bay scored in every quarter. Bruder accounted for the first touchdown in the first five minutes of play on a plunge from the one-yard line. He added the second inside left end from the six-yard line a few minutes later. Englemann went over from the two-yard line for the third touchdown in the second quarter and hung up the fourth in the third quarter from the six-yard line. A pass, Bruder to Englemann, gave the Bay pros their fifth touchdown. McCrary hit the line for the sixth touchdown in the fourth quarter and a 30-yard pass play, Dunn to Bruder, accounted for the seventh and final touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The Bay Pros added extra points after their first and fourth touchdowns. The Isches never threatened to score. They played their best football of the afternoon in holding the Pros for downs on one occasion inside the 10-yard line. Francis Deig, former Marquette fullback, playing with the Isches, was the outstanding defensive man on the Ische team. Announcement was made that the Green Bay Pros would play a picked team of National league all-stars, headed by Ernie Nevers, at the baseball park Sunday December 20.
PACKERS WANT MORE GUARDS, ENDS, TACKLES
DECEMBER 13 (Milwaukee) - Although they finished their season only a week ago, Green Bay's Packers have already turned their attention to the 1932 campaign. The Packers want more guards, more tackles and more ends before they embark on another season. Although no plans have been announced, it is understood, Coach Curly Lambeau has sent out feelers to Clarence Munn, Minnesota's all-American guard; Johnny Baker, Southern California's all-American guard who won the Notre Dame game with a place kick in the last minutes of play; Dallas Marvil, Northwestern's giant tackle and Johnny Dalrymple, Tulane's All-American end. Only a team like the Packers would start as early as this on their next campaign. In season and off, they always have one eye cocked on the future. As champions, who give every indication they will be in the thick of the fight against next year, they could easily let the immediate future take care of itself. Instead, however, they go about their building process like a club that is only trying to get there instead of one that has already arrived. It explains, perhaps, why they continue to roll along, year after year, as one of the greatest football machines ever assembled.
BAY PROS BEAT HAWKS, 21-2
DECEMBER 14 (Janesville) - Fort Atkinson's Blackhawks refused to be awed by the 16 barnstorming Green Bay professionals here Sunday afternoon, and in a bitterly fought football game held the score down to 21 to 2. The Green Bay pros scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and one touchdown in the third. Fort Atkinson got its safety and two points in the fourth quarter. Although badly outweighed the Blackhawks, using the double wing back formation, repeatedly ripped through Green Bay's line. Neupert at fullback and Sheehan at one of the halves accounted for most of the yards. Les Smith at end, Fat Ruesch at tackle, Swiderski at guard and Schwager at defensive fullback also played sparkling ball. Fort threatened to score in the opening period when Sheehan broke away for 42 yards before Stahlman nailed him from behind. With this sally stopped, however, the Bays started to bear down and in the second quarter scored two touchdowns. After a pass had given them a score which was not allowed because of offside, they started all over and moved down the field again with Mule Wilson finally going around right end for the score. Dunn added the extra point. A long pass from midfield, Dunn to Blood, accounted for the second touchdown late in the quarter. Dunn added the extra point again. The third quarter was hardly underway when another pass, Dunn to Dilweg, carried the ball home. Dunn added the extra point again. The Blackhawks scored their two points in the fourth quarter after Sheehan punted out of bounds on Green Bay's one-yard line, and Blood, getting a low pass from center, tried to run the ball out from his end zone. Johnny made a futile attempt to pass the ball when tackles, but the officials did not allow it, and the play went for a safety.
THREE PACKERS GET POSTS ON ALL-STAR TEAM
DECEMBER 15 (Chicago) - Six of the nine teams which finished the NFL season have representatives on the United Press all-star professional football eleven announced today. The Green Bay Packers, league champions, placed three men on the first team, the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals two each, the Portsmouth Spartans and Staten Island one each. In selecting the teams no consideration was given to Benny Friedman, the New York Giants' great quarterback, and Bronko Nagurski, Chicago Bears' powerful fullback. Friedman did not join the Giants until near the close of the
season and did not play in enough games to warrant
consideration. Nagurski was out of several game because
PRO GRID OFFICIALS PUTS 4 PACKERS ON STAR TEAM
DECEMBER 16 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers,
champions of the NFL for the last three years, won four
places, all on the line, in the all-star eleven picked by Jack
Reardon, league official for the last six years. The New
York Giants placed two men, Flaherty at end and Benny
Friedman, peerless passer, at quarterback. The five other
positions went to as many different clubs. Explaining his
selection, Reardon wrote: "The Packers' strength was
largely derived from its powerful line. Cal Hubbard, giant
tackle, and Dilweg at left end, especially being outstanding.
Barrager at center, another Packer star, was closely
pressed by Hein of the Giants, picked for the second team.
The former's experience, however, won him the nod. Both
Dilweg and Flaherty are fast, adept pass receivers and
sure tacklers. Lyman of the Chicago Bears is a great tackle
like Hubbard, being particularly fast for his size. Michalske
of the Green Bay and Graham of Providence are best of the
guards, though Carlson of the Bears and Diehl press them
closely. Gibson of the Giants, although he failed to place on
the first or second team, deserves mention. The backfield
includes four of the greatest players developed in recent
years. Never of the Cardinals and Strong of Stapleton
comprise the real offensive threats of their respective
teams. Each is a triple threat of the highest order, being
especially dangerous under fire. Their individual efforts
made their clubs formidable throughout the season. Clark
of Portsmouth exceeds Nevers and Strong at running the
ends but follows his more noted companions in the other
departments of backfield play. Nevertheless, his play was
largely responsible for Portsmouth's great showing in
running second to the champion Packers. Friedman at
quarterback, with three great runners and pass receivers to
work with, would have any opposition baffled from the
opening whistle. In addition to being one of the greatest
passers of all time, if not the best, he is a great line
plunger. The first eleven, although it had the edge on the
second, would experience plenty of opposition. Dunn is the
smartest signal caller in the league but lacks Friedman's
all-around ability. Blood and Presnell are two great
halfbacks, while Lintenzich is a great blocker and kicker.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT - PRO LEAGUE PLANS
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Although the National Professional Football league season has just closed with the Green Bay Packers winning the championship for the third successive, there is already some talk about plans for next year. News drifting back from Chicago, following a closed meeting of a number of club owners, managers and coaches last Saturday and Sunday, is to the effect that four cities will probably try to crash into the select circle of pro football next year...Although those attending the Chicago meeting refused to be quoted, it is understood that Grand Rapids, Mich., Fort Wayne, Ind., Boston and Milwaukee football impresarios have visions of being in the "big time" next year and plan to make applications at the next session of the league magnates. Grand Rapids has had a strong pro team for several years and has beaten practically all the independent teams in Michigan and Ohio. Attendance there also has been good, it is reported. Fort Wayne has the nucleus of a strong eleven and so has Boston...Gus Sonnenberg, who played pro ball with the Detroit Tigers and Providence Steamrollers before he took up the headlock business in a serious way, is intrigued with the idea of owning a club and announced recently that if arrangements could be made, he would like to "put some money in a Milwaukee club" and incidentally play a little himself. Sonnenberg, an outstanding tackle, has played here several times. Sonnenberg says wrestling is a great game, but it can't compare with football. Football has a thrill that no other form of competition has, he says, and the big grappler yearns to again put on the moleskins and tackle 'em hard and low...We have heard that some of the present club owners want only eight teams - but strong ones - in the league next season. With eight clubs, each team would play a home-and-home contest with the others, making a total of fourteen games during the season. Every team would have to play that number of contests under the plan and be able financially to play seven home games. In past years some of the clubs have only played two or three home games and consequently some of the others have had to gamble with the weather, etc., in meeting the guarantee of the traveling team. It is hoped, so the story goes, to have only teams that draw good at home as well as on the road and do away with the traveling clubs, who in the past have been living more or less off the other clubs, and who nine times out of ten are poor drawing cards...If an iron-clad schedule is drawn up with each club playing the other in a home-and-home game, then there will be misunderstanding about games such as happened between Portsmouth and Green Bay, it was pointed out. Portsmouth didn't want to come to Green Bay and it wasn't very particular whether Green Bay came there until the turn of events at the tail end of the season gave the Spartans a chance to tie for the championship, if they could defeat the Packers. When they had a chance to tie the league leading Packers by winning the final game, Portsmouth began making an intensive campaign to have the contest played and when Green Bay refused to "see it that way", the Packers were called poor sports, etc. They weren't poor sports. They were just smart.
FOUR PACKERS NOMINATED ON ALL-AMERICAN
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Four Green Bay players were named by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers on his nomination of an all-American professional football team. Asked to name two teams for a poll to choose an All-American team, Coach Lambeau named a first team that had four Green Bay men, two from the Cardinals, one from the Bears, two from the New York Giants and one each from Portsmouth and Stapleton. La Verne Dilweg, end, Dick Stahlman, tackle, August Michalske, guard, and Johnny Blood, right halfback, were the men chosen by Lambeau on his first team. Three Green Bay players were named by Lambeau on his second team. The Bears drew four men on this squad, the Giants three and Portsmouth one. Hubbard, Nash and Barragar were the Packer players honored by the coach.
PACKER CAGE TEAM INVADES SHEBOYGAN
DECEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers basketball team swings into action tonight at Sheboygan,