GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(NEW YORK) - Lady Luck failed again to smile on the
Packers and Coach Lambeau's gridders came off on the
short end of a 17 to 6 score in a game with the New
York Giants at the Polo Grounds here Sunday afternoon
before a disappointing crowd of less than 12,000 paid
spectators. From a football point of view, it was quite a
ball game and the fans were treated to a succession of
thrills which kept them on the uneasy seat from start to
finish. The jinx which has camped on the Bays' trail
since the season started was again very much in
evidence. Breaks of the game paved the way for both
the Giants' touchdowns, while Ken Strong's field goal
was of the hairline variety and could have been called
either way. As a matter of fact, the Packers protested
violently when Referee Tom Thorpe raised his hands
signifying it was O.K.
STRONG ADDS POINT
Bad break No. 1 for the Packers came about midway in
the first quarter. Green Bay was deep in Giant territory
and it looked as if Steve Owens' clan was on the run.
Out of nowhere Burnett bobbed up on the horizon near
his 15 yard line, grabbed a pass from Herber and never
stopped running until he crossed the goal line 85 yards
down the field. En route, he sidestepped a half dozen
Bayites who attempted to take a fall out of him. As is
customary, Ken Strong booted the cowhide between the
uprights. This former Stapleton ace is Deadeye Dick
when it comes to adding the extra point. Bad break No.
2 came with the third quarter about four minutes old.
The Packers had been backed up in their own backyard
by a parade of missed signals and some other school
boy performances in the backfield. Hinkle was rushed
fast on a punt and he only booted out of bounds on the
Bays' 36 yard line. The Giants turned on some steam
and soon had the ball on the Bay 20. Then Newman
tossed one to Burnett. Clark Hinkle came up fast and
batted the ball from Burnett, only to have it fall into
Badgro's arms and he proceeded to fall over the goal
line. It was just football one of those things that add to
the uncertainty (and grief) of an encounter. The other
New York score came from fast thinking on the part of
the Giants, soon after in the same stanza. The Giants'
fast charging line had pushed the Bays deep into their
own territory, and Hinkle again was forced to boot from
the end zone. The punt wasn't so hot, and Burnett,
surrounded by Packers, signaled for a free catch on the
Green Bay 30 yard stripe. There wasn't trouble for
Strong to come through with a three point boot.
MISS GOLDEN CHANCE
Early in the game the Packers had several golden
opportunities to break the ice after covering New York
fumbles inside the 30 yard sector. But the offense did
seem unable to get going right and both touchdown
bubbles burst in the air, one with reverse English, for a
New York six pointer. After New York had completed its
scoring for the day, the Packers found themselves and
gained considerable yardage. Buckets Goldenberg had
not been in the game five minutes before he electrified
the crowd with a 50 yard dash down the field to New
York's 13 yard line. Buckets got loose from a straight
formation and he seemed to gain speed en route. For a
time, it looked as if he was going to Touchdownville but
his progress was halted by a savage tackle only a few
yards away. When the loudspeaker announced that it
was Goldenberg who made the long run, the stands
rocked with applause. Jewish boys are mighty popular
in this Broadway sector. There only minutes to go when
the Packers launched a drive that resulted in their only
touchdown of the combat. Starting on their own 30, the
Bays took to the overhead drive and the yard sticks
moved along quickly. The Packers' two last tosses were
"honeys". Herber zipped one to Hank Bruder, who
leaped into the air (and the arms of two Giants as well)
to make the catch and then Milt Gantenbein made a
diving snag of a bullet like peg for the touchdown. It was
a brilliant piece of footballing and even the partisan
Gothan throng gave the Wisconsin boys quite a hand.
Due to Blood's suspension and Monnett's leg muscle
injury, Coach Lambeau didn't have much leeway in
juggling his backfield. Hank Bruder came through nicely
in a pinch and Roger Grove stood up under a terrible
battering until the middle of the final frame. Cal Hubbard,
Red Bultman and Gantenbein were the "60 minute men"
for Green Bay.
WEATHER IS PERFECT
Weather conditions were perfect for the game as there
was hardly a cloud in the sky. If anything, it was a trifle
warm for football when the fracas started because a
thermometer in a sun spot near the playing field showed
nearly 68. However, it cooled off quickly and darkness
seemed to dart over the enclosure in the closing quarter.
Light in the stands were turned on and the big red exit
signs beamed forth like beacons in the fog. The Giant
management staged a double show between halves. At
one end of the field was a contest between a couple of
midget teams while at the other end zone high school
stars participated in a dropkicking contest. A number of
sports dignitaries were grouped on the Packer bench.
At times they seemed to catch the spirit of things and
there was a bit of backslapping when the Bays began
to act as if they were going to do something. When the
last whistle blew and it was all over but the shouting,
Jimmy Crowley walked off the field with Coach Lambeau
and the Fordham mentor looked just as much "down in
the boots" as the Green Bay pilot.
PACKERS KICK OFF
The Packers opened hostilities by kicking off to the
Giants, who defended the outfield end of the gridiron.
Starting from their own 39, the Giants made nine yards
in three plays and then Strong punted and the Packers
started scrimmaging on their 19. Two rushes netted but
four yards and Hinkle got off a boot which Newman took
and was dumped near the 27 yard mark. New York fumbled and Joe Kurth hopped on the apple like a hot potato. It was the Packers' ball and the goal line was only 26 yards away. Herber got a couple and Hinkle made but three in two thrusts. Hinkle failed on a placekick and the Giants put the ball in play on their own 20. After a pass fizzled, Strong booted to Grove in midfield. Herber picked up a yard. Strong intercepted a Packer pass but fumbled when cut down by Comstock and Rudy regained the apple for the Bays on the Giants' 29. Herber got a couple and Bruder picked up three. Burnett then broke into the limelight by intercepting a toss by Herber and he hotfooted it some 85 yards and the first touchdown for the New Yorkers. Ken Strong added the extra point with Newman holding. The Giants kicked to Herber, who came back to the Packers' 29. Hinkle and Bruder picked up two and three yards, respectively. Hinkle punted to Newman and he stepped back to the Giants' 47. The Mara-men clicked for a first down and another series of plays put the ball on the Packers' 40 when the first period ended.
KEN STRONG PUNTS
On the first play of the second stanza, Strong punted out of bounds on the Packers' 18. Herber got seven, Hinkle two and Bruder smashed for eight which gave the Bays a first down. The next three thrusts only gained three yards and Hinkle booted the cowhide out of bounds on the New Yorkers' 23. Strong immediately booted to Grove and he came back to Green Bay's 48. Hinkle got 12 yards. Then Bruder made seven in two rushes. Another thrust netted two and then Hinkle lost a first down by inches. It was the Giants' ball on their own 29. Strong got off a skyscraping punt of 67 yards which was downed by Badgro only seven yards from the Packer goal line. Bruder got a yard. Hinkle punted to Newman, who ran it back to the Packers' 12. Molenda got five. The next two rushes only advanced the ball a couple of yards. Grove knocked down Newman's pass in the end zone and the Packers put the ball in play on their own 20. The Bays lost yards on three plays and Hinkle punted to Newman. He hit the dirt on Green Bay's 43. A lateral by Newman lost eight. Grove knocked down a Giant pass and Strong's boot was grounded on the Packers' five. Hinkle made six yards in two line thrusts as time was called for the half with the ball in the Packers' possession on their own 11 yard stripe. The Packers received as the second half started and Hinkle ran it back 27 yards. Hinkle got two. Herber was thrown for a 20 yard loss by Campbell. HInkle was rushed on his punt and it went out of bounds on Green Bay's 36. Newman made three and then was dumped into his tracks. A pass to Badgro was good for 16 yards and it put the ball on the Packers' 20. Newman got three but was dumped in his tracks on the next attempt. A pass went haywire but the next Giant pass added another touchdown. Newman rifled the oval at Burnett. Clark Hinkle attempted to bat the ball down and Badgro grabbed it on the fly inches from the ground and stumbled across the final marker. Once again Strong converted. The Giants' kickoff went over the goal line and the Packers scrimmaged on their 20. A pass went bad and Herber got his signals mixed up and was thrown for a 14 yard loss. Hinkle punted from the end zone and Burnett signaled for a fair catch on the Packers' 30. From here Strong booted the ball between the uprights for another three points. Hinkle received the Giants' kickoff and ran the ball back to the 40 yard line. On the kickoff, the Giants were offside but the Packers refused the penalty. Two passes were incomplete and Hinkle was thrown for a big loss. Hinkle booted to Strong who was dumped on his own 38 yard line. Strong booted out of bounds on the Green Bay 24. Englemann lost eight. Coach Lambeau made a number of substitutions. Bruder got off a peach of a kick which was grounded on the Giants' 21. In the next series both teams were offside and the Giants gained little. Richards, who had replaced Strong, kicked out of bounds on the Packers' 31. Goldenberg celebrated his appearance in the game by picking up five and Buckets followed this by plowing his way some fifty yards to the Giants' thirteen where he was caught from behind. Englemann fumbled but recovered, losing three as time for the quarter was called with the ball on the New York 16 yard line.
BURNETT SNAGS PASS
Opening the final frame, Goldenberg got three and Bruder added one. Hinkle, who had replaced Englemann at halfback, attempted a pass and Burnett grabbed the ball and scampered back to the Giants' 44, where he was run out of bounds. The Giants moved along for a first down. Here the Packers braced and the Giants were forced to kick. Green Bay put the ball in play on its own 40. A pass, Hinkle to Goldenberg, netted eight. Buckets fumbled by Evans recovered for a three yard gain. Buckets carried on with yards enough for a first down. Rose snagged a pass for a six yard gain then two passes went haywire and instead of punting the last down the Bays attempted another toss. It fell dead and the Giants took the ball on downs near midfield. New York found the going rather tough and Richards booted over the goal line. Here the Packers started a march which led to their only touchdown. Herber, who had come back in the game, taking Grove's place, shot a forward to Rose and the officials ruled "Big 'Um" was interfered with. It was a first down for the Bays. A lateral toss netted one yard. Herber cut loose a long throw and Hank Bruder made a slick catch as he was smacked down on the Giants' 24. The Bays mussed an overhead drive but on the next thrust, Herber shot the ball to Gantenbein, who snatched it tight and fell over the goal line for a touchdown. Hinkle failed to convert as the ball hit the upright. The Giants received, Clancy taking Hinkle's kick and returning it to the Giants' 39. An offside set the New Yorkers back five. Clancy got away for 12 and McBride followed this with another first down when time was called with the ball in the Giants' possession in midfield.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 6 - 6
NEW YORK - 7 0 10 0 - 17
1st - NY - Dale Burnett, 84-yard interception return (Ken Strong kick) NEW YORK 7-0
3rd - NY - Red Badgro, 20-yard pass from Harry Newman (Strong kick) NEW YORK 14-0
3rd - NY - Strong, 30-yard field goal NEW YORK 17-0
4th - GB - Gantenbein, 24-yard pass from Herber (Hinkle kick failed) NEW YORK 17-6