NEWS AND NOTES
PACKER GAME SIDELIGHTS
OCTOBER 2 (Green Bay) - Lavvie Dilweg was unable to play in his former hometown, due to a leg injury sustained in the Bear game last Sunday. Hot compresses have been applied to the ailing leg all week in the hopes that Dilweg would be able to perform Sunday but as it was still stiff, Coach Lambeau decided not to use Dilweg...The Giants showed unusual strength in the line, their big linemen outcharging the Packers throughout the first half. Green Bay's running attack failed to click and consequently the passing attack was slowed up considerably...Coach Lambeau made many substitutions in the backfield in an effort to find a winning combination, but none of them seemed to be able to get underway. His best combination in the backfield was Blood, Monnett, Herber and Hinkle, this quarter being in when the Packers scored their only touchdown...When the game started the grandstands were completely filled, the only seats being a few left in the north end bleachers...George Lawrie, one of the best referees in the pro league, worked as head linesman. This shift brought much comment from the dyed-in-the-wool fans, the majority of whom though the Chicagoan should have been given the post as referee...Cal Hubbard, giant Green Bay tackle, won the toss and chose to defend the north goal. Hinkle kicked off and booted the ball over the goal line, the Giants taking the ball on their own 20-yard line. On the first play Newman threw a pass which was incomplete...Mel Hein was hurt when he recovered Monnett's fumble on the 40-yard line, but not enough to stop the game. Referee Meyer Morris was the main casualty of that play, spraining his hand when he dove into the pile. He yelled for a doctor and one ran out, but he wanted Dr. W.W. Kelly of the Packer team to render first aid and would let no one but the Green Bay physician attend him...Morris Badgro was injured and the game was stopped temporarily as he was led from across the field to receive the attention of a physician. It was a dislocated shoulder...The Packers failed to find themselves in the first half, their play, both offensive and defensive, being ragged. The Giants were playing airtight football, their defense being particularly effective. Their pass defense was all that could be desired, the Green Bay team completing only one pass, Hinkle to Rose, for 11 yards...At the start of the second half, the officials were all ready to blow the whistle for the kickoff, but they discovered there was no ball on the field, so Lawrie had to run over to the Packer bench and get a ball before play could start...The Packers' passing attack was stopped almost in its inception, the Giant halfbacks knocking down everything that came their way. Herber and Bruder were rushed continually and their tosses were wild in most instances...The Packers had the "butterfinger" habit, their handling of the ball being sloppy, many fumbles of punts being chalked up against the Baymen at critical stages of the game...The stands went wild when Monnett tossed a pass to Johnny Blood for a touchdown. Johnny was alone. He made a nice catch and outran Dale Burnett to the goal line.
THREE PLAYERS SLATED TO BE RELEASED FROM GREEN BAY'S ELEVEN
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers last night announced the first cut in his squad for the season. Three members, Curly announced, will be either sold, traded or loaned to other clubs in the league, but in no case will be retained for service with the Bays. Two, Herdis McCrary and Les Peterson, are veterans, McCrary being with the Bays through all their championship years as fullback, Peterson has been on and off the team for two seasons. The third member is Paul Young, former Oklahoma center. Young's lack of poundage to go along with his 6 foot 3 inch height would be a serious handicap through a heavy pro season, the coach said. Because of injuries two players have been placed on the suspended list, but will later be returned to active duty, at which time two other players will be disposed of.
SIDELIGHTS ON PACKER DEFEAT
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee) - Believe it or not, doubtful ones, but yesterday's exhibition was the poorest the Packers have put forth since their first championship year back in 1929. They were out to convince doubtful Milwaukee that the pro game is the A.B.C of football and failed miserably...It was just one of those games that a sports aggregation has every once in awhile, but to see the reliable old Bays fumbling, missing signals, tackling like drug store cowboys and otherwise playing typical tailend football, was just too much...Even Johnny Blood, then whom there is no other in the manly art of snagging passes, had one right in his bread basket early in the game and dropped it...Arnie Herber got off some neat passes, but on the whole his marksmanship was far below the standard that enabled him to complete 20 out of 32 passes he tossed previous to the Borchert field wake...Buckets Goldenberg, former North and West Division High star and later quite some footballer over Madison way, again came through in his league style. Buckets made a fine return of one kickoff and plunged wickedly. Milwaukee friends need have no worry about the Buckets remaining on the Bay roster. He's stamped for success on the pro grid if he continues to work the way he has since joining the Packers...Smith's failure to fall on a punted ball fumbled by Newman might have proved costly, but the Packers got a break a moment later when Strong punted poorly and put them in position to score their only touchdown...Two casualties of more serious nature were reported. Morry Badgro, former Brewer outfielder, dislocated a shoulder making a block in the first quarter and referee Meyer Morris of Rock Island ruptured a blood vessel in his hand. Meyer's injury was peculiar as it was not sustained reaching for a paycheck...And where were all the forward passes from immediately behind the line of scrimmage. The pros adopted that rule this year and in early games passes of such nature provided the biggest thrills. They've added much to the offensive of football - but were strangely missing yesterday...Roger Grove made the best block of the day on Bruder's sweep around right end in the second period. Grove took out Red Flaherty, brother of Dick, former Marquette end, as neat as a whistle but Bill Owen floating out from tackle and Bo Molenda, backing up the line, came up in time to spill Hank after only a three yard gain...In an attempt to minimize Molenda's defensive knowledge against Bay plays the Packers called signals most of the time from a huddle. This, no doubt, helped to make the offense ragged.
"ONE OF THOSE DAYS", SAYS CURLY LAMBEAU
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee) - It's not much of a feeling to lose a ball game as we did to the Bears in the last three minutes a week ago and then come right back and lose another because of mistakes, largely fumbles and tactical, as we did to the Giants Sunday. The New York game is rather hard to explain. It was bad in a lot of ways I know, but to explain why it was bad, why this man fumbled or why that play was called, is something else. It was just one of those days and I regret that it had to happen before so friendly and large a crowd. On some of the things that lost for us we can, I suppose, definitely put our finger. There were fumbles galore for which there are absolutely no excuses. It is just bad football to fumble. One of the fumbles, when our center passed low to Hinkle trying to lead the play, put us in a hole and set the stage for Ken Strong's fine placekick from the 40-yard line in the first quarter. That was by the way an exceptionally good kick. Forty yards out is quite some distance and the angle at which Strong kicked or the wind which blew in his face didn't make it any easier. The whole matter of kicking for field goals has been encouraged, I think, by the rule the league passed moving the goal posts back to the goal line. Well, our fumbles were fatal. They not only put us in hot water several times but in the instance just related provided the setting which a good New York team quickly turned to its advantage. But the fumbles weren't all. I wish they had been. We also made mistakes in quarterbacking, one of which calling a pass down the center from inside our own 20-yard line, set the stage for New York's second touchdown. The team had explicit instructions not to use a pass of that kind in this situation, but the defense at this point seemed so vulnerable to just that kind of play, it was called anyway. I can understand why the quarterback called it, but can't help feel at the same time that it was a bad tactical mistake. At any rate, Hein, the New York center, dropped out of the line, intercepted the pass and with the ball on our 20-yard line Newman tossed to Burnett for the touchdown. It was our own mistakes that beat us as much as anything else. I can't help but feel, too, that the Giants helped beat us by losing to Portsmouth by the score they did last week, 17 to 7. There was just a touch of overconfidence in our boys, and after having been a high pitch for the Bears last Sunday they refused to get properly steamed up over this game. It didn't help. Despite everything, however, I still think we have one of the best clubs in the league. The two defeats and a tie we have had so far don't eliminate us from the race by any means, for the winning team in this year's race, I think, will lose more than two games. We can play much better football and next Sunday against Portsmouth will be a good time to start. Again I was well satisfied with the defensive play of our line.
THREE PACKER PLAYERS SLATED FOR DISCHARGE
OCTOBER 3 (Milwaukee) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers announced last night the first cut in his squad for the season. Three members, Curly announced, will be either sold, traded or loaned to other clubs in the league, but in no case will be retained for service with the Bays. Two, Hurdis McCrary and Les Peterson, are veterans, McCrary being with the Bays through all their championship years as fullback. Peterson has been on and off the team for the greater part of three seasons. The third member is Paul Young, former Oklahoma U. center. Paul's passing was erratic in yesterday's game with the Giants and lack of poundage to go along with his 6 foot 3 inch height would be a serious handicap through a heavy pro season, the coach said. Because of injuries two players have been placed on the suspended list, but will later be returned to active duty, at which time two other plays will be disposed of.
SPARTANS NEXT PACKER FOE IN CONTEST HERE
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay) - Faces familiar to Green Bay football fans, and entirely too well known to the Bays, will appear at City stadium Sunday afternoon, when the Portsmouth Spartans attempt to extend their three game winning streak at the expense of the Bays. The Spartans are setting the pace in the National league as the Ohioans have defeated the Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants and Chicago Cardinals. Of the pounding set of 1932 backs, only Dutch Clark, premier National league quarterback, will be missing when the Spartans take the field Sunday. Halfbacks Wilson, Lumpkin and Alford, fullbacks Cavosie and Gutowsky and quarterbacks Presnell and Schaake will handle the assignments in the back of the line. Three of the visitors will be in the "home" territory, as the train bearing the Spartans nears northeastern Wisconsin. Schneller, former Wisconsin star who is being used at end by Portsmouth, is a Neenah product, and two other Spartans, Jim Bowdoin and Fay (Mule) Wilson, formerly played with the Bays...HAS THREE ENDS: Coach Potsy Clark has three ends, two of them highly experienced on the gridiron. Harry Ebding, formerly of St. Mary's, is appearing with the Spartans for his third season, and is recognized as one of the best wingmen in the league. He weighs 207 pounds, and his mate, Granville Mitchell, tips the beam at 209 - a husky pair of ends. Mitchell once played with Davis-Elkins, and is spending his third year with the Spartans. He appeared with the Ironton Tanks in 1930. Schneller weighs 200 pounds, was the best ground gaining back in the Big Ten conference in 1930 and 1931, and once starred at football and basketball for Neenah high school. The Spartans carry four guards: Morris Bodenger, Grover (Ox) Emerson, Jim Bowdoin, Sylvester (Freckles) Davis. Bodenger is playing his third season with Portsmouth, weighs 211 pounds and was with Ironton in 1930. He graduated from Tulane and is particularly versatile in diagnosing opponents' plays. Emerson scales 205 pounds, is in his third season with the Spartans, and rates as one of the scrappiest guards in pro football. He hails from Texas...BOWDOIN AT GUARD: Bowdoin, an Alabama product, played with the Packers from 1928 to 1931, the entire championship era. He was traded to Brooklyn in 1932, and finished the season with the New York Giants. He weighs 222 pounds, and is a baseball umpire in the offseason. Davis is one of Bo McMillan's Geneva proteges, coached football for two years and now is taking a postgraduate course in the professional game. He weighs 190 pounds. Coach Clark's three tackles include Harry (Hobo) Thayer, George Christensen and Earl Elser. Thayer, a 215-pounder, once played with Tennessee, and is just breaking into the pro game. Christensen is a battle scarred veteran of the National league, who is spending his third season with Portsmouth, and who weighs 242 pounds. He is an Oregon product. Elser played tackle for Butler, and is using his 230 pounds for the first time in the postgraduate pastime. Clare Randolph and John (Popeye) Wager take care of the center of the line. Randolph once played with Indiana, and this is his fourth season with Portsmouth. He also served one year with the Chicago Cardinals, and he uses his 211 pounds to the best advantage. Wager plays center or guard, hails from Carthage college, and scales 207 pounds...PRESNELL AT QUARTER: Glen Presnell and Elmer (Dutch) Schaake are the quarterbacks. Presnell, a 198 pounder, once starred with Nebraska, later played at Ironton, and is spending his third year with the Spartans. He is an outstanding passer and ball carrier. Schaake was the star back in the Big Six conference last year, and is just breaking into the tough game. Ernest Caddell is a Stanford man, weighing 198 pounds, and winning all-America mention for the last two seasons. This is his first year as a professional. Mule Wilson played with Green Bay in 1931 and before that was with the New York Giants. He plays and talks a good game, and formerly appeared with Texas A. and M. college. Roy (Father) Lumpkin, the well known Rambling Wreck from Georgia Tech, weighs 213 pounds and has been a constant thorn in the side of the Packers. He played without a headgear, is as tough as the Empire State building, and wrestles when he isn't playing football. This is his fourth season with Portsmouth. Gene Alford, of Texas Tech, is serving with the Spartans for the third year in succession, and also has played at Ironton. He plays professional baseball during the summer months. Ace (Gus) Gutowski is a line smashing fullback who is the sweetest ground gainer in the National league. He played with Oklahoma City university as an undergraduate, was with New York in 1931 and then joined the Spartans. John (Cut) Cavosie, of Ironwood, Mich., always draws a following from the upper Michigan peninsula, when he appears in Green Bay. He weighs 207 pounds, hails from Butler, and is playing for the third season with Portsmouth. He spends his winter months in Michigan lumber camps.
BAY-SPARTAN WILL BE RENEWED HERE
OCTOBER 4 (Green Bay) - The shortest and most bitter rivalry between major football teams will be renewed here Sunday, when the Green Bay Packers
and Portsmouth Spartans meet for the sixth time. The
Packers won three of the first five games with one going
to the Spartans, and the other ending in a draw. The
short series has developed into one of the greatest
grudge affairs in the National league, with absolutely
nothing resembling good feeling existing on either side.
The Packer pep song turns into a hymn of hate when
the Bays meet Portsmouth. The first two meetings were
mild enough. In 1929 the Spartans, seeking a berth in
the National league, were defeated by the Packers, 14
to 0. Kotal's pass to Dunn placed the ball in scoring
position for Lewellen's touchdown, Molenda kicking the
extra point. The second touchdown came as a result of
a fumble which the Packers recovered on the Spartan
five yard line. Lidberg and Blood smacked the line, and
then Lidberg rammed over for the touchdown, Blood
getting the extra point. The Packers uncorked a terrific
offensive against the Spartans in their first meeting of
the 1930 season, winning 47 to 13 on two touchdowns
each by Lewellen and McCrary, and others by Molenda,
Fitzgibbons and Dilweg. Novotny and McLain scored for
the visitors. The second game, a tie at Portsmouth,
gave the Packers the league championship. It ended
6-all, Englemann scoring for Green Bay and Bennett for
Portsmouth. Dunn and Lewis missed the extra points.
The teams did not meet in 1931 and two bitter struggles
were played when the series was resumed last season.
A brilliant rally by Green Bay gave the Packers, still
monarchs of the professional gridiron world, the home
game by 15 to 10, but the battered Bays, their title
chances gone, dropped a humiliating decision at
Portsmouth late in the season, 10 to 0. The game at
Green Bay has been regarded as one of the greatest
football contests ever played, for all around gridiron
excellence. A blocked punt was recovered by Al Rose
for a touchdown early in the game, and O'Boyle kicked
the extra point to give the Packers a 7 to 0 lead. In the third period a forward pass, Presnell to Ebding, gave the Spartans a touchdown, and Dutch Clark booted the extra point to tie the score. Later in the period Clark dropkicked a field goal to give Portsmouth a 10 to 7 lead. Early in the fourth period Clark handed the Packers an intentional safety to avoid a blocked punt, and with only a few minutes to play the Bays were trailing, 10 to 9. They opened a battering offensive, which ended with Clark Hinkle cutting through the line for 22 yards and a touchdown. O'Boyle's extra point kick was blocked, but the Packers won the game. The game at Portsmouth dealt a serious blow to Packer morale and prestige. With an overflow crowd of jeering, taunting, insulting fans hooting every move of the visitors, and sportsmanship an unknown quality except on the gridiron itself, eleven Spartan ironmen defeated the
Packers 19 to 0 in a hard fought game. Presnell scored
one Portsmouth touchdown, and Clark got two more, in
addition to an extra kick.
BAYS PASS BEST
OCTOBER 4 (Columbus, OH) - The Green Bay Packers
are leading the NFL in passing and second in ground
gaining yet find themselves only one step out of the
cellar as the third week of the season closes. The
Packers, who have tied one and lost two games, have
completed 25 aerials in 49 attempts and gained 604
yards. The unbeaten Portsmouth Spartans, who top the
league standing, have gained the most ground, 798
yards in three starts. They have scored 45 points, five more than the New York Giants, who lead the Eastern
EXPECT 10,000 CROWD AT BAY, SPARTAN GAME
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay) - Another "Bear" crowd is
expected Sunday at the City stadium to witness the
grudge battle between the Packers and Portsmouth
Spartans. The advance ticket sale has been unusually
brisk and every indication points to a 10,000 turnout. As
usual, the game will get underway at 2 p.m. President
Joe F. Carr of the NFL has assigned George Lawrie,
veteran Chicago official, to referee. K.N. (Bunk) Harris,
Duluth, will be the umpire and Wilfred Smith, Chicago,
has been named head linesmen. Lawrie worked the
Portsmouth game here last season and even satisfied
the Portsmouth management...ARRIVE SATURDAY
A.M: Potsy Clark and his Spartans arrive here Saturday
morning over the Northwestern railway and they will
headquarter at the Beaumont hotel. The Portsmouth
contingent will include 20 players, two of who, Fay
(Mule) Wilson and Jim Bowdoin, saw service with the
Packers in other years, President Frank T. Snyder,
Treasurer William E. Door, Trainer Jack Mooney and
Coach Clark. The Packers have been getting in some
long practice sessions this week and indications are
that the chesty Ohioans will have a battle on their
hands. Coach Lambeau was disgusted with Sunday's
exhibition from the offensive point of view and he has
read the riot act to several of his headliners who have
been content to bask in the limelight and let others do
VISIT FAIR EN ROUTE
OCTOBER 5 (Portsmouth) - One hundred rabid Spartan
fans, who will combine visits to the Century of Progress
and Green Bay, Wis., on a special excursion next
weekend, will leave here Friday morning on the Norfolk
and Western line. Before they return to Portsmouth,
they will have visited the World's Fair, and will have
witnessed the "game of the century" between the
Spartans, pennant-bound, and the Green Bay Packers.
The Spartans are not expecting the Packers to be as
tough as last year, when the Green Bay game went to the national champions, 15 to 10, but they are not underestimating the possible strength of the former gridiron monarchs. Defeats by the Chicago Bears and New York Giants have not been taken here as conclusive evidence that the Packers are entirely without an offensive punch. Although minus the services of Dutch Clark, leading quarterback of the National league last season, the Spartans have run up three league victories, and confidently expect to add another at the expense of the Packers Sunday. They will have plenty of support, for the large delegation will come primed to cheer the invaders on every play...IN CHICAGO FRIDAY: The excursion will arrive in Chicago Friday evening, and will be quartered at the La Salle hotel, and will remain in the Century of Progress area until midnight Saturday night, when they will entrain for Wisconsin. The visitors will reach Green Bay Sunday morning, and will headquarter at the Beaumont hotel prior to game time. They will leave Packertown late Sunday and will arrive in Portsmouth Monday evening. "On to Green Bay!" reads the program issued by the excursionists. "We all recall," it continued, "the memorable game of Dec. 4, last year, when eleven 'iron men' of the Spartans, without any substitutions, a feat without parallel, cut the Packer line to pieces, and stopped their backs in their tracks. Can we do it again? We can! Oct. 8 will be a red letter day in Green Bay. All the world will have eyes turned toward Green Bay for the 'Game of the Century'. You will want to be among those who witness this gridiron classic! Follow the team to Green Bay!"
PORTSMOUTH SPARTANS BEAT COLUMBUS, 45 TO 0
OCTOBER 5 (Huntington, WV) - The Portsmouth Spartans of the NFL defeated the Mendel Clothiers of Columbus, O., by the score of 45 to 0 in an exhibition game here Wednesday night. The Capital City semi-pros were outclassed completely by the Portsmouth machine. Coach Potsy Clark used every player on his squad and the Spartans won as they pleased. Bill Thayer, a Huntington produce, is playing his first year at tackle for Portsmouth and the local fans whooped it up for him often. Immediately after the game, the Spartans returned to Portsmouth and made preparations to leave for Green Bay Friday morning.
WARNER SYSTEM POPULAR
OCTOBER 5 (New York) - From the first time in the history of the NFL the Warner system of double wingback offense is getting a thorough trial in professional football. This season three clubs, all in the Eastern section of the circuit, will employ the double wingback and its intricate variations. Not since Ernie Nevers' days with the Chicago Cardinals has a league team employed this offensive but the advent of new coaches brought an about face in tactics. The Boston Redskins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers will use the double wingback as their basic formation. Lone Star Dietz, former Warner assistant, is employing it in Boston, Jap Douds, former pupil of Andy Kerr at W. and J., is installing the Warner offense for the Pirates and Capt. John McEwan, former Army, Oregon and Holy Cross mentor, uses it with Brooklyn. Most of the other clubs will stick to the orthodox single wingback, with Curly Lambeau and George Halas' Chicago Bears employing a backfield shift reminiscent of the Notre Dame offense.
GROVE OF PACKERS FILE BANKRUPTCY
OCTOBER 5 (Milwaukee) - Roger R. Grove, quarterback on the Green Bay Packer football team, today filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy in federal court here. He listed liabilities at $1,474 and assets at $30. He claimed exemption to all assets, which he said consisted of the clothing he wore. Grove was represented in court by a former Packer star, Verne C. Lewellen.
PACKERS SET FOR CRUCIAL TILT SUNDAY
OCTOBER 6 (Green Bay) - With a jeering Portsmouth
crowd's taunts still ringing in their ears, and a record of
no victories in three starts for the present season still
unbroken, the Green Bay Packers will take the field
against the Spartans here Sunday afternoon at the City
stadium. The Bays have plenty of old scores to settle in
Sunday's tilt at the City stadium, in addition to the task
of trying to better their rating in the National league.
Furthermore, there will be adequate support on hand to
see them do it, as the advance ticket sale has been
brisk. Portsmouth is bringing to Green Bay the league's
leading scorer in the person of Glenn Presnell, who bids
fair to eclipse Dutch Clark as the standout quarterback
of the National circuit. Presnell and Dale Burnett of the
New York Giants are the only two professional gridmen
to score more than a single touchdown this season.
The Packers will enter the game with their backs to the
wall, and with Portsmouth favored to win. No one is any
more confident of the Spartan victory chances than is
the Ohio team itself. Newspapers in the Ohio river city
have been printing columns about the "former gridiron
monarchs", the "slipping Packers", and the "fallen
champions". The Spartans, one gathers from reading
newspaper accounts of the squad, have only to report
in uniform to assure themselves their fourth consecutive
National league victory. Coach E.L. Lambeau and the
Packers have different ideas, but they are expecting the
toughest kind of a battle against their bitter rivals. There
is not the least good feeling between the two teams and
none of the friendly rivalry which exists between the Packers and other league opponents. The game will start promptly at 2 o'clock. A victory for the Packers will aid materially in bolstering the team's weakened morale, while another defeat for the Bays will stamp the current home season as one of disaster. The Packer players are not being allowed to forget that with a few more breaks, a little more alertness and more consistent playing at the right times. Green Bay would easily be leading the National league, undefeated along with Portsmouth...EARLY SUNDAY MORNING: A special train of Portsmouth rooters will arrive in Green Bay, and this delegation is slated to make plenty of noise at the City stadium Sunday afternoon. The visitors, numbering about 100, will be quartered with the Spartan team at the Beaumont hotel.