NEWS AND NOTES
PACKER GAME SIDELIGHTS
NOVEMBER 6 (Green Bay) - A cold north wind blew over the field. It favored the Cardinals in the first and
third periods and the Packers in the other quarters. Punting with it, Hinkle, Nesbitt and Lillard got off some great boots against it all had trouble...Hinkle got off the longest kick ever made at Wrigley field in the final period. Standing on his own goal line, he kicked to the Cardinals' 10 yard mark, the ball sailing more than 80 yards. The official distance from the line of scrimmage to the spot where Lillard got it was 82 yards..Green Bay made six first downs to three for the Cardinals. Two of the Cardinal first downs came in the first half. Green Bay tried 14 passes, completing seven for 104 yards. Chicago tried nine passes, completed one for 10 yards and had four intercepted. Green Bay had only one intercepted...Joe Lillard, Cardinals' flash negro halfback, showed some fine open
field running early in the game, shaking loose for some
substantial runs when returning punts. In the last half,
however, the Packers nailed him for frequent losses...
Ben Smith had one experience with Lillard. Apparently
he had the Cardinal back downed on the Cardinals' 20
yard line after a punt, but Lillard wiggled free. On the
next play, however, Smith made up for it by nailing the
negro for an eight-yard loss...Officials had a terrible day
all the way around. At least three clipping fouls were
committee that were not called. On two occasions the
Cardinals fumbled and the Packers recovered, but both
times the officials ruled that the fumble came after the
whistle...In the second quarter Hinkle got off a 70-yard
boot that hit Lillard in the leg and bounced around on
the goal line, Rose finally falling on it behind the line.
The officials did not give the Packers a touchdown,
however, ruling that the ball did not hit Lillard..The Bay
backfield that saw most of the action was composed of
Monnett, Hinkle, Blood and Grove. Monnett and Grove
played the entire game, Herber relieving Blood for a
short time in the second quarter. All turned in some fine
football...On the line the play of Joe Kurth at tackle,
Michalske and Comstock at guard was outstanding. Cal
Hubbard again played all but a few minutes of the game.
..Art Bultman strained his neck in the second quarter
and had to be relieved, Sarafiny finishing the game. He
turned in a fine defensive game. The injury is not serious
however, and Bultman will be available next week...
Walter Kiesling, veteran Cardinal guard, was one of the
best performers on the Chicago line. McNally also
turned in a good game until he was hurt in the first half,
and had to be relieved, Tom Moynihan, playing without a
headgear, relieving him.
NOVEMBER 6 (Chicago) - A number of notables saw
the game including Gus Sonnenberg, former heavy
weight champion, Doc Spears of Wisconsin, Dick
Hanley of Northwestern, Bernie Bierman of Minnesota,
Bo McMillan of the Kansas Aggies and Paul Polaski of
the midwest wrestling trust...Joe Lilliard, the colored
boy who was under Doc Spears at Oregon, was one of
the shiftiest runners on the field. He returned punts
exceptionally well...Clark Hinkle and Cal Hubbard again
did a great job in backing up the line...The Cardinals,
coached by Paul Schissler, have a sweet defensive club
and it is hard to understand why they haven't won more
games...Lilliard almost got away for a touchdown
returning Hinkle's punt in the first quarter...A slim crowd
of 7,000 saw the game. The only gate that did any
business was the pass gate...Gantenbein and Lilliard
were both hurt when the former Wisconsin end threw
the big negro for a two-yard loss with a smacking tackle
in the first quarter. Gantenbein had to leave the game
although he returned late...Monnett made excellent use
of his speed again. On his touchdown run of 22 yards
around Chicago's left end, he simply outran the first men who hadn't been sucked out of position by the fake reverse. Not a hand was laid on him...Apparently there was bad blood between the boys in the line and all afternoon, according to one of the officials, they were calling each other a lot of names which didn't sound like first names or last names. There should have been penalties, but there weren't...The Packers will leave on the first lap of their swing through the east Friday. They will meet Portsmouth, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and the Chicago Bears in the last half of the season. An exhibition game with Staten Island will be played November 30...The Cardinals lost 21 yards on running plays in the second quarter...Red Bultman was hurt in the third quarter and had to leave the game. An injury to his spine was feared.
SECRET MAY BE TOLD; CURLY USED CRIPPLES
NOVEMBER 6 (Chicago) - Now that it's over, I suppose the secret may be told. We played the Cardinals
here Sunday and beat them with only three of our halfbacks in shape. Englemann has a bad shoulder, Bruder is still convalescing from his recent illness and Goldenberg has a bad leg that kept him out of practice this week. None of them played, or could have played, On top of this, Johnny Blood, who played almost 60 minutes either at quarterback or right halfback, had a bad arm he could hardly raise over his head, and Arnie Herber, who played about a quarter, had a bad foot for which he had to use a cane the early part of the week. It was on sheer nerve that both of them stood up. All told, therefore, we had only five backs available, including the two cripples, and so you can imagine how happy we all are that we put this one over. Out line plays didn't function anywhere near as smoothly as they did in other key games, which is quite well brought out by the statistics, but with a more or less makeshift backfield we had to expect that. In addition to this, I would like to point out that the Cardinals have probably as good a line as any other team in the league. The club was up on its toes for us and played real football. With this game out of the way, naturally we turn to the game with Portsmouth at Portsmouth next Sunday, the first game on our trip through the east, and, as things have developed, the most crucial game on our schedule. I say it is the most crucial because, with three defeats already up against us, we can't lose another. Boston at Boston a week after Portsmouth will be tough and the Giants at New York a week later will also be tough, but the toughest of the three and therefore, as I see it, the crucial one will be the game with Portsmouth next Sunday. With all our backfield crippled, to whom we must now add our center, Red Bultman, was was hurt here Sunday, I don't know what to think of the Portsmouth game. I know that mentally the boys will be up, but physically, as is so apparent, the club may still be in bad shape. It all depends on how the boys who are now injured come along this week. Now that the Bears lost to Boston and Portsmouth lost to New York, I consider the Packers still very much in the race. We are really only two games behind the Bears and only one behind Portsmouth and if we can win the rest of our games I honestly believe we still have a chance for the championship. It all depends on how our cripples come along this week, for on how they come along this week depends our success against Portsmouth. And as I see it now, that's the crucial game on our schedule.
SPARTAN TEAMS PREPARES FOR PACKER GAME
NOVEMBER 7 (Portsmouth) - The Spartans of Portsmouth returned here today, their trip through eastern football sectors completed, and settled down to prepare for the invasion of the Green Bay Packers, their next NFL opponent. The Packers will arrive here Saturday afternoon, according to word from Green Bay, and they will be given an opportunity to practice behind closed gates at Universal stadium prior to game time. The Portsmouth management is anxious to extend every courtesy to the visiting football squad. The Spartans did well on their recent eastern invasion, picking up six victories, some of them in exhibition tilts, and one defeat, at the hands of the New York Giants last Sunday. The lone upset, by a 13 to 10 count, failed to dampen the Portsmouth players' morale, and they predict a decisive victory over Green Bay Sunday. The Spartans are anxious to get a return crack at the Packers as they are still smarting under the unexpected 17 to 0 reversal suffered at Green Bay several weeks ago. But for that loss, Portsmouth would today be leading the league along with Chicago's Bears, and the Spartans are anxious to assume the commanding position which the team's backers feels it deserves. Coach Potsy Clark announced that his squad should be intact for the Green Bay game. Glenn Presnell's arm injury, which he incurred against the Giants Sunday, and which indirectly led to the Portsmouth defeat, is responding to treatment, and Presnell expects to rejoin the team at its Friday practice session. The biggest crowd ever to witness a sporting event here is predicted for Sunday, and extra bleachers are being installed at Universal stadium. Tickets have been on sale for two weeks, and choice reservations already have been picked up, according to Harry T. Snyder, president. While in Portsmouth, the Wisconsin visitors will be quartered at the Hurth hotel.
HUGHITT TO REFEREE
NOVEMBER 7 (Columbus, OH) - Tommy Hughitt, former Michigan All-American quarterback, a veteran official in the National league, has been named by President Joe F. Carr to referee the game in Portsmouth Sunday between the Spartans and Green Bay Packers. The other three officials assigned to the game are: Charles Harrington, Cincinnati, umpire; James Tehan, Cincinnati, head linesman; and Robert Karch, Columbus, field judge. Referee Hughitt has worked a number of Packer games and his selection is satisfactory to Coach Lambeau. Karch is the only other official known to the Packers. He has been a National league official for quite awhile and was the umpire is the Packers' game at Portsmouth in 1930. This contest ended in a 6 to 6 tie. Tehan and Harrington are newcomers in the pro wheel this fall. League records show that Tehan was the referee in the Portsmouth-New York tilt on Sept. 24 and that Tehan umpired and Harrington served as headlinesman in the game between the Chicago Cardinals and the Reds in Cincinnati on Oct. 8.
PRESNELL TOPS SCORING RACE IN PRO LEAGUE
NOVEMBER 7 (Columbus, OH) - Glenn Presnell, the
Portsmouth Spartan scoring ace, has regained his
advantage in the NFL scoring race, but he now shares
first position with Ken Strong, all-American halfback of
the New York Giants. Both have scored 46 points.
Buckets Goldenberg, Green Bay fullback, did not get
into the Packer-Cardinal game at Chicago Sunday, and
now rests in third place, with 42 points. Fourth is held
by Jim (Sweet) Musick of Boston; fifth is tie between
Cliff Battles of Boston and Bob Monnett of Green Bay.
Two new names, Nesbitt of the Cardinals and Hickman
of Brooklyn, were added to the scoring list this week.
The New York Giants continue to lead in scoring
diversity, having ten members on the list. Other teams
are represented as follows: Green Bay, nine; Pittsburgh
and Portsmouth, seven each; Boston, Brooklyn and the
Bears, six each; Cardinals, five; Philadelphia, two, and
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT
NOVEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - There is only one remedy
for the poor officiating that marred midwest NFL football
games this year. That is to get more competent men by
paying more money. The eastern division of the circuit
seldom has trouble with poor officials. They get the best
in that part of the country, but in the midwest the teams
get men never heard of before, many apparently in
complete ignorance of the rules. Sunday's game at
Wrigley field in Chicago was a good example of poor
officiating. George Lawrie, the referee, did well enough,
but was the victim of circumstances. He missed one or
two that he should have called, however. One was a
clipping foul, committed on Roger Grove. Nothing
makes a spectator more disgusted with a game than
poor officiating. It will help kill sport faster than any
other thing. We are not complaining that the officiating
is always unfavorable to Green Bay, because it is not.
What we object to is officials who don't call rule
infractions, regardless of whom it hurts. The officials
also let players get abusive and profane in remarks to
one another, and to the arbiters without taking action.
They could stop this in a hurry by slapping on 15 yard
penalties, but they never do. We would like to see the
league get men like Jim Maskers, of Milwaukee, Frank
Birch and Jack H. Nichols. These men are Big Ten
officials. The Big Ten has a silly rule that will not allow
men who officiate in college games work the pro games,
but if these officials were offered as much to work the
professional games as they are to handle college
football, they would come over immediately as the pro
season is much longer than the college year. In the
east, they pay officials as much for professional games
as the college men get and seldom have poor officiating. The league has a rule that limits the salary, but it isn't observed....Did you know that: When the Packers line up in an attempt to make an extra point after touchdown, the chances are a little better than 60 percent that the try will be completed. Team statistics covering a period of 13 seasons reveal that percentage. Since 1921, when the Packers entered the National league, they have scored 265 touchdowns, and kicked 163 extra points, an average of six extra points for every ten touchdowns scored. In the same period the team has booted 29 field goals for a grand scoring total in league games of 1,840. Only three Green Bay men have passed the 100 mark in scoring. Verne Lewellen, 1924 to 1932, with 301 points, leads the list. Johnny Blood, 1929 to 1933, has 181, and Coach Lambeau, 1921 to 1927, has 109. Lewellen scored the most touchdowns with 50. Red Dunn, 1927 to 1931, got the most extra points with 46 and the field goal record goes to Howard (Cub) Buck, 1922 to 1925, with 12.
SPARTANS DUE HOME TONIGHT FROM LONG TRIP
NOVEMBER 7 (Portsmouth) - The Spartans will return tonight from their five week swing through the east and will get down to work Wednesday for the Green Bay invasion Sunday. The Clark men played three league and two exhibition games on the trip and won three of them. They defeated Boston, 13 to 0, and the Philadelphia team, 25 to 0, and then lost a heartbreaker to the Giants last Sunday, 18 to 10. The team beat Stapleton, 14 to 7, and played a tie game with Shenandoah, Pa., 7 to 7. Potsy Clark and his men left New York early Monday and are due to arrive here tonight between nine and 10 o'clock, providing that the schedule mapped out yesterday is maintained. Many fans were planning today to meet the bus tonight and extend the glad hand of welcome to the burly battered team...THREE HURT SUNDAY: Presnell, Cavoise and Gutowsky were hurt Sunday, but how badly will not be known until the team rolls in tonight. Presnell's arm was hurt (not cut off or crushed as was reported all over town Monday), Cavosie has an ankle injury and Gutowsky an optic injury. All are expected to round into condition through the skillful handling of Jack Neff, team trainer. The Packers have a vastly improved team over last year and will come prepared to take the Spartans for a ride. And if they succeed in doing this, they will be on even teams with the local eleven, each having won five and lost three games. The Packers suffered bruises and bumps in the Cardinal game in Chicago Sunday, but apparently emerged from it in better condition than the Spartans did the grueling encounter in New York. But that game is history and Potsy will not direct big changes with a view of forgetting last Sunday's debacle and get back into the winning column next Sunday. The Packers have a lot of reserve strength and the team unquestionably will be in better physical condition than the Spartans. The Spartan team will no doubt play the same inspired brand of football as it did against the Packers in that memorable 19 to 0 battle last year when Presnell scored one touchdown and Dutch Clark two...LOOK FOR THRILLS: There is no question about Sunday's game being packed with thrills and chills, as when the Spartans and the Wisconsin eleven clash there is plenty doing on the gridiron. All the Spartans are asking for is a dry field and not a sea of mud in which they played in Green Bay several weeks ago. At that time, the Spartans, to a man, said they had a better team than the Packers and they will be out to prove it Sunday before what it is expected to be the largest crowd so far this season. Hank Bruder, who has been ill, is better and will be ready for play against the Spartans Sunday. Arnie Herber, passer deluxe of the Bays, is recovering from an ankle injury and will be tossing them far and wide. Potsy beat the Packers with 11 men last year, and he will not make many substitutions Sunday if his players are physically fit.
PRO BURLESQUE IN CHICAGO MEANS JOE CARR MUST ACT
NOVEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - The National Pro league ought to do something about its officiating, and do it soon. It has built up the game in a number of ways in the last eight or 10 years. The teams have obtained better coaches, the owners have introduced better discipline, the teams have played better ball. But all the while the league did nothing about its officiating, and today it is beginning to reap the harvest of its own neglect. The game at Chicago Sunday between the Packers and Cardinals is a particular example of what poor officiating can do although it isn't the only one. It is probably the only one this season in which a bum guess precipitated a near riot, but it isn't by any means the only one in which the officials have looked bad. The Packers Sunday might easily have scored four touchdowns instead of two except for just such a lack of knowledge. In the second quarter, for instance, Hinkle punted to Lilliard, who fumbled the ball on his five-yard line. The ball rolled back slowly to the one-yard line where Lilliard, in attempting to pick it up, kicked it into the end zone by a few inches, and Rose of Green Bay, down on the punt, picked it up. There is no question of what this should have been. Lilliard kicked the ball into the end zone and Rose recovered. It should have been a touchdown, yet the officials ruled it a touchback and gave the ball to the Cardinals on the 20-yard line. Again on the very last play of the game, with the ball on the one-yard line, Hinkle went over for a touchdown, but the play was recalled. Head Linesman Smith called offside on the Cards and Referee George Lawrie called the backs in motion on Green Bay. So far, all right. One penalty offset the other. But under any circumstance, the Packers should have had another play. Instead, as they started to line up on the one-yard line, the timer called time, ending the game. The game can't possibly end in this way. The packers absolutely had to have another play. But they didn't get it. After the game, the timer explained that time really expired on the play on which Smith and Lawrie had both called a penalty, but that his gun wouldn't work. Well, maybe - What is to be done about officiating is something Joe Carr, as president of the league, must decide. The Big Ten officials have a meeting before the start of the season each year to discuss rules, and baseball umpires get together for the same reason. Maybe a class on rules along these lines might help the pros. The whole game is so definitely on the upgrade in other respects that something should surely be done about the officiating.
PACKERS HAVE CHANCE TO TIE FOR 2ND PLACE
NOVEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers must defeat Portsmouth's Spartans at the Ohio city Sunday afternoon, if the Bays are retain their chance of topping the NFL's 1933 season. A win over the Spartans would place the Packers in a tie with that team for second place in the western division of the league, not far behind the leading Chicago Bears, who still have to play the toughest competition that the league affords. As he looked over his squad this week, Coach E.L. Lambeau was fairly well satisfied that the team will be in good shape for Sunday's game. Claude Perry, veteran tackle, who has been having a bad year, is recuperating from an injured ankle and undoubtedly will not play against the Spartans, and there are one or two other men who have suffered from recent batterings. When the Spartans take the field Sunday, they will be getting their first glimpse of Bobby Monnett, fleet Packer halfback who warmed the bench when the Portsmouth squad splashed through mud and rain to a 17-0 defeat here earlier in the season. Monnett is certain to be turned loose against the Spartans Sunday, and he will be given plenty of support from the rest of the backfield brigade, none of whom is precisely friendly with the Portsmouth crew. If the weather is dry, the game probably will develop into an aerial display, with both teams filling the air with passes. When they defeated Portsmouth last time the Packers played a game of great caution, throwing only one pass, and that for a point after touchdown. If anything defeats the Spartans Sunday, it is expected to be a combination of Monnett and the Packer passes. One of the Packers' informal scouts, who dropped in on the Portsmouth-New York game last Sunday, reported that the Spartan air attack is varied and consistent, and spoke favorably concerning a set of new lateral plays with which Portsmouth bothered the Giants. The Packers, who are inveterate followers of high school football, have expressed high interest in the East-West contest here Armistice Day, and some of the players are planning to receive a wire telling them of the game's outcome Saturday afternoon. By that time the team will be in Portsmouth, working out at Universal Stadium in preparation for their crucial league tilt. The Bears are rated as an easy favorite over Philadelphia but the Packers figure that the league leaders will lose at least one other game before the final Packer-Bear battle at Chicago Dec. 10.
RELEASE TWO PLAYERS
NOVEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - Release of Larry Bettencourt, former St. Mary's center, and Norm Greeney, guard of the Notre Dame team last year, was announced today by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers. Greeney has been with the team since the start of the year and Bettencourt joined the squad a few weeks ago. The cuts were made to get the team under the 22-player limit before it heads east this week for the annual invasion of that district.
GIANTS LEAD SCORING
NOVEMBER 8 (Columbus, OH) - The New York Giants, with a total of 160 points, continue to lead the NFL scoring. In second place are the Green Bay Packers, nineteen points behind, with a total of 141. These two teams are the only ones to have crossed the century mark. In six games the Cincinnati Reds boast a totasl of but three points for the worst offensive record. Brooklyn in five games has allowed opponents but 34 points while the Chicago Bears and the Portsmouth Spartans have been counted on for 43 points each. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh rank as the weakest defensive teams, the former having had 126 points against it while Pittsburgh's opponents have scored 121.
PENNSYLVANIA BILL TO ALLOW SPORT ON SUNDAY IS PASSED
NOVEMBER 8 (Harrisburg, PA) - They'll be playing Sunday baseball next spring in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other large cities of Pennsylvania. In the first referenda on the blue laws which have stood unwavering since 1794, voters in the populous centers of the state yesterday authorized their local officials to license baseball and football games on Sunday afternoons. Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, home of Pennsylvania's three major league baseball clubs - the Athletics, Phillies and Pirates - voted overwhelmingly for Sunday sports. Harrisburg, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Reading and York, with franchises in the New York-Pennsylvania league, voted by less decisive margins. In these and all other communities, which voted yes on modification, Sunday football is possible this year. Action at the polls of Pennsylvania yesterday paves the way to a definite date for the Green Bay Packers in Philadelphia on Dec. 3 against the Eagles in a professional football game.
PACKERS WILL LEAVE FRIDAY ON TRIP EAST
NOVEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - Twenty-six strong, including players and officials, the Green Bay Packers will leave here at 12:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, via the C.M.St. P. & P. railroad, on the first leg of their annual eastern football invasion. Coach E.L. Lambeau, G.W. Calhoun, secretary; C.J. O'Connor, treasurer, and property manager Bud Jorgenson are the non-players who will accompany the team...PLAN PORTSMOUTH DRILL: This load of gridiron brawn will be unloaded in Chicago at 5:45 o'clock Friday evening, and at 11:40 o'clock that night the men will board another train for Cincinnati. The Packers will reach Portsmouth, Ohio, where they are scheduled to engage the Spartans Sunday, about noon Saturday, in time for limbering up drills and a secret practice session. Universal stadium has been reserved for the visitors on Saturday, and the entire squad will be utilized in a last minute drill for the Spartan contest. Not intending to remain in Portsmouth any longer than necessary, win or lose, the Packers will leave the Ohio city at 8:20 o'clock Sunday night, arriving in New York, after traveling through Washington, at 1:45 o'clock Monday afternoon...PLAY IN BOSTON: While in New York the squad will headquarter at the Victoria hotel, and will conduct regular practice sessions at a selected field until Friday, when the Bays will leave for Boston, for their game with the Redskins at Fenway park, Nov. 19. The Packers will remain overnight at the Statler hotel, and will return to New York the day after the game. The Boston game will be followed by another week of practice in preparation for the crucial game with the Giants at the Polo Grounds Nov. 26. On Thanksgiving Day the Packers will play Stapleton at Staten Island in a non-league engagement, and the following Sunday, which is Dec. 3, they will invade Philadelphia for a return tilt with Ludlow Wray's Eagles at Shibe park, the home of Connie Mack's Athletics. The Packers will wind up their road trip on Dec. 10 in Chicago, when they meet their most bitter rivals, the Bears, at Wrigley field.
PACKERS MUST TRIP SPARTAN ELEVEN SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Curly Lambeau and his Green Bay Packers are on the spot this Sunday at Portsmouth, O., where the Bays take on the Spartans in their second clash of the season. This game, no doubt, will make or break the Packers and their championship claims. A month ago the Bays beat the Spartans at Green Bay, 17 to 0. With a record of four wins, three defeats and one tie, the Bays cannot afford anymore defeats if they are to be in the title battle at the season's close. Right now the Chicago Bears have a two game edge over them, and the Spartans lead them by one game. Because of the split league the Bays must nose out both these teams if they are to get into the championship finals