GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - Homer Griffith, former Southern California star, again jinxed the Packers just as he did in the game at Milwaukee 10 days ago and, as a result, the Bays bowed to the Chicago Cardinals here Sunday afternoon at Wrigley field by a score of 6 to 0. Once again, the Packers proved to be lost in the muddy going. The field was nearly as bad as it was the State Fair park in West Allis and the Bays simply could not click with their much famed aerial drives. Coach E.L. Lambeau's aggregation showed lots of hustle and fight and the players were giving everything they had but it was just one of those days when it seemed impossible for the Packers to pile up consecutive yardage when they had the oval in scoring territory. Getting back to Mr. Griffith from the Pacific coast. He did his stuff in the first half minute of play and this completed the scoring for the day.
GRIFFITH TAKES KICKOFF
When the teams lined up for the opening of hostilities,
Green Bay kicked to the Cardinals and Griffith wrapped
his arms around the ball three yards away from the goal
line. He picked up steam slowly, sidetracking a couple
of Bayites who were down the field fast under the kick.
Then he veered across the gridiron and suddenly cut
back and headed for the Green Bay uprights, which
were looming up nearer at every step. Two of his
teammates helped clear the way and he galloped the
last 30 yards without a hand being laid on him. It was
one of those football thrills that you often see in the
movies but seldom on the gridiron. Cardinal enthusiasts
cheered loudly and even the handful of Bay followers
gave Griffith a good hand for his remarkable feat. Dave
Cook, ex-Illini, missed the goal kick but it didn't make
any difference as those scrappy Cardinals seemed to
turn into super-demons on the defense whenever a
Bay touchdown threat loomed. The Griffith touchdown
didn't take the wind out of the Green Bay sails as the
Packers received the next kickoff and poured it on with
everything they had - but it wasn't enough.
GROVE GETS LOOSE
Soon after in this hair raising first period, the Packers
got underway when Griffith punted to Monnett and Bob
ran it back to the 30. Roger Grove slashed through for
a first down. Clarke Hinkle and Buckets Goldenberg
picked up a couple of yards and the Grove wheeled
loose and ran the oval to the Cards' 14. It looked as if
the Packer touchdown stock was rising when a short
pass, Monnett to Goldenberg, added nine and Hinkle
picked up the extra yard for a first down on the Chicago
4. Hinkle lost a couple of yards on two rushes. Monnett
fumbled but recovered for a loss. Then Bob was mussed
up about 15 yards behind the line, the Cards took the
ball and hopes for a Green Bay score was muddied out.
Shortly before the end of the first stanza, a penalty for
holding put the Cards back close to their goal line and
Griffith cleared the danger by a good punt to his own
46. After another exchange of kicks, time was called
with the ball in the Cardinals' possession on their own
22. The Bays got a good break right at the start of the
second quarter when Sarboe was rushed and his punt
sailed out of bounds on the Cards' 31. Once again the
Bays' attack fizzled. Hinkle couldn't gain, a pass by
Monnett flopped and Joe Laws lost a yard. Hinkle's
field goal attempt was wide of the posts and Chicago
scrimmaged on its 20. The remainder of the period was
mostly a kicking duel with the Bays having the best of
it. However, the Bays spurted again just before halftime
when Laws ran the ball to the Cards' 29.
PASS IS INTERCEPTED
The rally went haywire when a pass by Herber fell into
the hands of a mud-begrimed Cardinal only nine yards
from the goal line. Two rushes were checked by the
Bays and when the gun popped for the period's end, the
ball was held by the Cardinals only eight yards from the
uprights. Starting the third quarter, the Packers ran into
trouble after Herber had received the kickoff and waded
back to the Bays' 30. Herber tried a lob pass over the
scrimmage front and Tipton snagged it on Green Bay's
37. The Cards lost 10 yards on successive penalties
for offside and backfield in motion. Griffith's punt was
downed on Green Bay's nine. Bruder punted from his
goal line and the Cards had the ball on the Packers' 35.
Cook and Mikulak made it a first down with something
to spare and the Cards were only 22 yards from a
touchdown. Then the Packers halted three line thrusts
and an attempted field goal was blocked by Jorgensen.
Rose recovered for the Packers on the 29. With the aid
of an offside "five", the Packers for a first down, but a
couple of passes failed and Bruder kicked to Griffith,
who took a mud bath on his 35. Following an exchange
of kicks, which had backed the Cards into danger
territory, Mikulak fumbled the ball and Rose fell on it on
the Card 23. This seemed like a long delayed break and
Coach Lambeau rushed a half dozen fresh players into
the fray. But the Cards were just too tough. A pass
fizzled, Hinkle made but a yard and then two passes
were knocked down and the Cards took the ball.
Griffith then dashed around right end for 13 yards.
Following two exchanges of kicks, Bruder booted to
the Cards' 49-yard line as the quarter ended.
KEEP SOLID FRONT
The Packers tried everything in the last round, but the
Cards kept a solid front and killed time as much as
possible. The Packers got a couple of first downs in the
early part of the final period, but it was wasted energy.
On the other hand, several of the Chicago backfielders
swept the wings for creditable gains, which kept the
Packers fairly well in their own backyard. Every time the
Bays got possession of the ball, they would shoot a
pass but it generally proved to be a dud shell. Weather conditions were so bad that the smallest crowd which has witnessed a National league game in Chicago in a dozen years barely spotted the spacious stands of Wrigley field. By actual count there only 934 paid admissions, while the pass list turnstile count was 804. Unofficially speaking, Owner Charles Bidwill, owner of the Chicago Cardinals, "took it on the chin" to the extent of some $7,500. And that is a lot of money these days, especially at the fag end of a professional football season. However, Bidwill is a demon for punishment and he leaves with his team on Saturday for a tour to the Pacific coast. He has about a half dozen exhibition games scheduled. Coach Lambeau, after the game, announced the suspension of Norgard and Carl Jorgensen. Nearly all of these players left this morning with the team for St. Louis, where on Sunday the Bays will conclude their 1934 season with a game against the Gunners. Aside from Mike Michalske, the Bays came out of the Cardinal "Waterloo" No. 2 in fair shape. Mike's ankle is very sore and the veteran guard had to helped off the field. It is likely that Tiny Engebretsen will start in Michalske's place this Sunday against St. Louis.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 0 - 0
CHI CARDS - 6 0 0 0 - 6
1st - CHI - Homer Griffith, 90-yard kickoff return (Dave Cook kick failed) CHICAGO CARDINALS 6-0