NEWS AND NOTES
PACKER GAME SIDELIGHTS
OCT 29 (Green Bay) - There was plenty of heft in the Packer line and backfield when the game started. The line averaged 209 pounds per man and the backfield 193 1/2 pounds. Still this wasn't enough to stop those pesky Bears...Coach Lambeau, after the game, said the Bears had the greatest professional football team that he had ever seen. There were no apparent weaknesses on the team, he pointed out, the substitutes being just as good as the starting lineup...Hinkle and Hank Bruder played 60 minutes - and they were 60 busy minutes. The Bears ripped the Packer line to ribbons most of the afternoon and Hinkle and Bruder were busy dragging the ball carriers down from behind or meeting them head-on after they had made substantial gains. This due played a great defensive game and deserve a laurel wreath for their efforts. If they hadn't been in there all the time heaven knows what the score might have been, for few plays were stopped at the line of scrimmage...The Packers got one tough break in the third quarter when Hinkle intercepted a Bear pass and started goalward. The Packer fullback got to the Bear 23-yard line before he was downed, but as one Chicago newspaper put it:"The officials came to the relief of the Bears and called both sides offside" and nullified the play and gave the ball back to the Bears. The Bears, particularly Hewitt, had been offside all afternoon, but they were not called on it until the Packers had little chance to even up the ball game. It's a queer business, if you ask us...The Bears, who are past masters of holding, exercised all their talents in yesterday's game and as a result the Packer linemen had a tough afternoon. A blind man could detect some of the offenses, but not the officials. They saw nothing, or if they did they passed it up. On Feathers' 47-yard run for a touchdown, half of the Packer linemen were being held by the Bears. The officials either will have to call these penalties, or else the Packers will have to start practicing some holding plays like the Bears have, if we are ever to beat them...Hewitt was offsides from one to two yards on almost every play, but he was only called once or twice. When Monnett passed to Rose for the Packers' first touchdown, Hewitt was offside two yards and was on top of Monnett almost before he got the ball from center. Hewitt had a tough afternoon on defense as the Packers blocked him out effectively many times. He only played about half of the game. Halas apparently was saving him as much as possible...Lavvie Dilweg demonstrated that he can still catch passes. He snared three tosses yesterday, two of them being of the sensational type, and scored the Packers' second touchdown. This catch was a beauty, as he had to leap high into the air on the dead run and grab the ball over the head of a Bear defensive man in the end zone. Later in the game he made another great stab of a toss and carried the ball to the Bear 5-yard line before he was dragged down from behind. For a second or two it looked like he was away for another touchdown - which would have put a different complexion on the ball game...The entire right side of the starting Packer lineup Sunday was composed of new men, Norgard, end; Schwammel, tackle, and Jones, guard, and they all played good, hard football, too...We'd like to see that Packer backfield back of the Bears' line. That would be something. They'd sure manufacture the touchdowns, no mistaking that...The difference between the Packers and the Bears is this, Bobby Cahn, referee, said after the game: The Bears have 22 good players and the Packers about 14. When the Bears make substitutions, they do not weaken their team. This is not always the case where the Packers are concerned, for the Green Bay team is often weakened appreciably when it is necessary to make changes in the lineup...The Bears know how to block. On Feathers' long run nearly every Packer player was knocked off his feet at one time or another during the play. Joe Laws, although a recruit, is developing into a good field general. He calls the plays nicely, has confidence in himself and instills it in others. Give him another year and he'll be the best quarterback in the league - and that's a prophecy...Red Sleight, of Purdue, who performed at tackle for the Packers in 1931 and 1932, but who is now line coach at the University of Missouri, was on the Packer bench during the game and felt just as bad when the Green Bay team got licked as he did the day before when his Missouri eleven was walloped by the University of Chicago, 19 to 6. Oh for a couple of "Red" Sleights in that forward wall...Those two slip-ups on Bear passes were costly. They both cost touchdowns. Feathers got behind a Packer back over the goal line and snared a toss for the first touchdown; then Brumbaugh outran a Packer end and got another pass for a second touchdown. We may be wrong, but both of these tosses should have been batted down without any great effort...The Bears had one play that worked to perfection. Brumbaugh took the pass from center, lateralled it to Ronzani who ran over to his left and waited for a few seconds, then heaved the ball to Brumbaugh who had streaked down he field, outrunning Rose. The timing on the play was perfect...The first three plays were passes when the Packers got the ball for the first time in the first quarter, but all of them were futile. Had one of them connected there might have been a different story to tell today...Among the college coaches at the game were Bo McMillin of the University of Indiana; Doc Spears and Red Smith of the University of Wisconsin and Dick Hanley of Northwestern...Red Granfe went into the game for a few minutes when the Packers' passing attack started to function. Grange is the best pass defenseman in the league and he showed the younger Bear players how to stop the Green Bay aerials...Gantenbein, left end, and Grove, halfback, left the game in the first quarter. Milt was knocked off by a Bear halfback on a pass play and Grove ran into a goal post while following Hewitt on another pass play. Grove returned to the game later, but Gantenbein was out for the afternoon...That goal line stand of the Packers was a great exhibition of courage. The Bear had the ball on the 2-yard line and four downs to go. On the first play Brumbaugh lost 3 yards, then Manders plowed through to the one-foot line. Manders again took the ball and was thrown for a yard loss by Dilweg. Then Corbett was given the ball and tried the right side of the line and he lost 3 yards and the Packers took the ball there and kicked out immediately...The betting boys in Box 35 were giving 12 points on the Bears Sunday. They had some anxious moments, but won their bets. They apparently knew their Bears and Packers...One thing is obvious and was demonstrated conclusively Sunday: The Packers need several more first class linemen, including a couple of big, rugged tough tackles, another guard, another center, another end and a husky halfback who can block and pass. Let's hope we can get them next year...About 16,000 fans, the largest crowd of the year, saw the game. They got their money's worth as there were many spectacular plays, both in the air and on the ground.
PRO GRID LOOK MARKS TO FALL
OCT 29 (New York) - At least two new records are in prospect in the National Professional Football league this season. The champion Chicago Bears have scored
182 points in seven games are are almost certain to top
the total of 244 points piled up by the New York Giants
in 1933. The Detroit Lions, also Western division leader,
are trying for a defensive mark. So far they have not
been scored on and have yielded only 835 yards to
their opponents. Green Bay's Packers set the pace in
the aerial department. They have completed 41 out of
OCT 30 (Green Bay) -Tiny Engebretsen, former Chicago
Bear and Northwestern tackle, has been secured from
the Brooklyn club to finish the 1934 season with the
Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced
this afternoon. Engebretsen comes to Green Bay in a
trade that gives Brooklyn possession of Tom Nash,
former Bay end who was loaned to Brooklyn two years
ago and played with that club although the property of
the Packers. Through this trade Engebretsen becomes
the property of Green Bay and Nash Brooklyn property.
The big lineman played at Northwestern for two years
before joining the Chicago Bears. He played with Clark
Hinkle, Packer fullback, in the East-West game in 1932
and joined the Bears in 1933. In one game at Chicago
on a snow-covered field a field goal by Engebtretsen
was instrumental in defeating the Packers.
BAYS BEGIN EASTERN TRIP ON WEDNESDAY
OCT 30 (Green Bay) - Disappointed at the showing of
his team in last Sunday's game against the Bears in
Chicago, Coach E.L. Lambeau went into a straight-to-
the-matter huddle with his players Monday afternoon,
soon after returning from the Windy City. The Bay pilot
sent his squad through a drill this morning. There will be
another drill Wednesday before boarding the Milwaukee
train for Chicago on a first stop on the eastern invasion.
In the Windy City, the Bays will transfer to a Michigan
Central train which is routed via Niagara Falls to New
York. There is another train switch in New York to a N.Y.
N.H. train which will bring the Packers into Boston,
where on Sunday they will meet George Marshall's high
priced Redskins, at the American league baseball park.
Boston showed considerable strength in turning back the Chicago Cardinals last Sunday, and Lambeau anticipates the stiffest kind of a battle. As soon as the Redskins are disposed of, the Packers will entrain for New York, to meet the Giants at the Polo grounds Nov. 11. The squad is making the shortest stay of several season, only two games being scheduled with teams of the eastern division. While in Boston the Packers will headquarter at the Statler hotel. "Happiness Ahead" hasn't exactly been adopted as the official Green Bay theme song. One week after their appearance against the Giants the Packers are due for a contest with the Chicago Cardinals at Milwaukee and on Nov. 25 they will be in Detroit for one of the National league's most important games. The team will be back in Chicago Thanksgiving day for its final game with the Cardinals, and will wind up the 1934 season Dec. 2 at Cincinnati. The Packers now are generally considered out of the championship race. They have received general praise for their excellent play in recent games. The team has been dropping some tough contests, but it has been fighting its hardest and playing its best, which is all its backers expect. The squad's passing attack has been geared up to a high pitch, and has been meeting with success. Both of the Green Bay touchdowns against the Bears last Sunday came as a result of tosses, with Monnett flinging the oval to Al Rose for the first score, and Dilweg making a sensational stab of Herber's pass for the final touchdown.
FOOTBALL CRITICS HAIL DETROIT LIONS AS BEST GRID TEAM OF ALL TIME
OCT 31 (Detroit) - The perfect football team - that's what the fans in Detroit are calling the Detroit Lions, now tied with the Chicago Bears for the leadership of the National Professional league. Power and speed and smart generalship of offense, with a stonewall defense which has not allowed a point thus far this season, has convinced many close observers of the game here that the Lions constitute the greatest eleven ever assembled in either professional or amateur ranks...WORK FOR VICTORIES: The winning games, and not the running up of scores, has been the goal of the silver and purple aggregation, and the coach, Potsy Clark. The New York Giants went down to a 9 to 0 defeat in the Lions opener, then the Chicago Cardinals fell 6 to 0. Green Bay's Packers proved more troublesome, but three points from a field goal, with a forward wall that made the Packers look very weak on offense, was enough for a third victory. Lengthening their stride, the Lions beat Philadelphia's Eagles, 10 to 0, and then lashed out suddenly with a powerhouse attack to sweep Boston out of the way, 24 to 0. They took Brooklyn into camp 28 to 0 and hung up victory No. 7 Sunday by romping over the Cincinnati Reds on their old stomping grounds at Portsmouth, Ohio, 38 to 0...BOTTLE UP BACKS: Only one team has been able to get the ball to the Lions' 20-yard line. The Brooklyn Dodgers had possession of the oval on that mark by a fumble. In three downs they lost as many yards. And the Lions' great line has been consistently strong. Bill McKalip and Harry Ebding at the ends, Jack Johnson and Capt. George Christensen at the tackles, Robert Emerson and Morris Bolenger at guards and Chuck Bernard and Clare Randolph alternating at center have consistently bottled up backs, who by reputation were expected to run wild. Earl (Dutch) Clark, former Colorado college star and an all-America quarterback in 1928, has been brilliant, scoring three touchdowns in seven minutes against Brooklyn, and running the team and playing in a manner qualifying him for the title - "Ty Cobb of pro football". He counted 17 points against Cincinnati with two touchdowns, one an 82-yard run, a field goal and conversion of points after touchdown.
DUTCH CLARK IS SCORING LEADER
OCT 31 (New York) - Scoring sprees in the Detroit Lions last two games sent Earl (Dutch) Clark, all-America quarterback in 1928 while at Colorado college, to the top of the individual scoring list in the national professional football league. With six touchdowns, eight points after touchdowns, and four field goals, Clark has compiled a total of 56 points. Jack Manders, the Chicago Bears' driving back and great kicker, has counted 53 points, five more than his teammate, Beattie Feathers, once of Tennessee. Feathers is setting the pace in ground gaining honors, however, topping Clark with an average gain of 11 yards as compared to 5.5 yards for the Detroit quarterback. Clark, in addition to his scoring feats, has completed 18 in 33 passes attempted for a total of 306 yards. Arnold (Flash) Herber of Green Bay, last week's leader, has gained 540 yards with 28 successful aerials in 62 tries. Muggsy Skladany and Bob Smith of Pittsburgh have caught nine passes each to top the receivers.
GREEN BAY PACKERS RELEASE JOE KURTH
OCTOBER 31 (Green Bay) - Joe Kurth, Notre Dame all-American tackle who came to Green Bay last fall, was released this afternoon by Coach E.L. Lambeau, Packer mentor, as the Bays entrained for Boston, where they will begin their eastern invasion of the National league Sunday. This announcement follows Lambeau signing Tiny Engebretsen, former Northwestern and Brooklyn tackle yesterday. Kurth was hailed as the find in the league last season but this season failed to live up to expectations. Warranted by his showing last year, Lambeau failed to reveal whether Kurth will be asked to report here next season or will be traded or sold. Kurth's plans were not announced. As the Bays left for Boston with hopes of winding up in the first division, Lambeay surveyed his squad with some satisfaction. Roger Grove and Bob Monnett, backs, are the only men who will definitely be out of Sunday's lineup, Grove's knee demanded hospital treatment Monday and Monnett's back is not responding to treatment. Milt Gantenbein, end, is the only lineman absent because of injuries this week. But he is expected to be in shape by Sunday. Buckets Goldenberg's knee is healing nicely and Lambeau expects him to start against Boston. Engebretsen will join the club at Boston, where the Bays are scheduled to arrive at 9:04 p.m. Twenty-one players made the trip.
OCT 31 (Green Bay) - Joseph Kurth, former Notre Dame tackle, who has been with the Green Bay Packers since the start of the 1933 season, was given his release today by Coach E.L. Lambeau before the team left for the east.
PACKER SQUAD HEADS EAST TO FOREIGN GRIDS
OCT 31 (Green Bay) - The football team which will
represent Green Bay in the eastern professional gridiron
wars left at 12:40 o'clock this afternoon, over the C.M.
St.P. and P. railroad, with Boston as its final destination.
The squad, including 21 players, Coach E.L. Lambeau,
Trainer Bud Jorgenson and Secretary George Calhoun,
plans a swift trip to Boston. The men were to arrive at
Chicago at 5:45 o'clock this afternoon, and transfer to a
Michigan Central train which leaves Chicago at 10 p.m.
tonight. At Buffalo the team will transfer to the New
York Central, and at Albany will take the Boston and
Albany road to the city where they will meet Boston
Sunday afternoon. The arrival in Boston is scheduled for
9:05 o'clock Thursday night, and the squad will head
directly for the Statler hotel, its headquarters. Lambeau
looked over his squad today with some satisfaction as
the injuries jinx has been fairly kind to the Packers. Of
the entire group, only Roger Grove and Bob Monnett,
former Michigan Staters, definitely will be out of the
starting lineup on Sunday. Grove's knee required some
hospital treatment on Monday, and Monnett's injured
back is displaying no tendency to improve. Furthermore
the dependable Milt Gantenbein has not been out for
practice this week, although the coach believes that he
will be ready for action on Sunday. Arnold Herber and
Hank Bruder are nursing minor injuries, which probably
will not keep them on the sidelines Sunday. Lambeau
has been using Bruder at his old halfback position
during the week. The disarranged knee of Goldenberg is
improving steadily, and Lambeau sees no reason why
the hard blocking back should not be in Sunday's
starting lineup. The Packer line is in good shape,
although Bob Jones and Art Bultman are nursing leg
injuries...JOINED BY ENGEBRETSEN: At Boston, the
Packers will be joined by Tiny Engbretsen, who has
been transferred from the Brooklyn Dodgers to Green
Bay. A good sized crowd, including many relatives of
the players, was on hand at the Milwaukee road station
to speed up the Packers on their way this afternoon.
The men seemed in good spirits, and there were several
predictions of two victories in the east at the expense
of Boston and New York. "The eastern clubs aren't in
the class with the western division," one player said.
PACKERS NEAR EASTERN GRID BATTLE SCENE
NOV 1 (Buffalo) - The Green Bay Packers, traveling
pro football team which makes its next appearance
against the National league Redskins in Boston Sunday,
were bundled from one train to another here, and hurried
on their way to the Atlantic seaboard today. The team
lost little time in Buffalo, although the players were
visited by a corps of newspaper men, who noted their
predictions of a Green Bay victory at Boston. The Bays
also hope to repeat their triumph over the New York
Giants, in a return contest at the Polo grounds...21 PLAYERS ON TRIP: Only three persons besides the players are making the trip, these being Coach E.L. Lambeau, Secretary George W. Calhoun and Trainer Bud Jorgenson. The playing squad numbers only 21, although there will be a notable addition in Boston, when Tiny Engebretsen, one-time Northwestern star, will join the Packers. Coach Lambeau confided that he is expecting to give Engebretsen plenty of service, as soon as he breaks into the Packer system. The release of jOE Kurth, former all-American from Notre Dame, has left the team a bit short on capable linemen. "Engebretsen is a fine tackle, who can be shifted to guard," Lambeau said. "The chances are we'll need him at both positions." The former Brooklyn player probably will not get into the Boston game, but he will be used strenuously in practice sessions as the Packers prepare for the New York Giants game, Nov. 11...REACH BOSTON TONIGHT: The Packers were to leave the New York Central train at Albany late this afternoon, transferring to the Boston and Albany line for the final lap of their long journey. They will arrive in Boston at 9:05 o'clock tonight, and according to announcements, will be quartered at the Statler hotel. Once the Redskins are disposed of, the Packers will lose no time getting out of Boston, leaving the city on the New York, New Haven and Hartford line at 8 o'clock Sunday night. This will bring them to New York at 2:10 o'clock Monday morning and they will head immediately for the Victoria hotel, their mailing address for the week. The squad's morale is reported at a high level, and the players are anxious to get into action again, in an attempt to erase the memory of their 27 to 14 defeat by the Chicago Bears last Sunday.
PACKERS DRILL IN BOSTON FOR SUNDAY'S TILT
NOV 2 (Boston) - The Packer squad went through a snappy workout at Fenway park here today and Coach E.L. Lambeau was fairly well satisfied with the session although he was worried about his list of injuries. Roger Grove, Bob Monnett, Buckets Goldenberg and Milt Gantenbein are not fit for 60 minutes and, if Joe Laws should happen to get a rap on his collarbone, it will be curtains for him for a game or two. However, the rest of the gang is feeling fit and there appears to be a new found determination which is apt to mean trouble for Lone Star Dietz and his high priced Redskins, who according to reports around here are just beginning to click on all eleven. The Boston club is keyed for the Bays as the Redskins haven't given up hopes as yet of nosing out the New York Giants for the eastern half championship...BATTLES RUNNING WILD: Ernie Pinckert is playing the best ball of his professional career while Gyp Battles is running wilder than ever before. Doug Wyckoff, who played with Stapleton at Green Bay when he was running mate to Ken Strong, is one of the mainstays of the Redskins' backfield and it is said that he is playing better ball now than when he was tearing up the gridiron for Georgia Tech some ten years ago. There seems to be a lot of interest here over the game, although the papers are chuck full of dope about the Princeton-Harvard contest this Saturday. The Packer squad has hopes of witnessing this collegiate engagement, although tickets are scarcer than hen's teeth. However, strings are being pulled through one of the Boston papers and it is an even bet that the Bays will all be there...HAD ENJOYABLE TRIP: The trip east was an enjoyable one and there wasn't a single disagreeable instance to mar the journey. Some of the player got up a bit early to see Niagara Falls, but the Michigan Central train cut over at Forterie to Buffalo and the early birds had to be satisfied with seeing Niagara river and not Niagara Falls. The Packers' special pullman was switched to the "B. and O." at Albary, on the final lap to Boston, and this flier whizzed around the curves through the Berkshires at a mile a minute speed. Some of the boys who were suppering in the diner nearly poked their eyes out trying to reach their mouths while the train was riding the bumps, which was worse than the newly painted figure 8 at Bay Beach. A last minute change in routing resulted in the Packers headquartering at the Parker house instead of the Statler and all the players are well satisfied with the hotel, which is located right in the heart of Boston's business district.
PRO GRID NOTES
NOV 2 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Bears, clicking on all 22, steamrollered Green Bay to a 27 to 14 defeat in one of the most bitterly staged gridiron engagements in the history of Wrigley field. A crowd of 14,352 paid admissions got thrills galore...Detroit kept pace with the Windy City Bruins by handing the Cincinnati tailenders a 38 to 0 walloping. The Reds held the Lions to a 3-0 first quarter count but Clark and Co. ran wild during the other frames of the game...Brooklyn shook off its losing streak at the expense of Pittsburgh to the tune of 21 to 3. The Pirates battled game all the way but the Dodgers capitalized on breaks to carry the ball across for a trio of touchdowns...New York retained its lead in the Eastern division of the pro circuit by chasing Philadelphia home on the short end of a 17 to 0 score. Steve Owen''s Giants have been playing superb football since they returned to Gotham...The crippled Chicago Cardinal aggregation took it on the chin at Boston by the score of 9 to 0 in the only intersectional combat on last Sunday's schedule. The Cards lacked manpower to stop the hard hitting Redskins...The feature contest this weekend bring together the Bears and New York in Chicago. Aside from Detroit, these two clubs are the standout elevens in the league. Halas and Owen, the rival coaches, have been grid enemies for years...Tailenders of the eastern and western divisions will lock horns at Philadelphia where the Eagles and Cincinnati Reds are booked to play. Lud Wray, pilot of the Phillies, claims he will win the game if he has to play himself...Pittsburgh goes to Detroit and the Pirates will probably take it on the note as the Detroiters are looking better at every start. The Lions have marked up seven straight victories without a single point being scored on them...The Cards from Chicago are in Brooklyn and it should be a ding-dong conflict as the clubs look evenly matched. The Dodgers seem to have found their stride again which early in the season made them look like a flag contender...There is more than the usual amount of "wolfing" about the officiating in the pro wheel this fall and President Joe F. Carr is being kept busy trying to keep peace in the family. Some new officials are being tried out...Halfback Feathers, the Bears' recruit from Tennessee, is the best looking collegiate youngster that has broke into the pro loop for many a season. He can do everything in the backfield besides being a first class punter...New York has won eleven games in a row at the Polo grounds. Tim Mara's hirelings seem to click much better at home than abroad although it was sickness, not inability, that started the Giants on the wrong foot this season...Benny Friedman made his bow in a new