GRIDIRON RECORD OF 1934 PACKERS LAUDED BY WRITERS
DEC 3 (Green Bay) - A spirited defense of Green Bay's 1934 National league record appeared in yesterday's Milwaukee Journal, in "Campus Comment", column by Oliver E. Kuechle. The article was written before the Green Bay-St. Louis game was played. Kuechle says: "The Green Bay wolves have started to nip at Curly Lambeau's heels. They don't like the way Lambeau has handled the team this fall. They think the Packers should have done more. I wonder what they want. The Packers have won six and lost six. Against the sweeping triumphs of those great Green Bay teams of a few years ago, I'll admit this is no great shakes, but analyze the season further."...FOURTH BEST TEAM: "With the standing of six victories and six defeats - which ought to be improved to 7-6 with a victory at St. Louis Sunday - the Packers still rate as the fourth best team in the league. They stand ahead of Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and the Chicago Cardinals. They stand only behind the Chicago Bears, Detroit and the New York Giants, and with what Lambeau has had to work with this year they could hardly be expected to be up with them. At that, with New York and Detroit, the Packers split even. It takes only a brief glance at the personnel of the three teams that rate higher than Green Bay to understand that, all other things equal, they should stand higher. The Packers have good backs, but the others have better backs and more."...ENDS ARE EQUAL: "The Packers have good ends, but the others have ends at least as good. The Packers have a fair line, but the others have just as much or more. Consider it this way, and over the season's play, the Packers stand just about where they belong. That more hasn't been done certainly shouldn't be laid at Lambeau's doorstep."
SQUAD BREAKS UP
DEC 3 (St. Louis) - Arnie Herber, Packer halfback, is remaining over in St. Louis to play a few exhibition games with the Gunners. Coach E.L. Lambeau loaned the passing ace with the understanding that he will still remain the property of the Green Bay Football corporation. Tar Schwammel, Lon Evans and Les Peterson traveled via auto with Nate Barragar enroute to Texas and California. Joe Laws left immediately after the game for Des Moines. Hank Bruder went on his way to Pekin, Ill., his old hometown, while Bob Jones returned to Bloomington. The other members of the Packer squad boarded a C. and A. train at 9:10 a.m. this morning for Chicago, arriving at 3:40 p.m. At Chicago, Engebretsen will leave the squad. The final lap from Chicago over the Milwaukee road gets underway at 5:05 p.m, with the arrival in Green Bay at 10:20 p.m. tonight. Buckets Goldenberg will get off at Milwaukee.
HERBER TO PLAY WITH GUNNER TEAM
DEC 4 (St. Louis) - Arnold Herber, star passing back of the Green Bay Packers, has been borrowed by the St. Louis Gunners for the remainder of the season. The Packers completed their season Sunday with a 21 to 14 victory over the Gunners, who have several exhibition games yet to play, including a charity encounter with the Brooklyn Dodgers here Sunday.
PACKERS HAVE NO APOLOGIES FOR GRID YEAR
DEC 4 (Green Bay) - The 1934 professional football season is over for Green Bay's team and her coach and players have no apologies to make. Completing a schedule as difficult as that of any team in the circuit, and more difficult than most, the club won eight games and lost six. It won at least one game from every top-notch eleven in the circuit, except the Chicago Bears. Players and coach alike look forward to next year, firmly convinced that with a few additions to the squad, it will be a championship contender again. Discussing the season and prospects for next year, Coach E.L. Lambeau today pointed to the team's record as speaking for itself. He admitted the team play was disappointing in one or two games, but looked upon the season as a whole as successful. His views are shared by nearly every man on the club, the coach said. All realize in what departments the squad was weak this year, but are convinced that it is a team that is coming up and with new material in a few spots next year, can give any club in the circuit a fight for the championship...BEARS ARE STRONGER: "Only one team can be said to have had it over us in the 1934 season," the coach said. "It is the Chicago Bears. Against the New York Giants and Detroit Lions we split, and our men believe that we have it over those two clubs. The games against the Cardinals were disappointing. Both, however, were played in mud. As the leading passing club in the league, you can realize what a muddy field does to spoil our offense. We were disappointed in that Carl Jorgenson, tackle, didn't come up to expectations. That was one spot in which we were weak. He was under a handicap, being 20 pounds underweight throughout the season. Every coach and player knows the importance of having a powerful left tackle. We also could have used another big, tough back, who could stand 30 minutes of play. The loss of Chester (Swede) Johnston hurt us, and Buckets Goldenberg was injured and not able to play in several games...GOOD NEW MEN: Tar Schwammel, tackle, and Bob Jones, guard, were fine first year men. So was Joe Laws, halfback. All are tremendously interested in the club for next year and will be back, fighting to put us on top again. Many of our veterans played fine ball throughout the season. They have no apologies to make for the season's record. Through the east we maintained our record as being one of the most popular clubs in the circuit. At Boston, New York and Detroit, the players held up the prestige that has been theirs for many years. Opponents realized and told us that we has club that was coming up fast. We plan to get three tackles, two ends, a center and two big backs for next season to add to the best men of this year's squad and if we show as much improvement next year as we did in 1934 over last year, we'll be a contender for the title from the opening whistle to the final gun."...PLAYERS GO HOME: The coach returned from St. Louis to Green Bay last night with members of the team who reside here. Others departed for their homes scattered from the west coast to the east. Mike Michalske, Milt Gantenbein, Hank Bruder, Art Bultman, Roger Grove, Claude Perry, Lavvie Dilweg, Bob Monnett and Al Rose returned to Green Bay. Schwammel and Nate Barragar left for their homes on the Pacific coast. Clark Hinkle has gone to his home at Toronto, O., Lester Peterson to Taylor, Tex., Buckets Goldenberg to Milwaukee and Lon Evans to Fort Worth, Tex. Robert Jones returned to Wabash, Ind., where he will spend the winter, Earl Witte to St. Peter, Minn. Herber remained in St. Louis to play a few exhibition games with the Gunners. He was loaned by the Packer club to the St. Louis team. Later he will return to Green Bay. In winning eight and losing six games this year the Packers scored 184 points to 119 for opponents. They split with the Detroit Lions, losing here, 3 to 0, and winning at Detroit by a similar score. Against the Giants, they won in the game at Milwaukee, 20 to 6, and lost in New York, 17 to 3. The Chicago Bears took two games after thrilling battles and the Cardinals won two of three from the club, the only teams to have an edge over the squad. Coach Lambeau plans to go to Minneapolis late this week and confer with a few members of the 1934 Gopher eleven who he believes would make great professional performers. Several other clubs are seeking Minnesota players for the 1935 season, the coach said, and he believes there will be several high bids made for their services. Later this month the coach plans to go to the Pacific coast for the annual East-West game where he expects to contact other players to be added to the 1935 Green Bay squad.
CHICAGO BEARS POSSESS BEST OFFENSIVE RECORD IN PRO FOOTBALL LEAGUE
DEC 4 (New York) - Scoring record in the NFL remained tofday as the final totals for the 1934 season were posted. The Chicago Bears lead the league offensively with a total scoring record of 286 points to their opponents' 86 and the Detroit Lions finished on top defensively, having had 59 points scored upon them, and making 242 themselves for the second best offensive record. The Philadelphia Eagles had the second best defensive record with 85 points for their opponents and the Bears were third with 86. The Green Bay Packers were third best offensively, piling up 156 points
to their opponents' 112. The New York Giants, who won
the eastern division race, and who will play the Bears
for the championship Sunday, scored 147 points to
their opponents' 107.
BROOKLYN WINS OVER GUNNERS
DEC 9 (St. Louis) - Brooklyn's Dodgers defeated the St.
Louis Gunners, 17 to 14 today, a fourth quarter field
goal by Ralph Kercheval providing the margin of victory.
The exhibition game between the two NFL team, played
for the benefit of the Missouri and St. Louis societies
for crippled children, attracted a slim crowd due to cold
PRO FOOTBALL LEAGUE OFFICIALS PASS NEW RULES
DEC 10 (New York) - The National Professional Football league magnates, in annual winter meeting this afternoon, made sweeping changes in the code of rules governing the sport. Professional football, according to today's decrees, will depart further from the code of intercollegiate competition than ever before. The changes were adopted by unanimous vote of the representatives of the ten clubs in the league and were the rulers' contribution in return for the support of the public, which in 1934 surpassed any previous year in the history of professional football. The changes voted today are:
1. All penalties will be inflicted from the point of the previous down, or in other words, where the ball was put into play. This in direct contrast to the present rules which inflict penalties for holding, etc., from the point of foul.
2. The defending team may recover and run with any fumbled ball from a scrimmage play. The defense may recover, but not run, after a fumbled punt, placekick, kickoff or lateral pass.
3. A fourth down forward pass which is incomplete in the end zone, or a second forward pass incomplete in the same territory in a series of downs, will not count as a touchback unless the ball was put into play within 20 yards of the goal line. Otherwise the ball will be brought back to the point at which it was put into play and given to the defense.
4. Any lateral pass attempt, which inadvertently becomes a forward pass through misdirection, will belong to the passing team at the point of the forward pass. This means that a forward pass beyond the line of scrimmage will not be brought back to the point where the ball was put into play and counted as a down. It also means no 15 yard penalty will be inflicted on a team making an unintentional forward pass after having gained possession of the ball by the reception of a kick or the interception of a pass. A penalty is exacted for this offense under tercollegiate rules.
5. The ball will be brought into the field 15 yards after all plays within 15 yards of the sidelines. This abrogates the present 10 yard sideline rule of the colleges and conforms to the rules of the National High School Athletic associations. The National Professional league owners turned down the proposal to put the ball on the 30 yard line after touchbacks. Most important as far as the owners were concerned was the new "waiver rule". After the sixth league game, the magnates rules, no players may be released until his name has been submitted to all other owners. If any team desires the services of this player, the order of choice will start with the team having the lowest standing after the six game period. This is in accord with the desire to prevent switching of players in midseason between teams so that those having opportunities to win sectional titles may be strengthened. It is likely, so it was reported today, that the player limit will be changed at the next meeting. Under the present rules 25 players may be kept until the third league game, after which the limit is 22. Those attending today's session at the Victories were George Halas, Chicago Bears; Tim Mara and John Mara, New York Giants; George Marshall and Larry Doyle, Boston Redskins; Bert Bell and Coach Lud Wray, Philadelphia Eagles; Arthur Rooney and Dick Guy, Pittsburgh Pirates; Dan Topping, Brooklyn Dodgers; William Alfs, Detroit Lions. The Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Gunners were not represented. The owners were enthusiastic over the championship game yesterday. With five of the ten teams showing a profit for the year, and the Philadelphia Eagles so close to black figures that they hope to pull out with an exhibition game Saturday against the Chicago Bears, there was reason for gratification. "Philadelphia hasn't made a profit so far," Bert Bell said this afternoon, "but we reduced our losses 65 percent this year. I believe that within five years professional football will be on its feet as far as all the teams are concerned." The owners did not discuss the proposal of George Marshall of Boston that the league be reduced to eight teams, with home and home games compulsory. There were many yesterday to congratulate Coach Steve Owen of the Giants on the rubber soled shoes with which he equipped his team in the championship game in the second half. Without dispute, the press considered that this had much to do with the four touchdown spurt which gave the Giants a 30 to 13 victory. Only two members of the team declined to wear the gymnasium shoes, it was revealed. These men were Gibson, guard, and Hein, center. Danowski started without the rubber soles shoes, but changed his mind after he slipped and fell early in the third quarter. The Bears were philosophic about their defeat, although regretting the collapse of their 33 game record and in particular bemoaning the loss of the extra $200 for the winning players. Only 14 Giant players competed in the championship and the Bears' total of substitutions was also abbreviated. The Chicago men, however, are looking forward to next year, when they will seek revenge for yesterday's licking.
MR. PLATTEN AND THE PACKERS
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - There appears to be much criticism of the Packer football organization this year, most of it directed at its management and its coach. Experience has shown that following a few championship years all coaches and managements are due for a panning, if they happen to lose a few games after the victorious season. Michigan is getting it, Notre Dame is getting it, Southern California is getting it, Wisconsin has always had to put up with it, and now in Green Bay some are sobbing and criticizing a ball club, a coach and a management that has placed third in the western division and fourth in the standing of the ten clubs in the NFL. Perhaps this is not good enough. Possibly Green Bay must have a championship team every year. Maybe it is not sporting or patient enough to go through the rebuilding process that must be encountered periodically to produce championship contenders. It is, of course, impossible to ascertain just how widespread the criticism is. It appears to the Press-Gazette to come mainly from Emmet Platten who buys time on the air each Sunday to tell the fans of Green Bay just how the team should be handled and just what the management and coach should do to make champions every year without a miss. Mr. Platten probably could do the trick, and perhaps he should be given the chance, although George Halas of the Chicago Bears cannot do
it, Potsy Clark of the Detroit Lions cannot, Steve Owen
of the New York Giants cannot, Lone Star Dietz of
Boston cannot, Paul Schissler of the Chicago Cardinals
cannot; even though all of these men have plenty of
experience and money at their disposal. No one has
done more to tear down team morale than Mr. Platten
and we wonder what his purpose is. He represents a
Milwaukee brewing company in Green Bay. Yesterday
he read over the air a letter inquiring whether this
company might acquire the Packer franchise and move
the club to Milwaukee. Surely Mr. Platten does not
desire to bring this about. It cannot be that his constant
heckling is insincere. It isn't possible that his allegiance
to the brewing company he represents is greater than
his loyalty to Green Bay and our Packers. Mr. Platten
does not tell the public that the present management
and coach have handled the club through much rougher
water than present, that over a period of 10 to 12 years
they have brought the Packers up the hill and finally
through three championships, a record yet unequaled
by any other club in the league, that they have done
this in a town of 40,000 people in competition with the
largest cities in the United States and against the best
promotion and coaching brains in the country, backed
with plenty of money. That they have accomplished this
without asking the public to subscribe a single dollar
other than the cost of a few season tickets, that the
management has never received even a dime for its
efforts, but on the contrary has frequently used its own
private funds to carry the club over some rough spots.
Whether he realizes it or not Mr. Platten's attitude can
only result in tearing down the whole Packer structure
and if it does Green Bay will be the loser. It will live to
regret listening to and heeding his tirades, but it may
not wake up until its Packers are gone and it finds itself
obliged to be contented with listening over the radio to
games between the Bears and the Giants or the Cards
and Boston or what-have-you. The Press-Gazette does
not believe Green Bay is ready to give up its Packers.
It believes the city will put up a fight to keep them and it
feels that the business interests of this community
would be foolish indeed to let this great civic asset get
away because of a bad year or two or because of the
carping of one individual who gives the public information
that is mostly street gossip or hearsay. Green Bay is
greatly indebted to the group of men who have been
given unselfishly of their time and effort to the Packers
management over all these years. We venture to say all
of them would be happy to give up the job which brings
no thanks but much unjustified criticism were it not for
civic loyalty and a sense of duty to this community. We
salute them as gluttons for punishment.
PACKER RECORD STANDS
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - With the defeat of the Chicago
Bears at the hands of the New York Giants yesterday,
30 to 13, the record of the Green Bay Packers of three
successive championships stands for at least another
two years. The Bears, who had won two titles, in 1932
and 1933, had a chance to tie the Packers mark but
lost it when they were beaten. The Packers won the
championship in 1929, 1930 and 1931, finished in
second place in 1932, in third place in the western
division in 1933 and 1934.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT
DEC 11 (Green Bay) - The New York Giants, who have
lost five games this year, including a 6 to 0 beating at
the hands of Philadelphia, one of the weakest teams in
the National league, are the new champions and the
Bears, winners of 13 consecutive games against the
strongest clubs in the circuit, get second place. In two
games this year the Bears beat the Giants yet the New
Yorkers, by winning the third game, won the title. All of
which would indicate that the National league has a
peculiar method of determining champions. It's just as
bad as in 1932 when the Bears won the title with six tie
games chalked against their record and the Packers
took second place, with three more victories than the
Bears. George Halas, owner of the Bears, was one of
the club directors in favor of Eastern and Western
divisions of the National league. Tim Mara, of New York,
and George Marshall, Boston, were others who favored the plan. The Packer management bucket it. We wonder what Halas thinks of the idea now?...That the playoff plan between Eastern and Western division champions is a good idea from a financial angle cannot be denied. But it is far from a satisfactory method of deciding a championship. It naturally helped keep up interest in the race this year. If the title was decided by the old method, going to the team winning the most games, it would have been over, as far as the eastern clubs were concerned, several weeks ago. If the league was large enough to divide it into two sectional divisions, with teams in one section meeting only squads in its area and the winners of each district title meeting for the championship, the post-season game plan would be ideal. As it is, it is undecidedly unfair. We have no particular love for the Bears, but we can't help but feel that they got the worst of the deal...An unusual feature of the 1934 National league race has been the absence of tie games. A glance at the records reveals that there wasn't a game played to a tie decision throughout the year. It is the first year since the league was formed in 1922 that this has happened. It is doubtful whether any other circuit or league in the country has such a record. This can be traced largely to the growth of field goal kicking. We can't recall a year when the value of field goals has been so apparent. With the moving of the goal posts to the goal line a few years ago, the art of place and dropkicking was revived in the National league. It has grown steadily, so that today it is one of the most important offensive maneuvers of the game. Witness the record of Jack Manders, of the Chicago Bears, who although he made but three touchdowns, led the league in scoring with 77 points. It would be safe to estimate that without Manders' 59 points through field goals and placements for extra points, the Bears wouldn't be on top in the Western division. Study of league records reveal that in 1932 when the goal posts were 10 yards behind the goal line, there were 10 tie games in the National league. In 1933, the posts were moved to the end line, there were only five tie games, a 50 percent cut, and this year ties were eliminated.
OFFER RED GRANGE POSITION AS COACH OF PIRATE ELEVEN
DEC 11 (New York) - For the same reason that baseball moguls are anxious to keep Babe Ruth in the game - his ability to make the turnstiles click steadily - professional football is trying to keep Harold (Red) Grange from hanging up his moleskins. While the Chicago Bears were losing the National league championship to the New York Giants Sunday, Grange, the "Galloping Ghost of Illinois", was ending his playing career on the Chicago bench. "I'm 31 years old and have been playing a long time," said Grange. "I can't take it the way I could a couple of years so this is my finale."...LOSES 10 GAMES: It was to have been Grange's swan song from the pro game until Arthur Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, heard about it. Rooney wasn't a bit pleased with the team Coach Luby De Meola turned out for him - it lost ten of 12 games. De Meola was given his walking papers. Rooney attened the club owners' meeting yesterday and after the session went into a long huddle with Grange. During their conference Rooney offered Grange the job as coach of the Pirates next season. "We didn't come to an agreement yesterday," said Rooney, "but I'm going to see Grange again today."...DODGER COACH RELEASED: It also became known that John McEwan had been released as coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers. No successor has been mentioned. At the meeting here yesterday, attended by seven of the ten club owners or directors, the National league playing rules were modified further to make the pro game more attractive to the customers. Five changes were designed not only to speed up the game, already spectacular enough to attract 40,000 customers to the Polo Grounds despite sub-freezing temperatures, but also to make it more understandable to the customers...CHANGE PENALTY RULE: Next year all penalties will be assessed from the spot where the ball was put in play; it will be a free ball, making any player eligible to run with it on any fumble, except those where the ball was kicked or passed; the ball will be brought in 15 yards, instead of the present 10, following an out of bounds; on a fourth down pass, or the second in the end zone, the ball will be returned to the point where it was put in play, except when inside the 20-yard line when it will be returned to the 20. A ball illegally forward passed beyond the line of scrimmage will be downed at the point where it was thrown forward, instead of the point where the play started, a rule designed to encourage more lateral passing...PASS WAIVER RULE: The changes were decided upon unanimously by seven club owners. They appointed George Halas of Chicago and Bert Bell of Philadelphia to codify the rules. The only other business of the meeting aside from routine matters, was passage of a waiver rule similar to that in the baseball leagues which prohibits a club from trading or selling a player, after the first six games of the season, unless all other clubs have waived on his services. The owners turned down the proposal to put the ball on the 30-yard line after touchbacks. Most important as far as the owners were concerned was the new "waiver rule". After the sixth league game, the magnates ruled no player may be released until his name has been submitted to all other owners. If any team desires the services of this play, the order of choice will start with the team having the lowest standing after the six-game period...PREVENT SWITCHING PLAYERS: This is in accord with the desire to prevent switching of players in midseason between teams so that those having opportunities to win sectional titles may be strengthened. It is likely, so it was reported today, that the player limit will be changed at the next meeting. Under the present rules, 25 players may be kept until the third league game, after which the limit is 22. Those attending today's session at the Victoria were George Halas, Chicago Bears; Tim Mara and John Mara, New York Giants; George Marshall and Larry Doyle, Boston Redskins; Bert Bell and Coach Lud Wray, Philadelphia Eagles; Arthur Rooney and Dick Guy, Pittsburgh Pirates; Dan Topping, Brooklyn Dodgers; William Alfs, Detroit Lions. The Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Gunners were not represented...FIVE TEAMS SHOW PROFIT: The owners were enthusiastic over the championship game Sunday. With five of the ten teams showing a profit for the year, and the Philadelphia Eagles so close to black figures that they hope to pull out with the exhibition game Saturday against the Chicago Bears, there was reason for gratification. "Philadelphia hasn't made a profit so far," Bert Bell said yesterday afternoon, "but we reduced our losses 65 percent this year. I believe that within five years professional football will be on its feet as far as all the teams are concerned." The owners did not discuss the proposal of George Marshall of Boston that the league be reduced to eight teams, with home and home games compulsory...CONGRATULATE GIANTS' COACH: There were many yesterday to congratulate Coach Steven Owen of the Giants on the rubber-soled shoes with which he equipped his team in the championship game in the second half. Without dispute, the press considered that this had much to do with the four touchdown spurt which gave the Giants a 30 to 13 victory. Only two members of the team declined to wear gymnasium shoes, it was revealed. These men were Gibson, guard, and Hein, center. Danowski started without the rubber soled shoes, but changed his mind after he slipped and fell early in the third period. The Bears were philosophic about their defeat, although regretting the collapse of their 33-game record and in particular bemoaning the loss of the extra $200 for the winning players. Only 14 Giant players competed in the championship, and the Bears' total of substitutions was also abbreviated.
BEARS HAVE BEST OFFENSIVE RECORD IN NATIONAL LOOP
DEC 13 (New York) - Although the New York Giants won the 1934 National league championship, they were far from the strongest offensive and defensive team in the loop. Offensively, according to final statistics released today, the Chicago Bears, for the second consecutive season, were the outstanding ground gainers. A year ago the Bears established a pro yardage record with a total of 3,029 yards gained. This year with Bronko Nagurski and Beattie Feathers tearing off big chunks, the Bears stepped up the pace with 3,750 yards for the season. The Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers and the Boston Redskins also surpassed the 1933 standard. The Lions rolled up 3,510 yards, the Packers 3,372 and the Redskins 3,351. The Chicago Cardinals made less yardage than any other eight teams in the league, but they had the best defensive record, holding their opponents to 1,578 yards in 11 games. Passing honors for the season went to the Giants, who completed 63 in 154 attempts for an average of slightly more than .400 percent. The Packers were only a fraction behind with 73 completed in 188 attempts.
PRO COACHES NAME ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - Professional football climbed to a record high this fall. The interesting, open style of play developed keen competition and produced so many thrills that attendance records showed a healthy increased over other seasons and the National league club owners are looking forward to 1935 in a most pleasant frame of mind. This year's professional football All-America ranks as the strongest that has ever been picked from the post-graduate gridiron stars. There is no end of class in the backfield, the ends and tackles are way above par while the center trio would be a joy forever to any coach. Playing a brand of football that let the fans see everything that was going, the 10 National league clubs swept through a successful season that was climaxed last Sunday when the New York Giants dethroned the twice champion Chicago Bears in an exciting contest at the Polo grounds by a score of 30 to 13. There were three other surprising upsets this fall. After winning 10 games in a row, the Detroit Lions were taken into camp by the Green Bay Packers, 3 to 0, while New York in the final game of the eastern division schedule was bumped off by Philadelphia to the tune of 6-0. Early in the schedule, the Brooklyn Dodgers dented the dope bucket with a 10-6 win over Boston...GIANTS FINISHED STRONG: The pennant winning Giants were off to a wobbly start and dropped several games on their western trip. However, once the New Yorker got back on their home grounds, they began to click nicely and gained strength as the season went on. It wasn't all a bed of roses for Coach Steve Owen but he came through with flying colors and to the winner belongs the spoils. The Chicago Bears swept the boards clean with every team that faced them this season until the title combat with New York. The Halas-men seemed headed for their championship as they had chalked up 13 victories in a row and from the percentage point of view had a rating far ahead of any other spoke in the National league. Detroit finished the season with a percentage of .770. The Lions only three out of 13 games. However, the three upsets suffered by Potsy Clark's team came in the last week of play and ruined any championship hopes of the former Portsmouth squad...PACKERS HAD GOOD SEASON: The Green Bay Packers went through a fairly successful season with seven wins and six losses for a percentage of .539. In several contests, the Wisconsin eleven rose to great heights such as the victories over New York, Boston and Detroit. The Packers had a tough schedule and rubbed elbows with all the top-notchers. The Boston Redskins completed their schedule with an even .500 ranking, winning six games and losing another half dozen. When the season opened, the Redskins were considered a pennant contender but Coach Lone Star Dietz bumped into a lot of trouble and he was forced to juggle his battle front frequently, particularly in mid-season. The Chicago Cardinals played eleven games and won five. Coach Paul Schissler had a bunch of youngsters fresh from college on his club and it took those yearlings a month or so to get the "hang" of professional football. However, once the Cardinal squad found itself it went places and on the final lap was probably the most improved gridiron machine in the circuit. Look out for the Cards in 1935...DODGERS, EAGLES EVEN UP: The Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Eagles finished their schedule on an even plane with four victories and seven defeats. The Dodgers flashed prominently early in the season but failed to stand the gaff in the closing drive. Lud Wray and his Quaker City outfit proved troublesome at all times but aside from Swede Hanson had little or nothing on the offense. Wray has the foundation laid for a winning machine and quite likely his Eagles will be up there next season. Pittsburgh and St. Louis complete the procession. The Pirates were "in and outers" all season. Owner Rooney spent a lot of money for ball players but somehow he failed to get together a combination that could win consistently. Dame Rumor has it that there will be wholesale changes in the Pirate camp before the 1935 schedule gets underway...ST. LOUIS IS GOOD SPOT: The St. Louis Gunners took over the Cincinnati franchise late in the schedule. Chile Walsh and his associates had but little time to place a representative team on the gridiron. St. Louis, however, is a "red hot" football community and a winning team should net dividends. The Gunners' management is already looking forward to 1935 and every possible step will be taken to have an A1 eleven. Unofficial records show that the two longest runs of the season were made by Homer Griffith and Jack Russell, a pair of "first year" halfbacks with the Chicago Cardinals. In the game against Cincinnati on Sept. 23, Russell received the kickoff and dashed the length of gridiron for a touchdown. Griffith repeated this performance against the Green Bay Packers in Chicago on Thanksgiving day for the victory margin. Glenn Presnell, former Nebraska star, playing halfback for the Detroit Lions, established a field goal record of 54 yards when he placekicked one against the Packers in Green Bay on Oct. 27. This feature boot was the only score of the contest. The all-American selections follow...ENDS: Bill Hewitt of the Chicago Bears was still the best end on the professional gridiron although his margin of ability was not so wide as in 1933, when he was the "ace" of the circuit. Other clubs in the loop set their guns for Hewitt and he was not able to roam at will. Again the officials had their eyes on the crafty Bruin every second and this prevented him for jumping the gun. McKalip of Detroit is placed at the other terminal on the first selection. He was a rough and ready customer and carried enough fire to pull him over a lot of tough spots. As to the other ends, Smith, a Chicago Cardinal recruit from Washington, was outstanding. Carrying a lot of poundage yet fast as a flyweight back, Smith carried a lot of trouble to every team he faced. In addition, the youngster from the west was a first class field goal kicker. Karr of the Bears gets the other position on the second eleven. He came to the front with a rush and earned a shade over several veterans. New York had three good wingmen in Flaherty, Frankian and Badgro. Gantenbein of Green Bay displayed lots of class, particularly on the defense, while Dad Kenneally, the Philadelphia veteran of 15 seasons, scampered around like a youngster...TACKLES: Link Lyman, Chicago Bears, who was playing professional football when a lot of the other present day post-graduate gridders were in high school, ranked head and shoulders above any other tackle in Joe Carr's "cash and carry" gridiron wheel. Lyman's comeback was the most remarkable and some of the coaches claim Link's work this year placed him on a higher plane than Cal Hubbard, former Green Bay Packer lineman, who was considered the peer of all tackles in the land. It was next to impossible to take Lyman out of a play and he would cut holes a mile wide for the Bear backs. In addition, the husky lineman was often down the field faster than his ends under unts. Bill Morgan of New York came up fast this season and earned a first team berth over several stars who have been outstanding for a couple of seasons. Morgan climaxed a great season by playing super ball in the championship game against the Bears. Morgan is a lively customer on the defense and he seemed to have a super sense when it came to solving plays. There was a lot of other good tackles in the league this season. Turk Edwards was still a bulwark for Boston while MacMurdo was the ace of the Philadelphia Eagles' front wall. Capt. Christensen of Detroit carried on to success again and it was his consistent play that helped a lot in keeping the Lions in the running until the last week of the schedule. Lou Gordon of the Cardinals and Musso, the giant Bear lineman, also deserve mention...GUARDS: Good guards galore played professional football and at least a half dozen center flankers are entitled to consideration for the all star posts. Joe Kopcha, next to Lyman, was the Bears' best forward. He could do everything well at a guard's position and still have something in reserve to help out his teammates. Mike Michalske, Green Bay veteran, came back to form in great shape and experienced one of his greatest years of football. The Packer star featured in every game played by Coach E.L. Lambeau's outfit and it was his savage tackling and line knifing that enabled Green Bay to finish a fairly successful season. Aside from Michalske and Kopcha, Jones of New York and Hickman, the Brooklyn wrestler, seemed to be the best of the crop. Jones was as aggressive as ever while Hickman made the best of things with an organization that seemed to have interior ailments. Of the other center flankers, Emerson, Detroit; Walton, Boston; Carlson, Bears, and Jones, Green Bay, were outstanding...CENTER: Mel Hein of New York is the center. As a matter of fact, this was one of the few positions in which the vote was not even close. Hein has been around for a few years but ever since he started with the Giants, he has played bang-up ball. Hein passed well and he always followed through after snapping the ball. He was mighty capable when it came to pass defense. Kawal of the Bears started out as a third stringer but before the season reached the halfway mark. Coach George Halas had him passing the ball with the "varsity" squad. Kawal talked it up a lot to help put fight in the 1932-33 champions. Nate Barragar, Green Bay, and Mike McNally, Chicago Cards, were the best of the other snapper backs...BACKFIELD: Two Chicago Bears, Bronko Nagurski and Beattie Feathers, were unanimous selections for backfield posts but the other two positions developed into a free-for-all, with half a dozen candidates getting their share of votes. Nagurski was the outstanding performer in the National league. The Gopher husky ran the ball, cleared the way and backed up the line splendidly. It was his crashing interference that enabled the Bear backs to pile up many a first down. Probably not since the days of Red Grange has another back made the headlines so often as Feathers, the Chicago Bears' recruit from Tennessee. Feathers was out of the last three games with an injury, but he did enough damage to opposing teams in the other games to be picked on half a dozen all-American teams. and in addition, Feathers didn't have to take off his hat to any punter in the National league...STRONG STILL SHINES: After Nagurski and Feathers comes Ken Strong, a pro league veteran, who is still a mighty fine back. Strong had a great year with the Giants and his brilliant play in the title game against the Bears probably will be long remembered by the thousands of fans who witnessed his spectacular exhibition. Aside from running with the ball, Strong could pass and he was one of the best placekickers and punters. Dutch Clark, the Detroit Lions' field general, completes the backfield and is placed at quarterback. Clark returned to the pro game after a year of coaching in 1933 but the layoff from active competition didn't seem to harm him a bit as he was as brilliant as of old and in some departments of the game even showed keener judgment. Clark probably was the best all around back in the circuit and on this "dream team" he would fit in perfectly with the bone-crushing Nagurski, the elusive Feathers and the hard-driving Strong. What a backfield it would be!...NEWMAN AT QUARTER: On the second team is Newman of New York at quarter; Battles of Boston and Hanson of Philadelphia in the halfback positions with Clarke Hinkle of Green Bay at full. Newman enjoyed his best season as a professional. Both Battles and Hanson continued their brilliant open field running of 1933 while Hinkle completed his third season of play for the Packers at Green Bay has another "high spot" year. Any number of other backfielders bobbed into the limelight. Danowski, first year gridder with New York, proved himself a find. Gutowsky and Presnell of Detroit covered themselves with glory while Pug Rentner and Pinckert, both of Boston, did a lot for Lone Star Dietz's machine. Kercheval from the Kentucky Blue Grass region made a home for himself in Brooklyn during his first year while two other freshmen, Mike Mikulak of the Chicago Cardinals and Joe Laws of Green Bay, were outstanding backfielders...MANDERS WELL PRAISED: No all-America selection would be complete without special mention of Jack Manders, the Bears placekicking specialist. In other departments of the game the former Minnesota star is just an ordinary back but when it comes to getting those extra three points and converting the additional counter after touchdown, Manders is just about in a class by himself. He was the leading point scorer of the league this fall and pulled about a half a dozen games out of the fire for Halas and Co. Jack is a handy man to have around but it seems that the "balloters" for the all-star teams figured that something more than placekicking was required to make the grade. However, nearly all of the returns carried some special mention of Manders...ONLY THREE REPEATERS: This year's all-American has only three first team repeaters from 1933. The select trio is Hewitt, Nagurski and Strong. Hein and Kopcha are promoted from last year's second team while Edwards, Hickman, Christensen and Battles are demoted from the 1933 "varsity" to this year's second eleven. Newman, Hinkle and Hanson retain their second team posts like in 1933.