GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(PITTSBURGH) - A fighting Packer team which never quit bearing down emerged triumphant over a vastly improved Pittsburgh eleven here Sunday afternoon at Forbes field by a score of 34 to 14 before some 11,000 gridiron fans who were treated to one thrill after another. The Packers started off like a well-oiled machine and the game was still a "pup" when George Sauer knifed his way through the line for a touchdown. Ernie Smith's try for extra point was blocked. Sauer continued his touchdown spree in the second period when he intercepted a Pirate pass on his own 24 yard line and galloped exactly 76 yards for a touchdown. It was a brilliant run and the other Packers gave Sauer a helping hand by blocking out the hostile Pirates en route. As Sauer dashed across the Pirate 10-yard stripe, it looked as if one of the enemies might snag him but Johnny Blood, who played like a thoroughbred all the way for the Bays, bobbed up from nowhere and wiped out Mr. Pirate with
a beautiful block. Smith clicked perfectly for the extra
point and the 13-0 lead looked as big as a house.
GET SECOND WIND
However, the Pirates got their second wins and became
troublesome. A couple of passes, interference called by
the field judge and a scamper right through the middle 
of the line put the ball on Green Bay's two-yard stripe.
A line thrust was stopped dead but halfback Levey
scooted around end on a trick play and it was a Pirate
touchdown. Tackle Niccolai, a sure shot placekicker,
added the extra point and Pittsburgh was back in the
ball game. This Pirate score seemed to ruffle the Bays'
feeling a bit and soon after they started an overhead
attack. A called interference on the Pirates boosted the
Green Bay stock and it was greeted by a chorus of 
boos from the crowd. The Bays kept plugging away and
finally Johnny Blood made one of his copyrighted 
catches and wormed his way some 10 yards for a
touchdown. Smith bettered her percentage with another
extra point. Pittsburgh chose to receive after this score
and one of the thrills of the game was on tap. Zaninelli
took the kick and ran some 81 yards before he hit the
dirt deep in Packer territory. It looked as if the Pirates
were going places again, but Svendsen intercepted a
pass and the heat was off for the remainder of the 
period. During the intermission, Joe Bach must have
given his hirelings a real old-fashioned pep talk because
they swept back into action full of vim and vinegar. 
Following several exchanges of kicks, the Bays were
backed well into their own territory and a 15-yard 
penalty for roughing put the ball only two yards from the
goal line.
PIRATES SCORE AGAIN
Hinkle punted from the end zone and the Pittsburghers
started clicking in touchdown fashion and it wasn't long
before the same pesky Mr. Levey snatched a pass near
the field corner, reversed himself and galloped a couple
of yards for a touchdown. Once again Niccolai kicked 
the extra point. With the scoreboard reading 20 to 14
the Pittsburgh crowd started whooping things up as they had visions of victory. However, it was only a smoke dream. The teams battled pretty well on a par for the remainder of the third stanza but the Packers turned on the steam soon after the fourth period got underway. With Bob Monnett running the ball in old Michigan State style and chucking the passes a la Arnold Herber, the Bays marched down the field. Milt Gantenbein grabbed a pass and was dumped only a yard away from the "six point" sector, and Clark Hinkle plunged over for a touchdown. Once again Smith did his stuff in a goal kicking way. The Packers kicked off and the boot was mussed up but the Pirates regained the ball on their 9-yard line. The Pirates lost five for delaying the game and Gildea attempted a pass from behind the goal post. Johnny Blood was on the receiving end of the toss and he never stopped running until he reached the end zone for his second touchdown of the combat. Smith then kicked his fourth goal after touchdown of the afternoon, making the score 34 to 14.
FINISHES DAY'S SCORING
This finished the scoring for the day. Darkness began to blanket the field and the spectators began their rush for the entrances and their comments heard en route were to the effect that Green Bay had the greatest professional team they had ever seen in action. It was an ideal day for football with the mercury in the forties. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and Old Sol blazed forth in the best of his autumn glory. The gridiron was frozen as hard as a rock but was fast as lightning. The victory may be a costly one for the Packers as Herber retired early in the fourth quarter with a badly injured hand. A hospital x-ray showed no broken bones, however, and Trainer Dave Woodward is working overtime on the injured member. Sauer has a pulled muscle in his leg. This is more serious than it sounds and Coach Lambeau is fearful that the former Nebraska star will not see any action against the Cardinals in Chicago on Thanksgiving. The other Packers, although badly banged up from coming in contact with the scrappy Pirates and cement-like gridiron, came out of the melee little the worse for wear and they already are licking their chops in anticipation of some "Cardinal turkey" this Thursday in the Windy City. Don Hutson wasn't even in uniform. He is slowly recovering from his appendix scare but Coach Lambeau thought the rest would speed his recovery. All the Packers played a brilliant brand of football and it would be unfair to toss any individual bouquets. As a team they were immense and Bob Monnett looked like his old self on the offense. His passing was of the thread the needle variety and some of his runs bordered on the sensational.
GREEN BAY  -   6 14  0 14  - 34
PITTSBURGH -   0  7  7  0  - 14
1st - GB - George Sauer, 3-yard run (Ernie Smith kick blocked)  GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - GB - Sauer, 76-yard interception return (Smith kick)  GREEN BAY 13-0
2nd - PITT - Jim Levey, 1-yard run (Armand Niccolai kick)  GREEN BAY 13-7
2nd - GB - Johnny Blood, 46-yard pass from Bob Monnett (Smith kick)  GREEN BAY 20-7
3rd - PITT - Levey, 13-yard pass from John Turley (Niccolai kick)  GB 20-14
4th - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 1-yard run (Smith kick)  GREEN BAY 27-14
4th - GB - Blood, 10-yard interception return (Smith kick)  GREEN BAY 34-14
NEWS AND NOTES
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 25 (Green Bay) - The Packers are looking right
down the throats of the other teams in the Western
division today, as a result of their victory at Pittsburgh
yesterday, and the tie between the Bears and Detroit
Lions at Chicago. It's hard to see how the Packers 
could have benefited more than by that knotted contest
at Wrigley field, the last period of which was played in
almost total darkness. The shroud of dark which had
descended upon the combatants probably spelled the
end of their championship hopes, because the Packers,
their fans and the law of averages all combine to predict
a Green Bay victory over the Cardinals on Thanksgiving
day. If the Bears had won yesterday, someone else
would have had to knock off George Halas' team before
the Packers could be assured of their Western division
title. If the Lions had copped, then Detroit would have
remained in a commanding position. Of course, the
Bays must win their last two games. Nothing unusual
about that. You rather expect championship teams to
win their games. If the team rode to an undisputed first
place with but two contests to play and then dropped
one of them. it wouldn't deserve the title. The Packers
should be in good shape for a great effort next Thursday.
George Henry Sauer, after he blazed his way to two
touchdowns, was carefully wrapped in oilcloth and
cellophane and kept upon the bench. He was injured
slightly. Don Hutson hugged his appendix and did not
get a minute of action. The other regulars maneuvered
carefully and should be ready to earn turkey and some
dressing for Thanksgiving evening. Pick the Cardinals,
if you want to, and give us the Packers - by 13 to 6...
​We're telling you...that Johnny Blood achieved a 
distinctive record by scoring two touchdowns yesterday
against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He became the second
Packer to the entire history of the team to pass the 200
mark in point scoring. The other, of course, was Verne
Lewellen. Johnny's two touchdowns were the 33rd and
34th he has made in a Packer uniform, and brought his
point total for his years of service to 205. He stands
second only to Lewellen on the all-time scoring list...
Clarke Hinkle's touchdown was the 9th he had scored
for Green Bay, and it boosted his total to 78 points. He
is undisputed fifth place now, right behind Lavvie Dilweg,
who hold fourth place with 86 points. George Sauer's two touchdowns were his 3rd and 4th as a Packers, giving him a total in the all-time list of 24, and a tie for 27th place with Dick O'Donnell, who did his scoring from 1925 to 1928. You can bet safely that Sauer will wind up much higher before many seasons go by. ..Ernie Smith keeps plugging away at his scoring total. His four extra points yesterday gave him a total of 13 points for the season, with one field goal mixed in. The extra points brought his total in that department to 10. One was blocked, the only one Ernie hasn't clicked on this season.
LEAVE FOR DAYTON
NOV 25 (Pittsburgh) - The Packers left Pittsburgh this morning at 2:05 over the Pennsylvania road for Dayton, O., where the arrival is scheduled at 9:03. The Bays will headquarter at the Biltmore hotel. The Packers leave Dayton at 3:15 Wednesday afternoon for Chicago. The Windy City arrival is scheduled for 7:50 and as usual the team will stay at the Knickerbocker hotel.
​PACKERS NEED TWO WINS TO CLINCH TITLE
NOV 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Green Bay's great Packers are in the position where victories in their two remaining game will give them the Western half title and the right to play the Eastern champions, probably New York, for the National Professional league crown. Thanksgiving day the Packers have their work cut out for them, meeting the Chicago Cardinals at Wrigley field in what should be the "make or break" contest. Right now, the Bays are on top and the Cardinals are on the bottom of the Western half race, but the margin is so close that the percentage table means little in comparative skill. Proving this it only needs to be mentioned that of the three defeats the Packers have absorbed this year the Cardinals dished out two of them. Following the Cardinal game the Packers will rest until a week from the following Sunday when they clash with the improved Philadelphia Eagles at Philadelphia. If they get by the Cards successfully, and there's no reason why they can't overcome the jinx, the Bays should be able to take the Eagles as a matter of course. Except for their dismal showing in Detroit November 17, when they lost a 20 to 10 decision to a team they'd beaten twice, 13 to 9 and 31 to 7, the Packers have played good ball all year and are  fully deserving of their present high rank. The first time they lost to the Cardinals they were at about 50 percent top strength, what with a heavy run of injuries and delay of some players in reporting. In their second meeting they shoved the Cards all around State Fair park here, but lost 3 to 0 when the punch failed in the clutches and the pilots elected to punch for points rather than boot for 'em. In meeting the Cards the Bays will be up against one of the toughest defensive teams in the league, perhaps the best on goal line defense. The line has enough big men to stand up under heavy batterings and in Hughes, center, and Mike Mikulak, fullback, Coach Creighton has two of the finest men backing up a line against a ground attack in the country. Their defense, however, against a passing game is not tops - for both players commit themselves almost instantly on plunges into the line. Their weaknesses lie in the fake plunge and pass from the line of scrimmage.
PENNANT-CHASING PACKERS DRILL AT DAYTON PREPARING FOR CARDS
NOV 26 (Dayton) - Green Bay's pennant chasing Packers went through a snappy drill at the Dayton university stadium here this morning and, despite the fact that several of the players are ailing all hands were on deck for the limbering up exercises. Trainer Dave Woodward is working overtime on George Sauer and Arnold Herber. Sauer's torn muscle seems to be responding to treatment and he may see some action against the Cardinals on Thanksgiving Day. Herber's
case seems hopeless. His injured right hand is puffed
up like ball of cotton and he can hardly grasp his knife
in the bread and butter league. The other players came
out of the grueling combat with the Pirates in better 
shape than was than was first expected. There seems
to be an epidemic of hand injuries such as sprained
thumbs and cleat cuts but nothing serious enough to
keep the gridders out of the game. Ernie Smith has a
discolored optic that is a sight to behold but the big
California tackle is grinning through it all despite some 
of the smart cracks of his teammates. Cal Hubbard
suggested that Smith should wear goggles while Johnny
Blood wanted to go out and but the husky lineman a
baseball mask...MORALE IS EXCELLENT: The morale
of the club is excellent and it will be a fighting Green Bay team that takes the field against the Cardinals day after tomorrow in the Windy City. Coach E.L. Lambeau is pulling every string possible to have his team in the pink. Skull practice was held en route from Pittsburgh to Dayton and another blackboard drill is scheduled today. Carl Storck, secretary of the NFL, was at the station when the Bays arrived Monday evening at 9 o'clock. He has handled all arrangements here and the Packer squad is headquartering at the Biltmore hotel, which is the leading hostelry in this Ohio city. A large crowd was on hand at Dayton field this morning to watch the Bays go through their practice stunts. A battery of newspapermen together with the photographers covered the practice like a tent and Green Bay is sure of a lot of publicity during its stay here...DRILL TWO HOURS: Coach Lambeau and several of his players are booked for radio talks and it is possible that a couple of the gridders will make their bow before a businessmen's luncheon club Wednesday noon just before boarding the train for Chicago which will get the club in the Windy City at 7:55 p.m. Coach Lambeau put the Packers through a two hour drill this morning. Aside from the limbering up exercises, there was the usual game of touchball, lots of punting and forward passing together with a snappy signal drill. Don Hutson participated in the workout for the first time in over a week. He took things easy but seems to be returning to form faster than expected. After the game Sunday in Pittsburgh, Mike Michalske went back to Cleveland for a short visit but was on hand at the Biltmore hotel when the Bays checked in Monday night...HINKLE MOTORS HOME: Clark Hinkle motored home with his relatives to Toronto, O. He caught the Packer train at Stuebenville, which is just an hour's ride out of Pittsburgh. The trip from Pittsburgh to Dayton was made in regal style. The Packers had their own Pullman and dining car. Special meals were served. At supper the Bays consumed some 70 pounds of choice roast beef and all the trimmings. The Packers ran into some more of Potsy Clark's sportsmanlike tactics during their stay in Pittsburgh. Coach Lambeau has absolute evidence that the Detroit Lions' leader furnished Pittsburgh with any number of the Packer formations during the last week..."RIBBER" IN STANDS: But that wasn't all. A "professional ribber" from Detroit had a box seat right behind the Packers bench and kept up a continual barrage of uncomplimentary remarks aimed at Coach Lambeau and his players. Several of the Bays were tempted to go over and put the "loudmouth" in his place but Coach Lambeau kept them quite and averted any outbreak. During and even after the game, the players thought the pest was only some Pittsburgh fan who had participated in some hair oil. However, Monday morning, one of the Pirate players let the cat out of the bag and it did not take Coach Lambeau long to run the whole thing down...WILL REPORT TO CARR: Usually, the visiting club sits on the bench across from the big stands at Forbes field in Pittsburgh, but at last Sunday's game, the Packers were parked on the bench near the grandstand while the Pirate substitutes occupied the bench off the field. From the looks of things the Detroit and Pittsburgh clubs were working together in every way to make it tough for the Packers. According to Coach Lambeau, he intends to lay the matter before President Joe F. Carr of the National league and will insist that the Pirate and Lion managements explain the unsportsmanlike affair. Johnny Blood and Lon Evans first uncovered the dirty work and they are ready to substantiate Coach Lambeau's statement to President Carr.
METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPERS PRAISE PACKER BACKFIELD
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - Comments in metropolitan newspapers on Green Bay's strategic victory over Pittsburgh Sunday especially praise the work of several Packer backfield aces, notably Bob Monnett and George Sauer. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this to say about the game: "Bob Monnett, reserve back from Michigan State, gave the fans as brilliant an exhibition of ball carrying as they have witnessed all season. Fullback Clark Hinkle's line smashes and the all-around work of Johnny Blood, halfback who was on the Buc roster last year but who played very little due to ill health, kept the local defense in an uproar thoughout."...END PIRATE HOPES: "The result ended all hopes of Coach Joe Bach's boys overtaking the New York Giants in the hot Eastern division race and at the same time made the victors a big favorite to capture the Western section's toga. The third Packer touchdown march was aided greatly by a pair of interference penalties on forward pass plays. The second of these called by Umpire Harry Robb, was somewhat questionable and the crowd kept up a continuous chorus of bronx cheers against the former Penn State player. One indignant fan hurled a pop bottle at the official, but it fell harmlessly on the turf, far short of its intended victim." The Chicago Herald-Examiner says about Sauer: "George Sauer starred in a Packer victory. The big back was unstoppable on the offense and ripped through the Pirate line freely for big gains. He tallied the first Packer touchdown on a short plunge in the first period and ran 75 yards in another score early in the second period after intercepting a pass."...STONEY MCGLYNN'S COMMENTS: Stoney McGlynn's article in today's Milwaukee Sentinel contained some interesting paragraphs: "Green Bay's great Packers are in the position where victories in their two remaining game will give them the Western half title and the right to play the Eastern champions, probably New York, for the National Professional league crown. Thanksgiving day the Packers have their work cut out for them, meeting the Chicago Cardinals at Wrigley field in what should be the "make or break" contest. Right now, the Bays are on top and the Cardinals are on the bottom of the Western half race, but the margin is so close that the percentage table means little in comparative skill. Proving this it only needs to be mentioned that of the three defeats the Packers have absorbed this year the Cardinals dished out two of them. But here's hoping the Bays take advantage of the situation and once again put Green Bay back at the top of the football world. The club directors have done everything in their power to reach the pinnacle; Green Bay and Wisconsin fans have done more than their share - and the Packers won't let 'em down with so much at stake."
CARDINALS HOLD KEY TO WESTERN FOOTBALL TITLE
NOV 26 (Chicago) - Weekend developments in the NFL did little toward identifying the ultimate winner of the western division championship. Green Bay still 
remains in first place, having increased its lead to a full
game Sunday by whipping Pittsburgh, 34 to 14. So
tense is the struggle for the title, however, that a tie in
either of their two remaining games, with the Cardinals
at Wrigley field Thursday afternoon and the Eagles at
Philadelphia on Dec. 8, may prevent the Packers from
finishing alone at the top and force a playoff to qualify a
division section title winner. A defeat in either of these
contests can eliminate the Packers. The Cardinals, 
who returned last night to begin drill for Thursday's 
game, kept pace with the Packers Sunday by defeating
the Redskins, 6 to 0, in the snow at Boston on Bill
Smith's two field goals. The victory enabled the Cards
to tie for second place with the Bears and Detroit...
BEARS BATTLE DETROIT AGAIN THURSDAY: Detroit
and the Bears, who fought to a 20 to 20 tie at Wrigley
field Sunday and will meet again at Detroit Thursday,
place their hopes of winning the division title largely in
the hands of the Cardinals. Green Bay must be tied, at
least, if either of these clubs is to share in the spoils, and the Cardinals appear to be the only team capable of accomplishing this result. Philadelphia is not given much chance of stopping the Packers. The present Cardinal team, since its organization last year to replace an unimpressive conglomeration of players, has whipped the Packers four times in a row. At Milwaukee last year, Homer Griffith, the former Southern California star, who played one year in the National league, ran back a punt 56 yards over a muddy field to score the only points of the game. Two weeks later at Wrigley field in same kind of footing he ran back the opening kickoff 85 yards for the only score...KICKS DECIDE THIS YEAR'S GAMES: A short pass, Phil Sarboe to Smith, and Smith's point after touchdown, in the opening game of the season at Green Bay this year gave the Cardinals their third in a row over the Packers, 7 to 6. A few weeks later, at Milwaukee, the Cardinals made a half a dozen goal-line stands against the Packers, then went on to win, 3 to 0, on Paul Pardonner's drop kick. If the Cardinals can continue to exercise their charm over the Packers Thursday, the western division race will be thrown wide open again and it will be every team for itself in the remaining ten days of the schedule. Green Bay's victory over Pittsburgh Sunday was almost a foregone conclusion. The Packers have the best passing attack in the league. Pittsburgh, a coming team with as good a line as there is in the circuit, is the weakest club on pass defense. Against the Cardinals, however, Green Bay will be pressed to complete the aerials which have upset the Bears, Detroit and the Giants...CARDS MUST KEEP GOING FULL 60 MINUTES: The Cardinals have an excellent defense. Their chief trouble all season has been lack of a sustained offense and inability to learn the old axiom that a football game is never over until the final gun. Sixty minutes of their hardest football in every game would have sent them into Thursday's contest in undisputed possession of first place. While the Cardinals are throwing their powerful defense against Johnny Blood, Don Hutson, Arnie Herber and associate Packers at Wrigley Field Thursday, the Bears and Lions will resume their series at Detroit in an effort to break the tie which placed additional burden on each of the title race Sunday. The Bears came out of the game in good shape, physicians reported to Coach George Halas yesterday. The Bears and Cardinals will practice at Wrigley Field today and tomorrow. The Bears leave tomorrow noon for Detroit. Several special trains are being planned to take Chicago followers to Detroit Thursday morning...GIANTS HAVE CHANCE TO CLINCH TITLE: Only one game is scheduled in the eastern division Thursday. It brings together Brooklyn and New York in a game that may decide the division champion. The Dodgers are only one game behind the Giants and victory may send them into a tie for the lead. Brooklyn has two games to play after Thursday, Detroit on Sunday and Boston the following week. The Giants wind up Sunday with Philadelphia. If they beat the Dodgers they will be in complete command of the division.
PACKERS LEAVE DAYTON FOR CHICAGO ENCOUNTER
NOV 27 (Dayton) - Coach E.L. Lambeau and his Packers boarded a Pennsylvania train this afternoon at 2 o'clock for Chicago after having a two made-to-order workouts here. Dayton lived up to the forecast of Carl Storck, secretary of the NFL, to the letter. Weather conditions were ideal for practice, the setup at the University of Dayton stadium could not be improved upon, and the Biltmore hotel is one of the best that the Green Bay eleven has ever stayed at. As a matter of
fact, Coach Lambeau is thinking seriously of coming
back here next week for several days of practice before
going to Philadelphia...CARDS IN FOR TROUBLE: 
Somebody is going to get their uniform torn off in the
Cardinals game on Thanksgiving Day and it isn't going
to a Packer either. That was the comment of a Green
Bay veteran as he gossiped in the lobby "hot stove"
league Tuesday night. Cracks that have been made by
the Cardinals about the Packers on their jaunts around
the circuit have come home to roost and it will be a
growling squad of Bayites when the whistle blows on
Turkey Day at Wrigley field. One of the Packers picked
up a Tuesday edition of a well known Chicago paper 
which carried a story about professional football and
delved into history about the Cardinals four victories in a
row over Green Bay. Naturally, the paper went the 
rounds of the squad and the comments were amusing.
Johnny Blood wondered if the scribe was drawing a 
weekly pay check from Charlie Bidwell, owner of the
Cards, while Nate Barragar expressed a wish that the
sport writer put on a Chicago uniform so he could get 
an inside story of the Thanksgiving Day conflict. Dave
Woodward, the trainer, had this to say: "Don't pay any
attention to that news stuff. Half of them guys don't
know a football from a highball." The Packers were
cheered by the news that "Half of Green Bay was 
coming to the title-deciding game." Dr. W.W. Kelly 
talked with Coach Lambeau over the telephone to find
out about injuries and he also told the Bay pilot that the
town "was more hot and bothered now than ever before"
about its football team...HOSPITAL LIST LARGE: The
hospital list was still favoring the Cardinals. Arnie
Herber's injured hand hasn't improved any too fast and
it is doubtful if he will see action except in emergency.
The Sauer situation is not any too encouraging either.
The pulled muscle is responding to treatment but an
injury like this takes quite awhile to man. Trainer
Woodward announced he would set up a "baking room"
aboard the Packers' special Pullman and that Herber
and Sauer would be under the heat lamps all the way
from Dayton to Chicago. Dave carries all the medical equipment right with him and it takes about three "red-caps" to move his lamps and other stuff to the train. Don Hutson is feeling a lot better. This is the one bright spot in the Packer "hospital sky". The pass-grabbing end from Alabama went through both the workouts here without raising a sweat and he confidently told a couple of his teammates that "he guessed he was ready again to play some football." A letter from Joe F. Carr, president of the National league, gave the officials for the Cardinal game as follows: Referee, James G. Durfee, Columbus, O.; umpire, Gunnar Elliott, Fort Wayne, Ind.; headlinesman, Dan Tehan, Cincinnati; field judge, G.A. Brown, Kankakee, Ill. Carr added in his letter than owing to some business engagements in the East, it would be impossible for him to come here and see the Packers. (Dayton is only sixty miles from Columbus.)...DISPLEASED OVER OFFICIALS: Coach Lambeau is much displeased over the choice of officials and lost no time in telling Carr over the long distance phone. Durfee, the referee, worked the Pittsburgh-Green Bay game last Sunday and despite the fact that the Bays copped the verdict by a large commanding margin, it was one of the worst officiated games that the Packers have participated in this season. The Packers' visit here certainly stirred up a lot of interest in pro football and this was just what Carl Storck wanted because he thinks the day is not far off when Dayton may again be represented in the postgraduate gridiron loop. Back in the olden days the Dayton Triangles, under the direction of Storck, cut quite a figure in National league football. The Packer practices could be likened to a gridiron clinic as the football coaches, college and high school, for miles around were on hand to see the Bays go through their practice stunts. Coach Lamebau, at first, was inclined to fear that the Chi-Cards might have a scout present and he asked Walter Jean, former Packer lineman who was a salesman for a Dayton brewery, to check the onlookers. Jean, with the assistance of two members of the University of Dayton athletics department, eyed up all the spectators at both practices and several strangers who could not give a good explanation for their presence were escorted to the exits. Jean talked things over with some of the veteran Packers and one of the Dayton News' photographers snapped him with Coach Lambeau. Jean told the writer that E. Pidney Purdy was in Dayton last week for the annual baseball session. According to Jean, Purdy, who played quarterback on the same Green Bay eleven with Jean, talked more about Green Bay football team than he did the national pastime. Pid is an outfielder and saw service last season in the Texas and Western leagues...BAUJAN IS COACH: Steve Baujan, a Notre Damer before Lambeau's time at the institution made famous by the late Knute Rockne, coaches the University of Dayton and he has for assistant Joe Holsinger, who was attached to Doc Spears' coaching staff at Wisconsin last season. This is Holsinger's first year at Dayton and indirectly remarked that he was glad because he figured that there might be a house cleaning of football coaches at Madison shortly after the first of the year. Holsinger asked a lot of questions about the setup at the Badger "U" and he expressed great surprise over the showing of the Spears' eleven this fall. Holsinger had a good word for Red Smith, the former Packer player who is an assistant at Wisconsin, but that was all. Both Baujan and Holsinger sang the praises of Paddy McDonough, the Dayton Flyers' quarterback, to Packer executives. McDonough graduates next June and is eager to play professional football. According to the Dayton coaches, McDonough is a great prospect as he is better than the average collegiate triple-threat artist. McDonough is a Cleveland boy and played three years at Tech-Latin before entering Dayton. Coach Lambeau put McDonough's name on the list for future reference...HAVE BLACKBOARD DRILL: The Packers had a two-hour blackboard talk Tuesday night and Coach Lambeau went over the Cardinals' game from first to last whistle. Following this skull session, the Packer pilot kept the signal callers and Cal Hubbard and Mike Michalske in executive session for another hour at which he mapped out defensive strategy and offensive maneuvers. The train from Dayton is scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday and the Packers will go immediately to the Knickerbocker hotel. According to the present schedule, the Packers will leave for Green Bay Thursday soon after the final whistle blows in the Cardinal game.
PACKERS MAY CLINCH TITLE
NOV 27 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers, fighting their way back to professional football supremacy after a three-year slump, may clinch the championship of the western division of the National league of they defeat the Chicago Cardinals here Thursday. The race in the western division is the closest in history with all four of the teams still having a chance to win. The Packers have captured seven games and lost three to hold first place. The Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions each have won five and lost three. ..BEARS AND LIONS MEET: While the Packers and Cardinals are tangling at Wrigley field the Bears and Lions will meet at Detroit in another Thanksgiving day attraction. Should the Cardinals win Thursday, they will go into a first place tie with the winner of the Detroit-Bear clash. The title then would hinge on the outcome of the two games between the Chicago clubs December 1 and December 8. Green Bay has only one opponent left after the the Cardinals, the weak Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers are practically a cinch to win that one. Detroit also has but one game left after the holiday. It is against Brooklyn December 1...CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DEC. 15: The winner of the western division will meet the winner of the eastern division for the National league championship December 15. The possibility of a playoff for the western division crown still remains, however. If that is necessary the league championship game will have to be postponed until December 22. The western winner will host the title game this year, and Chicago has three chances to get it. Officials of the Green Bay Packers have promised if their team wins the western crown they will play the eastern winner in Chicago. By playing here, Green Bay would be close enough to attract its hometown fans as well as pro fans in Chicago. The weather would be too cold at Green Bay and the Milwaukee park where the Packers would have to play does not seat enough people. Approximately 45,000 could be accommodated at Wrigley field in Chicago...RULED PRO LEAGUE: Green Bay ruled the professional league from 1929 to 1931. The Bears held the title in 1932 and 1933 and the New York Giants won last year. Chief reason for the Packers' comeback is the acquisition of some young players and their passing combination of Arnie Herber to Don Hutson. The latter is playing his first season of professional ball, having been acquired after his graduation from Alabama last June. Herber is a veteran of many years in the money ranks...President Leland H. Joannes of the Green Bay Packers said today that no promises whatsoever had been made any city or team regarding the championship playoff, providing the local team emerges as western division National league champion. "That matter will not be decided until next week at the earliest," President Joannes said.
CARDS RETURN TIPTON, PANGLE TO FIRST TEAM
NOV 27 (Chicago) - Two changes were made in the Chicago Cardinals' lineup yesterday as the team returned from the east to finish its training for tomorrow afternoon's game against the Green Bay Packers at Wrigley field. Seeking the strongest alignment possible to halt the Packers' march to the western division championship, Coach Milan Creighton sent Howard Tipton, veteran guard, back into the line in place of Phil Handler and placed Hal Pangle, a first year man, to halfback...RECOVER FROM INJURIES: Tipton and Pangle have been unavailable for several weeks because of injuries suffered in an automobile crash as they were returning from the team's first eastern invasion, on which they whipped the New York Giants. Tipton suffered a broken arm and Pangle was severely bruised about the leg. Both have recovered and are expected to bring the team back to the strength which early in the season made it a favorite in the championship race. Pangle's associates in the backfield will be Phil Sarboe at quarterback, Mike Mikulak at fullback and Al Nichelini at the other halfback. Pangle also will be used as relief for Saboe at quarterback. Paul Pardonner, the team's other signal caller, is out with an injured shoulder and will not be in uniform...MAY DECIDE TITLE: Tomorrow's game may decide the division championship. If the Packers, who now lead the Bears, Detroit and Cardinals by a full game, conquer the Chicagoans for the first time in five starts, they will be practically assured of the championship. The Cardinals can take the lead along with the winner of the Bear-Detroit game in Detroit, by whipping the Packers. The Cardinals' chief hope of victory is to stop the Packers' passes. They have been able to do this in the past, but since their last meeting with the division leaders the Herber to Hutson and Blood combination has reached a new high in efficiency. Prospects of wet weather were not very encouraging to Coach Creighton last night, but a heavy, soggy ball undoubtedly would be a greater handicap to the Packers than to the Cardinals, who do not rely so heavily on passes.
TIPTON, PRANGLE PLAY
NOV 27 (Chicago) - Howard Tipton, star guard, and Hal Prangle, fullback, will be in the Chicago Cardinal lineup in the first time in several weeks tomorrow when the home forces attempt to slow up Green Bay's drive to the NFL western division championship. Tipton and Prangle were injured Oct. 28 in an automobile accident while returning from the Cardinals' first meeting with the New York Giants. Coach Milan Creighton expects to use the pair in the starting lineup. A victory for the Packers should almost assure them of meeting the Eastern division leader for the league title. The Cardinals have defeated Green Bay twice this season.
DON HUTSON STILL LEADING SCORER
NOV 27 (New York) - Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers, star end on Alabama's last Rose Bowl team, continues to lead the National Professional League scorers. Statistics released Tuesday showed that in 10 games Hutson has scored seven touchdowns and one extra point for 43 points. Bill Karr of the Chicago Bears and Ernie Caddel, Detroit, are tied for second with 36 points. Three Detroit backs lead in ground gaining. Bill Shepherd, formerly of Western Maryland, is first with 377 yards in 128 attempts for an average of 2.9 yards a carry. Caddel is second with 359 in 67 attempts and Earl (Dutch) Clark is third.
PACKERS' TITLE HOPES AT STAKE ON THURSDAY
NOV 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers hug the inside rail as the western clubs of the National Professional football league go into the home stretch Thanksgiving day. With a full game lead over the Bears, the Cards and the Lions, the Packers have to win only one of the two games they have left, and tie the other, to assure themselves at least a share of the championship, regardless of what else may happen. They still have the Cardinals to face at Wrigley field Thanksgiving day and the Philadelphia Eagles at Philadelphia December 8. The torrid race, perhaps the best in the history of the league, still has possibilities galore. The Bears can win if certain things happen, the Cardinals can or the Lions. Just a victory in one of their two games and a tie in the other and they can't be deprived of a tie at the least. With a standing of seven victories and three defeats at this writing, the Bays can finish with .727 by winning either of their remaining games and tying the other. A tie with the Cardinals Thursday, for instance, and a victory over Philadelphia, would leave them with a standing as follows:
​W  L  T  .PCT
8  3  1  .727
And that would be enough - at least for a tie. Only the Bears would then have a chance to catch the Bays, and they'd have to be at the Cardinals twice and Detroit once to do it. The Cardinals and the Lions would have no chance at all. At best they could finish with .700 - the Cardinals if they'd win their two remaining games from the Bears and the Lions if they'd win their remaining games from the Bears and Brooklyn. On the Green Bay side of it, therefore, the game Thursday has assumed full championship proportions. They have to get no better than a tie or see the race slip back into a wild free for all. To add additional color to the battle, the Bays have to line up here against the one team that seems to have them jinxed this fall. Of their three defeats so far, the Cardinals have slapped down two. They beat them by a point at Green Bay in the first game of the race, 7-6, and repeated at Milwaukee several weeks later. Detroit's Lions accounted for the third licking at Detroit two weeks ago. Since their victory over Pittsburgh last Sunday, the Bays have rested at Dayton, Ohio. They came out of the game without further injuries although some of their mainstays are still ailing with injuries sustained the game at Detroit. Thursday's battle will start at 2 o'clock. While the Packers and Cardinals have it out, the rest of the league will also be mixed up in important games. At Detroit Thursday morning, the Bears and Lions will play the second game of their series and at Brooklyn, New York and Brooklyn will fight it out for first place in the eastern division of the league at stake. At sundown Thursday you ought to have a good line on what's what.
DON HUTSON TOPS PRO GRID SCORING
NOV 27 (New York) - Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers, star end on Alabama's last Rose Bowl team, continues to lead the National Professional League scorers. Statistics released Tuesday showed that in 10 games Hutson has scored seven touchdowns and one extra point for 43 points. Bill Karr of the Chicago Bears and Ernie Caddel, Detroit, are tied for second with 36 points. Three Detroit backs lead in ground gaining. Bill Shepherd, formerly of Western Maryland, is first with 377 yards in 128 attempts for an average of 2.9 yards a carry. Caddel is second with 359 in 67 attempts and Earl (Dutch) Clark is third.
BULLETIN
NOV 28 (Chicago) - The weather here at 11 o'clock this morning was cloudy and cold, with occasional snow flurries. The gridiron at Cub Park is in fairly good shape. A slight rain fell here Wednesday afternoon. The weather man here says that there is no immediate prospect of rain or snow, so a large crowd is anticipated at this afternoon's game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals. Hutson and Sauer reportd to Trainer Dave Woodward that they could play this afternoon, if fact they both insist on playing, but Arnie Herber is definitely out on account of his injured right hand, which was stepped on at Pittsburgh last Sunday. The Packers will leave Chicago this evening at 6:50 over the Milwaukee road, arriving in Green Bay about 11:30 or 12 o'clock.
CARDS BATTLE PACKERS
NOV 28 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers, bound for the western division championship in the NFL, will 
meet the Chicago Cardinals at Wrigley field today, and a victory will put the title right in the Packers' pockets. The Cardinals will pit their defense, the best in the league, against one of football's most dangerous passing combinations in an attempt to gain the division lead. The importance of the game is expected to attract a large crowd. A special train will bring several hundred Packer fans from Green Bay and Milwaukee. Kickoff will be at 2 o'clock. The Cardinals have defeated the Packers in their last four engagements, but unless they continue their dominance, at least to the extent of gaining a tie, the western division championship race will be as good as over tonight. Only Philadelphia remains on the Packers' schedule. The Cardinals, Bears and Detroit, whose hope of representing the west in the playoff for the league championship rests on the Packers being beaten or tied, see little chance for assistance from the Eagles. Consequently the Cardinals enter today's game with the best wishes and fervent support of the Lions and Bears, which constitutes some kind of a record. The Packers have won seven games and lost three. The Cardinals, Bears and Lions have won five and lost three. The Bears and Cardinals have been tied once, Detroit twice...WANT DRY FIELD, BUT - : The chief concern of coaches as they finished preparations yesterday was the weather, which, it appeared, would be wet. Coach Curly Lambeau hoped for a dry field on which Don Hutson and Johnny Blood might utilize their speed in breaking away from the Cardinal secondary to catch Arnie Herber's long passes. A wet ball also would curtail Herber's efficiency in rifling his perfect shots into the arms of these two superb receivers. Without Herber's passing the Packers must rely on their running game, which is not calculated to be very effective against the Cardinals, who have allowed nine opponents only 1,309 yards, 281 less than the Giants, their nearest competitor in this department. Coach Milan Creighton of the Cardinals, although appreciative of the handicap under which Green Bay would be working on a wet field, is not anxious to send his team out in slippery going. The Cardinals have not enjoyed much success in the mud. Their light ball carrying backs need firm footing...CARDS WIN IN MUD: Two of the Cardinals' four victories over the Packers, however, were accomplished on rain soaked fields. Homer Griffith ran back a punt 56 yards in Milwaukee and a kickoff 85 yards at Wrigley field last year to score the only points in the two games. The stubbornness of the Cardinals' defense against the Packers is demonstrated in the scores of these four games. Green Bay had made only six points, scoring on a short pass in the opening game of the season at Green Bay this year. The Cardinals matched this touchdown and won 7 to 6 on Bill Smith's placekick for extra point. Paul Pardonner's dropkick licked the Packers the fourth time, 3 to 0, at Milwaukee. Pardonner will not in today's game. He suffered a shoulder injury in the Brooklyn game. His absence leaves the quarterbacking duties up to Phil Sarboe. His relief at calling signals will be Hal Pangle, the former Oregon State back, who will return to the lineup for the first time since he was severely injured in an automobile accident several weeks ago. Howard Tipton, veteran guard, who suffered a fractured arm in the accident with Pangle, played a few minutes of Sunday's game in Boston and is ready to start today. The return of Tipton and Bernie Hughes, center, who has been handicapped by a broken bone in his foot, brings the Cardinals up to today's game in better shape than they have been in several weeks...CREIGHTON SHIFTS LINEUP: Creighton has made several changes in his lineup in the last two weeks and will start Pangle in the backfield at halfback. Other changes include the promotion to the first team of Ted Isaacson, 265 pound tackle, and Tony Blazine, former Illinois Wesleyan All-American tackle, who starred for the collegians in the Bear-All-Star game last August. Isaacson and Blazine were heralded in the east last week as two of the best tackles in the league. Isaacson was particularly impressive against Boston. He and Blazine played major roles in the defense which held Boston to a net gain of 82 yards while Bill Smith was kicking two field goals, one from the 35 yard line and another from the 45, to win 6 to 0...SMITH VS. SCHWAMMEL: Smith will be one of the Cardinals' offensive threats against the Packers today, but he will be matched by Ad Schwammel, giant tackle, who was a member of the 1934 All-Star team. Schwammel has been an important factor in the Packers' rush to the league lead. He and Smith are tied at six field goals each. Aside from Smith's kicking, Creighton expects the Cardinals' running game to be a constant threat against Green Bay's line, which yielded more than two hundred yards on running plays to the Bears in the spectacular 17 to 14 game at Wrigley field several weeks ago. The Cardinals' offense has been slow in developing this year, principally because of injuries to key men, but it has been improving steadily and began to evince ability to maintain sustained drives in the Philadelphia game here two weeks ago. It continued to gain effectiveness and precision against Brooklyn and last week at Boston it clicked consistently for the first time...CARDS MAY PITCH 'EM: If weather conditions permit, the Cardinals plan to open up with passes. They have thrown only 80 in nine games, completing 33 for an average of 41 percent, giving them a slight advantage over the Packers, who have tossed 194 in ten games, completing 77 for an average of 39 percent. The Packers, however, have scored 11 of their 21 touchdowns on passes, while the Cardinals have crossed enemy goal lines only twice by this method. Statistics will not win today's game, though. It's a case of do or die and the Cardinals enter the contest with the Bears' and Lions' cries of "Stop the Packers" ringing in the ears. "Stop the Packers" once was the watchword of the National league. It quieted down to a whisper after the Packers won their last title in 1931.
PACK FAVORED TO DEFEAT CARDS TODAY
NOV 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay Packers will break the Chicago Cardinals' jinx today at Wrigley field, and all but clinch the Western half championship in the National Professional Football league by doing so. A victory today and a win in the finals December 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia will give the Packers the championship of the division and the right to meet the Eastern champion for the professional championship no matter what other Western half clubs do. So far this season the Packers' success against the Cardinals has been minus plus. In two starts against Coach Creighton's team the Packers have lost twice, 7 to 6 and 3 to 0. The first game saw the Cards outplaying the Bays, weakened by injuries and late reporting of stars, but in the second engagement, played at State Fair park here, the Packers did everything but score as they tossed away scoring chance after scoring chance in a game they should have had sewed up in the first period. It will be a battle between a team with the best defense in the loop, the Cardinals, against a club that combines the second best defensive record with an office that is dangerous every minute of play, and one that far outshines anything the Cardinals have had to offer so far this season. With a defense that has stopped the Cardinals almost completely in two games, plus in offense that can carry the mail with anything in football, the Bays should win. The Packers combine a strong running game and a pass attack that is tops anyway you care to figure it. In the game here the running attack shoved the Cardinals all over the field, but a poor pass from center, a missed signal on another occasion and some dubious strategy combined to keep the Bays on the short end of the score. With good direction the Bays' offense and defense combination is far superior to what the Cards can offer in the two departments. Wet weather of the past few days should be the biggest Packers' biggest obstacle. Their really only poor game of the season, against Detroit at Detroit November 17, was played on a wet, slippery field such as should be expected today. However, on November 10 the Packers put on their best showing of the year against Detroit at Green Bay on a field that was heavy. In the Green Bay game Arnie Herber combined his best passing exhibition of the year with the Bays' best ground attack. At Detroit Herber's passing was off and the ground attack left much to be desired. The Cards, make no mistake, have a great ground defense, largely because of the fine backing up of the forward wall by Mikulak, fullback, and Hughes, center. However, these players' strength on running plays is their weakness of aerial defense, both being so aggressive on defense they often leave opening for short passes over the line. With a physical edge going into the game much will depend upon the mental attitude of the Bay players. Critics of pro football say they players are in the game only for the money. That criticism should answer the question of mental fitness. If winner today and of the western championship the Packers will cash in handsomely on the playoff game. If winner of that they'll reap a financial harvest from a contemplated Pacific coast tour and in the all-star game next August against the pick of the college crop of 1935. So, you can expect the Bays to be ready physically and mentally for one whale of a game, good enough to take care of the Cardinals for once and for all.
PACKERS TO FACE CARDINALS TODAY IN CRUCIAL GAME
NOV 28 (Chicago) - Green Bay's hopes for a 1935 national professional football title face a Turkey day fate this afternoon as the Packers meet the Chicago Cardinals at Wrigley field in the crucial game of the fading grid season. If they win today they can coast to a western division championship with a victory over the weak Philadelphia Eagles ten days hence, and then can enter the championship playoff with the knowledge that their foe, whomever it may be, will not be as tough a one as the squad they are facing today. With an offense decidedly crippled by the poor condition of three
of the greatest Packer threats, George Henry Sauer,
Arnie Herber and Don Hutson, the Bay aggregation was
still determinedly hopeful as they arrived here last night
from Dayton, Ohio, and put up at the Knickerbocker 
hotel to await this afternoon's starting gun, scheduled 
for 2 o'clock Central Standard Time...REST IN FINE
CONDITION: All of the rest of the players were in fine
condition, and the morale of the squad, put in a victory
mood by a humiliating defeat at Detroit two Sundays 
ago, and brought back into the victory spirit by as
brilliant and strategic win over Pittsburgh last Sunday,
was never higher. Coach Lambeau planned to start a
backfield composed of Hank Bruder at blocking quarter,
Clarke Hinkle at fullback and Bob Monnett and Joe
Laws at halves. In the line the stalwarts that have come
through several other professional seasons in the Green
Bay colors and who have formed the backbone of a rigid
defense thus far this year will be on the field at the 
kickoff. They will probably be Milt Gantenbein and Al 
Rose at ends; Cal Hubbard and Ade Schwammel at
tackles; Mike Michalske and Lon Evans at guards, and
Nate Barragar at center. Only Hutson is missing, and 
the Alabama pass catcher and National league leading
scorer will be on the bench ready for calling at any time
he is needed. Hutson suffered an attack of appendicitis
several weeks ago, but has practiced with the team this
week. Coach Curly Lambeau catapulted his men into a
high-tension spirit for today's game with two snappy 
drills at Dayton while the squad quartered there from
Monday until Wednesday. He also held a thorough skull
session on the train yesterday while proceeding from
Ohio to Illinois...HAVE FANS' SUPPORT: The local
professional players will have the support of a large
contingent of Green Bay fans at today's game. One
special train was run to Chicago, and reduced rates
were available on both roads. In addition many people
are planning to drive south for the game. The fans that
are not in Chicago will be spending their Thanksgiving
beside radio receivers, as three stations, WHBY in
Green Bay, WTMJ in Milwaukee, and WGN in Chicago,
are broadcasting the contest. Should the Packers lose
today as they have twice before this season to the 
Cardinals, they will have to depend on a most gracious
Lady Luck to bring them the western division title, even
if they defeat Philadelphia. The only way this could 
come about is if the Chicago Bears defeat the Detroit
Lions today, and then if the Bears split the two contests
with the Cardinals. Beside the Bear-Detroit game today,
the New York Giants are also playing Brooklyn in the
east and this game will have an important bearing on 
the eastern division race. A victory for Brooklyn would
give them a tie with the Giants for the lead in that half.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 28 (Chicago) - The writer of this column, who never
landed at Plymouth rock, or never had any ancestors 
who did, still observes the ritual of Thanksgiving day, 
and at the present writing is thankful: That the Packers
play three games with the Chicago Cardinals this year
instead of two. That George Henry Sauer has two legs,
and has only injured one of them. That the people, who
after the first Cardinal game, said "Well, this isn't our
year" - and "We aren't going any place this season" - 
are hard to find. That appendicitis is such a small thing
in the life of Donald Hutson. That the team's opponents,
having to keep careful watch on Donald and Johnny
Blood, have forgotten, from time to time, to notice Milt
Gantenbein. That the basketball season, which involves
covering games from a warm, comfortable seat, is
begun. That not a single football game involving a Green
Bay team was played in the rain this season - yet.
Green Bay Packers (7-3) 34, Pittsburgh Pirates (4-6) 14
​Sunday November 24th 1935 (at Pittsburgh)