PACKERS, LIONS COLLIDE ON SUNDAY
NOV 28 (Detroit) - A sellout crowd of some 22,000
spectators is expected to witness the NFL game at the
University of Detroit stadium Sunday afternoon between
Potsy Clark's Lions and the Green Bay Packers.
Referee Bobby Cahn will put the ball into play promptly
at 2 p.m. (1 o'clock Green Bay time). According to
Coach E.L. Lambeau, the Packers are ready to defend
the western division leadership. Even George Svendsen,
the injured center, romped around lively in practice this
morning and he showed little signs of his mishap in the
Giants' encounter last Sunday...TEAM IS KEYED: The
Packers will be keyed to high pitch. Every member of
the squad realizes the importance of a win over the
Lions and they are taking it up even 24 hours before the
whistle blows. Detroit, fighting to put over its second
National league championship, will be in there on "all
eleven" and then some. The Lions sure did turn in a
masterful exhibition while routing the Bears and what's
more they chalked up this win while only using 16 men.
This means that Detroit will have nine gridders fresh as
a fiddle to battle the Bays. Glenn Presnell, Ike Peterson
and Bill Shepherd, the three backfield replacements,
only saw brief action, as did Morse and Ebding, who
took Schneller and Klewicki's posts at the end. Potsy
Clark was playing his game both ways, one to beat the
Bears and the other to keep as many players fresh as
possible for the Packers. It was smart football all right,
but Coach Lambeau and his Bays figure that some of
the Detroiters who did go 60 minutes against the Halas
warriors are not apt to be quite so fresh this Sunday.
The Packers have enjoyed a week's rest and so far as
squad physical condition is concerned the edge should
be with Green Bay...LIONS CRACK SMART: Word has
got back to the Packers that the Lions have been
cracking smart about Green Bay and its football team.
Of course, the sinister hand of Potsy Clark can be seen
behind it all because the Lions' mentor has not yet got
over the defeat at Green Bay. Clark and his players are
still telling the football fans here that they were robbed
of the game by the officials. These back cracks have
got the Bays fighting mad and they are eager to stuff
another upset down Clark's throat and keep him quiet
for the rest of the season. None of the Lions' executives,
except William A. Alfs, the vice president, has been
around the hotel to say hello to Coach Lambeau. In
other words, the Detroit welcome has been about as
cool as the weather and that is well below freezing.
Football coaches from miles around will be present at
the Packer-Lion game. According to a story in the
Detroit Free Press, Kipke of Michigan, Bachman of
Michigan State, Spears of Toledo and Doriais of Detroit
U. will occupy seats in the press box. Some of the
leading gridiron scribes in the land have been assigned
to cover the combat. Aside from Salsinger, McDonnel
and Rockwell, ace Detroit writers, reservations have
been made for Wilfred Smith of the Chicago Tribune and
Stoney McGlynn, Ollie Kuechle and Lloyd Larsen,
Milwaukee football pen pushers, along with Russ Winnie
the well known football broadcaster from WTMJ station,
FIFTY ON SPECIAL COACH TO DETROIT
NOV 28 (Green Bay) - Fifty of Green Bay's staunchest
football fans left this morning in the special Carrigan
coach on the Milwaukee road for Detroit to see the
Lions and the Packers. The train left at 7 o'clock this
morning and will arrive in the Motor City at 6:30 p.m.
Many of those who were compelled to stay at home
manifested their spirit with telegrams to the team and to individual players. The movement to show support by wire became quite general this morning.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 28 (Green Bay) - Well, the game which people have been talking about for weeks finally has arrived - or will arrive, tomorrow afternoon at the University of Detroit stadium, when the Green Bay Packers play the Detroit Lions. Ever since that muddy afternoon in Chicago when the Packers rose to their greatest heights of the season and in one great offensive smash overwhelmed the Bears of George Halas, Green Bay fans have been pointing toward tomorrow's struggle. True, there were the matters of the Boston Redskins, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to be disposed of but Packer fans brushed their aside as unimportant, and kept saying - "If they can only get by the Lions at Detroit!". They kept saying it while the Packers were thundering through their Eastern schedule, unbeaten, and they still are saying it, as the great Green Bay team assembles for what may be its final crucial game of the regular schedule. Say it with your fingers crosses, and keep your voice lowered, but there is a chance that Green Bay will rule undisputed champion of the Western division by tomorrow night. If the Packers whip Detroit again, repeating that 20 to 18 decision, attained at City stadium, and the Chicago Cardinals, due for a great game, can gain so much as a tie with the Bears, the crown will be in the sack, and the Packers will rule Champions of the West. If that happens, the outcome of the Cardinal-Packer game at Chicago, Dec. 6, won't mean a thing, and the Packers can start pointing for their playoff game with the Eastern division champions. But that's asking a lot. Maybe it would be better to see, first, whether the Packers can take the Lions tomorrow. Can't see anything else, from here. How can Detroit, which has hurled its best players, some without substitutions, against the Cardinals and Bears in these last few days, come up with another super-exhibition? You tell me - I'm on my way to Detroit.
NEXT BIG TEST FINDS LIONS IN GREAT PHYSICAL CONDITION
NOV 28 (Detroit) - "I'll stand pat on the starting lineup we used against the Bears," declared Potsy Clark, coach of the Detroit Lions Friday. Thus did the coach dispel rumors that his team was battered and bruised beyond ability to cope with the passing Packers of Green Bay, next Lion foe in the Titan Stadium Sunday. But the Lions and their coach did go strange places Friday. Probably the healthiest group of young men in America trooped off to a health school. They went there as further preparation for the Packers. It was suspected, because of the grueling nature of Detroit's spectacular 13-to-7 triumph over the ponderous and powerful Bears of Chicago, Thanksgiving Day, that all the Lions would show up today for skull practice as stiff as boards and sore of muscle. But that wasn't true. The Lions are made of sterner stuff...NOT A LIMP IN THE BUNCH: Staid businessmen, mostly the rotund kind who take health club work seriously, stood about in admiration as Coach Potsy and his supposed "cripples" worked out the kinks sustained in the Bear battle. They romped through the kind of calisthenics that made a handful of envious spectators tired just by watching. No Lion complained. It was a lark, which was just what the coach wanted. The health school idea was Potsy's. And the treatment was physical relaxation from punting and passing, blocking and tackling and running those everlasting signals. And when the Lions were through with the health college they were quite a jolly bunch, relaxed and quite ready to think seriously about the facts presented to them in an earlier two-hour skull session. It is a tribute to Coach Clark and his men that they came through the Bear tussle virtually uninjured. Lion training methods are sound...PACKERS WORK OUT: Although the Lions physically were relaxed Friday, the Packers, in a practice drill at Roosevelt Field, gave evidence of having plenty to harass the Lions mentally at least for the next 24 hours. Arnold Herber, the Packer passer, and Don Hutson, the catcher, are two of the Green Bay mental hazards. In Green Bay some weeks ago Herber was as "hot" as fire with his tosses. He couldn't miss a receiver. And his passing contributed much to the Lion defeat there. Hutson, greatly admired by the Lions, is not a great defensive threat but he's an offensive whirlwind. Nearly as fast as Caddel, this end throws a secondary pass defense out of gear more quickly than any other in the loop. Or it might be Bob Monnett, George Sauer or Clark who'll cause the Lions trouble. Sauer is one of the ablest punters in the league and his running always is threatening. Hinkle always looks well against the Lions and then there's Paul Miller, a back just up from the Dakota country. Miller ran well against the champs in Green Bay...PLENTY OF CONFIDENCE: These Packers were on top of their game Friday, and after having watched the Lion-Bear contest from the bench seemed to feel confident that they had enough answers to finish their schedule where they now stand - thanks to the Lions' trouncing of the Bears - alone at the top of the West Division standings. The Lions must whip the Packers to cling to a faint title hope. The Packers, out in front, have only a contest with the Cards of Chicago remaining. And the Bears, too, have a clash with the Cards. The Cards must trounce both the Bears and the Packers in order to have Detroit get into a three-way tie for the lead. That doesn't appear likely. But the Lions will put everything they have on the ball Sunday anyway. Which is why the Packers are preparing to put up their best battle of the season.
CRIPPLED PACKERS FACE LIONS IN CRUCIAL GAME
NOV 29 (Detroit) - With George Svendsen, veteran center, still hobbling around on a sprained ankle and Milt Gantenbein, veteran end, nursing a broken nose and several badly bruised ribs, the Green Bay Packers Saturday awaited Sunday's important game with the Detroit Lions here with mixed hopes. The possibility that the two veteran mainstays would see no action Sunday, or very little action at most, put a crimp in the Packers' hopes for a victory by which they could cinch the western division championship. Svendsen has been one of the defensive mainstays of the team all season and Gantenbein a star on offense and defense both. In the event neither plays, Scherer, former Nebraska star, or Schneidman will play Gantenbein's end, and Paulekas, a guard hurriedly converted into a center this week, will share the duties as pivot with the veteran Butler. The rest of the squad emerged from the New York game last Sunday with no more than the customary bumps. While the Packers viewed the game with mixed hopes because of these developments, so did the Lions, however. Keyed to their highest pitch of the season for Thursday's game with the Bears, which they won, 13 to 7, the Lions doubted their ability to reach the same peak again and in addition nursed scored of minor bruises as momentoes of the victory. Clark and Gutowsky especially were bumped around. With good weather, indications were that another sellout of 22,000, the second in four days, would see Sunday's game. An overflow crowd watched the Bear game Thanksgiving day. The Packers, who arrived here from New York in time to see Thursday's game in a body, took light workouts Friday and Saturday. The Lions, nursing their bruises, took only a light signal drill Saturday.
LIONS MUST BEAT GREEN BAY TEAM TO STAY IN TITLE RACE
NOV 29 (Detroit) - The proud Packers, the professional football team which alone occupies the top of the West Division standings of the National league, will contest today at 2 p.m. in the Titan Stadium with Earl (Dutch) Clark and his Detroit Lions in another mighty battle of precision passes vs. a great Lion line. The Packers already have laid low the world champions, having passed Detroit dizzy some weeks ago before a record crowd in Green Bay. That setback weighted down the Lions and they lost two more games. The Packers always have been tough for Detroit and today probably will be no exception. It's positively up to the Detroit line. Time and again the Lions have proved that their best pass defense is a rushing line and one that holds up receivers. Packer passers, in the past, have doomed the Lions. No matter how alert the secondary defense, the Packer passers, Hinkle and Herber, somehow find receivers if they have they extra second in which to pick a fleeing end or back...GOOD RECEIVERS: And the Packer have receivers - two of the best in the league. One is Don Hutson, who isn't such a threat on defense, but a man of might going down the field under a pass. He is one of the few rival ends who has been able to get behind the fleet Ernie Caddel. The other ace Packer pass receiver is Gantenbein. His sharp angles in a secondary have crossed up the Lions heretofore. And so it wasn't unusual that the Lions, in topping off their drill Saturday, studied intently means and methods of rushing, hurrying and harassing Packer passes. Accordingly, the Packers stressed their aerial attack. But the Packers also have a running game. It's the Notre Dame kind, with plenty of spins, fakes and bucks hitting off to both the right and the left. And there are running passes. Green Bay's George Sauer leads the running attack, and he is capable. All Lions will attest to that. In addition, his punting has been valuable to the Packer cause. Joe Laws is another halfback whose running prowess is greatly appreciated by the Lions. And so with Hinkle and Herber passing to Gantenbein and Hutson, and with Joe Laws and Sauer running, the Lions line has indeed a formidable amount of work to do. Some fans are wondering if it is too much in view of the amount of effort it expended Thanksgiving Day in the 13-to-7 Bear triumph...BURDEN ON LINE: The burden will rest chiefly on Johnny Schneller and Ed Klewicki, ends; on Doc Kopcha and Sam Knox, guards; and George Christensen and Jack Johnson, tackles. For the Packers' passing and running operates behind a Green Bay line that outcharged the mighty Lions last time out. Then the Packers have the advantage of being out in front. They'll all trot on the field as fresh as daisies, and possessed of more than ordinary confidence by virtue of having watched each and every Lion maneuver against the Bears from the sidelines last Thursday. That is an advantage. The Lions tried some newer plays in the contest, plays that had been unused all season. No scout can report to a team as well as taking the team to the ball game. The Lions will make few moves today that the Packers haven't seen and prepared for. That puts it squarely up to the Dutchman. He must call his plays as to make all Packers continually guess which one is coming next and where it will strike. The Dutchman has been pretty good at that lately. A Packer triumph will quash completely that faint title hope which is Detroit's, and almost certainly enter the Green Bay eleven into world championship play. A Lion victory will set the Packers down into probable co-leadership with the Bears for West Division honors, and necessitate a playoff for the honor of meeting the East Division leaders. And so the Packers are determined to settle that issue Sunday. The Lions are just as determined to cling to that faint championship hope. It promises to be a spectacle.