PACKERS RETURN TO DRILL FIELD; TWO GAMES
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - Having no intention of losing any prestige by dropping the last game of the regular schedule to the Chicago Cardinals next Sunday, Coach E.L. Lambeau ordered his Green Bay Packers back at work today. The squad is still buzzing with conversational repercussions of the great victory of the great victory at Detroit Sunday, and with the Western
division championship in the sack, the Packers face
two immediate objectives:1. To take the vastly improved
Chicago Cardinals in their stride in Wrigley field next
Sunday afternoon. 2. To carry on against the Eastern
division champion - Boston or New York - in the playoff
game Dec. 13, wherever it will be played..FULL STEAM
AHEAD: Successful accomplishment of these aims will
give Green Bay one of the most sensationally brilliant
football seasons in the history of the sport. Set squarely
behind the eight-ball with a crushing 30-3 defeat by the
Chicago Bears Sept. 20, the Bays picked themselves
up, dusted themselves off, and then set sail at full
steam, consecutively, through the Chicago Cardinals,
Boston Redskins, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Pirates,
Chicago Bears, Boston again, Brooklyn, New York and
Detroit again. All this excitement resulted in the
elevation of Green Bay to the title of professional
football champion of the West. The flurry caused by the
Green Bay and Chicago Cardinal victories Sunday is
subsiding, and now Lambeau is getting his enthusiastic
players back in line for a whack at another week's
practice schedule. The Packer injury is at its peak of
the season, but it's a fine bet, at odds, that the men
who are hurt the worst won't have a chance to acquire
anything buy slivers at Wrigley field next Sunday. Milt
Gantenbein's scrambled nose; a leg bruise to Ade
Schwammel; George Svendsen's twisted ankle; and
George Sauer's sock in the eye, are the worst of the
mishaps and these players very likely will not be trotted
out often against the Cardinals...PLAYED ENTIRE
GAME: Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson and Hank Bruder,
three rugged individuals who played 60 minutes of
football Sunday, are in fine condition. Lambeau hopes
to key his squad to sufficient pitch so that a couple of
touchdowns can be scored early against the Cardinals,
and avert the danger of an upset. The downtrodden
Cardinals have come back with a great display of power
and, with George Grosvenor running wild, are likely to
make matters very tough for the Packers, who have
beaten them twice this season. The immediate future of
the Packers, once the National league schedule is
cleared up, is indefinite. No plans have been announced
but there is a lot of talk regarding the post-season
situation, and most players believe that a series of
holiday or January games is probable - particularly if
the team annexes the league crown.
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - A representative of the Chicago
Tribune, contacted by telephone early this afternoon,
told the Press-Gazette sports department that it was
his understanding that the Green Bay Packers would
have to defeat the Eastern division champion to earn the
right to play in the 1937 All-Star game at Chicago.
BAY PASSING RECORD BEST
DEC 1 (New York) - It will be a question of whether a
good defensive team when the New York Giants and
Boston Redskins meet for the Eastern championship at
the Polo Grounds Sunday, for team statistics released
today show that Boston leads the NFL on defense and
the Giants lead the Eastern division on offense. Two
changes in team leadership resulted in this week's play. All teams bettered their 1935 totals in ground gaining as the Chicago Bears regained first place with 3,41 yards, 26 more than Detroit. Green Bay is third with 3,197, and in addition to retaining the scoring lead, also became the best passing team in the circuit. Green Bay now has 248 points to 222 for the Bears and 221 for Detroit. The Packers overtook the Pittsburgh Pirates in passing efficiency with 105 completions in 245 tosses for 42 percent. Pittsburgh has 41 percent and the Giants 39 percent. Detroit has 43 percent but has thrown 115 less passes than the Packers. Boston has held opponents to 2,027 yards, and the Bears have had only 94 points scored against them.
SCHEDULE IS DETROIT ALIBI
DEC 1 (Detroit) - The breaks in the schedule, giving the Lions three tough games in a week, have provided Detroit's principal alibi following last Sunday's defeat by the Green Bay Packers. Harry Leduc, writing in the Detroit News of Monday, took the schedule makers to task for giving Potsy Clark's team such a stiff combination in such a short space of time. Flaws in Leduc's arguments appear to be that the Packers themselves drew Detroit at the tail end of a month's strenuous road trip; that when the schedule was drawn up no one had any idea that both the Bears and Packers would be fighting for first place; and that other teams, including the Packers of 1935, have had to take their turns with unfavorable schedules. Leduc's story follows: "What happened to the Lions and the Bears in Sunday's games here and in Chicago should, in itself, force the schedule-makers of the NFL to a more intelligent arrangement of dates for the 1937 session. The Bears were beaten by the admittedly weaker Chicago Cardinals; the Lions lost to a strong Green Bay Packer team. The Bears had to play three games in seven days, as did the Lions but of the two, the Lions' assignment for the week was distinctly the harder. Chicago's Bears played Philadelphia a week ago Sunday, the Lions on Thursday and the Cardinals yesterday. The Lions played the Chicago Cardinals a hard game a week ago Sunday, the Bears Thanksgiving day and Green Bay Sunday...WON TWO GAMES: The Lions won two of their three games and the Bears lost two of their three. Green Bay's Packers looked like a great team here Sunday but as the filled stadium emptied no one was talking about Green Bay's greatness. Every one was commenting on the unfairness of a schedule that forced the Lions to play three such powerful teams as the Cards, Bears and Packers within a week. "What kind of schedule making is that?" ran the remarks. "Any one who knows anything about football knows that it takes almost a full week for a team to recuperate from a hard game. Why, the Lions were superb in coming up the way they did to beat the Bears four days after they whipped the Cards. It was too much to expect them to beat the Packers after only two days' rest. They didn't even look like the same team out there today. They were trying - you could see that. But you also could see that they were fighting to hide the bruises and the hammering they took Thursday. Green Bay had Thursday off. It was fresh and full of 'go'. The line looked like a million dollars but the Lions' line wasn't the same line that smashed the Bears Thursday. The players were just too sore to play their best; and probably sick of the sight of a football field, too."...WORST IN LEAGUE: From every angle the Lions' schedule this season was the worst in the league. National league executives say it was unanimously agreed on, but the Lions' executives say it was forced on them. The Lions insist they were forced into being a road team from Sept. 27 to Nov. 8, a ridiculous arrangement, and were unable to get a weak adversary assigned to them after the Thanksgiving day game with the always powerful Bears. The charge has been made by the Lions that a clique runs the NFL and makes its schedule. The charge has been vigorously denied. Whatever the condition, the fact remains that Detroit, with a total 40,000 attendance at two successive games, is one of the top paying pro football cities on the circuit. It is a fact that should give should give Detroit a fair hearing at annual meetings and a fairer schedule for next season.
GREAT MORALE OF PACKER TEAM DRAWS HIGH PRAISE
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - "It was morale and spirit...it was unity of purpose...it was 27 men and sheer guts that won us the championship, and don't let anybody tell you otherwise." The statement did not quite answer the question, which had been more concerned with impressions of the eastern teams, but it well expressed the feeling of all the members of the championship Green Bay Packers and the coaches. The speaker was Captain Milt Gantenbein, completing his sixth season of professional football as one of the greatest tends in the league. The time was Monday night, about eight hours after the return to Green Bay. He continued: "There were outstanding players in some of our games. You can't get away from that, but championships don't come that way. We won because nobody laid down on the job. We won because each of the 27 men on the squad, and this goes for the fellows who didn't play as well, were set to give everything for the team." The former University of Wisconsin star, whose swollen nose is a badge of conflict (it was broken at New York and re-broken at Detroit) claims that this year's Packer team is the best group he has worked with since college. It is his second championship year. He joined the squad in 1931, the last of Green Bay's three consecutive title years. "Here's the picture," he went on. "Coach Lambeau and Red Smith imbibe us with the spirit. We carry it out on the field, and it carries us through. And don't think that the realization that all Green Bay is behind us doesn't mean something...But my hat is off to Lambeau. He is a hard loser, and as a result he is a frequent winner...On the field if we got in a pinch there were five fellows who always pulled us through. They were Clarke Hinkle, Hank Bruder, Don Hutson, Arnie Herber and Ernie Smith...but their play wouldn't meant a damn if it hadn't been for the rest of the squad...unsung heroes? Name any of them."...RIGHT IN LINE: Gantenbein's reflections are right in line with those of the other conquerors. Unanimously those spoke to recall the Boston game as the toughest of all, partially because of a natural letdown after the victory over the Bears and in a larger measure because of the surprising skill of the Redskins. They look back upon New York as the high spot of the Eastern invasion, and upon the Giants as one of the best teams in that division. Tuffy Leemans, hard running back from George Washington university, is highly regarded, along with Cliff Battles and just about the entire Detroit backfield. Don Hutson, busy cashing checks and showing no signs of wear and tear, breathed his greatest sigh of relief when he crossed the goal line with a Herber pass to defeat Boston, 7 to 3. And a good story is told about that play. Signals were called with Hutson playing wide out on the end - so wide that he couldn't hear Herber. The play started and he was left flat-footed. Herber faded back to pass, but was rushed and couldn't find his intended receiver. He saw Hutson standing all by himself in the clear. A hurried toss found its mark, and off went Don with the winning tally...ALL STUCK TOGETHER: Ade Schwammel boasts of the fine manner in which the team came through after that scare. "To me the most remarkable thing about the whole trip is the way 27 players stuck together, giving everything they had in every game, and what's more, they were set for every game, taking none of them for granted." In the way of opposition Schwammel as he limped through the lobby of the Hotel Northland was impressed by Roy Kercheval's great kicking in the Brooklyn game, the play of Leemans and Walter Singer, end, in the Giant game, and the power of the Boston line. That line held the Packers to 18 yards from scrimmage. George Svendsen found New York tougher this year than last. It was against the Giants that the big center badly sprained his ankle. And he was right back in the thick of the Detroit game. George sees Brooklyn as a potentially strong team hampered by internal strife. "However, there is no getting away from the fact that they don't hit as hard in the east," George said from his perch in a barber's chair. "Leemans is a hot running back but he doesn't drive as hard as Gutowsky (Detroit fullback)."...FIRST YEAR IMPRESSION: The barber's spreading of lather for a shave put an end to Svendsen's comments, but Paul Miller, handy in the lobby of the Astor hotel, enthusiastically have a first-year man's impressions of the invasion. Like the others, Paul was more prepared to talk about his own team, which he calls "the greatest bunch of fellows I have ever been associated with," than about the others. He was most impressed by the Herber to Hutson pass play that started the scoring at Detroit Sunday, and thinks (along with 90 percent of the pro football world) that Dutch Clark still is one of the greatest performers of all. Over in a garage next door Clarke Hinkle sang the praise of the entire squad. "Every man who played in every game was doing his job right," asserted the fullback who many think is having his greatest year in football, "and those who didn't play were ready. They deserve just as much credit as any of us. They are just as much a part of the championship team." New York rose out of the maze of memory as Hinkle's fondest eastern memory. "I always have been hot out here," he reminisced. "In college it was against Fordham. This year it was against the Giants."...ERNIE TREATS COLD: Stopping to chat for a minute on his way to the hospital where a cold is being treated, Ernie Smith smiled as he recalled blocking four punts on the trip. Two were against Detroit, and one each against Brooklyn and New York. "It was a trip of personal satisfaction as well as team satisfaction to me," Ernie said. It is impossible to keep any of the boys on the subject of opposition or gridiron geography, however, and Ernie is no exception. "I have never seen a greater display of self-sacrifice than that shown by every member of the team," he stated. "Nobody lets down, either on or off the field." For some of the players, especially the first-year men, it was a trip of "firsts". The season is Tony Paulekas' first as a member of a championship unit, and at New York Schneidman made his first touchdown in all the years he has played the game. "Schneid" always has been a blocking back, but he likes his new post at the right end of the Packer line. Bernard Scherer received his greatest thrill in football in watching the Packers beat Detroit Sunday, and in common with other Packer yearlings thanks the stars that directed to Green Bay, and that he made the team after he arrived. But George Sauer, nose covered by bandage, had the most unique thrill of all, and it was entirely personal. Late in the Detroit game George was carrying the ball when he was stopped by Randolph. In came Presnell with one knee driving right into George's nose. The Packer back was dazed. Blood spurted from his nose over his face, filling his right eye. George opened his eyes, but could see nothing out of one. He put his hand to that part of his face, and took it away fill of blood. "And my greatest thrill on the whole trip," George exclaimed, "came when the boys wiped away that blood and I found that the eye was still there."
SAGA OF GREEN BAY TOPS GRID DREAMS
DEC 1 (New York) - Green Bay's football saga - a story of setbacks, hometown loyalty and triumph that eclipses any college pigskin romance of fact or fiction - gets more intriguing with time. Green Bay, a little city of 45,000 souls tucked away in the rich dairy region of northeastern Wisconsin, has no Broadway, no Michigan Avenue, no man-made skyscrapers, nor a stadium that seats 100,000 people. But it has a professional football team, an amazing aggregation that year after year out-slicks the city slickers and wins the little city far-flung fame on the gridiron. It has been the Green Bay Packers, champions of the Western division of the National Professional Football league this fall and a strong favorite to sweep on to the league title and all its trimmins' with victory against the East in the post-season playoff. How come? The answer is wise management, smart financing, first class coaching and loyal fans second to none in any sport, anywhere.
TRIALS - The Packers were organized in 1919 when Earl (Curly) Lambeau, fresh out of Notre Dame, where he played in the backfield with the immortal George Gipp, persuaded his bosses at the Indian Packing Company to sponsor the team. Captained by Lambeau, the Packers cleaned up every semi-pro club in surrounding states. Sick of one-sided victories, they bought a National league franchise from Joe Carr for $2,500. Victory was easy until one Sunday, the Rock Island, Ill. Independents came with a great team that nearly ran the Packers out of their little stadium. Hometown pride was hurt. Fans demanded big stuff. Green Bay went after it. Two years later, several bad breaks in weather ruined the private promoter of the team. But just when it looked like the Green Bay Packers were a thing of the past, public spirited citizens called a mass meeting of citizens and refinanced the team. Championship teams in 1929, '30 and '31 resulted, with Lambeau at the coaching helm. Whereas the players once passed the hat for their pay, they got good money. The game became the thing, stars came and Green Bay was on the map, but not without considerable head scratching.
FANS - The Packer fan comes from all walks of life. They come from railroad shops, paper mills, trucking terminals, shipyards, cheese plants, ironworks, fish houses, offices and taverns not only from Green Bay but all sections of the state. The Packers represent the state. When they're beaten, everyone in town is surly on Monday. After victory, Green Bay is as light as Broadway. Parties are held everywhere. Two losses in succession and the wolves can be heard growling on Washington Street, the city's main thoroughfare, but the coach doesn't get excited. The stadium seats 15,000 and is packed for every game. The Packers gave the city the stadium, too, and it is used for high school football Saturdays.
COACH - Coach Lambeau is a genius for finding stars unheard of in college football and fitting them in his team scheme. Few of his players ever made the All-America. Among them this year are Milt Gantenbein, Wisconsin; Clark Hinkle, Bucknell; Bob Monnett, Michigan State; Hank Bruder, Northwestern; Paul Engebretsen, Northwestern; Lon Evans, Texas Christian; Paul Miller, South Dakota; Wayland Becker, Marquette; Arnold Herber, Regis College, and Swede Johnston, Marquette. When everyone was talking about Benny Friedman and Harry Newman of Michigan, Coach Lambeau got Don Hutson, Alabama end, and Johnny Blood, the vagabond halfback, a passing combination unrivaled in pro football history. Lambeau doesn't try to key his men for every game - only for the tough ones. But every man is like a college player getting his first chance and are they tough? Ask the stars they dim.
PACKER PASS COMBINATION STILL BEST IN PRO LEAGUE
DEC 1 (New York) - The pass conscious Green Bay Packers, the roughriding Chicago Bears, and the rugged Boston Redskins share statistical honors of the National Professional Football league. The Packers, leaders of the western division and favorites to take the league championship of the post-season playoff, have completed 105 of 245 passes for an average of 42 percent, one percentage point better than the Pittsburgh Pirates, and three better than the New York Giants. With 3,416 yards to their credit in 2 games, the Bears are leading for offensive honors, although the Detroit Lions, with one game left to play,
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - If you sit down and count on your fingers, you will figure it out, by the simplest method known to mathematics and the only one with which the writer has been successful personally, that Green Bay, a city with a population somewhere under 50,000, has in recent consecutive weeks placed on the field a football team which has defeated, with precision, directness and no small measure of enthusiasm, teams representing the fair-sized towns of Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston, Brooklyn, New York and Detroit. The spectacle of the NFL's smallest city annually rising up and raising all kinds of trouble for teams representative of much larger and better known cities is a marvel to Packer fans and to football enthusiasts of Wisconsin. Out on the University of Detroit stadium field last Sunday the green and gold squad trotted out, and handed out a smart lesson in America's toughest game to a team which holds the championship of the world. And 22,000 spectators, packed into the stands, most of them hostile to the Green Bay cause, were mightily impressed with the brilliance of the Wisconsin team's playing. I saw women cover their faces with their hands when Herber, who had been slamming the ball into the pocket all afternoon, faded back to pass in the third period. Men who were hardened to many a football victory and defeat screamed useless warnings when, on wide Green Bay formations, the several eligible receivers went streaming through the Detroit secondary, only to serve as decoys for the pounding, twisting Packer backs. That was a great victory. We all are still thinking about it much, but there's a greater goal just ahead. New York or Boston, it's all the same to Green Bay. We're the biggest city in the league...With only two games remaining before the end of the 1936 season, members of the Green Bay Packers continue to advance on the all-time scoring list, and four players improved their positions in Sunday's contest at Detroit. Clarke Hinkle, who holds third place but trails Johnny Blood, runner-up, by more than 100 points, added a touchdown to his Green Bay record and now has 119 points...Blood has scored 224, so another touchdown will start Hinkle on the road to his last 100 before reaching second place - unless Blood does some more scoring in the meantime...Hinkle's touchdown Sunday was his 15th as a Packer. Don Hutson added two more touchdowns to his total, which were No. 15 and 16, giving him 97 points on the big list...he now is in fifth place, Sunday's 12 points having moved him past Lavvie Dilweg and Hank Bruder. Ernie Smith connected for two extra points and a field goal, boosting his steadily growing total by five markers...Smith's extra point kicks were No. 27 and 28 for Green Bay, and the field goal was his fifth...he now has 43 points and ranks 18th on the all-time list, Sunday's points moving him ahead of George Sauer and Carl Lidberg. Paul Engbretsen, who did little scoring prior to this season but has been kicking away regularly since September, booted his fifth Green Bay field goal, and now has 18 points...the three points he gained Sunday landed him in a tie with four well-known Packers - Tommy Mills, '23; Jack Harris, '25-'26; Dutch Hendrian, '24; and Milt Gantenbein.