PACKERS BATTLE BEARS AT CHICAGO
OCT 31 (Green Bay) - Riding the quest of squally northern weather, the Green Bay Packer football team, in as stormy a mood as the Wisconsin climate they are leaving, today moved into Chicago, where tomorrow afternoon they will battle the Chicago Bears in a NFL game. Although the size will depend upon the day, a crowd in excess of 30,000 is likely to witness the struggle, which will go far toward deciding the 1936 Western division championship. The game will be played at Wrigley field, and with some 110,000 football-minded fans already in Chicago for collegiate games, it
may set an attendance record for the long Packer-Bear
series. The Green Bay squad was loaded unto the
Milwaukee road train, ton by ton, at 12:45 this afternoon,
heading south amid weather which, were it repeated
tomorrow, would prove a serious handicap to the Packer
victory chances. Coach E.L. Lambeau is hoping for a
dry, fast field, upon which the speedy Green Bay pass
receivers will be able to perform properly in receiving the
tosses of Arnold Herber and Bob Monnett. Upon the
shoulders of this fleet set of ball grabbers, including Don
Hutson, Johnny Blood, Monnett, Milt Gantenbein, Paul
Miller, Hank Bruder and others, depends much of the
Green Bay offensive strength. The Packers were unable
to crash the Bear line successfully in last month's game
here, and the execution of their ground attack tomorrow
as yet is an unknown quantity...MANY TICKETS LEFT:
Wisconsin fans, who will attend the game by the
thousands, are reminded that the contest does not in
any sense approach the porportions of a sellout.
Although the 8,000 choice box seats are sold out, there
are thousands of grandstand seats listed in the general
admission class, and these will be available up to the
time of the kickoff. If fair weather prevails, the crowd
probably will be enormous, but so is Wrigley field, and
its 50,000 capacity is not expected to be strained.
Many of the Wisconsin delegation will travel to Chicago
on one of two special trains. Hundreds left early this
afternoon on Jake Skall's Wonderbar special on the
Chicago and North Western road, and hundreds more
will board the Carrigan special on the Milwaukee Road
at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning. Both trains will leave
Chicago early tomorrow evening..NO MAJOR INJURIES:
The Packers will be handicapped by no major injuries
tomorrow, whereas there is a possibility that some of
the Bears, severely shaken in the team's recent wins,
may not be at top form. The Green Bay players are in
fighting humor, and they have announced time and time
again this week that they are ready for a last ditch
struggle - one which they believe will elevate Green Bay
once again to its favorite position of Western division
leader. The unpleasant weather which landed on the city
today, and which the weather forecast promised would
continue, was expected to cut down the number of
motorists heading for tomorrow's game, and to add to
the totals on the special trains. "I never have been more
confident of a Packer victory," commented Coach E.L.
Lambeau as the team prepared to leave today. "I never
have seen a better spirit on the squad, and if we lose,
the Bears will have to be conceded the better team. It
will take a better team to do it."
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 31 (Green Bay) - On the west wall of the Packer
dressing rooms, under the City stadium stands, is a
blackboard. Upon the blackboard, scratched in white
chalk, is the score of a football game. In glaring letters,
it reads: "Bears 30, Packers 3." The handwriting on the
wall is in such a position that the Packers can't miss it.
They've been growling about it for a week. This may
sound like childish optimism, particularly with such a
worthy opponent awaiting the Wisconsin invasion, but
from here it's impossible to see anything but a Green
Bay victory. There are too many factors favoring the
Packers. The Bears are overconfident. They minimize
the Green Bay ground attack, which the Packers should
use to great advantage. They aren't used to George
Sauer at fullback, haven't seen Johnny Blood this year.
They face a Packer aerial campaign which has improved
vastly, and a style of blocking which has doubled its
efficiency. So here is a score: Green Bay 10, Chicago 6.
I may go down on this, but if I do I'll be going down with
the Green Bay Packers, and that's plenty good enough
company for me.
DETROIT WILL MEET GIANTS
OCT 31 (New York) - Leadership in both the Western
and Eastern divisions of the NFL is at stake in games Sunday. The Detroit Lions, champion of the circuit, invade New York to oppose the Eastern champions and current pace setter while in the West the Chicago Bears, undefeated leaders of the Western sector, play host to the Green Bay Packers, victors in all but one start this season. While these leaders are battling against each other, the remaining will have a chance to creep up. The Pirates meet the Brooklyn Dodgers in Pittsburgh, while the Chicago Cardinals invade Boston in the other pro circuit duels scheduled tomorrow...LIONS MUST WIN: The battle in New York is one of the most crucial. Defeat in this contest for the Lions will mean an almost insurmountable obstacle in their title hopes. The Detroit squad lost its last two starts by two-point margins, 20 to 18, and 12 to 10 to the Packers and Bears. Another setback would give them three defeats and overtaking the Packers or Bears would be quite a task. The Bears by a victory over the Packers in Chicago would be in a good position to gain the playoff berth for the Ed Thorp Memorial trophy. The Bears would thus have seven wins without a setback, while their closest rivals would have two defeats on their record, and the Halas outfit could win by breaking even in one or two remaining games. The Giants sorely need a win, for they are only a percentage fraction ahead of the Pirates and hold only a half-game advantage over Boston. Defeat by the Lions while Boston or Pittsburgh was winning would send them from the top to third position and give them a hard row to get back to the top, for the Eastern champions must play the Bears, Detroit and Green Bay in order after meeting the Lions in New York tomorrow.
PACKERS ARRIVE TODAY READY TO BATTLE BEARS
OCT 31 (Chicago) - In the winter of 1934 public spirited citizens laced up their boots and trudged through the snow on a house to house canvas of Green Bay. Evil days had come to their heroes, the Packers, pride of the town and champions of the National league in 1929, 1930 and 1931. The Chicago Bears had chased them out of the throne room in 1932. They had suffered their worst season in their entire history in 1933. And six more defeats in 1934 weren't exactly in keeping with the traditions of the community. Also there was the matter of dwindled finances. Solicitors made no explanation. They merely stated their purpose, and in a short time $12,000 had been subscribed for the hiring of new players. That was in 1934. This year the good folks of Green Bay expect a declaration of dividends on their investment...WAITING FOR DIVIDENDS: The dividends they have in mind is a victory over the unbeaten Bears at Wrigley field Sunday and a National league championship. Victory Sunday is imperative if the championship hopes are to be realized. Green Bay, already beaten by the Bears, will have little chance of finishing as good as in a tie for the western division title unless it can halt the Chicagoans' victory march. Players purchased with the $12,000 subscription fund will be important factors in the Packers' last ditch stand Sunday. They include George Sauer, Don Hutson, George Svendsen and Ernie Smith. Two others, George Maddox and Bob Tenner, are no longer with the club. But the Packers rely heaviest on men who carried the load during the lean years of 1932-34. Arnie Herber will be expected to throw some of his long passes to Johnny Blood, Bob Monnett and Hank Bruder. And Clark Hinkle will handle the kicking in an effort to match the exceptional punting Beattie Feathers has been doing the past few weeks...PACKERS ARRIVE TODAY: Green Bay will come to Chicago today, accompanied by the vanguard of a cheering section of more than 6,000 Wisconsin fans, prepared to play its greatest game. Since an inspired Bear team whipped it, 30 to 3, at Green Bay in the opening game of the Chicagoans' season, it has taken the lead in the National league for yards gained and points scored. Most important to the Packers' chances is the report of Trainer Dave Woodward, who for years conditioned University of Minnesota teams, that not a Packer will be handicapped by injuries. If Ted Rosequist can play the Bears will be up to full strength at the flanks for the first time in three weeks. Jules Carlson, veteran guard, is the only casualty. He suffered a damaged side against Detroit.
30,000 TO SEE BEARS, PACKERS BATTLE TODAY
NOV 1 (Chicago) - Chicago's three-day football fair, an unprecedented gathering of major elevens, comes to a close today at Wrigley field, where the Bears and Green Bay Packers, old rivals meeting for the 35th time, clash in the most important game in the National league. A championship hangs in the balance for the Packers, a formidable offensive unit that cannot match the league leading Bears in power, but hopes to pass its way to victory. Attendance, swelled by holdovers from the large delegations of rooters attracted to the metropolitan area by college games over the weekend, is expected to exceed 30,000, setting an all-time record for professional football in Chicago...CAN CLINCH PLAYOFF PLACE: Undefeated and untied, the Bears, away to a flying start in quest of their fourth National league title, can virtually clinch a place in the championship playoff by scoring their seventh consecutive triumph at the expense of the Packers. The Packers, beaten once by the Bears, will be in the same category as the Detroit Lions if they lose. Both would be almost without hope of catching the Bears, unless one of the Chicagoan's four remaining eastern opponents succeeded in achieving one of the major upsets of the season and the Lions triumph in a later meeting at Detroit. The possibility is there, but such a situation is almost within probabilities. Green Bay relies on the effectiveness of its superb passing attack, built around Arnie Herber, Johnny Blood, Don Hutson and Paul Miller to match the tremendous power the Bear phalanx, led by the devastating Bronko Nagurski generates off the tackles and through the line. The Bears have ample reason to be apprehensive over this aerial attack. It has elevated the Packers into the league lead as ground gainers and scorers, displacing the Bears in both departments in the last two weeks. It piled up 42 points on the Pittsburgh Pirates last week, only 11 less than the Bears were able to make in two games against the Pirates...PACKER RECORD IMPRESSIVE: Most important to the Bears, however, is the Packers' record against them in their last three meetings. In the opening game of the season at Green Bay the Packers completed 10 to 28 passes against the Bears for a total gain of 127 yards. Fortunately, the Bears were able to keep receivers bottled up sufficiently to experience only a minimum of embarrassment in winning, 30 to 3. But last year, also in the opening game, Herber passed 87 yards to Hutson for a touchdown on the first play to beat the Bears, 7 to 0. Several weeks later, when the Bears still had a chance to tie for the western division championship, they gave the Packers a thorough whipping for 56 1/2 minutes at Wrigley field...HUTSON TRAVELS 67 YARDS: Completely outplayed and apparently humbled, 14 to 3, the Packers called on Herber to pass to Hutson. The fleet end, who caught nine passes for Alabama against Stanford in the 1935 Rose Bowl game, went 67 yards for a touchdown. The Bears fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Packers recovered. Another pass, Herber to Hutson, went 13 yards for a touchdown and the Bears were whipped, 17 to 14. Memory of these two games has aroused the Bears and they are fortified today. Their preparations may not be adequate, however, unless a new defense hastily devised when scouts returned from Green Bay last week with reports of five new spread formations, has been learned perfectly. Both clubs are in excellent shape for the game. The Packers are at full strength, with no injuries. The Bears have been strengthened by the return of Bill Karr, veteran right end, who has been out two weeks with a knee injury.
RECORD CROWD TO SEE BEARS AND PACKERS
NOV 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Before what is expected to be an all-time record crowd for professional football, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will meet today at Wrigley field, Chicago, in the game that is expected to all but determine the National Professional league championship. The game pits two of the greatest machines in football history against each other. The Bays have lost one game; the Bears are undefeated. Both teams lean to offense and both have exhibited attacks that point to an out and out offensive struggle with chances that the loser will score at least twice. But who the loser will be is the question that bothers all the fans. Earlier in the season the Bears laced the Bays, 30 to 3, at Green Bay. Such an outcome would point to an overwhelming victory for George Halas' men today but past scores mean little in this old rivalry. In that game the Bears were "on", so much so that close followers of the club are fearful that the early peak will react against the Bears in the last half of the race. At Green Bay everything the Bears tried worked, while breaks of fortune, plus an unusually sloppy aerial defense and occasional poor line play, conspired against the Packers. Despite the difference is score there was very little difference in yards gained and in first downs. The Packers pounded the Bear line to shreds on many long marches and if they should happen to repeat today it will be curtains for the Bears. Right now the Packers are at their offensive peak as in early games they worked to build a strong ground game to coincide with their aerial attack, annually one of the best in the league. That they have succeeded is shown by the yards gained via rushing chart. Today they'll have that ground attack functioning along with an aerial attack that was far from smooth in the game at Green Bay. From a Packer standpoint the one big question is defense. In practically every game this fall the club has shown a tendency to let down. The shifting of George Sauer from halfback to fullback will strengthen the secondary defensive against the Bears' short pass game off fake plunges into the line. Sauer, tall and husky, has a decided edge over Swede Johnston in aerial defensive play and assures the Packers of protection when Clark Hinkle is out of action. But whether the shifting of Sauer alone will bolster the defense enough to stop the Bears is a question. The Packers usually have good success with their aerial game against the Bears and the success of the ground attack in the first game between the two indicated that the Bears, too, will have plenty of defensive worries. With Johnny Blood and Don Huton, the Bays have two able pass snatchers; in Arnie Herber they have a passer par excellence; and with Buckets Goldenberg, shifted to guard, Hank Bruder and Clark Hinkle clearing the way on ground plays for Bob Monnett or Paul Miller, the Bays should click for many yards. Against this array of Packer talent, the Bears will have Bronko Nagurski, not the Bronk of old but still a wild charging buckeroo; Gene Ronzani, Nolting, Molesworth, Feather, Sisk and other high class backs who threaten to make the afternoon for Packer linemen anything but pleasant. Despite the one-sided triumph at the Bay, the Bears, although ranked slight favorites, will have to play their best ball of the year to win. If the Packer defense hold up the offense can take care of the scoring. It looks like a 21 to 14 game with the Bears accorded the edge.