(GREEN BAY) - Using a withering ground attack and employing a forward pass offense as best they could under unfavorable weather conditions, the Green Bay Packers opened their competitive football season against the Wisconsin Cardinals of Madison at City Stadium Saturday night, running up a score of 62 to 0. It might have been 100 to 0. The Packers scored practically at will, sending backs around ends and through the line until they accounted for 389 yards, while the Green Bay defense bottled up the Madison ground drive to a net gain of one yard. To this total the Bays added 71 yards acquired from six completed forward passes, most of them thrown by Harry Mattos. The chief handicap both teams faces was a drizzling rain, which fell principally during the second and fourth periods, sending many of the 2,000 customers home early, and generally spoiling the Packers' night debut. Fans who stuck to the end saw a flashy exhibition of open field running, featured by two brilliant touchdown dashes by Paul Miller, and another lengthy gallop of a punt return by Bobby Monnett.
​In addition to Miller's two scores, Wayland Becker twice
snagged passes to cross the last line, and singe 
touchdowns went to Monnett, Swede Johnston, George
Sauer, Joe Laws and Hank Bruder. The Packers took
turns kicking extra points, missing only once, with
Monnett booting two. Other points was acquired by
Clarke Hinkle, Smith, Cal Clemens, Laws, Bruder and
Paul Miller. Some speedy ball toting by Laws and 
Monnett carried the ball to the Madison 20-yard line
early in the first period and set the stage for the Bays
to register their first touchdown. Hinkle drove around
right end to take it out of bounds after a 3-yard gain,
and Monnett rode the other end for 11 yards and a first
down six yards from the goal. On the next play Monnett
skipped back and pitched a pass over the center of the
line to Becker, who speared it for a touchdown. With
Laws holding the ball, Hinkle added the extra point by
Madison took the ball for a minute after the next kickoff,
but Lou Gordon soon recovered a fumble, and Green 
Bay got up steam again. Mattos and Monnett rode the
line, a pass was incomplete, and another toss, Mattos
to Monnett over the right side of the line, gained 10
yards and made it a first down on the Cardinals' 15-yard
stripe. Here Mattos banged into left tackle for six yards,
and Monnett executed a spinner, landing on the 3 1/2-
yard line, where it was first down. Johnston smashed
over left tackle, shook off a couple of opponents terrier-
like and crossed the line. Mattos held the ball as
Monnett booted the point, giving the Bays a 14-0 lead.
Madison took the ball on the kickoff, was forced to punt,
and Green Bay, on two end sprints by Paul Miller made
a first down on the Cardinals' 42-yard stripe. At this
point a steady rain began to fall. Johnston was good for
four yards at left guard, and Mattos added half a yard on
a spinner. Mattos sailed a long forward pass to Becker,
who accepted the ball and sprinted to the goal line for a
touchdown, completing a 37-yard gain. Johnston's try
for the extra point was blocked, and the first period 
ended with Madison holding the ball deep in its own
territory, Green Bay leading, 20-0.
At the start of the second quarter, the Cardinals got one
of their two first downs when a penalty was tagged onto
Green Bay. The Packers braced, Madison punted and
the Bays attempted to get a forward pass offensive 
underway. The slippery ball skidded off the receivers'
hands, and Green Bay lost the ball on downs when a
fourth down pass went awry. A 6-yard gain by Barlow of
Madison, his team's longest run of the evening, marked
the next series of downs, the Packers taking the ball
when Barlow was smeared by Ernie Smith on an 
attempt to punt. Madison grabbed it back, Rubini
intercepting Herber's forward pass, and there was a
temporary flurry along the sidelines when Hinkle and
Jim Nellen traded wallops during an altercation over
clipping. Both were bounced from the game. After the ensuing Madison punt, the Packers had the ball on their own 30-yard line, and they got another touchdown march underway without delay. Sauer and Johnston made it first down on the Green Bay 41-yard line, Sauer added four on a spinner, and Herber threw an incomplete pass. Clemens took the oval on a criss-cross and hauled it 13 yards to the Madison 42-yard line, where it was first down. In two vicious pokes at the line, Johnston added 10 more yards and another first down. A Herber to Hutson forward pass failed, and then George Sauer rode around right end, traveling 32 yards to the goal line, and bowling over fullback Rubini of Madison as he scored the touchdown. The time Ernie Smith kicked the extra point and the half ended two plays later with Green Bay leading, 27-0.
The rain had stopped when play was resumed, and Madison received the kickoff, promptly losing the ball when Bill Croft recovered Donaldson's fumble on the Madison 30-yard line. On the next play Joe Laws skirted left end and traveled fast down the sidelines, cut back and crossed the goal line standing up. Then Laws held the ball while Clemens kicked the extra point. The score was 34 to 0. Bernard Scherer took the next kickoff to the Bay 40-yard stripe, Laws was stopped, Johnston gained eight at right end, and Laws was checked again. On a fake punt Johnston picked up four yards for a first down on the Madison 48-yard line. The Packers drew a 5-yard penalty, Paul Miller breezed around right end, cut back and sped past two or three Madison backs as he covered 53 yards to the goal line - one of the prettiest plays of the evening. Miller held the ball as Laws kicked the point that made the score 41-0.
It didn't take Miller long to get loose again. After the Packers took the kickoff on their 40-yard line Johnston banged through right end for 13 yards and a first down in Madison territory. Laws' pass to Paul Miller was dropped. Johnston hit right tackle for 14 yards and a first down, and Laws lost three in a thrust at left end. Paul Miller broke through for another twisting run, this time traveling 36 yards to the goal line, and with Laws holding, he kicked the extra point himself, giving Green Bay a 48-0 lead. Green Bay took the kickoff on its 45-yard line, and a couple of sprints by Red Oliver moved the ball into enemy territory. But Oliver fumbled and Madison recovered for its own 47-yard stripe, Pike losing a yard as the third period ended. Line plays failed, and so did a Madison punt, Becker breaking through to block Pike's kick. Rose recovered for Green Bay, and a penalty for unnecessary roughness on the Packers gave them the ball on their own 45-yard stripe.
Monnett broke loose around right end, carrying the ball 33 yards to the Madison 22-yard line. A penalty set the Packers back five yards, Johnston regained four of them, and two forward passes by Mattos were incomplete. Mattos sailed another pass at Monnett over the right side of the line, and Bobby was dumped on the 11-yard line, completing a 12-yard gain for a first down. Mattos lost three yards at the line, threw an incomplete pass over the goal line, and Monnett added two yards at right end. Hank Bruder ran to the left toward the goal line, wide open, and received Mattos' forward pass for a touchdown. Mattos held the ball while Monnett placekicked the extra point. The Packers led by 55-0. Madison took the ball on the kickoff, was stopped cold, and punted. Monnett received the ball on the Green Bay 35-yard line and raced 65 yards down the north sidelines to score another touchdown. Hank Bruder kicked the extra point, with Mattos holding the ball. The score was 62-0, and there it stayed. Champ Seibold returned the next Madison kickoff 15 yards, but the Packer offensive bogged down and the Cardinals took the ball on downs. This time they started to go places, aided by a penalty on Green Bay, and Nellen grabbed a pass to make it first down - the second of the evening - on the Green Bay 33-yard line. Cal Clemens intercepted another Madison pass as the game ended.
MADISON   -  0  0  0  0  -  0
GREEN BAY - 20  7 21 14  - 62
1st - GB - Wayland Becker, 6-yard pass from Bob Monnett (Clarke Hinkle kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Swede Johnston, 3-yard run (Monnett kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
1st - GB - Becker, 37-yard pass from Harry Mattos (Johnston kick blocked) GREEN BAY 20-0
2nd - GB - George Sauer, 32-yard run (Ernie Smith kick) GREEN BAY 27-0
3rd - GB - Joe Laws, 30-yard run (Cal Clemens kick) GREEN BAY 34-0
3rd - GB - Paul Miller, 53-yard run (Laws kick) GREEN BAY 41-0
3rd - GB - Miller, 36-yard run (Miller kick) GREEN BAY 48-0
4th - GB - Hank Bruder, 12-yard pass from Mattos (Monnett kick) GREEN BAY 55-0
4th - GB - Monnett, 65-yard punt return (Bruder kick) GREEN BAY 62-0
Green Bay Packers 62, Wisconsin Cardinals 0
EXHIBITION - Saturday September 5th 1936 (at Green Bay)
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - Both teams were on the battle ground today as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals mopped up in preparation for the opening game of the NFL, scheduled to be held Sunday afternoon at City stadium. The Packers were easing off
drills following several weeks of strenuous weeks of 
work, while the Cardinals, who arrived via the Milwaukee
road last night, planned to take their first workout in the
enemy territory this afternoon. Coach Milan Creighton's
large and tough squad arrived at the Hotel Northland
shortly after 10:30, the players freely predicting their
sixth consecutive victory over Green Bay. Other
developments in the professional football picture locally
were the following: The rising ticket sale total led E.A.
Spachmann, director of sales, to predict the largest
Cardinal-Packer crowd ever assembled at City stadium.
The Packer corporation directors, officers and volunteer
workers met at the Beaumont hotel last night to hear
Russ Winnie, Milwaukee radio announcer, cheer them 
on to a successful season. Richard (Red) Smith,
assistant Packer coach who has been ill at St. Vincent
hospital, planned to leave that institution today, in 
plenty of time to see Green Bay in action Sunday.
Gomer Jones, brilliant Ohio State center, drawn by the
Cardinals in the National league draft but planning to
play with Cleveland in the American league, signed with
the Cards last night and was expected in Green Bay
today...STARRED IN GAMES: The acquisition of Jones
served as a pail of cold water in the face of Packer
pennant hopes. Gomer performed brilliantly with the
College All Stars against both the Detroit Lions and
New York Giants and his addition to the Cardinal squad
is certain to materially improve that team's offensive
and defensive ratings. The former Buckeye all-American
was due to arrive here late today, in time to join the 
Cardinals at their afternoon workout. He was contacted
by the Chicago team when the Cleveland franchise
folded and came to terms with Owner Charles Bidwell
at Chicago last night. An air of cheerful optimis
 prevailed at the Beaumont hotel as the Packers were
introduced to corporation officials by Coach Lambeau.
Previously they were welcomed to Green Bay by Leland
H. Joannes, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., who
also introduced Winnie, the speaker of the evening.
Winnie spoke informally, telling the Packers that Green
Bay possesses more of the "old college spirit" than any
other professional football city...LIKE COLLEGE TOWN:
"It's just like a college town on Sundays when the big
games are played here," said the announcer who has
broadcast hundreds of football game, including many of
in which the Packers appeared. "The man who shines
your shoes at the hotel asks your prediction on the
game, and the girl at the cigar counter reminds you how
fine the weather is. I prefer to broadcast professional
games, because they permit you to see the game at its
best. The more the men play the pro game, the better
they like it. When the Packers played the Bears at
Chicago last season, and won 17 to 14 with a rally in
the last three minutes, thousands of fans left the park
before the final minutes, and didn't learn the real result
until the next day. You won't see that in Green Bay. The
fans may edge toward the exits, but most of them will
be right in their seats when the final gun goes off. You
new Packers will find that there is no city in the NFL
which affords you friendly cooperation and hospitality
that you will find in Green Bay."
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - When the Green Bay Packers
start firing Sunday against the Chicago Cardinals, five
familiar faces will be missing from the Bay battle front.
Coach Curly Lambeau's chief problems this year involve
around the success with which he fills such vacant
positions as those left by Mike Michalske, Cal Hubbard,
Nate Barragar and Johnny Blood. Claude Perry, too, who
served nine valiant years with the Packers, is among the
absent players. Lambeau freely admitted before practice
started this season that he faced a terrific problem in
plugging the gaps left by the "graduates". He has
responded to the assignment by coming up with a
promising looking array of young talent, and just how
good these new men are won't be known until they get
under league fire - which they will do Sunday. August
(Mike) Michalske, one of the greatest linemen ever to
wear a Packer uniform, has left to serve as assistant
coach at Lafayette college, Easton, Pa., under Ernie
Nevers. Michalske was assistant coach of the Packers
last season, and if he slowed up during his 10 years of
professional football it wasn't apparent, for Mike landed
on the first all-America pro team. Weighing around 210
pounds, Michalske always was effective against men
hitting the beam at a much higher figure, and he was at
the same one of the smartest and most dependable
men on the roster. Cal Hubbard served with Michalske
as assistant coach last season, his eighth in pro
football and sixth with the Packers. Weighing always
around 260 pounds, he was one of the largest and most
colorful players in the National league, Cal was highly
argumentative and possessed a keen knowledge of the
rules, both of which traits he used freely against
opposing players. Hubbard was expected back this
season, until he landed a position as umpire in the
American League, and this automatically ended his
playing career. Nate Barragar was another stalwart of
the forward wall whose presence will be missed this
season. He did turns with the Minneapolis Redjackets
and Philadelphia before joining the Packers, doing four
years at Green Bay to bring his prof football service to
six seasons. Barragar, a center, had an ideal build for
the pro pivot man and his presence in the Packer line
always added to the Bays' strength. He now is working
on the Pacific coast, and is vitally interested in the
promotion of prof football in that section. Johnny Blood,
the one-time Vagabond Halfback who came back to
make good last season, is the fourth of the missing
regulars. He played halfback, calling the signals from
that position and probably had as much color as
anyone who ever played the game. Johnny's exploits
would fill a large volume and he enjoyed wide popularity
with the fans. Sent to Pittsburgh the previous season,
where he had an indifferent record, Blood came to
Wisconsin last year and won a berth with the Packers
by dint of appearing against them - and performing
brilliantly - in two practice games. He finished the year
with Green Bay, playing regularly except when he was
cracked up in the Cardinal game at Milwaukee, but did
not come to terms this fall and was not signed. Claude
Perry, a familiar figure in Green Bay and upon the
Packer field, is with Rudy Comstock's Pittsburgh team.
He has been a Packer, with one exception when he
was with Brooklyn, since 1927, and always has given
his best when called upon. The veteran tackle made
infrequent appearances in the lineup last season.
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - The Gashouse Gang of pro
football - the Chicago Cardinals - filtered into the lobby
of the Hotel Northland last night and entrenched for a
stay which will last until Monday. Probably an uglier,
tougher, more belligerent appearing gang of football
players never graced a hotel lobby. The only shirt and
tie you could see was on Pug Vaughn who was dressed
quite respectively. The rest of the men, except Coach
Milan Creighton, wore time-honored slacks, polo shirts
and crew-neck sweaters with hair at the throats. Most
of the men needed shaves, and obviously intended to
go on needing them. They glared around the place like
a set of panthers turned loose in an arena and sniffed
the air for Packers. Harry Mattos and George Svendsen
strolled up and exchanged mild greetings with a few old
mates. Coach Creighton was tired but courteous. The
Cardinals, he explained, came to Green Bay earlier 
than scheduled because school opened at Benton
Harbor, Mich., and the high school team needed the
practice field the Chicagoans had been using. The
Cardinals, he added, generally speaking, are in good
condition for Sunday's game. They looked tough enough
to play two games. "Have you any comment on the
Card-Gordon situation?" he was asked, the reference
being to the well-known enmity which exists between
the former Cardinal tackle, now with the Packers and
his old team. Creighton laughed silently. He then
straightened his tie. "We hope he plays 60 minutes on
Sunday," he said.
SEPT 11 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals left Chicago
last night for Green Bay, where on Sunday they open
the NFL season against the Packers. The Red Birds
have beaten the Badger eleven in the last five meetings.
The game Sunday will give Coach Milan Creighton an
excellent idea how his team will fare in the National
league race this season as the Wisconsin club is 
known as one of the strongest in the circuit. The Card
coach will probably start Bill Smith and Bob Neumann,
ends; Tony Blazine and Harry Field, tackles; Bill Volok
and Bree Cuppoletti, guards; Bernie Hughes, center;
Hal Pangle, quarterback; Al Nichelini and Douglas
Russell, halfbacks, and Dave Cook, fullback.
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - We may beat the New York
Giants badly in a game but three weeks later the Giants
beat us by an overwhelming score. How come? The
difference is mostly explained, I think, by the mental
attitude of the players. Scores may indicate technically
and physically there is not much to choose between the
two teams. But the importance of being mentally set
means a whole lot. A defeated team steams itself up to
avenge a previous defeat. In my 17 years as a pro
coach, I've seen enough to know that the desire for
revenge is a powerful factor. Sometimes it acts as a
boomerang, however. It can key up the players so much
that they make many mistakes. For example, the
Chicago Cardinals beat us three times in a row in 1935
and cost us the pennant. The scores were close, 7-6, 6-
3, and 10-6. We lost two of those three game because
we were overanxious, for in both of them we knocked
four times at the Cardinal goal. After the first game, in
which we were beaten by a point, our boys were wild for
revenge in the second game. But we lost this by a
placekick by Paul Pardonner, Purdue, who incidentally
kicked the winning point in the first game of the Cards.
By this time we were in a sweet mood. Studying
statistics of the two first games, we consoled ourselves
with the fact that we had outplayed the Cards, and that
surely luck would smile on us in the third game. But it
did not, and although our boys played their hearts out,
and outgained the Cards, they lost again. The Chicago
Bears, on the other hand, had the Indian sign on the
Cards and beat them once and tied them once, thereby
keeping the Cards from winning the championship. We
were able to beat the Bears twice in 1935, but were
unable to beat the Cardinals. The physical factors in all
these games were about the same, but the difference
lay in the various mental attitudes the players
entertained for these games.
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - With the Cardinals already on
the scene, interest in the National Professional Football league opener between Coach Milan Creighton's southside Chicagoans and the Green Bay Packers is reaching record proportions. The game will start at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon in City stadium at Green Bay. The Cardinals arrived in Green Bay Thursday morning, coming direct from Michigan City, Ind., after three weeks of strenuous training. Practice under the direction of Coach Creighton was resumed here today, while a stone's throw away the Packers continued their preparations for the contest. Eleven backs are included on the red clad Chicago squad's roster this year. Those working out include the veterans Dave Cook, Mike Mikulak, Al Nichelini, Hal Pangle, Phil Sarboe and Howard Vaughan as well as an impressive group of newcomers. Vaughan was among the ace backs on the championship Detroit Lions last season and came to the Cardinals in a trade for Pete Peterson. The other backs are Clarence Kellogg, Marvin "Swede" Ellstrom, Jimmy Lawrence and Chuck McBride. During its long training period, the Cardinal aggregation bowled over a strong South Bend semipro outfit by a 70 to 0 score. An already great aerial attack proved to be strengthened by the addition of Vaughan, and Coach Curly Lambeau has fashioned much of his defensive work around breaking up forward passes. The Packers also did well in their practice appearance against the Madison Cardinals, winning by a 62 to 0 score. Both teams rate as pennant contenders.
SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - A potent attempt by the Chicago Cardinals to acquire their sixth consecutive victory over the Green Bay Packers will swing those two teams into action at City stadium next Sunday afternoon, and the home team is drilling overtime in an effort to reverse five previous decisions. As the Packers prepared to resume practice today, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced the release of guard Bill Croft, who has been sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Croft is a former Utah lineman who appeared last season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Two of the officials who worked the recent Detroit-All Star game at Chicago - Referee Bobby Cahn and Umpire M.G. Meyer - have been assigned to Sunday's game here by Joe F. Carr, Columbus, president of the NFL. The other officials Sunday will be J.J. Ritter, Purdue, headlinesman, and Verne C. Lewellen, Nebraska, field judge...TICKET OFFICE BUSY: A big crowd is in prospect for the all-important pro league opener, and the Packer ticket office at the Legion building is working overtime to meet the demands. With orders pouring in, the Green Bay management hopes for an overflow crowd before kickoff time at 2 o'clock Sunday. It is likely that all the Packers except Buckets Goldenberg and Herman Schneidman will be available for use against the Chicago team. Goldenberg is still limping around on crutches, while Schneidman acquired an injury against Madison last Saturday and is on the shelf for a game or two. The other major Packer casualty - Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith - is recovering rapidly from a severe cold at St. Vincent hospital and expects to be on the sidelines Sunday when the barrage is laid down...HOLD ANNUAL DINNER: Directors, players and volunteer workers of the Packers will hold their annual informal get-together at the Beaumont hotel tomorrow night at 6 o'clock. Following dinner the players will be introduced and there will be a few brief talks. The mighty Cardinal team, which swept the Packers into the pennant discard last season under impetus of 7 to 6, 3 to 0, and 9 to 7 lickings, is expected to be stronger offensively this season because of a shift in personnel by Coach Milan Creighton. Creighton has transferred Iron Mike Mikulak, regarded as one of the best defensive fullbacks in the league, to a blocking back position on offense, using him to back up the line on defense. Mikulak's offensive blocking - and Mike can be very offensive - is expected to make possible some long runs by his speedy teammates, and at the same time enable Creighton to use a faster fullback than Mikulak. The shift gives Dave Cook, 210-pound speed demon from the University of Illinois, an opportunity to prove himself. Always hailed as a potential star, Cook never gained the heights predicted for him. This year he is in excellent physical condition, and has looked great in early season scrimmages. He packed his 210 pounds over a frame of 6 feet 1 inch tall, and runs like a sprinter.
SEPT 9 (Michigan City, IN) - The Chicago Cardinals began winding up four weeks of intensive drill in preparation for the breaking of camp here Thursday. The squad will go directly to Green Bay, Wis., where it opens the season Sunday. The club went through two more offensive drills today with Coach Milan Creighton stressing new plays and timing. More kicking and passing also was ordered. Pug Vaughan and Phil Sarboe continue to show improvement in kicking. Sarboe has been handicapped by an injured leg. Doug Russell, Bill Smith, Al Nichelini and Howard Tipton have returned to active participation in the drill, fully recovered from injuries. There are now no serious injuries on the squad.
SEPT 10 (Green Bay) - Planning to give themselves plenty of opportunity to get acquainted with the terrain over which they will launch their 1936 campaign, the Chicago Cardinals have stepped up their traveling schedule and will arrive here at 10:15 tonight on the Milwaukee road. Sunday they will pen the NFL season by meeting the Green Bay Packers at City stadium. "One of the largest Packer-Cardinal crowds in our history," was the comment from Packer ticket headquarters today by E.A. Spachmann, director of ticket sales, and his opinion was echoed by the interest that
Packer fans are taking in the league opener. While the
game is far from a sellout, the tickets are moving rapidly
and Spachmann's optimism seemed likely to be well
confirmed...HEADED BY CREIGHTON: The Cardinals
arrive tonight headed by Coach Milan Creighton, who 
will direct their arrangements at the Hotel Northland.
Early tomorrow they will be at work, practicing on 
enemy soil for their important gridiron conflict. C.W.
Bidwell, owner of the Cards, will arrive on Saturday with
a party of friends, and personally will see his club in
action against Green Bay. "Six in a row" is the Cardinal
battle cry, as the big, powerful Chicagoans prepare to
add a new chapter to the extended Packer-Cardinal grid
series. Coach E.L. Lambeau countered by pushing the
Packers through two stiff drills yesterday, and calling a 
couple of more for today. Blocking came in for a major
share of attention, and yesterday practice assignments
were divided, the players working on defense in the
morning and offense in the afternoon. The new Packer
zone defense is looking alert, and Lambeau is anxious
to see how well it checks the Cardinal offensive...
SCHNEIDMAN IS OUT: The abbreviated Bay casualty
list came in for plenty of attention, although Lambeau
sees little chance that it will be cleared up before the
game on Sunday. Herman Schneidman, blocking
quarterback, definitely is out, and Cal Clemens hurt
himself in scrimmage. Clemens' injury isn't serious, but
it may slow him up for the Cardinal tilt. Buckets
Goldenberg, of course, will keep his chipped shin bone
on the sidelines, and the condition of Tar Schwammel is
open to doubt. The big veteran tackle has had trouble
with his health all fall, and he had missed four practice
periods this week.
SEPT 10 (Green Bay) - The Wadhams sport flash, a
nightly feature on the Wisconsin air lanes, WTMJ, Milwaukee, will broadcast tonight at 5:45 from the Beaumont hotel with Russ Winnie at the "mike" as a preliminary to the Green Bay Packers, Inc., preseason banquet for players and directors. Winning, who is a red hot Packer fan, will interview Coach E.L. Lambeau, some of this players, and several officers of the Football corporation. After the broadcast Winnie and Frank H. Cazey, advertising manager for the Wadhams Oil company, will be the guests of the Packers, Inc., at the dinner, which is scheduled to start promptly at 6 o'clock.
SEPT 10 (Green Bay) - Boasting five consecutive victories over the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Cardinals, who knocked the Packer pennant hopes sideways last year with three well-directed victories, will be meeting Coach E.L. Lambeau's team for the 26th time at City stadium next Sunday afternoon. The Packers, because of those three trimmings in 1935, now hold a series edge over the Cardinals of only one game, 12 victories to 11, with two ties. Sailing towards an apparent National league championship with double victories over the Bears and Detroit, plus a pasting to the New York Giants, the Packers found their progress checked on three occasions last season, and each defeat developed into a death blow for Green Bay's title chances...FIGHT TO END: A crippled Green Bay team launched its National league season by losing to the Cardinals, 7 to 6, in a heart-wrecker at City stadium early in September. Battered and bruised, most of their regular backs on the bench, the Packers yet fought the Redmen down to the last gun, losing by the margin of a missed extra point. Bill Smith got the Cardinal touchdown, and Paul Pardonner kicked the extra point, giving the visitors seven points which Swede Johnston's touchdown couldn't quite equal. A few weeks later the teams were at it again, staging a bloody struggle at State Fair park in Milwaukee, and again Pardonner provided the poison, kicking the field goal which gave the Cardinals a 3 to 0 victory...FINAL BREAK WORST: The worst break of all came in Chicago, when a victory would have given Green Bay a championship. With less than a minute to play, the Packers were deep in Cardinal territory, pounding away toward the goal. The score was 9 to 7, Green Bay having seven points on Monnett's touchdown and Ernie Smith's extra point, and the Cards picking up nine on Al Nichelini's "touch" and a field goal by the irritating Bill Smith. Ade Schwammel tried a field goal for the Packers in the last minute of the game, and speculation is still rife whether the boot was good or not. In or out, complete or bad, the kick was ruled out, and the Packers lost their championship. It was the fifth consecutive time that they had lost to the Cardinals. Although the series started in 1921, the Packers didn't defeat the Cardinals until 1926, when a field goal provided a 3 to 0 win. In 1928 the Bays got off on their longest string of consecutive victories over the Chicago team, winning five straight by scores of 20-0, 9-2, 7-6, 12-0 and 14-0. Then they struck a snag in 1930, being upset 13-6 by Ernie Nevers at Wrigley field, Chicago. From that time on it was dog eat dog until the second game of the 1934 series, when the Cardinals won 9 to 0 and launched the victory string which as yet is unbroken.
SEPT 10 (Michigan City, IN) - Another long offensive drill brought the Chicago Cardinals' training to an end today. The squad will break camp tomorrow and go direct to Green Bay for the first game of the season Sunday. Defense against Green Bay's attack was stressed in the morning by Coach Milan Creighton, but the afternoon session was devoted almost entirely to a final roundup of all plays and offensive assignments. Cripples showed further improvement and all are expected to be able to play at least part of the game Sunday. "Everything has worked out as schedule, and the boys are in excellent condition," Creighton said. "The injuries are practically all gone. We may not have a championship team, but that's our objective, and we're going to cause a lot of trouble for somebody."
SEPTEMBER 10 (Green Bay) - In the pro league you have to change your style with every game. Last year after we had beaten the Bears twice with passes, we met the strong Detroit Lions. The Lions figured we would resume our passing attack and were all set to stop it. But we didn't pass. We hit the line and ran the ends during the first two periods and made such good gains that it seemed to everyone we had shelved our passing for the day. Slowly the Lions began to readjust their defense to stop a running game. That is just what were wanted. They were next. We did shift tactics in the third quarter, trying 25 tosses, mostly from Herber to Hutson, or Herber to Hank Bruder or Johnny Blood, and we completed 14 of these passes, a very high percentage. Several were 55-yard passes, too. We ran up a score of 31-7 against the Lions who later won the league championship. This was the worst defeat suffered by the Lions in 1935. Whenever the Packers play a league game, we go over the game well in advance. We review our mistakes of the last game against the invaders and try to use a varied attack. Too much sameness in offense provides the other team with an excellent chance to stop such an offense, because they have prepared for it. But come up with the unexpected, backed by an adequate attack, and you may set the other team off balance. Some ten years ago the Green Bay Packers drew caustic comments from many sports writers for constantly resorting to a pass attack from near or even behind their own goal line. But most pro teams use this sort of attack now when the opportunity presents itself. We have gained more than we have lost by such daring tactics. Two years ago at Boston, Cliff Battles intercepted one of our passes thrown from near our goal and ran it back for a Boston touchdown. That the first time in five years that a pass of that kind had been brought back across our goal. We have scored numerous long gains and touchdowns by having the courage to pass near our goal line. In pro football this type of daring play has progressed so much that one often sees a run from fake punt formation which started behind the goal line. I believe a good play should always be tried, no matter how close a team is to its goal line, if there is a reasonable chance of its being completed. One of the reasons why the Chicago Bears had so much success with their famous lateral pass play when they first introduced it was that the unwinding of the play seemed to create great uneasiness on the opposing team. But we have studies that lateral pass play closely and now have a defense for it which is effective most of the time. We no longer fear it, and the Bears cannot use it to get the jump on us as they did several years ago. The long pass is a means of getting a jump on an opponent and its effect is demoralizing. In our second game with the Detroit Lions in 1935 Arnie Herber faded back to our 38-yard line and whipped a 50-yard pass to Johnny Blood who took it on the Detroit 20 and galloped 20 yards more for a touchdown. That is covering a lot of ground in a short time. Later in the same quarter when the Packers got down in scoring territory, Herber whipped a 45-yard pass to Don Hutson who took it on the Detroit 15 and went unmolested the rest of the way to the goal. Yes, the long pass, when properly executed is a fine weapon. Recall what the New York Giants did to the Chicago Bears in the world's championship game in 1934. Trailing at halftime, the Giants came out on the gridiron in the third quarter wearing tennis shoes which gave the a much better footing in the snow and ice than the Bears who wore the heavy regulation type of shoes. The Giants passed and ran the Bears almost to death and won the championship. That was the case of getting the jump on an opponent through unorthodox means.
SEPT 8 (Green Bay) - Those fans who braved the elements to watch the Packers run off a little bit of everything in the rain at City stadium Saturday night enjoyed a circus of entertainment. There was action in every ring. And an occasional hit of humor thrown in. Of the "added attractions" in the 62 to 0 win probably the most discussed was the altercation between Green Bay's Clarke Hinkle and Madison's Jim Nellen in the second quarter. The referee's whistle had hardly blown to end a play when Nellen and Hinkle hit the turf together right on the 50-yard line in full view of everybody. Like a snowball that starts downhill, the football grapplers collected a sizeable pile of interested participants before legs were pulled and holds pried loose. George Sauer was one of the first to start a move for peace. He was joined in rapid succession by Policemen Rondou and Benson, Coaches Curly Lambeau and Red Smith, the officials, and a handful of players from both teams. Said fullback Hinkle: "He clipped me for the third time I warned him. I have to use these legs for awhile yet..." Chorused the Madison cohorts: "We've been clipped too..."...CALL 'EM CLOSER: Warned the coaches: "You officials call 'em closer. We don't want any broken legs out there." Referee Verne Lewellen ruled both Hinkle and Nellen off the field, and the incident was closed momentarily. Between halves, however, Hinkle was subject of a good-natured razzing by his teammates. "A great exhibition of rolling," was the way one lineman put it. Hinkle was dubbed the "Champ" and "Max" in recognition of his efforts. There were no lasting ill effects of the fracas, however, and Nellen returned to play in the second half. Hinkle's only second-half contribution to the game came as the result of a unique accident in the last quarter. Swede Johnston, who signals his attack with a newly found war cry, was driving forward when he suddenly was stopped in a less spectacular manner than usually marks his charges. Rising from the turf he made an emergency call for help. He had run out of his right show. Hinkle saved the day by offering one of his...SHOW IS CHANGED: Just about the time the change was being made, one of the ever-present wiseacres was suggesting that a small rowboat might serve the Swede's purpose. Johnston, incidentally, showed the boys from Madison what drive really means when he made the Packers' second touchdown. He pounded through left tackle from about the three-yard line, was slowed down a bit by Wilson, then ran over Stoegbauer, and finally crossed the line with Nugent trying to hang on. Another futile attempt at stopping a Packer back under full steam was made by Fausto Rubini, the former University of Wisconsin lightweight boxer who put on some pads and tried a bit of fullbacking. With George Henry Sauer hurrying along the sidelines in quest of a touchdown, Rubini braced himself for the kill, just as he must have many times in the ring. Scarcely slackening his pace, Sauer charged on, and the boxer went down for a count as the footballer picked up six points. Paul Miller entrenched himself more firmly in the hearts of Green Bay fans with some fancy running in which he dashed through and around the opposition rather than over it. What the crowd probably did not see was that he also handled his blocking assignments well despite an obvious weight handicap. Yardage on his two touchdown runs totaled nearly 90 yards. And his time wasn't bad...OUT OF BOUNDS: The attitude of the Packers in running up their 62 to 0 victory was well expressed by one of the players after Madison's Pike got off a better than average punt in the second quarter. As it rolled out of bounds down in Packer territory, it was acknowledged with a slap on the back and the words, "Nick kick, kid." It was Pike's kicking that prevented trying the effectiveness of Don Hutson at the safety position. Kicking the ball out of bounds kept the speedy end from attempting any returns during the time he was stationed way back. The Madison attitude was unconsciously summed up by tackle-guard Chittle, who inquired, "What's the score?" between halves. "Twenty-seven to nothing," he was told. A look of relief passed over his face at the announcement. "That's not so bad," he said. Suggested a bystander, "They get that way at the University of Wisconsin. It's just like playing Minnesota." Fans may not have noticed that: The start of the second half was delayed when only 10 Madison players were on the field to receive the kickoff...Chub Stoegbauer of the Cardinals is one of the Green Bay Badgers softballers. He is a former Oshkosh State Teachers' college is Barlow, who played in the Cardinal backfield. Barlow received an arm injury in the first half that kept him out of the game from that point...PLAYED WITH STARS: Madison never penetrated the Green Bay 33-yard line. Nugent, Madison back, faced the Packers last fall as a member of Eddie Kotal's All-Stars at Stevens Point. At that time, Doc Spears, then University of Wisconsin coach, was very interested in having the boy go to school in Madison. He had played previously at Stevens Point State Teachers college...Harry the Horse Mattos showed himself to be something more than a forward passer. He also runs effectively and abounds in pep on the field. He and Laws and Herber again took turns in calling the signals...Ernie Smith has a moustache which thus far hasn't interfered with his play. Probably because it still is pretty hard to see. Other Packers are quick to draw attention to it...BLOOD ON HAND: Johnny Blood, ex-Packer, was among the spectators. He says that he probably will not play football anywhere this year...Buckets Goldenberg's foot injury kept him out of uniform as well as out of the game. He was the only member of the squad not to play...Wayland Becker blocked another kick, his third...Ralph Primo Miller again played end, and right well...Cal Clemens turned in a great individual performance, especially in the field of blocking and backing up the line...Packer players not run off the field, presenting an improved appearance...A "ghost" ball, reminiscent of night games of an early era, was used for the game. A natural colored call of yellow rather than a pure white variety has been more popular of late...After Madison halfback Pike, who was wearing No. 77, carried the ball without gain in the third period, an unidentified Packer voice encouraged: "Let's go, Grange!"
SEPT 8 (Green Bay) - Scraps from the Packer-Madison game, played at City stadium Saturday night: Loud on every hand are comments concerning the condition of the all odds in the best shape of the stadium's history...careful work all summer has produced a tough, durable grass, thick and ready to withstand the pounding of hundreds of cleats...with the West stadium in similar shape, this fall is going to see Green Bay with two of the finest football fields in the state...Outstanding ground work goes to Swede Johnston, who carries the ball time and again to pile up yardage for Green Bay...why the Swede doesn't break his neck, no one can figure...he displays a complete disregard for life and limb...maybe if Swede had more of a neck he would be in greater danger...but he tucks his head and bangs right through...This Mattos runs very hard...reminds you of Hinkle's style, more of a charge than anything else...not so concerned with being elusive as with knocking somebody over...Mattos sports a dangerous set of knees and he keeps them well up while running....Paul Miller establishes himself as a favorite with the crowd...a game little fellow who keep trying all the time...executes his backfield assignments with precision and a knowledge of the game...arriving in Green Bay with a terrific weight handicap, Miller rapidly is becoming established...One of the best new men is Cal Clemens, powerful U.S.C. blocking quarterback...tired himself out of blocking out Madison men Saturday night, and rarely missed a block...sat down to rest during a time out period, and Coach Lambeau thought he was hurt...but Clemens waved him away...We're telling you...that the Packers' weight chart, parked by the door in trainer Dave Woodward's room in the field house under the stands, reveals that the team is rounding into perfect playing condition...the Packers check their tonnage carefully, being weighed both before and after practice periods, and the story the chart now tells is satisfying...the men know they have to be in the pink to beat those Cardinals, who now have taken five straight games from Green Bay.
SEPT 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers getting little more than a good workout from Saturday night's 62 to 0 licking of the Madison Wisconsin Cardinals were back at work today preparing for another Cardinals team which is slated to be considerably tougher. The Cardinals of Chicago, victors over Green Bay in five consecutive games, three of them last season, will invade City stadium next Sunday afternoon to open the NFL season here...THREE ARE RELEASED: Coach E.L. Lambeau today announced the release of three new Packers - Ed Aspatore, Marquette tackle; Ray Trampe, Minnesota tackle; and Richard (Red) Oliver, Texas Christian, halfback. Trampe is expected to join the Ironwood, Mich., squad, while Oliver and Aspatore will head for Los Angeles and the American Legion pro league. The Packers held stiff drills Sunday and Monday mornings and were drilling twice today. Three members of the squad received injuries in Saturday night's game and one of them, Herman Schneidman, will be unable to appear against the Cards. Buckets Goldenberg is expected to be the only other Packer not in action. Paul Miller and Lon Evans are the other injured players but both are expected to be ready for action Sunday...TEAM IS STRONGER: The Chicago Cardinals, as even Coach Milan Creighton admits, are 50 percent better this season than last - a development which is not calculated to raise the hopes of Packer fans. "This is our year," is the stated opinion of the Cardinal coach and players, who have been drilling at Michigan City, Ind., for the coming season. The boys, according to the Cardinal press dispatches, have been working like a college team preparing for its homecoming game. Next in importance in the matter of improvement comes added offensive strength, gained by more capable passing. The acquisition of Pug Vaughn, who was traded to the Cardinals from the Detroit Lions, gives the Redbirds one of the league's best forward passers. Phil Sarboe was the team's aerial ace last season, and he will receive capable support from Vaughn. The most improved passer on the squad, if not in the entire league, is the team's ace halfback, Doug Russell. Doug was a fine ground gainer last season, and this year his increased passing ability is expected to make him an even greater threat as a ball carrier. His punting, too, has improved, making him a triple threat artist who takes a second seat to none.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - The first smashing blow toward
the inside track to a NFL title will be delivered by either
the Chicago Cardinals or the Green Bay Packers at
City stadium tomorrow afternoon, when these two
powerful gridiron units will launch jointly their 1936 NFL
schedules. The kickoff is set for 2 o'clock and thereafter
immediately the teams will lock in a battle which will
end with one riding the crest of the new professional
football wave. It will be the twenty-sixth meeting of the
Packers and Cardinals. The occasion will be packed
with drama, and given any kind of favorable weather,
the stadium is likely to be packed with fans. The Cards
have been on the battle scene since last Thursday
night. They worked out at Joannes Park yesterday
afternoon and breezed through a 20-minute conditioning
drill today...STATUS IS DIFFERENT: The Green Bay
status is vastly different than last year's opener, when a
third of the squad, including Sauer, Hinkle, Herber and
Bruder, were unable to play because of injuries. Only
two Packers tomorrow - Buckets Goldenberg and 
Herman Schneidman, both backs - will be on the 
sidelines and both are expected to resume action 
before many days pass. The Cardinals boast one of the
strongest defensive teams in the National league, and
can only be scored upon by the most vigorous offensive
drives. Their rockbound defense is headed by Iron Mike
Mikulak, one of the greatest football players in the
country today, who with his mates - and able assisted
by right tackle Lou Gordon - spilled the Packers on 
three occasions last season. Tomorrow Gordon will be 
in a different uniform, and will playing against the team
with which he served since 1930. An interesting 
sidelight on the game is the bitterness between the
former Cardinal and Coach Milan Creighton, manager of
the visitors. While Creighton's threats to see action
against Gordon are regarded as chiefly ballyhoo, the
hatred with which Gordon regards the manager and
several other Cardinals, is as real as the vicious type of
blocking the Packers will be forced to face from the 
husky-smacking Redmen..BIG GAME DAY: Green Bay
will assume its usual big-game attitude tomorrow, with
football fans from miles around streaming into the city
preparing to see the gridiron giants resume their historic
series. The gates of City stadium will open at 12:15,
and soon after that time a steady influx of spectators
will take place. With the season ticket sale larger than
ever before in Packer history, and a booming general
admission sale in progress, there seems little doubt 
that if the weather is good the crowd will exceed 10,000.
Between halves of the game the Denmark High school
band will parade, following the football corporation's
usual policy of providing entertainment for home games.
Although the Cardinal team is noted for its stubborn
defense, the squad packs lethal offensive power, with a set of backs including Dave Cook of Illinois, Swede Ellstrom of Oklahoma, Clarence Kellogg of St. Mary's, Jimmy Lawrence of Texas Christian, Chuck McBride of Washington State, Mikulak, Al Nichelini of St. Mary's, Hal Pangle and Douglas Russell of Kansas State, Phil Sarboe of Washington State and Charles (Pug) Vaughn of Tennessee...LINEUPS UNDER WRAPS: Coach E.L. Lambeau of Green Bay is keeping his starting lineup under wraps, but a good guess would place Al Rose and Milt Gantenbein at ends, Ernie Smith and Ade Schwammel at tackles, Lon Evans and Tiny Engebretsen at guards, George Svendsen at center, Cal Clemens at blocking quarterback, Bob Monnett and Joe Laws at halfbacks, and Clarke Hinkle at full. Supporting these stars will be a host of Packers, new and old, and most of them are slated for appearances against the Cardinals. Last year, Green Bay lost to the Cards three times, by scores of 7-6, 3-0, and 9-7.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - Three games mark the opening of the NFL season tomorrow, which is by far the busiest inaugural day the professional gridiron circuit has experienced in its fourteen years. Green Bay and the Chicago Cardinals clash in their traditional opener in Green Bay. The two western clubs will not have the open spotlight alone, for in Pittsburgh the Boston Redskins oppose the Pirates and in Philadelphia the Eagles will meet the New York Giants, defending eastern titleholders. The tremendous interest in the preseason contests in which the two league sectional champions, the Detroit Lions and New York Giants, competed shows an unprecedented football popularity. Joe F. Carr, president of the NFL, predicts that the coming season will surpass 1935, which was the best since the circuit began. For the third successive year, the league will get underway with the same clubs that finished the previous campaign...RULES REMAIN SAME: The playing rules will remain the same. The pro code in effect last year differs from college rules in placing the goal posts on the goal line; permits forward passing from any point behind the line of scrimmage; allows a ball carrier to advance until actually stopped; permits running with fumbles unless of ball kicked; and penalizes an illegal lateral only five yards from point of infraction. These changes were found so satisfactory over the past two seasons that the rules committee under Chairman Halas decided to let well enough alone. Detroit will defend the National and Western title against the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay. In the east, New York seeks its fourth straight sectional crown against greatly strengthened clubs in Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh...ALL ARE BUSY: All but one eastern team will see action. The Pirates, after a year under Joe Bach, have become familiar with the Notre Dame system and with better reserve strength threaten to make more trouble than a year ago when their surprising win over the Cards kept the Chicago club from finishing on top. Ray Flaherty, former assistant coach to Steve Owen of the Giants, will pilot the Redskins this season and has made great progress with the Boston squad. He will have some sensational newcomers including Riley Smith, Notre Dame end; Jim Karcher, Ohio State guard, and many others equally promising. Last fall Pittsburgh and Boston broke even in two games. The Philadelphia Eagles also will present a much stronger array against the Giants than they boasted a year ago. Dave Smukler, ex-Temple fullback, and Don Jack of North Carolina have put real punch in the backfield while the line prospects, with George Mulligan, Catholic U. end, are stronger. Jim McMurdo, star tackle, is completely recovered from the injury which put him on the sidelines all last season. A year ago the Eagles led the Giants until the final period before succumbing, 20 to 14.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - The much publicized irresistible force and immovable object are scheduled to stage a revival of their historic act at City stadium tomorrow afternoon, the occasion being the first 1936 clash of the Green Bay Packers and their jinx team, the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers were beaten in their opening game last year by the Cardinals, 7 to 6, because a too-great percentage of the Green Bay regulars were nursing injuries on the bench. They lost again at Milwaukee, 3 to 0, by failing to take advantage of six or eight chances to kick field goals. They were beaten at Milwaukee Thanksgiving day, 9 to 7, when every break of the gridiron fates were against them. That brought the Packer losing streak against the Cardinals to five straight, and it assured a near-capacity crowd for the stadium tomorrow afternoon. The betting odds are on Green Bay, 6 to 5. Both Packers and Cardinals appear confident of winning, and there probably are more guesses as to the likely score than there are football players on the two teams. It's tough predicting a Packer score. If you doubt the team will win, you are wide open for an accusation of municipal disloyality. If you favor the Packers, you are said to be doing so because you can't do anything else. I favor the Packers, and not by one of those borderline scores which gave everyone heart failure last season. Fourteen to nothing, on two touchdowns and two extra points. 
SEPT 12 (Chicago) - Gomer Jones, All-American center from Ohio State, yesterday signed a contract with the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL, for the 1936 professional season. Charles W. Bidwill, owner of the Cards, completed negotiations with Jones yesterday morning and by afternoon Jones was up at Green Bay, Wis., working out with his new teammates. Jones, who played with the College All Stars in their games against the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants, will not play tomorrow when the Cards meet the Green Bay Packers, but will make his pro debut at Detroit, two weeks from tomorrow. The addition of the Buckeye star will bolster the Cards at center, a position in which they needed help. Bernie Hughes and Bert Pearson, the veteran centers of the squad, carried the burden last season and when Hughes was injured, the bulk of the job rested on Pearson.
SEPT 13 (Chicago) - Three games, one in the western division between the Chicago Cardinals and the Packers at Green Bay, and two in the eastern section today open the NFL season, fourteen weeks of competition, which club owners expect will set a new high for attendance and rivalry. In the eastern division, the New York Giants, sectional champions and conquerors of an All-Star team at the Polo Grounds last Tuesday night, open a defense of their title against the Eagles at Philadelphia and the Boston Redskins, fortified by a corps of highly regarded freshmen and a new coach, Red Flaherty, former Giant star, meet the Pirates at Pittsburgh...TEAMS ADD STRENGTH: Club owners' predictions for a banner season evolve about apparent strengthening of all teams, the continued growth in interest professional football has enjoyed since Red Grange joined the ranks of the hired players in 1925, and the Tribune All-Star game, which has acted as a stimulant to football in general and league play in particular. All clubs report an increase in ticket sales. A sellout crowd is assured at Green Bay today and attendance at the other two contests is expected to surpass that of opening games last year. In Detroit, where the Lions, champion of the league, will open a defense of their title against the Cardinals two weeks from today, ticket managers report a new high in season ticket purchases. Sales of these tickets is expected to cover the Lions' salaries and guarantees to visiting teams for their six home games, which virtually assures the club of a successful financial season...CARDINALS WIN FIVE STRAIGHT: Principal interest in today's game centers at Green Bay, where the Packers will attempt to break the Cardinals' string of five consecutive victories in the series. Veteran players will man every position in the starting lineup, except right end for the Cardinals, where Hermit Davis, a 6 foot, 205 pound newcomer from the Brooklyn Dodgers, will replace Neuman. Lou Gordon, for years a regular in the Cardinal line, will play right tackle for the Packers. The other players in the starting lineups are all men identified with their respective clubs for one or more seasons. Coaches Milan Creighton of the Cardinals and Curly Lambeau of the Packers announced yesterday their squads were in better shape than when the two western division representatives opened the season last year. The Cardinals won that contest by a touchdown. Creighton has two cripples, Mike Mikulak, veteran fullback, who has been shifted to blocking back, and Al Nichelini, hard running halfback, but both are sufficiently recovered to start. They were hurt at the Cardinals' training camp at Michigan City, Ind...PACKERS AT FULL STRENGTH: The Packers have a full complement of sound performers. Last year they opened the season with six of their outstanding players on the injured list. Four of them, including Sauer and Hinkle, were so severely hurt they were unable to participate in the first two games. With these men in shape and new men providing the needed reserve, the Packers are confident of cracking through the defense which for two years has led the National league.
SEPT 8 (Green Bay) - We sat at a luncheon discussion an approaching game with the Chicago Bears. Several officials of the Green Bay Packers were in the party. "We've got to beat them in this game," said one director. "Our whole season depends on it. The Bears are our natural rivals, and the fans will figure the year a success if we beat 'em." "Easier said than done," I replied. "The Bears are the defending champions. They've been champions two years in a two. More than that, they beat us three times last year in hair-raising games." "Well, we whipped them three in a row in 1929," put in one official defensively. I nodded. "Sure, I know, but our boys have forgotten that. We have only two men on the 1935 teams that played with us in 1929. Before we can beat the Bears we've got to convince our players the trick can be done." "Say, I believe you're right, Curly," said one of the part. "I hope so. Now, I have worked out a play I think can surprise the Bears. If it works, we can get the jump on them and give our team confidence right from the start of the game. The play will be around Don Hutson (of Alabama and Rose Bowl fame). He's the fastest man in pro football today." "What's the plan, Curly?" "Well, I'll explain it to you. We'll talk it over with the team and sell them on it. But remember, the whole thing must be kept absolutely secret. If the Bears get wind of it -." "Don't worry," they chimed in. "We'll sew up our mouths on this one." All right, what happened in the game that sultry September afternoon last year at Green Bay? The Chicago Bears with no defeats so far in 1935, were confident and cocky. When you know you are good this can be a wonderful tonic, provided you don't drink too much of it.The Packers on the other hand were grimly intent. They had a task to perform. Their minds were centered on one purpose. The Bears kicked off. Arnie Herber, our right half, got the ball on the goal line, came charging, sidestepping up the field only to be downed by a flock of Bear tacklers on our 17-yard line. Several of the Bears smiled. I imagine they were thinking it wasn't going to be hard to stop the Packers, judging from this first tackle. Our men went into our familiar box formation for the first play of the game. Now usually, on most teams, this is a test play, a plunge into the line or around end to see what kind of stuff the opposing line is made of, and how fast the minds of opposing players are working. But on this first play, Herber faced back five, ten yards. Then, with one foot on our goal line, he wheeled quickly and drew back that trusty right arm for a pass. The play was so unexpected that there wasn't a Bear within five yards of him. To pass on the first play of the game was a move that the confident Bears had not considered. All this time, Don Hutson, our left end, had been streaking far down the field. By the time Herber wheeled on the goal line to pass, Hutson had crossed the 50-yard line. Gene Ronzani of the Bears' backfield tried to keep pace with him, but the fast Don quickly outdistanced him. The ball thrown by Herber was now in the air sailing from our goal toward the Bear 40-yard line - a dream pass if you want to call it that, but one which we had practiced many times that previous week. When Don Hutson lifted up his arms to snare that pass on the Bear 40-yard line, Beattie Feathers, former Tennessee star, was the only Bear near him. As Don gathered in the ball, Feathers made a desperate lunge at his plying heels. His fingers grazed Don's speeding feet, but couldn't hang on. Hutson went on to score a touchdown. A 60-yard pass and a 40-yard run on the first play of the game! The Bears were simply rushed off their fee, physically and mentally, as prearranged, on that one play. Bob Monnett (Michigan State) converted for us, and the score stood 7-0. And that was the way the game ended. I maintain that our boys scored that victory over themselves and not over the Bears. The touchdown gave them confidence, and we went on to a splendid season, losing the league championship by only one game, after we had twice beaten the league-leading Detroit Lions. Getting the jump on opposing teams, being willing occasionally to try new and seemingly reckless maneuvers, is highly important in winning games in the pro league where the same teams meet so often during the regular season.
SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - In professional football the plays of opposing teams are so thoroughly analyzed, digested and diagramed that if you play orthodox football you'll be stopped. A coach has to make the most of such elements as confidence, fear, alertness and courage to confound the opponents. I have told you how we beat the Bears last year with a long pass from behind our own goal line on the first play of the game. After that first game with the Bears we knew they had a wholesome respect for the pass receiving prowess of Don Hutson. His cavorting gave them the jitters. We knew, too, that he could act as an excellent decoy. Arnie Herber, our right half, is an excellent passer. The Bears and other feared the Herber-Hutson combination. This fear was a tremendous advantage. Our second game with the Bears was played at Wrigley field, Chicago, a month later. The Bears were grimly determined to get revenge for the 7-0 surprise whipping at Green Bay. But even at that, we managed to get deep into Bear territory in the second quarter. Ade Schwammel (Oregon) kicked a field goal to put us ahead, 3-0. Our boys had been playing fine football up to that point. After scoring, they relaxed. Three points looked might big. We had this lead into the third quarter, and it seemed enough to win the game. But it was our boys who became a little too confident at this stage, with the game apparently in the bag. The Bears suddenly took to the air, and Beattie Feathers tossed a long pass to Gene Ronzani, who slipped behind out halfbacks and galloped 40 yards for a touchdown. Then Johnny Sisk, Bear right half, broke through our right guard and center and breezed 55 yards for another touchdown. That made the score 14-3, and with a suddenness that made our heads dizzy. There were only three minutes left in the game. There was only one thing for us to do, and that was to toss the Herber-Hutson passing combination at the Bears again. We were on our 35-yard line at the time. The Bears evidently expected one of those long 60-yard passes and spread out. Herber crossed them up and tossed a short pass to Hutson. Don completed it nicely and sidestepped the entire Bear team to run 56 yards for a touchdown. It was 14-10 in favor of the Bears with about a minute and a half to play. Now the Bears began to get jittery. They kicked to us. We kicked back immediately. On the first play, the Bears, who wanted to stall, fumbled and Ernie Smith (California) recovered for us on the Bears' 17-yard line. Two short drives at the forward wall brought us to the four-yard line, but time was short. Not too short, however, for our quarterback to realize here was an opportunity to befuddle the Bears again. With Chicago massed to stop another drive at the line, Hutson ran into the flat zone, and Arnie Herber flipped an easy pass to him for a touchdown which won for us, 17-14. Luck, some may say, but I honestly believe the fear of the Herber-Hutson passing combination unnerved the Bears so much at the crucial moments that it partly paralyzed their play.