Chicago Cardinals (1-0) 14, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 7
Sunday September 12th 1937 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN  BAY) - A Packer football team, which had
everything it needed except a capable air attack and the
ability to stave off the historic Bill Smith jinx, went down
to defeat before the Chicago Cardinals at City stadium
yesterday afternoon. The score was 14 to 7, and the
game was witnessed by 10,000. The Packers, looking
100 percent better against the Cardinals than they did
against the College All Stars, unleashed a ruinous
running attack which piled up 246 yards while holding
the Cardinals to 119, and they attained 14 first downs
while granted the opposition but five. Yet they lost the
game and the reason was the artillery's inability to hit
the target when gains through the air meant money - 
plus Bill Smith. The veteran Cardinal left end broke
through the defending line in the third period to scoop
up a Packer fumble and race 25 yards to the goal line,
unmolested to score the winning touchdown. The first
Cardinal score came in the first period was counted by
George Grosvenor after the Cardinals' only serious
running attack of the day. Bil Smith kicked both extra
points. Clarke Hinkle lunged over from the 4-yard line in
the second period, and Ernie Smith kicked the extra
point at which gave the Packers a tie at halftime. The
Packers had punch - they had plenty of it. The blocking
was vastly improved, and the champions swept up and
down the field several times during the game, appearing
unstoppable. But when Arnold Herber's right arm was
needed in there to pitch a touchdown pass, or wipe out
20 yards of distance, the all-important pass did not
connect. The Packers attempted 19 passes, and
completed only four, all thrown by Joe Laws, for but 29
yards. The Cardinals disdained the forward pass almost
completely, hurling but three in the entire game, and 
only one of these was good. The Packers were splendid
upon defense, except for a period in the first part of the
game, when eight viciously executed Cardinal line plays
gobbled up 68 yards and sent Grosvenor over the last
line for a touchdown. After that, the Packer goal line
never was approached, except for Smith's gallop in the
third stanza.
Few Packers really failed to carry out their assignments
and, with any reasonable break, they should have won.
Their spirit was entirely different from that displayed 
against the All Stars, and presaged another great 
season despite the opening defeat. Most of the Green
Bay yardage was piled up by the flying cleats of Clarke
Hinkle, Joe Laws and Paul Miller. The latter arrived 
scant hours before game time, without a minute of
practice all week, after having hastened to his mother's
death bed a few days before. He played the game of his
life. The Packer line - always excepting that lapse in 
the first period - was nearly impregnable. It gave the
Cardinals only 119 yards on the ground, nearly all of it
in the first half, and opened holes through which the
Packer ball carriers piled up their topheavy yardage. 
The Cardinal touchdown march in the first period came
after Hank Bruder's forward pass was intercepted by
George Grosvenor on the Cardinal 32-yard line. It took
the Cards just eight plays to score. On the first, Hal
Pangle bit into the line for three yards, Zud Schammel
stopping him, and on the next Grosvenor smoked
around right end in a twisting dodging run that covered
26 yards and set the ball down, on the Packer 39-yard
stripe. Dougal Russell skirted left end in a 7-yard run
that caught the guardians of the Packer right flank flat-
footed, and then Pangle rammed the center of the line
six yards and a first down on the 20-yard stripe, where
Darrell Lester caught him. Pangle slid into right guard
and cut back for another six, Lester again tackling him,
and Grosvenor cracked right tackle for five yards and a
first down 15 yards from the Green Bay goal, where
Lyle Sturgeon nailed him. Grosvenor added three yards
on a thrust at right end, being aided by beautiful
On a perfectly executed fake reverse, Grosvenor took
the ball as the Packer chased Russell, and dodged 
down the east sidelines 12 yards to the goal line, over
which he slid for the touchdown. Bill Smith booted the
extra point with Pangle holding the ball, and the Cards
had their 7 to 0 lead. Lou Gordon recovered three
fumbles during the afternoon, and one, occurring shortly
after the second period started, set the stage for the
Packers' touchdown. Grosvenor muffed the ball and
Gordon recovered it on the Green Bay 34-yard stripe.
The Packers promptly shook the speedy Miller loose
​around right end, and he twisted his way for 25 yards
before Reed, who had missed a previous crack at him,
brought him down. It was a first down for Green Bay on
the Cards' 41. Laws scampered around left end for
seven yards, and Miller in a sold 4-yard thump at left
tackle, made it first down on the 30-yard stripe. Hinkle
rapped out a 7-yard gain off left tackle, and then hit right
tackle for six more and a first down on the 17-yard line.
The Cardinals called time out. Hal Pangle came up fast
to check Miller for no gain at left tackle, but then the
Hutson end around play was worked to perfection, the
Packer wingman smoking along to the Cardinal 8-yard
line to complete a 9-yard gain before Cuppoletti got him.
It was just short of a first down but Herman Schneidman
remedied this defect by sneaking through center to the
4-yard line, where Pangle got him.
Joe Laws tried to haul it through left guard, but Wilson
stopped him for no gain. On the next play Hinkle rifled
inside his right tackle, and squirmed over the goal line.
Bree Cuppoletti of the Cardinals raised such a mighty
squawk, claiming Hinkle's forward progress had been
stopped short of the goal line, that he was bounced
from the game. Ernie Smith stood patiently by while
the argument went on, and then placekicked the extra
point, with Laws holding the ball.
CHI CARDS -  7  0  7  0 - 14
GREEN BAY -  0  7  0  0 -  7
1st - CHI - George Grosvenor, 13-yard run (Bill Smith kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 7-0
2nd - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 4-yard run (Ed Smith kick) TIED 7-7
3rd - CHI - Bill Smith, 25-yard fumble return (Bill Smith kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 14-7
The Heisman Trophy was created and first awarded in 1935 by the Downtown Athletic Club, a private social and athletic club in Lower Manhattan, New York City. That club was founded in 1926 but went defunct in 2002 as a result of the September 11 attacks, as it was forcibly closed for an extended period of time while clean up from the attacks took place. The trophy was originally named the Downtown Athletic Trophy. The current namesake for the trophy is John Heisman, the original athletic director of the Club. After his death in 1936 the Club changed the trophy’s name to the Heisman. The trophy was the creation of sculptor Frank Eliscu. The football player on the trophy is modeled after Ed Smith, a star player for the 1934 New York University football team. Eliscu knew Smith in high school and asked him to pose for a sculpture of a football player. Interestingly, Smith didn’t realize until 1982 that it was his likeness on the Heisman. In appreciation, the Downtown Athletic Club presented Smith with his own Heisman in 1985. The trophy itself is made of cast bronze and weighs in at a hefty 25 pounds. It stands 13.5 inches tall.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Ed Smith, former N.Y.U. back,
hailed by Football Annual as the East's greatest forward
passer year before last, today arrived at terms with the
Green Bay Packers, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced.
Smith made his pro debut with Boston last year, but
was injured early in the season and had little chance to
show his ability. He now is fully recovered and had
obtained his release from the Redskins. The former N.Y.
U. ace stands six feet two inches and weighs 205
pounds. He is an excellent punter, and in the East-
West game of 1936 he passed the East to a victory,
Pauk of Princeton taking his pass for the winning score.
Smith will report to the Packers Monday, Sept. 20. He
is employed in the East and wants to give his firm a
week's notice.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Among the interested fans at
yesterday's Packer-Cardinal football game were Paddy
Driscoll, coach of the Marquette university, and Luke
Johnsos, assistant coach of the Chicago Bears. 
Johnsos scouted the game for the Bears, as that team
was scheduled for an exhibition appearance at Peoria.
Driscoll and Johnsos attended the game together.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - The Packers sustained no 
serious injuries as they lost to the Cardinals yesterday,
and all men who played will be ready for action against
the Chicago Bears, according to Dr. W.W. Kelly, club
physician announced today. Worst damaged was
Chester (Swede) Johnston, who was kneed by George
Grosvenor when returning the kickoff which followed the
first Cardinal touchdown. Johnston was painfully but not
seriously injured, a nerve being bruised. The rest of the
men acquired only the routine bumps and bruises. Dr.
Kelly said he believes Bob Monnett, one of the squad's
best forward passers, will be back on the field against
the Bears. Arnie Herber is making satisfactory progress
but there is nothing to indicate that he will rejoin the
Packers sooner than announced previously.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Bill Smith had a score to settle
with the Green Bay Packers, and he settled it. Smith,
the Chicago Cardinal left end, picked up Clarke Hinkle's
fumble and hiked across the goal line for the touchdown
that beat the Packers by 14 to 7 at City stadium Sunday. A year ago the story was different. On Sept. 13, 1936, Bill Smith was playing at the same position. Hank Bruder was at the blocking quarterback post. He blocked Smith on a flanker play. It put Bill out of commission under Oct. 4. Sunday afternoon Smith dried himself after a shower at the Hotel Northland and paid high compliments to the Packer football team. His complimentary phrases were echoed by Cardinal coach Milan Creighton, who has known sorrier days, Phil Handler, Hal Pangle and a score of others, including Charles Bidwell, owner of the club. There is one thing that the Cardinals agreed on: the Packers this year are just as tough as they ever were. And in juxtaposition, the Packers generally agreed that the Cardinals of the past two years were tougher. The moral is that the payoff still comes in the score, and seven points is more than enough to win a ball game no matter who is stronger. Handler, the Cards' assistant coach, thinks the Packer line this year is as good as any he has seen. Being with the Cardinals, first as a player and then as coach since 1930, he has seen lots of them. He was particularly impressed with the work of Lyle Sturgeon and Zud Schammel of the new men, and still takes off his hat out of respect for Ernie Smith, Mike Michaslke and - Lou Gordon. Both Handler and Creighton had nice things to say about Gordon Sunday. It wasn't always thus...MORE GRACEFUL EXIT: When the Cardinals pulled out this morning, they made a more graceful exit than their entrance of Saturday afternoon. And having won, Creighton and the players can smile at that. The team arrived in Green Bay on the Chippewa which stops at the new Oakland avenue station. Creighton had never been at that station before. He took it for granted, as in previous trips, that it was just a few blocks walk to the hotel. So when the boys in the cans drove up, he waved them away, and started the squad, baggage and all, hiking. Long before they reached the bridge there was a rumble of discontent, and by they time they hit Washington street, the Cardinal aggregation was almost in a state of mutiny. But all that is forgotten now. Bidwill claims that this year's squad has cost him more than his others. It is hard to believe when Tinsley is the only "name" player in his new crop, but the boys produced, and that is the cash value Bidwill is looking for. Not new to the league, but only four days with the Cards, is Buddy Parker, former Detroit fullback, who played his third game in City stadium Sunday, and came out on the winning side for the first time. For George Grosvenor, it was number two up here, and his percentage is still 1.000. George was in the Bear lineup in the romp over the Packers last Sept. 20. Grosvenor was one of the quietest men in the second Cardinal bus as it made its way to the hotel after the game. And Hal Pangle was one of the noisiest. Not in an offensive manner, but Pangle has opposed too many Packer elevens to take such a win quietly. Chewing on oranges, he discussed possibilities and probabilities. He is among those who cited the Packers' need of Arnold Herber. And so wa Creighton...LITTLE TO SAY: Aside from general compliments, the Cardinal coach had little to say about the Packers. He was more interested in his own team, which meets Detroit next Sunday. He was a little disappointed in Bill Crass, the big rookie fullback from Louisiana State, who has some trouble hanging onto the ball, but thinks he will come through. Still, from the sideline viewpoint, he's no Mikulak. Creighton does not think that his team this year is as strong as the outfit he had last season before it became so crippled, and then discontented, that it wound up on the bottom. But he feels that the potential strength is there, and he aims to bring it out. Four of his new boys are from Louisiana State - Tinsley, Crass, Billy May, a halfback, and Rock Reed, the 170-pounder who picked up yards at random during the first half. Many persons probably missed Tinsley's play because of the very few forwardc passes tried by the Cardinals. There were only three. One was completed to Smith. Most outspoken of the Cardinal critics is Clarke Hinkle, Packer fullback, who made the Green Bay touchdown right over Bree Cuppoletti, Cardinal guard, who resented it to the extent that he was ejected from the game when he began to take it out on the referee. Hinkle believes that with Herber in the game the Packers could have won by a very comfortable margin. He went on to say that this was the weakest Cardinal team, from a power standpoint, that he has played against. And Bidwill and Creighton are of the same mind to the extent that they found several rough spots to iron out...MAY BE DIFFERENT: Said Bidwill: "We were ragged...very ragged. When we get to passing it may make a difference." There were a few other things of more than passing interest: Paul Miller arrived in Green Bay Saturday evening after attending his mother's funeral Friday. He stepped out on the field early with George Svendsen to get the new plays in line. And then he turned in as fine a game as any of the 51 who participated. Ed Cochrane, the referee, is the sports editor of a Chicago newspaper. He will referee 41 games before the season is over. Last year, stationed in Kansas City, he was one of the principal officials in the Big Six. Sunday he was the man to take offense at Cuppoletti's reflections on his parentage. So Cuppoletti was waltzed off the field. Ed Jankowski received the biggest hand from fans when he entered the game. He was up to the occasion when called upon. Outside of the Cards' touchdown on Hinkle's fumble one of the greatest surprises of the day was Sturgeon in the starting lineup. He turned in a fine record. And he really likes to play the game. Swede Johnston, who in previous years has been poison to the Cardinals, was not seriously injured when he was kneed while returning the kickoff after the Chicago team scored. It was a recurrence of an old shoulder injury. From end to end and through the backfield there are not any boys who did not make creditable showings. But some naturally stand out. Conversation sifted from fans and players cited the best Packers as Miller, Hinkle, Laws, Gordon, Smith, Letlow and Gantenbein. There were others, all of them in fact, who came in for backslaps, but it was aforementioned seven who were plugged most...CLARK ON HAND: Dutch Clark, Potsy Clark's successor as head man of the Detroit Lions, was among those present. As was Tarzan Taylor, Marquette university line coach who, strange to say, takes a great deal of delight in seeing the Packers lose. Thursday afternoon, in looking forward to the Cardinal game with no small amount of concern, Coach Curly Lambeau compared Creighton's position to that of the dog chasing the rabbit. "He's been chasing it for three years now," Lambeau said, "and he has to catch it." It would take a long stretch of the imagination to compare the Packers to a rabbit, or anything that is being chased. But facts speak for themselves, and Creighton caught something.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - The line to the Packer ticket office, where seats are being sold for next Sunday's game between Green Bay and the Chicago Bears, forms on the right. If the next renewal of the National league's oldest rivalry needed any additional buildup, it was provided by the Chicago Cardinals' defeat of the Packers at City stadium yesterday afternoon, and here is the first prediction pertaining to the coming struggle: A new City stadium attendance record will be set. There is no need to be disgruntled or disgusted about yesterday's defeat. You saw for yourself how it was. You saw the Packers were working hard, and trying hard, and just couldn't get more points than the other team. Probably in your mind you have decided just where the trouble was - we've heard several good versions already - but no matter how you feel about it, you'll probably be one of the thousands at the stadium next Sunday, when the Bears arrive here. If the Cardinals were tough - and the Packers say they were - the Bears will be just twice as tough. Theoretically, you might suppose that this would mean the Bears will win. But the Packers now are in their favorite spot. They have always looked better coming up from down under than they have in trying to stay on top. They've "won" two statistical victories this season and found them both hollow. They've beaten two teams on everything but the final score, and they are getting tired of it. Perhaps they'll get a fine trimming from the Bears, and outscore them to win the game. Perhaps...After playing two full games, the Packers finally have scored a touchdown...Clarke Hinkle made it, and it was the 16th such score he has made since he joined the team in boosted his all-time Packer scoring total to 125, which leaves him exactly 99 points behind Johnny Blood, holder of second place on the big list...Ernie Smith's extra point was his 31st for Green Bay in three seasons...he has a grand total of 46 points, two less than Myrt Basing of the 1923-26 period...Ernie is in 18th place on the list, but is likely to climb at least two notches higher this season...16 members of the present Packer squad are represented on the all-time list...they are Hinkle, Don Hutson, Hank Bruder, Bob Monnett, Buckets Goldenberg, Smith, Joe Laws, Arnold Herber, Milt Gantenbein, Tiny Enbegretsen, Paul Miller, Mike Michalske, Swede Johnston, Wayland Becker, Bernard Scherer and Herman Schneidman.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - Twice defeated this season, and getting pretty anxious for a football victory, the Green Bay Packers resumed work today in anticipation of a none-too-friendly visit from the Chicago Bears, next on the world champions' schedule. Beaten by the College All Stars, 6 to 0, and by the Chicago Cardinals, 14 to 7, the Packers are expecting nothing but more trouble when they take to the turf of City stadium next Sunday afternoon in their last NFL game before Oct. 3. The Bears are capable of dishing it out. Their team has been drastically rebuilt, but includes enough of the old faces to guarantee all Green Bay football followers an afternoon of headaches. The Chicago team carries 12 backs, of whom nine have appeared against the Packers before and are thoroughly skilled in Green Bay's style of play. The advance seat sales is expected to be terrific, with the probability that an all-time attendance record for City stadium will be set before the shrill of the first whistle at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The Packer ticket headquarters at the Legion building has been bombarded with requests for advance reservations, and the staff is working overtime to see that everyone gets service...MET PACKERS BEFORE: Bears who have played against the Packers in previous years, and who again will try to spoil the champions' afternoon, are Bernie Masterson, Nebraska quarterback; George Corbett, Millikin quarterback; Gene Ronzani, Marquette quarterback; Keith Molesworth, Monmouth halfback; Beattie Feathers, Tennessee halfback; Ray Nolting, Cincinnati halfback; John Doehring, a non-collegiate halfback; Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota fullback, and Jack Manders, who hails from the same university and plays the same position. To this veteran crew have been added three talented new backs, headed by all-American Harrison (Sam) Francis, late of the University of Nebraska, who played against the Packers in the All Star game early this month. The other two are Wendell Henderson, Carson-Newman, and John Bettridge, Ohio State, halfbacks. These backs will perform ahead of a rebuilt line, which despite its influx of new names will be studded with the experienced performers who have made the name of the Chicago Bears feared throughout professional football...HEWITT WITH EAGLES: Bill Hewitt's 1937 debut against Green Bay will be delayed, for the powerful end has switched his gridiron activities from the Bears to the Philadelphia Eagles and will not tackle the Packers until Nov. 14 at Milwaukee. He was traded for Edgar (Eggs) Manske, former Northwestern end. The Packer forward passers are slated to work hard this week filling down their sights as to produce something more effective than they showed against the Cardinals last Sunday. The game was scouted by Assistant Coach Luke Johnsos of the Bears, who undoubtedly reported that the Green Bay sky drive was nothing to rave about. Coach E.L. Lambeau hopes that shifty Bob Monnett, one of the best ball carriers and passers on the squad, will be fit for duty against the Bears. Monnett incurred an injury in the All Star game, and parked on the sidelines as the Packers battled the Cardinals. He is needed badly, as his record of pass completions last season rivaled that of Arnold Herber's, although Monnett naturally threw far less passes. Eventually, the pressure on the Green Bay aerialists is expected to be relieved by Ed Smith, former member of the Boston Redskins and New York University, but Smith will not report until next Monday and so will not wear a Packer uniform until the Detroit game here Oct. 3. The Bays acquired no new injuries against the Cardinals, other than the customary set of bruises and scratches, and except for Herber, may be at full strength for the Bear game.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - When in camp at St. John's Military academy, Delafield, Wis., the 35 men on the Chicago Bear squad lost a total of 350 pounds during the 17-day training session. The squad grossed 7,315 pounds at the start on Aug. 16...Eggs Manske, newly acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles, is the husband of Jane Fauntz, famous swimmer. Eggs, whose real name is Edgar, is something of a paddler himself, but he hasn't nearly the form that his wife has...There are six blonds and two red-heads on the squad. Vern Oech and Bill Conkright are the latter pair...John Doehring is the quietest man on the squad. In fact, he is the "hermit" of Bear history. He rarely says a thing, and when he does it is the briefest of the brief...Bronko Nagurksi made the All-National league team five times during his seven years with the Bears. Others of the current squad so honored were Jules Carlson, twice; George Musso, Beattie Feathers, Jack Manders and Bill Karr once. Luke Johnsos, now devoting his time as assistant to Head Coach George Halas, also made the honor roll twice...Danny Fortmann and Wendell Henderson are the youngest on the roster. Both are 21. When Danny came up from Colgate last year, he was the youngest ever to play in the big league. Jules (Zuck) Carlson is the dean. He will be 33 in November. He is also the oldest in point of service with the club, this being his ninth season...George Halas is one of the highest paid coaches in the game. As president and coach he draws $25,000 annually. He also is the majority stockholder. Besides that, he is president of May and Halas, sporting goods and jewelry firm, and heads the White Bear laundry.
SEPT 14 (New York) - Ed Smith, one of the greatest passers and kickers in the country during his college career, said Monday night that he is ready to leave Saturday for Green Bay. Smith, who last year played with the Boston Redskins, had planned to quit football, but the itch to get back into the game now has got him, he confesses. He is employed by his father in elevator construction work, says he lifts "nothing under 100 pounds" in his work and could be ready to go within two or three days. Eddie weighs 200 pounds and is in excellent condition, he never touched liquor and doesn't smoke. He was injured for a time during his career as a pro last year, but now thinks he has "got to play football again whether it's in Europe or Asia." The Packers, he said, last week had sent him several wires, which didn't reach him at once because they were sent to the wrong address...NEARLY MADE BOWL: For days Smith has been working out with a football, running, passing and tuning up. Smith came within one game of passing N.Y.U. into the Rose bowl game of 1935. Bob Pastor, heavyweight who outlasted Joe Louis for 15 rounds last winter, has been a pal of Smith's since high school days and acted as his Boswell. Pastor, who married Smith's sister, was a blocking back at N.Y.U. when Smith was astounding the nation with the accuracy of his pitching. Even in high school, Smith was rated as one of the secondary schools, winning nationwide notice as a boy in 1930 and 1931 who could kick or pass up to 80 yards. As a sophomore fullback at N.Y.U., Smith came close to beating singlehanded the great Red Raiders of Colgate, displaying such skill that Andy Kerr then rated him as probably the best kicker in the country. The same year, Smith came close to beating Fordham's powerful team in the local grudge battle of the year, he actually had the Rams down 13 to 7, when he was forced out of the game which N.Y.U. then lost to Fordham...THROWS ACCURATE PASS: In 1934 and 1935 Smith's accuracy as a flinger was cited often, the records showing, says Pastor, that he occasionally completed eight out of 10 pass attempts and once tossed seven for seven. Smith throws bullet passes, difficult to intercept, but right to the spot for receivers. They come fast and hard, but the chance of an interceptor grabbing them off always has been small, Pastor says. In 1935, with the possibility of a Rose bowl bid hinging on the game with Fordham, Smith's great passing went for Sweeney, mostly, says Pastor, because excited receivers got butterfingers under pressure of the game. Smith on the third play flung a perfect 40-yard touchdown pass smack into the mitts of a receiver, who dropped it. Throughout the game, Smith pitched as usual, but the receivers folded and blew the game. In the East-West game at San Francisco, however, Smith starred, going into the scoreless game in the last quarter, Pastor recalls, and throwing three touchdown passes, one of which was recalled. The East won, 20 to 0. In that game, Smith also was starred as a sweep runner, picking up big gains in wide end runs, pulling the defense wide and then peppering the middle with passes.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - We're telling you...that four members of the Chicago Bears team which will face the Green Bay Packers Sunday have seen service with other professional football teams than the Bruins...they are Edgar Manske, with Philadelphia from 1934 to 1936; Joe Zeller, who played with the Packers in 1931; Frank Bausch, with Boston (now Washington) in 1934, 1935 and 1936; and Keith Molesworth, who was with Portsmouth (now Detroit) in 1929...the Bears carry their same coaching staff; with George Halas as head coach, and Harold (Red) Grange and Luke Johnsos as assistants...The most points a Bear team ever scored on the Packers was in that blistering first contest of the 1936 season, when Halas' men rolled up 30 points...the Bears' closest previous approach to that record total was in the final game of the 1934 season, when they counted 27 points...the highest mark the Packers have attained against the Bears came in the last game of the 1929 series, when the Bays won 27 to 0.
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - Held to one touchdown in their first two games this season, and without a victory in NFL competition, the Green Bay Packers today geared up their offense in preparation to meeting the Chicago Bears, who boast a line tougher and more durable than that of the Chicago Cardinals, victors over Green Bay last Sunday. The Packers and Bears will collide for the 37th time since 1921 at City stadium next Sunday afternoon, before what may be the largest crowd ever to witness a football game in Green Bay. Although there has been a steady stream of business at the Legion building ticket headquarters, thousands of good seats as yet are unsold, and these will be the subject of a determined attack by Packer fans for the duration of the week. It has been emphasized that all Bear game reservations must be picked up by 9 o'clock Thursday evening, without fail. Tickets which are not called for at that time will be placed upon open sale. In addition to Bob Monnett and Arnold Herber, two ailing passers, the Packer casualty list yesterday included Tiny Engebretsen, guard, and Clarke Hinkle, fullback. Engebretsen is bothered by a cold and fever, and was not in uniform yesterday, while Hinkle was more severely shaken up in the Cardinal game than was supposed at first. Steady improvement of some of his men cheered Coach E.L. Lambeau, but found plenty of pessimism in the picture of the approaching contest with the Bears. The prospect of starting his league season with two straight defeats, as is highly possible, was extremely discouraging to the coach. He voiced approval of the work done thus far by Herb Banet, the big Manchester back, who showed up well in the few minutes he worked against the Cardinals. He reeled off an 8-yard gain around end, blocked and tackled well, and called signals in excellent style. His passing didn't hit anything, but this was a common ailment of the Packer tossers. Russ Letlow, an underweight and mediocre guard last season, is playing great ball, and Lambeau mentioned his work, too, along with that of guard Zud Schammel and tackle Lyle Sturgeon, new men who appear to be fitting well into the Packer picture. "The team as a whole," he added, "looks no more than 75 percent of normal. It hasn't started to click in championship form, and until it does, won't start winning." Lambeau is doubtful as to how much service Monnett will be able to see in Sunday's game...END RUNS FEATURE: Paul Miller, whose end runs were a feature at last Sunday's game, will have a chance to try his specialty against as promising a set of wingmen as the National league possesses. The Bears are invading Green Bay with six ends, all of whom are expected to see action against the Packers. Probably most of the work will be handled by the veteran Bill Karr, former West Virginia luminary, and Edgar (Eggs) Manske, late of Northwestern university but more recently a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Ends appearing with the Chicagoans for the first time will be Henry Hammond, Southwestern; Richard Plasman, Vanderbilt; George Wilson, Northwestern; and Lester McDonald, Nebraska. Three centers will test the Packer line plungers, the group included Ed Skoronski, former Purdue ace who is making his pro football debut. Other centers on the Bear squad are Frank Sullivan of Loyola (New Orleans) and Frank Bausch of Kansas.
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - To steal a passage from the pulpits and apply it to the NFL - "Many are called, but few are chosen". Every year highly publicized college stars enter the pro ranks just as sure of their ability to retain their hold on the the top rung of the ladder as their contemporary scholastic honor graduates are certain they are going to knock the world dead. In most cases both types are soon disillusioned. The gridders find that they are competing for places on a team with men who also have been stars, and who have survived some of the toughest competition in the books to hang on to their jobs. From starring are regulars on the college eleven, they find themselves relegated to minor roles until they have proved their strength. Some stand the test, but many fade into oblivion. This year the National league has attracted one of the finest star crops in its history. Due to the option rule, the new strength is well divided, although it often is some comparative unknown who enters the ranks unheralded that upsets the experts' list of favorites...RAISE THE ANTE: Two of the biggest "names" to cash in on their ability this season are Sam Francis of Nebraska and Sam Baugh of Texas Christian. Baugh joined the Washington Redskins last week after several announcements that he would help coach football at T.C.U. and later play baseball under the St. Louis Cardinals. He changed his mind when George Marshall, Washington owner, raised the ante after his outstanding tole in the All Star-Packer game at Chicago. Another great forward passer of just a few years ago who joined the Washington club this season is Dixie Howell of Alabama. It was his passing to Don Hutson in the 1934 season, and at the Rose bowl, that brought both their names into headlines. The Packers wanted Howell badly then, but he turned to baseball instead. And from his experience may come the conclusion that Baugh made the proper choice in sticking to football. Howell did not prove to be as hot on the diamond as he was on the gridiron, and when he finally came back to football, he did it at a lower figure than he might have demanded in 1935...PLAYS WITH BEARS: Sam Francis saw his first action in the Bear lineup Friday against the Calumet All Stars of Chicago. He is a big man who kicks and passes as well runs, and in Coach Curly Lambeau's opinion should come through for George Halas. In the Bear lineup for better or worse, depending upon whose cheering section the boys are viewed from, are Delbert Bjork, University of Oregon tackle; William Conkright, University of Oklahoma guard; Lester McDonald, end who was a teammate of Francis at Nebraska, and three or four other less well known. Francis and Bjork both played against the Packers as members of the All Star aggregation. They will oppose Green Bay again Sunday, along with the rest of the Bear outfit. Over at Detroit, Dutch Clark has Lloyd Cardwell, halfback who played right next to Francis at Nebraska; Charles Hamrick, Ohio State tackle; Vernon Huffman, Indiana quarterback, and Al Agget, Michigan State halfback, and the highest prized of the rookies...VOTED MOST VALUABLE: All four participated in the All Star game against the Packers. Huffman, who was voted most valuable in the Big Ten last season, was in the starting lineup, but Agget is probably best remembered in that game. He was the most recently signed, and probably will prove worth waiting for. The New York Giants have as formidable a pair of recruits as any in the league - Ed Widseth, the Minnesota tackle, and Tarzan White, who plays in the line and hails from Alabama. Others who should come through are Ward Cuff, former Marquette fullback, and Gerald Dennerlein, who played tackle for St. Mary's. Widseth and Dennerlein are two more who tasted Packer blood in the All Star game. Tuffy Thompson of Minnesota is shaping up as one of the most likely newcomers to Johnny Blood's Pittsburgh Pirates, but Mike Basrak and Byron Haines of the University of Washington should be heard of before the season gets much older. Thompson drew the starting assignment at right halfback when Johnny's team set down Philadelphia in the first league game a week ago Sunday. Basrak, who received all-America rating while captaining Duquesne university at center last year, and Haines, a halfback, also played although they reported late after leaving the College All Star squad...ZOLL WITH CLEVELAND: Richard Zoll of Green Bay, who played tackle for Bo McMillin at Indiana, was in the Cleveland Ram front line when it feel before the Detroit onslaught last week. John Drake of Purdue and All Star game is in the Cleveland backfield, and the Rams are still dickering with Bobby LaRue of Pittsburgh. Incidentally, Harry Mattos, commonly known as "The Horse", and Ralph Miller, who is called Primo, both of whom tried out with the Packers last season, are with the Cleveland team. Potsy Clark at Brooklyn has John Glemgeske, University of Wisconsin tackle and captain last season, Ed Goodard, halfback from Washington State, and Max Starcevich, guard from the University of Washington. All three were with the All Stars, but Golemgeske did not service. And although they were members of the Dodger squad, it remained for a comparative unknown, Fred Noir, former Northern Illinois Teachers college star, to turn the victory tide against Philadelphia in a league contest last week...MORTELL IN LINEUP: Bert Bell's lineup contains few new men of national reputation. Best known are Emmett Mortell of Appleton, and the University of Wisconsin, and Nestor Henroin, who played guard for Carnegie Tech. Mortell is doing a lot of Philadelphia's kicking and passing. That leaves only the Packers and the Cardinals. In their showing here Sunday, tackle Lyle Sturgeon of North Dakota State, guard Zud Schammel of Iowa and fullback Ed Jankowski of Wisconsin have a jump on some of the other new material. The Cards' Gaynell Tinsley, Louisiana State end, and his classmate, Rock Red, the mite halfback, were the only new Chicagoans whose play was noteworthy. After each team has played three games, league regulations permit no more than 25 men on the roster. This means that several new men are going to get the ax all around the circuit. Most of those mentioned here are expected to still be on hand late in November, but a college reputation is no insurance of lasting power in the National league.
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - Andy Lotshaw, trainer for the Chicago Cubs as well as of the Bears, started his career when the Bears first organized. In 1920, George Halas was made athletic director at the Staley company in Decatur, Ill, where he formed a football club known as the Staleys. He elected Lotshaw trainer. Andy at that time was a millwright in Decatur...Charlie Dressen, manager of the Cincinnati National league baseball club, was a member of the original Bears...Beattie Feathers is the only man on the squad who will allow no man to tape his ankles. The former All-American spends at least 10 minutes doing the job, which must be just so-so...The Bears were the first to develop the lateral pass, and it was Halas' idea to permit forward passing from any place behind the line of scrimmage. The effect has been to open up the pro game noticeably...Bronko Nagurski's neck measures 20 inches - he has the "bull neck" of the outfit...Danny Fortmann, George Musso and Keith Molesworth won 12 varsity letter each for athletic ability in college. George Corbett earned 10 of the citations, while Gene Ronzani has nine...The Bears expected to play exhibitions in Japan, China, the Phillipines and Hawaii in 1940. They aren't so sure about it now, though...Mrs. Keith Molesworth, a graduate nurse, handles all of her husband's business affairs. Keith, by the way, has some of his earnings salted away in the bank.
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - A desperate attempt by the
Green Bay Packers to crash the victory column for the
first time this season, and an equally determined effort
by the Chicago Bears to start the NFL schedule with a
triumph, will take the form of Sunday's pro football game
at City stadium. With the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit
Lions locked in a deathgrip at the latter city, both
Western division contests will have important bearings
on the divisional championship, and the outcome of the
Card-Detroit game will be second in importance only to
the Green Bay tilt with the Bears. A brief survey of the
Packer squad today revealed things in the following
state: 1. Tiny Engebretsen, guard, back at practice,
well recovered from his cold. 2. Clarke Hinkle, fullback,
 in bed with a severe cold;  missed practice yesterday
and today. 3. Bob Monnett a doubtful player; Arnold
Herber still out..SEES MOTION PICTURE: The practice
program took a unique turn today when the squad
assembled at the Beaumont hotel to witness motion
pictures of their game with the Cardinals, and to benefit
 by their mistakes therefrom. A long, stiff workout was
conducted this morning, with the team going over its
entire repertoire of plays. Coach George Halas has
assembled a line which he believes is the most potent
wall he ever sent against a Green Bay ground attack.
He had last Sunday's game between the Cardinals and
Packers scouted, and hence believes that the Green
Bay backs are only to be feared insofar as their 
attempts to penetrate the lines are concerned. They
showed little in the way of an aerial campaign. Ready
for service against the Packers Sunday will be four
tackles, eight guards and three centers. All are big, all
are powerful and all are seeking permanent berths with
Halas' team. The ax is due to fall after Sunday's game,
and the Bears are anxious to escape it...HAVE PRO
EXPERIENCE: The four Bear tackles all have had pro
experience, the husky quartet being headed by big
George Musso, once of Millikin, the heaviest man on
the squad, who has had four previous years with the
team to his credit. Then there is Milt Trost, Marquette,
who is spending his third season with the Bears; and 
Russel Thompson, Nebraska, working on his second
year. Most dangerous of all, and rated one of the 
greatest linemen in football, is Joe Stydahar, the 230-
pound tackle who came from West Virginia to win fame
in the National league. A sensation in the All Star game
of 1935, Stydahar carried on in spectacular style, and
unless he is injured, is almost a sure bet for all-league
​honors this season. Stydahar is regarded as the most
dangerous of all the Chicago linemen who will face the
Packers Sunday...GUARDS TO BURN: How many of Halas' eight guards he will use against the Bays is a question only the coach can answer, but four of them have had previous pro experience and probably will get the preferred call. They are Jules Carlson, Oregon State; Vern Oech, Minnesota; Danny Fortmann, Colgate; and Joe Zeller, Indiana, the latter a former Packer who has spent three seasons with the Bears. Del Bjork, the All Star recruit from Oregon, and Kay Bell, of Washington, are scheduled for early action, while Jerome Gottschalk, Northwestern, and William Conkright, Oklahoma, also may be used. This line, with the centers, Sullivan, Skoronski and Bausch, provide a first line of defense which will try the Packer ground drive to the utmost. If the Green Bay backs can penetrate the wall with any consistency, they'll be able to dent anything in the National league...PASSES IN DOUBT: What concerns Coach E.L. Lambeau and the thousands of Packer fans the most is the possible success of the Green Bay passers against the Bears. The lack of an effective aerial program last week cost the home team a victory, and while Lambeau is not counting upon Arnie Herber at all just yet, and if not certain about the availability of Bob Monnett, he is drilling his squad on passes and hoping for better luck. All the Packers need are a few well-directed passes to supplement their powerful ground game, and to keep the opposing secondary back where it belongs. Although they lashed the Cardinals severely between the tackles and around end last Sunday, they needed the tosses for a win, and the flips didn't connect.
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - Joe Stydahar and Danny Fortmann are two Bears who dislike to wear head gear. Coach Halas advises against it, but the boys usually play bare-headed...Vern Oech pronounces his name - "Eck" 0 with the broad "e"...As many as 30 college coaches have been noticed at one National league game at Wrigley field, many of them with notebooks...Frank Sullivan "chaws" tobacco, Bernie Masterson dotes on chocolate sodas, Bill Karr doesn't use tobacco at all, and Jack Manders likes gum...Danny Fortmann lugs along his medical books on trips, and thus his absence from the University of Chicago, during the playing season isn't a total loss. Jerome Gottschalk, was was enrolled at the University of Southern California, does the same...Until the Packers won the championship last year, the Bears and the Green Bay team were tied with three league victories each...Assistant Coach Red Grange was practically forced to play football at the University of Illinois. He didn't think he was good enough to make the squad, but his fraternity put on the pressure...The Bears led the National league in ground gained last year. Of the total 3,416 yards, 2,206 were from rushing, 1,099 by forward passing, and 111 through laterals, the latter being almost double that made by the next best club. The 94 points scored by opponents was the lowest in the circuit by a wide margin.
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - When the Green Bay Packers
face the redoubtable Chicago Bears at City stadium
Sunday afternoon, in a NFL game - before the largest
crowd which ever witnessed an athletic contest here - 
Ed Smith, one of the greatest forward passers in the
East, will be ready for action. Smith arrived secretly
night before last, has been working out with the Bays,
and, while he has not had time to reach his peak
effectiveness, undoubtedly will get into the game for a
few attempts at his specialty. He flew to Green Bay 
from New York in a surprise move engineered by Coach
E.L. Lambeau. It is probable that every ticket in the big
rebuilt stadium will be sold before game time Sunday,
E.A. Spachmann, director of sales, announced today.
"Beyond any doubt, this Packer-Bear game will set an
all-time attendance record for the Green Bay Packers,
Inc.," he said. "Some tickets still remain, but they are
going fast." The east end bleachers have been installed,
preparation are being made to add extra seats, and by
2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, the stadium will have a 
capacity of 17,000. The highest previous attendance
total, set last year at the Packer-Bear game, was 
13,100...PLAYERS GETTING PEEVED: For the first
time this season, the Packers this week have displayed
some of the grim determination which last year carried
them after a disastrous defeat to the championship of
the world. They ripped through their practice sessions,
talked like champions, and gave every indication of
pouring everything they have upon the heads of the 
great Bear team Sunday afternoon. "Everything" means
the same destructive ground attack they uncorked
against the Chicago Cardinals, plus a bolstered aerial
campaign, probably with Ed Smith as the spearhead.
Fans naturally would be unfair to expect the world of
Smith on such a spot as this, as the former N.Y.U. ace
aerialist is going into the game practically cold. He did
not expect to play pro football this season, and when
the Packers lured him away from his job he hopped a
plane directly and headed for Green Bay...WORKING 
ON PLAYS: Yesterday in practice he looked exactly
like what he is - a fine football player who hasn't had
enough practice. He is spending overtime hours 
cramming on the Packer plays, and Coach Lambeau
expects to use him Sunday for a time, at least. 
Yesterday afternoon the Packer squad was herded into
the Beaumont hotel and witnessed motion pictures of
last Sunday's game. Mistakes were pointed out, 
questions were asked and answered, and the general
opinion was that the squad gained by the unique stunt.
Arnold Herber and Bob Monnett, Green Bay's two
injured passers who received almost identical injuries in
the All Star game, are attending all the practice 
sessions as spectators, and Monnett even has been
working out a little. He may get into the game Sunday,
but if he does it will be only to throw passes, as he is in
no shape for blocking and tackling. Herber remains on
the shelf. To add to Coach Lambeau's worries, Clarke
Hinkle still is suffering from a severe cold, and the
absence of the big fullback wouldn't aid the Packer
chances a bit...TRAIN BRINGS ROOTERS: Apparently
the Chicago Bears will not lack for support Sunday, as
a special train on the Milwaukee Road will bring several
hundred Chicago rooters to Green Bay, all wild-eyed to
back their favorite football team. The special will arrive
Sunday morning, and will leave that evening. After the
Packer game the Bears will not see action until Oct. 4,
when they invade Pittsburgh for a night game. The Packers will be idle until Oct. 3, when Detroit visits City stadium. Thus both the Bears and Packers can let themselves go with the works on Sunday, confident that all but the most severe injuries will clear up before their next game. Although the Chicago passing attack is bad enough. the Bears pack enough wallop on the ground to move a mountain, and they are certain to turn it loose against Green Bay in the first period. The Bears have one backfield, which includes Bronko Nagurski, Jack Manders, Beattie Feathers and Keith Molesworth, which is powerful enough to disturb even as rock-bound a line as the Packers.
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - Jack Manders of the Bears was tied with Armand Niccolai of Pittsburgh for league honors last year. Each got seven. Manders topped his rival by just two yards for total distance, which was 185. His longest was 36 yards. Jack was second in scoring, his 62 points being 11 under Dutch Clark's of Detroit. In addition to field goals, Manders made four touchdowns and 17 after touchdowns...With the boys now in good condition and down to weight, Coach Halas removed the embargo on third and fourth helpings. George Musso is well on toward the eating championship, with Joe Zeller a good second...Twenty-four colleges and universities are represented on the Bear roster. Nebraska leads with four - Les McDonald, sam Francis, Bernie Masterson, Russ Thompson. Minnesota, Northwestern, Marquette have three each, while Millikin of Decatur, Ill., and West Virginia have two. Sectionally, the representation is Northwest, three; Southwest, three; East, one; and middle West, 10. Only one man, John Doehring, never attended college...Although usually a guard, Joe Zeller has played center, tackle and end for the club...Bill Karr and Frank Sullivan won letters at West Virginia and Loyola, respectively, for boxing. Joe Zeller was similarly rewarded for tennis, and Bernie Masterson for swimming...Coach George Halas eats, thinks, walks and drives at top speed...In five seasons only eight Bears ever played with another club in the National league - Kiesling, Lyman, Brumbaugh, Richards, Bausch, Manske, Zeller and Molesworth. On the other hand, the Bears have sent at least 30 to other clubs...Keith Molesworth is the champion bowler of the club. He's good, too, averaging near 190.
SEPT 18 (Green Bay) - Before the largest crowd which old City stadium ever held, the Chicago Bears and  Green Bay Packers tomorrow afternoon will battle to the final gun for a NFL victory. With some seats  still remaining, and those fading fast, predictions of a 17,000 capacity house seemed entirely logical. Highways and trains leading to Green Bay today were carrying hundreds of enthusiastic pro gridiron fans, and thousands more will join them early
tomorrow in a trek converging upon the stadium. The
Packers are ready - as ready as a team which is minus
a couple of star backs can be. The week's shakeup in
the backfield personnel included the addition of Ed 
Smith, former crack N.Y.U. forward passer to the squad,
and while Smith can't be expected to win the ball game
on such short notice, there is small doubt that Coach
E.L. Lambeau will shove him into the contest for awhile,
at least. Lambeau today expressed himself as better
satisfied with the mental attitude of his team than at 
any time since the All Star game. Knowing the strength
of the Bears only too well, and recalling last year's 30 
to 3 burial, he didn't predict a victory, but indicated that
the toughest kind of a battle may be expected...GO
OVER ASSIGNMENTS: The squad spent yesterday on
a general rehearsal of assignments. Motion pictures of
last Sunday's Cardinal-Packer game revealed that
several times individual players missed assignments, or
made half-hearted blocks when more vicious playing 
would have meant touchdowns. Repetition of these
mistakes would be costly tomorrow, and the players
have been checked up smartly on them. Bob Monnett
will be in shape to play at least part of the game and
Lambeau expects that every other one of his regulars
will engage in the conflict except the injured Arnold
Herber. There is a possibility that Herb Banet, halfback
who is one of the standouts, among the new men, will
draw a starting assignment. The Bears arrived here at
2:15 this afternoon on the Chicago and North Western
road, and are headquartered at the Hotel Northland.
They will leave Sunday night at 8:45 on the North
Western for Duluth, where they are booked for an
exhibition game next week...THREE NEW ACES: 
Bettridge of Ohio State, Bjork of Oregon and Sam 
Francis of Nebraska are the new Bears from whom the
Packers have most to fear, and George Halas' squad is
bringing plenty of his tried material along to supplement
his replacements. Such familiar names as Bernie
Masterson, Gene Ronzani, George Corbett, Beattie
Feathers, Keith Molesworth, Bronko Nagurski and Jack
Madners - all thoroughly experienced against the 
Packers - will appear in the Chicago backfield. Halas
has worked out one backfield combination which
includes both Nagurski and Manders, assuring them of
a potent blocking combination and their aerial attack
will hold up with the best. If the Packer line can live up
to its reputation as the best in the league, the Bears
should be in for keen competition along the forward wall,
although the Bear line, with such huskies as George
Musso, Joe Zeller and Joe Stydahar back, is bound to
be as rugged as ever...MUST ARRIVE EARLY: With 
the huge throng in prospect, fans are requested to 
arrive early at the stadium, thus avoiding a last minute
crush at the gates. The ticket windows have been 
moved to the southwest corner of the stadium, clearing
the area in front of the gates, and facilitating movement
of the crowd, but if everyone arrives as the last minute,
a jam will be inevitable. Many fans remember the Bear-
Packer game of 1935, when a Herber to Hutson pass
scored a touchdown on the first play of the game, and
hundreds of fans missed the big thrill. Tomorrow's
kickoff is set for 2 o'clock sharp.
SEPT 18 (Green Bay) - There are so many reasons why
the Green Bay Packers should defeat the Chicago 
Bears at City stadium tomorrow afternoon, but it would
take quite awhile to add them up, but somehow they
don't all look convincing on paper. The reason is this:
The Packers should have beaten the All Stars and the
Chicago Cardinals. They didn't. That's one of the 
magnets which will draw a record crowd to the stadium
tomorrow, and which will send Green Bay's always rabid
fans into hysterics if the Packers can stage a repeat
act of that first 1935 game, when the first play of the
game produced a touchdown, and sent the Bears home
defeated. It is stretching coincidence to the breaking
point to believe that the same thing will happen three
times in a row - that the Packers again will outplay their opponents, and yet lose. More likely, will tomorrow's victory be deserved, by one or the other. And this makes you think again, that the Packers should win it. They are the champions. They have the strongest line in the league, offensively and defensively. Their guards, tackles, centers, are big and fast. They want to win. Their passing attack will be better than last Sunday. It could hardly be worse. While fans must not expect the world from Ed Smith, who is in the same position as a cold pitcher rushed into an extra inning game, his presence may exert the needed psychological effect upon the Bears, and keep their backs from playing in the line on defense. Bob Monnett will be available. How valuable he will be, with an arm still aching from the All Star game, is a problem, but he'll be there, along with Smith, and you know well enough that it only takes a couple of well-directed and well-received forward passes to eat up a lot of territory. Yes, the Packers ought to win, although the Bears are as big as ever, and probably are tougher than they were last season, when some of the ancient cogs, since replaced, began to show signs of wear. The Bears are strong - that's why tomorrow's game is a toss-up. The Bears have color - that's why 17,000 people will storm the stadium gates before game time. But the Packers can and will fight - that's why they're champions...A woman called up the Packer ticket office yesterday. "Have you dollar sears for the boys," she asked Spike Spachmann, director of ticket sales...upon being answered in the affirmative, she inquired, "Where are they?"..."In the end zone," replied Spike..."Fine," said she, "I'll take two on the 50-yard line."
SEPT 18 (Green Bay) - The George Halas record of 11 consecutive years at end for the Bears is a mark for other wingmen of the National circuit. He held down the job in addition to shouldering the coaching and business worries of the club. Incidentally, when at Crane Tech in Chicago, he was rated a much better basketball player than a gridder...Bull Doehring and Zuck Carlson wear the largest headgears, yet neither is considered by teammates as big-headed. Russ Thompson has the biggest feet, and Jack Manders and Frank Bausch the largest mitts...Last year Rabbit Molesworth threw 31 forward passes, of which 15 were completed. Four were intercepted. Luke Johnsos caught five for an averaged of 24 yards...George Musso is the heftiest Bear, 258 being his playing weight. George Miller is the lightest ever to try for a place. He weighs but 148 and is up for the first time from Rollins college, Winter Park, Fla. Russ Thompson is the tallest, towering six feet five inches. That's an inch over Frank Sullivan, Les McDonald and Joe Stydahar...Joe Stydahar isn't superstitious. His jersey number is 13...Jim McMillen, the well known professional wrestler, played with the Bears at tackle for several years after his graduation from the University of Illinois. He now is vice president of the club...Sam Francis and John Doehring are the only southpaws on the squad. Doehring can throw the pigskin 100 yards. Once he had to snap one from behind his back. It was a perfect spiral that traveled 45 yards...The Bears always get a blackboard talk between halves.
SEPT 18 (Green Bay) - This will be a busy weekend in the NFL as three games are schedule. The postgraduate gridders are speeding up on both the eastern and western fronts and keen competition is assured the fans...Coach Potsy Clark and his revamped Brooklyn Dodgers will be at home to Johnny Blood's Pittsburgh Pirates. Both these clubs chalked up victories in their initial combats and they each will be out win at any cost...The Detroit management is expecting a bumper opening throng for the game with the Chicago Cardinals. Dutch Clark and company came out of the Cleveland fracas little harmed and the Lions will be at full force for the Cards...George Halas' Chicago Bears will make their first start at Green Bay against the Packers. The Windy City Bruins have five practice games under their belts and they are in the pink to battle the 1936 champions...The National league brand of footballing is attracting a lot of attention in Washington. The Redskins, switched over from Boston. have made a good impression. The newspapers are giving Flaherty's team wide publicity...The House of Mara feels certain that the New York Giants will have a lot to say about top position in the eastern division. Coach Steve Owen is using a new offense which should help the Broadway backs gain plenty...Although his Cleveland Rams suffered a 28 to 0 defeat at the hands of Detroit, Coach Hugo Bezdek still has high hopes of producing a winner. Once the Rams get clicking, its all-star battle front should spell touchdowns...Great things are expected of Wayne Millner at end for the Washington Redskins. This is his second season of postgraduate football and the three year Notre Dame varsity star is playing better football than ever before...In Grosvenor and Russell, the Chicago Cards have a pair of "express' backs who will cause a lot of trouble all around the loop. They are both brilliant open field runners and also right at home snagging passes...Clarence Thompson, one of the 1936 Minnesota stars, has cinched a berth with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Thompson is being used both as an end and backfield and he is showing the Smoke-town fans some flashy football...Hank Soar, who played a lot of college football in the Providence sector, is a welcome addition to the New York Giants backfield. Soar is mighty fast for a 200-pounder and crashes the line at bullet-like speed...Brooklyn football fans are singing the praises of Fred Nori, recruit backfielder from the Northern Illinois Teachers' college. Nori pulled the Philadelphia game out of the fire with a 40-yard pass to Jeff Barrett...Bert Bell, coach and owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, is more than satisfied with fullback Smukler's gridiron display this fall. Smukler has been the Phillies' offensive star as he is teaming up fine with Bill Hewitt...Dutch Clark is a busy man at Detroit. Aside from coaching and doing a turn in the backfield, he is serving as the scout for the Lions. Last Sunday he was among the 10,000 present at Green Bay when the Cards beat the Packers...Jim Durfee is starting his 'steenth year as an official in the NFL. He was one of President Joe Carr's original staff of officials when the wheel functioned with 20 odd clubs back in 1922 and '23...Father Lumpkin seems to improve with age. The veteran backfielder has stepped on a lot of gridirons since he left Georgia Tech but he is still going strong and he appears to be fixed for another year with Brooklyn...Included in the Cleveland lineup are three former Bears, Miller, center; Rosequist, tackle; and Brumbaugh, quarterback. Harry Mattos, halfback, and Primo Miller, tackle, are a pair of former Packers also seeing service with the Rams.
SEPT 18 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears squad of 32 players will leave today for Green Bay, where the Chicagoans will meet the champion Packers tomorrow in their opening contest of the NFL. Tomorrow's battle will be the thirty-sixth renewal of the rivalry, second only to the Bear-Cardinal feud as the oldest in the league. Eggs Manske, former Northwestern and Philadelphia Eagle player, will start at left end. Frank Bausch, former Kansas and Boston Redskin center, was named in that position, and Sam Francis, Nebraska fullback, will answer the opening whistle for the Bears. Coach George Halas tried Francis as a halfback, but after a few days moved him back to fullback and shifted Jack Manders to halfback.
SEPT 19 (Chicago) - National league football teams settle down to a steady fire on division championships today, with engagement on three fronts. By nightfall one, the title defending Green Bay Packers, may be eliminated from immediate contendership. The Packers already have lost one league game. The five other contestants in today's games are unbeaten in league competition. Green Bay is host to its oldest and bitterest rival, the Chicago Bears, who will be making their season debut in the race. The Chicago Cardinals, who with the aid of the breaks they have had coming for some time, defeated the Packers last week, go to Detroit to meet Dutch Clark's Lions. Detroit won its opening game ten days ago, easily whipping the Cleveland Rams. The third game on today's schedule brings together Pittsburgh and the Dodgers, both victorious in their opening games, in an eastern division contest at Brooklyn...ATTENTION CENTERS ON WEST: Attention, of course, focuses on the western division, where the bulk of the league's strength has been centered for several years. This division again is expected to supply the ultimate champion, with the eastern section's only serious challenge coming from the Washington Redskins. Green Bay is on the spot today. If it is to salvage something from the ambitious program it outlined for itself before the All-Star game, victory over the Collegians and retention of its championship, it must defeat the Bears. Unless this proves to be an unusual season, two defeats will eliminate a team from championship consideration. The Packers enter the game without their chief offensive threat, Arnie Herber, the Sammy Baugh of the north country. Herber still is nursing a shoulder injury. In addition they have not found a competent replacement for George Sauer, an exceptional running back, who retired to take up coaching....BEARS MUST PROVE POWER: The Bears, with many new men, have yet to prove they have the power necessary to withstand the assault of the rest of the division in a round robin which is being inaugurated in the National league schedule this year. They have been slow in rounding into shape, slower than any Bear team in history, according to Coach George Halas. Bronko Nagurski, the wrestling fullback, who figures so prominently in any Bear attack, is not expected to see much action today. He reported late, after a wrestling tour of the west, and has not become thoroughly acquainted with the Bears' new offense. If the Bears win over the Packers without Nagurski they must be considered one of the favorites in the championship race.