Green Bay Packers (5-2) 14, Detroit Lions (4-3) 13
Sunday October 31st 1937 (at Detroit)
(DETROIT) - A grim, fighting band of Green Bay Packers, who were licked and didn't know it, came from behind a 13-0 football deficit this afternoon and drove the National league hopes of Detroit's Lions into the sod of the university stadium. Thirteen impressive points the Packers spotted the Lions, and with Detroit playing the defensive football of the season, these points appeared to be enough. But Green Bay shook fullback Eddie Jankowski loose for a 34-yard touchdown sprint in the third period, and just 10 plays from the end of the game shot fullback Clarke Hinkle over from the 2-yard line. Upon these two scoring occasions tackle Ernie Smith carefully kicked the extra points, and when the crowd, estimated generously at above 22,000, started jamming into the exits, the score was 14 to 13 in Green Bay's favor. Even with this dismaying setback, the Lions were full of fight, and in the dying moments of the game they drove deep into Green Bay territory on two wildly-executed and successful plays, setting the stage for a heart-breaking gridiron drama, as Coach Earl (Dutch) Clark missed a field goal from the 31-yard line. There was time for only one play after that, and Hinkle took the ball, nudging easily into his own interference, and hugging the pigskin to avert the danger of a fumble. As a football game it was terrific, and as a sporting spectacle it was stupendous. The throng packed every inch of space in the big stadium, whose capacity is estimated at various figures, and the fans desperately wanted that Detroit victory. It looked like they'd get it when the great Clark scored two touchdowns and added one extra point, but that missed kick was the margin of defeat. For Green Bay, the outcome was achieved by a titanic counter attack following Detroit's 13 points, all of which were scored in the third period. The Packers, playing magnificent football under the duress of the Lions' highly charged defense, failed to penetrate scoring territory on at least two occasions when touchdowns appeared imminent, but there were too many heroes at work in the Packer backfield and line to prevent an ultimate victory.
The Svendsen brothers put on an act which was a sight for those scatted pairs of eyes which wanted to look upon a Packer victory. Big George, a roving giant in the first part of the game, was doubled up by an injury received in action, and Little Bud, less than 190 pounds of center, relieved him with a whirlwind display. It was Bud Svendsen who opened the door for Jankowski's touchdown with a trip hammer block of Jack Johnson on the Detroit goal line. Ernie Smith and Lou Gordon, the latter playing until he was exhausted and had to be removed, were an unexcelled pair of tackles, while outstanding work at the guards was contributed by Buckets Goldenberg, Russ Letlow and Lon Evans. The chief burden at the ends was taken in spectacular style by Don Hutson and Captain Milt Gantenbein. Both were especially impregnable upon defense.
While the ball carrying of Hinkle, Jankowski and Paul Miller was outstanding, and the quarterbacking of Joe Laws and Arnold Herber, particularly during the touchdown drives, was ingenious, two backs contributed blocking demonstrations which were little short of perfect. They were Hank Bruder and Herman Schneidman. When the Packers were punching down the field in short jabs, with Hinkle driving Detroit crazy by a deceptive reverse to the weak side, off left end, it was Schneidman, sweeping ahead of him on every play, who picked off the first line of defense, and next to the fullback himself, was most instrumental in getting the touchdown. The first Packer offensive, launched with the opening kickoff, recoiled before a slashing Detroit counterattack that rolled deep into Green Bay territory. The temper of the Lions were demonstrated early, as Clark ripped off a 31-yard run, but the Packers made a great goal line stand and regained possession of the ball on the 2-yard line, punting out immediately. Continuing to dominate play, the Lions roared back into scoring country, their second campaign penetrating to the 12-yard line. Stopped again Clark attempted a field goal from the 23-yard line, with no success.
Hinkle swung the battle tide the other way. He hoisted a skyscraper punt which chased Detroit back into its own territory for the first time. At this point the Packers regained control of the game, stopped the Detroit attack and started one of their own, which was halted abruptly when Lloyd Cardwell intercepted Herber's forward pass near midfield. The Packers remained well into their own country for the rest of the first period, and the early portion of the second stanza turned up nothing more exciting than a steady exchange of punts. Midway through the period Detroit marched 43 yards on consistent line plays to the Green Bay 22, where Hinkle intercepted Shepherd's pass to halt the movement. After this interception, the Packers ripped back with a great show of life, and with Laws running the ball, and Monnett passing, moved deep into Detroit territory. They lost the ball on faulty quarterbacking, finally - or faulty execution of good quarterbacking - when two consecutive forward passes fell incomplete over the goal line, giving Detroit the ball after the Packers had made a first down on the Lions 14, and had used up only two downs subsequently.
​Then the fireworks started. Detroit took the Packers' kickoff at the start of the second half. Runs of 45 yards by Caddel and 22 yards by Clark paved the way for a first down on the Green Bay 3-yard line. Even then it took the Lions four downs to ram it over, and when Dutch Clark was stopped on the chalk line the Packers protested the decision vigorously, claiming that Clark had not reached the goal line. But the score was allowed, and Clark tried the extra point kick, which struck the goal post and was no good. The next time the Packers got the ball they got an offense started, but Clark halted it by intercepting Herber's forward pass on the Green Bay 38. In seven plays the Lions smashed over, aided by a 15-yard penalty to the Packer 10-yard stripe. Clark went over right tackle for the score, and then kicked goal to set up the 13-0 lead. From this point on, the Packers were in complete control, except for the dangerous Detroit flurry at the end. Green Bay's first scoring chance came when Hutson blocked Shepherd's punt, Buckets Goldenberg recovering on the Detroit 40. Two plays later Jankowski broke through left tackle and was off on a 34-yard jaunt to the goal line in the most sensational play of the day.
It looked like a routine 10-yard gain, but Hank Bruder shook the runner into open country by carving a lane through the Detroit secondary, and Jankowski proceeded to the 5-yard line, where Johnson, Lion tackle, was waiting with open arms. Bud Svendsen uncorked a terrific block which not only removed Johnson from the play but nearly knocked him out of the stadium, making it an easy matter for Jankowski to circle the squirming bodies and cross the goal. Ernie Smith kicked goal and the lead was cut to 13-7. Green Bay kicked off, wrested the ball from the Lions, and pounded down again. Jankowski's running plays and Herber's passes moved the charge to the Detroit 15, but it was stopped when Clark intercepted Herber's pass over the goal line for a touchback. Detroit punted immediately, and back came the Packers, thundering toward the Lions' goal with a superb mixture of running plays, the ball carriers being Hinkle, Miller and Herber. They drove down to the 2-yard stripe, and then sent Hinkle across for the touchdown, Ernie Smith kicking the all-deciding extra point to give Green Bay the lead.
This occurred only 10 plays from the end of the game, but they were 10 hectic plays. Huffman ripped back 24 yards on an attempted forward pass play, and a Gutowsky to Klewicki forward pass, followed by a lateral to Cardwell, gained 26, and made it first down on the Green Bay 21. But there wasn't enough time remaining for a touchdown, and when Clark's 31-yard dropkick curved to the left, the game was in the sack for the invaders.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  7  7 - 14
DETROIT   -  0  0 13  0 - 13
3rd - DET - Dutch Clark, 1-yard run (Clark kick failed) DETROIT 6-0
3rd - DET - Clark, 1-yard run (Clark kick) DETROIT 13-0
3rd - GB - Eddie Jankowski, 34-yard run (Ernie Smith kick) DETROIT 13-7
4th - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 2-yard run (Smith kick) GREEN BAY 14-13
NOV 6 (Chicago) - Before a Wrigley field throng which will tax the capacity of that historic old sports arena, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears tomorrow afternoon will find out which is the best team in the NFL. The game, scheduled for 2 o'clock, may decide the Western division championship, so many people are interested in the outcome that a shortage of tickets has developed in Chicago. A great many of the fans in attendance will be rooting for the Packers, as Green Bay and Wisconsin in general plan an impressive invasion. The advance guard from this city already is in Chicago, but the team will not leave until tonight, taking the Milwaukee Road train at 5:36. This will bring them to their destination at 9:45, and immediately upon arrival they will be hustled north along Sheridan Road to the Belmont hotel, there to remain until game time the following day...INJURIES ARE SCARCE: In taking a final look at his squad during practice today, Coach E.L. Lambeau found a dearth of injuries, prompting him to predict that the Packers will face the Bears in the best condition of the season. The Green Bay coach again expected the toughest kind of a battle, but it is the one the team must win if it is to overtake the Bears in the race for the championship of the West. Bruises and minor injuries received at the hands of the Detroit Lions last week have recovered, and Lambeau will be able to use anyone he wants to against the Bears. It is probable that the seasoned material will get the first call, as the Bears are about the trickiest team in sight, and all possible playing experience will be needed. Although Lambeau has named no starting lineup, a good guess would place Don Hutson and Milt Gantenbein at ends, Ernie Smith and Lou Gordon at tackles, Russ Letlow and Lon Evans at guards, George Svendsen at center, Hank Bruder at blocking quarterback, Bob Monnett or Paul Miller at left halfback, Arnold Herber or Joe Laws at right half, and Clarke HInkle at full. The Bears also are certain to get their fill of Eddie Jankowski, the Wisconsin product who is developing into one of the best ball carriers and blockers in the league...PLAN RADIO PARTIES: Green Bay fans who cannot accompany the team to Chicago will gather around radios for informal parties and listen to accounts of the struggle. A large number of fans, however, will follow the squad. The Chicago and North Western road announced today that because of the rush of reservations, its train tomorrow morning will be a special, sponsored by Du Chateau, and leaving here at 7 o'clock. The trek to Wrigley field will start shortly after noon, as thousands of Wisconsin fans take autos, taxis and the "L" to the north side. A number of private parties are planned for tonight at Chicago hotels, and there will be more tomorrow night, particularly if the Packers achieve their goal and hand the Bears a pasting. The Packer coaches are skeptical of reports from Chicago that Bronko Nagurski and Sam Francis of the Bears are injured. Nagurski, it is recalled, defended his heavyweight wrestling championship in New York this week, something which would have not been permitted had he been ailing physically.
NOV 6 (Green Bay) - A Green Bay minister who requested his name be withheld this noon received a telegram from an Illinois friend of his, carrying the following advice: "Put Sunday morning's collection on the Chicago Bears."
NOV 6 (Green Bay) - President Joe F. Carr of the NFL in a special order issued at noon today ruled that Bill Lee, all-American tackle from Alabama, was the property of the Green Bay Packers and is eligible in the game against the Bears in Chicago on Sunday.
NOV 6 (Green Bay) - It is a great fight and if it doesn't end with a sudden knockout it's going down in the ring books as one of the greatest comeback exhibitions ever seen in a squared circle...the kid in the green and gold trunks, a clever youngster with a wallop in both hands, is picking up steam after a bad this is written he is ready to come out for the eighth round, and the referee - a little, dark fellow - is standing in the middle of the ring, still panting a bit from the feverish excitement of that seventh frame. The crowd has yelled itself hoarse, and while it still is telling itself the kid can't win - he's lost too many points, has too many odds against him - they keep chattering, too, that he's rallied to win in the past, and he may do it again...all eyes are on the timer...his hammer lifted, ready to strike the bell. The kid has the fire of battle in his eyes...he's fresher and stronger than when he started, and he wonders whether or not he can piled up enough points in the last few rounds to win...he frowns, and shakes the bloody sweat from his tousled head in bitter memory of the first stanzas. The kid looked bad then...he was over-anxious, and in crossing that left he didn't block with the right...down he went, hard, and he jumped up without taking the vital 8-second count...he tried to rally - tried to recoup those points so early in the fight with a return knockdown - but his opponent was cagy and kept on his bicycle until the bell. The kid had tears in his eyes, then, and as they thumped his chest and worked on that cut over his eyes as he glared across the ring at his snarling opponents...he waited breathlessly for the second round, and at the bell was across the ring, swinging with everything he had...he landed a high one to the ear, but the counterpunch caught him off balance, and down he went again, losing another round on the miserable break...and in darkest despair, he again was sponged off between the rounds. The kid's backers had salted a lot of potatoes on him, and they groaned in agony as they realized that only a miracle could send him into the ring's center, right arm upraised, at the end of the fight...but they misjudged the kid's fighting heart. He slid out cautiously in the third round and belted his man to the canvas with a terrific display of leather...he took the fourth by a brilliant show of careful boxing, and added the fifth, sixth and seventh with methodical regularity...the crowd, realizing that those first two rounds were all a mistake, became a hysterical mob. They're still shouting and screaming and yelling for the kid, even while they pound each other's shoulders and howl that they know he can't win that fight. The odds are still too great - he'll never come through with all those final rounds - he'll never last that long. But if they really feel that way, they don't know the kid. He's the Green Bay Packers.
NOV 6 (Green Bay) - Two of the highest powered offensive machines in football, the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, proved to be just as tough defensively last Sunday, and their meeting in New York resulted in a 3 to 3 tie. Attendance was 50,000...Johnny Blood's Pirates returned to the win column at the expense of the Philadelphia Eagles in a game at Pittsburgh. The score was 16 to 7, but the victory came the hard way. Philadelphia took a 7 to 0 lead early in the contest...The Brooklyn Dodgers dropped another 21 to 0 victory, this time to the Washington Redskins. More than 20,000 saw the game which was played at Brooklyn. The win set Washington closer on the heels of the eastern leading New Yorkers...The Chicago Cardinals played their first home game before 9,000 fans at Wrigley field with the Cleveland Rams providing the opposition. The Cardinals won by 13 to 7, and climbed past the Detroit Lions to third in their division...Dougal Russel's spectacular 68-yard return of a punt for a touchdown was the high spot of the Cardinals win over the Rams. Field goals kicked by Bill May provided the other points. Drake tallied for Cleveland, a three yard buck...Ward Cuff, the former Marquette university fullback, kicked the field goal that gave the Giants the tie with the Bears. In the opposing lineup was his former teammate, Ray Buivid, who joined the Bears after a few games in the East...Carl Brumbaugh, the former Bear and Cleveland back, was barking signals for Potsy Clark at Brooklyn again Sunday, but it didn't help. Sammy Baugh scored one of the Washington touchdowns, and Irwin and Kahn made the other two...Bronko Nagurski's injured foot, hurt in the Detroit game, kept him on the bench for all but a few minutes in the tilt with the Giants. The loss of the Bronk all but nullified the Bears' ground attack. He will play this week...Detroit, after losing two in a row, plays host to Cleveland Sunday. While they now have lost three games, they are sure to leave their brand on the championship race somewhere along the line...Pittsburgh moves into New York for the outstanding game on the eastern menu. Injuries kept out Johnny Blood out of the game against Philadelphia, and probably will keep him benched for the rest of the year. It's all coaching for him now...Philadelphia, losing some close ones in the past few weeks, has a chance to win a ball game when it opposes Brooklyn at the latter city Sunday. Averell Daniell, former Packer, probably will be making his first Dodger appearance...Five Smiths participate in the NFL. They are Bill of the Chicago Cardinals, Ernie of the Green Bay Packers, and Riley, George and Ben of Washington. For a short time a sixth, Ed, was with Green Bay...Steve Owen still is bubbling over with enthusiasm about his new shift, and when it stands the test of a team like the Bears, his high feeling is justified. He also still is employing the two team system in substitutions...John Sims (Shipwreck) Kelly returned to the gridiron wars as quarterback in Brooklyn's starting lineup Sunday. Kelly is part owner of the Dodger team, but has been inactive as a player for the past several seasons...Cliff Battles of Washington, leading ground gainer in the loop, has averaged better than 100 yards per game, which is a handy amount of turf to have on the credit side of the column. That type of running leads to touchdowns.
NOV 6 (Chicago) - Green Bay will arrive in the loop tonight in time to complete its preparation for tomorrow's game against the Bears at Wrigley field with a lecture. The Packers wind up their strenuous work on Municipal field in Green Bay this morning and board a train for Chicago shortly after noon. The Bears also will end their drills with a workout at Wrigley field in the morning and lecture tonight. It will be the fourth lecture since the team's return from New York Monday night. The intensive practice meted out to both squads reflects its importance of tomorrow's contest, which may decide the western division championship. Green Bay comes up to the game in excellent shape. All cripples, including Arnie Herber and Bob Monnett, have responded to treatment. It will mark the first time this season that the Packers have been at full strength and prepared to unleash the full force of the attack...BEARS' INJURIES SLIGHT: No serious injuries are reported in the Bear camp, but several of the starters are sporting bruises that may hamper their performances. Bronko Nagurski still favors the bruised foot, which curtailed his effectiveness as a ball carrier in the Giant game last week, but he will be ready to take his place in the starting lineup. While he was unable to get his customary drive in the New York game, he blocked as efficiently as ever and will be used for the same purpose tomorrow if it is found that he has trouble packing the ball. Ray Nolting, the sensational sophomore halfback, who has replaced Beattie Feathers in the starting lineup, has an injured hand, a memento of the Giant game. Physicians diagnosed the injury as a sprained thumb. Nolting has been working all week, however, and will be ready to work...DRILL TO STOP HINKLE, JANKOWSKI: Work on defense in the Bears' camp has stressed the spinners on which Clarke Hinkle and Ed Jankowski, the Packers' fullbacks, have been getting off for long runs. These plays start from the Packers' variation of the Notre Dame system, which is based on the customary backfield shift into a short wing with an unbalanced line. Green Bay formerly used the Notre Dame system of man against man, but the superlative quality of National league linemen and the development of defense in recent years made it advisable in league competition to incorporate some of the principals of the Warner system to get more power ahead of the ball carrier. Advance sales for the game continue to mount, indicating that a new record for attendance in Chicago is assured, provided the weather man keeps his part of the bargain. The sale to date has broken all records for advance sales, including even those established last week in New York when the Giants and Bears played to 54,000.
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers went through their final heavy drill of the week Friday in preparation for the game with the Chicago Bears Sunday in Chicago. Coach Curly Lambeau put his charges through every offensive maneuver in the books and then brushed up on the defense that is expected to hold the vaunted Chicago attack within bounds. Lambeau expressed satisfaction with the way the players handled their assignments and with their eagerness to work. "We are ready," he said, "and the Bears will find an entirely different club than the one that played haphazard ball here in September. They won that game, 14 to 2, but they'll have to play fully 50 percent better ball Sunday to have a chance. The boys are set. The natural rivalry between the two clubs, prospects of playing before the largest pro crowd in Chicago's history and a chance at the title they are now defending all have served as keying methods and without another word of instruction, without any dressing room talk, they'd go in and put up their best game of the year. A year ago the Bears trimmed us here, 30 to 3, but we went right back into Chicago, spotted
them a 10 point lead on breaks and went on to win because the boys wanted to win. That same eagerness is with the club today, but we won't do any 10 point spotting Sunday if we can help it." With the exception of Mike Michalske, injured in the Detroit game, and Paul Miller, who is nursing an injury the club is in top shape physically. Michalske is out for the rest of the season as a result of being kicked by Cardwell, Detroit back, but Miller is expected to be ready for some of his speed efforts against the Bears. Saturday, the club will have a final limbering up drill here and will leave in the afternoon for Chicago, where headquarters will be established at the Belmont hotel. Special trains will carry Green Bay and Fox River fans to the game. Ticket sales here and in other Wisconsin points are the heaviest in the history of the pro league and a goodly portion of the throng of 40,000 fans who'll be on hand will be Packer adherents.
NOV 6 (Chicago) - 
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers went through their final heavy drill of the week Friday in preparation for the game with the Chicago Bears Sunday in Chicago. Coach Curly Lambeau put his charges through every offensive maneuver in the books and then brushed up on the defense that is expected to hold the vaunted Chicago attack within bounds. Lambeau expressed satisfaction with the way the players handled their assignments and with their eagerness to work. "We are ready," he said, "and the Bears will find an entirely different club than the one that played haphazard ball here in September. They won that game, 14 to 2, but they'll have to play fully 50 percent better ball Sunday to have a chance. The boys are set. The natural rivalry between the two clubs, prospects of playing before the largest pro crowd in Chicago's history and a chance at the title they are now defending all have served as keying methods and without another word of instruction, without any dressing room talk, they'd go in and put up their best game of the year. A year ago the Bears trimmed us here, 30 to 3, but we went right back into Chicago, spotted them a 10 point lead on breaks and went on to win because the boys wanted to win. That same eagerness is with the club today, but we won't do any 10 point spotting Sunday if we can help it." With the exception of Mike Michalske, injured in the Detroit game, and Paul Miller, who is nursing an injury the club is in top shape physically. Michalske is out for the rest of the season as a result of being kicked by Cardwell, Detroit back, but Miller is expected to be ready for some of his speed efforts against the Bears. Saturday, the club will have a final limbering up drill here and will leave in the afternoon for Chicago, where headquarters will be established at the Belmont hotel. Special trains will carry Green Bay and Fox River fans to the game. Ticket sales here and in other Wisconsin points are the heaviest in the history of the pro league and a goodly portion of the throng of 40,000 fans who'll be on hand will be Packer adherents.
NOV 7 (Chicago) - The Packers and Bears will play before the largest crowd in the history of professional football here Sunday afternoon - if the weather is nice. Saturday night it all depended on the skies. If the day is dry and clear and not too cold, a capacity crowd of 39,000 or 40,000 is practically assured. Only 5,000 or 6,000 general admission tickets remained after an advance sale almost four times heavier than any other in the history of the Bears. If the day is not well suited to football, the crowd still will be one of the largest of the pro campaign. The advance alone assures an attendance of more than 32,000...MILLER'S LEG INJURED: The Packers spent Saturday night in Chicago after taking their last workout Saturday morning on their own field in Green Bay. They established their headquarters at the Belmont hotel. Except for Paul Miller, speedy left halfback, and Mike Michalske, veteran guard, the Bays awaited the game in their best physical shape of the fall. Miller pulled a muscle in his leg in the 14-13 victory over Detroit last week and because the injury has failed to respond to treatment as expected, he will probably be used sparingly, if at all. Michalske injured his spine at Detroit. The old Iron Man is probably through for keeps. To offset this, however, Bronko Nagurski of the Bears is not in the best of shape, either, although news about his condition has been carefully concealed. The Nag hurt his foot two weeks ago and has had it under lamps every day. He'll be able to play, of course, but if somebody happens to step on his pet bunions again, he may not be the devastating horse upon whom the Bears pin so much of their hope...A CRUCIAL GAME: The Packers will either kiss themselves into the very thick of the race again in this game or kiss themselves out of anything except a mathematical chance to repeat their league triumph of 1936. If the Packers win, they will be separated from first place by less than half a game, or, in percentage points .083. The standings, if the Packers win, would be as follows:
           W  L  T  .Pct
Chicago    5  1  1  .833
Green Bay  6  2  0  .750
A tie won't help the Packers in their uphill chase. A tie,
in fact, would hurt. The standings, in this event, would
be as follows:
           ​W  L  T  .Pct
Chicago    5  0  2 1.000
Green Bay  5  2  1  .714
And a defeat will definitely drop the Bays out of anything
except skimpy mathematical consideration. If the Bears
win, the standings would be as follows:
           W  L  T  .Pct
Chicago    6  0  1 1.000
Green Bay  5  3  0  .625
So it clearly behooves the men of the north to win. Their
title hangs in the balance...The game involves the best
offensive club in the league, the Packers, and the best
defensive club, the Bears. The Packers have rolled up
by all odds the most imposing yardage in the league
and have piled up the most points - 153. Even in their
first game with the Bears at Green Bay six weeks ago,
which Halas' hirelings won, 14-2, the crippled Bays
outgained their foes, 10 first downs to 6. In defensive
play over the season, the Bears lead the league. They
have yielded less ground than any other club and have
allowed fewer points...PACKERS CONFIDENT: Green
Bay will enter the game supremely confident despite
betting quotations which have strangely fluctuated
between 2 to 1 in favor of Chicago and even money.
Saturday night the Bears had the edge again, 5 to 4.
The Packers, however, have paid little attention to the
odds and no sooner did Lambeau lead his men into
town than he predicted the Bears wouldn't be able to
stop his club. "We're in great shape," he said. "The
team is really keyed up for the first time this fall. They
beat us once but they will not do it again unless we
happen to have bad weather or get a flock of bad
breaks." On the other side of the fence, however, Halas
regarded the game just as serenely. "We'll settle the
western division race Sunday - mark what I say." Well,
Sunday afternoon by 4:30 you'll know. The game will
mark the first appearance in a Packer uniform of Bill
Lee, 235-pound Alabama tackle whom the Packers
purchased two weeks ago from Brooklyn. Lee played at
Alabama with Don Hutson.
NOV 7 (Chicago) - Seventeen years ago, when the
Bears were the only professional football team engaging
in daily workouts, they scheduled a game with the
Packers, a home talent event from Green Bay, Wis.
Today at Wrigley field the two teams meet for the thirty-
sixth time, climaxing the series with a contest that may
decide the west division championship in the National
league. The Bears, the Packers and professional 
football have come a long way since that distant
afternoon when the Green Bay boys, playing for fun,
took a 20 to 0 licking from the Bears, p[laying for a
guarantee. Less than three hundred were present at that inaugural. At Wrigley field today 40,000 are expected to crowd into the spacious double decked stands, giving the Bears the distinction of drawing record crowds three times in 15 days. Forty thousand will set an all-time high for professional attendance in Chicago...ADVANCE SALES SET RECORD: Advance sales already have set a record. Only a few reserved seats remain. They will be placed on sale at Wrigley field this morning along with 25,000 unreserved seats, priced at 55 cents in the new bleachers to $1.65 for grandstand tickets along the third base lines. The unprecedented demand for accommodations is a tribute to professional football as well as to the two contestants, whose rivalry, built up through the years, is intensified by the importance of today's game in the title race. Green Bay, rebounding from an ignominious start, is at the crossroads. It it loses today, its hopes of retaining the championship won last year will be smashed. A victory will put the Packers back in the running. A tie will make it possible, but highly improbable, for any team to dislodge the Bears from first place, a position they have held from the first game of the season...BEARS AT FULL STRENGTH: Unbeaten in six games, with a 3 to 3 tie by the New York Giants the only blemish on their record, the Bears enter today's contest with a full squad available, although Bronko Nagurski and Ray Nolting, starting backs, still are undergoing treatment for bruises. Preparations for the game have included every phase of offensive and defensive play. Several new plays have been added to the attack, which found itself embarrassed at New York last week when the Giants suddenly switched to a five man line. With the new maneuvers the Bears are prepared to operate against a five, six or seven man line and have the pass formations to combat any style of secondary alignment into which the Packers may shift...WATCH FOR MONNETT: Special stress has been placed on the importance of Bob Monnett in the Packer backfield. Heretofore opponents have concentrated on pass defense only when Arnie Herber was doing the pitching. Statistics provided by the National league this week reveal that Monnett has completed 27 of 50 passes against 22 out of 50 for Herber and that his completions have gained more than twice as many yards. Close scores have been the rule in the Packer-Bear series, with sensational plays providing the margin of victory in a majority of the games. Dutch Sternaman's long field goal won, 3 to 0, in the final minutes of 1923. In 1935 Herber passed eighty-seven yards to Don Hutson on the first play to win, 7 to 0. Later that same season two passes, Herber to Hutson for sixty-seven yards and Herber to Hutson for twelve, scored two touchdowns in the last three minutes and beat the Bears, 17 to 14...MANDERS' KICK WIN TWO GAMES: Jack Manders' kicking won two Packer games in 1933, the former Minnesota fullback kicking the extra point to break a 6 to 6 tie and win 7 to 6 in the first, and deciding the second, 10 to 7, with a long field goal and a point after touchdown. In 1933 the Bears planned to surprise the Packers with an end around play on which Bill Hewitt carried the ball. After an hour's drill on the play, Luke Johnsos, the other end, went for the clubhouse instead of the opposing tackle as the ball was snapped. Hewitt, spying the fleeing Johnsos, stopped and fired the ball at Johnsos' head. Coach George Halas immediately called the team together, gave the play a number, and on the following day it scored the tying touchdown. The Bears scored a moment later on a blocked kick and won...ONLY FOUR END IN TIES: The unexpected has become traditional in the series. Only four of the preceding thirty-five contests have ended in ties. With both teams long on offensive strength, scoring appears inevitable. And where there is scoring in professional games, the sensational usually prevails. The Packers, with their excellent passing combination, are a constant threat. One long pass may be the deciding factor, bringing them the victory that will keep alive their championship hopes and tie the Bear series at sixteen victories apiece.
NOV 1 (Chicago) - The Washington Redskins, with rookie Sammy Baugh wielding a big hatchet, are sending their war cry down the NFL trail. Most of the attention this season has gone to the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, but the Redskins have served notice that they cannot be counted out of the title running, despite two defeats. They scalped Brooklyn, 21 to 0, yesterday for a fifth victory and Baugh, the Texas Christian graduate whose passing has been a feature of the campaign, scored one touchdown and paved the way for a second with a long aerial to Riley Smith. Washington took a lead on a first period touchdown and scored twice in the third stanza. The victory left the Redskins in second place in the Eastern division...BATTLE TO TIE: New York's Giants and Chicago's Bears, respective leaders of the East and West divisions, battled to a 3-3 tie before 50,449 fans in New York. Jack Manders booted a 20-yard field goal in the second period to match the 42-yard kick made by Ward Cuff in the opening stanza. Cuff's kick was the longest field goal of the season. Chicago, still undefeated in six games, made 11 first downs to four for the Giants...GIVEN EARLY LEAD: Pittsburgh spotted Philadelphia to an early touchdown, then came back to whip the Eagles, 16 to 7. A pass to Wilbur Sortet gave the Pirates the first touchdown, but as the first period ended they trailed by a point. In the second stanza, Armand Niccolai booted a 27-yard field goal and in the third period Bill Davidson raced 87 yards to score after intercepting an Eagle aerial. A 62-yard touchdown run on a punt by Doug Russell, plus two field goals by Bill May, gave the Chicago Cardinals a 13 to 7 win over Cleveland's Rams. It was the Cards' fifth win as against one tie and three defeats and a seventh loss in eight games for the young Cleveland club.
NOV 1 (Aboard American Airlines Flagship "West Virginia" somewhere above Michigan) - I got the jitters. I got the jitters. And this new form of sky writing has nothing to do with it. They were reviving newspaper men by the platoon in the press box at the University of Detroit stadium this afternoon, as Dutch Clark's last half-minute dropkick went sailing toward the pots, and curved gently - just far enough - to the left. It was as thrilling a game as the Packers ever played against the Lions, or that they played against the Bears, or that anyone ever played against anybody. It had teeth rattling and hearts stopping all over the place. Somehow, you knew - you had a hunch - that Clark wouldn't miss that last field goal. The setup was too providential. The Frank Merriwell punch was there. It was in the books. After relinquishing an apparently safe lead to the roaring comeback of the Packers, Detroit was through. It was beaten back on its heels, tired and worn out, needing a miracle to snatch a victory from Wisconsin's pros. The miracle happened. Two spectacular, desperate plays are up most of the distance to the Packer goal line in as many gulps. The stands were sending up prayers and cheers like incense. Scarcely half a minute remained. It was the Merriwell finish. It was the punch-packed final seconds which would sent the screaming crowd home to supper, telling Mama and the kids how that Dutch Clark just never knows when he is licked, and you should have seen him kick that last field goal, cool as a cucumber, smooth as a seal. Yes, it was the kick Clark couldn't miss, and as he ball whirled back to him, as Milt Gantenbein and Don Hutson came tearing in from opposite ends in desperate attempts to block that kick, you felt like closing your eyes. But he missed it. There must have been a sequel to that Merriwell novel. And where do these airlines pick up such cute stewardesses?...We're telling you that the Packer scoring at Detroit was restricted, but highly important, as one point less would have made much difference in the final score...that touchdown of Eddie Jankowski's was his second for Green Bay in his freshman debut, and raised his total to 13 points...Clarke Hinkle scored his 21st Packer touchdown, and now has accumulated 164 points...this leaves him in third place on the all-time scoring list, an even 60 points behind Johnny once appeared that Blood was slated to remain in second place for a good many seasons, but Hinkle is ripping off a touchdown per game with regularity, and has eaten up a big part of the space between them...and Ernie Smith keeps booting those extra points...he got the two the Packers had to have against the Lions, and now there's little doubt about it - he'll be overtaking Red Dunn's high total of 46 extra points one of these days...Ernie's kicks yesterday were No. 39 and 40, and raised his 3-year total to 55, enabling him to move past Buckets Goldenberg into 16th place, three points behind Dunn.
NOV 2 (Green Bay) - As the Green Bay Packers returned to their home stomping grounds following their sensational victory over the Detroit Lions at the Michigan city last Sunday, August (Mike) Michalske, veteran Guard of the Century, remained in a Detroit hospital, a casualty of the terrific contest. Michalske was placed in a cast yesterday to protect a back injury allegedly sustained by a kick from a Detroit player, and he of course will play no more football for Green Bay this season. He is assistant coach of the Packer squad. Mrs. Michalske is in a Green Bay hospital, where she received a telephone communication from her husband last night. The Michalskes recently became the parents of a daughter. Mike's injury is not regarded as serious, except for the inconveniences incidental to his convalescence. Trainer Dave Woodward went to work today on a variety of bumps and bruises received in the Detroit game. Paul Miller and Russ Letlow were shaken up severely, but pending the regular examination by Dr. W.W. Kelly, their status as prospective players against the Chicago Bears remains o.k. Young Earl Svendsen, who relieved his big brother George at center and turned in a potent afternoon, looks like he had walked through a concrete mixer, but is uninjured otherwise, and Big George will be ready for plenty of action Sunday. The Packers had pointed directly for the game at Detroit, spending little time thinking about the tussle with the Bears, but now that super-crucial occasion is getting very close, and the thought of pasting the powerful undefeated Chicagoans is uppermost in the minds of Coach E.L. Lambeau and his men. Last year the Bears handed the Packers a humiliating whipping here, only to fall before a great Green Bay offense at Wrigley field, 21 to 10, after taking a 10-0 lead. This Sunday Coach George Halas is preparing to block a repetition of that comeback, while the Packers are gunning to repeat - all of which may attract a record professional throng to Wrigley field. Although well-placed forward passes were instrumental in the Packer victory at Detroit, the Green Bay team's lashing ground attack was the chief factor in the upset, aided by spectacular downfield blocking on at least one occasion - Eddie Jankowski's 34-yard touchdown run. Hank Bruder and several other Packers shoved Jankowski into the open, and the last barrier to the goal line was removed by Bud Svendsen, who almost removed Jack Johnson from the stadium with a block like a falling safe. The second Packer touchdown was made almost entirely along the ground, the team's blocking being superb all the way. Clarke Hinkle's short smashes off left end, with Herman Schneidman paving the way, were the most effective plays, and in fact Hinkle eventually drove across on the same formation. While the Packers may have resorted chiefly to their ground campaign to beat the Lions, they still carry loaded dynamite in the air, and Halas knows it better than anyone else. Consequently the Bears won't overlook the Packers overhead game in protecting themselves from a bruising on the sod.
NOV 2 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears, who are doing as well financially as they are in the National league won and lost columns, may hang up another attendance record at Wrigley field Sunday. The Bears, undefeated in six games,meet the strong Green Bay Packers, now in second place in the Western division, and favorable weather may bring out a crowd larger than the 34,530 fans who watched the Bears whip Detroit Oct. 24. That gathering was the largest ever to see a pro league game here. Last Sunday the Bears played the New York Giants to a 3-3 ties before 40,449 fans, the biggest professional game outpouring since Red Grange made his pro debut in 1925.
NOV 2 (Manitowoc Herald Times) - Bill Lee, former Alabama star who came to the Green Bay Packers in a Brooklyn exchange involving Averill Daniell, told Jack Walters of the Press Gazette last week that he had been trying to get to Green Bay for two years. "Green Bay?" he queried. "I've never seen such a swell town. Within a radius of three blocks from the hotel I've been stopped by at least 20 people who asked me if I were the new Packer, shook my hand and wished me luck. I never liked Brooklyn. Too big, too noisy, too fast a life. Green Bay is more like home." Lee took the weekly written quiz with the Packers, 24 hours after he arrived in Green Bay and made only two mistakes in 120 questions. He had absorbed the entire Packer system of football in 24 hours.
NOV 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - The approach to a big game, from a coaching standpoint, is entirely difference in professional football from what it is in college football. A college coach, no matter how good his team, is almost always ready to award Saturday's big game to the opponent. Whatever he may honestly think, he doesn't say. But regard how Curly Lambeau of the Packers and George Halas of the Bears approach their crucial National Professional league game at Wrigley field Sunday. Their approach is typical of professional football. Says Halas: "We'll win. We beat the Packers in their own backyard, and we'll beat them again. With Nagurski back in form, nothing can stop us." Says Lambeau: "We'll win. We lost to the Bears in Green Bay, but we were crippled. We hadn't hit our real stride. We're going to give them both barrels Sunday and square accounts." Can you imagine a college coach publicly giving his team a chance like this except against the rankest sort of setup?...The Packers will go into the Bear game Sunday slightly crippled both in the backfield and line. In the line, Mike Michalske has been lost. Iron Mike is still in a Detroit hospital with an injured spine. In the backfield Paul Miller may be lost. The South Dakota jackrabbit, who contributed some of the best football of the day against the Lions Sunday, pulled a muscle in his lef and the injury hasn't responded to treatment.
​NOV 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - And now for the big, bad, bold Bears! The gridiron prides of all Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers, with the difficult Detroit Lions' hurdle negotiated safely by a 14 to 13 margin in Detroit last Sunday, now face the game they've been waiting for - the test next Sunday at Wrigley Field, Chicago, against the Chicago Bears, current leaders of the western half race of the National Professional Football league. Last Sunday's victory over the Lions gave the Bays a record of five straight league wins after losing to the Chicago Cardinals and the Bears in early season games that were played when the Packer offense was all but shattered through injuries to Arnie Herber and Bob Monnett, two of the greatest aerial bombardiers in present day football. While the Bays were winning the hard way from the Lions the Bears eked out a 3 to 3 tie with the eastern leaders, the New York Giants. And that tie, lads and lassies, may mean the loss of the title for the Bears. Should the Packers defeat the Bears Sunday, and there's every reason in the world why they can and should, the chief of which is the fact that the Bays are a better team and have a more versatile attack, it means that the Bears must go through the rest of the season undefeated - providing the Packers negotiate their other games in manner befitting a team of their caliber. Two games loom as distinct barriers to the Bears' title march in addition to the Packer fray Sunday. On Thanksgiving Day, they tangle with the Lions at Detroit and on December 5 they play the Cardinals, a club that gave them a stiff battle early in the season. Brooklyn and Cleveland should provide the Bears with little opposition. In addition to the Bears, the Bays' opponents the rest of the way in are Philadelphia a week from Sunday in Milwaukee, New York Giants at New York November 21, and Washington at Washington on November 28. A glance at the records of the various clubs shows that both the Bears and Bays face three stiff battles - and the offensive record of the Packers, now at the top of their game, are playing the best ball in the league.Granting that the Bays win all of their remaining games they'll finish the season with a mark of nine wins and two defeats. Should the Bears lose to another club in addition to the Packers, and they've seldom defeated the Lions at Detroit, the Chicago entry would end the season with eight wins, two defeats and one tie. And the tie would cost them a share of the title...Despite their courageous win over the Lions, the Packers were not "up" for the last stand battled the Detroit eleven put up and only an intense will to win carried them over the hurdle. This will to win, coupled with a ground attack that was devastating to the short side, carried the Packers from a 13 to 0 deficit to a 14 to 13 win that, once the Bays got to rolling, as as sure as death and taxes. The tide of the battle turned when Don Hutson, per his custom, used his speed to get in and block a Detroit punt, Lou Gordon recovering. Paul Miller wheeled around the Detroit right flank for six and then Eddie Jankowski, one of the most important cogs in the Bay machine, zoomed off the right tackle, and, aided by a death-knell block by Hank Bruder on the first Detroit man up from the secondary, and downfield blocking by Earl Svendsen and Buckets Goldenberg, who took out the last man, romped 31 yards for the first score and Twinkle-Toe Ernie Smith got the extra point. That score put fire under the whole club. It charged up the field only to have Dutch Clark, who played his great heart out trying to stem the tide, intercept a pass. Again the Bays got control and this time they marched 51 yards for the score, Clarke Hinkle and Miller doing the big damage. Hinkle went over from the 2-yard line on fourth down, splitting the Detroit right end and tackle as Hutson and Herman Schneidman put in some high class blocking on the line. Then Twinkle-Tie booted the game winning point. Just how much Jankowski means to the club is attested to by the two Packer touchdowns. Eddie made the first himself and while doing so gave Hinkle the vital rest that enabled the peer of all fullbacks to pace the attack that brought the second and game winning touchdown. Time was when Hink had to be in the battle most of the way and his play, quite naturally, lagged in the closing periods. But Sunday the Jank was the remedy and it was a strong, alert Hinkle that took over in the fourth period...Coach Curly Lambeau says the only time he can't get along with Eddie is when Eddie doesn't "play enough"..."Boy, how that boy loves to go," smiled Curly as he ruminated over the fact that fate gave him a chance to land the former Milwaukee Riverside High and U. of Wisconsin ace...Buckets Goldenberg is doing a great job at right guard along with Lon Evans...There's another lad with the will to win...Sunday he was a "fighting fool" out there...He was battling the Lions and the officials...and was blocking like the Buckets of old...The two Svendsens are also playing bang-up ball...Big George and Hinkle, the first line of defense in the secondary, made a bushel of tackles Sunday...As Big Lou Gordon, who's playing better than ever says: "It's great to have a big guy like George backing you up out there."...And another tackle who really came into his own Sunday was Champ Seibold, the Oshkosh giant, who got in as relief for Twinkle-Toe Smith and really messed things up with his angle-in charges...It was Champ's ace performance of the year and came right in the old clutcheroo...Both Bay passers, Herber and Monnett, were "off" Sunday - and that mean they'll most likely be hotter than a Chicago pistol next week.
NOV 3 (Green Bay) - Once again - for the first time since the All Star game two months ago - the professional football fans of Green Bay and Wisconsin are preparing to follow the Packers into combat. The occasion is the 38th meeting of the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers at Wrigley field next Sunday afternoon, and the vital nature of the game promises to stir up a mass invasion comparable to that of last Sept. 1. By auto and by train, Green Bay's fans will start moving before the weekend, and will pile into Chicago with one goal in sight - to witness the first defeat of the season for the mighty Chicago team...RETURN SAME DAY: Two specially sponsored parties will leave Green Bay Sunday morning on two railroads, both returning the same day, and the majority of fans probably will take this means of attending the game, although a number will travel to Chicago Saturday to spend the evening in that city. The Carrigan Special, over the Milwaukee Road, will leave here at 7:30 a.m., arriving in Chicago at 11:45. It will leave Chicago at 6:40 p.m., getting to Green Bay at 10:59. The rate will be $3.95 round trip, effective until midnight Tuesday. The Du Chateau Special, on the Chicago and North Western Road, will leave at 7 a.m., reaching Chicago at 11:59, at Wilson avenue, located conveniently to Wrigley field. The return trip will start at 6:30 and will reach Green Bay at 12:30. The train will travel through the Fox River Valley area, and a number of fans probably will board it in Appleton and Oshkosh. The rate is $3.95, round trip. Both trains will serve lunches and refreshments en route...CAHN TO REFEREE: Officials for the game today were announced by Joe F. Carr, president of the National league, and are as follows: referee - Bobby Cahn, Chicago; umpire - M.J. Meyer, Toledo; headlinesman - Harry Robb, Pittsburgh; field judge, R.J. Ritter, Detroit. With the exception of Mike Michalske, assistant coach and guard, who has been in a Detroit hospital since the Packer-Lion game, the Packers appear to be in good shape for the coming contest. Word from Chicago indicates that the Bears also are in peak form for their most important game of the season. Only an earthquake will prevent the game form being a sellout, as tickets are evaporating throughout the Chicago section. If the Bears defeat the Packers, they will acquire practically a throttle hold on the 1937 Western division championship, as only a miraculous series of upsets would return the Packers and Lions to the status of contenders. Coach E.L. Lambeau revamped the Packers' practice schedule this week as a concession to colder weather. The team will meet at 10 o'clock every morning for skull drills, at which motion pictures of previous Bear games will be shown, and will work out at the practice field every afternoon at 2 o'clock.
NOV 3 (New York) - The first place teams of the two
divisions of the NFL are reversing the form of previous
years and shattering the illusion that the best offensive
units usually are the one at the top. The Chicago Bears,
undefeated pacemakers of the West, and the New York
Giants, leaders in the East, are the best defensive
teams, according to statistics released today. The 
Giants held opponents to 893 yards and 30 points to 
top the circuit in this department, while the Bears are
second in the league and leading the western teams
with 1,091 yards and 34 points registered against them.
CONTINUE TO RULE: The Green Bay Packers continue
to rule the league in ground gaining, with 2,119 yards,
and scoring, with 153 points. Pittsburgh is second in
ground gaining with 2,013 yards. Detroit is second in
scoring with 120 points, and Washington is third with 
103, just two points ahead of Pittsburgh. A close fight
is being waged for forward passing supremacy. Washington is leading with 69 completions in 158 tosses for 43 percent. The Chicago Cardinals are second with 42 percent efficiency, and Detroit and Green Bay are tied for third with 41 percent. All of these teams are tied or ahead of the league record of 41 percent efficiency for one season.
NOV 3 (Green Bay) - There's no place like home, particularly after you view the welcome sign on the mat at the University of Detroit stadium. They fixed up a cute gag in the program there last Sunday, for spectators to relax and read while the Lions and Packers did their practice flips on the gridiron prior to game time. The first page of the program, after the ads, was a feature story by George Christensen, veteran Detroit tackle, who took his undergraduate work with the Portsmouth Spartans back in the days when an invasion of Portsmouth by a Green Bay rooter was equivalent to a dress rehearsal of Japan's Shanghai calisthenics. "Cheese Champions", the article was entitled, and it reviewed the whole unpleasant business regarding that Green Bay-Portsmouth game of 1931, which never was played, and if you remember, never was scheduled. The words "Cheese Champions" were in the largest type available, and were unfriendly enough to fans who traveled many miles for the game, but the article was worse. It recalled the 1931 mixup accurately, and then put the 1937 Packers, who has nothing to do with it, on the well-known griddle. What happened, briefly, was this: The Packers offered Portsmouth a game at the preseason league meeting, but the Spartans weren't certain they wanted it. So the game was made optional for Green Bay - the Packers could play it or not, as they chose, at the season's end. The Packers won the championship in the regularly scheduled season and Portsmouth, seeing a full house and the chance to recoup their fading gridiron fortunes, set up a howl for the optional game. With everything to lose and nothing to gain by the contest, the Packers refused to take the trip and the battle was on.The Spartans poured it back on the Packers at Portsmouth the following year, but that's another story. "We had gone through a lot," said Christensen, "and it seemed unfair and unsportsmanlike to deprive us in an unjust manner of the things that we had worked so hard for...As the records will show, Green Bay remained adamant and the game never was played. The players went home that year sans money, sans the championship and very bitter about the cause of it." Now Portsmouth, that year, was like a good prize fighter, who might have stepped up to Joe Louis on the night Jim Braddock hit the canvas at Chicago, and asked: "Now, look here, Joe - you've just won the heavyweight championship of the world. You haven't taken off your gloves yet. You had a stiff fight, but you're a fighter, and here's a chance for you to do a very sporting thing for a member of your profession who hasn't been so fortunate. I have a wife and six kids at home, and not a dime in the bank. Here I am, all ready to fight. If you are a real champion, you can lick anybody in the world. Why not take me on for another 10-round fight right now, before all these people, with the championship of the world at stake? It's the only sporting thing you can do." Wouldn't Louis have leaped at the chance? Yes, the Detroit Lions, with a new personnel, a new coach, new sponsor, new city, fine playing field, excellent equipment and all that, still are playing that old 1931 game every time they meet the Packers. It's become a vital tradition for them, and whenever they see the hated name "Green Bay" tacked across a player's jersey, they clinch their teeth and growl, "Cheese Champions!" That's why the Green Bay-Detroit game has become the real "natural" of the Western division, and why the teams this season drew their largest home crowds against each other.
NOV 3 (New York) - This is the time of year when all-America gridiron choices are being considered in all sections of the country. Many of these all-America selections will continue their football activity in the NFL, hoping some day to make the all-league team selected each season by the coaches of the 10 clubs in the professional circuit. A survey of past all-league teams shows that many try hard, but few all-America choices find their way to the first honor team of the NFL. Last season only four all-America choices of other years were able to make the all-league eleven. These were Don Hutson, Alabama and Green Bay Packers end; Turk Edwards, Washington State and Washington Redskins tackle; Mel Hein, Washington State and Giants center; and Ernie Smith, Southern California and Green Bay tackle. Not a backfield man was among them. The seven not making all-America teams, but breaking in on the all-league team last season were Lon Evans, Texas Christian and Green Bay guard; Ox Emerson, Texas and Detroit guard; Bill Hewitt, Michigan and Philadelphia end; Dutch Clark, Colorado college and Detroit quarterback; Cliff Battles, West Virginia Wesleyan and Washington Redskins halfback; Tuffy Leemans, George Washington and Giants halfback; and Clarke Hinkle, Bucknell and Green Bay halfback...THREE FROM COAST: Three of these all-league men came from the Pacific coast, three from the East, two from the Southwest, and one each from the South, Rocky Mountain and Big Ten conferences. The team averages 206 pounds, and 6 feet 1 inch in height. Turk Edwards, 255 pounds, is the heaviest, and Clark, 182 pounds, is the lightest. Edwards, Evans, Hein and Smith are all six feet two inches tall, while Emerson, Hewitt and Hinkle all are 5 feet 11 inches, the smallest of the all-leaguers. Edwards, 29 years, is the oldest, and Hutson and Leemans, both 23, are the youngest. An interesting angle of the membership of the all-league team is that nine of the 11 men are married. They are Edwards, Evans, Hein, Hutson, Smith, Hewitt, Hinkle, Clark and Leemans. Only two of them have children: Evans, a girl, and Clark, a boy.
NOV 3 (Chicago) - So many factors enter into football that it often becomes impossible to single out the exact reason for success or failure. A case in point is that of the Green Bay Packers, defending champions of the National league, who meet the Bears at Wrigley field Sunday in the most important game of the professional season. Three months ago the Packers entered training for the All-Star game with a team that was expected to humble the collegians and continue on to its second consecutive title. Not only did its legion of followers confidently anticipate a triumph but the team itself viewed the situation with evident self-assurance and optimism. Then came the awakening. Green Bay lost. It also was beaten in the first two league games. The All-Star experience was a rude shock to the Packers' prestige. The other defeats, 14 to 7 by the Cardinals and 14 to 2 by the Bears, were serious setbacks in the pennant race, handicaps that appeared insurmountable. Few teams have been able to win the championship with two whippings recorded against them in the standings...THE PACKERS BOUNCE BACK: A defeat in the National league is the equivalent of a fourteen game losing streak in baseball. The Packers found themselves in the same position as a major league baseball team that had opened the season with twenty-eight consecutive defeats. Today, however, Green Bay is back in the fight with an excellent opportunity of qualifying for the league championship playoff if it can even its series with the Bears Sunday. What brought about this unexpected early season decline and the subsequent reversal of form? Why was Green Bay one of the most ineffectual unites in the league in September and the terror of the circuit in October? Football authorities place in two classifications, the tangible and the intangible, all factors affecting a team's play. On the tangible side, Green Bay's slump can be attributed to the loss of Arnie Herber and Bob Monnett in the All-Star game. Herber and Monnett are the Packers' two passers. Most of the champions offense, essentially an aerial attack, is built around these two men. With them out, opponents were able to move in to concentrate on running plays. The aerial attack ceased to be a threat...SMOTHERED? NOT QUITE: Herber and Monnett recovered in time for the Detroit game. Clark Hinkle, who had been hurt in the All-Star game and took sick immediately after, but who had played against both the Cardinals and Bears, was in shape for the first time when the Lions went to Green Bay. Eddie Jankowski, the former Wisconsin star, who was groomed to take the place of the retired George Sauer as the Packers' power back, began to acclimate himself to pro ball about this time. With Herber and Monnett in the lineup, the Packers again had their passing attack, a form of offensive without which no team can succeed in professional football. Thus reinforced by returning veterans and promising rookies, the Packers were ready to go. They trampled the Lions, 26 to 6, and have been going ever since. The Packers now were the ambitious, determined experts on inside football, who went through 16 games without a defeat and marched to the championship with a record of eleven victories, one defeat and a tie. They come to Wrigley field Sunday at the peak of their game. In the Bears they meet the only team at present capable of matching their superb offense. And they come prepared for revenge. All of which is amble reason for the expected turnout of nearly 40,000, a new record for professional football in Chicago. 
NOV 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will be 
attempting to prove that old wheeze about history
repeating itself, when they move into Chicago next
weekend for their greatest effort of the NFL season. The
Packers must win if they are to repeat for the title. They
were in the same spot last year, when they poured an
even ton of football upon the Bears at Wrigley field to
set away a 21 to 10 victory. "Who can beat the Bears?"
was the plaintive cry from Packer boosters last season
as the Chicago team bowled over opponent after
opponent, and entered the final game with the Packers
an unbeaten and untied team. "Who can beat the Bears
?" they are repeating this year, as an almost identical
situation exists. Once again the Packers are invading
Chicago to face an undefeated Bear team, and once
again they can approach the driver's seat by handing
the Bruins their first walloping of the season...BEARS
FADE RAPIDLY: The Bears, apparently invincible, faded
rapidly last year after that pasting by the Packers. Both
Detroit and the Cardinals humbled them in the closing
days of the race, as the Packers rolled out their
schedule undefeated and won the championship. It can
happen again. Once the Packer-Bear game is disposed
of, the Bears again must meet Detroit and the Cardinals
- the vengeful Lions in a Thanksgiving day at Detroit,
and the Cards Dec. 5, after the latter team has had a
two weeks' rest. This setup is fraught with danger for
the Bears, and Coach George Halas realized it very
well. That's why he is telling his men they must win
from the Packers. Win or lose, a tremendous invasion 
of Wisconsin fans will take place. Not only Green Bay,
but the Milwaukee and southern areas, too, will pour
enthusiastic fans into Chicago, and there seems small
doubt but that the contest will be played before a
capacity crowd...FULLBACKS ARE HURT?: There are
rumors from Chicago that Halas may be faced by a 
fullback problem, if stories are true that both Bronko
Nagurski and Sam Francis aren't in the best of shape.
The Packers have nothing to worry about at that
position, with all-league Eddie Jankowski, spectacular
freshman, and Clarke Hinkle ready to alternate taking
swiped at the Bear line. Coach E.L. Lambeau is making
no comments upon the type of game he expects his
men to play. Last year the jittery Bears spent the
afternoon watching Herber and Hutson, but succumbed
before a terrific Packer drive. This year they'll try to 
watch both the ground and air, and unless the Packers
suffer a severe letdown from the Detroit game, this will
prove to be something of a problem. The Bay schedule
moved along today, with a skull drill held at the Hotel
Northland at 10 o'clock this morning, and another
afternoon drill set for 2 o'clock. Lambeau is satisfied 
that his men will be in fine physical condition for the game, and if they key themselves to the proper pitch, he is confident that they'll acquire a victory at Chicago.
NOV 4 (New York) - The race for individual scoring and pass receiving honors of the NFL is narrowing down to a close and thrilling finish as the teams moves into the final month of play, according to statistics released today. One point separates the scoring leaders and three men are attempting to shatter two pass receiving records which were established last year. Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay fullback, holds a 46 to 45 advantage over Earl (Dutch) Clark, Detroit Lions player-coach, in the fight for scoring supremacy. Each player has four games to play and may break the league scoring record of 79 points made by Jack Manders, Bears, in 1934. Manders is in third place at present with 34 points. Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals end, continues to lead the pass receivers in his first year of professional football. He now has 28 catches for 500 yards and 24 points. He needs but seven more catches and a gain of 27 more yards to shatter two league records established last year by Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers. In the meantime, Hutson has jumped into a tie for second with Charlie Malone, Washington Redskins, with 21 catches. Inasmuch as Tinsley's Cardinals will be idle for the next two weeks, and Malone's Redskins won't play next Sunday. Hutson will have an opportunity to tie or pass the leader during this time. This will put him in a position to successfully defend the championship he won last season. Cliff Battles, Washington, continues to lead the ground gainers with 507 yards. George Grosvenor, Cardinals, and Hinkle, Green Bay, are second and third, respectively, with 458 and 361 yards. Jack Manders went into a tie for field goal leadership with Riley Smith, Washington, each having four successful placements to his credit. The longest of 25 kicked throughout the circuit this season was made Sunday by Ward Cuff, Giants, who booted a placement 42 yards. Bob Monnett, Green Bay, holds the lead for forward passing efficiency with 52 percent. Sammy Baugh, Washington, has an efficiency of 47 percent but has completed 30 more passes for 298 more yards than the total of the Green Bay ace. Grosvenor, Cardinals, is third with 46 percent.
NOV 4 (New York) - Bronko Nagurski, 230-pound veteran of 13 years of the football wars, was reminiscing. It came to the point where he discussed hard-hitting players, and "The Big Nag" nominated Clarke Hinkle of the Green Bay Packers for first position. "I've taken many a wallop," Nagurski said, "but Hinkle hit me the hardest in a game four years ago. He was carrying the ball and I tried to bump him out of bounds. I did, but he bumped me so hard I can feel it yet. That's the time I broke my nose."
NOV 4 (Green Bay) - Applying the shotgun method to the sports picture: "One of the Boys" writes in with the following - If, as certain Detroit sportsmen continually suggest, the Green Bay Packers are to be labeled 'Cheese Champions' - and why not, since Green Bay is the world center of the cheese industry? - how about this idea. Couldn't one correctly call the Detroit Lions "Cheese Eaters"?...Yes, if you think that's severe enough...To a man, the Packers assert that the kick which placed popular Mike Michalske in a Detroit hospital cast was deliberate...why, Mister Cardwell!
NOV 4 (Chicago) - Some definite conclusions on one of football's most controversial issues, the relative importance of offense and defense, may be gleaned from Sunday's contest at Wrigley field, in which the Bears and Green Bay Packers probably will decide the western division championship before a record crowd. Green Bay leads the National league in yards gained with 2.137 for seven games, an average of 305.2 yards per game, and total points with 153. The Bears lead the division and are second in the league on defense, having surrendered only 1,091 yards in six games, an average of 181.8 yards per game, and have had only 34 points scored against them. Additional evidence may be derived from the Pittsburgh-Giant game in New York the same day. The Giants, leading the eastern division, lead the league in defense, having allowed only 893 yards and 30 points in six games. Pittsburgh is the second best ground gaining team in the circuit, piling up 1,915 yards in eight games...CHANCE FOR COMPARISON: College football, in which two teams seldom play the same schedules, offers an unsatisfactory comparison for the analysts who make a perennial issue of the offense versus defense question. In the case of the Packers and Bears their record have been compiled against the same opponents with two exceptions. By the time they have played their complete schedules even these exceptions will have been eliminated. Green Bay's remarkable total has been piled up in its last five games. Although the Packers outgained the Cardinals and Bears in losing to both early in the season, their total in each instance was far below their 305 average to date. It is noteworthy, too, that 1,274, or approximately 60 percent, of their total yards have been gained by rushing and only 848 yards have accrued from passing, a type of attack in which the Packers are regarded as being most efficient. The conflict between this super-charged offense and stubborn defense lends further enticement to Sunday's game. And it may while fortify students of football with new rebuttals in the defense versus offense argument, the result of the contest only may prove further that the answer to the question cannot be found in a particular contest...IF YOU WANT STATISTICS: The University of Kentucky and Manhattan, in a recent game, made 10 first downs each, and the total yards gained were 213 to 217, respectively, yet Kentucky won, 19 to 0. Stanford scored on Washington several weeks ago to lead at the half without making a first down and being held to a net gain of minus ten yards. The Bears' defense, keyed to a supreme effort, may stop the Packers, yet find itself in the same position as New York university was against Lafayette. The Violets completed 12 passes to Lafayette's three, but two of Lafayette's three completions went for touchdowns and the final score was 13 to 0 against New York. Green Bay and the Bears both have experts in the three departments of scoring - the pass, running and field goals. Jack Manders of the Bears and Ernie Smith and Tiny Engebretsen of the Packers are dangerous men to permit inside the 35 yard line. All three can kick consistently from that distance...PASSING THREATS: Arnie Herber and Bob Monnett to Don Hutson and Milt Gantenbein are apt to score on a pass on any play. The Bears can match this quartet with Bernie Masterson pitching to Bill Karr. Bronko Nagurski, Ray Nolting and Manders, who take care of the Bears' ball carrying, are answered by Green Bay's Clarke Hinkle and Ed Jankowski, two smashing backs who can get up and go. Jankowski broke up last week's Detroit game with a long run for a touchdown. The Bears have a slight edge in the line. This is the answer to their superb defensive record. Green Bay's line, a big, veteran combination, is not as fast as that of the Bears. Matching lines, however, is a day by day proposition. The better line is the one with the fastest charge. One day it may be the Bears; the next the Packers.
NOV 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - Eddie Jankowski's value to the Green Bay Packers this fall can't be underestimated. Not only does he stand second only to Ernie Caddel of the Detroit Lions in ground gaining, but his very presence has made the man he usually replaces, Clark Hinkle, a better back. The Hink, who used to carry the brunt of play at fullback alone, now gets rest from time to time and plays better ball when he does go in. Against the Lions last Sunday, for instance, the Hink retired in the third quarter, re-entered the game in the fourth quarter and, relatively fresh, sparked a drive that led to the winning touchdown...Jack Manders has cost the Bears about $300 in footballs since he joined the club in 1933. The old Minnesota star, one of the best placekickers in the game, has kicked no less than 35 footballs over the north wall of Wrigley field in going after points after touchdowns or field goals. And once the ball goes over the wall, it's a "goner". A hundred or more neighborhood kids wait all Sunday afternoon for just this play...Joe Carr of Columbus, who is convalescing from a heart ailment, has been president of the National Professional league since 1921. He was re-elected in New York last winter for another five-year term...The Packers and Bears will renew the oldest rivalry in professional football in their game Sunday. It will be the thirty-eighth meeting of the teams. Of the 37 plays so far, the Bears have won 18 and the Packers 15. Only four of the games have ended in ties. The Bears have also showed the greater scoring punch over the years. They have scored 9.05 points per game against Green Bay's 7.7...The meeting between the Packers and Bears Sunday recalls what I think is the most thrilling pro game I've ever seen. It was the second game between them in 1935. With two minutes left the Bears led, 14-3, and Green Bay's cause seemed lost. Yet with the big hand on its last two trips around the dial, Hutson broke away from deep in his own territory for one touchdown, and after the Bears had received the subsequent kickoff and Masterson had fumbled on first down, giving the Packers the ball again, Hutson took a short pass for the winning touchdown. Proving that old, old, adage - it's never over until the final whistle.
NOV 5 (Green Bay) - Leaving nothing to chance in the climatic meeting of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears at Wrigley field Sunday afternoon, Coach E.L. Lambeau will meet with all four officials that morning, he said today, in a conference of officials and coaches. Considerable trouble developed from the Bear-Detroit game two weeks ago, when the Lions asserted the officiating was incompetent, and that they were "robbed" of a victory. Pictures of the game revealed the Bears holding on several occasions, although the violations were not called, and at one point in the game a Detroit punt which went out of bounds on the Chicago 1-yard line was not allowed, the ball being put in play on the Bears' 20-yard stripe...PLAY IS DISALLOWED: On still another occasion the Lions completed a forward pass, and followed this with a lateral for a touchdown, the play being disallowed because of the lateral was ruled a forward. Here again pictures clearly show that the ball was passed laterally at least five yards. Coach Lambeau doesn't want any of these things to happen Sunday afternoon, and he intends to reach a complete understanding with the officials that morning. George Halas of the Bears will sit in on the confab. The Packers will leave tomorrow night on the Milwaukee Road train at 5:36, arriving in Chicago at 9:45. For the first time they will be headquartered at the Belmont hotel, about a mile north of the Drake on Sheridan road, and closer to Wrigley field...EVERYONE IN SHAPE: Lambeau expects that everyone of his men will be in shape for the contest. One of the most interested of those persons who will not attend the game is August (Mike) Michalske, assistant coach and guard, who remains in a Detroit hospital following his injury in the Detroit game. In stopping the Packers, the Bears will have to face the National league's most extensive aerial attack and its heaviest ground campaign, according to official league statistics, released by Ned Irish, publicity director. In their seven games to date the Packers have gained 1,274 yards from scrimmage and added 848 through the air for a grand total of 2,122 yards, more than any other team in the National league. Most of the Green Bay yardage from scrimmage this season has been acquired by Clarke Hinkle, Eddie Jankowski, Paul Miller, Joe Laws and Bob Monnett. Hinkle has gained the most yards with 361, while Jankowski has 
NOV 5 (Green Bay) - Just once in the many games the Green Bay Packers played, has Coach Curly Lambeau been absent from the Packer bench, and that occurred voluntarily, he confessed this week. In 1929, the year the Packers won their first championship, they faced a game at Minneapolis the same day that the New York Giants and Bears met in Chicago. Now, the Packers had a game scheduled with the Giants for later in the season, and, as things looked then, it was going to be a pretty important affair. And it later determined, the outcome decided the championship. The Packers had crushed Minneapolis, 24 to 0, and Curly had no doubts they would do it again. So he sent the team to the Marines' home lot in care of Verne Lewellen and Dr. W.W. Kelly, while he traveled to Chicago to scout the Giants. The Bears had nothing to look at that season. The Packers came through at Minneapolis, 16 to 6, and three weeks later walloped the Giants at New York, 20 to 6, with Johnny Blood running wild. And that Minneapolis affair was the only Packer game Curly Lambeau ever missed. "I'll never do it again," he said. "I was on pins and needles all afternoon."
NOV 5 (Green Bay) - Odds on Sunday's crucial National Professional league football game between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears dropped to even money Friday, with the Bears slightly favored. Odds earlier in the week were 7 to 5 in favor of the Bears. Both clubs completed their heavy training for the game Friday and will take only light workouts Saturday. The Packers will drill in Green Bay Saturday morning and leave for the scene of the battle late Saturday afternoon, arriving at 9:30 p.m. They will establish their headquarters at the Belmont hotel. The exceptionally heavy advance sale indicates that with clear weather Sunday a sellout of 40,000 will watch the two teams battle it out. It will be the first sellout in Chicago's history.
NOV 5 (Chicago) - Curly Lambeau, the affable Belgian who cannot decide whether he is majoring in insurance or football, designates Clarke Hinkle of his Green Bay Packers as the game's greatest fullback. Chicago's candidate, seconded by many coaches, college and professional, is Bronko Nagurski. Nagurski and Hinkle meet Sunday at Wrigley field, where the Bears will attempt to cinch, in effect, the western division championship of the National league. It will not be the first meeting between these two veterans. It is, however, one of their most important clashes. Considered separately, fullback is the most exciting, if not the most important position. In addition to its physical requirements, which demand that the fullback be the muscle man of the backfield, it calls for a great diversity of defensive ability. The fullback must cope not only with the problems confronting other secondary men, who specialize in open field protection, but also those of linemen when smashing backs come blasting through a tangle of players...HOW NAGURSKI DOES IT: Nagurski, dubbed by opponents as the only man who makes his own interference, combines tremendous heft and power with exceptional speed and a deep affection for the game to smash down opponents. He is equally as effective as a blocker and a ball carrier. His spine rattling charges make him such a menace to his opponents' physical well-being that his presence on the field is an indispensable factor in the Bears' attack. "When the Bronk is in the game you've got to keep your eyes glued on him. And while you're watching him somebody else gives it to you," Coach Steve Owen of the Giants said, explaining Nagurski's psychological effect on opponents. "I have known players who wouldn't even take their eyes off him when he was sitting on the bench." Hinkle is not as devastating. Most men can get up and walk away without wincing after crashing with the Packer veteran. But Hinkle's talents surpass those of Nagurski. He is one of the best kickers in the league, specializing in punts, although his ability as a placekicker is highly respected. He can run like a halfback once he breaks into the open and meets every defensive requirement...IT'S HIS VERSATILITY: Lambeau's claim for Hinkle is based on the former Bucknell star's all-around ability. Nagurski is a better plunger and a more vicious blocker. Dutch Clark is a more gifted open field runner. Red Grange was a better pass defender. There may have been players in the league who were more durable. Summarization of Hinkle's adeptness lends support to Lambeau's belief. The relative worth of Nagurski and Hinkle to a championship contender, however, is debatable. It is not necessary for Nagurski to punt, assume field goal kicking duties, or specialize in long, criss-crossing runs through the secondary. The Bears have experts to handle these details. The duel between Hinkle and Nagurski has been going on for four years. It reached its climax last year at Wrigley field, when Nagurski charged into an opening between right tackle and right guard and met Hinkle, the ball carrier, head on. The impact sent Hinkle bouncing back three yards. It was the type of tackle for which the Bronk has become a tradition in the league...BUT HINKLE SCORES: Hinkle, however, ended the backward flight with a prefect two point landing, his feet treading forward even as he touched the ground, and went fifty-eight yards for one of the touchdowns by which the Packers defeated the Bears, 21 to 10. Nagurski has been treating a foot injury received in the Detroit game, but competed against the Giants in New York last Sunday and wrestled there Wednesday night without apparent handicap. Hinkle, injured in the All-Star game and sick for two weeks immediately after, is in excellent shape for Sunday's game. Each team feels its chances in Sunday's important contest depend largely on the performances of these two men.
NOV 5 (Chicago) - Bronko Nagurski of the Chicago Bears may generally recognized as the best wrestler in professional football, but he does not qualify as such to Bill Lee, Green Bay Packers' tackle. Lee, one of Alabama's greatest linemen, played in the Tribune 1935 All-Star game. Yesterday Bill, in a letter to Arch Ward, sports editor of the Tribune, formally challenged Nagurski to a wrestling match in Chicago. Lee's challenge follows: "It may not be ethical for one football player to challenge another to a wrestling match, but you will agree with me after you read the facts, that I am right in issuing a defy to Mr. Bronko Nagurski of the Chicago Bears. If you are not aware, I am on the Green Bay Packers. I also wrestle. But I am not a wrestler merely because I had some football reputation at Alabama. I trained hard to learn what I did and I am willing to prove that I can wrestle. Mr. Nagurski has been masquerading as a wrestling champion. If he is a champion in fact as well as in name why won't he meet me in Chicago on a winner take all basis? And to prove that this is not a cheap publicity scheme I am willing to have all the receipts turned over to any worthy charity. Nagurski is a great football player. There is no doubt about it. He has been a credit to the game. But when he allowed himself to be advertised as a champion, he went too far. If Nagurski accepts my challenge we can meet at any time. Now or after the football season. And I will be in Chicago Saturday afternoon. I await Bronko's answer. Yours very truly, Bill Lee."