NEWS AND NOTES
MR. BIDWILL IS DISGUSTED WITH CARDINAL GRID TEAM
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Time: Just about 25 minutes after the final gun was sounded at State Fair park to end the Green Bay Packer-Chicago Cardinals football game. Setting: Lower lobby of the Schroeder hotel. Saddest person in all Milwaukee: Charles Bidwell of Chicago. Reason for sadness: Charles Bidwell owns the Chicago Cardinals football team that had just dropped a 28 to 7 decision to the Green Bay Packers. Mr. Bidwell sat on one of the steps just inside the Wisconsin avenue entrance to the hotel, and unburdened himself while the highly partisan Packer following poured through the doors. To say that he was disappointed would be putting it mildly. Mr. Bidwell felt very, very bitter about the whole business...PUT OUT BETTER: "Never have I seen a team fail to come through so completely," he said. "Why back there a few years ago when we had nothing but has-beens in the line and a couple of excuses for backfield men they put out better than these fellows did today." As the crowd became thicker the disgruntled sports magnate moved toward the elevators and up to the eighth floor of the hotel Phil Handler, his assistant, were adding to the gloom which by now had pervaded the entire floor on which the Chicago team had its quarters. Five men, just five, came in for a kindly word from Creighton. They were Tony Blazine, veteran tackle who was hurt, Buddy Parker, fullback for four years, Bill Volok, big guard who has been around for a long time, Jack Robbins, freshman back from Arkansas, and Jimmy Lawrence, right halfback who has been around long enough to at least guess at the answers...ADD BILL SMITH: To that list at least Bill Smith might be added. Back in shape this year after two seasons of bruises and illness, he still looks like one of the greatest ends in the league. Sunday he took the spotlight away from the highly publicized Gaynell Tinsley. Too much concerned with the failure of their own team to say much about the victors, Creighton and Bidwell just about ignored the Packer team in their discussion of the day's events. They really had expected to win the ball game, and think that with a little change in spirit the players might come through at Buffalo Wednesday night. There is some difference in opinion about that. "Don't get me wrong," Creighton said. "This year's Packer team is a great team, but I believe that we are just as good - if some of those bays would forget the press clippings and concentrate on the business at hand...NOT SAME CALIBER: It was the most natural reaction on the part of Creighton. He wouldn't be a coach if he didn't think that way. But Sunday, position for position, his team definitely was not of the same caliber as the Packers. Without taking anything from Blazine's deserved honors, even his play did not come up to that of Champ Seibold, Frank Butler, and Bill Lee on the Packer forward wall. And Baby Ray seems to get better every week. At guards, Russ Letlow and Buckets Goldenberg had another great day. The latter gave his old hometown fans plenty cause for pride. It was one of those games where everyone on the Packer team was carrying out his assignment, and Coach Curly Lambeau's promise of a great offensive display was carried out. Still, as far as the Packers are concerned, that game now is a closed chapter, and Coach Lambeau is looking to Wednesday's chances. "If we win that one, watch us," was his comment on the situation...NOT IN BOOKS: Earlier Bidwell has stated that it wasn't in the books for either team to win both of those games. He may be wrong. United States Senator F. Ryan Duffy was one of the Packers' greatest rooters. He was with Jerry Clifford of Green Bay, and carried along Packer felicitations from Vice President John N. Garner. Joseph Martin, associate justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, also was there, but he never misses. He sat through the rain of a week ago to see the Packers play the Bears. Allan Sothoron, manager of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club, and Red Dunn, former Packer quarterback and present assistant coach at Marquette university, were on the sidelines. Other well known persons were scattered throughout the crowd, but the man of the day was Cecil Isbell, the Packer rookie back who really produced in all-American manner. Of Isbell, Creighton said: "Well this game proved that he was no flash in the pan when he came through in the All-Star game...He plays great football." Shavings: Jimmy Ford, former West High athlete now at Whitewater Teachers college, brought six members of the Whitewater football team to the game. Jimmy plays baseball and basketball, and handles the college publicity. C.T. Mahon, former telegrapher here, came from Chicago to cheer for the Packers. Mahon has handled the sports' reports of many newspapermen. He has sat through big baseball games, horse races, auto races, and an assortment of other athletic events in his long years of sending out dots and dashes, but the Packers are his favorite outfit to watch...DIEHARD FANS: Harold Fossum, the pro at the Oneida gold and riding club, said that watching Packer play makes him more jittery than playing in an important golf match. He and Mrs. Fossum are diehard fans, and they have only been attached to the Green Bay community for a few years. Eddie Jankowski had a great day, but the former Milwaukee high school star probably will have a greater one on Oct. 16 when the Packers play Brooklyn. It's going to be a booster day for Ed, and through the hotel last night practically everyone was wearing a booster button. At least the button was there if a person encountered Eddie's sister Harriet. She saw to it that few were missed...Many fans believe that Don Hutson would have scored in the first quarter if he had not been shoved down while heading for a pass at the goal line. Don has his hands full whenever the Packers are on the offense. Between trying to catch the ball and carry along two or three of the opposition backs, he finds plenty to keep him busy. But he handles the job...Sorriest scene at the ball park: the policeman, who missed half the game while pushing the crowd back, rounding up four little boys, and shooing them out. As always, when the sun is shining and a capacity crowd is on hand, there were rumors of Milwaukee having a club of its own. Things look that way when everything is functioning smoothly, but how long would the Milwaukee fans support a team, win or lose, in rain? The answer is, "They wouldn't." Which should end those rumors until another sunny day with more than 20,000 fans on hand.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Don't look now, because someone may be bragging, but the Green Bay Packers have just about the best forward passing attack that professional football ever has seen. They proved it without question by all witnesses Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee, with one of the most versatile aerial campaigns in their history, supplemented by something sensational on the ground. In short, the Packers are one tough ball club these days, and the folks who decided that this was just a reorganization year had better start revising their opinions. Not that the Packers are any cinch for the championship in this rock-bound league. In fact, they'll be extremely fortunate to get into the playoffs, with such teams as the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears yet to contend with. But there is no getting away from the fact that they look infinitely better than their strongest followers expected them to. The brightest spot in the picture is the vast improvement in the Packer line, where an oversupply of ability is being mixed with a flaming spirit that makes things exceedingly tough for the opposition. Against the Cardinals the Packer linemen jerked the strings tight and gave that redoubtable set of backs just 17 yards net, through the wall all afternoon. That is no little accomplishment in a professional football game, where skilled backs are the rule rather than the exception. You can expect Wednesday night's game at Buffalo to be much closer than yesterday's. Both teams will be well tired out from their great exhibition and the long train ride. And if the Packers come through with another victory, to be followed by ten days of rest, you can get ready to cheer for an attempt at the Western division championship...After a week of idleness during which they were held scoreless by the Chicago Bears, the Packer scorers began to revise the all-time scoring table again. Clarke Hinkle scored his 23rd Packer touchdown and his 17th extra point, boosting his total to 188. He remains in third place, 36 points behind Johnny Blood. Captain Milt Gantenbein made his seventh touchdown for the Bays, and his total is 42, which places him in a tie for 20th place with Carl Lidberg (1926-30) and George Henry Sauer (1935-36). Arnold Herber's touchdown was his fifth for the Packers, and so was Eddie Jankowski's. They have 32 and 33 points respectively. Tiny Enbegretsen kicked his 10th, 11th and 12th Packer extra points, setting his all-time total at 30.
LAWS IS INJURED AS PACKER TEAM HEADS EASTWARD
SEPT 27 (Milwaukee) - Their team spirit whipped to a frenzy by their decisive licking of the Chicago Cardinals here Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers entrained for Buffalo at 8 o'clock last night, and Wednesday evening, at the new Buffalo Municipal Stadium, they will meet the battered Cardinals again. Of the entire Packer squad, only Joe Laws and Herman Schneidman received any damages in Sunday's contest. Laws is limping with an ankle injury, and will not be used at Buffalo, while Schneidman hurt his hand and shin. He will be in uniform to relieve Hank Bruder if necessary. Schneidman's furious style of play this year has given him a minor injury in almost every game, but he has not yet been out of the lineup for any contest. The Packers worked out at State fair park yesterday afternoon, displaying a volume of pep and morale. They tore through the drill before a small audience, shouting at the tops of their voices and acting for all the world as through they had not participated in a strenuous game the afternoon before...OTHERS ARE HURT: The Cardinals were not so well off. Doug Russell, whose knee popped out of joint, probably is through for the season, and several other members of the squad were injured painfully by the bruising Packer blockers and tacklers. Just what course of action Coach E.L. Lambeau will take in the second game with the Cardinals he did not reveal. It was thought that Johnny Howell, who looked impressive in brief appearances Sunday, and Andy Uram, who didn't play very long, may see more extensive service Wednesday, relieving in part Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell, who played a major part of the last contest. Fullback Dick Weisgerber, too, may get a healthier dose of action, giving Eddie Jankowski and the hard-working Clarke Hinkle a few needed moments on the bench. Both Jankowski and Hinkle will be pressed into service immediately if needed...PLAYS HARD FOOTBALL: Scheidman's injury may cause a difficult situation to develop, if Hank Bruder is unable to do the full 60 minutes. Bruder "retired" with ceremony last summer, saying that he had reached the limit of his years of service, but he has been playing a terrific brand of football and still is one of the most dependable men on the squad. If the Packers hurdle their Wednesday night obstacle, they'll be in a pretty good spot. They will have 10 days of rest and drill before taking on the mighty Lions of Detroit at City stadium in Green Bay, before what already is being ballyhooed as a record crowd for that historic battlefield. Only rainy weather on the day of the Bear-Packer game held up the year-old record, set at the Detroit-Green Bay game in 1937.
BROADCAST GAME WEDNESDAY NIGHT
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - The Cardinal-Packer football game at Buffalo Wednesday night will be broadcast by Russ Winnie direct from the field, it was announced today, and may be heard over WHBY, Green Bay, or WTMJ, Milwaukee. The broadcast will start at 7 o'clock, Green Bay time.
GIANTS LEAD PRO LEAGUE WITH 22 COMPLETED PASSES
SEPT 27 (New York) - Four teams in the NFL are waging a fight for passing honors, having completed 50% of their aerials. The New York Giants have ousted the Washington Redskins for the aerial leadership in the third week of the play, according to latest statistics. Washington, however, overtook Philadelphia for the scoring lead and retained its advantage in ground gaining The Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers are the third and fourth teams having completed half
their aerials, to boost the league average to 44.6%. This
is 6.1% better than the record set in 1937. New York
has completed 22 of 39 for 55%, and the Redskins 30
of 54 for 55%. The Cardinals' 32 out of 62 tosses are
1% better than Green Bay's average of 22 out of 44.
Increased yardage on passes has also raised the NFL
average for ground gaining, with Washington leading
with 317 yards per game and a total of 953. The Giants
rk Giants have the tightest defense, holding opponents
to a total of 144 yards per game.
ISBELL - PURDUE STAR HAS WORN CHAIN ON
ARM SINCE FIRST COLLEGE GAME
SEPT 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - Maybe you noticed it,
maybe you didn't, because it's such a small thing from
up in the stands, but Cecil Isbell, as usual, went into
Sunday's football game here
with his arm chained loosely
to his side. He has played
that way since his second
college football game for
Purdue in 1935. Most fans,
when they first hear of the
chain, which is about six or
seven inches long and allows
him to raise his arm to about
the level of his shoulder, say,
"Oh!", and feel just a little
sorry. That's natural, I
suppose. But they can keep
the sympathy to themselves.
Isbell does not need any
"Oh's". He can do right well
as he is. He has worn the
chain as part of his regular
football equipment for so long
and has become acquainted
to it that in the ordinary heat
of the game now he doesn't
even know he has it on. The
injury to his shoulder, which
necessitated the chain, was
suffered in his first varsity
game for Purdue, the
Northwestern game of 1935.
A hard tackle sent him to the
sidelines with a dislocated
shoulder in the second
quarter, but Purdue's trainer
snapped the shoulder back
into shape, and in the third
quarter, apparently fit again,
he insisted on going back
into the game. Again in a scrimmage, the shoulder jumped out of place and that was all. But that was all for only the day. A doctor set the shoulder, told him that it would probably jump out again at the first hard crack and recommended the chain which would restrict the movement of his arm. The chain was immediately made and the very next Saturday he played. And ever since he has played - a 60 minute ball player. He has never had trouble with the shoulder since and has played more than a score of tough ball games. The impression was created Sunday, after all Isbell did, that he is apt to become the greatest all-around football player in pro football since Dutch Clark. He passed, caught passes, ran and punted as few players have in their freshman year in the pro league. I doubt whether Dutch Clark, himself, did more in his first big start. Isbell isn't a flash in the pan, either, for he did the same through three years of college ball. If he isn't a Dutch Clark in the rough - and not so rough, either - he's the next thing to do it. There's an interesting sidelight on the first meeting between Isbell and Curly Lambeau after the all-star game in which Isbell all but set Soldier Field on fire. "Well, I signed for your price," said Isbell, "and I'll play for that, but -". "Never mind the buts," Lambeau answered. "The old contract is out, kid. Here's a new one," and he handed Isbell a contract calling for almost twice as much as the first. Isbell's play was the big thing that lifted Sunday's game from the rut of the ordinary. There was ragged and not a little bad football in spots, but his brilliant erased it all. Arnie Herber's passing, for instance, was as erratic as it had been in some time. He completed 5 out of 12 passes, not a bad record, but he also threw more passes way than he usually does. He isn't in shape as yet. And there was a doubtful strategy of the Cardinals in twice trying for a first down on fourth down in midfield, and the punt that Popovich caught over his shoulder, and tried to run out from his own end zone. After all, the pros are supposed to play good, sound football and this wasn't. A high school is often panned for this. But there was Isbell. He evened up everything...The crowd of 20,000, largest over to see a football game here, was poorly handled. There was difficulty getting into the stands and more difficulty in finding seats. Certainly before the Packers play here again, against Brooklyn October 16, something must be done. There was also considerable criticism of the program, which included only part of Chicago's lineup. Down to the "P's" it went - Pingle, Parker, Patrick - the rest had been removed to make room for an ad. Such players as Tinsley, Sloan, Russell, Smith, Tyler and others weren't even included. When a man pays 15c for a program he deserves a full lineup.