GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(LOS ANGELES) - Class will tell. This old saw was working overtime yesterday when the Green Bay Packers, champions of the professional football universe, took Steve Owen's All-Americans to a good old-fashioned cleaning in the second annual Pro Bowl game at Gilmore stadium before 16,000 satisfied fans. The score of 16 to 7 doesn't tell half the story, In a few words the Packers had everything it takes to win. They outpassed O'Brien, Hall and Filchock. They outkicked Ward Cuff. They outran Frakas, Drake, Manders and Pickert. And they outwitted Mr. Owen. Before reciting the details of this thriller, let us look behind the scenes for a moment and find something of
exclusive interest to Green Bay fans. Before boarding
the Santa Fe Chief en route home, Coach E.L. (Curly)
Lambeau said: "It was just like a spring practice game
for a college team and it did us a lot of good. The game
enabled us to get complete information about some of
the boys who had little chance to show their stuff during
the past season. Of the 28 men who took part in the
game, 26 showed a desire to win. Two didn't. It is good
for us that we know who they are. They are not good
enough for the Packers and will be replaced." Lambeau
then pointed out that the freshmen played a little more
than 50 percent of the game, and was high in his praise
for the following: Harry Jacunski, who played despite an
ankle injury and proved "that he must be rated with the
best ends in the league." Brock and Greenfield, who
"demonstrated they are our best center."
BUHLER'S BLOCKING FINE
Larry Buhler, who did some great blocking for Cecil
Isbell, especially on that touchdown pass. Tinsley and
Zarnas, who delivered a smashing game at guard. In
other asides, Lambeau made this comment: "Balazs
was a disappointment, but he had his lesson and I
think he might make it. Schultz was trying hard but he
won't do at tackle. He might be converted into a guard.
The game definitely showed we are weak at right end
and will have to be bolstered in that spot. Buhler will be
shifted to a blocking position." From another source it
was revealed that Lambeau had called a round table
session at the Riviera Country club Saturday night to
give his champions a good going over. Prior to that time
the spirit of the club wasn't so hot, following the
postponement and the natural letdown and the coaches
were somewhat dubious. In fact, Lambeau issued a crying towel statement
Friday night in which he said the Packers would be lucky to win.
PROUD TO BE PACKERS
At the round table, Lambeau sold this point: The players should be proud
to be members of a championship club; they should conduct themselves
as champions, and go out there and knock the ears off the All-Americans.
He concluded his remarks with this pertinent point: "Remember, fellows,
you will be playing before a critical audience. Pro football seems to be on
trial in Los Angeles and I want you to go out there and show them
something. We have satisfied hundreds of thousands of fans this past
season, and this is no time to be skylarking around. Play this game like it
was the real McCoy, and don't forget that we are thinking in terms of 1940
when we watch you Sunday." It worked. Aside from the freshmen, Isbell,
Hutson, Herber, Ernie Smith, Hinkle, Goldenberg, Laws, Jankowski and
other veterans put on a typical Hollywood show for the customers. Writers
and coaches agreed after the game that it was a much better exhibition
than the Chicago Bears put on in the first pro bowl game and they joined in
raving about the uncanny ability of Hutson as a pass receiver.
PASS PROVIDES HIGHLIGHT
The highlight of the game was the pass from Isbell to Hutson which resulted in a total gain of 92 yards for a touchdown. The ball sailed 52 yards after which Don gathered it into his hands, and outran Bill Smith to the goal. This made Trojan and Bruin supporters gasp for air and Rose Bowl bugs went into hysterics. Well, let me tell you about those field goals which Ward Cuff was supposed to kick, but which actually were delivered by Clarke Hinkle and old man Ernie Smith. Cuff, too, has his chance - and missed. Late in the first quarter the Packers got the ball on their own 30 and Herber passed to Uram for 20 yards. Hinkle got a yard around end and Herber passed to Hutson for seven. Craig dropped Herber's pass when hit by Hein. Uram slipped over right guard for two. Herber's pass to Hinkle was no good. The Hink then took a pot shot at the goal from the 45 and made it for the first three points. The second opportunity came in the second period when Hall kicked to his own 45, and Laws returned it to the All-American 42. After Balazs made two at left tackle Isbell and Laws completed a 15-yard pass to the 35. A penalty on the Americans put the ball on the 30. Balazs made two on a spinner. Weisgerber was clear, but Isbell's pass went over his head. Isbell then shot a bullet to Jacunski for a gain of 16 yards, putting the leather on the 11.
LAWS THROWN FOR LOSS
Blazine threw Laws for a yard loss. But Joe bounced back and made three at left tackle. Isbell's pass went over the head of Balazs. At this time Mr. Ernie Smith called his signal for a field goal and made it. Wild shouting from the Trojans. With their backs to the wall in the same period, the Packers rose up and gave the fans their big thrill of the day. Filchock, who had been throwing the ball around with much abandon, finally completed a heave of 62 yards to Bill Smith, who took it and hiked for the goal line. Only a rapid sprint by Isbell stopped the parade, Smith being forced out of bounds on the Packer 21. Filchock packed through right tackle for nine, putting it on the 12, then hit the middle for a first down on the 10. He tried to pass to Smith which Jankowski intercepted on his own eight to end the threat.
RETREATS TO GOAL LINE
Isbell on the second play retreated to the goal line and let go with a long throw down the field. Hutson started for the ball and Smith started for Hutson. Don actually outran the ball and ran away and hid from Smith for a touchdown. Old Man Smith got the extra point to make it 13 to 0 for the Packers. Fired up with ambition to delight his hometown team, Mr. Smith kicked off to Filchock on the 11 and when the Redskin fumbled Ernie was right there to recover on the 13. That's what you call covering the entire field of play. "How about me trying one of them goals?" pleaded Engebretsen in the huddle. So they let Tiny have a boot. It was wide. Just before the half ended Goldenberg knocked down one Filchock pass and intercepted another just to prove that he deserved a place in the picture. The all-Americans came back for the third quarter fighting mad. Owen's sarcastic remarks had penetrated the thin veneer of egotism. This anger plus a penalty set the stage for the opposition to score. After being smeared on pass attempts. O'Brien kicked to Lawrence on the Packer 20 and he returned it two yards. A clipping penalty shoved the ball back to the Packer seven. Herber kicked out to his own 45 and O'Brien made a return of 28 yards, bucking and dodging many Bays to reach the 17. Drake and O'Brien in four plays moved it to the six. Third down and five to go. O'Brien shot a pass to Joe Carter in the end zone for a touchdown and Cuff converted the point.
SKIRTS RIVAL ENDS
Nothing much happened until late in the fourth quarter when Isbell, Hinkle and Uram started to make skirts around the all-American ends. Before they finished it looked like they would not only put skirts, but petticoats on the flankers. Cecil got four yards, the Hink 24 and Uram 21. This put the ball on the 16 and a pass, Herber to Hutson, laid it on the eight. "Lemme kick another goal," pleaded Ernie Smith. "This is my hometown and I gotta sell a lot of insurance next week." So they let Ernie have another whack and he made it. That, ladies and gentlemen, was the final score, 16 to 7, and the all-Americans were so exhausted they could hardly lift their tooties off the ground during the last six minutes of play. They were so tired, in fact, that they declined to accept a Packer penalty for too much time in a huddle, they couldn't get off the ball of their feet.
HOWLS FOR CHANCE
That penalty, by the way, was the result of Smith yowling for just one more chances to boot a field goal. The ball was on he three and nobody seemed to care. "If you guys are tired," volunteered Mr. Smith, "I'll kick another goal." Somebody said all right, you hog, go ahead, and Herber was running the team and he checked the signals. Smith had removed his headgear and was a-standing there poised for action when recalled to the huddle. "I passed this ball down here and I'm gonna pass it for a touch," Herber announced. "Smith had his fun - it's my turn." Herber's pass hit the upright and a few minutes later the game ended - in a blaze of glory for good old Ernie Smith. The Mr. Smith we are talking about is not the one who went to Washington. He went to Los Angeles.
The crowd was just a bit disappointing in view of the perfect weather conditions. It seemed to prove Los Angeles is not quite ready for National league football. There were two bands on parade and about half a hundred female drum majorettes. The Hollywood touch with emphasis on pulchritude. One of the gals whirling a baton appeared to be no older than 5. The Goodyear blimp Resolute whizzed overhead with a load of eye in the sky fans. George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, dropped into the Packer dressing room to tell the boys they put on a much better show than the Chicago Bears did a year ago. The introductory music for the Packers was "On, Wisconsin." Members of the team were brought on the field amid a fanfare of trumpets and introduced individually. Hutson, Ernie Smith, Pinckert, Cuff, O'Brien, Hein and Aldrich got the biggest hands. Mrs. Richard Smith and other Packer ladies had tickets on the 50-yard line, but the ushers made a mistake and seated them on the 10. Both Lambeau and Owen were grousing about the officiating, but Curly said: "Now that we've won, I have no kick." Isbell burned to a crisp when penalized for pass interference. He had his arms around the receiver, but did not touch him. It was a nice vacation with golf, horses, movies, what have you and so back to work.
GREEN BAY - 3 10 0 3 - 16
ALL-STARS - 0 0 7 0 - 7
1st - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Ernie Smith, 18-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - GB - Don Huston, 92-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Smith kick) GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - AS - Joe Carter, 6-yard pass from Davey O'Brien (Ward Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 13-7
4th - GB - Smith, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-7