NEWS AND NOTES
RIDDICK IS WORST HURT OF PACKERS IN SUNDAY TILT
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - Several Packers were shaken up severely yesterday as the Packers fought out their 27-20 triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles, Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician, reported today. Phil Riddick, right end, acquired a painful knee injury which probably will keep him out of action for a week or more, and Howard (Smiley) Johnson, right guard, acquired a hand injury, when the member was crushed in action. There was no fracture. Fullback Ed Jankowski was injured on the shoulder and collarbone, and also had no fracture. Carl Mulleneaux, right end, received a severe blow on the forehead which caused a slight concussion, but he probably will be able to play against the Bears Sunday. George Svendsen, center who is recuperating from a leg injury, was not used yesterday, as it was felt desirable to give him an additional week of rest.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - Since Sunday we have heard a number of times that "Davey O'Brien would be a whirlwind in back of the Packer line", and it may be true, but we'll venture the opinion right now that the young man from Texas Christian will do all right this season in back of the line with which he's employed. Philadelphia yesterday was the victim of one of those whirlwind attacks, launched from the opening gun, which any opponent in any sport finds so devastating. The Packers, after engineering that bit of strategic power, later found themselves in the depths of a depression from which they could not emerge. It's the game in any sport. A boxer gets into the ring against a feared and respected opponent, knocks him down three times in the first round, and from then on is in danger of getting knocked out himself. A baseball team lands on the league's best pitcher for seven runs in the first inning, and after that nearly throws the game away for lack of respect. A basketball team runs into a hot streak, fires up a 15-point lead in the first period, and then can't seem to come close to the hoop as the enemy cuts dangerously into the lead. But Philadelphia will do all right on its own. No one out here has seen the other Eastern teams in action as yet, so perhaps the Redskins, Giants or Steelers are better, but they'll all have to reckon with young Davey and his slingshot...A number of requests arrived concerning the identity of Packer No. 37, who wasn't listed on the program. He is Connie Mack Berry, end. The Packers announced last Monday that he was released, but he still is here and did a pretty fair job at his position yesterday...Sunday was an important day in the scoring career of Clarke Hinkle, for nine years one of the best backs in the NFL. He kicked two field goals, and by doing so became possessor of more points by that type of scoring than any other man in Packer history. Hinkle has kicked 15 field goals, while Tiny Engebretsen, his nearest rival, has 14. The six points he gleaned yesterday also sent Hinkle's all-time total to 280, leaving him only 21 points behind Verne Lewellen, Green Bay's highest getter. Don Hutson kicked two extra points, which were his No. 7 and 8 as a Packer. He ranks third on the big list, with 38 points less than Hinkle. Carl Mulleneaux scored his fifth and sixth Packer touchdowns, giving him a grand total of 36 points, while Cecil Isbell's touchdown was his fifth. He has 33 points on the all-time list.
HICKEY, NOVAKOSKI SCORE FOR CHIEFS
SEPT 16 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Chiefs convinced about 7,000
fans Sunday that they were entirely capable of taking care of
themselves in the American Professional Football League. Tiny
Cahoon's new club trimmed the Columbus Bullies, defending
champs, 14 to 2, in the league opener at State Fair park. The Chiefs
tackled their first important assignment with relish and turned out a
workmanlike job. They outfought the Bullies throughout, they tackled
and blocked vigorously and they played alert football to take
advantage of the breaks and capitalize on scoring chances. The
Chiefs scored midway in the second quarter when Obbie Novakofski,
former Lawrence halfback, broke loose for 74 yards. They clinched
the victory late in the final quarter when Johnny Maltsch, the
Marquette mite, went into the game for one play and whipped a 20
yard touchdown pass to Bill Hickey of St. Norbert, who was all along
near the goal line. Bob Eckl added both points from placement.
Columbus, after dissipating several scoring opportunities, got an
automatic safety in the third quarter when Joe Zimmerman blocked
Cole's punt on the Chiefs' four yard line and the ball rolled beyond the
end zone. Statistics give Columbus a 11-9 edge in first downs. The Bullies fired 22 passes, completed nine for 202 yards gain and had four intercepted at inopportune times. The Chiefs completed 6 of 13 passes for 67 yards and had only one fall into hostile hands. The Chiefs looked best on defense, except for occasional lapses on passes. They showed a powerful line, with Barnes, Akin and Pedersen forming a block of granite on the right side and with Hoel standing out at the other tackle. Novakofski was easily the backfield standout. The Chiefs' outstanding weaknesses still were uncertain passing and punting. Coach Cahoon expressed himself as well satisfied and predicted that his team would continue to improve. Coach Phil Bucklew of Columbus had no alibis. "I'm not sure the best team won, but the most spirited one did," Bucklew said. "We'll get even when they come to Columbus." Each team failed twice to connect on field goal attempts. Capt. Pedersen of Milwaukee was short from 50 yards out early in the game and had one blocked early in the fourth quarter. Peterson and La Bay missed from 35 and 40 yards out in the first and second periods, respectively. Novakofski saved a touchdown shortly after the game began when he caught Bogden from behind after the latter had taken a 30 yard pass from Williams in midfield and had a clear field ahead for the 15 yard line. The Bullies threatened seriously again near the end of the half. They marched 50 yards to the 20 and then plunged to a first down on the nine. They finally lost the ball after Blaha and Myre each batted down a pass in the end zone. For the rest of the time, penalties, pass interceptions and stubborn defensive play by the Chiefs kept them off. The stage was set for their only points on the safety when Novakofski intercepted a pass and was dragged back to his own four. Novakoski's touchdown jaunt in the second period was a beautiful piece of running. He spurted through his own right tackle. Cole bowled over the first defender, Novakofski sidestepped two others and Barnes, with a great block, mowed down a fourth. After that the fleet halfback simply outran the secondary. Lenich deserved an assist on the second touchdown, tackling Davis on the one yard line after the former Kentucky back had caught a punt. Davis punted all the way out to midfield, but Novakofski lugged it back to the 35. A penalty for unnecessary roughness cost the Bullies 15 yards and on the first play Maltsch and Hickey collaborated for the touchdown.
LAMBEAU OBJECTS TO SELECTION OF NEW OFFICIAL TO REFEREE GAME WITH BEARS
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers today protested officially to Carl Storck, president of the NFL, the appointment of a new official, John B. Kelly of Loyola, as referee of next Sunday's Chicago Bear-Packer game. "Bobby Cahn was supposed to referee the game," Lambeau commented, "and we fell that an experienced official should have been chosen for this particular game. Kelly is new in the league, and we have made a protest to Storck. Should Storck feel that the appointment should be changed, we insist that he attend the game personally, and hold a conference with the officials beforehand." Lambeau also announced today that Beattie Feathers, left halfback, has been farmed out to the Kenosha Cardinals subject to immediate recall, and that George Seamann, Nebraska end, has been released...SLASHES SQUAD FURTHER: This cuts the Packer squad to about the proper working size for the season, and Lambeau indicated that no other cuts may be expected for a few days at least. Philadelphia's Eagles, disposed of by the margin of a single touchdown and extra point kick, the Packer squad settled down to work today for what may well be the stiffest gridiron test of the entire season - the annual invasion of the Bears. The Packers were cracked up a bit in their game with the Eagles, but all of the injured men are expected to be ready for the Bears, except possible Phil Riddick, promising right end, whose knee was damaged and who may be on the bench for a week or two. A rumor wandering about town that the Bear game is sold out is false. There remained today some 4,500 unsold tickets, although there is a steady demand for the seats at the Legion building headquarters. This "standing room only" report makes the rounds annually before the Bears and Detroit Lions invade Green Bay, and this time it is more premature than ever. The Packers never have sold out their stadium since its most recent enlargement. Prospects are that, given good weather, the big horseshoe will be loaded to capacity before game time Sunday afternoon. Officials, other than Kelly, will be Ed Cochrane, Missouri, umpire; Robert Karch, Ohio, headlinesman; and Fred Young, Bloomington, field judge. The Packers spent yesterday afternoon watching motion pictures of their two 1939 games with the Bears, while Lambeau pointed out some of the mistakes which were made during these encounters....SCORED
THREE TOUCHDOWNS: The team was scheduled to
get back on the job today, with Lambeau and Assistant
Smith starting to iron out the defensive lapses which
permitted Philadelphia to score three touchdowns last
Sunday afternoon. Coaches and players well know that
any relaxation against the powerful, bruising offensive of
the Bears will pay off dividends in reverse order. More
than once have the Packers made mistakes against the
Bruins, and never has George Halas' squad failed to
cash in heavily on its opportunities. Last year the Bears
were rated on preseason dope the toughest team in the
National league. Green Bay won the championship, but
the season left a lot of fans with the notion that the best
team didn't cop the title. Now the Bears are coming
back with an even better array of talent than that of
1939, which means that the Packers will have to play
one of the greatest games in their history to maintain
an undefeated NFL record...PLUG WEAK SPOTS:
Whatever weak spots the Bears had last year, and they
weren't many, have been plugged and replugged with
first year men. Three new backs have been added to the
roster, including George McAfee, Duke 205-pounder;
Ray McLean, 168-pound sparkplug from St. Anselm of
Manchester, N.H.; and Harry Clark, 180 pounds, West
Virginia. Clyde Turner, Hardin-Simmons star who played
against the Packers at Solider field last month, is the
only new center on the Bears' list, and one guard has
been acquired - Albert Baisi, 215-pounder from West
Virginia. The Bears have three new tackles in Ed
Kolman, 233 pounds, Temple; Joe Mihal, 230, Purdue;
and Lee Artoe, 218, California. Artoe was one of the 
best linemen on the field in the 1940 All-Star game.
Three ends will appear with the Bruins for the first time - 
Ken Kavanaugh, 205, Louisiana State; Bob Nowaskey,
195, George Washington; and Hampton Pool, 215,
Standford...TOUGHEST IN BUSINESS: These replacements have been added to a roster of bruisers who have achieved reputations as being the roughest, toughest collection of professional football talent in the business. The wide open game means little to the Bears - they score by knocking 'em aside and cracking the opposition on all sides. 
Green Bay Packers (1-0) 27, Philadelphia Eagles (0-1) 20
Sunday September 15th 1940 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - For a couple of periods at City stadium yesterday afternoon, it looked as though the Philadelphia Eagles would leave the place as just the Philadelphia Eagles, instead of the potent Eastern division contenders they were supposed to be. That was before the invades engineered a fourth period uprising which included two touchdowns, and placed them in position to tie up their NFL game with the Green Bay Packers. Just at the worst moment, Don Hutson intercepted a forward pass and Clarke Hinkle delivered a mighty punt, which enabled the Packers to quit the field in possession of a 27 to 20 victory. The Packers blew hot and cold. In the first period, when they racked up three fast touchdowns with amazing ease, they looked invincible, and the Eagles' occasional attempts to stab back didn't worry anyone. When Clarke Hinkle booted across a pair of 45-yard field goals in the last half it looked even safer, but when Dynamite Davey O'Brien started chucking the leather around in the last quarter, things didn't appear so favorable. Davey was the big man of the Eagles, for all his small stature. He threw 40 forward passes, completing 18 for yardage of 225, and he played sixth minutes of football. He ran with the ball, blocked, returned punts and kickoffs and was more of a nuisance than a rhinoceros in a washing machine. The Packers, playing at a fine peak in the opening stanza, dropped into a profound slump for most of the second half, although in their defense may it be said that most of the Philadelphia gains were made against a reserve lineup, and one which looked particularly gullible on pass defense. When the Packers are clicking at the start of the game, they were a tremendous ball club. Philadelphia was swept off its feet for the entire period as the home team slammed home three touchdowns, one of them on a 39-yard sprint by Cecil Isbell, and the other two by Carl Mulleneaux on forward passes from Isbell and Arnold Herber. The first score was set up by Hutson, who reached into the atmosphere and dragged down one of O'Brien's forward passes on the Philadelphia 45-yard line, right after an early exchange of punts. Hinkle, who has another great day at his fullback post, rode heavily around left end for six yards, and then Isbell broke loose. He stepped around the right wing, cut back sharply and carved his way through a veritable passageway of Eagles, bursting into the open for an uninterrupted jaunt to the goal line. Buckets Goldenberg, Tom Greenfield and Baby Ray contributed valuable interference en route, and when Hutson kicked the extra point the Packers were in possession of a 7 to 0 lead. The Packers shook off several penalties the next time they got the ball, and a 21-yard pass gain from Isbell to Hutson lugged the oval to the Eagles' 39-yard stripe. Isbell here twisted through center for 10 more yards, and sailed a long pass over the goal line at Hutson, which Dick Riffle knocked aside. Carl Mulleneaux raced for the goal line, turned to receive Isbell's pass and hurled himself across the line as  he was tackled by Franny Murray. Here again Hutson added the extra point and the Packer lead was 14 to 0. It was Andy Uram, Packer left halfback, who set up the third and final Green Bay touchdown, skipping back 30 yards with Murray's punt to the Philadelphia 12-yard line, aided by Connie Mack Berry's deadly block on two dissenting Eagles. Uram added eight more yards on a play at right end, and in two plays Eddie Jankowski picked up one more. Herber exploded a short, sharp pass off the right side of the line to Mulleneaux, who turned just in time to snatch the ball as he tore across the goal line, dragging Murray into the end zone. Tiny Engebretsen kicked the extra point for that one, and the Packers had a handsome lead of 21 points - which they needed, as later events proved. O'Brien's sharpshooting brought the ball well into Green Bay territory early in the second period, but the thrust fell short of pay dirt when Hal Van Every intercepted a second down pass in the end zone. Right after the ensuring Packer punt, the Eagles came back. The clincher in the touchdown march was a 39-yard gain on a pass from O'Brien to Don Looney, who made a Hutson style catch for a first down on the Packer 11-yard line. Johnny Cole muscled into the line for three yards, and O'Brien tossed an incomplete pass. The next one he shot to Riffle, parked over to the left, and Riffle ran down a row of Packers, none of whom could make a tackle stick. Murray's try for the extra point was low, and this factor saved a lot of nerves for the fourth period. The Packers didn't get close enough to the Philadelphia goal in the third period for touchdown purposes, but they dominated the quarter, nevertheless, the stretch being featured by Hinkle's two long-distance field goals, which very well may stand as records for the 1940 season. The first one as underway early, when Connie Mack Berry rushed Riffle, forcing his punt to sail out of bounds on the Philadelphia 49-yard line. In two bursts at the line, Hinkle and Lou Brock made it first down on the 38, but there the advance stalled. Hinkle gained two at the line, Isbell lost three at right end due to a shortage of blockers, and Hinkle's poke at the other end netted only three yards. Isbell set the ball down on the 45-yard line, and Hinkle booted it across the bars, slightly to the right of center, and low. The Packers blew a great scoring chance a minute later, when Riffle's fumble of the kickoff was recovered by Berry on the Eagles' 12-yard stripe. Two line plays by Isbell, and forward passes by Isbell and Lou Brock failed to produce the score, and Philadelphia took over. A few plays later Lou Brock carried on the family name for pass interceptions by hauling down O'Brien's toss on the Philadelphia 46. The Packers moved in, despite a 15-yard penalty, mostly on passes by Isbell to Berry and Brock. The campaign stalled on the 36, and Hinkle again kicked a successful field goal from the 45-yard stripe. This made the score 27 to 6, and it looked pretty safe. From this point to the end of the game, the Eagles dominated play. While it was true that the Packers were functioning principally with a reserve team, the Green Bay squad nevertheless appeared in the throes of a vast letdown following their earlier successes, and for a time in the last period the Eagles looked good for a tie in the final reckoning. Late in the third period Joe Bukant intercepted Van Every's forward pass and returned it 10 yards to the Philadelphia 49. The Eagles moved right in, mostly on O'Brien's passes, to the 10-yard line. After Cole was stopped on a line play, and O'Brien's pass to Arnold fell incomplete, Davey pitched another to Looney, who made a fancy leaping catch in the end zone as Jankowski and Feathers tried vainly to cover him. Cole kicked the extra point, and that made the score 27 to 13. The Eagles got their next chance when Herber, rushed on a punt formation, got off a high kick which took a bad bounce and was downed by Greenfield on the Philadelphia 48. Cole delivered a return punt to Feathers, who cast about vainly for interference and was down in his tracks on the Green Bay 9-yard line. The Packers started to work out, but Herber's forward pass to Hutson over the left side of the line was 10 yards short, landed in the arms of Looney, and that was all the big end needed. He weaved back through a broken field, following Dick Bassi's interference, to the goal line, which he crossed standing up. Cole kicked the extra point, and that made the score 27 to 20, with the Eagles needing only one more touchdown and point to tie it up. They started out to get it, too, and penetrated as far as the Green Bay 30-yard stripe before the tide of battle swung suddenly into reverse. Don Hutson did it, and Charley Brock almost did it. A low O'Brien pass was deflected by Charley, and landed in Hutson's arms, the latter being spilled on the 32-yard line. The Packers, playing cautious football and disdaining to throw passes, failed to make a first down, and Hinkle delivered the clincher. It was a magnificent punt, soaring high and far to bounced out of the playing area on the Philadelphia 12-yard line. The Eagles spent the remaining two minutes vainly trying to work out of the pocket.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  6  0 14 - 20
GREEN BAY    - 21  0  6  0 - 27
1st - GB - Cecil Isbell, 38-yard run (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Carl Mulleneaux, 29-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
1st - GB - Mulleneaux, 3-yard pass from Isbell (Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - PHIL - Dick Riffle, 8-yard pass from Davey O'Brien (Fran Murray kick failed) GREEN BAY 21-6
3rd - GB - Hinkle, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-6
3rd - GB - Hinkle, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 27-6
4th - PHIL - Don Looney, 10-yard pass from O'Brien (John Cole kick) GREEN BAY 27-13
4th - PHIL - Looney, 31-yard interception return (Cole kick) GREEN BAY 27-20
PACKERS' SPIRIT HIGH FOR SUNDAY'S GAME
SEPT 21 (Green Bay) - With team spirit very high and no sign of overconfidence, the Packers tapered off their training for Sunday's game with the Chicago Bears by going through a light outdoor workout Saturday morning, preceded by a skull session and followed by another. Coach Curly Lambeau, usually apprehensive before a game with the husky team of his old rival, George Halas, radiated quiet confidence, evidently well pleased with the condition and the mental attitude of his players. All Packers players are ready for action but Ray Roddie, Fordham end, whose leg was injured, will not be used unless needed. The ticket demand has been tremendous. Every seat in the stadium, which has a capacity of 22,498, was sold out by midweek but insistent appeals for tickets continued Saturday. Hotels began to fill up Saturday with Packer fans from distant points, arriving for what amounts to homecoming for Green Bay. The Bears are to arrive Saturday night from Delafield, Wis. Each squad will have a full complement of 33 players.
​HALAS DRIVES BEARS
SEPT 21 (Delafield, WI) - The Chicago Bears, driven hard by Coach George Halas, put in a full day of defensive drill against Packer plays before leaving Saturday afternoon for Green Bay, where they will play the pro football champions Sunday. Halas had guards posted to keep out everybody except a few students who strayed over from the adjacent St. John's Military Academy practice field. The Chicago club in earlier practices put in a lot of time polishing up pass plays built around Sid Luckman of Columbia and running plays designed to spring the elusive George McAfee of Duke.
PACKERS, BEARS RENEW BITTER RIVALRY
SEPT 21 (Green Bay - Chicago Tribune) - 
PACKERS 7 TO 5 FAVORITES TO DEFEAT BEARS SUNDAY
SEPT 22 (Green Bay) - Once a year Green Bay bubbled over about football, and Sunday is the day. The occasion is the annual game with those hated rivals from Chicago, the Bears. Green Bay has had more than its share of big football game since the early twenties, and has learned to take pretty well in stride, but it never fails to pop and fizz and go through all the pains of the wildest college town on the day before homecoming when this game comes along. The rest of the pro league is one thing; the Bears are another. So intense has the interest over this year's meeting been that the Sold Out sign appeared on Ticket Director Spike Spachman's office Wednesday night. Since then no one could beg, buy or steal a ticket unless he paid a scalper's price. The capacity of the stadium, with bench seats hurriedly set up, is 22,498. The Packers, still feeling the scare which the Eagles gave them a week ago, have been in a sober frame of mind all week, and with the arrivals of the Bears from their camp at Delafield Saturday night, even started to get a little ugly. Any fear Lambeau had that the team might be inclined to be cocky and confident after successive victories over the College All-Star, Washington Redskins and Kenosha has disappeared. Instead the squad had prepared itself mentally for the toughest kind of fight. The Bears, 33 strong on their arrival here Saturday night, also appeared to be set for one of their toughest battles of the fall. They liked particularly the role of underdogs in which they had been cast. Green Bay ruled 7 to 5 choice. As it usually the case in this game, it will be a battle between a team with a devastating ground attack and another with an equally potent aerial game. The Bears are not often stopped on the ground with such powerful and fleet backs as Osmanski, Nothing, Maniaci, Famighetti, Swisher, Luckman and a lad who may be one of the sensations of the pro league this fall, George McAfee of Duke. But neither are the Packers stopped in their element with pitchers like Isbell, Herber and Van Every, and the greatest receiver of them all, Don Hutson. So far, the devastating ground attack has had the edge. In 42 games, the Bears have won 20, the Packer s18. Four of the game were ties. As an indication how closely the teams have been matched, however, regardless of which side has won, no more than a touchdown, field goal, a safety or a point after touchdown has decided 26 of the 42 contests. While the Bears have been principally a rushing team, and the Packers a passing team, both sides always have had enough of the other's long suit to carry a double threat. The Bears this year, for instance, have excellent passers in Luckman and McAfee, and good receivers in Manske, Kavanaugh, Wilson and Plasman. The Packers on the other hand showed unmistakably in the first 10 minutes of the Philadelphia game a week ago that they have a running game to go with their pass attack. Isbell is one of the finest steppers in the league, Uram a jackrabbit on spinners and Hinkle a crusher who ranks with the all-time greats of football. Except for Ray Riddick, rookie end, who has an injured leg, the Packers in tip top physical shape. Cecil Isbell, who hurt his side in the Philadelphia game, is well on the road to recovery, although it is doubtful whether he will play a great deal. The Bears, making their first league start, are at full strength. The Bears' greatest weakness appears to be at the tackles where, except for Joe Stydahar, rookies will have to carry the load. The rookies are good. They include Ed Kolman of Temple and Lee Artoe of California, outstanding tackles on the squad of college all-stars this year, and Joe Mihal of Purdue. Green Bay's weakness, if any, is in the defensive play of the ends, especially the reserve ends.
PACKERS POISED TO STRIKE AT BEARS HERE SUNDAY
SEPT 21 (Green Bay) - With the greatest crowd in Green Bay's long football history pouring into town by the hour, the Chicago Bears, due to arrive early this evening, and the Packers tearing at the bit on the battle
scene, the props were set today for a great NFL performance. It will start at City stadium at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, when the Bears and Packers will 
collide for the 43rd time in the National league's longest
and most bitter rivalry. Chief news today involved the
certainty that the throng at the stadium tomorrow will 
set a new attendance record for Green Bay contests.
The seating capacity of the field is 22,498, and all of the
tickets have been sold for four days. Hotels are
expecting an overflow weekend, restaurants will be
loaded and streets will be jammed by the traffic of the
thousands invading Wisconsin's football capital for a 
glimpse of Wisconsin's professional football team 
against its most hated opponent of the league. The
Packers have no use for the Bears, and the Bears have
less for the Packers. Both teams will be keyed to a 
fever point by game time, and another bruising, crushing
Packer-Bear contest is in prospect, with the Bruins 
utilizing their withering ground attack in an effort to
offset Green Bay's terrific campaign through the air. 
Both teams are in near perfect physical condition, and
no amount of mental stepping-up is needed for this
game. Ray Riddick, Packer right end from Fordham, 
who has been out of action with a knee injury, will be
ready to play, but Coach Curly Lambeau probably will
give him another week's rest unless he is needed badly.
..BEARS ARRIVE TONIGHT: Coach-Owner George 
Halas of the Bears is due to arrive early this evening on
a Milwaukee Road train, and so couldn't be reached for
a starting lineup. Lambeau announced none officially,
but a good guess places the following men on the
starting line: Donald Hutson and Carl Mulleneaux, ends;
Baby Ray and Bill Lee at tackles; Russ Letlow and
Buckets Goldenberg at guards; George Svendsen or
Charley Brock at center; Larry Craig at blocking back,
Cecil Isbell and Joe Laws at halfback, and Clarke Hinkle
at fullback. Among those in the stands Sunday 
afternoon will be Carl Storck, president of the National
league, who has answered Lambeau's request to be on
hand for this vital contest. Lambeau did not like the
selection of John B. Kelly, Chicago, as referee. He has
not anything against Kelly personally, but the latter is a
new official in the league and the Packer coach believed
that a veteran whistleblower is needed when Bears and
Packers tangle. A firm hand is needed when these two
teams get together, and to stress efficiency by his four
officials, Storck will meet with them at 1 o'clock Sunday
morning. Then he'll watch to see how well his
instructions are followed...GAIN INSIDE TRACK:
Lambeau has stated repeatedly that he regards the 
winner of Sunday's game as the prospective Western
division champion, which means that a loss by Green
Bay would handicap the Packers severely in its title
quest. Of course, the campaign will continue until
December, and many a September leader has been cut
down along the wayside, but no teams in the division
are rated as highly as the Packers and Bears - which 
means that a victory for either would be a prime 
strategical accomplishment. They broke even last year,
Green Bay winning at City stadium and the Bears 
producing a 3-point decision at Wrigley field, although
outgained statistically. The last year that either won both games of the series was in 1935, when Don Hutson's first season in the league, when the Packers were victorious, 7 to 0 here and 17 to 14 at Chicago. There is no man on the Packer team who is as feared by the Bears at Hutson. For five seasons he was the scourge of Chicago, despite all efforts to hold him, knock him down, cover him and keep him out of the plays. The Bears have blamed part of their difficulty upon the accurate passes which Hutson has received against them, and rather have been waiting for Arnie Herber to wear out, but in this year of 1940, with Herber still very much alive, Cecil Isbell and Hal Van Every also loom as aerial threats for Green Bay opponents. Everyone expects the Packers to leap into the air at the first opportunity and to stay there for most of the 60 minutes, straining the Bears' pass defense to the utmost. In the meantime, the champions will have to stave off a blistering ground attack, led by Gary Famiglietti, Joe Maniaci and Bill Osmanski. The  Bruins have their air attack, too, and the Packer pass defense, never too strong, must prove capable of checking the tosses of Sid Luckman and Bernie Masterson, both tested against the Packers in previous games. The whole thing shaped up as another of the classic which these two top rivals have staged regularly, and this time it will be fought before a record Green Bay throng. Fans are urged to arrive as early as possible to avoid creating unnecessary traffic congestion, as closing of the E. Mason street bridge has cut off a valuable stream of cars from the east.
MAYBE HALAS DOESN'T INTEND TO WIN, BUT HE MUST PROVE IT
SEPT 21 (Green Bay) - George Halas, Coach, Chicago Bears - Dear George: Sorry, you had to leave so early last Sunday. There are many things we could have talked about. Most of them will be cleared up, however, at City stadium Sunday. I saw by your wire, published Friday, that you consider the Bears under-trained for the game with the Packers. What, George, no Wheaties? You also spoke of having seen the condition of Curly Lambeau's team, and admitted not being "blind". George, you are the last person in the NFL anyone would accuse of being blind. Time and again you have seen things on a football field that completely missed the officials, the fans, the opposition and about 90 percent of your own players who have been trained in Halas vision. True, sometimes you may not see as quickly as the other fellow, but that only happens when your interest momentarily has been directed elsewhere. I think particularly of the September day in 1935 when you were watching your boys swarm over Arnie Herber. Down the field Don Hutson was catching a pass that meant a touchdown and spelled run for the Bears. That was the first play of the game. Remember? Yours was the superior team that year, but the Packers made the all-important points. Later at Chicago the Packers won again - this time by 17 to 14 - and with the dope all against Green Bay, Lambeau almost won the championship. A disputed field goal by Ade Schwammel against in Cardinals in Chicago decided the issue. Detroit took the pennant. The point I am getting at, George, is that you know as well as aI and the fellow in the knothole section that these antebellum statements publicly made by coaches are just so much conversation. Both coaches in the usual football game today admit so many weaknesses on their teams that it is hard to justify the squawk the loser puts up when it's over. I was more than a little surprised by your wire. I remember a former policy of making no statements before a game. That you have broken your own rule seems to imply that you are pretty sure of something. I have yet to see the day when you were "sure" of losing. It just isn't in your makeup, George, no matter how you try to disarm the opposition by discounting the Bears' strength...THEY HAVEN'T SLIPPED: You had a helluva fine ball club last season. Looking over your lineup this year, there is no reason for anyone to believe that you have slipped. Every coach in the league is doing his level best to win the championship. It's a cash-and-carry lies. You were just one game out of first place last season. By beating the Packers twice instead of just once, the position of Green Bay and the Bears would have been reversed in the standing. From that we conclude that Coach Lambeau is correct when he says that tomorrow's game may ultimately decide the Western division title. If the Bears, instead of the Packers, had won last Sept. 24, we would have been watching your team at Soldier field this year. Now what strikes me particularly pertinent about the one last year is that when it was over you told me that "breaks" and "mistakes" lost the game for you after Referee Cahn ruled against Manders' extra point effort following the Bears' second touchdown. No talk of condition! Let me refresh you on that game...BEARS SCORED EARLY: Bill Osmanski scored first. (I lost a bet to Mrs. Halas' friend, Mrs. Bert Noelle). Manders' kick was good. Six plays later Bernie Masterson sneaked over after a blocker Herber punt. Chan ruled Manders' kick wide. You protested. The Bears as a unit protested. Still, you led by 13 to 0 as the half ended. In the third period the Packers were hot. Cecil Isbell went over from the 11-yard line and Engebretsen's boot was good. After eight plays Milt Gantenbein took a pass in the end zone. Again Tiny's kick was true, and Green Bay led by 14 to 13. At this point I'll grant that your team, trailing by a single point, became jittery and opened up wide than usual Bear practice. Shortly after Hutson intercepted a pass on the Green Bay 44, Hinkle was forced to punt. Here came one of the "breaks". Dick Schweidler let the punt get away from him, and Packer center Tom Greenfield scored to put the game on ice. In the final quarter Manders kicked a field goal from 38 yards out, and that was about all the frustrated Bears had to offer at the finish. Remember? The final count was 21 to 16...NEVER CAUGHT UP: Of course you remember. You remember also what the game cost you, and it ran through your mind many times since. At Chicago you trimmed a battling Packer team by 30 to 27 to even the series. But the Packers were on the run in the league race at the time, and you never did overtake them. Now, George, did you still try to convince me and more than 20,000 others who will be out there that you aren't fully determined - and set - to cop Sunday. You and Hunk Anderson and 16 of your players didn't come to the Philadelphia-Green Bay game last Sunday for the ride. And wasn't it you who had more warmup tilts than any other coach in the league? Up to the Iron country, out to the east coast, and back again. If you can't whip a squad into shape with a training schedule like that, you're losing your grip - something I refuse to accept. I'll see you tonight, George, and again tomorrow. If you lose - and I am not in the least convinced that you will - and quietly say when it's all over, "It's just as I said. We were under-trained. It was a great ball game otherwise....", then I'll believe you were sincere in your telegram. But not until then. Meanwhile, I'll warn you. The Packers are tough - but not so tough that overconfidence can't beat them. Skeptically yours, Dick.
CITY BULGES AS CROWDS ARRIVE FOR PACKER-BEAR GAME SUNDAY
SEPT 21 (Green Bay) - It's noting short of an invasion. When those Packers take on those Bears tomorrow this biggest little football town alive takes on a whole new city. And Green Bay's ready and willing to bulge at the seams. That "other city" moving in will count up to 16,000 or better, 16,000 out-of-towners, according to the boys who know these sort of things, coming from 1,000 different cities and communities in Wisconsin and at least 10 other states. At City stadium they'll meet up with more than 6,000 natives, filling the lot to capacity; 22,498 ticket holders in all, for ideal football weather is promised and that many ducats have been sold. Green Bay will begin to fatten up this evening and will outdo itself by kickoff time tomorrow. The hotels would have to hang them on the rafters to accommodate anymore. And if you're not having weekend guests, that's news. Two special trains, moving in opposite directions, will unload their fans in Green Bay about noon tomorrow. One brings some 200 Packer rooters from upper Michigan on the North Western's Ironwood special. The other is the Milwaukee road's "Bear Special", from Chicago, and comes with a like number of Bruin backers. And the highways! Cars will bring the great majority. They'll wheel in from all directions, especially from Milwaukee and upper Michigan, the Fox valley, northeastern Wisconsin and what have you. Buses will carry others, while at the airport there'll be more than a few hopping in by plane.
BEAR GRID GAME SELLOUT; CAPACITY CROWD ASSURED
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - All tickets for Sunday's football game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have been sold, which means that only favorable weather is needed to assure City stadium of a record crowd. The stadium seats 22,498, and when the
Bears take to the field for the 39th game against Green
Bay, they''ll all be filled. For the last two seasons the
Detroit Lions' game here has outdrawn the Bears, with
assistance from soggy weather on Bear game days, 
but the demand for tickets to Sunday's game has
broken all records in the history of the Packer football
corporation. Never before have all seats been sold so far
in advance of an important contest. Fans who neglected
to purchase season tickets, or line up their single game
seats in advance were storming the office today, but
there was just one answer: "No tickets left." With their
clientele thus assured, the Packer rode through a 
secret practice yesterday, every member of the team 
able to participate. Afterwards, Coach Curly Lambeau
did a little debunking regarding the all-conquering ability
of the Bears. "Certainly, we respect the Bears as one of
the most powerful opponents we shall face in the NFL
this year," he said. "But it is not correct to say that we
are afraid of them. We gained more yardage than the
Bears even when we lost to them by three points at
Chicago last year, and if you will glance at the statistics
you will find that most of the Bears' vast ground gaining
was done at the expense of weaker teams in the NFL.".
..DIDN'T RUN WILD: "The Bears had a habit of piling it
on when they were leading, but they did not run wild 
over teams like the Packers, New York Giants and the
Detroit Lions." The only reaction to Lambeau's protest
of John B. Kelly, Chicago, as referee for the Packer-
Bear game was the announcement that Carl Storck,
president of the National league, will attend the game
personally to witness his officials in action. Green Bay
objected Kelly because he is a new man in the league,
and it was felt a more experienced referee will be 
needed in the bruising contest. The Bears have been
turning loose the ballyhoo on George McAfee, 205-
pound Duke back who Owner-Coach George Halas
believes will be the No. 1 first year man of the league.
Lambeau countered with Hal Van Every. "We know that
McAfee is a great performer," said the Packer coach,
"but we fell that Van Every is every bit his equal in
ability. Thus far Hal usually has played with a team 
composed of younger Packers, but Sunday he will have
a chance to work with our most experienced men."...
AIR VS. GROUND: There are all indications that the
struggle will be the usual Packer-Bear conflict, with
Green Bay air strength matched against the crushing
Chicago attack on the ground. No National league team
possesses the lethal weapons through the line and
around the end, given the Bears by McAfee, Bernie
Masterson, Solly Sherman, Sid Luckman, Ray Nolting,
Jack Manders, Dick Schweidler, Bob Swisher, Gary
Famiglietti, Bob Snyder, Bill Osmanski and Joe
Maniaci. Sunday's game will be the last at City stadium
until Sunday, Oct. 13m when the Cleveland Rams and Dutch Clark will invade the community. A week from Sunday the Packers will meet the Chicago Cardinals at Milwaukee, when Buckets Goldenberg day will be observed, and Oct. 6 Green Bay is not scheduled.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - Patriotism note: Sixteen members of the Green Bay Packer football team are eligible for the national draft, and we don't mean the football draft. It is regarded as doubtful that any will be called before the present season ends, but there is a possibility that some of them may still be doing the streamlined version of squads right when the 1941 season opens.
FEATHERS PASSES CARDS TO WIN OVER COLUMBUS
SEPT 19 (Kenosha) - Beattie Feathers passed the Kenosha Cardinals to a 13-7 victory over the Columbus Bullies last night as Jim Gillette caught touchdown passes in the first and third quarters. Johnny Blood converted after the second touchdown. The Bullies, defending champions in the American Football league, scored in the closing minutes on a 12-yard pass from Davis to Bogden. Peterson kicked goal.
LAMBEAU HIGH ON VAN EVERY
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - George McAfee, 205-pound halfback of the Chicago Bears, who is being touted by the Bruins as the prospective freshman sensation of the NFL this year, will meet some lively first year stuff himself when he appears against the Packers Sunday, Coach Curly Lambeau said Thursday. Lambeau commented favorably upon the work of Hal Van Every, Minnesota star, in Wednesday's secret workout. "Whenever we have used Van Every, he has served with a combination of new men," the coach pointed out, "but Sunday we plan to give him plenty of support as he plays against the Bears. We feel that Van Every, rather than McAfee, may turn out to the No. 1 first year back of the season." Lambeau revealed that his protest of John B. Kelly, Chicago as referee of the Bear-Packer mix had drawn some attention. President Carl Storck of the National league has decided to attend the game in person. Lambeau protested the appointment of Kelly because he is a new man in the league. The Packer coach felt that a more experienced whistle blower was needed for this bitter rivalry. A sign reading, "no Bear tickets left" was posted in front of the ticket headquarters Thursday, which means that 22,498 seats all will be filled for the first time since the stadium was last enlarged two years ago. The Packers have no bad injuries and the players have been pointing for this game as though they were college sophomores on the eve of homecoming.
BIG BAD BEARS GIVE BAY FANS PLEASANT SHIVERS
SEPT 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - Every winter, when the Packers hang up their gridiron paraphenalia after the last pro football game, all the fans of Green Bay and environs begin to save their pennies toward the price of a ticket to the Packer-Bear game next fall. And every fall, with the first thump of shoe against pigskin, the same fans begin to shiver with delightful trepidation over the impending visit of the Bears. Green Bay knows that it will see a great game - hence the delight - but fears the result - hence the trepidation. The Bay fans know that their Packers are tops in pro football. They look forward to every other game on the schedule with expectation of victory; but when the Bears come, they know the fear of defeat. They know the Packers are big and tough and resourceful, but they know the Bears are just as big and tough and resourceful. No other team in the land, lean years or fat, gives the Packers such a fight and the fans such a a fright....IT REEKS TRADITION: The big game will be played Sunday. The enlarged Green Bay stadium will be filled so full that nets ought to be spread around the outside walls to catch spectators who are pushed over the top. If the Bay had a stadium twice as big, chances are it would be filled; but unfortunately no other game draws so well and a surplus seating capacity cannot be provided just for one occasion. In a way, it is too bad that Green Bay has not a huge stadium so this game could have the crowd that it deserves, for it is a remarkable event. It is the big traditional game of professional football - the only really traditional game the pro sport boasts. When the Bears play the Packers in Chicago, it is not the same. It is the biggest game on the Bears' schedule and packs Wrigley field, but it is not the same. Only when these teams meet at Green Bay is the atmosphere surcharged with that intangible something which makes a great occasion. In its own small way, Green Bay's Packer-Bear game ranks with the Yale-Harvard game and the Army-Navy struggle. Call that sacrilege, if you will...NOT FRONT RUNNERS: One of the Packers' charter fans was in the office Wednesday and he was full of the aforementioned delightful trepidation. "I'm afraid they'll get beat," he said, "but I wouldn't miss it. Maybe a good beating will do them good - start them off to the championship. It has before. It'll be all right if the Bears get the lead and the Packers have to come from behind. They're great at that. But if Green Bay gets out in front and the Bears start coming - and you know they will - I'm afraid of what will happen. Our Packers are at their worst when somebody is chasing them." That fan knows the Packers. No football team in the land can work up the pressure that the Packers can. Going into a tough game they are terrific. Coming from behind they are terrific. But out in front with some pesky underdog putting on pressure, as Philadelphia did last week or the Cardinals did at Green Bay last year, they sometimes are a pitiful spectacle. Nothing like that is apt to happen Sunday. The Packers are not likely to get far enough ahead to let down - or let down if they do get far enough already. They know those Bears better than the fans do!
TRICKY OFFENSE CAUSES PROBLEM IN BEARS' CAMP
SEPT 19 (Delafield, WI) - Thirty-three Chicago Bears, quartered in comfortable lakeside cottages and nourished in the new refectory of St. Johns Military academy, are eager, but far from ready, they claim, to open their NFL schedule against the world champion Packers in Green Bay on Sunday. While the local weather prophet sought futilely to concoct a plausible excuse for the midsummer weather, the Bears stepped through another long drill today, trying to master the complicated system with which Bill Hewitt, Link Lyman and Red Grange once brought championships to Chicago. They will have only two more drills before invading Green Bay, and they insist this is not enough...A GREAT TEAM, BUT WHEN?: "A great team," said George Musso, veteran guard, who has been coming up here for seven years now, almost long enough to get a cadet's diploma. "A great team - in another four weeks." "A great team," said George Halas, owner and coach, who slept later than 9 o'clock this morning for the first time since he was in college. "A great team in another four weeks - maybe." But Sunday? Well, it will be far from the team the Bears have taken to Green Bay for opening games in other seasons. Coupled with the fact that Halas regards the Packers as the greatest Green Bay aggregation they have ever opened against, the outlook from where the Bears sit is anything but encouraging. Weather and 11 rookies have retarded the Bears' preseason training, which got underway here on Aug. 12 and included trips to Iron Mountain, Mich., Newark, N.J., and way points for exhibition games...OFFENSE IS COMPLICATED: There is no denying that the Bears' offense is the most complicated and difficult system to master in football. Schooling the rookies in all the various formations has been a slow, tedious task, and it has progressed so poorly that Halas and his assistants consider the team to have attained only 50 percent of its efficiency. The situation is so disheartening that Halas has cancelled a workout in Green Bay on Saturday. Instead of getting in the final licks in Municipal stadium, where only passing, kicking and calisthenics would be possible, the Bears will delay their departure for Green Bay until noon and take their last drill in Delafield on Saturday morning.
CITY'S DRAWING POWER NOT UP TO MOST OTHERS IN PRO LEAGUE
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - Problems facing the Packer football corporation in relation to competition in a league of much larger cities were outlined by Packer Coach E.L. Lambeau before the Kiwanis club at its luncheon meeting in the Hotel Northland Monday noon.
Lambeau pointed out that home attendance at Green
Bay games is less than that of even the lower ranking
clubs of other cities. He specifically pointed out that
Philadelphia's end of the gate receipts here Sunday was
$2,000 less than the Eagles' share in late November at
Milwaukee a couple of seasons back...IN BOTTOM
POSITION: "At that time," Lambeau said, "the Eagles
were on the bottom of the Eastern division. Bert Bell
had no headliner like Davey O'Brien, and the team was
finishing the season. Nevertheless, on a rainy day in
Milwaukee the Philadelphia-Green Bay game outdrew
the opening between the same clubs here Sunday." The
Packer coach said that the corporation officials are 
doing everything in their power to keep the team in
Green Bay for as many years as possible, but that the
attendance problem is increasing every season. "As
much as Bert Bell likes Green Bay, he undoubtedly will
favor scheduling his team against the Packers at
Milwaukee the next time he comes west," Lambeau
said in pointing out the fact that the cash consideration
caries considerable weights when schedules are being
drawn...OUTDRAWN BY SEVEN: The official home
attendance figures quoted by Lambeau showed that 
seven league cities outdrew Green Bay last season. 
They were New York with 233,440; Detroit, 185,061;
Washington, 164,509; Brooklyn, 137,191; Chicago
Bears, 135,684; Philadelphia, 110,334; Cleveland, 107,
378. For Green Bay the figure was 87,738. On the road,
however, the Packers are one of the biggest drawing
cards. "I believe the people of Green Bay should be as
familiar with these problems as they are with the
fortunes of the team on the field of play," Lambeau
asserted. Speaking of the team itself, the coach cited
possibilities of some of the new playing talent with
particular reference to Harold Van Every, halfback; Lou
Brock, halfback; Bob Adkins, blocking back; Smiley
Johnson, guard; Dick Evans, end, and Ray Riddick, 
end. "Evans and Riddick have given needed defensive
strength at right end," it was stated...NEXT GAME
IMPORTANT: Pointing out that it is hard and often futile
to attempt to pick a key game this early in the season,
Lambeau nevertheless told his listeners that the Bear-
Packer game here next Sunday may do much toward
deciding the Western division championship. "The
Bears are much improved over the powerful Chicago
team of last season," the speaker warned. "In McAfee,
rookie from Duke university, Halas has one of the 
fastest backs in the National league." In answering
questions about the ability of other teams to score on
Green Bay so frequently, Lambeau explained that in
selecting material for the Packers the coaches rate
offensive ability over defensive skill...TOUCHDOWNS
PARAMOUNT: "We are willing to sacrifice one score to
make two ourselves," the coach said. "In making our
releases we keep players who we believe are apt to be
two touchdowns stronger than the men we let go." As
an example, Lambeau presented the case of Jim
Gillette, former Virginia halfback who was released.
Gillette, according to Lambeau, was superior to many backs in defensive play, particularly in pass defense, but he added nothing to the offense.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - A Packer fan called in with the suggestion that when the Packers play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Milwaukee Sept. 29, it might be a good idea for boosters of Hank Bruder, currently with the Steelers, to honor that former Green Bay star. In the meantime, there has come from Milwaukee a notice that Buckets Goldenberg, one-time Milwaukee high school star and later of the University of Wisconsin, will be paid tribute at special ceremonies that day. Maybe the Bruder business could be worked in, too. Sounds like an assignment for some Green Bay young men's club. Buckets Goldenberg was a line-smashing fullback with Milwaukee West division, as a teammate of John Doehring, more than a decade ago, winning all-city honors. At Wisconsin, he alternated as blocking quarterback and tackle, while with the Packers he played fullback, blocking back, and finally guard, where he has become one of the best performers in the National league. A Goldenberg headquarters for Green Bay fans wishing to help the program along will be established soon, according to Morry Zenoff, Milwaukeean who is promoting the idea.
ERNIE SMITH IN COACHING PLACE
SEPT 17 (Hollywood) - Ernie Smith, star tackle of the Green Bay Packers, has decided to quit professional football. Big Ernie, former All-American at the University of Southern California, revealed today that he has signed a contract to serve as assistant to Charley Erb in the coaching of the Adohr flying football tournament for junior high school boys in the Southland. Smith ended a brilliant pro gridiron career in Chicago last month when he helped the Packers to 45-28 victory over the collegiate All-Stars. He recently returned to his home here and this morning issued the following statement: "After weeks of through I have finally decided to call it quits. I'm mailing a letter today to Coach Curly Lambeau today informing him of my decision. It was the toughest decision I have ever been called upon to make. I wrote the letter to Curly five days ago, but failed to mail it because I thought several times that I might change my mind."...MADE PROPER DECISION: "Furthermore my wife doesn't care too much about me playing any longer. I feel I have made the proper decision. I'm going to miss Curly, my old mates and the splendid fans of Green Bay. I don't think Curly will miss me as he has great tackles in Baby Ray and Charley Schultz and I feel sure Green Bay will finish on top in the National league race."
PACKERS' 27 POINTS LEADING NATIONAL LEAGUE GRID TEAMS
SEPT 17 (New York) - That NFL teams are more equally balanced this season than ever before is indicated by three tie games in the five opening contests of the campaign and the extremely close balance of touchdowns by opponents. In four of the five games played, each team had the same number of touchdowns and in the other the victor had only a one touchdown advantage. Outstanding proof of the equal balance of power among the circuit's teams this season is the superb showing of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, each tail-ender in its respective division a year ago, in tie games against the Eastern champion New York Giants and Detroit Lions (third in the Western division) respecitvely...ONLY NINE PREVIOUSLY: There have only been nine tie games in the league in the past six seasons (330 games). Never before have tie games been played on successive weeks. Although the Washington Redskins got off to a good start in defense of its passing efficiency laurels with 14 completions in 20 tosses for a 70 percent average, the passing of Coach Jock Sutherland's Brooklyn Dodgers exceeded many expectations. The former Pittsburgh coach, believed to be a babe in the woods in the forward passing game before entering National league ranks this season, unveiled an aerial attack which struck for a 48 percent average with 12 completions in 25 tosses, aided by Ace Parker's comeback. Parker was responsible for most of the Dodger passes though playing with a special steel brace to protect a leg broken in an International league baseball game this summer...COMPLETE HIGH PERCENTAGE: Five of the eight teams which have started play have completed 40 percent of more of their passes. Philadelphia's 18 out of 40 for 45 percent, Green Bay's 43 percent and the Cardinals' 40 percent are notable achievements at this early date. With play as close as it was a premium was placed on the efficient kicking of extra points and field goals and the teams responded in the five games with 14 out of 15 extra points and five field goals. Washington is the leading ground gainer in the first team statistics compilation with 369 yards and Green Bay's 27 points tops the scoring.
PACKERS AT FULL STRENGTH FOR MEETING WITH CHICAGO BEARS
SEPT 18 (Green Bay) - With the roughest afternoon of the season getting closer by the minute - as important engagements invariably do - the Green Bay Packers appear capable of taking the field Sunday against the Chicago Bears in peak physical condition. With the possible exception of Phil Riddick, injured right end who still is regarded as an untried candidate, the Packers will be at full strength for their meeting with George Halas' contending team, rated this year as bigger and tougher than ever. The Packers spent most of their practice period yesterday working on pass defense, a department which looked soggy against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday, and this morning they broke up into groups for an all-morning session at the Hotel Northland. Another outdoor drill was on the program for this afternoon. "This 1940 team," commented Coach Curly Lambeau, "is capable of winning the championship, and it is capable of finishing in the second division. We know that sooner or later every football team takes a licking, but we don't want to take it from the Chicago Bears." Sunday's contest will be the 39th between the Packers and Bears, the most bitter rivals in the NFL. So strong has feeling run between the teams in past year, that each has acquired its longest string of injuries annually by meeting the other, and there is no indication that the tendency toward mayhem will be any less in evidence this season. The Bears scorn the wide-open type of football, and get down to brass tacks with a potent, sweeping attack on the ground, supplemented by occasional ventures into the aerial game. Against them, however, the Packer air attack has met with frequent success. Not since 1935 have either the Bears or Packers swept the two-game series between the clubs. That year Green Bay walloped the Bruins twice in sensational style, winning 7 to 0 here and 17 to 14 at Chicago, both times on touchdown-scoring by Don Hutson. Since that time, the series always have been divided. Usually the Packers lost at Green Bay and won at Chicago, but last year's meeting at City stadium resulted in a 21 to 16 triumph for the Packers, while the return engagement at Wrigley field went to Halas' crew, 30 to 27. It was one of the two decisions the Packers failed to win in 1939...ONE GAME BEHIND: When the season was over, and the chips were counted, the Bears rested one game behind Green Bay in the final Western division standings, which sent the Packers into the playoffs and left the Bruins grasping the bag. As the Bears had a well-defined felling that they exceeded the Packers in all-around talent, the visitors Sunday will be in a vengeful mood - and aren't they always? The ticket situation is likely to be acute before the weekend. Less than 1,000 remained unsold today, and those left were in the end zone. Packer officials pointed out, however, that the construction of City stadium is such that every seat affords a good view of the field, and the tickets which are left are certain to disappear before Sunday. If so, and the weekend weather permits attendance of all those who bought seats, City stadium will have its first sellout since its last enlargement, and a new attendance record will be set. Just as the Bear-Packer series is the bitterest in the National league, not even excepting that between New York and Washington, so also it is the longest. Eighteen of the 38 contests played between the historic foes have gone to Green Bay, while 20 have been won by the Chicagoans. The same assortment of backs who have chilled Green Bay fans in recent years are back again with the Bruins, affording a set of combinations which apparently never will wear out. Bernie Masterson is in there again at quarterback, while Bill Osmanski, Joe Maniaci, Jack Manders, Sid Luckman, Ray Nolting, Gary Famiglietti, Bob Snyder and Bon Swisher - they're all back and anxious to tear into the Packers with all their old-time ferocity...NERVE TENSION HIGH: But the Packers are ready. Although nervous tension runs high when the two old rivals get together, they always put on a grand football show, and the fact that fans recognize it may be seen in the huge advance ticket sale. The Packer backfield platoon which is braced for the shock of the collision included three blocking quarterbacks, three left halfbacks, three right halfbacks and three fullbacks - a trio deep at each position. At the blocking post, Coach Lambeau has three men, two of them veterans. Larry Craig has the inside post, with Dick Weisgerber slated for considerable action along with the only freshman of the group, Marshall college's Bob Adkins. The left halves, reduced to three with the release of Beattie Feathers, now consist of Cecil Isbell, Andy Uram and Hal Van Every. Isbell apparently has started on his best season of professional football. He is passing at the peak of his career, is one of the best running backs in the league, and is a canny field general...GREAT BALL CARRIER: Uram, who usually goes hottest after midseason, has not stepped off many of his fancy runs this year, but he has tons of ability, is elusive and loose with the ball, and has experience. Van Every has the makings of developing into the No. 1 first star of the league, and is certain to be used against the Bears. The right halfback post is loaded with experience, the only newcomer being Lou Brock, the Purdue graduate who is on the way toward regular work with the Green Bay team. Brock has had his baptism of fire and will get more activity as the season progresses. The other two, Joe Laws and Arnold Herber, are two of the best known players in the National league. Both call the signals when they are in the game. Laws is a great ball toter, and Herber a past master of the forward pass. Suspension of Frank Balazs, which still is in effect, has left the Packers with three fullbacks, and Clarke Hinkle still is the top man of the trio. Hinkle was regarded popularly as being near the end of his career, after a long and valiant stay in the league, but he has started out the 1940 season with all his old-time fire and vigor. Larry Buhler is running hard and Ed Jankowski is experienced in the ways of pro football, giving Hinkle adequate relief from 60-minute chores which have been common to him in past seasons.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 18 (Green Bay) - The Packers made a fortunate, if long delayed, forward step in football promotion when they dressed up their opening league game last Sunday afternoon with a variety of entertainment between the halves and during the playing time itself. The singing of "God Bless America" by Miss Lucille Meusel; the parading of three snappy bands, the Packer Lumberjack; the Two Rivers Hamilton and the Green Bay High school units; raising the colors and championship pennant as American Legion color guards stood by - all these are touches of showmanship which long have been missing from City stadium. Every other manager in the NFL has displayed in seasons past a keen sense of what the crowd wants in supplemental entertainment. George Marshall at Washington has run to a wild extreme, but attracts the customers. The magnificent Wayne university band is almost as much a drawing card at Detroit as the Lions. The Chicago Bears dress up their home games by sponsoring between halves contests between kid teams, dressed up like the Bears and their opponents. All around the circuit bands, fife and drum corps, musical talent are turned loose to entertain the fans. When Marshall attended the Washington-Green Bay game at Milwaukee this month, he said: "Why don't you run a hearse around the track? It's so dead in here that the stunt might be amusing. Why don't you get some music?" Mr. Marshall was dead right, and the many fans who commented with high good favor on last Sunday's show have proved it. City stadium's turf has remained empty during the intermissions of far too many football games. Even if it's a small unit, a tiny drum and bugle corps, the management would do well to wave it into the stadium and give the folks some relaxation while the teams are in the dressing rooms. People attend to see their football, sure, but every added touch of colors, every interesting stunt and gag, helps keep their interest, helps haul them back for another glimpse. We have been sold on the Packer Lumberjack band ever since it was organized, and Sunday it sounded peppier than ever, established in an attractive shell at the northwest corner of the gridiron. We feel, too, that additional musical organizations add to, rather than subtract from, the utility of the Lumberjack group. That fine Hamilton band from Two Rivers, while its time was crowded and it had little opportunity to show what it can do, added immeasurably to the spirit of the occasion. Softly, while play was taking place in the second half, it tore off a swing version of "The Campbells Are Coming" which has feet tapping all over the stadium. The Green Bay High school band always makes a fine showing, and adds another musical unit to those on the field. The more the merrier; there's no room for inter-organization jealousy where the manufacturing of spirit and pep is concerned.
HUSKY ENDS ADDED TO CHIEFS' SQUAD
SEPT 18 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Chiefs, fresh from Sunday's scalping of the Columbus Bullies, American league defending champions, yesterday added new blood to the team with the signing of two hefty ends. The wingmen, Keith Ranspot and Joel Mason, were released recently by the Chicago Cardinals. Ramspot is 6 feet 3 1/2 inches and weighs 215 pounds. Mason is 205 pounds and has run the century in 9.7 seconds. Last year he was considered second to Hutson in speed in the National league. Coach Tiny Cahoon drilled his squad in punting and passing yesterday in preparation for next Sunday's league game at Buffalo. Coach Cahoon announced today the release of Fe Bohan, end, and Warren Becker, back to the Boston club of the AFL. Both players played collegiate ball with the Stevens Point Teachers.
RED GRANGE PROMISES PACKERS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN MCAFEE
SEPT 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - You have Red Grange's word for it, and Red should know. The Chicago Bears who will open their league season Sunday against the Packers in Green Bay again have the prize rookie of the National league. A year ago, they came up with the Wild Bull of Mr. Wrigley's turf, Bob Osmanski of Holy Cross, and they really came up with something. This fall they offer George McAfee of Duke. Grange, who coaches the Bear backfield, speaks glowing words about him: "McAfee is one of the greatest backs I've ever seen - if not the greatest. He can't help but be the league's sensation. The guy does everything. He runs with such ease that he gives no indication of his tremendous speed unless you note how quickly he separates himself from players who try to catch him. He is a terrific blocker and he can punt, pass and catch passes. How he can catch passes! You mark my words. The guy can't miss." Whether McAfee pans out as well as Grange predicts remains to be seen, of course. The rookies who bloom in September, sometimes wither before November. It is true, however, that at Duke McAfee set football fields aflame. Just glances over his 1939 record: He carried the ball 96 times for an average of 6.6 yards. He completed nine out of 15 passes for gains of 138 yards. He punted 40 times for an average of 40 yards. He scored seven touchdowns, returned five kickoffs for an average of 22 yards, caught 10 passes for an average of 22 yards, and ran for gains of 20 yards or more 23 times. You can't laugh that off. The man must have something. McAfee, who stands 5 feet 11 1/2 inches and who weighs 180 pounds, was Philadelphia's first choice in the draft here last December, but was traded to the Bears, along with tackle Joe Mihal of Purdue for tackles Russ Thompson and Milt Trost, guard Dick Bassi, end Les McDonald and some cash...GOOD ROOKIES PLENTIFUL: Who are the rookies who might give him a run for the honors Osmanski won last year? The league is full of them. Every team has at least one; some have more than one. The Bears seem to be particularly well set with new material of great promise. Besides McAfee, they have Bob Kolman of Temple, a tackle; Clyde Turner of Hardin Simmons, a center, and Ken Kavanaugh of Louisiana State, an end. New York places great stock in the Arkansas flash, Ray Eakin, and backs him up with Grenny Lansdell of Southern California, a halfback, and Dom Principe of Fordham, a fullback. The Detroit Lions have three Southern California dandies: Harry Smith, a guard, and Bill Fiske and Bob Winslow, ends. The Brooklyn Dodgers offer as their possibilities Banks McFadden of Clemson, George Cafego of Tennessee (if his knee stands up) and Ben Kish of Pittsburgh, all backs. Cleveland has Ollie Cordill of Rice, the only rookie who has been able to break into the Rams' starting lineup, and Ken Heinneman of Texas Mines. Pittsburgh has Frank Ivy of Oklahoma, an end. The Washington rookies of promise Milwaukee fans have seen - Bob Seymour of Oklahoma, and Ray Zimmerman of San Jose, halfbacks, and Joe Boyd of Texas A&M, a tackle. The Cardinals and Eagles have little in the way of new material apt to burn up the league...PACKERS NOT LOST: And Green Bay? Well after four games, it is pretty well agreed that Curly Lambeau again got his share of plums out of the college pie. The Belgian is uncanny as a picker of men with better than average pro possibilities. Bob Adkins of Marshall college, tipped off to Lambeau by Doc Spears, has the makings of another Larry Craig as blocking back and defensive end. Hal Van Every of Minnesota is a cinch to go in pro ball. And Smiley Johnson of Georgia may well become an outstanding guard. Maybe McAfee will be everything that Grange predicts, but he will have to prove it. The league is loaded with rookies who ideas of their own about Osmanski's shoes.
PROPAGANDA SHOWER PEPS UP BEAR GAME
SEPT 20 (Green Bay) - A propaganda shower designed to disarm players who enter combat in the Bear-Packer NFL engagement at City stadium Sunday afternoon today descended upon the scene, given impetus by a telegram from George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears, which Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers turned aside with an angry snort. Halas' wire rather gave the impression that the Bears didn't expect to win Sunday's game, and they aren't anywhere near ready for it, but they are gong bravely ahead anyway, just hoping the Packers won't take advantage of them and run up too big a score. Lambeau tossed this suggestion in the sink. "We're not falling for that Bear propaganda," he said, "and we're not going to ease up no matter what Halas says. We know perfectly well that the Bears are coming here with one of the greatest teams which every played in the National league, and we will regard the winner of Sunday's game as having a clear inside track to the Western division championship. Why should we let up because of a little pre-game propaganda?" Halas' wire read as follows: "Given a couple of additional weeks of training, we'd be ready to give that Lambeau aggregation plenty of hell, but as it is I'm fervently hoping we can be at least 60 percent efficient. The Packers demonstrated without the least doubt they were in great shape as far back as Aug. 31. And it's a cinch they haven't gone back. We are slower in developing this year than usual. Too many rainy days here in camp at the St. John's military academy retarded our workouts and several of our players couldn't report until after the All-Star-Packer game in Chicago - such as Ken Kavanaugh and Clyde Turner, not to mention a few others that were with the Eastern All Star collegians. In fact we found it necessary to return here for another week, despite the fact that we went into training earlier than ever before. Oh, I know this sounds like a 'Bear' story, but I know the state of affairs on my club, and I saw the same on Curly's, and I'm not exactly blind."...DOESN'T BELIEVE A WORD: Curly isn't exactly dumb, either, and he said he didn't believe a word of it. "The Bears are coming up here to give us the going over of our lives," he repeated, "and if we let down for an instant, and believe any of this stuff from a team which has had five practice games and is primed to the hilt, we'll take a bad beating." More definite word from Delafield indicates that the Bear roster has been trimmed down to 33 men. Eleven of them are rookies and most of them are likely to see action against the Packers; in fact, Halas is expected to start Cowboy Turner at center. He's the 20-year old kid from Hardin-Simmons who made such a hit with the All-Star gang. Only three freshmen survived among the backfield candidates, and it naturally follows that they have the goods. They are George McAfee, Duke; Ray McLean, St. Anselm of Manchester, N.H.; and Harry Clark, West Virginia...CAME FROM EAGLES: McAfee in particular is attracting attention, for in addition to his other qualifications he is a great pas receiver. He came to the club in a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, who drew him as their No. 1 man in the draft. Other rookies are Hampton Pool, Stanford, a guard converted into an end; Bob Nowaskey, George Washington, another wingman; Joe Mihal, Purdue, and Lee Artoe, California, tackles; and Al Baisi, West Virginia, guard. Mihal was Purdue captain in 1938, his senior year, but didn't play in 1939. Tickets for the game are all gone, and those for the Packer-Chicago Cardinal game at Milwaukee the following Sunday are beginning to move. The Packer ticket office will be open from 9 to 12 o'clock Sunday morning, and from 4:30, after the game to 7. Tickets will be sold for the Milwaukee games, and those against the Cleveland Rams and Detroit Lions here. Lambeau revealed today that in response to his request, President Carl Storck of the NFL will hold a conference with officials at 11 o'clock Sunday morning stressing fairness and efficiency of officiating. Lambeau objected to the use of John B. Kelly, Chicago, a new man in the National league, as head official for such an important game. Connie Mack Berry, the end who was released more than a week ago but stayed with the squad through the Philadelphia game, has been farmed out, Lambeau said. He may go to Kenosha, but the Packers have established a working agreement with Phoenix in a new Coast league and Berry may wind up there.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 20 (Green Bay) - It sometimes seems that a lot of folks just can't take a word of warning in advance, and those who frantically are trying to unearth Bear-Packer game football tickets which don't exist probably realize it as well as the Packer corporation, which issued the warning. The largest pregame sale in Green Bay football history early in the week wiped from the books every outstanding pasteboard for Sunday's game, which means simply that those who haven't their tickets tucked away somewhere right now, won't be on hand for the 39th meeting of two historic rivals. The total cost of a season ticket is slightly less; the fan is assured of of his same favorite seats for game after game; he is on the permanent mailing list of the Packers; and most important of all, he avoids the risk of getting caught in any such jam at the present. As to the advantages of prompt action, just read the message below.
GAME A SELLOUT, BUT PACKERS YAWN AS THEY AWAIT BEARS
SEPT 20 (Chicago) - I took a glance at the schedule to convince visitors to the Green Bay Packers' practice today that the most important game in their NFL season was only 48 hours away. A surprising clam that bordered almost on indifference hung over the camp as the world champions labored through their last strenuous drill before meeting the Chicago Bears in Municipal stadium Sunday. Repeated success seems to have dulled the keen anticipation the Packers manifested for the Bears invasion when they gathered here last Aug. 12 to begin practice for the Chicago All-Star game. The Packers have won their last 10 starts. Victory is an old story to them. They marched on from last November through the championship playoff into winter exhibition triumphs and started off their 1940 campaign with decisions over the Chicago All-Stars, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, three formidable opponents. It take a pretty good team to compile such a record and the Packers know it. There apparently is only one reason for the Packers' attitude. They have gone too long without the stimulus of defeat. By all rational reasoning they should be excited about Sunday's encounter. Green Bay is teeming with visitors, a dollar ticket is bringing $5 and the box office has been closed for two days. This is the first advance sell out in Packer history. Coach Curly Lambeau announced Hal Van Every, rookie halfback from Minnesota and the Chicago All-Star squad, and Smiley Johnson, a rookie guard from Georgia, would be used for a good share of Sunday's game. Van Every has fitted into the Packer system faster than any rookie in Lambeau's experience and Johnson, a 205 pounds guard, is regarded as the best first year lineman to come into the National league since Joe Stydahar made his debut with the Bears in 1936. The play of Van Every and Johnson served to alleviate Lambeau's suffering over Cecil Isbell, who has been having trouble shaking off a kink in the back, a memento of his spectacular play in the Philadelphia game last week. Isbell insists he is ready and undoubtedly will start, but it was obvious today that he is handicapped by injury. If Isbell proves ineffectual, Van Every and Andy Uram will share the left halfback position, with Van Every playing the great part of the time should Green Bay be placed on the defensive.