SEPT 8 (Milwaukee) - An aggressive young football machine, fighting for its place in the professional gridiron sun, will take the field at State Fair park Sunday at 2 p.m. in its home debut against the St. Louis Gunners in an exhibition tangle. The young machine is the Milwaukee Chiefs team of the American Football League. It is composed of young college stars of last year and previous years. Some had class sticking out all over them in college ranks, others were a shade behind, but several were good enough to be drafted by the senior football circuit, the National league, without question the fastest grid circuit in the land. Coached by Tiny Cahoon, a former Packer and later coach at De Pere, West Green Bay and Monmouth college, the Chiefs have been in training since mid-August. While at camp at Weyauwega, they played two games, defeating the Flying Dutchmen of Little Chute and the Gogebic Rangers of Ironwood, Mich., by margins that show the Chiefs are adept on offense. Since coming to Milwaukee a week ago they have been training at Fair park and have reached the point where Coach Cahoon believes they'll be able to give a good account of themselves both offensively and defensively. Captaining the team and acting as line coach is Win Peterson, former Gopher star and pilot, who plays tackle. Win was drafted by a National league club, but rejected terms with that organization to accept the assistant coaching post here. At right end along side of Peterson is Sherman Barnes, a high class end from Baylor. Barnes is a fine pass receiver, but at the same time is a tough defensive end. He was on the Southwest conference all-star team last year. At the right guard post is another Bear from Baylor, Leonard Akin, another National league draftee, and a colorful player. Paul Humphrey, former Purdue ace, is at center. While at Purdue, he called signals from the center post his senior year, a recommendation that he has brains to go with his brawn. He was a member of the College All-Star team the following August and played with Brooklyn and Philadelphia last fall. Two other centers, Lenich of Illinois and West of Iowa State, are giving him a great fight for the starting role, but Cahoon gave the nod to him at this time because of his great professional experience. The left guard post is in the able hands of Merle Larson, another former Gopher, while Bob Eckl, former Badger tackle, has been given first call to date on the left tackle position and will start there Sunday if a leg injury does not force him to remain on the sidelines. Joe Murray, who starred at Portland university and is one of those Livermore, Calif., huskies along with Max and Buddy Baer, is the ranking left end at this writing. Roy Cole of Arkansas, a key man in those fine elevens the Razorbacks had the past few years, is the quarterback. He is an adept passer and fine blocker. At right half is Art Blaha, a rip-snorting plunger and excellent blocker. John Doehring, one of the greatest prep gridders ever turned out in Milwaukee and star of the West High champions of 1927, is the fullback. John was with the Bears for several seasons and is one of the longest passers in the history of the sport. Lack of fire and an apparent easy going nature kept Big John from showing his true talents since prep days, but Cahoon believes he has solved the riddle and predicts John will be a greatly improved all around star this fall. The left halfback post finds two really fine youngsters about on even terms as leading candidates. They are Obbie Novakofski, ex-Lawrence captain and three years an all-star selection of the Midwest conference, and Weenie Wilson, ex-Wisconsin and Dubuque star. They lack the beef and size usually associated with pro team members, but both have an abundance of speed, fancy steps, heart and native football ability. These lads comprise what looms as the Chiefs' best offensive unit at this time, but such others as Sterling Shipla, a guard from St. Norbert, Gino Evangelisto, a guard find from Ironwood, and a goodly number of others round out a squad that is sure to give a good account of itself in the American league competition. The Gunners' 1940 makeup was given a test this past week and was downed by an all-star aggregation recruited from the Middle West and Southwest. On the all-star unit were players who performed in the Chicago All-Star game a week ago. In other years the Gunners were the class of the professional football lot in the St. Louis area and should offer the Chiefs enough competition to make the game interesting to all. One thing is certain. The Chiefs know that to make an impression at all upon a football public that bases its grid standards upon the Green Bay Packers they'll have to play football and lots of it. They know that a poor showing Sunday will offer an obstacle that will be hard to overcome.
SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - The cry of "watch Davey O'Brien"
went up from the Packer football field today as the
Green Bay team ended a week of comparative idleness
with a signal of full steam ahead for the NFL schedule.
The Philadelphia Eagles, carrying the much-touted Mr.
O'Brien, were to arrive on the Milwaukee Road
Chippewa late this afternoon, and will drill here for the
balance of the week. Next Sunday they'll take to the 
turf of City stadium to help the Packers launch their 
1940 league program. The Packer squad roster was 
shy seven names today, following action taken by 
Coach Curly Lambeau over the weekend, during which 
the Packers defeated the Kenosha Cardinals, 17 to 0, 
in a drab and rain-soaked exhibition game. Johnny 
Blood, veteran right halfback, is joining the Kenosha
club as player and assistant manager. Blood made
what probably was his last appearance in a Green Bay
uniform here Saturday night against Kenosha, and is
expected to report to that squad early this week. Glenn
Olson, blocking quarterback from Iowa who Lambeau
believes will find eventual permanent employment in the
National league, may follow Blood to Kenosha. It is 
​possible that a spot may be found for him with some 
other club, but at any rate the Packers are going to
keep a string on him, as he showed high talent and 
needs only experience to fit into the Packer picture. 
Another man who plays the same position, Herman
Schneidman, left of his own accord Saturday because
of business reasons. Said Lambeau: "We parted the
best of friends with Schneidman, who promised to 
return at any time we needed him this season. He has
a business in Quincy, Ill., which he felt demanded his
attention." Three more men released, who may remain
as Packer property with other teams, are Jim Gillette,
right halfback; Jim Lawrence, left half, and Connie Mack
Berry, left end. Lawrence passed to Berry for one of the
Packers' two touchdowns Saturday night...VAN EVERY
PROMISING: All three are good men, but had to go
because of better material left behind. Hal Van Every
shows every prospect of becoming a regular with the
Packers, while Lou Brock of Purdue requires further
testing. Lambeau also announced that Frank Balazs,
injured fullback, has been suspended indefinitely
because of insubordination in Milwaukee, when the
Packers played the Washington Redskins. With seven
names thus lopped off the squad roster, the Packer 
team is getting closer to league size. Lambeau did not
reveal how many more men he plans to release. He did
indicate that the team will be ordered to display top
pressure for the balance of the National league season.
"They needed a rest after the games with the All-Stars
and Washington Redskins," he indicated, "and we gave
it to them. The men worked out only about three 
quarters of an hour daily last week, and spent the rest
of the time fishing, golfing or relaxing."..BIG BUSINESS
AHEAD: "Now we must resume hard work for the big
task ahead of us. We are far from a team, at present,
which can win a championship. Much activity lies 
ahead, and we face one of the season's stiffest hurdles
against the much improved Philadelphia Eagles next
Sunday." There were clear indications that the coach
wasn't talking for the purpose of arousing squad morale.
David O'Brien, the Eagles' aerial ace, completed 21 of
his 28 pass attempts against the Chicago Bears last
week, and the Bears never are weak on pass defense.
Philadelphia lost the game, 27 to 21, on interceptions,
but looked every bit as good as George Halas' Bruins.
While in Green Bay the Eagles will headquarter at the
Beaumont hotel...PRAISES VAN EVERY: Lambeau
had high praise for the work of Van Every against the
Cardinals. On one goal line play the Packers called for
a maneuver in which the left halfback switched positions
with the right half for a single play. Van Every hadn't
gone through the play at all before, but he executed the
action perfectly, showing commendable football instinct.
The Packers' blocking against Kenosha was bad, and
that important phase of gridiron activity will be given
stress throughout the week. The Packers have stopped
all-Americans before, and they are hard at work 
devising ways and means of checking O'Brien's tosses
Sunday. The little bomber from Texas Christian has
established a firm reputation for himself throughout the
professional football world, and strong methods always
are required to keep him in check...EAGLES ARE
STRONGER: Furthermore, O'Brien is backed by a
much stronger team than the one he performed with last
season. Replacements have been received from other
clubs, and Coach Bert Bell makes no secret of the fact
that he plans to start his National league program with 
a victory over the Packers.
SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - The submarine exhibition game
involving the Packers and Kenosha Cardinals Saturday
night didn't decide anything in particular, unless it was
that practice with a wet ball is beneficial, or that people
won't sit in the soup to watch a visiting team provided it
isn't managed by someone named George Halas. 
Except for the slimy condition of the ball, which squirted
from one hand to another like a worn cake of soap in a
public shower room, the game conditions weren't so 
bad, as the ground was soft and the temperature was
mild. Some of the men in the crowd stripped down to 
th4 waist and soaked in the summer rain. Disconsately
resting on a pair of crutches in the press box was Art
Buck, one of the greatest athletes in Carroll college
history, who might have made the grade with Green Bay
two years ago had he not left the squad to take an
assistant coaching job at his alma mater. Buck was
scheduled to appear here with Kenosha. On the last
play of the team's last scrimmage before it left for Green
Bay, Art sprained his ankle and hasn't been able to 
walk on it since. The premature end of his 1940 football
activities did not bother him half as much as an
impending order to report to the United State army air
corps, in which he enlisted recently. Buck figured the
army air corps might not appreciate that swollen ankle;
but the orders haven't arrived yet, so he has a breather.
The visiting Cardinals put up a fighting exhibition against
the Packers. They probably wouldn't defeat Green Bay
one in a thousand chances, but they were bigger than
the usual minor league team, and didn't act overawed
by the Green Bay players' well-worn reputations. 
Relations between the squads were uneven. In the
second half blows were traded between Engbretsen and
a couple of Kenosha linemen, and a few minutes later a
few more fists were seen flying between the lines, but
no blood was shed. The crowd was the smallest which
has seen the Packers play anywhere in years, mostly
due to the threatening weather during the supper hour,
although the fans freely expressed the opinion that at
$1.65 top the Kenosha tradition might not have been
sufficient to attract spectators in any proportions. In a
game of that type you always are looking for trends. Hal
Van Every appeared to be a trend Saturday night. He
looks like the kind of left halfback who can stand an
awful lot of work, all at one. In the first 17 plays involving
the Packers, he handled the ball 11 times, throwing five
passes and making six gains from scrimmage. How 
well he'll go against National league opposition remains
to be seen, but he certainly looked like no gold brick
versus the Cardinals.. Bob Adkins is making that
quarterback sneak pay first down dividends. A couple of
times Saturday he slid through center for good gains,
which is a valuable matter in itself. The Packers suffer
certainly from no shortage of blocking backs.
SEPT 9 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Chiefs made their 
first showing at State Fair park Sunday an impressive
one by crushing an undermanned and disorganized
band of St. Louis Gunners, 60 to 0. Getting the jump in
the first five minutes of play and scoring at least twice
in each period, Tiny Cahoon's new club never left the
crowd of 7,000 in doubt as to the outcome and all things
considered, did a capable job of selling its football
wares to a skeptical public. The game wasn't much of a
test for the Chiefs. They'll still have to prove themselves
when they open the American Professional league
season against the Columbus Bullies here Sunday. But
even against weak opposition and in oppressive heat
they were unmistakable indications that Cahoon has
wielded a spirited and formidable football team. He used 
32 of his 34 players, sparing only Bob Eckl and Vince
Yatchek because of injuries, and there was no holding
down the score with substitutes battling for their jobs
after the cut to the league's 28 player limit before the
next game. It will, in fact, be a difficult decision for the
head Chief if he has to rate his players off Sunday's
game and the problem was complicated Monday when
George (Automatic) Karamatic, former Gonzaga
fullback, was added to the squad. If there was any
player who clamped a stranglehold on his job it was
Chuck Myre, 182 pound halfback from Minnesota, who
scored four touchdowns. Cahoon had been told that the
hard running youngster, only 21 years old, had finished
college before maturing enough to realize his full
capabilites in football and you could believe that after
watching him Sunday. The other Chiefs were about on a
par and Cahoon himself declared it unfair to try and
name standouts on a line that blocked and tackled hard
and pushed its opponents around the field. It was
apparent, however, that there is room for improvement in
the passing department as the Chief throwers heaved
the ball around promiscuously and despite the fact that
they were seldom rushed they missed their objectives
fare more often than they connected. It was the spirit of
the club and the signs of sound coaching that showed
through most in a onesided and otherwise unconvincing
exhibition. It wouldn't surprise most of the assembled
7,000 if this new club turned out to be quite a football
machine when it gets into its own class. As for the
Gunners, they simply were a poor excuse for a pro
football team and the management of the Chiefs
probably will lose no time doing something about the
return engagement scheduled October 13. The Gunners
had only seven substitutes in uniform after three players,
including fullback Ernie Lain, had refused to make the
trip due to a misunderstanding about salaries in a game
at St. Louis Friday night. The visitors were not only
undermanned but they conspicuously lacked the best
weapon of an outclassed team - good punting. The
Chiefs made 20 first downs, exclusive of touchdowns to
eight for the Gunners. The Gunners never threatened
seriously, although they got as far as the 23 yards line
on a 35 yard pass from McRaven to Wakeman in the
second period. Meanwhile, here is how the Milwaukee
touchdown mill ground out points out breaks and clearly
defined superiority: No. 1 - Humphrey's interception of a
Gunner pass set the stage. Novakofski flipped a short
pass to Myre from the 22 yard line and Myre outran the
St. Louis secondary to score. No. 2 - After Pedersen
had missed an attempt at a field goal from 35 yards out, Blaha
climaxed a 60 yard advance by breaking through guard and twisting
15 yards to score. No. 3 - Myre dashed over on a 12 yard sprint
around end, with Pedersen erasing the last defender. No. 4 - Howard
Carson intercepted a pass and ran it back 25 yards behind a screen
of blockers. No. 5 - Bohan blocked a punt on the 20 yard line and
Hoel fell on the ball in the end zone after Taylor of the Gunners had
fumbled it. No. 6 - Dussault recovered a bad pass from center on the
eight yard line and Beauregard needed only one play to go over. No.
7 - Myre circled end for eight yards with Holstrom getting an assist
with his blocking. No. 8 - Carson plunged through tackle after a
ruling of pass interference had put the ball on the one yard line. No.
9 - Myre reversed his field and counted standing up after a 35 yard
dash. The Chiefs may have lost the services of Joe Murray, husky
end, who injured his hand making a tackle in the first quarter. An
X-ray will be taken Monday to determine whether a bone is broken.
SEPT 10 (Green Bay) - Amid a ceremony of patriotic
observance, featured by the raising of the United States colors
and the 1939 pennant of the NFL, the Green Bay Packers and
the Philadelphia Eagles will meet at City stadium Sunday
afternoon in the opening league contest for both teams. The
Eagles are on the spot, having arrived last night on the 
Milwaukee Road Chippewa. They're making their headquarters
at the Beaumont hotel, and will work out every day until
Sunday. The Packers are sharing their practice field with the
Eagles, the Green Bay team working out in the morning and
Philadelphia in the afternoon. As the big football squads 
ground away for their official league opener, plans moved along
to add a touch of pageantry and patriotism to the first day's
program. Lucille Meusel, Green Bay coloratura soprano, will
sing "God Bless America" probably between halves of the
game, and the crowd will join her in the second chorus. The
National Colors will be raised to the tune of "The Star
Spangled Banner", and the league pennant, won by the
Packers last season, also will be elevated. Both the Green
Bay High School band and the Packer Lumberjack band will
parade. The Lumberjacks will tee off on "Go, You Packers" to
give the pennant a rousing start up the pole. It is planned to
construct an temporary platform in midfield for Miss Meusel.
The Packers and Eagles are not unpatriotic, but plans for the
ceremony concerned them less today than the importance of
getting their offenses geared to the proper point for a bitter,
dragout battle Sunday afternoon...SPARKED BY O'BRIEN: A
Philadelphia team vastly superior to any which has appeared
in National league competition previously, bolstered from other teams, padded by wisely chosen draftees and sparked by the imitable Davey O'Brien, 151 pounds of backfield dynamite, will make a supreme effort to humble a Packer squadron which has swept consecutively through the College All-Stars, the Washington Redskins and the Kenosha Cardinals without causing undue concern regarding a possible defeat. Both teams are in peak physical condition. Coach Bert Bell of the Eagles, who was rousted out of bed at the Beaumont this morning to answer the telephone, agreeably stated that he didn't have a man on the injury list, and that the team, numbering 32, will be ready for total warfare Sunday afternoon...SVENDSEN IS READY: The same situation exists with the Packers. George Svendsen, big ex-Minnesota center who has been nursing a damaged leg, is ready for business again, giving the Green Bay team their full pivot component of Svendsen, Charley Brock and Tom Greenfield. The Packers held a long workout yesterday while the Eagles were riding the rods from Philadelphia, and were back on the drill field again today, but th4e visitors were not schedule to shake off their travel legs until this afternoon. Officials for the contest will be the following: referee - Bobby Cahn, Chicago; umpire - Ed Cochran, Chicago; linesman - J.J. Ritter, Purdue; and field judge, Fred Young, Indiana. Coach Curly Lambeau had no new cuts in his squad to announce today, following the overhauling yesterday which resulted in seven names being pared from the list. He continued to stress the importance of this first game, repeating his belief that Philadelphia is the most strengthened team in the National league. Packer blocking, which has been off color recently, is coming in for special attention, as the Eagle defense represents a sturdy set of men to be moved if the Green Bay offense is to click. Lambeau said he was "far from satisfied" at the Packers' present state, and planned intensive work throughout the week, and thereafter.
SEPT 10 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Chiefs of the American Football league resumed practice today with a squad trimmed to 32 players. Coach Ivan (Tiny) Cahoon announced release of John Doering, former Chicago Bears fullback, and Dave Strong, a back from Michigan. Four more men must be cut before the first league game against the Columbus Bullies here Sept. 15 to reduce the squad to the required maximum of 28. George Karamatic, stubby fullback from the Washington Redskins of the National league, joined the Chiefs yesterday. Carrying 198 pounds on a 5 foot 8 frame, Karamatic is classed as a savage line plunger. End Joe Murray may be lost to the Chiefs for a month, Cahoon announced yesterday, following X-ray disclosure that he had broken three bones in his left hand during the Chiefs' 60 to 0 victory over the St. Louis Gunners here Sept. 8. The team rested yesterday.
SEPT 10 (Philadelphia) - The Philadelphia Eagles, who arrived yesterday, went through a long drill session today as they prepared for their NFL opener against the champion Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Bert Bell and his co-coaches, Heinie Miller and Jim MacMurdo, held limbering-up work after the long train ride, then topped this off with a lengthy signal practice...O'BRIEN IN BACKFIELD: Davey O'Brien, former Texas Christian ace, who suffered a minor gash on his chin in the game with Zuni A.A. on Sunday, was in the first string backfield. The running mates for O'Brien were Joe Bukant, former Washington U. player; Franny Murray, ex-Penn kicking ace, halfbacks, and Johnny Cole, of St. Joseph's college fame. Bukant replaced Chuck Newton, who was on the sidelines due to an injury received in the game with the Chicago Bears, while Cole took over the duties of Dick Riffle...RIFFLE ARRIVES: Riffle, who starred for Albright, will return to the first team backfield tomorrow. He went to Reading, Pa., on Sunday night to see his wife, who is ill, and did not arrive in camp until this morning. Due to the long ride, Bell decided to give him the day off. After the game with the Packers, the Birds will oppose the Cleveland Rams, at Cleveland, on Sept. 22. Then the Eagles will return to Philadelphia for their home opening in Shibe Park against the New York Giants on Saturday night, Sept. 28.
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - Davey O'Brien doesn't look line he could do it, but everyone knows he can. Therefore, the Packers are taking all available precautions on forward pass defense as they drill intensively for their National league engagement with the one-and-only Davey at City stadium Sunday at 2 o'clock. Coach Curly Lambeau is getting his halfback combinations well set, and in yesterday's workout they were clicking to perfection, although other departments of play were not up to championship standard. When Hal Van Every appears in a game, he usually will work opposite Joe Laws, providing a unit reminiscent of the days when Bobby Monnett and Laws were paired. Van Every, however, can punt, which Monnett could not, and he gives indication of being every bit as slippery a ball carrier and effective a passer as Bobby. When Cecil Isbell appears at left half, he will be opposite Lou Brock, his former teammate at Purdue university who is making good progress fitting into the professional machine. And when veteran Arnold Herber takes over the right halfback spot, either Beattie Feathers or Andy Uram will trot from the left half position. Feathers and Uram play a similar style of football, both being excellent ball carriers, and while neither is as capable a passer as Van Every or Isbell, Herber's presence in the game will take care of that assignment. Any combination of blocking quarterback and fullback will be used with those halfback sets, and Lambeau feels that the pairings will work to the best interests of the club...POSITIONS ARE SWITCHED: He has made only one switch in positions. Fred Shirey has been moved back to left tackle and Charley Schultz shifted to right. The patriotic program which will accompany the first league game of the season is taking shape and indicates an impressive ceremony for the City stadium fans. Just before game time, at approximately two minutes to 2 o'clock, the United States colors will be raised to the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. The game will follow, and between halves there will be a 15-minute program, featured by Miss Lucille Meusel, coloratura soprano, who will sing "God Bless America". A temporary platform will be erected in midfield. The Green Bay High School band and the Packer Lumberjack band will parade, and there will be a color guard of the American Legion...BOTH SEEK VICTORY: Not least of all, there will be the game, in which both Philadelphia and Green Bay will attempt to start their league seasons with clean slates. "Our scout reports from the East," Lambeau said today, "indicates that the Eagles are the outstanding club in that division today. What they'll be by next month, no one knows, but their showing against the Chicago Bears, when O'Brien completed 21 of 28 forward passes, had out scouts singing their praises. We are coming along fast, but we are showing lots of rough spots. Some of our departments, particularly forward passing, was at midseason form in our early games, but others, particularly the defense and offensive blocking, were not. I regard Sunday's game as the toughest first game ever faced by the Packers."...GIVE AUTOGRAPHED FOOTBALL: As a special inducement, a football autographed by Gov. Julius Heil, Ralph Ammon, the department of agriculture and markets, Coach Lambeau, Assistant Coach Red Smith and all the Packer players will be given away to some fans between halves Sunday. Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician and executive board member, has arranged the patriotic program. but because of his absence from town Sunday Russ Leddy, manager of the Orpheum theater, will handle the events. While the Packers are drilling, so are the Eagles, visiting the Packer practice field at times when the champions aren't using it. Coach-Owner Bert Bell, and Co-Coaches Heinie Miller and Jim MacMurdo are directing the workouts. The Philadelphia squad is headquartered at the Beaumont hotel. Davey O'Brien was hitting the target steadily yesterday, and his accurate tosses are certain to be employed right from the start of Sunday's game.
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - National league upsets from the erstwhile underdogs promise to keep the fans and the sportswriters on their toes in the season at hand. Philadelphia proved it is something of a contender when it pressed the Chicago Bears only to lose in the late minutes by 27 to 21. Earlier the Pittsburgh Steelers knocked off the Bears by 10 to 9. Then the Chicago Cardinals pooh-poohed the experts by holding the Steelers to a 7 to 7 tie, and outgaining them in the process. Sunday will tell more about the Eagles' chances when they meet the Packers in the league opener for both teams at City stadium. In fact, the game will provide a good medium for measuring the ultimate course of both teams. Stoney McGlynn, the Milwaukee sage, may have something when he warns against "early successes" causing the Packers to take the contest lightly...Philadelphia definitely has more than Davey O'Brien and a prayer this year. The ability of Captain Joe Carter and Red Ramsey at the ends has been established in the past. Now in addition Bert Bell has Lester McDonald, a veteran acquisition from the Bears, and Don Looney, rookie and former Texas Christian teammate of O'Brien, as reserves. The backfield had been strengthened immeasurably. Elsewhere, by trading and selecting his rookies carefully, Bell apparently has transformed a chronic loser into a formidable challenger. Eagles injured in the game against the Bears have recovered and will be ready for action Sunday, giving Bell his full strength. Moose Harper, center, sustained a severed artery, closed by two stitches, when he was kicked over the left eye. Chick Newton, blocking back, received a badly bruised thigh that responded to treatment. Ramsey was pretty well used up by rough treatment, but turned up fresh as ever after a couple of days' rest. A familiar player returns to the league in Philadelphia mufti in the person of Taldon (Tillie) Manton, former Texas Christian ace and one of the most accurate placekickers the game has known. He will be used as a blocking back on offense and close behind the line in the secondary where his 6 feet and 190 pounds will be valuable on defense. Manton was a member of the New York Giants in 1936 and 1937 and he performed with Washington in 1938. During that stretch he converted 42 consecutive tries for points after touchdown, a feat surpassed only by Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears. Playing with the Los Angeles Bulldogs last season, Tillie score 58 points for the coast eleven without scoring a touchdown. He tallied in everyone of the 13 games Los Angeles played, 12 of which were won. Bell picked him up this season as a free agent...Green Bay friends of Hank Bruder will be interested to know that the former Packer is doing well right now with Walt Kiesling's Steelers. He started at quarterback for Pittsburgh against the Cardinals Sunday. Harvey Boyle, in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, praised Hank's defensive play with "Bruder in particular did a great afternoon's work in bolstering the ends and he made many a sparkling tackle." Later, in discussing season prospects, Boyle wrote: "the backfield situation with Brumbaugh, Patterson, Thompson, Tomasetti, Condit and Bruder around would seem well in hand." Swede Johnston, another ex-Packer also played with Pittsburgh against the Cards. Of him Kiesling stated last summer, "I wish I had 10 more like him."...Passing of the stars. Ace Gutowsky, considered one of the league's top fullbacks with Portsmouth, Detroit and Brooklyn, takes the field tonight with the Calumet All-Stars in an exhibition against the Bears. Gene Ronzani is again playing-coach of the Newark Bears. Playing co-coach is Joe Zeller, ex-Bear guard who played his first year with the Packers. Kochel, former Cardinal guard, is in the Newark line. And Jack Doehring, one-time Bear fullback, was dropped by the Milwaukee Chiefs.
SEPT 11 (Philadelphia) - The Philadelphia Eagles lost the services of center Chuck Cherundolo today when he was notified that his father had been killed in a mining accident at his home in Old Forge, Pa. Cherundolo left immediately and was expected to reach Old Forge late tonight. The blow was the second to strike members of the Eagles' squad within the last few days. Dick Riffle, ace running back of the team, was the other victim when his wife's unborn baby died. Riffle, who flew here after visiting his wife in Reading Sunday, reported that she is much improved. It is not known whether Cherundolo will rejoin the team in time for the game with the Green Bay Packers Sunday, the first league test of the year for both elevens. Riffle, however, is expected to start the battle with Davey O'Brien, Franny Murray and Frank Emmons as his backfield mates. Emmons probably will replace Chuck Newton, regular blocking back, who is recovering from injuries sustained in the game with the Chicago Bears. The line probably will start with a combination of Captain Joe Carter and Red Ramsey, ends; Russ Thompson and Ray George, tackles; Dick Bassi and Bill Hughes, guards, and Maurice Harper, center.
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers 17, Kenosha Cardinals 0
Saturday September 7th 1940 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - Before a handful of drenched customers, the Green Bay Packers and Kenosha Cardinals splashed through four soggy periods of play at City stadium Saturday night, with the National leaguers emerging on the large end of a 17 to 0 decision in their final home exhibition football game of the season. With a young cloudburst dumped upon the players for the first speedy 30 minutes, neither side showed a vast amount of team spirit and coordination, as might be expected. The Packers stuck together a couple of first period touchdowns, both of them on forward pass plays which originated on the Kenosha 16-yard line, and after that the game settled back into a listlessness which wasn't broken until Clarke Hinkle pounded across a 46-yard field goal one play from the end of the contest. Most of the few hundred spectators were on their way home at the time. Two halfbacks and two ends collaborated in the early scoring efforts. Hal Van Every pitched the first touchdown toss, with Dick Evans receiving the effort in the end zone, and the second came on a similar flip by Jim Lawrence, absorbed by Connie Mack Berry. The extra points were added by Bob Adkins and Eddie Jankowski. Kenosha never threatened to score, and the Packers never became worked up sufficiently to turn the game into a rout. The warm man of the Cardinals was young Al Christiansen, a halfback from Knox college, who handled most of the visitors' running, passing and kicking chores.
Van Every broke out like a rash after the first kickoff, and his yeoman work led to the first Packer touchdown. The initial Green Bay advance was halted by a failure to make downs, but the Cardinals immediately were obliged to punt, and the Packer drive started from the home team's 20-yard mark. It was Van Every most of the way. He started with a lunge through left tackle that netted seven yards, and Adams bumped through center for for four and a first down on the 31-yard stripe. Van Every's forward pass over right to George Seemann added nine yards, and Larry Buhler was stopped in a foray at left tackle. Van Every slipped through left tackle and was off to a slippery, twisting run for 29 yards, setting the ball on the Kenosha 31-yard line, first down.
Van Every passed to Seemann over left for six yards, Buhler lost three at the line, a Van Every to Johnny Blood aerial was good for three and Buhler lunged off left guard for four yards and a first down on the 21-yard stripe. Van Every moved it five yards along with another smash at right tackle. Then he tried to hit Blood in the end zone with a forward pass, but Blood collided with Jack Pick, Kenosha center, who was injured, the ball falling incomplete. The next play was a success, Van Every firing the oval over the line to Evans, who hauled it in for the touchdown. Adkins booted the extra point, and the score was 7 to 0. Joe Laws was the player who set up the next Packer touchdown, scooping up a Kenosha fumble and racing back 15 yards to the Cardinal 21. Laws hit the line, but Kenosha was penalized five yards on the play.
Lawrence tossed a high pass over the goal line to Berry, who made a nice leaping catch for the touchdown, and when Jankowski kicked the point the Packers held a 14 to 0 lead. It stayed that way until the last play of the game. The second period was a pretty drab affair. It was played in a downpour of rain, with the ball as slippery as a cake of wet soap, and it produced the brand of football which might be expected with such conditions. There were many fumbles, mixups in signals, losses from scrimmage and a few incompleted passes on the rate intervals they were thrown. The feature of the quarter was a colossal punt by Christiansen, which soared, skipped and rolled 76 yards before going out of bounds on the Green Bay 15-yard line. Comparatively, the period offered little more than a steady exchange of punts and fumble recoveries.
The interval between halves was cut to three minutes, and by the time the third period started, the rain had stopped. After a desultory exchange of punts, the Packers, with most of their first string in the game, got underway a march into Kenosha territory. It started on the Packer 34-yard line, where a punt by John Dermody, former Loyola, went out of bounds. Hinkle gained three yards at left guard, and Beattie Feathers skirted right end for 11 and a first down on the Green Bay 48. Hinkle plunged through right guard for five yards, and Laws uncorked a shifty 15-yard sprint off left guard which wound up with a first down on the Cardinal 28-yard line. It looked like a touchdown march as Feathers dove through left guard for four yards, Jankowski smacked right tackle for five and Laws made one yard at left guard for a first down on the 18. Jankowski lost two yards at center, a Feathers to Laws forward pass over right almost was intercepted by Ken Binder, and the thrust ended when Jankowski's fumble was recovered by Binder on the Kenosha 18.
The Packers came right back, after Laws returning Christiansen's punt 10 yards to the Kenosha 43. Jankowski gained one, Feathers was stopped, and Feathers broke through left guard for 17 yards and a first down on the Cardinal 25. Adkins hit center for five yards, Jankowski banged into left tackle for four and Jankowski's thrust at center made two more and a first down on the 14 - only to be recalled, as both teams were offside. As the fourth period started, Feathers failed to gain at left tackle, and a Herber to Van Every pass gained only four yards, giving the ball to Kenosha on downs. The Cardinals suddenly launched a counter attack which moved them out a ways, but the spurt was stopped dead by Charley Brock, who intercepted Christiansen's forward pass on the Kenosha 48. There was a fumble and two incomplete forward passes, after which Hinkle tried a field goal from the 45, but the try was sour. As the game neared an end, Jim Gillette executed a fast return of 15 yards on Christiansen's punt, bringing the ball to the Kenosha 45, and four plays later Hinkle booted his long field goal. There was time for just one play after that.
KENOSHA   -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY - 14  0  0  0 - 17
1st - GB - Dick Evans, 16-yard pass from Hal Van Every (Bob Adkins kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Connie Mack Berry, 16-yard pass from Jimmy Lawrence (Jankowski kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
4th - GB - Clark Hinkle, 46-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-0
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - While Packer football officials are working on the most colorful opening day program in the team's history, and the players are approaching their physical and mental peaks of the young season, the Philadelphia Eagles are drilling daily
here, brewing up their own little mess of trouble for the
Green Bay football squadron. Packers and Eagles will
collide at City stadium Sunday afternoon for the only
time this season, barring the possibility that they may
meet in the annual playoff game next December. Both
are rated hot contenders in their respective divisions.
Another attraction was added to the program today, with
the announcement that the Hamilton band of Two Rivers,
one of the state's outstanding musical organizations,
will parade and play. This will be added to ceremonies
which already include the raising of the United States
colors and the National league pennant; the singing of
"God Bless America" by Miss Lucille Meusel, Green 
Bay coloratura soprano; maneuvers by the Green Bay
High School band and the Packer Lumberjack band; 
and participation by an American Legion color guard. 
Thirty-three Packers will be eligible for Sunday's game,
and Coach Curly Lambeau said today he expected to
use all of them. "This doesn't mean that we'll start our
new men, as we did against the Washington Redskins 
in Milwaukee," he added, "but it does man that many
of the first year players will see extensive service." 
Lambeau has been substituting with greater freedom 
this season, probably because he has a greater array of
reserve strength, and it wouldn't be surprising if every
one of the 33 eligibles would get into the game. Hal Van
Every, star of last year's Minnesota eleven, is certain to
be one of the them, as his passing, with that of Cecil
Isbell and Arnold Herber, will be called upon to match 
the depth bomb tosses of Davey O'Brien, 151-pound
midget dynamo of the Eastern contenders. O'Brien 
looks too little to play football with big men, but he does
not ask an inch of quarter from anyone and has yet to
sustain his first gridiron injury. In practice this week he
has been ramming footballs down the throats of the
receivers..IT'S TOUGHEST OPENER: Lambeau regards
Sunday's game as the toughest opener in Packer 
history. "I think the boys realize it," he commented. Dr.
W.W. Kelly, team physician, who also is directing the
patriotic ceremonies of the day, announced today that
the Packers are in prime physical condition for the
fracas. George Svendsen, center who acquired a leg
injury in practice, again is running signals and seems
ready to resume competition. Pete Tinsley, who has
been bothered by a painful foot bruise, is o.k. again and
the other Packers are in fine shape. Phil Riddick, big
right end from Fordham looks more like a tackle than a
wingman, is working in well and probably will see action
Sunday. There is every indication that the game will be
decided almost entirely in the air. Although both teams
possess withering ground attacks, their strength with
the forward pass is so well recognized that a three-to-
one duel, with Van Every, Isbell and Herber attempting
to outpitch O'Brien, seems in evidence. It would not be
surprising if the contest produced a record number of
forward pass attempts, as well as completions. Bert
Bell, the unruffled owner and co-coach of the Eagles, 
who operate with no less then three mentors, has at his
disposal 32 men, the largest Philadelphia squad ever to
start a National league season. Like the Packers, Bell
has ample reserve power, and when his veterans need
rest, they''ll get it. The Eagles, who arrived last Monday,
are quartered at the Beaumont hotel and are attracting
much interest around town, where they are making
many many friends. Game time Sunday will be 2 
o'clock as usual. The tickets are going well, and Packer
officials are hoping for a record first game turnout.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - In case you have cast off the
current publicity wave regarding Davey O'Brien, the 151-
pound aerialist of the Eagles, as something thrown
together for pre-game consumption, consider a warning
from the east involving that young professional football
player. The voice is that of Bill Dooly, sports columnist
of the Philadelphia Record, who holds forth as follows:
"We snickers in mid-June when we heard that Bert Bell,
Heinie Miller and Jim MacMurdo were sitting down to
fix Davey O"Brien with a flock of new passing plays that
would work. But when we the plays put into execution
Thursday night (against the Chicago Bears) we stood
up and cheered. For 21 passes completed by L'il Davey
ain't no accident, but the result of astutely planned
formations diligently practiced and well-nigh perfected
to the nth degree, as they has to be to click as 
consistently as they did against as live and cool and
cagey a tribe as the Chicago Bears. If the proof of the
pudding is in the consumption of one sample of it, the
Eagles' aerial arm will strafe many a goal line before the
all clear signal is given in the pro race; bag more wins
than one or two, and along the line of march pick up a
lot of dinero for that veteran holder-of-the-bag, Mons.
Bell. Aside from a passing attack that really is one, the
Eagles also produced the best line play they've shown
since their name was the Yellowjackets. Probably it
could be even better, but it's good enough, for not again
this season will it encounter as tough and bruising a set
of forwards and backs as the Bears. Incidentally,
speaking of the 'furring' parties to Thursday night's
preview of the football season, there should be a law
against this guy named Famiglietti. The way he hits the
line ain't hooman. Altogether the Eagles are a 6 percent
better football team than they were a year ago. If the
morale and spirit of the squad is included, and included
it must be, they're three times the ball club that spent
most of last season playing the role of sparring partner
to the league. The Eagles promise to be a credit not
only to themselves and their stockholders, but also to our town, by giving us at last one outfit that isn't a tailender. And if it should come about that they bowl us over by winning the Eastern division title, let us not overlook one guy. He is Heinie Miller. 'Twould appear that when the vestless club prexy appointed his old college chum as coach, he was doing himself a facor.
SEPT 12 (Milwaukee) - Two players released by the Green Bay Packers and a member of this year's College All-Stars bolstered the strength of the Milwaukee Chiefs of the American Football league today. Joining workouts for the league opener Sept. 15 against the Columbus Bullies were end Bob Temple and guard Ed Merlin, both of whom were with the Packers until this week, and Frank Bykowski, voted Purdue university's most valuable player last year. Bykowski
played with the 1940 College All-Stars.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - David O'Brien - L'il Dave of Texas Christian and the Philadelphia Eagles - was unveiled before members of the Rotary club and their guests at a luncheon meeting in the Beaumont hotel this noon. O'Brien, Bert Bell, owner-coach of the Eagles; Don Looney, Eagles end from TCU, and L.H. Joannes, president of the Green Bay Packers, were guests of honor at the meeting which was attended by more than 70 enthusiastic football-minded men. Interviewed by Verne Lewellen, former Packer great and a Rotarian, O'Brien and Bell admitted that the Eagles were an improved football team this year, and perhaps a National league championship contender, but took no glory from the championship Green Bay Packers who are their opponents Sunday...REVIEWS BEAR GAME: Asked if the Bears are the team that the Packers have to beat in the Western division this year, Bell answered, "The team that the Bears have to beat is Green Bay." The Eagles' mentor briefly reviewed the exhibition game his team lost by 21 to 27 to the Bears recently, and asserted that while the Chicago outfit is as rough and tough as ever, Philadelphia might win in another meeting. Bell was the conversational artist of the program, drawing approval, for chastisement of Bear Coach George Halas' pressure on officials, and making friends right and left in his praise of Green Bay both as a football town and a community of warmly hospitable people. In a discussion about Bill Hewitt, the great end who retired this year to devote all his time employment for a Philadelphia refining company, Lewellen asked Bell if it was true that Hewitt was offside as much as he was reported to be. Bell brought down the house when he answered:..."HEWITT NEVER OFFSIDE": "When Hewitt was with the Bears, he always was offside; when he was with the Eagles, he never was offside." O'Brien payed tribute to Green Bay's passers, Arnold Herber and Cecil Isbell, and refused to commit himself on his own prospects for the season except to say that with a year's experience he knows his blockers and now is in a position to better work with them. O'Brien records were reviewed, and it was pointed out that through three years of varsity football at TCU and a year of professional football he never has been out because of injuries. Explaining this in relation to his size (he weighs only 150 pounds and is 5 feet 6 inches tall), he said: "I think my size is an advantage. Bigger men have more space in which to get hit and hurt." Looney confined brief comments to praise of O'Brien with whom he played in college and is joining the pro ranks for the first time this season. Considered an outstanding pass receiver, he gave much of the credit for his college success to Davey...LIKES EXPERIENCE: Trades figured prominently in the questions and answers. Bell did more bartering than any other coach in the league this year. He told the Rotarians that he got the idea from Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers when Green Bay and Milwaukee met there a few years ago. "Then," he said, "I realized how important experienced players are. Lambeau told me how some of the veterans he was about to release had been kept through the season only to outshine first year players. How true that is. Every year they say such players as Goldenberg and Hinkle are through. When you begin to think they're through, you're through."
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - A brisk upswing in the sale of tickets for Sunday's NFL opener between the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers at City stadium was reported from the Legion building ticket headquarters yesterday and today, indicating that a new opening day record may be set. Up to yesterday, fans were buying the Philadelphia game tickets in a steady trickle, but were showing the most interest in the invasion of the ever-feared Chicago Bears, a week from Sunday. The presence of the Eagles in town, however, the constant attention given the achievements of Slingshot Davey O'Brien, plus the genial personality of Owner-Coach Bert Bell, who has been making friends by the hundreds, all have combined to boost the first game in the interest of the fans. O'Brien, a quiet, unassuming little felllow who regards his lack of weight as an advantage rather than a handicap - and isn't it? - has been whipping footballs to all corners of the lot in practice, and apparently is ready for another magnificent seasons. In fact, he provided it completing 21 aerials against the Chicago Bears in an exhibition game at Philadelphia last week. Davey twice last year broke the league record for number of completions in a game, and if the Packer air defense is as week as it was against the College All-Stars and the Washington Redskins, he may be in position to start the 1940 season with another new mark. Undoubtedly, Sunday's struggle will be an offensive show fought through the sky lanes. O'Brien and a young fellow names Flipper Watkins will man the bombs for Philadelphia, while Arnold Herber, Cecil Isbell and Hal Van Every are slated to retaliate...TROUBLE FOR OTHERS: Thus far every team which has attempted to stand up and slug it out with the Green Bay aerial forced has met a humiliating defeat, but Philadelphia and O'Brien bring a new cast of characters into the same old story. The Eagles have been delighted with their stay in Green Bay, but they realize that all friendship ceases at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. A program of patriotic pageantry never before attempted at a Packer game will face the crowd Sunday. Two minutes before game time - at which time the management hopes all fans will be in their seats - the United States colors will be raised to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner. Between halves a fine show will be staged, featured by the singing of "God Bless America" by Miss Lucille Meusel. Three bands will parade and play - the Green Bay High School band, the Packer Lumberjack band and musicians of the widely known Hamilton band of Two Rivers, one of the state's best known organizations. Directed by Lorenz Lueck, the Hamilton players will be accompanied by a large delegation of Two Rivers fans. The band has been holding special rehearsals in anticipation of its appearance here, and will sit in a special Two Rivers section. The Two Rivers Junior Chamber of Commerce made arrangements with the Packer management for the band to play here. During the color raising ceremonies a color guard will be furnished by Sullivan post of the American Legion...PLAYERS GETTING READY: The players won't participate in all this entertainment, as they will be packed away in their dressing rooms getting instructions concerning the afternoon's work, but they will provide plenty of color of their own once the starting whistle blows. This is one game in which Coach Curly Lambeau very likely will not start his younger material. The Packer mentor has been expressing repeated respect for the prowess of the Eastern division club, vastly bolstered by traders since last season, and he intends to launch a scoring attempt at the earliest possible minute. O'Brien's passes usually travel a bit shorter than the depth bomb charges of Herber and Isbell, but the Philadelphia sophomore "tries to throw in a long one now and then", as he explained at the joint Rotary-Kiwanis-Lions meeting at the Beaumont hotel yesterday...SVENDSEN IS READY: Neither team carries an injured player. The No. 1 player casualty, center George Svensen, has been galloping through his paces again and will be ready for action Sunday. This gives Lambeau his full pivot corps of Svendsen, Charley Brock and Tom Greenfield. There are indications that Isbell, Van Every and Herber, all used in different halfback pairings, will see about equal action, all of them passing constantly in an effort to annul the gains tossed by the Philadelphia magnet.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - It seems there were a couple of Irishmen, and when they grew up both of them became football players. One of them, who doesn't look as though the growing up process is quite completed, is named O'Brien and he throws passes for the Philadelphia Eagles. The other is named Looney and he catches them. Loitering around the Beaumont hotel, where the Eagles are parked pending their little business engagement with the Packers at City stadium Sunday, we discovered that both Irishmen are very pleasant, that both are baseball players and that both fail from the state of Texas as well as from Texas Christian university. Don Looney, a tall chap who looks not unlike the Packers' Larry Craig, played center field this summer with the Fort Worth Panthers of the Class A Texas league. He was in the lineup when Dizzy Dean, then late of the Chicago Cubs, went to the firing line for the first time with the Tulsa Oilers, and he batted against Dizzy several times. "He hasn't got a lot of speed left," commented Looney. "He wings 'em with a side arm motion and relies a lot on control." Looney is interested in baseball as a career. He is the property of Fort Worth, an independent outfit, and probably will play there again next summer. He batted .310 most of the season, slipping below that mark near the end, but his diamond work was handicapped by his late start, due to attendance at college in the spring. Davey O'Brien liked his baseball - he shortstopped for TCU - but an arm injury stopped him cold and now he concentrates on football. An arm injury? "Yes, it's a funny thing. I can't throw a baseball, and I had to give up javelin throwing with the track team. But it doesn't bother me to throw a football at all." Obviously, it doesn't. It appears that statistics regarding O'Brien have been a shade on the strong side. His weight barely touches 150, and his heights is five-six instead of five-seven. Looney played 45 minutes of end against the Chicago Bears last week and liked it. "Pro football is rougher and tougher than college ball, and it's a lot of fun," he said. Both boys would give a lot to get into the National league playoff this fall, but cautious Owner Bert Bell won't climb that far out on the limb. Obviously he is hoping, but he reminds you that the Giants and Redskins still are very much in the league. It's time new history was written in the Eastern division, and a new champion would be popular. Personally, we'd be delighted to see Green Bay and Philadelphia hook up in the playoff. There's just a little matter of one season and a lot of tough opposition in between.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - In a NFL opener which fairly shouts color, the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers will meet at City stadium tomorrow afternoon for a couple of hours of aerial warfare which is likely to result in an important victory for one of them. The possibility of a deadlock is slight, in view of the tremendous scoring weapons carried by both teams,
and every period is scheduled to witness a change of
the scores on the big board. Without a doubt, barring
the possibility of a dripping afternoon, the contest will
be decided through the well-grooved air lanes which 
both Eagles and Packers use so effectively. The game
will start at 2 o'clock, and during the afternoon fans will
witness a patriotic program that will set a new standard
for between halves entertainment at Green Bay games.
Philadelphia's big line, bolstered to an extreme point of
efficiency by offseason trades, is likely to be the leveler
between the teams tomorrow. Success of forward
passers on both side of the scrimmage zone will
depend largely upon the success of defensive lines in
rushing the throwers, and that sends the decision back
to the matter of respective line play. The Eagles forward
wall is the best in the team's history and it is being
counted upon by Owner-Coach Bert Bell, not only to
outplay the Packer line tomorrow, but to continue the
same standard of efficiency throughout the season. 
There are, for instance, Ray George from the Detroit
Lions and Chuck Cherundolo from the Cleveland Rams,
two first stringers imported to redouble the Eagles' line
strength. In addition Bell got his hold on four fine
players of the Chicago Bears - tackles Milt Trost and
Russ Thompson, guard Dick Bassi and end Les
McDonald. These men are tried and proven in National
league warfare, and they represent Bell's theory of 
building a championship contender by the trading route,
rather than by the slower method of developing the
youngsters...VETERANS WILL START: Coach Curly
Lambeau hasn't announced his stating Packer lineup,
but it is likely to include veterans of the Green Bay
machine, as Lambeau realizes very well the extreme
disadvantage of starting his season under the handicap
of a loss in the opening game. Either Harry Jacunski or
Don Hutson will be at left end, with Milt Gantenbein or
Carl Mulleneaux shoving off on the right wing. Baby Ray
and Bill Lee probably will start at tackles, with Buckets
Goldenberg and Russ Letlow at guards. The center is
likely to be either George Svendsen or Charley Brock,
probably the latter, while the probable choice at 
blocking quarterback will be Larry Craig. The halfback
starters will be almost anyone playing those positions
on the Packer squad. They may be Hal Van Every and
Joe Laws or Cecil Isbell and Lou Brock. If Arnold Herber
starts, he will be paired with either Beattie Feathers or
Andy Uram. And ten to one old reliable William Clarke
Hinkle will be in there at fullback...WATCH DAVEY
O'BRIEN: Just what combination of aerialist and ground
acrobats Bell decided to start rests with that individual,
but among those present in bargain quantity will be
David O'Brien, who will try to slay the Packer Goliath
by the medium of an infinite number of well-directed
forward passes, delivered throughout the duration of the
contest. O'Brien has made a lot of friends during his
week's visit here, but most of them will be glad if the young man defers his 1940 successes until after the Eagles leave town. The Philadelphia team is booked for a night appearance at Cleveland next Friday. Three other National league games are on the docket for tomorrow. The most important from the standpoint of the Western division is that between the Detroit Lions and Chicago Cardinals at Buffalo. In Eastern division clashes the New York Giants appear at Pittsburgh and Brooklyn invades the home of the Washington Redskins...PLAN PATRIOTIC PROGRAM: Not the least interesting events of the afternoon will take place between halves, when a patriotic program arranged by Dr. W.W. Kelly, Packer director, will be presented. The 1939 National league pennant will be raised, Miss Lucille Meusel will sing "God Bless America", and there will be parading and playing by three musical organizations - the Packer Lumberjack band, the Green Bay High School band, and the crack Hamilton band of Two Rivers, which will be accompanied by several hundred rooters from the lakeshore community. Just before the kickoff, the American colors will be raised to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner, and as the last notes die out, the struggle between Philadelphia and Green Bay will begin.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - Wanting some more definite information concerning the admitted talents of David O'Brien, the Goliath-slaying halfback of the Philadelphia Eagles, we decided to approach someone who had played against the young fellow, now a sophomore professional with the Eastern division contenders. William Clarke Hinkle, who for some reason never has been known as Bill, contributed a tasty bit to the O'Brien lore by conceding that the former Texas Christian university slingshot specialist has to be treated with a vast amount of respect. "He's little," recalled Clarke, who played against O'Brien last year, when the Packers scratched out a 23-16 decision. "He's so little that you have a tendency to ease up on him, and that is where you make a great mistake. Davey doesn't ask any quarter, and if you get into the habit of hitting him like a 151-pounder instead of as through he weighed 200, pretty soon you watch him float the ball into the end zone for a touchdown." Is he elusive and hard to handle? "Well, he's so small that he can go under a pileup of players, and he can get through a keyhole. Furthermore, he is tough." Clarke warmed up to his subject. "When we played the Eagles last year I had a chance to tackle him at one point of the game, and I hit him as hard as I ever hit anyone in my life. He went sailing tail over tea kettle and I thought perhaps I had hit him too hard. He bounced right up, and came over and helped me up, and said, 'Nice going.'." Speaking statistically of O'Brien, he is five feet seven inches tall, weighs 151 and is 23 years old. He played football and baseball at TCU, starring at shortstop in the latter sport, and being an almost unanimous All-American on the gridiron. He completed 110 out of 194 passes his senior year for an average of .568. Only four of the 110 were intercepted, and 20 of them went for touchdowns, which gives you an idea. O'Brien set thee National league records last season as a rookie with the Eagles. He completed 21 passes in a game against the Chicago Bears, and his passes for 11 league games gained 1,324 yards, breaking the record for 12 games as well as 11. He completed 99 of his 201 tries for an average of .492. The lightest player in the National league, O'Brien was named all-league quarterback. He never has been injured in nine years of high school, college and professional football. Texas Christian has retired his No. 8 uniform, never to be worn again by a TCU athlete.
SEPT 14 (Philadelphia) - A determined aggregation of Philadelphia Eagles professional football players completed preparations today for their opening encounter of the National league championship chase, a rumpus with the World Champion Green Bay Packers tomorrow afternoon. The kickoff is listed for 2 o'clock Central Standard (4 p.m. Philadelphia time). A month of preseason condition, exhibition games against the Chicago Bears and the Zuni A.A. of Camden, followed by a week's drilling here, has readied the Eagles for the tussle they will be facing a highly-favored foe. Curly Lambeau's potent Packers have already disposed of three preseason opponents - the National College All-Stars at Chicago, 45-28; Washington's Redskins, 28-20, and Kenosha, 17-0...NEWTON STILL AILING: The Eagles, on the other hand, dropped a thriller to the Bears, 27-21, in the third annual Inquirer A.A. game, before subduing Zuni, 49-13. Effects of the battle with the Bears may play a part in the league opener with Green Bay. Chuck Newton, who sustained a badly wrenched leg and ankle when clipped in that setto, still hasn't recovered sufficiently to be of much use in tomorrow's tilt. Maurie (Moose) Harper, gangling center, still shows traces of the two-stich gash he received when kicked over his left eye, but he'll be in there battling just the same. Harper may have to perform almost iron-man duty, since it isn't yet known whether Chuck Cherundolo, former Penn State captain and three-year regular with the Cleveland Rams, will be available tomorrow. Cherundolo flew to his home at Old Forge, Pa., this week to attend the funeral of his father, killed in a mine accident. It is not certain that he will return here in time for the game...ONE OTHER CENTER: Besides Harper, Harold Pegg, 195-pound rookie from Bucknell, is the only other center on the Birds roster. However, Bill (Hoss) Hughes, handsome Texan, can fill in at the post if necessary. The Eagles probably will line up with Harper at center, Hughes and Eberle Schultz, 242-pound rookie from Oregon State, at guards; Russ Thompson and Ray George as tackles; Red Ramsey and Captain Joe Carter on the ends.
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - You will know a whole lot more about the Packers Sunday night. The boys who won the National league championship a year ago and who walloped the college all-stars, 45-28, the Washington Redskins, 28-20, and the Kenosha Cardinals, 17-0, in preliminaries this year, will start on the long league trek against the Philadelphia Eagles here Sunday afternoon. The kickoff is scheduled for 2 o'clock. It is not often that pro champions repeat anymore. The Bears were the last to turn the trick in 1933. The records, however, mean nothing to Green Bay. All sights up here are leveled on another title, starting with the first shot Sunday. The game will develop into one of the hottest passing duels of the fall if the field is dry. On one side will be the sharpshooters, Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell, working off an offense that has always emphasized the pass as the shortest and quickest way across the goal. On the other will be Davey O'Brien, the mighty mite who last fall, among other things, set two league passing records and in the game against Green Bay at Philadelphia, jammed 19 passes down the Packers' throat. The Eagles, who worked out here all week, have brought to Green Bay their most talented team in history. They are unanimously regarded as the most improved team in the league, and in the east are even given a fair chance to win their way into the playoffs. In addition to O'Brien, the lineup included Elmer Hackney, the one man gang of Kansas State; Woltman, the old Purdue tackle; Cherundolo, obtained from the Cleveland Rams; Bassi, Trost, McDonald and Thompson, obtained from the Bears; Frank Emmons of Oregon, blocking star of the last college all-stars, and Franny Murray, one of Pennsylvania's all-time greats. Coach Curly Lambeau is frankly worried about the game. The Packers are in excellent physical shape, but they have shown an inclination to take the battle lightly which bodes no good. They have the utmost confidence in their own ability to score, but appear to forget that they also have been scored on rather freely. The college all-stars got four touchdowns against them, and the Redskins three. In betting the Packers have been installed 14 point favorites. As a prelude to the game the American flag and last year's championship pennant will be raised. Miss Lucille Meusel, widely known colortura soprano, will sing in a 10 minute patriotic interlude between halves. Three other league games, in addition to the one at Green Bay, will be played Sunday. New York will open the season at Pittsburgh, Detroit will meet the Chicago Cardinals at Buffalo, and Brooklyn will meet the Redskins at Washington. The battle at Washington will mark Jock Sutherland's debut as pro coach. Only Cleveland and the Chicago Bears will be off.
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - The home city of the Packers tonight was agog with football fever. On the eve of the opening of the Packers' official league season this city, proud of five titles the Packers have won in past National Professional Football league competition, was like a college town on the eve of the big game. Many Green Bay followers saw their favorites trim the All-Stars in Chicago, many others saw them defeat the Washington Redskins in an exhibition game in Milwaukee, but they and thousands of others - will get their first official view Sunday afternoon when the Philadelphia Eagles, with Wee Davey O'Brien, darling of Texas and passing scourge of the pro league, provide the opposition at City stadium. Last year's pro championship and four others in previous years have not sated the gridiron appetite of this football mad city. Instead, they have served only to whet the appetite as the fans clamor for more and better gridiron rivals to conquer. There's an air of confidence in the Packer camp, for this game and others to follow, but it is mild compared to the air of confidence - yes, of cockiness that Green Bay fandom talks of the 1940 machine now being molded into a bristling, sparkling exponent of the higher pigskin art by Coach Curly Lambeau. Packer fans openly predict another title. They expect the title march to be opened here Sunday. Wee Davey or no Wee Davey and an improved Philadelphia team and look for it to continue all but uninterrupted during the long campaign that winds up next December. Coach Lambeau is sure his charges won't be found wanting in Sunday's tussle, despite the fact they'll be eyeing the Bears' game the following week with at least one eye and a goodly bit of their thinking. He has all the important cogs of last year's title machine back; some are slipping over the hill, others will more than make up the difference by added experience and
poise gained by 1939 competition. In addition, Curly has as good a crop of rookies as ever reported to the Bay camp and is confident that the rookies and the improvement of the sophomores will more than make up for whatever is lost in efficiency by the veterans who have started to slip. Ceremonies preceding and between halves will help launch the season. A few minutes before the opening whistle at 2 p.m., the U.S. flag will be raised to the strains of "The Star Spangled Banner". And then the 1939 National league pennant, won by the Packers, will be elevated. Singing of "God Bless America" by Miss Lucille Meusel, Green Bay's famous colortura soprano, will feature the 15 minute patriotic interlude between halves. There also will be a parade by the bands from the East and West High schools of Green Bay, the Packer Lumberjack band, and a color guard from Sullivan post American legion.