NEWS AND NOTES
GLOOM IS DEEP IN QUARTERS OF BEATEN DETROIT COACHES
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - No joy - not even the trace of a rainbow - decorated room 141 of the Hotel Northland late Sunday afternoon. That room was shared by Bill Edwards, new coach of the Detroit Lions, and his assistant, Dugan Miller. Earlier in the day both of these
gentlemen had hopes of coming through with at least a
score if not actual victory. The 23 to 0 defeat amounted
to sheer inhospitality for the league newcomers. The
coach was frank to his audit of Packer strength. "Curly
has the best balanced backfield I have seen in years,"
he stated. "Furthermore, the line was performing on a
scale that was better than average." Then Mr. Edwards
sighed. He recalled several instances in which the
Packers "got the breaks." He ladled out individual
laudation for Herman Rohrig, Tony Canadeo, Clarke
Hinkle, Don Hutson and half-a-dozen other Packers.
And of his own team, he said: "We have to improve at
every position. Blocking was very bad. We may cause
some trouble yet when the boys round into shape."
Through most of the discourse Miller sat and said
nothing. Then he ventured this thought:...MAY WIN
CHAMPIONSHIP: "I wouldn't be surprised if Green Bay
won the championship this year." Maybe that is putting
out too much. But the championship is the goal of every
team in the league. In appraising that kind of value,
Miller merely was citing his professional opinion.
However he quickly added: "What do you think?" Our
own opinion remained where it was a week ago - i.e.
the material is there, and if the boys produce, the Bays
are to be reckoned with wherever title considerations
are being handed out. Dutch Clark, erstwhile Detroit
star and coach who now bides his time with Cleveland,
was present. Dutch also remarked on the worthiness of
the Packer lineup as a whole, the especial talent of the
rookies, and the wealth of reserve material that Curly
has collected. He may come up with a lot of surprises
when the Packers play Cleveland at Milwaukee next
weekend. He usually has something up his sleeves
when he plays the Packers. And the fact that he
personally scouted yesterday's contest emphasizes his
regard for the team. But, fooling or not, he said before
his departure last night: "I haven't the replacements. A
team like Lambeau's is built up in years. What's more,
Ididn't fare well in the draft this year; Curly got pretty
much what he wanted."...OFFENSE BOTTLED UP:
Edwards, too, remarked on the necessity of time in
building up a playing organization of the Packers' type.
He pointed out Lloyd Cardwell, Paul Szakash and Bill
Fish as examples of what he hopes will come out in the
rest of his lineup. To that list he added Billy Jefferson,
who was the fans' choice for the sparkplug of the Lions'
offensive. That offensive was so well bottled up by the
fast charging Packer line that Edwards' reluctance to
praise many of his won was understandable. For the
Packers, especially gratifying was the show of the new
men. Lee MacLaughlin at guard, Ernie Pannell at tackle
and the aforementioned Rohrig and Canadeo are going
to cause plenty of headaches around the league if they
live up to their present promises. Then too, several
veterans rebounded with remarkable promise. Charlie
Schultz at tackle, Pete Tinsley at guard, Cecil Isbell,
Joe Laws and Hinkle in the backfield all came through
in great style. The 16,374 fans who saw the game - it
deserved a larger crowd - had thrills by the dozen.
Fumble recoveries by Pannell, pass interceptions and
fancy running. But one of the greatest crowd thrills was
Canadeo's remarkable punt, on the run, while he was
cornered back of the 50-yard line. He got it off, right
into the coffin corner on the six-yard line...RECOVERS
OWN FUMBLE: Too, there was Isbell's interception,
followed by a fumble which Cecil himself recovered. He
dove into a Lion scramble for the ball with the abandon
that either makes men heroes or has beens. Isbell
deserves the former listing. Tom Greenfield missed a
scoring opportunity when the officials recalled his efforts
after taking a pass from Harry Jacunski. Opinion is
divided as to whether the pass was forward or lateral,
but the officials was in a good spot to see it, and he
ruled it out. Speaking of officials, Headlinesman J.J.
Lipp, who never had been in Green Bay before, said
that the Packer gridiron is the best he ever had worked
on, barring one. He told Oliver Lambeau, the man who
handles the yard markers. "This is the finest playing
field I ever have seen outside of Ann Arbor." Bud
Jorgensen, Packer trainer, was missing from the
sidelines as the Packers launched the title campaign.
It was his first "miss" in many years. He has been sick,
and under doctor's orders remained in the dressing
room for th start of the game. The Mandels of Mandel
store fame had a part of 13 (unlucky number) here to
see their team loss. Fred Mandel, owner of the team,
and his cousin, Frank, a member of the board of
directors, made their initial visit to Green Bay. New to
the league, and to actual participation in the sports field
they both sang the praises of this city as a sports town.
..GOOD SPORTS TOWN: "Green Bay may be smaller
than the others (in the league)," Fred said, "but it has
the type of spirit that puts it in the major league class."
The Mandel party generally was in agreement. That
type of opinion helps dispel any fears about moving the
Packers out of Green Bay - unless the fans do not
consider it worth their while to keep them here. Fred
Vanzo, who spends much time in Green Bay as an
affiliate of the Morley-Murphy company left the city in
bad physical condition. In a collision with one of the
Packer backs, he suffered possible fractured ribs.
When he left the game he was a very sick man, and
later at the hotel he was very bitter about his treatment
from the back, whose name he would not divulge.
Rodney Legener, the St. Norbert back who doubles as
one of the Packer property men, played against two of
the Lions during their college days. They are Owen
Thuerk, end from St. Joseph, and John Parsons, back
from Gustavus Adolphus. When it was all over, Thuerk
commented that, "It's much tougher than college ball.
Those Packers really can hit." Charlie Schultz and
Augie Lio, both removed from the conflict by Umpire
John Schommer, still are wondering "What for?"
Schultz, big Packer tackle, and Lio, all-America guard
from Georgetown who is playing his first year with the
Lions, claim that their differences were strictly the
result of the heat of the battle, nothing more. Both deny
any intent to fight. But Schommer wasn't taking any
chances. By the same token, Pete Tinsley thought that
he had been expelled. As a matter of fact. he started off
the field. Play was held up while Schommer recalled
Pete, and told him he hadn't asked him to leave. While
the difficulty was being ironed out, Referee R.J. Gibbs
penalized the Packers five yards for too many timeouts. Then Schommer asked Gibbs to reverse that decision after explaining that "it was my fault. This man thought that he was ruled off the field." The officials all showed one thing in particular Sunday. Nobody is running them. They really mean business. Between halves the Hiawatha band of Milwaukee entertained the fans as guest artists with the Packer band. Marion Corak, principal drum majorette with the unit, is reputed to be one of the best in the nation. Only one year out of West Allis High school, she has appeared in many cities on the Milwaukee Road schedule. Like all the other members of the band, she is an employee of the Milwaukee Road. The three other drum majorettes with the Hiawatha band were Virginia Russell, Audrey Juech, Abbie Wennell, all students at West Allis High, who were present in guest capacity. The band is directed by Damon Schook. Among its outstanding members is Art School, drummer who formerly was with Herbie Kay...CARDINALS ARE PRESENT: Phil Handler and Chili Walsh of the Chicago Cardinals were present. Phil reiterated what he said here three weeks ago when the Packers beat the Giants in an exhibition game: "The Packers are the team to best in the Western division this year." Present in a neutral role was Bill Alfs, who used to be head man for the Lions in the regime of George Richards when the latter was rebuilding his health in California. "This really is a pleasure," he said. "For the first time I can watch a Packer-Detroit game, not care who wins, and not worry about the gate." It was a strange spot for Bill to be watching a Packer game. He was on the Green Bay bench. And while it would be unjust to accuse Bill of wandering allegiance, he seemed to get considerable satisfaction out of the Packer victory. In fact, when he departed he said, "I'll be back for the Bear game." Alfs picks Rohrig as one of the best pro prospects he has seen...STRONG FOR PACKERS: Ray Hartnett of Madison, whose associations with newspaper work and sports dates back a decade or two, was on hand. A former Press-Gazette man, Hartnett is strong for the Packers, and he was among the men who suggested that "this might be one of the greatest Packer teams of all." The threat of rain bothered some wary spectators during part of the game. Memories of the drenching at the New York game was fresh in many minds, and attention was divided between the football field and the skies at some stages. One Associated Press photographer was thrown for a loss when one of Billy Jefferson's forward passes went askew. Szakash, chasing the ball over the sidelines, ran smack into him and almost threw him into the lap of G.W. Calhoun, Packer press boss, but no casualties resulted. In passing, it may be well to reflect on the Packer fullback situation. All Curly has are the veterans Frank Balazs, Clarke Hinkle and Eddie Jankowski, and the up and coming George Paskvan. It looks like tough going...for the opposition.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - New players, whose numbers scarcely are known to Green Bay fans, may have contributed much of the color to the opening National league game here yesterday, but the records which tottered and fell belonged to the veterans. At the opening kickoff, Clarke Hinkle needed just 12 yards to establish a new ground gaining record for the league, the old mark of 3,478 yards being held, at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, by Ace Gutowsky, once of Portsmouth and the Detroit Lions. On the third play of the game Hinkle hit left tackle and gained a yard, which left him 11 in arrears. On the fifth play he went hard and low through left tackle for six more, the sixth he added three through right tackle, and on the seventh he gained one yard over left tackle, tying Gutowsky's score. It was on the next play, the eighth of the game, that Clarke fell through right tackle for a single yard, tripping over Radovich of the Lions for the distance which gave him a new all-time record for ground gaining in the National league...It seems very odd that the opening game of the NFL in Green Bay could draw no more than 16,734 fans, the smallest crowd to see Detroit play here in several years. And Green Bay had better reverse its field. If the Lion game follows the way of Cardinal and Cleveland appearance here, and fails to draw satisfactorily, fans will have only themselves to blame if the home schedule does not improve but deteriorates. It has been said again and again, and it now is reported, that the Packers will play as many home games, in Green Bay, as the fans want, provided the fans indicate they want them. More than the Bear game must be a sellout annually if the Green Bay home tradition is to be upheld...Hinkle's field goal yesterday, the 23rd he has kicked for the Packers, raised his all-time scoring total to 337. Don Hutson made history by nudging past Verne Lewellen, getting seven points on his 47th touchdown and 22nd extra point. His grand total is 304, 33 less than Hinkle's. Tiny Engebretsen, next to Hutson the highest scoring lineman in Green Bay history, kicked his 16th field goal. He has 96 points, and is tied with Joe Laws for eighth place on the big list. Eddie Jankowski's field goal was his first in league play. He has a grand total of 72, which ties him with Hurd McCrary (1931-32) for 11th place, 14 points behind Lavvie Dilweg. Bob Adkins kicked his second Packer extra point, and has a total of 14 points. Tony Canadeo's touchdown was his first in the National league.
BULLIES BEAT CHIEFS
SEPT 15 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Chiefs, outplayed for three quarters, fell apart completely in the final period and suffered the worst defeat in their two year history Sunday at State Fair park. 12,000 fans groaned and squirmed under the hot sun as the Columbus Bullies, defending champions, poured it on to the tune of 34-7, in the American Pro Football league opener. Going into the final heat, the Chiefs, although trailing 6-0, were still in the ball game. Without warning they went into a sudden tailspin and in six dizzy minutes had been touched for 28 more points. Everything happened to the unlucky Chiefs during the nightmare which turned the game into a rout. To the credit of Coach Tiny Cahoon's boys, they came back to roll 52 yards for a consolation score after Howie Weiss intercepted a pass, Obbie Novakofski flipped two in a row to Gil Thomsen, the second in the end zone. The
boys in blue were only 3 yards from another touchdown as
the game ended. The Columbus club played tough,
aggressive ball all the way and apparently had a wide edge
in condition. The Chiefs' veteran linemen did a good job on
defense, but the sharp blocking of the past was noticeable
by its absence. The backfield advantage was all with the
Bullies, who were led by the little will o' the wisp, Nels
Peterson, and Bob Davis. Biff Niehaus was a standout in
the forward wall. Three of the four passes completed by the
visitors (they tried sixteen) went for touchdowns. The Chiefs
clicked on 10 out of 32. They had a wide edge in first
downs, 10 to 3, thanks to the closing drive, another bit of
proof that first downs alone don't win ball games. A strong
wind out of the south, plus a dash of loose ball handling,
kept the Chiefs back in their territory throughout a slow first
quarter. The Bullies gummed up three scoring opportunities
before they broke the ice on a first down pass from the
Chiefs' 37 yard line. Davis tossed a nifty pass down the
alley to Peterson, who grabbed the ball on the 7-yard line
and scampered over. Peterson, who had missed field goal
attempts from 29 and 40 yards, also failed on the try for
the point. Novakofski's fumble provided the visitors with another opportunity via the field goal route, but La Bay's 40-yard try was wide. Lass' recovery of Peterson's fumble on the Columbus 23-yard line opened the gates for the Chiefs for the first time early in the second quarter, but they lost the ball on downs on the 14. Novakofski's 29-yard punt return to the 13 also went for naught when they lost ground in three downs and Eckl missed a 31-yard field goal. The rest of the scoreless period, marked by pass interceptions on both sides, was played around midfield. Peterson's brilliant 43-yard return of Malsevich's punt was the only real excitement. Maltsch, the last defender, knocked the Columbus player out of bounds on the Milwaukee 47-yard stripe. The Cahoon men had the wind at their backs through the third period, but didn't come close to scoring. Davis' fine kick against the wind put them back on their 1 yard line after Padgen had intercepted Novakofski's pass on the 40. Weiss picked off Davis' flip on the Milwaukee 36 and Malesevich lofted a long punt to the Bulls' 11 yard stripe, but the swing toward better things was wrecked by Maltsch's fumble, recovered by Niehaus on the Columbus 45. Novakofski ran back a kick 40 yards and flipped a lateral to Malesevich for an additional 35, but the play was recalled and the Chiefs set back to their own 45 for unnecessary roughness. From there the Bullies, led by Strausbaugh, ground out two first downs, putting the ball on the Chiefs' 22 yard line as the quarter ended. After Strausbaugh had lost 2 yards on the first play of the following quarter, he whipped a pass on the next play to Davis, who slipped away for a score. Peterson kicked goal to make it 13-0 for the visitors. The Bullies definitely put the game on ice a few minutes later when Costell blocked Malesevich's fourth down punt and ran the remaining 15 yards to the goal line. Peterson's kick boosted the count to 20-0. Insult was added to the injury on Bell's gift touchdown, which resulted from Novakofski's grounded lateral in the end zone. Peterson kicked the 27th point. Brenson's interception of Maltsch's pass put the Bullies on the nine yard line. Buckley passed to Becker, who lateraled to McGannon for the score. La Bay kicked the goal, making the score 34-0. Weiss set up the Chiefs' only successful scoring drive by intercepting a pass on his own 48 yard line and jammed through for a first down on the Bullies' 29. Novakofski ran to the 26, tossed a pass to Thomsen to the five and then hit the same receiver in the end zone. Eckl kicked goal. A Maltsch to Berry pass and a lateral to Kohler was good for 35 yards to the Columbus 23 in the waning minutes, and little Johnny kept punching until the final whistle, which sounded with the home club only three yards short of another marker.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
SEPT 16 (Detroit) - This year the Green Bay Packers are playing three of their NFL games in Milwaukee and there are rumors that if the attendance is good the franchise will be shifted. This department hopes that this will never come to be because since 1919 when the Packers were first formed Green Bay has made its football team a healthy civic enterprise. Psychologically, it is probably good for the American ego to have a Green Bay in football's big league knocking off the teams of New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and the other big cities.