RAIN HANDICAPS PACKERS AS BIG FOOTBALL TEST NEARS
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - Steady rain today handicapped the Green Bay Packers in their program of preparedness for the Chicago Bears' invasion of Sunday afternoon, and Coach Curly Lamebau called his players, inside for a special morning session. The Packers had planned two practices for today, but Curly didn't want them to don wet uniforms this afternoon, so only the indoor session was held in the morning. At that, there was plenty of discussion regarding the Bears and their suddenly recognized T-formation, which will start hammering away at Green Bay defenses shortly after 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. There is no change in the ticket situation, nor is any expected. All seats have been sold, and there positively will be no standing room accommodations available Sunday. All fans who have not obtained their tickets up to now are advised to remain at home, or away from Green Bay, because no seats will be sold at the gate. If the Packers can halt the Bears, they'll have to stop Sid Luckman and his unerring forward passes. Without Luckman, the Bears are just another big professional team with a brilliant ground attack, but when Sid's hitting the target, the Bruins are a four-star menace. Their magnificent backfield included such veterans as Bob Snyder, Luckman, Ray Nolting, Bob Swisher, Gary Famiglietti, George McAfee, Ray McLean, Harry Clark, Joe Maniaci and Bill Osmanski. To that unit was added two red hot newcomers from Leland Stanford university - halfback Hugh Gallerneau and fullback Norman Standlee, both with the College All-Stars at Chicago last month. The Bear centers are Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, Albert Matuza and Billy Hughes, and working at the guards will be Aldo Forte, Danny Fortmann, George Musso, Ray Bray, Al Baisi, Harold Lahar and Jack Manders. The tackles are Joe Stydahar, Joe Mihal, Lee Artoe, Ed Kolman and John Federovitch...WINGS WELL KNOWN: Most of the Bear wingmen was only too well known to Green Bay fans, the list including Dick Plasman, George Wilson, John Siegal, Hampton Pool, Bob Nowaskey and Ken Kavanaugh. Cecil Isbell still wasn't able to do much in the way of running at yesterday's practice, but Coach Curly expects to use him Sunday, if his injured ankle responds properly to treatment. Wednesday morning's Packer drill was very poor. The team acted like a squad which had won all its game, and not like a unit which was preparing to face the toughest test in professional football. In the afternoon, the players' attitude was much better, and a lot was accomplished, particularly in the matter of providing an adequate defensive formation against the T-formation and the Luckman tosses. Special entertainment will be provided for spectators between halves of the big game. After Sunday the Packers will face two games at Milwaukee, against the Cardinals and Brooklyn, before embarking for out-of-state appearances. They're due back here against the Cards Nov. 16.
ISBELL BETTER, DRILLS LIGHTLY
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - Packer hopes for a victory over the Bears, which were given a bad jolt Tuesday when Cecil Isbell, star passer, was held out of scrimmage because of a pulled muscle in his leg, climbed sharply again Wednesday as the former Purdue star participated lightly in both morning and afternoon drills.Except for a slight limp, Isbell appeared ready to do his regular stint, but Coach Curly Lambeau cut his work down to a minimum. "The doctors say he'll be 100% ready by Sunday," Lambeau said, "and that is good enough for us." Lambeau has stepped up the tempo of the workouts sharply this week, and without much effort on his part. The "Bear spirit" has hit the town and the boys themselves have dug in as never before this season. Wednesday's session was devoted entirely to work on defense against the Bears' "T" formation.
HALAS REGARDS THOSE PACKERS WITH TREMORS
SEPT 25 (Chicago) - Gloomy news seeped through yesterday from Delafield, Wis., where the champion Chicago Bears are getting in their final practice before going forth to battle the Packers in Green Bay Sunday. In the tone of a man going away to some terrible fate, George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears, sent a message to the fans back home. "Them them," said George over the long distance telephone, "tell them that I'm afraid our winning streak will come to an end Sunday. I heard today that up in Milwaukee the Green Bay fans are putting up $5 to $3 that the Packers will whip us." A Milwaukee source, though, and a neutral one at that, reported last night the Bears are 8 to 5 favorites and that the Packers supporters are asking from three to six points at even money...WORDS ODDLY FAMILIAR: These words are reminiscent of the big Bear's advance comments on his fellows' recent game with the national college All-Stars in Chicago. George was afraid of that one, too, but the Bears managed to win, 37 to 13. Halas, though, has whipped up more logical arguments this time and his most potent one is this: "Last year," he wanted to remind his Chicago followers, "we caught the Packers on the rebound after they had whipped the All-Stars. We did this because while they were preparing for the big game in Soldiers' field, we had nothing on our minds except the game coming up later with Green Bay. The situation is now reversed. We took the Packers' place this year in Soldiers' field, and they have been working up to this game Sunday with us. They are at the top of their game. I'm afraid we won't be."...MUM ON GALLARNEAU, STANDLEE: Halas did not offer to make any glowing statements concerning his two backfield rookies. Norman Standlee and Hugh Gallerneau of Stanford's Rose Bowl champions. It will be remembered they were with the College All-Star squad and that their only appearance in these parts was against the New York Giants in an exhibition game in Wrigley field. As a result their talents have not yet received such widespread notice as those of the Packers' new backfield stalwarts. "This Tony Canadeo is good," said Halas, "and so is Rohrig of Nebraska. We know Rohrig is a good passer, even though he's been used only as a runner so far by the Packers. We have just finished a long blackboard drill, all the players and the coaches. And for all these new men the Packers have, I'm telling you that most of our time was taken up in discussing Mr. Don Hutson. You know that fellow hasn't broken loose this season and we have a suspicion that he's been saving up for us all these past Sunday."
RAIN HAMPERS BEARS
SEPT 25 (Delafield, WI) - Strategy and tactics will play a prominent part in the power attack of the Chicago Bears Sunday when they play the Packers in Green Bay. Strategist George Halas finished battle plans during a hard workout on a muddy field here this afternoon. It will be up to Danny Fortmann and George Musso, the game cocaptains, to carry them out. Hard rains postponed the Bears' morning workout. Halas obviously is worried about Sunday's contest, the first National league game of the season for the defending champions. The Bears will leave for Green Bay Saturday noon.
DONELLI NAMES STEELER COACH
SEPT 26 (Greensburg, GA) - Aldo (Buff) Donelli, athletic director and head coach of Duquesne university, today was named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team. He will retain his positions at Duquesne university. Bert Bell, co-owner of the Steelers, who resigned his coaching position with the Pittsburgh club last night, announced that Donelli was signed by the professional club for the remainder of the season with permission of the president of Duquesne university...WORKS WITH BOTH: Donelli's tentative plans are to work with the professional team in the mornings and return to Duquesne after classes to handle the collegiate squad. He will take his Duquesne assistants, George Rado and Steve Sinco, to help him with the Steelers. Donelii, 34-year old head of Duquesne athletics, has had unusual success at Duquesne since taking over the team in 1939, when he succeeded Clipper Smith. In two years, his grid team won 15 games, lost one and tied one.
PACKERS READY FOR BEARS
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - A final, extra-long workout on offense and defense in anticipation of the Chicago Bears' 45th appearance against the Green Bay Packers occupied the time of the home team yesterday afternoon, and only a light limbering up drill remains before Sunday's epic encounter at City stadium. A plea was issued by the Packer management today for fans to arrive early - well before the 2 o'clock kickoff time. For one thing, special entertainment has been arranged for them, and in addition their cooperation will avoid a last minute crush around the gates - a possibility with all seats sold out. Football fans who haven't their tickets tucked away are urged to stay away from Green Bay, and if they live here, to stay clear of the stadium, for no seats will be sold. Everyone connected with the Packers today, and a few who aren't, were being subjected to strenuous plea for "just one ticket", but the reply was the same in any case - "there isn't a one to be had." Rain or shine, cold or hot, the game will start promptly at 2 o'clock - a battle between two great professional teams of the Western division, and the winner will leave the field ranked as favorite for the 1941 championship. Naturally the Bears, a championship team which has had two weeks' rest, rules as the uppercase eleven in pre-game dope. Cecil Isbell was running again at yesterday's workout, but he apparently will not be up to full effectiveness for Sunday's bruising encounter. The rest of the active players all are in fighting condition and anxious for the fracas. Their mental attitude is building up steadily, with the game less than 48 hours in the future, and Coach Curly Lambeau made one positive statement - "this team is going to fight and fight hard." "If we lose," he continued, "it will be because the Bears have a better ball club, and made fewer mistakes. You can't make errors and expect to win a Packer-Bear game." Outstanding extracurricular entertainment has been cooked up for the occasion. The baton twirlers of De Pere high school will stage a demonstration just before game time, the unit including Donald Marcoullier, Fae Putman, Charlotte Separsky, Marianne Owen, Marjorie Linnane, Evelyn Riley and Anne Ley. Between halves the three Barnes sisters of New Lisbon - Marie, 18, June, 11, and Frances, 8 - will toss the batons for two and a half minutes, after which Bill Allen, Racine, national champion, will perform for three minutes...ST. MARY'S BAND PLAYS: The twirlers will be followed by the St. Mary's high school band of Menasha, directed by G.W. Unser, which will parade and play for the eight or nine minutes remaining in the intermission. As usual, the bright and colorful Packer band will be much in evidence, but the Lumberjacks will remain in their shell between halves, leaving the field to the rest of the entertainers. The baton twirlers also will demonstrate their skill immediately after the game, for those who wish to wait awhile and avoide the rush to leave the stadium. The football team, at today's drill, which followed a long morning skull session, worked hard at every department. Coach Curly and Assistant Red Smith know full well that no stone can be left unturned in priming offense and setting defense for the National league champions.
LAMBEAU FRETS AS GAME WITH BEARS APPROACHES
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - It was a rather glum Curly Lambeau who walked off the practice field here Thursday. Very little had gone right. There was the rain. It had interfered with plans to give the team its stiffest workout of the week in preparation with the Bears here Sunday. There was Cecil Isbell's bad leg. Despite the doctors' cheerful word that Isbell would be ready to take his place in the lineup Sunday, the star halfback still limped very noticeably. And there was the lack of fire in general which Lambeau feels the squad ought to show a couple of days before a game which means as much as Sunday's. "Early in the week they seemed to catch the fever," Lambeau said, "but Wednesday they started to sag and Thursday they sagged some more. For all the zip they showed they might have been getting ready for another exhibition with Philadelphia and not a league game with the Bears. We showed pictures of last year's game in which we took plenty of cuffing around. I had hoped it would rouse them. If it did, though, they didn't show it in practice later." By no means, though, has Lambeau lost hope. "It can't rain forever," he brightened up. "The doctor assures me Ceece will be all right, and perhaps it is better that they save all their fire for the ball game and not waste some of it in practice." Lambeau has not said so, but the concern he has been feeling about Isbell's more or less minor injury indicated pretty strongly that the Packers intend to come much of the way Sunday by air. Other backs pass, Canadeo and Rohrig especially, but Isbell is the boss. Against Cleveland last Sunday the team passed sharply in the clutch, but not anywhere nearly as much as it usually does. Lambeau had two more heavy drills scheduled for Friday and then a light one Saturday morning. The Bears will arrive here Saturday afternoon from their camp at Delafield. As the game approaches, the ticket situation has grown worse. Despite repeated announcements in the newspapers and over the radio that the stadium is completely sold out, hundreds of requests are being received every day.
GREEN BAY READIES ITSELF FOR CAPACITY THRONG
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - In expectation of the record-breaking football crowd of the year at the Packer-Bear NFL game in City stadium here Sunday afternoon, police and municipal authorities are making special plans to handle the thousands of outside fans who tax eating places, hotels and parking lots. Every seat for the traditional battle which starts promptly at 2 p.m. has been sold and this means that updwards of 25,000 will be in the stands. The advance sale for the crucial contest with the Halasmen has smashed all marks in Green Bay's 23 years of postgraduate footballing. This unusual situation has prompted the Packer management to make an appeal to its many fans outside Green Bay that they remain home Sunday if they have no tickets.
NO PART-TIME COACH ALLOWED BY LAYDEN
SEPT 26 (Chicago) - Elmer Layden, commissioner of professional football, ordered the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL today to renegotiate their agreement with Aldo T. Donelli, head coach at Duquesne university. Donelli signed yesterday to coach the Steelers on a double duty basis, remaining at Duquesne on a part time agreement. Commissioner Layden ruled that Donelli must sever his connections completely with Duquesne and devote his full time to the Steelers. Otherwise, the Steelers will need to obtain another coach.