NEWS AND NOTES
CONN, LAYDEN AMONG FANS AS PACKERS TURN BACK CLARKMEN
SEPT 22 (Green Bay) - Combined forces of an unrelenting sun that had even fans sweltering, and an ever-trying Cleveland team failed to stop the hard driving Green Bay Packers here Sunday. Bear coaches and players in wholesale lots were in the crowd of 18,463 that watched the Packers chalk up their second National league victory by the score of 24 to 7. The Bears play the Packers next Sunday. What did they see? Well, that's not easy to answer. There were some brilliant manifestations of power on the ground. Rookies show continued improvement. And the veterans reveal spark and determination. But at no time did Coach E.L. Lambeau shoot the works. Mr. Halas' boys didn't learn much about the Packer attack that they didn't know previously. However, their presence indicates how seriously they take the forthcoming tussle. For four days in advance of the game Dutch Clark had been running the Rams through their paces at State Fair park in preparation for the game. A week ago he personally scouted the Detroit-Packer game. At that time he complained of a lack of replacements, and called the Packer backfield the best balanced that he had seen...DUTCH HAD THE DOPE: Yesterday afternoon as the Rams retired to their dressing room at the park, he said, "I told you so." Even so, Dutch was greatly disappointed. Necessity of rushing to a train (which we failed to make anyway) caused the interview to be brief, but it required no lengthy research to detect that note of disappointment. As far as Dutch is concerned, the Packers were just too strong for him - yesterday. He still is not selling the Rams short in the future. But he is going to give them plenty of work in the days and weeks to come. For a moment he reflected on the Green Bay team. "Curly sure has them," he said in referring to the individuals on the squad. "Hinkle, Paskvan, Canadeo, Laws and Rohrig..why you can do on from there almost indefinitely..and don't forget that the line is a contributing factor..Can you ever remember a Packer team that looked better on the ground?"...ANSWER IS TOUGH: We couldn't, and we're almost certain that nobody else could either. Again, in the fifth quarter chatter, the question arose as to whether the fine Packer showing wasn't due to Cleveland ineffectiveness. Before the game the same persons were speaking of the Rams as "the team to beat in the Western division" and the division darkhorse. Charles Bidwill, owner of the Chicago Cardinals, said, "The Packers looked great today." He emphasized the element of time, leaving the impression that he still is not completely sold on this year's Green Bay team. But then, even as his Cardinals repeatedly went down to defeat, Bidwill failed to see anything very hot about the opposition. With Bidwill was Billy Conn, the heavyweight boxer who came so close - but oh, so far - to taking the championship from Joe Louis. Conn was besieged by autograph hunters as he departed from the park. He received the mob as graciously as possible, and even squeezed in time for this comment: "I enjoyed the game very much. I think the Packers are possible champions, but be careful next Sunday." Billy is a boxer, an expert in his own field, but not necessarily an authority in other lines of sport, so the championship note in his statement may be accepted only as a nice sentiment that may have been uttered for the lad who asked the questions. However, the advice about being careful next Sunday wasn't bad. Conn probably meant that Green Bay should not lead with its chin. He had a painful and recent experience with that type of tactics, and he knows what he is talking about there. Elmer Layden, National league commissioner, was on hand. Besides seeing the game, and running through some routine business, he rescinded his recently imposed $25 fines on Charles Schultz of the Packers and Augie Lio of Detroit. Schultz and Lio were expelled from the game of Sept. 14 for alleged fighting. Both denied the charges. In an investigation of the incident, Layden upheld the players. "It shows that the players are going to get every kind of break on disputed rulings," George Strickler, league publicity director pointed out. "Layden will be fair with everyone in the league. The player deserves the right to appeal fines, even as the officials hold the right to impose penalties." While the game was in progress, Mr. and Mrs. Layden divided their attention between the playing field and their youngest son. Mike, who is 5 or 6 years old. It appears that Mike's interest in football is only casual, and he found climbing grandstand fences, at the very top of the stand, much more to his liking. And the firm voice of the commissioner meant absolutely nothing to Mike. He probably was "fined" afterward. The two other Layden children abided by the rules. From the sports work to the field of government, the park abounded in celebrities. Gov. Julius P. Heil was a spectator as was Mayor Carl Ziedler of Milwaukee. Both are Packer fans of long standing. Present with Ziedler were Ralph Rogers, tenor, and Wilbur Hillis, second tenor, who with Ziedler sang in Milwaukee's Packer quartet of a few years ago. Ziedler sang baritone. Missing from the unit was Allan Meyers, who sang bass. He died Friday and was buried today...MIGHT TRY IT AGAIN: "Curly sang along with us occasionally..not on formal programs of course," Ziedler reported. "I'll bet we still could do a fair job on the Packer song." The mayor, incidentally, believe that this is one of the best "coming" Packer teams he has seen. Like the rest of us, he is withholding final judgment until after the Bear game. The familiar figure of big Lou Gordon cast shadows upon the field again, but this time in the role of head linesman. Still with the Chicago police force, Lou gives the appearance of being in fine playing condition. As a matter of fact, a man had to be in condition to move around as much as Lou
did in yesterday's heat. As an official, Lou declined to
comment to any great extent upon what may come
when the Packers meet the Bears. "It ought to be a
great ball game," Lou said. That point was conceded,
and Lou was asked who, in his opinion, was stronger.
"Hard to tell just now," he answered. "Both Halas and
Lambeau have good clubs." We let it go at that. Bobby
Cahn returned to the Packer scene in the role of referee.
Dan Tehan, another veteran official, acted as field judge.
A new rule in the league makes it impossible for the
club owners to know who has been assigned to handle
the game until the day of the contest. For one thing, it
assures that there will be no handpicking by the head
coaches. The officials are approved only after a rigid
examination. They all are supposed to be competent,
and coaches must accept the men picked for the job...
SHIREY WITH RAMS: Sunday's scene also offered at
least two others well known to the Packers and Packer
followers. Connie Mack Berry, who had a trial with the
Packers at end, was one of the men handling the yard
sticks. Fred Shirey, who failed to make the grade as a
Packer tackle, played in the Cleveland line. Bill Allen of
Racine, national champion drum major, was guest artist
with the Packer band on a program during the halftime
intermission. Don Marcoullier of De Pere, the Packers'
regular drum major, and Mary Jane Aerts of West De
Pere also performed in the exhibition of baton twirling.
The band left early to play concerts at Fond du Lac,
Oshkosh and Appleton last night. Johnny Drake, last
year's all-league fullback, looked like anything but that
Sunday. That may have been due to a hard charging Packer line. At any rate, he was held to 15 yards in 12 attempts for an average of 1.3. The Packers' Clarke Hinkle, on the other hand, made 49 yards in 13 attempts for an average of 3.5. He carried the ball more than any other man on the field. Tony Canadeo, who had a nice day for himself and Green Bay, made 31 yards in five attempts, and Hal Van Every, who is rounding into shape nicely, made 37 in 6. Each averaged 6.2, the best of the day. Johnny Blood was somewhere on the premises, but not much in evidence. Following the game the Rams returned to the Ambassador hotel. They will remain in Milwaukee until Tuesday when they play Johnny's Kenosha Cardinals at Kenosha. The Packers pulled out immediately after the game, leaving Union station at 5:30 p.m. Howard Levitas came out of "retirement" to assist the property men and trainers on the sidelines. Following his marriage this summer, Howie announced that in the future he was seeing his football from the stands. Like the rest of the oldtimers, he couldn't stay away. The trainers, property men, and Jack Davies and Lee Kinney, towel men, have their hands full at a big league game. Somehow, the work rolls along with a minimum of confusion and there is practically no loss of equipment. This despite the fact that they have to work through the milling masses after a football game. Upon on the grandstand roof in an enclosure that had all the cooling effects of a blast furnace were the sportswriters who "meet such interesting people and never seem to have much to do but watch games." While the perspiration rolled from their brows and the typewriters and telegraph keys ticked out thousands of words on the subject, these conclusions were reached: The Packers are vastly improved defensively. Mistakes still are being made, maybe too many, but with continued work they can be ironed out. Many players are playing "all out" football, and if some of the others come around it will be hard for anyone to beat the Packers. Cleveland didn't offer much more than Gaylon Smith, Marty Slovak and Owen Goodnight's passing offensively. In the line big Chet Adams at tackle stood out. It was too hot for football; too hot for a press box; in fact, too hot for Sept. 21 under any circumstances.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 22 (Green Bay) - When they toted right halfback Joe Laws from the field at Milwaukee last season, after the veteran had fallen in combat with the Chicago Cardinals, his knee was so badly twisted and his injury was so definite that it appeared the services of the valuable veteran would be lost to Green Bay forever. He languished in a hospital for a time, limped around a lot longer and finally went home to recuperate, hoping against hope that his career in the game which means so much to him hasn't ended. It hadn't, as Joe proved again yesterday afternoon, in scampering across the Cleveland Rams' goal line for the first Packer touchdown of the afternoon, and that touchdown made scoring history. Before the touchdown was scored Joe Laws was in a tie for eighth place on the Green Bay all-time scoring list, with 96 points. As he romped over the goal line he hoisted himself to sixth place, raised his point total to 102 and became the seventh man since the Packers started playing National league football to pass the 100 mark. He passed Bobby Monnett, whose league scoring career ended at 99 in 1938, and also moved ahead of Hank Bruder, who counted an even 100 points during his long Packer career. Laws' touchdown was the 17th he has scored for the Packers. Now Joe rests only seven points behind Curly Lambeau, who between 1921 and 1927 was good for 109 points. Other Green Bay players who achieved more than 100 points in their pro careers were and are Johnny Blood, Don Hutson, Verne Lewellen and Clarke Hinkle. Hinkle's great showing yesterday, during which he accounted for his 41st touchdown and his 29th extra point, lifted his magnificent point total to 342. Thirty-six points behind, in second place, is Hutson, who kicked two points after touchdown Sunday, his 23rd and 24th. Hinkle, Hutson and Laws monopolized the scoring among the veterans, but far down at the other end of the line there were some rumblings of big things to come. Tony Canadeo swept around end for his second touchdown as a Packer, boosting his young string to 12 points, and Herman Rohrig, who made a versatile appearance, cashed in on the first field goal he ever attempted in National league competition. The number of points a player gets doesn't indicate, of course, the football he's playing. The total doesn't indicate the number of blocks he has thrown, the number of passes he has completed, or even the yards he has gained. But the scoring list does afford a pleasant statistical diversion to the football season, and, at that, any Packer who collects himself more than 100 points against the world's toughest competition is entitled to a spot of praise.
STRONG RUNNING GAME BEST TIP ON PACKERS
SEPT 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - A brilliant passing attack is what most football fans think of first when the Green Bay Packers are mentioned, Dunn to Dilweg and Blood, Herber and Isbell to Hutson - those were the catch phrases of the championship years. But whenever the Packers have been on top of the NFL they have had a fast, deceptive and powerful running game. In the 1929-31 championship era, when Red Dunn was pitching to Dilweg and Blood, the Bays had a sweet running attack built around Lewellen, Blood, Kotal, Lidberg, McCrary and Molenda. The 1936 championship team, with the Herber-Hutson combination, also had a set of great backs in Hinkle, Monnett, Laws, Sauer, Bruder and Englemann. Some of these held over and were augmented by Isbell and Jankowski in the 1939 title season. The Packers gave strong indications Sunday of having another great running game perhaps the best they ever have had. Coach Curly Lambeau used three full sets of backs and had some to spare. If his line holds up, those ball carriers are going to raise hob with opponents and make the passing game more dangerous...MAKE A CHOICE!: Curly used Craig, Adkins and Buhler at quarterback; Isbell, Uram, Canadeo and Rohrig at left half; Laws, Brock and Van Every at right half; Hinkle, Paskvan and Jankowski at fullback. All three of the quarters are crushing blockers. The rest of the backs packed the ball so well that is would be hard to make a choice at any position except fullback, where Hinkle, of course, has no equal. Lambeau has breakaway runners at both halfback positions no matter what combination he uses. Make a choice among the halfbacks without getting into an argument. The combination which worked best at running Sunday consisted of Buhler, Uram, Van Every and Hinkle. Any Sunday it might be any other combination...SPORTS HASH: Lambeau made the mistake coaches so often make when he pulled out a backfield combination which was "hot" in the second quarter and had the attack bog down...The league should not permit uniforms so much alike as Green Bay's and Cleveland's. When the Rems perspired, their lighter blue jerseys became almost as dark as the Packers' jerseys. The color scheme and numbering of officials helps to dress up the pro gram as well as to identify the men. The writer heard fans say that they would like uniforms - at least sweaters on the linesmen so that could be spotted quickly, and one woman said she thought a red ball would be fine so that it could be followed better. The coaches might not like that opposing players could follow it better, too. Johnny Drake was a power on both offense and defense for Cleveland. After making a series of tackles, he was practically out on his feet, and, when taken out, sprawled like a rag doll...The Packers got two lucky breaks in a row at one stage. A pass was completed because the ball - short of its mark - was batted up by an opponent. A fumble on almost the next play rolled right in the arms of Baby Ray, who was on his knees...A thoughtless Ram stepped away from the ball on one kickoff and let a Packer fall on it in the end zone. If the play had not been recalled for offside, it had been a Packer touchdown. This happens somewhere every season - a player forgets that the kickoff is onside and anybody may recover the ball.
LAYDEN IS PROVEN WRONG, SO SCHULTZ HAS $25 REFUNDED
SEPT 22 (Green Bay) - Commissioner Elmer Layden of the NFL isn't the one to leave a wrong uncorrected. Today's mail brought to Coach Curly Lambeau a check for $25, refunded by Layden after he collected the amount from tackle Charley Schultz. Schultz ad Augie Lio were accused of fighting in the Detroit game here, and after films of the game appeared to disprove the charge, the pictures were mailed to Layden at Chicago. Layden wrote: "Thanks for the check on the Schultz decision. I am not in favor of deciding football games by motion pictures, but if they prove that a player did not fight, no one is more willing than I to return the money to him."
FIVE CHIEFS RELEASED BY COACH TINY CAHOON
SEPT 22 (West Bend) - Release of five members of the Milwaukee Chief's professional football squad was announced during the weekend by Coach Ivan (Tiny) Cahoon. They were John Pinscek and Vern Ellis, halfbacks; Ralph Elliott, tackle; and Joe Mason and Bud Hughes, ends. The Chiefs had an open date yesterday which was spent practicing for the Sept. 28 contest with the New York Americans.