NEWS AND NOTES
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 6 (Milwaukee) - Weekend football games in his neighborhood clearly demonstrated the importance of psychology to football team that would win games. Saturday afternoon at Madison, Marquette university staged one of the biggest upsets of the day to defeat Wisconsin, 28 to 7. Sunday afternoon at State Fair park here the Chicago Cardinals almost turned the same trick against the Green Bay Packers. Both Marquette and the Cardinals were pointed for their respective tasks. That the former succeeded is a tribute to the coaching ability of Tom Stidham. That the latter failed is a commentary on Packer strength when the team really gets rolling. Any team that can come back in the last three minutes to overcome a six-point lead and win has the stuff of which champions are made - even if the winner did look bad at some stages of the game. Joe Louis had that trouble against Billy Conn, but only a foll would deny Louis' ability and strength. "I think we should have won," Cardinal Coach Jimmy Conzelman said after the game. "In my opinion, we outplayed the Packers for most of the game. Still, I can't help but admire the courage of the Packers for coming back the way they did." It was the old story of one team being keyed for the contest, and the other not even setting its mind to the day's work. Before the game, Phil Handler, assistant Cardinals coach, declared, "This one means a great deal to the Cardinals. It would mean an awful lot to win. Of course, we're going to try." Before the game - in the dressing room - Packer players were discussing last week's game with the Chicago Bears. They couldn't or wouldn't take the Cardinals seriously until they were faced with defeat. But when they needed it, the Packers made that last all-important touchdown and the extra point that provided the slim margin of victory. Deception that was lacking too many times earlier came into Packer offensive play during the final touchdown drive. Cecil Isbell did an outstanding job of directing the march. The scoring play had the entire Cardinal secondary fooled - including Frank Balazs, ex-Packer who is supposed to know all about the Green Bay plays...VICTORY NO FLUKE: Coach E.L. Lambeau of the winners insists that "our victory was no fluke. We earned all the points we made. The Packers came through in the pinches, and in the final analysis, class won the game." I am inclined to agree. He added: "Admittedly, it was a shame for the Cardinals to lose when they were keyed as high as they were for this one, but the real difference between the teams became evident in the closing minutes. We had to made our touchdown, and we did. The Cardinals started to strike back, became jittery, and literally threw away a possible scoring chance by hurrying that final placekick. With about 50 seconds remaining, they had plenty of time, even for another play. We had time for two line plays after taking over the ball following the kick." Lambeau also said that the Cardinals of this contest were "the best we ever met." Outside of bitter disappointment of losing when victory appeared within his grasp, Coach Jimmy Conzelman was pleased with the showing of the Cardinals. He has been rebuilding ever since he took over before last season began. He has reason to be proud, even in defeat. Many are inclined to say, "He deserved to win that game." The sentiment is nice, but it isn't borne out in fact. The Packers, who had an off day, still were good enough to come through in the clutch and left the field with the most points. That's where the payoff comes...LITTLE RESERVE STRENGTH: Jimmy himself pointed out that his reserve strength, especially in the backfield, leaves much to be desired. "I have a few seasoned veterans, a number of rookies and second-year player who still lack experience, and the castoffs of almost every team in the league. Still, we were better today than we were in our last two games, and we will continue to improve when the boys get to know each other, and learn to play together." Marshall Goldberg cavorted in the style which made him an all-America back at Pitt for three years, and John Hall of Texas Christian performed in the finest major league style. I met Hall at Chicago last season when as a Cardinal rookie he answered some compliments about his play with the statement he still had plenty to learn. Under Conzelman, he is learning, and fast. The Cardinal coach thinks a great deal of Hall. And probably even more about Goldberg. Never did "Biggie" have a better day against the Packers. It is doubtful whether he ever had a better day in professional football. His 76-yard touchdown jaunt after receiving a pass from John Clement was a thing of beauty. Nor was Hall wasting any time when he took Ray Mallouf's pass for a net 80-yard gain and a touchdown. Clement and Mallouf, both rookies, come from Southern Methodist...BETTER IN LINE: In the line, Conzelman's relief was closer to standard than in the backfield. Joe Benoir performed brilliantly at tackle. Al Barbartsky still need work at the other first string tackle position, but Conzelman has no doubt that he will come around. Al returned to the Cardinals this season after taking a year off to coach at an eastern prep school. "I believe our line outplayed yours (the Packers) for most of the game," Jimmy opined. As the time drew near for our departure, he bade us adieu with "Well, maybe we'll have better luck next time." All right, the Packer line play, and its backfield play, was pretty spotty at times. However, that shouldn't detract from the fine performances of some individuals. I particularly refer to George Svendsen, Ernie Pannell and Ray Riddick in the line. Clarke Hinkle's fullbacking in the second half was worthy of all -league honors. Lou Brock looked good, and Isbell's field generalship was outstanding. The game must have been a disappointment for Assistant Coach Mike Micholosen of the Brooklyn Dodgers who flew west to scout the game. The Packers play the Dodgers next Sunday. All Micheloson saw was that the Packers can come through when the chips are down...PRESENTS NEW SLANT: On the subject of scouting, Chile Walsh, assistant coach of the Cardinals, has a new slant regarding the scout's presence at the game. Sunday's morning at the Hotel Schroeder he asked me, "How's the team?" "You should know," I replied. "You haven't missed a Packer game since the season started." "Why should I?" he queried. "I like football. That's why I'm in it. I enjoy seeing a good team play." Somebody missed a job of scouting when the playing field wasn't inspected before Sunday morning. Well-meaning (?) officials of the State Fair park covered the turf with fertilizer last week. Came the rains. It smelled. It was hard to play on. Quipped George Svendsen: "First time I ever played on a pile of that stuff." Don Larsen was known as Packer fan No. 1 when he attended every game, no matter where, during the 1939 season. Last year he was supplanted by Jimmy Kimberly of Neenah who is Clarke Hinkle's employer. So far this season they are neck and neck for the honor. Both were traveling with the team on the way home last night...MURPHY ON HAND: Art Murphy of Gary, Ind., former secretary of the Green Bay Association of Commerce, came over to Milwaukee with Mrs. Murphy for their first game of the season. In the old days, they didn't miss many. Frank Cowles, who is a close friend of several Packer rookies including Ernie Pannell, George Paskvan, Herman Rohrig and others, returned to Green Bay in the Packers' private coaches and said good-bye to the boys. Frank left this morning for St. Paul to enter a flying school. He previously attended Northwestern university. Ol' Johnny Blood was an interested spectator at the game, pulling for the late Packer tally just as he did in his playing heyday, one of the most spectacular players ever to take the field. The entire St. Norbert college football squad, returning from Rockford where the Knights lost to Camp Grant by 7 to 0, was guest of the Packer management at the game. Marquette players saw the game in a body, and their coaches also were present. Ray Apolskis, who played with them a year ago, made a fine showing at center for the Cardinals...GIVEN DAY OFF: Today the Packers were given a day off, and some of them were missing this morning, although all were to report back in Green Bay by tonight. Hal Van Every was excused from coming home at the regular time so that he could visit with his parents who came from Minneapolis to see the game. It was Hal's first real visit with them since getting his army discharge. He reported directly to the Packers. Don Hutson and Cecil Isbell went to Chicago where today they appeared at the Monday quarterbacks' luncheon at the Morrison hotel. Tony Canadeo went to Chicago with his brother Savvy to visit their mother who has been in ill health for several months. Charlie Schultz was ordered to the hospital upon his return to Green Bay. Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician, reported that the big tackle was running a fever. He complained of being sick Sunday morning and felt worse as the day progressed. Nevertheless, he tried to play...SMITH ADDS YARD: Nobody objected much because it was too close for anybody but the officials to see, but from the press box it appeared that Hall stepped out of bounds on the 18-yard line during his touchdown run. After a brief discussion and an inspection of cleat marks, Hall was ruled within bounds. The play had started on the Cards' 20, so the gain had to be 80 yards. Wilfred Smith of the Chicago Tribune differed. "It couldn't have been any more than that," he was told by any number of scribes. "Was too," he insisted. "Eighty-one...add one for that yard out of bounds."
PACKERS SEEK OUT REASONS FOR ERRORS IN THRILLING BATTLE WITH CHICAGO CARDINALS
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - Motion pictures of last Sunday's thriller with the Chicago Cardinals at Milwaukee, which the Packers barely managed to win in the closing minutes, were studied by Coach Curly Lambeau and the Green Bay squad this morning. The Packers made many mistakes in their last game, and the reasons will be more fully understood once the movies are analyzed. It is certain that both offense and defense will be stressed in this week's drills. Next Sunday the Packers go to Milwaukee again, to face the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers are rated much higher than the Cardinals, which means that Lmabeau's team must be in top form. Immediately after seeing the motion pictures this morning, the squad went off to the practice field for a workout. No drill was scheduled for this afternoon, but there will be sessions twice a day Wednesday and Thursday and possibly also on Friday. A further light workout may be held Saturday morning...A GREAT COACH: Dr. John Bain (Jock) Sutherland,
coach of Dan Topping's Brooklyn Dodgers, is considered one of
the greatest mentors in the land. This season he has assembled
a squad that shaped up about even with the New York Giants and
the Washington Redskins in the NFL. This year's Brooklyn team
is certainly much stronger than last season's, when it finished
season to Washington, with eight victories and three defeats, in
the Eastern division. As an example, the Dodgers had added
Dean McAdams, a accurate passing, hard running and long
kicking fullback from Washington. Outstanding in the Dodgers'
lineup, of course, is halfback Ace Parker, the little speed boy.
Last year Ace received a gold watch, symbolic of the Most
Valuable Player award in the NFL. This award was given Aug. 28,
the night of the annual All-Star game in Chicago. Parker is a
comparative lightweight in the National league - scaling but 168
pounds. Last year he was named all-league quarterback. During
the season he chucked 111 passes, completed 49 for 817 yards
and 10 touchdowns. He scored 49 points himself...STARTED AS
DENTIST: Dr. Sutherland started out as a dentist, but he finally
became a football coach - the most famous teacher of the game
since Knute Rockne. This year will be his second with Brooklyn.
In 1924, Dr. Sutherland went to Pittsburgh, after having served four
years at Lafayette. In 15 years as commander of the Panthers,
his teams won 111 games, lost 20 and tied 12. At Lafayette the
record was 33 wins, eight defeats and two tied games. Although
the season of 1940 was his first in professional football, he
compiled a great record in Flatbush. At the end of the season his
Dodgers had attained the highest standing ever made by a
Brooklyn entry, second place, although he was not hired in time
to have a hand in the selection of players. College football's loss
of Sutherland was professional football's gain. His is the biggest
name ever to enter the professional ranks.
SCORING LEAD SHARED BY CUFF
OCT 7 (Chicago) - Ward Cuff, versatile veteran of the New York
Giants, has caught Clark Hinkle of Green Bay in the individual
scoring race of the NFL. Cuff accounted for nine points Sunday
against Pittsburgh - collecting a touchdown and three extra points
- to move into a first place tie with Hinkle, who scored six points
against the Chicago Cards. Each now has 25 points, but Cuff had
played only three games, one less than the Packer star. Cuff is
tied with Green Bay's Don Hutson, last year's leading scorer, for
most points after touchdown with seven apiece. He also is tied
with Hinkle and Bob Snyder of the Chicago Bears for most field
goals, two each. Hinkle and John Hall of the Cardinals
lead in touchdowns with three each.
MILWAUKEE CHIEFS DRILL FOR GAME WITH
OCT 7 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Chiefs practiced
with extra vim today, intending to turn the tables on the
Columbus, O., Bullies at Columbus Oct. 12. The Bullies, defending American league champions, defeated the Chiefs here, Sept. 14. The Chiefs badly need a victory to stay in the running for this year's title. Coach Ivan (Tiny) Cahoon indicated that Milwaukee would concentrate on developing a defense against the passing of Jim Strasbaugh, Nels Peterson and Twenty Grand Davis who led the Bullies' air attack here.