LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 13 (Green Bay) - Things came to pass at State Fair park here Sunday just as Coach E.L. Lambeau said they would, and as Packer fans all over the state and Upper Michigan hoped they would. The football playing field had been dried off, a welcome contrast to the fertilizer laden gridiron of a week ago. the Packers found footing. Just as the coach predicted, the Dodgers were unable to hold them. Thrills aplenty marked the Packers' 30 to 7 victory. After Don Hutson scored the first touchdown early in the first quarter, Brooklyn never really was in the running. But it remained for Andy Uram, the veteran from Minnesota, to provide the crowd of 15,621 with its greatest thrill. His 90-yard touchdown return of Dean McAdams' punt brought them all out of their seats - even Dan Topping, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who was perched on the roof of the stands with the motion picture camera operators. Yes, Uram's run caused hearts to palpitate faster than anything else, and the highlight of the spectacular play was Hal Van Every's double block that helped make it possible. Van Every made his first block per assignment. Then he got up for a second successful block as the Packer wave rolled downfield. Rhoten Shetley was the final threat to Uram's touchdown intentions. On the 40-yard line Andy faked, and then swept Shetley as if he wasn't there at all. On the whole, Coach Lambeau was pleased with all the blocking, the running and the passing. Cecil Isbell completed 12 out of 15. Eight of them were caught by Don Hutson. Pretty fair country tossing, that. It was the unanimous opinion of the coaches, scribes and fans that the Packers were better in all departments Sunday than they have been all year. "We reached our peak to date," Coach Lambeau admitted afterward. "But we can improve and we should improve. We still are not satisfied. The boys know that we can be even better than we were today, and I know that they are going out to try." The coach hesitated for only a fraction of a minute. Then he said, "We are capable of winning every ball games of the rest of our schedule. It will required great effort, and personal sacrifices. But there isn't the slightest doubt in my mind that we can do it." And that, boys and girls, included a little engagement with the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field Nov. 2. Watching the Packers perform Sunday gave credence to Lambeau's statements. Certainly Don Hutson never looked better. Isbell's fine pitching and field generalship matched anything the league has to offer. In the line, Charlie Schultz, recovered from illness of a week ago, sparked at right tackle. Pete Tinsley, who seems to thrive on work, started at right guard and turned in one of his best Packer performances. And Big Beeler Svendsen was a shining light at center, eclipsing even the brilliance of his brother, Brooklyn's Little Beeler Svendsen. George Paskvan's hard running at fullback was another noteworthy example of Packer power. Among the blockers, Larry Buhler should not be overlooked. No, I didn't forget Clarke Hinkle. Doing less ball carrying than usual, Hink distinguished himself blocking and backing up the line. The ever-reliable fullback is a real team player, and this season he has improved with every game. One of the great revelations of the game was the play of Bill Johnson at right tackle. Bill, who played end for Minnesota last year, was returned to the Packers active list last week simultaneous with the release of Mike Bucchineri. It was a surprise to almost everybody in the stands when he turned up at tackle, but there was no doubting the merit of the coaches' decision to play him there. Johnson crashed through with the abandon that makes either great football players or hospital exhibits. One of the men who played with him in the line later said, "He'll kill somebody, if he doesn't kill himself first." Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it gives you the general idea. Parents and other relatives of players have climbed on the Green Bay bandwagon in a big way. A week ago Hal Van Every's parents were at Milwaukee for the Cardinals game. Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. George Svendsen, Sr., and a large delegation of other Minnesotans were on hand. All the way from Nashville, Tenn., came Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Ray, the mother and father of Baby Ray, Sr., Mrs. W.F. Ray, Baby's sister-in-law, and Miss Louise Ray, his sister. Mrs. Joseph Burns, also of Nashville, has been visiting her daughter who is Mrs. Baby Ray...BILL LEE'S BROTHER: Eutaw, Ala., was represented by Sheriff Frank Lee, brother of Packer Bill Lee. It is Frank's first taste of Green Bay, although he has been familiar with this city's football for many years. Beside these folks, there are the Milwaukee relatives of Buckets Goldenberg and Eddie Jankowski who don't miss many in Green Bay, Milwaukee or Chicago. Pappy Ray makes the Green Bay trip an annual vacation trip now. Baby says, "He works on the farm all year, and then picks a football game for his vacation. He takes in one every year. Last year it was Detroit, the year before that was in Cleveland." The Milwaukee Road was compelled to hold its train for the Packers. Because of the rush from State Fair park to Union station, I missed seeing Dr. John Bain (Jock) Sutherland, coach of the Dodgers afterwards. But I did talk to him beforehand. He thought he was going to win. As a matter of fact, he probably entertained no more thoughts about Brooklyn losing than Lambeau did about a Packer defeat....WORST SUTHERLAND DEFEAT: Somebody reported that it was the greatest loss ever suffered by a Sutherland coached team. There has been no time to verify that statement, but the 23-point margin of Packer victory was a bitter poll for the wily Scot. Nothing of the defeatist is in the Sutherland makeup. For example, Saturday, being facetious, Jimmy Conzelman was quoted as saying that he was undecided whether to show up at Wrigley field for the Bear game, or go fishing. He added that he doesn't like fishing. In view of the Cards' 53 to 7 defeat he might just as well taken to the lakes and streams regardless. But nobody could imagine Sutherland saying anything like that. He was out to beat the Packers, and so were his ball players. This was to be their championship year. At least, so they thought. Dan Topping has made a large investment in his football machine. Sutherland has handpicked the players. They needed a victory Sunday to stay in the Eastern division championship race. Sunday morning Topping came over to the Schroeder hotel from Brooklyn headquarters in the Ambassador. He was in extraordinary spirits for a man whose football team was going out to play the Packers. He was optimistic, and justified his feeling with the comment, "We have to win this one."...PACKERS ALSO DETERMINED: The attitude was laudable; the kind that has helped to develop National league football to its present high plane. It reflected the determination of the entire Brooklyn organization. Where it missed fire was in that the Packers were being considered only a team that had to be beaten in the Dodgers' quest for a championship, not as a team that had title aspirations of its own. When the game was over, Lambeau was informed of Topping's statement. "Hell," he said, "we had to win, too." So it simmered down to the question of which of the "have to win" teams was better. That's all settled now. Mrs. Topping, the redoubtable Sonja Henie, was not at the game. Dan explained that it was necessary for her to remain in New York. But the motion picture industry was represented by actor William Frawley, the detective of countless movies, who was in Dan Topping's party. Frawley's position was strange. On the coast he and Curly Lambeau became warm friends. Still, he was in the Brooklyn party. With due deference to his host, he diplomatically stated, "I am very friendly to the Packers, but I want Brooklyn to win today." The actor - one of the most personable spotlighted men I have met since Paul Whiteman - stirred the ice in his coke, and added: "Nuts! They're both good teams."...MONTAGUE THERE TOO: John Montague, much publicized trick shot golfer and "mystery man" of Hollywood, also was in the Topping part. He too is a friend of Lambeau and while he professed allegiance to the Dodgers, the big fellow obviously had no little affection for the Packers. "Usually the better team wins," he remarked. "Let's hope that happens today." Thus, Golfer Montague, who now is a Chicago businessman with a home in Hollywood, rode with a winner without going out on a limb for either side. He may have meant Brooklyn when he spoke of "the better team", but he didn't say so. In addition to the celebrities, Dodger support came from five typical Brooklynites who drove all the way from Flatbush, with horns and drums, to cheer the team on. By their own admission in the names they gave out, in the native dialect known as Brooklynese, four out of five were jerks. Louis (Jerk) Muganero was one. Jerky Joe Matera was another. The leader of the mob termed himself King Jerk John Venezia, and a fourth was Jerky Frank Spanio. The fifth must have been outside the pale. He was lust plain Milton J. Cohen. Explaining their long trip in an automobile of questionable durability, a spokesman for the jerks declared, "You can change almost anything. You can change the love of a man's. But there's one love you can never change. That's the love for Brooklyn." The jerks left Flatbush Thursday morning...ALL FOR PACKERS: Marcy McGuire, singer recently of Kansas City and Chicago, turned up at the game in the role of Packer rooter. In Chicago she was one of the innumerable fans having no action connection with Green Bay who turn out at Packer-Bear games and cheer for the Packers. "No matter where I live, the Packers are my team," she said. It's an unusual psychology, but understandable to those who have followed the fortunes of the most colorful team of all. Chick Van Ess, Green Bay follower of all sports, wandered over to the Ambassador hotel to have a meal with the Brooklyn football team. It's not quite clear just where his connection came in, but it probably has something to do with his trip to the Packer-All Pro game on the coast season before last. Chick met just about everyone who meant anything in the league on that trip...DILLON DOESN'T MISS: Others seem to follow the team pretty much wherever it goes in the western division. Fred Dillon, former St. Norbert player and a member of the De Pere police force, is one of these. Fred usually makes a weekend of it, getting in ahead of time to answer all opposition arguments and to back his hand with an occasional bet it it's within reason. Jimmy Kimberly of Neenah moved ahead of Don Larson as the Packers No. 1 fan this week. Jimmy made the game while Don was compelled to go to Cleveland on business, and the official scorekeeper now reports Kimberly almost a lap ahead. Three of the Packers went to the hospital upon their return to Green Bay. Carl Mulleneaux was expected to remain a few days. Somebody stepped on the calf of his left leg. Carl was the hard luck boy of the game. Once he caught a touchdown pass in the end zone, only to have the play recalled and the Packers penalized. Another touchdown possibility for Carl went askew on a fumble. Carl was in the clear, yards beyond the ball. But the ball was bouncing around the ground in the Packer backfield...STITCH IN LIP: Tony Canadeo, who made his third Packer touchdown, had to visit the hospital to have a stitch put in his lip, and Bill Lee required stitches for cuts on the face.