NEWS AND NOTES
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 20 (Green Bay) - Gloom settled over huge Municipal stadium along with the oncoming darkness of late Sunday afternoon. The crowd of 15,086, which was completely swallowed up by the big amphitheater, filed through the exits knowing that their Cleveland Rams had played their best game of football to date. They knew that Johnny Drake was a great fullback for almost
60 minutes of the game, that Dante Magnani, Parker
Hall, Chet Adams, Riley Matheson and others played
their hearts out. But it wasn't enough. The Packers still
won, even though they accomplished the victory only in
the very end of the game. No, it wasn't enough for the
crowd, the players, not Coaches Dutch Clark and Art
Lewis. The Packers? Well, they weren't happy either.
They should've been better, and they knew it. Scoring
chances were muffed. Plays were poorly executed.
Coach E.L. Lambeau was not pleased. It was a sad
day all the way around. "The Rams deserved their 14
points the way they played today," Curly said in the
dressing room, "but we should have had at least three
more touchdowns." The boys seemed to think so too.
Over in the Rams' dressing room, Dutch Clark also
opined that the Rams deserved the sources they made.
He didn't attempt to excuse his defeat except to say:
"The Packers are just too resourceful. When they wind
up in hot water, they can find ways and means of
getting out. When they have to pass, they pass. When
they have to run the ball, the can run it, and when they
needed points in the final minutes, they got them."
Dutch believed that the resourcefulness of the Packer
team largely is due to the team's great reserve power.
He respects Green Bay personnel, especially in the
backfield as one of the finest collections of players in
the league. Fullback Johnny Drake, tired but smiling,
added, "We can't match that power when you have 'em three deep. I think the Packer running attack this year is the best I ever have seen." Little Dante Magnani (he hits the scales for 176 pounds, but that is "little" as professional backs run) interrupted to say, "I'll still pick Hutson for my team any day." Magnani, former St. Mary's college back, had the thankless task of covering Hutson. Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as covering Don, but Dante did the next best thing. He worked all the time, tailing Don, crowding him, and tackling him if he couldn't upset the pass. Both Cleveland and Packer players, unbeknownst to each other, joined in a tribute to the man's efforts after the game. Hutson was one of those in the Magnani cheering section...STILL HAVE COMPLEX: Even the Cleveland sports scribes, who still have some kind of a complex as a result of the Indians' disappointing failure in the recent baseball season, expected that the Rams would lose. Jack Clowser of the News, Henry Andrews of the Press, and the others were more amused than seriously impressed by the Rams' valiant try for victory. They expected Cleveland to play its best game of the year. But in their hearts they felt it would be insufficient for victory. "One great game a year," one writer said, "but, hell, they haven't enough to beat the Packers." They were loyal enough. It is just that as they put it, they weren't blind to Packer power. However, they never cease to hope for the future. Ed McAuley, News columnist, revealed that Billy Evans' effort to set up a scouting system which will enable the Rams to make more effective use of the draft privileges already has brought into the Cleveland organization no fewer than 15 football experts, scattered throughout the country. The scouts have been given generous cash retainers, plus the promise of a juicy bonus for every worthwhile prospect they recommend, provided that the Rams are able to complete the deals...LOOK TO FUTURE: Yes, Municipal stadium was not a cheery spot as dusk descended Sunday. But they are looking to a brighter tomorrow. Clark knows what he needs. If he can hang on to what he has, and add the capable reserves he hopes to acquire, maybe next year will be the one that Cleveland fans optimistically look to. Lewis, Dutch's assistant and formerly a whale of a line player, accepted congratulations on the Rams' fine showing in defeat with the comment: "What good does it do? It doesn't mean a thing in the record book." He's right, of course, but possibly a little more bitter than the situation warranted. Not that he was unpleasant. Art isn't built that way. He wanted to win, and he wouldn't have been a competitor worth his oats if he didn't feel badly in defeat. As for this Packer victory, he said: "You expected it, didn't you?"...WON HARD WAY: I'll say I did. Not, however, by such a difficult route. This winning ball games the hard way when the officials are begging to think of the dinner that will be coming soon takes too much out of interested spectators. Russ Winnie, the radio announcer, and I each lost weight. (I put mine on again today.) Coach Lambeau added a few more strands of grey hair. "I don't like them that way," he stated after recovering from the shock of a near tie. "I just can't take it anymore. I like to see a good sized lead well protected." So do we all, Curly. Maybe, we'll get it at Detroit...but the players would do well to bear in mind that the Lions, like all the others, will be pointed for the Packers. A win over Green Bay would iron some of the wrinkles out of Bill Edwards' brow.
JOHN JETT'S SPINAL CORD INJURED IN GAME WITH DETROIT AGAINST BEARS
OCT 20 (Chicago) - John Jett, an end on the Detroit Lions NFL team, suffered a spinal cord injury in Sunday's game between the Lions and the Chicago Bears. Dr. Daniel H. Levinthal, who attended the player, said the injury was at the neck and that there was some pressure on the nerves. His condition was reported as not serious. Jett, playing his first season with the Lions, came to Detroit from Wake Forest college.
MILWAUKEE CHIEFS TRIM SOLDIER ELEVEN, 34-7
OCT 20 (Milwaukee) - Coach Tiny Cahoon of the Milwaukee
Chiefs was the object of Appreciation day at State Fair park
Sunday and it is not difficult to guess which of the gifts and
tributes he received pleased him most. They undoubtedly were
two contributions from his own players - an engraved wrist
watch and a 34-7 victory over the soldier eleven from Camp
Grant. A crowd of about 7,000 attended. The Chiefs have
staged more thrilling games during their two year stand in
Milwaukee, but they never have whipped a major opponent more
decisively. They had condition, organization, manpower and will
n their side and, despite a scoreless first period, the outcome
was never in doubt. Cahoon's boys outrushed the Warriors, 199
yards to 30, outpassed them and reeled off 18 first downs while
allowing only three. Two of these were yielded in the last
minutes of the game. Cahoon emptied his bench during the
course of the game, and one combination did about as well as
the others. Howie Weiss hit his professional peak as a ball
carrier on the few opportunities he had and accounted for two of
his team's touchdowns. The Chiefs pushed their opponents
around the field in the first quarter but never got around to
crossing the goal. Bob Eckl missed a 17 yard placement for a
field goal after the Warriors had held for three downs inside the
seven yard line. But Weiss needed only one chance on the first
play of the second quarter. He slipped through tackle on a
spinner and ran 17 yards without being touched. After picking
up 25 yards on a drive from midfield, the Chiefs hurled another
touchdown bolt before the half ended. Novakofski passed to
Berry on the 15 and Berry lateraled to Perkins, who went the
rest of the way without being molested. Johnny Maltsch set
up the third touchdown when he returned the second half
kickoff 79 yards to the Camp Grant five. Three plays later
Malesevich squirted over on a quarterback sneak. Late in the
third period the Warriors interrupted the Chiefs' dominance to
score their lone touchdown on a freak pass play. Dropping
back from his 40, Banger aimed a pass at Rouse, but the ball
was deflected on the Chiefs' 45, where Westphal got his
hands on it and kept going to touchdown territory. With this
inspiration, the Warriors fought back stubbornly early in the
final quarter before the Chiefs penetrated their defense for two
more touchdowns. Thomsen took a 25 yard pass from Perkins
and continued the remaining seven yards for the first. Manders
whipped a 10 yard spiral to Weiss in the end zone to conclude
the scoring for the afternoon with three minutes to go. Having
snapped their three game losing streak, the Chiefs will turn
their attention to American league business next Sunday,
meeting the Cincinnati Bengals here.
HARMON, KIMBROUGH DON'T PLAY VERY WELL, BUT
PULL BIG CROWD
OCT 20 (New York) - Tommy Harmon and John Kimbrough did
not do much more than pat each other encouragingly on their
shoulder pads in their professional football debut Sunday, but
they may've done something vastly important for the struggling
American league. When 25,385 fans paid their way into Yankee
stadium to see the two all-Americans perform and, incidentally,
to watch the Columbus Bulls and the New York Americans
struggle to a 7-7 tie, it marked the first time the ambitious
second major league had drawn really important money and cut
seriously into the patronage of the prosperous National league.
A National league game between the New York Giants and
Pittsburgh at the Polo Grounds drew 24,604, not all paid. For
one afternoon, at least, you can bet the National league
magnates had a headache. After the game, in which he scored his team's touchdown on a reverse from Kimbrough, Harmon said he did not know whether he would be able to try it again next Sunday, when the Americans play Buffalo here. He will not know until the middle of the week whether he can be spared from his duties as a radio announcer. Kimbrough carried the ball nine times and gained a net of only 26 yards. Once he was tossed for a 12 yard loss. He looked good on his blocking. Harmon, who planed into town at 5 a.m., carried the ball 12 times and gained a net of 34 yards against the tough Columbus defense. The crowd which had gathered to see Kimbrough and Harmon saw Bob Davis, out of Kentucky university, play a sensational game for Columbus while Harmon and Kimbrough alternated between gasping for breath on the bench and being tossed around the field. Davis carried the ball almost single handed for 24 yards and the Columbus touchdown. Later, he repeatedly passed and ran the ball into threatening positions. Harmon and Kimbrough rushed in when their club got the ball on their opponent's 24 yard line in the third quarter. Alternating, they went to the four yard line. With the ball on the four, Kimbrough went wide to the left and slipped the ball to Harmon so deftly the crowd was fooled as completely as the Columbus players. Tommy scooted around his right end for the touchdown. They were a couple of winded, out of practice guys, but they still were good. Each was paid $1,500.
PACKERS WARNED ABOUT DETROIT LIONS
OCT 21 (Green Bay) - Don't expect the Detroit Lions to be as weak as might be assumed from their 49 to 0 trouncing by the Chicago Bears last Sunday, Coach Curly Lambeau warned his Green Bay Packers today. Lambeau is not taking any chances with those erratic Lions, whom the Packers meet in Detroit next Sunday afternoon. They may bounce right back after that terrible licking, ready to mow down anything in their path. It has been the Packers' misfortune this season to meet their opponents while they were hot. That was the case against the Cleveland Rams last Sunday, when Don Hutson's last-minute field goal was all that prevented a 14 to 14 tie. The Packers were not too impressive against the Rams. It may be that they have had the forthcoming clash with the Bears uppermost in their minds, despite the warning of coaches and scouts that the other team must be regarded and games taken as they come...BACK AT PRACTICE: Today the Green Bay squad was back on the practice field, following their rest all day Monday. One drill was scheduled for today, but there will be two heavy workouts Wednesday. Injuries are not expected to slow up the Packers for their contest with the Lions. Several players were bumped up at Cleveland, but they apparently was nothing to cause much worry. Lambeau expected to receive the scout report from the Lions-Bear game today. Although the Detroit team was sadly outclasses and seemingly had nothing by way of defense and even less on offense, the Packer mentor at least should learn something of the team's weakness. "It's just our luck to meet our opponents when they are high," Lambeau commented. "Besides, those Lions don't like the Packers any too well."...PACKERS WON, 23-0: When the Lions played here Sept. 14, Green Bay won by 23 to 0. The Lions have won only one game this year, against three defeats and one tie game. Although the Bears seem to have won from the Packers by 25 to 17, the Green Bay team still has strong hopes of getting the Western division championship. It will be a tough grind, but they are confident that they will come through against the Bears in Chicago Nov. 2. Clarke Hinkle's touchdown against the Cleveland Rams Sunday raised his first-place total on the Packers' all-time scoring list to 369 points. It was his 44th goal crossing in a National league contest, his other points having been scored on 30 conversions and 25 field goals...HUTSON HITS 334: A field goal and two points after touchdown gave Don Hutson 334 points on the all-time list, considerably strengthening his second place position. The field goal was his first in a league game. Carl Mulleneaux scored once touchdown to give him a total of 72 points, raising him from 14th place to a 12th place tie with Hurdis McCrary, who performed with Green Bay from 1929 to 1932.