LAMBEAU AFTER LINEMEN AT ANNUAL DRAFT PARTY
DEC 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - The National Pro Football league championship game between the Giants and Bears at Wrigley field Sunday will be only an incidental attraction so far as Curly Lambeau's weekend in Chicago is concerned. The annual draft, to be held Monday, will be his first concern. "We need linemen badly," he remarked Thursday, "and linemen will be the first men we are going to go after. We need guards and tackles especially. I wasn't at all satisfied with what some of ours did this year." It is not unlikely that Lambeau will get what he wants in the way of linemen from Big Ten seniors. Some good ones are going to be graduated - Odson of Minnesota, Baumann and Cook of Northwestern, Trimble of Indiana, Daniell and Stephensen of Ohio State and Timperman and Rossi of Purdue, all tackles, and Metzlow of Michigan, Zorich of Northwestern, Pukema, Levy and Paschka of Minnesota, Miller and Melton of Purdue, Bragalone, Smith and Steele of Indiana, and Howard of Ohio State, all guards. Lambeau is fairly well satisfied with his backfield material, although he will undoubtedly grab off a few backs, too. A Bruce Smith or Westfall or Bill Green or Bill De Correvont, just to mention some graduating Big Ten seniors again, would look good in anybody's backfield. The linemen, though, will be his first concern. Tailend clubs have prior choice in the draft, so that the list of topnotchers will be somewhat thinned by the time Lambeau has his first selection. A definite routine, designed to help the weaker clubs in the league, is followed of course. The priority of selection follows the reverse order of the standings at the close of the season. The league constitution on the draft follows: "Each club shall have on selection in order (last place club first) on the first choice. On the next round, the five lowest clubs shall receive one choice in rotation, the five upper clubs not to receive any choice. On the third round, each club will receive one choice in rotation. On the fourth round, the five lowest clubs shall receive one choice in rotation, the five upper clubs to have no choice in this round. Thereafter all clubs shall have equal selection in each round." The draft list is composed of graduating seniors from all schools in the country. In order to circumvent an old practice of George Halas who obtained such players as Sid Luckman and George McAfee by buying them from weaker clubs which selected them first, the league this year has the following rule: "The first and second choice of each team as selected must participate with the teams which selected them for the season following their selection unless the commissioner and all members of the league give their consent otherwise." Next season's schedule will be drawn at the spring meeting in April.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - A meeting of NFL officials will be held in Chicago Saturday afternoon, the day before the championship game between the Bears and the New York Giants. The Green Bay Packers will be represented by President L.H. Joannes and coach Curly Lambeau. Sunday night, soon after the classic battle, the annual draft meeting is to get underway. There the heads of the clubs will share the cream of the 1941 collegiate football crop, selecting players who they hope will make good professional material. If necessary, the session will continue Monday morning. Lambeau has not given out any hints, but it can be taken for granted that he has a pretty good idea of which players he would like to get. The trouble lies in getting them. since the first division clubs are at a disadvantage in the drafting. Lambeau usually has enough alternative, however, to come up with some mighty fine prospects for the next season.
LAMBEAU GIVES GIANTS A CHANCE AGAINST BEARS
DEC 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - There is no question about how most fans feel about Sunday's playoff between the Giants and Bears at Wrigley field. They look upon the Bears as a cinch. But now comes a dissenter. He is Curly Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers. He gives the Giants almost an even chance. "I suppose with all other things equal the Bears should win all right," he said Friday on his way to the National Pro league draft meeting in Chicago, "but this is one game in which these other things are not equal, and I'm not so sure the Bears are going to win." Lambeau referred specifically to the peak which the Bears hit against his own club a week ago. "The Bears are going to pay Sunday," he said, "for the peak they reached against us. They're a grand club, understand, a better club in personnel than the Giants, but I don't see how they can have the same edge the Giants are very apt to have. You know, this football can take some funny twists. The better team can lose some of its edge and the weaker team can suddenly become razor sharp. You know what happens then. There is every reason to believe, too, that the Giants will be razor sharp. They were stung by Brooklyn in their last regular game. They have had two weeks in which to prepare. They have been hearing all week about how the Bears were going to devour them. And they have no reason to be particularly fearful of the Bears because they lost to them only in the last minute of play in an exhibition in early September. No, I give the Giants a pretty good chance." Lambeau also felt that the Giants would throw up a much stiffer defense against the Bears than his own club did last Sunday. "I get sick all over every time I look at the pictures of last Sunday's game," Lambeau said. "There's no question but what the Bears were hot and might have won, anyway, but we certainly didn't do much to stop them from winning easily. The Giants can't be that bad." Lambeau's point about New York's probable defensive strength Sunday is born out by the league statistics. In everything except pass defense, the Giants have not only a much better record than the Packers but a better record than the Bears. In offensive strength, the Bears have a marked edge, of course. They lead the league in every phase of play - in gains on rushing and in gains on passing. Only in punting and field goal kicking have the Giants an advantage. The dissenter, Mr. Lambeau, was still pretty much alone hereabouts in his appraisal of the game, however. The Bears, who Monday were 14 point favorites, have become 20 point favorites.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 19 (Green Bay) - Today's guest speaker is Two-Gun Roundy Coughlin of Madison: "I read where Elmer Layden fined Curly Lambeau $100 for having the wrong number of Paskvan and Andy Uram in last Sunday's football game. There should be a good strict rule on that. They should have the right numbers on the players. The people buy the programs and they ought to correspond with the players' numbers on the field. A fine on that is O.K. But then Layden ought to push his chair under the desk a little more and sprinkle out some more fines. The Bears were the home club and they should have been fined $1,000 for handling that crowd in the manner they did. The police protection was awful weak, and the ushers didn't seem to cooperate at all, and the crowd between halves pretty near tore the park down running here and there. If Layden was satisfied the way that crowd was handled then he ought to fine himself. The Bears were responsible for the police protection, and the crowd running all over the place from their seats to better spots. Maybe Layden didn't see that. Maybe he was reading his Christmas cards then. Standlee, the Bear fullback, carried the ball once and went out of bounds right in front of the Bears' bench. Halas went out and put his arms around him and talked to him all the time. Everybody on the side of the field saw that. That was the worst violation I ever saw in football. It made Hinkle so mad he was going to sock somebody. This happened right on the 45-yard stripe. Layden should have seen that as you know he ain't sitting in the end zone. Fines are all right, but sprinkle them around where they ought to go."...Coach Curly Lambeau dropped in this morning to shed some light on that matter of the $100 fine. In the first place, it was not Lambeau, as the wire services reported, but the Packer organization that was fined. Lambeau was not personally involved, and he wants the fans to know that he was not trying to put something over on somebody. The mistake was made in the office of the Chicago Bears, which was responsible for printing of the programs. Andy Uram's number Sunday was the same that he carried since last season. George Paskvan's old 68 was ripped off his back in the Pittsburgh game, and the change in his number was made at that time. Curly is leaving for Chicago this evening, and when he sees Commissioner Elmer Layden he will explain the matter to him. Sunday afternoon the Packer coach will attend the championship game between the Bears and New York Giants - and Packer fans can guess what he will be thinking.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 20 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau set out for Chicago Friday night with a small ten-cent notebook that may become the key to a great and dramatic football season for the Green Bay Packers in 1942. Neatly written on the pages of that book are the names of some 300 young men who are due to graduate from various American colleges next June. Lambeau's interest in them lies in the fact that they have played football and show indications of having some of the qualities that make good professional material. "I am looking for a certain special kind of athlete," Lambeau remarked. "This type of athlete is hard to find, but you've got to have him if you want to go places in any sport. I want an athlete with that extra zeal to win, an athlete who fights every minute, on every play, whether his team is ahead or hopelessly behind. I want a fellow who is set to play football at any moment, in the dressing room, at the dinner table, on the street and when he wakes up in the morning. This kind of a man need not be the best player in the country. His value lies in his enthusiasm, and in his ability to arouse the fighting spirit in the man next to him. As an individual he may be only about average, but as the cog of a machine he helps to carry his team to victory." Sunday night, following the championship battle between the New York Giants and Chicago Bears, Lambeau and other NFL coaches will sit down and take their chances in the draft. It will be a long, drawn-out session, but when it is over the clubs will have full rights to the best of the collegiate gridders in the country..."We had a good team this year," Lambeau added in explanation, "but we should have had more individuals with the fire to win. The real desire wan't there. Our play against the Bears last Sunday, in the playoff for the Western division title, lacked fire. We just did not have the spirit we had in that game Dec. 2 when we set the Bears down by 16 to 14." Lambeau is unable to explain why his players were not at their best against the Bears in that vital game. They were not tired, because they had an open date the previous Sunday. Although halfback Lou Brock and guard Russ Letlow were unable top lay because of injuries, the coach does not lay the defeat to this fact...It is Lambeau's hope that he can produce a team much like the one that won a championship for Green Bay in 1931. He believes this 1931 squad to have been the greatest in Packer history. "We won championships the two previous seasons - in 1929 and 1930, but still they had the desire to keep on bowling them over. I had hoped that I would be able to give this season's team the label as being the greatest of them all, but we just didn't have that little extra push in the finals."...Lambeau is not complaining about the showing this season. He mentions the lack of spirit as a psychological factor, and is not blaming any one individual. He felt badly about not winning another championship - the sixth for Green Bay, but he is not letting that stop him from planning next year's campaign right now. "That draft meeting Sunday will give us a chance to get some of the men we need. You really can't tell what a man is going to be until you try him out, but their college records at least can give us an idea."...It is true, of course, that Lambeau will not depend upon the draft entirely to uncover "freshmen" for a new season. Some of the best players never get enough attention to go on the draft list. All coaches also rely upon on their own observation, and on friends in various part of the country, to find prospective players.