The latest addition to the Packer team was Hal Van Every, veteran halfback, late of the United States Army, who reported yesterday afternoon and was out for drill this morning. Van Every, who has been shifted to right halfback in the Green Bay backfield, was fit as a fiddle after his sojourn with the coast artillery and planned to leave with the team for Milwaukee this afternoon. Philadelphia's almost entirely rebuilt team, coached by Earl (Greasy) Neale, has offered little scouting opportunity for the Packers, although the Eaglets looked convincing in handing the Kenosha Cardinals an exhibition beating. The team has adopted the Chicago Bears' famed T-formation, and apparently will depend principally on speed plus adeptness in forward passing. Len Barnum, former New York Giants' ace, and Tommy Thompson, former Tulsa university back, will be on the pitching end of the Eagles' air attack tomorrow, affording the Packers almost as much experience on pass defense as they received from Philadelphia and Davey O'Brien last fall. The Eagles also carry Wes McAfee of Duke, a brother of the celebrated George McAfee of the Bears, and has acquired Frank Bausch, former Kansas center, from the Bruins...TWO POSITIONS WEAK: It became apparent soon after the young players reported at the Two Rivers training camp that the Eagles were not of National league caliber in two vital positions, center and end. The situation at center was particularly acute. Ted Grabinski, last year's pivot man of the Pittsburgh Steelers, had been drafted into the army. Jim Roberts, Marshall college's great 60-minute center, had refused to honor his signed contract the day before training started and 10 long distance phone calls couldn't change his mind. Stewart Clarkson, Texas A. and I.'s Little All-America center of last fall, was ruled ineligible. Odell Herman, giant lineman from Texas A. and M., also was called into the service. Alexis Thompson, owner, and Coach Neale cast about them for centers, first contacting the Chicago Bears. George Halas wouldn't let Bulldog Turner go for any price, but was willing to part with Bausch, who had seen service with the Washington Redskins. Bausch was purchased by the Eagles, and named assistant line coach...BJORKLUND IS SIGNED: Three phone calls and a signed check brought Lyle Graham, 209-pound All-Dixie league snapper back to Two Rivers, and in New York Thompson signed Bob Bjorklund, 235-pound muscled co-captain of Minnesota's National championship Golden Gophers, who was an Eagle draft choice. Bjorklund shared the captaincy with Bill Johnson, now of the Packers. The same quick action stepped up the end situation. Bert Bell of the Steelers traded John Shonk to the Eagles, and his teammate on the Eastern All-Star team, Larry Cabrelli of Colgate, was added shortly after. In Philadelphia, Jack Ferrante, up from the sandlots to the Wilmington Clippers, was added. Five days later Dick Humbert, exceptional pass receiver from Richmond university, was added to the roster, and three days before the All-Star game in Chicago, the Eagles signed Buddy Elrod, selected on eight All-America teams last year at right end. Elrod gave up a Mississippi State coaching job to enter professional football. The final touch was the signing of Bob Krieger, Dartmouth wingman whose toe beat Cornell in the famous fifth down game last fall...AIM FOR EASTERN CROWN: These moves patched up the Eagles' weak spots and placed the team in position to hammer away at the team's rivals in the National league's Eastern division. The Packers expect no shoo-over from the rebuilt eleven. The Bays spent extra time yesterday on field goal kicking, and hit that angle again today, indicating that the Packers are ready to try for three pointers if rushing and aerial attacks bog down. Don Hutson, Clarke Hinkle, Tiny Engebretsen and Eddie Jankowski were doing most of the booting from short range, and not hitting the allotted space too regularly.
EAGLES PRIMED FOR GREEN BAY
SEPT 6 (Two Rivers) - Confident and ready, the Philadelphia Eagles awaited today their acid test against the Green Bay Packers at Milwaukee, Wis., Sunday, Sept. 7, in an exhibition NFL game. Coach Greasy Neale was not in a position to give a starting lineup at this time and probably will not make a definite decision until game time. Indications, however, hold that Frank Pete Bausch, will be at center with Bob Bjorkland, from Minnesota, on hand for replacement. Jack Ferranti or Dick Krieger will be at left and both players are expert pass receivers; left tackle, Hodges West or John Eibner; left guard, Tony Cemore or Enio Conti; right guard; Dave DeFillipo or Bob Suffridge; right tackle, Cecil Sturgeon or Phil Ragazzo; right end, Dick Humbert or Henry Piro. The starting quarterback will either be Len Barnum or Tommy Thompson. Lou Tomasetti may start at right halfback with Shad Bryant, Wes McAfee on hand for service. The left halfback spot it to be handled by Dan DiSantia or Foster Watkins. At the fullback post is Terry Fox, Fred Golden or Sam Bartholomew, if his shoulder injury is right. The club will be strengthened Sunday with the return of fullback James Castiglia, halfback Mort Landsberg, center Pat Martinilli, quarterback Nick Basca, ends John Shonk and Lawrence Cabrelli, from the Eastern All-Star game.
PACKERS TO USE ROOKIES AGAINST EAGLES SUNDAY
SEPT 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packer football squad of 43 players, including 11 first year men, will come to State Fair park Sunday for an exhibition game with the Philadelphia Eagles. Packer Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau plans to give as many of the new men as possible a chance to play, as he desires to see what they can do in tough competition. Some of them have been with the squad only a few days, however, and not yet familiar with Green Bay plays. Lambeau must trim his squad to 33 men before the first league game with the Detroit Lions at Green Bay the following Sunday. The Eagles have been training at Two Rivers, and are about two weeks ahead of the Packers in preliminary work. The game promises to be a passing duel, with Tommy Thompson and Len Barnum of the Eagles vying for honors with Cecil Isbell, Arnie Herber and Tony Canadeo of the Packers. Canadeo, a new man, has looked good in practice and is expected to get a lot of work. The Eagles' squad, pared to 36 men by the release of six recruits Friday, will leave its training base here at 8 a.m. Sunday for the trip to Milwaukee. The team will entrain for Philadelphia immediately after the game. Coach Earle (Greasy) Neale announced the signing of Johnny Knolla, flashy Creighton university back, on the eve of the encounter with the Packers. Knolla led all college backs in ground gaining last year. Neale announced a tentative starting lineup of Piro and Kreiger or Ferrante at ends; Sturgeon and Eibner, tackles; Suffridge and Conti, guards; Bausch, center; Thompson or Barnum, quarterback; Disantis or Tomasetti, halfbacks, and Fox, fullback.
EAGLES GET TOUGH FOR PACKER GAME BY EATING STEAKS
SEPT 6 (Two Rivers) - The Philadelphia Eagles in training here recently got 60 steaks by plane from a New York night club, ate them and then went out and beat the Kenosha Cardinals, 35 to 6. Owner Alexis Thompson has directed the night club to ship another cargo before Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers, and vows if they add even one more point to the Eagles' score, steaks will fly through the air all season.
PACKERS FACE EAGLES IN EXHIBITION SUNDAY
SEPT 7 (Milwaukee) - The 1941 Packers will be unveiled to Milwaukee fans at State Fair park Sunday afternoon in an exhibition with the Philadelphia Eagles. The game will start at 2 o'clock. It will be Green Bay's second appearance of the practice season and the last before the start of the National league race against the Detroit Lions at Green Bay a week hence. An unveiling always stirs up interest, this a little more than usual, perhaps, because of the part new men promise to play in Curly Lambeau's plans. It is hardly a secret any more that some of the old boys have failed to come up to expectations. They may still come around, with more work, but so far they have left Lambeau far from pleased. On the other hand, is hardly a secret, either, that some of the new men have exceeded expectations. Outstanding among them in the backfield has been Tony Canadeo of Gonzaga, a brother of the classy lightweight, Savior, and in the line Lee McLaughlin, a tackle who played for Frank Murray at Virginia; Bill Kuusisto, a guard who played at Minnesota; Alex Urban, a rugged end who went to school at South Carolina; Bill Johnson, a co-captain at Minnesota last year, and Del Lyman, a tackle at UCLA. A few others have had little chance to perform so far, having been with the squad less than a week but they should do - Ernie Pannell of Texas Aggies and Ed Frutig of Michigan, two of the standouts on the team of all-stars which played the Bears 10 days ago; Herman Rohrig of Nebraska and George Paskvan of Wisconsin, the Packers' No. 1 choice in the draft. It is almost entirely on the play of these new men, and on the improved work of some of the younger veterans, fellows like Larry Craig, Lou Brock and Ed Jankowski, that Lambeau lately has predicted new high hopes that this team really means to challenge the Bears in the western division of the race this year. Canadeo especially may mean mich. A squat 190 pounder, built along the lines of Bobby Monnett who carried the mail so successfully for the Packers for many years, Canadeo looks to be one of the finds of the season. He is one of the squad's best kickers, a good passer, and a scat of a back running. A wide open battle appears in prospect here Sunday. Not only did the Packers how in their game with New York that they still consider the pass their best and sharpest weapon, but the Eagles, in an easy victory over Kenosha two weeks ago, demonstrated a similar feeling. They passed almost at will. Outstanding in their lineup which is undoubtedly the strongest Philadelphia has ever put on the field are Len Barnum, the former Bear center, Wes McAfee, a brother of George and a fine running back himself, Bob Bjorklund, co-captain at Minnesota last year, Sam Bartholomew, Tennessee's captain last year, Ralph Fritz, a sturdy guard in Michigan's front wall the last three years, Tommy Thompson, one of the mainstays at Pitt last year, Lou Tomasetti, Bob Suffridge of Tennessee, Emil Uremovich of Indiana, Erwin Elrod of Mississippi and Mike Bucchianeri of Indiana.
PACKERS, EAGLES AT FAIR PARK TODAY
SEPT 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Eagles will attempt to outfly the Packers at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. That's going to be quite a job, but the revamped Philadelphia club with Earl (Greasy) Neale, new at the helm after remarkable success at varied coaching posts, excluding Yale, bids fair to become at least a mighty bothersome outfit for any and all National league clubs after a lengthy so-so career in which the main purpose, apparently, was to fill out the league schedule. Gone is Wee Davey O'Brien, the passing wizard. The G-men got him - as one of their members. But Neale has a number of others who can fling the football around and about with a great degree of accuracy. So he and his lads are convinced they'll give the vaunted Packer aerial attack a close chase of it for yards gained by passing honors. Besides the air duel that looms in this exhibition struggle, the two clubs will offer a rivalry new in football annals. Neale uses the T formation. That's not new, being as old as the center (nee snapperback) in the early era of the sport. But Curly Lambeau, versatile Packer mentor, never to be outdone by his coaching cohorts, and probably resenting all the publicity attendant upon the T formation following the success of the Chicago Bears and Stanford last fall, has come up with a staggered "T" formation. (Just what the staggered "T" is and its advantages are now known at this writing. Perhaps Sunday afternoon will tell us. However, it might not be considered treason to report that some of the anti-Packers summarize the staggered "T" with the statement that "players of the age of some of the veterans can't help but stagger".) Perhaps there is a bit of truth in it, but I doubt it. It's going to be up to the veterans to disprove it - something they did in only spasmodic fashion last season. Most likely the game will prove to be a proving ground for a number of newcomers to the ranks of both clubs. Also, it might well be the proving ground for a number of veterans who have yet to prove they will continue to be of value and for a number of 1940 "frosh" who gave hints, but no definite proof, they would be of particular value in the pro league games. It will be our first chance to see Tony Canadeo, Bob Kahler, Karl Schuelke, George Paskvan and Herman Rohrig, backs; Bil Johnson, Alex Urban and Ed Frutig (Ed looked fine in the All-Star game, twas reported), ends; Bill Kuusisto, guard; and Del Lyman, Leo McLaughlin and Ernie Pannell, tackles, in Packer togs and trying to their stuff in a Packer way. The Eagles will have Tommy Thompson and Len Barnum as passers with Jack Ferrenti, Dick Humbert, Henry Prio and Dick Kreiger at ends, all supposedly good receivers. The backs, too, are rated above par in the pass snatching department. The backs include such 1940 luminaries as Shad Bryant of Clemson, Wes McAfee of Duke, Dan di Santis of Niagara (and he's supposedly a honey), Sam Bartholomew, Tennessee captain of last year; Fred Gloden of Tulane and Terry Fox of Miami.
MR. FAN IS ALWAYS RIGHT, THAT IS LAYDEN'S POLICY
SEPT 7 (New York) - The customers are going to like the way Elmer Layden, Notre Dame's Thin Man, runs the NFL because his policy is "The customer is always right." "The public pays its money to see a football game," Layden said, on a brief visit here before going to Akron, Ohio, where the season opens Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Rams, "and we intend to see that they get a football game without any silly delays, fist fights, squabbles or wrangles. The officials will be under instructions to run a fast game. If the customers want to see fights they can pay their money to see trained competitors like Joe Louis and Lou Nova. We are not going to have any fist fighting on our National league gridirons." In line with Layden's policy he already has fined Larry Craig of Green Bay and Hank Soar of New York $25 each for exchanging punches in a recent exhibition between the Packers and Giants and he is gathering information on a scrap between Johnny Drake and Moose Dunstan of Cleveland against Ed Molinski in a game between the Rams and an all-star team Wednesday night before taking action. While Layden, who was installed in his new office of commissioner April 1 under a five year contract at $20,000 a year, has no desire to pose as a two fisted czar, he plans to make the rules stick. He expects the league will have its most successful season in history, surpassing last years' record of 1,506,000 for all league games, exhibitions, and all-star attractions.
PROSPECTS OF MILWAUKEE CHIEFS BRIGHTEN
SEPT 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - Stockholders of the Milwaukee Chiefs can stop worrying for awhile. It was this column's unfortunate duty to break the bad news recently that the American Football league showed signs of folding up, which must have been distressing to the 1,000 or so Milwaukeeans who bought stock to keep the Chiefs going. Things look somewhat brighter now. The league's status is being determined this weekend at a meeting in New York. It was almost as nebulous at this time last season, but finally took form. That is to be expected when a league is struggling to get established. If the league gets going, that will be fine. If it does not, two or three teams will come to life again next season. There is going to be a second big pro league loop, and this should be it. Give it time. The bright side of the picture offers these things: The Chiefs have come through their training season practically even with the board. They took in enough on three preliminary games to cover most of the training expenses. The first league game with the Columbus Bulls next Sunday at State Fair park, with the national American Legion convention in town, ought to give them a financial cushion for the season. League or no league, the Chiefs will play an eight game schedule. Coach Tiny Cahoon has just as good a defensive team as last year's and will have a much stronger offense. At West Bend the other day, we asked Tiny how the men felt about the uncertainty of the league: "We have no secrets from the boys," said Cahoon. "When your column came out with the bad news, I laid it down in front of the squad and told the fellows it was all true. I told them what we were doing to line up games in case the league did not function. They know just what the situation is and they're satisfied. Of course, we'd all rather play in a regular league." "What have you done about a schedule?" we asked. "Well, Columbus will have a good team. Wichita, Kan., has a fine club - good enough to be in the league, I think, if there was another team out there to make the trip pay. If the league doesn't go, we'll play two games each with Columbus and Wichita and a couple with the Kenosha Cardinals. We are negotiating for some more games." Any doubts about the Chiefs' spirit, in view of the league's prospects, were dissipated in the practice game Friday night. No team which lacked spirit would come dashing out of huddles, yelling like Comanche Indians, as this team did, nor would the players run on and off the field at top speed when substitutions were made.