Green Bay. During his heyday, no one could throw a long forward pass with the accuracy he displayed, and the touchdown tosses he engineered, particularly to Donald Hutson, are countless. Herber did little scoring comparatively, getting seven touchdowns and two extra points in league competition, but few games went by when he was at his peak without at least one Herber pass sailing into the arms of a back or end over the goal line. He often was at his best in a roughhouse with the Chicago Bears...BEST YEAR IN 1936: Seibold, who had his best season during the championship campaign of 1936, remained out of football entirely in 1939, when the Packers won another title. This would have been his seventh year with Green Bay. Kahler and Luebcke, first year men, are regarded as needing more experience before they'll be ready for major league football. Midler was starting his third year of pro ball and his second with Green Bay, while Evans was beginning his second.
LINE PROBLEM BIGGEST OF PACKERS' WORRIES
SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - The Packers have a real job cut out for themselves if Sunday's performance against the Philadelphia Eagles here is any criterion. No one should envy Curly Lambeau his job. Except for Don Hutson's individual brilliance and the showing of a few others, Jankowski, Canadeo, Rorhig, the two Brocks, Pannell and McLaughlin, there was little to indicate that the Packers will make one of their typical title bids. Maybe work will straighten things out for the tough league campaign ahead, but it will have to be a lot of work. A few observations about the team, on what it showed Sunday, will not be amiss. Don Hutson is still the league's No. 1 headache producer. The Packers can fall off a lot and still be a scoring threat with Hutson in the lineup. His speed, his change of pace, his cleverness and his ability to catch passes cannot be matched in all football. Fullback is well fortified with Jankowski, Paskvan, Balasz and Hinkle. Jankowski drove hard and fast. Balasz is much improved. Paskvan will do after he learns the plays. Hinkle, ordinary so far, will come. He is still too great a fullback, even after nine years of pro ball, not to play better football than he had. Left half has two of the best rookies on the club in Canadeo and Rohrig. It also has Isbell, whose passing to Hutson Sunday was part of the payoff. But Isbell is overweight. To be the running threat he can be, he could lose 10 pounds. Right half will be ably taken care of by Lou Brock, one of the improved boys on the club. He is a dandy. Joe Laws may or may not play his old-time ball because of his bad knee. Arnie Herber seems to be through. The blocking backs leave little to be desired. Craig is at the top of his game again after an ordinary season last year. Adkins is an unsung worker. Buhler can play good, tough football. The line may well become a real headache to Lambeau and his right hand bower, Red Smith, before the season is very old. Right end is fair with Riddick, a good defensive man; rangy Mulleneaux, a good pass catcher, and rookie Bill Johnson, who is aggressive and willing - so aggressive and willing, in fact, that on Sunday he, with Charlie Brock, who was backing him up, were caught way out of position on a naked reverse which went for Philadelphia's first touchdown. Better aggressive, though, than flat footed. Left end, besides Hutson, has two rookies, Ed Frutig, who will help a lot as soon as he is molded into the team, and Alex Urban, who has possibilities. Jacunski so far has been ordinary. The rookie, Pannell, looks like the best of the left tackles - and he can be a very good one. Another rookie, Del Lyman, is aggressive. The two veterans, Champ Seibold and Baby Ray, have been so-so at best. Ray seems to have slipped a lot. Schultz will do at right tackle. Lee is working hard. Luebcke, 300 pounds of him, is too big. Kuusisto, who will be moved over from guard, because of his inability to pull out, is strong and rugged. Left guard, with Russ Letlow on the sidelines because of a bad ankle injury, offers one of the biggest problems on the club. Engebretsen is almost through, except for his ability to kick field goals. Midler has been very ordinary. The rookie, McLaughlin, moved over from the tackle, may be the answer to the problem. Right guard at best is fair with Johnson, Tinsley and Goldenberg. Center could stand some more help. Charley Brock is the best of the bunch. Greenfield is fair. George Svendsen apparently has slipped. All this is off the performance against Philadelphia Sunday and recent practices. Except for the backfield and Hutson, it is not a particularly rosy picture. On top of all, the squad has had, they say, a little of the attitude of "Let George do it". Maybe Lambeau can work some of his magic again, building a new fire in some of the flagging spirits, and taking the creaks out of some of the aging joints. It may be a tough job, though. The first few league games, starting with Detroit at Green Bay next Sunday, Cleveland at Milwaukee a week later, and the Bears at Green Bay September 28, will tell the tale about these Packers of '41.
THOSE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ARE PLENTY TOUGH
SEPT 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - The crowd went to State Fair park Sunday mainly to see what the Packers had this season, but most of the spectators went away talking about Greasy Neale's Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers won, and nobody could say they did not deserve to win, but this observer heard more than a few comments that the Eagles looked like the better team. The Packers still have Don Hutson and, whatever else they may lack, they still have the resourcefulness which has characterized Curly Lambeau's club for years. The Eagles were two weeks ahead of them in training, which also must be considered in making comparisons, and it was only a practice game. Nevertheless, the Eagles had class and the Packers had not on that field Sunday. Neale has done a fine job for the new owner, Alexis Thompson. His team not only is well coached, it is full of fight. The Philadelphia backs just could not be downed. The Eagles are going to be tough for everybody this season. The pro league is leveling off. This improvement in the Eagles is important to the whole league. Pro football never really has been sold in Philadelphia, the third largest metropolis in the land, which should be a profitable stand. If anything can put the sport across there as it has gone over in New York and Chicago, the brand of hard, fast, deceptive football which Neale's outfit displayed here Sunday will do it. Philadelphia is going to like this team.
MILWAUKEE CHIEFS IN SPIRITED WORKOUT
SEPT 9 (West Bend) - The Milwaukee Chiefs went through two spirited drills here yesterday despite the rain. They spent the day working on new plays in preparation for the opening game with the American league champions, the Columbus Bullies, at State fair park, Sept. 14. Milwaukee and Columbus, expected to have the strongest teams in the league this year, split their games last season. Milwaukee won the first, 14-2, but the Bullies took the last game, 7-3, at Columbus. Joe Mason, newly acquired end, had his first workout with the Chiefs yesterday. He is tall and fast and is expected to do a lot of pass receiving.
WHIZZER WHITE LEADS DETROIT LIONS HERE ON SUNDAY
SEPT 10 (Green Bay) - More and more, as the Green Bay Packers' practice sessions proceed through their daily paces, it becomes evident that the new additional to the squad are going to play an increasingly important part in the team's campaign for Western division football honors. The Packers reached midweek today in their preparation for the season's first National league game, which brings the renovated and contending Detroit Lions to City stadiym next Sunday afternoon. One problem Coach Curly Lambeau faces is to keep his men from looking ahead to the meeting with the Chicago Bears, more than two weeks hence. "If we are paying more attention to the Bears than we are to the Lions," he commented, "then the Lions will
beat us." Detroit has gone to the extent already announcing that it is gunning for Green Bay, a dangerous procedure for a football team unless it is brimming with confidence and talent. When the Lions were taken in an exhibition game recently, Coach Bill Edwards came out and said, "We were thinking of the Green Bay game instead of this one." Everyone will be laying for the Packers and Bears this season, the No. 1 contender being Detroit, and the title chances of either the Lions or Packers may well rest upon the result of this opening clash, one of the most important initial games in Green Bay gridiron history. The occasion will give Packer fans another opportunity to see Byron (Whizzer) White, the great Colorado all-American, who made a magnificent appearance here a few years ago with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The visitors lost the game despite White's heroic efforts, and now he comes back to the same scene as part of a powerful gridiron machine. Lloyd Cardwell and Fred Vanzo, two veteran Lions well known to Green Bay fans, will join Whizzer in the Detroit Lion backfield, providing a tough offensive unit for the Packers to figure out...BIGGEST AND TOUGHEST: The Packers' scout reports indicate that the Detroit line is bigger and tougher than ever, primed to get off on the right foot in the National league campaign. The Detroit-Green Bay game will be the only one played in the professional league Sunday. The Green Bay injury situation following last Sunday's game is not serious, although guard Buckets Goldenberg pulled a muscle and center Charley Brock favored his leg a bit in yesterday's workout. Russ Letlow, veteran left guard who usually pairs with Goldenberg on the Packers' first string, still is out of action and will not be used against Detroit. Letlow probably won't be back even for the game with Cleveland at Milwaukee Sept. 21, but Lambeau hopes to use him against the Bears the following Sunday....MAY TAKE EVANS: No additional action has been taken on the waivers which yesterday were requested on six Packer players, although the Chicago Cardinals, shy of ends, have nibbled a bit for Dick Evans, former Hawkeye wingman. If no waivers are taken up, the men will receive their releases and will be free to dicker with any club they like. What appears to be a brilliant set of first year men continued to receive important attention in yesterday's drill, held as usual in the drizzling rain. Clearing skies today indicated that practice conditions would be improved for the balance of the week, and Coach Curly immediately decided to hold two workouts today and tomorrow. Ernie Pannell, placed at left tackle, is drawing smiles from Curly and Assistant Coach Red Smith, for his aggressiveness and intelligent play, and Tony Canadeo is indicating that he plans to see a lot of action at left halfback. Canadeo can punt, pass, run and block, all excellently, which is a pretty fair recommendation for a football halfback...ALL-STARS BUSY: George Paskvan, fullback; Herman Rohrig, halfback; and Ed Frutig, end; all were used sparingly against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday. They reported late following the All-Star game, and have been absorbing the intricate Packer offensive and defensive assignments. All show promise of developing into regulars, and they will be used more and more as the season wears away. Paskvan, Rohrig and Frutig all are slated for longer stretches against the Lions than they had against the Eagles, and Packer fans will be given their first real opportunity to see them in action Sunday. Mike Bucchianeri, Indiana guard who reported to the Packers from the Eagles, seems to have the stuff to stick around awhile. He looks very tough, works hard and knows football, but whether he'll master his assignments quick enough to play against Detroit isn't certain yet. He probably be used lightly, if at all. Lee McLaughlin, the Virginia tackle who has been shifted to guard, seems certain to survive any additional cuts, and he may develop into one of the best linemen on the squad. Bill Kuusisto, guard who was nudged over to the right tackle, is learning the ropes at his new position and may see early action. He isn't a new man, but Charley Schultz is serving notice that he will be in for long, tough hours at right tackle in 1941 competition. Schultz has played both sides of the line, but goes best at the starboard position, where his size and ruggedness are of great advantage.
PRO PROSPECTS - BEARS: 'TOUGHEST SEASON'
SEPT 10 (By George Halas - Chicago Bears Coach) - The Bears face their most difficult season. Winning a championship is only half the fight - it is equally as hard to defend one. The miracle at Washington last December has left nothing but a headache. All season the public will demand us to live up to that 73-0 score or abdicate. I know that my players can never again approach the perfection of execution and attitude which overwhelmed the Redskins. Mr. and Mrs. Fan sometimes forget that we lost three games last season. The Bears are a fine team, each man an expert. But each will have his moments of frailty, And every club will be shooting at us. The squad personnel will be about the game. We were better fortified at center and quarterback last fall. Bernie Masterson and Sollie Sherman, who shared the quarterback job with Luckman, have retired. Pete Bausch has been sold, and his understudy, Chet Chesney, is in the army, leaving us only Bulldog Turner at center. Billy Hughes, a Texas product and former Philadelphia Eagle, has solved some of the relief worries at center. Among the rookies, Harold Lahar, a 225-pound guard, from the University of Oklahoma, John Federovitch, a 240-pound tackle from Davis and Elkins, look good. Championship races seemingly will narrow down to the Bears and Green Bay Packers in the West, and the Redskins, New York and Brooklyn in the East.
THE IDEA WAS ALL RIGHT WITH THE PACKERS
SEPT 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - A Hollywood brainstorm produced a funny situation involving the Green Bay Packers, according to John Walter, sports editor of the Green Bay Press Gazette, who vouches for the truth of the yarn. Curly Lambeau, coach of the Packers, recently got a telegram from the publicity department of 20th Century-Fox pictures, suggesting a tie-up between the Packers and Sonja Henie's new movie. The publicity man wanted the Packers to adopt Sonja as their mascot and offered to have her fly to Green Bay for one of the early home games. Curly called Dan Topping at Brooklyn on long distance telephone and explained the proposition. "How about it?" asked Lambeau. "Nix!" said Topping. "If Sonja becomes your mascot, I'll divorce her!" The studio's publicity department evidently was ignorant of the fact that Miss Henie of the movies is Mrs. Dan Topping in private life, and that Dan Topping owns the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the same league as the Packers.
FACE COLUMBUS TEAM WITH FULL SQUAD
SEPT 10 (West Bend) - The Columbus Bullies, defending champions of the AFL, will find the Milwaukee Chiefs at full strength in the opening league game at Milwaukee State Fair park, Sept. 14. Paul Humphrey, center and assistant coach, returned to his moleskins in practice at the Chiefs' camp here yesterday after nursing a sprained ankle since Aug. 27. Lee Akin, guard, also returned to practice and may see action against Columbus. The Bullies and the Chiefs split the two games they played last season. A demonstration by Sons of the American Legion, here for the American Legion convention Sept. 14 to 18, will lend color to the game Sunday.
SEPT 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - All "inside bunk" to the contrary, there will be an American Football league this fall. Reports that the league would be disbanded and that the Milwaukee Chiefs would be left high and dry are unfounded and untrue. Contrarily, the league will start play, according to advices close to the situation in the East, with five teams in action. These clubs will be the Chiefs, Columbus Bulldogs, New York, Buffalo and Cincinnati. New York, where Douglas Hertz was slated to cut such a figure only to drop out this fall, will likely be taken over by other interests. A five team league would enable the members to play each other twice on a home and home basis and still leave time for some exhibition games. The Chiefs, for instance, have been approached by several independent clubs for games and there is a good possibility that Camp Grant and Great Lakes have elevens. In fact, Camp Grant officials have opened negotiations with several teams, including the Chiefs, for games, according to advices from the army center. That the league will carry on is no more than justice for the long, hard fight the Chiefs have carried on to survive. Last fall they were kicked from pillar to post, but managed to see the thing through only by the fine cooperation of coaches and players who pooled their finances time and again. During the winter a financial reorganization took place and, largely through the roseate outlook in the New York area, where Hertz had Jarrin' John Kimbrough under contract and was slated to raise hell and put a block in under it, enough stockholders laid it on the line to get the Chiefs off on the right foot this year. Coach Tiny Cahoon has another fine eleven in the making. It has all the hustle, bustle, color and fight of the 1940 eleven. It will be the team to beat for the crown and to see such a fine organization end up without a league, after such a determined effort on the part of all, would be the rankest sort of injustice.