start with the Lions because of competing in the All-Star game at Chicago, has ousted Clem Crabtree, a veteran, from the first team. "Pavelec has plenty of hustle," said Edwards. "I believe that he will make good in this league." Under league rules the Lions will be permitted to dress 33 men for Sunday's game. To get down to this limit, two players were released Thursday. They are Tom Gallagher, a tackle from Notre Dame, and Wellington Saeker, an end from Elon. Paul Moore, veteran blocking back, has a leg injury and has been placed on the inactive list. As soon as he returns, Edwards intends to release one of the seven tackles now with the squad...GET NEW PLAYS: The Lions will drill Friday and then leave for Green Bay, arriving Saturday morning. A workout is planned on the Packer field Saturday afternoon. The Lions have been equipped with new passing plays for their debut. New uniforms were handed out to the player Thursday. The Lions felt the pressure of defense requirements for materials when shoes ordered more than a month ago failed to arrive. Aside from Moore, the squad is in good condition. Billy Jefferson, star of the freshman-varsity conflict, has recovered from a knee injury.
SEPT 12 (By Curly Lambeau - Green Bay Packers Coach) - Straight from the shoulder: There is no reason apparent to me at this time why Green Bay shouldn't wind up pretty close to - if not actually at the top of - the NFL ladder. Maybe I should "view with alarm" the improved personnel of other teams, but we had a good ball club last year, and we are improved this year. Rookies have bolstered our weaker spots. Why shouldn't I look for a championship? Frankly, it is my opinion that the Chicago Bears and the Packers will fight it out for the Western title. In the eastern half, Brooklyn, Washington and New York hold a slim edge over Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Packers' well known H's - Don Hutson and Clarke Hinkle - are back in uniform to take hold of two key positions. Augmenting the potency of the H's are Cecil Isbell, triple threat halfback; Eddie Jankowski, hard driving fullback; Larry Craig, outstanding end and back and an assortment of fine veterans to lead the new players. Our new material includes George Paskvan, Wisconsin fullback; Herman Rohrig, Nebraska back; Tony Canadeo, triple threat from Gonzaga; Ed Frutig, Michigan end; Lee McLaughlin, Virginia tackle; Ernie Pannell, Texas A. and M. tackle; Del Lyman, UCLA tackle, and three boys from Minnesota - Bobby Pafrath, back; Bill Johnson, end, and Bill Kuusisto, guard. Barring accidents, I promise that the Packers will be in the thick of it when the teams enter the pennant stretch in November.
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - A gridiron series which started back in 1934 will be resumed here Sunday at the City stadium when the Detroit Lions go into battle against Coach E.L. Lambeau's Packers in a NFL encounter which will start at 2 p.m. The Lions, roaring louder than ever, are coming here with a much improved aggregation and Coach Bill Edwards, a newcomer in the ranks of the postgraduate pilots, is going to shoot the works in hopes of taking a fall out of Lambeau's hirelings. Edwards has remodeled the Detroit machine and this year's outfit has the ability enough to hit on "all eleven" with a few cylinders to spare. The Detroiters picked some prizes in the National league draft and there are enough veterans held over to provide the needed balance for a winning combination. Whizzer White, a brilliant back, will probably do the signal calling for the invaders and the Colorado product won't lack for classy help in the attack because Lloyd Cardwell, Nebraska; Charlie Price, Texas A&M; Milt Piepul, Notre Dame; Billy Jefferson, Mississippi State; Charlie Ishmael, Kentucky, and Fred Vanzo, Northwestern, are all capable performers.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - The Detroit Lions, who with the Green Bay Packers share the chief burden of attempting to unseat the Chicago Bears in the NFL's Western division race this season, worked out at Joannes park drill field this morning in anticipation of tomorrow's struggle. The Sunday game, first conflict of the National league season locally, finds an indication of perfect football weather, plus two excellently matched teams to bring the fans into the open. The advance sale has been large, although plenty of seats remained today and all gridiron bugs are certain to be accommodated right up to game time tomorrow. Spike Spachmann, in charge of ticket sales, announced that the Legion building headquarters will be open tomorrow morning from 9:30 to 12, and after the game from 4:30 until 7:00, to accommodate fans wishing tickets for the Cleveland-Packer game at Milwaukee Sept. 21, the Bear-Packer game here Sept. 28, or any other game involving Green Bay this season. The Lions stepped off the North Western train at 7:30 this morning, after moving in by sleeper during the night. Coach Bill Edwards, their new mentor, who is doing for Detroit what Greasy Neale is accomplishing for the Philadelphia Eagles, is as anxious as any coach in the league to step off in first place, particularly with a win over the Packers, who handed Detroit a humiliating trouncing in their final game at the Michigan city last fall. The Packers tapered off yesterday with a light hour and a half workout, which included no rough work. The casualty list is encouraging, except for the absence of guard Russ Letlow, who attended the drill wearing his right ankle in a cast to protect the strained ligaments. Letlow is out of the picture until the Bear game at least, which may put added pressure on the Green Bay left guard corps...FIRST LEAGUE TEST: "Sunday will provide the first real test for our men, both old and new," Coach Curly Lambeau commented today. He declined to name a starting lineup, saying that his mind was not made up as yet concerning the starters at several positions. Curly rarely picks his starters until just before game time, when he can be sure of weather and field conditions. "What we're after," he added, "is a real fighting team. We take no pleasure in winning a game if we are not fighting in the process." Indication were that the Packers will have to do a lot of fighting to overwhelm the potent Lions. Like the rest of the Western division clubs, Detroit has huge hopes of dethroning the Chicago Bears and ascending to the throne room via the National league playoffs..EYES ON JEFFERSON: Whizzer White and Cotton Price, the aerial twins of the Lions, will vie with Fred Vanzo and Lloyd Cardwell for the fans' attention in tomorrow's backfield combinations. Billy Jefferson, the sensational newcomer from Mississippi State, is slated for the most intensive action among the new fellows. A large part of the line is rebuilt, and scouting reports indicate that the Lion forwards are extremely aggressive. White is making his second appearance in Green Bay. When with the Pittsburgh Pirates he staged a one-man show here with a losing cause, but returns this time reinforced by all the gridiron talent the Detroit owners could muster, which was not inconsiderable. Game time will be 2 o'clock. Once the Lions are disposed of, the Packers will be back to work for a clinch with the Cleveland Rams at Milwaukee, Sunday, Sept. 21.
SEPT 13 (By Dutch Clark - Cleveland Rams Coach) - The Cleveland Rams are on the upgrade in the NFL. Our 1940 football model was mighty interesting. We should be even more attractive this year. How far we can go in the pennant race remains to be proved. Experience counts for a great deal in football and our club has been in the big league only four years. Other clubs have been in existence for as many as 15 years. Such clubs naturally have the jump on us but we are making satisfactory progress. Last year our club was  about a .500 team but this year it has a chance to be better. Improvement must come from several of the new players, and the year of added experience should also be of great value. Our line from tackle to tackle might be as good as any in the league, though it will not be as big. The end positions are one of our several worries. We have three experienced wing men in Paul McDonough, Babe Patt and Johnny Wilson, but there isn't enough quantity. Owen Goodnight, a triple-threat back from Hardin Simmons, is a fine prospect. George Morris, from Baldwin-Wallace, looks very good. In the western end of the NFL, the problem is the same it has been for years. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are the "Double Yankees" of football. You have to beat those two teams to go places. They are always very good, very tough, and very hard to beat.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - The grid fans of Green Bay (and that means all of Green Bay) are holding their thumbs here tonight on the eve of the their Packers' first NFL game of the 1941 season against the Detroit Lions at City Stadium Sunday at 2 p.m. Last year the Packers, with one of their greatest man for man squads, got started too late after finding their title winning feat of 1939 meant nothing at all to the other teams in the league. Once started, the Packer machine rolled merrily along but the barn was locked after the nag was stolen. This year Coach Curly Lambeau, who fashioned pro championship machines out of lesser material in 1929, 1930, 1931 and 1936, has another "if" outfit. It's an "if" outfit because much depends on such problems as: If Clarke Hinkle, the greatest fullback of 'em all, can get tuned to the pitch after all his years of service; if Don Hutson, the greatest offensive threat in the game today, and his batter pitching mate, Cecil Isbell, can click as of old; if other Packer veterans, Buckets Goldenberg, Tiny Engebretsen, Baby Ray, Bill Lee, Joe Laws, Russ Letlow, Eddie Jankowski, for instance, are not over the hill; if the 1941 rookies, such as Tony Canadeo, McLaughlin, Pannell and Paskvan, have the ability to be Mr. Big on the pro grid as well as they did on the college gridirons all over the nation; if the Packers, young and old, have felt the title tinge and want to win and will play to win as they did in the title years. Those questions are what's making Packer fandom hold its thumbs, hoping for the correct answer. The answer, most likely, will be provided Sunday. The Lions will be the proving ground. Last year, at Green Bay, the Packers ingloriously stumbled on their way to defeat at the hands of the Lions to wreck title aspirations. BUT CAME BACK later at Detroit and humbled the Lions by something like 52 to 7. Coach Bill Edwards is new at the helm of the Lions after many successful years in the coaching profession at various colleges. Bill will be bearin' down; so will his squad, well seasoned with veterans and promising youngsters. Most promising of the Detroit rookies are Augie (Leo the Lion) Lio, All-American guard from Georgetown; Milt Piepul, who won his college grid spurs fullbacking for Notre Dame, and Billy Jefferson, said to be one of the finds of the year, up from Mississippi State. Against these rookies and host of veteran stars, the Packers will pit another outfit sprinkled with vets and rookies - a combination that might mean a title or a complete flop. So far the Packers have been coming along far too slowly for Lambeau and Line Coach Red Smith - and for their well wishers as well. A 17 to 17 tie with the Giants was not bad in the face of the Giants' narrow loss to the Bears, but the 28 to 21 win over the Eagles last Sunday, despite the improved play of the Philadelphia crew, did not set too well with the mentors or fans. More of a complete answer will be provided Sunday although it is likely Lambeau and Edwards will use this game as a proving ground for many new men of unknown value.
SEPT 13 (New York) - William D. Cox, New York lumberman, announced today that a syndicate of which he is president and treasurer had taken over the New York franchise in the American Football league. The club, which will be coached by Jack McBride, will be known as the Americans. Last year the franchise was operated by Douglas G. Hertz and the team was known as the Yankees. Coax said the club would play home and home games with Milwaukee, Columbus, Buffalo and Cincinnati, opening at Milwaukee September 28. The first home game will also be against Milwaukee at the Yankee Stadium October 19. McBride plans to build the team around Bill Hutchinson, former Dartmouth player and star of last year's Yankee eleven, and Jack Hinkle of Syracuse.
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Under new leadership for the third time in three seasons, the Detroit Lions will open their NFL schedule here Sunday afternoon against the Green Bay Packers, their last foe for 1940. The kickoff is schedule for 3 p.m. (Detroit time). For his big time debut, Coach William Edwards, who came to the Lions from the college ranks at Western Reserve, has nominated a team of nine veterans and two recruits. And the good people of Green Bay say that Detroit can win because this year the Packers haven't look like the might Green Bay teams of the past. In spite of a squad cut which eliminated such old-timers as Arnold Herber, one of football's greatest passers, and Dick Evans, a fine end in years gone by, the Packers are still loaded with men whose best football days are admittedly behind them...PAST IS BLEAK: Precedent is against Detroit, though, because in 15 games against the Packers since 1934 the Lions have lost 11 and won only four. The most humiliating defeat was the 50-7 lacing Green Bay handed Detroit in the closing game of 1940. This staggering reversal doomed George (Potsy) Clark as Detroit's coach. Earlier in the year the Lions had beaten Green Bay, 23 to 14. There can be absolutely no mystery as to what the Lions must do Sunday afternoon to win. It's stop Don Hutson, something Detroit and other professional elevens have sought to accomplish for six long years. The Packers may have deteriorated, but with Hutson in the lineup they still have the pass catching individual who has caused the enemy more headaches than the rest of the Green Bay players combined. His speed, his change of pace and his ability to catch passes have never been matched in all football. With Herber gone, Hutson's pitcher will be Cecil Isbell, the one-time Purdue star...SYSTEM STILL ROUGH: Edwards has had one month to introduce his system to the Lions and by his own admission it will probably take some more time to get it functioning to perfection. He expects his team to improve as the season wears on. The two newcomers in Detroit's lineup Sunday will be Harry Hopp, fullback of Nebraska's strong eleven last year, and Ted Pavelec, former University of Detroit tackle. Hopp came to the Lions advertised as a fine fullback and he lived up to expectations. With Pavelec it was different. With Pavelec it was different. Some critics said that he would be lucky to make the Detroit squad, but he has done even better. Determination and courage are Ted's principal assets and it may be that these essentials are enough to elevate him to stardom in pay-for-play football..REST ARE VETERANS: The other players starting for Detroit are well known to professional football followers. Byron (Whizzer) White, the one-time Colorado All-American, has been the league's leading ground gainer in his two seasons of play. Fred Vanzo and Lloyd Cardwell are old Lion standbys. Up in front it's the same story. Ends Bill Fisk and Chuck Hanneman, tackle Tony Furst, guards John Wiethe and Bill Radovich and center Alexander Wojciehowicz have been around for several years.
SEPT 13 (Detroit) - Outright release of tackle Tom Gallagher and end Wellington Saecker today brought the Detroit Lions down to the 33-player limit of the NFL. Gallagher came to the Lions from Notre Dame and Saecker from Elon college in North Carolina. Although 34 names are listed on the roster, Paul Moore, blocking back, is excluded because of a leg injury. When he rejoins the squad, one of the seven tackles will be dropped. The Lions, playing their first season under Bill Edwards, formerly Western Reserve university coach, start their league schedule tomorrow against the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay. In a tentative starting lineup, Edwards included two rookies, Ted Pavelec, former University of Detroit tackle, and Harry (Hippity) Hopp, former Nebraska fullback.
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (1-0-1) 28, Philadelphia Eagles 21
Sunday September 7th 1941 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - It looked like a preview of a Packer-Bear game, as a radically revised band of Philadelphia Eagles came within a whisker of tying Green Bay before 10,000 in a non-league game at State fair park here yesterday afternoon. Because the Eagles couldn't connect on a series of forward passes into the Packer end zone with two minutes to play in the fourth period, they had to be content with a final score of 28 to 21, Green Bay on the winning side. Out of the seven-touchdown struggle came two concise facts. The Packers have the makings of a championship team, if the squad develops as it should, and the ever-mighty Chicago Bears can be conquered. The Eagles are going to kick up more fuss in the Eastern division than at any time since they were organized. Not that the Eagles were the Chicago Bears yesterday. Far from it. They didn't have the Bears' power, or the gigantic line of the Chicagoans, but they did have a smart tutor in Coach Greasy Neale, plus a hustling line, plus a corps of speedy, tough backs.
Replacing dapper Davey O'Brien was Len Barnum, once of the New York Giants, and Barnum played himself a man's game for most of the 60 minutes. He chucked 20 passes and completed half of them to subject the Green Bay aerial defense to a severe strain. But across the line of scrimmage were the Packers, who did a pretty fair scoring job themselves. Three times did Don Hutson get past Eagle defenders to snatch touchdown passes, and Charley Brock, who runs like a halfback, gathered home a Philadelphia fumble on the last play of the first period and stormed 75 yards down the field for the first score of the game. To these touchdowns Hutson added three placement kicks for extra points, and another was booted by Tiny Engebretsen.
Green Bay struck three times in the first half, leaving the field for the intermission with a 21 to 7 leads, but that deficit only caused the Eagles to carry the game to the Packers in the concluding periods. They counterattacked hard enough to bring the trailing margin to only seven points, and near the end of the game they were plugging away in the shadow of the Packer goal posts. Picking a series of heroes out of Green Bay football game can be a tedious task, because if the team functions properly every man deserves his just plaudits. Lou Brock played as steady a game as anyone on the field, and in the line standouts were Ernie Pannell, the new tackle from Texas A. and M., and veteran Charley Schultz. Tony Canadeo sparkled while he was in the game, ripping off one run of 36 yards and another of 12, and Eddie Jankowski played splendidly at fullback. In fact, none of the men upon whom Coach Curly Lambeau is depending for key duty fell down badly on his assignment.
Offensive blocking was sour much of the time, although no more so than a preseason game usually produces, and the tackling was ragged enough. Frank Balazs moved from his fullback position for a 20-yard gallop on one occasion, Andy Uram had a gallop of 28 yards and another of 19, and Jankowski went for 16 yards on a single play. These men paced the Packers' ground attack. The aerial show was mostly Isbell and Hutson. Halfback Cecil pegged 12 passes and hit the target on eight of them, the performance including one to Hutson for 54 yards and another to Carl Mulleneaux for 36. When the Packers acquired their lead, they eased up, and that nearly cost them the victory. The Eagles accepted the first kickoff from Engebretsen, and got underway on a march that carried deep into Packer territory, being interrupted only by a fumble. Short, ground-eating gallops by Lou Tomasetti and Danny di Santis, added to an 11-yard pass gain from Tommy Thompson to Bob Krieger, moved the ball across midfield and into Green Bay country. The Eagles worked from the Bears' famous T-formation, shooting a running back wide and stressing the lateral, with the quarterback handling the ball on almost every play. The campaign reached the Green Bay 26-yard line, from which point Thompson's forward pass, received by Krieger, was fumbled, Smiley Johnson of the Packers landing on the ball on the 21-yard line.
Two smashes at the wall by Jankowski and Canadeo netted a first down, but the counterattack bogged down and Canadeo punted back into Philadelphia's area. The Eagles kicked back after failing to make their downs, the ball going out of bounds 12 yards from the Packer goal. Green Bay was saved from serious trouble here, when a mixed signal caused the ball to roll over the goal line, Canadeo falling on it for an apparent safety. Both sides were offside, and the play was recalled. Again Jankowski and Canadeo lunged at the line, the Jank riding through left tackle for eight yards and Tony adding 12 for a first down. Balazs tried a line smash and fumbled, Enio Conti recovering for the Eagles on the Green Bay 29-yard stripe. Loyell Bryant hit center for a yard, and Thompson's lateral to di Santis added eight before the Eagles ran into disaster.
Bryant, attempting a line thrust, fumbled, and Charley Brock reached down for the ball on the 25-yard line. The oval rebounded into his fingers and he was away on a diagonal run for the enemy goal line. Nick Basca, a back, grabbed him on the Philadelphia 30-yard line, but Brock twisted free and galloped down to the 15, when he was challenged by Conti. This individual was removed from the picture by Balazs, who flattened him with a devastating block, clearing the way to the goal. Joe Laws held the ball as Engebretsen kicked the extra point, and the score was 7 to 0. The Packers scored again early in the second period, Lou Brock setting the stage with a 20-yard punt return to the Green Bay 45-yard line. Isbell gained a yard at right tackle and then sailed a pass down the alley to Hutson, who cut in from the left, picked the ball out of the air on the 10-yard line and rode over the last stripe with Bryant clinging to his back. Bryant made a hard tackle but Hutson's momentum carried them across. Isbell held the ball, and Hutson kicked the point, making the count 14 to 0.
Hinkle kicked off, and the Eagles were forced to punt and Barnum, kicking from his end zone, sent the ball out of bounds on the Green Bay 39, Larry Craig almost blocking the kick. Hinkle punched twice at the line for three yards, after which Isbell connected on another long forward pass. This one was to Mulleneaux, who speared the ball on the dead run on the Eagles' 31-yard line and continued to the 22 or a gain of 26 yards and a first down. Mulleneaux lateraled to Hutson, who crossed the goal line, but the whistle had blown and the play was recalled. Isbell's short forward pass over the left side of the line to Lou Brock gained 13 yards for another first down, Isbell drove through center for four, and then Hutson, just inside the end zone, reached past Fred Gloden to pick off Isbell's pass for another touchdown. Hutson kicked the extra point with Isbell holding and the score was 21 to 0, with the game turning into an apparent rout. With Barnum passing and Foster Watkins running, the Eagles roared back after the Packers' third score, and soon were pecking away at the Green Bay goal line. A 19-yard aerial gain on a flip from Barnum to Tomasetti set the ball on the Green Bay 5-yard line, and on a wide reverse Tomasetti smoked around left end and crossed the goal line unmolested, the Packer defense men watching him idly en route. Barnum kicked the extra point with Watkins holding, and that made the score 21 to 7.
The Packers took the kickoff and lost the ball on downs, throwing a fourth down incomplete pass. The Eagles tried a few tosses, but two plays from the end of the half Arnie Herber intercepted Barnum's pass to Watkins and the count was unchanged at the intermission. Balazs' 20-yard gallop and an Isbell to Lou Brock forward pass for nine yards moved the ball in early in the third period, but a 15-yard holding penalty set the Packers back from the 18-yard line and Hinkle tried a field goal from the 44, the attempt falling short. The Eagles had the ball, and tried their lateral-forward, Barnum slinging the pill out to di Santis, who fired it forward to Barnum on the Philadelphia 34-yard line, the receiver racing down to the Green Bay 38 for a gain of 36 yards and a first down. The Packers drew a penalty for kicking the ball on a fumble. Barnum put together a 27-yard pass gain with Henry Piro, and the ball was on the Green Bay 2-yard line. Watkins couldn't move it closer at left tackle, but di Santis charged through left guard standing up and the Eagles had their second touchdown. Watkins held the ball, Barnum kicked it and the score was 21 to 14, with Philadelphia but one touchdown in arrears.
The Packers received the kickoff, and failed to make a first down, Lou Brock punting out of bounds on the Philadelphia 47. A 19-yard gain on a Barnum to di Santis forward pass made the Eagles look dangerous again, but a 15-yard holding penalty set them back and they resorted to a 55-yard field goal attempt, di Santis missing the try. Uram rushed the ball back with a 28-yard sprint through a broken field, and Herber's pass to Uram added 15 more, making it first down on the Philadelphia 35. Jankowski plunged through a huge hole at right tackle, gaining 16 yards and setting the ball on the 19. They couldn't quit make it. Uram hit center for six yards, Herber's pass to Mulleneaux was short, Jankowski added three yards at right tackle, and then the Jank was smeared for a 1-yard loss, the Eagles taking the ball on downs on their own 11. Gloden's punt from the end zone sailed high and nowhere, going out of bounds on the Philadelphia 17 and setting the stage for the final Green Bay touchdown. Canadeo gained three yards at right tackle, a Canadeo to Hutson forward pass on the goal line was a shade low, and Canadeo's flip to Laws netted only one yard.
On the first play of the final period Isbell chucked the oval to Hutson, who caught it on the 1-yard, twisted around di Santis and scored a touchdown. Laws held the ball, Hutson kicked the extra point and the score was 28 to 14. Di Santis engineered a 44-yard return of Lou Brock's kickoff as the Eagles threw their counterattack into high gear. They soon were forced to punt, and the Packers made a first down on Isbell's 8-yard pass to Jankowski and a poke by George Paskvan at right end. Isbell's subsequent toss, intended for Ray Riddick, was intercepted by fullback Terry Fox 34 yards from the Green Bay goal. The Eagles moved in and over. Barnum's long pass over left was taken by McAfee in the presence of both Brocks on the 10-yard line, the receiver being dropped on the 5-yard stripe for a 29-yard gain and a first down.
McAfee hit right tackle for one yard, and dove low through center for three more before Barnum sneaked through center for the touchdown. McAfee held the ball for Barnum's kick and the score was 28 to 21. The Packers took the next kickoff, had to punt, and the Eagles worked down into dangerous country. They reached the point where they were firing passes into the Green Bay end zone, but they fired too many to conform to the rules, and Green Bay took the ball on a touchback. Green Bay was in possession in Philadelphia territory as the game ended.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  7 14  7 - 21
GREEN BAY    -  7 14  0  7 - 28
1st - GB - Charley Brock, 79-yard fumble return (Tiny Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Don Hutson, 54-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Hutson, 5-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - PHIL - Lou Tomasetti, 5-yard run (Les Barnum kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - PHIL - Dan DeSantis, 3-yard run (Barnum kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
4th - GB - Hutson, 16-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 28-14
4th - PHIL - Barnum, 1-yard run (Barnum kick) GREEN BAY 28-21
playing, of all things, touch football. But the injured member has not dampened his enthusiasm for the game, and his new associations. Some of that enthusiasm seemed to have found its way into the Philadelphia lineup. That all-important element, "spirit", finally has come through the surface for the Eagles. "That doesn't look like any Philadelphia team I ever saw before," Detroit's Mr. Randolph said shortly after the game started. "They are going to cause some trouble this season." Thompson has the greatest admiration for the Packer team and the Green Bay football setup. And in his mental half of football fame he reveres the thought of Don Hutson. Like the others, he mentioned Hutson as something in a class by itself, a sort of super something that wasn't exactly human. Only after clearing away the bouquets from the Hutson shrine were he and other Eagle officials able to review the scene in its relation to other players. "I believe that Curly has the makings of a great team this year," Thompson asserted. "He has unlimited potentialities in the backfield, and the line should round into shape." It is unfair to take the attitude that Philadelphia scored only because Packer play in some defensive departments should have been better. The hard working, never quitting Eagles deserve credit for their efforts. However, down to the conclusion that the margin between the teams was much greater than the score indicated. Of course, they pay off in points...MUCH WORK AHEAD: The answer seems to be in Coach Lambeau's aforementioned reference to much work ahead. The coach was very pleased with some of his charges, bitterly disappointed in others. It is safe to say that Canadeo, Rohrig, the Brocks, Balazs and Hutson are on the right direction toward the championship brand of ball that marks Green Bay teams. And it doesn't hurt to add that Larry Buhler has thrown his heart as well as his body into his blocking assignments. That combination never harms anybody but the opposition. Probably the most uneasy man in Milwaukee yesterday, outside of the respective coaches, was Russ Letlow, veteran Packer guard who is incapacitated by a leg injury. Russ said, "The toughest part of football is sitting on the bench." The Milwaukee police department numbers several staunch Packer fans, and among them is Detective Terry Mitchell, who never misses a game unless all the forces of nature are in league against him. Before the game fans generally speculated on the outcome. Small, friendly wagers were being made right and left for everything from cigar to a bottle of beer. The Packers were heavily favored, and the size of the score was the only thing remaining for bets. Most of the Packer backers were giving from 10 to 20 points, and once a fervent follower said, "I wouldn't be surprised to see the Packers cop by 30 points."...HE CALLS IT: "I don't know," Mitchell answered. "It's pretty early in the season and they tell me that Neale may spring a surprise himself. I figure it will be something more like 28 to 21." Mr. Mitchell should join Art Rooney and Tim Mara in the business of picking outcomes. Sergeants Warren Stenbeck and Don Glowacki of the army recruiting office in Milwaukee also are among Packer followers who take their allegiance to the team seriously. In the case of Stenbeck, that allegiance was transplanted from the Cleveland Rams. He comes from Youngstown, Ohio, and has spent considerable time in Cleveland. Glowacki, on the other hand, comes from Saginaw and could be pressed to admit a certain fondness for Detroit. Sunday it was all Packers for both of them, and they are prepared to argue the Green Bay cause in a football battle anywhere. The Packer band did a fine job, both before the game and during intermissions. When it was compelled to leave early because of other engagements, the crowd manifested its delight in prolonged applause. Featured with them, and almost stealing the show, were the three Barnes sisters of New Lisbon. They are outstanding baton twirlers. Marie, at 18, is the oldest. She was drum majorette of her high school band, and then taught the art to her younger sisters, Frances, 11, and June, 8. Little June won the hearts of the audience. Not much taller than the baton, she repeatedly brought down the house. They will appear with the Packer band here at the Bear game...NEED MORE TIME: It was a quiet, orderly Packer team that climbed aboard the train for Green Bay last night. There is a big job ahead, and man for man the players realize it. As one remarked, "We have it this year. All we need is a little more time." Well that time is coming, and fast. Randolph was non-committal on Detroit's strength - or lack of it - this year, but the Lions will be growling Sunday. If some of the nicks are ironed out this week, and the timing on both defensive and offensive plays gets better, the Packers may be headed for a championship. If it doesn't Detroit may blast our hopes. It seems to be up to the boys.
SEPT 8 (Green Bay) - Already in the young professional football season, that old builder upper of championship teams, mental attitude, has made its appearance. The Philadelphia Eagles, with the best pro team which ever represented the Quaker city, were keyed to a higher pitch that the Green Bay Packers yesterday, and as a result almost left the field at State fair park in possession of a tie. In fact, throw out that 75-yard touchdown gallop which Charley Brock produced on the last play of the first period, and what do you have, except a Green Bay team fighting all the way for an even break? Whether or not 1941 will be Green Bay's year in the Western division campaign can't be judged yet. It might be safer to predict that 1942 will be the year, when the extremely promising group of freshmen now in Packer uniforms will be seasoned sophomores, but only chicken hearted fans will stop plugging for the present team, now on the verge of its opening league game. It has been mentioned that the present crop of new men may prove to be the best since 1929, the year that introduced Mike Michalske, Cal Hubbard and Johnny Blood to Green Bay. And early season performances appear to bear out this promise. The Packers showed their same old trouble of last season - that of relaxing as soon as they achieved a lead. Maybe there's too much of a psychological disadvantage to a team in a touchdown scored on a long, easily executed forward pass; it does seem that Packer opponents whip back with devastating force right after they've relinquished the lead to Green Bay. The Philadelphia Eagles show promise of raising the roof with their Eastern division rivals. Out along the Atlantic coast the National league teams are smaller, and the Eagle line will not face the bruising it would receive in Western division competition. The Giants, Redskins and Dodgers in particular aren't oversized, and the Eagles have the speed needed to match theirs...The Packers aren't ready for the Detroit Lions yet, but Coach Curly Lambeau intends that they shall be, before Sunday. He ordered out all the new men for drill this afternoon, giving the men who carried the brunt of the attack yesterday to rest up until Tuesday. Detroit, with a new coach and a rebuilt team, has been mentioned as the team which may slide up past the Chicago Bears into the throne room of the Western division. The Packers' raggedness in the fundamentals - blocking and tackling both being off color yesterday - is nothing to worry about, and could have been expected in early season competition. In fact, it lasted well into midseason last year, and will be the target for intensive work in the days just ahead...The crowd howled for George Paskvan yesterday, and that individual was sent in for a few plays to oblige the fans. Curly stressed the fact that Paskvan, Herman Rohrig and Ed Frutig are expected to fit definitely into the Packer picture, but have not been here long enough to be thoroughly caught up on offensive and defensive assignments...Add disappointments - the Packer band. The boys left early to play a series of concerts up through the Fox river valley but were rained out in every place. Manager Wilner Burke announced that the concerts will be played Sept. 21 en route home from the Cleveland game at Milwaukee.
SEPT 8 (New York) - The American Professional Football league, at a meeting which ended early Sunday, drew up three tentative schedules for the 1941 season and President William L. Griffith of Columbus, Ohio, announced that the league would operate, probably with six members. Five teams which played through last season are ready to continue, Griffith said. These are New York, Columbus, Buffalo, Milwaukee and Cincinnati. The Boston club, considered an uncertain starter, may also continue in operation and applications have been received for a Philadelphia team, which may replace Boston. To take care of all possibilities, schedules for five, six and seven teams were drawn up. Even if only five teams start, the league will play through the season, Griffith said, because he has received assurances that strongly backed teams in Detroit and Washington are ready to join the circuit in 1942 and that several other cities, including St. Louis, Baltimore and Louisville have shown interest. The New York franchise, which was operated last year by Douglas Hertz, has been turned over to Coach Jack McBride, who said he plans to gather his team for training Monday.

interest in the Milwaukee Chiefs, who will open the American league season next Sunday against the Columbus Bullies at State Fair park. This game, incidentally, may be one of the toughest of the season. These teams were the class of the league last season and seem likely to fight it out for the title again. The Bullies won the championship in 1940 but the Chiefs were a better team. This fall, however, the Columbus squad has been training and playing rugby for week at Winnipeg and is apt to be further advanced than Milwaukee. The question we hear most is: What sort of team will Tiny Cahoon have? Coach Cahoon will have a team with a big university line and, essentially, a small college backfield. The combination is a matter of necessity. How it will work remains to be seen. Capable linemen are plentiful. Even with the National league teams looking for talent, there is enough left over for a club like the Chiefs. That is why Cahoon was able to get together such a sturdy defensive team last year. Linemen like Bykowski and Humphrey of Purdue, Lenich of Illinois, Bob Eckl of Wisconsin, Akin and Haley of Baylor, Bob Hoel of Minnesota and Milt Trost of Marquette, and ends like Sherman Barnes of Baylor, Earl Ohlgren of Minnesota, Gil Thomsen of Marquette and Connie Mack Berry of North Carolina State could play in any company. Cahoon's offense last season was nothing to brag about. Good running and passing backs are scarce. Boys from big schools have contracts waiting. National league teams take all they can get who look promising. The same is true of power men. Last season Cahoon could not get a real fullback. He picked up a dandy running back in Obbie Novakofski of Lawrence. Little Johnny Maltsch of Marquette helped Obbie carry the load. Over the winter Cahoon combed the smaller colleges for more backs. He came up with several who look promising. Outstanding among them is Don Perkins of Platteville Teacher, a hard runner, a good passer and a fine quick kicker. Another hard runner is John Pincsak of Augustana. Dick Lass of the La Crosse Teachers passes well and is a fast, slashing runner. Vernon Ellis of St. Norbert has shown some speed. Jim Trebbin of St. Olaf picks holes well. Howie Weiss' desire to set up here in the insurance business gave the Chiefs a power man with Big Ten (Wisconsin) and National league experience. They picked up some more big time players in Bronko Malesevich of Wisconsin and Milt Merka of Baylor. Out of this combination Cahoon is going to produce an offensive. This observer thinks it will be interesting to watch, with power, speed and long and short passes. Another question we hear often is: How would the Chiefs stack up against the Packers or the other National league clubs? That is something which only competition can answer satisfactorily. We think the Chiefs' first string line could play most of the National league teams on even terms. When it came to replacements things would be different. National league backfields have proved themselves in big time competition, both in college and pro ball, while the Chiefs' backfield for the most part has not. The Chiefs would make it interesting for the weaker National league teams - Kenosha's 21-21 game with the Chicago Cardinals Tuesday night proves that - but Milwaukee would be overpowered by the big teams. Given a second string line as good as the first, however, and the two or three stars in the backfield, the Chiefs could play ball in the National league. The nucleus is there.
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.
​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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SEPT 8 (Milwaukee) - The Packers won their football game with the Philadelphia Eagles here Sunday afternoon, but it cost six of them money. Veterans Joe Laws, Charles Schultz, Larry Buhler and Larry Craig, and rookies George Paskvan and Lee McLaughlin reported to the management of the Schroeder hotel, at which they live in when in Milwaukee, that their rooms had been robbed. It cost Paskvan $32, Craig $15, Laws $10, McLaughlin $11, Buhler $14 and Schultz $6. It was the third time, according to the Packers, that some of their boys had been robbed at this hotel while playing a game. P.S. Buckets Goldenberg, remembering what happened here in the past, put his money in his show.
SEPT 8 (Green Bay) - It is trite to remark that football success depends upon team play, not on the performance of any individuals alone. It is just as trite to remark that without the help of all, no one individual can stand out in a football game. Nevertheless, one name rides high above all others in the Green Bay Packers' 28 to 21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at State fair park here Sunday. That is Don Hutson. Hutson thrilled 10,000 spectators with three touchdowns and furnished grief for Coach Earl (Greasy) Neale and the finest assortment of players who ever have worn the brand of Philadelphia. At the Schroeder hotel after the ​game, Neale commented: "When you are trying to line up a defense against him, Hutson, of course, is a team in himself." Clare Randolph, who used to center for the Detroit Lions and who was scouting for that team Sunday afternoon, expressed a similar sentiment when he stated that "the biggest break in this football game came when Lambeau signed Hutson seven years ago." Again, for an exhibition game, the contest afforded some fine football, and considerable that could have been improved, Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers asserted, "It shows that we need lots of work."...BUILDING FROM SCRATCH: Neale declared, "With a lot more work I believe that we may have something. We started building from the ground up, and I am not disappointed with the results thus far." The Philadelphia coach was quick to admit Packer superiority - at this stage. He believes that when timing gets down, and some of the new players familiarize themselves with the Lambeau system, the Packers will have a strong title contender. "You have hard running backs in Canadeo, Rohrig and Lou Brock," he reminded. "Those boys are an asset to any team." Neale made some off the record comparisons of Packer strength and that of some other teams he has seen play this season. While it would be a strain on the ethics of this profession to divulge his statements when he pointedly said, "This is not for publication," it won't do any harm to advise that the Packers fared well in the comparisons. Several Green Bay sports followers as well as those in Milwaukee and other sections of the state were present. Opinion among them was divided. Many feared what they termed Packer lapses in which the Eagles collected 21 points. Others recognized the Philadelphia renaissance as something commendable, but ventured the thought that the difference between the teams was much greater than the score indicated...MAY BE GREATER: Among people close to the game, the latter conclusion seemed most popular. Once more, some of the observations of Coach Neale are significant. "Some of your veterans still are rusty," he said in reference to the Packer attack, "but they'll come around. Jankowski is hitting as hard as ever, and this Balazs seems to be coming right along." Neale's comments were all random shots. He was speaking of things and players as his memory served him. Other friends and well-wishers constantly interrupted the trend of thought. But he made no effort to hide his admiration of the Packer power backs. "Any coach in the league would like to have Jankowski at fullback," he stated. Along the Packer line he gave merited comment to the play of veteran Bill Lee and rookie Ernie Pannell. On his own team, Neale joined the multitudes in praise of Daniel di Santis, Lou Tomasetti, Terrance Fox, Fred Gloden, Len Barnum, Wesley McAfee and Foster Watkins in the backfield, and especially Enio Conti in the line. But in general, Neale's reaction was long along the lines of "for what we have, we didn't do badly."...MAN IN MOTION: Neale has adopted an offensive built on the "T" formation idea. His man in motion attack is very much like that employed by George Halas of the Bears. "I spent six months working on that offensive," he said yesterday. The inference was that he expected to get good results, and certainly was not surprised when it produced touchdowns. Alexis Thompson, personable young owner of the Philadelphia franchise, is launching his career in the NFL on crutches. He broke a bone in his right foot 
SEPT 9 (Green Bay) - Waivers were asked on six members of the Green Bay Packer football squad, including the veteran Arnie Herber and Champ Seibold, as the team returned to a sodden practice field in preparation for Sunday's struggle with the Detroit Lions here - the opening contest of the 1941 National league season for both teams. The action, taken by Coach Curly Lambeau, means that all other teams in the NFL must waive on the six before they can be given their outright releases. If any is needed to bolster the lineups of any club, he can be purchased at the waiver price of $100. The men was subject to recall at any time before they report to a new team. Lambeau asked waivers on Herber, right halfback; Seibold, left tackle; Bob Kahler, halfback from Nebraska; Henry Luebcke, Iowa tackle; Dick Evans, Iowa end; and Lou Midler, Minnesota guard. At the same time he said that Herber, for several years the greatest forward passer in professional football, has been offered the post of assistant coach with the Long Island Indians, Green Bay's farm team. Herber has not said whether or not he will accept the post. Returning with the Packer squad from its game with the Eagles at Milwaukee was Mike Bucchianeri, three year varsity guard at the University of Indiana, who played with the College All-Americans at Soldier field and was received in a deal with Philadelphia. Bucchianeri, a native of Monogahela, Penn., weighs 210 pounds and measure five feet 11 inches. He was drafted by the Eagles, but when Coach Greasy Neale found himself well supplied with guards, the deal with Green Bay was engineered. Since the last football season he has worked as a pipe liner in his home state. Lambeau also announced that Bill Kuusisto, Minnesota guard, has been shifted to right tackle. Karl Schuelke, Wisconsin halfback, has left the team to report to the Long Island, managed by  Verne Lewellen. Some of the men for whom waivers were asked also may land at Long Island, Lambeau indicated, but such action can't be taken until all teams have waived on them. National league rules now require that each team reduce its personnel to 33 players before its first league game. The Packers were out on the practice field this morning despite a steady drizzling rain. Curly is anxious for the weather to clear up so that adequate preparation can be made for the strong and rebuilt Lions, next to the Bears rated the toughest opponent on the Green Bay schedule...MANY FAMILIAR FACES: The Detroiters will invade Green Bay with an impressive personnel of familiar names, some of them familiar to professional football followers and others well known for more recent collegiate exploits. For instance, big Milt Piepul, Notre Dame fullback, is a new man to the team and the list of veteran backs includes Whizzer ​White, Lloyd Cardwell, Fred Vanzo and Cotton Price. A startling newcomer who is rated highly is Harry (Hippity) Hopp, late of the University of Nebraska. Alex Wojciehowicz heads the list of returning centers and among the guard freshmen is a star of the recent All-Star game, Agostino Lio of Georgetown. The Detroit tackle corps has been largely restaffed, and consists of a group of young fellows weighing in excess of 225 pounds apiece. Bill Fisk, Chuck Hanneman and Maury Britt are among the returning ends...TIMES A-WASTIN': The Packers haven't too much time in which to get set for this imposing array, particularly if the drippy weather continues. With waivers asked on the six present squad members, the roster is trimmed to 37, which mans that a few more have to go before long. The best known of the waiver men is Herber. He is in his 14th season of professional football, and his 12th with
SEPT 11 (Green Bay) - Goaded by persistent rumors of a mighty football team forming in Detroit, the Green Bay Packers are rushing preparations for their opening game in the Western division of the NFL against the Lions here Sunday afternoon. The two life-long buddies, Head Coach William Edwards and Assistant Coach Roy (Dugan) Miller, are creating a powerful aggregation at Detroit. Their principal objective, of course, is to win the title, but on the way they desire especially to knock off the Lions' greatest rivals, the Packers. Most feared in the Western division this year are the Chicago Bears, but Coach Curly Lambeau's Packers are regarded as dangerous contenders. This leaves the Lions in the role of a darkhorse, and their coaches are certain to take full advantage of the situation. Many tickets remain unsold for the game with the Lions here Sunday, but Ticket Chairman E.A. Spachmann is urging fans to avoid a last-minute rush. Choice seats remain in all of the price brackets - $1.10, $1.65, $2.20, $2.75 and $3.30. Coach Lambeau is not underestimating the power of the Lions. A new team is being built at Detroit, and the squad includes some of the most dangerous players in the country. It is anticipated, too, that Miller and Edwards have found several aces in their list of recruits. "We must play topnotch ball just about every minute if we are to defeat the Lions," Lambeau stated today. "The team we have this year looks all right, but it still faces its first test in league competition, despite what we learned in the exhibition games."...FULL DAYS AHEAD: Two drills were prescribed for the Packers today, in addition to an indoor session. Another practice is set for Friday morning, and Friday afternoon there will be an examination on assignments. A tapering-off drill is planned for Saturday morning. A colorful National league game has been planned for the fans Sunday. Elaborate plans have been made for extra entertainment which will include the Green Bay Packer Lumberjack band and the Milwaukee road's Hiawatha band from Milwaukee. The entertainment will start an hour before the kickoff at 2 o'clock, and the musicians also will perform between halves and during all timeout periods. One of the most exciting features will be an exhibition by the Swiss flag throwers with the 60-piece Milwaukee unit. Both bands will play the Star Spangled Banner for the color raising ceremony...HANNEMAN IS TOUGH: News from the Detroit camp is that Chuck Hanneman, now in his fifth season with the Lions, will be a more dangerous end than ever. Weighing close to 220 pounds and six feet in height, Hanneman is outstanding at pass catching, field goal kicking, adding the point after and blocking on offense. His defensive play also is brilliant. Lloyd Cardwell, also in his fifth season, is showing up well again at the wingback position. He towers six feet, three inches, weighs close to 200 pounds, and is called by many coaches as the greatest halfback in the NFL. Most spectacular and colorful of the Lions, however, is Byron (Whizzer) White, the famed tailback from the University of Colorado who came to Detroit in 1940. A flashy runner, able passer and great defensive player, the Whizzer seems capable of justifying the miles of newspaper space that have been written about him...MANY OTHER STARS: The Lions' roster contains many other players who have proven their worth in the tough pro grid circuit. Most of them are young in years, indicating the strength for a fast start and a steady finish in the National league season. In Agostino Lio of Georgetown, and Milton Piepul of Notre Dame, Detroit won two of the most sought-after men in the NFL's draft last fall. They are regarded as the most likely of the newcomers. Lio was an All-American, 230-pound guard at Georgetown. He is a natural competitor - rugged and instilled with a winning spirit. His team won 25 games and lost but two during the three years that he was a member of the Georgetown varsity. He is a great defensive and offensive guard, and increased his value by doing placekicking in a highly accurate manner. Piepul is another All-American selection that is counted on heavily to aid the Lions' drive for the 1940 title. Big Milton was captain of the 1940 Notre Dame eleven, and is rated as the greatest fullback produced by the Irish in more than a decade. Elmer Layden classed the 215-pound Piepul as the best defensive fullback that he has seen. Backing up the line for the Irish last year, he made a majority of the tackle. Although he is big, noted for his driving power on line smashes and powerful, Milt is fast enough to be great on end sweeps. He also is a placekicker of no little ability.
SEPT 11 (By Steve Owen - New York Giants) - We are not claiming championships or singing the blues. But the Giants have available a strong group of veterans and one of the finest rookie crops in the club's history. We signed our first seven draft choices. Chet Gladchuck, Boston college, Pittsburgh's No. 1 draft selection, and Marion Pugh, Texas Aggies 1940 passing ace and Philadelphia's No. 2 draft choice, are also with the club. ​Most of the new strength is in the backfield, where it was most needed. We will feature speed, with more hidden ball and man-in-motion plays. George Franck, Minnesota All-America halfback, Clinton "Red" McClain, S.M.U., Howie Yeager, Santa Barbara, are new men able to run 100 yards in 10 seconds. Len Eshmont, Fordham, Francis Reagan, Penn, Mike Ruddy, Cornell, and Pugh are the other rookies almost as fast. Kay Eakin, Arkansas flash injured early in 1940, should be important in the new blitz offense. Other veteran backs will fit in well, too. The ends have been strengthened with the addition of pass catchers like Don Vosberg, Marquette, Dick Horne, Washington State, and Marty O'Hagan, Portland U. Most promising newcomers on the line are Lou DeFilippo, Fordham, and Gladchuck, centers; Win Pedersen, Minnesota, and Tony Blazine, Chicago Cardinals, tackles; Len Younce, Oregon State, Charley Avedisian, Providence, and Casimere Brovarney, Brown, guards. I think Washington, New York and Brooklyn will fight it out for the Eastern title; the Chicago Bears, defending champions, Green Bay and Detroit in the West.
SEPT 11 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals announced Thursday the acquisition of Richard Evans, an end, from the Green Bay Packers on waivers. A Chicagoan, he played at the University of Iowa.
SEPT 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - Judging by all of the questions asked of this observer, there's a lot of 
SEPT 12 (Green Bay) - "Before Sunday night we'll know what kind of a ball club we have." That's Curly Lambeau's attitude toward the approaching game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at City stadium Sunday afternoon, and there is plenty to indicate that the Packer players share his seriousness about the assignment. As the Packers attempted to set up their forward pass defense to its highest pitch in two practices yesterday, they were warned again and again of the aerial threat provided by the two Detroit aces, Cotton Price and Whizzer White. Undoubtedly, these two veterans will get the call from Coach Bill Edwards to drench the air with passes soon after the 2 o'clock starting time. Detroit, like the Philadelphia Eagles, has a largely rebuilt team and a new coaching system. Edwards brought with him from Western Reserve university his assistant, Roy (Dugan) Miller, and these two guide the destinies of the Lions. The Detroit squad will arrive here at 3:40 tomorrow morning on the North Western road, and will remain in its sleeping cars until 7:30 a.m. The team will headquarter at Hotel Northland. The Lions will leave on the North Western train at 6 o'clock Sunday evening, directly after the game. Extra entertainment has been arranged for the football game. In addition to the peppy and popular Packer Lumberjack band, the Milwaukee road Hiawatha Service club band of Milwaukee will appear. Numbering 57, the band is composed entirely of Milwaukee Road employees, and was organized in March, 1940 by Robert O. Burr...SAW WAR SERVICE: Conducted on a semi-military basis, the band has a captain, two sergeants and eight corporals, who saw service in the World war, and apply their knowledge of drilling to the band's march formations. The director is Jacob Joseph Zwickey, a musician with 43 years of experience. Drum Majorette Marion Corak and Drum Major Door Dietz will display their skill in baton twirling, and appearing with the band Sunday will be Clyde Rosellen, Swiss flag thrower. Three color bearers will lead the band's marching numbers, and the unit will parade through the business section before the football game. Getting back to the competitive angle, the Packers went through several varieties of rough stuff yesterday, the feature of the occasion being the first time in his life that Cecil Isbell ever was knocked out...IT'S SO KNEEDLESS: That durable young man, who is laid up with injuries about as seldom as any professional football player, stopped fullback Eddie Jankowski's knee as the Jank came charging through on a line play and was knocked completely chilly. The practice was halted while first aid was administered and five minutes later Isbell appeared as good as new. In fact, the entire injury situation is bright, with only one man certain to miss action against the Lions Sunday. He is Russ Letlow, veteran left guard whose service may be missed badly, as he was counted upon to carry the first string assignment this fall. Letlow pulled an ankle muscle in practice and isn't expected to be ready for action until the game with the Chicago Bears here Sept. 28. A week from the Detroit game the Packers are booked against the Cleveland Rams at Milwaukee. Coach Lambeau feel that Sunday's game will be the turning point of the year, determining whether the Packers step off fast with the right foot in their Western division campaign, or are forced to fight up from the floor on the eve of their first game with the Bears. Live bait was used during tackling practice yesterday, the rough work being ordered because the coach realizes that Detroit has been gunning especially for the Packers since the first day of its practice season.
SEPT 12 (Detroit) - Ted Pavelec, former University of Detroit tackle, has won a starting assignment with the Detroit Lions for their opening NFL game against the Packers at Green Bay, Wis., Sunday. The Lions went through a drill at Neighborhood Field in Grosse Pointe Thursday, and following the workout Coach Bill Edwards announced his lineup for the first battle. Pavelec and Harry Hopp, fullback from Nebraska, are the only newcomers named to start. The veterans who will be on the field at the kickoff are ends Charley Hanneman and Bill Fisk, tackle Tony Furst, guards Bill Radovich and John Wiethe, center Alex Wojciehowicz, quarterback Fred Vanzo and halfbacks Lloyd Cardwell and Byron (Whizzer) White. Pavelec, who got a belated
SEPT 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The spirited Milwaukee Chiefs, boasting added strength and well condition after a three week training siege, will be turned loose officially today when they take on the defending champion Columbus Bullies in the American Football league opener at State Fair Park. Kickoff time is 2 p.m. Memory of their thrilling meetings last year and the fact that the game will open the National American Legion convention festivities should make the meeting of the Chiefs and Bullies extremely attractive from a crowd standpoint. A new attendance record for the Chiefs is likely the result. Three thousand members of Sotal, junior Legion organization, will be guests. Eight drum and bugle corps and marching units will do their stuff between the halves. Coach Tiny Cahoon plans to start three newcomers in the backfield - 
Milton Merka of Baylor at fullback, Don Perkins, up from Platteville Teachers college and the sensation of the preliminary games, and Bronko Malesevich, former bone crushing Wisconsin halfback. Howard (Kit) Carson, holdover from last year, will call signals and handle the blocking chores. Howie Weiss, all-American fullback at Wisconsin and a regular with the Detroit Lions the last two seasons, also will see plenty of action. Veterans are predominant in the Chiefs' line. A new addition, Connie Mack Berry, Oshkosh All-Star basketball star, playing end, will team with six rugged operators who went over in a big way last year. They are: Erl Ohlgren, left end; Bob Eckl and Bob Hoel, tackles; Len Akin and Merle Larsen, guards, and Bill Lenich, center. Boss Phil Bucklew of Columbus isn't spotting the Cahoon crowd a thing. To prove his case, he can point to the presence of name artists like Julie Alfonse, former Minnesota hero; Bob Davis, Kentucky's gift to the big time; Wayland Becker, who saw a lot of service in the National league after graduation from Marquette; Jim Strausbaugh, Ohio State star last year; Fred Wunderlich of Xavier; Bill McGannon, new addition to the Notre Dame alumni ranks, and others in their class. Bucklew will put the eagle eye on nine new men. From a power standpoint, the advantage seemingly is with the Chiefs, who have a line average of 213 pounds, backfield 199 and 208 for the entire starting team. The Bullies hit 204 in the line, 191 in the backfield and 199 1/2 overall, and that's not exactly small either. Regardless of the outcome, it will be a real ball game.