NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY, AND COACH LAMBEAU ISN'T OFFERING ANY ALIBI FOR INADEQUATE SHOWING SUNDAY
DEC 15 (Chicago) - The Packers lost themselves a ball game, and next Sunday's league championship playoff will come to Green Bay via radio, with the seats at City stadium empty. As one Bay follower expresses it, there is no substitute for victory. All the post mortems in the world won't change the final result, much as we'd like it reversed. "Let's not alibi. Let's take it. The team wasn't fighting, and they made a lot of mistakes," declared Coach Curly Lambeau on the way home after the initial disappointment of losing had worn off. With his 23rd season in postgraduate football at an abrupt end, he will begin preparing for his 24th. It was evident, though, even before the start of the contest, that the Packers weren't keyed to the pitch they were at in the Nov. 2 victory over Mr. Halas and company. The silent, grim determination was lacking, and although they wanted to win and played, at various times during the afternoon, a lot of football, they never rose to the heights they were for the previous encounter. A list of coaches that would read like a football Who's Who, gathered in the press lounge after the game, concurred in that diagnosis. Dutch Clark, the Detroit Lion veteran who coaches the Rams, ladled out a lot of praise for the Bears but said, "The Packers just weren't up for this one. They did a lot of things wrong." He pointed to the fumbles and miscues that characterized play on both sides and added that "it was a great game from the spectators' point of view." George Halas was pretty well hoarse by the time we got to him, and he steered away from specific mention of football methods, as usual. "I had a feeling we'd win this one. I figured it all along. We were better prepared, and the team was much more highly keyed than they were in November." He had just come from a session as cheerleader in the dressing room, where the photographers were busy posing team pictures...CONZELMAN OFFERS HAND: About that time Jimmy Conzelman came up to offer his congratulations, and he was still there when we asked Halas about next week's encounter with the Giants. The Bear pilot would like to keep off the spot, and see the game doped evenly. "One thing about football in this league - you never can tell from week to week who the best team is going to be." The Cardinal coach broke in there to revise Mr. Halas' observation. "The Bears, of course, should win big next week," he asserted, and added in an aside to his intra-city rival, "I'll do the announcing on it if you don't." Jimmy still thinks his Redbirds should have turned the trick in the Bear-Cardinal battle a week ago, when his played took the lead three time and kept the Bruins worried about their share of the division title until the closing minutes. Someone remarked that Conzelman really shouldn't be congratulating Halas, after what he tried to do to the Bears a week ago. "Absolutely - I'd like to try and do it against them any time - tonight, in fact," smiled the genial Cardinal mentor...MCAFEE IS GREAT: George McAfee had a great day. He put on an exhibition that the frostbitten spectators will well remember. And Norm Standlee, the Bears' freshman fullback, was a powerhouse all the way through. "McAfee runs around 'em, and Standlee runs over 'em," someone aptly remarked. Neither of them figured in the high point of the game, however, when Hugh Gallarneau, who let the opening kickoff bounds off his chest, redeemed himself with an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown, to bring the score to 7-6. Gallarneau's run was fine, but Ray McLean's blocking on the play eclipsed it. The New Hampshire graduate took the first two Packers down under the punt, disposing of them neatly by throwing a vicious block at one, half rising and moving far enough to get the second man. That bit of work gave Gallarneau a 15-yard start and he swung up the north sidelines to go all the way. Last minute action gave the game unusual radio coverage, with two separate NBC networks carrying broadcasts as well as Russ Winnie. Ford Pearson, who has followed the Bears all year, described the game on one hookup from next door to the football press box, and Bill Stern, on another network, held forth from a booth near the baseball box...HIS FIRST GAME: The game was the first professional encounter Stern saw this year, he said, and it "spoils college football for me - these fellows are really good." He added that he would have preferred a closer score, "something like 31 to 29", was his idea. The spectators got a kick out of it, he thought, in spite of this wide margin of victory. Jack Manders of the Bear coaching staff appeared with Brother Pug, the league-leading ground gainer from Brooklyn, in tow. He's quite a fullback himself, but the Dodger powerhouse had a lot of good words for the work of Norman Standlee. "I've never seen a better game by a fullback," he said. Manders plans to start work next week in a Des Moines defense plant. Hollywood was represented by the person of Joe E. Brown, the wide-mouthed comedian with a reputation as a sports fan. He arrived late in the first half and was installed on the Bear bench for the remainder of the game...GAME IS ROUGH: The game was a rough one and the Packers bore a lot of marks as souvenirs, on the trip home. A particularly flagrant violation on Ray Bray's block on Van Every after the Minnesota star had run out of bounds with the ball. The field outside the sidelines stripes was frozen hard as concrete, and 15 yards probably didn't help the bump that Van Every received on the play. A tarpaulin covered with hay kept the playing surface from freezing - it was, in fact, a little soggy as the moisture worked up through the ground. It didn't protect the spectators any from the weather, and they appeared in hunting costumes, sheepskin coasts, snow suits, or anything else to shield the biting cold. The sun made it look like a football day, but it didn't raise the temperature much. There were empty seats at the game, notably in the upper reaches of the grandstand, and the scalpers apparently took a licking. They were meeting all arriving taxicabs and buses in a desperate effort to sell tickets and were stuck with a lot of them - an item which should cheer football fans to some extent.
SCRIBES PRAISE BAYS' SHOWING
DEC 15 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers are still the people's choice - in New York, Chicago, and, of course, Green Bay. That may sound like a broad statement in view of the proceedings at Wrigley field here Sunday afternoon, but it represents the thoughts and opinions of a group of sportswriters too numerous to mention. One writer in particular, however, was really outspoken on the subject of the Green Bay Packers, who were going through their pregame practice at the time he was questioned. His name was Graham Mallouf and he represented the International News Service. Brother Mallouf, shivering like all the rest of us, came to bat with the statement that the Packers are "THE team in this league. They've got that certain something called color that makes them the people's choice around the National circuit." The Chicagoan, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, thought it was downright amazing how a city the size of Green Bay could support an aggregation of big league football players who can more than hold their own in the pro circuit. Mallouf has other interests in the Packers. At Minnesota he often covered the gridiron antics of Hal Van Every, Andy Uram, Bill Kuusisto, Charles Schultz and George Svendsen, all Minnesota-Packer men, and had a particular warm spot in his heart for them. They were approximately 60 sportswriters in the baseball press box, which is located directly in back of home plate and extends partly up the first and third base lines. There were also 10 or 15 telegraph men. The football box, reserved for the papers directly interested, held about 15 writers, including one from the Press-Gazette...SCRIBES GET EXCITED: Supposedly a fair group of citizens, the scribes actually got excited to the point of loud exclamation when the Packers scored first. They immediately moved to the edges of their seats and pushed a little harder on their pencils. Visions of that 73-0 lacing the Bears gave Washington last year seemed to be gone for good. At least, some of the Chicago writers were recalling the massacre before the game. It wasn't long before Hugh Gallarneau got off his 81-yard gallop. This bit of scoring was greeted with mixed emotion. Some of the boys seemed to think that Gallarneau's run set the spark for complete annihilation of the Packers. Others were of that just-wait-and-see opinion. They did wait. The things that happened in the second quarter left the Packer fans among the writers gasping for breath. Then came the half, a chance to get more thoughts of some of the other typewriter pounders. It was amazing to say the least. You'd think that every one of them was writing for a Wisconsin paper, because nearly all of them had that disgusted feeling about the Bears. They weren't sore because the Bears made the game look like a runaway, but because the Halas gridders seemed to be getting all of the breaks. At this point, the Packers were definitely the underdog, and had all the hopes and well wishes that a group of sportswriters could offer. The scribes apparently did not have that I-feel-sorry-for-them feeling, because they knew that the Packers could take care of themselves. The Bays showed that on Nov. 2. As you all know, the Packers had some trouble during the second half, and also some interesting moments. But what about the "fifth quarter" or overtime that the writers were screaming about for the last two weeks?..."PLAYER" IN UNIFORM: A fifth quarter was held, but not on the football field. It took place in what is known as a press lounge under the Wrigley field stands. There were several football players and retired football players present. There was also a "player" in uniform. He turned out to be Andy Lotshaw, the liniment man, who soothes the muscles of the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs. Among the writers present was a gent by the name of Art Daley. No, we're not kidding! He represented the New York Times. Daley, a veteran writer of baseball, track, football and just about everything under the label of sports, also expressed his like for the Packers. He, incidentally, was one of the New York boys who didn't kick about the press facilities at the New York Giant-Packer championship game at Milwaukee several years ago. Daley pointed out that Green Bay's Packer team is highly regarded by the fans in Gotham despite the opinions of some of the partisan writers. Getting back to that press box business of the Giant-Packers game. it might be remembers that the New York writers bellyached about the facilities mainly as an excuse for the terrible beating their Giants took. Green Bay and Milwaukee writers furnished opposition to the remarks of the eastern scribes...WITHOUT FIELD GLASSES: Speaking about press facilities, a writer without a pair of field glasses was strictly lost in the baseball box at Wrigley field. The players could not be identified by their numbers in at least half of the field. We say this with all due respect to George Strickler, publicity director of the league, who made arrangements for the press. He did the best he could, and it was perfect under the circumstances. The spectators and scribes who wore red flannels were undoubtedly the smartest in the crowd. The rest of us were soliciting business for the doctor. Pardon us, while we sneeze.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau is no cry baby, and he didn't cry Sunday night. He felt the sting of defeat perhaps more keenly than any of the players on the Packer squad, but I could detect no real bitterness in his voice when I overheard him remark to his assistant, Red Smith, "I wish I were three days older." Curly Lambeau is a hard loser - just as all great coaches are. If he didn't regret losing a game, even a game that had no real importance, he would have no business trying to compete in a tough outfit like the NFL. But Curly was offering no excuses. He admitted that the team did not function as it might have, and as he expected it would, but where he placed any blame or pointed out instances of faulty play he did it from a coach's and not a personal angle. When Curly is three days older, and probably even sooner than that, he will start building for next year's campaign. The war no doubt will have considerable effect, and undoubtedly there will be more changes in the Packer personnel than there would otherwise...Backfield star Lou Brock was an unhappy individual (one of many) on the trip home Sunday night. He cracked a couple of ribs while helping the Packers whip the Redskins at Washington two weeks ago, and was unable to play against the Bears. He said it was the first time since his sophomore year in high school that he did not see action in a league contest...Passer Cecil Isbell is building up quite a record for himself. When he passed to Hal Van Every for a touchdown in the third period at Chicago, it was his 12th consecutive game that he passed a receiver to pay dirt...Thus comes to an end another spectacular season for the Green Bay Packers. They did not win a championship, as they had done five times before, but they still had a great year and gave the fans their full money's worth. Over in the Packer ticket office they still are playing the championship game which Green Bay almost had for Dec. 21. They sold about $10,000 in reservations, and now it is up to them to return the money. Spike Spachmann, director of ticket sales, said that all of the money will be in the mail by Tuesday or Wednesday.
PACKERS SIMPLY LACKED PUNCH WHEN IT COUNTED
DEC 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Chicago Bears were hot and the Green Bay Packers were not, so Curly Lambeau's team was very badly outplayed Sunday at Wrigley field in Chicago. The game was not won because the Bear backs were so good or lost because Packer passes failed. It was won and lost in the line. Those hard charging Chicago forwards made the Packer running game look like a high school effort. When they did not smear the Packer passer, oftener than not they rushed him so badly that the pass was wobbly or wild or both. Nearly every Packer punt barely cleared the fingers of hurtling Bears. Hinkle, for his punting, and Isbell, for his passing, under such harassing circumstances cannot be praised enough. Despite all of this, the Packers could have won this game. This observer, in years of covering football, has seen many a team win even though badly outplayed, simply because when the scoring chances came it had the punch. The Packers just did not have the punch in the clutch Sunday. They muffed more chances than they cashed, and they needed to cash in every time to say with the Bears, who got points every time they got near the Green Bay goal...MUFFED MANY POINTS: The Packers cashed their first opportunity for a touchdown. A few minutes later they had another chance but stalled on the 32 and missed a field goal. At the end of the first half, Frutig caught a long pass on the one yard line. The Packers failed to score from there in two plays. Early in the third quarter, Riddick caught a pass in the clear but looked back and let himself be caught on the 14 and the Packers could not score from there. The next chance was turned into a touchdown. After that, the Packers had first down on the 23 and lost the ball, and first down on the 21 and a pass was intercepted. This does not include the much discussed pass which Hutson dropped. That does not rate as a legitimate scoring chance. When a championship contender is inside the 15 yard line, however, it must be counted as a scoring chance. The Packers failed on two such chances - 14 points lost. And when a pro team is inside the 35, it has a field goal chance. The Packers had three such chances - 9 points lost. The first kicks was missed. The other two chances came late in the game when a kick would do no good - but would have done some good if the earlier chances had been cashed. So, we say, the Packers might have won if they had cashed in every chance as the Bears did. Add the points - 14 scored, 14 plus 9 or 23 missed. A total of 37. They might even have missed one of the field goals and a point after touchdown and come out of it with a tie. This is just a pipe dream, of course, but it serves to show just how badly the Packers failed. And the reason they failed was that big, bad Bear line...PLENTY OF TICKETS: Once more it was demonstrated Sunday in Chicago that one can always get tickets outside the gates of a big sports attraction, even if it has officially been sold out for days. Scores of men were standing around and running around outside Wrigley field trying to get rid of tickets. Some undoubtedly were persons left with a spare ticket or two because friends had been unable to accompany them. Many, however, had fistfuls of tickets, where they offered as low as 75c or a shiny pants button as the game began. George Halas, owner of the Bears, certainly must have done a sloppy job of selling the seats he hogged if the scalpers could get so many. And good legitimate customers in Milwaukee and other Wisconsin cities could not get tickets.
SHAUGHNESSY IS GIVEN CREDIT FOR BEARS' WIN
DEC 15 (Chicago) - In a far corner of the Chicago Cubs' pink poodle room where baseball and football postmortems are held, Paddy Driscoll of the Chicago Bears' coaching staff Sunday afternoon singled out Clark Shaughnessy, coach at Stanford university. "I'm sorry you lost those boys, Clark, but I'm sure glad we got 'em," said Paddy. "They brought us home today." Between them, Hugh Gallardeau and Norm Standlee scored three of the four Bears' touchdowns in a 33-14 rout of the Green Bay Packers. "Gallarneau proved his greatness in the first period," Driscoll said. "His 81 yard punt return put us back in the ball game at a time when we were so tight we couldn't do anything right. He made the mistake that cost us the first touchdown, but he loosened us up so much with his run that we were sailing in the clear even though the Packers had us, 7-6. And Standlee! He's another Bronko Nagurski." Just as a passing thought, how much actual football do you think the crowd saw for three hours watching the clock tick off an hour of playing time? The ball was in play 12 minutes 48 seconds. For every eight seconds the ball moved in the second period the Bears scored a point, and, since each team controlled the ball for 20 plays, that makes it a point for the Bears every four seconds. Or does it?
LEWELLEN'S TEAM FACES FINAL GAME FOR LEAGUE CROWN
DEC 15 (Jersey City, NJ) - A surging 59-yard drive for a touchdown and an extra point Sunday gave the Long Island Indians of Valley Stream, N.Y. a 7 to 6 victory over the Jersey City Giants and placed them in the final round of the American Football association playoff. The Indians are coached by Verne Lewellen, Green Bay attorney and former Green Bay Packer star. The Indians are a farm club of the Packers. John Rogalla, Giants' fullback, former University of Scranton athlete, kicked a 29-yard field goal in the first half. Sprints of 19 and 18 yards by Jules Koshlap, former Georgetown star, was climaxed by a three-yard plunge over the goal line by fullback Joe Maddox. Hayward Sanford, quarterback, booted the point to provide the winning margin. The Giants came back in the same period with another field goal by Rogalla from the 33-yard line, but all efforts to crash through the Indians' ground defenses proved futile. In the closing seasons, Bob Kahler, Long Island back, who started the season with the Packers, shook loose for a 77-yard jaunt, but he was nabbed on the seven yard line. The Indians will meet the Wilmington, Del., Clippers for the championship next Sunday. Wilmington defeated the Paterson, N.J., Panthers, 33 to 0, Sunday in the other semifinal playoff.