PACKERS, RAMS TOSS AERIAL BOMBS AT CITY STADIUM SUNDAY
OCT 17 (Green Bay) - Dutch Clark's Cleveland Rams - well capable of stabbing the championship hopes of the Green Bay Packers in the back - will attempt to spring an ambush on Curly Lambeau's football athletes at City stadium at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Both loaded with aerial bombs, the Packers and Rams will be looking for their third NFL victories. The Packers could go into first place with a win, providing, of course, the Chicago Bears fall before the New York Giants. Sunday's will be the 12th game between the two rivals. The Packers won nine decisions and tied one. Cleveland scored its only victory in the Bays' own ball yard in 1939 when Parker Hall and Company won out, 27 to
24, in a thriller. That same company will be around at 2
o'clock tomorrow afternoon, with Hall still in his role as
executive secretary of the passing department. He has
a new assistant, Indian Jack Jacobs, who has helped to
make the Rams the most dangerous darkhorse in the
league. With Hall and Jacobs pitching behind a vetean
line, headed by tackle Chet Adams of Ohio university
and guard Riley Matheson of Texas. Lambeau's men
face a tougher problem than they did in 1939 because
that Cleveland team had only one passer. Hall. It might
be recalled that the Packers had beaten the Bears a
week before the Rams came to Green Bay. Matching
the Cleveland aerial program will be Touchdown Twins
Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson, assisted by hurler Tony
Canadeo and backstops Andy Uram, Keith Ranspot,
Joe Carter, Joel Mason and a host of others...STRETCH
PASSING RECORD: Isbell will attempt to stretch to 16
the number of consecutive games in which he has
completed scoring throws, although it it means the
difference between victory and defeat the try for the
record will be postponed. Isbell cut loose with scoring
pitches in every league game last season and has
added three to his belt so far this year. Hutson,
incidentally, has something of a personal record to keep
up. Sticky-fingered Don has scored three touchdowns
against Cleveland at three different times in his career.
The first was Oct. 17, 1937 when the Bays whipped
Cleveland there, 35 to 10. He did it twice in 1938 while
the Packers were winning, 26 to 17 at Green Bay and
28 to 7 at Cleveland. But don't get too optimistic. Don
had plenty of tough times with Cleveland. For instance,
back in 1939 when the Rams beat Green Bay here,
three interceptions led to the winning touchdown. That
same year Bill Lazetich, a halfback, bottled up Hutson,
and the Packers barely won, 7 to 6, in the closing
minutes. That same Mr. Lazetich will be around again Sunday afternoon...LIKE MCLEAN, GALLARNEAU: The Packers will be facing one of the faster teams in the league. Halfback Dante Magnani is compared with Ray McLean and Hugh Gallarneau of the Bears in the matter of speed. Corby Davis, the former Indiana fullback great, supplies most of the drive together with Gaylon Smith, a great halfback, who runs to his left and right with equal ability. Others in the Cleveland lineup to watch are end Jim Benton and Ben Hightower, both excellent pass receivers; center Bill Conkright, a former Bear center; and guards Wilfred Thorpe and Larry Brahm. Benton is a four-year veteran and Hightower, one of the brightest prospects in the league, is a freshman. Green Bay fans will get their first peek at two newcomers, end Keith Ranspot and tackle Royal Kahler. Ranspot broke in with a bang at Milwaukee last Sunday by catching a 20-yard pass from Tony Canadeo for a touchdown. Kahler, a brother of back Bob, looked good against Detroit and in practice this week...START SHOCK TROOPS: Lambeau is expected to start his shock troops, a procedure which he has followed in all of the league games thus far. This group might include Joel Mason and Earl Ohlgren, ends; Ernie Pannell and Paul Berezney, tackles;
Captain Buckets Goldenberg and Bill Kussisto,
guards; center Bob Ingalls; and backs Joe Laws,
Dick Weisgerber, Tony Canadeo and Ted Fritsch.
Isbell, Uram, Larry Craig and Lou Brock will make
up the "relief backfield". The Rams today held the
unique distinction of being the first visiting team to
arrive in Green Bay in two trains. The first group
pulled in on the Chicago and North Western road at
8 o'clock this morning and the second came in at
9:15. An Office of Defense Transportation ruling
prevents the road from putting more than a regularly scheduled number of sleepers on its trains, and a single sleeper, which has 24 berths, is not enough to accommodate the entire squad. The Rams will leave in two sections Sunday night - the first at 8:15 and the other at 12:15...ACCOMMODATE "SHOPPERS": The ticket office at City stadium will be open at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, while the office in the Legion building will be open until 9 o'clock tonight to accommodate late "shoppers". Ticket Director Ralph C. Smith announced that there are plenty of good seats available.
Between halves, Cathedral and St. John of the Catholic
Grade School Football league will put on a scrimmage.
An army official from Milwaukee is schedule to give an
address before the youngsters' game. The Pittsburgh
Steelers, with Bill Dudley in the driver's seat, can move
into a tie for second place in the Eastern division with a
victory over Philadelphia Sunday, provided the Chicago
Bears do not throw down all the experts by dropping a
decision to the New York Giants, who invade Chicago.
In other games, Washington moves to Brooklyn where
Coach Red Flahery expects the Dodgers to play "the
game they were thinking about last week when they
should have been thinking about Dudley", and the
Chicago Cardinals invade Detroit. In Chicago there is
some surprise at the part rookies are to play in the
Giant offense. Western pro fans seem to remember
that Tuffy Leemans is still on the New York roster, and
whenever they think of Leemans they think of trouble.
Leemans helped not at all to allay their fears when he
threw three touchdown passes last week. The Bears
have not been overly successful against passes and
what's more that have not had a look yet at the Giants'
widely publicized O'Neal Adams, a rookie end from
PACKERS CAN GO INTO 'MASS' PLAY AFTER WAR
OCT 17 (Green Bay) - After Uncle Sam finishes his date
with Japan, German and Italy, the Green Bay Packers
can go into football business on a big scale. A total of
50 players, 20 of whom saw action with the Packers in
previous years, will be eligible to discard their service
uniforms for the Green and Gold of the Green Bay
eleven after the way. This figure does not include
several members of the 1942 team who likely will be
called after this season. Some members of the 50-
player squad were obtained by the Packers in the NFL
draft last December, and others were signed by Coach
Curly Lambeau on his personal scouting tours. A few
were signed after the 1940 draft but were later called
into service before being able to join the team. As an
example of the "sweeping power" of Uncle Sam's draft, the 1942 lease draft produced only one out of 20 players Lambeau selected. That one was Bob Ingalls, Michigan center, who is now a member of the 1942 squad. The 50-player group includes 20 backs, 10 ends, six guards and four centers. The Packers contributed 17 members of the 1941 organization to the service and one, tackle Bob Wood, from the 1940 squad. The 1941 group includes Dick Flatley, who operated in the public relations department for the Green Bay team. The league gave up a total of 185 players from the 1941 and 1940 seasons. The Philadelphia Eagles lost the most, 25, while the New York Giants saw 22 of their players go into the service. Brooklyn and Detroit each lost 19. Of the 185players, a total of 70 entered the United States Army - some by draft and others by enlistments. The navy claimed 55; army air corps 27, navy air corps 18; the marines 11; and the marine air corps, coast guards, navy intelligence department and army medical corps claimed one each. Hinkle is the coast guardsman, while Bob McLeod of the Bears joined the marine air corps. Whizzer White, former Detroit star, is in the navy intelligence department, and Al Baisi of the Bears selected the army medical corps...48 ARE OFFICERS: Forty-eight of the 185 players are commissioner officers. The Giants proved to be the "smartest", with 14 of their roster gaining the officer ranking. The Brooklyn Dodgers have 10 officers and the Packers have nine. The Eagles are without an officer representative.
RAMS PRIMED FOR THE BAYS
OCT 17 (Green Bay) - The Cleveland Rams, primed to beat the Green Bay Packers at their own game, with passes, come here Sunday for a National league encounter. Parker Hall, veteran Cleveland back and passing ace, will be ready for full time pitching duty for the first time in several weeks. He has given the Bays plenty of trouble in the past and now has a capable understudy in Jack Jacobs, former Oklahoma star. The Packers will call upon their veteran passing battery of Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson for most of their overhead gains, with Tony Canadeo, Lou Brock and Andy Uram in the supporting cast. Coach Curly Lambeau was well pleased with the work of some of his first year men last Sunday and indicated that he would use them more this weekend. Chuck Sample and Ted Fritsch, a pair of new fullback, were among those who looked good against Detroit and who should see plenty of action Sunday.
RAMS ALWAYS TOUGH FOR PACKERS, BUT BAYS ARE FAVORED
OCT 17 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers are rated 2 to 1 favorites to defeat the Cleveland Rams in the NFL game here at City stadium. Despite the in and out showing of the Packers this fall the Lambeaumen are figured to have too much all around class for the Rams although the Clevelanders proved to be the toughest defensive club that the champion Chicago Bears have met and also have displayed enough punch to score in every one of their games. The Rams have always been tough for the Packers. In Parker Hall and Chief Jacobs, the former Oklahoma star, they have two of the finest passers in the league and Jacobs is ranked with the best of the punters. Coach Dutch Clark has built his attack around the versatile Jacobs and has more reliable scoring punch this fall than he had in any of his previous seasons with the Rams. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers is hopeful that his running game will be more potent than heretofore. To date it has been anything but steady and the aerial game, the best in the football world, has had to carry practically the whole load. The Bay mentor has worked hard all week in hopes of improving blocking and timing and is hopeful the results will come forth against the Rams. Although he has had to rebuild his club almost from the ground up, Lambeau has come up with another representative Packer team and expects it to grow stronger as the new members acquire the polish and finesse of the remaining veterans. Although he rates the Rams as one of the better teams in the league, Curly is confident the Packers can measure them. He said: "We're improving right along and in the Cardinal game, where we were far off form in the first half, we proved we could settle down and get back to good football tactics. We've made mistakes as all clubs will with so much new talent, but we're gradually getting our offense down to a point where we are dangerous from any position on the field. I expect definite improvement on the ground Sunday and if it comes we'll be ready for any of them."
OCT 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Stoney McGlynn) - Although Curly Lambeau came up with a pair of "unknowns" who give promise of developing into top notch pro league fullbacks in Ted Fritsch and Chuck Sample there is none to dispute that the Packers miss the old master, Clarke Hinkle, and miss him badly. Clarke is now a lieutenant in the Coast Guard and is helping coach the Coast Guard football team out east. When he took the coaching post he said it was as a mentor only, that his playing days are over. That is bad news, indeed, for Packer fans because the Hink was just about the nearest approach to a coach's dream a fullback could be. In Lou Brock, converted from a halfback, Fritsch and Sample the Packers have fullbacks who, combined, have the talents of the Hink, but no one individual combines all the talents. Fritsch runs outside just as well, but still has much to learn to equal the Hink on defense. Sample has great straighaway power. Borck, a corking goof right halfback, is the nearest approach to the Hink for all around skill, but, frankly, Lou is not a Hinkle at fullback despite his skill at his regular post...FANS WANT 'RUN': The Packers will face no pushover team Sunday at Green Bay in the Cleveland Rams. Dutch Clark's club is a tough one, good enough to hold the Bears to their lowest point total in league play; good enough to score against the Bears and good enough to give the Packers a tough battle - and, believe it or not, good enough to dump the Lambeaumen if they should happen to have another such game as they put forth against the Cardinals recently. Should the Bays happen to be on the beam and acquire a working lead it might be a smart thing for Lambeau to give them fans an extra show by juggling his lineup around so that the fans can see what a Canadeo to Hutson passing combination, for instance, can accomplish. I know that many fans were somewhat disappointed here last Sunday when the Bay mentor kept Isbell and Hutson out of most of the action after acquiring a comfortable lead. The fans felt they were entitled to see more of the stars and expressed the belief they'd like to see Isbell do some combination running, passing with one unit and Canadeo teamed up with Hutson in the other.
PACKERS RESUME PENNANT FIGHT AGAINST CLEVELAND
OCT 18 (Green Bay) - Green Bay resumes its wild pursuit of the Chicago Bears in earnest Sunday. Back in second place in the western division of the National league as a result of last week's developments but still a full game behind the pacesetters, the Packers face Cleveland at Green Bay as their next hurdle in the chase. The Bears, meanwhile, entertain Steve Owens' New York Giants at Wrigley field. Dutch Clark's Rams are not exactly the toughest team in the league, but they aren't the softest, either. Around a good first string line and a backfield which includes the veteran Parker Hall and Oklahoma's great Indian star, Jack Jacobs, Clark has fashioned a team which he himself thinks is the equal of any in the league except the Bears. Green Bay's spotty showing so far also complicates the assignment. The Packers, with Cecil Isbell pitching and Don Hutson catching, have been pretty much their old selves in the air, except against the Cardinals, but they have shown little to get excited about on the ground. In three league games, they have picked up only 14 first downs and 352 yards rushing, which hardly indicates enough of a ground attack to fall back on if anything should happen in the air. Lambeau, even more than the team's backers, has been sorely disappointed by his club's work on the ground and this week has again concentrated on the running game. Tony Canadeo, perhaps the team's best ground gainer, has received more and more attention. The whole league will be in action again Sunday. While the Packers entertain the Rams and the Bears take on the Giants, Washington, in first place in the eastern division, will meet Brooklyn at Brooklyn; the Cardinals, beaten in their last two games after a fine start, will play Detroit at Detroit, and Pittsburgh, with the sensational Bill Dudley, will go against Philadelphia at Philadelphia. The Packers rule 13 point choices over the Rams, the Bears 19 point favorites over the Giants, the Cardinals seven point choices over the Lions, the Steelers six point favorites over the Eagles and the Redskins six point favorites over the Dodgers.