Green Bay Packers (3-1) 45, Cleveland Rams (2-4) 28
Sunday October 18th 1942 (at Green Bay)
OCT 20 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau went about the business of making the Green Bay Packers a better defensive football club today, and at the same time cast a suspicious eye over Lake Michigan in the direction of Detroit where the Packer monsters will take on Detroit's Lions Sunday afternoon. Green Bay will be in the market for its fourth straight NFL victory, while the Detroit club will seek its first. Elsewhere in the league, the Philadelphia Eagles will go to Chicago for a tussle with the Bears; Chicago's Cardinals invade Cleveland; the New York Giants resume their intra-city rivalry with Brooklyn; and Washington tests Bill Dudley at Pittsburgh. Green Bay's championship hopes were given a slight kink today with the announcement that Ernie Pannell, 220-pound tackle, will play his last game against Detroit. Pannell will fly to New York immediately after the tilt to report for training as an ensign in the United States Navy's V-7 program. He'll take six weeks of training at Columbia university. Panelll, a rancher in Waco, Tex., and a graduate of Texas A. and M., had been expecting a call from the Navy for the last several weeks...SEVEN YEARS AT GUARD: Russ Letlow, a guard, will be shifted to take Pannell's place. Letlow played tackle at San Francisco university but was assigned to a guard spot when he came here seven years ago. Expecting the loss of Pannell, Letlow worked at tackle during the Detroit game in Milwaukee and the Cleveland game here Sunday. The only other change announced by Lambeau today was shifting Earl Ohlgren, University of Minnesota wing, from right to left end where Ohlgren will play under Don Hutson. This move will be given a thorough test in the Detroit game Sunday. The Packers viewed movies of the Cleveland game at a squad meeting at the Northland Hotel this morning, and then took to the practice field for exercises. The heavy work will start Wednesday...DEFENSE TAKES BEATING: The Cleveland contest saw the Packers reach their offensive peak, but their defense took a beating - especially in the second quarter when Cleveland counted up 21 points. An off day offensively and a defensive break down like that shown here Sunday may mean defeat later on this season. The Packers scored with such ease against Cleveland that a defensive letdown seemed to be natural, but Lambeau had different ideas. The coach claims that his players should be able to go 60 minutes at top speed. "We play only one game a week," he pointed out. Besides building up his defense, Lambeau's next worry is keeping his charges from being oveconfident. "We can't take Detroit lightly because the Lions are due to hit their peak one of these Sunday, and it may be against us. If we're not prepared a defeat could result for the Packers."...THE INJURY LIST: With the exception of fullback Lou Brock, who is suffering with a bruised hip, the Packers are in good shape. Keith Ranspot sprung a charley horse and Hutson has a razor-edge cut over his left eyebrow but these injuries are expected to be healed by next Sunday. There is also the usual run of bruised knees and arms, Trainer Bud Jorgenson reported. After the Detroit game, the Packers will return to Green Bay to meet the revenge-minded Chicago Cardinals at City stadium Sunday, Nov. 1. Indication from the ticket office are that there will be a large crowd, and fans are urged to get their seats now, so they won't be disappointed the day of the game.
OCT 20 (Chicago) - Pass snaring Don Hutson, Green Bay
Packer end, already is approaching his record scoring
marks of last year - and he still has seven games left to
play. He tops the NFL point producers again this week 
with seven touchdown passes, plus the placekicking of 14
extra points, for a total output of 56 points in four games.
Last year he scored 95 points, making a total of 12 
touchdowns, 10 of which were from catching passes. The point total, touchdown total and touchdown by pass catching total all were league records, computed through 11 contests. Second leading scorer this season is the Chicago Bears' Gary Famiglietti, with 36.
OCT 20 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears may be the best in the football business, but their boss is far from satisfied with them. The Bears haven't been defeated since November 2, last year, when the Green Bay Packerts turned in a 16 to 14 verdict. They are now lumbering along with a 17 game winning streak. They've won nine games this season, including four NFL contests, to remain the only unbeaten member of the pro circuit as they chase after their third straight national championship. Still, their coach, George Halas chirps: "Sometimes we stink." "Take that game last Sunday," he says. "We beat the New York Giants, 26 to 7. Look at the statistics. We gained 324 yards by rushing. That's pretty good. We lost only 24 yards by penalties. That's plenty bad. Show me a team that isn't penalized and it isn't much. Give me a team that is set back 100 yards a game and I'll show you one which is on its toes." Halas, on this basis, must have been elated two weeks ago when the Bears set a league record of 150 yards in penalty assessments against the Chicago Cardinals.
OCT 24 (New York) - When the Chicago Bears entertain the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, it may be the last game for the duration in which the mighty Bruins will be performing under guidance of Owner-Coach George S. Halas, who expects to enter the navy soon. Already the professional experts are asking, "What will happen to the Bears without Halas?" It is no secret that Go-Getter George has been largely responsible for their success - for the most brilliant record of any club in National league history...SEEK THIRD STRAIGHT: The Bears, now shooting for their third straight league championship, and their fourth since the playoffs started in 1933, occupy the lofty berth in pro football that the New York Yankees held for years in baseball. One of the principal reasons for the success of Halas and his Bears was his unrelenting insistence upon "team spirit". The chunky grid magnate realized that lack of team spirit was the prime factor in the professional game's lack of public appeal in its earlier and less successful days. In the pioneer era of the commercial sport, top-flight college players had a tendency to lose "the old college try" even in their senior year on the campus and to regard "spirit" as a matter of jest when they started playing for dollars and doughnuts. Halas was one of the pioneers in pro football. He moved in on the game shortly after failing to land a job with the New York Yankees baseball team. From the start, he was credited with one of the gridiron's keener minds. But it was his insistence that the public demanded a club that really wanted to win every game that ultimately won him greatest acclaim and developed his Bear franchise into an asset now worth something like a quarter-million dollars...DESIRE FOR VICTORY: Halas was in the New York area only once this year, when his club played an exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers. On that visit he told newspapermen something that must be remembered in connection with his success. He said, "I've always believed that a professional football team to be successful on the field and at the gate must be sparked with team spirit. There's no reason why any club, even it it is getting paid so much a game, should not be determined to come out ahead always. They must have the same team spirit as college boys. We've had that spirit on our club and that's the main reason for our 'outstanding success', as you choose to call it." The other big factor in the Bears' success is hard work. And Halas sets the pace in this. He works at football early and late. He has long daily sessions with his assistants, Hunk Anderson, line coach; Paddy Driscoll, backfield mentor, and Luke Johnsos, end pilot. Halas and his players have regular classroom drills or "skull sessions" in which fundamentals of strategy often are stressed just as much as if the squad comprised the rawest rookies instead of the game's most effective performers. Halas has been responsible for several innovations that helped pro football over the early rough spots. He brought Red Grange into the game right after the "Galloping Ghost" concluded his sensational career at Illinois. Grange attracted huge crowds and starred with the Bears for eight years...EXPLOITS T-FORMATION: Halas hoisted the T-formation to its present respected niche in the gridiron picture, and his keen judgment of player talent brought him such brilliant performers as Sid Luckman, Hugh Gallarneau, Norm Standlee, Charlie O'Rourke and George McAfee to power the "Model T". Football men long ago quit crying, "Break up the Bears", because they knew that they would remain a menacing unit as long as they had the inspiring guidance of Halas. But when Halas joins the navy, it will be interesting to see what happens to the Bears.
OCT 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers take the first of three steps leading to the front door of the Chicago Bears and, they hope, the National league championship when Curly Lambeau's athletes battle the
Lions in Briggs stadium at Detroit Sunday afternoon. Three games remain before the Packers take on George Halas' Bears in Wrigley field Sunday, Nov. 15, and one of the toughest will be the Detroit contest. After the Lions, the Chicago Cardinals come to City stadium here Nov. 1 and then the Bays invade Cleveland. The Bays seek win No. 4 Sunday. On paper, the engagement at Detroit appears like a simple task. The Lions have scored only two touchdowns and they've given up an  even 100 points, 38 of which were doled out to the Packers in Milwaukee two weeks ago. But Lambeau and his Packers don't figure their opponents on paper. They figure the Lions capable of
knocking off any team in the National league - be it the
Packers or the Bears. Detroit has something like 30
husky football players who have yet to hit on all of their
cylinders - to put it in the language of the Motor city
defense workers. New Coach John (Bull) Karcis and his
excellent staff of assistants have provided the oil and 
this Detroit machine, which got rusty under William
Edwards, may start clicking on all eight's against the
Packers. If the Lions find themselves, the Packers will
be in for a hot afternoon...MAKE JOKE OF RECORDS:
Hot or cold, however, the Detroit club will be facing 
Lambeau's choice offensive morsels - Cecil Isbell and
Don Hutson. This aerial combination will be out to make
a complete joke of all existing National league records.
Isbell has picked up 703 yards in 49 out of 82 attempts
in the four games to date, and Hutson has gained 524
yards in receiving 28 of Isbell's throws. Hurler Isbell will
be looking for Number 17 in his consecutive game
touchdown passing string. Incidentally, if things go right
for Cecil and Don the next three games, Isbell will be
shooting for No. 20 against the Bears. Young Ted
Fritsch will be out to extend some sort of a record. In
the last three games, Ted has kicked first quarter field
goals, each of which gave the Packers a 3 to 0 lead 
over the Cardinals, Lions and Rams. In each case, by
the way, the opposing team went into a lead after Ted
split the crossbars. His longest boot was 37 yards 
against the Cards...THE SENTIMENTAL SIDE: On the
sentimental aide, Ernie Pannell will be playing his last
game at left tackle for the Packers. Big Ernie goes to
work for Uncle Sam Monday noon when he'll start naval
training at Columbia university. Lambeau probably will
keep his aces on the bench early in the game. Such a
turn of events would result in a backfield of Ben Starrett,
blocking quarter; Tony Canadeo, left half; Joe Laws,
right half; and Ted Fritsch or Chuck Sample, fullback. In
the starting line will be Joe Carter and Earl Ohlgren,
ends; Pannell and Paul Berezney, tackles; Captain
Buckets Goldenberg and Bill Kuusisto, guards, and Bob
Ingalls, center. Ingalls will be making his first showing in
Michigan since he played on the University of Michigan
eleven. Lambeau later will insert his backfield of Larry
Craig, Isbell, Andy Uram and Lou Brock. Changes in 
the line then might include Hutson at end; Russ Letlow
at one of the tackles; Pete Tinsley or Fred Vant Hull at
one of the guards; and Charley Brock at center...HOPP
STRENGTHENS LIONS: The Lions will be strengthened
greatly by the return of Harry (Hippity) Hopp, left
halfback who runs, passes and blocks. Hopp was on the injured list when the teams battled at Milwaukee.
Working with Hopp will be Ned Mathews at right half;  Bill Callihan at quarter; and Nick Sanzotta at fullback. Joe Stringfellow, converted from an end, Lloyd Cardwell, Emil Banjavic and John Hall also are expected to see plenty of work. Leaders in Detroit's line are Augie Lio, a guard who does all of the field goal and extra point kicking; Alex Wojciehowicz, one of Fordham's famous seven blocks of granite and a teammate of Berezney at that school; Ted Pavelec, guard; and John Wiethe, assistant manager and guard. The Packers worked out in Kelsey field, home of Wayne university, at 11 o'clock this morning, four hours after arriving in Detroit. The team is headquartered at the Hotel Statler. In the Eastern division feature Sunday, those happy spoilers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, with a handful of 60-minute men and no passing attack, reach the pinnacle of their ten-year career in the National league when they tangle with Washington on their home grounds. Bringing home a three-game winning streak, the second place Steelers pit their rookie running sensations, Bill Dudley and Curt Sandig, against Sammy Baugh, Dick Todd and associated Washington Redskins. While the Redskins undergo the unique experience of having to battle the Steelers for first place, Brooklyn's crippled Dodgers and the New York Giants will get together in Ebbets field to lend their moral support to the Steelers and attempt to keep their respective championship chances alive at each other's expense. Philadelphia, the fifth member of the Eastern loop, will journey out to try its luck at stopping the Chicago Bears. Jimmy Conzelman's Chicago Cardinals move into Cleveland to close out their season series with the Rams, whom they defeated, 7 to 0, earlier.
OCT 24 (Green Bay) - Clarke Hinkle's career as a ball
carrier with the Green Bay Packer is down in black and
white in the NFL's record manual, and chances are it will
be there for many years. His total yards gained, 3,860,
and number of attempts, 1,171, are listed as league
records, but the record that is not marked as a standard
is his long period of service - 10 years. No other fullback,
and that includes the great Bronko Nagurski, has been
able to stand that many seasons in pro football. Now in
the coast guard, Hinkle averaged 3.2 yards every time he
carried the pigskin. His best season was in 1936 when he averaged 4.6 yards per try. He gained the most yardage, 552, in 1937 and finished with an average of 4.2. Nagurski of the Bears, Ace Gutowsky of Portsmouth, Detroit and Brooklyn and Cliff Battles of Boston are listed with Hinkle. Gutowsky gained 3,478 yards in eight seasons and Battles 3,403 in seven seasons. Bronko picked up 3,947 in eight years, 1930-37, two years before an official statistical bureau was established...MAKES ALL-STAR TEAM: Hinkle closed his career royally last season. His performance was tops in the entire league and gave him the starting berth on the league's All-Star team. He carried the ball 129 times, gained 393 yards and finished with an average of an even three years. He was one of 132 men who carried the ball for the 10 teams last season...GUEST SPEAKER: Bill Karcis, new Detroit coach: "I still think we will win some games. I like this job even though it's the toughest one I've ever had. There's only one way to stay in here - by winning - and we'll cause some trouble in this league."...BE SEEING YOU: Tex Hinte, former Packer end, writes that "you'll hear from me when the Pittsburgh Steelers play Green Bay in Milwaukee Dec. 6." Hinte, who played with the University of Pittsburgh, had a chance to go to Washington but owing to the uncertainty of the draft returned to the Steelers where "I can be at home with my brother and friends." Hinte said he enjoyed his stay in Green Bay...A SOOTHSAYER: Considerable attention is being paid around the National league to guard Milton Simington of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Simington forecast the result of the Steelers' last three games. He even predicted the manner in which they would be achieved. As yet, no prediction has been received for the Steelers' game with Washington Sunday. You Packer fans might write to Simington and inquire about the result of the Steeler-Packer game at Milwaukee Dec. 6...THIS AND THAT: Ken Kavanaugh, former Bear end, apparently never had to cover Don Hutson. Now a lieutenant in the air corps, Kavanaugh told his Bear friends that it's easier to fly them to master the mysteries of the T-formation. Mel Hein always calls "tails" on the toss before the kickoff. The strange parts is that the Giants' captain won the toss nine out of 10 times in 10 years. The Lions made two touchdowns thus far, one on the ground and the other in the air. And that's being versatile.
OCT 24 (Detroit) - There comes a time in every writer's life when he simply oozes sympathy. It may be over a little guy who got a raw deal. Or a big guy who ran into tough breaks. Specifically, it would be a guy like Frederick Leon Mandel, Jr. We sympathize with Mandel. The dapper, curly-haired owner of the Detroit Lions is a right guy who fast is ending up on the wrong side of the score - financially speaking. Ever since Mandel dished out $225,000 to Dick Richards and associates three years ago for Detroit's pro football club, the Lions have been consistent in two things - losing games and money for Mandel. The Lions of the Mandel era have hovered between mediocrity and ineptitude. The fact that Mandel has done everything in his power to strengthen the team hasn't proved productive. Big victories and big crowds have been rarities. This season Mandel's cup of misery is at the overflowing. His Lions have lost five straight. They have scored only twice in league competition. A charitable person would say the 1942 Lions have been unimpressive; a frank one would say they've been terrible. After watching the Lions drop that 7-0 game to the Cardinals last Sunday, one veteran football fan told us, "I can't understand how some of those men can play three years in high school, three in college and then make so many mistakes in a pro game." Of course, this has been painful to Mandel. He has never said a word about his financial losses, but those defeats on the gridiron cut him to the quick. The attitude of some Detroiters hasn't helped. When Mandel decided to switch horses in the middle of the stream and fired Bill Edwards to hire John (Bull) Karcis as coach, some said it was a publicity scheme. If so, it cost Mandel $10,000 because he had to pay off the coaches he fired. We can't imagine anyone spending $10,000 for such a publicity gag...FUTURE ISN'T ANY TOO BRIGHT: The sorry part of it all is that the Lions' road for the remainder of the year seems even rockier that it has been to date. Sunday the Lions will play Green Bay, the same Green Bay team which has Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson and which walloped Detroit, 37 to 7, recently in Milwaukee. A Detroit victory Sunday would be one of the biggest upsets of the year. To get back to the financial phase of the Lions, some rapid estimations would indicate that the Lions will lose somewhere in the vicinity of $75,000 this year. Add this to Mandel's original investment in the club plus his losses the last two seasons, and the painful total hits $400,000. That's a lot of potatoes, even for one so well heeled with folding green as Fred Mandel. Personally, we hope the Lions snap out of their lethargy and win a few games. The law of averages should be in their favor by this time. What's more, a right guy like Mandel deserves a better fate than one-sided trimmings week after week.
OCT 24 (Detroit) - John Schiechl, Detroit Lions' center from Santa Clara, has been accepted by the Naval Reserve and placed in Class V-7, he said Friday. Schiechl will continue to play with the Lions until he is notified to report for an indoctrination course. While the Lions practiced for their game with the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Briggs Stadium, Coach John Karcis announced one change in the lineup. He has elevated Frank Grigonis to the regular fullback job over Mickey Sanzotta and Elmer Hackney. Karcis also expressed himself as highly pleased with the showing of Chet Wetterlund, left halfback obtained from the Chicago Cardinal in trade for tackle Tom Chantiles.
OCT 25 (Detroit) - Twenty-thousand, or more, football fans will be on hand at Briggs Stadium Sunday to see the greatest forward passing combination in the history of the National league - Green Bay's Isbell-to-Hutson duo. Actually the occasion will be a league game between the Packers and the Detroit Lions at 2 p.m., but the fans have little doubt as to the outcome. Green Bay walloped the Lions, 38 to 7, a few weeks ago in Milwaukee and nothing has happened in the meantime to indicate that the Lions will turn the tables. Detroit has lost five straight league games. It is the only National League team without a triumph this fall. The Lions have scored only two touchdowns in 300 minutes of competition. All of which would indicate that a Detroit victory would be one of the most astounding upsets of the year...TWO BIG REASONS: Still, the biggest crowd at a football game in Briggs Stadium this fall will be present simply to see Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson handle Green Bay's air attack. Hutson undoubtedly is the greatest pass receiver in modern football. At present he has a streak of scoring at least once in each of the Packers' 16 games. Hutson isn't a big fellow. He weighs only 178 and is the lightest man on the Packer squad. He lines up at left end on offense but moves back to a halfback spot on defense. He plays without the usual pads so as not to impede his speed. The Lions have beaten Green Bay only twice in the last 11 games between the two teams. The last Detroit victory came in 1940 by a 23-14 margin.
OCT 25 (Detroit) - The Green Bay Packers, safely ensconced in second place in the western division of the NFL, carry their fight to overtake the leading Chicago Bears onto a foreign field Sunday, meeting the tail end Detroit Lions at Briggs stadium in Detroit. The Bears, meanwhile, will face the Philadelphia Eagles at Wrigley field. The day in which the Lions might offer more than outside contention in the western division of the league has apparently passed for a while. Detroit, once a power in this sector, has lost five straight games, three under Bill Edwards as head coach and two under Bull Karcis who replaced him, and the team seems hardly strong enough to halt its slide Sunday. Two weeks ago, in Milwaukee, the Packers romped home in the first game of the series, 38-7. Green Bay stock rose appreciably after the convincing performance against the rams a week ago. The team picked up some 534 yards passing and rushing both and showed a punch which, even with allowances for Cleveland's shaky defense, augured well for the rest of the season. Only the defense still left something to be desired. Chief hopes Sunday again will rest of the passing of Cecil Isbell, the receiving of Don Hutson and the running of Tony Canadeo. They were the big guns against the Rams and they have been pointed to do the heavy firing again Sunday. Not even the Bears could stop them completely so Detroit's task appears very tough. Ernie Pannell, Packer tackle, one of the best in the league, will make his last start for the duration in Sunday's game. He has enlisted in the Navy and will report for training Monday. A full schedule of games will be played over the weekend. While the Packers play at Detroit, and the Eagles at Wrigley field, Washington will defend its lead in the eastern division of the league against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh, the crippled Chicago Cardinals will meet Cleveland at Cleveland, and New York will meet the Dodgers at Brooklyn.
(GREEN BAY) - Rolling up ten touchdowns, a field goal and ten extra points for 73 markers and a new scoring record, the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Rams put on a 20th century version of professional football before 12,847 fans at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Yes, the Packers won, 45 to 28, but only after overcoming some anxious moments that left Cleveland with a 21 to 17 lead at halftime. The Bays iced the game, however, with 28 points in the last half and went into second place in the Western division of the National league. As predicted, the contest was strictly
an aerial circus that even Mr. Ringling would have had a
hard time staging. Can you imagine passing more than
rushing? A glance at the play-by-play reveals that the
two clubs heaved 67 passes and made only 59 stabs
on the turf, and ten of those ground runs were Packer
timesavers late in the game. The Packer scoring? It 
was the same old story, a yarn that acts like a murder
mystery thriller to opposing teams. The principal
characters were Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson, and,
although Alabama Don scored only two touchdowns, 
the two softened up the powerful-looking Rams to such
an extent that the Bays had things all to themselves in
the final two hears. Besides Hutson's two touchdowns,
and needless to mention they were scored on aerials,
Isbell, Tony Canadeo, Joe Laws and Chuck Sample
each counted six pointers. Hutson booted five extra
points; Lou Brock got one; and Ted Fritsch kicked a
field goal to start the Packer scoring activities. Hutson's
17-point total gave him 56 marks for four NFL games for
an average of 16 per start. This was the third straight game that Fritsch opened scoring with a field goal.
Isbell's touchdown strike to Hutson in the first quarter extended his consecutive game record for throwing scoring aerials to 16. An unusual record will be entered in the league books as a result of Isbell's touchdown thrown to Hutson in the fourth quarter. The ball was tossed from the four-inch line, and the effort will be posted as the shortest scoring pass ever thrown. The second record was that 73-point total. It was a new mark for a regularly scheduled league contest, although the Bears counted 73 points in blanking Washington in the 1940 championship game. The Bears beat Cleveland, 47 to 25, for a 72-pointer in 1940. The first half was a typical Bear-Packer game in that the Green Bays were really pushed. After taking a 10 to 0 lead in the first quarter, there was a terrific letdown on the part of the Packers, and the Cleveland team rushed across 21 points.
The second half, after the Bays opened with 14 points in the third frame, developed into a futile chase for passing records. As an example of the unusual amount of passing, the two teams gained 584 yards through the air - 330 for the Packers and 254 for Cleveland. That left only 343 yards gained on the ground - 209 for Green Bay and 134 for the Rams. Isbell completed 23 out of 33 throws for 277 yards and Hutson caught 13 for 209 yards, both efforts being tops for the afternoon. The battle was packed with thrilling plays, Hutson, as usual, made the two most spectacular catches of the afternoon. Just before the end of the half, Hutson caught a flip from Isbell like an outfielder would make a running catch of a baseball - with one hand. In the fourth quarter, Don leaped after that four-inch peg in the end zone, juggled it and finally gobbled it up. Tony Canadeo stood the fans on their collective ears when he raced 50 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown in the third period.
The Rams turned in the longest runs, and they were really sweet. Indian Jack Jacobs, in the second period, pegged a short one to Dante Magnani in the flat and Magnani skipped off 67 yards to a touchdown. The next time Cleveland got the ball, Magnani broke off right tackle and charged through the entire Packer team for a 53-yard touchdown run that put Cleveland in front, 14 to 10. The Packers scored the first time they got their hands on the ball, and it was passing by Canadeo and Laws that put the ball in position for Fritsch's field goal from the 24. Laws threw one to Canadeo for ten yards and then Laws turned around and lefthanded one to Canadeo for 14. Fritsch made eight around the left wing and two Canadeo passes failed before the Stevens Point flash stepped back for the kick. Cleveland tried its first pass after the next kickoff and it went for 14 yards as Parker Hall hit Corby Davis. Big Ernie Pannell saved the Packers from further embarrassment by making four straight tackles, and, after an exchange of punts, Lou Brock intercepted Hall's pass on the Packer 29 and then ran it to the 48. Lambeau dispatched his favorites, Isbell, Hutson and a host of others into action at this point. It was like tacking candy from a baby as Isbell pitched to Hutson for 26; to Brock for one; and then to Hutson. Hutson kicked the extra point, and the Packers started to coast - downhill. On the first play of the second quarter, Cherokee Jacobs and Magnani got off their 67-yard touchdown pass play, and Boyd Clay, a tackle, kicked the extra point. Starting on their own 35 the Packers reached the Cleveland 32 before the attack fizzled and Cleveland took the ball on downs. Three plays later the Rams were ahead for the first time, 14 to 10, as Magnani swing off tackle and outdistances Brock for a touchdown. Clay's kick was good. This procedure angered the Packers for they scored in eight plays, and again it was as simple as adding two and two. Isbell shot one to Hutson for 11; to Hutson again for 13, and then to Brock for 13. After Canadeo split the shaky Ram line for ten, Isbell pitched a strike to Hutson, who went out of bounds on the one-foot line, a gain of 23 yards. Sample powered it over center on the first play, and center Hank Rockwell was helped off the field with a broken toe. Rockwell is recuperating in St. Vincent hospital today. Cleveland decided to put on a bit of passing, too, and after Hall made 15 yards in two biffs at the line, he threw to Jim Benton for 34 yards and a first down on the Packer six. Bill Lazetich went wide around left end on the first play for a score, and Chet Adams, a tackle, made the extra point.
The Packer aerial circus was moved out again, and it flew to the Cleveland 32 before the Rams stiffened and took the ball on downs. Highlights were Isbell pegs to Hutson for 12, 13 and 17 yards and one to Chuck Sample for nine. Hutson's famous end-around play, which worked for a touchdown against the Cardinals here last year, was hauled out but it lost nine yards. This was the fourth straight time this year that it failed to gain. The Packers were so pass conscious in the third period that Isbell tossed one on third down with only a yard to go for a first down. It failed, and when Fritsch delivered his first punt in league play, Cleveland was forced to punt, and the Packers went on to score the touchdown that gave them a 24 to 21 lead. While Hutson was resting on the bench, Isbell threw to Fritsch for five and to Joel Mason for 14 to the Cleveland 48. Isbell picked up a first down himself with a 10-yard run off guard and then threw to Joe Carter for eight, after which Fritsch missed a hole at guard and went around end for ten. Hutson, well rested, caught one for 10 and then Isbell tore through center for the touchdown. Hutson's kick was good.
After Hall got off a 67-yard punt into the end zone, the Packers went 80 yards for their next score. Runs by Sample, Laws and Canadeo brought the ball to the 50 from where Canadeo, running wide to his right, picked up nice blocking and ran down the sidelines for the score. The deception on the play was perfect as the Ram line thought Sample had the ball on a center smash. Hutson's kick was good and the Packers led, 31-21. Again the Rams were forced to punt and again the Packers marched to pay dirt, this time Hutson taking Isbell's pass from the four-inch line. The big blow for Cleveland was Hutson's 33-yard throw from Isbell that gave Green Bay position on the five. Defensive holding gave the Bays the ball on the five, and Sample ran it to the four-inch area. Cleveland charged back in nine plays to to score its last touchdown. Jacobs threw to Ben Hightower for 19; to Magnani for 18 and then interference was called on a 22-yard throw to Benton on the one-yard line. Gaylon Smith went wide around end for the score and Adams kicked the extra point. Charley Brock made things even with Cousin Lou by intercepting a Ram pass on the Cleveland 44 and running back to the 29. On the second play, Canadeo found Laws on the five and Little Joe ran over for the final tally. The game ended a moment later when Tiny Croft, 300-pound Packer tackle, kicked off.
CLEVELAND -   0  21   0   7  -  28
GREEN BAY -  10   7  14  14  -  45
1st - GB - Ted Fritsch, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - Don Hutson, 24-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - CLE - Dante Magnani, 67-yd pass from Jack Jacobs (Boyd Clay kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - CLE - Magnani, 53-yard run (Clay kick) CLEVELAND 14-10
2nd - GB - Sample, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
2nd - CLE - Bill Lazetich, 6-yard run (Chet Adams kick) CLEVELAND 21-17
3rd - GB - Isbell, 10-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 24-21
3rd - GB - Canadeo, 50-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 31-21
4th - GB - Hutson, 2-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 38-21
4th - CLE - Gaylon Smith, 1-yard run (Adams kick) GREEN BAY 38-28
4th - GB - Laws, 30-yard pass from Canadeo (Lou Brock kick) GREEN BAY 45-28
OCT 19 (Green Bay) - Dutch Clark, coach of the Cleveland Rams, agreed with the 12,847 spectators after the game Sunday that the Rams had encountered Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson on the hottest afternoon they have ever had. "We played a good game," Clark declared, "the best we've ever played - but it wasn't good enough. Those fellows were just too tough for us." The figures bore out Clark's statement. The Clevelanders completed 14 out of 26 passes for what would ordinarily be a good percentage, but they were nowhere near the Packer's record of 27 completions in 39 attempts - better than two-third - with 13 of them addressed personally to Hutson. Clark revealed that he had drilled Gaylon Smith and Jack Jacobs all week for the job of covering Hutson. He held them in readiness on the sidelines and sent them into the game when Coach Curly Lambeau inserted Isbell and Hutson. But despite this elaborate plan, Hutson outfeinted Smith and Jacobs and caught two passes which added up to a touchdown in the first three plays in which he was in the game. This is the sort of thing which discourages NFL coaches and lead them to shake their heads when the problem of defense presents itself. Clark was disappointed that the Packers scored their final touchdown when Tony Canadeo passed to Joe Laws with 30 seconds to play because "38 to 28 would look an awful lot better than 45 to 28." He had little else to offer in the way of comment, but particularly praised the work of Dante Magnani, another point on which the spectators and observers will agree with him. Along with the California halfback Clark cited the play of tackle Chet Adams, center Hamp Rockwell and guard Bill Reith. "I guess we gave the spectators a good game," Clark declared, and here again none will take issue with him...BAFFLING BATTERY: Isbell has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of 16 successive league games, an extension of his own record, and Don Hutson probably picked up a new record by gaining 209 yards catching passes. The best previous record in the book is 180 yards by Don looney of the Eagles against Washington in 1940. But Looney in that game caught 14 passes and still holds that record. Hutson increased his league scoring total for the season to 56 points in four games - an average of 14 points, far ahead of his last year's pace when he led the league in scoring with 95 points in 11 games...PERFECT RECORD: The best efficiency average in passing for the day was not credited to Isbell or Canadeo but to Joe Laws, who tossed to Tony Canadeo on a 15-yard gain on his only attempt, giving him a perfect record in that department...SAMPLE, FRITSCH SHINE: The fans were watching the work of Chuck Sample and Ted Fritsch at fullback after the tie game they both turned in against Detroit a week ago, and the two rookies did not disappoint them. The Appleton lad just never gave up trying and his spirit and drive enabled him to pick up added yardage almost every time he had the ball. Fritsch was used more sparingly, but again proved that he's a useful fellow to have around when the Packers need some yardage...MISSED SOMETHING: The folks who stayed away missed one of the most spectacular games ever played at City stadium. Thrilling plays had a part in every one of the ten touchdowns that were made. Hutson caught two of them. Magnani scored on a 67-yard pass play and a 52-yard run, Jim Benton caught a 34-yard pass to set up the score by Bill Lazetich, Isbell soared after faking a pass beautifully, Jacob's series of completions paved the way for Gaylon Smith's marker, Canadeo raced 50 yards to score, Hutson set one up near the goal line which Chuck Sample made through the line, and Laws took Canadeo's pass for the last one after an interception by Charlie Brock...PRAISE FOR TONY: Dutch Clark has a lot of praise for Tony Canadeo's running, particularly on his 50-yard touchdown journey. "It looked like he was stopped on the sidelines, and our fellows coming across eased up. That was all that fellow needed - he went right down the alley," Clarke observed...BEAUTIFUL PUNT: One of the outstanding plays of the game was the long punt by Parker Hall which bounced in the end zone after traveling 78 yards through the air. It was his second attempt, the previous play having been called back on a penalty, and he more than made up for the five yards an offside had cost. There were few punts in the game but the quality made up for the lack of quantity...BIG TOE BROKEN: The Cleveland squad had to leave Hank Rockwell behind at St. Vincent hospital with a broken great toe. The big center from Arizona State was hurt midway in the second quarter when Chuck Sample crashed through for a touchdown...MAJOR MYSTERY: One of the major mysteries of Packer football is the reason for failure of the end-around play with Hutson carrying the ball. It should be a spectacular play but it has only worked one, against the Cardinals here last season. They called it near the end of the first half against the Rams Sunday with the usual loss of yardage. Hutson can catch footballs and run with them but for some reason or other he just doesn't gain yardage when he's handed the ball. Speaking of trick plays, the Packers managed to make the Isbell-to-Hutson-to-Brock combination work against Cleveland with the end lateraling to Charlie Brock after catching a forward, but there were too many players around and Brock was able to get only a couple of extra yards...OFF HIS FEET: One of the best exhibitions of blocking during the day came from Johnny Petchel on Smith's touchdown run around right end. The Duquesne halfback swept Tony Canadeo off his feet when the Packer back came up fast seeking a shot at Smith...TRAVEL PROBLEMS: The growing difficulties of railroad transportation were felt by the Cleveland players who had to come in two different trains Saturday morning because of regulations on Pullman cars. They left in two groups Sunday night, four hours apart, to return to Cleveland. Before the end of the season railway travel may be a serious problem for both and college football squads...HE'S DEJECTION: Dutch Clark was the picture of dejection when asked for a forecast on the game Saturday afternoon, but a veteran Packer official told us that the more Clark moans, the more dangerous he is. "He was moaning before that the Rams upset us in 1939," declared George C. Calhoun, Packer press chief. Clark said that as a player at Portsmouth and Detroit and as a coach in that latter city and Cleveland he had opposed the Packer about 22 times on the football field. "I'm afraid we haven't got much chance of beating them this year," he declared. He said that while other league teams had lost as many men to the service as Cleveland has, "the Rams needed them more."...HIGH SCHOOL CHUMS: Don Hutson played against end Jim Benton in high school when the Packer wingman was at Pine Bluff, Ark., and Benton at nearby Fordyce. Benton went to his home state university while Hutson went to Alabama. Hutson has played with a couple of the Rams, too - Gaylon Smith and Parker Hall were his teammates on an all-star team at Memphis one year...JACOBS BETTER: Although Parker Hall looked much better than Jack Jacobs as a passer Sunday, their coach said Saturday afternoon that he believed Jacobs is the better passer of the two although Hall is a better all-around player, Clark observed. Jacobs, an Indian from Oklahoma, went to the Rams via the College All-Stars who opposed the Bears in Chicago...KELLY BUSY MAN: It was a busy weekend for Bob Kelly, Cleveland publicity director. He doubles as a sports broadcaster and covered the Michigan-Northwestern game at Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon, then came to Green Bay for a direct broadcast of the game for WGAR in Cleveland, besides handling promotional details for the Rams...AT FULL STRENGTH: The Rams were at virtually full strength for Sunday's game, as were the Packers. Benton, who has been out with an injured leg, played his first game in three weeks and the other first string end, Johnny Wilson, has been on the sidelines with a fractured jaw. Among the missing was Barney McGarry, Utah guard who reported for army service last week after playing against the Washington Redskins.
OCT 19 (Green Bay) - One thing that continues to make the Green Bay Packers the greatest attraction in the NFL is the way they thumb their noses at orthodoxy. If there ever was a perfect case of heresy against the Packers, it was Sunday afternoon when Cecil Isbell pitched that four-inch pass to Don Hutson for Green Bay's fifth touchdown. Who ever heard of resorting to the forward pass weapon with paydirt only four inches away? Well, Dutch Clark has! There's no question about that four-inch flip going down in the league record books as a new standard for shortest aerial completions. George Strickler, league public relations director, heard about it in Chicago shortly after the game, and got me on the telephone for confirmation. George said there wasn't anything in the books to match it. Up in the press box, the scribes, to most of whom the Packer passing attack was nothing new, continued to express amazement at the deadly aerial bombs.  Hutson made two particularly beautiful catches, and the boys forgot they were supposed to be hardened sports experts. The Packers will continue to draw large crowds on the road if they feature wide open play. Hutson and Isbell are magic words that draw the customers to the turnstiles like coffee absorbs sugar. Filling out those big statistics charts required by the league demands one's full attention during the game, with the result that one can't enjoy it like the spectators do. After the game it usually takes several hours to compile the final report. When completed, though, those charts always reveal some highly interesting facts to those with a yen for statistics. For instance, the chart for Sunday's game with the Rams showed that Cecil Isbell made a total of 33 passing attempts and hit his receivers 23 times. That gave him an efficiency percentage of 69.7. The league doesn't keep passing efficiency standards for single games, but the record for one season is 62.7 percent for Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins. He set the mark in 1940, with 111 completions in 177 attempts. The record for 500 or more attempts is 54.1 percent, also held by Mr. Baugh, and is based on five seasons of work. Isbell ranks third, with 48.1 percent for four seasons. Second, with 48.5 percent, is Ed Danowski of New York, for seven seasons. It was an ideal day for football, especially so far as the spectators were concerned. 'Tis a shame that the crowd wasn't any better than 12,847. The city of Green Bay apparently was well represented, however. Fans from out of the town have transportation problems that are keeping them from going to football games this year. Eight different players took turns carrying the pigskin for the Packers and the Rams had the same number. Ted Fritsch, Tony Canadeo and Chuck Sample did most of it for the Packers, while Parker Hall led for the Rams. Green Bay employed 45 running plays, Cleveland 20. The Packers attempted 39 passes, and Cleveland 28. The Packers punted twice, and Cleveland four times. There was one lateral pas, by the Packers, and one field goal kick, also by the Packers. Among the spectators were some 450 newsboys who deliver the Press-Gazette to homes in Green Bay, De Pere and the suburbs. It was the first time that the city carriers were guests at a football game, the Press-Gazette in former years giving them a picnic. At the final home game, Nov. 1, the newsboys from 66 communities are in the "state" circulation area will see the Chicago Cardinals.
OCT 21 (Green Bay) - It might be noted that the Green Bay Packers are traveling along at a tremendous offensive clip. While the Bays drill for their game at Detroit Sunday, the adding machine experts found that the men of Curly Lambeau have scored 128 points in four games. That's 50 more than the Packers counted in the same number of tilts last year. The Chicago Bears hold a four-point edge over the Packers, but the Bays remain as the classiest and "wide openest" outfit
in the circuit. Green Bay has manufactured seventeen
touchdowns and 10 of them by the spectacular way - 
passing. Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson, the National
league's top drawing card, got eight of them. Before
going into details about Detroit and what may happen at
the Motor city Sunday, let's look at the statistics. The
Packers have made 68 first downs, 13 more than the
heralded Bear machine. Green Bay has picked up a 
ttotal of 1,519 yards in rushing and passing compared
to the Bears' 1,273. The Packers need only 44 yards
through the air to pass the 1,000-yard mark. The Bears
got 607 yards through the stratosphere. The time has
come to take the Chicago Bears out of the offensive
spotlight and put the Packers there. At any rate, the
statement will get further qualifying when the two clubs'
collide in Chicago Nov. 15, a week before gas rationing
sets in. Lambeau let his offense rest today in favor of a
long defensive program against Detroit plays which are
bound to be sharper than they were at Milwaukee. On
the defense subject, it should be revealed that the
Packers have allowed 89 points in four games this year
as compared to 45 a year ago. The Packer line, which
will get a severe jolt when 220-pound tackle Ernie
Pannell starts naval training next Monday, got the most
work. Russ Letlow looked good in his new assignment
at left tackle, a spot that he vacated after leaving San
Francisco university seven years back. He had been a 
guard here...WANT MORE HOPPS: Over at Detroit, the
Lions are yelling for more Johnny Hopps in order to 
keep from losing their sixth straight game to the Bays.
It seems Hopp was a big gun in the tight Lion defense
which prevented the Chicago Cardinals from scoring
until the last few minutes last Sunday. The Lions'
greatest improvement since the Packers beat them at
Milwaukee, 38 to 7, has been their defense. The Cards
were inside the Lions' 20-yard line seven times in their
first three periods and were stopped each time. Detroit
experts believe that the Lion attack could do with more
deception and a few more players like Hopp. In the
second period Hopp punted from behind the Lions' 14 
and tackled the receiver on the Cards' 32. He did nearly
all of Detroit's kicking, running and passing and his
passing might conceivably have won the game had he
been given better protection on his pitches...HE'LL BE
READY: Just to quite any overconfidence, Mr. Hopp 
was out of that game in Milwaukee with an injury. He'll
be in great shape for next Sunday. The Packers will be
pulling for Philadelphia's Eagles Sunday because 
Coach Greasy Neale's outfit will be tangling with the
Chicago Bears at Wrigley field Sunday. It'lll be a battle
of T-formations, with the Bears, of course, in the
favorite's role. Out east, New York, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh
and Washington are involved in important games. The
Washington club goes to Pittsburgh, and the Steelers,
the surprise team of the league, may give Coach Red
Flaherty's Redskins plenty of trouble. The league's
second Bear-Packer game will be staged at Brooklyn
where the Dodgers and Giants mix. In the fifth contest,
the Cardinals seek their second straight victory and 
their fourth of the season at Cleveland. Wins for the
Cards and Packers would form a pretty setting for the
Cardinal-Green Bay duel at City stadium Sunday, Nov.
1, Incidentally, fans should get their tickets for this
struggle as soon as possible because a large crowd is
OCT 21 (Chicago) - The gridiron's one-time "man on a
chain" - Cecil Isbell of the Green Bay Packers - today
unshackled himself to become the kingpin of passers in
the NFL. Isbell gained distinction as one of football's
"freaks" during his undergraduate days at Purdue when
he played with a chain attached to his right arm which
limited its movement and prevented the member from
slipping out of place at the shoulder. Despite that 
handicap he was one of the midwest's outstanding 
backs, and, after college, was drafted by the Packers.
Now in his fifth season with Green Bay, Isbell is one of
the pro circuit's overlooked stars. Credit for the Packers'
great passing attack generally goes to Don Hutson, the
brilliant receiver, and when the loop's ranking passer is
discussed Slingin' Sammy Baugh of the Washington
Redskins generally is the nominee. The records 
however attest to Isbell's greatness. The latest official
league statistics show the Packer halfback to be the
circuit's leading aerial artist with the much-talked Baugh
in second place...GAINS 703 YARDS: Isbell has
completed 49 out of 82 passes for a gain of 703 yards. Eight of his passes have been good for touchdowns. Baugh has thrown 95 passes with 53 completed for a gain of 646 yards. When Isbell hit Hutson with two touchdown passes last Sunday against the Cleveland Rams, it was the 16th consecutive league game in which one or more of his tosses have been good for scores. Isbell holds the old mark of having thrown the longest and the shortest touchdown passes of the 1942 pro season. The longest was for a 69-yard gain against the Detroit Lions, and the shortest for a gain of four inches against Cleveland. When he joined the Packers for the 1938 season Isbell was "on the spot". Green Bay had a great passer in Arnie Herber, and it was freely predicted that when he retired the Packers' long famous air attack would become ineffective. The opposite has been true...STARDOM LAST YEAR: Isbell reached pro stardom last season when he led the league in four departments. He posted the top mark in passing attempts with 206, in completions with 117, in yards gained by passing with 1,479, and in touchdown passes with 15. The latter two feats set new league records. While Isbell leads in passing, first place among the ball carriers was taken over by Merlyn Condit of Brooklyn with 331 yards gained in 44 efforts. Don Hutson of Green Bay leads in pass receiving with 28 receptions for 524 yards.
OCT 21 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packer defense - bad on the field at times - is strictly great on Uncle Sam's field of defensive operations. They're going all-out in the matter of war bonds and anything else that will make the United States team a tougher club to beat. The Bays got their biggest, but most pleasant, shock the other day in a letter from H.J. Fitzgerald, Milwaukee, state chairman of war activities. Addressed to Coach Curly Lambeau, the letter revealed that the Packers are doing a better job at getting funds than nationally-known movie celebrities. In fact, the bond premiere that Lambeau, Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson participated in at Milwaukee recently captured more bonds than similar attractions, involving movie greats did in Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington and Detroit. Here's the letter: "Let me express my gratitude and appreciation to you for not along adding your own name to our list of 'Badger Personalities', and participating in our bond premiere at the Wisconsin theater, but for bringing Messrs. Isbell and Hutson with you. Your performance could have been no better had you rehearsed it many times, and the audience showed you their approval by their applause."...BEAT OLD RIVALS: "You undoubtedly will be interested to know that, without the appearance of movie stars, who are the main attraction in other cities, we beat some of your old rivals - Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington and Detroit. We sold over $2,1000,000 worth of bonds, and it was cash - not pledges. As  chairman of war activities in this state, I have been advised that Wisconsin will go over the top in September bond sales and will meet its quota.  You might be interested in knowing that a gentleman from Mr. Morgenthau's office told me that Wisconsin and nine other central states  that the treasury department was afraid would not do a job in bond selling, led the nation as a unit." Lambeau announced that the Packers will do "anything to help our armed forces. Although we are against public appearances during the season, the players and myself are willing to give some of their time for programs that will bring more money to fight the Axis."...START THINGS ROLLING: The Packers really started things rolling this season when they donated approximately $1,250 to Uncle Sam through the Army All-Star game in Milwaukee. They spent about $1,000 of their own money for training expenses and kicked in another $250 for tickets. The Army realized over $41,000 from the game. Lambeau pointed out that the Packer management has donated approximately $650 in cash thus far to the war effort. All in all, the Green Bay Packers are doing their bit and outclassing the "big towns" on the way. And they're just getting started.
OCT 21 (Detroit) - For the first time since John Karcis became head coach of the Detroit Lions he will have the entire squad available for service on Sunday when his team opposes the Green Bay Packers at Briggs stadium. Among the injured athletes who have recovered are Ned Mathews, Harry Seltzer and Lloyd Cardwell, all backs. With the ball carriers in shape again Joe Stringfellow will return to his normal position at left end. Ralph Qualmann, former Detroit Tech gridder, will make his debut with the Lions on Sunday. So far he has been outkicking all of the Lion punters.
OCT 22 (Green Bay) - Webster describes rain as "water falling in drops condensed from vapor in the atmosphere", but the Green Bay Packers have their own explanation: "That certain something that will cut our passing efficiency to a degree where it would be
unsafe to use to any great extent." Acting purely on a
hunch that the Packers may encounter rain or high
water at Detroit Sunday, Curly Lambeau directed his
charges through a stiff running session today. His ace
pitchers, Cecil Isbell and Tony Canadeo, and No. 1
backstop, Don Hutson, rested as the "heavy" runners
pounded against heavily-padded defensive linemen 
using Detroit plays. Just for insurance, though, Isbell
and Canadeo kept their arms loose as goose grease by
tossing an occasional pass. Hutson and the other
receivers, Andy Uram, Ted Fritsch, Keith Ranspot, Earl
Ohlgren, Bab Kahler, Joe Carter, and many others, 
were given fresh supplies of fly paper. However, it is the
well known fact that rain makes fly paper practically
useless, and Lambeau is taking no chances bumping
into a barrage of liquid. Thus the extensive running
practice...LOST TO SKINS IN RAIN: One of two games
the Packers lost this season was played in the rain.
It was the exhibition tilt with Washington at Baltimore
before NFL play started. The Weatherman has been
nice to our Packers. He put out a few harmless clouds
for the Brooklyn exhibition there and the Chicago Bear
classic here, but made up for it with sunshine for the
Western Army All-Star and Detroit tilts in Milwaukee 
and the Cleveland game here last Sunday. If this story
was about a college or high school team it would be
simple to single out one ball carrier and tell about his
antics in practice. However, this reporter has some
seven or eight highly-skilled college luggers to contend
with, and to pick out one of them would be just plain
folly. After all, those backs are big fellas. In Packer
practice, Ted Fritsch, Tony Canadeo, Cecil Isbell, Lou
Brock, Chuck Sample, Joe Laws, Andy Uram, Larry
Craig and Bob Kahler got good doses at hitting the
defensive Detroit wall. They all went for "touchdowns",
largely because the defensive men were not allowed to
tackle, the attack featuring only blocking and ball
carrying...PICK UP 141 YARDS: If ball carriers must be
singled out, it is necessary to refer you to individual statistics for the Packers' four league games. Young Fritsch of Stevens Point has gained the most yardage, 141 stripes in 35 attempts for an average of four yards. However, the Packers' grey ghost, Canadeo, has the top average, 4.1 yards, with 124 yards gained in 30 attempts. The No. 3 runner on the Packer team, according to the statistics, isn't a runner by trade. He's a passer and his name is Isbell. He picked up 87 yards in 24 attempts for an average of 3.6 yards. The "worst" runner, at least when he carries the ball from the line of scrimmage, is that classy pass receiver, Mr. Hutson,. Don, in two attempts, has lost 2.5 yards. Speaking of statistics, the figures for the Detroit backs are mighty impressive. Harry Hopp of Nebraska, who was hurt for the Detroit tilt at Milwaukee, has gained 128 yards in 30 attempts for an average of 4.3, Emil Banjavic is about tops with his average of 9.4 yards, although he carried the ball only seven times for 66 stripes...CURE FOR HEADACHES: The Lions have an excellent cure for headaches, just in case they or the Packer have trouble. He is Harry (Bromo) Seltzer, who has averaged 2.3 yards every time he carried the ball. The Packers will leave their home port on the Milwaukee Road at 5:30 Friday evening and will arrive in Chicago at 9:30 that night. They'll board the Pennsylvania at 11:50 Friday night and get into Detroit at 7:30 Saturday morning. The Hotel Statler will be their headquarters. The Packer ticket office in the Legion building is doing a brisk business for the Chicago Cardinal game here a week from Sunday. Your best bet is to get your seats now and be assured of a good one for this contest, the last home tilt of the season.
OCT 22 (Chicago) - George Halas of the world champion Chicago Bears soon may be the sixth NFL club owner-coach to join Uncle Sam's armed forces. Halas,
who is 45, has applied for a naval commission and may
make his coaching farewell Sunday when his Bears
seek another league conquest at the expense of the
Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears' boss, who served in the
navy in the last war, has been associated with college
and professional football for more than 25 years. He
played football at the University of Illinois and during the
last war was on the Great Lakes team. After the war he
was one of the founders and organizers of the NFL and
since 1921 has been owner-coach of the Bears, who
have won five league titles. He also conducts varied
business enterprises and is owner-coach of a pro
basketball team. His entry in the navy will make him the
sixth pro football boss to leave his desk for some 
branch of the service. Others were the co-owners of the
Cleveland Rams, Daniel Reeves and Fred Levy, Jr., who
entered the army air corps; Dan Topping of the Brooklyn
Dodgers, marines; Wellington Mara, New York Giants
co-owner, navy, and Alexis Thompson, Philadelphia
Eagles, army. Halas' imminent return to the navy was
disclosed Wednesday, but other than to acknowledge
that he had applied for a naval commission, the Bears
owner said. "I'm just awaiting orders. I don't know when
I'll hear. Any announcement will have to come from the
Navy department in Washington. I can't comment any
OCT 22 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers held a new
record for first downs in one game and lead the NFL in
ground gained following a very busy afternoon against
the Cleveland Rams last Sunday. In passing for 16 first
downs and getting ten on the ground, the Packers 
broke the mark of 25 set by the Chicago Bears versus
the Detroit Lions last Nov. 23. Reversing a basic
principal of football attack by using their aerials to set
up running plays, the Packers ran their total yards gained in four games to 1,519, an average of 376 yards per game, 68 more than the Chicago Bears, who are second on the basis of average gain per game...BEST ON DEFENSE: Washington continues to be the league's foremost defensive unit, with an average yield of only 164 yards and eight first downs per game, while Pittsburgh, its opponent Sunday in a battle for first place in the eastern division, has moved up second place defensively. The Steelers have surrendered only 203 yards and 10 first downs per contest. George Halas' championship Bears still are the top point producers in the league, running up a total of 132 on four opponents. They also lead in the number of touchdowns, having gone over on the ground 13 times and six times on passes.
Saturday morning. The team will headquarter at the Hotel Statler in Detroit's loop. With the exception of Earl Ohlgren, transferred this week from right to left end, the Packer squad is in great shape. Ohlgren injured his knee in the Detroit game two weeks ago and rested it while the Bays beat Cleveland, 45 to 28, here last Sunday. Lou Brock's bruised hip is okay. Harry Jacunski, former running mate of Don Hutson, will be delayed in reporting for work here. Mrs. Jacunski gave birth to a daughter in New Britain, Conn., Wednesday, but the serious condition of the mother will delay Jacunski. The Packers ended "home" preparations with a light workout this morning after a chalk talk at the Northland hotel...LIONS ARE DUE: Shortly before leaving, Lambeau announced that "we're not taking the Lions lightly. We'll have to be 'up' because the Detroit team is liable to explode any one of these Sundays. When the Lions do cut loose it may be too bad for the opposing team." The Packers, like the Chicago Bears, go into every battle with a chip on their shoulder. It would be sweet for Detroit to knock off the Bays, and Lambeau has warned his charges of that possibility. The Lions have everything to win and nothing to lose. While the Packers will be trying for their fourth straight win, the Detroit club will be seeking its first victory. The Lions have lost five straight, one a 38 to 7 decision to the Packers at Milwaukee. The tight Detroit defense is expected to provide Green Bay with plenty of trouble, inasmuch as the Packers were lax in that department against Cleveland last Sunday. The Lions held the Chicago Cardinals inside the 20-yard line five times last Sunday, and it was only a last-minute drive that gave the Cards their 7 to 0 victory...THIRD UNDER KARCIS: Detroit has scored only two touchdowns, and one of them gave the Lions a 7 to 3 lead over the Bays at Milwaukee. The Lions got their first against Brooklyn a week before the Packer tilt. Detoit should be a tougher offensive team Sunday, what with Harry (Hippity) Hopp back in the lineup. This will be the Lions' third game under their new coach, John (Bull) Karcis. Three of the four offensive marks the Packers are boasting are concentrated in the high scoring passing duo of Cecil Isbell and Hutson. Isbell completed 23 of his 33 attempts last week to displace Sammy Baugh of Washington in that department, while Hutson ran his pass catching total to 28 by taking 13 of them against the Rams, and scored twice to amass a league total of 56 points. Ted Fritsch, Bay fullback, has made three field goals in three ties to tie Len Barnum of Philadelphia, who tried nine times to make nine points by that method. The only mark the Packers don't hold is the individual ground gaining total, held by Merlyn Condit of Brooklyn, who has managed to catch rookie Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh...EYE ON INGALLS: Detroit fans will watch Bob Ingalls, Packer center, with interest Sunday. Ingalls was a star at the University of Michigan for the last three years. The Chicago Bears go after Victory No. 5 at the expense of the Philadelphia Eagles in Chicago Sunday. The Eastern division feature will toss the Washington Redskins against the Steelers at Pittsburgh. The Steelers could go into a first place tie by beating Washington. In other games, New York's Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers collide at Ebbets field; and the Chicago Cardinals invade Cleveland.
OCT 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Stoney McGlynn) - Mr. Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, sometimes called the Fox of the Fox or the Canny Belgian, is doing quite a job with his revamped Green Bay Packers this fall, if the records of the NFL mean anything. We've heard so much about those bold, bad Bears, have seen them cut so many didoes, mostly of the touchdown variety, and have been told by all the eggsperts and near eggsperts in the commonwealth that the Packers have no business in the same league that we had started to become convinced. And lo, the league statistics have come out and we find the Packers leading in just about every department of offensive play, not excluding such an important matter as yards gained where they'd have us believe the Bears are maestros. However, before some of our most fervid boosters keep the wires hot, we will admit the Bears are undefeated, are leading the league and already have one triumph over the Packers to their credit...COUSIN SETH DEFENSE: Also, we'll admit Cec Isbell and Don Hutson have been doing most of the damage to opposing forces to forestall any attempt to belittle the Packer effort as a two man team, a point we will argue at no little length, although admitting the aerial duo is something apart in the annals of football. Don is leading in scoring and pass receptions, yards gained via passes and is well on his way to beating his own records in those departments. Correspondingly, Cec, on the tossing end, is leading from that angle. In one department the Packers must show vast improvement if they are to entertain any hopes of upsetting the Bears, as per custom, in their return Wrigley field embroilio. That is in the important matter of defense. Goodness me, the Packers have displayed about as much defensive class as my Cousin Seth shows against demon rum. Straighten that out and the Bays might pull a surprise or two, now that Georgie Porgie Halas, the big Kodiak of the Bear troupe, had decided to adapt his T offensive to the Navy tactics in the business of halting Hitler, Hirohito and Bungling Benny Benito...WE'LL MISS GEORGIE: Just what effect the loss of Georgie Porgie will have on the Bears is problematical and hard to estimate, but we'll hazard a guess the Bears will miss the big chief no little bit. We've had a lot of fun haggling Georgie Porgie, a distinction he enjoys mo end, because, he says, every Badger enemy means $3.30 more in at the gate. His first love is Uncle Sam's succotash, the Bears notwithstanding, but we'll admit he is some shakes a a coach. He is a stickler for the finer phases of the offensive values and knows how to make a threat of a pay cut take the place of a turpentine injection with gusto and aplomb. Between running his football club and coaching it, Georgie Porgie has dabbled in other businesses, including the jewelry and laundry trades. He has been known, upon occasion when some of his petulant pigskin packers have not been going to market in the most approved fashion, to call offenders aside, take out one of his laundry routes and suggest that if they cannot deliver the porker up at the other end of the field he has some most select routes open for linen ushers. A tremendous improvement is immediately forthcoming...AN EDGE ON CURLY: In that respect he has an edge of no mean proportion over the Fox of the Fox whose insurance business (adv.) has no aspects of manual labor whatsoever. Quite a few of the lads would like to do business by telephone, meanwhile clipping coupons. We're downright sorry to see Georgie Porgie go, but hope it is pronto and before that return game. And also that he is shipped somewhere east of Suez, where the best is like the worst, so he cannot sneak down from Great Lakes and do any masterminding. It would never do to have a naval officer thrown off the field for protesting a decision.
OCT 22 (The Sporting News) - "And this fellow Hutson," the commentator on Green Bay's radio station said. "Whey, he doesn't weight more than 175 pounds. He's apt to be killed playing end in pro ball. What's getting into Lambeau, anyway?" The day was a memorable one in Packer history - September 22, 1935. The commentator was the owner of a chain of shops in Green Bay, an avid Packer fan, who bought 15 minutes of time on Green Bay's radio station every Sunday morning to have his uncensored say. The day was a memorable one, indeed, for only a few hours after the broadcast, the stripling Hutson made his bow against the Bears and embarked on what has become one of the most spectacular careers in the history of the National league. Apt to be killed? Hutson's debut will never be forgotten who saw it. The Packers in punt formation on their own 17-yard line on the first play from scrimmage. The snap back from center to Arnie Herber. The tangled lines with Herber fading back to his own goal line. The pass. A long one - 60 yards at least. Too long. Too long? Hutson made the play look easy. He faked out, then cut back down the middle. He shot past Gene Ronzani, who tried futilely to catch him. He shot past safetyman Beattie Feathers, who tried desperately to stay with him. He turned his head without slackening his stride, stretched out his arms, pulled in the ball over his shoulders and romped across the goal for the touchdown - the only one of the game. The Packers won, 7 to 0. And so the stripling who was "apt to be killed" made his debut in professional football. Green Bay went nearly mad that day and football crowds everywhere have gone nearly made scores of times since, watching him perform. A pass surely cannot be caught when it is thrown too far - but Hutson gets it. A pass is sure to be batted down because defensive men are on top of the ball - but Hutson gets it. In his seven years in the league (this is his eighth) he has achieved the unassailable position of the master receiver of them all. No man has ever disrupted so greatly. No man has ever influenced the play of his team to such an extent...HE'S PRO A-1 RECORD HOLDER; SCORED 95 POINTS ONE SEASON: The records Don owns alone speaks with authority. He holds the league's scoring record for one season, 95 points; the record for touchdown passes caught in one season, 12; the record for total passes caught in one season, 57; the record for total passes caught in a career, 260; and the record for total yards gained on passes in a career, 6,163. Some of the marks have been broken already, for every time he catches a pass this season, he breaks a record. Huston's acquisition by the Packers was only a little less spectacular than his debut. Coach Curly Lambeau still squirms when he recalls how close he came to losing Don, even after having him signed. He had first seen him in Alabama's practice a couple of days before the Rose Bowl game of 1935. "I'd always dreamed of an end who could do the things Hutson did," he has often related, "and out at practice at Pasadena that day, there he was!" Lambeau admits he never talked so fast or so much to anyone as he did to Hutson in the next few weeks. He cornered him several times before the game. He cornered him after the game, in which Hutson scored two of Alabama's four touchdowns in the 29 to 13 victory over Stanford. He talked to him over long distance between Green Bay and Tuscaloosa, Ala., a half dozen times, and at last got him. Hutson accepted terms. His contract, as league rules required, was immediately mailed to the late Joe Carr, then president of the National league. Lambeau relaxed. His job was done. Let the touchdowns roll in. In the very hour of his triumph, though, Shipwreck Kelly, then part owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, took a hand. Kelly, it seems, had had his eye on Hutson, too. He had visited Hutson in Tusacloosa before the Alabama team had gone west and had promised to meet the offer of any other bidder. He had even given Hutson $50 in spending money for his trip to the coast. "You know, I was in an awful spot," Hutson has often explained in his soft, southern drawl. "I tried to be fair with Shipwreck. He had been good to me, and I had given him my word to let him know what was happening. Every time I got an offer, including the first ones from Curly, I let Shipwreck know and he would tell me, 'All right, kid, we'll do just as well.' Well, when we got back from the coast and I got another offer from Curly, I let Shipwreck know by wire again. But no answer came. I wired Shipwreck eight or nine times inside of a week, but I never got an answer, so at last I signed the contract Curly sent me and thought the whole thing closed. The day after I had mailed Curly's contract back, though, Shipwreck flew into town. He had been in Florida and had chartered a plane. I didn't know what to say to him. I just told him what had happened, and I guess he understood. 'The guy who gets your contract into Carr's office first will get you,' he said. 'Sign this and we'll mail it in right away.'" (The National league draft had not yet been introduced. It was catch-as-catch-can in the fight for material.) "I was in an awful fix. I was obligated to Shipwreck, so I signed his contract, too, and mailed it into Carr. I didn't know what was going to happen." The climax in this race against time might have been taken from a yellowback. Lambeau's contract and Kelly's contract arrived on Carr's desk in the same mail. There was only one way to decide the matter. Carr looked at the posting time of each letter. Lambeau's bore the time of 8:30 a.m., Kelly's of 8:47 a.m. By a matter of 17 minutes, therefore, Hutson officially became the property of Green Bay. There is no secret about Hutson's greatness. Everybody who has ever 
seen him can recognize most of the things by which he
succeeds. He has terrific speed. He has the ability to
cut at a right angle and "hook". He can change his pace
in a split second. Is it any wonder that the average
defensive man, now knowing what he is going to do 
next, is so often faked into a wrong move? Only one 
thing about him is sometimes misses. It explains some
of the so-called "impossible" catches he makes. No
matter how many men happen to be around him, how
fast he is moving, or what he intends to do, he keeps 
his eye on the ball until he has it locked in his hands.
Hutson has all manner of tricks, of course. He may loaf
along, lulling the men covering him into a false sense of
security, then shift gears and shoot away with that
magnificent change of pace. He may down fast into 
deep territory for a long pass, or hook back for a short
one over the middle, or make a complete loop before he
heads for his destination. Or he may even sneak around
being the line of scrimmage. Timing, of course, is one
of the all-important factors in the success of the Green
Bay pas attack, and it is worked almost endlessly, 
Almost everything is done by count, at least in the early
stages of practice. Isbell, for example, will count in slow cadence as a long pass play gets underway: "Hike-One-Two-Three-Four-Ball-Spin-One-Two-Three-Four-Back-With-Arm-Pass." The count varies on different plays, but with each count, no matter what it happens to be, Isbell knows just about where Hutson should be unless something happens to him on the way...WHAT ISBELL MEANS WHEN HE TALKS TO HIMSELF: The first count of the "One-Two-Three-Four" represents the shift from the "To" into the box and the starting signal, on which Hutson starts. "Spin" is Isbell's turn as he wheels back to pass, the second "One-Two-Three-Four" his steps as he goes back into passing position, and the "Back-With-Arm" his passing movement as he looks over the field. Whether Hutson is to be a receiver, or only a decoy who can suck defensive men out of position, either for a run or a pass to somebody else, he goes through all his tricks the same way. The defense which have been used to try to stop him run the whole range from holding on the line to out-and-out, interference in the open, in the hope that the officials will not detect it. George Halas of the Bears once remarked that he had tried ten different defenses against Hutson and had yet to find one which would stop him. The most common defense is to try to check Don at the line of scrimmage by having the end and tackle sandwich him in or to have the backer-up knock him down just as he gets across the line. The Bears have frequently tried the latter with their 245-pound center, Clyde Turner. The second most common defense if to try to cover him with two men, usually the right half and a backer up in the short zone and the left half and the safety man in the deep zone. No matter what a team does, though, it lays itself open in some way. The guy is just that terrific. He has never really been stopped. It is only natural that a man of Hutson's abilities should have a tremendous influence on the Packers' play as a whole and ever on coaching. There are special pass plays for him because of his great speed and tricks, a few special running plays for others because of his unusual ability as a decoy, and even special passing plays because at times he blocks, and who ordinarily would expect the greatest pass receiver of all time to block on a pass? "We've always been pass-minded," Lambeau explains, "but I don't think there is any question but that Hutson has made us more so. And his pass receiving ability has been only one thing. He has affected almost every phase of our offensive play. Most fans follow the ball, which is only natural. As a result, though, they miss much of the other stuff Hutson does, his decoying and even his blocking." In his early years with the club, Hutson played defensive end, too, and played it pretty well, considering that he weighed only 175 pounds, but at the Packer offense was built more and more around him, Lambeau decided that he was too valuable to risk in the path of powerful pro interference. So Lambeau shifted his blocking back to end on defense and dropped Hutson into the relative safety of the secondary, where he not only could escape much of the pummeling at end, but could also help on pass defense with his quick starting speed. Larry Craig now picks up Huston's job to end on defense and Hutson picks up Craig's in the backfield. Hutson, sincerely modest in everything he says, refers to them and to Isbell in a quaint way. "Here's my offense," he drawls, putting an arm around Isbell," and here's my defense," putting the other arm around Craig. Hutson is the first to admit that without a passer like Isbell he would not be the man he is. Lambeau emphasizes it. But Isbell passes most of the credit for his success (a passing efficiency of 58 percent last season) right back to his receivers, mostly Hutson. In high school at Pine Bluff, Ark., Hutson played only one year of football. He did not think he was big enough for the game in his other years, or good enough. Rather strangely, Hutson made the varsity at Alabama in his sophomore year because of his defensive play. It was not until his senior year that his great pass catching ability brought him into the headlines. A summer of baseball followed his graduation. He played with Knoxville, Pine Bluff and Alabany. "They had me batting cleanup for awhile at Albany," Huston recalls, "but all of sudden I lost my eye. I couldn't hit the side of a barn with a handful of oatmeal, and then they dropped me." In football, though, he has never lost his eye. He is the greatest pass receiver of all time because, among other things, "he keeps his eye on the ball."
OCT 22 (Chicago) - Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, focusing one eye on a place among the greatest centers of all time and the other on enemy aerials, increased his lead over pass interceptors in the NFL last week by adding another interception to his total as the Chicago Bears defeated the New York Giants. Picking off rookie Bob Trocolor's tosses into the flat, the husky Abilene cattle buyer brought his total to five and preserved at least one pass in each of the Bears' four league games...MCADAMS TOP PUNTER: Dean McAdams, Brooklyn's triple threat halfback, took over first place among punters from Sammy Baugh, the defending champion. McAdams turned in the longest punt of the season, getting one away for 74 yards against Washington. Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh's one man gang, maintained his lead in kickoff returns and moved up into a tie with R. David and Bob Davis, Philadelphia rookies, on punt returns. Parker Hall of Cleveland continues to pace punt returns with nine, one more than the rookie trio of Dudley, Steele and Davis.
OCT 22 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions, who will meet the "passingest" team in football when they engage the Green Bay Packers at Briggs Stadium Sunday, acquired a new thrower Wednesday. He is Chester Wetterlund, 185-pounds halfback of the Chicago Cardinals. In exchange for Wetterlund, the Lions gave Tom Chantiles, tackle from Southern California. Because of injuries the Cardinals are in dire need of linemen and this induced them to make a deal. Wetterlund, who played college football at Illinois Wesleyan, was the Cardinals' ninth draft choice in December. In addition to being an able passer, he is also a good punter. The Lions will lost another lineman Sunday when Alex Schibanoff, tackle with the team for the last two seasons, departs for New York to enter the Navy's school at Columbia University. An absentee from practice Wednesday was guard Tony Sartori, who was called to New York because of a death in his family, but expects to be back for Sunday's game. Acquisition of Wetterlund will enable the Lions to return to a normal lineup. He will be used at left halfback along with Harry Hopp and Tommy Colella. The veteran Ned Mathews will be returned to his regular assignment at right halfback. Joe Stringfellow, who played last half while Hopp and Colella were injured, has returned to right end, allowing Perry Scott, another end in recent week, to return to tackle, a position he played in college.
OCT 23 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers left today for Detroit carrying the following: (1) Four of the NFL's five offensive records; (2) a chip on every shoulder; (3) an eye for their fourth straight record; (4) another eye on the tough Detroit defense; and (5) the usual baggage. They are scheduled to take off on the Milwaukee Road's Chippewa at 5:30 this evening, and will arrive in Detroit at 7:35 Saturday morning with a two-hour stopover in Chicago at 9:30 tonight. Curly Lambeau will herd his athletes into Kelsey field, home athletic grounds of Wayne university, for roll call, general inspection, and a brief workout at 11 o'clock