A NEW DAY IS DAWNING FOR PRO FOOTBALL - HALAS MAY JOIN NAVY
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.
PACKERS SEEK FOURTH STRAIGHT LEAGUE WIN AT DETROIT
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.
LONG LIVE THE RECORD OF BAYS' CLARKE HINKLE!
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.
IF A FELLOW EVER DESERVED A BETTER BREAK, IT'S MANDEL
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.
SCHIECHL JOINS NAVY; NEW HALF STARS IN DRILL
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.
DETROIT TO SEE ISBELL-HUTSON AERIAL SHOW
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.
GREEN BAY RESUMES RACE AGAINST LIONS
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.