STATISTICS SHOW PACKERS POTENT IN GROUND GAME, PASSING ATTACK
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - Although principal attenion this week has been given to the ability of the Detroit Lions to gain yardage on the ground and through the air, an
analysis today of statistics in the Packers' two league
contests against the Chicago Bears and Cards show
the Green Bay team is no slouch in advancing the ball
through enemy defenses. Coach Curly Lambeau 
predicted at the outset of the season that his team in
1943 would have a better running attack than in some
seasons past, and that the air game would be potent
enough to throw plenty of scares into any of the 
opposing elevens. As the Packers prepare for the Lion
invasion of City stadium Sunday afternoon, Lambeau's
prediction is shown to be statistically true. Taking the
running game first, results of the two league tussles
show the Packers have been remarkably consistent in
lugging the leather. Against the Bears they gained 224
yards. They repeated the process to the inch against
the Cardinals, who gave up 224 yards also. On the 
other side of the fence, the picture is equally tattle-tale..
DEFENSE IS STRONG: The Bears' highly publicized T
attack could only gain 146 yards through the Packer
forward wall, which has given remarkable service thus
far and figures to be even stronger against the Lions. 
The Cards didn't hit the 100-mark against thart line,
getting a mere 89 yards by rushing. While the Packers
haven't gained as much as their opponents through the
air, they came through in the clutch to score the tying
touchdown agains the Bears in the opener and collect
three six-pointers against the Cards to win going away.
As a matter of record, Lambeau's gridders have four
touchdowns by passes and three by rushing. Yardage
totals show the Packers have gained 176 yards in two
games against 253 for their opponents. They completed
15 against 22 and intercepted nine while having seven
of their own tosses grabbed off...POLISHING UP
CONTINUES: So much for the statistical side. Whether
the Packers can out-statistic the Lions in Sunday's
fracas remains to be seen. Their running game has
received attention during drills this week and a good deal of practice time has also been given to the passing department. The Lions are not going to be particularly perturbed about what the Packers have done in previous games since they must win this one to keep their position as second best in the league's standings, providing the Bears take the Cardinals in the first game of their annual city series. There's little question that the Bruins can defeat the Cards. Thus the spotlight is thrown directly on the contest here. Perfect practice weather has allowed Lambeau's charges adequate opportunity hold long drills. Today the final rough stuff of the week was on tap and followed a Wednesday drill which lasted well past the noon hour. Tapering off is scheduled for Friday and Saturday with a few looks at what the Lions are expected to use thrown in for good measure...PLENTY OF TICKETS: The ticket situation remains similar to that of previous days, when a constant stream of customer got their ducats at headquarters in the Legion building. Again it was emphasized that rumors regarding a sellout are unfounded and good seats remain to be had. As with everything else, however, it is first come first served. Thos who get their tickets now will naturally get choice places in the park.
COUNCILMAN GUS DORAIS WILL VISIT GREEN BAY NEXT SUNDAY ON OFFICIALS BUSINESS FOR DETROIT GRID TEAM
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - An artist at footballing before many of the members of the Packer squad were born. Charles E. (Gus) Dorais did not use any hocus-pocus to fashion a strong, alert football club this season out of a squad which last year couldn't win a game in NFL competition. Of course, Dorais' plans were aided no end by the addition of Frankie Sinkwich of Georgia and Charley Fenenbock of UCLA. But the basic reason for the Lions' upswing in the league picture goes back much further even though the results are being seen now. Gus has other interests besides football, the main one being his work as a councilman for the city of Detroit. That he is doing a good job there as well as in fashioning a football and free-wheeling football team is testified to by his renomination for the council post Tuesday. He was sixth in a field of 47 candidates. But the principal interest of Dorais remains football. He has that driving interest which makes for success in any line of endeavor. And he's been connected with football as a start player (a quarterback) and coach since 1913, when he entered Notre Dame. From that time to this his efforts have been rewarded with success. He'll bring his latest football edition to City stadium Sunday afternoon for a "go" at the Packers in what appears to be one of the best exhibitions ever seen on the local field. Since Dorais' public life as a coach has been highly successful, it's easier to chronicle it in time order starting with his freshman year at Notre Dame when he teamed with Knute Rockne to form football's first successful passing combination - in fact, the passing-catching pair who revolutionized the game...NATIONALIZED NOTRE DAME: As Clark Shaughnessy says in his review of the Notre Dame-Army game of 1931 as one of the 12 best of all time: "That demonstration of the forward pass by Dorais and Rockne under the guidance of Jess Harper...really sold the forward pass at a time when the game was clogged with running power and when that was stopped, field goal kicking was the thing...This game was a big step in making it (Notre Dame) a national institution." All five of the Irish touchdowns in the 35 to 13 victory came as a result of forward passes. They gained 243 yards with the forward pass alone and missed on only four of 17 attempts. Dorais tossed and completed 12 straight to Rockne, the start for both men to national prominence with the pigskin. Since Rockne's untimely death, Gus has carried on for both. After finishing at Notre Dame, Dorais got a job coaching at Loras college in Dubuque, Ia. Hi steam there won 17, lost nine and tied two before he joined the Army. He was appointed athletic director and coach of all sports at Camp McArthur, Texas. His service teams won all their games and the national service championship. The end of the war gave Gus a chance to return to his alma mater as assistant coach to Rockne and as head baseball coach. It was then he tutored George Gipp, one of the Irish immortals. A year later he accepted the three-sports coaching assignment at Gonzaga university in Spokane in the days when there were no Tony Canadeos to make the school's name known. But it wasn't long and Dorais had the Northwest conference championship locked up in the school's trophy room. His Gonzaga teams won 20, lost 19 and tied three. Detroit university needed a good coach iin 1925, so it went out west and signed Doras. There he really came into his own during the 18 years he held the job before resigning to go the Lions. Incidentally, his 18-year tenure was the second longest of any coach in the history of the game. Besides setting up one winning streak of 19 consecutive games. Dorais-coached elvens copped 114, lost 47 and tied seven. Those who know Dorais and his football tricks are not underestimating the Lions this year. Already the team has won two while losing only to the Bears. It will be out Sunday to sink the Packers to third place while taking over second. Gus always said he was a "November coach", meaniing only that his elevens become stronger as the season progresses. They've progressed far enough this season to give the Packers plenty of shivers.
ROAMING RANGE WITH THE LIONS PLEASES MATHESON AND DORAIS
OCT 7 (Detroit) - Cleveland may be one of Detroit's strongest rivals in all fields of athletic endeavor, but owner Fred L. Mandel, Jr., and coach Gus Dorais, of the Lions, owe some Cleveland citizens a vote of thanks. These are the bosses of the Cleveland Rams who decided against having a pro football team this year. That decision enabled the Lions to acquire a rancher named Riley Matheson, whose nickname is Rattlesnake, and whose operation as a football guard has played a principal role in the rejuvenation of Detroit's pro football team. Matheson came to the Lions in the distribution of the Rams' players. He came with a good reputation, having made the second All-League team last fall. This is no mean feat on a team such as the Rams possessed in 1942. Since his arrival on the Detroit team, Matheson has played the kind of football which warms a line coach's heart. He has been virtually an "iron man" guard and has enabled the Lions to register a fine defensive mark in their first three games. The Lions have given up only 127 yards net rushing in these contests for an average of 1.4 yards each attempt. Matheson played his best game Sunday in that 27-21 defeat by the Bears. Particularly, enough, you will find little mention of his perfomances in most accoutns of this contest. Principally, this is because Matheson was doing the usually unnoticed hard work in the middle of the line. He was the only member of the Lions to play the full 60 minutes against the Bears. In fact, Lions' officials couldn't remember any other player in the history of the team who had played a full 60 minutes against the Bears. Dorais and his line coach, Joe Bach, have been high in their praise of Matheson. Dorais said he expected Riley to be one of his top linemen and "he has delivered 100 percent plus." This guard is no midget. He weighs 205 pounds and stands 6 feet 3. This is his sixth year in the pro ranks since playing collegiate football at the Texas School of Mines. Matheson is married and the father of three children. He owns a big ranch near Reading, Calif., and earned his nickname of Rattlesnake because, according to all reports, he prefers to catch rattlesnakes alive. Matheson will be 29 years old Dec. 6 and says that plaing ijn the pro football league is his vacation. His hard work is running his big ranch. Opposing linemen beg to differ with Rattlesnake. They say he works pretty hard in football games, too. In fact, far unlike a fellow enjoying a vacation.
GREEN BAY IN FEVER; LIONS ARE IN TOWN
OCT 7 (Chicago) - Green Bay tossed around Saturday night in the grip of another football fever. The reason: Detroit's Lions were in town and the Packers were confronted with a football game Sunday as tough, perhaps, as any on the schedule this fall. A year ago the coming of the Lions hardly raised a ripple. Everybody knocked off the Lions. It was a league habit. In the year since, though, a lot of things have happened. Gus Dorais, late of the University of Detroit,  succeeded Bull Karcis as coach. A new spirit was fused into the club. A new razzle-dazzle offense with fancy man in motion plays was substituted for the colorless and punchless attack of last year. A few new men were picked up - good ones, including Frankie Sinkwich of Georgia and Chuck Fenenbock of UCLA. And today the Lions have title aspirations of their own. How serious those aspirations have become, the season's record reveals. The team which a year ago did not win a game walloped both the Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers and last Sunday dropped a hair raiser to the Chicago Bears, 27-21. It rolled into town Saturday with the best scoring average in the National league, with three of the four leading scorers, Harry Hopp, Bill Callihan and Augie Lion, and with several of the league's best ground gainers, including Sinkwich and Fenenbock. But the Packers were ready. Ever since the Bear game two weeks ago they have had their eyes on this one. They coasted against the Cardinals last Sunday and with the start of practice Monday started to build up a head of steam. If the Lions were eager Saturday for the kickoff, so were Lambeau's hirelings. Except for Ben Starrett, substitute blocking back, and Cy Perkins, substitute fullback, both of whom have a touch of influenza, Green Bay was in its best physical shape of the season. Chet Adams, one of the best tackles in the league, who was hurt in an exhibition game at Philadelphia a month ago, was fully recovered, and a couple of others, who had minor bruises, were ready, too. It was no secret up here that the Packers, with Tony Canadeo, Irv Comp, Ted Fritsch and Joe Laws, intended to run almost as much as pass. They have the utmost confidence in their new found power on the ground. Coupled with their passing, even though it is not as sharp as before, they believe they have their sharpest attack in their recent history. A crowd of 20,000 was expected. Green Bay ruled a seven point favorite.
PACKERS LEAD IN RUSHING; CHICAGO BEARS IN PASSING
OCT 7 (Chicago) - If any new proof is needed that this is a totally wacky football season, the first statistics of the NFL Thursday does the trick. The Chicago Bears, always a potent ground gaining team, led the league in passing, and the aerial minded Green Bay Packers lead it in rushing. The Bears have whipped up a passing attack that has netted them 369 yards in two games, for a 184.5 yard average. The Packers have come up with a rushing offense good for 408 yards in two games or 204 per contest. All in all, however, the Bears still remain the big guns of pro football. Mingling 275 yards rushing with their passing, the Bears have a total average of 326.5 yards, to Green Bay's 309 and the Eagles' 300. The Chicago club is first in percentage of completed passes with a .500 rating and is tops in pass defense by allowing its opponents only 66 yards via aerials per game. The Philadelphia-Pittsburgh entry, operating in only one game so far, holds first honors in total defense with its opponents getting only 163 yards, first in rushing defense with a 35 yard average for its foes, and first in punting with an average of 43.6 yards. The leaders follow: Total yards gained per game - Chicago Bears 326.5, Green Bay 309. Yards rushing per game - Green Bay 204, Phil-Pitt 202. Yards passing per game - Chicago Bears 184.5, Chicago Cards 155. ​Percent of passes completed - Chicago Bears .500, Chicago Cards .483. Opponents yards gained per game - Phil-Pitt 163, Detroit 214.7. Opponents gains by rushing per game - Phil-Pitt 35, Detroit 42.3. Opponents gains by passing per game - Chicago Bears 66, Brooklyn 115. Punting average - Phil-Pitt 43.6, Chicago Bears 38.7.
Green Bay Packers (1-0-1) 28, Chicago Cardinals (0-2) 7
Sunday October 3rd 1943 (at Chicago)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - The Packers made their breaks against the Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey park here Sunday and came away with a solid 28 to 7 victory manufactured before 15,563 cash customers and 2,500 servicemen. The victory was the first this season for the Green Bay eleven in the NFL, their 12th straight over the Cardinals, and gave them a tie for top honors in the Western division with the Chicago Bears. The Packers held the lead at all times, scoring twice in the first quarter on nine and 12-yard passes from rookie Irv Comp to end Joel Mason, once in the second, on a two-yard plunge by Ted Fritsch, and in the third on a 35-yard fling from Lou Brock to Harry Jacunski. The Red Birds got their only touchdown in the second stanza on a 29-yard pass from Ronnie Cahill to Eddie Rucinski. Don Hutson's toe added the four "points after" for the Packers. Lee Stokes made the Cards' extra point. Three breaks which showed the alert play of the Packers led to three touchdown. The first came on the Cardinals' fourth play when Mason blocked Cal Purdin's punt and the ball reverted to the visitors on the Cardinals' 18 yard line. Six plays and a first down later, it was over. The second bit of alertness was Charley Brock's interception of Ronnie Cahill's pass on the Cards' 25 and his return to the 16.
MAKE LONG DRIVE
Hutson, although he missing scoring a touchdown, intercepted another of Cahill's passes on his own 20 and the Packers were on their way again on a 66-yard march. Combining a hard running game with the second Comp-Mason scoring heave, the Packers got a fourth touchdown by the straight route in eight plays. The contest definitely marked Comp as a comer both as a passer and runner. It gave Joe Laws an opportunity to show that there still is plenty of "gain" in his legs after nine years of running in the big time. Coach Curly Lambeau used several combinations, mixing them up frequently to give everyone a chance to get in "working" time. Tony Canadeo did not start because of an injury sustained in the Bear contest but saw enough limbering up action. In the line, the alert play of all the Packers once more was led by giant Buford (Baby) Ray, who was everywhere at the same time. Ray provided the spark which made the Packers rush through time after time to stop Cardinal thrusts which came at the fag end of sustained drives. Harry Jacunski, Charley Brock and Buckets Goldenberg were others who stood out. As expected, the Cardinals were paced by little Cahill, 170-pound former Holy Cross star who had to take much of the ground gaining job left vacant by the injury to Marshall Goldberg. Added to Cahill's running game was his constant threat as a passer although he was not given much protection as the Packers forwards rushed through to smack him before he could get the pass away or caused him to throw it into a Packer's hands or where no receiver was lurking. The game statistics show the Packers picked up 15 first downs to 14 for the Cardinals. Effectiveness of the Green Bay running game for the second straight Sunday was shown in 224 total yardage amassed to 98 for the Red Birds. The Cards were better in passing. They gained 151 to 121 for Green Bay although the latter completed 11 passes, one less than the Cards, who tried 17 to the Packers' 18. On the eighth play after the Packers received the kickoff they were on their first march. The drive was set up by Mason's block of Purdin's punt, which rolled back to the Cards' 18 where Joe Bukant fell on it but the ball reverted to the Green Bay eleven as the punt was on fourth down. Ted Fritsch and Laws broke even on two tries. Then Comp tosses to Jacunski on the 8 1/2. Fritsch made it first down by inches. Fritsch was pushed back to the nine yard line on the first play after the yard sticks were advanced. Comp then pilled back and tossed the first payoff toss to Mason, who made a fingertip catch with Purdin hard on his heels. Huston came into the game to kick the extra point perfectly to put the Packers ahead, 7 to 0. Ten minutes of the game had ticked off. Twelve plays later the Comp-Mason combination rang the bell again. After three Cardinal thrusts, which yielded a minus one yard, Johnny Martin kicked to Laws on his own 45 and the veteran returned to the midfield stripe. Comp clicked off for 10 yards and a first down and Bob Kahler made five more. Then "Uncle Joe" Laws found a big hole in the middle and scampered to 27 for another first down. Joe almost repeated on a zig-zag push but lacked three inches of a first down on the 17 1/2. Comp made the first on a left end dash to the 12. Fritsch lost three and Laws made it up. Mason then very definitely eluded Johnny Grigas to take Comp's second touchdown pass. Hutson again connected and it was 14 to 0 for the Packers. The quarter ended a minute and a half later. The Cardinals intervened here to set up their only touchdown, sparked by Bob Morrow's kickoff return from his five yard line to the 45. Then Cahill tossed to Don Currivan for a first on the 43. Cahill's next toss was incomplete. Grigas picked up 15 to the Packers' 35, and Cahill went through left tackle to the 30. Grigas was stopped by Baby Ray for a yard as the quarter ended. On third down Cahill's pass to Hall was no good. Then the little lad from the east spotted Rucinski between the goal pots and let the leather fly for a 29-yard touchdown and the only one the Cards were destined to get all afternoon. Stokes kicked the point after touchdown perfectly to make the count 14 to 7 for the Packers. The Packers pushed to the Cardinals' 23 shortly after, where a field goal attempt by Hutson was no good as it sailed to the left of the uprights. As it developed, however, the Packers didn't need the field goal for two plays later, Charley Brock intercepted Cahill's pass on the Cards' 25 yard line and ran it back to the 16. Larry Craig came in fast to cause the passer to fling wildly on a questionable bit of strategy.
HUTSON OUT ON TWO
While the Canadeo-Hutson combine didn't score a touchdown, the next play almost clicked. Tony wound up and let one fly at Hutson, who took it going away but was run out of bounds on the Cardinals' two. Fritsch was no go at the middle on the next play but the same play worked next time and Fritsch was over with ground to spare. Automatic Hutson connected and the score was 21 to 7. From here on in, Packer replacements were plentiful. Both the Cardinals and Packers threatened in the early third quarter before Green Bay was on the march for its final touchdown, set up by Hutson's interception of Cahill's pass on his own 20 and return to the 34. Lou Brock on two tries was good to the 42, and Tony Falkenstein made it a first down on a left guard dash to the Packers 49. Hutson on an end around play ran the pigskin to the Cards' 35 for another first down. Lou Brock tossed a beauty to Jacunski on the five and the lanky end ran it over unattended. Hutson's fourth try and the scoring was over for the day with Green Bay on a comfortable 28 to 7 lead.
PACKERS THREATEN AGAIN
Midway in the second quarter the Packers threatened again but it ended in Hutson's failure to split the uprights with a field goal attempt from the 30 yard line. The drive was set up by Comp's interception of Bukant's pass and a 15-yard return to the Cardinals' 44 yard line. Fritsch and Comp on the ground and Canadeo-Hutson through the air were good to the 22 for a first down. Fritsch gained to the 20 but an incomplete pass and a loss of three yards on Brock's attempt ended in the try for three points. After the Cards pushed to the Packers' 25 and Jacunski stopped the drive by recovering Cahill's fumble on that yard line, the Green Bay eleven moved to the 30 1/2 where Canadeo's fumble was recovered by Vaughn Stewart, Card center. Two plays later, Hutson intercepted Cahill's pass on his own 30 and went to the 45. Canadeo swept around left end to the Cards' 37, and Brock tossed to Jacunski on the 28. A pass attempt from Canadeo to Hutson was no good and the half ended further play. The Cards didn't waste much time getting started in the second half but to no avail. Cahill figured in seven of the 10 plays tried, which advanced the ball from the Cards' 31 to the Packers' 23. Hutson knocked down Cahill's pass to Martin on the goal line. On the following play Comp intercepted Cahill's pass on the 10 and returned it to the 18 to muss up the Red Birds' chance.
KUUSISTO TAKES FUMBLE
Three first downs, six plays later, the Packers had moved to the Cards' 22. Comp was smeared by a horde of Cardinals and fumbled. Several Red Birds bounced the ball around a la basketball, but Bill Kuusisto recovered on the 42 to end the threat. Brock punted in the end zone for a touchback. Once more, late in the last period, the Packers advanced from the Cardinals' 42 to the 19 with Laws doing most of the lugging, but were pushed back to the 33. Glenn Sorenson tried a field goal from the 41. The ball was short although straight for the middle of the uprights.
GREEN BAY -  14   7   7   0  -  28
CHI CARDS -   0   7   0   0  -   7
1st - GB - Joel Mason, 9-yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Mason, 12-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - CHI - Eddie Rucinski, 29-yard pass from Ronnie Cahill (Dixie Stokes kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Ted Fritsch, 2-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
3rd - GB - Harry Jacunski, 35-yard pass from Lou Brock (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
Photo from a 1948 Packer program (with the wrong score)
PACKERS REALIZE IT'S NO FOOLING FOR SUNDAY'S GAME WITH DETROIT
OCT 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers today began full scale preparations for defense of their Western division lead in the NFL at City stadium next Sunday afternoon -
the last home game of the season - against the Detroit
Lions, surprise eleven of the loop thus far and the team
figured to become stronger as the season progresses.
There will be no fooling in the Green Bay camp this 
week as the Bays turn all their attention to maneuvers
to stop the eleven which has already disposed of two
league foes while losing to the Chicago Bears by a 
single touchdown margin. Detroit is tough and smart,
and the Packers know it. The practice schedule which
Coach Curly Lambeau has outlined for the Packers
includes lengthy sessions up to and including Saturday
morning with a complete review of everything in the 
book, and a few looks at what Detroit may be expected
to spring, which is plenty now that foxy Gus Dorais is
at the helm...FIVE STRAIGHT WINS: As a matter of
record, the Lions' haven't defeated the Packers since 
the first tussle in 1940, when they won, 23 to 14. Since
that time Green Bay has won five straight, amassing a
total of 163 markers to 28 for the Michigan eleven, 
which couldn't get more than a touchdown in four of the
tussles and were blanked in the other. It is common
knowledge, however, that the Lions were lashed to a 
wheel of fortune during that time which had rolled to the
bottom, there to stay until the change in head men this
season. The Lions' rise has been nothing short of 
phenomenal and even against the mighty Bears they were constantly pounding at the touchdown gate. Their victories were over Brooklyn and the Chicago Cardinals...HAVE FRANK SINKWICH: Two of the leaders in the upsurge are Frankie Sinkwich, the Georgia halfback who collected about every All-American mention there was last season, and Charles Fenenbock, the UCLA sparkplug. Sinkwich joined the club late after receiving a discharge from the Marines and is expected to reach 100 percent effectiveness against the Packers. While preparing his charges for the previous two games, Coach Lambeau had his weather eye directed toward the Lions because he is well aware what happened at the Motor city team's bailiwick. There is no lack of respect on his part or on the part of the players for the Lions. If additional prodding be needed, they have only to look at the standings. The Packers must win to stay in first place. But if the Lions roar their way to victory, Green Bay will be in third place in front of the hapless Cardinals, who have yet to win in a league contest. A loss by Lambeau's team would, in effect, hurt more because of that 21-21 tie with the Bears in the season's opener...PACKERS WANT VICTORY: Thoughts of a loss put the negative aspect on the Packers' preparations. After the Cardinal game they vowed to put all their steam behind preparing for a victory rather than on merely stopping a loss. The difference is that the local club is not going to be content to stop the Detroit thrusts of Sinkwich, Fenenbock and company but will be "thrusting" a great deal themselves. The squad came out of the Cardinal game fortunately so far as injuries are concerned. Harry Jacunski, who snagged a third period pass from Lou Brock for the fourth touchdown, suffered a mouth injury but it's not serious and won't keep him from playing. Ben Starrett is still at St. Mary's hospital recovering from a cold, which kept him out of Sunday's tilt. He'll be ready for the Lion game. In addition, Chet Adams' once injured angle is back in A-1 shape. He'll be ready for full-time action for the first time since the team returned from its eastern exhibition swing early in September. Chet saw some action in the Beat tilt but was kept out of the Cardinal fracas to give him two full weeks of rest...OTHER TEAMS PLAY: Other games next weekend include New York at Philadelphia for a Saturday night go against the Pitt-Phil team, Chicago Cardinals against the Chicago Bears in a crosstown rivalry, and Brooklyn at Washington. The Giants and Redskins will be playing their first league games, their schedule tilt last Sunday having been previously postponed to Dec. 5.
NEW COACH, GREAT HALFBACK REVIVE PROSTATE LIONS CLUB
OCT 5 (Detroit) - OCT 5 (Green Bay) - One way to breath life into a prostate football team is to hire a new coach and a fast, elusive halfback. That is what Owner Fred L. Mandel, Jr., did, and his Detroit Lions, unable to win a game last year, stand out as the NFL's most improved club. The coach is Charles E. (Gus) Dorais, 51, whose passes to Knute Rockne at Notre Dame in 1913 developed the forward pass as a formidable offensive weapon. He had been an exponent of wide open football ever since...TRIPLE-THREAT FRANKIE: The player is Fireball Frankie Sinkwich, a triple threat University of Georgia All-American who already is the spark plug of Detroit's offense. He won his spurs against the league's toughest competition Sunday, the Chicago Bears, averaging nearly five yards every time he carried the ball. The Dorais-Sinkwich combination is clicking on the field as well as at the box office. The Lions have defeated the Chicago Cardinals (35-17) and Brooklyn (27-0) and have lost to the Bears (27-21). The three games drew 91,054 paid fans, 14,028 more than watched the Lions in seven home games last year. Detroit's brilliance so far has astounded friend and foe alike. The efficiency of the Lions and Sinkwich seems to improve with each game. "We fought the Bears, the toughest team in the league, against tremendous odds," Dorais said, "and we didn't do too badly. By the time we play them again we ought to be a lot stronger. Sinkwich is a great player, but he's not in top shape yet. He'll do a lot better." Sinkwich may not have hit his stride, but he and Chuck Fenenbock, the Lions' sturdy recruit from UCLA, lead Detroit's ground gainers with 117 yards each. Fenenbock tops Sinkwich in yards gained on passes, 166 to 145...A DIFFERENT TEAM: Dorais' coaching and Sinkwich's presence in the backfield have reawakened the Lions to game winning confidence. Even veterans of last year's team - Harry Hopp, Ned Matthews, Lloyd Cardwell, Augie Lio, Bill Fisk and Alex Wojciechowicz - are digging in like rookies. Dorais' teams always have reflected his fondness for a deceptive ground and aerial attack. Before long, with the help of Sinkwich, Hopp and Fenenbock, he hopes to have it perfected. "Remember," he smiled, "I'm a November coach!"
DORAIS GROOMS SINKWICH FOR KEY ROLE IN OFFENSIVE DESIGNS OF THE NEW LIONS
OCT 5 (Detroit) - Gus Dorais has special plans for Detroit's No. 1 pro football player, Frankie Sinkwich, and all of them are scoring ones. While his Detroit Lions rested after their 27-21 defeat at the hands of the brawny Bears for Chicago, Dorais announced Monday his plans for Sinkwich in Sunday's contest with the Packers in Green Bay. "Sinkwich is still not ready to play a full game," Dorais said, "but he's getting in top shape rapidly. At present, we intend to use Sinkwich as a spot player." By this Dorais means that Sinkwich would be Detroit's big offensive weapon. He'll be in the game when Detroit's scoring chances are best. He'll be the head man, offensively. Sinkwich earned this consideration against the Bears. He earned it the hard way by crashing through a Chicago forward wall for 89 yards rushing. When the 1943 season started, Sinkwich, with his big reputation as a Georgia All-America, was the Lions' No. 1 gate attraction. He still is. But Sunday he became something more. He stamped
himself as the man whom the Lions will be depending
on when games are in the balance. Sinkwich will be
alternating with Charley Fenenbock in the chief spot on
the offensive for the Lions. Fenenbock has played some
fine football this fall. He was outstanding in the victories
over the Cardinals and Dodgers. Sunday, however,
Fenenbock had to take a back seat to Sinkwich. That
Sinkwich had no pleasant time of it against the Bears
was admitted by Frankie himself Monday. Frankie said
that he had "a rough afternoon". He said little more but
evidently referred to the stiff tackling to which he was
subjected by the Bears every time he carried the ball
"The main difference between college and pro football,"
Sinkiwch said, "is in the tackling. In college you seldom
 were hit by more than one or two tacklers. In pro ball
you're hit by three and four at a time. I guess that you
would call it gang tackling. Once they get their hands
on you, it's tough going." Despite the ungentle - and
highly successful manner - in which the Chicago Bears
operated, Sinkwich emerged from Sunday's game
uninjured. In fact, the only Lion suffering more than the
usual bruises was fullback Harry Hopp. Harry had some
badly bruised ribs.
​SENATOR SUGGESTS SERVICE USE A MAN LIKE
SINKWICH
OCT 5 (Washington, D.C) - Senator Wherry (R-Neb.)
told the Senate Monday that he though the armed
forces ought to be able to "find a place" in which they
could use Frankie Sinkwich, Detroit professional football
star, who was released from the Marines recently for
physical disabilities. Arguing that many men with physical defects could be used in limited service, cutting down the number of fathers who might be drafted, Wherry mentioned Sinkwich as an example. "What's the matter with him?" demanded the Nebraska senator. "Haven't we got a place for him? Can't he take the place of some man we can send across the water?" (Sinkwich was released by the Marines because of flat feet, a heart murmur and high blood pressure. He is married.)
NEWS AND NOTES
COACH PHIL HANDLER BEMOANS LOSS TO PACKERS ON 'BREAKS'
OCT 4 (Chicago) - "The Packers have a good ball club, but with a few more breaks and with Marshall Goldberg in our lineup, we could have won today," said disappointed and disillusioned Coach Phil Handler of the Chicago Cardinals as he guarded the ramp to his team's dressing room at Comiskey park Sunday. The Packers had just handed Handler's eleven its second straight league defeat, putting the Red Birds at the bottom of the Western division heap. Handler went on to explain away the loss by saying that once more the Cardinals were "unlucky" enough to have several of their passes intercepted when they were running along quite well. He didn't forget to mention that first quarter punt which Joel Mason partially blocked to give the Packers possession on the Cards' 18. This led to the first Green Bay touchdown. The Cardinal coach was probably justifiably disappointed since his club now has lost three straight under his tutelage. He couldn't stop mentioning that Goldberg would have made the difference. That remains to be seen when the Packers and Cardinals tangle in a second game at Milwaukee Nov. 14. Ronnie Cahill, the passing sprite from Holy Cross, was injured and did not practice all week. A look at Cahill's swollen right side bore out the coach's statement about the injury. Despite the hurt, Cahill was outstanding for the Cards with his combination passing and running. Handler said Cahill was supposed to cover Jacunski when Harry snagged his touchdown pass from Lou Brock in the third quarter but couldn't because of his injury. Handler declined to make any comment about the play of the Packers in general. He said, "I have my own thoughts about the Green Bay team but I don't care to make any statement of my conclusions at the present time."...WILL TO WIN: Coach Curly Lambeau also had some comments about the team on the trip home. He said, "The game showed the boys have a fine spirit - the will to win." He was happy about the way the Packers pushed through the Cardinals but immediately pointed to next Sunday's Detroit game at City stadium in Green Bay as one of the toughest on the schedule. He was especially interested in the manner with which Frankie Sinkwich gave the Bears a "fit". Sinkwich will really be in top form against the Packers, probably the first time in his short career with the Lions that he will be at full effectiveness, Lambeau warned. "Watch Sinkwich" is the motto this week...BEAR BOOSTERS: The third quarter announcement that the Bears had defeated the Lions, 27 to 21, drew a cheer from most of the 15,563 paying fans and some 2,500 servicemen who were parked in the left field bleachers. The victory gave the Bears, who tied the Packers a week ago, a first place tie with Green Bay in the Western division of the NFL. Detroit is now in second place with two victories and one loss...THREE UNDER WRAPS: The three players on the Packer roster who didn't get into the game were not inserted because they were either ill or injured. Ben Starrett was running a fever and was under wraps. Chet Adams was kept out to give his ankle another week of respite from the heavy going. Don Perkins also did not play because it was felt a knee injury he suffered early in the season could take one more week of rest. All should be ready for the Detroit Lions next Sunday...The Chicago Board of Trade band provided the music during Sunday's game. The cool northeast wind did not seem to bother the horn tooters in their playing of swing and patriotic numbers...PACKERS WATCH BALL: Watching the ball is one of the important fundamentals in sports. The Packers showed their knowledge of fundamentals in in the mid-fourth quarter when eight of them formed interference for Irv Comp, when he scooped up Johnny Grigas' fumble on the Cardinal 46-yard line and dashed to the goal a yard inside the sidelines. The run didn't count, however, since referee Tom Dowd decided the forward progress of Grigas had been stopped before he fumbled...MACPHERSON MAGIC: On every trip the ability of some of the team members to entertain the others is exhibited. Forrest MacPherson, center, had the lads goggle-eyed on the ride home with card tricks. Tony Canadeo still doesn't believe he knows MacPherson pulled a card out of his pocket after Tony put it back on the desk. Not convinced, Larry Craig went into a corner of the day coach to practice sleight-of-hand but he quit when the 52 cards spilled in the aisle...HUTSON HAS 537: The game marked the 27th straight that Green Bay's all-time record breaker, Don Hutson, scored markers. He kicked four points after the Green Bay scores to raise his scoring total to 537 points. He was prevented from scoring a TD only be being knocked out of bounds on the two yard line in the second quarter by two Cardinal players. Joel Mason's two touchdowns were his first with the Packers. Harry Jacunski moved up to the 24-point bracket with three others, but Ted Fritsch's six-pointer put him one ahead of Harry with 25 points...Frank Erickson, former star catcher with Green Bay in the old Wisconsin-Illinois league, was at the ball game. A retired railroad man, he is living in Chicago now. Others present included Elmer Layden, NFL commissioner, Arch Ward, Chicago sports editor, former Packers Hank Bruder and Cub Buck, and Chris O'Brien, ex-Cardinal coach and owner...GAME STARTS LATE: The Cardinal publicity releases prior to the game stated it would start at 2 p.m. The crowd got there by then but the game didn't start until 2:30. The late start caused the struggle to run until 4:53...The press box at Comiskey park is built for good coverage of a baseball game but it's anything but excellent for football. The angle is from behind home plate, from which the field stretches into deep left and center field. Fifty-yard line facilities are considered unnecessary since the Cards play only two games at home...FREE MEDICAL SERVICE: The Packer medical corps took over once on the trip down. Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician, trainer Bud Jorgenson and assistant trainer Gus Seaburg fixed up a passenger who dislocated his wrist and fractured a finger when a car door slammed on them. The man, a Mr. O'Brien from Chicago, felt much relieved after the triumverate fixed the injuries...Accustomed to eating well before their games, the Packers had to take potluck like other customers on the trip. In prewar years they had steak before a game to provide necessary energy but "them days" is gone for the duration. The squad isn't squawking about the food. They still can wield the knives and forks with the best of them...Dr. Kelly had quite a char with three Jamaicans in Milwaukee on the way down. The team physician remarked after the conversation, "It certainly seemed good to talk with three men from an area where I was born, and which I haven't seen in 40 years." Jamaica, geography students will remember, is in the West Indies...GET DETROIT TICKETS: Note to the wise: Get your tickets now for the Detroit game at City stadium next Sunday. Detroit's got a fast, smart ball club this year. The ticket office in the Legion building is open for business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m...Add nicknames: Joe Laws is now known as "Sheriff". Get it" And Chet Adams is called "Quincy" but he denies kinship with the sixth president of the U.S.
PACKERS PREPARING OVERTIME PREPARING FOR LIONS BATTLE
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers, who has been through 23 years of the NFL play either as a coach or player or both, made a midweek prediction today that should serve to tip off football fans throughout this are that Sunday's game between the Packers and the Detroit Lions at City stadium is not going to be any pushover for either club. Pacing up and down while pondering about the forthcoming struggle, Lambeau exclaimed with feeling, "Sunday's game should be one of the greatest ever played at City stadium. It will be a wide open game, the type the fans like to watch but which can raise Cain with the team that isn't on its toes for every one of the 60 minutes." Then he added: 1. That the Lions have one of the most colorful and powerful elevens ever turned out in the Motor City. 2. That Frankie Sinkwich, the Lions' halfback, is going to reach his peak against the Bays, who are in for trouble if they can't stop him. 3. That the Packers are working overtime this week to prepare for the tilt, which is the last on the team's home schedule. For explaning of Point No. 1, Lambeau pointed to the manner with which the Lions disposed of the Brooklyn and Chicago Cardinal teams with a maximum of ease in their first two stars and then lost 27-21 to the Chicago Bears. Scouting reports and information from other authentic sources indicated that a few more minutes of Sinkwich and the Lions would have led to a Bear defeat, the Packer coach said...FRANKIE PROVIDES SPARK: While the Lions have a host of veterans, they needed only a spark to set them afire after several dismal seasons. The spark was provided by Sinkwich, who was discharged from the Marines for physical reasons in mid-September and who has been going great since that time. Frankie has ample aid, of course, from his teammates, but the spotlight will be focused on him because of his previous record-breaking attainments at Georgia. Lambeau figures that Sinkwich will reach his peak in the game against Greeen Bay. There is sound football sense back of that conclusion. Sinkwich had has two games in which to become acquainted with the basic Notre Dame offense that Coach Gus Dorais uses. In those two games, his lack of acquaintance with some of the finer points of the offense slowed him up a litle and yet he starred. In his third game, Sinkwich will know the "answers" and those "answers" spell plenty of trouble for the Packers' defenses. Sinkwich's running is his strong point. But he also does ample passing and kicking...HAVE VETERANS BACK: Forgetting Sinkwich if you can, take a look at the rest of the lineup. There's Alex Wojciechowicz, whose name may 
be unpronouncable but whose center play is anything
but that. Others are Bill Fisk, a four-year end; Harry
(Hippity) Hopp, in his third season; Aguie Lion, a former
guard who has been shifted to tackle; Bill Callihan, the
blocking back the last five seasons; Lloyd Cardwell, 
another old-timer, and several others who have been 
seen before in Green Bay. Make no mistake about it - 
the Packers are in for a rough, tough afternoon against
the Lions. That explains the overtime practice schedule
Coach Lambeau has outlined. Besides actual drilling,
there will be chalk talks and examinations on the work
covered on the turg. Commenting on the work, Lambeau
said, "We will have play better ball against the Lions
than we did in our first two games to win. We made
errors against the Cardinals and Bears, which will have
to be wiped out. In short, we will have to be a better ball
club all the way around against Detroit or they'll pin out
ears back."...STADIUM DRILL HELD: The first of five
days of practice was held Tuesday morning on the 
stadium turgf. A considerable part of the time was spent
running out kinks and knots which developed after the
Cardinal contest.
PACKERS PLACE 17 PLAYERS ON LIST OF
LEADERS IN NATIONAL GRID LOOP
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have
placed seventeen men among the leaders in various
departments of play in the NFL, while the Detroit Lions,
the Packers' opponents at City stadium next Sunday,
walked off with the lead in seven departments according
to official statistics released today. The Packers had no
departmental leaders but are well up in the individual
honors list. Tony Canadeo, who finished first in the
ground gaining department last week, was third behind
Charles Fenenbock and Frankie Sinkwich, who gained
117 yards each for the Detroit Lions. Canadeo gained
116 yards in 14 attempts for an 8.3 average. Fourth in
gains via the turf is Packer Joe Laws, who has 102 
yards in 11 tries for a 9.3 average...COMP THIRD IN
TOSSING: In the passing department, Comp is third
after Ronnie Cahill of the Cards and Sid Luckman of the
Bears. Comp has pitched 15 passes, completed eight
for 73 yards gain and two touchdowns, both to Joel
Mason in the Chicago Cardinal tilt. His percentage is
.532. His longest pass was for 16 yards and he had one
intercepted. Lou Brock is fifth with a perfect record of
three attempts, the same number of completions for 55
yards, one touchdown, and no passes intercepted. 
According to the NFL method of computing standings,
a complicated procedure to make it fair for everybody,
this puts Lou in fifth. Tony Canadeo is 12th on 17 tries,
five completions, one for a six-pointer, and three
interceptions. Three Packers figure in the leading pass
receivers column, which is not headed for the first time in many moons by the name of Don Hutson. Hutson is tied with Bill Geyer of the Bears and Johnny Grigas of the Cardinals as each has received five passes. Geyer went into the lead, however, by gaining 123 yards to 86 for Don, who made his lone touchdown against the Bears. Grigas has gained 43 yards on passes. Green Bay placed three men in the leading scorers list of eight players. Huston has 13 points on a touchdown and seven points after, followed by Joel Mason and Ted Fritsch, who connected for two touchdowns each. The leading scorer is Harry Hopp of Detroit with 30 points on five touchdowns, two running and two by passes. Hopp is the Lions' fullback. The Packers placed in three other departments - leading punters, punt returns and pass interceptions. In the first, Lou Brock follows Frankie Sinkwich with a 43.7 average in four kicks. Lou's longest kick, 72 yards, was made against the Chicago Bears and is also good for the league lead so far...LAWS PLACES THIRD: In punt returns, Laws engineered three for 20 yards for a 6.7 average and third place. Hutson and Comp are two and three, respectively, in the interceptions division, which is headed by Hopp of Detroit. Hutson intercepted two against the Cardinals and returned them for 30 yards while Comp also intercepted two and ran them back 23 yards. Hopp's two returned netted 40 yards and one touchdown.
SUNDAY WILL BE PACKERS' LAST HOME TILT
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - VOICE OVER TELEPHONE: Say, when's the next Packer home game? WE: Next Sunday, the Detroit Lions. VOICE: Heck, I've got a hunting date. When's the next one?. WE: That's all, there aren't any more. VOICE: Ouch! And that's how it is. Either no hunting dates et cetera next Sunday afternoon or no more Packer football in Green Bay in 1943. Some will pass up the football game, and that's their business, but a great many others will decide to take in the game and go hunting or visiting Aunt Marge some other day. For several years we had three National league games in Green Bay, and possibly some fans have assumed that the same setup prevails this year. This year the Packers, like other clubs in the circuit, are playing ten games instead of 11, and as a result there is one less game here. Ralph C, Smith, the director of ticket sales, reports a brisk turnover, but that there are thousands of seats still available in all of the price brackets. Don't pay any attention to rumors that "all of the tickets are gone - it's a sellout." They were saying that a week before the Chicago Bear game, while actually there were seats available until Sunday noon. We don't mean to say that you shouldn't hurry over to the Legion building and get your tickets, though. You may have your own choice spot in the stadium, and if you don't hurry you may have to take something else. Better get your tickets now and play safe.
NO. 21 (THAT'S FRANKIE SINKWICH) WILL BE HERE SUNDAY FOR FIRST TIME; PACKERS AREN'T CHEERING
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - Although the No. 21 of Frankie Sinkwich, Detroit Lions' sparkling halfback, is not so well known in this section of the country as the 77 of Red Grange or the 98 of Tom Harmon, the little dynamiter from the University of Georgia gained more ground during three years of college competition than either of the other two. Green Bay and Wisconsin Packer fans will have their first look at Sinkwich at City stadium Sunday afternoon when the local current leaders in the Western division of the NFL with the second place Detroit club. In Sinkwich and his running mate, Charley Fenenbock, the Lions have the league's two leading ground gainers. In college Sinkwich piled up more than 4,000 yards to push Harmon and Grange out of the picture. He was selected on 19 out of 21 All-American teams in his junior year, and, as a senior, made every selection in the country. It will be remembered that during his second year, he played with a fractured year. As a senior Frankie's No. 21 pushed up and down the gridiron for over 2,000 yards. He thereby became the first player ever to exceed that amount in a single season. As a junior, he didn't get 2,000, but he outgained every other player in the country with 1,103 yards. Figuring 10 tussles to the season, that's 100 yards a game and a lot of running...WINS HEISMAN TROPHY: There are a few other attainments Frankie has in the book. He was awarded the Heisman Memorial trophy in 1942, was named for Liberty magazine's most outstanding player award in 1941 and 1942, the only man ever selected two years in a row, and he copped the Washington Touchdown club's award for the most valuable player in 1942. Detroit got first crack at the lad in the 1943 draw because the team finished last in the league, in fact, finished without a victory in 11 starts. It seemed for a while as though Frankie was going to be missing from the Lions' lineup because he was inducted into the Marine corps. A physical disability, however, prevented him from continuing in the Marines. He joined the football team in mid-September...LIONS ARE TOUGH: With the addition of Sinkwich, plus a few other factors such as a new coach, Gus Dorais, and Fenenbock, the Lions immediately began to look up toward the top rung of the league ladder. They posted two successive victories over the Chicago Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers, and then lost to the Bears, 27 to 21, last Sunday. In that game Sinkwich gained 89 yards in 13 attempts. He passed for one touchdown, after engineering a 58 yard scoring march.
BURLY, EXPERIENCED FOE STIR LIONS' GRID QUALITIES
OCT 6 (Detroit) - If Gus Dorais and the lesser Lions are entertaining moments of trepidation this week, it is not without some justification. Two words, big and experienced, as applied to the big pro gridders from the North, the Green Bay Packers, are responsible. When the boss of Detroit's pro football team got down to the business of preparing for Sunday's game with the Packers in Green Bay, he discovered two things which augur no good for the Lions. The Packers will have a big advantage in both weight and experience over the revitalized Lions. Specifically, the Packers will outweigh the Lions 11 pounds to a man in the line and nearly nine pounds in the backfield. Green Bay's first string line averages 218 pounds to 207 for Detroit. The Packer backfield averages 199 1/2 to 191 for the
Lions. After studying scout reports, Dorais pointed out
that Green Bay is better fixed for veteran than any other
team in the National league. Every man on the Packers'
first two teams played in the pro circuit last year. In fact
no man on the Packers' first team has been in the NFL
fewer than three years. As a contrast, the Lions have
three regulars playing their first year in the National 
league. They are tackle Al Kaporch, guard Tony Rubino
and halfback Charley Fenenbock. Besides Frankie
Sinkwich, generally considered the big gun of the Lion
attack, is also in his first season of pro ball. The men with the most experience on the Packers are that pass catching wizard, Don Hutson, and guard Charley Goldenberg, better known as Mr. Buckets. Hutson, at 178 by far the lightest member of the Packers, is in his ninth season of pro competition. Goldenberg is starting his eleventh year. The reason the Packers' line does not average above 218 is the presence of Hutson on it. However, on defense, the 178-pound Hutson moves from end to halfback. In his place quarterback Larry Craig, at 208, becomes the defensive end. Dorais sent his team through its first practice Tuesday since the 27-21 defeat by the Bears. The Lions worked out at Wallace Field in Highland Park. Mainly, they familiarized themselves with Packer plays as reported by Detroit scouts, who saw Green Bay clip the Chicago Cardinals, 28 to 7, while using a second team most of the time Sunday.
GRID ROOKIES IN HOT BATTLE
OCT 6 (Chicago) - A battle for rookie honors in the NFL this season is in full progress between Chuck Fenenbock and Frankie Sinkwich, both of the Detroit Lions. Flatfoot Frankie, the Georgia Peach, is busy attempting to carry on in the pro circuit where he left off in college - that of becoming the leader in total offense. The all-American grabbed headlines last fall when his record of 2,187 yards gained by passing and running, and now, although used somewhat sparingly in three games, he has rolled up 272 yards for the Lions. Fenenbock is tied with Frankie in rushing, each with 117 yards, but has picked up 166 more in passing, for a total offense of 283. Official statistics showed that Fenenbock and Sinkwich are running a dead heat for the league lead in rushing yardage. Tony Canadeo of Green Bay is next with 116 yards, but the best average in this department belongs to his teammate, Joe Laws. In 11 trips, Joe has scooted 102 yards for an average of 9.3. Canadeo's medium is 8.3, Fenenbock's 5.3 and Sinkwich's 4.3. Ronnie Cahill, Chicago Cardinals' rookie from Holy Cross, and Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears are mixed up in an aerial dogfight. Cahill has the most completions, 19, for 211 yards. But Luckman, although connecting but 17 times, has gained 339 yards and pitched five touchdowns. Dean McAdams of Brooklyn also has 17 completions, while Fenenbock is fourth with 10. Sinkwich is developing into the league's best punter, averaging 46.3 yards on three kicks. Lou Brock of Green Bay has averaged 43.7 on four.
Mandel paid $220,000 for the club and has dropped approximately $300,000 in three seasons operation...The Green Bay Packers have added another record to their list. When they defeated the Cardinals 28 to 7 last Sunday, it was their 12th straight victory over the Chicago entry. The Washington Redskins are the only league team with a chance to tie the mark this season. Washington has beaten Philadelphia 11 times in a row, and Pittsburgh 10 straight. That brings up a record puzzle. If the Redskins beat the amalgamated Phil-Pitt Eagles this season, whose record does the loss count against?...A statistical oddity arose in the Detroit-Chicago Bear game this week. Lions players Lloyd Cardwell, Frankie Sinkwich and Ned Mathews each received a kickoff and the distance of their returns was identical, 28 yards. Sinkwich, incidentally, already has proved a valuable player chattel despute Coach Dorais' contention that the former Georgia All-American is not yet in "football playing condition...Frankie can play at top speed for about only five minutes at a time," Dorais says...HUTSON STILL GOING: Don Hutson, Green Bay end, has stretched his string of consecutive contrest in which he has scored to 27. The great flanksman, however, is far behind his record-breaking pace of a season ago, when he scored 138 points. The 1942 campaign was the third straight in which Hutson topped the point makers. He currently is in fifth place among the scores with only one touchdown and seven conversions...Elmer Layden, National league president, has received a cable request from officials of the Hawaiian Senior Football league for pro gridiron rule manuals. The island's top circuit is switching from collegiate to professional rules this fall.
ARMY PAPER PRAISES OUR DON HUTSON
OCT 8 (Green Bay) - The word "former" is becoming one of the most-used expressions on the sports pages these days. Today we have a contribution from the Jefferson Barracks Hub, written by Pvt. Louis Champion and sent to us by Staff Sergeant William Basche, former Columbus Club bowling alley manager and former Green Bay East athlete. But the contribution isn't about a "former". It's about Don Hutson. Here it is: "The badge of courage isn't always won on the battlefield. Frequently it has been worn with distinction on the athletic field, as witness this scene on a Green Bay, Wis., gridiron this year. It's the bitter rivalry of the traditional rivalry between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers - a pair of professional football titans. It's one game that both teams want to win more than any other on the books. To one Packer player, however, the contest lacks its usual significance. He's just been the victim of a severe shock. At one time he's lost his father, while word came that his brother is lost somewhere in action. But he's out there anyway. Without him, his team is just another good football squad. Built like a greyhound and with the speed of a gazelle, he's been the most feared player for about a decade. Play stars, and the Bears shoot ahead; the Packers tie it. The Packers gain the lead, the Bears knot the count. But the Bears again hit pay dirt early in the final period. It looks like curtains for the Packers. Their key man hasn't caught a pass all afternoon. He's kicked two extra points, that's all. But champions are born, and class will out. After the last Bear touchdown, Packer back Tony Canadeo fired a pass. Almost from out of nowhere comes the tragic-stricken end and pulls it on the Bear 27. Canadeo whips another one. The champ comes into his own, plucks the pigskin from out of the hands of two Bear backs and sprints over for a touchdown. He then calmly steps back and adds the point from placement, tying the score at 21-all. Don Hutson, the famous Packer end, thrown for a double loss by tragedy, demonstrates once again that champs aren't made. They're born."
EXPERT EYES GREEN BAY'S ND SYSTEM
OCT 8 (Detroit) - Unless you are over the draft age and have a long sports memory, you will not recall Charles Collins as a Notre Dame football player. Most members of the Detroit Lions had not heard of Collins, either, before this week but they know all about him now. The Lions are preparing for their game with the Packers in Green Bay Sunday strictly on the information about the Packers as furnished by the said Mr. Collins. Collins was an end on the Notre Dame teams of 1922-23-24. Those were the teams which carried Notre Dame's famed Four Horsemen. Later Collins coached at North Carolina and now is a businessman in Chicago. What should be more natural than to have the Lions' coaches - Gus Dorais, Notre Dame '14, and Joe Bach, Notre Dame '25 - contact Collins, Notre Dame '25, so that the said Mr. Collins should scout the Green Bay Packers? Collins did so in Green Bay's 28-7 victory over the Chicago Cardinals Sunday. Dorais pointed out that Green Bay is coached by another Notre Dame man, E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. Furthermore, the Packers employ strictly a Notre Dame offense so that a Notre Dame man would be a logical scout. Collins' report to Dorais and the Lions was complete and more than a little awesome. He says the Packers are every bit as good as the Chicago Bears. That is better than mediocre. For one thing, Collins says that Irving Comp, the 195-pound halfback from St. Benedict college, may prove to be a troublesome customer. He punts left-footed and passes right-handed. This ambidextrous youngster, in his first year in the pro ranks, has completed eight of 15 passes in two games and has averaged 4.6 yards in his rushing attempts. Item No. 2 on the list deals with two other backs, Tony Canadeo and Joe Laws. Canadeo has averaged 8.3 yards in rushing and has netted 116 yards in two games. Laws has averaged 9.3 yards with 102 yards in 11 attempts. For good measure Canadeo has completed five passes netting 82 yards. Then comes that headache-generating pass catcher, Don Huston. With Cecil Isbell now helping coach the Purdue team, the Packers have split their passing among Canadeo, Comp and Lou Brock. It doesn't seem to make much difference. Hutson catches them even if Isbell isn't on the firing end. The Lions practiced on defense against Packer plays Thursday and Dorais directed the drill with Collins' scouting report in one hand and a whistle in the other. It may be nearly two decades since Collins played at Notre Dame but so far as the Lions were concerned Thursday, he still was an important - if pessimistic - person.
PACKERS TO MEET DETROIT AT CITY STADIUM SUNDAY
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - The Packers and the Detroit Lions meet Sunday afternoon at City stadium in what may well be one of the best exhibitions of football pyrotechnics seen on that historic turf in some seasons. Kickoff time for the 26th contest between the two clubs is 2 o'clock. Both teams have much to gain by winning. The Packers need the victory to keep their slate unblemished in the western division of the NFL, and the Lions must take the top side of the score to stay in second place. By winning, the Detroit club would sink the Packers into third place. With this state of affairs in the percentage column today, neither eleven is going to be able for one of the 60 minutes of play to sit back and take things easy. Both have strong offensive teams - as shown by their records to date. A moment's slip on defense will mean six points for the other side...OFFENSIVE POWER STRONG: To score, the Packers can use their ever effective ground and aerial combination which beat the Cardinals last Sunday, 28 to 7, and which on the previous Sunday tied the Chicago Bears, 21 to 21. Detroit, under Coach Charles E. (Gus) Dorais, has come up this season with an equally potent turf and air game. It has allowed the Lions to count 83 points in three league struggles. Both teams can be expected to open their bag of tricks to gain the edge. Detroit, sparked by such rookies as Frank Sinkwich of Georgia and Charley Fenenbock of UCLA and balanced by veterans in both the forward wall and backfield, has been rejuvenated by Dorais. From a no-victory 1942 season under another coach the Lions have come up to razzle-dazzle opponents. They have the finger pointed at them as the club of the year...PACKERS SHARPEN ATTACK: The Green Bay eleven has spent the week sharpening its passing and ground games. The former should be even more effective than it was against the Cards, when 18 of the 24 touchdown points were scored through the air. Tony Canadeo, who saw little action against the Cards because of a side injury, is 100 percent whole again. Canadeo will be spared off by Irv Comp, whose accuracy accounted for two touchdowns last week. There is a possibility that several other backs will do some tossing but the brunt of the burden
will rest on the shoulders of Canadeo and Comp. The 
catching corps again will be led by the fleet Don Hutson,
who should get on the touchdown train again after
missing by two yards against the Cards...VETERANS
TO START: The coach said his starting lineup probably
will include a backfield consisting of Canadeo at left
half, Ted Fritsch at full, Larry Craig at the blocking post
and Lou Brock at right half. The front wall may include
Hutson and Harry Jacunski, ends, Paul Berezney and
Baby Ray, tackles, Buckets Goldenberg and Bill
Bill Kuusisto, guards, and Charley Brock, center. All are
veterans. While Sinkwich and Fenenbock, both left
halfbacks, have been receiving the publicity during the
last week, Dorais has numerous other annoyances
handy to throw at the Packers. Among them are veteran
ball carriers Lloyd Cardwell, who some wags say is held
together with bailing wire, Harry (Hippity) Hopp, Art Van
Tone and Tom Colella. Fenenbock will probably start but
Sinkwich is expected to get into the lineup early in the
first period, a maneuver which Dorais has found valuable
as a demoralizer of opponents' defenses. In the line the
Detroiters also have a high scorer. He is Augie Lio, a
tackle whose toe has accounted for seven points after
touchdown and two field goals against league foes this
year...DETROIT STARTERS NAMED: Other starters in
the Lions' line will be Bill Fisk and Ben Hightower, ends,
Al Kaporch, tackle, Riley Matheson and Anthony
Rubino, guard, and Alex Wojcirchowicz, center. Hopp,
Cardwell, Fenenbock and Murray Evans will comprise
the backfield combination. These and the other Lions
are scheduled to arrive in Green Bay at 7:45 tonight on
the North Western road and they will stay at the Hotel
Northland. Present plans call for them to leave after the
game immediately on the Milwaukee road. Present
indications are that the day will be ideal for football both
from the standpoint of the players and the spectators.
Regarding the latter, there has been a steady stream of
customers into the ticket headquarters in the Legion
building but there are still plenty of tickets remaining,
Ralph C. Smith, ticket director, said today. The office
will be open until 9 o'clock tonight. In other Sunday
contests the Chicago Bears entertain the Cardinals and
Brooklyn is at Washington. Tonight the Pittsburgh-
Philadelphia club plays New York at Philadelphia. The 
Washington and New York tangles will be the first for
those two elevens ths season since their scheduled
game last Sunday has been postponed to December.
SINKWICH IS STILL THE SAME SINKWICH
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - Don't think, just because he didn't
stand up to the rigid specifications of the U.S. Marines,
that Frankie Sinkwich is likely to cave in suddenly and
withouth notice like the One Hoss Shay. There's a lot of
football left in the Georgia boy, and you likely will see
plenty of it when the Detroit Lions and Packers put on
their show at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Much has
been written and spoken about fighting Frankie, the
doughty dynamiter, but just to refresh your memory
here are some notes gleaned from the offerings of the
Detroit publicity department: During three years of 
varsity play at Georgia U., Sinkwich amassed a total of
more than 4,000 yards. That's approximately 2.27 miles, and exceeds the mileage of either Tom Harmon or Red Grange during their college career. As a junior Sinkwich was placed on 19 out of 21 All-American teams. As a senior he made every selection in the country. During his last year at Georgia he set a new record for ground gained, and became the first player ever to exceed 2,000 yards in a single season. He also took national honors as a junior with his 1,103 yards. Sinkwich won almost everything but a Nobel prize or an Oscar. The Heisman Memorial trophy was handed over to him in 1942. Liberty magazine gave him the title of Outstanding Player in 1941 and again in 1942. He was given the Washington Touchdown club's award for the Most Valuable Player in 1942. Frankie's father, Ignatius Sinkwich, never played any football, but Lions owner Fred L. Mandel, Jr., thinks he could have been an All-American blocking back. Fred says Pappa Ignatius did some nifty blocking, with Frankie carrying the ball, when contract negotiations were in progress. In a Detroit uniform, Frankie wears the same old magic No. 21 he owned at Georgia.
JIM LANKAS SIGNS TO PLAY FULLBACK FOR PACKER TEAM
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - The Packer roster was brought up to 28 men, fill strength under NFL rules this year, by the addition Friday of James Lankas, 215-pound fullback who was obtained from Philadelphia after his release. Lankas worked out with the squad for the first time Friday and may see some action against the Detroit Lions Sunday. A former Galloping Gael of St. Mary's college in California, Lankas was drafted by Brooklyn, originally as a replacement for Jack Manders. Lankas, however, was not used much by the Dodgers because of the effectiveness of Manders and was traded to the Eagles in midseason 1942. He is a good punter and plunger. Lankas is married and has a daughter six months old. His addition gives the Packers three fullbacks, the other two being Ted Fritsch and Tony Falkenstein.
​HERE'S GOOD NEWS FOR PACKER FANS - FOUR BEARS ENTER NAVY
OCT 9 (Chicago) - Four members of the Chicago Bears football team will depart for duty in the Navy at bases throughout the nation within the next three weeks, officials of the club said Friday. Those who have been called up are fullback Bill Osmanski, halfback Bill Geyer, end Johnny Siegal and tackle Bill Steinkemper. The first three are regulars. Geyer, one of the Bears' leading scorers and pass receivers, is scheduled to leave for Hollywood Beach, Fla., following Sunday's game with the Chicago Cardinals. Osmanski is to report to the Great Lakes Naval Training station Oct. 18 while Siegal will go to a Navy base in Maryland a week later. Steinkemper will report to Quonset Point, R.I. about Nov. 2.
LIONS MUST WIN TO STAY IN CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - A Detroit eleven, greatly improved over last year's squad which failed to win a game, will come into Green Bay's back yard Sunday faced with the necessity of winning to stay in the running for the National league championship. Whipping the Packers is something Detroit has found particularly difficult. Coach Gus Dorais believes, however, his team can do it - if it stops Don Hutson, the ageless Alabaman who owns most of the league pass catching and scoring records. Hutson was not used much last week as the Packers triumphed over the Cardinals, but he is likely to get plenty of action on Sunday. The Packer passing attack has not been up to the standard of other years, but Coach Curly Lambeau has stressed the attack in long drills this week, and indications are that it will be much smoother Sunday. Rookie Irv Comp of Milwaukee has been getting a lot of attention and his passing has been improved daily, according to Lambeau. Lambeau plans to start Comp at the left half post. Detroit has dropped five straight games to Green Bay and has won only once in the last nine starts. In the all-time record, the Packers hold an overwhelming 13 to 4 margin. Down through the years the Lions have had much more trouble with the Packers than with the Chicago Bears.
GREEN BAY PERILS LION TITLE HOPES
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - Detroit's Lions, improved though they may be, found themselves cast in the role of underdogs by the 46,235 citizens of this football-minded city today as they arrived to play the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon. The fans, 20,000 of whom are expected to watch the game, had reason for their confidence in the Packers. Green Bay has an all-veteran starting team, no ordinary thing in these wart times. Only Irving Comp, a halfback from St. Benedict college, is new to the pro ranks and even he had played like a veteran in two games to date. Comp is the left halfback understudy to Tony Canadeo. Under these conditions, the Lions find themselves in an uncomfortable situation. On Sunday's outcome may well rest Detroit's title chances. The Lions already have dropped a 27-21 decision to the Chicago Bears and another setback by the Packers may virtually end Detroit's championship dreams. The Packers are rated a 7 1/2 point edge over the Lions by the wagering gentry. This is principally because Green Bay tied the Bears, 21-21, the week before the Bears tamed the Lions. Coach Gus Dorais of the Lions indicated he would make no change in his starting lineup. This means the Lions will open with Murray Evans, Chuck Fenenbock, Lloyd Cardwell and Harry Hopp in the backfield. However, it is certain that Frankie Sinkwich, the All-America from Georgia, will see considerable action. Sinkwich has been alternating at left halfback with Fenenbock and Dorais said he would be employed as a "spot player", getting into the game when Detroit is in scoring position. Sinkwich and Fenenbock are tied for the league ball carrying lead with 117 yards each. Frank gained 89 yards against the Bears a week ago.
PACKERS 'TAPER' OFF TODAY WITH LONG DEFENSIVE DRILL
OCT 8 (Green Bay) - Four of the longest practice sessions of the season behind them, the Packers were prepared today to give the Detroit Lions a warm receptoin Sunday afternoon at City stadium, where the teams meet in the 26th renewal of a rivalry which extends back to 1929. Under ordinary conditions, the Packers would have had a comparatively short drill this morning, but there is no ordinary condition surrounding Sunday's game, last of the Green Bay eleven's home schedule. Instead of a tapering off session, Coach Curly Lambeau scheduled a long defensive drill. This means only one thing to followers of the grid sport. The Packers are not taking the Lions lightly. Almost all the work they did this week has been directed toward stopping, if not actually bottling up, the razzle-dazzle offense which Coach Charles E. (Gus) Dorais has fashioned in his first year as head man...POLISH OWN OFFENSE: The Packers naturally spent some time polishing up their own tactics. The passing department has received considerable attention, and it's no secret that tossing the ball will be alternated with lugging it over the turf, where the Packers have made most yardage in their first two contests. The thousands of fans who will see the Packer-Lion tangle can expect plenty of tricks from the Lions. The home team is preparing for those tricks. They include plenty of laterals, man-in-motion and other frills attached to a basic Notre dame system. The tricks sank the Brooklyn and Chicago Cardinal elevens and almost smacked down the Chicago Bears. While Lambeau is making no predictions, he has cited his team's "will to win" which indicates only that the Packers are not going to be in the stadium as spectators but to collect the large end of the score and thereby keep their lead in the NFL's western division. More than incidentally, they are also determined to set up their sixth straight victory over the Lions. The Lions are not taking the contest lightly either for that matter. Reports from the Motor City indicate that Dorais is trying to find some time to work a little harder on his offense, with which he is far from satisfied. This is a little difficult to understand in view of what the team has done thus far. It means Dorais is steaming his team up as high he possibly can. Defensively, the Lions' coach is said to be devising a system to stop Don Hutson. He feels that even if he only partially succeeds, he will be accomplishiing a minor miracle. A "bear" story from the Lions' headquarters says Dorais has had only six hours of practice this week, but as much credence can probably be given to this as to the Nazi's claim of victory on the Russian front. During Packer drills there was more precision noticeable in the passing of Tony Canadeo and Irv Comp, both of whom have been working overtime to make their tosses hit Hutson "going away" and also the other Packer receivers. Comp got his first real workout under game conditions last Sunday against the Cardinals and he connected for two touchdowns to Joel Mason...OTHER RECEIVERS LIKELY: With Hutson acting as a decoy, the Packers also have such receivers as Harry Jacunski, who caught one for a touchdown against the Cards, and Ted Fritsch among the backs. There are several other likely receivers whose work in the secret drills has been good. The drills being secret, their names must be kept off the record. Tonight and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p., remain the last periods for ticket purchasers to get their ducats at headquarters in the Legion building. Indications are there will be a banner crowd and those who wait until after the ticket booths at the stadium open Sunday morning may run into some difficulties, Ticket Director Ralph Smith said today. Many fans who wanted to see the Packer-Bear tilt were disappointed because they waited until the last minute to get tickets. To eliminate a similar occurrence Sunday, those who are going to purchase tickets should do so immediately, it was emphasized. There are good seats remaining to be had. Any rumors of a sellout now are purely rumors, Smith said...GUDAUSKAS GETS RELEASE: The Packer squad was reduced to 27 men Thursday when Pete Gudauaskas, a guard from Murray State, was released, Lambeau said today. There is a possibility that another man will be added to the squad but no definite information was obtainable this morning. Lambeau also said he received word that the Lions will arrive in Green Bay Saturday evening at 7:45 on the Norrthwestern's "400". They will headquarter at the Hotel Northland.
IN THREE GAMES LIONS HAVE HAD MORE FANS THAN ALL LAST YEAR
OCT 8 (Chicago) - Short punts and passes from pro football circles...One of football's greatest box office comebacks is that being made this season by the Detroit Lions of the NFL. The Lions flopped miserably on the field a year ago, losing 11 straight games. Those defeats were reflected at the gate and the Lions drew only 78,884 fans in seven home contests. This season Gus Dorais had molded a title contender in the Motor City and in three games the club has surpassed its 1942's season attendance. The Lions drew 23,768 paid admissions against the Chicago Cards; 23,408 against the Brooklyn Dodgers, and 43,378 against the Chicago Bears for an aggregate of 91,054 spectators. They still have home games against Green Bay and New York. Those gate figures mean that for the first time since he obtained a league franchise four years ago owner Fred Mandel stands a chance of showing a profit on his football operations.