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.