NEWS AND NOTES
LIONS, BEARS COACHES AGREE - THAT PACKERS ARE GOOD
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - The Detroit Lions coaches left Green Bay Sunday afternoon with substantially the same opinion of the Packers that the Bear coaches have - "the best-balanced Packers team" they've ever seen. Using words almost identical with those of Hunk
Anderson, co-coach of the Bruins, Gus Dorais declared:
"I've never seen a Packer team with a better running
game." "Our boys looked bad out there today," he
signed, "I think they left most of their football out on the
field last week." That was when the Detroiters lost to
the Bears, 27-21, in a bitterly-fought game. This was in
no sense an attempt to alibi, however, and Dorais made
that emphatically clear. "It's no disgrace to lose to an
outfit that's hitting like that," he said. His assistant, Joe
Bach, was equally enthusiastic. "They (the Packers)
have runners and blockers, and receivers and passers,"
he said, "and we just didn't measure up." There was no
time to go into detail on the impression the Detroit
coaches received. They left on the 5:10 North Western
train, just 33 minutes after the game ended, and held
still for only a few minutes while the players changed
their clothes at the Hotel Northland. They did say,
however, that the Packers looked better "all around"
then the Bears did a week ago. "They should take
those Bears," Dorais declared. A quirk of the schedule
gives Detroit two games against the Packers and two
against the Bears in the space of five Sundays. After
meeting the Cards next week, they will be at home to
the Packers and then at Wrigley field to play the Bears
on successive weekends. "We probably won't finish the
season," Dorais said wryly..BLUSHING BRIDEGROOM:
Tony Canadeo's stellar performance Sunday celebrated
his last day of "single blessedness". He married Ruth
Toonen of Green Bay this morning at St. Patrick's
church. Before the game his brother, Savvy, a staff
sergeant in the Army at Truax field, Madison, said, "I
sure hope Tony goes today - it will be a nice wedding present.". Savvy got his wish. Brother Tony collected 71 yards in 12 attempts on the ground, and completed half of his 12 passes, three of them for touchdowns. He should be a good bet for the league's leading ground gainer this season. His total for three games is 187 yards in 26 attempts, surpassing both Chuck Fenenbock and Frankie Sinkwich, who were tied for the lead at 117 yards. Sinkwich collected only 26 yards in 13 tries, for a total of 153, while the diminutive Fenenbock made 24 yards. Right up there with them is young-old Joe Laws, whose 37 yards Sunday gives him 139 in 18 attempts...DEFENSE WORKERS: The Lions arrived here late Saturday, and left early Sunday, because alarm clocks this morning called 26 of the 28 squad members to jobs in Detroit defense plants. Practice is held daily at 5 o'clock, after work is over, and it usually breaks up at 6:30. "We hardly have time to get acquainted with the players," Bach said. Frank Sinkwich, for instance, is in the plant protection department at the Ford Motor company...URAM HITS PAY DIRT: There was a lot of spectacular plays in the ball game, but probably the most thrilling was the second quarter touchdown play by the Packers. They were down on the Lion 19-yard line when Canadeo went back to pass. Bill Callihan shot through to trap Tony and had his arms around Tony's legs when he tossed a short pass to Andy Uram on about the 15-yard line. Uram took the ball on the extreme south side of the field and ran laterally all the way across the field, picking his way through most of the Lion team, and crossed the goal line in the northeast corner. He was aided by a magnificent block by Don Hutson, who swept two Lions off their feet. The officials were placing the ball for the extra point attempt before all the Detroiters regained their feet. Uram's other touchdown, the final one for the Packers, also was a honey. It was a perfectly executed pass, again by Canadeo, and Andy took it near the goal line without breaking his stride. The play, in the air and on the ground, netted 40 yards...FALSE ALARM: The spectators over in Section M were pretty excited when two policemen carried a man out of the stands with a number on his back. They decided that a convict had been recaptured. We checked with the police deparrtment when we heard about it, and he proved to be a Michigan deer hunter who had a drop or so too much. The number was his hunting license...HE DID IT AGAIN: Watching Tony Canadeo is no novelty for Coach Gus Dorais. While he was coaching at Detroit, Canadeo scored both touchdowns for Gonzaga when the western school won, 13 to 7. The game was played in 1940 at Spokane, Wash...BLOCKING BEAUTIES: The Packers did a lot of running around the ends, and every time we looked Pete Tinsley and Larry Craig each had accounted for an opponent, none too gently. Baby Ray played his usual outstanding game at tackle, along with Paul Berezney, and it is said that Ray has never left a game because of an injury in 15 years of football. That's a lot of football when you're playing tackle. Bill Kuusisto, at guard, had several good cracks at Frankie Sinkwich when he came through the line, and Kuusisto made the most of his opportunities. Lou Brock completed two of his three passes, one of them the first Packer play of the game that set up a touchdown, and now has a record for three games of five out of six completed. While we're dishing out bouquets, one must go to Ted Fritsch. We don't think one Lion alone stopped him at any time. It always took two, and often three, before the hard driving fullback was downed...GORDON IN PLACE: Lou Gordon, who played pro football for more years than he cares to remember and who was with the Packers as a tackle, was on hand as head linesman. He apparently still likes football, since he got very beautifully tangled in a play when Joe Laws intercepted a Detroit pass. Ex-Packers on hand as spectators included Moose Gardner and Cub Buck, and Wally Niemann and Jab Murray. Walter Halas was presnet in the interests of the Bears, and Mike McNally scouted for the Washington Redskins, who meet the Packers in Milwaukee next Sunday...MIGHTY KICKOFFS: One little-noticed department in which the Bays have improved tremendously is kickoffs. Ted Fritsch, after the two first quarter touchdowns, booted two in a row which landed beyond the end zone...33-YARD PENALTY: Press box observers are still wondering how the officials arrived at a 33-yard penalty for the Packers. In the second period, Joe Laws intercepted a Sinkwich pass on the Detroit 22 and went over with it. The referee ruled that clipping occured on the six, and the ball went out to the Detroit 39. It was later explained that the penalty was 15 yards for clipping and another 15 for use of abusive language, but we still don't know where the other three yards came from. There was also some caustic comment about a six-yard penalty for offside called against the Packers...TOUGH LITTLE GUY: Chuck Fenenbock, 172-pound left halfback who spells Sinkwich, was highly recommended to the Lions by Ned Mathews, who played with him at UCLA. They ought to raise Mathews' salary for that. The little guy first got into the game midway in the second quarter. His first action was a long pass to Mathews, who isn't so big himself, and Mathews lateraled to Jack Matheson for an overall gain of 48 yards. On the next play, Fenenbock passed to Mathews again, this time for a touchdown. The former Uclan gathered a lot of applause for his slippery way of eluding tacklers. He had two years of seasoning with the Los Angeles Bulldogs. Apparently like everyone else from Los Angeles, he has played extra parts in the movies in his spare time, along with Bill Fisk of the Detroit team...FIELD GENERAL IN LINE: The Lions' field generalship is provided by Riley Matheson from the guard position, an infrequent setup in professional football. He went to Detroit from Cleveland in the "grab-bag" when the Rams suspended, and before that he played with the Texas School of Mines. He played 60 minutes a week ago against the Bears...PEN PORTRAITS: The highly publicized Gus Dorais, who breathed new life into the Detroit Lions this year, is a slightly-built, unassuming fellow, with a serious manner and a quiet, philosophical sort of attitude about football. "I'm back in Wisconsin," he said Saturday night, referring to the fact that he played high school football at Chippewa Falls. "The most important football game of my life, as far as I'm concerned," he'll tell you, "was our game against Marinette for the state championship in 1909. We played it on a neutral field, in Milwaukee, and I think we won 17 to 3." Despite his travels in this state, it was his first visit to Green Bayh. He is best known for his spectacular passing to Knute Rockne against Army in 1913, which is credited with establishing the pass as an offensive weapon for the first time, and marking Notre Dame as an outstanding football school. He worked as an assistant to Rockne at Notre Dame, and was working in that capacity when Curly Lambeau was there...GRANDMA CALLED IT: An 80-year old great-grandmother who has folllowed the Packers closely for 13 yards and keeps scrapbooks on them had the right slant on the game. She is Mrs. Ada Wendt, of Milwaukee, who is visiting her son, Ed Wendt, at 1230 Chicago street. A couple of days before the game we coaxed a prediction out of her, and she said the score would be Green Bay 28, Detroit 14, which isn't bad predicting at any age. Mrs. Wendt visited the practice field last Thursday morning. She carried Packer records around in her spectacle case, and became interested in football through her Green Bay son in 1929...BAD PUNS: Detroit has a guard named Rockenbach. Can't you hear a college pep club giving out with "Rock 'em back, Rockenbach!" At one time, there were three Brocks on the field - Charley, Lou, and Fenenb(r)ock. Augie Lio, placekicking tackle, is known inevitably as "Lio the Lion". Don't feel too badly if you can't spell Wojciechowicz correctly on the first try, because the veteran center's name was mispelled in the Lions' publicity book this year...THORPE FIXED HIM: He played six years of professional football before World War I, his career ending with a hard blow in his ribs delivered by the unforgettable Jim Thorpe in a Massillon-Canton game. His college coach game was first established at Gonzaga, and he went from there to the University of Detroit, where he stayed for 18 seasons before entering the pro ranks this year. He liked the NFL. "I can see how, after awhile, it will get to be like a chess game, where you can recall previous strategy and revise it if necessary in a given set of circumstances. Right now, though, I haven't the background of pro experience to call upon." He coached the College All-Stars to a 6 to 0 victory over the Packers in 1937. "I wish I had the two players for this game that I had on Hutson then," he said Saturday. They were Lloyd Cardwell and Johnny Drake, and Cardwell performed in that capacity Sunday along with wingman Ben Hightower...BACK WAS MULE: Joe Bach, Gus' assistant, was one of the "Seven Mules" at Notre Dame when the Four Horsemen were playing football. He finished there in 1925, coached at Syracuse for four years, and then assisted Elmer Layden, now commissioner of the league, until 1933. He succeeded Layden as head coach tehre for a year, and then swtiched to pro football, taking over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1935 and 1936. From there he went to Niagara university, and last year found himself unemployed when the school dropped footbal for the duration. Last season he was civilian coach of the Fort Knox Amoraiders, a team for which Assistant Packer trainer Gus Seaburg was trainer...MANDEL'S PLAN: Fred L. Mandel, Jr., owner of the Lions, described himself as "press agent and owner" of the team - in that order. He is finally beginning to get results after investing a tremendous amount of money - some writers estimate it at a half million dollars - in the Lions. Calling himself "press agent" refers to the fact that Graham P. Smith, the team's general manager, is a Marine captain stationed in California, and he has not been replaced. Mandel has a pet project - he wants the NFL to set up a draft system whereby each team can get an outstanding player from a nearby school, selected in advance. Detroit would get its choice from Michigan, for instance; the Packers from Wisconsin or possibly Minnesota. He cited the opinion that Marshall Goldberg, the Cardinals' injured triple-threat star, would do better and stir more interest at Pittsburgh, and Sid Luckman would be a natural for New York (Luckman is from Columbia). The principal objection was indicated recently by a Cardinal official who said, "The Bears would probably take Northwestern - and leave us Chicago." Mandel disposes of this by declaring, "A fellow like that is looking forward only one year. It would have to be a rotating system and over a period of years should benefit all the clubs." He admits, however, that the draft system certainly shouldn't be changed for the duration of the war...LION-TAMERS: Coach Dorais was seated in a corner of the Northland lobby, taling to this reporter, Saturday night when couples started arriving for the Junior Chamber of Commerce dance. A Detroiter walked up and grinned, "Hey, Gus, you what we're mixed up in? The Lion-Tamers' ball!"
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - It's stimulating the way the younger generation takes to the Green Bay Packers. Sunday some 700 carrier boys were guests of the Press-Gazette to see the Packers run up their impressive 35-14 margin over the Detroit Lions. These boys had their tickets and they knew very well that the game wouldn't start until 2 o'clock in the afternoon, but they began storming the gates before 10:30. That newsboys' Packer party, by the way, took the place of the picnic given the youngsters in former years. Picnics like that are tough propositions in these times, so the Packer game became a happy substitute. From their enthusiasm, the boys probably enjoyed the football game more than the picnics of the past. Also present were the safety patrol boys, guests of the police department and the Packers...Remember Buck Krauss, the Sheboygan slugger who caused the Bluejays so much grief when the Wisconsin State Baseball league was still operating? Buck is a great Packer fan, and Sunday he was sitting near the sidelines when a stray practice punt came his way. Buck didn't hesitate, he scooped up the pigskin and made a dash of some ten yards before giving it back to the players...We've had the Packers here for a good many years, but every time they play you see something new in their action. Sunday it was Don Hutson throwing a pass - a good, long throw, too - near the end of the final quarter. Dick Evans didn't quite catch it, but it was mighty close. It was the first time that Hutson tried one like that in a game at home. "I just wanted to see what the guy on the other end of those babies feels like," he said...Wilner Burke and his Packer Lumberjack band, along with the St. Norbert A.S.T.P. unit, added a fine showing to the program. The bands seems to be improving each time it plays, and the fans really go for it...Fans were disappointed that Frankie Sinkwich didn't show up any too well. Frankie has been getting heaps of publicity, and we all had assumed that he would be hot against the Packers. But Frankie had an off day, and probably the main reason was that bruising he took against the Chicago Bears the week before...Joe Bach, assistant for the Lions, was having an awful time with that telephone in the press box. It worked fine for the Bears two weeks ago, but all Joe could get out of it was a buzz like a hornet's nest. Come to think of it, maybe that's what it really was - it was a hornet's nest so far as the Lions were concerned...It was a great game, and a great crowd. In the two home games this year, the Packers drew close to 45,000 fans. So thanks to you hometown fans - you didn't let the Packers down this year.
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - There was real inspiration in Tony Canadeo's all-around play Sunday, all who saw the Packers wallop the Lions agreed. The reason: Canadeo was married in Green Bay Monday morning to Miss Ruth Toonen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Toonen. The ceremony was held at St. Patrick's church.