the Lions would like to show - before such a huge hometown crowd - that the preceding loss was just one of those things which can happen to any given Sunday. They feel, according to reports from Detroit, that tehy have a team that can give the Packers a closer contest. There's the revenge angle...PACKERS WANT REVENGE: The Packers don't want revenge over the Lions because they're the Lions. They have a far more important reason to give everything they have to attain a victory. This feeling goes back only five days to last Sunday. In case some many have forgotten, Green Bay lost to Washington that day, 33 to 7. The Packers aren't forgetting it and they hope to bounce back against Detroit and do a little fancy teaching themselves. Just wishing, however, isn't going to bring the Bays their third league victory. They'll have to show a great deal more precision and power than they did in Thursday's practice session, which ran well beyond the noon hour. Coach Curly Lambeay was not well impressed by the drill, carried out in anything but ideal weather. Considerable time was give to defensive work with an eye toward making members of the line push just a little harder, lower and faster. In a dummy scrimmage, there were some good examples of ball handling on deceptive plays but on other occasions the timing and execution was spotty. The same was true of the passing department although all the ends got in some good licks with aid from the arms of Tony Canadeo and Irv Comp...DETROIT HAS POWER: Defensively, the Packers will have to put up with such Detroit luggers as Frankie Sinkwich, Harry (Hippity) Hopp, and Charlie Fenenbock. They're all tough and play behind a potent line composed of several veterans and newcomers who have proved worthwhile for Coach Charles E. (Gus) Dorais to have around in his first year as the Lions' head coach. The last practice on the home field was held this morning, but it wasn't the last before the game. The Packers, scheduled to arrive in Detroit shortly before 8 o'clock Saturday morning, will get in a couple hours of warm-up there before putting up at the Statler hotel. The trip to New York will begin Monday and wind up Tuesday at Rye, where the team will stay at the Westchester Country club.
FINES KEEP BEARS IN LINE, GUS LEARNS
OCT 22 (Detroit) - Gus Dorais, coach of the Detroit Lions, does not believe in fining his players except in excptional cases. He has fined no one this fall. When he heard that this was unusual in the NFL, Dorais inquired what types of fines the other teams assessed. Here is the list of fines which the Chicago Bears told Dorais were standard with their team: Drinking - $400. Missing practice - $100. Sitting on ground in practice - $25. Missing train - $100 plus fare. Playing poker or dice - $100.
JACK MATHESON GETS CHANCE WITH LIONS
OCT 22 (Detroit) - Jack Matheson, who is a toolmaker by profession, and a pro football player by choice, is going to be at right end Sunday when the Detroit Lions play the Green Bay Packers at Briggs Stadium. Joe Bach, line coach for the Lions, made this announcement Thursday. Head Coach Gus Dorais had to call upon Bach for a change when Ben Hightower, regular right end, was reported suffering from a recurrence of malaria early Thursday by Dr. Frank Purcell. Hightower was first stricken with malaria while a high school player in Texas. Early this week when Ben was running a fever, it was thought he was suffering from a touch of influenza. More thorough examination revealed that Hightower was ill with malaria. Hightower said that in the past when he was bothered by the same illness, he usually recovered after a short rest. It is not known how long he'll be out this time but he will be in bed Sunday when the Lioons and Packers meet. Matheson, no relation to guard Riley Matheson, is in his first year in the National League. He is a six-foot, two-inch, 212-pounder who played his collegiate football at Western Michigan. He is the heaviest of thee Detroit ends and will team with Bill Fisk at the flank positions. He works as a toolmaker in Mt. Clemens. As a result of the loss of Hightower, the Lions are recalling end Bob Layden. He's the player who was released earlier this week when tackle Lloyd Wickett was signed.
PACKERS FACE CRUCIAL GAME
OCT 22 (Green Bay) - Ade Schwammel, 230 pound tackle with the Green Bay Packers in the years from 1934 through 1936, Friday rejoined the squad here and prepared to leave with it Friday night for the game with the Detroit Lions in Detroit Sunday. "We needed insurance at tackle," Curly Lambeau explained. "We might lost some men within the next few weeks and a fellow like Schwammel would be a pretty handy chap to have around." Schwammel, an all American at Oregon State in 1933, is married and the father of two children. He was working as a salesman on the west coast. The coach believes Sunday's game is the crux of Green Bay's whole season. "If we can get over it, I think we'll be tough to beat the rest of the way. But I'm scared. That licking by Washington last week stunned us. The club this week still doesn't seem to know what hit it. At times the boys snap out of it, but they lapse back into a coma of bewilderment. I think we're in the same boat this week that Detroit was in last week. We gave the Lions such a trimming that they couldn't get over it in a week, either, and last Sunday they were lucky to beat the Cardinals. Why, they finished 47 yards in the hole rushing against the Cardinals, and they're certainly a better club than that when right. And they'll probably be right again this week." Except for Ted Fritsch, who was badly shaken up in the Washington game, the Packers will have their full strength. Fritsch will play but he will not start. The club will leave here Friday night and arrive in Detroit Saturday morning. After the game with the Lions, it will head east to meet the New York Giants in New York the following Sunday.
PACKERS PLAY LIONS SUNDAY IN ATTEMPT TO KEEP SECOND
OCT 23 (Green Bay) - The Packers get their first chance Sunday to redeem themselves when they meet the strong Detroit Lions at Briggs staadium in Detroit in a NFL contest which means second place in the Western division for Green Bay it it wins and third place if the Lions take the victory. Shortly before leaving late Friday afternoon on the trip to the Motor City, Coach Curly Lambeau expressed the opinion that his ball club, smothered in the last start against Washington, could come back. But he cautioned that the Lions will be tougher than they were in the last meeting. On that occasion, the Packers won, 35 to 14, after getting a head start in the opening minutes. "The team," Lambeau said, "began for the first time Friday morning to shake off the stunned feeling which it had since we met the Redskins. Our execution of plays was sharper and the boys began to show some pep. But I look for a tough tussle. We'll have to be on our toes to get that seven point advantage we've been given by the dopesters." The Packers must win to keep the divisional second spot. If they lose, it means going into a deep third with the Lions taking over second, behind the Chicago Bears, who will have an easy time keeping their record unsullied against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a Chicago contest. Close to 40,000 fans are expected for Sunday's tilt. They all will be pulling for the eLions to take their fourth league victory in six starts and a chance to gain revenge for the previous licking. Whether the Lions can win depends to a great extent on how much Green Bay has regained its confidence since last Sunday's debacle in Milwaukee. During drills this week, Lambeau and Asst. Coach Red Smith did everything possible to get the Packer offensive and defensive games back to their pre-Washington form. Up to Friday, there were few results. Suddenly, about midway through the last home drill, the team seemed to snap out of its lethargy...TIMING, EXECUTION BETTER: Timing and execution of plays - both running and passing - became sharper. The linemen showed some snap in blocking and charging. The passers, Irv Comp and Tony Canadeo, were hitting receivers Don Hutson, Harry Jacunski, Joel Mason and Dick Evans, all ends, and a variety of backfielders on both long and short heaves. If they can do the same thing against Lion opposition, their chances of holding second place are good. Missing from the first combination used in Friday's practice was fullback Ted Fritsch, whose injured ankle is in fair shape but not good enough to cause Lambeau to use him fulltime Sunday. Lambeau said he would use Fritwsch sparingly with reserve fullback Tony Falkenstein getting the starting call. Jim Lankas, obtained from Philadelphia two weeks ago, will probably see Packer action for the first time. There are several Lions who can scorch Green Bay's defense Sunday. The ringleader is Frankie Sinkwich, the former Georgia All-America. Frankie can both bass and run with the best of them in the pro circuit although he is only a rookie. His understudy at left halfback, Charley Fenenbock, is also a dangerous passer...LIONS USE EVERYTHING: Coach Charles E. (Gus) Dorais has schooled the Lions to use every opportunity to advance the ball either on the ground or through the air with a few combination forward-lateral passes thrown in for good measure. While the Lions will be without Ben Hightower, the veteran end with malaria, there are other excellent receivers such as Bill Fisk, end; Ned Mathews, Harry Hopp, and 'Grandpa" Lloyd Cardwell. The tussle will be the 27th in the series. The Packers have a big edge in victories with 20 and have scored 527 points to Detroit's 251. One game was a tie and the other five went to the Lions. The Packers arrived in Detroit shortly before 8 o'clock this morning. In mid-morning they started their last drill before the game. Twenty-eight were out for practice including the veteran tackle, Adolph (Tar) Schwammel, who joined the club in Chicago Friday night after a four hour trip from San Francisco. Schwammel, who played with Green Bay from 1934 to 1936, came to terms with Lambeau Thursday. He may see some action Sunday. With Falkenstein starting at fullback, the other three in the starting backfield will be Canadeo at left half, Lou Brock at right and Larry Craig at the blocking back spot. The line will probably be composed of Jacunski and Hutson, ends; Buford Ray and Dr. Paul Berezney, tackles; Buckets Goldenberg and Bill Kuusisto, guards; and Charley Brock, center. In Detroit's forward wall, Jake Matheson will take over at Hightower's vacant right end spot with Fisk at the other wing. Augie Lio and Al Kaporch, tackles, Riley Matheson and Tony Rubino, guard, Alex Wojciechowicz, center, will probably start. The usual backfield of Sinkwich, left half, Cardwell, right half, Hopp, full, and Bill Callihan, quarter, is ready to go.
IT TAKES THAT ELEPHANT'S MEMORY TO RECALL PACKERS' LAST LOSS IN DETROIT
OCT 23 (Detroit) - If you can remember back when F.D.R. was serving his first term in the White House; when Frank Couzens was mayor orf Detroit and when the late Frank Fitzgerald was governor of Michigan, then you can recall the last time the Detroit Lions defeated theGreen Bay Packers in Detroit. This salient, and awesome, fact was uncoveredas the Lions prepared to play
the Packers in Briggs Stadium Sunday. A check of the records
revealed that the Lions haven't beaten the Packers in a National
League game in Detroit since Nov. 17, 1935. That memorable day
14,000 fans sat in U. of D. Stadium and saw the Lions score a 20-
10 triumph. "Gosh, that's long ago," Owner Fred L. Mandel, Jr.,
who acquired the Lions in 1940, said. "I wonder if we have any of
those 1935 Lions still around."...TEASM IS SCATTERED: Another
hurried check of the records. None of the '35 Lions is still playing.
That Detroit team has a backfield composed of Bill Shepherd,
Glenn Presnell, Ernie Caddel and Frank Christiansen. Shepherd
scored two of the touchdowns in the 20-10 game. At this point,
Lew Cromwell, generalissimo of the ticket office, spoke up. "You'
fellows are youngsters. I can remember that game well," he said.
Cromwell is the only member of the Lion organization of 1935 still
with the club. How about the Packers? Have they any of the 1935
men around? The records are interesting on this point. On that
November afternoon, Charles (Bucket) Goldenberg was the regular
quarterback for the Packers. Joe Laws was the regular right back
and Don Hutson was an alternate end...THINGS HAVE CHANGED:
Goldenberg, now in his eleventh season with Green Bay, is a
regular guard. Laws, in his tenth year, is still a formidable halfback,
while Hutson, in his ninth year, is the ace end of the league. These
facts, plus that 35-14 trouncing the Packers handed the Lions two
weeks ago, help explain why the Packers will be heavy favorites
Sunday. Even the boys who make it a business to separate the
teams on points are spotting Detroit 10 1/2. Through the years
Green Bay has a big edge over Detroit. The Packers have won 14
of 18 games with the Lions. They have won the last six, not having
bowed to Detroit since 1940 when Potsy Clark took a team to
Green Bay and scored a 23-14 upset. At this juncture, Mandel
philosophically said, "If nothing else, the law of averages should be
in our favor Sunday." The 40,000 fans who are expected to see the
game should remember that.
LIONS FIND PACKERS ARE ALSO GENTLEMEN
OCT 23 (Detroit) - As professional football players go, the Green
Bay Packers are big, rough and tough - and gentlemen. This may
sound incongruous but the Detroit Lions will concur on all four
points. They should know. Two weeks ago the Lions were exposed
to the gridiron gladiators from Wisconsin for 60 agonizing minutes.
The result of these sixty minutes was a 35-14 plastering for the
Lions. But the Packers still were gentlemen - before and after the
game. Take the Lions' trip to Green Bay. No sooner has the Lions
arrived in town than the Packers had a welcoming committee,
headed by Assistant Coach Red Smith, on hand to make the boys
comfortable. Nothing was too good for the Lions in the way of
hospitality. The Packers arranged for a police escort for the Lions to the stadium. They arranged for fast transportation from the stadium to the railroad station after the contest because the train left shortly after the game. When some of the sportswriters were without transportation to the station and in a hurry, Smith drafted halfback Andy Uram and his auto as a special taxi to take them to the station...Of course, so far as the actual contest was concerned, the Packers were poor hosts. They blasted the Lions for five touchdowns and presented a defense which - for any Detroiter - was a thing of pain and aggravation. Except for the Lions and members of the working press, the only Detroiters present in Green Bay that afternoon was George Jaglowicz and Frank Down. Jaglowicz is an old U. of D. lineman and his comment on the Packers was highly interesting. "I never saw such big
tackles move any faster in my life," said Genial George
after seeing the 250-pound Buford (Baby) Ray, 240-
pound Chet Adams, 298-pound Milburn Croft and 220-
pound Paul Berezney in action. "Those fellows looked
like a bunch of sprinters when they went across the line
of scrimmage. I'm glad I didn't have to bang up against
such fellows in my college day." Sunday the Packers
are coming to Briggs Stadium. The Lions still have
difficulty believing that the Packers who seemingly
could do nothing wrong against them suffered a 33-7
defeat by the Washington Redskins. One Lion sadly
commented, "I guess since the Packers lost that game
they'll want o take it out on us. It looks like we'll have to
be pretty mad ourselves to avenge our trip to Green
Bay." The most noteworthy thing about the Packers is
their experience. They have only one rookie on the team,
Irving Comp. And Mr. Comp acts like no rookie. He is a
halfback who knows in which direction the goal line is
although he gained little recognition while playing at St.
Benedict College...A crowd of 40,000 is expected for
the game Sunday. The fans will come out hoping to see
the Lions turn in an upset. But they'll also be on hand to
see the finest pass catching end in the history of the
NFL, a skinny, sticky-handed guy named Don Hutson.
It is well to report that Mr. Hutson is in his ninth season
in the pro ranks and not so fast as he once was. But
every pro team accords him special escort when he's on
the field and the Packer have taken advantage of this.
They employ him considerably as a decoy to shake
some other good pass catcher loose. It is a strategy
which has worked remarkably well in most games. Gus
Dorais, after watching Hutson against the Lions, said,
"Well, he didn't score any touchdowns. But, shucks,
while the boys were looking out for Hutson the other
Packers scored five other touchdowns."
LIONS' TITLE QUERY GETS REPLY TODAY
OCT 24 (Detroit) - Carrying the scars of two defeats, the
Detroit Lions will be back on their home gridiron Sunday
and hope to find some truth in the axiom, "It's always
easier the second time." The Lions will meet the Green
Bay Packers before a crowd expected to reach 40,000
at Briggs Stadium, and they are convinced they can at
least do no worse than they did against the Packers in
Green Bay two weeks ago. At that time, the Packers
walloped Detroit, 35 to 14. Green Bay will bring a team
which will have a distinct advantage, both in experience
and size. The Packers' 218-pound line will outweigh the
Lions' forward wall 11 pounds to the man. Green Bay
has considerable edge in experience. Only one of the
Packers, Irv Comp, is new to the pro ranks, an unusual
situation in these times of manpower problems. The
Packers, consequently, are rated big favorites. The
commercial calculators of gridiron scraps are spotting
the Lions 10 1/2 points. These calculators are usually
pretty accurate in their gauging. For Detroit this will be
no ordinary game. On its outcome rests the Lions' last
slender hope for a championship. Beaten in two of five
games to date, a third defeat would wipe out all Detroit
hopes of landing in the playoffs against the Eastern
division winner. There will be only one change in the Detroit lineup. Jack Matheson will replace the malaria-stricken Ben Hightower at right end. Coach Gus Dorais intends to open with a backfield composed of Bill Callihan, Charley Fenenbock, Ned Mathews and Harry Hopp. Frankie Sinkwich will be held in reserve to alternate with Fenenbock at left halfback. The Packers, of course, will have Tony Canadeo, their versatile halfback, and Don Hutson as the big guns. Canadeo rifled three touchdown passes in the first game against the Lions, and Hutson, besides being an ace placekicker, is undoubtedly the finest pass receiver in football. Incidentally, Hutson and Detroit's Augie Lion are tied in the manufacturing of extra points with 13 each. In other game Sunday the Chicago Bears should have no trouble beating Brooklyn in Chicago; Washington can take the Chicago Cardinals in stride in Washington, and Philadelphia-Pittsburgh should be favored over New York in New York.
BEARS AND REDSKINS EACH HAVE SOFT TOUCH
OCT 24 (Chicago) - On this sixth weekend of the NFL season it is the same old tale. The field trails the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Bears in their respective divisions, and there is little reason to think this order will be changed after Sunday's games. The Bears, unbeaten, but tied once in the western division, will play the last place Brooklyn Dodgers of the eastern division, and the undefeated Redskins, tops in the east, will meet the west's cellar dwelling Chicago Cardinals, who, like Brooklyn, have not won a game. In the other games, the Phil-Pitt Eagles will go to New York and Green Bay will face the Lions at Detroit. Of the underdogs in the day's two big games, Brooklyn's plight is a little worse than the Cardinals'. The Dodgers have not scored a point in four league games and have been held to a net minus 11 yards rushing. The Bears, No. 2 to Washington in total offense this season, expect to have a track meet in their Wrigley field party. Both the Bears and Redskins are on top this year - as they were last season - because of exceptional passers, Sid Luckman of Chicago and Sammy Baugh of Washington, and because of powerful ground attacks. Harry Clark, Bill Osmanski and Gary Famiglietti of the Bears and Andy Farkas and Wilbur Moore of the Redskins are among the league's top individual ground gainers. New York, with a one and one rating for the campaign, has been stressing offense and new plays off Coach Steve Owen's variation of the T formation, with plenty of passing by rookies Emery Nix and Bill Pascal and the veteran Tuffy Leemans.
PACKERS AND LIONS PLAY RETURN GAME
OCT 24 (Detroit) - A couple of football teams, both bent on getting back on track in the National Professional league after having been derailed, will get together at Briggs stadium Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 40,000 fans. The one is Green Bay, the other Detroit. The Packers sailed along serenely in a tie for first place in the western division of the league until they bumped into the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee last week. What happened there was almost a civic catastrophe. They were walloped, 35-7. The Lions, although beaten in a close game by the Chicago Bears three weeks ago, still retained some championship hopes until they ran into the Packers at Green Bay two weeks ago. What happened there, to Detroit fans, was a civic catastrophe, too. The Packers won, 35-14. The prospect of two enraged clubs getting together had Detroit fans in a dither Saturday night. Fans here have not yet given up on their hopes of bagging the division championship, although for the moment everything depended upon Sunday's game. Another licking Sunday, and the Lions can count themselves out of the race. Curly Lambeau, who brought his Packers into town Saturday morning and worked them out briefly Saturday afternoon, was in anything except a cheerful mood. "We were stunned so badly by the Redskins last week," he said, "that we just can't seem to snap out of it. The boys are eager enough to make up for the licking, but they're still so sore about it they can't get their feet completely on the ground. I'm scared stiff of Sunday's game." The Lions understood just how Lambeau and the Packers felt. They were not themselves, either, the week after the Packers got through with them, and last Sunday had a bitter uphill fight to beat the hapless Cardinals. They finished 47 yards in the hole rushing and won the game on a screen pass that went for 60 yards. It will be a different Lions eleven which will take the field Sunday from the one that bowed to Green Bay two weeks ago. Gus Dorais has had his eye on the return meeting ever since the first game and has his club steamed up just as it was for the invasion of the Bears. The Packers ruled 7 to 5 favorites, but the Lions scoffed at the odds.