Green Bay Packers (2-0) 42, Chicago Bears (0-1) 28
Sunday September 24th 1944 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers roared up and down the City stadium turf Sunday afternoon with as great a display of football power as they have shown in some seasons, scored six touchdowns and six points after to paste the Chicago Bears, defending world champions, by a 42 to 28 margin. A sellout of 25,000 got every bit of their money's worth and then some as they watched the Packer victory develop. For a while in the first and second quarters it looked as though the Green Bay eleven, without a victory over the Bears here since 1939, would make the ball game a runaway. But the Bears had something to say about that. They came roaring back in the third and last quarter to tie it up at 28-28. Then Green Bay put on the clinchers. The Packers, who now have a two-game margin over the Bears in the Western division race, desperately needed more points in the last minutes and they had the stuff to get them. Lou Brock, who has a field day, scored what amounted to the game-winning touchdown with a perfect 42-yard dash behind the beautiful blocking to make it 34 to 28. Don Hutson made it 35 with his fifth straight conversion.
Moments later, fullback Ted Fritsch sent the Bears into deeper mourning and the crowd into a greater frenzy when he raced in hard to intercept End. Sid Luckman's pass on his own 45-yard line and went the distance with a minute and a half left. The final six-pointer gave the Packers their largest margin over the Chicago eleven since 1929, when Green Bay won the season's third game by 25 to 0. Green Bay needed a victory and they set to work early to make sure of it. They scored four touchdowns before the Bears had a look-in. A pass, Irv Comp to Lou Brock, connected for 52 yards and the first touchdown when the quarter was half gone. Comp tallied the second on a nine-yard dash with three minutes left in the period. Fritsch bulled over from the one-yard stripe two minutes after the second period opened and the game began to look definitely one-sided. It appeared even more so three minutes later when a 26-yard aerial from Comp to Hutson scored the fourth touchdown to give the Packers a 28-0 lead as Hutson added each of the four extra points from placement unerringly. But the Bears were not out of it, far from it. Shortly after the fourth Packer score, the defending champs began to come back. They started a drive from their own 28 after the kickoff return from the 5. The payoff came on one of those typical Bear plays, a pass from Luckman to end George Wilson, who lateraled to halfback Ray McLean. The veteran halfback went 50 yards and Pete Gadauskas converted to make it 28 to 7 at halftime.
The Bears showed they were still dangerous with their comeback. Two passes from Luckman to Wilson gave them a pair of touchdowns, the first in the third quarter from the seven-yard line and the second early in the fourth from the two. Gadauskas kicked both points after, the second from the 24-yard line after a holding penalty. The tying march of the Bears was for 83 yards with Magarita going over from the five and Gadauskas converting. At that point is where the Packers showed they had the stuff to come back, and how they came back! They rekindled the fire that had smoldered somewhat after they had 28 points. Actually, the Bears didn't have a look-in in the last five minutes, when Green Bay needed to play sharp, head-up football. At least five men went around with Lou Brock to clear the way for him to the goal. It was a payoff play, and was executed with a precision that left the huge throng howling, though weak from its effect. They had more to scream about no less than two minutes later when Fritsch spoiled Luckman's afternoon with his interception and 55-yard dash to the last line. Three plays later the game ended and it was a sad bunch of Bears that headed for the dressing rooms, there to ponder what had hit them so suddenly after things seemed so good at 28-28.
Except for a few instances, the game was clean and hard fought, in fact all the way through in contrast to the game against the Brooklyn Tigers a week ago yesterday. The Packer line should come in for its full share of praise along with the backs. The Bears, make no mistake about it, were not an easy touch. They did not become demoralized when behind by 28 points. On the other hand, the Packers didn't sit back and remain content with a tie score. Even considering the effectiveness of their offense in the first two periods, it was the Green Bay team's comeback which featured the battle. When Brock needed blocking on his second touchdown, he got it. Green Bay definitely was equal to the test with the result that they have a full two-game start for the divisional flag. For the second straight game, the Packers gained more yardage on the ground than through the air. Yardage from rushing was 214 and from passes 150, all compiled on heaves from the arm of Comp, who completed eight of 15 tosses. Luckman, on leave from the Merchant Marine for the game, also had a hot day with 15 completions on 33 attempts for 194 yards, all the Bears made through the air. They made 79 on the ground, indicating the effectiveness of the Packers' line play.
The Packers showed they meant business the first time they got the ball. After Fritsch returned the kickoff from the eight to the 31, the Packers rolled up three first downs in a row to the Bears' 16, a drive of 53 yards. A line buck failed to gain and two passes were incomplete to stop the sortie, but not for long. The Bears used three plays to lose a yard and then Doug McNulty kicked out of bounds to the Packers 39. Fritsch picked up nine yards with the aid of a rocking block by Lou Brock to the Packers 43. On second down Comp moved back and Brock moved down and over to make a perfect catch on the Bear 30. He broke fast for the goal for a few steps inside the sidelines to give the Packers their first touchdown. Hutson's 55th consecutive point after touchdown was just like the others he kicked, perfect, making it 7-0. The next Packer touchdown was set up by a mental lapse of the Bears. After the kickoff they moved from the 17 to the 26, moving a yard for the first down. On the fourth try, Gary Famiglietti lost a yard and the Packers were in position to count again. Comp picked up a yard and a half and then tossed to Harry Jacunski for a first down on the nine. Fritsch was stopped at right end on the first play.
Comp moved back as though to pass as Hutson went into the end zone. But the pass never materialized and Comp ran to his right and over. Hutson again converted to make it 14 to 0 and the crowd began to sense that here was a Packer team that wouldn't be denied. The Bears had had just two chances to run the ball while Green Bay had three and counted twice. The third touchdown was set up just before the end of the quarter. Margarita returned guard Glenn Sorenson's kickoff from the 10 to his 41. He made no gain at the middle and then Luckman threw a lateral intended for Margarita but it never reached him. The ball went sailing over his head and the Bears had another mental lapse. Charley Brock recovered the ball on the Bears' 24. After a gain of one yard, Comp passed to Jacunski for a first down on the 11. The quarter ended after Don Perkins slammed over left guard to the three. Fritsch took the ball on four straight plays, going over on the last from the one-yard line 1 minute and 45 seconds after the quarter started. Hutson converted to make it 21 to 0. The Bears had one chance to advance the ball before Green Bay struck again and so fast it appeared impossible. Fritsch's towering kick was in the end zone. Three plays gained to the 27 and the Bears were forced to kick, Luckman's punt going to Joe Laws on the Packer 35. Laws returned to the 42. Paul Duhart, who replaced Comp, made a first down with a 16-yard jaunt to the Bear 42. Perkins and Duhart combined to compile another first down to the 26. A pass failed and then lightning hit again.
Comp returned to the game and on second down tossed a beauty to Hutson in the end zone. Hutson was all along as he caught the aerial and the Bears looked nonplussed to think that he had outguessed them again and got behind the secondary. He converted to run his consecutive points after to 58 and to bring his all-time scoring record to 659 points. The Bears then began their comeback with a drive that carried 72 yards after Margarita returned the kickoff from his five to the 28. The Bears got their first down when Green Bay was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness to put the ball on the Chicago 40. Luckman then started the play that wound up in a touchdown. He threw to Wilson, who caught it on the 50 and then lateraled to McLean, who went over. Gadauskas converted to make it 28 to 7. Shortly after a short punt by Green Bay went out of bounds on their own 45 but the threat was nullified when Comp intercepted Luckman's pass on his 27 and ran it back to the 48, a 21-yard dash. After punts by each team, Abe Croft of the Bears gave his team another chance when he intercepted Comp's pass on the 50 and returned it to the 31. Luckman failed on two passes and then Fritsch intercepted a third and was downed on the 20 as the half ended.
Things began to pop early in the third quarter. First, Duhart intercepted Luckman's pass on the Bears' 45. Then McLean pounced on Hutson's fumble after he had snagged Comp's pass on the 22. The Bears went to work at that point though they were set back from the 28 to the 13 for holding. Luckman threw passes to McLean to the 22 and to Connie Berry to the 48 for a first down. A third Luckman pass was no good but the fourth to McLean again went 17 yards to the Packers' 35-yard stripe. Magarita skirted end to the 18. Three plays advanced the ball to the seven, where Luckman stepped back and heaved to Wilson in the end zone. Gadauskas converted to make it 28 to 14 with the quarter two-thirds gone. A Packer drive on the succeeding kickoff carried down to the Packer 44-yard line but was nullfied when Al Hoptowit, Bear tackle, recovered Duhart's fumble and raced to the Packers' 39 from the 42. On second down, Luckman's pass to Berry was ruled complete by interference on the Packer 30. A pass was no good and then McLean went five to the 25 as the third period ended. The Luckman-Wilson combination clicked once more for a first down on the 13. Famiglietti pounded through the middle for one and then Margarita got in the Packers' hair with a scamper down to the 2. Jim Fordham was stopped cold at the middle. Wilson then made a brilliant one-handed stab of Luckman's toss in the end zone. The first kick by Gadauskas was nullified by a 15-yard penalty on the Bears for holding but he placed his second try from the 24 right down the middle.
At this stage, Packer fans began to get jittery. Green Bay's next threat was stopped when an offside penalty took away a 37-yard jaunt by Duhart to the Bears' 27 from his own 36. Two plays later the Bears got a clipping penalty which sent the Packers to their 48. Three plays failed to gain the necessary yardage and Brock punted to McLean, who returned from his own 10 to the 17. Three line plays gave Chicago a first down on their 31 and Luckman pitched for another to McLean on the Packer 48. A five-yard penalty on the Bays and a left end skirt by Magarita put the ball on the 39. Luckman threw another to McLean, who was downed on the 17 and then came back with a second to Wilson, who grabbed it on the 7. Fordham ripped through to the five and then Margarita piled over. Gadauskas' kick tied it up at 28-all and things looked gloomy indeed for the Packers. After that things happened rapidly. Fritsch made a beautiful return of the kickoff from his 12 to the Packer 48. Brock went through right guard to the Bears' 47 and then failed on a pass, which slithered off Comp's fingertips. Luckman intercepted Comp's pass on the 32 and returned it to the Packer 32 but the Bears were caught on defensive holding, putting the ball on their 42.
The rest is history but will bear retelling. On first down, Brock started to his left with half of his teammates ahead of him to clear the way. Like a couple of General Sherman tanks, the blockers knocked Bears right and left and Lou bowled over himself. Hutson kicked again with three and a half minutes left to make it 35-28. The Bears were desperate. McLean returned Sorenson's boot from his six to the 33. Luckman passed to Wilson for nine yards to the 41. Margarita slammed up the middle to midfield. Luckman's long pass down the field was no good but Sid came right back with another to put the finish on a Packer day. Fritsch came up fast, snagged the pass and went on his way to the sixth Green Bay touchdown. Hutson converted. The battle ended three plays later. Margarita returned the kick from the goal line to the 30, McLean was spilled for a one-yard loss and a pass from Luckman to Wilson was no good as the gun sounded.
CHI BEARS -   0   7   7  14  -  28
GREEN BAY -  14  14   0  14  -  42
1st - GB - Lou Brock, 52-yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Comp, 9-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Ted Fritsch, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2nd - GB - Hutson, 26-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
2nd - CHI - Ray McLean, 50-yard lateral from George Wilson after a 10-yard pass from Sid Luckman (Pete Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
3rd - CHI - Wilson, 7-yard pass from Luckman (Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 28-14
4th - CHI - Wilson, 2-yard pass from Luckman (Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 28-21
4th - CHI - Bob Magarita, 5-yard run (Gudauskas kick) TIED 28-28
4th - GB - L. Brock, 42-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 35-28
4th - GB - Fritsch, 55-yard interception return (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 42-28
Photo from a 1948 Packer program
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - Chicago Bear coaches have always come to Green Bay with doleful forecasts of what the Packers will do to their ball club, but Sunday, for once, they were able to say, "I told you so," instead of "I didn't think we could do it." The 1944 Bears, particularly in the first half, fulfilled the direct predictions offered Saturday evening by Co-Coaches Luke Johnsos and Heartley (Hunk) Anderson. It was Johnsos, aboard a Milwaukee road day coach awaiting transportation back to Chicago, who made the I-told-you-so statement. "We've lost too many ball players this year," he said gloomily, "there are too many freshmen backs in there. The Packers have got a strong club, and there's no substitute for experience against them." By way of illustration, he cited Henry Margarita's mental lapse in the second quarter when he stood aside after fumbling a lateral, allowing Charlie Brock to recover it on the Bear 24-yard line and pave the way for the third Packer touchdown. As Johnsos pointed out, however, Margarita found himself in the4 second half and gained most of the yardage credited to the Bears on the ground - and as Margarita and his fellow freshmen gain seasoning they're going to offer some tough opposition, just as they did Sunday in the second half...GAME'S TURNING POINT: Both Anderson and Johnsos though the penalty which nullified Sid Luckman's interception of a Packer pass late in the fourth quarter, when the score was tied at 28-all, was the turning point of the game. "We might have scored again if the play hadn't been called back," Johnsos said, but he didn't offer that as an alibi, adding quickly, "Of course, that's all part of the game." Anderson had a lot of praise for the Packer line, which held the Bears to 79 yards on the ground. "They weren't down on one knee waiting for us," he declared. "They had a lot of hustle - a lot of charge. Trafton has done a good job with those linemen." Most melancholy of all was Ens. Sid Luckman, who was due back at his Merchant Marine station at Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., today, making necessary a plane trip from Chicago. An observer told him he played a whale of a game. "But it wasn't enough," the Bear quarterback objected. "In this league they pay off when you win - and we didn't."...LAMBEAU SMILES: By contrast, Coach Curly Lambeau wore a broad smile as he stood in the press box just after the final gun. Still mopping his brow, Curly announced himself as highly pleased with the result - first victory over the Bears on home soil since 1939 - but pointed out, "The second half proved again that you can't let down against a club like the Bears. we relaxed with a 21-point lead, and they tied it up on us." He, too, praised the Packer forward wall for is aggressive showing. Lambeau occupied one end of the first row press table throughout the game, phoning instructions to Trafton on the bench, and Johnsos was at the other end, conferring with Anderson by telephone. The Packer coach's comments were audible for the most part - "This game isn't over yet," he insisted when the score stood at 21-0 in the second quarter, and "Pour it on," he shouted jubilantly when Hutson made one of his patented catches at the goal line to give the Packers a 28-point lead. Johnsos' conversations couldn't be heard. At that point in the game, he sat silently, his face a bright red, looking glumly at the scene before him...ALMOST PERFECT: Lou Brock's 42-yard scoring run around left end, which broke the tie with 3 1/2 minutes to play, was a near perfect example of a football play. He had a full complement of blockers all the way around the end, each of them delivered the goods, and Brock burst into the clear along the north sidelines with one blocker still ahead of him to take care of lonely Sid Luckman. Brock cut back in to avoid a sideline trap and Luckman never got a good shot at him. It was the same play that beat Brooklyn a week ago, when Brock ran 17 yards to score the winning touchdown. On that occasion the setup was exactly the same, Lou going all the way to the sidelines, then reverses his field to score. Brock's other scoring run was also a spectacular affair, when he took a pass from Irv Comp in the flat and raced down the sidelines, brushing off two tacklers who has good chances at him, to score after an overall gain of 52 yards. This was the Packers' first touchdown. Brock's route on his fourth-quarter touchdown was retraced almost exactly by Ted Fritsch in the closing minutes when he carried an intercepted pass 55 yards over the goal. Both players counted two touchdowns, Fritsch getting his other one from the one-yard line in the second quarter. Hutson also collected 12 points, on a touchdown and six placements...LITTLE GUY IN BLUE: The little fellow in the blue suit and hunting cap down on the field was Hugh L. (Shorty) Ray, technical adviser to the NFL, who was designated official timekeeper by Commissioner Elmer Layden. Ray is a stopwatch and statistics expert who can reel off yards of figures on timing. Also conspicuous to spectators was a figure in a Texas hat, cowboy boots and blue-gray trousers and jacket - none other than Roy Dale McKay, Packer back immobilized by a leg injury since the Sampson, N.Y., game with Lt. Cmdr. Jimmy Crowley's team. Packer fans will have to wait until Oct. 8, when the Card-Pitts invade City stadium, to see him play. McKay sounds just as much like a Texan as he looks...MARCH IS HALTED: The game began in more or less inauspicious fashion when a long Packer march, with three first downs along the way, was halted on the Bear 16-yard line. The Bay linemen, however, held the Bears for downs there, and shortly after the punt gave the ball to the Packers, Brock was en route to the first touchdown. The second Packer touchdown was chargeable to the Bear quarterbacking, since they gambled for a yard on fourth down, Gary Famiglietti failed to make it, and the Packers took over on the 24-yard line and Comp passed to Jacunski for part of the distance, then Comp scored himself when he couldn't find a receiver and circled right end for 10 yards. Luckman was in the game at the time, and presumably called the ill-advised play...DUHART WINS CHEERS: Packer fans found a lot to cheer about in the performance of Paul Duhart, 180-pound Florida halfback, who are up 16 yards the first time he carried the ball, then made five more for a first down a couple of plays later on the Bear 26-yard line. This set up the Comp-to-Hutson touchdown. In the second half, with the Packer lead cut to seven points (28-21), Duhart raced about 45 yards only to have the play called back and an offside penalty inflicted. The crowd groaned right along with Comp when he had a touchdown in his hands but dropped the ball in the crucial moments when the score was tied. He outraced a covering Bear and had clear sailing for a touchdown, but Lou Brock's well-aimed pass dribbled off Comp's fingertips....NOTED VISITORS: Among the guests at the game were Frank Balazs, ex-Packer and ex-Cardinal, a Marine veteran of the South Pacific who also attended the Brooklyn game in Milwaukee a week ago; and Bob Adkins, another ex-Packer. Cecil Isbell, who made his debut as head coach at Purdue Saturday and lost, 27-18, in a wild and wooly game with the Great Lakes Bluejackets, also attended. At the Milwaukee Road station after the game, he admitted that he never attended a game without itching to be in it - "I guess you never get over it", he said. Isbell's charges showed enough power against the Sailors to pose a threat to the other Big Ten schools...BURKE'S BANDSMEN: Wilner Burke's Packer Lumberjack band performed Sunday with its traditional color, its ranks reinforced this year by some bandsmen from nearby communities because of the manpower situation. The regular baton artists - Gloria Birmingham, Germaine Pirlot and Joan Smits - were augmented by five De Pere High school girls, Theresa Peters, Betty Mae Smits, Margie Lambert, Jeannie Pranke and Eunice Aumbinger. Six-year old Carol Collard - it was her birthday - who is growing up with the Packers opened her third season as a drum majorette and delighted the crowd. Highly delighted at Sunday's proceedings was Pvt. Art Daley of the 42nd (Rainbow) division at Camp Gruber, Okla., who attended with Mrs. Daley, while on furlough. Art left the Press-Gazette sports staff for the Army, after a couple of seasons of covering the Packers. Despite the Friday night announcement that Ens. Sid Luckman had signed a contract for a full season with the Bears, the Chicago coaches declared Sunday that they weren't counting on his presence for their later games. He is scheduled to play with a service team in a war bond benefit against the Brooklyn Tigers in Brooklyn next Sunday, along with Bill Paschal of the New York Giants - another Merchant Marine enrollee - and other grid luminaries. The Bears are idle next week. The probability is, Johnsos and Anderson declared, that Luckman will make an overseas cruise after that and be absent for the intermediate games. It is entirely possible, however, that he could return from such a cruise for the Nov. 5 game against the Packers in Wrigley field. A great deal of unfavorable comment followed the announcement that Luckman would play yesterday, but the postgame consensus was that his presence made the Packers' victory a much sweeter revenge. And it seemed certain, from Luckman's stellar performance - he threw three touchdowns - that the game would hardly have been a difficult contest without him. The Fridday issue of the Press-Gazette, in the "20 Years Ago Today" column, recalled the 1924 encounter - which was also a Packer victory. A crowd of 4,000 attended, the story said, and the Packers won, 5 to 0 - scoring on a safety and a field goal, the latter by Cub Buck...TWO EASTERN FOES: With the Card-Pitt combination classified as a Western division team, the Bears and Packers have only two eastern opponents this year. The Bears play Philadelphia and Boston, while the Packer play the Giants and have already beaten Brooklyn. Johnsos and Anderson, the Chicago co-coaches, are on record as favoring Philadelphia to win the Eastern section, although the popular favorite may be Brooklyn after the Tigers' strong showing against the Packers. The Bruins, after an open Sunday next week, are at home to Card-Pitt, Detroit, Cleveland, Green Bay and Boston on successive Sundays. then visit Detroit, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, closing their league season Dec. 3. The Packers are at home to the Lions in Milwaukee next Sunday and Card-Pitt here Oct. 8, then have an open date Oct. 15. On successive Sundays, starting Oct. 22, they are at home to the Rams here, visit Detroit, the Bears, Cleveland, New York and Card-Pitts, the last mentioned game closing the season on Nov. 26.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Looking ahead a game at a time, the Packers today began to work for their next objective, a victory over the Detroit Lions at State Fair park in suburban Milwaukee next Sunday, when they  can get an even firmer hold on the top rung of the Western division ladder if they rack up their third straight victory. All other NFL teams will be idle. Packer fans were still rehashing the Packers' victory over the defending champion Chicago Bears by 42 to 28 in as
thrilling a ball game as has been played in City stadium
in the long series. But Coach Curly Lambeau figures
that game is already in the record books and he wants
to make sure that nothing stops the upward progress of
the team. Consequently, the teams was ordered out 
this morning for the first of five drills that will precede 
the battle against the Lions. The workout was given 
over to limbering up exercises, including plenty of 
running to take the knots out of muscles. The heavier
work will start Wednesday and continue through Friday
with an ease-off Saturday morning...BABY RAY HURT:
The principal casualty of Sunday's bruising battle was
tackle Baby Ray, who sustained a leg injury early in the
game and then aggravated the hurt late in the fourth
quarter. Other members of the squad sustained a variety
of injuries but none was serious. The Packers will have
to brush up in some departments if they hope to 
smother the Lions. Some lapses on pass defense 
against the Bears led to scores. It is in the passing
department that the Detroit eleven showed power on
Sunday to roll over the New York Giants by a 23 to 0
margin. Sparking the air attack was halfback Frankie
Sinkwich, who made his debut for the season with three
touchdowns. The game was an exhibition. Heralded
throughout the league during 1943 as the man to watch,
Sinkwich should be even more valuable this year with 
the added experience. In two games against the Bays
last year, he was reduced somewhat in size as the Packers romped 35 to 14 and 27 to 6 victories. However, he finished the season high in the league ball carrying and passing departments with 266 yards in 93 attempts and 50 pass completions in 126 attempts for 699 yards and seven touchdowns...HAVE ANOTHER THREAT: But the Lions have another threat, too. He is Bullet Bob Westfall, who averaged better than six yards a try in his first league exhibition against the Giants. Coach Gus Dorais, starting his second year with the Lions, said Westfall will bear the brunt of the Lions' ground attack against the Packers. The Detroit coach was elated over the showing of his club against the Giants and was especially high on Westfall. Dorais brought the squad to Detroit Monday after four weeks at the club's Grosse Ile training camp. He immediately assigned a new set of running plays built around the hard running former Michigan All-America player. In addition to Westfall's ball carrying and blocking, he is an adept pass receiver and his defensive play was outstanding against the Giants. He was Michigan's captain in 1941, and paved the way for Tom Harmon's fame with his work. Thus far the Lions have divided in two exhibitions. In their opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, said to be the team to beat in the Eastern division, the Lions lost 27 to 7. In that game they played without Westfall, who was ill. Against this record the Packers can show a league slate of two victories, two exhibition victories and one loss...BOYS HAVE CONFIDENCE: One thing became apparent to the Green Bay eleven Sunday. The Bears, a cocky ball club because they feared no opposition and felt they could win hands down, had the props knocked from under them because the Packers wouldn't be beaten. The Packers now have the confidence they need. If they keep it within bounds, they will be a tough ball club to beat.
SEPT 26 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears will have to get along without the services of Sid Luckman, their star quarterback, in their next five games, at least. Luckman, an ensign in the Merchant Marine, last week was permitted by his commanding officer to play with the Bears until he was called for sea duty. He played Sunday as the Bears lost to Green Bay and now he expects to go on sea duty immediately. He may be back in time for the Nov. 5 return game with the Packers. In the interim the Bears will play one exhibition and four league contests.
SEPT 26 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions, anticipating better times, have moved to town. After a month at Grosse Ile's West Shore Country Club, the team will hold daily wotkouts at Robinson Field. Coach Gus Dorais used the first practice period to draft defensive patterns for the Lions' league opwner against Green Bay in Milwaukee Sunday. Cognizant of the fact that the Packers' secondary yielded six touchdowns via passes in three game while the Green Bay line only surrendered two, Dorais stressed passing in his plan of attack. His chieg offensive instrument will be Frankie Sinkwich, whose passing arm has earned all of the Lion touchdowns. Frankie's passing record to date is 18 completions in 33 attempts. It had paid dividends of 295 yards and four touchdowns...The Lions operated without injury against the Giants and are at top strength for the first time. Dorais appointed Bill Callihan, veteran fullback, game captain for the season. The front office announced that reservations were being accepted for the Oct. 8 game against Brooklyn, but that the game would be played the night of Oct. 7 at U. of D. Stadium if the World Series ties up Briggs Stadium.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions, fresh from their decisive 23-0 victory over the New York Giants in an exhibition game Sunday, were given a new set of running plays built around Bullet Bob Westfall Monday for use against the powerful Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee Sunday. Coach Gus Dorais said that Westfall, who averaged better than six yards a try in his first National league game against New York, would bear the brunt of the Lions' running attack against the Packers. Absent from the Lions' first preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of illness, Westfall left a Detroit hospital in midweek to spark the Lions in their triumph over the Giants. The hard running former Michigan all-American transformed the Detroit club from a listless aggregation on the basis of their play the previous week against the Eagles, into a precise, hard hitting football team against the New Yorkers. In addition to his sensational ball carrying, Westfall played a standout game defensively and snagged several of Fireball Frankie Sinkwich's passes. Sinkwich, smothered by the Philadelphia line in the Lions' opening exhibition, completed 11 out of 16 aerials against the New York club, two of them touchdown aerials to end Dave Diehl and a third a six point toss to Art Van Tone. In all, Frankie accounted for 188 yards against the Giants, and Dorais plans to uncover some new pass plays for the fireball to execute against the Packers. The Lions came through their battle with the Giants in top physical condition and Dorais expects to have all of his squad ready for action Sunday. He indicated that in addition to Westfall and Sinkwich, big Bill Callihan and Van Tone would be in the Lions' starting backfield, with a No. 2 backfield composed of Jackie Lowther at quarter, the veteran Elmer Hackney at left half, Bob Keene at right half and freshman Ivan (Buzz) Trebotich at fullback. Dorais plans no changes in his line against the Packers. Diehl and Jack Matheson will be at the ends, Luke Lindon and Bill Rogers at the tackles, Stan Batinski and Al Kaporch at guards and the veteran Alexander Francis Wokciechowicz at center. The Detroit line, heaviest in years, will average 228 pounds and the starting backfield will average better than 190 pounds.
SEPT 29 (Green Bay) - The Detroit Lions will be gunning for a victory in their NFL opener against the Packers at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. In addition, they will be seeking to crack a monopoly on the victory string that the Green Bay team has piled up since the first battle between the elevens in the 1940 season series. The contest, third in the circuit for the Packers this season, will begin the second decade of rivalry between the teams. They began in 1934, when the Portsmouth, Ohio, franchise was moved to the Michigan city. Since that time, the Packers have piled up a 11 to 4 edge in victories and scored 554 to 257 for the Lions. It was early in the 1940 season that the Lions came to Green Bay and rolled to a 23 to 14 victory. Six straight wins for the Packers since that time were rounded out during 1943 with 35 to 14 and 27 to 6 scores. But the Detroiters have begun to come out of the doldrums and this year they have their strongest team since the 1940 season. Coach Charles E. (Gus) Dorais used his first year as mentor of the Lions to install a tricky system that makes it tough for a defensive team because of its variations. It lies midway between the razzle-dazzle type of football and that which relies on a basic system. Consequently, the Packers will have to be on their toes every minute to prevent explosions, since the Lions now have the Dorais system down pat and can be expected to use it effectively. Coach Curly Lambeau knows this and has the utmost respect for Sunday's opponent. In addition, he is worri4ed about the physical condition of several key men. Two veteran linemen have been going through limbering up exercises but they have not engaged in any of the contact work which Line Coach George Trafton has thrown at the forward wall in liberal doses. Two backs are also not in the best of shape but will play Sunday. The Bays went through another long offensive and defensive drill this morning and will wind up workouts Saturday morning. They have been fortunate in that the weather man has eliminated rain during hours scheduled for practice, allowing the coaches to get in a maximum of work. In addition, several skull sessions have been held. During these, players had a good opportunity to see mistakes they made against the Bears in motion pictures of the game...EXTRA DRILL SCHEDULED: While most of the players have their assignments down perfectly, 10 or 12 were scheduled to engage in a special "after school" session this afternoon. Lambeau is not satisfied with their knowledge of plays and he was also to use the extra time in an effort to get the deception and timing needed to fool the veteran Detroit line. This line averages around 220 pounds and includes a pair of classy veteran ends, Jack Matheson and Dave Diehl. The latter caught two touchdown passes from the arms of Frankie Sinkwich against the New York Giants. Sinkwich and halfback Bob Westfall, rated by many as the best rookie in the league, will no doubt be the principal eyecatchers Sunday but the Lion forward wall should not be overlooked. In addition to Diehl and Matheson, the Lions have center Alex Wojciechowicz, guards Sonny Liles and Al Kaporch, tackles Bill Rogers and Ed Opalewski. All are veterans and have added a few tricks under Coach Joe Bach, who learned his at Notre Dame while a member of the famous Seven Mules line that operated in front of the Four Horsemen. Westfall is the only rookie in the starting backfield. Besides him and Sinkwich, there are Art Van Tone and Bill Callihan...LEAVE SATURDAY AFTERNOON: The Packers will leave here at 5:30 Saturday afternoon on a Milwaukee road train with arrival in Milwaukee scheduled to 8 o'clock, shortly after the Lions pull in from Detroit. Both teams will headquarter at the Schroeder hotel. Tickets for the ball game are reportedly selling fast in Milwaukee and numerous Green Bay area fans are also planning to be at the game. Those who wish to obtain tickets here must do so before 2 p.m. Saturday. The ticket office at the American Legion building will be open until 9 o'clock tonight.
SEPT 29 (Detroit) - A little jon like squaring the circle or drafting a world peace plan will be child's play for Coach Gus Dorais after this week. "Anything wil be child's play after trying to set up a defense for Don Hutson," the harried Detroit Lions' coach sighed as his
pro gridmen banged heads in preparation for the open
of the National league chase Sunday against the Green
Bay Packers at Milwaukee. "The job of stopping Hutson
is occupying most of our attention - just as it has that 
of every other team in the last ten years. Well, we seem
to be no nearer a solution now than ever." Dorais has
revised his offense, injecting a series of spin plays and
line bucks to take advantage of Bob Westfall's running
ability. Westfall will start at left half in place of Elmer
Hackney, Dorais said. The only other change will see
Ed Opalewski, 235-pounder from Michigan Normal,
starting at tackle in place of Bill Rogers. Bill Callihan,
nursing a bruised knee, is expected to start. If he is 
unable to go, however, his place will be taken by Buzz
Trebotich, of St. Mary's, one of the best looking backs
in practice drills this week. Green Bay, leading the NFL
with three straight victories, has a corner on the
experienced player mart in the Western Division this
season. Coach Curly Lambeau began the season with
seven regulars and ten other veterans. He has since
added two experienced linemen. The Lions will depart
for Milwaukee Saturday morning.
SEPT 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - If you want Coach Curly
Lambeau's idea about his Packers' assignment against
the Detroit Lions at State Fair park Sunday afternoon, it
couldn't be tougher. Two days before the game the big
Belgian finds himself with a squad that is still nursing
bumps and bruises of the win over the Chicago Bears
and that is still enjoying the back slapping of the fan on
the street. "We're apt to be licked," Lambeau fretted
over the telephone Friday morning. "We took a good
physical beating from the Bears for one thing, and you'd
think, from the attitude of some of the boys that we had
the championship already won for another. That's bad.
And don't sell that Detroit club short. It's a young,
aggressive team that has been pointing for us from the
start. We scouted them last week in the exhibition
against the Giants (which Detroit won, 23 to 0) and we
know it's a better team than last year's. Westfall alone
has added a lot of punch. And Sinkwich is much
improved." All of the injured men will be ready to play,
Lambeau said, but they have missed so much of the
practice this week that he fears they have lost the fine
edge they had against the Bears. "A couple of the boys
haven't even been in suits," he said. "On top of this, a lot of the back slapping around town hasn't helped. We've got to snap out of it or we're sunk." Lambeau's fears, while no doubt justified, have no basis, however, in the record of past games. Detroit, with some of the finest teams in the league, has still been something of a "cousin" to Green Bay. Out of 27 games, going back to the Portsmouth days - Portsmouth held the franchise before Detroit got it - Green Bay has won 21, tied one and lost only five. The Lions haven't won since 1940, when they triumphed, 23-14, and they have lost seven straight since. A year ago they were beaten at Green Bay, 35-14, and in the return engagement at Detroit, 27-6. For those who could take it, the work this week has been heavy. Those who may see more action than usual Sunday because of the injuries to the usual starters especially were pushed. Sunday's game will be Green Bay's last appearance here this fall. A week later the Packers will meet the Cardinal-Steeler combine at Green Bay. The Packers will arrive here Saturday night, the Lions Saturday morning. Indications Friday morning were that a crowd in excess of 20,000 would see the game.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - Riding along on top of the 
Western division heap, the Packers will have a chance
to dipose of another major threat to their perch when 
they play the improved Detroit Lions at State Fair park
in Milwaukee next Sunday afternoon. The game is the
only one scheduled in the league and should the Bays
win, they will have a full two-game margin in the league
race. Coach Curly Lambeau warned his players on
Tuesday about taking the contest against the Lions too
lightly, following analysis of a scout report. It showed
vast improvement in the Detroit backfield with Frankie
Sinkwich, the veteran, looking better than ever and
Bullet Bob Westfall a definite power as a runner. The
Detroit line is just as strong as it was last year, the
report of the game showed...VETERAN BACK SIGNED:
Several changes were announced in the Packer lineup
today, including the signing of halfback Bob Kahler, who
was to attend his first practice this morning, and the
release of tackle Don Clark and fullback Len Calligaro.
Kahler, a former Nebraska star, is 6 feet 3 inches tall
and weighs 300 pounds. He is starting his third season
with the Packers and will be used at right half and at
blocking back. As the team went through a long dummy
scrimmage on offense and defense today, guard Bill
Kuusisto and center Forrest McPherson were used at
left and right tackle, respectively, in addition to their
regular chores. They filled the spots ordinarily handled
by Baby Ray and Dr. Paul Berezney, both of whom 
sustained leg injuries against the Bears. Shifting of
Kuusisto and McPherson was a play-safe measure.
Both Ray and Berezney are expected to be ready for 
Sunday's game. Green Bay will have to be in top form
defensively against Detroit. The Lions walloped the New
York Gianrts last Sunday night in an exhibition, 23 to 0, and could have scored several times more in the last quarter if Coach Gus Dorais hadn't used all his first-year men to give them experience. Sinkwich tossed three touchdown passes and Westfall averaged six yards every time he carried the ball...WESTFALL HELPED HARMON: In addition to these two, the Lions have Bil Bill Callihan and Art Van Tone, two veterans, in the starting backfield. Two other veterans, Elmer (One Man Gang) Hackney and Bob Keene, are in reserve. But the big guns are Sinkwich and Westfall, who never got the credit he deserved but who rightfully made Tom Harmon of fabulous fame with his blocking, in much the same way Red Grange was aided to glory by Earl Britton. The Lions came through their battle with the Giants in top physical condition and Dorais expects to have all of the squad ready for action against the Packers. The front line includes a flock of experienced players led by the man with the unpronounceable name (and almost unspellable, too), center Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz, now in his seventh season. The line averages 228 pounds. Other veterans include Dave Diehl, end; Bill Rogers and Ed Opalweski, tackles; Sonny Lilles, George Sirochman, Stan Batinski and Al Kaporch, guards, and Ernie Rosteck, center...SEE PERFECT PLAY: Getting back to the Packer victory over the Bears, the team saw motion picture of the tilt Tuesday and they had reason to be proud of what they saw. This was especially true of their work on the payoff touchdown that Lou Brock scored from 42 yards out to give the Bays a one touchdown lead. The pictures showed the play was perfect. Every lineman and back carried out his assignment as scheduled in numerous chalk talks. This example of perfection along with five other touchdowns the Bays pounded over drew the praise of Packer coaches. But Coach Lambeau, in a talk to the team Tuesday, reminded the men that it must be continued. "Every team in this league is tough," the coach said, "and we can't afford to let down against any one of them, regardless of how they are pegged in the race."
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau warned his Packer ball club today that the Detroit Lions are not going to be any pushover when the two elevens meet Sunday at State Fair park in suburban Milwaukee. He added that any thoughts players have about easily ambling through the Lions should be filed away for good because if they're not, a rude awakening is in the offing. The Packers didn't look too sharp in a double workout Wednesday. Some members of the team, the coach reported, are allowing their confidence to get out-of-bounds with the result that they are not putting forth their best efforts to get in shape for the Milwaukee battle. "I am frankly concerned about the game," Lambeau said. "We will have to do better if we want to win." A similar situation presented itself once before this season. The Packers were warned about the improvement shown by the Brooklyn Tigers but they took the warnings lightly. The game consequently was won by a bare 14 to 7 margin. The seven points were enough to win but the outcome served another purpose. It indicated that nobody was fooling when reports about the Tigers' strength were given...LIONS ARE STRONGER: Against the Lions, the Green Bay club will run into stronger running and passing games than the Michigan eleven has shown in some time. Sportswriters there are particularly happy about the addition of Bullet Bob Westfall, former Michigan All-American, to the team. They are also picturing in detail the excellent chance the Lions have to win the 1944 National league opener against the Packers. General agreement on Westfall's ability is pointed up by one observer who said, "Adding Bob Westfall to the lineup has made the Detroit Lions a much improved football team. Westfall left a sick bed to make his professional debut last Saturday and he helped the Lions to defeat the New York Giants, 23 to 0. Teamed with Frankie Sinkwich, Westfall gives the Lions an ideal backfield combination." Westfall carried the ball seven times, gained 44 yards rushing, an average of better than six yards per play. He thus has taken the spotlight from Sinkwich's running game. The latter, who gained fame at Georgia as a ball carrier, has developed into an ace passer. Statistics on the game against the Giants show that he tried 16 and completed 11 of them, gaining 188 yards through the air. Three of his passes scored touchdowns...FIRST DRAFT CHOICE: Both Sinkwich and Westfall were the Lions' first choices in the National league draft of college talent. The former Wolverine is only 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds, but he is a power runner. Operating from the left halfback spot, he has speed and shiftiness and excels in cutting back and going over tackle. The pair is capable of giving the Packers a busy afternoon, and no one knows it better than Lambeau. Against the Giants, the Detroit line gave the backs solid protection. It gave its best performance since Gus Dorais became head coach a year ago. Sinkwich was able to connect on so many passes because he had all the time he needed to get the aerial away. The line was equally strong on attack and defense, blocking effectively...REASON FOR WORRY: This all adds up to the reason for Coach Lambeau's worry about the outcome of Sunday's contest. He saw what the ball club could do against the Chicago Bears but he is worried about a letdown. A victory by the Lions would put the Green Bay team in a very unhealthy spot in the Western division pennant race. Following a squad meeting this morning, the team turned out for another long drill on offense and defense. Coach Lambeau said halfback Roy Dale McKay would be sidelined again this week because of his injured leg, leaving the left hole spot to be filled by Irv Comp and Paul Duhart, both of whom were banged up against the Bears. Drills Friday and Saturday will wind up pregame practice.
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - Those two utterly delightful and
charming playmates, the Chicago Bears and the Green
Bay Packers, will perpetrate some modified murder on
each other this afternoon, and, as far as this corner is
concerned, that makes the start of the professional 
football season official. The blood-letting has been
going on since a bleak afternoon in 1921, when the
Monsters of the Midway pranced out on the common at
Green Bay to square off against a homegrown group hastily gathered together by a black-haired haberdashery clerk named Curly Lambeau. And this will be the fiftieth game of a series which probably never has been matched for violence or boisterous disregard for personal safety. The first Bear to climb under the rope - it was the only barrier to the playing field - that fateful day in 1921 was George (Brute) Trafton, thus earning him the distinction of becoming the second most hated man in Green Bay. George Halas, the owner-coach of the Monsters, automatically was the first. Packer dislike for Trafton was to grow in intensity for the next eleven years as the ungentle Brute faced the Ponderous Pachyderms twenty-six times. Now, however, the shoe is on the other foot and the Brute is on the other side. Strange as it may sound, Trafton is a Green Bay coach for the first time this season, and Lambeau fervently hopes he can help win as many games for the Packers with his quick thinking as he used to cost them in the not-quite-forgotten past...ONE-WAY CONVERSATION: There was the time at Green Bay in 1927 when the Bears were leading, 7 to 0, until two minutes from the end. Then the Pachyderms rushed across a touchdown. The spot was perfect for Pid Purdy, who also was a Cincinnati Red outfielder, to step right in and boot the extra point for a tie score. Purdy, the most cocky man ever to play in the league, was a dropkicking specialist. He'd hammer over forty or fifty a day without a miss. As soon as Trafton saw Purdy coming in, he took the referee by the arm and started out to meet him. In those days the rules prohibited a substitute from speaking until after one play had been made. The Brute wanted to make sure that the rule was enforced to the letter. Approaching the confident Purdy, he said, "Boy, what a hero you'll be tonight, Pid, my lad. There'll be free champagne at every bar and they'll probably nominate you for Mayor. But, brother, if you miss! What a bum you'll be! They'll run you right out of town. Whatever you do, don't miss, Pid, my boy."...COULDN'T OPEN MOUTH: Purdy, always quick with a stinging rejoinder, was seething. If he opened his mouth, he was out of the game. Trafton took his center position and grinned across the line at him. "Remember, Pid, my lad," he needled. "The difference between a bum and a hero is just a twist of a toenail." The kick was a dilly. It covered all of forty yards - twenty yards straight up and twenty yards down. Yes, it fluttered right up over Purdy's head and Green Bay lost, 7 to 6. The next day the angry Purdy was out and dropkicked ninety-two consecutive extra points before he missed...AN ANNOYING GIANT: Trafton has been a very annoying gent to the Packers throughout the years. In another of these Battles of the Titans, the Bays whirled into the second half with a 10-0 advantage. Vern Lewellen, one of the greatest punters football ever has had, dropped back to kick out of danger. Big George burst through and blocked it for a touchdown. After the scramble was over, Lewellen turned to Trafton and asked disgustedly, "Who blocked that kick?" For all of his size the Brute is a mental acrobat. He pointed one pudgy finger at Bill Hewitt, then a rookie, and drawled, "That kid on the end." The next time Green Bay was forced to punt, Lewellen informed his huddled teammates, "Play heavy to the right on this one. That left end blocked the last kick." Hewitt was flattened with neatness and dispatch but Trafton burst through the weakened middle to block another kick for another touchdown and win the game. Once the Packers introduced the spread against the Bears and the Monsters were polished off completely. Trafton was disconsolate and for houes afterward he pondered heavily on the problem of halting the spread. Finding no solution himself, he asked Halas. "There's nothing to it," said the coach and cautiously walked away...HALAS WAS STUMPED: In practice the next day, Trafton became insistent. "Have you really figured out a defense for the spread?" he inquired. Halas glanced around to see if anyone was withing hearing distance before he answered. "No," he replied with a puzzled frown. The Brute pounded his boss on the back. "If it's so good then," he said, "we'd better stick in a few spread plays ourselves." They did. The Bears beat the Packers two weeks later, 19 to 13. Two of the Chicago touchdowns were scored with the Green Bay spread. But now Trafton is doing his heavy thinking for the Packers. If there is a free-for-all fight this afternoon - this is really a hideous thought - the Brute may forget that he belongs on the other side and put the slug on a few citizens in Green Bay uniforms.
SEPT 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Curly Lambeau doesn't think that any new pro league, whatever its financial backing, will prove much of a rival to the National league for years to come. "It's going to be a long haul for any new league or leagues. They will all have to go through the same growing pains we went through." Maybe so, maybe so - but maybe not so, too. This country won't be able to get enough high class football in the sports boom of the postwar era...The grapevine has it that Sammy Baugh, ordered to take care of his ranch in Texas or face reclassification in the draft, will do the same thing Sid Luckman of the Bears and Bob Paschal of the Giants, both members of the merchant marine, are doing. He will commute weekends between his home and the playing field...Now the Packers have a rival - at least in name. The San Francisco club of the West Coast Professional league has decided to call itself the Frisco Packers.
college performers in recent years - Frankie Sinkwich of the University of Georgia and Bob Westfall of Michigan.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - A Packer football team that is definitely not 100 percent whole will meet the Detroit Lions in a NFL game at State Fair park in suburban Milwaukee Sunday afternoon before a crowd that may reach beyond the 20,000 mark. The kickoff is set for 2 o'clock. Although Coach Curly Lambeau managed to keep it pretty much a secret, the squad, while not actually riddled with injuries, will not be up to par physically as they seek their third straight victory and attempt to put the lid on rthe Lions' hopes for a win in their first league game this season. Both starting tackles, Baby Ray and Paul Berezney, will see little action because of leg injuries which kept them out of workouts this week. Irv Comp, the team's top passer, is also bothered with an injured leg. It is doubtful whether he will see much action in the running department...OTHER MISERIES TOLD: To add to the list of miseries, end Don Hutson has been forced to forego workouts because of sore feet. Joel Mason, another veteran end, is bothered with a shoulder nerve hurt, and guard Buckets Goldenberg, who joined the squad nine days ago, has been sick. That's the way things looked today as the squad went through its last workout before the ball game. The Green Bay coach wouldn't say definitely that all of the injured players wouldn't get into the game, but he is sure that the squad won't be in top shape for what looms as a tough assignment. One thing the Green Bay coach is sure of. It is that the ball club will be in the proper frame of mind to meet the Lions, who are rated stronger this year that they have been in some time. Earlier in the week, some signs of overconfidence began to crop out but they have been reduced and Lambeau showed pleasure with the spirit during Friday's last long drill...MUST WATCH SINKWICH: The principal problems for the Bays from a defensive standpoint will be to stop the passing of Frankie Sinkwich and the power running of Bullet Bob Westfall. If the Packers can stop these two and get their offense near the high power they displayed against the Bears, they'll be over anothe tough spot in their quest for the flag. Comp will probably start at left halfback but it is more than probable that rookie Paul Duhart will see more action. Roy D. McKay, the other tailback, will not be available, thus marking the first time in a long period that the Packers have been without two hale and hearty left halfbacks. Lambeau indicated that Lou Brock and Joe Laws may have to carry some of the burden on that side.They are right halfbacks. To fill the vacancies left by injuries to Ray and Berezney, Lambeau said Ade Schwammel and Tiny Croft would start with Bill Kuusisto and Forrest McPherson also ready to do tackle duty. Kuusisto will start at guard. Both he and Mac, who is a center, have been working at ackle this week, The remainder of the starting lineup includes all veterans...STARTING TEAM NAMED: Hutson and Harry Jacunski will be at the ends, Pete Tinsley will start at right guard, and Charley Brock is scheduled to open at center. The backfield will include Comp, Lou Brock,
fullback Ted Fritsch and Larry Craig at the blocking 
back spot. Coach Charles E. (Gus) Doaris is expected
to start Bill Callihan and Art Van Tone in his backfield
along with Westfall and Sinkwich. Jack Matheson and
Dave Diehl, who snatched two touchdown passes
against the New York Giants last week, will be at the
ends, Jack Summe and Luke Linden at tackles, Stan
Batinski and Al Kaporch at guards, and Alexander F.
Wojciechowicz at center..TICKET SALE GOOD: Tickets
for the battle have been selling rapidly in Milwaukee and
if good weather conditions prevail there is a better than
even chance that the attendance will go above 20,000.
The Packers' victory over the Bears has made interest 
in the game rise rapidly in Milwaukee, where the Bays
will be making their last appearance of the season. No
other games are scheduled in the league Sunday althought the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins will meet in an exhibition battle in Chicago. The Packer-Detroit contest will draw principal attention of pro football followers, who will be watching the Packers particularly. A victory would give them a full two-game lead in the Western division race. The Cleveland Rams have one victory and both the Bears and Card-Pitts have lost one each.
SEPT 30 (Washington) - It may be the Philadelphia Eagles and the Green Bay Packers in professional football's world series, come December. At least, that is what the boys in the know in pro circles are saying, now that Washington's Mr. Football, Sammy Baugh, and Chicago's passing star, Sid Luckman, seem about to depart. Baugh's draft board in Texas has notified him that he will be reclassified, subject to induction, if he forsakes his ranch and plays football, while Luckman returns to the Maritime service after a brief fling with the Bears against the Packers last Sunday...BAUGH AND LUCKMAN: For years, the Bears and Redskins have dominated the pro league but that was due principally to the ability of Messrs. Baugh and Luckman to pitch touchdown strikes. "This definitely puts the Philly Eagles up as the No. 1 club of the eastern division," Redskin Coach Bud DeGroot says, and he has seen all clubs, both eastern and western, in action this season except Detroit. "But Brooklyn looks like a whale of a club with lots of manpower and playing a hard, rugged game," he added, "while no one has ever sold Steve Owen and his New York Giants short, although they usually are slow starters." DeGroot doesn't mean to shove his Redskins or the Bears to far down their respective ladders. "Even without Luckman, I'm counting the Bears entirely out of it because they've got too much high class personnel," he said...NEED SOMEBODY ELSE: Minus Baugh, the Redskins' hopes must rest on the ability of the coaches to bring "along somebody who can complete a few passes" or a decided improvement in the ground game or a lucky break in the release of "one of our fine kids" from service, DeGroot said. The Redskins may have such a player in Frank Filchock, who understudied Baugh several years ago and recently received a medical discharge from the Navy. Filchock has worked out witht the Redskins a few times, and his teammates praised the mannter in which he handled the ball off the T-formation.
OCT 1 (Milwaukee) - The Detroit Lions, a discredited team two weeks ago, will open their NFL season Sunday with hopes buoyed by recent success. The Lions' draw as their first league foes the pace setters, Green Bay's Packers, who shackled the Chicago Bears last week. The Packers opened the season with the most respected team in the league, and added enormously to their prestige with victories over the Bears and the Brooklyn Tigers. Coach Gus Dorais, however, has remade his Detroit team since its disastrous start two weeks ago, and has hopes it will be able to cope with the charge of the Packer veterans. The addition of hard-hitting Bob Westfall, the former Michigan terror, more than doubled the Lions' power on the ground. The Lions forsook the T formation for all major purposes, and are depending once more upon the box, with which both Dorais and his veterans are fully familiar. The addition of Westfall ahs enhanced the value of Frankie Sinkwich to a considerable extent. No longer overburdened with the entire offensive program, his passing and ball carrying have improved in proportion. An effective defense against Hutson which does not sacrifice too much strength in another theater has never been achieved and Dorais' hope it to outscore the lanky Alabaman. Hutson is the Green Bay spearhead, but does not represent the Packers' only threat. Lou Brock, who twice ran for touchdowns against the Bears; Irv Comp, who pitched a touchdown pass to Hutson and scored once himself; Larry Craig, Ted Fritsch and Joe Laws are backs who furnish motive power for a well-balanced attack. The Bears, knocked out of the running for the first time since the pre-war days, will meet a Baughless Washington team in a Sunday exhibition at Chicago's Wrigley Field.
SEPT 29 (Milwaukee) - What might be listed under the heading of unnecessary items is the telephone Curly Lambeau has installed in the press boxes, or adjacent thereto, of the various football grids around the Nationa league. All he would have to do is open the window and every Packer would hear him. A drawback is that the opponents on the other side of the field would too. Mr. Lambeau, usually a quiet well mannered sort of a Belgian, gets somewhat out of sorts when his Packers are playing stupid or overcautious ball as they did Sunday after piling up a 28 to 0 lead. But with it all the Bay mentor knows what he wants, when he wants it, and, just judging by what happened in that tussle, knows what plays will clock and which ones will not...OPTIONAL - BUT RUN: Take, for instance, Irv Comp's run for the second Packer touchdown, and what ensued from time to time. It's Curly speaking: "George, I want Don, Lou and Irv to get in there now. Get 'em in in a hurry. Let me talk to Irv. Irv, how are you feeling? Can you go for this one? That aboy. Now listen, Irv, I want 55X (or some such number) where you can run or pas. With Don in there they'll be Huston conscious and a run looks like the play. It's either a run or a pass. It's up to you - BUT BE SURE YOU RUN. "Just like Dr. Lambeau ordered, the Bears, at least three of them sucked over to follow the decoy - Hutson - and Irv was sure he ran - for a touchdown. Some more Lambeau medicine: "Let me talk to Trafton. George, we've got 'em 14 to 0 but don't let 'em ease up. You know what will happen. Who missed that block on the tackle? Jacunski, Jacunski, what is the matter, boy? You can play better than that. (The ball is down in the shadow of the Bears' goal posts and Curly's pulling for touchdown No. 3). Look at that Fritsch. What a boy, what a boy. Oh, who missed that end? Who is in there at guard? Get that end, he can't push the whole Bear team around himself. GET THAT END! (Ted finally cracks center for the score and Curly is all smiles. But his confidence fades a-borning) Tell 'em not to get careless. Remind them the Bears will not take chances. They've got to gamble. Have only one safety back, have every man covered on passes. Perkins, Perkins, Perkins, you almost got in the clear, too slow, too slow."...CALLS TOUCHDOWN PASS: "Tell them this is too many times out for the Bears. Be sure we get the penalty. No passes now, run that ball. We've got the stuff that will lick 'em on the ground. Let me speak to Don. Oh, he' s in the game; well, let me speak to Irv. Irv run so and so and set up that Hutson pass. Let me speak to Duhart. You're looking good, boy, you're looking good. Don't get excited. Run, Irv, run! Where in hell are those blockers? Now this one should work. Get out there, Don, and get that ball to him, Irv. Get that ball to him, get THAT BALL TO HIM. That's it, THAT'S IT! 28 to 0 is it? Give me 90 points it won't be too much. Those Bears are dangerous. Tell 'em not to get careless. Carry the fight to them. Don't ease up." But when the Bears kept barging along for touchdowns No. 3 and 4, Curly was a maniac, a wild, raving maniac. "What is the matter, boys, what is the matter? Don't you want to win? You had it in the bag. Come on, gang, come on. Show 'em you can come back."...A WHITEFACED VETERAN: "Look at that Fritsch run! Look at him come! He's away, he's aww-oh, they got him. Onre more block and we'd have been in front. They've lost their touch. They had the whip hand and lost it. No blocking, no passing, no nothin'. There they go. Look at that blocking, run, Lou, run. Look at those blockers mow 'em down! Did you ever see Lou run like that? Crack 'em gang, go, on Lou, run, run, run - he'll make it, he'll make it, he - made it. Now hold 'em, men, hold 'em, carry the fight to 'em. Watch Luckman's passes. That's all they'll do. A pass and a prayer. That's their stock now. Fight for those passes. Challenge 'em, crack 'em. challenge the ball. Look out, Ted, here comes one, cover him, cover him. Good work, Ted, fine, run, run, run. Nice reaction, gang, nice reaction. That's smackin' them. Go on, Ted, go on. Get this one and we're in. And we're in. Great comeback, boys, you've got it." And Mr. Lambeau, usually the picture of health, appears a tired, whitefaced veteran of two wars. He'd played harder than his players.
SEPT 30 (Milwaukee) - Indications were Saturday that a crowd of 20,000 or more would see Sunday's battle between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at State fair park. The kickoff is scheduled at 2 o'clock. Both the Lions, who will be making their first league start, and the Packers were to arrive here late Saturday afternoon. Green Bay ruled a slight favorite. Curly Lambeau hardly shared in the optimism of his club's followers, however, fearing a letdown may have overtaken his club since the victory over the Bears last week and fearing further that injuries, which prevented some of his key men from working out this week, might have dulled the fine edge which his team had last week. The Lions will come with two of the greatest