NEWS AND NOTES
CHI-BEAR PILOTS ENJOY (?) LAST LAUGH; PREDICTIONS COME TRUE
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.
PACKERS START PREPARATION FOR THIRD LOOP BATTLE AGAINST DETROIT LIONS IN MILWAUKEE
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.
LUCKMAN LEAVING, BUT MAY RETURN
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.
LIONS GO TO TOWN - FOR PRACTICE
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.
LIONS GET NEW PLAYS FOR PACKERS SUNDAY
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.