PACKERS TO MEET PHILADELPHIA IN NASHVILLE BENEFIT OCT. 14
OCT 3 (Green Bay) - While the Packers, victors in three straight NFL starts, ran the kinks out of their muscles today, Coach Curly Lambeau announced that the team would meet the strong Philadelphia Eagles in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14, in the University of Vanderbilt stadium at Nashville, Tenn. Arrangements for the contest were made through Silliman Evans, publisher of a Nashville newspaper. It will be a benefit for the 20th Ferrying group of the Army Air forces. The Packers and Eagles, considered by many to be the strongest team in the Eastern division this year, do not meet in a regular season game this season. Both have off-Sundays Oct. 15. Lt. Col. J.H. Smart, commander of the Ferrying group, expressed appreciation to Lambeau for his cooperation in agreeing to play the game. He said, "As beneficiaries of this game, the miliarty personnel of this command will receive much needed help in the way of athletic and recreational material and equipment which is badly needed and which we have been unable to procure."...RAY'S HOMETOWN: The game will be without its hometown angle. Baby Ray, veteran tackle of the Green Bay club, is a resident of Nashville during the offseason. He played three years for Vanderbilt university and is generally regarded as one of their all-time great athletes. The game will mark the first time that he has played before Nashville fans since he left school, seven years ago. The two teams are currently leading their respective divisions. The Packers have walked through Brooklyn, the Chicago Bears and Detroit in succession. The Eagles, resuming their former status as a single team after a year's merger with Pittsburgh, have a single circuit victory over the Boston Yanks. The count was 28 to 7 as the Eagles poured through the Yanks on the ground to score once in each period. The Packers will attempt to make it four straight against the combined Chicatgo Cardinals-Pittsburgh Steelers eleven at City stadium next Sunday, when the league will see its first full weekend of operation this season. All 10 teams are to be in action, including New York at Boston, Brooklyn at Detroit, Chicago Bears at Cleveland, and Washington at Philadelphia...USE T-FORMATION: The Card-Pitts are being handled by Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling, a former Packers, and Phil Handler, who was head mentor for the Cardinals during 1943 after several years as an assistant. They have adopted the tricky T-formation, which requires long usage before it begins to pay dividends. That apparently is what happened for the Card-Pitts, who have become progressively stronger since the start of the season. They opened their season in Philadelphia by dropping a 22-0 decision to the Eagles in an exhibition game. Their next time out they were nosed out by Washington, 3 to 0. In their first and only league game to date, they lost to the Cleveland Rams, 30 to 28. The payoff came last Sunday, when the Card-Pitts put on a two-touchdown rally in the last quarter against the New York Giants and won by a 17 to 16 margin. Handler and Kiesling were elated over the defeat of the Giants, and particularly so because their charges did it the hard way in coming from behind. They were especially excited over the showing of Johnny Grigas, the Holy Cross battering ram of two seasons back, who mixed in a couple of touchdowns with spectacular running. He had jaunts of 34, 37, 25 and 63 yards...IN FAIR SHAPE: The Packers came out of Sunday's scramble with Detroit in fair shape and all of them except Roy D. McKay, a left halfback who has been sidelines with injuries since an early season exhibition, will be ready to play. Guards Glen Sorenson and Charley Tollefson, and fullback Ted Fritsch, were hurt in the battle but none is seriously injured. Both veteran tackles, Baby Ray and Paul Berezney, did not aggravate leg injuries and should be in top form. One session is scheduled for Wednesday but two may be held depending on how things shape up in the morning workout, Lambeau said. He expressed pleasure with the work of the ball club against the Lions, especially in the second half when they rammed over three touchdowns and held the Lions to a whisper. "In the second half," the coach said, "everyone played good ball and we hope they continue." The Bays are still making some mistakes, the coach said, but they gradually are being ironed out and the overall play is considerably improved.
STEELERS OPEN DRILLS FOR PACKER GAME
OCT 3 (Pittsburgh) - Encouraged by their sensational last quarter comeback which brought a 17-16 victory over the New York Giants in an exhibition game at Forbes Field, the Pittsburgh Steelers will invade Green Bay determined to score their first triumph in history over Coach Curly Lambeau's Packers next Sunday. The Wisconsin eleven has swept all nine meetings with the locals, including a 38-28 win last season. The local pros enjoyed a holiday yesterday but Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler will have them at Forbes Field this evening for a long drill against Packer plays. Assistant Coach Buddy Parker scouted the Green Bay eleven in its 27-6 victory over Detroit's Lions in Milwaukee last Sunday and brought back plenty of information on the veteran club now leading the western division with three straight successes. No serious casualties resulted from the Giant contest. Chet Bulgar is wearing a black eye and Walter Rankin is still a bit groggy from a head-on collision but both will be at practice today...THREE REGULARS TO RETURN: Three regulars are expected to leave the hosptial list in time for the impending battle in Green Bay. Tackle Cliff Duggan, left halfback Johnny Butler and right halfback Roy Thuson all missed the New York game, although the latter two donned moleskins and sat on the bench part of the time. Their return to action should really improve chances of an upst over the favored Green Bay squad.
PACKERS TO FACE TOUGH JOB IN BATTLE SUNDAY WITH STRONG CARD-PITT TEAM
OCT 4 (Green Bay) - Shortly before the 1944 football season opened, Coach Curly Lambeau predicted that the combined Chicago Cardinals-Pittsburgh Steelers team would be one of the strongest in the Western division of the NFL. He qualified it by saying that the Card-Pitts would become stronger as the season progressed. Today the Packer coach reiterated his previous stand as he peered ahead five days to the team's Sunday encounter with the combination at City
stadium. The contest will mark the fourth time this year
the Packers have sallied forth to meet an opponent
while it will be the second circuit game for the merged
eleven, losers of their first to the Cleveland Rams...
AFTER FOURTH STRAIGHT: Green Bay has a great
deal to gain by winning its fourth straight and they will
have to put their best effort forth to roll over the hybrid
team with a line averaging well over 200 pounds and a
backfield that is sparked by fullback Johnny Grigas.
they have just begun to get the feel of the T formation,
and Lambeau is worried about a sudden explosion from
the Sunday visitors. The Green Bay coach explains it
thus: Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler had
to take the best men from the Steelers and Cardinals
give them the fundamentals of the system popularized
by the latter's crosstown rivals in Chicago, and then
weld them into an efficient, smooth unit able to romp
through rivals' defenses. At the start of the season, the
Card-Pitts showed little in the way of offensive power
and got kicked around considerably by the Philadelphia
Eagles, 22-0. Their next time out, they dropped a
heartbreaker to Washington, 3-0, the same team that a
short while before had laid Green Bay low, 20 to 7. Then
the T formation began to click and the combine was
edged by Cleveland, 30-28. Last Sunday the team
slapped the Giants, 17-16...SHOW GRADUAL GAIN:
The scored indicated gradual improvement and Coach
Lambeau's preseason prediction about the Card-Pitts'
strength is being bolstered by the record. He doesn't
stand alone in his contention that the team is getting
stronger. The co-coaches themselves admit that the
team has shown improvement with every game played.
They figure that next Sunday may be their opportunity
to do something that Brooklyn, the Chicago Bears and
Detroit couldn't do - beat the Packers, now atop the
division standings. Of course, the Packers have
something to say about that too and they are in a fine
frame of mind as they go through drills for the contest. But to get back to the Card-Pitts for a moment, here's the way their starting line looks (and weighs). At the end are Eddie Rucinski (196) and Walt Kichefski (212), at tackles Eberle Schultz (250) and Chet Bulger (235), at guard Conway Baker (230) and Clarence Booth (230), and at center Al Wukits (220). There's a pretty heft line, and to help out are such reserves as Clint Wagar (235), Clint Duggan (225), Ted Doyle (230) and Don Currivan, a little fellow comparatively. He weighs only 195. Operating the T formation behind this mountain of flesh are Grigas, who made 149 yards on four dashes late in the fourth quarter last Sunday. Johnny Butler, the Steelers' veteran from Tennessee, George Magulick, 150-pound speedster from St. Francis college, and Bernard Semes of Duquesne. In addition, Bobbie Thurbon and Johnny Butler, who didn't play against the Giants, will be available for action against the Bays. Concentrated action is due for the Packers in workouts today through Saturday. This morning they were to hold a long dummy scrimmage against Card-Pitt plays and use the remainder of the time to work out the mistakes in their offense. The squad is in fair physical condition and should be at full strength by game time, Lambeau said, adding that he is sticking by his previous observation that Sunday's game is going to be no Indian summer picnic. "Fans who saw the Brooklyn Tigers line go to work will be surprised when I say that the Card-Pitt line is even more rugged. But that's the fact and we'll have to be in top shape to get through them. Stopping Grigas will be our principal chore apparently on defense because he appears to be having his best year in the league. I'm satisfied that we have the right mental attitude, but we must continue polishing our attack," he said.
INJURIES SIDELINE SEMES
OCT 4 (Pittsburgh) - Tackling the undefeated Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin Sunday will be a tremendous task for the Steelers-Cardinals, but Co-Coaches Walt Kiesling and Phil Handler today had an even more perplexing problem on their hands. Probable loss of Bernie Semes, who turned in one of the greatest jobs of blocking seen at Forbes Field in many a year against the New York Giants last Sunday, poses the problem confronting the Pittsburgh-Chicago coaches. Semes came out of the game with sprains of the knee, back and hands, and the team physician reports it is doubtful if the former Duquesne University star will be in condition to see action against the Western leaders. Semes, who played all but a few minutes of the game Sunday, was a replacement for Bobby Thurbon, who was benched because of an appendicitis attack. Thurbon is not expected to be ready for the clash with the Packers, which occasions double trouble for Kiesling and Handler in their efforts to field a right halfback. Walt Rankin, former Texas Tech satellite, who has been understudying Johnny Grigas at fullback, is being given a crack at the vacated slot.