Green Bay Packers (4-0) 34, Card-Pitt (0-1) 7
Sunday October 8th 1944 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers, pouring everything they have in the way of an offense into the tussle, sailed through the air and pounded on the ground to crush the Card-Pitt combination eleven by 34-7 in a NFL game at City stadium Sunday afternoon before 16,525 customers. The victory was Green Bay's fourth in a row and the combine's second straight loss. Scoring once in the first quarter, twice in the second and twice again in the fourth, the Packers dominated the play throughout, both offensively and defensively. The heralded defensive strength of the Card-Pitts team failed to materialize to any great extent, while the Packers used fireworks that never left the outcome in any doubt.
Not since they whacked the Chicago Bears did the Green Bay eleven operate as efficiently on offense, particularly in the air. With a smoothness that early spelled the Card-Pitts doom, the Packers were paced by their own combination of end Don Hutson and halfback Irv Comp. They were a peerless paid Sunday, accounting for the first and third scores on aerial maneuvers that carried 55 and 10 yards. Evidence that the Green Bay team would not be dented is shown on the overall length of their drives for touchdowns. In succession, they totaled 67 yards, 83, 35, 83, and, to cap a perfect day afield, another 83 when fullback Don Perkins galloped almost the entire length of the field with an intercepted pass to completely squelch the Card-Pitts club. In addition to the two scoring aerials from Comp to Hutson and Perkins' long dash, Ben Starrett rammed over from the two-yard line early in the second quarter and Lou Brock, on a play that seldom misses, romped 25 yards early in the fourth quarter. Hutson kicked three points after touhdown, and Glen Sorenson added the other after the last Green Bay score.
The Card-Pitts rose up long enough in the fourth quarter to get their only touchdown, a 33-yard aerial from fullback Johnny Grigas to his backfield teammate, Johnny Butler, on the first series of downs after the Packers had scored their fourth touchdown. Marshall Robnett added the extra point from placement. The Packers' aerial attack was little short of devastating. Huston has had many good days on the receiving end of passes but his personal contribution to Sunday's victory was one of the best. The same goes for Comp, who was hitting his receivers beautifully. In the first half alone he completed nine passes in a row before missing and had a halftime record of 11 completions on 15 throws. Hutson, making several impossible catches, hauled in 11 for 207 yards to demoralize the Card-Pitts defense. He raised his point total for the season to 44 and his all-time mark to 685. Comp, showing a coolness under fire that left little to be desired, attempted 23 passes, completed 13 for 220 yards, more than the combined total yards gained by Card-Pitts, held to 61 yards on the ground and 131 in the air for 192.
On the credit side of the Packers must also go to hard running exhibited by Perkins, who slammed and banged his way for 84 net yards rushing, an average of six yards a try, to outshine the heralded Grigas, stopped with 49 in 15 attempts at the strong Green Bay forward wall. Starrett, who alternated at the blocking back and fullback spots, also came up with a sparkling performance. The veteran Joe Laws was also in the limelight. Besides opening holes for ball carriers, the Packer line stopped all sorts of plays through at it from the T-formation. They held the Card-Pitts to 61 yards from rushing and three first downs in that department. Conspicuous by their presence in the combine's backfield most of the afternoon were end Joel Mason, center Bob Flowers and guard Pete Tinsley, whose first of two fumble recoveries led to Green Bay's third touchdown. While the Card-Pitts were having difficulty penetrating deep into Packer territory, the latter scored three other touchdowns in the second quarter. All of them were nullified by penalties. The first one was a Lou Brock to Comp pass for 15, the second a Paul Duhart to Hutson fling for five yards, and the third a honey by Laws, who used his patented "butterfly" skip-and-run for 29 yards.
If there was any balm in the defeat for the combination team it was the work of little Johnny McCarthy that provided it. A lightweight - he only goes 155 pounds - McCarthy ran the C-P offense and did practically all the team's passing. He took a pounding but came up for more. He completed seven of 25 passes for 98 yards, the remainder of the combine's aerial yardage coming on the Grigas to Butler touchdown toss. The Card-Pitt eleven made its second most effective thrust the first time it had possession of the ball after the opening kickoff. Picking up four straight first downs, they moved from their own 17-yard line to the Packer 29. Here a fourth down pass failed to gain and the Packers took over for two plays before Eberle Schultz recovered Duhart's fumble on the Packer 35. The Packers frustrated two Card-Pitt passes, when Comp made his first appearance in the game. He started the fireworks immediately by intercepting McCarthy's pass on his own 30 and going back to the 33. Perkins lost two but Brock made three to the 34. Comp unraveled the first of his brilliant tosses to Harry Jacunski on the Packer 45 for a first down with three minutes left in the first quarter.
On the next play, Hutson made Grigas look a bit foolish when he dashed by him in the clear, took Comp's perfect pass on the 11 and ran untouched to extend the number of consecutive games in which he has scored one or more points to 39. Hutson split the sticks with the point-after try with his partner, Laws, holding to put Green Bay ahead, 7-0. The quarter ended six plays later with the Packers in possession after a Card-Pitt punt was returned by Laws from his seven to the 17 and Perkins skirted left end to the 35. The first play of the second period gained nothing, but then things began to happen rapidly. Comp passed two in a row to Hutson to put the ball on the Card-Pitt 42. Lou Brock lost four and then picked up two on a pass from Comp. On third down, Comp passed to Huston on the 25, while Johnny Butler watched in amazement. Starrett picked up a first down in two ties to the 15. Brock then passed to Comp in the end zone but the Packers were offside, setting them back to the 20. Brock fumbled momentarily but recovered and dashed to the 13. Another Comp-Hutson bullet connected on the two, from where Starrett drove over left guard for the second score. Hutson's kick was good again to make it 14-0 with five minutes of the second quarter gone. One play later they were on their way again.
Butler made a nice return of Sorenson's kickoff from his eight to the 37. On first down Tinsley recovered McCarthy's fumble on the Card-Pitt 35. The combine took too many times out and the ball was advanced to the 30. Duhart slipped for a four-yard loss and then Perkins, aided by fine blocks by Jacunski and Berezney, ripped up to the eight. Perkins lost one and Duhart was out-of-bounds on the five. Duhart tossed to Hutson in the end zone but the score was nullified because the Bays were offside, putting them on the 10. Duhart's pass was no good and Comp, reinserted in the game, threw to Hutson who was covered by Robnett, Butler and Grigas. The catch looked almost unbelievable but Hutson hung on for his second touchdown of the afternoon. He added the point from placement again. The score was 21-0 with the second quarter half gone. After Tinsley had recovered Rankin's fumble shortly after, the Packers moved to the Card-Pitt 29, aided by Comp's ninth completion in a row, Hutson catching on the 29. Laws skipped away from a couple of opponents to the end zone but the Packers were caught holding and set back to the visitors' 43. Then Comp missed his first pass but came right back with another to Hutson, who stabbed it on the 17 as Butler ogled him.
A five-yard penalty put the ball on the 12. Three passes in a row were no good and Hutson attempted a field goal from the 22 but the ball went to the right of the sticks and Card-Pitt took over to end another Packer threat for the moment. Duhart intercepted McCarthy's pass on the 32 and was hustled back to the 35 with 20 seconds left. Two Comp passes were no good and then he tossed to Hutson on the 26 as the half ended. Play slowed down somewhat in the third period until the Bays started a touchdown drive late in the quarter. The combine punted twice and the Packers once. Starting on their own 23 they picked up two first downs to the Card-Pitt 33, where they were stymied for three downs. Ade Schwammel tried a field goal from the 44-yard line but it was short. The Card-Pitts punted on fourth down and Thurbon intercepted Comp's pass on first down to no avail. The Packers moved from their own 17 to the 37 on four plays before the quarter ended on two thrusts, a 16-yard pass from Comp to Hutson and a four-yard gallop by Perkins. Brock picked up a first down on the 43 on the first play of the last period. Two plays carried to the 44 and another pass from Comp to Hutson was good to the Card-Pitt 38. A pass was no good and Perkins lugged the leather twice in a row for a first down on the 25.
Lou Brock, who has scored two other touchdowns this season on practically the same play, started to his left, cut back up the middle and went all the way. Hutson's attempt for extra point from placement was wide to make it 27 to 0. Then Card-Pitt had its best moments of the entire 60 minutes. Grigas showed some power in returning the kickoff from his 9 to the 29. A pass that carried 38 yards was good from McCarthy to Clinton Wager, who was downed on the Packer 33. Two McCarthy passes were knocked down. Grigas then tossed to Butler on the 21 and the halfback romped across from there, continuing through with the play even though an officials's horn had sounded. It developed that the Packers had been offside and the touchdown was good. Robnett's kick was good to make it 27-7. The Card-Pitts had another chance shortly after when Chet Bulger, veteran tackle, raced on and blocked Perkins' punt. The ball rolled back to the Packers' 14-yard line, where Card-Pitt recovered. In a hurry to take advantage of their break, Grigas over-passed the receiver. Then it was that Perkins more than made up for the punt blocked by Card-Pitt.
McCarthy did the passing and Perkins came up fast to take it on the 17, tear down the south sidelines, cut back to the middle when a Card-Pitt player almost nabbed him, and went up the alley for the score. Perkins was aided by Flowers and Mason downfield. Sorenson's kick hit one of the uprights but bounced over for the point. The Packers had one final splurge to make. After Thurbon returned the kickoff to his 41, Dick Bilda intercepted McCarthy's pass on his own 35 and returned it 25 yards to the Card-Pitt 40 but again a penalty on the Packers intervened and they were dropped back to the midfield stripe for clipping. The game ended one play later.
CARD-PITT -   0   0   0   7  -   7
GREEN BAY -   7  14   0  13  -  34
1st - GB - Don Hutson, 55-yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Ben Starrett, 2-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Hutson, 10-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
4th - GB - Lou Brock, 25-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 27-0
4th - C-P - John Butler, 33-yard pass from John Grigas (Marshall Robnett kick) GREEN BAY 27-7
4th - GB - Don Perkins, 83-yard interception return (Glen Sorenson kick) GREEN BAY 34-7
OCT 11 (Chicago) - Don Hutson, Green Bay's great end, is well on his way to his fourth consecutive major league pass receiving championship and his fifth successive scoring title, the first compilation of National league statistics for 1944 revealed today. With 28 receptions and 44 points in four games, the Packers' playing coach is maintaining the same pace which enabled him to win the title in these two departments a year ago...FILCHOCK ALSO HOT: Hutson's performance, however, has been eclipsed in early returns by that of Frank Filchock, veteran Washington Redskin back recently discharged from the service. Filchock completed 25 of 33 passes for 291 yards and five touchdowns against Philadelphia Sunday in the Redskins' first league game to take first place among passers.
Filchock's performance as the quarterback in the 
Redskins' new T-formation offense surpassed anything
within memory for a single game in the major league.
Only one of his attempts was intercepted...BROCK
PACES RUNNERS: Lou Brock of Green Bay took first
place in ground gaining with a total of 181 yards in four
games against 159 for Frank Sinkwich of Detroit, who
has only played in two contests to date. Sinkwich holds
first place in punting under the league's system of
computing standings on the basis of average distance
of punts as well as number of kicks.
OCT 12 (Boston) - Coach Herb Kopf announced last
night that the Boston Yanks had asked waivers on Bob
McRoberts, a halfback recently obtained from the Green
Bay Packers, and Freeman Raxer, an end purchased
from the Chicago Cardinals last month. Kopf also said
that Nordon Wilson, a guard, had been turned over to
the Brooklyn Tigers to complete a deal and that Dave
Smukler, veteran back, had been suspended indefinitely.
OCT 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will head
south to Nashville, Tenn., tonight where on Saturday the
teams will play an exhibition against the Philadelphia
Eagles. Neither team meets during the regular season
and both have an open date Sunday when the other
eight teams in the NFL are in action. Chief interest
Sunday will be at Detroit where the Cleveland Rams,
conquerors of the Bears and unbeaten in two league
games, battle the Lions. The Rams play at Green Bay a
week from Sunday. Enroute from Nashville the Packers
will stop in Chicago Sunday to take in the game between the Chicago Bears and the Card-Pitts. Both these teams have been beaten by the Bays. Three more names were added
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - The combined forces of the Chicago Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers came to Green Bay for the weekend gunning for a victory over the Packers and for a brief time, sparked by the passing of a 154-pound quarterback, they seemed destined to make a battle of it. But a brilliant Packer offensive display broke their hearts and they never recovered their early fire. Phil Handler, who divided the merger's coaching duties with Walt Kiesling, ex-Packer, was brief and to the point after the game. Said Handler: "We got the hell kicked out of us."...SHOWS DISAPPOINTMENT: A bitterly disappointed man on that long walk through the exit to a cab waiting to take him to the train out of town, Handler shook his head and declared: "Too much Hutson. He certainly showed us today." Warming up to his subject a little, he added, "I don't think you'd have much of a team without him." He reconsidered this immediately, however, and decided: "No - there's too many veterans on that club for us. Green Bay's got a ball team - they were two deep at every position today. Lambeau's got a lot of experienced ball players, and they played a great game." His manner was in direct contrast to Saturday night's interview, when Handler and Kiesling, with their squad at the Hotel Northland, jointly predicted: "It should be a good game." It wasn't their words, it was the way they said them - they had pointed their team for this game and they wanted it badly. Behind them lay a 30-28 defeat at the hands of Cleveland, in which they asserted their outplayed the Rams all the way. Sunday's game was their second league encounter, and to them it was as crucial as any early season game can be. In the midst of preparations for the Packers, with their newly installed T-formation, apparently beginning to click, they lost their first-string quarterback, Coley McDonough, who had done most of the passing in the early games and ran the intricate plays off the "T". McDonough was inducted into the Army late in the week, throwing the quarterbacking burden on the slender shoulders of Johnny McCarthy. But even with McDonough gone the Card-Pitt combination pinned its hopes on a strong line, McCarthy's passing ability and the proven capabilities of Johnny Grigas as a ground gainer. McCarthy began brightly. In both the first and second series of downs after the kickoff, he flipped crucial third down passes that gained first downs after two tries at the line had failed. The drive had Packer fans shaking their heads, and it reached all the way to the Packer 29-yard line before it was finally halted, with the aid of Green Bay reinforcements from the bench. Even then Card-Pitt was determined to postpone its inevitable fate. Marshall Foch Robnett, a guard now playing center with the combined team, shot through the line and caught Lou Brock for an eight-yard loss on the second Packer play of the game...COMP TURNS TIDE: It was Irv Comp who saved the situation. Card-Pitt had recovered Paul Duhart's fumble and started a second drive, but Comp went into the game and on his first play, snagged a McCarthy pass which he carried to the Packer 33. A few plays later he faded back while Don Hutson was outracing Grigas deep in Cardinal territory, and Irv's pass to him connected for a touchdown, Grigas making a dying attempt at the fleet heels of the Alabama end. It was a 55-yard scoring play, and for all practical purposes it meant the game - but a variety of Packer players, including several of the more unfamiliar names in the lineup, collaborated to count four more in the course of the game...BIDWILL GETS COLD: Charley Bidwill, Chicago Cardinals owner, was on hand for the game and got cold like everyone else in the stands. Late in the game he crowded onto a seat beside George W. Calhoun, Packer publicity director, and added his tribute to Hutson: "You fellows don't need a passer," he said. "If you could get some fellow to just throw the ball into the air, Hutson would get it." Bidwill preferred to talk, however, about McCarthy. "That kid hasn't played a game of football in three years up to this year," he said. "He really came through for us today in the clutch. He's cool as a cucumber out there, and I thought he'd be all up in the air. He's going to be a great boy." Just as Handler was to go for a few minutes later, Bidwill commented on the strength of the Packer reserves - a measure of satisfaction for the Packer players who played unaccustomed lengths of time Sunday and came through nobly...There was poetic justice in the fact that one of the most spectacular plays of the game was executed by Don Perkins, Packer fullback, when he ran 83 yards for a touchdown near the final gun after intercepting a McCarthy pass. Perkins had played a hard running game all the way, and carried the brunt of the gaining 81 yards while Ted Fritsch stayed on the bench. Perkins deserved the glory of a touchdown run and didn't seem likely go get it after his attempted punt was blocked and recovered by the Cardinals on the Packer 17-yard line. Then he snared the pass out in the flat zone and raced all the way for a touchdown, with some workmanlike help by downfield blockers. The same thing can be said for Ben Starrett's touchdown in the second quarter. Starrett began the game at quarter and shifted to full when Craig relieved Perkins, and back to quarter when Perkins played. Starrett made several slashing tackles, and accepted his chance for a touchdown with a vicious two-yard smash through the line. Neither Starrett or Perkins has had a great deal of public mention and their performances Sunday should give them added confidence for the games that are still ahead...FRITSCH PULLS MUSCLE: Fullback Ted Fritsch was victim of an unfortunate accident during the warmup before the game. Running out for a pass, the veteran fullback reached too far and pulled the hamstring muscle in his left leg. While painful, the injury is not believed to be severe, Dr. W.W. Kelly, the team physician, said. Fritsch is at St. Mary's hospital. He will remain there several days for treatment. Because of the injury he saw no action against the Card-Pitt eleven...SCORING PLAYS WASTED: Playing in touch luck for a good part of the afternoon was Duhart, who started at left half in place on Comp and was in for a good share of the game. He made the first sizable gain the Packers counted only to fumble. He threw a rifle-like flat pass to Hutson in the end zone, and the play was nullified by a penalty. He seemed headed for a long gain on a wide end sweep at one point, but tripped and was nailed for a loss. He turned in several good gains, however, and should have some success ahead of him. Joe Laws threaded his way through the Cardinal line and, with as nifty a bit of running as was produced all afternoon, scored a 29-yard touchdown which was called back for a penalty near the end of the first half. It was the second tough break for Joey at the hands of the same official, Linesman Irv Kupcinet, who called back a similar touchdown run by Laws a year ago to inflict a penalty. The veteran halfback distinguished himself by his sure punt handling, as usual, taking a couple of them like it was only a practice session while some large Card-Pitt gentlemen were bearing down on him within a couple of yards. A third Packer touchdown was also nullified by the official when Lou Brock took the ball from Comp, started to his left and spun around to throw a forward pass to Comp at the right. Comp turned around and took the catch with his left hand in a beautiful play, but it didn't count...To understand this one you'll have to understand the rules in force at the City stadium gates. The pass gate has a turnstile, like the regular gate, and attendants need a ticket for each click of the turnstile. For this reason, a party of people who had lost their tickets but were able to establish their good faith were given stubs for admission through the pass gate to the seats they had purchased had to duck under the turnstile bar to get in. Just as they did a lady estimated at well over 200 pounds arrived at the pass gate to present her own ticket, which was in order. "My God, do people who have passes have to go in that way?" she cried in consternation...GRIGAS VS. HUTSON: Johnny Grigas, who was pretty well stopped on offensive with an average gain of only 3.3 yards, also had a disappointing day on defense, assigned to Hutson. The first two thrown at Hutson found Grigas flat on his chest, diving at Don's heel as he went away from there. Finally, late in the second quarter, Grigas matched Hutson's stride and leaped high to bat the ball from Don's outstretched hands, just as he was about to take it. On the very next play, Hutson took the ball away from both Grigas and Butler, for a 25-yard gain. After the Packer record-breaker took his second touchdown pass a police officer on the sideline said: "Did you ever see a deer start away when you fired at him and missed? That's just the way he goes when he gets the ball." Hutson's ability to stop is just as valuable as his ability to start, however. We watched him once when he sprinted in the direction of the goal and two Cardinal backs turned to go with him. They were still going when Huston stopped, turned and took a pass, all alone in the area. Sunday he gained 207 yards on 11 pass catched, matching his yardage in a game against the Cardinals here two years ago. His record, which tops the league, is 237, against Brooklyn last year. He made 209 yards in one game against Cleveland in 1942...It is doubted that George Trafton's "injury" will keep him out of action this year. He became a casualty when a group of Cardinals chased Paul Duhart out of bounds at the Packer bench, and Trafton's ankle was bruised. A trainer looked at it solicitously and the Packer line coach limped for a few minutes, but there was a broad smile on his face. Earlier in the game, he took a lighter blow from a player who was replaced, came in to the bench and tossed his helmet aside. The helmet bounced off Trafton's noggin...Lou Brock was aiming at the coffin corner with a towering punt which landed only a foot out of bounds, at about the 19-yard line. "Lay it on the line," shouted end Joel Mason, who had come up fast in case the punt was fielded. Chuck Sweeney, umpire, obligingly laid his cap on the 20-yard line, marking the punt out-of-bounds there. "There goes Joe Laws' team," said somebody when a backfield composed of Laws, Starrett, Perkins and Duhart chalked up two firs downs in the third quarter to carrry the ball into Cardinal territory. They moved nearly 40 yards on a mixture of passing and running plays before they were held for downs, and Ade Schwammel's field goal attempt failed...FAST SHUFFLE BY CARDS: The Card-Pitt touchdown was a razzle-dazzle play. McCarthy scooped the ball to Grigas, behind right tackle, and Grigas faked a running play off right end, then shot the ball to Johnny Butler. Later on they tried the same play but Grigas' pass was over Butler's head...THE OLD SARGE: A brief (one minute) plea on behalf of the Brown County War Chest was made between halves by J. Norman Lodge, veteran war correspondent for Associated Press, who stopped here during a nationwide tour of radio stations served by AP's radio news service. Lodge's version of the usual compliment for Hutson was, "He certainly makes those bigger fellows look silly." The war writer was covering Finland, the North Sea and the London blitz long before America got into the war. After Pearl Harbor, he went to the Pacific, making most of the major invasions there up to the Bougainville strike. He returned to the United States a few weeks ago and praised the WACs for their contribution to the war in the Pacific, and his 46-year old wife and 20-year old daugher enlisted together. A son, 18, is with the Navy in the Pacific. Lodge, in World War I, was a sergeant at 15 and is now known as "The Old Sarge". Three rows of service ribbons emblazon his war correspondent's uniform...Coach Curly Lambeau was again overheard with a telephone Sunday, phoning comments to Trafton and individual players down on the bench. He's been moved out of the press box, and installed in a room created by placing a partition through one of the radio booths. This put him next door to Pittsburgh's station WWSW, who had Joe Tucker here announcing play-by-play. Russ Winnie of WTMJ was in his accustomed spot. The Card-Pitt team had assistant coach James Leonard in the press box on the telephone, with both Kiesling and Handler on the bench. Their other assistant is Buddy Parker...AMAZING MR. MASTERS: Backing up little Johnny McCarthy at quarterback for the visiting combine was 37-year old Walter Masters, who went to the Cards last year after a wondrous sports career. Skimming his biography lightly, as unearthed by the Chicago Tribune's Ed Prell, his football career began at Penn, where he graduated way back in 1930. He pitched for the Washington Senators in 1931. Played football at Ottawa and became coach of the team when he was barred as a professional. A year of grid coaching there followed at a college. From Ottawa he went to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1936. The next year found him with the Wilmington (Del.) Clippers, where he played and coached for four years. Last year he made a comeback with the Chicago Bears and was traded with Clint Wager to the Cardinals. Wager achieved undying fame last year by fracturing his skull with his knee, during a punt...The Packer Lumberjack Band did its best to help keep the shivering crowd pepped up. Their drum majorettes performed only briefly at the end of the third quarter, the weather being anything but ideal for baton twirling. The St. Norbert unit of the ASTPR paraded on the field between halves, and drew enthusiastic applause...The scoreboard, which showed the Packers' total at 33, was in error, and the Packers did wind up with 34 points, since their final placekick try, by Glenn Sorenson, was good. Three of the other four were made by Hutson, who was also charged with the one which failed.
OCT 12 (Nashville) - "T" formation football is strictly
offensive football, wide-open and free scoring. Based on
the theory that the best defense is still a good offense,
"T" football firmly discards the idea of defense as a
fundamental of the game. The "T" substitutes speed 
and deception for power. It is characterized by quick
opening plays, the man-in-motion and frequent use of
the pass. Its name is derived from the resemblance of
the backfield to the twentieth letter of the alphabet. In
the "T", the ends are cut off from the tackle one or two
yards, the halfbacks straddle the outside leg of their
own tackles four yards from the line of scrimmage. The
fullback lines up directly back of the center about four
and one-half yards from the line of scrimmage. The "T"
does away with the pass from center. In a simple, easy
movement the quarterback takes the ball from the 
center and the play is underway. One of the most
effective passes is that in which the man in motion runs
laterally along the line of scrimmage, breaking suddenly
downfield on the snap of the ball and going as far as
his quarterback can throw. Deception is obtained by the
quarterback's handling of the ball, the faking of the 
backs and the man-in-motion. This formation equalizes
the game, for although the defensive players can use
their hands, they are shackled until they are sure who
has the ball. The "T" formation enables you not only to
direct your own personnel, but to tell the defense what
to do also. By faking a play in one direction, and by
drawing the defense out of position, then running the
play in another, we achieve perfect blocking angles.
There is much less wear and tear in "T" football. 
Blocking is largely individual for the object is not to 
knock a man out so much as to prevent him from
moving left or right. Cross blocking also comes into
play frequently. Boys like to play this type of football.
Everybody gets a chance to carry the ball and we all
enjoy fooling the other fellow. The fans like it, too. And
they wouldn't like it if we didn't win. Just as the finest
recipe in the world is useless without the proper
ingredients, so the right material is necessary to make
the "T" formation work. Yet the "T" is extremely 
flexible, for it can be made to fit the player. It permits 
you to utilize your capabilities while concealing the
weaknesses. If you have a boy who is a great runner
but can't pass a darn, let him do the running and leave
the passing to somebody else. If you have a player
especially good at one type of play, build those plays
around him...QUARTERBACK NO. 1 MAN: The
quarterback is the No. 1 man of importance in the "T".
He is not only the brains but the heart of the formation.
He calls the signals and controls the ball on every play.
He must be smart, a quick thinker and a hard worker,
able to size up a situation and call the right play to
meet it within a few seconds. The quarterback should
have mechanical dexterity both with feet and hands 
and passing ability is a must. Strength, size and speed
are not as important in a quarterback as leadership. I
have seen quarterbacks who I didn't think called 
particularly good plays but the boys thought they were
good and that's what counted, for they played to justify
their field general's choice...MUST HAVE EQUIPMENT:
However, the greatest quarterback in the world isn't 
worth a dime unless he has proper tools. These, then,
are the requirements for the other positions: Halfbacks
- must be speedy, good fakers and dangerous in the 
open. They should also be good pass receivers. Size is
not important, for the backs run a lot in motion and I
don't like to run the big fellows. Fullback - Should be a
strong massive boy who can plunge. He won't game as
much ground as the halfbacks, but he is a constant
warning to the defense that they can't afford to scatter
out to stop the little runners. Ends - Should be rangy, 
tall fellows, but speed and pass catching ability count
more than size. The "T" requires them to be pass
receivers first, blockers second. Guard and tackles - 
Size and weight are important. A good lineman must
be able to charge in any direction and pull out right and
left quickly without telegraphing his intentions. In this,
as in any offense, a quick vicious, properly executed
shoulder block is a lineman's best asset. Center - This
is one position that demands a strong, rugged and 
heavy player. This defense is just waiting to ram him
against the quarterback, and if you upset him, you
upset the whole works.
OCT 12 (Nashville) - Those bruising, big Green Bay
Packers, leaders of the Western division of the NFL 
with four straight victories, will roll into Nashville on the
Dixie Flyer at 9:40 o'clock tomorrow morning for their
battle with the Philadelphia Eagles on Dudley Field at
2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. The Eagles, unbeaten
in two starts in the eastern division and favored to meet
the Packers in a postseason engagement, will arrive on
the Pan-American at 3:42 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The Packers will hold a light drill in Green Bay before departing from the northeast Wisconsin city this morning. The Eagles held the final workout last night at Shibe Park before their departure at 6:14 o'clock this afternoon. Both will go through light drills on Dudley Field tomorrow afternoon, the Packers working at 2 o'clock and the Eagles at 4 o'clock...BOTH AT FULL STRENGTH: Reports from both the Packers and Eagles yesterday indicated that both clubs will be at fill strength for this meeting, which is eyed as a preview of their championship clash at the end of the season. This game will be their only clash before the postseason battle which will take place in Philadelphia in mid-December. That is, if both come through in their respective divisions as it now seems certain they will. Tickets for the game, the first National League contest ever played in the South during the regular season, continue to go at a rapid pace. However, there are still sideline, end section and box seat tickets available. They can be purchased at the ticket booth in the Hotel Hermitage lobby...SELLOUT POSSIBLE: There is a strong possibility that the game, which is being staged by the Tennessean for the benefit of the 20th Ferrying Group's athletic fund, will be a sellout. Chances are that there will be tickets available Saturday, for nearly 6,000 seats remained unsold last night. The out-of-town demand for tickets continue heavy. Webb School at Bell Buckle yesterday purchased a block of 88 for its student body. Several other schools already have bought tickets for their football squads. Ward-Belmont College took a block of 100 tickets yesterday. The game will be broadcast over WSM with Allen Stout, well-known Southeastern sports announcer, doing the play-by-play account of this outstanding contest. The broadcast time has been purchased by the Nashville Division of Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation and the money paid by Convair to WSM will be donated to the 20th Ferrying Group at Berry Field. The broadcast will be in charge of Ottis Devine, WSM program director, and human interest commentary will be brought to the listeners by Irving Waugh.
OCT 12 (Green Bay) - A Packer football team that will be without the services of at last two of its star performers was to entrain at 4:15 this afternoon for Nashville, Tenn., and a Saturday afternoon exhibition battle against the strong Philadelphia Eagles. The team will arrive in Nashville in mid-morning Friday and hold is last workout before the game at Dudley Field, site of the benefit battle for the 20th Ferrying command recreation fund. Coach Curly Lambeau said today that end Don Hutson and fullback Ted Fritsch definitely will not see action against the Eagles. Hutson, who had another in a long series of great days afield last Sunday, has been bothered with his arches and has been ordered by his physician to take a week's rest. Fritsch is still receiving treatment for a pulled muscle in his leg and will remain inactive to give the injury a chance to heal...MAY NOT PLAY: In addition, several others are likely to see little action, Lambeau said. Included are tackles Paul Berezney and Baby Ray, Ben Starrett, who has been alternating at fullback and blocking back, and Irv Comp, whose passing during the encounter against Card-Pitt was one of the highlights of the season to date. The Green Bay coach said these men would be used sparingly against the Eagles. Lambeau also announced that Roy Dale McKay, who joined the team this year on the eastern exhibition swing, has entered Michael Reese hospital in Chicago for treatment to his knee, injured in an exhibition game against the Sampson naval training center team Sept. 7. Whether McKay will be available this season at left halfback is problematical. It is possible, Lambeau said, he will rejoin the club for its last two games against New York and Card-Pitt. About 25,000 people are expected to attend the exhibition game Saturday. The Eagles, who are unbeaten in the Eastern division although they have one tie on their record, are paced by Jack Hinkle, who was nosed out by one yard for league ball carrying honors in 1943. He gained 571 yards in 118 tries, averaging 4.9 yards per try...FRETS ABOUT RAMS: Meanwhile, the coach was worried about the game here a week from Sunday against the Cleveland Rams, who are living up to their monicker with a defense that has yielded only 2.6 yards per rush in two contests, the same record the Packers have in four encounters. Figures released by league headquarters today show that the Rams have a well balanced attack. They have gained 201 yards rushing and exactly the same amount passing in games against the Bears and Card-Pitt combine. Lambeau, referring to reports giving the Packers the Western division title lock, stock and barrel, emphasized that the row ahead is a tough one. He said after Wednesday morning's practice, "If anyone could have seen our practice today, he'd wonder just how much chance we have to win anything, much less than title. We've still got six to go and that's a lot of ball games, especially in this league." Cleveland has a fiery team that won't take "no" for an answer. Coach Buff Donelli, in his first year there, has rounded together one of the better lines in the circuit, including Big Jim Benton, the end, who didn't do the Bays any good in their tussles with the Chicago Bears last season. Benton, loaned to the Bears for a season, is the star in the Rams' forward wall...SCOUT CLEVELAND: The Cleveland team was scouted last Sunday and will be watched by a Green Bay operative again this weekend when they meet the Detroit Lions at Detroit. The Rams use the T-formation with variations about half the time, when the left halfback receives the ball directly from center instead of the quarterback as in the straight T. This makes it difficult to stop. Should Cleveland beat the Lions, the Packers and Rams will be tied for the top spot in the Western division when they clash at City stadium Oct. 22. But even if the Rams lose, much will still depend on the outcome of the game here because the Cleveland eleven could tip the Packers and regain a tie for first place. This is what Lambeau is worried about.
OCT 12 (Nashville) - When the Green Bay Packers, undefeated in four NFL games this fall, meet the Philadelphia Eagles here Oct. 14 in an exhibition match, Buford (Baby) Ray, huge Packer tackle, will be playing before a hometown crowd. The former Vanderbilt star finished his collegiate football career here in 1936 and has been a useful member of the Packers ever since. The game was expected to attract 25,000 spectators to see the first postgraduate football ever played here. Arrangements for the game were made by the Nashville Tennesseean to raise funds for the 20th Ferrying command recreation fund.
OCT 12 (Chicago) - The undefeated Green Bay Packers are packing plenty of punch in the still-young NFL race. They have galloped and passed to gain almost 1,300 yards, rolled up 65 first downs, struck for 17 touchdowns and rolled up 117 points in their four league games to date. It's true no other team in the 10-member circuit has played more than two loop games, but the pace-setting Packers loom potent no matter how thin the official league statistics are sliced. Their average gain per rush is 4.3 yards, shading the Philadelphia Eagles, who have averaged four yards per thrust in two tilts. With 44 completions in 101 tosses,  the Packers have a passing average of .435 to rank fifth in that department. However, the Washington Redskins, who lead in passing despite the absence of Sammy Baugh, fashioned their exceptional record of .757 in only one game with 25 completions in 33 attempts. The surprising Cleveland Rams are living up to their monicker with a defense that has yielded only 2.6 yards per rush in two contests, the same record the Packers have four encounters. Actual defensive leader is New York with a 1.1 average for one game. The champion Chicago Bears who led the league last year with an average of 3.9 yards per rush, have been able to smash only 2.7 yards a try in two games, both defeats.
​OCT 13 (Pittsburgh) - Promoters of the United States Football league say they're not worried about any lack of player talent for the ten teams with which the league plans to start operations next fall. Roland D. Payne, Pittsburgh sportsman and organizer of the circuit, said today that replies from questionnaires sent to some 1,500 members of most college and service teams in the country "indicate there'll be plenty of material available." The prospect that three new pro leagues will be competing for players with the firmly
OCT 10 (Green Bay) - Having shown the offensive and defensive strength needed to win ball games, the Packers will have a respite from league conflict this week although they have a tough exhibition battle coming up with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Dudley field in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be played for the benefit of the 20th Ferrying command of the Army Air forces. Coach Curly Lambeau ordered his gridders out this morning for the first of three drills to be held before the team entrains for the Tennessee city. The Packers and Eagles, who are going their own way alone this year after a combination with Pittsburgh in 1943, do not meet in a regular league game this season, but indications are that the exhibition battle will be just as good...HAVE SHOWN POWER: While the Bays have turned on sufficient power in their four league tests to take a commanding lead in the Western division race, the Eagles took three easy games and then played to a stalemate with the Washington Redskins last Sunday. The Eagles were behind but scored in the last five seconds to tie it up at 31-31. In one other league contest, the Philadelphia eleven beat Boston, 28-7. Following their victory against Card-Pitt by a big 34-7 margin, the Packers now more than ever are conceded a chance for their first divisional flag since 1939. They tied for the Western division top in 1941, but lost the playoff game to the Chicago Bears, who went on to win the championship. Coach Lambeau warns, however, that many things can happen between now and the end of the season. For instance, the Cleveland Rams may be the team to upset the apple cart here. Resuming play in the circuit after a year's voluntary lapse, the Rams, under Coach Buff Donelli, smacked down the Chicago Bears last Sunday by the not-too-close margin of 19 to 7. This left the Bears with a two-game deficit in the standings while it gave the Rams 1.000 percent along with the Packers, who have played two more games. The other Ram victory was over the Card-Pitt combine, 30-28...TO MEET DETROIT: Next Sunday the Rams get another test against Detroit. If they win, they probably will be higher than ever for their game against the Packers at City stadium on Oct. 22. A loss, consequently, for the Bays in that game would be tragic because they will still have to go around the Western division, and, in addition, meet the New York Giants in their only remaining contest against an Eastern half club. Lambeau has indicated that there will be no letup in the workouts even though Saturday's game against the Eagles is an exhibition. The squad is in fairly good shape. Fullback Ted Fritsch continues to receive treatments in the hospital for a pulled hamstring muscle in his left leg and may not be used against the Eagles. Halfback Paul Duhart sustained injuries to his ribs but is not seriously hurt. Against four teams the Packers have rolled up 117 points to their opponents' 48, of which 28 were scored by the Bears in the 42-28 thriller here. This testified to the strength of the Green Bay line as well as the power of the backfield. The aerial attack, long one of the Packers' principal weapons, is clicking along merrily and has received considerable aid from the ground forces...HUTSON LEADS SCORING: In the individual scoring, Don Hutson again has taken his position at the head of the pack with a total of 44. He has scored five touchdowns and 14 points after touchdowns to raise his total for nine seasons plus four games to 685 points. Lou Brock, who has scored four touchdowns, is second with 24 marks. Other scores include Fritsch with 18 on three touchdowns, Irv Comp, whose flinging last Sunday left little to be desired, has two touchdowns, and one each were scored by Duhart, Ben Starrett and Don Perkins, who provided perhaps the most spectacular scoring play this season on his 83-yard dash with an intercepted pass last Sunday. Guard Glenn Sorenson also got into this year's' scoring column with a single point after touchdown last Sunday. The Packers will leave Green Bay Thursday for Nashville, where they headquarter at the Noel hotel. The trip will be a homecoming for tackle Baby Ray, who makes his home there during the offseason.
OCT 10 (Nashville) - Greasy Neale, the Philadelphia Eagle coach, lost in his argument with Commissioner Elmer Layden of the National League and the four officials Layden had tentatively selected will work the Eagle-Packer game on Dudley Field at 2:30 Saturday afternoon. Neale didn't like the idea of four Western Division officials working the game with the Packers, who are far in front in that section of the National League. But after Neale and Layden held a conference this morning, Greasy said it looked like he would have to accept them...DOWD TO REFEREE: Tom Dowd, a graduate of Holy Cross, will referee. John B. Kelly of Loyola (Chicago) will be the umpire, William E. Downes of Illinois Tech will be the field judge and Lou Gordon of the University of Illinois will be the headlinesman. All four live in or around Chicago and Gordon at one time played with the Packers, which doesn't set well with Neale. These same four officials worked the Green Bay-Brooklyn game at Milwaukee three weeks ago when a record of 30 penalties was set. A week ago last Sunday they handled the Green Bay-Detroit Lion game at Milwaukee and only six penalties were called..NEALE ASKED EASTERN OFFICIALS: Neale's main objection to them was not their ability as interpreters of the playing code, or their enforcement of the rules but that he thought two Eastern officials should work with two Western officials in a game as important as the Eagle-Packer contest will be. Then, too, Greasy we burned up over the fact that Layden gave him Western officials for exhibitions at Detroit and Buffalo. The Eagles will arrive in Nashville on the Pan-American Friday afternoon and will head direct to Dudley Field for a brief workout. The Packers will reach Nashville early Friday morning and they, too, plan an afternoon session.
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - While the Packers battle the Philadelphia Eagles in an exhibition at Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday afternoon, the eight other teams in the NFL will be preparing for their Sunday contests. The Green Bay team will see one of the games and they will have their eyes and ears tuned to catch the results of another in the Western division. En route home from Nashville, the club will stop over in Chicago to take in the game between the Chicago Bears and the Card-Pitt combination. The Bays have thumped both teams, the Bears by 42 to 28 and the combine by 34 to 7, and they will be watching what the two elevens do to each other...WATCH RAM CONTEST: More important perhaps will be the outcome of the Cleveland Rams contest against the Detroit Lions at Detroit in the only other divisional battle. The Rams will make their first appearance in two seasons here on Oct. 22, and if they can get past the Lions next Sunday, much will depend on the result of the game here. The Packers will be going into the game with four victories and no defeats in the percentage column. At present, the Rams, making a comeback after a year's lapse, have won two in a row, taking their opener from the Card-Pitt eleven in a thriller, 30-28, and then pasting the once-mighty Bears, 19 to 7...PLAY BENEFIT FIRST: Although the exhibition is the immediate objective of the Green Bay team, they are looking ahead just a little to their last home appearance a week from next Sunday. If both they and the Rams are undefeated at that stage of the race, a victory for Green Bay would more than ever place them in a position to cop the divisional flag and earn the chance to enter the championship playoff. Coach Curly Lambeau said today that Saturday's exhibition will give many of the reserves a chance to see considerable action. He said they would carry the brunt of the burden against the Eagles, who have won one game and tied another in league competition. The team worked out this morning and will close its home practice Thursday. Departure for Nashville is scheduled for 4:15 p.m...CASUALTY LIST EXTENDED: Three more names were added to the casualty list today, including Don Hutson, Ben Starrett and Bob Flowers. Hutson is having trouble with his arches, and it is doubtful, Lambeau said, whether he will see much action Saturday. Both Starrett and Flowers are scheduled for limited action while fullback Ted Fritsch probably won't be used at all. He pulled a muscle in last Sunday's warmup and is still receiving treatment. The Green Bay coach also said that Alex Urban, a member of the 1941 team that tied for the Western division top, is on his way to Green Bay for an interview. Urban, who received an honorable discharge from the Army recently, is an end. He played undergraduate football at Minnesota and was used at both end and tackle there. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.
OCT 11 (Philadelphia) - The Eagles announced Tuesday
that they have reacquired Ted Laux, backfield man
whom they traded to the Boston Yanks before the NFL
season opened. Laux will be in uniform for the exhibition
game against the Green Bay Packers at Nashville,
Tenn., Saturday.
OCT 11 (Nashville) - Mayor Thomas L. Cummings 
yesterday proclaimed Saturday as "Baby Ray Day" in
honor of the Nashville man's appearance here with the
Green Bay Packers in Nashville's first major league pro
football game. The mayor urged that Nashville citizens
fill the Vanderbilt stadium to overflowing for the Packer-
Philadelphia Eagles game as a tribute to the city's
outstanding grid athlete, and to aid the 20th Ferrying
Group recreational funds for much needed equipment.
OCT 11 (Nashville) - With the Green Bay Packers and
Philadelphia Eagles meeting on Dudley Field Saturday
afternoon, many fans probably would like to know the
main difference in the rules used by the professionals
and colleges. The play-for-pay boys employ a wide
open game. They realize that in order to have the 
stands bulging for each contest, they must have 
something attractive, something that will satisfy the
appetites of the cash customers. That's the reason they
have the high scoring games. They know the spectators
want to see long runs and passes and touchdowns. It's
not uncommon for anywhere from six to 10 touchdowns
to be scored in one game. The Washington Redskins-
Eagle 31-31 draw in Philadelphia last Sunday produced
nine touchdowns, a field goal and five extra points...
DIFFER ON PASSING RULES: The professional permit
forward passes from anywhere behind the scrimmage
line. The colleges require the passer to be five yards
back of the line of scrimmage. It isn't uncommon to see
a back start as if he was going to rip through the line
and suddenly leap into the air and throw a pass just as
he reaches the line of scrimmage. It's seldom that the
professional passer is ever more than a yard back of
the center when he tosses the pigskin and most of the
time he is so close to him that they resemble the Siamese twins. The National League big-wigs put in a rule last winter that to our way of thinking was the only sure cure for all the silly out-of-bounds kickoffs which the college coaches have been employing in recent seasons. They decided that if a kickoff went out of bounds, it must be rekicked after the team has been penalized five yards. A team must continue to kickoff with an additional five-yard penalty every time it fails to keep the ball in bounds. By this action, the professionals restored to the game what many contend is its most thrilling play - the runback of the kickoff...FUMBLES AND GOALS: It isn't uncommon to see a professional player snatch up a fumble and race toward his opponent's goal. For it is legal in the National League to run with a legally recovered fumble. The colleges do not permit the defensive team to run after recovering a fumble. They rule that the ball is dead the point of recovery by the defensive team. The colleges have this regulation to prevent injury...TACKLE FOR KEEPS: If you see a ball carrier knocked to his knees, wiggle out of a tackler's arms and then start running again, don't think he is crazy. That's permissible under the professional code. It seldom happens, however, for the pros make it a point to see that the ball carrier never gets to his feet once he is knocked to the ground. Sometimes as many as three will grab him to make certain he doesn't get up or try to lateral the ball while lying on the ground...LATERALS USED FREELY: The lateral pass is used frequently by the professionals, both behind the line of scrimmage and downfield. It tends to keep the defense alert and furnishes the fans with added thrills. Occasionally, the laterals are thrown forward and in order not to cause coaches to reduce their laterals, the National League inserted another good rule last winter. They decreed that attempted downfield lateral passes which inadvertently are thrown forward will be penalized only by the loss of five yards from the point of the illegal pass. The college rule on a similar play nullified the entire gain, plus the loss of a down...SIDELINE COACHING: Having become sick and tired of all the squawks about sideline coaching, the National League went on record at its last annual session that it would make sideline coaching legal. Now the head coach is allowed to talk to his players from a spot directly in front of his own bench, not closer than five yards to the sidelines. He can call plays for them, or tell them anything he so desires as long as he does not delay the game. Players do not have to report to the referee or any other official when they go on the field as a substitute. There is no limit to the number of times a player may re-enter the game, either...OLD PENALTY RULE: The professional found that the college offside rule, which penalized the first man offside, wasn't worth much and they have gone back to the old rule. They revised it last winter to make it read that when both sides are offside, it is no play. There are a few other minor alterations, such as permitting a one-inch artificial tee for the kickoff, but in general the main difference in college and professional rules are covered above.
OCT 13 (Nashville) - A crowd of 25,000 people is expected to be on hand in Dudley field here Saturday afternoon, when the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles meet in their exhibition contest for the benefit of the 20th Ferrying command recreation fund. Both teams arrived here this morning and took light workouts to shake out travel kinks. Coach Curly Lambeau, worried about the physical condition of some of his veterans, said he would start a team composed principally of players used in relief roles this season. The coach said such a move would serve two purposes in giving reserves added experience and allowing he veterans a chance to recuperate from injuries. Only two players are definitely shelved - Don Hutson and Ted Fritsch...CLASS OF EAST: Against the Eagles, Green Bay will be meeting a team that is considered the class of the league's Eastern division this year. The contest won't mean anything in the standings because of its exhibition nature but it will serve to show whether the Packers, as leaders of the Western half with four straight victories, can stack up with eastern competition. Coach Lambeau said he would start the following reserves: Bob Kercher and Ray Wheba, ends; Tiny Croft and Ade Schwammel, tackles; Charley Tollefson and Mike Bucchianeri, guards, and Bob Flowers, center. In the backfield , Dick Bilda will be used at left half in place of Irv Comp and Paul Duhart; Bob Kahler will be at blocking back. Of this group, Schwammel and Croft have seen most action this season and have started several games, along with Flowers...PERKINS, L. BROCK SET: Rounding out the starting backfield will be fullback Don Perkins and Lou Brock, the right halfback who is leading the league in ground gaining and whose play has been outstanding for the Packers this year. Waiting to do their bit also will be the veteran starters, except Hutson, who is bothered with his arches, and Fritsch, who is still receiving treatment for a pulled muscle in his leg. A week's rest should give both of them a chance to recuperate in time for the all-important contest of the Bays against the Cleveland Rams at Green Bay on Oct. 22. Other veterans with hurts but who will see part-time action are tackles Baby Ray, making his first home appearance on the gridiron since he left Vanderbilt university, and Dr. Paul Berezney, Comp and Ben Starrett in the backfield. All the other experienced linemen and backs will be available, Lambeau said this morning when the team arrived here shortly after 9 o'clock...GIVEN EVEN CHANCE: The Eagles are given an even chance to win the contest. Sparked by Jack Hinkle, who lost the league's most yardage gained title by a single three-foot measure in 1943, the Eagles have come a long way under Coach Earle (Greasy) Neale this season after breaking their partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Besides, they want revenge for their 38-28 loss to the Bays in the final game of last season. Also ready for backfield duty are Ben Kish, Mel Bleeker, Jack Banta and Steve Van Buren, who burned up the college grid a few seasons ago. In front of this group is a veteran line including such stalwarts as Ed Conti, Larry Carbelli, Rocko Canale, Ed Wistert and Bob Ferante. It will not be easy for the Packers to get past this bunch. The Packers will leave immediately after the game for Chicago, where Sunday they will witness the Chicago Bears battle against the Card-Pitt combination.
OCT 13 (Nashville) - Keeping in step with countless others who have put their shoulders behind the project, the weather man has promised the kind of weather tomorrow afternoon when the Green bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles meet on Dudley Field in the South's first NFL game that is ideal for football. The afternoon will be clear with Ol' Sol casting his beams on 22,000 spectators, which is capacity for the stadium out of West End way. The temperature will range from 58 to 63, which is cool enough to suit the players. That was the forecast by both the U.S. Weather Bureau and the airlines meteorologists yesterday...VAST THRONG ASSURED: With that announcement, it is practically certain that Dudley Field will have its largest crowd since November, 1940, when Tennessee rolled over Vanderbilt, 20-0, to gain its first Sugar Bowl bid. Despite rain which fell intermittently throughout Thursday, the ticket sale continued brisk for this outstanding contest which the Tennessean will present for the benefit of the 20th Ferrying Group's athletic fund. A.C. Patterson, the ticket manager, stated last night that he had slightly more than 5,000 tickets. These included sideline, box seats and sections and seats for servicemen and servicewomen in the south end. Sixteen hundred tickets in the north bleachers for civilians at $2.40 per seat will be placed on sale at The Tennessean ticket booth in the Hotel Hermitage lobby at 10 o'clock this morning...BOTH DRILL HERE TODAY: The Packers, leaders of the Western Division of the National League, will arrive on the Dixie Flyer this morning and will hold a light workout at Dudley Field at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The Eagles, favorites in the Eastern Division and who have one win and one tie with the Washington Redskins for the regular season, are due on the Pan-American late in the afternoon. They will go direct from Union Station to Dudley Field for a final drill. Elmer Layden, commissioner of the National League and one of the famous Four Horsemen of Notre Dame, will arrive this morning as will George Strickler, publicity director of the National League...GAME VIRTUAL TOSSUP: The game stacks as a virtual tossup despite the fact that Curly Lambeau's Packers own the better record. The Bays, who boast one of the National League's outstanding tackles in Nashville's own Buford (Baby) Ray, have rolled over the Brooklyn Tigers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and the Chicago-Pittsburgh combine. They also own a win over the Lions in a preseason exhibition but lost to the Redskins. The Eagles romped to an easy victory over the Boston Yanks and battled the Redskins to a thrilling 31-31 draw last Sunday after seeing an early lead go to seed. They kicked the Chicago-Pittsburgh club, 22-0, in an exhibition and scored a 27-6 win over Detroit in another tuneup. Victory will mean several thousand dollars extra to the victor of tomorrow's contest, which introduces big-time professional football to Dixie. It also will mean considerable money to each individual on the winning team, which should be proof enough that both will be shooting the works. Greasy Neale, the Eagle tutor, is still a bit peeved over the way the Packers kept his club out of a tie for the Eastern title last December. The Bays won that game, the first and only one in which Don Hutson ever called signals, in the fading minutes, 38-28...IT'S 'BABY RAY DAY': The Packers have dedicated this game to Baby Ray, whom Mayor Thomas L. Cummings has honored by declaring tomorrow "Baby Ray Day". They want to show the former Vanderbilt tackle that they appreciate his magnificent line play. The Eagles, disappointed at their failure to whip the Redskins last Sunday, are coming down here determined to show the giants from Northeast Wisconsin that they are the better club. They are mad at themselves for being tied last week after nursing a 21-6 advantage and they expect to take it out on the Packers as a result...BATTLE NEXT FOR CROWN: This will be the only meeting of the Packers and Eagles this fall until the playoff late in December. That is, granting both come through in their respective divisions. They are heavily favored.
OCT 14 (New York) - The NFL gets a chance to tighten up its race a bit this week as the Green Bay Packers, winners of four straight, play an exhibition game. Cleveland's surprising Rams, in second place in the Western division with two victories, invade Detroit for a tilt with the Lions, who beat Brooklyn 19 to 14 a week ago. New York's Giants, who with Green Bay and Cleveland make up the loop's unbeaten, untied contigent, meet Brooklyn's twice-defeated Tigres. The Card-Pitt encounter with the defending champion Chicago Bears at Chicago gives one of them a chance to climb out of the Western Division cellar. They are deadlocked at the bottom with two defeats each, and almost identical scoring records. The Card-Pitt crew has scored 35 points and allowed 84, while the Bears have counted 35 and allowed 61. The fourth contest sends Washington's Redskins, tied by Philadelphia 31 to 31 last week, against Boston's twice-beaten Yanks. Philadelphia, like Green Bay, is idle in the league this week. With Green Bay taking the week off, Don Hutson gets no chance to add to his scoring lead. The great end has scored five touchdowns and booted 14 extra points for a total of 44, or 20 more than his teammate, Lou Brock, and Benton of Cleveland, who are tied for second with 24 each. Hutson has outscored all the teams in the league, with the exception of Cleveland and New York, and has come within four points of matching the total piled up by the four Green Bay foes. The Packers play Philadelphia at Nashville in an exhibition game this afternoon.
OCT 14 (Green Bay) - The Packers, en route home from their Nashville exhibition, will stop off in Chicago Sunday to watch the Chicago Bears battle the Card-Pitt combine. The Bays have taken both teams handily, the Bruins by a 42-28 margin and the combination by
34-7. Meanwhile, they will have their ears cocked for
any results of the Rams game against Detroit. A victory
for the Rams would put them in a good spot for the Oct.
22 game against the Packers here. A loss, while it 
would hurt their chances, would make it even more 
necessary for them to win at City stadium. The final
outcome of the Western division race would depend on
the contest. Immediately after watching the Chicago
game the Bays will leave for Green Bay on a Milwaukee
road train. They will arrive here at 10:40 p.m. Sunday.
OCT 14 (Nashville) - Irv Comp. veteran left halfback of
the Green Bay Packers, suffered an attack of acute
indigestion early this morning and is a patient at St.
Thomas hospital. The attack was at first believed to be
appendicitis, but three physicians diagnosed it as
indigestion after a consultation. Coach Curly Lambeau
said, after speaking with the physicians, that it is
possible that Comp will make the return trip with the
Packers to Green Bay tonight. Comp, whose passing 
has aided the Bays to four straight league victories, was
reported resting comfortably at the hospital.
OCT 14 (Nashville) - NFL football, the nearest thing to
perfection on the gridiron, comes South for the first time
today. The Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers,
favorites in the Eastern and Western divisions of the
league, will meet at Dudley Stadium at 2:30 o'clock this
afternoon when Dixie stages its first pro football tilt
during the regular season. The game is sponsored by
The Tennessean and is being staged for the benefit of
the 20th Ferrying Group athletic fund. The weather man
has promised almost perfect weather for this contest,
which is expected to attract a capacity crowd of 22,000.
The forecast this afternoon is clear with the temperature
ranging between 58 and 63 degrees. Slightly more than
4,000 tickets remained available when the box office
closed in the Hermitage Hotel lobby last night. These include sideline, box, end sections and servicemen and women's tickets. They will be placed on sale at the Hermitage Hotel at 9 o'clock this morning and at the stadium at 9:30 o'clock. Although the Packers own four straight victories in the league play, the Eagles ruled a slight favorite on the eve on this outstanding football game. The announcement by Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers that fullback Ted Fritsch would not be able to play today caused the Eagle stock to jump. Fritsch, who played part of the past baseball season with the Nashville Vols as an outfielder, pulled a muscle last Sunday in his leg and is unable to run. His absence takes away the National League's leading plunger. Guard Pete Tinsley is suffering from a deep cold but probably will start. Except for these two, the Packers are in shape and will be seen in action today. Don Hutson, the pass catching wizard, limped slighly during yesterday's light drill on Dudley Field but he will get into the game...EAGLES PRIMED TO GO: The Eagles, who also drilled on the stadium turf late in the day, are in the pink of condiion except for end Larry Cabrelli. He suffered a bruised forearm in the 31-31 tie with the Washington Redskins last Sunday and will not play. In order to be ready for the Packers, the Eagles flew tackle Jack Kilroy, the merchant marine, here from Sheepshead Bay. He arrived a few hours after the Philadelphia squad did on the Pan-American. Tackle Mike Madarino, the 240-pounder from LaSalle, was due to arrive via plane late last night. "It looks like a tossup to me," Curly Lambeau remarked yesterday when questioned about the game. "We've got the better line, more experience. They've got some fine backs. Fritsch's loss will hurt us, too."...NEALE SEES GREAT BATTLE: "We didn't make this long train ride for the fun ot it," chirped Greasy Neale. "It's going to be an awfully hard game. If we make the mistakes we did against the Redskins last Sunday, we'll lost, but I don't believe the boys are going to make those same errors. The fans ought to see one whale of a game and I think we've got a good chance to win." Elmer Layden, one of Notre Dame's famous Four Horsemen and commissioner of the National League, arrived yesterday morning for the game. He was accompanied by George Strickler, the efficient publicity director of the circuit. Many high-ranking army officers, including Maj. Gen. Harold L. George, commanding the air transport command, will attend the game. Sportswriters from a number of southern cities, the east and midwest arrived yesterday...BABY RAY HONORED: The pregame exercises will begin promptly at 2:10 o'clock and the kickoff will be 20 minutes later. An elaborate halftime program is planned, during which time Buford (Baby) Ray, Green Bay tackle and former Vanderbilt athlete, will be honored. Mayor Thomas L. Cummings has declared today "Baby Ray Day" in honor of the native sone who has been in the National League for six years. The 20th Ferrying Group and the A.A. F. Convalescent Hospital bands will furnish music. The Eagles have one win and a tie for their league play. They rolled over two other National League teams in exhibitions. The Packers and Eagles are favored to meet in the playoff at the end of the season for the world's championship. A year ago the Packers beat the Eagles, 38-28, in the final game of the season to knock Philadelphia out of a tie for the Eastern Division crown.
established NFL next year has aroused conjecture whether there will be enough play-for-pay stars to go around. "We're operating in competition, not opposition, to the National league and we believe there's enough room for two major leagues," Payne said. He expressed the opinion that the league might work out some kind of a mutual arrangement governing signing of players. It may be possible, he said, to set up a commission to supervise all pro football as has been done in baseball's major leagues. Seven teams are definitely "in", he said, having each posted $10,000 forfeits for their franchises, and three more are expected to lift certificates of operation when the league meets in New York November 11-12. A board chairman and other league officers will be named at the time, and permanent headquarters will be established, Payne said. Returning from a 6,000-mile promotional trip, Payne reported Los Angeles is the latest city to take out a franchise. Harry James, the band leader, is backing the enterprise there, he said. Other cities holding franchises are New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Akron. Payne said he expects Milwaukee, New Orleans and Houston also to be represented at the New York meeting.