Green Bay Packers (1-0) 31, Chicago Bears (0-1) 21
Sunday September 30th 1945 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers went one up here Sunday afternoon in their bid to keep the NFL championship, beating their hated rivals from Chicago, the Bears, in the first game of the new season, 31-21. It was a typical Packer-Bear free-for-all, to the delight of the capacity
crowd of 24,525, with repeated marches up and down the field, thrilling and
rocking plays, and even a bit of spectacular slugging which cost the Bears
their big tackle, Lee Artoe, in the early minutes of the play. Artoe, here on
furlough, started an uppercut from down around his knees, clipped Larry Craig
on the chin and watched the rest of the game from the bench.
NEVER TRAIL, NEVER SAFE
At no time did the Packers trail and yet at no time, until the final two minutes
of play, did they the game completely in hand. They jumped off to a 17-0 lead,
saw this cut to 17-14, built it up to 24-12, saw it cut to 24-21, and then did not
pull out again until the last three minutes when in three plays they went 61
yards for their final touchdown. The Packers wasted nothing. They were
outdowned, 26-14, outgained in total yardage, 404 to 294, outpassed in
completions, 54% to 31%, and yet they collected the bigger dividends. They
got their first touchdown on a 66 yard march,
Fritsch going over from the seven, added a 35
yard field goal by Fritsch a couple of minutes
later; scored their second touchdown on a 63
yard march, McKay popping over right guard
for the last 20 yards; got their third touchdown
on a 47 yard parade, Fritsch going over from
the one, and added the clincher on a 61 yard
drive with Perkins scoring from the three. Only
once did they get inside Chicago's 35 and fail
to go all the way, and on that occasion an
attempted field goal by Sorenson sailed a little
wide of the mark. They were sharp, alert, 
cagey all the way. It took the Bears more than
half the game to cash in on some of the 
handsome yardage they piled up. They gave 
up the ball on downs on Green Bay's one foot
line after a 65 yard march in the first quarter
and gave it up again on Green Bay's 12 on
Hutson's pass interception in the second
quarter.
BEARS BEGIN TO SCORE
With the score 17-0 against them, though, 
they really started to move, and for the rest of
the game, they applied an increasingly strong
pressure. They got their first touchdown on a
64 yard parade, Famiglietti scoring from the
two; their second on a 54 yard march, 
Famiglietti scoring again, this time from the 
eight, and their third on a 75 yard march, the
battering Famiglietti once more carrying the
ball over from the seven. The 26 first downs - 11
by rushing, 13 by passing, and 2 by penalties - 
equaled the league record set by the Packers
themselves against the Cardinals a couple of
years ago. Don Hutson, whose presence in
the lineup was uncertain until Saturday, was
again a thorn in the Bears' side. He caught 
three of the five passes the Packers completed
and could have had two more, including one in
the end zone, except for interference, which
each time was correctly called. Aside from 
this, he added all four extra pints, had the
Bears a little crazy trying to cover him, even as
a decoy, and proved a rallying point in those
dark moments in the second half as the Bears
went into their countercharge.
COMP IS LOST EARLY
Green Bay played most of the game without
Comp, who was knocked out early in the
second quarter and did not return. He appeared
to be ready to have one of his big days, for he
was passing sharply and running well, and his
loss really hurt, although McKay, who took 
over, did well enough. The victory was 
especially important since it was scored at a
time that the Packers were probably as weak 
as they will be all season. Returning
servicemen, including Ernie Pannell, the big
tackle, who will be ready to play against the
Detroit Lions at State Fair park Sunday, will
now strengthen the club from week to week.
Pannell watched the game from the bench. The
Packers scored their first touchdown the first
time they had the ball, driving 66 yards with
fury that scattered Bears left and right. Comp
picked up 25 of the yards, Fritsch 13, a couple
of offside penalties added 10 and a pass,
Comp to Hutson, was good for 18. It took
Fritsch only one play from the seven. He
catapulted himself inside right end, tore away
from a couple of men who tried to detain him,
and zoomed into the end zone. Hutson's kick was good. The Packers also scored the next points, a 35 yard field goal by Fritsch a couple of minutes later, after Charley Brock had stolen the ball from Grygo and returned 10 yards to Chicago's 32. The theft was as neat as any Brock had ever pulled off - and he has pulled off some neat ones. Grygo had picked up some 13 yards for a first down and was about to go down under the impact of a tackle when Brock rushed up, snatched the ball, and while bewildered Bears stood around for a moment, started up the field.
FRITSCH BOOTS FIELD GOAL
Lou Brock immediately made 10 yards to Chicago's 22, but there the Packers stopped, and on fourth down Fritsch stepped back to the 35, and with Laws holding, booted the ball home. Fritsch's three pointer completed the scoring in the half, although each side threatened. The Packers on one occasion reached the nine where they gave up the ball on downs, and on another the 29 from where Fritsch stepped back to the 37 to try a field goal which had the height and distance, but not quite the direction. The Bears, on a beautiful march of 88 yards, reached Green Bay's one foot line where Berry grabbed a fourth down pass, with goal to go, and a little later reached Green Bay's 12 before Hutson intercepted a pass in the end zone. With the resumption of play, however, the Packers quickly got back in the groove. Fritsch returned the kickoff to Green Bay's 37 yard line, and in three plays they scored again. Brock picked up 12 over center, a pass, McKay to Hutson, added 31, and McKay on first down on the 20 popped over right guard and went all the way. Hutson's kick again split the uprights.
BEARS ON MARCH
At this point the Bears looked like a well beaten team. The going was tough in close and those 17 points looked important, indeed. But those Bears - they have the recoil of a "75" and they recoiled here. They got their first touchdown on a march, or rather flight of 64 yards. A spectacular pass, Luckman to McLean, who caught the ball with McKay right on top of him, picked up 47 yards and planted the ball on Green Bay's 17, a couple of penalties carried them to the three and Famiglietti drove over for the touchdown. Gudauskas kicked the point. But that was only the starter. As soon as the Bears got the ball again, they scored again. A punt left them on their own 46 and with a succession of passes, Luckman to Berry three times, Luckman to Margarita and Luckman to McLean, they reached Green Bay's eight from where Famiglietti bulled his way into pay dirt. Again Gudauskas' kick was good - and Green Bay's 17-0 lead had faded to 17-14.
PACKERS RETAIN WALLOP
But in the clutch, the Packers still had a wallop of their own. They got the ball in midfield on a punt and on five plays scored. Laws picked up a yard. A pass, McKay to Luhn, added 20. Fritsch hit left tackle for three. And the officials correctly called interference by Gallerneau and Mooney just as Hutson was about to pull in a pass in the corner of the end zone. The ruling gave the Packers the ball on the one, and in one play they scored. Fritsch plowed over and Hutson added the point. For an instant the game again looked safe, with only eight minutes left, but the Bears charged back themselves. They took the kickoff and on another succession of passes, Luckman to Berry twice and to Margarita once, plus a ruling on interference, they quickly took the ball to the eight. Famiglietti again needed only one play. The kick was good. But then the Packers went out and salted away the game. Fritsch returned the kickoff to midfield, Perkins swung around left end for 47 to the 13. McKay plowed down to the three and Perkins went over right tackle standing up for the clincher. Hutson added the final point.
CHI BEARS -  0 0 7 14 - 21
GREEN BAY - 10 0 7 14 - 31
1st - GB - Fritsch, 7-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Fritsch, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
3rd - GB - McKay, 20-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 17-0
3rd - CHI - Gary Famiglietti, 3-yard run (Pete Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
3rd - CHI - Famiglietti, 8-yard run (Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
4th - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
4th - CHI - Famiglietti, 3-yard run (Gudauskas kick) GREEN BAY 24-21
4th - GB - Perkins, 2-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 31-21
​NEWS AND NOTES
HEROES KEEP PROMISE TO PLAY WITH PACKERS
OCTOBER 2 (Green Bay) - Two PT boats division leaders sweating out a Japanese raid in an uncharted cover along the New Guinea coast 14 months ago promised themselves that after the war they would play together in the Green Bay Packers' line. After nearly four years in service, 24 months of which they spent together harassing Jap shipping in the far Pacific, Lt. Ernie Pannell and Lt. Bernie Crimmings, wearers of the silver star, wound up a 34 day trip from the war front here Sunday in time to see the Packers defeat the Chicago Bears. Monday they signed Green Bay contracts. Pannell, a regular right tackle for the Packers before he entered service, will be at his old position Sunday when Green Bay meets the Detroit Lions in Milwaukee. Beside him at guard will be Crimmins, a standout at Notre Dame before Pearl Harbor. The close friendship between the two began when they were assigned to the same PT squadron in New York early in 1943. After 17 months in the Pacific, they returned to the United States together on leave. They went back to the Pacific and operated together against Jap shipping for seven more months before being discharged in the Philippines. Impending invasion of Japan tied up air transportation to the States, thwarting their efforts to report in time for the Chicago All-Star game. Instead of a few days trip by plane, they had to sweat out a 30 day voyage on a slow transport. Reticent about their silver stars and their activities in the Pacific, they apologize for not being able to furnish accurate figures, but to the best of their recollection Pannell and his crew accounted for 25 Japanese ships and barges, and Crimmin's PT sank 20. The addition to the Green Bay squad is expected to relieve Coach Curly Lambeau of his chief worry - the right side of the line - in defense of the pro championship.
IT'S SOMETHING NEW FOR MR. BLOOD; HE'S PACKERS' TUB THUMPER NOW
OCTOBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - It's Tub Thumper Johnny Blood  now. The onetime vagabond of the football fields, now 43 and not a little gray, came to town Tuesday to do an entirely new bit for the Green Bay Packers he has served for so long. He came to drum up business for Sunday's game with the Detroit Lions at State Fair park. "If I can't play for 'em anymore, than I have to whoop it up for 'em," he explained, "and if I have to whoop it up for 'em, I might as well get paid." Johnny did not exactly wish it so. The indomitable will to play is still there, graying hair and all, and upon his service discharge two months ago he asked for and what got a player's contract to see what he could do in the exhibition games the Packers played in the east. It was no go, though. Johnny played only a few minutes in two of them...UNPREDICTABLE JOHNNY: In all football there probably has never been another quite like Johnny. Utterly carefree. Intelligent. Unpredictable. His twenty-odd years as a player in professional football, 17 of them in the NFL, which is a record, have never been matched in color, excitement, adventure or courage, and probably never will be. Johnny was one of those rare fellows to whom so many things happened that only a book could tell them all. He was born to be the center of things, to do the impossible and perhaps fail on the simple, to make real adventure out of the commonplace. He was just plain Johnny Blood - the only guy of his kind. It is hard to imagine him as nothing more than an advance man for a football team - but that's just it. You can never tell about Blood...SIGNED NOTES IN BLOOD: Johnny's right name, of course, is McNally, the good old Irish handle of McNally, and his home is in New Richmond, Wis. How he came by the name of Blood is a story in itself. He got it, or appropriated it, on the eve of his first professional game with the Duluth Eskimos in the early twenties. Johnny at the time was playing college football at a small school near Minneapolis. And he was a star, of course. But college football was tame, and when he got the chance to pick up a little money on the side, as a pro on Sundays, Johnny and a friend quickly grabbed it. Johnny couldn't use his right name, of course, and he pondered the situation. Smith? Jones? Green? All names too tame for one on a little adventure like this. But the late Rudolph Valentino, at the height of his glory at the time, helped him out of his problem. Valentino was appearing in the movie, "Blood and Sand", and the idea struck Johnny like a ton of bricks. "You take the name of Sand on Sunday," he ordered his pal, "and I'll take the name of Blood." And so Johnny Blood was born. He has been Johnny Blood ever since - as countless damsels along Johnny's life can testify with touching little letters which Johnny used to sign - in blood...NEVER AT A LOSS: The stories about Blood are legion, of course. There was the time he just had to give a party in his room at one of the best hotels in New York. They needed ice and Johnny called for room service. No service. Johnny called again. Still no service. A third time he called, and when after another little wait no ice appeared, Johnny took things into his own hands. He got into a cab, drove to an ice company, bought a  200 pound chunk and marched right through the crowded lobby and into an elevator with his ice. There was also the night in one of those near honky-tonks in the upper Forties. Johnny, of course, was there. He has never missed a party in his life. Things were gay, and in the course of the evening the emcee caught more raspberries than he could handle. The strange thing was that Johnny wasn't handing them out. But when the emcee, in extreme annoyance finally turned to the table and announced, "If any of you guys can do better, come on out here," Johnny accepted. Out on the floor he went and with an eccentric dance that ended up with a cartwheel into his chair, he wowed the crowd...SENSE OF THE DRAMATIC: Johnny always had a fine sense of the dramatic. At the captain's dinner and dance aboard ship on the way back from Hawaii, where the Packers some 12 years ago players a series of exhibitions, all were present except Blood. Blood was strangely missing. At the stroke of 12, however, he emphatically announced himself. A string of firecrackers came sailing out on the floor, and Blood followed. Dressed in a hula skirt, he again put on a show and again wowed the crowd. The man's courage alone is the basis for any number of stories about him. To gain entrance to a hotel room in Los Angeles, he jumped from the seventh floor across a narrow court to the window ledge on the sixth floor in a driving rain - a driving rain - and held on. He went 10 days with a ruptured kidney, playing the equivalent of a game and a half before collapsing on the field. And in a friendly fracas with Lavvie Dilweg on a train, he escaped from the pursuing Dilweg by climbing out of the coach, crawling along the top of the speeding train and winding up in the locomotive cab, where the engineer and fireman almost fainted...TOSSED PASS RIGHT BACK: You could never tell what Johnny would do on the football field. Those gray hair of Curly Lambeau's were undoubtedly encouraged largely by Johnny. Red Dunn tells one tale about him which typifies the man. "I threw a long lateral to Johnny on one play," he called, "and Johnny went 50 yards for a touchdown. About five minutes later I called the same play and threw another long lateral to him. But Johnny wanted to be funny. The field ahead was clear for another touchdown, but Johnny laughing took the ball and threw it back to me." It was inevitable that Johnny should come by the name "Vagabond". I happened to give it to him under circumstances that amounted to comic relief in a particularly bitter game between the Bears and Packers in Green Bay some years ago. The score was tied only a couple of minutes remained and the Packers were in the midst of a touchdown drive down near the 10 or 15 yard line when time was taken out. A lot of the boys sprawled in exhaustion on the ground and the crowd was tense as only a Packer crowd at a Bear game can be. That is, everybody in the stadium was exhausted or tense except Blood. To Johnny it was just another game, and while during the timeout a loudspeaker blared a catchy tune, Johnny pulled off to one side and did a clever jig. Only a vagabond at heard could do that...SLATED FOR STARDOM: Johnny's college career was varied. He started at Notre Dame, where he spent half his freshman year; quit school because it was too dull, and headed west on a motorcycle. His family caught up with him, however, and, deciding he better be kept close to home, sent him to the college near Minneapolis. Incidentally, while at Notre Dame he was on the freshman team which included another McNally, who later became a varsity star. It was McNally the Blood, however, whom the coaches originally tabbed for stardom. With everything else, Johnny is exceptionally well read. Poetry he can spout by the hour. Shakespeare he can dissect. Economics he likes to talk about. Shortly before he sailed for the Indo-China theater, for instance, he came to Milwaukee to see the Packers play at State Fair park. That night, in Lambeau's room, the talk got around to the war and economics and something was mentioned about the Malthusian theory. "Malthusian theory!" Johnny started, and proceeded to give a dissertation on the theory, pro and con, that would have done credit to a lecture room at a university. But that's Johnny. And now he's a tub thumper - Oliver Kuechle
LIONS SHARPEN ATTACK TO MATCH BAY OFFENSE
OCTOBER 2 (Detroit) - Unawed by Green Bay's offensive record last Sunday in its 31-21 victory over the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions are devoting major attention this week to sharpening their own offense rather than to perfecting a defense intended to slow down the Packers in their meeting at Milwaukee this weekend. Coach Gus Dorais, who with other NFL leaders has long regarded the Packers as one of the "passingest" teams in the league, still doesn't know what to make of the fact that Green Bay completed only five of 16 aerials against the Bears. But Dorais does know that as long as the Packers have such receivers as Don Hutson and Clyde Goodnight and passers like Irv Comp and Roy McKay they can click through the air at anytime. He also knows that last season the Packers were the only team in the Western division to make more yardage on the ground than by passing, and to stop the Packers in both respects Dorais will depend upon a topnotch line which has improved steadily in recent works. The Detroit coach has been working his backs in units and the starting combination against the Packers will show Bill Callihan at center, Cotton Price at left half, Art Van Tone at the wing and Bob Westfall at fullback. Chuck Fenenbock also will see duty at left half as will Dave Ryan who booted a 35 yard field goal against the Cards. Dorais will depend heavily upon the passing of Price. The Lions will go into the game with a NFL winning streak that has reached six straight, and also with a losing streak to the Packers that has numbered nine in a row since 1940.
SUNDAY'S TILT DRAWING WELL
OCTOBER 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - The heaviest demand for tickets in the history of Green Bay's appearance in Milwaukee, except for the championship playoff with the New York Giants in 1939, indicated a capacity crowd of 26,000 would probably see the Packers take the field against the Detroit Lions at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. The ticket office at the public service bureau in the lobby of the Journal building had sold more than $20,000 worth of tickets up to Wednesday noon and and the demand continued. An original lively interest in the game was stimulated further by Green Bay's excellent and thrilling showing against the Bears last Sunday. Out of the rival camps, meanwhile, come reports of intensive preparations. At Green Bay, Curly Lambeau, anxious to get off to the same kind of flying start which practically cinched the western division championship for his club at the halfway mark last season, continued to drive his club in long workouts in which new men like Ernie Pannell, tackle, and Bernie Crimmins, guard, got the major attention. In Detroit, Gus Dorais juggled the lineup which started here against the Cardinals two weeks ago. New men have replaced four of the veterans who appeared to have their places cinched. Both clubs will arrive here Saturday. Sunday's game will start at 2 o'clock.
LIONS TO JUGGLE LINEUP
OCTOBER 4 (Detroit) - In an attempt to uncover greater scoring punch, Coach Gus Dorais will juggle his Detroit Lions starting lineup for Sunday's important league battle with Green Bay at Milwaukee and will turn the heavy duty job at left halfback over to Navy dischargee Cotton Price, pre-war backfield alternate here with Whizzer White. By naming Price, tall Texan, as his starting left half, Dorais indicated he will county heavily upon forward passing against the Packers. Dorais will turn the end assignment over to a new pair. Johnny Greene and Lake Roberson from Michigan and Mississippi, respectively. Mike Kostiuk, rookie 220 pounder just out of the Army, will hold on to his left tackle berth, but on the other side of the line, 245 pound Luke Lindon will give way to Dominic Sigillo, Stan Batinski and Al Kaporch will start the guards. Rex Williams, another service dischargee from Texas Tech, will be in the starting lineup at center in place of Alex Wojciechowicz. Frank Szymanski, who recently resigned his Notre Dame captaincy and signed with the Lions, also is due for considerable center play Sunday
HUTSON WILL PLAY HERE SUNDAY; LIONS HAVEN'T BEATEN PACKERS IN NINE GAMES
OCTOBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - Don Hutson will definitely play here Sunday against the Detroit Lions. There was doubt at first, in view of his oft-stated retirement, whether his start against the Bears last Sunday might not have been his only one of the fall. He'll be in there, though, "until some of our new men come along a little farther," Curly Lambeau explained, "Don will play. And why shouldn't he after what he did last Sunday?"...The man who was supposed to lead and captain Notre Dame this season, Frank Syzmanski, 
will make his first professional start in Sunday's game. Syzmanski was declared ineligible a couple of weeks ago and immediately signed with Detroit...The big smile on Curly Lambeau's face these days is there not only because of what his Packers did to the Bears. Bernie Crimmins, late of Notre Dame and the Navy, accounted for some of it. "He's the best guard prospect we've had in a long, long time," Lambeau confessed...Clark Shaughnessy of Pittsburgh calls Walt Kiesling, who is Lambeau's good man Friday, one of the best line coaches in the game...STREAK INVOLVED: The Lions will carry a six game winning streak into Sunday's game - at the moment the longest in the National league. So what, say the Packers, and they point to a record of their own. They haven't lost to the Lions in nine games since 1940. What is more, they have rolled up in this time 266 points against Detroit's 54...And speaking of records, Charley (The Horse) Bidwell's Chicago Cardinals will lose their twenty-ninth straight Sunday when they meet the Philadelphia Eagles at Philadelphia. The league better do something about the Cardinals before the Cardinals do something about the league - ruin it...The Lions will open with five men who didn't start in the Cardinal game two weeks ago - John Green and Lake Robertson at ends, Dom Sigillo at tackle, Syzmanski at center and Cotton Price at left half. Gus Dorais himself calls his present lineup 50% stronger than the one with which he faced the Cardinals.
PACKERS FEAR BEAR LETDOWN
OCTOBER 5 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, driving his Packers at top speed, fears an old Packer bugaboo in Sunday's game in Milwaukee as much as he does Detroit. He fears a letdown. "It happens so often to us," he fretted Friday. "We knock off the Bears, and then the next week have one awful time trying to get back in the groove. I see signs of it again now. We've let down, and we don't dare." The Packers were to complete light drill Saturday morning, and then head to Milwaukee Saturday afternoon. Several thousand Packer rooters will follow them.
Don Hutson, closely guarded by Hugh Gallarneau (obscured) still makes the catch of Irv Comp’s pass for a long gain against Chicago Bears in City Stadium in 1945. Bulldog Turner (No. 66) Bear center, is hoping the secondary closes in on Hutson before he gets too far. It did… 32 yards down the field.
25,000 EXPECTED TO SEE PACKERS AND LIONS TODAY
OCTOBER 4 (Detroit) - Off to a flying start with their triumph over the Chicago Bears last week, Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packers will be gunning for victory No. 2 in the bid to keep the championship they won last year when they meet Gus Dorais' Detroit Lions at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. The kickoff is scheduled at 2 o'clock. The game has aroused tremendous interest, and if the weather is clear, a capacity crowd of 25,000 is expected. A sellout here would be Green Bay's sixth in six games. The Packers played to 92,000 in the all-star game, 90,000 in the exhibition with the Eagles, 24,000 in the exhibition with the Steelers at Hershey, Pa., 34,000 in the exhibition with the Redskins at Washington and 24,000 in their league opener with the Bears at Green Bay last week. The interest in the game here has not been misplaced, either, for the battle promises to be a dogfight all the way. Like the Packers, the Lions have also won their lone league start, a game with the Cardinals, and like the Packers, they have designs on the championship which has eluded them since back in 1935. One of two streaks will be broken. The Lions will take the field with six straight league victories behind them, extending to midseason last season; the Packers with nine straight victories over Detroit, extending back to 1940. Somehow or other, Green Bay in recent years had just had it on Detroit - and Detroit has had some good clubs. But Sunday is another day, and with a team that is perhaps the best to wear the sky blue and silver since before the war, the Lions are but little worst than even choices to break Green Bay's string. Green Bay ruled a scant six point favorite Saturday night. Against the Cardinals two weeks ago the Lions almost sank to the level of the team they played. But that often happens when a good team meets a "cripple". The fact is that the Lions this year are loaded with men like Bill Callihan, Cotton Price, Art Van Tone and Bob Westfall in the backfield, and Rex Williams, Stan Batinski, Dom Sigillo, formerly of the Bears and Al Kaporch in the line - and any coach would gladly have them. Lambeau was in a fretty mood as he led his Packers into town Saturday night. The failure of the Lions to look better against the Cardinals has not deceived him at all, and he looked for a game every bit as tough as last Sunday's, especially since his own club might have suffered from a natural letdown after having been so high. "I'm scared stiff of this one," he said. "We've let down a little since last Sunday, and we may be in for a licking." Lambeau always frets before a game, however, and while the club may have let down, as he says, it still has some powerful stuff in the lineup - Don Hutson, Ted Fritsch, Baby Ray, Paul Lipscomb, Charley Brock, Larry Craig, Irv Comp, Joe Laws just to mention a few. The game promises to be a wide open aerial battle with Comp, fully recovered from last week's injury, pitching for Green Bay, and Price, one of the best in the league until he went into the service in 1942, for Detroit. There will still be a difference in this, though. The Lions have no Hutson to be on the receiving end. Sunday's game will be one of two Milwaukee appearance by the Packers this season. Two weeks hence, they will meet the Boston Yankees.
LIONS' WIN WOULD MAKE GRID HISTORY
OCTOBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Stoney McGlynn) - Unless the Packers are still reading about their thrilling 31 to 21 conquest of the Bears last Sunday or thinking too  much of that all-out struggle listed next week at the Bay against the Cleveland Rams, Western half title favorites, they should manage to at least squeak by the Detroit Lions this afternoon at State Fair park. If they don't a crowd of some 25,000 will see history made. They'll see the Lions run their current league winning streak to seven in a row, five of the wins last year and the other here two weeks ago against the Chicago Cardinals, the longest winning streak now alive in the NPL, which, by no means, means Non-Partisan league, the NPL being, by all means, the most highly partisan sports outfit alive today...A SAD MISTAKE: They'll also see the Lions triumph over their greatest jinx club. The Packers have not been beaten by the Lions since their first meeting in 1940 when the Lions came from behind to rub the Bay noses in the clover by a 23 to 14 margin. That, apparently, was a sad mistake. It riled the Packers no end. In the return meeting at Detroit the Packers smacked 'em down by a mere 50 to 7 margin. Since then the Packer triumphs have been regular if not so one sided, but today Coach Gus Dorais, favored by the return of more veterans from service than any other club, is loaded for the fray and he hopes to cash in on the expected Packer letdown after the Bears game. He may, but he should go about the task easy enough. An early Detroit spurt might well do what Coach Curly Lambeau has tried to do via less drastic measures - arouse the club to the point where it wll start doing some pushing around just out of plain meanness and without any inner needling methods...PACKER FANS COKED UP: The old Detroit weakness against passes should be improved somewhat, what with the veterans back, but on attack the Lions don't figure to be too highly tuned, not with Frankie (Flatfoot) Sinkwich back flatfooting it for Uncle Samuel. Although, to be sure, Frankie himself never caused the Packers more than passing concern and I mean that literally and figuratively. Frankie never was such a much hot stuff against Bays, although his league record proved he must have had sumpin' besides flatfeet against the other pigskin pumpers. Defeat of the Bears last week seems to have coked Packer followers up to a prewar pitch, which is all well and good for the Packer coffers if it doesn't coke the Packers themselves up to some hifalutin' ideas about their own invincibility. That win was well merited, although the Bears outgained 'em from Oshkosh to the southern tip of Winnebago, but don't forget the Bears aren't the Bears of old or nearly as strong, as potent, as scientific as they'll be, say along about November 1 when the next Bears-Packers struggle is coming up...MR. FOOTBALL TO PLAY: I hope and trust the Packers realize the Lions they'll be meeting today will be a far different club than other Detroit teams they've faced of late. However, Mr. Football, in the person of Don (I Want to Be Alone) Hutson, who generally manages to be alone when out pass receiving, will be in the Packer lineup. That practically guarantees a touchdown or two from that sector to say nothing of what he sets up for having the opponents play fox and hound over his decoy trail. This corner could make a stab out of the job of picking the starting lineups, but it all depends upon who will do the putting and who will do the taking on the kickoff. And it figures to be a put and take affair all the way.