NEWS AND NOTES
OCTOBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - Bill Dudley
of the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the 132 yards he
gained on 17 plays against the Green Bay
Packers Sunday, took a long lead in the ground
gaining race in the National league. On 73 plays
he has picked up 369 yards. Frank Filchock of
the Giants, in second place, has gained only 231
on 45 plays...If Curly Lambeau thinks he has
troubles this season, he can sit back, relax, and
consider the unhappy plight of Gus Dorais, who
will bring his Detroit Lions to town on Sunday to
meet the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park.
Dorais' cup of woe is overflowing. His team has
yet to win a league start, having lost every one of
four. His Detroit fans boo every time the Lions
step out on the field and owner Fred Mandel
condones it. "The football we've been playing,"
he said last week, "is awful. I don't blame the
fans for giving the team the bird." His team in
four league starts has not gained a yard rushing.
In fact, the latest league statistics show the
Lions one yard in the hole on 80 running plays
this season. His team has the worst defensive
record in the league. In four games it has
yielded 1,500 yards, or an average of 375 a
game. His team has the worst record against
passes, having allowed its opponents to
complete 53% of the passes thrown. His team a
week ago had such internal troubles that he was
forced to give three of its veterans, including Wojiechowicz, their walking papers. And Lambeau thinks he is going through a troublesome year?...Pittsburgh's showing against Green Bay Sunday brought up an interesting point on football theory. Can a team, especially a professional team, get along in these days of football without a good pass attack to support its running game? A couple of scouts at Sunday's game had his answer: Definitely not. They didn't say so exactly, but they hinted: "We'd like to play the Steelers every day in the week." Both had the utmost respect for Jock Sutherland as a coach. Both believed his running attack as sound as any to be found. But both thought that Sutherland is so ground conscious that his teams, however well coached in what they do, will never be more than an ordinary factor in the race. They do not pass enough. "Gaining along the ground is too laborious, too tough," they agreed. "A team spends itself running all the time. And what if it does grind out two or three touchdowns? A team with only an average passing attack will match this, and with a good passing attack, as most of them have, will exceed this. Pitt, without a good pass attack, will probably never be more than a stubborn team to beat - but to beat."
PACKERS, LIONS CLASH SUNDAY
OCTOBER 22 (Green Bay) - Whenever two old Notre Damers are matching wits in a football contest, the spectators are sure of a gridiron treat and this is just what will be on the pigskin menu at State Fair park Sunday, when the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions tangle in a National league encounter, staring promptly at 2 p.m. It will be Curly Lambeau vs. Gus Dorais and they both know their Rockne football from top to bottom. Dorais was a teammate of Rockne's at Notre Dame while Lambeau played under the famous coach at N.D. in 1919. So far as years in the coaching post go, Dorais has a few seasons "up" on the Packer mentor. The Detroit pilot handled college teams for quite a spell before casting his lot with the Lions. Lambeau has been a postgraduate coach all the way. He started directing the Bays in 1919 and has been at it ever since. The opposing masterminds in Sunday's conflict lean very strongly to the overhead drive. Both teams play wide-open football and this is the type of gridironing that enables the spectators to see everything that is happening on the chalk-marked playing field. There is a keen rivalry between these two coaches and they always try to outsmart each other. Football experts around the "cash-and-carry" circuit have long liked to sit in at a Packer-Detroit tilt because they know some new stuff will be on tap.
BILL DUDLEY, STEELER STAR, REMAINS LEADING SCORER
OCTOBER 23 (New York) - Bill Dudley, star Pittsburgh Steeler halfback, continues to pace the NFL in ground gaining, according to statistics released Wednesday. Dudley picked up 133 yards in 17 tries against the Green Bay Packers Sunday to raise his total to 369 yards in 73 attempts for a 5.1 percentage. The Steeler star also leads in pass interceptions and is tied with Ray McLean of the Chicago Bears in punt returns. Dudley has intercepted five passes and returned the ball 101 yards and has returned eight punts for 105 yards while McLean has brought back six punts for 86 yards. Ward Cuff of the Chicago Cardinals replaced Ted Fritsch of Green Bay as the circuit's top scorer. Cuff made 12 points against the Giants to run his total to 38, five more than Fritsch. Cuff also booted the most field goals, four in six tries, with Fritsch runnerup, placekicking three in three attempts. Green Bay's Roy McKay retained his lead among punters, averaging 42.8 yards on 23 punts.
BEWARE BAY! LIONS HUNGRY FOR VICTORY
OCTOBER 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - When Lions are hungry, beware! Yes, sir! Those Detroit Lions are really starved. If you don't think so, take a look at their 1946 record to date in NFL games and exhibitions: Six up and six down - Giants, 22-20; Eagles, 10-7; Redskins, 17-16; Cardinals, 34-14 and 36-14, and Rams, 35-14. Not a single victory! What's more, the net yardage on running plays in four league games is minus one - a figure which makes their faces red and their hometown fans boo. No wonder those Lions are ready to roar when they take on the Green Bay Packers at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. "This can't go on forever - we have too good a team," said Fred De Lano, Detroit publicity director, when he arrived in Milwaukee yesterday. "The boys figure Sunday's the day. Besides, they remember the pasting they took from the Packers at Fair Park last year." The Packers aren't exactly overstuffed with victories either. So, with both sides starving or still hungry, a terrific battle should ensue. The Lambeaumen, incidentally, will be trying to boost their all-time National league point total over the 5,000 mark. To date they have 4,957 to their opponents' 2,646.
DE LANO - HE SPEAKS A PIECE FOR THE LOWLY LIONS IN PACKER GAME SUNDAY
OCTOBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - Fred De Lano is the tub thumping for the Detroit Lions. It is his job to tell people how good the Lions are and what they proposed to do the next time out, which in this case means the game with the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park Sunday. De Lano admits that his job this year is not as soft as it used to be, what with the Lions being
buffeted around in a rather shameful way every time they take the
field. The Lions have yet to win a league start in four. They are
minus a yard in the season's rushing averages. They have been
booed, and booed lustily, by their own home fans. Whatever the
difficulties, however, De Lano remains his cheerful self. Even more,
at the moment he finds it in himself to come up with a startling
prediction like this: "We're going to beat the Packers Sunday,
mark my words; we're going to beat them."...SOME FIGURES: De
Lano's words might be dismissed as something expected of him in
his job until he drags out his briefcase and begins to provide some
figures. "Who has scored more touchdowns in the four league
games each has played?" he asks, and then answers. "Detroit.
Detroit has scored eight, Green Bay seven. Who has the better
passing record? Detroit. Detroit has a percentage of .427 on passes
and has gained 585 yards. Green Bay has a percentage of .343
and has gained only 434 yards. Who has the better punting record?
Detroit. Detroit has averaged 45 yards a kick, Green Bay 43. Who
has the better defense against rushing? Detroit. Detroit has allowed
647 yards rushing, Green Bay 667. You see," he summed up,
"we're not as bad a team as the records may show. We lost twice
to the Cardinals and last Sunday to Los Angeles by big scores - five
touchdowns to two. But we also lost to Washington by a single
point, 17-16; to the New York Giants by two points, 22-20,
and to Philadelphia by three points, 10-7."...WEAK RUSHING: And
about the one yard in the hole rushing? "Sure, we're one yard in the
hole for the season, and that's bad, but even that isn't as bad as it
looks. We've been smeared quite a few times trying to pass, and
those losses have naturally been charged against our rushing. Our
rushing attack is probably the weakest thing about us, but really
it's not as bad as that one yard suggest." And the booing of the
Detroit fans? "Well, they had a right to boo. Even Mandel, who
owns the club, said after the game (Cardinals) that he didn't blame
the fans. Every team has one bad day a season, and that was ours.
But we snapped out of it last Sunday, and even though we finally
lost to Los Angeles, 35-14, we were very much in the game until
midway through the fourth quarter. It was 21-14 against us, and we
had the ball down in Ram territory until the tide of the whole game
turned on an intercepted pass and then later on a fumble. This team
of ours is hopping mad right now. It doesn't like the idea of having
been pushed around any more than our fans do, and it means to do
something about it. We're not stupid enough to think we can win
against a team like the Bears. But we don't think we're out of our
class with Green Bay or Boston or Pittsburgh. And those are the
teams we're pointing for. Mark my words - we're not as bad as our
record looks, and we're going to beat the Packers Sunday." And
with that Mr. De Lano went his way.
LIONS IN GOOD SHAPE FOR PACKER GAME HERE SUNDAY
OCTOBER 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Except for Ivan Schottel,
rookie quarterback sensation, the Detroit Lions will be in the best
shape of the season for Sunday's game with the Green Bay
Packers at State Fair Park. A crowd of at least 25,000 is expected
to see the Bays in their last 1946 appearance here. Word to that
effect came last night from Coach Gus Dorais in Detroit, where the
Lions will complete the preparatory program today. They will arrive
here tomorrow afternoon. Schottel, rugged blocker and linebacker,
who is one of the top new men in the National League, was injured last Sunday at Los Angeles. He was a "Little All-American" at Northwest Missouri State Teachers College before going into service. Although he won't start, Bob Westfall, ex-Michigan All-American, will see considerable service at fullback. He is rapidly rounding into shape after the early season layoff resulting from a broken arm sustained in practice. Camp Wilson, Tulsa grad, will draw the opening assignment. A much sought after newcomer, Jack Helms, giant end at Georgia Tech in pre-war days, joined the Lions yesterday and may get into the game here. Helms stands 6 feet 4 and weighs 240. Reports from Green Bay indicate the Packers have been concentrating on setting up a defense against the passes Dave Ryan and Jim Callahan are expected to throw for Detroit. They have fired from 25 to 30 a game. With Irv Comp and the rest of the Packer flingers hitting their stride, the game may well develop into a passing duel.
DORAIS TO BE HONORED AT BAY-LION GAME TOMORROW
OCTOBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Gus Dorais, coach of the Detroit Lions, will be honored by a group of old friends from his native Chippewa Falls, Wis., in a pregame ceremony at State Fair Park Sunday, when the Lions clash with the Packers in a National league game. Dorais starred on the 1909 Chippewa Falls High School team which won the state championship in a playoff game played in Milwaukee. He went on to win national fame at Notre Dame on the business end of the immortal Dorais-to-Rockne passing combination. After a long and successful career as head coach at Detroit University, he switched to the professionals. Among those who won't be wishing Dorais and his Lions well Sunday will be the Packers, who must win this one if they are to retain any slim hope of the Western Division championship. After