GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) - The acrobats between halves at State Fair Park Sunday were good. The weather was crisp although a little damp and the sky was overcast. Admiral
Thomas L. Gatch, here for Navy day, drove up to the
stands in one of those superdooper station wagons with
the top down. His aide sat on one side and Joe Ryan of
Allis-Chalmer on the other. The drum majorette didn't drop
her baton once. And, oh yes, the Green Bay Packers
beat the Detroit Lions, 10-7.
COLD FOR ACROBATS
It must have been a little cold for the acrobats. They
worked in what looked like red pajama bottoms and rolled
around on the grass. One of them was a little fellow who
over the microphone later said he was only 7 years old.
He was a cute tike and good. Said his name was Henry
Carlson - something like that anyway. The admiral was
quite a guy. He is commander of the Atlantic service fleet.
He spoke over WTMJ betwee halves, then sat in the press
box through the second half and smoked a pipe
incessantly. A fine brand of tobacco he uses, too, judging
by the aroma - probably some he got in a Turkish port.
The admiral spoke feelingly about this year's Navy team.
"We haven't got much as yet," he confided, "but by the
time the Army game rolls around we'll be ready. We
started almost from scratch this season and are building.
We'll be ready for the Army, though. We better be."
MAJORETTES ARE NICE
Those drum majorettes are nice to watch, although in
weather like Sunday's, one sometimes feels inclined to
shiver just watching them with their short hoop skits and
bare legs. And the football game itself? Well, the Packers
got three points in the second quarter when Ted Fritsch
kicked a 40 yard field goal and a touchdown in the third
quarter when Walt Schlinkman on the fourth of four
tremendous assaults from the one foot line, catapulted
over right guard. Tex McKay added the extra point. The
Lions got seven points in the second quarter when Tony
Canadeo fumbled and Dave Ryan picked up the ball and
ran 36 yards across the goal. Chuck de Shane added the
extra point. The less said about the football game, though,
the better. It was mediocrity triumphant. It was Green
Bay's new low of the season. The only thrill - and fans of
the acrobats may dispute this - occurred in the closing
two minutes when on a series of high school passes and
with the help of two interference penalties, Detroit moved
from its own 23 yard line to Green Bay's 15 as the game
ended. It was the only move Detroit made all afternoon.
BROCK STEALS BALL
Oh, yes. Charley Brock stole the ball from Camp Wilson
on Detroit's 22 yard line early in the third quarter to give
the Packers position for their lone touchdown. Good old
Charley. Except for him and the position he gained with
his theft, the Packers might still be trying to score -
against the worst team in the league. Just to keep the
record straight, too, it should be noted that the victory
over Detroit, third in a row, along with other developments
along the pro league front Sunday, lifted the Packers into
second place in the western division, only a half game
behind the Chicago Bears. They probably won't stay there
long, though, certainly not with what they showed here.
They play the Bears at Wrigley field next. A crowd of
23,564 saw Sunday's game.
DETROIT - 0 7 0 0 - 7
GREEN BAY - 0 3 7 0 - 10
2nd - DET - Dave Ryan, 36-yard fumble return (Chuck
DeShane kick) DETROIT 7-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 41-yard field goal DETROIT 7-3
3rd - GB - Schlinkman, 2-yard run (McKay kick)
GREEN BAY 10-7
NEWS AND NOTES
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - And seconds - and
this concerns our heroes of the cash and carry league,
the Packers. The Packers today rest in second place in
the western division of the league, a half game behind the
Bears. (Let's forget all about Sunday's game. Despite
what happened, they are still in second place.) Seconds
cost the Packers at least a temporary undisputed lead as
the race has finally taken shape - seconds in the game
with the Los Angeles Rams at State Fair Park three
weeks ago. That was the game in which the Rams drove
80 yards in the last few minutes, in which they were
stopped on the goal line on the play which should have
ended the game except for the referee's whistle, and in which, because of the whistle, they got another play and scored. A victory over the Rams, which well might have been, and the Packers today, instead of having a standing of 3 and 2 would have a standing of 4 and 1, and would rest in first place all alone. Inches and seconds - a nice happy thought for the day...FOUR MAN LINE: Could it be that the New York Giants have come up with a defense that has the T in check? They say, you know, the defense always catches up with the offense, and in Sunday's game the New York Giants really caught up with the Bears. They held them to some 70 yards rushing. A lot of things go into a football game, and it may not be the theoretical defense the Giants used at all. But there is interesting speculation nonetheless in what they did. Here it is: They used a tight four man line, anchored at either end by two great tackles, Tex Coulter of Army and Jim White of Notre Dame. They played two of their backers-up three yards back and maybe a step inside their tackles, and they dropped their ends back three yards, creating the effect of four-four - a tight four up front, and wide four among the backers-up, including the ends. The rest of the backs were deployed normally - either in a shallow two-one or a shallow three. The defense is not exactly new. Marquette tried something like it against Wisconsin, and you know what happened there. With the personnel the Giants have, however, especially with those two big tackles, it worked to perfection, as not only the result of the game but the statistics show. How long has it been since the Bears were held without a point? How long since they had to get their only real scoring opportunity on a fumble? How long since they were held to 73 yards rushing? Maybe that four man line - with the right personnel - is the answer.
CHECK PACKERS' RECORD IN BATTLE OF STATISTICS
OCTOBER 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - According to the story books, figures don't lie. But there are times when figures actually do a little fibbing. For instance, Ohio State and Minnesota recorded identical yardage totals by rushing and passing last Saturday. Yet, the Buckeyes won the game by the comfortable margin of 39-9. And here are other examples from the Western Conference: Northwestern, leading the race, has the best record on offense, but ranks only fifth best defensively...Illinois, currently runner-up, is no better than sixth offensively and fourth defensively...Indiana, tied for fifth in the standings, tops all rivals defensively and ranks fourth on offense. Among the pros, too, figures don't always paint a true picture. Take the case of the New York Giants, who gained a total of 160 yards (73 rushing and 87 passing) and still blanked the Chicago Bears, who completed 23 out of 40 passes for 227 yards and rushed for 155 - a grand total of 382. Final score: Giants 14, Bears 0. And so it is with the Green Bay Packers, who have three victories and two defeats and came within a few second of beating the Rams - a victory which would have given them the National League's western division lead as of this date. Taken by and large, the Bays haven't looked like prospective champions on the field and haven't been any fireballers statistically. So, again, cold figures don't bear out the standings...PASSING IS KEY TO LOW YARDAGE TOTAL: In five league games, the Lambeaumen have gained a net total of 1,173 yards - an average of 234.6, which is very ordinary for the pros, who usually fling the ball often and for large gains. The breakdown per game shows: Passing, 96 yards; rushing, 138. Against the Rams, the Packers, in their best game, gained 396 yards and against the Steelers, thanks to long marches on the ground, they piled up 371. Which means that they were held to 406 yards in the other three league tussles. The answer to all this probably is passing - rather, the lack of it. The Bays have pitched 93 passes, 66 of which fell incomplete or were intercepted. Only 27 clicked for a "batting average" of .290. A team hitting no better than .290 not only fails to rack up touchdowns directly, but also decreases its own chances of doing it the hard way - on the ground. After all, an effective pass attack does double duty: 1 - Gains yards in big chunks, and 2 - loosens up the defense on running plays. Moral: Oil up the passing attack before next Sunday's meeting with the hungry Chicago Bears! Here is the resume of Green Bay's offensive efforts in league games to date: