Green Bay Packers (2-0) 17, Los Angeles Rams (1-1) 14
Sunday October 5th 1947 (at Milwaukee)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Green Bay Packers almost kicked away in eight minutes what it took them 52 to build up before 31,613 fans here Sunday afternoon. Leading 17-0 with eight minutes to go, the Packers slumped into a lethargy that permitted the Los Angeles Rams to score two quick touchdowns and try a game-tying field goal that went afoul seconds before the final gun. The final score was 17-14 when the excited mob finally relaxed to find the Packers with their second victory in two NFL starts. The Packers led off that terrific fourth quarter strong, and their efforts put them in position for the margin of victory - a field goal by Ted Fritsch from the 23-yard line. But then the famine set in and the Rams started to feast, covering 60 yards in six plays, with Pat West charging over from the four. A moment later, the Rams charged to the four where Bob Waterfield, using about the same play that Jack Jacobs scored on the Bears a week ago, went wide around end to score. Roy McKay had a shot at Bob on the two but missed. Less than two minutes showed on the field clock as the Packers received. Then, on second down on the 31, Jacobs fumbled and guard Milan Lazetich recovered on the Packer 35. The Packers dug in and it became highly necessary to move Waterfield out of field goal range. On the first play Green Bay was offside, but then a Waterfield pass went wild. Fred Gehrke fumbled but miraculously recovered, and another Waterfield pass went bad, with Fritsch almost intercepting on the 12. There were eight seconds left, fourth down and the ball was on the 30 when Waterfield stepped back on the Packer 43. The crowd was ghostly still as Waterfield, who kicked 48 and 35-yard field goals against Pittsburgh last Sunday, let go. The ball sailed just a trifle low and short. That was the ball game as the Packers froze the ball for one play.
PACKER LINE WAS MURDER
The Packer line was murder on the Rams the first three quarters as the West Coasters entered Green Bay territory just twice - once the one-yard line where Dick Wildung recovered a fumble and one other time to the Packer 47. Green Bay's forwards charged so hard that the Rams made only six yards rushing the first quarter; 18 the second; and five the third. The Pack relaxed enough to permit the Rams 85 yards on the ground in the last eight minutes and almost the game. Waterfield's passing, especially to Jim Benton, was always a threat but only one of his throws - an 11-yarder - figured in the Ram scoring. Bob completed six of 14 for 105 yards and the longest went for 34 yards that put the Rams in position for Wildung's fumble recovery in the second quarter. The Packers scored both their touchdowns in the third quarter after missing at least four chances in the first half. The first came on a four-yard run wide around his own right end by Bruce Smith, who had to charge through three Rams to just barely hit pay dirt. The second TD arrived in spectacular and unexpected fashion. Waterfield stepped back on his own eight-yard line to punt on fourth down. Big Ed Neal, the guard, crashed through, blocked the kick, chased it into the end zone and fell on it for six precious points and his first major league touchdown. Waterfield was so bewildered that he stood there momentarily as Ed scampered after the pigskin. Ward Cuff kicked both extra points. The big guns in the Packer ground machine were Walt Schlinkman, who in this same park three weeks ago fumbled three times, and Tony Canadeo. Walt picked up 83 yards on his titanic drives and Tony skipped 87 yards, making a total of 170. Fritsch, who tore up the Bear line a week ago, had his roughest day as a pro. The pile driver was balked on every drive, it seemed, but despite a first quarter injury he was able to deliver the game-winning field goal.
WATERFIELD PUNTS 80 YARDS
Jacobs completed the first two passes he tried but the Bay running game was sharp and the Pack apparently wasn't taking any chances with possible interceptions. Green Bay took the opening kickoff and piled up four first downs on the Ram 4 where Fritsch fumbled and injured himself trying to hit a stone wall. Jacobs connected with Clyde Goodnight for eight and Nolan Luhn for 15; Schlinkman made 20 yards and Jim Gillette wheeled 17 to put the ball in position. The fumble set the stage for the longest punt seen here in years. Standing in his own end zone, Waterfield booted one that went 80 yards on the fly and took the Rams out of a dangerous hole, putting the Bays on their own 28. Roy McKay soon punted for the Pack and Steve Bargarus caught it on the Ram 35. He reached the 44 where Jacobs unleashed such a vicious block that Bargarus went up and down in a heap. The game was held up eight minutes while park officials scampered around for a stretcher to move the Ram halfback. (He was removed to a Milwaukee hospital where attendants announced that his right leg was fractured.) Bargarus fumbled on the play and Luhn recovered on the Ram 44. Two penalties spoiled the Packer cause and Jacobs punted to Tom Harmon who fumbled and pushed the ball out of bounds on the 18. Waterfield and Jacobs engaged in another punting duel as the second quarter started and Bob got off a bad one that Canadeo caught on the Ram 45 and raced to the 32. Schlinkman made eight, Smith lost two, and Goodnight dropped a Jacobs pass on the goal line. Cuff stepped back for a field goal from the 36 but it was low. The Rams finally drove into Packer territory, two Waterfield-to-Benton passes putting the ball down on the 15 where Herman Rohrig made a last-ditch tackle to keep Benton from going all the way. Kenny Washington, the brilliant Negro, made it a first down on the one but Washington tried just one more run. The ball slithered away under a big pile and Wildung was discovered on the bottom with the previous pigskin. Jacobs punted three times before the officials stopped finding fault, but the Rams couldn't gain so the Packers started on a drive on their 12. Gene Wilson caught a 10-yarder; Canadeo picked up seven; Schlinkman gained 10, fumbled, recovered and ran 10 more to the Ram 49. A roughing-the-passer penalty moved the ball to the 35 but on the next play Waterfield intercepted a pass in the end zone for a touchback. The Packers continued to smother the Rams as the second half opened and quickly forced Waterfield to punt. A pushing penalty started the Packers in operation on the Ram 33. Schlinkman gained seven; Jacobs pegged to Canadeo for five; Bob Forte got four; and Candeo, on a handoff, made 10 to the Ram 7. A moment later Smith went over. The Rams made a first down on a 14-yard pass that was all. The Packers, with Canadeo ripping off 22 in two tries and Smith in one, moved to the Ram 47 where Cuff tried a field goal from 55 yards away. It dropped short.
STILL PASS DEFENSE TEST
Los Angeles was stopped cold and Waterfield stepped back to punt. That's where Mr. Neal took charge. Just before the fourth quarter started, the Bays got their stiffest test with Waterfield's passing and on three occasions Irv Comp, Charley Brock and Rohrig worked perfectly in belting down possible touchdown throws. The Rams worked to the Packer 44 where they needed two yards for a first down. West decided to run but missed by inches as the center of the Packer line closed in. Schlinkman, Canadeo, Gillette and even old man Cuff moved into action, and the Packers had a first down on the Ram 10. But the Packers were guilty of pushing and the ball was moved back to the 25. They rushed to the 14 in three downs and then Fritsch kicked his field goal. And now for the famine, but that's already been recited. Next on the menu - nice red, juicy Chicago Cardinal meat at City stadium next Sunday.
LOS ANGELES -   0   0   0  14  -  14
GREEN BAY   -   0   0  14   3  -  17
3rd - GB - Bruce Smith, 4-yard run (Ward Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
3rd - GB - Ed Neal recovered a blocked punt by Bob Waterfield in the end zone (Cuff kick) GR BAY 14-0
4th - GB - Ted Fritsch, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-0
4th - LA - Pat West, 4-yard run (Waterfield kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
4th - LA - Waterfield, 4-yard run (Waterfield kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
been spotty. No such tales of misery have emerged from Chicago, and the Cardinals' two lopsided league victories should indicate that the Jimmy Conzelman gang must clicking on all 11's...ALLOWED SEVEN POINTS: The Cardinals will present possibly the best combined running and passing attack in the business. Besides they've got an airtight defense that actually only allowed seven points - on a quarterback sneak by Sid Luckman of the Bears. The Cards were relaxing with a 35-0 lead when the Detroiters scored their 21 points. The Cardinal attack revolves around Paul Christman, the Western division's leading passer and T-quarterback, and gains its power from left halfback Charley Trippi, right halfback Marshall Goldberg and fullback Pat Harder. Christman gained nearly 400 yards alone in the air against Detroit but was held to 200 by the Bears. This backfield operates in front of a line led by Buster Ramsey, a guard, and flanked by Billy Dewell and Mal Kutner. The line play of the Cardinals has been drawing the press plaudits. The game looms as a battle between the Cardinals' powerful offense and the Packers' defense, though, on the basis of points scored, it's a matter of the Cardinals' offense and defense against the plain Green Bay Packers. For instance, the Cards averaged 38 points in two games compared to the Pack's 23. Defensive, the Cardinals allowed an average of 14 compared to Green Bays' 17. The Packers, who entertain some championship hopes themselves, will flash back at the Cards with a running attack that has done well against the Bears and Rams. Green Bay possesses a passing attack but the rushing has held up in such terrific fashion that the aerials were held back and used as a surprise weapon. Leading the Packer attack will be Indian Jack Jacobs, the former Ram and Washington Redskin, who has given great performances thus far - both offensive and defensively. The Indian quarterback has been doing the passing, punting and signal calling. As a match for Trippi, the Packers offer a fellow Italian, Tony Canadeo, and a Scotch-Irish boy, Bruce Smith. At right halfback, the Packers will match Goldberg with Bob Forte, newcomer Jim Gillette and Red Keuper. Ward Cuff, another right half, probably won't see much action because of an injury...INTERESTING FULLBACK CASE: The fullbacks present an interesting case. Both Pat Harder of the Cards and Ted Fritsch of the Packers had terrible times last Sunday. Fritsch gained eight yards and Harder just one. Little Walt Schlinkman did a terrific job against the Rams and, with Canadeo, gained over half the yardage. The Packer line, which was the spotlight in the Bear and Ram wins, will get its severest test from the speedy Card forwards. With the exception of guard Damon Tassos, the Packer line is virtually the same that forced the Cardinals to fumble eight times in Chicago last year but broke in the replay at City stadium last Nov. 24. Whether such linemen as Dick Wildung, Urban Odson, Paul Lipscomb, Ed Neal, Baby Ray, Tassos and others can outcharge Coomer, Mauldin, Ramsey and gang likely will decide Sunday's struggle.
CHAMPIONSHIP! IT'S A 12-KARAT STONE THAT WILL CRACK EASILY
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - One of the more interesting side issues to Sunday's Packer-Cardinal game is the reckless abandon of the Cardinals and the Chicago press is their usage of the word championship. That's a 12-karat stone that will crack on something as soft as grass. Ed Prell, the jovial cigar-smoking expert of the Chicago Tribune, is assigned to the Bears this fall - on Sunday, that is. In his article on the Bear-Philadelphia game, he tucked this paragraph about three-quarters down, "This time the Eagles are sure they'll win in the east and probably return to Chicago Dec. 21 to meet the Chicago Cardinals for the National league title." Mr. Prell says "probably" in regard to the Eagles returning to Chicago but there wasn't any "probable" as to the Cardinals winning the title. Then there was the business on the Cardinals gunning for 100 points in one game this season. That came from the Card prexy - Ray Bennigen. And after the Cards beat the Bears, the high-powered Chi press got Coach Jimmy Conzelman to admit that "my boys are really good."...Out at Rockwood lodge, the Packers are entertaining some thought of giving the Cardinals a run for their money. Though they soured in practice this week, the Packers hope to come up with a reasonable facsimile of their chores against the Bears and Rams. Whether a reasonable facsimile will be adequate versus the 100-point Cardinals is something that will not be known until about 4:30 Sunday afternoon. After all, if the Packers expect to better those 100 points they'll have to score at least 101. (Watson, check on the supply of footballs)...This is the third straight Sunday that the Packers have entered a game as underdogs. The Bears were favored to beat 'em two weeks ago and the high-powered Rams were the choices in Milwaukee Sunday. But tomorrow's contest reveals the Green Bays as even lower underdogs - chiefly because of the Cards' easy 31-7 win over the Bears and their 45-21 shellacking of a good Detroit eleven. The Pack be rightly be named as Spoilers if they pull this one out of the fire. The Cards, incidentally, have another healthy opponent the next Sunday - the Rams at Los Angeles...Werner Witte, assistant principal at Appleton High who helps National league statistician Hugh Ray, said between halves of the Manitowoc-West game there last night that the team of officials who worked the Ram-Packer game last Sunday set a record in the amount to time putting the ball back in play. The five-some, headed by referee Bill Downes, averaged 6.4 seconds after each play on which time was not called out. Witte said "they accomplished the feat by quick passing". Witte, a veteran Valley conference official, will work with Ray again during the Packer-Cardinal game checking on the officials. "There is no pay in it," remarked Witte, " but it's a lot of fun."
PRE-GAME SIDELIGHTS
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - Five hundred Packer-Cardinal tickets for boys (grade school age only) will be placed on sale at the Packer ticket office at noon Sunday, according to Ticket Director Carl Mraz. All seats will be in the boys' section, Mraz emphasized, and no adults will be allowed in the special area at the northwest corner of the field...The Cardinals are scheduled to arrive on the Chicago and North Western at 8:15 tonight and will leave via the same road at 5:25 Sunday afternoon...The Milwaukee road will operate an 11-car special train, to carry 300 passengers from Milwaukee to the game and home again. The Bush Tour special will leave from Milwaukee at 10 Sunday morning, reach here at 12:30 noon, leave at 5:45 as a second section of the southern Chippewa and arrive in Milwaukee at 8:15...Between halves entertainment will feature the Oconomowoc American Legion band, national champion. The band carries its own show, which will be presented along with the intermission formations and concert...Ticket demand for the game has been the heaviest in history of the Packers. Business was so brisk that tickets couldn't be found for newspapermen to buy...George Frank, Jr., of Shawano will probably miss the Packer-Cardinal game - but not because he doesn't have tickets, or didn't, that is. Two neighbor children, aged four and five, entered his
home Thursday while Frank was at work and found six tickets for Sunday's game, six tickets for the Detroit game here Oct. 26 and two for the Wisconsin-Iowa homecoming contest at Madison Oct. 18, in a drawer of his dresser. They proceeded to tear them in little pieces and upon leaving the house strewed them over the lawn. When he discovered the catastrophe, Frank notified the Shawano police and he and an officer spend the evening covering the lawn in quest of the missing pieces, hoping to reassemble them. But some of them couldn't be found, and unless he can convince the Packer ticket office that they should be replaced by reasonable facsimiles thereof, Frank, his wife and four disgruntled friends will miss the game...City stadium employees are asked to report to Don Bero at 11:30 Sunday morning. Stadium gates will be opened at noon...Nearly ideal conditions were forecast by the Green Bay weather bureau for the game. The bureau predicted increasing cloudiness and mild temperatures with no precipitation in sight...The parents of Damon Tassos, Packer guard, will see the game. They came in from San Antonio this week...Besides the Bob Heiss broadcast over WTMJ and WJPG-FM, the game will be broadcast by Jack Brickhouse over Chicago's WJJD. Jack will be assisted by Earl Gillespie, WJPG-FM sportscaster. WATL of Atlanta, Ga., will give a telegraphic recreation to satisfy the Charley Trippi fans there...The Bays were incensed today when they read the regular Sunday publicity release from the National league office. The story said the Packers won only three world's championships. They've won six, Bub.
SELLOUT CROWD FOR PACKER-CARD TILT
OCTOBER 11 (Rockwood Lodge) - A determined Green Bay Packer team was prepared today to move into Green Bay for its crucial NFL game against the Chicago Cardinals before a sellout crowd in City Stadium on Sunday. Long hours on defense against the running of Pat Harder and Charlie Trippi and the passing of Paul Christman have left Coach Curly Lambeau far from satisfied, but except for veteran Ward Cuff and Jim Gillette the squad is in good physical condition and not at all overawed by the Cardinals, who are a 10 point favorite in the game and an 8 to 5 favorite to win the Western Division championship. Cuff, an important cog in the Packers' defense, and Gillette suffered a pulled leg tendon in the Los Angeles Rams game last Sunday in Milwaukee. Cuff in all probability will not see action against his former teammates. Gillette is recovered a bit more rapidly and may be available for relief duty.
line outplayed ours. It was a good rough ball game," he added as an afterthought. "Maybe it (the win) will stand them in good stead next Sunday - they play the Cardinals, don't they?" he winked. But after these compliments to the enemy - something he never received even honorable mention for as a member of the Bears - he was once again the Trafton of old, asserting "it was just a case of catching a good club off stride." "I'm glad," he boomed, "that we've got another chance to play 'em." (The Packers meet the Rams in a return match at Los Angeles in December.) The Brute had been chatting with two Chicago friends who came to offer their condolences and they interrupted to express their admiration for the Packers' submarine, fullback Walt Schlinkman. "Yeh, that Schlinkman can sure go, can't he," the burly L.A. line mentor admitted. "And that --- Canadeo can run, too, don't think he can't," Trafton added. "He sure gave us a bad time today."...NEAL'S BLOCK TURNING POINT: Five floors above, Head Coach Bob Snyder, Bob Waterfield's predecessor in the Los Angeles T-formation, was preparing for a shower, the while mulling over the factors that brought the Rams, rated 10-point pre-game favorites, defeat instead of a victory they obviously expected. He thought the game's turning point came when Ed Neal burst into the Los Angeles backfield to block Waterfield's punt and recovered in the end zone for the Packers' second touchdown. "That was the first time Bob has ever had a punt blocked on him and I still don't know how it happened." At that juncture, the phone rang and he called Mr. Danny Fortmann, former Chicago Bear guard now Ram team physician, to tell an inquiring sports scribe about the condition of Steve Bargarus, who was hurt in the first quarter of the game. (Bargarus' left leg was fractured just above the knee when he was blocked by Jack Jacobs.) He and Fortmann then went into a discussion of the L.A. line play, Snyder pointing out, "We put in a 5-4 (defense) just to stop their wide stuff, and what do we do?" This statement, made with bitter emphasis, obviously referred to the fact that the Packers had picked up much of their yardage on just those sweeps that the Rams had been supposedly set for...BEARING ON PACKERS' SEASON: Not long after, the writer was a little amazed to find the Bays' jubilant Headman M'sier E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, already looking ahead to the Cardinal game in Green Bay next Sunday, one which he considers will have great bearing on where the Packers will be when the NFL season ends in December. "The boys put out good, but we're going to start right now to forget all about this ball game," he emphasized with a wave of the hands in his Hotel Schroeder suite. "We're worried about the Cardinals. From this point on, we're talking Cardinals." "And that is as it should be. We've won two games now," he pointed out, "and if we can lick those Cardinals, we should be in a pretty good spot." A light came into his eye with his last word, indicating that the thought had conjured up a pleasant mental picture of what a third straight victory could mean...CURLY CONGRATULATES KIESLING: Then, reverting to the present, he commented, "This club will have to be in better physical condition. They weren't in condition in the last five minutes. They showed great heart, make no mistake, but they just didn't have it." Earlier, immediately following the game, the Packer head coach had congratulated mountainous Walt Kiesling, tutor of the Bay forwards, "for having his line prepared for this ball game."...Nearly everybody in the park, including the Rams, were surprised when a Jacobs pass went to Larry Craig in the first quarter for a 15-yard gain. It was one of a very few passes the blocking specialist has taken in his nine-year NFL career. Unfortunately, it all went for naught for the Packers were penalized on the play...The game was held up for nearly 10 minutes in the first quarter when Steve Bargarus, Ram halfback, was stretched out on the turf (he couldn't be moved) until a stretcher arrived. He was taken to Mt. Sinai hospital in an ambulance, which was finally summoned after considerable confusion...A rare occurrence in football, any variety, came in the second quarter when the officials summoned Riley (Snake) Matheson, Ram captain, to the sidelines to ask him where the Packers had made a first down. The margin wasn't too small, but had Matheson insisted, the officials would have had to call in the sticks. Had they signaled a first down without consulting Matheson, there might have been repercussions...Most of the Scouts, the fellows who specialize in gridiron espionage, must have been in Chicago for the Bear-Cardinal tete-a-tete, for only a few were in the State Fair park press box, usually loaded with expert observers. Sunday's list included Ray Watts, head coach at Baldwin-Wallace college, for the Redskins, Tom Dorais of the Detroit Lions, Eddie Kotal of the Los Angeles Rams and John Schneller, former University of Wisconsin and Lions' end, who represented the Cardinals. Schneller, a native of Neenah, is now in business in Cleveland...Those who can't tell the players without a program will probably be interested to learn that Aldo Forte, new Packer guard, is forty, No. 40, that is. Aldo, incidentally, pronounces his name like the number while the Packers' other husky of the same name, Bob, calls him "Fort"..."Let 'em kick," a yell from Lambeau in the third period proved to be good advice for the Packers. The Rams were in possession at midfield, fourth down and three to go. But, instead of sending two potential receivers back for the normal punt, all 11 played in close and converged in the Ram middle, stopping the West coasters short of a first down and taking over. Not long after, Ted Fritsch booted a 23-yard field goal for what proved to be the winning points...A new visitor to the park press box was W.S. (Pat) Murphy, publicity director and part owner of the Sports Group, publisher of periodicals dealing with professional football, basketball and baseball and college football. Murphy said he was on an annual tour to collect material for his pro grid number...There were two other strangers to the press box, Bill McPartland, Packer tackle, not in uniform, and Ed Champage, Ram end from Louisiana State university, also in civvies...P.A. Announcer Jim Coffeen, whose wise cracks have livened up many a Packer game for the fans in the last 26 yards, had to said, "And it's first down for the Cleveland Rams on their own 18 - Los Angeles Rams, I mean." The Rams left Cleveland behind for bigger crowds and the sunnier climes of California in '46...ADD FAN-FEATHERS: Ed Crim, Milwaukee Road passenger agent, traveled only as far as Hilbert with the Packers Saturday afternoon. There he picked up his car, driven to Hilbert earlier in the day, and drove back to Green Bay to watch his son, Ray, right halfback on Central Catholic's team, help the Cadets beat St. Mary of Menasha, 21-6...Kenny Neidl, former Green Bay resident, came in from Chicago Saturday night for the game, Ken, a rabid pro football fan, is now publicity director for the Roller Derby, Inc., currently appearing in Louisville. He had been in the Windy City arranging for the show's opening there later in the month...Another familiar face in the Hotel Schroeder lobby belonged to Bill Kuusisto, a Packer guard in 1946, and for several seasons before the war who has retired from pro football, is now on the grunt and groan circuit. He opens a four-match itinerary this week in Winnipeg, Canada, from where he moves 500 miles to Grand Forks, N.D., for a second bout. Jack Dempsey, the old Manassa Mauler, will referee all his matches...The Packer Lumberjack band's majorette corps, 15 strong, presented its second mass demonstration of precision twirling between halves, accompanied by the band.
PROTECTION VITAL TO PASSING ATTACK
OCT 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Over the weekend I saw two of football's outstanding passers, Bob Waterfield of the Los Angeles Rams by way of UCLA and Johnny Lujack of Notre Dame. At the same time, it was brought home to me again that it takes more than a superior passer to make a passing attack click. Protection is vital. Without it, neither the best pitcher in the world nor his receivers will have time enough to collaborate properly. Receivers, of course, must have speed, a sense of timing and the ability to catch the ball under pressure. Second rate receiving just doesn't go with topnotch passing. The Rams held off the Packer lineman so consistently that they rarely got to Waterfield, who was knocked down only a few times. Notre Dame's regulars gave Lujack the same kind of help against Pitt. The Rams have a crew of expert catchers, topped by Jim Benton, the pro league's ace since the retirement of Don Hutson. Lujack, too, has the targets for his fireball stuff. Halfback Terry Brennan, a Milwaukee boy, and two big ends, Leon Hart and Jim Martin, are the best of the lot. In a sense, all this is another way of saying that the best pass defense still is a terrific rush. The ace of aces won't beat many teams or set any records if the ball is jammed down his throat, figuratively speaking, or he is knocked down, hard and often, before or as he gets rid of the ball. The more vigorous the rush, the sooner he will get rid of the ball and the less passes he will complete...BENTON SHOWED CLASS ON INCOMPLETE PASS: Speaking of Benton, the big guy proved his class on one play in particular in Sunday's game at State Fair Park - strangely, a play which developed into a seemingly harmless incomplete pass. So it may have escaped the attention of many onlookers. The fancy effort came during the fourth quarter revival when the Rams were driving for their first touchdown. Waterfield whipped the ball went downfield and, for a moment, it appeared the alert Packer secondary would intercept. Benton sized up the situation in less time than it takes to tell about it. Realizing he had no chance to make the catch, he turned defender, so to speak, and tipped the ball just enough to break up the interception. As a result the Rams retained possession, the rally was kept alive and they went on to almost win or tie. Only a big timers react as Benton did. An ordinary operator would have made a futile, conscience clearing leap for the ball and let it go at that...FOUR TOUCHDOWNS - ALL THE HARD WAY: That game was one for the books - that is, for the pros. Four touchdowns and not one of them on a pass! The scores came on as many different plays: A sweep off a lateral, a blocked punt (another pro league rarity), a straight buck and a naked reverse, on which the runner runs wide without interference after first taking a handout to pull the defense out of position. Although Jack Jacobs completed four out of 12 pass attempts and was doing his usual expert job, the Packers actually won the ball game on the ground. Their attack was varied and well conceived, and they really ran with enthusiasm, especially Walt Schlinkman, Tony Canadeo, Bruce Smith and Jim Gillette. Which was fortunate, for the receivers weren't quite up to snuff and the Rams weren't giving Jacobs much time to get set. Schlinkman is becoming something of a "people's choice". The stocky little Texan is one of those rare individuals who runs his own interference when the hole fails to open up. Obviously, he has plenty of the old moxie and he's as tough as they come. The same for Canadeo, a gray haired gentleman who runs like a 20 year old. Needless to say, the Packers can't continue to make it the hard way. Once, yes, but not against the Cardinals next Sunday or in the nine games thereafter. Which means they'll have to complement the running attack by getting back on the beam through the airlanes.
CUFF, GILLETTE LIST INJURIES
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - Veteran halfbacks Ward Cuff and Jim Gillette were sidelined with injuries today as the Green Bay Packers resumed workouts for their divisional leadership battle Sunday with the Chicago Cardinals. Cuff pulled a leg muscle and Gillette suffered a groin injury against Los Angeles last week. The Packers and Cardinals currently are deadlocked with two victories each atop the NFL's western division and will play before a sellout of 25,000 at City stadium.
PACKER AIR DEFENSE UNHERALDED FEATURE OF VICTORY OVER RAMS
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - One of the unheralded features of the Green Bay Packer performance against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday was their pass defense. The Bays were facing one of the top three major league passers, Bob Waterfield, and the NFL's best receiver, Jim Benton, it's something of a credit that the Packers permitted Waterfield just six completions in 17 attempts and Benton just four receptions. Most important is that the Packer pass defense kept Waterfield from using the air as a means to a touchdown. Ram players commented later that it was the first time Benton and other receivers had been watched so closely. Overall, the Packer defense was their best offense Sunday and the payoff was Ed Neal's block of a Waterfield punt for a TD. For the second consecutive game Jack Jacobs punted and made the tackle himself. He did it against the Bears and his bonecrusher against the Rams came after the receiver eluded three Packers late in the game. The Packers lost 121 yards by penalty Sunday, making a total of 516 for the six games this season. Most of the setbacks are 15-yarders which means that the Bays aren't exactly sitting back on their pants and whispering. Though penalties can be costly, the big total shows that the club is rough and tough. Two plays after Neal got his touchdown he became so anxious for more blood that he jumped the gun and knocked the center and Waterfield sprawling. It was offside against the Pack, but it showed that the line was charging. The Packers ran off 68 plays and the Rams only 48, and that that 68 may be a record for the most number of plays used by one team. The Rams were outplayed so badly in the first quarter that they got their hands on the ball for only seven plays while the Packers were running off 28. A check of who made the tackles for the Packers revealed Ken (Red) Keuper, a defensive expert, as the leader with eight. Bob Forte and Irv Comp were next with six apiece, while Herman Rohrig got five. Others: Jacobs 4; Buddy Gatewood, Bruce Smith, Don Wells 3 each; Charley Brock, Larry Craig, Urban Odson, Ralph Davis 2 each; Ward Cuff, Damon Tassos, Bob Flowers, Nolan Luhn, Dick Wildung, Paul Lipscomb, Ed Neal, Tiny Croft, 1 each. Sunday's score duplicated that of the second game between the Rams (then in Cleveland) and Packers in 1941. Don Hutson, on Oct. 19 in Cleveland, kicked the field goal and Carl Mulleneaux and Clarke Hinkle scored the touchdowns. The Pack took the first game from the Rams in 1941, 24-7. Sunday's game was the third straight in which the Packers scored 17 points. They lost 21-17 and 38-17 in 1946. And it was the third straight Ram-Packer game in which Ted Fritsch kicked a field goal.
UNBEATEN PACKERS, CARDS FIGHT FOR WESTERN LEAD SUNDAY
OCT 7 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Cardinals come to Green Bay next Sunday. There was a time that such a statement would prompt a speech on overconfidence by Packer Coach Curly Lambeau. The Cardinals, though they were always tough for the Bays, never gave the Packers too many headaches in the long run. Green Bay holds 30 wins against 14 losses and three ties. But the story for next Sunday is amazingly different because the Cardinals are no longer the doormats of the NFL. They hold six straight victories this season, including two in circuit action...BEAT THOSE BEARS, 31-7: Most of all, they massacred the Chicago Bears in such handy fashion (31-7) Sunday that it makes the Packers' win (29-22) look weak in comparison. For this reason, it is hereby announced that the Packers for the third straight Sunday are rated as underdogs and no more. The enraged Cardinals, led by Paul Christman, Charley Trippi, Marshall Goldberg and Pat Harder, have scored 69 points in two league encounters, the opener being a 45-21 win over the Detroit Lions. They have allowed 28 points, 21 by the Lions. The Packers, on the other hand, scored a total of 46 markers but gave up 34. These figures give the Cardinals an offensive average of 38 points and a defensive mark of 14. This will be stacked up against the Packers' 23-point offensive average and 17-point defensive mark. Sunday's game will be a classic, to say the least. It will be the only battle involving two unbeaten and untied teams. First place in the Western division will be at stake. Out in the Eastern sector, Philadelphia is the only undefeated outfit but the Eagles invade Chicago for an excursion with the Bears Sunday...THAT WORD - CHAMPIONSHIP: The Cardinal-Packer collision no doubt will have a bearing on the Western division winner. At any rate, the winner can feel perfectly free to use the word championship, although there will still be nine games to go. The Packers, if they win, will have beaten the Western circuit's three top teams, while the Cardinals have yet to play the Rams. They'll meet in Los Angeles the following Sunday. The Packers, 17-14 victors over the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday, learned a valuable lesson - that a last quarter slump can prove disastrous. The Bays were leading 17-0 and limited the Rams to only 29 yards on the ground when the sky fell in. Los Angeles barely missed tying the score. Against the Cardinals, the Packers face the speediest team in the league - with Trippi, Goldberg and Harder leading the offense behind a fast line...CUFF, GILLETTE HURT: Practice started at Rockwood lodge this morning with a sharp sweat suit drill aimed chiefly at working out kinks gathered in the Ram tussle. All of the boys are in good condition with the exception of Ward Cuff and Jim Gillette who have pulled muscles. A good share of the indoor sessions will be devoted to viewing motion pictures of the 1946 Card-Pack game which saw the Green Bays win in Chicago, 19-7, but lost at home, 24-6. The tilt in Chicago had the Cardinals fumbling eight times chiefly because the center of the Bay line, led by guard Ed Neal, was dumping the center into quarterback Christman's lap. The game in Green Bay was played in a driving rain and the Packer line finally lost footing in the last quarter when the Cardinals charged to three touchdowns.
WEARY PACKERS FIND CARDINALS ON CALLING LIST
OCT 7 (Chicago Tribune) - The Big Game of the week in professional football Sunday will be contested in Green Bay, where the Packers suddenly have come to life. After upset victories over the Bears (well, at the time it was figured one), and the Los Angeles Rams, the Packers draw their third tough opponent in a row, the Chicago Cardinals. It matches two of the only three unbeaten teams in the National league. The other is Philadelphia in Wrigley field Sunday against the Bears, one of the three league teams without a victory. History made be made in this one. The Eagles have never beaten the Bears in a league contest, the count being 10 defeats and a tie. "We're a little on the tired side now," reported Curly Lambeau, the Packers' veteran coach, "after those games with the Bears and the Rams. I'm just afraid the Cardinals may prove to be a little too good for us. I'm sure they have a faster backfield and faster ends than the Rams. And the Rams played a much tougher game than did the Bears. We had to get yardage the hard way against the Rams. We'll need a little luck against the Cards." The game was a complete sellout 20 minutes after the Packers' victory over the Bears. Green Bay club officials yesterday advised fans not in possession of tickets for Sunday's game not to waste a trip to the park. City stadium, well packed, will hold only 25,500.
Paul Christman, whose pitching arm played an important part in the defeat of the Bears, tried to administer some ointment to the injured pride of his fellows with a few soothing words. "We have been told to watch out for Bear tricks," he said, "but we didn't think they would go back that far to dig up that 'Bingo Keep It' play. Frankly, I think the play helped us. We will just be alert for those things in the future."...TWO CRIPPLES STILL OUT:  With the exception of tackle Bob Zimny and center Bill Campbell, who did not play against the Bears because of injuries suffered in preseason exhibitions, all the Cardinals will be ready for the Packers in Green Bay Sunday. The cast has been removed from Zimny's leg and the club doctors soon will remove a cast from Campbell's foot for examination. Reports from Green Bay yesterday said two Packers were unable to report for practice in preparation for the Cardinal game. Backs Jim Gillette and Ward Cuff were on the sidelines with pulled leg muscles suffered in the game with the Rams...TICKET TROUBLE, TOO: George Strickler, assistant to Curly Lambeau, head coach and general manager of the Packers, reported difficulties too. "Football fans are peculiar," said Strickler. "When the Bears come to Green Bay, fans will believe us when we say there are no tickets left. But, what happens" The Cardinals beat the Bears, and immediately there is another ticket rush. We give them the usual answer - 'no tickets', but this time they don't believe us."
FRITSCH - SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED TO THE ONETIME PACKER BATTERING RAM
OCT 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - The question before the house of pros today is: What's the matter with Ted Fritsch? The big Packer fullback, who led the National league in scoring last season with an even 100 points, has slowed up to the point that he is hardly recognizable as the onetime battering ram of Curly Lambeau's backfield. Against the Bears 10 days ago, in the fourth quarter, he briefly did look good. He exploded like his old self when possession of the ball was vital to Green Bay's cause and almost single handed in a march down the field he retained the ball. In exhibitions before that though, and in the Ram game Sunday, he was just another guy. Fritsch used to be able to start like a jackrabbit. He is now the slowest man off the mark in the backfield. He used to be able to punch a hole for a couple of yards. He used to be able to shift into a bull-like charge within a few steps. Now he needs seven or eight open yards to get started - and not often does he get those seven or eight yards...CONZELMAN SPEAKS: Jimmy Conzelman of the Chicago Cardinals was talking about fullbacks awhile back. "Know who's one of the greatest fullbacks in the league?" he asked. And then he hastily added so there would be no misunderstanding about how fullbacks rate in his book. "Next to our own Pat Harder, of course. But know who is one of the greatest next to him?" Somebody, remembering the 100 points of last season, naturally mentioned Fritsch. "Fritsch, hell," said Conzelman. "The guy plays with Green Bay all right, but it isn't Fritsch. It's Schlinkman - Walt Schlinkman. Fritsch for my money can't play in the same backfield with Schlinkman." And then Conzelman listed Schlinkman's gentle virtues in football armor. He loves the game. He starts like a sprinter. He is quick. He needs only the smallest of openings to make his own hole, for that is how he hits. He is fast. And once in the secondary he is shifty. Conzelman didn't say it, wouldn't say it, of course, but it isn't hard to guess whom he would rather have his Cardinals play against in the Packer backfield come Sunday at Green Bay...LAMBEAU PERPLEXED: But to get back to the starting point: What's the matter with Fritsch? Curly Lambeau himself frankly doesn't know. All he knows is that the burly guy who led the league in scoring last season has been one of his big disappointments so far in what otherwise has been a fast, well rounded backfield. Well, Lambeau probably does know what is the matter with Fritsch at that, but he can't explain it. Fritsch simply has slowed down to a walk. The things that Fritsch no longer does Lambeau, too, can see but he can't explain them. In an older man they might be written off by the accumulating years, but Fritsch is only 27. He should be in his very prime. Schlinkman is 25. Sunday against the Rams, Fritsch was a particularly disappointment. Substituted for Schlinkman in the first quarter after Schlinkman had been the big gun in a 70 yard drive down the field to the Los Angeles nine. Fritsch fumbled on first down and the Packers lost the ball. At no time thereafter did Fritsch show anything of his oldtime running form. Lambeau shook his head in perplexity Sunday night. A story that Fritsch might be traded to Boston for Jim Mello and Joe Golding is not true. Lambeau will continue to string along with him this fall at least - and hope. But meanwhile keep an eye on a guy from Texas Tech with the No. 7. He's a little Clarke Hinkle. His name is Walt Schlinkman.
PACKER GROUND GAINERS DRAW CARD ATTENTION
OCT 9 (Chicago Tribune) - Tony Canadeo, Ted Fritsch and Walter Schlinkman occupied the attention of the Chicago Cardinals yesterday as they started the serious phase of their drills for Sunday's game in Green Bay against the Packers. Canadeo, Fritsch and Schlinkman have been provided the Packers with their principal ground gains in games with the Bears and the Los Angeles Rams. The three are no strangers to the Cardinals who broke even with the Packers in two games last year. While Jim Conzelman, Cardinal coach, admitted the trio is difficult to stop, he also admitted the Packers have other means of rolling up touchdowns. "Every team in the National league presents a different problem," said Conzelman at the conclusion of yesterday's practice in Comiskey park. "Curly Lambeau, the Packers' coach, had his team up for those games with the Bears and Rams and the Wisconsin squad will be up against us next Sunday. Lambeau is not only well fortified with ball carries, he has a man in Indian Jack Jacobs who can throw the ball around. Jacobs also proved himself against the Rams as a top flight defensive player." Canadeo, in two games this season, has gained 144 yards in 20 attempts for a 7.2 percent average, which is good enough to top the western division of the league. Fritsch ranks third in the west with 99 yards in 17 tries. Charley Trippi, Cardinal freshman, follows Canadeo in the ground gaining department with 121 yards in 18 attempts for a 6.8 average. In their two league games, the Packers have totaled 480 yards by rushing against only 137 by passing. The Cardinals, on the other hand, have depended greatly on passing to pick up yardage. The Cardinals have amassed 587 yards by forward passing and 24 via laterals and only 280 in rushing. National league statistics reveal that Paul Christman, veteran Cardinal quarterback, as the pacesetter in the western division's passing department. Christman has completed 29 out of 50 attempts. Jacobs has a higher percent of completions than Luckman. Jacobs has thrown 24 passes, completed nine for 137 ayrds and two touchdowns. Three of the first five pass receivers in the western division are Cardinals. Jim Benton of Los Angeles ranks first, followed by Jim Keane of the Bears, Billy Dewell, Mal Kutner and Trippi follow in that order.
PACKERS' AERIAL DEFENSE SAGS - IN PRACTICE
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' pass defense left much to be desired in practice Wednesday. And it's a sad state of affairs because the Western division's leading passer, Paul Christman, will be at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Christman, who wears a Chicago Cardinal uniform, has thrown the ball 50 times and completed 29 for a total gain of 377 yards. Four of his pegs went for touchdowns. Christman's passes netted 320 yards against the Detroit Lions and only 57 against the Chicago Bears last Sunday. This indicates that Paul might have had a hard time against a good pass defense like that of the Bears. What Christman will do with the Packers' air defense, which kept Bob Waterfield and receivers in check last Sunday, remains to be seen, but while watching Wednesday's workout Packer Coach Curly Lambeau had several moments of discomfort. One Bay team used the T-formation as employed by the Cardinals, while several different groups operated on defense - particularly against passes. Indian Jack Jacobs and Herman Rohrig worked in Christman's place and 75 percent of the pass defenders were badly confused. Chief of the "Cardinal" receivers were Nolan (Kutner) Luhn and Clyde (Dewell) Goodnight, while four or five backs filled in for the Cardinal backfielders who are are adept at receiving, chief of whom is Charley Trippi, the so-called prize rookie of the season. Dewell, Kutner and Trippi rank third, fourth and fifth in the Western division behind Jim Benton of the Rams and Jim Keane of the Bears. Dewell caught nine for 195 yards; Kutner eight for 197; and Trippi six for 47...AIR BOMBS AS SURPRISE: The rest of the Wednesday session was devoted to offense. The Packers' passing game got a good tuneup, with Jacobs, Rohrig and Irv Comp throwing. Oddly enough, Green Bay's ground game has been so effective thus far that the Packers were able to hold their aerial bombs only as a surprise weapon in the first two games. The Packers, for instance, gained 480 yards on the ground against the Bears and Rams but only 137 in the air. They made 24 first downs by rushing and five by passing. As a comparison, the Cardinals chalked up 587 yards in the air and 280 on the ground. Their passing first downs total 25 against 14 on the ground. Ward Cuff, who was looking forward to the game against his former teammates, sat out Wednesday's practice and he'll probably see no hard duty this week. He has a pulled muscle, but may be ready for light duty Sunday. The other injuree, Jim Gillette, also a right halfback, was back in his working clothes and raring for action. He is expected to be set for heavy work Sunday...MISCELLANEY: The Cardinals have a wet and dry passer. Christman handles the throwing with a dry ball and Ray Mallouf pitches with a wet ball...In two games, the Packers fumbled six times and the Cards twice..Much credit for the Cards' win over the Bear is due to a number of first-year men including fullback Red Cochrane, Jeff Burkett, who plays end on offense and halfback on defense and does the punting; guard Hamilton Nichols of Rice; tackle Caleb Martin of Louisiana tech; and guard Plato Andros, Oklahoma A. and M...The Cards and Washington are waging a great race for the passing championship. The Redskins, behind Sammy Baugh, have registered 648 yards in the air with 35 completions out of 64 attempts. The Cards have the best passing average - 55.9 percent on 34 out of 57 passes for 587 yards. The Cards and Washington are running one-two in offense - 76 points to 69.
CARDINALS GUNNING FOR 100 POINTS A CONTEST
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers got a challenge today - right smack in their faces. It came in the form of a story in the Chicago public prints that left the average civilian observer including the Undersignee rather confused. We don't know whether to start a campaign to call off the NFL campaign and hand the Chicago Cardinals the championship or sit back and watch the other nine teams, including the Pack, subject themselves to terrible humiliation at the hands of the almighty Cardinals. The almighty Cardinals (pardon the repetition but almighty is the only word that describes 'em) are gunning for 100 points a game. Can you imagine that - 100 points a game? Here's the story that appeared in a Chicago paper: "Ray Bennigsen has adopted a 'let the chips fall where they will' policy as president of the sizzling (that shoulda been almighty) Cardinals professional football team. After the Cardinals defeated Detroit, 45-21, Coach Jimmy Conzelman was accused of being point hungry. The same beefs were heard after Sunday's 31-7 shellacking of the Bears. Naturally, the alert Bennigsen, carrying on for the late Charles W. Bidwell, heard these reports. In his customary cool, calm manner, Bennigsen answered: 'I've discussed the matter with Conzelman and we don't plan to pull our punches regardless of our opponent. We figure we have a sound offensive team and I'm confident we're a threat against anybody. We also feel this is our chance to even up a lot of past due accounts. Nobody showing any pity on the Cardinals all those seasons they were undermanned and struggling to get ahead. If the time comes when we get a chance to score 100 points, we'll do it and won't apologize to anybody.' Ray is confident that the Cardinals will qualify for the NFL championship playoff, but he'd be happy to call today Dec. 14 - if his team's on top. The Cardinals' regular season ends Dec. 14 after the Bear encore. About his team being the best in football, Berringsen concluded: 'Naturally, I feel that way - and am pulling for the boys to prove it.' " All such talk would seem to indicate that the Cardinals are not worrying about the Sunday game and apparently are considering it just another step in their flight to the league championship. But, we suppose, if a team is almighty it doesn't have to worry about such human obstacles as the Packers.
STEVE BAGARUS FINDS MILWAUKEE FOLK SWELL
OCT 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - The people of Milwaukee are pretty good folks, agrees Steve Bagarus, halfback of the Los Angeles Rams, who suffered a broken leg in the game with the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. Bagarus was hit by Jack Jacobs, spun in the air, and then pounced on by Charley Brock. Yes, Bagarus agrees, they are pretty good folk. A total stranger in Milwaukee, he has had frequent visitors to his room in Mount Sinai hospital, where he lies with his leg in a cast. "They've made it as pleasant for me as they could," Bagarus said Wednesday. "Folks I've never seen have dropped in to say hello and wish me well." Bagarus will be flown back to Los Angeles Monday in the Rams' chartered plane. The plane will pick him up here, go to Detroit, where the Rams are going to play Sunday, and pick up the squad, and then head west. Bagarus must remain on his back for from 8 to 10 weeks. Bagarus explained the pla on which his leg was broken. "Jacobs drove his shoulder into my thigh just as I had straightened out my leg in running. I knew instantly what had happened. He really hits. The bone had been broken when Brock got me in midair. It was a clean break (femur). And you know what? Jacobs is one of my buddies. Played with him on service teams during the war and at Washington last year. He felt badly about it Sunday night. But that's the way it goes. And, really, Milwaukee folks have been swell." Bagarus was encouraged by the doctor's report which indicated that the break should mend perfectly and that he would be able to play again next fall. Bagarus is married and lives in Los Angeles.
CARDS DRILL FOR PACKERS' GAME WARILY
OCT 10 (Chicago Tribune) - There wasn't a cloud in the sky yesterday while the Chicago Cardinals were going through an extensive drill in Comiskey park, preparing for their game with the Packers in Green Bay Sunday - but Coach Jimmy Conzelman professed to see plenty of clouds, and he wasn't wearing dark glasses, either. Conzelman even could name the clouds he was seeing in his mind's eyes - Tony Canadeo, Ted Fritsch, Bruce Smith and Indian Jack Jacobs, to name a few. These clouds threaten to obscure an otherwise pleasant picture Cardinal fans have drawn after decisive victories over the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. All four Packers have taken a hand in messing up Cardinal plans in the past, particularly Canadeo, Fritsch and Smith. Jacobs, who formerly played with the Washington Redskins, is a good quarterback who was luckless enough to serve as understudy to Sammy Baugh, the Redskins' passing wizard. Conzelman looks upon the Cardinals' next encounter as strictly an offensive battle and a high scoring game is in prospect. Comparative statistics of the Packers' and Cardinals' first two games tend to uphold Conzelman's appraisal of the Green Bay game. For instance, Green Bay has yielded 34 points, 35 first downs, 549 yards, 294 by rushing and 225 through passes in contests with the Bears and Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals, in their games with Detroit and the Bears, yielded 28 points, 31 first downs, 546 yards, 246 by rushing and 298 by passing. Thus Green Bay, in two games, has accumulated 617 yards in rushing as against 480 yards in passing. Conzelman regards these figures as evidence of new offensive power for the Packers. The Cardinal coach's explanation is that while Green Bay no longer has a passer like Cecil Isbell and a receiver like Don Hutson, Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau simply switches to a running game. In practice at Green Bay yesterday, Jim Gillettee was able to work out again, but Ward Cuff still was among those absent. Gillette and Cuff suffered pulled leg muscles in the Packers' 17 to 14 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. However, Lambeau was impressed with the work of guard Ray Clemons, captain of St. Mary's college, who played in the College All-Star game. Clemons, although he may not start in the game with the Cardinals, is regarded as a bright performer. Meanwhile, George Strickler, Packer publicity director and assistant to Lambeau, said that the Packers' office is being besieged for tickets for Sunday's game. None has been available for the last two weeks. The seating capacity of City stadium is 24,800, and more than 25,000 tickets already have been sold.
WISCONSIN STARS - HARDER, ESSER IN CARD LINEUP AGAINST PACKERS
OCT 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - When the Chicago Cardinals tangle with the Packers in City Stadium, Green Bay, Sunday afternoon to determine the NFL lead, Pat Harder and Clarence Esser, two U. of Wisconsin stars, will be very much in evidence. Harder leads the NFL in scoring with 34 points, just one point short of his total of 35 registered during the '46 season, his freshman season in the play-for-pay circuit. Pat has scored three TDs, 10 points after touchdown and two field goals to accumulate his 34 points and right now has a chance to set some new Cardinals individual records. Esser, a tackle at Wisconsin and voted the most valuable players on the squad in 1944 and 1945 and elected captain of the Badgers in 1946, is now an end on defense and looks awfully good. He has made the switch from tackle to end and should be one of the stars of the league as a defensive wingman. Harder at fullback, Paul Christman at quarter and Charley Trippi and Marshall Goldberg at left and right halves, will be the Cards' starting quartet on offense against the Packers Sunday.
instance, Green Bay has yielded 34 points, 35 first downs, 549 yards, 294 by rushing and 25 through passes in contests with the Bears and the Rams. The Cardinals, in their games with Detroit and the Bears, yielded 28 points, 31 first downs, 546 yards, 246 by rushing and 298 by passing. But Lambeau is convinced that the best way is to keep the other team from scoring.
PACKER-CARDINAL TILT NATIONAL HEADLINER
OCT 10 (Green Bay) - Sunday you will experience one of approximately 400 reasons why the City of Green Bay is known throughout the United States and adjacent territories where people know the difference between a football and a baseball. The Packer-Cardinal game at City stadium is one of the big national sports events of the weekend and certainly THE leading one in major league football. Sunday's game might well be the Packers' 400th for they played 311 NFL contests since 1921 and close to 100 exhibitions. On a league basis the Packers, coached all this time by Curly Lambeau, won 204, lost 84 and tied 21 for a terrific percentage of .709. Sunday's game, which has duplicated (in importance) with other teams in previous years, takes the national spotlight because out of it will come a possible Western division champion. It will be the only game featuring two unbeaten teams, and the winner will take the inside track toward the playoff pot of gold. This is the game that commands the headlines in such headline cities as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington and many others. This is it!...Here's one of those "did you know" things. The Packers won the toss on both their league games, and elected to receive both times. In each instance, they started from their own 25 and marched into their opponents' territory. Against the Bears, the Pack moved 47 yards in seven plays and counted three points on a Ward Cuff field goal from the 28. Against the Rams, Green Bay moved 71 yards in 11 plays before Ted Fritsch fumbled and Los Angeles recovered on its own four. The Packers split on the toss in their four exhibition games. In the New York struggle here, the Giants won but elected to kick off, which strategy is usually practices by Steve Owen. Against Boston, the Yanks won the toss but did the normal thing - receive. The Packers won the toss in the Pittsburgh and Washington games. There's no cause for superstition in those six coin cases...Requests for Cardinal-Packer game tickets have been received from such distant places as Oklahoma, both Dakotas and New York. Steve Bagarus, the Ram halfback who fractured his leg in the Packer game last Sunday, was interviewed in his Milwaukee hospital room by Beer City scribes and here's what he said: "Jacobs drove his shoulder into my thigh just as I had straightened out my leg in running. I knew instantly what had happened. He really hits. The bone had been broken when Brock got me in midair. And know what? Jacobs is one of my buddies. Played with him on service teams during the war and at Washington last year. He felt pretty badly about it Sunday night, but that's the way it goes." Bargarus will be flown back to Los Angeles Monday in the Rams' chartered plane after they play in Detroit. A total stranger in Milwaukee, Bagarus has had frequent visitors in Mount Sinai hospital...Four of the five NFL kickoffs return leaders are Italian - Minini, Magnani, Canadeo and Trippi. And the Packers' Tony wonders why the fifth, Dudley, can't be called "Dudleyano".
POWERFUL CARDINALS, UNDERDOG PACKERS COLLIDE HERE SUNDAY
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - Confident of winning the NFL championship, the Chicago Cardinals - an almighty aggregation of football brain and brawn - sail into the Green Bay Packers in the nation's major league football headliner before a sellout crowd of over 25,000 fans at City stadium at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Billed as a "sure bet" for the 1947 title, the amazing Cardinals are 14-point favorites despite the fact that the Packers hold victories over the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams. Needless to say, the Packers enter the game as the lowest of underdogs. The Cardinals haven't lost a game this season, taking four exhibition victories with ease and then trouncing the tough Detroit Lions, 45-21, and murdering the Bears, 31-7. The Packers, winning three out of four exhibitions, offer a 29-20 win over the Bears and a 17-14 victory over the Rams in rebuttal. The situation, to date, is not exactly conducive to Green Bay fan feeling. The Packers' pass defense - a vital factor in the Bear and Ram victories - has been loose in practice all week; play execution has been below part; and the defense against the Cardinals' vaunted running attack has
'PACKERS OUTPLAYED US; THAT'S ALL,'SAYS BRUTE TRAFTON; 'WE'RE TALKING CARDS NOW,' LAMBEAU
OCT 6 (Green Bay) - "The Packers outplayed us, that's all." This six-word capsule from George (Brute) Trafton, boxing expert, ex-terror of the NFL with the Chicago Bears and now line coach of the Los Angeles Rams, accurately describes the post-game feelings of a bitterly disappointed Ram coaching staff encountered at the Ambassador hotel here Sunday night. Clad only in his shorts, Trafton was making a manful attempt to explain the Rams' position to explain the Rams' position between rushes to the telephone. "They were all fired up," he admitted on one return trip, "and their 
STATISTICS? THEY'LL SHOW WHY PACKERS ARE UNDERDOGS AGAINST CHICAGO CARDS
OCT 8 (Green Bay) - Statistics don't mean a thing, but they offer a good talking point. Since the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cardinals both played the Chicago Bears, it might be interesting to compare the statistical performances of the next Sunday's opponents at City stadium with the Bears. And it is rare, indeed, to be using the Bears as a common denominator. Their role, generally, was that of a common leveler. Anyhow, the following briefs and the statistics will show you just why the Packers will be underdogs again next Sunday. There is only one important department in which the Packers outyarded the Cards - on the ground. The Packers gained 236 yards through the Bear wall while the Cards dented George Halas' line for only 129 yards, a difference of 107. Defensively, though, the Bears gained 118 yards on the ground through the Card line and 139 yards through the Packer wall. Since the Cardinals are supposed to be hot shakes as a passing team, it can be noted that they gained 151 yards by throwing and the Packers picked up 101. The Bears got 118 by the air through the Cards and 150 with the Bays. And here is a rarity that must make Sid Luckman whistle in the dark. The Packers intercepted five of Sid's throws and the Cardinals gathered in four. If you're interested further, take a peek at the figures at the bottom of this piece. The situation at Rockwood lodge where the Packers are training is peaceful and quite this week. The shortest outdoor drill of the year - a half hour - was held Tuesday, but a bit of rough stuff was on tap today...CUFF, GILLETTE DOUBTFUL: With the exception of Ward Cuff and Jim Gillette, who are ailing with muscle pulls, the squad is in good shape. It is doubtful whether either will see action Sunday, which means that Ted Fritsch will do the field goal and extra point kicking and that Bob Forte will carry the running load at right half. Forte and Bruce Smith played a whale of a defensive game against Los Angeles Rams Sunday and when the battle ceased they were both practically out on their feet. If Forte is reserved chiefly for defense, Ken Keuper, another defensive hot shot, may wheel at right half. Cuff and Gillette are both right halfbacks. Also taking it easy this week (much to his dislike) is Don Wells, the charging right end. Wells got through the Ram game with a wobbly leg but there is always the possibility that the pin may give out. This will leave Bob Skoglund and Johnny Kovatch, the Notre Dame ends, for defense. Nolan Luhn is also a right end but he specializes in offense. The only other player with some experience at defensive right end is Ralph Davis, the Wisconsin rookie guard, who toils there in practice with good results...DEFENSE BIG BUSINESS: The big business this week will be defense which proved to be the Packers' best offense last Sunday. The Cardinals have scored 76 points in two games for an average of 38 per. The Packer defense worked well last Sunday, in the air and on the ground. If there is any complaint, it might be noted in the passes intercepted column. The Bays failed to grab a Bob Waterfield pass but barely missed on two occasions. Christman does most of his throwing to ends Billy Dewell and Mal Kutner, although all of the backs are eligible, willing and ready to receive.
CANADEO LEADS NFL RUNNERS
OCT 8 (Philadelphia) - Slingin' Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins is on the march again. The great
veteran, in his eleventh season on the firing line, is currently giving one of the greatest exhibitions of his long and distinguished career in the NFL. The Texan has tossed eight touchdown passes in two games, has
gained 639 yards or more than twice as much as his two nearest competitors in his specialty, and tossed one pass to Hugh Taylor for 62 yards, the longest of the season. He has completed 34 of 62 attempts. Two great punts, one of which tied the NFL record, were made last week. Bob Waterfield booted one for 86 yards against Green Bay to equal the mark established in 1935 by Ralph Kercheval of Brooklyn. Jack Jacobs of the Packers, in the same game, recorded a 79 yard punt. Jacobs is leading the league with his average distance of 51.1. Steve Van Buren, ground gaining champion of two seasons ago, leads both the Eastern and Western division ball carriers with 203 yards in two games he has played for an average per carry of 5.3 yards on 38 attempts. Tony Canadeo of Green Bay has a better average, 7.2, but his total yardage of 144 is  well under the Eagles' star. Val Jasante of Pittsburgh leads both divisions in pass receiving with 12, followed by the brilliant Washington freshman Hugh Taylor. Tom Keane, Chicago Bears, and the elongated Jim Benton, last year's champion, each with 11 receptions.
SHIFT OF THREE FRANCHISES IN ALL-AMERICA LEAGUE FORECAST
OCT 8 (Chicago) - Jonas H. Ingram, commissioner of the All-America Football conference, said today that all league teams would finish this year's competition in the cities where they hold franchises now, but that three places have been developed as possible sites for future franchises. "All of our clubs will finish 1947 play where they are not." he said, "and if any change is made it will be before the 1948 and 1949 season. All of the teams are making money now, and it's no secret that the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Rockets have the hardest road. But neither of these teams will move this year, and we'll never pull out of Chicago." Ingram would not reveal the names of the three cities in which the backers already have been obtained, but he said that Walter O. Briggs, owner of the Detroit American league baseball team and Briggs stadium, had not been approached officially by anybody in the conference. "It's only smart business to find places to go if your present locations aren't good," Ingram said, "and as soon as I took this job I started prospecting for new places."
CARDS STILL IRKED BECAUSE OF BEARS' TRICK
OCT 8 (Chicago) - Coach Jim Conzelman and his three assistants, Buddy Parker, Dick Plasman and Phil Handler, had anticipated a happy reunion yesterday with the Chicago Cardinals in the first practice session since the encounter with the Chicago Bears Sunday. The Cardinal coaches thought the players would be in a frolicking mood after that 31 to 7 victory over the NFL champions. Several of the players showed evidences of bruises and sore muscles, but there was not much trace of happiness anywhere. Finally it was discovered that their price was causing more concern than any creaking muscles...MADE 'EM FEEL FOOLISH: The deepest wound resulted from that one touchdown the Bears scored during the first quarter. That wasn't the first one scored against the Cardinals this season, but the fact that the Bears resorted to a  moss covered, but perfectly legal, play in effecting the touchdown which saved them from a shutout hurt the Cardinals. 
CARDINALS' PASSING WORKS BEAUTIFULLY AGAINST PACK; TWO RAYS OF SUNSHINE!
OCT 10 (Green Bay) - Maybe the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals ought to exchange uniforms next Sunday. The Cardinals' vaunted passing attack worked so beautifully against the Packers - in practice of course - that it's a shame that somebody does not make arrangements to let Trippi and Company play on
the Green Bay side. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau was so far from pleased as the Cardinal throwers - Herman Rohrig, Jack Jacobs and Irv Comp - completed their passes to Clyde Goodnight, Nolan Luhn and a raft of backs. In fact, Lambeau was so disappointed that he just tossed his hands into the air and asked George Strickler, Packer publicity chief, for a cigarette. That was history right there because Lambeau never smokes on the practice field, but apparently the nicotine pole helped relieve some of the pressure. Under all of the heartaches, however, there was one of those proverbial rays of sunshine - and maybe even two. A couple of guards - Ray Clemons and Ralph Davis - looked pretty sharp in their general duties. Clemons, captain of St. Mary's (Calif.) last fall, hasn't seen hardly a spark of action yet but Lambeau aims to give him a thorough test against the Cardinals...SECRET IN PRACTICE: Davis, one of the University of Wisconsin's mainstays for the last three years, has come a long way in his fight in the tough pro wheel. He seems to be improving each week, and Lambeau hopes he'll whizz against the Cards. Incidentally, Davis is a versatile gent. He gets almost as much work as a defensive end - on the practice field - as he does at his normal guard position. Little else can be said about the practice this week. Lambeau is calling for secrecy and all strangers are asked to leave unless they can identify themselves - properly. The two doubtful players - Jim Gillette and Ward Cuff, both right halfbacks - are moving about. In particular, Gillette has returned to his form of last week but Cuff is working only lightly. Cuff finished third in scoring as a Cardinal last year with 55 point on two touchdowns, five field goals and 28 extra points...KICKED TWO EXTRA POINTS: Cuff was injured shortly before the Ram game last Sunday but kicked two extra points. However, Ted Fritsch was called in to kick a 28 yard field goal. Both Cuff and Gillette have pulled muscles. The Packers are continuing to pound defense against the Cardinal aerial and ground game, figuring that a good defense will play an important part if they are to win. However, offense hasn't been overlooked and a shiny gloss is being put on some of the plays that the Packers worked in previous games. From Chicago, Coach Jim Conzelman (the paper says anyway) looks upon the Cardinals' next encounter as strictly an offensive battle and a high scoring game is in prospect...BASED ON STATISTICS: Conzelman bases his oration on statistics. For
Sunday afternoon when the division's two only undefeated teams, the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, each with two straight victories, take the field at City stadium. The Packers have knocked off the Chicago Bears (29-20) and the Los Angeles Rams (17-14) and the Cardinals, the Detroit Lions (45-21) and the Bears (31-7), and the meeting between the two now has excited this town as few things in football ever have - and that includes some of those heated meetings with the Bears. A capacity crowd of 24,500, achieved two weeks ago, will see the game. The game actually has a double edge attraction, for besides being a fight over first place with great bearing on the final standings, it will bring to Green Bay what is probably the finest first string backfield in the league - the dream backfield of Charlie Trippi, Pat Harder, Marshall Goldberg and Paul Christman. Everybody wants to see it. The Cardinals ruled 10 point favorites - and the Packers Saturday night loved it. They were underdogs in both earlier league starts and they won both - with savage line play centered around three of the finest linemen in the league. Urban Odson, Dick Wildung and Larry Craig, with sharp alert play all around, and with the good direction and passing of Jack Jacobs at quarterback. The game may well develop into a passing duel between Jacobs and Christman, and if it does, there will probably be little to choose. The breaks then could decide it. Green Bay's line, if it plays as it has, can stack up right alongside Chicago's despite the extravagant claims the Cardinals have made for their forwards - Mal Kutner and Bill Dewell at ends, whom they call the two best offensive ends in the league, Stan Mauldin at tackle, Buster Ramsey at guards and Vince Banonis at center. The Cardinals, 35 strong arrived late Saturday afternoon after a workout in Chicago Saturday morning. Both teams were in good physical shape except for Ward Cuff of the Packers, who will probably not play because of last Sunday's bumps.
CARDS GIVEN 10-POINT EDGE OVER PACKERS
OCTOBER 11 (Green Bay) - The nation's football spotlight shifts to little City Stadium here tomorrow when the Chicago Cardinals, forming a dream team riding high toward a championship, meet a Green Bay Packer eleven which has risen out of the north the last two weeks to upset the Bears and Los Angeles Rams. Few games, including the traditional Donnybrook with the Bears, ever created the excitement that has enveloped the 47th meeting between Cardinals and Packers. Hotels are swamped. Eating places are jammed. The clamor for tickets, just one, anywhere, continued unabated as the Cardinals arrived here late tonight. The Packers have gone quietly about the task of preparing defenses for the running of Pat Harder and Charlie Trippi, and the passing of Paul Christman. Yet they were underdogs by as much as 10 points tonight. The Cardinals frankly admit championship aspirations. They regard their backfield as tops and their line as equal to anything the Western Division can offer. In Jack Jacobs, the Creek brave of passing fame, and in Tony Canadeo, Ted Fritsch, Walter Schlinkman and Bruce Smith the Packers believe they have running power equal to the Cards' powerful quartet of Harder, Trippi, Goldberg and Christman. Tomorrow's result will go a long way giving a definite shape to the Western Division race. For Green Bay, a win would mean the Packers have beaten the three teams with a chance at the title.
CARDS, PACKERS CLASH TODAY IN FIGHT FOR LEAD
OCTOBER 11 (Green Bay) - Undisputed leadership of the western division of the NFL will be at stake tomorrow in City stadium when the Chicago Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers meet before a capacity crowd in excess of 25,000. Tomorrow will mark the third league game for each team, the Cardinals having triumphed over the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears, while the Packers have whipped the Bears and the Los Angeles Rams on successive Sundays. Green Bay, a town that takes pride in its spirit of hospitality, tonight presented a picture of chagrin. The capacity of City stadium is placed at 24,800 and all seats for tomorrow's game have been sold for more than two weeks. For the last several days, Packer and town officials have broadcast warnings to the effect: "If you don't have tickets for Sunday's game, please stay away." The Northland hotel, which for years has tried to take care of the same guests year after year, tonight admitted that the situation had gotten out of hand. The hotel lobby, usually an orderly center of attraction, tonight presented a scene of near confusion in a last minute rush for rooms that were not available. Early in August the Packers were regarded as a dark horse entry in the National league championship race and the Cardinals were established as one of the favorites. When the Packers whipped the Bears, 29 to 20, in the opening game of the season, football enthusiasm soared to great heights, even for a gridiron-mad town like Green Bay. The Packer followers expected the men of the north to give a good account of themselves against the Rams, but when they whipped Los Angeles, 17 to 14, Green Bay fans overflowed the Packer bandwagon. Two rivals will renew acquaintances tomorrow in the persons of Harder, at fullback for the Cardinals, and Ted Fritsch, who operates at the same station for the Packers. Harder, as a professional freshman last year, finished second in the league in yards gained with 545 in 106 ball carrying attempts; caught 11 passes for 128 yards, one for a touchdown, and scored four touchdowns running. Fritsch, starting his sixth year with the Packers, apparently is resuming this season where he left off last. In 1946 he was the leading scorer in the National league with an even 100 points. If the line play of both teams lives up to expectations tomorrow both the Cardinals and the Packers may take to the air in bids for victory. Christman, master of the Cardinal T formation, is expected to toss to his favorite receivers, Mal Kutner and Billy Dewell. Should Green Bay succeed in covering this pair of ends, Christman will have plenty of other targets. Indian Jack Jacobs, acquired from the Washington Redskins, has been doing most of the passing for the Packers this season.
PACKERS AND CARDS FIGHT IT OUT TODAY FOR DIVISION LEAD
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - The undisputed lead in the western division of the NFL will be at stake here