Green Bay Packers (2-0) 17, Los Angeles Rams (1-1) 14
Sunday October 5th 1947 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Packers of the first 50 minutes Sunday won a football game, the Packers of the last 10 almost lost it, and when the tally of what the two
had done was finally made as the last long shadows
fell over State Fair park, it added up to this: Green
Bay 17, Los Angeles 14. There couldn't be any
happier figures today - in Milwaukee, in Green Bay,
in a hundred corners of the state where feelings 
frequently ebb and flow these autumn days with the
fortunes of the team. The Packers won. How they
won, though, is something else. How they won gave
31,613 fans, the largest turnout to see a football 
game here since the championship playoffs in 1938,
all the happy thrills of a rapid ascent into space,
then all the sweating chill of a rapid descent, and 
the Packers themselves all the exhilaration of a 
cock of the walk, then all the furtive depression of
someone sneaking in the back door.
Green Bay played Jekyll and Hyde Sunday. As
Jekyll, the Packers for 50 minutes played some of
their best football of recent years. They were a top
notch team - fast, sharp, highly charged. They
scored a touchdown in the third quarter on Bruce
Smith's four yard dash around left end, another a
few minutes later on Bob Waterfield's punt which Ed
Neal blocked and pounced on in the end zone, and
a field goal early in the fourth quarter on Ted
Fritsch's 23 yard kick. Cuff added both of the extra
points and they led, 17-0. Apparently they had the
game all sewed up. As Hyde in the last 10 minutes,
however, and in a fascinating reversal, they were
harassed and chased and almost pushed clear up
to the cattle barns at the north end of the grounds.
They yielded a touchdown to Pat West on a one
yard plunge, another to Waterfield on a naked
reverse from the seven yard line, and then in the
closing seconds trembled from head to foot, with
only a prayer on their lips, as Waterfield attempted
a field goal from the 37 which would have tied the
score. Waterfield missed, and the game ended on
the next play. The Packers have seldom played 
better football in recent years than they did in those
first 50 minutes. Any feeling that they might have
grown a little fat headed because of their victory over
the Bears a week ago they dispelled in the very first
minute in which they took the kickoff and began a
long goalward march which was halted only when
Ted Fritsch fumbled on the Los Angeles nine. And
for the rest of the half, the third quarter and the early
minutes of the fourth quarter, they had the pace.
The backs ran as though they meant it, Walt
Schlinkman, the devastator, Tony Canadeo, Bruce
Smith and Jim Gillette especially; the line played
outstanding ball, Urban Odson, Dick Wildung, Larry
Craig, Neal and Don Wells, especially; and Jack
Jacobs, the big Indian at quarterback, handled the
team surely except for one fumble in the last two
minutes, punted magnificently, averaging 48 yards,
and passed crisply - better than his record of 4 in
12 indicates, for his receivers several times loafed
on pitches they should have had. It was so much 
Green Bay's game in those 50 minutes that only
once did the Rams even threaten to score. They
reached Green Bay's two yard line in the second
quarter on a fine march of 78 yards, then fumbled,
just as Fritsch had a few minutes before, and lost
the ball. In the first quarter they had the ball on only
eight plays, including punts, and never got beyond 
their own 44 yard line, and in the third quarter they
had the ball on only 19 plays and never got beyond midfield. Green Bay's line, in charging, in rushing, and the support of the backers-up in the revolving 5-4-2 was superb. But it was in the last 10 minutes - that was something else, indeed. The seams started to bust. Mentally, since the score had been built up to 17-0, the team probably let down a bit, and physically, it was unquestionably weary. The Rams, sensing what was happening, snatched savagely, of course, at the chance. They went 75 yards in seven plays for their first touchdown and 52 yards in five plays for their second. And when Jacobs fumbled, with a minute and 45 seconds left, they recovered on Green Bay's 30 and threatened again. It was a costly licking for the Rams, for in the course of the afternoon they lost the services of one of the finest backs in the league, Steve Bagarus, whose left leg (femur) was broken when Jacobs spun him in the air and Charley Brock pounced on him on a punt return in the first quarter. The game was held up more than 10 minutes while a hunt was made for a stretcher - a hunt, by the way, that shouldn't ever have been necessary. Every football game should have a stretcher. Bagarus was taken to Mount Sinai hospital.
Until the last 10 minutes, Los Angeles, as loaded in personnel as any other team in the league, hardly lived up to its advance billing. Maybe the Packers had something to do with this, but whatever the reason, the Rams did not look sharp. They were just another ball club. Those last 10 minutes, though - all good Green Bay fans will gladly forget them. The Packers threatened the first time they had the ball, taking the kickoff on their own 22 and driving to the Los Angeles nine on four straight first downs. Schlinkman was slightly on the terrific side in the drive, smashing through the smallest of openings and threatening to score a touchdown by himself. On the nine, however, Lambeau looked into his crystal ball, pulled Schlinkman in favor of the decelerated Fritsch and a moment later threw away the ball. Fritsch fumbled on first down, Waterfield recovered on the three and the threat was over. The Packers got position again when Bagarus fumbled on the play on which his leg was broken and Luhn recovered on Los Angeles' 44, but they stalled on the 33, and they got position on Los Angeles 35 a third time on a nice punt return by Canadeo, but lost the ball when Waterfield intercepted a pass. In between these Packer sallies, the Rams made their only move of the half, driving from their 20 to Green Bay's two before Kenny Washington fumbled and Dick Wildung recovered. And so the half ended. It was obviously only a question of time, however, before the teams would break through all the way, and the Packers early in the third quarter became the first. They kicked off, got the ball back in midfield on a punt and then had the help of a 15 yard penalty which carried them to Los Angeles' 32. It required only eight plays from here. With the ball finally on the four, fourth down, Smith took a lateral from Jacobs and wheeled around left end for the score. 
And the Packers also came right back. Waterfield, back to punt on his own 10 yard line late in the period, was overwhelmed by the gargantuan Neal and his intended kick bounced into the end zone where Neal also fell on it for the score. This certainly looked like the game, but was it? The Packers must have had a hunch, for just to cinch the victory, they went out and added a field goal in the fourth quarter. They got the ball in midfield after the Rams had gambled on a fourth down running play and lost, quickly moved into kicking territory and then sent Fritsch back to the 23 for the three pointer. Los Angeles' case looked almost hopeless with only 10 minutes left and 17 points in Green Bay's column. But then came the countercharge and bewildered Packers lay strewn over the field. Lambeau tore his hair, gnashed his teeth, stomped his feet when, on top of everything, Jacobs fumbled on Green Bay's 30 yard line and Milan Lazetich recovered in the last minute and 45 seconds of play. The stomping, especially must have helped, for the Packers arose to the occasion. They batted down two passes, stopped one running play cold, and then a little breathlessly saw Waterfield's fourth down kick from the 37 sail six or seven feet wide. The game was marked by frequent penalties, frequent breaks and tremendous kicking. One of Waterfield's punts covered 86 yards, one of Jacobs' 76. And now the Chicago Cardinals at Green Bay next Sunday. And is that good? It is not.
LOS ANGELES -  0  0  0 14 - 14
GREEN BAY   -  0  0 14  3 - 17
3rd - GB - Smith, 3-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
3rd - GB - Neal recovered a blocked punt in the end zone (Cuff kick) GB 14-0
4th - GB - Fritsch, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-0
4th - LA - Pat West, 4-yard run (Bob Waterfield kick) GREEN BAY 17-7
4th - LA - Waterfield, 4-yard run (Waterfield kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
OCTOBER 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.
OCTOBER 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.
OCTOBER 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.
OCTOBER 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.
OCTOBER 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.
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.
OCTOBER 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.
OCTOBER 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,
OCTOBER 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.
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.
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.
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.
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - The undisputed lead in the western division of the NFL will be at stake here 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.