NEWS AND NOTES
MULLINS CUFFS PACKER KICK THE MOON WAY
NOVEMBER 10 (Chicago Tribune) - Moon Mullins blocked Ward Cuff's last minute field goal attempt yesterday (and saved the Bears' 20 to 17 triumph over the Packers in Wrigley field) by keeping his hands down - not up. "Three or four times this year I've missed blocking kicks because the ball had passed under my arms," Moon explained in the Bear dressing room. "This time I kept my left arm down against my side and the ball smacked right against my elbow. If my arm had been up - the way people usually try to block kicks - the ball would have gone through." And Cuff would have tied the score," Coach George Halas broke in. "Ward doesn't miss from the 29 yard line." "Give Sprinkle (end Ed Sprinkle) most of the credit," Mullins inserted. "He knocked Forte (Bob, Packer halfback) out of my way and let me come from behind." "And don't forget Fred Davis," Line Coach Hunk Anderson declared. "On the play before they tried that field goal, Davis crossed over from the left side to
smack down Walt Schlinkman going off to 
the right. If Fred had missed, Schlinkman
might have gone all the way." "The whole line
was great," Halas summed up. "Bulldog 
Turner, Ray Bray, Ed Kolman, Bill Milner - 
that Milner got out of bed and played with a 
fever." Sid Luckman pointed to his discarded
white pants. Play numbers were scrawled in
black ink down the front of both legs. "Didn't
use any of them," Sid grinned. Nick Sacrinty,
who recovered Cuff's kick on the Chicago 4
yard line, was talking about Nolan Luhn, the
Packer end. "He sure tried to steal that ball
after he tackled me," Nick grinned. Charles
Luckman, the food rationing czar, visited the
Bears. Luckman witnessed the Bears' last
minute triumph over the Yankees in Boston
last week. "It's hard on the heart," Luckman
complained to Halas. "Yes," Halas agreed, 
"along with meatless Tuesdays and 
poultryless Thursdays, we ought to name
touchdownless Sundays - for the rest of the
league, that is."
WHO PUT THE 'FIX' ON TELEPHONE? 
PACKERS ARE LOOKING FOR CULPRIT
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - The
question today is: Who tampered with the
telephone wires at Wrigley field Sunday
afternoon? George Halas, who owns the
Bears? Hunk Anderson, who coaches the
line? Luke Johnsos, who maps out the
strategy? Some guy who had bet five bucks
on the game? Or did the whole thing just
happen to happen? Whoever it was, if it really
was somebody, or whatever it was, the
Packers couldn't get the customary 
telephone connection between the top of the
stand and the bench Sunday afternoon and
they like to believe today, casting about for reasons to explain the bitter 20-17 licking, that perhaps this had something to do with it. The funny part, to be serious, is that it may have. To the casual football fan it ought to be explained, perhaps, that there isn't a major team in the country, college or professional, which doesn't use a telephone system between a vantage point in the stands and the bench during a game, and which doesn't provide the same kind of private little system for its visitors. It's an accepted part of the game, even as the air in football. The uses of the system, of course, are clear. An observer in the stands, looking down, can detect spacing in the line better, can catch defensive maneuvers quicker, can even direct the whole play better than a coach on the ground. It's the perspective in this that counts. Well, anyway, the Packers couldn't get their connection Sunday afternoon, and they haven't got over it yet. Oh, the telephones were there all right, one high up in the stands, one down on the bench, but somewhere something went wrong - and that's just the point. Did somebody cut the wires? Was central off for the day - no, it couldn't have been that for the phones operate with little cranks and with bells. Or were the phones, in this evil case, just there for decorations? Shaggy old Walt Kiesling, line coach, wheezing and puffing after the long climb to the top of the stands, was not exactly happy as it was as he finally took his seat at his end of the line just before the kickoff. What Packer can be happy just before the kickoff against the Bears anyway? Well, Kiesling took his seat and he turned the crank. The bells on his phone rang all right, but nothing happened on the bench. Kiesling cranked some more. Still no sign that the bench had heard. Kiesling stared to say things, slowly, softly and deliberately at first, then in a violent outburst. Down on the field, Bo Molenda, on the other end of the wire, started to wave at Kiesling for action and Kiesling started to wave at him. Both cranked. Both had bells ringing in their ears, but still no connection. By this time Lambeau himself got into the act. Perplexed that he had received no information from Kiesling, he took his eyes off the field long enough to look up to Kiesling and frantically indicate he wanted the crank turned - wanted action. Kiesling's arm was almost ready to fall off here, his face was red, but he cranked again. And still nothing happened. And then Kiesling could stand it no more. Down on the field the Bears had started a march. He ripped out the phone, stomped his feet and returned those long steps from the stands to the field just in time to see the Bears score their first touchdown. "Why that was awful," Lambeau moaned Monday. "Never heard anything like it. A full 60 minutes of a ball game without a telephone. And then do you know what made it worse? They struck out bench on the east side of the field for the first time, down about the 20 yard line so we could hardly see a thing that happened at the other end of the field and they never told us a thing about it. Why, sure we would have scored if we had had a phone the time we were down on the two yard line - sure we would have. We could have sent in a play, knowing just exactly what the Bears were doing. Why not a substitute? Especially on fourth downs? Gosh he couldn't have made it in time, sitting where we were 80 yards away. This was awful." Now the question is: Who tampered with the telephone wires, or did it just happen?
PACKERS TO FIND CARDS FREE OF OVERCONFIDENCE
NOVEMBER 13 (Chicago Tribune) - Although Coach Jimmy Conzelman is presented with several problems in preparing the Cardinals for Sunday's Comiskey park season final with the Green Bay Packers, overconfidence isn't one of them. The Cardinals own two successive victories over the Packers, but the standing in the series between the two clubs, which started back in 1921, is sufficient proof to the Chicagoans they still have a long way to go before anything can be done toward balancing the books with Green Bay. During that span the Cardinals won 13, lost 29 and tied three. The Cards' first game with the Packers last season taught them a few lessons which were instrumental in gaining revenge in the second. The Packers triumphed in the first game, 19 to 7, because the Green Bay line was successful in breaking through the Chicago forward wall and spilled Paul Christman repeatedly before the Cardinal quarterback could get the ball away for a pass. The situation was
reversed in the game at Green Bay, and Chicago won,
24 to 6. The Packers were not getting through the
Cardinal line then, and Christman was throwing 
passes from a deeper cup. Packer tricks of stealing
the ball, upsetting the passer and overzealous
tackling are being reviewed this week. Conzelman's
assistants, Phil Handler, Buddy Parker and Dick
Plasman, have had personal experiences with the 
Green Bay legerdemain. Charley Brock, Packer 
captain, showed his ability as a ball thief to the 
Cardinals a couple of years ago when he stole the
ball and scored a touchdown. The Cards remember, 
too, that overzealous tackling of Harder by the 
Packers cost them the services of the former 
Wisconsin fullback for several games following the
October 12 game in Green Bay. The part that Charley Trippi will play Sunday still remains problematical. Trippi is suffering from a toe injury and may not be able to operate at maximum efficiency in the Packer game. The Cardinals will be called upon Sunday to face one of the best passing defensive teams in the league. Christman, who is second to Sid Luckman of the Bears in the western division, has completed 88 out of 181 for 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns. Jack Jacobs, who does most of Green Bay's passing, ranks third with 51 out of 119 attempts for 824 yards and six touchdowns. In the pass receiving department, Billy Dewell and Mal Kutner rank second and third respectively in the western division, with 345 yards in 28 catches and 504 in 23 catches. Nolan Luhn tops Green Bay's pass receivers with 378 yards in 23 catches.
Chicago Bears (5-2) 20, Green Bay Packers (4-3) 17
Sunday November 9th 1947 (at Chicago)
GAME RECAP (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)
(CHICAGO) - Ward Cuff flexed his leg as Herman Rohrig placed the ball 29 yards from the posts on the Bears' goal line yesterday afternoon in Wrigley field with 12 seconds left and the Green Bay Packers trailing, 20 to 17. It was fourth down and the Bears for the 
third time in the game had stopped the most powerful running
attach in the National league. Now three points would tie the
game - and a tie would be as disastrous as a defeat in the
tight western division race. Noah Mullins darted through the
Packer line and blocked the ball a split second after it left
Cuff's toe. This was the climax of superlative defensive play
which saved the Bears when it seemed that nine previous
mistakes - four pass interceptions and five recovered fumbles
- would be the death of the Chicagoans in their comeback
drive from the cellar.
46,112 SEE BATTLE
The 46,112 spectators had watched the Bears make 
successful goal line stands on their 7 and 3 yard lines in
earlier dramatic moments. They had watched Green Bay 
break up a scoreless tie by scoring 10 points in a minute and
a half - then the sight of the Bears making two touchdowns in
the next four and one-half minutes. The Bears' perilous 
escape brought them their fifth straight triumph and a clear
cut claim to second place in the west, only a game back of
their community rivals, the red shirted Cardinals. It also was
the seventh straight year the big boys from the north have 
come to Wrigley field for a beating. In their closing surge, the
Packers passed and ran 36 yards for a first down on the
Bears' 20. This was the spot for big Ted Fritsch, who was
smashed for a 2 yard loss by Ed Sprinkle. Then Bob Forte
tried and again Sprinkle broke through and dumped him for 
the same deficit. An 8 yard pass took the Packers to the 16
and after they drew a 5 yard penalty for too many times out,
Cuff tried the kick which was smothered by Mullins.
BEARS RESORT TO GROUND
Retrained from having it their own way in the air lanes, the
Bears for the first time exhibited a running attack, with Mike
Holovak ramming for 58 yards. Sid Luckman, who had pitched
13 touchdowns in the four previous victories, was restrained
to one while completed 10 of 19 passes for 160 yards. The 
Bears outpunched the Packers on the ground, 148 to 131
yards, but had 3 fewer yards in the air, Jack Jacobs hitting on
12 of 24 for 175 yards. Bob Fennimore had a 12 yard pass 
for the champs. The Bears' series of frustrations started when
Don Kindt's fumble early in the first quarter was recovered by
Don Wells only 34 yards out. Then Walt Schlinkman fumbled
and Walt Stickel recovered for the Bears. After the champs
had rolled 57 yards to the Packers 14, Rohrig intercepted
Luckman's pass. On the final play of the scoreless quarter,
Fenimore's fumble was recovered by Irv Comp in the Bears'
17. Schlinkman, whose hard running at fullback empahsized
that Fritsch is on his way down, hit for 2 yard as the second
period opened standing up. Cuff added the point for a 7 to 0
edge.
FRITSCH BOOTS FIELD GOAL
Frank Minini took Frtisch's kickoff at the goal line and was
doing all right until he fumbled on his 30, Lester Greeenwood
recovering on the Bears' 23. A clipping penalty stopped the
Paclers, but Fritsch booted a food goal from midfield. Holovak
battled back to his 39 with the kickoff and in eight plays,
including a recovery of a fumble, the Bears had a touchdown.
The first big gainer was Luckman's flat pass to Holovak, who
ran for 19 yards to the Green Bay 40. Fenimore fumbled at 
the 36, but Jim Keane pounced on the ball at the 31. From
there, Luckman whipped a pass to Ken Kavanaugh, who
whirled away from Rohrig at the 3 as he stepped over. Ray
McLean kicked goal. The Bears promptly assumed command
when Kindt recovered Jacobs' fumble on the Green Bay 19.
Kindt hit for 3 and Keane fielded a pass on the 8. Hugh
Gallarneau appeared to be stopped on the 2, but wrenched
free from Tony Canadeo and crawled over. McLean's kick put
the Bears in front, 14 to 10.
PACKERS BEGIN TO PRESS
It was then that the Bears were hard pressed for the first time
to retain their edge. After running plays had reached the 
Green Bay 39, Luckman's pitch was intercepted by Bob
Forte (there's an Al, too) who came back 9 yards to his own
30. A 53 yard pass from Jacobs to Clyde Goodnight put the
ball on the Chicago 7. Schlinkman was held to a yard and
Canadeo was stopped at the 3. Again Schlinkman tried - but
a yard was the best he could do. On a sweep, Jim Gillette
fumbled on the 2, and Fred Davis recovered. From their 7 the
Bears mustered a drive to the Packer 26, where Luckman's
end zone pass was intercepted by Jacobs just before the half
ended. Green Bay couldn't gain after taking the second half
kickoff, and after Jacobs' punt rolled dead on the Chicago 32,
the Bears went all the way in nine plays. Holovak's value 
again was demonstrated when he made 18 yards a pass in 
the flat. A holding penalty gave the Bears a first down on the
Packers' 45. After Fenimore smacked for 7, George McAfee
gathered in Luckman's flat pass for 16 yards to the 22. 
Gallarneau lost 2, but Joe Osmanski, replacement for 
Holovak, cut back through defensive right tackle and scored
standing up. The Bears were offside when McLean kicked
unsuccessfully, but the next time the Scooter missed and the
score was 20 to 10.
PACKERS GETS LAST CHANCE
Green Bay had its last chance when Rohrig returned George
Gulyanic's punt to his own 44. The alarming advance started
with an 11 yard pass to Goodnight. Then Schlinkman came
through with two 4 yard thrusts to the 36 and Canadeo swept
to the 20 for a first down. Goodnight struggled to the 20 after
catching Jacobs' pass. And that's where the Bears saved the
old homestead.
GREEN BAY -  0 10  0  7 - 17
CHI BEARS -  0 14  6  0 - 20
2nd - GB - Schlinkman, 15-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 50-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-0
2nd - CHI - Ken Kavanaugh, 81-yd pass from Sid Luckman (Ray McLean kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - CHI - Hugh Gallarneau, 8-yard run (McLean kick) CHICAGO BEARS 14-10
3rd - CHI - Joe Osmanski, 24-yard run (Kick failed) CHICAGO BEARS 20-10
4th - GB - Forte, 8-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) CHICAGO BEARS 20-17
CARDS-PACKERS POINT WILL BE REALLY EARNED
NOVEMBER 14 (Chicago Tribune) - From a statistical standpoint, two of the best defenses in the NFL will be matched against each other Sunday when the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cardinals meet to close the regular league schedule in Comiskey park. The Cardinals lead both divisions of the league in reluctance in yielding points to opponents, with 89, and in first downs, with 99. The Packers have surrended 113 points, 11 more than the Los Angeles Rams, and 119 first downs. The Packers hold a slight edge defensively in the yielding of first downs by passing, 40 to 42. The Green Bay line has given up a total of 2,032 yards against the Cardinals' 1,916. Packer opponents have completed 73 out of 160 passing attempts, while Cardinal foes have completed 70 out of 175. While the Cardinal backfield still is an unknown quantity, insofar as Sunday's game is concerned, Coach Jimmy Conzelman said yesterday it probably will be in as good shape as it has been for any league game this season. End Clarence Esser and center Bill Campbel still are in the doubtful category, but the latter has been unable to appear in a league game all season. The return of tackle Bob Zimny is regarded as a definite break for the Cardinals. Any psychological edge in Sunday's game will be determined by the Packers. If Green Bay assumed the role of spoiler, the men of the north can aid the Bears with an all-out battle with the Cardinals. If the Packers regard themselves as through for the season after the loss of three games, the Cardinals should not have much trouble. Regardless of Green Bay's niche in the league standings, several thousand fans from the Green Bay and Milwaukee areas will accompany the team to Chicago. The team may feel slightly discouraged over losing three games by a total margin of eight points, but the fans still are impressed with the possibility of their team figuring in the title. Advices from Green Bay are that snow and frozen ground are handicapping the Packers in their preparation for Sunday's game. While Bruce Smith, halfback from Minnesota, and tackle Urban Odson, also a Gopher alumnus, are practicing this week, there remains some doubt as to their availability for regular duty Sunday. Indian Jack Jacobs rejoined the team Wednesday after attending funeral services for his father on Holdenville, Okla.
SMITH, ODSON READY TO PLAY
NOVEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - There was good news up here today. The Green Bay Packers, their backs to the wall in the western division of the NFL, will be back at nearly full strength Sunday when they invade Comiskey park for the return engagement with Jimmy Conzelman's Chicago Cardinals. The game is expected to draw close to 50,000 fans. The Cardinals won the first game, at Green Bay, 14-10, and rule seven point favorites again. The good news concerned cripples Urban Odson and Bruce Smith, principally, neither of whom played against the Chicago Bears in the 20-17 heartbreaker a week ago. Odson, injured in the Pittsburgh game in Milwaukee two weeks ago, will be ready for part time service anyway, and Smith, hurt in the Detroit game the week before, probably will be ready. In addition, several of the men who were not in the best of shape a week ago but who played - Baby Ray, Jim Gillette, Bob Forte and Tony Canadeo - will step out Sunday afternoon in much better shape. A victory is a "must" on the Packer agenda. With three defeats already against them, another Sunday would just about eliminate them from championship consideration. Jack Jacobs, passing mainspring of the team, who left the club immediately after last Sunday's game with the Bears to attend his father's funeral in Holdenville, Okla., rejoined the squad Thursday.
​GREEN BAY MAY DELIVER BEST FOOTBALL PUNCH
NOVEMBER 15 (Chicago Tribune) - "One of these Sundays the Packers will come up with the type of football game they are capable of, and Sunday may be it." The voice of Green Bay, better known to the football trade as George Strickler, assistant general manager of the Packers, made this announcement last night, which should convince the Cardinals that they are in for a long afternoon tomorrow in Comiskey park. "The Packers really haven't lost a game this season," continued Strickler. "The reason, on three occasions, that the Packers left the field with fewer points than their opponents is that the Packers beat themselves. Mistakes, a missed assignment here and there, coupled with the loss of Bruce Smith and Urban Odson through injuries, add up to three defeats being charged against our team. We aren't out of this race yet. A lot can happen before December 14. I realize that we are now in third place in the western division with the Cardinals on top and the Bears second. One Sunday can change the complexion of the whole thing. I still think the Packers have the best team in the league, but yet we are charged with losing three games by a total of eight points. The Cardinals hold a four point margin over us; the Bears, three, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, one. When Bruce Smith was lost through injuries we were deprived of the best defensive back we had. He also probably was our best breakaway runner. Look at the Washington game. He got away for 80 yards, but the officials called it 40; he got away for 48, the officials called it 16. But when he sprinted for 35 yards he was in the middle of the field and there was no chance to call an out of bounds decision then. If the Cardinals think they are going to pass us dizzy tomorrow, they have another thing coming. Remember, we intercepted 11 of Sid Luckman's passes in two games and that looks like pretty fair defensive work. The Packers, like other team in the league, are learning that this is a game in which youth must be served. Consequently, youngsters like Bob Skoglund of Notre Dame and Red Wilson of Southern Methodist will be called on more frequently during the rest of the season." The Cardinals went through a brisk two hour drill yesterday. Charley Trippi will not start against the Packers, Coach Jimmy Conzelman said. "While he is able to a little running, he is far from being in shape," the coach. This means that Babe Dimancheff will probably start at left halfback.
PACKERS AND CARDS MEET AGAIN SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 16 (Chicago) - Faced with the necessity of winning to avoid virtual elimination from the race, the Green Bay Packers will attempt to snap their two game losing streak when they meet the league leading Chicago Cardinals at Comiskey park Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 50,000 is expected to witness the second battle of the season between these two old rivals. The Cardinals, leading the western division of the National league with six victories and one defeat, won the previous game at Green Bay, 14-10. A defeat for Curly Lambeau's men, who have won four and lost three, would drop them three games off the pace with four games to play, and dispel all but a flickering hope of recapturing the championship. Reports from the Packers' sick bay are more encouraging than at any time in recent weeks, as both Urban Odson, giant tackle, and Bruce Smith, star halfback, have been pronounced ready for at least part time duty. Odson was injured in the Pittsburgh game. Smith has not played since dislocating a shoulder against Detroit. Tackle Buford (Baby) Ray and backs Jim Gillette, Bob Forte and Tony Canadeo, all injured against the Bears last week, have also recovered. Coach Jimmy Conzelman of the Cardinals not only possesses the "dream backfield" of Paul Christman, Charley Trippi, Marshall Goldberg and Pat Harder, which many consider the best in football, but also the league's leading defensive unit. In seven games the Cards have allowed 89 points. If past performances are any indication, the game is likely to develop into an aerial duel between Christman and Jack Jacobs of the Packers, who rank fourth and sixth, respectively, among the league's passes. Christman has completed 88 passes in 181 attempts for 1,252 yards and nine touchdowns, and Jacobs has connected on 51 out of 119 for 824 yards and six touchdowns. Christman's efficiency average is 48.6, Jacobs' 42.8. Both have excellent receivers. Billy Dewell and Mal Kutner, the Cardinals' fine pair of ends, are among the leaders in this department. Dewell has snagged 28 aerials, a total exceeded only by Jim Keane of the Bears, while Kutner has caught 23. Nolan Luhn of the Packers has matched Kutner's total, and Clyde Goodnight is not far behind. The game will be the forty-seventh between the two teams, the Packers having won 29 and the Cardinals 14, with three contests ending in ties. As in their previous game this season Green Bay will have the role of underdog, Conzelman's eleven being quoted as a seven point favorite. A Packer triumph would throw the western division championship race into a free-for-all. Providing the Bears beat Los Angeles, the two Chicago teams then would be tied for first place with Green Bay a game behind.
BEARS FACE RAMS IN COAST COLISEUM
NOVEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Chicago Bears will try to continue their great comeback, which had produced five straight victories after a bad start when they face the injury riddled Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles coliseum. The Rams have lost three in a row since handing the Cardinals their only defeat, 27-7, on October 19. The surprising Pittsburgh Steelers, pacing the eastern division with six victories and two defeats, entertain the hapless New York Giants and are heavily favored continue their winning ways. Their closest rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, face a dangerous foe in the improved Boston Yanks, who upset the Rams last week. In the other game, Sammy Baugh takes his bag of aerial tricks to Detroit, where the Washington Redskins play the last place Lions.
CARDS TO CLOSE HOME SEASON AS PACKERS' HOST
NOVEMBER 16 (Chicago Tribune) -The Green Bay Packers who, despite their three losses refuse to count themselves out of the championship race of the western division of the NFL, will close the Comiskey park schedule of the Chicago Cardinals today before a
crowd of more than 40,000. The game will start at 1:30
p.m. The Cardinals today will be called upon to
oppose the most formidable opponent it will be their
misfortune to meet before the final game of the season
in Wrigley field against the Bears. After today's game 
the Cardinals will play in Washington, New York and
Philadelphia on successive Sundays before meeting 
the Bears for the second time. While the Cardinals own
a 14 to 10 triumph over the Packers, that October 12
affair will be forgotten when today's activities get under
way. The southsiders were the first eleven to whip
Green Bay this season and hold a greater margin of
victory over the Packers than the other conquerors of
the men of the north. The Bears beat the Packers by
three points a week ago and the Pittsburgh Steelers
turned the trick by a matter of one point. Both Green
Bay and Chicago have several accounts to settle today.
The Cardinals own two straight victories over the 
Packers and another defeat for Green Bay would drop
Coach Curly Lambeau's men down to a four victory and
four defeat class and eliminate them from championship
consideration. The Cardinals recall that on the occasion
of the first meeting fullback Pat Harder suffered an
injury in the first seven minutes that had handicapped
him since. Two of the best lines in the league will
operate today in Comiskey park. If the Packers' 5-4
defense is as stanch today as it has been in other
games, the Cardinal ground game is not expected to be
overly effective. This would mean that Chicago again
will have to depend upon its passing game, which has
been its most potent scoring weapon in the 1947
campaign. Harder will have an opportunity today to take
over the scoring leadership of the National league. As
matters stand now he is second with 50 points, four less
than the total of Bill Dudley of the Detroit Lions. Charley
Trippi, who did  not play against the Lions at all and who
engaged in only two plays in the second game with the
Rams, will be used today. Tony Canadeo represents the
Packers' chief ground gaining threat. The old Gonzaga
star has rolled up 314 yards in 65 ball carrying attempts
which is good enough to rank him second in the
league's western division. Trippi tops the Cardinals in this division with 266 yards in 49 attempts.