NEWS AND NOTES
FLOWERS JUMPS BACK TO GREEN BAY PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, recovering gradually from the shock they received at Pittsburgh last Friday when they lost, 24-17, had new strength at center Thursday and bad news about the Boston Yankees whom they will play in Milwaukee September 14. Bob Flowers, a veteran center, bolstered Curly Lambeau's pivot corps unexpectedly Wednesday when he walked into camp, announced that he had quit the New York Yankees of the All-American conference and was ready to play for whatever Lambeau cared to offer. "Anything," Flowers opined, "would be better than playing in that league." Lambeau offered the same amount Flowers refused earlier in the summer and tacked on a fine for reporting late. The big center signed immediately. It was the second time that a Packer player had jumped to the other league and turned back almost before he landed. Last year Ted Fritsch thought the pastures were greener in Cleveland under Paul Brown, but he returned to Green Bay within a few days. Flowers barely got under the wire, preserving his eligibility by leaving the Yankees just before their first league game against Buffalo last Sunday. Had he been on the Yankee roster at the time of the game, he would have been ineligible in the National league for five years. Flowers' return gave Lambeau a seasoned and sufficiently robust center to back up Charlie Brock and Buddy Gatewood, with whom Flowers shared the position last fall. Lambeau welcomed back the big Texas Tech product, but even Flowers' return was unable to take the dark look off the veteran coach's face. The gloom came from scouting reports on the Boston Yanks. Bigger, better and more eager than ever, the Yanks, making their first start under Clipper Smith against the Detroit Lions at Flint, Mich., last Sunday, dominated the game from start to finish, doing everything except winning. Lambeau was especially dour about that portion of the report having to do with Paul Governali's passing. The Steelers found the Packer aerial defense vulnerable in the clutch last Friday in Pittsburgh, and even without looking, Lambeau knows that Boston's pass attack is far superior to what the Steelers confidently call their aerial game. Governali, having what the scouts called an off day, connected with 14 out of 25 passes, one of which went for a touchdown. Operating behind a bigger and more rugged line than that which outcharged the Packers at Pittsburgh, Governali had the Yanks on the move goalward all game long, only to have penalties and three costly fumbles halt advances deep within Lion territory.
CURLY LAMBEAU GIVES PACKERS HEAVY DRILLS
SEPTEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay
Packers were submitted to scrimmage for the
second time in two days Thursday as Coach Curly
Lambeau drove the club in preparation for its next
start with the vastly improved Boston Yankees at
State Fair park September 14. Even the loss of his
regular right tackle, Paul Lipscomb, has failed to
cause Lambeau to ease up on his program, which
calls for more and more rough work daily.
Lipscomb, a 245 pound veteran who could be one
of the better tackles in the league if he knuckled
down, suffered a leg injury which will keep him out
of action for a week or more. It is not likely that he
will be in the lineup against Clipper Smith's Yanks.
Urban Odson, the former Minnesota all-American,
who has been progressing steadily, will have first
call on the right tackle assignment when the
Packers meet the team which is expected to bring
Boston its maiden championship. Downfield
blocking and tackling, a pair of essential
fundamentals that have been more or less ignored
in games, received the bulk of Lambeau's
attention again Thursday. Blockers finally began
getting down the field in plausible numbers at the
end of the hour's scrimmage. Smith, in his first
season as coach of the Yankees, has recruited a
team of size and speed. Where the Yanks of 1946
were one of the league's smallest teams, they now
rank physically with the Bears and Packers.
Operating with a line that averages 226 pounds
from end to end, and with backs like Paul
Governali, Frank Seno, Jim Mello, the rookie
fullback from Notre Dame, and Monk Maznicki,
the former Bear. Boston made 16 first downs to
the Detroit's six in their recent exhibition. They
outgained the Lions with Bill Dudley, 172 to 80
yards rushing and picked up 154 more on
Governali's passes, to pile up a total of 326 yards
CURLY AWAITS YANK TILT WITH MIXED EMOTIONS
SEPTEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Curly Lambeau is probably looking forward to the Packers' 1947 Milwaukee debut next Sunday with mixed emotions. Undoubtedly the Belgian will be steamed up over the opportunity to match coaching wits with Maurice (Clipper) Smith for the first time as the Packers take on the rejuvenated Boston Yanks in a nonleague duel at State Fair Park. Credit Smith for the rejuvenation, incidentally. Many years have passed since the original "Clipper" and Curly were teammates at Notre Dame back in 1918, Lambeau's first and only season of college competition. Smith went on to win fame as the first of the late Knute Rockne's undersized watch charm guards while Lambeau returned to Green Bay to help organize the Packers and launch what was to be a long coaching career. Ultimately Smith, too, went into coaching, but he stayed in college circles and gained considerable fame at Gonzaga, Santa Clara and Villanova. It wasn't until this year that he accepted a pro offer and paved the way for this meeting with his teammate of 29 years ago. No one will blame Lambeau if he is hoping the Clipper's memory isn't too good, for the Packer boss would just as soon not be reminded of a certain "blind" run that violated all sound football theory even though it was successful. After all, he's coach and a hard taskmaster who strives for perfection. That's where the angle of mixed emotion comes in. Certainly he would have no part of a back who closed his eyes, ran by instinct, and hoped for the best. Which is exactly what Lambeau did in his Notre Dame inaugural. Fortunately, he survived, but anyone trying it in a league as rough as the National might not be so lucky. To say the least, no good could come of it - for player, coach or team.
BAYS WORK ON PASS DEFENSE
SEPTEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers opened their sixth week of pre-season training today with a double session devoted to pass defense against Paul Governali, Don Currivan and Hal Crisler. Governali, the passer, Currivan and Crisler, his chief receivers, carry the brunt of the aerial attack with which the Boston Yanks, the Packers' next opponents, have scored four touchdowns against the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions. The Packers meet the Yanks Sunday at State Fair Park in Milwaukee. The Yanks have been exceptionally successful in two starts, breaking Crisler and Currivan into the clear. Against the Bears, Currivan dropped two passes from Governali which would have been touchdowns and Crisler was guilty of one fumble on the goal line after eluding the entire Bear secondary. Green Bay, generally the best team against passes in the National League, found the tricky Yank pass patterns hard to cover, especially when men as fast as Currivan were acting out the big end's part.
KICKOFF FETE TO HONOR PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 10 (Milwaukee) - Green Bay Packer stars, past and present, will be among the honored guests tonight at the Eagles' clubhouse when the lodge holds the first of a series of annual Kickoff banquets as prelude to the opening of the football season in Milwaukee. Don Hutson and Bo Molenda, now assistant coaches of the team, will be among the former stars, along with Clarke Hinkle, Joe Laws, Buckets Goldenberg, Russ Letlow, Lavvie Dilweg and others. Members of this year's squad will include Capt. Charles Brock, Irv Comp, Ward Cuff, Ted Fritsch and Ray Piotrowski.
A LINEMAN, YET NO. 1 CHOICE IN DRAFT
SEPTEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Usually, pro football clubs have eyes only for the backs when they go into their draft huddle - the Trippis, Davises, Fennimores, Blanchards, Cases and countless others who carry and toss the ball to the accompaniment of realms of publicity. Not so with the Boston Yanks, now being rebuilt under the expert direction of Clipper Smith. The Yanks figured they'd have to came up with a stout line if the club was to have a chance in the rugged play-for-pay National League. No backs in the world could succeed operating behind a tissue paper front wall. With that in mind the Yanks' No. 1 choice was a guy with one of the longest names in football - Francis Daniel Barzilauskas, a guard from Yale by way of Holy Cross. Milwaukee fans will get a look at Barzilauskas at State Fair Park Sunday when the Yanks take on the Packers in the Lambeau machine's local 1947 debut. Obviously, Mr. B must have had plenty to get the nod over the flock of great runners, passers and kickers available to the Yanks. If fact, he's more than a guard. He was considered the best end in the East at Holy Cross in 1941 and the East's best tackle at Yale in 1945, when he returned after three years of war service. Last year he played guard and made most All-America teams. He is 6 feet 1 and weighs 228, strictly professional specifications...YANKS LANDED A TACKLE SOUGHT BY PACKERS: A couple of other big linemen, whose names mean practically nothing locally, look importantly in the Boston revival. There's Bob McClure, a tackle from the University of Nevada, for instance. The Packers were hot after him. He was so good at Nevada that he captained the squad for three years in a row. Bob starred for the West in two Shrine games and was No. 1 on the tackle list of most of the major pro teams. John Badaczewski is another who never had big time publicity. He played on three different service teams - Great Lakes, Bainbridge and Fleet City after collegiate competition at Western Reserve in Cleveland. John stands 6 feet 1 and packs 235 pounds. Add rough and ready operators like Joe Dommanovich and Joe Sabasteanski, a couple of centers - and it become obvious that Coach Smith has gone a long way, especially when you lay the names end to end. For that matter, the top four ends - Bill Chipley, Hal Crisley, Sam Goldman and Dan Currivan - aren't exactly in the glamor boy class. But the Clipper will match 'em against any set of flankers in the game. So that other revival expert, Curly Lambeau, better have his boys ready and his Z formation polished up.
YANKS ARRIVE IN CITY TODAY
SEPTEMBER 13 (Milwaukee) - Clipper Smith, the original watch charm guard and the youngest coach in the NFL in point of professional experience, leads his Boston Yanks into the city today for final workouts preparatory to meeting the Packers at State Fair Park Sunday. Smith, a teammate of Packer Coach Curly Lambeau on Knute Rockne's first Notre Dame team, will bring a young and reorganized Boston team with him. Included in the party are 23 rookies. The former Notre Dame star expects his passing aces, Paul Governali and Boley Dancewicz, to lead the attack against the Packers. Boston will make its headquarters at the Ambassador Hotel here and will work out this afternoon and tomorrow. Green Bay meanwhile will complete its preparations at Rockwood Lodge tomorrow and come to town late in the evening.
CONFIDENT YANKS IN RUGGED FINAL DRILL FOR PACKER GAME
SEPTEMBER 13 (Milwaukee) - A great deal more optimistic than one would expect after successive meetings with the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles rams, Clipper Smith's young Boston Yanks took over the Marquette field yesterday for their last vigorous drill before meeting the Packers tomorrow at State Fair Park in the opening game of the Milwaukee football season. "We've got a good team and it's getting better every day," said Smith, a freshman among National League coaches. "We have our sights aimed high and so far there hasn't been a thing happen to our club that would tend to obscure the target." Among the players themselves, there is even more confidence. Three pre-season games in the western division is just what they needed to get their teeth set in major league competition. They figure they are a much better team than Detroit, which eked out a 14 to 7 triumph in their first game, and freely predicted "we'll beat them four touchdowns the next time we meet them. They were lucky they get us early." Speaking of Green Bay, Smith said scouts had informed him the Packers have the fastest backfield Lambeau has gotten together in the last ten seasons, especially with Bruce Smith back in shape and Ralph Tate, the Oklahoma A&M hurdle champion, added to the left halfback spot. Word from Green Bay yesterday had the backfield in perfect shape for the opener at State Fair Park, but there were reports that eight of the Packer linemen are