AUG 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will play 960 minutes (16 games at 60 minutes per) of professional football this fall. And like the gentlemen who just passed his 100th birthday, the Packers might say that the first 60 minutes are the hardest. Though 
the Packers may have tougher opponents (the Bears,
for instance), the opening hour against the Giants at
City stadium the night of Saturday, Aug. 23 may be the
hardest because it will be their first competitive effort
since last fall. At the moment, the team is working as a
unit for the 1947 chores with a great amount of gusto.
They put the pad son for the first time Wednesday and
tomorrow - just two weeks before the Giant game - will
hold their first scrimmage. Coach Curly Lambeau has
pronounced them in excellent condition despite the
adverse weather conditions and "we're ready to see
what the boys look like during body contact." Up in
Superior, the Giants are also progressing fast in their
fourth season at the training site. Coach Steve Owen
and his stalwarts started toiling last Sunday, and if the
Giants have an advantage over the Packers it's because
the Superior weather has been cool. In fact, it got so 
cold one night a Northern league baseball game had to
be postponed. By contrast, the Packers drilled for three
days in 98-degree heat. Whatever happens now will be
forgotten, however, come the night of Aug. 23 when the
two clubs engage in a contest that may have some
bearing on the NFL championship. A year ago, the
Giants and Bears opened their exhibition grind in the
Windy City and the Bears won handily, 21-0. After the
game, New York line coach Red Smith predicted that
"we'll beat 'em in New York.:" The Giants backed up
Smith's statement by blanking the Bears in Gotham,
14-0, and went on to capture the Eastern division title.
In the championship game last fall, the Bears turned the
tables, 24-14. The 1947 Giants appear to be bigger,
faster and more plentiful than were the 1946 Giants. 
New faces predominate. The backfield alone show 15
rookies - and all fast. Gene Roberts ran the 100-yard 
dash in 9.7 at Chattanooga; Ray Polczynski and Max
Culver have done it in 9.8, while Ben Barber is billed as
the successor to the deposed Frank Filchock. The 
stocky Nix took up where Davey O'Brien left off at Texas Christian. Last year, the Giants had the best line in the league. This year the "Gladchuk Line" and the "DeFilippo Line" may be the two best walls in the league, but no one can say which will be better, according to word from Coach Smith, former line coach of the Packers who recently joined the Giants after coaching the Chicago Cubs...Another veteran arrived on the scene this morning. He was Buford (Baby) Ray, the giant tackle who pulled in from Nashville. Expected to arrive during the weekend is Larry Craig, who'll get permanent duty at end following a flock of seasons during which he divided his time between playing a wing and blocking back. Ray was delayed by an accident to his son, while Craig needed another week to find a capable man to run his farm in Ninety Six, S.C. Only missing Packers are the five now working out with the College All Stars in Chicago.
AUG 9 (Green Bay) - It was one down and two weeks to go for the Green Bay Packers today before their first test with the New York Giants at City Stadium Aug 23. The big, typical Packer squad of nearly 40 players collided in a controlled scrimmage at Rockwood Lodge this morning - first of the season. Everybody got a chance on defense and offense - particularly the four groups of backs who toiled for a half-hour each on scoring maneuvers. Half the two-hour session was used in drilling the proper execution of the forward pass; so draw your own conclusions regarding the 1947 attack. There was a light shortage of ends what with veteran Larry Craig and rookie Joseph Graham still on the missing list and rookie Bob Skoglund drilling wit the College All-Stars in Chicago. On defense, a couple of speedy guards, sophomore Dick Wildung and freshman Ralph Davis, moved over to end. Craig was scheduled to arrive Sunday. The bulk of the end work, of course, was done by the ends who spent their time running after passes. Red Wilson, the little guy from Southern Methodist, made a couple of sweet catches and apparently has regained his confidence, some of which was lost when he made his first appearance at Rockwood and took one look at his much bulkier mates...Sunday will be Picture Day at Rockwood Lodge and the entire morning will be devoted to snapping shots to be used for publicity purposes throughout the country. The Press-Gazette, Associated Press and Milwaukee newspapers will have cameramen on hand. A Chicago Tribune photog stopped at the lodge earlier this week to take a couple of color pictures. All of the players will be dressed in their game uniforms, including stockings...A double program was held Friday, starting with a mild batting of heads in the morning and ending with group instruction in the afternoon. The first casualty was Red Nielsen, the rookie tackle from St. Mary, who suffered some strained muscles in his back. He was dispatched immediately for treatment by Bud Jorgenson. He took it easy the rest of the day, but will be ready for rough stuff next week. Purpose of Friday's dish was to give the passers and punters a hard time. In short, the defense rushed the daylights out of the offensive backs. When it over the score read like this: Offense 0, Defense 0...WEEKEND HASH: Seven Packers have been placed on the extra ration list, meaning among other things that they can take a snack at night if they desire (and they do). Those needing more weight are Don Wells, Clyde Goodnight, Jack Jacobs, Walt Schlinkman, Nolan Luhn, Ralph Tate and Wilson. All are southern boys, incidentally. Ward Cuff weighs 192 pounds - his playing weight last year. Baxter Jarrell, the 240-pound rookie from North Carolina, will play left tackle. Some experimenting is still going on, and the exact position of some of the linemen won't be known for a week. The backs are set for present and the only change made thus far was moving left half Irv Comp to swing back - between quarterback and left half. The Packers' new uniforms will arrive Aug. 15 and will be used in the Packer-Giant tussle. They are gold with dark blue numbers. Big Baby Ray made his first appearance Friday morning while the team was drilling. Ray stepped on the field wearing a gorgeous cream-colored suit and if it wasn't for his size one would have mistaken him for one of those city slickers. Bernie Bierman, head football coach at the University of Minnesota, visited Rockwood Lodge this week and expressed astonishment at the "ideal setup you have here". He said he saw none better in the country - college or pro. Bierman visited with Packer coaches and his former grid students - Fred Vant Hull, Dick Wildung, Bruce Smith, Urban Odson and Andy Uram.
AUG 9 (Green Bay) - When you enter City stadium this season for a Packer game, don't be alarmed if one of the vendors yells, "You can't tell the players without a review!" The word program is no longer in the Packers' latest, unabridged dictionary. That booklet, containing between 50 and 60 pages, will be known as the Packer Pictorial Review. One-third of the book will contain rare action shots of former Packer games, gathered up George Stickler in his five years as publicity chief for the NFL. It will also contain several pages of individual Packer players and sketches on each and, of course, the team rosters and starting lineups. It will contain souvenir material for scrapbook fans. Each book will carry a special cover for the particular game at hand. For instance, the cover of the Packer-Giant game Aug. 23 will show American Legion designs since the tilt is being sponsored by the local post...Another word found in the Packer dictionary is confidence. Wilder Collins, the big Tulsa tackle who was sent down to San Diego last fall for seasoning, is going to play tackle or guard for the Packers in 1947. The giant says he is. From numerous little confidences, big confidences grow - like victories over the Bears and stuff. They say Joe Graham, new Packer end, is on his way this year. The rookie always got involved the couple of years and never could report. He wired Friday saying that he's driving his folks from Florida to Oklahoma and then he'll go to Green Bay...Backfield coach Bo Molenda is used to championships. He was fullback on the University of Michigan title teams of 1926 and 1927; fullbacked the Packers to three straight NFL crowns in 1929, 1930 and 1931; and toiled at the same spot for the New York Giants in 1933 when they won the Eastern division title and in 1934 when they beat the Chicago Bears in that famous rubber-shoe championship classic, 30-14. Molenda stayed on with the Giants as coach until 1942 when he entered the Navy, serving four years are lieutenant. The bulky coach saw action at New Guinea and Leyte...Ward Cuff, Packer right half and a Giant immortal, and Ken Strong are tied with 319 points apiece on the Giants' all-time scoring list. Ken gained a tie last year by kicking 32 extra points and four field goals. Ward, however, is still leading Ken in total scoring because he added 55 points (two touchdowns, 28 extra points and five field goals) last season for the Ch-Cardinals. Anyhow, Ward and Ken probably will point duel when they meet here Aug. 23...Figures aren't available but the word is that ticket business is really humming at the Packer ducat office in the Legion building. Your best bet: Get a season ticket if you want to be sure of seeing Luckman, Trippi and Dudley and Companies at City stadium.
AUG 10 (Milwaukee Journal) - As Luckman goes, so go the Bears. As Baugh goes, so go the Redskins. And as Jacobs goes, big Jack Jacobs the Indian, so now may the Green Bay Packers go. It's a tantalizing situation up along the banks of the Fox this fall. As little as one man could transform what a year ago apparently was just another football team into a contender of the very first rank. One man - but he must be good and he must be a passer. And it could be Jacobs. The Packers a year ago took more bumps than any other Packer eleven since the early thirties. The final standings showed six victories, five defeats and a thousand new gray hairs on Lambeau's curly head - well, a hundred, anyway. Yet in most ways, it wasn't an ordinary team at all. It had the markings of a good one. It had Ted Fritsch, who led the league in scoring, and Tex McKay, who led the league in punting. It had a ground attack which punched out more yards than any other team in the league, and a defense which yielded fewer points than any other, except the Pittsburgh Steelers. It had other things. But it lumbered along, winning and losing, looking bad, then looking good, and it barely managed to keep its head above .500. It had 10 good parts, so to speak, but it didn't have the eleventh. It had no passer...TEAM BACK INTACT - AND JACK JACOBS: The team of 1946 is back almost intact - and Jacobs. That's the big thing. There are other who can throw - Irv Comp, Herman Rohrig, Tony Canadeo, Bruce Smith, Ralph Tate and Ralph Grant- but Jacobs is the hope - the big hope. As he goes, so now may the Packers go. Jacobs, acquired from Washington last winter for Bob Nussbaumer and the draft rights to Jack Ferraro, a Southern California lineman, is not exactly a stranger here. He first broke in the headlines in 1940 when he lad an Oklahoma team into Dyche stadium early in the season and knocked off a Northwestern team that had been almost unanimously picked as the class of the Big Ten. He next became of on Tom Stidham's favorite topics after Stidham left Oklahoma to succeed Paddy Driscoll at Marquette. "What a football player," Stidham always admired, and for that matter, still admires. "The guy is one of the best I've ever seen." He got his pro football baptism with Cleveland in 1942, which had made him its second choice in the draft, but had to play behind the league's most valuable player, Parker Hall, his first year and then, after a stretch in the Navy air corps, behind Bob Waterfield in his second. As a matter of fact, he did not rejoin the Rams until the last four games of the 1945 race, slightly out of shape and with Waterfield already well on the way to a new league passing record. A year ago, after a trade that the volatile George Marshall flatly insisted upon after seeing him, he played with Washington, but again he played the second fiddle. A guy by the name of Baugh was still around. And worse, to cure a succession of backfield ills, he was shifted from one position to another until he didn't know whether he was on one of his forebears' mustangs or on foot...JACOBS AT GREEN BAY WILL HAVE FIELD ALONE: The fates so far, clearly, have not been kind to him. But this may be the year. As far as the neck could stretch and the eye could see, there wasn't a passer to be seen in Green Bay last year and except for a miracle in some of the veterans, which Lambeau in August of course always thinks he sees, there probably won't be any around now - except the 6 foot, 190 pound Indian. He will have the passing field almost to himself. Jacobs does everything well. As a passer, he rifles them short and he lobs them long - and each whether he is set or not. As a punter, with his own peculiar hooking style, he ranks with the very best. And as a runner, playing quarterback in Lambeau's new style of attack, he can carry his full share of the load, although he runs on feet that haven't the usual cushions. Incidentally, the conformation of his feet threatened for awhile to keep him out of the service. Anybody with feet like his, they thought, might lose the war. A kind commander, or an admiral with an eye for touchdowns, or somebody along the way relaxed the rules, however, and he finally got in. Quite naturally, the squad in an intangible way has responded to his presence. The boys themselves knew what they didn't have last year and they know what they have now. The whole spirit is high...LAMBEAU 'DETECTS' OTHER IMPROVEMENTS: While Lambeau naturally goes into rhapsodies about Jacobs and what the big Indian may mean to the club, he also sees what at this stage of the season, is always a startling improvement in the veterans and real promise in some of the new men. It was ever thus. And there is always the chance, of course, that it may be so. If the big Belgian is right, however, it still remains to be proved. Comp could be a sharpshooter, has been on occasions, but has all too frequently suffered lapses of mediocrity. Canadeo throws them well one day, bad the next. Smith, one of the finest running backs in the league, never did pass much at Minnesota. Grant, a little fellow built along the lines of a fireplug, has the makings of a good one, but he had a lot else to catch up on if he is to play quarterback. Rohrig has looked good, surprisingly good, but it remains to be seen whether he can hold the form. He has looked good in practice other years, too. Tate, one of the pleasant all-around surprises in camp, has been shifted from right half to left half partly because of his passing, and he may be a sleeper. He has looked very good, but he still needs polish and he must still prove himself under fire. But Jacobs - there is the man. Even Lambeau's August enthusiasm must be accepted. As Jacobs goes, so may the Packers go. It could be all the way, too, and that ain't fooling.
1947 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Training Camp
AUG 1 (Green Bay) - The first chance to view the 1947 Green Bay Packers - in roster form - is furnished today. But a number of explanations are in order. The name. Donald Wells, was attached at the last minutes today when his signed contract was received in the Packer office. The right end, onetime Mr. Georgia at the University of G., is starting his second season. Of the 40 players listed, two are still unsigned - end Larry Craig and tackle Baby Ray. As in the past, Craig will sign when he arrived this weekend, while Ray already has accepted terms by mail. He'll also ink his contract before official practice starts Monday. Cliff Aberson, now playing the outfield for the Chicago Cubs, was listed for the simple reason that he signed his 1947 Packer contract last spring. Whether he reports for his sophomore Packer season depends on his success with the Cubs who brought him up from Des Moines three weeks ago. Missing from the roster are such familiar names as Bob Adkins, Bill Kuusisto, Russ Letlow and Bill Lee. Adkins, who sustained a leg fracture in the Washington game at Denver last fall, has decided to go into coaching since his leg failed to respond properly. Kuusisto is continuing in the wrestling game on the west coast, while Letlow and Lee both have retired after a total of nearly 20 years with Green Bay. Gone via the trade route are Merv Pregulman and Bob Nussbaumer. Pergulaman went to Detroit in exchange for Damon Tassos, while Nussbaumer is now wearing a Washington Redskin uniform. He was traded to the 'Skins for Indian Jack Jacobs, Packer quarterback. Bob Flowers, third-string center last year, who has decided to join the New York Yankees of the All-America conference. Bud Gatewood, the handsome center from Baylor, beat out Flowers last year for the No. 2 spot behind Charley Brock. Ray Piotrowski of Milwaukee, who starred in the Hawaiian league, is the third Packer center...Coach Curly Lambeau and his three aides, Walt Kiesling, Bo Molenda and Don Hutson, started unofficial practice at Rockwood Lodge this morning with the rookies, including end Bob Skoglund, tackle Bill McPartland, guard Monte Moncrief and back Ed Cody, who has been selected on the College All Star team that face the Chicago Bears in Chicago Aug. 22. These four will report to the All Star camp on Monday. The All Stars will start drills Monday and the four Packers won't return until Aug. 23, on the night of which the New York Giants and Packers will tangle in the Legion sponsored exhibition test at City stadium. Chances are Lambeau will give them a brief test that night. The Packer coaches are spending most of their time familiarizing the newcomers with Lambeau's revised quick-opening formation which will be used this season for the first time since 1933 when Arnie Herber started pitching passes to Johnny Blood...That roster includes approximately 8,635 pounds of talent or an average of nearly 220 per athlete. Midgets among the backs are fullback Walt Schlinkman and quarterback Herman Rohrig, each of whom stand 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches tall. In weight, Ralph Tate is tiniest with his 175 pounds. Up front, Gene Wilson, the new end from Southern Methodist who reportedly carries glue in his palms, is the smallest, packing only 175 pounds on a 5-foot-10 frame. Largest, of course, is that guard, Ed Neal, who lugs 290 pounds. Ray is the oldest, 33, while Ward Cuff and Andy Uram are each 32. The only other player in his 30's is Charley Brock, who measures 31. At 21, Wilson is the youngest.
AUG 2 (Green Bay) - Ray Clemons, 26, a Hungarian, father of two children and captain of the powerful 1946 St. Mary (Calif.) college football team, likes the Green Bay Packer setup - Rockwood Lodge, the coaches, the system and the players. In fact, the stocky guard is so agreeable to the local situation that he signed a contract to play football this fall. Clemons had offers to play with four other professional football clubs, but decided on Green Bay because "it's got the best layout." Ray stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. And he's considered exceptionally fast for a guard. Clemons came here Thursday with Bill McPartland, St. Mary tackle, for the ride, as it were. Both were selected on the College All Star team and the two had planned to drive to Chicago together Monday but Clemons had no intention of returning until he got a whiff of the Green Bay program. Addition of Clemons gives the Packers five players in the Star game Aug. 22, the others being Monte Moncrief, Bob Skoglund and Ed Cody...The Packers unofficially opened 1947 practice Friday with a two-hour session of calisthenics, punting and running through plays. About 30 players, including 16 backs, were on hand and three different backfields alternated on the various plays. A similar session was on tap for today and Sunday. Official practice will get underway Monday morning with the full squad (minus the five All Star players) in practice togs. Opening of practice is the 29th such occurrence for Coach Curly Lambeau, who founded the team. Twenty-eight of those sessions were spent in preparing for NFL campaigns. This season the Packers and Lambeau are driving for their seventh championship to add to crowns posted in 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939 and 1944...An inkling of what to expect this fall came out of the Friday practice when the backs ran through the quick-opening formation that was used, with Red Dunn in the slot, in winning those three straight titles. Three quarterbacks worked in the important hole near center in the first practice - Jack Jacobs, Herman Rohrig and Ralph Grant, a rookie from Bucknell. Jacobs worked beautifully, showing the experience gained from playing center at Cleveland and Washington. The Indian boy pitched passes under arm, side arm and off his right ear in an exhibition that led this observer to believe that the 1947 Packers will do plenty of passing. Rohrig was obviously "at home" in his new position. The short guy got off some good passes and "fed" the left half and fullback like a veteran. Rohrig played T-quarterback in service ball for three years. Grant has a year of working quarterback experience behind him. He was a blocking quarterback at Bucknell for two years but when the school used the T last season when he was shifted into the slot...PRACTICE JABS: Most of the athletes were short-winded from nine months of civilian life, and after the dummy play practice, Lambeau asked those to run who need it. Most of them took off behind Don (Always In Condition) Hutson, while others remained on the ground to bicycle their legs. Andy Uram, who probably has the toughest conditioning job, toiled long after the practice and announced that he's looking for plenty of aches over the weekend. Ken Keuper walked into the liniment room and reported that "Ah. turning to stone". And he pointed out two toes to Trainer Bud Jorgenson that "haven't got any feeling." Walk Schlinkman is seven pounds underweight, the result of a tonsillectomy about 10 days ago. Ward Cuff reported shortly after the practice, and looked in condition. Ted Fritsch was begging for wing "I'm a long ball hitter (with Manitowoc) so I didn't run much this summer," joked Ted. Incidentally, Fritsch made his '47 appearance at the lodge Thursday a rare one. He waltzed into the lodge dining room carrying a shoe shine kit. "Open for business," he yelled, "only five cents a shine." Don Wells, the Georgia blonde, showed up with a deluxe suntan. He spent the summer as a beach lifeguard. The only player present who missed Friday's practice was big Ed Neal, but Lambeau thinks he got more of a workout putting in a pipe below the lodge. Clemons, the new guard, was a lieutenant in the Navy during the war. One of the surprises of the opening practice was the quick start displayed by the Purdue fullback, Ed Cody.
AUG 2 (Green Bay) - Thirty players, the vanguard of the Green Bay Packers' 1947 squad, reported to Coach Curly Lambeau Friday at Rockwood lodge for three days of informal practice. Training opens officially on Monday for the NFL. Among the early arrivals was Don Wells, veteran right end, who signed his contract and took part in the drill. Jack Jacobs, Indian back obtained from Washington, highlighted the drill with his ball handling in the Packers' new offense. The former Oklahoma star also set the pace in punting and passing.
AUG 3 (Green Bay) - This is it again, and the whole town has a bounce in its step. This is it, for Monday Citizen Lambeau - first Citizen Lambeau these dog days - gathers his centers and guards and ends and all the others about him at Rockwood lodge, just up the peninsula, to attempt some more of those wonders which down the years, 28 to be exact, have put this town on the map as nothing else has. Yes, sir, this is it again: Football. The Packers are going to camp. And the whole town feels it. A few of the early arrivals have been doing some informal work since Friday. They couldn't wait. It won't be until Monday morning, though, that Lambeau counts all of the noses. Seven ends, eight tackles, seven guards, three centers and 16 backs - 41 of them all told. And then the real grind will get underway. The start will be quick - will have to be quick. On August 23 the team will get its first test in an exhibition game with the New York Giants here, August 29 it will get in an exhibition with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh, on September 14, still another with the Boston Yankees at State Fair park, and on September 21, a fourth with the Washington Redskins at Baltimore. On September 28, it will open the league season with the Chicago Bears here. The schedule leaves no time to dally along. And what, getting down to cases, may a schedule such as this hold? Well, at this time, there is only Lambeau's word, of course - and who after 28 years is not familiar with this? Come these early days in August, the big Belgian, with timetable regularity, gushes enthusiasm, optimism and unshakable faith in what he had. Nothing can change him. All the disappointments of the year before, he can easily dismiss. All the strengthenings by other clubs he can accept. "Look," he said again Saturday as he has on so many other Saturday before the other starts, "we've got a squad this year that will stand up with any of them. This, with some breaks along the way, could be our year again. We needed guards and ends last season and we got them. We needed passing last year and we got that. Wait till you see what we got. Yes, this could be our year ago - and that goes for the Bears." The man's enthusiasm is overwhelming. It brooks no argument. And it is supported, of course, by a personal records as if not better, than any other in league - 225 victories, 87 defeats, 22 ties not counting exhibitions - and not always with the best of material. The fact is, as Lambeau itches to be started, that where the Packers needed help most they apparently got it. They were slow and not strong at the guards last season, so they got Damon Tassos, one of the best in the league, in a trade with Detroit, Monte Moncrief of Texas Aggies, an almost unanimous All-American both in 1945 and 1946, Wilder Collins of Tulsa, who was up for a brief trial last season and who developed rapidly at San Diego later, and Ralph Davis of Wisconsin. They were shaky at the wings last season, so they picked up three new ends in the seven who will report Monday: Bob Skoglund of Notre Dame, Gene Wilson of Southern Methodist and Joe Graham of Florida - and Lambeau reaches some of his highest notes of enthusiasm over Wilson. They were woefully weak in passing last season, so they got themselves a passer - perhaps one of the best in the league, Jack Jacobs, the big Indian who played for Tom Stidham at Oklahoma. Jacobs, of course, is no newcomer to pro ball. He played two years at Cleveland, behind Parker Hall and Bob Waterfield, which was not exactly an easy assignment, and then after a stretch in the service, another year at Washington behind Sammy Baugh, which was not exactly an easy assignment, either. But Jacobs has what it takes, no question, not only as a passer, but as a kicker and a runner, too, and he will be of tremendous help where help last season was probably needed most. It was a peculiar thing about the Packers a year ago. They had the best rushing team in the league with 1,765 yards. They had the best punter in the league in Tex McKay, who averaged better than 42 yards on 64 kicks. They had the league's individual scoring champion in Ted Fritsch, who scored an even 100 points. They had the third best team in kickoff returns, the second best team in pass interceptions, the third best team in clean ball handling. Yet they finished with one of their worst records since the early thirties - and the reason was simple. They had the poorest passing team in the league, the very poorest, with the lowest efficiency average, .303, and the fewest yards gained, 841. The presence of Jacobs, therefore, and some ends with a bit of Hutson in them - Lambeau thinks he certainly sees some in Wilson - can't help but be of vital significance this fall. Perhaps the timetable enthusiasm of Citizen Lambeau Saturday really had a lot more than timetable significance. Of the 41 men who will go to camp, 24 will be veterans, and these include men with some good football in their systems - Nolan Luhn, Larry Craig, and Clyde Goodnight at ends; Paul Lipscomb and Urban Odson at tackles, Dick Wildung at guard, Charley Brock and Les Gatewood at center, and Bruce Smith, now fully recovered from a groin operations,Tony Canadeo, Irv Comp, Ted Fritsch, Walt Schlinkman, Bob Forte, Ken Keuper and Ward Cuff in the backfield, just to mention some. Yes, Lambeau is satisfied. Old-timers will probably have their thoughts turned back to the happy years of '29, '30 and '31 more than once - the years of Red Dunn, Jug Earpe, Verne Lewellen, Lavvie Dilweg, Mike Michalske and Johnny Blood - for along with the additions in personnel, which may be so vital, the big Belgian has decided to revert to the offensive formation he used in this happy three year title era. It is a form of the T with the quarterback to the right of the center, permitting a direct pass to the left halfback, and with an occasional right halfback flanker. Lambeau believes his material this year, with a quarterback like Jacobs and a left halfback like Smith, will fit particularly well in this pattern, not only believes it but enthuses over it - and that's Lambeau all over again. Don Hutson, still his sleek old self, Walt Kiesling as big and reliable as they come, and Bo Molenda, the battle scarred veteran of earlier Packer years, will help Lambeau. This will be Molenda's first year. Hutson will handle the ends, Kiesling the line, and Molenda, the old fullback, the backfield. And just in case the story somewhere along the way gets around, as stories sometimes do, that Hutson might play - HE WILL NOT. The cleats are up for good. So this is it again: Football. The Packers are going to camp and the whole town steps with a new bounce - well, the whole state for that matter.
AUG 4 (Green Bay) - This is the day the Green Bay Packers officially start their 28th season in the NFL and their 29th in operation. At Rockwood Lodge this morning, neatly 40 huskies launched intensive workouts for what they and Coach Curly Lambeau hope will be the Packers' seventh world's pro football title. Missing were veterans Baby ray, now en route to Green Bay; Larry Craig, veteran end; Joe Graham, rookie end from the University of Florida; and the five Packers who are participating in the College All-Star game - Ed Cody, Bob Skoglund, Bill McPartland, Ray Clemons and Monte Moncrief. The crop included a newcomers - Howard Tollefson, former University of South Dakota  and St. Norbert college guard, who signed his contract Saturday night. Howard, now a Green Bay resident, is a brother of Charley Tollefson, who left the Packers early last season because of a shoulder injury that failed to heal. Howard stands 5-10 and weighs 220. Lambeau, who founded the Packers 29 years ago and then led them to six world's championship, eyes his newest gang with optimism this morning as the backs raced through his quick-opening formation - being used this season for the first
time since 1933. It was this setup that helped Green
Bay to consecutive championships in 1929, 1930 and
1931, with Red Dunn playing the key quarterback role.
This season, Jack Jacobs, the veteran Indian boy who
was obtained from Washington last winter, leads the
candidates for the Luckman position. Backing him up
are Herman Rohrig, who learned the T in service ball,
and rookie Ralph Grant from Bucknell...CUFF BOOTS
'EM: The greater portion of the squad arrived over the
weekend. Ward Cuff, 10-year veteran with the New York
Giants and Chicago Cardinals, tried his magic toe for
the first time Sunday morning. His first two boots went
off to the side (extra points) but the next 15 split the
uprights. One of the surprises of the early practice was
the possibilities in Grant as a passer or blocker. The
rookies up front seem to have the proper amount of
Lambeau enthusiasm. All of the newcomer linemen are
built like Packers - big and strong. Moncrief and Damon
Tassos, received in a trade with the Lions for Merv
Pregulman, probably will be big assets as will Baxter
Jarrell, Red Nielsen and McPartland. Among the late
arrivals was Bob Forte, the dark-skinned right halfback
from Arkansas. Forte was excused from arriving last
Friday because his Fayetteville team was partcipating
in the state semi-pro baseball tournament. The squad
captured the state championship and Forte was named
the most valuable player. The main point, however, he
was in shape when he worked out Sunday morning. A
considerable part of today's practice was devoted to
punting, with Jacobs and McKay, 1945 and 1946 NFL
punting champion, setting the pace. The Packers have
17 days of practice before the opening exhibition game
with the New York Giants in City stadium Saturday 
night, Aug. 23. And just for memory's sake, the Bays
open the National league season with the Chicago
Bears at City stadium, Sept. 28. 
AUG 5 (Green Bay) - Baseball weather or not, you will
have a Packer football story today. The temperature 
was sizzling around 95 Monday when the stalwarts
representing Green Bay in the NFL went through a 
spirited drill. And spirited is the word. Seventy-five
percent of the Packer team is made up of southern
boys, who, oddly enough, feel that Wisconsin's weather
is rather cool. So, friends, the weather that wilts you 
and I is helping to put weights on some of the Packers.
Take that little end, Red Wilson, for instance. It was so
hot down in his native Troup, Tex., that the 175-pound
pass catcher lost weight. At the moment, Red is
thriving and eating like all those proverbial horses, and Coach Curly Lambeau is letting him eat, having given Red permission to take two helpings of everything - off the food table, that is. Generally, most of the southern boys gain weight when they hit Yankee terrritory. A year ago, halfback Bob Forte of Arkansas looked like a 75-pound weakling. He has his tonsils out and proceeded to close in on 200 pounds. Walk Schlinkman, from Texas, is rapidly gaining back the seven pounds he was minus when he reported last Friday. Walt, too, has been given permission to take an extra bite occasionally, though his permit isn't as liberal as that of Wilson. The food is good at Rockwood Lodge. After Monday's morning drill the players sat down to plenty of head lettuce - with a snot of dressing - beef stew (including potatoes and carrots), bread, butter, coffee, iced tea or milk, and chocolate ice cream. Steaks (the best in the land, 'tis said) were served for dinner Monday evening...Getting on with the more serious side of the training, it can be revealed that Irv Comp, the veteran passer who stepped into Cecil Isbell's big shoes back in 1942, worked several times at quarterback Monday. This means that Irv will do double duty - at left half and QB, thereby giving him a chance to run at left half and pass from the quarterback slot, although he can do both from left half. Other left halfbacks struggling with Comp are Tony Canadeo, Ralph (Tater) Tate, Roy McKay and Bruce Smith. The Packers will install their pads Wednesday and a controlled scrimmage is set for Saturday. Lambeau and his aides, Bo Molenda, Walt Kiesling and Don Hutson, are satisfied thus far with the progress made...A newcomer in the person of Ed Bell, a left tackle, started drilling today after signing his contract Monday. Bell, who stands 6-1 and weighs 233 pounds, played at Indians in 1941 and 1942, and in the College All Star game in 1945 and 1946 after spending some time in the service. He played with the Miami Seahawks last fall and was made a free agent when the club moved to Baltimore. Packer agents had heard of his record at Indiana and immediately sought his services after his free agency was made know. Still missing from the workouts were veteran Baby Ray and Larry Craig and rookie Joe Graham of Florida. ray was detained at his home in Nashville when his four-year old son, Donald, cut his arm on a broken milk bottle. Eight stitches were needed to close the wound. Ray is expected later this week.
AUG 5 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL, predicted today that his circuit would set a new attendance record of at least 2,500,000 during the approaching season. "I rarely go in for predictions of that sort," said the husky, middle-aged man in the tan gaberdine suit, "but I believe my enthusiasm can be pardoned at this time because of the very favorable reports we have been receiving from the various clubs' front offices and from the training camps." Bell, a ruddy chap - who has a sharp, prominent nose like Bob Hope, and who parts his brown, gray-fringed hair in the middle, explained that his 2,500,000 forecast verged on the consecutive because last year the league's 10 clubs hit a new high total of 2,283,378 spectators. "We certainly ought to do a couple hundred thousand better in '47 because the standard of play will be higher throughout the league and because a record of 60 league games will be played - five more than last season," Bell said. "Moreover, advance reports indicate that the Boston and Detroit clubs will be much improved this year. Boston was last in the Eastern division in '46, and Detroit was the Western low club." Play will be better on all clubs, he said, because this season actually will mark the beginning of "the great postwar era of professional football." It will be the first season, he emphasized, in which all players who were in service not only have had a chance to return to the gridiron, but have had the opportunity to condition themselves properly for a full season of play. Will there be any innovations in the game this season? Yes, there would be a fifth official on the field - a back judge. He would officiate in "no man's land" - on the opposite side of plays from the head linesman. His presence there would prevent any uncertainty about plays in his area, and would help to speed up the game. "We are interested particularly in keeping the game moving at a fast pace, with as little delay as possible between plays," he pointed out. "Last season our games averaged 160 plays per game. And the games required an average of less than two hours and 20 minutes. That's what the fans want - a fast-moving game, and that's what we're giving them. I might add also that we're trying to keep the game as open and spectacular as possible for the sake of the spectators; but meanwhile keeping it as safe as possible for the players." How much money did Bell figure was now invested in the 10 National circuit clubs? He made a rough estimate or slightly more than $6,000,000. In 1946, only one club suffered a loss, he replied. Two broke even, and seven enjoyed a profit. This year all should do better, he prophesied.
AUG 6 (Green Bay) - The men who play on the immediate left and right side of center in a football line are known as guards. Chief reason for naming them suchly is that they guard opponents from scoring. Next in importance, of course, is to cut a big enough path through which their own ball carriers can run to a score. Some observers feel that 90 percent of the nation's grid games are won or lost by the guards who, particularly in any quick-opening formation, must be expert at nudging or blocking out an opponent at exactly the opportune moment. The Green Bay Packers, for instance, have ten guards on their 1947 roster. And, if numbers mean anything, the Packers could give opponents a lot of headaches in the payoff slots. When championship play starts, the guard contingent probably will be reduced to six or seven which means that 10 guys will be battling their respective heads off from now until the last squad cut is made come Chicago Bear week. Latest guard on the Rockwood Lodge campus is Fred Vant Hull, who played with the Bays in 1942 after three years at the University of Minnesota. Vant Hull, who signed today, served in the Navy four and a half years, including 12 months at Annapolis. Vant Hull, now stacking 225 pounds on a six-foot frame, feels that he can get back into the swing of things with little trouble. Fred hails from Hopkins, Minn. Vant Hull is one of six Packer guards with pro experience, the others being Wilder Collins, a tackle last season; Ed Neal, giant defensive ace; Dick Wildung, the modern Mike Michalske; Damon Tassos, obtained from Detroit last spring in a trade for Merv Pregulman; and Ed Bell, who played with the Miami Seahawks last fall. Rookie guards are Ralph Davis, Wisconsin; Monte Moncrief, Texas A. and M.; Ray Clemons, St. Mary (Calif.); and Howard Tollefson, college star and brother of former Packer Charley. Moncrief and Clemons are now training with the College Al-Stars in Chicago. This is the first year in many that the Packers have been without a 10-year man at guard. The last were Russ Letlow, who closed action last December, and Buckets Goldenberg, who finished in 1945 after 13 years. The present Packer guards average 232 pounds, with Neal's 290 topping the list. Neal is considered the largest and strongest player in professional football. Davis is the midget of the lot, going only 205 pounds...Despite the 98-degree heat, the Packers went through a regular workout Tuesday morning. Coach Curly Lambeau called off the after-lunch session, but ordered his charges to study their plays. The Packers put on their pads, the first time today. A controlled scrimmage is set for Saturday - first of the season. Lambeau was hoping for a break in the weather which is handicapping some of the boys. The heat, however, has helped the overweight athletes reduce - in a hurry...Definite word was received from Larry Craig, missing quarterback from Ninety Six, S.C. Craig reported by phone to Lambeau that he's looking to a "good man to run my farm, but I can make it by the weekend." Craig, a blocking quarterback for eight years under the Packers' old system, will be switched to end under the present quick-opening program. Baby Ray, too, will be in over the weekend. The veteran tackle was delayed in Nashville when his son cut himself on a broken bottle.
AUG 7 (Green Bay) - Looks like maybe the Green Bay Packers will throw a pass or two next fall - in National league competition, that is. In blazing temperatures (near 100) Wednesday, the backs and ends went through a two-hour program of throwing and receiving - quick blasts over center or out in the flat and long tosses straight down the alley. All of the throwing was done by the quarterback candidates - Jack Jacobs, Herman Rohrig, Irv Comp and Ralph Grant, although a left half occasionally whipped out for a toss. Chief receivers were right ends Don Wells and Nolan Luhn and left ends Red Wilson and Clyde Goodnight. Wilson may be moved to right end. Comp has been appointed a "swing back", which means that he'll swing between quarterback and left half, as it were. The big guy can pass and is fast learning the movements under the center. Occasionally, the ends made what the writers refer to as a spectacular catch. Wells made a two-handed stretch catch that prompted Assistant Coach Bo Molenda to tell, "touchdown sure". Wilson handled several long throws nicely and Luhn and Goodnight worked mostly on short heaves. The backs did a lot of receiving, too, but the idea was chiefly give them ball handling. Aces among backfield receivers will have to be deleted for security reasons - for the time being at least. The basic purpose of the long drill, however, was to iron out the backfield's timing which, according to Coach Curly Lambeau, "must be perfect if we expect to execute any play - even a punt." Some plays were run over five and six times by the same backs in order to get the right "stepping" and timing. Nary a running play was practiced during the two-hour session, giving every indication that the Packers intend to score by air - in short, the shortest distance between the line and six points. And if your memory is rusty, it can be repeated that the 1946 Packers bottomed the league in forward passing, gaining only 841 yards on 54 completed passes in 178 attempts. Los Angeles, the top team, gained 2,080. In 1942, the Packers won the NFL passing championship on 2,407 yards gained, which is still the league record. And if your memory is still rusty, the Packers won the ground gaining by rushing title last year, with 1,765 yards in 560 attempts...Today's chance in weather was received with welcome arms and Lambeau immediately resumed his two-a-day practice sessions. Most of the heavy work will be done in the morning. With the exception of Andy Uram, veteran halfback who is attempting a comeback, every candidate is within a couple of pounds of his best playing weight.
AUG 11 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers sharpened their claws
with 60 minutes of football Saturday and a drastic order from the office
of NFL Commissioner Bert Bell Sunday. With the opener against the
New York Giants only 13 days away (here Aug. 23), the Packers went
back to work this morning under a broiling sun to discuss and iron out
the errors made in the elongated scrimmage, which saw the Whites
beat the Blues, 14-10. Top story of the weekend was Bell's edict on
Fred Vant Hull, veteran guard, who was released by the Packers by
order of Bell, who ruled the former Minnesota star ineligible to compete
in organized football. Vant Hull, the commissioner informed the Bays,
was under suspension for five years for having played last season with
a team in the All-American conference, which is considered an outlaw league by the NFL...INVOKES RULE FIRST TIME: It was the first time Bell, who is given jurisdiction over the eligibility of players in organized ball by the major-minor league agreement entered into a year ago by the National league and three ranking minors, has invoked the five-year suspension rule governing contract jumpers. Under the ruling Vant Hull will be ineligible to play, coach or be associated with any team in the National, Dixie, American and Pacific Coast leagues for five years. The All-America conference is the only professional circuit not included in organized football. Green Bay had signed Vant Hull, a member of the 21942 Packer team, several weeks ago on the assumption that his case did not come under suspension rules inasmuch as Vant Hull had joined the Los Angeles team of the All-America conference only after contacting the Packers in the summer of 1946...NOT INCLUDED ON SQUAD: Since Vant Hull, who had been in the Navy four and a half years, did not make known his availability until the Packers had filled their roster and because he was none too certain about whether a knee injury would permit him to play, he was not included on the 1946 squad. Bell's directive to the Packers, however, declared that technically Vant Hull was a contract jumper inasmuch as he was a contract player who had been released or waived out of the major league before signing with a team in an outlaw organization. The rule, Bell pointed out, permits no deviation for extenuating circumstances and will be enforced to the letter in all similar cases. Vant Hull left the Packer camp immediately upon receipt of the commissioner's ruling. He intimated that he would try to sign with an eastern club in the All-America conference...On the field, the Packer manufactured four interesting chapters of football Saturday and the following day put on their Sunday clothes for the annual go with Mr. Cameraman. The first half of the contest, officiated by the coaches, was scoreless but things began to pop in the third when Blue quarterback Herman Rohrig heaved a 30-yard pass to rookie end Red Wilson to the White 25-yard line. Here the Whites stiffened and Ward Cuff, the toe specialist, booted a 37-yard field goal to give the Blues a 3-0 edge...TIME FOR TOUCHDOWN: Somebody said it was the fourth quarter, and, of course, time for touchdowns. The Whites blistered back
with a touchdown on the next series as Bruce Smith
wheeled off tackle behind Ken Keuper's sturdy blocking
and skipped 55 yards into pay territory. The Blues,
quarterbacked by Rohrig, came back a moment later to
go ahead, 10-7, as Wilson went all the way to the three
yard line on a 20-yard pass from Rohrig and a 15-yard
run. Giant Bob McDougal, former Oconto and Miami
fullback, lugged it over. With only three minutes to go,
quarterback Jack Jacobs moved his White team down
the field for the winning touchdown. He ran 12 yards,
passed to Clyde Goodnight for 15 and followed three
rushes with a 35-yard toss to Goodnight, which put the
ball on the three-yard stripe. Right half Keuper, ace of
the contest, took a pass from Jacobs for the winning
marker. No extra points were tried but the assumption
was that "we'll make 'em anyway."...THREE DAYS AT
QUARTERBACK: Besides Keuper, Wilson, Goodnight,
Jacobs and Smith, outstanding jobs were turned in by
Urban Odson, veteran tackle; ends Nolan Luhn and Don
Wells; halfback Bob Forte and veteran quarterback and
left half Irv Comp. Incidentally, Comp had worked only
three days at quarterback. Baxter Jarrell, rookie tackle,
looked good at times. There were four men on the 
sidelines with injuries. They included rookies Ralph
Grant, quarterback; Ralph Tate, halfback; Fred Nielsen,
tackle; and veteran fullback Walt Schlinkman. Baby
Ray, the Packers' veteran 10-year man at tackle, 
reported Friday and, feeling in good condition, worked a
good deal of the game.
AUG 12 (Green Bay) - Ed Neal, the big Packer guard, 
has a rival for his position as the strongest man in pro
football. He is Ward (Atlas) Cuff, veteran right halfback who has been around the play-for-pay whirl for over 10 years. Cuff nudged Neal for the honorary strong man ranking by cracking off an iron pipe and an iron spring with one nudge of his pad-less shoulders during Monday's practice. The iron pipe supports a circular stuffed pad about five feet tall and the spring forms a base under the padding. Cuff's backfield was running through a play when he brushed against the dummy lineman which is supported in the ground on the pipe. The entire practice was halted a few minutes while the players and coaches pondered over two things: (1) Cuff's strength; and (2) an inferior grade of pipe iron...Coach Curly Lambeau is anxiously awaiting the arrival of end Larry Craig who was to report over the weekend. Craig's appearance would alleviate some of the suffering now being experienced by the four wings - Nolan Luhn, Don Wells, Clyde Goodnight and Red Wilson. Each has been losing from eight to nine pounds per practice session, although they gain it back before the next drill. When two teams operate against each other, the four ends must work continually. Ralph Davis, the University of Wisconsin guard, has been switched to end temporarily on defense. Though he's too short for regular duty at end, Davis is fast and likes his assignment...Ted Fritsch, all-league fullback who led the NFL with 100 points last season, is still overweight. The extra poundage has slowed him up considerably which automatically hinders the timing of the backfield. Bob McDougal, a conscientious guy who fears exile to Oconto, and veteran Walt Schlinkman have been pushing Fritsch hard. McDougal, a big bruiser, is fast while Schlinkman is back in stride after an injury. The fourth fullback, ex-Purdue Ed Cody, is working out with the College All-Stars and will report here the morning of the Packer-New York game at City stadium Aug. 23...PIGSKINNERS: Irv Comp, recently turned quarterback, turned in an exceptional passing performance Monday together with Jack Jacobs, Ralph Grant and Herman Rohrig. The effects of Saturday's scrimmage was noticeable Monday when the squad looked much smoother. Tony Canadeo, left halfback, has foot trouble and worked out in rubber shoes. All of the other cripples are back - tackle Red Nielsen, halfback Ralph Tate, Grant and Schlinkman. Two-a-day drills are scheduled all this week - heat or not. Despite the baseball weather Monday, business was booming at the Packer ticket window in the Legion building on Walnut street all day. During the noon hour, there were as many as 20 fans waiting in line at one time. Most of the sales are season tickets for the three league games here (Bears Sept. 29, Cardinals Oct. 12, Detroit Oct. 26) and ducats for the Giant-Packer exhibition Aug. 23 - a week from next Saturday night.
AUG 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have another Babe Webb. He is Joseph Graham, elusive end. Mr. Webb, in case your memory is spotty, first signed with the Packers in 1942 and finally reported in 1945 after missing the boat twice from his native Hawaii. Graham signed his first Packer contract in 1945 and was due to report last week - "for sure". Webb's difficulties were, in part, promoted by the war, because at the time it was no cinch for a civilian to gain passage to the States from Hawaii. However, he made shore in 1944, but, for some doggoned reason, didn't show up until the following year. He stayed for about a month and then all of sudden disappeared. Now comes Graham. Mr. Joseph, a star at the University of Florida, had various excuses for not reporting in 1945 and 1946, and his last word (Aug, 4, 1947) was that he was driving his folks from Florida to Oklahoma and "I'll be up there when I complete the trip." It's going on two weeks now and Coach Curly Lambeau is wondering just how much Mr. Graham wants to play football. Anyhow, it's safe to assume that Joseph will have to get ready in a big hurry if he expects to make the 1947 squad which has five sure-fire wing shooters - veterans Larry Craig, Nolan Luhn, Don Wells and Clyde Goodnight and veteran Red Wilson. Speaking about Craig, a nine-year man, the Packers are anxiously awaiting his arrival. Larry, unlike Webb and Graham, has been keeping in touch with the Packer office. The last word, received Tuesday, is that he will report next weekend. Craig's trouble is finding a capable man to handle his farm in Ninety Six, N.C. Larry still is unsigned, but it's his usual procedure to ink his working papers when "ah gets there". The temperature was buzzing around 92 when your pro football representatives advanced their training in preparation for the NFL's newest campaign. Everybody wore pads and a sort of half and half scrimmage was held, although the ball was always brought back to the same spot. The linemen batted into each other, and, among other items, Ed Neal, the ferocious guard, had an immense amount of pleasure dumping the center into the quarterbacks' respective laps. Another guard for a time, however, was placed opposite Neal and the two had quite a fuss. His name is Damon Tassos, the mane received from Detroit in trade for Merv Pregulman. After bucking heads with Mr. Neal, Damon probably will find other guards around the league so much putty. Three of the quarterbacks looked mighty good again. The fourth, Ralph Grant, had some trouble getting off his slick passes under the heat of charging linemen. The three are Jack Jacobs, Irv Comp and Herman Rohrig. Comp was particularly accurate and gave opposing linemen a headache when he ran. Pass defense occupied a good part of the scrimmage and a couple of performers left a sweet taste for the coaching staff. Though the heat didn't disappoint, the athletes got out in sweat suits (ugh, ugh) for a workout Tuesday afternoon. As a clincher Tuesday morning, the athletes decided to have a bit of fun. Immediately after the practice, Captain Charley Brock, Neal and Rohrig scooped up George Strickler, the publicity chief and general manager's aide who was wearing shorts and a T shirt, placed him on a canvas chair and aimed a cooling stream of water at him. Brock poured while Neal and Rohrig held his arms. The occasion? It was Strickler's 44th birthday.
AUG 13 (Milwaukee) - Joseph (Red) Dunn, former Marquette university and Green Bay Packer football sat, said Tuesday he would become a sports announcer over a new Milwaukee radio station, WEXT, this fall. Dunn said he would handle the broadcasts of Wisconsin home games with Purdue, California, Marquette and Michigan, and Marquette home games with San Francisco and Villanova.
AUG 13 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell of the NFL today proposed a three-point program aimed at "perfect harmony between colleges and pro football." The commissioner said he will meet with NCAA representatives and other college officials next week in Chicago with the following suggestions in mind: 1. That no player with college eligibility be signed by any club in the NFL without the consent of the head of the conference or association or of the head football coach of the college. 2. That the colleges permit their employees and college football officials to officiate in the NFL. 3. That the colleges remove any rules, restrictions or discrimination against any professional football player becoming a member of a college football coaching staff. The league already has a rule against NFL clubs dickering with college players until their class has graduated.
AUG 13 (San Diego) - Adm. Jonas Ingram, outspoken enough to tell the Navy after his recent retirement that it was "too big", will start a countrywide tour Saturday during which he will expound his idea that professional football should also trims sails. His first stop, Ingram said, will be Chicago, where he'll watch the annual All-Star contest. During the rest of his extended trip he will take in 28 other games. He declared he was still standing by his prediction that the All-American conference and the National league would "get together" within a year, trimming and consolidating. This would include agreement on the draft of college players, adjustment of schedules and trimming of franchises. In the latter matter, Bojens said Ingram has in mind the transfer by the National league to the All-America of one of its Chicago clubs and reciprocal action by the latter league in New York.
AUG 14 (Green Bay) - As is usually the case, offense will be meeting defense when the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants collide at City stadium Saturday night, Aug. 23. The Offense vs. Defense phase of the Packer-Giant football mix is quite unusual for a couple of good reasons. Coach Steve Owen and his line pilot, Red Smith, have been in the habit of pounding the easiest side of preseason training defense. This means that the New Yorkers will be several steps ahead of the Packers in this department. Owen is of the belief that his offense will come along by itself during the exhibitions, and that the biggest problem is keeping the team from scoring. Coach Curly Lambeau and his staff, however, think along a different line. Lambeau's big card has five letters on it, and they spell out s-c-o-r-e. For the past two weeks, 80 percent of the drills have been spent on offense, ways and means of scoring. Lambeau doesn't generally believe that old saw about "the best defense being the best offense" although he was forced to do so last year when his aerial offense folded. The Giants will send two of the best lines in the league against the Packers, providing a perfect test for what the Green Bays have to offer offensively. Exclusive of ends, the Giant wall composed of Jim White, 220 pounds, right tackle; Len Younce, 218, right guard; Chet Gladchuk, 235, center; Bob Dobelstein, 220, left guard; and Tex Coulter, 264, left tackle, was considered by Bear Coach George Halas as one of the best he saw last year. This group is intact for 1947. The Bears, incidentally, gave this line trouble in the opener, an exhibition, last year but in the next meeting in New York the Bears were shut out by the same wall. The New Yorkers went on to win the Eastern division championship but fell in the title playoff with the Bears...The Packers pounded their offense again in Wednesday's drill and the coaches were 50 percent satisfied. Most of the plays, particularly the passing maneuvers, worked beautifully, but the running was off color. A terrific wind blowing out of the southeast raised havoc with the passing and on long heaves the wind seemed to give the ball an extra 10-yard ride - generally in the wrong direction. Ralph Tate, rookie left halfback, suffered a hamstring pull on a run through center and went to the training room. He was to be ready for today...Along the business front, Chief Maurice Kemper, the Legion's director of ticket sales for the Packer Legion game, reported the sale of tickets as "good". Tickets may be obtained at the Legion building during the day and at the Legion office until 8 o'clock each evening. The Legion has a large number of salesman who are also handling tickets, in addition to agencies throughout the Fox valley. Superior, where the Giants are training, will send down a trainload of fans for the contest.
AUG 15 (Green Bay) - After watching the Green Bay Bluejays score three touchdowns and kick the extra points (21-3) last night, it is difficult to distinguish a football from a baseball today. However, the New York Giant-Green Bay Packer fuss being only nine days away (Aug. 23 at City stadium), it might be well to "touchdown" on football even though that pigskin at Rockwood Lodge this morning looked like something they used at Joannes park last night. Anyhow, the subject for today's gridiron sermon might well be termed: "The Quick-Opening" by Harry Griswold. Whoops, pardon, the author is Curly Lambeau. (Those baseballs are flying around here.) Here's the point: When the Packers and Giants collide at City stadium a week from Saturday night, you all (that's southern talk, suh) will see a Packer team using the quick-opening formation for the first time since 1932 when quarterback Red Dunn retired to a life of selling insurance in Milwaukee, which later developed somehow into a sports broadcasting career. Now 1932 is 15 years ago, so we'll try to explain what's going to happen when the Packers get the ball the first time Aug. 23. The backfield (one of them at least) will have Indian Jack Jacobs (Dunn) standing just a shade to the left or right of center. The left half, Bruce Smith (Verne Lewellen), is about five steps almost directly back of the center and fullback Ted Fritsch (Bo Molenda) is opposite Smith. Viewed from the opposing backfield, these three form a "V" which is where the term V-formation originated. Right half Bob Forte (Johnny Blood) is off to the right or left somewhere near the end. The right wing has sometimes been called the handled to the "V"...DECEPTION UNDER CENTER: The principle, of course, is to give the backs a running start for those quick-opening slits in the line on the handoff from the quarterback. Since 1932, the ball was passed directly back to one of the halfbacks or fullback before the magic took place. Now the deception occurs almost under the center. On passing, and you'll probably see plenty of it, the quarterback will either go straight back or stand in the "pocket" to deliver his strikes, 'tis respectively hoped. On occasion, the ball may be centered to the left half who also can pass...The daily practice at Rockwood continued for the Green Bays today, and there was a bit of rough stuff although not a scrimmage. For the fourth time this week, Lambeau drilled his passing, with Jacobs, Irv Comp, Ralph Grant and Herman Rohrig on the throwing end. This type of drill accomplished a double purpose, the second being pass defense. Everybody worked hard except left half Ralph Tate, who had an official excuse because he's suffering from a leg injury. Tate will take it east from now until the Giant game when Lambeau expects to give him a thorough test...Latest news from Ninety Six, S.C., is that Larry Craig will arrive here this weekend. His last wire to Lambeau revealed that he has found a capable man to operate his farm. From Superior, where the Giants are training, comes word that the New Yorks will stage their first intra-squad game at Virginia, Minn., in preparation for their exhibition in Green Bay. All 46 candidates are expected to see action in the tilt except Jim White, tackle, Chet Gladchuk, center, and Frank Liebel, end, who are recovering from injuries. And from Waukesha is the news that Coach Jim Conzelman called his Chicago Cardinals together after a tough two-hour dummy scrimmage Thursday, loaded the gridders into eight automobiles, and took them to nearby Oconomowoc for an all-afternoon beach party, plus a fundamental drill.
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - In order to complete a forward pass, the guy who throws said pass must be protected; in order to keep said passer from throwing he must be rushed off his feet. Since the Green Bay Packers are interested in the Offensive and Defensive ends of football, Coach Curly Lambeau sent his charges through a long session of protecting - and at the same time - rushing the passer. It was a brutal hour of rough stuff designed to break up the New York Giants' pass attack and to polish the Packer aerial game for that first game at City stadium August 23 - one week from tonight. The defense held the upper hand, which means that the Packer passing attack suffered. Chief varmints of the Pass Breaking Up Society were Don Wells, the right right end, and Bob McDougal, the fullback who filled in at left end. Wells got in considerably to smother the passers. With Line Coach Walt Kiesling spurred both the offensive and defensive lines on, the boys' defense seemed to cause the most damage. Dick Wildung, sophomore guard from Minnesota, anticipated the call one time and leaped clean over the center and took the ball out of the quarterback's mitts. Damon Tassos and Ed Neal, also guards, also practiced that Neal specialty - dumping the center into the quarterback's laps. Though it was misery on the offensive club, it was good practice for both the offense and defense. Jack Jacobs got off the most passes as he danced in and out of the arms of would-be tacklers...After this phase of the drill, Lambeau gave a brief, but sharp, speech. He announced that there will be two "overweight" tables for "you boys who are too heavy." He ordered them to "lay off desserts and if you're hungry eat all the salad you want." The Friday afternoon drill was called off to give the athletes a rest before the scrimmage this morning. Lambeau urged the players to stay off their feet and that, of course, meant no golf. After Lambeau's talk, the players ran through 20 minutes of plays in front of the practice dummies and finished off with the daily sprints...The ticket sale for the Packer-Legion game is stepping up, according to Chief Kemper, Legion director of ticket sales. The 14 agencies around the Fox Valley have already sold out and one has requested an order for more tickets. This means, said Kemper, that "Green Bay fans had better not waste any time." Giant-Packer ducats are sold at the Packer office and the Legion office in the Legion building on Walnut street.
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - Nights are peaceful and serene for Curly Lambeau again. When he wants to go to sleep, he doesn't count sheep; he merely counts the passes Jack Jacobs completed in the day's workouts. The big Indian, who wanted to be a Ram and eventually was told by George Marshall that he couldn't even be a Redskin, has just about wiped away the memories of all those days last fall when the Green Bay Packers pleaded for a pass and got a cross buck. Fifteen days of drills have established that the Packers, once the most feared aerial combination in football are back in the air again with an attack that eventually must command a great deal of respect from championship rivals. Jacobs' chief "catcher" has been Gene Wilson of Southern Methodist, who has done a grand job of snaring everything thrown his way the last two weeks. The great work of these two boys has revived talk of a possible Isbell-Hutson combination blossoming out, which would certainly mean bad news for the rest of the National League clubs. Jacobs' performance has lifted the entire squad. Not only has the former Oklahoma star, whom Tom Stidham once called the greatest halfback in America, shown the way in passing, but his kicking has been sensational, and on defense he has been sufficiently impressive to guarantee him pretty steady employment for the greater part of every Sunday afternoon starting September 28. Six feet 1 1/2 inches and 190 pounds, Jacobs has fit perfectly into the original Packer system which Lambeau is reviving this fall for the first time since Red Dunn, Verne Lewellen, Bo Molenda and Johnny Blood passed from the Green Bay lineup. Paced by Jacobs, such veteran performers as Herman Rohrig and Irv Comp, two men who have had a tendency in the past to be hot and cold, have managed to remain hot in the first two weeks of drills. With 15 rookies in camp, every one of whom has a chance to survive the final cuts, the Packers will present their share of new faces in this season of great turnovers. Outstanding among the newcomers are Ralph Tate, a hurdle champion who came up from Oklahoma A&M as a right halfback, but soon was shifted to the tailback spot; Bill McPartland, a 6 foot four inch tackle from St. Mary's and Bob McDougal, a 205 pound fullback from the University of Miami, a native of Oconto. Ray Piotrowski, a Milwaukee high school product, will back up Capt. Charlie Brock and Buddy Gatewood at center and there seems little prospect that anyone will get Ralph Grant out of the third quarterback spot, although Comp is being groomed there in addition to left half just for emergency. Although offense, with special emphasis on passing, has been the watchword at every drill, the Packers' defense again looms as the same powerful dissuader with which Green Bay led the league last year. Such veterans as Baby Ray, Ed Neal, Tiny Croft, Urban Odson, Paul Lipscomb, Dick Wildung and Brock will enable Lambeau to field as big a line as there is in the league.
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - Halfback Tony Canadeo and guard Dick Wildung, two veterans who figure heavily in Coach Curly Lambeau's plans, were sent to the hospital today as the Packers engaged in their second scrimmage of the training season. Canadeo suffered a shoulder dislocated when tackled viciously by Ken Keuper, veteran right halfback on the victorious White side, and Wildung came up from beneath a line buck with an injured leg. Team physician Dr. Henry S. Atkinson said he expected to have both men ready for the New York Giants in Green Bay next Saturday night. Before his ill-fated attempt to run over Keuper along the sidelines, Canadeo had starred in the scrimmage. Jack Jacobs led the White backfield and gradually led it goalward with a six yard pass to Keuper for a touchdown. Several minutes later, after a Blue fumble, he passed 12 yards to rookie Gene Wilson, the sparkplug of the White attack, for the winning touchdown. Bruce Smith made the final score, 21 to 7, with a 36 yard run for touchdown.
AUG 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - A wave of optimism out of Green Bay is nothing new at this time of the year, to be sure. But there is something more definite about the 1947 model cheery outlook, judging by all reports from Rockwood Lodge, where the Packers are bearing down. Boss Curly Lambeau figures he's well stacked at every position with the possible exception of center. Even there, the presence of Charlie Brock makes up for lack of depth. Buddy Gatewood is the only other reliable pivot man. The end situation is improved with the addition of Gene Wilson, late of Southern Methodist, and Bob Skoglund of Notre Dame. Ditto the tackles, where Bill McPartland, Baxter Jarrell and Fred Nielson should give Baby Ray, Urban Odson, Paul Lipscomb and Tiny Croft the necessary help. Shifting of Dick Wildung, plus the signing of Monte Moncrief and the deal for Damon Tassos, served to brighten the guard picture. A mid-winter operation is said to have made a new man of Bruce Smith. Other holdover backs - like Ted Fritsch, Walt Schlinkman, Herman Rohrig, Bob Forte and Ken Keuper - are said to be as good or better than a year ago. The pro league veteran, Ward Cuff, is bound to help, as are newcomers Ralph Grant, Ralph Tate, Bob McDougal and Ed Cody...THE HEAT'S ON JACOBS FOR SURE: There's new spirit and the players are said to be strong for Lambeau's new (or revival of the old) basic formation. But all these elements of cheer, important as they are, won't spell championship without Jack Jacobs, the passing wizard. Lambeau made no secret of the fact that he pinned his hopes on Indian Jack when he swing the deal with Washington for his services. And he hasn't changed his mind. Irv Comp, Rohrig, Grant and Canadeo can and will do some chucking. But for the championship variety, Jacobs is the man. If he fails - well, the Packers will undoubtedly play interesting ball, but the mid-December title playoff very likely will be out of their reach. So the heat's on the Indian for sure.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Irv Comp and Jack Jacobs, a pair of tall, strong armed triple threat veterans, took commanding leads in the fight for the regular quarterback assignment today as the Green Bay Packers speeded up drills for their opening exhibition game against the New York Giants in Green Bay Saturday night. Comp and Jacobs starred in a long passing drill as the emphasis in the Packer camp continued to be offense. Ted Fritsch, the overweight fullback and captain of the fat man's table, again held a marked edge over Roy McKay, league champion, and Jacobs in the punting drill. Larry Craig, the veteran blocking back, who will be shifted to end, put in a belated appearance this morning.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - This is Packer-Giant Week, the time when all good Green Bay professional football followers start to discuss, seriously, the Packers' chances in the 1947 National league campaign. This verbal banter will reach a focus point next Saturday night when the Packers and New York Giants collide in City stadium in the first of four exhibitions for the Bays. They'll invade Pittsburgh Aug. 29, meet Boston in Milwaukee Sept. 14 and then close with Washington in Baltimore Sept. 21 before starting league fire with the Chicago Bears at City stadium Sept. 29. From now until kickoff time, the Packers will be drilling and going over plans that they hope will launch their season on a victory footing. At the same time, the Packer front office and the Sullivan-Wallen post No. 11, American Legion, have stepped up the ticket sale for the contest which is the second annual sponsored by the Legion post. Proceeds will go into the post's building fund. A shot of cool weather Friday and Saturday spurted the ticket sale and, despite the heat today, the post's army of salesmen and the tellers in the Packer and Legion ticket office in the Legion building reported "good sales". Meanwhile, the Packers went back to serious work this morning, diving into a bit of rough stuff with the keynote on timing, downfield blocking and getting down under punts. There was a newcomer in the Rockwood Lodge camp - one Larry Craig, the veteran end from Ninety Six, S.C. Craig was delayed two weeks while he looked for a capable man to handle his forms. He's expected to sign this week. Coach Curly Lambeau conducted the second full-length scrimmage for the Bays Saturday, with the White team posting a 21-7 victory. The stiff workout revealed that the Packers are about two weeks ahead of their 1946 schedule. The morale of the players and smoothness of operation, despite installation of the quick-opening V-formation, are far advanced over last year...MAKE STIFFEST COMPETITION: For the scrimmage, the two squads were evenly balanced and linemen and backs were switched from one team to the other to give both outfits the stiffest competition possible. The coaches, spectators and players shuddered midway in the battle when Tony Canadeo, left half veteran, suffered a dislocated shoulder when tackles by White back Ken Keuper, who pulled a muscle Sunday. Canadeo went to the training room immediately. Dr. H.S. Atkinson, club physician, X-rayed the member and discovered no break, although the Gonzaga flash won't be ready for the Giant fray. Until he was injured, Canadeo had himself a sweet time. He peeled off 56 yards earlier in the game but official Don Hutson said he was offside, and just before Keuper came in with his tackle Canadeo ripped off three 15-yard chunks. The only other injuree was Dick Wildung, sophomore guard, who bruised his leg. Wildung, like Canadeo, probably will be held out of the Giant contest. With Walt Schlinkman pounding out long gains, the Blues took a 7-0 lead with Irv Comp plunging over. The Whites bounced into a tie as Jack Jacobs completed three long passes to Gene Wilson, the SMU star, and one to Keuper for the touchdown. A moment later, Jacobs pegged 12 yards to Wilson in the end zone for another White touchdown. Near the end, Bruce Smith sped off tackle and outraced the secondary in a 36-yard touchdown jaunt for Whites. Wilson gave a brilliant performance both on offense and defense. Wilson was one of four end who played the entire game, the others being Don Wells, Clyde Goodnight and Nolan Luhn. Veteran center Buddy Gatewood and rookie guard Ralph Davis starred in line play together with Wilson. Schlinkman's pounding kept the Blue team in the game. Bob McDougal, another fullback, showed up well.
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - On the train coming back from New York last fall, Tiny Croft remarked: "That Coulter ain't so hot." Croft, Green Bay Packer tackle, had just finished his first experience with the then highly-publicized DeWitt Coulter who dropped out of West Point because of deficiency in mathematics after being rated as the Army's greatest all-time tackle. Not generally a boastful individual, Giant Croft went on to tell his buddies that "I knocked him around a couple of times and he didn't appear any better than the average pro tackle." Tiny probably had himself a big time against Coulter but the West Point ace was green as the grass that covered the Polo Grounds; it was DeWitt's first major league game. The 255-pound ex-Army lieutenant apparently learned something about football mathematics because he helped the Giants to the Eastern division championships and was named on several Eastern all-league teams. When the Packers and Giants collide at City stadium Saturday night, Croft and Coulter will meet somewhere along the line and Tiny, who can really explode if he so desires, will get another chance to see just how much Coulter has improved. The two clubs didn't meet during the championship season last year. The line play in Saturday night's struggle will probably be a feature of the night. Last year the Giants finished the season with the best line in the league. This year the new material promises to be such that the "Gladchuk line" and the "DeFilippo Line" might well be the two best in the loop, but no one can say which will be better. Bill Hacten of Stanford, Tom Reilly of Fordham and John Zeger, a discovery of Red Badgro, the Giants' all-time end, will give even such standbys as Len Younce and Bob Dobelstein a run for their positions...FLANKS ARE UNTURNABLE?: The tackle corps is led by Coulter and Jim White with Frank Cope and Phil Ragazzo right behind. At end, Poole (Ray, that is), Sigurd Jensen and Ed Kaminski are three top-notch rookies who will help to make the flanks unturnable. Hachten is labeled as the Giants' best guard prospect since 1941 - and that's the year Younce was a rookie. Bill Schuler might beat out either White or Coulter for a starting tackle assignment - he's that good. That about wraps up the Giants' line which, incidentally, is coached by Red Smith, ex-Packer line pilot. The Packers will attempt to do the same at City stadium - and carry it into pay dirt...The Packers went through rugged drills Monday and today, and came out with an injury list containing 10 men some of whom were injured in the Saturday scrimmage. Three of the injurees probably won't see action against the Giants - guard Dick Wildung and halfbacks Tony Canadeo and Andy Uram. Canadeo has a shoulder dislocation; Wildung has an inured leg; and Uram a bad foot. Others on the hurt list who will play Saturday are backs Ken Keuper, Ralph Tate and Walt Schlinkman, muscle pulls; back Roy Mckay and Croft, knee; tackle Baxter Jarrell, hand; and fullback Ted Fritsch who is bothered with that terrible disease known as Overweight. Fritsch, however, is working overtime every day in an attempt to get his weight down and his wind up...PRO ROUNDUP: Chris Iverson will be the only rookie back starting for New York. He is 6-2 and weighs 210...Larry Craig really means business. The Packer left end, who's starting his ninth season, made a 1,400-mile non-stop trip from his farm in Ninety Six, S.C., to Green Bay to participate in the long drill Monday...Jimmy Conzelman reports from Waukesha that there is nothing wrong with his Cardinals that another good end and guard couldn't cure...Best quote of the day came from Detroit Coach Gus Dorais: "The Lions are through playing dead for the rest of the league; anybody who thinks we'll be the soft touch we proved to be last season can roll up his sleeves and get set for a few surprises." Gus calls his new formation the Detroit "T" or for brevity's sake: the "D-T".
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - Only five days away from their first exhibition of the season, a game with the New York Giants here Saturday night, the Green Bay Packers Monday were roundly chided by Coach Curly Lambeau. Downfield blocking in Saturday's scrimmage was less effective than any he has ever seen, Lambeau said. "Ball games are won and lost on details," he said. "Downfield blocking is a detail without which no offense can go. We'll have downfield blocking or we'll have something else - very drastic." Meanwhile, double sessions will be held daily as Lambeau seeks to perfect enough offense to carry the Packers by the encounter. With five men in the all-star camp and five on the hospital list, only 31 men will be available to face the eastern division champions. Backs Tony Canadeo and Andy Uram and guard Dick Wildung in all probability will not take part in anything rough until the Pittsburgh game August 29. Uram, attempting a comeback, has been hobbling on a bad ankle for a week. Larry Craig, veteran blocking back, who will be shifted to end this season, reported Monday and immediately took part in the drills.
AUG 19 (Superior) - Coach Steve Owen sent his New York Giants through two heavy workouts Monday and had more of the same on the books for his squad Tuesday. The drills were specifically in preparation for the Giants' exhibition with the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay Saturday. Owen indicated Emery Nix, Bill Paschal, George Franck and rookie Chris Iverson, husky blocking back from Oregon, would be in the starting backfield Saturday.
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - Now that the New York Giant line had been exploded to the high heavens, it is time to report on the Green Bay Packer wall. In the interests of the ticket office and good reporting, it must be added that the above-mentioned masses of blood and guts will collide at City stadium at 8 o'clock Saturday night. That's just 72 hours away, Bub. Walter Kiesling, the easy-going Packer line mentor who is starting his 22nd year in professional football, has been quietly forming the 1947 Packer front wall at Rockwood Lodge for the last three weeks. Big Walt, rarely in an optimistic mood like Boss Man Curly Lambeau, isn't shouting the praises of his 1947 beef trust, but neither is he moaning and groaning. Let's start with the tackles and work toward the center, and leave the ends for another night when space will permit. These are facts, mind you, and no uncalled for rhubarb: From tackle to tackle, the 19 Packer linemen total 4,400 pounds for an average of 231.5 The seven tackles weigh 1,720 pounds for an average of 245.7; the nine guards 2,060 pounds for an average of 228.8; and the three centers 620 for an average of 206.6. Three of the 16 will be playing for the College All-Stars against the Bears in Chicago Friday night and probably won't be used against the Giants. They are tackle Bill McPartland of St. Mary and guard Ray Clemons of St. Mary and Monte Moncrief of Texas A. and M. Other Packers in the game are fullback Ed Cody, Purdue, and end Bob Skoglund, Notre Dame. If it comes to a battle of weights, the Packers can field a line that averages 255 pounds per individual with Tiny Croft (280) and Paul Lipscomb (245) at the tackles; Ed Neal (290) and Damon Tassos (225) at the guards; and little Charley Brock (210) at center. Though the boys are still battling for those so-called No. 1 positions, and there is always the possibility of a change, the top offensive guards are Tassos and Dick Wildung, both speedy boys who can pull out and block. Defensively, Neal and Tassos lead the parade. Spelling this trio are rookies Ed Bell, Clemons, Ralph Davis, Monte Moncrief and Howie Tollefson and veteran Wilder Collins...BIG YEAR FOR ODSON: At tackles, the best lookers thus far are veteran Baby Ray and Lipscomb although they'll be getting competition galore from veterans Croft and Urban Odson who is ticketed for a big season. Rookie tackles are Baxter Jarrell, Red Nielson and McPartland. Buddy Gatewood, the Texan who gave a great performance in last week's scrimmage, will share most of the center duties with the talented Brock, the team's captain. Ray Piotrowski is the third center and faces a tough job. Anyhow, these are the men who face the task of stopping what the New York Giants call "the two best lines in pro football" at City stadium Saturday night...The heavy rain was welcomed at Rockwood Lodge for the cool breezes it carried. However, the field was slightly flooded after the heavy deluge this morning, but practice went on as usual. Coach Curly Lambeau ordered some rough stuff today and will taper off Thursday. The chief worry was play execution and downfield blocking. Ed Bell, new guard, came up with a sore shoulder Tuesday but will be ready for duty Saturday night...At Superior, Gordon Paschka, former Minnesota guard but now a back, scored two touchdowns as the New York Giants second team defeated the varsity, 18-6, Tuesday as the Giants prepared for the special game with their traditional NFL rivals, the Packers. Paschka, perhaps the outstanding rookie in camp, plunged through the line for his tallies. Frank Regan, former Penn star, made the other second team score with a spectacular run, while Wild Bill Paschal raced 15 yards through guard for the only varsity counter.
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - Defense was added to the Green Bay Packers' two a day program Wednesday as Coach Curly Lambeau continued to drive the squad in preparation for Saturday night's opening game against the New York Giants in Green Bay. Reports on the Giants' intersquad game in Virginia, Minn., last week caused Lambeau to switch his defensive plans, originally designed to handle Bill Paschal, ground gaining champion in 1944 and 1945. Paschal was forced into a back seat in the Virginia exhibition by Gordon Paschka. Pashcka, a guard who wasn't good enough to stay in the league a year ago, has come back from the Giants' Jersey City farm as a fullback whom stout Steve Owen has publicly acclaimed as the "greatest thing since Nagurski." A Bierman product at Minnesota, Paschka won the American league ground gaining title last year and made an auspicious start as a major league fullback by going 80 yards in three consecutive plays against Owen's varsity line last week.
AUG 20 (Superior) - Gordon Paschka, former Minnesota guard but now a back, scored two touchdowns as the New York Giants reserves defeated the varsity, 18-6, in a practice scrimmage Tuesday. Paschka, outstanding rookie in camp here, plunged from inside the 10 for both of his tallies. Frank Reagan, former Penn star, scored the other touchdown for the reserves on a 50 yard run. Bill Paschal raced 15 yards through guard for the only varsity tally. The Giants will meet the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay Saturday night.
AUG 21 (Green Bay) - One of the most prominent
behind-the-scenes figures in the Green Bay Packers'
rise to a power in professional football will be absent
from the City stadium's official picture this fall for the
first time in 28 years. He is George Whitney Calhoun,
secretary of the Green Bay Football corporation from
1923 through 1940 and its publicity director from 1923
until his retirement March 15 of this year. Actually,
"Cal" is as old as the Packers themselves, having
called the first meeting of Green Bay's original team
at the bowling alleys of Hagemeister park at the
behest of E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, the man who was
later to guide his elevens to six NFL championships...
BEGAN PASSING THE HAT: During the first three
years of the Packers' independent existence (1919-
20-21) and even after they entered the NFL, the
successor to the American Professional Football
association. Calhoun, besides handling the team's
publicity from his Press-Gazette sports desk, also
served it as manager and general factotum. In those
days, one of his functions was to utilize his fedora as
a collection plate along the sidelines at Hagemeister
park, asking spectators to chip with a coin or two to
help defray expenses. Later, he was to see the day
when thousands of fans were eager to part with their
folding money to watch his self-styled "ponderous
pachyderms" in action. Although there is no way of
tracing, Cal probably is the pioneer in disseminating
information to the press in the NFL. He also was the
first to begin compiling his own team's statistics, and
the first to publish a yearbook, which ultimately grew
into a handsomely bound volume, as a guide to radio
and newspaper men, throughout the country...WAS
ATHLETE IN BUFFALO: Cal, who has been on the
Pres-Gazette's editorial department for nearly 30 years,
was the first to turn out a weekly news sheet - the
Packer Football News - faithfully sent to upwards of one
hundred newspapers over the nation, which he edited
from Jan. 5, 1938 to April 30, 1947. Though a little
known fact hereabouts, Calhoun was something of an
athlete in his own time, distinguishing himself in hockey,
football and baseball at the University of Buffalo.
Generally recognized as the Packers' official historian,
the retired publicitor also has his roots in the history of
the city itself. One of Green Bay's parks, Whitney, is
named for his maternal forebears, who donated the land
on which the park now stands and an elementary 
school here also bears the family name. He was born in
this area, Sept. 16, 1890..WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE:
His active career over he will continue as a member of
the board of directors of the Green Bay Packers, Inc.,
of which he is a charter member and at the games he
will occupy his customary seat near the sidelines. After
having missed every kickoff since the Packers have
been in the NFL because his presence was required at
the press pass gate, he will not be able to see a full 60
minutes of play. Calhoun intends to keep his typewriter
in football. Working in conjunction with an eastern writer
he has already wrapped up a magazine article about 
the "Pro Football Capital of the Middle West". He also
plans to write a history of the NFL based on his game
by game records which are complete in every detail 
since the Packers entered the circuit in 1921. Bert Bell,
commissioner of the NFL, on being advised that Cal 
had resigned, wrote him a letter expressing regret. Two
of Bell's paragraphs follow: "For the league members 
and myself, I want you to know how deeply we
appreciate what you have done for the Packers and the
NFL. I think your proposed book of a history of the NFL
will be a great thing for the league and if I can be of any service to you kindly call on me immediately."
AUG 21 (Green Bay) - The New York Giants claim, in black and white publicity matter, they'll present a second Bronko Nagurski and the best kicker in football at City stadium Saturday night. In short, the Giants left themselves wide open for argument from the Green Bay Packers who will provide the opposition for those loud-speaking Giants. For instance No. 1: The Giants report that they have a mysterious human dynamo named Gordon Paschka, former University of Minnesota guard, who is now an almost un-bring-downable fullback. Paschka is tops of the 16 first-year backs in the Superior camp, and Coach Steve Owen says this about him: "Paschka has as much driving power as Nagurski showed at his peak. He's considerably faster than was the Bronk." High praise, indeed...EVER HEAR OF FRITSCH?: For argument purposes, Coach Curly Lambeau might snap back: "Haven't those mugs ever heard of Ted Fritsch?" Fritsch made every league team in the country last year and was hailed as one of the top power drivers in pro circle. When you start comparing anybody with Nagurski you've got to bring in Clarke Hinkle, the former Packer fullback who gained more yardage than the Bronk and stopped the big Bear on a number of occasions - one of which Nagurski failed to get up under his own power. And for food measure, Fritsch led the National league in scoring last year. What's more, the Packers have three more fullback who probably would run rings around Paschka - Walt Schlinkman, Bob McDougal and Ed Cody. Schlinkman is due for a great year, starting with the Giant game...For instance No. 2: The Giants, it said, will have the strongest punting department in the circuit. That's a joke, son. The Packers, and this comes from the chief of the board of strategy, will be happy to march anything or anybody the Giants can offer as a punter. For one thing, the Packers have in their midst one Roy (Tex) McKay who led the National league in 1945 and 1946. Lambeau figures Tex is the best spot punter in the business...KICKED ONE IN 1946: And to add heat to the punting, it is hereby stated that Fritsch has been outpunting both McKay and Indian Jack Jacobs in practice thus far. Jacobs has a terrific reputation as a punter. Fritsch delivered one punt all last year - in the opening Bear game here but it went 60 yards. The Giant punters? Chief is Frank Regan, the former Penn star, and he's spelled by George Franck, ace of the Giant kickers last year. The Giants have a secret kicking weapon in Tex Coulter, 265-pound tackle, who gets off 70 yarders with impressive regularity. But if the Giants are even thinking of pulling a lineman out to do the punting, then said Giants are "hard up" for kicker...The Packers went out on the practice field for the first time in two days today after Lambeau had conducted indoor examinations and skull drills in the Rockwood Lodge building. Lambeau reported that he was undecided on a starting lineup but added "we'll probably use an all-veteran alignment in view of the strength in the Giant line." From Superior, Owen announced that Chet Gladchuk has left the injury list and will be ready against the Packers. Gladchuck is the pivot man in the strong New York wall. The probable starting backfield will have Chris Iverson, Oregon rookie, at quarterback; veterans Emery Nix and George Franck at halfbacks; and Paschka at full.
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - The Packer-Giant game at City stadium Saturday night may mark the return of Mr. Forward Pass who has been virtually missing since 1945. Green Bay has seen many great passers, chiefly Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell, and many talented receivers, led by the peerless Don Hutson and unpredictable Johnny Blood. There probably never will be another point-producing snatcher like Hutson and chances are you'll never see a vagabond like Blood - on or off the field. Though the Packers have no Hutson in a playing uniform, there seems to be some suspicion that the 1947 Packers may have something of a passing attack. This can be confined by viewing the proceedings Saturday night, but for the moment let's delve deeper into this suspicion. One day last winter, Coach Curly Lambeau got into a huddle with General George Marshall of USS Washington Redskins and came out with the contract of Indian Jack Jacobs. In return for such, Lambeau gave back Bob Nussbaumer and rights to a player on the 1948 draft list. The method in Curly's madness, which seems to be turning to glee, was to obtain for the Packers a back who could pass and step into the quarterback slot on the Packer quick-opening V-formation. Jacobs worked under the center during his entire pro career, and has a terrific reputation as a passer. He had the misfortune of playing behind Sammy Baugh at Washington and Parker Hall at Cleveland. Consequently, Jacobs was unhappy. Lambeau believes Jack is happy in his new surroundins, and what's more, Jacobs is delighted to be with the Packers because he knows he won't be subjected to splinter torture. The Oklahoman will get his first chance against the Giants. Spelling him will be quarterbacks Herman Rohrig, Irv Comp and Ralph Grant. Comp also toils at left half - also a passing position. Receiving Jacobs will be a littel bit of a guy called Eugene (Red) Wilson, who universitied at Southern Methodist. Wilson is fast and has been making some spectacular catches in camp. He'll be at left end along with Clyde Goodnight and larry Craig. Little has been said about Wilson for the simple reason that he's untested. But for the record, the kid has a world of speed, guts and an uncanny ability of catching a football like it was a baseball. The other ends, Don Wells and Nolan Luhn, are defensive gems - especially Wells. Luhn occasionally came up with a catch or two last year, while Wells had himself a gleeful time playing defense. In brief, the Packers will make their first attempt since Hutson retired in 1945 to break loose with a devastating passing attack against the Giants here Saturday night...From the Rockwood Lodge, Lambeau reported that he's not satisfied with the team's operation. "The boys aren't working as smoothly for the Giant game," he pointed out, adding that injuries, extra weight and even the heat have cut the efficiency of the club. The Packer coach had hoped the team would reach some of the possibilities that he had expected for the opener. Ted Fritsch, high scoing fullback, has been badly bothered by extra poundage. Injuries have already put Tony Canadeo, Andy Uram and Dick Wildung out of action. Other hurtees who will see some action are backs Ken Keuper, Ralph Tate, Roy McKay and Walt Schlinkman; tackles Tiny Croft and Baxter Jarrell, and guard Ed Bell..The Giants contintued their grooming for the exhibition Saturday against Green Bay with a long drill stressing passing and punting at Superior Thursday. The first string backfield of Emery Nix, Bill Paschal, George Franck and rookie Chris Iverson was particularly effective on offense in the drills. Coach Steve Owen expects the Giants to be close to top form for the contest. However, tackle Jim White, end Frank Liebel and Ben Barber, a rookie back, are injured and probably won't get into the game.
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - Major league football goes on display at City stadium tonight, with the Green Bay Packers meeting the New York Giants, defending Eastern division champions, in the first game of the season for both clubs. The benefit contest, sponsored by the Sullivan-Wallen post, American Legion, marks the opening of the Packers' 29th year in pro football and the 28th in the National loop. It was six years ago to this very day, Aug. 23, 1941, that the Packers and Giants struggled to a 17-17 tie here. They didn't collide in an exhibition opener until last season when the Packers invaded New York and retreated with a 35-21 setback. Tonight's contest, starting at 8 o'clock with the customary kickoff, has numerous incentives to the undecided fan. The Packers will show their quick
opening V-formation for the first time since 1931 when
Coach Curly Lambeau scrapped it to fit new talent like
Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson. The quick opener was 
used during the triple championship seasons of '29, '30
and '31...This will be the first game in which two NFL
teams operate with five officials. The fifth - known as the
Back Judge - will play opposite the head linesman. One
of his duties will be to guard Suicide Lane or No Man's
Land, the ares where dirty work is likely to take place.
Lambeau launched efforts to get a fifth official in 1945,
and succeeded at the league's Chicago meetings last
winter. Along with the Packers' quick opener will be a
new aerial attack built around Indian Jack Jacobs, who
will work under the center at quarterback. The chief
receivers will be Gene (Red) Wilson, a rookie from SMU
who has been snag4ging everything coming his way in
the two practice scrimmages. Among the surprises will be Kenneth (Red) Keuper, the former blocking quarterback, who has been shifted to right halfback. New in Packer togs will be Ward Cuff, who put in nine years with the Giants and one with Chicago's Cardinals. Cuff, a right half, and Ken Strong, ancient Giants back, are tied for scoring honors on the New York club with 319 points apiece...Lambeau is starting his 29th season with enthusiasm, but the big pilot has a wrinkled brow because the 1947 outfit does not have the smoothness that he expected at this time of the season. Then, too, three players are definitely out with hurts - Tony Canadeo, Dick Wildung and Andy Uram, and nine others will be handicapped by injuries, including fullback Ted Fritsch. If the Packers win the toss and receive, they'll likely lead off with veterans Clyde Goodnight and Nolan Luhn at ends; Baby Ray and Paul Lipscomb at tackle; Ed Neal and Damon Tassos at guards; Captain Charley Brock at center; Jacobs at quarterback; Bob Forte at right half; Bruce Smith at left half; and Walt Schlinkman at fullback. If Green Bay kicks off, Larry Craig and Don Wells probably will be at the ends; Urban Odson in place of Lipscomb at tackle; and Herman Rohrig, Roy McKay, Forte and Keuper in the backfield...Stout Steve Owen, Giants' coach, has what the Eastern writers call "the two best lines in pro football" to thrown at the Packers. They are known as the Gladchuk and DeFilippo lines. Aces are Len Younce and Bob Dobelstein, guard, and Tex Coulter and Jim White at tackles. The New York walls are coached by Richard (Red) Smith, a well-known gent in these parts. He formerly played and coached for the Packers; managed the Green Bay Bluejays; and calls nearby Combined Locks his home. Chris Iverson, a rookie, and veteran Emery Nix are expected to handle the passing formerly conducted by Frank Filchock, who was suspended indefinitely for not reporting a bribe before the championship game last December.
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - You can buy Packer-Giant tickets at the Legion building on Walnut street up to 4 o'clock this afternoon. The ticket windows at City stadium will open at 6 o'clock this evening - two hours before kickoff time...The Giants, plus 200 Superior fans, will arrive at the Chicago North Western station about 5 o'clock this afternoon and leave at midnight tonight...New York Line Coach Red Smith will be interviewed over the Press-Gazette's radio station, WJPG-FM, at 5:30. Station WDUZ will broadcast tonight's game, with Ben Laird giving the play by play...Watching tonight's game will be the entire Chicago Cardinal team plus head coach Jimmy Conzelman. The Cardinals visit Green Bay in October. Every club in the league, including the humbled Chicago Bears, will have scouts in the stands...The Packers spent 
JUL 29 (Green Bay) - Orientation Week at Packer university in Green Bay is upon us, dear students of football. Dean Earl Louis Lambeau has started conference with Professors John Molenda and Donald Hutson on this year's curriculum which includes stiff debates with nine other universities; namely Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Detroit, Los Angeles and two schools in Chicago - the Bear Tea Institute and the Cardinal Horticulture college. One "perfesser" is still missing - Walter Kiesling, who has been studying advanced literature on the complexities of the forward wall flower in the woods back in St. Paul. Among the early student arrivals are John (Jack) Jacobs, Roy McKay, Paul Lipscomb, Irv Comp and Ed Neal. The resident pupils, who plan to take up business here upon graduation, are Tony Canadeo and a Mr. Milburn Croft. All have registered for the 1947 season except McKay, who is expected to confer with Dean Lambeau sometime this week. McKay led the entire National Circuit of Major League Universities in the matter of leg art (punting to the freshmen) for the last two years. Classes will start next Monday at the university's beautiful country home - Rockwood Lodge. The Dean is expected to send his students through a dry run Sunday - the idea being to give the early birds a chance to acquaint themselves with the implements of education; namely, a football, shoulder and hip pads, cleated shoes, and, of course, the finer scholarship tests such as blocking and tackling. A walk up and down the campus (Adams street and Rockwood Lodge) uncovered a visiting dean - Paulus (Bear) Bryant, who conducts classes in football at the University of Kentucky. Bryant was drooling at the sight of the Packer athletes and readily admitted that "they could decorate any classrooms any day." Bryant was here for a visit with Hutson. The two were teammates at the University of Alabama, Don playing left end and Bryant right end. In retrospect, Paulus said that "my only claim to fame was playing opposite Brother Hutson at Alabama.'' Bryant started his head deaning at the University of Maryland in 1945 where he posted a 6-2 record and last year moved over to Kentucky where his record was 7-3, including a lopsided victory over Marquette. Also lolling on the campus was that fellow from Muskogee, Okla. - Mr. Jacobs. Jack is in excellent condition since he summered with the Clovis team in the Class C New Mexico-West Texas league. Jacobs was a pitcher and had a good chance to sharpen his throwing arm for competition in the above-mentioned football debates. Since he is the first of a group of "strangers" to be wearing Packer U. togs, it can be explained that Jacobs is packing 185 pounds on his six-foot, one-inch frame - the same amount he'll be carrying when action starts. He is 27 years old. That's enough of that "collitch" stuff? Let's go: that New York Giants game here (Aug. 23) is only 25 days away.
JUL 30 (Green Bay) - The second of two displaced persons, Roy D. McKay, signed his 1947 Green Bay Packer contract today. Herman Rohrig was the first misfit who got mixed up in the battle of formations. Herman inked his toiling papers July 24. Here's an explanation to the D.P. problem which started to develop last winter when Coach Curly Lambeau announced his switch back to the three-championship-in-a-row quick-opening system that preceded the Herber and Isbell to Hutson era: McKay, 36th Packers under contract, played fullback the last two years, and, in most cases, he was used merely to punt although he did score one of the two touchdowns against the Chicago Bears in 1946. With boys like Ted Fritsch and Walt Schlinkman lumbering, McKay concentrated on punting with such gusto that he won the NFL championship for the second straight year. Now, friends, McKay will play left halfback, a spot that will allow him to run as well as punt since under the quick-opener both the quarterback and left half undoubtedly will handle the bulk of the booting. As to Rohrig, Little Herman for three years was a right half, but he really is a quarterback by trade. So, the Packer coach will place him at QB. Of course, the switch in system backfires somewhat although Lambeau feels that it's for the best. For instance, Larry Craig, if and when he signs, will shift to end - chiefly on defense. Craig was the No. 1 blocking quarterback under the old system. Former QB Ken Keuper, who reported Tuesday afternoon, will be moved to right half where he'll get a chance to run and block, too...The revised quick-opening system's big advantage over the T - as used by the Bears - in that the left half and quarterback can pass with equal deception. Lambeau's entire program is based on deception. The Packers thus far have 15 backs under contract and this figure includes four rookies - Bob McDougal, Oconto and Miami; Ed Cody of Purdue; Ralph Tate, Oklahoma A. and M.; and Ralph Grant, Bucknell. Missing from the quarterback list is Cliff Aberson, who is now playing baseball with the Chicago cubs. Aberson, who throws a football like it was a baseball, is reportedly undecided on his football future pending his play with the Cubs...McKay's winning, the punting title last year, is considered extraordinary in view of the fact that he was forced to punt for position most of the time, thereby cutting his distance. Coach Curly Lambeau generally calls him one of the best spot punters we ever had. The Texan finished with an average distance of 42.7 yards despite the fact that one punt was blocked. He kicked 64 times which is a new season's record. Incidentally, Jacobs, with Washington last year, delivered 10 punts for a 42.8 yard average. McKay kicked all but one of the Packer boots. The other was made by Fritsch in the Bear game here...The Green Bay Packers had a captain on deck today. He is Charley Brock, veteran, who arrived from Columbus, Neb., to start his 10th Packer season. Also in today's group was Bruce Smith, left halfback. The Tulsa Trio - Nolan Luhn, Clyde Goodnight and Wilder Collins - were due in by motor this afternoon. Quarterbacks Ralph Grant, a first year man, and Herman Rohrig were expected on the 4:20 Milwaukee Road this afternoon...The Packers received news that Bill Osmanski will return to the Bears Tuesday with the "I told to you so" look. Like the Packers' Don Hutson, Dr. William, a Chicago dentist, announced after the 1946 campaign that "I'm through". Osmanski, an All-American at Holy Cross in 1938, is starting his seventh year. The Bears open training at Collegeville, Ind., Thursday.
JUL 31 (Green Bay) - Andy Uram, the one-time Minnesota flash, will attempt a comeback with the 1947 Green Bay Packers. Uram came to Green Bay in 1938 and in six years of action scored 99 points - six of which came on a 97-yard runback of a kickoff against Detroit in '42. Andy enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and got in two seasons of service football. He remained out of pro football in 1946, although he trained for a month before the opening of last season, then declined to return. In signing the veteran back today, Coach Curly Lambeau announced that the 32-year old veteran will work at his old position - right halfback. To relieve the congestion at right half, Lambeau switched Ralph Tate, the Oklahoma A. and M. first-year man, to left half. Uram, 37th to sign, will be competing with Ward Cuff, obtained from the New York Giants, and veterans Ken Keuper and Bob Forte. With Tate at left half, Lambeau has five players fighting for that position, the others being Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo, Irv Comp and Roy McKay. Uram is packing around 205 pounds, but this is expected to melt down to about 187, his normal playing weight, after a week or two of drills. Uram, who wore No. 42 - now sported by Minnesota Smith - before the war, averaged seven yards per try with the Gophers and played with Cecil Isbell in the 1938 College All-Star game. With the Packers, Uram scored 16 touchdowns and kicked one extra point for his 99 points, leaving him a tie with Bobby Monnett who played from 1933 to 1938...The Packers kept coming today from all parts of the country, and there are about 20 now at Rockwood Lodge. Lambeau will start preliminary briefing for rookies, including the four participating in the College All-Star game, at the lodge this weekend and the main practice will start officially Monday morning. Packers competing against the Bears (for the All Stars) are Bob Skoglund, Notre Dame end; Bill McPartland, St. Mary's tackle; Monte Moncrief, Texas A. and M. guard; and Cody. They'll leave for the All-Star camp Monday...PICKUPS: Charley Brock and Ken Keuper have both left their families home, and there doesn't seem much need for an explanation. Brock plans to open bowling alleys (a la Hutson) in Columbus, Neb., population 10,000. Charley says the "old alleys were closed there five years ago and the people want to bowl." Lou Brock, former Packer back, is executive vice president of a housing firm in Indiana. If years mean anything, the Packers will be powerful at right half. Cuff and Uram are each 32 years of age. Forte, the blazing runner from Arkansas who is the No. 1 right half candidate, got a three-week delay in starting due to an appendectomy last year. Wonder what'll happen if he isn't delayed this fall?
JUL 31 (Milwaukee) - Stan Heath, former Shorewood high school football star who was dropped from the University of Wisconsin last fall and quit summer school a week ago, is reported seeking a professional football career. Heath's class doesn't graduate until 1950 and under their own rules pro clubs cannot sign him until that time. However, since Heath can't return to Wisconsin and probably wouldn't be admitted to any other major school. Coach Earl "Curly" Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has promised to take his case to Pres. Bert Bell of the NFL.
Friday night at Rockwood Lodge listening to the All-Star game in Chicago. Bob Skoglund, Packer rookie end from Notre Dame, was mentioned consistently in mussing up the Bear offensive. Other Packers in the game were back Ed Cody, guard Ray Clemons and Monte Moncrief and tackle Bill McPartland..Dr. John Kelly, former Packer gridder and now a dentist in Superior, made arrangements for the special excursion of 200 Superior fans to Green Bay...Russ Leddy will be master of ceremonies during the program between halves. He'll present the championship Blatz Legion band which won 17 state, four national and one intersectional championships. Herman Runge, state Legion commander, will speak briefly...Coach Curly Lambeau sounded the Packer "thought" between halves of the All Star-Bear game last night when he said "if the Bears lose they'll be hard to beat." Radio commentator Red Grange added at the end of the game, "Halas will hold this defeat over the Bears' head during the entire league season."...The Junior Legion baseball team will be guests of their Legion backers. The Wausaukee High school football team will attend the game in a body, guests of the school.
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - 
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - The long awaited debut of Indian Jack Jacobs in a Green Bay Packer uniform will take place here Saturday night when Coach Curly Lambeau sends an all-veteran lineup against Steve Owen's New York Giants in an American Legion benefit football game. Lambeau, in announcing his lineup just before he departed for Chicago to watch five Packer rookies in the all-star game, said he wanted plenty of experience to cope with the initial assaults of what generally is accepted to be the greatest line Owen has ever assembled. After the veterans have worked out on Owen's best, rookies in the Packer camp will be trotted out for their baptism under major league fire.