(GREEN BAY) - Maybe you saw it Sunday night. A guy with a lantern, slowly walking across the football field up here and occasionally poking around in almost unbelievable wreckage? Well, if you didn't, it makes no difference. Anyway, the guy was Curly Lambeau, poor fellow, and he was looking for what was once a football team. Yes, what once had been a football team
- his team. And all he ever turned up was a piece. A
piece, no more - for earlier in the day while a bright sun
beat down and some 25,546 fans sat expectantly in the
stands, the Chicago Bears descended on his team and
utterly destroyed and scattered it. The score was 45-7.
A piece of a play here, a fallen guard or tackle there - 
that, in the late, dark night was that was left.
This was awful - the worst thing that has happened to
Green Bay since Prohibition. What had been a winning
football team in four earlier games, a proud team, too,
flew all to pieces before Chicago's onslaught. It not only
never had a chance, it started to fall apart at the very
first impact. The Bears, three point underdogs, scored
in the early minutes - and the pieces started to fly. So
the Bears, sharp, alert and savage, just kept right on
scoring. Altogether they got two touchdowns in the 
first quarter, two more and a field goal in the second,
which made it a "point a minute", 31-0 at the half, and
one touchdown in each of the third and fourth quarters.
Johnny Lujack, a whale of a ballplayer on this field,
scored the first on a sneak from the three. Moon 
Mullins the second on a pass which he intercepted on
Green Bay's 28, George McAfee the third on a dash
around end from the 10, Mike Holovak the fourth on a 
10 yard pass from Sid Luckman, Ed Sprinkle the fifth
on a one yard pass from Luckman - time out for breath
although the Bears never bothered - and Sprinkle the
sixth on a 35 yard pass from Bobby Layne. In between
the second and third touchdowns, Fred Venturelli, the
Racine kicking specialist, booted a 13 yard field goal.
​The Bears fell on the Packers like blockbusters, and
they not only piled up the highest total of points in the
history of this long and no longer honorable series, but
with smashing football gave the Packers a good 
physical going over to boot. If Lambeau never finds 
some of the pieces you will know why. Jay Rhodemyre
and Bruce Smith didn't play at all in the second half
because of injuries - and most of the others limped off
the field at the finish with little mementos ranging from
good, solid bumps, that are going to hurt for a week, to
minor sprains. Larry Craig has a broken nose, Ed Bell
a twisted knee, Paul Lipscomb a smashed finger, and
Jacobs a bad charley horse, just to mention a few.
Against Chicago's rocking play, the Packers could do
little right. They were roundly and obviously outcharged
and outplayed in the line, they fumbled five times, and
though the statistics may not show it, they had one of
their worst days in years passing. Jack Jacobs did
complete nine out of 18 attempts, which is a 
respectable enough average, but he gained relatively
short yardage, and he had four intercepted. And that
isn't the Packers, or that isn't Jacobs.
Unlike other Bear teams which so often came largely
by air, or at least by air and ground both, this one came
almost entirely by ground. It found the Packer line to
its liking and the slogan was, "Let 'er rip!" Thirteen 
backs all told broke into the lineup and they piled up 
240 yards rushing. In passing the Bears got only 54 - 
34 of them on their last touchdown which Layne 
engineered. So there it is, the sad tale of a proud team
that used to be. What Lambeau will eventually salvage
from the wreckage will go out again against the Detroit
Lions here next Sunday - and please, dear Guru, don't let it be anything like
this. A fumble by Bruce Smith the first time he carried the ball, which Clarkson
recovered on Green Bay's 27, put the Packers in a hole and they never got out
of it. Kindt, McAfee and Lujack hammered down to the 17, Gulyanics went
around right end to the four, and after McAfee had picked up a yard, Lujack
sneaked over center for the touchdown. Here was the pattern of the game.
The Bears had taken the play in their hands and they kept it. And they didn't
wait long to bag touchdown No. 2. Mullins wrapped his hands around one of
Jacobs' passes a few minutes later and without a hand to detain him dashed
28 yards down the north sideline. And still the Bears came. A fumble by Jug
Girard, which hard charging Drulis recovered, gave them position on Green 
Bay's 16 in the first minute of the second quarter, and while the Packers
finally braced against running here - one of the few times they did - they 
couldn't do anything about Venturelli's toe. At this stage, the Packers made 
their first threat of the game, hanging together five first downs with the help of
a couple of interference penalties and going from their own 18 to Chicago's 17. On first down here, though, Lujack intercepted a pass on his own three, returned it to the 38, and the Bears were off again. Osmanski, McAfee, Holovak - they chewed off small but consistent yardage until they reached Green Bay's 10 from where McAfee sped around right end for the touchdown. It was almost ludicrous here, and with less than a minute of the half left, the Bears scored once more. Lujack intercepted another of Jacobs' passes which he returned 30 yards to Green Bay's 10, and with exactly 15 seconds left, Luckman, on first down, passed in the flat to Holovak, who raced over the goal behind a phalanx of blockers. So the half ended, 31-0. There was still a small, lingering feeling, born of wishful thinking, perhaps, that the Packers might straighten themselves out during the intermission and make a game of it in the second half. Even a partisan crowd can stand only so much. But they had to kick off, and the Bears picked up just where they had left off. They started on their own 20 and on five first downs they reached Green Bay's seven. On three downs from here they got only six yards, but on fourth down with the Packers massed to stop another thrust into the line, Luckman tossed a simple pass over center to Sprinkle for the score. The Bears took only five plays to go 80 yards for their final tally in the fourth period. The fifth was a pass, Layne to Sprinkle, which covered 34 yards. And so the sad afternoon ended and the stage was set for Lambeau's long hunt amid the wreckage Sunday night. Oh yes, the Packers scored, too. In the fourth quarter, a succession of passes carried them to Chicago's two from where Walt Schlinkman on three plays, broke over left guard.
CHI BEARS - 14 17  7  7 - 45
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  7 - 7
1st - CHI - Johnny Lujack, 3-yard run (Fred Venturelli kick) CHICAGO BEARS 7-0
1st - CHI - Noah Mullins, 33-yard interception return (Venturelli kick) BEARS 14-0
2nd - CHI - Venturelli, 12-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 17-0
2nd - CHI - George McAfee, 10-yard run (Venturelli kick) CHICAGO BEARS 24-0
2nd - CHI - Mike Holovak, 10-yard run (Venturelli kick) CHICAGO BEARS 31-0
3rd - CHI - Ed Sprinkle, 1-yard pass from Sid Luckman (Venturelli kick) BEARS 38-0
4th - GB - Schlinkman, 1-yard run (Cody kick) CHICAGO BEARS 38-7
4th - CHI - Sprinkle, 34-yard pass from Bobby Layne (Venturelli kick) BEARS 45-7
Chicago Bears (1-0) 45, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 17
Sunday September 26th 1948 (at Green Bay)
SEPTEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Let's turn
back the Journal's sports pages 12 years, almost
12 years to the day, September 21, 1936, was the
date. The story of the Bear-Packer game in Green
Bay the day before appeared, and it started out like
this: "The Chicago Bears not only beat the Packers
here Sunday, they slaughtered them, 30 to 3. It was
the biggest score ever run up in this series." Familiar
isn't it after what happened Sunday. Very familiar.
Well, read on in the same account: "The combination
of a Packer team that collapsed and a Chicago team
that seemed to get better as the game went on, 
produced the entirely unexpected and tragic result."
Strangely familiar, indeed. And a little more from the
same old story: "The Packer collapse was a
headache. What took the field like a football team
fell apart until in the fourth quarter it was one of the
most disorganized, dull, weary combinations of 11
Green Bay men who ever took the field up here."
What was written about the Packer-Bear game 12
years ago might well have been clipped and printed
all over again to describe Sunday's game except for
the exact score. Well, in 1936, the Green Bay Packers won the league championship...THEY DID IT BEFORE, THEY CAN DO IT AGAIN: This little recollection probably doesn't ease the sting of Sunday's 45 to 7 shellacking a great deal - that will hurt for a long time - but it does hold some hope for the rest of the season. What the Packers have done before, when mauled as they were Sunday, they can conceivably do again. The 1936 Green Bay team didn't lose another game after that first lacing. It had won the opener the week before the Bear trimming, then won nine straight, tied its last game, and in the playoffs in New York for the league championship, walloped the Boston Redskins (later moved to Washington), 21 to 6. In the return game with the Bears in Chicago, the Packers won, 21 to 10. The tie, a scoreless affair, one of the very few in all of Green Bay's history, was played with the Chicago Cardinals in Chicago. Over the season, after the bad start, the team scored 269 points and allowed only 124...LAMBEAU WORRIED BEFORE GAME: Lambeau naturally didn't expect anything like Sunday's debacle. A veritable gusher of enthusiasm and confidence by nature, he never expects to lose any game he plays. Yet all week, he knew something was not just right, and this was not something he revealed after the game. The club just didn't respond to the assignment it faced. Lambeau stormed and fumed over the placidity of the approach, as only Lambeau can, but this time it did no good. The club deep down had a feeling about the game, after four earlier victories, that Lambeau couldn't touch. On top of all, the first three plays were mistakes, and the Packers found themselves in a hole from which they couldn't escape. Canadeo handled a kickoff which he shouldn't have. The ball was headed out of bounds, and Canadeo stepped out with it almost as he took it. On the first play from scrimmage, from the 16, the Packers were penalized half the distance to the goal or to the eight, and on the second from scrimmage, Smith, after running 18 yards fumbled when tackled, and Clarkson of the Bears recovered. Here was the pattern of the game, and the Packers in their placidity were through...PACKERS SHOWED THEY HAVE STUFF: Like the 1936 team, though, this one can come back. It has the stuff as it showed in earlier victories - the Giants, Pittsburgh, Washington and Boston. And here's a guess, it will. The one disturbing note as preparations go ahead for the visit of the Detroit Lions Sunay is Jack Jacobs' arm. Not much has been said about the injury, but apparently it is more serious than at first believed. Jacobs almost winces with pain every time he throws, which may explain why he had such an ordinary day Sunday - ordinary, that is, for him. There is no use kidding about what Jacobs means to the team, either. He still is the axle on which the Packer wheels turn, and if he isn't right, the club isn't right. The rest of the cripples will be ready, although Larry Craig, who got a broken nose out of the Bear fray, will have to wear a mask. The psychological approach to Sunday's game wont' be all in Green Bay's favor, for the Lions, too, have a little redemption to achieve. In their first start last week they were mauled by the Rams, 44 to 7. Forty-four to 7 and 45 to 7 - that would make the Lions about a one point choice on comparative scores, wouldn't it? Well, you'll see.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions suffered a crushing blow Wednesday in their approach to the game with the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay Sunday when Bill Dudley, veteran halfback and wheelhorse of the backfield, came out of a scrimmage with a badly separated shoulder. Doctors said Dudley would not be able to play for 10 days or two weeks at the least and maybe longer. His shoulder was placed in a cast.
OCTOBER 1 (Green Bay) - A flock of minor injuries have slowed up the Green Bay Packers all week in their preparation for the battle of redemption with the Detroit Lions here Sunday. Only a few of them are serious enough to keep men on the bench Sunday, but all have retarded the work in practice. Jay Rhodemyre, starting center, has a broken thumb, Fred Provo a shoulder separation and Irv Comp a
sprained ankle. Whether they will play was doubtful after Thursday's drill. The Lions will arrive here Saturday.
OCTOBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Enke is the name - Fred Enke - and remember it well, for before season's end it probably will be on the lips of all pro football followers. Enke is the 200 pound former University of Arizona halfback, picked up by the Detroit Lions in the draft, who many observers at this early moment in the season believe will go on to rookie honors of the year in the National league. Sunday, as the Lions invade Green Bay, Enke will be the one man marked above all others in Detroit's lineup, especially since the other big Lion threat, Bill Dudley, with whom Enke formed a one-two punch, will sit out the game because of a shoulder separation. It will be a one punch the Lions throw at Green Bay, but it will be a good one - and sometimes one punch can be enough. Nobody has stopped Enke as yet - nobody in high school at Tuscon, Ariz., at the University of Arizona or in the three exhibition and one league game with the Lions so far. In high school he helped start Tucson off to a 32 game winning streak, at the University of Arizona last fall he rolled up 1,941 yards passing and running both to lead all collegiate backs in the country, and with the Lions he has stolen the show in every start. First, in three intrasquad games, Enke (pronounced "Ink") tossed eight touchdown passes. Next in exhibition games with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, two of which the Lions won, Enke completed 31 out of 57 passes for 428 yards. And finally in the lone league start against the Los Angeles Rams, which the Lions lost, 44-7, Enke stamped himself as the outstanding Lion on the field, completing 11 of 26 passes for 148 yards and carrying the ball nine times for 71 yards. All told, the Lions gained only 168 yards passing and only 106 rushing. The skill with which Enke does things come naturally. In high school and college he was also a star in basketball and baseball - such a star in baseball, in fact, that Del Webb of the New York Yankees persistently sought to sign him last spring. With the Wildcats he batted .345. Arizona's baseball coach, J.F. McKale, called him the finest baseball prospect in the southwest. Enke's father won letters as a lineman at the University of Minnesota in 1918 and 1920. The elder Enke now coaches basketball at the University of Arizona and scouts in football. Yes, remember the name, for you will probably hear it again.
OCTOBER 2 (Green Bay) - Two football teams, the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, meet here tomorrow in the big battle for redemption. Unexpectedly trounced by overwhelming scores in their last two starts, the Packers and Lions face the necessity of winning or forgetting all about further mention among the elite of professional football in 1948. Another capacity crowd in City Stadium will see the game, and being partisan Packer, it will gather largely out of curiosity. After the Chicago Bears humbled Green Bay last Sunday, 45 to 7, most followers of Curly Lambeau and his club are not yet certain whether this is one of Lambeau's greatest teams, as had been rumored, or whether its showing against the Bears was the limit of its effectiveness. Detroit, making it second championship start under an entire new organization, including Coach Bo McMillin, who never had time for pro football until it offered him greater advantages than his beloved college status, took a resounding 44-7 shellacking from Los Angeles in its first game. Detroit's all-time great halfback, Bill Dudley, did not make the trip to Green Bay with his teammates this morning, remaining close to a surgeon in Detroit for treatment of a severe shoulder operation.
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers start beating back Sunday, after the debacle of last week against the Bears, and directly in their path stand the revitalized and refurbished Detroit Lions of Bo McMillin. The Lions under Gus Dorais, whom McMillin succeeded, were something of a perennial soft touch. In the last 15 games, they lost 14 and won one, and the one they won was something of a mistake. Under McMillin, though, they may be something else, although they will have to make their debut under hardly promising conditions. In the first place, they will catch the Packers on the rebound from the worst licking Green Bay has ever suffered, 45-7, and that may be bad, and in the second, they will go into the game without Bill Dudley, the "two" of their "one-two" punch in the backfield who was injured Wednesday. Only Fred Enke, the other half, will play. The Packers were not in the best of shape themselves Saturday for the going over they got from the Bears, on top of the flock of minor injuries they carried into the game a week ago, have left them bruised and battered. Jay Rhodemyre and Fred Provo are the only boys who probably won't play - Rhodemyre has a badly broken thumb and Provo a shoulder injury - but quite a few of the others still have mementos of last week's battle which may keep them from top efficiency. The game promises to be a battle of passes, with Enke on the firing line for Detroit and Jacobs, who had such a miserable game against the Bears because of a sore arm, on the line for Green Bay. Jacobs' arm has started to come around, and Friday and Saturday he threw the ball better than he has for a week. The game is a "must" for each if they hope to remain in the race, for each has already lost one start, and two defeats at this stage of the race will just about knock a club out. The Lions lost their only league start to the Los Angeles Rams a week ago, 44-7. It was a day on which everything went wrong for them and everything went right for the Rams. The Packers, before taking their licking last week, beat the Boston Yankees, 31-0.