'WALTZ ME AROUND AGAIN, WILLIE' WAS THE TUNE AS THE PACKERS LOST
OCTOBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Waltz me around again, Willie." The accompanying picture, taken by an Associated Press photographer at Sunday's Packer-Cardinal game here, tells pretty well the kind of game it was and especially the large part, the very large
part, the Packers played in making it what it was. The
Cardinals, except for flashes of brilliance in their
backfield and a hard charging defensive line, were no
great championship shakes themselves, yet even on
what undoubtedly was one of their lesser days they
looked like a football team. And the Packers generally
didn't. Yes, "Waltz me around again, Willie" is right.
The waltzers here happen to be Clyde Goodnight (left)
of the Packers whirling Boris Dimancheff of the Cards
(right) - and lest some of the other Packers get jealouts
about Goodnight's grace, they, took, it must be quickly
added, looked very "good" at times. What happened to
the Packers? Curly Lambeau would like to know. The
club that was annihilated by the Bears, that staggered
against the Lions and that looked so inept against the
Cardinals was not the club that won its first three
exhibitions - one against Washington, 43-0 - or that
rolled over the Boston Yankees in the league opener,
31-0. This was a ragged, uninspired "so what" club, not
because it happened to lose again, but because it offered such a disappointing performance - at $4.80 a head. It didn't win any friends for Green Bay and didn't win any for pro ball. The actions and reactions of a football club from week to week are almost impossible to explain, and that goes for college football as well as pro football. Maybe one shouldn't even presume to attempt to explain them. A few things about the Packers, though, seem to come in relief now that they have played three straight bad games.
(1) The club lacks a leader on the field, a Hutson or Goldenberg or Laws or Isbell, who by word or by deed can rally the club in tough going.
(2) The club lacks buoyancy. It was crushed by the Bears, and it has remained more or less crushed. There has been no real emotional comeback.
(3) The club has too many older men, who, after the first few games, apparently have become sated with football with the season, and too many younger men, who, though seven games have now been played, haven't lived up to their college press notices. Or maybe the picking originally was bad despite an early flash.
(4) The club lacks good, consistently sound quarterbacking.
(5) The club has become lax in the execution of details. Maybe there isn't enough insistence on perfection in practice, for it is easy to fall into loose habits. The blocking and tackling and faking Sunday was all slovenly done.
Now will somebody else please say what is the matter with the Packers? And with State Fair park for mishandling the crowd the way it mishandled Sunday's? The picture might help. "Waltz me around again Willie" indeed.
RALPH EARHART GOES TO SMITH'S HALFBACK
OCTOBER 13 (Green Bay) - Firmly convinced that the honeymoon is over the Green Bay Packers went back to work with a vengeance Wednesday as Coach Curly Lambeau started to break in a new left halfback in place of Bruce Smith, on whom waivers were asked after Tuesday's big shakeup. Ralph Earhart, the Border conference spring champion from Texas Tech, has been assigned to take the place of Smith. Earhart made several outstanding runs from right halfback, where he started the season. Earhart's first notable achievement was a 47 yard run in the fourth quarter of the New York Giant exhibition game to give the Packers a 7-0 victory. In the opening league game at Boston he climaxed the Packers' best showing of the season by sprinting 72 yards for a touchdown. Switching Earhart to left half now gives the Packers three rookies and a veteran at that position. The veteran is Tony Canadeo, who surrendered his ground gaining lead in the disappointing showing against the Cardinals. The rookies, in addition to Earhart, are Fred Provo of Washington and Jug Girard of Wisconsin. Lambeau said Tuesday night that he had no immediate plans to bring the squad up to the player limit of 35. Los Angeles will come to Green Bay Sunday seeking revenge for two defeats last year at the hands of a Packer team which has less ability than this year's squad. From their Sturgeon Bay headquarters, where they are preparing for Sunday's game, came word that the Rams may have Kenny Washington in their lineup. The former UCLA star did not face the Chicago Bears last week because of injuries.