Chicago Cardinals (2-1) 17, Green Bay Packers (2-2) 7
Sunday October 10th 1948 (at Milwaukee)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) - The largest crowd ever to see a football game here - 34,369 - was in the stands. The Chicago Cardinals, defending champions in the National league, were the visiting team. The Green Bay Packers were supposedly rebounding after what the Bears had done to them two weeks ago. And what happened? What happened shouldn't ever happen to 34,369 fans who paid good money to see what they though would be a good football game and what happened shouldn't ever happen to a Packer team which supposedly had championship hopes. The 34,369 saw a dull, uninterested game, and the Packers - oh, the good Packers. The Packers, with some of their most ordinary and tedious football of the fall, lost again, 17-7.
PLAIN FUTILE
From a Green Bay standpoint, this was just plain futile. Even the score doesn't tell the whole story, for it wasn't until the Cardinals had scored all of their points, salting the game, and until Bob Flowers had recovered a fumble on Chicago's two yard line with only a minute left, that Green Bay finally averted a whitewashing. Ken Roskie scored. The Cardinals, still nursing the bumps of their own licking at the Bears' hands a week ago, were no great shakes themselves this dull afternoon, and yet they almost towered over the men Curly Lambeau turned loose, if that is the way to put it. They had a much more eager line, a better line, which outrushed Green Bay's all the way, and a much more talented backfield even without Paul Christman, veteran quarterback, who sat out the game because of a fractured wrist. Charley Trippi, Elmer Angsman, Pat Harder, Red Cochran, Vic Schwall, Ventan Yablonski - the Packers on this day had no one, except perhaps Walt Schlinkman, to begin to match them. It was the individual brilliance of the backs, in fact, as much as anything else, which gave the Cardinals all of their points. Angsman scored the first touchdown on a sweep of 72 yards around right end in the first quarter and Trippi the second on a 49 yard punt return in the second quarter. Harder added the final points with a 10 yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
325 YARDS RUSHING
How much the Cardinals had the better of this argument a few of the statistics tell even better than the score. The Cardinals gained 325 yards rushing, the Packers 109; the Packers drew 140 yards in penalties, the Cardinals 55 - and in the matter of penalties, it finally got so that the Cardinals with annoying poise merely laughed at Green Bay for its infractions. The penalties, exceeding by 30 yards the yardage the Packers gained on the ground, were particularly crushed. They were imposed almost as often as the Packers even threatened to get underway. And certainly they did nothing to help make this a sprightly show of football. Even Green Bay's best weapon was dull - the pass. The Packers, with Jack Jacobs, Irv Comp and Jug Girard all throwing in desperation before a hard rushing Chicago line, completed 10 out of 25; the Cardinals with Ray Mallouf and Trippi throwing just enough to support the running game, 7 out of 15. Perhaps the brightest touch of the afternoon, aside from Chicago's two touchdown runs, was provided by the punters - both of them. Mallouf and Jacobs each repeatedly sent towering kicks down the field, and even in this the Cardinals had the edge. Mallouf averaged 44 yards and placed some of his kicks beautifully, Jacobs 42 yards.
ANGSMAN GAINS 146
Angsman, with contact lenses over both eyes, without teeth in his lower jaw - a memento of the Navy-Notre Dame game a few years ago - and with knees and ankles both heavily taped because of the trouble he has had with them, was the outstanding back on the field. He always had turf under his feet, and at sundown - happy sundown - he had 146 yards on 17 plays. Trippi, the next best ground gainer, had 60 yards, and Schlinkman, the third best, 52, or almost half of all Green Bay gained on the ground. The Cardinals struck quickly. Part of the crowd was still streaming in when Angsman broke around right end and, without as much as a hand on him, raced his 72 yards across the goal. Listless Packers just stood around, and in midfield he had a clear field down the east chalklines. The Packers got a beautiful break a few minutes later on which they might have scores - should have scored - Comp bringing back Trippi's fumble 10 yards to Chicago's 25, but on this day they naturally flubbed it. A pass, Jacobs to Forte, quickly carried them to the 16, but in three more plays they picked up only four yards, and on fourth down Fritsch missed a simple goal from the 16. The Packers also got another fine break early in the second quarter when Forte intercepted a pass and returned 45 yards to Chicago's 24. Good position, indeed, but once more they did nothing with it. A penalty of 15 yards cost them more than they could gain on three plays, and on fourth down, Fritsch missed his second goal - this one from the 30.
CARDINALS STALLED, TOO
The Cardinals after their first touchdown did nothing for awhile. They messed around, making only one first down the rest of the way in the first quarter and none in the first 11 minutes of the second quarter. Suddenly, though, with only four minutes of the half, they struck again - and this time Trippi did the striking. He took a punt on Green Bay's 49, busted into what looked like a mass of Packers, but also bounced away and continued across the goal. So the half ended, 14-0, although the Cardinals threatened again in the last minute after Hanlon had intercepted Jacobs' pass and returned 25 yards deep into Green Bay territory. With only second left, Harder hurriedly attempted a goal from the 27, but the kick sailed wide. There was a lot more offense in the third and fourth quarters, each side threatening mildly, but it wasn't until later in the fourth that the Cardinals scored their final three points. They started on their own 14, where Goldberg had intercepted Jacobs' pass, and on five first downs moved to Green Bay's seven. Here the going got tough, but on fourth down Harder stepped back to the 10 and booted his three points. Cochran's fumble which Flowers recovered on the two, with only a minute left, set up Roskie's touchdown. And now the Los Angeles Rams - and they're no bargain, either.
CHI CARDS -  7  7  0  3 - 17
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  7 -  7
1st - CHI - Elmer Angsman, 72-yard run (Pat Harder kick) CARDINALS 7-0
2nd - CHI - Charley Trippi, 45-yard punt return (Harder kick) CARDINALS 14-0
4th - CHI - Harder, 10-yard field goal CHICAGO CARDINALS 17-0
4th - GB - Roskie, 2-yard run (Cody kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 17-7
NEWS AND NOTES
COACH LAMBEAU FINES ENTIRE PACKER SQUAD
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - Following up his threat of
disciplinary action after his team had submitted meekly
to defeat at the hands of the Chicago Cardinals in
Milwaukee Sunday, Curly Lambeau, coach and general
manager of the Green Bay Packers, Tuesday fined the
entire personnel one-half salary and asked waivers on
Bruce Smith, veteran halfback from Minnesota, and Jim
Kekeris, a tackle from Missouri. The fines, Lambeau
said, would stick unless the movies of the game not yet
back from the developing company revealed extenuating
circumstances in individual cases. "The Packers have
always had a spirited club, even when they lost,"
Lambeau declared heatedly. "Sunday's game was 
awful. We own an apology to the people who paid good
money to see it." The action is the most severe 
Lambeau has ever taken. Smith, one of the most
talented backs on the club, has been of little use this
season. The slightest bump has knocked him out of
play. Kekeris was obtained on waivers from the Eagles.
The Packers meet the Los Angeles Rams Sunday.
'LAZY' PACKERS FINED HALF GAME SALARY
OCTOBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay
Packers, soundly beaten by the Chicago Cardinals, 
took it on the chin again today as a result of the poor
exhibition in Milwaukee last Sunday. The second defeat
came when Coach Curly Lambeau announced he was
fining each member of the squad one-half of one game's
pay for the shoddy showing against the Cardinals. The
only 'soft spot" in the drastic and unprecedented move
to bring about a reawakening was Lambeau's assurance that "the fines will stick in all cases except possibly several who may be saved by a review of motion pictures of the game." "We always have had a reputation for spirit," Lambeau added. "But we haven't shown it once this year. One of the big reasons this situation exists is that the boys are getting good salaries, and they're content. For that reason there's got to be a penalty for losing." In addition to the blanket fines, Lambeau said he was asking waivers on Bruce Smith, former Minnesota halfback, and Jim Kekeris, rookie tackle from Missouri. "A $100,000 setback" was the way another Packer spokesman looked at the Cardinal game. "It will cost us that much in ticket sales the rest of this season and the first part of next," he continued. "That's a might serious blow to a nonprofit organization which has to struggle to break even under the most favorable circumstances. If the boys had played the game up to the hilt, everything would have been all right. But they didn't and we're taking the rap." What players, if any, will get full pay for last Sunday was still a secret after the awaited movie showing at the Rockwood Lodge training headquarters tonight. Lambeau told his quiet and subdued squad that final decision will not be forthcoming until the coaching staff takes another close look tomorrow night. For purposes of comparison, the coach also showed the pictures of last year's victory over the Los Angeles Rams at Milwaukee. Very little comment was necessary. The players, already informed that a sharp about-face is in order or else, knew exactly what the big boss was driving at. Despite the fines, there was no indication or kicking over the traces this morning when the Bays started practice for next Sunday's Rams game here with what was considered "the best Tuesday workout in years". Another heavy program is on tap for tomorrow morning, perhaps the afternoon, too. But the evening session is certain to be the highlight with Lambeau scheduled to make known his half-pay list.
'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.
PACKERS ON TRIAL BEFORE RAMS
OCTOBER 16 (Green Bay) - A jury of some 25,000
Wisconsin football fans will be called upon tomorrow to
make a decision involving one of the strangest trials in
the history of professional sports - whether a player 
under contract is entitled to college the full amount of
pay for a game played last Sunday and possibly
tomorrow. The judge in this case will be E.L. (Curly)
Lambeau, coach of the Packers. The decision on the
amount of pay a player can college from his labors may
hinge on the result of the NFL game between the Green
Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams in City
Stadium. After last Sunday's game in Milwaukee
between the Chicago Cardinals and the Packers, which
was won by Chicago, 17-7, Lambeau assessed a 
blanket fine on the Green Bay club of one-half of one
game's salary. Then the coach said he would wait until
tomorrow's game to decide whether some of the players
would receive the full amount of pay for last Sunday's
game. Before the season started the Packers were
regarded as one of the top teams in the league. They
defeated the New York Giants, 7 to 0; the Pittsburgh
Steelers, 9 to 7, and then routed the Washington
Redskins, 43 to 0, in exhibition games. The Packers
opened league play with a 31 to 0 victory over the Boston Yanks, and then came one of the most startling upsets in the long series between the Packers and the Bears - a 45 to 7 rout of Green Bay. The Packers recovered from that setback by whipping Detroit, 33 to 21, but sank into a tie for third place in the western division with that 17 to 7 defeat a week ago.
BAY IN 'REDEMPTION' TILT WITH RAMS TODAY
OCTOBER 16 (Green Bay) - Twenty-five thousand fans, the sixth capacity gathering in a row in Green Bay's snug little City stadium, will conduct a searching investigation tomorrow into that intriguing problem - the Packers. Opposition for the occasion will be the Los Angeles Rams, who are about ready to break out with the full impact of Clark Shaughnessy's magic after having gone through the experience of a coaching change three weeks ago. Between a resurgence of Ram power and passing and the Packers' reaction to a spot of unpleasantness that started with last week's defeat by the Cardinals, the 25,000 fans are set for what most of them predict will be "the doggonest football game of the year". No word or indication has come from Rockwood Lodge that might possibly be accepted as an index on Packer reactions to the week's events, particularly the half game salary fine imposed on the entire squad. While Shaughnessy has been putting the finishing touches on his club this week at an exclusive country club up in Door County, 60 miles from Green Bay, the Packers have labored hard and long at analyzing themselves and their play. Penalties have come in for a great deal of attention. In four games, Green Bay has been penalized 41 times for 438 yards, an average of ten penalties and 110 yards a game. Green Bay's chief problem, as always against the Rams, will be Bob Waterfield, the off and on again passing sensation, who appears to have started off on one of his spectacular streaks.
TODAY IS D-DAY FOR THE PACKERS
OCTOBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - This is D-Day for the Packers (D for Do), No. 1: They'll have to do an about-face and do some real honest-to-goodness playing against the Los Angeles Rams if they hope to get back in the good graces of the fans who saw them stumble to decisive defeat in two of their last three games. No. 2: They'll have to some winning or else - meaning that defeat will cause that last faint championship flicker to be snuffed out seven long weeks before the end of the season. It's a big job, judging by the way the Rams have improved since Clark Shaughnessy, the coaching man in motion, stepped out of the "advisory" role to pick up the pieces after Bob Snyder was given the gate. Shaughnessy isn't blessed with any new talent of consequence. But he is getting a lot out of numerous veterans who got way to a stuttering start. They caught fire for the first time when they came back to tie the Philadelphia Eagles after trailing 28-0. Last week they gave the Bears a better argument than the final 42-21 score showed. The return to form of Bob Waterfield, a big help to the Rams, won't make it any easier for the Packers. He slumped badly last year, but this season he's the Waterfield of 1946, Which mean the Lambeaumen will defend against one of the sharpest passers in the business, a great kicker and an expert T-formation director. The heat's on. Win or lose, the Packers must look like a ball club.
LAMBEAU SAYS HE'LL REFUND FINES IF PACKERS CLICK AGAINST RAMS
OCTOBER 13 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, who assessed a blanket fine of half of one game's salary against his Green Bay Packers yesterday, may give some of it back, he said today. Lambeau docked the entire team for its showing against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee last Sunday. The Bays lost 17 to 7. In addition, he asked waivers on halfback Bruce Smith of Minnesota and rookie tackle Jim Kekeris. The veteran Green Bay coach said he would wait until after next Sunday's game here with the Los Angeles Rams to determine what players will receive the money which was withheld from this week's paychecks. Lambeau said yesterday the fines "will stick in all cases except possibly several who may be saved by a review of motion pictures of the game" with the Cardinals. Lambeau viewed the movies last night and decided, he said, to withhold his decision until after the Los Angeles contest at City stadium. The movies showed a lot of things," said Lambeau. "They showed that we were spiritless, and remember, we always had a reputation for spirit. The fact is, we haven't shown spirit once this year." Lambeau said yesterday that "one reason this situation exists is that the boys are getting good salaries and they're content. For that reason there's got to be a penalty for losing." The Packers engaged in a spirited scrimmage today. Ralph Earhart, speedy Texas back, was shifted to left half in place of Smith.
RAMS PREPARE FOR PACKERS
OCTOBER 13 (Bailey's Harbor, WI) - The Los Angeles Rams, although a good distance from their sunny homeland, are making things pretty warm for the Green Bay Packers in this vacation spa. Of course the Packers don't know about it, at present their role being played by especially selected members of the Ram squad. Jacobs, Schlinkman, Craig and Co., are getting a good working over. It is all part of the Rams' preparations for Sunday's crucial clash with Curly Lambeau's Packers. And head coach Clark Shaughnessy, the master strategist to whom thoroughness is a leading virtue, isn't taking any chances of sending his club against the Packers unprepared. The Rams are getting practical experience, and plenty of it, on just what to expect from the Lambeau machine. Like the Packers, the Rams are attempting to get back on the victory trail after being tied by the Philadelphia Eagles and defeated by the Chicago Bears in their past two starts.
LAMBEAU HAS TOUGH JOB ON HIS HANDS
OCTOBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Packer Coach Curly Lambeau has a tough situation - perhaps the toughest in history - on his hands this week as a result of the grumble-and-growl defeat by the Cardinals at Fair Park last Sunday. What makes it really delicate was the dramatic half-pay order. Outwardly the players took it in stride as they went about the business of getting ready for the Rams and  beating they way back. Drills Tuesday and yesterday were on the spirited side. But if the fines finally stick, it will be a very unhappy family to say the least. The first break in the blanket fine edit came in Lambeau's original announcement. He indicated that the movie review might take some of the boys off the hook. Yesterday came another softener - the news that individual showings next Sunday will help determine final pay deductions, if any. All of which leads to the hope, on the part of the players, that bearing down hard will cause the boss to forgive and kick back. Maybe that's Curly's plan: Keep 'em on the hot seat and if they bounce back, return the fines. That could be the best possible springboard to better days. One thing the players don't want is to have only a few singled out as the beneficiaries of a "remit" order. As one of them explained: "It should be all or none. Nobody wants to be one of the chosen few." Sunday should tell the story.
PACKER FINES STICK, CURLY LAMBEAU SAYS
OCTOBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - The half salary fines imposed on the entire Green Bay Packer squad after the disappointing showing against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee last Sunday will stick, Coach Curly Lambeau announced Thursday morning. "The incident is over," Lambeau declared after looking at the pictures of the game for the fifth time Wednesday night. "The fines stick." Lambeau's declaration answered rumors around town Wednesday that he had rescinded most of the fines after seeing the pictures. The Packers, meanwhile, dug into their work with a will, and Tony Canadeo specifically spiked another rumor that he has left the squad. The Gonzaga halfback was one of the hardest working boys in the two drills that Lambeau held Wednesday.
RAMS DISTURBED BY PACKER FINES
OCTOBER 14 (Bailey's Harbor) - Coach Clark Shaughnessy of the Los Angeles Rams said here Thursday that "it looks like the Packers are really going to be after our skins Sunday." The general opinion in the Ram training camp was that the mass fines slapped on the Green Bay players would "put blood in their eyes". With this "comforting" thought in mind, the Rams stepped up their drills, concentrating mostly on offense.
OH NUTS - THAT'S CARDS' REACTION
OCTOBER 15 (New York) - The champion Chicago Cardinals of the NFL climbed indignantly upon a soapbox Friday and boomed, "What's eating the Green Bay Packers anyway?" The Cardinals were miffed because Coach Curly Lambeau fined the entire Packer squad for its defeat by the Cards last week. Cardinal publicist Eddie McGuire inquired: "Is Lambeau saying that the Cards are bums and that anybody that can't beat them doesn't belong in the league? Or is there another reason for this drastic measure? The Packers weren't fined for losing to the Bears when the Bears scored more than 40 points. They weren't fined for winning by only five points over the Detroit Lions (the league's cellar club) but they were fined for losing, 17-7, to the Chicago Cardinals, defending champions, and a team which had previously defeated them three times in a row and now have extended it to four straight. And the Packers are fined because they didn't beat the Cards. Oh nuts."