Washington Redskins (3-2) 23, Green Bay Packers (3-3) 7
Sunday October 24th 1948 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - Maybe it's the field. It must be something. For the once proud Green Bay Packer can't anymore play football on the turf of State Fair park than they can fly. They tried it again against Washington here Sunday afternoon, after their disappointed performance against the Chicago Cardinals two weeks ago, and they looked even worse than before. And of course
they lost, 23-7. This was the Washington team that the
Packers defeated in an exhibition at Birmingham a little
more than a month ago, 43 to 0. This was also the team
that the Philadelphia Eagles mauled only a week ago, 45
to 0. It made no difference, though. This was also a
Packer team which, after a brief flurry, didn't know where
it was going, that grew progressively worse in futility and
that in the fourth quarter fell apart. The town can't stand
much more of this. It gave a pretty good indication of 
what it thought of the Cardinal performance by staying
away Sunday. Only 13,433, the smallest crowd in years,
attended, compared with 34,211 two weeks ago. And
what will it do with the New York Giants coming up next,
November 21, may not be hard to guess. The game 
could  be a private get-together. It wasn't that the
Redskins were such great shakes Sunday. The Packers
while they still remained something of a football team,
had a half dozen chances to win. It was rather the utter
hopelessness in Green Bay's attack as often as the goal
line lay just ahead. Washington scored at the leisurely
rate of a touchdown in the first down, another in the
second and a touchdown and a field goal in the fourth.
Dan Sandifer, a long legged rookie back, scored the first
touchdown on a 95 yard kickoff return; Tom Farmer the
second on plunge from the one, and the veteran Dick
Todd the third on a lateral from the 16. Dick Poillon 
kicked the field goal. Against this, the Packers racked
up one touchdown in the first period. In their brief flurry,
they smashed right back after Sandifer's long gallop and
went 80 yards across the goal. Clyde Goodnight took a
16 yard pass from Jack Jacobs to score. Cody's point
put them temporarily ahead, 7-6. But that was all. They
rested their scoring with this although for awhile they
threatened almost as often as they had the ball. They
reached Washington's 15 in the second quarter but
Canadeo fumbled and Ehrhardt of Washington recovered.
They reached Washington's five a little later but gave up
the ball on downs. They reached Washington's 33 in the
last minutes of the half, but gave up the ball on downs.
They reached Washington's nine early in the third
quarter, but folded again and lost the ball. And they
reached Washington's three late in the third quarter, but
once more gave up the ball on downs. On the sidelines
Curly Lambeau stormed. He stalked up and down. He
yelled. He batted his head with two fists. And at the end
of the game, he wandered around the Packer bus in
utter bewilderment, now knowing where to go until he
suddenly decided to let the officials in on his feelings 
and ran after them. What he said, unfortunately, will be
lost to posterity, but it must have been good, for the
officials waved him off.
At that it seems Lambeau may have had a legitimate
squawk. The officials called a particularly bad game. On
one touchdown, they ruled the receiver, Luhn, had 
pushed his defensive man on the goal line. It didn't look
so. On another, they called an official time out to let an
"injured" player limp off the field after the play had begun.
The limping player returned a minute later to punt. And
on one long pass to Luhn, they ruled the ball was caught
out of bounds, although it clearly seemed Luhn was a
yard or two from the lines. So it went. The officials 
worked a bad game. Yet their mistakes, while they
helped hasten the collapse which developed in the fourth
quarter, were no worse than Green Bay's. Luhn twice 
was in the clear for what might have been touchdowns if
he could have held the ball. The blocking was bad. 
Jacobs' quarterbacking was doubtful. The Packers after
their early little flurry just weren't a good football team.
Sandifer's kickoff return, which opened the game, was a
beauty. He took the ball on his five, sidestepped 
onrushing tacklers, fooled a few others with a head fake
and dashed all the way down the west sidelines. Not a
hand was laid on him. Poillon's kick hit the upright and
bounced back on the field of play.
Here was a fine start, indeed - for Washington. But for
the moment, the Packers bounced right back. They took
the kickoff on their 20 and with the help of a 15 yard 
penalty for roughing the kicker when it seemed they were stopped in midfield, went all the way. On four first downs, they reached Washington's 16, then scored on a first down pass, Jacobs to Goodnight. Goodnight was covered by Hartley on the four yard line, but he hooked away and while Hartley lay sprawling, he stepped across the goal. It wasn't until late in the first quarter that the Redskins made their first first down, but once they did, they went on to hand together five, and early in the second quarter, scored. With the ball on the one, Farmer drove over left guard. Poillon converted and Washington led, 13-7. So until the intermission the score remained, although the Packers threatened no fewer than three times. They also threatened twice more in the third quarter, but another touchdown they could never make. The collapse developed after the fifth of these threats had faded on the three. It was still a game, 13-7, and Washington was in a hole, but Green Bay was through. The Redskins smashed right back for their third tally, added a field goal for good measure, and threatened to score again inside Green Bay's 10 just before the game ended. On their third touchdown they put together six first downs from their three to Green Bay's 16, then scored on one play, a lateral to Todd. On the kick, they first intercepted a pass in midfield, moved down to the 10, and then sent Poillon back to work. That was all, and that was enough. The Packers just can't play good football here anymore.
WASHINGTON -  6  7  0 10 - 23
GREEN BAY  -  7  0  0  0 -  7
1st - WASH - Don Standifer, 96-yard kickoff return (Kick failed) WASHINGTON 6-0
1st - GB - Goodnight, 14-yard pass from Jacobs (Cody kick) GREEN BAY 7-6
2nd - WASH - Tom Farmer, 1-yard run (Dick Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 13-7
4th - WASH - Dick Todd, 16-yard run (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 20-7
4th - WASH - Poillon, 18-yard field goal WASHINGTON 23-7
OCTOBER 25 (Philadelphia) - Although the Green Bay Packers have been their troubles lately, their star halfback, Tony Canadeo, continues to top the NFL ground gainers. Statistics released Tuesday give the gray thatched veteran 381 yards in 70 ball carrying attempts, an average of 5.4 yards a try. Clyde Goodnight, Packer end, meanwhile has moved into second place in pass receiving with 20 catches in six games. Tom Fears, rookie end of the Los Angeles Rams, holds the lead in this department with 23 for 289 yards. Charley Trippi, former Georgia all-American now with the Chicago Cardinals, has taken over second place in ground gaining. Trippi has carried the ball 47 times for 320 yards, a 6.8 average. Elmer Angsman, his running mate at halfback, has rolled up 295 yards for third place. Steve Van Buren of Philadelphia, last year's leader, is fourth with 264. Although he saw little action last Sunday because of a shoulder injury, Tommy Thompson of Philadelphia strengthened his forward passing lead. Another newcomer to the ranks of the leaders, Jim Hardy of Los Angeles, vaulted into second place over a pair of perennial top notchers, Sammy Baugh of Washington and Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears. Thompson has completed 53 out of 92 passes, eight of them for touchdowns, for 666 yards. Hardy has connected on 40 of his 81 pitches for 493 yards and four touchdowns. The Eagle star is placed at the top on the basis of the league's inverse grading system of rating passers. Dan Sandifer, rookie halfback of the Washington Redskins, has made the longest kickoff return, a 96 yard runback against the Packers last Sunday. He also caught the longest pass, an 86 yard heave from Baugh earlier in the season. The punting leader is Joe Muhs of Philadelphia with an average of 46.7 yards on 29 kicks. Roy Zimmerman of Boston is the runnerup with 43.6. Mal Kutner of the Cardinals has piled up 48 points to top the scoring, and teammate Pat Harder is second with 35. Other pacesetters are Johnny Lujack, Bears, with six pass interceptions; George McAfee, Bears, with 236 yards on punt returns, and Bruce Smith, Los Angeles, with 241 yards on kickoff returns.
OCTOBER 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - No one thing explains the sad showing of the Green Bay Packers this football season, especially the sad showings in the two games here. One thing certainly, though, has been the quarterbacking of Jack Jacobs. And it goes deeper than his mere signal calling on the field. It goes down to the confidence the team generally reposes in him or doesn't repose - and right now it's not a secret that the team doesn't repose a great deal. Sunday, against Washington, Jacobs had a particularly bad day. It was obviously a factor in the team's fourth quarter collapse...Things are going from bad to worse for Bo McMillian at Detroit. Sunday, his Lions "blew" a 21 point lead in the second half and lost, 34 to 27. The newspapers have started to jump him and he has started to jump the newspapers. And Bo is the guy who, while at Indiana said, in effect: "Pro football? Bah! It makes me laugh." He's laughing, all right. Or maybe he is at that with five fat year contract he holds...Bob Waterfield will probably be lost to the Los Angeles Rams for a week or more with the arm injury he got in the Detroit game Sunday. Incidentally, it was after he was injured that the Rams rallied for their 34 points. Jim Hardy, who succeeded him, completed 24 out of 31 passes...Talk has Ted Collins, who owns the Boston Yankees of the NFL, about ready to pull out of the Hub or to sell his franchise. No support. Writes Harold Kaese in the Boston Globe: "Signs point to an evacuation of the town by Collins. He had good intentions, he tried hard, but he could not cope with the Marshalls, Halases, his own inexperience, and Boston's cool indifference to an indifferent team. Both the Red Sox and Braves have been mentioned as possible purchasers and operators of the franchise if it is to remain in Boston.
OCTOBER 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel- Lloyd Larson) - After the Cardinal licking two weeks ago, a Green Bay Packers spokesman, in justifying the blanket fines slapped on the players, declared emphatically: "That defeat will cost us at least $100,000." It sounded like big talk at the time, judging by the way things have been going since, it may turn out to be a conservative estimate. One look at the slim crowd from the Washington game Sunday and the thought struck home. The official count was 13,433 - about 21,000 less than the turnout for the Cardinals. The terrific attendance drop meant the loss of many thousands of dollars - dollars lost forever. And there'll be more of the same, if the grumbles, growls and pointed comments of the dissatisfied customers are any criterion. Another financial kick in the teeth is a cinch when the Packers make their last "home appearance of the season with the lowly New York Giants at State Fair park November 21. Except for the return battle with the Bears in Chicago, the effect of the Cardinal and Redskins setbacks will also be felt in all road games remaining. Nothing but a team at or near the top, as the Packers once were so regularly, will pack 'em in at Detroit, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Comiskey Park, home of the Cardinals. The $100,000 guess was on the beam all right...WASHINGTON DEFEAT WAS THE LAST STRAW: The howling was bad enough after the Packers had been practically run out of the ball park by the Bears. Such a licking for a team that looked like the real McCoy in early season victories! Washington, the same team snowed under by those very Packers in a September exhibition! Washington, thoroughly smeared by Philadelphia only a week before playing here! That was the last straw. Obviously, it would have been bad enough to get nicked by the Redskins in a ding-dong battle. So it was little short of murder to blow four good scoring chances, to be riddled defensively (witness the Skins' 97 yard touchdown drive) and to slow down to a fourth quarter walk in the process of being clunked by the decisive score of 23-7...PASSING ATTACK NOT WHAT IS USED TO BE: What is wrong with the Packers? What don't they have what they once had? The answer to both questions is the same: A consistently sharp payoff type of passing attack. Without that, it's practically impossible to be at or near the top among the pros. The running attack was no better in years past than it is now - perhaps not as good in view of the fact that there is no Herber or Isbell to loosen up the defense today, no Hutson whose very presence might keep the opposition back on its heels. The pass patterns undoubtedly are there, but there is something lacking in each of the other elements which make up a surefire attack - passing, receiving and protection. How else can one explain the failure to complete more than seven out of 23 against the Redskins? One time it was poor protection, another time the pass wasn't on the button and then again the receiver failed. Put them all together and you have seven for 23. You don't win many big pro games on such a "batting" average. Perhaps there are other ills. But I have a hunch a redhot overhead game and a natural field leader could cure most of them.
OCTOBER 25 (Green Bay) - Brooklyn in its palmiest days never produced anything more ferocious that the Green Bay football fan, but the Barber Shop quarterbacks were strangely tractable today, following the 23 to 7 defeat of the Packers by the Washington Redskins yesterday in Milwaukee. The atmosphere was nothing like that which prevailed after the Packers were licked by the Cardinals in Milwaukee. Then there was bitterness, charges of poor coaching, lack of spirit among the players and general griping. Today the fans has no unkind words for Curly Lambeau or his coaching staff. The consensus seemed to be: "The Packers were licked by bum officiating and some bum quarterbacking on our part." This attitude was echoed by officials of the Packer Football Corp., who declined to be quoted, but were rather bitter about the officiating. They were not quite so critical of the quarterbacking, but they conceded it could have been improved. However, they said there was no sense of talking about disciplining Packer players for not producing a better game. "We got licked," said one Packer official. "We played a hard game. We had some bad breaks and there were a couple of instances when wiser decisions might have been made by both the officials and by our men on the field. But somebody has to be defeated and there is no cause for any general uproar." Lambeau wasn't available for comment, but it was no secret that he was greatly disappointed by the outcome. After the game he said he thought his club was overconfident. "Too many boys were off-color," he said, "boys would ordinarily come through for us, of course. It's pretty tough when you beat a ball club 43 to 0 as we beat the Redskins in the non-league game at Birmingham to get the boys steamed up for another ball game with the same team."
OCTOBER 25 (New York) - Saying he was opposed to all kinds of war, Commissioner Jonas Ingram of the All-America conference Monday asked officials of the rival National league to discuss proposals for a common draft and coordinated schedules for the two leagues. Ingram made his plea for peace at the weekly luncheon of the Metropolitan Football Writers' Association. He emphasized the fact that his stand was not an indication of weakness within the All-America conference, but rather an effort to clarify his position in the light of recent statements by club owners that certain teams would be unable to continue if the two leagues did not end their feud. He stressed the point that his talk constituted a public invitation to the National league club owners to discuss peace, but added that "the next move must come from them". "The All-America conference has been operating for three years," Ingram continued, "and it is stringer now than ever before. Our average attendance has reached a new high, although some clubs are weak. I am certain that in 1949 we will have the same eight teams with better players and eight of the finest coaching staffs in American." Ingram said he was strongly opposed to a merger of the two leagues, insisting that the only questions holding up peaceful relations are those of the common player draft and coordination of schedules in cities where both leagues have teams. "The two league have a common respect for each other's contracts," he pointed out. "The thing they must have is a common draft. Players are getting too much money these days. No club can afford to have three $20,000 quarterbacks. It would have to fill the stands just to pay them." A coordinated schedule could be worked out as it has been for baseball, Ingram explained, adding that "if two or three men from each league would sit around a table they could settle the matter in five minutes." Questioned about the recent statements by Dan Topping, New York Yankees owner, and Arthur (Mickey) McBride of Cleveland that some clubs could not survive if the war continued, the commissioner said: "They were just honest enough to say what others think. It's a true statement. Our only weak club is Chicago and it will be in there next year stronger than ever. It may be that Chicago has too many clubs, especially if one of them isn't winning. Brooklyn should be able to support a pro team and Los Angeles is all right for two clubs. As for rumors that Paul Brown (Cleveland coach) is about to desert us and that Cleveland and San Francisco are ready to jump to the other league, we all get temperamental in the heat of things. Brown came to me once before and I told him, 'Paul, you have a good job and no alumni to bother you.' I think he will be around for some time. And I have the assurance of Topping and McBride that they do not intend to jump ship."
BAY HOME GATE $317,000
OCTOBER 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers may have been the "weak sisters" in a couple of 
football game this fall, but figures released here today by Coach Curly Lambeau prove they definitely are not "weak sisters" in the financial division of the NFL - contrary to recent reports. In four home league games thus far, the Packers and their foes netted approximately $317,000, Lambeau announced. The best "home" gate, after expenses and taxes were taken off, was $100,959.50 for the Milwaukee State Fair Park showing of the Bays against the Chicago Cardinals. Other net cash figures, according to Lambeau, were $76,000 for the Bears tilt; $67,693.50 for the Detroit clash, and $72,319.50 for the Los Angeles tiff, all of which were played at Green Bay. Financial statistics on last Sunday's Washington game in Milwaukee are not yet available. All money represents net gates before division of receipts between the contending teams. Lambeau pointed out that in the 28 years the Packers have been in operation, only one or two years were losing seasons at the gate and then only a few thousand dollars were dropped. He said the Packer cash reserves compared favorably with the majority of the league teams and with all of the All-American clubs.
OCTOBER 27 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions' swinging door opened again today to let fullback Pat West out less than 24 hours after he reported to the NFL team. West went to the Green Bay Packers in a deal that gave Detroit fullback Kenneth Roskie, 26, former University of South Carolina captain.
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Look for Perry Moss to get his first real whirl Sunday when the Packers open a three game road schedule at Detroit. The young man who served passes off Illinois' T-cart last year hasn't played enough to keep himself warm since joining the Bays last August. But the time has come. Irv Comp, too, is likely to see more action on offense at Detroit. Incidentally, Moss is a son-in-law of C.E. (Fuzzy) Sutherd, one-time Milwaukee University School athletic director and football coach, the Sutherds now live in Decatur, Ill...The NFL's statistical chart includes some revealing figures which help explain why the Packers have failed to live up to expectations. Their pass completion percentage is 41.3. Only Pittsburgh and Boston have lower marks. The other seven clubs range up to 54.8, which is Washington's figure. Only Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Boston have had more passes intercepted than the Packers, who had 13 tosses fall into enemy hands. The Lambeaumen have lost 599 yards in six games on penalties. Only Washington, with 563 for five games, has given up more yards on fouls...A Packer fan from Marinette takes a jab at Milwaukee as a sports city. His slant: "Speaking of that 13,433 attendance, what would it have been at Green Bay for the same game? Bet a cookie it would have been 20,000 at least. Start losing and the crowd disappears - faster in Milwaukee."...The Chicago Bears already have announced sellouts for the Wrigley Field games with the Packers and Cardinals, which makes it hard to believe what some people are saying, namely: The Bears still figure to do no better than break even for the season. If that's the case, what about all other clubs in both leagues with the possible exception of the Cardinals, Cleveland and San Francisco?...The old "Don Hutson is coming back" rumor continues to pop up. The money making man from Alabama will try a comeback about the same time he decides to walk across Lake Michigan on skis. You can bet on that.
OCTOBER 28 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell took a peek at the figures on the NFL cash register today and came up with the confident announcement, "We're healthy." The figures, Bell said, show total gate receipts of $1,800,000 for the first 26 games. The commissioner admitted the total is "a little less than 3 percent below the same 26 games in 1947 - but close enough that this Sunday or any other Sunday we could pick up and go ahead of the 1947 total." Bell said he was talking money "just to knock down some of these reports that the NFL is a losing proposition." He didn't say specifically, but it was obvious he had in mind some recent blasts from the rival All-America Conference.
OCTOBER 30 (Detroit) - Green Bay's up-and-down Packers are a stout favorite to continue their "victory every other Sunday" program by handing the Detroit Lions their sixth straight NFL setback of the season here Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 25,000, which would be a new attendance high for the season for the Lions, was in prospect. Green Bay smacked Detroit 33 to 21 in a previous meeting a month ago and figures to repeat in the rematch against a Detroit club that again will be without halfback Bill Dudley, back on the sidelines with a recurrence of a shoulder injury. Detroit still is looking for its first victory under coach Bo McMillin, who entered the pro field this year and watched Detroit's two-season losing streak soar to eight straight games. The Packers have won three and lost three this season.
OCTOBER 31 (Detroit) - A chastened bunch of Green Bay Packers, chastened by the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee last Sunday, 23-7, arrived here Saturday to try to apply some new luster to their season record in a return game with the Detroit Lions at Briggs stadium Sunday afternoon. The Packers won the first game, at Green Bay a month ago, 33-21. A partially revamped lineup will probably take the field for the Packers in the wake of their disappointing performance a week ago in which they muffed no fewer than five good scoring opportunities. Quarterback Jack Jacobs may sit out most of the game, turning over the quarterbacking and passing chores to Irv Comp and Perry Moss. The Lions, who built up a 21-0 lead over the Los Angeles Rams in the first half last Sunday only to see it erased in the second half, will again go into the game without Bill Dudley, who re-injured his shoulder. In his absence, and it may be a costly absence, Fred Enke, Clyde LeForce and Camp Wilson will carry most of the load in the backfield. Dudley, whose shoulder is again in a cast, may be lost to the Lions for the rest of the season. LeForce tossed three touchdown passes against the Rams, and on his passing rest most of the hopes the Lions have of scoring their first victory under Bo McMillin in league competition. The season has been a rough one here. Los Angeles, Green Bay, Boston and the Bears all already hold victories over Detroit, Los Angeles two of them. The Packers Saturday ruled two touchdown favorites in Sunday's battle. The game will be the first in which Perry Moss will see more than spot action for Green Bay. The former Illinois star injured his shoulder in the final minutes of the college all-star game in August and has been almost valueless to the Packers so far. Three former Packers will appear against their old mates - Ken Roskie, fullback, who was traded by Curly Lambeau for fullback Pat West, halfback Jim Gillette who was picked up by the Lions as a free agent after being cut adrift by Green Bay, and center Marv Pregulman, who was turned over to the Lions a year ago. The Packers will remain here Sunday night and fly back to Green Bay Monday morning.
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - Sunday's game in Detroit will be one of a full schedule of five in the National league. In the others, the Chicago Cardinals will meet the Rams in Los Angeles, Boston will be at Washington, New York will make one of its infrequent trips into the middle west to play the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field and Philadelphia will be at Pittsburgh. The Cardinals, Redskins, Bears and Eagles all are favorites.