Green Bay Packers (1-2) 19, New York Bulldogs (0-3) 0
Friday October 7th 1949 (at New York)
(NEW YORK) - The once-powerful Green Bay Packers notched their first victory of the season when they turned back the New York Bulldogs, 19-0, in a Friday night game at the Polo Grounds. Neither the Bulldogs not the Packers had come out on top before the  game, each
having lost two. But the Green Bay squad was superior in all
departments against the New Yorkers. The Bulldogs battered
the Green Bay line in vain at the start, then resorted to an
aerial game, with Bobby Layne in the pitching role. Layne,
rushed all the way, completed a few passes, but gained little
yardage. The Packers, meanwhile, were not too effective
themselves. They could not score in the first period, and when
they finally did break the ice, it was via a field goal kicked by
Ted Fritsch. It was a long angular effort from the 45 yard line.
That seemed to give the Packers a spark, and a few minutes
later, they recorded one of their two touchdowns. The Packers
scored suddenly when Jug Girard, who handled most of the
passing flipped to Nolan Luhn, in the end zone. Luhn was
about six inches inside, and his catch brought a wave of
protest from the Bulldogs. No sooner had the third period
started than the Packers, rather than buck the Bulldog line
decided again to try for a field goal. Fritsch was elected again.
It was good. This time it was from the 5, a relatively short kick,
but at a side angle. With about a minute to play, Tony
Canadeo, the veteran back from Gonzaga University, climaxed
a long march by dashing around end for the final touchdown
from the 15. Fritsch made his second extra point try good. 
The game, played under murky skies, drew a crowd of 5,009.
GREEN BAY   -  0  9  3  7 - 19
NY BULLDOGS -  0  0  0  0 -  0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Luhn, 14-yard pass from Girard (Kick failed)
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 14-yard field goal GREEN BAY 12-0
4th - GB - Canadeo, 15-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 19-0
OCTOBER 11 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau made his second move Tuesday in the reconstruction of his Green Bay Packers. Two new linemen were signed and waivers were asked on two veterans, Ed Smith, halfback, and Don Wells, defensive end. Glen Johnson, a 260 pound tackle from Arizona State and Steve Pritko, veteran end obtained from the New York Bulldogs, were signed. Johnson, who stands 6 feet 4 inches, was a free agent. He and Pritko took their first workout with the Packers Tuesday morning. Johnson began his career at Arizona in 1940, but interrupted his studies to enter the Army air corps, in which he flew 42 missions in the Pacific and European theaters and emerged with five battle stars. Besides playing football, he was a member of the varsity wrestling and boxing teams. He is 26 years old, married and of Indian-Swedish descent. Pritko, a former Villanova star, is one of the National League's better known ends. He started his career with the Cleveland Rams but first reached stardom with the New York Giants in 1943 when the Rams were given permission to suspend operations for a year. Upon his return to the Rams, he was named all-league end in 1945. Last year he played with the Boston Yanks, now the Bulldogs. Pritko, both an offensive and defensive end, is 6 feet 2 and 210 pounds. Signing of the two linemen was the second major personnel change made by Lambeau since he announced two weeks ago that he would delegate field operations to his assistants in order to devote more time to the details of rebuilding the club. In his first move, he released end Clyde Goodnight and center Bob Flowers. Meanwhile, coaches Tom Stidham, Charlie Brock and Bob Synder worked the squad for Sunday's engagement with the Chicago Cardinals at State Fair park in Milwaukee.
OCTOBER 12 (Chicago Tribune) - Having already matched their 1948
defeat total, no one knows better than the Cardinals that the time had 
come to go on a winning spree or start building for 1950. Their failures
against the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles in the space of six days were
attributable to several factors, some of them cleanly etched and others
under the table, so to speak. Injuries were contributory and this is noted
somewhat hesitantly because no team escapes hurts in big time football.
It must be taken for granted that the full personnel will not always be
available. With a squad of 32 players, a club is expected to overcome the
always recurring loss of players. But in justice to the Cards their injuries
were concentrated among key players, such as Mal Kutner, Charley
Trippi, Pat Harder, Chet Bulger and Buster Ramsey. It's just possible that
the Cardinals were overconfident when they met the Bears. They had
whipped them four of out five times and were sure they only had to show
up to beat the north siders. They were just as confident they could take
the Eagles, too. The Cards, in winning the National league's western
division title in 1947 and 1948, were noted for their spirit. This verve was
lacking in the two game which followed their smashing opening victory
over the Washington Redskins. Something, too, has been wrong with the
red shirts' great forward wall which figured to be even better this year,
bolstered at it is by five outstanding rookies - Jim Cain and Tom (Whim)
Wham, defensive ends; John Goldsberry and George Petrovich, tackles,
and mountainous Bill Fischer, guard. These newcomers have been given
major employment in the three league games. The ends particularly have
been potent. Fischer has come through handsomely, but has not shown
the fire which usually distinguishes players from Notre Dame. The repair
job needed obviously is to have all the Cardinals returned to the sound
health and to persuade the linemen to play more viciously. Fortunately,
the tempo of the schedule eases the next five Sundays, starting with the
game coming up Sunday in Milwaukee against the Green Bay Packers.
Then come home contests with the Detroit Lions and the New York
Giants, followed by matches abroad against the Lions and New York
Bulldogs. These four rivals, with the possible exception of the Bulldogs,
are dangerous, but not in the class with the Eagles or Rams. A chain of
five triumphs might restore to the Cardinals their sharp form of last year
for the last four crucial games - two with the Los Angeles Rams and one
each against the Packers and Bears. The Cards cheered the Rams'
victory over the Bears for the simple reason they have a better chance to
catch the Rams, whom they play twice, than they would have had the
Bears won and the Rams lost. The Cards have only one more shot at the
Bears. Following this same line of reasoning the Cards will be pulling for
the Eagles to down the Bears Sunday, so that by knocking off the 
Packers they could move into a tie for second place. They'll also be 
highly in favor of the Eagles beating the Rams in Philadelphia on November 6. At yesterday morning's drill, Babe Dimancheff, a staunch figure in the game against the Eagles, was scratched from competition against the Packers. The Babe suffered a knee injury late in the contest.
OCTOBER 12 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau announced Wednesday, after a conference with his three man coaching staff, that Steve Pritko, veteran receiver obtained from the New York Bulldogs, would be used at right end against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee Sunday. At the same time Lambeau announced Glenn Johnson, 265 pound tackle signed with Pritko, would back up Capt. Dick Wildung at left tackle and that henceforth little Ralph Earhart would alternate at left and right halfback. Earhart played right half last year, but has been used on the other side this season. Lambeau's announcement followed a long drill on passes Wednesday morning, during which it was indicated that Jug Girard would start at quarterback again. Girard has been improving rapidly since making his debut under center against the Chicago Bears three weeks ago. The Packer proceeded with preparations to stop Pat Harder, Chicago fullback, who is reported to be ready to go again. Morale is high in the Packer camp and the squad feels it can move into a second place tie with the Chicago Bears, even if Harder is his old self. The Cardinals have won five straight over the Packers, a string the Bays have decided has gone just a little too far already.
OCTOBER 13 (Chicago Tribune) - The report that Curly Lambeau had stepped out as coach of the Green Bay Packers was very much exaggerated, something like the announcement of Mark Twain's death. The Cardinals will have to contend with the monsieur from the north Sunday when they meet the Packers in Milwaukee. Curly remains the head coach of the Packers, insists George Strickler, the club's publicity chief, who is in Milwaukee drumming up business for the game. George said that his news release was not followed to the letter and that the interpretation was made by sports reporters that Lambeau had resigned as head coach when he had nothing of the kind. "Curly merely has delegated the field and bench details to his three assistants," explained Strickler. "He has done this because of his confidence in Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock. This leaves Curly free to do the most important job of the moment - to rebuild the Packers. He'll be on the bench Sunday to lend his steadying influence." The new setup, in which Lambeau's three assistants do the mechanical work on the field and bench, has proved to be a happy arrangement, reports Strickler. Just to be sure that everything's going along smoothly Curly occasionally takes a spin out to the club's training camp at Rockwood Lodge, 16 miles from Green Bay, and breaks bread with the athletes. Through his horn-rimmed spectacles he still pores over scout reports and watches game movies. His three aides have won the confidence of the players, Strickler says. The Packers already have made a few strides in their attempt to bring back the team's luster of other years. Their newest additions are Steve Pritko, veteran end, and Glenn Johnson, a Swedish-Indian tackle from Arizona who had been with the New York Bulldogs. The Packers' old-time fame, of course, was built on their passing attack, a weapon which has been dulled in the past few years. Curly's main chore now is to restore the Packers' air power. The addition of Pritko gives the team four good pass catchers, the others being Nolan Luhn, the stringbean from Tulsa; Ted Cook from Alabama, and Bill Kelley, a rookie from Texas Tech. Coach Snyder is working overtime trying to instill guile and finesse into the youthful quarterbacks, Earl (Jug) Girard and Stan Heath, a couple of Wisconsin products. Jack Lavelle, the New York Giants' veteran scout, after watching Girard and Heath in action against the New York Bulldogs last week, predicted that both would be high powered T formation agents within a year or two. To make room for Pritko and Johnson the Packers dropped Don Wells, an end, and Ed Smith, a halfback. The Packers, who jolted the Bulldogs, 19 to 0, after losses to the Bears and Los Angeles Rams, are confident they'll whip the Cardinals and pass them in the National league's western division standings. "We'll be tough and ready to play a game Sunday," said Co-Coach Phil Handler of the Cards yesterday when he was told the Packers are making pre-victory notes. Ends and other linemen worked yesterday to sharpen their blocking, which was on the sagging side at Philadelphia last week. The backs worked on pass offense. Charley Trippi still was favoring a pulled muscle in his leg, but the coaches said he, and Pat Harder, will play against the Packers.
OCTOBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - It certainly hasn't showed up on the overall impression the team has made so far, but the Green Bay Packers lead the National league in yards gained per rushing play, latest statistics released by the league office Wednesday reveal. On 122 plays, the Packers have picked up 615 yards, an average of a fraction more than five yards a player. It undoubtedly seems a little strange that a team which has rushed the ball so well should still cut so little figure in the race, but the statistics, a little further down, quickly reveal why. The Packers, once the pride of football's airways, are absolutely last in forward passing efficiency. Of the 63 passes they attempted, they have completed only 13. The percentage is 20.6. No other team has less than 42%. What is that line that man does not live by bread alone? A football team obviously does not live by rushing alone either. The Messrs. Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charlie Brock are fully aware, of course, of what has ailed the club and they have doubled and redoubled their efforts to correct their deficiency. This week especially, with the Cardinals coming up at State Fair park Sunday, they have drilled the squad endlessly on passing maneuvers. Sunday's game will be the fiftieth between the teams with the Packers holding a marked edge in the overall records. In recent years, though, since the "dream backfield" of Trippi, Harder, Angsman and Christman came into being, the Cardinals have had things all their own way. They have won the last five meetings. Sunday's game will start at 2 o'clock.
OCTOBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - The old order changeth, indeed, speaking of pro football's great quarterbacks. Sid Luckman of the Bears, at 32, has slowed down almost to a walk. It was never more obvious than Sunday in the small part he played against the Rams. Sammy Baugh of the Redskins, at 35, has begun to stumble around, although he can still whip the ball. And Paul Christman of the Cardinals, now 31, now has more bad moments than good in a growing proportion. Only Tommy Thompson of the Eagles, at 31, and Bob Waterfield at the Rams, at 29, among the great T formation quarterbacks of the last decade, still seem to have most of their skill. And the new order? Johnny Lujack of the Bears, at 24, is certainly first. He has proved his greatness beyond any doubt. Of the others who may reach it with him and hold it over a span of years, as Luckman and Baugh did, you can take you pick - Chuck Conerly of the Giants, at 25, Harry Gilmer of the Redskins at 23, Fred Enke of the Lions at 24, Norm Van Brocklin of the Rams at 23, Bobby Layne of the Bulldogs at 22, Frank Tripucka of the Eagles at 22, George Blanda of the Bears at 21 and Jug Girard and Stan Heath of the Packers at 22...JUST A MYTH: Much is made of the fact that football handicappers sometimes pick this or that game right or very close. They are held in a little awe. Not enough is made of the fact, though, that football handicappers pick a lot of more games wrong - and wrong by a mile. Consider just a few games in the National league in the last week. The Cardinals were seven point favorites to beat the Bears a week ago. Score: Bears 17, Cardinals 7. The New York Bulldogs were seven point favorites to beat the Packers Friday night. Score: Packers 19, Bulldogs 0. The Detroit Lions were seven point favorites to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night. Score: Steelers 14, Lions 7. The Bears were seven point favorites to beat the Rams Sunday. Score: Rams 31, Bears 16. Washington was a 13 point favorite to beat the New York Giants Sunday. Score: New York 45, Washington 35. The Cleveland Browns were one point favorites to beat the Forty-niner Sunday. Score: Forty-niners 58, Browns 28. The Buffalo Bills were six point favorites to beat the Los Angeles Dons Sunday. Score: Los Angeles 42, Buffalo 28. In none of these games did they even pick the winner - and this was not exactly an unusual week. The list could be continued every week. Gottlieb Mahoney, who never saw a football game, could do almost as well...DOUBTFUL CONDITION: What condition the Chicago Cardinals will be in for their game with the Packers at State Fair park Sunday is a matter of speculation. The physical beating they took from the Bears a week ago was a bad one, and the rough game they played against the Eagles Saturday night didn't help. Pat Harder, who didn't play at all against the Eagles, is a doubtful starter here, and Charlie Trippi and Boris Dimancheff both are apt to be below their best level of efficiency. The Cardinals have said little about Harder's injuries. Oh, just a pulled muscle in his side, they have tried to explain. But knowing Harder and his love of the game and how a year ago he had "shots" in his ankle so he could play in the all-star game, this doesn't see right. Harder must have more than a pulled muscle in his side. One story is that he has torn ligaments, another that he has several cracked ribs. Trippi has a chronically bad knee and, while he played most of the time against the Eagles, he wasn't himself. Dimancheff, too, came out of the game with a bad knee. The Cardinals need these three, and without them in good shape, this could be much more of a football game here Sunday, stumbling as the Packers have been, than some folks think.
OCTOBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Looks like a couple of "what's wrong" teams will square off Sunday when the Packers meet the Cardinals at State Fair Park. You see they're asking the question about the Cardinals, too, as a result of the 1947 champions' defeats at the hands of the Bears and Eagles. Which is no source of happiness to the ex-champs, as their spokesman, Publicity Director Eddie McGuire, made very plain Wednesday. "What's wrong with the Cardinals?" Eddie repeated way of kicking off. "Nothing but the darndest string of injuries to key men ever suffered by a pro team. Imagine having a fullback like Pat Harder sitting on the bench for two games. And how about getting along with Charley Trippi, Mal Kutner, Gerrard Ramsey and Elmer Angsman operating at about 50 percent efficiency? That's what happened to us. Anybody who suggests we don't have the finest spirit in the world is crazy. But you can't beat teams like the Bears and Eagles on spirit alone. It takes ball players and their best efforts to boot." But things are looking up for the date with the Packers this weekend. "Most of the boys should be ready to go at top speed," said McGuire. "Harder is particularly anxious to put on a show for the home folks. Boris Dimancheff is the only back definitely out of it. So the Packers can look forward to a rough afternoon."...OLD HOME WEEK FOR CARDINALS: There's an old home week tough to Sunday's game for five of the Cardinals: Harder, Ray Apolskis, pre-war star center at Marquette; Clarence Self, who wound up his Wisconsin halfbacking career last year; Dick Lopefe, ex-Badger tackle and Milwaukee East graduate, and Bob Nussbaumer, who launched his pro career with the Packers. Apolskis seems to be getting better with age, for he's enjoying his greatest season since joining the Cards back in 1941. Self, now being used as a defensive specialist, is doing a surprising job for a man of his height. Speed and desire help balance the books. Nussbaumer, who went to Washington in the Packer deal for Jack Jacobs, also is devoting himself to defensive chores.
bringing a modicum of fame to Green Bay as a Golden Glover boxer out of St. Norbert's college, and later by two kickoff returns. The first was a 105 yard effort that gave Gonzaga victory over Washington State, the other a sprint of 103 yards against Loyola of Los Angeles. Before Flaherty could make a sweep of the Gonzaga backfield in the National league draft of 1940, Lambeau claimed Canadeo. "I was scared to death. I didn't know anybody on the squad when I reported to the Packers. But Lambeau was a big help. He said, 'Don't worry, kid. You're going to stick. I like to have somebody on the squad that makes me look young.' I was 20 then - and impressionable."...GHOST RANKS BEHIND GREAT CLARK HINKLE: Canadeo started at right halfback. Later he switched to left half, where he piled up most of the 2,811 yards which make him the second best ground gainer in Packer history, next to the redoubtable Clarke Hinkle. Canadeo has carried the ball 644 times, giving him a lifetime average of 4.4 yards per attempt. At present he is third in the league, behind Steve Van Buren and Gene Roberts of the Giants, with 235 yards in 39 attempts, an average of six yards per try. Although Green Bay frightened him when he first got off the train back in 1940, Canadeo soon got to like the little town and now the entire Canadeo family resides there. Tony and Savior moved mother Canadeo up there into a home of her own, bought places for themselves and have helped a succession of brothers through St. Norbert. A large portion of the help came from Tony's football earning, but some of it came from the exterminating business founded by Savior and in which Tony now helps out in the off-season, working under the simple, but graphic slogan of "If you got 'em, let us get 'em."
OCTOBER 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' tackle problems appeared solved Friday with the addition of Glenn Johnson, the 265 pound Indian brought up from the Erie club of the American association. Johnson, who underwent his first test in a scrimmage Wednesday and Thursday, came out with flying colors and was immediately placed at the top of the club's list of defensive tackles. The former Arizona State college star will be used at left tackle against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee Sunday, when the Packers strive to enter a tie for second place. His showing will permit the coaches to move Roger Eason back to guard. Eason was pressed into service at
tackle against the Bulldogs in New York last week
when a heel injury kept Capt. Dick Wildung on the
bench. Still confident that their running game, 
which has averaged five yards an attempt, will
gain against the Cardinals despite the wholesale
shakeup Coach Phil Handler has made in the
Chicago line, the Packers went back to another
long forward passing session Friday. "Our passing
is improving steadily," said backfield coach Bob
Snyder. "Girard and Heath just need some more
big time experience. One of these days we're 
going to surprise somebody." The Packers will
leave for Milwaukee Saturday afternoon. They will
leave from Milwaukee immediately after the 
Cardinal game for Los Angeles, where they will
spend a week preparing for their second encounter
with the Rams on October 23.
OCTOBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green
Bay Packers' chances of reaching second place
in the Western division of the NFL brightened 
considerably Thursday, following the release of
official statistics and a long scrimmage at 
Rockwood lodge. The scrimmage was the first
test for Glenn Johnson, the 265 pound tackle
signed this week, and Johnson came through with
flying colors. Coaches Tom Stidham and Charlie
Brock said the six foot, four inch Indian looms as
probably the Packers' best defensive tackle and
possibly the outstanding man at his position in the
league. Statistically, the Packer stock rose on the
announcement that in three games, against the
Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams and New York
Bulldogs, Green Bay's backs have rushed at a
rate of a little better than five yards per attempt.
Especially noteworthy in their record is a mark of
138 yards on the ground in the first half against
the Bears. Although the Packers were reported
getting more confident of their ability to beat the Cardinals, the Chicagoans remained a 13 point favorite in their battle at State Fair Park Sunday. The game is a do-or-die engagement for both clubs. Each already has suffered two defeats.
OCTOBER 14 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals yesterday made a major switch in the line, trouble spot in their last two losses, to the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. Against the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee Sunday, Bill Foscher, mammoth rookie from Notre dame, will start at left tackle, and Plato Andros, in this third professional season, will open at the other tackle spot. George Petrovich, freshman from Texas, will move from left tackle to right guard on offense. Bob Zimny and Joe Coomer, who have been at right tackle, will be employed primarily at left guard on defense, but will remain at their old spots on offense. The shifts, explained Co-Coach Phil Handler, are designed to bolster the Cardinals' defense, which sagged in their last two defeats. In giving more rope to the rookies, Handler will move Tom (Whim) Wham from right end to the other side on defense to spell veteran Bob Dove. Jim Cain, a newcomer from Alabama, will continue to work at right end on defense. "I've never seen a finer performance at this position than Jim's against the Eagles," said Handler after yesterday's drill in Comiskey park, which included live individual scrimmage, unusual so close to game time. Handler's moves mean that on occasions, five of the seven linemen on defense will be rookies. The only veterans in the combination at center and Garrard (Buster) Ramsey at right guard. "I think these changes will have the desired effect," said Handler. In three league games the Cardinals have yielded 482 yards on the ground, an average of 3.8 per rush. In contract, the champion Eagles have been pushed around for only 292 yards and a 3.0 average, the Bears 399 and a 3.7 average, and the Rams 338 for a 3.4 average. Return of Hamilton Nichols for assignments at left guard on offense and right guard on defense also is expected to aid the defense. Further emphasizing the Cardinals' efforts to recapture their winning stride is overtime drills for Jim Hardy, the new quarterback. Yesterday Hardy was joined by Mal Kutner, Bob Ravensburg and Wham. Kutner still is favoring his injured knee and probably will play no defense against the Packers, but Jerry Davis, who like Nichols, has been out all season with injuries, will operate at right half or safety. Clarence Self will be moved to left halfback on defense. Dr. Frank Glassman, the Cardinals' physician, said yesterday that Pat Harder "absolutely will be ready." The veteran fullback was running hard in drills. Only Babe Dimancheff, hurt at Philadelphia, will be unavailable. The Babe probably will be in shape for the Lions a week from Sunday in Comiskey park.
OCTOBER 14 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals Friday stripped all the subterfuge and masterminding from their preparations for the important National League encounter with Green Bay at Milwaukee by flatly announcing Pat Harder would be back at his regular fullback spot Sunday. Earlier in the week the Cardinals adopted a cagey attitude, calculated, no doubt, to throw the up and coming Packers off stride, by declaring the big fullback would be unable to appear before his hometown neighbors in Milwaukee. When it became obvious that the Packers were not being misled, Coaches Phil Handler and Buddy Parker turned honest and gave out the word. Harder, the best fullback and leading scorer in the National League, is fully recovered from the side injury which put him out of action for a week the first time he carried the ball against the Chicago Bears. Handler and Parker also announced that all hands except Boris Dimancheff would face the Packers, who bar the Cardinals' way to a second place tie in the western division and who have an excellent opportunity to eliminate the Chicagoans from further championship consideration.
OCTOBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - Jack Kirby, the Southern California halfback who led the Trojans to their surprise tie with Notre Dame last fall, Saturday was added to the Green Bay Packer roster for the National League game with the Chicago Cardinals in State Fair park Sunday. He will work with Tony Canadeo at left half. Kirby is 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 187 pounds. Essentially a running back, the former Southern California star is regarded as better than an average pass receiver and punt handler. He is the third man signed this week in Curly Lambeau's attempt to revitalize the Packers. Lambeau and the Packers got a brief look at Kirby in State Fair park last month when he was on the receiving end of several of Harry Gilmer's passes while the Washington Redskins turned back Green Bay in a nonchampionship game. Kirby at that time demonstrated fine speed, but subsequently was made a free agent by the Redskins because Admiral Welchel, Washington's new coach, decided he wanted taller men for pass defense. Lambeau said Saturday that he was pleased with the progress the Packers have made this week under the coaching triumverate of Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charlie Brock. Last week's triumph over the New York Bulldogs did much to lift the club's morale and the addition of Steve Pritko and Glenn Johnson increased its confidence in its ability to become a first flight contender. Meanwhile in Chicago, the Cardinals announced that Pat Harder definitely would play, and that the Cardinals would start their regular backfield of Charlie Trippi and Elmer Angsman at the halfbacks, Paul Christman at quarterback and Harder at full. The Cardinals view Sunday's game as the key to their fight for a third straight division championship. The winner here will move up into a second place tie with the Chicago Bears, provided the Bears go the way of all prognostications in their engagement with the high flying Philadelphia Eagles. A Packer victory would just about close the door to all Cardinal pennant aspirations.
OCTOBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers broke one losing streak the other day when they beat the New York Bulldogs. They had dropped nine
National league games in a row. Sunday they will try to
break another losing streak, one just as annoying, when
they meet the Chicago Cardinals at State Fair park. 
They have lost five games with the Cards. Not since 
1946 have they won from the red shirted horde. The odds
makers don't think much of Green Bay's chances. The
Cardinals rule a touchdown choice. But then the odds
makers didn't think much of their chances against the
Bulldogs, either, New York was a seven point favorite a
week ago. Green Bay won, 19 to 0. The Packers 
themselves have hopes, and high hopes, and in support
of them they point to their performance against the
Bulldogs. It was one of Green Bay's best games this 
fall - perhaps not in actual scoring, for the club still 
lacked punch in scoring zones, but certainly in hard
blocking and tackling. New York, with one of the more
rugged defensive lines in the league, was stopped or scattered. The Packers, further, have undergone no little face lifting since their early disappointments, and with pleasing results. Gone are men like Ed Smith, Clyde Goodnight, Bob Flowers, Ed Cody and Don Wells and come to take their places are boys like Steve Pritko, Jack Kirby and Glenn Johnson. Kirby, one of Southern California's best backs last year, was signed Saturday. The changes have not only improved the club but have provided a psychological lift. And more are still to come. Chicago's physical condition undoubtedly will have an important bearing on the result. Saturday, the Cardinals announced that only Boris Dimancheff, slippery little halfback, would definitely be out of the lineup because of injuries. Pat Harder and Charlie Trippi, injured either in the Bear game two weeks ago or the Eagle game last Sunday, will play but whether they will be able to operate at full efficiency remains to be seen. Harder had an injured side, Trippi a bad knee. Chicago's greatest strength is undoubtedly centered in its backfield of Harder, Trippi, Angsman and Christman if the starting lineup is intact and at ends, if Mal Kutner who has been injured since early in the season, can go at full speed. Green Bay is weakest in the backfield and at the ends, but has an advantage from tackle to tackle. Coaches Moxie Handler, Dick Plasman and Buddy Parker themselves recognize the weaknesses in the Cardinal line, and since the game with the Eagles, they have shuffled it around, putting Bill Fisher and Plato Andros, two guards, at the vital tackles, and Bill Coomer and George Petrovich at the guards. The speed and quickness of Chicago's backs, right down through the substitutes, and the passing of Christman and Hardy pose the greatest threat to the Packers. Only superlative defensive play can meet it. The Packers, on the other hand, have no constant threat except perhaps Tony Canadeo with his flying feet, and he is the only one. The passing has been pitiable. In three league games, the club has a completion average of 20%. The Cardinals have nothing to worry about from Green Bay in the air. Sunday's game will start at 2 o'clock. A crowd of 20,000 is expected. The winner will attain a .500 standing in the league. Each has won one and lost two so far.
OCTOBER 16 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, desperately striving to drag themselves back into the NFL's western division race, will collide this afternoon in State Fair park in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb. Both teams, which have lost two of their first three games of a 12-game schedule, know a defeat will be tantamount to elimination, or at best reduce their chances of a tie for western honors. Despite beating the New York Bulldogs last week, 19 to 0, while the Cardinals were losing to the Philadelphia Eagles, 28 to 3, the Packers were pegged by bettors as two touchdowns inferior to their opponents of today. While the Cardinals have made major changes to their line, the Packers have been concentrating on building a pass offense. To this end, they have added Steve Pritko, a veteran who had his best campaigns with the old Cleveland Rams. Apparently having decided to use Jack Jacons mainly for pass defense and punting, Packer coaches have been concentrating on their two new quarterbacks, Earl (Jug) Girard and Stan Heath. One of the Cards' big problems will be stopping Tony Canadeo's slashing runs to the right. Tony gained 107 yards against the Bulldogs, raising his total yardage for three games to 235. This gives the old grey ghost of Gonzaga a total of 2,811 yards in his eighth season. Now 29, Tony may run out of time before cracking Clarke Hinkle's all-time Green Bay record of 3,860 yards over 10 seasons, but he now has an average of 4.4 to Hinkle's 3.29. All during the week, bulletins from both camps were on the optimistic side, but there may be no more than 20,000 spectators on hand to see which team hits the comeback trail. The game has a strong Wisconsin flavor, with such Cardinals as Pat Harder, Ray Apolskis, Clarence Self and Dick Loepfe from the Badger state. Green Bay has only five native sons - Ted Fritsch, Bill Schroeder, Irv Comp, Girard and Evan Vogds. Heath? He was born in Toledo, O. Girard is developing fast under the sponsorship of Bob Snyder, Packers' backfield coach. When Heath comes in at quarterback, Girard sometimes moves to left halfback, where he runs effectively and fields passes. Jacobs likewise is a threat at quarterback if the two youngsters are not going smoothly in a tight game.
OCTOBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - The back judge marked the forward point of progress and waited for the pile of players to untangle. Three Bulldogs got up, then Tony Canadeo leaped to his feet. "You still in the league?" cracked the official. "Aren't you a little old to be running around out here?" Canadeo bristled. A crimson flush swept over his face from his stubbled chin to his gray hair line. "Maybe," he snapped, "but I can still run a helluva lot better than you can see!" Canadeo might have added that at 29 he also can still run better than most of the runners in the National league, where for the last eight seasons he has been one of the leading ground gainers. Actually, the fierce little Italian has just about been Green Bay's offense the past three years. And come Sunday at State Fair park, he undoubtedly will again set the pace, sweeping wide around the Chicago Cardinals' left end on a pitchout that has about as much deception as a 24 sheet. This is Canadeo's most effective maneuver, but it does not classify as his favorite play. Canadeo's favorite play is any one that gains a yard for the Packers. One of the best team men in the league, he can get himself worked into a later for a scrimmage...SAVING ME? FOR WHAT? FOR THE JUNIOR PROM?: Long experience with the Gray Ghost of Gonzaga, as his teammates call him, has taught Curly Lambeau that the easiest way to handle him is keep him in the lineup and off the bench. Lambeau's new assistants are rapidly learning the same thing. "What are you saving me for, the junior prom?" he demanded of Tom Stidham in the Bear game three weeks ago when Ted Fritsch failed to pick up a yard that would have given the Packers an important first down. "I can gain a yard against anybody in this league. Put me in there!" Canadeo at present is only a runner, but there was a time when he ranked high among National league passers. In 1943 he took over the throwing when Cecil Isbell retired unexpectedly. "It wasn't my passing," says Canadeo, rather wistfully. "It was the receiving. There was a fellow named Hutson on the roster then." Nothing bothers the Ghost, who is about as ghostlike with a football as a falling rock, except reference to his age and defeat. It is about time that he comes accustomed to such remarks as "Who is the old man?" and "What is the grandfather doing out there?" But it always needles him into an outburst. "Don't those dopes know I was as gray as this when I was 14 years old. I'm no grayer today than I was when I entered college."...LAMBEAU DRAFTED CANADEO EARLY IN '40: Canadeo fully expected to wind up in Washington on the Redskin with the two Hare brothers. Cecil and Ray, with whom he teamed to make Gonzaga a power in Pacific Coast circles in the late thirties. Ray Flaherty, then coaching the Redskins, apparently had the inside track on all the material coming from Gonzaga, his alma mater. But Canadeo had come to Lambeau's attention early, first through the offices of Savior Canadeo, who was