PACKERS, LIONS TO BREAK TIE FOR LAST PLACE BERTH
OCTOBER 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, whose heartbreaking fumbled have dropped them into a tie for last place in the NFL's western division, are getting ready to try again. They will meet the Detroit Lions in Milwaukee Sunday. Each team has won only one of five games so far this season, tying them for last place. For two straight weeks the Packers have outgained their opponents - the Chicago Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams - but fumbles and pass interceptions have spoiled their chances. In losing to the Rams Sunday, 35-7, Green Bay piled up 18 first downs to Los Angeles' 14. The Packers drove for 183 yards on the ground - 12 more than the Rams - and they passed for 106 to Los Angeles' 77. Green Bay's Stan Heath, Jug Girard and Jack Jacobs threw 24 passes and completed eight of them. Los Angeles hit only six in 13 attempts. But the Packers could not get the winning touch and they gave away points on their bobbles in critical places.
LIONS TO 'RAIN' PASSES ON BAYS
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Green Bay figures on employing "radar" Sunday when the Packers tangle with the resurging Detroit Lions in a NFL game at State Fairground. The Packers must rely on either radar or methods with similar effective results if they hope to stop the aerial bombardment Detroit surely will throw at them. The Lions shrugged off their ill-luck of early season games last Sunday by burying the Chicago Cardina,s 24 to 7, in the Windy City. Their valued victory was achieved through the airlanes as forward passes left to all three Detroit touchdowns. The Packers must halt Detroit's passes or hold the ignominious distinction of standing alone in the basement of the Western Division race. Both Detroit and Green Bay currently are tied for the cellar spots, each with one victory to show against four defeats. While the Lions show but a single victory, their sharp reversal of form over last year's brand can be attributed to a number of things. One big reason is the improved quarterbacking Coach Bo McMillin is receiving from Clyde Le Force and Freddie Enke. Between them, the Lions have tossed a total of 166 forward passes in five games for an average of 35 per tussle. This number, compared with the 123 enemy aerials charged against them, picked up 902 yards as against the opposition's 676 yards. Seven passes resulted in Detroit touchdowns. Le Force has proved especially effective, connecting on 39 of 75 pass attempts for a whopping percentage of .520. Three went for touchdowns. Enke has tossed 91 and connected 37 times. Four went for TDs.
LIONS HOPE TO LEAVE CELLAR AGAINST PACKERS HERE SUNDAY
OCTOBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Detroit Lions, custodians of the NFL's western division cellar for the last three years, are aching to vacate the premises - and they may do so Sunday when they meet the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park. The revitalized Lions, whose squad includes 15 players with no previous experience in pro football before this season, knocked off the Chicago Cardinals, 24-7, for their first victory last Sunday, and there is no telling what Bo McMillin's club will do from now on. They share fourth place in the western division with the Packers, each with 1-4 records, and the game is a mighty important contest for both teams. The Lions' record is far better than their won-lost standing indicates, and they have played bangup ball against the best clubs in the league. They led the undefeated Los Angeles Rams twice before losing in the last 90 seconds, 27-24; they were ahead of the champion Philadelphia Eagles, 14-5, in the fourth quarter, only to bow, 22-14, and they had a 10-0 lead on Los Angeles in the third quarter of their second meeting before the Rams turned on the heat to win, 21-10. In their other league game, the Lions lost to Pittsburgh, 14-7. Lack of depth and inexperience have been twin handicaps for McMillin's team this season, but it is slowly overcoming both. With so many youngsters on the club a fine spirit abounds, and that has helped the Lions through many tight spots. Forward passes are certain to fly all over the state fair gridiron Sunday because the Lions are one of the most air minded clubs in the league. In five games to date their two passers, Clyde Le Force and Fred Enke, have tossed 166 aerials, which is second only to the 179 attempted by the Chicago Bears. Enke, late of Arizona university, has completed 37 out of 91 passes for 420 yards, while Le Force has clicked in 39 out of 75 for 482 yards. Not only do the Lions have capable passers, but they have three of the leading pass catchers in the National league in ends Johnny Greene and Bob Mann and halfback Bill Dudley. Latest league statistics show Greene third in pass receptions with 23 completions for 260 yards and Mann fourth with 22 for 319 yards. Dudley, of course, is primarily a ball carrier - and one of the best in the pro ranks, too - but he now carried an additional threat as a pass receiver. The Lions will fly here Saturday for Sunday's battle. They will stay at the Astor hotel. Meanwhile, the Packers, who were delayed a day in their long train ride back from last Sunday's game in Los Angeles, settled down to two a day drills to make up for the time they lost. The squad went back to a session on fundamentals and ball handling was stressed in an effort to avoid the frequent fumbles which have marred the Bays' recent games. The Packers' fumbles have been costly, especially since the Bays have not done as badly against their last three foes as their scores would indicate. At Los Angeles, for instance, although they lost, 35-7, the Packers outgained the Rams on the ground, 183 yards to 171, and in the air, 106 to 77. Tony Canadeo, the Gray Ghost, gained more ground than the entire Ram backfield with the exception of Dick Hoerner.
'GIVE ME ANY CLUB BUT MAD PACKERS', MOANS BO
OCTOBER 27 (Detroit) - Bo McMillin frankly admits he'd rather send his Detroit Lions against any NFL team than Green Bay's Packers at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. "Look at the Packer record," McMillin bemoaned. "While losing their last two games,
Green Bay outgained both the Rams and Cardinals on
the ground and in the air. Some day, that ball is going
to take the right bounce for the Packers and it might be
against us. Yeh, give me those Rams, Eagles or Bears.
Iwish we were playing them instead this week. Those
Packers will be hopping mad and I don't like to go
against mad teams." The Lions are slated to observe
single workouts Friday and Saturday afternoon by plane
for Milwaukee where they will be headquartered at the
Astor Hotel. McMillin reported his team to be in fine
physical shape for reaching the midway point in this
year's league race. Meanwhile, the Packers have
adopted sessions on a twice-a-day basis to make up
for time lost on their trip from Los Angeles.
NO. 35 TO HOLD REUNION WITH OLD COACH
OCTOBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - If you're out at
State Fair park Sunday afternoon watching the pro
football game between the Green Bay Packers and the
Detroit Lions, perhaps you'll get a glimpse of a familiar
looking fellow who is keeping a special eye out for No.
35 of the Lions. They're old friends, this familiar looking
fellow and No. 35 of the Lions, and they formed a
football partnership which gave the University of Virginia
the brightest days in its sports history back in 1941.
The familiar looking man, if you happen to see him, is,
of course, Coach Frank Murray of Marquette university.
No. 35 is none other than halfback Bill Dudley of the
Lions, an all-American at Virginia when Murray coached
there. They think so much of Dudley down Virginia way
that last year they permanently retired the No. 35 jersey
he wore in college. He wears the same number with
Detroit. Dudley today stands as one of the greatest all-around players in pro football. Twice he led the National league ground gainers, winning the honor in 1942 and 1946, following his return from the war. He was the league's most valuable player in 1946, and in recognition for his all-around feats, the former Cavalier holds one of the highest paid contracts in the game. Dudley, who broke every college ground gaining and scoring record in his senior year at Virginia, is one of Coach Murray's all-time favorites. What the Hilltop coach saw in the puny 135 pound high school halfback from Bluefield, Va., nobody knows, but he must have seen plenty. For Dudley went on to heights at Virginia, and he is still scaling them in pro ball. The Murray-Dudley reunion will start at dinner Saturday night - but that will be only the beginning. On Sunday the bespectacled Marquette coach will be looking around for No. 35, and he'll probably see a lot of him.
DETROIT HAS BEEN 'COUSIN' TO PACKERS
OCTOBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - If there's anything to the old "cousin" theory in sports, the embattled Green Bay Packers can look forward to Sunday's game with the Detroit Lions at State Fair Park with considerable confidence. Since 1934, when Detroit took over the Portsmouth, O., franchise, the Packers and Lions have met 31 times. Twenty-five times the Bays finished on the sunny side. The best Detroit could do was chalk up six victories. It's a series without a tie. Even in the brief Portsmouth era it was all Green Bay: Four wins, one loss and one tie. And some of the games made history - particularly the one at this same State Fair Park on October 7, 1945. That was the day the Packers reached their all-time production peak in rolling up 57 points while the Lions were settling for 21. Don Hutson accounted for 31 of those points on four TDs, four conversions and a field goal - another all-time Packer record. No Packer fans will ever forget that wild second quarter which saw the Lambeaumen rack up an astounding bundle of 41 points. Oh, for another 15 minute spree like it! Forty-one, or even 31, spread out over 60 minutes, would look good Sunday...PRESNELL BEATS PACKERS ON RECORD KICK: Another high spot for the Packers was the second half of the home and home series in 1940 when they clouded up and rained all over the Lions, 50 to 7. For the unusual, the 1934 games take the cake. The Lions won at Green Bay on Glenn Presnell's 54-yard field goal, still the league record. The 3-0 score was duplicated at Detroit but the Packers were the winners. Clark Hinkle connected from more than 40 yards out for the three big points. Presnell's record kick always gets a rise out of Lee Artoe, ex-Chicago Bear tackle and one of the league's notorious bad boys - bad because he was so rough. Artoe missed Presnell's mark by a yard or two in a league game not too many years ago. What burned him was the fact that the ball cleared the uprights with so much to spare that the attempt would have been successful from 60 yards. At least that's what teammates told Lee. He couldn't prove it himself because his eyes were so bad he couldn't see half the length of the field...SOMEBODY BETTER TELL 'EM: The Packers better not rely too strongly on the "cousin" spirit if there is such a thing, according to no less an authority than Nick Kerbawy, swarthy huckster for the Lions who has been in town this week beating the drums for Sunday's game. "Most of the present crop of Lions don't even know that so many of their predecessors rolled over and played dead practically every time the Packers showed up," said Kerbawy. "Bo McMillin kept only 16 from last year's squad. Sixteen of the 1949 group are fresh out of college. So they won't be thinking about any Green Bay jinx." Kerbawy might have added that the Lions, although dropping four out of five games, have been labeled "tough" around the league. The presence of the inimitable Bill Dudley, still one of the greatest in the business, is reason enough. Fred Enke, Mel Groomes, Clyde Le Force, John Panelli, Russ Thomas, John Greene, Kelly Mote, Bob Mann and Frank Tripucka are some of Dudley's expert co-workers. Packer hopes for climbing out of the cellar rest on their pass game. If it clicks, they have a chance with the Lions or any other club for that matter. If it doesn't, it just isn't reasonable to expect Tony Canadeo, Green Bay's chief running threat to make up the difference the hard way. Pitching the ball isn't enough. Passers must have protection and receivers must (1) maneuver for position and (2) hang on to the apple. Come to think of it, wasn't it the Packers - mighty arm arm of old - that made cousins of the Lions in the first place?