Green Bay Packers (1-0) 10, Chicago Cardinals (0-1) 3
Sunday September 13th 1936 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Rocketing back with a sledgehammer finish after trailing by seven points at halftime, the Green Bay Packers opened their NFL season at City stadium yesterday afternoon by defeating the Chicago Cardinals, 10 to 7, before 9,000 people. In beating Coach Milan Creighton's team, the Packers put their best foot forward in the young National league race. and snapped a five-game losing streak which the Chicago squad had tagged onto them. The two halves of yesterday's bitter struggle were as different as Mae West and Shirley Temple. The first two periods left spectators wondering whether they would see another repetition of the Cardinals' amazing luck against the Packers, as the visiting team took advantage of one great break to score its touchdowns. Except for a flurry at the start of the game, when they reeled off several first downs, the Cardinals showed little in an offensive way, the Packer linemen and backs effectively stopping all thrusts many yards short of the goal line. But Bill Smith, always a Green Bay nemesis, scooped up a fumble which occurred as the Packers were knocking at the Cardinal goal line, and when a few subsequent events had happened, the visitors held a 7 to 0 lead. They maintained it until the middle of the third period, when the Packers thumped through and over the Cardinal line with a vicious display of offensive football, to push George Henry Sauer over the final chalk mark and tie the count on Ade Schwammel's extra point kick. Desperately the Bays fought for the field goal which would give them victory, but three times it was denied them before Ernie Smith, Green Bay's brilliant left tackle, split the posts with a fourth period boot that sent the Packers into their three point led. In the second period Clarke Hinkle missed a try from the field, and on two occasions in the second half similar attempts by Schwammel were blocked. The new Packers who saw service performed excellently, and the veterans of previous professional campaigns showed them the way. Wayland Becker saw some aggressive moments at end, and Bernard Scherer contributed several hard tackles to aid the fourth period defense.
LETLOW LOOKS GOOD
Russ Letlow again was a standout at guard, and Tony Paulekas, who looks better with every appearance, was a factor in the second half Packer offensive. The new backs, except for Cal Clemens, whose tackling was highly effective, didn't get much chance to display their talents. Paul Miller skipped through tackle for five yards plus on one play, and Harry Mattos made only a brief appearance at the end of the first half. The Packer old timers displayed an aggressive fighting spirit which, once it was coupled with effective offensive work, swept the Cardinals to a defeat they richly deserved. The team was handicapped by listless officiating in the first half, which aroused the wrath of the spectators and kept the players constantly bickering among themselves. Ade Schwammel's powerful blocking in the third and fourth periods, opening holes through which Hinkle pounded time and again for sizeable gains, was a tremendous factor in the victory. A squirming twisting run by Joe Laws in the fourth period also was responsible, putting the Packers in position for Smith's all-important kick.
LAWS HAS BIG DAY
Laws, incidentally, turned in his best game since he joined the Packers, as did Champ Seibold, the big left tackle who left the game with an ankle injury late in the contest. Frank Butler and George Svendsen were red hot at center, and Bobby Monnett had his usual good day in the backfield. The starting lineup shaped up as one of the most potent units in Green Bay's football history, and most of the men did fine work in checking the Cardinal victory string. The Packers made a few mistakes, due to their great fighting spirit and over-anxiety, but when the chips were down they were there to pick them up, and that's the story of the victory. The game was marred by constant wrangling and arguments although no more so than the usual Packer-Cardinal fracas, there being no love lost between the teams. The Packers failed to get their hands on the ball during the early part of the first period, when the Cards flashed a heavy charge of offensive dynamite. With the Packer line charging slowly and the Cards blocking in brilliant style, the invaders marched from their own 30-yard line to the Green Bay 20-yard stripe before the advance was checked. Doug Russell, Dave Cook, Al Nichelini, Hal Pangle and Phil Sarboe alternated at hauling the freight, making three first downs by rushing and another on a penalty. Finally Sarboe pounded through his right tackle for five yards, and a first down on the Packer 28-yard mark, where the Bays dug in and went to work. Lou Gordon and Al Rose rushed Sarboe on a pass play, Sarboe tossing the ball away. The officials drew a howl from the crowd for not tacking a penalty on the Cards. Sarboe and Pangle each gained four yards to set the ball 20 yards from the goal. Cook missed a pass from center and Nichelini recovered the ball, being tackled by Gantenbein on the 32-yard line, when the Packers took the offensive. George Sauer was sent into the game, and the Green Bay drive got underway. Hank Bruder dented the right end of the Cardinal line with a savage block as Sauer galloped 14 yards for a first down near midfield. Laws, Hinkle and Sauer in succession failed to gain material yardage, and the Packers kicked.
SARBOE KICKED OUT
The Cards couldn't get anywhere, being further checked by a 15-yard penalty, and Sarboe punted out, Laws' return bringing the ball into Cardinal territory for the first time. Again the Green Bay offensive failed to gain, and Hinkle punted out. Two line plays failed and Vaughn kicked to Laws who
sprinted in handsome style through a broken field for 18 yards, bringing the ball to the Card 48-yard stripe, from which point the Packers started their first scoring threat of the day. The Bays reeled off two line plays and then Sauer passed over the center of the line to Gantenbein, who snared the ball on the dead run, and added six more yards, being tackled on the Cardinal 33-yard line for a first down. This was only one of the spectacular plays that marked Gantenbein's game as one of his best for the Packers. After a line play failed, Sauer passed again to Gantenbein, this time bringing the ball to the 20-yard stripe, and Paul Miller, inserted into the game at that point, scooted through tackle for five more as the first period ended. The Bays came withing an ace of scoring a touchdown as the second period started, Herber shooting a pass to Sauer, who wheeled too late to get his mitts on the ball. It would have been a sure touchdown. Hinkle then trudged back to the 26-yard line and missed an attempt to score from the field by placement. This gave the offensive back to the Cardinals, but they immediately drew a 15-yard penalty, and Sarboe kicked out. Herber attempted a forward pass to Sauer, but Sarboe intercepted it and the visitors had the ball near midfield. Two hard tackles by Lon Evans prevented the battle tide from swinging further, and Sarboe was forced to punt. Monnett, who replaced Sauer at this point, swung into action with a series of brilliant performances. First he rolled around right end for five and a half yards, bringing the ball to the 3-yard line, with a touchdown apparently inevitable. The touchdown came, but it wasn't Green Bay that got it.
BRUDER HITS LINE
Bruder thumped tackle for a yard and a half, and on the next play both teams were offside. Bruder hit guard again for an inch, after which Herber apparently carried the ball across on a quarterback sneak, but Referee Bobby Cahn ruled that the whistle had blown and the score was not allowed. Herber attempted a lateral to Monnett on the next play, but the pass was crooked and the ball was fumbled, Bill Smith of the Cardinals picking it up and getting into the open. He rumbled 59 yards down the south sidelines before Gantenbein, cutting across from the center of the field knocked him edgeways on the Green Bay 38-yard line. Sarboe, rushed by Gantenbein, threw an incomplete pass, and McBride was nailed by Schwammel for no gain at tackle. Sarboe faded back for another pass, rushed by Hutson and Ernie Smith. Hutson dove for the tackle and missed, and Cuppoletti cut down Smith with a spectacular block.
SARBOE TOSSES PASS
This left Sarboe on the loose and he ran to the scrimmage line before letting go with a pass to Chuck McBride, who was standing, unhindered by Packers, on the 10-yard line, a broad grin on his face. The touchdown was only a formality, and Clarence Kellogg kicked the extra point to give the Cardinals a 7 to 0 lead. The Packers took the ball on the kickoff, failed to gain because of a penalty, and kicked. The Cardinals ran off three plays without success and punted back. Herber's long forward pass was intercepted by the busy Sarboe, and the Cardinals were scrimmaging in their own territory as the half ended. The second half was all Green Bay from start to finish, as the Packers hammered their foes into the ground, gaining the necessary 10 points for victory. Cardinal after Cardinal was taken to the bench with injuries from the pile-driving blocking and talking the Bays dished out. The Cardinals took the ball on the kickoff, but soon were forced to kick. The Green Bay attack temporarily went out of commission, and then Arnie Herber swung the tide in the other direction by planting a beautiful punt out of bounds on the Cardinal 4-yard line in the coffin corner. Hinkle dealt Mikulak a terrific blow on a line play, and the Cardinals decided to punt, Vaughn kicking out to Monnett, who sifted back to the Card 27-yard stripe. Hinkle gained little at the line, Herber's pass to Clemens was knocked down and another pass by Herber, in the open to Monnett, skidded off the receiver's fingers. The Packer bench screamed for a placekick, but the Packers elected to pass, and Monnett sped down the north sidelines toward the goal. Herber's pass was accurate, but Monnett was shoved by the Cardinal safety man as he attempted to make the catch, and Field Judge Lewellen ruled interference, giving the Packers a first down two yards from the goal.
CARRIES BALL OVER
Into the game went George Sauer. He banged into left guard for one yards, and then drove through left tackle for a touchdown, Champ Seibold leading the way. Schwammel was called out of the line and he placekicked the extra point. This tied the score. The Packers kicked off to the Cards, and immediately forced the invaders to kick, Hutson bringing the ball back to the Cardinal 43-yard stripe, and getting no help from his mates in the process. After two line plays failed Herber passed to Gantenbein, who made another spectacular stab of the ball and was dropped on the 28-yard line by Hal Pangle. Hinkle pounded into left tackle for nine yards, and Sauer executed a spinner for five more, putting the ball 14 yards from the goal. Sauer galloped around right end for five more yards before Tipton got him. Hinkle got only one yard at the line, and Herber passed to Hutson, who couldn't quite reach the ball as he crossed the goal line. Schwammel attempted a field goal from the 17-yard line, but Bill Wilson blocked it.
CARDS GET NOWHERE
Again the Cardinals got nowhere, and Sarboe punted to Hutson, who was tackled on the Card 48-yard stripe. The Cards drew a 5-yard penalty, after which Hinkle got loose through left tackle, bruising his way down the field for 20 yards and a first down on the Cardinal 23-yard line. Hinkle pounded center for five yards, and Sauer rode wide around right end, galloping down the sidelines for 10 yards and a first down eight yards from the goal. Herber flipped a short pass over center, but Sarboe intercepted and the threat was averted. The Cards ran off one play and the third period ended. The Packers forced the visitors to punt as the fourth period opened, and a 14-yard pass gain, Herber to Monnett, gave Green Bay a first down on the Cardinal 31-yard stripe. Hinkle rushed through the line for 11 yards in two plays and another first down. Herber threw an incomplete pass, a line play added but one yard, and another toss by Herber failed. Schwammel tried a field goal from the 23-yard line, the attempt being blocked by Field. The Cardinals staged a minor uprising, featured by an 11-yard pass gain, Sarboe to Pangle, but the Packers braced and made Sarboe kick. Monnett, Hinkle, Laws and Johnston smashed the line for convenient gains, and then Laws set the stage for the victory, slipping through the line and dodging pass the Cardinal secondary for 2 yards, before Cuppoletti finally knocked him down on the Card 18-yard stripe. The Cards were penalized five yards, and Monnett aimed a forward pass to Scherer, who was over the goal line, but Cuppoletti knocked it down. Monnett failed to gain on a spinner, and another forward pass was sour.
SMITH BOOTS GOAL
Joe Laws squatted on the 23-yard line and held the ball as Ernie Smith carefully placekicked a field goal, sending the Packers into the lead and the crowd into hysterics. The Packers didn't threaten again, but the Cardinals turned very annoying in the closing minutes. Vaughn skidded around right end for 17 yards on a fake pass play, but the Cards were checked by a 25-yard penalty. Vaughn passed to Tipton for 15 yards, and only seconds remained to play. Injured Dave Cook, his right arm in a sling, was called from the bench to try a 53-yard field goal, the Cardinals' last desperate attempt to tie the score. Cook couldn't get the ball off the ground, and the Packers had time for just one line play as the game ended.
CHI CARDINALS - 0 7 0 0 - 7
GREEN BAY - 0 0 7 3 - 10
2ND - CHI - Charlie McBride, 38-yard pass from Phil Sarboe (Clarence Kellogg kick) CARDINALS 7-0
3RD - GB - George Sauer, 1-yard run (Ade Schwammel kick) TIED 7-7
4TH - GB - E. Smith, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-7
EXCITEMENT BLAMED FOR DEATH OF MAN
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - Excitement from the rough-and-tumble battle between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals was blamed today for the death of William Hurst, 59, Black Creek. Hurst dropped dead while watching the game. Coroner Orlen Miller said death was due to heart disease. Another sideline casualty came when Robert Denis, 21, suffered a broken back when he fell out of a tree from which he was witnessing the contest. His condition is critical.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - The keynote and theme song of yesterday's last ditch battle between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals was Courage, and while all credit must be given the great stand of the losers, it must be admitted that the Packers poured it on just a bit thicker. There was so much courage splashed around at City stadium that even the spectators felt tough, and several were escorted to the outside lanes for over-indulgence in grandstand arguments. A Cardinal carved his initials deep over Lou Gordon's right eye, and the grand big tackle submitted to a band of tape around his head...taking a rest during the mid-game section, Gordon was in at the finish, building up his own sweet revenge upon his former teammates and coach. The sidelines were ankle deep in drama in those closing minutes when big Ade Schwammel, who had been splitting the Cardinal line wide open in the last great Packer offensive drive, limped from the game and Gordon ran onto the field to take his place. It was at that moment that Lou really became a part of the Green Bay machine, and as he got in there and pitched Cardinals around you knew that the Packers' jinx at last had been routed. In their great campaign to overtake the Cardinals' 7 to 0 lead, the Packers hit harder than they have in many a game, and they served a ringing notice to the Chicago Bears and Detroit's Coach Potsy Clark that Happy Days Are Here Again. The victory margin was thinner than Ernie Smith's new mustache, but it was a great one for Green Bay just the game...When George Sauer went over for the Packer touchdown, it was the fifth such score he had made for Green Bay, and brought his total in the all-time Packer scoring list to 30...in a tie for 21st place with Harry O'Boyle, Tilly Voss, Rex Enright and Al Rose...Ade Schwammel's extra point was his third as a Packer, and gave him a point total of 18...Ernie Smith kicked his second field goal, giving him a total of 17 points...So well were the tackles distributed yesterday that 21 Packers were credited with one or more during the afternoon, showing that all members of the squad were working...Bruder got the most for Green Bay, with 10...other leaders in the tackling department were Milt Gantenbein, 7; Ernie Smith and George Svendsen, 6 each; Champ Seibold and Tony Paulekas, 5 each; Ade Schwammel, Frank Butler and Clarke Hinkle, 4 each...Volok led Chicago, getting 10 tackles, to 8 for Kellogg and 6 apiece for Davis, Cuppoletti and Pangle.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers today announced the release of Nebb Elduayan, former St. Mary's university guard, from the 1936 squad.
CREIGHTON BITTER, THINKS CARDS ARE BETTER SQUAD
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - Coach Milan Creighton of the Chicago Cardinals is a hard man to convince. Obviously vexed and embittered, he made three observations in no uncertain language in his room at the Hotel Northland Sunday afternoon after the Packers sent his team back to Chicago on the short end of a 10 to 7 score. Coach Creighton claimed: "I still don't think the Packers have the better team. They are not three points better than us, and we will take care of that little matter in Chicago and Milwaukee. The Bays are stronger than they were last year - so are we. Officiating was loose. We were robbed on a dozen occasions. Once when it meant a touchdown, inside of our 15-yard line frequently the Packers showed they couldn't put it across."....BAYS ARE STRONGER: On one of his observations, Packer fans will be likely to agree with Creighton. The Packers look stronger than last year. The statistics go a long way toward disproving the claim that the Green Bay team is not as powerful an offensive machine as the Cards, and what breaks there were in officiating were pretty evenly distributed. Probably one of the most bruising, battering contests played here in some years, the game meant injuries to the Cardinals' Dave Cook, fullback, and Bill Smith, end, which will cause them to be benched for some time. Numerous minor injuries were suffered by players on both sides. It was Cook who came into the game in the last few minutes with his arm in a sling and attempted a long field goal that was unsuccessful. His shoulder was dislocated, according to Creighton. In 1934, Cook was the victim of similar ill luck, when he broke a bone in his foot starting the season here...GORDON'S BIG DAY: Lou Gordon's cut about his right eye as most noticeable of the Packer injuries. Received on the first play after kickoff, the cut looked bad, but Gordon continued play for some time after with a bandage about his head. It was a great day for Gordon when Ernie Smith's field goal clinched the victory. And it was a great day for the rest of the team. George Svendsen, exhibiting his cut on his face, said, "I'm proud of that one." Said Don Hutson: "I knew we could take them. We practically did it twice last year, only to lose out completely on the breaks." Hutson was the victim of some pretty obvious holding at various points throughout his service in the game. With two men on him, and hanging on most of the time, his was one of the cases where the Packers received no help from the officials. George Sauer, Ade Schwammel, Clarke Hinkle, Hank Bruder and Ernie Smith are names that will stand out in the victory. While no man muffed an assignment, the brand of football demonstrated by the five mentioned approached "great" heights. Among the new men Tony Paulekas and Cal Clemens again showed well...NOT SO TOUGH: Coach Creighton does not expect the Bears to be as tough as usual this tough. He declined to comment on Detroit. Despite his loss, Creighton left a distinct impression that he still thinks the Cards are the best in the circuit this year. If he is even half right, it makes the Bays look like a team to be reckoned with in the championship race.
GORDON IS HANDED CUT ABOVE HIS EYE
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - Although their terrific brand of play against the Chicago Cardinals yesterday handed many a Packer bumps and bruises to carry around for awhile, the squad fortunately escaped serious injury, Dr. W.W. Kelly, corporation physician, announced today. None of the Packers, who played yesterday, will be unfit for service against the Chicago Bears, and Herman Schneidman, blocking quarterback who was on the bench yesterday, probably will be ready for action, Dr. Kelly said. Several stitches were taken yesterday in the cut above tackle Lou Gordon's right eye. Ade Schwammel incurred a bruised ankle, which is not expected to bother him more than a few days, and Arnold Herber acquired a charley horse
from a kick in the leg.
CHICAGO'S BEARS ARE NEXT TEAM ON PACKER SCHEDULE
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - Facing their second formidable NFL foe in two weeks next Sunday at City stadium, the Green Bay Packers were back at work today with the realization that the squad will be at almost full strength for the Chicago Bears' invasion. As the team resumed drills in an attempt to annex its second victory of the young league season, Green Bay and that large section of Wisconsin which holds the Packers as its own began to key up to the pre-game nervousness which characterized the annual clash between the Packers and Bears. Talk of Green Bay's chances against the mighty Bears began to monopolize every conversation, and the interest was reflected at the Packer ticket headquarters, where Director E.A. Spachmann reported the usual heavy advance sale. Officials for next Sunday's game will be as follows: referee, Bobby Cahn, Chicago; umpire, M.M. Meyer, Cleveland; headlinesman, Gunnar Elliott, Fort Wayne, Ind.; field judge, R.J. Erdlitz, Oshkosh. The Packers beat the Bears twice last season, and lots of people haven't yet figured out how it happened. They blazed a Herber to Hutson forward pass on the first play of the game here to win 7 to 0, and they rallied in the last three minutes at Chicago for two touchdowns to scratch out a 17 to 14 decision...SHOW GREAT SPIRIT: The team can't depend upon miracle plays this year, and Coach E.L. Lambeau is falling back upon the fiery spirit which the Packers displayed Sunday in coming from behind to defeat the Chicago Cardinals, 10 to 7. He looked over his casualty list with gratification for while many of the Packers received bumps and bruises, none of the men who played against the Cardinals will be unable to perform next Sunday, and there is the likelihood that Herman Schneidman, injured back who is one of the best blockers on the squad, will be recovered entirely from his leg injury. Lou Gordon is wearing a bandage over his injured right eye, which he recovered early in the Cardinal game, but Gordon, who saw his new team triumph over the old, is one of the happiest men on the Packer squad. Champ Seibold and Ade Schwammel bruised their legs, but not badly, and the rest of the squad will be in top shape. Their lack of injuries in the terrific battle with the Cardinals offered the players new proof that the ones who hit hardest aren't the ones who get hurt. The Cardinals, it was said, would have difficulty putting a full team on the field if they had to play a league opponent next Sunday.
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - A survey of the Chicago Bears football squad shows that 23 universities and colleges are represented on the complete roster of 31 which includes the two new men, Dan Fortmann and Joe Stydahar, who played with the Collegiate All-Stars in Chicago, Aug. 30, against the Detroit Lions. Minnesota leads with four players, Marquette and Nebraska have three each and Millikin (Decature, Ill.), Northwestern and West Virginia are represented by two each. John Doering, a Milwaukee High School product, is the only player without a college background...AVERAGE WEIGHT 207: The average weight of the squad is 207 pounds, 223 for the line and 191 for the backs. George Musso, veteran tackle, is the club heavyweight, weighing 270 pounds at this writing but going down, and Molesworth, who reports his weight at 168, the same as it was last season, is the pygmy. The average weight is six feet, one inch. Russ Thompson, new tackle from Nebraska, topping the boys with his six feet, five inches, just one-half inch over Ted Rosequist, and Molesworth and George Corbett being the "runts" at five feet, nine and a half inches. The boys average 25 years in age, with Jules (Zuck) Carlson being the "daddy" with his 32 years and Fortmann the baby with his mere 20 years, which also makes him one of the youngest in the big circuit. Carlson, who is in his ninth season with the Bears, also is the dean in point of service, his nearest rival being Luke Johnsos, who is in his seventh year as end and second season as assistant coach...FOUR PLAYED BEFORE: Only four, Ray Richard, Ed Kawal, Carl Brumbaugh and Molesworth, played on professional teams before joining the Bears. Richards, Brumbaugh, Bill Karr, Beattie Feathers, Carlson, Ookie Miller, Jack Manders, Molesworth, Luke Johnsos, Bill Hewitt, Rosequist, Gene Ronzani, John Sisk and George Grosvenor are married. The first seven have children. George, William and Johnson predominate as first names with Ed, Joe and Ray in the second division. They take in 16 men, there being five Georges, if Coach Halas is included, and three Williams and Johns. The others include two each.
LIONS HOLD POST-MORTEM ON PACKER-CARDINAL GAME
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) -The Green Bay Lions club, with new members of the Green Bay Packers as its guests, conducted a post-mortem of Sunday's Packer-Cardinal game at its regular meeting, held at Hotel Northland yesterday afternoon. The program was an all-football affair. LaVern R. Dilweg, former Packer and president of the Lions, introduced Coach E.L. Lambeau, himself a Lion, who in turn introduced the new Packers - Cal Clemens, Russ Letlow, Bernard Scherer, Lou Gordon, Anthony Paulekas, Paul Miller, Ralph Miller, Harry Mattos, Wayland Becker and Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith. "The thing that was most evident to me in Sunday's game," said Dilweg, "is the brilliant fighting spirit which the Packers displayed - a a great determination which may mean much in future games." Lambeau stated by explaining the officials' error which led to the Cardinals' only touchdown, and nearly spelled defeat or a tie for Green Bay....RUN WAS ILLEGAL: "Bill Smith of the Cardinals recovered a fumbled lateral and carried it 59 yards, paving the way for the Chicago touchdown. The rules specifically state that a fumbled lateral, recovered by the opposing team, is dead at the point of recovery." A similar play arose in the Packer-Cardinal game at Chicago last season, when on a field goal attempt by Schwammel, with Blood holding the ball, the Cardinal team was offside. Hoping to catch the Cards offside and gain the penalty for the Packers, center Frank Butler hurriedly passed the ball to Blood, who couldn't hang onto it, and lateraled to Schwammel. Schwammel missed the ball and Bill Smith of the Cards recovered, running for an apparent touchdown. The officials called the play back and gave the ball to the Cardinals at the point of recovery. "The club's spirit is fine," Lambeau continued, "but we know by experience that the Bears are going to be very tough." The Packer coach explained the reasons why Harry Mattos and Ralph Miller, two new players, were not used Sunday. Joe Laws was running the club well in the second half, when the Packers' big putsch was underway, and Lambeau feared to break up a combination that was clicking. Similarly, he needed Ernie Smith at left tackle for his kicking ability after Champ Seibold, who had played great ball, was injured, and this left Miller on the bench...WON ON SPIRIT: "We won the championship in 1929 on spirit," Lambeau said, "but there had been a letup in recent years. We have the recipe again this season, and we have a club which whenever called upon is prepared to go out and produce. We are going to go after our opponents one at a time, and the Bears are next." Sunday's game proved that the 1936 Packers have everything they need to be a winning combination, Dilweg continued later in the meeting. He discussed the interference ruling by Field Judge Verne Lewellen, who gave the Packers the ball on the Cardinal 2-yard line following a pass attempt. "It was unfortunate that Lew had to make that decision," said the former Packer, "but we all know that he calls 'em as he sees them. Furthermore, he was right on the spot where the play occurred, and was prepared to see exactly what happened."...MAY WIN OUT: "With the spirit they have displayed already, and the type of play they showed themselves capable of Sunday, Green Bay may come out on top this year. Everyone in the community is back of the Packers one hundred percent. What we want is what we have - a great football team." Bernard Darling, also a former Packer, came on with another error by the officials. On a pass to Gantenbein, the Packer end caught the ball and lateraled to Tony Paulekas, who threw a forward pass after the catch. According to the rules, the Packers should have been given a 5-yard penalty from the point the pass was caught. Instead, the ball was brought back to the original line of scrimmage and a penalty was attached from that point. This was another sample of the stupid officiating, Darling point out, which marred Sunday's game. Dilweg criticized the field generalship at stages of the game. With three downs to go, six inches from the goal, he believed Swede Johnston should have been elected to carry the ball across on a direct pass from center. "Just remember, though," he concluded, "that this was the first big game of the season. From the general type of play we must admit that the Packers played fine football. Their blocking was good, and their tackling deadly." Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith spoke briefly.
PIG SAUSAGES DON'T MIX WITH FOOTBALL GAME - CURLY LAMBEAU
SEPT 15 (Milwaukee) - Professionals must be careful of what they eat and drink, for football exacts stern demands upon the human system. On the eve of the big game the pros dine sparingly and on the day when they play they do not partake of much food until the game is ended. I recall from my college days at Notre Dame an incident wherein one varsity player thought he could eat all he wanted and still play. I refer to "Peaches" Nodolny, a 210-pound tackle whose play satisfied even the great Knute Rockne. Peacher was tops, all right, but he had one weakness. He liked to eat too much. Pork chops and pork sausages were his particular temptations. One Saturday afternoon in 1918, when the Notre Dame team was on its way to Lafayette, Ind., to play Purdue university, the train carrying the players stopped at a small junction to await connections with a main line train. Knute Rockne passed through the sidetracked coach spoke cheerfully to us, and repeated a favorite warning about not eating heavy foods before game time. I recall that Rock patted the great George Gipp on the shoulder as if he expected great things of him that day, and he wasn't disappointed. Peaches, who was sitting at an open window, suddenly sniffed the delicious odor of pork sausages frying in a small boxcar restaurant a few feet from the railroad tracks. When Rockne disappeared into the railroad station to check on train time, Peaches got off the coach and sneaked into the restaurant through a rear door. A short time later he returned licking his lips and smiling from ear to ear. "If I can't eat, I can't play," he told us. During the first quarter of that Purdue game, Peaches played an inspired brand of ball. He charged savagely and held the Purdue ball carriers when they tried to knife through his tackle position. Finally, after considerable battering, Peaches began to show signs of wear. A Purdue back crashed through his position for five yards after the interference had wiped Peaches out of the play. Nodolny's face was almost green when he got to his feet. There was a sickly grin on his lips. The Notre Dame boys, Eddie Anderson, Hunk Anderson, George Gipp, Norman Berry, I and others, immediately called time out. "What's the matter, Peaches?" asked George Gipp. "Too many pork sausages?" Peaches tried to grin again, and stubbornly insisted on continuing the game. Once more that hard driving Purdue back came through right tackle. Peaches was only partly taken out of the play. He rose quickly to his feet and attempted to block the Purdue ball carrier. The next moment a round, helmeted head went smack into his stomach. Nodolny groaned, and then the pork sausages and he parted company. Rock yanked him then. I never learned what he told Peaches, but you can judge for yourself.
GOMER JONES QUITS CARDS TO REJOIN INDIANS
SEPT 15 (Chicago) - Gomer Jones, All-American center from Ohio State who starred against the Detroit Lions in the All-Star game, jumped his contract with the Chicago Cardinals yesterday to return to the Cleveland Indians of the newly formed American league. Jones had signed with the Indians previously as assistant coach and playing captain, but signed with the Cardinals last week when the Cleveland club announced it would abandon its franchise. Later Cleveland officials announced they would go through with their plans to sponsor a club. Jones left the Cardinals at Green Bay Sunday night, after working out with the team two days. He did not appear in the Packer game Sunday. He will receive $3,000 for the season at Cleveland, he told Cardinal officials.
CHICAGO BEARS ARRIVE IN CITY ON SATURDAY
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Bears, loaded with heavy artillery for a successful renewal of their long series with the Green Bay Packers, will arrive here Saturday noon over the Milwaukee road, and will take an afternoon workout before setting down to the weekend's football assignment. Coach E.L. Lambeau reassembled his squad in the rain yesterday and found that his injury list was a bit more imposing than at first believed, although he still hopes to have all his players except Buckets Goldenberg ready for service Sunday. Several of the Packers were bumped and bruised severely in last Sunday's bitter Cardinal game, and they have been limping in a manner which caused the coach, Assistant Red Smith and Trainer Dave Woodward some worry...NEED TIMING DRILL: Several Packers were excused from signal drill, and while this enables their injuries to improve, it prevents them from getting much needed practice in timing, vital if next Sunday's offense plays are to be run properly. Sunday's game will be the 25th between the Bears and Packers since 1921, and it is expected to develop into no less an argument than those which preceded it. Thirty Bears, accompanied by Coach George Halas and Assistants Red Grange and Luke Johnsos, will invade City stadium on Sunday. The roster includes most of the dynamite which has caused havoc in professional football circles for the past several seasons, reinforced by enough new material to provide the Packers with several bad headaches. At ends the Bears have Bill Hewitt, always a troublemaker for the Packers; William Karr, Johnsos, and Robert Allmann, the latter a former Michigan Stater who is making his debut with the Bears...TACKLES ARE TOUGH: The Chicago tackles are tall and hefty, including the veteran
George Musso, a 258-pound Millkin product; Milton Trost of Marquette, who weighs 203; Ted Rosequist of Ohio State, 213 pounder; Joe Stydahar of West Virginia, 230-pound lineman who starred in the College All-Star game; and Russ Thompson, 248 pounds, a Nebraska player who is breaking into the big time. The Chicago guards pack an equal amount of beef. They include Ray Richards, 222, Nebraska; Joe Zeller, 203, Indiana; Jules Carlson, 198, Oregon State; Melford Miller, 211, Chadron Normal; Dan Fortmann, 210, Colgate; and Ed Michaels, 197, Villanova. At center the Bears have Frank Sullivan, 203, Loyola; Edward Kawal, 198, Illinois; and Charles (Ookie) Miller, 204, Purdue...CARRY MANY BACKS: The particular interest of Packer fans centers in the large assortment of backs carried by the Chicago squad, most of them extremely dangerous and capable players. Men who will be seen in action in the Bears' backfield Sunday are the following: Bernie Masterson, 195, Nebraska; Carl Brumbaugh, 178, Florida; Bill Pollock, 187, Penn Military; Keith Molesworth, 168, Monmouth; George Corbett, 177, Millikin; Gene Ronzani, 191, Marquette; Johnny Sisk, 187, Marquette; George Grosvenor, 172, Colorado; Beattie Feathers, 177, Tennessee; Ray Nolting, 185, Cincinnati; John Doering, 215, independent; Bronko Nagurski, 228, Minnesota; and Jack Manders, 200, Minnesota.
GENERALSHIP OF QUARTERBACK BIG FACTOR IN PRO SUCCESS - CURLY LAMBEAU
SEPT 16 (Green Bay) - A professional football team's most desirable asset is a quarterback who is sufficiently alert mentally to take advantage of the breaks and get the jump on an opponent. An example was Harry O'Boyle's generalship in our game with the hardy Portsmouth Spartans at Green Bay several years ago. The Spartans led by the score of 10-7 late in the third quarter, and it appeared as if they would win the game. Early in the fourth quarter the Packers began to march from our own 15-yard line which took us to the Portsmouth 22-yard line. On that march O'Boyle, former Notre Damer, noticed that whenever we shifted to the right, the Portsmouth guard on the weak side of the line would overshift. O'Boyle refrained from driving a play at that guard's position, but continued to send fullback spinners straight into the line, end runs to the right, and he also threw a few forward passes. O'Boyle was waiting to utilize that spot at right guard at the proper time.
On the 22-yard line O'Boyle saw his opportunity. He called for a fullback spinner with Clark Hinkle, Bucknee, carrying the ball. True to form, the opposing guard on the weak side of the line overshifted. Instead of plowing over center as on previous plays, Hinkle cut over through the gap left open by the overshift and romped 22 yards for a touchdown, which won the game for us 14-10. I like players, too, who can chance the direction of plays quickly when they observe a weakness in the opposing line or backfield. I recall a game in 1930 when we played the Minneapolis Marines where the quick thinking of Joseph "Red" Dunn, our quarterback, resulted in a score. Dunn began to call a signal to punt when we were on the Minneapolis 35-yard line, fourth down and eight to go. Tom Nash, our right end, played quite wide. However, none of the Minneapolis players followed him, for they were convinced we were going to punt. Our quarterback noticed this. Quickly he changed signals and flipped a short pass to Nash. No one was within 20 yards of Tom when he caught the ball and raced to the 10-yard stripe. Line plunges from that point carried us over for a touchdown. Give me the quick-thinking player in preference to the man-mountain who is slow on his feet and in thinking as well. We like brawn in pro football, but we like it sprinkled generously with mental pepper.
BEARS ARRIVE ON SATURDAY
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - Their second NFL game of the infant season getting closer by the hour, the Green Bay Packers are drilling twice daily in an effort to be fully prepared for their clash with the Chicago Bears at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Two or three of the Packers are causing Coach E.L. Lambeau considerable worry, as their legs received a severe battering against the Chicago Cardinals last week, and he is afraid they may not be in the best of shape for the severe struggle he expects next Sunday..SET INJURY RECORD: Although the Cardinal-Packer fracas set something of a record for injuries and bitter football play, the Packer-Bear series always has surpassed it in feeling between the teams, and Lambeau fears additional injuries to the Bay squad if the bruised men are smacked by the invaders. Neverthless, the Packers are in much better shape than they were when they faced the Bears for the first time last season and squeezed out a 7 to 0 victory on the 83-yard Herber to Hutson forward pass gain...ARRIVE AT NOON: The Bears will arrive here at noon Saturday and will headquarter at the Hotel Northland, as did the Cardinals last week. Another visitor from Chicago will be Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune and manager of the annual All-Star game, who may be looking over the teams as prospective opponents for next year's college squad. The winner of the league's Western division title annually battles the College All-Stars at Soldier field, and both the Packers and Bears have ideas about the 1937 game.
HALAS' SQUAD HOLDING EDGE
SEPT 17 (Green Bay) - Holding a 34-game series edge in games won and points scoring, but upset twice last season, the Chicago Bears will play their 35th game with the Green Bay Packers at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Indications are that the Bears will not permit the Packers' 1935 miracle plays, which sent Chicago away from two fields with the sting of 7-0 and 17-14 defeats tacked onto them, to succeed again, and only a hard, vicious type of football is expected to produce a victory. Green Bay's 1935 victories over the Bears were two of the greatest wins in the long series - the most extended and most bitter of the NFL...SCORE ON OPENER: The Packer decision over the Chicago team at City stadium last September was more decisive than the 7 to 0 score indicates. The Bears opened the game by kicking off to the Bays, and Bruder fumbled, recovering on the 17-yard line. On the next play Herber fell back to the goal line and shot a pass to Don Hutson, which the end grabbed on the dead run and sped past Beattie Feathers into open country, completing an 83-yard gain for the only touchdown of the game. When the contest ended, the Packers were pounding away again at the Bears' goal line. In Chicago the Bays staged one of the most amazing rallies in all football history to overcome a 14-3 Bear lead. An early field goal by Clarke Hinkle gave the Packers a 3-0 margin, but touchdowns by Ronzani and Sisk wiped out the advantage, and sent the Bears ahead, 14 to 3. With less than three minutes to play, the cause looked hopeless, but Herber completed a pass to Hutson, who squirmed past half a dozen Bears and completed a 40-yard dash to the goal line...TEAM STILL TRAILING: As the Packers kicked off to the Bears they still were at a 14-10 disadvantage, but Masterson fumbled and Ernie Smith recovered deep in Chicago territory. Sauer hit the line and Bruder snared a pass to cut down the distance, and then the Herber-Hutson combination clicked again, sending the Alabama flankman over the line for the winning touchdown. The Bear-Packer series has been filled with bitter competition. The most decisive victory in the string is the 25 to 0 pasting which a championship Packer team handed the Bears in 1929, while the Bears have two 21-0 margins over Green Bay, one in 1925 and the other in 1930.
BEARS BRING 30
SEPT 17 (Chicago) - Thirty players were named by Coach George Halas to make the trip to Green Bay, Wis., where on Sunday the Chicagoans will make their debut in the NFL against the Packers. Reds Pollock, galloping halfback, who joined the squad last year, and Milford Miller, a guard who came from Chadron, Neb., last season, were left at home on account of injuries sustained in the exhibition game at Oklahoma City, Sept. 8. Their absence, while not exactly crippling, will noticeably lessen the reserve strength, and with the Packers considered even tougher than usual, this loss may prove to be a very important item. The players who invade the Badger city are Hewitt, Karr, Johnsos and Allmann, ends; Musso, Trost, Rosequist, Stydahar and Thompson, tackles; Richards, Zeller, Oech, Fortmann, Carlson and Michaels, guards; Sullivan, Miller and Kawal, centers; Masterson, Brumbaugh and Corbett, quarterbacks; and Molesworth, Ronzani, Sisk, Grosvenor, Feathers, Nolting, Doehring, Nagurski and Manders, backs...MAKING PRO BOW: Of this group, Stydahar, West Virginia; Oech, Minnesota; Fortmann, Colgate; Allman, Michigan State; Thompson, Nebraska; Holting, Cincinnati; and Michaels, Villanova, will be making their bow in the big league. Thompson has the distinction of being the giant of the outfit. He stands 6 feet, 5 inches and weighs 248, while Fortmann is the squad's youngest, being only 20 years old. Ted Rosequist, familiar to Green Bay fans as a tackle, has been drilled at end by Halas since the Bears went into training the middle of last month at the St. John's Military Academy, Delafield, Wis., and doubtless will be given a crack at that spot sometime during hostilities. The big Ohio State kid is just half an inch shorter than Thompson and is unusually active for his bulk. Incidentally he joined the roster of married men this summer...NONE TOO STRONG: Nolting was impressive in the preliminary season for not only does he seem to fit as a ball carrier, but he is an excellent punter, a department in which the Bears have been none too strong. Stydahar, who came to the squad upon the recommendation of Karr and Brumbaugh, the former an alumnus of and the latter assistant coach at West Virginia last season, is the only rookie, who is expected to be in the starting lineup. He's another young giant, standing 6 feet, 4 inches and weighing 230, who is as tough as they grow. The other newcomers survived the most terrific contest for berths ever experienced by the Bears. Not only was it hot among the new talent but the "old guard" spent many an uneasy hour and there were audible sighs of relief when the list was posted after the third cut. Seven still must be released to pare down to the league limit after the third scheduled game. Carlson, the dean of the outfit, will inaugurate his ninth year in the big time. He tops Luke Johnsos by two season, and at the ripe old age of 32, is just as spry and hard boiled as ever. He'll probably be in at the kickoff.
CHICAGO BEARS TO ARRIVE ON BATTLE SCENE SATURDAY
SEPT 18 (Green Bay) - With the Chicago Bears scheduled to reach Green Bay at noon tomorrow, and a prospective overflow crowd scheduled to reach City stadium any time afternoon noon on Sunday, Coach E.L. Lambeau today laid out the training schedule of the Green Bay Packers for the next 48 hours. The team met at the Beaumont hotel for a skull drill last night, and practiced this morning at Joannes park. There will be another workout Saturday morning, and a chalk talk tomorrow night will conclude the pregame sessions. All that remains to be done after that is beat the Bears. As Lambeau looked over his prospects today he expressed his opinion that this would be something of a task. Several Packer veterans were bruised severely against the Cardinals last Sunday, and have not responded to treatment as rapidly as was expected. Arnold Herber had not thrown a pass or called a signal all week, and George Sauer also has been out of practice...MILT GANTENBEIN IS HURT: Add to this list, Gantenbein, who played a sensational but back-breaking game against the Cards, and you have the beginning of an imposing list of doubtfuls. Herman Schneidman, the blocking quarterback, may be available for service again, but is another questionable prospect and Buckets Goldenberg will have another week of nursing his chipped leg on the sidelines. Lambeau expected Sauer, Herber, Gantenbein and Schneidman to be in shape to meet the Bears, but he now is convinced that if they play their efficiency is apt to be lowered because they missed so many of this week's practice sessions. Furthermore, the Bears are the underdog this time, having lost twice to the Packers last season, and they are coming to Green Bay in perfect condition, not having played a game since Labor Day. All this adds up to one total - the Packers will have another terrific Sunday afternoon on their hands, and will have to stage another demonstration of pile-driver blocking and tackling if they are to remain in the driver's seat of the NFL's Western division...VICTORY ALL IMPORTANT: A victory over the Bears Sunday will set up things beautifully, as it will leave the Packers with nothing but time on their hands until Oct. 4, when they tackle the Cardinals again in Milwaukee. Sept. 27 is an open date. Before the Bays will be in action again the Cardinals will have played the Lions at Detroit, and the Chicago Bears will have appeared in Philadelphia. While the Packers and Cards are scrapping at Milwaukee Oct. 4, the Bears will invade the lair of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nothing short of a capacity crowd is billed for City stadium, and E.A. Spachmann, director of ticket sales headquarters at the Legion building, has been the busiest man in town this week. Spectators are urged to reach the park early to avoid congestion, as last year several hundred, arriving late, missed the spectacular
touchdown play which won the game for the Packers.
DETROIT ACQUIRES JOE KOPCHA, GUARD
SEPT 18 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions today announced the purchase of Joe Kopcha, who played guard last season, from the Chicago Bears. The purchase price was not announced. Kopcha will make his debut with the professional champions in an exhibition game at Grand Rapids, Mich. tonight. A former four-sport athlete at the University of Chattanooga, he has played in the Bears' line for six seasons.
BEARS TAPER OFF
SEPT 18 (Green Bay) - A two and a half hour drill that included a short scrimmage, concluded heavy work for the Bears this week in their preparation for the invasion of Green Bay for their opening National league test Sunday afternoon. Today a light signal drill was held and Saturday the squad of 30 will entertain for the Badger town. Impressed with the greatly changed style of offense employed by the Packers this season in their 10 to 7 victory over the strong Cardinals, Coach George Halas devoted much time this week to adjustments calculated to meet situations as reported by the scouting department...HALAS MAKES CHANGES: Today he made a couple of changes in the starting lineup, keeping only Joe Stydahar, new tackle from West Virginia, on the first call. Stydahar, a giant of action, may either make or break in his efforts to land a berth for it will be his first experience with the post-graduates. Carl Brumbaugh, for five years the premier "general" of the big league, will renew acquaintances with the Packers and Green Bay fans at the kickoff. "Little Napoleon" was out last season on account of helping Coach Bill Karr's alma mater, West Virginia university. His return to the field gives the Bears a fine trio of quarterbacks, Bernie Masterson and George Corbett being the others. Jack Manders, the greatest point kicker in the history of football, is expected to start at halfback. He proved a great ball carrier and blocker last year when called upon to shoulder the added load normally carried by Bronko Nagurski, who was out most of the campaign with a severe case of arthritis in his hip...BRONKO IS BACK: An operation and a long rest this summer, incidentally, seems to have brought the great Bronko back to his usual form. He will see plenty of action Sunday. Keith Molesworth, long a familiar player in the league, is starting his eighth in the pro game, and sixth season with the Bears. Missing the two weeks preliminary conditioning at the St. John's Military academy, on account of playing baseball with Syracuse, N.Y., he reported in perfect physical shape and needed only to brush up on the plays. Considered one of the fastest and one of the hardest ball carriers to drag down despite his being a half-pint, Moley reigns supreme at returning punts. He may grab a couple from Hinkle or Herber Sunday. At this time Halas expects to start Hewitt and Karr, ends; Stydahar and Musso, tackles; Carlson and Zeller, guards; Miller, center; and Brumbaugh, Feathers, Sisk and Manders. It will be remembered that Zeller broke into the big time with Green Bay in 1931, after a fine career at Indiana...MAY ENTER POLITICS: Incidentally Zeller is a probation officer for an East Chicago court, a job he holds the year round, and while it may be "talking out of school," Joe plans to run for sheriff in Lake Country in the none too distant future. With the exception of Reds Pollock, halfback, and Mil Miller, guard, who are not fully recovered from injuries sustained in an exhibition in Oklahoma City, Sept. 8, the Bears are in excellent condition and fine spirits for their big test Sunday and it goes without saying they would rather beat the Packers than any other outfit in the circuit, with the possible exception of the Cardinals.
BEARS FINISH DRILL TODAY FOR PACKER OPENER
SEPT 18 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears will complete preparations today for the opening game of their championship campaign Sunday at Green Bay, Wis., where they meet the Packers, one of their chief rivals for supremacy. Addition of new men and two All-Star games in the south have brought the Bears up to the opening game much stronger than they were last year when they began the season at Green Bay in defeat. Their apparent improvement, however, is offset by the new strength the Packers revealed last week in turning back the Chicago Cardinals. 10 to 7...PACKERS USE NEW OFFENSIVE: The Packers further complicated the Bears' task by employing a new offensive, an attack based on modifications of the Notre Dame system. including an unbalanced line and strong weak side formations. The attack is rounded out with new pass formations designed to thwart opponents who concentrate their defense on Don Huston, star Packer end. Hutson's ability as a receiver and his speed made him one of the most closely watched men in the league last year. Despite this vigilance, Hutson broke away to win several games for the Packers, notable two against the Bears, one, 7 to 0, on an 87 yards pass and another later in the season at Wrigley field when he scored twice in the last three minutes to turn a 14 to 3 defeat into a 17 to 14 victory. Hutson was a marked man again last Sunday against the Cardinals, but Coach George Halas and 15 of his Bears who made a scouting trip to Green Bay in a special car, saw Herber, Hinkle and Sauer throw passes to Milt Gantenbein, veteran end, for sizable gains while the Cardinals were ganging on Hutson...MILLER NURSES INJURED LEG: The Bears are reported in excellent shape, only two men being unfit for participation. Red Pollock, halfback, yesterday was released from the hospital, where he had been sent for treatment for a kidney injury received in the All-Star game at Dallas. Milford Miller, tackle holdover from last year, is nursing a severely injured leg. Otherwise the squad is without an ache. Its offense is expected to be greatly improved through the recovery of Bronko Nagurski, line smashing fullback, who was out nearly all last season. The Bears will go to Green Bay tomorrow morning and work out there tomorrow afternoon. A special all-expense train will carry several hundred fans from Chicago Sunday morning, leaving at 8:55 over the Chicago, St. Paul and Milwaukee road. The Bears will return immediately after the game on the special.
PRO GRID NOTES
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - Both eastern games proved to be surprises to the dopesters. Philadelphia turned back the New York Giants, 10 to 7, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won over the Boston Redskins, 10 to 0...The Green Bay Packers triumphed over the Chicago Cardinals by the score of 10 to 7. It was a battle royal with numerous injuries and penalties on both sides. A 10,000 crowd was thrilled from first to closing whistle...Art Buss, onetime Chicago Bear lineman, made his first appearance under new colors with Philadelphia. He was in the starting lineup at left tackle...Last year's eastern championship New York Giants dropped their opener to the Eagles. Victory was clinched by a last period field goal by Hank Reese. Thirty thousand fans were present...Dave Smukler, former Temple university star, made his pro debut with Philadelphia with some outstanding forward passing. His aerial efforts were responsible for drives that led to scores...Reese had to kick two successive field goals to make it count in the Eagles' win over New York. The first was nullified when Philadelphia was ruled offside...A fumble paved the way for the Pittsburgh defeat of Boston. Kakasic picked up the ball, dropped by Ed Smith on Boston's 26-yard line, and carried it over for the only touchdown of the game...A crowd of 15,622 saw the Pittsburgh 10 to 0 upset victory over Boston. The game was played under a wilting summer sun. George Kakasic, second stringer, scored nine of the Pirate points...Verne Lewellen, former Packer backfield star, has been added to the officiating staff of the NFL. During his gridiron career, Lewellen ranked with Ernie Nevers and Ken Strong when it came to punting the ball...George Halas, coach of the Chicago Bears, evidently believes in "wholesale" scouting as he had 18 of his huskies at the Card-Packer game in Green Bay last Sunday. What's more each of the Bears was well armed with pads and pencils...Paul Schissler, the Brooklyn mentor, is expecting great things from Dick Crayne, a big hustling backfielder who played three years for Iowa in the Big Ten. Crayne saw service with the All-Stars in the Detroit Lions' contest...Tuffy Leemans should go places with the New York Giants. This slippery running backfield, fresh from the college ranks, has all the earmarks of a stellar ball lugger and Coach Steve Owens is "sold" on him already...President Joe F. Car is predicting the greatest season in the history of professional football. According to Carr, the "weak sisters" of other years have been bolstered and it is going to be a free-for-all pennant chase...Lou Gordon, a stalwart lineman for the Chicago Cardinals for six seasons, played with the Packers last Sunday against his former teammates. Gordon got a bad gash over his eye in the second scrimmage but "he ain't blaming nobody."...Bo Molenda, one of the veterans of the National league, is serving as assistant coach of the Giants this fall. The former Michigan fullback knows his pro game from A to Z. He should be a valuable aide to the Mara-Owens combine...Gomer Jones has cast his lot with the Chicago Cardinals. Jones first decided to play postgraduate football with Cleveland in the American loop but when his club passed up its franchise, Jones accepted the Chi-Cards offer...Red Flaherty will do things with the Boston Redskins. At least that is the opinion around the circuit. The veteran end is a past master in gridiron strategy and he has a way about him that will get the best out of his players...Potsy Clark, the Detroit Lions' mentor, was among those present at the game in Green Bay last Sunday. The Motor City coach predicted a great race this fall and he added that his Lions would again be very much in the running...With his shoulder taped after dislocating, Dave Cook of the Cardinals went back in the game against Green Bay during the last minute of play to attempt a placekick from midfield. The charging Bays blocked the kick...Bert Bell's Philadelphia Eagles will be at home this Sunday to the Boston Redskins and a capacity throng is forecast as the Quaker City victory over New York last Sunday has kicked up lots of interest in staid old Philly...The Packers and Bears will resume their gridiron feud at Green Bay this Sunday. Ever since 1921 these clubs have been "footballing" each other. The teams have 34 games, the Bears winning 16, the Packers 14 and four were tied.
PACKERS BATTLE BEARS TOMORROW
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - Onto the City stadium turf, loaded for Bear, tomorrow afternoon will go the Green Bay Packers, prepared for a last-ditch struggle with Coach George Halas' Chicago professional team in an effort to annex the Bay's second consecutive National league victory. The Packers will not be in as good shape as they were before last Sunday's Cardinal game, but they will be in pretty good condition, at that, and the capacity crowd which will witness their second league effort is expected to witness a great engagement. George Sauer and Milt Gantenbein, two of the Packers who were dented during the Cardinal game, responded slowly to injuries but came along faster later in the week, and both are likely to be in action tomorrow. Arnold Herber and Herman Schneidman, two veteran backs, are on the doubtful list. If Herber is out, Packer fans are apt to see considerable of Joe Laws, who played his greatest game in a Packer uniform last Sunday, and Harry (The Horse) Mattos, the Galloping Gael from St. Mary's, who saw only one play against the Cards but has looked red hot in practice...LINE IS O.K.: The line is in good shape, and is primed to give the Chicago forward wall a bruising. Tickets have been selling like hot cakes, and the Packer management had been watching the gauge closely. If the crowd warrants it, more extra benches will be installed before game time, as the Football corporation wants every fan who deserves to see the game to be taken care of. It is hoped that accommodations will be found for everyone. As usual on the biggest day in Green Bay's football year, highways from all sections of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan will pour cars into Green Bay, starting early tomorrow morning. Fans are reminded particularly to be at the stadium early, as that action will avoid a last-minute jam at the gates. The kickoff will be made promptly at 2 o'clock...BEARS ARE HERE: The Bears arrived at noon today, on the Milwaukee road, and were taken to the Hotel Northland, where they will remain until Sunday night. They looked fit and ready for 60 minutes of tough play. The Packers are prepared to shoot every bit of gridiron lore they possess tomorrow in an effort to acquire win No. 2 in the Western division race. After the game with the Bears they have two weeks of practice, with an open date Sept. 27 on which to rest up for their clash with the Cardinals at Milwaukee Oct. 5. If Green Bay wins tomorrow, it will be in a commanding position in the race, a fact of which Coach George Halas is well aware. He is prepared to unload the full Chicago repertoire upon the Packers in an attempt to snap the short winning streak which the Bays now hold over his club.
MANY FANS TO TRAIL BRUINS
SEPT 19 (Chicago) - Green Bay fans in appreciable numbers always accompany the Packers to Chicago for the Bears game and now, more and more each year, the Bear fans are making the trip to the Badger city for the annual battle. The game Sunday will see a
larger group from Chicago in the mob than ever before. This is indicated by the demand for reservations for the "special" being arranged by George Deverall, which pulls out over the Milwaukee Road at 8 a.m. Wise guys along the Rialto here have a hunch the Bears are liable to be "hot" this season. They are convinced that the Packers are, so they aren't so "nuts" when they figure that the winner Sunday may stand a swell chance of riding on through to the title. Thus the opportunity for a pleasant jaunt to Green Bay is made doubly attractive...LISTEN TO LECTURE: The squad of 30 players staged a snappy drill yesterday and listened to a brief lecture on the various phases of the game and plans as propounded by Professors Halas, Grange and Johnsos. All week the board of strategy have been concentrating on ideas to meet the Packer attacks, which the scouts, including Halas, found was different from the usual Lambeau routine, and the skull exercise was actually a council of war in which almost everybody had a voice. There was plenty of spirit but no over-confidence, for the boys know the Cardinals are a better team than the ones that set the Packers back five in a row, previous to last Sunday and the fact that no claim whatever that Lambeau has a powerhouse this season has filtered into Chicagoland is silence that is ominous enough without the demonstration against the Cardinals. The Pack has passed its initial test and has had a week to bolster any deficiencies, but for the Bears it will be the first time out. Those two exhibition games, while helpful to some extent, were far from league competition regardless of scores and this year they cost the Bears Red Pollock and Mil Miller, which lowers the reserve strength for Sunday's combat...FEATHERS IS PAPA: Two of the Bears, Danny Fortmann, new guard from Colgate, and Bettie Feathers, veteran halfback, have reasons other than patriotic ones to win Sunday. Fortmann's jersey number is 13 and Feathers will be playing his first game as a father. His daughter arrived last week in Pennington Gap, Va., and Beattie is anxious to celebrate the event with a victory. Daddy Feathers needs no introductions to Packer fans of standing but for the new converts the Tennessee "Snake Hips" came up a year before last with a great collegiate rep in the South and expanded it in the North by streaking off a total of 1,004 yards, the first player to hit the thousand mark for one season. He did it in eleven games. Last year he was handicapped more than half the season with injuries. That he is in prime condition has been noted since the outfit went into camp at St. John's Military Academy the middle of last month. Incidentally Beattie, playing the outfield for Knoxville, socked the hoss hide at a .412 clip and cripples don't do that...MANDERS LOOKED GOOD: Not only has this elusive gent Bronko Nagurski to run interference but Jack Manders will share this duty. Manders did some mighty sprightly work in this regard last season, when the Bronk was nursing his arthritis and fuming on the bench. Bill Hewitt, for three seasons acclaimed the best end in the league, took a bow to Bill Karr at the close of last season, a player who, when he first reported didn't look so good to Coach Halas but who was retained at the insistence of Hewitt. Old "Lantern Jaw" is hot to regain any prestige he may have lost last year. Green Bay will be a long time forgetting that forward pass that Hewitt heaved to Johnsos over the goal line in the final seconds to pull a tough game out of the fire in 1934. That was Bill's maiden effort. He has attempted just two since then.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - Out of the muddle of a football tradition, which emerged from the dim early days of the NFL, starting in 1921 and continuing without interruption since 1923 - has developed the 34-game football series between the Bears of Chicago and the Packers of Green Bay. It is betraying no confidence to repeat that these teams are going to play each other at City stadium tomorrow afternoon. Neither coach has made the slightest effort to keep the game a secret, and there will be no attempt to have the contest played in private. In fact, there is every indication that the stadium fences will be bulging well before the first kickoff sails into East river. Each Packer game must have its predictions, and I was interested to notice the range of scores in the forecasts which were mailed in to me as part of my own little pregame guessing contest. Without a single exception, the fans predicted a Green Bay victory - but almost without exception, they decided that the Bears would score. The Bears didn't score against the Packers up here last year, but they clicked twice against them in Chicago, even though Green Bay was victorious in both games. They have a ruinous ground attack, a pretty fair passing game and a kicking sniper in Automatic Jack Manders. In the belief that the Bears' running campaign will click at least part of the time against the Packers, and that Manders may get close enough for a successful kick - and that Green Bay's passing show will pave the way for two
touchdowns - I like a score of 14 to 10 tomorrow afternoon.
BEARS' SEASON OPENS TODAY WITH PACKERS
SEPT 20 (Chicago) - George Halas, Curly Lambeau and L.H. Joannes are three of the most worried men in America today. Mr. Halas is coach of the Chicago Bears. His team opens its National league season at Green Bay this afternoon. Mr. Lambeau is coach of the Green Bay Packers. His team faces the Bears. Mr. Joannes is president of the Packers, and he is aging a year every hour trying to devise a means of accommodating 25,000 fans in 12,000 pews. It will be the 34th league meeting between the two western division rivals, for years two of the outstanding teams in professional football. Their series has been one of the most popular in the post graduate game, but it seldom has aroused the interest manifest in today's contest. Operators of a special train from Chicago were forced to turn down reservations early in the week because of a scarcity of tickets to the game. The Packers management utilized all available space in the small Green Bay Stadium to erect temporary seats and still its accommodations are inadequate...IMPORTANT IN TITLE RACES: The contest itself promises to be worthy of all the traditions of the series which has been marked by intense rivalry and spectacular play. Aside from its entertainment value, it is of the utmost importance to the participants in their fight for the western division championship. Green Bay, already victorious over the Chicago Cardinals, gives evidence of becoming the strongest eleven in the league. The Bears, untried except in two All-Star contests which amounted to exhibitions, are faced with the necessity of regaining championship heights to maintain their popularity and prestige. A victory today will serve the twofold purpose of auspiciously launching their own campaign and slowing down the Packers, who have combined freshmen material with a new offense to effect a formidable attack. It is possible that out of today's game will come the new league champion. The Bears will rely largely on veterans to stem the spinners and weak side thrust off an unbalanced line with which the Packers, previously disciples of the Notre Dame system, piled up 174 yards by rushing in whipping the Cardinals, 10 to 7, last week. Running plays against the Cardinals, the league's champion defensive eleven last year, brought the Packers 10 first downs...BEARS SCOUT PACKERS: Fifteen of the Bears accompanied Coach Halas to Green Bay last week on a scouting expedition and have a first hand knowledge of the plays which baffled the Cardinals. The line which will have the first opportunity to stop the plunging of George Sauer, Clark Hinkle and Hank Bruder will be composed of six veterans and one rookie, Joe Stydahar, giant West Virginia tackle. Stydahar was a star in the All-Star game at Soldiers' field on Sept. 2. In that contest he became thoroughly acquainted with the professional type of play as he wreaked havoc with the champion Detroit Lions' running plays. Halas will start the veterans, Bill Karr and Bill Hewitt, at end, with George Musso, an all-league tackle, teaming with Stydahar. Jack Carlson, who is starting his ninth season with the Bears, will man the guards, with Ookie Miller, old Purdue star, at center. This combination in other years has been a formidable offensive unit. If it hits its stride today, the Bears expect to send veteran backs on long gallops through the Packer secondary...FEATHERS, SISK TO START: Beattie Feathers, who in 1934 set an all-time record for ground gain in his first year with the Bears, and John Sisk, fleet Marquette star, who is especially adept at pass defense, will start at the halfbacks with Jack Manders at fullback. Bernie Masterson will call the signals. Later Carl Brumbaugh, for years one of he league's greatest quarterbacks, and Bronko Nagurski, line crushing fullback, who expects to take up where he left off when arthritis laid him low early last fall, will be called upon. Brumbaugh will be making a comeback after a year's leave of absence to coach at West Virginia. The Packers' chief running threats will be Sauer, who was handicapped with injuries last year, his first in professional football, and Bob Monnett, the pint sized speedster, who gained 36 yards in five attempts against the Cardinals last week.