EXHIBITION: Green Bay Packers 49, Los Angeles Bulldogs 0
Sunday January 17th 1937 (at Los Angeles)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(LOS ANGELES) - The ponderous Green Bay Packers battered the helpless and impotent Los Angeles Bulldogs into submission, 49 to 0, before 12,000 stunned home folks yesterday in Gilmore stadium. Sweeping over the battling Bulldogs, the Packers scored once in the first period, closed the half with a 28 to 0 lead, added another in the third, and made the rout complete with two more touchdowns in the final quarter. Apparently using the Bulldogs merely as a workout for the coming game here Sunday with the Chicago Bears, the Packers left Bulldog backers in a quandry. The locals were proud of their season's record until the Packers came along.
LOST TO BEARS
They had rolled up 205 points against their opponents' 72, despite the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates of the National pro league, had tied the Brooklyn Dodgers 13-13, and lost a close 7 to 0 decision to the Chicago Bears. Yet until late in the third period they were unable to get beyond their own 45-yard line against the Packers, much less to score. Twice in the last period the Bulldogs got into Packer territory, once passing their way in frantic style to reach the 19-yard stripe, but the threat fizzled out and the Packers took over the ball. The chief Bulldog ball carrier, Ed (Crazy Legs) Stark, was unable to play, but his presence would have meant little. Coach Curly Lambeau's immense forward wall was impregnable, his reserve strength was as capable as the starting lineup, and ball toters Clarke Hinkle, Bob Monnett, Joe Laws, Arnold Herber, Hank Bruder and Paul Miller were unstoppable.
SMITH KICKS SIX
Ernie Smith, former Southern California star tackle, was a bulwark on defense and thrilled his old college followers with his placekicking ability. He booted six out of six tries for extra points, and Paul Engebretsen made the touchdown figure even with the other point for the seventh tally. The Bays started rolling immediately after the kickoff, reaching the one-foot line. The Bulldogs held for three downs and took the ball. After an exchange of punts, Becker caught a pass from Laws for 33 yards to the Bulldog 25, and Monnett tore around his own right end for a touchdown. Smith then converted. Near the end of the first period, the Packers took the ball on their own 23. Hinkle on a reverse ran 58 yards down the sidelines to the Bulldog 19, Greene, local quarterback, putting him out of bounds. Herber and Hutson came into the game. A pass was grounded and Hinkle lugged the ball to the Bulldog 5. Bruder then tucked down his head and smacked over left
tackle for the touchdown. Smith converted.
PASSES TO MILLER
In the next quarter, with the ball on the Bulldog 42, Herber fired a pass to Miller, who carried the ball to the 12, Hal Wickersham bumping him out of bounds. Herber's pass to Hutson was grounded, but a heave to Miller took the ball to the 5, where Chet Johnston cracked over his own right end for a touchdown. Smith kicked the extra point. The Packers kicked off over the goal line. Greene of the Bulldogs let a pass from center slip through his fingers, the ball rolling over the goal line, where Hutson fell upon it for a touchdown. Smith converted, and the crowd was stunned. In the third period the Bulldogs, with Wickersham, Greene and Barnhart carrying the ball, moved from their own 34 to the Packer 43, but were forced to kick. Up to now the famed Herber to Hutson combination had failed to click. With the ball on the Green Bay 33, Herber shot a pass low to the ground to Hutson, who raced into a clear field for a touchdown, the play being good for 67 yards. Engebretsen converted. Both clubs began wild passing in the fourth period, and interceptions were frequent. Monnett led a 64-yard march in five plays that netted another touchdown. He went off tackle from the Bulldog 39, and battled his way to the 15, where he was thrown. After a noticeable pause, he leaped to his feet and ran the remaining distance for a touchdown. Officials ruled the play good, but the fans booed lustily. Earlier in the game a fast whistle was in vogue. Laws added the final thrill of the day when he swept around left end for a 64-yard gallop and a touchdown. Smith's trusty toe kicked the last two placements for extra points. Hinkle gained 99 yards in 10 plays, and Laws 95 in six plays. Roy (Skeet) Berry, midget Bulldog back, was the leading local ground gainer, but was able to gather only 35 yards in 13 tries.
GREEN BAY - 7 21 7 14 - 49
LOS ANGELES - 0 0 0 0 - 0
1ST - GB - Bob Monnett, 25-yard run (Ernie Smith kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2ND - GB - Hank Bruder, 5-yard run (E. Smith kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2ND - GB - Chet Johnston, 5-yard run (E. Smith kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2ND - GB - Don Hutson recovered fumble in the end zone (E. Smith kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
3RD - GB - Hutson, 67-yard pass from Arnold Herber (Tiny Engbretsen kick) GREEN BAY 35-0
4TH - GB - Monnett, 39-yard run (E. Smith kick) GREEN BAY 42-0
4TH - GB - Joe Laws, 64-yard run (E. Smith kick) GREEN BAY 49-0
PACKERS GET NO INJURIES (By E.L. Lambeau)
JAN 18 (Los Angeles) - The Packers were "on" yesterday; in fact, they never played better football. The blocking was a sight for anybody's eyes and ball carriers were never down. Possible the team was aroused because Pete Smith and his assistants were on the Packer bench accumulating ideas for a movie short, which will be made while they are here. The visitors left the game much impressed with the squad, and particularly with the type of fellows it included...HAVE NO INJURIES: Again we were very fortunate in having no injuries and we should be ready for the Chicago Bears next Sunday. Lynn Waldorf and Howard Jones, coaches of Northwestern university and U.S.C., respectively, scouted the game. According to Francis Powers, the New York writer who is out here on a vacation. Waldorf should be one of the coaches in the All Star game at Chicago Sept. 1. A miracle happened during the game. Hutson dropped a pass which was in his hands and a sure touchdown. We never saw Don so mad and an hour after the game he was still raving. The squad is working hard and the behavior is almost perfect, so they will have Monday and Tuesday off to do what they please. However, they must report Wednesday morning at 10 with clear eyes and ready to go. The rest should prevent any staleness...PHIL CUTS BACK: Tiny Engebretsen pulled the prize of the day. Sarboe was running around end and looked good for a sure 20 yards. Tiny yelled, "Cut back, Phil!" which he did and landed in Engebretsen's arms for no gain. Not only did he land in his arms but Tiny hit him hard enough to be heard all over the stadium. The crowd was approximately 12,000, including many from the movie colony. Al Jolson and Vic McLaglen
sat on the bench and got a great kick out of Hinkle's running and the way he was hitting.
RED SMITH HEADS FARM OF BREWERS
JAN 18 (Milwaukee) - Acquisition of a second farm club by the minor league champion Milwaukee Brewers was announced during the weekend by President Henry Bendinger. Besides operating the new Class B club at Montgomery, Ala., this summer, the Brews will continue their Hopkinsville, Ky., franchise under the management of Richard Smith, line coach for the Green Bay Packers and relief catcher for the Brewers. Smith formerly caught for the Madison Blues in the State league. Earl Smith, former Minneapolis slugger, is considered in line to head the new Montgomery club. Brewer pitchers and catchers will open training March 15 at Biloxi, Miss., close to the club's new farm.
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL REGISTERS BIG INCREASE
JAN 18 (Columbus, OH) - Professional football attendance during the past year increased more than 20 percent over the mark set the previous year, which we consider highly encouraging and even better than the increase noted in other sports. The improvement in individual performance and the increased effectiveness of our rules, tending to encourage the offense, probably played a big part in this increase in popular favor of the NFL. There was not a single individual performance which did not exceed the previous year's record, and practically every team in the circuit gained more ground than in 1935. Two new records were established by Arnold Herber and Don Hutson, both of Green Bay. Herber set a new forward passing mark of 77 completed passes for 1,239 yards. Hutson, in catching 36 passes, also set a new high mark in that specialty. It was a year in which many new players came into the league and made good, especially in the case of Tuffy Leemans of the New York Giants who held the league in his first season by gaining 830 yards. The stars of the past were not totally eclipsed by any means, since Dutch Clark of Detroit again led the scorers. The Green Bay Packers won the Ed Thorp Memorial trophy and the league championship by defeating Boston, winners of the eastern title, in the playoff game held in New York. It is the first time Green Bay has won the Ed Thorp trophy in the four years it has been in competition. Along with the improvement in competition and attendance, the league teams, as a whole, fared better financially, with the same nine teams finishing as started the season and no changes for a third successive year. We look forward to one of our best seasons in 1937, for most of the clubs in the circuit are laying plans for further improvements in their personnel, and the caliber of play should be improved. It is this factor on which we base our hopes for developing new patrons. The rules, as now constituted and differing somewhat from the college code, have proven eminently satisfactory in giving the offense a slight advantage over the defense, and there is not much prospect that we will make any changes in the playing code. Forward passing from any point behind the line of scrimmage, running with a fumbled ball, and putting the goal postson the goal line have opened up our game, and to a great extent, done away with tie games, there have been but three in the past two seasons of league play under these rule changes. At present, three cities are applying for franchises in our league, so there is every possibility that additions may be made before the start of the 1937 season. In any event, a balance may be possible between the east and west, which at present finds four clubs in the western division and five in the east. Action on these franchise applications will be taken at our annual meeting in February in Chicago.
MILLER ASSIGNED TO RESERVE UNIT
JAN 19 (Green Bay) - Notice was received here today by Major Thomas G. Poland, instructor of the Sixth sector, Organized Reserves, of the assignment of Paul W. Miller, second lieutenant, infantry reserve, to the 432nd Infantry. The notification also announced his completion of a certificate of capacity for promotion to first lieutenant. The youthful Green Bay Packer halfback, at present with the team on the Pacific coast, graduated from South Dakota State college last June with a second lieutenancy in the R.O.T.C. and made application for reserve corps membership some time ago. He also is a member of the Green Bay chapter, Reserve Officers' association.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JAN 19 (Green Bay) - Of course everyone knows that the Packers do a world of good for this community by advertising Green Bay everywhere they go, and farther, but I wonder how many people realize the excellent impression that the players give personally as they travel around the country? Did you ever compare the entrance of the Packers into a hotel with that of some other professional athletic teams? Believe it, there's a big difference. The Green Bay boys, properly dressed, wearing ties and behaving quietly, put up a great contrast to some teams, who storm into the lobby wearing crew neck sweaters and breaking their backs to act like a tough, rough bunch of hairy he-men. Read this letter from Dr. Harry L. Whitaker of Denver, Col., written after the recent appearance of the Green Bay Packers in that city: "I feel that I would not be doing the right thing if I did not take time out to write a little note to thank the Green Bay Packers for the sporting thing they did for my home city, Denver. I realize they had to play under poor football conditions, but it was the best we could offer them on that particular day. To say that they did their part in bang-up manner is to put it mildly, and I hope they enjoyed their stay in Denver as much as we enjoyed having them. Particularly do I wish to sat that we Denverites saw locally the first real pro game in our history. Last year the Lions were here, but the All Stars had little or no practice and could not click against that smooth machine. We were thrilled however and remember the beating given Herber, the defensive play of Hutson, and the magnificent plunging of Sauer. We are an inland city, far from the scenes of the biggest professional football games, and we were thrilled to see the stars we had read about in action in our own community. The greatest thrill, however, was reserved for this year, when your marvelous football players were guests for a time in our city. I know I have never had the pleasure of meeting and associating with a finer group of young American men, and I hope the time will not be too far distant when they visit Denver again. Happy New Year to all of them!" This really ranks as one of the finest tributes ever given the Packers, and is a real testimonial to their value as representatives of Green Bay.
PACKERS AND BEARS MEET
JAN 19 (Los Angeles) - Football's foremost feudists, the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, today will start getting ready for their pro grid battle at the Gilmore Stadium Sunday afternoon. Chicago is the only team that defeated Green Bay during the past season, winning by the score of 30 to 3. When the two teams met in their second game the Bears were leading, 10 to 0, at halftime, but the Packers swept to the front in the second half by scoring three touchdowns. Added to the natural rivalry between the two great grid machines is a personal note. Clark Hinkle was put on the All-Pro team as fullback over Bronko Nagurski, who received the same number of votes for the position. Ernie Smith of the Packers was given first place rating over Joe Stydahar, although the Bear tackle also had tied Smith. Sunday's game will be the first meeting between the two clubs since the All-Star team was selected and the four outstanding players will have their own private war, no doubt.
CHICAGO BEARS IN FOR ROUGH AFTERNOON WHEN THEY MEET GREEN BAY PACKERS AT GILMORE STADIUM SUNDAY
JAN 19 (Los Angeles) - On the basis of returns against the Los Angeles Bulldogs the aggressive Green Bay Packers will be heavy favorites to trim the Chicago Bears in Sunday's professional football gigantic at the Gilmore Stadium. Where the Bears could get but one touchdown against our local lads, the Packers practically pulverized Gus Henderson's hirelings. Most impressive feature of the Packers is their speed and determination. In comparison the Bears are sluggish and slow. Perhaps the Chicago players were not fired for their game a week ago. Bill Fleckenstein, who played with the Bears for many years after completing his intercollegiate career at Iowa, was on the Packers' bench Sunday. He told me that the Bears did not have their heart in their work when they met the Bulldogs. This may be so. All I can say is the Chicago players better bear down Sunday or they'll find the scoreboard plastered with Packer points. Hinkle and Monnett, Green Bay backs, are two of the hardest runners in captivity. The Green Bay line is better than the Chicago forward wall and it looked to me as if the Packers are blessed with more reserve strength. Don Hutson was supposed to put on a show Sunday with his pass catching, but snagged only two throws, both easy tosses. He is fast and takes the ball nicely, but the boys who have played against him say he is no great shucks on defense. Don's ability to turn back the other fellow wasn't tested much in the Rose Bowl game when Alabama slaughtered Stanford because the Reds rarely got the ball. Best chance the Bears have next Sunday, in my estimation, is to use most of the new players during the majority of the game. Perhaps Harry Myers can persuade the teams to play on a winner-take-all basis. This would insure plenty of fireworks, but it is unlikely that such an arrangement can be put over. Los Angeles will never gain a big league franchise for pro football until the game starts drawing better crowds here. Turnouts the past two Sundays have been very disappointing. I am told the backers of the Bulldogs are now more than $25,000 in the red for the season, with little hope in sight.
HALAS TAKES CHARGE OF CHICAGO BEARS AS PACKER GAME NEARS
JAN 20 (Hollywood) - George Halas, coach and owner of the Chicago Bears,was expected here today to take charge of his team as it tunes up for next Sunday's battle with the Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles. Luke Johnsos and Red Grange have been in charge, but the presence of Halas is expected to shake the Bears out of the sluggish attitude they have displayed thus far in their post-season games. The newspapers have been riding the Bears, and they are expected to be keyed for the Packers...TALK OF TOWN: The Green Bay squad is continuing its practice schedule under Coach E.L. Lambeau. The Packers have played great football on their Western trip and they are the talk of the town. Clarke Hinkle, fullback, had a big day last Sunday against the Los Angeles Bulldogs, and is receiving much favorable publicity. Bronko Nagurski, battering ram of the Bears, is making statements that he will "show up" Hinkle on Sunday. The Nag wants to stay on the coast and plans to play with the Bulldogs next season. Hinkle said today that he is just starting to play ball and if Nagurski thinks he will outplay him, the Nag will have to improve considerably. Bernie Scherer, former Nebraska end, is in line for extra praise, as he is playing both right and left ends and turning in a great job...WORK IS PLEASING: "Scherer's work in post-season games," Lambeau said, "is gratifying not only on defense but on offense. In the past three games he has been the best defensive end on the squad and is getting smarter in every contest." The Packers resumed practice this morning after a two-day layoff, and are working at Gilmore stadium. Gates were locked as the team will practice secretly all week.
COACH HALAS OF BEARS DUE HERE TODAY TO SUPERVISE WORKOUTS
JAN 20 (Los Angeles) - George Halas, owner and coach of the Chicago Bears, will arrive here today to take charge of his team for its important grid duel with the champion Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon at Gilmore Stadium. Halas will supervise today's practice session, slated for this afternoon at Wrigley Field. That his running attack will overwhelm the Bears' line is the claim of Curly Lambeau, coach
of the Packers, who is getting his squad ready for the game. Lambeau intends to shoot Clarke Hinkle, George Sauer, Joe Laws, Hank Bruder, Bob Monnett, Cal Clemens, Buckets Goldenberg and other hard-hitting backfield men against the Bears in an effort to tear down that heavy forward wall. Hinkle's ball-carrying performance against the Bulldogs last Sunday was the best witnessed in California in a long time and the fans are anxious to see what he can do against such linemen as George Musso, Joe Stydahar, Ed Michaels, Ookie Miller and Bill Karr.
ASSEMBLY REFUSES TO CONGRATULATE TEAMS
JAN 20 (Madison) - The assembly today refused today to concur in two senate resolutions congratulating Marquette University and the Green Bay Packers on their football success last season. It followed the advice of Assemblyman Genzmer, Democrat, Dodge County, that a flood of miscellaneous congratulatory messages should not be encouraged. Both resolutions were tabled.
CASHMAN ADDS PRO FOOTBALL TO LIST
JAN 21 (Madison) - Sen. John E. Cashman, veteran legislator, interested in butter and barley, added professional football to his list today. After the assembly turned down a joint resolution from the senate congratulating the Green Bay Packers on annexing the national professional football championship, as not "serious business", Cashman reintroduced and obtained unanimous adoption of a senate resolution complimenting Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau and his Packers upon their performance. "The name of the Packers belongs to Green Bay, but their fame and victories belong to Wisconsin," said Cashman.
HALAS HERE TO BOSS BEARS
JAN 21 (Los Angeles) - Demanding victory over the Green Bay Packers, George Halas of the Chicago Bears arrived in Los Angeles yesterday to take charge of his team for the big football game with the Packers at Gilmore Stadium Sunday afternoon. Owner-Coach Halas had his athletes out at Wrigley Field at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon and drilled them until dark. He was assisted by Red Grange and Luke Johnsos, who have had charge of the Bears in the other games played on the Pacific Coast...BEAT PACKERS ONCE: "Green Bay has a formidable team, but it is going to taste defeat Sunday afternoon," declared Halas. "The Bears defeated the Packers in the first game of the season and were leading at the end of the half in their second meeting. With the rivalry there is between the two clubs, I know the Bears will go on the field Sunday in right physical and mental shape to play the game of their lives. It is my plan to open with Bronko Nagurski at fullback, Carl Brumbaugh at quarterback, Johnny Sisk at right half and Beattie Feathers at left halfback. Although the Packers have an excellent running attack, I cannot see how it will be able to compare with that of the Bears...TICKET DEMAND: Halas cracked the whip hard over his perspiring athletes in the Wrigley Field workouts. No eastern pro grid team ever worked harder in practice than the Bears did yesterday. So heavy has been the demand for tickets for the game that the offices at the Gilmore Stadium will remain open the rest of the week in addition to Silverwood's ticket offices, according to Harry Myers of the American Legion. While the Bears worked out in the afternoon, Coach Curly Lambeau sent his players through their workout at Gilmore Stadium in the morning. In the last meeting of the two reams the Packers won the game by a strong running attack, but Lambeau appears to be concentrating on his pass offense in the practice sessions.
MARTY NORTON TAKEN BY MADISON OFFICERS
JAN 21 (Madison) - Martin Norton, 30, Altoona, Wis., magazine salesman, wanted by the Iowa state board of parole was arrested by Madison police last night. Des Moines authorities telegraphed police yesterday here asking them to watch for Norton and his automobile, the license number of which was provided. Norton, formerly a member of the Ripon college, Ripon, Wis., coaching staff, had served a team in the Iowa prison for forgery...PLAYED HERE IN 1925: Norton played football with the Green Bay Packers in 1925. He was a halfback. Norton had two years of professional football with the Minneapolis Marines.
BEARS POINT FOR PACKERS
JAN 22 (Hollywood, CA) - The Chicago Bears, 22 strong, coached by George Halas and Red Grange, are working out daily at Wrigley field at Los Angeles in preparation for next Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers at Gilmore stadium. Information indicates that the Bears never worked harder for a game. They have a great reputation out here and want to maintain it, as they didn't look very hot against the Los Angeles Bulldogs recently. Halas is all steamed up and is threatening dire things to the players who don't produce against the Packers...WORKS OUT DAILY: The Green Bay squad is working out daily at Gilmore stadium. There isn't a limp in the bunch so Coach E.L. Lambeau's only worry is to have the squad set mentally. During backfield drills Bob Monnett, Clarke Hinkle and Paul Miller have looked particularly good. All three can pivot and cut back with amazing speed, and without doubt their post-season drills are helping get the maximum out of all men who are willing to work. Today the entire squad was to inspect the MGM movie studio. The program has been lined up to include several publicity stunts. The boys enjoy these trips and it seems that the movie people enjoy having the team around. George Svendsen constantly in being kidded about his "screen test", and to date Lambeau has been unable to get Swede Johnston before the camera.
BILL HENRY SAYS
JAN 22 (Los Angeles) - "Those Green Bay Packers," said Harold (Red) Grange, "looked mighty tough against your Bulldogs last week - and they are tough - but I don't mind telling you that our Chicago Bears are in a pretty good frame of mind, too, and may surprise 'em at Gilmore on Sunday."...ENVIES THE ENEMY: While nothing would please the ex-Galloping Ghost better than to see his Bears rend the champion Packers limb from limb this week, the lad who made the icemen famous in his off seasons while at Illinois, thinks Green Bay is quite a spot. "The town," said Grange, "is nuts over football. The farmers come in from miles around for the games, they patronize the stores and agencies run by the football players and when the boys are through active football the Green Bay folks elect 'em to public office so that they continue to avoid work pretty successfully."...HE PICKS THE BEARS: Red admits that the Packers have a good team and an exceptional backfield but he can't get over the fact that the Bears beat 'em in their first game this last season and ran up 10 points on 'em in about five minutes in
their second game. Unfortunately, however, the Bears couldn't hang on to their 10-point lead and the Packers grabbed the duke. This Sabbath's contest therefore is somewhat in the way of a rubber game and the very fact that Bear Coach-Owner George Halas dashed all the way out from Chicago to look after his lads indicate that the Packers aren't the only ones taking this game seriously...FRESHMAN STARS: Grange thinks that the young ones on his team are due to develop into stars, if, in fact, they haven't already reached that status. He regards tackle Stydahar, the West Virginia giant, as one of the very best in the business and thinks guard Michaels, the scrappy Villanovan, is one of the most aggressive and active youngsters in the game. Grange says that year in and year out the smaller colleges turn out the players of unusual ability and thinks they'd pretty near monopolize professional football if it wasn't for the desire of the managers of the teams to have some "big names" on their squads...WELL - IT'S A LIVING: Pro football, thinks Grange, is a pretty good racket for the boys no matter whether they have the good luck to strike a town like Green Bay or not. They'll average pretty close to $150 per game each, the newer players getting a bit less and the big shot stars like Nagurski considerably more, but with a schedule of pretty close to twenty games and all expenses paid when on the road a cash and carry gridder can do pretty well for himself. If he's energetic and smart enough to pick himself up some sort of a sideline to carry him along the other eight months of the year he can do mighty well by himself...GRANGE LIKES HEWITT: Red is still a great admirer of the ex-Michigan end, Bill (Offside) Hewitt, who has announced his retirement from professional football after several starring years with the Bears. "Never saw a guy play as hard as that guy," says Red. "After every game he's covered with bruises from head to foot, but they never get him hurt enough to leave the game." Red thinks Hewitt's retirement may have a tinge of Bernhardt to it as Bill is so battered at the end of every season he announced he's through, but he's all healed up again by September and rarin' to go. Red hopes that'll be the case again this year.
YOUNG BEARS GET CHANCE
JAN 22 (Los Angeles) - First year players on the Chicago Bear team will play an important part in the game against the Green Bay Packers when the team battle it out at the Gilmore Stadium Sunday afternoon, reports George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears. Halas is placing great confidence in Ed Michaels, a guard; Ray Nolting, a fleet halfback, and Joe Stydahar, a 230-pound tackle. He claims that the new players on the squad this year helped make the Bears a threat for first place honors in the National pro league...VETS TOTE LOAD: Most of the work Sunday for the Bears will fall on the shoulders of veteran ball carries. Johnny (Big Train) Sisk, Carl Brumbaugh, Beattie Feathers and Bronko Nagurski have been nominated to start in the Chicago backfield by Coach Halas. The Bears have gone into every game they played this season favorites to win but they will play the roll of underdogs Sunday. The Packers' great offense, featuring the long gains of Clarke Hinkle and Bob Monnett, looked like one of the smoothest running football machine ever seen on the Pacific Coast against the Bulldogs last Sunday...THORPE TO ATTEND: Jim Thorpe, former Carlisle star, and one of the greatest fullbacks of all time, will be on hand to see Bronko Nagurski of the Bears and Clarke Hinkle of the Packers in their ball carrying duel. After drilling his men at Wrigley Field yesterday morning, Coach Halas complimented Assistant Coaches Red Grange and Luke Johnsos for the fine condition the Bears are in and said that work today and tomorrow would be devoted merely to polishing up the play that will be used in Sunday's battle.
REFUSE PRAISE FOR GREEN BAY
JAN 22 (Madison) - Whether or not Green Bay, in the Green Bay Packers, has the best professional football team in the world is a matter of little moment to the members of the Wisconsin state assembly, it was disclosed here. Members of the legislature's lower house refused to endorse a resolution congratulating the Packers, and Marquette, on their completion of highly successful season, because the matter was "too trivial." The senator, where the resolution originated, was indirectly rebuked by the assembly, usually considered the less dignified of the two houses, when the question was tabled by the lower body..GOING TO FAR: Elmer L. Genzmer (D), Mayville, in moving for tabling, said: "I am as proud of Marquette university as any assemblyman here, but when we start congratulating athletic achievements we're going to far." Similar reasons were advanced by A.R. Ludvigsen (R), Hartland, for tabling the Packer resolution. Scattered laughter from the house greeted the Genzmer and Ludvigsen motions. Angered at the refusal of the state assembly to approve a senate resolution congratulating the Green Bay Packers on their highly successful past football season, Senator John Cashman (P), Denmark, Thursday took matters into his own hands, introduced a senate resolution in praise of the Packers, and secured its adoption by a unanimous vote...BELONG TO STATE: "It's a shame," said Senator Cashman of the assembly's tabling of the congratulatory resolution. "The name of the Packers belongs to Green Bay, but the deeds and the victories of those splendid men belong to Wisconsin and are enrolled among its priceless treasures. The Green Bay Packers have met and vanquished the greatest football teams of the nation. They have written high on the scroll of football fame and football immortality the name of Wisconsin, from New York and Boston, to Chicago, and from Chicago to San Francisco and to the shores of the morning land of Asia. A resolution to give them the honor and credit that is their due must not die in the Wisconsin Legislature."
"LONGSHOT PARLAY" TABBED BY HOGSKIN HANDICAP
JAN 23 (Los Angeles) - Like parlays? Well, if you do, risk a modest chunk of folding money on these
dusky steeds in tomorrow's hogskin handicap at Gilmore Stadium: (1) Johnny Sisk and Ray Nolting to outgain Clark Hinkle and Bronko Nagurski, and (2) Ed Michaels and Joe Stydahar to outrage that "peace on earth, good will to men" business at the expense of Lon Evans and Ernie Smith...GOOD BETS, THESE: If the gridiron gee-gees run true to form tomorrow, these parlays will feather your nest. Sisk and Nolting were the best backs fielded by the Chicago Bears in their appearance here several weeks ago, completely overshadowing the more famous Nagurski and Beattie Feathers. And granted that Hinkle, Green Bay's all-National League fullback, is one of the hardest-running backs local fans have ever seen, it's a good longshot bet that the Bucknell battering ram will be outdone today by Sisk and Nolting...VETERAN PRO: Sisk, a former Marquette star, is an old hand in the pro pastime and always has been a great player for the Bears, but Nagurski generally grabbed the headlines. Nolting, fresh out of Cincinnati University, was simply astonishing in his debut against the Los Angeles Bulldogs. Nolting reminds you of Russ Saunders - stocky, shifty and terribly hard to stop. Keep your glasses trained on this splendid pair of gallopers. As Oscar Otis, the steed selector, would say: "Johnny Sisk, 187, stable has him ready. Ray Nolting, 185, speed to spare - look out!" Villanova and West Virginia U. can be thanked for producing two of the toughest linemen uncovered in the National League in years - Ed Michaels and Joe Stydahar. This pair of rugged rookies all but murdered the Bulldogs two weeks ago. Michaels, built like a blockhouse, never wears a headguard and dearly loves the going when it escapes the bounds of humaneness and borders on the brutal. Stydahar, a big raw-boned farmer not unlike the Bay Bridge in stature, was Public Enemy No. 1 and 2, so far as the Bulldogs were concerned...BEARS SLIGHTED: The Packer pair, Evans and Smith, were placed on the 1936 all-league team, but there was much snickering in the vicinity of the Bears' lair when the announcement was made, as some of the Bears thought that Messrs. Michaels and Stydahar had been slighted. Once again, Savant Otis will perch on the podium and present his picks: "Ed Michaels, 197, loves rough going; never quite. Joe Stydahar, 230, this one is a hard hitter." And if you're on the lookout for a sure thing - Tomorrow's best best - The Packers by six.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
JAN 23 (Green Bay) - Give a hand to the Wisconsin state senate for not taking itself so seriously that it couldn't pass a resolution of praise for the Green Bay Packers and the honors they brought this commonwealth during the 1936 football season. The assembly, as you know, voted to table the resolution, referring to the matter as "too trivial" to occupy its valuable time. I don't remember how many days the assembly used in listening to itself talk last year, but I do know that the same amount of time required in tabling the measure praising the Packers could have been used in passing the resolution, and nobody's feeling would have been hurt. I wonder how long it would take the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce to pass a resolution commending the Packers, if the Green Bay squad decided to remain and play in California? Or how it would take any other state assembly than ours to congratulate a team which did as much for its people? Not that the Packers need a resolution by the Wisconsin state assembly to be a great football team. The men who in their wisdom and clear-headedness guide part of Wisconsin's destinies didn't do any blocking for the team last year, and their lack of interest in the Packers' accomplishments makes their knowledge of football a matter of considerable doubt. So why get excited about it? The assembly, with dignity and seriousness, has decided that the Packers' world championship is a matter too trivial for the 25 seconds which would be required to pass a resolution of gratitude and congratulations. May the assemb;y never be troubled with a less important resolution.
PACKERS MEET CHICAGO BEARS
JAN 23 (Los Angeles) - Meeting on a neutral battle ground for a post-season grid conflict, the mighty Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears hook up at Gilmore stadium here tomorrow. California is experiencing sharp weather, to the rival warriors from the Midwest, but slightly foreign to Southern California football fans. A crowd of 15,000 is expected. The Packers, national champions, who handed Los Angeles pro fans a severe jolt last Sunday in slaughtering the Bulldogs, 49 to 0, are favored to trim the Bears, but admittedly face terrific opposition...NOT KEYED UP: The Bears nosed out the Los Angeles club, 7 to 0, two weeks ago to give the local customers their only basis of comparison, but there is a strong suspicion that the Bears were far from keyed up for the game. Whether the Bears are keyed or not, the fact remains that the Packers boast the spirit and morale of a fired-up college squad, and have men to turn this attitude into a winning combination. Owner-Coach George Halas of the Bears made a special trip to the Coast to take charge of his team for this game, and with Assistant Luke Johnsos and the great Harold (Red) Grange, put his squad through a stiff routine this week. "We want to win this game; you can bet on that," Halas declared emphatically. Bronko Nagurski, 230-pound battering ram fullback of the Bears, who lost his all-National league position to Clarke Hinkle of the Packers, likewise predicted a hard battle...LOTS OF ZIPPER: "The way the boys have been training this week, it looks like they've regained their old zipper," he said. "We are most anxious to get this crack at the Packers." The Bears defeated the Packers early last season, 30 to 3, but lost the next one, 21 to 10. They may use several new additions to the club tomorrow. The starting backfield probably will consist of Johnny Sisk, Carl Brumbaugh, Beattie Feathers and Nagurski. The Packers are almost compelled to draw straws to select their ball carriers, with Hinkle, Bob Monnett, Arnold Herber and Joe Laws certain to see plenty of service. It required several hours for the club to agree on officials. Meyer Morris, former National league official, came out with the Bears and worked the Bear-Bulldog game. Coach E.L. Lambeau refused to allow him to work tomorrow, which caused a disagreement. Finally the clubs settled on Dempsey, Fox, Young and Bowen, all veteran officials on the coast...BEARS ARE UNDERDOGS: For the first time in many years, the Bears will take the field as underdogs. The betting is 2 to 1 or 14 points. "Personally, I feel there is not that much difference in the clubs," Lambeau stated, "and I would rather be underdog than in the present position. Our squad is in good shape for the contest, as we have played three games without an injury. It has not been necessary to call a doctor for anyone. Hinkle had a great day last Sunday and the scribes have been writing about him all week. He ran the ends for long gains, plunging through the line for big yardage and his blocking and defensive play was brilliant. In fact, he looked like the perfect back and justly deserved all the publicity he is receiving."
PACKERS, BEARS TO RESUME GRID WARFARE TODAY
JAN 24 (Los Angeles) - The Martins and the Coys, those feudin' mountain boys, had nothing on the Packers and the Bears. For when those grid giants battle, their skull begin to rattle, as they crease each others' scalps with folding chairs. And if you think this ditty is annointed with the juice of the prune, best you rent a suit of armor and go out to Gilmore Stadium this afternoon where the moleskinned mastodons will meet in mortal combat. Nothing much is at stake, not even the football championship of Norway, but that slight discrepancy will in no wise deter the determined football foes from dismembering each other at will...PACKERS FAVORED: Although the burly Bears battered the Packers, 30 to 3, early last season, Curly Lambeau's boys are favored to thwack their ancient enemy today, largely because of their impressive 49-0 win over the Los Angeles Bulldogs last Sunday. The best the cumbersome Chicago crew could do with the Bulldog was eke out a 7-0 margin. Green Bay, with the great Clarke Hinkle, Bounding Bobby Monnett and the peerless passing pair, Arnold Herber and Don Hutson, apparently packs too many guns for the Bears, although George Halas has a raft of brilliant performers in Bronko Nagurski, Johnny Sisk, Ray Nolting and Beattie Feathers..."THREE H'S" FEARED: The offensive edge, if any, is Green Bay's, because of the "Three H's" - Hinkle, Herber and Hutson. Right now Hinkle is a better fullback than Nagurski and the Bears certainly haven't anything to compare with Herber and Hutson. Sisk and Nolting, however, are probably on a par with Monnett and Green Bay's other ball toter, George Sauer. The Chicago quarterback, Carl Brumbaugh, is one of the craftiest in the game. It's a thing of beauty the way he rattles off the numbers. If the boys really let both barrels go today there should be a stirring hand-to-hand combat in the front line trenches. The Bears have a great pair of tackles in Joe Stydahar and George Musso, but are they better than Ernie Smith and Tar Schwammel? The margin, if any, is no thicker than a slice of ham in a drug store sandwich. Ed Michaels, who was the outstanding Bear lineman against the Bulldogs, hasn't anything on Lon Evans, the giant Texan who toils for dear old Lambeau Tech...POTENT PIVOT PAIR: There isn't much to choose from between the two centers - Ookie Miller and George Svendsen - both having shown more here than "Stripsy Rose" Lee, the exotic epidermis exposer. Your pro pigskin observer is picking the Packers today because of the reasons aforementioned and also because they seem to have more fire than the marauders from the Midway. Several of the Bears are eligible for old-age pensions right now.