Chicago Bears (1-0) 41, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 10
Sunday September 22nd 1940 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers once again today found themselves in the unenviable position of picking up the pieces after an unmerciful thumping by the Chicago Bears, and reforming their battle lines for a NFL campaign. The score was 41 to 10, as the Bears overlooked the tale of the statistics at City stadium Sunday afternoon, and shoved home six touchdowns on a combination of spectacular blocking, alert ball carrying and an effective use of the forward pass. Although the Packers made 19 first downs to five for the Bears, and generally dominated the statistical end of the afternoon, the Bruins were the better team yesterday, and they proved it by taking advantage of a Packer defense that at stages became positively hapless. They ripped off long runs for touchdowns, sent backs across the last stripe standing up, unimpeded by Packer defenders, and when the struck through the air, they struck for keeps, with touchdown tags on the leather. The whole rough affair was witnessed by a crowd of 22,557, largest ever to witness a football game in Green Bay. The stadium wouldn't hold any more. The game followed the pattern of Packer-Bear competition tested through two decades of professional football. It was extremely rough, was bitterly fought and was won when the Bears turned against the Packers their own weapon - the forward pass. For the aerial game of the Packers was sadly off form yesterday. Arnold Herber, Cecil Isbell and Hal Van Every all tried, and while they completed 12 out of 30 attempts among them, only one carried the famous Green Bay scoring label, and most of the rest were for minor gains. On the other hand, the Bears reached up and pulled down no less than seven Green Bay passes, intended for more pleasant destinations, and on several occasions they turned this alertness into touchdowns. The Packers literally fought out their hearts against the Bears. Some of them were so tired that they hardly could drag themselves from the field, the list including prominently one Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, who played himself off his feet and into whatever hall of fame is reserved for linemen who don't know when they're licked. That's the sad part of it - the Packers were licked yesterday, beaten to a standstill, chased back against their goal line again and again, beaten by the widest margin in the entire 43-game Packer-Bears rivalry. Now they face the job of reforming the broken pieces, and seeing just how much of championship form they can regain for the nine remaining games of their National league schedule. Only once did the Packers hold the lead, and that margin lasted only until the Bears could get down the field for the next kickoff. The champions set three points on the board midway through the first period, on a field goal from the 27-yard line by Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen. The lone Green Bay touchdown occurred early in the third period, as the Packers battled valiantly to engineer a rally against a 21 to 3 disadvantage. It was scored on a 6-year old combination, Herber to Hutson, as the pair stuck together a 36-yard forward pass play which caught the Bears napping, and when Hutson added the extra point on a placement kick the score was 21 to 10. At that time, it appeared as though the Packers carried the dynamite to overcome the big lead, but the Bruins plastered home three more touchdowns before quitting time, and they did it with an alertness that had the Packers looking listless. The Packers started off so magnificently that there was a suspicion that perhaps the Bears were overrated. Clarke Hinkle's smooth running, with incidental line smashes by Andy Uram and Larry Craig, moved the ball across the midfield after the opening kickoff, but before the advance could get really threatening Ray Nolting intercepted an inaccurate pass by Herber, and kept the ball near the center of the gridiron. Then came the first big fooler. It was fourth down for the Bears, with 10 yards to go, and this was the time selected to show the Green Bay fans what the Bears have in charging, twisting George McAfee of Duke university. McAfee went back into punt formation, but instead of kicking he darted suddenly around left end, violating every fundamental rule of football generalship. It caught the Packers sound asleep, and before Uram and Carl Mulleneaux collaborated to halt the young fellow he had raced 44 yards and attained a first down 14 yards from the Packer goal. As it happened, the attempt fizzled, for when the Bears could not produce another first down, Jack Manders was unveiled and tried a field goal which failed. Back down the field roared the Packers, giving evidence that this time they couldn't be denied. Packer linemen tore wide holes in the Chicago forward wall and through them ripped Hinkle and Uram for steady gains. The advance reached midfield, stalled temporarily for an exchange of punts, and then was resumed when McAfee's return kick went out of bounds on the 50-yard line. Uram darted into right tackle, broke into the clear and sped away on a 27-yard run which set the ball on the Bears 23. Three plays later the ball was on the 18, and Engebretsen trotted out to make his successful placement. The score was 3 to 0.
GALLOPS 90 YARDS
Came Surprise No. 2, Engebretsen kicked off to McAfee, who tucked the leather under his wing on the Bears' 10-yard line, and lit out for the opposite goal, 90 yards away. He ran past rows of Packers, shook off occasional restraining hands, and didn't pull up until he was under the Packer goal posts with a touchdown to his credit. He was only molested seriously twice. Mulleneaux made a diving try for the tackle as he crossed the Bears' 40, and down near Packer pay dirt Dick Weisgerber, trying to reach him, was blocked halfway to the East river. Dick Plasman kicked the extra point, the score was 7 to 3, and the Packers never caught up. Late in the first period the Bears launched a march which produced their second touchdown. It went for 80 yards, the biggest collection of ground being acquired on a forward pass from Sid Luckman to Bob Swisher, good for 51 yards and a first down on the Green Bay 39.
GOBBLE UP 38 YARDS
On the first play of the second period Luckman and Ken Kavanugh collaborated on a pass play which erased 38 yards in one gulp, and put the ball three years from the Packer goal. Even at that, it took the Bears four plays to ram it over, the final effort sending Bill Osmanski across standing up, after three previous attempts had been stalled. Manders kicked the extra point, and the score was 14 to 3. The rest of the half was indecisive, marked by a series of punt exchanges and the trading of pass interceptions. The ball was near midfield when the intermission arrived. On the initial play of the third period the Bears took advantage of the careless Packer defense for the third time. Nolting got under Hinkle's kickoff on the Bruins' 2-yard line, raced out to the 40, sidestepped Bill Lee and wasn't touched again until he was behind the Packer goal. He had great protection from Plasman for the last 40 yards, but almost stumbled on the Green Bay 30 to prevent the score.
MAKES SECOND TRY
Bob Snyder was given two tries for the extra point, made the second, and the Bears had a 21 to 3 lead. There followed a few minutes during which the Packers regained their first period form, at least long enough to score a touchdown. They took the kickoff on the Green Bay 24-yard line, and marched straight down the field, 76 yards to score. The first big punch was a 37-yard forward pass gain, Herber to Uram, which set the ball on the Bears' 38, and Uram added a couple more yards at tackle. Herber threw a pass which Hutson caught out of bounds. The Packers suddenly broke out a play which had the Bears flatfooted. Hutson sped out from left end, cut to the right past McAfee and crossed the goal line, turning to take Herber's high pass in stride. Hutson also kicked the goal, and the score was 21 to 10. Some seven or eight minutes later the Packers were underway in high style, seemingly on their way to another touchdown, and they lost the ball by failure to protect their forward passers. Several times during the march Herber faded back for tosses, only to find inrushing Bears swarming about him. Once, with the ball on the Chicago 15-yard line, he was set back for a 13-yard loss just because no blockers were in evidence, and on the next play he was practically alone in the backfield as the Bears climbed on him, knocked the ball from his hands and recovered to avert a touchdown threat. A new Packer team entered the game at this point, and for a time the line charged hard, but the backfield was helpless on pass defense, and a Luckman to Swisher bomb picked up 55 yards for a first down seven yards from the Green Bay goal.
WORK LATERAL FORWARD
The Bears played around for a few downs, and then Luckman flipped a lateral to McAfee, who fired the ball across the goal line to Kavanaugh for a touchdown. Artoe kicked the extra point and the score was 28 to 10 in the Bears' favor - the ball game. The last two Bear touchdowns came as a result of wild Packer passing, leading to interceptions. The Packers got close enough at one point to throw passes over the Bear goal line, but none of them stuck and the Bruins took the ball. Early in the fourth period Herber, trying to hit Hutson from a point deep in Green Bay territory, had a toss intercepted by Harry Clark, who filtered back 20 yards through mildly protesting Packers to the 8-yard line. Two plays later Osmanski messed up the deal with a fumble, Goldenberg recovering on the Packer 15. Out came the Packers for a ways, but the advance stalled and Herber punted. The next time the Packers had the ball Isbell tried to pass, but one toss went directly into the gloves of Clark, and the Bears again were busy in Packer country.
GOES OVER TACKLE
With the ball on the Green Bay 10 McAfee drove home through left tackle, going over without a man touching him forcefully, and the score was 34 to 10, the Bears muffing the extra point try. The Packers accepted the kickoff, and almost immediately Luckman intercepted an Isbell pass to check any ideas of further Green Bay scoring. A Bear touchdown was prevented by Hutson, who intercepted Clark's forward pass behind the Packer goal line. The Packers couldn't get out, as Solly Sherman intercepted Isbell's pass, and the next time Green Bay took possession a Van Every toss was picked off by Joe Maniaci, who ripped off a 26-yard return to the Packer 39. The Bears added one final insulting touch. Ken Kavanaugh accepted a toss from Snyder and weaved through the desperately tired Packers to the goal line. Manders kicked the points, and the score was 41 to 10. There was time for just one kickoff and line play after that.
CHI BEARS - 7 7 14 13 - 41
GREEN BAY - 3 0 7 0 - 10
1ST- GB - Tiny Engebretsen, 27-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1ST - CHI - George McAfee, 90-yard kickoff return (Dick Plasman kick) CHICAGO BEARS 7-3
2ND - CHI - Bill Osmanski, 1-yard run (Jack Manders kick) CHICAGO BEARS 14-3
3RD - CHI - Ray Nolting, 97-yard kickoff return (Bob Snyder kick) CHICAGO BEARS 21-3
3RD - GB - Don Hutson, 36-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Hutson kick) CHICAGO BEARS 21-10
3RD - CHI - Ken Kavanaugh, 8-yard pass from McAfee after lateral from Luckman (Lee Artoe kick) CHICAGO BEARS 28-10
4TH - CHI - McAfee, 10-yard run (Joe Maniaci kick blocked) CHICAGO BEARS 34-10
4TH - CHI - Kavanaugh, 39-yard pass from Bob Snyder (Manders kick) CHICAGO BEARS 41-10
PACKER FANS ARE STUNNED BY GRID ROUT
SEPT 22 (Green Bay) - One Green Bay fan summed up the whole thing in a perfect nutshell: "Looks like the taverns are going to be full of no people tonight." That was the reaction of Packer boosters who had a hard time believing the 41 to 10 score was correct. And there was quite a few people in the Packer stadium Sunday afternoon. They came from all sections of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Illinois. All that was missing was the Packers. They were present but as far as the fans were concerned, and the score showed, they were just present, that's all...George McAfee, who promises to be the league's sensation in the very near future (if he isn't that now) was given a great ovation after his 90 yard touchdown run. As the teams lined up for the extra point, Owner-Coach George Halas of the Bears took George out of the lineup and the crowd stood and cheered the dodger from Duke...Editor's note - This paragraph was supposed to be an interview with a Packer fan, asking what he thought of the Packer play, but it failed to get by the censors...With seven minutes left to play, the Bears made it 31 to 10 and the fans started a rush for the exits. They just couldn't stand it any more. Several weeks ago Red Grange said McAfee would be the talk of the league. Guess he meant it.
SCHULTZ IS LOST FOR TWO WEEKS AS LEG IS DISLOCATED
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - Charley Schultz, big right tackle of the Green Bay Packers, was the chief casualty of the Bear-Packer game yesterday, and he received an injury which will put him out of action indefinitely. After Schultz was carried from the field yesterday, Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician, discovered that he had acquired a sprained ankle, and a displacement of the bone in his lower leg. He will be out for at least two weeks, and perhaps longer. Otherwise, there were fewer injuries than result usually from games between the Packers and Bears. Guard Tiny Engbretsen and halfback Joe Laws both were bumped severely in the legs, but there were no fractures. Halfback Andy Uram received a blow on an arm nerve, but will be all right before the Packers play the Cardinals in Milwaukee next Sunday.
NO BETTER PREPARED SQUAD EVER WAS MET BY GREEN BAY
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - The Bears were ready. Probably no team ever came to Green Bay better prepared for onslaught. To beat the Packers by 41 to 10 as the Bears did at City stadium Sunday, a football machine has to be clicking on all cylinders. The Bears clicked. George Halas, coach and owner of the Bears, was aiming at this one. He had old scores to settle and a new championship to think of. Unless his team cools off by several degrees, it is going to be very hard to beat. Halas was exuberant beyond description when the game was over. In his suite at the Hotel Northland he credited victory to the excellent manner in which his team carried out assignments. Hardly an original thought, it is the answer to many wins. However, the manner in which the Bears were given their assignments in something else...SCOUTED EVERY PLAY: When George brought Hunk Anderson and Luke Johnsos plus 16 players to Green Bay a week ago for the Packers-Philadelphia game, plays used by Coach E.L. Lambeau were charted by the individuals with reference to their defensive positions. No ordinary scouting trip, the visit was very much a part of what took place yesterday. Saturday night Halas had dinner with the team at the Northland. A meeting followed at which every man on the squad took an examination on what to do, and when to do it. They carried notebooks in the manner of attending school, and Sunday morning they went through another preparedness check. No chink in the Packers' armor was overlooked. Master charts carried by the coaches showed how victory could be achieved. From the coaches the case was handed to the players. They produced. Halas believes that the long runs by George McAfee, rookie from Duke university, provided the extra punch that made the Bears great yesterday. It proved that Bert Bell, Philadelphia coach, wasn't fooling when he tabbed McAfee to be one of the backfield finds of the year. Bell drew McAfee in the draft, but Halas wound up with him on a trade...PLAYS WELL PLANNED: The Bear coach termed the kickoff tallies by McAfee and Ray Nolting "breaks", but nothing so well planned could come under the generally accepted use of that term. It was a coach's dream come true. The boys had learned their lessons well, and executed them wisely. Four rookies stood out on the Halas squad. Besides McAfee they were Ken Kavanaugh, end from Louisiana State; Lee Artoe, tackle from California; and Joseph Mihal, tackle from Purdue. Edward Kolman, tackle from Temple, was fooled a little at the start, but Hunk Anderson cited his later play as one of the Bears' bright spots. Statistically, in every way but the final score, the Packers won. They made 19 first downs to five for the Bears, and outrushed and outpassed the invaders in yardage. Several persons compared the debacle to the Green Bay-New York playoff game of last December. It was another instance of one team being so hot that everything the opposition presented looked much worst than it actually was. The Packers are an offensive ball club. The offense was taken out of their hands by the Bears, and defense crumbled before the well-times Chicago attack...HAS GREAT DAY: Halas praised the efforts of two Packer veterans, Don Hutson and Clarke Hinkle. The latter had one of his greatest days at fullback. Assorted opinion after the contest, however, was that his relief was inadequate. The game had all the bitterness that Packer-Bear tussled always have, but Hutson remarked later that "we can't alibi this one on dirty play." And Carl Storck, president of the National league who was present, saw the epitome of good sideline behavior by coaches in Halas, Johnsos and Anderson. For the most part they sat on the bench and left the gridiron activities to the players and officials on the field. Once Halas rose in protest, and the crowd started to get on him. Referee John B. Kelly proved Halas to be right. With no verbal opposition from the Packers, he was given the yardage he demanded. It was difficult to obtain any clear-cut opinion of the result of the fact that the Bears so completely routed the Packers. Red Dunn, former Packer and Marquette assistant; Paddy Driscoll, Marquette head coach; Tarzan Taylor, Marquette line coach; George Trafton, Bears' center in the early days of the Green Bay-Chicago rivalry; Lavvie Dilweg, one of the greatest ends in Packer history, and others crowded the Halas suite, but the conversation was for the most part general. The Bears had to make a train at 6:30, and there was little time for diagnosis of the play. That had all gone before...DIDN'T SEND TELEGRAM: Halas, incidentally, disclaims the statement published Friday to the effect that the Bears were undertrained. The telegram quoted was sent from the Delafield training camp, but Rocky Wolf, Bears' publicity chief, did the writing. Halas' first knowledge of it - he says - was when he read it in the paper. "You know that I had more to do getting set for this game than making statements by telegram," he said and added that he has not broken his custom of calling wins or losses before a game. The Chicago team had a considerable following here. In the Halas party alone were Mrs. Halas, Virginia Halas, George Halas, Jr., Betty Jane Fox, and Barbara Jean Halas. The latter is the daughter of Frank Halas, secretary of the Bears. Virginia Halas is the daughter of George. This was her first trip to Green Bay, but George, Jr., has been here several times. Miss Fox, a friend of Virginia, is a cousin of Mrs. Leonard Liebman of this city. The day was perfect for spectators, if a little hot for players. Between halves the Packer management arranged another colorful show with the club's own band and the Ironwood, Mich., Sons of the American Legion drum corps providing the entertainment. Both found fan favor, with the latter unit winning approval of the outstanding organizations brought here...BUMS HIS WAY DOWN: Seeing his first Packer game since the Packers played in his hometown in 1938 was George Olesnevich, show shine boy from Ironwood, Mich., who bummed his way down and shined shoes in several Green Bay taverns to make his expenses. The kid was just as disappointed in the result as hometown Packer followers of many years standing. Fred Schuette, grid follower and one of the chief supporters of the baseball Bluejays, was one of the few who before the game didn't look for another easy Packer win. One of the amazing things about the game was the manner in which fans were prepared to accept the always tough Bear team as just another ball squad. They know better now. Johnny Blood, Jim Gillette and Beattie Feathers of the Kenosha Cardinals, erstwhile Packers, were on hand. Gillette still hopes to make the Packers, and the management has retained strings on him. The former Virginia halfback accepted the farming out to Kenosha as an effort to gain experience and hopes to back with Green Bay next fall. Coach Lambeau has called him an outstanding defensive back. The victory was a great birthday gift for Hunk Anderson, who didn't disclose any numbers but admitted that he was "over 21" yesterday. The previous day was the natal anniversary of Bert Noelle, avid follower of the Bears and personal friend of Halas...CHEERS FOR BEARS: Bob Maypole, one of the greatest automobile race drivers of his day and part owner of the old Stutz motor company, was another who cheered for the Bears from Saturday evening on. He is a Chicago garage owner, and has a summer house near Minocqua. Jimmy Ford, Green Bay's gift to the Minocqua baseball team, lived at the Maypole summer estate part of last summer. Diehard Packer fans who felt the loss keenly enough but had to put up with "I told you so" comments of friends were Mr. and Mrs. O.E. (Slim) Borst, Waukegan, former Green Bay residents. With them was Elynor Patton and Nic Nelson of Chicago, who were strong for the Bears. It was an unhappy ride home for the Borsts. The autographed football given way at the game went to Byron Bowlby of Appleton. Like the winner of a week ago, Bowlby would not dispose of the ball but chose to keep it as a treasured souvenir. St. Willebrord's church was the house of worship for Halas and several of th4e Packers Sunday morning. It recalled the statement by a non-Catholic player a few years ago to the effect that Halas was "very superstitious" in that he never will miss mass...SEES TROUBLE AHEAD: Jimmy Conzelman must have been one of the unhappier persons present. With his Cardinals he encounters the Bears Wednesday night, and then takes on the Packers at Milwaukee next Sunday. Did someone say suicide? Maybe not, but it doesn't sound healthy. One of the Cardinals' scouts at the game was the Rev. Edward Daly, Chicago priest, said to be outstanding at charting football strength and weakness. There was a slight blight on the gala days for the Bears when Frank Korch, a sportswriter for Collier's magazine, and Virginia Goodwin, secretary to George Halas, were bruised when the car driven by Edward Goldman left the highway near Sturtevant on the way back to Chicago from Green Bay. Before selling the Packers short because of the rout, it would be well to recall 1936 when the Bears came down to beat the Packers by 30 to 3, and Green Bay won the championship. Halas said then as he said yesterday, "Don't kid yourself, the Packers are a great ball team." That may be small solace for Coach Lambeau today. It was Don Clancy who asked, "Do you suppose Curly has McAfee nerves?"
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - The Packers are in precisely the same spot today as they were in 1936, when a rough and tumble team of Chicago Bears tore up the sod of City stadium and buried beneath it what was supposed to be a great football team, by the previously unprecedented score of 30 to 3. The Packers recoiled from the humiliating pasting to take the National league championship, losing not another game for the balance of the season, and inflicting upon the Bears in Chicago a smart 21 to 10 drubbing. This doesn't mean that the same thing is going to happen again, but it does show that great teams can be taken apart, can find themselves again, and forget about past performances in future achievements. The alarming part of the Packer loss yesterday was not that the Bears ran up the largest score in the long rivalry between the two teams. Nor was it that the Bears look strong and powerful. The score might have been 61 to 10 without further altering the fact that the Bears were on and the Packers off - and the Bears always look strong and powerful. The grief comes more directly from the fact that the Packer reserves do not appear as strong as they were believed to be. When dog tired vets left the game yesterday, they were placed generally by young players who displayed a guilelessness upon forward pass defense and an inability to protect their own passers which boded much future work for the Green Bay coaching staff. If a team is no stronger than its reserves, then there will be more iron man assignments laid out this season in the Packer campaign than were planned originally, when the replacements seemed to carry their own loads so well against the All-Stars and Washington. But, as we said, that's just the way things looked in this one game. There's a long season ahead and the Packers have executed about-faces before. And as 1936 reveals, there's a precedent for great things, all established and ready to use...The Packers' scoring yesterday was restricted to two players, Don Hutson and Tiny Engebretsen. Hutson, who ranks third on the Green Bay all-time scoring list, made his 40th
touchdown as a Packer in a National league competition, and kicked his ninth extra point. He now has 249 points over a period of six seasons, and is 31 points behind Clarke Hinkle, the holder of second place. Tiny kicked his 15th field goal as a Packer National leaguer, which enabled him to tie Hinkle for the most number of goals booted from the field. Added to the 41 extra points he has kicked for Green Bay, Engebretsen has 86 points, and is tied with Lavvie Dilweg for ninth position on the big list. He is the highest scoring lineman in all Packer history.
NOVAKOFSKY STARS AS CHIEFS TRIUMPH
SEPT 23 (Buffalo) - The Milwaukee Chiefs professional football team routed the Buffalo Indians, 23-0, yesterday before 12,000 fans. Obbie Novakofsky tossed a pass to Chuck Myre for the first touchdown in the opening period. A 30-yard field goal by Eckl and a 15-yard lunge by Novakofski in the second period gave the Chiefs a 16-0 halftime lead. Blaha plunged over for the final score in the third quarter.
PACKERS WORK TO CORRECT MISTAKES MADE AGAINST BEARS; TACKLE CARDINALS SUNDAY
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - A stinging reminder of their many missed assignments against the Chicago Bears Sunday was given the Green Bay Packers today as they drilled for their third NFL game of the season, an engagement with the Chicago Cardinals at State Fair park, Milwaukee, next Sunday afternoon. The humiliating 41-10 pasting which the Bears tagged onto the Packers - highest victory margin in the 43-game series between the teams - hit the Green Bay players harder in spirit than it did physically. As a matter of fact, tackle Charley Schultz is the only Packer unlikely to see action against the Cardinals Sunday, his dislocated leg keeping him on the sidelines. Coach Curly Lambeau had a lot to say today, as the team resumed its outdoor drill schedule. "Of course, we feel pretty badly about that defeat," he commented, "and we will be waiting anxiously to meet the Bears again. Despite the size of the score, we are not in the least alarmed concerning the future, and we do not think that the margin between the teams in anywhere near as bad as pictured." The coach pointed out that the situation appears similar to that of 1936, when the Packers absorbed a 30-3 licking by the Bears here, and then went on to finish the balance of the season undefeated, winning the National league championship in the process. The Packers' No. 1 fault, which has plagued the team all year, cropped up frequently against the Bears, and was the direct cause of the loss. Not all eleven men on the field stayed in every play throughout the game. On one out of three plays, someone missed an assignment, and against a team fired up such as the Bears, the lapses were fatal...KNOW ABOUT MISTAKES: "If we could not see our mistakes," Lambeau continued, "we would indeed be worried, but we know where we were at fault, and that means the mistakes can be corrected." The coach does not believe that the final score was any indication of the true trend of the game. He pointed out that the Packers returned for the second half red hot, over-anxious to get their hands on the ball. In this frame of mind, they rushed too far down the field on the third period kickoff, and were left flat-footed as Ray Nolting swept back 98 yards for a touchdown. "Even after the break," Lambeau added, "the Packers marched right down the field and scored a touchdown. The next time they got the ball, they moved another 60 yards, and had they scored again, would have been within striking distance of the Bears."...HINKLE CROSSES GOAL: That was the play when, with Hinkle in the clear over the goal line, a missed blocking assignment enabled a Bear wingman to throw Arnold Herber for a 13-yard loss. From that time on, the Bruins poured it onto the Bays. "We have no one to blame, but ourselves, for the loss," said Lambeau. "We must know all our assignments and execute them in every game or we shall not deserve to be champions. Every mistake made Sunday can be corrected. You will remember that in the playoff against the New York Giants last fall the team played an entire afternoon with a single man missing a single assignment. That's the type of ball the Packers can play, and must play to retain their championship."...LIKES PLAYERS' WORK: Lambeau has special praise for the work of Hal Van Every in the Packer backfield, and for Howard (Smiley) Johnson, at guard, particularly during the goal line stand which preceded Osmanski's touchdown. The Packers will practice here all week, and will leave for Milwaukee on the North Western train at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon. As usual, they will headquarter at the Schroeder hotel. The return trip will be made after the game Sunday night. The Packers have no game scheduled for Oct. 6, and will get back into action Oct. 13 against the Cleveland Rams here. The Cardinals draw a tough assignment. In addition to their game with the Packers next Sunday, they meet the Bears at Comiskey park in Chicago Wednesday night.
CARDINALS MAP GAME STRATEGY
SEPT 24 (Chicago) - Instead of being disheartened by the Bears' impressive showing against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, the Chicago Cardinals today showed more spirit than they have at any time this season as they put the final touches on their preparations for Chicago's professional football opener tomorrow night in Comiskey park, where they meet the Bears. At the same time, Coach Jimmy Conzelman announced two new players had been signed - Lou Zontini, former Notre Dame right halfback, and Rex Williams, center from Texas Tech. Zontini was obtained from the Cleveland Rams, while Williams come to the Cardinals from the New York Giants. Nick Padgen, center from Creighton U., was released, thus making Williams the relief man for Ki Aldrich and Andy Chisick...FOUR IRISH STARS: Conzelman now has four former Irish stars on the Card roster, thus increasing the effectiveness of his Notre Dame offense. In addition to the newly acquired Zontini, the Cards now number Mario (Motts) Tonelli, fullback, Ed Beinor, tackle, and Joe Kuharich, guard. It was Zontini who broke away last year on the "perfect play" for the Irish against Minnesota, racing 84 yards for a touchdown. He will be used at right halfback, Coach Conzelman announced. The peppy Red Birds left Green Bay feeling that they have a chance against the Bears, despite the one-sided victory over the champions. It remained for little Bob Kellogg of Tulane, the jitterbug halfback, to remark: "You know, coach, I think I saw a way to beat those Bears!" Of such spirit are upset victories made.
IF ANYBODY CAN BRING PACKERS BACK, CURLY LAMBEAU IS THE MAN
SEPT 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - The old gray mare ain't what she used to be and neither are the Packers after a trimming like Sunday's. The bubble of invincibility which had been blown up around them as they coursed through 11 straight victories has been pricked. The 41 to 10 licking was the worst in Green Bay's history. Most surprising in the postmortems Monday was the disposition of so many to accept this rout as final and count the Packers out. "They have to get new blood," you heard. "They need more speed." "They caught lightning when they beat the college all-stars by the score they did." Well, maybe so. There may be more than a grain of truth in what the fans say. It is well, though to bear in mind that it takes more than one beer to acquire a jag and more than one game to make a season. You cannot count the Packers out on Sunday's licking alone...ONE SHAFT OF LIGHT: One shaft of light cut through all the gloom that descended on Green Bay after the defeat. It originated in the game's stats. Granting that the Bears ran the Packer right into the ground, granting that the game in the latter stages became a rout, granting everything, you still cannot ignore the fact that the statistics show the potentialities of great scoring strength. Any time a team can roll up 19 first downs, any time it can outgain its rivals in rushing and passing both, as Green Bay did, it is far from through no matter what the score. The stuff out of which touchdowns are manufactured was there. It was misapplied, perhaps, but it was there - unless the Bears were woefully weak. It is not, at all like the pros, especially the Packers, to turn in the tremendous yardage they did get 10 measly points. They will have another day - and they will cash in...LAMBEAU HAS A JOB: The rebound of the Packers, starting against the the Cardinals at State Fair park Sunday, will be interesting to watch. If they have anything at all they must come back. In the reorganization of the routed ranks, the figure of Curly
Lambeau stands bigger than ever. If anybody in the pro league can lead a beaten team back, the smiling Belgian can. It is a long time since the Packers have lost two in a row. Here is the sort of challenge he meets best. Lambeau, although recognized as one of the best coaches in the game today, has never received the credit he deserved for his ability to take a routed team and set it right. Probably Green Bay has not had enough experiences like Sunday's. In a situation like this, however, Lambeau is at his very best. He can pick material, he can coach, he can bring a team up as far as any coach can, but above all he has qualities of leadership in the clutch that transcend everything else. He is the John McGraw of pro ball. The comeback, if the team has anything at all, is half won with Lambeau in command...'HAD IT COMING': Now that it is over, Lambeau thinks the licking was even a good thing. "We had it coming," he said Monday. "You can't keep riding high as we were without taking a fall. But we know our mistakes and we have something to work on this week." The game was not without bright spots. The effectiveness of the running attack early in the play, the goal line stand of the team in yielding only a yard before Osmanski plowed over, and the all-around play of Hal Van Every particularly pleased Lambeau. Van Every showed everything that made him such a fine back in the Big Ten - passing, kicking and hard running. He will prove a valuable alternate for Cecil Isbell. Lambeau and his right hand bower, Red Smith, will scout the Cardinals in Wednesday night's game at Comiskey park. The Packers will not arrive for Sunday's game here until Saturday afternoon.
SEPT 24 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Curly Lambeau will find out very shortly whether or not his Packers of 1940 have it or not. A goodly portion of the crowd that saw them take that 41 to 10 shellacking at the hands of the Bears Sunday believes the answer has already been supplied and in the negative. But if the Packers are nearly as good as once anticipated they'll bound back and play the ball the way they can play it when they put their minds and their talents to the job. Sunday's Packers weren't right. And they weren't right because a string of 11 straight wins, last year and this, put them in a spot where they thought they had wings and were so good they could go out and master any foe without putting out, physically and mentally, to get into the proper condition and frame of mind. In other words, the Packers were a cocky, arrogant crew of footballers and the 41 to 10 rout was a fancy and justified piece of ears pinning back as we've ever seen...BEARS NOT TOO GOOD: Perhaps you believe the Bears were just too good, but, here and now, and all due credit to George Halas' fine machine, I'll state the Packers of Sunday were the slowest thinking, slowest moving and the finest "let George do it" team that ever represented the Bay and Wisconsin. Hustle? No team that is fogging will allow another team to return two kickoffs for touchdowns, unless the team are hopelessly mismatched. Yet, that's what the Bears did as about one-half of the Packers, each time, decided to let the other guy do the work and all rushed for the job of "safety". Have I said the Packers have poise, confidence, speed and passing class? They did have all these attributes once, but Sunday they had none of them. They started out like the whirlwind they can be, but they fizzled out like so many tumbleweeds. The first five minutes they made the Bears look terrible, but dumb - yes, downright dumb - selection of plays killed one chance completely and checked the other so the best the Packers could get was a field goal. After whipping the Bears' right side of the line, especially the tackle, to shreds and needing a yard on third down the strategist elected to "cross the Bears up" by shooting a play at none other than Joe Stydahar, the left tackle, who jammed it right back at him for a five yard loss...MISSED SIGNALS COSTLY: And after getting the three points the Bays became as nifty a crew of rocking chair maestros as you ever peeked at. There was no fire, no zip, no will to go out and get a touchdown. Instead, on the ensuing kickoff, half of 'em ambled down field in the wake of the ball evidently hoping the carrier would stumble before he had to be tackled. But McAfee didn't stumble; instead he picked 'em up and laid 'em down for a 90 yard touchdown gallop. And were the Bays' faces red? Nolting did the same thing, for 97 yards, later in the game. Both are great runners, shifty, speedy and hard to knock off their feet, but not so great that a hustling, fighting, aggressive club that is playing alert ball can't stop them. Missed signals or a mixup in assignments were costly to the Bays on numerous occasions. A team that is "up" for a game, one that had the avid desire to win doesn't miss signals and assignments. Sloppy blocking killed two scores. Each time the carrier was in position to go the route if the one important block was made. Each time the blocker had a clear shot and fizzled it not because of any adept work on the part of the opponent, merely because the block was half-hearted...PASSING COMPLETE FLOP: The passing of the Bays very definitely belied their claim to the title of the world's greatest passing outfit. Several time the passers were nailed for huge losses. True, on some occasions the protection was bad, but in most instances it was because the passers were notoriously slow. In Herber's casr this is probably due to the fact he is overweight, but Isbell, when right and trigger quick to react, would have sailed around those fast jamming Chicago ends for yard upon yard. The Packers' downfield blocking looked shoddy compared to that the Bears offered; the way they reached to pick up a runner and offer protection likewise was overshadowed by the alert, quick thinking displays of the Bears. Save for their laxness in rushing the passer and poor covering of kicks and pass interceptions, the Bay linemen, for the most part, did their jobs well, but those long heaves to Kavanaugh should have been hurried. Isbell and Brock should have had no difficulty with the receiver as both are as fast, both picked him up and neither was faked out. Just plain common failure to be alert made those completions possible. If the Packers had played good football and lost Coach Lambeau and his aid, Red Smith, would have cause for great concern. As it was they were just - let's be charitable and call it terrible - and not that they've had their ears pinned and plastered back for keeps they can start anew. Then we'll find if they really have it or if some of them have gone over the hill too far. I still believe they've got it if they elect to use it, but more on that anon.
PACKERS SCOUTING GAME AT CHICAGO, BATTLE CARDINALS AT MILWAUKEE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - Four members of the Green Bay Packers organization - Coach Curly Lambeau, Assistant Coach Red Smith, end Donald Hutson and tackle Bill Lee - left this afternoon for Chicago, where they will operate as scouts as the Chicago Cardinals and the Bears collide in a NFL game at Comiskey park. The midweek engagement affords the Packers a great opportunity not only to look over the Cardinals, a team they'll play at State Fair park, Milwaukee, next Sunday, but to get a glimpse, from a safe distance, of the Bear team which handed them a humiliating 41-10 pasting here last Sunday. Before leaving, Lambeau stressed the psychological problem which faces the Packers in preparation for their Sunday collision. "When a team take a licking such as the Bears gave us Sunday," he said, "the effect upon the squad is stunning. A certain percentage of the men did their best, and fought their hearts out. Another group tried to get started when the whistle blew, but they had not prepared themselves properly during the week and they failed to carry out their assignments during the game. Our problem is not to pin back the ears of the entire group, but to keep those who gave us their best from getting discouraged, and at the same time correct the mistakes of those who made them. I'm sold on our boys. They're all right, and most of them have taken our defeat very seriously." Lambeau inserted a word of warning at this spot. "There are some," he said, "who don't seem to realize the seriousness of our loss. We are allowed a squad of 33 men, but if necessary we would not hesitate to reduce it to 28 or 30 men if that meant keeping only the men with the proper mental attitudes." The Packers had a three-hour meeting yesterday at which the numerous errors of the Bear game were discussed and discussed again. Later they took an outdoor workout, and this morning they witnessed pictures of Sunday's game, adding a further stinging to the occasion...ERRORS ARE OBVIOUS: The tactical errors which permitted the Bears to romp unmolested for touchdowns, and which gummed up the Packer scoring plays at vital moments, stood out clearly and afforded the coaches with additional ammunition for next Sunday's game. The Packers catch the Cardinals at a good time. The red-shirted warriors from Chicago will have their hands filled against the Bears tonight, and then will get but Thursday, Friday and Saturday to rest before meeting the Packers. Furthermore,
they are likely to encounter a Green Bay team vigorously on the rebound from Sunday's walloping and nothing is tougher than a team in its next game after a defeat. Sunday's game is the one which will tell the story. If the Packers lose, they probably will spend the rest of the season floundering about in attempt to stave off a second division berth, but if they win, they will remain definitely in the role of contenders for Western honors...TWO WEEKS IDLE: After facing the Cardinals at Milwaukee, they have a two weeks' vacant period in which to gird up for the October-November-December phase of the season. It will be their last open Sunday of the year. Cleveland is scheduled to appear here Oct. 13. Charley Schultz, right tackle who dislocated his leg against the Bears, is the only Packers who definitely won't be able to appear against the Cardinals, although fullback Eddie Jankowski has been bothered by a bumped shoulder and did not see action last week. Sunday will be "Buckets Goldenberg Day" in Milwaukee, when friends of the veteran Packer guard, who is having another great season, will pay tribute to his accomplishments. The committee in charge has been plugging hard, and a gift will be presented to the former Milwaukee high school player...ZIEDLER PRESENTS GIFT: Mayor Carl F. Zeidler will present the gift personally between halves of the game, and Dr. W.W. Kelly, executive board member, will represent the Packer corporation. The Cardinals will bring to Milwaukee a team which Coach Jimmy Conzelman hopes will be the best which has represented Owner Charles Bidwill's interests in years.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - A halfback slants through the line at City stadium, skips merrily along for six or seven yards, is brought to earth with thud deep in the opponent's territory. Who is he? How many yards did he gain? Did he make a first down? Who got the tackle? Football fans accept as routine the public address system which carries to them detailed information concerning the activities on the field. Were it to be taken away suddenly, the bugs would howl murder, and with justification, for the educational value of the service to those unfamiliar with the game is only equaled by the information it gives to those acquainted with its rules and regulations. Consequently, it's of interest to know that the 1940 season is the 14th in which the public address system at the Packer stadium is functioning. Installed by the Platten Radio company, and maintained by that fine firm since its establishment, it made City stadium the first in the United State to use a loud speaker for play-by-play of a football game. The first amplifiers were homemade affairs, but they were increased annually until the present system used as much power as some small radio stations. In the first few years Jimmy Coffeen, veteran announcer, used cards with numbers to signal the yards gained back to an announcer on the 50-yard line. Now Coffeen follows the play with an extension, and no one except the officials get closer to the action than he. The original microphones were like telephones, while the present type is similar to that used in radio and the movies. The entire equipment has been replaced about every three years. Harold (Red) Grange was one of the first celebrities to be interviewed over the stadium public address, which is one of the most complete of its kind to be found anywhere. Many stadia try to cover a large crowd with six loud speakers. The Platten company has had request for information from universities and professional teams in many communities, all requesting data on the Packer field system.
MILWAUKEE MAY GET MORE PACKER GAMES
SEPT 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - Encouraged by other NFL clubs, the Packers, it now develops, are considering playing four league games in Milwaukee next fall. It is a rather ticklish matter for them because of the allegiance they owe to the city of Green Bay - and they have not forgotten their early years. At the same time, however, the rest of the league considers Milwaukee such ideal territory after several experiences here, notably the experience at the playoffs a year ago, that in the final analysis the Packers may not have a great deal of choice. Washington wants to play only in Milwaukee. The Bears are anxious to play here. Detroit, the Cardinals, Philadelphia, Cleveland prefer Milwaukee and don't hesitate anymore to say so. An increase in the number of league games from 11 to 12, which has already been discussed by the league and which will probably be adopted at the next schedule meeting, will help some to solve the problem. The extra game, for one, would be arranged here. There has also been talk of alternating the Bear-Packer game between Milwaukee and Green Bay. George Halas is particularly anxious for some arrangement like this. He has brought it up several times, and after last Sunday's experience in Green Bay in which thousands were turned away, may finally get his way...LEAGUE BALANCED: There was a little kickback at the time the Packers scheduled only the Cardinals and Pittsburgh here for 1940. It was a feeling that the Packers had given Milwaukee the less desirable games on the schedule. It was probably true. After having switched last December's playoff from Green Bay to Milwaukee, however, the Packers did not have much choice. They had to placate the folks back home. The interesting thing about it all is that as the season is turning out, the games arranged for Milwaukee shape up as good as anything on the schedule. The Cardinals, who play here Sunday, have already tied Pittsburgh and the Detroit Lions in league games, and the Steelers, who play here October 27, have beaten the Bears in an exhibition and tied the Cardinals and beaten the Lions in league games. The results so far indicate that the league this fall has better balance than ever before - and that every game is likely to be a good one...OFFICIAL CRIPPLED: The NFL has grown too big to have an official out on the field with only one leg under him - and that is meant literally. The appointment of Ed Cochrane as umpire in last Sunday's game in Green Bay has prompted this comment. Cochrane, still crippled as the result of an operation on his knee which makes it difficult for him to bend over, let alone run, should never have been appointed to work a dog fight like this. Cochrane is a fine official, understand. He knows the rules, exercises good judgment and keeps a game well in hand. He is one of the few ace horn tooters in this end of the league. But with only one leg under him, he should not have been out on the field. The league should have had enough good officials on its roster to be able to do without him in his present condition. At one stage, his attempt to hobble out of the way of several potential pass receivers almost ended in disaster. Both he and one of the players went down in a heap. The pro league has grown too big to have anything like that happen before 22,000 fans.
play, and has four former Irish stars in his lineup, including fullback Mario Tonelli, halfback Lou Zontini, tackle Joe Beinor and guard Joe Kuharich. The return of Tinsley, all-American end from Louisiana State, and the acquisition of John Shirk and Alton Coppage of Oklahoma, plus Bill Dewell of Southern Methodist, has given the Cards plenty of strength at the flanks. Last year's stars, Marshall Goldberg, halfback, and the great center, Ki Aldrich, have improved with a year of professional football behind them. The Cardinals, off to a fast start on their 1940 schedule, will be playing their fourth league game Sunday. They battled the Detroit Lions to a scoreless tie, and held the strong Pittsburgh Steelers to a 7-7 deadlock before walloping the Bears.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - The Bears walloped the Packers and the Cardinals walloped the Bears, so that makes the Packers favorites over the Cardinals for next Sunday's game. Doesn't make sense, perhaps? No, it doesn't, and neither will this NFL race when it is finished, for there have been enough screwy happenings already to last a full season. Curly Lambeau has said that if the Packers do not achieve a victory Sunday over the Cards, they won't deserve ranking as a championship club - although perhaps they'll get it, anyway. The point of the whole thing is that the National league teams, fearing and respecting each other to an unprecedented extent, are getting tremendously fired up and keyed up for their early season games. So much was demonstrated last Sunday, when a Chicago Bear team hopped up beyond all reason handed the Packers the worst licking in the long series between the teams. But everything that comes up has to come down, and the Bears were deflated last night. It is past human capability to pump up a group of humans twice in four days to the elevation the Bears reached, against the Packers. There was bound to be a slump and the Cardinals, themselves quietly building up for their Wednesday night game, roared onto Comiskey park turf, away from the Wrigley field environs which are more nearly identified with the Bears, and wiped up the place with a team which has had everyone moaning as "unbeatable." Now the Packers must be primed to take advantage of a similar letdown by the Cardinals, for letdown there must be after last night's brilliant conquest. In beating the Bears, the Cards showed that they have everything, and that everything will be dumped onto the field against the Packers Sunday. Should Jimmy Conzelman's boys win that one, then look out, for the Redcoats are coming. Just as a pro team usually slumps to a greater or lesser degree after a brilliant victory, so does it usually snap back with unwonted viciousness after a humiliating defeat. This attitude the Packers should have no difficulty in attaining against the Cardinals Sunday. They looked awful much of the time against the Bears, and they have been hearing about it constantly. Furthermore, they can shoot the works on this contest, for after the Cardinal game there's nothing in the way of league competition facing them until Oct. 13. Yup, the stage is set for an upset. Now all the Packers have to do is attain it - and remember, the Cardinals don't feel the same way about that psychology business. They believe they're geared for the season.
PACKERS LEAVE TOMORROW FOR MILWAUKEE FOOTBALL CONTEST
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers entrain for Milwaukee early tomorrow afternoon, and before they step from the train in their home city again, their first short trip of the season ended, fans will have a pretty good idea as to just where the boys are headed. Triumphant in a string of early season games, then handed a humiliating dusting by the Chicago Bears, the Packers today are the Maxie Bear, the unknown quantity of the NFL. Either they will restore their cracked prestige with a resounding triumph over the Chicago Cardinals at State Fair park, Milwaukee, Sunday afternoon, or they'll be perched behind the dark little 8-ball, floundering about for a raft capable of bearing them in the turbulent professional seas. As matters stood today, following the Cards' sensational conquest of the Bears at Comiskey park Wednesday night, the Packers are displaced in the Western division standings by two clubs, but the margins are slight. the Cleveland Rams have won their lone game, and face a vigorous test from the Detroit Lions Sunday, while the Cardinals, with two ties in three games, also have but a single although notable victory. If Green Bay wins Sunday, the Packers will be as good as anyone else for this early phase of the campaign. After meeting the Cardinals the Bays have a two week's layoff from league competition, pending the invasion of the Cleveland Rams here Oct. 13. A glance at the Packer squad indicates that the men are in a 3 to 1 better mental state than they were on the eve of the combat with the Bears. They are working harder and more seriously, and if they lose Sunday's game, it should take a superior Cardinal team to achieve the upset, as upset it is when a champion is defeated...PAIRINGS ARE SWITCHED: The Green Bay halfback combinations have been switched again, in an effort to provide the greatest front of versatility to opponents. Hal Van Every and Lou Brock are working at left and right, respectively, and appear to make a good pair. This means that Cecil Isbell is hooked up with Joe Laws, and Andy Uram is paired off with Arnold Herber. Coach Curly Lambeau has switched Lou Midler from guard to right tackle, the position he played at Pittsburgh last year. Charley Schultz, sophomore tackle, is out for several weeks with a leg injury, and the recent change gives Lambeau three men - Midler, Bill Lee and Paul Kell - to guard the right side of the line...MOVED TO LEFT: Gust Zarnas has been changed from right guard to left guard, joining Russ Letlow and Tiny Engebretsen at the latter position and leaving Smiley Johnson and Buckets Goldenberg at the former. Pete Tinsley, guard injured in the All-Star game, has been on the ineligible list since that contest. Lambeau is afraid his team may let down against the Cardinals, expecting the Redshirts to slump after their smashing decision over the Bears Wednesday night. "We must respect the Cardinals," he said today. "They are a young team, their veterans did not play the full distance against the Bears, and the victory will act as a spur to them, instead of deflating them. They are hot, they know it and they are out for the championship."...BIG TEST FOR PACKERS: "Sunday's game will be a grand test for the Packers. It will show us just what our personnel is made of. We must look impressive against the Cardinals. If we don't look good, then there is danger ahead, for we will be in a bad spot." The Green Bay squad entrains on the Chicago and North Western line at 1 o'clock tomorrow, and while in Milwaukee will make its headquarters at the Schroeder hotel. The return trip will be made Sunday night, after the game. The advance ticket sale has been lively, and a large crowd is in prospect. The sale was good even before the Cardinals beat the Bears, and since that now historic thumping the demand has been even more intense.
CARDINALS SET TO DEAL WITH PACKERS SUNDAY
SEPT 27 (Chicago) - There may be a team in the NFL that fears the Bears and the Green Bay Packers but it's not Jimmy Conzelman's Chicago Cardinals. Having disposed of the Bears, 21 to 7, in Comiskey park Wednesday night, with all the efficiency of big kids scrimmaging the neighborhood children, the Cardinals now say they are ready to deal with the Packers in Milwaukee Sunday. As a matter of fact they may not be ready at all, come Sunday, for in Milwaukee they will find the psychology reversed. Before the last yard has been gained in the State Fair Grounds, the Cardinals will know, as the Bears found out Wednesday, that two important games against National league competition in the space of four days are a little bit too much...PACKERS WILL BE KEYED: Green Bay, shocked to its senses by the Bear debacle, undoubtedly will be keyed to the same pitch that enabled the Cardinals to trample the Bears. The Bears, still far from being a polished football team despite their six exhibition games and two league starts, quite naturally were suffering a letdown from their inspired performance in Green Bay. But to the credit of the Cardinals, let it be said that the Bears also were rudely surprised and thoroughly knocked down all night. The Cardinals obviously were more football team than the Bears had expected. They are the fastest Cardinal players in year. They played alert, smart football and revealed the benefits of good coaching from start to finish. Every combination Conzelman sent out knew what it was doing at all times. The most encouraging aspect of the demonstration, however, was in the interest veterans took in their work. It was a strange sight at times to see some of the holdovers from last year's squad leveling like sophomores trying for the varsity.
SEPT 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Wednesday night's 21 to 7 victory of the Chicago Cardinals over the Bears proved several things, to wit:
1 - The Bears are not the killer-diller football machine some of those fans who saw them rout the Packers last Sunday by a 41 to 10 believed.
2 - The Packers must have played the worst football of any major Packer team in Green Bay history.
3 - The Cardinals, thanks to Jimmy Conzelman, are a vastly improved club.
4 - The league race, with the Cards, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Rams, Philadelphia Eagles and Brooklyn Dodgers greatly strengthened due to the draft, which gives poorer ranking teams a perference, will be the hottest in all history.
5 - There isn't a setup in the league.
6 - To get the greatest good for the greatest number, as Franklin the Third Termer would have it, the NFL should make an ironclad rule that draftees must play at least one year with the club that drafted them before being eligible for trade or sale...GAVE AND FORGAVE: Let's go through the points at issue:
1 - In routing the Packers the Bears never showed any sustained attack, but capitalized on Packer mistakes of commission and omission. The big score, at first glance, tended to emphasize an all powerful attack, but when the touchdowns were broken down and the game analyzed one realized that the Packers gave, forgave and turned the other cheek all afternoon.
2 - If the Cardinals stopped Messrs. Osmanski, McAfee, Nolting, et al. almost cold the Packers must have been far off form, far too cocky to play the bayy they are capable of. Allowing two kickoff touchdown runbacks, allowing something like six or seven pass interceptions, and all returned for big yardage, is not Packer football.
3 - The Cards had a nucleus of a good team in other years. Those fans who argued that neither Milan Creighton nor Ernie Nevers were high ranking head coaches have been vindicated. Conzelman has cleaned house, adding a player here and three, trading a few and buying a few others and out of the debris of 1939 he comes out with a club that has played two leagues ties and has beaten the Bears.
4 and 5 - All clubs are stronger. Word long ago went the rounds that the Steelers' first string is as tough as any in the circuit. We know what the Rams were last year and that they'll be fully 25 percent better this fall. The Eagles, with Davey O'Brien and Dooley and several others are always dangerous and Jock Sutherland had a Brooklyn team that is clicking on attack. Any one of these clubs would beat the Packers from 15 to 25 points were the Packers to put up the same kind of exhibition they did against the Bears.
6 - This rule will have to worked out to the satisfaction of all. For instance, George McAfee was the Eagles' No. 1 draft choice here last December, but by some manner of means the Bears came up with him. Owner-Coach Halas also came up with some other draftees from other clubs. If the draft rule is to do the greatest good, if it to strengthen the weak teams, then it must be enforced so that the weak teams are strengthened on the playing field - and not in the club treasury.
PACKERS BATTLE YOUNG CARDINAL GRID TEAM SUNDAY
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - Buckets Goldenberg and the Green Bay Packers left for Milwaukee early this afternoon, and tomorrow they'll combine against the up-and-coming Chicago Cardinals in a NFL meeting at State fair park. Buckets, one of the league's best guards, is mentioned specifically because his friends in Milwaukee - and they are legion - are planning a special day for the stocky former East division high school star. Between halves of the game Goldenberg will receive a gift from Mayor Carl Zielder of Milwaukee, and the Packer corporation will be represented by Dr. W.W. Kelly, executive board member. The Packers left at 1 o'clock today on the North Western line, after taking a morning workout here. They did not plan to work out at Milwaukee this afternoon, but had a special treat in store for them tonight. The entire team will gather at the Fox studio at 8 o'clock and witness a special showing of "Knute Rockne, All-American", the film concerning Notre Dame's great coach, under whom Coach Curly Lambeau and Assistant Coach Red Smith played. Lambeau left for Milwaukee not quite satisfied with his 1940 squad. "The players understand that we must win this game," he commented, "but I feel that we should be much better ball club as the season progresses. We definitely will not schedule a non-league game for Sunday, Oct. 6, but will spend the entire two weeks after meeting the Cardinals at hard work."...MAY CHANGE OFFENSE: Lambeau indicated that the familiar Packer offense may undergo a few changes. "We have been so thoroughly scouted, and our offensive system is so well known," he said, "that we may work out some new ideas during out two weeks' layoff from league competition. It is our defense, rather than the offense, which has been off color, but a few changes may help anyway." Officials for the contest will be Bobby Cahn, Chicago, referee; Ed Cochrane, Missouri, umpire; Carl Brubaker, Ohio State, head linesman; and Dan Tehan, Xavier, field judge...GUNNING FOR BAYS: The fighting young Cardinal eleven which walloped the Bears last Wednesday in the major upset of the professional season to date, is on the the upswing, and would land in a most favorable position if it could add the Packers to its list of conquests. The Cards are undefeated this season, although tied twice. Probable starters for the Chicago South Siders will be
CARDINALS WALLOP BEARS; BATTLE PACKERS ON SUNDAY
SEPT 26 (Chicago) - The advance ticket sale for the NFL game between the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers at Milwaukee boomed merrily today, rolling along on the impetus of a 21 to 7 pasting which the Cards handed the Chicago Bears last night. Green Bay had the game scouted thoroughly with Coach Curly Lambeau, Assistant Red Smith, Don Hutson and Bill Lee all sitting in the stands at Comiskey park, the South Side rendezvous of the Cardinals, and they pronounced the winners a tough bunch of players. The Cardinals played with a viciousness that belied the fact they were rated the underdogs on pregame dope, and the victory hurled them into the thickest spot of the Western division championship race...GUNNING FOR PACKERS: With the Cleveland Rams engaged with an enraged Detroit Lions team this weekend, the Cardinals are in a fine spot to take the undisputed lead, should they step past the Packers Sunday afternoon. Curly Lambeau's chief comment on the Bear-Cardinal game was this: "The Bears played the kind of football against the Cardinals that the Packers played against the Bears." He came home raving about the Cards. "They have the best Cardinals team I have seen in years," he said, " and probably the best since the days of Red Dunn. Marshall Goldberg looks wonderful; he ran around end for one touchdown so fast the Bears didn't know what was happening." Lambeau doesn't think the Cardinals will slump for Sunday's game. "A victory such as this acts as a spur to a young club when it has been in the cellar so long," he said. "Furthermore, most of the Cardinals' key men did not see more than thirty minutes of service. Gaynell Tinsley, for instance, played only half the game. Had Tinsley been in the game with a passer in the third period, I believe the Cardinals would have scored one or two more touchdowns. We have something on our hands for next week." Realizing the increased seriousness of their assignment Sunday, the Packers were in a skull session today which lasted practically all morning. They spent most of the time looking over the films of the Packer-Bear game, and jotting down the innumerable mistakes which appeared there...BUILD UP DEFENSE: This afternoon they took to the field again, and the men who scouted the Bear-Cardinal game discussed at length the defensive assignments for use against the Redmen. The Packers will be scuttled for several weeks at least if they fall before the Cardinals Sunday, whereas a victory will hurl them back among the top teams of the division, and force a temporary delay in the the Chicago Cardinals' gridiron renaissance. E.A. Spachmann, director of ticket sales, left for Milwaukee today with the word that the advance sale has been extremely brisk. One Milwaukee agency which was given 5,000 tickets a few days ago called up yesterday with a "sold out" report and Spachman rushed a fresh supply..35TH BETWEEN TEAMS: The game will be the 35th between the Cards and Packers in National league competition. Nineteen times have Green Bay been the winner, while the Cardinals came out first 12 times, and three games ended in ties. Coach Lambeau believes that the Bays will be in a far better mental state for the Cardinal game than they were against the Bears, when a number of players missed crucial assignments and turned a statistical victory into a defeat on the scoreboard. The leasing of Comiskey park by the Cardinals for its Chicago games has reestablished the intra-city rivalry in Chicago between the Cardinals and Bears, and Coach Jimmy Conzelman believes that the change of scenery will be of vast benefit. Although the Cards have shared Wrigley field with the Bears for the past seven years, they always have regarded themselves as a South Side aggregation. This year the new coach has virtually a new team, with only a handful of veterans remaining on his squad of 33...ONLY FIVE VETERANS: Only five members of the team have been with it more than two terms - Gaynell Tinsley, end; Conway Baker and Tony Blazine, tackles; quarterback Ray Parker and fullback Milt Popovich. Twenty-two first-year men make the Cardinals the youngest team in the league, but Conzelman has some fine material included which has given the team a grand foundation for future accomplishments. The coach has installed the Notre Dame system of
Gaynell Tinsley, Louisiana State, and Alton Coppage, Oklahoma, ends; Conway Baker, Centenary, and Tony Blazine, Illinois Wesleyan, tackles; Andy Sabados, the Citadel, and Frank Huffman, Marshall, guards; Andy Chisick, Villanova, center; Bert Johnson, Kentucky, quarterback; Marshall Goldberg, Pitt, and John Hall, Texas Christian, halfbacks, and Hugh McCullough, Oklahoma, fullback. Lambeau didn't reveal his stating lineup, but it is probable that his so-called first string will shove off, as the coach isn't likely to take any chances on unproved material...GUESS AT STARTERS: A good guess at the starters would put Don Hutson and Carl Mulleneaux at ends, Baby Ray and Bill Lee at tackles, Russ Letlow and Goldenberg at guards, Charley Brock at center, Larry Craig at blocking quarterback, Cecil Isbell and Joe Laws at halves and Clarke Hinkle at fullback. The psychological angle of the game seems to rest with Green Bay. The Packers are expected to snap back from their lacing at the hands of the Bears, and the Cardinals are running the risk of a slump following their own upset of those same Bruins. Lambeau looks at it the opposite way. He feels that the Cardinals, the youngest team in the league, are in the position of a baseball team which has a winning streak underway, and can get fired up for the entire string. Thus he expects a depth bomb charge to combat tomorrow afternoon, right from the opening kickoff at 2 o'clock.
GAY CARDINALS TACKLE PACKERS IN MILWAUKEE
SEPT 28 (Chicago) - Chicago's brash young Cardinals, the National league's latest despoilers, go stalking more football giants here tomorrow. At the stroke of 2 o'clock in State Fair park, site of the championship playoff last December, they clash with the Green Bay Packers, who a week after the most miserable exhibition in their history, come back to the scene of one of their greatest wins. There was, approximately, a dozen touchdowns difference, if there was any comparison at all, between the Packer team which defeated New York for the world championship here nine months ago and the one which lost 41 to 10 to the Chicago Bears in Green Bay last week. The Packers hope to make amends for that Bear debacle tomorrow by getting back into stride against the Cardinals, who conquered the Bears Wednesday night...CARDINALS ARE HANDICAPPED: The champions will be the favorites and will be a fairly safe bet if their two field generals, whose preparation for the Bear game consisted of six lessons from Mme. La Zonga, have shaken off their acidity. Joe Laws, the other member of the Packer signal corps, who was ready for the Bear game, announces himself fully recovered from the bumping that sent him out of last week's contest with a noticeable limp. The Cardinals, unbeaten in three starts, with ties against Pittsburgh and Detroit to their credit in addition to the Bear victory, enter the game with little in their favor. It is not likely that Coach Jimmy Conzelman can lift them to frenzied effort again in so short a time after the Bear game. Injuries to tackle Joe Beinor and end Alton Coppage weakens the first line of reserves. Teamwork and a flaming mental attitude carried them to victory Wednesday night. This unified effort may be present again tomorrow, but two game against title favorites in four days is a little too much to ask of any team, particularly one composed largely of rookies...IT'S GOLDENBERG DAY: One of the largest crowds every to see a professional contest in Milwaukee is expected to be on hand for this 35th game of a series which began with a 3 to 3 tie in 1921 when Paddy Driscoll and Coach Curly Lambeau each kicked a field goal. Since then the Packers have won 19 games, the Cardinals 12, and 2 have been tied. Some of the crowd will come to honor Buckets Goldenberg, former Wisconsin high school product who starred at the University of Wisconsin eleven before joining the Packers in 1933. Others will be attracted by a desire to see the team that whipped the Bears, and a few undoubtedly, will come to give a cheer for Jimmy Conzelman, the Cardinals' new coach, who still has something of a reputation around here as coach of the Milwaukee Badgers back in the '20s. But most of the expected 25,000 will come to see whether certain of the Packers will have as much power as Rollie Hemsley.
BERRY JOINS KENOSHA PRO ELEVEN FOR CONTEST
SEPT 28 (Kenosha) - Connie Mack Berry, former North Carolina State college end and released by the Green Bay Packers, will play with the Kenosha Cardinals here tomorrow afternoon against the Calumet Indians of East Chicago, Ind. Berry joins Johnny Blood, Glenn Olson, Beattie Feathers and Jim Gillette, other Cardinal newcomers.
PACKERS MEET CARDINALS IN COMEBACK
SEPT 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Sunday at 2 p.m. the Green Bay Packers can start proving it was all a mistake. At that time they have the opportunity to bite the dog that took a bite out of the dog that bit them. I believe they'll not only take a bite, but a great big hunk. In other words, they have a grand and glorious opportunity to checkmate the Chicago Cardinals, the team that beat the Chicago Bears, 21 to 7, after the Bears had humiliated them by 41 to 10. This game, to be played at State Fair Park Dairy bowl, will be the make or break fray for the Packers, defending champions of the National Professional Football league. A conclusive, decisive win over the Cardinals, vastly improved over the 1939 aggregation, will prove the Packers have not fallen from the pedestal; a long pass triumph after a close fray will not suffice and a defeat would bring 'em face to face with Calamity Jane and a rebuilding program that would see some stars and vets of other more prosperous years cut adrift. This year's theme song in the league is speed and more speed. Whether some of the veterans on the Bay aggregation can meet the increase tempo will be decided on this day and date. It is up to them. I believe they know it. If they don't Coach Lambeau does. This reporter cannot vision a team falling apart as suddenly as the Packers did last week. It probably was one of those things. But if the individuals can't react, can't speed up anymore than they did last Sunday; if they are to have the haphazard field leadership, direction that made yards on end when it didn't count and gave the foes yards on end when it counted in retaliation, then the Packers are through as a title threat. I don't believe the Packers have slipped that much. Contrarily, I believe they have slipped little if at all - providing they have the will and the condition to put out as only they can put when right. It resolved into this belief: If the Packers have it as of old they'll win - and handily; if they have slipped because a number of key players are ready for the grid scrap heap they'll stagger through to a win or lose. The answer is up to a number of former grid heroes, heroes of the state and every small U.S. hamlet, who let their followers down last week. Right now it's a guess, pure and simple, but I'm still stringing with the machine that has done almost everything right, game in and game out, over the years. One defeat, no matter how humiliating, doesn't make me think they are through. A repetition would make all of us know it. The game will be celebrated locally as Buckets Goldenberg day. The veteran Packer guard (and one of the few who put out right up to the hilt against the Bears) was Milwaukee raised and educated. He started his football career at North High, transferred to West and through his play down through the years is deserving of everything his well wishers have planned. Gov. Julius Heil will present Buckets with a gift from his many admirers and Dr. W.W. Kelly, a member of the Packer corp. board of directors, will respond for the corporation. Coached by Jimmy Conzelman, the Cards have a fine club, They have any number of individuals who could cut the buck on any club. Gaynell Tinsley, Hugh McCullough, Ki Aldrich, Joe Benoir, Tony Blazine, Marshall Goldberg, Marty Christiansen, Bob Kellogg, Lloyd Madden, Johnny Hall and others, including the former Packer, Herman Schneidman, and the ex-Hilltoppper, Ray Busler, will see to it the Packers will have to put out and the fans will see lots of football.