Green Bay Packers (4-2) 24, Pittsburgh Steelers (1-5-2) 3
Sunday October 27th 1940 (at Milwaukee)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) - Playing most of the game under wraps, and setting up a goal line defense which the Pittsburgh Steelers could not crack, the Green Bay Packers put another NFL engagement successfully behind them, winning by 24 to 3 before 13,307 here Sunday afternoon. Coach Curly Lambeau gambled upon giving his first line troops a rest from combat, and most of them spent the better part of a mild afternoon on the bench. While the so-called reserves didn't break out in a constant series of scoring plays, they shoved back the Steelers whenever the latter appeared touchdown bound, and they acquired a comfortable margin soon enough to forestall any chewed fingernails. The Steelers were about as advertised - tough on defense most of the way, with a few talented backs, a shortage of capable reserves, and well coached. Their only score was a 36-yard field goal by Armand Niccolai in the first period, but on a couple of other occasions they made noises as though they were headed for the goal line. Each time the Packers tripped 'em up, being assisted materially by five forward pass interceptions. The Packers got their first touchdown on the sixth play of the game, but they didn't get another until the fourth period was underway, and during most of the interval the Steelers were in a position where a touchdown and extra point could have tied the score. Two last period touchdowns by Green Bay cooked the easterners' goose, or geese if you want to be grammatical about it. The initial Packer score was the result of a 35-yard sprint by quarterback Bob Adkins, after he had intercepted Billy Patterson's aerial early in the game. Niccolai's field goal trimmed the margin a trifle, but before the half ended Clarke Hinkle put across a field goal from 33 yards out, and the count stood at 10 to 3 when the half ended. It was the same way at the end of the third period. On the second play of the last period, with the ball resting one yard from Pittsburgh's end zone. Fullback Frank Balazs punched through left tackle for another score, to which Don Hutson added the conversion by placekick. That hoisted the score to 17 to 3. The last Green Bay thrust was a 19-yard affair on a deadly forward pass from Hal Van Every to Hutson, into the end zone, and Tiny Engebretsen booted the point to give the count its permanent appearance. In between all this the Packers missed four field goal attempts, all of them pretty well out in the country. Engebretsen had one blocked from the 40-yard line in the first period, and Hinkle blew a 34-yard affair in the third. In the fourth period Engebretsen was wide on a try from 43 yards out and Hinkle missed another from the 28-yard line. As mentioned, the Packers who generally see the bulk of service weren't unpeeled for a major part of the afternoon, their thoughts drifting ahead to that little tea party with George Halas' Bears at Chicago a week hence. There was no time yesterday when the Packer field force included, as a unit, Hutson and Mulleneaux, Ray and Lee, Letlow and Goldenberg, Charley Brock and Svendsen, Craig, Isbell, Herber and Hinkle. The boys who did carry freight could have played better, and they could have played a lot worse. Their blocking was off form at times, and the forward passing had some erratic moments, but the defensive work was heartening, particularly with the Bears lying in wait just ahead.
JANKOWSKI HITS HARD
Eddie Jankowski did some ferocious line splitting until an injury cut him low in the third period, on almost exactly the same spot Joe Laws was carried a few weeks ago. Adkins was one of the stars of the game, blocking with the effectiveness of an army tank and playing brilliant defensive football. Lou Midler, who started the game at right tackle, distinguished himself during his period of activity, Van Every turned in some all-around good work and Andy Uram scampered effectively. Buckets Goldenberg and Baby Ray made brief but explosive appearances; for that matter, there weren't a lot of cases where the boys fell down on their assignments. They just didn't get awfully excited about the business of taking the Steelers apart. The Packers drew in the opening kickoff, ran off three plays without producing a first down, and punted. On that first Pittsburgh play from scrimmage Patterson whistled a pass over the left side of the line, and Adkins snatched it from the atmosphere, tucked it away and got loose on his second bull-like touchdown run in two games, being aided by sundry Packers who brushed aside assorted Steelers ungently during the gallop. Midler was in a spot to be particularly useful, and he produced. Engebretsen's extra point kick made it 7 to 0, with the customers hardly settled.
STEELERS ARE STOPPED
The Steelers took the kickoff, rushed out for a pair of first downs, got mired, and punted. Aided principally by two line-splitting changes by Jankowski, who acquired 27 yards at one gulp and 17 at another, the Packers moved over midfield and down into Pittsburgh territory, until they found themselves on the Steeler 31-yard line, fourth down, and three yards to go for a first. So they elected to try a goal from the field, and that was where Engebretsen's kick was blocked, checking the Packers' advance for the time being. The Steelers swung into action on the Green Bay 44-yard stripe, and they moved down to the 30, where the movement sighed and collapsed. Pittsburgh followed the Packer lead by trying a field goal, and Niccolai made good on it, rearranging the score to read 7 to 3. Taking the next kickoff, the Packers started a promising movement toward better ground, but Jankowski's fumble spoiled it, and when Boyd Brumbaugh had completed a swivel-hipped return of 29 yards, the ball was on the Packer 16-yard line, and the Bays had their backs to the wall.
DRIVE IS CHECKED
They were equal to the occasion. Three line plays netted only four yards, and a fourth down forward pas was knocked aside by Mulleneaux, giving the Packers possession on their own 12-yard stripe. In this exceedingly unfavorable spot the Packers tried a couple of very wild forward passes, which by some miracle were not intercepted, and when Brumbaugh had returned Herber's punt 15 yards through a wake of Packers to the Green Bay 36-yard line, the Bays still were backed up to the fence. Condit mad e it worse with a 16-yard smack that started in a sweep around right end and placed the ball 20 yards from the goal line. Once again the Packers spit on their hands, hitched up their pants and hurled back the attack, Dick Weisgerber applying the clincher by intercepting a fourth down forward pass carrying a touchdown tag. Suddenly the Packers struck a terrific blow. With the ball on the Green Bay 27-yard line, Andy Uram broke past the Pittsburgh secondary, floated under a Herber bombshell in midfield, and wriggled on down to the enemy 29-yard line,the 44-yard gain swinging the tide of battle into reverse.
HINKLE BOOTS GOAL
Two line plays added four yards, another Herber pass to Uram was incomplete, and on fourth down Hinkle placekicked his field goal from the 33-yard line, making the count 10 to 3. Neither team threatened for the balance of the half. A steady exchange of punts, with the Packers gaining ground, marked the first half of the third period, until a boot by Patterson sailed out of bounds on the Steeler 48-yard line. In moved the Packers, on line punches by Uram and Hinkle, an 8-yard Herber to Hutson forward pass, and a 15-yard wriggle by Uram which brought the pill to the 19-yard line. Here the Bays ran into trouble, for Hinkle was smothered seven yards in the soup on an end run, and two passes were incomplete. Hinkle tried for another field goal, kicking from the 34-yard line, but it didn't take.
PASTING THE LINE
The next time the Packers accepted a Pittsburgh punt, they marched down to score, starting from their own 49-yard line. A short Herber to Hutson pass helped, and two swift blows by Jankowski added 16 yards for a first down on the 25-yard line. Balazs, who produced some hard charging during his tenure in the game, smashed the line for three yards, a pass was incomplete, and another aerial, Herber to Uram, gave the Packers a first down on the 9-yard line. Just as the period ended Balazs drove head down through the mess of players to the 2-yard line. Two plays later Balazs was over for the touchdown, Hutson kicked the extra point with his unfailing accuracy and the Packers had the game on ice, with the score 17 to 3. Herber's forward passing with Adkins and Mulleneaux on the receiving end, soon had the Packers on the march again, and this time they reached the Pittsburgh 25, fourth down two to go. Engbretsen went back to try a field goal, but the ball faded to the left and that was that. There was an excited flurry a few moments later, when Balazs intercepted Thompson's toss on the Steeler 25 and rushed it back to the 14, an added five yard penalty setting the ball nine yards from pay dirt. It looked like another touchdown right there, but on the next play Balazs fumbled, Brumbaugh recovered, and the Steelers punted out.
GETS HARD BLOCKING
Back came the Packers, dealing a husky wallop on Hinkle's 23-yard gallop around right end, with Craig shaking him loose, and Engebretsen waving aside the interference for the last 10 yards of the dash. It put the ball on the Pittsburgh 19-yard line, and bang! the Packers struck. Hutson cut to the goal line, broke sharply to his left past Condit and on the dead run pulled in Van Every's bull's eye pass for a touchdown. Engebretsen added the extra point, and there was the final score, 24 to 3. Late in the game Larry Buhler intercepted McDonough's forward pass and hurried back 26 yards to the Steeler 22, putting the Packers in position to threaten again. There was an incomplete pass, a 3-yard gain at end, and another pass which failed. On fourth down Hinkle tried for a 28-yard field goal, but it didn't work and the Steelers took the ball. On the last play of the game the Packers uncorked some impromptu razzle-dazzle when Charley Brock intercepted a McDonough pass, raced down with the ball, and lateraled to Buhler, who was spilled on the Pitt 39-yard line
PITTSBURGH - 3 0 0 0 - 3
GREEN BAY - 7 3 0 14 - 24
1ST - GB - Bob Adkins, 35-yard interception return (Tiny Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1ST - PITT - Armand Niccolai, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2ND - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 10-3
4TH - GB - Frank Balazs, 2-yard run (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 17-3
4TH - GB - Hutson, 19-pass from Hal Van Every (Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 24-3
STEELER LOSS BROUGHT BITTER DISAPPOINTMENT TO KIESLING
OCT 28 (Milwaukee) - Walter A. Kiesling, with a patched up football team that failed to hold at the seams when the pressure was on, sat sad and depressed in his suite at the Hotel Schroeder Sunday night. Walt saw his team, which for some unexplained reason is dubbed "Steelers", defeated by the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park and to say that he was disappointed is too mild an expression of the man's feelings. The score was 24 to 3. In the crowd of 13,703 at least 13,000 seemed to have the impression that the Packers were taking an expected victory in stride, and sometimes missing the stride in the process. Not so Mr. Kiesling. Walt needed and wanted a victory over his former boss, E.L. Lambeau. Since he left the Packers to go to Pittsburgh as assistant coach for Johnny Blood, there is nothing he has desired more. Now, as head coach of Art Rooney's club, his mind was set on beating Green Bay. That is why below the surface yesterday's Packer win was more significant than it appeared on the surface...TEAMS LACK POLISH: That the Steelers failed to have polish, and performed with lead in vital spots of the anatomy is obvious. That they were geared as high as that team ever could be geared to meet the Packers was a more subtle factor. It was the first Pittsburgh play that Walt chalked up as the all-important element in the Packers' victory. "We scored 10 points in the first quarters," he explained, "three for us and seven for pitcher." Bob Adkins, who really is coming along in this league, copped Billy Patterson's pass at the outset to give the Packers those seven points. After that the Pittsburgh offense penetrated Packer territory at least three times, but aside from the 36-yard placekick by Armand Niccolai, nothing came of it...PASS DEFENSE BETTER: There is no point in denying the fact that the Pittsburgh club was lacking in several departments, and for that reason may not have provided the test that fans wanted the Packers to undergo. Injuries, plus a lack of outstanding players at almost every position, left Kiesling with a second-rate club so far as National league standards are concerned. It should not be overlooked, however, that the Packers were highly improved on pass defense, generally more spirited, and certainly showing the signs of careful preparation for the Chicago Bears next Sunday. Singing the praises of Don Hutson, Clarke Hinkle and a few others whose names have become household words in this department, is so common that their news value becomes questionable. But what is a reporter to do? Kiesling joined the chorus last night. "Hinkle is just as good as ever," he asserted. "I don't know how does it. As for Hutson, he's in a class by himself."...ALWAYS MENTION THEM: Constant mention of these two players by rival coaches becomes noteworthy with the realization that the men who run football teams pay little attention to the individuals in the opposition. They are too busy watching their own charges. Ask any coach what he thought of Joe Doaks at tackle and Sherman Vermin at guard, and he is apt to ask, "Who do they play with?" Hutson and Hinkle, however, never escape their attention. Even in horse races, the owner of the lose doesn't lose track of the winner. Of his own crop, Walt cited Clark Goff at tackle, Francis Kichefski at end, and John Noppenberg in the backfield as better than average. Noppenberg is the Menominee, Mich., product playing his first year in the league. He played varsity football at Miami, Fla., university in Coral Gables. Walt's citations of the trio are interesting in that all three showed well on defense. A former linemen with the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers, he manifests the line player's criterion of football worth: strong defense. In that he differs from Curly Lambeau, who admittedly will sacrifice defensive talent in favor of offensive power...BACKED BY MENOMINEE: Noppenberg had a host of Menominee fans cheering his efforts. Among them was his mother, Mrs. Michael Menacher, who was seeing her first professional football games. Other players on both sides who had friends and relatives on hand were Charles Goldenberg and Eddie Jankowski of the Packers, and Swede Johnston of the Steelers. Hank Bruder was there - on crutches - and he received a big hand when introduced by Jimmy Coffeen between halves. From Appleton came Elmer Johnston, Swede's father, and a number of his friends. Jankowski and Goldenberg, whose homes were in Milwaukee, had their usual followings. It is fortunate for those watching as well as those playing that each of the players mentioned turned in a neat piece of football labor. Fifth quarter conversation drifted to Packer possibilities for the rest of the season. Officials in football games cannot be quoted during the season (at least, it would be bad practice to quote them), but they like all other human beings have opinions. Summation of their conclusions plus those of a half-dozen other football "minds" is that the Packers are going to have a helluva time with the Chicago Bears next Sunday...THE GREATEST TEAM: Following the Bears' victory over Brooklyn, Jock Sutherland, somewhat of an authority on such matters, called the Bears "the greatest team ever to walk on a gridiron." That statement has been highly publicized, and there are some who have taken an attitude of, "The Bears are in and the rest of the league might just as well start building for next season." At least two men whose vital interest is football do not belong to the "Bears-are-in" school. They are George Halas, coach and owner of the Bears, and Curly Lambeau, whose word is law with the Packers. A year ago George looked to the Packers as meat for the Bears. When it didn't pan out that way and the Packers picked up the league chips, George pointed for 1940, Enough has been written about the way he prepared his team for the setback he handed the Packers at City stadium four weeks ago. But nobody knows better than George than they do not pay off two victories in one game. If he is at all possible, he probably is more concerned about the one coming up Sunday than he was about the first one. As for Mr. Lambeau, nobody who knows him doubts his motives. And as for the "greatest team ever to walk on a gridiron", these Packers do not have to take a back seat to anyone if they measure up to potential strength. This all goes back to yesterday's game at State Fair park. Grist of the fifth quarter mill was that the Packers were no great shakes as a football team against Pittsburgh, but they could be. Joe Laws is missed, but nobody should be missed so much that a team's effectiveness in every department is affected. Tackling appears to be off at times. The Packers go into the Chicago game as underdog. This is what the "boys in the know" seemed to think last night. Leo Disend got his first chance at left tackle for the Packers Sunday, and disported himself well. Some of the other boys who have been under wraps also showed nicely in spots. Pete Tinsley, serious about his works, is turning in yeoman service at guard, and Frank Balazs is moving right along at fullback. Harry Jacunski had some fine moments at left end, and George Svendsen continues to demonstrate that his layoff from play was no breech that could not be bridged...GREAT INTERMISSION SHOW: The Packer corporation turned up with another splendid between-halves show Sunday. This time it was the Boy Scouts' drum and bugle corps from the Racine council of the B.S.A. William L. Peterson is director of the unit, which was six times national junior champion in drum corps competition. Bill Allen, the drum major, also is a national titlist. He almost was booked to appear with the Packers' band on two occasions this fall, but negotiations fell through. The other Racine drum major is Bob Harrison. The corps is a separate unit in itself in the Boy Scouts, and most of its members are first class Scouts. It is self supporting, getting some aid from an organization of the mothers of the boys. Other sidelights which flashed across the scene included the presence of Ann Howard as a Packer rooter. Ann sang in a Green Bay night spot six or seven years ago, and later was one of Kitty Davis' headliners in Chicago. Now she is on a downtown Milwaukee club - with no small amount of allegiance for the Packers...GETS NEW PACKERS: J.A. Riley, Milwaukee detective whose greatest love outside of his family and his work is the Packers, had his adopted son, Tommy, at the game. The youngster is entirely familiar with the Packer roster, and had one of his greatest thrills yesterday when he was able to touch some of them when they walked down the ramp between halves. Art Rooney, who owns the Steelers, found salve for his wounds after the game in a dinner at which Johnny Sisk, former Marquette and Chicago Bears back, was host. A rumor with some foundation runs to the effect that the Steelers will not finish in the red this year. Even without victories, this must mean a great deal to Art. Flashback to an earlier day in Packer history was the presence of Wallie Nieman, Packer center during the formative years. Nieman now is at the Veterans' hospital in Milwaukee. Shorty Ray, league statistician, was on the sidelines again. His findings have done much toward streamlining the professional game with a view to serving the customer's interests. When things lag, Shorty finds out the mathematical reason for it, and corrections ensue. That is all, except for the parting shot made b one fan who has to walk some distance to his automobile after the contest. "I got more exercise today than Isbell," he said. He was wrong. Cecil had a real workout warming up.
JANKOWSKI LOST TO PACKERS
OCTOBER 28 (Green Bay) - Fullback Eddie Jankowski, injured in yesterday's Green bay victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, won't be able to play Sunday, in the crucial Chicago Bears game. Jankowski suffered a knee injury, as did center George Svendsen, only other important Packer casualty. However Team Physician W.W. Kelly today said Svendsen will be OK by Friday. The Bears contest may decide the hopes of the hot and cold Bays to repeat the National league championship. After winning at Milwaukee yesterday, they're still one behind the Chicagoans. The Packers were soundly laced by the Bears five weeks ago, overconfidence seeming to be the major cause of the defeat. But Coach Curly Lambeau now feels his lads are "snapping out of it." He was not displeased at yesterday's showing, although it was staged in mediocre style. Lambeau let his second stringers see most of the action, sparing his veterans for the coming title drive.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers were in celophane yesterday both physically and emotionally as they did the expected to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and now their fans are settling back for the necessary waiting period, preparatory to finding out the answer to that still existing mystery - have they got it or have they not? Nothing was decided concerning the championship race yesterday, unless it was that the Packers avoided what would have been a vast upset by conquering the Steelers. The big assignment, the major task, the key opportunity of the season, all hinge on what happens at Wrigley field between 2 and 4:30 o'clock next Sunday afternoon. We heard a comment on the train coming home yesterday to the effect that "the Packers played worse today than they did against Detroit." That seems a bit harsh. Perhaps the fans have been spoiled by touchdowns which came too easily. What must you do to an opponent, anyway, to keep the folks satisfied? Many of the men who will be called upon to carry the brunt of next Sunday's assault were used sparingly against Pittsburgh, giving them the very rest, the exact layoff from bitter competition which they needed the most. Now the Packers can face the Bears with unshattered ranks, keyed to the pitch, poised to strike - and if Green Bay goes down to defeat, it will be because there was a better team ready to recoil from the attack. If the Packers lose their next game, only the most sanguine of their boosters will be able to see ahead to a 1940 Green Bay championship. Miracles can and have happened, but the Bears, with what Jock Sutherland says is the greatest football team ever assembled, will be sitting on the throne, crowding the throne room and pushing everyone out into the moat. There will be attempts to rally the Packers, and future foes of the Bears will be regarded with hope and trust, but no one will be able to get away from the thought that the damage has been done. That's why the Packers aim to do the damage first. It's by all odds their greatest moment of the whole season...Scoring history was made by the Green Bay Packers yesterday, as Tiny Engebretsen tied an all-time mark and Clarke Hinkle and Don Hutson moved ever closer to the Packer peak in point-getting. Hinkle kicked his 18th field goal as a Packer, and the three points he gained thereby elevated his total to 292 for his Green Bay career. He needs only 10 more points to pas Verne Lewellen, all-time scoring leader of the team. Hutson got his 43rd touchdown and kicked his 14th extra point. The seven points raised his total to 272, and left him in third place, 20 points behind Hinkle. Engebretsen, the highest scoring lineman in Packer history, kicked two extra points yesterday. They were the 45th and 46th he has booted as a Packer, and were a couple of important points. The first one tied Ernie Smith in total conversions, and the second one tied Red Dunn, who during his Packer lifetime kicked 46 points after touchdown. When Engebretsen gets his next point, he'll have the distinction of having made more points by that method than any other Packer, and there is no one in sight likely to approach the total for years. On the big list Engebretsen ranks 9th, with 91 points, five less than Joe Laws' total. Bob Adkins scored his second Packer touchdown in two weeks, and lifted his total to 12. Frank Balazs' touchdown was his first for the Packers.
CHIEFS SCORE TWICE IN SECOND HALF TO WHIP BOSTON, 14-0
OCT 28 (Boston) - The Milwaukee Chiefs, back in their old form after two straight defeats, struck twice from midfield Sunday to cut down the Boston Bears, 14 to 0, before a chilled crowd of 7,500 at Fenway park. Going into its last game at home, Boston had scored four straight victories and attained a tie for first place in the American Professional league with the Columbus Bulls. The defeat, coupled with Columbus' 17-7 victory over Cincinnati, dropped Boston into a tie for second with Milwaukee. The Chiefs were the most aggressive and competent team seen here this season. They kept the Bears on the defensive most of the afternoon but scored only on a swift three play 46 yard thrust and a 50 yard run after an interception in the closing minutes. Boston received the opening kickoff and Andy Karpus brought the ball back to his 32. Boston's passing attack befuddled Milwaukee but the Chiefs stiffened on their 45 and took the ball on downs. They throttled each other's running games and play
seesawed between the 30 yard lines through most of the first period. With two minutes to go in the period a poor Boston punt put Milwaukee on the Bears' 19. George Karamatic went in at fullback for the Chiefs but his kick from placement was wide of the goal posts. Milwaukee forced the play in the second period and spent most of the session in Bear territory, but could not muster a scoring punch. Savage Boston tackling cut down all threats. Obbie Novakofski broke loose around his right end once but Fisher's fierce tackle stopped him after 15 yards. Novakofski's attempted field goal, just before the half, fell short. The first touchdown came in the third period after Karpus, trying to make one foot and a first down, fumbled and Roland Horky recovered for the Chiefs on the Boston 46 yard line. Novakofski engineered the tally in three plays. He bucked for five yards, passed to Chuck Myre for 27 more and then slashed through a wide hole at left tackle for 14 yards to score standing up. Bob Eckl placekicked the extra point. The Bears, who could not move the stout Milwaukee line, now turned on the full heat of their passing attack in an attempt to tie up the game. Late in the fourth period the strategy backfired. Karpus threw a pass which the Chiefs' quarterback, Ray Cole, intercepted at midfield and ran back 50 yards along the sideline for another touchdown. Again Eckl placekicked.
INJURIES CRIPPLE PACKERS FOR BEARS' GAME
OCT 29 (Chicago) - One week from today it may be possible to devote this space to the naming of the western division champion of the NFL. The mighty Bears play the Green Bay Packers in Wrigley field Sunday. Victory virtually will assure the Bears of a place in the league playoff game against the eastern champions on Dec. 8. Bear stock soared yesterday with the announcement by Coach Curly Lambeau that new injuries had befallen his Packers. Center George Svendsen and fullback Eddie Jankowski were in the hospital last night with wrenched knees, suffered in the Pittsburgh game in Milwaukee Sunday. Fullback Clarke Hinkle is under a physician's care...HINKLE' S BACK INJURED: Hinkle's back was hurt in the fourth quarter when he was tackled far out of bounds by a Steeler and thrown against the fence that surrounds the gridiron at State Fair grounds. At the time of the accident Hinkle minimized the extent of his injury. By the team the team returned to Green Bay, however, he was in bad shape and yesterday physicians could give Lambeau no assurance that the veteran fullback would be able to face the Bears. Jankowski and Svendsen definitely are lost, and will see the game from the stands with Joe Laws, the Packers' spark plug, who went out several weeks ago with a damaged knee. The only encouraging word physicians brought Lambeau was a promise they
would have Cecil Isbell ready by Sunday. Isbell has been ill. He is underweight and was withheld from the Pittsburgh game, but Lambeau hopes to have him built up sufficiently for a 60 minute performance by the weekend...IT'S A CRUCIAL BATTLE: Sunday's game looms as the key to the western division title. The Bears, through their performance in New York, indicated they might actually be as good as everyone thought they would be. If they continue to roll over the Packers, whom they maltreated 41 to 10 earlier in the season, the Chicagoans will need only two victories in their four remaining games to tie, provided Green Bay wins its four final games. After Green Bay, the Bears meet Detroit, Washington, Cleveland and the Cardinals. A super team - that is what they are calling the Bears in New York - should be able to take two out of this alignment...REDSKINS WIN THE HARD WAY: While the Bears were squaring several old counts with the Giants Sunday, Washington managed to surprise Detroit and the rest of the league by winning a football game without several touchdown passes by Sammy Baugh. Baugh was in the game, but the Lions' defense apparently was so busy stopping him it forgot to watch Jimmy Johnston and Dick Todd, two backs who can go the distance against any team if given a running start. Washington tackles Pittsburgh this week and Detroit is paired with Cleveland. Detroit needs a victory in this game and all others on its schedule if it is to figure in the title picture. Washington also cannot afford to lose Sunday, despite its two game lead and six consecutive triumphs, for it has Brooklyn, the Bears and the Giants coming up yet...TINSLEY QUITS CARDINALS: New York, which might not have been surprised at defeat in the Bear game, but was stunned by the ease and completeness of the whipping its Giants took, will cross the river Sunday to tackle a little more even competition in the form of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Gaynell Tinsley, Cardinal end, turned in his uniform yesterday when an examination revealed he had suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in Sunday's victory over Cleveland. Tinsley suffered the injury in the second quarter when he tackled Parker Hall, Cleveland's star runner and passer. The Cardinals do not play this week.
PACKERS TO STORM STRONGHOLD OF BEARS ON SUNDAY
OCT 29 (Green Bay) - There was no need to key the Green Bay Packers today for their next appearance upon a NFL gridiron. No one had to mention the names of the opponent, or give any reminders of the date, or stress the need of victory. Next Sunday afternoon the defending league champion, relegated to the runner-up position by a pair of disheartening defeats, will get their long-awaited return crack at the Chicago Bears in Wrigley field, before a throng which will pack every seat in that big arena. If the Bears accomplish a second conquest over the Packers, the National league's Western division pennant will be ready to wrap up and deliver at Coach George Halas' doorstep. If the Packers win, Green Bay will be hoisted to a first place tie with the Bruins and a running dogfight down the stretch will be in order. For once, the Packers find themselves in the favorable psychological position of being underdogs. No one can talk down the terrific power of the Bears, or the team's obvious determination to smash through for a league title. No one can question the great talents of the Halas team, which man for man appears to be at least on a par with the Packers and in the minds of many fans a good shade better. Even up, man for man, the Bears are a match for anyone in the business, and their position further has been strengthened by injuries to three Packers whose services will be needed badly - and that doesn't count valiant Joe Laws, the right halfback and field general who succumbed to an injury at Milwaukee earlier in the season...TOSSED INTO FENCE: Clarke Hinkle, who was thrown into a board fence at Milwaukee against the Steelers last Sunday, came up with a bump and a limp, so that Coach Curly Lambeau planned to use him sparingly in practice this week. Eddie Jankowski, another fullback, also was hurt, getting a damaged knee, and he was excused from practice today. George Svendsen, the powerful center who normally would be sure to see a major portion of work against the Bears, also banged up his knee and must be listed in the doubtful class. The rest of the squad appears to be fit and ready for action. Although some fans were disgruntled that the Packers did not defeat the Steelers 410 to 0 Sunday, the game produced some favorable developments and in addition did not serve to take the steam out of Green Bay's campaign against the Bears...GOOD FIELD GENERALSHIP: The field generalship at Milwaukee was consistently good, the plays being varied and in general well executed. Furthermore the Packers chose every opportunity to attempt a score by ffield goal, realizing that a long kick of that type is just as good as a punt, with the added possibility of adding three points to the score. Only one of five such attempts was good, but all of them were from good distance and several were close. The Packer passing attack was nothing to scream about, except for a few moments of deadly tossing by Arnold Herber and one spectacular touchdown heave by Hal Van Every, but the Green Bay pass defense was vastly improved. Five times did Bay players intercept Pittsburgh passes, and they didn't accept tosses right in their arms either. One of the interceptions, by Bob Adkins, was returned 35 yards for a touchdown...MEET THE OFFICIALS: The Packers will participate in a mild social function tonight, gathering at the Beaumont hotel for a 6 o'clock supper with the team's officials, some of whom the players have not met. Despite leaden and dripping skies they were out on the field today, facing an intensive drill schedule before the struggle at Chicago. The game will be a sellout. Everyone who can wriggle in that direction will visit Chicago in expectation of witnessing a titanic gridiron conflict, with small chance of being disappointed. The game dwarfs into insignificance everything else on the National league program for this weekend.
PRO PASSING AT NEW HIGH
OCT 29 (New York) - A 3% rise in forward passing efficiency last Sunday brought the NFL's aerial average up to 42% for the season, statistics for seven weeks of play revealed Tuesday. The average equals last season's record breaking pace and has helped increase scoring figures to 31 points a game,
also a record. The unbeaten Washington Redskins lead in forward passing, sscoring and ground gaining for the second week. The Redskins' 79 completions in 132 tosses gave them an efficiency average of 59%, 17 points above the league average. Philadelphia was second with 90 completions in 218 passes for 41%. Washington is high scorer with 167 points and leads the ground gainers with 1,968 yards. Green Bay and the Chicago Bears follow in these departments with 137 points and 1,926 yards, and 129 points and 1,664 yards, respectively. Detroit has held its opponents to 65 points, while the New York Giants have given up only 1,074 yards. The Chicago Cardinals have the most effective pass defense, having held their opponents to 35% of their passes. Dick Todd, 25 year old back with Washington, holds first place in the league scoring. The former Texas Aggies player registered his sixth touchdown last Sunday on a 61 yard run which defeated Detroit, giving him a total of 36 points for six games. Three points after touchdown put Ward Cuff, New York, in second place with 33 points.
BAYS OPEN HARD DRILLS FOR BEARS
OCT 29 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers today simmered down to hard work on their Notre Dame system, stressing blocking and kicking, for Sunday they will be making a desperate bid to repeat the National league title by downing the Chicago Bears. They're still one win behind the Chicagoans after lacing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Milwaukee, and if they lose here, it's felt they might as well present Coach George Halas with the league's Western division pennant. Coach Earl Lambeau, while conceding his Bays a psychological point because they are the underdogs, feels they will find more than is to be wished on their hands Sunday, as signal caller Joe Laws and Eddie Jankowski are out of business with injuries. Hard work will be their portion for the rest of the week. Dr. W.W. Kelly, Packer physician, said that George Svendsen, center, will be in condition to play the Bear game. Svendsen suffered a leg injury in the Pittsburgh game.
BEAT THOSE BEARS! PACKERS ARE TOLD AS TRADITIONAL GRIDIRON BATTLE NEARS
OCT 30 (Green Bay) - A rousing old-fashioned pep meeting with a restricted cast last night sent the Green Bay Packers from the Beaumont hotel with the words of their leaders - "Beat Those Bears!" - ringing in their ears and a fresh realization of their importance to thousands of fans entrenched in their hearts. As the hours ticked away prior to the season's most important conflict for both the Bears and Packers - they collide with traditional force at Wrigley field next Sunday afternoon - the executive board of the Football corporation issued an invitation to a private chicken and steak function at the Beaumont, and promptly at the appointed hour the professional football players gathered around the table, geared for action. And when the last plate was cleared away, they heard in resounding phrases, words of advice and exhortations to fight from Coach Curly Lambeau, from Packer President Leland H. Joanne and from Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician and veteran executive board member. Idle football chatter, political talk, discussion of the American draft all ceased as the words rang out: "The fans of the Packers expect them to defeat the Chicago Bears!" The sentiment was expressed and repeated in a dozen different forms as a grim-faced squad of Packers listened attentively, applauded approvingly and then settled back before a motion picture screen to analyze its mistakes last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In its expressed purpose of smoking up gridiron patriotism, the gathering was a pronounced success. The players, with a new realization that their many boosters are with them all the way into this great battle, are gritting their teeth, working with climatic vigor and preparing to unleash against the Bears a blast which will recoil to the everlasting detriment of the boys from Wrigley field. Executive board members present, in addition to the speakers, were Fred Leicht, vice-president; Frank Jonet, treasurer; Emil Fisher, Gerald Clifford, H.J. Bero and A.B. Turnbull. All were introduced...FANS ARE STOCKHOLDERS: "There are two classes of Packer stockholders,:" Joannes told the players. "There are those who are nominal stockholders who hold certificates indicating that they have assisted the team financially, and then there are those who go to the games, the fans. They are stockholders as much as anyone. I cannot overestimate to you new men the keen interest which the entire state, and the upper peninsula of Michigan, has in the Packers. It is remarkable to hear the expressions of loyalty to Green Bay, wherever you go. We think we have the best team personnel in the National league, and we have a great desire to see our organization continue through the years in the same successful way it has in the past. This week is the most important of our whole season, and we all know that we have a tough game on our hands next Sunday. It will take the best work of all of you, and maybe a little more, to accomplish a victory over the Chicago Bears."...MUSTN'T HAPPEN AGAIN: "It has been six years since the Bears defeated the Packers twice in the same season, and we don't want it to happen this year." Dr. Kelly told the players that the Packers belong to no man, nor to any group of men. "Not on individual," he said, "has a financial interest in the corporation except the nominal stockholders, who assisted the team in its time of need. It is a non-profit sharing organization, paying no dividends to anyone, and with no one receiving one penny for their services. The money which the games produce is turned back into a surplus, and is used for the benefit of the team. A great amount of money has already been invested in City stadium, and we try also to save a nest egg for the proverbial rainy day."...BENEFIT TO WISCONSIN: "We feel that the Packers not only are a great advertisement to Green Bay, but that they advertise the state of Wisconsin as well, and are one of its greatest assets." Dr. Kelly read a few paragraphs from a radio speech he delivered between halves of the Detroit game here, pointing to the widespread prestige of the Packers. He continued: "From 250,000 to 300,000 fans weekly listen to the broadcasts of the Packer games, adding a great unseen audience to those actually witnessing the games. No matter what kind of a season the Packers are experiencing - and fortunately we never have a really bad one - the games which mean the most to Green Bay fans are those the Packers play against the Chicago Bears. If we lost all our other games, and yet defeated the Bears, I believe the fans would regard the year as successful. Packer fans have developed a genuine dislike for the Bears. Don't be misled by back-slappers and well-wishers who say to you, 'Well, you lost, but you can't win them all.' For every fan that feels that way, there are thousands who are depressed, blue, down in the mouth because you lost when they wanted you to win."...BIGGER THEY ARE: "The Bears are tough, yes - that's fine - you like them that way. When we meet them at Chicago next Sunday we can win - we must win - and we will win." Coach Curly stressed the important of the Packers hitting on all cylinders against the Bears or any other opponent. "When we function with 35 cylinders - 33 men and two coaches - we'll be a match for any of them," he said. "I mean this as no criticism to any individual or individuals, but we have not had all the cylinders in working orders at all times this season. When we used 11 of them on the field, sometimes only eight, or nine, or ten were functioning, and we have lost two important games as a result. Now I think we have all out cylinders in working order. Now I think we can send out our squad at full strength, knowing that every Packer will do his utmost to defeat this traditional rival. We must beat those Bears!"
SEVERAL BEARS INJURED AS PACKER GAME NEARS
OCT 30 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears and Cardinals are going to gang up on the Green Bay Packers Sunday. The Cards, idle this week, will attend the Packers' pivotal battle with the Bears in a body to scout the pro champions in preparation for their game with Green Bay Nov. 10. The Bears, fresh from a 37 to 21 shellacking of the New York Giants, will be going after their second victory of the season over the air-minded Packers. The Bears opened the campaign with a 41 to 10 decision on Green Bay's home gridiron. At least three Bears are not expected to see service Sunday. George Musso, veteran guard who has been out two weeks with an injured back, has been ordered to rest another week. Another guard, Dick Bray, suffered a wrenched knee in the New York game, and Dick Plasman, brilliant defensive end, was injured on the opening kickoff in the same game. Both are expected to be out two weeks.
BEARS TERMED GREATEST TEAM
OCT 30 (New York) - The nation's No. 1 football team this season may be the powerful and tricky Chicago Bears of the NFL. With what conservative Coach Jock Sutherland calls "the greatest collection of players ever gathered", the Bears already have polished off three of their toughest league rivals, the Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and Detroit Lions. They promise to be the greatest of many outstanding Bear teams. Yet Owner-Coach George Halas makes the surprising assertion that his current aggregation is far below attaining its potentialities. The newest Bear powerhouse is formed of tested veterans and brilliant rookies like George McAfee, Duke all-America back who may eclipse Red Grange's record; Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, center from Hardin-Simmons at 20 the youngest in the pro league; Ken Kavanaugh, Louisiana State end; Harry Clark, West Virginia back; Bob Nowaskey, George Washington end, and others...PRODUCTS OF BUILDER: The 1940 Bears, like all their predecessors since 1921, are products of that masterful builder - George Halas, whose football calls for precision timing and expert ball handling. This season's team has nearly 300 plays. The quarterback handles the ball on nearly every play, direct passes from center being exceptions. With a man in motion on almost every maneuver from the T-formation, the Bears really have to be adroit. When the Bears occasionally lose, the usual explanation is that the timing is off. No pro team operated with the precision of a Halas outfit. It was George's quick opening plays, flanker and spread for passes that is enabling Clark Shaughnessy's Stanford team to crack the Pacific Coast conference wide open. And in California, too, where the natives thought they had seen everything in football...PLAYED AT ILLINOIS: Halas played brilliantly at end for Illinois before the World War, performed with a formidable Great Lakes eleven and got into pro football at Decatur, Ill., in 1920 with the Staleys, which represented a starch concern. The following the NFL was organized. Halas entered the Staleys, but renamed them the Chicago Bears. Ever since, Halas, who played nine seasons, has been owner, coach, perhaps even the water carrier, but always a genuine football nut. The Halas regime has been so successful that his Bears are the only National league team to hold an edge on all its opponents. Off the field, Halas is recognized as one of the country's keenest minds, especially regarding rules.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 30 (Green Bay) - The Packer machinery is being geared into the necessary speed for a conquest of Chicago's mighty Bears just as surely as it printed propaganda leaflets were distributed to the players and fans at their breakfast tables each morning. The players are doing most of the keying themselves, which is where the process should originate. Club executives called the men into a huddle at the Beaumont hotel last night for the purpose of giving them a figurative thump on the back, and of reminding them - as if that were necessary - that the eyes of every Packer fan will be turned toward Chicago next Sunday afternoon. Building up a Packer to the proper mental pitch for an engagement with the Chicago Bears might seem a bit on the superfluous side. It might even seem a bit raw to remind the young men, "You are about to face an opponent that made you look very silly and inexperienced a few weeks ago. You are going into a battle against a team which produced two long touchdown runs against your ineffective blocking, and which added enough other little incidents to provide a very humiliating afternoon to a lot of people, none affected more keenly than yourselves." But the Packer squad includes a lot of new young fellows who needed that experience against the Bears to acquire the deep-seated and well-founded hatred which members of the Green Bay team hold, and have held for nearly two decades, towards those big, bad boys from Chicago. Last night's meeting just called the fellows together for the purpose of pointing out a few little truths, and unless we were much mistaken, the occasion hit home, and hit hard. The Packers are in a deadly frame of mind, and other things being equal, if they leave the field a beaten team Sunday, it will be because their opponent definitely has proved itself in possession of superior strength...We sat across from Harry Jacunski, who said that things were all right in New Britain, Conn., but that he liked Green Bay better...Paul Kell and Russ Letlow, the first two Packers drawn in the draft lottery, were the targets of various military remarks. Both are married...Lou Brock talked, upon request, about his kid brother, Bryan, a sophomore at Purdue, who is a 185-pound, 6-foot-2 halfback with lots of promise. Bryan, Lou added, is a family name. If the Packers follow up this Brock business, they can get almost any number. Charley Brock's younger brother is an injured sophomore center at Notre Dame...Jim Kimberly, Neenah industrialist, was introduced as one of Wisconsin's No. 1 Packer fans. He never missed a game...Biggest hand of the evening was given Frank Jonet, who signs checks for the Packers...The Packers' dress style was extremely varied. Some of the boys were togged out in shirts, ties and those natty green jackets purchased last year. A strong minority, paced by Pete Tinsley, banned either ties or shirts, but condescended to wear sweaters...The banqueteers were served fried chicken or steaks, and after the dinner relaxed to witness films of their game at Milwaukee last Sunday.
PASS EFFICIENCY HIGHER IN NATIONAL GRID LOOP
OCT 30 (New York) - Forward passing efficiency in the NFL rose three percent in last weekend's games to bring the aerial average up to last season's record-breaking 42 percent and keep league scoring at a record 31 points a game, statistics for the seventh week of play reveal. The Washington Redskins continued to lead the forward passing, scoring and ground gaining races for the second successive week. A total of 561 passes out of 1,357 tosses have been completed by league teams. There have been 68 touchdown passes and 68 touchdowns by runs to date. Washington's 59 percent is 17 points above average. It has completed 79 out of 132 tosses. Philadelphia is second in the aerial parade with 90 completions out of 218 for 41 percent, and Green Bay is third with 72 out of 168 for 42 percent. Washington, Green Bay and the Chicago Bears are top three in scoring with 167, 137 and 129 points, and also placed in that order in ground gaining with 1,968, 1,926 and 1,664 yards, respectively. It is interesting to note that Jimmy Conzelman and Jock Sutherland, new coaches of the Chicago Cardinals and Brooklyn, have
brought about a marked improvement in the scoring of those teams. The Cardinals are 16 points ahead of their 1939 total and still have three games to play. Brooklyn is only two points away from last year's total with five games remaining. Detroit has held opponents to 65 points; the New York Giants allowed the enemy only 1,074 yards, and adversaries of the Cardinals have completed only 35 percent of their passes, to put these three teams on top defensively. Brooklyn has the second last points, Detroit second least yards against them, and Green Bay is second on pass defense, allowing only 37 percent completions.
OCT 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Next Sunday's outlook for the champion Green Bay Packers in their all important struggle with the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field, Chicago, is far from promising. Last Sunday, at State Fair park, the Packers played in and out ball to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24 to 3; that same afternoon the Bears trampled on the New York Giants, 37 to 21, at the Polo Grounds, handing the Giants their first home lot defeat in two seasons of play. The scores mean little, but the manner of triumphs means much. Possibly there is very little actual difference in the caliber of the Steelers and the Giants. Their early season tie game indicates as much and that the Steelers have come up and the Giants have slipped since 1939. However, the manner in which the two rivals of next Sunday triumphed in their last tests should speak volumes. The Bears missed no opportunities against the Giants. They played the same kind of ball that overwhelmed the Packers, 41 to 10, at Green Bay, capitalizing on mistakes, breaks and individual brilliance and making breaks of their own...DON'T PULL TOGETHER: In contrast, the Packers, as has been their habit all this season save for the All-Stars and the Redskins games, have failed to walk in as of old when the door of opportunity opened. At time their running plays worked with precision; at time their passes clicked beautifully, but all too often one important block was missed and what should have been a sizeable gain was turned into a loss. Time and again one, two and three blockers got their man, but another failed. Therein was the difference between a large gain and a loss; therein is the difference between the champions of 1939 and this year's aggregation that seems to have everything but the ability TO PULL TOGETHER. A year ago a definitely missed or half-hearted block occurred perhaps once in three plays; this year they occur four times out of five. Once Joe Bloke will miss his attempt - the good work of the others goes for naught. The next time Pete Bummel will miss his, the next it will be Elmer Whosis...NOT PACKER FOOTBALL: Several time Sunday missed signals were costly. Once a player, deep in Packer territory, was so confused he stood by idly by and let the play go by. (Luckily, however, he had sense enough to stand still after the confusion and thus avoided a five yard penalty for being in motion or for causing the team to take too much time in the huddle.) Another time, one of the Bays' best pass plays, was made to look foolish because there was no receiver to take a spot pass when every defensive man has been drawn out of position. As Uncle Seth says, "and begorra that hain't Packer football." On kickoffs and on received punts the Packers' blocking Sunday was deplorably weak. Time and time again Bay blockers, and I use the word charitably, sidled into a tackler, turned the cushion of his tonneau into the target - and missed. Oh, there was occasions when the blocking was terrific. For instance, on Adkins' touchdown run after an interception early in the game. Van Every laid in the key block and another Packer, Buhler, I believe, made another. On Uram's run after a pass catch early in the fray Milt Gantenbein put on a block that added approximately 20 yards to the gain...LAWS WON'T PLAY: Perhaps the most severe blow of all will be the loss of Joe Laws, ace quarterback and blocker. Joe was hurt in the Cardinal game here a month back, but was figured to be back in action by Sunday. The knee injury, however, is much more serious than first anticipated and the injured leg is in a cast. It is doubtful if he will play at all for the remainder of the year. An operation during the winter is expected to put him in shape for a comeback next fall, but as far as action Sunday is concerned he is definitely out. That means the Bays will be without their best strategist Sunday. Some may question it, but I believe firmly that with Joe in the signal barking roll the Packers are full 25 percent stronger offensively with any other field general. That means the Packers' offensive will be far from tops against the Bears and to beat the Halasmen you must have an attack that has control of the pigskin an equal share of the time.
OCT 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers will break with tradition when they go east to meet the New York Giants November 17. They will fly. Two planes have been chartered for the trip. Green Bay is the first pro league club to travel by air. P.S. - Don Hutson and Bill Lee insist they will leave a day earlier by train...Eddie Jankowski, with 145 yards to his credit on 30 plays, an average of 4.8 yards a play, leads Green Bay's individual ground gainers, although he stands only sixth in the league. Banks McFadden of Brooklyn is first with 325 yards on 42 plays, an average of 7.7. He is followed by Dick Todd of Washington with 6.6, George McAfee of the Bears with 5.6, Lloyd Madden of the Cardinals with 5.2, and Hugh McCullough of Pittsburgh with 5.1. The Packers have only two men in the first 25. In addition to Jankowski, Clarke Hinkle stands nineteenth with 3.4 yards a game. You can understand what is meant when it is charged the Packers have gone pass crazy...Two members of the Green Bay Packers, Paul Kell, a tackle, and Russ Letlow, a guard, had numbers drawn in the draft lottery at Washington Tuesday. Both are married.
BEARS AND CARDS GANG UP ON BAYS
OCT 30 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears and Cardinals, NFL teams, are going to gang up on the Green Bay Packers Sunday. The Cards, idle this week, will attend the Packers' pivotal battle with the Bears in a body to scout the pro champions in preparation for their game with Green Bay November 10. The Bears, fresh from a 37-21 shellacking of the New York Giants, will be going after their second victory of the season over the air minded Packers. At least three Bears are not expected to see service Sunday. George Musson, veteran guard who has been out two weeks with an injured back, has been ordered to rest another week. Another guard, Dick Bray, suffered a wrenched knee in the New York game and Dick Plasman, brilliant defense end, was injured on the opening kickoff in the same game. Both are expected to be out two weeks.
NOW IT'S BEARS' TURN - BRAY AND PLASMAN LOST
OCT 30 (Chicago) - The wave of serious injuries that has been sweeping the NFL for the last few weeks has struck the Bears again. Dick Bray, 224 pound guard, was eliminated from the list of participants in the important Green Bay game in Wrigley field Sunday, joining George Musso, veteran guard, who has been out for two weeks. Bray has a wrenched knee. Dick Plasman, one of professional football's outstanding defensive ends, was sent to a hospital for examination of a back injury, which makes him a doubtful participant. Plasman was hurt on the opening kickoff of the Giants game in New York. Examination revealed no broken bones, but a severe muscle strain probably will keep the former Vanderbilt star out of the lineup for two weeks. Musso, who scouted Green Bay with Bobby Swisher last Sunday, has been expected to rejoin the squad this week. An examination of the transverse process fractured in the Cleveland game prompted physicians to order more rest for the veteran. Swisher, who suffered three fractured ribs in the Detroit game, will be in uniform and may be ready to oppose the Packers...After a meeting in the Wrigley field clubhouse yesterday, the Bears went scouting for a place to practice. They found Waveland park under water, but there was enough space on Clarendon beach for a light workout. Coach George Halas does not want the Wrigley field turf cut up before Sunday. If he decides to practice in the privacy of Wrigley field today, work will be confined to the outfield...Dick Todd of Washington took first place in the league scoring race Sunday when he made his sixth touchdown of the season on a 61-yard run that defeated Detroit. This gave him a total of 36 points for six games. Three points after touchdown put Ward Cuff, New York back, in second place with 33 points...The loss of Gaynell Tinsley, who turned in his suit Monday after examination of a knee injury indicated he would be unable to play anymore this year, is not a crushing blow to the Cardinals. Tinsley was not able to get in shape after a year's layoff and had been of little value to the club. After reporting late, Tinsley discovered a season of inactivity as left him susceptible to muscle strains in his legs...There was one person in the Polo Grounds Sunday who did not see Lee Artoe's 52 yard field goal against the Giants. It was Artoe. The big tackle is nearsighted, and didn't even bother to look up after the ball had cleared the line of scrimmage. Coach George Halas' loud screaming on the bench was his first intimation that he had scored.
PACKERS RULE AS UNDERDOGS AGAINST CHICAGO BEARS IN SUNDAY'S GAME
OCT 31 (Green Bay) - For the first time in a rare stretch of seasons, the Green Bay Packers are about to invade Wrigley field to battle the Chicago Bears, with the invaders marked down as distinctly the underdogs. Not since 1934, when the Bears conquered the Packers twice in one season - a trick they haven't duplicated since - has a team coached by George Halas rated such an excellent chance for victory, and the betting odds in anticipation of the struggle reflect the sentiment. The Bears' apparent pregame superiority is based on the vast power which the Bruins have displayed in crushing their National league opposition this year, on the 41-10 walloping they dealt the Packers at City stadium early this fall, and on the erratic showing of the Bays in losing to the Detroit Lions and winning from several other much weaker opponents. Casting of his team in the less favored role has been received with delight by Coach Curly Lambeau, who likes nothing better than to engineer an attack upon a confident opponent, but Lambeau received with less relish today word that Hal Van Every, his ace freshman football halfback, has gone to the hospital with what apparently is a sprained ankle. Both coaches have been tossing out the injury stories with reckless abandon, but Van Every's absence from practice was noted with anything but cheer by the Packers. He has been switched to right halfback, and has been worked very well with a completely recovered Cecil Isbell, who has been looking hot as a July afternoon on the drill field. Van Every was shifted from left to right halfback, when Eddie Jankowski's injury made it necessary to move Larry Buhler back to full, and the former Minnesota ball toter has been filling his new niche to perfection, carrying the mail, calling the signals, blocking and passing like a veteran...LAWS, SCHULTZ MISSING: As the Packer injury situation shaped up today, Van Every was in the hospital and his tenure of service Sunday appeared doubtful. Joe Laws, right halfback, and Charley Schultz, tackles, definitely remain out of action. Jankowski will not be able to play at all Sunday. George Svendsen, center, and Clarke Hinkle, fullback, are out for practice but are not running with their usual speed, due to painful leg and knee injuries suffered Sunday at Milwaukee. The rest of the boys are in fine physical condition, most of the veterans having received ample rest while the Packers were pummeling the Steelers. The Packers will leave for Chicago on the Milwaukee Road at 5:35 Saturday afternoon. During their brief stay at Chicago they will headquarter at the Knickerbocker hotel on the North Side, and they will start back for Green Bay on the Milwaukee Road train at 7:35...VISIT QUARTERBACK CLUB: Lambeau, Isbell and Don Hutson will remain in Chicago after the squad leaves to appear at the Monday noon meeting of the Quarterback club at the Morrison hotel. Whatever the outcome of the Sunday game, there was no question the burning spirit of the Packers today. The team is grim, raving for revenge, bitter about the whole thing, with the memory of that 41-10 shellacking foremost in everyone's mind. Should the Bears win, and all things are equal, then the Packers will be the first to admit that they have been conquered by a superior team. Lambeau commented today regarding a statement in a Milwaukee newspaper that the Packers will fly to New York for their game with the Giants Nov. 17. "We are undecided about making that step," he said, "although we are very interest, feeling that the three-and-a-half hour flight from Chicago to New York will be much more restful on the men than the 44-hour train ride, which always took something out of the Packers."...RIDE TOO LONG: "We never looked good in our first workout after that long trip, and Packer officials have been dickering with airlines regarding rates for moving the entire team east by air." Thus far, Lambeau added, nothing has been decided, as bids still are being considered. The understanding here is that Sunday's game will be moved forward to a 1:30 kickoff, to get away from playing too late in the afternoon.
WHEN THE BEARS MEET PACKERS HOLD YOUR HATS!
OCT 31 (Chicago) - Presumably at 1:30 o'clock on Wrigley field Sunday afternoon, while the St. John's Military academy band blares forth a martial salute, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will kick off in the 44th engagement of a feud that antedates daily practice and full time employment in pro football. For 20 years the Bears and Packers, the Martins and the Coys of the NFL, have been sniping at each other from championship heights, first one, then the other holding the upper hand. True to the tradition of the series title hopes are at stake again Sunday...BEARS DREW FIRST BLOOD: The title aspects of the contest will attract many of the 40,000 or more who will jam the field where some of the greatest games of this series have been played. But most of the spectators will come to see a continuance of the feuding that has made the series one of the bitterest, as well as one of the longest (in point of games played) and most spectacular in football history. Only the Cardinals among present NFL teams had been organized when the Packers, operating under a $50 franchise purchased on borrowed money, met the Bears for the first time in in 1921, and lost, 20 to 0. This was just a football game, except for the rivalry which sprang up immediately from a small town's natural antipathy for city slickers.
This rivalry has endured through the years, gaining momentum as the Bears branched out, the Packers became a power, and professional football began catching on...THE RIVALRY GROWS WARM: There was no game in 1922, but in 1923 the spectacular started to dominate. Cub Buck, aiming from a ridiculous angle, made an incredible field goal to beat the Bears, 3 to 0. This evened the series and thereafter the Packers and Bears battled along like a pair of incorrigible children, perennially dominating the championship picture. In the early years, the hundreds - in those days - who lined the sidelines in an open lot in Green Bay or huddled on the 50 yard line in Wrigley field, viewed the series as just a football rivalry. Actually it was the struggle of two men, George Halas of the Bears and Curly Lambeau of the Packers, the rival coaches, to make a dream come true. Even then Lambeau and Halas, at the risk of being locked up, predicted that some day thousands would jam stadiums to see graduate players make a business of football...EACH TEAM CRIPPLED: Green Bay comes into Sunday's game crippled. The Bears also have leading members of their cast on the injured list. But they are better able to lose Dick Plasman, George Musso, Ray Bray, and possibly Bill Osmanski, than are the Packers to lose Clarke Hinkle and his relief, Eddie Jankowski, with title honors riding on the outcome of each game from now to the finish on Dec. 3. But Halas is not counting this as a blessing. There was a time, in 1931, he remembers vividly, when the Packers came down from the north country with only 14 men who were able to get into uniform. They had only one left halfback, one fullback, one right guard, and one right end. The right end, Milt Gantenbein, went into the game with a fractured thumb and the fullback limped on a torn leg muscle. The Bears were riding high, powerful and healthy. The final score was: Green Bay 6, Bears, 2. The Packers won their third consecutive world's championship that year...THEY'RE UNPREDICTABLE: It is ever thus in a Green Bay-Bear game. Anything can happen and does. Green Bay won the first game last year, 21 to 16, then came to Wrigley field to take a 30 to 27 beating in as wild a game as ever was played. There was that time in 1933 when the Bears went to Green Bay to open the season, and were losing, 7 to 0, with two and a half minutes to go. One of Bill Hewitt's favorite plays in the Bears' repertoire was an end around. "How Stinky would go on that one," Carl Brumbaugh, quarterback at that time and now assistant coach, recalls. Hewitt has an idea he was a passer and in practice had suggested that he throw the ball at the end of the play. Coach Halas laughed it off. The Bears were on their own 40 yard line, and time was out. Brumbaugh took aside Hewitt and Luke Johnsos, the other end. "Remember that brainstorm of Stinky's?" he asked. They nodded. "Well, get ready. I'm setting it up."...EVEN HALAS IS FOOLED!: After a running play to the side of the field, Brumbaugh gave the signal for the end around. The Bears blocked like fools, trying to get Hewitt away. When the linemen and other backs dug their faces out of the dirt, there was Johnsos in the end zone with Hewitt's long pass. They had been deceived as completely as Halas and the Packers. Jack Manders kicked an extra point. It was his first as a Bear. Since then he has made 124 points after touchdown. With forty seconds left to play and the Packers backed down to their own 10 yard line, Hewitt blocked a punt, scooped it up and went over the winning touchdown. Manders then made the score 14 to 7...ONE PLAY - AND VICTORY!: There was a game in Wrigley field in 1935 in which the Packers, beaten 14 to 3, with three minutes to go, stunned the record crowd of 44,977 by passing 80 yards to Don Hutson for a touchdown, recovering a fumble, passing nine yards to Hutson for another score and coming away victorious, 17 to 14. It can happen again Sunday. Green Bay has a spread that had caused the Bears no end of trouble. It was so good the Bears adopted it and on the first play from scrimmage it went all the way against the Packers with Bill Senn carrying the ball over half the length of the field for the winning score. Yes, they will renew an old feud on Wrigley field starting at 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. And you can underline feud.
PACKERS SHOVE OFF TOMORROW TO MEET CHICAGO BEARS
NOV 1 (Green Bay) - With the fervent hopes of their many fans speeding them along, the Green Bay Packer football team will click along the rails to Chicago tomorrow night, their goal a conquest of the mighty Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon. The Green Bay squad will board the Milwaukee Road Chippewa at 5:35 Saturday afternoon, and when they leave the train they'll be on the scene of what Packer fans hope will be one of the greatest of Green Bay's far-flung victories. Mentally, the Packers are raging for action, bitter against their rivals, anxiously awaiting a chance to prove that their previous performances against the Bruins and Lions were nothing but horrible mistakes. Physically, they are something less than perfect. Three backs whose services will be badly needed - Eddie Jankowski, Joe Laws and Hal Van Every - will squirm on the bench during the afternoon's show. Jankowski and Laws definitely haven't a chance to play, and Van Every missed practice again today, nursing his ailing ankle. Clarke Hinkle continues to be bothered by a back injury he acquired against a fence during the Pittsburgh game at Milwaukee last Sunday, and center George Svendsen is limping with a knee mishap. Otherwise, the team is as well set physically as it is on edge mentally. Coach Curly Lambeau's chief difficulty appears to be the finding of enough halfbacks to go around. Larry Buhler can play right half, but has been working at fullback this week because of Hinkle's injury, and Van Every, also shifted to right half to help plug the gap Laws left, probably won't play at all. About the only backfield position Lambeau doesn't have to worry about is blocking quarter, where Bob Adkins, Larry Craig and Dick Weisgerber all are in tip-top shape. The fullback situation doesn't look so bad, unless Hinkle caves in under fire, as Frank Balazs has been improving steadily and Buhler's damaged leg is mended. The halfbacks are something else again. Cecil Isbell will get most of the action at left half, and Andy Uram is the only other Packer now running at that position. It was about this time last year that Uram started running wild over all the Packer road opponents, and should he break out in similar fashion against the Bears, a great load will be lifted from the hearts of Packer fans...HARD WORKING HALFBACKS: Uram is one of the most conscientious and hard working men on the Packer squad. He seems, however, to be a slow starter, but when he got fired up late last season, there almost was no stopping him. He was a shifty, twisting style of running which is elusive to any defensive combination, and in the playoff game against New York he nearly ran the legs off the Giant secondary. Isbell's passing has been in and out this year, along with the rest of the Green Bay offense. Cecil throws one pass 40 yards and rams it down the throat of a Green Bay end or back, but in the same series of downs he may throw it into the hands of an enemy defender so accurately that he doesn't have to move to make the interception. Isbell has looked blazing hot in practice this week, after an illness of a couple of weeks, and should he break out with one of those red-hot Isbell afternoons, there'll be another potent factor in the Packers' favor...TWO AT RIGHT HALF: So it'll be Isbell and Uram at left half, and just what those fellows will do they couldn't tell you themselves. And that brings us to right halfback, where with Van Every and Laws out there remain only two players. One is veteran Arnold Herber, in his 12th season of professional football. Herber is aging as gridmen go, but against the Steelers last Sunday his passes had their old accuracy and his punting was excellent. Furthermore he has had vast experience against the Bears, which is a vital factor in this bitter series. Then there is Lou Brock, a promising young halfback from Purdue who has looked increasingly good in his several appearances this season but hasn't established himself yet as ready for 60-minute assignments. He may be called upon for his longest duty tenure of the season Sunday...LINE LOOKS STRONG: You cant's say much against the Packer line. It has looked better than ever this season, throwing up a heavy bulwark against opponents' ground games, and blocking sharply most of the time on offense. The one big angle which may spill the Packer championship hopes is that of field generalship, which has been open to heavy criticism in almost all of the Packer games since that against the Washington Redskins at Milwaukee Labor day. The Packers lost the game to the Lions by outthinking themselves, but against the Steelers last week there seemed to be less of the forward pass mania from deep in Green Bay territory, more of a tendency to keep the opposition driven back with well-placed punts, and a desire to score goals from the field, and three important points, at every opportunity. Such heads-up generalship can help the Packers beat the Bears, but most Green Bay fans would deliver a healthy sigh of relief if the clever and dependable Laws were able to bark 'em out at Wrigley field.
RACE FOR NFL HONORS
NOV 1 (New York) - The race for NFL ground gaining honors has become a home stretch fight among four former all-America aces with Banks McFadden, Brooklyn rookie from Clemson, regaining first place over Whizzer White, Detroit, in the seventh week of play, according to individual statistics. McFadden has 325 yards in 42 attempts at ball carrying, an average of 7.7 per carry, the best in the league. White, former Colorado U. triple threat and 1938 league champion, relinquished his lead and now has 299 yards. Parker Hall, Mississippi star with Cleveland, has 290 and Marshall Goldberg, former Pittsburgh university great with the Chicago Cardinals, has 247 yards. The idle Tuffy Leemans, New York Giants' 1936 champion, dropped from third to fifth...CONTINUES THE PACE: Eastern division players again dominated the race for individual honors with Philadelphia rookie Don Looney still ahead in pass receiving; Sammy Baugh, Washington, continuing his hot pace in forward passing, and Dick Todd, Washington, the top scorer. Baught's aerial record is 61 completions in 88 tosses for 834 yards, an efficiency average of 69 percent. He has thrown eight touchdown passes. Davey O'Brien, Philadelphia ace tosser who broke a league mark for yards gained on his passes a year ago, dropped from third to fourth in forward passing. Although O'Brien still has the most completions - 67 - his efficiency of 42 percent dropped to ninth, enabling Eddie Miller, New York Giants, to tie Cecil Isbell, Green Bay, for second place...SECOND BEST RECORD: Miller has the second best efficiency, with 30 completions out of 56 tosses for 53 percent. Isbell has 38 completions out of 80 tosses for 47 percent. Miller's rise was the most sensational of the week, as he jumped from 14th place with a stellar performance against the Bears. Looney is now only one pass reception away from last year's final total of 34 made by Don Hutson. He has caught 33. Hutson remains in second place with 25 successful catches, while Jimmy Johnston, Washington, has overtaken Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals' 1938 league champion, 17 to 16. Carl Mulleneaux, Green Bay end, has tallied on five touchdown passes, the most in the league. Todd of Washington made a bid for the scoring title held last year by teammate Andy Farkas when he forged ahead in this department. Todd has six touchdowns for 36 points. Six other players are close behind, however, and he will have to do some consistent scoring to keep the lead. Ward Cuff, New York, is second with 33 points garnered through two touchdowns, nine extra points and four field goals. Green Bay's Hutson is third with 32 points. John Hall, Cardinals; Jimmy Johnston, Washington; Looney, Philadelphia, and Carl Mulleneaux, Green Bay, are tied for fourth with 30 points each...BOOT EXTRA POINTS: Bob Masterson, Washington, and Ace Parker, Brooklyn, have contributed the most extra points, 10 each. Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay, and Armand Niccolai, Pittsburgh, are tied with five field goals. The longest of the season is now 52 yards by rookie Lee Artoe, Bears, who booted a placement one yard short of the National league record made in 1934 by Glenn Presnell, Detroit. Punting honors are still shared by Baugh and Parker Hall. Baugh has a 48-yard average from scrimmage in 19 kicks, while Hall has a 45-yard average in 30 kicks, one of 75 yards being the longest of the season.
BEAR GAME IS SUPREME TEST FOR GREEN BAY
NOV 1 (Chicago) - Green Bay's Packers will reach the crossroads in defense of their world's professional football championship Sunday afternoon. Between the hours of 1:30 - the new starting time - and 5 on Wrigley field, the legion of loyalists who cheered them through a 45 to 28 triumph over the All-Stars will learn whether the Packers are a title contender again or just another team in the National league. Green Bay has been one of the three big disappointments in the race thus far. Like Philadelphia and Cleveland, it was expected to make a much more impressive showing. In fact, there were those who, after the All-Star game and a subsequent exhibition victory over Washington, predicted the Packers would have one of their greatest clubs. Then came the stunning, humiliating 41 to 10 defeat by the Bears, whom they will attempt to pull back to the pack Sunday...WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM?: What has happened to that high geared touchdown machine that came to Chicago Aug. 29 minuted tuned? Why has the sixteen cylinder job which crushed the All-Stars stalled and bucked on the championship grade? Well, first of all, there is the obvious and partly accurate answer that the Packers were forced to reach a peak too early in the season. The momentum that swept them through the All-Star assignment carried them to an easy victory over the Redskins at Milwaukee. Then a letdown set in. This was a natural, and an expected reaction. About the time the Packers could rightfully be expected to shake off this letdown, injuries began to slow down the normal recovery processes. Joe Laws, a veteran quarterback and one of the game's greatest clutch players, went out with a wrenched knee that will keep him in the stands Sunday. Charles Schultx, a tackle extremely important to Coach Curly Lambeau's relief corps, suffered a leg injury that would have been no more and perhaps even less serious if it had been a fracture...THE INJURIES MOUNT: These factors all contributed to performances that were anything but what the loyalists had a right to expect from a champion. Then, a week ago against Pittsburgh in a game that should have been a warmup for Sunday's crucial contest with the Bears, three more men were injured. Eddie Jankowski who relieves Clarke Hinkle at fullback, was definitely lost with a knee injury. A bruised back threatened to put Hinkle out and may yet keep him from the game. George Svendsen, reserve center, came off with a battered knee and although George joined Hinkle in a light workout yesterday, Lambeau said last night he is more apt not to see competitions than he is to be in the lineup sometime on Sunday.
BAYS SEEK GENERAL ON FIELD
NOV 1 (Green Bay) - Beyond a swollen injury list, No. 1 worry today of the Green Bay Packers, preparing for their "do-or-die" game Sunday with the Chicago Bears was the exacting problem of field generalship. Club officials admit that factor, more than anything else, will decide whether the Packers will be forced to the sidelines or repeat their championship history this season. The Bear game is considered their last chance. Since Joe Laws, canny signal caller, was severely hurt three games ago, their performances have been trite, and victories somewhere dependent upon the same missing link in their opponents. And not for five season have the Chicagoans been so tough, and now, as they hover on the brink of capturing the league's western division crown, are more bitter rivals than they've been for two decades. The Bays entrain late Saturday for the Windy City.
PACKERS STORM WRIGLEY FIELD, MEET BEARS SUNDAY
NOV 2 (Green Bay) - Off for the most important engagement of the 1940 season, the Green Bay Packers tonight are speeding to Chicago and tomorrow afternoon will stir up the turf of Wrigley field in an effort to overthrow the all-conquering Chicago Bears. Just once this year did the Bears stumble. The Chicago Cardinals caught them in the depths of a profound relapse after their September victory over the Packers, and handed George Halas' men a surprise licking which put one black mark against them. That was the only beating the Bears suffered this season, whereas the Packers were tumbled twice and the Detroit Lions, the third Western division contender, three times. If the Packers rise up with the display of power their fans have been awaiting vainly ever since the league season opened, and play the type of football their boosters believe them capable of, the Bears will be facing a rough afternoon - just the type of afternoon the Bruins themselves have been handing out all season. Should the Packers win, the Western division lead will be shared by both teams, with a rough-and-tumble dogfight ahead down the final stretch. After Sunday the Packers face consecutive engagements with the Cardinals, New York, Detroit and Cleveland, while the Bears meet in order Detroit, Washington, Cleveland and the Cardinals...STAYING AT KNICKERBOCKER: The Packers left tonight on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa, and after arriving at Chicago they will make their headquarters at the Knickerbocker hotel. Sunday afternoon's struggle will begin at 1:30, the time having been advanced to prevent the last period of the game being played in the profound gloom which shrouds Wrigley field on late fall afternoons. The Packers will return to Green Bay Sunday evening, and win or lose against the Bears will plunge into an intensive drill schedule for their meeting with the Cardinals at Comiskey park, Nov. 10. Coach Curly Lambeau had a pregame statement today which indicated that he believes the Packers well capable of humbling their mighty adversaries. "The odds at Chicago favor the Bears by 9 to 5," he said, "but I don't think that proves that the Bears are the better team."...BEARS HIT STRIDE: "They have reached their peak, and have been playing magnificent football. We have not reached the peak which we believe we can attain. The Bears hit their stride earlier, whereas the Packers have not played their best football in any National league game yet this year. If both teams put forth their best efforts Sunday, then we will be able to make comparisons between them which will indicate which is better. Until the Bears prove otherwise, I believe that Green Bay is capable of taking the victory." Officials for the fracas will be John B. Kelly, Loyola, referee; Ed Cochrane, Missouri, umpire; J.J. Ritter, Purdue, headlinesman, and Fred Young, Illinois Wesleyan, field judge. This is the third time in the last four years that the Packers invaded Wrigley field to meet the Bears after losing to George Halas' warriors at City stadium. In 1936, after losing a miserable 30 to 3 exhibition here, the Packers rode into Chicago to conquer the Bears, 21 to 10, and went on to win the National league championship. The next year the Bears won up here, 14 to 2, only to fall before Green Bay at Chicago, 24 to 14. In 1938 the score at Green Bay was 2 to 0 in favor of the Bears, but at Chicago the Packers reversed it, winning 24 to 17. Last year the trend switched about, each team winning on its home grounds. The Packers conquered the Bears here, 21 to 16, but the Bruins won at Chicago, 30 to 27, one of two defeats Green Bay met in 1939...BRUINS ARE FAVORED: The Bears have not beaten the Packers twice in a single season since 1934, but they are favorites to do it again this season. Injuries in both camps have been registered, and neither will face the kickoff at full strength. Two valuable Bears, guard George Musso and end Dick Plasman, are unlikely to help in the battle with the Packers. Green Bay has been hit even harder, with three backs - Eddie Jankowski, Joe Laws and Hal Van Every - reported out of service. In addition, tackle Charley Schultz is definitely on the sidelines, fullback Clarke Hinkle has not recovered completely from an injury received at Milwaukee last Sunday and center George Svendsen still limps from a hurt he acquired in the same game. All these damaged gridders are going along to Chicago. and Hinkle and Svendsen certainly will see as heavy action as they can stand, but Van Every is doubtful and the rest can be crossed off the list.
SPECIALS CARRY FANS TO BATTLE
NOV 2 (Green Bay) - Four special trains will carry fans from northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan to the Packer-Bear classic in Chicago Saturday. Two will be operated over the North Western and two over the Milwaukee. Plans for 400 to 500 passengers are being made for the Duchateau special, which will leave the North Western depot at 7:15 Sunday morning, arriving in the Chicago terminal at 11:30. It will leave the terminal on the return trip at 7:35 p.m. All equipment will be air-conditioned. Stops will be made both going and returning at the Wilson avenue station, which is within a few minutes' walk of Wrigley field. Cabs and trolleys also are available, and those using the Wilson avenue stop can reach the field several minutes ahead of those who ride to the terminal and then return...FOLLOWS LAKE SHORE: After leaving Green Bay, the train will run via the Lake Shore, taking fans from Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Port Washington. A second special will leave Appleton at 7:15, and will pick up fans from the Fox river valley cities, reaching Chicago at 12:15. It will leave on the return trip at 7:30. This train will stop at Wilson avenue. Estimates are that it will carry from 200 to 250 passengers. The Milwaukee Road's Carrigan special is expected to roll into Chicago with about 300 passengers. It will leave the Carrigan hotel on E. Walnut street, at 7:45, De Pere at 8:03, Greenleaf at 8:15, and Hilbert at 8:35, reaching Chicago at noon. It will leave on the return trip at 7 p.m...PICKS UP PARTY: At the Porlier street stretch, this train will be combined with another train from Iron Mountain, Mich., and intermediate stations. At Thiensville a party of 40 will be picked up. This special also will consist of air-conditioned equipment. After arrival at Green Bay on the return trip, a smaller train will go on to Iron Mountain. Special round-trip fares are in effect on both roads, and tickets may be secured at many places in Green Bay and neighboring towns.
'PACKERS READY FOR BEARS,' LAMBEAU SAYS
NOV 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - All their high falutin' ideas knocked out of their heads by defeats at the hands of the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions in earlier games this fall and riddled by injuries the champion Green Bay Packers arrived here late tonight unbowed, unbroken and not conceding the Bears one thing before settling it in man to man fashion over the chalk lines at Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon. Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, head man of the Packer aerial circus, summed it up thusly: "For the first time this year we've got the spirit that carried the club to the title last fall. Our running plays have
been clicking beautifully, our deception is good and our passers are doing their stuff better than at any other time, injuries to key men offer considerable of a handicap, but the players and myself are not giving the Bears one thing. If they beat us they'll know they've been in a ball game and we'll admit they have the better club - for 1940." Injuries offer Lambeau and Co. their biggest obstacle. Joe Laws, ace of the signal calling corps; Eddie Jankowski, fullback, and Charlie Schultz, tackle are out of action definitely and there is little chance that Harold Van Every, star frosh back down from Minnesota, will get into the fray because of an ankle injury suffered this week in practice. Another Packer star, Clarke Hinkle, veteran fullback who is having one of his best years, also was injured this week and won't be in top condition, but will start and will divide fullback duties with Frank Balasz, the rock ribbed Iowan, who can lug the leather with as much out and out power as the best in the land. Although Coach Curly didn't let anything out of the bag, it is safe to assume that the Packers, as usual, will depend upon their aerial attack for most of their damage. However, this time it is to be hoped the running game will be functioning smoothly enough to make it imperative for the Bears to draw in their defenses and thus set up some of their aerial playoff plays. It is also to be hoped that when the ground attack is functioning the Bays will stick to it until the defensive setup changes and forces them to go to the air. The Bears too, they say have a number of injured plays, but it is considered almost a cinch that all, with the possible exception of Plasman, an end and a great one, will get into the game. In trimming the Packers, 41 to 10, early in the season at Green Bay, the Bears were an alert club, one that took advantage of every break and made many others. They outplayed and outthought the Bays; they beat 'em in every department of the game and made all Packer last minute passing attempts boomerang for scores. They scored twice from kickoffs; they returned punts better and they outplayed the Bays from Tokyo to Oshkosh. But a few days later they played like Abbott's Crossing Tigers and lost 21 to 7 to a Chicago Cardinals team that the Bays took over the coals. Last Sunday, in beating the New York Giants, the Bears played like they did at Green Bay, making every break count. Could it be possible that, like the aftermath of the Packer game, the Bears are due for a letdown this week? However, they've delivered the goods far more convincingly than the Packers have to date and they rate the role as favorite. But it will be a battle and the 45,000 fans who have already bought their tickets will see one of the great gridiron spectacles of the year.
OLD NOTRE DAME PALS TO MEET AS FOES TOMORROW
NOV 2 (Chicago) - Among the things for which there will be no time between 1:30 and 5 o'clock on Wrigley field tomorrow is reminiscing. But after the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have come to some understanding about the latter's championship hopes, two gents from the opposing sides probably will get together and, over a friendly bracer, talk old times, including May of 1924. May of 1924 was a very eventful month in South Bend, Ind. It was in that month, along about lilac time, that the Ku Klux Klan had an interesting experience with the Notre Dame student body. In the heat of the hostilities, a freshman football player, the self-appointed generalissimo of the Irish expeditionary forces, decided to walk up three flights into the Klan headquarters along, and issue an ultimatum...HUNK EYES A FIGHT: When Hunk Anderson, then line coach at Notre Dame, heard about it he jumped from the Golden Dome to the south goal posts. Some of the more gossipy citizens said Hunk was wrought up over the prospects of a good fight being finished before he could get into it. The truth, though, was that Hunk did not want any football players with lead in them. He has some very old fashioned ideas about lead, especially the .45 caliber kind. It has a tendency, he contends, to slow up football players. But when he learned the freshman was Richard (Red) Smith, a son of the wilderness around the Flambeau reservation in Wisconsin, he quickly regained his customary aplomb and sangfroid. "Let's relax, gents," he said. "Let's be calm. That guy can take care of himself."...ON OPPOSITE SIDES NOW: All of which suggests that Smith, now line coach for the Packers, like Anderson, who handled the Bear line, had a reputation even then for the kind of stuff that makes champion linemen. From opposite sides of the Wrigley field gridiron tomorrow, Anderson, the teacher, and Smith, his pupil at Notre Dame, will attempt to impart some of their fight and self-reliance to the opposing lines in another of the numerous little sidelights that help make this Green Bay-Bear tussle the outstanding game of the professional season. Injuries have made it rather difficult for Smith this year, and he sends his line forth tomorrow with one first line relief tackle, Charles Schultz, definitely out and a reserve center, George Svendsen, an uncertain participant. Anderson lost two right guards, the veteran George Musso, and his relief Ray Bray, but in the shuffle he came up with Aldo Forte, who has been one of the Bears' most valuable players in recent games. Fifteen thousand seats will go on sale at Wrigley field at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and if the weather behaves more than 40,000 will see the game.
BEARS, PACKERS BATTLE TODAY BEFORE 40,000
NOV 3 (Chicago) - Chicago is host today to the outstanding spectacle of the professional football season. Green Bay's struggling Packers match their highly productive aerial attack against the Chicago Bears' devastating power on Wrigley field. The kickoff has been moved up to 1:30 p.m. Twice beaten, once by the Bears, 41 to 10, the Packers come back to Chicago, the site of their sensational All-Star victory last August, fighting to keep the Bears from stifling their last chance of remaining in the title race...15,000 TICKETS ON SALE: With them they will bring two special trainloads of loyalists from Wisconsin and upper Michigan and several thousand other followers in a motorcade that began arriving as early as yesterday noon. Two bands, one a marching and drum corps unit from the St. John's military academy, site of the Bears' preseason training activities, will add to the spectacle of 40,000 jammed into the north side park on the promise of witnessing more of the storybook football that has become traditional in this series. Fifteen thousand tickets will be placed on sale at Wrigley field at 10 o'clock this morning. These include box, bleacher and grandstand seats. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Green Bay and the Bears have met 43 times since 1921. The Bears have won 21 times, including the last two meetings between these oldest of professional football intercity rivals. Green Bay has come off victorious 18 times and four games have been tied...IT'S POWER VS. PASSES: The Bears, defeated only once and leading the western division by a game, stake their chances of virtually clinching the division title on the power of their line and a fleet, charging corps of backs among whom Ray Nolting, George McAfee, Joe Manaici and Gary Famiglietti are about tops in the league and country. For Green Bay it is Arnie Herber or Cecil Isbell to Don Hutson, and occasional thrusts to Clarke Hinkle, provided the veteran fullback is sufficiently recovered from a back injury to reach his norm for Bear competition. Hinkle never has played anything short of a stirring role against the Bears, in good seasons and bad. At a late hour last night there was no definite word on the possibilities of several injured members of each cast getting into the game. Coach George Halas of the Bears said he hoped Dick Plasman, Bill Osmanski and Eggs Manske could play, but wasn't sure. Curly Lambeau, founder, former star and coach of the Packers, had the same report on Hinkle, Hal Van Every and George Svendsen. It was definitely known to both coaches, however, that Joe Laws, Ed Jankowski and Charles Schultz of Green Bay, and George Musso and Ray Bray of the Bears, would not be available...SUPREME TEST FOR PACKERS: Misfortune, much of it their own making, has dogged the Packers since they came into Chicago in August, overwhelmed the All-Stars, 45 to 28, and hiked up to Milwaukee to whip the Washington Redskins in an exhibition game. Today, however, is the big game of their season. This is the supreme test of the club's fortitude and ability, as well as of its chances to qualify for its third consecutive playoff assignment. Every aspect of the contest is made to order for the Packers from the psychological standpoint. If the Packers do not act like champions today - regardless of whether they win or lose - then it is not likely that the present personnel ever will. The Bears will start the game with three rookies in the lineup and a right end playing at the left end position. George Wilson has been shifted to left end because of the injury to Plasman. John Siegal, a teammate of Luckman's at Columbia, and who with Luckman played a starring role in the 37 to 21 triumph over the Giants last week, will be at right end...LEE ARTOE PROMOTED: Lee Artoe, he of the 52 yard placekick, Clyde Turner and George McAfee are the starting rookies. Artoe's elevation to a starting assignment follows several workmanlike relief jobs at right tackle, and more rapid development than Ed Kolman, another rookie. McAfee gets his call for superb all-around ability made sensational by a fleetness and elusiveness that stamps him as one of the most dangerous ball carriers in the league. Turner is the great Bulldog Turner of Hardin-Simmons last year. Need more be said about him? Hutson, of course, will be the object of constant vigilance. The long, slender pass snatcher has surrendered none of his artistry to five years of campaigning in the toughest football of all. In fact, he seems to improve with age. But, while the Bears are watching him, more than a glance will be reserved for Carl Mulleneaux, Harry Jacunski. Milt Gantenbeing and Andy Uram, other receivers of more than average ability. Deploying behind a veteran line, Cecil Isbell, Uram and Hinkle will be as dangerous to the Bears as Nolting, McAfee, Famiglietti and Maniaci are to the Packers. If Hinkle is unable to take his place in the lineup, fullback will be entrusted to Frank Balazs, formerly of Iowa, and Larry Buhler of Minnesota. Hinkle would be better, perhaps, but Balazs and Buhler will permit no lagging by the defense. Both are powerful plungers. Other games today bring together the Giants and the Dodgers in Brooklyn, and Detroit and the Rams in Cleveland. Pittsburgh goes to Washington to tackle the almost impossible task - for Pittsburgh - of stopping the rampaging Redskins, unbeaten leaders of the eastern division. The Chicago Cardinals and Philadelphia have open dates.