Green Bay Packers (1-0-2) 0, Duluth Eskimos (1-0-1) 0 (T)
Sunday October 3rd 1926 (at Green Bay)
fast to ascertain possession of the ball and one of the "mudsters" let a lot of cleat marks on his hand. After the game, Bobby had to get as much medical attention as any of the combatants. John Dunn, vice president of the National league, who umpired the game, paid Green Bay quite a compliment. "I have always said Green Bay was the best football city of its size in the country," said Dunn. "And I believe it more than ever after seeing the turnout at Sunday's game."
"When you can get a crowd of 2,500 paid admissions out to a game under conditions as prevailed, it is wonderful. It shows the spirit that prevails here and it is a credit to the city. Both President Carr and myself  always use Green Bay as our best example when we start 'singing the praises' of pro football. And don't forget around our circuit, your Packers are rated as good as any team in the league." It certainly was a wonderful turnout. Even when the gates opened at 12:30 and a young cloudburst was underway a handful of the loyal bleacherites paid their money and walked into the "water carnival". An hour later there wasn't many more in the park but many spectators were sitting in cars outside the field, waiting for the whistle to blow.
When the rain started to let up, the spectators began to come out and there was quite a jam at the gates just before starting time. Slickers were very popular and the varied colors of the rainshed garments made quite a picture as the spectators grouped in the big stands. The damp weather didn't seem to halt the women and there were many of them in attendance. It certainly showed that the football bug has a mighty strong hold on the sport loving public in Green Bay and neighboring cities. So far as the game in itself went, it was quite some encounter with both clubs wading through the muck for all they were worth. There was a lot of punting and, as usual, Lewellen easily outdistanced the mighty Nevers. Lew's educated toe more than once drove the ball down the field. And what's more he was placing 'em nicely. The Bays opened hostilities by kicking to the Eskimos. Nevers returned the kick about ten yards and then on the first play, he shot a pass to J. Rooney for a 17 yard gain. But that was all for the time being and the ball changed hands frequently via a kicking duel. Lewellen was getting the best of it and each exchange saw the Packers gain a little better off on ground gaining. Towards the close of the period, the Bays had the ball well within Duluth's territory.
The big thrill of the game came on the first play of the second quarter. The Bays attempted a pass and Nevers, standing about 12 yards from his own goal, grabbed the ball and started down the field. He was leaping along the south sidelines and several of his teammates helped to clear the way for him. Nevers was gaining speed en route and it looked as he would make a touchdown. The Packers were in hot pursuit. Finally Moose Gardner drew away from the pack and closed in on Nevers. A flying tackle dumped the Standford All-American on the Bays' 2-yard line. Here the Packers made a brilliant stand. Four times did Nevers crash against the Bays' forward wall but he lost the ball on downs. Lewellen kicked the ball for a forty and the Eskimo threat was over. This was the only time that the invaders were too close for comfort.
Several times during the third quarter, the Packers started on what looked like touchdown drives but each thrust met with stubborn resistance from the Polar Bears who fought like demons when they were deep in their own backyard. Twice the Packers tried passes for touchdowns but the slippery ball was a jinx both on the tossing and receiving ends. The fourth quarter was almost half through when Lewellen made a sensational catch of a forward pass. The crowd began to chant, "Touchdown, Packers, touchdown." Straight football helped things along and the old goal line wasn't far off. There was just about three minutes to play when Purdy got instructions to warm. The little backfielder pranced along the sidelines and the crowd knew what was coming. It was second down and the ball was on the Eskimos' 22-yard line, a bit off to one side. On the next formation, the Packers carried the oval over to midfield, and Purdy went on. The stage was set for a "Dick Merriwell" stunt. Purdy was standing on the 29-yard mark. He patted the dirt down and took a pass from Earpe. The Packer line held solid but Purdy just sliced the ball a bit and his kick went outside of the uprights. It was a golden opportunity missed but just the same, "E. Pid" won the respect of the crowd by the confident way in which he went about his kicking business. It "nevers" rains but it pours.
DULUTH    -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
A Duluth Eskimos jersey from 1926 (Photo by Kevin Kramer)

When the NFL came to Duluth: The story of the Eskimos

Minnesota has a long and rich history of professional football. For most of the state’s fans, the mention of pro football immediately conjures images of the icy breaths of the Purple People Eaters suspended in the chilly Metropolitan Stadium air, of Randall Cunningham firing off 60-yard touchdown passes, of missed kicks and four Superbowls. But the Minnesota Vikings are not the only team to have represented the North Star State in the NFL. One hundred fifty miles north of Metropolitan stadium, another team was competing on the gridiron in the National Football League from 1923 to 1927: the Duluth Eskimos.

The early years of professional football were rough-and-tumble and complicated. According to the NFL, in 1920 pro football was in a state of confusion from the dramatically rising salaries of players, players who were jumping from team to team seeking the highest offers, and from the use of college players still enrolled in school. In 1920, an organizational meeting led to the formation of the American Professional Football Conference in the hopes that a single league with a uniform set of rules would stabilize the sport. That same year the conference was renamed the American Professional Football Association, and again in 1922 when it was renamed the National Football League.

In 1922, a football team formed in Duluth officially named the Kelley Duluths after their namesake sponsor, the Kelley-Duluth Hardware Store. Wearing red and white sweaters, the team played their home games at the Athletic Park in West Duluth where Wade Stadium now stands. The Duluths played in just 16 games in three seasons from 1923 to 1925, due in large part to weather in their northern locale. In 1924 the team finished with a record of 5-1, which was good enough for fourth place in the league at the time. (By modern day standards, the team would have tied for the best record and a share of the NFL title.)

In 1926 the team lost their sponsor and adopted the new name of the Duluth Eskimos. As the Eskimos, and under the continued ownership of Superior, Wisconsin–born Ole Hausgrud, the team would enter a new phase of its history as a “barnstorming,” or traveling, NFL team. By traveling the country the Eskimos were able to play in more games than ever before, but as a result only played one home game in Duluth over their final two seasons. The team’s lone and final home game was a 7-0 win over the Kansas City Cowboys on September 19, 1926.

Hausgrud’s major success in 1926 was the signing of Willow River, Minnesota, native and Stanford University’s star player Ernie Nevers for a then-astounding $15,000 and 10 percent of ticket sales at the gate. The traveling Eskimos gained the nickname “Ernie Never’s Eskimos” after their new star player, who not only played running back but also kicked, played defense, and even coached the squad in 1927. “Ernie Nevers’ Eskimos” wore a distinctive white and midnight blue uniform featuring an igloo on the front as their logo, one of the first NFL teams to use a logo, as an homage to their northern home city. The team was also one of the first NFL franchises hold a “training camp” to prepare for the 1926 season, which took place just up Lake Superior in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

In describing the Eskimo’s “Iron Men of the North”-barnstorming nature Nevers was quoted as saying, “We went from September to January and from Maine to Texas to the Pacific Coast. In all we played 29 games and we had only 16 men on the squad. If the coach took a man out of the game for a substitution, he got mad. That’s how much we loved it.” According to the Professional Football Hall of Fame Nevers was on the field for 1,714 of the 1,740 minutes played in the 1926 season made up of 14 regular season and 15 exhibition games. In total the team traveled for 117 days in the 1926 season and covered over 17,000 miles whilst helping bringing the NFL’s brand and game to the attention of thousands of Americans.

Nevers wasn’t the only notable player on the Eskimos that year. The roster featured players like St. John’s University (Collegeville, Minnesota) John “Johnny Blood” McNally and a two-way guard from St. Paul, Minnesota, named Walt Kiesling, both of whom would eventually be honored in the Professional Football Hall of Fame alongside Nevers. The Eskimos played 14 games in 1926 and finished eighth in the NFL with a record of 6-5-3

The following and final Eskimo’s season saw the club finish in the bottom of the league, recording one win and eight losses in nine total games. With slow ticket sales in 1927 coupled with financial crises across the nation the Eskimos owner Ole Haugsrud decided to sell the team rights in 1929 to an investment group from Orange, New Jersey for $2,000. The sale marked the end of the Duluth Eskimo’s who, along with their star Ernie Nevers, did not participate in the 1928 NFL season. While the NFL left Duluth for good, part of the deal stipulated that Haugsrud would have first rights to any future NFL franchises in Minnesota. This clause proved a wise and valuable one for Haugsrud when in 1960 he purchased a 10-percent share of the new Minnesota Vikings franchise.

After the Eskimos folded, Ernie Nevers went on to continue his NFL career in 1929 as a member of the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals. That season Nevers set the NFL’s record for points scored in a game (which still stands) when he scored 40 points by way of six rushing touchdowns and four extra points kicks.

His Eskimo teammate Walt Kiesling went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals and Bears, the Green Bay Packers, and coached the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. John “Johnny Blood” McNally played on four of Curly Lambeau’s Green Bay Packers championship teams (1929–1931 and 1936), and went on to become the head coach of his alma mater St. John’s University. (Legend has it that at the end of his coaching career McNally informed his successor that “nobody could win at St. John’s.” The incoming coach was a man by the name of John Gagliardi, who amassed an incredible 489 wins—more than any other coach in the history of college football.)

While their time on the Duluth Eskimos was brief, the stories of these three hall of famers, Nevers, Kiesling, and McNally, serve as an enduring reminder that once—way long ago—the NFL called Duluth, Minnesota, home. SOURCE:
Ellis, a Detroit U flash, hold down the tackle posts. Weller was with Milwaukee two years ago. Jerry Lunz and Brennan are veteran guards while Claypool at center was the All-American pro choice for snapper-back in 1925...PACKERS ARE READY: Tomorrow's game is the "croocial" fray on the Packers' schedule. A win over the Cardinals will set them pretty in the percentage and very likely enable them to start off on their travels late in the month without a defeat. The players are tuned up for the skirmish. Football fans who have watched the gang work out this week claim they have never seen a Packer squad go about their practice stuff with such determination. Ever since last fall when O'Brien & Co. sneaked home a win, the Bays have had one battle cry, "Remember the Cards", and Lambeau's gridders will be thinking about them plenty Sunday afternoon. The Green Bay squad is in pretty good physical shape and every man on the outfit can be used if necessary. The Packers are "rarin' to go" as they figure this is the time that they are going to get even with O'Brien and his hirelings for something that has happened in the past...LARGE CROWD ASSURED: Another bear of a crowd is forecast. The ticket sale places about town have been busy all week and hundreds of requests for seats from outside were filled in the past few days. However, there are many choice reservations still on hand and the management hopes that the supply will last right up until game time so as to take care of those that "check in" during the last minute rush. Arrangements have been made to handle a capacity throng. Additional police, ushers and gate-men will be on the job. The gates at the park will open promptly at 12:30. There will be a ticket booth doing business at the stadium, starting at 10:30 a.m. and reserved seats can also be secured at the Empire Drug Store until noon...STAGE GUARD MOUNT: An extra feature of the game will be the guard mount between halves by the local battery unit. The Legion band will be on the job, as usual, and they will do their stuff during the guard mount performance by the militia unit. Bobby Cahn, of Chicago, will referee the game. Ecky Erdlitz, of Iron Mountain, is to umpire while Coach Iverson, of Sheboygan, will again be on the job as head linesman. These three officials should be able to keep peace in the family.
OCT 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Flyweight Burks, a product of the Northwest, has been playing bang up ball for Johnny Bryan's Milwaukee team. Burks has to give away about 40 pounds to every opponent but his speed and passing makes up for this...Pete Calac, one of Jim Thorpe's playmates in olden days, can still step out and make his presence felt on a chalk marked field. Calac is with Canton this fall and he is one of the Henry tribe's best backfielders...Petcoff, giant Columbus lineman, is playing in much improved form. The big fellow caused the Cardinals and Canton plenty of troubles by his swift charging tactics when rushing a
O'Brien & Co. came here to perform. What's more this ultimatum was presented in writing to O'Brien. Evidently, he saw that the Packers meant business and agreed to come here but not until after he was assured a top heavy guarantee. However, the deal was closed and Sunday the Cardinals will be here. There is no doubt but that the Dunn-Lamb combination will play before the biggest crowd on record here, if fair weather prevails. Requests for seats to the Cardinal game have been coming for weeks and it is certain the reserved ducats will be picked up even more quickly than for the Bears game two weeks ago..NEVER BEATEN CARDS: The Packers have never beaten the Chicago Cards. Back in 1921, the teams played a 3 to 3 tie game. In 1922, the Bays took a 16 to 3 licking. There was no game the following year. 1924 saw the Packers take a 3 to 0 upset when Paddy Driscoll kicked one from the 40-yard line. Last fall, the Cards were "credited" with a 9 to 6 victory. Once again it was Paddy Driscoll's toe that spilled the beans for Green Bay in the last half minute of play. This year Driscoll isn't with the Cards but Manager O'Brien has rounded up such a good combination that the Chicago fans are claiming that the Cards are not even missing the sure foot Driscoll. The Cardinals have got off to a flying start in the pro league race. They opened with a 10 to 0 victory over Columbus and followed this up by rolling Los Angeles for a 15-0 loss. Last Sunday, they stepped all over Racine to the tune of 20 to 0. The crew from Horlicksville never even made a first down...WANT FOUR STRAIGHT: The Chicagoans are coming here determined to make it four in a row in the pro league championship race, but they are going to meet a Big Blue squad which will give then a lot more trouble than they have faced, as yet, this year on the gridiron. And it is certain the ghosts of other years will make the Packers fighting made when the whistle blows.
OCT 6 (Chicago) - Something strange is happening in the Cardinal football camp. O'Brien & Co. are getting ready to travel. The South Siders invade Green Bay Sunday for a game with the Packers. Back in 1921, the Cards journeyed to Canton and took a licking. Since that time, Manager O'Brien hasn't played his team outside of Chicago.
OCT 6 (Chicago) - "Better than the Bears." That's the way the pro football fans in Chicago size up the Chicago Cardinals of 1926. About a month ago when it was announced that the Bears had purchased Paddy Driscoll from the South Siders it was figured that the O'Brien crew had sung their swan song as contenders for postgraduate championship honors. But it is different now. The Cards started off by defeating Columbus without much trouble. Then they rolled Los Angeles for a loss and, after last Sunday's game, when they walloped Racine, 20 to 0, even the sport scribes had to admit that the Cards had earned a top place in the pro football world..."SMART LIKE A FOX": Chris O'Brien is "smart like a fox." The Card manager probably hasn't ever seen the inside of a college but he knows football. Way back when, he got his gridiron experience on the sandlots of the Windy City. In his day, Chris was rated as one of the best backfielders in the Chicago district and when he stepped into the pro game he always made it a point to get players who could use their heads as well as their arms and legs. For years Driscoll was the backbone of the Cards but each year he held out for more money and he got so that Paddy began talking in thousands when, not so long ago, it was hundreds. Chris O'Brien stood it as long as his pocket would but when he saw that Driscoll was launching forth on a frenzied finance career, he took other steps...BOUGHT RHODDY LAMB: The Cardinal management bought Rhoddy Lamb from Rock Island and he is playing so well in Driscoll's shoes that Paddy is pretty well forgotten in the Normal park district. Lamb is performing like a star at halfback and when it comes to speed he has it over Driscoll like a tent. Several years back Milwaukee had a great football team and the three outstanding stars were Red Dunn, Erickson and Weller. This Badger squad ran wild over the Cardinals once and O'Brien figured that the best way to stop this was to buy the trio of crack gridders. McGurk, who was running the Milwaukee club at the time, always listened to the rattle of a dollar and the deal was on. Dunn is playing quarterback and doing the dropkicking. Erickson couldn't be improved upon at halfback while Weller is one of those kind of tackles that coaches often dream about but seldom see...PLENTY OF OTHER STARS: However, these four players aren't the only stars on the Cardinal team. Claypool was the All-American pro center in 1925. Brennan and Lunz are a pair of veteran guards. Bloomer bloomed forth last fall as a great end while Koehler and McInerney have been starring for the Cards since 1920. The South Siders have plenty of new blood this fall. Kiley and McDonnell were purchased from Duluth; Hogan and Ellis are fresh from Detroit U; McElwain is a Northwestern product; Francis comes from the Stagg school at Chicago; Ike Mahoney starred with Creighton and Green was a Loyola flash.
Bay and its great football club doing its stuff under more favorable conditions, so Sunday's game was selected, because of its importance on Green Bay's schedule of games this year. George Downer, sports editor for the Milwaukee Sentinel, a former professional football referee, and until a year ago coach of the Milwaukee Normal school football squad, will be on the job. Mr. Downer will be in Minneapolis Saturday covering the Notre Dame-Minnesota game and will stop here on his return and write the story of the Packer-Cardinal affair, for his paper. The Cardinals have a great following of dyed-in-the-wool supporters in Chicago and a delegation from that city is planning on accompanying the team here, according to reports...PACKERS WORKING HARD: While all this is going on, Captain Lambeau has his squad on the field every morning at 9 o'clock sending them through their paces. The stiffest preparation that the Packers have ever gone through has been the regular program all week, and by Sunday the boys should be at their best. Several new trick formations and passes have been worked out and perfected so that the Cardinals will have to combat a varied attack when the Packers start their touchdown processions. All of the squad is in fine condition and injuries will not keep any member on the bench. The team is looking good and at no time has it shown such smoothness of execution in its formations. The "itch" to get in and pass the old cowhide around is prevalent, and the Cardinals should have the busiest afternoon of their already hectic careers, when they appear here Sunday, the first time they have ventured from their own backyard in five years.
OCT 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Sunday the most important football game, from a Green Bay point of view, ever staged in this city, will be played at the City stadium and football fans for miles around will be sitting in at the pro league affair between the Chicago Cardinals and Packers. The football colony of Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan is pretty much interested in what promises to be the "Battle of the Season" at home. As the day draws near, the demand for tickets increases and there is a good chance that the peak attendance established at the Bear game several weeks ago will be topped...GOOD RESERVATIONS AVAILABLE: However, there are still plenty of good reservations available. The Packer management urges persons planning to attend the game to pick up their tickets early so the rush just before starting time won't be so bad. Mail ticket orders are being filled as rapidly as received and every effort will be made to take care of late arrivals although it is well to remember that at the Bear game, every reserved seat in the park was sold out a few minutes before the whistle blew. The local battery unit are to perform in a guard mount between halves of Sunday's game. This will be something new in the feature line at the football games...BEST DRILLED ARTILLERY: The guardsmen are fresh from the summer training camp where they were rated as one of the best drilled artillery units in the "tents". The battery is all primed to stage a splendid exhibition with the assistance of the Legion band. The musicians have been drilling with the soldiers for the past month in preparation for Sunday's event. According to Captain Lambeau, his team will be in pretty good physical condition for the encounter. With the possible exception of two players, every man will be in the pink when the whistle blows...LOTS OF FIGHT: The Packer veterans who faced the Cardinals in that hectic game in Chicago last season have been stirring up a lot of fight among the newcomers and it is a certainty that when the time for the kickoff rolls around, the Big Bay Blues will be mad enough to lick their weight in wildcats and this means Cardinals, too. The Green Bay team has spent plenty of practice hours this week sprucing up the pass defense. The south side Chicagoans are right at home with an air attack. Red Dunn and Erickson do most of the passing while Rhoddy Lamb and Bloomer, wingsmen, are generally on the receiving end. The Cards aren't a beef trust aggregation but speed is their middle name. Skull practice is scheduled for the Packer tonight. The session will be held at the Continuation school building and all formations will be gone over via blackboard description. Following this there will be discussion about the Cardinal team between members of the squad.
OCT 8 (Chicago) - The Cardinals will leave Chicago for the first time in five years Sunday when they journey to Green Bay, Wis., to battle the strong Green Bay Packers in a NFL tilt that stacks up as one of the toughest of the year for the local eleven. Chris O'Brien's Cards have rammed their way into the lead of the pro circuit with three straight victories and if they can push over a win Sunday against Green Bay, their chances of copping will be considerably brighter. Red Dunn, who was out of last week's game with a charley horse, will be back in the lineup this week at quarterback. The Packers played a scoreless tie with Ernie Nevers' Duluth Eskimos last week, but their forward passing attack, their chief weapon, was useless on the slimy field. Green Bay looms as a tough outfit for the Cards to hurdle, and daily drills are being held at Normal park to condition the Cards.
OCT 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Philadelphia Yellowjackets chalked up a pair of victories over the weekend at the expense of the Hartford Blues. It was a home and home series and Chamberlain's outfit tucked away the wins, 13 to 0 and 10 to 0...The Akron club broke into the win column by tossing Hammond for a 17 to 0 loss. The Neid-men looked pretty good on their home field and Doc Young's aggregation wilted under the hard hitting, machine-line attack...The Imlay-Muller combination which gained fame on the Pacific coast in collegiate football circles paved the way for Los Angeles to whip Milwaukee, 6 to 0. Muller caught a pass from Imlay and raced for a touchdown...Paddy Driscoll is proving a good investment for the Bears. Two weeks ago, he ran for a touchdown to tie the score with the Packers and last Sunday, it was Driscoll's dropkick that whipped the Detroit Panthers, 10 to 7...Inability to add the extra point after touchdown forced the Providence Steam Rollers back to the .500 class as New York's Football Giants returned home with the bacon to the tune of 7 to 6 after an exciting encounter...The Chicago Cardinals made it three straight in the pro league race by whipping Racine, 20 to 0. Chris O'Brien's team is looking better at every start, as they are converting fumbles by opponents into touchdowns...An educated toe paved the way for two victories in the National league in last Sunday's games. Dayton invaded Buffalo and took the Bisons to camp by a 3-0 count and Pottsville handed Columbus the same dose of medicine...Battling on a rain swept gridiron, ankle deep in mud, Nevers' Eskimos and the Green Bay Packers went to a 0-0 tie game. Nevers got away for one run for 75 yards but that was the only time his club loomed dangerous at all...Corrigan, rated as one of the best gridders on the Kansas City club, has been purchased by the Hartford Blues. It is understood that the classy forward pass grabber brought Andrews and his associates some $1,500...Kibo Brumm, former Wisconsin star who has been playing center for Racine, will be out of the game for the rest of the season. During a mixup in the Cardinal argument, Brumm got the worst of it and a fractured collarbone...In Thompson, McArthur and Nolan, the Los Angeles eleven has a center trio that will give the clubs in Joe Carr's circuit plenty of trouble. McArthur is a sure passing center while his partners are fast charging guards...The Rooney brothers, Cobb and Joe, are giving satisfaction at quarter and end, respectively, for Duluth. Neither of these sons of Erin boast of a college degree but just the same they play a he-man brand of football...The first big intersectional game of the season is scheduled in Chicago on Sunday, when New York invades the Windy City to tackle the Bears. Neither of these teams have been beat and it should be a hair raising combat...Bill Harkey's Louisville club didn't look so bad in their 6 to 0 defeat at the hands of the Canton Bulldogs. The Southerners have a young outfit that is sure to pick up a lot of speed at the season grows older.
OCT 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - An NFL encounter worth going miles to see will be staged Sunday afternoon at the City stadium where the Green Bay Packers will have it out with the Chicago Cardinals, first place team in the pro circuit. It will be "play ball" at 2 o'clock, sharp. Ever since 1921, the Big Bay Blues and Windy City South Siders have been battling on the chalk-marked field and, as yet, the best the Bays ever could do was to get a tie game. However, all these games were played in the Cardinals' backyard and the O'Brien combination may look a bit difference when performing off their own lot...STEPPING ALONG FAST: The Cardinals have been stepping along at a pennant winning clip ever since the 1926 season got underway. The Chicagoans opened with a 14 to 0 win over Columbus, then they spanked Brick Muller's Los Angeles team, 15-0, and last Sunday administered a 20 to 0 licking to the Racine Tornadoes. Their goal line hasn't been crossed and they have run up 49 points on their opponents. "Speed" is middle name of Chris O'Brien's aggregation. The Cards ​boast of a flashy, forward-passing backfield and a line that is staunch enough to stand no end of pounding. Racine failed to make a single first down against the Chicagoans. The South Siders, in McInerney and  Bloomer, have a pair of husky ends, who make a speciality of rushing the passer...DUNN CAPTAINS CARDS: Red Dunn, Marquette flash of several years back, is playing quarter and captaining the invaders. When it comes to football, they don't make 'em any better than the sorrel-topped Milwaukee product. He does the passing and field goal kicking for the O'Briens. Rhoddy Lamb, former Rock Islander; Ike Mahoney, of Creighton; Francis, of Chicago; McElwain, of Northwestern, and Bob Koehler and Swede Erickson, a pair of veterans, make up the Chicago backfield and this group of carriers is as good as any in Joe Carr's circuit of postgraduate footballists. Bub Weller, of Nebraska, and
(GREEN BAY) - "It ain't going to rain anymore." That's the way the band started things off at the City Stadium Sunday afternoon and the Packers and Ernie Nevers' Eskimos put a finishing touch on a wet afternoon by battling to a 0 to 0 tie. And the band's tuneful prediction was pretty near right for a couple of hours, anyway, but the damage had been done. The rain during the morning and the downpour shortly after noon made the playing field look more like a mud wading pool than a football gridiron. It would have taken a half dozen of Dry Czar Andrews' sponge squads to have sopped up the field. Even at that, Jake Miller dug a couple of ditches near the sidelines through which a lot of the water oozed out.
There is no question but that the sloppy going proved a handicap to both teams but it hit the Packers hardest as the Bays' famed aerial attack was pretty much "all wet" so as to speak. Lambeau & Co. completed less than a half dozen forward passes and the Duluthians didn't even have so much luck. Five minutes after the opening whistle, the players were mudded plenty. The Eskimos in their white outfits were a sight to behold. The visitors' cleaning bill will be plenty high enough. Of course, the Packers got just as mucky but the dirt didn't show so much on the blue and gold jerseys. Quite often during the game, time was taken out while the players got their faces washed and the ball wiped off with a towel. Even at that the game was unusually free from fumbles and this shows just how carefully the gridders were hugging the cowhide.
Bobby Cahn, the referee, was nearly as muddy as the players, the little officials got more than his share of spills and once Nevers, accidentally, bumped and he did a seat slide in a puddle much to the amusement of
the crowd. On another play, Cahn twisted a knee and he began hopping around like an injured jackrabbit Towards the close of the third quarter, Cahn went in 
OCT 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The game that the football fans of Green Bay have been waiting for ever since 1921 will be played at the City Stadium on Sunday afternoon as the Chicago Cardinals will chase the cowhide in opposition to the Green Bay Packers.Chris O'Brien, manager of the Windy South Siders, isn't very keen about journeying away from his own backyard. Year after year, the Packer management has attempted to get the Cards here for a game but  every time the far-thinking Mr. O'Brien uncovered a hundred and one excuses for not invading the Packertown...HAD TO COME HERE: After the Packer-Cardinal game in Chicago last fall, which is still fresh in the memory of Bay followers, the Packer management announced that there would be no more games in Chicago with the Cards until after Chris
OCT 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - That football is to Green Bay what baseball, at the present time, is to St. Louis, is evidenced by the heavy advance sale for Sunday's gridiron classic, in which game the Green Bay Packers hope to turn back the Chicago Cardinals with the short end of the count. Numerous reservations for seats are being received in the mail, and according to reports from the different ticket agencies about town, there is a brisk demand for them. There are, however, good seats still available, but from all indications a complete sellout by game time Sunday is almost a sure thing. Ticket agencies have been established in Neenah and Appleton to make things more convenient for fans in that section, and everything is being done locally to insure proper handling of the ducats. Bobby Cahn, who  is probably the most popular referee ever to work pro football contests in Green Bay, will be on the job again Sunday, as will Coach Iverson, Sheboygan, head  linesman. R.E. (Ecky) Erdlitz, Iron Mountain, has been appointed by President Carr to act as umpire...INVITE SPORT DIGNITARIES: Many sport dignitaries of the state will be in attendance at the game, and several football coaches of high schools and colleges also are expected. An invitation has been issued to Joe Carr, president of the NFL, to attend the game. Carr was a visitor in Green Bay some years ago when he was in charge of the Columbus Panhandles, and was greatly impressed with the way professional football was handled here. On the day he was here a crowd of 2,000 sat through a torrential rain to witness the Packers defeat the Columbus team, 3-0. Mr. Carr has often said that he would like to return to see Green 
forward passer or kicking specialist...John Dunn, vice president of the National league, is working as an official this season. Dunn's Minneapolis eleven is not in the flag hunt. Dunn is a veteran footballer and has the knack of handling a game nicely...Time out for the referee. That's what happened when Duluth and Green Bay clashed. Bobby Cahn went into a play fast to discover possession of a loose ball and he twisted his knee. He took a minute and then hobbled on...Frankfort draws another double engagement over the weekend. Saturday the Yellowjackets play at home against Buffalo and Sunday the Quakertown gridders are billed to strut their stuff on the Bison City field...Two other clubs are booked in dual engagements. Columbus plays in Hartford on Saturday and Providence Sunday. Hartford, after meeting the Ohioans, jumps into Brooklyn for a Sabbath day skirmish with the Butlermen...The Green Bay Packers are staging their homecoming game on Sunday with the Chicago Cardinals as their guests. President Joe Carr and other well known sport celebrities will be among those in attendance.