So they formed a team of their own and made futile efforts to have the Green Bay management swing the game over to their outfit...BOOKED MILWAUKEE GAME: When it was made known that Green Bay had no thoughts of tossing out the Hearden contract, the other Iron Mountain group got Milwaukee to come here. This move paved the way for open war. Hearden and his players were mostly from the Ford plant, which might be called Iron Mountain's biggest business. Naturally, this gave Hearden some prestige. Employees of the plant raised a pot and sent the Ford band with the team. Of course, the invasion of the Milwaukee team created considerable interest in these parts and there was a good turnout at yesterday's game. The gate was large for Iron Mountain, but after Dillon, Cudlip and Ferzacca paid Johnny Bryan his $1,500 guarantee, it is safe to say that the local promoters didn't have an awful lot left to pay their own expenses and foot the other expenses of the game...WINNER TAKES ALL: According to Hearden, manager of the Iron Mountain team that played Green Bay, the fight has just started. On their way back to Iron Mountain Sunday night, the Hearden players raised a pool for a side bet and hurled a challenge at the other Iron Mountain team for a football game, winner to take all. It should be the "game of games" as far as battling is concerned and the majority of the fans, partisan and otherwise, admit that so far as playing strength goes, there is little to choose between the elevens...LOSE BY SAFETY: In a game spectacular because of the number of completed forward passes, the Milwaukee Badgers defeated the Iron Mountain regulars, 2 to 0, scoring a safety in the last ten minutes of play. The Badgers showed flashes of the form expected from the all star lineup. In the last half, the Badgers started an aerial attack that bewildered the Mountain team. Passes of from 5 to 25 yards were made repeatedly. Red Byran started most of the plays, shooting the ball to Dilweg, Neacy and Heimsch, for continued gains only to lose the ball when distance meant goals. Driven back to their 5-yard line, Iron Mountain tried a punt. Johnson fumbled and Ashmore downed him back of the goal. With one minute to play, Iron Mountain stopped the Badgers one foot from their goal.
RECORD CROWD EXPECTED SUNDAY FOR DETROIT GAME
SEPT 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A crowd that should tax the seating capacity of the City stadium is expected to be on hand Sunday afternoon when the Packers start their chase for the pro league championship by giving battle to the invading Detroit Panthers, who are headed by Jimmy Conzelman, one of the smartest footballers that ever laced a cleated show. Tickets for the game go on sale tonight at the usual places about town and, from the early requests for ducats already received by the management, the fans are advised to snap up their reservations early as every sing points to a sellout crowd...RANKS WITH BEST: This Detroit outfit ranks with the best in the pro circuit. Last season, the Panthers finished third in the percentage table with eight victories, two losses and a pair of tie games. When the Cards had one of their wins turned into a defeat at the league meeting for using ineligible players and Pottsville was declared ineligible for a percentage rating on account of violating the franchise rights of the Philadelphia club, the moguls offered Detroit the 1925 championship but Conzelman refused the glory saying that he wanted to win the pennant on the field of play instead of at an executive conference. Last year was Conzelman's first season at Detroit and it didn't take him long to put the Motor City on the pro football map. Jimmy rounded up a great club and, like its leader, it played smart football all the time...HAVE GREAT TEAM: Conzelman has long been a football opponent of the Packers. First he faced the Bays as captain of the Rock Island team and later he played several years with Milwaukee. Jimmy would rather beat the Bays than any other spoke in the wheel with the possible exception of the Chicago Bears. According to reports from Detroit, the Panthers this season will have a gridiron outfit second to none. Conzelman will have nearly all of his last year's aces besides a number of newcomers fresh from triumphs on the collegiate gridiron. Aside from George Abramson, who is still a hospital patient, the Packer squad care out of their skirmish with Iron Mountain in good shape. According to Dr. W.W. Kelly, the team physician, Abramson will be on crutches for at least two weeks and there isn't much of a chance of him getting back in moleskins before the Nevers' Eskimos game on October 2. The Packer management has flashed an S.O.S. for another high grade lineman but good football players aren't often found running around loose at this time of the season...RESUME THEIR DRILL: The Bays resumed their drill this morning. Captain Lambeau hopes to iron out some of the rough spots that cropped out against Iron Mountain and he confidently expects the team to be stepping along at top speed when the whistle blows for Sunday's battle against the Panthers. Special attention will be paid to the defense against passes because the Packer leaded well knows how Conzelman tosses the ball around with reckless abandon.
DETROIT COMING HERE SUNDAY WITH GREAT GRID TEAM
SEPT 15 (Detroit) - Jimmy Conzelman's Panthers open the pro football season at Green Bay on Sunday. The local followers of the Detroit postgraduate aggregation are forecasting an easy victory but the team isn't counting its chickens before the eggs are hatched. This is the Panthers' second season on the pro football map. Last fall, Detroit placed among the topnotchers and Manager Conzelman has hopes of a championship eleven this season. The Panthers are backed by several wealthy men here and Conzelman was told to go out and get the best gridders that money could buy. And that's just what he did...BOUGHT ROCHESTER CLUB: To begin with, he purchased the entire Rochester club. He sold Griggs and Smythe to the Philadelphia Yellowjackets, turned over several of the players to Buffalo and kept Lynch, who is rated as one of the best ends in pro football. As a matter of fact, Conzelman rated Lynch so highly that he didn't make much of an attempt to get Tillie Voss out of retirement. Voss is running the Detroit basketball team and he figures on keeping out of the moleskins so as to be in shape for the caging season. Conzelman is always strong for the young fellows just out of college and this fall his team includes six players fresh from the "rah rah" class. The quintet includes Edwards, Grube and Gregory of Michigan, Harvey and Barrett, University of Detroit and Scherer of Notre Dame. Edwards is an All American tackle; Grube, a corking good end; Gregory is a fast charging halfback while Scherer, a quarterback, is capable forward passer. Barrett and Harvey were the top best linemen at Detroit U for three years. There are eleven veterans on the squad to keep the Panther football ship at an even keel. Fleischmann is a big husky guard who has been in the pro game for several seasons while Hullman, the other center flanker, who is a Michigan Aggie product, starred in '25 for the Panthers. The star of the forward wall is "Iron Duke" Sonnenberg, a tackle, who placed on the all-American pro team last season. Sonnenberg is a product of Marquette, Mich., where he played scholastic football with the Andersons, Larson and Gipp. The Iron Duke is ranked as one of the greatest kickers in the pro league. Crook, the center, was an all-eastern star when at W. & J. and last season served as a utility lineman...CLASS IN BACKFIELD: There is plenty of class in the backfield. Manager Conzelman can step in at either quarter or half and perform with the best of 'em. Hadden of W. and J. was a sensation with the Panthers in 1925. He is a great pass receiver and open field runner. Marion, Michigan 1924, and Dinger Doane are the fullbacks. Both players are starting their second year with Detroit. Doane's line plunging is well known in the pro world while Marion can do anything or everything behind the line. Bob Vick and Dutch Lauer are the other backfielders. Lauer has been in the pro game for a long time, once playing with Green Bay, while Vick was with Kenosha in 1924 and played here last season...LEAVE FRIDAY NIGHT: The Detroit squad, about 20 strong, leave for Green Bay on Friday night, as Conzelman wants his team to have a good night's sleep before the game. The Detroit manager, in speaking of the opening game, said: "Of course, we expect to win but it isn't going to be the soft soap that a lot of our followers think. The Packers have a strong lineup. Any team that can run up 79 points in an opening game is mighty dangerous. I've played against Green Bay a number of times and Lambeau's outfit has always had my respect. If we beat the Packers, I think we are headed straight for a national championship."