PACKERS PLAYS SHIRES' BADGERS TONIGHT
FEB 16 (Green Bay) - What-A-Man Shires, with his pearl button overcoat, cane and high powered conversation, will arrive in Green Bay today, and according to his own admission, show the Packers how to play basketball at the Columbus club this evening. The Great Arthur is due here with the Milwaukee Badgers, professional basketball team, for a game with the Green Bay five, starting about 8:15 o'clock in the auditorium here. Interest in the game, manifest by a big advance sale of tickets, indicated that a record crowd will be on hand for the battle. While many of the fans will come primarily to see Arthur and to hear him talk, others are anxious to see the Packers on a basketball floor. They know what the men can do in football, but this will be their first chance to see them in action at home on a cage floor. A good basketball game should be in order. Although the Great Shire talks a better basketball game than he plays, he really is a fair cage performers. He is fast and alert and has a good eye for the basket. If Shires plays a forward position, the Packers plan to use Johnny Blood as a guard opposite him. If Shires works as a guard, Johnny will probably play a forward, as the team figures that Blood is the only member able to check Arthur if he should decide to give an address on his ability as an athlete. Blood's ability as an orator is well known by fans here. When the teams get ready for the cage game after preliminary ceremonies, addresses over the WHBY microphones on various subjects, they probably will line up with Shires, O'Donnell, Failing, Elness and Bugge starting for the Badgers, and Michalske, Darling, Englemann, Herber and Blood for the Packers. The Packers found the going tough at Lena last night and dropped the decision to the Lena City team by a score of 37 to 27. The Packers held an early lead, but could not hold the advantage.
PACKERS WHIP BADGERS, SCORE 28 TO 26
FEB 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A forward pass left the good right hand of Johnny Blood a few seconds before the final whistle and swished into the basket to give the Green Bay Packers a 28 to 26 victory over Art Shires and his Milwaukee Badger playmates in a game at the Columbus club here last night. Scoffers may claim that forward passes have no place in a basketball game - but they did in this contest. It was billed as a basketball game and nearly 1,000 fans turned out, but it wasn't a very good exhibition of caging, although it was fine entertainment, and the fans got enough laughs in one evening to sustain them for a week. The game turned out to be a combination of football, with men running interference; baseball with slides for home and shots - plenty of them - from all angles of the floor. Given a large floor and one that hasn't the slipperiness of ice, the teams would have been able to engage in a good basketball game, as there was a lot of talent present. But as it was, they slid, skidded and had a great time seeing who could do the most shooting. The Packers won because they sunk the most baskets in the early part of the game and ran up commanding lead before the Badgers could find out how to play the floor...SHIRES HELD SCORELESS: What-A-Man Shires appeared with his team and received his usual number of cheers, Bronx and otherwise, playing in the first and third quarters. In justice to the Great One, it might be said that he was bothered somewhat by an injury to his leg sustained at Fort Atkinson last night and couldn't give his best. He was held without a basket, but enlivened the proceedings on a few occasions with wild scrambles for the ball. When The Great Shires left the game, Red Dunn came in. Red called signals, blocked and did many of the things he does on the football field for the Packer eleven, but he also was held scoreless. Red said after the game he couldn't throw down his old pals by beating them, but when the shots were figured it was found that Red had tried as many as most of his teammates, so his old pals don't believe he was very sincere about not trying to beat them. But getting back to that forward pass by Blood in the closing minutes. The shot was a real pass, and provided a thrilling climax to the evening entertainment, that equaled any play ever performed by the Packers on the football field. It reminded fans of the time a few years ago that Dick O'Donnell caught a forward pass in the closing seasons against the Chicago Bears and raced for a score that won the game...SCORE IS TIED: The score was tied 26 to 26 before Johnny became the hero. He took the ball off the bounding board of his opponent's basket and dribbled straight down the floor. Red Dunn tried to block him and grab the ball, but Johnny kept on going. When he got within about 20 feet of the basket, he let fly, throwing the ball with his right hand and it went into the basket, winning the game. Before the final shot, the score had been tied three times. The Packers had a 22 to 20 lead with about six minutes to play when Failing sank a long shot to knot the count. Then Failing again sank a long heave and the Badgers had the edge. Herber, however, who incidentally played the best basketball of any of those present, came back with a short one-handed loop shot that knotted the count at 24 to 24. Then Blood got loose and sank a long shot that gave the Packers the edge, 26 to 24, but Failing was on the alert again, and for the third time he sank a long shot to score again at 26 to 26. Blood's thriller followed, winning the game...GAME IS ROUGH: The game was rough but never out of hand, as there was too much good natured rivalry. Only three fouls were called on each team. One of these fouls came after Blood had run some great interference for Arnie Herber, taking out two men, and Herber sank a basket. but Referee Tiny Cahoon decided that Blood's run was too much football performance for even this game and called a foul on him, and the basket did not count.
WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS
FEB 23 (Fort Atkinson) - Johnny Paul, former University of Wisconsin star, led Fort Atkinson to a 30 to 22 victory over the Green Bay Packers professional basketball team here yesterday. Paul, playing guard for the Forts, scored four field goals and four free throws. Herber, with nine points, was high scorer for the Packers.
GREEN BAY PACKERS BOW TO APPLETON, 36 TO 31
FEB 25 (Appleton) - The Combination of Remmell and Schneller proved too much for the Green Bay Packers to handle here last night and they went down to defeat before the attack of the Appleton Miller Cords by a score of 36 to 31. The Packers staged a great rally in the closing periods after trailing 20 to 7, but the comeback fell short and Appleton won out. Herber led the attack for the Green Bay team with five field goals and three free throws. Remmel led Appleton's attack with 14 points.
GREEN BAY PACKERS WIN FROM STURGEON BAY FIVE
FEB 28 (Sturgeon Bay) - Arnold Herber went on a scoring spree here last night led the Green Bay Packers to a 42 to 34 victory over the Sturgeon Bay city team in an exciting game before several hundred fans. The Green Bay team led throughout the game, gaining a lead in the early stages and holding it until the end although Sturgeon Bay rallied in the closing minutes and threatened to close the gap. Herber scored eight baskets for Green Bay. All the other Green Bay men played good basketball and broke into the scoring column. Perry was the leading counter for Sturgeon Bay, sinking five long shots. The Packers play at Manitowoc.
MANITOWOC CITY TEAM TROUNCES GREEN BAY
MAR 2 (Manitowoc) - Gaining an early lead, the Mainitowoc city team held the advantage throughout the game and whipped the Green Bay Packers here Saturday night by a score of 44 to 25. Kussel, forward, led the Manitowoc attack with 14 points. Bazel counted eight points and Joyce nine. Englemann was the leasing scorer for the losers. Manitowoc led 25 to 7 at the half. The Green Bay team played Manitowoc on even terms in the final period.
GREEN BAY PACKERS TO PLAY AT CLINTONVILLE
MAR 11 (Clintonville) - The Green Bay Packers and the Clintonville athletes play a basketball game here Thursday night and from advance sale indications a packed house will see the battle. The Packers will have their regular lineup with Blood, Michalske, Englemann, Herber, Darling and Zuidmulder.
NEW FRANKEN QUINTET BEATS PACKERS, 28-26
MAR 16 (New Franken, WI) - Over three hundred people taxed the capacity of Cosmopolitan hall last evening to witness the local Black Hawks take the measure of the Green Bay Packers in a spectacular basketball fame, the final score being 28 to 26. It was one of the hardest games ever played on the local floor. Starting out with a great offense the Packers finished the first quarter on the long end of the 12 to 6 sore. In the second quarter, the Black Hawks got the range of the basket and dropped in 5 field goals in quick succession going into the lead and from that time on were never headed. In the final minutes the Bays made a rally but could not quite tie up the county.
ENGLEMANN ACCEPTS COACHING JOB WITH NORTH
MAR 24 (Green Bay) - Wuert Englemann, halfback on the Green Bay Packer eleven, has accepted the position of head track coach at North Dakota university, he announced here today before his departure. He plans to report for work late this week. Englemann played his first year of pro football last year with the Packers, coming here from South Dakota State where he was a three-sport star. Englemann was considered one of the best all-around athletes ever developed at South Dakota. He was an all-conference center in basketball, tossed the discus and shot put and ran the hurdles in track and starred with the varsity football team for three years. The former South Dakota athlete showed to good advantage in professional football and before leaving Green bay signed a contract to play with the team again next year. He is a good pass receiver, blocker and ball carrier. At the end of the present school year, he plans to return to Green Bay for the summer and will remain here through the football season. He has been playing all winter with the Green Bay Packers cage squad.
STEVE OWEN TO COACH GIANTS' FOOTBALL TEAM
APR 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Steve Owen, veteran tackle on the New York Giant professional football team, has been elected head coach for 1931, according to word received here today by Capt. E.L. Lambeau of the Packers from Dr. Harry A. March, president of the club. Owen has won promotion by reason of six seasons of loyal service to the Giants, in which time he has participated in more than 100 games, playing 60 minutes in most contests, according to Dr. March. The Giants are building another strong team for this year, stressing coordination of effort and team spirit, the president said. Several new men are sought to keep the team in the front ranks of the National league. Benny