Washington rookie, has an even better average than Danowski, but his mark of 60.5% is based on only 23 completions in 38 attempts. Joe Carter of the Philadelphia Eagles and Don Hutson of Green Bay share the scoring leadership with 24 points each. The Giants' Ward Cuff and the Dodgers' Ralph Kercheval head the field goal kickers with three boots apiece. Gaynell Tinsley of the Cardinals has caught the most passes, 18, two more than Hutson who, however, has gained 237 yards by his catches, as compared to Tinsley's 194.
PACKERS GET DEFENSE DRILL
OCT 13 (Green Bay) - Long drills on defensive formations to stop running plays have been in order for the Green Bay Packer football team this week as it pointed for next Sunday's game with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Milwaukee State Fair park. Coach E.L. Lambeau was disappointed with the performance of his squad on defense last Sunday when Detroit won by a 17 to 7 score and has warned some of his men they would have to snap out of the lethargy that marked their play or they would find themselves out of jobs. The Packer coach regards Brooklyn as one of the strongest of the eastern squads. Before the start of the season the Dodgers were considered a probably pushover. Coach Potsy Clark, however, assembled some of the best talent in the east and how has his eleven leading the eastern division.
POTSY CLARK'S LATEST 'BEAR' STORY FALLS ON 'DEAF' BAY EARS
OCT 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - That moanin' low sound from down Indiana way is not the wail of a hoot owl seeking her young. It's from the Fort Wayne, Ind., camp of the Brooklyn Dodgers where Coach Potsy Clark's division leaders in the Professional Football league are in training for their game here Sunday with the Green Bay Packers. Years ago it was "Stagg Fears Purdue" then the Big Ten pushover, that made the headlines almost annually. But Ol' Man Stagg was an also ran and or a never was compared to Coach Potsy who makes the headlines weekly with tall tales about his "crippled" Dodgers. Potsy is of the school who believes that a "bear" story once a year is the work of a piker - and he's far ahead of the field in proving his point. All of which leads up to the report the Dodgers will be without the services of Boyd Brumbaugh, the former Duquesne star, Bruiser Kinard, Ed Merlin and Jim Sivell in the game here. According to "inside" information, however, Brumbaugh, out with an injured elbow, is the only one who MAY not see action Sunday - so if Potsy has hopes of catching the Packers napping he'll have to think up a new one...THE FEUD OF FEUDS: There have been feuds in sports that have lasted a long, long time, but the Potsy Clark-Curly Lambeau love-spat seems to be an enduring one, and should go down in the records as the feud to end all feuds. There are many versions of how it all started, but suffice to say that was poured oil on the fire was propaganda from Detroit a few years back, while Potsy was coaching the Lions and absorbing more than his share of shellackings from the Packers, urging that Green Bay's franchise be shifted to a larger city. There was also a matter of reporting an excessive number of players in Packer uniform and sundry other little incidents that kept adding fuel to the fire until the two coaches get along about as well as rival mothers-in-law. Both of the grid professors are prone to a little coaching from the sidelines and when not coaching they keep a weather eye on the other guy. When their teams clash it is usually a battle of 12 men clubs - both coaches holding all-time spirit and long-distance records in getting onto the field to "render aid to a stricken player", but in reality to do some high class protesting against the other's tactics. As yet they've never swapped punches - but we live in hope. We've heard tell of rival news reporters kissin' and making up during the excitement over a Packer-Bears game, but we're convinced the Clark-Lambeau enimity will last through the ages and that some day, somewhere the lads will forget their ages and let their dukes do their talking...PROS SEEK BADGERS: A little of this and some of that - Coach Curly Lambeau's predictions of the past year or so that Mulleneuax would be a great pro end were born out in the recent Packer-Lion game - The former Utah star was the best Bay end for the day and really powered in there on the Detroit reverse plays...Wonder if the Packers have recovered from the Lions' setback and what truth there is to the gossip about the flareup on the way back from the East?...Cleveland wins a couple of ball games and some of the press lads hint scandal. Truth is the Rams were a fair club a year ago save for a few spots in the line and that the draft enabled them to get help where needed most. They were a much tougher club at Green Bay for the Bays than the Cardinals were here in Milwaukee. They have some great backs, a fine pass attack and with the shift in coaches seem to be heading in the direction one expected them to head after the club was strengthened. Another thing, the Rams' win over the Bears was more or less expected by both the Detroit and Green Bay players who have respect for the Rams' open game and feel the Bears are definitely not title class this fall. Several of the Detroit players claim the Rams will beat any team in the league that takes them lightly and that the Cleveland passing game is as strong as any team.
FORMER PACKER TURNS OUT CONTENDER IN FIRST YEAR
OCT 14 (Antigo) - Green Bay's loss was Antigo's gain - and if you don't believe it just ask anyone who calls Antigo his home. Antigo is enjoying a football boom after being down in the dumps for five years and credit for it all goes to George Svendsen and a hustling bunch of high school footballers. Svendsen came to Antigo last spring, fresh from service with the Green Bay Packers. Before that he served with the Gophers of Minnesota. He isn't sorry he left the pro game for coaching, but he admits it's sort of tough to have to sit in the grandstand and watch his old pals work. He'd like to be down there with them, but he's giving his moral support. He hasn't missed a Packer home game this year, and intends to take in the finale with Pittsburgh Oct. 23. He may drive to Milwaukee Oct. 16 for the Brooklyn game, too...SEE PACKER FILMS: The big, light-haired boy is as popular with townspeople as he is with his gridders and through his efforts this city has one of the biggest "expert" clubs in the state. The club is known as the "Second-Guessers" and it meets every Tuesday evening to see football movies and hash over football. Several Packer pictures of last season were registered at one meeting when officials were unable to line one up. The meeting was the first for feminine fans and Svendsen ably made up a program that made a hit with the members as well as the gals. Using a blackboard he described various plays and formations, going through a general run of stuff of interest to fans who like games but lack the knowledge they want for proper appreciation. At all meetings Svendsen invites questions and the audience fires away. He's caught all of them so far in good shape...TOPS CONFERENCE RACE: Svendsen's team is leading the Wisconsin Valley conference pennant race, showing three straight victories. Triumphs were registered over Merrill, 55 to 12; Wisconsin Rapids, 38 to 0; and Marshfield, 59 to 0. In a preseason non-conference game, Antigo trimmed Marinette, 6 to 0. Antigo's total is 152 points, the best in the league. Antigo also boasts the high individual scorer, Harold Fermanich, a wing-footed junior who has chalked up eight touchdowns. Preseason dope ranked Antigo with Wausau and Rhinelander as a favorite to cop the title. The locals have done their best to live up to the predictions so far, but the toughest assignments lie ahead. On Oct. 15 Antigo plays at Wausau; on Oct. 21 Stevens Point plays here in the annual homecoming tilt; and Oct. 29 Antigo moves into Rhinelander for the finale...BATTLE TO TIE: Oct. 8 Wausau and Rhinelander played to a 6 to 6 tie and each exhibited a world of power, further substantiating the claim that the Antigos will have to add a little zip to their already fast pace if they intend to stay in the title bracket. Sizing up the records of the "big three" looks like this: Rhinelander defeated Merrill, 18-0, must play Marshfield and won't meet Wisconsin Rapids; Wausau still faces Wisconsin Rapids and Merrill and won't play Marshfield. Rhinelander defeated Nekoosa, 31-0, for its other victory and Wausau downed Nekoosa, 19-0, and Stevens Point, 20-0. Coach Svendsen introduced something new in football in this section with the use of two regular teams instead of the traditional first string and reserves. When Svendsen went to work here with spring football he immediately divided his squad into two outfits and he continued the stunt this fall. Each team is as good as the other and fans in the league sort of marvel at a "two-team" football team. The stunt is the cause of a lot of fight and rivalry in the Antigo camp and interest always is at a high mark. About 50 boys reported for the first football squad and in the group included 11 lettermen of last season. Out of the 11, however, only four were regulars, the rest of the group being boys who had planned only long enough in 1937 to win an award. Svendsen is a great hand for figuring out plays and formations on paper. "In my sleep," he declares, "I see those little circles and X's." Svendsen is free in giving Bernie Bierman and Curly Lambeau credit for lots of his football knowledge and jokingly tells the "Guessers". "If all goes well this season, I'll call my system the Svendsen system; if things don't wind up so hot I can call it the Bierman-Lambeau plan." This year the Antigo coach has stressed a modified single wingback system with a smashing type of defense. And fans who watch the Antigoans in action are quick to notice plays that very much resemble those of the Green Bay Packers - especially the aerial maneuvers. And the scores thus far indicate that Svendsen has found the Bay stunts to be most profitable. Last summer the coach directed the city's playground activities and although handicapped through the lack of equipment and enough centers, he is mapping plans for big improvements next year. In carrying out his work last summer, Svendsen had the cooperation of the local WPA recreational division.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
OCT 14 (Green Bay) - The NFL can give itself credit for a dangerous fumble in its failure to run back the play of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and in giving permission to the Pirates to cancel next Sunday's scheduled contest with the Cleveland Rams. Although the Pirates and Rams allegedly have patched up their differences, and have decided to play the game Dec. 4, the precedent established is so drastic that it will be surprising indeed if it fails to boomerang on the league with more than one embarrassing incident. Because several of their players were injured, and the morale of the squad is in shreds, the Pirates, through Owner Art Rooney and Coach Johnny Blood, ungracefully sidestepped their obligation to meet the Rams, and Joe F. Carr, National league president, apparently is going to let them get away with it. This means, in effect, that any time a contending club has two or three important men on the injured list, it will have the moral right to slash a league game off its schedule, thus creating a needed breathing spell, and generally throwing the cards of games into a weird scramble. The Brooklyn Dodgers, leaders of the Eastern Division, come into Milwaukee next Sunday to play the Packers. The Dodgers have several men on their injured list, including fullback Boyd Brumbaugh, the most important man on the squad. What is to prevent Coach Potsy Clark, an opportunist if ever there was one, from deciding to call off the appearance until later in the season? He has the Pittsburgh example as a precedent, and the league has no right to discriminate against them - but thousands of Milwaukee and Wisconsin football fans would be disappointed, and the league would be handed another black eye comparable to the one it has just received for its failure to deal justly with the Cleveland-Pittsburgh situation. Injured players always have been regarded as a club's tough luck, and no reason for cancellation of a contest. Last season the Packers entered several early games with almost every back on the squad a casualty, and there were no whimperings to the Chicago Bears or Cardinals for postponements. The Packers took their tough luck like men, accepted their lickings and came back to rock the league with a brilliant stab at a championship they almost won. Furthermore, the Pittsburgh Pirates had the bad taste to demand the postponement only one day after they had made a non-league appearance in Cincinnati, and had taken a sound trimming from the Bengals of that community. They could keep their exhibition appointment, injuries or no injuries, but they couldn't go through with their scheduled game against the Cleveland Rams. Sure, they'll be rested up for their game with the Packers Oct. 23. The Packers would have received a nice rest last season, too, if they could have inserted a synthetic vacation in the middle of their schedule. Professional football, growing mightily, has not yet reached the point where it can wantonly offend its expanding fandom, and if the Cleveland-Pittsburgh dispute is not followed by others more aggravating, and more important to the championship races of future seasons, it will be a surprising development.
PIRATES SHAKE UP GRIDIRON ROSTER
OCT 14 (Pittsburgh) - The Pittsburgh Pirates of the NFL today announced the release of two players, one a veteran and the other a recruit, and at the same time revealed the acquisition of two new gridders. The released players were Lindy Mayhew, veteran guard from Texas Mines, and Karl McDade, reserve center from Portland university. Vince Farrar, a guard from North Carolina State, who played with the New York Giants last season, and Lou Toutsouvas, from Stanford U., are the new players. Both were with the Cincinnati Bengals this season.
PACKERS HAVE PASSED WORST PART OF SCHEDULE
OCT 14 (Green Bay) - Championships are important. They are so important in the NFL that when players fail to produce coach after coach has followed the housewives' fall practice of housecleaning. Several squads have dropped an average of two players for every defeat. On some the figure is higher. Salary cuts have been made. Heroes of September All-Star games in not a few cases are now among football's unemployed. Stars of other years have been dropped with abandon. Not so with the Green Bay Packers. Gloom that accompanied last Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions brought pressure on the championship bubble here with some of the fans, but it didn't affect the coach that way...NOT SO TOUGH: Even newspapers, one sports writer in particular, envisioned a total eclipse of previously bright prospects. After the smoke had cleared away, it didn't look as tough as all that, but for real assurance the logical course seemed to be to interrogate the person in the best position to know. That gentleman is Earl L. Lambeau, coach of the team that some persons now would place on the auction block. His answer Wednesday struck with the suddenness and force of a tropical hurricane. "In no other recent year have our chances been better," he thundered, and outside a little rain fell. "If we win our remaining six games, nothing can keep us from the title...We have played the toughest part of our schedule." Higher mathematics were not needed to support that statement. A glance at the schedule was sufficient. Detroit has eight games to play, and the Chicago Bears have seven. The Chicago Cardinals with four defeats and the Cleveland Rams with three in the debit column trail the pack...BAD DAYS AHEAD: It is in the books for either the Bears or the Lions to lose another game. They play each other twice, and have another meeting ahead with the Packers. Here is the future as it confronts the three leading Western division clubs: The Lions play the Washington Redskins, last year's champions, next Sunday. Following that their opponents will be the Chicago Cardinals twice, the Chicago Bears twice, the Cleveland Rams, the Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Eight games, and none of them pushovers. The Bears face their old rivals, the Cardinals, Sunday. Then come twice, the Redskins, the Rams, the Packers and the Dodgers at Brooklyn. Already having tested the Bears and the Lions, and having disposed of the Cardinals twice and the Rams once, the Packers play Brooklyn Sunday. Their other foes are Pittsburgh and the New York Giants. Cleveland, the Bears and the Lions are each to be met once more...WIN NEXT TIME: "We know enough about the Bears and the Lions to feel that we can win next time," Curly said with a glance at the sky. That glance sent the clouds scattering across the sky, and the rain stopped. The coach continued: "We have no alibi for Sunday's loss. We deserved to lose. The Lions were the better team that day. But remember the psychological setup. We had beaten them in our last four meetings. Even if that game did not follow the Cleveland setup, they were going to be primed for us. Their mental condition on that day could not be equaled." It is only in one department that Lambeau voted displeasure. That was in kicking - both kickoffs and punts, which for an entire game were on the poorest in many years. That phase of he game, he feels, and the mental attitude, marked the difference between the teams...USUALLY SCORES POINTS: "Our defense was not bad," he stated. "Detroit usually has scored points on us, even in losing. The last touchdown was a gift. It was the offense that did not click. We should have had 21 points, if our passing had been up to standard." A too cautious start that was entirely void of the confidence and fearlessness that stamps winners was one of the things upon which the coach blamed the defeat. Others were the 10-day stretch between games that resulted in the letdown, and the over-confidence of fans which reflected back on the team and left the players without fire. But no excuses are being made. Errors will be corrected, and spirit will be high for Sunday. After all, in 1935, Detroit lost to the Packers by 31 to 7 and then went on to take the championship. In 1936 the Packers took the title after losing to the Bears by 30 to 3. Sometimes beatings serve as a tonic. At any rate, Coach Lambeau has served notice on league leaders to move over.