Green Bay Packers (5-2) 20, Pittsburgh Pirates (2-5) 0
Sunday October 23rd 1938 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers were hurled into first place in the NFL's Western division championship campaign yesterday by a combination of their smashing triumph over the Pittsburgh Pirates at City stadium, 20 to 0, and the third straight upset victory of the Cleveland Rams, who whipped the Bears of Chicago, 23 to 21. From now on, Cleveland decisions wont' be upsets, and the hard-fighting Ohioans loom in the path of the Packers as their next - and extremely formidable - opponents. Green Bay plays at the Rams stronghold next Sunday afternoon. The Pittsburgh game turned out exactly as anticipated. The Pirates, with Johnny Blood and Whizzer White each playing sixty minutes of football, and Clarence (Tuffy) Thompson contributing a sparkling, individual performance, with no pushovers, but they lacked the manpower of the new first place occupants. The Packers pounded the Pirate forward wall for 201 yards from scrimmage, and added 155 through the air, but their scores came on three spectacular distance affairs - a 37-yard dash around end by Cecil Isbell; a 38-yard run by Joe Laws after an interception of White's forward pass, and a 15-yard gain on a pass from Bob Monnett to Carl Mulleneaux. Respectively, they occurred in the first, third and fourth periods. Clarke Hinkle added an extra point to Isbell's touchdown, missed the one after Laws' score, and Monnett kicked the marker for the final count. Hinkle was short on a 43-yard field goal attempt in the third stanza, the play before Laws got loose on his goal line excursion. The game was played before 12,142.
Those three scoring plays tell the story of the game. Twice Pittsburgh penetrated into dangerous country, but each time Laws, playing one of his greatest games, intercepted passes to hurl back the invaders. Brilliant, decisive Packer blocking was a major factor in the team's destructive offense, with Hinkle turning in exceptional work along that line. Inspired line play, with Carl and Lee Mulleneaux, Bill Lee, Champ Seibold, Baby Ray, Buckets Goldenberg, Russ Letlow, Tom Jones, Ookie Miller, Don Hutson and Milt Gantenbein standing out, featured the defensive end of the combat.
The second time the Packers gained control of the ball in the first period, they drove home to score. A 16-yard spring by Laws and a 3-yard poke at the line by Hinkle placed the ball on the Pirate 37 yard line, second down. Isbell roared around right end with Hinkle, Laws and Bruder driving down opponents. The sensational Packer freshmen cut fast away from Hinkle's blocking, picked up Ookie Miller, who mowed down Perko, and ripped across the goal line a step ahead of Blood, who made a last despairing grab to overhaul him. There was no more scoring until early in the third period, just after a Hinkle goal attempt was returned by Thompson to the Pirate 18-yard line. Whizzer White trotted back to pass, and his high toss was picked off by Laws, who got loose on a twisting, squirming sure-footed dash to the goal line, riding over Perko, his last man, right at the last chalk mark.
Trip-hammer blocking by the two Mulleneaux brothers, along with several other Packers, aided Joe in his spectacular jaunt. The final Packer touchdown came as the climax to a swift movement into Pitt territory a few plays before the game ended. A bruising run by Hinkle after he speared Monnett's forward pass set the ball on the Pirate 9-yard line, but Uram was chased back for a 6-yard loss and the ball rested on the 15. Monnett passed sharply over center to Carl Mulleneaux, who reached for the ball, batted it high in the air, skipped around to the other side of defender Thompson, caught the ball and stepped over the goal line.
PITTSBURGH -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY  -  7  0  6  7 - 20
1st - GB - Cecil Isbell, 37-yard run (Clarke Hinkle kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
3rd - GB - Joe Laws, 38-yard interception return (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-0
4th - GB - Carl Mulleneaux, 15-yard pass from Bob Monnett (Monnett kick) GREEN BAY 20-0
BACKED IN TOWN: "We'll win," says Lewis, and the town shouts its approval. "We'll win," says Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers and the theoretical boos drown him out. This is a rabidly partisan throng, the one which will stampede the league park tomorrow afternoon, in vast contract to the sober mob which witnessed the Green Bay-Cleveland game in cold silence here last season. The Packers were on the practice field this morning, shaking loose whatever muscle kinks can be developed by strong men sleeping in railway berths. They donned their green and gold uniforms in the privacy of their Hotel Cleveland rooms, and clumped through the lobby in cleated shoes as the coterie of traveling salesmen and hotel sitters stared their interest...PRACTICE AT PARK: They boarded a bus for the park, invaded its depths, and soon the Cleveland spectators were treated to the usual wild show attending a professional gridiron workout. Cecil Isbell, Bob Monnett and Arnold Herber led the aerial artillery, with nearly everyone on the Green Bay team getting under the tosses, and the demonstration sobered the fans, if it didn't convince them that their Rams are in for a pasting. Yes, it'll be spirit which wins the game tomorrow, and the afternoon's struggle will decide which of the two Western division outfits can generate with an all-important decision. As things look now, the Rams have most of the spirit, but the Packers work up a lot of steam in a short time, and as they stood around the hotel today there was no doubt of their willingness...ACES WITH CLEVELAND: Johnny Drake, Bob Snyder, Ed Goddard and the two Davises - Corny and Bob - are the offensive guns whose thrusts must be checked if the Packers are to start homeward Monday in possession of the victory they need to remain in first position among Western division contenders. These men sound tough enough, but the Rams themselves are going to have their hands full with such performers as Clarke Hinkle, Bob Monnett, Cecil Isbell, Joe Laws, Arnold Herber and the rest. There is no injury on the Green Bay squad which will keep any member from playing, if Coach Lambeau wants to use him. The Packer coach did not announced today just what he will use in the way of a starting lineup, but it is probable that the opening backfield will include Herman Schneidman, Cecil Isbell, Joe Laws and Clarke Hinkle.
OCT 29 (Cleveland) - The dope seems to have it that the Green Bay Packers will defeat the Cleveland Rams here tomorrow, but no one seems very anxious to go out on a limb about it. The reason for this natural reticence is that for the first time since Cleveland joined the National league, the Rams will be able to stand up and fight against the Packers. They showed flashes of form and some little promise up at Green Bay a few weeks ago, but they hadn't started to move and they didn't have Art Lewis, husky young ex-collegian, as coach. At the moment the team is functioning with the same plays it used at Green Bay, the same personnel and the same organization - but along the way, under Lewis, it has acquired a flaming spirit, and a complex which, given a victory tomorrow, may lead the Rams to the Western division championship. Will they beat the Packers? I doubt it, spirit or no spirit. The Green Bay team has been performing in and out all season, and tomorrow is its turn to be in. The men are in good mental shape to meet the Rams. Each has an eyebrow lifted. They are prepared to hurl back the first Ram thrust, and then dig down to generate enough spirit for an early touchdown campaign. This may be heresy, but I don't think that the Rams are as good as they look. They must have caught the Detroit Lions on a terrific letdown, and the Bears haven't displayed much this year anyway. George Halas' Bruins should have lost three or four games already, including two to the Cardinals and one to the Packers. They've just been the luckiest team alive, and maybe their luck is catching up with them. You can look for the Lions to hand them a walloping tomorrow. Yes, the Lions still are the team to beat in the Western division, and I'm glad none of the Packers will read this before they play Cleveland here tomorrow...Cleveland devoutly thinks its team will whip the Packers. Last year at this period, the Packers wandered onto the field with a scant crowd in the stands, and no one particularly interested in what happened, to stage a great aerial display and scuttle the Rams. This year everyone is talking about the game. The Rams are getting more attention, more ink, more comment than any football team in Cleveland before. Art Lewis is the man of the hour. The players are the toast of the town. Fans will flock to see them tomorrow, and the game, which at the outset of the season looked like just another Green Bay breather, now shapes up as something big and formidable and very, very dangerous.
OCT 24 (Green Bay) - This is the third chapter in the sage of "Blood and Sand". The first was in his heyday in the Green Bay Packers' early championship years when he was known from one end of the football to the other as the "vagabond halfback". The second was after the 1935 season when he was no longer on the ball club - for a very short time. He returned to help the Packers win their fourth NFL title. Now comes the third. After 15 years of knocking around in football's toughest league, Johnny Blood, nee McNally, turns up in the role of player coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a coach he does well. Lack of capable reserves cost valuable yardage in the second half, but in the first, a well developed ground attack kept the Packers moving. As a player, John's 60-minute service speaks for itself. In Milwaukee a week ago, he said that he would go the limit. Few believed him then, but he did...GET ROUGH HANDLING: It is to John, Walt Kiesling and the redoubtable Byron (Whizzer) White that the score of 20 to 0 might be classified under the "rough handling" department. Not that the Packers didn't deserve that margin. They were at least that much better than the Pirates. But those three were on the losing end of a game that Johnny wanted very much to win, and they did everything in their power to pull out with a victory. It hurt to lose. In Johnny and White, the Pittaburgh club has two of the most remarkable personalities in football. Add Art Rooney, owner of the team, and you have a trio that can sell itself, collectively or individually, on or off the gridiron. Johnny, dripping wet after a shower in the Hotel Northland following the football game, spoke his first words for an opponent. Looking more than a little weary, he reached for a towel and said: "That Clarke Hinkle plays a great game of football..There isn't another fullback in the league who handles all his assignments that way."...TRIBUTE TO LAMBEAU: Across the room Kiesling, who assists Johnny in the business of coaching and takes a turn at guard occasionally, nodded agreement. Kiesling doesn't think that this year's Packer team is equal to the championship outfit of 1936. But then, he and John both played with that pennant snatching crew, and they are apt to be prejudiced in their view. Johnny, however, had no part in the comparison. He asserted that this season's Green Bay team is "great", and paid earned tribute to Coach E.L. Lambeau. "I believe that the Packers will win the Western division championship," he said. "In the east it will be New York or Washington. New York is my choice because the Redskins have a slightly harder row to hoe." Recently the Pirates defeated the Giants. The Packers still have to meet the New Yorkers. It is not them that Johnny fears might trip the Packers. The greatest obstacle to the championship road for Green Bay, in his opinion, is Detroit...KNOWS NO LIMIT: Of his players, Johnny knows no limitations, when he starts on the subject of White. Seeing the Whizzer play football proved his press clippings. Meeting him more than an hour after the game with Cecil Isbell, Don Hutson, Bill Lee and Baby Ray proved his personality. Boyish in some of his enthusiasm, it is easy to see why he has been acclaimed from coast to coast for abilities that bound him from the football field to the basketball court, take a turn on the track, and wind up with full honors in the classroom. White will not play football next season. On Jan. 10 he will report at Oxford university for the study of law under a Rhodes scholarship. But - "I would like another crack at pro football," he says. "I've learned a lot about football this season," he admits. "It's tougher than the Rocky Mountain league, tougher than any college football, as a matter of fact."...TALKS ABOUT TEAMS: With his three Packer companions, in a room at the Northland, he discussed other teams around the league, and then said: "One thing I appreciated today was that there was nothing dirty about the play. I appreciate that." White made no further reference to "dirty" play, but he inferred that some of the team have put him on the spot - a spot they tried to rub out along with the player. Bill Lee, who owes apologies to no one in playing right tackle, answered White with, "We don't play football that way up here. We don't have to." Isbell and White met when the college all-stars were assembled in Chicago last September to play the Washington Redskins. They have been close friends since. It is easy to see how they would be. Both are well met. Friendship follows fast upon a handshake with either...NOT GOOD ENOUGH: White added to Blood's praise of Hinkle, and also had a few choice words in reference to the Packer team as a whole. And when he was reminded that he did a pretty fair piece of work himself, he grinned and said: "Not good enough, I'm afraid." Hope springs eternal in the human breast, and the night before the game there wasn't a man connected with the Pirates who did not firmly believe that the Packers were going to be upset. Art Rooney, Irish racetrack plunger who must be liked wherever he is known, looked for both teams to score, but figured his team on the long end. James (Doc) McCaffrey, trainer, visioned a Pirate victory. Martin Flanagan, one of the club officials, couldn't see it any other way. But Jack Sells, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter, wasn't so certain. Rooney took defeat philosophically. He was disappointed. There was no doubting that. But he wore no heart, or football, on his sleeve. The players' attitude concerning Rooney was pretty well summed up by White when he said. "I'd do anything for that man."...IMPRESSED WITH PACKERS: Other members of the Pirate aggregation, which left Green Bay this morning, were impressed with Packer play, and Green Bay football spirit. Farroh, guard from North Carolina, and Maras, center from Duquesne, were just two of a large group that would like to play here. Stu Smith, fullback, who played all but a few minutes, highly lauds the city, and the sportsmanship of the players and the fans, and caliber of the team. He and Hinkle both played at Bucknell (which also claims Tom Jones) and they spent a few happy hours together recalling names and places. During the third quarter, a cry for Andy Uram came out of the north stands. One of those yelling loudest was Kibie Lucas of Stoughton, Wis., alumnus of Minnesota, who yesterday gave his sons Tommy and Jake their first view of the Packers...HUBBARD ON HAND: Cal Hubbard, American league umpire who was calling them in the World Series, was present at the game. He was the guest of his former Packer teammate, Whitey Woodin. Baseball may be Cal's business now, but Green Bay always will know him for football, and the big tackle, who was one of the greatest, still evidences a keen interest in what goes around the grid circuit. A few bests: Hinkle for all around backfield play; Isbell and White for spectacular offensive play; Buckets Goldenberg for guard duty of the type that probably will bring him all-league recognition this year; Lee at tackle; White for the best punt of the day (a third quarter effort that must have traveled 60 yards in the air); Laws for calling numbers and hustling back with punts, and Blood for sustained effort in a losing cause. And the best casual comment of the day was from the Madison girl who saw a pass completed for the first time. In other seasons she limited her football activity to watching Wisconsin.
OCT 24 (Green Bay) - Russ Letlow, guard, was the major Packer casualty in yesterday's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he will be in shape to play at Cleveland next Sunday, Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician, said today. Letlow bruised an ankle, but X-rays revealed no fracture. Other Packer injuries were confined to bumps and bruises. 
OCT 24 (Green Bay) - Sometimes at Boys' camp, when a couple of little fellows put on the gloves and practice sparring around the campfire, there's a great tendency on the part of a sympathetic judge or referee to decide that no one's feeling should be hurt. So he thinks that a tie decision is in order, and he pats both on the little chaps on the head and says, "Boys, you put up a swell show!" Now in this corner we have little Cecil Isbell, who goes scarcely 190 pounds in his stocking feet, and who once played quite a bit of football for Purdue university. Little Cecil is just removing his gloves after a very fancy bit of sparring, in which he landed more than one telling poke, and in which he caught the high good favor of his audience. In this other corner is little Byron White, who when he grows up will be known by the satisfactorily pronounceable nickname of "Whizzer", and who was sent into the same ring against little Cecil because the rest of the boys at camp wanted to see which one could throw the most leather in a regulation scrap. And now the fight is over and the cheering has stopped, and oddly enough both boys are still on their feet, full of scrap, and when you come to think of it, each dished out about as much as he gave. When they've been in camp awhile longer, they really should be capable of some great shows. We'll have to match them again, and in the meantime perhaps we can wink at that friendly referee, and get him to pat both boys on the noggin and tell them, "Kids, you put up a swell show!" Yes, this Whizzer is a lot of football player, and it took a great performer like Green Bay's Isbell to stay with him in the matter of demonstrating outstanding first year talent. Put the Whizzer on a Grade-A, 14-karat ball club and he'd be the terror of the league. He's a hard runner, accurate passer, beautiful defensive worker, particularly when the opposition is slinging things, and a potent all-around football player. He earned $13,500 of that $15,000 salary in the fourth period, when the Packers' William Clarke Hinkle rode roughshod over him after receiving a forward pass from Bobby Monnett. Mr. Hinkle has a knack of hitting tacklers harder than necessary, and he all but rapped the Whizzer into the popcorn stand at the west end of the stadium. Things will never be that way at Oxford, Byron. You can concentrate on your studies there...Twenty more points were added to the Packers' all-time scoring list yesterday, as the team made its final home appearance of the season. Clarke Hinkle kicked his 22nd extra point for Green Bay, adding one mark to his total and making it 205, good for third place, 19 points behind Johnny Blood. Bob Monnett also booted his 22nd extra point. He ranks seventh on the big list with 93 points, one less than the total held by Hank Bruder. Joe Laws registered his 10th Packer touchdown and advanced to a 12th place tie with Cub Buck, Eddie Kotal, Weert Engelmann and Buckets Goldenberg. Each has 60 points. Carl Mulleneaux scored his second Green Bay touchdown, and Cecil Isbell's was his first, giving them 12 and 6 points, respectively.
OCT 24 (New York) - The man of the hour in professional football today was Art Lewis, who was shoved into one of the toughest spots in the National league a month ago as coach of the disorganized Cleveland Rams. Cleveland had lost its first three games, including an unmerciful 37-13 licking from the champion Washington Redskins, when Lewis, assistant coach and tackle, replaced the venerable Hugo Bezdek. With a little magic and a lot of hard work, Lewis whipped Cleveland into a team which today had a fighting chance to win the league's Western division championship. The Rams crowned their comeback struggle with a sensational 23 to 21 victory over the league-leading Chicago Bears at Wrigley field. In a breath-taking game in which the lead changed hands six times, the Rams fought their way to their greatest triumph since they joined the pro league last year...QUITS LINE JOB: Lewis, who broke into the pro game only two years ago with the New York Giants, quit his job as line coach at Ohio Wesleyan this fall to become assistant coach and tackle for Cleveland. He is rated an outstanding lineman but his great job of rebuilding the Rams overshadows other achievements. The Rams have licked the Bears twice (14-7 in the other game) and Detroit, 21-17, in scoring three straight victories since Lewis took over. They now have a .500 record and are pointing for next Sunday's game against the leading Green Bay Packers with title aspirations...CORBY DAVIS SCORES: Cleveland got away to a 6-0 lead over the Bears in the first minute and a half of play. The Bears kept up a steady counterattack but every time they regained the lead the Rams snatched it back quickly. At different stages of the game, the Bears led, 7-6, 14-9, and 21-16, but Corby Davis, former Indiana fullback, plunged over for the Rams' winning score in the last few minutes of play. The Detroit Lions held third place by winning a hard-fought 10-0 victory over the Chicago Cardinals. Regis Monahan's 34-yard field goal in the second period and Bill Shepherd's 2-yard touchdown plunge in the third accounted for the Lions' points. The champion Washington Redskins maintained their lead in the Eastern division by outscoring the Philadelphia Eagles, 20-14. The Redskins led throughout. Andy Farkas ripped over for two touchdowns and Riley Smith scored the other on a pass from Bill Hartman which netted 61 yards...CLOSE TO REDSKINS: Playing their best game of the season, the New York Giants remained on the heels of the Redskins by scoring a 28-14 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Giants piled up four touchdowns before the Dodgers came to life in the final period and scored twice. Ed Danowski kept up his whirlwind passing by completing 5 out of 8 for 92 Giant yards. A total of 114,145 persons saw the five games with the largest crowd, 36,228, at the Giants-Dodgers game. Other crowds were: At Washington, 30,000, at Chicago, 18,000, at Detroit, 17,917; at Green Bay, 12,142.
The Redskins lead in ground gaining with an average of 302 yards a game in the six they have played. Green Bay is second with 271 in seven encounters. The Giants are first in forward passing with 61 completions in 119 attempts for 51%. Washington, which had been tied with the Giants, has a 50% average with 59 completed forwards out of 116. The Packers are third with 47.5% on 59 completions in 126 passes. Passing efficiency in the league is now 6% better than the record 38% made last season.
weeks of inactivity due to a broken finger, Arnold Herber is throwing passes again. He did some tossing yesterday, without ill effects, and was back at it again today...TINSLEY IS AROUND: Pete Tinsley, fast developing guard, who was bruised a bit against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Sunday, is out and around, and a thumb injury to Baby Ray, tackle, isn't expected to bother him at Cleveland. The ankle injury of Russ Letlow has responded to treatment, the swelling being very slight. This means that the Packers will take the field against the Rams with scarcely an injury on the squad. They will meet a team which is fired out of sight by its three surprising decisions over league opponents. Cleveland has lost three games, but the Packers, Bears and Lions each have lost two. If the Rams hand the Packers their third defeat, they will profit by whichever teams wins in the Detroit-Chicago Bears conflict the same day, and will wind up dangerously close to first place in the Western division.
touchdowns against Philadelphia Sunday and leads the league with 37 points. The Anvil gained 126 yards rushing, carrying out his boast that his flat feet make him a difficult target for enemy tacklers...ISBELL MOVES UP: Whizzer White and Cecil Isbell, two other freshman backs with Pittsburgh and Green Bay, respectively, hold first and second place in ground gaining with 288 and 279 yards.  Farkas has 269 yards. Scrapper Farrell of Brooklyn is fourth in a close race with 252 yards. Don Hutson, Green Bay end, is second in scoring with 31 points. Joe Carter, Philadelphia wingman, and Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay, are only one point behind in a third place tie. Carter scored five touchdowns, while Hinkle gained his total with three touchdowns, six points after and two field goals...CLICK ON PASSES: Five passers still have an average of 50 percent completions or better, with Ed Danowski of the New York Giants still dominating this department with 50 out of 84 tosses for 615 yards and59.5 percent. Jack Robbins, Chicago Cardinals recruit from Arkansas, is second with 44 out of 85, and Sam Baugh, last year's champion of Washington, is third with 32 out of 55. Others who have completed half their tosses are Isbell of Green Bay and Bill Hartman, Washington. Edgar Manske jumped from seventh to fourth in pass receiving with 17 catches, but Gaynell Tinsley, Cardinals, Hutson and Carter still lead him with 28, and 19 receptions. Ward Cuff has booted four successful field goals in five attempts to lead the league in this department. Regis Monahan, Detroit, rose to a second place tie with Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn, by raising his total to three last Sunday.
OCT 28 (Green Bay) - "With a team which appears better balanced than its opponents, the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon will meet a football rival whose enthusiasm and spirit makes it one of the most dangeroud clubs in the country." So said Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers today just before his professional football squad left for Cleveland on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa, set to keep their engagement with Art Lewis' furiously-geared Rams. The Packers will reach Cleveland at 7:59 Saturday morning, and at 10:30 will take to the practice park, drilling for an hour or two before news photographers and curious fans. The dangerous Rams, now definitely poised for a strike at the Western division championship in their second season in the National league, is a vastly difference club than the one which succumbed harmlessly enough to the Packers here early in the season. After three early season losses, Hugo Bezdek was dismissed as coach, and young, hustling Art Lewis replaced him. Since then the Rams have been undefeated, belting over the Detroit Lions once and the Chicago Bears twice. They have a potent backfield combination in Ed Goddard, Bob Snyder, Johnny Drake, Bob Davis and Corby Davis, two swell ends in Jim Benton and Ray Hamilton of Arkansas, and a tight line which has played improved football with every appearance...IMPRESSED WITH RAMS: It's no wonder that Coach Lambeau, whose team has displayed a now-you-see-it-now-you-don't tendency most of the season, is highly impressed with Cleveland and is whipping his team to its greatest peak of the year - he hopes. Upon arriving at their destination the Packers will be headquartered, as last year, at the Hotel Cleveland, where they will remain until early Sunday morning. They will arrive back here on the Chippewa late Monday afternoon. "We have no injuries. Everyone will be able to play," added the Packer coach. "If the Packers display the proper mental attitude and desire to win, we'll come through."...RAMS ARE KEYED: There is no question about the attitude now held by the Rams. If they defeat the Packers Sunday, they will profit by whichever team wins the Detroit-Chicago Bears conflict, and actually will move within striking distance of the lead. The Rams have yet to play the Lions, although their 1938 series with the Bears has been completed in highly satisfactory fashion. The return of Arnold Herber to active service is expected to be of material benefit to Green Bay. Herber has been riding the bench for three games with a broken finger, but he has been slinging the ball in practice this week and may even get a starting assignment Sunday. Cecil Isbell and Bob Monnett have been taking care of the passing chores beautifully, but neither can hurl a long toss as accurately as can Herber, as was demonstrated against Pittsburgh last Sunday, when the timing was sour on several 40-yard heaves. There is no one in the National league who can set up a 45 or 50-yard aerial with the deadliness of the former Green Bay West high ace.
OCT 28 (Green Bay) - Lest we forget: Weeks before the football season started, and right up to Sept. 11, Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers repeatedly stated that Cleveland should not be taken lightly. However, last week's weak sisters were too fresh in memory for fans to take much heed of the Packer mentor's words, and even the players were inclined to look upon the Rams as an ambitious club, but one which had not yet arrived. As just about everybody but the Cleveland players expected, the Rams lost their opening game to the Packers. The score was 26 to 17, but even the most diehard Packer fans leaving City stadium after the tilt recalled the words of Lambeau and agreed that this rising young team was going to cause some trouble before the season was over...LACED BY REDSKINS: On the following week the Rams outgained and out-first downed the Chicago Cardinals, but lost by 7 to 6. Then came a disastrous 37 to 13 lacing at Washington, and from the record it looked like last year's outfit in new suits. But those bad whippings sometimes provide the turning point. Just as the Lions won the championship in 1935 after losing to the Packers by 31 to 7, and the Packers bounced back to a title in 1936 following a 30 to 3 drubbing at the hands of the Bears, so did Cleveland come back after the Redskin rout in the most surprising turnabout of this season. Things began to spin when Hugo Bezdek was dropped as coach. Tom Lipscomb, president of the Rams, started looking around for a new man to direct Cleveland's football destinies, "one with experience in the league," he said. Art Lewis, 26-year old assistant to Bezdek, was given the reins temporarily. And therein lies a success story...ENJOYS HIS JOB: While Lipscomb was looking for an experienced man to take charge, Lewis assumed the role of giant killer and after an exhibition win over a non-league opponent in Pennsylvania, brought the underdogs through victories over the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. Lipscomb quit shopping and began to enjoy the presidency of a pro league football machine for the first time since the job was wished on to him. Lewis' success has been phenomenal. In his only other year in the league, after graduation from Ohio university, he played guard for the New York Giants. Then for one season he coached the line at Ohio Wesleyan. No Caesar enjoyed a more triumphant return than Lewis has had - up to now...DEPENDS ON ATTITUDE: Much will depend upon the Packers' mental attitude Sunday. Most of the boys share their coach's respect for Cleveland now, and they should. The Bears might have gone into their first contest with Lewis' team looking for a breather, but after getting trimmed by 14 to 7, they certainly went into last Sunday's game with every weapon they could find. It wasn't enough, and on their own field the Bruins lost a 23 to 21 decision. Any aggregation that can beat the Bears twice in one season is set for anybody. In a lighter vein: Chief Ralph Drum of the Green Bay Fire department appeared at Sunday's game in one of the department's regulation rubber coats and a heavy blue blazer. One of the program sellers looked at him with half recognition, and then queried a companion thusly: "Say, didn't that USED to be a fireman."...The long distance fan record for hurried traveling to follow the Packers this season probably will go unchallenged to Charles and Fred McWey and Noble Jannelel, In 48 hours they drove from Green Bay to Buffalo and back to see the Packers beat the Chicago Cardinals Sept. 28. No stops were made for sleep, and very few for eating. The trio will miss the game at Cleveland, but they plan to be on hand when the Packers play at Detroit. Nothing but a jaunt...Phil Ragazzo, the former Western Reserve tackle who is a rookie guard for Cleveland, is getting a lot of credit for instilling a "college" spirit into the Rams. He is the lad picked up in the Packer draft, and then traded in the three-way deal by which Lou Gordon went to the Chicago Bears and Ookie Miller came to Green Bay. Of Ragazzo John Dietrich in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer says: "He plays football because he likes it, and all the better if there's a paycheck connected with the job."...Len Liebman, the observing usher at Packer stadium whose news interest is a hangover from his days as sports editor of the St. Norbert college Times, reports than a flock of geese flew over City stadium shortly before the Pittsburgh game. "Someone honked a signal, and they shifted into a perfect T formation," according to Len...Twitting a corpse never is in good taste, but Edgar Munzel, Chicago Herald-Examiner sports columnist suggest that Charley Bidwell junk the Chicago Cardinals and bring in the Cincinnati Bengals. He points out that the Bengals have whipped two National league teams while the Cards have licked only one. Incidentally, what has happened to that talk about Cincinnati picking up Cleveland's franchise next year?
OCT 28 (Green Bay) - In high spirits as they ride the crest of the wave in the western division of the National pro race, the Green Bay Packers left here Friday afternoon for their battle with the Cleveland Rams in Cleveland Sunday. Except for one or two minor injuries, the squad was in tip top shape after a week of hard work. The team will arrive in Cleveland Saturday morning and work out briefly Saturday afternoon.
The loser can pick up the suitcases and start for the woods.
OCT 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Prepped to the nth degree and at full strength for the first time since the Chicago Cardinals game in Buffalo, N.Y., the Green Bay Packers Sunday face the Cleveland Rams at Cleveland in what has changed from a "breather" affair to one of the utmost importance. When the schedule
was arranged, Coach Curly Lambeau of the Bays connived to get the Cleveland game booked just before the Chicago Bears game in Chicago and the Lions game in Detroit, hoping that it would give his hard working regulars a chance to rest up for what were expected to be the tough games on the program. It looked like great strategy for a while, or until the Rams fired Coach Hugo Bezdek and elevated tackle Art Lewis to the post of head mentor. Since then the Rams have ridden roughshod over the Lions and handed the vaunted Bears two defeats to become one of the most potent factors in the hot race for the title. The new Ram mentor made only one important change in the offensive plan of the club: He moved the backs back about one yard to give more room for faster starts for reverses and to give his backs better angles for blocks and for shots at holes in the line. This has served to increase the rushing game of the club fully 50 percent, which, coupled with the always high class aerial display of the team, has provided one of the best offensive machines in the league. In Pincura, Alphonse, Snyder and Drake the Rams have four of the best backs in the league. Pincura and Snyder have been deadly accurate with their passing. Several additions to the club in the draft last year strengthened the tackle posts, which were weak a year ago and it is no secret that the Bays, who were fairly hard pressed to win the league opener at Green Bay, look upon the game as anything but a setup. The Rams' aerial game, which worked considerable havoc to the vulnerable Bay air defense at the Bay, has been gone over thoroughly by Coaches Lambeau and Red Smith the past week as it is the method of attack that has caused the Bays most concern this year. Lambeau let his charges know that the Bears underrated the Rams at Cleveland and lost; and made the mistake of thinking lightning would not strike twice in the same place in the return tilt at Chicago. It did - and it took the Rams just four plays to push over their first touchdown. With the exception of Bunny Schoemann, center, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, the Bays will be at full strength for the Rams. Inside sources reveal that Schoemann, too, could play if needed, but that Lambeay, greatly impressed with Bunny's play back of the defensive line, has ruled against risking additional injury this year fearing permanent damage. The injury is one than an operation and rest can cure permanently and Lambeau has decided to keep the former Hilltopper out of action and let him draw his salary for the rest of the year as a sort of WPA attachment to the Packer payroll. The Bays' chances of victory depend upon two things: 1- Ability to stop the Cleveland pass attack and 2 - Effectiveness of the Bay running plays. Lambeau has given his charges a full outline of defensive duties and the Packers are confident they can stop the aerials. If so, it leaves the burden up to the ground attack, which, when functioning properly, is the best in the league. On several occasions, however, the rushing plays have not gained and the vaunted aerial attack, too, suffered when a spread defense made it virtually impossible for the sharpshooting Isbell, Monnett and Herber to get a ball into the receivers' hands with any degree of consistency.
OCT 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The only four time winners of the National Professional Football league championship, the Green Bay Packers, are now in a position where they can, by playing the ball they are capable of, complete on the great sports achievements of all time. THE FEAT OF WINNING FIVE PRO LEAGUE TITLES IN THE SPACE OF 10 YEARS. Although the records are not before us we know there have been college teams to win five titles in 10 years, but to turn the trick in the toughest of all football conferences, is something else again. It was back in 1929 the Bays won their first title, and did it without the loss of a single game. One tie, with the Frankford Yellowjackets, was the closest thing to a defeat on the record. In 1930 and 1931 the Bays repeated to win three titles in a row, and they won their fourth in 1936. Today they are leading he western half race by a one-half game margin and rate as even money favorites to cop that title and enter the league playoffs against the eastern champion. Sunday the Packers face the worms that turned - the Cleveland Rams - who have posted a win over the Lions and two straight wins over the Bears in their three appearances under Coach Art Lewis. Although the Bays turned back the Rams, 17 to 0, in the opener at Green Bay, that outcome should be  no basis of comparison in the doping of Sunday's all-important skirmish on the shores of Lake Erie as the Lions and Bears, both victims of the Rams, hold the only wins to date over the Packers. After the Cleveland game come tilts with the Bears, Lions and New York Giants, all away from home. The schedule is anything but a pushover, but by no means is the Packer task an impossible one. The other leading western contenders, too, face difficult schedules. The Lions and Bears meet twice with chances they'll help kill each other off...RAMS GAME TOUGH: Despite the high regard with which most Packer followers held the Bears this writer subcribed to the thought that if the Bays come through with a triumph over the Rams they'll be well on the road to the title. We are fearful the Bays are looking beyond the forest to see the trees; that the Bears' tilt is more in their minds than the battle with the Rams and that of the two the Rams will provide the most serious opposition. We know that the natural Bay-Bears rivalry will key the Packers for the Chicago skirmish, and the Bears, too, for that matter, but we're confident a "right" Packer team can beat the best the Bears have this year. We fear a team "on the rise" and the Rams, long the doormat of the loop, are very definitely in that category. They have just the type of attack that has caused the Bays much concern this year and if they are good enough to snuff the Lions and Bears they should be regarded as nothing less than a major opponent and a decided threat to any Green Bay titular ambitions. Our advice to the Bays is to forget the Bears and the Lions, win Sunday's game first and then smack the Bears and long pass the Lions into defeat after the Cleveland hurdle has been negotiated.
OCT 25 (Green Bay) - With the prospect of facing a Cleveland football team which suddenly has decided it is going to win the championship, the Green Bay Packers worked seriously today under Coach E.L. Lambeau and Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith. The Rampaging Rams, having done nothing less than belt over the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears twice in three successive appearances, are a vastly different club than the one which succumbed peacefully enough to the Green Bay attack here early this season. In fact, Coach Lambeau, who faces consecutive contest against Cleveland, the Bears, Detroit and New York, thinks the Rams now shape up among the toughest clubs in the league. The team is fired to the skies by its new coach, Art Lewis, and as it had only three losses against its record - as compared to two each for the Packers, Bears and Lions - it believes itself capable of rising yet to the Western division throne...BEAT BEARS TWICE: Cleveland has mopped up the Bears twice. It faces the Lions and Packers again, and if it come through in both engagements, another defeat for the Bears anywhere along the line will make the Rams statistically as good as anyone. All these factors are being taken into consideration by the Packers, who were near their peak last Sunday in whipping a stubborn resisting team of Pittsburgh Pirates, 20 to 0. Last year at Cleveland, they played before a scant audience of fans uneducated in professional football, but next Sunday they'll take the field with a rabid, cheering throng packed into the stadium...MAY LEAVE FRIDAY: The Packer travel schedule has not been completed. The team probably will leave here Friday night, arriving at Cleveland Saturday morning in time to participate in a regulation drill session. Officials for Sunday's game will be the following: Referee, Ed Cochran, Chicago; umpire, Tom Hughitt, Buffalo; headlinesman, Wilfrid Smith, Chicago; field judge, M.J. Meyer, Toledo...LETLOW TO BE O.K.: The Packers are in good shape, except for Russ Letlow's guard, who twisted an ankle against the Pirates. Letlow is expected to be ready for service against the Rams, so that the Green Bay team will be in fine shape for the struggle. Arnold Herber, injured passer who has been on the bench in his last three games, probably will be available for use against Cleveland, and, if so, he'll supplement the forward passing of Cecil Isbell and Bob Monnett. This aerial combination is expected to try the Cleveland defenses severely, but the Rams are tough that way themselves.
OCT 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - Johnny Blood is through. The old man with the scythe, at whom Johnny thumbed his nose for so long, at last has caught up with him. Johnny's exhibition with his Pittsburgh Pirates at Green Bay Sunday and was just a little sad for those who knew him in his prime. The intense love of football is still there, which explains why he played all but a few minutes of the game, but the legs aren't there anymore and the zip isn't. He wants to put out but he hasn't anymore to give.Only a week ago Johnny was in Milwaukee to scout the Packers against the Brooklyn Dodgers. "Don't bet against us next week," he said after the game. "We have a good ball club and I'm going to play 60 minutes." Johnny wasn't bragging; he isn't that kind. He was only expressing a great confidence which one playing triumph after another had built up. It's rather hard to write this because Johnny, ever since his early days of pro ball with the old Milwaukee Badgers 12 or 13 years ago, has been a good friend. I think I know him as well as anybody how intensely he loves pro football. There comes a time, through, and at last it has come to him. He hasn't got it anymore. He's in the end zone and the sooner he hangs up his cleats the better. As one chapter in the colorful Blood saga ends, or should end, another just as colorful may very well begin. There's no reason why, with his great love for pro football, he should not make a go of it in coaching. He has lost none of his color, enthusiasm, or daring. He has the experience and the background. Blood the coach can be just as great a guy as Blood the player...PACKERS MUST PERK UP: The Packers are riding the crest of the wave in the western division of the pro race today, but they'll have to play better football than they did against Pittsburgh to stay there. The weekend development was a paradox. The Packers won. The Bears lost. The Packers moved into undisputed possession of first place. Yet the boys hit one of their low spots of the season. If not the lowest. Except for Isbell's touchdown run, Joe Law's fine all-around play and Hinkle's steady pace, they showed little to indicate that they belong on top of the heap. They looked like an ordinary football team. It's not a question whether they have it or not. They have it. In that flaming quarter against Brooklyn here a week ago, in which they answered the gossip mongers who had talked about dissension, they proved they had it. They played football against which no club could stand up. It has become a question from Sunday to Sunday, however, whether they happen to be in the mood to play such ball. At the top of their game, they almost look like a cinch for the western championship and all that it means. They
should win three of their four remaining games with Cleveland, the Bears, the Lions and New York. At the pace they set against Pittsburgh Sunday, however, they might easily lose three of the four, maybe all four. Even Lambeau is worried as he approaches the stretch drive. He issued new stringent squad regulations Monday. There'll be no more days off from practice, no more conflicting outside interests, no more loafing. It will be a double dose of football from here on. So far as he is able to make it do so, the team will play the football of which it is really capable every game the rest of the way in.
OCT 25 (New York) - The Packers continue to lead the NFL in team scoring with 140 points, statistics revealed Tuesday. Washington is second with 113, pressed by the Chicago Bears with 108 and the Giants with 102.
OCT 26 (Green Bay) - One chalk talk for every day of the week - that's the program facing the Green Bay  Packers as they prepare for their important gridiron engagement with the Cleveland Rams at Cleveland next Sunday afternoon. Frankly concerned over the Rams' chances of engineering an upset following their sensational victories over the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears (twice), Coach E.L. Lambeau has added the skull drills to the regular practice program. He's determined that Cleveland will not outsmart Green Bay, and it'll be up to the Packers themselves to see that they are not outplayed. The Packers will leave here Friday evening on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa at 5:36, arriving at Chicago at 9:40. They'll board the Nickle Plate sleeper leaving Chicago at 11:20 from the LaSalle Street station, and they'll arrive at Cleveland at 7:59 Saturday morning...PRACTICE IN MORNING: This means that Lambeau will pilot his men from their headquarters, the Hotel Statler, to the practice field Saturday morning, giving them the afternoon to relax and listen to college football games. Western Reserve university of Cleveland plays at home against Boston university, and a number of the Packers may take a sailor's holiday and visit the game. The game will be played at the Cleveland American Baseball league park, as last year. The Packers will leave Cleveland at 12:10 Monday morning, on the Nickle Plate, arriving at Chicago at 7:35 a.m. They will board the Chippewa for Green Bay at 1 o'clock that afternoon, arriving here at 4:47. Dr. W.W. Kelly, team physician, today reported that the team should be in perfect physical condition for the Ram contest, and the players' appearance at today's practice bore out his statement. After several 
OCT 27 (Green Bay) - Facing four strenuous games on the road, in the duration of which their chances for a Western division championship in the NFL, will be placed directly on the block, the Green Bay Packers will leave tomorrow evening for Cleveland, where Sunday they will engage the wild-traveling Rams. With the Detroit Lions booked against the Bears at Chicago, some measure of sanity may come out of the tangled divisional race following weekend contests...MANY GAMES LEFT: The Bears and Rams have five games remaining on each of their schedules. The Packers have four, and the Detroit Lions six, but it is in the defeat column that the story is told. The Packers, Bears and Lions all have two games in the red, and the Rams have three, but after this weekend, the situation may be altered. If Cleveland wins, and the Chicago game does not end in a tie, there will be three teams in the West division possessing three losses, and that means the race still belongs to anyone. The story of the rise of the Cleveland Rams is that of Art Lewis, who succeeded Hugo Bezdek as coach and promptly moved the Rams to three consecutive victories. They upset the Detroit Lions, and handed the Bears two consecutive pastings, rocketing back into the thick of the National league divisional race. Now they are at home, steamed to the roof, braced to hurl back the invasion of a Green Bay Packer team which rests in first place, undisputed. A decision over the Rams, coupled with the outcome of the Lion-Bear game, would be of a vast aid in moving the Packers closer to their coveted goal...MUST BE OUTPLAYED: Their mental attitude and playing ability will not be handicapped by injuries as the Packers invade the Cleveland American league park. If they lose, they'll be outplayed or outmaneuvered in some way, for the team is at its season's peak. With Arnold Herber back in pitching form, and Cecil Isbell and Bob Monnett completing forward passes all over the lot, the Bays are prepared to dump their aerial fireworks upon the Rams in the first period, and they are hoping for good weather. A Packer team in the soup usually is less effective than one capable of firing at will, and Coach E.L. Lambeau is anxious to supplement his strong running game with the usual dynamite from the air. Isbell, Monnett, Clarke Hinkle and Joe Laws all rank high on the list of National league ground gainers, affording the Cleveland team what may be its most severe test of the season. The squad embarks on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa at 5:36 Friday afternoon, and a sizeable crowd is expected at the station to witness the departure.
OCT 27 (Columbus, OH) - More than 600,000 people, 612,845 to be exact, have witnessed NFL teams in cation this season, President Joe F. Carr announces. There still are 24 more league games to be played and Carr is confident that the all-time league attendance record, slightly over a million, which was set last year, will be shattered. Washington has played before more people than any league team this season, the figure being 280,675 for six league games and two All Star engagements, one at Chicago and the other at Dallas.
OCT 27 (New York) - Andy (Anvil) Farkas, Washington Redskins recruit halfback from the University of Detroit, forged his way from third to first place in scoring and from twelfth to third in ground gaining, according to NFL statistics for the seventh week of play. Farkas, born in Clay Center, Ohio, of Hungarian parents and whose full name is Andrew Giza Elmer, scored two 
OCT 29 (Green Bay) - Two wild-eyed football team with ambitions to finish their 1938 scheduled in possession of professional football's highest honor - championship of the National league - will collide at the American Baseball league park here tomorrow afternoon in a combat of Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Rams. The old college try - the money pitch in the clutch - the spirit to do and die for the dear old corporation - will send one of the powerful combatants home on the extended end of a valuable score when the shadows lengthen over the gridiron here tomorrow evening. The game, it appears, very clearly will be directed less upon ability than upon spirit, and if that is so, then may the football gods stand beside the Packers for the Rams are geared to 17 degrees above sea level. The Rams are raging, fighting mad, a blood-in-the-eye football team hell bent for a championship, and the community of Cleveland is roaring them a mighty welcome. This city's vast civic pride, touched off at the slightest excuse, is swelling like a grade school quarterback's head with the brilliant, through brief, victory string of its rollicking Rams, coached by the enthusiastic Art Lewis.