Chicago Bears (1-0) 17, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 0
Sunday September 25th 1949 (at Green Bay)
seasons here, also slowed up considerably this year. Bob is 30 and possibly past his peak...The Rams will arrive at the Milwaukee Road depot at 4:23 on Saturday afternoon. They'll headquarter at the Northland hotel...The Packers have two former Rams on their side - Backfield Coach Bob Snyder, who headed the Rams in 1947 and part of 1948, and guard Roger Eason, who played for LA for four years...The Rams have an ex-Packer in Line Coach George Trafton, who handled the Bay line in 1944...Paul Lipscomb, the Packer tackle, figures Bear tackle Fred Davis was the most surprised man at City stadium Sunday "when I came out wearing a face guard." It can be recalled that Davis left Lipscomb's face a mass of raw beef steak in the game at Chicago last fall. Tackle Dick Wildung is bothered by a blister on his heel. Back Ralph Earhart has an aching rib. Center Ed Neal blocked George Blanda's field goal attempt with his face guard. Incidentally, the Bear guard "stepped aside" when Heal tore at him on the field goal play.
SEPT 29 (Green Bay) - The Packers will be looking for a "seven" on the first roll of the dice against the Los Angeles Rams at City stadium Sunday afternoon. That seven has been lucky for the Green Bays - in the matter of pass interceptions, that is. It has to do with passing and if you're still confused, let's try for eleven. Anyhow: The Packers have victimized the Rams - the Cleveland and the present Los Angeles variety - four times with seven-interception games. The latest instance of thievery took place at City stadium a year ago when the Packers all but blew the Rams off the field in a dazzling display of spirited and alert play. They snagged seven of Bob Waterfield's passes despite the fact that Waterfield's throws gained over 300 yards all afternoon. The final score was Packers 16. Los Angeles 0. Waterfield thus became the third pitcher in National league history to have seven passes swiped. The other seven-interception games took place when the present LA outfit was cavorting in Cleveland. The Packers won all of them - 28 to 7 on Oct. 30, 1938' 30 to 12 on Nov. 8, 1942; and 42 to 7 on Nov. 12, 1944. Just to remind the Packers that all isn't peaches and cream in the interception concession, it must be reported that the Rams intercepted seven of the Packers' passes in posting a 20-7 victory on Nov. 11, 1945. The Bears and Detroit did the same in 1940 in winning by scores of 41-10 and 23-14, respectively. The Packers had a most embarrassing time in Milwaukee last year against the Giants. The New Yorkers snared eight of Green Bay's passes to miss the league record by one. Who holds the league record? The Packers! They set it at Detroit on Oct. 24, 1943, when a super alert defensive backfield snared nine (9) Detroit throws. The final score: Green Bay 23, Detroit 6. The Packers might try for 11 at City stadium Sunday. And, chances are, they'll get a chance because the Rams are one of the three "throwingest" teams in the league, the others being New York and Washington. Waterfield will return Sunday back with a new assistant - rookie Norm Van Brocklin, who broke into the major leagues last Friday night by completing five out of eight passes in a last-ditch drive to give the Rams a 27-24 victory over Detroit. For catchers, Waterfield and Van Brocklin will have Tom Fears, the UCLA ace who led the league in receiving last year, and Elroy Hirsch, the Wisconsin fugitive, who scored twice against Detroit - one on a Van Brocklin pass. Most of the Ram ends and backs are elegant receivers. If our memory serves right, the big fullback, Dick Hoerner, is glue-fingered. Then there is Tom Keane, brother of the Bears' Jim. Tom is a rookie and a good receiver. The Packers are spending plenty of time this week on defense. One reason is that the Bears completed 13 out of 23 throws, including two touchdowns, and the other is that the Rams have a terrific air game. The Packers aren't overlooking their own passing game, either. The Bays failed to complete a pass in the Bear game Sunday. That was history in itself. Ted Cook, the string-beanish individual, has taken over at offensive left end since the departure of Clyde Goodnight, who was placed on waivers Tuesday. Cook earlier had been spending most of his time in the defensive backfield. The Packers went through their last stiff season on the practice field behind East High school this morning. The squad may move into the stadium for defensive practice Friday, the idea being secrecy.
SEPT 29 (Los Angeles) - Headed for hostile territory, Coach Clark Shaughnessy and 32 Los Angeles Rams will board a chartered Flying Tiger DC-4 at Lockheed Air Terminal this morning at 7 o'clock. The Rams will flit to Chicago, where they'll pitch camp during a three-game NFL campaign in the Midwest. Sunday sees them up at Green Bay, Wis., where they play the Packers. On the following Sabbath, they meet the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field, and on Oct. 14 they wind up the junket at Briggs Stadium, Detroit, where the Lions will be waiting in ambush. If the football fates smile kindly on our local heroes, they could return home with a perfect 4-0 record and leadership in the NFL's Western Division. This certainly is wishful thinking, but it's possible. The Rams didn't look like world beaters when they rallied to beat the Lions the other night, 27 to 24, but Shaughnessy thinks they'll improve as the race rolls along. Such was the case last year, with L.A. snagging four of its last five games. After yesterday's final practice, Shaughnessy said that he will start the same lineup against the Packers which opened against Detroit. From left to right, across the line, it includes Tom Fears, Dick Huffman, Hal Dean, Jack Martin, Milan Lazetich, Ed Champagne, and Bob Shaw. Bob Waterfield will be at quarterback, Crazy Legs Hirsch and Tank Younger at halfback and Dick Hoerner at fullback. The team will stay at the Windermere East in Chicago, moving on to Green Bay late Saturday.
SEPT 29 (Los Angeles) - Hoping to break a two-year drought, the Los Angeles Rams departed by chartered airliner Wednesday for Green Bay and next Sunday's engagement with the Green Bay Packers. The Rams were slated to arrive in Chicago early Wednesday evening and remain there until Saturday afternoon, when they will make the trek to Green Bay. Although the Rams hold a margin of five victories in their last eight games with the Packers, the West Coasters have been unable to defeat Curly Lambeau's scrappers in Wisconsin since 1946. Last year, the Rams suffered their first shutout since 1942 when they were handed a 16-0 defeat. This year, however, the Rams apparently hope to rub salt in the wound by using a home state hero to break the Packers' spell. Just prior to departure, Head Coach Clark Shaugnnessy said he expected Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch, Wisconsin's brilliant all-around athlete, to spell the difference between the two clubs. "Both clubs have fine lines," said Shaughnessy, "and don't be fooled by the Packers' failure to complete a pass against the Bears. Every club will have a day like that sometime and now the Packers have it out of their system. They have great passers in Jug Girard, Stan Heath and Jack Jacobs." In the Rams' narrow 27 to 24 victory over the Detroit Lions last week, Hirsch sparked the Ram offense. He carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards and a 4.73 average. Shaughnessy said Hirsch would definitely start at left halfback for the Rams Sunday.
SEPT 29 (Chicago) - After an uneventful flight from the Coast, interrupted only by a stop for grub at Kansas City, the Los Angeles Rams landed here early this evening to find themselves favored to win the first of their three games on this junket. The Rams move on to Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday to tackle the Packers, and midwestern observers think Clark Shaughnessy's Coasters deserve a seven-point bulge in the betting..."PLAIN NONSENSE": "That's plain nonsense," said Shaughnessy, putting on an extemporaneous high-dudgeon act. The wise old man of the Rams no doubt was recalling, at the moment, the disaster which struck the Rams the last time they invaded Green Bay. That was a raw Sunday afternoon last October, and Indian Jack Jacobs and his henchmen invaded Los Angeles its only shutout of the season - a 16-0 setback. Strangely, Shag didn't mention the Rams' 24-10 cakewalk in the Coliseum rematch later in the year. Curly Lambeau's warriors have been a bit on the sour side this year. They lost their only league game to the Chicago Bears by the fairly respectable score of 17-0. The Pitt Steelers sank 'em, 9 to 3; Philadelphia rolled to a 35-0 victory and the Washington Redskins won by 34-25. The Rams tied the Eagles, 24-24, but lost to the Redskins, 34-28. Both the Packers and Rams trimmed the New York Giants by identical scores of 14-7...TOP PASSERS TANGLE: Sunday's scuffle may bring together two of the nation's finest passers of the '48 collegiate season - Norm Van Brocklin of Oregon and Stan Heath of Nevada. Van Brocklin figures to relieve Bob Waterfield sooner or later for the Rams, while Heath goes in when Jacobs comes out. Heath was a fizzle against the Bears, but Van Brocklin rescued the Rams with a 76-yard passing parade against Detroit last week. The Rams will stay at the Windermere East, a flashy South Side boarding house, and will work out tomorrow on the University of Chicago's Stagg Field. They move up to Green Bay Saturday afternoon.
of the final heat, Ken Kavanaugh – with Jack Jacobs climbing his frame – made a brilliant catch of a 27-yard strike from Johnny Lujack in the end zone. Less than two minutes later, Lujack and J.R. Boone combined for a 37-yard aerial. Lujack, the Bears’ new Mr. Sid Luckman, put his team ahead with a minute left in the third quarter when he booted a 16-yard field goal after the Packers put on a heroic goal line stand. To complete a one-mannish afternoon, Lujack kicked both extra points. The brutal play was evident all afternoon. Fights flared frequently and both clubs drew their beads on various plays. Jay Rhodemyre, the Packers’ key defensive center, was erased under a hail of blows late in the first half. He played briefly late in the second half. The Packers decommissioned Lujack late in the first half but the ex-Notre Damer was much alive in the third frame. Bob Forte, another Packer defensive ace, was the objective in the third frame but Washington Serini missed his aim and the Bears drew a penalty. And so it went – this combination of boxing and football for the right to gain the inside track in the Western division NFL race. In the final analysis, the Packers’ weakness on pass defense and their ineffective air machine spelled their doom. The Bay line played brilliantly and only once did the Bears gain consistently through the Packer wall - that on their drive leading to the field goal. And that lapse was far from a sin because the Packer wall recovered sufficiently to prevent a touchdown. The Bears bottled up the Packer pass receivers and intercepted four passes - three on Jug Girard, the 22-year old comer, who played most of the game at quarterback. They grabbed one of Stan Heath's two passes late in the contest. Jacobs, who played a terrific defensive game, tried four passes. The Bears' offensive superiority showed up in the statistics - especially in passing, 183 yards to 0. On first downs, the Bears held a 19-7 edge and only in rushing did the Packers near the Bears, the Chicagoans gaining 206 to the Packers' 187. The Packers made their big threats offensively in the first half when they penetrated deep into Bear territory twice - only to lose the ball on a fumble and once on a pass interception. Tony Canadeo, who led both clubs in ground gaining with 92 yards, brightened the hopes of Packer fans when he ripped off 17 yards on the very first play of the game. The big mob screeched as Canadeo added seven more and Ed Smith five for another first down at midfield. Smith, Ted Fritsch and Walt Schlinkman hammered to the Bear 38, but then the first bad break occurred: Canadeo fumbled and the Bears' Jim Canady recovered. The big forward walls took charge at this point and neither backfield could hammer out any damaging yardage. Gulyanics and Jacobs each punted twice before the Bears launched a drive near the end of the first quarter, Lujack passes to Jim Keane and Don Kindt moving the ball to the Packer 21. The Bay line stiffened and George Blanda (from the 28-yard line) missed the first of three field goal tries early in the second heat. It was a tremendous lift for Green Bay as the Bears missed a scoring chance, and the Pack retaliated with another touchdown threat. First, Girard scampered 18 yards when he couldn't find a pass receiver. Then, Canadeo, on a pitchout from Girard, went down the sidelines for 38 yards to the Bear 24 as Forte delivered a crushing block around the corner of the line. The Packers were in a good spot, but the officials' ruling on a pass play killed the threat. On third down, Girard pitched to Nolan Luhn on the three-yard line and both Luhn and George McAfee went up for the ball - each tugging away at it. Finallt, the ball skittered out of bounds and the official ruled it an interception. Again, the lines took over the play and Gulyanics and Jacobs each punted twice as the teams felt each other out. The Bears got a drive started on their own 23 as Lujack passed to Keane for 17 and McAfee ran 12 to midfield. Jacobs' vicious defensive play showed up as he put a crushing tackle on McAfee, who took a pass from Lujack, on the Packer 33 and George fumbled. Rhodemyre recovered by he paid for it; Jay was helped off the field. Just before the half, Bill DeCorrevont intercepted a Girard pass on the Bear 47 and the Bears moved into Packer territory - mainly on the strength of Lujack's screen pass to Boone good for 17 yards. It was rather painful for Lujack because he was stretched out - cold. On the last play of the half, Blanda missed a field goal from the 38. The Packers' troubles with their air attack showed up early in the second half as the Bays received. Starting on their own 29, Smith reeled off 10 yards and Canadeo added four. Twice, Girard couldn't find receivers and had to settle for a six-yard loss. With McAfee going 22 yards on a reverse and Gulyanics making 11 in two tries, the Bears started a drive to the Packer 34 but fortunately Serini selected this moment to slug Forte. The Bears were penalized 15 yards to midfield and the stage was set for one of the day's thrills. Big Ed Neal busted through and blocked Blanda's field goal attempt to give the Bays the ball on their own 47. But the Packers couldn't budge and Jacobs finally punted 60 yards over the end line. The murder set in about this point. Packer guard Damon Tassos was nicked for roughness as McAfee went seven yards and the Bears had a first down on their own 43. Luckman passed eight yards to Jim Keane but the Bear end had to be helped off the field as Irv Comp slapped him down viciously. Fights broke out all over the field and once near the Bear bench as a play went out of bounds. The crowd set up a terrific chorus of boos as the officials ruled Jacobs had intercepted a Lujack pass back of the end line but the Packers were guilty of defensive holding and the Bears had a first down on the Packer 24. In five plays, the Bears moved to the Packer four but an in-motion penalty on third down moved 'em back to the nine. After a pass went incomplete Lujack kicked a field goal from the 16 to give the Bears a 3-0 edge. Girard set the Bears back with a fast punt - on the Bruin 30 and the Packers came to life. Boone fumbled but recovered for an eight-yard loss and Jacobs knocked down Lujack's pass early in the last quarter. That big chance seemed about to develop as Comp intercepted Lujack's pass on the Bear 49 and returned 14 yards to the 35, but the officials nailed the Bays for clipping and the ball was placed on the Packer 37. To make the Packer situation worse, Canady snared Girard's pass on the Bear 26. With Urban Odson getting a sharp third down tackle, the Bears were forced to punt but the Bears were holding. So Gulyanics punted again - this time with only 10 Packers on the field. Earhart grabbed it on the 36 and returned to the Packer 46. Jacobs tried his hand at quarterback, but two passes went incomplete and the Bears started their first TD drive from their own 39. The Bears did it the hard way, overcoming a 15-yard tripping penalty with a 22-yard Lujack to Boone pass for a first down on the Packer 39. After Canady and Osmanski gained 12, Lujack caught Kavanaugh in the end zone. Jacobs hugged Kavanaugh all the way but the Bear end made a brilliant catch for the score. The roof threatened to cave in on the first play after the kickoff. Schlinkman fumbled and Dick Flanagan recovered on the Packer 17. Two penalties pushed the Bears back to the 37 and that was the signal for Lujack and Boone to enter the game. Boone went down toward Comp, stopped, broke around the Bay defensemen, took Lujack's perfect pass on the 10 and wheeled across the goal line. Near the end, Schlinkman broke up the middle for 26 yards and then added eight to the Bear 38. After a Jacobs-to-Luhn pass fell incomplete, Fritsch tried twice to make the two yards but was stopped and the Bears took over. Wally Dreyer slammed 37 yards to the Packer 21 but Don Wells killed another possible Bear score by recovering Kindt's fumble. With Heath at quarterback, Canadeo picked up eight yards. Heath's pass to Goodnight went long and then Canady intercepted Heath's throw as the game ended...In other National league action Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled the surprise of the day by trouncing the New York Giants, 28 to 7. A 21-point blast in the second period sent 20,957 fans away from Pittsburgh's Forbes field talking of something other than Ralph Kiner. The National league season opens for Chicago fans tonight with the Chicago Cardinals, defending Western division champions, meeting the Washington Redskins in Comiskey park. Upwards of 25,000 customers are expected to watch an aerial duel involving the Redskins' veteran Sammy Baugh and rookie Harry Gilmer against the Cards' Paul Christman and Jim Hardy. hardy recently joined the club from the Los Angeles Rams. He was the Western division's leading passer last season. The Cardinals whipped Washington, 24-10, in an exhibition game at Birmingham, Ala., several weeks ago.
CHI BEARS -   0   0   3  14  -  17
GREEN BAY -   0   0   0   0  -   0
3rd - CHI - Johnny Lujack, 16-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 3-0
4th - CHI - Ken Kavanaugh, 27-yard pass from Lujack (Lujack kick) CHICAGO BEARS 17-0
4th - CHI - J.R. Boone, 37-yard pass from Lujack (Lujack kick) CHICAGO BEARS 10-0
Wisconsin field since 1942. The occasion, of course, will be the Packer-Ram duel at the Bay. Seven years ago the Badgers had what many still claim was the greatest team in the history of the school. A key to the happy situation was Hirsch, then in his sophomore and, as things turned out, his last season. Putting it mildly, it was unfortunate that the Wausau wonder boy was unable to follow a normal pattern throughout his athletic career. The war, which changed many things for many people and even more seriously, was responsible. In the case of Hirsch, it probably prevented him from going down in history as one of the superstars, at least of his time if not all time...SOME LONG, TOUGH SEASONS: Hirsch still may scale the heights, with professional ball as the vehicle. And if he does, it will be strictly the hard way and merit, for there wasn't too much in the last six years to help him make up for the might-have-been seasons - the junior and senior campaign he didn't experience at Wisconsin. Crazy Legs moved over to Michigan as a marine trainee in 1943. But it was wartime football, which few people, looking back, take too seriously today. The situation was much the same when he was a big wheel with the El Toro Marines. It was service ball, you know. The Chicago All-Star game of 1946 gave Hirsch a brief chance to prove again that he was a big timer. He made the most of it by leading the collegians to a 16 to 0 victory over his present team, the Rams. Then came three dark years with the Chicago Rockets. If ever a situation was impossible, that was it. No one player had a chance. Hirsch was all but battered right out of football. Now he's off to a fresh start with the Rams, working harder than the most ambitious rookies and really clicking. Already his new coach, Clark Shaugnhessy, has labeled him "the best back in football". Wausau folks reached that conclusion a long time ago. Needless to say, they'll be out in force Sunday to see their judgment confirmed and help Elroy celebrate homecoming...PACKERS IN HIGH SPIRITS DESPITE DEFEAT: The Packers, naturally, are planning to give the returning native the roughest kind of homecoming reception. Through the winter months they wanted him on their side and did everything in their power to keep him close to home. But their efforts failed - a failure they hope Hirsch will have cause to regret. From all reports, Hirsch and his fellow Rams will be facing a spirited Packer club which snapped out of it quickly after last week's defeat by the Bears and went to work like so many college sophomores. The fact that a couple of veterans, Clyde Goodnight and Bob Flowers, got the pink slip treatment early in the week might have had something to do with it. But close observers at the Bay are inclined to give weight to these happier factors: 1 - The players' confidence in themselves as a result of giving the Bears a tough time; 2 - The fans' renewed faith and acceptance of the showing as a job well done; 3 - The players' belief in Jug Girard as a quarterback and his ability to make the passing attack a real thing. A capacity crowd for Sunday's game is in prospect but was not yet assured late Thursday, when it was announced that about 5,000 tickets (in all price brackets) were still available.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau stepped down as head coach of the Green Bay Packers Friday after 30 years in the job. He said that he would continue as vice president and general manager of the Packer Corporation, but would turn over all field work to his three assistants - line coach Tom Stidham, backfield coach Bob Snyder and defensive coach Charley Brock. The veteran coach, who established the Packers in 1919 and who has coached them continuously since, said he would devote all of his time to rebuilding and to the "manifold duties" connected with his position in the front office. "Under this arrangement," he said, "I feel I can do the ball club more good. My one aim is to have a solid, spirited organization from the waterboy on up and to build the Packers into a championship club again." Conceivable under this arrangement, he could return as head coach in the future if he wanted to. Announcement of the change in Packer policy after 30 years in which the club won six world championships under Lambeau and finished out of the first division for the first time last year, followed a special meeting of the club's executive committee Monday night. "It was a complete surprise to the executive committee," said Emil B. Fischer, club president. "Lambeau called the meeting himself. Curly feels he can be of greater service to the club under the new arrangement and we on the committee could not dissuade him. Curly, it must be remembered, has been coaching in the toughest football league in America for 30 years and I think all of us realized that someday, the way the business has grown, a time would come when he would have to delegate some of his duties. We feel he could not have picked three better men than Stidham, Snyder and Brock to put his plan into effect." The Packers last year had their most dismal season in the club's long history, winning only three out of 12 league games. They dropped their league opener this year to the Chicago Bears last Sunday after winning only two of their five exhibition games. They will play the Los Angeles Rams here Sunday.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - Clark Shaugnnessy's Los Angeles Rams, with Elroy Hirsch in their cast, ruled 10 point favorites Friday to do the same thing to the Green Bay Packers at Green Bay Sunday that the Chicago Bears did a week ago. Whether the Rams are quite the team the Bears are, or at least were last week, remains to be seen, but they certainly are a team of much greater potential than Green Bay. The team bulges with material. Except for the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles probably has the best balanced layout in the National league - an active and tremendous line that averages 229 pounds from end to end and a starting backfield of Bob Waterfield, Hirsch, Paul (Tank) Younger and Dick Hoerner, that averages 207 pounds and that in all-around ability and youth perhaps yields only to the Cardinals. So the Packers must go uphill again Sunday. The Packers did one of their great jobs of recent years in the bruising battle with the Bears a week ago, waging an almost even fight despite the complete absence of an air arm. It was a remarkable effort for a team that had had only ordinary success in its exhibition games. There must be a question, though, whether they can come up with something like this week after week. And anything less than what they did against the Bears will not be enough Sunday, and even that may not be enough. Hirsch, whom the Packers tried so hard to get last summer, has been little less than terrific with the Rams. Shaughnessy himself calls him one of the great halfbacks of this era. "I had Jay Berwanger at the University of Chicago, and some corking good boys at Stanford (Gallarneau, Standlee, Alberts and Kmetevic) and some of them I though were in the class by themselves, Berwanger especially. But Hirsch belongs right up there with him, or them." Hirsch has been the wheel horse in every game the Rams have played so far, and they include a 24-24 tie with the Philadelphia Eagles in an exhibition and a 27-24 victory over the Detroit Lions in the league opener at Los Angeles last week. Against the revitalized Lions he accounted for 71 of Los Angeles' 161 yards on the ground and two of three touchdowns. Against the Eagles, he scored one touchdown and intercepted the pass in the closing minutes which halted Philadelphia's last bid to break the tie. At Green Bay, the work all week has been on passing - on passing and on pass defense, for with Waterfield, Norman Van Brocklin and Bob Thomason in the invading cast the ball will surely be thrown around freely. Green Bay last Sunday for the first time in its history failed to complete a single pass. Girard, who played an outstanding game at quarterback against the Bears, especially has received attention. The Rams, 32 strong, arrived in Chicago by air from Los Angeles Thursday night and will remain there until Saturday morning when they will continue to Green Bay. The makeup of the squad was unusual: Eight ends, four tackles, four guards, three centers and 13 backs.
OCT 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Curly Lambeau, founded of the Green Bay Packers and only head coach in the club's 30 year history, has stepped down, or taken a leave - which interpretation is correct still is a matter of conjecture. Arrangements for putting the three assistant coaches - Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charlie Brock - in charge of field operations were made at a meeting of the executive committee Monday night. But announcement was withheld until Friday. At that time, it also was revealed that Lambeau had called the meeting and had insisted on the change in Packer policy. Speculation centers around conflicting points in the official announcement and Lambeau's own statement. According to word from the front office, "Lambeau is stepping down as head coach for the time being." That leaves the door open for Curly to take over again when he so chooses. George Strickler, assistant general manager, bore out that view when he stated emphatically: "Curly did not step down as head coach. He merely handed the field operations over to the three assistant coaches. That is nothing new. The Chicago Cardinals have a two-man staff and the Bears for many years have had a similar arrangement, with George Halas in charge of all operations." The thought that Lambeau is saying goodbye forever to coaching in order to devote full time to the duties of vice president and general manager stems from his own words, which follow: "Under this arrangement I feel I can do the ball club more good. The duties of major club officers, especially the head coach and general manager, have increased so much in recent seasons that it is impossible for one man to do justice to three positions. I have three of the outstanding assistants in football and I know they can carry on the field operations successfully, leaving me to do what must be done to get Green Bay back in the championship class. My one aim is to have a solid, spirited organization from the waterboy on up and to build the Packers into a championship club again. And that is exactly what we intend to do under this new arrangement."...CAN SERVE IN ADVISORY COACHING CAPACITY: As vice president and general manager, of course, Curly would have the right as well as duty to serve in an advisory coaching capacity. But there's a wide difference between an advisory coach and a hard driving head man. If he isn't to stay in the driver's seat, just what is the plan? Will it continue to be a coaching triumvirate? Will one of the three assistants ultimately be elevated? Or will a  new head coach be brought into the picture? All are possibilities. It must be true that the overall job has become too big and too tough for Lambeau or any other man. It was bad enough when he scouted, hired, fired and handled all the details accompanying those operations in addition to assuming responsibility for coaching in a sport becoming more complicated and more technical every year. Then came Rockwood Lodge, which the Packers purchased as permanent training and living quarters more than two years ago. The purchase was Lambeau's idea and became his headache, for it was his to manage completely. Which meant housing, feeding, watching over and even entertaining a large group of players recruited from colleges and universities the nation over. There may or may not be any truth to the report that Lambeau's health, supposedly cracking under the strain, had something to do with his decision. It's an understandable angle...REBUILDING JOB APPARENT LAST FALL: The need for a rebuilding job to which Lambeau now plans to devote his time, became apparent last year when the Packers dipped far down into the second division for the first time. Some of the games were downright sour. After one game practically all the players were fined a half game salary. Whether or not those fines were remitted later never was revealed, by the way. Crowds fell off. Assistant coaches were fired at season's end. This season has been no better to date from the standpoint of total results. But the team did win new friends and influence old, even while losing the league opener to the ancient enemy, the Bears, last Sunday. So there was and is hope than an upswing is in progress. Lambeau, who brought six pro championships to Green Bay, has not been a riot in the popularity league. There are many, in Green Bay as well as other sections of the state, who long have been of the opinion that rebuilding should start with the head coach...OTHERS BLAME ROCKWOOD LODGE: Others insist the gradual decline can be traced to the aforementioned Rockwood Lodge. Among them are former Packer players who believe firmly that the old Green Bay spirit disappeared when the loge was acquired. "Give the players back to the citizens of Green Bay," is their theme song. Some point to the complex big business nature of pro football today - the competition for sure-fire stars, the financial problems and so on - as the real reason for the swing toward the rocks. Regardless, it's still a fact that the old order has changed, either "for the time being" or from now on. And that's the biggest news out of Green Bay since the Packers first hit the big time and brought national attention to that city and state.
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - All the props have been set for the enactment of a strange scene here Sunday for the first time in professional football history the Green Bay Packers will take the field without their founder, Curly Lambeau, either in the lineup or on the sidelines. Lambeau, now 51 and fighting to lift the club back into the first division, will let three assistant coaches direct play. Los Angeles, with the outstanding personnel in the league, is in itself enough of an attraction to make the contest something out of the ordinary in Green Bay. It features Elroy Hirsch, a Wisconsin boy. But Lambeau's decision Friday to delegate the actual coaching of the team to Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charlie Brock relegated the great Hirsch to a mere co-starring role. Green Bay expects its Packers to give a good account of themselves. The story, however, will all be wrapped up by sundown Sunday in the passing columns. Green Bay did not complete a pass last week. For the past five days every workout has been devoted to an aerial attack. Key men in the attack are Jug Girard, who will start at quarterback again, Jack Jacobs and Stan Heath.
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau has turned over the on-the-field coaching and the actual game direction of the Packers to his coaching staff. As we understand the announcement he will devote most of his time to the business management of the corporation. No one, not even Mr. Lambeau, can say just what this will mean and we are not going to speculate upon it. From the public point of view, it seems that the nervous, colorful, driving figure that has trampled the grass in front of the Packer bench for so long will disappear. Such advice as he may have to offer will come largely through conference. That is a visible loss we can all see. The change, through, will go much deeper. Those who know the vibrant story of the Packers realize that there would have been no Packer team but for Lambeau. He created the Packers and he kept them a hard, striving, fighting power in the professional football world for 30 years. During these years as playing-coach, general manager and coach, he led his team to six national championships, and only once in the three decades did the Packers finish out of the first division. It is a record hard to beat. It should be remembered though, that in the early years, Lambeau had to operate with little money and therefore less talent than any other first division team. Lambeau has made a tremendous contribution to the life and the interests of the people of Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin. The change he is making came through his suggestion. He is still the coach, but has given himself a new assignment.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - "Those two pass catches, one to Ken Kavanaugh and one to J.R. Boone, were the difference," Owner-Coach George Halas of the Chicago Bears and one of the pillars of pro football, claimed in his smoke-filled room at the Hotel Northland late Sunday afternoon. Lounging in a chair with a view overlooking the alley, George declared, "Had the Packers scored 17 points and the Bears none, it wouldn't have surprised me. I certainly was surprised at the way the Packers played. We were surprised but we expected it. It was," Halas continued in the same vein, "an inspired Green Bay team. We knew, we expected and we were found wanting for three quarters." The Packers were up for this game - they were really up. "I can see where this Packer team is going to give a great account of themselves," the bland Bohemian contended. "They did a splendid job. Both those touchdown passes, for example, were of the spectacular variety."...GIRARD'S GOOD PLAYER: Halas, who obviously was greatly relieved - "they held us at bay for three quarters" - praised Jug Girard, who operated at quarterback most of the afternoon. "We knew Girard's a good ball player," he said, "and he's going to be a great quarterback. With Girard and Heath, the Packers will be well fortified for many years to come in that position. Those three (Girard, Heath and Jacobs) are going to blossom out like nobody's business." "And," George went, "you talk about that 'old' Canadeo. He took that ball and BOOM he was out in the clear. He's a terrific player. Everybody," according to the Bears' top strategist, "was up for this one and everybody can be proud of that ball game. It was a tough football game - a typical Bear-Packer game. It was rough -  but by that I don't mean it was a dirty game - it was just good, hard football all the way. One of the most sparkling plays of the afternoon," he asserted, "was Wally Dreyer's run in the fourth quarter." And, with a grin, "even if he is from Wisconsin." (Dreyer, a Milwaukee native, starred on University of Wisconsin team's in 1947 and '48). Turning his attention, momentarily, to the future, Halas commented, with a shake of the head. "Gee, if we can only win one out of the next three (the Bears play the Cardinals, Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, in that order) I'll be happy. But," he was grinned, "we'll show up for all of them." At this point, he was queried about George McAfee's interception of a Girard pass intended for Nolan Luhn in the second quarter. The ruling on the play was a blow to the Packers, coming as it did on the Bear two-yard line. "It was a perfect call," Halas declared. "It was a clear interception. McAfee caught the ball and took two or three steps and it squirted out of his hands, and out of bounds." Resuming his consideration of the balance of the NFL schedule, Papa Bear concluded with, "I just shudder when I think of that second Packer game in Chicago. It will be worse than this one."...As soon as Packer Head Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau reached the dressing room beneath the stands at City stadium, he called the team together. "This is only one game," he emphasized. "Only one game. And there are eleven more to go. Your effort out there today was all right and if you keep it up, you're going to win a lot of ball games. This ball club started to come up for this game a little too late," he said. "Just a little more effort on the part of some of our veterans and we probably would have won. But, on the whole, the effort was good. We've come a long way since the beginning of the season," Curly told the players, "and I think we can do even better if we just get down to work. There won't be any practice until Tuesday, but then I want you to dig in and give it everything you've got. Forget about this one today and concentrate on the 11 games ahead of us and we're bound to do alright. When a ball club tried like this one did today." the broad-shouldered Packer chieftain assured them, "we (the coaching staff) won't criticize." Lambeau's heartening talk was met with unreserved approval from the team. "Forget about this one - we'll get the Rams next Sunday" one veteran shouted. And another yelled a reminder, "Don't worry, we get 'em (the Bears) again in Chicago." Later, Curly declared, "Rhodemyre's injury was the key to the ball game. (The bruising Packer center was hurt in the second quarter and had to be helped from the field.) The Bears were pounding the middle and weren't getting anywhere. And if Rhodemyre had been in there all the way, we felt they never would have scored. And, too," Curly continued, "it was Girards' first time at quarterback in a league game. His timing was a little off, but on the whole, he did a good job. In fact, it just a few simple things had worked right, we would have won this game. But, regardless," were Curly's parting words, "this ball club's going to be all right."...There is no limit to what NFL officials will do in order to make their assignments - or so it would seem. At least such is the case with Jim Beiersdofer, who served as field judge during Sunday's contest. A Cincinnati resident, Beiersdorfer was on a train bound for Chicago Saturday night when an accident delayed it seven hours in Indianapolis. The train, in fact, was just leaving the Indiana capital when it should have been in Chicago. Upon arriving in the Windy City Sunday morning, Beiersdorfer chartered a plane and landed here at noon in time to work the game...Add all-time Packer fans: John W. Johnson, former sheriff of Bessemer, Mich., who Sunday attended his 29th consecutive Packer-Bear game at City stadium. In those three decades, Johnson never has missed a Packer home game in Green Bay and, in addition, has converted many of his friends into rabid Packer fanatics...Curly Lambeau apparently has lost none of his skill in sizing up the defense and selecting a play that will penetrate it. "This one will go," he was heard to say in the second quarter. And it did. Tony Canadeo was the principal in the maneuver and he broke into the clear for a 37-yard dash that carried the ball to the Bear 25...The Packers are accustomed to "losing" footballs after extra points or field goals but yesterday an unidentified fan produced a "first". When Clyde Goodnight missed Girard's pass neat the north sidelines in the second quarter, the ball went out of bounds and the anonymous fan made off with it...Cameras from Monogram studios in Hollywood and Look magazine were trained on the two teams in addition to those of the customary battery of newspaper and press service photographers. The Monogram representatives were "shooting" scenes of the Packers to be used in the film, tentatively titled, "The Green Bay Story", which will be a history of the Packers, and the three Look cameraman were concentrating on the Bears for a layout to appear in the picture magazine in connection with a story on the Monsters of the Midway...As per custom, the game was well scouted, with every NFL club represented in the press box. Among the more prominent charting the plays were Marshall (Biggie) Goldberg, Dick Plasman and Co-Coach Buddy Parker of the Chicago Cardinals, and George Wilson, former Bear, Tim Temerario of the Detroit Lions. Two Washington sportswriters, Tony Atchison of the Star and Bill Burnette of the Post, were on hand with their typewriters...A near melee was precipitated in the third quarter when Packers Bob Flowers and Jack Jacobs "rode" Bear fullback Don Kindt into the Bear bench on the north side of the field. Several of the Bruin bench dwellers made as if to initiate a brawl and the Packers indicated their readiness to accommodate them, but some rapid and diplomatic maneuvering by the officials averted fisticuffs and their inevitable aftermath...Luke Johnsos, the Bears' assistant coach who spends his afternoon in the press booth analyzing the play and relaying instructions to the Chicago bench via field telephone, was not his usual confident self at halftime. In fact, the astute Bear strategist, considered one of the top men in his highly specialized field, was wearing a worried look as he hurried through the "corridor" underneath the stands to tell the Monsters what the difficulty was...Sportscasters aren't supposed to get excited, it says here, but Bob Heiss, who describes the Packers' activities all season long, was finding it difficult to stay calm, at least at halftime. "Give me a sedative, that's all," he told George Strickler, Packer publicitor...George Sterk, who retired last summer after 50 years of service with the Western Union, treated himself to a busman's holiday Sunday. Sterk, who made all arrangements for operators to service writers at City stadium during the last ten years, was a guest in the press box and watched his former colleagues "operate"...Howard (Cub) Buck, all-time Packer tackle and former University of Wisconsin great who played in many a Packer-Bear game, was in Section O Sunday to watch his "alma mater" exchange amenities with the Bruins. Buck, now an auto dealer in Rock Island, Ill., says he will see all Packer home games in Green Bay and Milwaukee, plus their two appearances in Chicago.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Despite the 17-0 shellacking which the Packers absorbed from the Chicago Bears Sunday, they are still tops with Green Bay football fans. The average fan was satisfied because (1) he expected the Packers to be completely overwhelmed by the Bears and (2) because the Packers displayed the kind of spirit and fight which characterized so many championship teams of the past. Coach Curly Lambeau in a talk before the Green Bay Lions Club admitted that he couldn't remember a Packer team which failed to complete a pass (tried 13). Lambeau didn't have too much to say about Sunday's contest except that Jay Rhodemyre's condition is not serious and he'll probably see action Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
partner. Fears and Waterfield go together like Kid Ory and the Muskrat Ramble...BUTTON HOOKS: Last season Fears specialized on snagging button-hook heaves, although he did take one from Waterfield for 80 yards and a  touchdown against the Chicago Cards. Consequently, his average gain was rather small. But look for Tom to lengthen his average this year. That ol' flanker, end coach Red Hickey, who taught Tom a few of his tricks so that Fears is now a bigger faker than than Blackstone, the magician. When the Rams play the Packers at Green Bay Sunday, Curly Lambeau had better put two men on Fears or it'll be curtains. The Rams are working out daily, with all hands on decks.
the chief concerns this week will be the Packers' air attack and their defense against passes. For the first time in the team's history Sunday, the Packers were unable to complete a pass. Quarterbacks Jug Girard threw seven, Jack Jacobs four and Stan Heath two. Girard tried at least four others on which he couldn't find receivers open and had to run. One of the problems revolves around the receivers. Veteran left end Clyde Goodnight apparently is having a rugged time regaining his 1947 form while the other "offensive" left end, Ted Cook, has been too valuable on defense - particularly in the Bear game - to switch over to offense...HIRSCH IN FIRST SHOWING: Cook, for instance, played a "new" position Sunday - backing up the line - and did a commendable job. The defensive spot he played last season was filled by Jacobs Sunday. Irv Comp worked opposite Jacobs in the "deep" defensive position. The Los Angeles air attack needs no introduction. Waterfield, the skilled quarterback, and his understudy, rookie Norm Van Brocklin, handle the throwing and Tom Fears, Frank Hubbell and Bob Shaw are the chief receivers - not to mention a host of backs including Fred Gehrke and Elroy Hirch. Hirsch, incidentally, will be making his first appearance in City stadium. The former University of Wisconsin star, who last spring said he wouldn't play pro football if he couldn't play with the Packers, has been an important factor in the Ram attack. Originally, Hirsch played with the Chicago Hornets. The Packers are expected to conduct most of this week's practice on the field near East High and in the stadium. Lack of rain for nearly two weeks has left the field at Rockwood lodge almost stone hard. The squad drilled in town last Friday and Saturday. 
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Quarterback club - first organization of its kind in this football city - will hold its first session at Vocational school at 7:30 Thursday night. The new group, sponsored by the Green Bay Packer Alumni association, has 750 members and a "full house" is expected for the opening meeting. The main feature will be showing of the Packer-Bear game movies. The evening will start with a concert and program by the Green Bay Packer Lumberjack band. directed by Wilner Burke, after which Chief Quarterback Jug Earpe will call the session to order. Earpe will introduce the Alumni as a group, guests and speakers who will include Packer Coach Curly Lambeau and his assistant coaches - Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charley Brock. Members of the board of directors of Green Bay Packers, Inc., will be invited to attend. Earpe will explain the aims and purposes of the Quarterback club and Verne Lewellen, the Packers' famed punter in the three-championship days, will give a brief talk on the Alumni association...OPEN QUESTION BOX: The showing of the picture will follow. It is hope to have a member of the coaching staff narrate the action during the movies. After the picture, the question box will be opened and written questions will be submitted to Coach Lambeau. Officers of the Alumni association, completing final plans at a meeting at the Silver Rail Monday night, stated that no questions will be permitted from the audience. Any QB club member who wishes to ask a question can do do by writing out the question and dropping it into the question box as they enter the school building. It will not be necessary for members to sign their names to the questions. At the Monday night session, Al Rose, Lyle Sturgeon and Al Zoll volunteered for duty as sergeant-at-arms. All members of the Alumni group are requested to be present at Vocational school at 6:45 Thursday evening.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - A fumble, a ruling on a pass play and a 15-yard clipping penalty were the Packers' three heartbreaks in their struggle with the Chicago Bears Sunday. Any one of 'em might have turned the tide because all three occurred before the Bears exploded their fourth quarter air bombs. The first loss of luck occurred with the Bears back on their heels three minutes after the opening kickoff. The Packers pounded 34 yards to the Bears' 31 in seven plays when Tony Canadeo, the Bays' brilliant halfback, fumbled and the Bears recovered. Tony had gained seven yards before he lost the ball. It was an especially bad break for Tony because he rarely fumbles. But the Bears were not immune, either. The Bears' Canadeo, George McAfee by name, fumbled himself later in the game. The second heartbreak occurred early in the second quarter. Quarterback Jug Girard had just clipped off 18 yards and Canadeo belted 38 all the way to the Bear 24. Then, after two running plays were stopped, Girard aimed a pass at Nolan Luhn on the three-yard line. The ball, Luhn and McAfee came together, and the ball sizzled out of bounds. Though McAfee never clearly caught the ball or held it for an interception, the officials turned the ball over to the Bears. Hugh (Shorty) Ray, the league's rules technician, told observers later that the play should have been called an incompleted pass, which would have given the Packers four down on the 24, a chance for a field goal and a possible 3-0 lead. Ray's version was that neither Luhn nor McAfee had complete possession which would have been necessary for a reception or an interception. The third heartbreak happened on the third play of the fourth quarter after the Bears took a 3-0 lead on Johnny Lujack's field goal. J.R. Boone had been smeared for an eight yard loss, and Lujack tried a pass at Boone. But Irv Comp moved in fast, intercepted it on the 50, and raced to the Bears' 35. But the officials detected clipping at the point of the interception and the ball was moved back to the Packers 35 - a total loss of 30 yards. Girard drew a lot of praise for his play at quarterback Sunday. The ex-Bluejay was playing his first league game at a position that is new to him. He worked at left half last year and for the first four weeks of the 1949 training period was at both left half and quarterback. Coach Curly Lambeau and Don Hutson both gave Jug a verbal "pat" at the Lions club luncheon Monday noon. They pointed out that Girard handled the team "excellently" on the opening drive. Looking to the future, Lambeau was optimistic over his quarterbacking. "Jug and Stan (Heath) are only 22 years old right now and they've got a long time to go," Lambeau said. Girard was used mostly on offense Sunday because he looked best in practice last week. The veteran quarterback, Jack Jacobs, was terrific on defense, both Lambeau and Hutson agreed. A fierce competitor, Jacobs was in on nearly every tackle five yards behind the line of scrimmage. Speaking about passers, Lambeau wondered what might have happened if Cecil Isbell hadn't retired at the peak of his career. Isbell was only 26 when he quit to enter the coaching field. Lambeau compared Isbell's departure to the loss of the Bears' Sid Luckman, the Philadelphia Eagles' Tommy Thompson, Los Angeles' Bob Waterfield and Washington's Sammy Baugh. All are about the same age Isbell is now and all are going strong. While Lambeau, Hutson and Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., were talking at the Lions club, another pro football figure - referee Ronnie Gibbs who worked Sunday's game - was speaking at the Kiwanis club luncheon. Gibbs kept Kiwanians in howls of laughter for half an hour with his football stories told from the point of view of the man in the middle, and then showed motion pictures reviewing the highlights of the 1948 college season. Several of his stories concerned the Packers. He was telling about waving Clyde Goodnight of the Packers and Ed Sprinkle of the Bears out of a game for temper displays several years ago. He explained that, in the NFL, there is an automatic fine of $50 for getting the finger in a game and a $100 fine for slugging. Just as the boys started for the sidelines, Gibbs said Sprinkle turned around, cocked his right, and called to Goodnight: "Hey, Goodnight, want to try for $100?" The veteran grid officials said he prefers working pro games to college ones because in pro ball the referee has more authority over the players on the field. He was telling about handling the Nevada-Missouri game last year, when he called a Nevada tackle for holding early in the game and stepped off 15 yards. The tackle came right up to him and said, "Mr. Referee, you stink!" So Gibbs paced off another 15 yards and called to the tackle, "Now, can you still smell it from there." He expressed the opinion that the Packers really gave all in the Bear game Sunday, "and that's all you can ask of any football team." He said he worked that 24-24 tie between the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles during the exhibition season, and would rate next Sunday's Packer-Ram game as a tossup.
SEPT 27 (Athens, GA) - Pete Tinsley, former Green Bay Packer and University of Georgia star, will assist his former Georgia teammate, Quinton Lumpkin, with the Georgia freshman football coaching job. Tinsley, who gained nationwide recognition when Georgia upset Fordham in 1936, plans to complete work on his degree. He was unable to graduate in 1938 when he left early to join the Packers, for whom he played eight years. Tinsley made the all-pro team in 1941. Against Fordham in 1936, Georgia's 7-7 tie knocked the Rams out of a Rose Bowl bid.
duties. We feel he could not have picked three better men than Snyder, Stidham and Brock to put his plan into effect."
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - Packer Backfield Coach Bob Snyder is chewing the tobacco faster and faster these days. So are his buddies - Line Coach Tom Stidham and Defense Coach Charley Brock. Head Coach Curly Lambeau is pleased with the whole thing - though he doesn't chew himself. Snyder is particularly anxious to
get at the Los Angeles Rams at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Snyder served as head coach of the Rams in 1947 and then stepped aide for the club's present mentor, Clark Shaughnessy, in 1948. A victory over the
Rams would be a choice "cud" for Snyder - not to mention the Packers, themselves, because it would put them back into the thick of the Western division, NFL scramble. The Packers have another individual who is particularly anxious to dehorn the Rams. He is guard Roger Eason, the 230-pound ex-Army mess sergeant who was cut adrift by LA earlier this season. Recalling some of Eason's deeds in '47 plus his team fire, Snyder wasted no time in recommending Roger for the Packers...PACKERS DRILL IN SECRET: With the Rams arriving in Chicago Thursday night, the Packers wasted no time going into secret practice - though Chicago is some 225 miles away. The defensive session Thursday afternoon was held on the Bluejays' baseball field in Joannes Park. Today's practice was held in City stadium. The Rams are working out at the University of Chicago. Noise about the Rams started to move around town today with the arrival of Tex Schramm, the Rams' director of public relations. The Californian, whose correct first name is Texas, reported that the Ram halfbacks are all newcomers except Fred Gehrke. Among them is Elroy Hirsch, the former Wisconsin star, who - Schramm doesn't mind saying - is a sharp runner and a good pass receiver. One of the halfbacks is Tank Younger, a Negro speed merchant from Grambling college. He stands 6-3 and weighs 216 pounds. Younger is the only colored player with the squad. Kenny Washington, the great Negro back from UCLA, retired after the 1948 season. Another halfback bearing a special "guard" is V.T. Smith from Abilene Christian. Like J.R. Boone, Smith carries only initials but his teammates dubbed him Vitamin T...SHOT IN ARM AT QB: The big guns in the Ram backfield, of course, are Dick Hoerner, the giant fullback from Iowa, and Bob Waterfield, quarterback deluxe. However, the Ram quarterbacking field got a shot in the arm during the Detroit game Friday night when rookie quarterback Norm Van Brocklin completed five out of eight passes in a drive that produced the winning touchdown, the payoff pitch going to the aforementioned Mr. Hirsch. How about the Ram line, Mr. Schramm? Probably the most unusual thing about the line is that the four guards are strictly watch-charmers. Hal Dean and Jack Finlay, who play left guard, weigh only 205 and 215 pounds, respectively. On the right side, Milan Lazetich and Ray Yagiello pack 205 and 210. The light guards mean, no doubt, that they can move fast - especially for blocking on end sweeps. The big pass receivers at end are Tom Fears, the league's No. 1 pass snatcher last year, and Bob Shaw, the veteran from Ohio State back for his third season. Fred Naumetz is back at center and the big guy captains the team. The top tackles are Gil Bouley at right and Dick Huffman at left - two jobs for Dick Wildung and Paul Lipscomb, respectively.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - The new Green Bay Men's Quarterback club - 750 strong - appreciated the play of the 1949 Packers against the Bears at City stadium last Sunday. Holding their kickoff meeting at Vocational school Thursday night, the entire membership let out with a spontaneous roar of applause when Chief Quarterback Jug Earpe said: "We know everybody here is satisfied with the type of spirit and fight shown by the Packers against the Bears Sunday." They let loose with another hand clap barrage when Earpe added: "We feel the coaching staff (Curly Lambeau, Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charley Brock) did a good job." Those few remarks and crowd reactions set the tempo for Green Bay's first quarterback club meeting. Earpe also introduced members of the Green Bay Packer Alumni association, which sponsors the club; as well as Head Coach Curly Lambeau and Lee H. Joannes, former president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., and Mayor Dominic Olejniczak, who is a full-fledged club member. Earpe expressed his "thanks" to the Packer corporation, the Association of Commerce and the Minute Men in their assistance in making the club a "dream come true"...LEWELLN TELLS PURPOSE: Verne Lewellen, chairman of the Quarterback club committee, explained briefly the purpose of the Alumni group. He pointed out that Fee Klaus, Alumni president, took the initiative last spring and "the association was quickly formed." One of the association's purposes is to promote morale and fighting spirit. Lewellen, one of the Packers' and the league's all-time punters, said: "We want to revive the feeling that we are the pro town with the college spirit." The two big features of the program - showing of the Packer-Bear movies and the question and answer period - followed. Lambeau served as narrator during the motion picture, pointing out some of the highlights. For instance, the film showed that Packer end Nolan Luhn touched the ball last on the pass ruled an interception by the officials. Luhn and McAfee went up for a pass with both players catching it. The ball sizzled out of bounds but the officials gave the ball on their own three-yard line, calling it an interception. On the Bears' completed screen pass just before the half, the pictures showed Bear center Bulldog Turner 10 yards in front of the receiver - an illegal maneuver. Ineligible receivers under league rules cannot run ahead of the intended receiver...OPEN QUESTION BOX: After the movies, Lewellen opened the lock on the question and answer box and Coach Lambeau went to the microphone on the stage, receiving a generous round of applause. The Packer mentor expressed the opinion that "the Quarterback club is a wonderful idea." There were about 30 questions - all written and unsigned (no questions were permitted from the floor). Actually, about 15 were answered and the others were more or less duplications. One member wanted to know how the Bears were able to get Lujack and Layne. Lambeau answered that both were obtained from other clubs on trades. "Not many years ago, we figured the Bears had 14 first draft choices even though they didn't actually draw one of them in the draft; the players were either purchased or obtained in trades." Several members wanted to know why the Packer halfbacks and fullbacks didn't catch more passes. "We'd like to know that, too," Lambeau joked, but in a more serious light he added: "Naturally, we have passes intended for the backs but we use them only if the opponents' defense is vulnerable for such passes."...QUICK, CONCISE ANSWERS: Another fan wanted to know why the Packers consistently used a certain pass (that's information for the Rams, bub). Lambeau pointed out that the yardage is computed for every play used by the Packers. "That particular pass play had gained a lot of yardage in past games, which is why we kept on using it," he pointed out. Generally, the fans asked about the various players and Lambeau responded with quick, concise answers. The evening opened with an excellent program and concert by the Packer Lumberjack band, directed by Wilner Burke.
SEPT 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch, undoubtedly one of the greatest football players ever turned out in this state, finally returns home Sunday. Unfortunately for the Green Bay Packers and the thousands of fans whose No. 1 interest is a Wisconsin team or institution, the loose limbed and fancy stepping Hirsch will be in the uniform of the enemy Los Angeles Rams. The return of the native was a long time in coming, for the former Badger star will be making his first appearance on a
(GREEN BAY) - The 1949 Green Bay Packers have recaptured the flaming spirit of other years. This return to the blood-and-guts brand of football – missing for most of the 1948 season – flared brilliantly despite a bitter 17 to 0 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears before 25,571 fans at City stadium Sunday afternoon. The final score doesn’t begin to tell the tale of fire and brimstone that left the sellout crowd weak and limp as the gladiators moved out of the arena. For 53 minutes, the grid rivals battle back and forth in a bruising display of rock-‘em-sock-‘em football. Then, when it appeared that the Packers might overcome a 3-0 deficit, the Bears exploded two quick touchdown bombs – within two minutes midway in the fourth quarter – for the final verdict. It was an afternoon of heart break for the Packer. Their once-great weapon, the forward pass, was completely destroyed as they went the distance without completing an aerial – possibly for the first time in the team’s 31-year history. Ironically, the Bears scored twice via the air – the 12th and 13th completions in 23 attempts doing the damage. At 7:30 
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Five persons in the Green Bay area met sudden death over the weekend, a sixth was critically injured and two more seriously hurt in a series of accidents that included a spectacular drowning, an electrocution, a fire, a farm accident and a host of auto crashes. Dead are: A Town of Lake man, who as a clown amused more than 25,000 spectators at the Bear-Packer football game Sunday afternoon. Herbert Tuchel, about 40, was drowned not more than 15 minutes after the end of the game when he accepted a dare to swim the East river about 200 feet east of the Baird street bridge. Tuchel, the clown, was pronounced dead shortly after 5:40 Sunday afternoon when his body was recovered by Fireman Roger King and Donald Smith, 13, of 1372 Main street, part owner of one of the four boats that conducted the search. Exactly who made the dare to swim across the river wasn't known by Tuchel's 35 exuberant companions who had come from the town of Lake to enjoy the ball game. Entering the water with Tuchel to make the swim was Herbert Lazewski, also about 40, town of Lake, the other man involved in the dare. Witnesses said that Tuchel, a good swimmer, was bout three quarters of the way across when he went down. Lazewski, ahead of Tuchel, saw his friend go down and returned to help, but Tuchel slipped from his grasp. Lazewski's brother, Leonard, then dove in to help but neither brother could find the struggling man and authorities were called...GAVE FRIENDS VALUABLES: Before entering the water, Tuchel removed his coat and shoes and handed his valuable to friends. Police found 22 cents in his pants pockets. About 1,000 spectators lined the banks of the river to witness the recovery of the body. Nearly all of Tuchel's once merrymaking companion remained in a specially chartered bus that had brought the group to Green Bay. According to Walter Zweig, one of the two friends who remained with the body, the jaunt was made by persons who frequented his tavern in the town of Lake. Herbert Lazewski, who swam with Tuchel, confirmed that Tuchel was the person who danced with another, fully dressed as a clown, on the north side of the stadium. Police quoted Tuchel's friends as saying that Tuchel had planned on having a riotous time at the game and was known to be "the life of the party". He is survived by his wife, Jean, and a daughter, Susan, 4. The body was returned for burial in the town of Lake this morning. 
​SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - The ax fell again in the camp of the Green Bay Packers Tuesday. Waivers were asked on Clyde Goodnight, veteran end, and Bob Flowers, veteran center. The cut reduced the squad to 30 - two below the league limit. Goodnight was in his fifth year with the club, Flowers in his eighth. The Packers, meanwhile, settled down to work for their game here Sunday with the skipping Elroy Hirsch, whom the Bays almost had last July, and the Los Angeles Rams. Los Angeles won its first league start last week from the Detroit Lions on Bob Waterfield's 46 yard field goal in the last minute of play. Lambeau and his staff, and the boys, naturally were disappointed with the result of the Bear game, but they were not discouraged, except, for their complete impotency passing. The Packers did not complete a single attempt. "With any kind of passing attack," Lambeau said, "I feel we might have won Sunday. Had we scored first, and if we could have scored first, I think we might have. I also think we could have won, regardless of what happened to us in the fourth quarter. It was extremely discouraging for this team to play the kind of ball it did for three quarters and slowly realize it had no air arm at all." Lambeau had nothing but praise for the way Jug Girard, making his debut at quarterback, handled the team and played.
SEPT 27 (Los Angeles) - Tom Fears, the burly ex-Bruin who led the NFL with 51 pass receptions as a rookie last year, has gotten off to a rousing start in his quest to retain his laurels and make the all-league team this season. Ol' Skinhead, who worries more about his rapidly thinning noodle pelt than he does about those opposing halfbacks, caught five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown as the Los Angeles Rams edged the Detroit Lions last Friday, 27-24...FAST PACE: If he maintains that pace, the 215-pound flanker will finish the 12-game schedule with 60 catches, or nine more than were good enough to top the likes of Mal Kutner, Pete Pihos and Ken Kavanaugh last year. Fears and Bob Waterfield make an ideal aerial combo because each has confidence in the other. Every passer - and every receiver, for that matter - has his pet
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - Charged with a new spirit, the Green Bay Packers today launched intensive preparations for the Los Angeles Rams' aerial circus appearing at City stadium next Sunday afternoon. It will be the second NFL game for both teams. The Rams defeated the Detroit Lions, 27 to 24, on a last quarter field goal by handyman Bob Waterfield last Friday night, while the Packers dropped a 17-0 verdict in a vicious battle with the Chicago Bears Sunday. Next Sunday's battle will be THE game for both the Packers and Rams. The winner will go into a second place tie with the loser of the Cardinal-Bear contest in Chicago Sunday. The Cardinals moved into the unbeaten class by whipping Washington in their opener last night. Today's practice, held in the drill field back of East High school, was designed chiefly to remove the kinks and stiffness resulting from the grueling engagement with the Bears. Kicking, passing and a signal drill featured the morning workout...RHODEMYRE TAKES IT EASY: Outside of numerous cuts and bruises, the Packers came out of Sunday's league opener with no serious hurts. Center Jay Rhodemyre received the roughest blow - a Bear knee in the head (he had his helmet on) that sidelined him in the second quarter. Rhodemyre suffered a slight concussion and limited his work today to limbering-up exercises. Though he'll take it easy this week, Rhodemyre will be ready for the Rams. One of 
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - The big Packer talk these days is passing. There are three phases - (1) the Packers' air attack; (2) the Packers' defense against passes; and (3) the Los Angeles Rams' air attack. The entire business comes to a head when the Packers and Rams engage in their second NFL game at City stadium Sunday afternoon. The Packers, after breakfast at Rockwood lodge this morning, came to town (the practice field near East High school) to launch the rough end of the week's practice. The accent was on the three aforementioned phases for two good reasons: (1) The Packers didn't complete a pass against the Chicago Bears last Sunday and (2) the Bears completed 13 out of 23 for 183 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams will offer all sorts of passes Sunday - simply because the LA outfit had the Bear-Packer event well scouted. They noticed no doubt that the Bears, with Johnny Lujack and Sid Luckman pitching, did pretty well. The Packers are expecting air fireworks from the veteran Ram quarterback, Bob Waterfield, and his talented understudy, Norm Van Brocklin, the ex-Oregon tosser. They'll do most of their throwing to Tom Fears, the UCLA sophomore, and Elroy Hirsch, the ex-Wisconsin boy who only six months ago said he wouldn't play professional football if he couldn't play with Green Bay. As a rookie last year, Fears caught the National league receiving championship with 51 receptions for 698 yards. He scored only four touchdowns, however, which could mean that Mr. Fears gains most of the yardage on short stabs. The Rams had quite a time with the air bomb in nosing out Detroit last Friday night, 27 to 24, in their league opener. As an example, the Lions were leading 24-17 midway in the fourth quarter. Starting on his own 24, Van Brocklin fired eight consecutive passes and clicked on five to tie the score. Hirsch caught the fifth for a 19-yard gain and a touchdown. Near the end, Waterfield won the game with a 46- yard field goal. Waterfield completed seven out of 19 and Van Brocklin made five out of eight for a total gain of 184 yards. On the ground, Hirsch made 71 yards in 15 tries. While the Rams' passing attack is obviously murderous, it's interesting to recall the Packer-Ram game at City stadium a year ago. The Packers blanked the Rams, 16-0, despite the fact that Waterfield and Jim Hardy, now with the Cardinals, completed 20 out of 38 passes for 335 yards. The Packers miraculously kept the Rams out of pay territory by intercepting seven passes...On another front, Packer Ticket Director Carl Mraz reminded today that a number of tickets are available for the Packer-Bear game Sunday. He emphasized that the game is NOT a sellout...PRO HASH: The Packer squad was reduced to 30 players Tuesday when waivers were put out on veteran end Clyde Goodnight and center Bob Flowers. Goodnight, in his fifth season here, had slowed down considerably this year - especially in downfield blocking. His pass receiving, too, was below his 1947 par when he finished seventh in the league. Flowers, considered one of the roughest players in the league in his eight
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, founder of the Green Bay Packers and for 30 years the team's head coach as well as its vice-president and general manager, today placed his three assistants in charge of the club's field operations. For the time being, Lambeau announced, during workouts and games the team will be handled by Line Coach Tom Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Defense Coach Charles Brock. Lambeau, meanwhile, will devote his time to rebuilding the club and to the manifold duties connected with his position as vice-president and general manager. He will confine his coaching, he said, to acting in an advisory capacity. Announcement of the change in Packer policy after 30 years, during which the club won six world championships under Lambeau ​and finished out of the first division only once, followed a special meeting of the Packer executive committee called at Lambeau's request last Monday night...WANTS SPIRITED ORGANIZATION: "Under this arrangement," Lambeau said today, "I feel I can do the ball club more good. The duties of officers of a major league club, especially the head coach and the general manager, have increased so much in recent seasons that it is impossible for one man to do justice to three positions. I have three of the outstanding assistants in football, men in whom I have the utmost confidence, and I know that they can carry on the field operations successfully, leaving me to do what must be done Green Bay back in the championship class. My one aim is to have a solid, spirited organization from the water boy on up and to build the Packers into a championship club again. And that is exactly what we intend to do under this new arrangement."...COMPLETE SURPRISE; FISCHER: Emil R. Fischer, president of the Packer corporation, said the executive committee had accepted Lambeau's proposal. "It was a complete surprise to the executive committee," said Fischer, "but Curly feels he can be of greater service to the club under present circumstances and we, therefore, were in no position to demur. After all it must be remembered that Curly has been coaching for 30 years in the toughest football in America and I think all of us realized that, some day, the way the business has grown, there must come a time when he would have to delegate some of his 
HIRSCH AND CANADEO: The Ram ground attack is constructed around left half Hirsch, right half Tank Younger, a Negro from Grambling college, and fullback Dick Hoerner, a sophomore from Iowa. The Packers will match Hirsch with Tony Canadeo, who gained 94 yards on the Bears; Younger with Ed Smith or Bob Cifers; and Hoerner with Walt Schlinkman or Ted Fritsch. Up front, Big Ed Neal will get another crack at Ram center Fred Naumetz - especially on defense where Big Ed has a habit of upsetting Mr. Center into the laps of Waterfield. The Ram line will be headed by tackles Gil Bouley and Dick Huffman and guards Milan Lazetich and Hal Dean. Getting a crack at his former buddies will be Roger Eason, new Packer guard. He'll get special help from such gents as Damon Tassos, Red Vogds, Dick Wildung, Paul Lipscomb, Urban Odson, Larry Craig - in fact, the entire line.
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau's announcement Friday that he has placed his three assistants in charge of the Green Bay Packers' field operations easily ranks as one of the major "changes" in professional football. Lambeau, who is as much a part of Green Bay as Washington street, has been the dean of major league coaches. He founded the Packers in 1919, and, after two years of independent football in which the Packers won 19, lost two and tied one, entered the club in the NFL - then a newborn infant. From that year on, Lambeau has been an influence on the development of the National league and a continual defender of that upstart little hamlet in Wisconsin that expects to compete with major cities like New York and Chicago. Down through the years, Lambeau (definitely, off season) worked with his most deadly rival, Coach George Halas of the Chicago Bears, in solidifying the circuit. The experience of Lambeau and Halas was given full note by the NFL when they were selected to conduct meetings with the All-American conference in Chicago last winter. Today, Green Bay ranks as a bulwark of strength in the National league - thanks to Lambeau's 24-hours-a-day diet of football and his tremendous zest for keeping Green Bay at the top of the National league standings. Six world championships and a record of never finishing out of the first division until 1948 offer excellent prood that "E.L." has been on the job. Grantland Rice, dean of American sportswriters, often refers to Green Bay as the sports wonder of the world for keeping Green Bay "up there". In his 30 years as head coach, Lambeau has traveled both the smooth and rocky roads. Sports is a rugged business. You've got to win to keep those fans happy. If you don't you're a bum; if you do you're the greatest guy in the world. Lambeau's league record - 215 victories, 95 losses and 22 ties plus six world's titles - definitely puts him in the "greatest guy" division. Tomorrow at City stadium, the Packers will meet the Los Angeles Rams. It will be Lambeau's "first start" as advisory coach, and, likewise, the first chore under the new setup for the three assistants - Backfield Coach Bob Snyder, Line Coach Tom Stidham and Defense Coach Charley Brock. It will be a new experience for the boys on the field - the 1949 Packers. We have a hunch they're going to make it a pleasant occasion that will long be cherished by their well-wishers, Packer fans throughout the country. The men in whom Lambeau has the "utmost confidence" are virtual strangers in Green Bay - compared to Curly. Brock, of course, is the best known. Charley played center for the Packers for nine years. He has taken over the Bays' defense - a department in which he excelled while a player. Brock, now 33, retired as a player in 1947 and then spent 1948 as line coach at the University of Omaha. Snyder, at 36, already is a veteran in practically every branch of major league operations. He played with the Cleveland Rams (1937-38) and Chicago Bears (1939-41,43). In 1942, he was given a leave of absence from the Bears to install the T-formation for Frank Leahy at Notre Dame. After a year in war work, Snyder returned to pro football as assistant coach of the Rams in 1945-46. He was named head coach of the Rams in 1947, but had to retire because of a stomach condition in 1948. Stidham, 45, came to Green Bay this fall after a long and singularly successful collegiate coaching career. After working as an assistant at Northwestern and Oklahoma, Stidham became head coach and athletic director at Oklahoma in 1937, bringing the Sooners their first championships in 1938 and 1940. Tom gained thousands of friends in Wisconsin when he was appointed head coach at Marquette. Among his accomplishments at MU were two victories over Wisconsin. Tom gained professional experience with two seasons of line mentoring in the All-America loop.
OCT 1 (Chicago) - Clark Shaughnessy herded his Los Angeles Rams aboard a steam train this afternoon and instructed the engineer of same to deliver the Rams in a perfect state of preservation at the depot at Green Bay, Wis., 185 miles to the south. There, on the morrow, the Rams will trade bumps with the Green Bay Packers, and Clark figures they’ll have to be at full strength to whip Green Bay…RAMS FAVORED: Our heroes are favored to win by 7 ½ points. Clear, crisp weather and a turnout of 20,000 or more are expected. Los Angeles hasn’t beaten the Packers on their home grounds since 1946. Last year they lost by 16-0 for their first shutout since 1942. The Packers themselves were blanked in their opening NFL contest last week, 17 to 0, by the Chicago Bears. This loss to their hated rivals no doubt had something to do with Curly Lambeau’s decision to relinquish the reins after 29 years as boss-man of the Packers. Directing the team tomorrow will be a threesome composed of Bob Snyder, who coached the Rams in 1947 and almost coached them last year; Tom Stidham, former Oklahoma U. mentor; and ex-Packer Charley Brock. They have been Curly’s aides up to now…AIR ATTACK FAILS: In the Bear fracas, Green Bay’s aerial attack had the aroma of an untidy, damp polecat. Highly touted Stan Heath of Nevada, Jug Girard and Indian Jack Jacobs attempted 11 passes but failed to find the target even once. Four flings became the possession of the Bears. Aside from the passing poop-out, the Packers played a pretty rugged game, and that’s bad news for the Rams. Led by Tony Canadeo and Walt Schlinkman, Green Bay gained 187 yards on the ground. Chicago didn’t score a point until Johnny Lujack booted a field goal in the waning moments of the third quarter. Then he passed to Ken Kavanaugh and J.R. Boone for touchdowns. In the face of this intimidating evidence, the Rams don’t figure to run much tomorrow. But their sharp passing attack entitles them to favoritism…FEARS, SHAW START: Tom Fears, who caught five passes last week against Detroit – one for a touchdown – and Bob Shaw, who snagged a couple, will start at end. Crazy Legs Hirsch, who also bagged a scoring throw, will be in there at left half. These are no surprises in the L.A. lineup. Bob Waterfield, who played his worst game of the 1948 season here, is determined to atone for his shabby showing. He’ll start at quarterback, with rookies Norm Van Brocklin and Bobby Thomas ready to relieve him.
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - The 1949 Green Bay Packers - flushed with a new fighting spirit gained in the Chicago Bear game a week ago - enter a new era when they meet the Los Angeles Rams at City stadium Sunday afternoon. They'll be playing their first game without Coach Curly Lambeau in direct command of the professional football force he founded back in 1949 and led to six world's championships. Lambeau, himself, declared Friday to place the 1949 squad in the hands of three men "in whom I have the utmost confidence" - Backfield Coach Bob Snyder, Line Coach Tom Stidham and Defense Coach Charley Brock. That will be the history making background Sunday when the Packers engage in their 333rd NFL game since 1921. Down through the years in league play, Lambeau-coached Packer teams won 215 games, lost 95 and tied 22 for a percentage of nearly .700 - not counting non-league games. The 1949 team will be going after its first league victory of the season. The Bays opened last Sunday with a tremendous effort against the Bears - only to lose on two late Chicago aerial touchdowns, 17-0. The 1949 Rams, coached by Clark Shaughnessy, already have tasted victory - a 27-24 decision over the Detroit Lions in Los Angeles a week ago Friday...RAMS TIED EAGLES 28-28: Both the Rams and Packers lost to the Redskins in non-league action. However, the Rams gained a 28-28 tie with the powerful Philadelphia Eagles, who swatted the Bays, 35-0, in the Packers' first test at City stadium last Aug. 21. Sunday's game is a "must" for both teams. A victory for the Rams would put them into a first place tie with the winner of Sunday's Bear-Chicago Cardinal game. A victor for Green Bay would boost them with the Rams and the loser of the Bear-Card test. The Rams play the Bears and the Packers get the New York Bulldogs in their third game. The big question mark Sunday will be the Packer passing - an offensive weapon that was held useless by the Bears as the Packers tried 13 and completed non. Jug Girard, the sophomore with a baseball background, may get most of the chores at quarterback for the Packers, although Jug, veteran Jack Jacobs and rookie Stan Heath all worked in the slot in practice this week. Moving into the offensive left end spot - left vacant by the release of Clyde Goodnight - will be Ted Cook, who played terrific defensive ball against the Bears last Sunday. Cook formerly spelled Goodnight, now with Washington, at offensive left end. The Rams are expected to pass aplenty Sunday for the simple reason that they are a passing team with such throwers as Bob Waterfield and rookie Norm Van Brocklin and receivers Elroy Hirsch, the ex-Wisconsin halfback, and ends Tom Fears, the league leading receiver in 1948, and Bob Shaw. Van Brocklin passed the Rams to the payoff touchdown against Detroit. The Packer pass defense, of course, was observed by Ram scouts last Sunday and they noted that the Bears completed 13 out of 23 pitches, including two for touchdowns...MATCH