can’t do that against a team like the Cardinals and win.” Charley Brock, the Packers’ all-time center and now their defense coach, concurred with Snyder, although he expressed himself in slightly different fashion. “We made three big mistakes that cost us 21 points,” he said. “There were those two interceptions of theirs and then when they intercepted one of ours on their three-yard line.” Both of them agreed, however, that the Green Bay offense – particularly the aerial attack – appeared to be on the upgrade and this they viewed as an encouraging development of no small proportions. “I’m glad our passes have begun to click, anyway,” Snyder asserted. He and Brock likewise felt that Heath had “played a good ball game” despite several costly interceptions and a few tactical errors in play calls. Brock, too, had high praise for Bob Summerhays, the rookie fullback from Utah, and Jay Rhodemyre, Kentucky’s ferocious contribution to the Green Bay eleven. “Rhodemyre,” Brock declared, “played far and away his best game of the year.”…That sadistic side of human nature that brings mirth when a member of the constabulary is thwarted had an early opportunity to manifest itself Sunday. On Ted Fritsch’s opening kickoff, which went beyond the end line and bounced over the low restraining wall, a gendarme stumbled as he raced to the barrier and sprawled over it. The crowd, needless to say, roared in appreciation…To give the constables due credit, however, they had an unblemished record in preventing ball thefts on extra points, kickoffs and field goals. This is a 100 percent improvement on the Packer-Ram game in Green Bay two weeks ago, when 15 balls were stolen. In one instance, though, a gendarme had an unpleasant moment in retrieving the ball after an extra point. The fan who had it struggled briefly and if he had continued his resistance, there might have been a melee, for reinforcements began to arrive from the stands above…Both the Packers and Cardinals were under close scrutiny by their respective future opponents, the Rams and Detroit Lions. Pete Halas, son of the Bears’ Walter, and Herb Beattie were charting the Packers for the LA entry, and Aldo Forte, Jim Rucinski and Ed Miller of the Lions were covering the Cards…The game marked the Packers’ first 1949 appearance on television. It was televised by WTMJ-TV, with Larry Clark providing the narration. TV is nothing new to the Bays, however. All of their 1948 games in Milwaukee also were presented on video…In addition to Pat Harder, Clarence Self and Dick Lopefe, Wisconsin representation on the Cardinals included Myron (Mush) Esler, a Kaukauna native, who is the Chicago eleven’s trainer. Mush, who lives and breathes Cardinals, took a brief vacation from this duties Saturday night to visit the Tic Toc club, where his wife – Marion Francis – currently is one of the club’s leading attractions. A singer, who does both ballads and novelty numbers equally well, she is the former Marion Charlesworth of Kaukauna.
SMITH, OLSONOSKI TO NY BULLDOGS
OCT 17 (Green Bay) - Ed Smith and Larry Olsonoski, former Packer back and guard, respectively, left Green Bay today for New York where they’ll join the Bulldogs. Smith will play right half for the Bulldogs. Smith was placed on waivers with Don Wells, an end, a week ago. Olsonoski was placed on waivers over the weekend to make room for Jack Kirby, former Southern California and Washington Redskin back.
CANADEO COPS LEAGUE GROUND-GAINING LEAD
OCT 18 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers arrived here today and found the NFL’s leading ground gainer in their midst. The topster is Tony Canadeo, the Packers’ brilliant left halfback, who has stepped in front of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Steve Van Buren. Canadeo has only a one-yard edge on the talented Van Buren, 310 to 309, but the big difference is in the average and number of carries. Tony lugged the ball only 53 times while Van Buren moved 95 times. This gives Canadeo an average of 5.8 yards per try against 3.3 for Van Buren. Canadeo, the Packers’ No. 2 all-time ground gainer behind Clarke Hinkle, now has gained a total of 2,886 yards in seven-plus seasons. Hinkle, whose NFL was snapped by Van Buren two weeks ago, rolled up 3,860 yards in 10 seasons. Canadeo now is 974 yards behind Hinkle. Clarke played in 112 games; Canadeo in an even 70. Clarke ran 1,171 times and Canadeo 658. Tony’s big start this season boosted his career average to 4.4 yards. Hinkle finished with 3.29. Only three other Packers are listed in statistics released today by the National league office in Philadelphia – Jack Jacobs, Jug Girard and Ralph Earhart. Jacobs ranks fourth in punting and Girard 10th in the same department. Jacobs punted 17 times for a 44.5 average while Girard, in doing all of the booting in the Cardinal game in Milwaukee Sunday, got off six punts for an average of 46.8. Earhart is tied for 10th among the league’s punt returners. Ralph returned seven for 53 yards for an average distance of 7.6. V.T. Smith of Los Angeles is first with 11 returned for 169 yards. No punt has been returned for a touchdown in league play thus far. Smith, the Rams’ great rookie back, will be one of two leaders the Packers will face here next Sunday afternoon. The other is Bob Waterfield, the quarterback, who ranks first in punting with an average of 47.1 yards on 20 kicks. Waterfield has scored 30 points on 15 extra point kicks and five field goals (in seven attempts) to gain a second place tie with three other players in point making. Waterfield, whose passing has been a big factor in the Rams’ success (4-0), ranks fifth in the league in that department behind Sammy Baugh, Tommy Thompson, Chuck Conerly, and Johnny Lujack. Waterfield made good on 43 out of 97 attempts for 611 yards and five touchdowns. The Packers, who will be out to snap the Rams’ four-game winning streak not to mention revenge for that 48-7 licking administered back in Green Bay, are headquartering at the Hollywood-Roosevelt hotel here.
CRUEL HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF FOR PACKERS' JACOB, EARHART
OCT 18 (Green Bay) - Cruel history has a nasty way of repeating itself. Take the cases of Jack Jacobs and Ralph Earhart, for instance. Jacobs, who came to Green Bay in 1947 as the Packers’ first working quarterback since Red Dunn, started two NFL games this season. Both starts were on the disastrous side, each giving the opponents (Rams here and Cardinals in Milwaukee) 7-0 leads. The Ram tilt saw Jacobs off to a good start as he ushered the Pack 68 yards – 39 coming on his pass to Ted Cook, but the next time the Packers got the ball, Frank Hubbell intercepted Jack’s toss in the flat and went 28 yards for a TD. The act was similar Sunday in Milwaukee but came sooner. On the third play of the game, Cardinal center Vince Baronis grabbed Jacobs’ pass on the Packer 28 and rushed untouched to a TD. Despite the bitterness of the situation, Jacobs – relieved of the responsibility of running the team – played his usual terrific game on defense. Besides making a lot of teeth-loosing tackles, Jacobs, Ted Cook and Irv Comp worked nicely in limiting the Cards to a measly 31 yards by passing. The Earhart history might come under the heading of “We’re Surprised, Ralph.” The 165-pound Earhart – until the Ram and Cardinal games – seemed to enjoy smacking into 240-pound enemies if he couldn’t run around ‘em – cruelly enough, Ralph’s about faces at virtually the same time put the Packers in a deep hole in both the Ram and Card tilts. The LA’s were leading Green Bay by only 17-0 early in the second half when Earhart took a punt on the five and ran back to the one, narrowly escaping a safety. The Rams made it 24-0 moments later despite a good punt-out by Jacobs. Against the Cards, Ralph caught the ball on the one, charged up to the 12 and then hightailed it back to the two where he was snowed under by the same Cards who would have nailed him on the 12. That forced a punt from the end zone instead of a chance to launch a normal offense from the 12. The Packer faithful are pretty happy about the fact that the Bays piled up 180 yards (12 completions out of 30 attempts) on passing against the Cardinals – the first real sign that the Packers are on their way back via the air. You may be interested in knowing that the yardage total was the highest piled up by Green Bay in a league game since the last contest in 1947 when the Pack picked up 220 yards on 16 completions against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packer air machine skidded with Jacobs’ ailing arm in 1948 and the final battle (against the Cards in Chicago) saw the Bays complete only one aerial in 15 attempts. The next league game against the Bears – opening the 1949 season – found the Packers sinking lower as they failed to complete a throw in 13 attempts. However, the improvement since has been gradual. There were four completions against the Rams, nine against the Bulldogs and 12 against the Cardinals. The Packer offense was altered considerably for Sunday’s game. Chief changes were pass plays involving the fullbacks and halfbacks who snared four passes for 109 of the Bays’ 181 yards throwing. Stan Heath, for the first time showed his real skill as a pitcher, hurled once to Bob Summerhays for 34 yards, twice to Ted Fritsch for a total of 66 yards and once to Bob Cifers for nine. Bill Kelley, who played both right and left end, caught five (two from Jug Girard) to pace the ends. Kelley actually was breaking into the clear and might have had three more catches. Once he was held, but good, by two Cardinals (the officials didn’t see it) and two other times the passes were high. One of his snatches from Heath went for 25 yards and another was a neat grab on the goal line for a touchdown.
LET'S SHOW THAT THIS IS A BIG LEAGUE CITY
OCT 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers did not have the personnel to cope with the Chicago Cardinals Sunday. The crowd knew this and did not expect Green Bay to win, although most of the 18,000 had the hopes which partisans of the underdog always take to a football game. The spectators were prepared, then, for defeat, but they had a right to expect a professional performance from the Packers, and they did not get it. The play verged at times on the raw amateur. Jacobs' pass into the flat zone only a few yards from his own goal, for instance, which gave Chicago a touchdown in the first 90 seconds, and Earhart's attempted punt return from his own goal in the third quarter, which set up a Cardinal field goal, and Kirby's fumble of a punt on his own goal in the waning moments of the game, which led to a safety. These errors of judgment, however, did not affect the result. The Packers were not in the same class with the Cardinals, and that, we think, is not a matter of coaching or effort but rather the fault of the management. Curly Lambeau obtains the players, but a Green Bay committee keeps a tight grip on the purse strings. Which is to blame, we will not attempt to say, but obviously what is the matter with the Packers is simply inadequate personnel...NO RUNNING ATTACK: The Packers have no running attack worth mentioning. They have not the line to make the openings and they have not the backs who can get through openings before the holes close up. When the only consistent ground gainer they have is a 30 year old veteran, that tells the story. That veteran, Tony Canadeo, still is a whale of a running back at 30. When he carries the ball, it is a flashback to Packer days of glory. He seems to be the only fast back who also runs with power. It was remarkable to see him overtake Bob Nussbaumer and cut the speedy Cardinal down from behind in a third quarter race down the sideline. The lack of an effective running game naturally hampers the passing attack. On top of this, Packer passers seldom get adequate protection. How good the passing would be with good protection and correlated with a good running game no one can say. Green Bay lacks team speed. It needs better men in the line. It needs stronger running and blocking in the backfield...TURN OUT, FANS!: Lambeau cannot do much to provide these things this season. It may take several seasons to get the team back on top. Meanwhile, Milwaukee and Wisconsin fans can help both the morale of the Packers and the treasury - which must provide the players - by continuing to support this team wholeheartedly. The 18,000 turnout Sunday was encouraging but not large enough. The Packers will play Detroit here October 30 and Pittsburgh here November 20. Let's show them that Milwaukee is a big league city - a Packer city - when the team is down as well as when it is up.
AX FALLS - SIXTEEN VETERANS OF LAST YEAR'S PACKER ELEVEN ARE ALREADY GONE
OCT 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - "You can't tell a player without a program" has really begun to mean something with the Green Bay Packers this fall. The turnover of material, as Curly Lambeau frantically tried to assemble a winning cast, has been as heavy, perhaps, as ever before in the club's history. Not even invited back off last year's unhappy squad were Lloyd Baxter, Red Wilson, Pat West, Baby Ray, Fred Provo, Perry Moss, Don Deeks and Ted Cremer. And dropped off the squad this year, after having played a few games, exhibition or league, have been Ed Cody, Ralph Davis, Bob Flowers, Clyde Goodnight, Jim Kekeris, Larry Olsonoski, Ed Smith and Don Wells. It adds up to 16 veterans. P.S. And more will shortly go the same way. Lambeau means business in his rebuilding program...Can it be the Philadelphia Eagles have already started to pay for their early training start at Grand Rapids, Minn., July 5? The tough game they had with the Lions two weeks ago, in which they trailed going into the fourth quarter, 14-5, and the solid licking they took from the Bears Sunday might suggest this. It could be. A guy can really become sated with football after three full months of it...Jim Hardy of the Chicago Cardinals had the unusual experience here Sunday of completing two out of five passes for a net loss of 19 yards. His first completed pass lost 13 yards and his second six yards. As Green Bay sees it, he should have passed more...
SKINS CUT SENO
OCT 18 (Washington) - Frank Seno, National League veteran, was cut from the Washington Redskins' roster Monday. He was with the Redskins for four games this season after being released by the Green Bay Packers September 19.
TWO LEAGUE SET-UP KILLING PRO FOOTBALL
OCT 18 (New York) - Hard boiled professional football club owners, who resolved last winter to retain their inter-league estrangement or die trying, are coming through nobly, and dying handsomely. Though publicity released from headquarters of the All-America Conference and the National League proclaim crowds said to be bigger than ever, or at least better than last year's, the untold fact is that overall paid attendance in pro football has declined. This is not true for one league, but for both. Two clubowners have champions and couldn't make a nickel, two of the best known and most deeply established teams have gone in hock, one to the government on back taxes and one to a bank on a vital loan. The All-America Conference, which assumed a tactical advantage over the National League last winter by pitting its one Yankee Stadium team against two National League elevens, staggering their dates at the Polo Grounds in New York, has fallen into disrepair in Los Angeles. There, the Rams of the National League are a powerhouse while the All-America Dons, who've outdrawn the Rams in the past, has slipped badly. In New York, the Bulldogs of Ted Collins have done so miserably as to be no-account. The Giants play the Chicago Bears next Sunday, and the All-America Yankees play the Forty-Niners of San Francisco. Both games are natural draws. Both gates will suffer because of the other game. A highly-placed official said Monday that, beside the Bulldogs, Green Bay, the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit and Pittsburgh are teetering in the National League. Los Angeles, Chicago, Baltimore and Buffalo in the All-America. Many teams figured to crack the nut this year through cutting down of player rosters, etc., and it just hasn't come true.
FANS TO SEE RAMS WORK AT GILMORE
OCT 18 (Los Angeles) - Pro football’s only undefeated and untied team, the Los Angeles Rams, will hold an open practice for the edification of local fans today at 3 p.m. at Gilmore Stadium. Clark Shaughnessy’s men, who are roosting atop the NFL standings with a shiny 4-0 record, arrived home yesterday morning by air from Detroit, following Sunday’s 21-10 triumph over the Lions. A feature of today’s public practice will be presentations to Coach Shaughnessy and Bob Waterfield, who were selected by a football publication as the Pro Coach and Player of the Week. The pair won this recognition when the Rams conquered the Chicago Bears last week, 31 to 16…POOREST GAME: After the ceremony, the team will indulge in a regular workout in preparation for next Sunday’s engagement at the Coliseum with the Green Bay Packers. Shaughnessy’s disappointment over the team’s shaky showing against Detroit was understandable. It was the poorest game the team has played in many a moon. “It was just impossible to keep them fired up like they were for the Bear game,” said the coach. “We were extremely lucky to win while suffering a letdown.”…PLENTY OF PLUCK: However, he did point with pride to the team’s pluck. The Rams spotted the Bears a 16-3 lead and then ran up 28 points while stalemating the Bears. Detroit had a 10- lead, only to see it erased by the onrushing Rams. The players escaped Sunday’s fray without wounds so should be at full strength against the Packers. The Packers arrive here today at 8:40 a.m. aboard the “City of Los Angeles.”