strangely, the coaches are hoping it keeps up. The battle involves rookie halfbacks Don Doll and Bob Smith, but there is nothing like dissension in the argument. But to the casual listener it might sound like it. After Sunday's game in Chicago, Smith confronted Doll and declared: "You got hot today and went into the lead, but watch out next week." The "lead" concerns the area of intercepting the opposition's passes. Currently, Doll has seven thefts posted in the record book in the team's five games. Smith has snared five of the enemy aerials. Doll's performance against the Cardinals Sunday was tops for a Lion. He grabbed four of Paul Christman's passes and two of them set up Detroit touchdowns. In fact, Doll is rewriting the club's record book on pass defense. So far, he has equaled one all-time record and smashed another. His seven interceptions ties the mark that Alexander Francis Wojciechowicz set in 1944. After grabbing those opposition passes, Doll has raced 297 yards, which smashes the mark of 128 yards by Ned Mathews in 1941. One of Doll's interceptions resulted in a touchdown - when he ambled 95 yards against Pittsburgh. If these interlopers continue their present pace, the mark for interceptions might be broken. Dan Sandifer holds the season mark at 13, established last year. The entire Lions' team is playing more alert in the pass defense department. So far, the club has intercepted 17 passes in five games. That's two more than all last season. Jim Gillette paced the club in interceptions last year, with six, while Joe Watt was the runnerup with four. While Smith and Doll have been starring in defensive roles, observers of the pro game are certain both will be great pro players. Both are good runners, speedy - and smart. Smith played his college ball at Iowa while Doll prepped for the Lions at Southern California. This is their first year in the pro league, but both have the confidence of old pros. Johnny Greene, the humorist of the club, summed them up in these words. "Smith and Doll are out best offensive ends - even when the other team has the ball."
PACKERS, LIONS TO BREAK TIE FOR LAST PLACE BERTH
OCT 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, whose heartbreaking fumbled have dropped them into a tie for last place in the NFL's western division, are getting ready to try again. They will meet the Detroit Lions in Milwaukee Sunday. Each team has won only one of five games so far this season, tying them for last place. For two straight weeks the Packers have outgained their opponents - the Chicago Cardinals and the Los Angeles Rams - but fumbles and pass interceptions have spoiled their chances. In losing to the Rams Sunday, 35-7, Green Bay piled up 18 first downs to Los Angeles' 14. The Packers drove for 183 yards on the ground - 12 more than the Rams - and they passed for 106 to Los Angeles' 77. Green Bay's Stan Heath, Jug Girard and Jack Jacobs threw 24 passes and completed eight of them. Los Angeles hit only six in 13 attempts. But the Packers could not get the winning touch and they gave away points on their bobbles in critical places.
PACKERS DOLL UP PASS GAME FOR LIONS' DOLL
OCT 27 (Green Bay) - The Packers may be relieved to know that Bill Dudley doesn't play much - if any - on defense. Bullet Bill, who ran, passed, punted and played the rest of the time on defense the last few years, has been conserving his talents to the offensive phase for a very good reason: The Detroit Lions, next Sunday's Packer opponent in Milwaukee, have a youngster named Donald LeRoy Doll, who is gaining a reputation as a defensive star. The former University of Southern California back, who stands 5-10 and weighs 185 pounds, is leading the league in interceptions - seven. Doll, the most valuable Pacific Coast conference player last year, grabbed off three of Paul Christman's pitches in Detroit's 24-7 upset victory over the Cardinals in Chicago last Sunday, and returned 'em 68 yards. In five games, Doll returned his seven interceptions a total of 207 yards - including a 95-yard jaunt for a touchdown against Pittsburgh Oct. 8. Detroit Coach Bo McMillin figures Doll is a sure bet to break Washington Dan Sandifer's league record of 13 interceptions. Sandifer returned his interceptions 258 yards - only 51 yards more than Doll picked up in returning seven. The Packers took special note of Doll's brilliance in sweatsuit drill against Detroit's defensive formations Wednesday. The practice opened with a talk by Scout Wally Cruice, who diagnosed the Detroit-Cardinal game Sunday. Cruice reminded the Bays that the Lions' habit of intercepting Christman passes (they nailed six) was THE big factor in their upset victory. Coaches Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock agreed that the Bay air game would have to be dolled up aplenty. All of which is reason enough to discuss the Packers' passing game which ranks No. 10 in the 10-team NFL. Quarterbacks Jug Girard and Stan Heath handled the throwing while quarterback Jack Jacobs, suffering from a knee injury, worked on defense. At one point in the practice, Coach Charley Brock urged the Packer ends and backs going down for passes to "decoy". He reminded the players that on several occasions during games better decoying might have pulled some of the defensive men away from the intended receiver. It is interesting to try and figure out - especially in practice - the reason for the Packers' aerial position in the league. There are generally two phases of heart-breaks. First is the popout or when the ball bounces out of the receivers' hands; and second is the poor pass. A third heart-break, though not noticeable when the team is not working under game or scrimmage conditions, is the smothering of the passer by the defense. Wednesday, Girard and Heath combined with ends Bill Kelley, Nolan Luhn, Dan Orlich, Steve Pritko and Ted Cook on a number of excellent completions. However, mixed with the completions were a number of the above mentioned heart-breaks. The ball might, at any time, pop out of the arms of the receivers even though it might have hit 'em in what is generally called a "bad spot" - in the arms or chest. On the other hand, we've seen the passers consistently throw "behind" the receivers, thus giving the catcher no chance for a stretch of a leap since he's going one way and the ball the other. Once the passers and receivers are better coordinated, the Packers may cause plenty of trouble in their last seven league games. Considerable time was spent yesterday in polishing a number of plays installed for the Los Angeles game, with the left halfbacks and fullbacks lugging. Running like a rookie is the silver eagle, Tony Canadeo, who presently leads the National league in ground gaining. Canadeo ripped off 122 yards against the Rams and the Lions, no doubt, will keep plenty of eyes on him. The Rams put up the Canadeo-Danger sign, too, but Tony ran just a little harder. The Packers will be at full strength for the Detroits. Most serious of the injured, Irv Comp and Jack Jacobs, unlimbered Wednesday but were held out of the rough stuff today. Both will be working Sunday. Several of the boys have colds - the change from California to Wisconsin weather. Tackle Urban Odson wrapped himself up in a big blanket and sweated it out after showering in the training rooms Wednesday. In town for contract talks with Coach Curly Lambeau is Roger Harding, former Los Angeles Ram and New York Bulldog center. Harding formerly played at the University of California and joined the Rams in 1945. He weighs 215 pounds and stands 6-2.
BOLEY, FORMER PACKER, DIES IN PHILADELPHIA
OCT 27 (Philadelphia) - Leo Boley, 45, sports announcer and former professional football star, died today at Jewish hospital after collapsing on a street corner. Boley, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., formerly played with the Green Bay Packers and was a sports commentator for radio station WPEN in Philadelphia. He recently returned from Dallas, where he broadcast a football game.
LIONS TO 'RAIN' PASSES ON BAYS
OCT 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Green Bay figures on employing "radar" Sunday when the Packers tangle with the resurging Detroit Lions in a NFL game at State Fairground. The Packers must rely on either radar or methods with similar effective results if they hope to stop the aerial bombardment Detroit surely will throw at them. The Lions shrugged off their ill-luck of early season games last Sunday by burying the Chicago Cardina,s 24 to 7, in the Windy City. Their valued victory was achieved through the airlanes as forward passes left to all three Detroit touchdowns. The Packers must halt Detroit's passes or hold the ignominious distinction of standing alone in the basement of the Western Division race. Both Detroit and Green Bay currently are tied for the cellar spots, each with one victory to show against four defeats. While the Lions show but a single victory, their sharp reversal of form over last year's brand can be attributed to a number of things. One big reason is the improved quarterbacking Coach Bo McMillin is receiving from Clyde Le Force and Freddie Enke. Between them, the Lions have tossed a total of 166 forward passes in five games for an average of 35 per tussle. This number, compared with the 123 enemy aerials charged against them, picked up 902 yards as against the opposition's 676 yards. Seven passes resulted in Detroit touchdowns. Le Force has proved especially effective, connecting on 39 of 75 pass attempts for a whopping percentage of .520. Three went for touchdowns. Enke has tossed 91 and connected 37 times. Four went for TDs.
LIONS HOPE TO LEAVE CELLAR AGAINST PACKERS HERE SUNDAY
OCT 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Detroit Lions, custodians of the NFL's western division cellar for the last three years, are aching to vacate the premises - and they may do so Sunday when they meet the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park. The revitalized Lions, whose squad includes 15 players with no previous experience in pro football before this season, knocked off the Chicago Cardinals, 24-7, for their first victory last Sunday, and there is no telling what Bo McMillin's club will do from now on. They share fourth place in the western division with the Packers, each with 1-4 records, and the game is a mighty important contest for both teams. The Lions' record is far better than their won-lost standing indicates, and they have played bangup ball against the best clubs in the league. They led the undefeated Los Angeles Rams twice before losing in the last 90 seconds, 27-24; they were ahead of the champion Philadelphia Eagles, 14-5, in the fourth quarter, only to bow, 22-14, and they had a 10-0 lead on Los Angeles in the third quarter of their second meeting before the Rams turned on the heat to win, 21-10. In their other league game, the Lions lost to Pittsburgh, 14-7. Lack of depth and inexperience have been twin handicaps for McMillin's team this season, but it is slowly overcoming both. With so many youngsters on the club a fine spirit abounds, and that has helped the Lions through many tight spots. Forward passes are certain to fly all over the state fair gridiron Sunday because the Lions are one of the most air minded clubs in the league. In five games to date their two passers, Clyde Le Force and Fred Enke, have tossed 166 aerials, which is second only to the 179 attempted by the Chicago Bears. Enke, late of Arizona university, has completed 37 out of 91 passes for 420 yards, while Le Force has clicked in 39 out of 75 for 482 yards. Not only do the Lions have capable passers, but they have three of the leading pass catchers in the National league in ends Johnny Greene and Bob Mann and halfback Bill Dudley. Latest league statistics show Greene third in pass receptions with 23 completions for 260 yards and Mann fourth with 22 for 319 yards. Dudley, of course, is primarily a ball carrier - and one of the best in the pro ranks, too - but he now carried an additional threat as a pass receiver. The Lions will fly here Saturday for Sunday's battle. They will stay at the Astor hotel. Meanwhile, the Packers, who were delayed a day in their long train ride back from last Sunday's game in Los Angeles, settled down to two a day drills to make up for the time they lost. The squad went back to a session on fundamentals and ball handling was stressed in an effort to avoid the frequent fumbles which have marred the Bays' recent games. The Packers' fumbles have been costly, especially since the Bays have not done as badly against their last three foes as their scores would indicate. At Los Angeles, for instance, although they lost, 35-7, the Packers outgained the Rams on the ground, 183 yards to 171, and in the air, 106 to 77. Tony Canadeo, the Gray Ghost, gained more ground than the entire Ram backfield with the exception of Dick Hoerner.
'GIVE ME ANY CLUB BUT MAD PACKERS', MOANS BO
OCT 27 (Detroit) - Bo McMillin frankly admits he'd rather send his Detroit Lions against any NFL team than Green Bay's Packers at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. "Look at the Packer record," McMillin bemoaned. "While losing their last two games, Green Bay outgained both the Rams and Cardinals on the ground and in the air. Some day, that ball is going to take the right bounce for the Packers and it might be against us. Yeh, give me those Rams, Eagles or Bears. I wish we were playing them instead this week. Those Packers will be hopping mad and I don't like to go against mad teams." The Lions are slated to observe single workouts Friday and Saturday afternoon by plane for Milwaukee where they will be headquartered at the Astor Hotel. McMillin reported his team to be in fine physical shape for reaching the midway point in this year's league race. Meanwhile, the Packers have adopted sessions on a twice-a-day basis to make up for time lost on their trip from Los Angeles.