PACKERS NOT AS ROUGH AS THEY WERE IN SEPTEMBER: JOHNSOS
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - Studious, scholarly Luke Johnsos, George Halas' ambassador with portfolio, declared, "If a couple of your passes had gone the right way, it would have been a different ball game." Johnsos, assistant coach of the Chicago Bears, was pinch-hitting for Halas, the papa Bruin, who boarded a train immediately for Philadelphia following the 63rd exchange of amenities between the Packers and Bears to attend the NFL "bonus pick" meeting there. "You kept throwing that ball all over the place," Johnsos, leaning back on a divan in the Pink Poodle, headquarters for sports scribes and personalities at Wrigley field, signed. "That Cook was wide open all afternoon, man. I though he played a hell of a football game. Anytime you can run 190 yards against our line," the former Bear end star continued with a note of respect in his tone, "you're doing all right. One thing I can say for sure, we're always glad when that Green Bay series is over. We always expect trouble and we always get it. We didn't meet as rough a Green Bay team today as we did when we were up there in September," Luke felt. "That was a terrific ball game. We didn't get started until the fourth quarter there and even though I didn't think this game was as rough as that one, we still didn't get started until the last quarter. I thought we were kind of lucky to win. One thing you can mark down, for sure," Johnsos let it be known, "if you ever get your passing game working together with your ground attack, you're going to beat somebody and you're going to beat 'em bad." Turning to individual performances for a moment, the Bear strategist marveled, "The older that Canadeo gets, the better he gets. He played a great ball game. And, of course, Craig and Wildung are great ball players - we always knew that Girard is coming along fast, too. He's improving with every ball game." Were the Bears "up" for this one? "Yes, we were, most definitely," Johnsos shot back. "We're always up for Green Bay. We're never down for 'em because we always know it's going to be rough. Last year, for example, we beat 'em down at Green Bay. Beat 'em bad. They came up here and our boys thought they were going to kick the Packers' ears off. You know what happened - we won 7-6. And we were lucky to win." Packer Advisory Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau and Defense Coach Charley Brock left for Philadelphia and the "bonus pick" convo in Philadelphia immediately after the game and thus were unavailable for comment. The other Packer coaches, Bob Snyder and Tom Stidham, refused to comment officially on the contest other than that the Packer effort was tremendous...Later, in a rules discussion with Hugh L. (Shorty) Ray, NFL officials' supervisor and rules expert, Johnsos had some interesting suggestions. "I think they ought to throw out that extra point," Luke declared. "When a team scores a touchdown, it should be an automatic seven points." Johnsos based his argument on the premise that the extra point consumes valuable time without adding anything to the game, in addition to costing the home team a considerable sum in "lost" footballs. "It's automatic," Luke contended. "There's no climax. All it does is waste time," he told Ray. "And besides that, you take ten teams losing a $100 a Sunday on footballs - that's a $1,000." His other idea obviously was engendered by the "in-the-gloaming" field goal with which the Los Angeles Rams beat the Bears, 27-24, on the west coast the week before. "I think they ought to raise the side posts on the goal posts 10 feet and put a six-inch web on each side of the posts. Then there wouldn't be any question about field goals. If a kick would be wide, it would hit the web and bounce back."...A Packer star of bygone days was a guest on the Packer bench. He was Rex Enright, now head football coach at the University of South Carolina, whose team sat in the stands. It probably was in the way of a treat for SC, 6-3 spoiler of Marquette's homecoming at Milwaukee Saturday afternoon. Asked how he felt about Green Bay's chances before the game, Enright, who sent the Packers such stars as Larry Craig and the late Howard (Smiley) Johnson, demonstrated that he was a loyal alumnus. "I'd never sell the Packers short," he said. "It always take a lot of beating to beat this outfit when they square off against the Bears." Another ex-Packer, Lou Brock, visited the dressing room after the game. Brock, who helped beat the Bears with a 42-yard touchdown run in the 1944 game at Green Bay, amazed some of his former mates such as Craig and Canadeo - he is 30 or 40 pounds heavier than in his playing days and has the appearance of a prosperous businessman...Several of the Packers, particularly Steve Pritko, had a long chat with one of baseball's forgiven Mexican League "jumpers", pitcher Fred Martin of the St. Louis Cardinals, at the Hotel Knickerbocker Saturday afternoon. Pritko, a good friend of the Cards' George (Whitey) Kurowski, and Martin found much in common and talked at great length. Martin, a Fort Wayne, Ind., resident, was staying at the Knickerbocker while waiting for his daughter to recover from an operation in a Chicago hospital...Two celebrated press box guests were Kenneth L. (Tux) Wilson, commissioner of the Big Ten (Western) conference, and Harry Stuhldreher, University of Wisconsin athletic director...Although he devotes his time to hunting for ball players, the Packers had a staunch rooter in Wally Laskowski, who watched the game from the Green Bay bench. Wally, Cleveland scout who managed the Green Bay Bluejays for a short time during 1948, promised "some good boys" for Manager Phil Seghi to work with in '50 and said he was "sure the Bluejays will have a good ball club next summer."...The writer overheard an interesting conversation about one of Green Bay's prep football immortals, Floyd Rathburn, in the dining room of the Knickerbocker hotel Sunday morning. George Fox, an assistant coach at Wisconsin, where Rathburn is enrolled, was singing the Green Bay youth's praises to an unidentified companion. "That Rathburn is a hell of a good football player," Fox asserted, with great emphasis. "He's only a freshman, too, but what a ball player."...It is doubtful if fans anywhere have seen a greater determination of personal courage than that of Canadeo. Out of his feet at times, even in the first half, the lion-hearted Italian fought against being taken out and exerted an all-out effort on every play. His usually ruddy face was ashen after the game, testifying to the physical strain he had undergone. Tony, suffering from a severe cold, vomited in the dressing room immediately upon coming in from the field, giving further indication of how he'd "put out". But as soon as he recovered from the spasm, he forgot about it, yelling, "Nice going, guys". Earlier, it had been established that he was not a well man when he vomited between halves and before the game...Two photographers "shot" Jug Girard in a variety of poses before the game, one of the cameramen - a gentleman in the neighborhood of 60 - from a reclining position. The edited results of their efforts will be "cut" into the current offerings at Chicago's telenews theaters...When Ted Fritsch was injured just before the half, Field Announcer Rocky Wolfe made a sporting gesture. "Fritsch has been a grand veteran in this league," he told the fans. "How about a hand?" And the partisan throng responded generously...Another bit of sportsmanship was displayed by the Bears' George McAfee in the third quarter. When Ted Cook caught a pass, McAfee pushed him out of bounds but as soon as he discovered that Ted was "out", McAfee "held" him so that the Green Bay end wouldn't injure himself running into the benches along the sidelines.
500 PRAISE PACKER ELEVEN IN 'WELCOME'
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - Large city residents can't understand it, but Green Bay football fans again demonstrated early this morning a personal support of their football team, win or lose. A crowd estimated at 500 Packer fans was waiting at the Milwaukee road station at 12:40 a.m. today to welcome the Packers on their return from Chicago, where they had their second 1949 set-to with the hated Bears. The remarkable thing about the welcome home was that it wasn't hinged on a Packer victory - it's easy enough to support a team that's returning with a victory. No, the Packers lost but neither that or not the lateness of their arrival deterred the fans from turning out..."TOUGH ONE TO LOSE": The Packers lost, 24-3, but between expressions from the fans that "It sure was a tough one to lose" were sandwiched cheers and compliments for the collective effort of the squad as well as bouquets to individuals whose standout efforts must have become apparent to thousands who listened to radio descriptions of the ball game. This is one of the local phenomena which the so-called blase dwellers of the big cities in the NFL can't understand - nor even some of the good burghers of other cities without major league football but who would like to get into the act. Certainly the highlight of this early morning demonstrated came shortly after the squad detrained at the Milwaukee road's south Washington street station. While the Packer Lumberjack band played "On, Wisconsin" and other assorted numbers, the crowd, led by Cheerleader Russ Leddy, gave out with cheers. Then came the highlight of the welcome home rally. It centered on the self-effacing Tony Canadeo, the veteran Packer halfback who, by common consent of everybody at Sunday's game, was the outstanding ball player on the field...TONY PROTESTS IN VAIN: As the crowd surged toward the ball club, one group spontaneously rushed for the gray-haired halfback and lifted him to their shoulders. They carried him down the station platform in tribute for his tremendous fighting spirit. Few ball players on a winning club experienced this thrill. But in the minds of the crowd and those who saw Sunday's contest, nobody ever more deserved this tribute than Canadeo. Through it all, Canadeo protested in vain. The demonstration lasted approximately 10 minutes. Then the crowd, brought together with the aid of the Minute Men and the Green Bay Quarterback club, dispersed. There was no way for the team to express its thanks for this display of support but there's no question that individually and collectively they'll remember it. There is a way to repay those supporters: Beat the Giants next Sunday.
DARLING NAMED HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - Bernard (Boob) Darling, Allouez insurance man, Big Ten football official, and former Packer, was named by a coroner's jury Saturday afternoon as the hit-and-run drive who ran down and fatally injured Shirley Mae Trout, 15-year old East High sophomore, as she walked from a bus to her home on Mission road, Allouez, the night of Oct. 31. Further, the jury found that Darling was under the influence of intoxicating liquor at the time, and was driving in a careless, reckless and negligent manner. The jury's verdict attributed Shirley's death to a basal skull fracture, aggravated by exposure and cold. The accident occurred a few minutes after midnight, and the body was not found until after 7 o'clock the next morning. Coroner Alvin J. Dupong had told the jury that death apparently had not occurred until about 5 a.m....STATEMENTS JUST HEARSAY: The verdict was reached at 2:50, one hour and 10 minutes after the jury retired Saturday afternoon, after a day and a half of testimony. Only one witness was heard after the noon recess Saturday. Edward Brozyna, Green Bay, testified that reports he had relayed to the district attorney, indicating that Darling was intoxicated on the night of the accident, were only hearsay as far as his personal knowledge was concerned. Testimony Saturday morning, after Darling had declined to testify on the advice of his attorney, pretty much followed the pattern set by previous witnesses who had seen Darling the night of the accident; that he was nervous and confused; and may have had some drinks, but was not intoxicated. There also was some negative testimony. Rosella Zelten and Marie Vermeulen, employees in the De Pere city's clerk office, denied they had told anyone that anyone had told them Darling was drunk on the night in question, and Austin Ordens, 1238 S. Chestnut avenue, addressing machine serviceman, denied he had told anyone the girls had told him so. Lloyd Colcleugh, steward at the Green Bay Yacht club, said Darling definitely had not been there the afternoon before Shirley's death. Floyd J. "Dusty" Rhodes, De Pere, said he was at the Old Dutch tavern with his wife and his parents when Darling was there, and that Darling appeared to be under the influence of liquor to some extent; and that his speech was not quite normal, and that his general appearance was that of a man who had been drinking. He would characterize Darling's condition as "feeling good", he said..."MUST BE CAREFUL": "Of course, in casual conversation, you might say 'He had a load on', but on the witness stand, you've got to be careful," Rhodes commented. Darling had left after mentioning that he had to pick up his children at a party at St. Matthew's school, and also said something about having to see a man in Denmark, Rhodes testified. Previously, members of the search party which had volunteered to help Darling find out what he had hit mentioned having been in Denmark, and went over Allouez avenue as the most likely site of the accident. District Attorney Robert Parins stated that the jury's verdict would not have any effect on the prosecution of Darling, who already has pleaded not guilty to two counts of negligent homicide, and one of failing to stop after an accident involving injury. One of the homicide counts charges driving under the influence of liquor; the other driving in a careless, reckless and negligent manner. His preliminary examination is set for Nov. 14. In the meantime, he is at liberty under bond of $5,000.