Greatness came to the Chicago Bears today, unqualified greatness that turned the world's series of professional football into a rout.
Ten Bears scored eleven touchdowns and five other contributed points to an all-time National league scoring high as an alert, relentless band of white jerseyed gridiron giants crushed a struggling Washington Redskin eleven, 73 to 0.
Osmanski Scores on Third Play
From the moment Bill Osmanski broke away for sixty-eight yards and a touchdown on the third play of the game until little Harry Clark popped thru a hole as wide as a bleacher exit for his second and the Bears' last touchdown late in the fourth period, there was no question in the minds of the 36,034 jammed into Griffith Stadium that the colossus from the west, this day at least, was a superteam.
With the victory, which was as humiliating to Washington as to the city's beloved Redskins, went the Ed Thorp trophy, emblematic of the world's championship and the right for the Bears to return to the Chicago Tribune's All-Star game next August.
Washington expected its Redskins to win. The Redskins expected to win and battled gallantly to that end.
Bears Exact Revenge In Full
But on this day neither they nor any other team in the National league had a right to be in the same park with the Bears. A 7 to 3 whipping here three weeks ago and unfavorable publicity following that upset had infuriated the Bears. Memory of their last playoff appearance in which they lost, 28 to 21, to the Redskins in Chicago heightened this thirst for revenge.
The combination of these personal issues, the largest player pool in the eight year history of the playoff and prestige that goes with a championship, made the Bears unbeatable. They overpowered the Redskins, outsmarted them, defied them and charged on mercilessly to three touchdowns in the first period, one in the second, four in the third, and three more in the fourth.
First Shutout for Redskins
Today's scoring avalanche had another angle, too, It was the first time this season the Redskins had been shut out and the third game in which they had not scored in double figures. Washington entered the game as the league's scoring leader with 245 points in 11 contests to the Bears' 238 in the same number. Opponents had scored only 142 points on the Redskins, while the Bears had yielded 152.
In addition to the touchdowns by Osmanski and Clark, Hampton Pool, Clyde Turner and George McAfee carried back intercepted passes for touchdowns and Sid Luckman, Joe Maniaci, Ken Kavanaugh, Ray Notting, and Gary Famiglietti burst over the Redskin goal in steady procession of brilliant individual and team efforts.
The scoring was completed by Jack Manders, Phil Martinovich, Dick Plasman, and Joe Stydahar, who kicked one extra point apiece; by Bob Snyder, who kicked two, and by Maniaci, who took Sollie Sherman's pass for the extra point after the 10th touchdown.
Bears Tear Down Posts
This was to be a test between the Redskins' vaunted passing attack built around Sammy Baugh, Frank Filchock and Rookie Roy Zimmerman of San Jose State, and the Bears' powerful running attack behind a mammoth line. What little is left untold in the final score is vouched for in the statistics, where one line reads yards gained rushing, Chicago, 372; Washington 31. All that was left for the Redskins as lights came on the capitol done gleaming thru the dusk and jubiliant Chicaoans hauled the goal posts from their moorings was the consolation of collecting $606.75 each as the losing players' shares.
Baugh Is Stopped, Too
Baugh had a miserable time and played very little after the Bears had taken a three touchdown lead in the early minutes of play. Filchock fared better, but Zimmerman was the most effective of the three, vainly raising the Redskins' hope of averting a shut out with a last minute attack that twice fell short.
Stars in the Chicago ranks were as numerous as the players who came into the game to the din of continual booing. But Sid Luckman, with a superb exhibition of generalship, probably is most deserving of praise for his play before the issue was definitely raised in the first quarter.
Now the Action Begins
bears 73, redskins 0