Packer-less effort results in player fines

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:30 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 10, 1948

Before 34,369 fans in Milwaukee, the largest crowd to attend a pro football game in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers lose 17-7 to the Chicago Cardinals on two long touchdown runs. The Packers' only score comes with just 75 seconds left after recovering a fumble on the Cardinals' two-yard line. Green Bay coach and general manager Curly Lambeau is so upset with his team's effort that he threatens disciplinary action against his players.

Two days later, Lambeau will be true to his word. In the most severe action he has ever taken, he will fine the entire personnel one-half of a game's salary and waive two players, 1941 Heisman-winning halfback Bruce Smith and tackle Jim Kekeris.

"The Packers have always had a spirited club, even when they lost," Lambeau will say heatedly. "Sunday's game was awful. We owe an apology to the people who paid good money to see it."