The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 2, 1925
THE PERFECT FOOTBALL MACHINE
By Gordon Mackay
Those four words, more than any language of ours, any canvas of the word picture, describe the Pottsville Maroons, the professional football team that is runner-up to the Chicago Cardinals, national champions in the pay-as-you-enter game.
These warriors, all of them stars, some of All-American vintage when at college and better now, just formed the 100% football eleven. Their defense was impregnable as the score of Frankford indicates. They rolled up 49 points, rolled them up in impressive decisive fashion.
The writer has gazed upon some great football teams in his time but never has he seen a football eleven of one day look so formidable, so close to perfection as did the Maroons in their battle on the coal impregnated soil.
Nothing was overdone by those gladiators, nothing failed. Their forward passing was a thing with which to conjure. If Oberlander handles the aerial attack better than Ernst, once of Lafayette, then Oberlander is the greatest forward passer the game ever knew. He would have to be that to defeat Ernst in his work at Pottsville.
Through the line the attack was varied and merciless. Pottsville had its greatest day, Frankford one of its most ineffective. And the Pottsville Maroons, playing as they did on Sunday, would have defeated any football eleven in the country, bar neither college nor pro.
Two Real Champions
Likewise the invasion of Shibe Park by the Maroons on December 12 when they play the Four Horsemen will definitely settle the controversy as to the respective merits of the college and commercial football.
Notre Dame's great machine of 1924 will be intact for this battle. Surely no eleven this season excelled the Four Horsemen and Seven Mules in their labors of 1924. Certainly Harry Stulhdreher and his minions have suffered no diminution of their talents, because they have kept right in touch with football.
The Maroons, as we stated, are without a superior
in their zone of gridiron endeavor. Hence the two best representatives of the
college and professional game will be embattled, and victory should give the successful school a fine talking point over its rival. Likewise it will serve as a splendid indication of the trend of football, as to whether the play of the campus or the marts of trade is the better.
It should prove the most interesting game of the season, not the greatest drama. Red Grange is Red Grange, but he is the lure that draws thousands who troop to the field to see him play. But on December 12 at Shibe Park the thousands who wander thither will see the TWO BEST ELEVENS representative of the different systems of FOOTBALL involved.
Needless to say thousands upon thousands who have read of the deeds of the Four Horsemen will want to see this quartette ride the range. But do not forget that Crowley, Laden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher were not ALL that Notre Dame had last season. They had a nobby center named Adam Walsh, Collins and Huntsinger were very good ends and the rest forming an ensemble that was majestic in its might.
This contest, viewed from the standpoint of real championship football ranks higher than any gridiron controversy of the season staged here. It is the perfect college team, approached only this season perhaps by Dartmouth, against a pro team 100% efficient.