1925 Milwaukee Badgers season

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1925 Milwaukee Badgers season
Head coach Johnny Bryan
Home field Athletic Park
Results
Record 0–7 Overall
0–6 NFL
Division place T-16th NFL
Playoff finish No playoffs until 1932
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1924 1926 >

The 1925 Milwaukee Badgers season was their fourth in the National Football League. The team failed to improve on their previous league record of 5–8, losing all their games.[1] They tied for sixteenth place in the league.[2]

The end of the Badgers season was centered on a team scandal with the Chicago Cardinals. The scandal involved a Chicago player, Art Folz, hiring a group of high school football players to play for the Milwaukee Badgers, against the Cardinals. This would ensure an inferior opponent for Chicago. The game was used to help prop up their win-loss percentage and as a chance of wrestling away the 1925 Championship away from the first place Pottsville Maroons. When NFL President Joseph Carr learned high school players had been used in a league game, he told reporters the 59–0 Cardinals win would be stricken from the record. However, the league had never got around to removing it and the game is still a part of the NFL records. Cardinals' owner Chris O'Brien was also fined $1,000 by Carr for allowing his team play a game against high schoolers, even though O'Brien claimed that he was unaware of the players' status. Finally Badgers' owner, Ambrose McGuirk, was ordered to sell his Milwaukee franchise within 90 days. Folz, for his role, was barred from football for life.

However by the summer of 1926, the $1,000 fine against O'Brien was rescinded, probably since the amount would have put the Cardinals out of business. McGuirk though had already sold his Badgers franchise to Johnny Bryan, a fullback with the Chicago Bears. Two of the high school football players used in scandal even earned high school all-star recognition at the end of their season. Art Folz reportedly told the high schoolers that the game was a "practice game" and would in no part affect their amateur status.[3][4]

The scandal did have implications for the 1925 NFL Championship, when the Pottsville Maroons had their title removed by the NFL for playing in an unsanctioned game against the Notre Dame All-Stars. To this day, Pottsville residents and supporters still demand to know why Chicago was awarded the title even though they too were found by Carr to have violated the NFL's rules.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 October 4, 1925 at Chicago Cardinals L 34–0
2 October 11, 1925 at Green Bay Packers L 31–0
October 11, 1925 at Toronto Tigers L 13–7
3 November 1, 1925 Green Bay Packers L 6–0
4 November 8, 1925 at Detroit Panthers L 21–0
5 November 22, 1925 at Rock Island Independents L 40–7
6 December 10, 1925 Chicago Cardinals L 59–0

Standings[edit]

NFL
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Chicago Cardinals 11 2 1 .846 230 65 W-2
Pottsville Maroons 10 2 0 .833 270 45 W-5
Detroit Panthers 8 2 2 .800 129 39 W-1
Frankford Yellow Jackets 10 4 0 .714 190 169 L-2
New York Giants 8 4 0 .667 122 67 W-1
Akron Pros 4 2 2 .667 65 51 L-2
Chicago Bears 9 5 3 .643 158 96 W-3
Rock Island Independents 5 3 3 .625 99 58 L-1
Green Bay Packers 8 5 0 .615 151 110 W-1
Providence Steam Roller 6 5 1 .545 111 101 L-1
Canton Bulldogs 4 4 0 .500 50 73 L-1
Cleveland Bulldogs 5 8 1 .385 75 135 L-1
Kansas City Cowboys 2 5 1 .286 65 97 W-1
Hammond Pros 1 4 0 .200 23 87 L-3
Buffalo Bisons 1 6 2 .143 33 113 L-4
Rochester Jeffersons 0 6 1 .000 26 111 L-5
Dayton Triangles 0 7 1 .000 3 84 L-7
Duluth Kelleys 0 3 0 .000 6 25 L-3
Milwaukee Badgers 0 6 0 .000 7 191 L-6
Columbus Tigers 0 9 0 .000 28 124 L-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1925 Milwaukee Badgers
  2. ^ Pro Football Archives: 1925 Milwaukee Badgers
  3. ^ Joe Horrigan (1984). "Joe Carr". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 6 (5–6): 1–4. Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  4. ^ Chris Willis (2003). "Joe Carr VisionU". Coffin Corner (Professional Football Researchers Association) 25 (5): 1–3. 
  5. ^ Fleming, David (2007). Breaker Boys: The NFL's Greatest Team and the Stolen 1925 Championship. ESPN. ISBN 1-933060-35-2.