JOHNNY BLOOD TO BE SPEAKER AT RECEPTION
DEC 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Good news for dance fans who plan to attend the public reception for the Packer football squad at the Columbus club Monday evening was the announcement by the committee in charge of this phase of the celebration that Claire Wilson and his orchestra, now entertaining diners at the Hotel Northland, will furnish the music for dancing, following the short program. The orchestra has been donated by hotel management for the occasion. The committee also called attention to the fact that Johnny Blood, vagabond halfback, philosopher and after dinner speaker of note, will address the assemblage at the Monday evening entertainment, and will doubtless deliver a dissertation equaling or excelling that delivered at the banquet last year...SEE PACKERS IN PERSON: The reception will provide an opportunity for those who have listened to radio accounts of the Packer games, but who have never seen the team in action, to view the players "in the flesh". There are a great many of these people, of all ages, and the committee issues a special invitation to them to attend the reception, to be held immediately after the arrival of the team, in the C.C.C. auditorium. A healthy advance sale of tickets for the reception was reported by E.W. Duperrault, in charge of ticket sales. They are available at all drug stores in Green Bay and De Pere, and at cigar stores and news stands, as well as many other business places, and are being sold at 50 cents each, the proceeds from the reception to go to the championship fund...TICKET DEMAND GROWS: The banquet committee also announced a growing demand for banquet tickets. This phase of the welcome will be held at the Beaumont hotel Tuesday evening, and the program, consisting of interesting talks and various other features, including presentation of the purse, is practically completed. As was announced yesterday by the general committee, all plans for the celebration are contingent upon the outcome of Sunday's game. If the Packers win, and the championship comes to Green Bay, the team will come with it, and be accorded the welcome as planned. If they lose, all plans for the celebration are off, and the purse will not be presented. Ticket money, as well as donations to the fund, will be returned in this event.
PACKERS FIGHT FOR SECOND GRID CROWN
DEC 13 (Portsmouth) - The battle of the year will be on here tomorrow to decide the National league championship when the Green Bay Packers and Portsmouth Spartans clash. A victory for the Packers would give them a second consecutive National title and would write history for the circuit as no other team has ever won the crown two successive years. A win for the Spartans would give the title to the New York Giants. Green Bay, by virtue of its imposing record for the season, is favored to whip the Spartans, but indications are that it will have a hard time doing so...SPARTANS ARE KEYED: The Spartans, coached by Harold Griffen, a former member of the Packers, have been keying for this game for several weeks. They are certain to go into the game ready to give the Packers all they can handle. With the addition of Smith, Douds and Graham to the line and Frosty Peters, dropkicking ace, to the backfield Portsmouth has a much stronger squad than that which took a severe beating from Green Bay early in the year. The squad has a smooth forward passing attack and a lot of power in its running game with McClain, Lumpkin, Bennett, Lewis, Glassgow and Peters furnishing the punch. On defense, the team also appears to be above the average as the linemen are equal to the Packers in weight and have been showing constant improvement. The Packers arrived in Portsmouth at noon and took a short workout at the stadium here where the game will be played. All of the men were in uniform and the two teams briskly ran through signal practices. The teams used a huddle at times and on other occasions had the quarterback calling signals. It is likely that the Packers will use the huddle tomorrow as Coach Earl Lambeau wants to take every precaution against a possible upset...RECORD CROWD: If the weather is favorable, a record crowd of more than 20,000 fans is expected. The fans of Portsmouth have been giving the team excellent support and all are anxious to see the champions as this is the first time they have played in Portsmouth. The game will start at 2 o'clock, Eastern Standard time. Radio broadcasts of the game will be given with wire relay to WHBY, St. Norbert's college, De Pere, and WTMJ, Milwaukee. The broadcast will start shortly before one o'clock, Green Bay time. Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Chicago sportswriters were on hand with the Green Bay tea,. Joseph F. Carr, president of the NFL, is expected to be on hand for the game. After the game, the Packers will leave by bus to Columbus, 80 miles distant. There is no train out of this city until early Monday, so the team will go by bus to Columbus and then board a train for Chicago at 11:25 p.m. They will arrive in Chicago Monday morning and depart for Green Bay at 3 p.m., arriving in Green Bay at 8:30 o'clock over the Northwestern road.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FUND REACHES $3,604 ON EVE OF PORTSMOUTH GAME
DEC 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Donations totaling $95 brought the grand total of the Green Bay Packer championship fund on the eve of the game to decide the national championship to $3,604, exclusive
of those that were expected in the mail this afternoon and tomorrow. The citizens' committee expressed no concern over the receipt of additional donations to bring the purse to the $5,000 goal. R.A. North, chairman of the committee, this morning called attention to the fact that the championship fund was a voluntary one, given to the team by lovers of football in Green Bay. "We know of no one on this fund list that has not taken care of the charity requests of the Community Chest, as well as all of the requests advanced at other times for the good of the community. A check of the fund's contributors shows each of the them to have been a substantial donor to the Community Chest and also to have given a helping hand to all other civic movements."...RESERVE TICKETS NOW: Mr. North also urged early reservations of banquet tickets, as well as those for the reception Monday evening. It is pointed out that last year fans descended upon the banquet ticket stations Sunday evening and Monday and took all available pasteboards. "By the time the next issue of The Press-Gazette is out," the chairman said, "we will know if we have licked New York, Brooklyn, Portsmouth, Chicago, Philadelphia and other points south and east and cinched the pennant again. If so, come down to the reception at the Northwestern depot at 8:30 Monday night. Then go to the Columbus Community club and see the boys and dance your heads off for fifty cents for the funds. Get your reservations in for the banquet Tuesday night. There will be a rush as before, so get fixed. Tickets are $2.50, of which $1 is for the fund. As the boys will go home from Portsmouth if we do not win, everything is off in that case."...MAY TUNE OUT BLOOD: Referring to the announcement that Johnny Blood was to be a speaker at the Monday evening reception, Mr. North produced the following resolution: "Should Johnny Blood start to make a speech at the reception and the general committee see fit to censor same at any time, be it resolved that said committee has the right to tune out Johnny Blood by the use of the brass band in full force." The committee in charge of banquet ticket sales reported that more tickets had been sold than were disposed of last year at this time. They consequently urged those planning to attend to make their reservations as soon as possible, since accommodations are limited. Tickets may be secured at the Association of Commerce, Schwegers' Drug Store, Bosse's News Stand, Congress Billiard Hall, Corner Drug Store, Dashnier's Cigar Store and the Beaumont hotel. The affair will be held at the Beaumont hotel. All program plans for both the reception and the banquet have been completed. Reception tickets are available at a variety of stores and business places in Green Bay and De Pere, each displaying a placard announcing that the tickets are being sold there. Accommodations at the reception are limited to 2,500. An early purchase of these is also urged. Clare Wilson