GIANTS TUNING UP
NOV 18 (New York) - When Benny Friedman's New York Giants crawled out of the mud last Sunday after a terrific beating at the hands of the Chicago Bears they suddenly discovered to their great satisfaction that the NFL championship was still within their reach, and immediately prepared to reach for it in earnest. This Sunday the Green Bay Packers, who are leading the Giants by half of a game, come here to meet Giants. The contest is a championship game. The Giants have been beaten by the Packers this season, but if they can make a last successful stand against the big Bay team next Sunday, they will have a grip on the championship pennant, and once they get it they will hang on with new spirit. The defeat last Sunday was largely due to the mud and the rain, which prevented Friedman from getting his aerial game started, and it means nothing as an indication of what may happen next Sunday. The Giants have been going all season winning most of their games, and depending upon someone else to knock off the Packers. The Cardinals of Chicago gave them a hand last Sunday when they dumped the national champions for the first time in two years, but the Giants know how that there is a lot of sound good sense in the old saying, "if you want a thing done well, do it yourself", and that is just what they will do next Sunday if they can. They are making every preparation for the coming battle with the league leaders here next Sunday, and if the weather is fair, and the field dry, there will be a history making contest at the Polo grounds. It is a battle for the world championship, and both teams know it.
PACKERS WILL PLAY AT STAPLETON NOV. 30
NOV 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Packers will play in Stapleton, Staten Island, N.Y., on Sunday, Nov. 30. This will be the third game of the eastern trip, the first contest being Sunday in New York while on Thanksgiving Day the national champions will make their annual appearance against the Yellowjackets at Frankford, Pa. The Packers were originally scheduled for Newark, N.J., on Nov. 30, but the Skeeters went on to the financial rocks about a week ago and the Packer management has been carrying on negotiations to plug the schedule gap in the best possible manner...FIRST TIME IN STAPLETON: Green Bay has never played in Stapleton in and President Joe F. Carr of the NFL urged Green Bay to meet the Stapes on this date. The league executive even went so far as to induce Providence to call off a game which the Steamrollers had booked with Stapleton on Nov. 30. The Football corporation had several irons in the fire. One of the Chicago papers figured on bringing the Packers back to the Illinois metropolis for a charity game at Soldiers' field with the Cardinals but this proposal fell by the wayside after several conferences Monday. The Memphis Tigers came to bat with a fairly attractive offer but the jump from Philadelphia to Memphis was considered a bit too much out of the way with the only profit going to the railroad companies. Executives of the Football corporation, meeting at noon Monday, wired a counteroffer to the Stapleton management, which included a rain or shine contract and acceptance was received Tuesday evening at 7:30...STAPES ARE TOUGH: This Stapleton club is tough. In a recent game with the Giants, the Islanders held the lead 7-6 until the last minute of play when Benny Friedman slipped over a field goal from the 35-yard line. The Stapes have an all-star backfield which includes Doug Wyckoff, Georgia Tech, who coaches the team; Ken Strong, all-American from New York "U", Follett, Snyder, Meyers and Mickey Finn. With the closing of the Stapleton game, all arrangements for the eastern trip were completed. A last minute change was made in the traveling schedule to get the squad into New York City early Friday evening instead of spending two nights on the sleeper. After banqueting at the Rotary club here Thursday at noon, the Packers will board the Milwaukee road train which is scheduled to arrive in Chicago about 7 p.m. The Packers special Pullman will be switched to a Pennsylvania road flyer. This train arrives in New York at 6:45 Firday night. The Packers squad will not lay over in Pittsburgh half a day as they have done in other years...GO TO ATLANTIC CITY: Following the game in New York this Sunday, the national champions leave Monday afternoon for Atlantic City where they will stay until late Wednesday when they move on to Philadelphia for the Thanksgiving Day game with the Yellowjackets at Frankford. Saturday the club returns to New York for the Stapleton engagement. Stapleton is only 30 minutes via subway and ferry from downtown Gotham. On Monday, Dec. 1, the Packers return to Atlantic City where they will remain until Friday afternoon when they take the Liberty limited, one of the Pennsylvania's crack trains, on the return trip to Chicago. The Bays are booked to face the Bears again in the Windy City on Sunday, Dec. 7...PLAY PORTSMOUTH, DEC. 14: After the Bear game, the Packers will return home for several days and then hit the trail for Portsmouth, O., where the final encounter of the National league season is booked for Dec. 14. While in the east, the Packers will stop at the Lincoln hotel in New York, the Hotel Morton in Atlantic City and the Adelphia in Philadelphia. These are the same hotels that the national champions used on their eastern swing in 1929.
JOE SAVOLDI MAY PLAY WITH PACKERS IN 1931
NOV 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Although no offer has been made or terms discussed, it is likely that "Jumping Joe" Savoldi, star Notre Dame fullback, will play with the Packers next season, Capt. E.L. Lambeau said today. Savoldi recently withdrew from Notre Dame after applying for a separation following a secret marriage. Savoldi expressed a desire to play with the Packers when he talked to Coach Lambeau Saturday at the Drake-Notre Dame game and told the Packer coach that he would discuss terms with the Green Bay team before he went to any other pro squad next fall.
EXPECT RECORD CROWD
NOV 19 (New York) - Timothy Mara and his associates of the New York Giants are looking forward to the biggest professional crowd on record here Sunday when Benny Friedman and his cohorts tackle the Green Bay Packers, national champions, at the Polo grounds in a game on which hinges the ownership of the 1930 bunting. The biggest pro crowd on record was in 1925 when the Chicago Bears came here with Red Grange, fresh from the college ranks, and met the Giants before some 55,000 spectators. The New York management will be greatly disappointed if Sunday's turnstiles click doesn't exceed that figure. The appearance of Red Cagel, former West Pointer, in the Giants' lineup, should bring extra hundreds to the game as "Onward Christian" has a following all of his own in Gotham territory. In order to make room for Cagel, Coach Le Roy Andrews has released Mule Wilson, halfback, and George Stahlman, guard.