DILWEG SELECTS AN ALL-OPPONENT FOOTBALL ELEVEN
DECEMBER 12 (Green Bay) - The open season for mythical and imaginary football teams is not over. Not even yet. I asked the "Perfect End" to select an "All Opponent Team", confining his selections to professionals he had played against this year and rating them upon those appearances. This was not to be an All-America team. Games he did not see, nor play in, counted not at all. This was an "All Opponent Team" made up of the best backfield, the best two ends, the two best guards, the two
best tackles and the best center, best because they played
better than any other opponents in the same positions, in
any of the single games, two or three-game series played
by the Packers this season. Even though he must have
known that there were several magazines and some 
Sunday newspapers which would pay him quite well for
just such a manuscript, Laywer Lavvie Dilweg accepted at
once. He did not immediately select the team however. He
wanted a day to think about it and then a couple more days.
It proved not such an easy task, this business of picking
out the best performances played against his team this
year. He had to forego popularity of headliners, and forget
all about all-season ratings, and recall the lads who had,
upon certain Sundays, contributed the greatest exhibitions
of football in their respective positions. Finally Dilweg came
through. He assumes sole responsibility for his team. It is
likely that he may not find many of his teammates to accept
the whole team without dispute or without at least
questioning his judgment. I knew the big fellow's judgment
would be absolutely fair, however. Nowhere will anyone 
question that even in picking an imaginary "All-Opponent
Team". Dilweg will give every fellow a break, and will be
positively honest in his judgments, let the criticism come
from where it may...NEVERS IS CAPTAIN: And here's the
squad. Ernie Nevers is the captain. The team will, Mr. 
Dilweg informs men, have to adopt the Pop Warner system
of football. It will line up with double wing back formation
because backfielders are going to be shifted around to
where Lavvie will get the greatest skill and exhibitions from
them. Ernie Nevers will be the defensive fullback, but on
offense he will be quarterback and call the signals and run
the team. Dick Nesbitt will be the fullback offensively while
defensively he will play a halfback position. Ken Strong and
Sedbrook will be the other two backfielders. In this 
backfield any one of the three, Sedbrook, Nesbitt or Strong,
can play the safety position, always keeping the huge 
blonde boy from Superior up where he will be the most 
effective. Nevers at quarterback will have poise, will be
smart with the plays he chooses and can kick for his team.
It is because he did these things superlatively well in
​games against the Packers this season that he is chosen.
"Despite the fact that our own squad was off color or below
par that day, Ernie Nevers in my opinion contributed the
outstanding example of smartness in running a team, in
signal calling and the choice of plays and in versatility in
worth to his team, in our game against the Cardinals at
Chicago," says Dilweg. "He has a marvelous constitution,
thinking nothing of playing the full 60 minutes of the game
week after week. He kicked, passed and ran the ball
extraordinarily well against us. Dick Nesbitt did more
damage to our club than any single back we played 
against. He punted exceptionally well and did some real
serious line plunging. He is big, strong, very fast and shifty.
He is one of the real mysteries of the Bear team because
he played superlatively well against us, but was not used
much nor effectively elsewhere. In the first game here he
was in but a short time but did some outstanding work. In
the second meeting he was the Bears's real threat both 
with the ball and punting. In the third game he made 
whatever yardage the Bears made...STRONG REAL THREAT: "We only played Ken Strong once this season but he was the whole threat of the Stapleton outfit. He is a real backfielder, judged from the one game he played against us. Sedbrook is fast in starting and exceptionally hard to tackle. He has a definite place in this  lineup." It can be said that one of the things that held up the final release of Lavvie's selection was his wavering between opinions as to whether Sedbrook or Odin, of Providence, had turned in the better games. He finally chose the New Yorker. Mr. Dilweg ought to be able to select ends. He chose Badgro of the Giants for his right end position and Luke Johnsos of the Bears for the opposite end. "I can't conscientiously select Flaherty under the conditions you have laid down for selecting this team, although I know Flaherty is a really great end. In Green Bay he played a very few minutes, was effective when he was in but was withdrawn because of bad wrists. At New York again he made one good, long run and was jerked out. Johnsos is an all around end. He is one of the big threats of the Bears in every department of the game. He plays the whole of four quarters and plays every minute of those four quarters. He is bad medicine to oppose. Badgro on the other hand is an impressive, effective end player especially on defense."...SLATER AT TACKLE: The tackle positions went to Gordon, of Brooklyn, who was said to be "tall, rangy, angular and very effective against us," and Duke Slater who "makes the most of his position; is powerful, has huge hands and feet, is heady, is ever seldom caught, and hasn't slowed up a bit in the 6 years I have played opposite to him." Guards for some reason or other, football men may better understand, were not so outstanding to Lavvie. He had difficulty recalling the names of the guards he wanted to name. "The big fellow who plays often without a headguard and puts up a whale of a game" was
recalled at last to be Mr. Kiesling of the Cardinals and the
Bear-owned Carlson got the other berth. There remained
but a center to pick, and there was no hesitancy in the
nomination of McNally of the Cardinals. "That bird cracked
through time after time and throughout an entire game," the
Packer end reports, "and cut down our backs before they
even got started. His play at center at Chicago gets him the
center job on my All-Opponent squad." So there's the
unorthodox team, which must play Warnerized football in
order to let Ernie Nevers be both quarterback and fullback,
and which has passed up such names as Red Grange,
Bennie Friedman, Nagurski, Joesting, et al...HAS NO
APOLOGIES: Dilweg had no apologies to offer anywhere
except that he is willing to explain his refusal to name 
Friedman. "Friedman's generalship and his handling of the
Giants was outstanding, and also his selection of plays, in
the first half of the great game at New York. However his
failure to use his passing attack at all in the second half
and to be really effective offensively and defensively 
completely nullifies the brilliance of the first two quarters.
He was our opponent but once. I must form my judgment
on that one game." Portsmouth of course could not be
considered at all because they did not this season qualify
as "opponents". The two teams did not meet. So Lavvie
Dilweg, by whose judgment, here is one who will go a long
ways, has picked his team of the best performers against
the Packers this season. Dilweg admittedly is a student of
football as a science, if you please. Who else, if not Dilweg,
would sense the smart thing to do and spot the smart thing
being done by opponents? On this mythical team, "Coach"
Dilweg has four from the Chicago Cardinals and three from
the Chicago Bears. That's seven-elevenths of his squad
from the two teams. He gives the New York Giants two positions, Brooklyn one and the Staten Island Stapes one.
BLACKHAWKS GET BADGERS
DECEMBER 12 (Fort Atkinson) - Captain Hal Smith and Ken (Moose) Kruger of the 1931 University of Wisconsin football team have joined six other former Wisconsin stars to play with the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks against the Green bay professional team at Janesville Sunday. The game will start at 1:30 o'clock.
PLAY ISCHE RADIOS
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee) - The Ische Radios, champions of the Wisconsin Professional Football league, will close their season today against a team composed of Green Bay and other National league players. The game will be one of the last for Red Dunn, former Marquette university star and a member of the Packers for many years. Dunn has announced that he will devote his entire time to the insurance business. Dunn made a similar announcement last year but changed his mind.
OFFICIAL PRO TITLE AWARDED TO GREEN BAY
DECEMBER 12 (Columbus, OH) - Professional football insofar as the NFL title race is concerned is ended for the season. Joseph F. Carr, president of the league, announced here last night that Portsmouth and Green Bay will not play a post-season game, giving Green Bay the championship with twelve victories and two defeats. Portsmouth was close behind withe eleven victories and three losses. Although an additional post-season game between Portsmouth and Green Bay was scheduled, Carr explained, Green Bay exercised its right to cancel it because it was not on the official schedule.
BAY PROS BEAT ISCHES, 44 TO 0
DECEMBER 13 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packer Pros, a barnstorming collection of the Green Bay Packers, went through the motions in four quarters of football with the Ische Radios, champions of the Wisconsin State professional league, at Borchert Field Saturday afternoon, and won in a canter. The score was 44 to 0. A crowd of 3,000 watched the game. Green Bay scored in every quarter. Bruder accounted for the first touchdown in the first five minutes of play on a plunge from the one-yard line. He added the second inside left end from the six-yard line a few minutes later. Englemann went over from the two-yard line for the third touchdown in the second quarter and hung up the fourth in the third quarter from the six-yard line. A pass, Bruder to Englemann, gave the Bay pros their fifth touchdown. McCrary hit the line for the sixth touchdown in the fourth quarter and a 30-yard pass play, Dunn to Bruder, accounted for the seventh and final touchdown late in the fourth quarter. The Bay Pros added extra points after their first and fourth touchdowns. The Isches never threatened to score. They played their best football of the afternoon in holding the Pros for downs on one occasion inside the 10-yard line. Francis Deig, former Marquette fullback, playing with the Isches, was the outstanding defensive man on the Ische team. Announcement was made that the Green Bay Pros would play a picked team of National league all-stars, headed by Ernie Nevers, at the baseball park Sunday December 20.
PACKERS WANT MORE GUARDS, ENDS, TACKLES
DECEMBER 13 (Milwaukee) - Although they finished their season only a week ago, Green Bay's Packers have already turned their attention to the 1932 campaign. The Packers want more guards, more tackles and more ends before they embark on another season. Although no plans have been announced, it is understood, Coach Curly Lambeau has sent out feelers to Clarence Munn, Minnesota's all-American guard; Johnny Baker, Southern California's all-American guard who won the Notre Dame game with a place kick in the last minutes of play; Dallas Marvil, Northwestern's giant tackle and Johnny Dalrymple, Tulane's All-American end. Only a team like the Packers would start as early as this on their next campaign. In season and off, they always have one eye cocked on the future. As champions, who give every indication they will be in the thick of the fight against next year, they could easily let the immediate future take care of itself. Instead, however, they go about their building process like a club that is only trying to get there instead of one that has already arrived. It explains, perhaps, why they continue to roll along, year after year, as one of the greatest football machines ever assembled.
BAY PROS BEAT HAWKS, 21-2
DECEMBER 14 (Janesville) - Fort Atkinson's Blackhawks refused to be awed by the 16 barnstorming Green Bay professionals here Sunday afternoon, and in a bitterly fought football game held the score down to 21 to 2. The Green Bay pros scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and one touchdown in the third. Fort Atkinson got its safety and two points in the fourth quarter. Although badly outweighed the Blackhawks, using the double wing back formation, repeatedly ripped through Green Bay's line. Neupert at fullback and Sheehan at one of the halves accounted for most of the yards. Les Smith at end, Fat Ruesch at tackle, Swiderski at guard and Schwager at defensive fullback also played sparkling ball. Fort threatened to score in the opening period when Sheehan broke away for 42 yards before Stahlman nailed him from behind. With this sally stopped, however, the Bays started to bear down and in the second quarter scored two touchdowns. After a pass had given them a score which was not allowed because of offside, they started all over and moved down the field again with Mule Wilson finally going around right end for the score. Dunn added the extra point. A long pass from midfield, Dunn to Blood, accounted for the second touchdown late in the quarter. Dunn added the extra point again. The third quarter was hardly underway when another pass, Dunn to Dilweg, carried the ball home. Dunn added the extra point again. The Blackhawks scored their two points in the fourth quarter after Sheehan punted out of bounds on Green Bay's one-yard line, and Blood, getting a low pass from center, tried to run the ball out from his end zone. Johnny made a futile attempt to pass the ball when tackles, but the officials did not allow it, and the play went for a safety. 
THREE PACKERS GET POSTS ON ALL-STAR TEAM
DECEMBER 15 (Chicago) - Six of the nine teams which finished the NFL season have representatives on the  United Press all-star professional football eleven announced today. The Green Bay Packers, league champions, placed three men on the first team, the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals two each, the Portsmouth Spartans and Staten Island one each. In selecting the teams no consideration was given to Benny Friedman, the New York Giants' great quarterback, and Bronko Nagurski, Chicago Bears' powerful fullback. Friedman did not join the Giants until near the close of the
season and did not play in enough games to warrant
consideration. Nagurski was out of several game because
of injuries.
​PRO GRID OFFICIALS PUTS 4 PACKERS ON STAR TEAM
DECEMBER 16 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers,
champions of the NFL for the last three years, won four
places, all on the line, in the all-star eleven picked by Jack
Reardon, league official for the last six years. The New
York Giants placed two men, Flaherty at end and Benny
Friedman, peerless passer, at quarterback. The five other
positions went to as many different clubs. Explaining his
selection, Reardon wrote: "The Packers' strength was
largely derived from its powerful line. Cal Hubbard, giant
tackle, and Dilweg at left end, especially being outstanding.
Barrager at center, another Packer star, was closely
pressed by Hein of the Giants, picked for the second team.
The former's experience, however, won him the nod. Both
Dilweg and Flaherty are fast, adept pass receivers and
sure tacklers. Lyman of the Chicago Bears is a great tackle
 like Hubbard, being particularly fast for his size. Michalske
of the Green Bay and Graham of Providence are best of the
guards, though Carlson of the Bears and Diehl press them
closely. Gibson of the Giants, although he failed to place on
the first or second team, deserves mention. The backfield
includes four of the greatest players developed in recent
years. Never of the Cardinals and Strong of Stapleton
comprise the real offensive threats of their respective
teams. Each is a triple threat of the highest order, being
especially dangerous under fire. Their individual efforts
made their clubs formidable throughout the season. Clark
of Portsmouth exceeds Nevers and Strong at running the
ends but follows his more noted companions in the other
departments of backfield play. Nevertheless, his play was
largely responsible for Portsmouth's great showing in
running second to the champion Packers. Friedman at
quarterback, with three great runners and pass receivers to
work with, would have any opposition baffled from the
opening whistle. In addition to being one of the greatest
passers of all time, if not the best, he is a great line
plunger. The first eleven, although it had the edge on the
second, would experience plenty of opposition. Dunn is the
smartest signal caller in the league but lacks Friedman's
all-around ability. Blood and Presnell are two great
halfbacks, while Lintenzich is a great blocker and kicker.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT - PRO LEAGUE PLANS
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Although the National Professional Football league season has just closed with the Green Bay Packers winning the championship for the third successive, there is already some talk about plans for next year. News drifting back from Chicago, following a closed meeting of a number of club owners, managers and coaches last Saturday and Sunday, is to the effect that four cities will probably try to crash into the select circle of pro football next year...Although those attending the Chicago meeting refused to be quoted, it is understood that Grand Rapids, Mich., Fort Wayne, Ind., Boston and Milwaukee football impresarios have visions of being in the "big time" next year and plan to make applications at the next session of the league magnates. Grand Rapids has had a strong pro team for several years and has beaten practically all the independent teams in Michigan and Ohio. Attendance there also has been good, it is reported. Fort Wayne has the nucleus of a strong eleven and so has Boston...Gus Sonnenberg, who played pro ball with the Detroit Tigers and Providence Steamrollers before he took up the headlock business in a serious way, is intrigued with the idea of owning a club and announced recently that if arrangements could be made, he would like to "put some money in a Milwaukee club" and incidentally play a little himself. Sonnenberg, an outstanding tackle, has played here several times. Sonnenberg says wrestling is a great game, but it can't compare with football. Football has a thrill that no other form of competition has, he says, and the big grappler yearns to again put on the moleskins and tackle 'em hard and low...We have heard that some of the present club owners want only eight teams - but strong ones - in the league next season. With eight clubs, each team would play a home-and-home contest with the others, making a total of fourteen games during the season. Every team would have to play that number of contests under the plan and be able financially to play seven home games. In past years some of the clubs have only played two or three home games and consequently some of the others have had to gamble with the weather, etc., in meeting the guarantee of the traveling team. It is hoped, so the story goes, to have only teams that draw good at home as well as on the road and do away with the traveling clubs, who in the past have been living more or less off the other clubs, and who nine times out of ten are poor drawing cards...If an iron-clad schedule is drawn up with each club playing the other in a home-and-home game, then there will be misunderstanding about games such as happened between Portsmouth and Green Bay, it was pointed out. Portsmouth didn't want to come to Green Bay and it wasn't very particular whether Green Bay came there until the turn of events at the tail end of the season gave the Spartans a chance to tie for the championship, if they could defeat the Packers. When they had a chance to tie the league leading Packers by winning the final game, Portsmouth began making an intensive campaign to have the contest played and when Green Bay refused to "see it that way", the Packers were called poor sports, etc. They weren't poor sports. They were just smart.
FOUR PACKERS NOMINATED ON ALL-AMERICAN
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Four Green Bay players were named by Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers on his nomination of an all-American professional football team. Asked to name two teams for a poll to choose an All-American team, Coach Lambeau named a first team that had four Green Bay men, two from the Cardinals, one from the Bears, two from the New York Giants and one each from Portsmouth and Stapleton. La Verne Dilweg, end, Dick Stahlman, tackle, August Michalske, guard, and Johnny Blood, right halfback, were the men chosen by Lambeau on his first team. Three Green Bay players were named by Lambeau on his second team. The Bears drew four men on this squad, the Giants three and Portsmouth one. Hubbard, Nash and Barragar were the Packer players honored by the coach.
PACKER CAGE TEAM INVADES SHEBOYGAN
DECEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers basketball team swings into action tonight at Sheboygan, 
meeting the strong Cardinal semi-pro squad of that city. The game will be staged at Eagles hall. The Cardinal team is made up of several former college and university players. Including on the list are Joe King, Jimmy O'Donnell and Larry Bugge of Marquette; Johnny Dunn, Georgetown; Guy Penwell, Idaho; Harry Wing, Grinnell, and Carl Ross, Oshkosh. Skinny O'Connor is managing the squad. Johnny Blood will captain the Packer squad, supporting him will be Tom Nash, Mike Michalske, Wuert Englemann, Arnie Herber, Elmer "Red" Sleight and Bernard Darling. The Packers played several games last year winning most of their battles. All men on the team have had college basketball training.
NAME FOUR PACKERS ON ALL-AMERICAN
DECEMBER 18 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, the
champions of the NFL, were given four places, all in the
line, on an all-league team selected by Jack Reardon of
New York, a league official. The New York Giants placed
two men on the team - Benny Friedman, former All-America
quarterback at Michigan, and Ray Flaherty, right end. In the
backfield Reardon includes four all-America selections:
Friedman, Ken Strong of Stapleton, former New York
university ace, Earl (Dutch) Clark of Portsmouth, formerly of
Colorado college, and Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cards,
former fullback at Stanford.
RABID PACKER FAN DIVORCED BY WIFE
DECEMBER 19 (Oshkosh) - Being a rabid fan the Green Bay Packers football team was termed cruel and inhuman treatment in circuit court Saturday. On these grounds Mrs. Daisy Goldstein was granted a divorce from Hyman Goldstein, controlling stockholder in a chain of millinery stores in Oshkosh, Green Bay and other Wisconsin cities. He also has an interest in a Milwaukee firm. Mrs. Goldstein testified her husband neglected her to follow the Packers on their campaign over the country. She was awarded $200 a month permanent alimony, a settlement of $1,300 and the custody of their two children.
JOHNNY BLOOD IS CROWNED CHAMPION IN SCORING RACE
DECEMBER 19 (Columbus, OH) - John Blood, rapid fire halfback of the Green Bay Packers, conclusively cinched high scoring honors in the NFL for the 1931 season, final statistics released today by President Joe F. Carr revealed. Blood counted 13 touchdowns during the course of the Packer schedule, to pile up 78 points, 12 more than Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals, who scored eight touchdowns, 15 extra points and a field goal to land in second place. Earl (Dutch) Clark of Portsmouth, who paced Blood most of the season, finally ended in third position, with 60 points, six more than those scores by Ken Strong, Stapleton's All-American halfback. Red Grange of the Chicago Bears was fifth. The final game of the season, a 25 to 6 affair played last Sunday between the Bears and the New York Giants, did little to alter the scoring race. John Kitzmiller, diminutive back of the Giants, scored two touchdowns and booted himself into a tie with Laverne Dilweg of Green Bay for ninth place. Hap Moran, also of the Giants, booted an extra point but failed to overtake Verne Lewellen of Green Bay, who finished seventh. Single touchdowns were added to their records by Sedbrook and Burnett of New York, and Nesbit of Chicago, but none of these greatly affected the point scorers. Only six field goals were kicked during the course of the year, and Strong of Stapleton was the only player to account for more than one. He made two. Nevers and Joseph Dunn, the latter of the Packers, each kicked 15 extra points during the season to lead in that department of offensive play. Scoring was the most diversified among the champion Packers, the record revealed. Nineteen members of the Green Bay squad broke into the scoring column during the year's play. Other teams were represented as follows: Chicago Bears, 14 different men; New York, 10; Chicago Cardinals and Providence, seven each; Providence, six; Cleveland and Brooklyn, five each; Stapleton, four.
SHEBOYGAN CARDINALS UPSET PACKERS, 44-36
DECEMBER 19 (Sheboygan) - The Sheboygan Cardinals upset the Green Bay Packers in a cage game here last night by a 44 to 36 score. The Cardinals got off to an early lead and continued to add to their advantage in the opening periods. The Packers came back with a good rally in the closing periods and narrowed the gap but fell short of tying the score. Arnold Herber led the attack for Green Bay with 20 points. Michalske, Bruder, Zuidmulder and Blood also saw action and figured in the scoring. The Packers will disband until after the Christmas holidays and then will play several teams in northern Wisconsin after January 1.
FOUR PACKERS HONORED ON OFFICIAL ALL-STAR PRO
FOOTBALL TEAM
DECEMBER 19 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's Packers, National
league champions for the third straight season, placed four
men on the first team and three on the second in the annual
official all-star selection. The selection was based on the vote
of each club in the league. New York's Giants with two men,
Chicago's Cardinals with two men, Portsmouth's Spartans with
two men and the Chicago Bears with one man complete the
lineup of the first team. Three teams were picked. Two players
from Milwaukee, both former Marquette University stars, were
honored. Lavvie Dilweg was placed at one end on the first
team and Red Dunn at quarterback on the second team. While
most businesses suffered because of the depression, pro
football enjoyed the greatest season in its history this year.
Larger crowds turned out all around the circuit. At Green Bay
additional stands were built for two important games. At New
York the Giants twice played before a crowd of 40,000 and at
Chicago the Cardinals and the Bears each drew better than
20,000 several times. There was no dearth of good ends and
the votes were well scattered, although Dilweg again had a
commanding margin. The Packer wing saw action in every
game. He was pretty close to a "60-minute man". Badgro of
New York earned a shade decision over Johnson of the Bears,
McKalip of Portsmouth and Red Flaherty, Giant veteran.
Sensational pass grabbing was an outstanding feature of the
end play on the professional gridiron. Cal Hubbard of Green
Bay and Christensen of Portsmouth were named for the tackle
positions. While this was Christensen's first season in post-
graduate ball he showed plenty of class. In several games he
blocked punts that turned the tide in favor of Portsmouth,
Hubbard, a veteran of the National league, had one of his best
years. It was a nip and tuck race for honors at guards. Two
veterans, Gibson, New York, and Michalske, Green Bay, made
the first team. The Packers' guard has been an All-American
for a number of seasons. Kiesling of the Chicago Cards and
Graham, the Providence captain, also played bang up football
on the defensive. There were three outstanding centers -
McNally of the Chicago Cards, Hein of New York, and Barragar
of Green Bay. The Cardinals snapperback got the first team
post for his aggressive play. The former St. Mary's star also
passed well. Hein started off slowly but he finished the season
playing the brand of ball that made him a college all-American in 1930. Barrager started off with Philadelphia and then was purchased by Green Bay, where he proceeded to play brilliant ball after catching the "drift" of the Notre Dame system. Clark, the Portsmouth flash, with his stellar passing, punting and open field running set the pace for the quarterbacks but he was closely pressed by Red Dunn, Green Bay veteran, who rated as the smarated field general in professional football. Dunn had one of his best years. Friedman of the Giants still can pass with the best of them but he seemed to lack some of his dash of other years. The Giants star didn't start his pro footballing this fall until after mid-season and this proved a handicap to him in the way of getting all-star honors. Views were varied about the halfback positions but the count showed Red Grange of the Chicago Bears and Johnny Blood of Green Bay leading Strong of Stapleton and Presnell of Portsmouth by a couple of votes. Grange had another great year. Blood led the league in scoring. He passed fairly well and did some fine punting for Green Bay. Strong was the ace for Stapleton. Presnell, former Nebraska star, covered himself with glory for Portsmouth. Nesbitt of the Bears developed rapidly during the season. He kicked well. Father Lumpkin again had a banner season for Portsmouth. Among the other star backs were Moran and Kitzmiller of New York; Vance of Brooklyn, and Shelley of Providence. Ernie Nevers again was the class of the fullbacks. The former Stanford flash, who was coach, captain, signal caller and so forth, for the Chicago Cardinals was practically a unanimous choice for the position. Nevers plays just as hard as he ever did and he is generally in the game four quarters. Bo Molenda, Green Bay, and Joesting of the Bears are placed on the second and third teams over Vokaty of Cleveland, Wyckoff, New York, and Parkinson, Stapleton.
LAMBEAU GOING WEST TO SCOUT FOOTBALL MATERIAL
DECEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - The first step toward winning another football team for the Green Bay Packers in 1932 was launched here Saturday when Coach E.L. Lambeau left for the Pacific coast to see the East-West combat at San Francisco. Some 44 of the best players in
the country are billed for action in the charity combat and
Lambeau intends to give all the gridders a thorough once-
over. Coach Dick Hanley has invited Lambeau to come
direct to Palo Alto and see the "Easterners" go through their
practice stunts. Following the game in Frisco, Lambeau
will travel on to Pasadena and hobnob with the members
of the Tulane and Southern California teams. In 1931,
Lambeau made the trip to the coast and his jaunt west
resulted in Waldo Don Carlos, Milt Gantenbein and Hank
Bruder casting their lot with the Green Bay organization.
HANK BRUDER TO WRESTLE ON GREEN BAY MAT
DECEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - The Packer football fans will
see one of their star halfbacks in the role of wrestler here
December 30 when Hank Bruder does his tug and grunt
stuff. Dr. Alfred Clark, former wrestling coach at Valparaiso
University, or Charles Peterson, a northern Michigan
lumberjack, will be Bruder's opponent. George Trafton,
another professional football player, has been tentatively
matched with "Speed" Leavitt of Boston. And a curtain
raiser, Zach Malkov, Chicago, is slated to take on Midget
Fischer of Butternut, Wis.
CAGE TEAM IDLE
DECEMBER 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers
basketball team has been idle for more than a week but is
expected to swing into action again next week. Games are
being scheduled with many strong teams of Northeastern
Wisconsin. Some of the players have left the city for the Christmas holidays but will return after the first of the year. Johnny Blood left for Minneapolis shortly before Christmas but probably will return next week.
PACKERS WON'T PLAY SPARTANS TO RISK TITLE
DECEMBER 7 (Chicago) - Green Bay, champion of the National Professional Football league for the last two years, last night announced that it would not play at Portsmouth, O., next Sunday. Although defeated by the Chicago Bears yesterday, 7 to 6, the Packers still hold the league leadership. Thus, if they do not play next Sunday, they will win the championship for a third year. Green Bay has won twelve games and lost two. The Spartans has won eleven games and lost three, and  holds second place. According to Green Bay officials, the Packers are not in the best of condition. The contract with Portsmouth was tentative and league rules permit either team to call off the game... PORTSMOUTH STILL WANTS GAME: Harry Snyder, president of the Portsmouth club, watched the Bears-Packer game yesterday with Potsy Clark, Portsmouth coach. Last night Snyder was still trying to get Green Bay's consent to play next Sunday. "Because our game last year with Green Bay was played under adverse weather conditions on the second Sunday in December, Green Bay offered this year to make tentative arrangements for a game on the same date to conclude the season," Snyder said. "We had the right to call off the game if the weather was bad. That, of course, gave them the right to call off the game. Several weeks ago when it seemed that we might keep pace with the Packers, they wanted to play us. Now however when we can tie for the title by beating the Packers, they will not give us the opportunity although the game is a sellout...EARLY SCHEDULES CONFLICT: The Portsmouth and Green Bay
teams could not arrange their schedules to meet earlier in
the year, it is said. The only open day on the Bays schedule
conflicted with a Portsmouth-Chicago Bears game. L.H.
Joannes, president of the Packers, last night said: "Green
Bay never signed a contract to meet Portsmouth next
Sunday. The whole proposition was verbal and tentative.
Our boys have played 14 games this fall and we believe
they have had enough football. The game with the Bears
concluded our schedule."
BLOOD GAINS ON FIELD IN SCORING RACE
DECEMBER 8 (Columbus, OH) - John Blood, Green Bay's
flying halfback, gained on the field in his race for National
professional football league scoring honors as a result of
weekend games, President Joe F. Carr revealed today.
Blood scored a lone touchdown against the Chicago Bears
Sunday, and boosted his point total to 78, having counted
13 touchdowns. The only other leader to score was Moran
of New York, who chalked up a touchdown and extra point
against Brooklyn but was unable to do more than threaten
Lewellen's hold on seventh place. There remains but one
game on the league schedule, between New York and the
Chicago Bears next Sunday. Thus to displace Blood from
the individual scoring lead, Harold Grange of the Bears,
now in fifth place, would have to score 27 points, or better
than four touchdowns. There was not much scoring over
the weekend. McBride of Brooklyn counted a touchdown
and boosted his total to 13, as did Kitzmiller of New York.
Flaherty of the Giants and Lintzenich of the Bears scored a
touchdown, and Tackwell, also of the Bears, made an extra
point. This digit was important, however, because it
marked the second downfall this season of the Green Bay
Packers. There were no additions to the scoring race.
PACKERS-FORT ATKINSON GAME A "PIPE DREAM"
DECEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - Reports from Fort Atkinson of
an offer from the Green Bay Packers to play the Ft, Atkinson
Blackhawks either Saturday or Sunday were referred to as "pipe dreams" by Packer club officials today. Green Bay has completed its football season and will not play again this year, officials said. No offer for a game has been made any club. The reported offer was believed the work of some practical joker.
PACKER PLAYERS GET OFFERS FOR GAME ON SUNDAY
DECEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - To play or not to play remained a question of dispute today for several Green Bay Packer players as they considered offers to compete as members of a barnstorming team against the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks at Janesville Sunday. It was pointed out by Leland H. Joannes, president of the Packers, that members of the Packer club are under contract until Dec. 13, which prohibits competition in the proposed game. Pres. Joannes also declared that under no conditions or circumstances would the Packers, as a team, play at again this year. If any team at Janesville or in other cities as barnstormers, they will not compete under the name of the Packers or Green Bay. The club will not permit use of Packer equipment and is opposed to barnstorming trips, he added...GAME IS PROPOSED: Janesville promoters have proposed that a group of National league players, including men of the Packer, Cardinal and Brooklyn clubs, who have completed their season, compete against the Fort Atkinson team Sunday. They wired offers to several Green Bay players, who tentatively accepted them. Players who are considering the offer planned to confer with Pres. Joannes today about the proposition. Directors of the Green Bay Packer club met yesterday and voted a bonus of $100 to every member of the 1931 championship team, in line with the practice that was started two years ago when the team won its first championship. Several members of the club are still in Green Bay and plan to remain here for the winter. Others have gone to other cities...LEAVE FROM CHICAGO: The trek began at Chicago Sunday when Waldo Don Carlos left for Des Moines. He plans to re-enter Drake university to complete studies at the law school. Rudy Comstock also pulled out from Chicago after the Bear game Sunday, leaving for Warren, Ohio, where he will be employed this winter. Russ Saunders and his wife, Fitzgibbons and Nate Barragar left today for California for the winter. Saunders expects to resume work in Hollywood. Bo Molenda and his wife left yesterday noon for Detroit. Fitzgibbons plans to complete his period as an intern in a west coast hospital before taking up the practice of medicine. Mr. and Mrs. Cal Hubbard and Mule Wilson planned to head south, leaving today or tomorrow by automobile. The Hubbards will spend a few months at Cal's home at Keetsville, Mo., while Wilson will continue to Texas. Dick Stahlman remained at his home in Chicago after the game with the Bears. Red Dunn returned to his home in Milwaukee. Of the remainder, Lewellen, Michalske, Woodin, Earpe, Dilweg, Englemann, Blood and Herber plan to stay in Green Bay. Grove, Bruder, Gantenbein, Sleight, Nash and Bowdoin are here yet and their plans are indefinite. Sleight, Nash and Gantenbein may establish residences here for the winter.
PACKERS PLAY HERE SATURDAY
DECEMBER 9 (Milwaukee) - Headed by Red Dunn, a team composed of 16 members of this year's championship Green Bay club will play the Ische Radios, champions of the Wisconsin Professional League, at Borchert Field Saturday afternoon. The game will start at 1:45 o'clock. In addition to Dunn, the all-stars will include such noted players as Hank Bruder, Verne Lewellen, Wuert Englemann and Hurdis McCrary in the backfield, Jugger Earpe, Michalske, Jim Bowdoin, Whitey Woodin, Cal Hubbard, Duck Stahlman, Milt Gantenbein and Lavvie Dilweg will play in the line. The Isches will be strengthened by the addition of several college stars. Other players on the team are Shorty Mendelsohn, former Marquette back, Dieg and Richards. "While it is a trifle late in the season, I have been asked by so many fans to bring the Green Bay team here that I arranged Saturday's game," said Eddie Stumpf, who is backing the venture. "I tried to arrange the game for Sunday but the champions are scheduled to play the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks and we had to take the Saturday date." The Packers will not play the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks at Janesville Sunday, as reported by promoters of Janesville, President L.H. Joannes of the Packers said Wednesday. Several Packer players received offers to play as members of a barnstorming team against the Blackhawks, but are under contract with the Green Bay club until December 13, he said.
BARNSTORMERS TO PLAY TWO GRID BATTLES
DECEMBER 10 (Green Bay) - The Packer corporation will not interfere with plans of Green Bay players to play on a barnstorming football team that meet the Ische Radio eleven of Milwaukee at Borchert's field, Milwaukee, Saturday, and the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks at Janesville Sunday although the club is opposed to the game, Leland H. Joannes, president of the corporation said today. The president pointed out that the barnstorming team in no way can be associated with the Packers. It is purely an independent team, with players selected from some of the National league clubs. It probably will be disbanded after appearing in Milwaukee and Janesville. Green Bay players who have been invited to play on the squad welcome the contests as opportunities to earn a little more money to keep them over the winter. Many are not working and have no immediate prospects for employment. Among those expected to take part in the contests as Dunn, Bruder, McCrary, Englemann, Earpe, Michalske, Bowdoin, Woodin, Sleight, Nash and Gantenbein of Green Bay. Myles McClain, who played with Portsmouth and Stapleton this year, and Bullet Baker, former Green Bay player who also was with Stapleton this year, and a few other players from eastern clubs are expected to play on the barnstorming eleven. The team will be known as the Green Bay Pros. The Ische Radio eleven won the championship of the Milwaukee semi-pro league. The squad is made up of former high school and college stars from the vicinity of Milwaukee. The Fort Atkinson team claims the state independent team championship. The condition of Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, of the Packers, who has been in St. Mary's hospital for the past two days suffering with a severe cold, was reported improved today. He was expected to leave the hospital late this afternoon.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT - "RIGHTEOUS WRATH"
DECEMBER 11 (Green Bay) - "The Spartans - The Team The Packers Are Afraid To Play." Those words, of a Portsmouth Times headline writer in a recent issue of the newspaper, grace the team picture of the proud Spartans. Under the picture are the following lines: "Above is shown the REAL CHAMPIONS of the National Professional Football league - the Portsmouth Spartans. Green Bay, leading by a game over the Spartans, refused to play the deciding game that would give them a clear title or the Spartans a tie. It is poor sportsmanship to say the least..." and more words to that effect. In another column, the newspaper reprints a comment in the Columbus State Journal written by R.E. Hooey. The comment is heads "That's No Hooey", but we wonder...In part, Hooey says: "Outside of Green Bay the champions of the Packers is a hollow on, as empty as a broken egg shell. It is a championship which was not defended against a deserving opponent...Since the start of the season patrons of the Portsmouth eleven have been led to believe they would get an opportunity to see the leading Green Bay eleven. The supposed contest has been widely advertised for the past several weeks. Result of the Packer and Spartan contests of late made a "natural" out of the game. Green Bay withheld its decision until after the Chicago Bear game Sunday. The Bears won and the Packers' crown was toppling. Had Green Bay won, it is practically certain it would have agreed to visit Portsmouth Sunday, glad for the chance to strut on the Ohio gridiron, keenly partaking of the championship limelight, but with its crown not endangered. Such is the way of the cheese champions."...On the first page of the Portsmouth Times is still another story. It quotes Coach George "Potsy" Clark of the Spartans, who returned to Portsmouth Tuesday, as follows: "The action of the Green Bay team in calling off the game is the most unsportsmanlike I have ever seen...It's a dirty deal all around...It's a hollow pennant they won this year." In their "righteous wrath", we wonder if sports writers of the Portsmouth Times or Mr. Hooey took the time to learn true facts about the Portsmouth-Packer deal. We wonder if they know of Mr. Griffin's actions at the annual league meeting when schedules were prepared early this year, or of his treatment of the Packers last year when they played the Spartans late in December, or of the chances Green Bay would have had of getting a game with Portsmouth if the tables has been reversed with the Spartans on top and the Packers one game behind, or of the financial angle involved. We won't go into the financial end of the deal at all, its too personal, but let's discuss the other details...Mr. Hooey, do you remember the game at Portsmouth last year? Do you remember the sleet, and snow and raw, cold weather on that second Sunday in December? Do you remember how the Packers came on the field 15 minutes before game time and then were forced to wait 37 minutes after the slated starting time before the game got underway and when they protested to Coach Griffin, urging that he get the game started, he them to go to ---- and if they didn't like waiting to get off the field and sing for their guarantee? Did someone in Portsmouth mention "sportsmanship"? We'll shift the scene to the annual schedule meeting early this season. Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers is booking games for the 1931 season. He approaches Coach Griffin for a home-and-home game arrangement, and gets a flat refusal. "We're out for a championship this year," is Griffin's reply, "we won't play in Green Bay, that's final." Lambeau wanted a Portsmouth game in Green Bay. It would have been a great drawing card. Every other team in the league was willing to play in Green Bay. There's no argument about that question. Any club director who was present at that meeting can verify that statement. A tentative date was suggested, subject to the cancellation of either team...Before Portsmouth was beaten, an unusual calm hung about Portsmouth as far as the Packer-Spartan game was concerned. The subject was never broached. The Spartans twiddled their thumbs and waited. Had they continued to win every game and held a one game lead over Green Bay a week before the proposed Dec. 13 game, we wonder what they would have done.
DUNN TO DIRECT PACKER STARS
DECEMBER 11 (Milwaukee) - Red Dunn, former Marquette star and the greatest quarterback in professional football, will direct the crack Green Bay Packers team against the Ische Radios at Borchert Field Saturday afternoon. Johnny Blood and Verne Lewellen will start at the halfback positions, and it is probable that McCrary will be at full. The 205-pound plunger was injured recently but no doubt will be able to play part of the game. Lloyd Scott, former backfield coach at Marquette, has been selected to referee the game, which will start at 1:45 o'clock.
LAST YEAR FOR DUNN
DECEMBER 11 (Green Bay) - Red Dunn, who helped the Packers will three national championships, announced Friday that this would be his last year in football. The noted forward passer had decided to retire, and in the future will devote his time to his insurance business. No doubt his determination to quit will bring many offers of coaching jobs, but Red says he had had enough football, and is through with the game for all time.
COLUMBUS SCRIBE HAS A GROUCH
DECEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - We believe it was Bat Nelson who coined the term "cheese champion" and hung it on Ad Wolgast. The Michigan Dutchman almost killed the Dane in a vicious 40-round battle, but Bat wasn't convinced and dubbed Al a roquefort titleholder, much to the amusement of the sporting world. The term has almost been forgotten, but Mr. Bob Hooey dusted it off the other day and draped it over the championship banner of the Green Bay Packers. Mr. Hooey, who experts for the State Journal of Columbus, Ohio, has a large peeve because the Packers refused to play the Portsmouth Spartans in a post-season game. He infers that Green Bay was afraid and puts the Packer management on the griddle in the following manner: "Outside of Green Bay the championship of the Packers is a hollow one, as empty as a broken eggshell. It is a championship which was not defended against a deserving opponent. Sunday night after its second defeat of the season, Green Bay refused to play the Portsmouth Spartans, who at that hour were racing only one game behind the championship pack. The contest, tentatively scheduled, had been accepted as a championship match by all followers of the professional sport outside of the Green Bay district. Interest concerning the game in southern Ohio was mounting more rapidly than for any other previous encounter. Then came Green Bay's alarming refusal. Explanations accompanied the announcement. Weak to the core, they said that Green Bay fans had swayed their mind...the fans wanted the championship, no matter how gained...that Portsmouth had refused to give them a home date at the 1931 schedule meeting...that the players were tired of football...that the squad was in poor physical shape...and other tissue paper excuses. Under league rules Green Bay in a technical sense held the right to assert the refusal. But for the good of the sport, for the best interest of its league, and from popular demand Portsmouth should have had the right to test the playing caliber of the champions. Since the start of the season patrons of the Portsmouth eleven have been led to believe that they would get opportunity to see the leading Green Bay eleven. The supposed contest had been widely advertised for the last several weeks. Result of the Packer and Spartan contests of late made a "natural" out of the game. Green Bay withheld its decision until after the Chicago Bear game Sunday. The Bears won and the Packers' crown was toppling. Had Green Bay won it is practically certain it would have agreed to visit Portsmouth next Sunday, glad for the chance to strut on the Ohio gridiron, keenly partaking of the championship limelight, but with its crown not endangered. Such is the way of the cheese champions." Calling a club like the Packers "cheese champions" is a joke and Mr. Hooey no doubt was so warm under the collar when he penned his piece that he let his peeve run away with his better judgment. He also failed to stick to the record. According to Packer officials the game was never scheduled. The management does not believe in post-season contests and there was also the matter of money. The Portsmouth club owners are in financial difficulties, it is said, and Green Bay had no assurance that it would get its guarantee. Furthermore, there was no good reason for playing such a game. The Packers won the championship in the regular season and a post-season game would have no more bearing on the race than if the Yankees and Athletics had met after the close of the pennant chase to decide the championship of the American League. As for being afraid of the Spartans, that is also a merry jest. We believe that the Packers could have taken care of themselves very well in a game with the Portsmouth gentlemen. If they are "cheese champions", we'll take that kind for ours every time.
1931 Green Bay Packers
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