NEWS AND NOTES
IT TOOK THE PACKERS' BEST TO WIN SUNDAY'S GAME
DECEMBER 4 (Philadelphia - Curly Lambeau) - It took the best football the Packers have played this season to beat Philadelphia's Eagles here Sunday, 10 to 0. We beat Philadelphia easily at Green Bay a month ago and anticipated little trouble in the return game. It was an entirely difference Philadelphia club we faced, however. The team had as much spirit and fight as I have seen in a professional team this season. Lud Wray has built up a fine organization here and has turned out a well coached team. I think Philadelphia will become one of the strongest cities in the National league. The fans seemed particularly receptive to pro ball and the newspapers have given games good coverage. A few victories over one of the first division teams and Philadelphia could become one of the hottest professional towns in the league. Clark Hinkle, who was a Bucknell man, had a number of friends in the stands Sunday and he showed them an exceptional game. He tore off the longest run of the day, a 62-yard dash to Philadelphia's 10-yard line early in the third quarter, he blocked and tackled perfectly and he kicked a 32-yard place kick for the first three points. Dilweg, Michalske and Gantenbein also played some of their best ball of the season. Herber was off on his passing at times, but when he did connect, he brought the crowd to its feet. I am glad the trip is over. The last two games were particularly trying for we played them with only 17 men, five of whom weren't even in shape to play. We will return to Green Bay Monday and will work for the Bear game at Chicago next Sunday on our own field. We haven't a chance for the championship, of course, but we will go to Chicago ready to shoot the works and win.
PACKERS RETURN HOME, LAY PLANS FOR NEXT GRID YEAR
DECEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - "Disappointed - yes. Worried about next year - H--- no!" That, in a few words, represents the attitude of Coach E.L. Lambeau and his
Packer football players who returned to Green Bay last
night after one of the worst road trips in recent years as
far as winning football games is concerned. Despite the
team's showing this season, a crowd of 400 loyal fans
and friends met the players upon their arrival at the
Northwestern station last night...ARRIVE AT STATION:
The team came direct from Philadelphia to Green Bay.
A few men dropped off for short visits at their homes but
were to rejoin the squad late today and they will hold a
practice session at Joannes park tomorrow morning,
preparing for the final league game of the season next
Sunday at Chicago against the Chicago Bears. Rudy
Comstock left the squad at Bucyrus, Ohio for a short
visit with friends and relatives there but will come on to
Green Bay tonight. Joe Kurth stopped off at Chilton and
also will report for practice again tomorrow. Cal Hubbard
who preceded the team here by a few days, stopped in
Green Bay long enough to pack up belongings and
move back to his home in Missouri. Cal broke bones in
his right hand a week ago and was released for the
season at that time. "It has been a tough season in
more ways than one," Coach Lambeau commented
today in discussing the year and prospects for next
season. "One bright sport has been our ability to go
through the year without financial loss. It has taken a lot
of economy that has hurt us, but it will be proven that it
was worthwhile."...HAVE MADE MISTAKES: "We have
made mistakes. I've made them and am willing to admit
it, but don't think they'll occur again. And don't forget
we've made more than our share of breaks that have
made a world of difference. To begin with, I called the
team together too late. Blood, Hubbard, Michalske and
Hinkle reported even later than the others. Then we
missed getting a quarterback that we should have and
Barrager didn't report for center at the last minute.
Hinkle's tonsils had to come out and he wasn't ready for
the early games. All those things make a lot of
difference. Bruder was injured and out a good share of
the year. Some of our men didn't live up to expectations.
Just a few little things like that, all helped to make
enough difference to cost us victories. Then before the
Portsmouth game, we got another break. Cal Hubbard,
following his dispute at Chicago in the Cardinal game,
received a letter from Joseph Carr, president of the NFL.
It was decidedly untactful of Carr, to say the least. In it
Carr warned Cal, not in so many words but in inferences
that is he got into any more disputes such as that
which happened in Chicago, his baseball umpiring
career would be jeopardized."...NOT DISCOURAGED:
"Cal has his heart set on an umpiring's position in the
big leagues. The letter from Carr, who is one of the 'big
guns' of organized baseball took all the starch out of
him. He wasn't as good a man after that. We were a
different ball club. But we are not discouraged. With a
nucleus from this year's club, which incidentally has
plenty of talent despite our showing, and about 10 or 11
new men, we'll be right among the leaders again. What
has been particularly gratifying has been the attitude of
the fans. Instead of a chorus of howls for losing games,
which we might expect upon our return, we have been
greeted with a spirit of cheerfulness and optimism.
Green Bay fans have been fine sports about it all. It
sure helps pep us up for future years." The Packers
have been invited to play a post-season game at St.
Louis on Dec. 17, the coach said. Whether they will
accept this bid will be decided at a meeting of the board of directors today. St. Louis plays independent football.
PRESNELL TOPS SCORING RACE IN PRO LEAGUE
DECEMBER 5 (Columbus, OH) - Either Glenn Presnell of Portsmouth or Ken Strong of New York is likely to be the National league's top scorer for 1933, statistics released today reveal. The two players picked up a point after touchdown apiece Sunday, but their nearest rivals didn't even do as well as that, with the result that Presnell maintained his four point advantage over Strong and the two added one point to their margin over the field...PLANS TWO MORE GAMES: Strong has the advantage, however, in that he will appear in two more games, while Presnell will play in but one. An outburst of scoring from down the list served to narrow the gap between the leading five - Presnell, Strong, Jim Musick of Boston, Shipwreck Kelly of Brooklyn and Buckets Goldenberg of Green Bay - and the rest of the column. Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears and Kink Richards of the New York Giants, largely because of Richards' scoring spree Sunday, now roost in a tie for sixth place, 11 points behind Goldenberg, who appears to be a cinch for the fifth spot. Richards snagged two touchdowns and an extra point against Pittsburgh Sunday, to shoot well up in the scoring column...ELEVEN GIANTS SCORE: Scoring diversity still is held by New York, although Green Bay rates a close second. Eleven Giants have broken into the scoring list, while ten Packers are represented. The other clubs are represented by the following number of men: Bears, nine; Brooklyn and Philadelphia, eight each; Portsmouth and Boston, seven each; Cardinals and Pittsburgh, six each; Cincinnati, five.
BEARS OFFERED CHANCE OF TITLE GAME AT HOME
DECEMBER 5 (Chicago) - Joseph F. Carr, president of the NFL, yesterday announced the decision of the executive committee that the location of the playoff for the 1933 championship will be named by the team which finishes the regular schedule with the highest percentage. The New York Giants, winners of the Eastern Division of the league, will meet the Chicago Bears, victors in the west. At present the Giants have won 10 games and lost 3. The Bears have won 9, lost 2 and tied 1. Thus the Bears, if they tie or win from the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Wrigley field, will name the site of the championship game which will be played Dec. 17...BEARS WANT GAME IN CHICAGO: "If the Bears have the choice," George Halas, manager and coach of the Chicago team, said yesterday, "the game will be played at Wrigley field. The Chicago fans have supported the Bears splendidly and they deserve to see the title game. Moreover, it will be an advantage to play the Giants before a home crowd, for we haven't been licked at Wrigley field this season, and this record includes the Giants." The Bears, victorious over Portsmouth Sunday, 17 to 7, will be given a day off today, the first Tuesday of the season on which practice hasn't been held. The boys will start to prepare for the Packers tomorrow at 9:30 at Wrigley field...TWO FOR BEARS THIS YEAR: It will be the twenty-ninth renewal of the rivalry that began in 1921 and which, next to the Cardinal-Bear feud, is the oldest in the big league. Twice this season the Bears have pulled victories out of the fire on the Packers, the first at Green Bay, Sept. 24, by a 14 to 7 count, and then at Wrigley field, Oct. 22, by a 10 to 7 score. In both these contests the Bears were forced to stay on the defensive the greater part of the time. Heroics in the final stages won. This may indicate what is coming Sunday. In 1929, the Packers won three in a row from the Bears, the only time either has made a clean sweep in one season. The Bears would like to tie that record. The kickoff will be at 2 o'clock.
BEARS MUST WIN TO PLAY AT HOME
DECEMBER 5 (Chicago) - Whether the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears meet in the National Professional Football league playoff in New York or Chicago December 17 depends on the outcome of the Bears' battle with the Green Bay Packers next Sunday. President Joseph F. Carr of the pro league has notified George Halas, president and coach of the Bears, that the team finishing with the best percentage will be given the choice of playing sites. The Giants have won ten games and lost three; while the Bears have won nine, lost two and tied one. A victory or tie with the Packers would give the Bears the edge. A Green Bay victory, however, would give the Giants the better standing, and choice of fields. They will be out to thump the Packers, in order to meet the Giants at Wrigley Field. The Giants have not lost a game at home, while the Bears have not lost a game on their home field.
GIANTS SET SCORING PACE; BEARS GAIN MOST GROUND
DECEMBER 5 (Columbus, OH) - The New York Giants are setting a sensational pace in scoring points. According to the NFL statistics compiled today, the Giants have tallied 224 points in 13 games against contending teams. This total is 60 points better than the nearest team and better than 17 points per game. In addition the Giant defense has yielded only slightly over six points per game, in this respect almost equaling the mark of the champion Chicago Bears. The Bears, who have clinched the western title and will meet the Giants for the world championship, are the best ground gainers of the circuit with 2,870 yards in 12 games. Green Bay, defensively, has yielded only 1,770 yards in a like number of contests. Brooklyn wound up its season as the leading forward passing team by completing 79 tossed in 169 attempts, an average of better than 47 percent.
FORMER PACKER SHOOTS MAN IN WOODS MISHAP
DECEMBER 6 (Sault Ste. Marie, MI) - James Contratta, 34, Laurium, state highway department workman, was accidentally shot and killed last night by Rudolph Rosatti, Vulcan, former Green Bay Packers football player. The shooting occurred in Rosatti's cabin at Eckerman, near here. Witnesses said the weapon discharged accidentally when Rosatti picked it up from a bed to determine whether it had been cleaned properly. Rosatti played tackle for the Packers in the seasons of 1926, 1927 and 1928, finally being traded to the New York Giants in the deal which brought Cal Hubbard to the Packers. He played one season for the Giants.
PACKERS GET UNIQUE OFFER, ADDS INCENTIVE TO VICTORY
DECEMBER 6 (Green Bay) - Attorney M.E. Davis has expressed his keen interest in the Green Bay Packers by making a unique offer to the team on the eve of its final game with the Bears at Chicago Sunday. Mr. Davis' offer is expected to add incentive to the Packers' drive for a final victory string, started at Stapleton and Philadelphia. It was contained in a letter to Leland H. Joannes, president of the Green Bay Football corporation. The letter follows:
"Sunday afternoon, as I listened to the Packers-Philadelphia game, I thought of the interesting entertainment being furnished to thousands - of how the name of Green Bay has been spread by press and radio from one end of the country to another - of the money which has been brought into Green Bay by outsiders - of a number of athletes who, coming here to play, had remained and married, and now are valued residents - of how much the Green Bay Football corporation, its officers and employees, and other citizens of Green Bay have done in the past to bring this about and keep going - and of how little I had done. Please enter my subscription for $100 on the 1934 ticket sale. Please communicate the following offer to the team at once: For each touchdown made by the Packers at the Bear game at Chicago on Sunday, Dec. 10, I will pay for one suit or overcoat for a playing member of the team on the following conditions:
1. Winner to be selected by drawing names of players from hat. Drawing to be conducted by the team after the game.
2. Each player on the team, on Dec. 10, whether he is in the game or not, shall have a chance. Don't forget Cal Hubbard.
3. Suit or overcoat to be purchased by winner at any store he may desire in Green Bay. If more than one suit or overcoat be drawn for, first winner must keep out, and purchase made from different store in Green Bay.
4. Price of each suit or overcoat not to exceed $50.
5. Also, for each touchdown made by the Packers, I will pay $50 for clothing to be purchased at Green Bay for needy children of Green Bay by representatives of the Associated Charities and Green Bay Apostolate, not over $10 of this amount to be expended in any one store.
6. If the Packers do not score at all, my offer is to be considered the same as if one touchdown was made.
Hoping we win, I remain, Very truly yours, M.E. Davis."
CLIFF BATTLES GRABS GROUND GAINING TITLE
DECEMBER 6 (New York) - Cliff Battle of West Virginia Wesleyan and the Boston Redskins has clinched the ground gaining honors in the National Professional Football league, but it will take the three games still remaining on the schedule to settle the other individual championships. Battles has gained 737 yards in 12 games for a lead so great that there is virtually no chance of his being overtaken. His teammate, Jim Musick of Southern California, is second with 629 yards; Glenn Presnell of Nebraska and Portsmouth, third with 522 and Harry Newman of Michigan and the New York Giants fourth with 413. Presnell and Ken Strong of New York University and the Giants are tied for the lead in points with 64, and the race for passing honors still is wide open. Benny Friedman of Brooklyn has the best average with 42 completions in 80 throws; Arnold Herber of Green Bay has completed the most, 50; Newman has gained the most ground with aerials, 824 yards with Presnell second with 774 yards. Bill Hewitt of Michigan and the Chicago Bears has caught the most passes, 15, one more than Roger Grove of Michigan State and Green Bay.
BEARS PILE UP MOST YARDAGE IN NATIONAL LEAGUE
DECEMBER 6 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears begin practice this morning for the final game of the regular season against the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Wrigley field with the satisfaction that they have now surpassed all National league teams in total yardage gained. The Bears, according to statistics released yesterday by the league press bureau, have made almost 29 full length trips of the gridiron. They have gained 2,870 yards as compared to Boston's total of 2,823 yards. This cheering note means nothing, however. Especially since further perusal of the facts
yields the information that Green Bay is almost the best
defensive club. The Packers have permitted opponents
only 1,770 yards. Brooklyn is in first position in this
column with 1,764 yards. Incidentally Brooklyn has the
best forward pass average, completing 79 passes in
169 attempts...PACKERS ARE TOUGH: Rather than
dwell on these composite figures, Coach Halas will call
attention to the two previous games with the Packers.
At Green Bay the Bears won in the last three minutes,
14 to 7, and then repeated their fourth period heroics to
win, 19 to 7, at Wrigley field. Despite the fact the Bears
won the championship of the western division of the
league, it is true that they were out played in both Green
Bay games. And the Packers, who took three successive games from the Bears in 1929, not only will strive to prevent their record being tied, but they will retire from the 1933 race well satisfied if they can lick the Bears and thus send the championship game to New York. The team which finishes the schedule with the highest average in the league will have the right to name the site of the title game...JOHNSOS THROUGH FOR YEAR: The Bears' hospital list is almost non-existent, or would be if Luke Johnsos, who broke his ankle in the victory over New York at Wrigley field, could play Sunday. Luke tossed his crutches away the other day, but his ankle still is in a cast and he's definitely through for the season. Keith Molesworth, who has been dealing successful forward passes from the left half position, probably will start in the berth usually occupied by Red Grange. Molesworth's return of punts and his kicking have been invaluable aids in the Bears' march to the western title.