DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Encouraged by a report from the
weather bureau, that mild weather is anticipated, following
today's equally outburst, Coach E.L. Lambeau decided this
noon that the Packers probably will not leave for New York
DETROIT LOSES; PACKERS IN PLAYOFF
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - A supremely happy band of Green Bay
Packers, relieved of the responsibility of playing another
bruising contest against the Detroit Lions, returned to
practice in highly unfavorable weather today, with but one
game remaining between them and the National league
championship. That game loomed as a stiff assignment,
but with the Lions swept from the path by a vindictive group
of Philadelphia Eagles, headed by Appleton's Emmett
Mortell, the Packers' task appeared much easier today than
it did Saturday. Coach E.L. Lambeau, who returned this
morning after scouting the New York-Washington game,
was not so optimistic. "The Giants looked like a very strong
ball club," he reported. "Regulars and reserves alike were
red hot yesterday, and the crowd was tremendous."...
GREETED WITH CHEERS: "Near the end of the game they
announced that the Eagles were leading the Lions, 21 to 0,
and that the Packers would play the Giants next Sunday at
the Polo Grounds. The announcement was greeted with
prolonged cheering, and the stands buzzed with talk about
the game from then on. I'm willing to bet that with good
weather they'll stand them on the roof." Lambeau added
that he expected every Packer to be in playing condition
before Sunday, so that the squad will be at full strength for
the Giants."....MAY LEAVE EARLIER: The Green Bay team is
scheduled to leave for New York next Thursday, but Coach
Lambeau indicated that if the present squally weather
keeps up, they may start earlier. Would they practice today?
"Certainly. We may run into this kind of weather on Sunday
at the Polo Grounds. We'll have a practice this afternoon
and a skull session tonight." Commenting on the Eagles
upset of Detroit, Lambeau said, "Even a good team can't
maintain its edge at the peak all the time. There has to be
a letdown. Detroit was in the skies for its game with the
Bears, and Philadelphia caught it at the right time." Green
Bay fans generally were delighted at the outcome, and the
subject was the one topic of conversation about town last
night. Most of the Packer boosters listened to the Detroit
game on their radios, and as Philadelphia piled up the
score, their pleasure was multiplied accordingly.
LIONS FUMBLE TITLE CHANCES
DEC 5 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions lost a chance to tie the
Green Bay Packers for the Western division title of the NFL,
when they suffered a stunning 21 to 7 upset at the hands
of the lowly Philadelphia Eagles in their final scheduled
game here Sunday. A crowd of 18,985 saw the Eagles play
an alert brand of football that produced two first period touchdowns and clinched the title for the Packers, who completed their schedule Nov. 24 with eight wins and three defeats...EAGLES SCORE EASILY: Philadelphia scored on its second offensive play of the game, Dave Smukler passing 10 yards to Bill Hewitt who lateraled to Joe Carter. The latter continued unmolested over the goal line to complete a 65-yard gain. Smukler made the conversation good from placement and repeated on the other two Eagle touchdowns. A few minutes later Carter set up the second Philadelphia score when he picked up Dick Nardi's fumble on the Eagle 40 and wove his way to the Lion seven. The Eagles took to the air again, Smukler shooting a touchdown pass to Jay Arnold in the end zone...HEWITT SNARES PASS: A 25-yard aerial, this time from Smukler to Hewitt in the third period, gave Philadelphia its final score. Detroit never got beyond the Eagle 40 until the final period when a 64-yard march netted a touchdown. Leroy (Ace) Gutowsky climaxed the drive with his scoring from the two. Earl (Dutch) Clark, holder of the pro league scoring record, added to his mark with the conversion. Emmett Mortell's punting aided the Packers greatly.
DON HUTSON DRAWS PRAISE OF COLUMNIST IN NEW YORK
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Highest praise for the talents and performances of Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers' veteran left end, was given in a syndicated article by Pat Gannon, New York columnist, which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal yesterday. Gannon, who has commented favorably upon the Packers a number of times, is well acquainted in Green Bay, being a brother of Leo V. Gannon, Press-Gazette managing editor. His article follows: BY PAT GANNON (NEW YORK) - Now that the all-Americans - compounded from fact, fancy and frisky press agentry - are in, it might be interesting to focus on the world's greatest football performer. Follow the assignments of the pros and listen to their bull sessions and the most feared man in football is easily marked. The most dangerous man with a ball clearly is Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers, an opinion shared by his opponents and proved by the official records. Hutson not only is about the greatest of all pass catchers, covering more territory than an outfielder, but he also is probably No. 1 breakaway runner in professional football. This high geared elk, given a step, will take a touchdown. He is elusive as a greased pig and swift as a gazelle. He will run by you, through you or around you with equal ease. His change of pace is the wonder of the backfielders. He's been around for years now and the boys don't know yet whether anyone has seen him go full out...CAN'T BE COVERED: Hutson undoubtedly is one of the most valuable properties in the professional game. You could get a fair sized squad for him in a trade. That fabled 12 man team in the person of Hutson is a fact - no mistake. It takes two men - even three - to "cover" Hutson. The boys snicker when they mention "covering" Hutson. Covering Hutson is like catching the wind. Art Lewis of the Rams said he sat on the bench one day and felt pity for his own backfielders trying to stop Hutson - felt so sorry for the complete helplessness of the secondary men that he almost cried. Hutson would bear down on them, flitting along with that easy gait, zip by them - one, two, three men - and be gone like a vagrant sound...GHOSTS BY FOES: This galloping galooza ghosts by in the dreams of his opponents, keeps coaches awake nights - all to no avail. You can set a Hutson defense, but the defense will can't catch him, the long legged guy with the grabhook mitts goes up and is gone. He leaps into top speed virtually from a standing start. As a decoy, Hutson cuts loose at least one other receiver, for with "two on Hutson" - a league byword - someone else is certain to be running free. Bust as a one man decoy receiver, Hutson also is superb. He can lead a pair of defenders right into the zone of he pass, cut one or two steps right or left and be gone with the catch. Half a step is enough - too much, the boys say...HE'S A BALL HAWK: It has also been little noted that this Packer ball thief is a hawk of great distinction - one of the greatest in the game. Toss a fumble into a huddle of Hutson and three opponents and Hutson will eel his way to possession five times out of seven. Against Cleveland, Hutson, playing a secondary post on defense, intercepted more Cleveland passes than the Rams caught themselves. Consider that these fellows scout one another down to the last count. Something they know exactly how many steps a pass catcher will take on a certain play, precisely when he will cut and where. You may be sure that Hutson has been timed, annotated and described in every particular to his opponents. Yet he still can go out and get them because the faintest decoy is enough for old Mucilage Mitts...GETS NINE SCORES: Gaynell Tinsley of the Cardinals this year leads Hutson by 41 catches to 32. These two ends - Hutson with 547 and Tinsley with 516 - reeled off more yardage than any running backfield toters. But in addition - as an end mind you - Hutson has scored nine touchdowns as No. 1 touchdown carrier in all the leagues. Tinsley is a great receiver but not so great a runner as Hutson, not by eight touchdowns. The same evidence makes it quite clear that Hutson is a clutch man as well. When the chips are down and a touchdown is on the make, the Packers pitch that ball to Hutson about as often as they hand it to the old war horse Hinkle, one of the greatest running backs the league has seen...RECORDS TELL STORY: Whizzer White of the Pirates, leading ground gainer, lugs the ball about two times out of three when he is in the backfield. But the loping Hutson, who gallops into the outfield only now and then to get a ball, adds up considerably more yardage. And every time he goes out he cracks the secondary defense wide open for a possible run by backfield toters. Consider, too, how the Packers add up without Hutson. On the evidence of one game. the Packers as a passing team are about equal to the Cleveland Rams. Both teams performed here against the Giants, who spread out an astute pass defense. The record of the Rams without a Hutson and the Packer without a Hutson was approximately a stand-off, except for the running game. The Rams against the Giants pitched 30 passes, with eight complete and five intercepted. The Packers tossed 30 passes, with nine complete and five intercepted. The passing yardage of the Packers was infinitely superior but it was only three points better on the scoreboard.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - The boys who have been raising arched eyebrows over the intricacies of the NFL schedule this season, and have expressed themselves very pointedly in favor of it's-east-to-frame-a-football-game school, are going to have very odd time trying to explain Sunday's victory of the Philadelphia Eagles over a Detroit eleven which presumably couldn't be defeated. For some reason, there has been more ridiculous chatter than usual this season regarding the possibility of certain professional football games being well into the suitcase before the opening whistle, and one prominent sportswriter even rose up with a written defense of the game about mid-season. There is little use arguing with anyone who adopts the pro-football-is-crooked attitude. The only things you can tell him is that he is either ignorant or else he doesn't understand pro football. These are not always wise, because the chap may be bigger than you, and sensitive, in addition to his thick-headedness. About all you can do is to ask him innocently if he would be willing to state on a courtroom stand that he knew positively that such and such a team drew five thousand bucks for tossing a game - provided some exasperated club owner decided to collect a bit on the side for slander. But he know that Detroit threw the last game to the Packers in Detroit, and of course the Green Bay-New York game was a setup, because didn't the Packers get more first downs than the Giants? And certainly the Bears tossed that game to the Lions Thanksgiving day, even if they did put a few of the Detroiters in the hospital. But how can you explain Sunday's game? Did one of the Packer directors dig down in his pockets and come up with several thousand dollars, and wave it under the noses of the downtrodden Eagles? I'm sure no one on the Philadelphia team would have said anything about it. Your football-is-shady fan doesn't know football. He may be a little twisted himself, and so it's easy for him to assume that 12 or 15 young fellows, most of them honest businessmen, with college degrees and years of competitive experience behind them, will immediately assume that a dirty bribe is right up their alley, and gobble up the submarine cash. No, brother, you're wrong again, just as you have been all season, and the upshot of the whole business is that you've been made to look awfully, awfully dumb. Because those Philadelphia Eagles are football players, just like the rest of them, and they were plenty hot about this coin-flipping business, and the suggestion that Sunday's game was in the sack. So they hitched up their pants, looked the Lions in their respective eyes, and said: "One side, boys - here comes a football team.:" And that coin never was flipped, but, brother, the Lions were, and if you have any spare time this week you might drop a line to Bill Hewitt and Emmett Mortell or any other of those Eagles and just say, "Thanks!"
PACKER TEAM IS READY FOR GIANTS' GAME
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - For the first time in several weeks, the Green Bay Packers, who alternately have blown cold and hot all season, will be at full strength when they meet the Giants in New York Sunday for the National Professional Football league championship. "We not only will be in top shape," declared E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Western division title winners today, "we'll be hot. If ever a team looked right, we do now. We were not in top shape when we pushed the Giants all over the field a few weeks ago yet lost to them. We will be for this one." Don Hutson, one of the best ends in the business, who has been out of service since November 13 with a leg injury, will be in shape to play, the coach said. Bob Monnett, one of the best passers in the circuit, who has been out since November 6 with a similar injury, also was recovered. The team has not played a game since November 20 and several other men who were battered and bruised in the late weeks of the campaign have recovered fully. In some games this year the Packer team looked like one of the greatest ball clubs in professional history, rolling along like an army tank. In others it sputtered and backfired.
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - Captain Milton Gantenbein of the Green Bay Packers was called to Duluth, Minn., last night by the serious illness of his mother, who suffered a stroke yesterday. His status regarding next Sunday's football game is uncertain.
PACKERS LEAVE TOMORROW FOR NEW YORK INVASION
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, their traveling schedule set forward 24 hours, will leave on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa at 5:36 Wednesday afternoon for New York, where next Sunday they will battle the Giants in an attempt to bring Wisconsin's football capital city its fifth National professional championship. Backed into the Western division title by Philadelphia's spectacular upset of the Detroit Lions, the Packers rode through a muddy practice at City stadium yesterday, drilling on a snow-covered gridiron with all the pep and fire a 30-man squad can generate. They'll be given a sendoff befitting the champions of the west. A committee headed by Jack Haslam and Bernard Darling today lined up a band, prepared signs and generally made preparations to start the team eastward with the best wishes of everyone in the community. The Green Bay high school band will line up at the Beaumont hotel, between Cedar and Main streets, at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, and will march to the Milwaukee Road depot on the West side, where the gala sendoff will be made prior to the train's leaving at 5:36. The celebration, Haslam said, is open to everyone interested in witnessing the departure of the Green Bay squad, and in wishing it luck in its final gridiron campaign of the league season...LOTS OF NOISE: There was plenty to cheer about at yesterday's practice. Despite a sodden field and chilly temperatures, the team came up with one of its best demonstration of spirit of the season. The players had all kinds of trouble with the slippery field. They ran like ducks, going down under punts, and there were attired in the most outlandish set of costumes a gridiron squad ever disported - stocking caps with tassels, raincoats, sweaters, mittens and other winter accessories. Assistant Coach Red Smith, attired in a pullover sweater and a stocking cap down over his ears, looked like Charlie Chan. Coach E.L. Lambeau was attired in a hunter's outfit...MAY HAVE TROUBLE: Lambeau welcomed the opportunity to work out in unfavorable weather conditions, for he emphasized the point that the Packers may run into the same kind of stuff at New York. Leaving on the Chippewa tomorrow, the Packers will reach Chicago at 9:40 that night, and will hop aboard a Pennsylvania Road train an hour later. This will get them into New York at 5:20 Thursday afternoon, and they will make their headquarters again at the Victoria hotel. There will be instructional work on the train while the Packers move east, as Lambeau is bringing along a motion picture projector and films of several of the Packers' recent games, including that at New York. The films will be shown as the team rolls toward its objective...NEW YORK DRILLS: There will be a practice at New York Friday morning, and another Saturday morning in Central park. In between these events there will be several skull sessions. Two parties in Green Bay were attempting today to line up special coaches to take Packer fans to New York. Provided 25 reservations can be obtained, both may go through. One is the Carrigan special, which would leave on the Milwaukee Road Saturday night. Details have not been announced. The other is the Du Chateau special, which would leave on the North Western Road at 7 o'clock Saturday morning, and reaching New York at 8:20 Sunday morning. The return trip will leave New York at either 6:50 or 9:15 Sunday night, reaching Green Bay at either 8:30 or 11:45 Monday evening. Interested fans may contact the Du Chateau tavern.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - Now it is regarded as very poor sportsmanship to drop bricks and things upon a rival who had had the misfortune to stub his tie, fall into a flower bed and have bugs crawl on him, but did you notice those elaborate preparations for the Western division playoff which were made by the Detroit Lions? It wouldn't be good form to mention it, at all, except that Detroit was just a bit on the smoky side in the whole playoff discussion. The Lions stood flat-footed for a Green Bay-Detroit game at Briggs stadium, and only with the greatest reluctance consented to a flip of a coin, at the order of League President Joe F. Carr and the demands of the Green Bay management. Of course, the coin never left the ground, or the pocket of its owner, because the Philadelphia Eagles, a much maligned and pushed-about football club, had in their roster a number of young fellows who in years past successfully completed their college educations. Being college graduates, they were able to read, and much was their disgust to see that Detroit was going right ahead with plans for a Western division playoff, despite the slight omission of having first obtained a tie for the Western title. So the Philadelphians capitalized on a few fiery pep talks by Coach Bert Bell, and some sensational field leadership by Bill Hewitt (did you ever think you'd like that guy?) and what Packer Assistant Coach Red Smith says was about the finest punting he ever saw by Appleton's Emmett Mortell. And when the echo of the last whistle scampered off the field, pulled on its sweat pants, and sped for the exit, the Philadelphians were parked atop a 21 to 7 victory and the Lions were deep in the alphabet soup, groping blindly for an N, a U, a T and an S. The clipping is from the Detroit News. Read it and sob: "Philadelphia's surprising victory over the Lions forced the cancellation of what was to have been an impressive ceremony Sunday in the Briggs stadium office. Joe Carr, league president, upset plans of Detroit Lion offficials Sunday morning when he wired that Detroit and Green Bay must toss a coin to decide the site of their playoff game, Dec. 11. Lion officials, sure of being awarded the game, already had had tickets printed. Carr sent William Storck, league official, here to supervise the coin tossing. Although disturbed by the order, Bud Shaver, Detroit general manager, made elaborate preparations for the ritual. He was guided by instructions telephoned from California by George F. Richard, Lion owner. First, Richards specified a silver dollar must be used. It must be tossed high enough to hit the ceiling. The Green Bay representative must call the turn while the coin was in midair. Finally, Shaver borrowed an allegedly lucky dollar fro Otto Hamlin, a Detroit director. Only one detail was overlooked. Philadelphia was not consulted, and the Eagles' ignorance of the script voided all of the careful planning." Shucks, fellows. The Green Bay fans hate to see all that scheming go for nothing. And a lucky dollar, too. Tsk, tsk.
$60,000 'POT' FOR PRO GAME
DEC 6 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers will be playing for a share in a likely pot of $60,000 when they meet the New York Giants here Sunday. The winning players thus would received about $600 each, while the losers would get about $400. The largest individual share in pro history was $620, which went to the Chicago Bears in 1934. At that time, however, the player limit was only 22, eight below the present, and the number of individual shares considerably fewer than now. The individual winning share Sunday will probably reach $600 and may go higher with good weather. With only the playoff left remaining, team statistics Tuesday revealed that six league records were broken during the campaign. Here are the new marks:
Team Scoring - Green Bay Packers, 223 points. Old mark 220 set by Green Bay in 1937
League Scoring - 1,484 points. Old mark 1,424 in 1937
Most Passes Completed - Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins, 114 each. Old mark 108 by Green Bay in 1936
Team Passing Efficiency - New York Giants, 91 out of 186 for 48.9%. Old mark 79 out of 169 for 46.7 by Brooklyn in 1933.
Passing Efficiency, 200 or more passes thrown - Chicago Cardinals, 114 out of 240 for 47.5%. Old mark 99 out of 222 for 44.5% by Washington in 1937
League Passing Efficiency - 824 out of 2,030 for 40.5%. Old mark of 594 out of 1,543 for 38.5% in 1937.
The Packers are still first in scoring and ground gained, but in forward passing the Chicago Cardinals ousted the Washington Redskins. The Giants yielded the fewest years in 11 games - 2,029 - displacing Detroit as leader in that department, and they also gave the fewest number of points, 79, replacing the Chicago Bears.
GIANTS SEEK GOLD - AND GRID CROWN
DEC 6 (New York) - Eyes focused on the $36,000 player pot of pro football's World Series at the Polo Grounds next Sunday, the Giants reported to Coach Steve Owen this morning, ripe and ready for final workouts. Despite their bruising game against the Redskins, only Jim Howell, Jim Poole, star ends, and halfback Dale Burnett required the services of Doc Sweeney. The Green Bay Packers, Western representatives in the championship scrap, will be in town later in the week. All three of Owen's bruised operatives will be ready for the Packers, as well as Ray Hanken, end, and Jack Haden, tackle, who were on the bench for the Redskin game. Burnett was the most severely injured, suffering a slight concussion. Howell turned up with a sprained ankle and Pole with a wrenched back. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay coach, was in the stands to watch the Giants great victory last Sunday but flew back to Green Bay without announcing his plans. If nice weather continues in Wisconsin, the Packers will practice on the home field, leaving for New York on Thursday. With tickets going on sale today, gate receipts for the game will probably not equal last Sunday's, which reached the neighborhood of $70,000. On the basis of $60,000 gate, each player on the winning team will receive $600, the losers collecting $400. The largest individual share in pro history was $620, which went to the Chicago Bears in 1934. At that time, however, the player limit was only twenty-two, eight below the present, and the number of individual shares considerably fewer than now. The individual winning share Sunday will probably reach $600. The game looms as a battle between the Giant defense and the Packers' offense. The Packers, league scoring leaders with 223 points, averaged 21 points per game against eleven opponents. The Giants were the best defensive team, allowing a season total of 79 points, an average of little more than 7 per game. Regardless of the winner, it will be the first time a team has twice gained possession of the Ed Thorp trophy.