NEWS AND NOTES
BOSTON IS AFTER PIRATE FRANCHISE
NOV 27 (Pittsburgh) - Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NFL, said today he had been offered $50,000 "for a half interest to shift the team to Boston". He did not disclose who made the offer. Rooney said Bill Sullivan, real estate man and former high school coach, "assured me he could produce $50,000 for a part interest if the deal materializes." The Pirates' owner previously denied several reports he would sell the franchise. The Pirates won their first game in 17 starts yesterday, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles, 24-12.
LAMBEAU AT MEETING
NOV 27 (Cleveland) - Following yesterday's victory by the Green Bay Packers over the Cleveland Rams, Coach E.L. Lambeau of the winners left for Pittsburgh, where he will attend a special meeting Tuesday, called by President Carl Storck of the NFL. The session, at the Fort Pitt hotel, will iron out playoff possibilities. Attending will be representatives of the Packers, Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Washington Redskins.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 27 (Green Bay) - A four-period attempt to shake a mental lethargy which had gripped them like a damp shroud, and a puzzling inability to complete touchdown plays when plenty of opportunities were offered, were the chief handicaps the Green Bay Packers faced here yesterday as they engineered their closest gridiron victory of the season. Sure of their ability to subdue the Rams despite their own assertions that the game would be one of the season's toughest, the Packers simply could not brush away the fog until the final periods, and then, as they came roaring down into scoring territory five times, they were lucky to score one touchdown. Few fans witnessed this heart-stopping event, but Joe Laws fell down twice on his way to catch the game-winning touchdown pass. Few fans saw it, but the double tumble nearly stopped the hearts of everyone on the Packer bench, where the course of the play was known. As it happened, Laws' inability to keep his feet at the time the play started was instrumental in its outcome, for the Ram defense, seeing the stocky halfback flat on his stomach, turned its attention to events taking place on the other side of the field, where Cecil Isbell, behind a screen of Packer interference, was racing away from Laws. This welcome interference enabled Joe to scramble to his feet, trod over the goal line, and he was standing there, complacently chewing his gum, when those pennies from Heaven in the shape of a pigskin came floating into his arms. Somehow you never worry about the result when Tiny Engebretsen steps up to try an extra point kick. To Green Bay fans in the throng, the score already was 7 to 6 as Tiny jogged from the sidelines, his wide outline trailing across the sod to the mass of players under the goal posts. He was sent in there to win the game, but if he felt the slightest emotion, you never would have guessed it, as he swung his foot lazily and sent the ball squarely between the posts. That was all for the Rams. They had a few passes left, and with them they penetrated into Green Bay territory, but the die had been cast, and everyone, from the furiously battling Rams to the stunned spectators in the stands, strongly suspected it...Only two Packers added to their all-time scoring totals yesterday, but their points were all-important in the results. Joe Laws' touchdown was his 14th for Green Bay. It raised his total to 84, which leaves him in ninth place, two points behind Lavvie Dilweg (1927-34). Engebretsen's extra point was his No. 37. His all-time point total is 73, and he goes into undisputed 10th place, 11 points behind Laws. Only Ernie Smith and Red Dunn have kicked more points after touchdown than the veteran Tiny. Dunn holds the all-time Packer record with 46, and Ernie, who still is an active player, has booted 44.
COOPERS LOSE TO BENGALS IN 10 TO 7 GAME
NOV 26 (Kenosha) - For the second time this season the Cooper Cardinal gridsters Sunday afternoon saw apparent victory flutter out of Lake Front stadium in the last minute and 45 seconds after a pass interference ruled against them was followed on the next play by
a touchdown, the Bengals of Cincinnati scoring a 10 to 7 win in
an American Professional league contest. It was the third game
in eight days for the Coopers who won two of three. Clutching a
7 to 3 lead with a minute to play, Pat Howlet's 26 yard aerial
was allowed for Cincinnati on interference on the 7-yard line. On
the next maneuver Howlett passed to Popp, ex-Toledo university
luminary, and Perry kicked goal. With eight minutes to go, Art
Buck passed to Dick Hegeman, Racine end, who raced 69
yards for the touchdown with Howlett on his heels. Fred
Venturelli, guard, kicked goal. Cincinnati zoomed into the lead in
the second quarter when Perry placekicked from the 25-yard
line. In the same frame, Venturelli's kick from the 30-yard line
was carried off its course by the stiff wind. Negotiations have
been completed to bring the Marquette University All-Stars,
including seven members of the 1939 Hilltop varsity, to Kenosha
next Sunday for a clash with the Coopers. Columbus, originally
booked for a league game, has been disbanded.
FELDHAUS IS LOST
NOV 28 (Detroit) - Bill Feldhaus, star Detroit Lions guard, will be unable to represent his team in its final game against the Green Bay Packers here Sunday. He fractured his leg in Sunday's game at Washington, it was learned here today.
PACKERS IN TOWN, PREPARE FOR SUNDAY CLASH AT DETROIT
NOV 28 (Green Bay) - Licking their wounds from a close scrape at Cleveland, and preparing to reassemble their forces for another great assignment next Sunday, the Green Bay Packers, still leading the Western division of the NFL, are back in town. The Packers climbed off the Milwaukee Road train late yesterday afternoon, and today were back at practice, their next engagement being at Detroit Sunday afternoon. If the Bays win that one, they will avoid the unpleasant necessity of meeting the Chicago Bears in a playoff game for the Western crown. Green Bay apparently will be in good shape for its last regular scheduled contest. Dr. W.W. Kelly, club physician, looked the team over last night and announced that probably all of the players will be available for the Detroit struggle...HINKLE NO. 1 CASUALTY: Clarke Hinkle, fullback, was hurt the worst. He incurred a painful bruise on his upper arm, but the injury is responding to treatment and he should be able to play. Tackle Ernie Smith had a recurrence of an old leg injury, but is moving under his own power. Buckets Goldenberg, guard, had the wind knocked out of him but is ready to go against the Lions. Two or three other Packers were bumped and bruised, but Dr. Kelly anticipates that all will be available Sunday. The team is practicing today under the supervision of Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith, due to Coach E.L. Lambeau's absence. Lambeau is in Pittsburgh, attending the special meeting of the National league to determine possible playoff sites and dates. The Packers are unable to explain the letdown which nearly brought them a painful defeat at Cleveland Sunday. Although the team outgained the Rams heavily, although the Packers drew nary a yard of penalties, and didn't fumble once; the men felt that they were giving far from their best brand of football. For one things, the Packer pass defense, which has been airtight in recent games, again folded before the sharpshooting of halfback Parker Hall, particularly when he was chucking them in the third period. The Packer line held tight, restricting the Rams to a total of 54 yards from scrimmage. The playoff situation is up in the air. If the Packers defeat Detroit Sunday, there'll be no necessity of meeting the Bears, a development which the Packers are most anxious to avoid. That will mean that the Bays will battle the Eastern champions, either Washington or New York, probably at Milwaukee, probably Dec. 10.
PLAYOFF SETUP IS CONSIDERED
NOV 28 (Pittsburgh) - Four club owners of the NFL gathered here today to arrange for playoff in event of deadlocks in the Eastern and Western divisions of the circuit. The quartet of survivors are the New York Giants, defending league titlists, and the Washington Redskins in the East, and Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears in the West. The Giants and Redskins, boasting eight victories against one loss and one tie, clash Sunday in New York. A tie game would force a playoff...LEADING THE WEST: Green Bay leads the West with eight victories and two setbacks, while the Bears are close behind with eight wins and three defeats. The Packers play Detroit Sunday, and a defeat would deadlock the race. Playoffs, if necessary, probably would be held Dec. 10, League President Carl L. Storck determining today just where they would be staged. Meeting with him were Owners George Marshall of Washington, Tim Mara of New York, George Halas of Chicago, anc Curly Lambeau, coach of the Packers. Two developments in connection with the Pittsburgh pro Pirates held attention as the club owners assembled...OFFERS PART OWNERSHIP: Art Rooney, offered $50,000 for a part ownership by a Boston syndicate, was told by Vincent Scully, representing a local group, that he was prepared to match the offer and would be willing to take 49 percent of the stock. Armand Niccolai, veteran of six straight seasons of play as a star right tackle, announced he would quit the pro game. Bert Bell, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, heard of this and offered Rooney the Eagles' second choice in this winter's draft in exchange for the ex-Duquesne star's contract. Bell through he could make such an attractive offer that Niccolai would keep on playing. Rooney is hopeful Niccolai will change his mind.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 28 (Green Bay) - The attempt of owner Tom Lipscomb to popularize professional football in Cleveland may bear fruit, but it has been a long, hard grind. Authority for that statement rests with Cleveland sportswriters with whom we fraternized on our recent visit to Ohio, and with Lipscomb himself, who "scouted" the Packers during one of their final workouts. "I'm doing no harm here," the Ram owner explained. "I don't know anything about the game, anyway." Lipscomb and his associates still are sadly in the red after spending seasons attempting to build up the game in Cleveland. Most of their crowds have been poor, and Lipscomb didn't really hear the turnstiles click until the last couple of Sundays, when the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers wandered into town. A few friends and relatives watched the Rams play the Chicago Cardinals. Davey O'Brien's reputation meant nothing to Cleveland fans, and the Philadelphia game was a flop. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't draw flies, and why should they? But the Ram president is cheerful. "They're beginning to come," he said. "We're making money at a few games, now." Sportswriters feel that the team isn't in close enough contact with the people. Henry Andrews of the Press remarked: "They keep the Rams out at Berea, Ohio, training on the Baldwin-Wallace campus. You never see them around town; no one ever has a chance to get acquainted with them." Andrews said he understood the team would be moved into Cleveland next season. There have been rumors that the Ram franchise might be moved to another city, but no one gives it much credence. In the meantime, the slow building process continues...Bringing the Packers to Cleveland two days earlier was of great benefit in building up the game last Sunday. The Green Bay players scampered around the Municipal stadium turf both Friday and Saturday, whooping and shouting in a manner to make the empty stands ring with echoes. The giant stadium is no telephone booth for space. You can park upwards of 80,000 customers in there, and 80,000 is no platoon in any army. It was the site of the Notre Dame-Navy game this season - the one which had Lavvie Dilweg of Green Bay as referee. It has the usual fault of all stadia which are not built expressly for football - the gridiron is too far from the stands. Next to the Cleveland setup, Milwaukee State fair park stands are right on the field.
AWARD MILWAUKEE PRO GRID PLAYOFF
NOV 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Milwaukee has been definitely selected for the National Professional Football league playoff, if the Green Bay Packers win the western title, it was announced by Curly Lambeau in a long distance telephone call from Pittsburgh Tuesday afternoon. A meeting of all clubs with a mathematical chance for divisional honors - the Packers and Bears in the western end of the league and the Giants and Redskins in the eastern end - was held in Pittsburgh Tuesday morning. "Everything now depends on our game with Detroit at Detroit Sunday. The site is set. If we win the title by beating or tying the Lions, the league has definitely decided to play the championship game in Milwaukee." Lambeau said that tickets would be scaled from $4.40 to $1.10. "We thought first of having a $3.30 top but because of the relatively restricted seating capacity in Milwaukee, the $4.40 was proposed by the directors." The game will be played at State Fair park, which has a capacity of 26,500. Additional seats to increase the capacity to about 30,000 can be built. The date of the game will not be decided until after Sunday's battle between the New York Giants and the Redskins in New York. Unless the game ends in a tie, one or the other will win undisputed posession of the eastern title and the championship game would be played December 10. If the game ends in a tie, however, leaving them deadlocked for the eastern division crown, an eastern playoff will be held December 10 and the championship game December 17. If the Packers lose to the Lions Sunday, forcing them into a tie with the Bears in the west, a divisional playoff will be played at a site to be determined by a coin flip. If the Packers win the flip, the playoff with the Bears will also be held at Milwaukee. Lambeau left for Green Bay by plane immediately after the meeting. The Packers will leave for Detroit Friday. Sunday's game has already been announced as a sellout.
NOV 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers assured themselves of no worse than a tie for the western half title in the NFL Sunday by a margin closer than a twice over shave. It was a 7 to 6 triumph over the Cleveland Rams and it came on the wings of a Cecil Isbell to Joe Laws pass and was cinched by the old reliable toe of Tiny Engebretsen, who wobbled up off the bench, out onto the field and kicked that vital point like he was having his breakfast grapefruit. Make no mistake about it, the Packers, if all reports are true, deserved to win, but they knew they'd been in a battle. The Rams proved definitely and for all time they have emerged from the cocoon stage of professional football and from now on are a power to be reckoned with. They unseated the Packers up at Green Bay, 27 tp 24; they walloped the Lions when a Detroit walloping was very much in demand by Packer adherents and they almost walloped the Packers when such a walloping was what George Halas and his little Bruins have been dreaming about and hoping for a week...CAN CLINCH CROWN: And now what? All between the Packers and an undisputed title in the western half race is Sunday's fray at Detroit with the Lions. A win or tie in the motor city will give the Bays the title and the right to meet the winner of the New York Giants-Washington Redskins game for the league championship. The Giants and Redskins are now tied for the eastern lead and next Sunday's winner will annex the Atlantic seaboard sectional crown. Will Sunday's 31 to 7 rout at the hands of the Redskins serve as a spur for the Lions or will that defeat, plus elimination from the title race, serve as an anchor? There are two schools of thought. One believes the rout and elimination from the championship race will find the Lions in the gridiron rut, ambitionless and only playing out the string. The other school believes professional players have too much pride in their own ability to take a 31 to 7 rout sitting down and that the Lions, eyeing next year's contracts, will be thirsting for revenge and anxious to get it at the expense of the Packers. I'm inclined to the second belief. History of the pro league reveals good teams, and the Lions have a good club, are never so dangerous as when they have been shellacked thoroughly. In consequence, I'm looking for the Packers to have the toughest battle of the year on their hands Sunday...GROUND ATTACK FAILS: A factor in their favor is their aerial attack. Other clubs perhaps have completed more passes, but the Bays have made the most yardage on passes and have made the most touchdowns. And that's what they pay off on. Besides, the Lions are vulnerable in the air, as the Bears, Packers and Rams proved in previous games, and the Bays, if they do win, are almost sure to do it on the good right arms of Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell and the receiving of Don Hutson, Carl Mulleneaux, Frank Jacunski, Joe Laws, Milt Gantenbein and any number of others who have come through with timely catches in the past. Sunday's running attack against the Rams made over 200 yards, but it bogged down in pay dirt territory. Hence, it cannot be as strong as it should be in order to assure a win in the finale. Just why the ground attack is not functioning with customary power is difficult to fathom. The line is as good an offensive unit as the Packes have ever boasted; the attack has deception, power and enough speed, but still the offense on terra firma has not been clicking. Is it because the Packers are content to score the easier way - through the air? It appears that is the only logical conclusion. There is no question but what a long Herber to Hutson aerial is the bed of roses path to touchdown soil. It involves little wear and tear on the lads - except the passer who takes quite a beating - and it brings yardage in big chunks instead of by the tougher rockier sock and be socked plunge by plunge method...WIN OR FACE BEARS!: That is the danger of a successful air game. All too often the players are content to wait for the breaks in the air instead of sticking to their knitting all the way, scoring the hard way and make it that much easier for the air bombs to score direct hits when they are used. One thing sure, the Bays will have to buckle down to the ground attack business this Sunday if they are to win. They can make up their minds, collectively and individually, that the only sure way to win as champions should, is to get foggin' on the ground. Once they do that it will be easy to connect in the air. But if they are content to wait for the air attack to lift 'em out of the mire, as they did against the Rams, they are very apt to find themselves on the short end of the score, with a tie for the western division title on their hands and the necessity of meeting the Bears in a playoff game. I imagine they'd rather get the chore done Sunday than have to battle the Bears again.