Green Bay Packers (9-2) 12, Detroit Lions (6-5) 7
Sunday December 3rd 1939 (at Detroit)
(DETROIT) - A surging battle, fought through mud and water under sodden skies here Sunday afternoon, carried the Packers into the sunshine of another Western division football championship, as they defeated the Lions of Detroit before a crowd of 30,699. The score was 12 to 7. In winning, the Packers did what was expected of them, but they accomplished the feat against a Detroit team which retreated stubbornly, forcing a fight for every inch of ground. Again Green Bay won on a rally. The Packers made every kind of a score they could, and made each of them once. They acquired a safety, field goal, a touchdown and an extra point, while holding the Lions to seven points. The safety came in the third period, when Johnny Pingel's end zone punt was blocked by tackle Baby Ray, the ball slithering out of the end zone for an automatic two-pointer. The field goal was kicked by Tiny Enbegretsen from the 25-yard line in the second period. And the touchdown came on a torpedo-like lunge from inside the Detroit 1-yard line by fullback Clarke Hinle, to which Engebretsen added the extra point. Slippery fingers on soggy football caused five Green Bay fumbles in the first half and and chopped short every Packer touchdown march. The Lions, resisting bitterly, were in there to capitalize on the breaks, and the Bay eleven during the opening periods did not display the flash and drive that characterized their last half campaign. The Packers struck Detroit a jolting blow on the first play after the opening kickoff, when Arnold Herber and Carl Mulleneaux stuck together a 47-yard gain on a colossal forward pass, which set the ball on the Lions' 8-yard line, but they didn't score. Line punches by Eddie Jankowski and Andy Uram, who were to distinguish themselves later in the game, and a completed Herber to Don Hutson forward pass, failed to gobble up the necessary yardage, and on fourth down a wild pass from center went careening pas Jankowski and the scoring chance evaporated. The Lions chased the Packers back suddenly with a quick kick that caught the defense flat-footed, and the rest of the period was fought in Green Bay territory.
Late in the quarter Larry Craig fumbled the ball while trying to acquire a first down on a quarterback sneak, and Fred Vanzo on Detroit hooked it off before it touched the ground, being tackled on the Packer 24-yard line. The Lions wriggled in eight yards closer, and Phil Martinkovich blew a field goal attempt from the 24-yard stripe. Clarke Hinkle punted magnificently all afternoon, and on the last play of the first period put the Packers in line for points by delivering a towering boot which Hutson, running hard, downed on the Detroit 16-yard line. The ball promptly changed hands, as Dwight Sloan fumbled on the first play of the second period, tackle Ernie Smith recovering for Green Bay on the 16-yard stripe. The Packers gained precisely nothing in three downs, and on the fourth Engebretsen connected for his field goal. This made the score 3 to 0, in the Packers' favor.
The next time the Packers got possession of the ball Hinkle fumbled, Ray George and John Wiethe sharing the recovery on the Green Bay 29-yard line. The Lions struck hard and fast. Bill Shepherd ate up four yards in one plunge, a pass from Sloan to Jim McDonald was good for 10 more, and Sloan skirted right end from the 15-yard line behind beautiful blocking for the touchdown. Chuck Hanneman kicked the extra point, and the Lions went into a 7 to 3 lead. The Packers launches a counter-offensive that sent the Lions spinning back on their heels, but it was spoiled when Cecil Isbell fumbled, Howie Weiss recovering for Detroit on the Lions' 22-yard stripe. Late in the half a 32-yard sprint around end by Vanzo, and an 18-yard gain on a Pingle to McDonald forward pass, moved the ball into Packer territory, but the Lions didn't have time to score. They tried a 30-yard field goal on the last play, but Martinkovich's kick was wide, and the half ended 7 to 3.
The second half was all Packers, as the invading champions swept the defenders back into their own lair, and kept them there. Hinkle's great punting, some dizzy running by Uram, accurate passing by Isbell and steady line-plunging by Jankowski was fortified by sterling Packer line play, which stopped the Lions every time they had a notion to go anywhere. Hinkle kept punting deep into Detroit country. One of them was downed by Bud Svendsen - one of the day's No. 1 heroes - on the Detroit 7-yard line, forcing the Lions to kick back under difficult circumstances. Another was downed by Baby Ray on the Lions' 6, after Ray hurdled Lloyd Cardwell to reach the ball. This latter event cost the Lions two points, for after two unsuccessful thrusts by Weiss, Pingel's end zone punt was blocked by Ray, sending the ball caroming out of the end zone for a safety. That made the score 7 to 5, still in Detroit's favor.
Hinkle's next deadly kick skipped out of bounds on the Detroit 14-yard stripe, keeping the Lions well bottled up. The Lions tried to escape from the vise with a quick kick, but all they did was set up the final Packer score. Laws and Hinkle moved in, Halfback Joe reaching the Detroit 35 as the third period ended. Hinkle battered the line again for five yards, and Isbell threw an incomplete pass. Then came the poison play. Isbell ran to his right, turned and saw Hinkle in the clear, and let fire to the Packer fullback. Hinkle wasn't supposed to catch the ball on that play, but he gathered it in gratefully and got up steam for the goal line, finally being thrust out of bounds on the 6-yard line.
Two pokes by Hinkle and one by Laws sucked in all but one inch of the distance, and Hinkle made up the slight difference with a powerful lunge over left guard. Engebretsen booted the extra point, and the score was 12 to 7. Detroit, rapidly losing steam, tried to fight back, but presently a forward pass by Sloan was intercepted by Hinkle, who was spilled on the Lions' 34-yard line. Shifty running by Uram and steady plunging by Hinkle moved the ball in to the 10-yard stripe, but here the attack fizzled, and Engebretsen tried for another field goal. This one, from the 19-yard line, he missed narrowly. The Lions couldn't get anywhere, and a punt by Sloan was moved back to the Detroit 48 by Uram. Then Shifty Andy showed the Lions a clean pair of heels with a brilliant set of short sprints through the line and around end, getting some invaluable supplementary aid from fullback Jankowski. The Packers used up the final minute of the game on a steady march toward the Lions' goal, and if they had had to put it over, they probably would have scored again. As it were they were on the Detroit 2-yard line when the game ended.
GREEN BAY -  0  3  2  7 - 12
DETROIT   -  0  7  0  0 -  7
2nd - GB - Tiny Engebretsen, 16-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - DET - Dwight Sloan, 15-yard run (Chuck Hanneman kick) DETROIT 7-3
3rd - GB - Safety, punt blocked out of the end zone DETROIT 7-5
4th - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 1-yard run (Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 12-7
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - Action of the Green Bay Packer executive
board in selecting Milwaukee as the site for the 1939 NFL playoff
was approved unanimously by directors of the corporation as they
met at the Beaumont hotel yesterday. The following statement
was issued: "A meeting of the board of directors of Green Bay
Packers, Inc., was held yesterday and the action of the executive
committee in selecting Milwaukee as site of the championship
game to be played next Sunday was approved. It was pointed out
by the committee that while the decision to play the game in
Milwaukee was reached reluctantly, it nevertheless felt that under
the circumstances no other conclusion would have been
satisfactory...PLAYERS GET MONEY: "The fact that this is the
players' game, involving both Eastern and Western men, as well
as those finished second in each division, was of primary
consideration. Pressure to select either Washington or New York
was evident. The rules provided, however, that the game this year
must be played in the West, and the Green Bay management
insisted upon adherence to this provision. It was demanded, 
however, that the location selected in the Western territory be one
that would provide accommodations to the greatest possible
number of spectators. Milwaukee is, under the provisions of the
league, included in the Green Bay franchise territory, and at a
meeting of the clubs interested, which was held at Pittsburgh, 
was approved by all concerned...SITUATION GONE OVER: "A
careful analysis of the situation demonstrated that the amount of
money which would accrue to the players by selecting Milwaukee
was greater by several thousand dollars than would have been
the case had Green Bay been the choice. After a tough season, the team finally has won the Western division championship, losing only two games during the entire season, and it appeared only just and right that they receive as much compensation as possible for their efforts. At no time was the executive committee unmindful of the claim of the loyal Green Bay fans to enjoy the opportunity to attend the game at home, but they felt that under the conditions existing, these fans would be willing to forego this privilege in the interests of these boys who have so loyally and effectively upheld the honor and reputation of our city."
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - Getting a beautiful break from the weather, and more than a little excited about the whole thing, the Green Bay Packers drove through an intensive workout today in preparation for their playoff game with the New York Giants at Milwaukee Sunday. Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, in saying that there was little news regarding the condition of the Packers, indicated that no news is good news. The team is in the finest physical condition of any season, everyone will be available for service, and the entire team is determined to defeat the Giants and bring Green Bay its fifth league championship...HOLD MEALS TOGETHER: Every morning the squad assembles for breakfast, and it has lunch en masse every noon. To a man, the Packers appear ready to avenge those two consecutive defeats they suffered from New York last year, and they're anxious, too, to dip into that sizeable playoff pool. The rapidity with which tickets are fading to the vanishing point indicates that the gross gate will be the largest in the history of the playoff series. Some 2,000 seats remained unsold here today, and that was on a noontime basis, as E.A. Spachmann, director of sales, expected that less than 1,000 would be left by tonight. The only tickets left are those costing $1.65 and $1.10...FEW TICKETS REMAIN: In Milwaukee, only a few $1.10 seats remain, which gives clear evidence that rain or shine, the game will be a sellout. Lambeau has not yet decided when his team will move into Milwaukee, but he expects the time will be Saturday. The official draft meeting of the National league starts at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and several Packer officials will be on hand for that occasion. The only special train which has been announced thus far is the Du Chateau Special on the North Western road, which leaves here at 8:30 Sunday morning. Tickets are available at Du Chateau's, the Packer ticket office and the North Western station.
DEC 6 (Milwaukee) - Wisconsin football fans will get their first look at two native sons in professional togs when the New York Giants take the field against the Green Bay Packers in the National league playoff here Sunday. While spectators in this "second home" of the Packers hardly can be expected to cheer as loudly for Ward Cuff and Alphonse (Tuffy) Leemans, backfield ace of the Giants, as for the Packer stars, they're glad to see these Wisconsin athletes making a name for themselves...PLAYED AT MARQUETTE: Cuff is a Milwaukeean who won fame as a fullback for Marquette university a few years ago. He and Ken Strong are known as the great "field goal twins". Leemans, whose home is at Superior, played at Georgetown university, so comparatively few of Wisconsin's pro football addicts have seen him in action. They're really added attractions, however, because the main reason for the sellout crowd now virtually assured can be summed up in the Packer hope for revenge for two defeats they suffered in New York last season, especially the 23-17 setback in the playoff...SELL MANY TICKETS: Interest in the game remained at high pitch here and ticket sales continued brisk. More than 20,000 have been sold in Milwaukee alone. Workmen are adding seats at State Fair park to bring the capacity to 31,000, and a new press box is being built to accommodate 75 sportswriters. The playing field has been kept covered with hay because of the threat of snow. Officials announced the game time had been advanced a half hour to 1:30 p.m. (CST) because of the early twilight here. President Carl L. Storck announced last night through league offices established in Milwaukee the selection of William Halloran of Providence, R.I., as game referee; Edward W. Cochrane of Chicago, umpire; Dan Tehan of Cincinnati, field judge, and Tom Thorpe of New York, linesman.
DEC 6 (New York) - Bill Corum, sports editor of the New York Journal-American, and one of the best known sportswriters in the East, today advocated withdrawal of Green Bay from the NFL. He concluded a column on professional football by saying: "I think that the present National league must soon strengthen its membership. Great as Green Bay is as a team, loyal as the fans of the little town are, it's can's go on indefinitely being a big league city. It isn't."
DEC 6 (New York) - Mrs. Isbael Owen, 63, Kingsley, Kan., visiting her son Steve Owen, coach of the New York Giants, died in a hotel today of heart disease. Because of her death, Steve may not be on hand for the championship game with the Green Bay Packers at Milwaukee Sunday. Officials of the Giants said plans for burial had not yet been made.
DEC 6 (New York) - In practically a clean sweep believed to
be unprecedented in the history of any sport, 14 NFL team
records were broken and one tied in the 1939 season,
according to final statistics announced yesterday. Every
offensive record, with the exception of one, was wiped off
the books as five forward passing, four ground gaining, 
three scoring and two field goal standards were eclipsed
and one field goal mark tied by Chicago's Bears, Detroit,
Cleveland, Washington, Philadelphia and New York. In
many cases the former highs were surpassed by two or
three teams, a feat attributed largely to the unequaled 
performances of the finest collection of first year players in
league annals. Bill Osmanski, Sid Luckman, Bob MacLeod
and Billy Patterson, Chicago Bears; Parker Hall, Cleveland;
Davey O'Brien, Philadelphia; Dick Todd, Jim Meade and 
Jim German, Washington; and John Pingel, Darrell Tully, Phil Martinkovic, Detroit, were rookies who aided the league in compiling this avalanche of records which were predicted by coaches before the season even started...BREAK SIX MARKS: The Chicago Bears brushed aside six records, two in scoring and four in ground gaining, by running up 298 points and 3,988 yards against opponents. Washington and Green Bay also exceeded the former 11-game marks in these departments of play, contributing largely to a new total league scoring high of 1,692 points, 208 points more than last year's peak, and an average of 30 points a game. Four new team aerial best performances led to a new total league forward passing efficiency high. Cleveland, with 127 completions in 253 tosses for 50.1 percent, broke the former mark of 250 or more thrown by nearly 8 percent as well as the old completion total by 13. Washington, with 117 out of 201 for 58.2 percent, eclipsed the previous league efficiency by over 9 percent, one of the finest of the long list of 1939 precedent-setting feats. Detroit and Philadelphia each completed 21 passes in one game, three more than ever before completed. A total of 951 completions of 2,238 tosses brought a total league efficiency of 42.4 percent, nearly 2 percent higher than ever. New York, with 17 field goals in one season, reached a new acme in this specialty, and was instrumental in elevating the league total to a peak of 55. Each new mark is better by seven than previous accomplishments. Detroit tied another field goal mark with four successful placements in one game. The only record withstanding the 1939 National league onslaught was 2,885 yards rushing made by Detroit in 1936.
DEC 6 (New York) - The New York Giants have completed
plans for their trek to Milwaukee where on Sunday the NFL
champions and successful defenders of the Eastern title
oppose the Green Bay Packers, Western winners. The
Giants depart tomorrow afternoon and arrive on the scene
of the struggle shortly before noon Friday. The Giants went
back to work yesterday and will stage two more drills on 
the Polo Grounds field before departing for the scene of 
the struggle. Coach Steve Owen had a full squad on hand
when he resumed workouts yesterday with the exception of
Tuffy Leemans, ace running back...RESTS INFECTED LEG:
Leemans has been ordered to stay off his infected leg for
several days and it is expected that complete rest will make
it possible for him to play against the Packers. Without his
service the Giants are not expected to be nearly as
dangerous but Dr. Francis Sweeney, team physician, 
hopes to have him ready for part-time duty at least. Coach
Owne has a few players who are still pretty well banged up
after the bruising Redskin clash. Jim Poole, Len Barnum,
Leland Shaffer and Ox Parry all spent considerable time in
the whirlpool bath yesterday trying to work out a varied
assortment of bruises and charley horses. It is expected
that all will be able to play with the possible exception of
Barnum, ace punter and passer. Barnum's bad leg was
kicked again Sunday and he was forced to leave the game
and he still was unable to do any kicking in the drill
yesterday. The Giant tutor did not make any radical changes
in his array in practice but was very dissatisfied with the 
way his squad went to work. Coach Owen is afraid the high
pitch which his squad reached for the Redskin game may
cause them to have a mental and physical letdown in the
CONTEST: President Carl Storck of the NFL has cerrtified
30 players each of the Green Bay Packers and New York
Giants as eligible to play in Sunday's championship
playoff game at Milwaukee.
DEC 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - If the $80,000 gate materializes at Sunday's pro league playoff between the Packers and Giants at State Fair park, and there seems no question but what it will, it will be a record for receipts in a championship game. The $4.40 top accounts for it. While New York has had greater crowds than the estimated 31,000 which will see the game here, New York has never charged more than $2.20 top. The present record in receipts, set in the famous "ice battle" between the Bears and Giants at the Polo Grounds in 1934, is $67,000. With 60% of the gate going to the players, after expenses which include rental and traveling expenses for both teams, the $80,000 gate means that each player on the winning team will receive about $600 and each player on the losing team about $400. The winning team takes 60% of the original 60% and the losing team 40%...The money will come in particularly handy for four Packers, who are to be married within two weeks after the game. Paul Kell, a tackle, will marry a South Bend girl; Cecil Isbell, a Lafayette (Ind.) girl; Baby Ray a Nashville girl, and Bill Lee a Green Bay girl...SPLIT POOL 67 WAYS: Both the Packers and Giants Tuesday voted on how they would split up their end of the winnings. The Giants carved out 34 shares and the Packes 33. New York didn't ignore anyone connected with the club. The boys voted full shares to the 30 eligible players, Coach Steve Owens and Asst. Coach Bo Molenda, and one-third of a share to each of the two trainers, the team physician, the ground keeper, the clubhouse boy and Bud Galazin, who started the season with the club, but played only 15 minutes. The Packers voted full shares to 31 boys, including Lee Mulleneaux, who is on the ineligible list, Coach Curly Lambeau and Asst. Coach Red Smith. Lambeau immediately, however, returned his share to the players' pool. In addition, the Packers voted a half share to each of the trainers...Sunday's battle will be a rubber game. Out of the 18 games so far, dating back to 1928, the year of the first meeting between these teams, each has won nine. The Packers have the edge in scoring with 199 points in the 18 games to New York's 174. It will be noted that the Packers haven't beaten their rivals since 1936. Sunday's game will also be New York's first appearance against Green Bay in the west since 1934 and the third appearance in Milwaukee. The Giants played at Borchert field in 1933 and State Fair park in 1934. They played their last game in Green Bay in 1932...Both Curly Lambeau and Red Smith were tickled with the selection of the officials, especially Bill Halloran as referee. "I don't know what happened in the Washington game Sunday," Lambeau said, "but I do know that Halloran always calls them as he sees them. That's all anybody can ask. He's one of the best officials in the country."...PACKERS CAN'T WAIT: The Packers can hardly wait for this shot at the Giants after the much disputed playoff in New York last year. "They beat us last year, sure," Joe Laws piped up after practice Tuesday, "but how they beat us! Say, we're ready to start right now with the score 23 to 17 against us as it was at the end of the game last year, and just keep going." The principal dispute of several in last year's game developed on a pass in the last five minutes of play with the score 23 to 17 in New York's favor. The Packers were on New York's 40 yard line. Gantenbein caught a pass inside New York's 10 but Larry Conover, head linesman, ruled that Gantenbein was not an eligible receiver. The Packers admit that Gantenbein didn't line up as an eligible receiver, but insist he became eligible after the shift. It was a trick play which fooled the officials as well as the Giants. What would have happened if the pass had been permitted is hard to say. They were rolling at the time, however, and the Packers feel sure that they would have scored. At any rate, the decision still rankles, and when Laws pipes up that he is ready to start just where he left off last year, he speaks for the whole team.
DEC 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Federal agents in Milwaukee took official cognizance of the Green Bay Packers-New York Giants world's championship game here Sunday at State Fair park when it was reported that several large blocks of tickets had fallen into the hands of speculators and that scalpers expected to a land office business because of the unprecedented demand by the public for game pasteboards. From the federal office came the warning that an additional tax must be paid by resellers where a ticket is sold over the stamped price, that any such profits must be accounted for by January 30, 1940, and for failure to do would prove expensive. As an example, a ticket marked up $2 over the original price, a $1 tax must be paid to the government. Football fans themselves in Milwaukee, throughout the state and the Middle West at large, however, appeared to be totally indifferent to the federal angle as they passed every wire - with price no objection - to get a ducat which would permit them to see the biggest sporting even in the city's history. Some 20,000 tickets had been disposed of in Milwaukee alone by Tuesday afternoon, and reports from Green Bay, where the Packers are disposing of a large block, set the sale figure at close to 6,000. That would leave not more than 6,000 still available for public consumption and there is no doubt those ducats will be snapped up as soon as the public finds out where they are available. The park will seat only 31,000 for the title tussle, even with the addition of 5,000 new seats. Even a new press box is being built to accommodate a record attendance of sportswriters, with the seating capacity to be enough for 75 persons. At least a dozen New York experts will be on hand, and Chicago, Washington, Detroit and other metropolitan areas will be well represented. Coach Steve Owen will bring his formidable Giants into town Friday morning and will work out Friday and Saturay, probably at the Brewer ballpark. Coach Curly Lambeau plans to keep his Packers, western division champions, at home until Saturday morning, but his plan is subject to change. If the weather turns extremely cold, Lambeau will bring his squad to Milwaukee a day or two sooner to take advantage of expected better temperatures here. An entire floor of the Schroeder hotel has been reserved for the team.
DEC 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Stoney McGlynn) - The need for a county stadium was never so clearly exhibited as it is at this time with thousands - yes, thousands - clamoring for tickets to the Green Bay Packers-New York Giants football game here Sunday for the professional football championship. Now, as a fat, good natured father, an average citizen and good provider I've always tried my best to do what is right. I've always tried to be friendly. And I never knew what a success at that angle I was until friends from all over the commonwealth wired, wrote and phoned me to get 'em tickets. Not passes, mind you, but tickets. I like every one of 'em, but I can't do a thing for them. Perhaps I can get you 50 tickets for Sally Rand's Nude Ranch, first row and first win at the blonde on the right of the line, but I can't get you a seat on the 50-yard line for the game Sunday. In fact, I can't get you a seat on the 40 or the 30 or the 30 and the 10 right now and by the time you read this I won't be able to get you a seat except out with Guy Crippen, who has a stable of fine race horses quartered down on the south end of the track. If you're an awfully good friend (say one who had fixed up a good date back in my dating and doting days) we'll get you a pair of field glasses and I know Guy will let you take his stop watch. And why?...GIVE US A STADIUM: The answer is easy. Milwaukee didn't crash over for a stadium touchdown when the opportunity was ripe and the New Deal was dishing out YOUR dollars with lavish hand. This reporter has been around this state for more years than he will admit and he has always been of the belief that Wisconsin and Milwaukee will support topnotch attractions. The Packers have been a topnotch attraction for 11 seasons now and they have had the kind of support that proves this opinion is right. Now, with the title game against the Giants coming up, this belief is verified 100 percent. A county stadium that would seat 40,000 fans would not be large enough. And the need for such a stadium will be here next year, the year after and the year after and for as many years as one Earl (Curly) Lambeau has anything to with the Packers. The Packers are no longer just a Green Bay institution. They are a Wisconsin institution. They draw from all over Wisconsin. They play some of their game in Milwaukee each year. They have built up a clientele that wants the best - and is getting it. Under Curly Lambeau the Packers have won four league championship and seven western crowns in 11 seasons. It can't be luck. It must rest somewhere and if the coaches are to be blamed for the losing teams then they must be credited for the victorious ones. As long as the Bays have Curly they'll have a football club that will be up there. And as long as they are up there the need for a larger stadium will always be with us...MUST WORK TOGETHER: This corner has no delusions about taking the Packers away from Green Bay. It couldn't be done, it shouldn't be done and it won't be done. But, working in CONJUNCTION with Green Bay and the Packers, Milwaukee can be an important factor in the success of the Packers and CAN, if it has the right kind of a stadium, stage the championship playoff games and other topnotch attractions as it is doing Sunday. The Packers aren't the only athletic organization that could use such a stadium. The Milwaukee Brewers could rent it for baseball in the summer months and such a stadium would help the metropolis of the state become the sports metropolis of the state instead od just a big overgrown country town as some of the press brethren from the sophisticated (and pushover) cities of these states would have us believe. After trying to please thousands of would be ticket buyers, I know a county stadium would be a success here. The Brewers will not always be the Brewers of 1939. Henry Bendinger knows as well as we do that Milwaukee will only support the best. Give us a stadium for us to enjoy topnotch football and topnotch baseball and Bendinger, the Packer Corp., and others will see we get the best...BEEFS, BEEFS, BEEFS: This week has been hectic. Green Bay beefs because the game came here; Milwaukee beefs because Green Bay fans had the first choice on the best seats. Both beefs are unfair, Milwaukee can seat more fans for the game and the league ruled the game be played here. Green Bay fans, the ones who buy season tickets each year, those who have stood by the Packers since the safety pin stages of pro football up there, are entitled to first crack at the good seats. A pretty good friend of mine (in fact, he's my boss) reported Green Bay is up in arms. He says the restaurant owners, hotel managers, tavern keepers, the taxi companies and the like are really hot and bothered. My answer was they have a commercial angle to the game; the Packer corporation has a commercial angle and either one had to suffer. I also told him the Packer corp., did not have the final say, that the site of the game was decided by the league directors and that it was only after long argument that the game was saved for Wisconsin at all. But the strange part of it all is the fact that despite the two factions in Milwaukee and Green Bay and the two beefs the tickets are going like grandma's old molasses cookies used to disappear when we were young. Perhaps I am a Pollyanna, but I'm convinced that if the Packers give the Noo Yawk Jints an old fashioned tanning Sunday we'll all be brothers under the skin and the Green Bayers will be hoisting 'em along with the good burghers from this city until one or the other slips in under the table. So it's up to the Packer players themselves to become the great peacemakers by manhandling Coach Steve Owen's Jints from hell to breakfast and back again.
DEC 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - Players in next Sunday's pro
league playoff between the Packers and Giants at State
Fair park will split 60% of an estimated $80,000 gate, after
expenses are deducted. The winning team will receive
60% of the original 60% and the losing team 40%. Each
club will receive 10% in addition, the league 10%, and
each of the second place clubs, the Redskins in the east
and the Bears in the west, 5%...To assure of a dry field, hay
was spread over the gridiron at State Fair park Monday
morning and will remain on until Sunday. Work also
progressed on the construction of 5,000 additional seats
on the east side of the field, which will increase the
capacity to slightly more than 31,000...PACKER PLAY SAFE:
Once out in front, 12 to 7, the Packers played cagey ball,
refusing to take any sort of chance in the muddy going.
They shunned passing completely and used nothing but
simple line plays. They even played it so safe - or maybe it
was just a misunderstanding over what down it was - that
midway through the fourth quarter they attempted a field
goal from the 18 yard line on third down. Even Lambeau
scratched his head over this, but at least it was safe...Your
friend, George Halas of the Bears, his right hand bower,
Luke Johnsos, and four of their hirelings, Joe Stydahar,
George Musso, Sid Luckman and Masterson scouted the
Packers Sunday. No, Horace, they didn't cheer for Green
Bay. Until Sunday's game the Bears retained a chance to tie
Green Bay for the western division title...Andy Uram
probably turned in the best job of his pro career at left half.
Despite the bad footing, he kept his feet very well even
when he cut, and he cut sharply several times. In 11 plays, he picked up 56 yards. Laws added 18 in 5, Isbell 29 in 8, Hinkle 25 in 20, and Jankowski 10 in 10. Herber lost 10 yard on 2 plays. Vanzo, breaking away on a quick opening on the only play on which he carried the ball, hung up the longest run of the afternoon - 32 yards. Sloan got 23 in four plays, Shephard and MacDonald each 3 in 1, Weiss 40 in 14, and Pingel 20 in 8. Weiss, much improved since his college days, was one of the outstanding men on the field...You get an idea of how completely the Packers dominated the play in the second half after their ordinary first half by the way they controlled the ball. Of the 67 plays in the third and fourth quarters, the Packers had possession on 47. Of Detroit's 20, five were punts...VARIETY IN SCORING: The game was like a lesson in football scoring. In amassing the 12 points, the Packers scored once in every way possible - a point after touchdown, two points on a safety, three points on a field goal and six points on a touchdown...Nobody was hurt so Lambeau wore two smiles Sunday night. Incidentally, the team stayed over in Detroit until Monday morning but Lambeau took a midnight train for Milwaukee to help make final arrangements for the playoff.
DEC 3 (Kenosha) - The Kenosha Cardinals, American Pro league football team, closed their 1939 season Sunday with a 41 to 18 victory over the Marquette University all-stars. In 13 games the Cardinals won six and lost seven. Obbie Novakoski's touchdown runs of 41 and 46 yards featured the Cardinals' attack. Other Cardinal touchdowns were made by Rozzoni, who blocked a punt on the Stars' 33; Franke Gergel, who ran 60 yards with an intercepted pass; Hegeman, on a pass from Art Buck, and Biolo, who blocked a punt on the goal line. Dan Koster, former Marquette fullback, who captained the Cardinals, kicked four conversions. Johnny Maltsch's 12 passes gained 164 yards for the Stars. Two went to Reggie Coldagelli for touchdowns. Coldagelli scored the other on a short reverse.
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - With an unprecedented rush for tickets in progress, the Green Bay Packers went back to work today for their last week of practice prior to the 1939 NFL championship playoff game, set for next Sunday at State fair park, Milwaukee. The swarm of ticket purchasers which descended upon both Green Bay and Milwaukee offices to gobble up every available seat in the higher price brackets indicated a certain sellout, which would mean a gross gate of approximately $80,000, the largest in the history of the playoff series. The ticket demand to an extent shoved the Packer team itself into the background right with Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, as his players have been pestered to death with playoff talk already. "The Packers are fit as a fiddle, and ready to strike for a fifth national championship," he said, and his opinion of the
team's physical condition was echoed by Dr. W.W. Kelly,
team physician...LETLOW SHAKEN UP: Russ Letlow, 
guard, was shaken up severely at Detroit Sunday, and
several others have bumps and bruises, but Dr. Kelly
believes all will be in playing condition. The men are in the
finest shape they ever have been at this time of the year, as
attested by the fact that several were extremely durable in
the Detroit game. Bud Svendsen and Buckets Goldenberg
played all but a few minutes each, and Bill Lee, veteran
tackle, lasted the entire route without relief. All were going
strong when the game ended. The Packers are glad that 
the New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins for
the championship. For one thing, Green Bay already 
defeated Washington once this year, and it's hard to 
engineer twin victories over one club in the National league
...WANT GIANTS AGAIN: Next, the Packers have been 
spoiling to get another crack at New York ever since the
Giants whipped them twice in a row last season, the 
second time in the playoff game. The time of the Packers'
departure for Milwaukee depends on the weather. Snow fell
yesterday, but clear skies prevailed today. Reports from
Milwaukee indicate that the temperatures were warming
and the field dry, but the players will remain in Green Bay
as long as they can conduct outdoor practice. The team will
meet every morning for breakfast, and will hold indoor skull
sessions thereafter. Outdoor workouts will be in the
afternoon until the day of departure, probably Friday or
Saturday. While in Milwaukee the team will headquarter at
the Schroeder hotel...PLAN SPECIAL TRAIN: At least one
special train will carry fans to Milwaukee. A Du Chateau
Special will run on the North Western line, leaving here at
8:30 Saturday morning and arriving at Milwaukee at 11:30.
The return trip will start at 7 o'clock, and will reach Green
Bay at 10. State fair park is making the necessary changes
to handle the big influx for the game. More than 100
additional sportswriters must be accommodated in the
covered press coop, and 100 additional telegraph wires
leading out of Milwaukee must be installed to take care of
metropolitan services...HOTELS TO BE CROWDED: Milwaukee hotels will be jammed to capacity. In addition to the vast number of football fans and sportswriters, the National league draft, scheduled for Saturday, will bring in additional men. The Packer ticket office was bombarded with requests all day yesterday, and all higher price seats are sold. All that were left here this morning - and E.A. Spachmann, sales director, emphasized that the picture would be very different by late this afternoon - were $1.65 and $1.10 seats in the sections at the ends of the west stands, near the goal posts, and in the bleachers behind the north and south goal posts.
DEC 5 (Milwaukee) - California had its frenzied gold rush of '49. Georgia experienced the devastating march of General Sherman's army, and Wisconsin - well, Wisconsin is getting ready for pro football's grand finale - the championship game between the home-owned Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants. Neither love, money nor your Uncle Willie's influence could get you a pair of decent seats for the title game next Sunday at State fair park. There will be room for approximately 31,500 fans at the game, but Milwaukee and Green Bay couldn't begin to take care of the demand fast enough...FEW TICKETS LEFT: Approximately 14,000 tickets were put on sale at two Milwaukee newspaper offices yesterday and all that remained today were a few $1.10 and $1.65 tickets which will permit holders barely to squeeze into the stadium. Best seats sold at $4.40 and $3.30 and wild-eyed football fans swarmed the newspaper office and gobbled them up speedily. Packer officials at Green Bay were reported to have parted with close to 10,000 tickets already. There was little doubt that the game would be a sellout, whether or not the weather is favorable. William Abbot, the pro league's representative, described Monday's sale as "tremendous". He said that the tickets were distributed so swiftly it was impossible to estimate accurately just how many remained. He said Tim Mara, owner of the New York Giants, pleaded for 100 $4.40 and 200 $3.30 tickets, but he didn't know whether Mara was able to get them...PULL ALL STRINGS: Meanwhile, the man on the street pulled more strings than the guys who used to run Tony Sarg's marionette show in order to worm "a pair of $4.40's." Sportswriters, badgered personally and over the telephone, sought fan-proof shelters. Telephone jangled incessantly. Politicians buttonholed political reporters and invariably the conversation: "Can you get me?...""Friends," whose faces hadn't been seen in years, reappeared blandly announced "Remember me?" and plunged into a fervent plea for tickets. Even Gov. Julius P. Heil phoned. The conversation went something like this: "This is the governor." "Oh, yeah?" "The governor..." "Listen, don't kid me! I'm pestered to death. Who in hell are you?"...HE WASN'T KIDDING: "I'm not kidding you. This is Gov. Heil. I want to get six seats..." One newspaper announced: "The tickets are on sale (that is, were on sale) for cash. No reservations. Nobody in this organization can do anything for anybody. The sale is in the hands of the Green Bay Packers organization and the NFL." "Can you get me..."
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Resentment over holding the Green Bay Packers-New York Giants NFL championship game in Milwaukee next Sunday has waned considerably among members of the North Side Businessmen's Association, it was announced today by President Art Le Comte. The matter was discussed at some length during a meeting of the association at the North Side Community club last night. "Most of us are feeling a lot better about the situation now," Le Comte declared. No vote, either of endorsement or opposition of the action by the Green Bay Packers, Inc., was taken.
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Leland H. Joannes, president of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., received a frantic call from Tim 
Mara, owner of the New York Giants, for tickets to Sunday's playoff game. "Mara wanted 350 tickets," Joannes said,  "for fans who are coming from New York in two special trains. The party will include Fiorello La Guardia, mayor of New York." Mara hasn't received the tickets, Joannes said.
DEC 5 (Dayton) - President Carl Storck of the NFL said today that Ed Justice, halfback of the Washington Redskins, would be banned from the professional league for life and fined $500 if, as unofficial reports say, he struck referee Bill Halloran during the game with the New York Giants last Sunday. Halloran ruled against a last-minute field goal attempt made by the Redskins, which if successful would have given Washington the game, 10-9. In the ensuing melee, several players crowded around Halloran and, it was alleged, Justice struck him. If Justice only "attempted" to hit Halloran, he will be suspended for one year and fined $500, Storck said.
DEC 5 (New York) - Stout Steve Owen, who coaches the New York Giants of the NFL, told the biggest whopper of the entire 1939 season yesterday. It was at the Metropolitan football writers' luncheon, and Toastmaster Allison Danzig had just asked Steve whether he thought the field goal try by Beau Russell of the Washington Redskins in the last 45 seconds of Sunday's pro game was good or wide...BREAK INTO LAUGHTER: "As a matter of fact," said Owen, "I wasn't even watching when the kick was made. I was talking," and his face still was deadpan as ever, "to a man sitting behind me." There was a second of shocked silence, and then the place broke into an uproar of laughter. "Seriously, though," Owen resumed, "I was in no position to judge. We won, 9-7, because the kick failed. But if referee Bill Halloran had called it good, there'd have been no squawk from me. He's always called 'em as he saw them."...GIANTS GET CARELESS: Stout Steve said he thought his Giants would have won the game, the Eastern division title and the right to meet Green Bay for the league championship far more easily if they hadn't become careless in the second half. "The kick Feets Barnum had blocked was his own fault," the coach explained, "because Barnum edged forward at least a step and a half when the ball was snapped. Then Halloran warned our boys they weren't coming to a full stop on their shift, and they changed the count. Instead of going on a four-count they were supposed to go on 6. But only half of them remembered. The others still ran on the old system. That cost us three penalties for a back in motion inside the Washington 10-yard line."
DEC 5 (New York) - The New York Giants resumed work today at the Polo Grounds preparing for the final playoff game with the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee next Sunday. The National league champions came through the bruising struggle with the Redskins in fairly good condition. Tuffy Leemans' leg was bumped again, but Dr. Francis Sweeney, team physician, does not think it is as bad off as a week ago and predicts that Tuffy will be in shape for the Packer test...TWO ARE BRUISED: Leland Shaffer, blocking back, and Jim Poole, stellar end, both were pretty well bruised and battered but received nothing that will prevent them from being available for full time duty. The entire squad attended a breakfast yesterday morning, as guests of the Hotel Whitehall, where most of the players are quartered. This was in the nature of a farewell sendoff, for the players will settle down to the most serious task of the season in the remaining practice sessions before departing for the site of the titular struggle with the western champions...FIFTH PLAYOFF TEST: The playoff test will be the fifth in seven years for the Giants and the New York squad knows the big handicap it faces in trying to retain the crown it won a year ago from the same opponents. No team ever has successful defended the Ed Thorp Memorial trophy since the league was split into sections. Plans will be formulated today for the trip to Milwaukee but a good deal will depend upon weather conditions here and in the west. If practice conditions are not good in the west, the Giants plan to remain here until the last minute before departing for the scene of the title playoff.
DEC 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Everybody and his brother have moved into Milwaukee for the Green Bay-New York world championship football game at State Fair park Sunday afternoon, and grid addicts from the city, state and surrounding provinces were encamped outside the Milwaukee Sentinel Monday from the wee hours on. While Mr. and Mrs. Milwaukee jabbed and elbowed their way through the milling mobs like bingo fans en route to their favorite pastime, others - lucky ones - passed along the crowd announcing, "They're all sold out." Yes, in less than an hour the first allotment of over 3,000 ducats had been eagerly snatched up. No more tickets until Tuesday morning was the word at the Sentinel's service counter. Orders pouring. Just a sample" "I want 104 of those 4.40 tickets...Save me 20 three-thirties...Remember me from Wautoma...I helped you in a storm years ago...Can you get me a dozen 3.30's and one 2.20? Is McGlynn in? No, he's gone to Reedsburg to speak at a football banquet...Don't give me that line...Honest!...All right, can you save me 50 four-forties? Buy 'em Tuesday morning - early." Telegrams from Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Madison, Beloit, Janesville, Kenosha, Racine and points east, north, south and west, all the same. "Reserve (two to 200) for Packer-Giant game Sunday." Never in all Milwaukee football history has there been such a stampede for tickets to any contest. It's the world series of the grid world and just proves that when offered something topnotch, the Milwaukee sporting public is just as all right as any other city's populace. Packer officials in Green Bay have already parted with close to 10,000 pasteboards and as many have been snatched up locally. The State Fair park bowl's seating capacity is being enlarged by 5,000 and all indications point to a complete sellout - insuring a crowd of 30,000. For anxious fans, more tickets will go on sale at the Milwaukee Sentinel's public service counter Tuesday morning. First come, first served. There will be reservations. Prices are $1.10, $2.20, $3.30 and $4.40. And no "inside" - every man for himself.
DEC 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - All too often we hear this crack: "Milwaukee is a rotten sports town and won't support a first class event." Next Sunday's national pro championship playoff at State Fair park between Green Bay's Packers and New York's Giants gives the lie to the old charge. After the terrific rush for tickets there is only one logical answer. Milwaukee fans are too intelligent to sail for any of the so-and-so stuff that attracts yokels in droves in the supposed centers of sophistication like New York and Chicago. But give them (Milwaukee fans) something really worthwhile - football, baseball, boxing or whatever activity is involved - and they'll go for it in a big way. Another thing about a gilt edged attraction: The old gripe about price is conspicuous by its absence. "How do they get that way, boosting the the prices to $4.40 top?" was a typical moan when the playoff was provisionally announced for Milwaukee. But there was none of that Sunday night and Monday, when the tune changed to "I don't care about the price; just get me some tickets." Come to think of it, weren't there a lot of growls early in the 1938 season about ticket prices at Wisconsin's stadium, Camp Randall, where many of the seats are behind the goal lines? Then along came the windup game, in which the Badgers made their ill-fated bid for the Big Ten championship. No one seemed to mind paying the full rate even for the privilege of leaning against the fieldhouse many yards away from the actual playing field. And to think that snow may be sweeping over a sellout crowd at fair park next Sunday!
DEC 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Stoney McGlynn) - "Well, we've waited a year for them and now we've got them." That was the first sentence uttered by the tired by still full of battle Packers Sunday afternoon outside Briggs stadium in Detroit as they sat in the bus that was to take them back to the hotel. No immediate cheers over the 12 to 7 triumph over the Lions that cinched the Western half title in the NFL; no mention of standout plays in that game. The Packers set their 1939 goal when they were "jobbed" - at least to the man they claim they were jobbed - out of the title in the championship game a year ago. And now the Green Bay Packers, from the greatest little football city in the land, meet the Giants from the biggest city in the land here in Milwaukee next Sunday. What a natural! Without question is is the biggest sporting event that has ever befallen our fair city. It is the football classic of the year - and don't think Milwaukee fans aren't aware of the fact. For instance, line blocks long lined up when the tickets were placed on sale here Monday morning. Because of the uncertainty of the playoffs and the possibility of a playoff in either division, the printing of the ticket had to be held up until after the outcome of Sunday's two games and only a portion of the 31,000 tickets that will be sold before Friday were put on sale. But the Sentinel Public Service Bureau alone disposed of thousands of tickets in less than an hour and a half. After that there just wasn't anymore - for the time being...TREAT FOR FANS: Wisconsin fans (and the Packer Corp. is going to see that loyal hometown folk are taken care of in the right fashion as they should be) will see what I believe is sure to become one of the great struggles of gridiron history. Great players, smartly coached and primed to the peak will be cavorting on State Fair park gridiron before the greatest throng ever to see a sports spectacle in Milwaukee. The Packers made no bones about this revenge business. It is the game they have been wanting for a year. It is the game that they eyed through the regular season completed Sunday. It is the game that will give them a chance to prove before their home state fans that last year's title defeat in New York was something that they couldn't overcome, but that this year it will be different. I'm firmly convinced that Coach Curly Lambeau's problem will not be to key his players. It will be a problem of holding them in leash this week, keeping their feet on the ground and drilling on the sound principles of the sport. The keying will take care of itself. Although they weren't a great club Sunday in Detroit the Packers proved they have the first great requisite of a championship eleven. They have poise. Poise! Only a five letter word, but it includes everything in the makeup of a champion...HINKLE AT BEST: The Packer Sunday weren't clicking as they have clicked. This was especially so in the first half. But they kept their feet on the ground, played the poor stuff out of their system without getting panicky and then in the second half overcoming their own faults and a mighty Detroit club that was playing one of its best games to annex the laurels. More baseball teams than one have started pressing under like conditions. Even more football teams have done likewise, but not the Bays. They hung in there with no hint of panic and they won. Clarke Hinkle's punting was a thing of joy and beauty. It was the balance wheel. The old warhorse chose Sunday to put out his greatest game of the year. His punting held the Bays in there when they had to be held; it held the Lions back in their own backyard when they had to be held and it provided the chance for the safety and put the Bays in position for their game winning touchdown drive. "And that game isn't anything to what I'm going to put out Sunday," said the old campaigner in the hotel after the game. "I really feel that I'm ready to go. And, boy, do I welcome the chance to meet up with the Giants again. You'll see something." And Milt Gantenbein? Well, Milt may be a veteran, but if any college sophomore ever showed more disappointment in not starting a game than Milt did Sunday in Detroit I've never heard of him. Milt had his sweat shirt off ready to go - and Milleneaux got the call. Close friends said Milt actually had tears in his eyes. After the game he all but begged Line Coach Red Smith to start him next week. Football pros money mad? Hell no, they're football mad. And madder at the Giants than anything else.
DEC 5 (New York) - George (Potsy) Clark, former coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the Professional Football league, Monday analyzed the powers of the Packers and the Giants and picked the New Yorkers to win the playoff battle in Milwaukee Sunday. The Dodgers, under Clark, played both the Packers and Giants this year. "Because I consider Don Hutson the Ty Cobb of football," he told the Football Writers' Association Monday, "I would rate the Packers better at the ends. He is a remarkable player, that Hutson, and you need two men at all times to cover him when he goes down for passes. He is a jackrabbit. Once he catches them he can go 60 yards as well as 10. When he's covered they'll throw to Gantenbein or Mulleneaux, a fast end. I rate the Giants stronger at the tackles, at the guards and at center, of course. In the backfield I don't think Cecil Isbell is the equal of Tuffy Leemans, but he is outstanding. So is Andy Uram. With Arnie Herber and Isbell as the passers, the Packers have the edge in passing, the Giants in rushing and punting. Taken together, the Giants have the better backfield. This playoff may be a goal kicking contest between Cuff, Barnum and Strong on one side against Engebretsen. This figures to be even. Engebretsen is a great goal kicker. There is none better. The Giants have the greatest charging line I've ever seen," Clark said. "They have two excellent lines. Green Bay hasn't. Lee, Engebretsen, Zarnas and Goldenberg, in the middle of the Packer line, are seven years old (meaning they've been that long in the league). Smith, who was 23 when he was graduated from college, belongs with them. They are not aggressive. If Hinkle, a great football player, can wake up, he'll be plenty dangerous. Laws is also a great player. Bruder is through, although he can still give you a defensive game." If the weather is cold or wet, Potsy said, the Giants will have an advantage because they are opportunists, and always on the alert to grab or make the breaks.
DEC 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - Two thousand additional seats for Sunday's pro league championship at State Fair park, received by the Packer ticket office in the lobby of the Journal building Tuesday morning, sold like hot cakes again. The tickets were priced at $1.10 and $1.65. Twenty-four hours after the first tickets went on sale Monday noon in Milwaukee and Green Bay somewhere around 30,000 had been sold, with prospects that the capacity of 31,000 would be completely sold by Wednesday. More than 15,000 tickets were sold in Milwaukee alone. The game will start at 1:30 o'clock...It will be more than a football game for Ward Cuff of the Giants Sunday. It will be a happy homecoming in which he will see his 2 month old daughter, his second child, for the first time. She was born early in September...GIANTS SOLE REPEATERS: Only one team, New York, has ever won the playoff twice. The Giants won in 1934, beating the Bears, and again in 1938, beating the Packers. The Bears won in 1933, the first year in which the league was split into eastern and western divisions, the Lions in 1935, the Packers in 1936 and the Redskins in 1937...There's a good answer for the fans who think the Packers would have been wiser to schedule the championship playoff at Wrigley field or Soldier field because of the greater seating capacity. Washington played the Bears in the championship game of 1937 at Wrigley field - and drew about 16,000 fans. It is true the Redskins and Bears played on a bitter cold day, but it is also true they didn't have any sort of advance sale. Besides, can you imagine what a yelp Green Bay and Milwaukee fans would have emitted if the Packers had decided to play the game in Chicago?...PACKERS ARE HAPPY: The Packers were probably just as happy as the Giants over the result of Sunday's eastern game in New York. Ever since what they claimed was a raw deal in officiating in last year's playoff game in New York the boys have itched for a chance to get the Giants back on a field. The general feeling between the clubs, furthermore, hasn't been any too cordial in recent years because of New York's rather snooty and consistent refusal to play in the west. You can lay a dollar to a doughnut it will be a grudge battle Sunday...The Packers, who at first intended to arrive here Thursday, have changed their plans and will arrive Saturday afternoon instead. Curly Lambeau preferred the quiet of Green Bay for the final preparations. The Giants will arrive Friday noon
DEC 5 (New York) - "Watch Hutson!" That was the shout of the coaches of the New York Giants as they completed practice here Wednesday morning for the championship playoff in Milwaukee Sunday. The Giants will leave here Thursday. They will work out Friday and Saturday in Milwaukee. A warning to members of the squad was posted Tuesday in the Polo Grounds' dressing room by Coaches Steve Owen and Bo Molenda. "Watch Hutson" was all it said, but those two words were sufficient. The Giants knew that if they were to be the first team to win two consecutive league titles since the league was broken into two division they'd have to keep this rangy speed boy under thumb from start to finish. The Giants masterminds fear pass snatching Don more than any other man on the Green Bay team and they started working to devise a defense that would keep him bottled up. "Hutson can really haul those passes down," sighed Bo. "And he knows what to do once he gets his hands on the ball. I think he'd make a wonderful halfback. He's as shifty as any man in the league. We'll have to cover him better than we did those Redskin receivers Sunday." In five years of service with the Packers the former Alabaman has scored 238 points for an average of 47 a season. This year he has carried passes for six touchdowns. Molenda, a former Packer fullback, dusted off all his old Green Bay plays. Recalling formations that had not see the light of day since the playoff a year ago, he fed Packer maneuvers to every man on the squad in a long dummy scrimmage. The one thing that caught the eye immediately was that the Giants were checking Green Bay plays right from the start and seemed far more advanced defensively than they had been at the same time last week against Redskin plays. "Last week I changed our defense for Washington," Owen said, "and I didn't seem able to convince the boys that I knew what I was talking about. But we stopped every Redskin pass that we practiced against, and now they really know their assignments." After watching the zip and spirit of the team as it worked out, one can be certain that Cecil Isbell and Arnold Herber are in for an uncomfortable afternoon when  they try to pass. "You've got to rack them up from the very first play," bellowed Owen. "They'll be racked," promised Orville Tuttle, spokesman for the squad. Hutson will be covered as never before. The Giants will make the usual gamble that his talents demand of every club in the league by putting two men on him. Whenever a pseudo-Hutson plucked the ball out of the air in the scrimmage, Owens would shout: "Hutson would have had a touch on that one." But the New Yorkers were like hawks in their defensive alertness. They seemed able to sense almost every pass. When it was mentioned that the Maramen knew the Packer plays pretty well, Owen ginned and responded: "That's nothing. Unless they've changed them recently we still know their signals. We used to, anyway." Tuffy Leemans, star running back was in civilian clothes but followed every play, even though he still hobbled a bit. The chances are that he will not practice again, but he certainly will play. More doubtful is Leland Shuffer, who has a badly bruised hip. Leemans is the only Giants born in Wisconsin, but Ward Cuff now lives in Milwaukee. Cuff is eager to get home for his first look at a 5 week old daughter. Leemans' wounded leg, a question mark before the fall of he Redskins, again assumes momentous proportions. Unless Leemans is able to produce one of his four star performances, caroming and bouncing through the Packer line, the prospects of a successful title defense will be gloomy, indeed. "This is one game that won't be salted down with a couple of field goals," big Bo said. "They're going to score, and we're going to need touchdowns to win. It is essential that our backfield be at full strength." Leemans insists he'll be physically fit and ready to do full time duty by Sunday, even though he looked like a potential cripple in the fourth period of the Washington game. Then spectators were treated to the strange sight of Leemans asking to be removed from the game. "It wasn't as bad as it looked," Leemans reported. "The bandage just came off my leg, and I didn't want to run the risk of being kicked on an open sore. As it was, somebody already had given me the heel higher up the same leg. One of those Redskins loosened up a couple of my teeth," he revealed. "It was some sock, because my teeth are plenty solid."
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, with not many hours remaining before their championship engagement with the New York Giants at State Fair park,
Milwaukee, looked like anything but contenders as they
drove through a dispirited workout yesterday afternoon. So
off-color did the team look that Coach Curly Lambeau 
called it into a lengthy evening session, during which the
numerous mistakes of the afternoon were discussed. The
coach was pretty made and not a little bit worried, as he
indicated that the Bays definitely must play their greatest
game of the season if they intend to lift the Giants' crown.
There were several new developments in the playoff
situation late yesterday and today. First, Leland H. Joannes,
president of the Packer corporation, warned football fans
that approximately 1,500 fake tickets have been circulated
for the championship game, and urged that fans buy
tickets only from certified agencies and not from strangers.
He said Packer officials have the numbers of all legitimate
tickets. Joannes disclosed that the Packer football
corporation had offered $250 rewards to anyone who could
provide evidence leading to conviction of persons who are
responsible for issuance of the alleged counterfeit football
tickets. The game will be plugged as the "Dairy Bowl"
contest, following action by Governor Julius P. Heil late
yesterday. Heil, anxious to advertise the state's dairy 
industry, received permission from the Packers to so
designate the contest. Another special train was added for
the fans' convenience today, when arrangements were
completed for a Carrigan Special on the Milwaukee Road.
The train will leave here at 9:45 and will go directly to the
State Fair park, arriving at 1 o'clock or before. It will leave
20 minutes after the game, but not sooner than 4:15,
arriving at Green Bay about 7:30. A change in the schedule
of the Du Chateau Special on the North Western line was
announced today. The train, which leaves here at 8:30, will
reach Milwaukee at 11:30, and will allow its passengers an
hour for lunch. It then will take them directly to the park at
West Allis, leaving the Milwaukee station at 12:30 and
arriving at the park at 12:45. The train will leave Milwaukee
at 7 o'clock...OWEN WON'T ATTEND: The tragedy in the
family of Coach Steve Owen, New York Giants' coach 
whose mother died yesterday, will mean that the pilot of the
Eastern champions will be unable to pilot his charges 
against the Packers personally, and the team will be
directed by Assistant Coach John (Bo) Molenda. Coach
Lambeau was keenly disappointed in the practice yesterday. "They missed assignments, executed their plays badly, showed poor timing, and in addition didn't seem serious about it all," he said. "If we play like we practiced, we'll never beat the Giants."...TEAM LEAVES FRIDAY: The team will leave for Milwaukee Friday afternoon on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa, and will make their headquarters at the Hotel Schroeder. The ticket situation locally approached the vanishing point. At noon today there were less than 500 seats remaining at the Green Bay ticket headquarters, and these were the $1.65 and $1.10 variety. The great demand for seats indicated that if playing accommodations of 60,000 could be provided, it would be a cinch to fill them. No injuries have been acquired by the team in practice, and Coach Lambeau expects they will enter Sunday's contest in vastly different physical condition than last year, when a crippled Green Bay eleven went down before the Giants.
DEC 7 (New York) - Led by rookie Davey O'Brien and veteran Don Hutson, eight players in the NFL broke 13 individual records in the 1939 season, according to final statistics announced yesterday. Seven forward passing, three pass receiving, one ground gaining and two scoring standards were established, with O'Brien and Hutson garnering three each, in forward passing and pass receiving. Only one player retained his championship of a  year ago, New York's Ward Cuff in field goals. Two rookies,
Parker Hall, Cleveland, and Bill Osmanski, Chicago Bears,
won individual titles this season in forward passing and
ground gaining, respectively. Andy Farkas, Washington,
and Hutson, Green Bay, were the scoring and pass 
receiving leaders. Forward passing reached its peak
performance this season with Hall, O'Brien, Frank Filchock,
Washington, and Dwight Sloan, Detroit, all stamping their
names in the record books with feats nothing short of
sensational. O'Brien, the country's outstanding college 
player at Texas Christian a year ago, and off to a slow start
with Philadelphia in his first pro year, accounted for three
of the forward passing marks. His 1,324 yards on aerials
shaded the 1,127 11-game mark of Sammy Baugh, 1937
Washington recruit; also the 12-game total of 1,238 of Arnie
Herber, Green Bay, in 1936. His 21 completions against
the Chicago Bears is a new game record, eclipsing the 15
completed by Pat Coffee, Cardinals vs. Bears in 1937...
BREAKS BAUGH'S RECORD: Hall completed 106 passes,
25 more than Baugh's 81 made in 1937. He threw 208
passes for an efficiency average of 50.9 percent, the third
best in the league, to give him the individual passing title
for the season. Filchock was tied with O'Brien for second
place. His 55 completions in 89 tosses for an efficiency of
61 percent shaded Ed Danowski's 54.2 percent efficiency
mark with New York last season. Filchock also had the
most touchdown passes for the season, a total of 11. One
of his tosses to Andy Farkas was good for a 99-yard gain,
breaking the former 98-yard gain record made on a 
Dougal Russell to Gaynell Tinsley play for the Cardinals
against the Bears in 1933. Sloan, Detroit, added the other
new aerial standard, with only three interceptions for the
campaign, two less than Danowski's 1937 mark. Hutson
caught 34 passes for 846 yards to set a new mark for
yardage to set a new mark for yardage in one year, and 
boost his lifetime total in five seasons to 159 catches for
2,890 yards, overtaking John Blood's 14-season total of
125 receptions for 2,755 yards when playing for Milwaukee,
Green Bay and Pittsburgh...SCORES 11 TOUCHDOWNS:
Andy Farkas tallied 11 touchdowns to break Hutson's 
season total of nine made in 1936 and equaled in 1938.
He also kicked two extra points to give him 68 points for the
season. John Drake, Cleveland, was second with nine
touchdowns for 54 points, and Jack Manders, Bears, third
with 50 points through four touchdowns, 17 extra points 
and three field goals. This enabled Manders to break the
lifetime scoring mark of Ken Strong with 19 touchdowns, 
117 conversions, 38 field goals for 345 points in seven
seasons. Strong has 35 touchdowns, 67 conversions, 21
field goals for 340 points in eight seasons. Another lifetime
record was surpassed by Ace Gutowsku, whose 3,478
yards in 902 attempts as a ball carrier with Portsmouth,
Detroit and Brooklyn wiped out the 3,398 yards by Cliff
Battles with Boston and Washington.
DEC 7 (Milwaukee) - The most surprised gentleman you
ever could hope to see - he says so himself - was one
William Abbott when he set foot in town and learned the
NFL championship playoff here Sunday between the New
York Giants and Green Bay Packers was an assured
sellout. Abbott, who is the league publicity man, admitted
he arrived herewith a large headache and "visions of hiring
bands to parade up and down Milwaukee's Broadway to
help out the game over." He still has the headache - 
worrying how he can placate hordes of fans who are 
clamoring for tickets that just don't exist, even through the
State Fair park grandstand has been enlarged to
accommodate 32,000.
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - Bill Coum of the New York Journal-
American popped off yesterday, as the sport saying has it, to the effect that the NFL would operate more efficiently without the presence of Green Bay and its Packers. Now, his statement might pass merely as another attempt to fill a sports column, were it not for the fact that Corum is one of the best known sportswriters in the nation, and a fellow whose ideas on the management of things athletic usually can draw more than a platoon of listeners. If he says Green Bay would improve the position of the league by withdrawing, or less delicately, by being forced out, he must have some reason for the belief, and it would be very interesting to have him enlarge upon the statement, and in fact devote a full column, instead of one paragraph, to its amplification. In thus condemning Green Bay to the professional football ash heap, Corum is attacking a team whose home attendance totals are shaded only by the New York Giants, the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions, and probably Washington, and whose drawing power on the road is second to none in the league. If the National league has adopted the attitude of desiring Green Bay to relinquish its franchise - and there is no indication as yet that it has or will - it might do better to examine first the franchise conditions of such teams as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Eagles or Chicago Cardinals, all of whom are in no such financial shape as the Packers. The Packers never have dumped all their eggs into one basket, by purchasing the services of one super-publicized all-American at an exorbitant salary, but have maintained a stable salary scale, have paid their debts, and have aided in building up the attendance totals of every club in the league. There is no National league owner who at some time or another has not derived great benefit from the vast drawing power of the Packers, and most of them have left Green Bay or Milwaukee in possession of sizeable checks, contributed by Wisconsin
followers of the team. The Packers by all odds have been
the league's most colorful team since the first Green Bay
eleven dodged into professional competition. "The big 
team from the little town" has been a publicity byword
wherever the team has appeared. It amazing record, its
four national championships, its spectacular players have
served as magnets to draw fans by the thousands through
gates, to the benefit not only of the Packers, but of every
club in the National league. So it seems a bit harsh to 
sweep this background from the picture with a casual
paragraph in a long column on professional football. 
Corum said that "Green Bay is not a big league city." And it
isn't. But it can produce with its mighty teams the same
financial effect as can many large communities, and its
record at the turnstiles ranks far ahead of that held by
Cleveland, Pittsburgh, the Cardinals, Philadelphia and
Brooklyn. It compares favorably to that of the professional
powerhouses, such as the Bears, the Lions and the
Giants - and each of these teams have felt the happy hum 
at the gate when entertaining and visiting the Packers. The
squads which have enjoyed less success also have 
profited by the Packers' presence in the league. Cleveland
first began to see the light last year, when the Green Bay
game in the Ram's park brought its initial large crowd into
that new professional community. And this fall the Packers
repeated, giving Cleveland the largest professional football
crowd in its history. At Detroit last week, at a game which
decided absolutely nothing from a Detroit standpoint,
played in miserable weather on a sodden field, more than
30,000 fans trod slippery streets to the stadium, and why?
To see the Green Bay Packers. The playoff game Sunday
has created the wildest ticket interest, from the standpoint
of spectator demand, in Wisconsin's football history, pro
or college. And why? Because the Green Bay Packers are
in the playoff against a historic rival. Because the fans of
Wisconsin are proud of their team and because Wisconsin
is capable of supporting it all the way, despite the fact that
it represents what to a metropolitan writer may be a tiny
town. No, our friend Corum didn't go deeply enough into 
the matter, when he dismissed the 18-year old Green Bay
franchise with a one paragraph comment. People who
know the history of the Packers aren't so casual about it,
They have had faith in the team's development, and its real
fans still have that faith. It may not mean much to owners of
other teams, but the turnstiles speak a different language.
Loss of the best-drawing team in the National league 
would strike severely at the welfare of the league itself, for
a Packer team in a different city would be no longer the
Green Bay Packers, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
DEC 7 (Madison) - Wisconsin's capital city, which hasn't
seen much in the way of championship football this year,
dropped talk as high state officials scrambled with
thousands of others to get tickets to the Packer playoff
game at Milwaukee Sunday. While leading political lights
button-holed political reporters and kept long distance 
lines busy and found that their influence doesn't cover as
much ground as they thought. Gov. Julie Heil disclosed 
that his penchant for appointing colonel, a subject many a
witticism during the last nine months, stood him in good
stead in the ticket emergency...PHONES PACKER HEAD:
Heil Tuesday telephoned "my colonel in Green Bay",
President Leland Joannes of the Packer corporation, and
assured himself that the governor's party would be taken
care of - but at the regular rates. Gov. Heil, one of the
Packers' most fervent rooters, smiled as he recalled that
he had "called up my colonel, and I said that I don't want
any favors, but I want 30 tickets at the regular price."...CASH
ON PACKERS: The state executive disclosed that "I have a
little money on the Wisconsin boys, " but said that he was a
little worried because an Eastern sportswriter intimated
that the New York Giants would come out ahead in the
championship encounter. Heil said that he would take his
own family to see the game, but that he would give most of
the 30 tickets to friends. He offered three of them to
reporters who called at his office yesterday morning.
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - The strong resentment aroused in
Green Bay and vicinity over the decision of the Green Bay
management to hold the championship playoff in
Milwaukee is perhaps the most natural thing in the world
in a community where the pride in the team is so intense
that about 99 percent of the citizens would regard any
slight of the team as a personal affront. Indeed the Press-
Gazette would be one of the first to fight for the game for
Green Bay if it were to consider only what might be called
the matter of sentiment. There are, however, practical
considerations to the question which must be recognized,
and these when fairly weighed seem to dictate another
view of the situation. We do not intend to argue the
difference in the gate receipts, or such matters as the
inconvenience to the fans occasioned by playing in Milwaukee. They are important but they have been fully reported and considered elsewhere. Green Bay is the smallest city holding a franchise in the NFL and, as such, is greatly favored over other cities of the same size, none of which could possible secure a franchise at this time. That franchise is an asset which must be protected as a first consideration. The winning of championships is a second important consideration. The place of playing one game certainly rates below either of the two ideas first mentioned. It is evident that Green Bay cannot today support a full six-game league schedule. The Packer management in transferring two games to Milwaukee turned those two game from definite financial losers to nice profit makers for the Packers and Green Bay. As a result Milwaukee is definitely covered by the Green Bay franchise and the National league officials were fully justified in designating it a Green Bay home field and demanding that the playoff be held there. The Packers cannot relinquish Milwaukee as a home field for a part of its schedule without endangering its financial stability, and indeed the entire football program. The people of Green Bay should go along with the management of the Packers, not blindly and without criticism, but at least to the point of acknowledging that the present management has guided the destinies of the Packers through the good years and the bad ones of the past seventeen to the great credit of Green Bay. It should be a fair assumption also for the citizens of Green Bay that the members of the board of directors are directly interested in the welfare of Green Bay and further that they are better informed on the needs of the club than others. Perhaps the day will come when Green Bay can have a championship game. No one would welcome that time more than the Press-Gazette. But until we have the facilities it would be extremely unwise to demand the game for Green Bay as a sop to our civic pride, and enforce an unfair condition on the other teams of the league, if we are to expect them to be fair with us.
DEC 7 (New York) - The dark shadow of misfortune which
cost them the services of their popular coach, Steve Owen,
may prove a potent psychological weapon when the Giants
attempt to win their second straight world's championship
from the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee Sunday. Without
their favored leader, whose mother passed away early
yesterday, a grim Giant squad, prepared to embark for
Milwaukee this afternoon, united in their determination "to
win this one for Steve". There was no hammy speeches or
pep talks along that line, however. Capt. Mel Hein broke the
news to the players at practice yesterday and complied with
Owen's request to dispense with "sob stuff"....FUTURE 
WILL TELL: There was very little said though the news had
a very apparent effect on the entire squad. Misfortunes like
the loss of its coach on the eve of its biggest game can
have a very depressing or a powerful psychological effect
on a team. Capt. Hein and Bo Molenda, who will lead the
club in the big game feel the latter will prove the case on
Sunday. "The boys were shocked by the bad news." Hein
explained, "and I asked them to do their best and not let it
effect their play. Steve wouldn't want it that way and told 
me to tell them so. He's brought the club this far, I'm sure
they'll got the rest of the way for him." Mrs. Isabel Owen,
Steve's mother, died of a heart attack at the Hotel Whitehall
early yesterday. She had apparently been in the best of
health when she arrived last week from Kinsley, Kansas, to
attend the Redskins-Giant playoff...WILL MISS GAME: The 
body will be sent back to Kansas where the funeral will be
held Saturday. Owen as undecided about attempting to get
Milwaukee for the game but the Giant office announced
yesterday he had decided against it. A squad of thirty
players will leave at 4 p.m. today for Milwaukee. They'll 
arrive early Friday and work out in the afternoon and again
on Saturday. They're slightly battle-scarred but every
member of the team will be ready, barring accident, for their
last and crucial battle of the year.
DEC 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - So they think the war is over 
in Europe! The sports department could use a Maginot line
these days - or a company of fighting Finns to hold the
"rushin'" ticket seekers. Milwaukee is getting a taste of
what the scramble is like for world series seats. If we ever
have anything like the Packer-Giant pro football playoff here
again, this front line observation post suggests that the
ticket sale be handled as the world series sale is handled
- entirely by mail, with a limit of four seats to a customer.
The quick sellout is going to open some eyes. It should
open some eyes here in Milwaukee to the need of a
municipal stadium - and the possibilities thereof. This
column launched a movement some time ago for a public
stadium while it was still possible to get WPA funds. Some
mossbacks on the county board stalled the proposition
until there was no more WPA money. It was revived while
there was still time to get PWA money - and they stalled
around until the PWA money was all gone. Then it was
demonstrated, in a way which a sixth grade arithmetic pupil
could understand, that the county could build a stadium
itself and pay off the cost out of receipts. Nothing came of
that either...COULD DOUBLE SALE: Now, for some time,
the city council has been studying the proposition. We
suggest that the council send a committee out to State Fair
park Sunday to get an eyeful - that is, if the council can get
the tickets. We can't. Milwaukee doesn't need a stadium for
national football playoffs. We may never get another. But
there are plenty of things which would fill a stadium - not a
white elephant like Soldier field or the Cleveland plant, but
a fair sized layout. For this particular game, Milwaukee
could fill Soldier field or the Cleveland stadium. The 31,000
capacity of State Fair park has been sold, and twice as
many probably could have been sold to Packer fans right in
Wisconsin. Chicago was practically ignored 
DEC 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Sunday's game between the
Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants for the
championship of the NFL, to be played Sunday at
Milwaukee's Dairy Bowl (nee State Fair park) is not a
sellout - as yet. From Green Bay come the report Spike
Spachman, director of ticket sales, that there are a few
hundred $1.65 and $1.10 tickets available. The Sentinel
also has a few tickets of the same price denomination
available- and the write advises, very strongly, that if you
wish to see Sunday's fray buy now and save repenting later.
They are the best that will be offered, save those that
inadvertently fell into scalpers' hands. Unlike other Packer
games the Green Bay organization did not have tickets for
sale throughout the state and will not have the usual
number of returns for sale Sunday. Milwaukee scalpers did
get their hands on a number of tickets. This is not unlike
similar situation at the World Series in baseball and in big
game college football circles. Try as they might, Milwaukee
ticket agencies were victimized to some extent - and John
Q. Public helped the thing along. One Milwaukee scalper,
in addition to having a corps of workers in line, walked up
and down one ticket agency's line and had individual fans
buying tickets. Often ticket sellers caught repeaters and
refused to sell tickets again, but it was unavoidable.
However, there is some compensation in that the federal
tax authorities were not caught napping; they know
definitely who the big scalpers are and will start cracking
down when the returns are NOT filed by January 30. When they ARE filed a 50 percent tax will be charged on excess profits and for every delinquency after then a 25 percent charge will be affixed per month. The Sentinel tried to avoid this contingency and other agencies do, too, and it is safe to say the number of tickets that fell into scalpers' hands compare favorably with World Series ticket sales. Meanwhile, up in Green Bay and back east in New York, the Packers and Giants went about the business of preparing themselves for the battle supreme. Both clubs are coached by former players who went through the pro mill when the league was abornin'. Curly Lambeau of the Bays and Steve Owen of the Giants; both mentors know all the angles. The Giants' main problem is to stop the Bays' aerial attack, the most devastating thing in football. It doesn't produce the wear and tear on the players, but it produces finesse and touchdowns, or sets up touchdowns, in the fashion that produces results. In hopes of stopping the Bays' Don Hutson's pass catching, Owen plans to put two men on Don. The Bears tried it for years, other clubs have, and Don still is the best catcher and Arnie Herber and Cee Isbell the best passers when yards gained are the basis of comparison. If Don doesn't catch them he decoys the foe and opens things up for other Bays. New York, as usual, will vary between a five and six man line, dropping a man in and out of the line according to whim, fancy or what have you. But it raises ol' Ned with offenses because plays that are called with five man line blocking assignments are often faced with six man lines, and vice versa, at the crucial moment. Up in Green Bay, Lambeau is going back to the bedrock of football as he prepares his club. He wants his running game to click as it has in the big spots this season, as it did in the second half against the Lions last Sunday. After the ground offensive smoothed out Sunday the Bays were in command and he wants the ground attack to pave the way for the passes. If it does the passing game will be just that more effective.
DEC 7 (Milwaukee) -Ten years ago a big, rugged fullback, who never ate meat - but was just as tough as the boys who took it rare - led a Green Bay Packer football team onto the New York Polo Grounds to battle the Giants. The National league title of 1929 hinged on the game. The Packers and Giants both had won nine straight. The winner was almost assured of a pennant - there was no playoff in those days. Green Bay won the game, 20 to 6, and with it its first National league title, thanks to a great performance by the vegetarian fullback - Bo Molenda, now assistant coach of the New York Giants. Only 12 Green Bay men played in the game. The only substitute was Paul Minnick for Jim Bowdoin at guard. "Iron Mike" Michalske played the other guard, flanking big Jugger Earpe at center. At the tackles were Cal Hubbard, now an American league baseball umpire, and Bill Kern, coach at Carnegie Tech. Lavvie Dilweg and Tom Nash, at ends, completed the line. The backfield had Molenda, who scored a touchdown and kicked two extra points; Verne Lewellen, often called the greatest pro punter of them all; Hurdis McCrary and the colorful Johnny Blood. Red Dunn was the regular quarterback but could not play because of injuries. Lewellen called signals from left halfback. The 1929 Green Bay team not only went through the season undefeated, something never before accomplished and not since duplicated, but it also piled up 212 points while holding opponents to 24 - a defensive mark which still stands. Molenda was the workhorse. He played 60 minutes in nearly every game. Sunday Molenda will lead the Giants against his old club in the playoff here for the 1939 National league championship.
DEC 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Sunday's Dairy Bowl (consult Governor Heil's publicity department) game Sunday afternoon, between the Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants for the NFL championship, at State Fair park has already more than doubled demands for wire service for sportswriters over the 1938 games, Bill Abbott, league publicity director, said Wednesday night. A year ago the Giants-Packers tangle in New York forced installation of 17 special wires into the Polo Grounds for newspaper service. Wednesday 36 special wires were ordered and more were in prospect...The first out-of-town newspaper man on the scene was Garry Schumacher of the New York Journal-American who arrived Wednesday evening and planned to leave early Thursday for Green Bay, where he will cover the Packer practices. Another New York newspaper had a staff man covering the Packers-Lions game last Sunday with orders to stay with the Packers if victorious. He has been in Green Bay since Monday...Sheriff Edward Mitten of Milwaukee County, faced with a flood of volunteers from among his staff of deputies, has announced that his entire staff will be on hand to help handle the crowd Sunday. He issued a special appeal to beware of pickpockets and the like and urged that fans bring only enough money with which to have a good time...Among other warnings issued by his department and the Milwaukee, West Allis and State Fair park police departments was that fans arrive in time to park their cards and get into their seats before the staff of the game. "The fans were late in arriving at the Washington-Green Bay game and many left their cars in the State Fair park highways rather than miss the opening kickoff," the sheriff said. "We will have sufficient police deputies on hand to guard against this so as to facilitate movement out of the park after the game and all owners or drivers of cars illegally parked will be faced with arrest."...The Giants will arrive in Milwaukee early Friday morning over the Milwaukee road. They will be in charge of Assistant Coach Bo Molenda because of the death of Coach Steve Owen's mother in New York Wednesday. Coach Owen will not be here for Sunday's game...Demands for tickets are still flooding every ticket center, and with no prospects of letting up. Tim Mara, owner of the Giants, wanted 1,000 tickets for New York fans who planned to come on special trains if they could get tickets, then lowered his request to 350 and will likely have to be satisfied if he and his sons get in on a sideline badge...Airline companies also flooded Green Bay, Milwaukee and league officials with request for tickets, stating they could organize flights from every sector of the country if tickets were available...Perhaps the most surprised man of all over the demand for tickets is Abbott, aforementioned league publicity man. He came here early "to drum up interest in the game" as he stated Wednesday night. "I don't sleep well on trains," he went on, "and worry over Sunday's gate kept me awake most of the night. When I arrived Monday night I asked the bellhop what prospects were and he said, 'It's a sellout.' I couldn't believe it and then visited various centers where one can pick up advance information and sentiment and found the report was true. I had visions of hiring bands to parade up and down your Broadway to help put it over, thought of bringing both clubs in early to help pep things up and all I've been doing for two days is to say, 'Sorry, can't do a thing for you, the good tickets are gone.' All that worry for nothing as only a few of the $1.65 and $1.10 tickets remain." Now Bill's headache starts. Bill is in charge of press accommodations at the park and requests far exceed the supply. His immediate object is to satisfy the New York, Chicago and Milwaukee newspapers' demands for working press accommodations, after that other demands will be taken care of in order of their importance. All papers, including New York, Chicago and Milwaukee, will be limited to no more than three working press tickets; requests for complimentary tickets, aside from the limited supply furnished by the Packers, will have to be ignored.
DEC 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - Dissatisfied with the showing of the Packers in practice Wednesday afternoon, Curly Lambeau laid down the law at a meeting of the boys Wednesday night in an attempt to jolt them out of their serene feeling of satisfaction over Sunday's pro football league playoff with New York at Milwaukee. "You'd almost think they had this championship already won," Lambeau said. "They missed passes this afternoon and laughed about it. They fumbled and kidded about it. Then, at dinner, some of them started to load up on pastries and desserts - and that was too much. I just had to light into them." What effect Lambeau's talk had on the squad remains to be seen. Another skull session, devoted largely to ways and means of stopping Tuffy Leemans and Ward Cuff, was held Thursday morning, followed by a workout on the field. Lambeau has changed his mind again about arriving in Milwaukee. Instead of Saturday, he will bring the team to Milwaukee Friday night. The squad will work out early Friday afternoon and leave here late in the afternoon, arriving in Milwaukee at 8 o'clock. The fifteenth floor of the Schroeder hotel has been reserved for the Packer party. Announcement was made by E.A. (Spike) Spachman, director of ticket sales, that only a few hundred seas, all cheap ones, remained to be sold.
DEC 7 (New York) - Completely subdued and with all their fire gone, the New York Giants Thursday went through their final practice here for Sunday's championship game with the Green Bay Packers in Milwaukee. News of the sudden death of the mother of Coach Steve Owen's came as a complete shock to the team. The boys had lived with the gentle old lady for months and every one was extremely fond of her. Their drill was dull and spiritless with the massive figure of stout Steve strangely missing. Furthermore, at Milwaukee Sunday the Giants will go into their most important battle without their coach. Direction of the team was taken over by shrewd Bo Molenda, assistant coach, with Capt. Mel Hein serving in an advisory capacity, In fact, it will be an odd situation in many respects. "The playoff game always has been the players' game," Molenda told the squad, "and this will be more of a players' game for us than ever. Steve won't be with us and I want each of you to feel personally responsible for the victory of the team. I'll welcome suggestions because this is your ball game. It's up to you, boys, it's up to you." The team will leave here at 4 p.m. Thursday after the final Polo Grounds session of the season. The team will fill a special train that will go right to Milwaukee without changing in Chicago. The last drill was an intense one, because it was not certain what weather the team would find for Friday's workout in Milwaukee. Chalked on the blackboard in the clubhouse were instructions as to train time and the like, with the last line very important. It read: "Bring your sneakers." The Giants won the playoffs one year by using basketball shoes on icy turf. Molenda will have quite a task in lifting the team back to the heights reached last week, but the four sparkplugs on the squad - Hein, Orville Tuttle, Johnny Dell Isola and Tuffy Leemans - may be able to give him valuable assistance. In fact, it is much too early to guess how the boys will react. They may be so bowled over by the death of Mrs. Owen that they will lose all their incentive or else they may become so grimly determined to win this one for Steve Owen that there will be no stopping them. Not since the playoff was inaugurated has any team ever been delivered such a psychological shock. The transformation from the laughing, eager group of earlier practices to a solemn, spiritless gathering Wednesday was amazing. It had to be seen to be realized. The Giants had a fairly long practice and afterward sat watching motion pictures of the New York-Green Bay playoff a year ago. Most of them had forgotten this thrilling battle that saw the Giants lose an early lead and then come back from behind to win, 23 to 17. The entire squad performed magnificently, with the running of Hank Soar and the passing of Ed Danowski the outstanding offensive threats. Early this season neither Soar nor Danowski played well, but in recent games there has been a gradual return to form by each, and they may be an important factor. Another one will be the complete rejuvenation of Kink Richards, now the best blocker on the squad and one of the best ball carriers as well. So Molenda will be able to use Richards, Soar and Leemans in succession, ever keeping on the pressure. That Tuffy will be ready was indicated when he actually took part in the practice, his first this week. He was running without any trace of hobbling, but when his injured leg was inspected afterward it still was swollen and the wound ugly looking. Leemans insists, however, that he will be as sound as a dollar by Sunday.
DEC 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - A man could poke his nose in every rathole in Green Bay and come to only one conclusion at this time when football history is in the making: Green Bay is a bit sore because that game between the Packers and the Giants next Sunday is not to be played here. Not sore for keeps, though. More like the bride on her wedding morning when someone told her the groom snored in his sleep. That matter of playing site is the fly in an otherwise delightful oil. Green Bay is forgetting its pique to the rune of 11,000 tickets sold here. Not all of those will go to Green Bay people, but be assured that the wildest and most loyal fans in the stands next Sunday will be from the Bay. No matter how they grumble because the game is to be played in Milwaukee, their pride in the Packers is the big thing and, win or lose, Sunday they'll feel the same old say, "Come home. All is forgiven." So, next Sunday, when you are out there watching, be prepared for the Green Bay fan at your elbow to nudge you and tell you what Clarke Hinkle said to the Boys' club last Tuesday and what size collar Buckets Goldenberg wears, if any. These items come under the heading of civic pride. Indeed, some of the folks at Green Bay, discussing the Milwaukee playing sire, are inclined to believe that anything by rapturous words anent the Packers is like looking a gift horse in the mouth. Drugstore owner R.A. Franklin, in De Pere, reflected this idea: "Wherever they play, we want to see them win. The merchants feel the huge crowd would have helped business, but down under I believe their first thought is for a victory." Certainly, Green Bay's pique over the playing site is born of a love for that team "fiercer than the love of man for maid." If, next Sunday at State Fair park, Messrs. Leemans, Hein, Cuff, et all, are in the driver's seat, don't yell, "Bums," at the Packers. Should you be so reckless some valiant Green Bay fan will indubitably raise a bludgeon over your dome and cry. "How many lumps do you want and where do you want 'em?" That's the way things are at Green Bay. There was, for instance, the wrought-up man in the Orpheum barbershop. He was a good one, that fellow. He delivered a 10 minute oration on the injustice of it all. He was indeed a perfect specimen of outraged citizen. He even said Green Bay fans would have paid $6 each for tickets if they'd just played at home. Wasn't he, inquired a comrade from behind a hot towel, going to the game? The outraged fan stared out of the window and looked down at the hair on the battleship linoleum and finally admitted that he was. Why? asked the man behind the hot towel. The outraged one grew pensive then, as he said: "Because blood is thicker than water." But he recovered himself in time to add, "Wait until I see Curly Lambeau. Wait until I tell him a thing or two, Wait." "Next," said the barber, and the outraged one disappeared behind some lather. You can certainly find out things in a barbershop. A milder, but no less faithful pair of Packer radio fans was found in two sweet ladies at 500 Congress St. They are Mrs. P.R. Kendall and Miss N.M. Goodhue. The first thing Miss Goodhue said was: "We don't lie about our age. Mrs. Kendall is 90 and I'm 82 and we're both proud of it." They have a little pasteboard rig with a gridiron drawn on it and the playing field is almost worn through where they've pushed pins and things representing the Packers since 1921. They've seen only one game from the stands. That was several years ago when their nephew took them. "But," says spry Miss Goodhue, "we really understand more about it listening to Mr. Winnie. You see, if we go to a game, everyone is always jumping up and sitting down and about the time those in front of us are sitting down, we're jumping up!" They know Mr. Lambeau. They see him on the street often and they know some jokes about Mr. Hutson, and dear old Miss Goodhue has made up a joke of her own for Sunday. She said she hoped the three H's - Herber, Hutson and Hinkle - would give the Giants a little "H"! Mrs. Kendall, older and wiser, blushed for Miss Goodhue. Oh, you can't beat Mrs. Kendall and Miss Goodhue. They think the Packers "belong to Wisconsin" and they don't care where they play "as long as they win." "Isn't it wonderful? Green Bay playing New York?" Out in the places where man talk is passed around, chins are shoved out and you are reminded that Green Bay dug down in its jeans to help out the Packers when the going was tough. You are told it is a crying shame the championship game was not slated for Green Bay. And in the next breath someone asks you if you've got an extra ticket. Goldie Duquaine at the filling station by the river wants to see those Packers at home but, "No use being a dog in the manger. If it means a bigger cut for the players, I guess they've earned it." Ralph Smith, assistant to Spike Spachman, ticket sales director, has been like a one armed plasterer over there in the legion home where the ticket buyers have lined up. He says the town was "pretty" sore but is "cooling off." Half the time he's on the phone, selling those remaining end zone tickets and half the time he's at the ticket window. Many of those long distance calls are from old Packer friends. John Burnham, the Waupaca publisher, bought a couple in the end zone while we were there, and thanked Mr. Smith and said he was lucky. The town, of course, is football made. John Walter, sports editor for the Press-Gazette, says the kids here "tumble out of the cradle into football uniforms." The Packers are the inspiration. The two high schools, East and West, get huge squads out for practice. Up to this year East won 36 straight games and claim a state high school record. Then there are football leagues for grade schools, junior high schools and the eight parochial schools out of town. Corner lots are at a premium for kid football teams, in season and out. Hottest fan? Everybody's a fan. Once, says Sportswriter Walter, he printed a story about a man who said he'd seen every Packer home game for 10 years. "The next day about 50 people called me up and said they'd seen every home game and every road game over a longer period." It is not Green Bay's team alone, either. Fans come regularly from Marquette, Iron Mountain, Duluth and Ashland. Escanaba feels it owns a piece of the Packers. Arnie Herber, the only Green Bay boy on the team, is a kind of local Lindberg. Miss Edith Peterson, secretary to the board of education, who has known Arnie since he was so high, put us in touch with C.F. Cole, principal of West high school. That's where Arnie got started. Cole said Herber was a good boy and a good student. He quoted Arnie's classroom work. "He still holds the school discus record, 121 feet," said the principal. "He never made a name at college. He did captain the Wisconsin freshmen. Then he attended St. Regis, out west, for awhile. He could have been an All-American anywhere." Familiarity with the Packers is noticeable in the towns around. At Elkhart Lake Gus Hama boasts that he sells gasoline to Hinkle "whenever he comes by." "He's a great guy," says Gus. "That roto picture in the Journal showing Hinkle and the kid was just right. Have I got tickets? I beat it to Green Bay like a shot Monday morning and I'm set. On the way I saw a farmer jump down off his manure spreader and into his car. He was in one big hurry. I met him in the ticket line in the Bay." Are they going to win? There is no doubt about it up here. They are cocksure. It's in the air, wherever you go. You get the idea the game is an elaborately staged pogrom during which the Packers will avenge all past trespasses of the Giants. Men, women and kids talk about it. Have you got tickets? Are you going to take the train? Did you seem them work out today? I hope they've got a dry ball to throw around...And plenty of them are coming with the long green. All in all, should the Packers lose, Christmas is going to be very glum beside the waters of the river Fox.
DEC 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - There is nothing in the season's statistics of the Packers and Giants to indicate anything except a tossup in the playoff at State Fair park
Sunday afternoon. Certainly there is little to support the
price of 8 to 5, which has been quoted on Green Bay. The
Packers have an edge, perhaps, but it is so small that it
means almost nothing against a team which has so
consistently proved itself able to take the short end of the
statistics and still win. In 11 games this fall, the Giants
have been outdowned, outgained and so forth nine times,
yet they have lost only one and tied one. As opportunists
who can hang a victim on the smallest peg, they have hung
up a record that you must go far to duplicate. It just isn't luck
when it happens as consistently as the Giants have made
it happen. The difference in the season's statistics between
the clubs as they go into Sunday's game really will be
small. Offensively, the edge belongs to the Packers.
Defensively, it belongs to New York. The Packers have
rolled up more first downs, more yards by rushing, more
yards by passing, more yards on runbacks of punts and
have scored more points, fumbled less and scored more
points after touchdowns. The edge on defense clearly
belongs to Green Bay. On defense, you immediately get a
different picture. The Giants have a far better record on pass defense, a better punting average, a slightly better record on opponents' fumbles recovered and a better record against rushing and scoring both. And just so you don't get the idea they are defense crazy, they have a better passing record than the Packers and a much better record in successful placements - and placements may very well decide Sunday's game. It's an open flirtation with disaster ever to let the Giants, with Ward Cuff and Ken Strong, have the ball anywhere near your 40 yard line. Maybe all this still figures out to 8 to 5 - but it looks a little funny...The Giants will have more weight in the line, the Packers more weight in the backfield. New York, with Poole and Howell at ends, Cope and Mellus at tackles, Dell Isola and Tuttle at guards and Hein at center, has a line which averages 211 pounds. With Danowski at quarter, Richards and Cuff at halves and Falaschi at full, its backfield averages 196 pounds. The Packers, with Hutson and Gantenbein at ends, Lee and Ray at tackles, Goldenberg and Letlow at guards and Svendsen at center, average 208 pounds in the line. With Craig at quarter, Uram and Herber at halves, and Hinkle at fullback, Green Bay's backfield averages 197. Overall, in weight, the Giants have a slight edge...Announcement of Brooklyn's new coach to succeed Potsy Clark, resigned, undoubtedly will be made at the league meeting Saturday. With the draft one of the weekend's most important pieces of business, Dan Topping, owner of the club, surely will want his new coach, whoever he may be, to have a hand in the draw. Bill Kern of Carnegie Tech, a former Packer tackle, appears to have the inside track. At least, he can have the job if he wants it. Kern played with the Packers in their first championship year - 1929...A bare possibility exists that the league will take some action at Saturday's meeting to increase the membership to 12 clubs. Boston and St. Louis seem more likely to get berths if and when something like this should come to pass. Boston, home of the Marshall franchise before Washington got it, has clamored to get back in for several years. St. Louis, through Branch Rickey of the Cardinals, has a certified check of $150,000 deposited with the league to show that it means business.
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers executed a
complete reversal of form yesterday as they drove through
a sparkling picture on the eve of their departure for
Southern Wisconsin and the NFL's 1939 playoff game. The
team looked so ragged in its Tuesday drill that Coach 
Curly Lambeau admitted he was worried, but the wrinkles
all were ironed out Thursday as the team ripped into a
rigorous session. The squad will entrain tonight for
Milwaukee, leaving on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa, and
making its headquarters as usual at the Schroeder hotel.
The Packers will work out Saturday at State fair park. Word
from the playoff site indicates that perfect weather has 
been prevailing, and is expected to hold over the weekend.
The gridiron has been buried under tons of hay, which will
be swept away late Sunday morning, so that even if the
skies turn sloppy, the players will be assured of fairly dry
going. And some half of the spectators will be protected by
the covered stands. "Our workout looked splendid," 
Lambeau commented yesterday, "but we'll have to continue
the improvement if we are to be in shape for the Giants, the
greatest bunch of opportunists in the game. We aim to 
reach our peak for Sunday's game, and play our best 
football of the season at that time." A development of prime
importance in the weekend program will be Saturday
afternoon's National league draft meeting at the Schroeder
hotel. Leaders of all teams in the league will assemble to
run through the lists of the nation's football greats, and to
make their selections for the 1940 season. As usual, the
teams ranking lowest in the composite list will be given
the first choice, which means that the Packers will have to
wait awhile before striking for their new talent. Coach
Lambeau will attend the meeting, as will several officials
of the Green Bay Packer corporation...OWEN MAY ATTEND:
The Packers are inclined to discount rumors that Coach
Steve Owen of New York will not attend the game because
of his mother's funeral. The latter event takes place on
Saturday at Kansas City, and Owen easily can make connections for Milwaukee by plane, if he cares to do so after the funeral. There has been a no deterioration in the Packers' physical condition during this week of practice, not so much as a turned ankle marring the work. Thus the team will enter the game in far better shape than last year, when end Don Hutson and halfback Bob Monnett were crippled. The ticket situation remained as acute as ever today, with scarcely a pasteboard of any quality to be had. A few of the cheaper seats were left, and Packer officials were certain that the stadium will be sold out before game time. There will be two special trains carrying Green Bay and Fox river valley fans to Milwaukee Sunday. The
Carrigan Special, which runs on the Milwaukee Road,
announced today that diner service will be available both
going and returning. The Du Chateau Special announced
that the Packer Lumberjack band will make the trip with it
on the North Western line. Du Chateau also announced 
that the special will leave State Fair park, West Allis, at 4:30
after the game, and will start back from Milwaukee at 7:00.
DEC 8 (Milwaukee) - Police and federal agents prepared
today to crack down on "scalpers" hoping to capitalize on
tickets for Sunday's game between the New York Giants 
and Green Bay Packers. Otto A. La Budde, collector of
internal revenue for the Milwaukee district, said that he 
would station men at hotels and other places in an effort to
uncover scalping operations. E.J. Koelzer, assistant United
States district attorney, pointed out that federal statutes
provide a fine up to $100 if a ticket is sold for an amount in
excess of the price noted on the ticket..AGREE TO PAY TAX:
However, La Budde said that tickets legally can be sold
above the stipulated price if the seller registers with the
internal revenue department and agrees to pay a tax of 10
percent of what he receives for the ticket. Meanwhile, police
and sheriff's deputies were on the lookout for 1,500 
alleged counterfeit tickets which officials of the Green Bay
Packers said had been distributed and were selling for
$10 each. The team said they would pay $250 for evidence
of anyone selling them.
DEC 8 (Milwaukee) - New York's football Giants, champions of the east, rolled into town today for pro football's big money game - the championship playoff - against the Green Bay Packers, pride of Wisconsin's dairyland and only four-time professional titleholder. Virtually everything was ready for the game but the weather forecast and neither the Packers nor the Giants has anything to fear if this week's pleasant autumn temperatures continue through Sunday. Both teams hoped for clear skies and firm footing - ideal conditions for their hard-driving backs and sharp-eyed passers and receivers. A sellout throng of approximately 31,500 - all that the "Dairy Bowl" at State Fair park will hold - was assured despite the fact that a few of the cheaper tickets at $1.65 and $1.10 still were available. The best seats, which sold at $4.40, $3.30 and $2.20, were gone soon after they put on sale Monday, and many of them went to scalpers, anxious to capitalize on them...SHARES ARE VOTED: The title game was expected to yield a record gate of $80,000, of which 60 percent will go to the players. Each player on the winning team will receive approximately $600, while each losing player will realize about $400. The Giants have listed 34 men for their share of the gate, while the Packers have voted 33 shares. The game had all of the earmarks of a thrilling, see-saw battle. The Packers and Giants have played 18 games since 1928 and each team has won nine. Last year the Giants whipped Green Bay 23 to 17 in the championship playoff at New York and the Packers have vowed to even the count...AIM TO STOP HUTSON: New York's chief objective Sunday will be to stop Don Hutson, fleet Green Bay end and the pro league's No. 1 pass snatcher. Giant coaches Steve Owen and Bo Molenda, himself a former Packers, indicated they would put two defensive men on Don's tracks. Cleveland did the same thing three weeks ago, but Don played decoy there and enabled Joe Laws to catch a pass for the winning touchdown. Throwing passes for Green Bay will be Arnold Herber, long one of the league's ace tossers, and Cecil Isbell, who can run, kick and pass with the best. But Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Packers isn't counting alone on a passing attack. He has groomed his squad for a powerful running offensive, too. Tuffy Leemans and Len Barnum constitute the hub of New York's battering ram. Tuffy is a bruising runner, while Barnum is a triple-threat star. Then, too, the Giants have two of the finest placement kickers in the league - Milwaukee's own Ward Cuff and Ken Strong, who scored all of New York's points in the 9 to 7 victory over Washington's Redskins last Sunday. The Giants arrived at 10:30 a.m. today and will work out at the Milwaukee Brewers' park today and tomorrow.
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - The New York Giants are confident. This feeling of warm self-assurance may not be extended to the status of overconfidence, and again perhaps it may, but at any rate the cute little fellows who play football for Tim Mara and, more directly, for Steve Owen, are expecting a victory when they meet the Green Bay Packers Sunday. This information is gleaned for New York newspaper clippings, quoting the Giants at length concerning what they plan to do when they step onto the field Sunday afternoon. It is true that the Giants breathed these awful sentiments from a vantage point some thousand miles away from the scene of conflict, and perhaps when they hitch up their pants on the gridiron for revenge, their attitude may soften. But you'd never know it to hear their chatter. In glancing back over these first paragraphs, we notice that they read a great deal like a sympathetic attempt to bolster Packer morale, but as a matter of fact we have the New York press clippings on hand, and unless somebody has been misquoted sadly, the Giants are whistling vigorously, not only in the dark, but in broad daylight. We shall tear the Packers limb from limb; we shall drive them from the field; we shall keep the championship in the East, where it belongs; we licked them last year and we'll do it again; and so on, through the swamps of the same material. Nothing will please Coach Curly Lambeau more than to have the Giants maintain that attitude right up to game time, for the Packers have just what it takes to alter the feeling. The Green Bay team is in much better psychological position than if it were going into combat against the Washington Redskins, a team it already has defeated this season. The boys want to wipe out the memory of that 1938 playoff defeat, they want the extra cash, and they're dying for another crack at the College All-Stars. So New York can be just confident as it pleases. No one really minds a bit.
DEC 8 (Milwaukee) - Ward Cuff, former Marquette star arriving with the New York Giants Friday morning for the title
game with the Green Bay Packers here Sunday, will have something besides touchdowns and field goals on his mind. Cuff is a defendant in a $5,000 lawsuit brought by Mrs. Virginia Exarhos, 1136 N. Fourteenth St., and her husband, Leo, for injuries received by Mrs. Exarhos August 1, 1938, in a collision between a Boynton Cab Co. taxicab and an automobile driven by Cuff. A jury to try the suit was being drawn in the court of Civil Judge Thaddeus Pruss Thursday. The case is scheduled for trial next Wednesday.
DEC 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Stoney McGlynn) - With scores of visiting NFL officials and sportswriters from throughout the country scheduled to be present over the weekend at the league meeting and the championship Dairy Bowl game Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants it might be appropriate at this time that strong consideration be given to making the organization big time all the way instead of just in its caliber of play. I have particular reference to officiating, the need of giving the league president a long term contract, the necessity of giving the president czar like control of officiating and the need of new legislation to curb the decidedly amateurish behavior of some of the league coaches and owners. Over the course of 11 campaigns with the Packers I have met many fans from all sections, many writers and the consensus of opinion is strongly in favor of doing something to put the conduct of the league's business on a higher plane. Everybody, including the fans who pay the freight, agree something should be done, but it is never done. How much longer will the club owners fly in the face of public opinion? How much longer will they, by wanting the edge and trying to obtain it no matter how cheapening their actions, get by with their present methods before the fans decided pro football is not a sport as presently conducted?...MUST HAVE CZAR: I have no row with Carl Storck, acting president of the league since the death of Joe Carr; nor had I a row with Mr. Carr. Mr. Carr was an able, conscientious leader whose only drawbacks were illness in the later years of his life and the failure of the league to clothe him with the prope authority. Mr. Storck, secretary of the league prior to taking over the duties of acting president, has done a very able job considering he has even less authority than Mr. Carr. The answer is to give the president absolute authority, a long term contract so he will not be at the mercy of the whims and fancies of some disgruntled owner because of an adverse ruling and tighten the strings so as to hold owners and coached within bounds in their conduct at the games. I know it will be a difficult task, perhaps impossible, to get the owners to agree to such a procedure, but I also know such a step would advance the game five years and would put the league business standards somewhat nearer on a par with the caliber of play. It will be difficult. Right at this time various owners have withheld appointment of Mr. Storck because each and every one of them have one particular gent whom they'd like to put in the chair. If this is doubted I could name some of the candidates and some of the owners who are hoping to feather their own nest instead of viewing the appointment on a leaguewide basis and with vision into the future of the sport which is destined to be come the biggest sports venture of all if the league is conducted properly...A CASE IN POINT: Sunday's incident in New York when Coach Ray Flaherty and Ed Justice of the Redskins rushed upon the field is a case in point.Mr. Storck cleared the players because officials report no blows were struck. But by leading the charge onto the field Flaherty and Justice COULD have incited a riot that might have resulted in fatal injuries. Coach Flaherty, a leaders of his team, should have been the one to caution and guide away from trouble instead of leading the charge. Mr. Storck should have fined both culprits heavily and also should have suspended Justice for a game or games, effective next season. Why wasn't this done? Perhaps because Mr. Storck, being human and desirous of saving his position, thought it best not to acquire the enmity of George P. Marshall, owners of the Redskins, at this time. But if Mr. Storck had a long term contract, one assuring security of office as long as its affairs were conducted properly, he would not have had to temper his justice with a desire to hold his position. This practice of coaches and owners rushing onto the field MUST be curbed before a serious riot, sparked by soapbox tactics of coaches and owners, takes place. It can be curbed by clothing the president with the proper authority, by giving him absolute power and by making him a czar of the officials. The officials, once they know the president is in an invulnerable position and will back them, will run the game as they should be run. In appointing Bill Halloran of Providence, who made the rule on the disputed placekick in New York, as Sunday's referee, Mr. Storck exhibited the proper intestinal fortitude. He answered Halloran's critics most effectively by giving him the appointment as referee of the most important game of the year. Such action reveals Mr. Storck has many sound qualities the office demands and the league needs.
DEC 8 (Milwaukee Journal) - Thirty strong, the New York Giants, champions of the eastern division of the NFL, arrived in Milwaukee at 11:20 Friday morning for the playoff with the Green Bay Packers, champions of the western division, at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. A crowd of several hundred fans greeted the squad, which was in charge of Assistant Coach Bo Molenda. Molenda also will be in charge of the team Sunday, due to the death of Coach Steve Owen's mother Tuesday. Mrs. Owen will be buried at Enid, Okla., Saturday. The Giants arrived in perfect condition for the game. Even Tuffy Leemans, whose injured leg is still draining, and Leland Shaffer, who has a bad hip, will play, according to Molenda. Leemans, leading ground gainer, and Shaffer, worked out lightly in the last drill in New York, and showed no ill effects. While the squad was naturally depressed by the death of Steve Owen's mother, there wasn't an absence of confidence. The fact that the Giants have only beaten the Packers once in the west, and that no team has ever repeated in the playoff, doesn't mean a thing to them. "We're here not only to play a football game," Molenda said, "but to win one. The boys are all in good shape, they know what this game means to them in dollars and cents, and they don't care a hoot about the jinx that champions have never repeated so far." The starting lineup, according to Molenda, probably will be the same as that which took the field against the Packers in the championship game a year ago, which New York won, 23 to 17. Molenda's first concern was about the weather. He beamed as he looked up at the cloudless skies and asked, "Will it last? What's the prediction?" New York, it seems, has an idea Milwaukee is a speck up somewhere near the Arctic Circle. Sixteen New York newspapermen and wives of several of the players accompanied the team. Due to delay in arriving in Chicago from New York, the team reached here almost an hour late. The Milwaukee road held its train in Chicago 40 minutes to accommodate the party. The Giants established their headquarters at the Ambassador Hotel. Catholic boys on the squad observed the feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation, at Gesu Friday. A light workout behind locked gates was held at the baseball park Friday afternoon. At Green Bay, meanwhile, things started to look up again. The tongue lashing which Lambeau administered after the unsatisfactory workout Wednesday afternoon, when nothing seemed to go right, apparently had its effect. The team had its feet on the ground again. "We looked better today," Lambeau said on the phone. "I think the boys have finally started to realize that they have a game on their hands. I tried to tell them that from the beginning, but it didn't seem to sink in. They just felt too sure of themselves, I guess. But it was better today. The timing on passing especially was improved." Lambeau refused to indicate who might start. "So much depends on the weather and the condition of the field that I won't pick a starting lineup until just before the game," he said. "All I can say now is that our whole squad is intact. We haven't any injuries, at least none that would make doubtful starters of any of the boys." The Packers will follow the Giants into town Friday night, arriving on the Chippewa over the Milwaukee road at 8 o'clock. They will make their headquarters at the Schroeder hotel. No workout is planned Saturday, although Lambeau will hold both morning and afternoon skull sessions.