NEWS AND NOTES
RAMS RISE UP TO BEAT LIONS
NOV 20 (Cleveland) - The underdog Cleveland Rams rose to their greatest heights of the season Sunday on the wings of Parker Hall's sensational passing and smashed down the Detroit Lions, 14 to 3, in a National league game before 28,142 fans. The victory, Cleveland's fourth in nine games, dropped the Lions into third place in the Western division behind Green Bay and the Chicago Bears, virtually killing Detroit's title hopes. Hall, 1938 Mississippi All-American, turned the contest into a virtual one-man show as he peppered passes all over the Detroit secondary to register 16 completions in 25 attempts. His aerials were good for 149 yards and brought both touchdowns.
AMAZING AERIALS NOT ENOUGH TO WHIP BEARS
NOV 20 (Chicago) - Little Davey O'Brien gave an amazing exhibition of forward passing Sunday, but it wasn't enough to keep the powerful Chicago Bears from running over the Philadelphia Eagles, 27 to 14, in a NFL game before 21,938. The 150-pound Eagle quarterback, who made aerial history as an All-American last season, broke his own league record for the most passes completed in a single game, connecting for 21 out of 36 tries. He established the former mark of 19 completions a week ago. Only one of his 36 darts were intercepted, and two were ruled complete because of interference. He lost 68 yards on attempted passes. O'Brien was virtually the entire Philadelphia attack, rolling up 247 yards in the air, but the versatile Bear attack put them in front early and they never relinquished the lead.
POOR TANKS TAKE DOUBLE TRIMMING
NOV 20 (Louisville) - The Louisville Tanks, striving to keep
football alive in this Kentucky city through self-financing,
absorbed a 34 to 10 licking today from an American Pro
league foe, Kenosha, and then took a worse beating at
the box office. Only 308 spectators - eight from Kenosha
- turned out to watch the game, hard fought and well
played, despite almost continuous rainfall. Under their
cooperative plan, the 15 Louisville players had to reach
into their own pockets to meet the game guarantee and
expenses. Scoring four of five touchdowns with brilliant
long runs, Art Buck, elected captain before game time,
paced the Coopers to their victory. The assistant coach
at Carroll college reeled off a trio of markers in the first
six minutes and then tallied in the fourth quarter. He also
kicked four points for 28 points. His scores were for 54,
50 and 48 yards in the opening minutes and 73 yards in
the last quarter. Late in the contest, Don Koster, ex-
Marquette fullback, lateraled to Vince Gavre, former
Wisconsin quarterback, who scooted 35 yards for the
score. Cznerecki, former Marquette player, knocked down
Novakoski's pass and went 27 yards for Louisville's
touchdown in the first quarter. In the second heat, Fowler
placekicked from the 35 yard line.
PACKERS BACK AT HOME, LAUNCH WORK FOR
BATTLE AT CLEVELAND
NOV 21 (Green Bay) - Their two-game invasion of the
Eastern gridiron sector a complete success, the Green
Bay Packers hopped off the Milwaukee Road's Chippewa
late yesterday afternoon and today were back in executive
session, their next assignment an invasion of Cleveland
for a football date with the Rams. The squad appears to
be paying no attention to its engagement with Detroit the
following week, but is concentrating solely upon reversing
the decision Cleveland scored in the first 1939 Packer-
Ram game here Oct. 1, when Coach Dutch Clark's men
engineered a 27 to 24 upset...HOLD SKULL SESSION:
The trip home from New York was uneventful and speedy.
The Packers were to meet for a skull session at 2 o'clock
this afternoon, and they will work out on their practice
field until Thursday, when they will board the Milwaukee
Road Chippewa again, setting sail for Cleveland. During
their tenure in the Ohio metropolis they will headquarter
at the Hotel Cleveland. Just before the team left New York
Trainer Dave Woodward received word of his sister's
death at Rochester, N.Y., and he left for that community.
The Packers' luggage, shipped separately, arrived here at
10:20 last night, and Tim O'Brien, assistant property
manager, worked most of the night unpacking it and getting it in readiness for use today...MUST DEFEAT BOTH: The conquest of Cleveland and Detroit by the Packers is of vital importance in the Green Bay team's championship quest. The Chicago Bears have but one game remaining, against the weak Cardinals, and should the Packers capture both of their coming games, there will be no necessity of a Western division playoff. If either Cleveland or Detroit triumphs against the Bays, the playoff possibilities are numerous, and Coach E.L. Lambeau is anxious to save his team a lot of trouble by clinching the Western crown with the utmost speed. The Eastern bubble also is undecided as yet, with either the New York Giants or the Washington Redskins slated for the honor. The matter of the all-league playoff, in which the Packers hope to participate, must be cleaned up within the near future. League regulations decree that the 1939 playoff must be in the site selected by the Western champion. Milwaukee has been mentioned prominently as the probable place, but no final arrangements have been made.
CLAIM BAY PACKERS UNDER WRAPS
NOV 21 (New York) - The New York experts differed widely over this year's edition of the Packers, basing their opinion on the performance at Brooklyn Sunday. Ace Parker, Dodger passer, picked the Washington Redskins to win the flag, citing the weak ground attack displayed by the Green Bay team. James A. Burchard of the World-Telegram said: "It wasn't as bad as the score indicates. Given a strong pass defense
Brooklyn would have come close to holding the western eleven. On the ground the Packers were futile." Then he quoted Parker: "That's why I favor the Redskins. They have much better runners. What's more, when they meet the Giants I think Andy Farkas and Frank Filchock will take the play away from Tuffy Leemans." "Except in the air," Burchard wrote, "the Packers looked sluggish. But as Coach Potsy Clark remarked, 'That's when they're most dangerous. They cut loose with unbeatable spurts after decoying the other club into a careless defense.' Potsy paid high tribute to Hutson, terming him the greatest pass receiver of them all." The New York Sun said: "The only reason the Packers didn't devastate the Dodgers by something equaling the Redskin 42-0 rout of a week ago was that Curly Lambeau had more control over his played that did Washington's Ray Flaherty - or so it appeared. Distinct mutters were heard from 19.843 touchdown hungry fans that the Packers were pulling their punches. Lambeau must have spotted Giant scouts in the stands, for he kept his boys under wraps. You can't blame him - those Packers may be playing our Giants for the top honors before very long. In fact, it's a good bet." Louis Effrat, New York Times: "While from a competitive viewpoint, it wasn't as onesided a contest as Brooklyn's 42-0 setback by the Washington Redskins last week, it was just as discouraging...The Dodgers more than held their own on the ground, outrushing the winners, but overhead the Packers did most of the damage. Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell connected with short and long passes often enough to insure victory." Gene Ward, New York Daily News: "The final score was 28 to 0 and it could easily have been twice that, or so it seemed...Despite the rout, the Packers played under wraps and with good cause. Plenty of Giant scouts were spotted through the stands, just in case a Packer-Giant playoff comes to pass." William H. Taylor, New York Herald Tribune: "The Dodgers put up a better fight against the Packers than they did a week ago against the Redskins. At time in the second half, they were really threatening and in yardage on running plays they decidedly outgained the Packers, but they never showed any signs of overcoming the lead that the visitors piled up early in the game." Frank White, New York Post: "The Dodgers were handicapped defensively because two men had to handle the single job of guarding Hutson. And they were bobbled offensively by the absence for nearly three periods of their ailing ace (Parker); the third period injury of Ralph Kercheval, whose 50 yard dash to the Packers' eight set up Brooklyn's only real threat, and lack of replacements for Pug Manners, Ray Carnelly and Wendell Butcher.
TWO RECORDS SET BY BEARS
NOV 21 (New York) - The Chicago Bears have shattered
all record for ground gained and points scored in the
NFL for a season by amassing a total of 3,586 yards in
10 games and scoring 250 points. Yet they have lost
three games and have only an outside chance for a tie
for the western division title. Green Bay held the records
in yardage gained and points scored with 223 points in
1938 and 3,201 yards in 1937. For the first time a team
has set records for both yards gained and points scored
in the same season. The Bears still have one more
game to play. The "dream" backfield of Bill Osmanski,
Bob MacLeod, Sid Luckman, Joe Maniaci, Bob Swisher,
Jack Manders and Bernie Masterson, comprise a record
running, passing and kicking crew. The Washington
Redskins appear to be the best all-around team in the
league. They are high in passing, second in ground
gaining and third in scoring, and tie the Giants for
defensive honors, having yielded fewer yards than the
Giants and only seven more points.
AND WHAT WILL OUR BAYS BE DOING ALL THIS TIME?
NOV 21 (Chicago) - It seems the customers who follow professional football are now reserving tickets for a championship game between the Bears and the winner of the Eastern division, at Wrigley field December 10. That's decidedly premature, of course, but it can happen, just as Ohio State can be whipped by Michigan, USC trounced by the fighting Irish of Notre Dame, Northwestern can beat Iowa, Penn can beat Cornell and Texas' Longhorns might whip Texas A&M. Probably none of these things will happen, but in this hectic, uncertain, impossible to dope game of chasing the elusive pigskin, anything can happen. Even Chicago won a game, which is proof enough. Even Mr. George Halas, who tosses the raw meat to his Bruins, and drives them into a state of winning frenzy, will tell you that his team is going to be in on that championship. Let's take a gander at the prospects. Detroit lost to Cleveland, putting the roaring Lions back in third place with three lost, same as the Bears. You would have been justified in betting 2 to 1 that Detroit would win. But I have an idea that the refusal of the Lions to release Dutch Clark's playing contract to Cleveland, so he could don a Ram uniform Sunday, beat Detroit. No doubt the players decided to go out there and do or die for Mammy Clark and they did it, much to the chagrin of the Lions, who had, some weeks previous, held a pretty good stranglehold on first place. Now the Lions must go down to Washington and beat the Redskins after which they must beat Green Bay in order to get a tie with the Bears. Of course this with the supposition that the Bears beat the Cardinals. That is a very large order for the Lions. Washington has won seven and lost one, the one being to Green Bay. In Washington the Redskins are extremely difficult to tip over and that is where the game is to be played. If the Lions lost that one they are out. Even if they win it they must beat Green Bay, which is also a difficult assignment as Green Bay also is trying for that championship and beat Detroit the last time out. Green Bay's position is a little better. The Packers are leading. They can lose one game and still be tied with the Bears for first place, necessitating a playoff. If they lose two and Washington beats the Lions, they are also out and the Bears would be champions without a playoff - providing they beat the lowly Cards Sunday. If Green Bay wins one and lose one, they will have to play one with the Bruins.