PACKERS LEAVE TODAY FOR GAME AT CLEVELAND; EVERYBODY IS FIT
NOV 23 (Green Bay) - Riding atop the world in the closing days of the NFL campaign, but in need of continued victories to remain there, the Green Bay Packers will leave this afternoon for Cleveland, there to battle the dangerous Rams before one of those doting
Cleveland crowds. The Rams are the league's newest
demonstration of the fact that a winning football team
brings in the crowds. A stale spot for professional 
football three years ago, Cleveland is not one of the
sport's hotbeds, and the Rams expect to play before
their season's largest crowd Sunday, when they
entertain Coach E.L. Lambeau's Packers...RAMS
UPSET LIONS: Psychology favors the Packers. For 
one thing, the Bays are thirsting for avenge the October
1 licking they absorbed from Cleveland. Secondly, the
Ram put out everything they had against the Detroit
Lions last Sunday, and they may suffer a letdown. 
Coach Lambeau isn't counting on it, and he will start
his strongest team against the Rams. The game will be
played at Municipal stadium, instead of League park as
formerly. The Packers leave on the North Western train
at 4:35 this afternoon, with every man on the squad in
condition to play. The players have had their private
Thanksgiving dinners, and again are in strict training for
the rigorous finale to the current season...TITLES
HANGING FIRE: Divisional titles in both sectors are
hanging fire as the teams roll down the line to a blanket
finish. The Chicago Bears, Detroit and Green Bay still
are in the running for the Western crown, while New 
York and Washington must battle it out in the East. Not
many games remain on the league schedule, One,
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, is scheduled for today. Next
Sunday, in addition to the Green Bay-Cleveland game,
Brooklyn plays at New York, Detroit visits Washington,
and the Bears and Cardinals tangle at Wrigley field. The
following Sunday games are carded between the Lions
and Packers, Washington and New York and Cleveland
and Philadelphia.
HUTSON BREAKS AERIAL RECORDS
NOV 23 (New York) - Individual records have been tied
or broken for the past five consecutive weeks in the
NFL, but players continued their unprecedented 
smashing performances again Sunday when four new
marks were written into the books for the best one 
week's accomplishment in the circuit's annals. Don
Hutson, Green Bay, accounted for two new standards,
Andy Farkas, Washington, and Davey O'Brien,
Philadelphia, one each. The closest race for forward
passing laurels ever developed in the National league
has practically boiled down into a thrilling duel between
two of the league's outstanding rookies as O'Brien 
continues to complete passes in sensational style to
challenge Parker Hall, Cleveland. O'Brien completed 21
passes last Sunday to break his own one week mark of
19 completions. Hall continues to lead the passers with
76 completions out of 155 tosses, an efficiency average
of 49 percent. O'Brien, with 40 completions in the last
two games, now has 64 out of 127 for 50 percent,
breaking his second place tie with Ace Parker of
Brooklyn. Parker has completed 65 for 45 percent, but
has played in two more games than O'Brien. Sammy
Baugh, Washington, moved into a third place tie with 
Parker with 45 completions for 52 percent efficiency,
Frank Filchock, Washington, has 62 percent efficiency,
but has thrown only 54 passes. Filchock is tied with
Arnie Herber, Green Bay, and Bernie Masterson, Bears,
with eight touchdown passes...LOSES ONE RECORD:
Don Hutson lost his record of nine touchdowns in one
season to Farkas, who has 11 for a new standard, but
established two new ones to now possess outright or
share in every pass receiving record on the books. 
Though he is second to Perry Schwartz, Brooklyn, in
passes caught, 27 to 29, his 794 yards in receptions
breaks the old league mark of 675 by Gaynell Tinsley,
Chicago Cardinals, in 1937. This yardage brings his
lifetime total to 2,838, in five season, surpassing the old
mark of 2.755 yards compiled by John Blood in fourteen
campaigns. Farkas, in addition to scoring 11 times, has
converted two extra points, raising his scoring total to 68 points for the season. Bill Osmanski, Chicago Bears rookie, rose to a second place tie with John Drake, Cleveland, with 48 points. Jim Benton, Cleveland, is fourth, and Hutson is fifth with 42 and 38 points, respectively. Osmanski continues to pace the ground gainers with 699 yards and teammate Joe Maniaci is second with 501 yards. Farkas, Bill Shepherd, Detroit, and Clarence Manders, Brooklyn, follow with 498, 384 and 381 yards, respectively.
KENOSHA PRO TEAM SCORES 41-0 VICTORY
NOV 23 (Kenosha) - Cooper Cardinal football players celebrated
Thanksgiving Day with a feast of touchdowns as they halted the
13 game winning streak of the Drewry Athletic club of South
Bend, Ind., semipro champions of Hoosierland, under a 41 to 0
carnage before 4,500 spectators in Lakefront stadium. It was the
fifth victory of the year for the Coopers, their second in five days.
The Cooper exploded their offensive power in the second canto for
21 points and then clocked for 13 in the fourth quarter. They also
counted seven in the first frame, but went scoreless in the third
quarter when South Bend dominated.
PACKERS SHOVE OFF FOR CLEVELAND TILT
NOV 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers late today shoved
off for Cleveland in no Thanksgiving mood to play the strong Rams. The Bays bid fair to be in the national championship playoff if they sink Cleveland, as is expected. The following Sunday they meet third place holders, Detroit.
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.
Green Bay Packers (7-2) 28, Brooklyn Dodgers (4-5-1) 0
Sunday November 19th 1939 (at Brooklyn)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(BROOKLYN) - These merry tourists, the Green Bay Packers put the gay ha-ha and the old slug on another host here today at Ebbets field. Mine host in this case was the sorry cast that plays for pay and owner Dan Topping, the Brooklyn Dodgers. The final count was Packers 28, Brooklyn 0. The Packers were off to production in a hurry and for some time it seemed possible the boys in the red uniforms might be blasted right out of their own ball park. The husky Packers scored twice in the first six minutes of the game and appeared to be ready to camp for the remainder of the test on the home team's goal. But the Dodgers rallied and although they had one real scoring chance, were really about as much in the game as your country cousin in a backroom poker session. Combined with the grid tidings from the Cleveland-Detroit front, the result was that the Packers bounced out ahead of the Lions for the lead in the Western division of the league. A very partisan group of 25,000 attended the entertainment and although they were out to root for the Brooklyn they remained to admire with much gesticulation the adroit manner in which the apple knockers from Wisconsin tossed the sphere through the ozone. The Packers did everything with the ball but deflate it and the clients near the final were inclined to openly applaud the visiting firemen from Wisconsin.
MAKE FIRST SCORE
The late comers had hardly finished disturbing those who were on time when the Packers cut loose with their first score. The Green Bay boys put the ball in play with a long kickoff that the Dodgers returned for only a short distance. Ralph Kercheval, ace of the Brooklyn backs, sparked a drive but it fizzled before going past the Brooklyn 36 and he punted. Arnie Herber took the boot on his own 20 and ran back 14 yards before he was halted. Andy Uram, on the first play, attempted an end run but lost three yards to place the ball back on the 31. And then the Packers pulled the customers from the pews with one of those copyrighted Herber to Hutson bolts. Arnie faded back and stood for a moment quietly awaiting the moment when his chum would choose to receive the sphere. That moment was not long in arriving and Herber then unloosed an easy one to his right which Hutson caught on the Dodger 43.
DODGING THE DODGERS
​Two very vicious and determined Brooklyn boys closed in on the former Alabama flash as he took a step forward, but Don dodgers the Dodgers and was off for a gallop all by himself by his mates mopped up very neatly any of the home club who might have entertained notions of going in pursuit. When Tiny Engebretsen converted the Packers had seven, the Dodgers nothing, and the clock on the wall declared only four minutes had elapsed. Lightning struck the Dodgers amidships once again two minutes later. Taking the ball on the kickoff the home team went to work with zest and advanced the pill to their own 43 on line plunges and a pass, Carnelly to one Perry Schwartz, erstwhile son of Sunny California, which ate up nine yards at one gulp. But here Pug Manders muffed the hide and while he stood ruefully and profanely contemplating the result Bud Svendsen swooped in, plucked the pumpkin from the sward and cantered 40 yards to the goal line. Again Engebretsen functioned as one should function on the extra point try and the score was 14-nothing, all very much Green Bay.
HALT PACKER ADVANCE
In the second period a Packer advance was halted and Clarke Hinkle attempted a placekick from the Brooklyn 40. The try went the way of the California ham and egg plan and Brooklyn took the ball but could not do anything about it. Kercheval, properly under the circumstances, punted to Joe Laws, who ran back seven to the Packer 45, Hinkle and Laws each gained three and then Cecil Isbell, a football player's football player that afternoon, raced to the Dodgers 40. Two plays failed to net much for the Packers and then Isbell lobbed one to Milt Gantenbein. Milt took the ball on the run and seemed about to prance over but he was spilled on the Dodger 23 just about the time the home folks had abandoned hope. Hinkle and Isbell each made a pair and Cecil took to the air on the third play, rifling one to Harry Jacunski, who crossed the line as he accepted the apple. Isbell made it 21-nothing with a placement.
GOES 50 YARDS
Early in the third period Kercheval broke through the center of the Packer line for 50 yards on a fake pass play. He was spilled on the Green Bay eight by Balazs and Isbell, who nailed him from the stern. Hurt on the play, he was replaced by the people's choice in Flatbush, Ace Parker. With the crowd pleading for a score, the Green and Gold refused to budge and although the Dodgers did get to the two yard line the Packers finally took the ball on the four. The last desperate Dodger play was an attempted pass by Parker from a play that started as a plunge. But the Ace was brought down by a wave of Packers who caught him as he leaped into the air and plunked him on the ground before he could get rid of the ball. A few minutes later, after Laws had intercepted another Parker pass, the Packers scored their final touchdown. Joe took the ball on the two and scampered up the sidelines to the 15.
TOSSES TO HUTSON
Laws failed to gain on the first play but Isbell and Hutson had other ideas. The former dropped back and hurled one to the latter who caught it at midfield and ran to the Dodgers' 32, where he was thrust from the playing field by two Brooklyn players. Hinkle, just for variety, plowed through for four. Isbell, on the next play, again passed to Hutson, who caught the ball on the three-yard line. His momentum carried him along, though, and before he could right himself he fell out of bounds. The crowd didn't seem to believe that such a thing could be done and the jaws of the Brooklyn fans dropped in both shame and amazement. On the second play, Isbell, who had been stopped at the line on his first attempt, raced wide to his right and cut in and over the goal. Engebretsen booted another extra point and there wasn't any more scoring. The Packers did get another drive underway as the contest waned but Janiak intercepted a Lawrence pass on his own three and was dropped as the gun exploded, making the battle history.
GREEN BAY - 14  7  7  0 - 28
BROOKLYN  -  0  0  0  0 -  0
1st - GB - Don Hutson, 69-yard pass from Arnie Herber (Tiny Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Svendsen, 37-yard fumble recovery (Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - GB - Harry Jacunski, 19-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
3rd - GB - Isbell, 1-yard run (Isbell kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
than 35,000. As the largest throng the Rams have drawn here to date was the 28,000 which saw the Cleveland-Detroit struggle last week. Lipscomb's estimate sounds high, but Manny Eisner, the home club's business manager, says the ticket sale is running well ahead of Ram-Lion figures. The weather, at the moment, is not too good. Skies have been overcast, and a bitter wind swept off Lake Erie as the Packers held their final big drill Friday afternoon, and a brisk, brief warming up session this morning. There is no threat of rain, however, and if the temperature slides upward a bit, the turnstiles will revolve all the merrier...GET BIG BUILDUP: The Packers were brought to Cleveland two days earlier than intended so that local newspapers could fall on the team and build it up. Initial results were gratifying, as yesterday's practice was attended by about everyone who ever wrote sports in Cleveland. Photographers swarmed on the field, dozens of notes were taken, and the sports editors all geared themselves for a final blast of ink in today's paper. Municipal stadium is located on the lake shore. Only five or six blocks from the Hotel Cleveland, where the Packers are staying. The spot is much more accessible than League park, where the Rams played their home games previous to this season, the latter place being located far to the east...VISITORS MUCH IMPRESSED: The big stadium, which hold 80,000, echoosed to the shouts of the spirited Packers throughout yesterday's drill. To the seasoned squad members the workout was old stuff, but the visitors appears much impressed. As a concluding gesture, Bob Kelly, sports announcer of Station WGAR, called Cecil Isbell, Don Hutson and Arnie Herber aside and ran them through a 15-minute drill, for the benefit of his listeners. Kelly drew Hutson first, and elicited one important piece of information for Green Bay fans. "They tell me you're planning to retire at the end of this season, Don," he said. "Any truth in it?" "Well," drawled Hutson, "I just about had decided to do that, but Coach Curly Lambeau talked to me about it, and I guess he has changed my mind."...JUST HITS HUTSON: Herber was next. How did he throw so many passes to Hutson? "Easy," said Arnold, shifting a gigantic plug of tobacco. "Don just breaks into the open, find a clear spot, and I try to hit him with the ball." Kelly asked Isbell to comment on Ram Johnny Darke, who like Cecil was a Purdue collegian before entering pro ball. "He's probably the greatest fullback in the game," said Isbell, decisively, adding hastily, "unless it's Hinkle." In addition to Lipscomb, the list of honored guests at the practice including Coach C.W. Spears of Toledo university, who lasted out the entire program. Spears, a former University of Wisconsin mentor, always is around when the Packers are in Cleveland...PACKERS SHOULD WIN: This writer feels confident that the Packers will win Sunday, thus assuring themselves of at least a tie for the Western division title. Had the Packers beaten the Rams in Green Bay Oct. 1, the matter might present itself in a different light, but it is doubtful if the Rams again can rise to the heights they assumed in beating Detroit last Sunday. Two of Coach Dutch Clark's best guards, Lou Bostick of Alabama and Barney McGarry of Utah, the latter a regular, are shelved. In McGarry's place, Captain Tom Hupke will be seen in the starting lineup. Johnny Drake, Cleveland's star fullback, was shaken up badly in the Detroit game and may not see full time action. The Packers, when queried, are unanimous in saying that they explain their toughest game of the season tomorrow, but it's more likely than they intend to dump a ton of explosives on the Rams right from the start...HIGH SCHOOL GAME: A funny thing happened when we entered the stadium yesterday afternoon. The place was being prepared for the city championship high school game between John Adams and North, a newspaper-sponsored event which was scheduled for today, and was expected to draw 50,000. As the huge Packer squad rolled out on to the field, jogging around and passing footballs, a much-impressed carpenter laid down his hammer to watch. He was a little fellow with a leather jacket. "Boy," he said reverently. "Did you ever see a high school team that big before?" No, we admitted, we never had.
DETROIT ON THE SPOT SUNDAY
NOV 25 (Chicago) - Detroit's desperate Lions will invade Washington tomorrow to engage the rampaging Redskins in a NFL game which stands out as the day's most important contest. It is a battle which is likely to go a long way towards crystallizing the dizzy scramble for the 1939 divisional championships of the circuit. Four other games are down for decision tomorrow, two in each division, but barring upsets at Cleveland, Chicago and New York, none will clarify the closest battle for divisional supremacy in the league's history as much as the meeting between the Redskins and Lions. Green Bay, present Western division leader, will be favored over Cleveland, despite a 27 to 24 licking the Rams administered the Packers early in the season, and the Bears' powerhouse is conceded an edge over the Cardinals. The Giants, defending champions, likewise, have all the best of pregame appraisals in their engagement with Brooklyn. Detroit enters the Redskin game faced with the necessity of winning to assure itself of at least a tie for the Western title. Washington likewise must win, barring an upset in the Giants' game, to make it certain the Eastern championship will be decided when the Redskins invade New York next week. A Washington defeat tomorrow would make it possible for the Eastern race to end in a tie.
PACKERS CONFIDENT OF VICTORY OVER RAMS
NOV 25 (Cleveland) - Cleveland's surprising grid Rams will be cast in the role of giant killers again this Sunday when they make their final home apperance of the 1939 NFL season here in Municipal stadium. Coach Earl (Dutch) Clark's charges, victors over Detroit Lions by a 14 to 3 count last Sunday, now are called upon to subdue the mighty Packers of Green Bay, the only four time world champions in professional football history. The Packers come to town occupying first place in the league's Western division, the same rung the Lions occupied before the Rams put the blast on their championship aspirations. The Bays are after revenge for an earlier season beating on their home grounds at the hands of the local eleven. In addition to the 27 to 24 defeat by the Rams the Packers have lost only one other contest, that to the burly Chicago Bears, while winning seven. Advance ticket sales indicate that last Sunday's all time professional football attendance record of 28,142 will be surpassed when the league's classiest pair of pass combination, All-Americans Parker Hall and Jim Benton of the Rams, and Arnie Herber and Don Hutson of the Packers, start slinging the pigskin around. The Packers arrived here Friday and Coach Lambeau, although expecting a hard battle, was confident his team would be able to reverse the results of the upset defeat at the Rams' hands earlier in the year. "We scored too early and too easily on the Rams in that game," Curly said, "and whenever the Rams threatened we came back with another score to hold what looked like a comfortable 24 to 14 lead. But then the Rams scored again when we played some stupid football on our part. Then we found the Rams were tougher than expected and couldn't get back on the right offensive track. One thing, we know now what to expect. We know Parker Hall and Jim Benton are the aces of a passing game that is as good as any; we know Johnny Drake is one of the truly great backs of the game and that we'll have to play football all the way to win. This time we have the title definitely at stake and we're ready for the test." A win here Sunday will protect the Packers' one game lead over the Detroit Lions and assure them of no worse than a tie for the western half title in the NFL.
PACKERS ARE IN GREAT SHAPE FOR SUNDAY GAME WITH RAMS
NOV 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, with their travel legs hardly worn away, are getting ready for another titanic struggle. Tomorrow afternoon at 4:35 they will climb aboard the North Western train, and Friday they will establish headquarters at the Hotel Cleveland, prepared for the NFL battle Sunday against Coach Dutch Clark's Rams. The Packer team right now is at its best physical and mental peak of the season, and the authority of Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau himself...KEEP THAT EDGE: "We reached our peak against Brooklyn Sunday for the first time this season," Lambeau said, "and we are determined to hold that edge until the season is completed, no matter how many games remain to be played. Right now we are taking our games one at a time, and that means we are concentrating on the Cleveland contest Sunday." No Packer is injured as a result of the recent strenuous battles, further tribute to the work of Trainer Dave Woodward, who is without a peer as a conditioner. The Packers never have been in as good shape at this time of the season. Plenty of hard work lies ahead before the Packers will meet the Rams. The Green Bay players looked at pictures of their game with Brooklyn today, and took an outdoor workout this afternoon...OFFICIALS ARE SET: Officials for the Cleveland game will be Ed Cochrane, Kansas, referee; M.J. Meyer, Ohio Wesleyan, umpire; Carl Brubaker, Ohio State, headlinesman; and Francis Bacon, Wabash, field judge. The Packers are hoping to take advantage of a Ram letdown following the Cleveland team's conquest of the Detroit Lions last Sunday, when the Rams shot the Packers into the undisputed lead among Western Division teams. Furthermore, there is the little matter of the defeat which Cleveland handed the Packers early this season, to be avenged. The Bays have been beaten twice, once by Cleveland and again by the Chicago Bears. But for either of those losses, they would be riding high, out of reach, today.
ACE PARKER SAYS GREEN BAY CAN'T BEAT REDSKIN TEAM
NOV 22 (Green Bay) - Eastern football writers may have "laid it on" for the Green Bay Packers before their contest with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets field in Brooklyn last Sunday, but when the battle was over the spirit of sectionalism crept back into the works of the reporters. With few exceptions they accepted the Dodgers' defeat as something expected, and failed to find anything remarkable in Green Bay's feat. Not that the Packers weren't given credit. They were, but for the most part the story of the victory was pretty much like that of German's rout of Poland. Excerpts from some of their stories follow:
GENE WARD (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) - Brooklyn's Dodgers wound up their home season in a blaze of touchdowns yesterday - all by the Green Bay Packers. The final score was 28-0 and it easily could have been twice that, or so it seemed to the 19,843 patrons at Ebbets field. 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...There never was any doubt as to the winner.
WILLIAM TAYLOR (NEW YORK HERALD-TRIBUNE) - The Green Bay Packers, putting over two touchdowns in the opening period and one in each of the next two, defeated the Brooklyn Dodger football team, 28 to 0. Although their star passer and quarterback, Ace Parker, played less than half the game, the Dodgers put up a better fight against the Packers than they did a week ago against the Redskins. At times during 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.
GARRY SCHUMACHER (NEW YORK JOURNAL-AMERICAN) - The slashing 28-to-0 triumph achieved by Green Bay in Brooklyn yesterday boosted the Packers into the Western leadership, but it's a lead they'll find harder to protect than it was to obtain. They're to meet the up-and-coming Cleveland club next week, and the Detroit Lions in the campaign's finale. They could lose either and possibly both. Thus far the Packers have won seven out of nine, and the Chicago Bears, with only the Cardinals ahead, have won seven out of ten. That extra defeat may mean the pennant in the end, but as of today they are conceded a great chance to get into the playoffs. The Lions have lost three also, but with Washington next week, and Green Bay ahead, their outlook is decidedly dubious. Incidentally, Curly Lambeau, the Green Bay coach and business director, said last night that if the Packers win the Western pennant, they'll insist that the championship playoffs be held in the West, either at Chicago or Milwaukee. There has been some talk that the playoffs might be moved East. The Giants beat the Packers in last year's title battle, but the Brooklyn action yesterday revealed this year's Packers to be a different can of peas. If for no other reason that Don Hutson is back in the lineup. A leg injury kept him out of the playoffs last December. The Packers are by no means a one man team, but Hutson is the fellow who gives them that little extra. He's the guy who makes a superlative passer out of Arnie Herber - nobody else could get down the field to grab those 50 or 60 yard aerials - and Arnie's long range touchdowns are Green Bay's game winners.
AN UNSIGNED STORY (N.Y. SUN) - The expected and unexpected combined to lift Green Bay's mighty Packers to the top of the Western division yesterday - a lofty perch which they now have all to themselves. The expected took place at Ebbets Field - score, Packers 28, Brooklyn Dodgers 0. The unexpected occurred out in Cleveland where the Rams rollicked to victory over the Detroit Lions - score, Rams 14, Lions 3. 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 has more control over his players than did Ray Flaherty - or so it appeared. Distinct matters were heard from 19,843 touchdown-hungry fans that the Packers were pulling their punches. Lambeau, boss of the invaders from Wisconsin, 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 too long. In fact, it's a good bet.
FRANK WHITE (N.Y. POST) - Green Bay's Packers are good, New York's Giants are better, but Washington's Redskins are the best gang toting a pigskin for profit. That's no gambler's quick call-over of today's pinched up NFL race, but the painfully learned conclusion of Brooklyn Hero No. 1. Dissenters are referred to Clarence Ace Parker, because he's Brooklyn Hero No. 1. "Don't let that 28 to 0 shellacking fool you," warned the Dodgers' lone star. "Those Packers have class, yes, but not enough to run away from the Giants and certainly not enough to get past Andy Farkas, Frank Filchock and the rest of that Washington mob. Even our gang, given a few breaks yesterday, might have pulled out the game instead of winding up where we are." And the Ace was reasonably accurate, too. A couple of lucky minutes - or, better, fewer for the Packers - might have prevented the game being hopelessly lost on the Packers' third play of the game, a 69-yard Arnie Herber to Don Hutson pass play. For the Brooklynites had 13 first downs to Green Bay's dozen and netted 168 yards rushing to 68 for the Packers. It was in the passing department that Packer luck - plus Hutson's uncanny skill - was most noticeable. "Those Packers won't have any such pleasant afternoon pitching in the playoffs, you can bet," assured Parker. "The Giants have a classy pass defense and those Redskins - well, my dough'll be on them. It won't be gambling either. Betting a sure thing never is."
LOU NISS (BROOKLYN EAGLE) - For the first time in the history of professional football in Brooklyn, the Dodgers wound up their home stand without a loss - at the box office. What happened on the field was something else again and it didn't salve Owner Dan Topping's feelings any to know that his team was in the black financially but a flop on the field. The Dodgers received another one of those fancy beatings yesterday before 19,843 paying customers, with Green Bay winning, 28 to 0, and taking undisputed possession of first place in the Western division. In losing to the Packers, many of the players also lost their jobs...
PRO LEAGUE LOADED WITH STAR CENTERS
NOV 22 (New York) - The "forgotten" man of football, the center, has company. Ordinarily, the middle man in the line gets about as much notice as the bottom herring in the barrel, but take the word of Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers, the National Professional league right this minute boasts of not only one, but four centers who are so good their coaches do everything but tuck them in at night to keep them healthy and happy. "It's mighty unusual to have fine, even great, centers come up in bunches like that," said Lambeau. "Backs may come in sets. So will ends - but rarely, if ever, centers." Of course, Mel Hein is still the No. 1 middle man. He's been an institution on the New York Giants since coming up from Washington State and has been an all-around star so long the alumni of "Tenth Avenue Tech" take him pretty much for granted. But Mel is over 30 now, and old Pop Time is going to get him one of these days. "There are three youngsters in the league - two of them first year men - who are going to succeed him," Curly said. "Why, except for Hein, Alex Wojciechowicz of Detroit is pretty near the greatest in the country right now. And Ki Aldrich on the Chicago Cardinals and our own Charley Brock are outstanding." Curly rate Wojie, the sturdiest of Fordham's famed seven blocks of granite two years ago, the best of the trio. Brock, a freshman up from Nebraska, has shown even better than Bud Svendsen, the Packers' veteran, on pass defense, Curly pointed out. But he rates Aldrich, spearhead of Texas Christian's great team of last year, a better linebacker-upper. "Brock is fast and smart and intercepts plenty of passes," Curly explained. "There isn't much to pick between him and Aldrich. While Charley is the better on pass defense, Ki is more valuable to have around against most running plays. However, if we're facing a tricky running offense, I'll take Brock. He can decipher plays as fast as any of 'em."
STORCK ISSUES CALL FOR MEET
NOV 22 (Dayton) - Carl L. Storck, president of the National Professional Football league, today issued a call for a special meeting of club owners to formulate plans for the annual championship playoff game in case ties makes a postponement from December 10 necessary. The meeting will be held at Pittsburgh November 28. Possible ties in both divisions are in sight for the regular season, which ends December 3. The outcome of the final game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins may leave those two clubs deadlocked in the Eastern division race while the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions could finish in a triple tie in the Western division race.
PACKERS ALL SET FOR SMASHING BLOW IN CAMPAIGN FOR PENNANT
NOV 24 (Green Bay) - This band of giants which is the
Green Bay Packers is poised and ready for another
smashing blow in its campaign to repeat as champions
of the West - and perhaps to annex a bigger and better
crown in the process. The Bay unpeeled themselves
from their Nickel Plate sleeper shortly before 8 o'clock
today, tramped into the Hotel Cleveland and settled 
down for a stay which is scheduled to be brief but gutsy.
Sunday afternoon they take to the turf of Municipal
stadium to meet the Rams of Coach Earl (Dutch) Clark.
Another Earl - Lambeau of the Packers - has ordered a
strenuous practice for late today, a prolonged skull
meeting for tonight, and another gridiron workout for 
tomorrow, all by way of making sure that no last details
in the Packer program of preparation are overlooked. 
The trip from Green Bay was uneventful. The Packers
are getting awfully used to train rides and most of them
are a bit fed up with them, but they did enjoy the North
Western's "400", which lugged them at 100 miles per
lug, from Milwaukee to Chicago.HAND OUT STICKERS:
The North Western line derived some free advertising
from the trip, for train attendants handed out a number
of "400" stickers as the men left the train. The men 
waled the eight blocks from the North Western to the La
Salle street station, and before they had covered half of
the distance most of them were well plastered with
stickers. Milt Gantenbein, who did most of the
plastering, also fell victim when Larry Craig slapped him
on the back in friendly style, leaving the mark of the
"400". This afternoon's program was to be broadcast
over Cleveland radio station WGAR, with Bob Kelly,
veteran sports announcer, sending out details of the
workout...PACKERS PRIME MENTALLY: Lambeau
believes that his men are in prime mental condition for
the battle, and Lambeau is an authority on mental
attitude. Their physical condition is perfect, and every
man the coach decides to send against the Rams will
be in shape to handle his share of the work. Cleveland
fans, who have developed into rabid backers of their professional football team, are a bit uncertain regarding the Rams chances to brush past the Packers again. The advance ticket sale has been uproarious, and Municipal Stadium may see a record crowd by kickoff time. That's about all. The Packers are hoping that Washington rises up to smack down the Detroit Lions, and if they do only the Chicago Bears will have a chance to tie Green Bay for the Western crown - unless the Packers run into tragedy and lose both to Cleveland and Detroit. In that event, the Bruins, given their expected win over the Cardinals, would slip neatly past the Packers and into top position.
GREEN BAY GRID TEAM WELL PRIMED FOR TILT
NOV 25 (Cleveland) - A Cleveland Ram football team, which has been undefeated in its last five games, and which last Sunday rose up to the overthrow the Detroit Lions, will attempt to duplicate that inspirational peak tomorrow at Municipal Stadium here, when it meets the Green Bay Packers, pretenders to the National football throne. Tom Lipscomb, president of the Rams, who has dipped into the red ink in attempting to make Cleveland a National league center, but who is beginning to see the light financially, yesterday's Packer workout and announced optimistically that give good weather, he expects a crowd of