(DETROIT) - The Green Bay Packers played 60 minutes of Green Bay Packer football at University of Detroit stadium here Sunday afternoon, to overwhelm, bewilder and completely subdue the Detroit Lions, 50 to 7, before 26,019. It was one of the highest scores ever recorded in the NFL, and it enabled the Packers to retain a mathematical chance of overtaking the Chicago Bears, Western division leaders. The Packers were every bit as all-conquering yesterday as they were against the New York Giants at Milwaukee last fall. If anything, they were a little more so, as they shoved over seven touchdowns, kicked five extra points, added a field goal, intercepted five passes, recovered two fumbles and played head-up, wide-awake, alert football of which their fans knew they were capable. Not a man failed on his assignment, but of particular interest was the fact that new faces on the Packer roster played up to the veteran talent all the way through. Lou Brock sparked the first Green Bay drive which drove the Lions back onto their heels after a promising early drive; Smiley Johnson performed brilliantly in the line, along with Ray Riddick at end; Bob Adkins' blocking was sensational; Harold Van Every was at his greatest since joining the professional team. And their smashing play was no better than that of a dozen other Packers who ran circles around the dazed Lions for the highest total ever scored in the Green Bay-Detroit series. Cecil Isbell's forward passing was a thing of deadly accuracy, and rarely did a Detroit lineman seep through to harass him while making a toss. The entire Packer team played as a unit, as a well-oiled machine, throughout the entire contest. Andy Uram skirted end for a touchdown, and accepted a Van Every pass for another. Eddie Jankowski plunged through the line for one, and also scored on a steamroller drive around end. Don Hutson picked off an Isbell pass in the end zone while on the dead run, and Cecil himself poked through the line for one score while the entire Detroit line was draped around Clarke Hinkle's neck. Carl Mulleneaux scooped up a fumble by Cotton Price - who was unable to throw a pass because Larry Craig was wandering all over him - and galloped 25 yards for a touchdown as Buckets Goldenberg warded off Howie Weiss.
Don Hutson kicked three extra point, and one apiece went to Adkins and Dick Weisgerber. Just to make the scoring column completely representative, Hinkle slapped over a n 18-yard field goal. IN general, the Lions played poor football. Their ends were non-existent, their linemen were moved about at will by the Packer line, charging at its greatest potency of the season. Lloyd Cardwell' famous reverse was a total loss, as he was smeared on the three times it was attempted. Every time a Lion was handed the ball he was surrounded by wildly driving Packers, knocking down passes, throwing ball carriers for losses, stuffing the ball down the teeth of the bedeviled backs. Detroit's tackling was especially poor. The Lions seemed afraid to drive the Green Bay backs, who ran with the ferocity of Wildcats, and their shoulder-grips and headlocks didn't do much to cut down the Packer ground total. The Bay blocking was fierce all the way, with George Svenden's big shoulders and Larry Craig's sledgelike jolts standing out in the memory of the fans.
Just as good punting by New York aided the Giants in beating the Packers, so did poor kicking by the Lions help the victory march. In return, punts by Hinkle and Van Every were magnificent, and sent the Lions consistently back into their own territory. The one Detroit touchdown, scored by a tackle, came on a play similar to the disputed pass play the Packers executed against the Giants at the Polo Grounds in 1938 - the one which was called back. Detroit executed it with fine deception, left tackle Jack Johnson becoming eligible as the left end dropped into the backfield and the right halfback shifted into the line. As a result, Johnson picked off  pass and was unmolested on his tour to the goal line. As a good tipoff to the way the wind was blowing, observe that Green Bay intercepted Detroit passes five times, and four times scored without losing the ball. With the Packers fired to the roof, it might have been almost any player who first stemmed the Detroit attack, but the honor fell to Lou Brock, having his best day in professional football. It was well into the first period, and the Lions were pecking away at the Packer 39-yard line, on a sustained drive. Whizzer White stepped back and fired a forward pass over the center of the line which plunked right into Brock's tummy as he backed up on the 25-yard line. He was off like a shot, a scattering of Packer blocking shaking him free to the 40-yard line, where he cut laterally to his right, neared the sidelines and steamed down toward the goal. Two Lion defenders roared up at the Detroit 30, and were carved from the picture simultaneously by Charley Brock and Ray Riddick. It looked like a touchdown, but Lloyd Cardwell cut over from the opposite side of the field to elude the Green Bay blockers and drag down the ball carrier one yard from the Lions' goal stripe. Hinkle hit a pileup at left tackle, and as he faked on the next play Isbell hesitated and then slanted off right tackle for the score, to which Hutson added the extra point. Green Bay led, 7 to 0. The Packers marched 52 yards to their next touchdown, aided principally by Hinkle's 20-yard dash off right tackle and an 18-yard gain on an Isbell to Riddick forward pass. With the ball on the 8-yard line, Hutson crossed the scrimmage line from left end, executed a short fake which pulled Weiss out of position and then broke like a deer for the end zone. He turned on the dead run and pulled in Isbell's pass for the score, but his try for the extra point was blocked by Tony Calvelli, ending a string of consecutive conversions which had extended to 18.
This made the score 13 to 0, and as the second period started the Lions had the ball on their own 38-yard line. Cotton Price dropped back to pass, but Craig climbed all over him and he fumbled. The ball rolled free on the 25-yard line, with Weiss, Goldenberg and Mulleneaux all after it. Weiss picked it up, dropped it and fell down as Goldenberg tangled with him. Mulleneaux leaped over the rolling Weiss, snatched the ball from the ground and broke for the goal line, which he crossed standing up. Hutson booted the extra point and the Packers had a 20 to 0 lead. The fun was just beginning. The Packers wrested the ball from the Lions on downs on the Green Bay 18-yard line, and marched back down the field 82 yards to a touchdown, despite the fact that two long forward passes from Isbell to Hutson were recalled for penalties. Instrumental in the jaunt were line plugging by Lou Brock and Jankowski, an Isbell to Craig forward pass for 25 yards, and two Isbell to Hutson tosses which ate up eight and 11 yards. Carrying two or three men on his back, Lou Brock then rode the end for 15 yards and a first down on the Detroit 20. Isbell followed Craig's lethal blocking for six yards through the line, and then Craig cleared the way for Jankowski's touchdown dash around left end. Hutson kicked the point and the score was 27 to 0. The third period saw Detroit's defense stiffen. The Packers got close enough early in the last half for Bob Adkins to miss a 34-yard field goal try, and later they set up Hinkle's score when Uram hauled back a punt 40 yards. Hinkle's kick, from the 18-yard line, was deadly. Late in the third period, Van Every intercepted a pass and raced back eight yards to the Detroit 34-yard line, Green Bay promptly marching in to score. The touchdown was made on a 14-yard sprint around right end by Uram, who crossed standing up. Adkins kicked the extra point and the score was 37 to 0. A few minutes later Van Every intercepted another pass, and this time he got away for 26 yards to the Detroit 44, setting up another touchdown. A 30-yard pass gain from Van Every to Evans ate up 30 yards to the 4-yard line, and Jankowski powered over left guard for the score. Adkins' try for the extra point was low, and the score was 43 to 0. Detroit scored its touchdown after that, Johnson taking Price's toss for a 38-yard gain and Price adding the extra point to make it 43 to 7. Late in the game Tom Greenfield intercepted an enemy pass and the Packers traveled the rest of the 25 yards to score. With the ball on the 12-yard line Van Every threw three incomplete passes into the end zone. Evans couldn't reach the first one, and the next, to Harry Jacunski, was too high. The third hit Andy Uram, who reached past Bill Callihan and Paddlefoot Sloan to make a fancy catch. Weisgerber kicked the extra point, and there was time for only one more play after that.
GREEN BAY - 13 14  3 20 - 50
DETROIT   -  0  0  0  7 -  7
1st - GB - Cecil Isbell, 1-yard run (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Don Huston, 8-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick blocked by Tony Calvelli) GREEN BAY 13-0
2nd - GB - Carl Mullenueax, 25-yard fumble return (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 20-0
2nd - GB - Eddie Jankowski, 14-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 27-0
3rd - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 18-yard field goal GREEN BAY 30-0
4th - GB - Andy Uram, 14-yard run (Bob Adkins kick) GREEN BAY 37-0
4th - GB - Jankowski, 4-yard run (Adkins kick failed) GREEN BAY 43-0
4th - DET - Jack Johnson, 48-yard pass from Cotton Price (Price kick) GREEN BAY 43-7
4th - GB - Uram, 12-yard pass from Hal Van Every (Dick Weisgerber kick) GREEN BAY 50-7
Green Bay Packers (6-4) 50, Detroit Lions (5-5-1) 7
Sunday November 24th 1940 (at Detroit)
NOV 30 (Green Bay) - The last regularly scheduled NFL game of the Green Bay Packers tomorrow afternoon will send the Bays, still clinging to their league championship and their mathematical chance of repeating, against the Rams at Cleveland Municipal stadium. When the Packers and Rams met at City stadium here Oct. 13, Green Bay emerged on the better end of a 31 to 14 count, leaving a trail of broken hearts and hard feelings among its opponents, who have been awaiting a return slap ever since. The Packers left town quietly enough this morning, embarking on the Milwaukee Road train at 7 o'clock and sitting down to breakfast en route. At Chicago this afternoon they to transfer to a pair of United Airlines mainliners, and if the flying weather proved satisfactory,
were to land at Cleveland by mid-afternoon. Once on the
scene of the game, the squad will headquarter at the
Cleveland hotel. The only event of any importance will
be a large banquet tonight at that hotel for Tom Harmon,
University of Michigan halfback star who broke Red
Grange's western conference individual scoring record.
Two veteran Packers, Joe Laws and Charley Schultz,
stayed home today as the team headed for Chicago,
but Tiny Engebretsen, guard who has been bothered by
an ailing knee acquired at New York, was taken along.
Engebretsen's knee has healed fairly well and he may
be needed for a few well-aimed kicks Sunday afternoon.
It was Engebretsen's point after touchdown which
decided the stirring 1939 game at Cleveland. Trailing 6
to 0 with scant minutes to play, the Packers tied the
score on a Cecil Isbell to Laws forward pass, to which
Tiny added the extra point for a 7 to 6 victory...NEARLY
TOOK TWO: The Rams gave the Packers plenty of trouble in 1939, winning one game decisively and almost sneaking away with the return contest. Lambeau made up his mind regarding his starting lineup before the squad left town today. Harry Jacunski and Ray Riddick will start at ends, Baby Ray and Bill Lee will be at tackles, Russ Letlow and Buckets Goldenberg at guards, George Svendsen at center, Bob Adkins at blocking quarterback, Isbell and Lou Brock at halfbacks and Clarke Hinkle at fullback. The game will not be postponed, unless a blizzard moves the Cleveland stadium out into Lake Erie. It is scheduled for 2 o'clock Sunday, Eastern standard time, which will be 1 o'clock Green Bay time. The team's final workout was held at Riverside ballroom yesterday, snow and cold weather preventing an outdoor session. Comparative statistics of the Packers and Rams, added to the impressive appearance the champions made against the Detroit Lions last Sunday, indicate that a properly aroused Packer team should be able to turn back the Ohioans. The Packers have made more first downs than the Rams, have more yards from scrimmage and passing, more pass interceptions and yards gained on intercepted passes, further runbacks of punts, least fumbles, most touchdown passes, most field goals, least opponents' gains, better pass defense, higher scoring total and least opponents' points. The Rams have a better average in forward passing efficiency, better punting, farther runback of kickoffs, fewer yards penalized and more opponents' fumbles recovered. The team are about even on touchdowns scored from scrimmage...AWAIT CHICAGO RESULT: After the game, the Packers will be in the air for their return trip almost before they hear the final result of the game between the Chicago Cardinals and Bears at Wrigley field. Everyone expects the Bears to win, but the outside chance of an upset which would leave the Packers and Bears tied for the Western division crown will keep players and fans with their attention riveted upon Chicago's North Side field. Should that divisional tie result, a playoff game between the Packers and Bears, probably at Wrigley field, would result, the winner to meet the Eastern champion, apparently Washington. An upset in the East equal to that of a Cardinal victory over the Bears would be needed to keep the Redskins from the flag.
this season. 
NOVEMBER 30 (Cleveland) - The Green Bay Packers flew into Cleveland this afternoon to meet the Rams in a National Professional Football league contest here tomorrow afternoon. The mighty grid giants of the north who defeated New York, 28 to 0, last December to win the National league crown, need a victory coupled with a Chicago Bear defeat, to tie for the West division championship. Don Hutson, the Packers' great end, will be the main offensive threat when the two teams square off tomorrow. At present Hutson is tied for the scoring leadership of the league with the Rams' Johnny Drake, and an individual duel that may show the main attraction is likely. The Rams will be watching Cecil Isbell more closely than any other man, for the ex-Purdue star completed three touchdown passes against them up in Green Bay earlier this season and practically single-handed routed the Rams, 31 to 14. It may be the final showing of Clark Hinkle, Packer fullback for the last decade, for the former Bucknell great is thinking seriously of quitting the game. Hinkle is still the Packers' No. 1 fullback and he, like Isbell, will be watched closely by the Rams. The Packers hit their stride in Detroit last week as they snowed the Lions under by a 50 to 7 count, at the same time the Rams were absorbing a 47 to 25 beating at the hands of the Bears. Last season the Packers needed a last minute pass, Isbell to Laws, to upset the Rams, 7 to 6, after Cleveland had won at Green Bay earlier in the season.
NOV 30 (Cleveland) - The Green Bay Packers, still retaining a mathematical chance to edge into the championship picture in the western division of the NFL, will meet the Cleveland Rams here Sunday in the final scheduled game for both teams. The Packers must beat the Rams and the Chicago Bears lose to the Chicago Cardinals to give the Packers a tie with the Bears for the western crown. If this takes place a playoff will be staged December 8 at Chicago. A win or tie for the Bears over the Cardinals, however, would insure them the title and the right to play the eastern division winner - probably Washington - for the league title. Washington needs only a win over Philadelphia to insure participation in the championship game. Brooklyn, with a mathematical chance over overtaking Washington, plays at New York in the other eastern game. The Packers arrived here Thursday and went through a brisk workout.
NOV 25 (Green Bay) - It's a short tide home when you win, and a much longer one when the chips don't fall right, which means that a jolly, if tired, band of Green Bay Packers tumbled from the midnight train last night, still chattering excitedly about their stratosphere conquest of the Lions at Detroit. But mingled with the delight that their historic enemy had been crushed, and Potsy Clark handed one more Green Bay pasting, was the knowledge that their late-season drive, finally hitting on all eleven, probably has come to late. It's asking too much for the Bears to lose another, the Packers reason. We had our chance; the door was open and we didn't walk in. But they stubbornly refuse to admit that it's all over, and you can bet the Green Bay squadron will be doing its best against the Rams at Cleveland next Sunday. After all, the Bears HAVE been beaten. When Don Hutson's kick for point after touchdown was blocked by Tony Cavelli in the first period yesterday, it marked the first time in Don's life that a conversion attempt had failed. Tha kick would have been good if Cavelli had been held out. Hutson didn't kick many extra points in high school at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, because he didn't play football until his senior year, having been too light. But he booted seven or eight that season, and at Alabama he kicked most of the Crimson Tide's point, and did all its kicking off besides. With the Packers, he converted 18 straight time before the string was interrupted at Detroit yesterday. Carl Mulleneaux decided that the touchdown he scored after picking up Cotton Price's Craig-instigated fumble in the second period was his greatest thrill of professional football. It was the first time that Mulleneaux ever ran anywhere with a fumbled ball in his entire career. Coach Curly Lambeau remarked during the plane ride from Detroit that Larry Craig's block on Eddie Jankowski's left end touchdown run in the second period was "the finest I ever saw"...The Packer all-time scoring list received its most severe juggling in years, with 50 points added to the sheet yesterday. Clarke Hinkle, in booting his 20th field goal for Green Bay, raised his total to 316. He is in first place, 15 points ahead of Verne Lewellen. Don Hutson's touchdown was his 45th as a Packer, and he kicked extra points No. 18, 19 and 20. These nine markers lifted his total to 290. He remains in third place, but only 11 points behind Lewellen. Carl Mulleneaux's touchdown was his 11th as a Packer and gave him 66 points and a tie for 12th place with Ernie Smith. Eddie Jankowski scored his 10th Green Bay touchdown and has 63 points for 16th place. Cecil Isbell's touchdown was his eighth, and raised his total to 51. Andy Uram's new total is 48, as he scored his seventh and eighth touchdowns yesterday. Bob Adkins kicked his first extra point as a Packer and has a total of 13. Dick Weisgerber's extra point was his first as a Green Bay player.
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - A few notes on the cuff taken before, during and after the storming of the Detroit ramparts by the Green Bay Packers: That victory shone
with a particular light, as it enabled the Packers to
finish their season's business with the Detroit Lions
and Chicago Bears without having dropped two games
to each. Fans wouldn't have liked to see Green Bay's
top two rivals of the Western division attain a clean
sweep over the 1939 champions. The Packers to a man
wished out loud that they could have produced a few of
the Sunday touchdowns against the New York Giants
the previous week. They regard that date as their No. 1
missed opportunity, for while they concede that the
Cardinals might take the Bears again, they don't take
anticipate it. Baby Ray was the victim of a horrible plot
on the trip over to Detroit from Chicago. On the New
York trip he noted that the stewardesses always started
serving the meals from the stern of the ship, proceeding
forward until everyone had eaten. Baby had no trouble
figuring out this strategy, and when the American
airliner left the Chicago airport, he was parked in the
extreme last seat...IT'S A DARK PLOT: Unfortunately, a
member of the squad, who doesn't play much, but 
whose initial are E.L., heard Baby confide his plot to
another, and tipped off the stewardess to start service
from the front of the plane. To Baby's expressed rage,
this policy was followed, and he was the last Packer to
get his fodder. On the return trip he sat in the middle of
the plant. Clarke Hinkle and Buckets Goldenberg
qualified as a dainty pair of stewardesses by serving the
evening meals in the two planes on the return trip. None
of the nervousness which attended the Packers' first
flight was evident over the weekend. The players now
are experienced air travelers, and practically all of them
think it's a great idea. They loll back in their seats on 
the planes, gaze idly at the clouds or landscape, and
talk wisely of altitudes, land speed and air speed, and
meteorological conditions...THEY'RE IN THE ARMY:
Conversation with Tom Greenfield and Don Hutson while
whisking from the stadium to the airport after the game
revealed that both are wondering what the national
defense program will do to their future plans. Greenfield
is a reserve cavalry lieutenant, while Hutson has his
lieutenancy in a tank unit. Both probably will be called
up for a year of active duty, but it's anyone's guess as
to when. They are the only reserve officers on the 
Packer squad, although a number of the big fellows are
wide open for selective service. Lloyd Cardwell did a
great piece of work in nailing Lou Brock of the Packers
on the Detroit 1-yard line after Brock's 74-yard gallop
with an intercepted pass. No one could figure out just
where Cardwell came from. He was the man who was
supposed to catch Whizzer White's pass, and thus was
past Brock when the latter made the interception. Lou
was guarded well by Charley Brock (no relation) and 
Ray Riddick on the last leg of his jaunt, but Cardwell
came running in laterally from across the field and 
dragged him down just a yard short of pay territory. Two
plays later Cecil Isbell rammed it over...BOOTS EXTRA
POINT: Dick Weisgerber referred to himself proudly as
"Point a Minute" Weisgerber. He played about a minute
and kicked one extra point. There was a fine attitude
among scribes in the elaborate University stadium. 
None of the highbrow stuff you get at New York. The
writers all were very much interested with the Packers,
and didn't fail to notice that their their team wasn't going
so hot. In the fourth period, with the Packers leading 43
to 0, Eddie Jankowski almost intercepted a Detroit pass
but dropped the ball. "That's just the break we've been
needing," chirped a voice from the back row, which drew
a laugh. As a matter of fact, Detroit did score on the
next play. When Coach Curly Lambeau sent in Clarke
Hinkle to kick that third period field goal, he really 
wanted it. The score was 27 to 0, but Curly had visions
of a great rally, culminating in a 28-27 final...HINKLE
KICKS GOAL: "Get that goal, Clarke, it looks important,
" he said to Hinkle as the latter took for the goal posts,
and Hinkle booted it. But the Packers scored more
touchdowns after that. The pregame attitude of the
players was very evident during the bus ride to the park.
Every man was grim and silent; no chattering or talking
could be heard. Lambeau stepped up this feeling with a
fiery fight talk just before they took the field, and the
resulting detonation nearly landed the Lions in Lake St.
Clair. Packer fans visited the Statler hotel and the 
training quarters in droves. Harold Ysebaert, former
East high basketball star who performed a season with
the University of Wisconsin freshman, dropped in to say
hello. He works at Jackson, Mich. Two former pro
players of the old days visited the stadium dressing
rooms. They were Dinger Doan, fullback of Milwaukee,
and Ed Lynch, a great end with Rochester who now 
goes about 280 pounds. They looked right at home with
the ponderous Packers to use a Kieranism...KEMNITZ
IS STAR: The Marquette university football team, fresh
from a pasting at Detroit U., stayed at the Statler and
mingled to a degree with the Packers. We had a short
visit with Bob Kemnitz, one of the Hilltop's best bets in
the line, who in addition to doing a grand job at guard
handled Marquette's placement kicking. Bob has 
another year at Marquette before his engineering course
will be completed, but he is undecided about future
football competition. There was guarded speculation as
to Paddy Driscoll's successor as head coach. We 
heard the name of Tom Hearden, Green Bay East's 
successful mentor, mentioned several times. Certain
members of the Marquette athletic board are known to
favor Hearden...OFFICIAL SEES GAME: J.J. Ritter, NFL
official, who has an idle day Sunday, took a sailor's 
holiday and watched proceedings from the press box.
He offered the opinion that the Packers were having one
of their super days, and that no one could have beaten
them. He agreed, though, that the Bears appear to be 
in - barring that last minute stumble. Dick Holznecht,
assistant property man, took his first air ride on the trip
over, and decided he liked it a lot. Bud Jorgensen, the
Packers' capable trainer, and Prop Man Tim O'Brien
were with the team on the New York trip, and are old
hands in the air. How do the Packers spend a 
Saturday afternoon at a hotel? They all head for the 
radios to hear the nearest game. Carl Mulleneaux, right
end who scored a touchdown on a 25-yard run after
picking up a loose ball, has a cousin of the same name
who is a star guard at Brigham Young university this
season. He's a junior, goes well over 200 pounds and is
hailed as a likely professional prospect.
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - Starting what probably will be 
their last week of practice this season - barring an
explosive sequence of events on the NFL front next
Sunday afternoon - the Green Bay Packers resumed 
work today for their final regularly scheduled game, a
tilt with the Rams at Cleveland. Travel arrangements
were being completed today, but it is likely that the
Packers will fly to Cleveland from Chicago, probably
Saturday afternoon, following a program similar to that 
of the Detroit trip last weekend. Coach Curly Lambeau
checked over his squad today and found a shortage of
injuries. Bob Adkins, freshman blocking quarterback,
picked up a nasty cleat wound and has a limp, but
otherwise the boys are in good shape. Lambeau isn't 
counting on Tiny Engebretsen, guard who stayed home
from Detroit last Sunday with an ailing knee..REACHED
PEAK TOO LATE: Highly pleased with his team's 
showing against the Lions, Lambeau nevertheless 
expressed regret that the Packers didn't arrive sooner
at the peak they attained in their 50 to 7 conquest. "If
we had played the same type of football earlier in the
season," he commented, "the standings would look a
lot different today. However, we can't play them over
again, and well we can do is keep plugging through our final game and hope for a miracle." The coach admitted that he didn't place much hope on the possibility that the downtrodden Chicago Cardinals will repeat their early season victory over the Bears, but he maintains there's a chance just the same...POINTING FOR PLAYOFF: "The Bears are bound to look past the Cardinal game, and point for the playoff with the Redskins," he added, "and should they encounter another letdown such as they had after they beat the Packers here, the Cardinals may be equal to the task again." The Packers gathered at 8:30 this morning for a skull session.
NOV 26 (Detroit) - Resignation of William Alfs as president of the Detroit Lions was announced Monday by Fred L. Mandel, Jr., owner of the club. Mandel said that he would assume the presidency of the team, which he purchased last spring. Alfs, a Detroit attorney, said the pressure of other business made it impossible for him to continue.
NOV 26 (Chicago) - Johnny Drake, Cleveland's pile
driving fullback, and Green Bay's Don Hutson are tied
for the individual scoring lead of the NFL with one game
apiece yet to play. Both reached the 50-point total
Sunday while the erstwhile pacesetter, Dick Todd,
Washington back, was being held scoreless by New
York. None of the high scorers, however, has more than an outside chance of reaching the 1939 league-leading total of 68 points posted by Andy Farkas of the Redskins. Drake was the runnerup in 1939 with 54 points.
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - The press box at the University of Detroit stadium is a pleasant place in which to set up housekeeping, being equipped with friendly inmates, running water, hot dogs, sandwiches and coffee, all dispensed with the idea of making that section of the spectators known as the "working press" happy and contented. In addition to all those modern conveniences, which far outshine the press facilities at the Polo Grounds, there is reading matter, and as we glanced over the Packer-Lions game program last Sunday, we encountered a very readable item concerning Green Bay's Don Hutson, who is in the thick of a fight to retain his pass reception championship in the National league. "For nineteen years," the story read, "the Green Bay Packers have been packing away National league championships, and they have won 153 points while dropping over 64. (These figures were subject to revision later in the afternoon.) "While winning those games since 1921, the Packers have boasted many a star. Fellows like tackle Cal Hubbard, Johnny Blood, fleet-footed, pass-snaring wingback, and Verne Lewellen, who still heads the all-time scoring record, are only a trio of a host of great players who helped boost the the ascending star of the Green Bay Packers to a high point in the football heavens. But when it comes to picking the all-time star of the Green Bay galaxy, only one man can be named. He is to football what Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were to baseball. The unexpected and sensational are to him usual performances. Absolutely unstoppable and unpredictable. His name - Don Hutson. Now, rightly, this page should be devoted to the exploits of the Green Bay team as a whole. But to football men, Don Hutson is just that. In only six seasons of play, and every one of them as end, dashing Don has tallied 39 touchdowns and 6 extra points, for a total of 240 points, and third place in the Packer all-time scoring list. (Sport's editor note: These figures are of last season.). All this, in spite of the fact that Don can only grab a touchdown as a pass receiver, and every one of his opponents have been on the lookout for him since the first day he appeared in the Green and Gold uniform of the Packers. Last year he was elected the All-League team (the third time he has been so honored) receiving more votes than any other National league player. Don Hutson takes all these honors graciously, for even before he reported to the Green Bay camp six years ago, he had established an All-America reputation for himself at Alabama university. There, for three years, he had been 60 percent of their offense, and on the receiving end of passes thrown his way of Dixie Howell had made a one-man show of the annual Rose Bowl spectacle in his senior year. You will find Don Hutson listed on your program at 185 pounds, but Green Bay boys will bet you that Hutson couldn't weigh that much soaking wet and carrying a five-pound weight in each hand. A former dash-man on his track team at Alabama, Don uses his sped to offset his disadvantage in poundage. He plays in this toughest of leagues without the benefit of padding, sacrificing safety for additional speed. Defensive ability? No, Mr. Hutson is no Bill Hewitt when the other team has possession of the ball, but this face was quickly realized by Coach Lambeau of the Packers, so that on defense, Hutson shifts to the backfield, where he assumed the assignment of a defensive halfback. Here he has a chance to use his speed in covering opponent pass receivers, and in this respect, has done a remarkable job. Listen to what Chuck Hanneman has to say of Hutson on defense, 'That Hutson sticks closer to you than a poor relation. He's like flypaper, you can't shake him.' Watch Don when a ball carrier gets past the line of scrimmage. He very rarely tackles the men head-on, but either brings him down from the side, or runs with the ball toter until he can force him out of bounds. You can count on one finger the number of opponents who have eluded Hutson, and gone for a touchdown, and that's something you can say of very few men. Don Hutson's ball-snatching ranks second only to his histrionic abilities. At acting even John Barrymore takes a back seat to the Alabama Flyer! Although he has gathered in almost fourscore touchdown passes, he has been responsible directly for at least three times that many. He runs just as hard, jumps as high, and performs just as well, whether or not the ball is intended for him. In this manner he draws defending backs to cover him, often leaving other receivers wide open. His feints and playacting on the gridiron are just as important as his actual pass grabbing. Yes, sir, our hat is off to Mr. Don Hutson, the pride of Green Bay, and a country ballplayer if ever there was one. Whether the passer is Arnie Herber, Cecil Isbell or Shirley Temple, the boy who can gather them in, for our dough, is Alabama Don. He is indeed the prize pigskin packer of the Packers."
NOV 26 (New York) - A heated controversy involving President Carl Storck of the NFL, owner Bert Bell of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dan Topping, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, over the re-scheduling of last Sunday's postponed Pittsburgh-Philadelphia contest, threatened future repercussions today. Since Sunday a strenuous long-distance telephonic argument has resolved around whether the Eagles have the right to play two games in four days. Bell says they have. Topping dissents. Both claimed Storck, in Dayton, O., was in their corner until last night when Storck sanctioned Bell's stand...DODGERS HAVE CHANCE: The Dodgers have a mathematical shot at the Eastern division title and oppose Bell's plan to have the Eagles play Pittsburgh in Philadelphia on Thursday (Thanksgiving day in Pennsylvania) and the Redskins in the capital on Sunday. Brooklyn's slim chance to tie Washington for the title hinges on two games: a victory for the Dodgers over the Giants Sunday at the Polo Grounds and an upset triumph for the Eagles over the Redskins the same day at Washington. This would necessitate a playoff. The trouble began when, according to Bell, he obtained permission from Storck to call off Sunday's game and re-set it for Thursday...WELL WITHIN RULES: "We are well within the rules in playing two games in four days," he told the United Press in Philadelphia. "I've talked to Storck and everything is all right. We have scheduled the game as Davey O'Brien day as an added attraction. If we had had to postpone the game until after next Sunday, O'Brien would not be available because he leaves to enter training for his F.B.I. appointment on Dec. 1." Topping, who wanted the Eagles-Steelers game postponed indefinitely, said: "I shouldn't even have been in this fuss, but I wanted to protect the Brooklyn fans. If we beat the Giants and then the Eagles lost to the Redskins by a close score after playing Pittsburgh on Thursday, there's going to be an awful hullabulloo. The fans would be perfectly justified, too."
NOV 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will leave a day earlier for Cleveland than they did for the invasion of Detroit last weekend, and as they practiced on their snow-covered field today they were heartened by reports that the Chicago Cardinals are in better shape than anticipated for their game with the Bears Sunday afternoon. Most fans believe that the Cardinals haven't much better than a 1 to 10 shot to take the mighty Bears, who buried Cleveland under an overwhelming score last time out, but actually word from Chicago seems to give the Conzelman clan a neater shot than that. Football bugs need have not apprehensions that the Cardinals will not pass out everything they have to attain a victory over the Bears. Not only do they hate the Bruins with a cordial intensity which makes the Packers's feeling toward the same team appear friendly by comparison, but they would dislike exceedingly having a national championship team working on the north side next year. If the Bears win their way to the All-Star game, and perform in league competition as league title holders, much luster will be removed from the home games of the Cardinals, who are anxious to build up a vigorous, south side clientele of their own. The Cards now are at their best physical condition of six weeks and working with them - and with the Packers - is the undeniable fact that the Bears are pointing more for their anticipated meeting with the Washington Redskins than with the Cardinals...BEARS SHOULD WIN: Even so, the hopes of a Cardinal victory rests a bit on the outside of probabilities. The Bears should beat the Redmen, but every so often a Bruin team fails dismally to live up to pregame expectations, and on that basis the Rams will attempt to level the Rams Sunday as effectively as they chopped down the Detroit Lions in their last appearance. The Green Bay squad will leave on the Milwaukee Road train at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, and will head eastward from the Chicago airport at 6:30 that evening. Thus they will be in Cleveland by 8:30, and will make their headquarters at the Cleveland hotel. They will practice at Cleveland Municipal stadium Saturday, and will have plenty of time to rest up from their trip before engaging the Rams at 2 o;clock Eastern time Sunday. The return trip will be made just as fast. The team will be rushed to the Cleveland airport immediately after Sunday's game, and will board two United airliners for a trip to Chicago calculated to be completed in time for the squad to catch the 7:25 p.m. Milwaukee Road train, arriving here at 11:50 p.m. Officials for the Cleveland game will be Dr. David Reese, Denison, referee; George Brown, Ohio, umpire; J.J. Ritter, Purdue, linesman; and Dan Tehan, Cincinnati, field judge. Coach Curly Lambeau doesn't plan to use his three injured veterans - halfback Joe Laws, guard Tiny Engebretsen and tackle Charley Schultz - against the Rams. A couple of them might be available, but to utilize them would risk permanent injury and the coach already is thinking of next season. The balance of the squad was in good shape as it worked out today. The indoor part of the practice was longer than usual, due to the unsteady football at the drill field, caused by snow and ice.
NOV 27 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, second to the Washington Redskins as an offensive unit most of the season, have made vast improvement in
ground gaining and scoring in the past month to move
into a threatening position for these titles, according to
NFL statistics. A month ago the Packers were 250
yards and 60 points behind Washington, but today are
only 73 yards and seven points behind. Each still has
one game to play. Washington has 3133 yards and 232
point and Green Bay 3060 yards and 225 points. The
Chicago Bears are third in each department with 2939
yards and 207 points...REDSKINS HAVE EDGE: The
Redskins have a wide edge for the forward passing
crown with 139 completions out of 235 tosses for 59
percent. Green Bay has 107 completions for 41 percent
efficiency retaining second place tie with Philadelphia's
111 completions for 40 percent efficiency. Brooklyn, 
New York and the Chicago Cardinals are the best
defensive teams. Opponents have garnered only 114
points against Brooklyn, 1979 yards against the Giants,
and completed only 35 percent of their passes against
the Cardinals.
NOV 27 (Brooklyn) - The Brooklyn Dodgers are so peeved about the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles will play Washington next Sunday only three days after a game with Pittsburgh that Owner Dan Topping plans to take the matter up at the next league meeting, and the Dodgers plant to take it out on the New York Giants. The Dodgers figure it cost them a possible chance to tie for the National league's Eastern title, for they think the Eagles will be soft pickings for the Redskins under the circumstances, and Brooklyn can't share the lead unless Philadelphia beats Washington...CHANGED HIS MIND: Said Topping: "No game should be postponed unless it becomes physically impossible to play it. But I'm not disturbed so much about that as I am by Storck's action in changing his mind after twice having upheld my protest." Carl Stock, league president, first ruled that the postponed Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game should not be played until after the Eagles had met Washington, but later decided to permit the teams to meet Thursday when Owner Bert Bell of the Eagles protested the delay would cause him considerable loss.
NOV 28 (Green Bay) - Chattering southern teeth rattled along the Confederate line of the Green Bay Packers yesterday as the Western division entrant practiced amid snow, ice and sub-freezing temperatures for its game with the Rams at Cleveland next Sunday. When the big, weathered-toughened boys from Minnesota took to the field, minus headgear and garbed only in light sweat clothes, there wasn't much comment. George Svendsen, Andy Uram, Lou Midler, Hal Van Every and Larry Buhler are used to appearing in zero weather without a normal amount of covering, and merely following their usual practice routine. But when Larry Craig, Don Hutson, Smiley Johnson, Bill Lee, Baby Ray, Carl Mulleneaux and Pete Tinsley joined them, everyone had a big laugh, for the southerners were wearing everything except Trainer Bud Jorgensen's towels. This brought forth a vast amount of ribbing, and caused Coach Curly Lambeau to cast about for a more humane drill spot. He found it at Riverside ballroom, where the Packers drilled indoors this morning, wearing sweat clothes and canvas shoes. The Confederates thus placated, and their teeth once more anchored in place, there remained only to pack the equipment and ship the team off to Cleveland before the year's last regularly scheduled trip will be underway. The Packers will hop aboard the Milwaukee Road train at 7 o'clock Saturday morning for Chicago. There they'll board a single big United Airlines statrosphere sleeper, which will move them into Cleveland in one unit instead of two as formerly. The departure was originally set for Friday afternoon, the change being announced by Coach Lambeau today...IT'S A GREAT CLIMATE: At breakfast this morning the southerners still were discussing the Green Bay climate in a way not calculated to warm the heart of Art Murphy, Association of Commerce executive secretary. The northerners hospitably offered various suits of heavy underwear and other winter gear, and most of the offers were taken, particularly by Smiley Johnson of Georgia, who grabbed everything which indicated warmth. Despite all the joking, the weather was a real handicap, and Lambeau is hoping for brighter skies in Cleveland, so that his team can get at least one good outdoor drill before meeting the Rams. Lambeau has been invited to attend a big banquet at Cleveland Saturday night, when Tom Harmon of Michigan university and Red Grange, former Galloping Ghost of Illinois, now assistant coach of the Chicago Bears, will be honored guests...HOLDS ALL-TIME MARK: Sunday's game may be the last chance for Clarke Hinkle and Don Hutson to add to their individual scoring records. Hinkle now holds the Green Bay all-time scoring mark, with 316 points counted since 1932, while Hutson, who is tied for first place in the 1940 league race, has made 290 since 1935. While in Cleveland the Packers will stay at the Hotel Cleveland. As soon as the final gun sounds at Municipal Stadium Sunday afternoon, they'll be whisked to the hotel to change clothes, and then will hurry by special motorcycle escort to the airport for the return flight. They plan to reach Chicago in time to catch the 7:25 p.m. Milwaukee Road train for Green Bay...GUARDSMEN WANT GAME: Word received from Alexandria, Louisiana, today indicated that national guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin training at Camp Beuaregard may invite the Packers and Detroit Lions to stage a postseason football game at Louisiana State university stadium between Christmas and New York. As National league rules prohibit playoffs by teams other than the champions, it is unlikely that arrangements can be made.
NOV 28 (Grand Rapids, MI) - M.E. Davenport, vice president of the University of Grand Rapids, announced today that George (Potsy) Clark, coach of the Detroit Lions professional football team, would coach the university football team next year. Salary terms were not revealed. Davenport said Clark, in addition to his football duties, would be director of public relations at the university. Clark formerly coaches the Portsmouth, O., Spartans pro football club which later became the Detroit Lions, then went to the Brooklyn Dodgers before returning last fall to the Detroit position. He also has coached at Kansas university, Butler university and the University of Illinois, where he was an assistant to Bob Zuppke.
NOV 27 (Alexandria, LA) - Michigan and Wisconsin national guardsmen in training at Camp Beauregard may have a post-season football game of national interest staged for their own benefit. The Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers are expected to be invited to "come south" to put on a battle for the guardsmen and, incidentally, introduce a new kind of football to this section of the country. Officers of the 32nd Division have been discussing the idea of inviting the professional teams for the past several days, and Lieut. Col. Ferris C. Standiford of Detroit, assistant chief of staff G-1, has gone so far as to visit Baton Rouge, home of the famous Louisiana State university Tigers, to investigate the possibility of obtaining LSU's 50,000 seat stadium for a game. Special trains would run from Alexandria to Baton Rouge, 110 miles southeast of here, to enable the guardsmen to attend if the game should materialize. The Saturday before Christmas and New Year's day has been mentioned as the most likely date. (Editor's note: Under the professional league rules only the playoff champion is permitted post-season exhibitions.)
NOV 29 (Green Bay) - Bright and early tomorrow morning the Green Bay Packers will climb aboard a southbound train for what may - or may not - be their last football excursion of the 1940 season. If the Chicago Bears tag the Cardinals on the whiskers at Wrigley field next Sunday afternoon, the only matter of consequence remaining on the National league docket will be a disturbance between the Bears and Washington Redskins at the capital city a week hence. Reports persist, though, that the Cardinals are not in the worst spot to spring an upset, although they will perform without the services of four players - tackle Tony Blazine, end Bill Dewell, halfback Ruppert Pate and end Gaynell Tinsley. All are lost because of injured incurred several weeks ago. For awhile Coach Jimmy Conzelman thought he could use them against the Bears, but this week he declared them out definitely. The chief hopes for a Cardinal victory rest upon the chance of the Bears disregarding their coming conflict in favor of the playoff problem, and the disinclination of the Cardinals to permit a championship to settle on Chicago's North Side for next season. As to the Packers, their Riverside ballroom workout yesterday was as satisfactory as an indoor drill can be. The plays were run off well and with spirit, but the team was unable to work on kicking, either for extra points, field goals or punting, or timing on long forward passes...DRILL AREA IS BURIED: The players were attired in sweat clothes and soft shoes, and because their drill field was buried under last night's heavy snowfall, they returned to Riverside this morning for their last workout of the week. Their travel plans have been unchanged, which means they will leave here on the Milwaukee Road train at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning, and will leave the Chicago airport by United mainliners at 12:30 p.m. This will get them to Cleveland at mid-afternoon, and if weather conditions are favorable - snow has been falling over Ohio - they may be a chance for a brief warming up drill at Municipal stadium...GAME MUST GO ON: Coach Curly Lambeau said today that regardless of the weather conditions at Cleveland, the game will not be postponed. The advance ticket sale has indicated the Rams' largest throng of the season, and even if a blizzard is in progress, the pro gridders will go through with their contest, last of the season for both teams. The Packers will return immediately after Sunday's game, and unless unfavorable weather conditions cause their planes to be grounded, they plan to catch the 7:25 train out of Chicago Sunday evening. This will land them in Green Bay at 11:50.
NOV 29 (Green Bay) - The race between Don Hutson, Green Bay champion, and Don Looney, Philadelphia rookie, for the current title and a new record in pass receiving shares the spotlight with record-breaking forward passing achievements of Sammy Baugh, Washington, as the NFL moves into its closing games of the 1940 season. Hutson jumped back into a tie for first place with Looney this week with 42 receptions for 632 yards and six touchdowns. Looney has 507 yards and four touchdowns, but has two games remaining, while Hutson only has one. Statistics of the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game Thursday are not included. The old mark of 41 catches in one season has already been broken, and the player making the most catches in his remaining games will hang up a mark for future aces to emulate. The scoring, ground gaining and field goal titles, likewise, will not be decided until the final games this week in the closest race for individual honors in the history of the major league. Seven players are in a position to annex the scoring championship, three in ground gaining and two in field goals...BAUGH CLINCHES LEAD: Only Baugh has clinched first place in any department. He has completed 106 passes out of 170 for 1331 yards and 12 touchdowns, an efficiency of 62 percent. He tied Parker Hall's season record for completions and broke Davey O'Brien's old mark of 1324 yards for one season. He also has punting honors clinched with an average of 50 yards for the line of scrimmage in 33 kicks. Hutson is also tied in scoring with Johnny Drake of Cleveland with 50 points. Dick Todd, Washington, last week's leader, has 48; and Ace Parker, Brooklyn, 47. Clarke Hinkle and Carl Mulleneaux, Green Bay, and Jimmy Johnston, Washington, are in a three-way tie for fifth with 42 points. All of them still have a chance to take first place in their final games. Whizzer White, Detroit, has concluded his season in the role of best ground gainer with 514 yards in 146 attempts at ball carrying. Drake is second with 423 yards and Tuffy Leemans, New York, third with 407. Leemans appears to have the better chance, as he has achieved single-game efforts of greater yardage than this four times in his professional career. Drake has ever gained 92 yards in one game...ISBELL IS SECOND: Cecil Isbell, Green Bay, retained second place in forward passing, with 62 completions out of 136 tosses for 45 percent. Ace Parker, Brooklyn, moved into a third place tie with Eddie Miller, New York. Parker has 42 out of 92 for 45 percent, and Miller 35 out of 71 for 49 percent. O'Brien and Hall are second and third in completions 84 and 65 successful aerials, but are tenth and twelfth, respectively, in efficiency. Three Washington players trail Hutson and Looney in pass receiving. Johnston has 28 receptions and Wayne Millner 22. Todd has caught 20 and is tied for fifth with Lloyd Cardwell, Detroit, and Jim Benton, Cleveland. Hutson's and Mulleneaux's six touchdown catches are highest in the league. Hinkle moved ahead in field goal with seven successful placements. Armand Niccolai, Pittsburgh, has six.
NOV 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Line Coach Red Smith of the Packers admitted considerable interest in Ted Pavelec, the 210 pound Detroit tackle who played hob with Marquette, and Casey Brovarney, another 210 pounded, who played a lot of guard. Smith thought the very able Jack McManigal, 175 pound guard, too small for the rigors of professional warfare. Pavelec can be developed into a fine field goal kicker...PASS INTERCEPTIONS: The Packers might have easily equaled the all time professional record of seven set recently by the Lions at Green Bay in that rout of the Detroiters last Sunday. Five bolts by White or Price were snatched by eager Packers and returned anywhere from a few yards to 73, and two which might as easily been intercepted were muffed. Clark Hinkle had his big paws on one in the third period but contented himself with batting it down when it looked like he might crash into the sideline benches, and Eddie Jankowski had one "right in his lap" in the fourth chapter but dropped it. From the press box it looked like Jankowski took his eye off the ball momentarily to see which would be the best way to run with the ball, and then fumbled it...DISAPPOINTED: Whizzer White, one of the best when he feels like it, let down a lot of his Detroit constituents Sunday. Probably a hopeless cause at the best, once the Bays got clicking, still the Whizzer showed uncommon anxiety in getting off passes apparently so as to be able to protect himself against the rushing Green Bay forwards. When running with the ball, White always came up smiling - whether he had made a dozen yards, only a couple, or had lost a hatful. The Packers were not nearly so pleasant in their behavior, and so the score: 50 to 7.