1940 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
DEC 3 (Green Bay) - Just as last season, the "five year veteran" class of the Green Bay Packer football team includes eight men, who among them have tenures of service totaling 59 1/2 years with Wisconsin's No. 1 professional eleven. Six of them also were listed among the veterans at the end of the 1939 season - Arnold Herber, Clarke Hinkle, Buckets Goldenberg, Joe Laws, Paul Engebretsen and Donald Hutson. Two five-year men who were present when the suits were turned in last season did not finish the 1940 season with the Packers. They were Hank Bruder, who went to the Pittsburgh Steelers before the schedule started, and Milt Gantenbein, who was placed on the ineligible list at mid-season. To round out the total of eight men in the five-year class, two new names appear on the list this year. They are Champ Seibold, tackle, and Russ Letlow, guard. Of the eight, three are backs and the rest play in the line. Three others are very close to the five-year class. Big Bill Lee, right tackle, has completed four and a quarter years of service with the team, while fullback Eddie Jankowski and center George Svendsen each has four Green Bay seasons behind them. ARNOLD HERBER, the only native of Green Bay to compete on the Packer squad, has finished his 11th season as a Packer. At the start of that considerable string of years he didn't play much, and was farmed out once or twice, but for nearly a decade he has held one of the best known names in the NFL. How much longer the veteran aerialist will go on, probably even he doesn't know, but this year he played in most of the game, and only Cecil Isbell and Hal Van Every threw more passes than did he. At 30 years of age, he still is regarded by Coach Curly Lambeau as the best long passer in the country today. Before entering professional football Herber starred at West High school here, and was prominently active in the East-West games of 1926 and 1927, when the Purple whipped the Red Devils. Herber paired with Joe Quinn, end, as a forward passing combination in high school, and later in the National league he teamed up with Hutson on one of the greatest scoring pairs the game has ever seen. In a collegiate way, Herber spent a season as a University of Wisconsin freshman, and then played varsity ball at Regis college in Denver. He always has played the right halfback position with the Packers. Herber is married, the father of a daughter and operates a clothing store in West De Pere. CLARKE HINKLE (his first  name is William but he doesn't use it) was one of the highest scoring backs in the nation while performing for Bucknell university, and he has maintained that dizzy pace as a professional. In fact, he is the highest scoring player in Packer history, having passed the all-time total of Verne Lewellen during the past season. From 1932 to the present Hinkle has scored 40 touchdowns, has kicked 28 extra points and has booted 22 field goals for an unsurpassed record of scoring versatility. With his competition for this season completed, he has raised his all-time total to 334 points, 33 more than Lewellen scored from 1924 to 1932. Popular and thoroughly liked by both fans and players, Clarke took over the team captain's duties when Gantenbein left. He does everything a football player can do, and does it well. Hinkle is married, and during the off season is employed by the Kimberly-Clark company at Neenah. He plans to return to his duties there after the first of the  year. Hinkle was a member of the officials National league all-league teams in 1936, 1937 and 1938. At the moment, his ninth Packer season completed, there is talk that he may retire. But he had one of his best years in 1940, and football fans will be surprised if he isn't in uniform again next August. He is 30 years old. CHARLES (BUCKETS) GOLDENBERG is a Milwaukeean, and one of the best known athletes in that city's sports tradition. He played most of the positions on the Packer team until he found his groove at guard, where he has developed into one of the best center-flankers in the league. Although he has finished eight seasons, Buckets is only 29 years old, like Hinkle and Herber having had an early start. As a backfield man, he helped the Packers along by scoring 10 touchdowns between 1933 and 1937, but his scoring of late has been restricted by his line play. Goldenberg played at the University of Wisconsin, but left that school to enter the professional game. He is married and the father of a four-year-old son. During the off season he manages an auto financing branch here. Just what part the injury to JOE LAWS played in the Packers' failure to retain their national championship this year never will be known definitely, but his numerous fans are willing to bet that the veteran Joe would have seen a lot of service during the closing weeks of the 1940 campaign. In the middle of his eighth Green Bay season, the former Iowa star, once rated the most valuable player in the Western conference, was cut down by an injury and he saw the rest of the games from the bench. Without doubt, the Packer field generalship suffered, for while Laws did not build his reputation as a brilliant quarterback, he was with small doubt the best the Packers had, and highly efficient at that. Joe also was a fine pass receiver and has few peers at returning punts. His home is at Colfax, Iowa, where he stays during the off season. He is the father of two children, a boy of three and a girl of five. Laws is 29 years old, and probably will be back with the Packer again next fall. He is one of the most consistent ball carriers in the National league, and during his Packer career has scored 16 touchdowns for a total of 96 points and eighth place on the Green Bay scoring roster. TINY ENGEBETSEN was a veteran of National league competition when he came to the Packers six and a half years ago, and since that time he has become the highest scoring lineman in Green Bay history. Engebretsen has kicked more points after touchdown - 43 - than any other Packer. He has booted 15 field goals, being exceeded in that department only by Hinkle. All that kicking has given Tiny 93 points and ninth place on the all-time scoring list. When not performing his specialty, Engebretsen is in the line at guard. He has a genial, sunny disposition, is highly popular with the players and a good squad influence. He is married and lives in Green Bay during the off season. Tiny is 30 years old. DONALD HUTSON, one of the most famous names in football, who led the National league in scoring this last season and holds most of the National league's records for pass reception, has completed his sixth year as a Packer and without question will be back for his seventh in 1941 - barring the possibility of regular duty for a year in the United States Army, in which Hutson holds a reserve first lieutenancy of tanks. The speediest man in football, Hutson has scored more touchdowns than any other National league player, 46 in all. He also has kicked 21 extra points for a grand total of 297 points, enough to give him third place on the all-time Packer list, four points behind Lewellen. Hutson was a brilliant offensive end with the Alabama Crimson Tide before he entered professional football, and, at the age of 27, he appears at the top of the game. This year he has seen more defensive service than ever before, working the defensive right halfback position and on offense he has scored 57 points. Hutson is married and the father of a young daughter. During the last season when not playing football he was employed by Kimberly-Clark, but his present business future is uncertain. He may enter business in Green Bay and remain here as a permanent resident. CHAMP SEIBOLD (that's his real first name) has finished his sixth Packer season and now turns his attention to matrimony and a honeymoon in Hawaii. He is a native of Oshkosh, attended the University of Wisconsin and Ripon college, and will return to Oshkosh State Teachers college the second semester of this scholastic year. He is a left tackle with the Packers, and this season has worked principally as understudy to Baby Ray, who is even bigger than the 246-pound Seibold. Champ dropped out of professional football last season because of a salary dispute at a time when he had won his way to the first string, and, instead of performing on the gridiron, he attended teachers' college, working toward his degree. RUSSELL LETLOW is a newcomer to the Packer five-year veteran group, having completed his fifth season last Sunday. He is one of the National league's best guards, and teamed with Goldenberg helps make a great combination. Intelligent and strong, tough as nails, he has carried a fiery competition spirit from the University of San Francisco to the National league. He is 26 years old, and a native of Taft, in the California oil fields. Russ is married, and the father of a son. These are the men who were the backbone of the Packers during the last season. All reasonably may be expected to return for next season, but some are feeling the pinch of time and new faces may appear on the five-year veteran list of 1941. Regardless of that, Green Bay's thousands of fans pay annual tribute to the work of the veterans whose experienced heads and tenacity of purpose have helped in the Packer gridiron crusades.
DEC 3 (Green Bay) - The days are approaching rapidly when there won't be a daily story concerning the Green Bay Packers on the sports pages of Wisconsin's newspapers. The Packers, as a matter of fact, are a well-scattered unit at the moment. They're on their way to their homes, most of them, keeping a weather ear turned to the south just in case that rumored game at Baton Rouge goes through - a development which Coach Curly Lambeau doubts very much. Nineteen-forty will go down as the season the Packers sprouted wings. They flew halfway to New York, all the way back and made round trips to Detroit and Cleveland for a total of about 16 hours in the air. They started the experiment feeling nervous and jittery and wound up singing the praises of air travel for football teams. Why did the Packers try out the air lanes this season? Was it just because of insane haste to get to the battle scene? Was it for publicity, or done to show off? No, there was definite, sound reasons, and any amount of bickering criticism concerning the spectacular program doesn't alter the fact that it was of great benefit to the team. Green Bay, it must be remembered, is well off the beaten path of NFL cities. We aren't located conveniently to Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, New York, Washington and the rest, with the exception of Chicago. Consequently, the Packers have to travel much farther than any other club to reach its out-of-town game sites. And travel is tiring to a professional athlete. Don Hutson, for instance, usually feels the effects of a 24-hour train ride for two days. The use of planes eastward from Chicago has enabled the Packers to save sleeper jumps which were murderous to their rest schedule. Two-hundred pound plus men don't fit well into sleeping compartments on trains, and many a time Packers have tumbled from their berths wide-eyed and restless after a poor night's sleep. Then, the Green Bay schedule is drawn peculiarly, for the purpose of ducking the heavy snows which our northern location make likely for late November and December. We travel for the latter half of the season, as does no other National league team. Every weekend the Packers take to the road at the very part of the season when they most need their rest and sleep. The rapid movements of the Packer planes have eliminated much of the inconvenience the squad encountered frequently. Plane rides have enabled the Packers to have extra days of practice, either at home or in the visiting city. In addition, it enabled the married men to remain at home for all except one day, and more than half of the Packer players are family men. Finally, the plane trips are more economical than the long train rides eastward from Chicago. There are fewer hotel bills, fewer meals for the team to pay. The airlines serve meals in transit at no extra cost, and they generally are good meals, appreciated and enjoyed by the men as they wing thousands of feet above the ground to or from a gridiron appointment. Within a few years all football teams able to afford it will be employing the same means of transportation to their games, in cases where long cross-country hops are required. And the Packers can take credit of pioneering in the movement among professional teams.
DEC 3 (Green Bay) - The United States Army may be planning to entertain the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions at Louisiana State university stadium Dec. 28, but Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers has heard nothing official about it. Word from Louisiana yesterday indicated that Lieutenant Colonel F.C. Standiford, adjutant of the 32nd division in training at Camp Beauregard, La., is making complete preparations to handle the two Western division clubs during the Christmas holidays. Colonel Standiford yesterday stated that the game would be in the nature of a Christmas present for Wisconsin and Michigan National Guardsmen in the Army for a year's service, and that the troops, nearly 12,000 strong, would be convoyed to Baton Rouge in army trucks in a "combination recreational and tactical" move...RULES BAR PLAY: Lambeau said today that rules of the NFL prohibit the playing of postseason games by any team other than the champion, but he added "of course, President Roosevelt has a lot of influence." He intimated that if the president should telephone Carl Strock, National league head, with the request that the rules be set aide to permit this one game, Storck might not refuse the request. Lambeau will be just as well pleased if the game doesn't go through. The Packers have been disbanded for the season, and no further games are contemplated until next fall. The coach himself is anxious to see the East-West game at San Francisco, and would be unable to do so if the Packers are involved with the Lions at Baton Rouge...COLONEL HEADS NORTH: In the meantime, Colonel Standiford reputedly is on the way to Wisconsin and Michigan by plane to "close negotiations with the professional teams." The colonel said he believed guarantees could be raised easily in Milwaukee and Detroit among football fans and friends and relatives of the troops stationed at Camp Beauregard. Whatever profit might come from the game, he said, would go into the 32nd division's special fund for athletic equipment and other recreational facilities for the troops. Colonel Standiford said tickets would cost less than for the average college game, with $2 the probable maximum for the best seats. He said L.S.U. has given tentative approval for the use of its stadium for the game.
DEC 3 (Memphis) - The American Legion announced today Don Hutson, leading scorer of the NFL and former University of Alabama star, will play with the Chicago Indians when they meet the Richmond Arrows in a professional football game here Sunday. Hutson, pass catching ace of the Green Bay Packers, will be the target for the pitching of Parker Hall, former all-America at Ole Miss and now a stalwart of the Cleveland Rams. Another Ram back, Gaylon Smith, will be in the Chicago lineup. George Cafego, former University of Tennessee great, will lead the Richmond attack while Bruiser Kinard , Ole Miss all-America of a few years back, will start at tackle for the Virginians. Cafego and Kinard have just finished the season with Brooklyn Dodgers.
DEC 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers perhaps now understands why some states had two Thanksgivings again this year. Now that the 1940 season is over Curly, no doubt, feels he could stand another Turkey day if ever a major football club hit the heights and the pits from week to week it was this year's outfit, potentially the best in Packer history, but actually, judging on the performance for the season as whole, the most disappointing club of 'em all. It all adds up the fact the Packers will have many new faces around next year and that several of the veterans who helped bag pennants in 19336 and 1939 will be cut from the payroll. Curly knows the 1940 Packers failed and how and where they failed. He knows that lack of football desire was the big reason, he knows that some players have definitely slipped over the hill. He knows that several of the 1940 rookies will be ripe and ready for the tough competition next year...HELPED 1941 OUTLOOK: Canny girdster that he is, that's the reason why so many of the 1940 rookies saw so much important action in the fall. He sensed the lack of desire the week of the first Bear game on the part of several tried, tested and proved veterans and he set about to the tremendous task of grooming his rookies for the tough current campaign. He figured the rookies with ability, class and desire would do more for the Packer cause this fall than others who lacked the will to fog as of old, despite lack of pro league experience on the part of kids. He also figured that the least Packer fans would get out of this radical departure from his usual procedure of bringing rookies along slowly would be a guarantee the 1940 starlets would be full fledged stars in 1941 and dividends would be paid off then if not in 1940. How close the kids came to helping bring home the 1940 title is a matter of history - and disappointment, too. The club rallied from a 41 to 10 setback at the hands of the Bears in Green Bay, and, after a poor first half in the return game at Chicago, came back the second half to outplay the Halasmen; they lost to the Detroit Lions in Green bay, 23 to 14, but annihilated the Lions, 50 to 7, at Detroit. The Packers did everything but outscore the Giants and they staged a gallant last quarter rally to tie the Rams Sunday in their finale...LAWS' LOSS COSTLY: All year they displayed flashes of real gridiron genius, but, from time to time, displayed enough poor play, enough inexperience for the tough pro going to falter at critical times. Next year the lessons learned in 1940 will stand them in good stead - and Curly will see to it that every man jack on the squad will have desire. If they don't he'll lack the desire - to have them as part and parcel of the 1941 machine. Without question the loss of Joe Laws, able field general, great blocker and scintillating handler of punts, was a severe blow to the 1940 hopes. Next year Joe will be back. That means untold strengthening in a department that was not handled as smoothly this fall as it was in days past, such years as when Red Dunn and Laws were piloting the team to touchdowns and titles. Another veteran who'll be back despite the fact some have been ready with his grid obit for a couple of years is Clarke (Old Hoss) Hinkle. The Bucknell bucker never had a better year than in 1940; he was never faster, never hit any harder or played with more love for the game. Very emphatically Old Hoss wasn't one of the veterans who lacked desire. He'll have gridiron desire long after those tough and battered legs no longer can carry him where his heart would lead...BEST OR NOTHING: Some claim there was dissension on the 1940 squad. I don't believe it, but at least there wasn't more than would crop up in any group of 35 high spirited (some of 'em) players. But there was lack of desire to play up to the hilt, to give that extra ounce. Because of this lack the players don't have that juicy title game playoff melon to cut up and many of them will be sent down the river before the 1941 season is far underway. They fiddled while the title burned and find now, and will next year, it was expensive fiddling. In some instances cutting off veterans who delivered of old will be tough. But the league is tough. The demands of the fans are tough. Little Green Bay's seat with the nation's greatest cities in the realm of football gods has depended largely upon winning football. Winning Packer football has packed 'em on the road and must continue to do so because of the comparatively small stadium at the Bay and the fact the team does not hail from a metropolitan center that could provide a 45,000 crowd for the two big home tests against the Lions and the Bears. The Packers MUST win to stay in the league. Coach Curly knows it. He knows he must have the real McCoy on the gridiron and that's why he'll hew to the line and let the gyps fall where they may. Curly has been accused of being coldhearted in his treatment of skipping veterans, but sentiment won't win titles or bring the cash customers into the stands. When the day of the atonement comes those fans who would criticize for any lack of sentiment on Curly's part should know one thing: Green Bay MUST have winning football or NO BIG TIME football.
DEC 4 (Green Bay) - Momentous changes were made during 1940 in the all-time scoring list of the Green Bay Packers. Clarke Hinkle, who has been scoring extra points, touchdowns and field goals for nine years, finally achieved an ambition he has held during his entire professional football career, and erased the scoring mark of 301 points which had been held by Verne Lewellen since 1932. Tiny Engebretsen, already the highest scoring lineman in Green Bay history, established a new record for points after touchdown, passing by two kicks the mark which Joseph (Red) Dunn had held since 1931. Don Hutson became a real threat for the eventual scoring record, and advanced to
within four points of Lewellen's mark, now in second
place. And only Lewellen, with 50, has recorded more
touchdowns than Hutson. Joe Laws, although scoring
only one touchdown before an injury removed him from
competition, is likely to become the seventh Packer to
achieve more than 100 points on his lifetime scoring
record. Regardless of what Hutson does in future
games - and the Alabama end appears good for several
more seasons - the hero of this story is Hinkle, whose
corrected point total reaches 334, a dizzy height. This
is the all-time Green Bay record, but it is not the same
as the NFL mark, which doesn't include playoff games.
Hinkle has scored 40 touchdowns, has kicked 28 extra points, and has booted 22 field goals. Only Lewellen and Hutson surpass him in total touchdowns; only Engebretsen, Dunn and Ernie Smith have kicked more extra points; and no one has excelled him in total field goals. His closest rivals in the latter department is Engebretsen, with 15. Hutson, the National league's top scorer this season with 57 points, has added appreciably to his total by becoming the team's most consistent extra point kicker. He stated this season with six, and during 1940 booted 15 more. Since their first NFL appearance in 1921, the Packers have piled up a tremendous scoring total of 3,436 points, on 473 touchdowns, 349 extra points and 83 field goals. Their percentage of conversions after touchdowns has been almost 74 percent. This year they missed only two extra points in 30 attempts, both of them against the Detroit Lions in a game they won by 50 to 7.
DEC 4 (Green Bay) - This football season marked the fourth time since 1935 that Don Hutson led the Green Bay Packers in scoring. He was tops in 1935 with 43 points, and led again the following season with 54. Then, for two years, Clarke Hinkle was the leading point getter, picking off 57 points in 1937 and 58 in 1938, the latter being the highest total in the National league. Hutson led the team again in 1939, getting 38 points, and this season topped both the Packers and the league with 57. If Hutson can lead the Packers one more season he will tie the record set by Verne Lewellen between 1926 and 1930, when that veteran halfback topped the Packers five years. The highest individual scoring total ever registered by a Packer was the 78 established by Johnny Blood in 1931.
DEC 4 (Green Bay) - Men who ramble on endlessly in their conversation come at a dime a dozen. Those who have anything to say as they ramble are a rarity. Jimmy Conzelman, coach of the Chicago Cardinals and one of the foremost football authorities in reading, writing and practice in the nation is one of those whose words carry weight. So it is that when Jimmy sat in a seventh floor room at the Hotel Northland Tuesday night and talked football, we really listened. Jimmy spoke at the annual dinner meeting of the Green Bay Traffic club, but he has many other things to say about football in the National league, some of them off the record but considerable that may be passed along. Drawing his conclusions entirely from games in which the Cardinals participated, Jimmy placed Don Hutson and Cecil Isbell at the top of his left of "most worthy" opponents. "I have heard a number of things about Isbell this season and not all of them were good," the sage disclosed, "but he can play left halfback for me any time...Hutson, of course, has given the coaches more headaches than any other individual in the league." Conzelman recalls that in the two games the Cardinals played against the Packers Isbell was the outstanding left halfback on the field. He ventures the thought that in the second Green Bay victory over his team, Isbell was the deciding element...MIGHT HAVE WON: "I believe that we might have defeated the Packers in that second game if we had Isbell and you (Green Bay) had our left halfback," he stated. Left halfbacks are something of an obsession with Jimmy. He points out that his team of "22 rookies, eight castoffs and three Eagle scouts", he did not have a back who could run and pass. What is more, he finds an appalling dearth of this type of material in the present college crop. "Tom Harmon of Michigan is the real pro prospect of the bunch," Conzelman opined. "However, he probably will not play." Running hastily over the list of other college halfbacks of the past year, Jimmy found little that measured up to his specifications for running and passing. Some of the men were too small, some too slow. Some could pass, but offered nothing else; others could run, but their passing was bad and they lacked finesse. Along with Harmon, Jimmy likes the Texas Aggies' John Kimbrough as a likely postgraduate gridder. "Kimbrough would be an asset to any team in the league," he said...and there was no argument on that point. Delving back into the files of the professional season he just completed. Jimmy decided that Sammy Baugh and Washington furnished the greatest passing attack he saw all season, and that Johnny Drake of Cleveland was the hardest hitting back in the circuit. As for the very formidable Chicago Bears, Jimmy was not too greatly impressed. "We beat them once and might have done it again if I could have injected any spirit into my team. It was the last game of the season and it was pretty hard to convince the kids that they had anything to play for."..LIKES ARTOE, MANIACI: Of the Bears, Conzelman picked Lee Artoe, rookie tackle, and Joe Maniaci, veteran back, as outstanding. Artoe has been so cited through the season, and Maniaci is another of those individuals about whom there have been indeterminate conclusions. Half the football world calls him a great fullback, and the other half hardly is complimentary in reference to him. Personally, we adhere to the former school. For an all around running attack, Jimmy looked to the Detroit Lions. "With Bill Shepherd, Lloyd Cardwell and Whizzer White running behind the brilliant offensive guard play of Harry Smith, nothing in the league matched them," according to the Cardinals' coach. He rated White as one of the greatest backs to perform all season. For the rest, Conzelman had some things to say, but many of them fall into the off-the-record category. Some dubious praise was thrown the way of Ace Parker, quarterback, and Perry Schwartz, end, of the Brooklyn Dodgers, but no sustaining value in the way of the others he had mentioned, was placed on their services...DEVELOPS NEW STYLE: From football in respect to players the talk shifted into the channels of football in general, and Jimmy came forth with the statement that George Halas, the Chicago Bears coach, has come through with the first significant offensive innovation in football since Pop Warner introduced the double wingback in 1923. "Halas' T-formation with a back in motion is a revolutionary change from the orthodox offensive formations," Jimmy said. "Many believed that it would not be practical for college purposes because a passing back in undergraduate ball has to be five yards back of the line. Clark Shaughnessy proved otherwise when he successfully used the system for an undefeated season at Stanford. Strong line play goes with the plan." Conzelman explained that when such a change is brought into the game, it takes rival coaches longer to map a defense than it might actually take to stop the attack. The offense must be fathomed, an adequate defense framed, and the team must be taught to function against it...DIDN'T USE SYSTEM: Contrary to reports circulated freely since the season closed, Conzelman claims that Ralph Jones did not use the Halas T at Lake Forest this year. "The Chicago Bears and Stanford were the only teams that I am certain did use it. I am certain that Jones did not employ it at Lake Forest," he asserted. The seventh floor room at the Northland became more crowded. H.L. (Whitey) Woodin, who used to play against Jimmy, renewed acquaintance with him. Others were introduced. F.T. Buchler, vice president of the Traffic club, remembered a "must" stop on the fourth floor before Jimmy could go to dinner. Packer President L.H. Joannes met him there. Conzelman moved through the crowd and beyond the reach of serious football chatter, but before he went he said: "You people in Green Bay have a great institution in the Packers; I hope you appreciate it."
DEC 4 (Green Bay) - A proposed post season football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions under the sponsorship of the 32nd Wisconsin-Michigan national guard division stationed at Camp Beauregard, La., today was under the "reluctant" veto of Packer officials. "The players split up and dropped all further football plans following the windup at Cleveland," explained Lee Joannes, president of the Green Bay Packer corporation. "It would be practically impossible to bring them together again and keep them in shape for another month," he added. "Moreover, the expense involved would be almost prohibitive." 
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Nine individual records were broken and one tied during the 1940 NFL season, according to final statistics released today. Sammy Baugh, Washington, and Davey O'Brien and Don Looney of Philadelphia accounted for three new standards each, the first two named in forward passing and the latter, a rookie, in pass receiving. John Drake, Cleveland, Jimmy Johnston, Washington, and Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay, all tied the previous record of three touchdowns in one game. Not one of last year's individual champions regained their titles, although Whizzer White, Detroit, won back his 1938 ground gaining crown and Sammy Baugh reclaimed the forward
passing honors which were his in 1937. Looney, the
leading pass receiver, is the only first-year man to gain
a first place in the race for individual laurels in 1940.
Don Hutson, Green Bay, although losing his receiving
title, was the premier scorer in a close race...BEST
GOAL KICKER: Hinkle, Green Bay, was the leading
field goal kicker, and Baugh was the best punter. Ace
Parker, Brooklyn, Kent Ryan, Detroit, and Hutson were
tied in interceptions of enemy aerials. Undoubtedly the
greatest individual feat of the year was the 33 passes
completed for 316 yards by O'Brien against the
Washington Redskins. This accounted for new records
of completions and yardage for one game and increased
his season's completions to 124, also a new record.
Looney caught 14 of O'Brien's tosses and gained 180
yards in the Redskin game. These were single game
records for catches and yardage, and boosted his
season total to 58 receptions, also a new standard.
O'Brien's single game completions and yards gained
achievements were also highs. so the mighty mite from
Texas Christian ended his career writing, directly or
indirectly, eight records into the books. Baugh, though
finishing second to O'Brien in completions, had a 
season total of 11 out of 177 tosses for 1,367 yards, an
efficiency mark of 62.7 percent. The efficiency bettered
the old figure of 61.7 percent by teammate Frank
Flichock last year. It also brought his lifetime efficiency
in four seasons to 53.8 percent (308 completions in 572
tosses) bettering his own record of 49.8 percent. The
yardage bettered O'Brien's 1939 total of 1,324...TAKES
TITLE AGAIN: Whizzer White became the second 
player in league history to annex the ground gaining
title two years. He was the leading ball carrier in 1938
also. Cliff Battles won in 1933 and 1937. Inasmuch as
White did not complete last year, he is the first player
to win the crown two successive playing years. It is his
third time in as many playing years that he won national
honors in ground gaining. In his final year at Colorado
university he led the country's collegiate ground gainers.
With Pittsburgh in his first pro year, and this season 
with Detroit he proved that he is a consistent dangerous
man with a ball tucked under his arm. White shaded
Johnny Drake, Cleveland fullback, 514 yards to 480.
Tuffy Leemans, New York's league leader in 1936, 
finished third with 474. Banks McFadden, Brooklyn's
rookie all-America from Clemson, was fourth with 411
yards and Dick Todd, Washington, fifth with 408. 
McFadden's average of 6.3 yards per try in 65 attempts
was the highest in the circuit...CLIMBS TO SECOND:
O'Brien climbed from fifth to second in forward passing
in the final week. He threw 277 passes to annex his 124
completions to surpass Parker Hall's 106 completed
with Cleveland last year. This was 100 more passes
than Baugh threw. O'Brien was sixth in efficiency while
Baugh was first. Cecil Isbell, Green Bay, was third in 
the aerial department and Sid Luckman, Chicago Bears,
fourth. Hall, last year's leading passer, was third in
completions with 77, but was tenth in efficiency. Baugh
threw 12 touchdown passes, Ace Parker, Brooklyn, 10,
and Isbell 8. The scoring race was closer than the one
in ground gaining. Hutson had seven touchdowns and
15 extra points for 57 points. Johnny Drake had nine
touchdowns, the same number as Dick Todd of the
Redskins, but also added two extra points, for a total of
56 points to 54 for Todd. Ace Parker was fourth with 49
and Clarke Hinkle fifth with 48. Parker had 19 points
after touchdown, and Hinkle nine field goals, one short
of the record 10 by Jack Manders in 1934. Hutson
relinquished his pass receiving title to Looney, although
he also surpassed the old mark of 41 catches in one
season. He had 45, and tallied the most touchdowns
on passes - seven. Jimmy Johnston, Washington, was
​third with 29 receptions. Jim Benton and Vic Spadaccini
of Cleveland and Wayne Millner, Washington were tied
for fourth with 22 catches each. Armand Niccolai, Pittsburgh, was second in field goals with six, while Ward Cuff, New York, had five and Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn, 4. The longest of the season was a 52-yard boot, (one yard short of the record 53 held by Glenn Presnell, Detroit) by Lee Artoe, Chicago Bears. A total of 43 field goals was kicked by 17 players. Ace Parker, Kent Ryan and Hutson intercepted six enemy passes, but Parker gained 146 yards on the interceptions, the most in the league. Baugh, in addition to his passing laurels, annexed the punting title, with an average of 51 yards from the line of scrimmage in 35 kicks. His quick kick of 85 yards from scrimmage was the longest of the season. Cleveland's Hall and the Bears' Luckman, two other passers, had averages of 43 and 42 yards, respectively.
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - The possibility of a Dec. 28 football game at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions doesn't appear to be a dead issue yet, with word that Lieutenant Colonel Standiford, 32nd division adjutant, has completed conferences at Detroit and is heading for Wisconsin. The whole thing is rather tangled, and perhaps it's best to go back to the beginning. Officials of the United States army, training National Guardsmen at Camp Beauregard in Louisiana, conceived the idea of staging a Christmas vacation professional football game between the Lions and Packers at Louisiana State stadium. National Guardsmen to the total of 9,000 would be admitted free, and the rest of the 35,000 seats would be sold to the general public...ARRANGES FOR STADIUM: Colonel Standiford apparently made all his arrangements and press announcements before he conferred with either club. He has a tentative agreement with L.S.U. for the use of its stadium, and the probability that the game will be played has reached the stage of credence of a national radio broadcast. The NFL has a rule which prohibits the playing of any post-season games by teams other than the league champion. Added handicaps to the game were the fact that both the Lions and Packers had disbanded for the season, sending their players home, and the question of adequate financial guarantees to the competing clubs. Last night Fred L. Mandel, owner of the Lions, contacted Leland H. Joannes, Packer president, by telephone and stated that Colonel Standiford, having flown from Detroit to Louisiana, had presented the offer to him. Mandel indicated that the Lions were willing to play: IF the National league will waive its rule on post-season games. IF the Detroit players can be rounded up without too great expense and someone can be found to coach them, and IF satisfactory financial guarantees can be made to insure the Detroit clubs against any loss...SEEKS PRESS SPONSOR: Would Mandel be agreeable provided one or more newspapers would underwrite the game? Colonel Standiford inquired. That depended on which newspapers were selected, Mandel said, but indicated that probably the arrangement would be O.K. Mandel said he will ask permission of the league to waive its rule at the draft meeting in Washington next Monday. Carl Storck, league president who was contacted by phone, said that no action can be taken until then. Up to this noon, the Packers themselves had not been contacted officially by anyone. Said Coach Curly Lambeau; "All I know about the Louisiana game is what I have read in the newspapers and heard on the radio. We have not turned down the offer definitely, because none has been made, so far as I know." Joannes said practically the same thing. "I was quoted as refusing the game," he said, "but as a matter of fact no one as yet has asked us officially to play it. We would regard the undertaking as one requiring considerable trouble, but we recognize too that it is for the army, and so we want to cooperate in every way possible."...LEAGUE RULE BLOCKS GAME: "At present, the league rule itself stands in the way of the contest." Colonel Standiford was in Madison today, conferring with Admiral General Ralph Immel. The colonel mentioned that he might try for a joint guarantee from two Milwaukee newspapers, or he might attempt to get a backer among the Detroit press. Joannes expected to hear from him late today. In the meantime, Coach Lambeau and Assistant Coach Red Smith planned to leave on a late afternoon train for Washington, to see the playoff game and attend the draft meeting.
DEC 5 (Detroit) - The Army's proposal for a Christmas holidays football game between two teams of the national professional league to entertain soldiers in Camp Beauregard, La., apparently still hung in the balance today. Lieut. Col. F.C. Standiford, adjutant of the 32nd division, received a tentative assent yesterday from Fred L. Mandel, Kr., owner of the Detroit Lions, and left last night for Green Bay, in hopes of interesting the Green Bay Packers despite the Packers' earlier refusal. Lee Joannes, president of the Packers, said Tuesday that his club had disbanded for the season and the expense of reassembling the players would be prohibitive. The game would be played December 28 at Baton Rouge. After two conferences yesterday with Col. Standiford, Mandel said: "There are plenty of its connected with our participation in this game, but we haven't definitely turned it down. I intend to ask for National Professional Football league permission to take part in the engagement at the draft meeting in Washington on Monday. The other problems are the rounding up of our players who have gone to their homes and the obtaining of assurances that all of our expenses will be met. If these problems are solved, I see no reason why the game cannot be played." The game would take place during Louisiana's Sugar Bowl week celebration and would serve as a treat for approximately 9,000 national guardsmen at Camp Beauregard, who will be unable to home for the Christmas holidays, Col. Standiford said. The guardsmen would be admitted without charge and the remaining 35,000 seats in the University of Louisiana stadium would be sold to the public. Standiford said that he hoped to induce a Detroit newspaper to guarantee expenses of the proposed engagement.
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - Coach curly Lambeau and Assistant Red Smith left last night for Washington, where both will witness the playoff game between the Chicago
Bears and Redskins, and Lambeau will attend sessions
of the NFL. The annual draft will be drawn Monday or
Tuesday. Lambeau left the city openminded about the
prospects of the Packers playing the Detroit Lions at
Baton Rouge, La., Dec. 28 for the benefit of Wisconsin
and Michigan National Guardsmen at Camp Beauregard.
"We are not turning down the offer," he said, "and as a 
matter of act no offer as yet has been made us. We
realize that thousands of young soldiers will be away
from their homes this Christmas, and if we can make
their season happier, we will be willing to make any
sacrifices, and possibly we shall play down there."...
RULE AGAINST GAME: "However, out players want to
be home at Christmas, too; there remains the National
league rule against post-season games; the matter of
expenses must be ironed out." He talked yesterday by
telephone with Carl Storck, National league president,
who said that the game could be played only if there
were a unanimous vote of the clubs at next week's
meeting. As the Packers have not been approached
officially on the financial angle, that remains a mile in 
the air. "There's another point," Lambeau pointed out.
"Three of our players - we don't know which ones yet - 
will be appearing in the Pro Bowl game on the Pacific
coast during the holidays, against the National league
champion. Should men like Hinkle, Hutson and Isbell
all be missing from the Louisiana game, the fans might
not like it so much either."..DRAFT CHOICES SECRET:
For obvious reasons, the Packer coach kept his draft
choices a close secret. His only statement was that he
hoped to land an outstanding fullback. "We also are
interested," he added, "in trading several of our veterans,
with two or three years of experience, for the third or
fourth draft choices of other teams. Our own choice will lie around sixth or seventh, and we are anxious to get some selections higher up if we can."
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - A lot of lively young athletes whose exploits have left trails of clippings through the pages of fraternity scrapbooks will be brought face to face with the realities of football next week when they read that they have been caught in the National league draft. In effect, the professional draft is intended to assure protection for league clubs in their negotiations with prospective National league stars. As it operates, it is full of holes and has not resulted in its intended purpose of building up the weaker clubs in the league, but that is no fault of the Green Bay Packers, who have been fighting the status quo for years. Regardless of whether or not you like the idea of the weak sisters giving away their first choices annually to the Chicago Bears, with the result that the Bruins have built themselves a championship machine, the fact remains that the draft will be drawn within a few hours, and that the eyes of Green Bay fans will be glued to that roster, with its forecast of events to come. Coach Curly Lambeau left for the meeting with a list of some 300 college and university players tucked away in his pocket. Naturally, having the sixth or seventh choice among the 10 teams which will be represented, he does not expect to get a crack at names like Kimbrough, Harmon, Franck and Drahos, who will be snapped up by the lower-ranking clubs for shipment to the Bears. But he has a clear idea of what he needs to bolster a Packer team that sagged badly during the 1940 campaign. No one can sit down in December and pick 20 names against stiff competition, and come up with 20 fellows who definitely will be National league stars the following season. But the Packers, despite the fact that they always do their selecting from well down the list, have emerged exceptionally well in the matter of acquiring permanent property. The first man on the 1939 Green Bay draft list was Hal Van Every of Minnesota. He signed, and became one of the best first year men in Packer history. The second man chosen was Lou Brock of Purdue, certainly headed for a great career in professional football. The third choice was Esco Saarkinen, a great end at Ohio State who decided against professional football in favor of a coaching job, but who may change his mind yet. No. 4 was Dick Cassiano, who didn't want to play in the West and was traded. Thus the top ranking pair proved to be the best on the Green Bay list. Several other draftees, notably George Seemann of Nebraska, J.R. Manley of Oklahoma, and Jim Gillette of Virginia, reported and didn't make the grade. All had university reputations which justified their being placed on the draft. The Green Bay draft list year didn't include the names of Smiley Johnson, Bob Adkins and Ray Riddick, three first year stars who played fine football for the Packers. They weren't drafted, but were picked out of the air, and turned out to be among the best first year men in the league.
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - "Several" veteran Green Bay Packers may be traded for new football material at the NFL draft meeting next week, Coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau said yesterday. The trading, he indicated, would be the third or fourth draft choices of other teams. "Our own choices will lie around sixth or seventh and we are anxious to get some selections higher up if possible," Lambeau said. The Packers, champions of the league last year, finished second in the western division race this season.
DEC 8 (New York) - Representatives of the six member clubs of the American Professional Football league, which recently completed its first season, made an effort Sunday to work out a substitute for the National league's "draft list" as a means of signing up college players. Members of the league are Boston, New York, Buffalo, Columbus, Cincinnati and the Milwaukee Chiefs. A plan which they described as an "invitation draft" was adopted here tentatively but it is expected some changes will be made at a meeting January 26 and 27. The six clubs will submit their selections of college players who will be graduated next spring to W.D. Griffith, league president. Griffith will send a questionnaire to each player and each will be personally contacted by a representative of the league. The players will be asked with what club they prefer to play, although there is no guarantee they'll be assigned to the team they pick. Selection of a player by a team does not give the club exclusive negotiation rights as it does in the National league. The league also approved the idea of having an official scorer to serve at all league games in 1941. Action on the proposal to grant two new franchises was deferred until the January meeting. Under consideration are Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans and Los Angeles.
DEC 8 (New York) - The Herald Tribune says that Boston may return to the NFL to replace Pittsburgh after Monday's meeting at Washington, D.C. A four-fifths vote of the club owners would be needed to grant a franchise. The proposed change calls for the consolidation of the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia clubs, now owned respectively by Art Rooney and Bert Bell, to be operated in Philadelphia as a joint enterprise. A Boston franchise would then be granted to a syndicate of eastern sportsmen. The new club would be given half of the combined Pittsburgh-Philadelphia roster of players and a half share of the players those clubs claim at Tuesday's draft meeting.
DEC 9 (Green Bay) -  This was written before the names were dropped into the hat at the NFL's annual draft meeting, and it contains the fervent hopes that the men who are selected to help with the Green Bay Packers' campaign next fall are large, sturdy individuals capable of moving solid objects from one point to another with finesse and completeness. In other words, good blockers. The Chicago Bears, not a great football team by most standards, proved yesterday at Washington just what a lot of power, concentrated behind spirit and team cooperation, can accomplish against a less formidable opposition. The Packers, although they made their reputation through the air and have scored a majority of their touchdowns by that method, usually have been a good blocking team, and their fans more and more of recent years have come to admire and even idolize those men whose sole object in life, come Sunday afternoon, is to sweep from the path of advancing ball carriers those human blockades set up by the boys across the scrimmage line. Hank Bruder, who made his reputation at Northwestern university as a ball carrying back, was switched to the blocking post as a Packer and lifted that commonplace function to a new professional high. Herman Schneidman, who played with him and to a degree succeeded him, was another exceptionally good blocker who threw forth his drives from the quarterback position and that well-known T-formation. In 1939 Larry Craig established a warm spot in the hearts of Green Bay fans by following in the footsteps of Bruder and Schneidman, and last season young Bob Adkins, who needs only experience to become one of the league's best blockers, joined him. With Dick Weisgerber available for relief duty, the blocking quarterback position seems about as safe for 1941 as any place on the squad. Still, the backs signed on the Packer draft list must turn out to be good blockers if they are to fit in with the team's scheme of things. Packer right halfbacks, in addition to calling the signals and doing much of the passing, must be able to block with great effectiveness if the Green Bay ground attack is to function anywhere near its desired point. It might even be found desirable to shift the field generalship burden to a good, alert blocking quarterback, if one capable is turned up in the 1940 draft. A man such as Michigan's Forest Evashevski, for example. Cecil Isbell might find his football duties a lot easier and his play more effective if he were not compelled by a shortage of other signal callers to name the plays from his left halfback post. The Packers will find themselves in a much more favorable psychological situation next fall than they occupied during 1941. They won't be champions, and the rest of the league, instead of laying for Green Bay, will regard its title-holding Bears as the No. 1 targets of the season. The Bears, moreover, will have the job of trying to snap that All-Star game jinx, which has stopped this far every professional team to appear in the Chicago classic. It'll be fun watching them try.
DEC 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - The job of rebuilding the Packers begins in Washington D.C., Tuesday. The occasion is the annual National league draft. Other steps will be taken, too, of course, but the first and most important will be taken in the draft. Out of it will come the men who will be called upon to fill the holes after the housecleaning that Curly Lambeau has definitely decided upon. Lambeau has not kidded himself about this year's team. He said last August that potentially it was one of the best, if not the best, he has ever had. He repeated before he left for Washington that it might have been. A combination of self-satisfaction, bigheadedness and injuries ruined everything, however. A team can't play football on newspaper clippings and a reputation...INJURIES WORST IN HISTORY: The injuries, of course, were unavoidable. The siege was the worst in Green Bay's history, with almost every back on the shelf at some time or another - Eddie Jankowski, Lou Brock, Hal Van Every, Clarke Hinkle, Andy Uram, Larry Craig, Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell. The bigheadedness and self-satisfaction which led to a dozen fines in the course of the season, can be corrected, however, and with a housecleaning, backed up by the draft, they will be corrected. Lambeau has been reluctant to name the men slated to go, either outright or in deals if he can arrange them, but it is pretty well known who failed this season. Larry Buhler and Frank Balasz proved of little help to Clark Hinkle at fullback after Jankowski's injury. Weisgerber was a disappointment at blocking back while Craig was on the shelf. Carl Mullenueaux was a distinct disappointment at end even though the United Press picked him on its second all-league team. Seibold and Baby Ray failed to do their part at tackle. Cecil Isbell, potentially one of the best backs in the league, was strictly an in and outer. Herber, never anything more than a passer and punter, let himself get so far out of condition that he rolled around the field at time likes a butterball. It may be that Lambeau will give a few of these boys another chance, but it will be at different terms. The burden of proof will be on them. Ends and backs are needed most, and it is on them that Lambeau will concentrate in the draft. One of his first choices, it it gets around to him, will be George Paskvan of Wisconsin. At any rate, the job of rebuilding begins Tuesday. After that, it will be an interesting winter...Lambeau's assertion that this was potentially the best team he has ever had is pretty well borne out in the season's final statistics. The Packers led the league in yards gained with 3,381, nosing out both the Washington Redskins and the Chicago Bears, and finished third in defense with 2,532 against them.
DEC 9 (Pittsburgh) - Sale of the franchise of the Pittsburgh Steelers to a syndicate headed by Alexis Thompson, New York drug products manufacturer, was approved tonight by the NFL. At the same time the league approved the purchase of a half interest in the Philadelphia Eagles by Arthur J. Rooney, owner of the Steelers. Bert Bell, president of the Eagles, will continue to head the Philadelphia club. The league announcement said the sale contract provided that the Pittsburgh team continue to play its home games in Pittsburgh. Bell said one half of the combined player strength of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh teams were included along with the franchise in the sale to Thompson, but declined to name the players. Thompson said he was negotiating with Earle (Greasy) Neale, assistant coach at Yale university, to take over the head coaching assignment for the Pittsburgh team. Talk that a "czar" might be named for the league was heard earlier in the evening as the league went into session.
DEC 10 (Washington) - Tommy Harmon, Michigan's All-American back, was the first choice in the NFL annual draft of college grid stars today and will play for the Chicago Bears, champions of the league, if he decides to compete in professional football. Harmon was drawn in the league's selective draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, who had first choice under the league rule giving draft preference to the teams finishing lowest in the regular season standing. Through a preseason deal with the Bears, President Bert Bell of the Eagles automatically transferred his exclusive rights to negotiate for Harmon's service to George Halas, owner of the Bears...KIMBROUGH TO CARDS: Jarrin' John Kimbrough, All-American fullback from Texas A. and M., was the second draft choice, and was selected by the Chicago Cardinals. The Pittsburgh Steelers' first choice, Norman Standlee, Stanford fullback, likewise was transferred to the Bears under a preseason trade. First choice of the Cleveland Rams, 
who picked fourth among the 10 teams participating, 
was Rudy Mucha, University of Washington center. The
Detroit Lions selected Jim Thomason, Texas A. and M.
back, as their first choice. George Frank, all-American
back at Minnesota, was the first choice of the New York
Giants. A Wisconsin back, George Paskvan, was 
selected first by the Green Bay Packers...DODGERS
GET MCADAMS: Another University of Washington
backfield star, Dean McAdams, was the first choice of
the Brooklyn Dodgers. Picking in their own right in their
regular place position the Chicago bears chose Don
Scott, Ohio State quarterback, to round out their group
of three players in the first round of the draw. The
Redskins, who lost the league championship to the
Bears last Sunday, chose Forest Evashevski, Michigan
back, as their first round pick. Making their first choice
for themselves, in the second round of drawings, the
Eagles selected Arthur Jones, Richmond university
back. The Steelers, likewise making their first choice
for themselves, chose Chester Gladchuck, Boston college center.
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - When the smoke is cleared away at Washington in the annual National league meeting to frame the draft of this year's college football stars, don't be too surprised if the already strong Chicago Bears wind up with "Jarrin' John" Kimbrough, the great Texas A. and M. fullback. The same goes for Tommy Harmon, the Michigan whirlwind. Coach E.L. Lambeau in leaving for the playoff game and league meeting declined to comment on individuals of his choice. He sees no point in tipping off the opposition, a commendable stand and a wise one. Halas, however, has expressed none of this reticence, especially where Mr. Kimbrough is concerned. With Bill Osmanski,
Joe Maniaci and Gary Famiglietti already in the fold as
fullbacks, Halas makes no bones about his desire to 
add Kimbrough to the list. How can he do it? Under the
present draft rules, it appears to be very simple..TAKEN
IN TRADE: As a result of trades and purchases, George
has early draft choices coming from lowly Philadelphia
and Pittsburgh. It was by the trade route that George
obtained George McAfee of Duke from the Philadelphia
draft list this year, and some equally fine talent from the
Steelers. It would appear that in making strong teams
stronger, the draft is defeating its own purpose, but that
should be corrected by 1941. First and second choice
in the draft will not be sold or traded without the consent
of all the clubs in the league. That still leaves the cagey
Mr. Halas in the driver's seat this year. One short
paragraph in the Chicago Tribune of Monday is more or
less a giveaway on the Kimbrough situation. Written
from Washington, it said: "It is the consensus around playoff headquarters that the No. 1 man in the draft will be John Kimbrough. Philadelphia drafts first, having the poorest 1940 record. That may mean Kimbrough will come to the Bears."...STATEMENT YEAR AGO: The handwriting on the wall came in statements by Halas almost a year ago. While regretting that his present staff of fullbacks left no room for "Jarrin' John", George heaped superlatives around the Texan as an outstanding prospect. George is a great collector of football talent, and like all great collectors, he never had too much. Asked directly about his personal reaction to Kimbrough, George answered: "Do I like him? Positively." With George there always is room for another good man, and the Bears coach, after seeing him in action as a junior, predicted that if Kimbrough elects to play postgraduate ball he will be one of the greatest pro fullbacks of all time...REPLACEMENTS IN LINE: For his second top choice, this corner believes George will look to the line. After that may come forward passers. If there was any weak link in the Bears chain gang this year, it was in the department of forward passing. We hope that other teams get the choice bits of beef in the draft today, and we have no fears about Lambeau. Without the help of Bert Bell of Philadelphia and other lick-the-boot managements, Lambeau always has been one of the foxiest in selecting prospective professionals. Unfortunately for the rest concerned. Halas has the cooperation of Bell particularly and just about any of the other second division owners who draw a player to his liking. Somehow, we can't censor George too  much for his. He is an opportunist. The fault lies rather in the system, and in the coaches who make no effort to build their teams through the draft. They draw top flight players for the express purpose of peddling them. It is hoped that the 1941 ruling will put a stop to this practice which stands to weaken a league which up to now has been gaining public favor in leaps and bounds...'BREAK UP PACKERS': Last April when the talk of the "Invincible" Yankees was making the rounds, Jimmy Corcoran of the Heart papers came out with a seven-plank platform for the good of sports. Written partly in humor, the first four planks were as follows: Break up the Yankees. Break up the Packers. Break up the umpire. Brake up Willie Hoppe. It is only the first two which concern us here. To start with, the baseball season that followed proved the Yankees vulnerable. Corcoran, in giving the Packers another thought, said: "George Halas and his Bears eventually will take care of wrecking the Packers." How true, how true. But history runs in cycles. Let George continue to load the Bear bandwagon. With all the football teams this country supports each fall, there should be enough material to go around - even if Halas, Jimmy Conzelman, Ray Flaherty, Walt Kiesling and just about every other coach of record is looking principally to Kimbrough and Tommy Harmon of Michigan.
DEC 11 (Green Bay) - George Paskvan, Wisconsin university star back, was the first of 20 players selected by Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers in the NFL draft at Washington Tuesday. Lambeau's second choice was Robert Paffrath, who performed in
the backfield with the 1940 Big Ten champions, the
Minnesota Gophers. When his third choice came up,
the Green Bay mentor took Ed Frutig, Michigan end. 
Today the coaches of the 10 teams headed homeward,
their annual two day session at Washington ended. 
Their work is only started, however, since they must
dicker with the 200 college stars they selected in the
draw. Minnesota, always a good source of Packer
strength, contributed three players. The Big Ten is well
represented in the draft list, but Lambeau also looked to
the west and south for possible material. All nine
seniors on this year's All-America were selected during
the long session behind closed doors. George Halas,
owner of the champion Chicago Bears, who fortified an
already formidable grid machine Tuesday by taking the
cream of the college crop, left with a determination to
"talk turkey" to his No. 1 draftee, Tommy Harmon of
Michigan. Harman, All-America back and first choice in
the draft, insisted at New York he would not join the
pay-for-play ranks. Nevertheless, Halas expressed his
confidence he could persuade Harmon to change his
mind..CARDS GET KIMBROUGH: The option to bargain
with John Kimbrough, Texas A. and M. back, went to 
the Chicago Cardinals. Other All-Americans disposed of
included: Elvin Elrod, Mississippi State end; Chester
Gladchuck, Boston college center, and Bob Suffridge,
Tennessee guard, all go to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
George Franck, Minnesota back, was drawn by the 
New York Giants. The Cleveland Rams selected Nick
Drahos, Cornell tackle, and Warren Alfson, Nebraska
guard, was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers. One of the
drafted players to be heard from was Paul Christman,
Missouri's great passer. Advised that the Chicago Cards
had selected him, he still insisted that he "was not
interested in anything less than $10,000"...RECEIVES
AN OFFER: He declared that Jimmy Conzelman, coach
of the Cardinals, previously had approached him with an
offer of $5,000 for the 1941 season - with the possibility
that it might be raised to $6,000. "But its got to be
$10,000," maintained Christman, who repeatedly has
indicated a desire to play professional baseball instead.
Christman's attitude is likely to be taken by a number
of those drafted, although it is probable that a large
number of others are anxious to play pro ball and in
receptive moods when it comes to talking contracts.
DEC 11 (Green Bay) - Coin notoriously has been
blamed for much of the undoing of man. Lack rather 
than abundance has been our principal concern, so in 
the concrete sense coin never has plagued us. In the
abstract, however, it combined with the element of time
to saw off the limb upon which we were comfortably
perched Tuesday morning. Tuesday morning we wrote
that the Chicago Bears almost assuredly would acquire
John Kimbrough, if the Texas A. and M. fullback elects
to play professional football, as a result of the National
league draft. We said the same for Tom Harmon of
Michigan. On Harmon we were right; on Kimbrough
wrong...LATE IN AFTERNOON: At the time of inscribing
our prophecy, we recalled sitting around the Hotel
Schroeder in Milwaukee a year ago awaiting draft
announcements. It was very late in the afternoon before
even the first selections were divulged from the closed
chambers where the drawing was in progress. Had the
drawings followed the 1939 pattern, announcements
concerning it would not have been published before
today, and our little speculation would not have broken
at the same time as the story showing Kimbrough will
not be with the Bears. Jimmy Conzelman of the Cards,
who now has rights to the Texan, wanted him just as
badly as Halas. Possibly more, because he has so
little by comparison. If Kimbrough plays at all, he 
should be with a vastly improved Cardinal team. It was 
a coin that won mighty John for Oonzelman, lost him
for Halas, and blew our prediction to bits...HEADS OR
TAILS: On the basis of the season's record, either
Pittsburgh or the Cardinals might have had the second
choice. A coin was flipped. The Cards won. Had the
Steelers won, their choice would have been Kimbrough,
per instructions from Halad, and Jarrin' John as well as
Harmon would have been on the Bears' list. In Norman Standlee, however, the Steeler management has nothing for which to apologize. This piece of gridiron merchandise handed over to Halas may have just as much potential professional value as Kimbrough. Anyway, Standlee too was handicapped by Halas. After obtaining Harmon, Standlee and Don Scott of Ohio State, the latter Halas' selection when the Bears' own turn rolled around, the league put the skids to the Chicago owner by eliminating him from the second and third rounds of the grab bag. That couldn't have bothered him much. After all, he had three of the first 10 selections while other coaches only had three in the first 28...11 IN FIVE YEARS: In the five years previous to this, George wound up with 11 of the first men chosen in the draft - had them actually in uniform. In 1939 he had three: Sid Luckman of Columbia, acquired from Pittsburgh; Bob MacLeod of Dartmouth, drawn by Brooklyn, and his own choice, Bill Osmanski of Holy Cross. His George McAfee of Duke was drawn by Philadelphia. Clyde Turner, the Hardin-Simmons center, was Halas' own first choice. Halas fits the George Bernard Shaw definition of "A great devotee of the Gospel of Getting On." As long as the rules allow some chance for an advantage, George will seek that advantage. So much for the controversial system of the draft and Mr. Halas' violation of the anti-trust act with his player monopoly. Concerning the hand dealt by chance on the Kimbrough incident, we can only say along with Thomas Henley: "Under the bludgeonings of fate, My head is bloody but unbowed." Neither we might add, is George Halas crushed by the loss of Kimbrough. With three fullbacks now, he may even have trouble finding Standlee room.
DEC 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Aside from Brother George Halas, who also gets the first draft choices of the Eagles and Steelers in addition to his own selections, Coach Curly Lambeau of the Packers came out of the draft meeting this week with as fine a field of recruits as any team in the circuit. That is nothing unusual because Curly has been doing that same thing for a goodly number of years and his success in selecting pro type players, ofttimes over more highly rated collegiate stars who aren't the pro type, is one of the reasons the Bay Belgian always has his club at or near the top in every league race. The 1940 season proved to Curly some adjustments had to be made on his squad. Several players he has carried for one, two and three years hoping for the development that their native ability indicated they had were distinct disappointments this fall. Several others who have been on the verge of stardom, but have failed in the clutch games are slated to have their troubles hanging on to their posts next year and several veterans who have just slipped off the top are also slated to be cut loose from the payroll, or, at the least, to be relegated to minor roles in the 1941 campaign. Two of the biggest backfield disappointments have been Larry Buhler and Frank Balasz. Both have had a world of promise, but both have failed to come through in the big games. Dick Weisgerber is another. Still another, and it is a surprise to many, is Carl Mulleneaux, the big end...PASKVAN WOULD HELP: Buhler and Mulleneuax missed assignments in the Wrrigley field game against the Bears. Had they caught the play and carried out their assignments three touchdown gallops were set up, but because they missed the good work of other Packers went for naught. That's the type of ball Curly emphatically turns thumbs down on. Larry Craig, too, has failed to come through as in 1939, but Curly expected him to get back on the right road in 1941. To remedy the situation Curly drafted 20 players with backs and ends getting the first call. To augment the Clarke Hinkle-Eddie Jankowski fullback duo Curly drafted George Paskvan of the Badgers. If George elects to play pro ball instead of getting into the Army air corps, as he had indicated he might, the Bays' fullback problem occasioned by the failure of Buhler and Balasz to come through will be solved. Roarin' George would be a tremendous success in the pro ranks, combining power running, blocking and defensive abilities that make him one of the truly greats of 1940 or any other year. We in the Middle West know Bob Paffrath, the Gophers' most valuable player; Mike Bylene of Purdue and Jim Strasbaugh, the Buckeye speed king, have class. Bob Saggau of the Irish, too, was widely hailed, but did not have as good a year this fall as in '39. On the coast they still rave about Ed Heffernan of St. Mary's Gaels and Tony Canadeo, the Gonzaga ace. If a fair percentage of these lads sign up the Bays should pick up the backfield slack without much trouble...FRUTIG GREAT END: The star of the end draftees should be Ed Frutig of the Wolverines, a great end. Other ends were on the list, too, but haven't the rating of Big Ed. However, Riddick, Jacunski, Adkins and Evans and a guy by the name of Hutson gave the flanks pretty good protection and this corner is still unconvinced that Mulleneaux isn't a top-notcher. Paul Hiemenz, Northwestern, and Joe Baily, Kentucky, are new centers. The Northwestern star has proved his greatness. He's a fine passer and equally great on defense and offense. His backing up of a line was remarkable all season and he's a snappy aerial defense man. Helge Pukema and Bill Kuusisto of the Gophers are good tough guards and fine offensive blockers and Mike Enich, Iowa, Dell Lyman of UCLA and Ernie Pannell of Texas Aggies are highly rated tackles.
DEC 11 (New York) - The Brooklyn Dodgers, runners-up in the Eastern division, gained three positions on the National league football All-League team chosen by Associated Press sportswriters. The Dodgers, a team that slowly gathered speed and was one of the best in the loop at the end of Jock Sutherland's first season of coaching, boasted one of pro football's greatest all-around backs in Ace Parker, a triple threat offensive star and an outstanding defensive player. Parker and Sammy Baugh, Washington halfback, were the only unanimous selections for the 1940 All-League team. Bruiser Kinard, 210-pound tackle, and
DEC 19 (New York) - Clarke Hinkle, veteran fullback of the Green Bay Packers, was the leading field goal kicker of the NFL during the 1940 season, for the first
time in the nine years he has been booting placements
for the Packers. Don Looney, rookie end from Texas
Christian university, shattered three individual records
for pass reception as he dominated the league race in
that specialty and dethroned Don Hutson, Green Bay,
who held the title three of the last four years. He was 
the only first year player to gain an individual title this
year. Hinkle's nine field goals were only one short of the
record held by Jack Manders of the Bears for one year.
Armand Niccolai, Pittsburgh, was second with six and
Ward Cuff, New York, league leader the past two years, 
was third with five. The longest of the season was by 
Lee Artoe, Chicago Bears, whose 52-yard kick was one
yard short of the league record made by Glenn Presnell,
Detroit, in 1934. A total of 43 was booted by 17 players
with the average distance for successful kicks being 32
yards. Two records were established in Looney's final
game against Washington, when he caught 14 tosses
for 180 yards for single-game standards. His season total was 58 receptions, breaking by 17 the old mark of 41 held by Hutson and Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals. Hutson was second this season with 45 catches, also exceeding the former record. Looney had tied the single game record of eight catches in his first and second games of the season against Green Bay and Cleveland. Hutson also caught eight against the Bears, the first time he has accomplished this feat, though he led the National league in 1936, 1937 and 1939. Hutson's seven touchdowns on passes was the highest in the league. Carl Mulleneaux, also of Green Bay, caught six touchdown passes. Looney's 707 yards for the season was highest...JOHNSTON IS THIRD: Washington's Jimmy Johnston was third in the standings, and the first backfield ace among the receivers with 29 receptions. He was one of four Redskins who placed among the first ten. Others were Wayne Millner, tied for fourth with 22, and Dick Todd and Charlie Malone, tied for eighth with 20 each. Jim Benton, end, and Vic Spadaccini, back, of Cleveland, were tied with Millner for fourth. Perry Schwartz, Brooklyn, was seventh with 21, and Lloyd Cardell, Detroit, was tied with Todd and Malone for eighth. Last year Hutson, Schwartz and Spadaccini finished in that
order, only one catch apart.
DEC 20 (New York) - Don Hutson, Green Bay Packer
end, won the individual scoring championship of the NFL
in 1940 for the first time of his pro career, though he has
been among the first 10 point getters for the past five
seasons, finishing second in 1938 and 1935. Hutson's
performance gave him the distinction of being the first
end to lead the major league gridiron in scoring. He
tallied seven touchdowns and 15 extra points for a total
of 57. Johnny Drake, Cleveland, finished one point
behind with nine touchdowns and two extra points.
Drake finished second a year ago also. Dick Todd, 
Washington, was close up in third place with nine
touchdowns for 54 points. Hutson's seven touchdowns
brought his lifetime total to 45, raising him from fourth to
second in the standings of lifetime touchdown producers
in the circuit. Hinkle jumped to fourth in lifetime
touchdowns with 36, giving former or present Green Bay
players the first four places in this department. Verne
Lewellen leads with 50 and John Blood is third with 42.
Ace Parker of Brooklyn kicked the most extra points,
19, and Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay, was high in field
goals with nine. Jack Manders, Chicago Bears, though
finishing out of the first ten for the first time in five
seasons, boosted his lifetime scoring record to 368
points with 17 extra points and two field goals for 23
points this season. Andy Farkas, Washington, last
year's titleholder, was injured most of the season and 
did not score.
DEC 20 (New York) - Sammy Baugh, Washington
Redskins league champion forward passer, also won 
the title as best punter in the NFL during the 1940
season, according to final statistics released today.
Baugh is the only player to win two individual titles
during the current campaign. Baugh had an average of
51 yards from the line of scrimmage on 35 kicks, 
including individual punts of 85, 72 and 70 yards. Parker
Hall, Cleveland, leader last year with a 41 yard average,
was second with an average of 43 yards in 57 kicks, 
including one 70 yard punt. Sid Luckman, Chicago
Bears, was third with a 42 yard average in 27 kicks,
and also kicked one 70 yards. George McAfee, first
year player with the Bears, had the longest kick of 79
yards until the final game when Baugh booted one 85 yards. A total of 27 kicks traveled 60 yards or more from the line of scrimmage during the regular season.
Perry Schwartz, big end, were Brooklyn's other players gaining top recognition. Parker reached his peak in the Dodgers' games against Washington and the New York Giants. He piloted Brooklyn as Sutherland's squad handed Washington, eventual Eastern division
champion, its first defeat of the year, and again was a
standout as the Dodgers outpointed the Giants in the
final game to grab second place in the Eastern division
standings. Ace was one of the league's high scorers
and among the better passers and kickers. Baugh was
Washington's only representative. Whizzer White of
Detroit and Johnny Drake of Cleveland round out the
backfield. Don Hutson, Green Bay veteran and one of
the leading scorers and pass receivers, was named as
Schwartz's running mate at end. Mel Hein of the Giants,
veteran of a decade of pro play, was named at center,
with Danny Fortmann of the Chicago Bears and John
Wiethe of the Detroit Lions at guards, and 230-pound
Joe Stydahar of the Bears at tackle with Kinard. Hutson,
regarded as Green Bay's greatest scoring threat, and
Hein missed unanimous selections by only a vote or
two. Drake was selected by a majority of the experts
but White barely won the fourth backfield spot. Baugh
doubtless was the outstanding backfielder of the year.
He set new efficiency records in passing with an average
of better than 60 percent and also led the circuit in
punting average, around 50 yards. Of the rookies, Don
Looney of Philadelphia and Bulldog Turner of the the
Bears were best liked. Turner was the only center to be
named except for Hein. Winding up the season by
catching 14 passes against Washington, Looney led the
league in pass receiving.
DEC 12 (Green Bay) - The selection of the Packer list of
draftees for 1941 reveals a continued search for an
additional fullback or two to plug the gap which will be
caused, some time before 1940, when William Clarke Hinkle sets aside his uniform. Hinkle retires almost as regularly as several other Packer heroes of recent date, and during the recent road trips with the team it was whispered around very freely that 1940 would make his last competition appearances in National league football. This may be so, but it is noteworthy that Hinkle has issued no formal statement pointing to his retirement, and that he had one of his greatest seasons this fall. It is seldom that a professional football star tosses in his equipment at the peak of his career, and frequently they don't retire until they are long past that highest point. Anyway, the Packer draft list is studded with the names of men who can play fullback. Some of them may wind up as blocking backs, or guards, or even halfbacks, but out of the collection may come a couple capable of helping Hinkle and Eddie Jankowski with the fullbacking load. We were glad to see the name of Gonzaga's Tony Canadeo on the Green Bay list, as that heavy and hard-charging young gentleman is reputed to be a red hot National league prospect. The talents of Wisconsin's George Paskvan have been speaking for themselves at loud and regular intervals, and the draft list contains several other names which may flank the Packer halfbacks in seasons to come.
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has returned from the annual meeting of the NFL in New York to scan his list of 20 draftees and make plans to contact each and every one of them with a 1941 contract. These prospective Packers include two centers, two guards, three tackles, four ends and nine backs. Curly thinks several of them may turn out to be pretty hot stuff. The Packers wanted a good tailback - somebody to run and throw passes from the left halfback position - but the quirks of the National league draft blocked them out. Their first choice was George Paskvan, hard-hitting fullback who is being compared to John Kimbrough by some critics, and then they had to sit back and let the rest of the teams draw, with the second division clubs drawing twice each. Twenty-seven players were drawn between the Packers' first choice and their second, and although Lambeau sat there with a good sized list of tailbacks, every one of them were snapped up before the Green Bay turn came up again...DISCUSSES BAY BOYS: Nevertheless, the coach thinks he landed some good types of professional football, and yesterday he threw out some remarks about a couple of Green Bay boys. One is Elmer Turnow, giant tackle of the University of Wisconsin. Tornow was not drawn by anyone in the draft, which makes him a free agent, and Curly is of the opinion he may be able to make a go of it in the National league, if he is interested in playing. Then there is Fred Gage, Badger guard who was drafted by the Detroit Lions. "A member of Gage's family told me he isn't interested in pro football," said the coach. "If he changes his mind, we want him and we'll go after him." The Bears didn't spare the Redskins an inch, he recalled in referring to the 73-0 playoff game. Coach George Halas left in his best men for the major part of the game, and simply poured it on unmercifully....CAN PILE UP SCORE: "It goes to show," said Lambeau, "that a National league team with a good offense, such as the Bears, Lions or Packers, can run up a tremendous score when everything clicks in its favor. Take the 50-7 score the Packers attained at Detroit this season as an example." Now a few notes as to the draft men, several of whom may be regular wearers of Packer uniforms next fall: Everybody knows about Paskvan. Sportswriters have said that if the Badger powerhouse had played below the Mason and Dixon stripe, where the lines are not quite the rough and ready walls of the Big Ten and northern conferences, he might have attained a reputation equal to that of Kimbrough. Lambeau will drive to Madison soon to confer with Paskvan, who is known to be interested in a professional football career. He has had three great seasons at the state university, and is rated one of the toughest men in collegiate ball...PICK GOPHER BACK: The Packers' No. 2 choice, when it finally arrived, was Bob Paffrath, a back voted the most valuable player on his University of Minnesota team last fall. Paffrath weighs 200 pounds, called the signals for the Gophers, and if he signed with Green Bay will play either blocking quarterback or right halfback. Number 3 on the list was Ed Frutig, a highly promising end from Michigan, well recommended by Tom Harmon, when he and Lambeau conferred at Cleveland recently. Frutig was great stuff at rushing passers and punters, indicating an aggressiveness which the coach likes. He weighs 185 pounds, and in built and type of play he resembles Bill Hewitt, another Michigan product who played with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. Then came Herman Rohrig, a back from Nebraska. Link Lyman, Cornhusker assistant coach and himself an old pro players, termed Rohrig the best man at his position he had seen for a long time. Rohrig is built like a barrel, resembles in architecture Bill Shepherd of Western Maryland and Detroit...BOOSTED BY LETLOW: Another end of promise. Bill Telesmanic of the University of San Francisco, drew the urgent recommendation of Packer guard Russ Letlow. He goes three inches over six feet and weighs 210 pounds, which sounds like the makings of a good professional wingman. One of two Finnish guards from Minnesota drafted by the Packers is Bill Kuusisto, rated one of the Big Ten's best center flankers, who came sixth on the Packer list. The other is Helge Pukema, Kuusisto's running mate, who was No. 16. No. 7 on the Green Bay draft list was Tony Canadeo, brother of the famous Savior, who has been running wild for the past three years. He almost landed at St. Norbert college, but decided to head farther west and now is a senior. Canadeo is a big fellow with lots of fire and courage, rated well able to handle himself among professional competition. George Marshall of Washington wanted him, but the Packers beat the Redskins to the punch, a gesture with which the team became very familiar last weekend. A sparkplug of the Bob Monnett type is Mike Bylene of Purdue, a halfback highly regarded by Lambeau. Bylene is the last of the three B's of Purdue - Brock, Brown and Bylene, all of whom were drafted by the Packers. Bylene would have been an all-American last season, Curly thinks had it not been for an injury. He resembles the famous Monnett in style of play, but is faster than Bobby. Lambeau saw him in spring practice and was sold on him immediately...BIG TEN'S ACE CENTER: Then there is Paul Hiemenz, regarded as the best center in the Big Ten, with a tonnage of 198. He is followed on the list by Mike Enich, a tackle from Iowa, who was all-conference with the Hawkeye Iton Men his junior year, and weighs 205. An outstanding passer and all-around back from St. Mary's university is Ed Heffernan, No. 11 on the Green Bay list, and No. 12 is Del Lyman, a tackle from U.C.L.A. Lyman plays left tackle, and is a three-year varsity of heroic proportions, weighing 225 pounds and standing two inches over six feet tall. He is recommended to the limit by Pacific coast scouts. John Frieberger, Arkansas end, may turn out to be the tallest man in the National league next year. He followed Jim Benton as a crack pass receiver in the Razorback camp, and it's no wonder - his height is siz feet eight inches. He also is a star basketball player, possessing an ideal build for the court game...BIG AGGIE TACKLE: The best tackle on the powerful Texas A. and M. team was the reputation of Ernest Pannell, and Coach Lambeau believes the Packers very likely to land him. He weighs 225 pounds and stands six feet two. All grid fans have heard of Bob Saggau, Notre Dame veteran back. Irish football players usually don't go into professional football, but Saggau's talents are such that Lambeau was willing to take a chance on him as 15th choice. He is a halfback, weighing 198 pounds. Bob Hayes, Toledo end, was well recommended by Dr. C.W. Spears, his coach. He is a big fellow, going 222 pounds and standing two inches above six feet. Hayes sat on the bench with the Packers as they played Cleveland, and expressed a desire to break into the National league with Green Bay. Don Scott took most of the headlines at Ohio State, but Jim Strasbaugh was a big factor in the Buckeyes' backfield play, and Lambeau believes he may fit into the pro picture. He weighs 198 pounds. Joe Bailey is a 200-pound, 6-1 center from Kentucky, rated highly by Southern critics. Bruno Malinowski, Holy Cross fullback taken as the 20th choice, is something of a gamble. He lacks polish, but is big and willing, and is young, with good possibilities for the future.
DEC 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - Clark Hinkle has only 11 yards to go in his first game next season to set a new all-time record in the National league. The Old Warhorse, one of the league's all-time greats, boosted his all-time total to 3,467 yards in the season just closed and needs only one good plunge to pass Ace Gutowsky's record of 3,478 set in the years from 1932 to 1939. Hinkle piled up 383 yards on 109 plays this season, finishing sixth in the individual ground gaining race. Whizzer White of Detroit led the league with 514 yards in 146 plays. Banks McFadden of Brooklyn turned in the highest average, 6.3 yards, by gaining 411 yards on 65 plays.
DEC 21 (New York) - The official 1940 All-America
professional football teams were announced here today
by Ken Smith, president of the Professional Football
Writers' association of America. Taking over for the first
time the assignment of selecting the official team which
previously had been reserved for NFL coaches, 92 of the
nations' top flight sportswriters, from every city in the
circuit, participated in the poll. The selections are
distinctive because of the absences of rookies in the 
first team personnel. Seven of the league's 10 teams 
are represented on the first team, with the Brooklyn
Dodgers, riding the crest of a renaissance, generated
by Coach Jock Sutherland, qualifying the most players -
three. The world's champion Chicago Bears and the 
Detroit Lions placed two men each on the first team and
the runner-ups for the championship, the Washington
Redskins, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants and
Cleveland Rams one each...PLACED ON SECOND
TEAM: The Philadelphia Eagles qualified two men - 
Davey O'Brien and Don Looney for the second team.
Thus the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Cardinals
were the only teams which did not place a player on
either the first and second teams. Don Hutson, Green
Bay's game breaking end, led the balloting. He received
87 nominations for the first team. The other five writers
placed him on the second team to five him the
astounding total of 450 votes out of a possible 460.
Danny Fortmann, the Bears' brilliant guard, was the 
next popular choice. He drew 77 first place ballots.
John Drake, Cleveland's battering ram fullback, who had
been close, but never first among the stars of his position in previous years, was third in popularity. Big John polled 70 first choice ballots...THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR: Hutson, Fortmann, and Ace Parker, Brooklyn's great triple threat quarterback, were awarded first team places for the third consecutive year by the writers. Joe Stydahar, giant Bear tackle, and Mel Hein, veteran New York center, were chosen for the second year in a row. Thus, six members of last year's first team - John Dell Isola, New York guard; Jim Barber, Washington tackle; Jim Poole, New York end; Parker Hall, Cleveland back; Andy Farkas, Washington back; and Bill Osmanski, Bear back, were obliged to surrender their positions. John Wiethe of Detroit supplanted Dell Isola; Frank (Bruiser) Kinard of Brooklyn ousted Barber and Perry Schwartz of the Dodgers crowded out Poole. In the backfield, "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh, Washington, regained the left halfback berth from Hall, who replaced him last season. Whizzer White of Detroit was awarded the right halfback position, supplanting Farkas, who was out most of the season because of injuries. Osmanski, also handicapped by injuries, yielded to Drake. White and Kinard, like Baugh, regained first team positions they were awarded two years ago. White did not play last season...MENTION TURNER, LOONEY: Only two first year men, Bulldog Turner, the Bears' brilliant center from Hardin-Simmons, and Looney, Philadelphia's freshman end from Texas Christian, showed enough, in the opinion of the scribes, to merit listing among the league's best. They were awarded second team places. In addition to Turner and Looney, newcomers Steve Slivinski, Washington guard; Doug Oldershaw, New York guard, and Dick Todd, Washington's mighty backfield mite, were voted places on the second team. These three players never had received first or second team rating by the writers previously. The scribes grouped the league's leading ground gainer, White; the leading passer and punter, Baugh; the leading scorer, Hutson, and the runner-up in ground gaining and scoring, Drake, on their first team.
DEC 21 (Los Angeles) - Chicago's Bears, the mighty champions of the NFL, and an All-Star team, hand picked from the rosters of the other nine league teams, are hard at work preparing for their game. The combat, the only postseason contest permitted under league rules, will be played here Sunday, Dec. 29, in Gilmore stadium, which has been enlarged to accommodate 20,000 customers for the occasion. The game is the third annual classic, involving the champions and the league's All-Stars. The New York Giants won the first of the series in 1938 and the Green Bay Packers triumphed last year. The All-Star squad, under the direction of Ray Flaherty, coach of the 1940 runner-ups, the Washington Redskins, is working out twice daily at Griffith Park. The champion Bears, with Owner-Coach George S. Halas in command, is training at the Riviera Country Club. The Bears reassembled Thursday.
DEC 24 (New York) - The NFL in 1940 maintained the
rapid development that has made professional football 
the fastest growing major sport in recent years, Carl L.
Storck, president, announced. A new attendance record
was set this season when over 1,600,000 watched 
league teams in action during the 55-game campaign,
the title playoff at Washington and 12 All-Star games
and exhibition contests. According to official attendance
figures, just released, the regular championship season
attracted a total of 1,309,027. The title playoff drew
36,034. The combined 1,345,061 represents a 2.5
percent gain over the 1939 season...LIMITED TO
CAPACITY: The championship playoff was limited to
36,034, Griffith stadium capacity. The Redskin football management reported that almost $100,000 was returned to disappointed ticket applicants. In addition, 257,250 attended 12 all-star game and exhibitions in which league teams participated. Washington, Brooklyn and Pittsburgh established new record for attendance at home. Nov. 3, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears performed at Wrigley field before 45,434, with more than 5,000 turned away. It was the greatest crowd ever to see a pro football game in Chicago since the league was formed in 1921...GIANTS AGAIN LEAD: The New York Giants again led the pro circuit with a total home attendance of 247,646. The Washington Redskins were second with 195,142 for six games at Griffith stadium. This year's highest single game attendance was 54,997 for the Giants' finale with the Brooklyn Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. Two clubs reported drastic attendance decreases. They were the Detroit Lions, which encountered World Series opposition necessitating a schedule readjustment, andthe Philadelphia Eagles, hurt by a nine-game losing streak.
DEC 28 (Los Angeles) - The greatest football team of
1940, perhaps the most powerful gridiron machine in all
history, will pits its organized power against a star-
studded professional All-Star assembly in Gilmore
stadium here Sunday. The occasion will be the meeting
of the Chicago Bears, mighty champions of the NFL,
and a team made up of the greatest individual stars of
the postgraduate circuit. The game is the only post-
season contest now permitted under league rules. A
sellout crowd of 20,000 will witness the struggle 
between the Chicago powerhouse, which routed the
Washington Redskins by an unprecedented 73 to 0
score, to win the league title, and such individual greats
as Slingin' Sammy Baugh, Don Hutson, John Drake,
Mel Hein and Dick Todd. The All-Stars have been
whipped into a formidable united front by Ray Flaherty,
coach of the Redskins, who is out to avenge the
humiliating defeat which his team suffered in the NFL's
1940 playoff for the championship in Washington just
three weeks ago...THIRD ANNUAL GAME: The game 
will mark the third annual appearance in Los Angeles of
the league's champions against an aggregation hand-
picked from the rosters of the other teams of the league.
In the first contest of the series, played in January,
1939, the New York Giants won, 13 to 10, by a thrilling
last half rally. Last January, the Green Bay Packers
triumphed, 16-7, with a spectacular 98-yard touchdown
pass play, which went from Cecil Isbell to Hutson.
Tomorrow, the All-Stars will be bidding for their first
victory of the series. The contest should be a convincing
test in the old argument of team strength vs. individual
prowess. While in Bears, with their famous man-in-
motion T-formation developed what has been acclaiming
by many critics as the most dangerous offense in 
football, they did it without placing a backfield man on 
the official all-America pro team selected by the nation's
leading football writers. Despite the brilliant generalship
of Sid Luckman and the sensational running of Bill
Osmanski, Ray Nolting and Bob Swisher, none of them
landed in the first team backfield, which consisted of
Baugh, Whizzer White, Drake and Ace Parker...BEARS NEAR FULL STRENGTH: Baugh and Drake will be in action tomorrow with the Stars, along with such famous backs as Pug Manders, Vic Spadaccini, Cotton Price, Clarke Hinkle and Todd. The Bears will enter the game at practically full strength. The entire squad, with the exceptions of George McAfee and Jack Manders, backs, who were unable to make the trip on account of business commitments, is ready for action. However, the most important of all the Bear invaders, Owner-Coach George S. Halas, will be missing from the war zone. Halas will miss seeing the Bears play for the first time since the club launched its spectacular career 20 years ago, when he was the team's first string right end and the playing coach. The Bears' coach is in St. Vincent hospital here, recuperating from an emergency appendicitis operation, performed last Sunday night. Heartly (Hunk) Anderson and Luke Johnsos, assistant coaches, will direct the Bears. Anderson, whose brilliant handling of the Bears' line was such an important factor in the team's title drive this year, flew here from Chicago to assume command of the club, after Halas was stricken. Johnsos finished the task of preparing the champions for the contest, assisted by Bernie Masterson, veteran quarterback, when Halas was obliged to surrender to the medicos.
DEC 30 (Los Angeles) - The Chicago Bears failed to run up any 73-0 score, but they proved they were the kingpins of the professional football world. Utilizing 
power and a devastating air attack, the champion Bears
rolled over the cream of the rest of the National league 
in the third annual "Pro bowl" grid battle Sunday, 28 to
14. The largest crowd in 15 years of professional football
in Los Angeles, a throng that swelled to 21,000 - some
3,000 over the inadequate facilities of Gilmore stadium
witnessed that game...BEARS ARE DOMINANT: It was
a great show. The Bears were unable to roll up that 73-0
count they scored against the Washington Redskins 
three weeks before in the National league championship
game, but they dominated all the way. It wasn't a matter
of who made the touchdowns, but how they made them,
and the strength displayed before each tally was rung
up. Sid Luckman passed to Dick Plasman, who then
lateraled to Hampton Pool for the first Bear score. The
play was good for 48 yards. The All Stars tied it when
Ted Livingston, All-Star guard, intercepted a partially
deflected pass and strode seven yards for a score...
HUTSON GRABS PASS: Luckman came right back 
and passed to Harry Clark, reserve end, for another
touchdown in a play that went for 59 yards and brought
the crowd to its feet. Sammy Baugh of the All-Stars 
held them there soon after by sending his mates from
their 20 to the Bear two, on passes to Don Hutson and.
pitching a final bullet pass to Don Looney for the score.
An intercepted Baugh pass in the third, with Plasman's
26-yard runback, set up the third Bear touchdown. 
Luckman made it from the one. The final Chicago score
came on the tail end of a 39-yard drive in five plays, with
Joe Maniaci striking for the tally.
DEC 30 (Green Bay) - The wisdom of the NFL in
allowing just one postseason contest involving its 
expensive talent is apparent in yesterday's Pro Bowl
conflict between the Chicago Bears, monarch of the pro
work, and the All-Stars, chosen from the ranks of the 
league's non-title teams. The game has become a great
attraction and is, in fact, the greatest professional 
spectacle which the football-hungry Pacific coast has a
chance to witness. Already it has outgrown the Los
Angeles Gilmore stadium, which holds fewer people 
than Green Bay's City stadium, and before many years
pass you may expect a determined bid from Florida to
bring the postseason classic into that region. It is a
request which is unlikely to be granted, for the future
expansion of big league football into California and the
coastal plain is being taken for granted. Big gates for
late December and January exhibition games are certain
to generate political action pointing to the relaxing of the
league rules to permit additional contests. The Packers
and Detroit Lions, you recall, were invited to play a 
game at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the National
Guardsmen this winter, the plan being blotted out by action of the league, which did not wish to change its rule on games after completion of the league schedule. Publicity on the Louisiana game got away from the would-be sponsors, due to the fact that the army lined up all necessary details before it confided in the National league teams which were to furnish the competition. The venture was turned down, with regrets, by the league, which visioned a vast number of similar request in the future, for war relief, for charity, for soldiers, sailor, marines, or for anything at all. The league felt that it if permitted the Packers and Lions to tangle again this winter, that it could not refuse easily similar requests next year, and so the whole matter was scrapped; much to the irritation, you may well imagine, of several high-ranking army officials in the south. It was rather a ticklish situation for the National league, at that, for by next football season the league may have some serious requests to make to the national defense program, in the matter of permitting drafted players to get furlough's and vacations for the purpose of performing in football games. If the Army gets just mad enough, it might refuse to let trainees to play any football at all, and the National league would receive a smart kick in the pants as a result. The league found out in 1940 that it was no use borrowing trouble because of the inconvenience caused by Herr Hitler and his pals. Last September all the teams were scared stiff because they expected to lose half their players before the schedule was completed, but there were no reports of any National leaguers being drafted all fall, and perhaps the league's luck will hold out for 1941.