PACKERS TO SEEK CHAMPIONSHIP TILT FOR GREEN BAY
NOV 29 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau and the Green Bay Packers will wind up their campaign for the Western division championship in the NFL here on
Sunday afternoon against the Washington Redskins.
The Packers are in excellent physical condition with the
exception of Baby Ray, giant left tackle. Ray was hurt
early in the game at Pittsburgh last Sunday, and may 
not see action against the Redskins. Arrangements
have been made to broadcast the game from Griffith
stadium. Green Bay fans may tune their radios either to
WTAQ, Green Bay, or WTMJ, Milwaukee. Green Bay
must win Sunday to be assured of at least a tie for the
Western division title with the Chicago Bears, who still
have two games remaining on their schedule. Sunday,
the Bears will play the Philadelphia Eagles, and the
following week they will battle their city rivals, the Cards.
In other league contests Sunday, Pittsburgh will be at
Brooklyn, and the Cardinals will invade Detroit. Neither
of the games has any bearing on any championship,
the idle New York Giants already having sewed up the
Eastern crown...BAUGH IS THREAT: Washington, 
reduced a fight for second place money by a missed
pint and an intercepted pass last week in New York, will
pit its passing champion, Sammy Baugh, against Green
Bay's Cecil Isbell, who has thrown at least one
touchdown pass in each of the Packers' 10 games this
year. Further trouble for the Redskins will appear in the
person of Don Hutson, the league's leading scorer and
pass receiver. There also is Clarke Hinkle, who already
has become the league's official all-time ground gaining
champion. These three Packer personalities are backed
by capable relief. The Packers have one of the best
balanced elevens in their history. If they're able to reach
their peak, the Redskins will have a busy afternoon.
JOANNES, LAMBEAU WILL ATTEND LEAGUE
CONFAB MONEY TO ASK THAT GAME BE PLAYED
HERE IF BAYS WIN WESTERN TITLE
NOV 29 (Green Bay) - The executive committee of the board of directors of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., is on record unanimously as favoring the playoff of the championship game in Green Bay if the Packers become the Western division representatives in the National league playoff. Commissioner Elmer Layden of the league has called a meeting of the clubs interested in the playoff for 11 o'clock Monday morning at the Bellevue-Stratford hotel in Philadelphia to decide upon the details of the championship game. President L.H. Joannes and Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers will attend this meeting, prepared to fight for Green Bay as the site of the championship game in the event that the Packers win. The Chicago Bears also will be represented at the meeting as they are on the same footing as the Packers - certain to be either first or second place winners in the west. New York, the Eastern division winner, and either Washington or Brooklyn as second place winner in the East will also send delegates. The Press-Gazette has made arrangements of this meeting reported by telephone immediately after the meeting. Under a strict interpretation of the rules, since this year the game is to be played in the West, it appears that the Green Bay representatives can stand on their rights and insist upon the championship game being played in Green Bay. However, there are many other considerations which may influence the outcome of the meeting...OTHERS HAVE INTERESTS: First of all, in addition to the home club, the visiting team, the two second place teams and the league treasury itself have financial interests in the game. Those who remember the playoff in Milwaukee two years ago will have no difficulty in anticipating some of the arguments that will be made against Green Bay. It will be claimed that New York can easily guarantee a gate of $125,000, while at Green Bay, with prices running as high as $6.60, it will be difficult to get a $100,000 gate. That $25,000 will look big to the teams not sharing in Green Bay's local pride. Then there is the provision that the commissioner must fix the price of the tickets. This price must be at a level that will assure a capacity crowd, and where will that be, and what will it do to the possible total? And then of course there is always the weather! President Joannes and Coach Lambeau have the instructions of their executive committee to bring the game to Green Bay, and it is expected that they will do so unless a showdown they are overruled by the commissioner. Another matter to be decided at the Monday meeting will be the playoff arrangements for the division leadership in the event the Packers and the Bears are tied in the Western division. The rules for both the division and league playoff games are given in the NFL constitution and by-laws, and pertinent sections are quoted here...MEETING AT PHILADELPHIA: As for the championship game the rules provide that at the meeting to be held in Philadelphia Monday, "Each club which has a possibility of participating in the championship shall at such meeting submit their normal scale of prices, furnish the possible capacity of the stadium and such other information as the commissioner may require of them. The commissioner shall fix the price for tickets and the date. The printing of the tickets shall be done under his direction at the expense of the league. The tickets used shall be charged to the expenses of the game. Tickets for the game shall be available for distribution not later than the day following the game which decides which teams are to participate. There shall be no complimentary tickets for the game except to members of the working press and radio. All receipts of the game, which shall include all receipts from the sale of tickets whether presented for admission or not, and any additional receipts shall be turned over to the league treasury unless permission to distribute them otherwise has been given by the commissioner, and shall be divided as follows:"...DISTRIBUTION OF MONEY: "After deducting federal and other taxes and ground rental, 70 percent of the remainder shall be distributed (a) 5 percent to the players of each of the clubs finishing second in the Eastern and Western division, (b) the balance of said 70 percent to the players of the contesting teams, divided 60 percent to the winning team, and 40 percent to the losing team. From the remaining 30 percent shall be deduced the traveling expenses of the contesting teams and other incidental expenses, and the balance remaining shall be divided 25 percent each to the management of the two teams participating in the game, and 50 percent to the league." In case of a tie in the championship game the shares of the participating teams are divided equally, and the teams are declared co-champions. "To determine which club shall participate in games contracted for the championship team the commissioner shall toss a coin in the presence of a representative of each club at a time and place designated by him."...GAME IN CHICAGO: The site of the divisional playoff between the Packers and the Bears probably will be Chicago, if such a game is necessary. The league rules provide that the site shall be determined by the flipping of a coin, but this may be changed by the consent of both teams and the commissioner, and it is doubtful if any effort will be made to bring this game to Green Bay. Still, the rules governing the game and the provision for settling a tie playoff game are of interest. They are set out in the league constitution and by-laws as follows: "The site of a divisional playoff game shall be determined by the flipping of a coin during the meeting of the clubs which have a possible chance of participating in the championship game. The commissioner shall fix the dates and select the officials. The commissioner shall set the time of starting and shall authorize the printing of tickets for said game, the cost of the tickets to be paid out for the proceeds of the game. The players shall receive only their regular game salary, and if they are on a seasonal contract, they shall receive one-eleventh of their season salary."...CLUBS SHARE ALIKE: "The net receipts shall be divided 50 percent to each club, after deducting all federal and state taxes, the league's 4 percent, salary to park employees and park rental, visiting club's expenses including the player roster plus seven men, entertainment and band, and incidental expenses. Under no consideration are any executive, office help or medical expenses to be included in the home club's expenses, and in the care of any extraordinary expense the two clubs must agree, or in the even they do not agree the matter shall be decided by the commissioner. The sudden death system of determining the winner shall prevail when the score is tied at the end of the regulation playing time. Under this system the team scoring first after the end of the regulation time will be declared the winner. When the regulation playing time ends there shall be a three-minute intermission, and the teams will toss a coin for choice for of kicking off or receiving just as at the start of the game. If neither team scores in the first extra period of 15 minutes, there shall be a two-minute intermission and the game will continue with 15-minute periods and two-minute intermissions from the point where the ball was declared dead, until one team has scored."
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 29 (Green Bay) - This department bet on a football game only once all this season, and that one venture was disastrous to the extent of nearly 20 cent for smokes because Wisconsin let me down by winning. But I will cheerfully award some suitable prize to the publicity man of the Philadelphia Eagles - not on a wager but out of pure amazement - if his latest prediction comes true. Coach Greasy Neale, this man writes, "has developed several new plays designed especially for the Bears, and his constant smile is a promise that he believes the Eagles may upset the apple cart and toss the Bears out of the championship on Sunday." Now the Philadelphia Eagles have won exactly two games so far this season. They lost seven and tied one. Their record shows 91 points scored, compared to 149 for their opponents. Except for Pittsburgh, they have made the worst showing in the entire NFL during the 1941 campaign. How do they think they can stop the Chicago Bears, who have lost only to Green Bay while winning eight other games? How do they think they have a chance, with the brilliant record of 313 points scored and 109 allowed by the Chicago Bears? Here is the way the publicity man says Neale has it figured: "In 20 years, absolutely the only offense that the Bears have not faced," Neale is quoted as saying, "is the "T", which only the Eagles and the Bears use in the pro ranks. Their very knowledge of the T is going to make them particularly vulnerable to its deception. They will think that they recognize their own end run, they'll commit themselves faster, and we'll fool them more completely than we ever could a team which does not think in terms of the T attack." Thus spoke Greasy Neale through the mouth of his oracle. If all this comes to pass, and if the Bears surrender to the Eagles, there will be great rejoicing in Green Bay. A movement should be started to make Greasy Neale an honorary vice president of the Packers, and he should be sent a key to the city without delay. Greasy Neale would be admired and toasted, for he would have opened to the Packers an inside route to their sixth NFL championship. That is, of course, on the assumption that the Packers will beat the Redskins in Washington Sunday afternoon...Publicity men are in a tough spot. Their job is to get a maximum amount of free advertising into the newspapers, and at the same time they must write only what pleases the front office. No wonder they really let themselves go once in awhile. You can expect to see the Packers and Bears both in the running after Sunday's games. You can hope a little, but not too much, that the Cardinals will take their city rivals the following Sunday. It is almost a safe assumption that there will be a Western division playoff. The Packers have had to pay their own freight this season, and they are doing it with a promptness and dispatch that carries the stamp of the champion. Don Hutson, the league's leading scorer and pass receiver, needs only a touchdown or two conversions and a field goal to break the season's scoring record of 79 points set by Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears in 1934. Clarke Hinkle, who already has become the league's officials all-time ground gaining champion, needs only one touchdown to replace Manders as the all-time scoring champion at 368 points. Cecil Isbell, who is the most productive passer in the league this season, has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of the Packers' 10 games this year. Isbell apparently is destined to dethrone Sammy Baugh of the Redskins as the leading passer this year. The Packers lead the league with 151 first downs so far this season. Their passing record shows 118 completions out of 226 attempts, easily the best percentage in the league, for a total of 1,524 yards. Only 10 passes have been intercepted, but they have snared 23 of those thrown by their opponents.
PACKERS CAN CLINCH TIE FOR TITLE SUNDAY
NOV 29 (Washington) - The Green Bay Packers have arrived in town, ready and willing for their battle against the Washington Redskins to wind up the NFL season for the Bay representatives at Griffith stadium Sunday. Outcome of the game may decide whether the Packers will play an additional game or two - to decide whether they or the Bears will meet the New York Giants in the pro league playoff. The Packers spent the week at the New York Athletic Club headquarters and came to Washington Friday night. The injured list has been a long one this week as the result of the Cardinal and Pittsburgh games, but the probability is that every one but Buford (Baby) Ray, giant tackle, will be able to play. The Packers overwhelmed the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday but will face much tougher opposition this week, it is expected. The Redskins have a record of five victories and four defeats, and turned in a good account of themselves in losing to the Chicago Bears, and again last week when the Giants clinched the Eastern division title by coming from behind against Red Flaherty's outfit to win, 20 to 13. They can still conclude the season in second place in the Eastern circuit, and are at present tied with Brooklyn for that spot. The Redskins need a victory over the Packers to do so.
PACKERS FACE REDSKINS IN FINAL TODAY
​NOV 29 (Washington) - The Green Bay Packers drilled briefly
this morning for their game tomorrow afternoon in Griffith
stadium against the Washington Redskins by which they hope
to insure at least a tie for the Western division championship of
the NFL. If the Packers whip the Redskins, who have already
lost three games in succession, they can be tied by the
Chicago Bears only if the Bears add a victory over the Cards
December 7 to the anticipate conquest of the Philadelphia
Eagles tomorrow. 36,000, a  capacity throng, will see the battle
in Griffith stadium, which is expected to be a passing duel
between the Packers' Cecil Isbell and Washington's Sammy
Baugh. Today's springlike weather is on order for tomorrow. If
Green Bay wins it will be a 12th victory against an early season defeat by the Bears that was balanced five weeks ago by the Packers' 16 to 14 conquest of the Bears in Chicago. The anticipated playoff game for the western championship is scheduled for Wrigley field, Chicago, December 14, and the winner then will meet the New York Giants, eastern champions, the following week for the league title. Most fans anticipate that the title will remain in the west, but today Curly Lambeau, Packer coach, wanted no conjectural conversation in the Green Bay headquarters in the Ambassador hotel. Curly's attitude is, "We'll play 'em one at a time, and I'll fine any player talking about playoffs." The Packers arrived here late yesterday afternoon from New York, where the team drilled four days at the New York Athletic club quarters on Travers Island. While the invaders merely seek a victory that will assure continuation of their fight for the league champions they last held in 1939, they may break three league scoring records in the finale of the regular season. Isbell needs to collect only 46 yards by forward passing to smash Sammy Baugh's league mark of 1,367 yards gained on passes which the one time Texas Christian star established last year. Clarke Hinkle, Packer fullback, needs 4 points to break the 368 point lifetime scoring record of Jack Manders of the Bears, while Don Hutson, the greatest pass receiver of all time, needs 3 points to break Manders' lifetime record and 5 points to smash Jack's record of most points scored in one season, which is 79. Although Washington forfeited its last chance for the eastern division championship when beaten by New York last week, the course of that game, in which the Redskins once led, 13 to 10, as well as their battle two weeks ago with the Bears, indicate that Green Bay cannot take this contest lightly.
PACKERS APPROVE OF TRAVERS ISLAND CAMP
NOV 26 (New York) - Ideal training conditions provided
by the New York Athletic club here are being counted
upon to have considerable beneficial effect on the Green
Bay Packers in getting themselves set for the important
gridiron clash with the Redskins at Washington next
Sunday afternoon. If the Packers beat the Redskins in
their final scheduled contest of the NFL season, they 
will be certain of at least a tie for the Western division
title. The Chicago Bears can finish in a deadlock with 
the Packers by taking Philadelphia next Sunday and 
the Chicago Cardinals the following week. The setup
here could not be improved upon. Facility are excellent,
and guards at the gates keep the curious and the spies
well away from the practice field. The food is well above
par, and the hungry gridders are making the most of it.
In the meantime Dr. W.W. Kelly, the team physician,
and trainer Bud Jorgensen are giving special attention to
the players on the ailing list. These include, among 
others, guards Pete Tinsley and Lee McLaughlin, who
are still limping from the battering they received in the
combat with the Cardinals at Green Bay Nov. 16, but 
they have almost entirely recovered. Players banged up
during the Pittsburgh massacre last Sunday are tackle
Baby Ray, Charles Brock and center George Svendsen.
Brock and Svendsen are coming along splendidly, and
should be available for the Washington combat. Baby
Ray, however, is still a doubtful starter...BURNS THE
MIDNIGHT OIL: Coach Curly Lambeau and Assistant
Coach Richard (Red) Smith have been burning midnight
oil going over the scout reports about the Washington
club. The Packer pilots know it is going to be a tough
argument, and they are especially trying to build up a
suitable defense to put a kink into Sammy Baugh's
single ring aerial circus. If Baugh pitches as well versus
the Packers as he did at the Polo Grounds last Sunday
while playing the New York Giants, the Packers are in
for considerable trouble. And here is what Steve Owen,
coach of the New Yorkers, declared about Baugh while
taking a bow at the football writers' luncheon in New
York this week: "There is no doubt in my mind that
Baugh is the greatest passer I have ever seen. He
throws that ball off his ear, and I take my hat off to him
for the way he has carried the Redskins to a creditable
season."...GIANTS WILL SCOUT: The New York Giants
are going to do their scouting in a wholesale manner 
this weekend. They will be idle, and half of the squad
will go to Philadelphia to see the Chicago Bears play
the Eagles, and the rest of the club will go down to 
Washington to spy on the Packers. Already having
assured themselves of the Eastern division, the Giants
will meet either the Bears or the Packers in the playoff
battle for the championship. Tuesday's New York times
carried the following story about the Packers in the lead
column on its first sports page: "The biggest ripple on
Manhattan's football front Monday was caused by the
arrival here of the Green Bay Packers, top notchers in
the Western division of the National league. The
monsters from Wisconsin are camping out at Travers
Island until late Friday afternoon, when they will head
for Washington to meet the Redskins. This game is the
final one on the Packers' schedule and Curly Lambeau,
as usual, has started worrying about it already. He
refuses to look ahead to the probable playoff with the
Chicago Bears for the Western title Dec. 14. 'We've got
to beat the Redskins first,' said Lambeau crisply. 'The
schedule, however, favors us since we have only one
game left and the Bears have two. Those Bears are a 
great team but, after all, they are only human. If we ever
have to have a playoff for the Western championship,
we should be the fresher because they've a strenuous
grind with the Eagles and Cardinals coming up.' " With
​only four points to go to break the season scoring 
record of 79 points set by Jack Manders of the Chicago
Bears in 1934, Don Hutson is working harder than ever
trying to improve (if that could be possible) on his pass
snatching technique...MIGHTY GOOD BET: Huston has
75 points to his credit now, and unless there is a New
Deal avalanche in Washington this weekend, it is a
mighty good bet that Don will have another crowd to 
add to his long list of postgraduate football laurels. 
When the Packers arrive in Washington Friday night,
the reception committee will be headed by Lieutenant
James H. Straubel of the department of public relations
in the U.S. Army aviation corps. Lieutenant Straubel,
former Press-Gazette reporter, received his commission
Monday. Others in Washington to welcome the Packers
are Vincent Engels, Russ Davis, and Johnny Christ,
also former Press-Gazette employees. Davis is now 
with the Philadelphia Record, but is planning to spend
the weekend in Washington.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - Talk of playoff games in the NFL
has come to the point where many of the fans are 
working themselves into a high state of anxiety. And if
some of them should snow a little irritation because
nothing official has been said of possible arrangements,
you can lay it on keen interest they have in the Bays.
L.H. Joannes, president of the Packer corporation, 
asserted once more today that he is unable to pass out any information. He is forced to wait until after the meeting of officials from the teams involved with Commissioner Elmer Layden at Philadelphia next Monday. There probably will be two playoff battles, the first one Dec. 14 between the Packers and Chicago Bears for the Western division title. The Western champion then will meet the New York Giants for the National league crown. First, of course, the Packers will have to take the Washington Redskins next Sunday. A rumor is making the rounds that the final game, if the Packers are in, may be played in Green Bay Dec. 23. At this stage this is nothing but a rumor, but we'll wait and see what happens...Football fan A.A. Alk comes up with an idea: "Baseball has its Hall of Fame, and basketball will have its Temple of Basketball, as per your column of a few evenings ago. Why not start the machinery moving to institute a shrine of professional football in Green Bay, in which names, trophies and records of pro football greats will be preserved? Not only would this result in great publicity for Green Bay, but also it would encourage more tourist trade and greater attendance at games because fans would make it a special point to visit the shrine. Certainly the Green Bay Packers would be willing to spend a few thousand dollars for this purpose, together with cooperation from the city of Green Bay. To carry the thought further, one room of this building could contain impressions of the pro football greats in concrete, such as Herber's arm, Hutson's hands and Hinkle's foot."...Dick Truesdell, a Detroit fan who is becoming a regular (and welcome) contributor to this column, wonders if anybody noticed that Coach Curly Lambeau was SITTING on the Packer bench during part of the fourth quarter at the Pittsburgh game last Sunday. "With the score then 47 to 7, I guess he might have felt that the crisis was past and he could afford to relax."...G.W. Calhoun, Packer publicity director, also mentioned Curly's peculiar actions. "Believe it or not," says Cal, "late in the fourth quarter after Hal Van Every has raced through for his third touchdown in the stanza and the Packers were leading by approximately seven touchdowns, Curly Lambeau sat down on the bench. Several of the veterans looked around and there was Lambeau resting easy, grinning from ear to ear and not pacing up and down like Napoleon at Waterloo. The Packer players rose en masse and all circled around their sitting coach. Even the players in action on the field glimpsed what happened, and they, too, roared their approval." As a matter of fact, several of the Bays in action were paying so much attention to the merry-go-round on the bench that one of the mud-begrimed Pittsburgh backs wallowed through for a first down.
ROONEY AGAIN USED RED INK
NOV 26 (Pittsburgh) - Once again, as he has done in all but one of the past eight years, Co-owner Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers football club, today brought out the red ink to close his books for the season, and said - as he always does: "Well, maybe we'll do a little better next year." And maybe he had in mind the new head coach, Big Walt Kiesling, under whom the Steelers won their only victory in the NFL and gained their only tie against eight losses for the league's poorest record. Kiesling was head coach in 1940, but served as assistant this year under the successive regime of Co-owner Bert Bell and Buff Donelli, until the club dropped seven straight. "It wasn't that we didn't find 'Kies' was capable," Rooney explained. "We were thinking of finances and wanted to have a coach more people knew." Harking back over his tenure here, Rooney recalled: "One year we made money. Outside of that we lost - never any big money, mind you - $15,000 was the worst. But we'll make money if we give this town a team. It's never seen any pro football yet." Outside of ailing Coleman McDonough, the Steelers, said Art, don't have any passers and without one "the team's no better than high school kids."
HUTSON, ISBELL, HINKLE MAY SHATTER NATIONAL GRID MARKS NEXT SUNDAY
NOV 26 (Chicago) - The greatest succession of record breaking performances in NFL annals moves on to a climax this week with three Green Bay Packers and a Chicago Bear in position to change all-time marks in the official manual. Statistics released today reveal Don Hutson, already possessed of the all-time mark for the most touchdowns scored, needs only five points to eclipse Jack Manders' record of 79 for total points in one season and three to break Manders' mark of 368 for total points scored in National league competition. Clarke Hinkle, the Packers' veteran fullback, who maintained his lead among field goal kickers by making one placement last Sunday, is only four point behind Manders' all-time mark. He has scored 364 points since joining the Packers in 1932...ISBELL NEAR RECORD: Cecil Isbell, whose amazing passing has been one of the chief factors in the Packers' fight to wrest the championship from the Chicago Bears, needs only 45 yards on completed passes against the Redskins Sunday in the Packers' final game to tie the record of 1,367 yards gained on passes in one season, set by Sammy Baugh of Washington in 1940. George McAfee, the Bears' sensational halfback, is one touchdown short of tying the record for touchdowns scored in one season, set by Andy Farkas of Washington in 1939. McAfee has already crossed enemy goal lines 10 times. With these three Packers setting the pace in passing, pass receiving, scoring and field goal kicking, and Hinkle failing to overtake the idle Pug Manders of Brooklyn in the ground gaining race last Sunday, the individual races moved through their ninth consecutive week without a change in leaders.
SKINS LAST HURDLE FOR PACKERS
​NOV 26 (Travers Island, NY) - The Green Bay Packers will face the final hurdle in the long NFL trail this Sunday when they meet the Washington Redskins at Griffith stadium. A victory for the Packers will assure them a place in the playoff for the Western Division championship. The Chicago Bears must turn in victories over the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Cardinals for the same playoff spot. The Packers came out of the Pittsburgh massacre in good shape, with only Buford (Baby) Ray, man mountain tackle, on the injured list. He has damaged ribs and Dr. W.W. Kelly, Packer physician who is making the eastern swing with the team, has expressed concern that Ray might not see action against the capital representatives. Lee McLaughlin and Pete Tinsley, both missing from the lineup against Pittsburgh as a result of injuries in the Cardinal game at Green Bay, should be ready for action.
PRACTICE IN NEW YORK FOR WASHINGTON TILT
NOV 25 (New York Athletic Club, Travers Island, NY) - The Green Bay Packers were back on the practice field this morning, their minds turned to the crucial contest at Washington next Sunday with Red Flaherty's Redskins. According to Dr. W.W. Kelly, who is accompanying the squad on the eastern trip in his capacity as team physician, the Packers came through the massacre of Pittsburgh in pretty fair shape. Baby Ray has a couple of damaged ribs, and probably will not see action against the Redskins. Except for the giant tackle, however, they are only slight injuries to worry Coach Curly Lambeau. Aside from a gash on his chin, Charlie Brock is physically fit, but his beauty is a bit marred. Big George Svendsen has a sore left shoulder, but trainer Bud Jorgensen figures he will have him ready for Sunday's encounter. So far as training schedules are concerned, the Packers have been late all through the eastern trip. They were tardy getting into Pittsburgh Saturday morning, and they were two hours behind time reaching Broadway Monday. Instead of hustling the team out of New York immediately, Coach Lambeau prescribed a day's vacation in the city. Metropolitan headquarters were the Hotel New Yorker, and it didn't take the New York sportswriters long to discover that the Packers were in town. Soon there was a steady procession of football experts dropping in on Coach Lambeau. Many questions were plied about the playoff and championship games, but Lambeau refused to be interviewed on the subject, saying that he is taking the schedule in stride and is thinking only about next Sunday's game in Washington. The Redskins, by the way, had quite a delegation at Pittsburgh last Sunday. Dick Todd, injured halfback, was there with a couple of shorthand experts and they took down about everything the Packers did in trouncing the Steelers. However, the muddy field prevented the Bays from doing any fancy stuff, and all the Redskin scouts saw was the straight football which already is generally well known all over the country. Down along Broadway the fans thought the Giants were quite lucky to nose out Washington last Sunday. It was a rather drab affair the first half, but things livened up for the last two quarters. Sammy Baugh of the Redskins threw a large number of passes, but his receivers had greasy fingers too often. According to reports from Washington, the Packers will play before a sellout crowd Sunday. A number of Packers have been trying to but a few extra seats, but so far they have been unsuccessful. Owner George Preston Marshall has notified them, however, that he will try to take care of immediate relatives just before game time. The Svendsen brothers had a reunion the minute the Packers hit New York. Bud, the Brooklyn center, and George of the Green Bay squad were all smiles, but Bud didn't appear to be too happy. The Dodgers are entirely out of the picture for the season, and it is just a question of finishing the schedule...HARD TIME WINNING: One of the Packers remarked to Bud, "You fellows from Brooklyn had a tough time beating Verne Lewellen's Long Island club in that exhibition game Sunday." Bud's answer was that "Jock Sutherland gave eight of us a recess, and we were all out there at the Polo Grounds watching the Giants and the Redskins." Bud added that several of the Dodgers who did play told him that the Long Islanders looked very much like the Packers in several respects. Evidently Lewellen is teaching the club the Lambeau fundamentals of football.
PLAYOFF SETUP
NOV 25 (New York) - Elmer Layden, commissioner of the NFL, will meet at Philadelphia next Monday with officials of the teams involved to draft plans for the championship playoff. The New York Giants clinched the Eastern title by beating Washington Sunday. The Western division leaders, Green Bay and the Chicago Bears, can finish in a tie if Green Bay wins its one remaining game and the Bears win their two. In that case these two would have to meet in a sectional playoff to determine which would play the Giants for the pro title. Since the last regularly scheduled games are listed for Dec. 7, this could stretch the pro season to Dec. 21. In that case some close connections would have to be made, for the league champions and a squad of All-Stars are booked to be in Los Angeles Dec. 28 for an exhibition game. 
PACKER NOTES
NOV 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Stoney McGlynn) - The ease with which the Packers, aided by opponents' fumbles and their own alertness, romped over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday shows that, once again, Coach Curly Lambeau, the fox of the Fox, has his club primed to the point where it is a team of opportunists. Whenever Curly has had a title team it has been when his club has been composed of opportunists. Perhaps that goes for all title teams because championship outfits, on the grid, cage court, baseball diamond or hockey are those that capitalize on opponents' errors. It might be said the same thing goes for postoffice, but it's so long since I was initiated into the thrills of that parlor sport I kinda forget the rules. Of late, ever since that lackadaisical, drab, slow moving affair against the Chicago Cardinals in Milwaukee, in fact, the Packers have been on the upswing and have been able to make enemy errors count in their favor. Even in that game they had what it took in the clutch - a last minute pass turning the trick. And even in that game, when they were far off standard, they had one thing every good championship contender must have: poise even when not clicking. It was poise that held the club together that day, kept it from getting panicky and finally pulled the game into the victory column...ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN: That they could wallop the Steelers, 54 to 7, without the services of such stalwarts as Cec Isbell, Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson and others for any great length of time proves almost anything can happen in football and is indicative of how the Bears happened to romp over the Washington Redskins by 73 to 0 in the 1940 title game. It also proved that too much can be taken for granted by a comparison of scores. In the 1940 title game, the Redskins SHOULD HAVE SCORED each time after the Bears' FIRST THREE SCORES, the game should have been tied at that point, but dropped passes and fumbles spoiled their chances of staying in the game. After that everything they did was wrong, everything the Bears did was right. And upon that game was the "invincibility" of the Bears founded...SCORES FAVOR PACKERS: Judging from a comparison of the scores in the recent Bears-Steelers and Steelers-Packers games the Western half playoff game, if it comes about, should find the Packers favorites over the Bears. The Steelers gave the Bears quite a time of it in Chicago the last time they met, the hardest time of the season save for that last minute win over the Dodgers in an exhibition and the Packers' victory of November 2. However, you can wager the family heirlooms the Bears will be the favorites because of that aura of invincibility that has been accorded the Halasmen. I surmise Curly hopes the Bears will be favored and that they will go into battle feeling the November 2 affair was all a mistake.
HUTSON STILL LEADS SCORE PARADE IN PRO GRID LOOP
NOV 25 (Chicago) - The seven players leading the NFL scoring parade are members of the top three teams. The New York Giants, newly-crowned eastern title holder, have two men in the top seven, the Chicago Bears have three and the Green Bay Packers two. The Bears and Packers are battling for the western flag. It's still Don Hutson in the no. 1 spot. The Green Bay end now has 75 points on nine touchdowns, 18 conversion points and one field goal. He needs five more points to set a new record for points in one season, exceeding the 79 made by Jack Manders of the Bears in 1934. Hutson has only one game to play. His nearest competitor, George McAfee of the Bears, has two contests to go and currently has 60 points, all made on touchdowns. Next is Clarke Hinkle of Green Bay with 56, followed by Ward Cuff of New York, 47; Hugh Gallarneau of the Bears, 42; Jen Kavanaugh of the Beas, 31, and George Marefos of New York, 30.
Green Bay Packers (9-1) 54, Pittsburgh Steelers (1-8-1) 7
Sunday November 23rd 1941 (at Pittsburgh)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(PITTSBURGH) - The Green Bay Packers started their two-game eastern invasion at Forbes Field here Sunday afternoon by crushing the Pittsburgh Steelers under a 54 to 7 score, making it the worst defeat in the history of the local eleven, and leaving the Packers still a half-game ahead of the Chicago Bears in the Western division. It was the last home game of the season for the tailenders in the Eastern division of the NFL, and only 15,202 fans came out despite the threatening weather. Next Sunday the Packers will play at Washington, while the Steelers invade Brooklyn. Coach Curly Lambeau's Western division pacesetters had to come from behind to win after the home team rolled through the mid from an all-night rain to a seven-point lead in the first quarter. The Steelers still held the edge after the first Packer touchdown on the opening play of the second period, because the usually reliable Don Hutson missed the conversion try from placement. The Wisconsin team was not to be denied, however, and took advantage of a long string of misplays by Coach Walter Kiesling's team. Pittsburgh committed eight fumbles, of which six were recovered by the visitors. The longest advance of the contest was a sprint of 86 yards by Hal Van Every after intercepting a pass thrown by Steeler Dick Riffle. It resulted in the eighth and last touchdown to be scored by the inspired Green Bay crew.
75 POINTS NOW
Despite his limited stay in the lineup, Hutson added eight points to his league leadership in individual scoring on one touchdown and two conversions, giving him 75 points for the season. He also had seven pass receptions for 72 yards to shoot him far ahead in those departments with 49 passes for 612 yards. In addition to Hutson's one touchdown, fullback Clarke Hinkle scored two; tackle Ernie Pannell and end Alex Urban made one apiece, and halfback Hal Van Every registered three. Herman Rohrig kicked one goal after touchdown, and Bob Adkins converted three in addition to Hutson's two successful shots from placement. Pittsburgh's single touchdown was carried over from the one-inch line by fullback Joe Hoague. Armand Niccolai trotted off the bench to convert for the extra tally. The incomparable Hutson, appearing in Pittsburgh for the first time, played only the last part of the first quarter and most of the second. In his stay in action he caught all seven passes shot anywhere near him for a gain of 72 yards. He had another try interrupted by Dick Riffle, who was ruled interfering on the play to give up another big chunk of yardage. Riffle, who had a chance to pass Hinkle of the Packers and Pug Manders of Brooklyn in the individual ground gaining race, was the victim of tough breaks. On the first quarter play when he was ruled interfering with Hutson, he slipped and hurt his leg, forcing his retirement for the time being.
RIFFLE CALLED BACK
In the second half Riffle had one run of 18 yards called back when holding by a teammate was detected. Later he almost got into the clear from deep in his own territory on a run which might have enabled him to take the circuit lead. As it was, the former Alabama college ace made 38 yards in 10 tries for a season's total of 347 yards. Clarke Hinkle of Green Bay added 23 yards, and now has 358 to keep his second position ahead of Riffle. Pug Manders of Brooklyn is the pacesetter with 379. Pittsburgh's Art Jones, who went into the game as the league's best interceptor of passes, failed to nab any Sunday, although he had two momentarily in his grasp. Playing back to the form of last week's gigantic upset victory over Brooklyn here, the Iron Men got away to a great start. Green Bay received, and after an exchange of third down punts, the locals got going. The nimble-footed Jones started things when he took a kick from Tony Canadeo's foot on the Steeler 22 and sprinted down the right sidelines for 30 yards to the Packer 48 before being tossed out of bounds. Fullback Elmer (One-Man Gang) Hackney grabbed the spotlight at this point with his slashes into the Packer line. An offside penalty of five yards against the Packers also helped, and the Steelers rolled up three consecutive first downs. Eventually Hackney was hurt after taking the leather to the Packer one-inch line. Joe Hoague came in as a sub, and promptly cracked right tackle for the score with almost 10 1/2 minutes of the first quarter gone. Niccolai converted, and it was 7 to 0 for the home team. That didn't last long, as Hutson, Isbell and other Packer regulars rushed into action. Isbell carted back Coomer's kickoff from the Packer four-yard line to the 24, and the aerial fireworks began.
HUTSON DOES IT
Hutson trotted into the open for pass after pass, and, along with the interference called against Riffle, had the ball on the Steeler three-yard line as the first quarter ended. The concluding shot of the opening period was a 13-yard connection from Isbell to Hutson. Hinkle drove the three remaining yards on a reverse from Isbell, going through left guard on the first play of the second quarter. Hutson's placement, however, was wide to the right, and the Rooney-Bell colors were still on top at 7 to 6. The locals couldn't stand prosperity, and promptly began to make things easy for the Packers. Jones had a punt of exactly nine yards' distance skid off his shoe and out of bounds on the home 39 to present a chance which the Green Bay team eagerly accepted. The payoff was an eight-yard pass from Isbell to Hutson in the left corner of the end zone. Hutson missed again on the conversion try, this one veering to the left, to leave the score at 12 to 7. It didn't stay that way long as fumble after fumble set up Packer touchdowns. Omitting most of the horrible details, the vital statistics the rest of the way went like this: In the remainder of the second quarter Brock recovered a fumble on the kickoff when Jones tried a lateral to Boyd Brumbaugh on the Steeler 12. Isbell passed to Hutson on the next play, and Hinkle plunged through right guard for the score. Hutson converted, leaving the score 19 to 7 for the Packers. Brumbaugh fumbles on the second scrimmage after the ensuing kickoff. Ernie Pannell grabbed the ball and ran 27 yards for another touchdown. Hutson converted, and the Packers were ahead by 26 to 7. In the third quarter Tony Canadeo passed 12 yards to Alex Urban on the fourth down for still another touchdown. Bob Adkins converted, to make the score 33 to 7 in favor of the high-riding Green Bay eleven. Early in the final period Van Every ran through right tackle for five yards and a touchdown. Bob Adkins converted to make the score 40 to 7. Later Van Every ran 31 yards through right tackle for another six-pointer, and when Rohrig converted the score was 47 to 7. Even that was not enough for Van Every. He intercepted a pass by Riffle on the Packer 14, and raced 86 yards for the final touchdown. Adkins converted, making the final score 54 to 7.
GREEN BAY  -   0  26   7  21 - 54
PITTSBURGH -   7   0   0   0 -  7
1st - PITT - Joe Hoague, 1-yard run (Armand Niccolai kick) PITTSBURGH 7-0
2nd - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 3-yard run (Don Hutson kick failed) PITTSBURGH 7-6
2nd - GB - Hutson, 8-yard pass from Isbell (Hutson kick failed) GREEN BAY 12-7
2nd - GB - Hinkle, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 19-7
2nd - GB - Ernie Panell, 27-yard fumble return (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 26-7
3rd - GB - Alex Urban, 12-yard pass from Tony Canadeo (Bob Adkins kick) GREEN BAY 33-7
4th - GB - Hal Van Every, 5-yard run (Adkins kick) GREEN BAY 40-7
4th - GB - Van Every, 31-yard run (Herman Rohrig kick) GREEN BAY 47-7
4th - GB - Van Every, 86-yard interception return (Adkins kick) GREEN BAY 54-7
NEWS AND NOTES
FAMOUS AIR ATTACK CLICKS PERFECTLY FOR GREEN BAY
NOV 24 (Pittsburgh) - En route to Pittsburgh, Coach E.L. Lambeau remarked that if his Packers ever got hot it would take more than the fire department to put them out, and that is just what happened Sunday afternoon at Forbes Field in Steel Town - muddy going and all. The first and only touchdown scored by the Steelers was just what the doctor ordered from the Green Bay point of view. It seemed to rouse them from their daze, and it wasn't long before the nationally famous overhead attack was clicking perfectly. It was marvelous the way some of the Wisconsin revelers handled the slipper pigskin, and even the partisan Pittsburgh fans had to applaud the brilliant efforts of the Lambeau aerialists. Once the Packers started their scoring spree they just roamed at will, and veteran pro football writers here seemed to think that the hurry up 26 points in the second quarter was the speediest touchdown stream ever flowed by a postgraduate gridiron machine. Walt Kiesling's huskies - and they were that too - never gave up trying, but it was a hopeless task. Their starting front wall outweighed the Packers considerably, but it was generally figured that in the mucky going this should have been a distinct advantage. However, the Pittsburghers lacked the charge of the Packers even before the second quarter was half through. There were a few of the Steelers who got a bit tough in the closing quarter, and it didn't take the Packers very long to put them in their places. Although a good many miles from home, the Bays had plenty of friends sprinkled through the 15,000 crowd, and every now and then you would hear one shrill voice shrieking, "Go, you Packers, go!" This lusty-lunged individual refused to uncover his name, but said he hailed from Plymouth, Wis...HINKLE'S FANS ATTEND: Toronto, Ohio, hometown of Clarke Hinkle, came up with five bus loads of rabid football fans, and they certainly made themselves heard rooting for their hometown pride and his cohorts from Green Bay. It was a great day for the Hink; he cavorted around that muddy gridiron as if he were a freshman just ripe from the college ranks instead of having 10 years of professional footballing under his belt. Remember Bill Kern, the old Packer tackle who gained coaching fame at Carnegie Tech. Well, Bill was among those present. He is now the gridiron mentor at West Virginia, and only Saturday his ball club got nosed out by the skin of its teeth at the hands of West Point, 7 to 6. Kern came a couple of hundred miles out of his way to see the Packers strut their stuff and he remarked after the game that it was the greatest Packer ball club that he had ever laid eyes on. He added with a smile, "for dry field performers they certainly turned out to be a most capable aggressor of mud horses." Elmer Layden, czar of National league football, was an interested spectator from a 50-yard line box. Of course Layden had nothing to say officially for publication, but those who sat near him remarked that he was all eyes from the way the Packers went about their forward passing business. The poor officials - they got an awful panning from the crowd. As a matter of fact, they handled the game in good shape. It just seemed that several times when the Steelers would perk up a little bit on the offense a penalty for holding or interference would muss up the parade, and the boos re-echoed back and forth across the field just like when Frankie Frisch pulls the strings here during the baseball season. There was one funny chap who was sitting in the end zone. He burst forth with, "Why don't you live up to your name, Pittsburgh, and do some stealing yourself. That's what those Packers are doing." It just seemed as if the Pittsburhers were suffering from a bad attack of fumblingitis, or maybe the Packers were bearing and tackling the ball. Once or twice a Steeler would plunge into the line and when the puddle was mopped up Mr. Football was lying there snugly in the arms of a Bayite. Kiesling and his tribe didn't like this so much, but the officials just tooted their whistles and went along about their business...ROONEY IS LOW: After the ball game was over and they were figuring the dollars and cents in the Pittsburgh club office high up at the top of the stands, Art Rooney, president of the Steelers, came ambling into the office. He was pretty low, but Rooney isn't the worst loser in the world. After gazing out the window at the storm clouds in the west he turned around and remarked, "Guess we're lucky that was the last game we play here this year - and maybe we were just warming up our fracas in Brooklyn next Sunday." Then he turned around and shook hands with Frank Jonet, Packer secretary-treasurer, and said, "You got a great Green Bay team this year. Lots of luck in the playoffs."
THE MASSACRE
NOV 24 (Pittsburgh) - On another front, the Steelers apparently made the slight mistake of stirring up those big, bad Packers. The effrontery shown by the local professionals in scoring first, seemed to hurt the Packers' pride, and from then on they staged a touchdown parade, partly due to their own greatness and partly due to Steeler fumbles. No one expected the Steelers to win. At the same time, there was hope that a massacre would be avoided. Don Hutson lived up to his lithographs in the half-game, or so, that he put in. He caught seven passes and on another one, that was missed, the Steelers were charged with interference - so the result was pretty much the game. Just how any club gangs up on pitcher Cecil Isbell and catcher Hutson still remains an awful mystery to us in the provinces.
CHIEFS BLANK BUFFALO
NOV 24 (Buffalo) - The massive, alert Milwaukee Chiefs capitalized two opportunities this afternoon in Civic
stadium to defeat the Buffalo Tigers, 14 to 0, in the final game of the AFL campaign. The Tigers, seeking revenge for a 41-14 setback at the hands of the Midwesterners
last week, took to the air and outplayed the visitors during the
first half, making seven first downs on Andy Karpus' passes,
while the Chiefs made just one. Sharp end play on the part of
Gil Thomsen, tall picket from Marquette, led to the first score
on the opening scrimmage of the second half. Ernie Wheeler
had run Bronko Malsevich's kickoff to the Buffalo 38. Karpus
was called upon to pass again. Thomsen rushed the pitcher,
who didn't see the oncoming end as he searched downfield for
a receiver. Thomsen knocked the ball out of Karpus' hands,
raced on to pick it up on the 25-yard line and dash across the
goal line without being touched. Bob Eckl placekicked the extra
point. Earl Ohlgren, another Chief end, paved the way for the
second touchdown, nine minutes later, by flopping on a fumble
on the Buffalo 35. Novakofski cracked through for 12, and
Howie Weiss, All-American from Wisconsin, drove to the 13. A
well executed buck-lateral, which saw Weiss hand the ball to a
tackle, who flipped to Novakofski, resulted in the touchdown.
Eckl again added the point. The local forces employed the
jump pass effectively in staging three drives deep into
Milwaukee territory. In the first quarter Merle Osborne and Ed
Hughes gained 36 yards with this play, carrying to the Chief 12
but three succeeding passes and a line smash were fruitless.
Early in the second period Bob Holstrom made a superb catch
of Tex Tolliver's long toss across the field while hemmed in
among three defenders on the Chiefs' 11, but the visitors' line
pushed the Tigers back once more. Trailing, 14-0, the Tigers
launched another bid in the waning minutes, doing 43 yards on
Karpus' accurate passes to Hughes and Osborne. The Chiefs
took the ball on the 4, on downs, however. Johnny Maltsch, 135 pound speedster from Marquette, afforded several thrills for a crowd of 2,500 as he threatened to break away. Once he was stopped by Hank Luebcke, 325 pound Buffalo tackle, the contrast drawing a laugh from the fans.
CHICAGO BEARS SET RECORDS FOR SCORING, YARDS GAINED
NOV 24 (New York) - The Chicago Bears, who became the first NFL team to score 313 points in one season by downing Detroit, 24-7, also became the first
outfit to gain 3,000 yards or more this season. Coupling
their new scoring record with a new league mark of 25
first downs in a single game, the Bears piled up 387
yards against the Lions to bring their gains for the
season to a total of 3,371 yards. Green Bay remained
second to the Bears in total gains by increasing its
yardage for the season to 2,980 in a 54-7 triumph over
Pittsburgh. Cleveland, closing its most disastrous
season in defeat against the Chicago Cards, acquired
the dubious honor of becoming the first team to
surrender more than 3,000 yards this year. Although the
Rams held the Cards to 110 yards, it brought their total opponents' gain to 3,019 yards.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 24 (Green Bay) - Sunday's 54 to 7 circus in Pittsburgh was the biggest triumph ever recorded by the Green Bay Packers in a NFL contest. Their best previous effort was a 50 to 7 triumph over Detroit in 1940, and that reminds me of something Coach Curly Lambeau said one day last week. "Good as they are, the boys still are not bearing down hard enough," Lambeau asserted. "If they really get going against Pittsburgh the game will be a rout like the one at Detroit last year. If they lag at any point, it will be tough going." You can only guess what might have happened if Curly had left his regulars in longer. Maybe that record score of 79 to 0 against Iron Mountain in a 1926 exhibition would be shattered by now. That is not taking anything away from the younger fellow, of course. They did excellent work, again proving Lambeau's almost unbelievable ability to pick them year after year without going after the big names. Some fans probably will rake Coach Lambeau over the coals for not permitting Hutson to try for another touchdown and thereby break the record held by Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears for scoring the most points in a single season. I wasn't there and so couldn't talk to Curly about it, but he must have had a good reason. With the Redskins coming up next Sunday, Lambeau must have his stars in the best of shape. Don is only four points short of tying the record of 79 points set by Manders in 1934. His touchdown and two extra points Sunday give him 75 points for the season. A single touchdown next week at Washington will set a mark that may stand for years. The great pass receiver ran into some tough luck against the Steelers, and you can lay it to the bad footing created by the heavy rain the night before. Up to Sunday he had booted 37 conversions and missed only once...Sunday he missed twice. Clarke Hinkle is dangerously close to shattering another record held by the Mighty Jack. His two touchdowns Sunday give him a total of 364 points for the Packers since he started playing in 1932. Manders' mark of 368 points is the result of eight seasons' work. Hal Van Every will be a good man to watch in future contests. He has been picking up some nice yardage gains recently, and his three touchdowns against Pittsburgh served as his introduction to the scoring list. Two other Packers made their scoring debuts, Alex Urban and Ernie Pannell, with one touchdown apiece. The three extra tallies by Bob Adkins gives him 17 on the Packer list, and Herman Rohrig's one conversion brings his point total to four....The Packers now have won seven games and Pittsburgh none in their series that started in 1931. In those seven meetings the Packers have scored 258 points while holding their opponents to 34. While on the subject of records, it ought to be mentioned that Hutson now holds the title to scoring the most touchdowns in a single season. He has gone over the goal line 54 times in league games. Verne Lewellen, a former Packer who now is coaching Green Bay's Long Island farm club, is second with 50, and Johnny Blood, another former Packer star, is third with 42...Lambeau took his team to New York City today, and tomorrow will move out to Travers Island, an exclusive and isolated spot owned by the New York Athletic club about 30 miles out of the city...A telegram from New York today said that Baby Ray, who was hurt early in the game Sunday, is a doubtful case for the battle with Washington. Dr. W.W. Kelly, the team physician, is with the squad and has hopes of getting Ray in shape, however. George Svendsen and Charles Brock, two other who were hurt, should be ready to play, it was reported...By downing Detroit, 24 to 7, Sunday afternoon, the Chicago Bears became the first league team to score 313 points in one season, and they also became the first outfit to pile up 3,000 yards or more in this year's campaign. The Bears now are credited with 3,019 yards.
checks signed "Room 101" in the coffee shop. The hotel had the "manager" as security. He telegraphed a promissory note to Emmett Clair, and paid for the breakfasts over several months' time. That's why he can remember the details of "20 Years Ago Today" well enough to write this story.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORTS
NOV 27 (Green Bay) - Dr. John B. (Jock) Sutherland, coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers, has a theory. He figures that the Giants, Eastern division winners in the NFL, should have an edge in the championship game regardless of which team they play, the Packers or the Bears. Jock's theory presupposes a divisional playoff between the Packers and Bears. He reasons that this preliminary to the grand climax would be fought so fiercely that the winner would come out of it badly crippled, leaving the comparatively fresh Giants with a good part of the final battle won. The Brooklyn coach has a right to his guesses, but he was wrong at least once this year. Just before the the Packers bumped into the Dodgers in Milwaukee Oct. 12, the famous Scot went on the air and said he thought he had a pass defense worked out to stop Don Hutson. Well, what happened? The Packers rolled to a 30 to 7 victory, with Hutson on the receiving end of eight aerials for a total of 126 yards. In the same game Cecil Isbell, the league's outstanding passer this season, completed 12 out of 15 tosses for 141 yards.
BEARS SHATTER ANOTHER MARK
NOV 27 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears, who have broken more records than Hitler has broken promises, were credited with another one today when weary statisticians completed research for the latest batch of official NFL team figures. Three touchdowns by rushing
in the Detroit game last Sunday raised their total to 30,
breaking the former mark of 26 set by Detroit in 1936
and tied by the Bears in 1939. This brought to six the
new records set by the champions in the first nine
games of their title defense. Previously they had set the
record for most yards gained in one game, 613; most
yards gained passing in one game, 376; most first
downs in one game, 24; most touchdowns in a season,
44; and the most points scored in one season, 313. The
Bears and Green Bay became the first teams to reach
the 3,000 mark for yards gained, the Packers hitting it
on the head in 10 games and the Bears gaining 3,371 in
nine contests.
THREE ARE KNOTTED FOR MOST PASS
INTERCEPTIONS
NOV 27 (Chicago) - George McAfee, the Chicago Bears'
game breaker, bobs up in a new role in the defensive
statistics released today by the NFL. Grabbing two
Detroit passes last Sunday, McAfee entered a three
way tie for first place among interceptors. His total of
six overhauled Art Jones of Pittsburgh, and the pair were
joined by Marshall Goldberg of the Cardinals, who also
intercepting two last Sunday while the Chicagoans
were closing Cleveland's season. McAfee gets first
place by reason of his 76 return yards. Goldberg's
returns total 38 yards and Jones' 23. The leader in this
department is Ned Mathews of Detroit, who has gone
back 113 yards with four interceptions. Whizzer White
increased his lead in punt returns, but remained in a
tie with Boyd Brumbaugh of Pittsburgh in kickoff returns.
Each has handled 11 kickoffs. White has handled 17
punts and averaged 11.5 yards per return. Sammy
Baugh of Washington remains the outstanding kicker
in the league, with an average of 49.2 yards in 26 punts.
GREEN BAY ELEVEN TO INVADE WASHINGTON
TONIGHT
NOV 28 (New York) - Coach Curly Lambeau and his
Green Bay Packers arrived in the metropolis by bus
from the New York Athletic club at Travers Island, N.Y.
shortly after noon today, and at 3:30 p.m. they were scheduled to continue on to Washington in two chartered parlor cars on one of the Pennsylvania
railroad's crack trains. Arriving in the capitol at 7:30
tonight, the squad will headquarter at the Ambassador
hotel. Saturday there will be a limbering-up practice
before the NFL clash with the Washington Redskins
Sunday afternoon. The game, which the Packers must 
in to assure themselves of either a tie with the Chicago
Bears or an outright claim to the Western division
championship, will get underway at Griffith stadium at
1 o'clock, Green Bay time...WEATHERMAN IS GOOD:
The weatherman has been more than good to the
Packers during their sojourn in the Gotham sector.
Sunshine has been provided each day for the strenuous
drills, and there has been just enough pep in the air to keep the players stepping along at a snappy clip. Among the newspaper arrivals in New York Wednesday were Howie Roberts of the Chicago News and Wilfred Smith, the man mountain scribe from the Chicago Tribune. They have been assigned by their papers to file special stories on the game at Washington. There was a "storm" at Staten Island, but it has blown over. It seems that Dan Blaine and some of his football associates were "up a tree" so far as tickets at Washington were concerned. Many of the natives have been followers of the Packers, and they wanted to see the fracas with the Redskins in the worst way...FINALLY PROCURE SEATS: Finally Bill Eiymer, the crooning war veteran, reported that he and other fans had obtained a dozen seats. The 12 lucky fans, he said, will be rooting for the Packers to beat the Redskins. Vincent Flaherty, columnist of the Washington Times-Herald, has burst into print with his all-professional football selections. He picked three Packers for the first team, with Don Hutson at end; Cecil Isbell at halfback, and Clarke Hinkle at fullback. The others choices were Wayne Millner, Washington, end; Chester Adams, Cleveland,and Wilbur Wilkin, Washington, tackles; Richard Bassi, Pittsburgh, and Danny Fortmann, Chicago Bears, guards; Bulldog Turner, Bears, center; Tuffy Leemans, New York, and George McAfee, Bears, quarterback and halfback....SVENDSEN, RIDDICK PLACED: Packers placed on the second team by Flaherty were George Svendsen at center and Ray Riddick at end. Charley Brock was given the center post on the third string squad. Louis Effrath wrote a long feature on the Packers in Thursday's New York Times, going something like this: "That great, big, happy family, the Packers of Green Bay, have been mauling up the turf at Travers Island all this week as they prepared for Sunday's important conflict against the Redskins at Washington. Defense has been the keynote of the sessions as the Wisconsin gridders chartered ways and means to stop the passes of Slingin' Sammy Baugh, Red Flaherty's hurling ace. Curly Lambeau, who has bossed the Packers ever since they started their gridiron career back in 1919, has been fairly well satisfied with the way his gridders have been through their workouts."...LAMBEAU LIKES SPIRIT: "Lambeau had a fine word about the feeling of a good fellowship among his players. 'That spirit,' he said, 'has helped us tremendously this season. We got off to a slow start, but since the Brooklyn game at Milwaukee, there has been a marked improvement each week. I won't predict anything about the Washington contest, but you can tell the world that we are not underestimating the Redskins." Lee McLaughlin, Packer freshman from Virginia, is going to have a cheering section of his own in Washington. Quite a delegation of his friends and relatives from Richmond will come up to the game, and the husky guard is hoping that his charley horse won't kick back on him. Elmer Layden, czar of professional football, and who has seen the Packers win a number of games in the 1941 pennant chase, is slated to be among those present in Washington, according to information received from the Brooklyn management. The league commissioner and officials from the teams involved are booked for a meeting in Philadelphia Monday to arrange the playoff dates. Layden will preside at this session.
REDSKINS EXPECTED TO BE AT FULL STRENGTH SUNDAY
NOV 27 (Travers Island, NY) - According to reports from Washington, the Redskins will be at their greatest strength in five weeks when they tackle the Green Bay Packers at Griffith Stadium in the capital city Sunday afternoon. Wayne Millner, end, and Ed Justice, back, two Redskins who have been hampered by leg injuries, are reported to be in top form. The only ones definitely out of the struggle are Dick Todd and Wilbur Moore, but Coach Ray Flaherty has other capable ball carriers to fill in for them. Flaherty has told Washington scribes that he has a surprise ready for the Packers, who must win their last scheduled game Sunday to assure themselves of a tie in the Western division of the NFL. "I know Curly Lambeau has one of the greatest teams in Green Bay football history," Flaherty declared. "Our scouts inform me that the game they played against Pittsburgh last Sunday was practically flawless. However, the Packers have been through a strenuous season and the strain always tells, particularly when going along the last lap of championship play."...MAY CLIP HUTSON: "We've been working along on a new fangled pass defense with which we hope to sort of clip Don Hutson's wings. True enough, nobody has done it year, but we think we can and Sunday will tell the tale. Remember just a few weeks ago when the experts said the Chicago Bears' T-formation was unstoppable?" Flaherty continued. "But Green Bay did the impossible. It was an amazing performance, and maybe we can do things just as amazing this weekend." In the meantime, the Packers are going through their regular workouts with great enthusiasm. Everybody on the squad is hustling in a way that certainly should mean trouble for George Preston Marshall's Redskins. The New York
Times sports department continues to say plenty of attention to the Packers. As a matter of act the Green Bay "monsters", as John Kieran of the Times aptly terms Lambeau's eleven, are getting much more ink than the Brooklyn Dodgers or the New York Giants...TIMES RUNS PICTURE: The Time ran a four column picture of a Packer backfield dashing through signals at the practice grounds of the New York Athletic club here. In this action shot were Joe Laws, Larry Buhler, George Paskvan and Tony Canadeo. Paskvan had a great game in the mud at Pittsburgh, and is starting to smile again. He was pretty low when he heard what the Minnesota Golden Gophers did to his beloved Badgers last weekend. George was the star fullback at Wisconsin last season. A number of Packer friends have been dropping in to say "Hello". Among them are Jimmy Crowley, one of Green Bay's own who has climbed the football ladder of fame as coach at Fordham. Jack LaVelle, who has done considerable scouting for the Bays; Jack Reardon, who formerly officiated in the NFL, and a number of New York scribes who sat in the press box during the championship game in Milwaukee in 1939.
GREEN BAY FANS HELD THEIR FIRST FOOTBALL EXCURSION 20 YEARS AGO
NOV 27 (Green Bay) - "Twenty Years Ago Today" will mention it. But that won't do it justice. Today - November 27 - is an anniversary - several anniversaries - which will recall a not so easily forgotten event to 50 to 60 Green Bay men still living. Twenty years ago today the Packers played the Decatur Staleys in Chicago - in the mud. The Staleys a year later were to become the Chicago Bears. It was called a "championship game" and therefore the first such battle for the Packers. But the game turned out to be a side issue to many other things that happened 20 years ago today. The first Packer Football Special pulled out of the North Western station right after midnight. It was a train of sleeping cars with porters and Pullman berths but nobody slept a wink. Everybody that was anybody in Green Bay business 20 years ago today was on that train. Art Massey never went near his office for three days while he was selling the Pullman reservations and delivering the tickets. A special baggage car was reserved for the first Packer Lumberjack Band and its instruments, and its rehearsal. The band played in the early morning hours at stations where stops had to be made. As a result two of the musicians did not play at the Staley-Packer game. One was left in Appleton and another at Campbellsport. The forerunner of "Carrigan" specials and "Duchateau" specials and other Packer fan excursions, this deluxe accommodation was largely sold around the Elks club and the band, and those holding berth reservations marched to the depot at midnight. There John P. Hogan and Milo Munger broke the news that there was, after all, a minimum number of berths contracted and to be paid for. For a time it looked as though there would be no 20th anniversary to celebrate quietly today...PUT UP MONEY: George DeLair was all dressed up in bright red hunter's paraphernalia. He was the leader of the Lumberjack Band. He was too dressed up to stay home. He volunteered to pay part of the deficit. Louie Oldenburg agreed to advance all of the money needed to get the train started. He and DeLair put up for the reserved but unsold berths. But DeLair was only the band conductor. The band had a "manager" too, to look after its welfare. More about that later. Arriving in Chicago, the Lumberjack Band and Packer fans two abreast and a block long proceeded to parade to and through the loop. There was an ordinance in Chicago requiring a permit for a parade, and on Sunday morning there could be no parades anyway. But that was all news to the first bunch of Packer fans out to help their team get a "championship". They paraded. Frank Leisch, Tony Hoberg, Sheriff Nic Ryan and Jock Smith explained matters to mounted police at various corner. The parade move on. And hotel after hotel caught it. The manager of the Morrison, instead of shooing the Sunday peace breakers out, broke open five or six boxes of cigars. "I have never stayed anywhere else since," recalls one of the smokers. Finally the headquarters hotel, was stormed and taken. The band manager was assigned Room 101 because it adjoined the grand ballroom where the band could continue to "rehearse". In the lobby a piccolo player named Lytie asked the one from whom he'd received his railroad ticket and berth reservation, "What about breakfast? When, also where, do we eat?" "Get your breakfast in the coffee shop and sign the check for Room 101 - that's my room. I'm registered." The remark was intended for one musician, but he didn't keep a good thing to himself. Fritzie Pollard arrived in uniform to play for the Packers, but Co-Managers Halas, Harley and Sternaman drew the color line, although they had played Akron and Pollard the Sunday before. College athletes were not so protected as now, and the lobby was full of them. volunteering their services to one team or the other - professionally of course. The tenor voice of Harry Annen was heard from the coffee shop. One look showed the place jammed with Green Bay men, not all of the musicians...STALEYS WIN, 20-0: In the game Green Bay's Dumos got away for 22 yards to be outrun and tackled on the Staleys' 10. Otherwise the game was the Staleys. Halas, Stinchcomb, Chick Harley, Scott and the two Sternamans were quite a team. The score was 20 to 0. The Packers didn't win a "championship" 20 years ago to day, but four Pullman carloads of Packer fans had a great day. They were the first Packer excursion. An Indian musician had a good time, got reparated from the band and his "manager" (who had his return fare) but not from his double B-flat tuba which he carried in front of him as he crossed every street on the red lights and had an opportunity to ask at least a dozen Chicago traffic cops face to face "Where is Shawano?" The nickname "Shawano" has stuck to the band "manager" for 20 years...48-HOUR ENGAGEMENT: Tony Vandenberg and the Elks band turned lumberjacks played a 48-hour engagement with seldom an intermission. Leader George DeLair to the time of his death treasured his "diamond-studded baton" which was the leg from the piano stool in the Stratford's Grand Ballroom - a leg with a glass ball in a claw. John and Emmett Clair returned with the "excursion". Next day they wired the hotel $126.50, which was the breakfast bill owed for