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.