DEC 30 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, Cecil Isbell and Clarke Hinkle, the brilliant trio that led the Green Bay Packers through another successful campaign in 1941, having been awarded first string positions on the NFL's all-league honor squad. Hutson was the unanimous choice of the nine-man committee for left end, while Hinkle received four first place votes and two for the second team at the fullback position. The voting was not announced for left halfback, where Isbell beat out Marshall Goldberg of the Chicago Cardinals. Representing Green Bay on the second team ware Ray Riddick, left end, and George Svendsen, center. Honorable mention went to Buford (Baby) Ray, tackle, and Buckets Goldenberg, guard. The Western division dominates the 12th annual all-league squad, with 15 of the first 22 players from that sector. Six of the 22 top places went to the champion Bears, and five went to the Packers. New York and Brooklyn won three positions each, the Chicago Cards won two, and Washington, Cleveland and Detroit one each. Sixty players in all received votes from the committee. Three of the players - Hutson, Green Bay's veteran end and chronic record breaker; Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, the Chicago Bears' burly center; and George McAfee, generally acclaimed by qualified observers to be the greatest halfback of all time - were unanimous choices. A fourth player, Dr. Danny Fortmann, the Bears' guard and field captain, received eight first place votes, but did not impress the nine committeemen sufficiently to get as much as a second team berth on his ballot...HUTSON'S FIFTH TIME: It marked the fourth successive season that Hutson has been named to the first team and the fifth time in his seven years has topped the vote among ends. Frank (Bruiser) Kinard, like his Brooklyn teammate, Perry Schwartz, end, landed on the first team for the second straight year, leading all tackles with 37 out of a possible 45 points. Scoring was based on five points for first place and four for second. At the other tackle the committee placed Wee Willie Wilkin, the 260-pound Washington Redskin. Wilkin is one of six men who made the first team for the first time. The others are Turner; Joe Kuharich, the Chicago Cardinals' signal-calling guard; Sid Luckman, whose generalship and passing have been important factors in the Bears' two consecutive championships; Isbell, the most productive passer of all time and who delivered at least one touchdown toss in every game, and McAfee. Hinkle, first team fullback three times previously in his 10 years of stardom with the Packers, beat our Clarence Manders of Brooklyn, the league's new ground gaining champion. Hinkle scored 28 points against
Manders' 23 in the balloting...RIDDICK ON DEFENSE: Riddick, whose defensive play for the Packers, captured the fancy of the committee, and Dick Plasman, of the Bears, won the second team end positions over George Wilson of the Bears and James Poole of New York. At tackles on the second team the committee chose Ed Kolman, the board shouldered sophomore who took over for the Bears when Joe Stydahar, one of the all-time greats at that position, pulled up lame early in the season, and John Mellus, Giants. Riley Mathewson, the wiry archaeologist and rattlesnake tamer from Texas Mines, had impressed the committee sufficiently before he received a fractured arm in the last few minutes of Cleveland's final game to earn a clear cut claim to a second string guard position. he is flanked by William Edwards, who also played tackle and end for the Giants at various times last season...SVENDSEN BEATS HEIN: Svendsen was no opposition for Turner in the race for the first string center position, but the Green Bay giant has sufficient backing to crowd out the veteran Mel Hein, who finally came to the end of a record-breaking string of eight consecutive years on the first string. Tuffy Leemans of New York, who had been playing fullback all season, did not receive so much as a second team vote for that position, but he had the second largest number of points among quarterbacks and also received some support as a halfback.
DEC 16 (Chicago) - Move over, Leland Stanford MacPhail, and make room for James Conzelman, Mr. Conzelman, known as Jimmy in the sports world, is about to become the father of "dem bums" of football. He has adopted Brooklyn's glorified baseball name at his own request, and no fooling. During the "fifth quarter" of the Packer-Bear game Sunday, this observer spied the silver haired Cardinal coach through the smoke from 30-odd cigars and cigarettes to ask this question: "Who are the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL?" "Well, son," the husky mentor said after deliberating about three minutes, "can't say there's much color or screwballishness in the Eastern division. The Giants? No, they're not like MacPhail's baseball Dodgers, and the football Dodgers aren't either." Suddenly a smile came over his serious-looking map. He put his hands on his hips, blew out some more cigar smoke, stopped to say hello to somebody and added: "Gosh, I guess the only club like the Dodgers is our Cardinals, if you'd want to call them that."...JIMMY TALKS ON: From that statement on, Jimmy did the talking. He told one yarn after another and one was sillier than the other. Here's the first and probably strangest: "You take that guy, Johnny Clement, our ace passer. Why he's a perfect screwball, but a heck of a likeable fellow. You know what he did? He bought a new car six weeks before he was to be drafted just to drive down to his home in Memphis. What he'll do with the car down there I don't know, and he doesn't either. That isn't all. Johnny is one of the best mud pie makers on our squad." "Now wait a minute, Jimmy," your reporter fired back. "You're not kidding, are you?" Conzelman looked at me in a rather insulting manner and reported: "Of course not. Johnny Clement is positively the best mud pie maker in the league. He makes beautiful mid pies and takes it seriously." That was enough on mud pies, so we asked him about the others on the squad. Jimmy cut in with the astounding statement that the Cardinals are the only team in the world without a fullback. "Sure, some of the boys are listed as fullbacks in the starting lineup, but we have no duties for a fullback on our team. No, sir. Take Goldberg, for instance. He can only run to his right. Of course, he can take off around the left side, but is not as effective. Martin, Hall, Morrow and Balazs, the latter two of whom are fullbacks by position, all work as halfbacks when the game starts. Incidentally, they also can take a good crack at the center of the line, like other fullbacks in the league. So you see, son, we don't know who our fullback is." By this time, Jimmy was really warmed up. He's an accomplished after dinner speaker, you know, only this time he had a one-man audience. "Joe Kuharich, our crack guard, is the only lineman in the league calling signals. Kuharich is smart and deserves the honor. Why, you don't find a lineman anywhere calling signals. Joe played three years at Notre Dame, and never called a signal in his life. The guy's got something on the ball." We finally caught Jimmy between puffs and decided to ask him about the color of the Green Bay Packers..PACKERS ARE COLORFUL: "The Packers are a colorful team. You can't help but have color with boys like Hutson, Isbell, Hinkle, the giant Ray and Svendsen and some of the others in your lineup. Today, however, the Packers were colorless. I've seen them literally burning with color against the Bears, and, yes, the Chicago Cardinals, too." So, you see, kind readers, Jimmy is now the father - of "Dem Bums", a new version, of course, because they're dressed in football uniforms instead of baseball suits. Conzelman has probably more to do with the new nickname than anybody else, because Jimmy is just bubbling over with screwy ideas. And the strange part of the whole thing is that Conzelman gets results. MacPhail did too - a National league baseball pennant.
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Things happen so fast these days that you can't take anything for granted, but while this is being written there seems a good chance that the NFL's All-Star game will be held in Chicago. If so, there's an idea of what to do Sunday Jan. 4. Green Bay's famous battery, Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson, is likely to see action in the classic. Both have received invitations to play with the All-Stars. The opponent of the Stars will not be known, of course, until the New York Giants and Chicago Bears settle the matter of the league championship at Wrigley field next Sunday. If the Japs had stayed where they belong, the game would be held in Los Angeles again. The series started four years ago, when the champion New York Giants edged out the cream of the other league teams by 13 to 10. The following year the Green Bay Packers were victorious by 16 to 7, and last season the Bears triumphed by 28 to 14...Packer halfback Lou Brock stopped at the desk this morning, announcing that he will continue working for the packers this winter - the meat packers. He will be down in Kansas, fattening up beef cattle on his father's 350-acre farm. Lou said that the ribs he fractured in the Washington game Nov. 30 are not giving him much trouble anymore. Those ribs kept him out of the game in Chicago last Sunday, and Lou felt unhappy about it. Lou and the Mrs. left today for Lafayette, Ind., where they will spend Christmas with Mrs. Brock's family. Right after that they will move on to Kansas, running the farm for the elder Brock, who is an oil field superintendent.
DEC 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - The National Pro Football league championship game between the Giants and Bears at Wrigley field Sunday will be only an incidental attraction so far as Curly Lambeau's weekend in Chicago is concerned. The annual draft, to be held Monday, will be his first concern. "We need linemen badly," he remarked Thursday, "and linemen will be the first men we are going to go after. We need guards and tackles especially. I wasn't at all satisfied with what some of ours did this year." It is not unlikely that Lambeau will get what he wants in the way of linemen from Big Ten seniors. Some good ones are going to be graduated - Odson of Minnesota, Baumann and Cook of Northwestern, Trimble of Indiana, Daniell and Stephensen of Ohio State and Timperman and Rossi of Purdue, all tackles, and Metzlow of Michigan, Zorich of Northwestern, Pukema, Levy and Paschka of Minnesota, Miller and Melton of Purdue, Bragalone, Smith and Steele of Indiana, and Howard of Ohio State, all guards. Lambeau is fairly well satisfied with his backfield material, although he will undoubtedly grab off a few backs, too. A Bruce Smith or Westfall or Bill Green or Bill De Correvont, just to mention some graduating Big Ten seniors again, would look good in anybody's backfield. The linemen, though, will be his first concern. Tailend clubs have prior choice in the draft, so that the list of topnotchers will be somewhat thinned by the time Lambeau has his first selection. A definite routine, designed to help the weaker clubs in the league, is followed of course. The priority of selection follows the reverse order of the standings at the close of the season. The league constitution on the draft follows: "Each club shall have on selection in order (last place club first) on the first choice. On the next round, the five lowest clubs shall receive one choice in rotation, the five upper clubs not to receive any choice. On the third round, each club will receive one choice in rotation. On the fourth round, the five lowest clubs shall receive one choice in rotation, the five upper clubs to have no choice in this round. Thereafter all clubs shall have equal selection in each round." The draft list is composed of graduating seniors from all schools in the country. In order to circumvent an old practice of George Halas who obtained such players as Sid Luckman and George McAfee by buying them from weaker clubs which selected them first, the league this year has the following rule: "The first and second choice of each team as selected must participate with the teams which selected them for the season following their selection unless the commissioner and all members of the league give their consent otherwise." Next season's schedule will be drawn at the spring meeting in April.
DEC 18 (Green Bay) - A meeting of NFL officials will be held in Chicago Saturday afternoon, the day before the championship game between the Bears and the New York Giants. The Green Bay Packers will be represented by President L.H. Joannes and coach Curly Lambeau. Sunday night, soon after the classic battle, the annual draft meeting is to get underway. There the heads of the clubs will share the cream of the 1941 collegiate football crop, selecting players who they hope will make good professional material. If necessary, the session will continue Monday morning. Lambeau has not given out any hints, but it can be taken for granted that he has a pretty good idea of which players he would like to get. The trouble lies in getting them. since the first division clubs are at a disadvantage in the drafting. Lambeau usually has enough alternative, however, to come up with some mighty fine prospects for the next season.
DEC 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - There is no question about how most fans feel about Sunday's playoff between the Giants and Bears at Wrigley field. They look upon the Bears as a cinch. But now comes a dissenter. He is Curly Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers. He gives the Giants almost an even chance. "I suppose with all other things equal the Bears should win all right," he said Friday on his way to the National Pro league draft meeting in Chicago, "but this is one game in which these other things are not equal, and I'm not so sure the Bears are going to win." Lambeau referred specifically to the peak which the Bears hit against his own club a week ago. "The Bears are going to pay Sunday," he said, "for the peak they reached against us. They're a grand club, understand, a better club in personnel than the Giants, but I don't see how they can have the same edge the Giants are very apt to have. You know, this football can take some funny twists. The better team can lose some of its edge and the weaker team can suddenly become razor sharp. You know what happens then. There is every reason to believe, too, that the Giants will be razor sharp. They were stung by Brooklyn in their last regular game. They have had two weeks in which to prepare. They have been hearing all week about how the Bears were going to devour them. And they have no reason to be particularly fearful of the Bears because they lost to them only in the last minute of play in an exhibition in early September. No, I give the Giants a pretty good chance." Lambeau also felt that the Giants would throw up a much stiffer defense against the Bears than his own club did last Sunday. "I get sick all over every time I look at the pictures of last Sunday's game," Lambeau said. "There's no question but what the Bears were hot and might have won, anyway, but we certainly didn't do much to stop them from winning easily. The Giants can't be that bad." Lambeau's point about New York's probable defensive strength Sunday is born out by the league statistics. In everything except pass defense, the Giants have not only a much better record than the Packers but a better record than the Bears. In offensive strength, the Bears have a marked edge, of course. They lead the league in every phase of play - in gains on rushing and in gains on passing. Only in punting and field goal kicking have the Giants an advantage. The dissenter, Mr. Lambeau, was still pretty much alone hereabouts in his appraisal of the game, however. The Bears, who Monday were 14 point favorites, have become 20 point favorites.
DEC 19 (Green Bay) - Today's guest speaker is Two-Gun Roundy Coughlin of Madison: "I read where Elmer Layden fined Curly Lambeau $100 for having the wrong number of Paskvan and Andy Uram in last Sunday's football game. There should be a good strict rule on that. They should have the right numbers on the players. The people buy the programs and they ought to correspond with the players' numbers on the field. A fine on that is O.K. But then Layden ought to push his chair under the desk a little more and sprinkle out some more fines. The Bears were the home club and they should have been fined $1,000 for handling that crowd in the manner they did. The police protection was awful weak, and the ushers didn't seem to cooperate at all, and the crowd between halves pretty near tore the park down running here and there. If Layden was satisfied the way that crowd was handled then he ought to fine himself. The Bears were responsible for the police protection, and the crowd running all over the place from their seats to better spots. Maybe Layden didn't see that. Maybe he was reading his Christmas cards then. Standlee, the Bear fullback, carried the ball once and went out of bounds right in front of the Bears' bench. Halas went out and put his arms around him and talked to him all the time. Everybody on the side of the field saw that. That was the worst violation I ever saw in football. It made Hinkle so mad he was going to sock somebody. This happened right on the 45-yard stripe. Layden should have seen that as you know he ain't sitting in the end zone. Fines are all right, but sprinkle them around where they ought to go."...Coach Curly Lambeau dropped in this morning to shed some light on that matter of the $100 fine. In the first place, it was not Lambeau, as the wire services reported, but the Packer organization that was fined. Lambeau was not personally involved, and he wants the fans to know that he was not trying to put something over on somebody. The mistake was made in the office of the Chicago Bears, which was responsible for printing of the programs. Andy Uram's number Sunday was the same that he carried since last season. George Paskvan's old 68 was ripped off his back in the Pittsburgh game, and the change in his number was made at that time. Curly is leaving for Chicago this evening, and when he sees Commissioner Elmer Layden he will explain the matter to him. Sunday afternoon the Packer coach will attend the championship game between the Bears and New York Giants - and Packer fans can guess what he will be thinking.
DEC 20 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau set out for Chicago Friday night with a small ten-cent notebook that may become the key to a great and dramatic football season for the Green Bay Packers in 1942. Neatly written on the pages of that book are the names of some 300 young men who are due to graduate from various American colleges next June. Lambeau's interest in them lies in the fact that they have played football and show indications of having some of the qualities that make good professional material. "I am looking for a certain special kind of athlete," Lambeau remarked. "This type of athlete is hard to find, but you've got to have him if you want to go places in any sport. I want an athlete with that extra zeal to win, an athlete who fights every minute, on every play, whether his team is ahead or hopelessly behind. I want a fellow who is set to play football at any moment, in the dressing room, at the dinner table, on the street and when he wakes up in the morning. This kind of a man need not be the best player in the country. His value lies in his enthusiasm, and in his ability to arouse the fighting spirit in the man next to him. As an individual he may be only about average, but as the cog of a machine he helps to carry his team to victory." Sunday night, following the championship battle between the New York Giants and Chicago Bears, Lambeau and other NFL coaches will sit down and take their chances in the draft. It will be a long, drawn-out session, but when it is over the clubs will have full rights to the best of the collegiate gridders in the country..."We had a good team this year," Lambeau added in explanation, "but we should have had more individuals with the fire to win. The real desire wan't there. Our play against the Bears last Sunday, in the playoff for the Western division title, lacked fire. We just did not have the spirit we had in that game Dec. 2 when we set the Bears down by 16 to 14." Lambeau is unable to explain why his players were not at their best against the Bears in that vital game. They were not tired, because they had an open date the previous Sunday. Although halfback Lou Brock and guard Russ Letlow were unable top lay because of injuries, the coach does not lay the defeat to this fact...It is Lambeau's hope that he can produce a team much like the one that won a championship for Green Bay in 1931. He believes this 1931 squad to have been the greatest in Packer history. "We won championships the two previous seasons - in 1929 and 1930, but still they had the desire to keep on bowling them over. I had hoped that I would be able to give this season's team the label as being the greatest of them all, but we just didn't have that little extra push in the finals."...Lambeau is not complaining about the showing this season. He mentions the lack of spirit as a psychological factor, and is not blaming any one individual. He felt badly about not winning another championship - the sixth for Green Bay, but he is not letting that stop him from planning next year's campaign right now. "That draft meeting Sunday will give us a chance to get some of the men we need. You really can't tell what a man is going to be until you try him out, but their college records at least can give us an idea."...It is true, of course, that Lambeau will not depend upon the draft entirely to uncover "freshmen" for a new season. Some of the best players never get enough attention to go on the draft list. All coaches also rely upon on their own observation, and on friends in various part of the country, to find prospective players.
the league officials may decide to give Green Bay another tumble when the playoff game comes to the Western division two years from now - assuming, of course, that the Packers will be in the finals.
DEC 24 (New York) - The National league's all-star football team, strengthened by the addition of the Green Bay Packers' famed aerial twins - Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson - will begin two a day practice sessions Friday for their annual pro bowl game here January 4 against the champion Chicago Bears. Steve Owen, the New York Giant coach handling the star squad, said Isbell and Hutson would team with Sammy Baugh of Washington and Pug Manders of Brooklyn in the backfield along with Tuffy Leemans, Ward Cuff and Neilo Falaschi of New York, Cecil Hare of  Washington and Art Jones of Pittsburgh. Owen also received acceptances of invitations to play from Ray Apolakis, Chicago Cardinal center; Augie Lio, Detroit guard; Chet Adams, Cleveland tackle; Joe Coomer, Pittsburgh tackle, and Dick Humbert, Philadelphia end. Half of the game's receipts will be donated to the Naval Relief society.
DEC 26 (New York) - The saga of the Chicago Bears, a big, bruising team with a savage scoring punch that made many experts rate it the greatest gridiron aggregation of modern times, is the story of professional football in 1941. There were a number of other notable achievements in the NFL but all were related, more or less, to the Bears and their fabulous owner-coach, George Halas. Among them were: (1) The resignation of Elmer Layden as Notre Dame football coach to become commissioner of the NFL, Feb. 3. The Bears even had a hand in this since Halas was one of the prime movers in the surprise deal. (2) Record crowds with a total attendance of 1,188,616 for the 55 regularly scheduled games - an increase of nine percent over the 1940 attendance of 1,063,022...BEARS BEAT PACKERS: (3) The first divisional playoff since the East-West lineup was made in 1933, with the Bears beating the Green Bay Packers, 33-14, before a crowd of 43,425 (not included in the above attendance figures). (4) The first champion ever to repeat since the East-West playoffs were instituted with the Bears - who slugged the Washington Redskins, 73-0, last December - slapping down the New York Giants, 37-9. The Bears did amazing things and it becomes increasingly puzzling as to how the Packers could giver Halas' big bruisers their lone defeat of the year, Nov. 2. Green Bay won, 16-14, but the Bears came so close to winning in the last minute of play that it wasn't funny. The Bears previously had beaten the Packers, 25-17, and then they proved that their one defeat was a fluke when they murdered Curly Lambeau's charges in the divisional playoff game after spotting them a touchdown in the first two minutes of play...WIN EASTERN TITLE: The Giants, who won the Eastern title despite two losses to their archrivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, put up a game battle for one half of the championship playoff but succumbed at the end. They held the Bears to three field goals for a half but the Bears ran wild in the second half. In winning 10 games and losing one during the regular season the Bears rolled up 396 points (an average of 36 per game) and set eight new team records, among them being a new mark for total yards gained (4,265), touchdowns (56) and first downs (181). It got so late in the season that the Bears, deploying from the modern T, were so good they could score almost anytime they got their hands on the ball. But the Bears finally became too good for themselves. After they massacred the Packers in the Western playoff, the fans turned a cold shoulder on them and only 13,500 turned out for the championship playoff with the Giants. The Bears were rated 4-1 favorites and nobody gave the Giants a chance...HUTSON STANDS OUT: The "Back of the Year" was the Bears' George McAfee, rated by many as the greatest since Red Grange. The "End of the Year: was Don Hutson, Green Bay's pass catching wizard who set a new scoring record of 95 points. The "Lineman of the Year" was Clyde (Bulldog) Turner, Bears' sophomore center who proved one of the most vicious tacklers and defenders in football history. Attempts of the rival American league to make inroads on the National league's popularity and standing met with little success. The New York Americans hit the headlines by getting John Kimbrough, All-American fullback from Texas A. and M., and Tommy Harmon, All-American halfback from Michigan, to play in a game but it was a one-show circus stunt. Kimbrough completed the season with the Americans but his efforts failed to boost the stock of the rival league.
1941 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Don Hutson, the Green Bay Packer pass-catching sensation who was generally acclaimed the greatest individual performer in the NFL during the past season, placed fifth in the poll by the Associated Press to determine the outstanding male athletes for 1941. The Green Bay star's position on the
list places him above all other football players in the nation, professional or collegiate. He received a total of
23 points, while Bruce Smith, Minnesota's All-America back, was given sixth place with 16 points. Joe DiMaggio, the slugging New York Yankee outfielder, received a total of 157 votes to rank first on the list. Ted
Williams of the Boston Red Sox baseball team was given second place. Boxer Joe Louis is third, and Craig Wood, the golfer, is fourth. Hutson not only retained the scoring championship of the NFL during the past year, but set a new record with 95 points, including ten touchdowns by passes and 12 for the season, both new marks...TIES LOONEY RECORD: In addition Hutson tied the 1940 record of Don Looney, Philadelphia, of 58 pass receptions to win the pass receiving title for the past season. A total of 82 sports experts participated in the poll. Forty-two of them gave DiMaggio first place. He was given either second or third place on 20 other ballots. During the past season he broke all major league consecutive hitting records with a string of 56 straight games. Williams, who in hitting .400 for the Boston Red Sox, became the first major leaguer in  many years to surpass the .400 mark,
ran second to DiMaggio. Polling five first place votes, Williams  received a total of 74 on the basis of three points for first, two for second and one for third. Joe Louis, the heavyweight boxing champion, outscored Williams in  the number of first places, receiving 10, but wound up third with 64 points for his unprecedented performance of successfully defending his title seven times during the year.
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Oliver Kuechle, Milwaukee sports scribe, must have been disappointed when the Packers failed to beat the Bears last Sunday. But instead of taking it out on the Packers, he finds consolation in the thought that it probably was just as well. "A championship game with the New York Giants in Green Bay at $6.60 top might very well have laid an egg," Kuechle wrote. "Six sixty a ticket is not hay. Neither is Dec. 21, with its probable frigid blasts, any sort of a day for football in the north. Scores of fans remarked Monday that they would be hanged if they would sit again for two hours and 35 minutes in weather like that of last Sunday - especially in the end zone where most of Wisconsin fans sat. Sunday's licking might have been a blessing in disguise for the Green Bay football corporation." Well, Ollie has a right to his opinion, but it does not agree with that of some of the best business heads in Green Bay. From the number of fans that were turned away in Chicago last Sunday, and from the way the tickets went for the championship game in Milwaukee a couple of years ago, it would appear that there is enough interest in such a setup regardless of the weather. And $6.60 for tickets was the top price; those who could not pay that could have bought fine seats at lower prices...Roundy Coughlin, the Madison lawnmower pusher, after dinner speaker and sportswriter, WAS disappointed with the Packers and he DID take it out on them. Here a few of Roundy's pungent paragraphs: "The Packers gave sorrowful exhibition to that crowd. They didn't even have that Sunday-try on the field. It was the most miserable exhibition I ever saw the Packers put on at football. The Packers played corner lot teams against the Bears. They did everything but call for cots to go to sleep out there on the field." It is true that the Packers looked a wee bit off color several times, but I don't think they deserved what Roundy is giving them. A study of the game will show that clearly enough.
DEC 17 (Chicago) - Elmer Layden, commissioner of the NFL, Tuesday fined E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers $100 for permitting Andy Uram and George Paskvan to play against the Chicago Bears last Sunday in jerseys bearing numbers which failed to correspond to the printed programs. Layden said that henceforth any team sending a player from the locker room wearing such a number automatically will draw a $100 fine. The rule will not apply, he said, when a jersey is so badly damaged, during a game that another, with a different number, must be used. Lambeau could not reached in time to comment on the fine today, but it is understood that he had been under the impression that Layden was notified of the number changes earlier in the season. It is apparent, of course, that there was no intention of purposely deceiving the Bears by means of wrong numbers.
DEC 17 (New York) - The New York Giants, as underdogs in Sunday's NFL championship playoff with the Chicago Bears, aren't planning on much barking - but they hope to bite. "It seems," says rotund Steve Owen, "that most everyone has forgotten that we played the Bears early last fall in an exhibition and led them for 57 minutes before losing, 14 to 8." Tuffy Leemans, pride and joy of the Giant backfield, wasn't in that encounter at all. But he is ready for Sunday's fray in Chicago, even if some of his teammates won't be. Owen was in the stands as Chicago defeated the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Wrigley field for the Western flag and came back with some definite ideas about stopping the Bears' T formation. "I think the Packers' seven-man line on defense was a flop, so I am fixing up something else." It is Stout Steve's conviction that the passing of the Bears' Sid Luckman must be smothered to give the eastern titleholders their chance for triumph.
DEC 17 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears announced today that 33 players, five coaches and one trainer had been voted full shares of the Bears' proceeds from the world's championship game with the New York Giants here next Sunday. One half share was allotted and owner-coach George Halas said he would turn his full share back into the pool. The winning team will receive 36 percent of the receipts from the playoff game and the losing team 24 percent. The Green Bay Packers and Brooklyn Dodgers, runner-up teams in the western and eastern division, respectively, each will receive five percent.
DEC 22 (Chicago) - Tackle Urban Odson of Minnesota heads the list of twelve linemen and eight backfield performers selected by Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers in the National league draft here over the weekend. The meeting was an all-night session following the championship battle between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants here Sunday afternoon. The Green Bay draft list includes four tackles, three guards, two centers, three ends, three fullbacks, four halfbacks and one quarterback. The draft meeting was conducted under a much different air from other years because of the doubtful situation created by the war. Lambeau and other coaches had to consider the fact that some of the outstanding players in the country may be in the army long before the next football season. Smith, Minnesota halfback, was one of the outstanding college players during the past season, and made the All-America team without any trouble. Because of the war, however, he was passed by until Lambeau was given his 11th choice. Another "name" player selected by Lambeau is Frankowski, the Washington guard. He was placed on the All-America second team by the Associated Press. Farris, an outstanding Wisconsin quarterback, also is on the Green Bay list. Applegate and Krivonak, the South Carolina guards, were highly recommended by Rex Enright, and Lambeau always considers such nominations seriously. "I took a chance on Smith," Lambeau remarked. "Smith and some of the others may be in the army soon, but there is always a chance that something may happen to make them available for football next fall. If we do get Smith, he should be a great addition to our backfield. Our line will need strengthening, and that is why I went heavy on such players." Some of the players are married or have dependents, and that may keep them out of the army for some time.
DEC 22 (Wilmington, DE) - The Wilmington Clippers' three-year quest for a championship in the American Football association came to an end Sunday when the Delaware eleven trounced the Long Island Indians from Valley Stream, N.Y., 21 to 13, in a playoff game before 6,000. Wilmington scored all of its points in the third period, exploding three touchdowns on two forward passes, Ben Starett to Jack Ferrante, and Bill Ordway's six-yard plunge. Long Island, coached by Verne Lewellen of Green Bay, led at the half, 7 to 0, on Sam Goldberg's 65-yard run after intercepting a pass. Long Island scored again in the last period on a short forward pass, Poillon to Pat Fehley.
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Maybe that's what is wrong with the big town sports scribes and radio announcers who are disregarding Green Bay's record in the NFL. The Chicago Bears, they declared after last Sunday's game, are the first to win two successive league titles. If these gentlemen will turn to page 78 of the 1941 Official NFL Roster and Record Manual, they will see that Green Bay won championships in 1929, 1930 and 1931. That makes three times in a row, which means that the Packers twice successfully defended their title...They keep telling you that reporters must be honest always, telling not merely the truth, but the whole truth, so here is the rest of it: Even if the Packers were disregarded, the Bears merely would have broken their own record last Sunday. In 1932, the Bears wound up with the title, or so the percentage table said, and in 1933, by defeating the New York Giants the first time the league was run under a divisional setup, they took the title again. That makes two in a row. It is the opinion of many fans, and you needn't try to convince them otherwise, that the Packers really deserved the 1932 championship. The Bears won seven games and lost one while tying a grand total of six. The record for the Packers was 10 victories, three defeats and only one tie. There probably wasn't any single reason for the miserable small crowd at the playoff game in Chicago Sunday. The fact remains, however, that an attendance of 13,341 was a terrible turnout, and there are plenty of Packer fans who say it serves them right. Suppose Green Bay, a city not even two percent as large as Chicago, had been successful in getting into the title game. Imagine the howls you would be hearing if the crowd has been anything under 20,000! The Sunday before, for the Western division playoff, the Packers and Bears drew 43,425 customers. It was a cold day, and even the brave ones admitted that they didn't like the weather at all. The following Sunday, with more beautiful weather, only 13,341 came to see one of the year's greatest football classics. Packer fans will argue that their team still is the greatest drawing power in the league, and it seems they are right. The Giants have stayed in the east so long that undoubtedly they are not figuring very high in the interest of fans. Some blame the poor park arrangements the previous Sunday for the bad crowd at the championship battle. If that is true, George Halas and the Bears have paid dearly for their inefficiency. With that 13,341 crowd on the record book,
DEC 30 (Green Bay) - Great things happened in the NFL during 1941, and Green Bay can take pride in having had a prominent part in the doings. Here are a few highlights: Signing of Elmer Layden as commissioner...Paid admissions of 1,188,616 for 55 regular games, an increase of nine percent over the record set in 1940...Establishment of better relations between the National circuit and the minor leagues...The first playoff for a divisional championship since the league was split into two seconds in 1933. The arrival of Layden, then head coach and athletic director at Notre Dame, was an important move toward bringing greater stability in the league. He set about making various reforms which both improved competition and added to the prestige of the league organization...Don Hutson, veteran Green Bay end, broke all of the scoring records, increased his amazing record for passes caught and climaxed his greatest season in football by being voted the outstanding gridder of the season, pro ball or college. Hutson's battery mate, Cecil Isbell, have the greatest exhibition of passing in football history, completing at least one touchdown pass in each of the Packers' 12 games. Pug Manders of Brooklyn won the ground gaining championship, but Green Bay's Clarke Hinkle shared the honors in this department by setting a new league all-time mark for ball carrying. Three game marks and eight team records were shattered by the champion Chicago Bears. The Packers, as a team, set a new standard for passing efficiency...Greasy Neale, in his first year at the helm of the Philadelphia Eagles, turned in the outstanding coaching job, successfully teaching a rookie squad the Bears' intricate T-formation. Next to him stood Bill Edwards, who left secondary college football at Western Reserve for the major league and brought the Detroit Lions in third behind the Bears and Packers in the West...The Chicago Bears shattered record after record while roaring on to their second successive league championship. In the Western division playoff, the first time such a contest had to be staged, the Bears won over the Packers, by 33 to 14. They routed the Giants in the championship game by 37 to 9, before a mighty slim crowd of 13,341 at Wrigley field. It was a great season, an exciting and thrilling one. The war clouds are obscuring the view just at present, but except for that outlook the future is exceedingly bright.
DEC 30 (Chicago) - Because of the war, professional football may see its blazing success of 1941 flicker to a mere spark next year, but there'll always be the memory of the brilliant things that happened "the year we got into the war". The NFL really grew up to a man's status in '41. It acquired a commission, just like the major baseball leagues' boss, when Elmer Layden moved from Notre game to an office on Michigan blvd. in Chicago. It held its first playoff for a division championship when the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers tied for first place in the western race and fought it out for the title - with the Bears winning. It saw attendance climb to an all-time high when 1,188,616 fans attended 55 regularly scheduled games, registering a 9% increase over 1940. It saw attendance for a championship game sag to an all-time low of 13,341 on the autumnlike day December 
21 when the Bears beat the eastern champion New York Giants for the league title. The great turf shaking fears of the year were done mainly by George Halas' Bears, who in the first successful title defense by a champion scattered records all over the circuit. Their defeat of Green Bay for the western title was by 33-14 and their rout of the Giants in the championship game was by 37-9. Yet there was Don Hutson of the Packers, who broke all scoring marks and increased his record for passes caught, and Clarke Hinkle, also of Green Bay, who set a new league all-time records for ball carrying. And the season was concluded with the annual draft of senior college players. 200 boys were selected by 10 teams, but what chance they will have of playing next season was a question only the course of the war will tell. Even numerous players already in the league are due to join the nation's armed forced, and not a team hoped to return for 1942 with the same lineup it sported last season.
DEC 31 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers has gone to New Orleans to take in the New Year's day Sugar Bowl game between Missouri and Fordham and the annual East-West All-Star game Saturday afternoon. Several players drafted by the Packers and others who are considered prospects will be playing in those games, and Lambeau wishes to see them in action.