Chicago Bears (8-0) 38, Green Bay Packers (6-2) 7
Sunday November 15th 1942 (at Chicago)
(CHICAGO) - A fumble, an intercepted pass and a completed aerial bomb exploded in the faces of the Green Bay Packers before 42,787 fans at Wrigley field here Sunday afternoon, and the Chicago Bears coasted to a 38-7 victory, their 21st straight since the Packers bounced them 16-14 here a year ago. The first half, which in the end decided the contest, saw a charging Green Bay line hold the vaunted Bear ground attack to 37 yards, but it also saw the Chicagoans rush for over three quick touchdowns, and that was the ball game. The Packers never were able to recover, although they put together a string of passes in the fourth quarter to score. The Cecil Isbell-Don Hutson
combination threatened to turn the tide at five different
times during the game, but the Packers, in the clutch,
usually found a Bear around to take the ball away. The
Packers scored with such east that it left the sellout
crowd wondering why Green Bay was held without a
touchdown in the first three frames. Royal Kahler, a
substitute tackler, set off the spark by recovering Frank
Maznicki's fumble on the Green Bay 25. In 10 plays the
Packers had a touchdown, the payoff being a six yard
pass from Isbell to Hutson. Don kicked the extra point
and boosted his scoring total to 110. The completion
also kept alive Isbell's consecutive-game-touchdown
passing record. He how has tossed T.D. bombs in 20
straight tests.
The drive started to kick back when Lou Brock lost two
on a pass from Isbell. Hutson then caught one at his
shoe laces for 13 yards and a first down on the Packer
35. Warming up, Isbell pitched to Brock for five; Hutson for nine; and to Hutson for five before trying to pass and and then running for 10 yards to the Bear 36. Interference on Charley O'Rourke gave the Bays a first down on the 23, and then an Isbell-to-Hutson throw gained 17 yards. With nine minutes left, Isbell fired to Hutson in the end zone. Hutson was kneeling on one knee when he took the throw. That was the sum and substance of the Packer offensive, although the Bears quickly made up the seven points a moment later when O'Rourke completed a 65-yard aerial play to Ray McLean who stood along on the Packer 35 and ran the rest of the distance. Hutson, the most feared man on the field for the Bears, was operating under a severe handicap. The Alabama wing (and this was a secret) sprained his ankle in the Cleveland game and had no contact work in practice this week. His mate, Isbell, also was favoring an injured leg. But the Packers have no alibis today. They ran into a fierce Bear team, so fierce, in fact, that the Bruins committed four unnecessary roughness penalties. For instance, Lee Artoe, the Bears' big bad man, hit Lou Brock so hard in the stomach that the Packer fullback was "out" for three minutes. What's worse, Brock was hit after the play was stopped. The Packers got a taste of Bear "prowess" on the fourth play of the game when Chuck Sample, the Appleton plunger, fumbled on the Packer 45. The ball took one bounce into Bulldog Turner's hands and the Bear center was away for a touchdown. Isbell boxed him in on the 20 but Turner jarred loose. Artoe kicked the extra point. Green Bay had just made a first down when the miscue occurred. Sample, who started in place of Brock when the Packers received, gained eight yards in two tries and then Isbell caught the Bears sleeping by shooting a screen pass to Andy Uram at the line of scrimmage.
A bit shaken, the Packers opened up their passing game after the next kickoff, but it went haywire. On second down Hutson got into the clear but the pass was out of reach. On third down Isbell's throw was over Uram's head and that was that. As the game turned out, though, Isbell and Hutson had a good afternoon. The Packers tried 40 passes and completed 19 of them. Isbell found his receivers 19 times for a gain of 156 yards. Hutson caught 10 for 117 yards. Don, incidentally, has now caught 57 passes, one short of the record he holds with Don Looney of Philadelphia. The Bears were more fortunate on their first pass, Sid Luckman tossing to Bob Nowaskey for 21 yards and a first down on the Packer 43. A moment later Harry Clark slid through guard for a touchdown but the Bears were offside. Two more penalties forced Luckman to punt. After the Packers failed on the ground, Uram saved a Bear threat by intercepting Luckman's pass in the end zone. The teams again exchanged punts just before the first quarter ended, with Hutson, Charley Brock and Baby Ray pushing the Bears back 10 yards in three tries. After another exchange of punts which saw Captain Buckets Goldenberg take charge of things in the Packer line, the Packers pierced Bear territory for the first time. Isbell fired to Hutson for 15, to Tony Canadeo for 12 and to L. Brock for a first down on the Bear 39. During the drive Artoe, apparently in the game only to muss up Isbell and Hutson, git in several good licks, all of which were enjoyed by the Chicago representatives.
Needing six yards on third down, the Packers line up without a huddle and isbell shot a pass to Huston for 11 yards on the 22. Again the attack stalled and on fourth down Isbell, on a fake placement, threw to Hutson but Don dropped the throw. Again the Packers forced the Bears to punt and, incidentally, again the Bears capitalized on a break. Isbell fired a pass to his right. The ball bounced off Nowaskey's hands high into the air and into the arms of Luckman who ran 54 yards down the sidelines for the touchdown. Artoe kicked the extra point. The Packers gambled just before the half but the Bears won the pot. On fourth down on the Packer 30, with only two minutes left, Isbell tried a pass to Hutson but the ball was high. The Bears scored in three plays, with John Petty scoring from the one-foot line after a 29-yard pass from O'Rourke to Nowaskey put the ball in position. Maznicki kicked the extra point. Isbell completed an 18-yard throw to Hutson just as the half ended. Coach Curly Lambeau started 300-pound Tiny Croft in the second half and the big fellow have Stydahar plenty of trouble. Dick Weisgerber's kickoff went out of bounds so the Bears started from the 45. They finally reached the 20 where Maznicki stepped back on the 28 and booted a field goal, making the score 24-0. On the next drive the Packers reached heir own 48 but on fourth down Canadeo's punt was blocked by John Siegal, and the Bears started on the Packer 32. From the 11, Luckman shot a touchdown pass to Siegal but the Bears were holding. Hutson was sent into the game and the move paid off. He intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned to the 2.
After the Bays punted, Maznicki got off a 25-yard run to the Packer 19. Another touchdown pass was called back when the officials saw Ray Bray use his "hands" on Lou Brock. But the penalty didn't seem to hurt the Bears as O'Rourke fired to McLean on a screen pass for the touchdown. Artoe's kick was good and the Bears were in front, 31-0. Just before the start of the fourth quarter Danny Fortmann intercepted a pass intended for Hutson on the Packer 45. Then the Bears started a drive that Kahler ended with the recoverred fumble. After both teams scored, McLean intercepted a Canadeo pass and ran to the Packer 26, a 30-yard return, but Hutson handled the situation neatly by intercepting O'Rourke's throw in the end zone. The last Packer offensive threat was a 20-yard Isbell to Hutson throw, after which the Bears put on a "basketball" show with the backs tossing the ball around behind a crazy line formation. 
Goldenberg was the hero of the Packer line, the stocky guard getting in on nearly every tackle and blocking like a demon. Charley Brock and Paul Berezney also had a great afternoon in the forward wall. The Packers picked up 14 first downs, and 12 of them came on passing. The Bears made 12, nine by rushing. The Packers gained a total of 209 yards - the same amount Hutson gained alone against the Cleveland Rams at Green Bay several weeks ago. The defeat left the Packers with only a mathematical chance for the Western division title. The Bears would have to lose their last three games to the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Rams and Chicago Cardinals, and the Packers would have to beat New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to gain the honor. Although the Bears were "cut up" plenty, the only serious injury concerned Pete Tinsley who sustained a cut over his right eye. Charley Brock was cut over the nose and Hutson left the game with a sore ankle. The ankle, incidentally, was swollen nearly twice its size before the Bays returned to Green Bay.
GREEN BAY -   0   0   0   7  -   7
CHI BEARS -   7  14  10   7  -  38
1st - CHI - Bulldog Turner, 42-yard fumble return (Lee Artoe kick) CHICAGO BEARS 7-0
2nd - CHI - Sid Luckman, 54-yard interception return (Artoe kick) CHICAGO BEARS 14-0
2nd - CHI - John Petty, 1-yard run (Frank Maznicki kick) CHICAGO BEARS 21-0
3rd - CHI - Maznicki, 28-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 24-0
3rd - CHI - Ray McLean, 29-yd pass from Charlie O'Rourke (Artoe kick) CHICAGO BEARS 31-0
4th - GB - Don Hutson, 6-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Hutson kick) CHICAGO BEARS 31-7
4th - CHI - McLean, 65-yard pass from O'Rourke (Maznicki kick) CHICAGO BEARS 38-7
Photo from a 1948 Packer program
NOV 17 (Green Bay) - Feeling like a gambler who lost his shirt, Coach Curly Lambeau and his Green Bay Packers still had "money in the bank" today as they prepared to take it out on the New York Giants in the nation's largest city next Sunday afternoon. That money in the bank isn't actual cash. It represents a flaming spirit that wasn't snuffed out during the Chicago Bear game at Wrigley field last Sunday. In reviewing the Bear affair today, Lambeau pointed out that "we had to gamble after the Bears picked up their two touchdowns on breaks." Those breaks included a recovered fumble and an intercepted pass, both which were turned into quick touchdowns. The Packer pilot recalled the 1941 game with Washington in explaining his point. "We were behind, 17-0, at the half and we had to gamble, the result being that we won, 22-17." Lambeau said the big score (38-7) was traceable to the fact that the Bays had to throw caution to the wind, and take chances. Whenever they were behind, the Packers never got into a shell...FOURTH DOWN PASS: The big gamble was a fourth down pass on their own 30-yard line with one and a half minutes left to go in the first half. When the pass failed, the Bears took the ball on downs and quickly scored, leaving the count 21-0 at halftime. The Packers were confident when the second half started, but Lambeau had to gamble again - this time by giving injured Don Hutson and Cecil Isbell a rest. The Bears picked up a field goal and then the passing duo went back into action. Hutson's first move was intercepting a Bear pass in the end zone and running back to the 24. Hutson's run, incidentally, was another big gamble. He caught the ball about two yards back of the goal line for an automatic touchback, which would have put the ball on 20. Instead he saw a chance to break away for a possible score, and he took that chance. Still holding a mathematical chance to tie or win the title, the Packers went about their chores in serious mood today. They have their work cut out for them - victories over the Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pittsburgh game will be played at Milwaukee Dec. 6...SHAKE MONKEY: The Bears face the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Rams and Chicago Cardinals in their three remaining tests, and as Lambeau put it: "Any one of these three teams is capable of shaking the monkey out of the tree." Putting it in the words of the players Sunday night: "A football bounces a lot of funny ways." Trainer Bud Jorgenson spent a busy Monday getting the Packers into condition,. The bruising Bears left a lot of wounds, the worst of which was a gash on Pete Tinsley's right eye. Captain Buckets Goldenberg suffered a cut over his forehead, while all the rest of the players aere badly bruised. Hutson and Isbell could hardly walk, much less run in practice today. Isbell took a terrific beating from Lee Artoe, Bear tackle, whose only job was to give Cece the works even it meant slamming into the Packer thrower after the ball was passed, which is called unnecessary roughness in the rule book. Isbell handled himself admirably, but the fact remains that a man (Artoe) running at full speed can do much more damage than the one (Isbell) standing still. Both Hutson and Isbell were operating on sheer "guts" at Chicago, in view of their condition before the Bear game. Hutson sprained his ankle in the Cleveland game the week before and didn't get a chance to put in any real practice last week. Isbell has been bothered by a bad leg all season, which is why he hadn't been running except in cases of absolute necessity...LEAVE FRIDAY MORNING: The team will leave Green Bay for New York at 11 o'clock Friday morning. A workout is scheduled in New York Saturday afternoon. The Giants are expected to be plenty tough, having lost a tough 14-7 decision to the Washington Redskins who all but clinched the Eastern division title in the process. The Giants will be at full strength for the second time this season against the Packers. Several of their regular saw action against Washington after being out most of the year. In other games next Sunday, the Chicago Bears play at Detroit and Brooklyn goes to Washington.
NOV 17 (Green Bay) - Composite statistics - which don't mean a thing in the won and loss column - for the two Packer-Bear games this season left the Green Bay
club ahead in four departments - passing yardage, first
downs, passes attempted and passes completed. The
statistics, however, reveal quite clearly that the only real
edge the Bays hold this season over their hated rivals
lies in passing. The Packers gained an even 200 yards
more in the air over the Bears - 427 to 247. The Bays'
percentage of completions was .555, while the Bears
had .428. The figures show that the Packers ground
attack was not potent, the Bays gaining only 142 yards
- 99 in the first game here and 43 in the second at the
Windy City. The Bears meanwhile made 360 yards on
the ground. The real payoff is in the number of points
scored: Bears 82, Packers 35. Five of the Bears' 11
touchdowns were scored by rushing; two on passing; two on interceptions; and two by picking up fumbles and running. In each of the two games, the Bears got one touchdown by interception and one by grabbing a Packer fumble. The Bears also kicked in two field goals - both by Frank Maznicki...THREE T.D.'S FOR DON: The Packers made five touchdowns in the two games, and Don Hutson chalked up three of them by receiving passes. The others went to Tony Canadeo and Lou Brock, both by rushing. Hutson kicked five extra points, four in the first game, of course, to make his total 23 points over the Bears. Sunday's game was the second time the Bears beat the Packers by 31 points. The other was a 41-10 affair here in 1940. The worst beating the Bays ever handed the Bears was 25-0 in 1929...ALA BASEBALL: In the past three years the Bears have resembled the former New York Yankee baseball teams. If an opposing pitcher grooved a pitch to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and others, the ball went out of the lot. Likewise with the Bears. If you fumble or throw a pass a wee bit wild the Bears turn it into a touchdown. The last perfect game the Packers played against the Bears was on Nov. 3, 1941, and the final score was 16-14 in favor of Green Bay. The Packers didn't score one all afternoon...HINKLE PLAYS ON: Clarke Hinkle, former Packer fullback, is still playing football. Charley Schultz, ex-Bay lineman who is now playing with the Iowa Pre-Flighters, asid in Chicago that Hink is playing Sunday ball with the Providence Tigers when he gets time off from his coast guard duties. Schultz got the dope in a letter from Hinkle recently...READ ENGLISH, EH?: Rocky Wolfe, Bear publicity man, had better be careful when he comes to Green Bay. Wolfe cracked as follows after George Paskvan gave an address on recruiting between halves of the Packer-Bear game: "I see that there is one former Packer player who can read English." The press box comment to the remark was strictly "stinko"...CHEERING PACKERS: Assemblyman Frank Graass of Door county did some "lobbying" for the Green Bay Packers at Chicago Sunday. He invited the governors of Maryland and Missouri and the speaker of the house of the state of Pennsylvania to the Packer-Bear game, and they all cheered for Green Bay's team. The governor of Maryland was accompanied by his wife, and the group sat in a special box. Graass, an ardent Packer fan, and the other officials were in Chicago attending a meeting of the council of state governments.
NOV 17 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers figure it is now safe to give a few details of the things which distressed them in Sunday's game with the Bears without laying themselves open to a charge of offering alibis. Everybody knows that the job of patching up an alibi for that 38 to 7 licking would take a battery of corporation lawyers, so the Packers are sure that their remarks may be taken merely as offering information rather than making excuses. The No. 1 item which they made known yesterday was the fact that Don Hutson, their pass catching end, has been unable to practice throughout the week while they were pointing for the big game. A foot injury was bothering him so severely that  he was able to join his teammates in only three plays on Friday, and that constituted his entire week's drill...ISBELL'S ANKLE HEAVILY TAPED: The No. 2 item was the fact that Cecil Isbell, the pass flinging halfback, went into the game with his ankle heavily taped and with the ailing member irritating him considerably. And it will be remembered that he took a terrific shellacking in the course of the afternoon. The failure of the Isbell-Hutson combination to operate at full efficiency would be a serious loss in any game - above all in an engagement with the Bears, in which every resource is needed...Milburn Croft, biggest man in the pro league (whose nickname, of course, is Tiny) got his first real chance in Sunday's game. This Chicago boy, who plays tackle for the Packers, performed well throughout the third quarter, particularly on defense. Lee Artoe, the Bears' tackle, was quite unable to push around this rookie, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 310 pounds.
NOV 17 (Chicago) - Don Hutson, Green Bay Packer pass catching ace, boosted his scoring total in the National Pro Football league to 110 points last Sunday in his record breaking walkaway for top honors. Ray McLean jumped into second place ahead of his teammates Gary Famiglietti and Franz Maznicki. McLean scored two touchdowns against the Packers to push his output for the season to 42.
NOV 17 (Chicago) - "Did the Chicago Bears permit Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson stage that long touchdown pass Sunday just to keep their scoring string intact?" Sid Luckman, the Bears' quarterback, nearly bowled over Commissioner Elmer Layden of the NFL in his haste to reach the microphone and answer that question asked by a fan today at the pro huddle luncheon session. "Listen, pal," Luckman barked. "Get this straight, the Chicago Bears don't give anybody anything. If we could have run up a 100 to 0 score on the Green Bay Packers last Sunday we'd have done it. If we could have stopped Isbell and Hutson from going for that score, we'd have done it." The Bears overwhelmed the Packers Sunday, 38 to 8, in one of the most lopsided games in Bear-Packer history, and virtually sewed up the Western division pro championship.
NOV 17 (New York) - Tuffy Leemans, the hard rock veteran who usually puts the "Go" in the Giants, will attempt to put the "stop" in the Green Bay Packers at the Polo Grounds Sunday. Injured a month ago, Tuffy played only a few minutes against the Redskins but is now ready for regular duty as a starting back. Coach Steve Owen may not put Tuffy in the starting lineup, but nevertheless is counting on him for a major share in the Giant offense. Owen was quite cheerful about the general situation. He admitted the squad will be in better shape for the Packers than it has been for the last four weeks and was pleased with the team's play against the Redskins despite the fact that they lost, 14-7...ONLY MINOR CASUALTIES: There were no severe casualties in the game. Merle Hapes, rookie back, banged his bad knee again, but Owen expects him to be available. It has been Steve's belief all season long that he would beat either the Redskins or the Packers, which means that the Packers are due for plenty of trouble. Of course, beating the Packers is not impossible. The Bears have done it twice this year but it's not comforting to note that only the Bears have been able to do it. Owen, however, has always been fairly successful against them. The series started back in '28. Twenty games have been played since then with each team winning ten. Last time they played was in '40 when the Giants won 7-3. Most of the Giant practice this week will be devoted to stopping Isbell and Hutson. The Giants did it in the '40 game, but the pair have been working together better than ever this season and Owen believes they are a greater threat than Sammy Baugh was last Sunday.
NOV 16 (Chicago) - Robbed of their magic by a smoothly, functioning Bear machine that just couldn't be held in check, the Packers suffered through a long afternoon Sunday at the hands of the world's postgraduate champions. The Bears clearly stamped themselves as Western division champions with a two-game lead in the standings which would require a miracle to erase, while in the Eastern division the Washington Redskins' victory, coupled with Brooklyn's defeat, assured George Marshall of his much-coveted chance to meet the Chicagoans in a playoff, seeking vengeance for the 73 to 0 shellacking his team took two years ago. The 42,787 fans who saw the game - Chief Usher Andy Frain estimated that another 15,000 to 20,000 were turned away - don't envy Mr. Marshall and his charges. The Bears were terrific. Hunk Anderson, who co-coaches the big, bad Bruins in company with Luke Johnsos, confined his postgame comment pretty well to the line, and justly so. The Chicago forwards held their visitors to a net gain of 43 yards through the line, and most of the time they charged Cecil Isbell effectively enough to help spoil his aim on the pass play. On one occasion Joe Staydahar deflected an Isbell pass sufficiently for an interception by Sid Luckman, who raced all the way for a touchdown. "Our line outcharged them all afternoon," Anderson said, "you saw it and everybody did." He declined to single out individual Bear performers on the ground that it takes seven men to make up a line, and any seven who were in the game at one time were playing football all the way. Hunk did have praise for several Packers - Buckets Goldenberg and Charley Brock, "who always play good football against us," and Baby Ray and Paul Berezney. It was concluded by all concerned that the first two touchdowns were the result of breaks - a fumble which Bulldog Turner picked up, and the partly blocked pass that Luckman took - but you can't escape the fact that the Chicagoans made those breaks and they capitalized on them in a matter of seconds. The offensive strength of the Bears was supplied by a familiar cast including Sid Luckman, Gary Famiglietti, Ray McLean, Harry Clark, Hugh Gallarneau and Frank Maznicki. Besides the five touchdowns they got, three others were called back for penalties. Bob Nowaskey and John Siegal each took a Luckman pass across the goal line for scores that didn't count, and Clark exploded through the middle of the line for 40 yards in another futile endeavor. The Nowaskey touchdown was made on the next play anyhow when Ray McLean accepted a pass in the end zone...EXTREMELY HAPPY: Down in Norman, Okla., the man who is responsible for the point-scoring machine that is the Chicago Bears, George Halas by name, is now a lieutenant commander in the navy. Asked by telegraph for comment on the result, he replied this morning that he'd prefer not to comment "except to say I'm extremely happy that the Bears won." Those who know Halas' intensity for football will tell you that "extremely happy" is probably an understatement...CONSOLATION?: If there was any consolation in the defeat, it was the Packers' fourth quarter drive for a touchdown, sparked by a series of eight passes with Don Hutson on the receiving end of most of them, including the payoff play. It made the 20th consecutive game in which Isbell has thrown a touchdown pass and enlarged the point scoring and yard gaining of the Packer passing duo, but the game was much too far gone then for the Bay fans to hope. The touchdown play, for a six-year gain, was a typical Isbell-to-Hutson affair, with the sticky-fingered end taking the ball while kneeling on one knee just the goal line, from between McLean and Chucker O'Rourke...MARKED MEN: If the afternoon was a long one, the train trip home Sunday night was longer. Everyone of the players who saw service had his face marked in some way, with Pete Tinsley's right eye cut severely for the most serious injury. Buckets Goldenberg, whose play at guard brought him a great hand from the crowd when he left the game in the fourth quarter. had a gash across his forehead and all the others bore an assortment of scratches, bruises and cuts. Isbell took a heavy beating at the hands of the charging Bear forwards. He threw 36 passes, and if they left him standing upright after any of them it was on a play I just didn't see. The Bears didn't escape without injuries, however. Danny Fortmann left the game in the second quarter, and Chicago writers commented that it was the first time they had ever seen it happen in his seven years of play...LUCKY SEATS: As though to accommodate the crowd behind the south end zone, in the first base line stands, most of the scoring took place there. Three of the five Bear touchdowns, their field goal, and the Packers' score all occurred on that end of the field...CAGE FROLIC: The Bears came up with a basketball play in the fourth quarter that netted a 15-yard gain. They lined up with players spread all over the field in small groups. Turner, the center, turned around and scooped the ball underhanded to Harry Clark behind left tackle. He whirled and threw two-handed to Sid Luckman, back in passing position, and Luckman lobbed the ball to forward McLean in the flat zone for a gain...NIFTY STEPPER: One of the neatest bits of running was creditd to Maznicki, the Boston college rookie, with the Chicagoans. Apparently trapped at the sideline after a right end run at midfield, he squirmed through a concentration of players and raced all the way to the Packer 14-yard line, setting up a touchdown which McLean made after Nowaskey's catch was called back. Lou Brock contributed a similar gain after the Bears thought they had him stopped. And Luckman, on his long scamper after intercepting Isbell's deflected pass, had a full head of steam up when he caught the ball and weaved back and forth in beautiful fashion, all the way down the east sidelines, with four or five Packers fooled by his shifting...OLD HOME WEEK: Ex-pro gridders in service who were present for the game included George Paskvan and Charley Schultz of the Packers, from the Iowa pre-flight school, and Bob Swisher and George Corbett of the Bears. Paskvan, between halves, talked on naval aviation recruiting. Special squadrons are being formed on behalf of the Bears and Cardinals, who will compete in a recruiting drive. Paskvan had a lot of trouble with the public address system. The length of the wire slowed the speaker up, with the result that the Badger fullback had started his next word before the last one came back on the speaker - like talking in competition with his own echo...HELPFUL FANS: The crowd cooperated perfectly in returning kicked footballs from the stands, helped along by the announcement that all such balls will be sent to service posts for use...MARTIAL AIR: When the band, an American Legion organization, representing the Chicago Board of Trade post, played "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition", the entire crowd joined in and clapped hands in time. Colonel Armin Hand was the director. Between halves the band's drum major and seven majorettes from Chicago high schools led maneuvering on the field, climaxed by twirling exhibitions by six of them...$20,000 FOR BALL: The football used in the game was auctioned off by bids for purchase of war bonds, and the highest announced bid was $20,000, after a business firm first offered $15,000 and then increased its offer. A beverage company, it was announced, won the ball from the Detroit-Chicago game for the purchase of $10,000 in bonds, and presented it, completely autographed, to the Great Lakes Naval Training station...POST MORTEM: The trip home reminded us of the remark of one of the Packer officials on the long journey to Green Bay after the playoff defeat last December. "This is the post mortem, when he determine of which the patient died," he remarked, "but unfortunately, the patient has died and the post mortem is of no avail."
NOV 16 (Chicago) - About the most charitable comment on that humiliating carnage here Sunday afternoon would be to say it was too bad it happened. Journalistic honesty, however, forbids one to let it go at that. The Green Bay Packers just were not playing the kind of football of which they are capable, and all the excuses or explanations in the world cannot alter that fact. You might even say, and not be far wrong, that they were not even playing football. At least not the traditional Green Bay brand. "I never," declared one veteran scribe in the press box, "saw a Green Bay team play that badly." That may have been laying it on a bit thick, because there have been other terrible trimmings, but it sums up the general attitude of those who know their football teams. One can't deny the Bears are a great team, but they definitely are not almost five-and-a-half times as good as the Packers. The Packers not only were overwhelmed by the Bears, but they didn't seem to give a hang. They obviously left their pride at home, because there can't be any other explanation for the way they took all that unnecessary shoving around. If the Packers had no heart for battle, they also had no head for it. A summary of mental lapses and poor tactics would be boring, so I'll just cite one instance. It was late in the second quarter, with just a minute and a half to play. On fourth down, with 15 yards to go, the Packers didn't punt. They passes, incomplete. The Bears took possession on the Green Bay 30, and a moment later they had their third touchdown. Some psychologist might be able to dope out a reason, and make it sound plausible. The ordinary football fans will remember, though, that their trusted and lauded Green Bay Packers did not come through...The crowd in the large baseball press box, filled with visiting scribes and people who knew somebody, was mostly on the side of the Packers. They really would have enjoyed seeing the Bears set down on their heels. Bu the Packer boosters had to be satisfied with little. They cheered when the Isbell to Hutson touchdown pass brought Green Bay's insignificant six points. My seat placed me next to Dave Hoff, Associated Press writer who was there in the role of a spectator. Dave has been living in Chicago for nearly two years, but he was plugging for the Packers. Hoff, by the way, had covered the Michigan-Notre Dame game the day before, and has all kinds of praise for the Wolverines...These football trips have compensations, even if your team doesn't win, because you are sure to run across people you wouldn't see anywhere else. While trying to puzzle out the system of ramps that inflict Wrigley field, I bumped into Art Murphy, former secretary of the Green Bay Association of Commerce. Art, now located in Gary, Ind., was plugging for the Packers as usual. At the Knickerbocker hotel the night before there was a trim-looking naval officer who happened to be Ensign Charlie Schultz. Ensign Schultz was in Chicago to see his old Packer teammates and to take in the game Sunday afternoon. He's taking the course at Iowa City Pre-Flight, and said he'll graduate soon.Another acquaintance was Lieutenant Sterling Shipla of the United States Army. The former Oconto and St. Norbert athlete recently won his commission, and is assigned to supervising calisthenics at Chicago.
NOV 16 (Chicago) - Green Bay made three errors in the first half, and each produced a touchdown for the Chicago Bears yesterday in Wrigley field. Now the Packers know, if they didn't know before, that you can't spot the champions of professional football 21 points. The Bears gracefully accepted Green Bay's assistance, and added two touchdowns and a field goal in the second half to make it practically certain that the divisional championship for 1942 will remain in Chicago. Green Bay's mistakes turned the battle into a rout, but few in the capacity crowd of 42,787 ever thought the Bears could be whipped. The Packers' mistakes - we can't seem to forget Chuck Sample's fumble which Bulldog Turner ran 42 yards to score and Sid Luckman's interception of Cecil Isbell's deflected pass and Sid's 54 yard return for the second touchdown - were all the points the Bears actually needed for victory. The whole affair was just that easy, and, as the contest slowly dragged to inevitable conclusion, the Bears added a last ludicrous touchdown with a razzle-dazzle formation behind which two Bears played pitch and then looked for a receiver downfield...REFUSE TO KICK: The Bears' third touchdown was a product of the Packers' refusal to kick on fourth down with a minute to play in the half. The champs took over on Green Bay's 30. Charley O'Rourke passed to Bob Nowaskey for 29 yards and John Petty plunged over. A blocked kick led to the Bears' fourth touchdown, after which the champions upped the requirements and played double or nothing. They lost a touchdown by holding and forfeited another for illegal use of the hands, so O'Rourke finally threw far downfield to Ray McLean for the final touchdown, a total gain of 65 yards. On this play the Packers were offside, but what do you think the Bears did about the offer of 5 yards? This refusal gave the Packers 100 percent in deportment. They didn't lose a single yard by penalty all afternoon. The Bears were the same bad boys, however, who have marked up a league record for misconduct. They were penalized 118 yards, which included five 15 yarders and once Lee Artoe, Bear tackle, and Cecil Isbell, halfback, were admonished for unnecessary roughness, the rebuke cancelling as it were. The Packers' attack all season has been a passing combination, Isbell to Don Hutson, that has broken all manner of league records. The Packers also have never had a sound rushing game and opponents know it. Isbell's skill and Hutson's speed have beaten mediocre foes, but the Bears' line is not mediocre. Artoe, Ed Kolman, Ray Bray, Danny Fortmann and Turner are big, rough men...ISBELL'S PASS HURRIED: Consequently, Isbell's passes were always hurried, making only short gains when completed, and the Bears' five man secondary, plus Fortmann when he decided to drop back, had receivers shackled except for Green Bay's touchdown when the champions led, 31 to 0. Isbell threw 38 passes and completed 20, according to our book. Hutson, who was a flanker on either end of the Packer line, had 19 passes thrown to him. He caught 9 and many of the others were misdirected. Hutson finally had a chance to climax the Packers' touchdown move by kneeling in the Bears' end zone for the score. Hutson's longest gain by pass reception, incidentally, was 17 yards. The Bears never changed their fundamental defensive formation, which may or may not be a record. There was no reason to alter it, for that matter. The Packers also stuck to a six man line with two tightly drawn backersup and three men in the next row.
NOV 21 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers pulled into this great metropolis today, and the New York Giants still held every hope that Gotham would remain
bad luck for Don Hutson. The Wisconsin monsters
arrived in 9:30 this morning, and, after a quick check-in
at the Hotel New Yorker, went direct to the Polo grounds
for a workout. The Packers finished their practice as the
crowd started to fill the stadium for game this afternoon
between Fordham and Missouri - a good advertising
stunt that should help at the box office Sunday. The 
game on Sunday will start at 1:30 (central war time),
and will be broadcast over radio station WTMJ with Bob
Heiss at the mike. Clarke Hinkle, former Packer back,
will be interviewed between halves. The advance seat
sale has been encouraging. A large crowd is expected.
Dapper Don, who can do just about everything with a
football but make it sit up and sing "Jingle, jingle, 
jingle", was the big topic of conversation today as Curly
Lambeau prepared to uncover his team for the first time
here since 1940 when the Giants scored a 7-3 victory...
NO T.D.'S FOR HUSTON: Hutson has never scored a
touchdown against the Giants, and therein lies the hope
of Stout Steve Owen and his footballers. In Hutson's
career, the Packers have scored 92 points against New
York but Don has had no part in the entertainment. It
might possibly be a slight case of whistling in the dark
but Owen is of the opinion that his team has a fair
chance to whip the Packers. "Don't get me wrong. That
is a great club Lambeau has and they should be
favored to beat us. There are extenuating circumstances
and there may lie the difference. You see after a loss by
as big a margin as the Packers did last Sunday (38-7)
there is bound to be a reaction. If that beating has left
the Packers down we might beat them." A letdown,
incidentally, is Lambeau's biggest worry, although his
weekly statement ran something like this: "There should
be no letdown because we only play 60 minutes every
Sunday."...HUMOROUS FELLOW: Owen, a humorous
fellow, was in a reminiscent mood today in discussing
Cecil Isbell and Hutson. "I used to have a pretty good
passing combination, too, Eddie Danowski and Tom
Goodwin. Goodwin was a good man. He once caught
26 passes and led the league. Isn't that a laugh? 
Huston has caught 57 passes in eight  games, 17 for 
touchdowns. Not even the Bears were able to stop him."
The Giants also will have their eyes peeled on Andy Uram,
the Minnesota flash. Uram is regarded around here as the
best runner the Packers have, although Tony Canadeo and
Ted Fritsch can't be overlooked. Lambeau is expecting to 
tee off with his No. 1 team including Larry Craig at blocking
quarterback; Isbell and Uram at the halves; Lou Brock at
fullback; Hutson and Joe Carter or Ray Riddick at the ends;
Paul Berezney and Baby Ray at tackles; Captain Buckets
Goldenberg and Bill Kuusisto at guards; and Charley Brock
at center.
NOV 21 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, despite their 38 to 7 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bears last week, are slight favorites to defeat the New York Giants when they meet at the Polo Grounds here Sunday. After a workout Saturday, Coach Curly Lambeau reported his ace pass receiver, Don Hutson, who was handicapped by an injury last week, was in good condition and predicted the Packers would start rolling on the offensive. "We played good ball the first half against the Bears until some poor judgment and alert Chicago defensive play put us in the hole". He went on: "An early fumble gave the Bears a score, but from then until late in the half it was an even battle. Then an intercepted pass and an incomplete fourth down pass deep in our own territory pushed two more touchdowns the Bears' way." Although dissatisfied with some of his players' work against the Bears, Lambeau plans to stick pretty much to the same lineup that has carried him through the season with only two losses, both to the Bears. Coach Steve Owen's Giants have had an in and out season and do not figure to defeat the Packers unless Green Bay's game is far off the usual Packer stride. Owen's chief hope rests in a defense that has usually held the Packers within bounds and the all around offensive play of Tuffy Leemans.
NOV 22 (New York) - That magic man with the magnetic mitts, that No. 1 pass receiver of all-time football history, otherwise DON HUTSON himself, will whisk over the Polo Grounds this afternoon to the amazement of some 30,000 fans, to the delight of his Green Bay Packer mates and to the chagrin of the New York Giants. Pitted against terrific opposition, the Giants at least won't have to worry about box office competition, as the Dodgers "play" in Washington. Win, lose or draw, Hutson is certain to stage a great show. The blonde comet from Alabama, who has broken all aerial receiving records while making five all-league teams and winning the Most Valuable Player award last year, has widened his baffling repertoire with a couple of new tricky plays devised by Coach Curly Lambeau. The colorful Packers are strictly aerialists. Cecil Isbell, who can pitch blindfolded into Hutson's hams, has set several new passing records and rates right behind Sammy Baugh for league forward passing honors. The team is really built around Hutson, who holds more records than any other pro performer, and they've eschewed their once-great ground game. Leading Packer rusher is Tony Canadeo, with only 192 yards in 60 attempts. The Giants, though, have proven perennial jinxes against Hutson. The curly-haired kangaroo has never tallied a touchdown in seven league games against the Polo Grounders. Coach Steve Owen believes that if his charged can keep that slate clean today, they'll win. The Packer-Giant rivalry is the closest in league history - in fact, absolutely 50-50. In 20 league games since '28, each has won ten, none have been tied. Each won once in two title playoffs, and a preseason game in Green Bay last year ended 17-17!
NOV 22 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, routed out of the fight for the western division championship by the Bears a week ago, enter the home stretch of their campaign Sunday on a far away field. They will meet the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in the first game of a two game eastern junket on which a week later they will play the Philadelphia Eagles at Philadelphia. On December 6 they will run down the curtain against Bill Dudley and the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park. Except for their prestige, the Packers will have little at stake in any of their remaining games. The Bears took care of everything a week ago, sewing up the divisional championship except for a remote mathematical possibility. The Packers are proud of their prestige in pro ball, however, and the chance to add to it has kept the team on its toes. The physical condition, despite the battering received from the Bears, was good. Don Hutson, who was handicapped a week ago by a sore foot, has fully recovered. The Packers, 33 strong, left Green Bay Friday morning, arrived in New York Saturday morning and worked out there lightly Saturday afternoon. They set up their headquarters at the New Yorker. The game will be one of a round of four. In others, the Bears will meet the Detroit Lions at Detroit, the Cardinals will play the Steelers at Pittsburgh and the Brooklyn Dodgers will face Washington, eastern divisional leaders, at Washington. The Lions, according to their coach, Bull Karcis, have had a hard time waiting for this shot at the Bears since holding the champions, 16-0, three weeks ago. Detroit had yet to win a league game. The Bears have yet to lose a game, either in the league or out. They will be after their twentieth win in a row. At Washington, where Sammy Baugh and associated Redskins, have convinced everyone except the mathematicians that the eastern division race is over, the Brooklyn Dodgers will attempt to salvage something from a season which promised to be their best but has turned out to be one of their worst. Washington is a top heavy favorite. Grandstand crystal gazers see nothing but another Steeler triumph against the crippled Chicago Cardinals. Although the stage is perfectly appointed for upsets, it is not likely that the Bears will stumble around any at Detroit. They already have enough reasons for "running up a bill" on the Lions. Intensely proud, the champions never quite recovered from having their record spoiled by the Green Bay defeat a year ago.
NOV 18 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau took stock of his Green Bay Packers late Tuesday and found 13 players with bothersome, some serious, injuries as
the team prepared for the battle with the Giants at New
York City next Sunday. Guard Pete Tinsley was hit in
the eye by the fist of a Chicago Bear lineman Sunday
and later took a punch in the same spot from the same
players' elbow. Four stitches were required to close the
wound on the lower lid. He is expected to play Sunday,
however. Tinsley's right eye will be covered with a
bandage for several days. Standing five feet, 8 inches
tall and weighing 200 pounds, Tinsley is in his fifth 
season with the Bays. Other injuries recorded by Bud
Jorgenson, trainer, in Lambeau's stadium office: Ted
Fritsch - charley horse; Captain Buckets Goldenberg - 
knee, cut over forehead; Cecil Isbell - leg, charley horse;
Don Hutson - ankle, bruises on legs; Harry Jacunski - 
knee; Paul Berezney - shoulder; Russ Letlow - ribs;
Tony Canadeo - shoulder; Joe Carter - back; Baby Ray -
knee; Fred Vant Hull - knee; Chuck Sample - shoulder.
Earl Ohlgren, former Minnesota end who hasn't see
action since the Detroit game in Milwaukee Oct. 11, will
be ready for the New York Giant game in New York next
Sunday. Ohlgren hurt his back in the Washington
exhibition before the league season, and then injured
a knee...CARRYING "HEAVY" ANKLE: Most damaging
of the injuries are those to Hutson and Isbell. Besides
being bothered with a cold, Hutson is carrying a "heavy"
ankle around this week. He sprained it in the Cleveland
game and didn't put in any practice before the Bear
game. Besides having a charley horse, Isbell has a bad
leg which was made worse in the Bear game. The
Packers, despite their cripples, got down to some 
serious work for the New York encounter today. A light
contact session featured aerial plays with Canadeo 
doing most of the passing. Lambeau also gave his 
ground attack a good workout in view of the fact that
Hutson usually has tough sledding against the Giants.
Green Bay will be facing a full strength New York team.
Tuffy Leemans, the Superior, Wis., fullback, who saw
brief action against Washington last Sunday, will be
ready. Leemans received a concussion in the Bear
game in Chicago Oct. 18. The Giants have missed the
inspirational Leemans just like the Redskins would be
weakened without Sammy Baugh, and the Packers
without Hutson. Ward Cuff, former Marquette star; 
Merle Hapes, rookie from Mississippi and the team's
leading ball carrier, and Bill Edwards, brilliant guard,
have fully recovered from injuries. Coach Steve Owen
was forced to make some changes in his backfield. 
Leemans will be at quarterback in place of Leland
Shaffer who started against Washington last week. Cuff
will hold down his usual right halfback position and 
Andy Marefos who performed splendidly against the
Redskins will operate at fullback. As a special surprise,
Bob Trocolor, Alabama rookie who lives in Brooklyn,
may work at left half. The Packers will leave Green Bay
at 11 o'clock Friday morning and will arrive in New 
York Saturday afternoon.
NOV 18 (Green Bay) - New York, the biggest city in the
NFL, is a jinx to Green Bay Packers' Don Hutson who
hails from the smallest city in the circuit. Hutson never
has scored a point against the New York Giants in
league competition. He joined the Green Bay club in 
1935, and faced the New Yorkers in six of the seven
games the two teams played during that span. Two of
these tests were championship battles. The wiry Bay
end missed the Nov. 21, 1938 contest because of an
injured knee. He played for a brief spell against the
Giants in the championship game in New York of Dec. 
12, 1938. The Packers lost, 15-3, Nov. 21 and dropped
the championship, 23-17, Dec. 12. That knee injury was
his first real hurt of any kind in a football uniform,
including a year in high school at Pine Bluff, Ark., and
four years with Alabama. His present ankle sprain
represents the second time the end was handicapped.
He sprained the ankle in Cleveland a week ago last
Sunday, and his action against the Bears last Sunday
didn't exactly heal it. Hutson started against the Giants
in their last appearance here in 1935 but failed to score
on passes from Arnie Herber who was the Cecil Isbell
of that period, although the Bays won, 16-7. A year later
Hutson was bottled up in New York as the Packers won
26-14. In 1937 the scribes said that "Hutson was
covered like a tent" as the Giants blanked the Bays, 10-
0. Former Captain Milt Gantenbein started at left end
and Hutson hit his chance in the second quarter...
BECKER STAR OF GAME: Before the first game in
1938, the Giants spent their entire week drilling a 
defense for Hutson under the direction of Bo Molenda,
but Wayland Becker played for the injured Hutson that
day and was the star of the game, although the Bays
lost 15-3. Hutson finished the season, nevertheless,
with the most touchdowns in the league, nine. Becker
started for Hutson in the 1938 championship game at
New York as the pass-catching star saw limited action,
and the scribes had this to say: "An injury to Hutson 
played a major part in the Bays' defeat." In 1939 the
Packers and Giants clashed in Milwaukee for the 
​championship, and, although Hutson didn't score, he
played a major part in the Packers' convincing 27-0
victory. His chief duty was that of a decoy, setting up
two of the three touchdowns by catching passes and 
then decoying while his mates scored...KEEP SHARP
WATCH: The last time the Packers and Giants played
in league competition was in 1940, with the Giants
winning, 7-3. The Giants kept a sharp watch on Hutson
as the score indicates. While Hutson was having his
trouble with the Giants, his passing mate, Isbell, was starring as a runner. Cec ranked among the first five backs in yards gained for three years until he was turned into a passer. The next "worst" team for Hutson is Philadelphia. Don scored only two touchdowns against the Eagles, both in 1937, he made six T.D.'s each against Brooklyn, Pittsburgh and Washington. Hutson's "soft touch" is Cleveland, the Rams falling victims 16 times. The Chicago Bears, arch rivals of the Packers, are the second-easiest for Hutson, the Packer end touching the Bruins for 13 six-pointers. Next are Detroit with 12 and the Chicago Cardinals with 10. Hutson has scored only two touchdowns running, one each against the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cardinals in 1941. Both were made on Hutson's patented end-around play. With an ankle almost the size of a pumpkin, Hutson again faces a dull weekend in New York. One thing's certain, though. Trainer Bud Jorgenson is working day and night on Don's valuable ankle.
NOV 18 (Chicago) - Calf roping on the wide open spaces of a Texas ranch and forward passing in the NFL today became related accomplishments. Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins is responsible for tying the two together. Baugh, according to league statistics, increased his lead over Cecil Isbell of Green Bay by completing 19 out of 26 passes against the New York Giants last Sunday and appears headed for his third individual aerial championship in six seasons. Baugh has completed 108 passes in 185 attempts, while Isbell is in second place with 103 completions in 190 attempts. With two games yet to play - against Brooklyn and Detroit - "Slingin' Sammy" virtually is a cinch to break the all-time league record for the number of completions in a season. He needs only 10 more completions to top the mark of 117 set by Isbell a season ago. If the record comes his way Baugh will attribute it to his offseason occupation as a rancher...TUNED FOR PASSING: "Roping calves really keeps me tuned for passing," Baugh says. "It keeps your eye awful sharp, makes you trigger-quick and calls for a lot of snap in the wrist. You gotta hit them calves quick, because the little old things don't wait around to give you a second shot. The same technique holds for my forward passing." Baugh is the fastest passer in the National league. He throws with a rapid, snap action. Most of his passes, in contrast to Isbell's, are short ones. The Redskins make no attempt to form a "protective pocket" for Baugh on his passes. He doesn't need it. He throws so speedily that the ball is away before a lineman gets a chance to break through and get him. When he first came into the pro league Baugh threw only "bullet" passes. Recently he developed a "change of pace" and now mixes in a lob pass...DUPLICATE HERBER'S FEAT: If Baugh retains his place in front of the passing pack he'll become the second star in National league history to top the circuit three times in that department. Arnie Herber accomplished the feat in 1932-34-36. In six seasons in the National league, Baugh has completed 524 out of 850 attempted passes for a gain of 6.,379 yards. How accurate his tosses are is indicated by the fact that only 71 have been intercepted. While Baugh stretched his passing superiority, Don Hutson of Green Bay continued his runaway leadership in pass receiving and scoring...HUTSON TOP SCORER: Hutson has snagged 57 passes to 21 for his nearest rival, Dante Magnani of Cleveland. He has a record breaking total of 110 points as contrasted with 42 for Ray McLean of the Chicago Bears, who is second. Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh and Merlyn Condit of Brooklyn continue to top the ball carriers. Dudley has gained 591 yards in 131 attempts and Condit 524 yards in 86 tries.
NOV 19 (New York) - No, they're not civilian airplane spotters, sonny, they're New York's football Giants. Then what are they stating up at the sky for? Well, they've got stiff necks from watching Sammy Baugh's passes fly overhead last week, and Coach Steve Owen has had them drilling for hours against the expected aerial barrage when the Hutson Green Bay Company sets up a branch office at the Polo Grounds this 
NOV 19 (Green Bay) - Ray Riddick, who in 1940 said he would rather play football than eat, will go back to the food front next Sunday afternoon. The former Green Bay Packer right end, now end coach at Dartmouth university, will join the 1942 Packers in New York Saturday morning and will play against the Giants Sunday afternoon, Coach Curly Lambeau announced today. Riddick finished active duty at Dartmouth last Saturday when his team lost to Cornell, 21-19. Riddick also will play against Philadelphia Sunday, Nov. 29, and against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Packers' last game at Milwaukee Dec. 6. Copies of new plays being practiced this week have been set to Riddick and Lambeau expects the wing to be ready for action. He is in great physical condition. Standing six feet one inch and weighing 220 pounds, Riddick is one of a few pro players who has gone through a game without relief. Ray performed this stunt against Cleveland there in 1940. A regular for three years under Coach Jimmy Crowley at Fordham, Riddick was a member of the Eastern college All-Stars and helped upset the New York Giants before coming to Green Bay. Lambeau also announced the release of Keith Ranspot, an end who joined the Packers after the Cardinal game in Chicago. Ranspot scored a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in Milwaukee...STILL HAVE SEVEN ENDS: Signing of Riddick leaves the Packers with seven ends - Don Hutson, Joel Mason, Joe Carter, Harry Jacunski, Earl Ohlgren, John Stonebraker and Riddick. Today's drill featured a lively exhibition of passing with Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson taking an active part for the first time this week. Both were bothered with injuries after the Chicago Bear game last Sunday. The other Packer cripples are in good shape. Pete Tinsley, who received a cut over his right eye in the Bear test, is in uniform and is expected to be ready for the Giants. Tinsley, incidentally, created quite a bit of talk several years ago when the Bays invaded New York. Tinsley, 'twas said, was billed as a hillbilly from the south who didn't like to wear shoes. He was never known to go barefooted in Green Bay, though. To this day (his fifth year here), Tinsley can boast one of the most southern accents on a team that reeks of the Confederacy. Pete played collegiate football at Georgia, and his home is in Spartanburg, S.C., although he spends much time in Green Bay. Captain Buckets Goldenberg, who was the star of the Packer line against the Bears, put in a lively workout Wednesday. Buckets, 31, in his tenth season here, received a cut over his forehead and numerous bumps and bruises...RESPECT FOR PACKERS: Out in New York, the Giants have plenty of respect for Lambeau's Packers. Seventy-five percent of the Giants personnel picked the Packers to whip the Bears last Sunday. Headed by Coaches Steve and Bill Owen, a total of 24 Giants had eyes for the Packers. Even after the Bears whipped the Bays, the Giants, according to a New York paper, said that Green Bay was the victim of two tough breaks that got the Packers off to a bad start. The Packers, as usual, will go into New York with a chip on their shoulder. The Giants, out of the Eastern division race, can make their season a success by beating Green Bay. Sunday's will be the 21st game between the largest (city) and smallest in the National league, and the contest will be something of a "rubber" game because each team holds 10 victories. The teams never played a tie game...SPLIT IN TITLE GAMES: In two championship tests, the Giants beat the Packers at New York, 23 to 17, in 1938 and the Packers took the Giants apart, 27 to 0, in Milwaukee in 1939. The Chicago Bears will attempt to clinch a tie for the Western division championship at Detroit Sunday afternoon. In the only other contest, the Brooklyn Dodgers invade Washington where the Redskins will go out to clinch the Eastern division title. The Packers will leave at 11 o'clock Friday morning on the North Western's 400. They expect to get into New York Saturday morning, and will drill at the Polo Grounds Saturday afternoon. Sunday's game is scheduled at the Polo Grounds. 
NOV 19 (Chicago) - Next to stopping the Chicago Bears, the most difficult job in the NFL is returning a punt, kickoff or intercepted pass for a touchdown. Ball handlers have made 701 attempts thus far this season, returning 6.31 miles in 43 games, but only 15 times have they penetrated through to the enemy goal line, according to official statistics released today.
Broken down, those figures reveal a player intercepting
a pass, field a punt or receiving a kickoff can get back
up the field only 15.8 yards on the average and has only
one chance in every 47 of scoring...AN ANDERSON
SPECIALTY: The Bears, who undoubtedly spend more
time developing kickoff plays than any other team in the
league, lead in this department, a specialty with Coach
Hunk Anderson. They have bought back 16 kicks 29.3
yards on the average. First place in punt returns 
belongs to Pittsburgh, which entrusts this chore to Bill
Dudley, the league's leading ground gainer. The Steeler
average is 14.1 yards per return. The Bears are the
most dangerous club with an intercepted pass, although
the figures indicate the New York Giants who are less
apt to come up with an enemy aerial, will go farthest 
with it. They have intercepted only 11 passes, but their
average return is 18.7 yards. The Bears lead the league
in touchdowns on interceptions with three.
NOV 19 (Chicago) - A break in the schedule, which left
Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cardinals free to participate
in war relief exhibitions, caused changes in leadership
in the NFL's individual statistics for punt and kickoff
returns this week. Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh surrendered
first place among punt handlers to Merlyn Condit of
Brooklyn. Condit carried back one kick for five yards
against Philadelphia, forcing Dudley out of a tie in the
lead. It was Condit's 16th return in eight games. Dudley,
first among handlers of kickoffs for several weeks, also
was overtaken by Dante Magnani of Cleveland, who
received one kickoff against Detroit to tie the Steeler
rookie at 10 apiece. Sammy Baugh, defending champ,
remained at the top of the list in punting, with Jack
Jacobs, the Cleveland rookie, also holding his runnerup
position, although he has been in the army air corps for
several weeks. Len Barnum of Philadelphia continues 
to be the busiest punter, having kicked 45 times. Don
Huston did not prevent the Green Bay defeat or an
injured foot from delaying his bid for a new title. The
slender Packer veteran went into a tie for first place in
pass interceptions when he snared two Bear aerials.
This gave him six, the same number as Bulldog Turner,
the Bear center. Turner, however, has returned more yards and has one touchdown.
NOV 20 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's pass-conscious Packers let their local bailiwick today on a ten-day eastern tour that will feature football contests in New York City and Philadelphia. The first bit of business will take place in New York's Polo grounds, home of Gotham's football and baseball Giants, Sunday afternoon when the Packers will test Coach Steve Owen's up-and-coming grid Giants. The following Sunday Coach Curly Lambeau will send his Packers against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Green Bay club will close its season against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Milwaukee Sunday, Dec. 6. Billed as the "spectacular Packer monsters" in New York, the Packers are expected to attract something like 30,000 customers despite the fact that the Giants are closing out a dismal season. The big attraction seems to be the Cecil Isbell-Don Hutson passing combination. Portly Owen told his gridders earlier this week: "Stop Isbell and Hutson and you will beat the Packers Sunday. If the Packers must throw a lot of passes to gain that will be your benefit if you are on the job and grab some of them. Hutson is dangerous. He's scored 14 touchdowns on passes this season. But he's never made a touchdown against the Giants in a league contest."...SHARP WORKOUT: Still limping, both Isbell and Hutson are expected to be in better shape for the Giants than they were for the Bears last Sunday. Hutson and Isbell had a sharp workout Thursday and both took part in Lambeau's weekly 40-yard dash program. The Packers, who left this morning at 11 o'clock on the North Western's 400, held a squad meeting at the Hotel Northland. All new plays given out this week were reviewed. A defense for Tuffy Leemans, the rugged Superior, Wis., boy, was arranged. Leemans, wearing a special helmet to protect a brain concussion he received in the recent Bear game, is back in shape for the first time in four weeks. He saw brief action against Washington last Sunday. Green Bay probably will look at a Giant backfield composed of Leland Shaffer at quarterback; Ward Cuff at right half; Leemans at left half; and Andy Marefos at fullback. If Leemans is held back, Bob Trocolor will open at left half...BATTLE OF CENTERS: An interesting sidelight to the Sunday game will be the individual battle between Mel Hein of the Giants and Charley Brock of the Packers, two of the top centers in the league. Hein received all-league honors eight times, while Brock often was forced to take a back seat to Hein. End Ray Riddick, who played with the Packers in 1940 and 1941, will join the Green Bay club in New York. Riddick has finished his work as end coach at Dartmouth university and expects to play in the Packers' three remaining games. The Packers will arrive in Chicago at 2:40 this afternoon and will leave for New York an hour later. They'll get into New York at 9:30 Saturday morning and will drill at the Polo grounds Saturday afternoon. They will headquarter at the Hotel New Yorker but will move to the Westchester County club in Rye, N.Y., Monday to start drills for the Philadelphia game...DRILL FOR PITTSBURGH: The team will leave Philadelphia for Green Bay at 8:14 Sunday night, Nov. 29 and will arrive in Green Bay at 4:38 Monday afternoon in the Milwaukee Road. Practice for the Pittsburgh test in Milwaukee will start Tuesday Dec. 1. Two other league games are scheduled in the league Sunday afternoon. The Chicago Bears invade Detroit and the Brooklyn Dodgers go to Washington.
NOV 20 (Green Bay) - In baseball, pitching is generally regarded as 80 percent of a team's strength. In football, the pitching department (passing to you) should represent slightly under 33 percent of a squad's attack. This year's Green Bay Packer team is a big exception to the rule. With Cecil Isbell, Tony Canadeo and Joe Laws forming the mound corps, the Green Bay Packers have slightly more than 67 percent of their attack wrapped up in their pitchers - and catchers. The Packers' eight ball carriers, and one of them is catcher Don Hutson, represents only 32 percent of Coach Curly Lambeau's attack. In cold figures the Packers made 1,861 yards in the air and 908 on the ground for a total of 2,679. Cleveland has just over 50 percent of its attack in the air, while the Philadelphia Eagles, led by passer Tommy Thompson, gained 48 percent of their yards in the air. Pittsburgh, which meets Green Bay in Milwaukee Dec. 6, boasts 75 percent of its attack on the ground. Sophomore Tony Canadeo and freshman Chuck Sample are leading the Green Bay ground business. Canadeo has gained the most yardage, 192 in 60 attempts for an average of 3.2 yards, while Sample has the best average - 4.2 in picking up 186 yards in 44 attempts. Veteran Lou Brock has carried the ball the most times - 67, and has gained 161 yards for an average of 2.5. Canadeo's 50-yard touchdown run against the Cleveland Rams here was the longest gain from scrimmage for any Packer back. Andy Uram has the longest gain on the ground - 97 yards on a kickoff return at Detroit. Another freshman, Ted Frtisch, had the third-best ranking, with 163 yards in 49 trips for an average of 3.3...STAR DUST: Center Mel Hein of the New York Giants has been named all-league center in eight of the 11 years he played in the circuit. Don Hutson of the Packers received the honor at left end in five out of seven years. Hutson is now in his eighth season and Hein in his 12th. Hutson, the league's most valuable player last year, is certain of the all-loop berth this year again...ROUGH HOUSE: Draw your own conclusions on this. When the Chicago Bears played the Brooklyn Dodgers two weeks ago Dodger George Kinard came out with a broken leg and Tom Robertson received a serious knee injury, not to mention numerous other Brooklyn cuts and bruises. The following Sunday the Packers received 13 serious injuries, the worst of which was a cut on Pete Tinsley's eye, against the Bears. Tuffy Leemans received a concussion in a recent Giant-Bear game...THIS AND THAT: Twelve of the 14 New York Giant backs stand six feet tall or over. The other two, Hubert Barker and Merle Hapes, each scales 5-10. Eleven of the 190 passes thrown by Cecil Isbell were intercepted in the first eight games. He completed 103. The Giants tried more field goals, 12, than any other team in the league and made only two, both by Ward Cuff. The Packers, Cards and Bears are tied in F.G.'s with four each. Ted Fritsch made all four for the Bays; Frank Maznicki for the Bears; and Bill Daddio for the Cards. Chet Adams of Cleveland kicked the longest one - 46 yards against the Packers at Cleveland Nov. 8. Tony Canadeo ranks 20th among National league runners with 192 yards. Bill Dudley of Pittsburgh is tops with 591 yards. The Giants have no runners among the first 20.
NOV 20 (New York) - L.S. stands for both life saver and Leland Shaffer. And Giants' coach Steve Owen hopes the latter will be his former when the Green Bay Packers come to the Polo Grounds for Sunday's game with the Maramen. Shaffer, you see, yesterday was nominated by Owen to guard elusive Don Hutson, greatest pass receiver in football history. It's a man-sized job that Stout Steve has cut out for L.S. As you know, Hutson has set all sorts of unreachable NFL records. This season, so far, he has caught 14 touchdown passes and has snared 57 all told for a total gain of 1,032 yards. However, in all his years in pro competition, Hutson has never been able to capture a scoring pass against the Giants...chiefly because Owen always has believed in assigning his most resourceful and nimble player as guard over Hutson. Owen has great faith in Leland Shaffer and believes he'll be the life saver. The Giants aren't just going to watch Hutson, however. Owen realizes that Andy Uram, speedy, slippery halfback, is used throughout as a decoy for Hutson. So he named Ward Cuff to hound Andy. Uram has been so effective as a Hutson decoy that he now ranks as the third best pass receiver in the NFL, having snared 20 for four touchdowns and 410 yards.
Sunday. Yep, that's Owen over there, the big billowy guy who's saying, "if you backs can stop Isbell and Hutson, you automatically stop the Green Bay attack." By that, sonny, he means that the Packers' ground attack isn't quite up to snuff this year. Their usually ground-gobbling Andy Uram has been held to 76 yards in 23 tries, or just about three per shot. But what they miss overland, they more than match with their stepped-up air assault...ALTERING THE BOOK: The Isbell-Hutson combine is altering the NFL record books practically every week. Dashing Don has taken Slingin' Cecil's tosses for a new mark of 14 touchdowns, which, added to his 26 extra points, gives Hutson a record smashing 110 points scored - with still three more games to be played. That's Tuffy Leemans over there calling signals and chucking the passes. That funny shaped helmet he's wearing is constructed with special layers of sponge rubber to protect the newly mended concussion that kept him out of action for a month following the Bear debacle and allowed him to see only a few minutes against the Redskins last week. But Steve Owen seems to think he's OK now, so he'll probably start against Lambeau's Lambasters if the Giants receive the kickoff...HAPES ON MEND: The fellow in the tailback spot - yeah, that's him limping around a bit - he's Merle Hapes, one of the better rookies. He's hobbling because of a banged up knee one of those big Redskin tacklers presented him with last week. Looks pretty well mended though, and he should be in fine shape by game time. Over there...wait a second. Listen there's Owen barking something at the boys again: "No, no, no. You linesmen aren't charging the passer enough. That's just what those pictures showed you doing against Baugh. He had too much time to pitch 'em. Break through there fast and make Isbell commit himself, or else Hutson will be going over that goal line with the ball in his arms this afternoon." As I was saying, over there pulling those passes out of the clouds, is O'Neale Adams. He's the closest thing to another Hutson this loop has seen in some time. With Leemans chucking to that kid, the Giants have a chance to upset the Packers. At least that's what Stout Steve thinks.