Green Bay Packers (8-2) 35, Card-Pitt (0-9) 20
Sunday November 26th 1944 (at Chicago)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(CHICAGO) - The Packers may be champions of their division in the NFL, which the standings show, but they certainly can change their spots in a hurry. They
changed them Sunday, and with one of their poorest
performances of the fall staggered home in front of the
hapless Card-Pitts before 6,000 shivering fans at
Comiskey park, 35-20. Actually, they did not have to
out out more than they did. They went into the game
with a berth in the playoffs cinched and with nothing
more than the league's worst football team against
them. The Card-Pitts have yet to win a game. Yet they
put on such a lackadaisical performance that 5,999
fans were observed to yawn at some time or another
and the other guy was heard to remark: "Those bums!
How did they ever win the title?"
SLOW MOTION GAME
Only two things saved them - an occasional pass 
which they made to pay off and an occasional end run.
They got four of their five touchdowns directly as a
result of these plays and intercepted a pass for the
fifth. Outside of this, though, they merely went through
the motions, sometimes in slow motion. The 
incomparable Don Hutson, for whom this may have 
been the last regular game of his career, and the
freshman halfback, Paul Duhart, alone kept the
performance from being a total flop. Hutson piled up
17 points, boosting his total for the year to 85, and
Duhart scored 12. Hutson chipped in with two
touchdowns and five extra points and Duhart with two
touchdowns. Don Perkins scored the fifth touchdown
when he couldn't get out of the way of an enemy pass
in the flat with a clear field ahead.
THURBON SCORES TWO
The Card-Pitts showed the only real fire of the 
afternoon, especially in the line, but they needed more
than this to go any place and they didn't have it. Bob
Thurbon scored two of the touchdowns and Gene
Currivan the third. With the victory, the Packers
completed their season with a standing of eight and
two. Only the Bears and Giants beat them. It will be
eight and three, including the playoffs, however, 
unless the boys do an about-face between now and
December 17, for anything like what they showed
Sunday, or what they showed against the Giants a
week before, will lead to another licking beyond
question.
CARD-PITTS SCORE FIRST
The Card-Pitts surprised even themselves by drawing
first blood. Robnett, who played a whale of a game,
intercepted Comp's first pass and ran it back 40 yards
to Green Bay's two before Comp finally ran him out of
bounds. It took three plays from here. Grigas hit
center for one on the first, hit a stonewall on the
second and then turned the job over to Thurbon who
just managed to squeeze over on the third. Baker
added the extra point. But the Packers quickly 
returned the compliment. Hutson intercepted Grigas'
pass in midfield a minute or two later, ran it back 53
yards to the Carpet's two yard line, and that was that.
On third down, Duhart flung himself over left tackle
for the touchdown. Hutson converted. Up to this point
the Packers had failed to make a first down. Early in
the second quarter, however, they finally started to
move and on nine plays drove 46 yards for their 
second touchdown. On two first downs they reached
the Card-Pitts' 20. Fritsch picked up nine on two 
plays and Duhart, on the third, swung wide around
right end for the touchdown. Hutson converted again. But with a seven point lead, the boys decided to take a snooze for themselves and in the closing minutes of the half, the Card-Pitts got the touchdown back although they failed to add the extra point. They first blocked one of Fritsch's punts which gave them the ball on Green Bay's 34, then on second down completed a pass, Grigas to Thurbon, for the touchdown. No fewer than three Packers - Hutson, Brock and Laws - surrounded Thurbon, but they did the famous Alphones-Gaston act, and while they extended these little courtesies to each other, Thurbon took the ball and stepped five or six yards across the goal. A pass for the extra point fell incomplete and the half ended, 14-13.
THREE TIMES AND OVER
The game reached its lowest point in the thid quarter in which the Packers had to drive three times into Card-Pitt territory before they could get up enough steam to go the last few yards. On their first excursion, they reached the 27, then fiddled around aimlessly and gave up the ball on downs. On the second, they reached the 23, but then started to think about what to do with their payoff checks and gave up the ball again. Only on the third, after Hutson had taken a 38 yard pass on the six yard line, did they finally do something with their position. On second down, Comp tossed a short pass to Hutson for the touchdown. Hutson converted. A one man effort gave the Packers their fourth touchdown in the first minute of the fourth quarter - and a one man effort was right in keeping with their game. Perkins took a pass in the flat and with nobody in front of him, loafed 40 yards across the goal. Again Hutson converted. But in two plays, the Card-Pitts had the touchdown back. They took the kickoff on their own 28, then on second down, flipped a pass for 72 yards and the score. Currivan slipped behind the sleeping Packer secondary, easily took Grigas' nice pass, and ran 40 yards alone. Baker added the extra point. A beautiful pass, Comp to Hutson, which covered 42 yards, have the Packers their final points in the last few minutes. They play was the best of the game.
GREEN BAY -  7  7  7 14 - 35
CARD-PITT -  7  6  0  7 - 20
1st - C-P - Bob Thurbon, 1-yard run (Conway Baker kick) CARD-PITT 7-0
1st - GB - Duhart, 1-yard run (Hutson kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Duhart, 11-yard run (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - C-P - Thurbon, 37-yd pass from John Grigas (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 14-13
3rd - GB - Hutson, 36-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-13
4th - GB - Hutson, 6-yard pass from Comp (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 28-13
4th - GB - Perkins, 40-yard interception return (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 35-13
4th - C-P - Don Currivan, 72-yard pass from Grigas (Baker kick) GREEN BAY 35-20
NEWS AND NOTES
GRANGE HEAD OF NEW LEAGUE
NOVEMBER 28 (Chicago) - Harold (Red) Grange, the galloping ghost of Illinois football fame, began his duties Tuesday as president of the newly organized
United States Football league and made plans for the
opening of the 1945 season. "We plan to give the 
best football possible," he said. "We are not going to
fight any other professional league nor are we going to
try and steal players already under contract to other
teams, but we cannot recognize any other league's
claims to unsigned players picked in the draft."
Grange, an insurance broker who played 11 years of
pro football after leading the Illini teams of 1924 and
1925 to record breaking victories, was elected to the presidency at a meeting of the eight league members Monday. His professional football experience also includes two years of coaching the Chicago Bears. Other officers elected included Arthur H. Ehlers, Baltimore, vice president; Howard Parsons, Erie, Pa., secretary, and Charles A. Burns, Akron, treasurer. Parsons said the league had or was obtaining playing sits in Akron, Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Honolulu and Chicago. A Boston franchise will be ready to operate by next year, he said. The Honolulu franchise, Parsons predicted, probably will be placed in Cincinnati during the first season of play because of the war. The professional organization will establish its headquarters in Chicago within two or three weeks. The league plans to consider franchise applications from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas and Cleveland. "We have no coaches yet, but Grange is planning to draw them from the professional ranks. Cliff Battle, former Washington Redskins star, already has agreed to take over one of the teams," Parsons said.
HUTSON APPROACHES FIFTH SCORING TITLE
NOVEMBER 29 (Chicago) - Amazing Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers - who meant to retire three seasons ago - now virtually owns his fifth
straight scoring title and fourth straight pass
grabbing championship in the NFL. The 31
year old Hutson, who last Sunday ended his
tenth campaign except for the playoff, has a
season total of 85 points on nine touchdowns
and 31 extra points. He is 27 points ahead of
Frankie Sinkwich of the Detroit Lions in
second place, who has one game left. Hutson
also has the pass grabbing title apparently
stowed away. Runnerup is lanky Jim Benton
of the Cleveland Rams, who must catch 21
passes in the one remaining contest to equal the incredible Hutson's total of 58. Hutson, who was lured from announced retirement by Coach Curly Lambeau this fall for the third straight season, gained 966 yards on his 58 receptions, the second highest total of his career. Hutson set the league record in 1942 when he piled up 1,211 yards on 74 completions. Other statistics, meanwhile, reveal that halfback Bill Paschal of New York has regained the ground gaining lead from Johnny Grigas of the Chicago-Pittsburgh combine. The defending champion has compiled 625 yards on 149 plays, holding a 15 yard bulge over Grigas, who has 610 on 185 plays. Paschal has two games left and Grigas one. Frankie Filchock of the Washington Redskins continues to hold his passing lead over Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears. Filchock has connected 77 times in 130 attempts. Luckman has 67 completions in 133 tosses, but lags in yardage gained, 1,107 to 965.
BEARS ASSUME DOUBTFUL TITLE
NOVEMBER 30 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears had three new all-time NFL records on the books Thursday. They backed into them, literally. Even Coach Heartley (Hunk) Anderson was not too proud. Here they are: Most penalties in one game, 22. Most yard penalized in one game, 170. Most penalties in one season, 105. The Bears set all three against Philadelphia last Sunday. Official league statistics reveal the team came within five yards of equaling another, the 905 yard mark for most yards penalized in one season. They may crack that one when they close their season against the Card-Pitts at Pittsburgh Sunday. The Bears already held records No. 2 and 2 in the above list and the 905 yard mark, too. Green Bay continued to dominate the offensive play with most yards gained, 3,024; most first downs, 147; most yards gained rushing, 1,517; most touchdowns, 34, and most points, 238. Washington led in most yards from passes, 1,575. The Packers, Don Hutson & Co., however, were third in touchdowns scored on passes on 15. The Bears were tops with 18 and Washington second with 16. Defensively New York leads the league with but 62 points scored against the Giants and 1,693 yards given up.
PACKERS WILL TRAIN IN VIRGINIA
DECEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Weather item: The Packers will take no chances with icy blasts around here, so come next Friday they will shove off for the warm climate, or relatively warm climate, of Charlottesville, Va., where they will put in their last week of work for the championship game December 17...The head master, Curly Lambeau himself, will scout the Washington Redskins and New York Giants at the Polo Grounds Sunday. One or the other now looks likes the probable eastern representative in the playoff...If the Lions beat the Boston Yankees Sunday they will achieve their longest winning streak in their last eight years - five games...Green Bay's three best ball carriers this season were Lou Brock, with an average of 5.5 yards a play, Joe Laws, 4.4, and Ted Fritsch, 3.2...Rumor factory: Sid Luckman will play his last game with the Bears as they close their season against the Card-Pitts Sunday, then sign with one of the eastern clubs in the new rival pro league. "You can bet on this," says Operative 667.
REDSKINS TO MEET GIANTS IN EASTERN PRO GRID FEATURE
DECEMBER 2 (New York) - Two games loaded with explosive possibilities Sunday threaten to snarl the complication standings in the eastern division of the NFL. One will be played in New York between the Washington Redskins and the Giants, tied for the top berth in the division. The other will be played in Philadelphia where the Eagles will try to retain their chance for the title by downing the cellar dwelling Brooklyn Tigers. With two weeks to go before the season's end, the eastern race is as confused as a guy caught in a revolving door. The leading Redskins and Giants each have won six, lost one and tied one. Right on their heels are the Eagles with one victory less and one tie more. In other words, should the Giant-Redskin game end in a tie, and should the Eagles win, the result would be a three way tie for first place. A defeat would eliminate Philadelphia from any chance at the title, regardless of the outcome of the New York-Washington tussle. The Giants are favored to defeat the Redskins, who have not looked too convincing of late, even when victorious. And with Slingin' Sammy Baugh still unable to familiarize himself with Coach Dudley De Groot's T formation style of play, Washington may have to depend upon Frank Filchock to do all the passing. The Giants are in tip top shape with the league's leading ground gainer Bill Paschal fully recovered from the leg injury which has bothered him in the last two games. The Giants may also have huge Lt. Al Blozis, last year's all-league tackle, available for the game. Blozis is at present on a 10 day furlough. Coach Greasy Neale's outfit may find the desperate Tigers a more determined foe than they were a month ago when Philadelphia romped off with a 21-7 triumph. The victory staved Tigers are facing their last chance to avoid a victoryless season and will go all out to clip the Eagles' wings. The two remaining games may decide the fight for the western division runnerup spot to the Green Bay Packers, who clinched the title two weeks ago. The Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, tied for second place, meet the Card-Pitts and Boston Yanks, respectively, in what should end in victories for the Bears and Lions, maintaining their deadlock. It is the last game for all four. The Packers ended their regular season playing schedule last week and are keeping their trunks packed ready to entrain for either New York, Washington or Philadelphia to meet the winner two weeks hence. The Cleveland Rams are idle Sunday, concluding their season next Sunday against Philadelphia in what may turn out to be an important struggle.
BROCK MAY NOT BE READY DECEMBER 17
DECEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Journal) - Whether or not Lou Brock of the Packers, who was injured in the Cleveland game at Green Bay more than a month ago, will be sufficiently recovered to play in the championship game December 17 remains a matter of doubt. Brock has "one of those knees". He has started to work out lightly, but he must still be careful. Whether the knee will stand up or not probably only the game itself will tell. All Green Bay has its fingers crossed...There is no foundation whatever to rumors that Tony Canadeo may obtain a furlough to be with the Packers for the playoffs. The league has a strict rule to cover such a case: "No player who has not been on the active list of a club in its last two games may play in the championship game." Canadeo was not on the active list in Green Bay's last two games - and that's that.
PACKERS RESUME DRILLS FOR PLAYOFF
DECEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers
resumed football practice Monday in preparation for
the NFL championship game after a week long rest
which followed their game of November 25 with the
Card-Pitt combination. The Packers won the western
division title. Workouts this week in Green Bay will
depend on weather conditions. Club officials said that
if snow and cold interfere, the team would be sent to
Charlottesville, Va., and practice there for the title
clash. All players were reported to be in good 
condition. Sunday Coach E.L. Lambeau watched the
New York Giants in action against Washington at New
York, and his aide, Eddie Kotal, scouted the Brooklyn-
Philadelphia game at Philadelphia.
BERTELLI - LOS ANGELES GETS HIM
DECEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - Hear that 
gnashing of teeth in the ranks of the NFL? The 
Slingshot, Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame's all-American
quarterback a year ago, has just signed with Los
Angeles of the rival, new All-America league...
Washington's Redskins looked be at least two
touchdowns better than the New York Giants in their
game at the Polo Grounds Sunday, yet lost. Stupid
football in the clutches cost the Redskins the game.
New York's backfield, except for Paschal and Cuff,
couldn't make a good college team...The Packers, like most clubs, have a rule that in traveling the little guys always gets the upper berths. Thus 178 pound Don Hutson, as valuable to Curly Lambeau as a piece of bric-a-brac to a Park Av. old mail, has never occupied a lower berth in his 10 years with the club.
PACKERS OFF FOR NEW CAMP IN VIRGINIA
DECEMBER 6 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau bundled his Packers on a train at Green Bay this afternoon to get them away from the snow covered practice field at the Bay and the team is now enroute to Charlotetsville, Virginia, to prepare for the playoff game with the eastern champions of the National league December 17. The Packer opponents will not be determined until after Sunday's game. The New York Giants meet the Redskins in Washington while the Philadelphia Eagles play the Cleveland Rams. The three eastern elevens all have a chance at the title.
ALL-STAR PRO ELEVEN DOMINATED BY EAST
DECEMBER 7 (Chicago) - The east, led by the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, dominates the United Press 1944 all-professional football team
selected by 10 veteran sportswriters. New York,
which will play Washington for the eastern 
division championship Sunday, topped all teams
by placing four men on the first team. The 
Eagles got two places and Washington one.
Green Bay's incomparable Don Hutson, a first
team all-pro end for the last seven years, and
New York's sophomore star halfback, Bill 
Paschal, were the only unanimous selections.
In addition to their failure to retain the championship, the Chicago Bears also lost their long standing hold on the all-star team. For the first time since 1937, the Bears placed only one man - center Clyde (Bulldog) Turner - on the first team. Two "old-timers" of the other teams missed: Sid Luckman of the Bears and Sammy Baugh of Washington, both all-pro members three previous years. The consensus was that the two passing stars had not played a sufficient number of games to win berths over players who had performed brilliantly throughout the season. Luckman, a major factor in the Bears' offensive whenever he received leave from the maritime service, was placed on the second team. Baugh was voted honorary mention although he did not play enough to earn a first team spot by three
writers. Next to Paschal and Hutson, the most popular choice
was Sinkwich, who received nine votes for a first team berth
because he was the top all-around back in the league and was
a work horse all season who never slumped to a really bad
performance. Paschal, who recently won the league's ground
gaining championship for the second straight year, had only
one year of freshman football at Georgia Tech before he joined
the Giants. He received six votes for fullback and four for
halfback. His teammate, the hard hitting Ward Cuff, received
one more vote for halfback than did the Eagles' Steve Van
Buren to nose his way into the first team for the second
straight year. Zimmerman was voted to a post after five years
of trying because he was the vital cog in the Eagles'
touchdown machinery and was a standout as a passer, punter,
field general and field goal artist all through the campaign. With
the exception of Turner and Hutson, all men in the line made
their first appearance on the all-star team. Wistert, a second
year man, was the main spring in the best defensive line of
the season, Philadelphia's, while Cope and Younce - who also
starred as a punter - bulwarked the second best defensive line,
New York's. The line is a veteran unit with an average of five
years of professional experience per man. The backfield
averages 197 pounds and the line 216 for an overall average of
209.
STATISTICS TELL WHY PACKERS ARE PICKED
DECEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) - It is all a little confusing, at least on the surface, that the Green Bay Packers, who were so soundly drubbed by the
New York Giants in the regular season, 24-0,
should be favorites in the return meeting for the
championship at the Polo Grounds Sunday. If
the Giants won so handily before, why shouldn't
they win again? Why should the already 
thrashed Packers rule a 7 point choice? - and
that's what they were Thursday morning. It is
all explained by the statistics - the season's
statistics. The Packers may be licked again
Sunday, probably will be if they play as they did
in some of their recent games, yet off the
statistics they logically still must be the choice.
The statistics tell their own little tale. Total 
yards gained in the regular season in which 
each played 10 games? The Packers have a 
decided edge, 3,024 to 2,389. Touchdowns: The
Packers have an edge, 34 to 28. Average gain
per rush? Once more the Packers lead, 3.8 
yards a rush to 3.7. Passing efficiency? The
Packers have an edge in total yards gained,
1,471 to 857, and in percentage of completions,
41% to 37%. Clean ball handling? Once more it
is the Packers who set a league record with 
only 11 fumbles. The Giants, second best in
the league, fumbled 14 times. Pass defense?
The Packers have a lower average of
completions against them, 39% to 44%, even
though the Giants have the best individual interceptor in the league in Livingston. There are some departments in which the Giants excel, of course. They have had better punting, better punt returning, better field goal kicking and a better defense against rushing and this last may turn out to be decisive Sunday. Overall, though, the edge in most departments belong to the Packers. They must logically to be the choice. In any consideration like this, it must also be borne in mind that the Packers played in the tougher end of the league. There was only one soft touch in the west - the Card-Pitts. There were two in the east, Boston and Brooklyn, and even Washington this season, with a balky Sammy Baugh, was not up to par. The intangibles in the game, the condition, the mental approach, the breaks, and so on, no one can do more than guess at. Offhand, though, the Packers with three weeks of rest should be in just as good physical shape as the Giants - in fact, perhaps better, since both Bill Paschal, the league's leading individual ground gainer, and Len Younce, one of the bulwarks in the line, at guard, were injured last Sunday. The Giants should have no edge here.
In mental approach, the Packers should be 
just as high and just as eager as New York. 
Not only have they the sting of the earlier licking
still in their hides, but they can use the winners'
share of the players' pool as well in Green Bay
as the Giants can in New York. The breaks may
well turn out to be the game's turning point, and
in this the Packers must be on their toes 
indeed. New York all season has showed itself
to be a gang of opportunists of the highest 
order. A fumble or a pass in the clutch and the
Giants have gobbled it up. The Packers don't
dare make many, if any, mistakes Sunday. The
statistics also show Green Bay with much
greater diversity of attack. The Packers may 
come by air or they may come by land, and in
either way, if they happen to be "hot", they can
roll. They have a set of six or seven backs
carrying among them - Fritsch, Perkins, Lou
Brock, Laws, Duhart and Comp. The Giants
have pinned their hopes almost solely on Paschal and Cuff. Where the Packers just mentioned have split up the chores fairly even, Paschal has been the real workhorse in New York's backfield, carrying the ball almost as often as the rest of the backs together. Maybe the Giants will win. They have been something of a Cinderella team, since nobody gave them a tumble last August. Off the records, though, the Packers on Thursday were the choice. And here is a little guess that they will come through.
MAJOR LEAGUES BAR FOOTBALL FROM PARKS
DECEMBER 14 (New York) - A battle royal appeared to be in the making Thursday between professional football and major league baseball unless the latter curtails its season. The fight started Wednesday when the major leagues, at their joint winter meeting, voted to bar football from their parks until the home baseball season has been completed. For the most part it leave NFL teams without fields for their early season games. The only solution appeared to be for a shorter baseball season, something which probably will come up for discussion when the major leagues meet in February. While there is considerable sentiment for a shorter season outside of baseball circles, there is little, if any, among the men who own and run the game. It may develop that baseball men cut their own incomes when they voted as they did. Pro football has become big business and the money which it turned over in rentals for ball parks means considerable to the baseball clubs involved. A spokesman for the football league left no doubt on how it felt about baseball's move. "Baseball can go fly its own kite," he said. He pointed out that the league had cooperated with baseball in every way, cutting down the number of its early season games and arranging its schedule so there would be as little conflict as possible with baseball. The pro league will discuss ways and means of overcoming the baseball park ban at their annual meeting here Monday. Pro football eventually will abandon ball parks altogether unless a satisfactory compromise is reached by shortening the baseball season. It appears a safe bet that pro football eventually will build its own parks, start its season earlier and no longer try to avoid conflict with baseball dates. That would be a financial blow to the nine baseball clubs which rent their parks for football. In most cases the ball clubs receive approximately 15% of the receipts. That means $15,000 on a $100,000 gate, which is not uncommon in pro football. Each club has five or six home games. Baseball parks used by the pros are owned by the New York Giants, Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators. The New York Yankees, who do not rent their stadium for pro football, led the movement for the ban. Their president, Edward G. Barrow, became incensed last fall when his team, still in the championship running, was forced to have a game called off in Philadelphia because the diamond had been cut up the day before by pro gridmen.
HOPES OF GIANTS REST UPON TRAINER'S ABILITY
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - Ever heard of Mauch - Bill Mauch? Bill works with bandages, tape, iodine, heat lamps and such things and at the moment he is the most important guy in the camp of Steve Owen's rather amazing New York Giants, who Sunday will meet the Green Bay Packers at the Polo Grounds for the championship of the NFL. Bill is the most important guy in camp right now because upon his skill to bring around such things as shoulder separations and tricky knees and twisted ankles depends, to a large extent, almost all of New York's hopes. You see, Steve Owens himself can only go so far. He can set up a defense for the Packers and he can map out his own team's attack. He can point out just what to do to tie up Don Hutson, and he can build up a head of team steam. But he needs men who are whole to be able to do this - and that's just the point because at the moment, with the game three days off, he has an injury list a mile long. Bill Paschal, the wheelhorse of Owens' backfield and the league's leading ground gainer, has a shoulder separation. Len Younce, an all-league guard again, has a twisted knee, and Hub Barker, Len Caligaro, Carl Kinscherf and Joe Sulaitis have an assortment of bruises and bumps bad enough to lead Owens to hold them out of Thursday's practice. "Most of the men are going to start Sunday," Owens said Friday morning. "Bill has done wonders with our cripples all season. But how long they will last if the going is real tough, as it might be, I hate to think. Take Paschal, for instance. He really has a bad sprain. He can't go up on his toes at all, and even a guy who can do things the way he does can't play a game like Sunday's on his heels alone." So you see what at the moment Bill Mauch means to New York's hopes. He carries them in his little kit with his bandages. He is the most important guy in camp. Except for the depressing effect which his list of cripples naturally has on him, however, Owens professes only ordinary concern over the outcome of Sunday's game. "We bet them before," he said, "and we can beat them again, although I'm not kidding myself that it will be as easy as a month ago. (The Giants beat the Packers in the regular season, 24-0.) We don't scare easy down here - and we wouldn't scare at all if we weren't so badly banged up. But we'll see Sunday - we'll see." Meanwhile the Packers completed training at their camp at Charlottesville, Va., Friday morning. They were to arrive here Friday night and establish headquarters at the New Yorker hotel. A light workout will be held at the Polo Grounds Saturday morning. Excellent football weather will await them. The thermometer hung in the low forties, and unless a storm suddenly developes, a good field will await them Sunday, too. A tarpaulin has covered the field all week. New York fans, depressed along with Owens by the list of his cripples, have forgotten all about the result a month ago, and have installed the Packers seven point favorites.
BLOZIS IS ELIGIBLE
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - Second Lt. Al Blozis, huge tackle for the New York Giants who did not join the squad until three weeks ago, is eligible for Sunday's NFL title playoff with Green Bay, commissioner Elmer Layden ruled Friday. The loop's rules declare a play eligible for the playoff if he has been on a club's active list for two weeks prior to the title game.
HUTSON CHOSEN ON STAR TEAM
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - Several NFL
rookies gave spectacular performances this
season, but only one, Steve Van Buren of 
the Philadelphia Eagles, made the all-pro
team selected by the Associated Press and
newspaper writers. There are four men who
were on last year's team, three second year
men, two three-year men and one veteran on
an "all" team a few years back. The Eagles,
New York Giants and Chicago Bears each
landed two men. The Washington Redskins,
Greeen Bay Packers, Brooklyn Tigers, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Rams and Green Bay Packers all placed one player. The veteran Packer end, Don Hutson, who has won national honors seven years in a row, heads the repeaters from 1943. The others are Frank Kinard, Tiger tackle; Clyde Turner, Bear center, and Sid Luckman, Bear quarterback. The sophomores on the team are Bill Paschal, Giant fullback, the leading ground gainer for two years; Frank Sinkwich, one of the leading rushers and passers in the circuit, and Al Wistert, Eagle tackle. The three year are Len Younce, Giant guard, and Joe Aguirre, Redskin end. Hutson, Kinard, Turner, Younce and Sinkwich were unanimous choices of all the balloters. Hutson was the only unanimous choice in 1943. 
MAJORS MAY BAR PRO ELEVENS FROM PARKS EARLY IN SEASON
DECEMBER 9 (New York) - If the major league baseball moguls take their contemplated sock at pro football next week, it may blast the pro grid owners out of their long time lethargy and force them to consider seriously building their own stadia. The annual meetings of the National and American leagues in New York next week are expected to adopt a proposal, sponsored by Ed Barrow, president of the New York Yankees. This proposal would ban pro grid teams from any major league park until the baseball schedule of the home club is completed. This week's minor baseball meetings at Buffalo set the stage for major circuit action. Representatives of the minors lashed the pro pigskin sport as "unfriendly and unfair competition until after the end of the baseball season." The International league was particularly aggrieved because the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins had competed with the little world series at Baltimore by staging an exhibition game that drew more than 40,000 fans. Meanwhile, Barrow lifted the flaming sword last September 17 when Connie Mack notified him that a Yankee-Athletics game at Philadelphia must be postponed 24 hours because Shibe park's turf had been badly torn up the previous night by a pro football game which was played in the rain. The rain continued and forced the Yanks-A's contest to be shifted later to New York, but it did not cool off Barrow. Major league baseball now is played from mid-April through September, and sometimes into the first week of October. Pro football, in its National league, at least, has gradually been muscling in on the late baseball season. The Washington Redskins, for example, played an exhibition game with the March field Fliers at Los Angeles last August 24. If the football teams are banned from major ball parks during the overlap period in September, it may force the football magnates to follow Red Grange's advice and build their own parks, when the war is over. Grange, head of the new United States pro league, has been campaigning for years to have grid owners build stadia designed especially for football. He advances three principal reasons: (1) They would eliminate the early conflict with baseball; (2) they would eliminate the weather gamble, and (3) they would provide better visibility for the fans. It is Grange's suggestion that the new football stadia have vast movable roofs that can be telescoped out of the way in good weather, but drawn back in place in bad weather. This would prevent many of the clubs from suffering financial losses on days when rain or show keeps away the crowd. Clubs like Washington and the Chicago Bears sell most of their tickets in advance, like colleges, but the others are not so fortunate. They depend upon game day sale, which in turn depend upon the weather. Eliminate the weather hazard, Grange says, and pro football should be profitable for every outfit that tackles it. Part of the upkeep for these convertible stadia would be defrayed by other sports staged there throughout the year.
PACKERS GET CHANCE TO SQUARE A GRUDGE
DECEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - That grunt of satisfaction at about 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon - and you heard it, of course - came from down in Charlottesville, Va., as the Green Bay Packers, in training there, learned that New York had beaten Washington and that next Sunday they would meet New York at the Polo Grounds for the league championship. To a man, the Packers Sunday pulled for New York. It wasn't that they thought the Giants might prove any easier in the playoffs than Philadelphia or Washington, both of which still had a chance for the eastern title up to Sunday, or that they finally learned just where they stood, for until Sunday's game there was still the possibility that the eastern division race might wind up in some sort of tie requiring, under certain conditions, not one, but two playoffs before the championship game Sunday December 24 or even Sunday December 31. It was more than this. It was that the Packers have a very personal account to settle with New York dating back to November 19 when the Giants, steamed up like a high school team on the eve of homecoming, not only walloped the Packers, 24-0, but, by comparison, made them look like something a stray cat had dragged into the Polo Grounds by mistake. The Packers in more than one game this fall have left a slight odor over the field - not heliotrope - and they left the worst of all over the Polo Grounds November 19. It was awful, and it need hardly be recorded here, that the Packers know it and that it has rankled ever since. So come this Sunday, there will be more than the league championship at stake, and all that it means, including the winner's share of the gate and a place in the annual all-star game in Chicago next August. There will be that personal account which the Packers have to settle with the team which a month ago made them look like bums. That grunt of satisfaction Sunday was real...MAY LOSE FINE EDGE: Most of the intangible advantages in the playoff lie with the Packers - most of them, but not all. They have been soundly whipped by New York and there can be no matter of fact approach to this game as there was to the one a month ago. They have been shown up by some of their castoffs, for the men who had as big a past as any in beating them that first game were former Packers - Len Calligaro, Arnie Herber and Red Smith. They have had, or will have had, three weeks of rest since their last game, for they closed their regular season against the Card-Pitts at Comiskey park November 26. But in this last also lies a possible advantage for New York. The Giants have been playing week after week, rolling along and gaining momentum, right through Sunday. The Packers have been idle. And no football team gets even more out of layoff of this kind that it loses. It gains time in which its cripples, if any, can mend, but it loses the edge in so many other things, timing especially. Practice alone will not maintain it. In Green Bay's case, the rest has meant that Lou Brock, wheelhorse of the backfield, who was hurt in the Cleveland game at Green Bay, has recovered and will play, which will be of great importance. The Packers played some of their shoddiest ball without Brock. But it also means that unless the head master, Curly Lambeau, can perform some sort of miracle in the training camp with the squad as a whole, the team will lack the fine edge it once had. And please don't wisecrack: "What fine edge? The one the team had in it stinkeroo against the Card-Pitts?" Sunday will tell.
PRO LOOP DREW 1,200,000; PACKER-GIANT GAME LEADS
DECEMBER 11 (Chicago) - The NFL drew 1,234,750 fans this season, a 4.9% increase over 1943, league records showed Monday. Celebrating its silver anniversary, the league showed an increase of 57,681 spectators over the 1943 total of 1,177,069. It is the fourteenth consecutive year that the league's attendance has increased. A 6% increase was registered in 1942 and a 5.3 boost was realized last year over the 1942 total of 1,115,154. The league had two more teams in action than in 1943, Cleveland and Boston, but was handicapped by having several of its headline  games played in small parks and by inclement weather. The Green Bay-New York game of November 19, which the Giants won, 24-0, attracted the largest crowd of the season, 56,481. The Chicago Bears and Packers, rivals many years, played before the largest crowd in the history of their competition, 47,553, at Wrigley field. The best home club, in regard to box office appeals, was the New York Giants, newly crowned champions of the eastern division, while the best attraction on the road was Green Bay, western champion. The most consistent club was Washington, with sellouts for every home game, while New York enjoyed two.
MIAMI GIVEN LEAGUE BERTH
DECEMBER 11 (New York) - Miami was granted a franchise in the All-American Professional Football conference that hopes to operate in 1945, it was announced Sunday night as club owners ended a two day meeting. Other cities are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, New York and Baltimore. Each posted a franchise fee of $10,000 with the exception of Baltimore, which is expected to do so later. The club owners ratified a five year contract engaging Lt. Cdr. Jim Crowley as league commissioner. He will not participate in any league activities until his war service is over. Christy Walsh, Los Angeles, was appointed to serve for the duration as vice-president in charge of public relations. Mrs. Lou Gehrig, New York, was made secretary.
CUT UP FIELD SUNDAY - POLO GROUNDS WILL BE USED SUNDAY
DECEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - It isn't unlikely, if the weather happens to be sloppy in New York over the weekend, that the Packers and the Giants will play their championship game at the Polo Grounds Sunday on a field badly cut up. The Polo Grounds will be used the day before for the war bond game between Randolph Field and the Second Air Force...The Packers have been installed early 8 to 5 favorites...Gene Ronzani of the Bears, back from the season's wars, picks the Giants to beat the Packers Sunday. "Red Smith will set up a defense to stop Hutson," he says, "and the New York line is too tough defensively for Green Bay's backs. Now if the Packers should happen to pass to Jacunski or Brock or somebody else instead of Hutson, well - that would be something else again."
WINNER OF GAME SUNDAY WILL GET ABOUT $1,500 A MAN, LOSERS $1,000
DECEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - Sunday's pro league playoff between the Packers and Giants at the Polo Grounds will be worth about $1,500 a man to the winning team and $1,000 a man to the losing team. The size of the players' pool is determined by the gate, and a capacity crowd is almost assured...The meeting between the Packers and Giants will be their third since the league in 1933 decided upon a championship game between eastern and western division winners. The Giants won the first at the Polo Grounds in 1938, 23-17. The Packers won the second at State Fair park in 1939, 27-0. In their all-time rivalry, including the playoff games and this year's league game at New York, which the Giants won, 24-0, 
GREEN BAY 11-5 FAVORITE, OWEN SEES EVEN CHANCE
DECEMBER 17 (New York) - If the men who make the football odds know what they are doing, Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packers will be champions of the National Professional Football league Sunday night. On the eve of the title game with the New York Giants at the Polo Ground Sunday afternoon, the young and not so young men of Lambeau were cast in the role of rather prohibitive 11 to 5 favorites. It had made no difference, in the approach to this game, that the Giants beat the Packers a  month ago, 24-0, or that the Packers staggered through the last half of their season with some of the shoddiest football they have played in several years, or that stout Steve Owen, who coaches the Giants, has publicly given his team at least an even chance, or better, to 
repeat its earlier victory. The odds are 11 to 5 - 
and there they are. A capacity crowd of about
47,000 will see the game. The field will be in
fairly good shape despite snow flurries Saturday
afternoon. The injured wheelhorses of both 
teams, Bill Paschal of the Giants and Lou Brock
of the Packers, will play - how long is anybody's
guess. The same teams played before a record
crowd of 58,000 a month ago, but at that time
the Polo Grounds included knockdown bleachers
at one end which since have been removed. 
Sunday, if only standing room is sold, and
arrangements for this have been made, will the
crowd hit 50,000. In any event, though, the $4 
top assures a record breaking gate for the players, who will split 60% of the gross. Each man on the winning side will get about $1,500 and each man on the losing team about $1,000. The snow flurries Saturday afternoon lasted no more than an hour and melted quickly as they were followed by the sun. The condition of the field, of course, can be of tremendous importance, especially for the passing Packers, who depend more than the Giants on easy and free movement and a dry ball. Paschal and Brock both will play but it is this writer's guess neither will last very long. Paschal has a very bad ankle, which he injured in the Washington game a week ago. Until Friday he did no more than jog easily around the field. Brock has a bum knee. Only an operation will ever bring it around to normal. The rest which the Packers have had since their bad showing against the Card-Pitts three weeks ago has meant a lot to Brock, but the fact is he needs more than a rest. He will be in the lineup Sunday, but it will be only to pass - or largely to pass. He cannot work at the sharp angles a ball carrier must. The two coaches, in view of the odds, offered rather strange contrasts. Owen without hesitation said that his tough line, led by Cope, Younce, Liebel and Carroll, would be able to stop the Packers again. "We have at least an even chance," he said, "maybe more. We haven't been pushed around by anybody, and we've raised Ned with all of them. If only Paschal were in tip-top shape, there wouldn't be any question about the game. If nothing else, we'll outgame 'em." Lambeau was a bit more cagey, a little more grim, perhaps, which spoke well for Green Bay's chances, for Lambeau generally is an incurable optimist. "If they beat us," he said, "they're a better team. We're ready. We made a lot of mistakes against them a month ago. I don't think we'll make 'em Sunday. We'll see." Lambeau's caution, and the mood in which he approaches the game were especially encouraging to Packer fans. He was strictly a coach who did not underestimate the Giants, who had confidence in his own team, who felt that he was ready for the game - and Lambeau reflected pretty well the mood of the whole team. The Packers were not in the least cocky whatever the odds. It will be a battle again between a team with a sledgehammer on the ground, the Giants, and a team with an arrow in the air, the Packers. Paschal has been New York's sledgehammer all season, with important help on reserves from Ward Cuff. He has carried the ball about as much as all the other backs combined. Hutson has been Green Bay's arrow, with Comp and Brock to pass, principally Comp. Comp had a miserable day here a month ago, one of his worse, but the feeling is that he will have a better one Sunday. A lot depends on Comp. The Packers arrived here Friday night from Charlottesville, Va., where they put in 10 good days of work. They were ready. That again is in favor of the Packers. To the gate, looking at the game from the players' point, will be added both movie and radio rights. The game will have the largest radio coverage in the history of pro football with 192 stations airing the game. Russ Winnie of WTMJ will broadcast directly from the field starting at 1:05 (Milwaukee time).
ODDS JUMP ON PACKERS; PASCHAL DOUBTFUL STARTER
DECEMBER 16 (New York) - The odds favoring the Green Bay Packers to win the NFL championship by beating the New York Giants in their title playoff tilt at the Polo Grounds Sunday mounted Saturday as it appeared doubtful that Bill Paschal, star Giant back, would play because of an ankle injury. The loss of Paschal, hard running back who sparked the Giants to the eastern division title, would be a terrific blow, but Coach Steve Owen is still hopeful. "Paschal still has 24 hours," said Owen. "He is determined to play. We can tape his ankle up good for him. I have a feeling he'll play, but I don't know how long or how well." Meantime the Packers, 2 1/2 to 1 favorites despite the 24-0 trouncing the Giants handed them last month, arrived from a week's workouts in Virginia and took a limbering up drill in the Polo Grounds. Coach Lambeau said he was uncertain about the linemen he would start in the game, adding that it depends on whether the Packers are on the offensive or defensive at the beginning of the contest. The Packers' starting backfield will be Irv Comp, Joe Laws, Ted Fritsch and Larry Craig.
the teams are tied with 11 victories apiece. One game was a tie...The pro league will hold its annual meeting in New York Monday...Irv Comp of the Packers finished behind Frank Filchock, Sammy Baugh and Sid Luckman in passing efficiency in the season just closed, but he led the whole bunch of them in yards gained on passes - 1,159. Filchock finised second in this with 1,139...Out of New York now comes the story that Bill Paschal of the Giants, the league's leading ground gainer, who was injured in the third quarter of the Washington game last week, may now be in doubtful condition Sunday. He will probably start, but the word is that any good hard bump will put him back on the shelf.