Green Bay Packers (6-4-1) 35, Detroit Lions (3-9) 14
Sunday December 7th 1947 (at Detroit)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(DETROIT) - It made no difference to the Green Bay Packers here Sunday that a fog hung over the field or that footing was treacherous or that rain fell through 
most of the second half, or that one of the smallest
crowds of the season, 14,055, was in the stands. 
Nothing made any difference and they easily rolled over
the hapless Detroit Lions in a one sided game, 35-14.
Actually the score doesn't tell with what ease the
Packers won, for they piled up all of their points before
they finally relented and in the closing minutes 
permitted the Lions the two consolation touchdowns.
CINCH THIRD PLACE
The victory cinched third place in the western division of
the race regardless of what happens in the final game
of the season with the Philadelphia Eagles next 
Sunday. And the defeat, by the same token, pushed 
the Lions deeper into the mire of last place. It was
probably Gus Dorais' last game as coach, as rumors of
a chance have been frequent, and probably even Fred
Mandel's last game as owner, since rumors of the sale
of the club have gone the rounds all week. A strong
passing game engineered by Indian Jack Jacobs, and a
sturdy defense, gave the Packers the easy victory. The
Lions never had a chance. Jacobs passed to Goodnight
from the five yard line for the first touchdown, Ted 
Fritsch plunged over from the one for the second, Bob
Forte passed to Nolan Luhn from the nine for the third,
Jacobs passed to Goodnight from the 10 for the fourth,
and Walt Schlinkman plowed over from the three for the
fifth. Ward Cuff added all five of the extra points.
LIONS HALTED RUNNING
Only one of the touchdowns, the second, culminated a
drive of any length - 65 yards. The others capped short
marches, the first of 24 yards after Forte, who played
an outstanding defensive game had intercepted a passm
the third of 31 yards after Herman Rohrig had returned a
punt for 24 yards, the fourth of 10 yards after Rohrig had
intercepted a pass, and the fifth of 16 yards after Bob
Flowers had intercepted a pass. Against this, the Lions
scored only after the Packers had completed their
chores, and only in the air. On the ground, without Bill
Dudley who did not play because of injuries, they were
completely choked off. They got their first touchdown on
a pass, Margucci to Heywood, from the six yard line,
and their second on a short plunge by Westfall after
Zimmerman had passed the ball down to the two. The
first flight covered 77 yards and the second 67. 
Zimmerman converted both of the extra points. The
Packers left immediately after the game for Philadelphia
where next Sunday they will close the season. While
they themselves third place in the western division
cinched, they will carry the key to the eastern division
championship into the game. A victory or a tie for the
Packers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will take the 
eastern crown. A defeat, however, and the Eagles will
tie for first place. A pass which Bob Forte intercepted
in midfield and returned 25 yards to Detroit's 24 yard 
line gave the Packers position for their first touchdown.
On four plays, they smashed down to the five, and on
the fifth, they went into the air, Jacobs to Goodnight,
and scored. And a pass which Forte intercepted on his
own 25 and returned 10 yards started the Packers on 
the way to their second touchdown in the second
quarter. It was almost a personal excursion for Bruce
Smith who contributed 38 yards on four plays in the 65
yard march. Fritsch took over the ball on the one and
plowed over for the touchdown. And so the half ended,
14-0, although the score might have been larger or it
might have been closer except for fumbles. Early in the
second quarter the Lions completed a pass to Heywood
on the two yard line which Heywood fumbled into the
end zone for a touchback. And later in the same period,
the Packers completed a pass to Luhn on Detroit's three yard line which Luhn fumbled and Szymanski recovered for Detroit. It was still something of a ball game at this point, but it didn't remain so long as the Packers charged out in the third quarter and piled up two touchdowns in eight minutes. A 15 yard punt return by Rohrig to Detroit's 31 set up position for the first of them, and in eight plays the ball was home. Smith and Cody first rushed the ball to the nine and Forte, on a surprise from here, passed to Luhn in the end zone for the score. The second of three touchdowns followed two minutes later when Rohrig intercepted Clyde LeForce's pass on Detroit's 10 and Jacobs, three plays later, passed to Goodnight across the goal. Even Bob Flowers got into the act early in the fourth quarter and with an interception which he carried back 20 yards to Detroit's 16 provided position for the fifth and final touchdown. Gillette quickly swung down to the six, and after Detroit had been penalized half the distance to the goal, Schlinkman plowed over center for the score. Detroit's consolation touchdowns followed immediately after. The first on a 77 yard drive was engineered largely on Zimmerman's passing and Wilson's plunging. With the ball on the six, Margucci finally passed to Heywood for the score. The second on a 67 yard flight was engineered on Zimmerman's passes to Greene and Heywood - one of the passes to Heywood planted the ball on the two. On two plays Westfall plowed home.
GREEN BAY -  7  7 14  7 - 35
DETROIT   -  0  0  0 14 - 14
1st - GB - Goodnight, 5-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 2-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
3rd - GB - Luhn, 8-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
3rd - GB - Goodnight, 10-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
4th - GB - Schlinkman, 2-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 35-0
4th - DET - Ralph Heywood, 6-yd pass fr Joe Margucci (Roy Zimmerman kick) GREEN BAY 35-7
4th - DET - Bob Westfall, 1-yard run (Zimmerman kick) GREEN BAY 35-14
NEWS AND NOTES
CROWLEY QUITS ROCKETS; REORGANIZATION PLANNED
DECEMBER 8 (Chicago) - The resignation Sunday of Jim Crowley as coach and general manager of the Chicago Rockets was only the prelude to a complete reorganization of the club, it was learned Monday. The announcement will be made at the annual meeting of the All-America conference in New York this weekend. Crowley and his two boyhood associates, William S. Toohey and John S. Brogan, will sell their majority interests to a syndicate of Chicago businessmen. The team will remain in Chicago, at least for the 1948 season, despite repeated rumors that the organization would abandon competition with the well-entrenched Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals of the National league. Crowley is the only member of the present Rocket leaders who will be completely out of the new group. Toohey and Brogan, their interest in the club reduced to a minority, will remain on the board of directors. A present minority stockholder, R. Edward Garn, will be the new general manager. The Rockets, who in recent games have drawn fewer than 1,000 fans, have lost between $200,000 and $400,000 this fall.
TWO LEAGUE DRAFT HINTED AS MONOPOLY
DECEMBER 8 (New York) - Alexis Thompson, president and owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, has better eyesight than officials of other NFL clubs. From where he stands he can see the All-America conference. The other National league officials stand on their own little mountaintop and see only a pro domain which they like to think of as their very own, safe from invasion. Thompson also sees a ragged army of poachers taking the best game from the forests and making the National leaguers pay dearly for what remains, and he'd like to have his co-officials do something about it. Vividly aware of the threat of the apparently now prospering All-America conference, the Eagle executive suggests the two leagues unite to the extent of a common draft. This proposal probably has nothing to do with admiration for the All-America, but is made with an eye on the welfare of the pocketbooks of the National league clubs, who are forced to pay boom prices for their recruits because of competition from the up-and-coming rival. A kid just out of college now can barter for his services, playing one league against the other to the financial distress of both. Thompson's proposal seems to be a step in the right direction, but from a kibitzer's viewpoint, it would seem that his particular plan runs the danger of being ruled a monopoly even greater than baseball enjoys. A baseball player, turning pro, has his choice of the club with which he would like to affiliate. After he signs, of course, his life no longer is his own, and he must go where he is told and do what he is told to do, or else. A common draft operated by the All-America conference and National league would rob him of the opportunity to sign an original contract with a team of his choice. He signs with the pro team which drafts him, or he doesn't sign at all. Here, for instance, is an eager young kid whose name has been plastered over the sports pagers as a collegian, and who consequently would be quite a drawing card as a pro. With two leagues studiously ignoring each other, he could approach, or be approached by, teams in both, all trying to outbid each other. He picks the best offer, and the team he wants to play with, and that's that. Under the common draft, if it operated as it did in baseball, the teams at the bottom of the standings would get the first shot at him. It would be hands off as far as the other teams were concerned. He'd play for what was offered by the one club. The All-America conference has survived two years of play now, and this year it was more prosperous than last  year. There is no reason to believe it won't continue to prosper, and it seems foolish under the circumstances for the National league to ignore it. Foolish, and poor business, as the wild bidding for players is costing it plenty of money. We don't know just how the two leagues would skirt a monopoly charge if they operated together, but there must be a way. The kids must be given some choice in the matter of which team they originally will sign with. To give them such a choice and still keep them from bidding one team against the other would be the big problem.
CUFF RETIRES SUNDAY
DECEMBER 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Mrs. Ward Cuff, wife of the veteran NFL halfback, said yesterday he husband will retire after next Sunday's game at Philadelphia between the Green Bay Packers and the Eagles. Cuff is completing his first year with the Packers and his 11th in the National League. He spent nine years with the New York Giants and last season with the Chicago Cardinals. "Ward hasn't been happy playing football this year," Mrs. Cuff explained. "He told me just the other day his happiest year in professional football was last season with Jimmy Conzelman and the Cardinals." Cuff, one of the stars of Marquette's Cotton Bowl team of 1937, has been used only sparingly at Green Bay this year, seeing little action beyond extra point tries and field goals.
BATTERED EAGLES BELIEVE THEY CAN TAKE PACKERS
DECEMBER 9 (Philadelphia) - Earle (Greasy) Neale surveyed his battered, limping and forlorn flock of Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday and remarked almost cheerfully, "We'll win Sunday." "We've got to win," he repeated. Neale was right there. The Eagles skidded right out of first place in the eastern division of the NFL Sunday by losing to the Chicago Cardinals, 45-21, and now must beat the Green bay Packers this week to tie for the divisional title. And the Eagles have never defeated the Packers in a league game. Neale, disregarding the bumps and bruises, pointed to the mysterious of psychology as his team's greatest ally this week. The trainers' boxscore following the rough battle with the Cardinals follows: halfback Steve Van Buren, weary, tired and disgruntled at gaining a mere 44 yards; halfback Noble Doss, two broken ribs; halfback Bosh Pritchard, a sprained left ankle; Dick Humbert, a severely injured hip; fullback Joe Muha, a charley horse; center Alex Wojciechowicz, a bruised rib; end Jack Ferrante, a charley horse. Both Neale and the players were at a loss to explain the Eagles' bad showing. For the first time in several years the Eagle forward wall was badly outcharged. "Psychology," Neale commented. "The Cardinals were up. We weren't. They knew they had to win that one to stay in the race. But the same factors will be on our side week." "I don't feel too badly about the game," Neale said. "That Cardinals team is quite an outfit. Charley Trippi is everything they said he is, Marshall Goldberg is as good a defensive back as you'll find. Pat Harder can hit that line as well as anyone in the league. Paul Christman is the cutest quarterback around and can throw the ball." "The Packers," he added, "are not as good as that. And we're going to take them." Some 40,000 fans will crowd into Shibe park to see if he is right. If so, the Eagles will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh a week later in a playoff for the divisional championship. If not,
Philadelphia will have finished second in the division for the fourth straight year.
CRUICE PICKS BEARS OVER CARDINALS
DECEMBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The winner in the National League's western division title game in Chicago next Sunday? Wally Cruice, Packer scout who has seen every team in the league at least once this season, picks the Bears over the Cardinals. "I saw the Cardinals put on a great second half rally to beat the Eagles last Sunday, but they're not the team they were really in the season," said Cruice. "Once the Cards got wise to the fact that the Eagles were wide open for certain types of passes, there was nothing to it. Sure, I was surprised to hear about the Bears losing to the Rams. But I still think Halas will have his boys ready for the big one Sunday." On the subject of quick changes of fortune in pro league games, Cruice offered this interesting observation: "Pros, like college players, are human. So it's natural for them, too, to ease up and feel a bit satisfied when they're a touchdown or two ahead. But the pros can strike faster and go for distance much more effectively than the collegians. This quick striking power, plus an occasional letdown by the team ahead - add 'em up and you have the reason for the quick turnabouts which mark so many pro games." The best team in the league? "If the season were starting again, I'd still pick the Rams," said Cruice. "They had the personnel. Injuries hurt them, of course, but I have a hunch they needed more experience in the coaching department as well. It takes time to develop the knack of handling older, more mature players."
BEARS AND CARD PLACE THREE EACH ON ALL-STARS
DECEMBER 11 (Philadelphia) - The 
Bears and Cardinals, Chicago's two
representatives in the NFL, each placed
three men Thursday on the United Press
1947 all-league team. A poll of football
writers who covered the National league
campaign weighted heavily with the
opinions of coaches around the league,
also named two players from the Eagles
and one each from the Washington
Redskins, New York Giants and 
Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Sid
Luckman, veteran passing master, end
Ken Kavanaugh and tackle Fred Davis
are the Bears' representatives. The
Cardinals placed fullback Pat Harder,
end Mal Kutner and center Vince
Banonis. Sammy Baugh of the Redskins
and Steve Van Buren of the Eagles rounded out the backfield. The remaining positions were awarded to tackle Al Wistert of the Eagles and guards Len Younce of the Giants and Bill Moore of the Steelers. Kavanaugh and Wistert are the only repeaters from the 1946 eleven. Of the 33 men selected to the first, second and third teams, 22 played for western division clubs.
EAGLES BADLY BATTERED; MUST DEFEAT PACKERS
DECEMBER 12 (Philadelphia) - The badly battered Philadelphia Eagles head into Sunday's "must" game against the Green Bay Packers with only four of the seven halfbacks who started the season available for heavy duty. Coach Earle (Greasy) Neale will have at his call only Steve Van Buren, Ernie Steele, Russell Craft and Pay McHugh in a game the Eagles must win to tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the eastern division championship. Bosh Pritchard, one of the several Eagles injured in last Sunday's game with the Chicago Cardinals, reported for practice Thursday for the first time this week but will be used only sparingly if at all. He has an injured leg. Gil Steinke and Noble Doss, who completed the ranks of the halfbacks at the opening of the season, definitely are out, along with Bill Mackridides, third string quarterback. "We are so hard up," said Neale, "that I have told Al (Lefty) Sherman to be ready to fill in as one of the halfbacks." Sherman is the No. 2 quarterback behind Tommy Thompson. The list of linemen on the injured list is almost as imposing. Alf Baulist, tackle, will sit out the entire game due to a leg injury received in the Cardinals' donneybrook. Alex Wojciechowicz, veteran center, is in such a physical condition that he will probably be used only on defense and ends Dick Humbert and Jack Ferrante expect to see only limited action. By contract, the Packers are in perfect physical condition, except Clyde Goodnight, pass catching end, who also has an injured leg and who will play sparingly. Van Buren needs 93 yards rushing to pass the mark of 1,004 yards established by the Chicago Bears' Beattie Feathers in 1934.
WARD CUFF GETS COACHING JOB AT GREEN BAY CENTRAL
DECEMBER 13 (Green Bay) - Ward Cuff, veteran professional football star and former Marquette University athlete, today was announced as the new head football and track coach at Green Bay Central Catholic High School. The Rev. Richard D. Mulroy, principal of the school, said Cuff would take charge of the physical education department at the beginning of the new semester in February. Cuff, who is now living in Milwaukee, will move his family to Green Bay. After his graduation from Marquette, Cuff joined the New York Giants of the NFL and in nine seasons with the club established a number of scoring records. He played with the Chicago Cardinals in 1946 and joined the Green Bay Packers this fall. He has been used principally as a field goal specialist this season.
​LAMBEAU WEIGHS 2 COAST OFFERS; RAMS 1ST CHOICE
DECEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Curly Lambeau, who nurtured the Green Bay Packers from short plants into the long breeches stage, is seriously considering leaving the Bay for the West Coast. The Sentinel learned last night from a reliable source close to the Packers that Lambeau is pondering offers from both the Los Angeles Rams of the National League and the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America circuit. The two Coast football clubs are reported ready to dig deep into the money coffers to get the man who put Green Bay on the football map. It is probable, however, that if Lambeau does go, he'll go to the Rams. With them he will be in a position to continue his "feuds" with the rival National League clubs in general. Rivalries would be particularly intense with the Bears and Green Bay. It has been known that Mrs. Lambeau, whom he married in Hollywood two years ago, has urged her husband to give up his Green Bay connections so he can spend his time in California, where they have a magnificent home. The Rams, pre-season favorites to win the National League flag, hit the skids early in the race and now rest near the bottom of the Western Division. Much of the failure of the team to click has been attributed to the coaching, which is handled by Bob Snyder. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the Rams are in the market for a new coach. The Dons fired their coach, Dud De Groot, several weeks ago and have been in the hunt for a replacement. Lambeau, currently vice president of the Packers, winds up his 27th league season with Green Bay today. He originally was a halfback and then added the coaching duties. Since the National League was established in 1921, Lambeau has come up with six national championships. He turned the trick three straight years - 1929-31 - a league record, and also walked off with the crowns in 1936, 1939 and 1944. Some of the outstanding players developed under Lambeau were Clark Hinkle, Don Hutson, Lavern Dilweg, Cecil Isbell, Arnie Herber, Buckets Goldenberg, Mike Michalske, Cal Hubbard, Red Dunn, Verne Lewellen and Larry Craig. It is easily conceivable that Lambeau has reached the point where he is taken for granted in Green Bay. A move to Los Angeles, on the other hand, would give him a fresh start and enhance his popularity, as well as his earning power. Another factor which might induce him to leave his old stamping grounds is the fact that Los Angeles now is rated one of the nation's major sports centers and will continue to grow. Evidence of the coast's metropolis status is the desire of the major league baseball clubs to invade the territory.
PRO GRID LEAGUE PLANS NEW DEAL FOR ROCKETS
DECEMBER 14 (New York) - The membership of the Chicago Rockets was terminated Saturday but the All-America conference announced that a new group would be formed shortly and that the new club would also be in Chicago. The franchise was taken over temporarily by the conference and the club's draft rights will be protected at the annual meeting which originally was scheduled to get underway Monday. Jonas Ingram, commissioner of the two year old loop, would give no indication who would undertake to finance the erstwhile Rockets next season, but from Chicago came reports that Daniel F. Rice, grain dealer, and Col. Henry Crown, president of the Materials Service Corp., might be the majority stockholders. William S. Toohey, president of the dispossessed group, attended Saturday's club owners meeting and said late that "I probably will be connected with the new group in a minority way." This is the third time the Chicago franchise ownership has transferred in the two years of the circuit. John L. Keeshin, Chicago trucking magnate, was the original owner. He sold out to Toohey and John J. Brogan a year ago. Jim Crowley, who gave up his job as commissioner of the conference to take over as Rocket coach and general manager, resigned a week ago after the club has won but one game in 14 starts.
EAGLES' PATH BLOCKED BY GREEN BAY SUNDAY
DECEMBER 14 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers, themselves eliminated from the National league race by virtue of four defeats by a total of nine points, will have a hand in determining the eastern division title winner here Sunday when they face the injury riddled Philadelphia Eagles before a capacity crowd at Shibe park. The Eagles, knocked out of first place last week by the resurgent Chicago Cardinals, must win to gain a tie for the crown with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who finished their regular season with eight victories and four defeats a week ago. if the Eagles win they will meet the Steelers next Sunday in Pittsburgh in a divisional playoff which will shove the league championship game back to December 28. If they lose, they will have finished second in the division for the fourth straight year. Only four of the seven Eagles hafbacks who started the season will be available at game time. Gil Steinke and Noble Doss are definitely out, and Boss Pritchard will be used only sparingly if at all. Bill Mackrides, reserve quarterback, is also on the injured list. Al Sherman, second string signal caller, has been groomed for duty at both quarterback and halfback. Linemen on the hospital roster include tackle Alf Bauman, center Alex Wojciechowicz and ends Dick Humbert and Jack Ferrante. On the other hand, the Packers are in fine physical condition, only end Clyde Goodnight being a doubtful starter. They have never been beaten by the Eagles in nine league meetings, and a victory Sunday would atone in some measure for the season's disappointments. Win or lose, Coach Curly Lambeau's eleven will finish in third place in the western division. Green Bay ruled a three point favorite. In other closing games Sunday, the rejuvenated New York Giants will seek their third straight victory against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles, and the Boston Yanks will meet the Washington Redskins in the nation's capital.