ALL-AMERICA LOOP HAS ITS TROUBLES
DEC 15 (New York) - Having clarified the Chicago Rocket situation, club owners in the All-America Football conference turned their attention today to the Brooklyn problem before getting down to the business of drafting college stars of the recent season. Although Brooklyn's financial structure is not believed to be in as precarious a plight as that of the Rockets, whose franchise in the loop was terminated Saturday, there have been numerous hints that "fresh" money might be needed to insure a Dodger eleven next season. The resignation last Tuesday of Fred Fitzsimmons, general manager of the club since its inception, was interpreted by some that W.D. Cox, president of the club and one-time owner of the Philadelphia baseball Phillies, had failed in his search for cash. While the Rockets, winner of only one game in 14 tries, were ousted from the league, Commissioner Jonas Ingram was quick to announce that the league would continue in Chicago and would battle the National for patronage. Henry Crown was reported eager to buy the franchise. Among the club's few assets are draft rights to Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame All-American. Ingram would not comment on what would occupy the owners when they met today but from other sources it was learned that the Brooklyn problem was the No. 1 subject. From that the owners will turn Tuesday to the draft. Brooklyn is known to have Charles Conerly of Mississippi high on its list and the Yankees are after Francis Peratoni, Princeton center, who is regarded as a defensive genius. The conference, which now owns the Rocket franchise, will draft for the club in the talent drawing.
LINK LAMBEAU, DONS
DEC 16 (New York) - Benjamin J. Lindheimer, president of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference, declined today to deny reports that Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers in the rival National league would become head coach of the Dons next season. Asked about rumors that Lambeau, who is vice president, general manager and head coach of the Packers, would switch to the Dons, Lindheimer refused to confirm the report, but added that he would not deny it. He said he had four men under consideration for the head coaching berth vacated by Dud DeGroot but could not discuss any of them at present.
LAMBEAU DENIES RUMORS ON LEAVING GREEN BAY; 'STORIES ARE UNFOUNDED,' CLAIMS COACH
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Coach Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers today personally denied coast to coat rumors that linked him with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Conference and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL during the past three weeks. Lambeau, who has just completed his 29th season as Packer mentor, explained what he knew about the start of the rumors, in his officer here this morning. He said that the story first popped up before the Packers arrived in New York for the game with the Giants Nov. 23. "A New York newspaper reported that I was being placed on probation in Green Bay. Immediately, football people contacted me and asked about my plans for 1948. From their connection with me, the rumors spread further," Lambeau pointed out. "No offers of any kind were made to me for next season," Lambeau added. Next to enter the picture were the Los Angeles papers, which are divided in their support of the two rival pro football circuits. Braven Dyer, sports columnist of the Los Angeles Times, suggested the possibility of Lambeau entering the All-America as coach of the Dons. Dyer's comments appeared Wednesday after the Packers defeated the Rams, 30-10. "After the game, Dyer and other sportswriters from Los Angeles paper were in the dressing rooms talking with the boys and me, but none made any comment or even hinted at the rumor that started in New York." From Los Angeles, the rumor spread to Green Bay and later to Milwaukee where the Sentinel published stories Sunday and Monday of this week.."HEARD" IN MILWAUKEE: Regarding the rumor in general, Lambeau explained that "it is based on unfounded facts that could have originated in Green Bay. Comments in the Sentinel were particularly unfounded and have no bearing and were utterly enlarged upon." A check with the Sentinel by the Press-Gazette revealed that Sentinel writers "heard" the rumors in Milwaukee. From that source, the rumors were expanded. The Packer corporation had only one answer to the rumors: "Coach Lambeau's contract still have several years to run."
DRAFT MEETING IN PITTSBURGH; BAYS' DEFENSE
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - This is Tuesday - the day for announcing next Sunday's Green Bay Packer opponent. However, there seems to be some difficulty. The NFL schedule doesn't show a game for the Packers the coming Sabbath. Instead, it says: "Dec. 21 - World Championship Playoff in the West." There is only one logical explanation. The league's regular schedule has closed for the 1947 season. However, instead of the "world championship" next Sunday, there will be a playoff between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to determine the Eastern division titlist which will meet the Cardinals for said world crown in Chicago the following Sunday. The Packers officially disbanded for 1947 today. About 28 of the 32 players arrived in Green Bay Monday evening and closed out their business today. Two players, halfback Tony Canadeo and tackle Tiny Croft, didn't have far to go home. They are Green Bay residents...PERMIT ONLY 210 POINTS: Despite the 28 points Philadelphia scored on them, the Packers turned in the best defense-against points record in the league, allowing 210 in 12 games for an average of 17.5. Los Angeles was second best with 214. Green Bay came home with a record of six victories against five losses and one tie. Four of the five defeat were administered by only nine
points. In four exhibition games, the Packers won three
and lost one. The third quarter proved to be the Packers'
most productive since they counted 85 markers in that
period. The Packers scored 164 of their 274 points in
the last half. Defensively, the Packers did best in the
PACKERS 49 61 85 79 - 274
OPPONENTS 37 57 38 58 - 210
The next business involving the Packers take place in
Pittsburgh over the coming weekend when Coach Curly
Lambeau will draft players for the 1948 season with
other team coaches. Each club is expected to draft
about 30 players. In the annual one-player "gift" draft,
Washingon will get its first choice. In the regular draft,
the New York Giants will get their first choice since they
finished with the lowest percentage in the league - .200
in two victories, eight losses and two ties. After the draft, coaches will watch the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia playoff game. The next league business will be the annual meeting scheduled in New York Jan. 14, 15, 16 and 17...MISCELLANY: It probably looked like a typographical error in the statistics Monday night, but the Packers and Philadelphia Eagles each gained 220 yards through the air Sunday. And each team made 17 first downs. Incidentally, when Ernie Steele "scored" on his long run for the Eagles, it was his fifth TD counted by Steele in recent years and the fifth one nullified by penalty...The Packers are steamed up about Larry Craig getting the thumb from the officials Sunday. Always a terrific player, Craig never is dirty. Craig took a sock on the jaw from Al Wistert, Eagle tackle, and Larry grabbed him around the shoulder to prevent any further fighting. Wistert screamed, "he's fighting" to the official and the stripe-shirter believed him. Craig just doesn't believe in fighting on the gridiron. At Los Angeles, Kenny Washington, a Negro, took a swing at Craig. Being a native of South Carolina, Craig might be expected to swing back but he just held his temper and walked away..Most of the players left Green Bay today, while several others are expected to pull out over the weekend. Bruce Smith remained in Philadelphia where his wife's parents reside, while Jim Gillette left Philly for his home in Virginia. Dick Wildung switched to a Minneapolis train when the club stopped in Chicago Monday.
DRAFT MEETING FRIDAY
DEC 17 (Pittsburgh) - The NFL's annual draft meeting will be held at the Fort Pitt hotel Friday night. The meeting, expected to attract owners and coaches of all 10 National league entries, had been scheduled for the same night at Chicago, site of the loop's title playoff originally set for next Sunday. However, the eastern division playoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh Sunday made necessary a change in plans, Commissioner Bert Bell said Wednesday.
DONS FAIL TO DENY REPORTS LAMBEAU MAY BE SIGNED
DEC 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Curly Lambeau's future coaching status is still uncertain today. The Packers mentor yesterday vehemently denied in Green Bay he was considering offers from two Los Angeles pro clubs, as was printed in Sunday's Milwaukee Sentinel. However, the reaction Packer President Emil Fischer was significant in that he declined comment other than to say: "Lambeau's contract has several years to run." But, Benjamin Lindheimer, president of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference, when questioned in New York, refused to deny reports that Lambeau would become head coach of the Dons next season. Lindheimer said he had four men under consideration for the coaching post vacated by Dud DeGroot late this season but could not discussed any of them at present. He said he hoped to announced his new coach by March 1. Hinting at "a situation" in Green Bay, Lambeau said: "Rumors that I will leave Green Bay are based on unfounded facts that could have originated in Green Bay." Lambeau, angered at any hint he would leave the club which he has handled since he organized it in 1918, said the first inkling he had of "rumors I was leaving" came in New York when the Packers arrived to play the Giants. "A reporter from a New York paper wrote that I was being placed on probation in Green Bay," Lambeau said. "Immediately football people contacted me and asked me about my plans for 1948. No offers of any kid were made to me for next season." The Packers played the Rams at Los Angeles the following week and Lambeau said the rumors spread to the coast. "After we beat the Rams," Lambeau said, "Braven Dyer of the Los Angeles Times and the other sports writers were in the dressing room talking with the boys and me. None of them made any comment nor even hinted at the rumor from New York." However, Lambeau said, Dyer later wrote a column stating Lambeau might become head coach of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference.
LAMBEAU TO COACH PACKERS AS LONG AS HE WANTS TO; FISCHER
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, expressed amusement today over reports, apparently emanating from New York, that Curly Lambeau, founder of the team and its coach for 29 years, had been operating "on probation" throughout the 1947 season. "Curly Lambeau will be coach of the Green Bay Packers just as long as he wants to be and we hope that is for the rest of his coaching career," Fischer said. "Why, we in Green Bay wouldn't know how to act if Curly wasn't coaching the team. And I don't think the team would either." Lambeau, back in the city after a two weeks road trip with the team, credited the report with having given rise to the rumors that he would become the new coach of the Los Angeles Rams in the National league and also the Los Angeles Dons in the All-America conference. "Several owners queried me about the report," Lambeau said. "Obviously, any report of that nature would create some curiosity. And it must have been purely curiosity because none of them made me an offer." Fischer, commenting on the Los Angeles report, said. "Curly spent four hours yesterday with the executive committee, outlining his plans for the Packers' 1948
season. He told the committee he never wanted to leave
CANADEO TOPS IN WESTERN SECTOR; JACOBS
DEC 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers sliced
themselves a pretty fair piece of the NFL's statistical
championship, Indian Jack Jacobs, obtained from the
Washington Redskins last winter in an effort to bolster
the Packers' then-sagging aerial attack, did just that.
Jacobs, who is looking forward to even greater things
next year, finished as the second-best passer in the
Western division behind Sid Luckman, beating out such
noted throwers as Bob Waterfield, Paul Christman and
Clyde LeForce. Jacobs completed 108 passes in 204
attempts for 1,615 yards and 16 touchdowns. A year
ago, the Bays made only four touchdowns by passing.
In addition, Jacobs chalked up the punting title with an
average distance of 43.7 on 57 boots. This is the third
straight year in which Green Bay snared the kicking
title. Roy McKay took league honors in 1945 and 1946.
Jacobs probably would have been a shoo-in for 1947
honors, but he had his first punt of the season blocked
in the Philadelphia game last Sunday. Frank Reagan of
New York finished a close second with 43.5. Green Bay
missed by five yards of having the No. 1 and No. 2 ball
carriers in the Western division. Tony Canadeo, Packer
left half, took Western honors with 464 yards in 103
attempts for a 4.5 average, while Kenny Washington of
Los Angeles was second with 444. Fullback Walt
Schlinkman was five yards behind Washington with 439
...SECOND IN ALL-TIME LIST: Canadeo's performance
this year ranks him second among all-time Packer ball
carriers. The Gonzaga flash boosted his total to 1,987
yards, displacing Joe Laws, who gathered 1,916 yards
in 470 attempts in 12 seasons (125 games). Canadeo
carried the ball 483 times in six seasons (54 games).
Clarke Hinkle, who fullbacked for Green Bay from 1932
to 1941, still tops the Packers and the league with his
3,860 yards in 1,171 attempts. Nolan Luhn topped the
Packer pass receivers and finished third in the Western
sector with 696 yards on 42 receptions for seven TDs.
Teddy Fritsch, the fullback, was the Bays' leading
scorer with his 56 points - 44 less than he scored a
year ago. Ward Cuff was second with 51. Bob Forte,
rugged Packer defensive expert, Tommy Harmon of Los
Angeles and Red Cochran of the Chicago Cardinals
finished in a tie in the Western division with eight pass
interceptions each. Herman Rohrig and Irv Comp helped
the Packer cause with five apiece. Pat Harder, fullback
on the Western division winning Chicago Cardinals, is
the new scoring king of the league with 102 points - the
fourth highest mark in league history. The former
University of Wisconsin great reached that total by
scoring seven touchdowns and kicking seven field goals
and 39 extra points. His 1947 total was two points more
than the mark with which Fritsch won in 1946 - and 36
points under the all-time record of 138 points set by
Don Hutson of Green Bay in 1942. But in all National
league history only Hutson (who also had 117 points in
1943) and Steve Van Buren of Philadelphia have scored
more points in a single season than Harder. Van Buren
had 110 points in 1945. Van Buren, who finished third in
ground gaining in 1946, not only won the title this year
but shattered the all-time record of 1,004 yards which
Beattie Feathers of the Chicago Bears established
back in 1934. Van Buren's final total for the year was
1,008. He lugged the pigskin 217 times - which was one
more try higher than the previous top of 216 carries
registered by Cliff Battles of Washington in 1937.
Feathers, when he set his record, ran the ball only 117
REDSKINS' MARSHALL CUTS LOOSE AGAIN
DEC 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The breach
widens - if the end of the pro football war is in sight, you
would never guess it from the latest verbal shots. There
was no hint of peace in George Marshall's demand that
the National League pull out of the annual Chicago All-
Star series. The noisy Washington owner added that
Commissioner Bert Bell already has been give the
authority to take such action. Meanwhile All-America
officials, switching from the needling challenge system, said the next move, if any, is up to the National loop. Which, in effect, mean they're telling the senior circuit to go fly a kite...AH, THOSE REVEALING MOVIES AGAIN!: The season is over and the Packers aren't doing too much talking about the windup game at Philadelphia last Sunday. But it's no secret that they are unhappy about two scoring pass plays which ultimately provided the Eagles with their 14 points margin of victory. "Each time they had ineligible linemen downfield, at least 20 or 25 yards beyond the line of scrimmage," a member of the Packer family insisted. "And that wasn't the first time, for movies of other games showed they had pulled the same stuff before," he added.
SCRAP ALL-STAR GAME, PRO GRID LOOP URGED
DEC 18 (Pittsburgh) - Club owners of the NFL meet here tomorrow for their annual player draft but the confab may air problems more vexing than building for next year. Items reported to be disturbing the calm of some owners included:
1. A suggestion by George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins that the annual game between the league champion and the College All-Stars in Chicago be cancelled. Marshall charged the "game's sponsor violated the contract".
2. The future of Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, vice president, general manager and coach of the Green Bay Packers.
3. The prospective sale of the Detroit Lions and its effect on Coach Charles E. (Gus) Dorais.
4. Future policy toward the rival All-America Conference. Alexis Thompson, young and wealthy owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, has indicated he's one owner who favors some sort of rapprochement. The leagues now have no relations.
Bert Bell, National League commissioner, arrived here today ahead of the club owners and blithely disclaimed knowledge of these problems "except where I've read." He said that officially the meeting was to draft collegiate players for next year "and the clubs are entitled to draft 300 (30 to a team) if they wish." The National League's boss declared that Lambeau "told me definitely there's nothing to the story" that the Green Bay tutor may turn up as head coach of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Conference.