Green Bay Packers (3-2) 16, Los Angeles Rams (1-2) 0
Sunday October 17th 1948 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The rejuvenated Packers did a complete about face to trim the Los Angeles Rams in the battle of redemption at City Stadium here this afternoon.
The margin of victory was 16 to 0. A week ago the
Lambeaumen hit the depths before the Chicago Cardinals
in Milwaukee. Today they were a different ball club. They
​blocked and tackled for keeps. They ran hard. They 
rushed passers like a group of college sophomores. 
Above all, they were sharp and alert. Such reaction made
the outcome inevitable, much to the joy of a capacity
crowd of 25,119 fans, many of whom passed through the
gates in the spirit of "this is their last chance."
But will the half-game salary fines slapped on the entire
squad after last week's game stick? The question, of
tremendous importance to the players, remained 
unanswered tonight in spite of the fact that their
performance pleased Boss Lambeau and his assistants,
and proved to the customers they could get fired up.
"There is no announcement now, there will be none
tomorrow or any other time before the close of the 
season," said Lambeau immediately after the game. "It's
a closed issue. Our only interest now is winning football
games. Anything I have to say will be said to the squad
only." Whether or not the fines have been or will be
remitted to a few players also remains a secret. "There's
been too much talk already - there will be no more," the
head man added.
There was a strong inference that if things continue to go
as they did today, everybody will wind up all right in the
wallet department. But Lambeau is keeping the real 
lowdown to himself. The Packers racked up a touchdown
a minute before the end of the first quarter, added 
another three minutes later and a field goal by Ted
Fritsch - a mighty 43 yard placekick into the wind - in the
third period to account for all the scoring. But there was
much more action - thrilling action and Johnny-on-the-
spot action - than the brief summary would indicate. That
first marker, for instance, was a reminder of the happy
days when the immortal Don Hutson slipped into the 
open to haul down long scoring passes from Arnie Herber
and Cecil Isbell.
It was first down far back on the Packer 36 yard line,
seemingly safe territory for the unsuspecting Rams. The
ball was snapped and the little speed merchant from
Texas, Ralph Earhart, was off like a shot as Jack Jacobs
faded back for a pass. Behind beautiful protection 
Jacobs uncorked a perfect 55 yard strike as Earhart blew
past the deep defender, Jerry Cowhig. The little man 
made the catch on the 20 yard like and scampered over
for the coveted "touch". Fritsch failed to convert, which
was unusual if not unbelievable. But no one cared. The
Bays had broken the ice with an aerial blast which
smacked of the big time. Equally exciting was Bob
Waterfield's great second quarter punt - an 88 yard boot
from the line of scrimmage for a new National League
record. The old mark was 86, shared by Waterfield and
Ralph Kerchival, former Kentucky and Brooklyn Dodger
ace. The Rams were back on their 8-yard line when
Waterfield put so much show leather to the inflated
leather. Ted Cook was back on the Packer 4 when he
finally caught up with the bouncing oval. Then there were
those seven big interceptions by six different Packers -
Cook, who put the clutch on two of Waterfield's 35 
tosses; Tony Canadeo, Bob Forte, Bob Flowers, Gene
Wilson and Irv Comp. Even Flowers, the large center,
looked like a baseball outfielder in the process. And
Canadeo's spirited running. The graying veteran had 
those juvenile legs of his churning for keeps to pick up
105 yards in 16 tries. His longest gain was 34 yards on
a quick opener. Except for Dick Hoerner, who picked up
50 yards for the Rams, no one was even mildly close to
Tony for the ground gaining prize. It will be well that the
Bays were on the ball defensively, for the Rams 
depended almost entirely on passing. As it was, they
completed 20 out of 38 (19 out of 35 for Waterfield and
one out of three by Jim Hardy) for a total of 251 yards.
Although they made only 84 yards rushing, they 
outgained the Packers on an overall basis, 335 to 289.
The visitors also had a 17 to 15 edge in first downs. Yet
the home club won on merit. Which proves again that statistics can be meaningless. Cook's first interception (made possible by Waterfield's questionable long pass try against the wind), shortly after the Packers' first score set up No. 2. The lanky end, who plays defensive back, ran it back 19 yards to the Ram 26. Earhart's 12 yard dash was the big noise in the drive to the goal. Walt Schlinkman punched it over from three yards out. Fritsch's conversion was the 13th and last point of the first half. Flowers' interception and halfback-ish runback paved the way for Fritsch's mighty placekick in the third quarter. The ball split the uprights from 43 yards to close the scoring books. The Rams had plenty of chances all right, but always something happened, mainly the pesky Packers popping up to do them dirt. Jack Banta dropped a Waterfield flip with a touchdown label to end a first quarter threat on the 10-yard line. Canadeo caught Don Currivan from behind when the big end was about to break for touchdown territory after taking Waterfield's long heave in the second quarter. Tony made a shoestring interception on the very next play, only to give Los Angeles another opportunity by fumbling after a 22 yard gain on the succeeding scrimmage test. A pass put the Rams on the Packer 19, but Forte came through with an end zone interception. Today's game brought the season to close in Green Bay.
LOS ANGELES -  0  0  0  0 -  0
GREEN BAY   -  6  7  3  0 - 16
1st - GB - Earhart, 64-yard pass from Jacobs (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - GB - Schlinkman, 3-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 13-0
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 43-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-0
OCTOBER 19 (Philadelphia) - The Chicago Cardinals are the top offensive team in the NFL today although
the defending champions trail the Chicago Bears in loop
standings. Gaining momentum each week, the fleet
backs and ends of Jimmy Conzelman's squad have
amassed 1,576 yards in four games. The Cardinals
have rushed 909 yards for an average of 5.7 yards per
carry, best in the NFL. Paced by the surprising Ray
Mallouf, subbing for injured Paul Christman at
quarterback, the Cards have gained 667 yards through
the air. Green Bay, under the verbal lasing of Coach
Curly Lambeau, smacked down Los Angeles Sunday to
take second place in the total offense department. The
Packers have gained 1,498 yards through the air and on
the ground, one yard more than the Bears. Los Angeles
tops in forward passes completed with 66 out of 146 for 
948 yards - biggest gain through the air - followed by
Washington with 58 completions in 105 tries, and the
Eagles, 51 of 95. The Bears have the best percentage
of passes completed, 55.3. The Cardinals have an
unusual record of recovering every one of their 
opponents' six fumbles. The Bears continue to lead in
touchdowns with 20 and in scoring with 143 points.
OCTOBER 20 (Bailey's Harbor, WI) - Coach Clark
Shaughnessy of the Los Angeles Rams Wednesday
signed halfback Bruce Smith, released last week by the
Green Bay Packers, Smith, a former Minnesota star,
expressed plans Monday to retire from pro football and
operating his sporting goods store at Northfield, Minn.
Shaughnessy said "we're glad to have him and we think
he'll help us." The Rams will meet the Detroit Lions at
Detroit Sunday.
OCTOBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - In the Bears-
Redskin game in Baltimore a month ago, Joe Lawler of
the Bears escaped with a punt and scurried 93 yards
before he was overhauled from behind and dropped on 
Washington's five yard line. The press box public 
address system announced: "Lawler, the man who just
returned that punt, is the one of the fastest men ever to
wear a football suit." A newspaperman peeing out onto
the field at the Redskin who tackled Lawler growled:
"Yeah, what about the fellow who overhauled him?" Yes.
What about the fellow who overhauled Lawler? Well, his
name is Dan Sandifer, and he hails from Louisiana State
university and before this football season is over a lot of
newspapermen is a lot of press boxes are going to be 
asking: "What about him?" Sandifer is the Redskins'
prize rookie of the season. He is their candidate for rookie
of the year. And he is one of their big hopes as they 
prepare for their game with the Green Bay Packers at
State Fair park Sunday afternoon. Sandifer is a slick 
streak of lightning on the field, liable to strike at any time.
Just let him get his bony hands on a football and he is apt
to scamper all the way. He was a member of the last All-
Star squad but saw little action in the game - as the 
profound Frank Leahy outsmarted himself by splitting his
squad into single wing and T groups. Soon as it was over,
Sandifer was flown to Los Angeles and the afternoon 
after his arrival was used in an intrasquad game. He took
the kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. It was the first time
he had touched the ball as a Redskin. Ten days later, 
against the Rams, he reached almost out of bounds for a
spiraling Waterfield punt, gathered it in and scampered 84
yards down the sidelines for a touchdown. The last man
between him and the goal line was an army lieutenant on
leave named Glenn Davis. Sandifer gave a wiggle and another burst of speed and left Mr. Davis outside, very much on the outside. Four days later against the Cardinals, Sandifer was thrown one pass by Sammy Baugh and he ran 82 yards with it for a touchdown. Against the Packers in Birmingham in a preseason game, Sandifer was used almost solely on defense because of the shortage of Redskin backs at the time. He was kicked in the leg early in the contest and was sidelined. Sandifer, 6 feet 1 1/2 and 197 pounds, is only 21 years old and has been used sparingly on offense so far this season because of his unfamiliarity with the T formation. Only five passes have been thrown to him, but he has caught each one for a total gain of 137 yards and one touchdown. The one touchdown pass, incidentally, covered 86 yards - longest pass play Sammy Baugh has engineered in his 12 seasons of professional football. In all, Sandifer had handled the ball exactly 21 times on punts, kickoffs, passes, pass interceptions and plunges, and he has piled up an amazing total of 361 yards...or an average of 17.19 yards every time he has had his hands on the ball. Sandifer will start here Sunday.
OCTOBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - The rookie prize of the Washington Redskins won't be here for the game at State Fair park Sunday. Harry Gilmer, late of Alabama, and a tremendous passers, is in a hospital in Washington D.C,., recovering from a blood infection in his leg. Gilmer was injured in camp early in August. Somebody kicked his leg. An infection developed. The blood was drained. Gilmer seemed to get  better, and in the exhibition with the Packers in Birmingham in late August, he appeared in one play - a token play. In the league opener with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he appeared in five plays, all passes. He completed two of them, one for 30 yards, the other for 45 yards, and deliberately grounded the three others by throwing them out of bounds with all receivers covered. Jack Lavelle, a scout for the Giants and Notre Dame, quickly said Gilmer was one of the greatest passers he had ever seen. Gilmer, though, never appeared in the lineup again. The infection re-developed. He was taken to the hospital. He is still in a hospital. He will probably be in a hospital for another month. Gilmer is getting a reputed $45,000 for three seasons with the Redskins - or for two seasons considering what little use he has been to the team this fall...A DIFFERENT TEAM: But don't sell the Redskins short Sunday just because of Gilmer or because the Packers whaled the daylights out of them in the exhibition in Birmingham, 43-0. In the first place, they are obviously more than a "Gilmer" team, much more, and in the second, they played the exhibition at the worst possible time for themselves. They arrived in Birmingham the morning of the game after a long train ride from the coast interrupted only by an exhibition with the Cardinals in Denver four days before, and they were badly crippled. Dick Todd, Eddie Saenz and Howie Livingston, the last name the team's best defensive back, did not play at all; Hugh Taylor, one of the best pass catchers in the league, Dan Sandifer, the club's prize rookie halfback, Tommy Mony, first understudy now to Sammy Baugh and the probably starter here Sunday, and Tom Farmer played very little because of early injuries; and Jim Castiglia, Howie Hartley and John Hollar had not yet joined the club. All but Saenz of those mentioned here will play Sunday. Saenz has a broken leg. The Packers will get a surprise, indeed, if they sell this revamped team short...STILL ON PROBATION: Green Bay itself is still on "probation". This will be the first game here since the lazy exhibition against the Cardinals two weeks ago. The Packers did an about-face against the Rams in Green Bay last Sunday, making their alert play pay off in a 16-0 victory. But they have still to show that they can hold it. Theirs has been a tendency all too often, after success, to flex their muscles and coast - and take it on the chin. Maybe the fine after the Cardinal game has changed this, but it remains to be seen. The Packers will be favorites, of course. They should be. But it will take football of the kind they played last week, and not the kind they played here two weeks ago, to win. The game will be the seventh in the league rivalry between the teams although they have met frequently in exhibitions. Of the six league games between them so far, the Packers have won four, the Redskins two.
OCTOBER 21 (Green Bay) - Ken Keuper, veteran blocker, was obtained by the New York Giants Thursday in a deal with the Detroit Lions. The Lions earlier this season claimed Keuper on waivers from the Green Bay Packers. Keuper will report to the Giants at once, The Lions obtained Bill Miklick, who played his college football at Idaho. Miklich is a West Allis boy.
OCTOBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Who's the highest priced professional football player? Don't guess Sid Luckman, Johnny Lujack, Charlie Conerly, Sammy Baugh or any of the other names that usually cause you to see dollar sign spots before your eyes. It's Harry Gilmer, the passin' man from Alabama, at least from the standpoint of pay per play or minutes. Gilmer's contract with the Washington Redskins calls for something like $15,000 for a full season, which, in this case, may mean exactly seven plays and just about as many minutes of game action. That's all he has played to date - one play against the Packers in the September 11 exhibition game at Birmingham and six against Pittsburgh two weeks later. And it looks like it's all he's going to play this season. Gilmer has been in and out of the hospital since he suffered a leg injury in practice August 14. He's there right now. Which mean he won't be with the Redskins for Sunday's Packer game at Fair Park. He won't be ready for another month, according to the most optimistic view. The more accurate, if pessimistic, dope is that he can't make it by the time the 1948 campaign curtain drops. If Harry is forced to sit out the rest of the way, he will have earned about $2,000 per play. By comparison, other high priced stars are doing their stuff at depression rates...TROUBLE STARTED ON FRIDAY THE 13TH: Gilmer's case is a dilly for slaves of superstition everywhere - especially for athletes constantly on the alert to avoid the dreaded jinx or to discover a good luck charm. His trouble started on Friday August 13 when his mother purchased 13 tickets for the Packer-Redskin exhibition - no doubt as a publicity stunt cooked up by the sponsors. But buy them she did. Later that day Harry had two teeth extracted. The next day, in an intrasquad game, came the kick in the leg destined to wreck his professional debut and cost his club a lot of money. A believable estimate of the box office loss is $100,000. Gilmer's name alone figured to draw many customers. In addition, his absence weakened the team and, in turn, led to a decline in the drawing power of the Redskins as a whole. Gilmer, you may recall, caused quite a fuss when he refused to play in the Chicago All-star game without what he considered adequate insurance protection. Did he have the right hunch? Or might he have avoided the serious injury if he had been in the All Star camp at the time? Now he isn't sure...26TH YEAR OF FOOTBALL FOR BAUGH: In the meantime, the skinny-legged but durable Mr. Baugh continues to carry the load in his twelfth season with the Redskins - his twenty-sixth consecutive football campaign, he recalls. Sammy was first attracted to the sport as a third grader in his hometown of Sweetwater, Tex. He was an end through the grades and even in the early stages of his high school career. One day the coach noticed that the speedy pass catcher was out-passing the passers. That day the order was reversed. Sammy has been a passing quarterback ever since. Until this year, incidentally, Baugh never had an ankle taped - no wrist, knee, elbow or shoulder protection either. "That stuff doesn't help - it only slows a guy down," he always insisted. But a slight sprain finally forced him to get into line in the training room...EDWARDS GOT THE ANSWER AND QUICK: When news of the Packers' blanket fine deal was flashed around the country, the Redskins' Turk Edwards, like many other coaches, wondered about the reason advanced. "How can an entire team play badly enough to deserve such a jolt?" he asked. Last Sunday he got the answer as his Skins were practically skinned alive (45-0) by the Eagles. It was one of those days when nobody did anything right - proving that it can happen even to the pros. Speaking of those fines, mum's still the word in Green Bay. But the players are definitely hopeful as they continue the business of beating their way back into the running. No. 1 basis of hope: Curly Lambeau's leaving the door open (by inference) until the end of the season in his "I have nothing to say" statement after the victory over the Rams. No. 1: Knowledge that the two way action (fining and remitting) is not unprecedented. Ex-Packers recall that Lambeau has dished out fines many time in the past. Not too many years ago the entire squad was put on short financial rations for one game, as happened to the men of 1948. At season's end came the kickback. So everything turned out all right.
OCTOBER 21 (Green Bay) - Reminding his squad that the Washington Redskins, a good football team, are due for the same resurgence that marked their own comeback against Los Angeles last week, Coach Curly Lambeau drove his Packers through another long session on deception and finesse today, preparatory to their "redemption" appearance at State Fair Park in Milwaukee Sunday. Lambeau made no secret of the fact that, while he had nothing but the highest praise for the Packers' effort in subduing a rugged and rough Ram eleven, he was not satisfied with its execution on on offense, especially it is involved the little deceits and feints that usually spell the difference between success and failure on a play. A long passing drill also occupied the squad on its Rockwood Lodge practice field, with Jack Jacobs, Irv Comp and Perry Moss doing most of the pitching. Passing is expected to play a major role in Sunday's presentation with Jacobs again opposing the incomparable Sammy Baugh.
times in maintaining a championship pace during the early weeks of the season, qualified authorities still consider them the teams that will decide the divisional races. Washington find itself in the same enviable position the Packers occupied last week when they bounced back from a miserable showing to whip Los Angeles. The Redskins, trying to skimp another week without the services of several key backs, got off to a bad start against Philadelphia and never recovered. Philadelphia eventually won by the lopsided total of 45 to 0. A much better team than the score indicated and fortified by the return of such stellar performers as Dick Todd and Eddie Saenz, the Redskins are determined to move back into a contender's position in the eastern division by advancing above the .500 mark at the expense of the Packers. The Packers announced last night the signing of end Ted Cramer, who was released earlier this week by the Lions. Coach Curly Lambeau said Cramer, former Auburn star, would see action, mostly on defense tomorrow.
OCTOBER 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Wisconsin's reborn Packers, beating their way back along the comeback trail, stop off at State Fair Park today to meet the Washington Redskins in a National League encounter. Improved in offense, improved in defense, and, most of all, improved in application and outlook, the Packers arrived last night grim and determined not to be caught napping by a Redskin team that has a lot of breaks coming and expects to begin collecting them this afternoon. Individually it will be another chapter in the duel between Indian Jack Jacobs, who was turned away by the Redskins a year ago, and Sammy Baugh, the old Texas rancher who re-writes the record book each time he throws a pass. There have been three other chapters to the duel since Jacobs joined the Packers last year and in each Indian Jack has come off the winner. Green Bay's defense is expected to receive one of its severest tests in Dan Sandifer, a 185 pound rookie halfback from Louisiana State, who specialized in long touchdown runs before an injury laid him low. Sandifer is in good shape for the first time today and will be paired with Bob Nussbaumer, a former Packer. This pair, along with Dick Todd, still one of the fastest backs in the league after eight seasons with the Redskins, form the chief targets for Baugh's dangerous flat passes. Green Bay's answer to Baugh's passes will come Tony Canadeo, the fiery left halfback whose 105 yards in 16 attempts against Los Angeles last week, sent him back into the lead among National League ground gainers. Walt Schlinkman's plunging, Ted Fritsch's kicking and Jacobs' passing, all important parts of the Packer offense, have been sharpened perceptibly this week in special drills. An extra fillip has been added to today's attraction by engaging the Great Lakes Naval Training Station drill team, regarded as one of the finest formation units ever assembled. The drill team will perform between halves.
​OCTOBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers carry their battle of redemption, as the boys in the publicity department like to call it, back to the field on which they first got themselves into difficulties when they meet the volatile George Marshall's Washington Redskins at State Fair park. The game will start at 2 o'clock. A couple of weeks ago, the Packers, apparently unaware that more than 34,000 fans were in the stands, or that the meeting with the Chicago Cardinals was more than a practice scrimmage, put on one of their shoddiest exhibitions, and lost not only a very ordinary but highly important game, 17 to 7, but also a half week's pay in fines and a lot of local support. A week ago, they did an about-face against the Los Angeles Rams in Green Bay and looked like the Packers of old. But now comes the real test. It remains to be seen whether they can do as well on the field over which the faint odor of two weeks ago probably still hangs. One thing is certain: There won't be any 34,000 in the stands today. What the performance against the Cardinals didn't cost the Packers in support, the mishandling of the crowd by fair park management did. It was even worse than the game. The park management, too, has since promised to "redeem" itself, but the promise alone won't be enough to fill the stands now. Tickets will be available up to game time. The game could be a dandy. Any game with Sammy Baugh in the lineup can be. Although in his 12th year, the Texas rancher has lost little, if any, of his skill in tossing a football. In four league games this fall, in which the Redskins have split even, Baugh has completed 51 of 88 passes for 694 yards and four touchdowns. He already holds just about every passing record in the book, so every time he throws the ball, every time he completes a pass, every time he throws astray, he breaks a mark. In his 12 yards, he has completed 1,253 out of 2,181 for 15,891 yards - and brother, that's more than a good evening's stroll. Like anybody else, Baugh can have a relatively bad day, and when he does, the Redskins can have a bad day, too, as witness the 45-0 shellacking they took from the Philadelphia Eagles last week. But also witness what they can do on one of his good days: They trounced the New York Giants two weeks earlier, 41-10, and in an exhibition with the Chicago Bears two weeks before that, they barely lost in the closing seconds, 17-14. In league play, the Redskins have beaten the Giants, have split even in two games with  the Pittsburgh Steelers, and have bowed to the Eagles. They still think themselves strong contenders in the eastern division of the league, particularly now that the leading Eagles must do without veteran Tommy Thompson. Thompson has a bad shoulder separation. Against Baugh's passes, Curly Lambeau will turn loose a team which last week at least showed itself as alert as any Packer team in years. A guy by the name of Waterfield with the Rams is no slouch himself at pegging the ball around, yet the Packers intercepted seven of his shots, equaling the league record, and in other ways disported themselves so sharply that the Rams failed to score. On offense, the Packers still lacked some of their consistent old precision. They were good enough in spots, though, to complete one spectacular long touchdown pass of 64 yards for one touchdown, to march some 30 yards for another touchdown, and to top it all off with a 46 yard field goal. "And we're going to get better from here on in," Lambeau promised after the game. The exhibition which the Packers won from the Redskins in Birmingham early in September, 43-0, can hardly be any criterion by which to judge Sunday's game. Washington was almost hopelessly crippled in that game. Washington will be sound Sunday except for Eddie Saenz, halfback, who has a broken leg, and Harry Gilmer, who is in a Washington hospital with a leg infection. The Packers rule 10 point favorites.
OCTOBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - A full schedule of games will be played again Sunday. In addition to the battle here, the Chicago Bears will invade Philadelphia for a game with the Eagles, the Boston Yankees will be at Comiskey park to try their luck against the Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams, completing a disappointing road trip, will meet the Lions in Detroit, and the Giants will be at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
OCTOBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - The November issue of Sport had barely landed on the sports editor's desk, containing a plea for peace between the two big pro football league, written by Alexis Thompson, millionaire owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, when the Associated Press wires brought news that Thompson had done an about face. "Any conciliation is now impossible," he said. "From now on it's really going to be a battle." Thompson, against the wishes of other National league magnates, had engaged for months with the rival All-America conference. He said in Sport that more than $500,000 was lost in the two leagues last season - that of 18 clubs all lost money except the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins in the National and the Cleveland Browns in the AA. Only peace, and a joint draft, could bring player payrolls down out of the clouds. The owner of the Eagles had arranged a get-together in his office for rival owners. "I felt that if they got to know each other they might settle their differences and stop throwing money away." Then Dan Topping, president of the New York Yankees of the All-America, gloated at a sportwriters' luncheon over the fact that the New York Giants stood to lose $200,000 this season and that blew up Thompson's peace conference. Maybe he could have brought about a truce, but it seems unlikely. There is too much ill feeling. Arch Ward, Chicago sports editor, tried to dictate to the National league. Failing, he helped organize the All-America out of pique. If any other midwife had presided at the birth, there would have been peace before this. As long as Ward remains in the picture, peace is well nigh impossible. The National league has stood the gaff better than the AA. No National club has shown signs of cracking up, but in the AA the Miami club folded, the Chicago Rockets have washed out two owners, Brooklyn has changed hands and Baltimore has rescued the Colts from drowning in red ink by putting on a civic campaign. National league rules enable three clubs to block peace negotiations - and the writer thinks he could name three who, despite all Thompson could do or say, would rather go down with the ship than send up a rocket which would save Ward's wards along with themselves.
OCTOBER 23 (Philadelphia) - Alex Thompson, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL, Saturday declared war to the finish on the rival All-America conference. In an about-face after having tried for two years to make peace between the rival leagues, Thompson said: "Any conciliation between the league is impossible. Every one of my efforts has failed. From now on it's really going to be a battle." In a recent magazine article, Thompson asked that the two leagues get together on a common draft and thereby halt the costly competition for players. He said he still felt that way about it until recently. He said he has asked all the club presidents of the National league to meet with the presidents of the All-America conference at his office here "and get acquainted". "I had it fixed," he said. "I felt that if they would get to know each other they might settle their differences and end this silly business of throwing money away. But then Dan Topping (president of the New York Yankees of the All-American conference) blew his top. When my people heard what Dan had said they backed out of the meeting. Now it's impossible to do anything more about it, and from now on I'm in the fight against the All-American as strongly as our other owners." Topping told sportswriters that the New York Giants of the National league would lose $200,000 this season. Giant officials said, "Dan's auditing our books again," and asserted that they would lose nowhere near that amount. Thompson said he had been down in Philadelphia the last two days talking with fans and merchants and girding for a war to the finish. "They're with me, and it's going to be a battle," he said. Asked what he thought was the significance of the disclosure that Paul Brown intends to resign as coach of the Cleveland Browns of the All-America conference after the present season and seek a college job, Thompson said: "Brown is a smart coach. I think he just sees the handwriting on the wall and is getting out while he's on top. I talked with Brown here two years ago. At that time he agreed that what I was trying to  - get the two leagues together on the draft and other matters - was the only thing that would permit both to continue operating. Now that he knows it has fallen through, I think he feels it is time to get out."
OCTOBER 23 (San Francisco) - If the NFL wants war "it's war the National will have," Tony Morabito, owner of the San Francisco 49ers, said Saturday. "But I'll bet there'll be either peace - and soon - or everybody will go broke," said Morabito. "The All-America conference will play again in 1949, it'll be playing as an eight team league, and the eighth team will be the Chicago Rockets."
OCTOBER 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday announced the signing of end Ted Cramer, who was released earlier this week by the Detroit Lions. Coach Curly Lambeau said Cramer would see action Sunday on defense in the Packers' game with the Washington Redskins here. Cramer, who stands 6 feet 2 1/2 inches tall and weighs 215 pounds, is a former Auburn end, and played with the Lions for two years prior to his release. His signing brings the Packer roster to the authorized player limit of 35.
OCTOBER 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Green Bay's Packers and the Washington Redskins, a pair of teams who are making their championship fights the hard way, moved into Milwaukee today for the final phases of their preparation for tomorrow's National League engagement at State Fair Park. Led by the famous Sammy Baugh, the Redskins will take a short workout at the site of tomorrow's battle. The Packers will come down from their Rockwood Lodge headquarters in New Franken, Wis., tonight and complete their preparations with a meeting at the Hotel Pfister. Although both the Packers and Redskins have encountered difficulty at