Chicago Cardinals (5-4-1) 41, Green Bay Packers (2-8) 21
Sunday November 27th 1949 (at Chicago)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(CHICAGO) - Green Bay's embattled Packers and Chicago's Cardinals matched explosive scoring outburts here Sunday afternoon in a weird sort of football game, and the Cardinals, as you can probably guess, set off the loudest. The Packers lost, 41-21. Here were goings-on that hardly made sense as football games generally go, and more than one fan in the 16,787 who huddled together in Comiskey park to keep warm must have scratched his head in perplexity. The Cardinals roared off to a 34-0 lead in the first 19 minutes of play. The Packers smashed back with 21 points in the next 10 minutes, leaving it 34-21 at the half. And the teams stood each other off at even terms the rest of the way except for Chicago's last touchdown in the closing minutes. Fifty-five points in the first half, all in a crazy pattern, and seven in the second - and you figure it out.
EACH TAKES TURN
Through the first quarter and the first four minutes of the second, the Packers hardly knew what was hitting them. They reeled and they sprawled and they looked as outclassed as they ever have before this unhappy fall. Even a record breaking score seemed in the making. In turn, though, the Cardinals hardly knew what was hitting them in the last 10 minutes of the half, and they reeled and sprawled, too, and they welcomed indeed the timer's gun that halted proceedings for the intermission. The second half, after all this, was prosaic. The bright spots in Green Bay's reversal were many - Jug Girard's passing, the receiving of Steve Pritko and Bill Kelley, and the all-around play of the tireless Bob Forte, and, of course, the running of Tony Canadeo. The gray ghost had one of this better afternoons of the fall, gaining 122 yards on 20 plays, yet he slipped into second place in the individual ground gaining race as his closest pursuer, Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles, piled up 205 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Canadeo now has 953 yards, Van Buren 997. Each has two games left and both seem certain to break Van Buren's league record of 1,008 set last year.
BEST OFFENSE OF YEAR
In their second quarter surge, and thereafter, too, the Packers probably played their best offensive football of the fall. In fact, it was their best, for in no other game have they scored as many points. Their previous high they set in beating the Bulldogs early in the season, 19-0. Canadeo scored one of the touchdowns, bucking over from the one, and Pritko two, each on a pass from Girard. The Cardinals, with one of the most explosive backfields in the game, spread out their scoring evenly. Bob Ravensburg duplicated Pritko's trick by snagging two touchdown passes. Red Cochran, Pat Harder, Elmer Angsman and Mal Kutner each scored once - Kutner also on a pass. In their first quarter splurge, the Cardinals set out as through to annihilate the men in front of them, nothing less. They got their first tally four plays after the kickoff, Jim Hardy passing to Ravensburg on a play which covered 48 yards all told. They got their second a few minutes later on an 11 yard pass, Hardy to Kutner, and they hung up their third still four plays later when Cochran took a punt on his own 29 and scampered 71 yards down the east sideline. A couple of men apparently had him a few yards from where he started, but they let him slip away and he was gone.
HARDER BOOTS FOUR
Whamo! - and still they came. They got their fourth touchdown after 13 minutes of the quarter on Harder's 10 yard gallop and early in the second quarter, they got their fifth on Paul Christman's pass to Ravensburg down the middle on a play which covered 40 yards all told. Harder kicked the first point, missed the second, then kicked the next three. There was no stopping the Cardinals, apparently, and it looked as though they might run up 100 points. On their first touchdown they went 79 yards, on their second 46, on their third - Cochran's run - 71, on their fourth 10, after John Goldsberry had intercepted a pass and ran it back 36 yards to Green Bay's 10, and on their fifth 80 yards. But with 34 points on the board came the strange reversal, and the Cardinals slowly started to reel. With only 10 minutes of the half left, the apparently hopelessly crushed Packers snapped right back into the game with three touchdowns of their own - and good ones, all thoroughly earned. On the first they drove 66 yards on nine plays, on the second 80 yards on seven plays, and on the third 46 yards on four plays. Canadeo scored the first from the one yard line, Pritko the second on Girard's pass into the end zone from the two, and Pritko the third on Girard's pass into the end zone from the 24.
CANADEO TAKES ROMP
Everything that hadn't worked in the first half, that hadn't worked much all season, in fact, suddenly worked like a charm. On the first drive Girard passed sharply to Bob Forte for 28 yards and then to Kelley for 22. On the second Canadeo broke over off left tackle for 54 yards - his longest gain of the season. And on the third drive, Girard passed to Pritko for 24 just before his pass to the same man for the same yardage and the tally. Fritsch kicked the first two points, Joe Ethridge the third. There were vague ideas between halves that the Packers might even go on to pull this game out of the fire. And they held their own or more through the scoreless third quarter and most of the fourth. With time running out, though, the Cardinals finally scored again. Weasel Davis ran an intercepted pass back 27 yards to midfield to start the drive, and on six plays, including one against Green Bay for pass interference, the Cardinals scored. With the ball on the five, Angsman on first down went over. The licking dropped the Packers back into a last place tie with Detroit in the western division of the league. 
GREEN BAY -  0 21  0  0 - 21
CHI CARDS - 27  7  0  7 - 41
1st - CHI - Bob Ravensberg, 48-yd pass fr Jim Hardy (Pat Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 7-0
1st - CHI - Mal Kutner, 11-yard pass from Hardy (Kick failed) CHICAGO CARDINALS 13-0
1st - CHI - Red Cochran, 71-yard punt return (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 20-0
1st - CHI - Harder, 10-yard run (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 27-0
2nd - CHI - Ravensberg, 40-yd pass from Paul Christman (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 34-0
2nd - GB - Canadeo, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 34-7
2nd - GB - Pritko, 2-yard pass from Girard (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 34-14
2nd - GB - Pritko, 24-yard pass from Girard (Fritsch kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 34-21
4th - CHI - Elmer Angsman, 5-yard run (Harder kick) CHICAGO CARDINALS 41-21
Reporters wait while the Packers’ board of directors meets for four hours in the Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay on Nov. 30, 1949, deliberating the fate of coach and general manager Curly Lambeau. From left are Lee Remmel, Art Daley and Dave Yuenger of the Green Bay Press-Gazette; Packers publicity director George Strickler, Don Arthur of radio station WDUZ, Bob Savage of radio station WBAY and Earl Gillespie of WJPG, the Press-Gazette’s radio station. (Press-Gazette Media archives)
Green Bay Packers coach and general manager Curly Lambeau, left, walks out of a meeting at the Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay on Nov. 30, 1949, at which his contract was renewed for two years. From left are Lambeau, team president Emil Fischer and Green Bay Press-Gazette sports writer Art Daley, who's listening to a statement by team director John Torinus.
NEWS AND NOTES
CONSIDERATION OF LAMBEAU'S CONTRACT WILL BRING A SHOWDOWN WEDNESDAY
NOVEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - The board of directors of the Green Bay Packers will meet in the Brown County courthouse Wednesday night to consider (1) the renewal of Curly Lambeau's contract as coach and general manager and (2) the precarious financial position of the club. Lambeau's five year contract, which was given him after he had won his sixth league championship in 1944, will expire January 1. It calls for $25,000 a year. The meeting may well be one of the most momentous in Green Bay's football history since it probably will bring the oft postponed showdown between Lambeau and the small but articulate faction on the board opposed to him. Other meetings have always ducked a showdown, including an executive committee meeting last week at which Lambeau outlined drastic plans for reorganization of the club, extending to conditions in his own contract. Now, though, it cannot be ducked - at least for long. Lambeau's contract required immediate attention...SNIPE AT EACH OTHER: The anti-Lambeau faction, headlined by Dr. W.W. Kelly, Lee Joannes, Jerry Clifford and George Calhoun, all of whom at one time were among Lambeau's closest friends, have sniped unrelentingly at him since he removed them from a close connection with the team. Lambeau has sniped back. Kelly was team doctor for years. He was dropped when he no longer cared to make the longer trips with the team. He is in his seventies. Calhoun, an employee of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, was publicity director for years. He was dropped when Lambeau sought a full time publicity man and public relations director three years ago and brought in George Strickler. Joannes was president of the club. He was ousted in a club row three years ago in which Lambeau himself sought the job. Emil Fischer was elected president as a compromise. Clifford was the club's lawyer. He was occasionally bypassed in club affairs. All four - Kelly, Clifford, Calhoun and Joannes - are on the board of directors. Clifford is also on the executive committee...RETRENCHMENT ATTEMPTED: While a real showdown between Lambeau and his critics has been avoided so far, the men opposed to him have been able, in recent years, to restrict Lambeau's authority. Where, at one time, he directed all affairs of the club with a free hand and the benign blessing of a not too interested executive committee or board of directors, he now must deal with committees - a finance committee, a ground committee, a players' contract committee, etc. As recently as last Sunday, Strickler was ordered by the finance committee not to accompany the team to Chicago for the Cardinal game and did not, although in line with his work, he previously always had. Lambeau was helpless to change the order. And as recently as two weeks ago, one of the committees sought to have traveling arrangements to the Pittsburgh game in Milwaukee changed. The club has always arrived in Milwaukee Saturday night for a Sunday game. The committee wanted Lambeau to leave Green Bay Sunday morning. "My gosh!" said the town wag when the news got around. "Why don't they travel by bus and give the boys a box lunch!"...FINANCIAL PLIGHT: The financial plight of the club has been a particularly fertile field for the critics of Lambeau. On the club's recent trip to Los Angeles, a subcommittee of the executive committee arbitrarily ordered Lambeau to cut five players off the roster whose salaries totaled $3,500 a week. Lambeau did not cut five players, but he did cut certain salaries, including his own and Jack Jacobs'. Jacobs, one of the high priced players on the club, who has been injured much of the fall, was cut $3,500. Lambeau has fought back. He fought back most bitterly at the executive club meeting a week ago - the meeting which President Emil Fischer called "merely routine". Lambeau outline drastic plans for reorganization of the club. He demanded removal of most of his outspoken critics from any connection with the club whatsoever. He demanded a clause in his contract which would permit him to spend six months of the year in California. He demanded absolute control in the hiring and firing personnel, which now must be done through committees. He left few loopholes for a compromise. Either he runs the club or he does not. With only five weeks before his contract expires and with the club about to leave on a trip to Washington and Detroit for the final games of the season, the board Wednesday night is almost certain to take some definite action. The battle lines have been drawn and the campaigning, especially by the anti-faction, has been strong. There may even be parliamentary squabbling before the vote, for around Green Bay there have been hints that the "anti" faction is going to insist on a secret vote. "Over our dead bodies," say the Lambeau forces. 
COLTS NEED $250,000 TO FIELD 1950 ELEVEN
NOVEMBER 29 (Baltimore) - The Baltimore Colts sent up another financial distress signal Monday. Club owners announced they didn't have enough money to guarantee operation of the All-America Conference football team next season. Baltimore is the second professional football team forced to replenish the till this year. Green Bay of the National League recently announced it was seeking financial assistance from its fans. Charles P. McCormick, chairman of the Colt board of directors, said the organization lost between $70,000 and $100,000 this season. This left insufficient capital to start next year. McCormick said they need $250,000 which the hope to raise by selling 50,000 tickets at $5 apiece to an exhibition game to be played next August. The conference requires each member to have that much in the bank at the start of the season. It's the second time that financial weakness has threatened the franchise which was transferred to Baltimore three years ago from Miami. Robert Rodenberg, initial sponsor here, was forced to quit after one season. A group of about 15 businessmen headed by McCormick, owner of a wholesale grocery company, stepped in to assume ownership. The Colt announcement of financial weakness is expected to fan anew the talk of merger between the All-America and National loops. Retention of Baltimore was reported to be a stumbling block in such a discussion held last year in Philadelphia.
AAC CLAIMS NEW MEMBER
NOVEMBER 29 (Baltimore) - All-America Conference Commissioner O.O. Kessing says not only will his professional football circuit operate next year but that it will have a new member. "We want two leagues - not a merger," said Kessing in reference to talk of joining the NFL instead of fighting it out at the box office. "We're making plans to come back next season with an eight-team league." Kessing declined to name the new leader, saying, "I think any announcement should come from the city involved." Houston is believed to be the most likely sponsor. The conference will hold its annual meeting there December 15-16 and the champion team will meet all-stars from the other members in an exhibition game there December 17. The conference became a seven team league when the Brooklyn and New York clubs were consolidated.
LAMBEAU'S STATUS GETS AIRING
NOVEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - Renewal of Curly Lambeau's reported $25,000 contract as head man of the Green Bay Packers will be discussed Wednesday night at a board of director's meeting. Lambeau, founder of the NFL club 30 years ago and its head coach until early this season, has been under fire by a faction of the board most of the year. His current five year contract, said to call for $25,000 annually, runs out January 1. The board will consider also the financial situation facing the club. An intrasquad Thanksgiving Day game, promoted by a group of businessmen, raised $50,000, but reports have it the amount is not sufficient to pull the treasury into the black. The Packers, once a power in the NFL and one of the best drawing road teams in the circuit, have won only five league games in the past two years and have slumped consquently at the gate. Operated by a non-profit corporation, the club has no financial reserves from which to draw. Lambeau, who held the posts of general manager, vice president and head coach for many years, has been devoting his time to rebuilding and restrengthening the club. Three previous assistants - Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charley Brock - took over field operations. Wednesday night's meeting - a closed affair with only the 25 members of the board present - is expected to bring the entire situation to a head.
VAN BUREN TOPS NFL RUNNERS; CANADEO 2ND
NOVEMBER 29 (Philadelphia) - Steve Van Buren, the Philadelphia Eagles' power runner, is back in his familiar place as leader of the NFL's ground gainers. When Joltin' Steve picked up 205 yards Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers for his greatest performance in six years of pro football he supplanted Tony Canadeo of Green Bay, according to league statistics released Tuesday. The one-time Louisiana State star has carried the ball 225 times and gained 997 yards for an average of 4.4. He is within 11 yards of his own league record and already has eclipsed his record of attempts, 217, made in 1947. Canadeo is not far behind. He has rolled up 953 yards, 122 of them last Sunday in 176 attempts. Elmer Angsman of the Chicago Cardinals trails far behind in third place with 651 yards. With two games yet to be played, the Eagles lead in nearly every major statistical department. Only in two of the 11 major departments are the Eagles not in first place. In defense against rushing, the Eagles trail the Chicago Bears by five yards. The league champions are far behind in yards gained passing. However, their passing accuracy record is a clear top. The Eagles have amassed a total of 3,968 yards in 10 games. Of these 2,317 were gained on the ground and 1,634 in the air.
PACKERS MAY BE INSTRUMENT OF PEACE IN PRO FOOTBALL WAR
NOVEMBER 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers unwittingly may become one of the instruments of peace between the rival National and All-America professional football leagues. If Curly Lambeau is retained as general manager at the meeting of the Packers' board of directors tonight, when a new contract, if any, will be considered, Green Bay undoubtedly will continue in the National league. The league has always had a friendly feeling toward him. It has recognized his service since the league's inception, has valued his counsel and has gone along with him, although it has not infrequently chaffed at the presence of so small a community in a major league. If Lambeau is fired, the National league may well apply pressure to have the franchise moved. There have been little hints of this. It might take time, but it could be done. And without Green Bay, the league could go into negotiations with the All-America free to take in three of this rivals' cities. Cleveland and San Francisco are a cinch to go into the National league when peace is restored, as it finally must be in this suicidal war. The stumbling block has been Baltimore or Buffalo - a 13th member as the National league stands now but the 12th if Green Bay should be dropped. Baltimore happens to be in financial distress at the moment, hut has already started another move to save the franchise. Buffalo, with a team in the All-America playoff, is all steamed up again. The meeting tonight, then, may have wide implications. It could echo right into the meeting hall, where the two leagues will eventually sit to iron out their long standing differences. In Green Bay, meanwhile, the Lambeau and anti-Lambeau forces in the club's muddled affairs were drawn into battle array Wednesday morning for Wednesday night's showdown in the Brown County courthouse. Lambeau's new contract must be disposed of by the board - and there can be no more delay. His present five year contract will expire January 1. The anti-Lambeau forces, led by Dr. W.W. Kelly, George Calhoun, Lee Joannes and Jerry Clifford, all members of the board, have campaigned vigorously. All at one time were close friends of Lambeau. One report Wednesday morning had them calling a rump meeting for Wednesday afternoon to marshal their forces. Lambeau, in turn, has fought back just as vigorously - at least since he finished last week's money raising campaign. At an executive committee meeting last week, he laid down a drastic reorganization plan for the distressed Packers which included these demands:
1. That men who have harassed him for years because of personal differences be eliminated from the Packer organization.
2. That he be given sole responsibility for hiring and firing.
3. That his new contract provide that he may live in California six months of the year, out of the football season.
The first demand is aimed primarily at Joannes, Calhoun, Dr. Kelly and Clifford who, through board action or executive committee action, have forced him to deal through committees in various matters in which at one time he had a free hand. The second is pointed at such a situation as arose last week when the executive board ordered George Strickler, assistant general manager and publicity director, not to attend the Cardinal game in Chicago although Lambeau wanted him there, also at the situation which arose several weeks ago when the executive committee ordered him arbitrarily to cut the payroll $3,500 a week by firing five players. The third is aimed at wide criticism that he spends too much time in California. Lambeau is married to a California girl and in recent years has spent most of the winter and spring months at his home near Santa Monica. The fight is certain to be a bitter one. The anti-Lambeau forces are implacable. So is Lambeau. Either he runs the club as he wants to, or he doesn't run it. The whole future of Green Bay in professional football is at stake tonight - and some of the future of all professional football.
ALL-AMERICA SAYS IT WILL CONTINUE
NOVEMBER 30 (New York) - It looks as though the All-America Football conference, despite all of its troubles, will be an eight team league in 1950. Commissioner O.O. Kessing announced Tuesday that the Richmond (Va.) Rebels of the American Football league had requested membership in the conference. In Richmond, Jack Seibold, president of the club, said the Rebels had been "tentatively offered" an eighth berth in the league following a meeting of conference officials in Baltimore Sunday. He said he would seek, through pledges, if Richmond enters the league, to assure an advance sale of between 15,000 and 20,000 season tickets in order to ward off financial losses. Seibold also said he would approach Richmond civic organization for pledges of support. Meanwhile, the Houston Post said oilman Glenn McCarthy had also received franchise players. McCarthy said a few weeks ago he definitely was interested in a pro franchise for his city. The Post said five or six Houstonians would operate the franchise with McCarthy. Rice Institute's new stadium, seating 50,000, would be used.
LAMBEAU GIVEN NEW CONTRACT; $200,000 STOCK ISSUE PLANNED
DECEMBER 1 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau and his bitter
opponents had their long expected showdown Wednesday night
and the veteran head man of the Green Bay Packers emerged
from a five hour meeting of the board of directors with a renewal
of his contract for two years as both general manager and 
advisory coach. In view of all that had happened recently, this
could be taken only to mean that Lambeau would have complete
control. No official statement was made as to salary but it was
understood that his $25,000 would be reduced, in view of the
club's financial difficulties. He recently took a voluntary cut. 
Lambeau, who organized the Packers in 1919, took them into
the NFL in 1922 and has been in charge ever since, came out of
the directors' meeting about midnight all smiles and told reporters
that he had nothing to say except, "I am very happy about the
outcome and very contented, too." Since he had gone into the
meeting before 7 p.m. prepared to demand (1) that foes who had
harassed him be eliminated, (2) that he have sole charge of hiring
and firing and (3) that he have the privilege of living six months out
out of season in California, his attitude after the meeting indicated
that his demands had been met to an extent which satisfied him.
Some compromises undoubtedly were made. Emil Fischer,
president of the corporation, said, "Lambeau's position is the
same as it was before." This, too, indicated that Lambeau would
be in complete charge of the club, since it was only recently that
his bitter enemies had made any headway in their efforts to curb
him and finally to oust him. The board authorized the issuance of
20,000 shares of new stock to be sold at $10 a share "not only to
increase the working capital (by $200,000) but also to permit the
broadening of the base of ownership." "This," the announcement
said, "will enable everyone in Packerland who desires it to become an owner in the Green Bay Packers football team." The extent of Lambeau's victory is shown by several things. Jerry Clifford, an attorney, who has been very active in leading opposition to Lambeau, attempted to call a rump session Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the evening's showdown, but he was unable to get together enough directors. At the board meeting, after Lambeau had presented a drastic reorganization plan and submitted his demands for cooperation, the matter of renewing his contract, after its December 31 expiration, came up. Clifford immediately moved that the vote be by secret ballot. This was voted down. The roll then was called on the new two year contract and out of 22 present only three directors voted against it - Clifford, Dr. W.W. Kelly and George Calhoun. Lee Joannes, heretofore identified with the anti-Lambeau faction, voted for Lambeau. Clifford, Kelly and Calhoun came out of the meeting together after it adjourned and went directly out of the building without comment. Their grim expressions were in contrast to the smiles of Lambeau. The next election of directors does not come until spring and it is expected that the "antis" who are not willing to go along with Lambeau now will resign or refuse re-election at that time. The status of the split home schedule and the status of George Strickler as assistant general manager and publicity director have not been cleared up. Strickler may go, when his contract expires shortly, both because economies are necessary and in the interest of harmony. The games in Milwauke, however, are likely to continue with improved merchandising of tickets, which is a part of Lambeau's reorganization plans. One of the directors said Thursday that Lambeau might resume the head coaching job.
WAIVERS ARE ASKED
DECEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Friday asked waivers on tackle Urban Odson and halfback Jack Kirby. Odson, former Minnesota all-American, has been with the club for five seasons. Kirby, a rookie, led Southern California to a 14-14 tie with Notre Dame last year.
ALL IS QUIET ON PACKER FRONT; A BRIGHT FUTURE IS PREDICTED
DECEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - All was peace and quiet again in the front office of the Green Bay Packers Friday and everybody in the organization apparently was satisfied except the handful of diehards who voted, at Wednesday night's board of directors meeting, against keeping Curly Lambeau as coach and general manager. Twenty-two of the 25 directors were present. Lambeau, who organized the Packers in 1919, was given a new two year contract including terms which he insisted upon. "I am satisfied we will not have complete harmony in the organization for the first time in four years," Lambeau said. "Wednesday's meeting cleared the air. I'm sorry we didn't have such a meeting sooner. All major points in our operation and my contract were discussed and settled on the floor. Only a few minor details remain to be clarified. The executive committee is straightening out these details now." Emil Fischer, president of the club, echoed Lambeau's sentiments although he added that he though The Milwaukee Journal's stories preceding the board meeting were "vicious." "The Packers have successfully passed another crisis and are back on a sound football," he said. "As far as Green Bay is concerned, this can be the start of a new era. Such interruptions as we have had are embarrassing, but apparently unavoidable occasionally. They are far from fatal, though. We're ready to move toward a championship again." The club is on a sound financial basis, Fischer added, commenting on the board's recommendation the issuance of $200,000 in stock at $10 a share. "We have a sizable backlog in investments, including Rockwood lodge," he explained. "We own our own stadium and there is a considerable amount in paidup insurance policies. Along with the $50,000 the fans of Green Bay raised voluntarily on Thanksgiving day as a gesture of good faith in the club, we are in good, sound shape. But we have operated with an obsolete organization, geared to professional football 15 years ago, an organization that was too inflexible to meet the many new and complex problems that have grown out of the game's rapid and tremendous progress in recent seasons." By floating an additional stock  issue, Fischer pointed out, the corporation would bring itself more in line with present day major league operations. The new issue, when approved by the stockholders, will not be limited to Wisconsin residents, he said. At the weekly quarterback club meeting Thursday night, Curly Lambeau indicated he might resume the active head coaching job next season.
LAMBEAU TO RESUME AS HEAD COACH
DECEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, in answer to a question at the weekly Quarterback Club meeting Thursday night, said he plans to resume as active head coach of the Green Bay Packers next season. "At the present time, I certainly intend to," Lambeau said. Elaborating of his present status, following his victory over an anti-Lambeau faction in Wednesday night's special directors meeting, Lambeau intimated he expected to have the major portions of his duties as general manager and the details of his rebuilding program worked out on a schedule that will permit him to take up his head coaching duties again. Lambeau delegated the actual coaching of the team to his three assistants, Tom Stidham, Charlie Borck and Bob Synder, the day after the Bear game here September 25. At that time it was announced he would remain as an advisory coach and devote the bulk of his efforts toward rebuilding the Packers, who in the last two seasons have slipped out of the first division for the first time in their history.
PACKERS LEAVE ON 10 DAY TRIP
DECEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - Team morale was at a new high Friday as Green Bay's 29-man Packer squad entrained on a 10-day road trip that opens in Washington Sunday and close the season in Detroit a week later. Veteran players attributed the sudden upsurge to Wednesday night's directors meeting at which the board freed the organization of all internal front office strife by restoring Curly Lambeau to his former position as No. 1 man in Packer affairs and renewing his contract as head coach and general manager. "Now we've got our feet on the ground again," they said. "Now we know where we're going. It's like the day before the first Bear game." Players looked hopefully to finishing their preparations for the Redskin game on firm ground in Washington Sunday. Hard and icy going here this week has hampered the club's timing, especially on offense. The squad was reduced to 29 Friday when waivers were asked on Urban Odson, veteran tackle, and Jack Kirby, rookie scatback from Southern California, who joined the club in midseason.
BAYS, SKINS GAME LABELED 'TEST' BATTLE
DECEMBER 3 (Washington) - Two of the NFL's most kicked around teams clash here Sunday when the Green Bay Packers meet the Washington Redskins and, strangely enough, the game is important to both 
clubs. For the Packers, who will have the veteran Curly Lambeau once again directing things from the coaching sidelines after five weeks of retirement to the front office in favor of his assistants, Charley Brock, Bob Snyder and Tom Stidham, the contest represents an opportunity to begin their comeback. For the Redskins, operating under new coach Herman Ball, who has yet to win a victory in three starts since taking over from former coach Vice-Admiral John E. (Billick) Whelchel in mid-season, the clash offers another opportunity to continue his experiments with an eye to 1950. One such test involves using three passers - Sammy Baugh, newcomer Harry Gilmer and third stringer Tommy Mont - all in the same backfield. While he may experiment for the future, Lambeau has little choice other than to rest most of his offensive hopes on the swift ball carrying of Tony Canadeo. The veteran, gray-haired and balding 30-yard oldster is having the season of his life and is only 44 yards behind the Eagles' Steve Van Buren's league leading ball carrying efforts of 997 yards.
BAYS IN HIGH SPIRITS FOR WASHINGTON GAME
DECEMBER 3 (Washington) - The Green Bay Packers arrived here Saturday morning in high spirits fore their game with the Washington Redskins Sunday - surprisingly high for a team which has been able to win only two games all season. "At least we know where we stand now," one of them said in reference to the tempest which shook the front office during the week and which was finally calmed when Curly Lambeau received a new two year contract. "The way things were going around Green Bay, the ball club couldn't help but be affected."
BALTIMORE COLTS GIVE MARSHALL A FIRM 'NO'
DECEMBER 3 (Washington) - The Baltimore Colts, acting on orders from the high brass, Saturday politely but firmly rejected the surprising olive branch thrust toward them by the Washington Redskins. George Preston Marshall, Redskins' owner, caught everyone unawares when he asked the Colts to "jump" from the All-American conference into the NFL with his team. The gesture brought immediate orders from AAC Commissioner O.O. (Scrappy) Kessing to Walter Driskill, president and coach of the Colts: "I am directing you not to discuss this matter with any National league representative." Driskill quickly obeyed Kessing: "He's my boss. He says not to go to see Marshall, so I won't go to see him." A meeting was to be held Saturday. Marshall said he extended the invitation because "I am sick and tired of being accused of blocking Baltimore from becoming a member of the National league. I've been trying to get them in since 1939 and I tried again last year. These stories portraying me as the villain who has wrecked Baltimore football are falsehoods." Driskill said his only intention in planning to see Marshall Saturday was to work for "peace" between the two leagues, but added he now "heartily concurs" with Kessing that peacemaking should be left to the league heads. Marshall earlier said he himself would make the motion at the National league meeting to admit Baltimore. "And I've got Tim Mara of the Giants to second it." Marshall Saturday also told reporters that despite rumors that pro football teams were losing money hand over checkbook, the following clubs would wind up in the black: Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and his own Redskins.