Washington Redskins (4-6-1) 30, Green Bay Packers (2-9) 0
Sunday December 4th 1949 (at Washington)
(WASHINGTON) - The Green Bay Packers were held scoreless for the fourth time in 11 years as the Washington Redskins displayed the "new look" here
Sunday. Scoring in the second and third quarters, the
Redskins gave the Packers a 30-0 trimming at Griffith
Stadium. Slingin' Sammy Baugh, the Redskins' ageless
field general and passer extraordinary, delighted a 
crowd of 23,200 by turning into a scatback to head the
rejuvenated Redskins. He notched his first touchdown
of the year by the ground. Early in the third period, 
Sammy tucked the pigskin under his arm and raced
eight yards around left end for the score.
Despite the impressive score, however, the Packers
never gave up. In the last two minutes of the game, they
traveled 69 yards in a brilliant attempt to score. 
Quarterback Jug Girard started the late drive on his own
27 with a pass to Bob Forte good for 11 yards. After
Tony Canadeo was smeared for a one-yard loss, Ralph
Earhart rammed over tackle for eight and Girard 
completed an eight yard aerial to Ted Fritsch for their
second straight first down on the Packers' 47. Girard
then eluded a host of charging Redskins, faded back
and hurled a 43-yard pass to Earhart who was downed
on the Redskin four. With two seconds left, Girard tried
another overhead, but it was batted down by Howie
Livingston and the game was over.
Washington, looking its best since the season opened,
combined the field generalship of Baugh and the 
educated toe of Dick Poillon to pile up the overwhelming
score. The Skins scored first in the second quarter when
fullback Ed Quirk went 26 yards on three successive
plays, going over from the five. Poillon converted. They
made it 10-0 a minute and one-half later when Poillon
booted a field goal from the 29. Two series of downs
later it was 13-0 as Poillon kicked a field goal from the
21. The kick was made with only one second left before
the end of the period and Packer Coach Curly Lambeau
put up a vehement protest over the way the Redskins
put the play in motion. At the end of the preceding
play, the Skins did not go into a huddle and rushed 
back to the line of scrimmage. While the Packers were
milling around with surprised expressions on their
faces, center Clyde Earhardt snapped the ball, Baugh
placed it and Poillon kicked. When referee Joe Glascott
signaled a field goal, Lambeau came running on the
field. He told Glascott the play was illegal and was
ordered off the gridiron. But he didn't leave and 
continued to argue. Finally, Curly gave up after
speaking his piece but it was too late. Thus, when the
last half started, the Packers were penalized 15 yards
for the "unsportsmanlike conduct of their coaches."
Shortly after Baugh's run capped a 36-yard drive to
make it 19-0 and Poillon's kick increased the margin.
Twelve plays later, Al DeMao, Washington's defensive
center, intercepted a Girard pass on the Packer 46.
Sandifer picked up 20 to start a 46-yard march to pay
dirt. Three Baugh passes and two short line smashes
by John Hollar turned the trick. Poillon made it 27-0
and ended the rout in the waning seconds of the third
period with a 30-yard field goal. The fans' jubilation over
the "new look" erupted immediately after the game when both goal posts were torn down and ripped apart. Tony Canadeo had his poorest day of the year. He carried the ball 15 times and picked up only 29 yards. His longest gain was five yards. In the passing department, it was all Washington. Baugh connected on 11 out of 20 attempts while Gilmer hit one out of six. The passes gained 157 yards. Girard tried 25 passes and hit on seven for 122 yards.
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  0  0 -  0
WASHINGTON -  0 13 17  0 - 30
2nd - WASH - Ed Quirk, 1-yard run (Dick Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 7-0
2nd - WASH - Poillon, 29-yard field goal WASHINGTON 10-0
2nd - WASH - Poillon, 21-yard field goal WASHINGTON 13-0
3rd - WASH - Sammy Baugh, 8-yard run (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 20-0
3rd - WASH - John Hollar, 1-yard run (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 27-0
3rd - WASH - Poillon, 30-yard field goal WASHINGTON 30-0

DECEMBER 4 (Washington) - The Packers announced Sunday they were asking waivers on end Ted Cook, who has been with the club for the past two seasons. He came to Green Bay from Detroit. The Bays' roster now consists of 27 men, the lowest number in years. The Packers also sent home fullback Walter Schlinkman who suffered a knee injury in the Skins game and will be lost for the Bays' last game against Detroit next Sunday. The Packers will drill in Hershey, Pa., all week for their finale against the Lions.
DECEMBER 6 (Chicago) - Pat Harder of the Chicago Cardinals was in the thick of the fight for his third straight individual scoring championship in the NFL, latest averages released Tuesday revealed. With 99 points, Harder, former University of Wisconsin star, trailed Gene Roberts of the New York Giants by only three points. He has scored eight touchdowns, three field goal and 42 extra points. Roberts has scored his 102 points on 17 touchdowns. Harder won the scoring title in 1947 with 102 points and again in 1948 with 110 points. Don Hutson holds the league record with 138 points scored in 1942. Harder will close his season against the Chicago Bears Sunday. Roberts will wind up against the Philadelphia Eagles. Steve Van Buren of the Eagles leads the ground gainers with 1,050 yards. Tony Canadeo of the Packers follows with 982.
DECEMBER 10 (Philadelphia) - The four year professional football war ended Friday and 13 surviving clubs set about solving the problems of a new league. The NFL and the All-America conference merged into the National-American Football league, which will have two divisions. The lineup is expected to be: National Division - Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Pittsburgh and Green Bay. American Division - Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York Bulldogs. The teams within a division will play home and home schedules and the division champions will meet in a postseason playoff. All members of the NFL are in the new league; only three teams of the AAC - San Francisco, Cleveland and Baltimore survived. The New York Yankees were bought by Ted Collins of the New York Bulldogs. The Chicago Hornets' franchise was bought by the league. The Buffalo Bills merged with the Cleveland Browns and the two Los Angeles clubs combined. The Washington Redskins were paid a "small fee" to cede territorial rights to Baltimore. A report was current that Houston might get a franchise to make two seven-team divisions, to permit one interdivision game for each team. Bert Bell, NFL Commissioner, becomes commissioner of the new league, with the AAC's chief executive bowing out of the picture. Emil R. Fischer of the Green Bay Packer becomes president of the National division and Daniel Sherby of the Cleveland Browns, president of the American. Surplus players, both college and pro, will be thrown into a pool. This will include collegians already drafted by the two loops. Draft meetings of the two leagues have been called off and the new circuit will hold a draft session, probably in January, to divide up the players pooled. The days of fabulous salaries and bonuses for college stars are gone. It was this factor, perhaps more than any other, that brought about the peace. With an occasional exception most of the clubs were losing money through overbalanced payrolls. They could not keep competing for college stars with attendance falling off and costs going up. Collins, owner of the Bulldogs, has lost $1,000,000, he admits. Owner Jim Breuil of the Buffalo Bills issued a statement that he had "reached the limit" and, failing to find new money, had no choice but to give up in Buffalo, but he said that he could promise Buffalo at least three preseason games. The Baltimore Colts, which have lost heavily, are currently engaged in a campaign to raise $250,000. The Green Bay Packers, also losing money, recently raised $50,000 with a benefit game and are offering $200,000 worth of new stock. The National league was formed in 1920 and was known as the American association for two years, since then as the National league. It was reorganized several times but never faced a real challenge until the All-America conference was formed in 1944, largely through the efforts of a Chicago sports editor who piqued over the National league's refusal to issue a franchise to a group of his friends. The All-America tried to make a working agreement with the National in 1945 but was ignored. The "war" became expensive, but the old clubs of the National league all held up. The National pulled out of Cleveland, moving the Rams to Los Angeles, and also out of Boston, making Collins' Boston Yanks a third team in New York. The Philadelphia club was sold to a syndicate of 100 men. The All-America club in Chicago had three changes of owners, all losers. The Miami club went broke and was shifted to Baltimore. Brooklyn merged with the New York Yankees. Most clubs in both league had red ink on their books last season and this year. The rivals were close to a merger last winter but could not make George Marshall of Washington accept Baltimore or make the All-America owners drop Baltimore. Recently Horace Stoneham, president of the New York Giants in baseball, in whose park both the Giants of football and the Bulldogs lost money this season, got Commissioner Bell of the National and J. Arthur Friedland of the All-America into a conference. That was a week ago. They shifted to Philadelphia and talked two days before reaching an agreement.
DECEMBER 10 (Philadelphia) - The pro football merger had hardly been announced when a game between the champions of the National and All-America leagues was proposed. Bert Bell, National league commissioner who has become commissioner of the new league, promptly said that no such game was possible.
DECEMBER 10 (New York) - The prices of passing T quarterbacks and sure fingered ends has taken a sharp dip in the professional football market. Fat bonus clauses and $100,000 long term contracts were the chief casualty of the surprise merger of the two big pro circuits - the NFL and the All-America conference. While the two leagues were engaged in their multi-million dollar "red ink" war, glittering college athletes were able to name their own price - and often get it. The NFL's Chicago Cardinals and AAC's New York Yankees wrangled a few years ago over Georgia's Charlie Trippi, with the Cards getting him for a reported $100,000 for four years. The NFL's Chicago Bears nailed Johnny Lujack of Notre Dame for $18,000 a year and the New York Giants of the same circuit landed Charlie Conerly of Mississippi after the Mississippian turned down, according to Branch Rickey, a $100,000 offer from the Brooklyn football Dodgers of the AAC. This is the type of high finance that gifted young men enjoyed in the four years of the pro feuding and that they may never enjoy again. Leon Hart, giant Notre Dame end who was rated the outstanding college player of the past season, indicated this week that he would demand plenty of the folding stuff - "say, $25,000 as a starter" - to line up with the mercenaries. Under the new setup, he may be lucky to get $10,000. The NFL's Detroit Lions and AAC's Colts picked the Irish all-American in their respective drafts, which now have been cancelled by the molding of the two leagues into one happy family of 13. Hart's name - along with that of other drafted collegians and surplus pro talent - will go into one big pool from which members will pluck again in January. The pro holdovers include played from the three AAC teams liquidated in the merger - Los Angeles, Chicago and Buffalo. Such standouts as Buffalo's Chet Mutryn and Ollie Cline and the Los Angeles Dons' Glenn Dobbs and George Taliaferro will go into the pot. There will be no  more competitive bidding. Teams will get their players by assignment and sign them, if possible. The absence of bonuses may discourage many college stars from turning pro. Hart himself said he would go into other work unless the pro bid was "mighty attractive." Salaries now range from about $5,000 to $18,000 a year, with very few in the high bracket. Because the market is now flooded with talent and there is no competition, the higher paid performers may expect a cut after current contracts expire. Some may get it now regardless, since several pro contracts carry provisions for a salary reduction in the event of football peace.
DECEMBER 10 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the new professional football league, is a ruddy faced former football player and coach who talks loud, but works quietly and efficiently. Since his days at Haverford school, Bell has done little but eat, sleep and work football. It has been his life for most 40 years. Now at 55, he has agreed to a 10 year contract at an undisclosed salary - possibly more than $50,000 annually - to run the National-American football league. The NAFL was formed in the merger of the NFL and the All-America conference. It was a great thrill to the graying commissoner. All during the life of the AAC he refused to recognize its existence. To all reports of peace moves to end the costly pro football war, Bell simply had "no comment". That was his standard answer. In fact "no comment" became so much a part of Bell's conversation with reporters that many suggested he make a phonograph record of the two words to save his voice. But, though Bell ignored "the other league's existence", close friends knew that he looked forward to the day of peace in pro grid ranks. He refused to take a single step backward, however, in upholding the NFL as "the professional league". On and off the record, Bell expounded long and loud on the merits of his league. At the mere suggestion, he would quote attendance and financial figures on clubs in both leagues, most of it off the record. He loved nothing better than to tell about his lean days as owner of the Philadelphia Eagles and later the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was quarterback at the University of Pennsylvania after starring in football, basketball and baseball at Haverford. Bert did not have the physical attributes for a star football player, but he made up for it by a great competitive spirit and leadership ability. As quarterback at Penn in 1916-17 and 1919, Bell helped develop the hidden ball attack. After serving with the 20th general field hospital in World War I, he returned to Penn to captain the 1919 team. Following graduation Bell joined the Pennsylvania coaching staff, then headed by the late John Heisman. He served as backfield coach under Heisman and Lou Young until 1928. In 1930 and 1931 he was backfield coach at Temple university. The Frankford Yellowjackets franchise in the NFL became Bell's in 1933. The name of the team was changed to the Eagles. He retained control of the Eagles until 1940, when he sold his interest, but remained in the league as co-owner of the Pittsburgh club with Art Rooney. In 1946 he was named NFL commissioner and the following year was given a five year contract. The latter was torn up last year and he inked a 10 year pact.
DECEMBER 10 (Chicago Tribune) - Professional football developed into a cross-country, truly national sport with the arrival of the All-American conference, which yesterday merged with the pioneer National league, The conference gave Los Angeles and San Francisco their
first entry into big time, organized leagues. The All-America
made Baltimore a new center for the game and established
football firmly in Cleveland and Buffalo, where National league
franchises had failed or encountered tough sledding. It stirred
the National league's weaker teams to increased action. It
forced the old league to seek new horizons when it transferred
the Cleveland Rams to Los Angeles after the Rams had won 
the 1945 league title...EQUALIZED NFL SCHEDULE:
 The National league, hitherto playing schedules dictated by a
few strong men among its members, in which the weak teams
got only the leavings, quickly adopted an equitable schedule.
Before the conference's organization, for instance, the Chicago
Cardinals played only two or three home games a season. No
sports organization ever had such an advance buildup as the
All-America. It was 27 months from announcement of its
organization until the first games were played in September
1946. The venture was belittled at first by the National league.
Elmer Layden, then commissioner of the NFL, dismissed the
upstart league with the curt statement, "Tell them to get a
football first." This was his response to the conference's
request for a working agreement....WARD ORGANIZED AAC:
 The All-America conference was organized by Arch Ward,
sports editor of the Tribune. In explaining his interest in the
project, Ward wrote in his column on September 4, 1944:
"First of all, let it be known that this department doesn't have
a cent invested in any club in the new pro league. We aspire
to no league office. Only a few years ago we turned down a 
10 year contract to serve as president of the NFL. The sports
editor of every metropolitan newspaper in the land knows that
a new major league will be an inevitable postwar development.
Two or three such efforts are already underway. All lack
promotion fundamentals. Assuming that they actually advance
to a stage where schedules are begun, it is unlikely they will
survive a season. (None of the proposed new leagues referred
to reached the operational stages.) We feel obligated to the
owners of teams in the NFL. We have dealt with them for
many year in All-Star football and will continue to do so. They
have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in lifting their
sport to a plane where it has been accepted enthusiastically
by the public. They are entitled to fair competition. Wildcat
promoters could cause them embarrassment by raiding their
talent ranks, even though such unsportsmanlike actions
eventually wrecked their leagues"...PROTECTION FOR
COLLEGIANS: "It is time, too, that someone stepped in to
protect the interest of college football and college players. Now that there is a second major circuit, the player will have bargaining rights for the first time. The All-America will help spread interest in a great game. It will make the NFL a better unit because of the competition. It will give recreation to thousands in centers which now have no Sunday football. It will be a wholesome addition to the postwar sporting scene." In competition for talent, the All-America matched the National league, dollar for dollar. Brightest of the graduating college stars gained long term contracts at fabulous figures. Among them was Charley Trippi of Georgia, now finishing the third year of a four year pact with the Cardinals at $25,000 annually. Many of the highly paid players proved bust. The Miami Seahawks were first to go under. Their franchise was transferred to Baltimore after the 1946 season. The Chicago club, first known as the Rockets, never could make headway against the Bears and Cardinals. After three rocky years, and under separate ownership, the Rockets took a new identity this year, but did only slightly better on the field and at the gate as the Hornets...RICKEY'S TEAM MERGED: After the 1948 season, the Brooklyn football Dodgers, one of Branch Rickey's few ill-advised enterprises, merged with the New York Yankees, owned by Dan Topping. This reduced the All-America to seven clubs. The Cleveland Browns enjoyed spectacular financial success the first three year, but gates slumped this year. Another strong unit in the conference was San Francisco. Financial pressure made inroads in the National league. Alexis Thompson sold his Philadelphia Eagles last year after they had won the National league championship. Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, declared he would not operate another season unless the league made a settlement. The Green Bay Packers, charter member of the National league, needed help this season to finish under their own power. The increased interest in professional football immediately was manifested at the turnstiles. In 1945, its last monopoly year, the National league reported its attendance at 1,270,041, an all-time high...ATTENDANCE QUICKLY SOARED: In 1946, the All-America's impact was reflected in its report of 1,376,998 fans compared to the National league's total of 1,732,135. This was a total count of 3,109,133 for the year. The combined figures reached 3,630,409 in 1947, when the National league played to 1,801,929 and the conference figures were 1,828,480. Last year's two league attendance was 3,143,865, divided between the All-America's 1,618,626 and the National's 1,525,239. The All-America has not reported its 1949 attendance, but its three year total is 4,824,104. The National league has not completed its schedule.
DECEMBER 10 (Los Angeles) - Executives of the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America conference and of the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL today hailed the merger of the leagues which also brings together the clubs' officials although the Dons' players will not be combined with the Rams. President Daniel F. Reeves of the Rams described the action as the most progressive step ever taken in professional football. He added that the result should be a clear cut improvement in the quality of the professional sport...LINDHEIMER IS HOPEFUL: Benjamin Lindheimer of Chicago and Beverly Hills, the biggest stockholder of the Dons, who has been ill with a heart ailment, said through a club statement that he will leave to the decision of his physician whether he will continue his interest in football. He added that he hoped his health will permit his affiliation with the Rams. Reeves said that, because of Lindheimer's illness, no effort has been made to enter into negotiations with him but, "I am sure I can speak for my partners when I say we will welcome an association with Mr. Lindheimer. We feel he has contributed in great measure to professional football and we will feel honored should his health allow him to be associated with the Rams." In Baltimore Walter S. Driskill, general manager and coach of the Baltimore Colts, said,. "We're mighty happy things turned out the way they did." The break came at the halfway mark of a civic drive to raise $250,000 to arm the Colts financially for next season. The club is managed by 18 directors who out up $10,000 each. They announced a couple of weeks ago that the till was empty - although no creditors were banging at the door - and $250,000 was needed now for next season's operations. The money is being raised by selling 50,000 tickets at $5 each for an exhibition game early next fall. Colt backers thought the merger would furnish the oomph to put the sales over. Coach Lawrence (Buck) Shaw, San Francisco 49ers coach, said the merger will be a good thing for professional football. Shaw, in Cleveland for Sunday's championship game between the Cleveland Browns and 49ers, remarked that attendance in San Francisco had increased this year and said the merger would make the outlook for next season even brighter. Green Bay, the smallest town in big time football, was jubilant with its inclusion in the new league. "It shows that the small town is still an important cog," said Emil R. Fischer, Green Bay Packers president and head of the merged league's National division. The Packers, NFL charter members and six times champions, have been in serious financial troubles this year. A citizens' committee raised $50,000 through a Thanksgiving day intrasquad game, but the club still is figured to lose money for the second straight year. Professional football's war cost Ted Collins, owner of the New York Bulldogs, a self-estimated $1,000,000 and he said he was glad it was over. Collins said the merger happened so quickly he was still undetermined who could coach his club next year. Charles Ewart is the coach of the Bulldogs while Norman (Red) Strader is coach of the Yankees. Wellington Mara of the New York Giants, said the "merger will get the club owners out of the headlines and the players back in. The competition between the Giants and the Yankees should be a healthy one and we will be eager to open our 26th consecutive season in the Polo Grounds next fall. The merger gives professional football a shot in the arm just when the interest was starting to fall off," he added. Neither Mara nor Collins had any idea which Yankee players would go to the Giants, coached by Steve Owen. "This is a great step for the benefit of the fans and pro football," said James P. Clark, head of the 100 man syndicate which purchased the Philadelphia Eagles this year. "It should assure well balanced teams and great competition. Commissioner Bell is to be congratulated for his patience and intelligence in working out this solution." In Pittsburgh Art Rooney, president of the Steelers, said, "Now I wish they would climax the peace party by matching the two champions in a postseason game. Pro fans deserve the treat." He admittedly has taken some financial lickings with the Steelers who have been members of the National league since 1933...NO PAY SLASH PREDICTED: "The average pay check will likely stay about the same," Rooney declared. "After all, prices are higher in everything. Last year, we lost $40,000. This season it's a standoff." Officials of the Detroit Lions expressed satisfaction over the merger. Edwin J. Anderson, president, pointed out that the club long had been on record favoring a merger "if that was to be the answer to better presentation of professional football." "I cannot see sound businessmen willing to conduct carelessly any venture whether it be professional football or any other occupation," Anderson said. "And because we feel strongly that a merger or peace between all pro football is the answer, we naturally endorse it."
quickly in this fourth year of the intolerable "war", or, under the weight of continuing and ridiculous bidding for stars, of individual operation and of mounting costs, the sport collapsed. One or the other - it had to be. The wonder, looking back, is that the peace wasn't achieved before. The wonder is that otherwise successful and intelligent businessmen, even with allowance for their pride, should have been so stupid as to let the war drag on. But stupid they were. They were businessmen, all right, but they were also mules and, like mules, they needed just so many kicks before they budged. Well, they got the kicks, all right - in the pocketbook. They got them where it hurt the most, and at last they couldn't take more. They moved. So it's peace today, and peace it's wonderful! There isn't an owner in the game today who doesn't breathe more easily or who doesn't look ahead with new hope or who secretly, perhaps, doesn't give himself just one more kick for having delayed in all this so long. Peace - it's wonderful!...CLOSE LAST WINTER: The peace was almost achieved last year, would have been achieved except for (1) the All-America's feeling of moral obligation to stand by Baltimore in its demands to be included in any fusion and (2) the stubborn refusal of George Marshall of the Washington Redskins to have any truck with Baltimore whatever. All details were worked out, almost along the lines they finally have been, except for what to do with Baltimore. Cleveland was set. So was San Francisco. The other clubs in the All-America agreed to amalgamations except Baltimore. Baltimore wanted to be included in the merger and on its demands and Marshall's stubborn refusal the negotiations broke down. "We have a moral obligation to stand by Baltimore," said Cleveland and San Francisco. "Baltimore in the National league? Only 40 miles from Washington? Never," said Marshall. So the war continued. It became increasingly evident, though, that all were caught in a vortex which eventually had to pull them together, no matter what they did. The signs were all around. The clubs no longer concealed their losses. Ben Lindheimer, the "angel" of the All-America conference, admitted he had had enough. So did Dan Topping of the New York Yankees and Jim Breuil of the Buffalo Bills. The Packers, after raising $50,000 to defray some of their deficit this year, also announced a $200,000 stock selling plan in order to continue operations next year - and after that nobody was sure. Baltimore announced the same kind of plan. The New York Bulldogs, in a population area of 8,000,000, drew several crowds of less than 5,000. The All-America conference operated this season with seven clubs. The signs of an approaching peace were all around. And when Marshall the other day did an about face and publicly invited Baltimore to join the National league, it was plain the great day was at hand...PEACE AND PROBLEMS: The peace creates a lot of problems, for in football as in war, the peace can be difficult. It was indicated Saturday, for instance, that the teams would be divided into a National division of Washington, Philadelphia, the Bears, the Giants, Pittsburgh and Green Bay and an American division of Baltimore, Cleveland, the Cardinals, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Bulldogs. Fine - but how about some of the league's older and profitable rivalries in such a division, the Cardinal-Bear rivalry, for instance, or the Packer-Cardinal rivalry or the Los Angeles-Washington rivalry? They won't be given up without a lot of discussion. It was also indicated Saturday that all drafted collegians of the year, whether signed or now, would be thrown back into the hopper to be drafted anew in Philadelphia January 19. But how about a boy like Lynn Chadnois of Michigan State, who already has signed a contract at a fancy figure with the Cleveland Browns? Will he stand for having it broken or will he go to court? And how about the guarantee to a visiting club? Some owners for some time have wanted it upped from $20,000 to $30,000. And the big question, if not exactly a problem: How long with the league operate with 13 teams? Will another club be added or will one be dropped to obtain a desirable even number of teams, and if one is dropped, will it be Green Bay? Baltimore?...A DISTURBING THOUGHT: The last is a rather disturbing matter to us in Wisconsin with a franchise in the smallest community in the league and an exceedingly jealous community. It is no secret that in the inner circles of the National league Green Bay, with a very limited potential for crowds, has been little more than tolerated in recent years. There was even a strong hint that if Curly Lambeau had not been retained at the Packer board meeting 10 days ago, something might have been done about the Packer franchise and a more desirable 12 club merger completed. The Packer board, by voting Lambeau a new two year contract, did more, perhaps, than it suspected at the time. This now is true of Green Bay: The operation must be strictly along big league lines. There must be new selling, not only to Green Bay, but to the whole state, whose support Green Bay needs. There must be improved front office operation, there must be window dressing, and there must be improved team performance. Green Bay's prestige around the league today is at it all-time low...OWNERS' MARKET: Obviously, with peace, the players' market is over. This will be an owners' market again and the fancy salaries which the war produced and which almost wrecked both leagues will be only a happy memory to those players who shared in them. They will still be good salaries, but they won't be lifted by ridiculous bidding. Obviously, too, such a reservoir of material will now become available what with players from the Hornets, Dons, Bills and Yankees all to be tossed into the draft pool along with collegians, that even the weakest clubs in the league will have a chance to load up. Green Bay particularly has a tremendous rebuilding job to do. The peace has come like a windfall of material. Perhaps no more than six or seven of the boys now on the depleted roster of 27 will be back next fall. The election of Emil Fischer of Green Bay as president of the National division was a complete surprise. It was a good surprise, though, for it revealed what the new league, for the moment at least, thinks of Green Bay. It was tantamount to a friendly pat on the back. Whether Mr. Fischer will continue as president of the Packers along with his new office, will be left up to him. He can, if he wishes, for Bert Bell as commissioner over both divisions, will do all of the heavy league work and Curly Lambeau, as general manager, will represent the Packers at league meetings. But peace - it'd wonderful, isn't it. It's wonderful, indeed.
DECEMBER 11 (Detroit) - Tony Canadeo, whose bid for the National league's individual ground gaining championship, has brightened an otherwise dismal season for the Green Bay Packers, gets his last chance here Sunday to win the title when he and his mates step out against Bo McMillen's Detroit Lions in Briggs stadium. The game is the last for both teams. Canadeo, 5 foot 11 inch, 190 pound left halfback, now in his eighth season with the Pack, goes into the game 68 yards behind the league's leader in ground gaining, Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles, who will close his own season Sunday against the New York Giants in Philadelphia. Van Buren, last year's champion, has 1,050 yards in 11 games, Canadeo 982. No one else has a chance to overtake either Van Buren or Canadeo as the teams come down to the wire. Elmer Angsman of the Cardinals, in third place in the individual standings, has only 669 yards. Canadeo's assignment is not an easy one. Van Buren, who won the championship a year ago with a record 1,008 yards, which he has already broken, has come with a rush in recent games. In his last two games, against Pittsburgh and the Giants, he has gained 258 yards. Canadeo, in the same starts, has gained 151. If it is not an easy task, however, it is not a hopeless one either. A couple of long runs, if the Giants hold Van Buren, could easily turn the trick. Aside from Canadeo's individual bid, the Packers will also make a team bid - a bid to escape undisputed last place in the western division of the league. They will go into the game with a record of two victories and nine defeats, and must win to pull the Lions down into joint occupancy of the division's basement. Detroit has won three games and lost eight. One of Green Bay's two victories this season was scored against Detroit in the first game of their home and home rivalry in Milwaukee a month ago, but despite this the Lions ruled two touchdown favorites here. The Packers won the first game, 16-14. The Packers arrived here Saturday from Hershey, Pa., where they pitched camp for four days after their 30-0 licking at Washington's hands last Sunday.
DECEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - With the Philadelphia Eagles already ensconced on top of the pile in the eastern end of the league and only marking time until they go into the championship playoff a week hence, interest in the National league Sunday will center on two fields in the west, on which teams still with a chance for the western championship will appear. At Los Angeles, the leading Rams will face the Washington Redskins, and at Wrigley field, Chicago, the second place Bears will face their arch crosstown rivals, the Cardinals. The Rams have a standing of 7-2-2 for a percentage of .778 and the Bears a standing of 8-3 for a percentage of .727. The western division race still offers these possibilities on the last day of the regular season. If the Bears win and the Rams lose, the Bears will the division title as follows:
Bears  9  3  0  .750
Rams   7  3  2  .700
If the Bears tie and the Rams lose, the Bears will win the division title as follows:
Bears  8  3  1  .727
Rams   7  3  2  .700
​If the Rams win and the Bears win, the Rams will win, of course, as follows:
Rams   8  2  2  .800
Bears  9  3  0  .750
If the Rams tie and the Bears win, the Rams will win with a final standing like this:
Rams   7  2  3  .778
Bears  9  3  0  .750
The Rams must lose, therefore to let the Bears sneak in. Los Angeles ruled a solid two touchdown favorite over the Redskins Saturday night and the Bears a solid one touchdown choice over the Cardinals, whom they defeated rather handily in a league game early in the season. The Rams and Redskins did not meet in the regular season but played an exhibition in August which the Redskins won.
DECEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - The peace between the rival NFL and the All-America conference, agreed to Friday, was inevitable. The days of an alternative was past. Either peace was made, and made