New York Giants (5-3) 30, Green Bay Packers (2-6) 10
Sunday November 13th 1949 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(GREEN BAY) - Chuck Conerly of the New York Giants can still throw a football and the Green Bay Packers can still flounder around down in scoring zones, so what
happened up here this raw, dreary Sunday afternoon before 21,151
fans just had to be. The Giants won, 30-10. It wasn't a show as one
sided as the one between these same teams on almost the same 
kind of day in Milwaukee a year ago when Conerly won, 49-3, but it
was one sided, and the score doesn't lie one bit. The Packers were
roundly whipped. Conerly of the Mississippi Conerlys, suh, was just
about all the Giants had - that is, Conerly and the men who caught
his passes, principally Gene Roberts and Bill Swiacki - but Conerly
and these aides were enough. Conerly whipped the ball here and
whipped it there, sometimes long, sometimes short, and when 
finally a kind darkness settled over the soggy field, ending the game,
he had completed 15 out of 28 passes for 347 yards and four
touchdowns.
ROBERTS SCORES THREE
Roberts was Conerly's favorite on the scoring plays. The Choo Choo
from Chattanooga, football's original Choo-Choo, scored the first
touchdown on a pass play that covered 45 yards, the second on a
play that covered 44 yards, and the third on a play that covered 10
yards. Swiacki scored the fourth on a play that bridged 18 yards. In
between the first and second touchdown Jim Agajanian kicked a
field goal from the 31. The Packers, meanwhile, pounded the old
treadmill again. They moved the ball around from scrimmage down
in their own territory or occasionally in midfield, but beyond this 
they always developed the ague. In scoring zones they were as
futile as ever. Their long touchdown was scored on an electrifying 57
yard punt return by Ralph Earhart in the fourth quarter - and easily
the outstanding play of the afternoon. Earhart took the ball on his 
own 43, and with hardly any help, weaved in and out of tacklers,
tore away from others, bounced off still others and went all the way.
It was an especially remarkable run, for the little guy in the past has
not been a particularly hard man to bring down. Here, though, he
kept his feet no matter who hit him or how and he kept right on
across the goal. Ted Fritsch's 28 yard field goal completed Green
Bay's scoring.
CONERLY THE DIFFERENCE
New York's superiority was built up entirely in the air with Conerly.
On the ground, against a pretty good Packer line led by Burris, the
Giants were just another team themselves with 94 yards. Green
Bay, with Tony Canadeo, the wheelhorse, of course, gained 127. 
The old Gray Ghost alone picked up 71 on 14 plays until an injury
in the last period forced him from the game. The day was made for
Conerly, for the Packers went into the game without their two best
defensive halfbacks, Jack Jacobs and Irv Comp, who sat it out with
injuries. Whether they could have made this a different game is
doubtful, but their presence certainly would have helped. The Giants
played without their hardest runner, Joe Scott, and Emlen Tunnell.
The victory lifted the Giants into undisputed second place in the
eastern end of the league, with five victories and three defeats, and
dropped the Packers a little deeper in the western division with two
victories and six defeats - and thanks be for the Detroit Lions. The
Lions bring up the very rear in the west with one victory and seven
defeats. The Giants struck suddenly for their first touchdown late in
the first quarter. Apparently bottled up inside their own 20, they 
winged it for 39 yards on a long third down pass, Conerly to Roberts,
and then three plays later winged it again for 45 yards and the 
touchdown on a pass between the same two. Agajanian's field goal
which made it 10-0 followed a minute later. Ettinger intercepted 
Heath's pass on the 20 to get position and Agajanian on a couple of
plays later split the uprights from the 31. Up to this point, the
Packers had not even threatened. With 10 points against them,
though, they suddenly came to life. They moved from their own 25
to New York's 25 on a couple of Girard's passes, one to Luhn and
the other to Earhart, then got three of the points back on Fritsch's
goal from the 28. The half ended, 10-3, although each side
threatened to score again. The Giants reached Green Bay's 24
shortly after Fritsch's goal, then were stopped when Cook 
intercepted Conerly's pass, and they reached Green Bay's six late
in the half on a pass, Conerly to Swiacki, but were stopped once
more as Swiacki fumbled when tackled and Tassos recovered. The
Packers reached New York's 30 midway in the quarter, then stalled
and finally saw Fritsch try an unsuccessful kick from the 45. It
didn't remain 10-3 long, however. The Giants kicked off, got the ball
back on a puint and scored within two minutes. A 15 yard penalty
for roughing the kicker helped the Giants along in midfield after they
had been forced to punt, and then on one play they scored. With the ball on Green Bay's 44, Conerly whipped the ball to Roberts on the goal line and that was that. Girard, it seemed, had a good chance to bat it down, but he stood there like a spectator and Roberts had no trouble at all. The Giants didn't wait to score again. Austin recovered Forte's fumble on Green Bay's 32 a couple of minutes later, and on a short snappy drive, they scored. A 10 yard pass, Conerly to Roberts, covered the last 10 yards. Roberts took the ball in the flat, then outmaneuvered Canadeo in the the dash for the goal. Earhart's 57 yard run with a punt with touchdown cut New York's lead to 24-10 early in the fourth quarter, but it only put the Giants back in motion. They took the subsequent kickoff, and on three successive passes, went 84 yards across the goal. Conerly passed to Roberts for 13, then to Coates for 53, and with the ball on the 18, to Swiacki, who took the ball on the dead run in the end zone with Cook almost on top of him. The last quarter was played with a benign darkness over the field, although this was spoiled when the lights were turned on. A crowd of 20,151 saw the game.
NY GIANTS - 10  0 14  6 - 30
GREEN BAY -  0  3  0  7 - 10
1st - NY - Choo-Choo Roberts, 45-yard pass from Charley Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick) NY 7-0
1st - NY - Agajanian, 41-yard field goal NEW YORK GIANTS 10-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 27-yard field goal NEW YORK GIANTS 10-3
3rd - NY - Roberts, 44-yard pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick) NY GIANTS 17-3
3rd - NY - Roberts, 10-yard pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick) NY GIANTS 24-3
4th - GB - Earhart, 57-yard punt return (Fritsch kick) NEW YORK GIANTS 24-10
4th - NY - Bill Swiacki, 24-yard pass from Conerly (Kick failed) NEW YORK GIANTS 30-10
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS GET TOWN'S HELP
NOVEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - An intrasquad Thanksgiving Day football game, matching two Green Bay Packer teams, was arranged Monday by businessmen frankly worried about the club's financial condition. The group set out immediately to sell tickets, with a monetary goal of $50,000. Police Chief H.J. Bero, a member of the Packer executive committee, said his men would deliver all tickets. The Packers, with a dismal won-lost record for the last two years, now are facing a financial condition one club officials described as "a little bit precarious." With a mediocre team the club has ceased to draw well on the road and at Milwaukee. Sunday's game with the New York Giants here drew a crowd announced as 20,151, the second failure to sell out this season at home. Ticket prices will be $1.20, $2.40 and $3.60. tax included.
100 PLEDGE $50,000 TO SAVE PACKERS
NOVEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - Professional football's most glamorous franchise is going to get a financial transfusion. A hundred of this little city's businessmen banded together today with the slogan, "Save the Packers". They pledged $50,000 as a backlog against the possible loss of $90,000 this season by the pioneer team of the NFL which has won only two of eight games in a second successive losing season. Last year the Packers, who used to be bracketed with the Chicago Bears as perennial contenders, won only three of 12 games. The public spirited committee met with club officials at a breakfast in the Northland hotel this morning and made plans for an intrasquad game Thanksgiving afternoon. Each of the 100 will contact 20 people or organizations. Tickets for the game will be priced at $1, $2 and $3, plus tax. In addition, contributions will be accepted. "The Packers are not broke," said George Strickler, the team's public relations director. "The club still has a reserve and owns Rockwood lodge. The deficit last year was $30,000." Strickler pointed out that the Packers are a nonprofit organization, unique among professional clubs. There are no rich backers, he said, who can absorb financial blows. Despite the terrific increase in operational costs when the rival All-American conference was organized in 1946, the Packers made money without a break from 1935 to 1947. Obviously, it is the slump by the Packers on the field, and resultant loss of patronage which has led to the dollar pinch. "Milwaukee has been a distinct disappointment," said Strickler. For the last few years the Packers' six game home schedule has been equally divided between Green Bay and State Fair park in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb. The Packers are matched there Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two previous contests this year, against the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions, drew disappointing crowds. In the two games in Milwaukee and three in Green Bay this season, the attendance has been 99,349. Last year's home attendance for six games totaled 135,312. In 1947, the total was 166,418. In was that Early (Curly) Lambeau voluntarily cut his own salary as head coach and general manager. Lambeau has been with the Packers since they came into the National league in 1921 as charter members. Rockwood lodge, where the Packers train, is 16 miles north of Green Bay. It consists of a modern lodge, five cottages and 100 acres of land. Twice previously, loyal Packer supporters have come to the aid of their team. In the early 20s, the Minneapolis Marines came to town and played the Packers despite a heavy rain - and no spectators. Again, in 1935, the club was reorganized along its present pattern after it again faced financial trouble. The Thanksgiving day game will match the Packer veterans against the youngsters on the squad. Garnishing the contest will be the return of famed Packers of other years and a program of entertainment.
PRO FOOTBALL PEACE GOES UP IN SMOKE
NOVEMBER 15 (New York) - The NFL Tuesday claimed passing star George Ratterman as its first major victory in a new outbreak of bitter warfare with the rival All-America conference. All talk of peace went up in smoke as Ted Collins, owner of the NFL New York Bulldogs, snarled defiance of the AAC Monday and was answered in kind by Mickey McBride, owner of the AAC Cleveland Browns. But Collins really looped over a haymaker when he claimed he had swiped Ratterman, blond touchdown maker, from the Buffalo Bills of the AAC. "I have signed Ratterman for four years," crowed Collins, "and he will begin playing for us in 1950." Collins refused any details, but the New York Daily News reported that Ratterman's contract with the Bulldogs called for a total of $40,050 salary. Ratterman has been the whole shooting match for the Bills the last three years, as far as the attack is concerned. He ranks as the AAC's second best passer behind Otto Graham of McBride's Browns, and he is regarded as one of the finest T formation field generals in the business. Blond, 23 year old Ratterman, a Notre Dame star, would neither confirm nor deny Collins' claim. All he would say was he was "surprised" that Collins had said that. The Bills refused to comment at all. It has been an open secret that Ratterman was unhappy with the Bills. He refused to sign this year until after the first game of the season. Collins also claimed that seven of the NFL's 10 teams will make money this season - "three of them a lot of it" - one will break even, and the other two, including his own team, will "lose a little." He claimed that all seven AAC teams would lose money. "As I see it," he said, "there are seven Collinses in that league." On the other hand, AAC Commissioner O.O. (Scrappy) Kessing said that his league "is not dead, not dying and not going to die." Kessing said the two leagues should use "common sense" and agree on a common player draft, but he added, "our aim is to avoid a merger for any league." McBride flatly denied that AAC was in financial trouble, but said that it it did fold, "I would sell and get out of pro football."
CANADEO TOP NFL GAINER
NOVEMBER 15 (Philadelphia) - Green Bay's Tony Canadeo still holds the top position among NFL ground gainers but Steve Van Buren narrowed his hold somewhat Sunday. Canadeo has carried the ball 135 times for 715 yards and a 5.3 yard average. Van Buren retained second spot and gained 25 yards on Canadeo as he upped his record to 618 yards on 163 carries and a 3.8 average. Charley Conerly of the Giants took over the top spot in the passing department for the first time in five weeks and bouncing from sixth to third was Tommy Thompson of the champion Eagles.
TONNEMAKER, GOPHERS, PICKED BY PACKERS AS CHOICE IN DRAFT
NOVEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - Clay Tonnemaker, Minnesota's 246 pound giant center and linebacker, was Green Bay's No. 1 draft choice in the recent National league draft meeting held at Pittsburgh, it was revealed by Philadelphia sources Tuesday. At the same time, it was announced, also in Philadelphia, that the Philadelphia Eagled had obtained draft rights to Bob (Red) Wilson, captain of this year's Wisconsin team, in a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers made Wilson their No. 1 choice, then traded him to the Eagles for their own No. 1 choice of Charlie Justice of North Carolina. Tonnemaker's selection by Green Bay was not exactly a surprise, for the big Gopher is one of the outstanding linebackers in the country. It was generally thought, though, that the Packers would pick Wilson if they had a crack at him. The possibility that Wilson might choose a career in baseball instead of football may have dissuaded the Packers. Curly Lambeau, busy with the drive to raise $50,000 at an intrasquad game in Green Bay Thanksgiving afternoon, could not be reached for comment. It was also announced in Philadelphia that the Eagles had picked Jim Martin, Notre Dame tackle, as their No. 3 choice. Earlier, the Detroit Lions announced that they had picked Leon Hart, Notre Dame's all-American end, as their first choice. Tonnemaker will wind up a four year career with the Gophers in the Wisconsin game Saturday. He won letters the last three years after starring at Edison high school, Minneapolis, for three years. He stands 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 246 pounds. In recent games, he has played only on defense although until this year he played both offense and defense.
GOVERNOR TO ATTEND GREEN BAY GAME
NOVEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Gov. Oscar Rennebohm notified Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers Wednesday that he would fly here on Thanksgiving day to watch the intrasquad game, which headlines a program sponsored by local businessmen to bolster the Green Bay Packers financially. The Packers hope to raise $50,000. "The Packers," the governor told Lambeau, "must remain in Wisconsin. I'll fly to Green Bay right after my Thanksgiving dinner." A varied program of entertainment will be presented before the kickoff and between the halves. More than 400 businessmen, working in squads of five, Wednesday continued their canvass of the city and neighboring towns in a door to door ticket campaign. Meanwhile Packer hopes in their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Milwaukee Sunday got a big boost with the announcement that Jack Jacobs, defensive back injured early in the Bear game and on the bench all through last Sunday's game with the New York Giants, would be able to play. Only Irv Comp, another injured defensive back, remained a doubtful starter.
MCBRIDE WANTS NO PART OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE
NOVEMBER 16 (Cleveland) - Arthur (Mickey) McBride, owner of the Cleveland Browns of the All-America conference, declared here Tuesday that he would quit professional football if the conference ever merged with the National league. "If we of the All-America conference go down," he said, "I'll go down with the ship. But let me tell you something: We're in better shape than the National league. Football needs two professional leagues. It has become too big a thing to let one small bunch of hard heads run it as the National league used to. No matter how much money I lose, I'm going to stick with our league." Asked by newspaper reporters whether he would go into the National league if the AAC were broken up and he were invited to join, McBride repeated an emphatic "No".
LAMBEAU PREDICTS PRO GRID PEACE
NOVEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - General Manager Earl (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers predicted Wednesday night that peace between the NFL and the All-America Conference will come before the 1950 season. Lambeau, who recently gave up coaching the Packers after nearly 31 years, said that most football owners agreed last January that the two circuits should get together. He added, however, that a unanimous vote was necessary for such action. He said it was absolutely necessary that the two football groups settle their differences to put the game on a paying basis.
BREUIL INSISTS ON TWO LEAGUES
NOVEMBER 16 (Buffalo) - James F. Breuil, president of the Buffalo Bills of the All-American conference, declared today that professional football has "got to go" unless both major leagues survive the current impasse. The breakup of what he termed the monopoly of the rival National league has been one of the greatest achievements of the four year old conference, Breuil said at a meeting of the Buffalo Quarterback club. "I have not enjoyed one minute of contact I have had with the National league," Breuil declared. "I do not like the National league." Breuil's attack was touched off by the furor over the signing of George Ratterman, Buffalo quarterback, by the New York Bulldogs of the National league. Ratterman said yesterday that he had signed a four year contract with Ted Collins, Bulldog owner, effective next year. Breuil said he was aware of Ratterman's commitment when he signed him for 1949, one game after the start of the season. He said he concluded the deal with Ratterman "knowing I could only make it for the balance of this season." The Bills' president said the conference's aim and accomplishment was to "permit boys to make a decent and honorable profession out of football and receive a decent and honorable wage for their efforts." "What did the National league ever do for football players?" he asked. "The average boy did well if he made $2,000 a year." Breuil, who was a leader for the conference in last year's negotiations looking toward a settlement, said some of the National league leaders "are marvelous, upstanding gentlemen." But he charged that they were influenced by a small group of diehards who refused to concede the advantages to the players and the public in two competitive leagues. He reiterated his stand that he will do all possible to promote the future of the professional game, declaring: "But unless there is survival of two competitive leagues, and no monopoly, it's got to go."
PACKERS' JACOBS SET FOR STEELERS SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Green Bay's chances of upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers in State Fair Park Sunday afternoon took a more rosy hue Wednesday when it was reported by club physicians that the Packers would be in their best physical condition since the Cardinal game here October 16. Only Irv Comp, the veteran defensive halfback, is a doubtful starter. Jack Jacobs has fully recovered from the leg injury he received against the Bears in Chicago and the Packers survived last Sunday's New York Giants game without a serious accident. The Packers, booked for long workouts on offense daily this week, expect to find Pittsburgh more to their liking than the last four opponents. The Steelers, essentially a rushing outfit, are not expected to cause the Packers as much embarrassment for instance as the Giants, with Chuck Conerly, and the Bears, with Johnny Lujack. To stand a chance against Green Bay, the Steelers know they will have to stop Tony Canadeo, the league's leading ground gainer, and the Packers, at the same time, know that they will have to halt the ground attack of fullback George Papach and halfback Jerry Nuzum. Both Nuzum and Papach stand high among the NFL's leading runners. Neither club has an outstanding passer - a thrower of the caliber of a Baugh, Conerly or Lujack. However, both teams have aerial attacks that can be dangerous. For example, the Packers can call upon Jug Girard, Stan Heath and even the ailing Jack Jacobs, while the Steelers can counter with Jim Finks, a surprise package in the league this season, or Bobby Gage, a freshman triple threat back, who led Clemson to an unbeaten, untied season last fall.
STEELERS NOTES
NOVEMBER 18 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers will come in contact with a 30-year old giant Sunday when they invade Milwaukee to battle the Green Bay Packers,
who has long been regarded as the strongest man in football. His
name is Ed Neal, a six-foot-four, 290-pound center who doesn't
even know his own strength. His off-season occupation is working
as a blacksmith, just to give you a rough idea. Walt Kiesling,
Steeler assistant coach who tutored the Green Bay line before
joining the Rooneymen, regards Neal with awe and bewilderment.
"Neal is positively the strongest man I ever saw, and I've seen 
some strong boys in my time," Kiesling says. Neal played 
college football at LSU, Tulane and then at Ouachita, in
Arkadelphia, Ark. The Eagles drafted him and later sold him to
the Packers. One of the funniest stories they tell on Neal is that
he always played with his sleeves rolled up because two years
ago the Lions accused him of concealing crowbars or the like up
his sleeves. In this particular game, every time Neal blocked a
Detroiter with his forearm, the Lion remained prone. "The officials
looked up my sleeve three times," Neal later related, "and they
found nothing but muscle." Kiesling says there is a legend at
Green Bay that when a farmer brought a plow horse into Neal's
blacksmith shop to have it shod, Neal merely lifted the horse on
his lap and held it steady with one arm, while he hammered on 
the show with the other. Neal denies it. "I can lift a pony, but not
a plow horse," Big Ed said. Neal's shoulder pads are tailormade,
and his chest measurement is 52 inches. A smart boxing
promoter turned him into a fighter but Neal did so much damage
to his first opponent, he couldn't stand the sight of so much
blood. He quit the ring after one bout. He ran into the same
difficulty in wrestling. The man can't stand to see opponents laid
out cold, unless it's on a football field. Neal is of Irish-Indian
parentage. His hobby is repairing all kinds of machinery. His pet
parlor trick is to break beer bottles over his bare forehead. 
Kiesling has seen him mash beer bottles but his version is
slightly better. "Neal merely flexes his muscles to break the bottles!" Neal is married and the father of two children...The Steelers are seven-point favorites over the Packers, the Giants seven over the Lions and - get this - the Cards seven points over the league-leading Rams. The Bears are 14 over the Redskins and the Eagles 24 over the Bulldogs.
LAMBEAU REPORT IRKS BAY CITIZENRY
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Indignation replaced consternation as the air began to clear around Green Bay Friday. The citizenry, almost as fanatical about its Packers as Hitler was over bomb shelters, has begun to suspect some sinister motive in the New York Daily News report of Thursday that Curly Lambeau was leaving to become general manager of the Los Angeles Dons in the rival All-America conference. The story, as relayed to Green Bay by the press associations, contained nine points, seven of which were magnificently inaccurate. Only the statement that the Packers had begun a slight decline with the retirement of Don Hutson and the fact that Lambeau has a wife and a ranch in California could stand even the most casual scrutiny. Green Bay zealots now are wondering whether the fable wasn't concocted by churlish knaves with All-America leanings to toss a monkey wrench into the drive through which fans hope to present the Packers with a $50,000 nest egg. Misery, you know, loves company and there are people who would like to see National League teams suffer the same as the All-America entries. What better place to start than with Green Bay, the little northwoods town that for three decades did with nothing but spirit what some prominent places haven't been able to do with unlimited bankrolls? It's a possibility, but more probably the News' "scoop" was another of those flights into fancy the self-impressed habitues of the Broadway sports beat take frequently. The Greeks may not have a name for it, but it is known for a certainty that psychiatrists do.
MARSHALL BLASTS GREEN BAY MANAGEMENT, DEFENDS FANS
NOVEMBER 19 (Washington) - President George
Preston Marshall of the Washington Redskins today
defended Green Bay, Wis., as "a fine football town 
which doesn't deserve the poor management it has
received for its football team." The volatile boss of the
Redskins was asked to comment on reports that the
Green Bay Packers may have to give up their 29-year
old franchise in the NFL. Marshall did more than
comment; he exploded. "There's nothing wrong with
Green Bay," he snorted. "The whole trouble is with the
management. No amount of fan loyalty can overcome
the mistakes of those who run the club." Marshall
specifically lit into the Packers for playing so many
"home" games in Milwaukee instead of at Green Bay.
The town's stadium holds only 25,000 people but he 
said "that's plenty big enough for a profitable football
team." He pointed out that the Packers do not have
the stiff rental problem of other clubs. Marshall said the
Packers drew better in their three games in Green Bay
this year that did two-thirds of the teams playing
professional football. He also tartly commented that he
couldn't understand "why a man like Don Hutson isn't
in the Green Bay picture anymore" - a blunt implication
that he believes the Packers have ignored the advice
and football knowledge of one of the National League's
greatest all-time players. Hutson was an assistant
coach for awhile after he retired as an active player, but
he is no longer with the club in any capacity. "There
are too many people picking on Green Bay," Marshall
said. "It's about time somebody defended the town.
Green Bay will still be in the NFL years after some of
the other teams are forgotten."
STEELERS GIVEN ONE TD MARGIN OVER
PACKERS IN MILWAUKEE
NOVEMBER 19 (Milwaukee) - A crowd of some 15,000
is expected at State Fairgrounds here tomorrow to 
watch the Green Bay Packers close their home season
against the Pittsburgh Steelers but the game was
merely incidental to the rabid Packer fans. The fans are
coming out tomorrow for form a rooting section for the
veteran Tony Canadeo, who is leading the NFL in
rushing and appears headed for the title. The 29-year
old back, now in his ninth season with the Packers,
has a comfortable 100-yard bulge on his nearest competitor, Steve Van Buren of the Eagles. Canadeo has piled through for 715 yards in 135 attempts against 618 yards in 163 attempts for Van Buren. The Steelers are rated a one-touchdown favorite over the Packers. Green Bay has drawn only 99,000 fans in five "home" games and no matter what happens here tomorrow at the gate, the Packer owners will need plenty of red ink. An old Steeler favorite will be in the Packer lineup, halfback Bob Cifers. The Steelers cut Cifers loose during training camp because of an infraction of the rules and he immediately signed with Green Bay.
GOVERNOR ASKS FANS TO SUPPORT PACKERS
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - Gov. Rennebohm, speaking in Madison Thursday, urged all Green Bay Packer fans to join him in attending the Packer-Pittsburgh game at State Fair park Sunday. "We should prove to the nation," the governor said, "that Wisconsin football fans can be just as loyal to a team that is having hard luck as they are to a team at the top of the heap. If we give the Packers that kind of support Sunday, we will soon see them back at the top of the heap, where they so often have been and where they belong." The governor said that the Packers, through the years, have developed into an "outstanding Wisconsin institution and their skill and spirit has earned them an international reputation." "They have become a David among Goliaths of professional football," he declared. "They have had less success in the last two years and are now suffering financially. I am sure that every loyal Packer fan who has enjoyed victory with the team in other years does not want the Packer organization endangered by the lack of finances." In Green Bay, meanwhile, the Packers went about tightening their ground defenses to meet the only out and out single wing attack in the National league. Against the Giants last Sunday they had only to fear Conerly's passing. There will be no Conerly against them here, but they will meet up with some pulverizing runners, particularly Jerry Nuzum and George Papach. The Steelers can grind you down. Green Bay's own hopes rest on finding a finishing punch. The team has not done badly from scrimmage outside the 20 yard line, moving around rather freely. Inside the 20, however, it has consistently found all manner of difficulty to score. The Packers will be in much better shape than at any other time in the last few weeks. Jack Jacobs, injured early in the Bear game, will again be ready for full time duty on defense. Only Irv Comp will not be in shape to play.
PACKER CHOICES
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - Art Weiner, North Carolina end, and Dick McKissack, Southern Methodist end, were Green Bay's second and third choices in the first National league draft in Pittsburgh two weeks ago. Clay Tonnemaker, 246 pound Minnesota center, the first choice, was announced Wednesday.
NO PHONY EXHIBITION, SAYS BUSINESSMAN
NOVEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' intrasquad football game Thanksgiving day "is no phony exhibition", a Green Bay businessman heatedly said Thursday. Jerry Atkinson, manager of one of the city's larger department stores, too exception to a remark by James F. Breuil, president of the Buffalo Bills of the All-America football conference. Breuil told the Buffalo Quarterback club Wednesday: "I'm probably one of the heaviest losers in pro football today, but I don't ask the public to support a phony exhibition to pay off my players." Atkinson said he is president of 100 businessmen who call themselves the "Packer Backers". He said the exhibition was the idea of these men and that it was conceived when they heard rumors that the Green Bay team was in financial difficulties. He said the Packers agreed to play the game, but that the entire affair would be promoted by Packer fans - "which means the citizens of Green Bay."
SMALL TOWN SPIRIT ASSERTS ITSELF IN GREEN BAY'S DRIVE FOR MONEY
NOVEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - It could happen only in the movies. Can you imagine Mr. Macy in New York, for instance, saying to Mr. Gimbel: "Well, it looks as though Ted Collins and his Bulldogs are in for trouble. Let's give them a hand. We'll invite some of the boys to breakfast at Mindy's - 8 o'clock and Dutch treat - then we'll all take a few days off and sell some tickets for them. We've got to keep the Bulldogs here. You call Bonwit, Teller and Saks; I'll talk to Abercrombie and Fitch. That Fitsch is a whizz at door to door stuff." Of course, you can't imagine it. It could happen only in the movies - in the movies and up in Green Bay, where it has been happening this week. The story is simple and it provides another chapter in the history of the small town football team that has become one of America's best known athletic organizations. The Packers are facing financial difficulties and in Green Bay the fans and merchants propose to do something about it. One hundred businessmen, each accompanied by four or five assistants of his own choosing, are canvassing the town and surrounding territory, peddling tickets for an intrasquad game on Thanksgiving day. Their immediate goal is $50,000 cash, from a sellout in City stadium. Fifty thousand dollars is the amount Packer officials figure they need to come close to breaking even in a season that may cost the club as much as $90,000 unless attendance in the four remaining games in Milwaukee (where the Packers meet the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday), Chicago, Washington and Detroit exceeds the average for the first eight games. Primarily the purpose of the drive, initiated by several businessmen who sensed a growing crisis in the affairs of the club, is to replenish the treasury and keep the Packers operating in the face 
PACKER CHOICES
NOVEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - Art Weiner, North Carolina end, and Dick McKissack, Southern Methodist end, were Green Bay's second and third choices in the first National league draft in Pittsburgh two weeks ago. Clay Tonnemaker, 246 pound Minnesota center, the first choice, was announced Wednesday.
NO PHONY EXHIBITION, SAYS BUSINESSMAN
NOVEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' intrasquad football game Thanksgiving day "is no phony exhibition", a Green Bay businessman heatedly said Thursday. Jerry Atkinson, manager of one of the city's larger department stores, too exception to a remark by James F. Breuil, president of the Buffalo Bills of the All-America football conference. Breuil told the Buffalo Quarterback club Wednesday: "I'm probably one of the heaviest losers in pro football today, but I don't ask the public to support a phony exhibition to pay off my players." Atkinson said he is president of 100 businessmen who call themselves the "Packer Backers". He said the exhibition was the idea of these men and that it was conceived when they heard rumors that the Green Bay team was in financial difficulties. He said the Packers agreed to play the game, but that the entire affair would be promoted by Packer fans - "which means the citizens of Green Bay."
LAMBEAU LAUGHS OFF STORY HE MAY QUIT
NOVEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau flatly denied here Friday a story which originated in New York Thursday that he would shortly resign as general manager of the Green Bay Packers to become general manager of the Los Angeles Dons. "Not even a wisp of truth to it," he said. At the same time Lambeau and Emil Fischer, Packer president, denied that the Packers might surrender their franchise because of financial difficulties. The story which was printed by the New York News made these claims:
* That Lambeau will quit his front office position with Green Bay to accept a similar position with the Los Angeles Dons. (The same rumor first went the rounds two years ago.)
* That Lambeau held a meeting with Ben Lindheimer, multimillionaire owner of the Dons, in Chicago last week at which details of this transfer were worked out.
* That Green Bay might surrender its franchise because of very pressing financial troubles and that Green Bay has found it necessary to hold a "charity" game Thanksgiving day in order to meet payroll.
Lambeau and Fischer were both emphatic in their denials. "If New York sportswriters want to dream things, we can't stop them," Lambeau laughed. "There isn't a wisp of truth in the stories. I intend to remain in Green Bay. I haven't seen Ben Lindheimer in a year. The Packers will stay in Green Bay." Fischer called the report ridiculous. Out on the practice field, meanwhile, Coaches Tom Stidham, Charlie Brock and Bob Synder put the finishing touches on preparations for the game with the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park Sunday. Stan Heath, handicapped for the last month with a bruise on his passing arm, took a full part in the throwing drills and probably will start at quarterback Sunday, leaving Jug Girard to wirk with Tony Canadeo at left half.
LINDHEIMER DENIES NEW YORK STORY
NOVEMBER 18 (Los Angeles) - Ben Lindheimer, owner of the Los Angeles Dons, said Friday that there was absolutely no truth to the story that Curly Lambeau might become general manager of the Los Angeles Dons. "I haven't seen Lambeau or talked to him since last December," he said.
PROBLEMS OF STEELERS FORGED SPIRITED TEAM
NOVEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - In the topsy turvy world the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will turn their single wing attack against the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park Sunday, are beyond any question the "Cinderella boys" of professional football. At the beginning of the campaign the little men who shuffle the cards and come up with the odds placed the Steelers at the very bottom of the National league race and the village wiseacres in Pittsburgh began asking whether the club was going to field a team at all. Here briefly was the Steelers' plight:
1. Johnny (Zero) Clement, the team's No. 1 tailback, and Johnny Mastangelo, the former Notre Dame all-American guard, decided to jump to the rival All-America conference.
2 - Ray Evans, the Kansas cyclone and Clement's understudy, retired from pro football to take a job in a Kansas City bank.
3. A couple of other 1948 veterans rebelled over salary difficulties and remained holdouts for several weeks.
Losing tailbacks like Clement and Evans, in the single wing, is comparable to losing Johnny Lujack and Sid Luckman in the T. The tailback is the dynamo of the single wing. But Arthur J. Rooney, the cigar chewing president of the Steelers, realizing that attendance probably would fall off this season, felt that he had to tuck in his belt a notch or two if pro football was to remain on a paying basis or close to it in Pittsburgh. After all, pro football is a business and he did lose approximately $40,000 in 1948. Rooney's philosophy, however, was not a wholesale payroll slash. He offered his played what he thought was an equitable salary, then stood by to watch the results. Rooney also reasoned that not only were players' salaries out of line generally but that too large a difference existed between what players on the same club got. In other words, Rooney felt that one end should not make, say, a couple thousand dollars more than the end on the other side of the line. Thus, he offered his linemen pretty much the same type of contract and he made certain there wasn't a wide differential between backs and linemen. The experiment has worked well. The Steelers, a team that in preseason speculation was fashioned for the junk heap, has won four, lost three and tied one. The tie was with the league leading Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. Most Pittsburgh fans will tell you that it is the most spirited team in the club's 17 year history. And it is a young team. It is like a bomb - made for the future but liable to explode at any minute. Youth and inexperience have been telling factors in the club's three defeats. Only the champion Philadelphia Eagles won a decisive victory. Now it seems that Rooney was a year ahead of his time, especially since the pro football gates have taken a terrific tumbling. Doubtless most of the owners will stand four square behind his movement come 1950.
FOOTBALL NOTE TO PACKERS: WATCH NUZUM
NOVEMBER 18 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers, desperately needing a victory in determination to ride out the professional football war, will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in suburban West Allis Sunday. The Packers, victors in only two of eight National league contests, have been warned to guard against the onslaughts of two former Purdue Boilermakers, now in the Steelers' backfield. They are Jerry Nuzum, eighth among the league's rushers, and George Papach, No. 10. Nuzum, a native of Clovis, N.M., carried the ball only four times for Purdue. The 200-pounder was used almost exclusively on defense. Papach played fullback with Purdue. Both are in their second professional campaign. Nuzum, a terrific runner, has picked up 380 yards for a 4.6 average in Coach John Michelosen's single wing attack. Papach has made 342 yards and a 4.9 rating. Stan Heath, the Packers' celebrated rookie passer from the University of Nevada, will be used extensively against the Steelers, said Packer officials. Heath suffered an injury to his throwing arm early in the season in a game with the Chicago Cardinals. For the first time since then his arm is said to be in tip-top shape.
STEELERS OPEN 4-GAME ROAD CAMPAIGN WITH PACKERS IN MILWAUKEE
NOVEMBER 20 (Pittsburgh Press-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steeler grid show, strictly a road affair for the rest of the season, will start a four-game tour against the Green Bay Packers in the Milwaukee Fairgrounds this afternoon. A crowd of 15,000 is expected. Coach Johnny Michelosen's locals, with four wins, three losses and one tie to date, are favored by one touchdown to whip the Packers, whose league record is two wins and six setbacks. August 28 the Gold and Black triumphed 9-3 in an exhibition game at Forbes Field. Fullback Ted Fritsch kicked a 39 yard field goal in the first quarter for the Packers but in the final stanza Pittsburgh's Joe Glamp, released this week, passed 7 yards to fullback George Papach, Glamp converted, and Irv Comp was caught in the end zone for a safety. Indian Jack Jacobs, who missed the local game, will be at quarterback for the Packers this time. He is their best forward passer. Since their local appearance, Curly Lambeau, veteran coach, has resigned and the club is being directed by Tom Stidham and Bob Snyder - former assistant mentors. The Steelers are eager to win this one and stick in the race for second place in the eastern division, a spot which means a small cut of the championship playoff game money. Except for Jerry Shipkey, defensive fullback, they are all in good physical condition. Shipkey may see limited action while nursing a leg hurt.
PACKERS WILL BE HOSTS TO STEELERS HERE TODAY
NOVEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay's embattled Packers, harassed in the front office and harassed out on the field, make their last home stand of the season here Sunday afternoon when they meet the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park starting at 2 o'clock. The rest of the season will be played on the road - at the Chicago Cardinals a week hence, at Washington a week after that and at Detroit in the season's finale December 11. There is no secret about Green Bay's difficulties. On the field they have been booted around rather freely, and at the turnstile they have taken even a worse licking, and since it all adds up to a problem that effects the very future of the club, even Gov. Renebohm has stepped into the picture. With a statement in Madison Thursday he urged all Packer fans, for the good of the club, to support the team in this last home game. Indications Saturday were that Sunday's crowd will be a lot better than the one that watched the Packers in their last start here against the Detroit Lions in a cold, raw day three weeks ago. The Steelers, with the same sold wing attack that had proved too much for Green Bay in league games the last two years and in an exhibition early this season, ruled one touchdown favorites. In 1947, the Steelers, then under the late Jock Sutherland, beat the Packers, 18-17, in one of the best game ever played at State Fair park, andin 1948, under Johnny Michelosen, Sutherland's successor, they beat them easily in Pittsburgh, 38-7. They won an early exhibition game in Pittsburgh this year, 9-7. There is nothing fancy with the Steelers. They huff and they puff with a bruising ground attack, and they finally blow your house down. They played the Rams to a 7-7 tie a week ago. Green Bay's hopes, of course, lie principally on Tony Canadeo, the league's best ground gainer, and such help as the boys can give him with their none too sharp passing attack.