Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3-1) 30, Green Bay Packers (2-7) 7
Sunday November 20th 1949 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - It's more of the same, maties, more of the same - and the Green Bay Packers today finally rest in a tie for last place in the western division of the National league. The Packers tried their hand here Sunday against the Pittsburgh's sharp, hard running Steelers, and they found the job entirely too
much. Pittsburgh won, 30-7. The licking, seventh in nine starts, coupled with Detroit's victory over the New York Giants, dropped the Packers into a tie for last place with the Lions in this end of the league. The Steelers simply ran too hard for Green Bay - and to be honest about it, passed too well, too. They scored a touchdown in the second quarter, a touchdown in the third quarter and then blew the game wide open with two touchdowns and a safety in the fourth quarter. The Packers rested their case with a touchdown in the third period.
There was no stopping the invaders and they piled up the substantial total of 454 yards - 159 in the air and 295 on the ground although Green Bay tried to "defense" their running game with what was generally a tight eight or sometime a nine man line. The Packers gained 186 yards rushing and 99 throwing. Jerry Nuzum scored two of Pittsburgh's touchdowns and Val Jasante and Bobby Gage each one. In addition, Carl Samuelson batted down one of Jug Girard's punts for a safety and Joe Geri added all four points after touchdown. Girard scored Green Bay's lone points on a quarterback sneak. It was a sad afternoon for the 5,483 fans, smallest crowd ever to see the Packers in Milwaukee, and they had only one thing to cheer about at the finish - the galloping little Tony Canadeo. Canadeo was not the day's best ball carrier, but he was far and away the best the Packers had and on 21 plays he picked up 116 yards. For the season, he now has 831 yards on 156 plays, and he needs only 177 more in three games to break Steve Van Buren's league record of 1,008 set last year. The Packers have meetings with the Chicago Cardinals, Washington and Detroit left. Nuzum, the best ground gainer of the day, picked up 168 yards in 20 plays.
The Steelers, running hard with a wave of blockers in front of the ball carrier, asserted their superiority early, although they did not get around to score until late in the second quarter. On five plays, as they finally put the scorekeeper, they went 80 yards. The last was a beauty of a pass down the middle which Jasante took on the run on the 12 and easily carried home. All told, the play covered 12 yards. With the ice finally broken, the Steelers wasted no time to add to their lead in the third quarter, either. The period was less than four minutes old when Nuzum on one of those devastating off tackle slants, popped inside right tackle, stepped past the drawn-in secondary, and raced 64 yards all told across the goal. With 14 points against them, though, the Packers finally snapped back and drove 80 yards. Canadeo on four plays picked up 43 yards and Girard on two passes, 26. With first down on the seven, it took the boys four downs to put it over, but they did. On the fourth, Girard sneaked over from the one foot line. The Packers were back in the game with this, trailing only, 14-7, but they quickly dropped out again as the Steelers piled up 16 points in the fourth quarter. Samuelson batted down Girard's punt into the end zone for a safety, Geri passed five yards to Nuzum for a touchdown and Gage spun around left end for seven and another touchdown.
Two spectacular kicks livened up the cold afternoon, one by Girard and the other by Geri. Geri sent a quick kick 82 yards out of bounds and Girard a punt 66 yards out of bounds. Fritsch twice tried field goals for the Packers, once from the 21 and again from the 28, but he missed them both. His kick from the 28, in fact, sailed out of bounds on the two. P.S. - Wonder how many fans would have turned out if Gov. Rennebohm hadn't made his proclamation asking them to come out?
PITTSBURGH -  0  7  7 16 - 30
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  7  0 -  7
2nd - PITT - Val Jasante, 47-yard pass from Joe Geri (Geri kick)
3rd - PITT - Jerry Nuzum, 64-yard run (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH
3rd - GB - Girard, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) PITTSBURGH 14-7
4th - P - Safety, Carl Samuelson blocked Girard's punt out of
the end zone PITTSBURGH 16-7
4th - PITT - Nuzum, 8-yard pass from Geri (Geri kick)
4th - PITT - Bobby Gage, 3-yard run (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH
NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - With a meeting of the executive committee of the Green Bay Packers called for Monday night, The Journal learned Monday morning that a small anti-Curly Lambeau faction would make a determined attempt to oust the veteran general manager. The committee, some of whom have challenged Lambeau's policies in recent years, is composed of H.J. Bero, Milan Boez, Russ Bogda, Gerald Clifford, Frank Jonet, Fred Leicht, Harvey Lhost, William Servotte, John Torinus, H.G. Wintgens, Lambeau and Emil Fischer, president. The anti-faction, among other things, has questioned Lambeau's choice of George Strickler as director of publicity. Lambeau's move to play some games each year in Milwaukee and Lambeau's expansion moves, including the purchase of Rockwood lodge near Green Bay as a club base. Lambeau organized the Packers in 1919 and for more than a quarter of a century kept them in the forefront of professional football. Until this year he coached the team. Early in the season, with internal strife in the front office, he turned the coaching reins over to Tom Stidham, Bob Synder and Charlie Brock to devote himself to the administrative duties of the club and a rebuilding program.
1919. Ex-Congressman Lavvie Dilweg and Verne Lewellen gave a reasonable facsimile of the passing technique with which they won Green Bay's first world championship in 1929, and Don Hutson not only crawled back into a uniform to take a long pass from Arnie Herber, but went into the game in the second half with his old teammates, Charlie Brock and Joe Laws, to kick an extra point for the Blue team. The inclement weather and icy roads prevented Gov. Oscar Rennebohm and a helicopter from reaching the scene. The helicopter was to land on the 50 yard line to deliver Johnny Blood, the immortal vagabond halfback star who is now a professor of money and banking at a Minnesota college. Prof. Blood got there in time, however, to suit up and address the crowd. He said he arrived on foot. "This is the town," Lambeau commented, looking over the crowd, "they think is going to surrender its franchise. It will never happen here. Over there sits Jimmy Cowles, the son of a bootblack. Young Jimmy is a laborer in a mill here. He gave $100. It is about time they quit worrying about Green Bay and directed their attention to some less fortunate franchises in this business. Green Bay will be around for a long time." Girard passed for all five of the Blue team's touchdowns, opening the scoring with a 95 yard toss to Nolan Luhn in the first quarter. He hit Ralph Earhart for another touchdown on a play that covered 80 yards in the third period, and also had scoring tosses of 26 yards to Ted Fritsch, five yards to Larry Craig and two yards to Bob Forte. The Gold team's scoring was handled by halfback Jack Kirby, who ran 67 yards over the slippery turf with a lateral. End Bill Kelly, who recovered a fumble in the end zone, a 68 yard kickoff return by Walter Schlinkman, Stan Heath's two year reverse and a 17 yard field goal by backfield coach Bob Snyder. The former Chicago Bear star and National League record holder did all the placekicking for the Gold team.
NOVEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - That was more than a great job those enthusiastic folks in Green Bay did for the Packers. It was miraculous. Just think what they did: Raised about $50,000 in a whirlwind 10 day campaign climaxed by the
Thanksgiving Day football carnival headlined by an
intrasquad game!. I doubt that anything like it could
have been accomplished in any other community in
the nation, large or small. To raise 50,000 smackers
for the worthiest cause is rough. To do it in 10 days'
time is even tougher. To come up with that fat sum to
solidify a professional football franchise is something
practically out of this world. This unbelievable display
of loyal backing might even serve as the super pep
talk for Sunday's return game with the Cardinals in
Chicago's Comiskey Park. No team ever had a 
greater incentive - a greater debt to the community it
represents. Football, played professionally or on an
amateur basis, is a game of desire. If the players, even
though short of the other team's all around class, have
the burning will to win they can do some real business
on the field. Not all of the present Packers will be
back next year, But even those who are due to go
reasonable can be expected to show their appreciation
with an over-the-heads exhibition. Certainly those likely
to return should give it the season's super try.
NOVEMBER 26 (Chicago) - Green Bay's struggling
Packers arrived in the Loop Saturday night, grim and
determined to find themselves underdogs by 14 points
in their National League game against the Cardinals in
snow covered Comiskey Park Sunday afternoon. Still
not convinced they are as impotent as their cellar
dwelling indicates, the Packers hope to repay Green Bay
fans for their show of loyalty in Thursday's intrasquad
game by finishing the season with victories in their three
remaining games. It is a big order, but the Packers 
insist they are up to the task. After the Cardinals on
Sunday, they meet Detroit and Washington both on the
road. The Cardinals, who have been stressing defense
against the running of Tony Canadeo, veteran Packer
halfback and the league's leading ground gainer, still
are seeking their second victory of the season in
Comiskey Park, where a 38-7 triumph over Washington
in the opening game of the schedule has been their only
success at home. Weather forecasts indicated it will be
no day for aerial attacks. Snow drove the Cardinals indoors the last two days. This may be a break for the Packers. With passing a problem, the running backs will be in for a busy afternoon, and in this respect the Cardinals are expected to have too many guns. Outside of Canadeo, who needs only one good day to tie the league record for ground gained in a season, Green Bay does not have a surefire yard getter to compare with Charley Trippi, Elmer Angsman, Boris Dimancheff and Pat Harder, a quartet which has accounted for most of the 1,831 yards accumulated by the Cardinals on the ground. Green Bay was reported in good shape physically, with no one hurt enough to be withheld from competition.
NOVEMBER 26 (Chicago Tribune) - On the night of September 26 the Chicago Cardinals opened their home season with a 38 to 7 victory over the Washington Redskins, a slambang start for their third straight National league western division title. Then things started happening. In fact, so may things have happened that, two months later, the Cardinals still haven't been able to negotiate their second victory in Comiskey park. They have only one more chance to do it when they close out their south side campaign tomorrow against the Green Bay Packers. The lopsided triumph was followed by such Comiskey park shockers as losses to the Bears, Detroit Lions, New York Giants and last Sunday's 28 to 28 deadlock with the Los Angeles Rams. The Cards' other victories - over Detroit, New York Bulldogs and Green Bay - were achieved off their home premises. Green Bay's two victories have come over Detroit and the New York Bulldogs. Since beating the Lions in Milwaukee, 18 to 16, the Packers have been beaten bu the Bears, Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. Of course, Chicago fans will see the Cardinals once more after tomorrow's game. That will be on December 11 when they collide with the Bears in Wrigley field. The Cardinals got away from the snow yesterday by moving into the University of Chicago fieldhouse, using up most of their forenoon time on defense. The Packers, in their great days the passingest team in professional football, have sunk to ninth place this year in the air statistics, having gained only 925 yards in nine games. The Cardinals, seventh in aerial performance, have gained only 1,113 yards. Tomorrow's principals are ahead of only the Pittsburgh Steelers in passing and the Steelers, using the single wing, are essentially a running team. Phil Handler, vice president of the Cardinals, now in his 20th season with the club, will be honored substantially by friends and associates before tomorrow's game. A fans' committee is headed by Al Gianaras, and Coach Buddy Parker of the Cardinals is chairman of the players' group. Club officials will also participate in the Handler day ceremonies.
NOVEMBER 27 (Chicago Tribune) - When the Cardinals or the Green Bay Packers get one or the other down, they never let up. Toward the end of the 1946 season the Cardinals whipped the Packers, 19 to 7, after having lost 15 in a row to the northmen. Since turning on them, the Cardinals have fashioned six victories in succession and will be out to make it seven straight this afternoon in Comiskey park. Today's combatants are playing mainly for the record. The Packers aren't going anywhere and while the Cardinals' wake-up has been encouraging they slumbered too long. They're even a long shot chance, now, to wrest second place from the Bears in the National league's western division. The Packers' lone hope now is to escape being harnessed for the first time with the western section's booby prize - fifth place. They are resting fourth after the Bears whipped the Lions Thanksgiving day, but a defeat this afternoon will knock them back into a cellar tie. This death struggle to escape fifth place may be decided on the final day of the season, December 11, when the Packers and Lions meet in Detroit. Usually it's a battle of T formation quarterbacks in a major league football game, but this one has a different twist. Two gents who like to run with the ball have top billing - the Packers' Tony Canadeo and the Cardinals' Elmer Angsman. Tony is the league's leading rusher, with a 39 yard edge on Philadelphia's Steve Van Buren, who will be running against the Steelers today. Canadeo is only 177 yards away from Van Buren's all-time league mark of 1,008 yards in one season. Angsman, with 619 yards in nine games, needs only 72 yards to establish a one-season ground gaining record for a Cardinal. His teammate, Charley Trippi, rambled 690 yards last year for the current standard. Coach Buddy Parker, who has made changes here and there in personnel, will try another experiment when he send Boris (Babe) Dimancheff to left end. This will make Babe easily the most verstile member of the offense cast, since has been operating both at fullback and left half. Parker's aim is to work Dimancheff into the lineup to give the offense added speed. It worked when Babe was sent to fullback for wide running plays. Then he was hurt against the New York Giants and when he returned to work, Par Harder was showing that he needed no assistance at his old spot. Before the game, Phil Handler, vice president in charge of playing talent, will be honored by fans and members of the Cardinal organization. This is Phil's 20th year with the team. He joined the Cards as a guard in 1930 and after playing through the 1946 campaign started his long career on the coaching staff.
NOVEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - A complete denial that the executive committee of the Green Bay Packers met in Green Bay Monday night for a showdown with General Manager Curly Lambeau over club policies was made Tuesday in a telegram from Emil Fischer, club president. Fischer's telegram to the Associated Press office here follows: "The executive committee of the Green Bay Packers met in the regular weekly meeting at the Hotel Northland Monday evening. Regular business of the corporation was transacted and cognizance was taken of press reports to the effect that Curly Lambeau was being asked to resign. The matter of asking Curly to resign has never been discussed by the executive committee or any member of it." The Journal on Monday said that the meeting was intended as a showdown meeting. Lambeau has been criticized for hiring George Strickler as director of publicity, for spending too much time in California off season, for buying Rockwood Lodge as a club base and for playing games in Milwaukee, among other things. While nobody offered comment on Monday night's meeting, beyond that contained in Fischer's telegram, it was generally understood the entire matter was laid over until after the season. The Packers have three games left.
NOVEMBER 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - The announcement by Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, that Monday night's meeting of the club's
executive committee was called as a matter of
routine to discuss routine matters was but another
attempt to conceal, as though that were really
possible, the growing factional strife within the
organization. The fans in Green Bay all know about
it. The fans elsewhere in the state know all about it.
The battle lines, while not always clear in the
beginning, are now certainly well drawn: Lambeau
and the anti-Lambeau. Either Curly Lambeau, who
organized the Packers in 1919 and who kept them
in the forefront of professional football for more than
a quarter of a century, remains and his policies
prevail, or he does not remain. It is futile to try
concealment...PERSONAL JEALOUSIES: Green
Bay's troubles today are many, and they are not
only financial troubles or losing games. They run 
the gamut from real club problems to differences on
the executive committee due to strong personal
jealousies and they add up to a mess which could
well cost the city its franchise in the National 
league. The "anti" faction is headed by Dr. W.W.
Kelly, former club director; Jerry Clifford, club 
lawyer, and Lee Joannes, former club president.
Clifford is on the executive committee of 12 and
Kelly and Joannes are on the board of 24 directors.
At one time, in a happier era, all belong to the so-
called "Hungry Five" who administered Packer
affairs. The others of the "Hungry Five" were 
Lambeau and Andy Turnbull, general manager of
the Green Bay Press Gazette, whose good advice and efforts helped the Packers through great difficulties in the middle twenties. The differences among them developed gradually. Dr. Kelly was deposed by Lambeau as club physician because of his age and because he no longer cared to make trips with the club. He is in his seventies. He was succeeded by Dr. Henry Atkinson. Lee Joannes was deposed as club president, under pressure, but still was able to keep Lambeau from the job, which Lambeau wanted. Emil Fischer was elected as a compromise. Clifford, a very close friend of Kelly, remained on the executive committee but with less authority or influence. The "pro" fraction is not as easily discerned, but it does exist, on both the executive committee and the board of directors, and it is motivated by the idea that the city of Green Bay particularly and the state owes a permanent debt to Lambeau for his idea which gave birth to the Packers in 1919. It also feels that Lambeau still is better to run the Packers than those who oppose him...SEVERAL SHARP ISSUES: In all the personal difficulties and jealousies, which nobody on either side seems able to submerge, the real differences in the organization have sometimes become lost, but they do exist. How much they spring from personal animosities, or jealousies, or just plain bull headedness is hard to say, but here they are:
(1) Rockwood Lodge. The "anti" faction criticizes Lambeau for buying the lodge, 17 miles from Green Bay, as a club base. "Why Rockwood?" they ask. "It keep boys from where real Packer fans can occasionally talk to them on the street. It breeds trouble, it is expensive and it has a bad practice field. Haven't the Packers had to come into Green Bay to do most of their practicing because of the impossible field?" The Lambeau faction answers: "It is not expensive. It is actually saving us money. Every other club in the league trains somewhere for six or seven week. It costs them more than it costs us for the season. As for the field, it can be plowed up and worked over and made usable. And a club base does give the coaches some advantage in controlling the boys."
(2) George Strickley, director of publicity and assistant general manager. The "antis" say that Strickler, who succeeded George Calhoun of the Press Gazette as publicity director, sought to upset club routine with new ideas. They ask: "Why did Lambeau have to bring in Strickler? We were going along all right." The Lambeau faction answers: "Pro football has expanded to the point where each club needs a full time publicity man. Every other club in the league has one. It's more than publicity, it's public relations, too. Strickler left a permanent $10,000 a year job as publicity director of the National league after four years to come with us. If they'll only let him, he can contribute something valuable to Green Bay's future."
(3) The games in Milwaukee which were Lambeau's idea. "Why ever play in Milwaukee?" asks the antis. "Milwaukee just won't support us. Let's play all six homes games right here in Green Bay." "Impossible," says the Lambeau faction. "Pro football has grown. With capacity crowds of 24,500 at all six home games in Green Bay, pro football would still be a precarious operation. Green Bay needs the possible potential of a 32,000 crowd in Milwaukee, as turned out for the Cardinals a year ago or the championship game of 1939, and the possible potential of more than that when Milwaukee finally gets a stadium. Furthermore, the Packers have never really tried to sell Milwaukee."
(4) Lambeau's salary of $25,000 plus expenses. "Why so much for Lambeau's salary?" says the antis. "We're only a small town. The Packers used to pass the hat and it was enough." The Lambeau side answers readily enough: "Bo McMillin, as coach and general manager of the Detroit Lions, signed a five year contract a year ago at $35,000 a year. George Halas, you can bet, gets more than $25,000 a year, and so do Clark Shaughnessy and Greasy Neale and Steve Owens." So the differences have grown and spread...EARL OF HOLLYWOOD: Both sides in the strife had expressed their feelings openly at times, the antifaction perhaps a little more bitterly than the pro. On Green Bay's 25th anniversary in the league several years ago, an all-time Packer team, picked by the fans, was introduced from the field between halves of the Detroit game. Dr. Kelly did the introductions. As each man was introduced, he took his place on the field at the position he played. Curly Lambeau was never mentioned, although he organized and coached the team. In meetings, at least one of the antis has refused to use Lambeau's name, referring to him as "the man in the gray suit." Rabid Packer fans, too, have expressed their feelings. Perhaps the most rabid fan has been Emmett Platten, formerly a butcher, now in the liquor business. He used to take radio time Sunday noons on a Green Bay station to air his views on football. Platten is best remembered as the fan who rushed out on the field in a Bear game in the mid-thirties and without a word swung a right handed punch at Ted Rosequist, Bear tackle. Platten thought Rosequist had been playing "dirty". Platten is also remembered for his radio comment just before Don Hutson made his pro debut in the Bear game of 1935. He roundly criticized Lambeau for picking such a "stripling" in pro ball. Hutson caught the pass that won the game, 7-0. Platten no longer takes radio time, but he now sends mimeographed letters in which he takes Lambeau to task and refers to him as "the Earl of Hollywood." Lambeau does spend the off months in California. Incidentally, those who want to oust Lambeau make much of his absence in California. They say: "He should be here, tending to business." Lambeau's foes could do no more than talk while the Packers were up, but since the club has hit the skids on the field and suffered financial reverses, their opportunity has come and they intend to make the most of it. Maybe Monday's meeting was routine, but let no man say that is was intended to be a routine meeting!
NOVEMBER 22 (Philadelphia) - Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles gave notice over the weekend that he does not intend to give his title as the National League's leading ground gainer without a fight. Treating the New York Bulldogs Sunday as if they were poodles, Van Buren picked up 174 yards to move withing 58 yards of the current leader, Tony Canadeo of Green Bay. Canadeo, meanwhile, gained 116 yards. Statistics announced Tuesday show that Canadeo has ground out 831 yards on 156 carries for an average gain of 5.3, and Van Buren 792 yards in 198 attempts for an average of 4. Elmer Angsman of the Chicago Cardinals is third with 619 yards and a 5.9 average. With three games still to play there is a strong possibility that both Canadeo and Van Buren will surpass the Eagle star's season record of 1,008 yards established in 1947.
NOVEMBER 22 (Washington) - Slingin' Sammy Baugh signed a 1950 contract Tuesday with the Washington Redskins for his 14th year in the NFL. The Redskins' 35-year old passing ace will tie Mel Hein's record set with the New York Giants from 1932 through 1945, and be only one year short of Johnny Blood's all-time record. But the tall, drawling Texan sees no reason why he can't outdistance Blood, who played with Milwaukee, Green Bay and Pittsburgh from 1925 through 1939. As the league's oldest active player, Baugh said: "I feel just as good today as I did five years ago." Sammy, who turned the tables on his interviewers, asked why he should quit. He said: "A quarterback doesn't do much anyway. If I'd been a halfback, I'd quit long ago." As owner of a 1,500-acre ranch at Rotan in the Texas Panhandle, Baugh said he'd seen 18-year old "roping" horses that could work better than two-year-olds. Baugh came to the Redskins in 1937 from Texas Christian University. In 13 years he has set most of the league's passing records This is his formidable lifetime total: 2,568 attempts; 1,476 competions; 19,134 yards gained and 164 touchdown passes. Baugh, once a promising baseball rookie, looked wistfully back somewhat at the year he spent in 1938 with Columbus and Rochester, both Cardinals' farm. "They played dirty," he laughed. "They threw those curves."
NOVEMBER 23 (Chicago Tribune) - The Green Bay Packers, split by intraclub squabbling, facing a losing financial season, and saddled with a losing club, will reorganize for the 1950 season, it was reliably learned yesterday. Earl (Curly) Lambeau, general manager and the only coach the Packers have had in their 31 football season, is working with others in the organization for the new setup. This was discussed at the four hour meeting of the executive committee Monday. Lambeau, in Green Bay, would make no comment on reorganization plans for next season. He did dismiss as a "silly story" the report from Milwaukee Monday morning that some members of the Packers' executive committee were seeking his ouster. "When a fellow is a football coach in one town for 31 yards he is bound to make some enemies," Lambeau commented. Lambeau called Monday's meeting, he said, to "straighten out certain things" in the club's operation. He would not comment on whether he favors the Packers moving out of Milwaukee and playing all their homes games in Green Bay's City stadium, which seats 25,000. "Green Bay can hold its own in professional football," declared the veteran coach. "But the Packers need the support and friendship of all the fans in the state of Wisconsin."
NOVEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - A crowd of 20,000 is expected to pay $50,000 to view the Green Bay Packers in an intrasquad game in City Stadium Thursday afternoon. Businessmen reported Wednesday night $39,000 had already been collected and no trouble was expected in meeting the $50,000 quota. The Thanksgiving Day game was initiated to safeguard the Packers reserve funds in a losing season. A big program of festivities is planned including several thousand prizes for fans. Famous old Packer passing combinations will suit up and take part in the halftime ceremonies. Gov. Oscar Rennebohm will fly here to take part in the show then return to his family in Madison for his Thanksgiving dinner.
NOVEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers were within $11,000 of their goal of $50,000 in the drive to raise money to wipe out part of this season's deficits, it was announced here Wednesday night. The drive was built around an intrasquad game to be played here Thursday afternoon. Indications were that the goal would be reached. The Packers will make their next league start against the Chicago Cardinals in Chicago Sunday.
NOVEMBER 24 (Chicago Tribune) - Last week the Bears were highly in favor of their crosstown enemies, the Cardinals, winning a football game. The Cards were matched with the Los Angeles Rams and a victory would cut down the far westerners' lead over the Bears. The best the Cards could do was get a tie. Today, the Cards will be rooting for a Bear defeat in Detroit in the game with the Lions. Like the Bears, the Cards have their own selfish motive. In 1947 and 1948 the Cardinals beat out the Bears to win the National league's western division title. Unless the Rams collapse this season's race in the west is over. So what's next? Second place. That's the Cardinals' more modest target for 1949, but the Bears must lose two of their remaining games. The Comiskey park tenants are confident they'll whip the Bears in Wrigley field on December 11. The Bears' two other games are with the Lions today and the Pittsburgh Steelers a week from Sunday. If the Bears lose those necessary two, the Cardinals have it all figured out that they will slip into second place. To do so they would have also to whip Green Bay Sunday in Comiskey park, the Rams the following week in Los Angeles and the Bears in the windup. That would make them champions of the Bears three years running. The thoughts of overtaking the Bears will at least slightly take the Cardinals' minds off missing out on a vacation today. Coach Buddy Parker assured the athletes he harbored no distaste for turkey, but was willing to forego celebrating Thanksgiving day until after Sunday's game with the Packers. The Packers will be fighting from here on out to keep clear their record of having escaped the western division basement since the National league was divided into two sections in 1933. As of now the Packers are tied for fourth and fifth with Detroit. Each has won 2 and lost 7.
Following Don Hutson’s retirement (in 1945), Green Bay’s fortunes declined on and off the field. From 1946 through 1948, the financially-strapped Packers lost two of their three number one draft choices to the upstart All-America Football Conference (A.A.F.C.). Unable to bid with the rival league, the Packers couldn’t replenish their aging roster and lost ground in the standings. The disastrous pro football war between the N.F.L. and the A.A.F.C. brought on another monetary crisis following the 1949 season. Desperate for new income, the Packers held an old-timers game and intra-squad scrimmage on Thanksgiving Day in 1949. The game raised nearly $50,000 — enough to keep the team operating and finish the season. Despite the success of the fundraiser, it didn’t help the Packers to a winning record that season. The team’s 2-10 record was the worst in Lambeau’s three decades as coach. His relationship with the Green Bay franchise was severed after the 1949 season. Pictured at Green Bay’s City Stadium on that Thanksgiving Day — left to right, back row: Tiny Engebretsen, 1934-41; Herb Nichols, 1919-20; Curly Lambeau, 1921-30; Jug Earp, 1922-32; Lavvie Dilweg, 1927-34; Verne Lewellen, 1924-32; Johnny Blood, 1928-36; Front row: Charley Brock, 1939-47; Don Hutson, 1935-45; Arnie Herber, 1931-41; and Joe Laws, 1934-45.
(Source: “Green Bay Packers: Legends in Green and Gold;” Green Bay Press-Gazette photo and Packerville.blogspot.com)
NOVEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - Fifteen thousand Green
Bay fans, bundled in blanekts on snow covered seats,
cheered the Packers in an intrasquad game Thursday
at the climax of a civic fundraising campaign that
increased the club's reserves by $50,000. Wintry blasts
and a coating of slick snow which made highways
impassable from surrounding towns kept the attendance
down and hampered the players. But it did not curtail
the enthusiasm of the most rabid fans in American as
Jug Girard's Blue team of veterans defeated Stan Heath's
gold shirted newcomers, 35 to 31. Jerry Atkinson, 
manager of a local department store, who headed the
drive sponsored by Green Bay businessmen as a 
voluntary gesture toward the club, reported $42,174
at kickoff time and said the drive would go over the top
when outlying towns and communities, where other fans
had initiated companion drives, made final reports.
Despite the weather, it was one of the finest carnivals
ever staged in football. More than a thousand prizes were given away, ranging from a second hand automobile to 2,000 feet of lumber, 100 pounds of butter, baskets of groceries and even a shave and a haircut. Fans with lucky numbers sat on the bench and helped the coach. The spirit of Thanksgiving was so rampant that even small boys thew back the balls kicked into the stands, something that has become almost unheard of in football in recent years. On the field the great Packer passing combinations of other years came on at halftime to show the younger generation how they did it back in those years when Green Bay was winning championships and making money. Curly Lambeau suited up to pass to Herb Nichols, his old receiver on the first Packer team, an outfit that ran up 565 points to 18 for the opposition in