1949 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
CANADEO, HARDER PLACED ON ALL-PRO LEAGUE TEAM
DECEMBER 13 (New York) - Tony Canadeo, veteran
Green Bay Packer halfback, and Pat Harder, the Chicago
Cardinals' hard hitting fullback from Milwaukee, were
named on the NFL all-star team selected by the United
Press Tuesday. Dick Wildung of the Packers was placed
at tackle on the second team. Closest vote was at
quarterback. Bob Waterfield of the Los Angeles Rams
nosed out Tommy Thompson of the Philadelphia Eagles
who in turn was picked for the second team over Johnny
Lujack of the Chicago Bears.
KEUPER CALLS LAMBEAU FOOTBALL OUTMODED
DECEMBER 13 (Manitowoc) - Ken Keuper, former Green Bay Packer halfback, who retired from pro football afterplaying the 1948 season with the New York Giants, charged here that the type of game coached by Curly Lambeau is "outmoded by four or five years." Keuper, an official this season in the Wisconsin State Football League, made his remarks concerning the Packer grid decline while speaking at the local Elks banquet honoring the Manitowoc Braves football team. "After playing three years for the Packers I was traded to the New York Giants," the former Georgia backfield star recalled, "and came west with the Giants to play against my old Green Bay teammates in Milwaukee last season. Playing as linebacker on defense, I naturally expected that Lambeau would be smart enough to change his offensive signals against us, rather than use the same ones with which I was thoroughly familiar with," Keuper continued. "But, no, there came the Packers up to the line with the quarterback calling the same signals that had been used for the past four years - and perhaps longer. Naturally I was able to tip off the Giants on most of the Green Bay plays, giving us a great advantage." Keuper also charged that the Lambeau forward pass game is "behind the times", and pointed out that Green Bay only sends two or three receivers downfield on pass plays while the Bears and other clubs send down four or five. Commenting on the recent pro merger, Keuper said that the move will be of great benefit - to the clubowners. As to the players themselves, Keuper said he feels that the merger will result in reduced salaries which he claims will be of little incentive for college stars to enter the pro gram. "The pros have got to make good money during the five months they play because when the season is over there just aren't the jobs available for men who can devote only part of the year to them," he said. Asked what he thought the merger might do to the Packers, Keuper said, jokingly: "Well, they finished eighth this year. Next year they'll be 13th."
CANADEO GETTING 'ALL' TUMBLE HE DESERVES
DECEMBER 143 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - It's wonderful to see Tony Canadeo getting the all-pro recognition he so richly deserves. The Gray Ghost of Gonzaga has provided one of the few rays of sunshine in the generally overcast football sky over Green Bay the last few years. This great crowd pleaser's thrilling deeds are the more remarkable when you consider his size and years of service in the toughest and roughest physical contact business imaginable. He's small as pros go. And he's been in the league for seven seasons - a long, long time as time is measured in the postgraduate circuit. From the start, in fact, this must have been Canadeo's No.1 asset, for he attracted so little attention on the basis of his surface qualities as a high school player in Chicago that collegiate scouts did the direct opposite of beating a path to his door. Each and every one who stayed away missed out on a man who ultimately would have made any college or university team in the nation...MADE IT VIA A PACKAGE DEAL: Canadeo finally wound up at Gonzaga in the Pacific northwest - quite by accident as the folks out Spokan, Wash., way like to relate. Mike Pecarovich, then Gonzaga's head man, was depending on a Chicago friend to send him a certain hot quarterback prospect out of the Windy City. The friend informed Mike the quarterback would go west on only one condition: Gonzaga would have to take his pal, who wasn't any great shakes but with whom the quarterback had entered into one of those "we'll go to college together or not at all" pacts. With the gun in his back, the coach sailed for the package deal and proceeded to forget all about the "excess baggage" the moment the boys reported for freshmen football. One day the frosh coach was giving the kid from Chicago a great buildup. "You mean the quarterback?" asked Pecarovich. "No, the other guy -  the one who came along for the ride," replied the freshman boss. The "other guy" was Canadeo, who went from there to help make history at Gonzaga and ultimately hold his own with the best. Yea, Tony!
​WON'T 'LOAD' EITHER DIVISION IN NAF - BELL
DECEMBER 12 (Philadelphia) - Strength in the new National-American Football League will be divided equally among the two divisions, Commissioner Bert Bell said Monday. "We won't load either division," he said. "The standout teams definitely will not be in the same division." The commissioner said makeup of the National and American divisions will not be determined until the league's first meeting January 19. "Each team will receive equal consideration," Bell said. "And it will take a vote of 11 of the 13 teams to set up the divisions." Bell lifted slightly the secrecy about the makeup of the divisions. The Baltimore Colts will be the 13th team in the setup with six clubs in the American and six in the National. The six teams in each division will play other clubs in its division twice, accounting for 10 games. One inter-division game with a "traditional rival" will bring the total to 11, and each of the other 12 teams will play the Colts once. One team will be idle each Sunday. The two entries from Chicago and New York will be in different division and will play each other in the "traditional rival". Bell said also that under the new league setup, exhibition games against teams in one's division will not be permitted. At the same time Bell scotched rumors that the league would be expanded to 16 teams for the 1950 season. "It would take unanimous consent of the owners to add a new team," Bell said. Bell said he doesn't "anticipate any difficulty" as a result of a statement by Cleveland coach Paul Brown. Brown, who says his contract with owner Arthur (Mickey) McBride, gives him the final say on the club's football policy, asserted: "Unless we get what we need in personnel to fill our gaps plus a place in the division with the better clubs, then we'll not be interested in the new league and we'll be out of business." McBride said later, however: "I'm still in football and will go along and see what we can do. That's definite."
BUFFALO FANS START CAMPAIGN TO KEEP PRO GRID FRANCHISE
DECEMBER 13 (Buffalo) - Three groups of pro football fans united here Monday and made plans to raise $500,000 in an effort to keep a professional football franchise here. Arthur Rich, secretary-treasurer of the new organization, said 100,000 shares would be offered at $5 each, starting at a rally in Memorial auditorium Tuesday evening. Rich said if enough money were available, the club would take it to officials of the new National-American league and request that Buffalo be entered. The Bills, formerly in the All-America conference, were not included in the new setup. Meanwhile, Pete J. Crotty, Democratic president of the City Council and George M. Raikin, Republican councilman-at-large, said they would introduce a joint resolution pledging the legislative body's "fullest cooperation". Crotty also sent a telegram to Bert Bell, commissioner of the merged leagues in Philadelphia. It read: "City of Buffalo alarmed over loss of professional football in this area. Leading citizens in all walks of life presently organizing finances to keep Buffalo Bills franchise here. Please let me know by return wire whether financial guarantee is required to retain franchise and what prospects are for retention if finances are raised."
NOTHING DEFINITE YET SAYS BERT BELL
DECEMBER 13 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the new National-American league, announced here Tuesday that nothing had been done as yet about grouping the 13 teams in two divisions and that any criticism of plans which were speculated upon by newspapers was premature. "Every team will receive consideration," he said, "but we won't determine the makeup of the divisions until out  meeting here January 19. It will take a vote of 11 of the 13 teams to set up the divisions." Bell did lift the veil of secrecy on some of the rough plans, however. The Baltimore Colts will be the 13th team in the setup with six clubs in the American and six in the National. To which division the Colts will be assigned will be determined later. The six teams in each division will play every other club in its division twice, accounting for 10 games. One interdivision game with a "traditional rival" will bring the total to11 and each of the12 teams will play the Colts. One team will be idle each Sunday. The two entries from Chicago and New York will be in different divisions and will play each other in the "traditional rival" contest. Otherwise traditional rivals remain to be seen. Bell also said that under the new league setup, exhibition games against teams in one's division will not be permitted. Bell scotched rumors that the league would be expanded to 16 teams for the 1950 season. "It would take unanimous consent of the owners to add a new team," Bell said. "I do not believe there will be any action on any new teams until the owners have had a chance to see how the 13 team league operates in 1950." The commissioner was quoted as saying he would like to find enough "sound franchises" to expand the league to 16 teams. "What I said," Bell remarked, a bit wearily, "is that it would be easier to make up a schedule for 16 teams."
PACKERS DECIDE TO PLAY TWO GAMES HERE IN '50
DECEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - The executive committee of the Green Bay Packers, meeting here Tuesday night, decided to play only two of Green Bay's six home games in Milwaukee next season. In recent year the club played three. Milwaukee's poor support in the last two seasons was given as the reason. A move to play all six home games in Green Bay might have succeeded except for the contract which the Packers have with State Fair park. It calls for a minimum of two home games. The contract has another year to run. The committee also decided definitely to play the Bear game in Green Bay. "That game is ours," one of the executive committee declared, "and we're always going to keep it." George Halas last winter suggested that the game be played in Milwaukee. Green Bay has a capacity of 24,000, State Fair park of 33,000. The committee also discussed plans for improved ticket selling, including a partial payment plan on season tickets which will be put into effect at once.
BUFFALO FANS RAISE $200,000 ON FIRST DAY TO SAVE TEAM
DECEMBER 14 (Buffalo) - Buffalo football fans, turning out several thousand strong at Memorial auditorium Tuesday night, raised $74,770 and pledged about $125,000 more in an attempt to save their Buffalo Bills. The Bills lost their franchise last week in the merger of the All-America conference and National league. Fans here now hope to win a place in the new league by raising $500,000. A group of 43 men worked in relays at receiving desks of the auditorium and twice ran out of prescription blanks. Most fans bought $5 or $10 subscriptions. "While every member of our committee was certain that the football fans of Buffalo would support this campaign to the hilt, we had no idea that we would meet with this kind of start," said Dr. James Ailinger, a co-chairman. The drive will continue until a half million is raised. Three Buffalo banks will open special receiving stations to handle subscriptions at every branch in western New York.
BERT BELL IMPRESSED BY BUFFALO CAMPAIGN
DECEMBER 15 (Buffalo) - The spectacular rally of Buffalo's football fans to raise money for the Buffalo Bills of the old All-America conference, has finally made an impression on Commissioner Bert Bell of the new National-American league. "I will be only to glad to sit down with a committee of responsible men from Buffalo at any time and discuss the possibility of getting Buffalo into the league," Bell said Thursday. Buffalo lost its franchise in the merger of the National league and All-America conference last week. Two days ago a group of citizens organized a fundraising campaign to help the Bills try to regain a franchise in the new league. The response of fans exceeded all expectations. A minimum goal of $250,000 was set and a maximum goal of $500,000. On the first day of the drive Tuesday about $200,000 was raised. Wednesday the total was well above $200,000. Money was pouring in from as far away as Niagara Falls, Rochester and Hamilton, Ont. "If the National league owners can be assured of a good, regular gate in Buffalo, I think they will consider Buffalo's bid in a favorable light at our meeting in January," Bell declared. "I should like to be informed by then just how much money Buffalo fans have raised so that I may answer questions which I know owners will fire at me." An unidentified National league owner was quoted in the Buffalo Courier as follows: "I not only believe that Buffalo should have been taken into the National-American league in the first place, but I will recommend that other owners now give serious consideration to Buffalo's application."
TOP COLLEGE GRID STARS COOLED BY PRO MERGER
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - Only one member of the Associated Press all-America football team, Jim Martin of Notre Dame, is dead set to carry on in professional football. Four of the squad insisted definitely Thursday they would not play for money. The six others were doubtful, their enthusiasm chilled by the recent merger of the two major leagues. "It looks like the quick and easy money is gone," wailed Clayton Tonnemaker, the 245 pound center from Minnesota who was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers. "I'll probably try to capitalized on my physical education degree. In case the pros would like to dish out some of that heavy sugar, however, the Minneapolis boy added: "I'm listening." Undecided with Tonnemaker were Leon Hart, Notre Dame end who was voted the season's outstanding individual performer; his teammate, fullback Emil Sitko; halfback Doak Walker of Southern Methodist, and those two great guards, Rod Franz of California and John Schweder of Pennsylvania. Doak Walker, three time all-American triple threat star from the southwest, declared: "I might like to try it but I haven't decided yet." "I definitely will not play pro football," said Charlie Justice, the two time all-America halfback from North Carolina. Stringing along with him in giving the pros a cold shoulder were Arnold Galiffa, the talented T quarterback of Army, Wade Walker, Oklahome tackle, and Jim Williams, Rice end. Martin said it was his intention to have a fling at the pros, regarding of what the merger means, "I want to play a couple of years," he added. His Notre Dame teammates, Hart and Sitko, want to wait and see, however. Hart, drafted originally by the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts, declared he would play pro ball if he got the right offer, say, "Something like $25,000 as a starter." But the boys can hardly be expect such plump enticements from the new 13 team league. There is a surplus of talent. Competitive bidding is out. All the college eligibles will be tossed into a pot for a brand new draft next month.
THREE RAMS ON PRO TEAM
DECEMBER 15 (New York) - The Los Angeles Rams dominate the Associated Press all-professional football team, announced Thursday. The National league's western division champions landed quarterback Bob Waterfield, center Fred Naumetz and tackle Dick Huffman on the first team to make the best showing of any of the 17 pro clubs. The Philadelphia Eagles, who will meet the Rams for the league title Sunday, are represented by halfback Steve Van Buren and end Pete Pihos. One other National league player, guard Garrard Ramsey of the Chicago Cardinals, gained as first team berth. Tony Canadeo of the Green Bay Packers was selected on the second eleven.
OHIO FANS WORRIED OVER BROWNS' POSITION - FEAR 'FREEZEOUT' IN NEW NAF SETUP
DECEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - (Lloyd Larson, Sentinel sports editor, sent the following column from Youngstown, O., where he spoke at two banquets Wednesday. The first was the Annual Youngstown Rotary's pre-Christmas football luncheon, honoring member of seven high school squads, and the second was a fete at the Poland (suburb of Youngstown) High School.) In this football hotbed, which is proud of the many stars it 
DR. KELLY RESIGNS TO GIVE PACKERS 'FULL HARMONY'
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Dr. W. W. Kelly resigned from the Green Bay Packers board of director Thursday because he believes the club needs a "complete reorganization". He was one of three directors who voted against the two year renewal of Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau's contract as head coach and general manager. In terminating his 27 year old association with the Packer organization, Kelly told the Associated Press, "As everyone is aware, I strenuously opposed extending Mr. Lambeau's contract as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, not because of any personal animosity toward Mr. Lambeau, but because I feel that the club, under the circumstances, needs a complete reorganization. My position, however, was not supported except by two other directors. I am sure that the board members werr actuated by the highest motives in making their decision." Kelly added that the board by its action had accepted the responsibility for the club's actions in the next two years and that, therefore, it should have "complete harmony in its actions." It was because of this belief, he said, that he was resigning, but wished the organization "every success". Kelly said he was one of three original sponsors who brought the NFL franchise to Green Bay on a civic enterprise basis. He was president of the Packers when they won their first league championship in 1929. He was team physician until 1944 and was a member of the executive committee until 1945. The club now holds a franchise in the new National-American Football League, created last week by a merger of the NFL and the All-America conference.
MERGER WON'T WORK, AAC STILL ALIVE - KESSING
DECEMBER 16 (Houston) - Commissioner O.O. Kessing Friday night said the All-America Conference is still in existence and its future will not be determined until next month. "I don't think the so-called National-American League will work," Kessing said. "I don't know how things will turn out but the All-America Conference is going to hold a meeting in New York City next month and that meeting will determine the future of our conference and the new league, too," he said. The retired admiral said the AAC meeting will be held before the January 19 meeting of new league. Kessing in in Houston for Saturday's Shamrock Bowl charity game between Cleveland's Browns, champions of the All-America Conference, and an All-Star squad, selected from the six other teams of the league. Thursday night and Friday he conferred with officials of several AAC clubs but decline to give details of the meetings. "We're required to have a business meeting in December and this is it," he said. "We have not discussed the so-called merger very much. That situation will be gone into thoroughly at our New York meeting." "I don't like the new setup at all," he said. "I have always favored having two leagues, with a world's championship game at the end of each season." Merger of the All-America and National Leagues was announced last Friday in Philadelphia. Plans for the new league call for two divisions, under one commissioner. The 13-team National-American lineup includes only three teams, Cleveland, Baltimore and San Francisco, from the seven team All-American Conference. AAC teams which would abandoned or merged with National League teams are Buffalo, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dons and the Chicago Hornets. When the merger was announced, Kessing was quoted as saying: "This isn't exactly the way I wanted it to be but certainly is the best thing for football and that is what counts."
2 REMAINING 'CURLY' FOES MAY QUIT PACKER BOARD
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - The two remaining members of the Green Bay Packers' Board of Directors faction which voted to oust Curly Lambeau aren't making any statements following the resignation from the Board of Dr. W.W. Kelly. They are Atty. Jerry Clifford, also counsel for the club, and George Calhoun, Green Bay newspaperman. Calhoun said Friday: "We are still members of the board. There is no other comment." Many members of the board believe, however, that Clifford and Calhoun will resign soon. It was pointed out Friday that Clifford hasn't been attending meetings of the executive committee since the board voted to give Lambeau a two year contract as coach and general manager. Some additional information concerning the maneuvers which preceded the meeting of the board on the Lambeau contract has come out in the last day or two. It has been revealed that Lambeau first asked the executive committee for appointment as coach, general manager and executive vice president. The last title would have given him full power. A majority of the board would have voted against this proposition. However, the first motion on the night of the meeting was merely to give him a year's contract as coach and general manager. This was amended to two years and was approved with only Dr. Kelly, Clifford and Calhoun voting in the negative. It is reliably reported that the affirmative vote of Lee Joannes, who has been at odds with Lambeau, made certain that the man who founded the Packers would be retained. Although there is a great deal of surface confidence among members of the board following the settlement of the Lambeau matter and the ending of the war between the two pro football leagues, it is no secret that board members feel Green Bay won't be in the new setup if it has another disastrous season in 1950.
LOOK FOR BIG NEWS AT AAC MEETING IN JANUARY - KESSING
DECEMBER 17 (Houston) - O.O. Kessing, commissioner of the All-America Professional Football Conference Saturday night said "big news" will develop at the league's New York City meeting next month. "You'll have plenty to write about then," he told a reporter. When asked why the AAC is holding its meeting prior to the January 19 meeting of the new National-American League, Kessling said, "All the big news will come out of our meeting." He still declined to give a date for the AAC get-together. Friday Kessing has said the conference is still in existence and that its future will be determined in New York City. Saturday he said: "There's still life in us and as long as there is life there is still an All-America Conference." "I'm not able to say anything more at this time," he added. "All the news will come from New York." Kessing only laughed when asked for comment on a report various AAC club officials desired in 1950 in order to obtain tax reductions on capital investments. "I don't know anything about that," he said. "When you speak in financial terms, it puzzles a poor man like me." He added quickly: "But one thing is sure - we're not dead yet."
BILLS' FANS SHELL OUT $
DECEMBER 17 (Buffalo) - Buffalo's pro football fans Saturday collected $230,135 toward their $500,000 pot to "keep the Bills in Buffalo." The purchase of shares by public subscription was started Tuesday, after announcement that the National and All-America football conferences were merging into a new National-American League. Under terms of agreement, disclosed December 9 in Philadelphia, the new conference would operate with 13 teams, including 10 from the NFL and three from the AAC. Four AAC teams, including the Bills, would be merged with other clubs, or abandoned. Buffalo fans weren't concerned greatly about which conference survived, they just want a team to be fielded here. That's why they're out to raise $500,000 at $5 a share as a stake to talk about when they discuss franchise rights.
BELL ENCOURAGES BUFFALO IN DRIVE FOR FRANCHISE
DECEMBER 21 (Buffalo) - Commissioner Bert Bell of the National-American Football league has encouraged local pro football fans who are campaigning for a franchise. A five man Buffalo delegation returned here Tuesday night after meeting with Bell in New York City. Dr. James J. Ailinger, co-chairman of a drive to raise $500,000 for adequate financing, said the group was convinced that Buffalo had an excellent chance of getting a franchise in the new circuit. Only three teams of the All-America conference were included in the merger with the National league, and the Buffalo Bills were not one of them. "Bell stated, emphatically," Dr. Ailinger said, "that Buffalo would be welcome with open arms if the 13 owners now holding franchises were assured, in advance, of substantial receipts for every home game in Buffalo." Dr. Ailinger said the committee would get to work on plans for accepting season ticket pledges as soon as possible. He added that a formal application for admission to the new league would be made January 10. Bell was quoted as saying he thought an advance of $240,000 for a six game home schedule would certainly impress league officials.
CLIFFORD OF PACKERS CALLS CLUB'S OUTLOOK FOR FUTURE HOPELESS
DECEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - Jerry Clifford, the club's lawyer and one of the ringleaders in the unsuccessful attempt several weeks ago to fire Curly Lambeau as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said Thursday that the club's future was hopeless without a complete reorganization from Lambeau down. "I cannot be a  party to asking the people of Green Bay to pour another $100,000 into what looks like a hopeless cause," he said. "A complete reorganization of the club is necessary. We will lose as much money next year as we did this year. We will also lose on the field. The Bears, Rams and Lions all will beat us twice." Clifford added that to be consistent with the criticism he has made of the club, he would probably resign shortly from the board of directors. Dr. W.W. Kelly, who also opposed Lambeau's retention at the recent board meeting, resigned two weeks ago. George Calhoun, the third member of the bloc which fought the coach, has declined comment. It is generally believed here, though, that if Clifford resigns, Calhoun will follow along. "Mind you, I haven't resigned yet," Clifford emphasized. "I am not particularly happy about resigning either, for I have been with the club a long time. Unless the present setup is changed, though, I shall have to resign as soon as I complete some legal matters I am now handling for the club. I cannot continue." Further light was also thrown Thursday on the attempt of the Clifford-Kelly-Calhoun bloc to oust Lambeau at the board meeting November 30. As the question of Lambeau's contract came before the meeting, Calhoun leaped to his feet and moved that a secret vote be taken on the matter. The motion was beaten, 13-9. On a voice vote, then, Lambeau was retained, 19-3, and given a new two year contract. Clifford, Dr. Kelly and Calhoun cast the only dissenting votes. Lee Joannes, a former president of the club and an outspoken critic of Lambeau in recent years was believed to be lined up with the anti-block, but he voted in favor of Lambeau. Joannes' vote caused momentary consternation in the ranks of the anti's. Clifford leaped to his feet and shouted, "What!" Joannes repeated his vote, Clifford shook his head and sat down. Lambeau could not be reached for comment on Clifford's remarks Thursday. He is on the west coast to attend the Shrine game at San Francisco December 31 and the Rose Bowl at Pasadena January 2. 
PACKERS MAY SIGN SOONERS' MITCHELL
DECEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - Jack Mitchell, former quarterback at Oklahoma "has indicated a desire to play with the Green Bay Packers," Packer president Emil R. Fischer said Sunday. Mitchell was drafted a year ago but didn't enter the pro ranks. Fischer said Mitchell is here now and will remain until head coach Curly Lambeau returns from the West Coast about January 13. He said, however, that there has been no agreement as to terms thus far.
TALE ON MITCHELL WAS ALL A GAG, CHECKUP PROVES
DECEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers and president of the National division of the National-American Football League, was the victim of a prankster over the weekend. Somebody telephoned Emil and said he was Jack Mitchell, Oklahoma's former all-American quarterback. The prankster said further that he would like to play with the Green Bay Packers next season. It all sounded reasonable to Emil because the Packers did draft Mitchell a couple of years ago although they failed to sign him. Emil fell for the prankster's gab. He called the newspaper office in Green Bay and proudly announced that "Jack Mitchell wants to play for us next season." Art Daley, sports editor of the Green Bay paper, who also was approached by the prankster, was not quite as believing as Emil, however, and put in a long distance telephone call to the real Mitchell at his home in Ponca City, Okla. Mitchell, Daley quickly discovered talking to him, not only knew nothing of the prankster's calls, but is completely satisfied with his job as Ponca City high school coach.
GOOD CHANCE FOR BILLS TO JOIN NAF, BALL SAYS
DECEMBER 30 (Philadelphia) - There's a good chance the new National-American Football League will include 14 teams if Commissioner Bert Bell can work out a suitable schedule. The new circuit, merging the NFL and All-America Conference, was formed earlier this month, with 13 teams, including all 10 from the NFL and three from the AAC. The three AAC teams are San Francisco, Cleveland and Baltimore. That left the Buffalo Bills without a franchise and the folk in that Lake Erie city are determined to stay in big time football. Bell said Friday night the new league has no objection to Buffalo providing the club owners can bring about a brisk season ticket sale and the club can find an "outstanding Buffalo citizen" to be its president. But the real joker, Bell said, is to work out a schedule. He said "oddly enough, it is much easier to devise a 13-team schedule than a 14-team schedule."
has produced, including a string of All-Americans like Wes Fesler and Frankie Sinkwich, there's great emphasis on high school competition and comparable interest in college and university ball. Yet the good folks in Steeltown and the area immediately surrounding it, manage to be more than a little steamed up about the professional variety, too, thanks to its revival in Cleveland, the state's metropolis, in recent years. And if they're typical, as is reasonable to assume, fans throughout Ohio are worried about the Browns' position in the National American League formation which marked the end of the pro war. The peace pact is considered an out and out victory for the old National League and a foldup of the All-America. What's more, the local "red hots" fear Cleveland, San Francisco and Baltimore, only All-America clubs to retain their identities, are due for a pushing around in the matter of divisional setups and schedules. Some even see the possibility of those clubs being squeezed out of the picture following a short window dressing period. One alarmist put it this way: "Cleveland and the other two All-America clubs are over the barrel. They will be outvoted, 10 to 3, on everything. They won't have a chance." But there was one item overlooked in this reasoning -  an item which must be considered as proof of sincerity until there is evidence to the contrary. It's that 11 to 2 deal mentioned by Commissioner Bert Bell in his clarifying statement. In other words, 11 of the 13 clubs must o.k. every important move, including divisional assignments. So the complete roster of 10 members of the old National League can't jam anything down the throats of the other three. At least one All-American holdover must fall in line or it's no go...COACH BROWN PROBABLY WILL COOL OFF: Much of this thinking  probably can be traced to Cleveland and Coach Paul Brown's publicized reaction. Brown didn't seem too happy about the merger and hinted broadly he favored going out of business unless his A-A champions could get into the right division, meaning the same group as the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. An unofficial rumor about the lineup of teams probably caused Paul to become unnecessarily concerned. Besides, it isn't too likely he will stick to his "going out of business" guns once he cools off and thinks the thing through. After all, Brown isn't one to throw over the kind of money he has been making in Cleveland. His take in each of the good years, 1947 and 1948, is said to have been at least $50,000. Even in 1949, which saw a big slump in attendance, he was good for at least his guaranteed minimum of $25,000, to say nothing of a rather fancy gift from owner Mickey McBride in the form of another new Cadillac...    HERE'S A CUE FOR THE PACKERS: Bette Brown should go back to the promotional program which helped his title winners pack 'em in at Cleveland's stadium during the lush days. Some keen observers here believe firmly that Cleveland can trace a good share of the slump to failure to keep the continuing program designed to spread Brown's gospel throughout Ohio. "When the Browns were going like wildfire and getting everybody excited they did a year around job," said one local fan. "Brown himself was busy on the banquet circuit. So were his assistant coaches and star players. That's the way they built up interest. But I don't believe they're doing as much of that now. Another thing: They've cut out some of the snappy entertainment. I don't hear anything about the girls' band anymore. Sure, it cost money, but I believe it's  necessary to spend money on such extras in order to make money." This could be a lesson for the Green Bay Packers. For a long time they've needed more of this public relations work - a selling program - throughout the state in the off-season. Coaches and star players should be available for public appearances of all kinds - civic gatherings, service clubs, school banquets, etc. At all time. It's the only way to keep fans thinking about the Packers.