Chicago Bears (9-4-1) 21, Green Bay Packers (10-3) 0
Sunday December 7th 1930 (at Chicago)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(CHICAGO) - Everything must end somewhere and some time, even the reign of the Green Bay Packers over the Chicago Bears that has extended over a three year period. The Packers were overthrown by a mighty onslaught of the Bears before 20,000 fans at Wrigley field here Sunday but they did not relinquish their rule ingloriously - as the score of 21 to 0 might indicate. The dethroned monarchs went down fighting every inch of the way and, even in defeat, they looked good despite all sage-like utterances to the contrary - but the combination of Nagurski, Johnsos and company was too much. Summed into a trite explanation, the Packers were beaten at their own game - the overhead attack. The Bears have learned the secret of pass completion since the years when they suffered defeat after defeat at the hands of the mighty northerners. Yea, they have learned more - that to intercept an opponent's pass entails just half the work of completing one of their own. And so the Bears won on passes of the Packers as well as their own - five of their own were good and six Green Bay potential touchdown passes were intercepted.
POWERFUL, VICIOUS TEAM
The Bear team that whipped the Packers was a different team than the Bear team that hadn't won a game from Green Bay since 1927 - much different. It was a powerful, vicious and ever-fighting Bear team that played smart, alert football and that had plenty of power and deception, thanks to the work of Coach Ralph Jones. The new Chicago coach had a mighty team on the field with big Bronko Nagurski as his kingpin. The big fullback was here, there and everywhere, unstoppable by one man and sometimes two as he smashed ahead with the ball and backing up the line like a stone mountain on defense. Then he had Johnsos, who put up a whale of a game, scoring 14 of his team's 21 points and there was Red Grange, the Illinois immortal, who seems to get better and better as the years go by and there was a young chap named Dick Nesbitt, who has warmed the Bear bench all season because of injury, but who made his presence very much felt when he smashed through center and out of the arms of four to dash 39 yards for a score - and there were many others. Oh yes, Savoldi, the great Jumping Joe, played a bit, too, but he didn't get a chance to carry the ball because the Packers had it during his stay in the game and were throwing it over his head.
STAGE GREAT ATTACK
That's enough about the Bears are present because the Packers were very much in the game, too. The Green Bay men were shaded in the opening period but they came back in the third with an almost superhuman effort to overtake those powerful Bears by launching a drive that carried them from their own 30 yard line to the shadow of the Bear goal, only to lose the ball on a fumble on the two-yard line. Had they gone over at this stage of the battle and tied the score, the outcome might have been different as they would not have had to take the chances they did. They tried to stage another attack a few minutes later but first sustained drive had taken too much out of them and they lost the ball on the Bear 15 yard line. After that, the Packers began to slip behind the constant pounding of the Bruins. They kept trying hard, but the Bears were better, perhaps because of the hard, grueling season had taken so much out of the Bays and left them tired and crippled, and added two touchdowns and extra points to the seven points made in the second quarter to make sure the victory. There wasn't much excitement in the first period as both teams were cautious and felt each other out, much as fighters do in the first round of a bout. The kicking honors reign of the Green Bay Packers and Blood was over, due to the wind. An intercepted pass by Molenda on his own 32 yard line stopped whatever threat the Bears had to offer in that period.
ENGLEMANN IS HURT
Lewellen got off a good kick soon after the start of the second period, Michalske grounding the ball on
the 11-yard line. Dunn ran the return kick to the Bear 34-yard line and then called a pass to Englemann. The former South Dakota flash dashed to the left and made a great jump into the air to grab the ball but Lintzenich also jumped at the same time and the pair came together headon, knocking both unconscious. Both were carried off the field. The men were revived after a short period, but did not re-enter the game. The Bears then opened a drive that carried them to midfield with Nagurski carrying the brunt of the attack but they lost the ball on downs when the Packer line stiffened. An exchange of punts gave the ball to the Packers on the Bear 38-yard line. A pass, Dunn to Fitzgibons, was just missed by the latter and on the next play, Red Grange bobbed up and intercepted Dunn's pass to Blood on the goal line and raced to the 37-yard line before he was stopped. The intercepted pass was the start of the march that went the entire length of the field for the Bears' first touchdown. After it came some more of Nagurski's copyrighted line smashes following by a pass to Brumbaugh that was good for a first down in midfield. Then came a 25-yard run by Nesbitt to put the ball on the Packer 28-yard line, the former Drake halfback finding a hole in center and spinning through and going on until brought down from behind.
JOHNSOS SCORES TOUCHDOWN
Then it was Johnsos' time to come into the limelight. He grabbed a pass over center from Brumbaugh for a six-yard gain. On the next play he dashed to the left and took another pass out of the air with a great leaping catch and fell over the goal line for a touchdown. The pass was perfectly timed and Johnsos' leap was just right. Then to add insult to injury, Johnsos kicked the extra point from placement. The half ended shortly after this play. Jumping Joe Savoldi went into the game as the second half started and the Packers proceeded to give him plenty of work. McCrary and Blood alternated in making life miserable for him by smashing through the line to put the ball in midfield. Then Lewellen went over left tackle for an eight-yard gain and Blood added a like number of yards around right end. McCrary made it first down on the 37-yard line. A pass, Dunn to Blood, was complete on the Chicago 18-yard line. Lewellen went to the 12-yard line on another smash at center. Lewellen smashed over right guard, going to the five-yard line, but the ball was knocked out of his hands and rolled to the two-yard line. Blood made a great try to recover it, but just missed, and Red Grange recovered for the Bears on the two-yard line. Nesbitt got off a good kick to the 40-yard line, where the ball bounced out of Dunn's hands and Trafton recovered for the Bears. However, Grange fumbled on a lateral pass play and the Packers recovered so there was nothing lost.
JOHNSOS SCORES AGAIN
Again the Packers started toward their opponents' goal. McCrary and Lewellen alternated in carrying the ball for a first down on the 22-yard line. A forward pass, Dunn to Blood, was good on the Bear 11-yard line, but the play was brought back and the Packers penalized for offside. Dunn again passed to Blood, this time for five yards, then passed to Nash for a six-yard gain. On the fourth down, Dunn again tried a pass, the ball just trickling off Blood's fingers and the Packers lose the ball on downs. A pass, Lewellen to Blood, gave the Packers first down on the Bear 15-yard line as the final period started, but Drury intercepted a trick pass from Blood on the Bear 39-yard line and the Packers' final threat ended. After an exchange of punts, a desperate Packer pass was intercepted on the Packers' 30-yard line and on the next play, faking a wide end run to the right, Grange cut back and shot a straight, long pass to Johnsos over the weak side as the fleet end ran unmolested for a touchdown. The play caught the Packers flatfooted and no one was within 10 yards of Johnsos. Again Johnsos kicked for the extra point. The final touchdown came a few minutes before the final gun. Nagurski intercepted Herber's pass to Blood and Nesbitt got loose through center, pivoting away from one man and shaking off another before he ran 39 yards to score. A pass to Grange added the extra point.
STILL HOLD LEAD
The Packers hold the National league lead despite the defeat, but must take the final game next Sunday against Portsmouth to win the championship again. The Giants, by winning from Brooklyn, are .004 points behind the leaders.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 0 - 0
CHI BEARS - 0 7 0 14 - 21
2ND - CHI - Luke Johnsos, 21-yard pass from Brumbaugh (Johnsos kick) BEARS 7-0
4TH - CHI - Johnsos, 29-yard pass from Brumbaugh (Johnsos kick) BEARS 14-0
4TH - CHI - Dick Nesbitt, 41-yard run (Grange pass from Brumbaugh) CHICAGO BEARS 21-0
DEC 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Much to the surprise of fans, who have been watching the Bays call their signals aloud for many years, the Packers shifted to the huddle system on occasions in the second half. The Bears appeared to be familiar with the Packer signals and shifted to meet attacks as the signals were called...Michalske, Kern and Hubbard played the entire game. They were just as prominent as ever, turning in good accounts. Jugger Earpe also saw 60 minutes of service, shifting to a tackle on defense occasionally, while Hubbard dropped back to play a five man defense against passes...The Packers broke up every lateral pass play tried by the Bears by sending one man in motion the same direction as the man moving laterally in the Bear backfield. When the Bear man got the ball, the Packer halfbacks were always there to get him...Englemann's parents telephoned the Cubs' park by long distance when they heard over the radio that their son was hurt and carried off the field. They were assured that the halfback's injury was not serious...Lavvie Dilweg was not in uniform as his knee has not healed. O'Donnell worked the full 60 minutes at one end. Tom Nash, using a special helmet to protect his smashed nose, alternated at the other end with Hubbard...Most of the players returned to Green Bay last night and early today. They probably will work out here for a few days before heading south for the final game against Portsmouth...The Packers completed seven of 19 passes. Six were intercepted, the Bears completed five of 10 passes. One was intercepted. The Bears made 11 first downs to eight for the Packers...Whitey Woodin replaced Bowdoin at guard in the last half. Both held down their center-flanking jobs in good shape.
PACKERS PLAY FOR TITLE AND $5,000 SUNDAY
DEC 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - When the Green Bay Packers go to Portsmouth next Sunday, they will be playing not only for the national championship but also for the $5,000 fund being raised here by popular subscription for presentation to the team in the event of a victory. The money is being raised with the understanding that if the Packers lose to Portsmouth thereby forfeiting the championship to the New York Giants, the donations will be returned to the donors, and the presentation of the fund will not be made. Addition of donations totaling $55 to the fund brought the total at noon today to $470, while the citizens' committee had assurances of several larger donations expected to be received this afternoon or tomorrow...THANK FANS FOR TEAM: Some doubt was expressed regarding the effect of yesterday's game with the Bears upon the growth of the fund, but the committee showed no concern over the aspect of the situation, and R.A. North, committee chairman, said that he felt the defeat at the hands of the Bears was only an incident, and could have no effect upon the feeling of Packer fans toward the team, which still holds its place at the top of the professional football standings. "While the Bears have been perfecting a strong scoring machine, at great cost, the Packers have been winning football games," Mr. North said. "Green Bay is no cheap town. Our team is the champion football team of the world, and we are proud of it."...TO GET OUT RED FIRE: "At 8:30 o'clock next Monday night, the football champions of the world are coming home to Green Bay and 20,000 backers will be at the Northwestern depot to tell them that they are great, and that we are back of them. They will travel through a lane of red fire from De Pere to the Bay, and the town will turn out to escort them to the Columbus club and to shake their hands." Plans for the reception to be accorded the players on their return from Portsmouth Monday might have been completed, and while in the main they are similar to those of last year, a new feature will be a public reception at the Columbus club where the team will be taken immediately following its arrival over the Northwestern road. An admission charge of 50 cents has been set for this reception, to keep the crowd within bounds and also to swell the fund...TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON: About 450 persons are expected to attend the banquet at the Beaumont hotel Tuesday evening at which the Packers will be the guests of honor. A program promising to eclipse anything seen here heretofore has been arranged for this affair. Tickets for the reception will be available in a day or two at a dozen or more places about the city, and it is expected that banquet tickets will be placed on sale at the Beaumont hotel tomorrow.
PACKER BANQUET TICKETS IN DEMAND; FUND GROWING
DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The fund for the Green Bay Packers was increased to $542.00 today, as new donations totaling $72 were received at the office of the Press-Gazette. While the team went through a strenuous workout here this morning, for the game with Portsmouth next Sunday, to decide whether the Packers or the Giants are to be possessor of the championship pennant this year, plans for the public reception to greet the players upon their return to the city next Monday evening, and for the banquet Tuesday evening, went forward apace. Presentation of the $5,000 purse, which is being raised with the understanding that contributions are to be returned to the donors if the team fails to win the championship, will be made at the banquet Tuesday evening, at the Beaumont hotel, according to plans. The banquet committee will meet tomorrow noon at the Hotel Northland to complete the program for this portion of the welcoming celebration, tickets for which were placed on sale today at several points about the city. A charge of $2.50 per person is being made for the banquet and proceeds derived will be turned into the championship fund..GOOD DEMAND FOR TICKETS: Tickets may be purchased at the Association of Commerce, Schweger's Drug Store, North Side Community club, Congress Billiard hall, Bosse's News Depot, Corner Drug Store, Dashnier's Cigar store and the Beaumont hotel. Many reservations have already been received by the committee and present indications are that the Packers will be greeted at the banquet by a larger crowd than last year. Other phases of the reception have already been arranged for, including lighting of the Chicago and Northwestern track with red flares from De Pere to Green Bay and a mammoth public reception at the Columbus Community club immediately following the arrival of the players. More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the reception, for which a charge of 50 cents per person will be collected at the door. Proceeds from this reception will be devoted to the championship fund.
PACKERS HOLD LONG DRILL ON JOANNES PARK FIELD HERE; ENGLEMANN IN SHAPE AGAIN
DEC 9 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - For the first time in several weeks, the Green Bay Packers worked out in their hometown this morning, going through a stiff two-hour drill at the Joannes park field. All members of the team were on hand for the session including Wuert Englemann, halfback, who was knocked unconscious in the game against the Bears last Sunday. He apparently has recovered from the experience as he dashed around with a lot of pep. A bandage over his eye is the only mark he carries from the encounter. Many of the players are nursing bruises and minor injuries but all are expected to be in shape to play in next Sunday's game at Portsmouth. Lavvie Dilweg's injured knee is still giving him some trouble, but it is not expected to keep him out of the lineup in the final game. The sunny sky and fine weather was welcomed by the players as it have them a chance to unloosen stiff
muscles and aching joints. They played touch football, ran through signals and planned new formations for defense and offense for the game with the Spartans. If the weather continues good, the team will practice every morning until Friday, leaving here in the afternoon or evening so that they will be in Portsmouth on Saturday. If the weather becomes cold or snow or rain falls, the team may leave earlier in the week and complete training at some Ohio city where the weather is somewhat warmer that it is in Green Bay.
PORTSMOUTH "LOADING" FOR PACKER GAME?
DEC 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Portsmouth Spartans will have a strengthened lineup to send against the Packers Sunday in the final National league game of the season at Portsmouth, according to words received here from the Ohio city. The Spartans will be out to revenge the severe beating taken at the hands of the Green Bay team early in the season and have added several new men to the squad to help them do so. Frosty Peters, former Illinois dropkick and backfield ace, is one of the new players, who will be seen against the Bays. Three other former Providence stars also have been acquired. They are Doud, tackle, Graham, guard, and Smith, center. Graham and Smith were named on the all-American professional team last year and Doud has been one of the outstanding tackles of the east. All are fast and heavy and are expected to add considerable strength to Portsmouth's line. With the addition of these men, Portsmouth will have a team that will be ready to give the Packers a real fight. The backfield has been one of the best in the country all season but the line has been weak and now with these players, they are strong in both departments. Father Lumpkin, Glassgow and McClain are certain to see considerable action against the Packers, Portsmouth dispatches say. These men are in the best of shape and have been pointing to the game. Lumpkin and McClain were outstanding in the game against Green Bay early in the year.
DENY NEW MEN SIGNED
DEC 10 (Portsmouth) - Coach Harold Griffen, manager of Portsmouth's National league Spartans, today denied new players had been signed for the Packer game. Griffen said every player on the team had been with Portsmouth for the last three weeks. Harry Snyder, owner of the team, made his first prediction today on the coming game, saying that it would end 20 to 6 in favor of Portsmouth. Griffen said Portsmouth does not need additional strength to defeat Green Bay as Pop Lumpkin and Chuck Bennett are ground gainers he is counting on. Lumpkin is no doubt one of the greatest interference men in the world.
OPEN SALE OF PACKER DANCE TICKETS TODAY
DEC 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Plans for the greatest reception ever seen here, to be accorded the Packers on their return from Portsmouth next Monday, have been completed with the exception of a few details as to program, with the cooperation of a number of Green Bay firms and institutions. Details of Monday evening's reception were outlined at a meeting of the committee in charge, headed by Donald O. Daube, at the Hotel Northland this noon, and reports on the ticket sales for Tuesday evening's banquet, at the Beaumont hotel, indicated that more than 100 tickets for that affair have already been taken. Committee members present this noon were Lieut. William Walters of the police traffic squad, L.M. Nelson, Louis Peal, Fred Burrall and E.W. Duperrault...DANCE TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets for the reception and dance at the Columbus Community club, immediately following the arrival of the players Monday evening, will be placed on sale at scores of stores in Green Bay and De Pere this afternoon and tomorrow. Only 2,500 tickets will be available for this program, and those who wish to be assured of participation in the event are urged to purchase tickets as soon as possible. They are to be sold at 50 cents each, and all of the money derived from their sale will be turned into the Packer Championship Fund, since everything in connection with the reception and dance is being given without charge. The management of the Columbus Community club has donated the use of the auditorium for the evening, the Union Bus station will provide transportation for the players from the station to the club without charge, an orchestra has been offered for the dance, the Green Bay Legion band will head the parade, and motorcycle police will act as an escort, while other officers will be on hand to help in handling the crowd at the Columbus club and at the depot...PARADE WITH BAND: The program for Monday, as outlined at the committee meeting follows: Train arrive at Northwestern depot at 8:30 p.m. and players transfer to buses. Parade takes band and buses west on Dousman to Broadway, south on Broadway to Walnut, east on Walnut to Washington, north on Washington to Main, east on Main to Jefferson, and south on Jefferson to the Columbus club. Packers enter Columbus club, and
are welcomed by Mayor John V. Diener, L.H. Joannes, president of the Packer corporation, and Dr. W.W. Kelly. Players will be introduced by Dr. Kelly, and offer brief remarks. Dancing begins, to continue through the evening...PACKERS ON STAGE: Ample seating accommodations for 2,500 are being arranged at the auditorium, while the Packers will occupy the stage together with the speakers. Talks will be brief, and the entire program will be completed within a short time, to permit dancing to begin. All drug stores in Green Bay and De Pere will have tickets for the reception and dance on sale tomorrow, according to committee plans, as will cigar stores and news stands. Other points where tickets may be purchased include the Hotel Northland, Hotel Beaumont, Columbus club box office, Duperrault Optical company, Astor Hotel, Wisconsin Public Service corporation and Kruger's clothing store.
DEC 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - In the People's Forum of today's Press-Gazette, there is a letter from a reader protesting against the raising of a $5,000 fund for the Packer football team on the ground that the poor should receive the money instead of the players. One other communication expressing virtually the same sentiment was published Tuesday. While the opinions voiced in these letters are laudable, we believe the authors have overlooked an important factor in this connection, viz: the raising of this fund in nowise will take anything from the city's needy. The poor have been adequately cared for in the past, and they will be as adequately helped in the future. The recent Community Chest campaign was oversubscribed and there is sufficient money on hand to answer every reasonable call for help. In fact, a citizens' committee now has an extra $3,300 on hand from the recent Charity football game that it has been unable to decide just how to distribute. Green Bay has been most generous in its efforts to aid the destitute and it stands ready to do more when the need becomes apparent. With its needy adequately provided for, we see no reason why the fans who can afford it - and there are many - should be discouraged from contributing toward the Packer fund. When two score Packer followers met at the Beaumont hotel last week to discuss plans for the team's reception, they realized that employment conditions were below normal, and that there would be more than the usual number of calls for aid this winter. They also realized that Green Bay was in no position to provide for its poor, and at the same time raise the fund for the Packers as a mark of appreciation for the gallant fight they have made this season. The team has furnished many thrilling fall afternoons for Green Bay and northeastern Wisconsin football fans, and if its followers want to give it a donation that is their right. Even if this money were not given to the players, it is quite uncertain that the poor would get it. We believe the Packer fund should be subscribed. The team is our greatest civic asset, and its exploits on the gridiron have won for Green Bay a volume of national advertising that is of incalculable value from a monetary standpoint. If we were in a position to say that providing this fund for the players would deprive a single needy person of assistance we would oppose it. But such is not the fact.
PACKER FUND IN NOT IN CONFLICT WITH CHARITY WORK, NORTH DECLARES
DEC 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The championship fund for the Green Bay Packers was $77 nearer its goal of $5,00 today, when a check made at noon indicated the total to date was $609, and officials of the fund committee estimated that when the Spartan game is in progress next Sunday the contributions will have passed the $1,000 mark. R.A. North, chairman of the committee, issued a statement this morning in response to criticisms of the fund, which have intimated that money for charity was more needed than money for a championship award for the Packers. "The poor in Green Bay are being taken care of by the appointed charitable agencies, who are making no requests for additional funds to carry on this work, and who, from present indications, will not need additional funds through the winter," he says...RAISED MONEY FOR CHARITY: "The Community Chest had no difficulty in raising a larger amount this year than last, and a recent survey shows that conditions are not so bad as they had been painted. The charity football game a few weeks ago netted about $3,000 and this is still available if needed. Contributors to the Packer fund have no inclination to refuse to contribute to charity at any time that the need arises, but there is no occasion to build up a surplus in charity funds with no apparent need for such funds. There is absolutely no conflict between the two. No solicitation for the Packer fund is being made, and contributions are entirely voluntary. Those who do not wish to contribute do
not suffer because others wish to subscribe to a purse in recognition of the Packers' season record. Those transients who pass through our city are also being taken care of. Our duty to them is not great, since they are not residents of our community, and except for providing them with quarters in which to sleep, we have no responsibility in these cases."...LOOK FOR INCREASE: Committee officials looked for the greatest number of contributions during the latter days of the week, and probably early next week. They were optimistic over the prospects for the success of the fund, and said that the goal was practically certain to be realized. Contributions should be sent to the Press-Gazette marked Packer fund. Today's contributions included one dollar in pennies, sent by "Mibbs" of Big Suamico, who explained in the following letter: "Here is one dollar in pennies that I want to put in the Packer fund. I won them from four other ladies on our way to Chicago Sunday for the game, playing seven up." Smaller contributions to the fund will be as welcome, even though not so helpful, as the larger contributions, and several of these have been received during the past two days.
NO BANQUET IF PACKERS LOSE SUNDAY, PLAN
DEC 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - If the Green Bay Packers lose to Portsmouth Sunday, there will be no reception for them here Monday evening, it was announced this morning by R.A. North, chairman of the general committee. "If we lose at Portsmouth," the statement said, "many of the Packers wish to go direct to their homes from there and save this expense. If they win, they will come home to the reception and banquet as planned. All contributed money and ticket money will be returned if we do not win. If we win we celebrate, if we don't win, everything is off. The boys mean to win." Mr. North made it plain that this decision by the committee was reached in view of the desire of the players to go direct to their homes if they lost at Portsmouth and not because of a feeling that Green Bay was lacking in sportsmanship, or would fail to give the team a rousing welcome, win, lose or draw....FEEL SURE OF VICTORY: Committees working on plans for the reception and dance, and on those for the banquet, displayed their confidence in the ability of the Packers to "come through" by continuing their efforts to make the reception one to be remembered for all time. Tickets for the reception and dance, to be held at the Columbus Community Club, immediately after the arrival of the Packers at 8:30 o'clock Monday evening, were placed on sale today at drug stores in Green bay and De Pere, at cigar and news stands, and at various other points listed in last evening's issue of the Press-Gazette. Banquet tickets were in great demand, and sale of these exceeded those of last year at this time, committee officials said. The banquet will be held at the Beaumont hotel on Tuesday evening, and the Packers will be the guests of honor...THOUSANDS TO GREET VISITORS: If the Packers return with the pennant Monday evening, a crowd of at least 3,000 persons is expected to herald their return over the Northwestern road. Arrangements have been made to transport the players by bus throughout the principal streets of the city, preceded by an escort of motorcycle policemen, and by the American Legion Band, and to deposit them after this parade at the Columbus Community club, where there will be a short program including introduction of the players, followed by dancing to an orchestra which has donated its services for the evening. There will be accommodations for 2,500 persons at the Columbus club, and the committee anticipates a crowd that will demand use of all of these facilities. For this reason, those planning to attend are urged to purchase their tickets in advance, and to be on hand at the auditorium early, to be assured of an advantageous position from which to view the program. Between 400 and 500 persons are expected to attend Tuesday evening's banquet, at which a program in which the players will figure will also be presented. Proceeds from both the reception and the banquet will be turned into the Packer Championship Fund.
CHAMPIONSHIP FUND FOR PACKERS REACHES $3,209, SUCCESS ASSURED
DEC 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The fund being raised as a tribute to the Packer football team, to be presented to the players in the event they win the national championship next Sunday by defeating the Portsmouth Spartans, reached $3,209 today, with the addition of $2,500 by the Packer Football corporation and the receipt of other subscriptions totaling $100. In announcing the corporation's contribution, L.H. Joannes, president, said that it had been the intention of the team management from the time the fund was announced to contribute a substantial sum, and that the corporation feels that $2,500 is as much as it can subscribe...LUCK ON WEATHER: "While it's true that the financial condition of the corporation is better than it has been in eight years," he said, "it must be remembered that for the past three years there have been excellent 'breaks' for the Packers in weather, and the gate receipts have been high as a result. For this length of time we have played every Sunday in sunshine, but it is too much to expect that this will continue indefinitely. Next year we may have to cope with three or four rainy Sundays, and we feel that with the exception of this $2,500, all funds available should be held in reserve to tide us over a period of unfavorable conditions." With the total of donations increasing each day, officials of the fund committee feel that by Sunday the grand total will reach or approximate the $4,000 mark, and they are now confident that the goal of $5,000 is assured. Two out-of-town contributions are listed today. J.P. Pulliam is vice-president and general manager of the Wisconsin Public Service corporation, with headquarters in Milwaukee, and has been a follower and admirer of the Packers since their early days. R.S. MacElwee is a member of the firm of MacElwee and Crandall, Inc., and has been in Green Bay for several weeks directing a survey of the harbor. In a letter accompanying his donation, he says...REPRESENTS CITY'S SERVICE: "No one could home to Green Bay without becoming an enthusiast for the Green Bay Packer Football Squad. The Packers are a public indication of the marvelous progressive spirit of Green Bay. I, therefore, cannot refrain from sending a small contribution to the fund that is being raised for this splendid example of postgraduate football." Mr. MacElwee's letter echoes the sentiments of
numerous visitors to Green Bay who, through their following of pro ball, are familiar with the record of the Packers, that of three defeats in 25 games. Many who have expressed a desire to contribute have not mailed in their checks to date, and it is virtually assured that the fund will reach the $4,000 mark by Sunday. The committee again wishes to call the attention of donors to the fact that checks should be made out to the "Packer Fund" and also that all contributions are to be returned in the event of a defeat on Sunday.
SPARTANS PLAN TO UPSET BAYS IN FINAL TILT
DEC 11 (Portsmouth) - The championship of the NFL is at stake Sunday afternoon when the Portsmouth Spartans entertain the Green Bay Packers at Universal Stadium. The Packers although now in the lead have one of the toughest games of their schedule and Coach Harold Griffen and his 22 warriors are working night and day to give the championship to the New York Giants. The Portsmouth Spartans without a doubt played their best game Sunday when they downed the Minneapolis team, 42 to 0. All his players are in the pink of condition and Griffen said that since they had been getting more rest and practice they stand more than a good chance to defeat the league leaders. The Spartans boast a successful season, winning seven games, losing six and tying two. Five of the games won were league tilts...MCCLAIN IN SHAPE: Mayes McClain, who Sunday won the title of highest scorer in the league, is in perfect condition. McClain, who was in the tilt for only 14 minutes, scoring two touchdowns and ran his total number of points to 60. The Bennett-Lumpkin combination, which went down in football history, last year is clicking again. Sunday, for the first time this season, it proved a dangerous scoring threat. Both touchdowns made by Bennett started in midfield with Lumpkin clearing the way. The heavy-set, little halfback is fast as a flash. Papa Lumpkin and Bennett were saved for next Sunday's game. Griffen only allowed these two players to remain on the playing field 29 minutes. He said that they meant too much for the game against the Packers and he was saving every ounce of their strength...LEWIS SETS RECORD: Tiny Lewis, former Wildcat, made a record for himself Sunday when he kicked six consecutive goals from placement. Lewis also starred in the line-plunging department and worked nicely in the first string team. Heretofore Lewis has been sent in with the reserve line and has not had much chance to show his ability. Another thing that was uncorked by the floodwall grid artists Sunday was the overhead attack from Peters to Portsmouth's fleet end, Chal Joseph. Coach Griffen in the early parts of the season used a formation which sent passes to the backfield men. He has now dumped back to the style used by the Spartans last year and it proved effective Sunday. So far this season the Spartans have scored 210 points compared to 197 for opponents. Another thing in the Spartan favor is that they played every team in the league and played more games for the first year than any other club to join the Joe Carr ranks. Coach Harold Griffen stated Thursday that his probable starting lineup would be Braidwood, le; Douds, lt; Graham, lg; Smith, c; Meyer, rg; Lyons, rt; Joseph, re; Kahl, qb; Bennett, lhb; Lewis, rhb, and Lumpkin, fb.
PACKERS LEAVE FOR FINAL GAME OF YEAR
DEC 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Packers left this afternoon at 2:40 o'clock over the Northwestern road, on their final road trip of the year, going to Portsmouth where they battle the Spartans Sunday. When they return Monday, they will be either champions of the National league again or holders of second place with the New York Giants on top. Regardless of the outcome, the Packers will wind up a great season at Portsmouth. They will have completed their second successive season in which they were in the thick of the fight for the pennant until the very last game of the year, something no other team has done in the history of the circuit. Every team that won a championship before the Packers won the 1929 title dropped below fourth place the following year. The Packers are the only squad that won one year and then kept on winning the next season...PROSPECTS ARE GOOD: Prospects are good for a Packer victory, but they will have to give everything that have to win as Portsmouth is an improved ball club from what it was early in the season when the Packers won by a one-sided score. The Spartans have added several linemen and their backfield aces are going better than ever. With men like Lumpkin, McClain, Bennett, Glassgow and Lewis, the Spartans have a backfield that ranks second to none in the country. The Packers will be in fine shape for the game. The fine weather of the past week has given the man an opportunity to run through long drills every morning and the aches and bruises sustained in the Bear game last Sunday are mostly gone. The long hard season has taken a lot of power out of the players, however, and it is doubtful whether they can rise to the height shown in the first Portsmouth game here. In that battle, the team was at its best but since that time, it has taken a lot of punishment. Lavvie Dilweg, who has been out of the game for a short time due to an injured knee, is in shape again and is expected to see considerable service. Tom Nash, who was hurt in the Giant game, also has recovered. Dick O'Donnell, veteran end, also in in good condition so the wing berths should be held down in good shape...SLEIGHT, KERN IN SHAPE: Sleight and Kern also have improved after sustaining severe bruises in the east and are expected to see considerable action. Hubbard and Earpe, who likewise were badly battered in the east, also have reported to treatment and will be in shape to go. The backfield should be well fortified with Mule Wilson, Dunn, Englemann, Lewellen, Blood, McCrary, Fitzgibbons, Molenda and Herber available for work. Englemann apparently suffered no ill effects from the knockout when he received in the Bear game when he collided with Lintzenich and should be seen in action Sunday. Capt. Earl Lambeau has not announced who will start the game. He is taking the entire team to the Ohio city and will select the 20 men to play just before game time. Members of the team and officers of the club met at a dinner at
the Beaumont hotel last night for a final conference before the game. They discussed all angles of the Portsmouth attack and defense and laid plans that are expected to bring victory. This morning the team went through another drill and then packed up and boarded a special car on the Northwestern road, leaving at 2:40 p.m.
CHAMPIONSHIP FUND, $3,509, 23 NEW GIFTS
DEC 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Interest in the $5,000 championship fund being raised for the Green Bay Packers showed a great gain today when contributions totaling $315 were received at the Press-Gazette office, bringing the total donation thus far to $3,509. The optimism of the committee over the prospects for reaching the $5,000 goal is expressed in the following statement by R.A. North, chairman: "Thanks to lovers of football, we will have the purse for the boys subscribed. As soon as we get word that they have cinched the pennant, all committees will finish up the loose ends and push the celebration. If we lose, we can't celebrate, because the outside players want to go home from Portsmouth, and can't afford a round trip to Green Bay and back."...DULL FALL WITHOUT IT: "We are the smallest city in the professional football league. We will have trouble in keeping football for Green Bay in a few years. This 30,000 and 40,000 attendance at big city games will eventually make us back out, for a town with a larger population. A fall without football would be a moaning misery in Green Bay." It now appears certain that the prediction of officials regarding reaching the $4,000 mark by Sunday will be fulfilled for tomorrow's contributions are expected to bring the total to nearly that mark. With the figure reached, the committee feels that it may safely say the fund is "over the top", and they expressed no doubt about Saturday's total to bring the purse to nearly that amount. Among the contributions received today was one of $25 from the Green Bay Police department, evidently a "pot" raised by donations of officers at the station.
JOHNNY BLOOD TO BE SPEAKER AT RECEPTION
DEC 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Good news for dance fans who plan to attend the public reception for the Packer football squad at the Columbus club Monday evening was the announcement by the committee in charge of this phase of the celebration that Claire Wilson and his orchestra, now entertaining diners at the Hotel Northland, will furnish the music for dancing, following the short program. The orchestra has been donated by hotel management for the occasion. The committee also called attention to the fact that Johnny Blood, vagabond halfback, philosopher and after dinner speaker of note, will address the assemblage at the Monday evening entertainment, and will doubtless deliver a dissertation equaling or excelling that delivered at the banquet last year...SEE PACKERS IN PERSON: The reception will provide an opportunity for those who have listened to radio accounts of the Packer games, but who have never seen the team in action, to view the players "in the flesh". There are a great many of these people, of all ages, and the committee issues a special invitation to them to attend the reception, to be held immediately after the arrival of the team, in the C.C.C. auditorium. A healthy advance sale of tickets for the reception was reported by E.W. Duperrault, in charge of ticket sales. They are available at all drug stores in Green Bay and De Pere, and at cigar stores and news stands, as well as many other business places, and are being sold at 50 cents each, the proceeds from the reception to go to the championship fund...TICKET DEMAND GROWS: The banquet committee also announced a growing demand for banquet tickets. This phase of the welcome will be held at the Beaumont hotel Tuesday evening, and the program, consisting of interesting talks and various other features, including presentation of the purse, is practically completed. As was announced yesterday by the general committee, all plans for the celebration are contingent upon the outcome of Sunday's game. If the Packers win, and the championship comes to Green Bay, the team will come with it, and be accorded the welcome as planned. If they lose, all plans for the celebration are off, and the purse will not be presented. Ticket money, as well as donations to the fund, will be returned in this event.
PACKERS FIGHT FOR SECOND GRID CROWN
DEC 13 (Portsmouth) - The battle of the year will be on here tomorrow to decide the National league championship when the Green Bay Packers and Portsmouth Spartans clash. A victory for the Packers would give them a second consecutive National title and would write history for the circuit as no other team has ever won the crown two successive years. A win for the Spartans would give the title to the New York Giants. Green Bay, by virtue of its imposing record for the season, is favored to whip the Spartans, but indications are that it will have a hard time doing so...SPARTANS ARE KEYED: The Spartans, coached by Harold Griffen, a former member of the Packers, have been keying for this game for several weeks. They are certain to go into the game ready to give the Packers all they can handle. With the addition of Smith, Douds and Graham to the line and Frosty Peters, dropkicking ace, to the backfield Portsmouth has a much stronger squad than that which took a severe beating from Green Bay early in the year. The squad has a smooth forward passing attack and a lot of power in its running game with McClain, Lumpkin, Bennett, Lewis, Glassgow and Peters furnishing the punch. On defense, the team also appears to be above the average as the linemen are equal to the Packers in weight and have been showing constant improvement. The Packers arrived in Portsmouth at noon and took a short workout at the stadium here where the game will be played. All of the men were in uniform and the two teams briskly ran through signal practices. The teams used a huddle at times and on other occasions had the quarterback calling signals. It is likely that the Packers will use the huddle tomorrow as Coach Earl Lambeau wants to take every precaution against a possible upset...RECORD CROWD: If the weather is favorable, a record crowd of more than 20,000 fans is expected. The fans of Portsmouth have been giving the team excellent support and all are anxious to see the champions as this is the first time they have played in Portsmouth. The game will start at 2 o'clock, Eastern Standard time. Radio broadcasts of the game will be given with wire relay to WHBY, St. Norbert's college, De Pere, and WTMJ, Milwaukee. The broadcast will start shortly before one o'clock, Green Bay time. Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Chicago sportswriters were on hand with the Green Bay tea,. Joseph F. Carr, president of the NFL, is expected to be on hand for the game. After the game, the Packers will leave by bus to Columbus, 80 miles distant. There is no train out of this city until early Monday, so the team will go by bus to Columbus and then board a train for Chicago at 11:25 p.m. They will arrive in Chicago Monday morning and depart for Green Bay at 3 p.m., arriving in Green Bay at 8:30 o'clock over the Northwestern road.
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FUND REACHES $3,604 ON EVE OF PORTSMOUTH GAME
DEC 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Donations totaling $95 brought the grand total of the Green Bay Packer championship fund on the eve of the game to decide the national championship to $3,604, exclusive of those that were expected in the mail this afternoon and tomorrow. The citizens' committee expressed no concern over the receipt of additional donations to bring the purse to the $5,000 goal. R.A. North, chairman of the committee, this morning called attention to the fact that the championship fund was a voluntary one, given to the team by lovers of football in Green Bay. "We know of no one on this fund list that has not taken care of the charity requests of the Community Chest, as well as all of the requests advanced at other times for the good of the community. A check of the fund's contributors shows each of the them to have been a substantial donor to the Community Chest and also to have given a helping hand to all other civic movements."...RESERVE TICKETS NOW: Mr. North also urged early reservations of banquet tickets, as well as those for the reception Monday evening. It is pointed out that last year fans descended upon the banquet ticket stations Sunday evening and Monday and took all available pasteboards. "By the time the next issue of The Press-Gazette is out," the chairman said, "we will know if we have licked New York, Brooklyn, Portsmouth, Chicago, Philadelphia and other points south and east and cinched the pennant again. If so, come down to the reception at the Northwestern depot at 8:30 Monday night. Then go to the Columbus Community club and see the boys and dance your heads off for fifty cents for the funds. Get your reservations in for the banquet Tuesday night. There will be a rush as before, so get fixed. Tickets are $2.50, of which $1 is for the fund. As the boys will go home from Portsmouth if we do not win, everything is off in that case."...MAY TUNE OUT BLOOD: Referring to the announcement that Johnny Blood was to be a speaker at the Monday evening reception, Mr. North produced the following resolution: "Should Johnny Blood start to make a speech at the reception and the general committee see fit to censor same at any time, be it resolved that said committee has the right to tune out Johnny Blood by the use of the brass band in full force." The committee in charge of banquet ticket sales reported that more tickets had been sold than were disposed of last year at this time. They consequently urged those planning to attend to make their reservations as soon as possible, since accommodations are limited. Tickets may be secured at the Association of Commerce, Schwegers' Drug Store, Bosse's News Stand, Congress Billiard Hall, Corner Drug Store, Dashnier's Cigar Store and the Beaumont hotel. The affair will be held at the Beaumont hotel. All program plans for both the reception and the banquet have been completed. Reception tickets are available at a variety of stores and business places in Green Bay and De Pere, each displaying a placard announcing that the tickets are being sold there. Accommodations at the reception are limited to 2,500. An early purchase of these is also urged. Clare Wilson and his orchestra, donated by the Hotel Northland, will furnish the music for dancing.
PACKERS MUST WIN OR TIE TO COP TITLE
DEC 14 (Portsmouth, OH) - If ever the Green Bay
Packers wanted to win a football game, they want to win Sunday's down here from the Portsmouth Spartans. It is the game they need to cinch their second straight National league championship. Leading the New York Giants, who have already finished the season, by four scant percentage points, the Packers hold down first place right now by less than a full game. If they win Sunday they will naturally increase their lead. Even if they tie they will retain first place. If they lose they automatically drop to second place while the Giants, by the same result, will automatically jump out in front. As champions, the Packers, aside from any honor they will gain, will split a purse of $5,000 donated by the faithful and appreciative burghers of Green Bay. This alone will mean about $250 for each player. As champions the Packers have arranged a tentative game with Memphis next week that will give each man about $200 more. And as champions the Packers will cut in on bonuses of varying amounts, according to contract, that the club promised them last September, if they win. Offhand, this matter of winning may look like a cinch. Two months ago the Packers rode roughshod over Portsmouth in a game at Green Bay, 47 to 12, but much has taken place down here since then. Bull Graham, Dayton's All-American professional league guard of 1929, has joined the Spartans. Bill Douds, former Washington and Jefferson star, and the outstanding tackle in the National league this season, has joined them, too. Claude Smith, late of the Kansas Aggies, and Frosty Peters of the gifted toe, late of Illinois, have enrolled under their banners. All of them were bought from the Providence club three weeks ago. On top of this valuable addition of manpower the Spartans have keyed themselves for no other battle this season. They have built themselves up for it, mentally, for the last three weeks, and win or lose, they will almost surely give the Packers one of the stiffest arguments of the year. Against all this, Curly Lambeau will throw a team that is keyed up itself. With so much dough at stake, the players have taken this game with more than ordinary seriousness. They, too, want to win at all costs. On the long ride down from Chicago they talked of everything under the sun, but invariably they came back to the necessity of winning this game for the extra money it will mean. More than this, all the injured men, including Dilweg and Englemann, have returned to shape. There is no casualty on the squad. While all this is true, however, there is also no gainsaying the fact that the Packers, for all their mental stimulation and for their mended bones, are a weary team. They have withstood terrific battering this fall from one club to another that primed itself for them, and now on the end of the season they find themselves far from the fresh mental and physical shape in which they were in September and early October. The probable Green Bay lineup as Lambeau Saturday indicated it would be will include Dilweg and Nash at ends, Hubbard and Kern at tackles, Bowdoin and Michalske at guards, Zuver at center, Dunn at quarterback, Lewellen and Blood at halves and Bo Molenda at fullback. Portsmouth will probably start Fleckenstein and Joseph at ends, Douds and Lyons at tackles, Roberts and Graham at guards, Smith at center, Lewis, quarter, Peters and Bennett at halves and Father Lumpkin at fullback. Arriving in Portsmouth shortly after lunch Saturday afternoon the Packers were immediately hustled out to the city stadium, where Coach Lambeau gave them a 45 minute drill on passing, punting and signal drill. Several hundred Portsmouth fans, anxious to get a glimpse of the might Packers, lined the sidelines to watch the workout. Interest in the game here is at fever heat and a crowd of 8,000 or so will probably see the battle. The field was not in the best of shape because of frequent rains this week but the weatherman promised a clear day Sunday. A heavy field will be an aid to the enemy just as it was to the Bears last week. Portsmouth boasts by far the harder hitting backfield.
NO CHAMPIONSHIP, NO DINNER FOR BAYS
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - If the Green Bay Packers of the National Professional Football league loses to the Portsmouth Spartans at Portsmouth, Ohio, Sunday they will lose more than the league championship. They'll lost $5,000 in cash that is being raised for division among the 23 players, and they'll lose the plaudits of the multitude and a banquet that is being arranged for them. As the matter now stands, the Packers will return home Monday evening from Portsmouth hailed as heroes and national champions or as "just another professional football team." The committee in charge of raising the $5,000 fund and banquet arrangements announced Thursday that if the Packers were defeated Sunday that there would be no banquet and reception nor will there be any $5,000.