schedule conflicted with a Portsmouth-Chicago Bears game. L.H. Joannes, president of the Packers, last night said: "Green Bay never signed a contract to meet Portsmouth next Sunday. The whole proposition was verbal and tentative. Our boys have played 14 games this fall and we believe they have had enough football. The game with the Bears concluded our schedule."
BLOOD GAINS ON FIELD IN SCORING RACE
DEC 8 (Columbus, OH) - John Blood, Green Bay's flying halfback, gained on the field in his race for National professional football league scoring honors as a result of weekend games, President Joe F. Carr revealed today. Blood scored a lone touchdown against the Chicago Bears Sunday, and boosted his point total to 78, having counted 13 touchdowns. The only other leader to score was Moran of New York, who chalked up a touchdown and extra point against Brooklyn but was unable to do more than threaten Lewellen's hold on seventh place. There remains but one game on the league schedule, between New York and the Chicago Bears next Sunday. Thus to displace Blood from the individual scoring lead, Harold Grange of the Bears, now in fifth place, would have to score 27 points, or better than four touchdowns. There was not much scoring over the weekend. McBride of Brooklyn counted a touchdown and boosted his total to 13, as did Kitzmiller of New York. Flaherty of the Giants and Lintzenich of the Bears scored a touchdown, and Tackwell, also of the Bears, made an extra point. This digit was important, however, because it marked the second downfall this season of the Green Bay Packers. There were no additions to the scoring race.
PACKERS-FORT ATKINSON GAME A "PIPE DREAM"
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - Reports from Fort Atkinson of an offer from the Green Bay Packers to play the Ft, Atkinson Blackhawks either Saturday or Sunday were referred to as "pipe dreams" by Packer club officials today. Green Bay has completed its football season and will not play again this year, officials said. No offer for a game has been made any club. The reported offer was believed the work of some practical joker.
PACKER PLAYERS GET OFFERS FOR GAME ON SUNDAY
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - To play or not to play remained a question of dispute today for several Green Bay Packer players as they considered offers to compete as members of a barnstorming team against the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks at Janesville Sunday. It was pointed out by Leland H. Joannes, president of the Packers, that members of the Packer club are under contract until Dec. 13, which prohibits competition in the proposed game. Pres. Joannes also declared that under no conditions or circumstances would the Packers, as a team, play at again this year. If any team at Janesville or in other cities as barnstormers, they will not compete under the name of the Packers or Green Bay. The club will not permit use of Packer equipment and is opposed to barnstorming trips, he added...GAME IS PROPOSED: Janesville promoters have proposed that a group of National league players, including men of the Packer, Cardinal and Brooklyn clubs, who have completed their season, compete against the Fort Atkinson team Sunday. They wired offers to several Green Bay players, who tentatively accepted them. Players who are considering the offer planned to confer with Pres. Joannes today about the proposition. Directors of the Green Bay Packer club met yesterday and voted a bonus of $100 to every member of the 1931 championship team, in line with the practice that was started two years ago when the team won its first championship. Several members of the club are still in Green Bay and plan to remain here for the winter. Others have gone to other cities...LEAVE FROM CHICAGO: The trek began at Chicago Sunday when Waldo Don Carlos left for Des Moines. He plans to re-enter Drake university to complete studies at the law school. Rudy Comstock also pulled out from Chicago after the Bear game Sunday, leaving for Warren, Ohio, where he will be employed this winter. Russ Saunders and his wife, Fitzgibbons and Nate Barragar left today for California for the winter. Saunders expects to resume work in Hollywood. Bo Molenda and his wife left yesterday noon for Detroit. Fitzgibbons plans to complete his period as an intern in a west coast hospital before taking up the practice of medicine. Mr. and Mrs. Cal Hubbard and Mule Wilson planned to head south, leaving today or tomorrow by automobile. The Hubbards will spend a few months at Cal's home at Keetsville, Mo., while Wilson will continue to Texas. Dick Stahlman remained at his home in Chicago after the game with the Bears. Red Dunn returned to his home in Milwaukee. Of the remainder, Lewellen, Michalske, Woodin, Earpe, Dilweg, Englemann, Blood and Herber plan to stay in Green Bay. Grove, Bruder, Gantenbein, Sleight, Nash and Bowdoin are here yet and their plans are indefinite. Sleight, Nash and Gantenbein may establish residences here for the winter.
PACKERS PLAY HERE SATURDAY
DEC 9 (Milwaukee) - Headed by Red Dunn, a team composed of 16 members of this year's championship Green Bay club will play the Ische Radios, champions of the Wisconsin Professional League, at Borchert Field Saturday afternoon. The game will start at 1:45 o'clock. In addition to Dunn, the all-stars will include such noted players as Hank Bruder, Verne Lewellen, Wuert Englemann and Hurdis McCrary in the backfield, Jugger Earpe, Michalske, Jim Bowdoin, Whitey Woodin, Cal Hubbard, Duck Stahlman, Milt Gantenbein and Lavvie Dilweg will play in the line. The Isches will be strengthened by the addition of several college stars. Other players on the team are Shorty Mendelsohn, former Marquette back, Dieg and Richards. "While it is a trifle late in the season, I have been asked by so many fans to bring the Green Bay team here that I arranged Saturday's game," said Eddie Stumpf, who is backing the venture. "I tried to arrange the game for Sunday but the champions are scheduled to play the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks and we had to take the Saturday date." The Packers will not play the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks at Janesville Sunday, as reported by promoters of Janesville, President L.H. Joannes of the Packers said Wednesday. Several Packer players received offers to play as members of a barnstorming team against the Blackhawks, but are under contract with the Green Bay club until December 13, he said.
BARNSTORMERS TO PLAY TWO GRID BATTLES
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - The Packer corporation will not interfere with plans of Green Bay players to play on a barnstorming football team that meet the Ische Radio eleven of Milwaukee at Borchert's field, Milwaukee, Saturday, and the Fort Atkinson Blackhawks at Janesville Sunday although the club is opposed to the game, Leland H. Joannes, president of the corporation said today. The president pointed out that the barnstorming team in no way can be associated with the Packers. It is purely an independent team, with players selected from some of the National league clubs. It probably will be disbanded after appearing in Milwaukee and Janesville. Green Bay players who have been invited to play on the squad welcome the contests as opportunities to earn a little more money to keep them over the winter. Many are not working and have no immediate prospects for employment. Among those expected to take part in the contests as Dunn, Bruder, McCrary, Englemann, Earpe, Michalske, Bowdoin, Woodin, Sleight, Nash and Gantenbein of Green Bay. Myles McClain, who played with Portsmouth and Stapleton this year, and Bullet Baker, former Green Bay player who also was with Stapleton this year, and a few other players from eastern clubs are expected to play on the barnstorming eleven. The team will be known as the Green Bay Pros. The Ische Radio eleven won the championship of the Milwaukee semi-pro league. The squad is made up of former high school and college stars from the vicinity of Milwaukee. The Fort Atkinson team claims the state independent team championship. The condition of Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, of the Packers, who has been in St. Mary's hospital for the past two days suffering with a severe cold, was reported improved today. He was expected to leave the hospital late this afternoon.
LOOKING UP IN THE REALM OF SPORT - "RIGHTEOUS WRATH"
DEC 11 (Green Bay) - "The Spartans - The Team The Packers Are Afraid To Play." Those words, of a Portsmouth Times headline writer in a recent issue of the newspaper, grace the team picture of the proud Spartans. Under the picture are the following lines: "Above is shown the REAL CHAMPIONS of the National Professional Football league - the Portsmouth Spartans. Green Bay, leading by a game over the Spartans, refused to play the deciding game that would give them a clear title or the Spartans a tie. It is poor sportsmanship to say the least..." and more words to that effect. In another column, the newspaper reprints a comment in the Columbus State Journal written by R.E. Hooey. The comment is heads "That's No Hooey", but we wonder...In part, Hooey says: "Outside of Green Bay the champions of the Packers is a hollow on, as empty as a broken egg shell. It is a championship which was not defended against a deserving opponent...Since the start of the season patrons of the Portsmouth eleven have been led to believe they would get an opportunity to see the leading Green Bay eleven. The supposed contest has been widely advertised for the past several weeks. Result of the Packer and Spartan contests of late made a "natural" out of the game. Green Bay withheld its decision until after the Chicago Bear game Sunday. The Bears won and the Packers' crown was toppling. Had Green Bay won, it is practically certain it would have agreed to visit Portsmouth Sunday, glad for the chance to strut on the Ohio gridiron, keenly partaking of the championship limelight, but with its crown not endangered. Such is the way of the cheese champions."...On the first page of the Portsmouth Times is still another story. It quotes Coach George "Potsy" Clark of the Spartans, who returned to Portsmouth Tuesday, as follows: "The action of the Green Bay team in calling off the game is the most unsportsmanlike I have ever seen...It's a dirty deal all around...It's a hollow pennant they won this year." In their "righteous wrath", we wonder if sports writers of the Portsmouth Times or Mr. Hooey took the time to learn true facts about the Portsmouth-Packer deal. We wonder if they know of Mr. Griffin's actions at the annual league meeting when schedules were prepared early this year, or of his treatment of the Packers last year when they played the Spartans late in December, or of the chances Green Bay would have had of getting a game with Portsmouth if the tables has been reversed with the Spartans on top and the Packers one game behind, or of the financial angle involved. We won't go into the financial end of the deal at all, its too personal, but let's discuss the other details...Mr. Hooey, do you remember the game at Portsmouth last year? Do you remember the sleet, and snow and raw, cold weather on that second Sunday in December? Do you remember how the Packers came on the field 15 minutes before game time and then were forced to wait 37 minutes after the slated starting time before the game got underway and when they protested to Coach Griffin, urging that he get the game started, he them to go to ---- and if they didn't like waiting to get off the field and sing for their guarantee? Did someone in Portsmouth mention "sportsmanship"? We'll shift the scene to the annual schedule meeting early this season. Coach E.L. Lambeau of the Packers is booking games for the 1931 season. He approaches Coach Griffin for a home-and-home game arrangement, and gets a flat refusal. "We're out for a championship this year," is Griffin's reply, "we won't play in Green Bay, that's final." Lambeau wanted a Portsmouth game in Green Bay. It would have been a great drawing card. Every other team in the league was willing to play in Green Bay. There's no argument about that question. Any club director who was present at that meeting can verify that statement. A tentative date was suggested, subject to the cancellation of either team...Before Portsmouth was beaten, an unusual calm hung about Portsmouth as far as the Packer-Spartan game was concerned. The subject was never broached. The Spartans twiddled their thumbs and waited. Had they continued to win every game and held a one game lead over Green Bay a week before the proposed Dec. 13 game, we wonder what they would have done.
DUNN TO DIRECT PACKER STARS
DEC 11 (Milwaukee) - Red Dunn, former Marquette star and the greatest quarterback in professional football, will direct the crack Green Bay Packers team against the Ische Radios at Borchert Field Saturday afternoon. Johnny Blood and Verne Lewellen will start at the halfback positions, and it is probable that McCrary will be at full. The 205-pound plunger was injured recently but no doubt will be able to play part of the game. Lloyd Scott, former backfield coach at Marquette, has been selected to referee the game, which will start at 1:45 o'clock.
LAST YEAR FOR DUNN
DEC 11 (Green Bay) - Red Dunn, who helped the Packers will three national championships, announced Friday that this would be his last year in football. The noted forward passer had decided to retire, and in the future will devote his time to his insurance business. No doubt his determination to quit will bring many offers of coaching jobs, but Red says he had had enough football, and is through with the game for all time.
COLUMBUS SCRIBE HAS A GROUCH
DEC 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - We believe it was Bat Nelson who coined the term "cheese champion" and hung it on Ad Wolgast. The Michigan Dutchman almost killed the Dane in a vicious 40-round battle, but Bat wasn't convinced and dubbed Al a roquefort titleholder, much to the amusement of the sporting world. The term has almost been forgotten, but Mr. Bob Hooey dusted it off the other day and draped it over the championship banner of the Green Bay Packers. Mr. Hooey, who experts for the State Journal of Columbus, Ohio, has a large peeve because the Packers refused to play the Portsmouth Spartans in a post-season game. He infers that Green Bay was afraid and puts the Packer management on the griddle in the following manner: "Outside of Green Bay the championship of the Packers is a hollow one, as empty as a broken eggshell. It is a championship which was not defended against a deserving opponent. Sunday night after its second defeat of the season, Green Bay refused to play the Portsmouth Spartans, who at that hour were racing only one game behind the championship pack. The contest, tentatively scheduled, had been accepted as a championship match by all followers of the professional sport outside of the Green Bay district. Interest concerning the game in southern Ohio was mounting more rapidly than for any other previous encounter. Then came Green Bay's alarming refusal. Explanations accompanied the announcement. Weak to the core, they said that Green Bay fans had swayed their mind...the fans wanted the championship, no matter how gained...that Portsmouth had refused to give them a home date at the 1931 schedule meeting...that the players were tired of football...that the squad was in poor physical shape...and other tissue paper excuses. Under league rules Green Bay in a technical sense held the right to assert the refusal. But for the good of the sport, for the best interest of its league, and from popular demand Portsmouth should have had the right to test the playing caliber of the champions. Since the start of the season patrons of the Portsmouth eleven have been led to believe that they would get opportunity to see the leading Green Bay eleven. The supposed contest had been widely advertised for the last several weeks. Result of the Packer and Spartan contests of late made a "natural" out of the game. Green Bay withheld its decision until after the Chicago Bear game Sunday. The Bears won and the Packers' crown was toppling. Had Green Bay won it is practically certain it would have agreed to visit Portsmouth next Sunday, glad for the chance to strut on the Ohio gridiron, keenly partaking of the championship limelight, but with its crown not endangered. Such is the way of the cheese champions." Calling a club like the Packers "cheese champions" is a joke and Mr. Hooey no doubt was so warm under the collar when he penned his piece that he let his peeve run away with his better judgment. He also failed to stick to the record. According to Packer officials the game was never scheduled. The management does not believe in post-season contests and there was also the matter of money. The Portsmouth club owners are in financial difficulties, it is said, and Green Bay had no assurance that it would get its guarantee. Furthermore, there was no good reason for playing such a game. The Packers won the championship in the regular season and a post-season game would have no more bearing on the race than if the Yankees and Athletics had met after the close of the pennant chase to decide the championship of the American League. As for being afraid of the Spartans, that is also a merry jest. We believe that the Packers could have taken care of themselves very well in a game with the Portsmouth gentlemen. If they are "cheese champions", we'll take that kind for ours every time.