(DETROIT) - Hotter than a sputtering fuse of a July firecracker, the Green Bay Packers blasted the Detroit Lions across the Canadian border here Sunday afternoon before a highly impressed and extremely disappointed crowd of 45,139, largest ever to witness a football game in this city. The score was 28 to 7, and the Lions were lucky it wasn't worse. The Packers struck four times through the Detroit defense with as magnificent a display of team football as the NFL has seen this season, and today only the New York Giants, Eastern division leaders, stood between Green Bay and the 1938 championship of the West. The Lions can tie the Packers, if Green Bay loses at the Polo Grounds next Sunday and Detroit wins its remaining three games against the Bears, Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. The word "superb" was coined to meet a situation like this. The Packers swept the Lions from the title picture with a devastating display of coal truck blocking that cleared the home players from the paths of speeding, twisting Green Bay backs time after time. The Packer line rose to its greatest performance of the season with an inspired demonstration of defensive stability, coupled with a penetrating offense that shook the ball carriers past the forward wall for 219 yards from scrimmage alone. The game was jammed with thrills, but all of them were on the Packers' side except for a 63-yard forward pass gain from Bill Shepherd to Lloyd Cardwell in the third period, which led to the Lions' only touchdown. Spectacular runs by Cecil Isbell, having another of his red hot days, and shifty Andy Uram, the latter for 70 yards, gave the Packers two of their touchdowns, and Clarke Hinkle contributed the others, one on a forward pass from Isbell and the other on a vicious plunge through the line. Although the Green Bay bombing squadron was effective, the visitors used their passes merely to set up the opposing defense for the most crushing ground attack they have employed all season, and the Lions never got used to it. They always were groping for pass receivers at a time some hard-running halfback or fullback was dodging between the tackles or slanting around end.
Picking standout performers from the magnificent Packer line is an extremely steep assignment, but most active in the whirlpool between the walls were Lee Mulleneaux, Pete Tinsley (who played his greatest game in a Packer uniform), Milt Gantenbein, Don Hutson, Tiny Engebretsen, Bill Lee, Champ Seibold, Buckets Goldenberg, Baby Ray, Russ Letlow and Ookie Miller. Ookie Miller fell in combat during the first half, was assisted from the field, and returned lively as a yearling colt in the last period. Herman Schneidman, Hutson, Champ Seibold, Lee Mulleneaux and Carl Mulleneaux, who contributed another fine performance at end, all were injured and limped out of action. Their replacements nearly surpassed the starters in driving the Lions savagely to cover. Green Bay attained its first scoring chance late in the first period, after an interference ruling on an Isbell to Hutson forward pass, called on Cardwell, gave the Packers a first down on the Detroit 31. After three line plays failed to add any yardage, Hinkle attempted a field goal from the 41-yard line, but the ball barely missed the uprights.
Late in the period Schneidman got the Packers in position by intercepting Vern Huffman's forward pass on the Detroit 38. On the last play of the quarter, Hutson drew several Lions out of the way on a decoy, and Isbell fired a high pass down the alley to Gantenbein, who was wide open on the 21-yard stripe, and sprinted to the Detroit 14, where Wojciechowicz and Graham overtook him. On the first play of the second period Isbell trotted back and shot a fast pass over left to Hinkle, who picked off the ball on the 5-yard line, crashed through Cardwell, stepped past Shepherd and crossed the goal line for a touchdown. Hinkle then kicked the extra point and the Packers had a 7 to 0 lead.
Late in the half, Green Bay started again after Shepherd's short punt went out of bounds on the Packer 45-yard line. Aided by Hinkle's 7-yard gain, a 36-yard swat on an Isbell to Carl Mulleneaux forward pass, a 9-yard sprint by Joe Laws and three more by Hinkle, the Packers made it first down on the Detroit 5-yard stripe. Hinkle banged into left tasckle, knocked Cardwell flat on his ear, hit Fred Vanzo so hard that he spun around like a top, and muscled over the goal line for another touchdown. Tiny Engebretsen kicked the extra point to give Green Bay a 14 to 0 advantage. Early in the third period, with the ball on the Detroit 35-yard line, the Lions made their only thrust of the day. It was a spectacular play, as Shepherd passed over right to Cardwell, who caught the ball on the 50-yard line, and got underway.
He feinted Hinkle out of the way with a wide circular run, was tackled by Laws and shook clear, twisted free from Isbell and scampered down to the Green Bay 2-yard line, where Wayland Becker knocked him down and Hank Bruder tackled him. On the next play Shepherd slashed off right tackle for a touchdown, and then he kicked goal to cut the Green Bay lead to 14 to 7. The infuriated Packers scored just five plays later. Hinkle returned the kickoff to the Green Bay 36, and an Isbell forward pass was incomplete. Isbell then swept around right end behind the perfect interference of Hinkle and Goldenberg, as the Packers blockers hurled him into the open.
The trio rode down the sidelines, Hinkle turning aside to knock two Lions from the path, and Goldenberg cutting a wide path through another pair as Isbell dodged down to the Detroit 28-yard line, where Cardwell got him after the 33-yard gain. Isbell got the rest of the distance on the next play. He whirled around on a backfield spinner, shot through center, twisted past Cardwell and broke for the goal. Vanzo and Gutowsky running vainly in his wake as he crossed the last stripe. Hutson kicked goal and the score was 21 to 7. Early in the fourth period Pete Tinsley recovered Ryan's fumble on the Detroit 35-yard line, and after three line plays gained only six yards, Engebretsen tried a field goal from the 38-yard line. It was wide.
Midway in the last stanza, Green Bay brace don downs and wrested the ball from Detroit on the Packer 30. The next play was the most sensational of the game. Uram started on a wide sweep of his right end, following Hinkle, who left his feet to pound over the shifting defenders. Uram cut in sharply, broke amazing through a swarm of Lions, and ran into the clear. Between him and the angry Detroiters came three Packers, Tinsley, Gantenbein and Ookie Miller. Gantenbein turned aside and drove a Lion back out of the play, and Tinsley blocked out the safety man as Ookie Miller trotted along with Uram, providing a protective screen to the goal line. Engebretsen again kicked the extra point, and there was your 28 to 7 score.
GREEN BAY -  0 14  7  7 - 28
DETROIT   -  0  0  7  0 -  7
2nd - GB - Clarke Hinkle, 14-yard pass from Cecil Isbell (Hinkle kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Hinkle, 5-yard run (Tiny Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
3rd - DET - Bill Shepherd, 2-yard run (Shepherd kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
3rd - GB - Isbell, 23-yard run (Don Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 21-7
4th - GB - Andy Uram, 70-yard run (Engebretsen kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
Green Bay Packers (8-2) 28, Detroit Lions (5-3) 7
Sunday November 13th 1938 (at Detroit)
always has produced brilliant and bitterly waged contests. In Packer games at the Polo Grounds the Giants hold a 5 to 3 edge. Last year the Packers came to New York with a seven game winning streak, but lost 10 to 0. The struggle will see three of the five individual league leaders in action on the one field. Green Bay has Clarke Hinkle, all league fullback for the last two years, who tops the scorers of the circuit with 58 points. Incidentally, Hutson has caught 32 passes in 10 games and is only one point behind Hinkle for scoring leadership. Danowski, with a passing record of 59 completions in 99 attempts is setting a record for the National league. The former Fordhamite only has to maintain his current pace in the final three games to shatter Sammy Baugh's mark of 81 completions set last season. Danowski already holds the efficiency record of having completed 50 percent of his passes over a five year span. Green Bay will have a big advantage in weight along the forward walls. The Packers have four tackles who will average close to 250 pounds apiece, and their two line both average over 217 pounds from end to end. Neither of the Giant forward walls will come within 10 pounds of that weight. The Giants are counting heavily on their defense to check the Packers. So far only 69 points have been scored upon New York in eight game and the last two have been won by shutouts.
NOV 19 (New York) - The play fo pay footballers are threatening to take the interest away from the college stars here this week. Not one of the metropolitan college teams looks anything like a champion this season and 25,000 probably will be the top attendance for any of today's local games. The New York Giants, on the other hand, are busy denying reports of a sellout for their battle with the Green Bay Packers Sunday. Advance sales indicate, however, they won't be far away. The Giants are leading the National league's Eastern division and need a victory to stay ahead of the Washington Redskins. The Packers already have clinched a tie for the Western division title and will be out to win it outright. For an added attraction, the Chicago Bears meet the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
NOV 19 (New York) - After talking his star players into the hospital all week, Curly Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers, admitted yesterday that his first-string lineup would start against the Giants Sunday in the Polo Grounds. All this makes for the most titanic struggle of the cash-and-carry season, for even Flash Falaschi, Giants' chronic cripple, is ready to strut. The Giants have pulled up to an even-money choice against the Western Division leaders, the main reason being their lopsided triumph over Cleveland's Rams a week back. Don Hutson, Packers' pass-snaring end who was on the injury list, is ready to start - a factor which increases the invaders' aerial efficiency 50 percent. Clarke Hinkle, all-league fullback, still has a cold but it is improving. The script calls for a battle of passes and runs, for each outfit has experts in both departments. Herber and Isbell are star tossers - coming pretty close to the touted Ed Danowski. On the ground it probably will be Isbell against the Giants' Tuffy Leemans - who has hit his '36 stride in the last two weeks...GIANTS MUST WIN - OR: The Packers are assured of at least a tie for the Western Division title, but the Giants, a half-game in front of the Redskins, must win or drop into second place. Brooklyn's Dodgers are on the spot at Ebbets Field, for they have to wind up in front of the Bears to retain a mathematical chance for the Eastern Division championship. It will be known tonight whether Beattie Feathers can perform in the Dodger backfield. He has made a miraculous recovery from the head injury he suffered against the Redskins three weeks ago.
NOV 20 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants will take the field here Sunday for a game which may be a preview of the NFL's championship playoff. The Packers already have clinched the western division title. Win or lose Sunday, the Giants probably will have to tie or defeat the Washington Redskins in the last game of the season December 4. Both the Giants and the Redskins will still have a game apiece to play before they meet. New York will play at Brooklyn Thanksgiving day and Pittsburgh will be at Washington next Sunday. Both the leaders figure to win handily. If New York should lose to the Packers and Brooklyn and Washington should beat Pittsburgh, the Redskins would have the eastern title clinched regardless of the outcome of their game with the Giants. If Washington should lose to Pittsburgh and New York split even with Green Bay and Brooklyn, the Redskins could still clinch the title by beating the Giants. If both New York and Washington win or lose their remaining games, their December 6 contest will settle the issue. New York and Green Bay are old rivals and always have been tough for one another, with the Packers holding an edge. They probably will play to the largest crowd of the pro season. Passing is almost always the determining factor in close pro games. This one will put the league's leading pitcher, Danowski, against two close rivals, Cecil Isbell and Arnie Herber. The Packers have the joker in the deck in the person of Hutson, their phenomenal pass catching end. Both teams will be at full strength despite injuries and some bruises. The Packers' "cripples" were preparing to play, including fullback Hinkle, who has been fighting a cold. Hutson's sore leg has been treated diligently to get him in shape. Only two other games are scheduled, the Chicago Bears at Brooklyn and Detroit at Chicago against the Cardinals. Thanksgiving day New York will play Brooklyn and the Bears will be at Detroit. Remaining games after that will Cleveland at the Cardinals and Pittsburgh at Washington next Sunday and Philadelphia at Detroit and Washington at New York December 4.
NOV 29 (New York) - More than 70,000 pro grid fans are expected to jam the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field this afternoon in the "play-for-pay" game's biggest single day in the metropolitan area. Advance sales indicate that 40,000 will watch the Giants and the Green Bay Packers, divisional leaders in the NFL, battle at the Polo Grounds. In Brooklyn, the Dodgers will attempt to stop Chicago's Bears before an anticipated 30,000. The Packers are 6-5 favorites and the Bears an 8-5 choice. Kickoffs are at 2:15. If the Packers are victorious today, they'll clinch the Western championship. It's their last game of the season. A defeat would make it possible for Detroit's Lions to tie the Packers, which would make a playoff necessary. The Giants hold a half game margin over the defending champ, Washington's Redskins, who are idle today, and a victory is essential to hold first place. Both the Giants and Packers have won their last five games. This will be the seventeenth meeting of the two clubs, with Green Bay holding a 9-7 edge. A year ago, the Giants pulled a 10-0 upset, breaking a seven game Packer winning streak. The Packer lineup is studded with stars. Coach Curly Lambeau has collected players who can pass and ran expertly behind a powerful line. Clarke Hinkle, all-league fullback for two years, tops the scorers in the league, with 58 points. Don Hutson, one of the best ends in the game, has caught thirty-two passes in ten games and is only one point behind Hinkle for the scoring leadership. The hottest back in the circuit, Cecil Isbell, wears a Green Bay uniform. The Giants' running attack, which has improved considerably, is counted on to drive the Giants to victory, coupled with Ed Danowski's effective passing. Tuffy Leemans and Kink Richards have both regained their old speed and drive. The Giants' starting backfield will consist of Danowski, Hank Soar, Ward Cuff and Leland Shaffer. The Giant lines will spot the Packers about ten pounds per man. In Brooklyn, the Dodgers will be fighting to retain a mathematical chance of copping the Eastern title. The Dodgers have been never beaten the Bears in the eight games the teams have played.
record of having completed 50 percent of his passes over a five-year span...SEE ISBELL WORKING: New Yorkers will get their first view of Cecil Isbell, who at present is about the hottest back in the pro circuit. The recruit from Purdue is third in ground gaining with an eight-yard average and tops the Green Bay squad in passing effectiveness. Steve Owen, the Giant coach, is worrying plenty about Isbell. His scouts have reported that the former Boilermaker has everything in a football way. Green Bay will have an advantage in weight along the forward wall. The Packers have four tackles who will average close to 250 pounds apiece, and their two lines both average over 217 pounds from end to end. Neither of the Giant forward walls will come within 10 pounds of that weight...WEISGERBER TO START: In the backfield the weight difference is not material, although the decision of Coach Lambeau to start Dick Weisgerber, the East Orange boy from Williamette, in place of Schneidman as blocking back will give the invaders a slight edge. The Giants are counting heavily on their defense to check the Packers. So far only 69 points have been scored upon New York in eight games. The last two have been won by shutouts. But Detroit had a great defensive record until it met the Packers last Sunday and suffered a 28 to 7 trouncing.
NOV 19 (New York) - Just as there were definite indications at this time last week into the Green Bay-Detroit football game might develop into a much easier Packer conquest than many fans supposed, right now you can start worrying about the fracas at the Polo Grounds tomorrow. And if the Green Bay Packers emerge with anything as satisfying as a tie with the Giants, you can all heave a mighty sigh of relief and relax to play with the children Sunday evening - for as the battle time nears the stage appears to be set for one of the toughest, hardest, most bitterly fought engagements of the season, one rivaling that at Wrigley field two weeks ago. Not that the Giants are likely to play the slugging, unethical type of football popularized by the Chicago Bears, but they are keyed to the limit, and it certainly is within the realm of the possible for them to engineer an upset over the mighty invaders from the West. Although the Packers insist that their morale never was higher, it is not hard to believe that they will suffer a severe letdown from that pinnacle of last week, when they were hopped up almost beyond all reason. You never saw a grade school team working under the head of steam the Packers displayed at Detroit, and it is an impossibility to hold an edge like that for two weeks in succession - or is it? Green Bay, too, is badly dented. Coach Curly Lambeau hopes that several of his first stringers will not be called upon for much action, but it's a wish which isn't likely to be gratified. The hard-worked Packer regulars probably will have to see as much service tomorrow as in any other tough games on the schedule. The New York Giants, too, are aiming for a championship. Desperately they want to finish on top in the Eastern division race. They have the best defensive record in the NFL - although don't lose sight of the fact that that record was compiled mostly against Eastern competition, which can't be compared to the rugged stuff the Western clubs produce. So, while nothing is less futile than picking the score of a professional football game, if the score should favor the Packers by 10 to 7, or 14 to 10, don't be surprised. And if the Giants should triumph, don't be too startled by that, either. In fact, don't be worried. Because here is a very definite suspicion that the Detroit Lions shot everything they had in that futile attempt to halt the Packers at Briggs stadium last Sunday. If the Chicago Cardinals do not rise up with their most astonishing showing of the season tomorrow, and tip over those second place Lions, then the Bears from Chicago will shove Detroit over into provincial territory on Thanksgiving day, and that's no idle chatter. The Lions are through. They handed the Packers their Sunday punch, and it turned out to be of the powder puff variety. And if Green Bay doesn't storm the front door of the Western championship tomorrow afternoon at the Polo Grounds, we'll back in the side door by taking advantage of the one defeat Detroit can't afford to have.
NOV 19 (New York) - The most important game of the NFL campaign will put the Green Bay Packers against the New York Giants at the Polo Ground here tomorrow. Two pennant bids are involved in the battle, which is expected to attract a capacity crowd of 50,000. Leaders of the Western division, the Packers need the game to clinch their pennant claims, and the Giants need it, too, to hold their current slim Eastern division lead over Washington. Both teams are at full strength, and each comes up to the test riding the crest of five game winning streaks. The Giants got off the mark slowly this year, but a clever passing attack in support of a strong line has been consistently successful in recent weeks. That a passing battle will ensue is the general forecast. The Packers' Cecil Isbell is the aerial "sensation" of the season, a redoubtable successor to the brilliant Arnie Herber. The Giants' Ed Danowski's passing has not been so spectacular nor attracted so much attention, but his record is equally as good. Packer prospects are materially brightened by the return by Don Hutson, pass catcher extraordinary. The old Alabama star was injured at Detroit last week, but final practice rehearsals demonstrated that he has shaken off the effects. The game is the seventeenth meeting of the rivals and Green Bay holds a 9 to 7 edge in the series which
NOV 14 (Aboard American Airline, en route from Detroit to Chicago) - This cloud buggy is heading westward directly over Three Rivers, Mich., wherever that is, at a height of 5,180 feet and an approximate speed of 180 miles per hour. This is seven feet and three inches higher than the Green Bay Packers blew the Detroit Lions' defense at Briggs stadium this afternoon, and is some ten miles slower than the speed at which the Packers are driving toward the professional football championship of the world. A team is no stronger than its reserves, and weren't you glad of that a few hours ago, when Packer after Packers was helped or carried from the field, only to see his replacement tear into the Lions with a furious vigor that must have made the helpless Detroiters think they were battling every one in the state of Wisconsin. And they were, If ever a football team was fired to the skies by the knowledge of its own power and the loyalty of its fans, that club was the Green Bay Packers this afternoon. Maybe you were a little scared when the Lions rode back in the third period, but the Lions never had a chance. They weren't in the ball game. It was like taking candy from a baby, and then giving the kids a good kick in the pants so that he will remember not to take his candy in public places again. The Lions were overwhelmed by an entire squad of Packers, fighting with a desperation that overcame twisted ankles and bruised shins and drove the defending team back in the bottle, and kept it there. A team that can play football like that deserves to be champion. The first officer of the airliner stops by and says, "What are you doing?" I'm writing a news story, he is told. "A sports writer, eh?" he inquires. "Well, well. And you follow the team around the country" You fellows certainly do lead exciting lives." Then he had to hurry forward, because there had been a stiff headwind all the way in from Buffalo, and the skipper in the forward compartment wanted him to stand by as the craft neared the lower end of Lake Michigan...Clarke Hinkle, who has played a lot of great football for Green Bay, scored 13 points against the Lions and finally moved past Johnny Blood into second place on the Packers' all-time scoring list. Hinkle's 28th and 29th touchdowns, and his 23rd extra point, boosted his big total to 283, which is nine more than Blood's and is 68 points less than the 301 held by Verne Lewellen, Green Bay's all-time scoring leader. Don Hutson kicked his 4th extra point, and remained in fourth place with 202, 22 less than Blood, who has been relegated to third position on the all-time list. Tiny Engebretsen got his 17th and 18th points after touchdown, giving him a grand total of 39, which ties him with Eddie Jankowski for 23rd place. Cecil Isbell and Andy Uram each scored his second Packer touchdown, and each has 12 points.
NOV 15 (Travers Island, NY) - The Packers resumed active preparation this morning for Sunday's NFL game with the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, and all hands were on deck for the practice, although several of Coach E.L. Lambeau's staunchest gridders were a  bit the worse for wear. Don Hutson hobbled around with a sore knee; Herman Schneidman's injured leg was giving him plenty of trouble and Brute Mulleneaux's ankle was far from being in 60-minute playing shape. Bobby Monnett, who was sidelined last Sunday from Bear game injuries, is still far from playing shape, but the little giant claims he will be right for the Giant game or it will be Dave Woodward's hide. Coach Lambeau is well pleased with the Travers Island setup. The food is excellent for highly trained athletes. The practice field could not be improved and the players' rooms, all of whom had individual quarters, are homelike in every respect...ESTATE IS EXCLUSIVE: The New York Athletic club estate is very exclusive and many of the leading football squads in the country have made use of the spacious club. When the Packers arrived, a dozen of the Yale cross country team were galloping around the lawns and one of the wise-cracking Packers was heard to remark that "if this spot is good enough for the ritzy Yales, it should be o.k. for us." The only note of discomfort was quickly ironed out. Buford (Baby) Ray tried out  his bed immediately on arrival and it was found a bit short for the former Vanderbilt man-mountain to stretch comfortably. This situation was taken up with the club management and arrangements were made for a bed once used by Primo Carnera to be sent out from a Broadway hotel. It arrived in time for Ray to sleep in peace Monday night...TRAIN IS LATE: The Packers were long overdue on the trip east from Detroit, where they twisted half a dozen knots in the Lions' tails. During the night en route through Canada, the Michigan Central engine blew a cylinder head, and the so-called "Wolverine" was about three hour late pulling into Yonkers, where a bus met the squad and took the players seven miles over hill and dale to Travers Island. Coach Lambeau had to move fast to keep his engagement as the featured speaker at the football coaches' weekly luncheon around the festive table at Jack Dempsey's restaurant. However, Lambeau, thanks to a Gotham friend who drove in from Travers Island to Broadway in nothing flat, arrived on time to make his bow before the gathering was seated. The Packer coach made a great hit at the gridiron griddle and he was kept busy answering questions for about 20 minutes. The New York papers always give the coaches' session quite a play, and they spilled over plenty telling about Lambeau, etc...SITS WITH CROWLEY: During the luncheon Lambeau rubbed elbows with Coach Jimmy Crowley of Fordham, who sat at his right, while stout Steve Owen, coach of the Giants, was nearby and when called upon sang the blue about the Giants' chances in Sunday's game with the Packers. Of course, Lambeau took Owen's wail with a sniff of salt. Some of the other speakers chided Owen for "crying before he was hurt". Several hundred sat in at the luncheon and such celebrities as Lou Little, coach of Columbia, and John Kieran, noted sports columnist of the New York Times, went out of his way to give Lambeau the glad hand and welcome him again to Gotham. Lambeau's son, Don, plays with the Fordham freshmen at West Point Wednesday afternoon and Crowley has invited the Packer mentor to sit on the Fordham frosh bench and watch Don strut his stuff. West Point is but a short distance from Travers Island...LARGE ADVANCE SALE: The New York Giant management is expected the biggest crowd of the season at Sunday's game. The advance seat sale is very encouraging and Tim Mara, owner of the football Giants, claims that if the sun shines this weekend, the football field in the shadow of Coogan's Bluff will house a crowd considerably over 50,000. Across the river the picture isn't so hot. The Brooklyn Dodgers have a game scheduled with the Chicago Bears, and one of Dan Toppings's executives remarked that he feared George Halas and his nasty Bruins would play before more empty seats than filled ones at Ebbets field. Once again the Packer management simply grins and "bears" it. Sunday's game will settle the question - how good a scout is Bo Molenda? The Giants' assistant coach, who played a lot of football as a member of the Green Bay Packers not so many years ago, camped on the Bayites' trail at the Cleveland and Bear games. It is understood that Bo ran out of pencils trying to file a detailed report on the Green Bay overhead offensive...WIRES FROM HOME: The Packers are still chuckling over some of the telegrams they received in Detroit after spanking Dutch Clark and Company. Several of the wires were "honies" and it showed the players that the folks back home were tickled to death with the win. This is the kind of spirit that helps a lot when the team is on the road battling their darndest to bring another national football championship back to old Green Bay.
NOV 15 (Green Bay) - The outstanding gridiron pageantry of the 1938 professional season was placed on display at Briggs stadium in Detroit last Sunday, when the Green Bay Packers ground the Lions under their heels for the victory which will probably mean the Western division championship. It's a shame that the folks who have flocked to City stadium during the past season, and who failed to see the Packers play their very best football, couldn't have joined the slim band of Green Bay rooters at Detroit, to see their team at its magnificent best. They've thrown their hands into the air at Detroit. They'll swamp New York and they'll travel on to win their fifth National league championship in their history. And while that's counting quite a few chickens while the little fellows still are slumbering comfortably in their eggs, you can't talk down the fact that Sunday the Packers were a really great football eleven...JUST A LITTLE FUN: This isn't intended, however, to be a hymn of praise for the football team. It's just meant to point out a little fun and a few bits of entertainment on the side which made Sunday afternoon the best show of all these autumn days, and which kept the 45,000-plus throng in alternate moods of amusement and pleasure. First of all, there was the baby lion. The Detroit Lion mascot, wearing his tawny skin and shaggy mane, turned up with a cub, who in real like is a 9-year old girl, and the two of them had all varieties of fun prior to the game, and during its progress. In fact, the Lions could have done worse to use them in their lineup, The fun started when the cub was given a bath in a porcelain tub on the 30-yard line, with Papa Lion doing the scrubbing. The youngster squirmed loose a few times and was chased around the gridiron, but each time she was dragged back and put to soak again in imaginary suds...STALKS TOY BALLOON: Then the baby lion discovered a balloon blowing around the field, and spent much time stalking it, finally landing upon it with a resounding pop. Onto the field marches the splendidly maneuvering Wayne university band, complete even to master of ceremonies and girls attired in brilliant oriental costumes. The band spread itself out so that it covered the entire gridiron, and after the Star Spangled Banner was played and the colors raised, it condensed quickly to form the letters "G.B.P." The leader raised his baton, and the band swung into the strains of "Go, You Packer" played as it never had been played before. The little group of Green Bay enthusiasts in the stands cheered themselves dizzy, and the band responded, with each member taking out a tiny megaphone and singing the words to rapid march time. "On, you Green and Gold to glory, Win this game, the same old story, Fight, you Packers - fight, and bring the bacon Home to old Green Bay." The lion and cub danced capers around the big musical organization, which formed itself into a giant "L" and marched slowly the length of the gridiron, playing a rousing Detroit pep song. The mayor of Detroit was introduced and thoroughly booed by the packed bleachers. He didn't care - he won the election...DRAW THIN HAND: Out from the stands, running in close formation, helmets placed for the battle, came the Green Bay Packers, to draw a scattered hand. They were attired in their new road jerseys of white with black numbers and trimmings, and they looked like a football team. To the roar of thousands, the Lions pranced upon the gridiron, sunlight reflected from silver helmets and satin pants. There was a tenseness in the air that implied the fact which all recognized - a championship was to be decided that day. The men in the press coop leaned forward, pencils in hand. The telegraph keys were silenced. The Lions were scattered in formation to receive. The Packers were in one slim line, extending the width of the field...READY TO KICK: Clarke Hinkle, ready to kick off, nervously adjusted his helmet. The whistle blew. Slowly, with increasing speed, Hinkle moved forward, and with him moved the Packer gridiron battalion. The ball swept from his feet into a gigantic arc in the air. Down it fell, plunking into the arms of Detroit's Vernon Huffman on the five-yard line. Stepping carefully but speedily, he dodged back, evading a Packer tackler, sidestepping another, until he was met with terrific force by Green Bay's Brute Mulleneaux on the 28 yard line. The game was on.
improved running has brought him into the first ten with 248 yards and an average of three yards per attempt. Hinkle in addition to his scoring leadership is eighth in ground gaining with 273 yards, averaging 2.5 each attempt...SECOND TO KERCHEVAL: And in field goal kicking, Ward Cuff of the Giants is second only to Ralph Kercheval of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Cuff has made good on four out of five attempts from the field while Kercheval has kicked five in 12 attempts. The best offensive team in professional football proved last Sunday a better team than one of the strongest defensive teams. The same question presents itself again in the battle between the record point-getting Packers and the sturdy defensive Giants. Green Bay has scored 220 points in 10 games, as much as it did the entire season last fall, to set an 11 game record. So all it has to do to beat the mark is to score upon the Giants. New York at present is the best defensive team of the NFL. It has won its last two starts from the Cardinals and Cleveland by shutouts and has yielded only 69 points. New York also has allowed opponents only 170 yards per game in eight starts and no team has scored more than two touchdowns per game. On the other hand Green Bay has a record of scoring at least three touchdowns in eight of its games, and of gaining an average of 270 yards in 10 games. This is a formidable total and without doubt New York will have to show its best defensive efforts to date to check the Packers' offense...GRANTS 49 POINTS: Detroit has yielded only 49 points in seven games up to its clash with the Packers on Sunday, yet Green Bay ran up 28 points more than half as many as had been scored all season by other Lions' opponents. Both teams have won their last five starts and a decisive victory in this struggle between the division leaders would establish the victor a favorite to gain the league title. New York still must hurdle Brooklyn on Thanksgiving day and the Redskins on Dec. 4 to gain the playoff if it gets by those red-hot Packers who complete their regular league schedule Sunday.
NOV 16 (Green Bay) - Disappointment ranked first in the emotions of Detroit professional football fans after the mauling their Lions received at the hands of the Green Bay Packers last Sunday afternoon, and more downhearted than anyone was Earl (Dutch) Clark, coach of the team he hoped to pilot to the Western division championship, and eventually to all-league honors. He may yet, but the Lions were handed a potent setback in their loss to the Packers, and they have yet to face the menacing forms of the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. Sam Greene, Detroit News sportswriter, tackled Clark in the locker room after Sunday's game, and the following article is the result: BY SAM GREENE: After the Detroit Lions' 28 to 7 defeat by Green Bay at Briggs stadium Sunday had been posted on the scoreboard and the discomfited Dutch Clark has returned to the clubhouse to swap moleskins for mufti, he remarked soberly: "We played hard but not very well." In those seven words the Detroit coach summed up an opinion that undoubtedly was shared by the crowd of 45,139 that set a new football attendance record for the city. Elaborating, he kept in line with the popular notion of the Lions, once a threat for the NFL title and now all but mathematically eliminated...TEAM GOT WORSE: "From week to week we seem to get worse, instead of better," Clark said, with characteristic frankness. "If you don't hurry up and close the season, we'll be helpless. I thought we would improve but we haven't. I wouldn't be surprised - ." Clark slipped two fingers into the watch pocket of his trousers and found that on the contrary, he would be much surprised. Missing was a 20-dollar bill he had left for what he assumed was safe keeping. He searched the locker and the floor without reward. The money was gone with even more finality than Detroit's championship hope. The Lions do retain a chance though it's hardly worth mentioning. Green Bay is at the top of the Western Division with only one game left, with the New York Giants next Sunday. If the Packers win or tie that one, they will have qualified beyond dispute to represent the West in the post-season battle against the Eastern Division leaders...LIONS MAY TIE: If Green Bay loses to New York, the Lions can tie for the Western title by taking their three remaining games, one with the Cardinals in Chicago, next Sunday; one with the Bears here Thanksgiving day, and one with Philadelphia here Dec. 4. In the remote possibility of such development, the Lions would have to play Green Bay again to determine the Western entry for the championship final. It probably would save the Lions humiliation if intervening events prevent such a meeting. It was plainly evident Sunday that the skidding Detroit club is no match for the Packers, who apparently are gathering strength as the race progresses. Green Bay proved itself the best team that has opposed the Lions this fall. Led by Clarke Hinkle, the former Bucknell fullback, they excelled in the fundamentals of tackling, blocking and charging; in speed and strategy; in power and deception. "They're the class of the league all right," commented Clark, still clinging closely to the public viewpoint. "I thought so even when we beat them at Green Bay. I'm sure of it now. That Hinkle is a whole ball club himself. Isbell, Hutson, Laws and the others are plenty good, too, but Hinkle is the hub of the outfit."
NOV 16 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers Tuesday went through their training paces at Travers Island in preparation for the game with the Giants at the Polo Grounds Sunday. The 30 members of the squad were a happy and carefree lot. Coach Curly Lambeau called them "characters". He has brought them up to the country so they might rest and relax far from Broadway. "Up here," said Curly, "I can keep the boys' mind on football all the time. Anyway, we've been through five tough games and have still another tough one ahead of us Sunday. We've always found the Giants a problem. But this is a grand bunch, always on the lookout for fun. A few weeks ago they grabbed Red Smith, my assistant, and buried him under an ice cold shower, making nothing of the fact that Red was fully dressed at the time. (Smith himself verified this, but still doesn't think it was funny.) Take this Pete Tinsley, one of our guards. Now, there's a real hillbilly, who up until he was 13 never wore a pair of shoes. He still doesn't like to wear them." Tinsley, who starred at Georgia, confirmed Lambeau's tale. "Yes, it's true. I guess I just don't like shoes. Never wore them as a kid. Shoes were just Sunday-go-to-meeting' clothes. But I've got to wear them now. It's too cold here." This group of Packers reminds one of the famed gas house gang. "Anything for a laugh" appears to be their slogan. Once during the practice session four or five of them took time out to chase a squirrel. Lambeau will keep the squad at Travers Island until Sunday except for quick visits to the city Thursday and for the Fordham-South Carolina game Saturday.
executives. The Packers went through an extensive drill this morning, with all hands on deck. Chilly winds that had a Wisconsin tinge sweep the wide open spaces but the Bays liked it plenty and the players pranced around in coltish style while a handful of visiting newspaper correspondents shivered on the playing field sidelines and then hustled into the clubhouse to warm around the cheerful log fire which was burning in the reception room grate...VISITORS FROM TIMES: Louis Effrat, one of the New York Times' sport specialists, was among the visitors at the Packers' country estate and he penned the following interesting story: "While icy winds from Long Island sound blew over New York Athletic club estate at Travers Island and the thermometer waged a losing battle in its efforts to maintain a respectable level, the massive men who form the Green Bay Packers went through their training paces for the crucial combat with the Giants Sunday, seemingly without a worry in their collective mind. Just about assured of the Western championship the burly Badgers. 30 of 'em, are indeed a happy and carefree lot as they tune up for Steve Owen's aggregation. In short, this group of Packers reminds one very much of the famed Gas House gang. 'Anything for a laugh' appears to be their slogan. Once during the practice, four or five of the gridders took time out to chase a squirrel across the field."...PLEASED WITH EAST: "Coach E.L. Lambeau is more than pleased with the Travers Island estate, as it provides rest and relaxation which could not be gained on Broadway. 'Up here,' said Lambeau, 'I can keep the boys' minds on football all the time and this is most necessary because the Giants will be awfully tough Sunday. I have a great bunch of players this year and they are always on the lookout for fun. Not so long ago they grabbed Red Smith, my assistant, and hurled him under an ice cold shower, making nothing of the fact that Red was fully dressed at the time.' " According to reports from Giants' camp, Steve Owen is working his squad overtime to have the players right on edge to mix with the husky Green Bayians. A special defensive to combat Don Hutson's pass grabbing activities is being worked out under the direction of Bo Molenda, assistant mentor, who covered recent Packer games in Cleveland and Chicago...RUNS LIKES DEER: "Watch Hutson" is the slogan in the New York camp and Hap Barnard, a recruit end, is "Hutson" in the Giant drills. Barnard was a 10 second man in his "rah rah" days and he runs like a deer in the workouts while his teammates try to drag him down. As yet Coach Steve Owen has not designated any other of his players to "double" for Cecil Isbell, Clarke Hinkle, Joe Laws and other stellar Packer backs. The Packers will take the air tonight over four New York stations while others are booked to speak at suppers and athletic gatherings throughout the metropolitan area. Coach Lambeau arranged for the bus trip to Gotham and scheduled all the broadcasts and personal appearances inside a four-hour period. The brief vacation will enable the players to take in a show or do their New York shopping. On the return trip the bus will leave the Victoria hotel, which will be the Packers' headquarters in the metropolis, at 9:45 p.m. It is about an hour's ride from Broadway to Travers Island, where the curfew rings promptly at "11 bells".
NOV 18 (New York) - Curly Lambeau and his Green Bay Packers went collegiate yesterday with a secret practice session at Travers Island. Lambeau masked the drill completely by staging it indoors. He used the New York AC clubhouse and pulled down all the shades. Aide-de-camps guarded each window as the Packers - paying most attention to defensive maneuvers - prepared for Sunday's clash with the Giants in the Polo Grounds. At least, defensive drills is how Lambeau later described it...TEARS FOR INJURED PACKERS: This secrecy had no apparent reason, the Giants having the Packers well-scouted - and vice versa. Following the session Lambeau wept long and loud about the Green Bay list of injuries. After this recital - which had Hutson, ace end; Schneidman, quarterback; and Monnett, halfback, designated as hospital cases - the Packers were given the day off. Clarke Hinkle, big fullback, is down with a cold which he caught posing for too many pictures. The invaders are banking on Andy Uram, ex-Minnesota back; and Cecil Isbell, Purdue, to provide the big offensive spark. Don Hutson, despite his leg injury, is expected to be the greatest threat to the Giants. He has snared 32 passes in 10 games and clicked on 9 of these for touchdowns.
NOV 18 (New York) - A final rehearsal today at Travers Island demonstrated that Don Hutson, pass catching phenom of the Green Bay Packers, is again in tip top shape, and the news established the Packers, western division leaders, at the 6 to 5 favorites over the Giants for Sunday's National league game at the Polo Grounds. Hutson was hurt in last week's Detroit engagement, but appears to have shaken off the effects of the injury and upon the word of Coach Curly Lambeau will definitely start the game. Bob Monnett, Clarke Hinkle and Joe Schneidman have minor injuries. A passing battle is anticipated, pitting the sensation Cecil Isbell against the veteran Ed Danowski. The latter, while not so spectacular as the Packer star, has compiled an unmatched pass completion record this year. Hutson, of course, gives the Packers the distinct advantage in this department but to counteract it the Giants are supposed to have a generally superior line. New York's football public has tabbed the battle as the game of the metropolitan season, and it is expected to tax the capacity of the Polo Grounds, 50,000 people.
the Packers have used for several seasons. Following the workout Saturday morning, the Packers will hustle back to the hotel, change their clothes and then depart in a body for the Polo Grounds, where Jimmy Crowley's Fordham Rams tackle Rex Enright's South Carolina Gamecocks in a collegiate gridiron classic which has an intersectional tinge...PLAYED WITH PACKERS: This game between the Rams and Gamecocks has a Green Bay angle as both coaches once saw service with the Packer machine. Crowley only played a couple of games with Lambeau and Company in 1925, while Enright did his fullbacking several seasons after. Crowley has asked Coach Lambeau to sit on the Fordham bench, while it is quite possible that Pete Tinsley will be a guest on the South Carolina side. Enright coached at Georgia for three years before taking over the direction of the Gamecocks and it was during Enright's sojourn at Georgia that Tinsley developed into one of the best center flankers below the Mason-Dixon line. Tinsley is getting quite a play from the New York papers and several of the scribes have penned interesting yarns about the Georgian hillbilly and his longing for barefeet in preference to shoes...LOOKING FOR SCRIBES: Pete is taking the extra ink with good taste but he is nosing around trying to find out who tipped off the scribes about the "barefoot" boy. The evidence points to Red Smith, and the former Georgia star is already mapping a revenge campaign against Coach Lambeau's most capable assistant. The Packers took the air Thursday night, not with footballs but with broadcasts. A half dozen of the players appeared before the various "mikes" in the metropolitan area and were interviewed by sport announcers. According to unconfirmed reports from the Belmont Plaza, where the Chicago Bears are staying, George Halas, coach of the Bruins, nearly wore out the dial on the radio in his room trying to get some station that wasn't boosting the Packers...FORMER BAY RESIDENTS: Former Green Bayians who now reside in New York have started to put in appearances and they are offering their service to Coach Lambeau in any way possible. Among the early birds to say hello were Louis Cook and Archie Duncan, both of whom are engaged in the lumber business along the Great White Way. The Staten Island contingent, headed by Dan Blaine, also dropped around to say hello. Blaine told some of the bystanders that the one feature of his career as a pro football magnate at Stapleton was the club's visit to Green Bay back in 1931, even though his Staten Islanders took a 26 to 0 goose egging. Business continues to boom at the football Giants' downtown ticket office on 42nd street and, according to Ned Irish, who handles the publicity for Tim Mara's cash and carry gridders, there is a good chance that all professional football attendance figures will be smashed to smithereens. Irish stated that the football writers from some 50 papers hereabouts have asked for press reservations. Here are some brief liners about the Coogans Bluff gridiron combat this weekend:...STAGES 17TH GAME: The current Giants-Packer game will be the 17th meeting of the rivals. Green Bay holds a 9 to 7 edge. But in New York the Giants have won five out of eight times from Green Bay. Ed Danowski has already gained more than twice as much yardage running as he did all last season. He has gained nearly 200 yards. Green Bay has scored twice as many touchdowns passing as running, 20 to 10. New York and Green Bay have each only missed two attempts to convert for the extra point. Or a combined total of 44 conversions in 48 attempts. New York has been much more effective in running back kicks. Giants have picked up 427 yards in this fashion to 250 by the Packers' safeties...MAY MEET BENGALS: There is a possibility that the Packers will play the Cincinnati Bengals in Green Bay on Nov. 27. Negotiations are now hanging fire with the Redland club, which has victories to his credit over the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cardinals. Definite decision will be made after Sunday's game with the New York Giants. Efforts to secure a game in the metropolitan sector have not been very successful, as the non-National league clubs hereabouts are not so keen about tackling the Packers. Coach E.L. Lambeau has contacted a young arm of possible opponents from Providence, R.I., to Richmond, Va., and none of these clubs would hardly offer a guarantee enough to pay the traveling expenses. According to Coach E.L. Lambeau, the Packers will be without the starting services of Clarke Hinkle, stellar fullback, Don Hutson, pass grabbing end, Bobby Monnett, spectacular halfback, and Herman Schneidman, superior blocking back. Hinkle pulled a muscle in his leg while cavorting for one of the Gotham cameramen, who has been a thorn in the side of Coach Lambeau ever since the Packers arrived here at Travers Island. Hutson's injured knee has kinked again, and Trainer Dave Woodward 
NOV 18 (Green Bay) - A great tribute to the Green Bay Packers following their crushing defeat of the Detroit Lions at Detroit last Sunday appeared in the Detroit News this week under the name of H.G. Salsinger, one of the country's best known sportswriters. The complete article follows: BY H.G. SALSINGER: Detroit defeated Green Bay 17 to 7 on Oct. 9. Green Bay defeated Detroit 28 to 7 on Nov. 13. Green Bay, according to the two scores, improved 31 points (or four touchdowns and one field goal) in four weeks. The same lineup that was beaten by 10 points in October beat the same team by 21 points in November. It is likely that Green Bay improved in team play in the four weeks' period but it is more likely that Green Bay was "cold" on Oct. 9 and "hot" on Nov. 13...HOT AND COLD: In football terms and individuals blow hot and cold. After beating Green Bay in October, a few of the Detroit players said that Green Bay was the best team in the country and picked them to win the professional championship. If they can hold the form they flashed at Briggs stadium on Sunday they will surely win the title...HAS UNUSUAL BALANCE: Green Bay is a finished football team with unusual balance. They have the line and the backfield capable of producing any variety of attack and any variety of defense. Green Bay has line that will compare with any other in professional football and they certainly have the best two ends in the country in Don Hutson and Milt Gantenbein. There are probably no better guards around than Paul Engebretsen nor a better tackle than Bill Lee, basing this opinion on his play last Sunday. The Green Bay line can charge and block. On defense the Green Bay forward were constantly going through and harassing the Detroit backs. We do not recall ever seeing a team block better...STRONGER BEHIND LINE: Green Bay is even stronger behind the line. They have probably the best string of backs that ever passed, carried and kicked a ball in professional play. Detroit hasn't one capable forward passer but Green Bay has four - Cecil Isbell, Arnold Herber, Bob Monnett and Joe Laws. They all can carry a ball as well as throw it. Andy Uram is one of the top ball carriers in the professional game and where are there two better plungers than Ed Jankowski and Clarke Hinke? Where are there two others as good?...CARRIES ANY LINE: Green Bay can carry out any line of attack better than any rival. They have the passers to loosen the defense and when it becomes loose they have the runners who can take advantage of the set-up. There is a lingering belief in the Detroit camp that the forward pass is a handicap, rather than an asset, to a running attack because running plays disintegrate when mixed with forward passes, but if this belief was not shattered by Green Bay last Sunday there is little hope for the future of Detroit professional football...ALWAYS WERE TWO: Green Bay's running attack worked so successfully because of the deception that the forward passes supplied. Detroit never knew what to expect. The defense could not concentrate upon one forward passer, because there were always at least two behind the Green Bay line. And they were expert runners as well as passers. The result was complete befuddlement of the Detroit defense. Detroit's attack, in turn, was no problem for the Green Bay defense. Green Bay knew what to expect after the first few minutes of play and the way the Detroit reverse and fake reverse plays were smothered at the line of scrimmage proved that deception was one thing the Detroit offense completely lacked...ATTACK IS FUTILE: We do not recall ever seeing an attack more futile than Detroit's. Here was evidence of a humiliating kind that the pet reverse and fake reverse plays are no longer an offensive asset. They worked gloriously for Detroit a few years ago but that what was when Dutch Clark and Ernie Caddel were carrying the ball on the reverses and when Ace Gutowsky was smashing his way through center and inside tackle to give deception to the attack. Clark is no longer active and Caddel is nearly as inactive. Gutowsky rarely plays more than a few minutes and he can no longer smash as he did a few years ago, so the attack departed with Clark, Caddel and Gutowsky.
Green Bay Packers fullback Clark Hinkle practices with his teammates on Nov. 15, 1938, at the New York Athletic Club at Travis Island as Green Bay prepares for its clash the New York Giants a few days later. (ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES)
Arnold Herber, holder of league record for passing, gets one off as the Green Bay Packers practice at Travers Island, for game with New York football Giants.
place with 46 percent, and Washington fell to third with 45.
NOV 15 (New York) - The greatest pro football attractions of the season will be presented Sunday when the Giants play the Green Bay Packers at the Polo Grounds and the rejuvenated Dodgers take on the Chicago Bears at Ebbets Field. The Packers are assured of at least a tie for the Western Division championship of the NFL. In the East, the Giants hold a half game margin over the Redskins and must win Sunday or drop to second while Washington enjoys an off day. At the same time, the Dodgers must win if they are to retain a mathematical chance to surprise by copping the Eastern title...PACKERS ARE SCORERS: The Packers, who steamrolled the Bears and Lions in their last two engagements, are quartered at Travers Island. Yesterday Curly Lambeau remarked he was looking for a tough game Sunday and, in the next breath, exploited the merits of Cecil Isbell and Andy Uram. The Packers have rolled up 220 points in ten games and are the biggest scoring outfit in the league. The reason: Arnie Herber and Isbell pitching passes to Don Hutson and a powerful running attack...GIANTS PHYSICALLY FIT: The Giants will be physically ready for the battle, though Stan Galazin, with a bruised hip, may be out of action. Reports from the West indicate the Bears are powerful, though they didn't keep a sustained attack going all the time, cutting down their effectiveness. The Dodgers will be bolstered by the return of Beattie Feathers, who suffered a brain concussion two weeks ago. Feathers has been working out and Potsy Clark was hopeful yesterday he will be able to play part of the time against the Bears.
​NOV 15 (New York) - Curly Lambeau, coach of the invading Green Bay Packers, sat in as a guest of the football writers' association Monday and extolled the play of Cecil Ibsell, former Purdue star, who has "clicked with the Packers." Isbell still plays with his left arm chained to his side so as to prevent a shoulder dislocation. Steve Owen, Giant coach, wanted to know what about the chances of adding six or seven feet to the chain, "so my boys will have something to hold to Sunday." This isn't as farfetched as it might seem, because Alex Francis Wojciechowicz of the Detroit Lions used Isbell's chain as an aid to tackling Sunday.
NOV 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - What fools these mortals be! Meaning the Joe Phanns who are suckers enough to bet on football. The Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game Sunday at Detroit is a prime example why grid betting is foolish to the Nth degree. For instance, in the game at Green Bay earlier in the season the Lions ran over the Bay left tackle on power shots, zoomed through the center of the line on spinners and quick openings, and literally ran the Bay right ends and right tackles into the ground with their powerful reverses. Sunday Coach Curly Lambeau was determined to stop the Lions' pet offensive maneuvers. And he came up with an unorthodox defense that smothered the plays that wrecked Green Bay hopes in the tilt at Green Bay - a defense that should have been vulnerable for any kind of an air attack up the alley and especially against a fake plunge into the line and the short pass over center from just back of scrimmage. What the Bays did was to fall first into a six man line with the right tackle and right end out. Three backers up, less than two yards back of scrimmage, and two backs rather deep, completed the initial setup. After the Detroit shift the center man of the three backers up moved into the center of the line, the defensive line shifted to fill the hole between guard and tackle and the other two backers up balanced the offensive backs - still two yards from scrimmage...IRISH BOX DEFENSE: In reality it was a "shallow" version of the old Notre Dame defense - seven man line and the defensive backs boxed, but the fact the two backers up were so close to scrimmage it had the effect of a nine man line. It proved potent against running plays, but what it would have done against an air attack directed at the most vulnerable spot, over center, is something else again. And, strange to say, the Lions never tested it. What passes they tried were long - down where the deep men of the box had a chance to defense. It was also vulnerable to quick kicks - only one of which was tried and it was a beauty, sailing far over Joe Laws' head and putting the Bays in the hole. So Joe Phann is foolish to bet. He doesn't know what defense will be used for any particular game and doesn't know if all teams have offensive plays that can take advantage of a more or less unorthodox defensive setup. One would think that Dutch Clark, Lions' coach, would have spotted the thing in a hurry and would have changed the tactics. Evidently the success of the on and off tackle smashes, spinners and reverses at Green Bay was too fresh in his memory and to think they could be stopped by the same Green Bay players did not enter his mind, and he was not prepared. One think I'm sure of and that is were the Lions or Bears or any other club to take a defensive setup such as the Packers used Coach Lambeau has some pass plays designed to make it look almost inane - and any other coach who isn't prepared in the same manner is not tops nor in the first division of coaches in my book...OFFENSE WAS SUPERB: Offensively the Packers were superb. A strong wind handicapped the passing, but Isbell, upon whom duties fell because of Herber's injured hand and Monnett's leg injury, turned in a masterful job. With Hutson covered by a blanket of blue and silver players, he was the Lorelei who lured the Lions "sailors" out of the danger zone - and they "sailed for it" as other receivers slipped in to pick off vital passes. In rushing the Bays were at their peak. The Detroit flanks were especially vulnerable and on their sweeps the Packer carriers had by far the most effective blocking of the year. It was reaper-like in effectiveness. On Isbell's 40-yard dash around the Detroit right end, Hinkle and the rest of the lads mowed 'em down as they came up and only Cardwell, coming across from the other side of the field, prevented the 40-yard dash from being a 64 yard dash. However, his fine tackle went for naught on the next play as Isbell, after a fake to the strong side, shot through the short side Lion right tackle and zoomed over. That score killed the Lions. It came right after the Detroiters had scored to bring the score to 14 to 7. That put them in the ball game, but Isbell's two sprints put them back on their heels and they remained there. Just how effective the Bay blocking was could be seen on Andy Uram's 70 yard touchdown dash. Sweeping the Lion left end, he was brushed by a tackler or two, but once across scrimmage he cut back and Pete Tinsley took out the last defensive threat. Then four Packers paraded behind Andy as he romped goalward...NO DISSENSION HERE: Among other things the game disproved once and for all any rumors of dissension on the Bay club. When Cecil Isbell, supposedly the player some of the vets hold a peeve against, scored the third touchdown that broke the Detroit comeback and took the whiphand away from the Lions he was almost besieged by Packer players who rushed upon him, hugged him, patted him on the back, shook his hand and did everything but kiss him.
NOV 15 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers can break their own National league scoring record for an 11 game season if they tally against the New York Giants in their last tilt of the year next Sunday. The Packers ran their total to 220 points while beating the Detroit Lions and virtually clinching the Western division championship Sunday, but they will be facing the best defensive team in either division when they meet the Giants...GIVEN 69 POINTS: In eight games thus far, the Giants have held their opponents to 69 points, an average of less than nine per game. They have held the opposition to an average of 178 yards gained per game. The Washington Redskins still lead in ground gaining with an average of 280 yards a game. Green Bay is second with 170. New York continues to lead in passing efficiency with 74 completions in 141 tosses for a 52 percent average. Chicago's Cardinals climbed from fourth to second 
NOV 16 (New York) - A super collection of triple-threat backs, behemoth tackles and pass snaring ends from the Midwest will parade on two metropolitan gridirons this Sunday - throwing their power and weight against New York's cash-and-carry clans. A turnout of 50,000 or over is expected for the Polo Grounds' clash between the Eastern and Western Division leaders - the Giants and the Green Bay Packers - while the Dodgers' battle with Chicago's Bears should bulge Ebbets Field to capacity - all in all the biggest gathering of fans since pro football moved into the big city. Three of the five individual pacesetters in the NFL - to say nothing of runner-ups - will be in action at the PG. Green Bay boasts the leading point-getter in Clarke Hinkle (58 points); leading pass grabber, Don Hutson (caught 32 aerials), and the year's outstanding rookie - Cecil Isbell, whose flying feet have eaten up 377 yards for a 5.8 average - highest in the league. The fans can expect touchdowns and plenty of 'em - if last Sunday's display of power by the four teams involved is any indication. The Giants' individual champ is pass-slinging Ed Danowski, who has connected with 59 tosses in 99 attempts. This 59 percent aerial efficiency by big Ed has done more than anything else to put the Giants on top of the Eastern Division. Ed's lifetime average, in case you're interested, is an even 50 percent. The Giants and Washington have been the talk of the Eastern Division, but the fact remains the Dodgers can beat the Bears and go on to win the Eastern title for themselves. Anything can happen with that amazing Ace Parker in the Dodger lineup. He does more things well than any player in pro ball today. The Bears will throw Joe Maniaci, Ray Nolting, Sam Francis and Jack Manders against the Dodger line - attempting to match trickery with a terrific ground attack. Maniaci, in particular, is expected to open up for he was given his walking papers by the Dodgers earlier in the campaign.
NOV 16 (Green Bay) - Clarke Hinkle, all-league fullback of the Green Bay Packers for the last two years and leading scorer of the country with Bucknell in 1929, became the scoring leader of the NFL during the last week, ousting his teammate, Don Hutson, 58 points to 57. Hutson, however, regained honors as the leading pass receiver with a total of 32 catches. Bill Shepherd, Detroit halfback and the nation's leading scorer in 1935 with Western Maryland, continues to lead the ground gainers, boosting his total to 443 yards. Ed Danowski, New York Giants halfback, paces the forward passers with 59 completions in 99 tosses for 717 yards and a 59 percent efficiency average...HAVE GREATEST SEASONS: Hinkle, Shepherd and Danowski, National league veterans of 7, 4 and 5 years, respectively, are enjoying their greatest years of play. Hinkle, second leading scorer last season, with 57 points, now has exceeded that total by one point. The best Shepherd ever did was fourth in ground gaining in 1935, but he now has topped his 425 yard total of that season. He was 16th last year and 20th in 1936. Danowski has completed more passes than his previous best year, when he completed 57 to lead the league in 1935. He has also raised his lifetime efficiency from 48 percent to 50 percent, an amazing performance for five seasons. Sammy Baugh, Washington, and Jack Robbins of the Cardinals now are tied for second passing. Baugh has completed 54 out of 108 for 50 percent, and Robbins 52 out of 97 for 53 percent...PASSES TINSLEY AGAIN: Hutson has caught 32 passes for 584 yards and nine touchdowns, again overtaking Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals, who has 31 receptions. Hutson also is second in scoring with 57 points, and Andy Farkas, Washington, is third with 37 points. Jack Manders,  1937 scoring leader, jumped from 10th to fifth in scoring during his last week with 34 points. Scrapper Farrell of Brooklyn is second in ground gaining with 388 yards and Cecil Isbell, Green Bay, is third with 377. Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn, took undisputed possession of field goal honors, having boosted his total to five. Regis Monahan, Detroit, and Ward Cuff, New York, are tied for second with four each.
NOV 16 (New York) - Tom Thorp, dean of the football officials in the metropolitan area, has been selected by President Joe F. Carr of the National league to handle the Green Bay-New York contest at the Polo Grounds, Sunday afternoon. Working with Thorp is William T. Halloran, Boston, umpire; Larry Conover, Philadelphia, head linesman, and Charles G. Eckles, Baltimore, field judge. Coach E.L. Lambeau and his Packers are thoroughly enjoying their sojourn at Travers Island. It is just the spot for a squad making ready for the last  tramp on the championship gridiron highway. Trainer Dave Woodward, who watches his "flock" morning, noon and night, claims the Travers Island layout could not be improved upon. In their spare moments the players are golfing and fishing, besides taking hikes over the countryside...SEND OUT SCRIBES: The Packers are getting a great play in the New York press. Tuesday afternoon a young army of news photographers and sportwriters came out to Travers Island in a special excursion sponsored by the New York football Giants' management and the visitors secured enough publicity ammunition to last all week. The first "shots" appeared in this morning's New York papers and the stories that accompanied sort of put a gridiron halo around the Green Bay squad. Through the courtesy of Jimmy Crowley, coach of the Fordham Rams, the Packer players will be among those present Saturday afternoon at the Polo Grounds when the Rams tackle the strong South Carolina Gamecocks in one of the feature inter-sectional collegiate contests of the weekend...GRID LEADERS MEET: The greatest collection of individual leaders probably to meet on one field this season will collide in the Packer-Giant game. Three of the five individual pace setters in the NFL will be in action, to say nothing of runnerups in practically every department. Green Bay boasts the leading point getter in Clarke Hinkle, all-league fullback for the last two years, who has 58 points. His closest rival is Don Hutson, Packers' all-league end, who holds leadership in pass catching. Hutson has scored 57 points, caught 32 passes, and scored nine touchdowns on the receiving end of aerials. That is the most touchdowns any player ever got in one season of pro competition. In addition, Green Bay has Cecil Isbell, sensational recruit from Purdue, who is third in ground gaining with 377 yards and has a 5.8 average, the highest average of any back among the leading 15. New York is not without its individual stars, too, for the Giants have Ed Danowski, the outstanding forward passer of the circuit, who has completed 59 in 99 attempts this season to top the circuit in aerial efficiency with a 59 percent mark. His lifetime average in the league over five years is 50 percent too. Hank Soar of the Giants is also very much in the race for ground gaining honors, for he has picked up 304 yards to average three yards per attempt and is fifth at present. Tuffy Leemans' 
NOV 17 (New York) - Dick Weisgerber, recruit backfielder from Williamette, who has been kept under cover all fall by Coach E.L. Lambeau, probably will start Sunday's game against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in Herman Schneidman's blocking back position. Schneidman is slowly recovering from the banging he got in the Detroit runaway, but a part-game rest may do Herman some good and, as a result, the hard hitting Weisgerber appears to be in line for the starting call when the whistle toots on the Sabbath at 2 p.m., 1 o'clock Green Bay time. Weisgerber comes from East Orange, N.J., where he starred as a high school gridder for three years before going "west" to complete his gridiron education. According to one of the Jersey papers, a group of several hundred Weisgerber boosters will attend the game in a body and root for their former scholastic hero. So far as newspaper ink goes, the Packer-Giant game has it over the Chicago Bear-Brooklyn game like a tent. The Bruins were scheduled to arrive late today but nobody seems able to find out where Halas and Company will stop. Maybe the Chicagoans are going to tent out near the World Fair site on Long Island in order to get an advance view of the midway...HUGE ADVANCE SALE: "Tremendous" is the way Jack Mara, Giants president, describes the advance seat sale. The downtown office of the football Giants is doing a rushing business. It has been necessary to put on two more order clerks and keep open at night until 10 p.m. in order to handle the swarm of ticket customers. Close to 60,000 if the sun shines is the unanimous prediction of the Giants' 
 NOV 18 (New York) - After a snappy practice here this morning and a skull practice at noon, the Green Bay Packers packed their duds and moved into New York, where on Sunday the Western division leaders will tackle the New York Giants, top notchers of the Eastern sector in "the game of the season" at the Polo Grounds. The sojourn at the Travers Island estate was a most pleasant one. Although all the gridders are glad to get into the "big town", the stay in the country was most beneficial to the entire squad and now every one of the players is eagerly awaiting the whistle Sunday. Coach E.L. Lambeau's squad will headquarter at the Victoria hotel. This is the same hostelry that the Green Bay team has stopped at the last six invasions of Gotham...TWIN BEDROOMS: The hotel management has made special arrangements to take care of the Packers in the best possible manner. The players will have choice twin bedrooms. The training quarters will be established in one of the large suites and there will be a special room for skull drills and blackboard huddles. The Bays will practice at Central park Saturday morning. This field is just a short jump from the Victoria in a buss and it is the same practice lot that
NOV 19 (New York) - When the Green Bay Packers take the field Sunday at the Polo Grounds to combat the New York football Giants, Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson, Herman Schneidman and Bobby Monnett won't be in the starting lineup. What's more, there is little chance of either Hutson or Monnett seeing any action against the Owen-Mara clan. As a result, the betting odds have shifted from 7-5 on the Packers to even money. Coach E.L. Lambeau put his gridders through a spirited workout in Central park Saturday morning. The squad showed a lot of pep during the drill and all the physically fit players were on their toes every minute of the hour workout...HAVE POSTMAN'S HOLIDAY: In the afternoon quite a number of the gridders took in the Fordham-South Carolina game. Others just loafed around the hotel and kept their ears tuned on the radio getting flashes of the big college games all over the country, particularly the Big Ten championship clash at Madison between Minnesota and Wisconsin. The weather forecasts are just about 50-50 for a sunshiny Sunday. Partly clouded with cooler northeast winds was the summary of a half-dozen different predictions, but to the Packers the atmosphere seems muggy with rain threats in the offing. The gridiron raincoat will be laid over the playing field at the Polo Grounds immediately after the Ram-Gamecock tilt. The field should be in fair shape no matter what happens. New York sport writers are terming the Packer-Giant game as the most important contest of the NFL season. The Packers are leading the Western division, while the Giants top the Eastern sector. Both teams have won their last five starts and desperately need victory in this clash. New York must win to retain its half game margin over the champion Redskins, who are idle Sunday. The Packers need the victory to clinch the Western laurels and a place in the league title playoff. It is the last regularly scheduled game of the season for Green Bay. A defeat would make it possible for the Detroit Lions to tie for the sectional crown with the Packers. The Lions are battling the Cardinals in Chicago, while the Chicago Bears will invade Ebbetts Field to meet the Brooklyn Dodgers who still cling to a chance for the Eastern crown...EXPECT HUGE CROWD: The clash of the pace setters at the Polo Grounds will be the high spot of the local professional season so far, and more than 40,000 spectators are expected to attend. Kickoff is 1:15 p.m., Green Bay. It is to be the 17th meeting of the rivals. Green Bay holds a 9 to 7 edge in the series which has always produced brilliant and bitterly waged contests. In Packer games at the Polo Grounds, the Giants hold a 5-3 edge. Last year, the Packers came to New York with a seven-game winning streak, but lost 10 to 0 and with that defeat went its title hopes...RECALL 1937 SETBACK: The Wisconsin outfit remembers that setback and has taken no chances of repetition, for they have been in seclusion at Travers Island all week preparing for the decisive battle. The Giants are pinning their offensive hopes on Ed Danowski, whose passing record of 59 completions in 99 attempts is setting a record for the National league. The former Forhamite has only to maintain his current pace in the final three games to shatter Sammy Baugh's mark of 81 completions set last season. Danowski already holds the efficiency