(NEW YORK) - A war-weary band of Green Bay Packers who demonstrated powers of penetration but no  means of getting over their opponent's goal line bowed to a smoked-up New York Giants' eleven before 48,279 here Sunday afternoon, and now must depend upon outside help to win the Western division professional football championship. The score was 15 to 3. It needs, specifically, victories by either the Chicago Bears or the Philadelphia Eagles over the Detroit Lions, or a tie for either, to avoid a damaging playoff with Detroit for the Western crown. Crippled and tired, suffering a noticeable letdown from the previous Sunday's peak at Detroit, their passing attack paralyzed at crucial moments and quarterbacking subject to criticism, the Packers yet were a better team than the Giants yesterday. They mowed down their opponents freely at all times except when perfection meant touchdowns; they set up 20 first downs while granting but five; they outgained the Giants 312 yards to 164; they blocked well and fought desperately and tried their level best to avert the gridiron disaster. But they couldn't keep Tuffy Leemans from slithering 76 yards through the mud on a touchdown haunt, and they couldn't get their hands on Mel Hein when that individual tramped 55 yards with an intercepted pass. The touchdowns occurred, respectively, in the third and fourth periods. There were two other scoring intervals. On the second half kickoff Clarke Hinkle was nailed behind the Green Bay goal line for a 2-point New York safety, and shortly thereafter Tiny Engebretsen gave the Packers their only lead of the game with a carefully booted 22-yard placement.
The Packer line, with Wayland Becker playing the game of his life, was impregnable on defense, and erratic on offense. Green Bay forward passers rarely had the chance to get their tosses into the air before they were smothered by tackler the forwards couldn't hold out. Joe Laws, Hinkle, Andy Uram and Cecil Isbell bore the brunt of a powerful Packer ground attack, making most of the first downs among them. The Giants threatened early in the game, after Hank Soar intercepted Isbell's forward pass on the Green Bay 44-yard line, and an interference ruling moved it to the 38. The next three plays netted only three yards, and on fourth down Ward Cuff missed a 43-yard field goal attempt. After an exchange of punts, the Packers got their ground attack functioning and ripped off three first downs in a row, with Isbell, Laws and Jankowski doing the toting, and a 14-yard gain on an Isbell to Becker forward pass bringing the ball to the New York 22.
Two plays later Isbell's forward pass was intercepted by Jim Howell on the New York 4-yard stripe, and the menace was averted temporarily, Ed Danowski punted out, but Laws kept the Giants in the soup by skipping back to the New York 28 on the return. As the second period opened Isbell skirted end to the 13-yard line, gaining a first down, but the next three plays brought only two yards, and on fourth down Hinkle narrowly missed a field goal from the 20-yard stripe. The Giants kicked out, and the Packers came right back, aided by a 24-yard gain on an Isbell to Becker forward pass. The punch reached the 28-yard line, but Isbell's pass to Becker over the goal line was intercepted by Leemans for a touchback, and that was that.
Again New York punted out, and Hinkle's return kick was downed by Carl Milleneaux on the Giants' 8-yard line, keeping the New Yorkers bottled up. The next Green Bay thrust started from midfield. With Uram and Hinkle packing the leather, and a Herber to Uram forward pass inserted, the attack brought two first downs and set the ball on the New York 27. Two line plays and two passes missed fire, the Packers blowing a good bet by failing to try for a field goal on last down. New York scored on the first play of the second half. Ward Cuff kicked off to Hinkle, who was parked on the Green Bay 5-yard line, and the ball slid through Hinkle's arms to the ground. He picked it up, attempted to evade a Giant tackler by cutting back around the goal post, and was dropped by Cuff with a hard tackle around the legs for a safety. It gave the Giants a 2 to 0 lead. Green Bay kicked off, and Laws soon intercepted a Danowski pass on the Packer 23. Three first downs in a row were reeled off by the hard-charging Packer, and they reached the New York 42. At this point Isbell sailed a pass 50 yards through the air, intended for Becker, but Soar intercepted it on the New York 1-yard line, where Becker tackled him.
Danowski's short return punt was downed by Soat on the New York 24. An Isbell to Bruder forward pass gained 15 yards, but the next series of downs produced nothing, but Engebretsen slapped home his field goal from 22 yards out to give Green Bay a 3 to 2 lead. On the next kickoff Cuff fumbled the return, Engebretsen recovering for Green Bay on the New York 39. Three plays gained six yards, and Engebretsen tried for another field goal, missing the attempt from the 42-yard stripe. New York got the ball on its 26, and on the next play Leemans cut through right tackle, swerved to the left as Becker was felled by two Giant blockers and broke into the open. The only men with a chance to nail him was Laws and Isbell, and both of them were blotted out by the interference as Leemans trotted undisturbed to the goal line. Cuff kicked goal and the score was 9 to 3, in New York's favor.
Green Bay took the kickoff, still very much in the ball fame, and pounded out two first downs in a hurry. The campaign was hurled into reverse on the first play of the fourth period, when Hein intercepted Isbell's forward pass and scooted 55 yards for the touchdown that salted the game away. He had magnificent interference to the goal line, Frank Cope slashing out Champ Seibold, the last man to bar his path. Cuff missed the extra point, and the Giants had their 15 to 3 margin. From then on, the fighting Giants held the upper hand. Up to that time they had made only three first downs. They finished the game trying little on offense, just using up time, and the ball worked between the opposing 30-yard lines. Right at the end the Packers staged a resurrection as running plays by Paul Miller, Uram and Dick Weisgerber and a Herber to Uram forward pas for 19 yards, brought the ball to the New York 21. A line play failed and three forward passes, thrown at the end of the game, were unsuccessful.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  3  0 -  3
NEW YORK  -  0  0  9  6 - 15
3rd - NY - Safety, Clarke Hinkle tackled in the end zone NEW YORK 2-0
3rd - GB - Tiny Engebretsen, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-2
3rd - NY - Tuffy Leemans, 76-yard run (Ward Cuff kick) NEW YORK 9-3
4th - GB - Mel Hein, 55-yard interception return (Cuff kick failed) NEW YORK 15-3
New York Giants (7-2) 15, Green Bay Packers (8-3) 3
Sunday November 20th 1938 (at New York)
Brewer farm clubs for three seasons, to a contract as a coach to aid Manager Mickey Heath in 1939. Smith also is assistant coach of the Green Bay Packer football team.
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - Grim-faced and tight-lipped, it was a humorless band of Green Bay Packers which boarded the Milwaukee Road train later yesterday afternoon for the first leg of a trip which the team's followers hope will lead to the professional football championship of the world. The bantering and horseplay which usually enlivens a Packer football trip, even for a crucial game, was lacking as the men climbed aboard their special cards, and settled themselves for the hop to Chicago. There was an atmosphere in the traveling headquarters which gave evidence that the players are looking for a particular spot to alight, with the intention of ripping something apart at the seams when that occasion arrives. It is difficult to tell how a gridiron squad will react on a Sunday afternoon to the way it feels on Wednesday, but if the Packers hold the attitude which has been theirs since the Philadelphia Eagles grabbed the Detroit Lions by their coat tails and said, "No, no!", the championship pennant of the NFL won't fly from the mast of the Polo Grounds in the season just ahead. The Packers, obviously, regard themselves as a football team of destiny. They don't claim they are "in", because they realize that peculiar things happen on football afternoons, and upsets occur everywhere, but they are awaiting with the keenest anticipation their little engagement in New York next Sunday. To a man, they believe that they will defeat the Giants - not only outscore them, but blast them out of the park. In asking them their opinion of the coming combat, they don't just deliver trite phrases about giving all they have, and doing their best for dear old Green Bay and the corporation. They growl. They say little. And when the Green Bay Packers get in that frame of mind, something had better get ready to give way. Because something is going to get hit. A message of congratulations for Green Bay has arrived from a director of the Detroit Lions, vanquished by the Eagles in their final desperate drive to tie the Packers. Harvey Campbell, Detroit, wrote to Art Murphy, secretary of the Association of Commerce, the following: "You and everybody in Green Bay are to be congratulated upon the great showing that the Packers have made this year. It's too bad the Lions didn't pull through against the Eagles. Everyone who saw the game is a little bit dissatisfied with the showing that our lads made. I happen to be a member of the board of directors of the Lions, and if they have to lose, there's nothing that pleases more than to have the Packers win. That great little town (Green Bay) takes its football seriously, and they're entitled to all the credit in the world for it, and to all the benefits that they can glean. I hope Green Bay goes to New York and licks the innards out of the Giants. I'll be pulling for you! Good luck!"
DEC 8 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers may beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds Sunday for the world's professional football championship - but don't ask us how they'll do it! Coach Curly Lamebau, who'll lead his boy wonders into town early this evening, sent advance warning that he'll shroud his team in mystery. Lambeau won't reveal anything about his plan of attack or allow reporters to watch them practice. The Packers left their hometown with a great send off from their loyal fans yesterday. Bands blared, the whole town turned out and the departure took on the appearance of a legal holiday. The visitors will retire to a local hotel on arrival and (Scoop! Scoop!) have definitely decided to hold their first workout tomorrow at Central Park opposite the 90th street entrance. Lambeau wouldn't tell where his team would practice but it has leaked out. Curly has threatened to ban reporters as he did at Travers Island three weeks ago. The Packers were then training for their last battle with the Giants...LONG DRILL FOR GIANTS: Bud Svendsen, announced as a late signer with the Packers at center, will not be permitted to play. Bud signed with the Packers after completing his coaching duties with the Kirksville, Mo., Teachers. He was ruled ineligible because he joined the Packers after their last regularly scheduled game. Coach Steve Owen drove the Giants through their first real drill of the week at the Polo Grounds yesterday. It was their longest drill of the year and was chiefly concerned with a series of pass defense formations. The Packers have three of the best passers in the circuit in Bob Monnett, Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell. The former is a crack short passer, while the latter combination is more effective in long-range firing. The New Yorkers have been very good against the aerial attacks of the opposition this year but since Green Bay has gained almost as much through the air as they have on the ground (1,466 to 1,571 yards), Owen is taking no chances...PUNTS AND PASSES: This will be the tenth title game for Bo Molenda, Giant coach. Bo played on three winning teams at Michigan, three at Green Bay and this is his fourth shot with the Giants, his first with them since he quit playing in '35...It's the fourth playoff for head coach Owen since the playoffs were originated in '33...Green Bay has won four titles, taking home the '29, '30, '31 and '36 diamdems...The 34 share votes by the Giants is the largest cut ever made for a football pool under the playoff system...Ward Cuff's twelve points against Washington raised his total to 45 and fourth place in the league standings.
DEC 9 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers arrived Thursday for Sunday's playoff for the championship of the NFL at the Polo Grounds. They seemed hardly able to wait for the opening kickoff so that they could atone for the startling 15-3 victory the Giants scored over them three weeks ago. Furthermore, they feel they are properly equipped this time to do so. Don Hutson, the jackrabbit end, and Bob Monnett, running and passing star, were unable to play in the other game. Three weeks' rest has done wonders and the team is now in the best physical shape of the season. The Packers have finished their intensive work and all that is left is a bit of light drilling Friday and and Saturday. Lambeau is a great one for secret practice, but this time he is reversing his field completely by ordering the final two practice sessions held in Central Park. "Our passes were working better than ever before we left," said Curly. "In one way our long test has done us good. The men are fresher, but I don't know until the game itself whether the rest has been too much for them. In getting fresher they may have been getting staler, if you get what I mean." The Giants practiced Thursday at the Polo Grounds. A long dummy scrimmage saw the pupils of Steve Owen work alternately on offense and defense, with both Giants and Green Bay formations on display. The New Yorkers are highly enthusiastic. This was heightened as Ed Danowski completed pass after pass against a Packer defense. The chief reason for the delight is that Owen has given them a complete set of new aerial plans. Joe F. Carr, president of the NFL, Friday appointed officials for the playoff. Bob Cahn of Chicago will be the referee; Tom Thorp of New York, umpire; Larry Conover, Philadelphia, head linesman, and Judge L.C. Meyer, Cincinnati, field judge.
DEC 9 (New York) - Federal agents invaded the offices of Tim Mara's New York football Giants Thursday, paid $2 above face value for several tickets to Sunday's Packer-Giant championship game at the Polo Grounds, and then arrested Tim's niece, Helen Mara, 29, for failure to stamp the amount received on the back of the ducats for revenue tax purposes. "I've been framed," protested Mara, who accompanied his niece and a clerk, Charles Chaplin, 21, to United States Commissioner Garrett W. Cotter's office. "There isn't any truth in all these complaints." The niece was released in her uncle's custody and Chaplin gave $250 bail. The arrests recalled several accusations concerning Sunday's game between the Giants and the Green Bay Packers for the pro football championship of the world. Tickets have been difficult to obtain from the beginning for the event, which 50,000 to 60,000 are expected to pay $100,000 for the privilege of witnessing - without counting the profits of speculators. According to Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Moss, ticket brokers themselves were forced to pay a $2 bonus on each ticket at the offices of the Giants. The government agents said they paid $6.80 for $4.40 tickets and an average increase of $2 on cheaper admissions. Mara's niece was in charge of the office. Tim, veteran sports promoter, is head of the organization. In addition to the Giants, Mara's interests include large bookmaking activities. He was a fight promoter in the days of Tex Rickard. Mara said he had known Chaplin since he was a small boy. The 21 year old student works in Mara's office to help pay for his schooling. "I am convinced," said Mara, "that his terrible crime is nothing worse than an error in making change."
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - "Pep" telegrams to the Packer team in New York may be sent by Green Bay fans at special low rates, it was announced today by the Green Bay Association of Commerce, which has made special arrangements with the Western Union and Postal Telegraph companies. Several typical messages have been prepared, any of which will be sent for 25 cents plus one cent tax. Or the sender may use his own language, not to exceed 15 words, for 35 cents plus two cents tax. The messages may be phoned to the telegraph office, and charged on the sender's telephone bill, if desired. It is hopes to have least 500 telegrams in the hands of Coach Curly Lambeau for the "pep" meeting to be held at 6 o'clock Saturday evening in New York. To allow ample time for sending and delivery, fans are urged to file their telegrams tonight, tomorrow morning and early afternoon at the very latest.
competition." The Packers, installed at the Victoria hotel, were unanimous in their predictions of victory, and several of them claimed the score will be higher than the 15 to 3 pasting they absorbed from the Giants three weeks ago. New York newspapers are billing the contest as a test of the perfect offense versus the perfect defense, or the old story of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object. Green Bay rates the finest scoring record in the National league, while the Giants mark upon defense also is a standout.
DECEMBER 11 (New York) - Owners of the 10 national pro football league clubs almost overruled the players Saturday on the question of Earl Svendsen's eligibility to play with the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's playoff. Svendsen was ruled ineligible under the rules, because he joined the team for this season only two weeks ago, but Joe Carr, league president, had ruled Svendsen could play if the New York Giants gave permission. The Giants voted Saturday morning. Several club owners protests, however, against waiving the rule and it was not until John Mara of the Giants had pleaded with them that they agreed. The owners appointed a committee to decide upon a policy to be followed in reference to all-star games and a resolutions committee to consider all legislation to be presented in future meetings. All resolutions to be submitted at next February's meeting must first be passed upon by a committee headed by Carr and including Art Rooney, Pittsburgh; John Mara, New York; George Marshall, Washington; William Alfs, Detroit; Lee Joannes, Green Bay, and Charles Bidwell, Chicago Cardinals. Because of protests which have risen recently over the rule prohibiting the league champion from playing any game before the Chicago All-Star game, a committee headed by Dan Topping of Brooklyn and including Bert Bell, Philadelphia; George Halas, Chicago Bears, and Tom Lipscomb, Cleveland, will look into the situation.
DEC 11 (Madison) - Howie Weiss and Roy Bellin do not intend to play professional football. Bellin said flatly Saturday that he thought a pro career would interfere with his plans. Weiss passed it off with a crack about being willing to play "for what Whizzer White got." White got $15,000. Vince Gavre and Lynn Hovland said that they would try out with the Packers if the terms were satisfactory.
DEC 11 (New York) - The biggest crowd ever to see the championship playoff of the NFL probably will see the Green Bay Packers square off against the New York Giants Sunday at the Polo Grounds. Ticket sales indicate a capacity crowd of slightly better than 62,000. So nearly equal are the eastern and western titleholders rated that one betting commissioner offered to accept wagers at 5 to 4, take your pick - that is, the bettor would be forced to offer $5 to get $4, no matter which team he selected. Some bookmakers refused to quote odds. The winning players share may pass $800 each. The players receive 60% of the net gate, while the league's cut is 10%, and each club receives 15%. Of the 60% in the players' fund the second place clubs in the eastern and western division each get 5%, and the remaining 50% is split 60-40 by the participating teams. No player heretofore ever has received more than $620 as a share. The winners also probably will draw a trip to the west coast to play against a team of all-stars in January - a junket which means more earnings and a visit to new scenery. For the club owners, as well as the players, there is still a third "pot" - the all-star game to be placed in Chicago next fall by the league champions against a group of selected college players. Three weeks ago the Packers and Giants met in a sort of preview of the playoff contest and the New Yorkers won, 15 to 3, although Green Bay pushed the ball up and down the field for tremendous yardage. At that time the Packers were minus the services of Don Hutson, long geared pass catcher; Bobby Monnett, runner and long shot passer, and Herman Schneidman, blocking quarterback - all on the injured list. For the championship match the Packers are at full strength, but have not played a game since November 20. Hutson still has a "trick" knee and is not expected to start but he will be in there when the Packers get scoring position. The match brings together almost precisely opposite types of coaching - powerful offense against impregnable defense. The Packers are the high scoring team in the league, while the Giants have the best defensive record. The Packers turn up a versatile running game, with fast, shifty backs and a deceptive passing attach, achieving results by deception, fast breaking and diversity. The Giants, on the other hand, depend almost solely upon power, hard driving running, a potent line, short, sharp passing, and "ball hawking". The Packers, under Curly Lambeau, are inclined to gamble. The Giants lie back and wait for breaks. Each is tops in its methods. The Giants have salted away many games this season by converting breaks into touchdowns, frequently long runs behind the best downfield blocking in the game. On defense, the Giants are equally astute. Again and again they have intercepted passes to make long runbacks or stop drives near their goal line. The Packers, on the other hand, may pitch a pair of touchdown passes in the first five minutes of play, although they probably generate also the most effective running game in the league with Clarke Hinkle, Cecil Isbell, Monnett and Joe Laws as their principal carriers. Unquestionably, the Packers have the greater backfield - probably one of the best ever put on a professional field in abilities in running, passing and kicking. In the line, however, the advantage lies with the Giants, who not only muster the best first string line in the east - with the possible exception of ends - but have nearly equal second string strength. The Packer line has been in and out, sometime hot, sometimes lukewarm and hard to steam up. Lambeau, while not any too confident of winning, is positive that his team will have more success against the Giants than they did November 20. "It's pretty hard to keep an edge without playing any games," said Lambeau. "I don't know whether we've lost that edge, but I do know the boys are eager to have another crack at the Giants and take that title. I think everyone will be in condition to play Sunday. It will make a difference having Hutson, Monnett and Schneidman in there. Hinkle had a bad leg last time we were here. It's better now and he's the best fullback in the league. And don't forget, we ran those Giants all over the lot the last time we played them. They had to have a couple of lucky breaks to beat us." Coach Steve Owen of the Giants says it is not so much luck as alertness and the ability of a good team to force the breaks and take full advantage of them. For instance, against the Redskins, the Giants never went on a long, sustained march to score. They intercepted passes, recovered fumbles, and then swiftly slammed their way to touchdowns. Every score was a compliment to the defensive agility of the best defensive team in the league, a team which has yielded only 69 points in 11 games.
The New York Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers, 15-3, in a muddy NFL game at the Polo Grounds in New York on Nov. 20, 1938. Green Bay's Ed Jankowski gains 4 yards on a reverse in the first quarter after taking the handoff from Cecil Isbell. Giants guard Ken Lunday (5) attempts to tackle Jankowski with Henry Bruder (5) running interference for his Green Bay teammate. (ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES)
NOV 21 (Chicago) - Detroit's Lions kept alive their chances of tying Green Bay for the Western division championship of the NFL by defeating the Chicago Cardinals, 7 to 3, Sunday as the Packers bowed to New York 15 to 3 in their Western finale. The Lions can tied Green Bay at eight victories and three defeats by conquering Chicago's Bears and Philadelphia in their closing games. Detroit came from behind to triumph, although all scoring was in the opening quarter. After a long pass to Buddy Parker had placed the Cards deep in Lion territory, three plays failed to make necessary first down yardage and Bill Smith placekicked a field goal from the 24-yard line...MARCH TO SCORE: The lead lasted only five minutes, for the Lions received the kickoff on their 30 and marched to a touchdown in five plays, Jim Moscrip taking a pass from Vern Hoffman and going over for the touchdown. Moscrip also added the point. The Lions reached the four yard line in the second quarter and the three yard line in the third, but were halted. The Cards' only threat came in the last period but a fumble stopped the advance at the Lions' 28.
NOV 21 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, battered and bruised following their losing combat with the New York Giants here yesterday, entrained for Wisconsin, their plans altered by the defeat in their final scheduled game. The Packers will reach Green Bay on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa at 4:47 Tuesday afternoon. The projected game at City stadium there next Sunday with the Cincinnati Bengals has not been accepted. Bob Monnett, Herman Schneidman and Don Hutson all did not see action yesterday because of injuries, and several new Packers were added to the casualty list. Andy Uram picked up a bruised right shoulder and back; Champ Seibold had a right upper tooth chipped; Clarke Hinkle acquired a laceration above his right eye, requiring four stitches; Bernard Scherer has an abrasion of his left leg; Frank Butler hd an internal lateral ligament torn and his knee sprained; and Russ Letlow had a tooth chipped and strained muscles in his leg.
NOV 21 (Aboard United Mainliner, over Brookville, Penn.) - The Chicago Bears, who usually dish out nothing but bumps, bruises and disheartening events to the Green Bay Packers, are in a spot to make many a Thanksgiving dinner in the Wisconsin football capital a thing of joy and thanksgiving indeed. They can, in brief, move the Detroit Lions from Briggs stadium to some isolated spot along the Canadian border, and thus can push the Packers into the Western division championship through the side door. The New York Giants closed the front door yesterday. Your Packers did not play bad football at the Polo Grounds. In fact, they pushed the Giants all over the place, but there were two glaring weaknesses - the line did not hold long enough to give the Packer forward passers a chance to sight their targets, and the field generalship was spotty. The gridiron was soggy and heavy, but no worse for one team than another, except that the Packers were trying to throw passes and the Giants weren't. The crowd was far more demonstrative and enthusiastic than the usual metropolitan turnout. When the last gun was fired the fans poured from the stands to form a milling herd around the happy Giants, and there is no question but that the New Yoek victory will do wonderful things for a Green Bay-Giant playoff game, if such an event occurs. The scoring plays just failed to click for the Packers, while the Giants took advantage of their openings in alert, quick-witted style. Both teams blocked excellently, both were highly spirited, both put on a great contest. Coach Curly Lambeau saw it coming. Dropped in to see him at the Victoria hotel before the game, and he was pretty nervous about it. With Herman Schneidman, Don Hutson and Bob Monnett, three of the best players on the team, all certain to see bench duty, Lambeau really had enough to worry him, but the attitude of the Packers - that old mental setup - bothered him even more..."If we had to win this game to take the championship - if we'd lose the title by dropping it," he said, "we would push the Giants out of the field. But the players know that even if they lose, they'll have another chance by beating the Lions again. And even though they tell themselves, 'That makes no difference; we must win today,' it does make a difference in their mental attitude. I'm afraid of the game, although we should win it." Curly looked out over the lobby, where the Packers sat in scattered groups. "I wish we had Bob and Don and Herman," he said thoughtfully. Tiny Engebretsen's field goal was the only addition to the Packer all-time scoring list. It was the eight goal he has kicked for Green Bay, and it raised his standing on the big list to a tie for 20th place with Carl Lidberg, George Sauer and Milt Gantenbein. Each has 42 points.
NOV 22 (New York) - "See you soon!" That was the parting shot of the Packer squad here Monday night as the players boarded one of the crack Pennsylvania trains at 6:30 p.m., en route to Chicago and then on home to "God's country". The Packer feel certain that they will return to the Eastern seaboard for the National championship in December, playing either the Giants in New York or the Redskins at Washington. And if this opportunity presents itself it is a good bet that the squad will be clicking on "all eleven" again to bring home the bacon to old Green Bay. They were to reach Green Bay late this afternoon on the Chippewa. Trainer Dave Woodward has his hands full taking care of a number of minor ailments, as many of the players showed up with sore spots after the grueling combat with the Giants at the Polo Grounds Sunday afternoon...SAY KIND WORDS: Even in defeat the New York papers had many kind words to say about the burly Badgers. Of course, the football writers sang the praises of Tuffy Leemans and Mel Hein for their touchdown dashes which cooked the Green Bay goose, but the scribes had a tough time trying to explain the statistics which showed that the Packers won just about everything but the ball game. Coach E.L. Lambeau's hirelings chalked up 20 first downs to the Giants' five; in total yardage gained, the Bays held a decisive advantage, 312 to 164. The Giants only completed two forward passes, while the Packers clicked on nine...BETTER PUNT AVERAGE: Green Bay has a better yardage on punts, 53 to 50, and in running back punts the Packers held the upper hand, 48 to 28. The Bays only fumbled once during the combat, while the New Yorkers miscued twice. George Halas, coach of the Chicago Bears, dropped in at the Victoria hotel Monday to extend his condolences to the Packers but at the same time the boss of the nasty Windy City Bruins brought a ray of sunshine as he predicted that the Bears would take Detroit in the Thanksgiving day game at the Motor City. A win by the Bears would cinch the Western division title for the Packers. According to Halas, his Bears are the hottest club in the National league right now and he only wishes that the season was just starting instead of finishing...DIDN'T MUSS HAIR: The Bears breezed through the Brooklyn game without hardly mussing their hair, and several of the writers who covered the game at Ebbets Field hinted that the Chicagoans were performing under wraps during the closing period. None of the Bruins were hurt in the Brooklyn game and Halas will have his full force ready to turn loose against Dutch Clark and Co. in the Turkey Day contest. "You can tell the folks at Green Bay," Halas said to one of the Packers, "to tune in on their radios and hear the Bears give the Lions' tail a good twisting. We want to get even for that defeat Detroit gave us in Chicago several weeks back and unless I miss my guess, our revenge will be sweet."...SET NEW RECORD: Tiny Engebretsen's field goal against the Giants enabled the Packers to set a new National league record, 223, for season scoring. The old mark of 220 also was held by Green Bay. There is little chance of this peak scoring total being topped this year. The Bears are second up in points, 187, but the Halas men have only one game remaining, Thursday's fracas with Detroit. New York follows the Bears with 151 points. The Giants have two games to go, meeting Brooklyn Thanksgiving day and the Washington Redskins at the Polo Grounds Dec. 4. This is the argument which most likely will decide the Eastern division title.
their super assignments. Lambeau is not sure that all of his men will be available for the final game or games. He isn't mentioning names, but two or three of the veterans may be lost for the season, due to injuries which aren't responding to treatment.
NOV 25 (New York) - The Detroit Lions today needed only one more victory - against the Philadelphia Eagles in their final game Dec. 4 - to force a playoff with the Green Bay Packers for the Western division championship of the NFL. The Lions kept alive their title hopes by beating the Chicago Bears, 14-7, yesterday. The Packers completed their season with eight victories against three defeats last Sunday, and are making time while the Lions should win over the Eagles easily and force the Packers into a playoff...PASSES TO HANNEMAN: Vernon Huffman's 25-yard touchdown pass to Chuck Hannemann gave the Lions their winning margin over the Bears before a crowd of 26,278. Huffman's two-yard punch over the goal line had out Detroit ahead in the first period, but the Bears had evened it by recovering Ed Klewicki's fumble in the third period and making the break count. Masterson tossed a pass over the goal line to Karr for the score. The New York Giants, Eastern division leader, were held to a 7-7 tie by the Brooklyn Dodgers, but their margin over the Washington Redskins was not reduced. Ed Danowski's touchdown pass to Dale Burnett with less than two minutes to play earned the Giants a tie. The Dodgers had led all the way by virtue of Ace Parker's pass interception and 68-yard broken field run in the first quarter. If Washington should lost to Pittsburgh Sunday, it would give the Giants the Eastern pennant, but if Washington wins, as it is favored to do, the Eastern title will not be decided until the Giant-Redskins game in New York Dec. 4.
NOV 26 (Green Bay) - The playoff spot for the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions Western division championship game today remained in as much of a tangle as the probable winner. In fact, no one is certain yet whether or not there will be a playoff. Arrangements for the extracurricular event, on the assumption that it will be necessary, probably will be made by the middle of next week, with the office of Joe F. Carr, National league president, working with the managements of both the Green Bay and Detroit clubs. Once the place is settled - the date probably will be Dec. 11 - there will be nothing left to do except to wait and see if the Lions make routine hash of the Philadelphia Eagles Dec. 4...DECIDE WESTERN CROWN: If the Lions win, they'll meet the Packers for the Western crown. If they lose, the playoff date for the National league crown probably will be set forward to Dec. 11 - unless there has to be an Eastern division playoff between New York and Washington. So you figure it out. One thing is definite - the place has not yet been selected. The Lions would like to play the game, if a game there is, at Briggs stadium in Detroit. The Packers would like to play it just about anywhere else. Milwaukee and Chicago have been mentioned prominently as neutral cities in case the league president rules that intermediate ground is available. If a non-neutral park is selected, it probably will be decided by a flip of the coin...SIX IN HOSPITAL: Six Packers languished in St. Mary's hospital today upon orders of Dr. W.W. Kelly, club physician. Dr. Kelly said that in his opinion all of them probably will be in condition to play by Dec. 11. Although their treatment program was preceding well, he felt that added hours of rest in the hospital would be beneficial to all, and he ordered Don Hutson, Bob Monnett, Herman Schneidman, Frank Butler, Russ Letlow and Lee Mulleneaux into the hay. While in the hospital, they can't be walking around, he pointed out, and so to the hospital they went - all in the same ward. All of their injuries are to ankle or knees. The squad worked out lightly yesterday afternoon, the drill being cut short because of frigid weather, and being confined entirely to running races and limbering up. With no game definitely scheduled before Dec. 11, there remains plenty of time to work on defense and to get the offense clicking properly, and Coach E.L. Lambeau doesn't want the team to go stale.
NOV 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay Packers vs. the Detroit Lions at the Marquette Stadium for the western half title of the National Professional Football league! That's the gridiron tidbit that is more than a mere possibility for Milwaukee and Wisconsin followers of the Packers on December 11. If the Lions defeat the Philadelphia Eagles on December 4, they will tie the Packers for the crown and a playoff game will be necessary in order to select the western representative for the title conflict against the eastern half champions. Friday it was announced in Detroit that the playoff game, if one is necessary, would be played in Briggs Stadium, Detroit, but Lee Johannes, president of the Packer Corporation, and Coach Curly Lambeau immediately issued denials, claiming the Green Bay club had an equal vote in the matter and that it would not agree to playing the game in Detroit. Both favor a neutral field. Although the Packers annually play two of their "home" games in Milwaukee, the city is regarded as "neutral" territory and would be the logical site for the game considering the crowd appeal the Packers and Lions have here. Green Bay officials are sure the playoff game in Milwaukee would draw better than in any other neutral city. Packer officials were in contact Friday with Marquette university athletic board officials relative to obtaining the Hilltop stadium for the games. They found sentiment of some members quite favorable. Coach Lambeau will appear before the board at its next meeting on Tuesday at which time definite announcement as to the availability of the stadium will be made. Contrary to other announcements the Packers will not play any non-league opponents between now and the playoff games. Coach Lambeau said Friday the club is just recuperating from a long series of injuries and he thought the rest would do the players much good. He fears additional injuries on frozen gridirons and explained that uncertain weather conditions throughout the country argues against booking games even in the sunny south, which, is experiencing snow, sleet and weather colder than it is here.
against New York last Sunday. "I have only one voice in the matter," Lambeau said, "but I am definitely in favor of Milwaukee for a playoff if one is necessary. I am opposed to playing in Detroit again and I think Detroit is opposed to playing in Green Bay. A neutral field should be picked. Milwaukee looks like the best place." Arrangements for the probably playoff are to be discussed at a meeting of Packer officials Saturday. Whatever they decide will be submitted to the Lions and Joe Carr, president of the league, for consideration. Bud Shaver, general manager of the Lions, announced Friday that the playoff game with the Packers would be held in Detroit December 11. He said that Lee J. Johannes, president of the Packers, had agreed to this. Johannes denied any such agreement. The biggest obstacle to Milwaukee as a site is the relatively limited seating capacity of State Fair park. At tops, the field here can accommodate only 22,000 fans. Briggs stadium in Detroit can seat close to 50,000 and City stadium in Green Bay 27,000. The probability that the western race may end in a tie was created Thursday when the crippled Lions, playing inspired ball all the way, beat the Chicago Bears at Detroit, 14 to 7. A touchdown on a 64 yard drive in the second quarter and another on a 79 yard sally in the fourth quarter gave Detroit its points. Verne Huffman, quarterback, and Bill Hanneman, substitute end, scored Detroit's points. The Bears scored on a pass, Masterson to Karr, in the third quarter. The victory left the Lions a half game out of first place. While the western race was complicated by Thursday's game, the eastern race was similarly mixed up. Brooklyn's hapless Dodgers tied the Giants, 7 to 7, and gave Washington an opportunity to win the eastern division championship by beating Pittsburgh Sunday and the Giants in a return engagement at New York December 4.
younger of the two Svendsen brothers back to Green Bay for the final contests. Bud recently completed his first season as football coach at Kirksville, Mo., State Teacher college. "We have not been satisfied with the playing of Lester, particularly against the Chicago Bears here and at Wrigley field, and against the Giants in New York. Several times he got mixed up in his signals offensively, and we felt that a man who has played two seasons with the club should not make that type of mistake...ONE OF BEST: "Then, we regard Bud Svendsen as one of the best centers we can obtain at present. He is extremely aggressive, a fighter all the time, and is familiar thoroughly with the Packer system. He comes back to Green Bay with lots of fire and enthusiasm, and should prove invaluable as we prepare for our last drive on the championship." Svendsen played his collegiate football at the University of Minnesota, along with his big brother, George, now coach at Antigo high school. The loss of the two Svendsens was regarded as a severe blow at the start of the present football season. The assignment at the pivot spot has been divided among Lester, Lee Mulleneaux and Charles (Ookie) Miller. The Packers now will practice every day and will participate in daily chalk talks, Lambeau added. There was no news regarding the playoff with Detroit, pending the outcome of Sunday's game, which will decide whether or not the playoff is necessary. If Detroit beats Philadelphia, as it is favored to do, the Lions will tie the Packers for the Western division crown. Packer followers pulling for a Philadelphia victory see some hope in the fact that the Lions have displayed an in-and-out tendency this season, and that Detroit possesses a badly crippled ball club.
NOV 29 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Cardinals established two new NFL team records in forward passing in their last
game of the season Sunday, but both records may be surpassed again this week in the Washington-New York game for the Eastern division title. The Cardinals have completed 114 passes, six more than the record 108 set by Green Bay in 1936. Their efficiency in 240 tosses is 47.5 percent, which better the mark of 46.7 percent made by Brooklyn in 1933. The New York Giants continue to lead the league in passing efficiency, having completed 87 out of 176 for 49 percent. Washington is the third leading passing team with 99 out of 214 tosses for 46 percent. If the Giants continue their present efficiency and Washington completes 16 passes in their important clash Sunday, the new Cardinal marks in efficiency and completions would be surpassed once more. Washington continues to lead in ground gaining with a 278 yard average in ten games. Green Bay is second with a 276 average and the Chicago Bears are third with a 270 yard average. New York is the best defensive team, allowing opponents in only 79 points and 1,822 yards. In addition, only 32 percent of opponents' passes have been completed against the Giants. Green Bay established a new scoring record of 223 points a week ago. The Bears are second with 194 points and the Giants are third with 158 points, ten more than Washington. 
NOV 29 (Chicago) - Charles W. Bidwell, owner of the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL, today was searching for the successor to Milan Creighton, who resigned yesterday as head coach after the club's worst season since 1932. The team lost nine games in 11 starts. Five nationally known coaches, from both the professional and collegiate ranks, were under consideration for the post...MAY ASK NEVERS: They are Ernie Nevers, a former Stanford star and Cardinal player who coached them for several years; Dr. Clarence W. Spears, former Minnesota, Wisconsin and Oregon coach, now coach at Toledo university; Dutch Clark, coach of the Detroit Lions for two years; Dick Hanley, former head coach at Northwestern; and Paddy Driscoll, head coach at Marquette university. Creighton resigned because, he said, he felt a "change would be beneficial to me as well as to the team."
played major parts in the build-up although they weren't in at the kill yesterday as the Cards won their second game from Cleveland's Rams, 31 to 17, before the largest group ever observed at a pro football contest in Wrigley field. The records pleased Owner Charley Bidwell, but the empty seats didn't and he vowed to be the busiest trader of the winter. For all their explosive razzle-dazzle, the Cards can't draw in the Cubs' ball park, where the Chicago Bears are big box office. Whatever happens, Sloan, Robbins and Tinsley probably be around next season. Tinsley, aided by the Arkansas sharpshooters, was the outstanding receiver of the year although slowed by physical ailments most of the time...TIES HUTSON'S MARK: His mark of 41 passes snared tied the 1936 record of Green Bay's Don Hutson and yesterday he was on the receiving end of the 98-yard passing touchdown, which broke his own league record by one yard. He caught seven passes from Doug Russell and Pat Coffee in the Cleveland game, but all year long his completions were piled up with Robbins and Sloan throwing. Of the two passes, Robbins figured heavier in the Cardinals' total of 112 completions, which bettered the old league record of 108 set by Green Bay in the hey-day of Arnie Herber. Robbins threw 97 times and hit 52. Washington's Redskins, led to the championship last fall by Baugh's passing, have another game left, but apparently can't catch the Cardinal record in total completions. No Redskin receiver can match Tinsley's mark.
NOV 28 (Green Bay) - Probably a few football players over a course of years have had as many well-earned bouquets dropped in their laps as Clarke Hinkle, the fullback battering ram of the Green Bay Packers, and over the past weekend a few more blue ribbons wandered home to roost. One of them came from a Milwaukee newspaper man, and the other from a Cleveland football fan who sat enthralled at Hinkle's performance against the Rams several weeks ago. Writes A.B. Kasmar, Cleveland: "Being a fellow Clevelander, and a loyal Ram football fan, I just wanted to express myself truthfully about the game here between your Packers and the Rams. I never was so completely satisfied as I was that day. Your band of players played a real game of football. Many of your men did splendidly, but to me the outstanding player was No. 30, Hinkle. He seemed to be everywhere and anyplace, but always in the right place to do the most damage to the Rams. Nothing much was mentioned about him in the papers, but allow me to send my congratulations to the fans' dream football player. He was in my estimation the outstanding performer of the day, and no fanfare was given in his favor. He blocked, he intercepted, he passes, he tackled to perfection. Hinkle is certainly a player whose performance I shall never forget. The team as a whole is one of the best teams I have ever witnessed in action. Harmonious, inspiring and teamwork are just a few words to describe it. Thanks for seeing a wonderful performing team." R.G. Lynch, sports editor of the Milwaukee Journal, got even more technical in his praise of Hinkle. Said he: "Clarke Hinkle, the chunky bundle of steel and rawhide, who plays a lot of football for the Green Bay Packers, is this column's nominee for the all-time best the pro football league has seen. Gillo, Nagurski, Nevers, Battles and others have had their day. The Nag, a veritable juggernaut, got more ink than any of them and may get the call from many was the all-time best fullback, but give me the Hink. Like wine and cheese - pardon the comparison - Hinkle seems to improve with age. In his seventh season as a pro, all of them with the Packers, he is a better all-around back than he ever was before. He went from a small Ohio town to Case, got homesick and went home and subsequently was induced by Coach Carl Snavely to enter Bucknell. He was a whale of a college fullback, and won all the recognition that a player can get with a small college team. Curly Lambeau picked him up for the Packers in 1932. Nagurski was in his prime in his third season with the Chicago Bears. His name inspired awe, and his size, ruggedness and terrific hitting inspired fear on the field. The pros are big and tough. They started out to put the big fellow in his place, but after he had smacked the biggest of them end over end in cartwheels when they tried to tackle him, most of them were cautious in their efforts. More often then not they tried to run him over to the sideline or toward a teammate so two or more could make the tackle. Then along came Hinkle and there began a rivalry which ended only with Nagurski's retirement this season. The Nag weighed nearly 230 and looked even bigger - and he was solid rock. Hinkle weighed about 205 and didn't look it. Yet Nagurski had met his match. Hinkle never gave him an inch, carrying the ball, tackling or blocking. The chunky fellow from Bucknell was absolutely without fear. He had never met a harder man than he was, and if you ask him today, he hasn't met one yet. That includes the Nag. The Hinkle-Nagurski rivalry reached its climax in 1935. In the first Packer-Bear game, at Green Bay, the Nag crashed through the line with the ball and Hinkle barged up to stop him. They crashed together and went down. When Nagurski hit anybody they went down; often only one man go up and it invariably was the Nag. This time only one got up, but it was Hinkle. They carried Bronko off the field with a broken nose and a fractured hip. Later in the season these teams met again in Chicago. On a midfield play, Hinkle hit the line, bounced back and tore around the mass of players. Only Nagurski blocked his way. The Nag frequently scorned to tackle a ball carrier. He would give him man the hip instead and send him crashing. This time he had a score to pay off, so he gave Hinkle the works. It was a mistake. A real tackle might have stopped Clarke, but not a crash. He just bounced off and ran 52 yards for the first touchdown of a 17-14 victory for the Packers. That seems to dispose of the question of which was the 'harder' man. Even so, it must be conceded that Nagurski was harder to stop than Hinkle. For sheer power, he must be given the edge over anybody. That edge, however, is not enough to offset Clarke's superiority at other things. The pro league has never had a fullback so versatile as Hinkle. He is a driving line plunger. Where that was the limit of Nagurski's ball carrying, Hinkle can split the ends and he's shifty in a broken field. He's a good punter, a fine kickoff man (often booting over the end zone so no return can be made), a reliable placekicker for points after touchdown, and accurate with placements from well out. He once beat Detroit with a 51 yard placekick. He is a good passer. The last couple of seasons, he has taken to pass receiving with devastating results. One of the Packers' favorite scoring plays uses Hutson as a decoy, with Hinkle faking a block and going into the end zone to take the pass. Add to this the fact that Clarke is the backbone of the Packer defense - and a mighty sturdy defense at that - and you have an all-around back whom you will not see equaled for many a season, if ever. Not including the current season, Hinkle has gained 2,404 yards in 684 attempts in his pro career, and scored 167 points. So far this season he has gained 299 yards in 114 tries and scored 58 points. These figures do not include his gains as a pass catcher. That's more than a mile and one-half of ball lugging against the toughest kind of opposition. After seven years of pro ball, Hinkle is still going strong. He will equal Nagurski's eight year service with one more season and may still go on. Hard as the Nag was, he suffered injuries to both knees and one hip which finally forced him to give up. Hinkle has had injuries, but none of a permanent nature. He scorns minor hurts. Last Sunday he received a bad gash on the nose but finished the game with his head and nose bound so that only a slit remained for his eyes. That's Hinkle - a hard guy if there ever was one. How long he'll keep it up, nobody seems to know. The Packers will miss him when he turns in his suit for the last time."
having it out, the Eastern contenders, New York and Washington, will decide the holder of the Eastern division, and the right to play the Western champ, whichever team it may be.
DEC 1 (New York) - Detroit's 75 percent gain probably will offset losses by Pittsburgh, Cleveland and New York and ​ carry the NFL to a new attendance record, a United Press survey indicated today. Despite bad weather and some unfortunate schedule breaks, attendance is running even with last year's record pace and with three games left to be
plays Sunday, the total may surpass the 1,174,476 of 1937. TWO SAD DECREASES: The present total (52 games) stands at 1,073,645 and unless advance predictions are too optimistic, 103,000 fans will pay to see Washington at New York, Philadelphia at Detroit and Pittsburgh-Cleveland at New Orleans this Sunday. This would bring this year's total to 1,176,645 - or 169 better than last season. Compared to gains shown in former years, this increase will be trifling, but still remarkable in view of the sad decreases at Pittsburgh and Cleveland. In five home games the Pirates drew only 64,871 compared to 140,000 last year, and this despite the addition of their much advertised halfback, Byron White, Colorado's all-American, Cleveland attendance fell off more than 25 percent - from 44,500 to 32,327...DETROIT PICKS UP: For six home games, Detroit has shown an approximate 75 percent increase. The Lions have played to 179,251 compared to 105,735 last year. With this Sunday's game deciding whether they will tie Green Bay for the Western division title, they should add more than 40,000. The New York Giants' slump was attributed to the fact that two of the best drawing cards - Chicago Bears and Detroit - did not appear here. The Giants, who set the pace last year with 260,000, have attracted only 181,617 this year, but their game against the Redskins Sunday which will decide the Eastern crown is almost a certainty to pull 58,000 and carry the season's total to 239,617.
DEC 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Local attorneys still had not found a "legal loophole" Wednesday which would permit Marquette to turn over its stadium for the Green Bay Packer-Detroit Lion professional football playoff game a week from Sunday but an announcement one way or another is expected sometime Wednesday. The stadium, now tax free, might be subject to tax if rented to a professional team.
DEC 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Marquette university's athletic board Thursday morning refused to grant the Green Bay Packers permission to use the Hilltop stadium for a game with the Detroit Lions here December 11. The refusal was based on the opinion of lawyers that school property could not be turned over to an outside promotion without becoming subject to the real estate tax. "Marquette's athletic board wanted to help the Packers," Con Jennings, athletic director, explained. "The board voted unanimously to permit the Packers to use the field. The hitch developed when we sought legal counsel on the question of taxation. It was pointed out that the statutes were very clear and that we could not permit an outside promotion without jeopardizing our tax exempt position. Very reluctantly, therefore, we had to decline the request." The refusal of Marquette's board to permit use of the field does not necessarily eliminate Milwaukee, however, from consideration as a site for the game, according to Curly Lambeau, coach of the Packers. "We appreciate Marquette's willingness to cooperate," Lambeau said over the telephone, "and understand the problem of taxation involved. It does not mean, however, we have given up on Milwaukee as a site. I think arrangements could be made to accommodate 25,000 at State Fair park, and we'll work on that at once." Lambeau said he would try to arrange a meeting with a representative of the Detroit Lions in Chicago Friday night, at which time a coin will be flipped to determine which side shall name the site of the playoff, if one is necessary. The Lions must defeat the Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Sunday to tie Green Bay for the western division championship in the pro league. "The Lions absolutely refuse to play in Green Bay," Lambeau said,"but I don't see how they can refuse Milwaukee if we win the flip of the coin. If we win, we'll play in Milwaukee or there'll be no game." Lambeau will fly to New York to scout the Washington Redskins and New York Giants in their eastern championship game Sunday.
alert brand of football that produced two first period touchdowns and clinched the title for the Packers, who completed their schedule Nov. 24 with eight wins and three defeats...EAGLES SCORE EASILY: Philadelphia scored on its second offensive play of the game, Dave Smukler passing 10 yards to Bill Hewitt who lateraled to Joe Carter. The latter continued unmolested over the goal line to complete a 65-yard gain. Smukler made the conversation good from placement and repeated on the other two Eagle touchdowns. A few minutes later Carter set up the second Philadelphia score when he picked up Dick Nardi's fumble on the Eagle 40 and wove his way to the Lion seven. The Eagles took to the air again, Smukler shooting a touchdown pass to Jay Arnold in the end zone...HEWITT SNARES PASS: A 25-yard aerial, this time from Smukler to Hewitt in the third period, gave Philadelphia its final score. Detroit never got beyond the Eagle 40 until the final period when a 64-yard march netted a touchdown. Leroy (Ace) Gutowsky climaxed the drive with his scoring from the two. Earl (Dutch) Clark, holder of the pro league scoring record, added to his mark with the conversion. Emmett Mortell's punting aided the Packers greatly.
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Highest praise for the talents and performances of Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers' veteran left end, was given in a syndicated article by Pat Gannon, New York columnist, which appeared in the Milwaukee Journal yesterday. Gannon, who has commented favorably upon the Packers a number of times, is well acquainted in Green Bay, being a brother of Leo V. Gannon, Press-Gazette managing editor. His article follows: BY PAT GANNON (NEW YORK) - Now that the all-Americans - compounded from fact, fancy and frisky press agentry - are in, it might be interesting to focus on the world's greatest football performer. Follow the assignments of the pros and listen to their bull sessions and the most feared man in football is easily marked. The most dangerous man with a ball clearly is Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers, an opinion shared by his opponents and proved by the official records. Hutson not only is about the greatest of all pass catchers, covering more territory than an outfielder, but he also is probably No. 1 breakaway runner in professional football. This high geared elk, given a step, will take a touchdown. He is elusive as a greased pig and swift as a gazelle. He will run by you, through you or around you with equal ease. His change of pace is the wonder of the backfielders. He's been around for years now and the boys don't know yet whether anyone has seen him go full out...CAN'T BE COVERED: Hutson undoubtedly is one of the most valuable properties in the professional game. You could get a fair sized squad for him in a trade. That fabled 12 man team in the person of Hutson is a fact - no mistake. It takes two men - even three - to "cover" Hutson. The boys snicker when they mention "covering" Hutson. Covering Hutson is like catching the wind. Art Lewis of the Rams said he sat on the bench one day and felt pity for his own backfielders trying to stop Hutson - felt so sorry for the complete helplessness of the secondary men that he almost cried. Hutson would bear down on them, flitting along with that easy gait, zip by them - one, two, three men - and be gone like a vagrant sound...GHOSTS BY FOES: This galloping galooza ghosts by in the dreams of his opponents, keeps coaches awake nights - all to no avail. You can set a Hutson defense, but the defense will can't catch him, the long legged guy with the grabhook mitts goes up and is gone. He leaps into top speed virtually from a standing start. As a decoy, Hutson cuts loose at least one other receiver, for with "two on Hutson" - a league byword - someone else is certain to be running free. Bust as a one man decoy receiver, Hutson also is superb. He can lead a pair of defenders right into the zone of he pass, cut one or two steps right or left and be gone with the catch. Half a step is enough - too much, the boys say...HE'S A BALL HAWK: It has also been little noted that this Packer ball thief is a hawk of great distinction - one of the greatest in the game. Toss a fumble into a huddle of Hutson and three opponents and Hutson will eel his way to possession five times out of seven. Against Cleveland, Hutson, playing a secondary post on defense, intercepted more Cleveland passes than the Rams caught themselves. Consider that these fellows scout one another down to the last count. Something they know exactly how many steps a pass catcher will take on a certain play, precisely when he will cut and where. You may be sure that Hutson has been timed, annotated and described in every particular to his opponents. Yet he still can go out and get them because the faintest decoy is enough for old Mucilage Mitts...GETS NINE SCORES: Gaynell Tinsley of the Cardinals this year leads Hutson by 41 catches to 32. These two ends - Hutson with 547 and Tinsley with 516 - reeled off more yardage than any running backfield toters. But in addition - as an end mind you - Hutson has scored nine touchdowns as No. 1 touchdown carrier in all the leagues. Tinsley is a great receiver but not so great a runner as Hutson, not by eight touchdowns. The same evidence makes it quite clear that Hutson is a clutch man as well. When the chips are down and a touchdown is on the make, the Packers pitch that ball to Hutson about as often as they hand it to the old war horse Hinkle, one of the greatest running backs the league has seen...RECORDS TELL STORY: Whizzer White of the Pirates, leading ground gainer, lugs the ball about two times out of three when he is in the backfield. But the loping Hutson, who gallops into the outfield only now and then to get a ball, adds up considerably more yardage. And every time he goes out he cracks the secondary defense wide open for a possible run by backfield toters. Consider, too, how the Packers add up without Hutson. On the evidence of one game. the Packers as a passing team are about equal to the Cleveland Rams. Both teams performed here against the Giants, who spread out an astute pass defense. The record of the Rams without a Hutson and the Packer without a Hutson was approximately a stand-off, except for the running game. The Rams against the Giants pitched 30 passes, with eight complete and five intercepted. The Packers tossed 30 passes, with nine complete and five intercepted. The passing yardage of the Packers was infinitely superior but it was only three points better on the scoreboard.
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - The boys who have been raising arched eyebrows over the intricacies of the NFL schedule this season, and have expressed themselves very pointedly in favor of it's-east-to-frame-a-football-game school, are going to have very odd time trying to explain Sunday's victory of the Philadelphia Eagles over a Detroit eleven which presumably couldn't be defeated. For some reason, there has been more ridiculous chatter than usual this season regarding the possibility of certain professional football games being well into the suitcase before the opening whistle, and one prominent sportswriter even rose up with a written defense of the game about mid-season. There is little use arguing with anyone who adopts the pro-football-is-crooked attitude. The only things you can tell him is that he is either ignorant or else he doesn't understand pro football. These are not always wise, because the chap may be bigger than you, and sensitive, in addition to his thick-headedness. About all you can do is to ask him innocently if he would be willing to state on a courtroom stand that he knew positively that such and such a team drew five thousand bucks for tossing a game - provided some exasperated club owner decided to collect a bit on the side for slander. But he know that Detroit threw the last game to the Packers in Detroit, and of course the Green Bay-New York game was a setup, because didn't the Packers get more first downs than the Giants? And certainly the Bears tossed that game to the Lions Thanksgiving day, even if they did put a few of the Detroiters in the hospital. But how can you explain Sunday's game? Did one of the Packer directors dig down in his pockets and come up with several thousand dollars, and wave it under the noses of the downtrodden Eagles? I'm sure no one on the Philadelphia team would have said anything about it. Your football-is-shady fan doesn't know football. He may be a little twisted himself, and so it's easy for him to assume that 12 or 15 young fellows, most of them honest businessmen, with college degrees and years of competitive experience behind them, will immediately assume that a dirty bribe is right up their alley, and gobble up the submarine cash. No, brother, you're wrong again, just as you have been all season, and the upshot of the whole business is that you've been made to look awfully, awfully dumb. Because those Philadelphia Eagles are football players, just like the rest of them, and they were plenty hot about this coin-flipping business, and the suggestion that Sunday's game was in the sack. So they hitched up their pants, looked the Lions in their respective eyes, and said: "One side, boys - here comes a football team.:" And that coin never was flipped, but, brother, the Lions were, and if you have any spare time this week you might drop a line to Bill Hewitt and Emmett Mortell or any other of those Eagles and just say, "Thanks!"
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - For the first time in several weeks, the Green Bay Packers, who alternately have blown cold and hot all season, will be at full strength when they meet the Giants in New York Sunday for the National Professional Football league championship. "We not only will be in top shape," declared E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Western division title winners today, "we'll be hot. If ever a team looked right, we do now. We were not in top shape when we pushed the Giants all over the field a few weeks ago yet lost to them. We will be for this one." Don Hutson, one of the best ends in the business, who has been out of service since November 13 with a leg injury, will be in shape to play, the coach said. Bob Monnett, one of the best passers in the circuit, who has been out since November 6 with a similar injury, also was recovered. The team has not played a game since November 20 and several other men who were battered and bruised in the late weeks of the campaign have recovered fully. In some games this year the Packer team looked like one of the greatest ball clubs in professional history, rolling along like an army tank. In others it sputtered and backfired.
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - Captain Milton Gantenbein of the Green Bay Packers was called to Duluth, Minn., last night by the serious illness of his mother, who suffered a stroke yesterday. His status regarding next Sunday's football game is uncertain.
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, their traveling schedule set forward 24 hours, will leave on the Milwaukee Road Chippewa at 5:36 Wednesday afternoon for New York, where next Sunday they will battle the Giants in an attempt to bring Wisconsin's football capital city its fifth National professional championship. Backed into the Western division title by Philadelphia's spectacular upset of the Detroit Lions, the Packers rode through a muddy practice at City stadium yesterday, drilling on a snow-covered gridiron with all the pep and fire a 30-man squad can generate. They'll be given a sendoff befitting the champions of the west. A committee headed by Jack Haslam and Bernard Darling today lined up a band, prepared signs and generally made preparations to start the team eastward with the best wishes of everyone in the community. The Green Bay high school band will line up at the Beaumont hotel, between Cedar and Main streets, at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, and will march to the Milwaukee Road depot on the West side, where the gala sendoff will be made prior to the train's leaving at 5:36. The celebration, Haslam said, is open to everyone interested in witnessing the departure of the Green Bay squad, and in wishing it luck in its final gridiron campaign of the league season...LOTS OF NOISE: There was plenty to cheer about at yesterday's practice. Despite a sodden field and chilly temperatures, the team came up with one of its best demonstration of spirit of the season. The players had all kinds of trouble with the slippery field. They ran like ducks, going down under punts, and there were attired in the most outlandish set of costumes a gridiron squad ever disported - stocking caps with tassels, raincoats, sweaters, mittens and other winter accessories. Assistant Coach Red Smith, attired in a pullover sweater and a stocking cap down over his ears, looked like Charlie Chan. Coach E.L. Lambeau was attired in a hunter's outfit...MAY HAVE TROUBLE: Lambeau welcomed the opportunity to work out in unfavorable weather conditions, for he emphasized the point that the Packers may run into the same kind of stuff at New York. Leaving on the Chippewa tomorrow, the Packers will reach Chicago at 9:40 that night, and will hop aboard a Pennsylvania Road train an hour later. This will get them into New York at 5:20 Thursday afternoon, and they will make their headquarters again at the Victoria hotel. There will be instructional work on the train while the Packers move east, as Lambeau is bringing along a motion picture projector and films of several of the Packers' recent games, including that at New York. The films will be shown as the team rolls toward its objective...NEW YORK DRILLS: There will be a practice at New York Friday morning, and another Saturday morning in Central park. In between these events there will be several skull sessions. Two parties in Green Bay were attempting today to line up special coaches to take Packer fans to New York. Provided 25 reservations can be obtained, both may go through. One is the Carrigan special, which would leave on the Milwaukee Road Saturday night. Details have not been announced. The other is the Du Chateau special, which would leave on the North Western Road at 7 o'clock Saturday morning, and reaching New York at 8:20 Sunday morning. The return trip will leave New York at either 6:50 or 9:15 Sunday night, reaching Green Bay at either 8:30 or 11:45 Monday evening. Interested fans may contact the Du Chateau tavern.
DEC 6 (Green Bay) - Now it is regarded as very poor sportsmanship to drop bricks and things upon a rival who had had the misfortune to stub his tie, fall into a flower bed and have bugs crawl on him, but did you notice those elaborate preparations for the Western division playoff which were made by the Detroit Lions? It wouldn't be good form to mention it, at all, except that Detroit was just a bit on the smoky side in the whole playoff discussion. The Lions stood flat-footed for a Green Bay-Detroit game at Briggs stadium, and only with the greatest reluctance consented to a flip of a coin, at the order of League President Joe F. Carr and the demands of the Green Bay management. Of course, the coin never left the ground, or the pocket of its owner, because the Philadelphia Eagles, a much maligned and pushed-about football club, had in their roster a number of young fellows who in years past successfully completed their college educations. Being college graduates, they were able to read, and much was their disgust to see that Detroit was going right ahead with plans for a Western division playoff, despite the slight omission of having first obtained a tie for the Western title. So the Philadelphians capitalized on a few fiery pep talks by Coach Bert Bell, and some sensational field leadership by Bill Hewitt (did you ever think you'd like that guy?) and what Packer Assistant Coach Red Smith says was about the finest punting he ever saw by Appleton's Emmett Mortell. And when the echo of the last whistle scampered off the field, pulled on its sweat pants, and sped for the exit, the Philadelphians were parked atop a 21 to 7 victory and the Lions were deep in the alphabet soup, groping blindly for an N, a U, a T and an S. The clipping is from the Detroit News. Read it and sob: "Philadelphia's surprising victory over the Lions forced the cancellation of what was to have been an impressive ceremony Sunday in the Briggs stadium office. Joe Carr, league president, upset plans of Detroit Lion offficials Sunday morning when he wired that Detroit and Green Bay must toss a coin to decide the site of their playoff game, Dec. 11. Lion officials, sure of being awarded the game, already had had tickets printed. Carr sent William Storck, league official, here to supervise the coin tossing. Although disturbed by the order, Bud Shaver, Detroit general manager, made elaborate preparations for the ritual. He was guided by instructions telephoned from California by George F. Richard, Lion owner. First, Richards specified a silver dollar must be used. It must be tossed high enough to hit the ceiling. The Green Bay representative must call the turn while the coin was in midair. Finally, Shaver borrowed an allegedly lucky dollar fro Otto Hamlin, a Detroit director. Only one detail was overlooked. Philadelphia was not consulted, and the Eagles' ignorance of the script voided all of the careful planning." Shucks, fellows. The Green Bay fans hate to see all that scheming go for nothing. And a lucky dollar, too. Tsk, tsk.
$60,000 'POT' FOR PRO GAME
DEC 6 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers will be playing for a share in a likely pot of $60,000 when they meet the New York Giants here Sunday. The winning players thus would received about $600 each, while the losers would get about $400. The largest individual share in pro history was $620, which went to the Chicago Bears in 1934. At that time, however, the player limit was only 22, eight below the present, and the number of individual shares considerably fewer than now. The individual winning share Sunday will probably reach $600 and may go higher with good weather. With only the playoff left remaining, team statistics Tuesday revealed that six league records were broken during the campaign. Here are the new marks:
Team Scoring - Green Bay Packers, 223 points. Old mark 220 set by Green Bay in 1937
League Scoring - 1,484 points. Old mark 1,424 in 1937
Most Passes Completed - Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins, 114 each. Old mark 108 by Green Bay in 1936
Team Passing Efficiency - New York Giants, 91 out of 186 for 48.9%. Old mark 79 out of 169 for 46.7 by Brooklyn in 1933.
Passing Efficiency, 200 or more passes thrown - Chicago Cardinals, 114 out of 240 for 47.5%. Old mark 99 out of 222 for 44.5% by Washington in 1937
League Passing Efficiency - 824 out of 2,030 for 40.5%. Old mark of 594 out of 1,543 for 38.5% in 1937.
The Packers are still first in scoring and ground gained, but in forward passing the Chicago Cardinals ousted the Washington Redskins. The Giants yielded the fewest years in 11 games - 2,029 - displacing Detroit as leader in that department, and they also gave the fewest number of points, 79, replacing the Chicago Bears.
DEC 6 (New York) - Eyes focused on the $36,000 player pot of pro football's World Series at the Polo Grounds next Sunday, the Giants reported to Coach Steve Owen this morning, ripe and ready for final workouts. Despite their bruising game against the Redskins, only Jim Howell, Jim Poole, star ends, and halfback Dale Burnett required the services of Doc Sweeney. The Green Bay Packers, Western representatives in the championship scrap, will be in town later in the week. All three of Owen's bruised operatives will be ready for the Packers, as well as Ray Hanken, end, and Jack Haden, tackle, who were on the bench for the Redskin game. Burnett was the most severely injured, suffering a slight concussion. Howell turned up with a sprained ankle and Pole with a wrenched back. Curly Lambeau, Green Bay coach, was in the stands to watch the Giants great victory last Sunday but flew back to Green Bay without announcing his plans. If nice weather continues in Wisconsin, the Packers will practice on the home field, leaving for New York on Thursday. With tickets going on sale today, gate receipts for the game will probably not equal last Sunday's, which reached the neighborhood of $70,000. On the basis of $60,000 gate, each player on the winning team will receive $600, the losers collecting $400. The largest individual share in pro history was $620, which went to the Chicago Bears in 1934. At that time, however, the player limit was only twenty-two, eight below the present, and the number of individual shares considerably fewer than now. The individual winning share Sunday will probably reach $600. The game looms as a battle between the Giant defense and the Packers' offense. The Packers, league scoring leaders with 223 points, averaged 21 points per game against eleven opponents. The Giants were the best defensive team, allowing a season total of 79 points, an average of little more than 7 per game. Regardless of the winner, it will be the first time a team has twice gained possession of the Ed Thorp trophy.
detrimental and beneficial. There is danger that the squad will go stale, and yet the rest gives all men a chance to get in peak physical condition...LIKE TOUCH GAME: "We have run signals only two or three games in the last three weeks," the coach pointed out. "The rest of the time we have been playing touch football, which the men enjoy, and running to keep in shape. We also have had our daily drills in passing and kicking. No one has gained weight, and the players are showing more fire and spirit than ever. Our last signal drill was the best we have had since the 1936 season, as far as timing and deception were concerned." Another signal drill was held yesterday, and today half an hour of contact work was billed for the Packers, followed by the regular touch football game. There will be no work Saturday or Sunday but starting Monday there will be practice sessions twice daily...GET SPECIAL WORK: A few of the men have been getting some special work on the side, and most of the players feel better physically than they have all season. Bud Svendsen is fitting in perfectly. The center signed after he completed his first football season as coach of Kirksville, Mo. State Teachers college, is conscientious, aggressive, fast and intelligent. "He could play tomorrow," was Lambeau's comment on his condition. "His presence in the lineup gives the Packers an extra man on interference upon offense, as he is one of the finest blockers on the squad." Everyone is participating in the drills now except Frank Butler, right tackle, and Don Hutson, left end. By Monday even these two will be ready to go, Lambeau expects. While Lambeau is scouting the game at New York, Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith will look over the Lions as they battle the Philadelphia Eagles at Briggs stadium.
DEC 2 (New York) - There is great excitement on the 42nd street campus these days for "Them Jints" are going to tangle with Comrade George Preston Marshall's Washingtons come Sunday at the Polo Grounds for the Eastern championship of the pro league. The game also will decide who is the best forward passer in the world, Samuel Adrian Baugh, the Redskin aerialist, or Ed Danowski, the old Fordham blue who pitches for the Giants. They are neck and neck for the league passing title...DRAWS LARGE CROWD: The prospect of these two hurling pigskins all over the field will attract one of the biggest crowds of the pro season if the weather is right. There is much fear of Ole Massa Baugh hereabouts. Last year he and Cliff Battles passed and ran the Giants right out of the Polo Grounds. The Redskins then went on to lift the National title and spoon the resultant exhibition game gravy. This year the Giants swear they will close the account...BEAT GREEN BAY: They lead the Redskins by a half game in the Eastern division, and they have been very, very hot for a month. They whipped Green Bay's Packers and tied the Brooklyn Dodgers and they think they are coming while the Redskins are going. The suspicion exists they while this is a real good Washington club it is not up to the 1937 model. Cliff Battles now is coaching the backs at Columbia. You cannot lose a running back of Battle's ability without feeling it.
DEC 2 (Chicago) - Ernie Nevers, former Stanford All-American, will return to the Chicago Cardinals as coach next year, succeeding an old Cardinal teammate, Milan Creighton, who resigned Monday after a disastrous season. Nevers signed a one-year contract. Since he retired as playing coach for the Cardinals in 1932, he has been coaching college teams. He resigned Tuesday as backfield and end coach at the University of Iowa in a shakeup which cost the job of Head Coach Irl Tubbs. Nevers graduated from Stanford in 1926, played three seasons of baseball with the St. Louis Browns, spent a year as player-coach of the Duluth, Minn., Eskimos, then returned to Stanford as assistant football coach. He went to Iowa in 1937.
DEC 2 (Green Bay) - While no definite decision has been reached, there is a possibility that the Green Bay Packers may take up farming as a sideline before many seasons have passed. At the present time six or seven strong semi-professional clubs have contacted the Green Bay management, asking for sponsorship as a training ground for Packer players needing experience and seasoning. Newark, New Jersey, which has a community setup similar to that behind the Packers, with some outstanding civic leaders in charge of the teams, stands in the front line of teams receiving consideration, and it is not impossible that Green Bay will take over a working agreement with the Newark organization in regard to players. There is a group within the Packer organization which favors the sponsorship of a Green Bay farm team, created by the Packers, but functioning locally, to play at City stadium when the Packers are abroad at Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, New York or other alien fields. This club, if organized, would carry a distinctive name, would use men owned by the Packers, and would play a high type of professional competition, such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Louisville and the St. Louis Gunners. It is very possible that the team might cultivate quite a local following of its own. When the Northwest Professional Football league was functioning, Packer officials considered seriously taking over one of its clubs as a farm, but when the circuit blew up, the idea was abandoned...The team which wins the championship of the NFL this season will play in one of the season's outstanding professional games, at the Coliseum in Los Angeles Jan. 15. The Los Angeles Times, sponsor of the event, is watching the progress of the air-conditioned race closely, and you can be reasonably certain that the backers would like to see Green Bay in that game, as no teams draws along the West Coast as do the Packers, veterans of many a Packer combat. Opposition for the professional champs hasn't been determined definitely. It may be a squad recruited with pro gridders from the coast area, and the National league, other than the title holders, or it may consist of a bunch of former collegians from the Rose Bowl and East-West contests. In either even, the sponsor plans to make it the most elaborate affair of its kind ever held on the coast. Movie stars will be present in profusion, a rapid ticket sale is anticipated, and - here's something of interest to the Packers - a guarantee of $10,000 has been posted to lure the professional league champions to the coast.
DEC 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today enjoyed sodden weather from indoors and were glad that they were not scheduled to practice on Saturday and Sunday. The team, which will find out late tomorrow just which NFL opponent it will meet next, has been left very much to its own devices. Coach E.L. Lambeau is in New York scouting the Giants-Washington Redskins game, and Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith is performing a similar chore at Detroit, where tomorrow the Lions and Philadelphia Eagles tangle in a Western division combat. If Detroit bumps past Philadelphia as it is favored to do, the Packers and Lions will be tied for first place in their division, and the next remaining item of business will be to determine the playoff spot. There was no news concerning that tangle today...MAY SPRING UPSET: The Eagles are rated capable of engineering an upset, but few fans expect them to do so. The team has looked strong against several league opponents this year, while Detroit has demonstrated a tendency to let down at crucial spots. Moreover, the Lions are badly crippled, with Cardwell, Ryan, Wojciechowicz, Klewicki, Caddel and Shepherd all on the sidelines. The matter of incentive plays a big part in the contest, and Philadelphia has little to achieve by a victory. Furthermore, there are rumors that the Eagles have trimmed their squad to 18 for the game indicating that they may be planning merely on going through the motions. Still, if they catch Detroit on a bad day, in poor weather, and get a few breaks, the happening which Green Bay fans would appreciate most may occur...AILING MEN BETTER: This weekend's rest following a light practice week is expected to put all the ailing Packers on the available list, including even tackle Frank Butler and end Don Hutson, the worst damaged of the squad. Butler and Hutson were expected to take their regular places in drill Monday. By Sunday night, the Packers will know exactly where they stand in the playoff race, although even then they may not be sure of the place they'll play. If the Lions should be upset by Philadelphia, the Packers will proceed directly to New York or Washington, depending upon which one triumphs in their game at the Polo Grounds tomorrow.
yards in 152 attempts, and completed 29 out of 73 passes. Danowski accounted for more than 1,000 yards with his running and passing. He picked up 215 yards in 48 attempts and completed 70 out of 129 passes for 848 yards. Danowski also performed nobly a defensive player and blocker. Parker accounted for even more yardage than did Danowski, piling up 1,118 with his running and passing. He gained 253 yards in 93 attempts and completed 63 out of 148 passes for 865 yards. Hinkle was the workhorse of the Green Bay backfield, performing notably at blocking, line-plunging and punting. He led the league in scoring with 58 points and his kicking average was slightly more than 40 yards for the season...AGAIN IS STANDOUT: Again a standout in his eighth season in the National league, Mel Hein of the New York Giants had one of his greatest years at center. The guard positions were probably the weakest or most evenly matched in the league. Danny Fortmann, Chicago Bears, and Byron Gentry, Pittsburgh, were given the berths. IN his second year in the league, Ed Widseth, New York Giants, became recognized as the loop's greatest tackle. Joe Stydahar, a 240-pound strong boy, was picked as Widseth's running mate. Don Hutson, Green Bay's nimble-fingered pass catcher, and Bill Hewitt, Philadelphia, ranked by most coaches as the smartest and hardest wingman to get around, were named at ends. Hutson caught 32 passes for 548 yards to top the league and was second high scorer with 57 points. Hewitt was a star on a losing team and reached his heights in the season's final when he led the Eagles to an upset triumph which knocked Detroit out of the Western division race.
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - Ten thousand tickets were sold in New York yesterday for the Packer-Giant game, which ought to give some indication as to how many people will be on hand next Sunday afternoon. This is happy news to the players, as this big gate goes to them - it's their gravy at the end of a tough season, and a small crowd at the playoff hit them right in the pocketbook. There's snow on the ground in New York, and chilly winds are blowing off the sound, but that won't keep the Giant management from packing the folks onto the roof at the Polo Grounds next Sunday.
DEC 7 (New York) - The New York Giants' ticket office here was so swamped Wednesday for ducats to the championship football match with the Green Bay Packers Sunday that a rule was passed that no telephone or mail requests would be fulfilled. As an added convenience to customers, the ticket offices at the Polo Grounds opened Wednesday. The rush at the 42nd Street headquarters was terrific. The Giants Tuesday voted to split the pot received in the championship match 34 ways. Twenty-eight athletes who has been with the team from the start of the season were voted full shares. So was John (Bull) Karcis, a later comer, and Will Walls, end, injured a month ago and paid off for the season. Coach Owen and Assistant Coach Bo Molenda also received full shares. A half share went to Hap Barhard, end, who was recalled from Jersey City for four games. Quarter shares were allotted to Gus Mauch and Charlie Porter, trainers; Fred Logan, clubhouse attendance; Henry Fabian, groundskeeper; Joe Carroll, clubhouse boy, and Dr. Francis J. Sweeney, team physician.
DEC 7 (New York) - The dark shadow of oveconfidence lingers with our Giants as they resume practice today for their grand finale in pro football's World Series against the Green Bay Packers at the Polo Grounds Sunday. Coach Steve Owen, after giving his boys a long blackboard drill, gruffly admitted that the knowledge of their easy victory over the Packers here two weeks ago might boomerang and knock the Giants out of their bid for a World Championship for the third time in six years...PACKERS "BURNED" UP: Steve lost no time in informing his men that the Packers were plenty burned up over the 15-3 humiliation the Giants hung on them. Green Bay hasn't had a game since, is fully rested and probably will be at full strength for the all-important contest. Coach Curly Lambeau drove his men though a series of long drills. The Packers, who had a big edge in everything but scoring in the last game with the Giants, fell they were the victims of some tough luck. Don Hutson, record pass-catching end, who did not play here last time, has recovered from his leg injury and will see plenty of action. Bob Monnett, one of the best runners on the Packers, is also ready for Sunday. He was unavailable for the last meeting...PACKERS STRENGTHENED: The Packers have been further strengthened by the addition of Bud Svendsen, former Minnesota center. Bud and his brother, George, who played with the Packers last fall, were coaches this season. Bud asked permission to play and will replace Darrell Lester, former TCU pivot. The wetness of the Polo Grounds cancelled yesterday's workout and Owen, reviewing the last game with the visitors, said, "Those fellows pushed our men all over the field, made 21 first downs to the Giants' 5, and gained twice as much ground. I told the boys that the blocking they did against the Redskins last week was O.K."
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - This newspaper has published elsewhere in its columns today an exhibit of New York publicity which preceded the Packer-N.Y. Giants game two weeks ago. Every sports columnist and by-line writers of every metropolitan daily seems to have been assigned or just naturally attracted to the Packer camp at Travers Island. Reports came to Green Bay of he "army" of sports writers that swooped down upon the camp, and a number of New York newspapers were received here with impressive headlines and well written stories. But it remained for Fred R. Miller, president of Rahr-Green Bay Brewing company, to provide an actual exhibit of hundreds of the picture layouts, multicolumn cartoons, full pages of Packer built-up and eight column streamer headlines. A representative of Mr. Miller was instructed to buy New York papers. He believes he missed as many editions as he bought, but the ones he got to make an impressive enough two page exhibit of how New York breaks loose when the Packers come to town. For years New Yorkers have been amazed by Green Bay's entry in the football big leagues. Sportswriters spare neither adjectives, superlatives not sesquipedalian verbiage in writing about "this mystery team" or "these mighty mammoth monsters from the North". Green Bay for the full 20 years it has been in the NFL has been one of the greatest attractions on the Giants' schedule. It was in New York that Green Bay's "wonder team" of 1929 won this city's first championship. As far back as two decades ago, New York newspapers said, "This Packer team is in all probability the greatest football team ever assembled in the history of the game." The Rahr-Green Bay Brewing company reproduces as many of these clippings from many New York newspapers as two full pages could accommodate, in size sufficient for readability, to further convince and enthuse Packer fans about what the league's biggest city thinks of the league's smallest city and its ball team.
DEC 9 (New York) - Green Bay Packers, champions of the Western division, went through a snappy signal drill on the gridiron at Central Park here Friday morning. Coach E.L. Lambeau had all his hirelings working through the sharp drill, which continued for about an hour and a half. Every member of the squad, including trainer Dave Woodard and his assistant, Bud Jorgenson, were bearing down plenty, and the "will-to-win" attitude was very much in the air. The Packer pilot reported himself fairly well satisfied with the practice although it was no means as secret as he would have desired. The news trailed around fast through some mysterious channel that the Green Bay monsters were going to do their stuff at Central Park and quite a throng was on hand all during the workout. The Bud Svendsen debate continues to sizzle lively. Coach Lambeau is sitting tight and not issuing any statements until officially notified by President Joe F. Carr of the NFL that the Giants have questioned the eligibility of the snapper-back from Minnesota. There are a lot of pro footballers along Broadway. The league draft meeting, originally scheduled for Saturday, was advanced to 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Hotel New Yorker. Representatives from all clubs were to gather at that time around the big blackboard awaiting their opportunity to grab off the graduating collegiate stars all over the good old U.S.A. Coach Lambeau and his assistant, Richard "Red" Smith, were very much in evidence at the gathering. They had a list of prospective football players about a mile long and were awaiting anxiously their chance to put a Green Bay ticket on the best the Packer choice would permit. The New York papers are booming the title game to the skies. Sports cartoons and feature stories dot all of the sport sheets and if "ink" brings the crowd to the gate, the Polo Grounds will be filled to the roof when the whistle blows at 2 p.m. Sunday (1 o'clock Green Bay time). The publicity, according to Ned Irish, press representative for the NFL, is running far ahead of the game which the Packers played here on Nov. 20 with the Giants. An official bulletin from President Carr's office in Columbus, Ohio carried the news that Bobby Cahn, Chicago, would referee Sunday afternoon's contest. Tom Thorpe, New York, dean of the officials along the Atlantic seaboard, has been named as umpire. Larry Conover, Philadelphia, a veteran pro football player, will serve as headlinesman, and M.J. Meyer, of Toledo, Ohio, will be the field judge. The Packer squad appeared to be well satisfied with the officials. The Packers had an
mighty Buhler, the Big Ten draftees on the Packer list are Lynn Hovland, Wisconsin guard, Francis Twedell, Minnesota guard, Vincent Gavre, Wisconsin quarterback, Dan Ellmer, Minnesota center, Roy Bellin, Wisconsin halfback, Frank Balazs, Iowa blocking back, Forrest Brennen, Michigan guard, and Charles Schultz, Minnesota tackle. This list is imposing enough to impress any follower of professional football, but it by no means represents the entire Packer draft assortment...TACKLE FROM GEORGIA: The list is rounded out by the following: Larry Craigh, 205 pounds South Carolina end; Paul Kell, Notre Dame tackle; Johnny Hall, Texas Christian blocking back; Charles Sprague, Southern Methodist end, reputedly very rugged; Bill Badgett, 240 pound Georgia tackle; Greenfield, 235 pound Arizona center who stands six fee three; John Yerby, Oregon end; Willard Hoger, Notre Dame back, and Gunther, Santa Clara back.
DEC 10 (New York) - The Chicago Cardinals, who won only two games this season, today held the exclusive right to dicker for the professional services of eight of the country's outstanding college football players of 1938. The Cardinals, who finished last in the Western division of the NFL, had first crack yesterday at the current crop of college stars in the annual draft session and came up with excellent prospects...200 PLAYERS ON LIST: A total of 200 players were on the list when the 10 National league teams started selecting according to the way they finished this year. The club with the poorest record had first pick and the division winners - Green Bay in the west and New York in the east - were last. The Cardinals numbered among their 20 prospects such outstanding players as Ki Aldrich, Texas Christian center; Marshall Goldberg, Pittsburgh fullback; Wolff, Santa Clara tackle; Stebbins, Pittsburgh halfback; Daddio, Pittsburgh end; Brown, Notre Dame end, and Wyatt, Tennessee end. That does not mean. however, that all those players will wear Cardinal uniforms next year. The agreement merely gives the clubs prior right to the players named if they choose to turn professional. The Cardinals, however, are certain to sign Aldrich, almost a unanimous choice for center on the various All-America squads, because he was indicated he will turn professional. The Brooklyn Dodgers came up with Bottari, California back; MacLeod, Dartmouth back; Young, Oklahoma end; Hill, Duke center; and Heikkinen, Michigan guard. Only Bottari seems like a possible newcomer to the pro ranks. Most of the others have indicated they will not turn professional...O'BRIEN TO PHILADELPHIA: Philadelphia got Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian's great passing back. But Davey already has said he is not interested in professional football. The Chicago Bears picked Osmanski, Holy Cross fullback, Wysocki, Villanova end, and Bock, Iowa State guard; Detroit got Johnny Pingel, Michigan State halfback, and Weiss, Wisconsin fullback; Washington got Hale, T.C.U. tackle, Tipton, Duke halfback, and Holm, Alabama halfback; Green Bay took Brock, Nebraska center, and Buhler, Minnesota fullback. The New York Giants selected Chicknero, Pittsburgh quarterback, and Paulman, Stanford halfback. Pittsburgh picked Sid Luckman, Columbia star, but had to turn his option over to the Chicago Bears because Chicago took over the contract of Ed Manske, Pittsburgh end. Cleveland selected among others, Parker Hall, Mississippi back.
DEC 10 (Green Bay) - Unless all signs fail - or the turf at the Polo Grounds is sticky with muck - the Green Bay Packers are going to score a decisive victory over the New York Giants here tomorrow afternoon. This isn't intended as a sop to the hometown trade. You will remember that in a similar spot several weeks ago, when the Packers were preparing to go to the wars against the Giants in their regularly scheduled game, this corner issued a prediction that Green Bay very likely would lose, and while the Packers shouldn't have dropped that game, they did. As things worked out, it was well that they lost, for they now stand in a vastly better psychological position than the Giants, who are going into tomorrow's contest suffering under the handicap of a severe superiority complex. The Giants, say the New York fans, can't lose, and they back their statements with large and juicy assortments of currency. Many a Green Bay fans could lay the foundations of a fortune today, were he wandering along Forty-second street and possessed enough cash to stand behind the Western champions. Didn't the Giants wallop the Packers, 15 to 3, here only a few weeks ago? argue the students of Tenth avenue Tech, and there's no denying they did. But here are the factors, and we'll toss them out for what they're worth: The Giants keyed themselves to the skies for the Washington game, and they are going to bump into a noticeable letdown. They will slump; just as Detroit did in meeting Philadelphia after the Bears; just as Green Bay did in meeting New York after the Lions. The Packers rarely have been defeated twice consecutively by one team. They are bitterly angry about that last New York victory. They regard New York as having been extremely lucky, and they are prepared to blast away with everything they have. Unles there is a fumble or an intercepted pass, I would not be surprised to see the Packers score the first time they get their hands on the ball. In the Giants' favor is their lashing, crushing ground attack, and if the ground is exceedingly muddy, this factor may swing the dope a bit lopsided. Catching the Packers on a field where the footing is heavy New York conceivably might whip Green Bay tomorrow. Otherwise, they haven't a chance, although there doesn't seem to be a man in Manhattan, young or otherwise, who doesn't think the Giants are a dead cinch pushover for the championship. The Packers are a team which is almost unpredictable. They started the season with an assortment of what looked like has-beens, not-yets and misfits, and look what happened - men have played better games than their most loyal fans predicted for them, and today they stand as champions of the West. Sunday night, barring some spectacular break, they'll be title holders of the entire league, and may their home city be well proud of them.
DEC 10 (New York) - The "world series" of professional football, always a high scoring affair, seems likely to stay in character Sunday when the New York Giants, eastern champions, battle the Green Bay Packers, western titleholders, in the sixth annual playoff game. Some 50,000 will see the game. The Giants and the Packers are the two highest scoring teams in the National league. Green Bay has scored 223 points, a new league record, and New York 194 points. Both teams have varied attacks, combining the ultimate in passing and running. On the ground the Packers have outgained the Giants, 1,571 yards to 1,550, and also have the slight edge in passing, 1,466 yards to 1,142. The Giants, however, do not pass as often as the Packers and have a better passing average - 48.9%, a new league record. Four touchdowns are the least that every have been made in a playoff game. In 1933 the Chicago Bears nosed out the Giants, 23-21. The next year the Giants won from the Bears, 30-13. Detroit overwhelmed the Giants, 26-7, in 1935. Green Bay outscored the Boston Redskins the next year, 21-6. Last year the Washington Redskins rode Sammy Baugh's passes to a 28-21 triumph over the Bears. Although the Giants beat the Packers, 15-3, on November 20, the gamblers rated Sunday's game a tossup. The reason was because Don Hutson, the Packers' star end, is back in shape. He didn't play in the other Giant game. This year he has scored nine touchdowns, caught 32 passes for 548 yards gained and scored 54 points. The Packers' aerial game backfired in the last Giant game and there were indications from Coach Curly Lambeau's headquarters that Green Bay's forays into the air will be more wisely conceived this time. The Giants intercepted five of Green Bay's 21 tosses, and turned one of them into a touchdown. On the ground the Packers' leading rushers are Cecil Isbell, the Texas boy with the "chained arm"; Clarke Hinkle, the battering ram; Joe Laws, a straightaway runner, and Bob Monnett, who runs with power as well as speed. The Giants' four big guns are Tuffy Leemans, who is a change of pace artist; Hank Soar, a speedster; Ed Danowski, a knifer, and Bull Karcis, who guarantees two yards every time he starts. The Giants are banking heavily on their superb defense to shackle Green Bay's attack again. During the season the Giants led the league in three important departments - allowed least opponents' points, 79; least opponents' yards, 2,029; best pass defense, permitting only 34% of the oppositions' passes to be completed.
was a record...SET NEW RECORDS: The money game is booming everywhere. At least five clubs already have set new individual crowd marks. They are Detroit, Green Bay, Cleveland, Washington and Philadelphia. On one day this fall 129,000 persons paid their way into the professional citadels. Detroit, which had 43,000 spectators at one game with Green Bay, has doubled last year's home attendance. The New York Giants and Washington Redskins played before 37,500 fans, the greatest crowd ever to witness a sports event in the capital. A throng of 22,000 attended a game in Green Bay, which has a population of only about 37,000. The two games that have created the most excitement here this season were those between Army and Notre Dame, which drew some 70,000 to Yankee Stadium, and between the Giants and Green Bay, which was attended by 48,000 at the Polo Grounds. In other words, it took one of the greatest rivalries of the college traditional rivalries to outdraw the pros.
NOV 23 (New York) - Two NFL battles are carded for Thanksgiving day and one of them, pitting the Chicago Bears against the Detroit Lions, may immediately decide the Western division winner. The Green Bay Packers have finished their 11 game schedule with a record of eight victories and three defeats. The Lions have two games left, with the Bears and the final one with Philadelphia Sunday December 4. If the Lions win both they will tie the Packers and necessitate a playoff for the Western title. But a victory or deadlock for the Bears in Detroit tomorrow would give the crown to the Packers. The other turkey day clash finds the New York Giants, leaders in the Eastern division, invading the lair of the Brooklyn Dodgers in a torrid intra-city rivalry. New York has won seven and lost two and will be spurred by last Sunday's 15-3 victory over the Packers and a 28-14 triumph over Brooklyn in their previous meeting. Two games will also be played Sunday - the Washington Redskins being host to the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cleveland Rams visiting the Cardinals in Chicago. Victories for the Giants over the Dodgers and the Redskins over the Pirates, which seem likely, would make the Eastern title the prize when Washington comes to New York for the finale December 4.
NOV 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, relieved to be back on their home soil, climbed off the Milwaukee Road Chippewa last night and prepared to mark time until their presence is demanded in some kind of a playoff game. They'll either play the Detroit Lions for the Western division championship, or they'll meet the New York Giants
or Washington Redskins for the National league title, and it will be a few hours before they'll find out which assignment is which...ALL PLAYERS RETURN: All of the Packers returned from New York at the same time. They were not called out for practice today, and tomorrow they'll all be plastered by radios to hear the broadcast of the Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears encounter at Detroit. If the Bears upset or tie the Lions, the Packers will be undisputed champions of the Western division, and there will be only one playoff game to worry about. The Packers returned with more crippled than Coach E.L. Lambeau would like to have on his squad. Lee Mulleneaux, Don Hutson, Herman Schneidman, Bob Monnett, Frank Butler and Russ Letlow are all on the injured list, and one or two of them are not responding to treatment as fast as trainer Dave Woodward wants them to...NOT IN SHAPE: In fact, there might be a couple of those athletes who will not be in shape to participate in any playoff, Western or league, unless it is delayed longer than it is likely to be. Lambeau may not call a regular outdoor drill before Friday, although a skull session or two is in prospect. The Packers could have saved themselves a lot of trouble by defeating the New
York Giants Sunday, but they didn't, and as a result Detroit can worm its way into a Western division tie by knocking off the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles in succession. The trip from New York was made without incident. The players still are feeling badly over their inability to outscore the Giants after pushing them around freely most of the afternoon, but the home team capitalized on their only two scoring opportunities to achieve their 15 to 3 victory.
NOV 23 (Green Bay) - Nothing has happened since the weekend to shake the theory that the Chicago Bears will defeat the Detroit Lions at Detroit tomorrow morning. All kinds of wild talk is going around, the weirdest being that the Bears will throw the game to the Lions because they don't like the Packers. The assumption is that George Halas' gang will kick away the second place money from the playoff just because they think the Packers are a rough football team. But don't be alarmed. The Bears have nothing but a kindly, rosy feeling toward Green Bay compared to the hatred they hold for the Detroit Lions. They'd rather go up to Detroit and smash down the Lions than eat Thanksgiving dinner. And the odds are they'll do both.
NOV 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers completed their schedule Sunday with a new NFL 11-game record of  223 points, according to team statistics announced today. This is three points better than the total tallied by the Packers in setting the old standard in 1937. Another new record can be established Sunday by the Chicago Cardinals, who have completed 104 passes in 224 tosses, an average of 46 percent. By completing five passes against Cleveland next Sunday, the Cardinals will surpass the record 108 completions made by Green Bay in 1936...NEAR NEW RECORD: The New York Giants are well on their way to a new league efficiency mark for forward passing, leading the league at present with 76 out of 147 for 51 percent. This is five percent better than the mark established in 1933 by Brooklyn. Washington is third in passing with 90 out of 198 for 45 percent. The Chicago Bears overtook New York for third in ground gaining with a 275-yard average per game. Washington leads with a 281 yard average and Green Bay is second with a 276 yard average. The Bears are second in scoring with 187 points and the Giants third with 151 points. The Giants have the best defensive record, having held opponents to 1733 yards and 72 points in nine games.
NOV 22 (Green Bay) - While most fans now believe firmly that the Chicago Bears will carve out a decisive victory over the Detroit Lions at Detroit Thanksgiving day, it will not be surprising if that game develops into something extremely close. It is true that the Bears are the warmest team in the league right now, and that the Lions were lucky they didn't "get took" by the Cardinals last Sunday. But a professional team has a knack of snapping back with a potent showing after it looks pretty mediocre, and the Lions are overdue for a terrific showing. In Detroit they were criticizing the Lions because they haven't looked good once this season on their home lot. Neither, for that matter, did the Packers. But, if you bet on that Bear-Detroit game, don't put too much on a probable Chicago runaway. Because the Lions, if they trail at all, are likely to be close behind.
NOV 22 (New York) - Among those who will join in the spirit of Thanksgiving this week are the owners of the 10 clubs in the National Professional Football league. They are a singularly well fed set of gentlemen, with a business that is flourishing beyond their wildest dreams of a few years ago. Already this season they have enticed 1,016,255 cash customers to their games, and there still are several league contests to be played, not counting the big playoff between the eastern and western division of the league. Last year's total attendance was only slightly over 1,000,000, and that 
NOV 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, idled today, listened to the broadcast of the Chicago Bear-Detroit Lion football game, and received orders to stage their first intensive drill since last Sunday's game Friday afternoon at 2:30. Yesterday they reported to the stadium, donned light shoes and each hiked five miles briskly around the track, working off their travel legs and getting a breath of air different than the metropolitan variety. Coach E.L. Lambeau thought it best to let them take things lightly for a couple of days, and to pour on the work later in the week...SEASON IS TOUGH: The players look as though they had been spending their last few weeks in exactly the same way they have - enduring the rigors of a rough, tough football year. Most of the Packers have sore sports, bruises and limps acquired against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions or New York Giants, and their rest, made possible by the break of the schedule, is being received gratefully. The earliest possible time that the Green Bay team can be called into action is Dec. 11, as there is a set of league games scheduled Dec. 4..WINS FIRST PLACE: Lambeau received with satisfaction the news that Cecil Isbell, sensational Packer recruit, taken over first place in the ground gaining list of the National league. Isbell has shared the ball-toting burden this year principally with Clarke Hinkle, Joe Laws, Bob Monnett, Andy Uram and Eddie Jankowski. The elusive Uram, who did not see regular service during most of the season, has come into his own vigorously in the closing days, and performed brilliantly against the Lions and Giants.  Isbell, too, has done the heaviest work in the aerial department, slinging 91 of the Packers' 210 forward passes. The only other tossers who have figured heavily in the assignment are Arnold Herber and Bob Monnett, who have similar records. Don Hutson, as might be expected, is far in the lead among the Packer pass receivers, having picked off 32 of the aerials for 548 yards. His closest rival is Milt Gantenbein. Hutson and Hinkle, the two top scorers in the National league, hold a topheavy edge over their Packer teammates for team scoring.
NOV 24 (Green Bay) - Cecil Isbell, Green Bay rookie halfback from Purdue, gained first place among the ground gainers of the NFL by a margin of two yards in the last scheduled game of his team. He has gained 455 yards in 85 attempts to lead Bill Shepherd, Detroit, who has 443 yards in 95 attempts. Only 38 yards separate the first five men in ground gaining. Tuffy Leemans, New York Giants' league leader in 1936, made the biggest gain of the season for one game with 159 yards against Green Bay Sunday to bring his total to 407 yards and climb from eleventh to fifth. Whizzer White, all-America recruit with the Pittsburgh Pirates, gained 133 yards during the week to jump from seventh to third with 434 yards. Scrapper Farrell, Brooklyn, is ​fourth with 410 yards...PASSING RACE CLOSE: A close finish is also developing in the final stages of the race for individual honors in forward passing. Ace Parker, Brooklyn star from Duke, is threatening Ed Danowski's leadership in forward passing. He has completed 62 tosses out of 138 for 851 yards, the most completed and the most yardage on forward passes in the league. His efficiency average is only 44 percent, however, compared with 60 completions out of 103 tosses for 58 percent for Danowski. Parker has one game left and Danowski two. Jack Robbins, Chicago Cardinals, and Sammy Baugh, Washington, are tied for third with 52 out of 97 and 54 out of 108, respectively. Gaynell Tinsley, Chicago Cardinals end, has caught 34 passes to again pass Don Hutson, Green Bay, in this department. Joe Carter, Philadelphia, remained in third place with 26 receptions. Carter also jumped from fourth to third in scoring with 42 points. Clark Hinkle and Hutson, Green Bay teammates, remained one-two in scoring with 58 and 57 points, respectively. Green Bay has ended its regular schedule, so unless Carter scores three touchdowns in his one remaining game, the supremacy of Hinkle will probably not be challenged...37 FIELD GOALS KICKED: There has been 37 field goals kicked throughout the league this season, with Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn veteran, the individual leader with five successful boots. He also has a 45 yard kick to his credit, the longest of the season. Ward Cuff, New York, and Regis Monahan, Detroit, are tied for second with four kicks apiece.
NOV 24 (New York) - The Detroit Lions, fighting a last ditch battle for a place in the championship playoffs, meet the Chicago Bears today in the most important of the two NFL games today. While the Lions are trying to keep alive their hopes in the Western division, the New York Giants, Eastern division leaders, cross the river to Brooklyn to meet the Dodgers in a game that might have some bearing on the Eastern pennant fight. The Lions, who already have beaten the Bears once, need to lick them again today and also to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in their final game Dec. 4, to tie the Green Bay Packers for the Western title. The Packers finished their season last Sunday with a record of eight victories against three defeats. Although the outcome of the eastern race probably will be delayed until the Giants play the Washington Redskins Dec. 4, a victory for the New Yorkers today would give them the pennant - if Washington should lose to Pittsburgh,
NOV 24 (Green Bay) - For the first time in 15 years, the Packer football team is in Green Bay on Thanksgiving day, and Coach E.L. Lambeau and George W. Calhoun, secretary who  has traveled with the team since it was organized, will eat their turkey in familiar surroundings. In other years the team has been on the road during the latter part of November. In recent years the annual eastern trip took them far from Green Bay. The Thanksgiving table has been set for the team in New York, Philadelphia, Kansas City and a score of other cities. Finishing the schedule earlier this season has enabled the Packers to return Tuesday. Many members of the squad took advantage of their brief holiday to hunt. For others, with wives and children here, the return provided the first chance of a real '"family" Thanksgiving at home.
NOV 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - The possibility loomed Friday that the probable tie between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in the western division of the pro football  race might be played off at State Fair park here December 11. Curly Lambeau, coach of the Packers, went on the record in favor of Milwaukee. The tie, which would bring the teams together in a playoff depends, of course, on a Detroit victory over Philadelphia in the last regular game of the season at Detroit December 4. The Packers completed their season
NOV 25 (Green Bay) - There is a possibility that the Green Bay-Detroit playoff game for the Western division title, if necessary, may be played at Milwaukee Dec. 11, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced this afternoon.
NOV 25 (Green Bay) - With the menacing form of a Detroit Lions beginning to loom again on the eastern horizon, the Green Bay Packers returned to a frigid practice program today, apparently facing plenty of competition before they can tuck away a NFL title which one week ago appeared in the bag. Recently the Packers drew the assignment of beating Detroit and New York on successive weekends. They all but blew the Lions apart with their greatest offensive display of the season, but they cracked at the seams against the Giants, and muffed a chance to put the pennant out of reach...FACE SAME FOES: Now, it appears likely, they'll have to face the same two opponents again, on consecutive weekends, under weather conditions not apt to be as favorable as upon the last meetings, and the assignment is beginning to look pretty stiff. Slowly recovering from the damaging injuries received against the Bears, Lions and Giants, the Packers rested over the Thanksgiving holiday, heard with disgust the outcome of the Detroit-Bears battle, and today were ordered out for their first intensive drill since Sunday. Although the thermometer hovered well below the freezing mark, Coach E.L. Lambeau regarded the work so necessary that he hustled his men into the open air just the same. Things will be lots warmer, he argued, if the Packers have to play both the Lions and Giants again...MANY THANKS ANYWAY: The Chicago Bears, who have done Green Bay about as few favors as possible in past seasons, gave the football fans of the community little cause for Thanksgiving yesterday,  when they succumbed to a Detroit team which apparently wants another crack at the Packers. It will probably get it, too, for only the erratic Philadelphia Eagles stand between the Lions and a deadlock for the Western division championship. The situation east of the Alleghenies is similarly tangled. Either New York or Washington will provide the final opposition for Green Bay, but the exact status of the Eastern crown also is awaiting further contests. Both divisions are going right to the line this season before settling the holders of the two titles. The long rest which is ahead of the Packers is extremely well received. Not only is the squad badly battered, but it has appeared football weary, and the hiatus will give Coach Lambeau an excellent opportunity to whip the players into fighting condition for 
NOV 28 (Green Bay) - The Packer playoff situation today, as expected, remained right where it was before the weekend, with little prospect that there will be any changes for another 24 hours. Tomorrow at Milwaukee, the trustees of Marquette university will meet to determine whether or not that college's football stadium will be available for a Green Bay-Detroit contest, for if the move is given an official o.k., the battle to bring the game there hardly will have begun...STADIUM HOLDS 30,000: Marquette stadium, seating 30,000, is favored strongly by the Packer corporation officials as the scene for the Western division playoff, which still depends upon the outcome of next Sunday's Detroit-Philadelphia game. The stadium it was argued, is neutral ground, and the professional game draws exceedingly well in southern Wisconsin. Detroit is almost certain to hold out for Briggs stadium, and the entire matter may have to be settled by the flip of the coin. "There's nothing new," Leland H. Joannes, Packer corporation president, commented, today. "We may have to visit Milwaukee tomorrow and attend that meeting."...BACK TO PRACTICE: Dr. W.W. Kelly, club physician, announced that six Packer hospital patients - Bob Monnett, Herman Schneidman, Don Hutson, Frank Butler, Russ Letlow and Brute Mulleneaux - will be released late today and permitted to return to practice tomorrow. "The weekend rest did the injured men a lot of good," he added, "and all of them except Butler should be able to drill regularly with the team this week." There will be no game for Green Bay next Sunday, and its opponent for the following week will depend upon whether or not the Detroit Lions do the routine act in tipping over the Eagles at Briggs stadium. The Packers will be glued to the radio for the afternoon. The weather was a bit too cold for the best football maneuvers today, but the Packers need routine drills, and Coach E.L. Lambeau planned to see that they get it.
NOV 28 (New York) - Sammy Baugh is still pitching touchdown passes - so well, in fact, that his Washington Redskins, 1937 professional champions, were still in the running for the 1938 title today. Baugh, underweight and hampered throughout the year by a shoulder separation, tossed two touchdown passes Sunday as Washington trimmed Pittsburgh, 15-0, before 25,000 Capital city fans. The victory enables the Redskins to go into next Sunday's game against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds with a chance to retain their Eastern title and meet the Western champions in the playoff. The Giants need only a tie to win the eastern crown....CHANCE TO TIE: In the Western division the Detroit Lions have a chance to tie the Green Bay Packers, needing only a win over Philadelphia next Sunday to finish in a deadlock with the Packers and necessitate a division playoff. If such a playoff is necessary it will take place Sunday, Dec. 11 and cause postponement of the championship game between the East and West until Dec. 18. If Detroit fails Sunday, the championship of the league will be decided Dec. 11, with Green Bay representing the West. Baugh came into the Redskins-Pirates game late in the third period with Washington leading by a 3-0 margin. He tossed a pass to Wayne Milner, former Notre Dame end, who ran 40 yards for the touchdown. Five minutes later he heaved a 45-yard pass to Bob McChesney, Redskin end, for another touchdown. Although little more than one period, he completed five out of seven passes for 135 yards. Washington's first three points came on Tillie Manton's 21-yard field goal in the first minute of play following Bob Masterson's 43-yard run on an end around play...RECORDS ARE SHATTERED: Two NFL records were broken and one tied as the Chicago Cards won their second victory over the Cleveland Rams, 31-17. Gaynell Tinsley, former L.S.U. end, caught a pass from Doug Russell for a 98-yard gain to beat his former record, a 97-yard gain on a pass made last year. By catching six Tinsley tied the record of Don Hutson, Green Bay end, who caught 41 passes in 1936. The Cardinals increased their total completed passes to 112, four more than Green Bay made in 1936. Pat Coffee, Cardinal halfback, led his team's scoring with two touchdowns, one on a 72-yard run when the Rams were leading, 3-0, in the first period. The Cards' attack reached its heights in the third period, when they scored 17 points.
NOV 28 (Chicago) - A pair of towering Razorbacks from down in Arkansas pitched Slingin' Sammy Baugh out of the spotlight in the NFL yesterday and gave the Chicago Cards a claim on three league forward passing records. Jack Robbins and Dwight Sloan, who mopped up at Arkansas during their collegiate years, made the lowly Cards the 1938 wonder team of the National league. In 11 games, the Cardinals completed 112 passes (a new record), scored a 98-yard touchdown on a pass (new record), and their best receiver - Gaynell Tinsley - tied the league mark by catching 41 passes in a single season. All this throwing produced only two victories. both against Cleveland...BEFORE EMPTY SEATS: Sloan and Robbins 
​NOV 29 (Green Bay) - Earl (Bud) Svendsen, center dynamo for the Green Bay Packers during the 1937 season, today signed a contract to finish the present season with the team, Coach E.L. Lambeau announced today. At the same time Lambeau announced the release of Darrell Lester, former Texas Christian center, who has been seeing his second year of service with Green Bay. The shift in personnel, the coach indicated, is expected to strengthen the Green Bay roster for its coming game or games, upon which hang the Western and NFL championships. Svendsen worked out with the Packers today, as the squad took advantage of improved weather, and the six recent hospital visitors - Bob Monnett, Frank Butler, Russ Letlow, Don Hutson, Lee Mulleneaux and Herman Schneidman - all reported for duty. The Packers won't know where they stand on the playoff situation until after Sunday's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions Sunday. Lambeau expressed satisfaction at the move which brought the 
NOV 30 (Green Bay) - Preparing for an opponent which will be either the Detroit Lions or one of the Eastern division clubs, the Green Bay Packers drilled ahead today, with their several injured players apparently rounding into shape. Only Don Hutson of the list of cripples was unable to much in practice, and there was every prospect that the veteran left end will be in connection for work when the playoff season arrives. The players are chafing a bit under the long layoff, but they are certain to see action on Sunday, Dec. 11, against somebody - probably the Detroit Lions. Everyone expects the Lions to slide past the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday with a minimum of execution. An upset isn't impossible, but it is totally unexpected, although the Eagles have an effective passing attack, and Detroit is said to be badly crippled. In the matter of incentive, of course, the Lions are far ahead for their championship chances rest on a victory, while the triumph would mean little in the standings to Philadelphia. The game will be played at Briggs stadium in Detroit. A decision regarding for the possibility of using Marquette stadium in Milwaukee for the Green Bay-Detroit Western playoff game was expected sometime today, following a session of the university athletic board yesterday...BOARD IS FAVORABLE: The Marquette sport heads seemed to favor an idea, but there was the matter of taxation to consider, and that angle was to be cleared up today. If the approval is given, and Detroit beats the Eagles Sunday, the Packers probably will stand strongly for playing the game at Marquette stadium, although the Lions undoubtedly will hold out for their own field. The question may have to settled by flip of the coin. Bud Svendsen, back in the fold and working out at center, is a cog Coach E.L. Lambeau feels will be important in the final championship campaign of the Green Bay football team. The younger Svendsen is smaller than the average professional center, weighing scarcely 190 pounds, but he is extremely fast, aggressive, and intelligent. He is outstanding on pass defense which will be important when the Packers face the Lions or New York Giants.
NOV 30 (Green Bay) - The winner of the NFL's Western half championship isn't going to be crowned because of any gridiron, park or stadium  - despite the pro and con arguments concerning neutral fields, home crowd advantage, and the like. The title will be won by whichever team goes into the struggle properly keyed and in the correct mental attitude, provided injuries don't pay too great a part in the conflict. You might think the Packers would be under a great disadvantage, playing the Lions at Briggs Stadium, before a highly hostile crowd, but Green Bay made its greatest showing of the season there a few weeks ago, and might again. In fact, the Packers' finest games this year were played on foreign gridirons, but with the players fired to where the roof would have been had there been a roof.
NOV 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Marquette's athletic board, meeting Tuesday afternoon to consider the application of the Green Bay Packers for use of the Hilltop stadium for a playoff game with the Detroit Lions Dec. 11, was favorable to the request, but deferred action until Wednesday. The board is waiting for the decision of the school's legal advisor as to whether the leasing of the stadium to the Packers would make the property liable to taxation under state laws. At present the university property is exempt from taxation. The board, although not taking official action, indicated Paddy Driscoll, Hilltop grid mentor, would be retained next year, despite a disastrous season which saw the Marquette eleven win only one of eight games.
DEC 1 (Green Bay) - With the occasion of the Philadelphia-Detroit professional football game drawing nearer, the Green Bay Packers, plugging ahead at their regular drill program, pretty soon will know just what team they'll play next, and where. The foe probably will be the Detroit Lions, and place is likely to be decided sometime before Sunday, when Lions and Eagles grapple at Detroit. Word from Milwaukee indicates that Marquette university legal authorities still are puzzling with the tax angle of letting the Packers use Marquette stadium for the Western division  playoff game. A decision was promised for late today. Even if the Packers get permission to play at Marquette, a stadium seating 30,000, the matter of persuading the Lions to appear there is another matter. The Detroit management undoubtedly will hold out for Briggs stadium, in the belief that the game will attract one of Detroit's largest football crowds. There was little news at home today. The Packers are being pushed through their regular practice paces by Coach E.L. Lambeau, and every one of them will be glued to the radio Sunday to catch the broadcast of the game at Detroit...MAY MURDER EAGLES: Everyone assumes the Lions will murder the Eagles, although hopes for a Philadelphia upset victory are being built upon the fact that the Detroit team is badly crippled, and has suffered letdowns a couple of other times this season. But the Detroit squad is far superior to that of the Easterners, and the latter has little incentive to win. While Detroit and Philadelphia are
DEC 2 (Green Bay) - With at least one stadium definitely eliminated as a place wherein to play the Western division championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, officials of both organizations today took steps to clarify the tangled situation. They aren't even sure yet whether or not the game will be played, because the Lions must defeat the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday to earn their tie with the Packers. Somehow, most people are overlooking the possibility of a Detroit defeat. Coach E.L. Lambeau left for Chicago today, and before he leaves that city to scout the New York-Washington game at New York Sunday, he hopes to settle the matter of the playing locale with a representative of the Lions. If Detroit puts forth Briggs field as a suggestion, which is very likely, Lambeau will fall back upon a flip of the coin to decide the point, and if the Packer coach wins, the game will be played here at City stadium. "Winning this game is more important than the size of the gate," he said. "We'll get the big crowd in the East, if we reach the playoff, and right now our greatest ambition is to come through against Detroit - on the field where we'll be most likely to win."...MAKE NO PROGRESS: Negotiations between the Lions and the Packers appeared to be at something of a standstill today. President Leland H. Joannes announced, after telephone conversations with the Detroit management were completed last night. Detroit indicated a desire to play at Briggs stadium, and the Packers countered with an offer to have the matter decided by a flop of a coin. Up to noon today, Detroit has not accepted that suggestion. A layoff such as the Packers are experiencing at present, Lambeau pointed out, can be both 
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - Encouraged by a report from the weather bureau, that mild weather is anticipated, following today's equally outburst, Coach E.L. Lambeau decided this noon that the Packers probably will not leave for New York before Thursday.
DEC 5 (Green Bay) - A supremely happy band of Green Bay Packers, relieved of the responsibility of playing another bruising contest against the Detroit Lions, returned to practice in highly unfavorable weather today, with but one game remaining between them and the National league championship. That game loomed as a stiff assignment, but with the Lions swept from the path by a vindictive group of Philadelphia Eagles, headed by Appleton's Emmett Mortell, the Packers' task appeared much easier today than it did Saturday. Coach E.L. Lambeau, who returned this morning after scouting the New York-Washington game, was not so optimistic. "The Giants looked like a very strong ball club," he reported. "Regulars and reserves alike were red hot yesterday, and the crowd was tremendous."...GREETED WITH CHEERS: "Near the end of the game they announced that the Eagles were leading the Lions, 21 to 0, and that the Packers would play the Giants next Sunday at the Polo Grounds. The announcement was greeted with prolonged cheering, and the stands buzzed with talk about the game from then on. I'm willing to bet that with good weather they'll stand them on the roof." Lambeau added that he expected every Packer to be in playing condition before Sunday, so that the squad will be at full strength for the Giants."....MAY LEAVE EARLIER: The Green Bay team is scheduled to leave for New York next Thursday, but Coach Lambeau indicated that if the present squally weather keeps up, they may start earlier. Would they practice today? "Certainly. We may run into this kind of weather on Sunday at the Polo Grounds. We'll have a practice this afternoon and a skull session tonight." Commenting on the Eagles upset of Detroit, Lambeau said, "Even a good team can't maintain its edge at the peak all the time. There has to be a letdown. Detroit was in the skies for its game with the Bears, and Philadelphia caught it at the right time." Green Bay fans generally were delighted at the outcome, and the subject was the one topic of conversation about town last night. Most of the Packer boosters listened to the Detroit game on their radios, and as Philadelphia piled up the score, their pleasure was multiplied accordingly.
DEC 5 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions lost a chance to tie the Green Bay Packers for the Western division title of the NFL, when they suffered a stunning 21 to 7 upset at the hands of the lowly Philadelphia Eagles in their final scheduled game here Sunday. A crowd of 18,985 saw the Eagles play an 
DEC 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers snapped shut their suitcases today and prepared to leave a gloomy Wisconsin landscape for an Eastern seaboard gridiron appearance they hope will elevate them to the professional championship of the world. They trudged through swirling snow at City stadium this morning in their final home drill of the season, and at 5:36 this evening, to the tune of a band and the cheers of an assembled throng at the Milwaukee Road Oakland avenue station, they'll board the Chippewa and start on their long trek to New York. Tonight at 9:40 they will arrive in Chicago, and a little better than half an hour later they will be aboard a Penn Road train, heading eastward. The arrival will be at 5:20 Thursday, and the team's headquarters will be made at the Victoria hotel...WILL ATTEND MEETING: Coach E.L. Lambeau, already busy enough with preparations for the game against the Giants, Eastern champions, will have added worries once he reaches New York, for the annual meeting of the NFL will be held that day, and the draft selections for 1939 will be made. By Saturday, Green Bay football fans will be informed just what men the Packer coach has selected in the draft, and a considerable percentage of those players probably will be in Packer uniforms next fall. The team will be well down the list in selections, however, as the lowest ranking clubs are given first choice...PLANS MOVE ALONG: Arrangements for the Packer sendoff moved along today. There will be a parade down Washington street, starting slowly after 4 o'clock, and all fans interested in wishing the team luck will trail along, to gather at the station at train time, when the Chippewa will carry a special coach for the Green Bay players. Railroad companies were seeking reservations for special excursions today, with a North Western trip planned by Du Chateau, and a Milwaukee Road special by Carrigan. Efforts also were being made to arrange a United Airlines special plane out of Chicago, leaving that city at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, and arriving at New York  at 12:30 p.m. Special arrangements would be made to get fans directly to the Polo Grounds, and complimentary meals would be served aloft. If this venture goes through, a 21-passenger sky lounge will be reserved for the occasion...HUTSON STILL LIMPS: The condition of Don Hutson, pass grabbing left end, drew more attention today than any other factor in the Packers' victory chances. The star wingman still limped during practice, but Coach Lambeau stuck to his hopes that Hutson will be in uniform and ready for service at the Polo Grounds. Without him, the forward pass offensive of the Packers will suffer a severe setback. Milton Gantenbein, captain of the squad, was still missing. He was called home Monday by the illness of his mother and his playing status is highly uncertain. This was the third time in two seasons that a player was called from practice because of the illness or death of his mother. Paul Miller and Herb Banet suffered similar tragedies last year.
DEC 7 (New York) - New York fans, who looked upon pro football most of the season merely as a pleasant Sunday afternoon entertainment, have begun to get really steamed up about their Giants and next Sunday's playoff with the Green Bay Packers for the National league championship. When the first batch of playoff tickets went on sale yesterday, about 300 customers already were standing in line, and the box office did a rushing business all day. In all about 10,000 were sold the first day....HURT IN WASHINGTON GAME: Dale Burnett, who suffered a slight concussion in the Washington game last Sunday, was expected to rejoin the squad today. Since the Packers have had plenty of time since their last game, Nov. 20, and probably have given a lot of thought to their 15-3 loss to the Giants then, the New Yorkers figure they have a real chore ahead. In their previous meeting, Green Bay outgained New York about 2 to 1, and had an edge in nearly every department of play. Six pass interceptions by the Giants, one resulting in a touchdown and a 75-yard run by Tuffy Leemans gave the Giants the decision. Over the season the Packers show a smaller edge on the offense, scoring the record total of 223 points largely through their touchdown passes. The Giants' have a defensive bulge, especially when it comes to snatching their rivals' passes. They intercepted 34 passes during the regular season.
DEC 7 (New York) - The best eleven players in the fastest football league in the country were selected today on the United Press all-America professional team. The New York Giants, Eastern division champions and the best defensive in the National league, placed the most players on the first team with three. The Green Bay Packers, Western division champions and the leading offensive combination.placed two men, as did the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Completing the team were one player each from the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Eagles...HONOR TWO PIRATES: Two freshmen rookies landed berths on the first team - Byron (Whizzer) White, whose brilliance was dulled somewhat by having to play on a mediocre club, and Byron Gentry, a smashing 220-pound guard from Southern California. Both White and Gentry played with the Pirates. The backfield is composed of White, who led the league in ground gaining; Ed Danowski, the New York Giants' all-round star who excels at passing; Ace Parker, Brooklyn's quarterback who comes close to being the league's most valuable player, and Clarke Hinkle, Green Bay's old war horse who has been cavorting over professional gridirons for eight seasons...STAR ON OFFENSE: White gained 567 
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - Green Bay sent its professional team off to the football wars last night, with a bedlam of sound reminiscent of a college Homecoming celebration. As the Milwaukee Road Chippewa slid out of the Oakland avenue station at 5:36, to the tune of a playing band, shrieking whistles, blasting auto horns and a cheering throng of between 800 and 1,000, it carried both the Packer gridiron assemblage and the hopes of a football-frenzied city for a fifth NFL championship. Green Bay's farewell to its warriors, who Sunday afternoon will meet the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in the annual playoff contest between the Eastern and Western divisions, was all that had been anticipated. The team arrived at the station to music, and departed with cheers. Coach E.L. Lambeau, nervously pacing the special coach as train time neared, voiced ardent hopes for a victory over New York - a reversal of the 15 to 3 smothering which the Giants ragged onto the Packers at the Polo Grounds several weeks ago...TEAM LOOKS READY: "If the mental attitude of the players means anything, we'll win," he declared. "They're ready for the Giants. They're anxious to get at them again." Lambeau declared that his entire squad will be ready for service Sunday. Donald Hutson, injured end, still is limping but the coach hopes against hope that he will be available for services which will be needed badly. Lambeau scouted reports that Bud Svendsen, center who returned to the squad last week, will not be permitted to play. A league resolution was cited as a possible bar to the use of Svendsen, who just has rejoined his former mates, but Lambeau pointed out that Svendsen's contract was sent in to league headquarters the previous week. "I'm sure they'll let him play," the coach said....GANTENBEIN IS BACK: A welcome addition to the squad before train time was Captain Milt Gantenbein, who was called to Duluth last Monday by the illness of his mother. That lady is much improved, and she sent her son back to the gridiron wars post-haste. He left with the Packers yesterday. "What did your mother tell you?" he was asked. "She said, 'Go after that Leemans.'," he returned. It was a long run by Tuffy Leemans of Superior, Wis., which broke the back of the Packer resistance in their last scrap with the Giants. As the players filed aboard their cars, they were introduced individually by Bernard Darling, former Packer center, over a public address system and each one responded with a ​few words. Donald Hutson, Clarke Hinkle and Cecil Isbell drew the greatest ovations from the crowd...HEAD FOR DINER: The throng jammed against the cards as the train prepared to leave, and as it started from the station, all available noises were turned loose. Through the car windows, the Packers could be seen starting a march to the diner. They are to arrive in New York at 5:20 this evening on the Pennsylvania train,. Once in the nation's biggest city, they'll be herded to the Victoria hotel, where they will make their headquarters for the duration of their stay.
DEC 8 (Green Bay) - Six NFL records were shattered during the 1938 season, according to final statistics that were announced today. Three new marks were set for team forward passing, and one for team scoring. The other two standards were for total league scoring and total league forward passing. The Green Bay Packers, winners of the Western championship, retained titles in ground gaining and scoring with 3,037 yards gained and 223 points. The Packers' scoring total breaks their own 1937 eleven game mark of 220 points...NEW AIR CHAMPS: The Chicago Cardinals displaced the Washington Redskins as the forward passing champions, although Washington tied them with 114 completions for a new league mark. The Cardinals threw 240 for a 47.5 percent average while Washington threw 248 for a 45.9 average. The Cardinals' efficiency breaks the old league mark for 200 or more passes thrown, made by Washington in 1937 when the Redskins completed 99 out of 222 for 44.5 percent. The New York Giants, Eastern division winners, set a new league efficiency mark with 91 completions out of 186 for 48.9 percent. The old mark was 46.7 percent made by Brooklyn in 1933, and broken by the Cardinals in their last game, only to have the Giants break it again in their final game with Washington. Green Bay completed the same number of passes as New York, but threw 210, to finish among the leaders...TAKE DEFENSE CROWN: The Giants took the defensive titles shared last year by Detroit and Chicago Bears, allowing opponents only 79 points and 2,029 yards. Detroit allowed opponents 2,102 yards in 127 and the Chicago Bears had 100 points scored against them last season. Every team in the league, with the exception of Green Bay, completed more passes than they did last season, and, as a result, there were 824 completions out of 2,030 tosses for the entire league, an efficiency of 40.5 percent, and a new record. The old mark made last year was 594 passes out of 1,543 for 38.5 percent. Last year's league mark of 1,424 points scored by the ten teams was also broken this season when 1,484 points were tallied. The Chicago Bears and New York Giants tied for second in scoring with 194 points each, and Philadelphia finished fourth with 154 points.
DEC 8 (New Orleans) - The Milwaukee Brewers announced signing Richard (Red) Smith, who has been managing 
enjoyable trip east. Train connections in Chicago were great and many of the ball players were in their berths before the Gotham limited pulled out of the Pennsylvania station for the Polo Ground sector. The Packer squad traveled in three Pullman cars and everything possible was done to make the players comfortable. About 10:30 Thursday morning the Packers huddled in the dining car for their pre-game examination. Coach Lambeau popped the questions, while Red Smith busied himself around with papers and pencils. After the papers were corrected the Smith-Lambeau faculty were well pleased with the answers, as the only miscues were minor ones. There was a welcome on the mat at the Hotel Victoria and it didn't take the squad long to feel right at home. The bell boys at this hotel are football "nuts" of the first degree and it seems as if their first question were "how is Hutson, Monnett and Schneidman?" Sunday's game is one contest at which there are no passes. Only the working press get "Annie Oakleys" and as a result practically every member of the Packer squad is laying cold cash on the line for tickets for their friends. Choice ducats can't be picked off at this stage of the game but the Packer management had foresight enough to have a block of 150 choice upper tier grandstand seats set aide so that a number of the Green Bay rooters would all be sitting together. Sport writers from all over the country will be pounding the typewriters at Sunday's game. Requests have come from down in Texas, out in California, and far up in New Hampshire from gridiron experts who want to cover the titular combat for the cash and carry gridiron championship. One of the funniest cracks of the trip to New York was the remark by a dining car porter who was heard to say to the cook, "If these fellows can play football as well as they can eat they shouldn't have much trouble winning another championship."
DEC 9 (Green Bay) - Three new individual NFL records were established and two ties as all five of the 1937 titleholders were displaced in 1938, according to the final statistics announced today. Ed Danowski, New York Giants and former Fordham ace, established new passing efficiency marks for a single season and improved his lifetime record, in recapturing the forward passing leadership he held in 1935. Gaynell Tinsley, former L.S.U. end, now with the Chicago Cardinals shared in breaking the record for the longest gain on a forward pass with a 98 yard gain on a pass from Doug Russell, and also tied the mark for number of passes caught, with 41. Don Hutson, Green Bay Packers end, tied his own mark for most touchdowns in one season, with nine...CLOSEST LEAGUE RACE: The forward passing and ground gaining titles were not decided until the final week of play in the closest race in league history for leadership in these departments. Danowski recaptured his title from Sammy Baugh, Washington. He completed 70 out of 129 for an efficiency mark of 54.2 percent, breaking his own efficiency mark of 50.4 percent made in 1935. He also improved his lifetime National league efficiency mark from 48.3 percent to 49.8 percent, having completed 255 passes out of 512 thrown in five seasons. Baugh, who played two less games than Danowski, completed 63 passes, the same number as Ace Parker, Brooklyn, but had an efficiency of 49.2 percent as compared with 42.5 percent for Parker. Parker's 885 yards gained on the throwing end of passes on the throwing end of passes was the highest of the season. Jack Robbins, recruit back from Arkansas with the Chicago Cardinals, completed 52 passes although he missed four games and finished fourth in the passing department...WHIZZER TAKES TITLE: Whizzer White, Colorado U. Rhodes Scholar all-America, playing his first and last season of major league football, was the only recruit to capture a title in 1938. He gained 567 yards in 152 attempts to take the ground gaining championship, held last year by Cliff Battles of Washington, who retired to coach at Columbus university this season. Tuffy Leemans, league leader in this department in 1936, came fact in the last four games to take second with 463 yards in 121 attempts, eight yards more than gained by Bill Shepherd, Detroit halfback, who finished third with 455 yards in 100 attempts. Cecil Isbell, Green Bay Packers recruit from Purdue, finished fourth with 445 yards in 85 attempts, an average of 5.2 yards, the best in the league. Isbell's total was just one yard more than that of Ace Gutowsky of Detroit, who finished fifth with 44 yards in 131 attempts...HINKLE LEADS SCORERS: Clarke Hinkle, all-league fullback of Green Bay, and his teammate, Hutson, finished first and second in scoring with 58 and 57 points, respectively. HInkle replaced Jack Manders of the Chicago Bears as scoring champion. He finished second to Manders a year ago with 57 points. Hinkle accumulated his points on seven touchdowns, seven extra points and three field goals. Hutson scored nine touchdowns and tallied three extra points. Joe Carter of Philadelphia finished third with eight touchdowns for 48 points. Ward Cuff, New York Giants, was fourth with 45 points garnered through two touchdowns, 18 points after touchdowns and five field goals. Andy Farkas, recruit back from Detroit U. with Washington, tied Jack Manders for fifth with 37 points. Farkas scored six touchdowns and an extra point while Manders scored three touchdowns, ten extra points and three field goals...TINSLEY TAKES RECEIVERS: Tinsley's 41 pass receptions tied the mark made by Hutson in 1937. Hutson finished second this season with 32 catches. Carter of Philadelphia was third with 27; Charlie Malone, Washington, fourth with 24, and Jim Benton, Arkansas recruit with Cleveland, fifth with 21. Ward Cuff, Giants, and Ralph Kercheval, Brooklyn, finished in a tie for first in field goal kicking with five successful placements. Last year's leader was Manders of the Bears. Kercheval attempted 13 kicks, and Cuff 9. The longest of the season was also credited to Kercheval, a 45 yard boot. Regis Monahan, Detroit, was third with 4 kicks and Hinkle, Green Bay, and Manders, Bears, were tied for fourth with 3 each. There was a total of 41 field goal kicked this season by twenty players.
DEC 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Curly Lambeau and Red Smith, coaches of the Green Bay Packers, feel pretty confident Green Bay will beat the New York Giants Sunday and nail their fifth championship in 10 years to the mast. Pausing in Milwaukee for a few minutes en route to New York for the game both Lambeau and Smith said that 15 to 3 defeat suffered at the hands of the Giants might be disregarded in doping Sunday's game. "We weren't our best that afternoon," Lambeau declared. "In fact, we played one of our worst games of the season. Besides being handicapped by injuries, the players weren't 'up' for the game at all. Against Detroit at Green Bay, we took quite a beating but against Detroit at Detroit, we were a different team. I expect to find the Packers react the same way Monday. With the exception of Don Hutson, the team's in excellent shape. The two week rest was a boon to the bruised and battered players. During the last two weeks, we've been working just hard enough to keep everybody in the pink and I'm sure everybody, except Hutson, will be ready to give his best Sunday. Hutson isn't completely on the shelf. I may use him if it is necessary but I'd like to go through the game without risking a chance of his suffering a serious injury." Although the Giants should rule a favorite over the Packers because of that 15 to 3 win over the Bays, the Packers are being made the choice by Milwaukee bookmakers.
DEC 10 (New York) - Close to 60,000 fans will bank themselves in the Polo Grounds Sunday to watch the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers fight for the championship of the National Professional Football league. It is the season's real "sugar" bowl game, with the players of the contending teams splitting 60% of the gate receipts and the respective owners also doing very well for themselves, thank you. Each member of the winning side will realize something like $600 to help them through the winter, while the losing gladiators will pocket about $400 apiece. The scramble for seats has been so enthusiastic that even the federal agents are trying to find out what happened to all the seats between the 10 yard lines. Tim Mara, owner of the Giants, is trying hard to explain to their satisfaction. Exactly 10 years ago, when professional football was very young, Mara announced that the season had cost him a cool $50,000 and 11 years back, almost to the day, the Giants and the Chicago Bears played at the Polo Grounds before 80 cash customers. The game is regarded as a tossup, despite the fact the Giants gave the western division champions a thorough going over on their last visit here. The Packers, on that occasion, gained practically all the ground, but the Giants scored the touchdowns. Sunday the Packers will have Don Hutson, the best pass receiver in the league, back in their lineup. A week ago the Giants looked like one of the hottest elevens in history as they squelched the Washington Redskins, 36 to 0, for the eastern division title. There is slight chance of such a one sided result Sunday as Green Bay is a well knit, powerful team that never gets shoved around much. The Giants Saturday voted unanimously in favor of letting Fred Svendsen, former Minnesota center, play with the Packers against them Sunday. Svendsen, with Green Bay a year ago but this fall coach of Kirksville (Mo.) Teachers, was signed by the Packers a few weeks ago, after their last regular league games, and therefore was not eligible for the playoff. In view of the Giants' action, however, League President Joe Carr decided to waive the usual eligibility rules.
DEC 10 (New York) - Nineteen veterans of the American intercollegiate gridiron last night were chosen on the 1939 draft list of the Green Bay Packers by Coach E.L. Lambeau on the eve of the Green Bay-New York championship playoff tussle. Headlining the list were Larry Buhler, Minnesota's 220-pound fullback powerhouse, and Charley Brock, potent Nebraska center both rated outstanding pro prospects...EQUAL TO ANY: Although relegated well down the selective list because of the Packers' lofty position in the National league percentages, Lambeau's canny selections were hailed by Packer officials here as equal to any. The Green Bay coach selected three centers, three ends, three tackles, three guards and seven backs. "I regard our prospective 1939 Packer freshmen as one of the nation's outstanding tabulations of prospective pro stars," Lambeau remarked at the Victoria hotel last night. "They have weight, speed, playing experience and durability. Most of them, however, we expect to sign, giving us a great crop of new men upon whom to base our freshmen material next fall."...BIG TEN STARS: The Green Bay roster includes eight stars of the Western conference, three of them from the 1938 University of Wisconsin eleven. In addition to the 
DEC 10 (New York) - Two professional football teams fired higher than a coast artillery unit will march onto the turf of the Polo Grounds here tomorrow afternoon to decide which will wear the championship mantle of the NFL for the next 12 months. With tickets dwindling to the vanishing point, and predictions of a sellout crowd voiced confidently by Ned Irish, Giants publicity chief, Green Bay and New York players were reported fit and ready for the kill - whichever gets it...HUTSON MAY NOT PLAY: A bit on the gloomy side for Packer fans is the news, expressed by Coach E.L. Lambeau Friday night, that Donald Hutson, speedy, pass snatching left end, still isn't in shape he's supposed to be and may see little or no action against the Giants. The Packers took a 45 minute workout in the rain at Central Park Friday, and repeated for a longer drill this morning, but on both occasions the limp which has bothered the former Alabama star was much in evidence. Green Bay's flaming gridiron spirits never hit greater heights than those to which New York's fandom have been whipped this past week, and to a man the Giant followed look for a crushing Packer defeat. Most of them won't even admit the game will be close. The weather forecast for the weekend is "clear and cold"...TURF IN FAIR SHAPE: There has been no precipitation since Friday morning's drizzle, and the turf at the Polo Grounds is reported in fair shape. Giant officials are irked by a premature report, making the rounds yesterday, that the field is sold out, and this falsity had the tendency to check the sale slightly. There still are seats left in the end zone but they may be gone before game time. Despite published reports in New York and Chicago newspapers, Coach Lambeau stuck to his statement that Earl "Bud" Svendsen, center, will play against the Eastern champions. Svednsen, working out here, has displayed all of his old time class and Lambeau may even hand him the starting assignment. "There is only one thing, other than Hutson's injury, which bothers me," said the Packer coach. "And that is the effect that our three weeks layoff may have had on the players."...MORALE VERY HIGH: "Their morale appears to be very high, but so is that of the Giants, and they have been seeing regular