Chicago Bears (4-3) 24, Green Bay Packers (2-5) 3
Sunday November 6th 1949 (at Chicago)
and desire to beat the Bears by 10 points but invariably they tried to hit the Bear line at its loaded zone - between the tackles - when they moved near the cash register. The Bays got off to a slow start, getting only one first down in the first quarter while the Bears were scoring on George Blanda's 28-yard field goal. A sickening interference ruling against the Bears helped the Bears to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Packers gradually fought back and finally launched a 62-yard drive near the end of the half, but it backfired on the three with seconds left. The Packers dominated the heart-slashing third period. A 41-yard return of an interception by Jug Girard set up another touchdown chance but the Bays settle for Ethridge's field goal. Then, Urban Odson recovered a Bear fumble at midfield and the Packers moved to the 12, the big gain being a 34-yard pass from Girard to Ted Cook who made a brilliant catch on the Bear 10. The Pack finally had to try for another field goal but Ethridge missed from the 21. Once more in the third quarter, the Packers moved - this time to the Bear 32 but Bob Perina stopped it with an interception in the end zone. The Bears immediately launched an 80-yard drive, chiefly on Johnny Lujack's great passing, and Lujack himself ran the final 20 yards for the touchdown on the first play of the fourth frame. The Packers made their last bid on the following series, going 58 yards - 28 on a Girard to Cook pass - to the Bear five but there came the usual stall. The Bears ripped back in six plays - two long pass gains from Lujack to Jim Keane - for a TD, with Julie Rykovich slamming the final 15 yards. In the final reckoning, it was Lujack's passing against the amazing rushing of Tony Canadeo and Girard's passing to Cook. Lujack's throwing set up all three Bear TDs. Canadeo was positively brilliant. Suffering from a deep cold and loaded with penicillin, Canadeo reeled off 98 yards in 12 attempts. The tireless campaigner played offense and defense in the first half and was practically out on his feet in the second half. Tony's longest run was 22 yards in the second quarter - a bouncing jaunt that saw him jar five Bears along the way. The league's top ground gainer made 52 yards in the first half and 46 in the last half to give him 647 yards in 122 tries in seven games - a record-breaking pace. The Packer passing was strictly Cook on the receiving end. The lanky right end hauled in all six completions - one from Stan Heath for four yards and the rest from Girard for 81 yards. What's more, Cook played just about all of the game on defense. The Packers injury list was tailor-made to the Bears' vaunted aerial game. Earlier in the week, ace defensive back Irv Comp had to be placed on the reserve list because of injuries. Early in the first quarter, hard-hitting Jack Jacobs re-injured his knee and was out for the afternoon. To further weaken the Bays' defensive backfield, Bob Forte was floored twice with blows to the groin in the second quarter and was used sparingly thereafter. The Packers thus were forced to use comparatively inexperienced - with the exception of Cook and he had to rest some for offense - men in the deeper backfield spots. Lujack capitalized by completing nine passes in 25 attempts for 177 yards. The big Bay line battled the Bears on even terms and many times had the edge, judging by the Packer margin in yards rushing, 185 to 161. Over 70 of the Bears' rushing total came on plays that started as passes and developed into wide sweeps. The Bears held the upper hand - in first downs, at least - shortly after the game opened. The Bears won the toss and Dreyer opened the fray with a 13-yard run around his right end, losing his shoe as Cook pushed him out of bounds. The Packers tightened and forced a punt but Girard soon returned the compliment. Next time, the Bears made two first downs, with Rykovich carrying 30 yards in four carries. On his last try, the Packers' Jacobs was hurt and had to be helped from the field. The Packers held tight and Blanda then got off a 43-yard punt that went out of bounds on the Packer one-yard line. The Bays gained four yards in two bangs by Summerhays and Canadeo to the five, but then wasted a down by punting on third down. McAfee took Girard's kick on the 47 and slammed to the Packer 27 to set up the Bears' three pointer. John Hoffman drilled to the 15 where Craig and Neal applied the stopper. Blanda stepped back on the 28 for the field goal as the clock showed nine minutes and 10 seconds gone in the first quarter. After an exchange of punts, the Packers made two first - a first down and a smell of Bear territory. A Bear offside penalty and Fritsch's nine-yard blast moved the ball to the Bear 42. Then Walt Schlinkman hit left tackle for eight to the 34. Schlink tried the other side of the line, gained four yards but fumbled and Ray Bray recovered on the 33. From this point, and with the help of the officials, the Bears drove 67 yards to score as the game moved into the second quarter. Consistent ground gains and a Lujack to McAfee pass for 19 yards gave the Bears position on the Packer 41. On the first play of the second heat, Lujack completed a 13-yarder to Hoffman but it was a pure gift as the Packers' Craig was "held" deliberately. As expected, the officials didn't see the infraction. To make up for that spot of blindness, the officials opened their eyes to great proportions and guess what they saw - interference against Cook in the end zone. J.R. Boone, the intended receiver, was going away from Cook who made a long reach but barely touched the Bear back. Anyhow, the officials placed the ball on the one-yard line, and Rykovich scored on the third play. Lujack's kick was good. Girard and Blanda each punted three times as the two clubs battled to a standstill before the Packers put on the first of their heart-breaking "scoring" drives. Starting on their 35, the Packers moved to the Bear three where they lost the ball. After Bob Cifers made two, the officials got back to normal by calling interference by the Bears on a Stan Heath to Cook pass, giving the Bays a first down on the 46. Tackle Ed Stickel slugged Cifers two plays later (No, Ed wasn't tossed out) and the Packers had first down on the Bear 35. Canadeo then hit right end, belted 10 yards, floundered under three Bears, got up again, and ran 12 more yards to the Bear 20 while Bear Coach George Halas screamed "slow whistle" from the sidelines. Canadeo slammed through left guard for 10 yards to the five-yard line but there the attack bogged down. Fritsch started to his right, fumbled and Girard recovered for a five-yard loss. With less than a minute left, Fritsch made three, Heath passed to Cook for four and the entire Bear line knew what was coming next - a Canadeo smash. The Bruins braced and Tony was held for no gain. That terrific third quarter started rather slowly as the Packers received and were forced to punt after Schlinkman made seven in two trips and a Girard to Cook pass went incomplete. Starting on his own 35, Lujack heaved a third down pass away downfield to Sprinkle but Girard shifted nicely in front of him, grabbed the ball and wheeled 41 yards to the Bear 28. Canadeo crashed to the 16 in two tries but on a third straight smash was held at the line. After a Girard to Cook pass went incomplete, Canadeo made three yards but the Packer backs were in motion. The Bears refused so Joe Etheridge, booting for the injured Fritsch, made a field goal from the 22. This scoring seemed to give the Packers new life. On the first play from scrimmage, Girard hit Dreyer hard and Urban Odson recovered the hoped-for fumble, giving the Packers the ball on their own 45. Canadeo and Summerhays pounded to the Bear 43 in three trips and then Girard and Cook worked a pretty 34-yard pass gain. Cook was tripped up on the 13 but scrambled three more yards. Jack Kirby, playing left half for the winded Canadeo, tried two bolts but lost a yard each time. In another heartbreak, Girard passed to Luhn, who caught it about a foot behind the end line. The Packers put up a terrific fuss to the officials. Etheridge then went back to the 21 and missed a field goal. The Packers still had designs as they held the Bears cold on three plays. Kirby took Blanda's punt and returned around midfield to start another drive. Schlinkman and Canadeo punched to the Bear 45 and Canadeo made it a first down on the 32. After Girard passes to Luhn and Cook went incomplete, Bob Perina intercepted a Girard pass in the end zone. Stopped again, the Packers must have been ready to throw up their hands in disgust. To top it off, the Bears unleashed their passing attack and had a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter, with Lujack running the last 20 yards when he couldn't find a receiver. The big Lujack strikes went for 21 yards to Jim Keane and 29 to McAfee. The Packers' last offensive drive started on the next series on their own 37. Girard, trapped back on his nine, passed to Cook to give the Packers a first down at midfield. Girard heaved to Cook for 28 yards and position on the Bear 24. Then, on a fake run, Canadeo tossed to Kelley, who was pushed by McAfee before he got a chance at the ball. The officials ruled interference on the 12. With a chance to get back into the game, the attack bogged. Canadeo hit the left side twice for four yards and Girard ran to the five on a fake pass. On fourth down, Girard's pass to Cook was batted down by Perina. That was it for the Packers. The Bears scored again in six plays. Blanda tossed to Perina for 13 yards on a screen pass and Lujack pegged to Keane for 52 yards in two plays. From the Packer 15, Rykovich charged over and Lujack converted again to make it 24-3. The Bears got another chance a moment later when Earhart fumbled and Ed Cody, the former Packer, recovered on the Bay 39. The Packer line plus a 15-yard holding penalty halted the Bears and Blanda tried a 57-yard field goal but it was a trifle wide. In the waning moments, Girard went back to punt and Sprinkle blocked it, Bray recovering on the Packer eight. It looked like another TD for sure but Cody, bless 'em, fumbled on the Bay two-yard line and Neal recovered on the "steal" play. Girard had to punt a moment later as the game ended.
GREEN BAY -   0   0   3   0  -   3
CHI BEARS -   3   7   0  14  -  24
1st - CHI - George Blanda, 28-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 3-0
2nd - CHI - Julie Rykovich, 1-yard run (Johnny Lujack kick) CHICAGO BEARS 10-0
3rd - GB - Ethridge, 22-yard field goal CHICAGO BEARS 10-3
4th - CHI - Lujack, 20-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO BEARS 17-3
4th - CHI - Rykovich, 15-yard run (Lujack kick) CHICAGO BEARS 24-3
First, the officials ruled no touchdown and then, after a protest from the Eagles, ruled it a touchdown. What uncertainty!
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - The Packers are wondering, about the New York Giants, that is. The two clubs clash next Sunday afternoon in the Packers' final NFL appearance of the 1949 season in City stadium. The Bays cannot help but wonder about "them Gints" for three pretty good reasons: First, the Giants outscored the nasty Chicago Bears, 35 to 28, in a passing circus. Second, the Giants defeated the Western division champion Chicago Cardinals, 41 to 38, after the Cardinals held a 28-7 halftime lead. Third, the Giants dropped a 31 to 24 decision to the supposedly weak New York Bulldogs just last Sunday. What the Packers would like to know is how the Giants beat both the Bears and Cardinals and then lost to Ted Collins' aching Dogs. The Packers and their followers will have to wait until about 4:30 next Sunday for the answer to that one. On the other hand, the Giants are probably doing a little wondering. They'd probably like to know how the Packers can give everybody (especially the Bears) such stiff battles and still lose. They're also wondering, no doubt, about this Mr. Tony Canadeo...BEARS "STOPPED" VAN BUREN: Halfback Tony proved that he's the top ground gainer in the league last Sunday by smashing through the rugged Bears for 95 yards in 21 attempts. (Figures released in the press box were 98 yards in 22 attempts, but apparently a recheck by the official scorer showed one less carry and the resulting three-yard difference.) Today, Canadeo holds a 122-yard edge on the Philadelphia Eagles' Steve Van Buren, who gained 71 yards against the Rams Sunday. Incidentally, the Bears "stopped" Van Buren - ground gaining champ the last two seasons - with only 18 yards in their game three weeks ago. Canadeo now has rolled up 644 yards in 121 attempts for an average of 5.3 per trip. Van Buren has 522 yards in 145 carries for an average of 3.6. Bosh Pritchard of the Eagles is third with 480 yards in 78 attempts and the Cardinals' Elmer Angsman is fourth with 475 in 79....RECORD-BREAKING CLIP: Canadeo is traveling at a record-breaking clip, averaging an even 92 yards in the first seven league games this season. Tony needs 365 yards to break Van Buren's mark of 1,008 yards established in 1947. With five games left, Canadeo would have to average 73 yards to break the mark. The Packers are represented in only two other departments of the statistics released today by the National league. Quarterback Jug Girard moved into fourth place in punting despite the fact that one of his boots was blocked in the Bear game Sunday. Jug has averaged 41.9 yards in 28 boots, his longest going 62 yards. The other Packer representative is center Jay Rhodemyre, who has made four interceptions. Jay is tied with six other players. Don Doll of Detroit leads with nine.
NOV 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - There must have been something wrong with the official count of the house (37,218) at the Bear-Packer game Sunday. Vacant seats were so few and far between that it looked like at least 47,000. I've seen turnouts of 45,000 that looked smaller...Policeman at Wrigley Field got a terrific boo when they refused to permit a youthful fan to snatch the game ball after it had rolled into the crowd. A press box observer hit the nail on the head when he said: "Those same guys doing the booing wouldn't chip in a dime to buy the kid a ball. But they'll help him make off with someone else's property.
NOV 8 (Philadelphia) - The Detroit Lions, who probably needed it more than any other NFL team, were fortified today with Notre Dam end Leon Hart as the bonus league draft choice. Coach Bo McMillin picked the bonus from a hat at the league meeting in Philadelphia yesterday and immediately named the 265-pound Irish co-captain, one of the most sought-after collegiate players. McMillin also picked three regular draft choices, along with representatives of the draft list and Commissioner Bert Bell said each could would release names of its own choices. The Packers were represented by advisory coach Curly Lambeau and defense coach Charley Brock. The Detroit club, in last place with one win in seven starts, also carried home in the second choice of the Philadelphia Eagles under a trade agreement. Although picking players for the 1950 season was the main order of the day, the club representatives also arranged for a system of playoff games if a tie exists in either the Eastern or Western division at the end of the regular season Dec. 11. If no ties exist the two division winners will clash for the championship game Dec. 18 at the home field of the Western king. If the leading Los Angeles Rams and the Chicago Bears end in a deadlock, the playoff will be staged in Los Angeles. If the Rams and Chicago Cardinals tie, the game will be played in Chicago. The Philadelphia Eagles appear to have a clear path in the Eastern division, but in the event of a tie with the New York Giants the extra game will be in New York. If the Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers tie, the playoff will be in Philadelphia.
hurled to Gene Roberts for nine yards and a TD. Two plays later, Emlen Tunnell intercepted a pass in front of Ralph Earhart and ran 43 yards for a TD. Near the end of the half, Tunnell grabbed an Irv Comp pass on the Giants' 38 and four Conerly passes later the Giants scored again. Midway in the third period, Conerly started to boil. He completed three for 51 yards, ran 27 yards when he couldn't find a receiver and then bounced a pass off Jacobs' fingertips into end Bill Swiacki's hands in the end zone for a TD. Near the end of the quarter, Conerly completed three passes for 48 yards to the Packer one-yard line and then sneaked it over himself. It was 35 to 3 going into the last quarter. Conerly's precious arm was placed in silk for the last quarter as Paul Governali, no longer with the club, took over at quarterback. Paul completed three for 34 yards and Ray Coates jammed over from the two-yard line. In the Giants' final 75-yard touchdown drive, Governali threw one pass and it was intercepted by Ted Cook. However, the Packers were roughing and the Giants regained the ball. New York pounded on the
ground the rest of the way, with Coates going over. That, fans, is the horrible truth and reason enough for revenge...The sale of tickets for the Packer-Giant game started picking up Tuesday, Ducat Director Carl Mraz reported today. However, Mraz reminded fans that there are plenty of tickets left. The ducat office at 349 S. Washington street will be open until 9 o'clock Friday night...The Packers went through the usual loosening-up exercise Tuesday. Intensive practice against New York plays feature workouts at the East High drill field this morning and a long defensive session was due this afternoon. Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Line Coach Tom Stidham went into a huddle at Rockwood lodge Tuesday afternoon to go over the pictures of Sunday's Bear-Packer game and the Packer-Giant non-league game in Syracuse. Defense Coach Charley Brock joined Snyder and Stidham for today's drills. Brock attended the National league draft meeting with Advisory Coach Curly Lambeau in Philadelphia Monday. No word was forthcoming on players drafted by the Packers. Each club made its top three selections. Also present Tuesday was Wally Cruice, the Packer scout who watched the Giant-Bulldog game in New York Sunday. Cruice said he was "the most excited man in New York". For the first three quarters, the scoreboard at the Polo Grounds gave the Packer-Bear game score wrong. It reported: Packers 10, Bears 3. Before the end of the game, it was corrected.
NOV 9 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Everybody knows that Tony Canadeo is a great halfback. The records speak for themselves. In game after game, he has racked up big chunks of yardage for the Packers on sheer drive, born of terrific desire and unlimited courage. The Gray Ghost easily ranks with the best running backs in pro football. He's far from a physical giant himself, but he takes care of himself against real giants with plenty of spare. Last Sunday against the Bears, for instance, Tony accounted for more than half of the Packers' yards gained on the ground with an impressive total of 98. He blasted 'em, he dug, he twisted and turned, and he even rolled over the turf to pick up extra yards - taking a chance on being killed in the process, incidentally. Yes, everybody knows those things. But only a few knows that Tony shouldn't have played a minute against the Bears because of an attack of intestinal flu. He agreed to take some penicillin shots, but wouldn't listen to suggestions that he was in no condition to tangle with the Bears. "I'm all right," he insisted, as the same time refusing to see the doctor again for fear he (the doc) would say no go. All right? The guy's absolutely super....SOME OF THIS AND LITTLE OF THAT: Canadeo already has gained more yards in seven games this season than he did in 12 last year. His overall record for 1948 showed 589 yards in 123 carries for a 4.8 average. To date this season, he has 647 yards in seven games for a 5.4 average on 120 attempts...As suspected, last Sunday's Packer-Bear crowd was 10,000 more than officially announced. Which meant 47.218 witnessed the battle. The error, discovered later, came on the relay from the front office to the press box...The National League announced the winner of the "bonus" draft choice. Detroit pulled the lucky number and came up with the right to dicker for Leon Hart, huge Notre Dame end. And here's something the NFL didn't report. Each club drafted three players by way of starting the annual "lottery". The All-America, I've heard, did that even earlier. Is that a sign of peace or continued war?
NOV 9 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Eagles club of Green Bay, in open meeting Monday, drafted an appeal to the Eagles club of Milwaukee to help get a crowd out to State Fair park for the Packers' final Milwaukee football game, November 20. "Greetings our brothers," the message reads. "Most of the brethren up here thought gemutlichkeit was a fullback at Marquette, and a future Packer prospect. Now we learn that gemutlichkeit mean coziness, comfort. This definition leads us to believe that this gemutlichkeit business is what has been throwing the Packers for a loss in Milwaukee. However, our good brethren of New Milwaukee aerie have demonstrated by past endeavors, particularly by the annual Packer kickoff dinners, that the oft saluted, comfort loving attitude of the Milwaukee populace can on occasion be sidetracked for a sufficient time to arouse effort toward civic achievement. Therefore, the Green Bay aerie does hereby request New Milwaukee aerie to contribute its noted spirit and spark toward prying the population of Milwaukee away from the gemutlichkeit and attend the game November 20. Green Bay aerie does here and now declare that at all time it is willing to share its pride in the Packers with New Milwaukee aerie. Further, if our request is granted, we will be at the Eagles clubhouse after the game to sample some of the gemulkichkeit.
NOV 9 (Green Bay) - Chuckin' Charley Conerly will match his passing against Tony Canadeo's running Sunday when the New York Giants pay one of their infrequent visits to Green Bay. Young Conerly, you may remember, was chief engineer of the 49-3 slaughter at Milwaukee a year ago which went into the books as the worst defeat in Packer history. In that game, Conerly pitched three touchdown passes and scored once himself. Currently Conerly rates third among NFL passers with 83 completions in 159 attempts for 1,146 yards gained. Packer coaches are working frantically to develop a pass defense to slow down the youngster. Handicapping them was the absence of veteran Irv Comp, defensive halfback, sidelined for at least another two weeks with a badly injured knee.
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - Studious, scholarly Luke Johnsos, George Halas' ambassador with portfolio, declared, "If a couple of your passes had gone the right way, it would have been a different ball game." Johnsos, assistant coach of the Chicago Bears, was pinch-hitting for Halas, the papa Bruin, who boarded a train immediately for Philadelphia following the 63rd exchange of amenities between the Packers and Bears to attend the NFL "bonus pick" meeting there. "You kept throwing that ball all over the place," Johnsos, leaning back on a divan in the Pink Poodle, headquarters for sports scribes and personalities at Wrigley field, signed. "That Cook was wide open all afternoon, man. I though he played a hell of a football game. Anytime you can run 190 yards against our line," the former Bear end star continued with a note of respect in his tone, "you're doing all right. One thing I can say for sure, we're always glad when that Green Bay series is over. We always expect trouble and we always get it. We didn't meet as rough a Green Bay team today as we did when we were up there in September," Luke felt. "That was a terrific ball game. We didn't get started until the fourth quarter there and even though I didn't think this game was as rough as that one, we still didn't get started until the last quarter. I thought we were kind of lucky to win. One thing you can mark down, for sure," Johnsos let it be known, "if you ever get your passing game working together with your ground attack, you're going to beat somebody and you're going to beat 'em bad." Turning to individual performances for a moment, the Bear strategist marveled, "The older that Canadeo gets, the better he gets. He played a great ball game. And, of course, Craig and Wildung are great ball players - we always knew that Girard is coming along fast, too. He's improving with every ball game." Were the Bears "up" for this one? "Yes, we were, most definitely," Johnsos shot back. "We're always up for Green Bay. We're never down for 'em because we always know it's going to be rough. Last year, for example, we beat 'em down at Green Bay. Beat 'em bad. They came up here and our boys thought they were going to kick the Packers' ears off. You know what happened - we won 7-6. And we were lucky to win." Packer Advisory Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau and Defense Coach Charley Brock left for Philadelphia and the "bonus pick" convo in Philadelphia immediately after the game and thus were unavailable for comment. The other Packer coaches, Bob Snyder and Tom Stidham, refused to comment officially on the contest other than that the Packer effort was tremendous...Later, in a rules discussion with Hugh L. (Shorty) Ray, NFL officials' supervisor and rules expert, Johnsos had some interesting suggestions. "I think they ought to throw out that extra point," Luke declared. "When a team scores a touchdown, it should be an automatic seven points." Johnsos based his argument on the premise that the extra point consumes valuable time without adding anything to the game, in addition to costing the home team a considerable sum in "lost" footballs. "It's automatic," Luke contended. "There's no climax. All it does is waste time," he told Ray. "And besides that, you take ten teams losing a $100 a Sunday on footballs - that's a $1,000." His other idea obviously was engendered by the "in-the-gloaming" field goal with which the Los Angeles Rams beat the Bears, 27-24, on the west coast the week before. "I think they ought to raise the side posts on the goal posts 10 feet and put a six-inch web on each side of the posts. Then there wouldn't be any question about field goals. If a kick would be wide, it would hit the web and bounce back."...A Packer star of bygone days was a guest on the Packer bench. He was Rex Enright, now head football coach at the University of South Carolina, whose team sat in the stands. It probably was in the way of a treat for SC, 6-3 spoiler of Marquette's homecoming at Milwaukee Saturday afternoon. Asked how he felt about Green Bay's chances before the game, Enright, who sent the Packers such stars as Larry Craig and the late Howard (Smiley) Johnson, demonstrated that he was a loyal alumnus. "I'd never sell the Packers short," he said. "It always take a lot of beating to beat this outfit when they square off against the Bears." Another ex-Packer, Lou Brock, visited the dressing room after the game. Brock, who helped beat the Bears with a 42-yard touchdown run in the 1944 game at Green Bay, amazed some of his former mates such as Craig and Canadeo - he is 30 or 40 pounds heavier than in his playing days and has the appearance of a prosperous businessman...Several of the Packers, particularly Steve Pritko, had a long chat with one of baseball's forgiven Mexican League "jumpers", pitcher Fred Martin of the St. Louis Cardinals, at the Hotel Knickerbocker Saturday afternoon. Pritko, a good friend of the Cards' George (Whitey) Kurowski, and Martin found much in common and talked at great length. Martin, a Fort Wayne, Ind., resident, was staying at the Knickerbocker while waiting for his daughter to recover from an operation in a Chicago hospital...Two celebrated press box guests were Kenneth L. (Tux) Wilson, commissioner of the Big Ten (Western) conference, and Harry Stuhldreher, University of Wisconsin athletic director...Although he devotes his time to hunting for ball players, the Packers had a staunch rooter in Wally Laskowski, who watched the game from the Green Bay bench. Wally, Cleveland scout who managed the Green Bay Bluejays for a short time during 1948, promised "some good boys" for Manager Phil Seghi to work with in '50 and said he was "sure the Bluejays will have a good ball club next summer."...The writer overheard an interesting conversation about one of Green Bay's prep football immortals, Floyd Rathburn, in the dining room of the Knickerbocker hotel Sunday morning. George Fox, an assistant coach at Wisconsin, where Rathburn is enrolled, was singing the Green Bay youth's praises to an unidentified companion. "That Rathburn is a hell of a good football player," Fox asserted, with great emphasis. "He's only a freshman, too, but what a ball player."...It is doubtful if fans anywhere have seen a greater determination of personal courage than that of Canadeo. Out of his feet at times, even in the first half, the lion-hearted Italian fought against being taken out and exerted an all-out effort on every play. His usually ruddy face was ashen after the game, testifying to the physical strain he had undergone. Tony, suffering from a severe cold, vomited in the dressing room immediately upon coming in from the field, giving further indication of how he'd "put out". But as soon as he recovered from the spasm, he forgot about it, yelling, "Nice going, guys". Earlier, it had been established that he was not a well man when he vomited between halves and before the game...Two photographers "shot" Jug Girard in a variety of poses before the game, one of the cameramen - a gentleman in the neighborhood of 60 - from a reclining position. The edited results of their efforts will be "cut" into the current offerings at Chicago's telenews theaters...When Ted Fritsch was injured just before the half, Field Announcer Rocky Wolfe made a sporting gesture. "Fritsch has been a grand veteran in this league," he told the fans. "How about a hand?" And the partisan throng responded generously...Another bit of sportsmanship was displayed by the Bears' George McAfee in the third quarter. When Ted Cook caught a pass, McAfee pushed him out of bounds but as soon as he discovered that Ted was "out", McAfee "held" him so that the Green Bay end wouldn't injure himself running into the benches along the sidelines.
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - Large city residents can't understand it, but Green Bay football fans again demonstrated early this morning a personal support of their football team, win or lose. A crowd estimated at 500 Packer fans was waiting at the Milwaukee road station at 12:40 a.m. today to welcome the Packers on their return from Chicago, where they had their second 1949 set-to with the hated Bears. The remarkable thing about the welcome home was that it wasn't hinged on a Packer victory - it's easy enough to support a team that's returning with a victory. No, the Packers lost but neither that or not the lateness of their arrival deterred the fans from turning out..."TOUGH ONE TO LOSE": The Packers lost, 24-3, but between expressions from the fans that "It sure was a tough one to lose" were sandwiched cheers and compliments for the collective effort of the squad as well as bouquets to individuals whose standout efforts must have become apparent to thousands who listened to radio descriptions of the ball game. This is one of the local phenomena which the so-called blase dwellers of the big cities in the NFL can't understand - nor even some of the good burghers of other cities without major league football but who would like to get into the act. Certainly the highlight of this early morning demonstrated came shortly after the squad detrained at the Milwaukee road's south Washington street station. While the Packer Lumberjack band played "On, Wisconsin" and other assorted numbers, the crowd, led by Cheerleader Russ Leddy, gave out with cheers. Then came the highlight of the welcome home rally. It centered on the self-effacing Tony Canadeo, the veteran Packer halfback who, by common consent of everybody at Sunday's game, was the outstanding ball player on the field...TONY PROTESTS IN VAIN: As the crowd surged toward the ball club, one group spontaneously rushed for the gray-haired halfback and lifted him to their shoulders. They carried him down the station platform in tribute for his tremendous fighting spirit. Few ball players on a winning club experienced this thrill. But in the minds of the crowd and those who saw Sunday's contest, nobody ever more deserved this tribute than Canadeo. Through it all, Canadeo protested in vain. The demonstration lasted approximately 10 minutes. Then the crowd, brought together with the aid of the Minute Men and the Green Bay Quarterback club, dispersed. There was no way for the team to express its thanks for this display of support but there's no question that individually and collectively they'll remember it. There is a way to repay those supporters: Beat the Giants next Sunday.
NOV 7 (Green Bay) - Bernard (Boob) Darling, Allouez insurance man, Big Ten football official, and former Packer, was named by a coroner's jury Saturday afternoon as the hit-and-run drive who ran down and fatally injured Shirley Mae Trout, 15-year old East High sophomore, as she walked from a bus to her home on Mission road, Allouez, the night of Oct. 31. Further, the jury found that Darling was under the influence of intoxicating liquor at the time, and was driving in a careless, reckless and negligent manner. The jury's verdict attributed Shirley's death to a basal skull fracture, aggravated by exposure and cold. The accident occurred a few minutes after midnight, and the body was not found until after 7 o'clock the next morning. Coroner Alvin J. Dupong had told the jury that death apparently had not occurred until about 5 a.m....STATEMENTS JUST HEARSAY: The verdict was reached at 2:50, one hour and 10 minutes after the jury retired Saturday afternoon, after a day and a half of testimony. Only one witness was heard after the noon recess Saturday. Edward Brozyna, Green Bay, testified that reports he had relayed to the district attorney, indicating that Darling was intoxicated on the night of the accident, were only hearsay as far as his personal knowledge was concerned. Testimony Saturday morning, after Darling had declined to testify on the advice of his attorney, pretty much followed the pattern set by previous witnesses who had seen Darling the night of the accident; that he was nervous and confused; and may have had some drinks, but was not intoxicated. There also was some negative testimony. Rosella Zelten and Marie Vermeulen, employees in the De Pere city's clerk office, denied they had told anyone that anyone had told them Darling was drunk on the night in question, and Austin Ordens, 1238 S. Chestnut avenue, addressing machine serviceman, denied he had told anyone the girls had told him so. Lloyd Colcleugh, steward at the Green Bay Yacht club, said Darling definitely had not been there the afternoon before Shirley's death. Floyd J. "Dusty" Rhodes, De Pere, said he was at the Old Dutch tavern with his wife and his parents when Darling was there, and that Darling appeared to be under the influence of liquor to some extent; and that his speech was not quite normal, and that his general appearance was that of a man who had been drinking. He would characterize Darling's condition as "feeling good", he said..."MUST BE CAREFUL": "Of course, in casual conversation, you might say 'He had a load on', but on the witness stand, you've got to be careful," Rhodes commented. Darling had left after mentioning that he had to pick up his children at a party at St. Matthew's school, and also said something about having to see a man in Denmark, Rhodes testified. Previously, members of the search party which had volunteered to help Darling find out what he had hit mentioned having been in Denmark, and went over Allouez avenue as the most likely site of the accident. District Attorney Robert Parins stated that the jury's verdict would not have any effect on the prosecution of Darling, who already has pleaded not guilty to two counts of negligent homicide, and one of failing to stop after an accident involving injury. One of the homicide counts charges driving under the influence of liquor; the other driving in a careless, reckless and negligent manner. His preliminary examination is set for Nov. 14. In the meantime, he is at liberty under bond of $5,000.
way of making his Wisconsin debut complete. Conerly thinks he had his best day several weeks ago, when he lead the Giants to a resounding upset of the Bears. Conerly threw 15 passes that day and completed eight. Four of them went for touchdowns, including the one which broke a tie and gave the Giants a 35-28 triumph in the final two minutes. Conerly hit Gene Roberts for 31 yards, 62 yards and 86 yards, all touchdowns, and Bill Swiacki for 35 and another six pointer. At 25, Conerly is one of the brightest stars in the National league and seems destined for a long run as a T man. He has been improving game by game, with help from Assistant Coach Al Sherman, the old Philadelphia Eagle T quarterback, and his new teammate, Ray Mallouf, a veteran recently obtained from the Chicago Cardinals. Mallouf has been especially helpful, says Conerly, on timing and faking. How helpful, the Packers will fund out Sunday at Green Bay.
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - Chuck Conerly and Choo Choo Roberts, the former one of football's greatest passing stars and the latter the National League's leading scorer, were the subject of another long intensive defensive drill Friday as the Green Bay Packers wound up the rigorous part on their preparation for Sunday's game with the New York Giants in City Stadium. Conerly especially has occupied the attention of the Packers this week as coached prepped relief men to replace Irv Comp and Jack Jacobs, two of the league's outstanding defensive backs. Both are handicapped by leg injuries, and have spent most of their time this week riding bicycles to strengthen pulled muscles. The Packer coaching board of Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charlie Brock said Friday they were not planning on much help from either Comp or Jacobs, but that both may see action. Comp was hurt a week ago and did not make the trip to Chicago for the Bear game. Jacobs was crippled early in the Bear tussle.
hole. Using Canadeo on defense might seem sinful but the Packers were forced into it late against Detroit when Comp went out and a good share of the time against the Bears. Tony happens to be leading the league in ground gaining and extra duty on defense naturally uses up some of the strength he could employ on offense. Canadeo represents just about half the Packers' ground attack which ranks second in the circuit. Tony has gained 644 of the Packers' 1,367 yards by rushing. The Packers had one reason to smile today when they learned that ace defensive back Bob Forte will be ready Sunday. Forte went to the hospital for X-rays of several ribs Wednesday and the "pictures" showed nothing more than the bruises. Bob was the object of the Bears' nasty "get-that-man" campaign Sunday in the second quarter. Speaking about yardage figures, the Packers carry a rushing edge against the Giants, but the New Yorkers have a big advantage in passing figures. Against the Packers' 1,367 yards by running, the Giants gained only 997. The Giants, who completed 50 percent of their passes, have gained 1,165 yards in the air. The Packers, with a 28-plus percent on completions, gained only 665 yards in the ozone...TWO "C" MEN BATTLE: You can easily see where Sunday's game will be a battle between two "C" men - Canadeo and Conerly. As mentioned above, Tony represents half the Bays' offense on the ground. Now look at Mr. Conerly's record: Of the 1,165 yards gained by the Giants in the air, Conerly's passes accounted for 1,146. Conerly ranks third in the close passing race. He has completed 83 passes in 159 attempts. Ten of his aerials went for touchdowns. Bobby Layne of the New York Bulldogs leads the league and Sammy Baugh of Washington is second. Conerly's longest completion was a screen pass to Gene Roberts for 85 yards. Conerly has completed 52.2 percent of his throws. Seven of his tosses were intercepted.
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - The guy leading the NFL in kickoff returns is no stranger in these parts. He is Jack Salcheider, the rookie back from St. Thomas (Minn.) college, will will perform for the New York Giants against the Packers at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Salscheider invaded Minahan stadium Sept. 18, 1948, with his St. Thomas buddies to do battle with the St. Norbert Green Knights. It was a big night since the Knights were dedicating the new lighting system. St. Norbert got off to a 13 to 0 leads in the first quarter when Jack set up one touchdown, scored the next two himself, and set up the fourth. Worse yet, he kicked three out of the four extra points to give St. Thomas a 27 to 26 victory. From that game, St. Thomas went on
to an undefeated season and Salscheider captured Little All-America honors. The New York freshman plays
a lot of defense for the Giants but may get several offensive assignments against the Pack. Salscheider has a big bulge in the kickoff return department. He lugged 11 of them back for a total of 392 yards or an average of 35.6 try per carry...95-YARD KO RETURN: Salscheider's longest KO return was 95 yards against the Cardinals for a touchdown Oct. 30 - a trip that opened the gate for the Giants' 41 to 38 upset victory. On kickoff returns, Salscheider pairs with Joe Scott, the fleet back who has returned seven kickoffs for 203 yards. Scott ranks seventh in the NFL. By comparison, the Packers have no KO returners in the league's first 10. The Giants have one other statistical leader and his edge comes in an important department - scoring.  Gene (Choo Choo) Robers, the Chattanooga fullback, has posted 66 points without the aid of a kick. He has 11 touchdowns - seven by running and four on passes from Charlie Conerly. The high-scoring Giants are well represented among point-making leaders. Scott is fifth with 42 points on seven touchdowns, and the kicker, Ben Agajanian, is seventh with 39 on 27 extra points and four field goals...WELL BEHIND CANADEO: Roberts is the Giants' top ground gainer with 454 yards in 90 attempts. He ranks well behind the league's top soil coverer, the Packers' Tony Canadeo, who has 644 yards in 121 attempts. The Giants' top two ends, Ray Poole and Bill Swiacki, rank 10th and 11th respectively in pass receiving although Roberts and Scott have gained plenty of yardage on screen passes. Poole caught 22 for 257 yards and one TD and Swiacki 21 for 288 yards and two TDs. The Giants have a Negro back who will bear watching - Emlen Tunnell, the former Iowa star. Tunnell ranks fourth in the league on punt returns, with 189 yards on 17 trips, and second on pass interceptions. He returned seven enemy passes for 134 yards - one for 55 yards and a TD...The Giants will arrive at 2:55 Saturday afternoon on the North Western. They'll headquarter at the Hotel Northland. The team will leave on the Milwaukee Road at 5:25 Sunday evening...The Packers got another bad blow during a defensive workout Thursday when center Roger Harding turned his ankle. The former Ram was helped off the field. An X-ray showed no broken bone but his efficiency may be reduced. Coaches Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock are expecting the Giants to "throw all afternoon". For this reason, considerable time was spent working a defense against passer Charlie Conerly and seven or eight different receivers. Snyder took over for Conerly - almost out of necessity. Quarterbacks Jug Girard and Stan Heath were used on defense - a role they may have to share Sunday. Heath toiled in Ted Cook's spot and Girard was playing in the hole left vacant by Irv Comp. Bob Cifers is working in Jack Jacobs' shoes on defense. Comp and Jacobs, both knee cases, are expected to sweat out Sunday's game on the bench. Canadeo, the league's top offensive article, normally backs up Comp on defense but the coaches hope to give Tony plenty of rest for offense. Cook, the team's top pass receiver, may get more relief on defense what with Heath showing up well in Ted's spot. The Packers also have intentions of stopping the Giants' passing game at the start - Mr. Conerly, who has the pleasure of throwing at a two-thirds inexperienced Packer defensive setup. If Conerly can be murdered before he throws, the Packers should have the situation well in hand.
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - Emil R. Fischer, president of the Packer corporation, today expressed the appreciation of Packer officials for the "loyal support of Packer fans in this area all through this season. That support was never more clearly demonstrated than at the send-off and welcome-home for the team here last weekend," Fischer went on to say. "The turnouts for the Philadelphia exhibition game and the Bear and Ram league games here earlier this season prove that Green Bay definitely has a place in national professional football, and we are counting on that continued evidence of that fine support this Sunday. It is support like that over the years which has kept Green Bay in a league for much larger cities, and we know that Packer fans in cooperation with the Packer corporation are determined to stay in that league."
NOV 11 (Green Bay) - Everybody did a polite swoon when the Packers went through the Bear game here last Sept. 25 without completing a pass. First time anything like that ever happened, the Figure Filberts recalled. Well, maybe so, but back on Oct. 2, 1932, the Packers completed just one pass in a game against the New York Giants at City Stadium. And the Packers had a pretty fair country pitcher - home-grown Arnie Herber plus the immortal Johnny Blood and Lavvvie Dilweg as prospective receivers. The Packer-Giant thing 17 years ago is recalled today because it was the last time the New Yorkers played a NFL game in our town. All of which makes next Sunday's Packer-Giant league contest something of a memorable occasion. Getting back to the 1932 tiff, it's interesting to note that the Packers pitched only six passes all afternoon in blanking the Big Towners, 13 to 0. Herber threw all of them and the one completion went for 43 yards to Dilweg. It was obvious from the game account in the Press-Gazette that the Packers weren't opening up because they didn't have to. The Giants never got beyond the Packer 30-yard line as the Bay line limited the New Yorkers to a mere 12 yards rushing. The Giants had to open up with passing and came up with 10 completions in 22 attempts. Before 6,000 fans (13,000 were at the Bear-Packer game the previous Sunday), the Packers took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 60-yard march. Tackle Jug Earp started the business by recovering a fumble and Wuert Englemann followed with a 25-yard run. Then, Verne Lewellen and Hurdis McCrary alternated the rest of the way, with Hurdis going the last 14 for the TD. Harry O'Boyle kicked the extra point. Late in the game, Herber faked a wide right end run behind good blocking and hurled 43 yards to Dilweg who was rolled out of bounds on the one-yard line by Red Cagle and Mel Hein. Hank Bruder lugged it over but Roger Grove's point kick was wide. Playing right tackle for the Giants that day was Steve Owen, a 285-pound giant of a man, who toiled as a player-coach. The bulky Owen is still head coach of the Giants and next Sunday he'll be leading his team against the Packers for the 20th time since that 1932 date in City Stadium. Three of those starts were championship games, two of which went to the Packers - 27 to 0 in 1939 and 14 to 7 in 1944. The Giants downed the Pack in the 1938 championship game, 23 to 17. The Packers and Giants, since 1928, played 27 games including the three playoffs. If the Giants win Sunday, the Big Town-Little Town series will be all square at 13 wins apiece. Two games ended in ties. The Packers hold a slight edge in total points, 349 to 341.
NOV 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - Among the sports personalities Chuck Conerly has left utterly confused are Branch Rickey and the coaches of the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and sundry other National league opponents. Conerly is a swarthy Mississippian who came up to the New York Giants last fall with a record as long as some of his touchdown passes and immediately began hacking away at the marks of Sammy Baugh. He will show up at Green Bay Sunday when the Giants make their first league appearance in more than a decade in the league's most northernmost outpost. Rickey was interested in football at the time Conerly finished his career at Ole Miss and sought to sign Conerly for his now defunct Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America conference. Rickey never understood why Conerly gave him the brush-off to take a lower cash offer from the Giants. Conerly went to the Giants on Steve Owen's promise that the Giants would go to the T formation. "I figure that I can last five or six years longer in the T than I could playing single wing in this league," Conerly explained. The change over from Owen's A formation, a hybrid single wing, to the T this fall posed a number of problems. First of all, Conerly had difficulty locating receivers. "I would drop back and know where the receivers should be," he said, "but then I'd have trouble finding them. In the single wing and the A, which we used last fall, I had them in sight all the while and was ready to pass any time after receiving the ball." There were other problems. For example, in the single wing Conerly moved forward all the time, but in the T the move was backward and out of the play. The Packers taught him this one in an exhibition at Syracuse last September. He wound up under assorted Packers with a foot in his face and one tooth missing. He has been high tailing his way out of traffic quite expertly since. Conerly was good in the A formation, but he seems destined to be even better as a T man. His record last season was 162 completed passes, 2,175 yards and 22 touchdowns. He was second to Tommy Thompson, league champion. His greatest days were against Pittsburgh (36 completions for 363 yards and three touchdowns) and against the Packers at State Fair park, where he completed 20 of 30 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers went down to defeat, 49-3. He also scored a touchdown, just by
(CHICAGO) - The Green Bay Packers pierced Chicago Bear territory six times - four inside the 20-yard line - but came out with only three points. That just about tells the story of the 63rd Packer-Bear football drama before 47,218 fans in Wrigley field here Sunday afternoon. The rocking Bears entered Packer land just four times under their own power and emerged with three touchdowns and a field goal. The final score, if you haven't heard was: Bears 24, Packers 3. How the Packers "escaped" with only a field goal - a 22-yarder by Joe Etheridge early in the third quarter - in drives to the Bear 35-yard line in the first quarter, the 3 in the second quarter, the 16, 12 and 32 in the third period and finally the 5 in the fourth heat remains something of a mystery. The Packers, who had designs on second place in the Western division, displayed enough fight 
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - On the first play in the second quarter of the Bear-Packer game in Chicago Sunday, the writers in the press box let out a yell and a chuckle. The yell came from the Packer partisans and the chuckle, of course, came from the numerous Bear-favoring Chicago scribes. The occasion for said noise was a perfectly executed "hold" Joe Perina, Bear halfback, out on the Packers' great defensive left end, Larry Craig, while Larry charged in to murder Johnny Lujack, who was attempting to pass. Perina just "held" off Craig while Lujack completed a pass to John Huffman for a 13-yard gain, no penalty being called. On the long train ride home, we entered into a conversation with Craig's defensive partner, Steve Pritko, who works on the right end of the line. Somehow, the talk got around to this noticeable holding of Craig, and Pritko was off to the races. He grabbed a Chicago newspaper off the floor and pointed to a picture showing George Blanda's kicking a field goal. The Associated Press serviced the newspaper's picture above but it was "cut off" at the line of scrimmage, thus removing Ed Sprinkle's tripping of Bob Summerhays. Explanation of the violations were provided by Pritko. The big complaint, however, on the Bears' holding tricks is on pass  plays since the thrower more often is not as far back as a field goal kicker. Pritko explained that the Bears (on pass plays) pull out a guard to help two-team one of the defensive ends and invariably the guard will "tackle" the end coming in. What's worse, Steve added, the Bear backs defending the passer stick out their arms to ward off the incoming ends. Under NFL rules, a player defending his passer or kicker or runner must not (repeat not) use his hands or forearms. He is permitted to throw his body (block) at an opponent or butt him with his chest or shoulders. A look out play-by-play accounts revealed something that coincided with his statement that the Bear guards pull out occasionally. The P-by-P shows that Bear passers were tossed for losses only twice all afternoon, and, most important, the man making the tackle was Packers' pivot man on defense, Ed Neal, who, get this, was coming through the hole left open by the "tackling" guards. In the first quarter, Neal nailed Johnny Lujack for a five-yard loss and in the third frame he stopped Blanda eight yards back. To the spectator it would appear that the Bears have devised a system to give their passers almost complete protection from the league's best defensive end who can do the most damage because of the speed they generate on the long hail from the wing spot. After hearing Pritko's explanation and seeing Craig's nod of approval to everything Steve said, we are convinced that the Bears are getting away with murder on their passing game. With due respect to Lujack who passes with the best of 'em, the ex-Notre Damer and his ends have a tremendous advantage when they get an extra second or so to maneuver with the help of illegal holding. Their three touchdowns were set up on passes. What are the officials doing or rather where are they looking when the Bears go back to pass? That is the 24-point question and a good one at that? On Sunday, the Bears weren't nicked once for holding (15 yards) on a pass play. They drew a holding penalty on a running play, with two minutes left in the game. Getting back to Pritko, we ventured to inquire about the officials. Steve tossed his arms into the air and stated, "What good does it do; I went to one official and he complained that 'I can't watch those guys in the backfield, too.' He finally sent me to another official and he passed the buck to another one." In other words, three officials were told of the Bear tactics, and nothing was done. It appears that the mighty voice of George Halas, who complained publicly last week about the officiating in the Ram game (which they lost, 27-24) must have been echoing in the ears of Downes' crew in Wrigley field Sunday. In view of the complaints on officiating (not only from the Packers) every Sunday, it can be suggested that the National league school its officials to fit the speeded-up and rapidly-changing sport it sponsors. Out in Philadelphia Sunday, Russ Craft of the Eagles stole the ball from Ram Elroy Hirsch and ran for a touchdown. 
NOV 9 (Green Bay) - Is there such a thing as revenge in professional football? Do the insults or embarrassment of one season live over to the next? Those two questions could be answered in the affirmative by the Packers when they tangle with the New York Giants at City stadium next Sunday afternoon. Our Packers were embarrassed one day in Milwaukee last fall by these same Giants. The final score was 49 to 3 and it ranks as the worst beating ever absorbed by the Packers in their 31-year history. With the memory of that 46-point deficit still lurking in the minds of the Packers, not to mention every Packer fan in the state, let's designate next Sunday as Revenge Day. Besides being a day for revenge, Sunday is something of an occasion. It will make the Packers' last appearance at City stadium this season and it will be the Giants' first NFL showing at City stadium in 17 years. In their last loop meeting here, on Oct. 2, 1932, the Packers blanked Big Town, 13 to 0...CONERLY CAME OF AGE: With all this revenge talk in the air, it would seem fitting to recall the 49-3 disgrace, which, incidentally, was witnessed by 12,639 fans at State Fair park. On the Giant side, the game marked the coming-of-age of Chuck Conerly, the New Yorkers' great passing quarterback who completed two dozen passes in three dozen attempts for 334 yards. Conerly, who will be very much in evidence next Sunday, hurled three touchdown passes and scored one himself. His passing set up six of the Giants' seven TDs. The Giants were so air-minded that they intercepted eight Packer pitches - one less than the league interception record of nine, established by the Packers against Detroit Oct. 24, 1943. The infamous contest had an unusual first quarter; the Packers led, 3-0, on Ted Fritsch's field goal from the 24-yard line. The first frame saw the Giants intercept three Jack Jacobs' passes on the Packer 33. That set the stage for the Giants' touchdown parade...TUNNELL INTERCEPTS TWO: On the first play of the second quarter, Conerly 
NOV 10 (Green Bay) - The Packers are employing the bicycle in an effort to get their pass defense a-rolling. Both Jack Jacobs and Irv Comp - two of the three key figures in the Bay's anti-aircraft corps - took to the city man's saddle today in an effort to straighten out kinky knee ailments. The bike is useful because the pumping exercises and loosens the injured muscles. Unfortunately, Jacobs and Comp have only a ghost of a chance of playing against the New York Giants at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Comp injured his knee early in the game against Detroit at Milwaukee a week ago last Sunday. He had to be placed on the reserve list before the Bear game. Jacobs aggravated a knee injury early in the Bear game and retired for the rest of the afternoon. The Bears wasted no time flooding his zone with passes. The only "health" case in the Packers' rear defensive setup is Ted Cook, who also happens to be the club's leading pass receiver. He caught all six completions against the Bears Sunday and then, outside of a few rest periods, anchored the air defense. Possible loss of Jacobs and Comp is right up the Giants' alley - as it was against the Bears. The Giants are one of the top three passing teams in the National league what with Charley Conerly hurling to everybody but the waterboy and the coaches. The replacements for Jacobs and Comp are comparatively inexperienced - a factor that made Johnny Lujack smile with delight last Sunday. Bob Cifers has been in Jacobs' spot and Tony Canadeo is toiling in Comp's 
Sunday night...After Sunday's game, the Packers meet Pittsburgh in Milwaukee, the Cards in Chicago, the Redskins at Washington and the Lions at Detroit.
NOV 12 (Green Bay) - The Packers "got bargaining rights to Clayton Tonnemaker in the secret NFL draft meeting in Philadelphia last Monday," according to Arch Ward in the Chicago Tribune. Packer Advisory Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau could not be reached, up to noon, to confirm or deny the report. Ward also claimed that  the "Los Angeles Rams drew the Gophers' other famed lineman, Leo Nomellini" and "the New York Bulldogs pulled Northwestern's Art Murawowski."
NOV 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Everybody boots one once in awhile - even blustering George Marshall, aggressive owner of the Washington Redskins. Charlie Conerly is living proof of Marshall's big boot. He's the same Conerly who passed the Packers dizzy at State Fair Park last year and will be aiming to do the same Sunday when the New York Giants invade Green Bay for the first time in years. The Redskins had the ex-Mississippi wizard originally. For some reason, they drafted Charlie as well as Harry Gilmer a year ago last winter. Putting the clutch on two college passing sensations was a strange move in view of the fact that Sammy Baugh still was doing all right, thank you, as chief gunner. There just isn't room or real need for three outstanding pitchers on one club. Baugh was a cinch to stick. So one of the newcomers had to go. When it came time to make the choice, Marshall decided to keep Gilmer. The Giants, glad to get the No. 3 passer or any other bit of help from a rival club, took Conerly. Look what's happened since. Gilmer spent most of the 1948 season in a hospital and hasn't been off the bench very often this year. Conerly, on the other hand, was an immediate sensation and right now ranks as one of the best flingers in the business - a No. 1 man if there ever was one.
NOV 12 (Green Bay) - The long fight back to contendership brings Green Bay's embattled Packers face to face with Chuck Conerly and associated New York Giant teammates, the National League's highest scoring combination in City Stadium Sunday. Conerly alone is enough to excite the enthusiasm of Packer adherents as well as that of the speculatively inclined, who have made the New Yorkers a six and one-half point favorite on the strength of victories over the Chicago Bears and Cardinals. Conerly, the rookie of the year in 1948 and at present only a point behind Bobby Layne and Sammy Baugh in the race for the individual passing championship, had been the object of special defensive preparations by the Packers for the past four days. But Conerly is not the only obstacle in the Packers' quest for their third victory. Choo Choo Roberts, a combination power runner and scatback from Chattanooga, is the leading scorer in the National League with 11 touchdowns, seven of which have come from plunges and long runs. Green Bay will attempt to match Conerly and Roberts with a running attack that still rates second in the league on a club basis, largely through the personal achievements of veteran Tony Canadeo, the league's No. 1 rushing back. The 30 year old Canadeo, an even more remarkable athlete than the 25 year old Conerly, is fully recovered from the fever and sniffles that handicapped him against the Bears last week. But otherwise the Packers could be in better shape.
NOV 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, struggling to stay out of the cellar in the western division of the NFL, meet the New York Giants here Sunday afternoon - and the prospect of winning isn't a particularly happy one. It isn't that the Giants look so impressively better than the Packers, either in the league standings or the season's statistics. It is rather that the Giants come to Green Bay still smarting from the 31-24 licking they took from their hometown rivals, the Bulldogs, a week ago in one of the biggest upsets of the season. The victory was the Bulldogs' first in seven games. An aroused bunch of Giants can be a tough outfit to handle and it is certainly an aroused bunch the Packers will have on their hands. Although beaten three times in four games the Giants lead the league in points scored at the moment with 207. With Chuck Conerly throwing, they can explode from anywhere on the field, and in their present mood they probably will. Green Bay's defense will get a good test. But if the prospect isn't a particularly happy one, it isn't a hopeless by any means. In the first place, the Giants may not be at full strength because of injuries. Both Emlen Tunnell, stellar defensive back, and Scott, pile driving back, were hurt in the Bulldog game and will see little action if any. And in the second, the Packers, while absolutely last in the league in the matter of point production with 69, still compare very favorably with the invaders in most statistics. Green Bay has piled up yard almost as well as New York with 2,032 against 2,170, has rushed the ball better than New York with 1,367 against 997, has controlled the ball better with 312 plays against 264, has punted better with an average of 43 against 37, and has generally thrown up a better defense with 2,267 against 2,538. Conerly, of course, is the first man to stop. The former Mississippi star who a year ago at State Fair park in Milwaukee, just about jammed the ball down Green Bay's throat in the 49-3 victory, has lost none of his wizardry and again ranks with the league's leaders. The running game, in support of Conerly's passing, may not be as effective as it could be with Scott in the lineup, but it can still be good with Roberts as the wheelhorse. Noah Mullins, the old Bear star, will take over if Scott does not play. Green Bay's hopes rest largely on its defensive line, the fleet running of Tony Canadeo who leads the league with 644 yards on 121 plays, and the improved all around play of Jug Girard. The game will be the 28th in the long rivalry with the Giants. Green Bay has won 13, New York 12. Two of the game have ended in ties. The appearance will be one of New York's few in the smallest city in the league. With good weather, a near capacity crowd is expected. It will be Green Bay's last game at City Stadium.
NOV 12 (Green Bay) - The point-happy New York Giants unleash their famed aerial attack against the point-poor but ground-powerful Green Bay Packers at City stadium Sunday afternoon. A crowd of more than 20,000 fans is expected to watch the Packers make their final home NFL appearance of the 1949 season. Kickoff is set for 2 o'clock. The Giants, playing their first league game here in 17 years, are favored to post their fifth victory against three defeats by a touchdown or so. For comparison, the New Yorkers, who arrive here at 2:55 this afternoon, hold decisions over both the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals while the Bays lost to the Bears twice in rugged battles and to the Cards once. One thin hope for Packer fans rests in the fact that the Giants were beaten by the Bulldogs, 31-24, while the Packers blanked the Dogs, 16-0...HIGHEST SCORING TEAM: The Giants are the highest scoring team in the league and the Packers are the lowest. In seven games, New York registered 207 points - four more than the powerful Los Angeles Rams and the Eagles, for an average of slightly less than 28 per start. The Packers posted only 69 markers - or slightly under 10 per game. Defensively, however, the Packers allowed 177 points, the Giants 195. Tomorrow's encounter has been billed as a duel between the Giants' excellent passer - Charley Conerly - and the Packers' hard hitting halfback - Tony Canadeo, who is the league's leading ground gainer. Conerly has pitched ten touchdown passes and gained 1,146 yards with his throws, ranking among the first three in the league. The Packers will also be out for revenge tomorrow - for that 49-3 beating administered by the Giants in Milwaukee a year ago. Conerly completed 24 out of 36 passes that day, five going for TDs. With their pass defense weakened by injuries, the Packers will depend on their rock-ribbed line for victory. The big Bay line, which permits few yards between the ends, will have a bigger task Sunday - nailing Conerly before he gets a chance to throw. He will be throwing at comparatively inexperienced pass defense players. Defensive stars Irv Comp and Jack Jacobs, both troubled with knee hurts, will watch the game from the bench - most likely in civilian clothes. Ted Cook, a regular defender, may be saved for offensive work while Canadeo, Comp's defensive replacement, may be rested more for offense. Most of the passing defense will be handled by Bob Cifers and the two QBs, Jug Girard and Stan Heath. The Bay wall has another job - giving a slit or two to squeeze through. Tony has gained half the Packer yardage on the ground and the Packers are the No. 2 ground team in the league. Tony picked up 644 yards in seven league games thus far. The Packer line is in pretty fair condition. Center Roger Harding turned his ankle in practice Thursday but will be ready. Guard Paul Burris, having recovered from a recent hurt, will be in top condition. Bolstering the wall will be Dick Wildung and Paul Lipscomb at the tackles; guard Ed Neal on defense; center Jay Rhodemyre; ends Larry Craig and Steve Pritko on defense; and guards Evan Vogds and Damon Tassos on offense. As for the points, which, incidentally, will be needed, the Packers are expected to do a little pitching themselves Sunday. Girard probably will handle most of the quarterbacking and throwing and Cook could be the big receiver. Cook caught all six completions in the Bear game. Gene Roberts carries the bulk of the Giants' ground load. Choo Choo ranks fifth in the league with 454 yards. He's also a favorite target of Conerly on screen pass plays. Ray Poole and Bill Swiacki are the Giants' leading pass receivers, although most of the backs, especially Joe Scott and Roberts, figure in the club's passing offense. The Packers and Giants will be meeting for the 28th time since 1928. The Giants last visited Green Bay for a league game on Oct. 2, 1932, and left with a 13-0 defeat. A victory Sunday would give the Giants an even break in the series - at 13-all. Two games finished in  knots. The Packers have an eight-point advantage in total points, 349 to 341.
NOV 12 (Green Bay) - Attendance at the Packer-Giant game at City stadium Sunday afternoon might have a bearing on any Packer decision to play more than three games in Green Bay next season. During the past few weeks, there has been much discussion - some rumor - on the site of the Packers' home games, Green Bay or Milwaukee. The Packers shifted half their games to Milwaukee in 1933 because the community and area was unable to absorb six contests. After attendance skidded in Milwaukee last year, many fans urged the playing of the entire schedule in Green Bay. In a column at the time, we pointed out that a near sellout would be needed at each of six games here to satisfy visiting clubs and also to make it profitable for the Bays. Unless tomorrow's game is a sellout, the Packers may find it difficult to even consider moving any more games to Green Bay. At the moment, the attendance at Sunday's game is below 20,000. That's more than 5,000 under a sellout, fans. The Packers will need a big sale at the gate on Sunday to fill the park...GAME NOTES: Larry Craig, the league's leading defensive end and blocking quarterback for years, may be playing his last league game in City stadium Sunday. Craig, now in his 11th season, has expressed the opinion many times this season that "this will be my last". Still a ball of fire, he is consistently two-teamed by Packer opponents when he barrels in from left end. The Bears had two men on him most of the time in Chicago last Sunday. Craig holds the unique distinction of never having made an all-league team. Yet, every coach in the league points to him as the best on defense. All-league berths are given generally to offensive players. Before the Packers switched to the T-formation, Craig played blocking QB on offense and end on defense...The Giants this year are observing their silver anniversary, playing their first games in 1925. The Packers and Giants first met in 1928, with the Pack winning in New York, 7 to 0, after the Giants beat the Bays here, 6 to 0. Red Smith, the former Packer, is in his sixth season as Giant line coach. Smith will be toasted by his baseball friends at Harry Brehme's