Packers Keep Title Safe By Quitting

Lose To Bears And Refuse To Meet Spartans

"Champs" Run Away From Deciding Game

COLUMBUS, O., Dec. 7 - (AP) - The National Professional Football League season is ended so far as the Green Bay Packers are concerned.

L.H. Joanness, president of the league-leading team, announced at Chicago yesterday there will be no game between the Packers and the Portsmouth Spartans next Sunday because the game never was scheduled officially.

His statement was made after Harry Snyder, president of the Spartans, arrived in Chicago to complete arrangements for the game. Snyder said the contest had been "tentatively scheduled" and that tickets already had been sold.

But league rules provide that a tentative game may be cancelled by either team involved and Joanness said the Packers were done for the season. The Packers defeated by the Chicago Bears, 7 to 6 yesterday, are at the top of the standing with 12 victories and two defeats.

The New York Giants trimmed Brooklyn yesterday, 19 to 6. Portsmouth played a practice game with the Columbus Taxicabs, scoring at will to win 101 to 7.

The standings including games yesterday,

Team W L Td Pct
Green Bay 12 2 0 .857
Portsmouth 11 3 0 .786
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667
Chicago Cardinals 5 4 0 .556
New York 6 6 1 .500
Providence 4 4 3 .500
Staten Island 4 6 1 .400
Cleveland 2 8 0 .200
Brooklyn 2 12 0 .143
Philadelphia 1 6 1 .143

Source: Ironton Evening Tribune Dec. 7, 1931