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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Bears win indoor championship game
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 18, 1932

When the Chicago Bears (6-1-6) and Portsmouth Spartans (6-1-4) finish the season tied for first, they schedule a championship game at Wrigley Field. However, because of a blizzard in Chicago, the game is moved indoors to Chicago Stadium, a venue a circus had just left. The field is only 80 yards long and special rules are adopted, such as the ball being moved back 20 yards every time one team crosses midfield.

The game is scoreless through three quarters when the Bears' Dick Nesbitt returns an intercepted pass deep into Portsmouth territory early in the last period. After moving the ball to the two-yard line, Bronko Nagurski fakes a plunge into the line, backs up a couple of steps, and throws a pass to Red Grange, waiting in the end zone.

The Bears tack on a late safety to give them a 9-0 victory before 11,198 fans.

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