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VOL. II.-No. 48.




R EFEREE VS. UMPIRE. ters, and gave Michigan five yards The grounds of the C. A. C. were
or the balt for off-side play or hold- three-quarters bare of sod, and as
igen's Eleven Runs Against a,
Snag at Cleveland. ing whenever the referee announced slippery as ice. End running was
oneof his partial decisions. As a out of the question, and the game

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Two of the games that Michigan's
foot-ball team has played this season
demonstrate most forcibly the fact
that incompetent cr biased referees
and umpires can do more to bring
the game into disrepute or destroy it
entirely as a college game, tthan any
other influence. The treatment that
our eleven has been subjected to at
Chicago and Cleveland has done
very much to discourage the players
themselves, and because the reading
public do not understand the techni-
calities of the game, a very much
mistaken idea has gained ground
that MUchican's eleven this year has
been doing good work. The referee
and umpire have it in their power,
if the teams are at all evenly
matched, to give the game to either
side by partial rulings, and the refe-
ree particularly so.
The readers of the Dki i.e are
already familiar with the farce at
Chicago on November i/l, how
Nlichigan withstood the rushes of
some of the most celebrated players
in the history of American foot-ball,
how Chicago was prevented from
scoring until the last twenty minutes,
hoe Michigan carried the ball re-
1watedly to Chicago's in yard line,
only to have it taken away from
tuem by a biased referee, and finally
low the notorious Capen, as umpire,
assisted Chicago to score by the
worst exhibition of partial umpiring
ever seen on a foot-ball field.
But the treatment which Michigan
received at Cleveland was even worse,
in many respects. There, the um-
pire, a Michigan under-graduate.
officiated at first in a very impartial
manner. and started the game with
that intention. But the game had
not proceeded far before it became
very evident that the referee, a
Cleveland man, was too much inter-
ested in the success of the Cleveland
eleven to render impartial decisions.
The ball was given repeatedly to
Cleveland on four "downs" when
Michigan had gained anywhere from
six to ten yards; and, when Clewe-
land had the ball the referee could
see an advance-of five -yards after
every scrimmage. "When this. flank
ruling resulted in a touch-down for
Cleveland, the umpire thought him-
self justified in "evening up" mat-

I consequence the last ten minutes of I consisted entirely in "wedge" work

the game"degenerated into a ontest and short rushes. McBride, Harvey
between the umpire and referee, and Newell (captain) did the best
much to the disgust of the spectators. work for Cleveland, while Rittinger,
The wrangle was commenced by the Dygert, Mowrey and de Pont were
Cleveland -referee; and' it was not the most effective among Michigan's
until-his decisions began to result in players, Rittenger's runs being sure
scoring for Cleveland,that theA lich- of gains. The final score was 8 to
igan umpire retaliated. 4. There were 5,000 people pres-
The two elevens were very evenly ent. The referee was Mr. Kendall,
iiatched in weight, Cleveland having C. A. C.; the umpire, Ralph Stone.
a slight advantage, their three centre The teams were as follows:
men averaging over 2on pounds. U. of M. CIviEAND.
'Their first touchdown was won on DePoit. ni..--------left cud......-..E.Germer
Mowrey.-.....lefttackleet e... ........Baehr
its merits, by a series of sharp rush- Tupper...........-left guard.....Newell, Capt.
es. McBride, Yale's full-back of Jetreris ...-centre-.. whitteun
Thomas -----rght guard.------Leech
1890, and Harvey, a famous Yale mats e righ ttackin . Puks
half of earlier days, doing superb Hayes. ..rightend . leason
rushing. The first half was closed Shtran.,iuaril--------tiiigast
three minutes short, with the ball vaninwagen..t.lefthaitf.._.. o. Gerier
inside Cleveland's five yard line. Dygert.............fuli-back . McBride
Two rmore rushes would have given
'93 Cham pions Defeat D. A. C.
Michigan a touch-down. Cleve-
land's second touch-down was won
The class champions of the Uni-
by the referee. Cleveland's backsverstyof .\chigan, '9.lit,fdefeated
repeatedly funtbled the bal, aind
four times Michigan dropped on it, the D..-C. elevenitnTlianksgising
lay, is Detroit ly a store of a2 to
three times by Griffin and once by in tetticigascteO easto
de Pont, hut the ball was awarded -
5 . . . beavc fir IDetroit. Smellzer, Jones
hev Cleveland in every instance. Sixn
- soses''seee eetueelforClee-anti long diet the best seork for the
"downs'' were counted for Cleve- .olgas hl il 'aeWse
land inside Mtichigan's ten yard line
but the referee insisted that the ant .Ryanexelled for the It A. C.
The halves were of 30 minutes' dur-
iecessary five yards had been niade, atnsec.Tetuhtoe o )
and finally the ball was forced over \. o- eash.asebyuow toru1 ).
A. C. was made by Cliope at the end
and Cleveland had scored their sec-
ond touch-down. In the latter hart of the game. or '93, ]ones nade
two, Smeltzer two, and Nicholson
of the second half, Michigan, byI
superb rushing scored their touch- I one, from one of which Nicholson
down, Dvgert making the final run kicked a goal. The following sas
of 15 yards out of the side of a '93's lean: Left end, Baliwin; left
"wedge''antitouchinig the ball tackle, Cleverdon; left guard, Mill-
dosen near the bountds. No goals er; centre, Long; right guard, Decke;
were kicked from any of the touch- right tackle, Conklin; right eid,
Jdowns.Whenplywass d Whitehead; quarter-back, Curtis;
dws Wenplay asstoppsed byle
the referee,:the ball had been carriedle half, Joies; right half, Smelt-
to Cleveland's ten yard line. By the zer; full-back, Nicholson.



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actual correct time, there were two
mOre minutes to play, and the
chances were that Michigan would
have scored another touch-down.
The halves were only of 30 minutes
duration, and but half of that was
actual playing as one of Cleveland's
players feigned injury half the time,
so that his team could- catch their
wind: This player was Germner,
and he acknowledged-that Cleveland
resorted to delaying tactics in order
to recover their breath.

During the Purdue-Wabash game
a man received a wound behind the
ear. A special in a Chicago paper
next day had a harrowing account of
one man having thad an ear cut off,
and of eight men-disabled and knock-
ed senseless. No wonder foot-ball
is considead a desperate game,
when correspondents write up such
stories. It would have been more
interesting had he killed a man or
two for a little excitement.-Ex.

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