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Conference Outlook Muddled

Middies Without Roger, But...


Is the mighty Big Ten a myth?
A non-conference record of 9-10
is hardly agreeable to conference
officials, who advocate Big Ten
Inconsistency seems to be the
outstanding characteristic of this
year's Big Ten teams. Half have a
1-1 record, with MSU and Wiscon-
sin losing two, Indiana and Purdue
winning two, and Ohio State with
one loss.
Purdue, not rated in the Top
Ten pre-season poll, emerges as
the gridiron showpiece of the Big
Ten. Surging to fourth in the As-
sociated Press poll on the strength
of their victory over Notre Dame
and their previous win over Taxes
A&M, theBoilermakers looms as a
formidalbe contender for the Big
Ten crown.
Claimed by many to be another
Bob Griese, Purdue quarterback
Mike Phipps has been firing passes
into the arms of end Jim Beirne
and the two may be just what
Purdue needs to grab the Big Ten
title away from Michigan State
which has held it for two seasons.
The only other undefeated Big
Ten team, Indiana, has just man-
aged to slip past its two opponents
with a 12-10 win over Kentucky
and an 18-15 victory against Kan-
sas. The Hoosiers will have to
climb over MSU, Purdue, and
graduation losses for the title.
They just squeaked by fair com-
petition and will need some luck
to survive the conference.
Somewhat surprisingly, Michi-
gan ,State has suffered losses to
a now first-ranked Southern Cali-
fornia team and to second ranked
Houston, and has consequently
dipped from the ratings. But in
view of MSU's competition, they
definitely cannot be pushed out of
the race. With quarterback Jimmy
Raye, end Al Brenner, and full-

braska 7-0. The Gohpher loss was
not unexpected, for the Huskers
have not lost their last 20 home-
field games. If Minnesota's of-
fense doesn't improve, they could
spend a good part of the Big Ten
season in the basement.
M' Sparks
Michigan has shown sparks of
brilliance in their games against
Duke and California, but a steadier
offense is necessary before they
can make a move for the top.
Illinois could be feeling the ef-

Question* What ever happened
to Roger Staubach?
Answer: Roger Staubach, now a
commissioned officer, lives in a
submarine stationed in the Poto-
mac River and every hour on the
hour goes ashore and tries to
throw a silver dollar across the
Question: Who was Roger Stau-
Answer: Roger Staubach, then
an enlisted football man, won the

fects of the slush fund scandal. Heisman Trophy in his junior year
The Illini started by losing to at Navy (1963) and quarterbacked
Floriwa 14 to 0, but came back his team to a 21-0 loss to Michigan
convincingly to smash Pittsburg in his senior year (1964).

on field goal kicking. John Church,
who has the job at the moment,
has kicked only three in 15 at-
tempts over the past two years.
But Elias is ever optimistic.
Explained a sportswriter friend,
"Elias has a funny sort of con-
fidence. If he were Horatio at the
bridge, he would feel sorry for
the invading army. If he were
General Custer, he would be posi-
tive the'Sioux were going to sur-
Sharpe Out?
Ernie Sharpe, the little man of
the Wolverine backfield, may not
start Saturday against Navy, Gar-
vie Craw, a 6-2 215-pound sopho-
more, has been wearing a blue
jerey in practice for the past
two days, while Sharpe has don-
ned the second string yellow.
When asked to name the start-
ing backfield for this yeekend'se
game, coach Bump Elliott de-c
clined, saying only that he wast
"experimenting with different
backfield combinations" in prac-i
Another question mark in thex
Michigan backfield is Warren
Sipp, who has a bruised shoulder.C
,More seriously injured is d.efensivec



back Bob Apisa, State is always
a threat.
Wisconsin also has an 0-2 rec-
ord, but it's been against weaker
competition than the Spartans. A
17-0 loss to Washington started
their season and lastbweek they
were trounced 42-16 by Arizona
State. Unless the Badgers can gen-
erate a consistent offense and a
defense, their preseason hopes
may remain just hopes.
Despite its 7-0 loss to Arizona,
Ohio State will be a strong con-
tender for the title. First impres-
sions are valueless in football, and
with quarterback Bill Long and
and Bill Anders, the Buckeyes
showed have passing power.
Enigmatic 1-1 records are boas-
ted by the remainder of the con-
ference teams. Minnesota edged
Utah 13-12, and then lost to Ne-

34 to 6.
Beginning the season with an'
amazing 12-7 upset victory over
fifth-rated Miami of Florida,
Northwestern returned to more
predictable ways with a loss to Mis-
souri. Lack of depth could cause
the Wildcats to fade out of the
Big Ten picture.
Like Northwestern, Iowa started
with a strong victory over TCU,
and dropped its next game. The
38-18 loss to Oregon State pointed
out the Hawkeyes' biggest prob-
lem-defense. Inexperience in the
defensive backfield and a sporatic
offense will hamper there efforts
to climb from the Big Ten depths.
They can do no poorer than the
past two seasons in which they
have won only one Big Ten game,
and by one point at that.
The Big Ten has been puzzling
and predictable against outside
opponents. Purdue's Notre Dame
win and Northwestern's Miami vic-
tory were surprises, and the defeat
of MSU by Houston further mud-
dled the picture.
Indiividual games are not the
same as a season, however, and if
any non-conference teams were
to play a Big Ten schedule, they
probably would discover that over
the long haul it is one of the
tougher conferences in the nation.

Question: Why?
Answer: Michigan wasn't afraid
of itself in 1964.
Question: (ignoring the cut at
Michigan) Why is Michigan afraid
of Navy in 1967?
Answer: That's a good question.
First, there's this quarterback
whom everyone says "could be as
good as Staubach."
Second, there are two pass re-
ceivers who can run the 100 in
9.7 seconds.
Third, there is another pass re-
ceiver who can catch the ball at
the rate of 10 passes per game (or
Fourth, there is a defensive end
whom people say is as good as
LaMarr Lundy (whom Navy
coachBill Elias coached while at
Fifth, there's the coach who was
quarterback at Matins Ferry
(Ohio) and who remembers that
"I was so heady, I never called for
Lou Groza to kick a field goal


John Cartwright in Action

end Tom Stincic, who is definitely
out of the Navy contest with a bad
Possible replacements for Sipp
include sophomores Frank Titas
and J'ohn Gabler, who have seen
plenty of action i1 practice. Phil
Seymour, who saw action against
California, or Jon Kramer will oc-
cupy Stincic's position.

All students interested in be-
coming student managers for
the Michigan football team
should contact Steve Kenney at
769-2022 or at Ferry field be-
tween 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

because I knew he couldn't make
Navy, in 1967, has won one and
lost one. It nipped Penn State,
23-22, in an upset; and then drop-
ped to Rice, 21-7, in another upset.
They play Michigan on Saturday.
John Cartwright's 16-yard toss
to sophomore Rob Taylor with 57
seconds left in the Penn State
game gave the Middies a come-
from-behind win.
It was Taylor's 10th reception
of the afternoon.
And, while it wasn't enough to
make Navy rechristen the name of
its stadium, it was enough for a
Navy record and for a plaque as
Sports Illustrated's "Lineman of
the Week."
Said Taylor, who wears size 10 2
gloves, "I look at it this way. If I
miss it, it's a long run back to the
huddle. If I catch it, the other
guys have to come down the field
to me."
Hard to Place
Assistant coach Whitey Camp-'
bell, almost as good at quips, said
that "Taylor could patch a pass
in a revolving door."
Baseball coach Joe Duff, for
whom Taylor is a reserveoutfield-
er, thinks, however, that Taylor
should play defense.
No one is exactly sure what Tay-
lor could do better on defense than
defensive end Bill (Detour) Dow
is already doing.
According to Michigan assistant
coach Bill Dodd, who scouted the
Midshipmen, "Dow is All-America
Dow is the captain and the ani-
mal on defense, and Elias has gone
on record claiming that Dow could'
be in the same class as All-Pro


He is one of six defensive start-
ers back from last year.
Navy also has nine starters back
on offense.
Cartwright has been the start-
ing quarterback for three years,
after inheriting Staubach's com-
mission, and already holds the rec-
ord for most career touchdown
passes and most touchdown passes
in a game.
His basic formation is the "I"
with three or four receivers flank-
ed out.
Besides split end Taylor, he
throws to slotback Roland Laur-
enzo, to tailback Jeri Balsly and
to tight end Mike Clark.
Halfback Terry Murray, last
year's leading ground gainer, miss-
ed both the Penn State and Rice
games and is a doubtful starter for
Air Attack
Because of Murray's status and
because Michigan's secondary is
still vulnerable, Cartwright is ex-
pected to go to the air.
"He'll be the best quarterback
we've faced so far this year," pre-
dicts Dodd.
Navy's defense, on the other
hand, is not experienced or as
To compensate, the defense ex-
ploits its quickness with stunts,
blitzes and innumerable forma-
"There's no way to tell what
kind of defense they'll use on any
given play," explains Dodd.
Based on the statistics, both the
offense and defense are a tight,
well-disciplined bunch. Navy has
had only one fumble and two pen-
alties in its two games.
Elias, however, is still not sold





4 - ~t'1bih9Outi
As time for the old ball game happened to be growing near,
Learyville buzzed once again with the very thought that their beloved
Saber Tooth Pythons, fondly dubbed the "Wonder Eight," would once
again assume their respective positions on the field and begin the
old ball game.
Learyville's team happened to be composed of only eight players,
for the little village simply couldn't scratch up a ninth man to fill
out the squad. But little matter. The STP's happened to possess a
pitcher who was so fast afoot that after pitching the ball he could
hustle back to the shortstop's position and usually field any chances
hit his way. This pitcher's name was X. Pectorate - "Spit" for short.
Spit's teammates happened to be, Fred "Chicken" Torre, the
catcher; Hunk Gameblower, the first baseman; Constant "Con-
nie" Overthrow, the second baseman; Hart Corner, the third
baseman; Jimmy "James" Jimmy, the right fielder; James
"Jimmy" Jimmy, the center fielder; and Jimmy "Jimmy" Jimmy,
the left fielder.
This particular old ball game happened to pit the Acidtown
Lame Swamp Ducks with the STP's. The lead-off batter for the
LSD's happened to be Charlie Stickumcaps, affectionately dubbed
"Greenie" by the fans because he was a mere rookie, inexperienced
in the baseball wars.
Spit threw his spitter and emery ball and Vaseline ball and in-
augural ball and even a bubble gum ball that came back to him like
a yo-yo, but Stickumcaps nevertheless lined the pall with great force
over the fence that happened to separate the outfield from the
bleachers. This type of hit constitutes what is known as a home run.
Spit was bombarded with tomatoes, eggs, bottles, and rotten
potatoes, and used them all on the ball but to little avail. He
finally retired the side after the LSD's had amassed one run.
The STP's, incidentally, went down one, two, three in their half
of the first.
Goose eggs happened to be hung on the scoreboard after that,
as Spit settled down and the STP's were held a few scratch singles
by the big Acidtown pitcher, affectionately dubbed "Fatty Acid" by
the more astute fans.
Finally the last of the ninth came, as all of them do, and the
fans had not all turned off.
And who was the lead-off man for the STP's but none other than
Jimmy Jimmy, to be followed by Jimmy Jimmy and Jimmy Jimmy.
So who needs the instant re-play. After Jimmy struck out, Jimmy
stepped in and lined a single to the left. That brought up Jimmy, and
the runner was off with the crack of the bat. Just anather cracked

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But Jimmy advanced 'to second on a fielder's choice and the
old ballpark was flying high. It was then that Jimmy began run-
ning back to first with full speed and agility, and tore into home
with great fervor. The umpire didn't know what to do but call
him safe and ask him what he was doing.
Whereupon the game was tied. The rest of the inning was notably
When Spit assumed his respective position on the field to start
the tenth, he loaded the old ball so much that it was too bigto fit
into "Chicken" Catcher Torre's glove. But little matter. Spit was
pitching so slowly that he was able to catch his own deliveries. His
only problem was that he kept shaking off his own signs.
One pitch, however, was lofted to the outfield, and the second
baseman yelled for "Jimmy" to take it. Looking confused, the three
outfielders collided. Therefore the STP's quickly had three out-cold.
The umpire ruled that subsequently they would not be able
to bat in the tenth, also citing rule 17(c) which states that "the
difference between STP and LSD is three trips (to the plate)."
This may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. The
only thing is, it wasn't. The game was still knotted at one run apiece
when Hunk stepped to the plate to open the bottom of the 12th.
Hunk hit a home run, and the game was over.
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