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Thursday, November 7, 1968

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By DAVID WEIR
Sports Editor
In all-time Big Ten record an-
nals, Michigan has won more con-
ference games - 205 - than any
other school.
Four of those wins have come
this year. And they've been enough
to tie the Wolverines with Ohio
State for first place.
Now, during those four victories
which the Wolverines' sport to
date, a discernable trend is notice-
able statistically:
Data.
It's sorta been like a plague.
Game after game, Wolverines
and/or Wolverine(s) have been
doing stuff - like running, pass-
ing, intercepting, kicking. Our
point here is that the Maize and
Blue have been doing them more
than anyone else in the league.
To put everything into simpler
terms, in order to increase our
collective perception, which (it
should be noted) is, generally
speaking, selective anyway, it
really doesn't matter much who
leads the Giant Half-Score (an-
other name for Big Ten) in safe-
ties. That ain't where it's at.
(Where is it at, you ask? And

datily
sports,
NIGHT EDITOR:
JOEL BLOCK
well you might. After all, one
reads a story to find out important
and crucial data about how one's
heroes are doing in the various
data-lists compiled for the use of
just such interested data-seekers.)
Perhaps what we really need at
this juncture is a computer. Then
we could project who actually will
cop the safety crown when all the
'68 marbles roll back into the
Giant Half-Score bag.
Now to the first datum, which
we shall call for the sake of clar-
ity: "He who ranks first in a
semi-weighted grading system
based on one point for each posi-
tion among his fellows in yards
gained and touchdowns; 2 credit
for each position in completions,
average and average of intercep-
tions." This is commonly known
as "passing."

-Daily-Thomas B. Copt
WOLVERINE HALFBACK RON JOHNSON (40) charges through a gaping hole in the Northwestern defensive line in last week's contest.
Johnson, who currently tops the Big Ten in rushing and scoring, ground out 129 yards against the Wildcats and ;also had two touch-
downs and a two point conversion. The 14 points which Johnson tallied gave him a total of 62 for the season and 38 in Big Ten competi-
tion. At this present pace he will break Tom Harmon's rushing records and solidify his claim to All-America status.

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
VIICHIGAN'S DENNIS BROWN (22), Big Ten passing and total
offense leader, sets up to pass in last Saturday's game with
Northwestern. A Wildcat rusher tried to get to Brown, but could
not stop the quarterback from adding more yards to his totals.

ATHLETIC ART:

e1(Webster isn't exactly sure how
the word was originally derived,
but it appears from all appear-
ances that it wasn't.)

and he's passed for the most
touchdowns - seven.
On to the next datum. Here we
find D. Brown once again. (For
the remainder of this article, he
shall be referred to simply as
Brown, clearly in the interest of
clarity.) -
Heleads in total offense. He's
got 801, the next guy has 738, the'
next guy' has 722, the next 665,
the next 547, next 531, and then
R. Johnson, who has 528. Start-
ing with R. Johnson and moving
upward, we find that the next
guy has 531, the next 547, the
next 665, next 722, and then you
know who with 801 --- just what
we expected.
On to the next datum, then. R.
Johnson (Call the Naval Acade-
my to find out what R stands for)
is a ground-gainer who tips the
data-scales with the best of them.
In fact, he is' the best of them.
Moving on to the next guy, we

find that he's 100 yards behind R.
Johnson has 528.
In scoring (the next datum), he
has 38. There's no one with more
than that.
Where R lets off, T takes up. T
is for Tom; Tom is for Curtis.
T.C. is for topcat. Logically, then,
Curtis leads the league in inter-
ceptions. He has seven.
More data are still to come. J.
Mandich has caught 12 - he's
tenth in that. M. Werner boots
'em 37.5 yards per try -he's fifth

I in that. G. Hoey runs 'em back for
15.6 yards time after time - he's
second in that.,
Unfortunately, W o1 v e r i n e(s)
aren't tops in everything. They
don't have any safeties yet.

All hail to the Giant
Score. Data come, data go.
ers come, players go. Mere
ties.
All praise be to the Sur
Data-Maker. He hasn't mad
,safeties yet.

Half-
Play-
enti-
preme
de any

(conference rank in parentheses)
RUSHING
Ron Johnson (1) ..528 yards, 4.8 ave.
PASSING
Dennis Brown (1) ..605 yards, 7 TDs
TOTAL OFFENSE
Dennis Brown (1) ........801 yards
Ron Johnson (7) .........528 yards
SCORING
Ron Johnson (1).:....... .38 points
INTERCEPTIONS
Torn Curtis (1)....... .....7
Brian Healy (4) .........i. 2
PUNT RETURNS
George Hoey (2).........7, 15.6 ave.
PUNTING
Mark Werner (5)......28, 37.5 ave.

Although gymnastics s e a s o n
does not officially begin until Jamn
uary, some important decisions
must be made by Coach Newt
Loken this month.
J Tonight at 7:30 the gymnastic
team will make their public debut
of the season in an intrasquad
meet in the IM Building.
Based on performances in this
meet and in the Mid-West Open
on November 30, Loken will de-

cide his starting "line-up" for the
opening meet with Wisconsin on
January 11.
Michigan tied with Michigan
State and Iowa for the Big Ten
title last season, then placed sec-
ond to Iowa in the playoff for the
NCAA team berth.
The team has the potential to
do even better this year as most
of last year's squad returns along

Remember the 1st of September? A short, stocky, dark-haired
man, mounted the counter in front of the Daily Sports Desk and
vehemently cried, "You'd better do your thing now, because after
0Novemnber 5th you'll be all through." Well today is November 7, and
both Gridde Pickings and Cottage Inn Pizzas are still around. George
Wallace ain't and that's the nitty-gritty of it.
Despite the fact that Gridde Pickings served as the focus of
issues for the 1968 Presidential campaign, the onmentum of Gridde
Pickings can't be suppressed. Wallace and LeMay blustered but to
no avail. Gridde. Pickings killed Wallace. Anyone else- who 'tampers
with America's most prominent tradition, anyone who charges that
GP is unresponsiv&to public opinion, will receive the same treatment.
Think of the infinite joy of receiving through the mail a Cottage
Inn Pizza. Think of that spicy sauce, savoring helpings of effervescent
mushrooms and electable dough. If you enter by Friday at midnight,
you might be the lucky recipient of such a treat. Or maybe you'll get
an ace ,Cottage Inn waitress, instead. Lucky you.
1. Illinois at MICHIGAN 11. 'Texas A&M at SMU
2. Indiana at Michigan State 12. Washington at Stanford
3. Purdue at Minnesota 13. California at Southern
4. Northwestern at Iowa California
5. Ohio State it'. Wisconsin 14. UCLA at Oregon State
6. Boston College at Army 15. South Carolina at Wake
7. Miami, Fla. at Penn State Forest
8. Louisiana State vs. Alabama 16. Oklahoma at Kansas
9. at Birmingham 17. Navy at Georgia Tech
9. Northi Carolina State at Duke
10. Georgia vs. Florida at Jack- 19. Louisville at Cincinnati
sonville, Fla. 20. Murray State at Austin Peay

with the addition of several prom-
ising sophomores.
Of particular interest and im-
portance will be the selection of
a second all-around man to help
out Sid Jensen who is returning
from the Olympics. There are at
least three great prospects in the
form of 'the sophomore tr'io of
Ed Howard, Ricky McCurdy, and
Murray Plotkin. These three have
been working out extensively this
summer, each one determined to
get the spot.
Team members from last year
will have new tricks, no doubt.
Fred Rodney, an alternate on the
Canadian Olympic team, had a
rigorous. summer of training and
should have plenty new to show
for it.
World"° trampoline champion
Dave Jacobs is preparing to de-
fend his title in Holland this
month. Many of the other gym-
nasts earned themselves impres-
sive titles last season which they
must work to keep:

In this first datum, we find
Wolverine D. Brown first among
conference big-wigs. He is prob-
ably referred to as "D" for the
sake of simplicity, which is a
debateable value thought by many
to bercherished inherently by
Western culture. This may or may
not be so.
Of course, you and I know that
big d stands for Denny the Pitch-
er. Denny's the leader, all right,

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MICHIGAN
Ohio State
Indiana
Purdue
Minnesota
Iowa
Michigan State
Northwestern
Illinois
Wisconsin

Big Ten' Standings

Big Ten

w
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
0
0

L.
0
0
1
1
2
2
3
3
4
4

Pet.
1.000
1.000
.750
.750
.500
.500
.250
.250
.000
.000

PF
123
114
109
122
79
124
86
40
'65
30

PA
56
65
95
50
91
110
67
133
111
114

W
6
6
5
6
3
3
4
1
0
0

All
L
1
0
2
1
4
4
3,
6'
7
7

Games
Pct. PF
.857 193
1.000 170
.714 185
.857 231
.429 137
.429 190
.571 149
.143 61
.000 80
.000 54

PF
96
85
182
105
156
209
104
212
260
210

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