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Friday, September 2E, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, September 26, 1969

at THE HOUSE this week
With Beth Israel Synagogue-7:30 P.M.
Kiddush in the Sukkot
Sunday, Sept. 28: Sukkot Open House
2:00-5:00 P.M.
2:30 P.M.: Interfaith Tour of the Sukkot.
Explanation of the Holiday by Rabbi Goldman.
Description of Sukkot in Israel by
Amiram Vindkur
3:00 P.M.: American and Israeli Folksinging.
Jeff Vrist, Guitarist
3:30 P.M.: Folkdancing and Refreshments
(Cider, Doughnuts and Harvest Fruits)
Monday, Sept. 29: Creative Services Committee
7:30-(open meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 30: Jewish Peace Fellowship
8:30 P.M.
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Grad coffee hour
7:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
ALL THIS WEEK-Sculpture Exhibit
THE HOUSE wishes all its friends on campus a Happy
Sukkot and a peaceful and productive fall.
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After the football season's first'
week, it is apparent that short-
winded fans are going to have a
lot of trouble again this year try-
ing to keep up.
As the marked predominance of
offense o v e r defense in college
football circles continues, t h e
practice of shouting out a team's
total points after every score will
put even the stoutest pair of lungs
to a stern test,
Reaching 42 in Michigan Sta-
dium last Saturday was undoubt-
edly hard enough for everyone,
but w h a t about Florida rooters
who struggled to 59, the 58 mark-
ers that Indiana followers count-
ed out, or the Purdue backers who
hit 42 while Texas Christian sup-
porters managed 35?
Inevitably, however, there were
exceptions like Petersburg's daz-
zling 2-0 whitewash of Elizabeth
DESPITE SUCH epic defensiveI
battles as this one appearing from
time to time, the great offensive
trend began in the early 1960's
with unlimited substitution a n d
the disappearance of the two-way
player. Point production hit the
heights last season with the high-
light, from Houston's viewpoint,
being the Cougars' 100-6 pasting
of Tulsa, but scores like Air Force
58, Colorado 35, or Virginia 63,
Tulane 47, happened every week.
A record 16 runners, including
Michigan's Ron Johnson, with ov-
er 1400 yards, smashed their way
past the 1000-yard barrier in 1968.
SMU's Chuck Hixon led all pass-
ers with 265 completions for 3103
yards and 21 touchdowns.
IN 1969, 14 of the top 25 pass-
ers return to intimidate defenses
for Men and Women
alterations and remudeler
specialties in shorteningladies
coats, slacks, and skirts.
No longer with Comelet Bros.
in business for himself
1103 S. University
above the drug store

tigh can
everywhere. Back also are ball-
carriers like Oklahoma's Steve
Owens, who needed "only" 1045
yards before last week's 40-carry
100-plus-yard performance against
Wisconsin to become the NCAA's
all-time rushing leader. The rec-
ord was set last year by Mercury
Owens himself was overshadow-
ed in the same game by Badger
sophomore Alan Thompson's 220
While individuals like these
w e r e breaking offensive marks,
team records were smashed also.
The average number of p o i n t s
scored in a game (by both sides)
zoomed to 42.4, the average total
offense per g a m e rolled tot657
yards, the average passing yard-
age jumped to 315.4, and the num-
ber of total offense plays hit a
peak of 150.1.
But just why is the offense so
convincingly taking over? Michi-
gan's Jim Young, architect of the
Wolverine defense, has his own
thoughts on a problem that's giv-
ing every coach something about,
which to ponder at night.
"I think it starts with the young-
er kids," he declared. "They work2
on offense all their lives, and asE
a result. you find mohe athletes
gifted w i t h offensive abilities"
when they get to college. When
they do get to college, there is a
trend among the coaches to use
their best talent on offense.
"Football is changing, too," he
continued, "so the defense just
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--Daily--Larry Robbins
Out gr1i( away for offense

cant keep up. "He mentioned a The play is so confusing that seen in college play today. For a
long assorted list of formations to there are numerous bobbles, but long time they (the pro's) have
have come along in the last few at least the offensive players know emphasized passing and now you
years. This season, along with the where they are supposed to go - find much more skill in the col-
split-T, the man in motion, the the defense can hardly begin to lege passing game. Both receivers
spread offense, the "I", and oth- guess. and passers are better than be-
ers, the triple-option is becoming
popular everywhere. Young claims the variety of of-
fensive patterns is in contrast to Yet he felt teams 1 o o k for a
HOUSTON'S BILL YEOMAN the pro's style. "There's no stand- quarterback who can run as well
initiated its use last year. Basical- ard college offense," he said, "but as pass, even if this means sacri-
ly. it is a midification of the the pro's use a more or less stand- ficing one man's superior passing
straight T formation with a re- ard attack so at least the defense or running ability in favor of an-
ceiver split wide and the fullback has some idea of what they're go- other with better balance between
a shade closer to the line of scrim- ing to face week after week." the two skills.
mage than the two halfbacks. As "It's relatively easy," he de-
the quarterback takes the snap he STILL, it is well known that of- Glared, "to defend against the
may, depending on the defense's fensive fire power dominates the man who is predominately a
movements, hand off, or roll out professional game. runner. Now that we're seeing
and run himself, or pitch to trail- The Michigan coach comment- more and more quarterbacks who
ing back, or even throw a pass. ed, "The pro influence c a n be can run as well as throw, it's put-
-_ting a lot more pressure on us to
stop him."

e a
Somebody here can
play tis game!
Boone Publishing Corporation
216 East 45th Street
New York, New York 10017
December 14, 1968
Dear Sir:
We read with interest your novel about the exciting
quest for a championship title of a baseball team which
has been a perennial loser for years. Although your work
has several meritorius points, my staff has decided to re-
ject any ideas of publishing it. We feel that the public will
never go for a work that is so wild and inconceivable
in nature. Why, it is almost like predicting that the Mets
will win the championship next year.. .
The Mets can win the pennant, never happen. It just
couldn't happen, at least not this soon. It couldn't happen just
like the Wright Brothers wouldn't fly, just as no one would
run a four minute mile, just as man would not get to the
moon, just as no one would hit more than sixty homers in a
season, and just as the Jets would be crushed in th 1969
Super Bowl game.
By now you know the Mets actually have won the Eastern
Division championship, but the question has now become how.
How in the world did the Mets, the National League's perennial
doormats, come away with the title?
The validity of the question "How?" was highlighted Mon-
day evening when the Cardinals' broadcaster Harry Caray said,
"Not one Met starter could make the Cards' starting lineup."
And he was probably right.
WHO WOULD you take - Joe Torre or Ed Kranepool,
Julian Javier or Ken Boswell, Dal Maxvill or Bud Harrelson,
Mike Shannon or Wayne Garrett, Lou Brock or Art Shamsky,
Curt Flood or Tommie Agee, Vada Pinson or Ron Swoboda,
Jim McCarver or Jerry Grote? The answers for each, except
possible fanatic Met fans like me, will be Torre, Javier, Shan-
non, Brock, Flood, Pinson, and McCarver. The Maxvill-Harrel-
son contest is a toss-up.
THE METS PITCHING staff was probably the best in the
National League's East and perhaps in all of baseball. Tom
Seaver has become one of baseball's premier pitchers with a
league leading 24 wins. His support cast of starters, Jerry Koos-
man (17-9), Gary Gentry (12-12, including Wednesday's clinch-
er i, Don Cardwell (8-9, including six in a row), Jim McAndrew,
and Nolan Ryan, was just short of superb, especially during
the stretch run. Ron Taylor, Tug McGraw, and Cal Koonce
gave the eMts an amazingly deep and consistent bullpen.
So admittedly the Mets have a good pitching staff, but was
it enough to win a championship with? A look at the Cubs and
the Cards cast doubt on such an assertion. The Cubs with a
starting staff of Ferguson Jenkins, Ken Holtzman, Bill Hands,
and Dick Selma, and a bullpen corps of Phil Regan and Ted
Abernathy gave Chicago plenty of ptiching. The Cards pitching
was as good if not better than the Cubs with Bob Gibson and
Steve Carlton playing the leading roles.
JOE FALLS, the Detroit Free Press' inimitable sportswriter,
indicated he believed the main factor in the Mets rise was the
fans. Although as a Met fan I would like to believe it, I tend
to think that Falls' theory does not quite make it. If the Mets'
fans were so important why did it take so long for the team
to reach the top? After all, the fans have been coming in droves
since 1962. In addition, Falls apparently neglects the fact that
the Cubs devloped their own breed of fans; i.e., "The Bleacher
Bums," this season, and it did not help them when they started
to lose. Apparently the Mets had to start winning before the
fans asserted their influence.
I believe the Cards' McCarver may have hit the nail on the
head when he said that the Cubs expected the pennant while
the Mets wanted it. That comment tends to explain why the
Mets' .240 hitters suddenly turned into terrors when they saw
te tying or winning run in scoring position, why mediocre fielders
were able to make unlievable catches with the bases loaded, and
why the Cubs were unable to snap out of their losing ways. The
Cubs just did not understand what was happening to them.
I am far from certain that the above analysis is correct,
but in my current state of euphoria, I am certain I can not
except any other possibility except divine or satanic intervention
ala Damn Yankees, and I don't think I'm quite ready for that.



one more person who feels that
synthetic surfaces help players to
move faster. "This is especially
true foi' the receivers," he said.
"They get off the line of scrim-
mage with a much quicker start."
Finally, there's a rule change
which has contributed to the scor-I
ing rush. The clock is stopped
while the chains are being moved
after a first down. "This has added
12 or 15 plays to each game." he
said. "When you have more
chances to move the ball, you're
going to score more."
When teams cannot quite make'
it over the goal line for six points,
they often try for three. The 566
field goals chalked up last year
was more than were booted in 10
previous seasons.
So whenever Michigan scores
this season, Jim Young will not
be one of those using, hopefully,
every last article of breath to
count out the points-he will be
too busy holding his breath in
anticipation of what may happen
when the opposition gets the ball.


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