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Thursday, October 16, 1969


Page Nine

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Go Blue .. .
.. Up the Revolution


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BULLETIN-The Board in Control of Intercollegiate Ath-
letics approved a Girls Cheerleading Squad to lead Michigan
cheers on a one year trial basis beginning with the 1969-70 basket-
ball season.
The above news release is all true. It heralds the end of an era
of male supremacy in the area of spirit-lifting which dates back to
the very beginnings of Wolverine athletics in the 19th century.1
The change in gender of Michigan's cherleaders is only one of'
a recent series of changes in the Wolverine athletic subculture.F
Women sportswriters are now admitted to the Michigan press boxj
and female photographers grace the green tartan turf with coordi-:
nated pastel pantsuits.
But the most important of social changes to occur has not been
in the area of women's rights. Rather, it is in political rights for,
athletes, stated eloquently by the athletes themselves on yesterday's'
editorial page:
To the Editor:
In the past athletes have functioned as a conservative or
perhaps even an apolitical group, that were reluctant to voice
their opinions on issues outside the sports realm. We can remain :
silent no longer. The issues of today have a tremendous effect c
upon every individual regardless of his interests.
We, the undersigned, wholeheartedly are in favor of, and
give support to the Oct. 15 National Moratorium. "TIME'S UP."
-Jim Mandich, football
-Rudy Tomanovich, basketball
-Ron Rapper, gymnastics
-Lou Hudson, wrestling
-Gary Kinkead, swimming
-Randy Erskine, golf
-Dave Perrin, hockey
WHAT IS MOST amazing about the athletes' statement is not;
so much that they supported the national Moratorium but that they'
expressed any political opinion at all! For years they have been
notoriously silent on both national and campus issues, thus remain-
ing part of the "great silent majority" which people like Nixon
boast so much about.
But this week something clicked in the minds of the seven!
varsity captains who signed the letter to' The Daily. Maybe it was
because of the "band wagon" effect which entered the Moratorium
movement in the past few days. A horde of liberal politicians includ-
ing Senator Hart, Mayor Harris, and President Fleming threw theira
prestige behind the "Time's Up" forces and gave them an air of
legitimacy conducive to engaging widespread support.
Then again, maybe the athletes started feeling the same pres-
sure which originally forced other students to become strongly anti-
war in attitude and action-the draft. For years Cold War profes-
sional athletes have had nothing to fear in the way of untimely in-
voluntary servitude in the armed forces. This was a result of pro
"connections" with draft boards and shrewd methods of selective
service evasion through enlistment in the national guard or the
BUT LATELY these techniques have failed and many pros have'
had to miss long stretches of regular season play when ordered to
suit up for a different type of national pastime, the war.
I believe neither of these two tangental reasons were the major
cause of yesterday's symbolic expression of dissatisfaction with the
American presence in South Vietnam. In fact, what's happening to
the athletes is the same thing that has happened with many other
previously non-political sections of the campus community, including:
The Daily sports staff.
We are now realizing that America is not always the home team,
the favorite, the guys with the white hats. America has gone wrong
and is going wrong when its leaders no longer are responsive to all
of the people, but rather to a small selected elite. America's dynasty
as the supreme moral force in the world is crumbling just as the
Yankee and Packer dynasties crumbled in the realm of professional
The entry of the seven athletic leaders upon the political field
of struggle, as minimal as it may seem, bodes well for the future.
Go Blue and up the Revolution!


Michigan State will have more
to overcome this weekend than
the Wolverines, tradition, and
Spartan (sic> Turf rug burns.
Their own worst enemy may
well be themselves.
Giving away 19 points during
the first eight minutes of the
MSU-OSU football game through
a pass interception, a fumble re-
covery, and a 73-yard punt re-
turn, would just about even the
odds, if it had been Ohio State
that was so generous.
For the Spartans, who were
doing the gift giving, the result
was tantamount to handing Jack
the Ripper a knife, and the end
just as fatal.
Throughout last year, Michigan
State's progress was arrested con-
stantly by fumble turnovers (21)
and pass interceptions (17). In-
dications are that a year's time
hasn't lessened the misdemeanor.
The Spartan record for each cate-
gory after four games is seven.
Before the Ohio State game,
Coach Duffy Daugherty had com-
Sparty, a 900-pound black and
white cow, accompanied by ten
to twenty young men of Dou-
glas House, will be leaving from
the Diag at noon today on the
start of a 39 hour trip to East
Travelling in a trailer pulled
by four men at a time, Sparty
is expected to reach her destina-
nation by 10:00 a.m. Saturday at
a two mile per hour average.
Sparty's trip will have two pur-
poses: to provide a candidate
for the vacant position of presi-
dent at Michigan's cow college
and to inspire Michigan to vic-
tory in their game this Satur-

fense has let in 122 points, an in-
dication as to why Allen is onei
yard off a national third place in
- E kickoff return yardage with 298.
Punt return yardage for the
Steam is considerably more puny.
s p o r t IDefensive tackle Ron Curl has
blocked two kicks, picking up one
NIGHT EDITOR: for a five yard gain and the lead
LE Iiin MSU total punt return yardage.
LEE KIRK Ohio State's criminal offense al-
lowed the Spartan's, defense much
mented, "We stop ourselves a lot. playing a week ago. That gave
We have fumbled the ball on oc- former linebacker Rich Saul, a
casion and had some interceptions )question mark at the season'sC
and penalties that have kept us start due to a year old knee in-
and enaliesthathav kep usjury, the opportunity to establish
from getting across the goal line.'' himself as major competition tol
Against Michigan last year, Gary Nowak at defensive end.
Michigan State had two key drives
stopped by fumbles in their 28-14I Two other defensive standouts
loss. And a Michigan pass inter- were linebacks Don Law and Ken
ception by Tom Curtis set up a! Little.
Wolverine touchdown. Mistakes are not exclusive to
After the Buckeye game, Daugh- Michigan State. The Spartans
erty's prophetic wisdom was evi- have pounced five opposition
e¢.t fumbles, with left tackle Ron

Penalties have hindered Mich-
igan State's momentum also.
Against Ohio State, referees"
walked off 114 yards against them.
That pushed their four game
total to 250 yards.
"We must have set a record for
penalties," Daugherty said de-
jectedly after the OSU game.
"Everyone was eager and keyed
up. Maybe too keyed up."
A home crowd and tradition
could level up the Spartans
chances. But mistakes like fumbles;
and interceptions have a way of
evening out season records,
Wally Weber will speak about
all aspects of football strategy
and play tonight at a 7 p.m.
football clinic in Dining Room
No. 4 at Markley Hall.
Tickets to the closed circuit
TV broadcast of the Michigan-
MlSU game are on sale at the F
Athletic Administration Build-
ing. Prices for the live, color
coverage are $2 for students and
$3 for alumni, faculty and staff.

All right wise guys. Did you get out yesterday and protest against
the war and killing that is going on? Now aren't you going to feel
guilty on Saturday afternoon when you sit in Spartan Stadium or in
your dorm room staring at your radio and yell "Milk Moo U" and
other nasty obscenities? Your'e not? That's good you've got the right
In case you've had enough peace for this week and want to see
some blood-letting there's a scene just for you. It's supposed to be a
touch football game between the staffs of the Michigan State News
and the Illustrious Daily .What you will see in reality is the super-
strong (just ask any UAC Mugger-they're the ones on crutches)
Daily Libels push the Silo Tech farmers all the way back to East
Lansing in plenty of time to see their beloved home town boys
Since everyone knows what is going to happen Saturday after-
noon we thought we would it a little more interesting for you by
letting you pick the score of the Michigan victory. When you do this
correctly along with picking the winners of the other eighteen games,
(You already know who is going to win the Daily Libels' game) there
will be a mouth watering Cottage Inn Pizza waiting for you.
You have very little competition since Cow College's Duffy
Daugherty won't even venture to make known his choices. He must
know that if he wins that Pizza there'll be hamburger on it.


Ohio State managed to give
Daugherty one present-the head-
ache of replacing split end Gordon
Bowdell. Bowdell, the Spartan's
second leading receiver this year,
is out for the season due to sur-
gery for a ruptured sple n-.
'Top receiver Frank Iforeman
will have an even heavier load
than in the OSU game where he
caught three passes for 135 yards
and two touchdowns. With Bow-
dell out and tight end Jim Nichol-
son most likely unavailable, he
and tight end Bruce Kulesza will

Joseph out front with two. Others
are Mike Hogan, Tom Kutschinski,
and Nowak.
"Michigan State is a much bet-
ter team than their last two losses
against Notre Dame and Ohio
State) indicate," Wolverine Coach
Co Schembechler says. And both
losses were on the road.
But when Daugherty joked that
his triple option offense was more
like a quadruple-"We hand the
ball off, pitch it out, pass it, or
maybe just leave it lying on the
ground,"-he was closer to the
truth than he might have liked to


MICHIGAN at Michigan State? 11.
Illinois at Indiana
Iowa at Purdue 12.
Ohio State at Minnesota 13.
Wisconsin at Northwestern 14.
South Carolina at Virginia 115.
Tech 16.
Tennessee at Alabama 17.
Auburn at Georgia Tech 18.
Colorado at Oklahoma 19.
Kansas at Nebraska 20.

Texas A&M at Texas
California at UCLA
Oregon State at Washington
Southern Cal at Notre Dame
Colgate at Princeton
Navy at Rutgers
Penn State at Syracuse
SMU at Rice
Oregon at Air Force

in effect see double duty. , a
Daugherty's triple option of-
fense may be limited even further.
Running backs Tommy Love and
Eric Allen have both been at half
speed during practice this week.
Allen is second to halfback Don
Highsmith in rushing yardage, but
his area of concentration is kick-
off returns. Michigan State's de-


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