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AGFE SIX

THE MICHIGAN IIAILV

WEDNESDAY, O+CTOwBER. 20,, 1065

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LLOYD GRAFF

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Forgive me, please, but no football today. No snidities, witticisms,I
or put downs. No predictions or recollections. No cuts, digs, slams,
or slashes. Today it's pure unadulterated mush. Tune off now, if 4
you're not interested.n
I'm writing this column propped up on a tired elbow smacke
dab in the middle of the Arb. It's four o'clock or maybe five, and
the temperature is in the seventies unless it's in the sixties. I'me
in the process of being overwhelmed by the adjective-defying beautya
that surrounds, engulfs, and perhaps even includes me right now. E
I'm going to attempt to write a stream of consciousness f
(or more precisely, unconsciousness) image of this majesty, this C
green, amber, orange, red, rust, yellow, browning, decaying, E
vibrant heaven I just plopped into, by God.a
I'm sniffing now. My nostrils are literally crammed with grass
(which makes it quite a task to scribble legibly). I smell life inh
this compote of grass, weeds, two and three leaf clovers, black ants,s
and shrivelled leaves. It's not all that pleasant as aromas go; Ig
mean, I'd hate to eat a grass pie, but it smells green and fresh8
like and unripened tomato on the vine.
The best thing about grass is that it's so wonderfully pullable.
You grab a blade, apply a bit of pulling force, and feel this lovelys
tautness, a perceptible tension, and then th edull pop and its broken.t
And the great thing about pulling grass is that you don't\ damage r
the plant by doing it. It's like cutting its hair, not ripping a flower
from its stem. Grass was made to be pulled. I'll bet you didn't know
that what we think of as gress is not the leaf of the plant, but the
stem. Learned that in a bubble gum quiz.
About 30 yards from me stands this green can that says REFUSEI
on it. I wonder if they refuse of refuse. They refuse to say what
they mean. From this angle it looks like it's for trash, but I'll be
damned if I'm going to get up and check.
. The sun is balanced atop a pine tree, like one of those flashy
stars folks put on high-class Christmas trees.
Why the hell does that girl over there have to file her nails in
this gorgeous place. Knitting or sewing's alright, but defiling yourI
cuticles here, that's simply crass.

By BOB McFARLAND
You might think that the Mich-
gan defensive secondary had seen
more than their share of great
quarterbacks and flashy, deceptive
ends for one grid season.
After all, the Wolverines watch-
ed 41 passes take flight from the
accurate arms of North Carolina's
Danny Talbott and Jeff Beaver, 24
of the aerials finding their mark
for 199 yards. Michigan fought
Cal's dazzling field general, Dan
Berry, who danced for 73 yards
and completed 40 per cent of his
tosses.
And don't forget Preston Ridle-
huber, Georgia's quarterback,
scampering for 61 yards on the
ground .while his team picked up
80 more yards on the air waves.
MSU wasn't lacking in this key
department either, as Steve Ju-
day connected on eight of 17
strikes for 119 yards, while the
Wolverine safeties did their best to
restrain end Gene Washington.
Sports
Shorts

Just last week, the Blue de-
fenders played their hearts out
against one of the best collegiate
signal callers, Bob Griese, who un-
leashed his own version of the
London blitzkrieg. When the Wol-
verines successfully defended his
top receiver, Bob Hadrick, the
Purdue junior found two others
in Jim Bierne and Jim Finley
who were just as able to pull in
the pinpoint passes.
One More

Michigan will have to contend was ruled a hardship case in 1963,
with John Hankinson, another receiving an extra year of eligi-
quarterback who has a reputation bility because of a fractured col-
for threading the needle. lar bone suffered early in the sea-

In five games, "Hank" has
thrown for 725 yards, completing
53 per cent of his attempts. Wol-
verine Coach Jocko Nelson, who
scouted Hankinson and company,
describes the Gopher quarterback
as, "one of the best in the con-
ference."
"He throws well, he can scram-

Isn't this enough to ask of any ble, and he's got a lot of exper-
team? ience behind him," Nelson added
No, not of Michigan, for the yesterday.
Wolverines clash with the Min- Extra Year
nesota Gophers on Saturday, and He pointed out that Hankinson

son. The Minnesota senior was
able to practice later in the year,
and the extra experience helped
him develop into a top quarter-
back.
Like Griese, Hankinson has sev-
eral good targets to hit from the
wing-T and pro-type spread for-
mations the Gophers employ.
Speaking of the Minnesota receiv-
ers, Nelson said, "The very fact
that the Gophers have so many
competent pass - catchers makes
their passing attack much more
potent. It's difficult to concentrate
on any one receiver and bottle
up their air game."
The leading receiver for the
Gophers this season has been sen-
ior end Kent Kramer, who haul-
ed in 17 passes in their first four
contests. Ken Last, who has seen
duty at the halfback and end
slots, has found the handle on
nine Hankinson bombs.
All-Conference
Although he missed two games
because of a fractured jaw, highly
touted end Aaron Brown, 6'4"-
230, will be - at full strength
against the Wolverines. Setting a
Minnesota record for the most
passes received in a single season
in 1964, Brown was named to the
All-Big Ten team.
Hankinson has a fourth top tar-
get in Ray Whitlow, a flanker-
back, a :09.7 sprinter. With Brown
back in action, Nelson thought'
there was a good possibility that
Last would be shifted to flanker-
back, sharing the post with Whit-
low.

The Gophers' ground game is ning ability. Nelson termed Bry-
not to be underestimated, either. ant, who weighs only 155 pounds,
"If you give them a chance, they'll "a wiry, tough kid with excellent
chew you up on the ground just speed. They're not afraid to send
like they did Indiana," Nelson him through the line on a dive
notes, referring to the Gophers' play."
42-18 win over the Hoosiers two Monster Defense
weeks ago. "The Gophers use a motster-
"First, they'll throw a power type defense, modelled after Ok-
play at you, then a dive play, and lahoma's, spearheaded by a quick
follow the dive with a quick open- roving linebacker in Jerry New-
er. Next, they'll call a power sweep 'som," said Nelson.
and then start all over again," In the early part of the season,
Nelson continued. the Gophers were troubled by in-
Heading the list of rushers is juries. Offensive center Chuck
junior Joe Holmberg, who picked Killian, linebackers Bill Bevan
up 216 yards and scored three and Tim Wheeler, Brown, and
touchdowns in the first four fullback John Williams have all
games. Nelson describes the beefy been held out of action for part
fullback as a "good steady run- of the season.
ner." Minnesota Coach Murray War-
Dave Colburn and Hubie Bry- math commented on the physical
ant share the brunt of the half- shape of his team for the Michi-
back chores. Colburn went 30 yards gan encounter, stated, "We're in
for a touchdown last week on a the best condition we've been in
dive play, indicative of his run- all year at the present time."

GRID SELECTIONS

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THIS WEEK'S GAMES

These trees, too much. That crab apple with its hairdo so
perfect with those orange-brown leaves teased over its squat
trunk, the billowy oaks, Blondey the poplar, those stolid, steady
pines. It's more fantastic without my glasses because the trees
blend together.
Funny how the individual leaves, full of holes and draining of
life, make this inspiring scene. Maybe like humans, no probably the
opposite. Well, in two weeks the leaves will be dun and done. Why
in hell, must there be winter. Yes, I know if it wasn't for winter
there wouldn't be Indian Summer. Profound.
Indian Summer is a reprieve. You can't have a reprieve unless
something lousy is coming.
Some of the shrubs are bare already. Why did they rush things.
Gee, I wish I had a camera. But, come to think of it, how
could a five by seven, even in color, convey any of this You can't
capture'beauty and save it. No artist, photographer, or writer can.
All you can manage is to feel it when it happens.
You know, two-leaf clovers are more than half as good as
four-leafers.
Do I have to study tonight, damn it.
You nut, you've got a midterm in the morning.

T~r7HE GENERAL sRElI
Another spine-tingling baseball season has ended, and the
National League has once again emerged as an unsweating champion
over a bloodied, fatigued American League.
This time around, the senior circuit dominated the major league
all-star team, latched on to the World Series, picked up another all-
star game victory, and even was kind enough to preview the coming
attractions by winning two-thirds of the preseason exhibition games.
Yet the bush league fans remain unconvinced. The patriotic
loyal, lugheads unflinchingly support the riff-raff, foolishly believing
a separate but equal policy is still in existence.
Tiger lovers, Yankee fans, and enemies of autocracy, let's face
the sad truth. The National League is'superman, and the American
League doesn't even have a piece of Kryptonite to throw at the
hitters. Zoilio Versalles, who will either win or finish high in the
Most Valuable Player voting, couldn't make the joint all-star team.
The AL is like a family deodorant trying to do a man's job. It's
derringer trying to out-shoot a tommy gun. Sandy Koufax can make
more money endorsing arthritis pain-killers than any American
League pitcher draws on salary. When Met reject Felix Mantilla is
their best second baseman, you just know that the lush days are over.
The quality of American League baseball clearly leaves
something to be desired unless you haven't outgrown a good Pony
League or American Legion game. But the most tragic weakness
of all is its failure in the non-performing aspects of the sport.
After all, somebody has got to be worse. In the old days prior
to Babe Ruth's flop in the National League, the Yankees made
their division the big cheese. Sure the National League was lousy
but it still had all the class.
Who did the American League have to compare with Fred (Bone-
head) Merkle? Tinkers, Evers, and Chance never even made 20
double plays in one season. Yet no one wrote any poems about Cros-
setti, Lazzeri, and Gehrig.
The old time Dodgers led by Wilbur Robinson once had three
men caught on third base at the same time. Now that's the sort of
achievement that gives a league character even if it never wins the
World Series.
The trouble now is that the National League is not only
superior, but it also has all the color and special attractions.
You can overlook the fact that the leading homerun hitter in
the American League was 20 behind Willie Mays' total and that the
AL had a paucity of 20-game winners, if they had some compensat-
ing advantages.
But the best thing in the circuit was Bo Belinsky and he was
traded to the National League.
Even in mundane accessories like stadiums, the AL looks bad.
They have Fenway Park which is fairly ridiculous, but it just doesn't
compare to the NL sites. Look at the Astrodome, for example. Name
one American League park that has imitation grass and has used
cerise baseballs. And what other arena besides Candlestick Stadium
sells fish and chips?
The White Sox think they're unique because they sell kosher hot
'dogs. Big deal. Every delicatessen in Chicago sells kosher hot dogs,
but low many sell fish and chips?
This year's special events help prove the point. A season, high-
light has been the efforts of the city of Milwaukee to sue the Braves.
Man, that's a swinging piece of legal action if there ever was one. If
baseball is going to get dragged into court, it might as well play it
up big. The American League meanwhile is living on remembrances
of Ted Williams being hit with an injunction for spitting into a
crowd. Typically bush league material.
Look at riots. Juan Marichal slugs John Roseboro with a bat
in the wildest, most exciting fight ever. So the American simply
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By The Associated Press
MONTREAL - Baltimore and
Minneapolis - St. Paul appear the
favorites to complete the National
Hockey League's second division
which now has four of its six new
cities.
San Francisco - Oakland a n d
Vancouver are the newest NHL
cities. Both were approved by the
League's Board of Governors yes-
terday and join Los Angeles and
St. Louis which had been approved
last summer for the second divi-
sion.
NHL President Clarence Camp-
bell said two groups were bidding
for the San Francisco - Oakland.
and Vancouver franchises. Camp-
bell explained that the Boardof
Governors had only approved the
new cities, but that the actual
franchises had not yet been
awarded.
Still competing for the remain-
ing two berths in the six-team
division expected to start playing
by 1967 are Philadelphia, Buffalo,
and Pittsburgh as well as Balti-
more and the Twin Cities.
NBC Lands Contract
CHICAGO - The major league
sold the television and radio rights
for baseball's World Series, All-
Star game and selected games of
the week to the National Broad-
casting Co. yesterday in a three-,
year contract totalling $30.6 mil-
lion.
Most of these games will be
shown Saturday afternoons, the
announcement said, but provision
was made for possible night
games during the week-Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Only one game will be televised
each week on the network.
After the television announce-
ment, made by John E. Fetzer,
president of the Detroit Tigers
and chairman of baseball's Tele-
vision Committee, the directors
went into another session to try
to pick a commissioner to succeed
the retiring Ford Frick.
* * *
Cards Hire Sisler
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis
Cardinals announced the hiring
Tuesday of former Cincinnati
Reds' Manager Dick Sisler as a
coach.
'Sisler, fired as Reds manager
after this baseball season, will be
the first base coach, replacing the
departed Mickey Vernon. The
Cardinals also will use him as a
batting coach.
Schoendienst said he was count-
ing on Sisler to provide intelli-
gence reports on other National
League opponents.
"Of course, he'll have ideas
about other ball clubs, their hit-
ters and pitchers," Schoendienst
said. "We'll put our ideas together
and come to a happy medium."
Harriers Nab
Third Victory
Michigan's cross country team
scored its third consecutive vic-
tory against, no defeats for the
1965 season by outrunning Eastern
Michigan in a dual meet Monday
Michigan, winning the second
through sixth places, finished with
20 points to 35 for Eastern. Tery
Norman of Eastern took first with
a course record time of 20:39.0
on the four-mile track.
In second place for Michigan
was Jim Dennis and in third was
Jim Nolan.
The loss for the Eastern har-
riers was their first of the fall
season.
SPORTS NIGHT EDITOR:

1. MICHIGAN at Minnesota
(pick score)
2. Ohio State at Wisconsin
3. Michigan State at Purdue
4. Duke at Illinois
5. Washington St. at Indiana
6. Iowa at Northwestern
7. Florida St. at Alabama
8. Utah St. at Colorado St.
9. Miami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh
10. Navy at Georgia Tech

MINNESOTA QUARTERBACK JOHN HANKINSON fades back
to pass in last year's battle for the Little Brown Jug at Michigani
Stadium. Hankinson will lead the Gophers' aerial attack this
Saturday.

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13. Vanderbilt at Mississippi
14. Army at Stanford
15. Massachusetts at Boston U.
16. Texas Christian at Clemson
17. West Virginia at Penn State
18. Houston at Tennessee
19. Colgate at Brown
20. Carson-Newman at
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