THURSDAY, SEPTEMBERw' 1, 1966
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(Continued from Page 1) task of teaching the Michigan de-
GilSambergthings which can make the criti- fenders the new set-up. It is char-
cal difference. Charley Kines and acterized by the flexibility of po-
Tom Mack gained a sheepskin, and sition given to the defensive
Som e Needed Insurance Michigan lost one of the best backfield.
tackle tandems in the country. Elliott foresees no problems in
It's still summer-sweat hayfeverish weather. And while the body Stepping up to fill the gaps adapting to the defense, pointing
are Jim Hribal and Ray Phillips. out that a change was made be-
says it's so, the mind slowly begins to gear for the Fall. Elliott terms their play as "pret- cue"u esne eesie
It's a time for unbridled optimism. You've got it. I've got it. cuetoouod buthaded that thet e" personnel wei Acuaed
Bump Elliott probably has it too. Even football coaches are "cau- still have "a great deal to learn." they have made the transforma-
tious" optimists at this time of year. The offensive guard positions tion rather easily," he remarked.
Why not. are in the hands of more expe- Intra-Squad Rivalry
The only thing is that when you get through that pollen-induced enced Don Bailey and Henry The defensive end posts are
olidify Offense, Defense
Rand. The foursome is headed by
Volk and Rick Sygar, who led the
1965 team in time played.
Volk was an all-conference se-
lection last year, and Elliott calls
the senior "the best all-around
player" on the squad. Sygar, in
addition to playing defense and
handling the place-kickingchores,
filled in at offensive half after
Detwiler's injury, averaging 4.1
yards-a-carry. Also the team's
second leading scorer, he tallied 39
markers for the year. Sygar and
Volk will be at safety.
At defensive halfback, Mike Bass
and John Rowser have been given
the nod. Bass was a regular last
season, while Rowser saw some
duty as an offensive half.
The top twenty-two Wolverines
will have power, but to explode a
machine like Michigan State . .
it may take several blasting caps.
NOW SHOWING: .
mist which clouds your vision, you can see that if the Wolverine grid
crew is to go anywhere, it is going to need some help this year. And
some luck ...
But, just in case. Just in case two solid lines don't materialize
with a roar and a puff of grey smoke at the Stadium on Sept. 17,
just in case the Wolverines must again accept with grace the lion's
share of the Big Ten's annual Knee Injury Quota (in spite of the
especially thorough conditioning they're getting this year), just in
case somebody stubs his toe in practice, I propose that we insure the
Blue against disaster with some tried and true methods, using the
The Green Weenie .. .
The GREEN WEENIE is the charm that has been keeping
Pittsburgh in the National League pennant race. The Black Maxes
of the senior circuit have relied heavily on their mystical charm for
jinxing opposing pitchers, putting the high sign on soon-inept field-
ers, reducing batters to self-conscious hulks.
The Weenie appears to be a faithful and conscientious worker.
Only once was it, fined by the Bucs' announcers for breaking training
and only because of a misunderstanding.
It was late in a fairly crucial Friday night game for the Pirates,
and they were trailing by a pair. When the Bucs began to threaten,
the opposition sent in a reliever to hammer the cork into the bottle.
It was time for the Weenie to act!
Invoking all of the charm's occult powers, the Pirates pointed
the Majestic Mover at the new hurler as he warmed up and, to the
cheers of their fired-up fans, invoked a WEENIE BLITZ.
The pitcher wound and threw.
The Weenie tingled. The pitcher tingled. The batter
tingled. The crowd tingled.
Nothing. One down.
Shocked but unperturbed, the Bucs stormed their dugout
steps and tried once more. The batter swung!
Zero. Two down.
Fearing the worst, the Pittsburgh radio and TV crew sent out
inquiries as to the Weenie's physical condition, and when an exami-
nation brought nothing extraordinary to light, the announcers were
compelled to fine the Weenie $500 for breaking training the previous
The Pirates lost the game.
But a late discovery cleared up the situation. Information was
unearthed which showed that the Colorful Conquistador had actually
been working overtime for the Bucs, and this had led to its tiring
in the late innings.
In fact the Green Gremlin had apparently hopped a plant to
Houston where it single-handedly destroyed the Dodgers, had then
gone on to San Francisco to quickly bomb the Giants, and only then
had staggered back to Pittsburgh to do its best for the Pirates. The
Verdant Venturer had shown its true character by never revealing
its work to the front office.
Respectfully, the fine was revoked.
Even if Michigan could borrow the Green Weenie when the
Pirates finish their season, does it deserve it?
UCLA's Cheerleaders . .
l. If you don't know by now, I'm not gonna tell you.
The Rose Bowl Reverse . :.
The Rose Bowl Reverse is, rather than a charm, a tradition. It
is invoked annually by the nine teams in the Big Ten that didn't
make it to Pasadena for the New Year's celebration. The results over
the past 15 years have been impressive. Let's forget sentiment and
fair play, and then invoke this cure on all of the eight other teams
who have gone to the Rose Bowl in past years. Why let bygones be
bygones? The Rose Bowl Reverse is too effective to pass up.
(Apparently you don't need the Rose Bowl Reverse to stop
A Dog Named 'Checkers'..
This has been used before with effect also. All you Wolverine
fans have to do is anonymously give a cocker spaniel called Checkers
to every team that Michigan plays.
Not only does the gift's receiver soon develop hoof-in-mouth dis-
ease, but it ceases to be a winner for years afterwards. (Warning: Do
not allow receiver to forecast your winning anything for Indefinite
period after hoof-in-mouth develops).
A Wallet Photo of Wally Weber and Doc Losh .
This beautiful 8"xll" color photo of the Dynamic Duo
should be taken first-hand at your local neighborhood
100,001-seat sports palace during any football Saturday of
the year. Tradition has it that it's powers-as reflected on the
field-are outstanding. If there's anything that can make the
Wolverines play what might be termed amazing ball it's this.
You could say that it's the best charm of all. It's lucky. Just like
the mental photo that Wally Gabler and Doc Losh will be taking of
If that's a big one. If that's a loud one. Well, that'll be "lucky"
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serin ais ine oaLiegxouna for
some intra-squad rivalry, with
Rocky Rosema and sophomore
Tom Stinic vieing for one opening
and Terry Salmi contending with
another newcomer, Jon Kramer,
on the other side.
Ken Wright, a hefty senior,
finds himself at the defensive
tackle slot, after serving as a
first-string guard in the fall of
1965. Completing the tackle duo,
Bob Mielke, another transformed
guard, lends experience to the de-
fensive line. Mielke ranked third
in playing time among the re-
turnees. Another strong candi-
date at defensive guard, non-
tendered Dick Williamson adds
depth to the position, although he
was weakened by a bout with
mononucleosis over the summer.
Porter Makes Switch
With an excellent opportunity
awaiting him to exhibit the
strength and quickness which
brought him the NCAA heavy-
weight wrestling crown as a soph-
omore, Dave Porter has grabbed
the new middle guard position.
Whether wrestling moves will aid
in "taking-down' enemy runners
will be a matter of close interest
to Wolverine fans.
Two seniors, Frank Nunley and
Barry Dehlin, will team at line-
backer. Nunley rates as a possible
All-America choice, while Dehlin,
injured in both '64 and '65, will be
out to exhibit his linebacking
abilities last seen in the opening
minutes of the North Carolina
game last season.
Learn By Experience.
Guarding against the aerials of
the likes of Bob Griese will be a
defensive backfield with as much
experience as fan dancer Sally
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tion last season, Bailey received'
the Morton Trophy for the most
improved player in spring practice,
while Hanna kept in shape by
running on andoff the field car-
rying plays in from the coaches.
Center Joe Dayton broke into
the starting lineup as a sopho-
more and is slated to remain there
A new "pro-type" defense willl
be inaugurated this season by the
Wolverines. Originally an innova-
tion of Bud Wilkinson at Okla-
homa, Don James, Y. C. McNease,
and Denny Fitzgerald have the
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