WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1966
THE" MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1966 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE 51
By HOWARD KOHN Big Ten rivals last year. But on'
Calforia' Goden B ea rs;Saturday It got the burn's rush
California's Golden B e a r s from an opportunist Golden Bear
haven't gotten any bolder but they secondary.
have become a lot more dangerous Offensively, however, the Bears
-more than at any other time used the same quiet, unobtrusive
3in the last eight years. plays typical of their post-Gold-
After growling through a 6-1 en Age.
league record fora berth in When Coach Ray Willsey took
the Rose Bowl in 1958 under Pete over in 1964, he found a team with
Elliott, the Bears were quickly its confidence so battered and
lulle at the bottom"fe Paific bruised it probably couldn't have
Eows at sthndngstohrftheygrad- made a go of it in a zoo - much
Eight standings where they;nggad less in the untamed forests of the
ually grew more sallow than gold-Pacific Eight.
For seven years, California Run, Run, Run
didn't have a winning season. After assisting Darrell Royal for
Awakening five years, Willsey wascertain
But now the Bears are back that air was strictly for smog
on the prowl and the hiberna- and telephone wires-and notfor
tion season appears to be over. inning football teams. However,
Michigan's Wolverines must match hisg r only natural resource was
muscles with them this Saturday Craig Morton, a longbomb throw-
at Berkeley. er with two years on the aerial
Last week, highly-aggressive act.
Washington State tried to tree Willsey stuck with the, passing
Smokey'snamesakes. But the offense for one year, ending up
Bear defense became suddenly 3-7 overall. But as soon as Mor-
protective, and spitting and fight- ton left the scene, Willsey set
ing, it held Washington State to out to disprove the Law of Im-
just two field goals: penetrability.
And then, much to the surprise: In the tradition of Woody
and chagrin of the Cougars. the 'Hayeo and the cloud of dust, Will-
hunters became the hunted. Cali- sey established a head-knocking,
fornia's defense, instead of lum- body-twisting running game.'
bering off the field, lit out down Effigy
the field with a pass interception, For awhile, it looked like the
a wayward field goal attempt and only one reaching new heights
a punt return for three touch- was Willsey-and he was going up
downs in a 21-6 victory. I at the end of a rope.
Defensive Bonanza Notre Dame thrashed Cal 48-6
Washington State, with nearly in the debut of Willsey's "root
the same team, knocked off three l hog or die" strategy, and the
:,....,...in ights and insult r
Golden Bear coach publicly apol- time Cal gained control of the
ogized to the Berkeley student ball deep in its own territory
body. Then Michigan tripped up where it had to be cautious, espe-
the Bears 10-7 in their next out- cially since it was leading."
ing. However, the fact remains that
But Willsey ouwaited the cynics Wilksey has molded a very con-
and led California. to a 5-5 mark servative offensive machine on a
in 1965-its highest since 1958. campus which collects more radi-
Dennis Fitzgerald. assistant cal ideas than the combined draft
Michigan coach who scouted the deferment excuses of George Ham-
California-Washington State game ilton 'end Muhammed Ali.
last weekend, commented on Will- "Willsey's demand for the
sey's offensive philosophy. "He's 'clean-cut' player, in opposition to
consistently installing a lineup of any beatnik type, has sometimes
clean-cut, hard-nosed players who hurt his recruiting . . . but he is
really work to get through that finally producing a winner," points
line, out Fitzgerald.
Middle of the Line Bottom of the Pile
"Again last Saturday, Califor- California was regarded as one
nia played a control-type game, of the two weakest teams in the
running several off-tackle plays conference by the same preseason
and passing only three times." "experts" who picked Moo-U to
In an effort to rationalize Will- come home behind the cows last
sey's unimaginative game, Califor- yeai. Oregon State was selected
nia's assistant sports information as a "contender."
director-Hal Cowan - reminded Now, after last Saturday's eye-
game critics that "much of the I openers, California is rated as a
"darkhorse" candidate for a day
among the roses, while Oregon
State has been relegated to "also-
"California has been optimistic
right from the beginning of fall
practice. We know we are going
to have a winning season, and we
know we are better than Oregon
State," enthuses Cowan.
Just One of the Boys
Part of the reason for the lib-
eral predictions at Berkeley is
defensive back Wayne Stewart-a
6'7 sophomore who holds the re-
bound record for freshman cagers
Stewart gathered in three er-
rant passes last weekend, racing
one back past startled Cougars for
six points and tieing the confer-
ence record for interceptions in a
He was almost impressive enough
to start UCLA thinking about in-
troducing Lew Alcindor as a line-
Cal's defensive formation, para-
doxically enough, is nearly a repli-
ca of the one Oregon State em-
ployed against Michigan Saturday.
Dennis Bugbee, who was expected
to start at defensive tackle, in-
jured his knee in last week's prac-
tice and is out for the season. The
remainder of the defensive squad,
on the other hand, is notably
healthy and experienced.
On offense, however, California
is weighted down with an interior
line of five greenhorn linemen who
have slowed up the "root hog or
die" cry of Willsey's backs.
The Bears do, though, have a
plethora of "Hula Hip Hermans"
in the backfield. Willsey has been
utilizing Rick Bennett, 'a 9.8 man
in the 100 and one of the most
highly-touted sophomores on the
coast, as a power runner in his
Quarterbacking will be veteran
southpaw Dan Berry, who has
grown up with- the Wllsey-taught
option play and is a master at the
bootleg. Berry is also the Golden
Bear punter and has been drafted
as a "future" by both pro leagues.
His ends, both of whom are sen-
iors, will be 6'3" John Beasley and
5'11" Jerry Bradley.
Bradley, according to Fitzgerald,
"seems to be able to catch every-
thing thrown near him" and
could keep Michigan's pass de-
fenders on the lookout.
'However, "California used the
same basic ground attack through
all of its games last year." points
out Fitzgerald, 'so we don't anti-
cipate any radical change for Sat-
But then, the game is at Berkeley.
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"Interest in sports is a flaw in our national character. This
interest is basically irrational. Athletics interferes with the
discipline of the mind . .
-University of California Prof. James B. Hall
So that's the word, huh, J.B. And I guess in my position, I'm
extra undisciplined and irrational.
Well, this weekend I'll be out at Berkeley, and maybe you can
show me the ordered multiversity. See, at our little place, the athletic
department is separate from the administration, and do you know
that the administration makes more mistakes at window A in one
hour than our football team does in one season.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying Fritz Crisler should be
living in that ugly grey house on South University. I wouldn't dare
suggest that Ticket Manager Don Weir could do a better job of pro-
viding equitable seating for Hill Auditorium concerts.,.I'll never even
hint that Dave Strack might be more efficient it rkin|in lcholars
or 55 million bucks.
After all, these guys are disorganized. They could be noble guys,
but darn that one tragic flaw. They don't put hockey and Cazzie
Russell in the same class as mail order shot guns, Ma Barker, and
But what about me, teacher. Fritz and that crowd is just
about through. I'm just a kid starting out in the world. Am I
doomed Just 'cause I'm a Cub fan? A poor example. Am I doomed
Just because I'm a Michigan fan? Will the grad schools turn me
down as inferior if I Identify Branch Rickey as a baseball execu-
tive instead of a lawyer?
I protest. If I weren't interested in sports, my newly organized
computer cranium would put me in the nut house. And frankly, pal, I
think you're kind of messed up yourself.
I freely confess to dreaming about Rose Bowls when I should be
reading Gertrude Stein. And sometimes Brothers mean Paul instead
But Professor, didn't you ever get mad enough out at Cal to call
Mario Savio a wop or Ronald Reagan .the worst George Gipp in
cinema history? Maybe, you're too' disciplined. But sometimes little
atoms of my life blow up into bubbly molescules. Like when my
friendly book store is the only authority on campus who .knows that
one of my courses was cancelled. Or when my two month old car gets
two ,punctured tires in ten days. And I lose my glasses fixing the
second one. (The first one had me flummoxed, and I had to get help
from the Highway Patrol.)
Well, those are the times I appreciate a Vidmer to Clancy
pass. Even an interception can't ruin my enthusiasm. That's when
sports does its good deed and prevents me from attacking the
first vending machine that steals my .copper center quarter.
Maybe I'm not a product of the enlightenment, but sports soothes
my soul better than any psychiatrist could.
How rational is the non-sporting world anyway? I'll bet the first
Negro to be accepted at Alabama runs the hundred in :09.6 and
catches everything in sight.
Go ahead and call sports cheap escapism. I'll stick to the football
game this Saturday. Maybe I'll see you floating over the Stadium
during an LSD trip.
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CRASHING INTO MICHIGAN'S DEFENSIVE LINE is California
quarterback Dan Berry (18) who led the Bears with 73 yards in
15 carries last year in a 10-7 loss to Michigan. Berry returns this
year as signal-caller for Ray Willsey's ground-oriented team in
Saturday's game at Berkeley.
Ma jor League Standings
W L Pet. GB
Baltimore 93 58 .616 -
Detroit 83 67 .553 91/2
Minnesota 83 69 .546 10's
Chicago 79 73, .520 14: j
Cleveland 76 77 .497 18
California 74 76 ..493 8 1
Bostoit 69 86 .445 26
Washington 67 86 .438 27
New York 66 86 .434 27!
Cleveland 4, Minnesota 1
Baltimore 4; Kansas City 0
Boston at Washington (rain)
Chicago at New York (rain)
Calitornia at Detroit (rain)
Baltimore at Kansas City (n)
California at Detroit (2"n)
Minnesota at Cieveland (n)
Boston at Washington (n)
Only games scheduled
W L Pet. GB
jLos Angeles 83 61 .591 -
Pittsburgh 87 '63 .580 11
San Francisco 85 66 .563 4
Philadelphia 50 71 .530 9
Atlanta 80 71 .530 8
St. Louis 79 72 .523 10
Cincinnati 72' 773.4316
Houston 67 87 .435 231/2
New York 63 90 .412 27
Chicago 54 97 .358 35
Cincinnati 6, Chicago 3 (13 inn)
New York 3, Houston 0
Atlanta 5, St. Louis 1
Philadelphia at Los Angeles (inc)
Pittsburgh at San Francisco (inc)
Cincinnati at Chicago
Pittsburgh at San Francisco
St. Louis at Atlanta (n)
Philadelphia at Los Angeles (n)
Only games scheduled
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