THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 1966
PAGF SIX TIlE MICIHGAN DAILY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1.1966
Leslie A. Fiedler is
!I myself, though I Practice the art of the novel
ironically and desperately in a world which pro-
vides zne no assurances about the nature, or even
existence, of such an audience as I dream, ant
inclined to believe that the history of the genre
is approaching its end.""
Waiting for the End
January 5-25, 1967
G olle iate
By DAN OKRENT win the NCAA single-handedly-
While pre-season prognosticators maybe even one-handedly.
have a tendency to busy them- The sorry fact of the matter-
selves with weighing one team's' to all but UCLA fans-is that Mr.
"this" against another team's Alcindor could probably ride the
"that," never before has the prob- Bruin bench for half of each game1
lem beenoas easy as it is bound and the Uclans could still go un-
to be this season-and next and touched. So, to drive the wound
t yet deeper into the cynic's side,
nexts gotta be UCLAlet's look at the rest of the Wood-
Coach John Wooden's Bruins At guards: Second-string All-
have the eyes and the ayes of the American (that speaks for itself)
pollsters aimed directly at them, Mike Warren, and soph Lucius
as perhaps the greatest dynasty Allen, the boy from Kansas City
in modern collegiate history is to who, in any year other than that3
be reborn after a one-year lapse, ofaAlcindor, wouldtmost likely
Solid on the bench and on the have been called the top prep
court, as well as in the coach's of- prospect in the country. Allen
fice, the Uclans are destined for averaged 22.4 points on the bear-
three-year greatness, keynoted by ish UCLA frosh squad of last year.
Lew Alcindor, the 7'1" wonder: At forwards: All-conference
from New York. IMike Lynn, whose 16.8 average and
One But Not Alone more than six and a half feet of
The prize recruiting catch of rebounding strength solidify the
the decade. The one that got front line with sophomore Lynn
away. Observers have compared Shackleford, a home-grown pros-1
Lewie Alcindor with Chamberlain, pect that out-flashed Alcindor and
with Russell. His defense is al- Allen in many of the Baby Bruin
legedly his strong point-and he games last winter.
averaged 33.1 points per game as And Next Year ...
a freshman. They say he could There you have It. Five players,
each more than solid enough to
make any team in the nation,
probably any all-league team if
they were isolated from 'each
other. Speed, strength, and talent.
But: while it may be said thatF
this year's UCLA team may be the,
greatest college team ever as-
sembled, next year's is bound to'
be better. Allen, Alcindor and
Shackleford will have benefited
from a year of big time competi-
tion, and Warren, a junior, will be
back again. Add Edgar Lacey, per-
haps the best all-around player '
from last year's team, red-shirted-
this year, on the basis of the lhg
injury that will keep him out this
season. Need we say more?
But after the Boys from Los
Angeles are written off as a sure
thing, a bumper crop of wondrous
"also-rans" will people the charts.
How we see them, In descending BOB VERGA
Kentucky: The hurry-up sur- The Baron" Rupp the coaches'
prise team from last year is a coach, will combine these two stel-
solid bet on finishing near the lar returnees with SEC "soph of
top again. All-Americans Louie theuear" Thad Jaracz up front
Dampier and Pat Riley will spark e y iv a a f p
this team that, in tactics, is bound
to be not unlike UCLA. Adolph more crew led by Phil Argento,
tob-ntunieUCA-Aop whose 30.7 freshman average has
uling will be their downfall like NIT champion Brigham Young,
Texas Western's,, opponents like among others. All-American can-
Morehead State and Austin Peay didate Hubie Marshall, a 6' dead-
being hardly worthy of the calibre eye who tallied 26.9 points per
of the Western team. game last year, can be counted on
North Carolina: Perennial run- to be the hurry-up leader on this
ners-up to Duke in the Atlantic seasoned squad. Sophs are tough,
Coast Conference scramble for a too. .
tournament spot, the Tar Heels Loyola (111.): Rounding out the
will be put to an early. test of Top Ten is perennial charger Loy-
their credentials against Kentucky ola. George Ireland, one of the
in their fourth battle. Led by high- craftiest field generals in the na-
scoring Bob Lewis, who averaged tion, will try to direct three re-
over 27 last year, and 20.9-man turning starters back to the NCAA
Larry Miller, good sophomores will tournament, where Western Ken-
be the "make-it-or-break-it fac- tucky came from nowhere to sur-
tor" for this potentially top team. prise them last year. This time,
La Salle: Each year, one of the seasoned Corky Bell will lead the
smaller Eastern schools creeps out charge into one of the nation's
of the hardboards to surprise the toughest schedules, filled with
basketball world, and the choice teams like Dayton, Wichita, and
this time to fill St. Joseph's shoes UCLA. If the Ramblers can motor
will be La Salle. Seven letter- past this type of opposition, watch
men return from the team that out.
won eight of their last nine games After the Bruins, however, any-
last year, toppling Louisville and thing goes.
insights and insults
earned him a spot opposite Dam-I
pier in the backcourt.
Houston: Michigan's first home
oponent is bound to be a tough
one. Big Elvin Hayes, a sure All-
American, averaged 27.2 points
and 16.9 rebounds per game last
year against top competition.
Strong sophomores are counted on
to help Hayes lead Houston to a
record better than their none-too-
disappointing 23-6 mark of last
Wichita: While the Shockers
were not overly shocking last year
(17-10), they can be counted on
this time around. Warren Arm-
strong, who aided in WSU's deci-
mation of Michigan last year, will
add his more refined and defined
strength to the all-around ability
of 22-point man Jamie Thomp-
son. Only Kelly Pete, a standout
to be sure, will be missing from
last year's squad.
Duke: The first major cog Dave
Strack's Blue will run into this
year (on the first road trip), Vic
Bubas' Devils have to be rated in
the top ten for their seventh year
in succession. All-American guard
Bob Verga leads the team, anchor-
ed at center by bruising Mike
Lewis, who at 230 pounds will grab
the rebounds for the quick Dukers.
Also back is starter Bob Reidy, and
a flock of talented sophomores,
including Bubas' first Negro, Clau-
dius Claiborne of Danville, Vir-
Texas Western: How can one
possibly leave the previous season's
NCAA champs out of the top five
when five of seven "starters" are
back? Well, it isn't easy, but the
other talent seems too tough, even
though the Miners are sporting
Michigander Bobby Joe Hill,
aptly-named Willie' Cager, and
"Dangerous Dave" Lattin, more of
a Spartan then a Latin in last
year's tournament. Tough, tobe
sure, but their schedule (Abilene
Christian, Weber State) doesn't
warrant a higher position. They'll
have to prove themselves against
the big boys in the tournament-
like last year.
Western Kentucky: The sur-
prises of last year's tournament,
the Hilltoppers haven't forgotten
their one-point loss to the Wolv-
erines last year. Four of five start-
ers are back, leThd by All-Regional
Clem Haskins. This team,\ fast as
any in the land, has been working
together all summer and can't
help but be tough again. Sched-
Cheer, Cheer For
Old Notre dame .. .
... Wake up angels blessing her name
Notre -Dame is number one. Not number one in the country maybe,
but there's nobody in the Holy Romran Empire who can touch them.
Old ND is in a league of its own. The only fair competition is saints
Notre Dame has lots of alumni named Kelley, O'Toole, and Flynn,
but the spiritual alumni are even more impressive. Boniface III,
Pius II, Charlemagne, Innocent III, and Richard the Lion Hearted.
Now don't get the _idea that Notre Dame isn't up with modern
times. After all, the football team uses the forward pass and plastic
helmets. Of course, the school's Contemporary Civilization course
discusses the Crusades, and the political science faculty never heard
of any president other than Kennedy. f
South Bend is the world's last surviving papal fief.
' The Irish are the ultimate solution to the puzzled folks who
formed the Nicene Council (convening in 325 A.D. of your history
textbook) to chat about humane and divine. Notre Dame combines
the highest forms of each. Now how do you get a better football
team than that.
If this school could patch things up for that meeting, it's hard
to see why 20th century sports writers are still scratching their heads.
One scribe started to vote for Michigan State as number one,
but suddenly thunder shook down from the sky. He changed his ballot
in a hurry and' began studying the ND fight song.
It's futile to compare Notre Dame with other college football
teams from state-supported institutions. Notre Dame is a relic
of what used to be. The school tradition doesn't start with
Rockne, Gipp, and Four Horsemen. It begins way before the world
got bogged down witli sticky concepts like constitutional mon-
archies, natural rights, and separation of church and, state. Ara
Parseghian had to get a special dispensation to be appointed
head secular coach.
Notre Dame doesn't even follow NCAA rules if they conflict with
canon law. It's the only surviving medieval university with a football
stadium done in basilican architecture.
When one professor said Alabama,-could beat Notre, Dame, he
was promptly dumped in a pot of boiling water to see 'if he was
telling the truth.
What other school can offer Paradise to the man who ranks the
top ten correctly. What's correct? Haven't you heard of predestina-
Notre Dame can't miss. When the team was doing poorly, they
held a series of ecumenical conferences to study game films. Recently
the players got tired of halibut, so the Vatican said they could eat
steak on Friday.
Notre Dame is just plain different. Halftime shows feature
a pipe organ instead of a marching band, and fans wave rosaries
instead of pom-poms.
And nobody can recruit like the Irish. They have missionaries
luring the hot prospects, not ordinary alums. And what a farm
system: 175 Loyola Academies, 289 St. Paul High Schools, and
Notre Dame is in an ecclesiastical world of its own. Where else
would the quarterback call signals in Latin?
Auditoriums A-D, Angell Hall
OPEN MEETING TO DISCUSS
ADMINISTRATION TO RESPONSE TO
DEMANDS OF LAST TEACH-IN
American Culture Student's Association
THURSDAY NOON LUNCHEON,
Dr. Robert Sklar
of the History Dept.
will speak on
'F. Scott Fitzgerald and
the Genteel Tradition"
Room 2Y, UNION
ART PRINT LOAN
DR. FRANCIS SCHAEFFER-