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by Tom Rowland

Wolverines Best in

Bands, Bombs and Pigs


3 1

LA Sports Writers Beat
Wolverines to the Punch !
"Oregon State wears these Halloween costumes--orange helmetsi
that remind you of pumpkins and scary black pants that remindk
ou of a horror movie.
"Sue us for plagiarism if-a la Cinderella-the helmets and'
what was in them didn't turn to real pumpkins in the second half.
It was strictly for sadists. .."
You think Michigan's 34-7 trouncing was a real blow to Oregon!
State on Nw Year's Day? It was nothing compared to the blastingk
given the Beavers by a crew of hearty Los Angeles sports writerst
who didn't want it forgotten that their own Southern California
should have been the West Coast representative.k
The Los Angeles Times main headline after the game: "Michigank
34, AAWU3 Representative 7." And from the Herald-Examiner came
"Rose Bowl: New Year's Fiasco."
"Oregon State fielded a team against muscular Michigan in
the Rose Bowl yesterday that was as helpless as a leaky-tiki onĀ¢
the swollen Willamette River."k
"We wipe a tear for those who had to watch the damn thing."
"As for Oregon State . . . a team composed of the Rose Bowl
queen and the Pacific Eight faculty representatives would have
done as well."
The Beavers were "hapless, unimpressive, flattened, helpless,
engulfed, disembodied, bombed, barbecued, terrible and poor
The "Mad Dogs" of Oregon State turned into "Pooped Pouches,"!
who "greeted the final gun with
whimpering thanks." QuarterbackI
Paul Brothers was a "scatter arm."
Hmmmmm Hardly things you'd
want to say about your grand-1
Before the game, columnist Jim
Murray gave his well-thought-out
advice to the visiting Beavers, who'
were definitely hard up for friends
t: x<~tain Southern California:
"Tell the boys not to put the
pigs in that round thing, that's for
taking a bath in. Tell the boys not
to blow their noses with bandanas,
and if they wear their high cuts,
at least clean the meadow apples
off them.
"Have your wife sew numbers'
on the uniforms,coach. We'llwant
to identify your boys as they're
carried off on stretchers"
In the lockerroom after the
COACH PROTHRO game, Oregon State coach Tommy
Prothro stuck a tongue in cheek
and made a meager counter-attack after somebody mentioned USC:
No offense intended, but I think we could have beaten the hell
out of the Los Angeles sportswriters today. But of course they're a
ittle past their prime." Everybody laughed heartily, but the scribes
were already on their way to the phones. Next morning in big head-
ines: "Prothro's Bitter Joke: 'We'd Beat You'." Does it sound like
n mans USC?
And did Bob Timberlake really say that "Beavers Are Terrible,"
the headline in the Herald Examiner implied? No, but Carl
Ward commented that "their tackling was lousy."
The columnists didn't miss a trick. Bud Furillo in the Herald-
Examiner claimed that the pig released onto the field in the first half
las trying to show Oregon State the way to the goal line. "But it was
too late. Unlike the pig, the Beavers already had the apple in their
mouth and were being barbecued."
It was a near-total job of bitter annihilation of the visiting
"avers. Only Mel Anthony managed to edge a few kind words into
he hostile columns: "They were a good, tough football team. A lot
f people said they were rinky-dink, but they hit just as hard as
iybody we've played."
In the same line of adjectives, Sid Ziff of the Times: "The
:core . . . could have been worse but Bump Elliott considerately
,lied his rinky-dinks in the fourth quarter."
Ziff continues, "The kindly thing for Oregon State to have!
mne was to have admitted the facts of life and declined the Rose
owl invitation."
It was Michigan 34, Oregon State, 7, but the real winner was
he Los Angeles press-with a new record for the longest run at
he mouth from scrimmage.

(Continued from Page 1)
mark of 1,395, which also includ-
ed a Rose Bowl performance.
Dripping wet out of a hot show-
er, All-America tackle Bill Year-!
by told reporters what a wedge
is; in another corner Jim Detwil-
er briefed a correspondent on the!
facts of being a Rose Bowl half-
back; and defensive back Rick Sy-!
gar explained that the field really!
wasn't as slippery as it looked.
OSU Explanation
Across the way, Oregon State
Coach Tommy Prothro yelled for
some one to keep the door shut,
bit intona cord beef sandwich, and
tried to explain to a hostile Los
Angeles press why he'd just been
beaten by 27 points. "They were
better than I had anticipated," he
Prothro spent the game calling
the plays from the press box, com-
ing to the field only late in the
game when second string quarter-
back Gordon Queen replaced Paul
Brothers. "Queen can call his
own plays," quipped Prothro.
In the background, two 240-
pound tackles sang "Be Bop a
Lula" in the shower room.
Somebody commented that ."not!
only did Michigan do all the
pounding on the field, but the
Wolverines won the battle of the
bands, the rooting sections, the
cheerleaders, and the pranks."
In the last minute of the first
half some one let loose a gray
pig-with a big blue "M" painted
on its side-and the porker imme-
diately set a new Rose Bowl rec-
ord for single run by pig with a
100-yard sprint down the length
of the field. The "ham" was fin-
ally downed by a fan.
Bombs Away
Andafter Michigan's fi r s t
touchdown-the 84-yard run by
Anthony-some one heaved a bril-
liant yellow smoke bomb all the
way to midfield in a throw that
one reporter noted had beaten
Dallas Long's shot put record by
15 feet.
Michigan's band, all 206 of
them, beat the Oregon State band
on sheer numbers alone (OSU had
117-with 20 girls), but added a
spectacular New Year's Day show
to cap off a perfect season with'
no losses.

The Wolverines had an exciting
time of it before meeting the
Beavers. A week before the game
tackle Tom Mack lost a contact
lens at practice and had to have
a spare shipped emergency via
United Air Lines from Ann Arbor.
Lawry's, the prime rib restau-
rant, put on an all-you-can-eat
feast for both teams, and the Wol-
verines came home the victors by
putting away 250 pounds of beef.
Oregon State could manage only
230. All of which goes to prove
something, for in the nine years
that Lawry's has put on the din-
ner, the team that consumed the
most prime ribs went on to win
the Rose Bowl.
The Wolverines moved from
their headquarters in the Hunt-
ington-Sheraton, Pasadena, to the
seclusion of a monastery in the
hills to spend the evening before
the game.
Oregon State coach Prothro
commented after the game that
the Beaver strategy had been
"*position" football, with a de-i
fense that would keep Michigan
deep in its own territory. In this
aim, Prothro made frequent use
of star Beaverhpunter Len
Frketich, one of the boest in the
Kicking on second and third'
downs, Frketich booted nine times
at 44 yards a kick, incuding the
one that Wolverine Bob Mielke

-Daily-Jim Lines
IT WAS ALL YOU CAN EAT, and Michigan's Bob Timberlake,
right, and Rick Sygar dig into the prime rib dinner served up by
Lawry's Restaurant in Los Angeles. The Wolverines consumed
250 pounds of beef with Oregon State trailing with 230. In nine
years of the dinner, the team eating the most meat has won the
Rose Bowl game.

-Associated Press
"WELL, IT WAS THIS WAY" Michigan quarterback Bob
Timberlake tells reporters in the Wolverine lockerroom following
,the 34-7 Rose Bowl victory. Fullback Mel Anthony, with his
Most Valuable Player trophy at the left, scored three TD's in
the win.

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