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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, September 14, 1974

P6ForTE IHIAtAIYSaudy Sptmbr 1. 97

DEFEND NATIONAL TITLE
Libels: undefeatable

By "WHOOP" CRANE
Which nationally feared foot-
ball squad has won its games
by the biggest point spreads in
the past few years?
Which gridiron machine has
rolled out more consecutive
victories than any other team
in history?
And, which team ;s stle to
recruit the ablest p!ayers year
in and year out without fail?
If you guessed Okla'soma,
USC, A I a b a m a, Ohio S*.ate,
Penn State, or Michigan, among
others, you would be wrong!
THE POWERHOUSE of this
great country thrives right iere
in Ann Arbor and is kown to
the loyal rooters as the Dtily
Libels. Libels for short.
The Libels, yea the Libels,
won games by point spreads of
77-0 (against Vassar), 110 to zip
and 35-7 (in one of the team's
poorest showings last season).
These slaughters unfolded be-
fore full-fledged opponents, for
when opponents forget to show
up, the Libels really step on
the gas. (The Daily uses the
term "forget" loosely. ?ctually
opponents face game time shak-
ing in their boots, and tend to
favor forfeit.)
The Libels have now amassed
a victory string of 712 games,
dating back to 1903. Even the
last loss was a disputed one. On
a Saturday afternoon in 1903, a
referee, reputed to be legally
blind, marked a ball 17 yards
short and the Libels were
forced to punt. Their momen-
tum dwindled soon after, not
because they gave up, but be-
cause the referee walked up to
an u n u s u a 11 y fat spectator,
greeted her, and promptly call-
ed the Libels for having too
many men on the field.

But the real story each year
with the Libels is its players.
Personalities which eventually
mesh each campaign and strive
for football perfection. In fact,
trivia experts neglect the Li-
bels. Arguing over which Libel
team is superior is futile.
What do Libel rooters look
forward to in 1974? Basically,

promises heads will roll if the
Libels don't gain 10,001 yards
on the ground this season. The
players identify with Feldman.
He's so kindly.
Feldman laments the loss of
gargantaun "constricTOR," tal-
ented "Escanaba" Bob McGinn,
and fleet-footed "Hank" Longo,
(otherwise known as "Felonious
Assault"). He also misses the
"Cornshucker" and "Hang 'em
high" Heuer. Tears come to
Feldman's eyes when he thinks
about the pressure packed
PAT's kicked by "Gorilla"
Greer one short year ago. But
he has immortalized his feel-
ings about how he'll miss the
'ole gang like so: "constric-
TOR" who?"
INDEED LIBEL f r tu n es
aren't in a trust fund. The
Stork has withdrawn fine new
talent. Rumor has it that Dave
"Melville" Wihak from Sas-
katchewan gave up a spot on
Michigan's hockey team to play
for the finely tuned Libels. (If
only he'd stop punting on third
down!)
The alternative duo of Kahler
and Cogsdill, with the help from
"Happy" Hastings and "Rajah"
Rossiter (the REAL brains of
the team) offer this final scout-
ing report:
"With "Ernest" Demingway
healthy (he shot himself last
y e a r), "Leaping" Liebster's
lightning lopes, "Mad Masher"
Merker's moves, "Loopenark"
Hertz's Saturday sight spirit,
Flaherty's return and Crane's
whoop, we're a cinch for the
national championship.
Cogsdill adds aptly: "Being
the place-holder, I can't see get-
ting much rest." Tough luck
"One-play"!

-1973 'A
Att Yds Ave LP
5Suttleswsorth 193 745 3.8 155
Heater114s6e 5.8 31
Chapman 111 542 4.8 53
Franklin 101 425 4.2 49
Bell 8464 1.2 04
Thornbladh 52 206 3.9 31
Cipa 24 e0 5.8 15
Iaslerig 7 63 9.0 34
seal 1 2 t0.0 20
Gustafson 1 11 11.0 11
Lytle 3 6 0.0 3
PASSING
alt eom int yds tds
Franklin 67 36 5 534 3
Cipa 35 13 2 163 1
Casey 3 1 1 10 0
RECEIVING
no yds tds LP
Seal 14 254 3 46
luaslerig 13 210 1 41
K. Johnsoin 9 108 0 59
Thornbladh 3 22 0 12
Smith 2 28 0 is
Guastafson 2 22 1 58
Chapman 2 1406 i
Bell 2 8 6
Heater 1 21 0 21
DenBoer 1 12 0 12
shiittlesworth 1 8 0 6
SCORING
TD PAT FG TP
Lantry 42 8,13 66
shuttlesworth 9 54
Chapman 6 42
Heater 6 36
Franklin 6 36
Thornbladh 5 30
Brll 4 24
Sral 4 24
Gustafson 1 6
Brown 1 6
PUNTING
No Yds Ave LP
Dotzauer 54 2111 39.0 56

4-' Stats
PUNT RETURNS
no Tys ave TDs LP
Brown 14 105 8.9 1 53
Chapman 13 179 - 13.8 1 03
Drake 9 139 5.4 0 5
KICKOFF RETURNS
no yds ave TD9 LP
Chapman 6 135 22.5 0 28
Haslerig 5 112 224 0 31
Heater 4 84 11.9 0 28
Thornbladh 3 36 12.0 0 18
Bell 2 47 23.5 0 23
Brake 1 15 15.0 0 15
INTERCEPTIONS
no yds TDs LP
Dotzauer 3 13 0 12
Brown 2 38 0 24
Drake 2 12 0 7
Coleman 2 6 0 6
Strinko 1 17 0 17
Koss 1 3 0 3
Burks 1 1 0 1
Dufek 1 0 S0 0
Ross 1 0 0 0
TEAM STATISTICS
Mich. Opp.
First Downs 211 134
Rushing 165 134
Passing 35 62
Penalty 11 7
Offensise Plays 860 661
Offensive Yards 3915 2396
Rushing Att. 695 444
Rushing Yds. 3208 1075
P'assing Att. 165 017
Passing Yds. 70 1321
Passes Comleted 63 82
Intercepted by 14 9
Futmbles/lost 36/15 43/21
Penalties/Yards 58/160 34/095
No. of Punts 55 71
Ave. Yards per Punt 38.6 35.9
SCORES BY QUARTER
MICHIGAN 86 103 59 82-330
Opponents 0 33 16 19- 68

Libel fan
a team stressing speed and fi-
nesse over the previous Libel
teams of sheer bulk.
MEN LIKE "Glazed Ham"
Glazer, S.G.C.. Schiller, Con-
gressman O'Hara, and "Wild
Bill" Stieg don't precisely blow
open holes. But they're report-
edly so quick, a Libel opponent
is sure to have his laces tied
together before he can read the
number on a Libel jersey-far
less a Libel play.
Task m a s t e r Marc "the
Stork" Feldman takes over for
the highly successful, flambuo-
yant Dan "Ecofreek" Borus at
the coaching reigns. Feldman

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Big Ten Standings
1973 FINAL
WLT PF PA WLT PF PA
MICHIGAN 7 0 1 245 58 10 0 1 330 68
Ohio State 7 0 1 307 37 10 0 1 413 64
Minnesota 6 2 0 193 199 7 4 0 260 295
Illinois 4 4 0 127 109 5 6 0 164 147
Purdue 4 4 0 147 162 5 6 0 200 213
Michigan State 4 4 0 69 108 5 6 0 114 164
Northwestern 4 4 0 162 220 5 6 0 188 299
Wisconsin 3 5 0 138 161 4 7 0 216 237
Indiana 0 8 0 96 228 2 9 0 151 271
Iowa 0 a a 9 4-2" a a 1" 30

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Watch Your Wolverines

Another ex
athletics is
beginning. C
Big Ten co-
run at the
has almost
ing.
Plan now to
basketball a
down a coue

00
This Fall and Winter
citing s e a s o n of Michigan gymnastics team will host a Big Ten Invita-
here and football is just the tional meet on Jan. 11-12, and the Big Ten
:oach Johnny Orr will have his Championships on Mar. 28-29. Gus Stager's
champions primed for another swimmers meet Indiana Jan. 31, while Jack
title, while Coach Dan Farrell Harvey's track team will compete in the new
his entire hockey team return- multi-sports buildings with the Michigan
Relays on Jan. 25.
reserve your seat for all the Coach Bill Johannesen-Eight home WRES-
nd hockey action and also mark 'LING meets scheduled in Criser Arena
ple of other dates. Newt Loken's starting Dec. 2.
Hockey Opens
Oct. 25,
Basketball
on Nov. 30
HOCKEY at Home
OCT. 25-26 - OHIO STATE
i NOV. 1-2 - WISCONSIN
NOV. 22--23 - MICHIGAN TECH
NOV. 29-30 - COLORADO
DEC. 14 - MICHIGAN STATE
DEC. 27-28 - GREAT LAKES TOURNEY
c at DETROIT OLYMPIA
JAN. 3-4 - NOTRE DAME
JAN. 24-25 - MINNESOTA
FEB. 14-15 - NORTH DAKOTA
FEB. 21-22- DENVER
FEB. 28 --MICHIGAN STATE

BASKETBALL at Home
NOV. 30- TOLEDO
DEC. 7-- TENNESSEE
DEC. 20-21 - MICHIGAN
INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
JAN. 4-- OHIO STATE
JAN. 6-- INDIANA
JAN. 25-- NORTHWESTERN
JAN. 27-- WISCONSIN
FEB. 8-- MICHIGAN STATF
FEB. 15 --IOWA
FEB. 17-- MINNESOTA
MARCH 1 - PURDUE
MARCH 3-- ILLINOIS

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