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October 17, 1933 - Image 3

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Don't Shout Yet...
Apologies . .
The Line . .

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it is a person who says "I told you
so," especially in regard to doping
football games and teams, which oc-
cupation is one fraught with uncer-
tainty, sorrow, and damage to one's
reputation as a seer and soothsayer.
And if anyone but Gil Dobie ever
tells you that he doped Michigan to
win over Cornell by anything like
forty to nothing, send him along tol
me as I would like to use him as a
prognosticator extraordinary.
Last week the Wolverines, to most
gentlemen of the press, were very l
mediocre indeed. In fact, while I
was characterizing Michigan's per-
formance in the State game as "fair-
ly satisfactory," these gentlemen
were again busy at the age-old busi-
ness of minimizing Michigan. How-
ever, do not get the idea that I am
saying "I told you so," because it is
too early in the season to say any-
thing like that and I would prefer to
wait until the end of the season and
simply shout it, if there is anything
left to shout about by that time.
However, these same parties who
were running down the Wolverines
last week are busily engaged pound-
ing typewriters which machines are
turning out reams and reams of copy
to the effect that Michigan has the
Big Ten title all sewed up and so
Maize and Blue have not yet had
a conference game, and that this
Saturday the local eleven will run
into Ohio State, a tremendously pow-
erful outfit with a line rateduas prob-
ably the best in the country. In
fact, I should say that the two best
lines in the nation will clash here
Michigan's weight advantage over
Cornell's line was eighteen pounds
to the man, which is an enormous
help on a dry field; Ohio State may
even have a slight line advantage.
What's more, the Buckeye backfield
has shown up as the best in years
down there. If there is any winning
to be done on the part of Michigan
it will be on (1) Regeczi's punting
(2) Smart football as expounded by
Coach Harry Kipke through quar-
terback Fay (3) outside chance: a
very good passing attack.
So it is too early to do any shout-
ing about Michigan. Cornell was a
very weak defensive team; the Big
Reds just couldn't tackle on Satir-
day and the Wolverines were block-
ing their lighter opponents easily.
But dQ not count on the Ohio State
secondary defense to miss very many
tackles. It is not usually considered
as good etiquette on Buckeye squads.
I might recommend that anyone
here who has any shekels to bet on
the Wolverines next Saturday give
his extra money to some good home
for Blind Mice to prevent the pos-
sibility of some Ohio party having a
good time with same.
* * *

field of National or Big Ten foot-1
ball looking for a likely champion, do
not look at first for men who are
reputed to be the world's best ball-
carriers, line smashers, and what1
have you. Look first at the seven
men behind whom they work . . .
look to the line if you are after a
championship machine.
These boys in the backfield are im-
portant; they are the men who get
most of the publicity because from
the stands, you can't see a great deal
of what is going on in the mess and
scramble into which the two forward
walls resolve themselves as soon as
the ball is snapped. But it is right
down there in the dirt and turf of
the line of scrimmage that things
are going on which determine na-
tional championships.
Purdue is an outstanding example
of all this. Purdue has a wonderful
backfield, but there seems to have
been some slight oversight on the
part of these gentlemen who picked
Purdue as a hands-down Conference
winner. They forgot all about the
You could take Primo Carnera,
Jack Dempsey, Ed Londos, and
Strangler Lewis, and endow them
with the speed and shiftiness of Red
Grange, send them against a good
line while you had a poor one, and
you wouldn't make an inch.
I-M Staff Organizes
Independent Teams
In an attempt to organize the in-
dependents, the Intramural Depart-
ment has scheduled an open house
for this Friday. Basketball teams
will be made up temporarily and
short games will be played. Later
in the afternoon, permanent teams
will be organized and an indepen-
dent basketball league will be under
The entire week is being devoted to
independent activities and a touch
football league composed of 15 teams
will start the season this Wednes-
day. All Independent men are be-
ing urged to cooperate and help out
the intramural department in this
sustained effort to foster interest in
the activities of the building and to
give everyone a chance to participate
in organized games.

Football Squad
Forced Inside;
Plays Stressed
Light Workout Featurest
Practice; Kipke Drillst
On Running Attack
Forced by the inclement weathert
to keep his squad in the Field House
during the entire afternoon yester-
day, Coach Kipke utilized the, time
to good advantage by giving the teamj
several new plays and revising nu-
merous old ones.
Kipke seems to have decided after
Saturday's game that Michigan's
running attack, with Herm Ever-
hardus in the starring role, is worth
perfecting. Most of the new plays
are designed for Everhardus or are
intended to set the stage for him.
Petoskey, who was drawn into the
backfield for several plays Saturday,
got his chance to carry the ball on
some new end-around plays.
Only One Out
With the exception of Zit Tessmer,
whose college football career was
definitely ended after he suffered a
broken collar bone in the Cornell
game, John Viergiver, sophomore
tackle, was the only member of the
squad not in uniform for yesterday's
drill. Viergiver has a cold and Train-
er Roberts has advised him to take it
easy for a few days.
Whitey Wistert and Chuck Ber-
nard contented themselves with very
light workouts, but the rest of the
first string spent nearly two hours
running through the new plays.
Yesterday's Line Up -
The first squad lined up with Pe-
toskey and Ward at the ends, Austin
and Jacobson, tackles; Kowalik and
Borgmann, guards; and Fuog at cen-
ter. What seems to have become of
the regular backfield combination of
Fay, Regeczi, Everhardus and Hes-
ton spent over an hour at the back-
field posts, but Renner, Oliver,
Triplehorn and Westover also got
their chances to learn the new plays.
Renner and Westover seem fated
to fight it out now for the position
of understudy to Fay. Westover 'did
well at safety, and carried the ball
acceptably against the Big Reds.
Renner, meanwhile, established the
fact that he can throw passes un-
der the fire of actual game conditions
and will undoubtedly be called upon
to demonstrate his specialty some-
time during the Buckeye game.
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Misfortune Follows Tessmer
During Fntire Gridiron Career
By ROLAND MARTIN As a freshman, Tessmer was con-
The varied career of Estil Tessmer sidered one of the best football pros-
as a Michigan football player came pects among the yearlings. In the
to a rather tragic end Saturday when spring of 1930, Zit was awarded the
the senior quarterback suffered a Chicago Alumni Trophy against
broken collar-bone shortly after tough competition from such poten-
Coach Harry Kipke sent him into the tial stars as Harry Newman.
Cornell game as a substitute late in That fall, as a sophomore quarter-
the second period. back, Tessmer started the first two
The gods of chance haven't smiled games before the sensational work
very warmly on Tessmer during his of Newman forced him into the back-
tenure on Michigan football squads, ground. Tessmer showed considera-
first as a yearling gridder in the fall ble ability as a field general in those
of 1929, and later as a regular quar- first two games, but had to make
terback. And they must have looked way for a brilliant passer.
a w a y altogether It was in 1931 that Tessmer really
when Kipke sent came into his own. In the double-
Zit into the game header which opened the Michigan
just before t h e schedule, Tessmer was at right half
end of the half to in the game against Mt. Pleasant.
:. .replace Everhard- His passing and blocking ability ma-
- us. terially aided the Wolverines in gain-
O n t h e first ing a victory over the Bearcats. New-
J t"{ play, Switzer, Cor- man was the regular quarterback to
." nell quarterback, start that season, but Kipke started
dropped back to Tessmer in the Illinois game because
punt, but instead Zit was considered a better field gen-
of kicking, he ran eral than Newman. In that game,
TESSMER with the ball for Tessmer's calling of plays started the
five yards before Wolverines on a touchdown jaunt
Tessmer spilled him. It was an un- that crushed the Illini 35 to 0. Tess-
fortunate tackle for the Wolverine mer was given the call at quarter in
back because it was on this play that both the Princeton and Indiana
his collar-bone snapped. Zit, who games in '31 and his generalship and
has never been accused of lacking excellent blocking stamped him as a
fight, did not give up even then, re- first rate quarter.
maining in the game until the gun But just when it seemed that he
ended the period. He was in there was getting started, he became ineli-
doing his share in the three plays gible. Last year, he did not school
that were run off before the half at all.
ended. Back in football togs again this
In the dressing room between the fall, Tessmer tried hard and lately
halves, Dr. Frank Lyman examined has been rated just under Fay as reg-
the shoulder and found that Tess- ular quarter. But again the Fates
mer's football days for Michigan have ruled Zit out; this time his
wereover. The clavicle was broken. football career is finished.

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