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The Michigan System???
MONDAY'S MAIL (this is getting
to be a habit) brought two let-
ters, and strangely enough they take
opposite sides of the same question:r
"Is the Michigan system of football
all wrong?" I will not say that each
letter covers its side of the argu-
ment completely, but the two con-
tributions do bring out some good
points, so they will appear in the
Press Angle today and tomorrow.
Today's letter answers the
above-mentioned question in the
definite affirmative (and a bit in-
formally). Anyway, here goes.
And the address is "Student Pub-
lications Building, Maynard St."
Oct. 8th, 1936
Dear Andy :.
So the "wolves" have begun to
brandish their cudgels again, eh?
Like enraged Cherokees they'll prob-
ably stop at nothing short of Kipke's
scalp. It's criminal, I tell you, be-
cause (1) the "wolves" are a clan
of neurotic second guessers who vi-
cariously coach everything from the
government down to a sociable bridge
game with the same remarkable stu-
pidity, and (2) a good guy, is being
"railroaded." The swell mug I mean
is Kip.
Saturday's fiasco against State
was no more Kipkes fault than
mine, or yours, Andy. It would
require Atlases tutored in Hou-
dinic magici to make Michigan's
patented football work against
the high-geared, deceptive at-
tacks of ... say Minnesota, Notre
Dame or Ohio State. The square-
jawed mentor is no Houdini, al-
though his card-telephone trick
might have stumped the magi-
cian, and he hasn't any S amp-
sons to work with. Comparing
Michigan football to the modern
type, as exemplified by the teams
mentioned above, is tantamount
to matching a Model "T" with a
Lincoln Zephyr at a 1936 auto
show, if you get what I mean.
Kip is simply the victim of an
insidious system. "Insidious" is
perhaps the wrong word because
it implies "deceit"-and the only
deceit about the Wolverine set-
up is a line from its victory
chant ,"champions of the West."
In a word, our style of football is
Only a few years ago, when foot-
ball's offense consisted of tearing the
line apart, Michigan's system spread
awe among the foe because it fea-
tured a battalion of behemoths,, huge
young men whose only difference
from a stone wall was a simple mat-
ter of resilence. No lateral passes,
intricate reverses, or trick plays had
been introduced. The old idea was
to see who could break the other
guy's back quickest.

Michigan punted and prayed. Mich-
igan passed and prayed. Michigan
won football games as the super
strength of their forward walls bat-
tered all comers into submission.
Then came the TRANSITION.
The modern tempo quickened,
and the man who lays it on, the
line wanted his football opened
up. He preferred speed and de-
ception to brute strength. The
rulemakers, thoroughly enam-
ored of the prospect of 50,000
people watching their game,
bowed humNy to the public and
unloosed the strings. Plays with
five men handling the ball were
invented and the offense went to
town. Such stuff "wowed" the
customers. And when the cus-
tomers are "wowed" the coffers
,ingle-and that is the motivat-
ing item after all.
But an obdurate Michigan staff
adhe ed to itsfamed "punt, pass
and prayer" credo. They blinked
their eyes as little men, who
couldn't carry the, water for a
Wolverine eleven of the old days,
came in to challenge their supre-
macy. Speedy, shifty backs
really - carried the mail and the
Wolverines found themselves
slipping off the pedestal. Now
they've hit bottom.
Always kick off even when the op-
ponent runs the ball back for a
touchdown each time, because a
fumble is always a dangerous threat
to the best of teams.. Kick on third
down.. Be cautious. Stop, Look and
Listen. That's the system when
every other team in the country fea-
tures offense, plays that score.
Kipke and his entire staff has
grown in this tradition. They
know ho other. So go easy with
the Wolverine head coach. It's
not his fault at all. They say to
make a detached appraisal of
things at home, one should travel
abroad and find out what the
foreigners are doing. If the alien
system works better, well then
. . Do you get what I mean,
Andy? Your system-scrapper,
* *c*
New Enthusiasm
The outburst of enthusiasm from
the stands in the third quarter of
Saturday's game was as surprising
as it was encouraging. The Varsity
cheerleaders had begun to believe
that Michigan students had forgotten
how to cheer in the last three years,
and when out of the rain from the
east side of the Stadium "The Var-
sity" began to ring out without mu-
sical accompaniment, Tom Sullivan
and his boys almost keeled over.
Congratulations to the students
from the cheerleaders-and keep ur
the good work.

Trueblood Trophy Independents
To William Yearnd Will Organize
William H. Yearnd, '39, of Cadillac,
Mich., won the first Trueblood Golf I-M Program I
Cup tournament completed last week 6,_
end. Yearnd's score for the 72-hole 4:30 P.M. Meeting Today
medal tournament was 76-76-75-82- Being Held To DISCUSS
309. BigHl oDsus
Tied for second honors were Ken Plans For Teams
McCarren, '39, and Bill Warren, '39,
each tallying 312. McCarren shot a With inter-fraternity sports al- I
75-77-84-76 and Warren 81-77-75-79. ready under way, the Intramural de- a
Fred Schwarze, '39, was fourth scor- partment is starting to organize the N
ing 77-79-75-83-314. independent faction of the student t
Yearnd is one of the longest hitters body. All independent men who are t
ever to compete on the University interested in participating in the V
Golf course. His driving throughout sports on the I-M program are re-=w
the tournament was superior to tha iquested to report to the Intramural
of such stars as Johnny Fischer and Building at 4:30 p.m. today. t
Chuck Kocsis, and he is considered Informal Get-Together h
one of the leading candidates for the The meeting today is for the pur- t
Varsity next spring. pose of acquainting independent menv
Adverse weather conditions handi- with the sports facilities of the de-
partment and to urge immediate or-
capped the players throughout the ganization. There will be an infor-
tournament. mal get-together followed by basket-r
ball games for all present. To date
Steen A Tacke ten teams have entered in the inde- 1
pendent division, nine of which were
For Michigan May point winners in last year's competi-
tion. The D.D.'s who have had ano
Bolster Grid Hopes organized team for the last four yearsn
won the all-year championship last t
If the precedent of brother follow According to Earl Riske, assistant
brother is true, Michigan is soon to director of the Intramural sports pro-s
have another great tackle to follow gram, many successful teams have
in the footsteps of its two All-Amer- been organized in rooming or board-
icans of the past, Otto Pommerren- ing houses or from some one city or
ing and "Whitey" Wistert. state. A ten man team, he feels, is
Three years back the name of sufficient to carry on participation
Steen struck terror to the hearts of in every sport in the independent di-
Eastern college elevens; for Jim vision. Individuals will be awardedr
Steen, a present member fo the De- points for placing in any event and
troit Lions World's Professional these points are applied to the totalx
Champ ionswrAld'smercasntalon which will be determined the nu-'
Champions, was All-American tackle merical awards at the end of the
at Syracuse University acid a member year. Each member of the team win-
of the All-East Honor team. Enrollednyanah-earofheteshpwi-
in te feshan las attheUni- ning an all-year championship willr
in the freshman class at the U be presented with a gold medal in-
versity this year is Kenneth Steen, stead of a single trophy as is done ink
brother to this husky stalwart. the fraternity division.+
He is a candidate for the same post Program Divided
at which his brother won honors be- The program is divided into three I
fore him. Although smaller, Ken re- groups. In the fall group are in-'
veals promise of future success re- cluded touch football, handball andT
vealed from his high school showing volleyball; the winter sports are bas-
as well as from practice thus far. At ketball, relays, foul shooting and aT
present he is rated as the leading track meet; while the spring session1
player at his position. includes tennis, horseshoes and soft-
The Purvis boys, Hec and Jim, ball. Last year there were 38 teams1
blazed a crimson swath across the which placed in the various events
football horizon for the gold and black available to independents. The pro-
of Purdue. The brothers Everhardus, gram will swing into action officially
SPurdan.The risherEvemade hrson October 19 with touch football.
Herm and Chris, have made their All independents who are unable
mark at Michigan. to be present at today's meeting and
With the wealth of the past point- are interested in the program may
ing to the continued success of the turn in their names by proxy or by
kin, Michigan has an excellent op- telephoning the Intramural office as
portunity to continue this supremacy. soon as possible.

All Varsity wrestlers and those
interested in competing on the
wrestling team are to report at
7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Union.
Tazio Nuvolari Wins
Hell's Hairpin' Race
AsYank Pilots Fail
sland, N. Y., Oct. 12.-OP)-Over and
round hell's hairpin roared Tazio
vuvolari; the "Madman of Modena,"
o sweep to a brilliant but easy vic-
ory today in the 300-mile George
Vanderbilt cup race before 60,000
wind blown spectators.
As death took a holiday, the spec-]
acular 40-year-old Italian streaked]
his 12-cylinder Alfa Romeo car into
he lead before the first of 75 laps
was traversed over the dangerous
Roosevelt speedway, a track that re-
quired 1,200 turns and twists. He
never was headed except for a brief
ause for gas and oil during the 27th

Coach Kipke Stresses Speed,
Ball Handling In Light Drill


With the emphasis placed on speed,I
a passing offense, and careful hand-'
ling of the ball, Coach Harry Kipke's
Varsity. went through a light work-
out yesterday in preparation for Sat-
urday's game with Minnesota's Goph-
Coach Kipke gave his gridders a
short talk before practice and they
responded by showing a great deal of
snap and pep throughout the drill.
Forrest Jordan and Jesse Garber,
both of whom were taken to the hos-
pital following the Indiana game,
were in uniform but Garber's left
arm and hand were swollen to such
an extent that Coach Kipke does not
expect to be able to use him in the
Minnesota game.
After a short warm-up drill, Coach
Kipke picked a tentative line-up com-
posed of Art Valpey and Danny
Smick, ends; Earl Lubynand Fred
Janke at the tackles; George Mar-
zonie and John Brennan at the guard
positions; Joe Rinaldi at center and

Bill Barclay, Johnny Smithers, Ced-
ric Sweet, and Bob Cooper in the
backfield. Captain Matt Patanelli
was on the sidelines giving his in-
jured leg a rest.
Most of the afternoon was spent in
dummy scrimmage with the Valpey,
Smick, Elmer Gedeon, and Alex Loiko
alternating on pass receiving. Gedeon
and Valpey looked especially good in
this line of endeavor. Johnny Smith-
ers did most of the passing. Coach
Kipke stressed that fact that the
backs must hold on to the ball at all
While the Varsity was drilling on
passes, a reserve squad worked out
against the freshman.
Main Street

Nuvolari's time for the distance wast
[our hours, 32 minutes and 44.04 sec-l
onds, an average speed of 65.998
miles per' hour. That gave him a
total elapsed time lead of 11 minutes
and 57 seconds over Jean Wimille,
daring son of France, who finished
Third, the victim of a heartbreak-
ing sputtering, red hot motor with
second money all but clinched, came
Count Antonio Brivio of* Italy. Ray-
mond Sommer of France and Freddy
McAvoy, Australia, finished fourth
and fifth, with Mauri Rose of Colum-
bus, Ohio, leading the badly out-
classed Americans in sixth position.
Bringing up the rear in the prize
money division came Wild Bill Cum-
mings of Indianapolis, Philippe Et-
ancelin of France, Deacon Litz of Du-
bois, Pa., and Chuck Tabor, Orange,
N. J., in 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places.
BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 12.-(AP)-
Mrs. Helen Wills Moody, paired with
red-haired Donald Budge, won the
Pacific Coast mixed doubles cham-
pionship today with a 6-4 third set
victory over Helen Hull Jacobs, Wim-
bledon champion, and Henry Culley
of Santa Barbara.
At All Dealers
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