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Y, OCT. 14, 1936


Varsity Shows Aggressiveness, Pep In Smothering Fre


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Yes, The Michigan System!!
As promised (or threatened) yesterday, here is a negative answer to the
question: "Is the Michigan system of football all wrong?" "Joe College," as
the writer terms himself, has not gone into his side of the question com-
pletely, but he has some arguments from actual facts and an idea on
what is wrong-and after all, everyone is entitled to his own opinion.


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Smithers And
Cooper Score
EasilyIn Drill
Barclay May Start Against
Gophers Saturday; Team
Leaves Tomorrow
Working to the count of "Get a
Gopher, Get a Gopher," Coach Harry
Kipke's proteges went through a long,
hard drill yesterday afternoon in
preparation for their game with Min-
nesota's unbeaten Gophers this Sat-
urday. The squad will leave on the
5:20 p.m. train tomorrow for Min-
The high spot of the long practice
session was a scrimmage between the
Varsity and the best of the freshman
squad. The Varsity led by Bob Coop-
er and Johnny Smithers ran wild over
the yearlings and scored five touch-
downs in the space of 20 minutes.
Cooper gained ground almost at will
around the freshman ends and ex-
hibited some very pretty broken field

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Mr. George J. Andros, Sports Ed.,
Michigan Daily, Ann Arbor, Mich.'
Dear Mr. Andros:
I am what is commonly and not very affectionately known as a downtown
coach. I hold a similar position to the back seat driver. I couldn't chart
five football plays to save my skin, nor could I instruct anyone as to the
proper form of blocking or tackling; yet I consider myself an "average ex-;
pert"-if I may so coin the phrase. I go to games, occasionally watch
someone else besides the ball-carrier, hear other people's opinion, expressE
my own, etc. In this position I get a pretty complete picture of what the1
other members of my profession think of Saturday's game, and it is myz
fond hope that you will consider same worthy of print in your fine
At present we of the outside are divided into two forts. For convenience
I shall refer to them as the bulls and the bears. The bulls, myself included
are sitting back, complacently waiting for the day, however remote, that will
find Michigan football back on top. We have confidence that Kip knows
his apples as far as football is concerned; we have confidence that the team
wants to win; we doubt the presence of any dissension; we are sure that the
backbone of the team, the seven or eight green (the word is admirable here)
sophomores, will bring home the bacon. When, we are not prepared tc
predict. Nevertheless, each and everyone of us would be willing to wage
the price of many, many beers to support our assertion.
What of the bears? They're howling (as they so readily do) for
blood! The core of their whole argument seems to be the assertion
that Michigan football is outmoded, done, finished. Why doesn't
the team open up, they cry! How about some trick laterals, fancy
ball-handling, ... how about some real razzle-dazzle football. How
they sat aghast when Herr Schmidt's "Scarlet Scourge" mopped up
last year. How simple it all seemed when the game had ended. That's
what Michigan needed . . trick stuff .. . Yost's brand of football was
through. This cry has started to crescendo this year.
Whether they realize it or not the bears took a terrific trimming last
Saturday. Ohio State, yes the same Scarlet Scourge, went down before th
mighty Pitt Panthers, 6-0, in a game that found Pittsburgh employing the
type of football used before 1906 ... before the advent of the forward pass
Pitt played straight football, employing no deception to any extent, and
never threw a lateral or forward pass all afternoon. Ohio's famed razzle-
dazzle attack, including a maximum of lateral and forward passing, wa
completely throttled as the big Pitt linesmen burst in and smothered the
passer often before he could get the ball away. Pitt marched down the
field in the first quarter on off-tackle power plays and were stopped only
after they had reached the five yard line by the undeniably great forward
wall of Ohio State. From that time until the fourth, quarter Pitt bided hei
time waiting for a break. The break came on a poor punt by Tippy Dye an
the boys from the Smoky City went on to win going away. And they te.
you the old time stuff is finished.
Fordham did the same thing in a similar manner to Southern Methodist
another "flying-trapeze" team. The boys from out Texas way never had a
chance as the Rams, capitalizing on a long run, set them back 7-0. Stan-
ford, another "straight football" team did the same -thing last January tc
S.M.U. in the Rose Bowl. Southern California, who is emerging from a de-
pression similar to the one which we are now in, overwhelmed Illinois, 24-6
with an attack based on sound, fundamental football. The Trojans made
most of their gains on straight power plays through the line.. . old-fashioned
stuff. . . and although their attack was augmented by a strong aerial attack,
it was their straight, smashing ground offensive that put them ahead. Oh
yes, our style of fooball is outmoded.
Well, if they mean by outmoded the type of football employed
by the aforementioned teams I guess they're sort of talking through
their hats. If they mean the center plunge, off-tackle smash and end
run are old-fashioned they are forgetting teams like Minnesota, Notre
Dame, Fordham, Princeton, et al, whose fundamental attack is power,
drive, and lots of it. True, these teams occasionally throw a lateral
pass, (Minnesota did Saturday and by doing so beat Nebraska), but
anyone with the slightest knowledge of football will agree that this
type of play is only a minute part of their offensive. Yet they cry that
we're using football that is dead and buried, but so are many other
teams and winning plenty of games by it too.
What the team needs to win, we believe, is three or four keymen . .
three or fopr real stars. A Newman at quarter, an Oosterbaan at end, and
a Wistert at tackle might mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Perhaps some of the sophomores who we are belittling today, or one of the
freshmen who is taking it on the chin in practice daily, will fill the bill.
If they do you'll find Michigan football, Yost's and Kip's football, winning
again. In the space of three short years the class of the country has dropped
to a second rate team. Because the brand of football has changed? No, but
because the stars are lacking to make the system click. When the stars do
arrive, and I have a hunch it won't be long now, the razzle-dazzle boys will
really have something to ponder over. In the meantime let them yell their
respective lungs out.
Yours in the hope that happy days will soon be here again,



Smithers Improves
Smithers also looked good on some
off tackle slants, coming out of the
line very hard and fast. Cooper and
Smithers tried a few passes, most of
which were completed to Bill Barclay
vho was working in the capacity of
the signal caller. Barclay also turned
in some bits of fine broken field run-
1ing. Cedric Sweet performed his us-
ial duties as a battering ram.
The Varsity line had Art Valpey
%nd Elmer Gedeonuat the ends, Fred
Janke and Earl Luby in the tackle
positions, George Marzonie and John
Brennan as guards, and Joe Rinaldi
at the center post. With the excep-
tion of Gedeon, this is the lineup that
will probably start the game against
Minnesota. Capt. Matt Patanelli will
be the starting left end.
A part of the afternoon's drill was
levoted to the fundamentals of the
tame with all the linemen working
out extensively on blocking and
tackling. In line with Coach Kipke's
3mphasis on speed and more speed,
the guards were given practice in
pulling out of the line. Two guards
lined up on one side of the goal posts
and raced each other around to the
other side.
Kipke Stresses Signals
The squad was divided into fourl
teams for signal drill and the first
team under Coach Kipke's careful
tutelage was given a long session
along this line in an effort to have
'very man understand every play
perfectly. Each of the squads then
took the defensive against a freshman
,quad using Minnesota plays.
A kicking drill ended the practice
with Cooper and Sweet doing the
punting, Jordan and Phillips trying
kick-offs, and Alex Loiko working on
field goals. Joe Rinaldi performed as'
the center. Sweet got off some long,
nigh punts and was getting good ones
tway consistently but Cooper's kick-
ng was far below his usual form.
Hartnett Will Not
Go To The Dodgers
CHICAGO, Oct. 13.-(AP)-Charles
Leo (Gabby) Hartnett, veteran Chi-
;ago Cub's catcher whom baseball
rumor said might be traded to the
Brooklyn Dodgers, will start his 16th
season in the majors next spring
with the same old gang-the Cubs.
A report that he might go to
Brooklyn in exchange for Van Lingle
Mungo, Dodgers ace pitcher, reached
Gabby's ears late today and he hur-
ried to owner P. K. Wrigley's office
for the "inside information." He in-
formed Wrigley he didn't want to
manage Brooklyn, he didn't want to
go to Brooklyn in any capacity, and
that he didn't want to leave Chi-
"Well, if that's the case there is
nothing for me to say except that
you will stay here," replied Wrigley.

Minnesota Stalwarts

'Hercules' Rhinda Northwestern, Ohio State Game
Pops Out Of Grass Features Conference Clash
To Scare'Gridmen ________
By CLAYTON HEPLER that charmed circle against Indi
By GLEN PHELPS Although Nebraska, the champions The Cornhuskers lost a heartbre
When the freshman team was put h to the Gophers in the last 68 sec
up against an entirely rejuvenated of the Big Six, and the Ramblers of last Saturday's game but she
Varsity squad in a real he-man scrim- from Notre Dame are making an ap- well in a 34-0 rout of Iowa S
mage yesterday afternoon, they had pearance in Big Ten circles this Sat- Bo McMillin's Hoosiers, although
tucked away in the grass behind their urday, Conference gridiron interest defeated to date, will be rated

Minn. Minn,
Pictured above are six members
of Minnesota's powerhouse eleven
who are expected to give the Wol-
verines a very busy afternoon this
Saturday. The Gophers will be at-
tempting to break Notre Dame's
string of successive victories.
Weber's Frosh
Squad Exhibits
Class In Drill
Getting their first dose of real
football weather that has come their
way this fall, the freshman grid squad
tore into the practice yesterday as
though a national championship
rested on the outcome of the after-
noon's work.
As a result of Coach Wally Weber's
unlimited patience, the large collec-
tion of first rate football material
is rapidly taking form, and there is
much promise in the ranks of these
hopefuls that points to better days
ahead for Michigan football.
The group was divided into four
squads and each squad put to work
on the details of play execution with
dummy scrimmage featuring the
drill. Later on, the squad working
under Coach Fisher was put to work
defensively against the Varsity in
actual combat. They dug in with
everything they had and while the
big team was 'hot' and getting 'hot-
ter," still the freshmen gave good
accounts of themselves. To pick the
outstanding performers in such a
practice is almost impossible because
they change men so often. However,
the defensive play of Hendrichs,
Linsz and Rhinda stood out.

third line of defense, a virtual pow-
erhouse of the pocket variety. f
The big team, their white sweat'
shirts all dirty by this time, was rap-
idly getting down to fine points in
the workout, when a forward pass was
ordered. At the snap, Smithers
dropped back and heaved a long one
that looked to be right into Bill Bar-
clay's arms. No one was in sight who
might threaten Barclay's taking the
ball until suddenly up out of the grass
popped this midget menace, and the
ball promptly popped out of Bill's
clutching fingers.
Perhaps to say that 'Hercules'
Rhinda can literally hide in the grass
and await his chance is putting it a
little too strongly, but go and see for
yourself, if what there is of him can't
get into more people's way than a
many of the prominent halfbacks.
But knocking enemy passes askew
is not his only forte. He dropped
Barclay on another occasion when
Bill had only the one man to beat for
a touchdown, and Cedric Sweet had
his hands plenty full trying to clear
the little man out of big Bob Coop-
er's way as the latter wiggled his Way
over for six points. He cannot make
a defensive ball team in himself, but
'Hercules' Rhinda will leave his mark
on many a ball carrier before the
enemy can get across his goal line.
11M Speedball
Openers Show
Scoring Power
Two closely fought games that were
decided in overtime periods and two
games whose final scores showed the
scoring ability all on one side were
played yesterday in the first round of
the fraternity speedball tourney of
the intramural sports program.
In one of the overtime games, Psi
Upsilon defeated Lambda Chi Alpha,
6-5, with but five seconds remaining
to be played in the overtime period
In the other extra period game Sig-
ma Phi Epsilon beat Sigma Nu, 4-3
Bill Howell, Theta Chi ace, -led his
team to a lopsided victory over Phi
Kappa Psi. The final score was
23-1. Howell scored four soccer goals
to lead the scorers with 12 points. Os-
good scored the only point for the
losers on an end goal. In the re-
maining 'game Phi Kappa Psi easily
trounced Kappa Sigma, the score be-
ing 15 to 1. R. Morgan, R. Dobson
and I. Irwin led the scoring for th
winners, Morgan making a soccer goal
and an end goal. The others eac
managed to kick a soccer goal. Dor
Creagan scored the only point fo
Kappa Sigma, a penalty goal in th
third quarter.
Today eight more teams will play
in the first round of the tournament
Phi Lambda Phi plays Chi Psi, anc
1Delta Upsilon meets Kappa Nu i
the first games scheduled for 4:15
Alpha Kappa Lambda and Phi Sigm
Delta play in one of the 5:15 games
while Lambda Chi Alpha and Thets
Chi meet in the fourth game sched-

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will be centered on Evanston, Ill., unueruos as eui
where Coach Lyn Waldorf's proteges Michibeen stiff. In a
Mihgan, Indiana r
will attempt to further deflate the ing Colonels from C
football sails of the invading Scarlet lacking the Saturda
Scourge from Ohio State. Coach Harry Stul
Pre-season dopesters had it that his Wisconsin tean
the Buckeyes were right up in there to his alma mater w
with Minnesota when it came to against hope that
picking a national championforthisgin otre Dame a
year, and the Scarlets' 60-0 landslide a Conference team
over the Violets from New YorkUni- dropped two and %
versity fully substantiated that be- Fighting Irish are a
lief. But last Saturday at Columbus F lghgriart
Dutch Schmidt's flea flickers, lat- All other Big T
erals and wide open grid play availed playing in the Con:
the Columbus boys nought as the due favored over C
power plays of the Pittsburgh Pan- picked to beat the
thers shoved any national aspirations
they had into the ground with a 6-0 SWEET AS
The Wildcats, with two pelts al-
ready hooked onto their caps, are
just spoiling to set the Buckeyes f'
down another notch. Their first vic-
tory was at the expense of the Iowa
Hawkeyes and their mighty Oze Sim- r
mons to the tune of 18-7, while last
week they pushed theNorth Dakota
State team all over the field in win-
ning 40-7.
The Scarlet Scourge will be at its
scourgingist to avert loss of Big
Ten honors in addition to its national
hopes, but it will havesto be at its
best to run over the strong PurpleC
line that held the Hawkeyes to two
first downs and 20 yards gained by
rushing in spite of the mighty Oze
The pride of the Big Six will still NUTHINE
be seeking a win over a Big Ten team Also Imperial Ye
this year in their second invasion of



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Scout Warns State
Of Missouri Power
EAST LANSING, Oct. 13-(1P)-The
scouts came home today with a warn-
ing to Michigan State to beware of
Missouri in the homecoming football
game here Saturday.
Mike Casteel, assistant coach and
chief of the scouting force, said Mis-
souri would come here this week-end
with a well-equipped team, powerful
in the line and with a tricky back-
"Any team that sticks its chin out
in front of Missouri can expect to have
it clipped,' Casteel said. "They're fast
and strong."
The game will match two unde-
feated elevens fighting to remain in
the national football sun, although
Missouri has a tie against it.
Head Coach Charles Bachman sent

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