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That Man Again
FROM A FLINT READER (and he gives his name and address) comes
clipping from The Flint News-Advertiser. No comment is necessary,
think; the trend of thought is quite obvious.


Tod Rockwell, Detroit Free Press sports writer and former quarterback
at Michigan, says the blame for the University of Michigan's dismal football
failure during the last three years belongs to Fielding H. Yost, athletic direc-
tor. He said so here Thursday in a red-hot address before the Kiwanis Club.
R-ckwdcl blamed the "selfish desire of an arrogant, conceited,
bigoted, old fool for a permanent memorial to his name" for an in-
debtednes of $1,300,000 outstanding on Michigan's football stadium. I
He declared'"that mass of concrete" was to blame for the condition
which "has been existing and will exist as long as Yost is around
..elfishly whining, snarling, crying and bitter because he is going to die
before the debt is paid."
The speaker vehemently declared it was Yost's attitude of "you've got to
win" which causes Harry Kipke, head coach, to pass the responsibility down
to its eventual resting place-heads of the team. He said, "the team has
two strikes on it before the start of any of its games because of the burden of
that concrete mess and the mental state in which the men are placed."
Rockwell added that the burden of that indebtedness is placed squarely upon
the brow of Flint's Biel Barclay, the present quarterback, before each game.
In comparing the fortunes of Minnesota with those of Michigan,
Rockwell stressed the fact that "Minnesota his one coach and an
athletic director who is content to sit in his office." Michigan, on
he other hand, he declared, "has a selfish, publicity grabbing old fool
who is' continually trying to crowd everybody out of the picture."
Since Kipke is under fire, however, because of defeats, Rockwell said,
Yost and his pets have been andBare trying to impress people with how little
they have to do with the football direction of the university's team. "I can't
tell you whether Kipke is a good football coach or not," Rockwell told the Ki-
wanians, "because he has never been on his own."
Rockwell scorned stories that Kipke had received offers from eastern'
colleges and that he had been given a raise in pay to keep him from joining
another institution. He called the entire matter a -"cooked up scheme to
give his boys a raise."
*" * * *
The Michigan Alumnus
TWO FORMER Michigan Stars have been very much present in the sport
pages these days as they seek new worlds to conquer. Dick Degener,
Olympic diving champions and at present an Ann Arbor clothing merchant,
will soon start on a nation-wide tour as a professional, while Johnny Sherf,
former Wolverine hockey captain, is battling for a berth on the Detroit Red
'Wings, world's professional champions.
On tour with Degener will be such well-known stars as Jack Medica,
Marshall Wayne, next to Degener the world's greatest diver; and Dor-
othy Poynton Hill, the fornier Georgia Coleman and Lenore Knight
Win gard among the feminine stars.
Sherf apparently is on his way toward becoming a major league hockey
star, although hampered considerably by the recurrence of a shoulder injury
suffered last year when he was playing with the Detroit Olympics. He is a
left wing who can skate with the best of them even in major competition,
and Manager Jack Adams of the Wings is not so sure that the husky Calu-
inet product is not ready to step up this year-provided that shoulder remains
itact for a while.
Vic ("They Shall Not Pass") Heyliger, present Varsity captain, is another
on whom Adams has had his eye for quite some time. While not the flashy
skater Sherf is, Heyliger possesses a poke check that is nothing short of phe-
homenal-as the Minnesota forwards who struggle to pass center ice when
Michigan is on the defensive can well testify.

Bowling Starts
After Vacation
130 Contestants Entered
In Union Pin Tourneys;
Form Three Leagues
Officials in charge of the Union
bowling alleys announced yesterday
afternoon that the Interfraternity
bowling league will be put into oper-
ation soon after the beginning of
the new year.
At the present time, there are three
different leagues under way, with}
about a hundred and thirty people
taking part in the contests. The Uni-
versity group is made up of teamsF
entered by the various divisions of
the University staff, while a second,
the Service Clubs league, consists of
six teams entered by the local Rotary
and Kiwanis organizations. The third
league is open to all students on
the campus, and at present, boasts
about fifty participants.
The members of the University and
the Service Clubs leagues contributeI
each week towards a common fund
in their respective groups, to be di-
videdrbetween teams pronounced
winners when the season closes in
the spring. The Union Trophy will
go to the winning fraternity team in
their own contests mentioned above.:

Former All-American And Pro
Grid Star Is Faculty Member
Improved Michigan Team Lig Ten. In 1921 he was selected
Causes Illinois Mentor To s tackle on the coveted All-American
eleven, undoubtedly the greatest
Rate Squads Even honor a football player can reveive.
His gridiron career did not end here
By BUD BENJAMIN however.
An All-American and professional He combined teaching in the soci-
football star in the sociology de- ology departnment with line coaching
partment should rank as high in news at his alma-mater in 1924, the same
value as the famous man who bit year that Harry G. Kipke coached

the equally fam.ous dog.
Yet in the person of Prof. Herbert
Blumer this situation becomes a real-
ity. Professor Blumer, a graduate of
the University of Missouri, played!
three years of football in his college
days. To say that his record was
impressive along this line would
scarcely do him justice.
In 1919 and 1920 he was all-Missis-
sippi Valley tackle, which corresponds
to an all-Conference rating in the
State Set For I
Boston College
Tilt Saturday

the backfield at the sames
Played With Nevers


Bachman Winds Up
Drills; Light W
Top Off Practice




All candidates for the freshmen
basketball squad are to report at EAST LANSING, Oct. 28.-(R)-
7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Waterman The Michigan State College football
gym. squad wound up today the heavy
part of its work of preparing for Sat-
Extensive plans are being made to urday's game at Boston College.
open three different billiard tourna- Coach Charley Bachman ran the
ments in the immediate future, with boys through another heavy scrim-
the deadline for entries in these mage, with attention centering on the
events established at the end of this so-called "Junior Varsity" or second'
week. Competition in two classes of string players wvhom he has prom-
pocket billiards, cushion biliiard ised to promoteto first string duty.
tournaments, and one in the straight- The unusual training he has given
rail variety will be offered. These his big sophomore right end, Olenel-
tourneys will be open to any and all son, indicated Bachman planned to
students on campus, and inasmuch use him a great deal against the pow-
as the entry list is not quite complete erful Boston squad. The six-foot-
at the present time, all billiard en- four end specializes in receiving for-
thusiasts are urged to sign up at ward passes. With one huge hand
once. Prizes will be offered for the wrapped around the ball, he is a fast,
winners in these competitions. hard man to stop. No one recalls
Pingpong too will be featured in the last time he fumbled, despite his
the Unionbilliard room during 'the one-hand carry.
winter months, with Interfraternity Bachman said today, however, he
ping pong scheduled to start in about expects Ernest Bremer, outstanding
two weeks time, providing sufficient sophomore right end, to be recovered
interest is manifest in this branch from his injuries in time to start at
of the activities, that position.

In 1925 he went to the University
of Chicago to work for his doctor's
degree in sociology. While studying
at the University he found time to
continue his football activities, this
time as a player on the Chicago Car-
dinals in the professional loop. Prof.
Blumer played on this famous team
from 1925 to 1931, during which time
he played with some of the greatest
players the game has ever known, in-
cluding Ernie Nevers, the famous
Stanford All-American, who was cap-
tain of the Cardinals.
Prof. Blumer was named as All-
Professional guard in 1929, 1930, and
1931, after switching to this position
with the advent of the Stanford sys-
tem in the Cardinal offensive. He
occasionally played at end, but guard
and tackle were his most frequent l
He visited Europe in 1932 but came
back to Chicago in 1933 to play an-
other year with the Cardinals and to
date his last. At present he is a reg-
ular professor at the University of
Chicago and is on semester leave
while teaching here.
Pro Game Skillful
Commenting on the difference be-
tween college and professional foot-
ball, Prof. Blumer said: "Pro football
is much more skillful and advanced
than college ball. It is much harder
physically asall the participants are
big, strong, and fast. The players'
skill offsets this, however, as the men
learn how to avoid useless contact
and how to protect themselves."
He discounted any ideas that the
Michigan system or any other system
is outmoded. "Any system is satis-
factory," he explained, "if the ma-
terial is there and the individuals
are trained in the system. Material
and trained execution-not systems
--make football teams."
In conclusion, Prof. Brumer stated
that he has practically given up foot-
ball activities for the future and is
content to concentrate his time in
his chosen field which he said, "takes
precedence over anything else."
The University golf course will
close for the year on Oct. 31. All
individuals having equipment at
the club house are asked to re-
* move it before the above date.

In addition to the InterfraternityI
ping pong, tournaments are being
planned for non- affiliated Union
members, with entries closing at the
end of this week. Prizes will be of-
fered for the winning contestants.

Fighting Illini' Band Will Add Lustre
To Homecoming Game Here Saturday

Because of the keen traditional
rivalry between Illinois and Michi-I
gan, Coach Zuppke's cagey Illini have
featured two of the Wolverines'
homecoming games since 1930 and
according to their outcome this Sat-
urday's homecoming tilt should be a
In addition to the ordinary close
battles usually resulting from Illini
opposition, the homecoming crowd
will have the opportunity of watch-
ing two of the best collegiate bands
1h the country, since Illinois' 175-
piece band will join Michigan's band
ih entertaining the crowd. It is the
irst time in 14 years that Illinois has
sent its band to Ann Arbor.
Defeated, 7-6, after completely out-
playing Michigan's national cham-
idionship team of '33, the Illini ruined
a hopeful homecoming for Wolverine
fans the following year by reversing
the score on Coach Kipke's proteges.
It was Les Lindberg, former Indian

star, who came through with the cru-
cial point.
Approximately 86,000 fans wit-
nessed Illinois' debut on Michigan's
homecoming schedule in 1930 and no
doubt followed with a grand celebra-
tion after the Wolverines chalked up
a 15-7 triumph. It was Harry New-
man, former All-American, who, on a
small scale, duplicated "Red"
Grange's immortal performance
against the Wolverines in 1924, when
he threw touchdown passes to Jack
Wheeler and Roy Hudson and then
booted a 17-yard field goal for all of
Michigan's points. The following
year the Wolverines swamped Illinois
35-0 and thus postponed the Illini's
plans for a homecoming uprising for
another year.
Michigan's 13-0 victory over Co-
lumbia no doubt resulted in the
possibility of a Wolverine comeback
which will really be tested by Illinois
in view of the fact that Coach Zup-
pke usually delights in beating Mich-
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The squad showed more of the fire
it has displayed all week in hard driv-
ing -scrimmages against the freshmen,
and Bachman said "we're going to
play some football now."~
The Spartans tore through a fresh-
man team using Boston defense for-
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