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THE FOLLOWING CONTRIBUTION to "The Press Angle" is by Clayton
Hepler, junior member of The Daily sports staff. Personally, I prefer
to take no stand on the contents and trend of thought at the present, but
as an editor I recognize it as a well}-written piece that may be food for
thought in view of the fact that two of the Detroit papers and several
prominent alumni have started the "wolves" howling over the Michigan
football setup.
Ferdinand A. Rockwell, who, according to the wily Bob Zuppke, lays his
claim to fame upon the fact that he actually laid a hand upon Red Grange
as he raced to five touchdowns to defeat Michigan 39-14 in 1924, has taken
upon himself the task of leader of the anvil chorus that is already out
for the Kipke scalp.
Writing for a Detroit newspaper, this expert experter, who graduated
from Michigan in 1925, has this to say about the Spartan game which watt
played here Saturday :
"Of all the factors which contributed to the shattering of the Uni-
versity of Michigan comeback hopes, none seems more outstanding
now than the atmosphere of defeatism which so thoroughly has per-
meated Wolverine football. Mention Indiana, Minnesota, Northwest-
ern and Ohio State and Michigan alumni will be inclined to duck.
"For the Michigan football coach promised last winter, last summer and
last spring that his football team 'would lose four games in 1936.' At the
annual Michigan-Michigan State luncheon here last Friday, Harry Kipke
in a soft apologetic voice, asked his listeners to place themselves in the posi-
tion of his many sophomores 'with 50,000 people watching you.' And he
continued about the mistakes sophomores seem to make.
"The Michigan football squad is composed of intelligent young men who
can read and interpret the expressions of the coach. They are impression-
able young men. And if their coach spreads the gospel of 'four defeats in
1936,' it must become the hymn of the team. It was and it is. The third
period of the Michigan-State game proved it.
"The score was tied at 7 to 7. It was the time for aggressiveness. It was
the time for a rally. . . . But the Wolverine attack bogged down. There was
no charge or leadership..
"And that was why Bachman was quiet about his sophomores. Audacious
Bachman turned loose his sophomores in the third period. They hadn't. been
told they'd lose any games in 1936. They had been told they would whip
Michigan. They did. It was sophomore Johnny Pingel, for whom no
apologies had been made, who put the Spartans out in front.
* * * *

Varsity Starts
Preparing For
Indiana Game

Sweet Rey

Kipke Discusses
Made Against
Reserves Play

State As

New York (N.L.) A
Bartell, ss.........
Terry, lb..........
Ott, rf............
Ripple, cf.........
Mancuso, c........
Whitehead, 2b ......
Jackson, 3b........
Schumacher, p .... .

In preparation for the opening
Conference game against Indiana this

Saturday, Coach Kipke spent a great
deal of yesterday's light drill point- New York (A.L.)
.ng out the Varsity's mistakes made Crosetti, ss ......
in the Spartan tilt. The reserve squad Rolfe, 3b ........
aas sent through a long scrimmage Dimaggio, cf .... .

enIFM Seedball Holiday Is Declared
gS sn pnAfter State VictoryI
lB R H O A EAST LANSING, Oct. 5.-(P)-A
5 2 2 1 01 Tt victory celebration interrupted the
4 1 1 2 2 This A I preparations of Michigan State's con-
5 0 0 6 2 quering football team for Saturday's
5 1 1 1 0 With two games scheduled this af- game with Carnegie Tech at Pitts-
2 1 1 2 0 ternoon, the I-M speedball season burgh.
3 0 2 14 2 gets officially under way. Twenty- Classes suspended as the student
4 0 1 3 4 four teams, bracketed in six leagues, body lionized tlse squad that humbled
4 0 0 1 1 will participate in the round robin Michigan last Saturday for the third
4 0 0 0 2 competition, which will be climaxed successive year-an unprecedented
by a playoff to determine the cham- feat. One after another the players
36 5 8 30 13 pionship nine. had to get up before the massed
Each team will play three games. student body and take a bow, while
AB R H O A Besides the playoff among the league the coaches praised their work.
5 0 0 2 3 winners, there will be consolation Coach Charley Bachman sent home
5 0 2 3 1 play-offs among the other groups. early the players who saw most of the
4 0 1 4 0 Theta Chi, featuring the play of service against Michigan but called a
4 0 1 5 1 the Howell brothers, defeated Delta scrimmage for the rest. A study of
5 0 1 8 0 Epsilon, 16 to 3, for the champion- the records tonight showed that seven
0 0 0 0 0 ship last year. of Michigan State's ball carriers aver-
4 2 2 2 0 Included on today's program are aged more than five yards against
4 1 1 2 0 the Phi Gamma Delta-Kappa Nu, and Michigan and that the entire team
3 1 1 3 1 the Beta Theta Pi-Chi Phi contests had an average of 7.1 yards advance
. 1 0 0 1 2 at 4:15. At 5:15, the games between on each offensive play.
1 0 0 0 0 Sigma Chi and Phi Beta Delta, Phi Bachman paid tribute to his squad,
1 0 1 0 2 Sigma Delta and Alpha Kappa which turned out to be far stronger
.37 4 10 30 10 Lambda, and Theta Xi and Lambda than anyone expected.
ing in 6th. Chi Alpha will be played. --------it.
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vith the freshman gridders.
Indiana opened their season last
Saturday by swamping Centre Col-
lege, 38 to 0. The Hoosiers will not
only be out to make it two straight
>ut will also seek to avenge last
year's 7-0 loss as a result of Vern
Iuffman's fumble of a punt which
was recovered by Capt. Matt Patanelli
>ehind the goal line.
Davis Returns
With the return of Corby Davis,
veteran fullback, who has been out
with an infection, to the starting

Qehrig, lb ......
Dickey, c .......
Seeds, zz .......
Selkirk, rf ......
Powell, If ......
Lazzeri, 2b ......
Ruffing, p ......
Johnson, z ......
Malone, p .......
Totals ....




z-Batted for Ruff
zz-Ran for Dickey
New York' (N) .300
New York (A), 011

002 000 0-4

"But the problems still are questions of leadership, speed, blocking
and tackling. None is more important than leadership. And that
cannot be inspired by the coach assuming the attitude of the
It seems a shame to this writer that a sports writer must stoop to Rock-
well's position. That he should take advantage of his position to step on a
coach when he is down. It was a different matter in the years 1930-33. Then
Mr. Rockwell node the bandwagon with the rest of the sports scribes and the
Wolverines were praised to the high heavens.
But more important, in the interests of accuracy, Coach Kipke and
Michigan rooters the nation over, it might be well to set Mr. Rockwell
straight upon a few facts. To straighten out any misconceptions that may
arise from his article.
1. If there is an attitude of defeatism centered around the Indiana,
Minnesota, Northwestern and Ohio State games, what possible connection
can that have with the Michigan State game?
2. If Mr. Rockwell had bothered to talk to Coach Kipke this fall, or had
even read the papers, he would know that Coach Kipke and the entire
squad felt that if they passed the Michigan State hurdle that they would
have an excellent chance of winning six of the eight scheduled games.
3. If Mr. Rockwell had bothered to drop around the locker room
in Yost Field House occasionally, he would know that the Wolverines
had no intention of getting beaten by the Spartans, that certainly
every player on the squad believed that they could and would win.
4. If Mr. Rockwell had bothered to go down and see Coach Kipke after
the game Saturday, he would have seen one of the bitterest men in the
country, because Kipke firmly believed that the Wolverines would take the
measure of the East Lansing team.
5. If Mr. Rockwell had bothered to examine the starting lineups of the
Saturday game he would have seen that the entire Spartan team was
composed of regulars, while there were six men in the Michigan lineup that
had never competed in collegiate football before in their life.
6. If Mr. Rockwell had looked at the line that paved the way for Johnny
Pingel's run, he would have realized that every single one of them was '
7. If Mr. kockwell thinks that leadership can be inspired (by
that I mean that a coach can inspire the quarterback to think of
winning plays, for so Mr. Rockwell implied) here are a few facts
garnered from the record, which may not only shed a little light upon
that subject but also may shed a little light upoi why Mr. Rockwell is
taking up the cudgel against Michigan football.
Way back in 1922, a sophomore by the name of Tod Rockwell came out
for the Michigan team, but was among those who were dropped off the squad
in the first cut. The next year the would be quarterback was mentioned in
the newspapers as a boy who had possibilities. It was not until his senior
year that he jumped from ninth ranking backfield man to a regular position.
Way back in 1921 a sophomore by the name of Harry Kipke came out for
the Michigan team, and was made a regular his first year. His second year
he was Walter Camp's choice for All-American honors at half back. And his
third year he captained the Wolverines.
Which may or may not have something to do with the question in hand.
If Mr. Rockwell thinks that leadership can be inspired, why didn't
he grab a few buckets full the day he played tailback to the Grange
comet. And also the last game of the 1924 season when he quarter-
backed the Michigan team to the short end of a 10-2 score against
Surely "Hurry-Up" Yost was never a coach to assume what Mr. Rockwell
so glibly terms a defeatist attitude. Most assuredly not in the face of the
undefeated record of the previous season when Harry Kipke was captain.
I do agree with Mr. Rockwell when he says that leadership, speed, block-
ing and tackling are still problems. Leadership is foremost, as Coach Kipke
himself said after Saturday's game in saying that the "quarterbacking left
a lot to be desired."
But I do not agree that a defeatist attitude is the basis of the Wolverine

lineup, Indiana will be at full strength
for the Wolverine tilt. In addition
to Davis and Huffman, Bo McMillan
,oasts two veteran tackles in Capt.
Chris Dal Sasso and Ted Livingston.
The Varsity's light workout con-)
sisted mainly of running through th
various plays and a short snappy pass
session with Bill Barclay doing the
Bossing. A slight leg injury kept Bob
Cooper from taking part in the drill
but he is expected to don a uniform
today. Johnny Smithers worked out
despite a bruised left arm. After a
short calisthenic drill, Coach Kipke
named a tentative lineup composed
of Art Valpey and Danny Smick, ends
with Fred Janke and Clarence Van-
dewater, at the tackles, George Mar-
zonie and John Brennan, guards and
Joe Rinaldi at center.
With Cooper out. Alex Loiko was
named at halfback along with Smith-
ers. Levine was at quarterback with
Sweet at fullback. Those also picked
on the Varsity squad were Capt. Matt
Patanelli, Mel Kramer, Jesse Garber.
Jim Lincoln and Frank Bissell. Later
the entire squad ran through plays.
Reserves Battle Frosh
In the meantime a reserve squad
tested their running and passing at-
tack against a plucky freshman team.
Barclay directed the reserve's play
with Stark Ritchie, Tex Stanton,
Wally Hook and Bob Curren turn-
ing in fine performances in the back-
field, Chet Stabovitz, Don Siegel, Ed
Greenwald, John Jordan, Fred Ziem,
Earl Luby and Elmer Gedeon started
in the line.
Coach Cappon, who has been out
with a back injury suffered in a
skirmish with his linemen last week,
donned a uniform and returned to
his post as assistant line coach. Fer-
ris Jennings also rejoined the squad
after being out with a leg injury but
did not take part in the scrimmage.
showing during the second half. I'm
backing the players 100 per cent and
looking forward, with the majorityof
the sports writers who sat in the
press box Saturday, to mid-season
when Michigan will have a team to
be reckoned with.
So if Coach Kipke's understudy in
kicking, Mr. Rockwell, can realize
that there is such a thing as looking
the facts squarely in the face, per-
haps the defeatist charge against the
Michigan coaching staff and squad
will be buried, as it should be.

Errors: Ott, Bartell, Crosetti, Jack-
son. Runs Batted In: Bartell, Rip-
ple, Whiteh'ead, Selkirk, Crosetti,
Lazzeri, Terry. Two Base Hits: Moore
2, Bartell, Mancuso, Dimaggio. Home
Run: Selkirk. Sacrifices: Mancuso,
Bartell. Double Plays: Schumacher,
Terry and Mancuso; Crosetti, Lazzeri
and Gehrig, Whitehead and Terry,
Mancuso and Whitehead. Earned
Runs: New York (NL) 4; NY (AL) 3.
Left on Bases: New York (NL) 6; New
York (A) 9. Bases On Balls: Schu-
macher 6; Ruffing 1; Malone 1.
Strikeouts: Ruffing 7; Malone 1;
Schumacher 10.
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