THE MICHIGAN DAILY
PR ESS PASSES
By BUD BENJAMIN
Bring On Minnesota .. .
FROM all advance appearances, it
seems that the Yale trip has de-
generated to little more than a social
affair, whereas the trek to Minnesota
this Saturday wil ltell us just how
good this 1938 football team is.
This column has been amazed at
the spirited, optimism which per-
vades the campus. For the first tine
since 1933, Michigan has a chance
to dump Minnesota on the gridiron,
and there's plenty of students who
will lay their shekels on the line that
Minnesota, they claim, is the most
overrated team in the country. To
date they have beaten- Washington
(15-0), Nebraska (16-7), and Pur-
due (7-0), and, claim the enthusiastic
ones, it doesn't mean a thing. Wash-
ington, since then, has been tied by
little Idaho and whipped by U.C.L.A.
Iowa State dumped Nebraska last
Saturday. Purdue is scarcely the
class of the Conference.
Further analysis, however, shows
the weakness of any such assump-
tion. Comparative football scores
are the most unadulterated tripe ever
foisted on a helpless public. They
mean absolutely nothing as the rec-
ord books so accurately show.
Secondly you can take it from one
who certainly should know, Bennie
Oosterbaan, that the Gophers are "as
tough as ever." Oosterbaan has:
scouted the Gophers in all of their
three games this year, and he claims'
they've got a typically strong club.
Most important of all, is the fact
that the scores of these games do not
bring out the measure of Minnesota's
superiority., Against Purdue, for ex-
ample, they ran up 17 first downs to
the oppositions' one, and outplayed
the Boilermakers throughout. Only
a powerful Purdue line prevented a,
Since the beginning of 1933, Minne-
sota has lost but one Conference
game, that being to Northwestern in
1936 by a 6 to 0 score. They were
tied four times in 1933, once by
* * *
THAT was the year, you know, of
Michigan's 'last championship
team. Men like Herm Everhardus,
Stan Fay, Chuck Bernard, Whitey
Wistert, Ted Petoskey, and Ivy Wil-
liamson-to name a few-combined
to make that Michigan team the rec-
ognized national champions of the
Since 1933 the tide has changed.
Michigan left the head lines. Wol-
verine news was relegated to the last'
page of the sport section. Michigan
was forgotten. In 1934 the score was
34 to 0, in 1935 it was 40 to 0, in1
1936 the Gophers won 26 to 0, and last
year, 39 to 6. How those Swedes love
to whip Michigan.
That spotlight has begun to focus
back to Michigan this year. "Im-
proved, improved, improved" howls
the football press, and everyone 1im-
mediately wonders "how much?"
The question may well be answered
.Saturday. To date, the evidence is
not conclusive. Michigan Statej
could not match the Wolverines' un-
deniable power in the line. Chicago's
trouncing in that drab affair of Sat-
urday was in the main due to the
hopelessly inferior Maroon team.
Michigan this year has conclusively
proven the old football adage that
you can figure your won and lost
total on the strength of your forward
There's no use denying the impetus
that Michigan's sophomores have
provided this year . In Tom Harmon
and Paul Kromer, you have two fin-
ished performers. Confident and
cocky, they have an assurance and
Noise that- seems utterly strange for
first year men. Against Chicago,
Harmon definitely proved that his
capabilities were not confined to ball
carrying. His block of Littleford
cleared the way for Purucker's first
touchdown. His defensive play was
at all times deadly and sure.
In the line Ralph Fritz is certainly
as good a sophomore guard as you
will find in the Conference. You have
not seen much of Ed Frutig, but he's
a coming end. Backs Howard Mehaf-
fey, Ed Christy, Bill Luther, Walter
Kitti, and the transfered Dave Strong
are definitely of Conference calibre.
Those two blocking powerhouses, For-
est Evashevski and Jack Meyer, have'
brought back to Michigan football a
recently neglected art.
As to Saturday's game, it's bound
John Mariucci proved quite a for-
midable threat to Michigan hoceky
players last winter, and the Wol-
verine football team will find him
no less formidable on the left end
of Minnesota's forward wall when
they meet the Gophers in their an-
nual classic at Minneapolis this
to be tough. Minnesota, is still a class
outfit. Michigan continues to roll,
still gaining momentum and propor-
tion like the oft compared snowball.
As I see it, Saturday's game will be a
battle of two fine lines with both
backfields loaded with dynamite. If
Michigan can shake veterans Pu-
rucker and Trosko, or sophomores
Harmon, Kromer, Mehaffey, and
Christy into that treasured 'open
space, neither Minesota or anyone
else will bring them down.
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How those juniors sweated this
week over the' football predictions!
Yet the results weren't too bad with
the concensus picking 19 games out
of 2 for a .731 percentage.
Columbia's defeat of Army,
Penn's trouncing of Yale, Illi-
nois' 12 to 2 win over Indiana,
Tennessee's triumph over Auburn,
U.C.L.A.'s over Washington, Iowa
State's over Nebraska, and South-
ern Cal's over Ohio State tripped
the boys up a little.
Top man this week, was Dick Sierk
who smacked out an .846 average with
22 right and four wrong. Second in
the standings was that venerable
economist Newell McCabe with six
wrong and .769.
Wolverines Are Confident
As Janke, Smith Add
Strength To Lineup
The supreme test is approaching.
The keynote of joy and hilarity
which prevailed in the Michigan
dressing room after Saturday's on-
slaught was entirely missing yester-
day afternoon as Coach Crisler set-
tled down to the serious business of
preparing his charges for the Min-
neapolis invasion this week-end.
Unlike teams of recent years, it
will be a cocky, confident , gang of
Wolverines who'll be out to reclaim
the Little Brown Jug, which has
been Gopher property for the past
four years. And for the first time in
as many years, the Varsity is conl
ceded more than a fighting chance of
bringing the trophy back to Ann
Saturday Will Tell
Michigan has a good team. They
proved this by their 14-0 conquest of
Michigan State, substantiated it by
last week's 45-7 massacre of the Ma-
roons of Chicago. But just how good
remains to be seen. Saturday will
tell the tale.
In the meantime, down Minnesotai
way, they're not crying any blues.
True that their scores to date seem j
to indicate that the Gophers aren't
the powerhouse of yesteryear, true
that their ace back, Harold Van Every
is probably lost for the season, at
least for the Michigan game, but
Minnesota still has what it takes. No
less an authority than Bennie Ooos-
terbaan, who scouted the Gophers in
all three of their games says so. Ac-
cording to Oosterbaan they're as
tough as ever.
No More Holiday
Yesterday afternoon, Crisler broke
the procedure of a light Monday'
workout, sending the Varsity through
a stiff signal drill and dummy scrim-
mage, followed by a defensive drill,
with the Junior Varsity running
through Minnesota plays.
Scrimmage is on tap for this af-
ternoon and tomorrow. Thursday
the boys entrain for Minneapolis.
Saturday the campus will know the
A prime feature of the Chicago
-Michigan Daily Photo. All freshman wrestling can
Paul Kromer, high-scoring Michigan back is shown above contributing dates report at Waterman Gym
his share to his team's 45-7 triumph over the maroon invaders from the 1 p.m.
Windy City. On this play Kromer rounded right end and galloped 25 Otto Kelley, Freshman Coach
yards for a touchdown.
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