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EDITOR'S NOTE: This column is part of an exchange being worked by
George Maskin, sports ed. of the Michigan State News, and myself. Naturally
the opinions expressed are those of the writer only.
C onfidence In Sparta .. .
EAST LANSING, Sept. 28-"State will win. . ." .
It's on the lips of every Michigan Statefootball fan as he talks about
the pending game with Michigan in the Stadium at Ann Arbor Saturday.
To back his prediction, the Spartan fan submits first-class reasons-rea-
sons which show the State supporter just isn't picking .Charley Bachman's
eleven because he or she happens to attend school here.
The Spartan rooter will tell you State has its Johnny Pingel and Gene
Oiolek to shoot against Michigan. Also Eddie Pearce, Usif Haney, George
Kovacich, Steve Szasz, Leslie Bruckner and Al Diebold, all veterans of previ-
ous Michigan battles.
Then, too, Ole Nelson, the pass-snatching end star who scored
two of the three touchdowns against Michigan last year; Mike Kinek,
another end; Lyle Rockenbach, guard; Ron Alling, center, are pre- I
pared to lead the State line onto the field of combat.
You ask the fans about the tackle situation, where State lost four 1937
3alwarts and was supposed to be weak this year, and you find out:
"Michig .n will run into softer tackles this year than those they'll
face in the State game Saturday."
Further, you learn the Spartans are a better team than the one which
won eight out of its nine games during its regular season a year ago. The
Spartans have more experience. They're .smarter and they're faster.
* . *
N ONE DENIES here Michigan will have a stronger team this season. But
all insist Michigan will not show enough improvement by Saturday to
bowl over'the Spartans for the first time in five years.
tate fans have only to go by newspaper accounts and hearsay in judging
the Michigan team. According to the most reliable reports, Coach Fritz Crisler
will start several sophomores, which may include an all-first year backfield
The Spartah follower can't see how Michigan can hope to beat State
with sopho'mores.
"Those sophs wil! orack up under the strain of playing before
85,000 spectators," one hears in spots where the football bugs gather.
"Meanwhile, the game will be old stuff to most of the Spartans.
Besides, allthe pressure will be on Michigan, while State can ride
along with nothing to worry about."
The current State team is fortified by capable reserve strength, some-
thing which Bachman lacked last year. The Spartans are two-deep with
good men at every position, and at some posts, Bachman comes up with three
and four classy Spartans.
All of State's aces will be on hand Saturday, barring a major catastrophe.
Pingel, of course, will lead the attack, but great things are expected again of
Ciolek, his understudy, who has showed tremendous improvement this season.
Bruckner, Szasz and Haney will complete the starting backfield, with
Nelson and Kinek at the ends; Bremer and Ketzko, tackles; Abdo and Rock-
enbach, guards and Alling, center.
Incidentally, the return of Tom McShannock and Unk Schaefer, both
centers who missed, the Wayne game because of injuries, will bolster the
center of the line no little.
.* * ,*
BAST LANSING will close down Saturday. One establishment has put up a
sign reading as follows:
"The Smoke Shop staff will go on a sit-down strike Saturday,
starting at 10 a. m. in order to attend the Michigan game."
Only a scattering of the college's record student body of 5,700 students
will sweep in on Ann Arbor. They'll tgo by all methods. But the main idea is
to be in the Michigan Stadium, at 2 p. m.
State's football team will not leave here until Saturday morning as in

Grid d ers Polish
Plays As State
Starting Line-Up Remains
Uncertain; Tom Harmon
May Be At Halfback
Crisler told his gridders, "Our main
work is finished." A grim-faced, yel-
low and blue helmeted Wolverine
squad raced to the Field House; the
semi-final drills on pass defense and
offense, punting and place-kicking
had been concluded: new plays de-
signed to baffle Spartan ,opposition
had been rehearsed and the Michigan
head coach walked slowly off the field.
He was met by a group of reporters
who were still puzzled about a Wol-
verine starting line-up for the Michi-
gan State game which is now but
'one day away.
As the drill had ended, halfbacks
Tom Harmon and Paul Kromer were
in the same backfield-for the first
time since preparatiops for State had
begun, and it was time for a few
"Were Harmon and Kromer in the
same backfield just now?" asked a
reporter hoping for an answer which
would reveal Crisler's intentions on
this score..
"I don't know, were they?" came'
the non-committal reply.
"Well," spoke up another corĀ°es-
pondent, "suppose you had a back-
field composed of Evashevski, Krom-
er. Trosko and Phillips, who would
do the kicking?"
"Probably the alumni," smiled Cris-
ler and it was evident that the inter-
view would be amusing as ever but
fruitless as far as any line-up news
was concerned. And that was that.
As for the afternoon's drill itself,
secrecy was again the keynote. Spec-
tators and the press were barred
from the field. Two photographers
who wished to snap a few action shots
had to wait until Coach Earl Marti-
neau personally escorted them on the
field and when Crisler explained a
new trick play to the first two elev-
ens, even the reserve squad was sent
away to another part of the gridiron.
Only a few fadts were gettable.
Vince Valek, end, showed up best in

Pirates Routed Yost Predicts More O pen Game; l
10 To 1 As Cubs; New Rules Will Bother Defense)


CHICAGO, Sept. 29-P')-O'n the
strong right arm of Bill "Iron Man"
Lee, the fighting Chicago Cubs rode
to a crushing 10 to 1 victory over
the Pittsburgh Pirates today for a{
sweep of the three game series and
a game and one-half lead in the Na-
tional League Pennant battle.
The husky Chicago righthander,
pitching for a fourth time in as many
days, set the Pirates down with only
seven hits. Their lone run came as
the result of four straight passes in
the third inning. From the first in-
ning, in which the rampant Cubs
scored three runs largely through the
wildness of Russ Bauers, Chicago
took conimand-then surged on to a
tenth straight victory in a seemingly
unstoppable march to the champion-
The Cubs, nine games out of first
place five weeks ago and winners over
the Pirates in close, dramatic con-
tests Tuesday and Wednesday, took
their bats and made today's game
a rout.
the short place-kicking drill with Dan-
ny Smick right behind. It's going
to be a battle for the starting end
posts. Wally Hook is the No. 1 punter
at present and may break into the
starting eleven because of it, although
Ed Phillips is an equal possibility..

It was with the greatest vf trep-
dation that I screwed up my courage
to the breaking point, braved the
I wrath of three assistant managers
and invaded that sanctum sanctorum,
secret football practice.
With the nonchalance of a Murad
smoker, I strolled down to the field,
approached Fielding H. Yost, and
queried, ."Well, Coach, what do you
think of the new rule changes?" I
found out without the slightest delay.
"These two new rules i.e. bringing
the ball out fifteen yards from the
Ssidelinesinstead of ten and allowing
four incomplete passes into the end
zone without penalty, are the most
sweeping that have ever been intro-
Defense Spreads Out
"Now," he went on, "the defense
will be even more spread out. Instead
of having only ten yards to cover
they will have to watch fifteen. Plays
can be run and passed to either side
without the fear of the side lines forc-
ing the play in. With a spread defense
there's more action. And action's whatI
the sprectator wants.

passes into the end zone. You know
what'd happen, don't you."
"Why, they put you in the peni-
tentiary for life," was his picturesque
way of putting it. "The referee takes
the ball back to the twenty yard
line" and the Old Man of Michigan
football marched off ten of the yards
to give us a general idea of the dis-
tance. "Then if the team in possession
wanted to give up the ball they could
kick it forty yards up the field. So in.
all your team has lost 55 yards. And
for what. For committing the odious
sin of throwing two incomplete passes
over the goal line.
Watch The Passes
"This year there's going to be a
lot more passing, not only from in
close but also from the 40 yard line.
Last year the passer had to drop
his passes around the 10-yard line to
make sure he wouldn't throw the ball
into the end zone. But now they'll
throw them high, wide and hand-
"The defense will be forced to play
deeper to prevent long, touchdown
passes. And seeing that there will be
. nnrn.to tha id. li b fna r n of

Ex pect Capacity Crowd
Here For P..S.C. Game
"We have sold well over 70,000 ticl
ets already," ticket manager Harr
Tillotson said last night but adde
"However there are still a lot of sea
of all kinds left."
The majority of these tickets st
unsold are available at the Athlet
Administration Building. The 17,00
ducats sent to East Lansing hav
been disposed of but, according
Mr. Tillotson, no more will be sen
up there.
Indications are that reg ;dless
the weather, usually an importar
factor in the determining of crowd
at Michigan games, every seat will 1
filled tomorrow after r~on.
Red Sox Clinch Second
Place; Win Nat Serie
BOSTON, Sept. 29-(')-Drubbin
the Washington Senators, 13 to 5, ti
Boston Red Sox today mathematical
clinched second place in the America
This is the highest the club has ft
ished since 1917 and 1918, when ]
Barrok, now with the New Yo:
Yankees, piloted them home secon
and first, respectively.
The victory enabled the Sox
clinch their season's series wi
Washington. Boston has won 12 gami
to the Senators' nine, with the fir
of the set scheduled for tomorrow.

- Lmrejroam La e e es ealse O
"The other rule, the end zone pass, the other rule, they'll be spread out
will produce more scoring. Under the into the flat. When the backfield is
old scheme, a quarterback was afraid spread out, the offense can work
to call for passes into the end zone. their running plays. When they're
Suppose a team were on the five drawn in, the passing starts. It looks
yard line and threw two incomplete like a new era for the offense."

recent years.
"Can't change our time of de-
parture while we're winning," ex-
plained Coach Bachman when
asked why he wasn't taking the
team out of town Friday.
The squad probably will lunch at
Howell at noon while enroute to Ann
Arbor, and then head directly for the
And as the student body tends to
forget about studying, dates and work-
ing for a few bucks, you hear the cry
every place on campus:
"State will win ...


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