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Michigan Squad Entrains For rucial Battle At Minne


Spirited Team
Of ThirtyFour
Set For Test
Tackles To Bear Burden
Of Halting Minnesota;
Coaches Are Pessimistic
(Continued from Page 1)
plays while Crisler pointed out how
each and every one of them could
be stopped.
If Michigan h6pes to beat Minne-
sota Saturday, there are two specific
things they must accomplish, accord-
ing to the Coaching staff.
Tackles Bear Attack
Wally Weber indicated that the
Wolverines would have to stop Minn-
esota's powerful drives inside and out-
side the tackles. This places the bur-
den squarely on the shoulders of Al
Wistert and Reuben Kelto, tackles
and Captain Evashevski and Bob In-
gallg, who are backing up the line.
According to Weber, the line back-
ers are supplementary tacklers. Their
job is to diagnose the plays proper-
ly, and come up fast to make the
tackles after the tackles have stripped
the interference.
Franck Always Dangerous
"We'll also have to stop George
Franck," he said, by jumping him be-
fore he gets started. "You remember
what he did to us last year."
Franck, who has run the 100 in
9.6 seconds, ran 59 yards for one

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Final Practice Almost P.revents
Gridders From Making Train

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It was getting dark down at Ferry
Field around 5 p.m. yesterday.
It was getting late too. for a squad
that was scheduled to leave for
Minneapolis at 5:2.5 p.m. There were
so many last-minute details which
needed ironing out that Crisler was
reluctant to cull a halt to the pro-
The newspaper men hovering
around were worried. They had to
see Crisler and several of the players
to gather enough material for "col-
or" stories, before the group en-
trained for Minnesota.
At 5:10, with newspapermen and
players both nearing nervous pros-
tration, the Michigan mentor blew
a sharp blast on his whistle, and the
players dashed madly for the Field
Upstairs to the dressing room they

... Co-Captain, Center
Harmon In New Year Game
Tom Harmon revealed yesterday
that he had received and accepted an
invitation to play with the East in
the annual New Year's East-West
football game in San Francisco.
Coach Andy Kerr of Colgate tendered
the invitation.
touchdown and set up the other last
fall in Minnesota's 20-7 vistory.
The Michigan squad stayed over
night in Chicago last night. They plan
to work out at St. Paul this after-
noon, and stay there over night.
The team is confident. The coach-
ing sta'ff is not. But, win, lose or
draw, the student body will welcome
the squad home Sunday night with
a reception planned to be second to
none in Michigan history.

ran with their cleats beating a steady
tattoo on the cement steps. Follow-
ing closely behind were the cream
of the sporting fraternity, the "Gen-
tlemen of the Press."
First they accosted Coach Crisler.
"How do things look, Fritz?" they
chorused in unison. "Not so good,
he replied.
"Did the week lay-off do the team
much good?" was the next question..
"Naw. not much," retorted the
Wolverine boss. '
"Hcw badly will Minnesota beat
us, Coach?" asked one collegiate re.-
"Oh, about 14-0," Crisler soberly
With that the reporters left the
informative coach and headed for
the players' dressing room.
It wasn't a peaceful scene. Ray
Roberts, head trainer, was rounding
up his tools of trade. Henry Hatch,
in charge of equipment, was packing
three trunks with football equip-
ment, while three student managers
dashed around pell-mell assisting
him. A motley crew of athletes, in
various and sundry forms of un-
dress, was singing boisterously.
It was 5:22. The train was pull-
ing into the station and the players
weren't dressed. The reporters didn't
have their stories. Ray Roberts
didn't have his medicinal supplies
rounded up. Henry Hatch didn't
have his football equipment in shape!
Thevreporters dashed for Harmon
and Evashevski.I
"Do you think Michigan will win,
"Do you think you'll have a good
"How do you feel, Evy?"
"How do Michigan's chances look?"
Before the bewildered lads could
answer, Crisler stepped in and told
the players that they had three min-
utes before the train pulled out.
Thirty-four excited, half-dressed
young men dashed down the stairs
to the bus that was to/ransport them
to the station. A police car with a
howling siren led the way. That's
the last we saw of the Michigan
football team.
We hear that the train was twenty
minutes late.


A Contrast In Spirit.. .
Hu'dreds of howling Wolverine followers had
the Michigan Central depot.
The band was playing.
The cheerleaders, without any apparent
excited Michigan voices into blast horns.

jammied the mill irundm
tr'otule, weret (ui'ning



There was tension. There was color. Theim was noise.
And the team, as it started on its way out of gay Ann Arbor, was
impressed with the Wolverine spirit. Those gridiron warriors were keyed
up by the encouragement.
That was two years ago,
The Wolverines had won two games. The Gopher battle was their
third. A new coaching staff had been injected into the Michigan grid-
iron empire. It's product was still an unknown quantity. But the Wolver-
ines wanted to win badly that day.
On the Saturday that followed, the rousing sendoff had its beneficial ef-
fects. The inspired Wolverines, with the shouts of the railway station still
in their ears, outplayed the Golden Horde, but lost in the end, 7-6.
That was two years ago.
Yesterday the Wolverines entrained for Minneapolis once again. Two
more years had been added to the Gopher grasp on the Jug. Undefeated
and untied, both teams are aiming for Western Conference titles, and per-,
haps a national championship. All in all, the Wolverines are having their
struggle of the year tomorrow.
At 5:30, 34 Michigan football players stepped on to the Twilight
Limited as a porter, seven Ann Arbor high school students who hap-
pened to be walking by, and three wives of the coaches stood on the plat-
form below, whispering and shivering in the chilled autumn breezes.
There was little noise, except that of the engine up ahead. There was
little color except for the gaudy socks of the gridders and a red babushka
that one of the high school lassies wore. There was no band, except for the
one around Crisler's hat.
If the fighting Wolverines' hearts were filled with joy and excite-
ment as they pulled out of town last eve, it was because the porter an-
nounced that dinner was being served "dinah cah reah" as soon as the
lads stepped on the train. There was no other reason.
All in all, it was a sendoff you'd expect Chicago to give its six-
man grid squad when it travels to Podunk.
But for Michigan, with its mighty football team and a supposedly out-
standing Wolverine spirit, the whole thing was an outrageous disgrace.
Evidently the Michigan team is too good for you to worry about. Evi-
dently the Wolverines have nothing to fear this weekend. Well, if you think
so, neighbor, there is a place for you along side Milo Sukup in University
Hospital today. He's been bothered with noggin trouble too.
If the Wolverines lose, you might blame a great sendoff that loyal
Michigan gave its men of the gridiron. You might blame the cheers and
shouts that weren't. Blame yourself, anyway, and not the Wolverines. They
were hoping to set off for Minneapolis with Michigan spirit in ther ears,
and all they got was the whistling Ann Arbor wind.
It's too late to do anythng about the matter now. The damage is
done. But remember that the Wolverines are returning from their bat-
tle Sunday afternoon.
If they come back with the jug, they deserve the greetings of every
loyal Michigan fan. If they tie the Gophers, it was still a task well done.
And if the Wolverines should lose, they still need your support. Two
tough games, Northwestern and Ohio remain on the schedule. A down-heart-
ed squad can never win games like that.
We must not let this bunch get downhearted.
Win, lose or draw, we've got a meeting outside the Michigan Central
depot, 2:32 p.m. Sunday.



Con ference
sota football squad TIursday wound
up its hard practice for the Michi-
gan _ame. Kicking was a feature POf
.he drill. The Gophers spent much
time on the opposition's kickoffs.
Some of the kickoffs were poorly han-
dled and drew the wrath 'of Coach
Bernie Bierman. Several players
turned their attention to place kick-
ing and Gordon Paschka and Joe
Mernik booted the ball between the
uprights from the 25-yard line.
** *
COLUMBUS, O.--UP)-Ohio State
University's Freshman team rolled up
13 points in the last half of the an-
nual Frosh-Varsity game Thursday
but was nosed out -0 to 13. Follow-
ing the game the Buckeyes began
a four-day vacation, starting prac-
tice again next Tuesday for the game
with Illinois at Urbana Nov. 16.


. . Blocking Quarterback
Lloyd Defeats
Chica go House


Stars As
First Place



In the Residence Hall touch foot-
ball games yesterday, Lloyd House
won the first place playoffs as they
whipped Chicago House 13-6. Dud-
ley Olcott scored both touchdowns
for the winners with Bob Wise play-
ing a bang-up game, on the line.
Carleton McNicholas and John Page
starred for the losers.
Morton Hunter scored a touchdown
and Duane Pagel kicked the extra
point to give Michigan a 7-0 vic-
tory over Allen-Rumsey in a second
place playoff contest.
Rowland McLaughlin with three
points and Jim Martin with two
paced Theta Xi to an 8-5 win over
Beta Theta Pi in a fraternity speed-
ball game.
In an Independent touch football
battle, Congress, aided by Norman
Andersen's accurate toe, edged Linc-
oln, 7-6. Dick Shuey put over the
touchdown for the winners, while
Bob Chapman notched two safeties
and Bern Levinson another for Linc-
oln's points.


... Speedy Halfback

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Wolverine Trophy Case Yearns
For Famous 'Little Brown Jug'

Get a Freshman start
in a Graduate Shirt-
University fashions come and go, but The Duke of
Manhattan'goes on forever, wherever and whenever
well-dressed men foregather. Its brilliant white broad-
cloth has lent lustre to thousands of erudite wardrobes,
from freshman to faculty, from Yale to Stanford, from
September to June. With your favorite Manhattan

It's been a long time-such a long
For six long years now loyal Mich-
igan supporters have not had the op-
portunity to feast their eyes on that
precious possession-that symbol of
football supremacy between the
Golden Gophers of Minnesota and
the fighting Wolverines of Michigan,
the "Little Brown Jug."
But this year has to be different.
'Everyone is counting on Fritz Cris-
ler's valiant band of gridiron war-
riors to bring home the bacon. It
means more now than it ever did.
- Longest Consecutive String
That victory string that Minnesota
has run up against the Maize and
Blue is the longest consecutive num-
ber of wins that any modern Wolver-
me opponent has ever compiled
against the Michigan gridders.
It was back in 1932, on a frost-
bitten day in Minneapolis that Mich-
igan last recorded a grid triumph
ever the Gophers. Harry Newman,
All-American Michigan quarterback,
won for us that day with a perfect
field goal. Since that 3-0 win the
SWolverines have tied the Norsemen
once, in 1933, and have tasted the
bitter salt of defeat six times in a
row. That must be remedied this

back a revival of glorious victory
tradition, symbolized in the, "Jug."
Once more will Michigan students
and grads be able to hold their heads
high and point to that tradition-
steeped prize with pride-once more
will Michigan reign supreme.
Victory For Yost
And still more. The "Grand Old
Man" is retiring. Fielding H. Yost
will see his last Wolverine-Gopher
game in an official capacity tomor-
row in Minneapolis. Not enough can
be said to amply repay him for the
great work he has done in estab-
ishing "Meechegan" as the athletic
power it is.
The return of the "Little Brown
Jug" can help Yost end his career
in a blaze of glory. It's up to the
team-they'll win-they must.
What the Well - Dressed



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