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4D Midwest Versus The South
* Herm Epstein Speaks
" . Daily Sports Editor 4
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AN interesting commentary on the
basic difference between football
as played in the Midwest and in the
South is afforded by the following
letter from Herm Epstein, former
sports night editor on The Daily.
A keen observer of football, Herm
is doing research work on an as-
sistantship at Duke University.
"Hello Hal:_
"I just finished listening to the
football scores on the air, and start-
ed thinking of what must be going
on at The\ Daily tonight. That led
me to thinking you might like to get
my impressions about Southern foot-
ball after having watched Duke play
Tennessee this afternoon (also saw
last week's game with Wake Forest).
I don't know if you've seen
Southern teams, yourself, but if
you have, you've, probably noticed
the relative lack of depth charac-
teristic of most of them. Duke is
far from an exception, having two
or three fairly good subs in the
backfield and in the line.
"Something else new to pie is the
way Duke pulls out the whole side of
a line to run interference on sweeps
around the opposite end. It makes
one heck of" a mass of humanity in
front of the ball carrier.
"However, you're probably more
interested in my impression of
Duke as compared with Michigan,
the Big Nine in general, and, with
Northern football. I think you'll
get what I mean if I say that Duke
looks to me to be about as strong
as a fairly strong Michigan State
tbam-about as strong as Wiscon-
sin is, usually. By that I mean
that Michigan of the Harmon-Eva-
shevski years would take Duke by
some three touchdowns. Duke has
no stars, but someone manages to
be doing well each afternoon, and
so they click well as a; team. The
only possible All-American they
may have is their sophomore end,
Gantt, and he won't be that good
for another year.
"Tennessee appeared to be as
strong as a good Illinois team. They
seemed poorly-coached, which re-
minded me very much of my impres-
sions of Illinois. They have no fight.
Also, they have the system whereby
the tailback is the quarterback-the
guy who calls the plays, and if any-
one is less intelligent than the aver-
age good ball-carrier, I 'don't know
who it is. Johnny Butler runs fairly
well, kicks better than that, and is
a fairly good passer. He is also the
dumbest quarterback since I called
a play for the sports staff in the
game against the edit staff three,
years ago.
"One particularly stupid bit
came in the following situation:
Fourth quarter, score 19-0 against
Tennessee, five minutes to play,
Tenn had just made a first down,
made two yards through the line
on the next play, and then-hold
your hat on-Buller kicked! Yep,
kicked on second down at that
stage of the game!
"Cifers was in the game only
briefly, but before he hurt his legi he
looked more like another Harmon
than anything else I've seen. He's.
built like Harmon, and runs with
the same powerful stride. Before the
game he was punting and averaged
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about 75 (sic) yards per boot. I never4
saw anything like his punting . . .
"Wake Forest has one of the best
fullbacks I've ever seen--Polanski,
but of course, he's handicapped
with a small team, so you won't
hear anything about him.
"The set-up down here is superb.
The stadium is horseshoe, with a
beautiful green forest at the open
end. The whole business is in a minor
park, so whatever one thinks about
Duke and Southern football, he can't
complain about the setting ...
"Generally speaking, it's very
true what they say about Duke
coeds. I've never before seen such
a quantity of beauty. I'm begin-
ning to see why Michigan has that
famous saying about 'lour out of
"Well, that seems to be about all
I can tell you now, so I'll stop. Lots
of luck with The Daily, and say hello
for me to all the Daily-ites."
Remember that this is only one
man's opinion, but it seems easy,
to believe . . . especially that next
to last paragraph. Dean, my trans-
fer papers, please.
Tlt Suggested
Alumnus Proposes Detroit
For Grid Schedule
A suggested football game between
the Michigan Wolverines and the
University of Detroit was given a
large play in Detroit papers yester-
day as Tom Lane, a Michigan alum-
nus who is lobbying for the contest
to be booked, pointed out that the
arguments given in the past against
such a game no longer hold forth.
Lane averred that in former years
Michigan refused to play Michigan
State because of the possibility of the
State game not drawing a large
enough gate. Today, however, the
Michigan-Michigan State game at-
tracts more than 70,000 fans' and
Lane said he felt sure a game with
Detroit would prove just as big a
drawing card.
Stating that he felt Michigan
alumni would rather "see the Wol-
verines ,play the. U. of D. than Pitt,
who faces Michigan here this Satur-
day, the former Michigan man 'point-
ed out that objections to Detroit's
scholastic standards no longer hold
water, since Indiana, a Big Ten
school, was willing to schedule the
U. of D. this year.
Fritz Crisler, Michigan's athletic
director and football coach, made no
comment about such a'game between'
Detroit and the Wolyerines except to
say that Michigan's schedule was
"filled up" through 1943 and 1944
and the next gchedule meeting for
Conference teats would not be held
until the spring of 1943.

Crisler Works
On Air Attack
For Pitt Fray
Untested Reserves Might
See Action; Paul White
Still A Doubtful Starter
If the events of yesterday's prac-
tice session of the Michigan gridders
are any harbinger of things to come,
Saturday's football game between the
Wolverines and the University of
Pittsburgh Panthers should see the
airways above the Michigan Stadium
so congested with flying pigskins that
a special highway cop will have to be
delegated to direct airplane traffic
out of the way.
Someone has apparently men-
tioned the fact to Coach Crisler that
the Panthers have a woefully weak
pass defense this year. It seems that
in the Pitt-Purdue game last week,
which the Boilermakers won to the
tune of 6-0, the Purdue backs com-
pleted six of the nine aerials at-
tempted during the game, which is
a good average in any man's league.'
An Aerial Attack
But such a large percentage of
completed passes gives some indica-
tion also that Purdue's opponents
were lacking in the means whereby
to stop the aerial attack and wily
Fritz Crisler, fully realizing this fact,
is expected to have his backfield open
up on the airways in an exhibition,
the likes of which has seldom been
seen on the Michigan gridiron.
But the Wolverines will not be the
only team on the field Saturday
endeavoring to score by means of the
aerial route. The Panthers attempted
13, passes in the Purdue tilt and it
was only the pdwerful rushing of the
Boilermaker line that caused them
to connect for only one of them.
Pitt's CoachFCharley Bowser has
come up with two triple-threat backs
this year in Bill Dutton and Jack
Stetler, both of Whom can pass as
well as they can run and kick and
since Michigan has not boasted of an
exceptionally fine pass defense this
year, the Panthers are expected to
monopolize part of the airlanes also.
Passing Drill
In a stiff two-hour practice drill
yesterday, Coach Crisler had his
backfield aces warming up their
pitching arms with pass after pass,
halfbacks Tom Kuzma and Don Rob-
inson doing most of the throwing to
ends Whitey Fraumann and Joe Rog-
ers. Robinson, a sophomore tailback
who has not seen action as yet this
year, gave evidence of possessing an
arm well adapted to the fine art of
pigskin flinging and may get his
chance to shine in the Pitt contest.
Golf Pairings Are Made
Pairing for the annual Trueblood
golf tournament were announced late
last night. All first round matches
must be completed by Sunday,
Oc 12.
Upper Bracket
Bill Courtright vs. John Winters
L. M. Sandwich vs. Bob Vibbert
Tom Reader vs. John Carney
Dick Emery vs. George Woodard
Lower Bracket
Fred Brewer vs. John Mackey
-Bob Ample vs. Ramon Block
Bill Stewart vs. Bill O'Dell
' Bill Pfadt drew a bye.

'Whizzer's' Shoulder Still Hurts

Paul White, sophomore halfback, has been the hardluck man on
the Wolverine grid team this year with a bruised shoulder which refuses
to heal. White has not yet received permission from the doctors to
play in the Pitt game Saturday.
New Football Rules Pass Test
AUSTIN, Tex., Oct. 8.-(AP)-Op- dry ball throughout the game," he
postion to the new football rules has declared. "It takes no longer for a
died to a whisper now that coaches student manager to bring in a clean
have seen them work, D. X. Bible, ball than it does a referee to wipe off
member of the National Rules Cor- one with a soggy towel."
mitemesaitheoati nThe Texas mentor said football
mittee, said today, had opened up more. "It no longer is
The University of Texas coach de- impractical to pass incomplete into
clared that, contrary to previous the end zone on fourth down," he
opinion, the rule allowing substitu- pointed out. Formerly such a pass
tions any time the ball is dead'\had resulted in a topchback.
speeded up the game. Now that a team can afford to
"Take our game with Louisiana gamble the play is resulting in more
State Saturday," he illustrated. "We scoring thrills, he declared on the
got it over in two hours and one basis of reports throughout the coun-
minute. With Colorado the week be- try.
fore we ran it off in two hours and There may be fewer field goal at-
twenty minutes." tempts, but one rule change is due
Bible also said the Texas-Louisiana to bring more tries from a distance,
game demonstrated the worth of the Bible believes. This is the rule which
rule allowing use of three footballs kills a punt inside the opponents'
when the field is muddy. 10-yard line and makes it a touch-
"We had a comparatively clean, i back.
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