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Y , 1941 THE MICHIGAN DAILY.AGE

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Northwestern Ranked Above

Wolverines In Football Poll

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Ceithaml Ably
Follows Lead
Of Evashershi
By DkCK SIMON
"Big Mike" Evashevski doesn't win-
ter in Ann Arbor anymore but Wol-
verine followers aren't quite so down-
cast as one would expect them to be.
The reason is George Ceithaml who
is proving himself a capable successor
to the great Michigan quarterback.
This is nothing to the disfavor of
Evy-the One Man Gang-but a com-
pliment to the hard-working Ceithaml
who is improving with every game he
plays.
Last year George stepped into Evy's
cleats when Harmon's pathfinder was
injured during the had-fought Penn
game, and proceded to lead the Mich-
igan eleven to a touchdown, proving
himself a capable field general and
a bone-crushing blocker.
Number One Quarterback
Although the Penn tilt wasn't Cei-
thaml's debut in Conference circles
-the Illinois game had that honor-
it was his big- chance to show his stuff
under pressure. This season George
is number one quarterback for Fritz
Crisler's Conference title hopefuls and
has taken over Evashevski's post so
effectively that in the scramble to
find the "New Harmon" most people
have forgotten the boy who is doing
Evy's big job.
Ceithaml came to Michigan two
years ago with a reputation for be-
ing versatile because he played four
positions in high school-center,
guard, right half, and finally quar-
terback. "Cy" immediately served
notice on all parties concerned that
he wanted a Varsity position by win-
ning the coveted Chicago Alumni
Award, given every year to the man
who has shown the most improve-
ment during spring training.
Excels At Blocking
When it - comes to blocking, "Cy"
takes a back seat to very few men.
In the Iowa game, to be particular,
his blocking was one of the standouts
of the game. It was mainly through
the bone-crushing block the Michigan
signal caller put on a couple of Hawk-
eyes that Tom Kuzma was able to
set up'the only touchdown of the day
with the return lof Youel's punt.
Today with an added year of 'ex-
perience and carrying a few more
pounds than he did last season,
George gives every indication of
carrying on the Michigan tradition
of great quarterbacks.
And no matter where the Wolver-
ines finish in the Western Confer-
ence this year, the boys in the Big
Nine are going to see plenty of six
foot, 190 pound George Ceithaml as
he clears the way for the Michigan
backs, backs up the stellar forward
wall, snatches passes and guides the
offensive maneuvers.
'M' CLUB MEETING
There will be an urgent meeting
of the "M" Club at 8 p.m. Thurs-
day night at the Union. All mem-
bers are requested to be present.
Gus Sharemet, President
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PORTFOLIO
* Spartans' False Charges
B Band's Arrogant Sneer
z HAL WILSON
Daily Sports Editor

Expert's First
Ranking Lists

Oosterbaa. ForewarIs Gridmen
Of Wildcats' Backfield Strength

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THE CHILDISH BLAST directed yesterday at the University of Michigan
and Wolverine athletics through the sophomoric pen of Tom Greene,
managing editor of the Michigan State News, clearly merits a place along-
side those other publicity-wise outbursts from crusading collegiate jour-
nalists which have attracted nation-wide notice the past couple years.
Greene had a lot of harsh thigs to say about Michigan. He embel-
lished them with strong, abusive language. And he printed them in an
editorial yesterday, which was widely quoted by Detroit and other met-
ropolitan newspapers.
Which. Mr. Greene, in my opinion, shoves you in the same niche with
the Iowa sports editor three or four years ago who charged that the Hawk-
eye gridmen were laying down, purposely not trying, and deserved no place
in collegiate football. That fellow, Mr. Greene, was tossed bodily out of Iowa
grid practice and banned from all future drills.
AND IT ALSO REMINDS ME of the cock-sure Northwestern journalist
who publicly claimed two years ago that jealous Wildcat gridmen had
banded together and pledged not to block for the highly-touted sophomore
halfback, Bill deCorrevont. That fable, too, hit the public prints from coast
to coast, caused all concerned untold trouble, disfavor and inconvenience.
It gave Northwestern a country-wide black eye.
Now for you, Mr. Greene. "Michigan overrates football," you shout
editorially. "They can't be accused of character building at Ann Arbor.
State players say that the Wolverines were one of the roughest, dirtiest
teams they ever have played. A variety of black eyes, the football
movies and the comparative penalties prove that." You allege that Tom
Harmon "inflated the collective hat size down at Ann Arbor."
AND THEN, YOU GO ON to ennumerate certain other grievances that
irritate you. These are, mainly and briefly:
1. That the failure of Michigan's, band to play State's Alma Mate at
the half was an "arrogant'sneer" at the Spartan institution. That an agree-
ment between schools had been made that neither would be represented
by a band because of the early date of the game, but " a Michigan bad
was present and played."
2. That State rooters received tickets which gave then an unsatisfactory
view of the game.
3. That the date of the annual game should be moved to a later date
instead of being booked as an opener.
4. That as a result of the early date, more than 1,000- freshman women
left State's campus before becoming acquainted with the hours and rules,
thereby being subjected to unnamed perils.
And then, Mr. Greene, you top all this crude display of sensational-
ism off with' an intemperate caption over your editorial, entitled "LET'S
ALL SING HELL TO MICHIGAN, THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WEST.'
ALL RIGHT, MR. GREENE, you asked for it. I
Consider your first, and.probably most viious point, that the "Wol-
verines were one of the roughest, dirtiest teams" the Spartans have ever
played. In answer I ask that you review those motion pictures of the game.
Pay particular attention, as the Wolverine gridmen did, to the play in
which Wy Davis tossed a long pass which bounced off Tom Kuzma's hands
into the arms of a State player. Remember that play, Mr. Greene? Well, run
it again and watch'the line play, watch it closely.
You will see, as the Wolverine gridmen and I saw, a big Spartan line-
man draw back his arm in a half arc and openly hit a Wolverine guard
across the line. Then, as the guard charged across the scrimmage line to-
ward the State ball carrier, this Spartan lineman brought his other arm
around withga terrific swing and slugged theWolverine again.
I could tell you his name, Mr. Greene, but in the interest of jour-
nalistic fairness I have never seen fit to mention this incident before,
and I won't make the matter worse now by revealing his identity.
FURTHER, I was in the State dressing rooms immediately after the
game. I heard no mention of "dirty playing," although there was
plenty of talk of Michigan's good conditioning and hard, tough playing.
I talked to Charley Bachman, State coach. and he didn't mention it. I talked
at length with one of the Spartans' regular linemen, one of my best friends,
after the game, discussing many angles of the battle, but he, too, failed to
bring up the matter or even hint anything was wrong.
. Want more? Then re-read the published statement of your own Coach
Bachman. Speaking about the alleged unsportsmanlike conduct of the
Wolverines, Charley declared: "I have no charges to make on that score."
All of which is negative proof, to be sure. But it all points in the
samedirection.
NOw FOR SOME OF YOUR OTHER CHARGES. About the band. Here'
are the facts, as given to me last night by Director William D. Revelli
of the Michigan band. An agreement was made between the two bands.
That far you are right. But-it was extended ONLY to the maneuvers on
th field. Therd was NO agreement made concerning the playing in the
stands. State's band was definitely invited to play at the game, but declined.
On Wednesday night, three days before the game, Director Revelli
extended to State's Dean Roy Underwood 1 hearty invitation for the
Spartan's acting director Dale C. Harris to conduct the Wolverine band
while playing State's Alma Mater. But again State declined.
Since Michigan State's band has always before performed at the game,
the Spartan Alma Mater song is not even included in the musical library of
the Michigan band. But Director Revelli would have gone to the trouble
of procuring it had the Spartan authorities so wished.
NOW FOR NUMBER TWO, concerning the tickets. That's a common
complaint down here in Ann Arbor, too, among the students. I can as-
sure you, however, that you got as good a break as the Maize and Blue
students.

Change the date of the game? Why? Of course, as you know, the
schedules are drawn years in advance, even before the school calendars
are made. . The game could be moved back, however, in the future, IF
Michigan authorities agreed with the Spartans on the point.
But the games which you most want to win, the clashes with Minne-
sota, Northwestern, and Ohio State, obviously should be placed as near
the tail end of the schedule as possible, for conditioning and preparation
reasons. Ask the Michigan student which is more important, a Big Ten
game or the Spartan encounter. Most will answer the former. This will be
hard for the State fans to fead, but it isn't superficial sophistication. It is
fact.
THUS WHY CHANGE THE DATE? The game draws near-capacity
crowds. Each team has the same amount of time in which to prepare.
Usually, the battles are evenly and spectacularly fought. They suit us
down here in Ann Arbor, Mr. Greene.

Mivichi anS ixth With the words of Scout Bennie
Oosterbaan still ringing in their ears,
Michigan's Varsity eleven got down to
Minnesota In First Place; the task yesterday of setting up a
Michigan-Wildcat Game defense that will be able to stop the
Heads Saturday's Card fast-stepping Northwestern backfield.
Bennie didn't mince any words
NEW YORK, Oct. 14.-UP)-If you when he told the squad that the
can take the word of 119 football ex- Wildcats have the finest array of
perts from every section of the United backs in the country. There is very
States-a procedure that isn't always little difference between the first
safe-the Western Conference is the team backfield composed of Don Kru-
nation's leading gridiron league at ger, Bill DeCorrevont, Floyd Cham-
present and will offer this week's bers and Don Clawson and the second
No. 1 game, Northwestern vs. Michi-
gan.
The results of the first Associated
Press gridiron ranking poll of 1941
show the same three Big Ten teams
that caught the eyes of the experts
at this stage of the 1940 season are
in there again.
Minnesota At Top -
Minnesota, which started out in the
seventh spot last fall and worked its
way to the top, leads the list with
66 votes for first place and a total of
1,081 points on the basis of ten for
first place, nine for second, etc.
Northwestern earned fifth place in
the rankings with 496 points, Michi-
gan sixth with 473 and Ohio State
tenth with 203. Last October Michi-
gan and Northwestern were rated
third and fourth, respectively, behind
Cornell and the Texas Aggies at the
start. Each received one first-place
vote this week. x
That automatically gives Satur-
day's meeting between Michigan and
Northwestern the No. 1 spot among
this week's games, for none of the '".".:"..
other "first ten" teams encounters an a>''
opponent deemed worthy of ranking. ''::
Cornell, last season's leader at this -
stage with 1,396 points goes against .
seventh-ranked Navy with only ten4s
points to its credit. WILDCAT ALF BAUMAN
Line-Up Of Leaders
Otherwise the leaders line up this set of George Benson, Otto Graham,
way: Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh, once Dick Erdlitz and Ike Kepford. Gra-
a power but more recently a 40-0 vic- ham has scored 30 points and is
tim of Michigan; Texas (30' first- tied for sixth place in the nation's
place votes and 934 points) vs. Arkan- scoring with Tom Kuzma of the Wol-
sas, the only Southwest Conference verines.
school that failed to poll a single Backs Impress Bennie
point; Duke (30 firsts and 801.5 The thing that seemed to impress
points) vs. Colgate, possibly a trou- the Michigan scout so much about
blesome opponent; Fordham (fourth these backs was the fact that they
with 508.5 points) vs. West Virginia; all were equipped with sieed and
Notre Dame (eighth'1 with 388.5 power, and their passing was amaz-
points) vs. de-emphasized Carnegie ingly accurate.
Tech; Santa Clara (1 first and 240.5 Oosterbaan next dealt with the for-
points) vs. Michigan State and Ohio ward wall of the Wildcats, especially
State vs. Purdue. mentioning the great work the two
Of last year's leaders in the first tackles, All-American Alfie Bauman
poll, Cornell is listed among this and Leon Cook, have been doing.
season's also-rans; Texas A. and M. Both men weigh over 200 pounds and
has dropped to 14th with 87 points; leave very little to be desired in the
Tennessee and Boston College have way of tackles.
dropped out of the picture entirely. Coach Fritz Crisler is taking no
Penn and Stanford, ranked ninth and chances of having his men caught
tenth in the opening 1940 poll, are Iflat-footed by some of the tricky
eleventh with 172.5 points and tied plays Lynn Waldorf might be digging
for 21st with 18, respectively. up for this game against the Maize

and Blue and for more than an hour
yesterday, the "red shirts," composed
of freshmen, ran through some of
the Northwestern plays which have
been used this season.
Michigan Defense Clicks
The Michigan defense seemed to
be clicking all through the drill, with
play of the line backers-up particu-
larly standing out. Kuzma and Capt.
Bob Westfall, back after spending
two days in the University Hospital
with the hives, ' broke up numerous
plays before the interference could
form and the linemen broke through
continually to smother the passer be-
fore he could get the ball away.
Attention was next turned to of-
fensive plays and here again the Wol-
verines showed they still have what it
takes to make a winning club. With
Paul White in the wingback spot,
Kuzma at left half and Westfall at
full, the Michigan backs executed
their new plays with a lot of zest
and skill.

Members of the faculty volley ball
teams will have practice sessions, in
preparation for league tilts. tonight
at 7:30 p.m. Various departments of
the University plan to sponsor teams
and those who have not been placed
on teams as yet will be assigned to
them tonight. People who are not in
any department which is sponsoring
a team, but who wish to play, are in-
vited to come tonight also.
Wildcat Coaches Ban
Outsiders From Drill
EVANSTON, Ill., Oct. 14.-P)---
For the first time this season all out-
siders were barred from Northwest-
ern's football practice today as the
Wildcats drilled for Saturday's game
with Michigan.
Bill De Correvont, Otto Graham,
and Don Buffmire were kept busy
punting a good part of the afternoon
and then the first team went on de-
fense against freshmen using Wolver-
ine plays.
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