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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Tictory-Hungry Wolverines Set ToBreakChampaign

Jinx

Smeja, Impressive In Gopher
Tilt, Is Likely Sub For Rogers,

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Zuppke Teams
Are Nemesis

By BUD HENDEL .
It happened midway in the first
period of last Saturday's gigantic
gridiron struggle between Michigan
and Minnesota. Joe Rogers, flashy
Wolverine end, had been critically
injured, and although he hobbled
through a few plays after the mis-
hap occurred it was apparent that
the blond senior wingman was badly
hurt.
The hopes of the Maize and Blue
rooters fell as they watched Rogers
leave the field. All season long they
had heard that Fritz Crisler's line
was as strong as any from tackle
to tackle, but that the flanks were
not up tp par and the reserves were
few and weak. Now just as Rogers
and Harlin Fraumann, the other Wol-
verine end, were, hitting their true
stride, an injury was forcing Joe
from the gridiron and one of those
scarce reserve wingmen was coming
in to take his place in the forward
wall.
Rudy Replaces Rogers
The Stadium loudspeaker sputtered
a few times and the spectators knew
that Rudy Smeja had replaced Rogers
at end for Michigan. When the
gameended and the Gophers had
handed the Wolverines their first
defeat of the season in one of the
hardest played tilts ever seen in/Ann
Arbor, those spectators knew'rthat
Rudy Smej a had played his heart orat

and had turned in an impressive job
of flanking for the outmanned Michi-
gan crew.
For against Minnesota, Smeja
played the best game of his career.
He was fooled a few times by the
tricky Gopher offense, but more often

On Home Turf
Illinois Expected To Rely
On Pass Attack; Several
Injuries On Two Teams
By MYRON DANN
A victory-hungry band of Wolver-
ines will leave Ann Arbor at 8:30 a.m.
today in search of some pesky orange
and blue foxes that have been caus-
ing Michigan a lot of trouble these
past nine years.
Not since 1931 has a Wolverine
football team been able to defeat Ill-
inois at Champaign. Consequently,
Coach Fritz Crisler and the Varsity
are just about fed up with sly Bob
Zuppke's "shennanigans." The boys
from Ann Arbor are out to win this
game and prove that Illinois can be
outplayed and outsmarted in her own
stadium.
Illinois Homecoming

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0 'The 01' Wet Sock' Trophy
0 It's Up To The Students
By HAL WILSON
Daily Sports Editor
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HERE'S THE DOPE on the new football trophy proposed for the Ohio
State-Michigan football game, hereafter to be referred to in hushed
tones as the "Ol' Wet Sock" incident.
First of all, though, for background material, turn right now--
if you haven t already read it-ta the article gracing the bottom of the
front page and note carefully its profound message, with stress on the
social significant angle. Then hustle right back here for more:

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Welterweights
BattleTonight
Fritzie Zivie Meets Rising
Young 'Sugar' Robinson
NEW YORK, Oct. 30-4P)-Just a
year ago, give or take a couple of
weeks, Fritzie Zivic came off the
leaky roof circuit and did the im-
possible by punching the great Henry
Armstrong to the end of the trail.
The night he did it a skinny kid
from Harlem made his professional
debut in one of the four-round pre-
liminaries, and then sat at ringside
and watched Fritzie make it happen.
Tomorrow night in Madison Square
Garden, the kid, Ray (Sugar) Robin-
son, a brown beanpole with a belt like
a bomb, tops off a year of marching
along the victory trail by tangling
with Zivic in a 10-rounder that prob-
ably will get the winner a shot at
Red Cochrane and the world welter-
weight championship.
And so far has Sugar come along
the road to the jackpot that the bet-
ting men have installed him favorite
at 5 to 8 to knock off one of the
craftiest ring generals of this fistic
generation. Not only that, but Ray
has caught on so hot with the faith-
ful by his banging and his boxing
that promoter Mike Jacobscwouldn't
be startled if some 15,000 customers
kicked in to a pot close to $45,000 to
sit in on this one.

Independent 'Gang' Wins
High-ScdringI-M Game
Two independent football teams
stole the show yesterday afternoon
with one of the wildest games of the
year. The final score of that game
which saw ten touchdowns. five ex-
tra points, and two safeties was
Dewey Street Gang, 45, to Millburg
A. C.'s 24.
The game had everything including
sparkling runs by Bob Mitchell of
Millburg and a 70-yard touchdown
run by Wayne Glas of the Dewey
Street Gang.
In other games of the day, Slo-
cums defeated Brandeis Co-op, 20-6,
and Robert Owen House defeated
Congress in a hard-fought game, 6-0.
In speedball, Beta Theta Pi, with
Ford Whipple scoring six of its
points, defeated Psi Upsilon, 11-7,
and Delta Upsilon knocked Lambda
Chi Alpha from the ranks of the
undefeated with a 9-7 win.
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RUDY SMEJA
than not he was there to strip the
ballcarrier of his interference or
make the tackle.
OnceSmeja almost got away for
a score. He pulled down one of
Tom Kuzma's bullet heaves and
sprinted 20 'yards up the sideline be-
fore Herm Frickey pulled him down.
A junior in the College of En-
gineering, Rudy is serving; his second
year on the Maize and Blue Varsity.
Before that he played for Lindblom
High School in Chicago, along with
Michigan quarterback George Cei-
thaml, and was acclaimed one of the.
best ends in the city..
When he entered school here, one'
of his first moves was to' report to
freshman coach Wally Weber. Before
the yearling campaign was over the
tall, handsome flankman was pro-
claimed a sure fire prospect for the
Varsity by many observers.
But last year, near the season's
end,{ misfortune hit, the big fellow.
The doctors diagnosed it as torn liga-
ments in the left knee, and Rudy
spent the last couple weeks watching
the other gridders practice.
Injury Hits Rudy
Last spring, with his knee healed,
Smeja once again reported to Cris-
ler. And once again old man injury
struck him. This time'it was his left
ankle and the doctors said strained
ligaments and an internal hemor-
rhage. So Rudy hobbled around on
crutches and waited' for this fall to
roll around.
When it finally came, Rudy was in
the pink of condition and ready to go.
But outside of a few minutes in the
Michigan State and Pitt contests, he
spent his time warming the bench
and waiting for Crisler to call him.
Last Saturday he was called. It
was his first test under fire, and
he came through with flying colors.
Joe Rogers is through for the sea-
son as a result of the spinal injury
incurred in the Gopher tilt, and
Smeja is the likely choice to fill his
shoes. When Bob Zuppke's Illini
face Rudy tomorrow they'll be up
against a boy who came up the hard
way and who is determined to stay
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It's homecoming in Champaign to-
morrow and Zuppke is expected to
have his team fill the air with passes
in order to satisfy the returning
alumni.
Michigan's line coach, Clarence
Munn, pointed out that "they'll have
about 60 plays and that means at
least one out of three will probably
be a pass." Illinois threw 25 passes
in the Notre Dame game last week
with more than average success.
Neither team will be at full strength
because of numerous injuries. Ac-
cording to reports from Champaign,
Joe Pawlowski, guard, and Bob Wil-
son, ace guard, will be out of the
Illini lineup.
A new member of the Wolverines'
injured list was added when Al
Thomas, speedy halfback, remained
home to nurse a sore throat yester-
day. Elmer Madar, who has been out
with a shoulder injury, is back in
uniform but still is not ready to
scrimmage with the team. Besides
these two and Joe Rogers, who is out
for the season, Julius Franks has a
slight sprain in his ankle, but the
sophomore guard should be ready to
play if Crisler needs him.
Varsity Hard At Practice
There was no letdown in practice
yesterday as the Varsity practiced a
defense for Illini plays. Michigan dis-
played a'greatly improved passing at-
tack of her own as the versatile half-
back, Tom Kuzma, tossed some of the
nicest aerials Ferry Field has seen in
quite some time.
It appears that Rudy Smeja, junior
end, will get the starting call over
Phil Sharpe. Both boys have been
working out in Rogers' position all
week so Sharpe will probably see ac-
tion Saturday also..
The game might develop into a
battle ofsophomores because ofthe
presence of Don Griffin in the Illini
backfield and Kuzma in Michigan's.
Griffin has shown plenty of speed in
earlier games thid season and is the
best broken-field runner on the
squad. Kuzma has been touted as
Tom Harmon's successor and can
be counted on to give the Champaign
fans a good show.
Traveling Squad
Crisler named the following 35
boys to make the trip today. Ends:
Harlin Fraumann, Rudy Smeja, Phil
Sharpe, Jack Karwales, Bob Shemky,
and Jack Petosky; Tackles: Al Wis-
tert, Reuben Kelto, Bob Flora, Leo
Cunningham, John Laine, George
Hildebrandt, and Ted Denise..
Guards: Bob Kolesar, Mervin Preg-
ulman, Bill Melzow, Julius Franks,
Ralph Amstutz, Walt Freihofer, and
Angelo Trogan; Centers: Bob Ingalls,
Ted Kennedy, Bill Pritula. Quarter-
backs: George Ceithaml, Chuck Has-
lam, John Greene; Halfbacks: Tom
Kuzma, Paul White, Harold Lockard,
Dave Nelson, Don Robinson and
Charles Kennedy; Full backs: Bot
Westfall, Don Boor and Austin Miller.

* * * *
(KAY? Now here's the story.. An orthodontist who graduated from the'
University's Dentistry School in 1918, now living and practicing in
Kokomo, Ind., has originated the idea of having this unique trophy retained
each year by the losing team in the annual Wolverine-Buckeye battle. But
he prefers to remain anonymous until the trophy is officially adopted by
the two universities which he hopes will be Nov. 22, the date of this
year's clash.
This alumnus first wrote to Athletic Director Fritz Crisler 10 days
ago and also sent a similar communication to Ohio State's Athletic
Director L. W. St. Johns as well as other alumni groups. In addition
he sent copies of the letter as well as his poem and sketches of the
trophy to The Daily, although requesting that the story be withheld
from publication until later.
NOW THE WOULD-BE DONOR wants to test student opinion on the mat-
ter and has literally bombarded The Daily's city editor with long-dis-
tance phone calls and telegraph messages for immediate publication to
sound out campus reaction. So without further warning, plunge into this
poem he made up for the proposed dedication:
THE OL' WET SOCK
They tell in prose 'n' po'try of the Hatfields and McCoys,
Supposed to be the feudin'est of any of the boys;
But when it comes to other folks with cliques 'n' Clacks 'n' clans,
Behold the brave Ohio lads, and fearless Michigans!
The other day some O-hi-os were braggin' of their "Mater",
Of how she was so great 'n' strong, like any alligator;
But I'm a Michigander lad, and somewhat of a fretter,
'Cause I demand of O-hi-o, performance to the letter.
Each year we banter back 'n' forth (and who would not excuse us?)
With boasts 'n' bets, 'n' fearful threats, and plenty to confuse us.
Now, as you know, it always seems the winner of such bets,
He always gets the gravy, while the loser fumes 'n' frets.

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So I jus' set myself right down, a-thinkin' (in a fog),
How totally unfair it was to that there underdog.
An' I decided I would try to even things a bit,
And give a trophy to the side that didn't win our skit.

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Each year we play a football game, the rivalry is grand;
We shuffle back 'n' forth a lot, with football team 'n' band;
But let us halt this bantering, and prove our bravado,
And give a cheer for Mich-i-gan, and Hail to O-hi-o!
And so I got this trophy for the brave, but losin' fellers,
Whiche'er they are, I know they're swell, 'n' not a bunch of yellers.
Now, this-a-way, it makes it so both sides can have some plunder,
No fret about which one's on top, or which one is the under.
When one side wins the football game, the other wins the trophy;
Now isn't that jus' elegant or is it rather go-fy?
I do believe the loser should have something for his trouble;
The winner shouldn't be alone to boast his winner's bubble'
I now bequeath posterity this.trophy, (it's a floozer)
Each year to be a-passed on down to them what am the loser;
The trophy that I offer now you couldn't even hock,
Because, you see, ('tween you 'n' me), it's just
AN OL' WET SOCK!
LATEST NEWS of the progress of the idea is contained in a letter to The
Daily, in which Ohio State's St. Johns is quoted as follows:
"This has all been noted with a considerable degree of interest. I will
be very happy indeed to go along with anything Mr. Crisler may care to do
in this connection."
So that leaves it up to Fritz who in turn leaves it up to the student
body as outlined in the front page story. A negative or even an apathet-
ic response will automatically kill the plan, but if campus opinion is
favorable, it will probably go through.
WEAKNESS OF THE PLAN, of course, is the fact that neither team will
flaunt a trophy (even though it's "wet only in phraseology") that was
won only because the team was trounced.
As the poem declares, this trophy (it's a floozer) goes to the losing
team. "Now isn't that jus' elegant, or is it rather go'fy?".
ONE VOTE for the latter.

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ORT CUSTER, Oct. 30.-P)-Re-
e from the Army by Christmas of
poral Henry (Hank) Greenberg,
roit Tiger outfielder, was predict-
today by officers of the.Fifth In-
try Division.
3reenberg, who will be 31 years
next New Year's Day, would be
ible for discharge by the end of
year under revised quotas whichI
er soldiers claiming dependency
hardship, those whose terms of
vice have expired, and those past
years of age last July 1.
FRESHMAN CAGERS
All freshman basketball players
rho are interested in trying out
r the frosh cage team are re-
uested to report at 7:30 p.m. be-
nning Nov. 3 at Waterman Gym-
asium. Bring your own equip-
ent.
Ray Fisher,
Freshman Basketball Coach

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Illini Drill In Downpour
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., -GP)--The Illi-
nois football squad drilled in a heavy
downpour today, taking the sloppy
weather as a good omen for their bat-
tle with Michigan Saturday.
The Illini crushed Drake and Mi-
ami (0) University in rainy weather
and lost to Notre Dame and Minne-
sota on dry fields.
GOLF COURSE CLOSES
The University Golf Course will
close for the season Sunday, Nov.
1. Everyone who has clubs in stor-
age must remove them before that.
date.
H. T. Rogers, Manager
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Cover Up in a Genuine
FUR FELT HAT

Paging:
A friend of ours Once went into a music
store and asked for Mahler's "Lied von der
Erde." "Who's it by?" asked the girl be-
hind the counter.
Now we don't claim that we have any
Oscar Levants on our staff. But we do claim
that if you come in and whistle or hum a
theme of any not too obscure symphony,
string quartette, concerto, or opera, the odds
are considerably better than even that the
record ou want will be handed to you.
itour next ad we shall publish some of
the questions which have been thrown at
us and which we have answered success-
fully. The point is, of course, that we are
proud of our personnel, every one a trained
musician.
Mrs. Philip Diamond
Manager
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