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ANN ARBOR, MICIHGAN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1941 Z323

SECT ION

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Leading
Tailback
Candidates .. .

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SPORTFOLIO

. By

Hal Wilson

0 0 .

A EADY perceptibly flushed with the football fever that
inevitably quickens the athletic pulse of American fan-
dom these early fall afternoons, staid old Ann Arbor in four
scant days will be suddenly thrust into the brilliant glare of
the nation's grid sportlight.
Swept away before the frenzied onrush of some 75,000'
grid-crazed fans will be much of the sophistication, much of
the superficial culture which normally envelops the com-
munity. Nor will it return until the huge mob streams forth
from the innumerable exits of Michigan's vast stadium like
so many ants and returns home to worry about the next
week's battle.
For football weekends are traditionally of vital import-
ance in Ann Arbor. There is just one topic of paramount
interest along State Street, the Flatbush Floogies from
Brooklyn and Joe Stalin's Soviet troops notwithstanding-
and that is: "How does the team look this year? Who'll
replace Harmon? How're chances against State?"
WAY BACK last spring, sideline observers tabbed Fritz
Crisler's Wolverine crew with three question marks:
IF, they said, Crisler can find a reasonably accurate fac-
simile of Tom Harmon, the Hoosier Hurricane who just

last June splashed off the graduation gangplank into the sea
of gridiron legend, then one-third of the problem would be
solved. This tailback, they declared, must be able to run,
pass and kick in the finest Western Conference tradition.
Or if such a person were not to be found within the rather
narrow scholastic confines of this University, they added, a
wingback-tailback combination, or combinations, must be
unearthed, and the offensive system through which the Wol-
verines rose to gridiron greatness last year must be altered
and modified to suit the new talent, upon whose bulky
shoulders will rest the brunt of this fall's attack.
And, IF, these observers continued, Crisler and his cap-
able corps of aides can uncover a rugged pass-snatching end
who can knife through a ball carrier's sheath of interfer-
ence, who can block with back-breaking effectiveness, and
who can perform all the other duties of anilace flankman
which Ed Frutig fulfilled to such perfection last year, then
two-thirds of the problem would be solved.
And, IF, the sideline speculators concluded, Fritz can
develop adequate reserves for his very fine, time-tested first
string forward wall, plug the few holes that exist in his sec-
ond line, and back up veterans Capt. Bob Westfall and big
George Ceithaml at the fullback and quarterback posts with
capable replacements, then Crisler will have developed a

that would approach last year's highly-

football machine
efficient outfit.

HI1G H
Ai*
ByiAl{IT,IIL

'HAT WAS LAST SPRING. Those were the three "out-
standing problems which confronted the Wolverine
board of strategy.
And how effectively they have been overcome? Even Cris-
ler himself doesn't know. "How is your halfback situation,
Fritz," the press will ask. "We've got lots of them," Fritz
will reply.
"Well, so-and-so looked good against the fourth-string
red-shirts, didn't he?" the press persists. To which Fritz
will reply: "Well, even you, Bill (Vic, Ed, Sam) would look
good running against the wind."
"Who is the best bet to fill Harmon's shoes?" the press
will want to know next. "Who do you' think? Who would
you name?" Fritz counters, and here he has you. For when
you stop to think about it, no one back stands out head and
shoulders above the rest. Four tailbacks and three wing-
backs are fighting furiously for the halfback berths. Three
of them, Norm Call, Davie Nelson and Tippy Lockard, are
veterans; the rest are untested sophomores, Tom Kuzma,
Don Robinson, Paul White and Chuck Kennedy. All have
fine potentialities-but until these potentialities are explod-
(Continued on Page 6)

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Varsity

Line

Shows

PoWer

NORM CALL

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I-M Building
Offers Sports
For All Me n
Informal Athletics Attract
Nearly 1,000 Students
For Competition Daily
Officials Prepare
For Fall Program

Blasting Fullback Ready For State

#1

VIE NELSON
* * *

Once again this fall sthousands-_of
Michigan students will take advan-
tage of the excellent athletic facili-
ties offered by the Intramural De-
partment in the Sports Building.
The Sports Building itself is one
of the first of its size and complete-
ness to be built in the country and
has served as a model for other
buildings at other campuses.
One of the best programs- of its
type in the nation, the Intramural
Department-sponsored activities and
facilities of the Sports Building are
used at one time or another by al-
most every male student. The com-
petitive sports, in leagues supervised
by the department, attract fully 75
per cent of Michigan men each year.
Close to 1,000 a day, for a total of
300,000 each year, make use of the
building in competition or in infor-
mal workouts.
Four Cage Courts
Facilities of the building include
the largest/gymnasium in the world,
with four basketball courts as its
Thief attractions. Indoor tennis, vol-
leyball and badminton also draw
large numbers of participants. The
gymnasium also finds use as the set-
ting for various special events, chief
among which is the annual J-Hop,
held ,each February.
A swimming pool which was the
scene of the National AAU Champion-
ships last spring is located in the
east wing. All varsity swimming
meets are held in the pool, and it is
open to all students during the day.
A cork-lined wall can be raised be-
tween thb pool and adjoining aux-
iliary gym to provide space for
bleachers.
Below the large gym are to be found
14 handball and 13 squash courts.
Besides providing for the many en-
thusiasts of these sports, codeball,
necatos and similar games can be
played here. Table tennis facilities
are located nearby. On the east wing
of . the building are found a wrest-
ling room and a boxing room under
the suervision of Marty Levandow-
ski.
Other Facilities
Outside of the building itself the
department makes use of the Univer-
:ity golf course; 38 tennis courts on
Ferry Field; the Coliseum for ice
skating fans; South Ferry Field for
touch football, speedball and base-
ball fans; and Ferry Field proper for
track and field enthusiasts.
The huge task of conducting this
mammoth Intramural program is
2apably handled by Abram A. "Jim-
my" James, supervisor of Intramural

"a.~

New Football
Ticket Syste",
Will Be Used
A greatly simplified procedure for
distributing reserved seat tickets for
home football games to University
students will be put into effect this
season, it has been announced by
Ticket Manager Harry A. Tillotson.
Students will have their first contact
with the new system when they regis-
ter this week.
No longer will students fill out gen-
eral (ticket application forms and
mail them to the ticket office at
Ferry Field, receiving their tickets in
turn through the mail a few days
prior to each game.
No Tickets Mailed
Henceforth there will be no mailing
of student tickets.They will be ob-
tained at the ticket office itself
simply upon exchange of a signed
coupon,, and a set of coupons for the
entire season will be given each stu-
dent when he registers for first sem-
ester classes.
doupons for each game will be ex-
changed for reserved seat tickets
from Monday until Saturday noon
the week of the game at the Athletic
Administration Building, Ferry Field,
said Tillotson.
Student windows will be. open for
the exchange of coupons 1 p.m. to 9
p.m. daily except Saturday and on
Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 noon
on the following dates:
Mich. State Game-Sept. 24 to 27
Iowa Game-Sept. 29 to Oct. 4
Pittsburgh Game-Oct. 6 to 11
Minnesota Game-Oct. 20 to 25
Ohio State Game-Nov. 17 to 22
When students register this week
they may, if they wish, accept tickets
for the opener with Michigan State at
the same time they receive their cou-
pons. However, where several stu-
dents wish to sit together at the game
but do not register together it will be
permissible to turn down the tickets
at the gymnasium and obtain themi
(Continued on Page 2) 1

Squad Seeks
A. Sucessor
To Harmon
Westfall Will Lead Attack;
Wolverines' Defensive
Outlook Looms Bright
Wistert, Kolesar,
IngallsHead Line
By HOE SELTZER t
It is to be sincerely hoped that
Fritz Crisler does not believe all that
he reads in the papers.
Because, in the journals, many
gentlemen of the sporting press have
pre-seasonally reduced the Big Nine
to the Big One and the Little Eight
with such bold commitments of faith
as: "Minnesota is the power and
strength and the class of the Big
Nine conference for 1941." -
. And if Mr. Cr'isler were the gullible
type, he would no doubt disband the
Michigan football squad posthaste,
because, as one and all on this cam-
pus know, since 1933, the supreme
end in life for every grid-minded
Wolverine has been to make Bernie
Bierman publicly say uncle.
It may be, of course, that Mr. Cris-
ler derives the courage togstruggle on
by recalling the year 1937, when pre-
season dope emanating from the
Norse country told of a wonder team
to ehd all wonder teams. Which
it truly was, for people really began
to wonder when Nebraska dumped
them in the second game of the
season. And when Notre Dame dup-
licated that feat a little later on,
Coach Bierman was a very unhappy
man indeed. And himself full of won-
der.
But leaving aside all talk of won-
der teams, comes now the subject at
hand(: Michigan's 1941 grid squad, it
( continued ocn Page 7)

BEING OLD HANDS at making
predictions that fail to material-
ize (we picked the Indians to win the
American League pennant), we have
decided to voluntarily take upon our-
selves the task of letting the incom-
ing freshmen know what's going to
happen during the coming year, both
on and off they Michigan campus,
right now, without waiting.
It'll save everyone a lot of trouble.
No one will have to bother going to
football games, listening to the World
Series or the Kentucky Derby etc.
You can just go on about the business
of going to classes and doing your bit
to see that The American Way of
Life does not perish. Here goes:
Sept. 27-Michigan gridders defeat
State, 20 to 0. Twelve sportswriters
write stories beginning, "ob West-
fall, pile-driving Michigan full-
back, did everything but lead the
band today as . .."
Sept. 29-Lou Nova knocks out Joe
Louis in twelfth round, using cosmic
left hook to the jaw.
Sept. 30-Joe Palooka reachts
tenth round of bout with Phantom
Dill, the mean marine. Red Rodney
still trying to reach ringside.
Oct. 3-Yankees win fourth
straight from Cards. Asked what
happened, Billy Southworth replies,
"What happened to me shouldn't
happen to Larry MacPhail."
Oct. 4-Michigan defeats Iowa, 13,
to 0, Nelson anti Lockardscoring.
Oct. 6-Bob Westfall falls off Bur-
ton Memorial. twer. Out for season.
Oct. 7-'ritz Criser jumps off
Burton' Memorial tower. Injuries
slight.
Oct. 18-Michigan plays North-
western.
Oct. 25-Minnesota defkats-
Michigan, 87 to 2.
Oct. 26-Fritz Crisler, driving
loaded truck, crashes into cir con-
taining Bernie Bierman, Bruce
Smith, Herman Frickey and Urban
Odson. Haled into court, Crisler
says, "I didn't know it was loaded."
Nov. 2-Twenty-two thousand
Michigan students sign petition de-
manding vacation the day after
Thanksgiving, announcing they will
strike if request is refused.
Nov. 3-University brasshats refuse
student request.
Nov. 21-Students attend classes.
Nov. 22-Michigan wallop Ohio
State, 40 to 0. Hal Wilson, Daily
sports editor writes story beginning,
"Bob Westfall, pile-driving Michigan
fullback, did everything but lead the
band today as
Nov. 24-Freshmen basketball
practice begins. Ray Fishe, fresh
coach, overjoyed at sight of 52 can-
didates All topping 6 feet 3 inches.
Nov. 25-Forty-one frosh cagers
quit squad explaining they thought
the game was played on ice.
Dec. 12-Benny Oosterbaan an-
nounces basketball team will employ
fast break.
Dec. 13-Michigan basketball teafn
meets State. Spartans employ fast -
break.
Dec. 15-Veloz and Yolanda, fain-
pus Latin dance team, appear-in Ann
Arbor. Signed by Clark Griffith to
play right field for the Washington
Senators.
Dec. 19-Vacation starts. Cagers
refuse to meet Notre Dame, accusing
Irish of employing fast break.
Jan. 30-Exams begin. Hal Wil-
son, Daily sports editor, buys copy
of "Complete Works of Ralph
Waldo Emerson."
Jan. 31-Hal Wilson, Daily sports
editor, turns in copy of Emerson
, for "The Bobbsey Twins on Blue-

berry Island," explaining it was all
a mistake.
Feb. 15-Grades come out. Hal
Wilson, Daily sports editor, gets
(See HILL, Page 6)
HMusing To Broadcast
Spartan Grid Clash
Followers of the fortunes of the
Michigan football team will be able
to receive a play-by-play account of
th W-i- v~rT,, cffler.,w~ Qn Rta~.4 rA

A bone-crushing blocker, an excellent defensive back, and an ex-
ploding line-smasher, Bullet Bob Westfall, Wolverine grid fullback and
captain, will cause Michigan State's Spartans many an anxious mo-
ment this Saturday.

0

OM KUZMA

1941 Western Conference Football Schedule
('with scores of 1940 games)

J.

______ _ ___ _du
Illinois Inin oaMichigan Minnesota Northw'n Olo Pude Wisconsin
______ ______ ____ ______ I_____ _______I__

Sept.
27

Detroit
Home

Drakej
Home

Mich. State
Home
(21-14)

Washington
Away
(19-14)

Missouri,
Home

Vanderbilt
Hoie

Oct. Miami Notre Dame
4 Home Away
Oct. Minnesota Tex. Chris.
11 Away Home
Oct. Drake Nebraska
18 Home Away
I (7-13')
Notre Dame Wisconsin
Oct Away Away
25 (0-26) (10-27)
Nov. 1 Michigan Iowa
1N Home Away
(0-28) (10-6)

Michigan Iowa Kans. State S. Calif. Pittsburgh Maruette
Away Home Home Away Away (33-19)
Wisconsin Northw'n
ittsburgh Ilhnois Home Away
Home Home (27-7) (7-27)
Wisconsin I Northw'n Michigan Purdue Ohio Iowa
Away j Away Pittsburgh Home A
(30-12) (20-13) Home (13-20) (H-4) (14-17) (12-30)
(17-4)1-17)(1-30
Purdue Minnesota Michigan Ohio 'Northw'n Iowa Indiana
Away Home Away Away Home Home Home
(6-21) (6-7) (7-6) (6-3) (3-6) (21-6) (27-10)
Indiana Illinois Northw'n Minnesota Pittsburgh Fordham Syracuse
Home Away Home Away Away Away Home
(6-10) (28-0) (13-12) (12-13) (30-7) (7-13)

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