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Purdue Quintet

Football Rule
,.Makers Mum
On '42 Plans
PHOENIX, Ariz., Jan. 5.-(/P)-The
national collegiate 'football rules
committee remained in executive ses-
sion today in the most appropriate
place in the country for its private
deliberations-in the shadow of
Mummy Mountain.
This odd stack of red rock, its
name a hangover from the Indians,
lies back of Camelback Inn-named
after another pile of rock that looks
like nothing except a tired drome-
dary in peaceful repose-and the inn
is where the rules group is in confer-
Spirits said to haunt Mummy
Mountain had nothing on the rules
committee. Neither had anything to
"And we won't have until the last
meeting," said Chairman Walter R.
Okeson. He emphasized that the
committee was in a conservative
frame of mind, however, and hoped
to keep intact present rules as much
as possible.
"One rule change may disturb
four other rules, so we have to be
very careful," Qkeson added. He in-
timated they have more than 50 sug-
gested changes to consider.
Diplomatic Lou Little of Columbia
University, chairman of the coaches'
group, reiterated that some of his
association's recommendations might
enhance offensive features of the
He believes the suggestion of giv-
ig a teamescored upon an oppor-
tunity to switch goals might prove
effective in a wind.
Gallant Little Bandi
Of Varity Pucksters
Is Center Of Mystery
"ddie Lowrey's 1Vichigan hockey'
team played a game at Houghton,
Saturday night . . . it is believed.
Nobody in 'little old Ann Arbor is
quite sure.
There was a game scheduled with
the Michigan College of Mines. That's
certain. But it's the only thing cer-
tain in the-entire situation. And, oh
Pis . the Wolverine pucksters are
known to have left Ann Arbor Fiday
'bound for the far North. But that's
all. -
The Daily wasn't particularly con-
cerned at first because there was no
paper published Sunday. But when
nothing had been heard from the
embattled Maize and Blue puc
forces last night, a good deal of con-
cern was expressed over their pos-
sible fate. You know what the
weather has been here. And Hough-
ton is, at a rough estimate, about
5,000 miles north of here.
Mill Marsh, sports editor of the
Ann Arbor News, has been losing
sleep trying to contact Houghton, a
city known to mining men the world
over as "the last outpost."
Bill Weathersby of the Associated
Press and Fred DeLano, director of
athletic publicity for the University,
are equally at a loss. The way the
situation- stands now is briefly this:
Michigan had games scheduled Sat-
urday and again last night with
Michigan. Tech. Whether they won
or lost or even played, nobody knows.
As this is written, there is still a
possibility that the scores will come
in (perhaps by dog-sled) in time
for this edition.
And if that happens, it will mean
that The Michigan Daily, on Tues-
day morning, has scored a scoop on
a game that was played Saturday

Inability To Crack Boilermaker
Defense Downs Varsity Cagers
(Continued from Page 1)

committed three personal fouls in
the first eight minutes of play in
attempting to stop Al Menke, the
Boilermaker sophomore pivot man
and was benched midway of the per-
iod in order to save him for second
The Boilermakers abandoned their
usual all-out speed tactics as the
second half got under way, slowing
down the game in an effort to pull
Michigan's massed defense out from
under the basket. During the period
that the Boilermakers were using
their pull-out tactics, the two quin-
tets practically traded points. In
the final minutes, however, Purdue
again started at top speed to in-
crease the victory margin.
The all-round team play of the
victors, coupled with an unrelenting
pressure defense that harried the
Wolverines, was the big factor in the
triumph. Al Menke, sophomore cen-
ter, took the high point honors as
he led Purdue with four field goals
and a like number of free throws,
but Blaken was close behind with
five field goals, two of them in the
final seconds.
Michigan's five encountered tough
going in its pre-conference schedule.
Sparked by senior center Charles
Butler, a smooth Notre Dame outfit
stood off a Michigan rally and won
going away 46-40. As if that wasn't
enough, Butler, one of the better
small college quintets in the mid-
West, gave Michigan its second suc-
cessive last-half' defeat 35-27. Two
nights later an improvel Wolverine
cage squad, its defense weakened by
the last period loss of defensive star
Leo Doyle, was beaten by a mediocre
Marquette five, 49-42.
Opening the conference grind here
last Saturday night, Bennie Ooster-
baan's boys dropped a 40-34 decision
to the Hawkeyes led by diminutive
Vic Siegel.

What Can We
Do? Play Post
OfficeAll Day
NEW YORK, Jan. 5. - (Wide
World)-Most of the comment con-l
cerning how the rubber shortage willI
affect sports has been confined to a
prospective shortage of tennis andi
golf balls, but when you come right
down to it about the only game you
can play without feeling the pinch isI
a quiet game of cards. And even
bridge has its rubber games, doesn't


9 This Is just The Beginning
0 Sports Must Suffer
Daily Sports Editor

Leo Doyle, alert Michigan guard,
turned in a. fine defensive game
against the Boilermakers. More
than once the lanky Wolverine

cager broke up st
ing plays.
Michigan (18)
Cartmill, f.....
Comin, f.......
Shemky, f.
Gibert, f.......
Antle, c -...
Doyle, g....
Mcconnachic, g
Bikoff, g ...

ure Purdue scor-



1 2
1 0
2 2
0 0
3 8
0 0
2 1
1 1
0) 4
10 18

Rubber plays its part in active
sports from the gum the athletes
chew to the rubber legs a fighter
bounces around the ring on after he
gets clipped on the chin.
Hockey has its rubber pucks, foot-
balls and basketballs have rubber
insides, despite a common belief they
are made from the hides of animals
taught to hold their breath. Rubber
bits are used in horse racing and rub-
ber boots in trout fishing. It seems
a fellow should be able to run and
jump in track meets without benefit
of rubber, although track teams have
their rubbers, at that.
It will catch the boys going and
coming, from the rubber checks they
might get from a shady promoter to
the rubber bands they put around
their bankrolls, although that won't
make so much difference as there
won't be many bankrolls and putting
a rubber band that isn't there around
a bankroll that isn'ttthere would
seem to be a waste of time.
Baseball might feel the pinch a
lot inore than people think.
Take chest protectors, for example.
Most of the catchers use cork, but the
umpires use inflated bladders. The
players probably think it might not
be a bad. idea to deprive umpires of
protectors, at that. In fact, it would
be too bad. heh-hehl, if the umpires
couldn't get iron for masks.
Seriously the rubber shortage could
have a far-reaching effect on base-
ball, particularly in the minors. Clubs
in leagues of lower classifications
travel by bus for the most part. A
lot of the conveyances are wheezy,
perspiring. old relics with rock
springs, and how the boys can play
baseball the next day after bouncing
around in them all night is a mys-
But the buses get them there, and
that's the only way a lot of them can
travel. They can't afford sleeper
jumps on a railroad, and some of the
towns possibly aren't even on rail-
roads, or have such service that a
team couldn't expect to get there in
time for a game.

IN the past two vacation weeks the
full implications of all-out war ef-
fort have been brought increasingly
closer to the world of sport. But the
changes that have already taken
place are just a ripple preceding the
tidal wave.
Thus far, for instance, a neat slice
of the personnel of the world of
bulging muscles and sweating bodies
is now serving in Uncle Sam's armed
forces. And with much credit, it
might justifiably be added. Bob Fel-
ler, Hugh Mulcahy, Hank Greenberg
from the baseball front. Bernie Bier-
man, Pat Hanley, Steve Jizwik and
dozens of others who made gridiron
headlines for theh past few months.
THE WAR has affected sports in
another manner recently ac-
centuated by the mass migration of
bowl games. Orders from military
authorities forbade gatherings of
more than 5,000 people at any one
location in the Pacific Coast area.
Automatically this precluded all
chance of staging the anumal Rose
Bowl, East-West, and All Star Pro-
fessional grid classics which have
heretofore annually gladdened the
collective (and mercenary) hearts
of California Chambers of Con-
Other Pacific slope athletic enter-
prises which thus far have been ban-
ned by the military edict include the
Santa Anita racing season, night
baseball, night basketball, and prob-
ably the big winter golf meets. Here
in the Middle West the abolition of
the annual Illinois Relays for the
duration has struck a little closer
The Davis Cupof course, has long
ago gone by the wayside. Early last
fall Catholic University of Washing-
ton, D. C., cancelled its gridiron
schedule for lack of manpower. Col-
legiate coaches will be faced with
this problem more and more in the
future, assuming that the major part
of the collegiate program is carried
through. A likely provision in the
near future will be one which allows
freshmen to compete in varsity ath-
OFFICIALS are already actively
broadening their competitive
sports program. Much agitation for

Totals 7

Bears, Giants
All-Star Game For Navy
Is Financial Failure
NEW YORK, Jan. 5.--(P)-It cost
the Chicago Bears and New York
Giants $5,401.62 to earn $26,654.84
for the Navy Relief Society in Sun-
day's pro all-star game at the Polo
The two clubs shared equally in
the loss, although the Giants' part
in the game was only to furnish the
invitation to use the grounds, a few
players and Steve Owen to coach
the All-Stars, who lost 35-24 to the
Financial details were announced
today after a check for half the net
receipts was presented Rear Admiral
Adolphus J. Andrews by Tim and
Wellington' Mara of the Giants. The
Navy's share included $1,000, repre-
senting a half share in the radio
receipts, and $125 in donations.
The pros received $26,529.83 and
ran up expenses of $31,931.45 to stage
the game. ILargest items in this total
were $12,979.80 for the Chicago
team's expenses, $11,004.32 for the
All-Stars' expenses and $3,829.47
rental for the baseball park.
All '45 football numeral win-
hers are requested to report to
Coach Wally Weber in his office
any afternoon this week for an

Purdue (36) G F
Sprowl, f :.. 2 2
Hoffman, f . ... 0 0
Tierney, f........1 1
Menke, c .........4 4
Swartz, c ....... 0 0
Blanken,. g . . ... 5 0
Caress, g........1 0
Riley, g. 1 1
Polk, g ......... 0 0
Totals .......14 8



compulsory physical education of
all college students has come into
being. And in scores of other ways,
too, America's sports scene is being
radically altered for the welfare of
the country.
But it's just the beginning. For
now something threatens to hit
sports as we know them at their very
base--equipment. All over the nation
athletic goods men are sounding a
warning against the blackout that
may engulf the entire program if
present rubber restrictions are en-
forced against them. They do this at
the risk of wrongly being labelled as
anti-defense. These men contend
that barring rubber in the manufac-
ture of athletic equipment would be
short-sighted and false economy for
two reasons:
1 America's sports set-up is inval-
uable as a morale booster. To
tear it down would be a serious
blow not only to the spirit of the
nation, but also its physical health.
2 The amount of rubber actually
requisite for a continued pro-.
gram is very small compared to the
nation's vast reserve,
Federal officials in Washington,
however, sound a more ominous note.
They have adopted a policy of plac-
ing sports equipment manufacturers
high on the priorities list for rubber
supplies when immediate defense
needs are filled. But-with Japan in-
vading lands which supply nearly all
rubber -used in this country, Malaya,
Java, Sumatra and Borneo, there ap-
pears lit-tle immediate prospect that
our sulkply will be large enough to
augment present stocks of golf, ten-
nis, hockey, football, basketball and
other sports equipment.
Office of Price Administration has
the matter under consideration, but
is frankly discouraging in its pre-
dictions for sports participants and
fans. Says Leigh S. Plummer, OPM
rubber expert:
"WHILE we recognize that sports
play an important part in ci-
vilian health and morale, we still
are faced by the grim fact that if
we have only enough rubber for
vital defense needs, we can not take
care of sports .. . the shortage (at
present) is so desperate that the
sports people are going to have to
The amount of rubber needed for
sports is small but it is absolutely es-
sential. One observer has likened the
entire industry to "an inverted pyra-
mid with the ball resting at the bot-
tom. Kick the ball out from under
and the entire industry collapses and,
obviously, sports competition along
with it."
Thus the future is a question mark.
Obviously a thorough conservation of
rubber program must be instituted
immediately. Even as automobile
tires are being rationed, so may
sports equipment be very soon.
IN our own small way, incident-
ally, we pursued a rather suc-
cessful method of saving on tires
during vacation. Whenever we went
for a ride, we forced the family to
,get out and push all the way. This
lightened the load on the wheels
and proved very effective. .
A friend suggested driving the car
backwards on alternate days to even
the wear on all the tires. But this
we rejected as being absurd.

Baer Figures
'Hainmer Right'
Is Best Chance
LAKEWOOD, N. J.. Jan. 5.-(/)-
Buddy Baer figures his kind of light-
ning can strike twice in the same
place-and that this time he's going
to make it stick.
Training down here among the
Jersey pines, the big good-natured
Californian has added things up and
decided that since his right-hand
hammer knocked Joe Louis out of
the ring last May, the same shot can
do the same thing-only more so-
when he takes on the Bomber Fri-
day night. in Madison Square Garden
for the Navy Relief Fund.
Naturally Buddy figures Joe'll have
something to say about this matter,
but with an easy going confidence,
he doesn't think the Bomber has
enough of the answers on this quiz
program, despite Joe's kayo win the
last time.
"We'll fight whatever way Joe
wants to," he said today after going
through four rounds of spar work
with two partners. "If he wants to
slug I'll pitch right along with him,
and he knows I can hit. If he wants
to make a boxing exhibition out of
it, I'll do that too. But if that's the
way it goes it'll probably be one of
the biggest stinko shows of all time."
To be frank about it Buddy looks
none too hot in his drills. His spar-
mates are taking liberties with him
that ought to give them large head-
aches, but don't. He seems to be
concentrating on short left hooks in-
side and isn't throwing many round-
house rights, despite his announced
intention of giving Joe headaches
with those particular hand grenades.
Deane, Becker
On Injured List
Rlolak, iosl Wrestler,
Eulists In Air Corps
Cliff Keen, Michigan's hard-work-
ing wrestling coach, is trying to
shake off several headaches that
can't be traced to a hilarious New
Year's eve.
Chief cause of the trouble can be
laid to Ray Deane, who is now in
the Health Service with a cold. The
doctors haven't decided whether or
not the -scrappy 136 pounder will be
able to participate in the Penn State
meet this week end.
Marvin Becker, who has been nurs-
ing an injured shoulder for the last
month, took his turn on the mat
today but had to retire early. Keen
doesn't think the curly-haired twin
will be back in the lineup for several
weeks yet.
The military forces of the United
States continue to play havoc with
the Michigan matmen, as Mike Rolak
121 lb. freshman joined the Army
Air Force during Christmas vacation.
Rolak was one of the most promis-
ing wrestlers the Maize and Blue has
seen in many a day. He competed in
the Midwestern AAU's three weeks
ago and turned in a commendable
Aside from these setbacks the
squad is in excellent shape.
Creighton 63, Scranton 44
Alabama 42, Tulane 33
Murray State (Ky) 49, Ill. Wes. 39
Grt. Lakes 64, W. Ky. Teach. 37
South Carolina 37, Georgia 30
Villanova 43, Geneva 40
Syracuse 46, Cornell 38
Duke 37, Tenessee 35
Indiana 38, Wisconsin 34

Halftime score: Purdue 20, Michi-
gan 7. '
Free throws missed: Sprowl, Men-
ke 2, Blanken, Riley, Mandler 3,
Antle, Boyle, Bikoff.

Pe'rine'n Return From Florida JTaunt;.
Varsity A ids West In One-Shided Win,
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Burnt a handsome brown by the
tropical Florida sun, Michigan's so-
jdurning swimming team came back
to their familiar Sports Building Pool
haunts yesterday after spending the
vacation in historical Fort Lauder-
According to reports, not one day
of rain marred the tankers' trip, and
with the exception of a few colds
picked up by the lads upon their re-
turn to these now frigid territories,
they are in excellent shape for the
forthcoming campaign.
Over 300 Compete
Over 300 mermen from the Mid-
west, East, and South took part in
natatorial festivities at Lauderdale
in the Peninsular State. The climax
of the gathering was the annual
East-West meet which the West, rep-
resented by Michigan, Ohio State,
Purdue, and Northwestern, won in
convincing fashion.
The Wolverine mentor, Matt
Mann, confided that the meet would
have been much closer if Yale had
entered a team. But the Bulldogs
spent their vacations in Miami, fore-
going theh chance to participate in
the Fort Lauderdale attraction.
Besides the big meet, the other
outstanding event on the program
was the annual Coaches' Clinic.
Swimming tutors from all over the
nation were on hand to express their
views on what the sport can do to
help in the war effort. It was for-
mally decided that all out support
would be given the Hail America pro-
gram which stresses the physical fit-
ness of American youth.
Swimmers For Defense
Coach Mann pointed out that
swimmers can do a great deal in the
present crisis, citing the case of the
Japanese ex-Olympic breaststroke
champ who aided the Nipponese in
Men of 1942 1
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are they will show that some of the
boys paddled for miles in their ef-
fort to attain championship form.
Grand Rapids Next
Led by Capt. Dobby Burton, the
Wolverines turned in more than sat-
isfactory performances in the Laud-
erdale waters. In fact, the Maize and
Blue mentor, on the basis of the
Florida exhibitions, expects any team
that takes the measure of Michigan
to do so only after the toughest of
water battles. .
The next attraction on the Wol-
verine card comes on the night of
Jan. 14 when the natators will jour-
ney to Grand Rapids for an exhibi-
tion meet before tackling the big
names in intercollegiate swimming.



attacking Hongkong by swimming
out in the bay and cutting mines
adrift, thus allowing the Japanese
ships to enter.
An interesting sidelight of the trip
was the keeping of a record for each
swimmer on the aggregate distance
covered by each man during the daily,
workouts. As yet the final figures
haven't been tabulated, but chances

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