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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Natators

To Face Grand Rapids In

Warm-lip MeetToday

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Mann Expects
Little Trouble
In Engagement
Wolverines To Even Test
,By Allowing Handicaps;
State AAU Meet Next
By BUD HENDEL
Coach Matt Mann's titleholding
Michigan swimming team will dis-
play its wares for the first time in
1942 when it meets the Grand Rapids
Y.M.C.A. at Grand aRpids today.
The Wolverines expect little trou-
ble from the Grand Rapids mermen,
and the bill tonight will take the
form of a warm-up for the all im-
portant first Big Ten clash of the
season against Ohio State's Buckeyes
here on Jan. 24. In fact most of the
races will bel of the' handicap niture
in order to give thq home team a
- more even chance against the Maize
and Blue water powerhouse.
Also listed/in the breather classifi-
cation for the Michigan natators is!
the scheduled State AAU Meet in
East Lansing Saturday night. Then
next week 'Mann and his lads will
. meet the invading Scarlet horde from'
Columbus.
This Michigan-Ohio State tussle
will mark the first time in two years
that the schools have met each other
in a dual meet, and fireworks aplenty
are in store for the spectators in the
Sports Building Pool one week from
this Saturday night. Both teams are
perennial powers in the natatorial
world, and the Buckeyes loom as the
biggest threat to the Wolverines re-
peating as Conference champs.
The Michigan schedule received a
jolt yesterday when it was learned
that the Wayne University dual meet
billed for Jan. 21 was cancelled at
the request of the Detroit school.
The encounter with the Tartars was
supposed to be the first major trial
for the chaiipionship Mann-men,
but the meet between the two schools
scheduled for March 18 is still on the
books.
Tonight's engagement with Grand
Rapids will be the third for the Wol-
verines this season.'
Hogan Defeats Thomson
:LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13.- P)-Ben
Hogan of Hershey, Pa.,- birdied the
enghteenth hole to d'efeat Jimmy
Thomson of Del 'Monte, Calif., by one
stroke in the play-off today for the
$10,000 Los Angeles Open Golf Cham-
pionship.

HIG rl A N OINS ID E
By ART HILL

igUht Nt -~ See At ion

As For Hockey ...'
WHAT'S the fastest, toughest,
roughest game in existence? And,
at the same time, the best spectator
sport ever devised by man?1
Well, there may be a divergence of
opinion on this question. For sheer
roughness, a certain few will cer-
tainly hold out a claim for the an-
cient Indian game of lacrosse. Many
of those who have traveled in Latin
countries or the Orient maintain!
that there is no faster game than
jai-alai. Football will draw plenty
of votes on the spectator appeal
score.
But for a combination of every-
thing it takes to provide thrills in
an athletic contest, this -depart-
ment will cast its vote for hockey
every'time.
Don't get us wrong, our favqrite
sport is baseball. But we'll take the
ice sport for universal appeal and
(although, doubtless, many will) we
don't see how anyone can disagree.
A girl we know used to sit home
Saturdays during the football sea-
son because she thought the Maize
and Blue gridiron forces (whom we
all considered so fine) put on an
extrem4ely dull exhibition. "The only
sport I like is baseball," she told us.
We saw her the other day and
she had altered her opinion slight-
ly. During the holidays, she had
seen a hockey game. "It's wonder-
ful," she enthused, "I'll never miss
the chance to see another game."
And this is no isolated case. How
often have you heard someone who
has just seen his first baseball or
football or basketball game give out
with something to the effect that
he' couldn't see what all the excite-
ment was about. This almost never
happens in the case of hockey. In
innumerable cases, puck fans are
made. during the course of a single
game.
So it is fitting, we think, that hoc-
key has risen from the obscure sport
it was 30 years ago t a position
[as one of the three biggest profes-
sional sports in America.
Of course, the people up in Cana-
da didn't take any such length of
time to realize what a great game
it was, both to watch and to play.
They were contesting for the Stan-
ley Cup, emblematic of world hoc-
key supremacy long before the
United States knew what the game
was all about.
HOCKEY has had its great mo-
ments, too, just as any other
sport. There was the time, back in
1904 we think (we're a little hazy
on the exact year) when the boys
who dug for the precious yellow
metal up around Dawson City, Alas-
ka, threw a team together and chal-
lenged the famous Ottawa Silver
Seven to a match for the Stanley
Cup. The Ottawa club obliged and,
although the visting Nuggets (for so
the Miners called themselves) didn't
win, they were treated to some of
the best hockey they had ever seen.
The Slver Seven won in two
straight games, taking the clincher
by a score of 23-2 and a guy named
Frank McGee (whom, we understand,
they still talk about up north of the
border) tallied exactly 14 goals. That
game would have been a great one
for some of the people to see who
complain. about the lack of scoring
in hockey today.
Then, there is the famous story
of little Georges Vezina, generally
considered to be the greatest goali
who ever donned the pads. He
contracted tuberculosis at the
height of his career and was advised
by doctork to quit the game im-
mediately if he expected to live.
Georges pointed out the fallacy of
this reasoning. "Playing hockey
may kill me," he said simply, 'but
quitting the game would bring the
end a good deal quicker."

So Georges played . . . and died.
His death came in mid-season and
tliose who were 'there say that the
last game he worked was as master-
ful as any he ever turned in.
There are a hundred other color-
ful tales of the game but space will

not permit of a recounting here. Suf-
fice to say that from the fabulous
Silver Seven and Frank McGee down
to the Boston Bruinsaof today with
their great Sauerkraut Line, hockey
has provided more than its share of
pulse-tingling excitement to the
sporting world.
This week, the people of the little
old German -village of Ann Arbor
will be afforded an opportunity to
see collegiate hockey at its abso-
lute best. Eddie Lowrey's Wolver-
ine sextet is scheduled to take on
the great Illinois aggregation which
is (with the possible exception of
Dartmouth) the best college club
in the land.
Michigan fans wince when they
think of what the Illini did to the
Maize and Blue puckmen last sea-
son. Just for the record, the two
teams met four times and Illinois
won all four contests, 7-1, 8-2, 4-2,
4-1.
Sad to say, the results will probably
be little better for local fans this
year. Illinois is just as good if not
better this season. So a capacity
crowd would be in order. Such. play-,
ers as the colorful Amo Bessone,J
George Balestri, Aldo Palazzari, Russ
Priestley and all the rest are sure to!
put on a real show. And don't for-
get the possibility of an upset win
for Michigan. In hockey, any team
that battles all the way has a chance.

Morrie Bikoff,. flashy little soph-
omore basketball player, may be
forced to remain on the sidelines
Saturday when the Wolverine
cagers tackle Minnesota. Morrie
was injured by a foul during the
surprise Michigan victory over
Northwestern Monday.

Bikoff Injuired
May Not Play
In Gopher Tilt
Diminitive Soph Star Hurt
On Foul; Otto Graham
Held In Cheek By Gibert I
\ By DICK SIMON
It was a happy band of Michigan
cagers that returned to Ann Arbor
yesterday.
And rightly so, because those scrap-
ping Wolverines had notched their
first Big Ten victory of the season
in defeating the highly-favored
Northwestern team that has, de-
spite its loss to the Maize and Blue,
averaged 50 points in four Western
Conference games.
It was a rough and tumble game
all the way through as is evIdenced
by the fact that 36 personal fouls
were called on the players, And as
a result of these rough-house tactics
on the part of some of the Purple
cagers, Morrie Bikoff, flashy little
sophomore, may be forced to watch
Saturday's tilt with Minnesota from
the sidelines.
Bikoff Flagrantly Fouled
With less than 10 seconds remain-
ing in the game, the Michigan for-
ward was coming in to take a dog
shot at the hoop on one of the Wol-
verine fast break plays when he was
flagrantly fouled by Bobby Jake in
mid air and landed on his side about
10 feet away. Since he 'could hardly
walk, Coach Bennie Oosterbaan was
forced to take him out of the frey.
Morrie was in uniform yesterday,
but was limping ratier noticeably.
The Maize and Blue cage mentor ex-
pressed doubt whether the Flint
cager would be able to see action
against the Gophers, and added that
if he was well he probably wouldn't
be able to stand up under too much
strain.
Ralph Gibert, another of Ooster-
baan's sophomore stars, played a
magnificent game at guard, the first
time he has played that position this
year. He played like a seasoned vet-
eran as he held Northwestern's soph-
omore sensation, Otto &raham, to
seven points. Otto only took four
shots at the bucket and sank two
of them.
Coaches See Action
The coaches were on the floor al-
most as much as the players them-
selves. The usually quiet Bennie Oos
terbaan and Assistant Coach Ernie
McCoy were nearly called on a tech-
nical foul because they went on the
court to argue with the referees.
The big argument at the end of
the game was simply about the time
remaining in the game. The players
as well as the coaches knew that Leo
Doyle had fouled Northwestern's
Russ Wendland before he shot, but
the timekeeper had failed. to notice
it and the clock was not stopped.
After a lengthy discussion the offi-
cials finally agreed that there was
four seconds remaining to play.
Northwestern took two wild shots
at the basket, but neither of them
came close. When the smoke had
cleared away, the Wolverines had
Icaptured a well-earned 34-32 victory.

Wrestlers Help Keen To New
Breath-holdm i Cham ionship

BOWL
Tonight!I

By HOE SELTZER
One thing stands out most clearly
as a result of the first two wrestling
meets this season:
Coach Cliff Keen can hold his
breath longer than the champion
pearl diver of Aloha Islanil off New
Zealand.
Saturday night he set what was be-
lieved to be a new world's record
when he ceased breathing for 30
straight minutes, waiting for 'Ray
Deane to bring home the first Wol-
verine victory in the third match
against Penn State.
But last night he showed that this
was a mere warm-up as five long
matches had to come and go, 55
minutes in toto, before Marv Becker
flopped his foe's shoulders down and
dried the cold sweat on Cliff's fore-
head with the five-point start of
Michigan's second-half scoring spree.
Weak In Light Weights
The gist of the matter is that if
you split the Michigan mat squad
into the four lower weight classes and
the four upper ones, you have what
is known as' two horses of decidedly
different colors. Because the 121-
and 128-pound weight classes have
'to date shown themselves to be woe-
fully undermanned, while the 136-
and 145-ers may be termed highly
uncertain, which is to say erratic.
Ah, but from 155 pounds on up.
A distinct pleasure for the coach.
Last year Mary Becker was .a definite
nonentity, and now within three days
he trots out on'the mat of battle and
scores two sensational victories, one
on a fall and one on a near-fall.
Bill Courtright has to date handled
his men with consummate ease, and
later in the season, when he gets
some pin holds, down cold, he'll be
trading in those three-point decision
victories for five-pointers.
Galles Still Stars
When Jim Galles was a sophomore,
he was already a shining light on a.
squad which sported no small num-
ber of those personalities. As a jun-
ior last year Jim copped the Confer-
ence light-heavyweight title. And this
-year . . . Well, friends, Jim ain't get-
ting any worse as the years roll by.
And now comes Johnny Greene.
Man, last night was a riot. John
stalks out, picks his man up and
whango! State's nose is scraping the
mat, Greene astride his back, all in
the matter of one minute or less.
So far John has done right fine, he
has followed offensive wrestling tech-
nique to the letter. Now all he has
to do is pin him. Whicl he sets out
to do.
But suddenly John stops his ex-
ertions and looks 1putely, patheti-
cally toward the bench. He doesn't
say it but you can read it.
"Great guns, Cliff!" his eyes cry

out, "You forgot to show me a pin
hold."
Saturday night the Varsity meets
Michigan State in the Field House.
And by that time Cliff will have
taught Johnny a pin hold. He also
hopes he will have taught some of
his lighter weight men how to bring
home the bacofi in the way of points
gained.
Because Cliff sincerely hopes he is
never called upon to set any new
breath-holding rcord. IHe insists he
is the nervous type azd that his
doctor has repeatedly warned him to
watch the old blood pressure now
that he is at an advanced age.
Track Season
Starts Feb. 14
Cindermen Hard At Work
For Triangular Meet
With its first meet exactly. one
month from today, the Wolverine
varsity track squad has been hard
at work since Christmas vacation
rounding into shape and the Field
House cinder track is reverberating
to faster and faster footfalls as the
thinclads speed up their times for
their respective events.
The month of February will see the
track squad swinging into the thick
of its winter schedule. Coach Doherty
will take his charges to East Lansing
Feb. 14 for a triangular meet with
Michigan State and; Michigan Nor-
mal, then on Feb. 27, the Wolverines
will play host to the Pitt Panthers,
who have long been a power in east-
ern track circles; and Feb. 20 Yost
Field House will be the scene of ac-
tion for a dual meet with the very
strong Notre Dame aggregation.
Fans are already looking forward
to these three meets to afford them
some kind of an indication of how the
Wolverines will fare in the indoor
Conference meet, scheduled for
March 6 and 7 at Chicago.
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Purdue .....
Iowa........
Indiana .....
Wisconsin ..
Michigan
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W L Pet Pts
. 3 0 1.000 157
.3 1 .750 200
.3 1 .750 198
.3 1 .750 184
.3 1 .750 181
.2 2 .500 161:
.1 3 .250 175
.1 3 .250 126:
.0 3 .000 123
.0 4 .000 132

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