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Wolverines Down Romulus Fliers, 51-21
By BUD HENDEL
Daily Sports Editor
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The Last Lines . .
A8 YOU READ THIS, you will be
listening to the dying gasps of
that once-proud being, the Bench-
comber. For this is my farewell cl-
umn-my last ride along the well-
worn Daily keyboard and freshly-
I still remember the first time
the Benchcomber went to press. I
still remember the trembling fin-
gers groping to type the first sen-
tence of that first column. And I
still remember that first sentence,
"First columns are like last col-
No SENTENCE was ever more
The reason why it is untrue is dif-
ficult to explain. Liken it to your an-
ticipation of kissing a certain girl for
the first time and then your disap-
pointment on finding that she can't
kiss, and you'll have a reasonable
simile of the difference between first
and last columns. When I wrote the
first column, I was almost hysteri-
cally excited. As I write this column,
I can't help but regret the fact that
it must be written. It's great to ar-
rive, but, relatively, it's much tougher
AS I WRITE tonight I think of
the wealth of experiences and
associations made during the years
I have worked on The Daily. I think
of the Michigan coaching staff, the
Michigan athletes and the Michi-
gan publications gang. And as I
think of all this, I wish I had it to
do over again. If I did, I would do
it the same way just to make the
same friends and experience the
same rich associations and lessons.
CAN'T HELP but look back upon
Michigan athletics in general. For
Michigan today ranks among the
greatest athletic powers in the na-
tion. It is heralded far and wide for
its keen competitive spirit and its
acknowledged standard of sports-
manship. Quite frankly, I deem it a
privilege to have been allowed to play
*my small part in the Michigan ath-
letic sphere for the past sports year.
At the helm of Michigan athlet-
ics is a man whom I think most
will agree is unexcelled in his field,
Fritz Crisler. Fritz is a truly great
coach, and the tribute paid him by
Paul Brown, Ohio State coach, af-
ter the Michigan-Ohio State game,
won by Ohio State, stands as vivid
testimony of the fact. Crisler, ob-
iously disappointed, had just left
the Buckeye dressing room after
congratulating Brown upon his
team's magnificent display when
Brown addressed a group of news-
papermen with this remark, "You
know, when I grow up I hope that
"I can-be '-as great a coach, and as
fine a gentleman as is that man
who just walked out of the room."
And just as much can be said for
practically every other coach, but
frankly, I wouldn't know how to list
them afltr Crisler. Suffice it to say
that Michigan has a well-rounded
cbacfilhg staff-men who believe in
competitin and sportsmanship and
men who believe in Michigan's tra-
ditional standard in these vital
phases of athletics in general.
True, there are some members
of the Michigan coaching staff who
have experienced difficulty in as-
sembling winning teams, either be-
cause of their own coaching tech-
nique or the material with which
they have to work. To blast these
coaches would be sheer folly. There
is no place for coaching turnover
during wartime. It would be vir-
tually impossible to find an ade-
quate successor for any Michigan
coach today, and with this situa-
tion existing public cirticism of any
mentor would only lead to the type
of internal dissension for which
no remedial steps could be taken.
ONE THING I have learned from
my association with the world of
sport is that sports do have a definite
place in the wartime picture. I be-
lieve the experience in England,
where the government had to revive
sports in order to provide recreation
and morale, is proof of that.
And don't let anybody ever tell
you that sports do not heighten a
person's sense of fair play and
sportsmanship. Athletic participa-
tion cannot help but fire a person
with competitive zeal, a zeal which
is necessary in wartime America.
And to participate in a sport, a per-
son needs more than raw ability.
He must have that vital standard
of sportsmanship, and you will
rarely find an athlete without it.
The world would be far different
today if that could be said of
every walk of life.
TO THE INCOMING Sports Editor,
whoever you may be, I have
this to say. I know you will do your
job well, and I know that your read-
ers will rarely have cause for com-
plaint. But I do want to leave you
with one warning. It's the same
warning Hal Wilson left 'with me,
and it is just as worthwhile now as
it was then.
There will be times when your
journalistic conscience and your
personal desires will conflict. At
times like these, think first of the
University. It has its faults, but
it is bigger than you or I, and its
welfare is our welfare. There are
certain things which I could write
today which would cause consid-
erable consternation. But the end
result would not-be worth .the sen-
sationalism, and the University
would lose, not gain.
Above all, be fair in your praise
and in your criticism. Do your utmost
to keep your personal likes and dis-
likes out of anything you might write
or say. You will be the oracle of the
campus athletic world. You have it
in your power to make or break in-
dividuals. Just remember that one
word of encouragement can do more
good than a whole column of seem-
ingly justifiable criticism.
BEFORE SIGNING OFF, I want
to thank my staff and my asso-
ciate, Mike Dann. They have all
been swell. Their unflagging coop-
eration has been invaluable. It has
been their work which has been
directly responsible for the success
the Daily sports page has enjoyed
GUESS THIS IS IT. "30" to all
of you, and I hope you've enjoyed
it as much as I have.
Bench; Winners Lead
by 27-7 at Half-Time
By CLARK BAKER
Michigan's Wolverines and the
Romulus Fliers put on their own ver-
sion of Hellzapoppin last night before
350 amused spectators at Yost Field
House. When the show had ended the
scoreboard, which was of secondary
importance all night, showed a re-
spectable 51-21 margin for the Wol-
Never did the victors trail. They
recovered from a slow start to plunk
five markers in a row through the
hoop before the visitors could score
and from then on the lead steadily
mounted. Dave Strack played the
lead role for the Maize and Blue with
13 markers while Ralph Gibert pushed
11 scores through the big rim of the
Use Reserves in Force
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan flooded
the floor with reserves to keep the
score down to a reasonable figure and
the Airmen countered by emptying
theh' bench for the same reason. In
all Bennie put 13 men on the floor,
three of them for the first time this
year, and-only four failed to hit the
strings at least once. The Airmen
utilized all their 11 men.
The Maize and Blue used nothing
more than passes and superior height
to smother their diminutive oppo-
nents. They had almost complete con-
trol of both backboards and only their
erratic shooting held the score down.
In all they attempted 93 shots and
caged only 22.
The contest was as wild as any seen
at Yost Field House in recent years
The ball moved up and down the
court, and often even off the court
entirely, with amazing rapidity. In-
tercepted passes, wild tosses, stolen
balls and loose play kept the crowd
continually amused. The visitors in
particular had a difficult time holding
onto the leather.
Takes Lead Right Away
Michigan shot to the fore right
away when Strack stole the bal and
went all the way with it. He followed
with a charity toss and Jim Mandler
got his only score of the evening on
a pivot. Jack Morris finally tallied
for the Fliers on a nice one-hand shot
to make it 5-2.
Before the visitors could hit home
with another double-decker, the Wol-
verines had upped the margin to
15-3. Reserves came in for Michigan
and, with Gibert and Merv Pregul-
man tossing the pill in from all angles,
the margin soared to 27-7 at half-
time. The second half was even
worse than the first.
The Airmen traded the Wolverines
basket for basket until midway in the
stanza when the Maize and Blue sud-
denly found the hoop again to Shoot
the score to 40-15. For the remainder
of the fracas reserves played for both
Late Rally Gives Wings
3-2 Victory over Bruins
DETROIT, Jan.21--(M)-The De-
troit Red Wings scored two last
period goals to smash a five-game
winning streak of the pace-setting
Boston Bruins with a 3-to-2 victory
tonight in a National Hockey
League game. Eddie Wares slapped
home a 50-foot shot for the win-
ning marker less than seven min-
utes from the finish.
The Bruins, holding a 2-to-i
margin going into the last period
on goals by Fat Little, Buzz Boll
and versatile Flash Hollett, tried
to crawl into a defensive shell, but
Jack Stewart squared the count
at 8:09 with his first goal of the
year and Wares connected less than
six minutes later.
in Field Events
By ERIC ZALENSKI
Whether or not balance on the
track can overcome a noticeable
weakness in the field is a question
bothering Varsity Coach Ken Doherty
as he preps his squad for the coming
indoor season next month.
Doherty lists four sprinters as pos-
sible point winners in the 60-yard-
dash - Chuck Donahey, Len Olkon,
Bill Newcomb and Jack Maftin Don-
ahey placed in several dual meets last
Michigan has a strangle hold on
the quarter-mile with Bob Ufer, na-
tion's indoor champion, ready for his
peak season. Junior Jim Sears should
add points here.
Matthews Is Topnotch
Captain Dave Matthews, regarded
as one of the Midwest's topnotch
half-milers, will get stiff competition
from John Roxborough and the Hume
twins, Ross and Bob.
Johnny Ingersoll and Willie Glass,
point-winners last season, will share
the mile stint with the Hume twins.
Ernie Leonardi will bear the two-
mile burden along with a greatly im-
proved Jim Conant.
There's plenty of power in the hur-
dles. Doherty can enter senior Bud
Byerly, Elmer Swanson and Liv Stroia
in the highs, and 'Chuck Pinney,
Swanson and Martin in the lows.
Segula Has Competition.
Veteran pole-vaulter Bob Segula
will find his pspot threatened by a
Kenny Fryar who vaulted 12 ft. 6 in.
to win the interclass meet last month.
Frank MacClear should break into
the point column also.
Lanky Bill Osgood will share the
broadjumping duties with Pinney and
Bob Tilson, while Stroia and Bill Dale
will do the high jumping. George
Ostroot is the lone shot putter.
Michigan, with meets slated for
Feb. 9 and Feb. 13, will get its first
big test in a dual met at Yost Field
House against the Ohio State Buck-
m Clash with
Maize and Blue Rated
Good Chance to Whip
By JACK MARTIN
The water in the Sports Building
pool will be churned from one end to
the other tomorrow night at 7:45
when the swim stars of Michigan and
Ohio State clash in the first dual meet
of the season for both teams.
The Buckeyes are rated as favorites,
but anything can happen when it's
Michigan versus Ohio. As things
stand now, tomorrow night's meet
should be one of the outstanding dual
encounters of the winter. Looking at
each event, we see a picture some-
thing like this:
Medley relay: It looks like Michi-
gan here. Carrying their banner in
this event will be such stand-outs as
Jim Skinner, winner of the Intercol-
legiate crown for two years. Sopho-
more star Harry Holiday is also
scheduled for the medley, and Coach
Matt Mann has Chuck Fries, Lou Kivi
and Ace Cory to choose from for the
free style position.
50-Yard Freestyle: Again it looks
like Michigan The Bucks are admit-
tedly weak in the sprints this year.
On their marks for the Wolverines
will be Chuck Fries and Mert Church,
while Ohio possibilities include Jack
Martin, Don Coolahan, and Harry
220-Yard Freestyle: A close one.
It will probably be a dual between
Michigan's JohnnyPatten and State's
Nakama. Patten took a first in the
Intercollegiates last year, and also
was victorious in the Big Ten. Naka-
ma, speed-demon from Hawaii, holds
several American records.
Diving: Ohio State is heavly fav-
ored here. Led by All-American Mill-
er Anderson, National AAU Indoor
champion, the Buckeyes should pick
up quite a few points in this event.
Another Buck, Frank Dempsye, took
a first in last year's Intercollegiate
meet, and repeated in the Big Ten.
Carrying Michigan's hopes will be
Alex Canja and Lou Haughey.
100-Yard Freestyle: The-Wolvs-
ines will probably be tops here. Lou
Kivi and Patten looks good enough
to gather in the scores for Michigan.
Backstroke: Points will be pretty
well divided here. Buckeye captain,'
Mark Follansbee, took the Big Ten
crown in this event last season. Back-
ing him up will be Bill Ryan, Tom
Hedges, and Emil Mamaliga. But the
Wolverines have one of the best back-
stroke stars to appear in some years
in Harry Holiday. Ted Horlenko will
also swim the backstroke against the
Breaststroke: May be the key dual
of the evening. Holding Michigan
hopes will be Intercollegiate champ,
Jim Skinner and Pat Hayes. AAU
titleholder Jim Counsilman will carry
the Buckeye banner, aided by Bernard
Hayes and Birkby Leip.
440-Yard Freestyle: Probably Ohio
State. The Bucks have on hand
Nakama and Jack Ryan, Big Ten win-
ner last year. Walt Stewart and
.Johnny McCarthy are the Wolverine
Freestyle Relay: With Ohio having
a dearth of freestyle sprinters, Michi-
gan appears the favorite. Holiday,
Patten, Fries, Kivi, Cory, and Church
offer a formidable group of swimmers
for Matt to choose from.
hio Matmen Tangle
at Field House
Johnson Returns to
Squad; Meet Is First
... national title-holder last winter,
he's aiming to pick up there this
year with a couple wins over the
Buckeyes. Will probably face visi-
tor's ace, Kiyosha Nakama in one
of the- feature races.
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By DES HOWARTH
Ohio State, which can always be
expected to give a good account -of
itself whether playing ping-pong or
parcheesi, is sending a troup of grap-
plers northward to meet the Wolver-
ines come Saturday in what may be
the highlight set-to of the home sea-
son. It marks the Conference debut
for both squads.
This year's version of the Buckeye
mat corp presents a big question
mark. True, they won their opening
match in an impressive style, 34-0,
against Findlay College. But this
week's encounter with the Maize and
Blue is their first real test.
Bucks Have Only Two Lettermen
On paper the Bucks look none too
good, but since they don't pay off on
paper, the Scarlet and Gray lads are
not to be counted on as a push-over
for the Wolverines. Davy Jones, 136-
pounder, and Keith Wolfe at 145 are
the only two returning lettermen who
saw action against Michigan last year.
Jones, in fact, was one of the two
Ohio victors, scoring the only pin for
this squad as the Varsity cleaned up
on the Columbus lads, 22-8. Wolfe
fared not so well, dropping a decision
to Captain Manley Johnson of the
Wolverines. A rematch is in sight
this Saturday for Johnny has recov-
ered from his recent illness and is
ready to return to mat wars.
Good tidings - which seemingly
have been rationed for the Wolverine
squad what with injuries, illnesses
and the draft, - that Johnson"Will
be back naturally enhanees the
chances for a Michigan victory, for it
was Johnny's inability to appear that
cost Michigan the match with State.
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... missed the Spartan meet last
week, but is ready, willing and able
to defend his Conference laurels
tomorrow. Johnny will probably
face the Bucks' Keith Wolfe whom
he defeated last year.
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