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D .ily Sports Editr
The Prize Boner of 1943 .. .
THE FAILURE of Notre Dame's sling-shot quarterback, Angelo Bertelli,
to make the 1943 Associated Press All-American eleven should go down
in sports history as the greatest boner of the year. The high-powered
Rambler managed to land a backfield berth on the second team, losing
out to Penn's Bob Odell, teammate Creighton Miller, Northwestern's Otto
Graham and our own Bill Daley.
It's not the mere fact that we think this much-publicized and
highly-talented "Irishman" is a better man than any of the four
named above. We wonder, however, WHY BERTELLI COULDN'T
SEASON' If Bertelli can be THE BEST and still not make the AP
first team, we can draw only one obvious conclusion-someone pulled
a prize boner in making the selection of that mythical All-American
HERE IS ONLY ONE EXCUSE to .offer in defense of this bonehead
selection. Bertelli was called -up by the Marines before the season was
completed and the Irish seemed to function almost as well with Johnny
Lujack in the signal-calling, pass-heaving role. .Whether or not Bertelli's
presence would have been 'sufficient to defeat Great Lakes and keep
Notr Dame's record clean is problematical.
THEN HOW ABOUT DALEY? Bill -wasin almost the same set-up.
The Navy called him out after the Illinois game and the Wolverines
finished up the season without him. As much as we respect Daley's
record and ability, we don't believe that he was any more impressive
than Bertelli. If Daley was good enough for the first team on the
basis of a part-season performance, Bertelli certainly was!
The question naturally comes up, "Whose place would Bertelli take on
the first team?" Daley, Graham and Miller appear to rate the top on rthe
basis of their records. But Odell was only a fair offensive back, his forte
being his work on the defensive Since when has a halfback with an ob-
vious weakness rated higher than a gridder of known ability? We've never
seen Odell in action, but information coming out of the East is definite
about his lack of ability as a great offensive back. All-American to us
means all-around ability. Bertelli must have had it to win the Heisman
trophy. Odell is probably the best back in the East, but figures and facts
have proven that Midwestern football was tops this season.f
WHILE WE'RE IN a critical mood there is another point we would like
to bring up. Was the name of big Johnny Yonaker, 6 ft. 4 in. endc
of the Irish, missing when the three teams were selected?s
We looked at the selections several times, but couldn't even find the
Rambler giant on the third team. Guys like Al Channell of the Navy and
Indiana's Pete Pihos are :supposed to be better.. The failure of Yonaker to
make even the AP third team is more amazing in the light of his selectionc
on so many mythical first teams!t
Can mere words undo this great injustice to Bertelli? JohnI
Greenleak Whittier has the perfect answer in "Maud Muller:"
"Of all sad words of tongue or pen
The saddest are: It might have been!"
- *P
IF MICHIGAN CAGE FANS have any ideas about a championship Wol-v
verine quintet by Saturday; Dec. 18, there is every indication that ae
few hours in Yost Field .House that night will change their minds. Fort
that is the fatal night when Coach Buck Reed brings his rampaging Western1
Michigan Broncos to Ann Arbor. They're giving odds on the Broncs.
The surprising Broncos tumbiled a supposedly invincible Notre Damea
quintet, 46-42, about a week ago and they didn't seem to miss their bigr
star, Hal 'Gensichen. And, to make matters worse, the Broncos rompedi
over a bewildered Fort Custer team, 73-34, the other night. Guard1
Mary Bylsma led the Reedmen with 16 points. Bylsma is a former All-I
State eager and a star on the Calvin Collegequintet.
If you put any faith in comparative scores, watch what the Wolverinesv
do this Saturday night at the Field Houseagainst this same Custer team.a
And while you're watching the soldiers keep an eye on Howie McCarthyU
who tallied 12 points against Western Michigan.a
Michian Cue Experts Gain
Second Place in Tourney

A Champ (i mes fBack

Fort Custer Provides Opposition as
Wolverines Seek Third Straight Win

Michigan basketball fans will be
offered a double attraction here Sat-
urday night when the Wolverine
quintet meets Fort Custer in the
Fieldhouse at 7:45 following a pre-
liminary game - at 6:45 between the
finalists in the Army's campus intra-
mural basketball tournament.
Army Intra-Murals
The semi-finals of the Army tour-
nament will be run off Friday and
the two winners will play for the
coveted championship Saturday
night. This All-Army tilt will fea-
ture a number of former college
players who are stationed here in the
Army Specialized Training Program.
From all outward appearances,
Michigan should not have too much
trouble with the Fort Custer team.
They barely eked out ,a one point
victory over Central Michigan and
Tuesday night they were swamped by
Western Michigan, 73-34. Inciden-
tally Western Michigan' holds a 46-42
triumph over Notre Dame which ac-
cording to experts has one of the
best teams if not the best in the Mid-
Western Michigan
Western Michigan meets Michigan
here in the Fieldhouse a week from
Saturday night. This will be a real
test of WWolverine strength for if the
Maize and Blue win this one, they
certainly could be classified as one
of the top quintets in the Midwest.
Another hard scrimmage featured
yesterday's practice. The boys were
scoring regularly but definitely were
not working together as a unit. This

Starts x hI dcddlv onderi a I le basket and
iI te seats 1 0 e (qually iwoficient on~
11ni is one of tose boys who
play b'ke Jlbll 1i real firewater
uon. An --eptionally fast player.
~f ~i ~ godshtand like Seymour
t> sxcialy aeptA shoit,,under
No)n- onference Foes
Michign's cagers have won their
irst two games from Central Michi-
I an and Romulus respectively. They
ave i rnee games remaining vith-
1u1m COnf temns before they
mee No Ihxrs c-nhere on Jan. 7.
leshs le Cm c n-Sme Saturda
i er two mes heduled
th Ween Nieigan on Dec. 18
and ,Jan. 1. Th' first one is to be
!ed here with New Year's Day
gae to be splayed in Kalamazoo.
Coanh Bnoie Oosterbaan. who is
" uciting his sixth season as head
baketball coach, is greatly depen-
dent on Navy and Marine personnel.
BENNIE OOSTERBAAN However, three civilians, Don Lund.
Bill S 'yniour. and Bill Oren, will
'apparentlet-down can be attributed unquestionably play an important
to the fact that some of the boys arepre
new to the Wolverines' style of play oing year. Incidentally any-credit
and in their anxiety to make good. for Michigan successes this year
and ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~1oi interanit omaego -sol)o to Coach Bennie Ooster-
some of the players are trying too l d his at Bi Bar-
hard, which in turn throws them off
their game. who aie going to have to use all their
ingenuity in order to weed out the
Seymour and King most efficient unit to represent the
A bright spot in yesterday's scrim- m it anl:Blue.s
mage was the fine play of Bill Sey- o
mour and Tom King, who accounted Tile Paon usinmr nMci
for 27 points between them. Sey- jalsbsebl ln stesau
Tl poi ;;an sT b oe qutio lnsmrinhestatu
mour at present is being groomed atss ta
of Tom Baron, Mlichiigan 6 5" center.
the pivot position and looks very ;Tom is s n a nee inur-
impressive in his new role. Bill is

. . . national and Big Ten Con-
ference indoor quarter-mile cham-
pion who is eligible to compete for
the fourth straight year on Michi-
gan's track team. The extra year
of competition and added strength
in his arms and body from calis-
thenics may make 1944 the best
season of his record-breaking ca-
Hockey Team
Faces Londol,
In Inti'al Test
Facing a squad of soldier players
from the London Athletic Club at
9:00 p.m. Saturday night, the Michi-
gan hockey team will have its first
opportunity this year to test its
strength against any opponent.
Lowrey has a rather solid front line
with Vince Abbey, Gordie Anderson
and Ted Greer probably holding the
offensive posts, and With Jack Athens,
wing, also a definite possibility for

Intra-Squad Mat
Matches To Be
AUi i -r t weeks' o find i uI
drills and t\ o weeks of iiteuinv
practice. Conch Ray Courtrighlt be-
lieves that his Michigan matmien
should be shaping tp 'etty well,
and he intends to find our .i t hat
this Saturday.
There have been no actual match-
es since the start of the present
wrestling season, Nov. 1, as "Corky"
did not want the boys to try too
hard and risk injury uniil twy ladai
Totten themslves in good condition.
ie holes to find out how good his
inatniwn are this Saturdayi in an
intra-squad meet at Ferry Fid.
This meet is being staged for the
sole purpose of giving Cotrtright a
chance to see his grapplrs in actioni.
By these meets, he will kinow exactlyv
what to stress to round out the boys
skill before they come under actual
fire in thefis ertOh Sae
Jan. 8.
It is also going to be abssof
picking out his tentative first string
for the coming year. There is plenty
of time before that first regular
match, but he hopes to iron out
serious difficulties or weaknesses
that any of his topnotch men have.
as they will be counted upon to give
Michigan one of the best wrestling
teams in Ann Arbor in recent years.
'Fighting Boxers
AXwarded I I-It
NEW YORK, Dec. 8.- /P-The
4.019 boxers who have traded in their
ring trunks for uniforms in Uncle
Sam's armed forces today were
awarded the 1943 Edward J. Neil
memorial plaque, given annually by
the Boxing Writers Association of
New York for outstanding service to
the sport.
The trophy, established in memory
of the Associated Press sports writer
and war correspondent who was
killed during the war in Spain in
1938, will be awarded in the name of
the "fighting boxers" at the Associa-
tion's annual dinner Jan. 19 and will
be hung in their name in the lobby
of Madison Square Garden.
In making the awar( to the group
of 4.019-and any more who may elt-
ter the service during the war-the
boxing writers departed for the first
time from the custom of giving the
bronze plaque to an individual.

Shrider Brilliant Athlete Both,
In High School, College Sports

ald as yet nonimprovement has been
rlote(d in his condition. Tom's loss
oOuld be quite a blow to Wolverine
cage plans as this rangy center
seemed t9 fit in nicel with Michi-
gan's style of play. At present Sey-
mour and Oren are being groomed
for the pivot position.
14'0 "110 a* d b@1 ll WI Lb

When Dick Shrider, Michigan's
star basketball player, stepped onto
the court against Central Michigan

the starting front lineup. However, last Saturday night, it marked the
Lowrey is far from satisfied with the seventh consecutive season that
brand of hockey the squad has been Shrider's name has appeared in a
demonstarting, and does not hesi-
tate to say so. starting lineup.
Must Back-Chek Dick attended high school in Glen-
"We can't win hockey games until ford, O., where he won eight letters,
we start back-checking, and we aren't four in basketball and four in base-
doing it," he said yesterday, referring ball.
to the disappointing showing that the For three years in a row Dick was
hockey team has been making in re- selected to a starting position on the
cent practices, all state Ohio five. To further prove
Althoughathe team shows consider- his versatility, Dick played a differ-
able speed and agility, the squad does ent position in high school each year
not click together, which is essential and when the all-star selections
if there is to be any scoring in the cane out, Dick was always picked at
London contest, I!the position which he held on his
Henderson Plays Defense team, whether it be forward, guard,
Bob Henderson, slight sophomore or center.
who has been converted from wing to Senior Year Best
a defense post, since Bob Derleth's Shrider's best season was his senior
unfortunate accident last Friday af- year at Glenford. As captain-elect
ternoon, has done a surprisingly good of his high school team Shrider liter-
job of filling the gap left by Derleth's ally set Ohio prep records on fire
absence. Henderson, who is a Navy with a sizzling average of 26 points
trainee, stationed on campus, and an per game. It was Dick's great play
Ann Arbor boy, was originally sched- which enabled Glenford to win the
uled to play wing on the second string state championship that year.
line, but Derleth's torn cartilage de- In his sophomore and junior years
stroyed the whole arrangement, and respectively Shrider averaged 15 and
Henderson is now trying to play a 20 points per game. In addition, the
position for which he has had ,very team won the Southeastern District
little training. - title for three years and went to the
Slth L F.11

semi-finals of the state tournament j a aL 'es:
in 1939 and 1940. -
After graduating from high schoolc l ms uaid
Dick, like most outstanding prep
stars in Ohio, enrolled at Ohio State
University. Dick won his freshman C
numerals in basketball and was also son the Phil-Pit
made captain of the frosh squad. tough in the Nattio
Last year Dick was the only sopho- .now comes to lig
more in the Buckeye starting lineup nardest-punching
and he proved 1 > i Kin)pro too
such an assignment by averaging 10 The Pennsylva

g C
. 8.-P)-The rea-
tt Eagles were so
onal Football League
ht. They were the
bunch of ground-
otball in 1943.
ania combine -its

points a game against conference opponents can say they were out-
foes. Dick's best night last year was I rushed by two teams-rolled up 1,7301
in the Michigan game when he 1;ards on the ground in 10 games toI
scored 15 points in leading his team nose out the western champion Chi-
to a 46-44 triumph at Columbus. cago Bears, who made but 1,631 yards
Stationed in V-12 and thus lost out on the ball-carrying
It was through the Navy V-12 pro- honors for the first time since 1938.
gram that Dick finally landed on the The Chicagoans easily sewed up
Michigan campus. Dick is now play- the total offense title-yards by both
ing first string on the Wolverine rushing and passing-with a 4,045
quintet and in Saturday night's total, topping Green Bay's runnerup
game with the Chippewas Dick con- effort of 3,351 by several gridiron
nected for eight points and was the ! lengths. The Bears did this with
outstanding defense man on the their second-place rushing quota plus
floor. a first-place chunk of yards by pass-
All pre-season dope points to an- ing--2,310. Green Bay again was the
other banner year in Dick Shrider's No. 2 team in this department, mak-
brilliant athletic career. ing its aerials good for 1,909 yards.
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The annual National Intercollegi-
ate Telegraphic Billiard Tournament,
sponsored by the various college Un-
ions throughout the country, is being
played at one week intervals during
the first three weeks of December at
the billiard rooms of the competing
In the pocket billiards competition,
which was held last Thursday, Dec.
2, representatives of the University
of Michigan garnered a second place
for themselves by amassing a total
of 376 points to Indiana University's
380. Cornell, which is this year in
charge of the tournament placed
third with 350 points. Other com-
peting schools include Florida, Wis-
consin, Colorado State, Illinois, and
Straight Rail Play Today
Competition in straight rail bill-
iards is scheduled for tonight. The
Michigan players will wield their
cues in the Michigan Union Billiard
Room. The three cushion billiards
tournament is slated for next Thurs-
day, Dec. 17.
The series of tournaments is en-
dorsed by the National -Billiard As-
sociation and is the brain child of

Charley (show me a shot I can't
make) - Peterson, one of America's
foremost billiard exhibitionists and
instructors. Since it would be rath-
er difficult for the members of each
team to congregate in one place for
the tourney, it is conducted by tele-
Work from Key Shots
Working from previously deter-
mined "key shots," each billiardist
shoots a specified number of innings
in which he can run no more than
ten in any one inning. A team con-
sists of five members, and after all
have shot, the scores are totalled and
sent in to the tournament manager,
this year Everett W. Adams of Cor-
nell University. Results are then
tabulated and sent to the competing
In previous years Michigan has
done very well in this tournament,
winning all three events in 1939 and
1940 and never placing worse than
third. With a second place already
to their credit representatives of this
University stand an excellent chance
of adding to their brilliant record to-
night and next week. Billiard en-
thusiasts who wish to see some high
class cue artistry may watch the pro-
ceedings without charge in the Union
billiard room on those nights.
National League Seeks I
To Deny Gambling
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8.-(/P)-Pro
football in general and the cham-
pion Washington Redskins in partic-


jeraes smoss jei
Although practice this week has
been partially upset by the loss of
Derleth, there is a noticeable lack of
coordination and cooperation. Hen-
derson has been playing spirited hoc-
key, but the rest of the team has not
been animated to a sufficient degree
to inspire any confidence. Lowrey re-
marked that the boys will have to
start playing "sixty-minute hockey,"
but as yet there has been little to sug-
gest that the squad is capable of such
sustained effort.
However, it may be that if the team
starts passing more accurately, and
back-checking, it will produce a
brand of hockey good enough to give
the Canadian team a battle.
Burton H ios Lead
In~ owlinc , Tourney




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