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DbEC.18, 1944


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Di*ly Sports Editor

Cagers Set


Packers Defeat Giants

TAKING a backward glance at the past football season which concluded l
several weeks ago, the record posted by Notre Dame for the entire
season merits some mention.
The Irish wound up the year with eight victories and two defeats,
as they went through one of the toughest schedules ever played by an
butfit from. South Bend..
Notre Dame lost only to Army and Navy, two of the nation's best
college teams, but the scores they lost by in these contests tended to
overshadow their fine record, and gloom reigned wherever Notre
Dame alumni assembled this season because of the nature of these
two losses.
However, the job done by Head Coach Ed McKeever and his staff
could be termed a creditable showing in any man's language, for, after
their outstanding defeat by the Cadets, Notre Dame came back with a
surge that engulfed Georgia Tech, champions of the Southwestern Con-
ference, and Great Lakes, considered one of the season's best service
HIS INSPIRED band of players from Notre Dame probably attained
their highest pitch of the year when they downed Great Lakes in their
last game of the season. This marked the first time that the Irish had
been able to accomplish this feat since these two teams began their
Coach McKeever rebuilt the Notre Dame squad, both mentally and
physically, after the Army episode, and the defensive power and the stam-
ina of the players, not seen at the first part of the season, proved too
much for 'the Sailors to match.
Great Lakes had only been defeated by Ohio State previous to
this contest and were overwhelming favorites to cop the tilt. TheI
Sailors dominated the game completely in the first half as they out-
played the Irish, which is attested by the fact that Notre Dame only
managed to penetrate Great Lakes' territory by one yard in this length
of time.
But a revitalized and determined Notre Dame team came back in the
last half and managed to turn two intercepted passes and a blocked
kick into touchdowns, 'as they were paced by halfback Bob Kelly, who also
made an 83 yard touchdown jaunt, which was enough to spell doom for
Great Lakes.
AT THE START of the season, although Notre Dame began to chalk up
victories in similar fashion to last year's national champs, Coach Mc-
Keever stated that he thought Army, Navy, Illinois, Georgia Tech, and
Great Lakes had too much power for his young team to match. Hence,
the Irish finished thir grid year much stronger than they had bargained
for in pre-season dope, and their record could stand as successful to theii,
most rabid partisans.
The Irish also demonstrated that whether they win, lose, or draw,
the turnstiles are always full. After the final tabulations had been com-
pleted, Notre Dame still maintained its mastery as. the 'game's greatest
attraction,' playing before 507,000 fans in 10 games, to top the nation
in attendance.

For 12 Rig
Ten Ganes
Wolverines Oppose
Ohio State Dec. 30
As the opening of the Western
Conference basketball season draws
near, Michigan's cagers are shooting
for an improved record over their
showing in last winter's Big Ten play
in which they were able to win only
five of 12 Conference games.
Again this year the Wolverines will
hook up in 12 Big Ten duels, and will,
with two exceptions meet the same
teams played last season. Chicago,
which absorbed a 71-34 drubbing
from Michigan a year ago, has been
dropped from the schedule, as has
Purdue. Another game with Illinois
and two with Iowa have been carded
as replacements.
Play 12 Games
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's charges
are slated for six two-game series in
Conference play, meeting Ohio State,
Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin,
and Northwestern twice each. All of
the series are scheduled on a home
and home basis.
The Wolverines open their Big Ten
battle against Ohio State, 1943-44
champs, Dec. 30 here, and play the
Bucks again at Columbus, Jan. 20.
With four of its first five players back
for this season, Ohio will be able to
put virtually the same team on the
floor which handed the Wolverines
two defeats by scores of 53-49 and
5 1-37 last year.
Hoosiers Come Here
Indiana, which provided Michigan
its only double Conference triumph
to the tune of 65-49 and 46-44, is
next on the list, coming to Ann
Arbor Jan. 5. The Wolverines take
on the Hoosiers in a return engage-
ment at Bloomington, Jan. 27.
Illinois, Conference champs of two
years ago when the famed "Whiz
Kids" led by Andy Phillip emerged
as the top quintet in the nation,
furnish the opposition on successive
week-ends. Michigan will travel to
Champaign, Jan. 6, and will play host
to the Illini, Jan. 13. The Maize and
Blue five humbled the "Gee Whiz
Kids," successors to the great 1942-
43 outfit, in a single encounter last
year, 52-45.
Meet Iowa
Michigan will next take the court
against Iowa, a team which was not
on the schedule last winter. The
Hawkeyes battled Ohio State down
the stretch for the '43-44 crown and
will have virtually the same team
back for the present campaign. The
will appear here Jan. 19. The second
tilt is carded for Feb. 3 at Iowa City.
Wisconsin will do the honors Feb.
2 and Feb. 10, the first contest to be
played here. The Badgers dropped
the Wolverines twice last season,
50-41 and 52-31.
Again this year Michigan will close
the season against Northwestern,
meeting the Wildcats here, Feb. 9,
and trekking to Evanston the follow-
ing Saturday to ring down the cur-
tain on the campaign. The Wolver-
ines split with Northwestern in '43.
Dick Barnard Shifts to I
Quarter for First Time
Dick Barnard, Michigan's half mil-
er of last season, who consistently
trailed the Hume twins across the fin-
ish line, has shifted to the quarter
mile this fall. Barnard has never
run at the distance before, but at
least he won't be eating the Humes'


Green Bay's Fritsch Scores Twice in
Second Period; Cuff Tallies for New York

Take Ptro Crown

By The Asso
NEW YORK, Dec. 17-Ted Frits4
Stevens Point College, was the big ni
Green Bay Packers defeated the Nev
the 1944 champions of the NationalI
Fritsch, a squat 210 pounder, fou
to a pleasant afternoon and scoredk
leaders needed to bring their loop tit
Previous titles were won in 1929,
1930, 1931, 1936 and in 1939, when
they also defeated the Giants in
the playoffs.
Four weeks ago the Giants blanked
the Packers, 24 to 0, in one of the
major surprises of the season and
that verdict may have cost the Giants
their chances today.
The Metropolitan blueshirts made
the fatal mistake of not starting to
play football until the second half.
By that time the Wisconsin club,
hammering at the Giant five-man
line, had counted twice and even theI
most rabid spectators in the audi-
ence of 46,016 knew that the flag was
returning to Wisconsin.
The crowd paid a record $146,-
205.15 to see the fray and the win-
ning team will split a pool of $41,-

ciated Press
ch, a young football player from tiny
nan in the polo grounds today as the
ww York Giants, 14 to 7, and became
nd the Giant line no hindrance at all
both touchdowns the eastern division
tle to their Wisconsin city for a sixth
896.64 while the losers will di-
vide $27,938.91. The athletes'
booty also set records.
Joe Laws, veteran Packer quarter-
back who played at right half to-
day. because of Lou Brock's leg In-
jury, actually was the leading ground
gainer for the winners and also in-
tercepted a trio of Giant passes but
every time a telling yard was needed
it was Mr. Fritsch who provided it.
The second period was hardly
started when Laws shot 15 yards to
the New Packers' 17. On the next
play Fritsch went over right tackle
to the one and finally smacked it
over from there on the fourth try.
Don Hutson, who caught only two
passes all day, added the extra
point from placement.

UP IN THE AIR-Ward Cuff of the New York Giants leaps high to
intercept a Washington Redskin pass intended for Andy Farkas.
End Joe Aquirre of the Redskins is also in the air. The Giants won,
16-13 and gained the right to play Green Bay for the title, losing
14-7 yesterday.
Army's Attitude in Kick-Off



To navy Sho
10 I~hy no
NEW YORK, Dec. 15-(1P)-"Army
won the toss and chose to kick off."
The real meaning of that terse
sentence starting the play-by-play
account of the recent Army-Navy
game was generally overlooked, but
it told as well as a thousand words
the mental attitude of the galloping
lads from the West Point plains.
"Army won the toss and chose to
kick off."
Sure it was cocky. It was Gene
Tunney flying to Philadelphia for
his first meeting with Jack Demp-
sey. It was lefty Gomez pausing
to watch an airplane while the
opposition fretted and fumed. It
was, well, it was a gesture of com-
plete self-confidence, almost of
In effect, it was saying to Navy:
"Here it is. We'll spot you the ball.
Now see what you can do with it."
Sure, other teams have had their
choice andchosen tohkick,hbut, un-
less weather conditions favor the
kicking team the choice in nine cases
out of 10 is to receive. The New York
pro Giants almost invariably choose
to kick, but they know just what
their line can do. They play the
percentage angle, figuring the possi-
bility of a fumble or of a weak punt
from deep in the opposing team's ter-
ritory giving them the ball in mid-
field or thereabouts.
But herp was Army, a team rated
on its backs, with a line which still

wed Confidcence
was a huge question mark to most
football followers. And it was up
against a team whose line even the
most reticent critic rated as slight-
ly terrific.
You can almost see the mental ac-
robatics of the Army coaching staff
and players leading up to the deci-
sion to put the burden of proof on
that touted Navy line.
All season long the Cadets had been'
hearing about that line. It was
stupendous, irresistable, so far ahead
of Army's line the comparison, to
the Navy, was odious. It's not diffi-
cult to understand the resentment of
those stalwart Cadet forwards. They
knew they were good. Nobody else
would admit it.

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Four Cage Tilts
Carded in State
DETROIT, Dec. 17 - (A) - Ap-
proach of Christmas, with its campus
holidays, puts a severe crimp into
the state's collegiate basketball sche-
dule this week with only four teams
seeing action in as many games.
Two Saturday frays, Michigan's
intersectional collision with Wyo-
ming at Ann Arbor and Western
Michigan College's appearance again-
st Northwestern at Evanston, Ill.,
highlight the program.
Kellogg Field's oft-beaten fliers
invade Albion Wednesday to meet
Albion College's strong Britons while
Alma's Scots take on Selfridge Field's
high scoring quintet Thursday at the
Air Base in the week's only other



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to the Ann Arbor business firms who welcomed us as
friends rather than competitors, to the administration who were helpful
in many problems, and to the great MICHIGAN spirit of hospitality to
Our store will be closed from December 25th to January 1 st while
we vacation in our native Pennsylvania mountains., We will be open
January 2nd toserve you in the New Year with a firm resolve to merit
your friendship and good will.
It' I I. I

Rangers Lose ...
Fight, Then Game
NEW YORK, Dec. 17-VP)-It took
a fight to stir the Montreal Cana- I
dians into action tonight, but once
aroused the national hockey league
leaders hammered out a 4 to 1 deci-
sion over the New York Rangers.
Montreal also got the decision in
the fighting, as Maurice Richard
earned the decision of 15,321 spec-
tators in an exchange with the Rang-
ers' Bob Dill.
The Canadians were leading 2-1
when the brawl broke out behind the
New York goal in the middle of the
second period. A half dozen play-
ers from the two teams were in the
scrapat one time or another. All
but Dill and Richard were soon calm-







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We've asked you Jun.
ior gals what you
really wanted in a one
piece dress. aTat.
tersall checks" you
screamed, and please,
please . .. pleats all
around. So here 'tis,
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and dressed up a bit
with tiny gold but-
tons, and a saddle
stitched belt. Like it?








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