SATURDAY, NOV. 4, 1944 TIIE '
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By HANK MANT1HO
Daily Sports Editor
WHEN the Associated Press released their version of the top ten teams in
the country at the beginning of this week, half of the nation's 10
top college-service football teams in the poll were from the Mid-West
and this again tended to strengthen the conviction that this section of
the country is the "hotbed" of football.
However, after the Michigan sports' fans got past the scintillating
headline and began to scan the column for their beloved alma mater, they
found their squad perched at the tail end of the top 10-after they had
almost given up hope of ever finding them in this honor circle at all.
The Wolverines have played excellent ball since their lone reverse
at the hands of Indiana and their overwhelming victory over a highly
rated squad from Purdue should have elevated them into a much higher
position than they were in at the time. Iowa Pre-Flight, Navy and Illinois
were all ahead of Michigan in the standings.
The Iowa Seahawks were beaten by Michigan, and they barely
ecked out victories over Purdue and Minnesota, two teams which the
Wolverines beat by comfortable margins. Navy has a power-laden
outfit on paper, but inasmuch as' we have to merit position on statistics,
they have been beaten twice so far this year, while the Illini have been
beaten by Purdue, tied by Great Lakes and their only claim to great-
ness was the scare which they gave the Irish before Notre Dame
finally subdued them.
IS was the first test for Notre Dame and a fighting band from Illinois
shattered all hopes of grandeur which the Irish had built up in
previous games this season, and these Illini also demonstrated that it was
within the realm of possibility that the Irish could be beaten. However,
the second position which Notre Dame holds in the standings cannot be
But how Army became the number 1 team in the nation while
Ohio State was rated third, I cannot fathom. Army has defeated
North Carolina, Brown, Pittsburg, Coast Guard Academy and, Duke,
with Duke being the only team that even had a remote chance of
beating the Cadets. On the other hand, Ohio State has played a
much tougher schedule in downing M'issouri, Iowa, Wisconson, Great
Lakes and Minnesota.
THUS, a great inconsistency exists, and it all leads babk to the perplexing
question of how are these selections made? Though I am merely
pointing out the obvious, I would suggest that these choices be made on
more logical examination in the future.
MICHIGAN-PENN-Though the Wolverines will enter this fray as the
favorites, theirs will be a rejuvenated line-up, and they will not only be
meeting one of the East's great backsn in Anthony Minisi, but they will be
far outweighed in the line. Penn will be smarting from their defeat at
the hands of Navy last week, but we'll stick to Coach Crisler and Michigan,,
14-7, in a hard, drawn out affair.
NOTRE DAME-NAVY-The "kids" from Illinois showed that the Irish
were vulnerable last week, and the Middies are just coming into their
own. Both backfields are about equal, but a Navy line, which in its last
two games against Georgia Tech and Penn has thrown the opposition for
a net loss of 35 yards, should more than compensate for the loss of Hal
Hamberg. It's anchors aweigh, 21-14. .
OHIO STATE-INDIANA-The Hoosiers title ambitions will end when
the Buckeyes finish their romp and the ever-confident Hoerenschmeyer will
hit a new low in net gains for Indiana opposite a hard charging line repre-
senfing the Scarlet and Gray. This is easy--Ohio State, 21-7.
PURDUE-WISCONSIN-The Boilermakers have lost some good men
via the transfer route and they are still smarting from last week's defeat,
so it's Purdue to win, 20-13.
-Photo by John Horeth
EUGENE DERRICOTTE, Wolverine left half back, is shown plunging over for a touchdown from the five
yard line to score against Purdue. Derricotte is expected to be one of Michigan's main offensive threats
in today's contest with Pennsylvania.
DETROIT, Nov. 3.-(/)- S-Sgt.
Joe Louis, world's heavyweight cham-
pion just returned from a tour of
exhibitions for servicemen in Eng-
land, North Africa and Italy, knock-
ed out Johnny Denson of Indianap-
olis in 1:30 of the second round of a
scheduled three - round exhibition
Louis, weighing 212 pounds, only
seven more than his best fighting
weight, hardly got warmed up before
his flurry of blows with the 14-ounce
gloves dropped the 210-pound Den-
son to a sitting position which Den-
son held for the count.
It was Louis' first public bout with
anyone but a sparring partner since
he, knocked out Abe Simon in New
York in March, 1942, The champion,
after his appearance here, goes to
Baltimore, New Haven, Hartford,
Philadelphia, Washington, Buffalo,
Elizabeth, N.J., and Boston before
returning to the Army Nov. 18.
Calvi ci :llege PIan
GRAND RAPIDS, Nov. 3.- UP)---
Calvin College wui open its basket-
ball season with a game against the
longtime city rival, Grand Rapids
Junior College on Nov. 24. Other
games, announced by Coach Al Muy-
skens today, are: Albion there, Nov.
27; Dec. 6, Alma here: Dec. 8, Kala-
mazoo there; Dec. 13, Albion here;
Jan. 4, Muskegon Junior here; Jan.
8, Alma there; Jan. 17, Grand Rapids
Junior College here; Jan. 8, Alma
there; Jan. 19, Central Michigan
there; Jan 23, Muskegon Junior
here; Feb. 2. Central Michigan here;
Feb. 22, Kalamazoo here.
TONIGH T WILL TEL L:
Football Expert Picks Michigan
Over Pennsylvania Eleven
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Offered by Unidentifed Caller
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 3.-(N)- The knuckle-baller, arrivin
Emil (Dutch) Leonard,' Washington en route from New York to his
Senators pitcher, said today he was in Auburn, Ill., told a repori
offered a bribe by an unknown tele- "I got the telephone call
phone caller early in the morning of hotel room. This fellow said,
Oct. 1, the day the hurler knocked Leonard? You pitching today
Detroit out of the American League "Then he said, 'It can g
pennant race with his final game twenty-five hundred or three
Leonard said, "I just hung up. I "I. thought it was some
thought it was a joke." prank, but I decided I'd bett
Later he related the incident to soniebody about it. So I told N
Coach Clyde Milan of the Senators, While in New York Leonard
because, "after thinking it over, I arrangements to go overseas
got to feeling kind of funny about group of major league basebal
it." he said.
By HAROLD CLAASSEN
NEW YORK, Nov. 3.-(/P)-This is
the week-end that even the coaches,
especially thoseat V-12 colleges, need
a program to identify the players so
how can a football forecaster be
expected to register a perfect score?
But here goes:
Navy over Notre Dame : It is a
Notre Dame habit to defeat the two
service schools year in and year out
but the 1944 Navy squad can defeat
any college club it wants to, pri-
marily because of that tough line.
Georgia Tech over Duke: The Car-
olina Blue Devils probably are the
best four-time losers in theycountry.
By sundown Saturday they will be
the best five-time losers. Both teams
hit by naval transfers during the
Michigan over Pennsylvania: In
the belief that the loss of Capt. Bob
Wiese and halfback Bob Nussbaumer
wasn't a complete surprise to Coach
Fritz Crisler of the Wolverines.
Army over Villanova: The Cadets
return to their point-a-minute tac-
Iowa Seahawks over Tulsa: Even
if the collegians are on the rebound
from their 46 to 40 setback of a week
ago. Camp Wilson's injury will slow
North Carolina Pre-Flight over
Bainbridge Naval (Sunday): Bain-
bridge, hidden from the general pub-
lic view despite 13 straight victories,
picked the wrong Saturday for a
chance in the spotlight with 15
NEW YORK, NOV. 3-(/P)--On the
theory that it doesl't matter how you
go about putting on your socks as
long as the result is satisfactory,
we'd like to report another method
of raising funds to provide golf cour-
ses for government hospitals.
We previously explained the meth-
od employed by the Philadelphia and
metropolitan P. G. A.'s, and now have
been informed of the Houston plan by
Vic Emanuel of the Houston Post.
In jitterbug time enough money was
raised to build a nine-hole course at
the McClosey hospital, an amputation
center, at Temple, Tex..
The plan was sponsored by the
war sports activities committee,
whose nucleus is a group composed of
the sports editors of the three Hou-
ston dailies. Emanuel explains it
"Two plans were advanced. One
was- to build a 'country club' style
links across the road from McCloskey.
The other was to construct a simple,
short nine-hole course around the
hospital grounds. The second plan
was adopted so the links would be
easily accessible and easily playable
by those who have lost an arm or a
Louisiana State over Tennessee:
The breaks are about due to start
running for the Bayou Bengals, who
have won only one game this year.
Ohio State over Indiana: The
Buckeyes get revenge for that 20 to
14 last-minute setback of a year ago.
It probably will turn out to be a per-1
sonal duel between Les Horvath and
Alabama over Georgia: The Crim-
son Tide's passing attack to be the
Purdue over Wisconsin: Both
teams lost heavily during the week
by naval transfers and injuries but
the Boilermakers will get the needed
lift from the homecoming throng.
his fine defensive work was a great
asset to the Wolverines. On offense,
he was used sparringly and carried
the bail only seven times. Now that
Wiese is gone the big fullback will
have an" excellent opprtunity to dis-
play his offensive talent.0
Chubb, an Ann Arbor product, will
start in the Michigan backfield for
the first time during his collegiate
career. The Ann Arbor boy has ap-
peared only at sporadic intervals, but
still managed to lug the ball 60 yards
in 13 tries. In the event that Chubb
does not work out at right half, he
will be shifted over to fullback and
remain there as Lund's principal un-
derstudy. Either Bill Culligan or
Jack Wiesenberger will fill in at right
half in case of such an emergency.
Ponsetto, Derricotte Start
Veterans Joe Ponsetto and Eugene
Derricotte round out the Wolverine
backfield. Porisetto's job of signal
calling has been of inestimable value
to the Maize and Blue team andj
sports experts have tabbed him as
one of the outstanding quarterbacks
in the Big Ten.
IN I ill,
Derricotte has been slightly over-
shadowed by the performances of
Wiese and Nussbaumer but now the
fleshy back is expected to be Michi-
gan's principal offensive threat. So
far this season Derricotte has aver-
aged better than five yards per try
and has chalked up 316 yards from
scrimmage in six games.
Starting in the line for the Wol-
verines will be Bruce Hilkene and Art
Renner at the flanks, Milan Lazetich
and Clem Bauman at the tackles,
George Burg and Quentin Sickels the
guards, and either Harold Watts or
Johnny Lintol at center.
Michigan's main problem will be to
stop Anthony Minisi, brilliant 17-year
old freshman back, who has aver-
aged more than eight yards per try
this season. Minisi, a left-handed
passer and a fine openfield runner,
starts from the wingback position.
- Give to the War Chest -
By a Knockout
DETROIT, Nov. 8.-VP)-Jake La-
Motta, stocky little puncher from
New York pounded out a technical
knockout in the ninth of a scheduled
[ ten rounder here tonight over George
Kochan of Akron, 0. before 10,908
La Motta weighed 161/2 pounds,
The knockout came in 2:40 of the
ninth round after La Motta had
given Kochan a hard trouncing and
had him wobbly on his feet. Twenty
seconds before the knockout the
stocky New Yorker hadKochan down
on the ropes for a five count.
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