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DAY, OCTOBER 28, 1947




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Irish on Top
As Wolverines
Second in Poll
Michigan Relegated
After Gopher Clash
(Continued from Page 1)
to seventh by outlasting previous-
ly-unbeaten West Virginia, 21-14.
The Southern Methodist Mus-
tangs climbed to eighth place on
a 7-0 win over U.C.L.A.
Duke's stock soared on the Blue
Devils' 13-6 conquest of Wake
Forest and they came all the way
from 15th to 9th position.
Despite Army's upset loss tol
Columbia, 21-20, ending their
non-losing string after 32 games,
the Cadets managed to hold 10th
place in the rankings, only twol
points ahead of Illinois which
played an 0-0 tie with them ear-
Team standings with points
figured on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
basis (first place votes in paren-
1. Notre Dame (78) .......1734;
2. Michigan (69) ..........1689
3. Texas (25) ............15161
4. Pennsylvania (11) ......1165
5. Southern California (6) . .11331
6. Georgia Tech (2) ........ 957
7. Penn State (2) .......... 632
8. Southern Methodist...... 558
9. Duke (2) ................252
10. Army....................2081

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written by a former associate sports (ALL ME A HERETIC, I think
editBrofThe D PARSONSMichigan looked better
By ARCII . P SNSrdy against Minnesota than against
Ever since 4 p.m. Saturday Northwestern. Ever since Satur-
sportswriters have been' feverish- day night the bulk of the nation's
ly asking, "How good IS Michi- sportswriters have been applaud-
gan?" or exclaiming, with the ing "the explosion of the Michigan
proper amount of authority, "The myth."
Michigan myth is exploded!" That is a lot of baloney, mostly
Lyall Smith of the Detroit Free because there was no such myth,
Press attributed the Wolverines' except in their own columns. A
victory over Minnesota "techni- good ball club met the first good
cally . . . to the fact that the ball club it faced all year, defeated
cross-bar of a football field is 10 it, but had its collective pants
feet high instead of nine feet, 10 scared off in the process.
inches" (referring to the Gopher For four consecutive Satur-
try for a field goal). If one were days Crisler's men could caii
to "reason" further along this their own tune. They never
line, it might be added that Min- knew how good they were be-
nesota never would have scored if cause they never had to prove
the field were two yards longer or it. Greatness does not come
that Michigan would have scored from outclassing inferior opposi-
again if a football game lasted 62 tion.
minutes-all of which goes to Michigan, in the first half, was
prove that a miss is still as good as not a great football team, but it
a mile. was certainly not a poor one.
Michigan Myth (?) Exploded Bierman sent an inspired ball
Mr. Ruch of the New York club out after the "Brown Jug."
Times needed a dramatic story His huge two-deep line charged
Saturday. Here is the result: "The Michigan's lighter offensive unit
myth of Michigan was exploded into its own backfield. Bob Chap-
today by the Golden Gophers .. -. puis couldn't get his passes away.
They outplayed the Wolverines
and but for a series of bad breaks Throughout the entire first
could have... . The Michigan line half Minnesota was the boss.,
was about as effective as a sieve. But with the second half gun,
ws aSuhtasef asbChappisv there was a different Michigan
...Such stars as Bob Chappuis ta u ntefed h
and Jack Weisenburger were bot- team out on the field. The '
tled up by the Gopher defense Gophers weren't chopping out
while the sparkling "running of irty ws ith the same half.
Faunce, Harry Elliott and Malosky Sometime in that ball game the
made a mockery of the vaunted defensive forward wall became a
Michigan line."deesvfowrwalbcma
unit. The Gophers stopped mov-
What about this Michigan ing along the ground. Then fi-
Myth? It would seem to me that nally they stopped moving al-
any myth which has formed was together.
built by the very people who now
say it has now exploded. I have The attitude of the nation as a
not heard Coach Crisler or any whole to the seven point victory
of the Wolverines extolling the of a team that was supposed to
virtues of this team in the glow- win by 20 points is neither un-
ing phrases that have kicked usual nor surprising. When per-
around the sports pages recently. sonal sentiments are not involved
Writers Seem To Forget everyone roots for an underdog.
Specifically, the writers seem to And when a favorite is the recip-
forget (1) That every team points ient of the reams of newspaper
for one on the top and (2) that a adjectives the like of which this
Michigan-Minnesota football Michigan team has received, the
is not just another contest. public sentiment is doubly aroused
game iInthstfoer cotst -look at most of this campus
Regarding the former, I cannot reaction to Notre Dame's annual
remember that a great Army team build-up.
lost much prestige when they were A sut h
pushd aoun byNav lat yar. Against Northwestern the de-
pushed around by Navy last year. fensive ineptness was not costly
Concerning the matter of the because the offensive team got less
"Little Brown Jug," anyone who n t e B-teamus-
saw the Gophers lose to Illinois 40 ually offers. The Gophers were a
2"wte G er los o l i different matter.
13 will admit that the boys fromdifrnmatr
Minneapolis played with a great They were big and deter-
deal more "enthusiasm" against mined. A lot of them felt they
Michigan. Crisler called the Goph- had sacrificed the Illinois game
er forward wall "the best I have Wolverines. They gave it all
ever seen"-and he's seen 10 of they had and it wasn't enough,
them. Psychology is a powerful because Michigan refused to
Weisenburger Plays Well forpr the ftenthissell behind
As to individual performances,f To the bulk of the nation's
Weisenburger still picked up five sportswriters there doesn't seem
yards per try and Chap completed to be any such thing as a peak
eight out of 12 passes. Minnesota performance by an underdog team,
scored only six points through the but only ineffectual play on the
line that was "effective as a part of favorites. In this Big Nine
sieve." A mockery? league any keyed up outfit can
How good IS Michigan? They knock off any other eleven.
are undefeated, untied, and lead Minnesota, despite the fact that
the Conference. If they are not it is almost an all-sophomore team
the number one team in the na- is far from green. Every key mem-
tion this week, don't worry be- ber of the squad has a full year's
cause they don't pay off on that experience behind him. Bierman
either. started from scratch last season.
Some of the boys ought to start He's better this year. If he comes
writing and stop playing games up with a few more and bigger
with words. backs he'll be murder next year.

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THE FLYING HOOSIER-Back George Taliaferro (right) of Indiana clings to the ball
as he goes up in the air and is hit by back Ralph Everist of Northwestern in the sec-
ond quarter of game in Evanston, Ill. Attempting to bring Taliaferro down with his
left hand on his shoulder is Northwestern center Alex Sarkisian, whose fractured right
arm is in a special cast.

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