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~fSDAY, OMTBtR 14, 1949.

TITE 1M ICH IGAN DAILY

PAGE. flRXFE

lunior Varsity Gridders Face
Wildcat's 'B' Squad Saturday

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Michigan's junior varsity willI
tage its opening game of the sea-
on at 10 a.m. this Saturday on the
ridiron at Ferry Field against
orthwestern's "B" squad.
Michigan's gridders will be
Sandicapped offensively, as they
ave had little time to practice
nd perfect their plays. Although
bhe team has been out for prac-
ice since early in September, it
aas been used to run the plays of
SPORTS
MERLE LEVIN, Night Editor

the varsity's opponents and thus
had very little time to develop a
smooth-running offense.
AS HAS BEEN evidenced by
scrimmages against the freshmen
and fourth-string varsity gridders,
this week, the jayvees have even
forgotten some of the fundament-
als of Michigan's plays.
Playing under game conditions
will give the "B" team's new men-
tor, Coach Don Robinson, a
chance to get a better idea of the
abilities and capabilities of his
men.
The jayvees will play four games
this season. After this game, a
home-and-home series against
Michigan State, and then a jour-
ney down to Columbus to battle
Ohio State's B's will round out the
year's play.

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TALKING SHOP
with Bud Weidenthal
Associate Sports Eior
An open letter to Walter W. Ruch,.
Special Writer for the NEW YORK TIMES
DEAR WALT:
We've been following your attempts at journalistic endeavor
for several years now; sometimes with a grin; occasionally with a
frown but at times with downright amazement.
Now, we members of the fourth estate supposedly are all aware
of the prime requisites of good reporting, namely accuracy and
straightforwardness.
No, we don't claim that any of us is completely freie of prejudice
or bias, that would be asking too much-all writers lean one way
or the other-none of us are. one hundred per cent pue.
That's why when following the Minnesota deblacle of last
year when you gleefully announced to your nationwide audience
the "myth of Michigan has burst" we took it with a grain of salt
knowing full well that you would have to eat those words before
the season was over ...
You ate 'em all right and we were content that you had learned
your lesson . . . you had overstepped the bounds of straight news-
writing -all year, we thought, and had resorted to pure prejudice and
editorializing . . . but after the Rose Bowl, it was all settled-the
Wolverines were great, there was no denying that.
Now this year it has started all over again. And by God, we think
you're going to have an awful mouthful again ...
WHEN YOU PRAISED State to the hilt for their "moral" victory
over our Wolverines, that was O.K., you may have been right,
they looked awful good-and when you shouted to the rooftops about
a guy named Van Brocklin and completely ignored two guys named
Ortmann and Lentz we didn't like it, but it was still your prerogative
as an experienced sportswriter .. .
But hold on fella, this week's article was just too much to stom-
ach .,.
Let me quote some examples to you .--
"Michigan operated mostly from a fake T, with the quarterback
switching to the single wing. It was confusing, but easy to scout,
and no doubt future rivals will be ready for it."
Now, to be perfectly frank, we're confused - if you mean
by the "fake T" that play where the ball is snapped just as the
quarterback begins his shift, then how can you use the adverb
"mostly" .. they only used it twice all day.
Or if you mean the play where the whole backfield lines up in
the T and then shifts to the single wing, the boys in Maize and Blue
have been using that type of formation for two years now and
the best scouts in the country have not been able to figure out a way
to stop it.
Let's take another example-
"Here Teninga pitched a bullet pass which Rifenburg muffed on
the 2. The ball was recovered in the end zone by Koceski for a
touchback."
THIS IS PURE BUNK. In the first place, Rifenburg made a beautiful
catch of Wally's aerial and ran 10 yards before he was tackled
viciously at which point he then fumbled . . . the ball did go into
the end zone, granted, but Koceski was on our side, remember, and it
was Purdue which recovered the fumble for the touchback. If he had
recovered it would have been a Michigan touchdown.
And to top it all off you call the final quarter of this contest "a
comedy of errors." We can't quite bring ourselves to appreciate
your sense of humor.
It didn't seem to us that the beautiful aerial exhibition put
on by Lentz and Wisniewski, or the fine running of Wally Ten-
inga was much of an hysterical affair. To us it looked like good
championship football.
Let's face it, Walt, the boys are good and well scouted or not we
don't believe they're going to be stopped ...
Your story, as we have pointed out, was full of inaccuracies and
prejudices that give the reading public a misconception of our team ...
we can't ask you to change your prejudices - all we ask is that you
take careful notice of the proceedings in our stadium this Saturday
afternoon. We think you're going to change your line, like it or not.
ALL-AMERICAN NEXT?
Daily Names Rifenburg
Linem an-of-them- Week

By B. S. BROWN
There's a strongsmell of roses
emanating from California again
this year and it's got the nostrils
of Bob Voigts and his Big Nine
upstarts quivering with expecta-
tion.
Up until a week ago, Purdue,
Minnesota and Michigan were
given the best chance of copping
the Big Nine title, with the first
two battling it out on the turf to
see who would make the trip to
the Tournament of Roses January
1, 1949.
* * *
BUT VOIGTS, in his second
year at Northwestern, showed his

boys from Evanston are going to
try to secure that trip to Californ-
ia. Bennie Oosterbaan, freshman
coach of the Michigan varsity, has
something to live up to, however,
and you can bet that a win over
the Wildcats would make hi& task
easier.
* * *
BENNIE INHERITED a team
which had gone through the 1947
season undefeated; he took the
reigns of a squad that received.
unofficial recognition as the finest
gridiron aggregation in the na-
tion; and he was entrusted with
the job of extending a 15-game
Wolverine winning streak.
So Bennie, after piloting his
charges through three triumphs,
doesn't want the Michigan tra-
dition ruptured. This North-
western tussle means a lot.
The winning streak is on the
line; Michigan's national rating
is at stake;. and all eyes are on
Bennie's reputation as a compe-
tent mentor.
* * *
THERE'S QUITE A BIT of
prestige awaiting the winner of
Saturday's battle. Both teams
have their share of injuries.
Michigan's Gene Derricotte and
Ed McNeil are slated to sit this
one out, while Northwestern's Ed
Tunnicliff, Steve Sawle and Dick
Flowers are doubtful starters.
In addition, Joe Zuraleff, who
broke his arm two weeks ago,
will be watching from the
stands.
As things stand now, the game
is a toss-up. There are exponents
of both teams insisting on res-
pective victories. One of them, a
sports writer, picked Michigan by
14 points, saying, "Roses fade in
October."
BUT WHETHER they do or not
is up for question. Bennie refuses
to base his attack on the suscep-
tibility of roses to the fall air, nor

does he base his defense on what
happened at Lafayette last week.
He had the Michigan gridders
hard at work yesterday, empha-
sizing the ground attack. Ralph
Straffon and Don Dufek, sub-
stitute fullbacks, were the
standouts as they continually
broke away for long gains in
scrimmage.
Dick Rifenburg handed the
coaching staff a brief scare when
he was knocked out, but he re-
covered quickly and suffered no
after-effects.4

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Wildcats Seek Evasive Roses

Sports,
Features
Organizations
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Northwestern
Lineman Cited
'Best of Week'
NEW YORK - (AP)-Alex Sar-
kisian, a 60-minute center in
Northwestern's 19-16 victory over
Minnesota, today was voted foot-
ball lineman-of-the-week in the
first of a series of weekly Asso-
ciated Press polls.
Captain of the Northwestern
team that faces the Michigan
powerhouse at Ann Arbor Satur-
day, Sarkisian was one of 29 line-
men who drew votes for outstand-
ing work.
The 215-pound senior played a
major role in Northwestern's tri-
umph over the previously unbeat-
en, untied Gophers. The Wild-
cats now have won three in a row

ED McNEILL
...on injured list
* * * .
boys the way and right now
they're on top, clamoring at the
door that leads West.
With the Boilermakers and the
Golden Gophers reeling in con-
fusion after Conference losses, the
'Cats have been given the nod as
the team to succeed Michigan's
49-0 West Coast heritage.
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Playing his fourth season of
Varsity football for the Maize and
Blue, Dick Rifenburg is on the
brink of his greatest year.
Rifenburg's play in last Satur-
day's game was a big factor in the
Boilermakers' defeat. He snagged
four passes, one of them, for a
touchdown, and this, coupled with
.4is otherwise fine play, earned
him the distinction of being nam-
ed Daily lineman-of-the-week.
To date, the nimble-fingered
giant from Saginaw has caught
nine passes, three of them for
scores. Rifenburg has already sur-
passed his 1947 record, and is ap-
proaching the season marks set
by Bump Elliott and Bob Mann
last year.
* * *
PERHAPS RIFE'S ability is
partially due to his admiration of
a former Michigan end, Bennie
Oosterbaan, All American from
1925 through 1927. Long the idol
of the big end, Oosterbaan is now
his coach.
As a high school star five years
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State football end and basketball
center. He also garnered state
championships in the shot-put
and high-jump attractions.
The 1944 Michigan-Iowa Sea-
hawk tilt saw Rifenburg in his
first collegiate game and incident-
ally, the first college gridiron duel
he ever witnessed. He lived up to
his notices by snaring the two
touchdown passes that enabled
the Wolverines to trounce the fli-
ers, 12-7.
* **
SPENDING AN uneventful sea-
son mostly on the bench in 1946
after his return from sub service,
Rifenburg came into his own last
season holding down a first string
berth. This season, his last, should
be the culmination of his blazing
journey.
Bent on capitalizing additional
Rifenburg talent, the Wolverine
cagemen will be eagerly awaiting
the final football gun as they plan
to transplant bodily the 193 pound
6 foot 2/2 inch powerhouse into a
basketball man.

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