AY, JAMJ~,Y 13~ 1949
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By MURRAY GRANT... Daily Sports Editor
(Today's columt was written hey Pres Holmes, Sports Night Editor.)
MICHIGAN'S DEFENDING championship basketball team looked]
like just that over the weekend, if you consider their mental
For the last six months the fact that they were champs was
thrown at them at every turn. Naturally wanting to live up to the
standard that had been set for them, they worried themselves into
such a mental state that they performed as if they were wearing
This phenomena is not unusual in the sports picture, however.
The most vivid example can be cited in the 1946 football team. The
Wolverine team that year was highly touted and after holding
mighty Army to a 20-13 win, the sophomore aggregation was con-
sidered a shoo-in for the Conference title and the Rose Bowl bid.
TENSION BEGAN TO CREEP into the Michigan ranks. They
began to worry about how good they were supposed to be, and how
good they would be. The tension kept mounting and when Illinois
came to Ann Arbor, Michigan was tighter than a drum.
They lost to the Illini, 13-9, and the following Monday Coach
' Fritz Crisler wore a smile on his face for the first time in weeks.
"OK men," he said, "we're out of the picture, let's relax and
And did they! They swept by the rest of their opponents without
a hitch, ending the season with a crushing 59-6 triumph over Ohio
EVEN KNUTE ROCKNE, when he was coaching his power-
houses at Notre Dame was not free from this circumstance. One
particular game which the Green had tightened up for resulted in
one of Rockne's famous bits of humor.
The famed Four Horsemen just couldn't do a thing on the
field. Finally Rockne sent in a substitution, and the players crowd-
ed around him for the word from the coach as to what they
The substitute stuttered, but managed to blurt out, "R-R-Rock
Ss-s-says you're s'sposed to r-r-read your press notices." The trouble
was that they had probably read them too much.
THERE ARE INNUMERABLE EXAMPLES of great track stars
who lost their races the night and the morning before the meet,
tossing and turning over in their minds all the things that could
go wrong or might happen. By the time the race rolled around they
were tied up in knots.
A former Michigan track star, now a radio sportscaster,
stated that he thought at times it would be better to be ignorant.
"The more intelligent you are the more you can find to worry
This was obviously the cause of Michigan's two losses last week-
end. In pre-season games against strong teams, the Wolverines lost
only one out of eight contests. And this one after a strenuous two-
day train ride. The boys tired in the latter stages of the game and
Stanford edged them 53-51.
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BEFORE THE GOPHER GAME Michigan had no trouble hitting
the hoop. The Wednesday prior to the tilt the Wolverines were so
hot that Coach Ernie McCoy stopped practice early in hopes of keep-
ing that sharpness.
In practice at Minneapolis, the cagers, with Ozzie Cowles
and his charges looking on, again were swishing their shots with
Then game time arrived. The pressure was turned on full blast-
defending Conference champions, you know-and, increased by the
fact that they were playing against their former coach,. practically
paralyzed the Michigan cagers.
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THEY FROZE WITH THE BALL, were tied up in knots, and
this tenseness ruined their play and lost them the game.
At Purdue the situation was similar. In the first half the
men who had been first stringers for three years amassed a total
of 14 points. Then McCoy started, a few second stringers in the
second half. They weren't worried about living up to a reputation,
and poured in 13 points in the first nine minutes.
Bfil Mikulieh, high scorer for the night for Michigan, didn't
even play in the first half and missed almost all of the last ten
minutes of the second. He played the game on the floor instead of
in his mind.
That looks as if it is the right solution. Stop worrying about the
press notices, relax and have fun, and we'll win.
Purdue Meet Features Rivalry
li Tigbt Race
As the hockey season nears the
halfway point the scoring race
looks like it is going to be a repe-
tition of last season, with Gordie
McMillan leading the pack and
Al Renfrew and Wally Gacek in
With 11 of 23 scheduled games
compl(ted, McMillan has scored
eight times, ,t figure far below his
last year's pace, but has 18 assists
fora: 261 point total,
RACING NECK and neck for
second place are Renfrew and
Gaeck. Renfrew currently holds
the edge with 21 points tallied on
12 goals and nine assists, but
Gacek is right behind him with 11
goals and nine assists for 20
Also in the thick of the fight
for scoring honors are the mem-
bers of the second line, Wally
Grant, Gil Burford and Neil
C(elley. Grant and Burford are
tied for fourth with 19 points
apiece, and Celley is right be-
hind them with 18 points.
Grant has scored eight times
and has added 11 assists for his
total lile Burford has netted
PRES HOLMES, Night Editor
the puck on nine occasions and
has 10 assists. Celley is tied with
;Fenfrew for scoring honors with
12 goals, but has only six assists.
FOLLOWING THE first two
lines are three defensemen, Con-
nie Hill, Bob Fleming and Dick
Starrak. Hill has two goals and
eight assists for 10 points, Star-
rak, three goals and three assists
and Fleming, two and two.
Others who have figured in
Michigan's scoring so far this
season are Sam Stedman with
two goals, Al Bassey with one
goal and Ross Smith with one
Hill leads the team in the doubt-
ful honor of most time spent in
the penalty box with 26 minutes.
Renfrew is second and Fleming
and Starrak tied for third.
Sohi, Carter Renew Old
Swim Duel Saturday
bly KEN BIALKIN
When Michigan's tankmen meet
Purdue at Lafayette this Satur-
day, two old rivals will have a
chance to take up their battle
where they left off last season.
The friendly rivalry between co-
Captain Bob Sohl of Michigan
and Captain Keith Carter of Pur-
(l>e has been going onefor two
years and their competition has
carried them over two continents.
Both men represented the United
States in the breaststroke compe-
tition in the Olympics last sum-
mer. Carter placed second in the
200-meter breaststroke and Sohl
finished a close third.
IT ALL BEGAN in 1947 when
both swimmers were sophomores.
In a dual meet held at Purdue,
Sohl defeated the favored Carter
in the 200-yard breaststroke, with
a time of 2:21.5 seconds to estab-
lish a new record for dual com.-
Again in 1947 Sohl defeated
Carter for the Western Confer-
ence championship and in doing
so established the present Con-
ference record at 2:21.4. At the
NCAA meets at Seattle in 1947
Sohl finished second to Joe Ver-
deur of LaSalle and Carter
The closest race between them
took place in a dual meet at Ann
Arbor last year. Sohl edged Car-
ter in 2:17.5 after the. pair had
swam neck and neck for seven of
the eight laps.
CARTER DEFEATED Sohl for
the Big Nine championship at
Iowa last year in the 200-yard
long course breaststroke.
The last time that Carter and
Sohl swam against each other
in competition was in the Olym-
pics last summer. Once out of
the pool, Bob and Keith are the
best of friends., They were
roomates on the Olympic team
last summer and each holds a
healthy respect for the other's
Sohl uses a jump-stroke, which
is a fast butterfly stroke similar to
that used by Joe Verdeur. He is
best on the short sprints in the 25
yard pool, and it is on the long
course, or 50 yard pool, where
Carter's endurance gives him the
edge over .Soh.
Bob, who graduates in June, is
considered as the hardest working
man on the squad according to
Matt Mann. Any success or rec-
ognition that he has, he has
earned through the medium of
constant training and determined
Michigan's gymnastic squad, led
by Dick Fashbaugh, will give an
exhibition tomorrow night at 7:45
in the Intramural Building for the
YMCA heads from IVchigan.
It is a strictly informal affair
designed to promote gymnastics,
with the help of the YMCA,
throughout the entire state.
Detroit 4, New York 1
Montreal 5, Boston 3
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DAN DWORSKY, 210 - pound earned this honor by setting
stone wall on the Michigan foot- new world's record of 58 fe
ball squad, signed a contract to one and one-quarter inches la
play pro ball with the Los ,An- April.
geles Dons, it was announced yes- * * *
terday. BOB MATHIAS, 17 - year -
By accepting the bid to play in California wonder, may be
the All-American Conference, town on January 28th to comp
Dworsky joins his former team- in the Michigan AAU meet.
mate Lenny Ford who played for Coach Don Canham has hi
the Dons last season. some correspondence with Kis
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THREE MICHIGAN men ap-
peared on the All-American track
team named by Track and Field
Wolverine Captain Herb Bar-
ten was chosen in both the 800
meter and 1,500 meter runs.
Heading the list of shot putters
was Charlie Fonville, who
which he learned that Mathias'
coach is planning on filing an
entry fof a relay team.
If Mathias, who surprised the
world with his victory in the
Olympic Decathlon last summer,
comes here to compete with his
school's relay squad, he may enter
the hurdles and high jump as well.
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