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October 20, 1949 - Image 3

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' AP Sports
} Round-Up
MINNEAPOLIS - The practice
tempo was stepped up further yes-
terday as Coach Bernie Bierman
ran his Minnesota Gopher foot-
ball squad through a stiff drill in
live blocking and tackling.
Star Halfback Billy Bye was ex-
cused from drill. His back injury,
seriously aggravated in the Ohio
State game, has knocked him far
off stride.
DALLAS - Doak Walker was
taken down with the flukyester-
day, and for the first time in
three seasons Southern Method-
ist will have to get along with-
out its All-America quarterback.
Walker will miss Saturday's
game here with Kentucky, one*
of the nation's top contests.
ris, who twice previously was fired
as manager of the Washington
Senators, yesterday signed to
manage the .team for the next
three years.
* * *
CHICAGO-Jack Onslow, who
piloted the Chicago White Sox to
sixth place in the American
League race last season, will man-
age the club through 1950.
Montreal 3, Toronto 1
Detroit 6, New York 1
Boston 7, Chicago 4

by pres holmes, sports co-editor
THE LATEST TREND among the Followers of Old King Football
seems to be to see who can get off the Michigan Bandwagon first.
There is a certain justification in this action, of course, but the
situation is not as bad as many make it out to be. True, Michigan has
dropped its last two starts. The first one, to Army, was more or less
accepted after the initial blow of seeing the winning string cut; but
the second one, to Northwestern, was what really precipitated a deluge
of onions from scribes and fans alike.
The most vicious ones claim that there is an amazing laxity
in fundamentals, a lack of fiery leadership on the field, an absence
of diversified attack, a sieve-like pass defense, horrible downfield
blocking, and that there are glaring personnel weaknesses on the
first string units.
Others who were tub-thumping about this time last year to have a
Michigan-Notre Dame game have switched their sentiments and now
shout for a battle between Minnesota and the Irish.
The outcome of Saturday's game will determine whether or
not this roar will grow louder or subside into a murmur of self-
reproachment. The experts seem to think that the noise will in-
crease since the men who make a business of the fall sport list
Minnesota as a 13-point favorite.
This makes the outlook rather dim for the few who are still stick-
ing by the Wolverines.
LET'S LOOK for a moment at the two losses which have caused this
sudden change of heart.
Coach "Red" Blaik of Army, admitted that his team "played way
above their heads" against Michigan, "nobody could have beaten us the
way we were playing."
Northwestern's coach, Bob Voight's, could only say "the boys
wanted to beat Michigan and they did," but his players admitted
after the game that Michigan had a better team, and that a couple
of spirit-breaking plays were all that turned the tide in North-
western's favor.
Another factor to consider is that Michigan is playing a suicide
schedule. In four out of five football weekends, including the coming
game with Minnesota, the Wolverines will have played in "The-Game-
of-the-Week," only the Notre Dame-Tulane game last Saturday caus-
ing the spotlight to switch.
One of the men on the squad stated, "All we can do is play as
hard and as well as we can, and that's what we're doing."
The Michigan Bandwagon still looks like a pretty good deal. Let's
get out to the game Saturday and CHEER "as hard as we can." Maybe
a little vocal support which Michigan hasn't had in a long while will
be just enough to give the team what they need.

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