THE MICHIGAN DAILY
By BILL BRENTON
Daily Associate Sports Editor
AN ARTICLE in this week's "Saturday Evening Post" glorifies
Michigan State College's campus, their officials, their athletic
plant, their football team, and their SPIRIT.
The well-informed gentlemen who typed those lines went
on to predict that State would carry out it's 1950 plan of sur-
passing Michigan in athletic prowess as well as enrollment. And
he gives as one of his primary reasons--SPIRIT.
Any Michigan alumnus and many Wolverine undergrads could
refute many of his arguments, but the statement that Michigan is
losing its billing as the midwest's most popular institution would be
hard to undermine. That's the awful truth.
THE SPARTANS ARE not alone in attempting, subconsciously per-
haps, to make Michigan "The Harvard of the Midwest." The
Ann Arbor institution has long been the kingpin in Western Con-
ference athletic and educational circles. One of the reasons Michi-
gan State was admitted to the Big Ten at all was the desire of the
other Conference schools to detour local talent to East Lansing. Con-
quer and divide, they hoped.
By now, it looks as if the policy will fall through. Michigan's
out-state enrollment keeps it at the top of the football ladder, and
the Spartans are also embarking on a wide-open-spaces re-
It is not the lack of talent that will sink Michigan-that seems
obvious. But the opinion is growing stronger and stronger every day
that high school students in the Wolverine state want to go to MSC
and that the SpartanA are getting a country-wide reputation.
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"W HY THE WORRY about Michigan State?" someone pipes up.
The main thing now is Army-Army-Army. State beat us, let's
take our whipping and let it go at that.
But the two are vitally connected.
Here, for the first time in years, excepting last season's Min-
nesota classic, the Wolverines are a real underdog. They are
ranked out of the first ten, nearly out of the first twenty.
Now is the time more than ever before for that hackneyed phrase,
"school spirit," to be bro'ught out of mothballs. Forty fired football
players are carrying the institution on their shoulders to Yankee
Stadium today. A truly enthusiastic University would get out its
whole student body to send them off.
WILL YOU BE THERE?
H-hour for invasion of Michigan students into the appar-
ently forgotten realm of school spirit is 8:15 a.m. at the Michi-
gan Union. Then and there is the time and place to show Michi-
gan State, the rest of the Big Ten, and ,most important right now,
Army, that Michigan is not gasping its last popularity breath.
Whether we like it or not, a school is measured by its football
teams and its school spirit.
SUNDAY NIGHT AT 8:30 either a joyfully delirious or a sadly crest-
fallen Maize and Blue squad will disembark at Willow Run Air-
port. What a thrill it would give the boys to see an ocean of smiling
faces saying, "Nice going,"-or a mass of understanding supporters
.commenting, "You did your best."
WILL YOU BE THERE?
- e 'S
EAST LANSING - (A) - The
football schedule says it's Michi-
gan State versus William and
Mary, but the sub-title might read
Vito Ragazzo versus Bob Carey.)
The two players, rated among
the nation's top ends, clash here
Saturday when the MSC Spar-
tans battle the W & M Indians.
Both teams are prowling the come-
back trail, after top-heavy de-
feats last weekend. '
THE CONTEST is homeconing
for the Spartans, and it is hoped
that a crowd of 40,000 fans, in-
cluding 10,000 alumni, will be on
hand at Macklin Field for what
could be a top-notch aerial duel.
Ragazzo last year was the na-
tion's highest-scoring end, rack-
ing up 90 points on 15 touch-
downs and gaining 793 yards,
mostly by passes.
Carey, a leading candidate for
the same honors this year, got
started like a ball of fire against
Oregon State, scoring two touch-
downs and 20 points. But a knee
injury since has slowed him down
although he has snagged nine
passes for a gain of 140 yards.
THE INJURY, however, may
just about cancel itself out, since
Ragazzo also is reported troubled
by a leg he broke in spring prac-
tice. There is no doubt, however,
that both men will get into the
Of more importance, perhaps,
is the fact that each team might
go into the game without the
full services of its ace passer.
MSC quarterback Al Dorow still
limps on a bad ankle, and W &
M right half Paul Yeweic suffer-
ed a dislocated left knee that
still aches. But again, both are
expected to see duty.
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Forty men will carry Michigan's
hopes of upsetting Army, currently
rated the number one team in the
country, with them to New York
The Wolverines will leave from
the Willow Run Airport aboard a
chartered American airliner at
9:00 this morning. An expected
crowd of several thousand is ex-
pected to see them off at the Un-
ion at 8:00 a.m. when they leave
for Willow Run by bus.
* * *
The plane is scheduled to ar-
rive at LaGuardia Airport at 11:15
a.m. after which the Wolverines
will journey to Yankee Stadium.
A workout is scheduled, for the
Stadium at 4:00 this afternoon.
The team will stay at the Con-
course Plaza in New York.
The Wolverines will wear their
white uniforms, while the Ca-
dets will be clad in their tia-
ditional Black Knight uniforms.
The men making the trio are
Ends Allis, Clark, Green, Oster-
man, Perry, Pickard, Popp, and
Skala, Tackles Bartholomew, Hess,
Johnson, Ohlenroth, Stribe, Wahl,
and Zatkoff, Guards A. Jackson,
Kelsey, Kinyon, McWilliams,- Po-
wers, Strozewski, Timm, and Wol-
ter, Centers Momsen, Padjen, Far-
rer, and Kreager, Quarterbacks
Putich, Palmer, and Topor, Left
Halfbacks Ortmann, Peterson, and
Hill, Right Halfbacks Koceski,
Howell, and Witherspoon, and
Fullbacks Dufek, Straffon, Le-
Claire, and N. Jackson.
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* * * *
Final Practice Reveals
Michigan in Fine Shape
Back at full strength the Wol-
verines ran through their last
practice yesterday afternoon be-
fore leaving for New York.
The cold windy weather which
was evident all afternoon failed
to cool off the team's spirit, how-
ever. Michigan seems to be raised
to an emotion peak for the Army
game seldom seen in recent years.
* * *
CHUCK ORTMANN, who was
the big question mark in the open-
ing line-up Saturday, is all set to
go and should be able to see full
time offensive duty.
Without Ortmann in action
the Wolverines' chances of pull-
ing an upset and recording its
first victory over the Cadets in
four tries would be severely dam-
Ortmann ran and passed in
practice yesterday, though, as if
he had never sprained his ankle.
His passes were hitting his re-
ceivers and his running displayed
the same fine form as last year.
'' * *
THE REST of the team, was,
also, in peak physical condition.
Don Dufek, who pulled a leg mus-
cle in the Dartmouth game, was
running in his familiar fullback
spot, while Al Wahl and Tom
Johnson, who were shaken up last
Saturday, were as strong as ever
on the line.
Although there was no heavy
contact work yesterday after-
noon, the team had a thorough
practice session before their de-
parture. Defense and running
* * *
through plays were stressed dur-
ing the workout.
The reserves, using Army plays
out of the T formation, gave
Michigan a preview of what it
could expect Saturday afternoon.
The reserves were unable to find
any holes in the Varsity line,
PASS DEFENSE came in for its
share of attention since the Wol-
verines expect to see a potent
passing attack engineered by Bob
Blaik, the Cadet quarterback and
son of Earl Blaik, the Army coach.
With several defensive backfields
operating the pass defense looked
as effective as it did in the second
half of the Dartmouth game.
Leo Koceski got away several
long punts in a punting drill.
The defensive line worked on
rushing the opposition's kicker,
which paved the way for one
of the Wolverine's touchdowns
Bennie Oosterbaan worked three
backfields in the drill on plays,
with Ortmannl, Koceski, Bill Pu-
tich, and Dufek in the first back-
field. Extra point attempts 'by
Harry Allis and a blocking drill
with dummies completed the prac-
Oosterbaan seemed pleased by
the spirit of the men and seemed
to be looking forward to meeting
Army. He was visibly pleased by
Ortmann's performance and ap-
peared reassured when Wahl and
Koceski showed no trace of in-
juries suffered in last week's bat-
tle with Dartmouth.
* * *
LEADS ROUND TABLE INVASION-Al Wahl, Michigan's cat-
like tackle, is out to show West Point's Cadets what a former
enlisted man can do tomorrow when Michigan meets Army at
Yankee Stadium. It will be the second Michigan invasion into
the home of the Cadets. Army has defeated the Wolverines three
out of three times.
allas Grid oble- eader
Highlgt WeeKelld Games
Though much of the nation's at-
tention will be drawn to Yankee
Stadium in New York City tomor-
row where Michigan's Wolverines
meet Army, the eyes -of all the
Southwest will be focused on Dal-
las, Texas, where a sensational
double-header will be played in
the Cotton Bowl.
TO TOP OFF Texas' annual
State Fair which ends this week-
end, the Texas Longhorns, ranked
fourth in the nation, will face the
Oklahoma Sooners, one notch
higher, in an afternoon contest.
After dark, S. M. U.'s Mus-
tangs, second only to Army
among the country's gridiron
powers, meet the Oklahoma Ag-
gies in another traditional game.
All four participating elevens
are unbeaten. Texas has beaten
Texas Tech, Purdue, and Temple.
Oklahoma has defeated Boston
College and Texas A. & M. The
Mustangs have knockod off Geor-
gia Tech, Ohio State, and Mis-
souri, while the Aggies tied Drake
by JOE HARRIS w'i.
after upsetting both Arkansas and
Texas Christian. .
THE LONGHORNS from Texas,
who almost stopped the Sooners'
long winning streak last year, only
to bow in the final period, 20-14,
will be gunning for Leon Heath
and his Oklahoma teammates.
Heath, whom many predict
will be All-American at fullback
this year, will attempt to lead
the Sooners to their 23rd con-
secutive win, including two Su-
gar Bowl triumphs.
The Texans will counter with
speed and power from such veter-
ans as Bud McFadin, all South-
west guard, fleet end Ben Proctor,
Bubba Shands, and By Townsend.
SOUTHERN METHODIST will
face the Aggies as 21-point favor-
ites due largely to two great backs
named 'Kyle Rote and Fred Ben-
ners. Should S.M.U. win convinc-
ingly and Army lose, the Mustangs
may find themselves on top of the
football heap come Sunday morn-
In big games outside of the
Southwest, California, with three
wins in a row, faces a Southern
California eleven in another tra-
Dame, with the pressure of a
winning streak off, faces Tulane
in New Orleans.
In the East, an up-and-coming
Yale team plays Columbia in what
should be a close one all the way.
Penn faces Dartmouth and Har-
vard takes on strong Cornell in
other Ivy League tilts.
THE BUTTERFLY FEELING:
Underdog Rating BelIed by 'M' Spirit
4 ~ , * 0
By BILL BRENTON
Associate Sports Editor
C a n once-beaten Michigan,
ranked 18th in the latest poll, stop
undefeated Army, the nation's top
There it is in a nutshell-the
topic of conversation over break-
fast coffee, the butterfly feeling
hampering the enthusiastic stu-
dent's usual class activities and
the $64 question running through
the country's top sports minds.
THE WOLVERINE gridders that
took off for New York's Yankee
Stadium this morning answer yes;
most of the student body, especial-
ly the mob that turned out to give
their hopefuls a rousing sendoff,
think so, and a few sportswriters,
hedging themselves with a blob
of ifs, are going out on a limb.
But the hardened prognosti-
cator, who has seen football
teams come and go, shakes his
head in the negative. And the
betting-odds boys give the Mich-
iganders a full 10-point spot.
The view from this typewriter's
peep'hole is neither the wishful
stinking student nor the pasa-
Big question mark, of course, is
the slim left ankle of the Wolver-
ines' "Slingshot" Charlie Ortmann.
The 21-year-old blonde Milwau-
keean means as much to the 1950
Michigan club "as Tom Harmon
did to the 1940 team, and more
a blue-shirted lineman who finish-
ed Chuck in that epic tilt, but the
list of skeptics is still long.
An able-bodied, All-American
tailback could make the differ-
ence-even against Army's great
defensive line and double quar-
tet of versatile backs. The Ca-
det offensive line is green, but
the boys moving the ball are
veteran campaigners. The Bob
Blaik-Jim Cain-Gil Stephenson-
Frank Fischl starting unit will be
hard to stop.
Army has the team, the Cadets
have 23 straight wins and Coach
"Red" Blaik's boys have only
Michigan and one other tough club
to worry about all season long.
BUT BENNY OOSTERBAAN'S
Wolverines -remember first hand
that it was Army who snapped
their 25-game winning streak;
they know that Michigan has nev-
er defeated the Black Knights, and
they have a winning spirit that will
be tough to beat.
And Michigan may have a
lanky left halfback who'showed
last year that he can bounce
back from injury with a venge-
ance. Ortmann to sensational
sophomore Lowell Perry may be
on every lip Sunday.
Put down your money and take
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than Bob Chappuis did to the '47
crew. In fact, many of the mid-
west's top writers place his injury
as the deciding factor in the loss
to Michigan State two weeks ago.
* * *
A COMMON query is whether
the Cadets are the "officers and
gentlemen" of repute. It is fairly
obvious that the Black Knights
could eliminate Ortmann from
contention with conscious efforts
if they chose to do so. Everyone
that saw the films of last year's
game, however, knew that it was
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George Wash. 20
Louisiana Ste. 34
Michigan State 27
No. Carolina ..21
Notre Dame ..27
Ohio State ...28
Penn State ...20
So. California 27
So. Methodist 27
Texas A. & M. 27
Texas Christian 27
Wisconsin ... . 2
Chicago Bears 31
Cleve. Browns 31
L. A. Rams ...38
N. ". Giants .17
Phila. Eagles. .45
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Marquette ... .14
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