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DAY, OCTOBER 24, 2950


t's Ortmann of Old
.s Passing Sharpens

SMU Takes


Position in A.P. Poll







,all's black magic, effective
has come to Michigan's
and has hoisted the Wol-
back into the national
1 picture.
wing his bid for All-Ameri-
tinction, ,Charlie Ortmann
iajored his team up and
he Michigan Stadium turf
ty with an excellent display
ii wizardry which bewilder-
,onsin's Badgers.
GAME ws highlighted by
turn of the electrifying
>ntinental' pass play used
:essfully by former cham-
.chigan units.
re were other encouraging
pments involved in the
rine victory,
omore Bill Billings emerged
nting giant when he boom-
ir of 50 yard items to help
e the absence of Leo Ko-
Z Ben Oosterbaan has a
in using Billings as a
however. Because he is a

reserve quarterback it is usually
necessary for Michigan to use a
timeout for a fourth down sub-
stitution when a kick is called for.
* * *
measure of praise for his alert line
backing until a sprained ankle
caused his removal.
Although it is too early to be
sure, he should be ready for ac-
tion against Minnesota this
In that connection Larry 'Spin-
ner' LeClair performed well as
Zatkoff's replacement. He narrow-
ly missed scoring a touchdown af-
ter intercepting a Wisconsin pass.
The usually drab Monday after-
noon workouts were broken up yes-
terday by a climactic race between
Bill Putich and Les Popp over a
100 yard course lined on both sides
by partisan Wolverine teammates.
Popp outlasted the quarterback
to reward his supporters.
With racing activities settled,
the team reviewed films of the
Wisconsin game and began its pro-
gram for retaining the Brown Jug.


In 14th Spot;
Army Drops
Notre Dame Receives
SinglePoll Ballot
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Southern Metho-
dist's unbeaten Mustangs galloped
to the top of the standings today
in the Associated Press weekly poll
to determine the country's no. 1
college football team.
Michigan vaulted into 14th place
from the lower depths of the first
twenty py virtue of its impressive
dismissal of a previously heralded
Wisconsin team.
* * *
which made stubborn Rice its 42
to 21 victim Saturday night, gain-
ed 96 first place nominations from
the 246 voting sports critics. Army,
leader the past two weeks dropped
to second despite its 49-0 conquest
of Harvard, while Oklahoma, the
former runner up, slipped to third,
the place formerly held by South-
ern Methodist.
Kentucky remained in fourth
place and the top ten was com-
pleted by California, Ohio State,
Texas, Tennessee, Northwestern
and Cornell in that order.
Tennessee, Northwestern and
Cornell are newcomers to the pre-
sent list, replacing Stanford, Mary-
land and Washington, all of whom
were defeated last Saturday.
ARMY'S FALL from the top fol-
lowed its easy conquest of inept
Harvard. The Cadets, unbeaten
now through 24 games, had a 42-0
edge at the half before Coach Earl
Blaik sent in his reserves. Okla-
homa also suffered in prestige de-
spite a lopsided win. The Sooners'
measured Kansas State, 58-0, for
their 25th straight victory.
Only one ballot listed Notre
Dame, former darling of the
voters. It was for eighth place
and the resultant three points
dropped the Irish, beaten last
Saturday by Indiana for the sec-
ond loss this season into a tie
for 39th place with Louisiana
State, Yale, Iowa and Virginia.
Indiana, Notre Dame's conquer-
or, hopped into 19th place on the
strength of the victory.
Biggest jump of the tabulation,
however, was registered by uin-
beaten Northwestern. The Wild-
cats leaped from 20th place a week1
ago to ninth today on the strength
of a 28-23 victory over Pittsburgh.,
It was the fourth triumph for;
The top teams (figures in bra-
ckets indicate first place votes):
Top Ten Points
1. Southern Methodist (96)
2. Army (84) 1,991
3. Oklahoma (35) 1,974
4. Kentucky (15) 1,286
5. California (2) 1,223
6. Ohio State (2) 1,121
7. Texas 782
8. Tennessee 345
9. Northwestern 333
10. Cornell (2) 313
Second Ten:
11. Miami (Fla) (8) 298
12. Illinois (1) 250
12. Texas A & M 169
14. MICHIGAN 146
15. Michigan State 102
16. Clemson 72
17. Wake Forest 67
18. UCLA 64,
19. Indiana 60
20. Florida (1) 54
Washington 53, Princeton 52,
Kansas 47, Rice 40, Stanford 32,
Maryland 26, Vanderbilt 23,
Georgia 17, Nebraska 8, North

Carolina 8, West Texas State 7,
Loyola of Los Angeles 6, Duke 6,
Georgia Tech 4, Alabama 4.

Crisler Maintains TV Cuts Attendance

* * *

Fletcher 13 Hinsdale 7
Michigan 13 Hayden G
Williams 24 Tyler 0
Strauss 12 Vaughan 0

Delta Sigma Delta 12 Alpha
Omega 0
Phi Delta Chi over Sigma Del-
ta Chi (forfeit)

"Television is a sleeping giant
just beginning to stir," declared
H. O. (Fritz) Crisler, Michigan's
Director of Athletics, in an inter-
view yesterday.
Criser elaborated upon his
statement by saying that since
television has hit college football,
the decreasing attendance from
one season to the next is reaching
serious proportions.
WHEN THE Western Confer-
ence decided not to permit the
televising, of Big Ten games this
year, the primary consideration
was the doubtful attendance pic-
ture both to the Conference and
surrounding institutions.
"At the time that this decision
was made," Crisler pointed out,
"the, available information
pointed to drastic attendance
cuts if TV was permitted to
carry Conference games.
"Since the colleges didn't want
to carry all the financial risk in-
volved through gate receipt losses,
and certainly the TV manufactur-
ers or the set owners weren't
about to assume a proportionate
share of the risk, the Conference
didn't feel it was in a position to
carry the entire burden."
Crisler explained that the per-
mitting of theaters in key cities
to carry telecasts is strictly an
SINCE THE Conference banned
the live-telecasting of Big Ten
games, a wave of protests has
swept the Mid-West from irate
GEORGE FLINT: Night Editor
fans who are discontented about
not being able to witness their
favorite grid squads in action.
(It is to be remembered that
even though the Big Ten games
are not televised on the date
of playing, they are televised
within several days after the
Many of these Big Ten en-
thusiasts, normally tax payers of
the respective institutions in their
states, feel that they have some-
what of an equity in Western Con-
ference schools and therefore
should see telecasts of the Satur-
day tilts.
"But if our sport's program
should fail to make expenses,
would the tax payers through
their state legislatures feel dis-
posed to grant the necessary ap-
propriations?" asks Crisler. "At
the present, our athletic plant
doesn't receive a dime from the
ALREADY attendance figures
that are compiled from games
played this year are bearing out
earlier doubts about the probable
effects of TV on football gates.
Crisler mentioned the follow-
ing examples regarding TV and
Based upon 1948 attendance fig-
ures, the East's attendance fig.
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* * *
ures for last season were off 23%
and the Pacific Coast's figures
were down 19%.
So far this year, the East and
Coast report they are being cut
to pieces and literally crucified at
the gates. This year the California
and Southern California tilt drew
only 50,000 compared to 89,000 in
1949. The Oregon and UCLA
game's attendance was 25,000 be-
low last year's gate.
STATISTICS from the East so
far this year indicate attendance
figures at least 50% off the pace.
The Navy-Northwestern game,
usually a sellout, was played be-
fore only 20,000 fans earlier this
fall at Baltimore.
In professional grid ranks, TV
has also left its mark. The Los
Angeles Rams and Chicago
Bears played before 83,000 spec-
tators last year, but only 18,000
supporters turned out this year.
"All sports are being seriously
hurt by television," Crisler com-
mented," and as an example, the
first two World Series were not
sellouts but yet 38 million people
saw the games.
"Although the television inter-
ests say that telecasts will increase
the popularity of sports and thus
increase the gate," Crislel7 said,
"actually attendance figures for
the last two years have been de-
creasing at an accelerating rate."
WHILE THE Middle West pre-
viously had not been hurt too
seriously by TV, the addition of
more sets, new TV stations and
relay TV stations, is beginning to
be felt around the circuit.
"Think of what TV would do
to Northwestern's attendance

now that Chicago can receive
any game from anywhere in
the country," posed Crisler.
A solution may be in the South-
.west Conference's television
scheme. By only permitting the
telecasting of games that are sell-
outs, the Southwest has been able
to keep up its attendance - figures
and still accommodate to a large
extent the television en'thusiasts.
As to the television rights de-
fraying attendance losses, Crisler
stated that since Michigan re-
ceived only $30,000 last year for
its TV rights, even the smallest
attendance cut could not be cov-
ered by $30,000.
Last season, approximately
550,000 people saw Michigan play
at home.
Using these figures, Crisler set
up this situation: "Remembering
that the East and Pacific Coast
attendance figures are close to
50% off this year, say we were
only off 20% through TV. That
would cost us'$300,000-a bit more
than the TV rights of $30,000.
"And who," Crisler mused,
"would make this up?"
Browns Ask
Ford Payment
. CLEVELAND - (A') - National
Football League officials offered
"no comment" yesterday in answer
to a Cleveland Browns move to
have the Chicago Cardinals pay
the remaining salary and medical
bills of injured Cleveland player
Len Ford.
Arthur (Mickey) McBride, own-
er of the Browns, said he would
ask Commissioner Bert Bell to or-
der the Cards to reimburse the
Cleveland club as the result of
serious injuries incurred last week
by Ford, former Michigan star.

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