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November 19, 1952 - Image 3

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An Open Letter To The
Michigan Football Team.
Your job is to play football. I only write about it. Sometimes
I think it's a shame anything is ever written about a football game,
because the wrong kind of stories can change the whole complexion
of a contest.
But there's a lot of fans who want to know what you guys are
doing. So we drag out all kinds of statistics, quotations, and results
to make a story. That's the trouble. There's a lot more to football
than facts and figures.
YOU KNOW THAT. But sometimes you forget-like against
Illinois. And 'by the time you realized, it was too late. Ray Eliot
made monkeys of you with a mediocre football team simply by plas-
tering his locker room with some of the same clippings you were
eating up up here. That lapse may have cost you a trip to the
Rose Bowl.
Nothing can be done about Illinois now, except don't permit
a repeat Saturday. You guys are neither lucky enough nor good
enough to be able to win without an all-out effort against the
Buckeyes, no ratter what your press notices say. Let's face it.
Nobody loves Michigan. Wolverine teams have been too good for
too long to foster anything but jealousy. They don't remember
"58 to 6" in Columbus because it rhymes in the song. So don't
count on any support from the crowd like you got here last
I haven't been neat the practice field or Bennie this week, so
maybe I'm all wet about your being over-confident. It's just a hunch.
We'll see Saturday. Whereupon I'll joyfully eat this column, (with
or without condiments), should you prove me wrong.
MEANWHILE, FEAST ON THIS: You know what you can gain
by winning--a share of the Confer6nce title at least, possible Rose
Bowl trip, and the finishing touch to a successful season. But if the
Bucks win, they'll finish ahead of you in the Conference standings,
and it will be their first victory over Michigan in eight years. In that
event, Michigan will probably wind up fourth-no improvement over
last year.
What's more, Woody Hayes must be more irritated than a
giraffe with a sore throat. He was supposed to have a good year,
and right now his team is fifth in the Big Ten. Can't you picture
him in a pathetic locker room plea-"My wife and kids, fellows
.. . my job depends on this one . . ." He may be right. The
High Street Quarterbacks grow intolerant after two or three
losses to Michigan. Last time an Oosterbaan team went to Colum-
bus, it knocked Wes Fesler clear to Minneapolis.
Yes, the Scarlet and Gray most certainly will be up for you
If you like statistics, consider these: the Buckeyes are 1among
the top ten teams in the nation in total offense, in the top five in
forward passing offense. John Borton, their quarterback, is also
way up among the country's select in individual total offense and
forward passing. Borton is several notches ahead of anyone on the
Michigan team in total offense for eight games.
So no one has passed for a touchdown against you in four or
five games? Borton may blitz you this weekend. He tossed for two
TD's against Illinois and its safety man Al Brosky. That's some-
thing you couldn't do. So your defensive line was great against
Purdue? It had better be Saturday, too. Ohio State gained over
250 yards rushing in Champaign.
The Bucks also intercepted six passes by Tommy O'Connell. And
they pounced on two Illinois fumbles, and turned them into touch-
downs .. .
Enough said? Let's hope so.
Respectfully yours,
Ed Whipple (Daily Sports Editor)



I-M All-Star




'M' at Peak
For Coming
OSU Clash
Rain put a damper on every-
thing but the Wolverines' spirits
as they started their final week of
practice, preparing for the big
game Saturday with the Buckeyes
from Columbus.
Physically as well as mentally
the squad is in the peak of condi-
tion. According to trainer Jim
Runt the entire squad will be ready
to go Saturday. Only defensive
lineman Jim Balog will not be in
perfect condition, but he will be
ready for use if necessary.
COACH Ben Oosterbaan spent
most of the afternoon working on
defense in general and pass de-
fense in particular.
Amid constant reminders from
the coaching staff that, "The
Buckeyes are third in the nation
in pass offense," the maize and
blue defensive backs werepassed
dizzy by Ray Kenaga, simulating
the favorite plays of the Buckeye's
number one aerialist 'T' quarter-
back John Borton.
The offensive unit spent the
afternoon in light drills. A large
part of their time was devoted to
signal drills and running plays at
the dummies.

Three Taylor Standouts
On Residence Hall Squad

Oldham Wolverines' Best in Purdue Tilt

Sigma Chi, Phi Delta Theta,
Michigan House, and Taylor
House dominate the Fraternity
ond Residence Hall Intramural
all-star football selections an-
nounced yesterday by I-M direc-
tor Earl Riskey.
The all-stars were picked by
referees and other I-M officials. At
the same time Riskey disclosed
that the Independent all-stars
will be named later this week. He
added that the gridiron selections
do not take into consideration
defensive performances, but rep-
resent only activities on offense.
RISKEY SAID the selectors did
not deem it feasible to name a
defensive team, and consequently
many fine players will not get the
recognition they deserve.
Sigma Chi, fraternity cham-
pion, placed Back Jerry Davis
and lineman Jim Young on the
fraternity first team. Bob Little-
son, another Sigma Chi, re-
ceived honorable mention.
Phi Delta Theta, finalist in the
fraternity championship game,
landed lineman Don MacLaren on
the first team, while Gil Sabuco
and Ron Eckert were given honor-
able mention.
TAYLOR HOUSE placed three

-back Bill Roeder and linemen
Dick Eicher and Tom Stapleton
--on the Residence Hall first team.
Taylor finished in the second place
Michigan, Dorm titlist this
fall, is 'represented by Dale
Ewart, a back, on the first team,
along with Jim Gilmore, a line-
man. Ray Tamm of the champs
landed honorable mention.
Dick Klein and Jerry Rovner
were the only unanimous choices
for fraternity honors, while
Ewart and Roeder were unani-
mously selected for the all-dorm
Two fraternity selections-War-,
ren Wertheimer and Rovner, were
repeats from last season's all-
star teams. Wertheimer earned
recognition in the Residence Halls
in 1951.
The complete selections:
Back-Dale Ewart, Michigan
Back-Bill Roeder, Taylor
Back-Jim McClurg, Gomberg
Back-Phil Jacobus, Strauss
Lineman-Dick Eicher, Taylor
Lineman-Jim Gilmore, Michigan
Lineman-Tom Stapleton, Taylor
tcher, Gomberg, Tom Propson, Allen-
Rumsey, Jim Robertson, Wenley, Joe
Yope, Hinsdale, Ray Tamm, Michi-
gan, Harmon Nine, Winchell.
Back-Jerry Davis, Sigma Chi
Back-Warren Wertheimer, Sigma Al-
pha Mu
Back-Jerry Rovner, Pi Lambda Phi
Back-Don Mitchell, Kappa Sigma
Lineman-Dick Klein, Zeta Beta Tau
Lineman-Don MacLaren, Phi Delta
Lineman-Jim Young, Sigma Chi
Kappa Sigma, Bob Littleson, Sigma
Chi, Gil Sabuco, Phi Delta Theta,
Terry Iverson, Beta Theta Pi, Dick
Fisher, Beta Theta Pi, Ron Eckert,
Phi Delta Theta.

Don Oldham, a key player in the
Wolverine pass defense, was nam-
ed Michigan Player of the Week
by press box scribes for his ef-
fectiveness in sabotaging the her-2
alded Dale Samuels to Bernie
Flowers aerial combination Sat-;
Oddly enough, they also called
Flowers the outstanding perform-
er for the Purdue eleven which
lost to the Maize and Blue, 21-10.
* * *
OLDHAM'S record on the grid-
iron Saturday was impressive-as
it has been on practically every
football afternoon this fall. Play-,
ing at his usual right halfback
spot, the 20 year old senior inter-E
cepted two passes and batted downt
several more, including one in the
Psychology 6, Air Force 0
Museum 5, WRRC Rockets I
Public Health 6, Navy 0]
Economics 5, WRRC Digets 1
Business Ad 6, Geology-Minerology 0
Aero Engineering 5, Social Research 1
Hawaiian 1 4,Actuaries 2
Turks 6, Lester Co-op 0
Newman Club 4, International Cen-
ter 2
Hawaiian II 6, Nakamura 0
Pi Lambda Phi 4, Tau Delta Phi 2 ;
SAE 3, Alpha Epsilon Pi 3a
Phi Delta Theta over Theta Delta Chi
Chi Phi over Kappa Nu (forfeit)
Theta Chi over Triangle (forfeit)
Zeta Beta Tau 6, Delta Sigma 0
Phi Sigma Kappa over Phi Kappa
Sigma (forfeit)
Kelsey over Williams (forfeit)
Hinsdale 2, Michigan 1
Wenley 3, Van Tyne 0
Adams 2, Greene 1
Strauss 3, Chicago 0
Cooley 2, Scott 1
Gomberg 3, Reeves 0
Hayden over Winchell ( .forfeit)

* *

*..key defender
end zone that was labeled touch-
HE 'SAW action every minute
Michigan was on the defense. On
at least two occasions he was lit-
tle short of spectacular as he
leaped high in the air to pound
the ball away from the waiting
One of his most important plays
came late in the final quarter with
Michigan ahead, 14-10, and the
Boilermakers on their last bid for
a score. Oldham grabbed an er-
rant Purdue aerial on the 42 and
ran it down the right sideline to

the five yard marker. Three plays
later Frankie Howell crossed the
goal line for the clinching Wol-
verine touchdown.
Back injuries have bothered
Oldham all year and he has played
every game wrapped in almost
enough tape to amount to a cast.
About a month before football
season started he developed an ail-
ment which bothered him so much
he couldn't even bend his back
the first day of practice.
Constant work in the training
room with miracle man Jim
Hunt enabled him to start the
first game against Michigan
State, but he was soon forced to
quit the contest. A month later
against Minnesota he tore a
muscle on the opening kickoff
and again was forced to view the
action from the bench.
Oldham claims that he is just
getting to move his back with
freedom for the first time in three
months. But he is sure to be pret-
ty well-taped in Saturday's con-
test against Ohio State.
The best commendation for Pur-
due's outstanding end Flowers
came yesterday from Oldham him-
self. "Flowers was a tricky kid.
He had deceptive motion and long
strides. He ran a lot faster than
iu looked."

Students To Be Instructed
By Olympic Figure Skater


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John Nightingale, member of
the 1952 United States Olympic
Figure Skating Team, will begin
teaching physical education cours-
es on the art of ice skating on the
24th of this month.
That he is well qualified for this
position can hardly be disputed,
for besides placing sixth last win-
ter in the Olympics, Nightingale
placed fifth in the World Figure
Skating Championships in Paris
earlier this year.
* * *
A TRANSFER student from the
University of Minnesota, Nightin-
gale, a native of St. Paul, Minne-
sota, is a speech major in the
college of education here at the
Nightingale first began com-
peting for national honors in
1945 when he entered the Mid-
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western Championship, which
was held in Chicago that year.
Beginning as a novice, then la-
ter as a junior, and finally as a
senior skater, he advanced each
year to the United States Cham-
pionships, which are held each
year in a different city.
* * *
IN 1947, he began a string of
four successive titles by winning
the championship in Berkeley,
California. He followed this with
crowns in 1948, 1949, and again
in 1950 at Washington, D.C.
In 1951, the master of the
figure skates won a berth on the
United States Figure Skating
Team which competed in Milan,
Italy. Again this year he repre-
sented his country both in Paris
and in the Olympics at Oslo.
Nightingale, who is employed
along with his wife as skating in-
structor at the Ann Arbor Figure
Skating Club, will teach beginning,
intermediate, and advanced skat-
ing classes to interested male stu-
dents under the auspices of the
physical education department on
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday mornings at 10 and 11
o'clock at the skating rink on
Hill Street.
He will also instruct a special
class in figure skating on Tuesday
and Thursday mornings at 11
o'clock. Any male student inter-
ested in bettering his ice skating
ability is urged to inquire at Wat-
erman Gymnasium.
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Michigan Grads To Play Pros


Local basketball fans will get
a chance to see seven-foot Bill
Spivey in action next month.
The towering ex-University of
Kentucky great, indicted for per-
jury in the recent cage bribery
case, now cavots at the center po-
sition for the Detroit Vagabond
Kings, a touring professional out-
THE VAGABONDS are slated
to meet Ann Arbor's Wolverine
All-Stars at the Tappan Junior
High School court on December
Faced with the job of stopping
gigantic Spivey is 6-11 Bob
Hahn, former North Carolina
State hoop standout who heads
the group of primarily ex-Mich-
igan hardwood stars.
Competing under the new All-
Star monicker, last year's State
Amateur champion Trojan Laun-
dry five boasts no less than seven
players who have seen action in
the Maize and Blue uniform over
the past decade.
* * *
INCLUDED among this group
are four erstwhile Wolverine bas-
ketball captains and one former
football captain.
Forward Mack Suprunowicz,
most prolific scorer in Michi-
gan basketball history, holds
down one oftthe front-court
positions for the All- Stars.

He led all Maize and Blue scor-
ers for three consecutive years
and established a new Wolverine
individual game scoring mark
against Purdue in 1949 with a 28-
point harvest.
TEAMING UP with Supy at the
other forward slot is 6-4 Chicago-
an Jim Skala, captain of last
year's Michigan entry.
Skala notched 508 markers
in his brilliant three-year ca-
reer and ranked 13th in the Big
Ten in 1951-52 with a 169-point
total and a 12.1 average.
Girder-legged Charley (Red)
Murray, hoop captain two years
ago, is one of the All-Stars' back-
court defenders together with
Dave Strack, team leader in 1945-
46 and current Michigan fresh-
man coach.
back on the Rose Bowl-winning
eleven in 1950, pairs with Mur-
ray as the starting guard duo.

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unit that toured the United States,
Europe and South America in a
series with the Harlem Globetrot-

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