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THE DIAMOND JUBILEE of Michigan football that began with the
complexion of a funeral march has almost overnight taken on
all the aspects of a triumphant Tournament of Roses Parade.
It was just 75 years ago that Michigan inaugurated the gridiron
sport with a rousing 7-2 victory over Racine College. And in the an-
niversary year of 1954 the Wolverine grid squad has come just about
as far in five weeks as the game of football has in 75 years.
Yet the previous remark that smacked of Rose Bowl optimism
is obviously premature, although it does reflect the sentiment
that began to possess a large segment of the campus population
late Saturday afternoon. Ohio State is "still the odds-on favorite
to annex the Big Ten crown and the concurrent Jaunt to Pasa-
dena, for the Buckeyes have been consistently great while the
Wolverines have been alternately brilliant and terrible.
But while the festive spirit reigns, Wolverine fans prefer to for-
get the Bucks (not to mention Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan State)
for a while and concentrate on their own heros. Although Michigan
t rooters are just as fickle as their team seems to be, who can blame
them for getting a wee bit excited over the events of the past weekend?
The Maize and Blue team that literally blasted Minnesota off the
football map could hold its head high with any squad that has,
since the inaugural with Racine, made the name Michigan incom-
parable in gridiron lore. Add that game to the one two weeks ago with
Iowa and that pair alone would make any anniversary celebration suc-
UT THE CELEBRATION encompasses a nine, and not a two, game
Y B span. The party started out shakily (Washington), approached
disaster proportions (Army), had a brief moment of what appeared at
the time mere exhuberance (Iowa), again forbode doom (North-
western), and then abruptly turned into one of the most gala affairs
(Minnesota) that long-time Michigan Stadium party-goers can re-
It took a while, but Master of Ceremonies Bennie Oosterbaan has
molded neophytes and veterans into the smooth-working aggregation
that amazed the football world Saturday. It will take a combination of
breaks and continued inspired performances, but it's not inconceiv-
able' that the Wolverines can continue to play at least a semblance
of the type of football they showed Saturday.
The single-wing came back in grand style to bewilder the
Gophers after the T-formation had had a brief and unsuccessful
For the first time this season the Wolverines are in at least
fair physical condition. Everyone but Ed Hickey, Jerry Williams,
and possibly Dave Hill should be available for Indiana, in con-
trast with recent weeks when the injury list read like a starting
The line that proved inept in earlier contests stopped the vaunt-
ed Minnesota backs cold while opening gaping holes on offense. Tom
Maentz has developed rapidly as a capable mate at end for his talent-
ed fellow sophomore Ron Kramer. Jim Bates has shaken off the in-
jury bug to fill the all-important center and linebacker slots. Lou
Baldacdi appears to have found his niche at quarterback, after start-
ing the year as a fullback. And he joins Bates to mold a rugged line-
backing team. The hard-driving Fred Baer, who has finally fulfilled
the promise he showed three years ago as a freshman, has given the
Wolverines a single-wing fullback who can spin and can run.
Dan Cline, probably the steadiest performer Michigan can boast,
is a tailback who can run, kick, and pass. And his punt returning was
little short of sensational last week. Sophomore Jim Maddock runs
the team with the cool head of a veteran when he takes over at quar-
terback. He blocks, tackles, and, when he's trapped trying to pass,
can run with the best of them. And it's enough to say that Tony
Branoff is back at wingback.
* * * *.
Kramer Kicking King .. .
HE FOOT is still a big part of football, and in that department the
Wolverines need take a backseat to no one. Kramer hasn't missed
a conversion attempt all season, his booming kickoffs are equally
consistent, and he and Maddock possess punting averages surpassed
by few in the country.
Quarterback Dune McDonald still possesses a fine passing arm
and remains available for the spot roles that won more than one game
for Michigan last year. Comparable depth exists in other positions
where the frequent lineup shuffles have given several men experience
at every position.
All in all it's far from a gloomy picture that presents itself
as the Wolverines head into the last half of what has developed
into one of the most interesting Conference races in history. But
It's a long, long haul to the battle with Ohio State, currently the
country's top team. After his week's game with Indiana, a team
that Michigan can ill-afford to under estimate, the Wolverines
will face the pre-season favorites, Illinois and Michigan State, on
successive weekends.
The Spartans are a much better team than their record would in-
dicate, while if the Illini have one good game in their system it's a
pretty sure bet that it will be against Michigan. Should the Wolver-
ines pull through that formidable array of opposition unscathed, the
finale at Columbus promises to develop into a climactic struggle that
befits the conclusion of a Diamond Jubilee season,

SAM, Phi Delts Gain Grid
First-Place Semi-Final Tilts

By John Hillyer
Sigma Alpha Mu and Phi Delta
Theta both advanced to the first-
place semi-finals in social frater-
nity intramural football competi-
tion yesterday afternoon at South
Ferry Field.
In other games, Sigma Phi Ep-
silon and Lambda Chi Alpha won
their quarter-finals for second
place, Phi Kappa Sigma and Delta
Epsilon advanced in third-place
competition, and Chi Phi tri-
umphed in its fourth-place play-
off contest.
Sparked by the passing of War-
ren Wertheimer and over 100 par-
tisan fans, Sigma Alpha Mu edged
Pi Lambda Phi, 7-6, to gain a
semi-final berth in the first-place
playoffs. Wertheimer itched to,
Paul Groffsky in the first half for
the touchdown, and Tom Kovanj
added the extra point for thej
Sammies to give them the margin
of victory. Leon Greenblatt, whose
passing kept the Pilams in the
game, passed to Jerry Stern in the
first half for therr only score.
With four minutes to play, the Pil-
ams made a first down, and seem-j
ed to be headed for a possible win-
ning touchdown. However, the
first down was nullified by a clip-
ping penalty and the march was

Alpha Epsilon, 26-7, behind the
passing of Bill Shapel. Shapel
fired three touchdown passes in
the first half Rto build up the Phi
Delts' lead, two to George Beau-
champ and one to Doug Lawrence,
and a fourth in the second half to
Frank Moore. Larry Wise scored'
the only six-pointer for the SAE's,
with Ron Norene adding the extra
point. Both of the extra points
were netted for the Phi Delts by
In second-place competition,
Sigma Phi Epsilon beat Sigma
Chi, 8-7, in overtime. The score
was knotted at 7-7 at the end of
regulation play, but Sig Eps
marched off the most yardage in
overtime to gain the victory. Rich
Crawford scored the touchdown
for Sig Eps, with Roger Maugh
tallying the point-after.
In the other second-place quar-
ter-final game, Lambda Chi Al-
pha outscored Sigma Nu, 12-6. Jim
All men interested In trying
out for the Freshman tennis
team, report to the Sports
Building between 1 and 3 p.m.
on Wednesday, Thursday, or
-Bill Murphy
Tennis Coach
Dutcher hit paydirt twice for
Lamda Chi, once in each half,
while Larry Miller tallied the only
touchdown for the Sigma Nu's,
this coming in the second half.
Overtime Thriller
In another overtime thriller, Phi
Kappa Sigma defeated Delta Up-
silon in a third-place playoff con-
test. Ernie Meyers provided the
victory spark for the Phi Kappa
Sigs, passing to Jim Vukovich for
a second-half touchdown and fir-
ing for the winning yardage m ov-
Delta Kappa Epsilon also enter-
ed the third-place semi-finals by
besting Alpha Delta Phi, 13-6, in
overtime. The Dekes scored a
touchdown in overtime in addi-
tion to outgaining the Alpha Delts.
Chi Phi downed Sigma Phi,
6-0, in fourth-place competition.

Phi Delts Win, 26-7
In another first-place1
Phi Delta Theta trampled


. . . sidelined with injury
AP Poll Ranks
"M' Eleventh
Michigan's surprising football
team gained eleventh place in the
Associated Press's weekly nation-
wide poll of 214 sportswriters and
The Wolverines moved into the
national rankings on the basis of
their impressive 34-0victory over
Minnesota, who was previously
ranked eighth in the poll.
Ohio State, the leader and only
other undefeated Big Ten team,
moved from fourth place a week
ago to the top spot in the poll. The
Buckeyes came from behind to
trounce Wisconsin soundly, 31-14.
Ohio State coach Woody Hayes
said, "I know everyone is talking
about national rankings and Rose
Bowl and all those things, but to
us the season is merely half over,
That's how we look at it. Four im-
portant ones yet to go."
The Top Ten teams are as fol-
lows :
1. Ohio State (64) 5-0 1858
2. Oklahoma (74) 5-0 1834
3. UCLA (45) 6-0 1800
4. Arkansas (16) 5-0 1351
5. Army (1) 4-1 974
6. Notre Dame (1) 3-1 727
7. West Virginia (6) 4-0 470
8. Wisconsin 4-1 460
9. Purdue 3-1-1 393
10. Miami (Fla.) (6) 4-0 369

Ankle Injury
Sidelines Hill
May Be Absent
For Hoosier Tilt
An aggravated ankle injury side-
lined Wolverine fullback Dave Hill
yesterday, and may keep him out
of action in this weekend's game
with the Indiana Hoosiers.
While the Michigan grid squad
ran through defense against Indi-
ana plays yesterday afternoon, Hill
was having his ankle treated in
the training room. The hard-run-
ning junior ,back originally sus-
tained the injury in the Army game
earlier this season. He limped no-
ticeably in the Minnesota contest
last Saturday.
Head Coach Bennie Oosterbaan
said Hill further aggravated the
injury Monday when he tripped on
a rug. It was decided yesterday
that the ankle needed attention.
Team Shows Spirit
The team showed lots of spirit
in practice, ,and worked hard on
blocking earlier in the afternoon.
Later Oosterbaan had the second
string run Indiana plays against
the starting team.
The squad worked mostly on pass
defense, with its eye to next week-
end when the Wolverines will face
one of the best arms in the Big
Sophomores interested in bas-
ketball managering may see me
after 4 p.m. at Yost Field
House, or can call me at NO
-Larry Houck
Ten. The sharpshooter the Maize
and Blue have been warned about
is Indiana's first string quarter-
back, Florian Helinski.
Although Helinski only recently
recovered from a shoulder injury
and played only 15 minutes against
Iowa last weekend, he completed
two passes against the Hawkeyes.
Hickey Still Doubtful Starter
Right halfbacks Tony Branoff
and Ed Hickey both participated
in yesterday's drills. Branoff saw
some action last weekepd against
Minnesota, and is slated to play
even more this weekend. But Hick-
ey, whose cracked rib has kept him
out of two games since he sus-
tained the injury in the Iowa bat-
tle, still is a doubtful starter.
Although Indiana has won only
one game this season, and that
against College of the Pacific,
Michigan scouts warned the Wol-
verines that the Hoosiers are a
better team than their Big Ten
cellar position indicates.
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Another Grid
Pick Winner
Due to an oversight, the Daily
failed to mention the name of an-
other amateur prognosticator who
tied the sports staff in last week's
Grid Picks.
She is Mrs. Eaton Adams of 1445
University Terrace. Mrs. Adams'
record of 11 correct guesses against
4 mistakes puts her in a tie with
the other six amateurs who also
had 11-4 records.
This total of seven outsiders ty-
ing the Daily sports staff is a rec-
ord in itself for the Grid Picks

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Lettermen Lead Michigan Hoop Squad

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5 :30

"I believe that this years team
can definitely show improvement
over last seasons squad" said Bas-
ketball Coach Bill Perigo, summing
up his pre-season views for the
coming campaign.
"We have much room for im-
provement and with some fine new
prospects, we can do much better
in conference play than we have
done," he continued.
Perigo listed several reasons for
his optimistic viewpoint. Among
them is the fact that he will have
his entire starting five back again
and with a year's experience under
their belt, they should be able to
hold their own against Michigan's
foes. The returning men are Paul
Grofsky, Jim Barron, Don Eaddy,
Tom Jorgenson, and Harvey Wil-
liams. Bruce Allen, Jay Vawter,
Tom Singer, and Jerry Stern are
the subs who are also returning
to the basketball wars.
Barron 'Most Valuable'
Barron, who was voted the

"Most Valuable Player" last sea-
son, was Michigan's top point pro-
ducer. The 6' junior chalked up 377
points in 22 contests, for a 17-1
game average. Tom Jorgenson
trailed him with 272 points in 22
games for a 12.3 average.
Newly-elected captain P a u 1
Grofsky posted an 11.3 average, by
tallying 250 points in 22 games.
Don Eaddy and Harvey Williams
registered 205 and 195 points re-
spectively, for game averages of
9.3 and 9.2.
Perigo stated that three prom-
ising sophomores can break into
the probable starting lineup. "Ron
Kramer is an excellent prospect.
He is big and strong, and likes to

throw his weight around under the
backboards. If he isn't injured
while playing football, he will def-
initely aid us in the rebound de-
Kramer Potential Rebounder
"We had many tall men last sea-
son, however they were not out-
standing rebounders. K r a m e r
shows promise of developing into
a grade A rebounder."
Other sophomores who have an
excellent chance of breaking into
the starting lineup are Jim Shear-
on, Milt Lingle, and Bob Shar-
land. Shearon is 5'11", and is a
fine ballhandler and playmaker.
Lingle and Sharland are both 6',
and coming along fast.





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