FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1955
THE MCHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, NOVEM1~ER 4, 1955 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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WITH PHIL DOUGLIS
Daily Sports Editor
CHAMPAIGN'S ILLINOIS Memorial Stadium is a mighty uncom-
fortable place to play a football game, especially for Michigan.
It is a big, cavernous pigskin palace-a foreboding red brick monu-
ment consecrated in the wreckage of past Maize and Blue hopes.
From out of its open ends, the brisk winds of the Great Plains
whistles continually-playing tricks with the football and sounding
perpetual taps for the myriad of Michigan teams that have failed
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Beyond the Stadium-Nothing...
BEYOND THE STADIUM-there is nothing-nothing except the
great wide Illinois prairie. It was here that Tom Harmon met his
most bitter defeat. It was here that Michigan was the victim of the
greatest one-man show in football history. It was here that the
greatest Wolverine team of all time barely scratched out a 14-7 win
Here, in this great Orange and Blue ambush, lies another Illini
team, weaker than most to be sure-yet undoubtedly the most dan-
gerous threat to Michigan's Wolverines so far this season.
The Wolverines, who tomorrow
bid for their seventh straight vic-
tory of the season, are going to H'm
be pressed to the very limit of their n
The optimist may whistle it all
off, poit to the recent heroics of
his favorites, and look forward to
another victory celebration. But
this is the game that Michigan'
may well lose, and here is why.
It is no secret that Illinois has <
the top backfield in the Big Ten.
With such brilliant runners as
Mickey Bates, Harry Jefferson and
? Abe Woodson all at full strength
and the passing of Em Lindbeck
and Hiles Stout to bother the de-
fenses, plus a spirit that knows no;
bounds, Michigan is well to be
Ray- Eliot, like a parade of
coaches before him, wants this one HLLIN'S WOODSON
worse than any other game. is ... jolt for tomorrow
season is a ruin. The breaks and ...jl o oorw
superior teams have spoiled his best efforts. There is one chance
to redeem himself, his team, and the name of the University of
Illinois. That is by defeating Michigan tomorrow.
It would be repititious to dwell on the many upsets that Illinois
has pulled on the Maize and Blue. They have been chronicled else-
where on these pages-and many are standard items in any football
story book. The names of Red Grange, Buddy Young and J. C. Caroline
are just three of the many who have put Michigan's hopes and dreams
to rout in the past. Woodson, Jefferson, Bates and company may do
that tomorrow. -.
But what of Michigan? With Tom Maentz and Ron Kramer
snagging those long ones, is she not invincible? One would seem to
think so after seeing the Iowa game. But the cold facts still remain
that Michigan has really failed to put on a sustained series of drives
all season-at least since the Missouri breather. Every other game has
been won on breaks or long passes.
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MICHIGAN MAKES MISTAKES TOO... lots of them. They have
put the Wolverines in a hole too many times for comfort. To-
morrow, those mistakes just MAY outbalance the breaks and the long
passes . . . and then Michigan will have "had it" ... but good.
What then can Michigan do in a situation like'this? The answer
lies completely in mental outlook. The fact that it has won six
games shows it undoubtedly has the talent and equipment. The play-
ers' mental outlook determines how they use it.
Several Michigan football players have told us that every year,
it is the Illinois game that is the bitterest. No quarter is asked or
given. A past Michigan football captain declared, "Of all the teams
I wanted to beat-Illinois was it."
This is the attitude that the Michigan team must have tomorrow
in Champaign if they are to squelch the Illini bid. If they don't-
The Wolverine football squad
will depart by bus from in front
of the Michigan Union at 11:10
this morning, having wound up
practice in the biting cold yester-
day for tomorrow's clash with
Thirty-eight men comprise the
traveling squad which will take
off by plane from Willow Run Air-
port shortly after noon. They will
arrive at Champaign at about 2:30,
whereupon light drills will be held
in Memorial Stadium to acquaint
the team to the strange surround-
The squad will be housed at the
Urbana-Lincoln Motel, its pre-
vious Champaign headquarters
having burned down since 1953,
the last year that Michigan play-
ed at Illinois.
Game time is 2:30 (EST) to-
morrow afternoon and it is ex-
pected that a near-sellout throng
will crowd the 69,509 capacity
Injuries Problem Again
Inpuries once again plauge the
Maize and Blue as both Terry
Barr and Jim Pace, the two top
left halfbacks, are suffering from
ankle sprains received in last Sat-
urday's Iowa game.
"You'll notice they were limping
out there," Coach Ben Oosterbaan
commented at practice yesterday.
"And I didn't tell them to do it,"
he said turning with a grin.
Ron Kramer is expected to be
ready for full-time action and to-
gether with Tom Maentz should
form one of Michigan's top weap-
The list of players who will be
heading for Champaign is: Lou
Baldacci, Terry Barr, Jim Bates,
Tony Branoff, Charley Brooks, Jim
Fox, Jerry Goebel, Ed Hickey, Dave
Hill, Ron Kramer, Jim Maddock,
Tom Maentz, G. Edgar Meads, Jim
Orwig, Jim Pace, Mike Rotunno,
Lionel Sigman, and Jim Van Pelt.
Also making the trip are: Geo-
rge Corey, Clement Corona, Jim
Davies, Dale Eldrid, Larry Faul,
Jerry Gonser, John Greenwood,
Tom Hendricks, Dick Heyen, Earl
Johnson, Carl Kamhout, Jack
Lousma, Bob Marion, John Mor-
row, Marvin Nyren, John Peck-
ham, Don Rambiesa, Dave Ren-
tschler, and Ed Shannon.
Tonight, the intramural depart-
ment is scheduling its third annual
co-recreation open house to be
held from eight to ten.
Featured on the program will be
a volleyball game between the
women's residence halls champs-
Cousins Hall-and the men win-
ners of last year-Gomberg. There
will also be co-rec badminton com-
petition, swimming events and
demonstration by members of the
swimming and gymnastics teams.
The co-rec program has been
more than successful for the last
ten years. An average of 400 stu-
dents attend the Friday evening
opportunities for informal ath-
you can't top
By LYNNE TOWLE
and ALAN WINKELSTEIN
One of the key plays in Michi-
gan's uphill struggle last week
occurred when Charlie Brooks
stopped Iowa's quarterback Jerry
Reichow on a fourth down play
which gave the Wolverines the
A few seconds later, Tom Maentz
caught hs second touchdown pass
of the day that gave Michigan its
Iowa had the ball on the Michi-
gan 28-yard line with fourth down
and less than a yard to go. Rei-
chow tried an end run and was
stopped by the big blond end before
he could reach scrimmage.
Playing in the shadow of two
great ends, Ron Kramer and
Maentz, is not the brightest pros-
pect for the 6'1", 200-lb. junior
New York 1, Detroit 1
Chicago 3, Boston 3
Toronto 3, Montreal 3
end, but Brooks has always wanted
to play football for Michigan. As
he puts it, "There is no sense try-
ing for anything less than the
best," and Brooks considers Michi-
gan the best.
Last season, he missed the first
three games due to a back injury
that he suffered in his freshman
year. He got his first varsity
experience against Minnesota last
year, and he played in the last
Since he started playing foot-
ball, Brooks, who comes from Mar-
shall, Mich., has played almost
every position. At Culver Military
Academy in Culver, Indiana, where
Brooks went to high school, he
played in the backfield. Since
coming to Michigan, Brooks has
seen action at both end positions,
and has been used as a tackle dur-
ing spring practice.
Besides his football career in
high school, Brooks also was a
guard on the basketball quintet,
and an outfielder on the baseball
squad. He was chosen captain on
all three teams.
At Michigan, Brooks is an Eng-
lish major and after he completes
college, he is considering following
a business career. In spite of the
popularly-conceived notion about
the density of football -players,
Brooks' hobby is reading. He also
enjoys eating apples.
During the off season, Brooks is
an active participant in I-M
sports. He plays basketball, water
polo, and softball for Sigma Chi.
Brooks regards the comeback
that Michigan made against Iowa
as the greatest he ever saw.
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