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WINTER SPORTING DOPE FROM EVERYWHERE
Rodel and Willard Mix Tonight
Ritchie on Way to Coast.
Western Grid Championship Is a Big
Muddle Eastern Is Clear.
Approximately 460 pounds of flesh
and bone (mostly bone, say we) will
clash in the ring tonight when Jess
Willard and George Rodel do some
The battle fails to arouse our slug
gish blood. The men may muss each
ofher up considerably, and one may
succeed in toppling the other for the
count, but each is a white hope of
such mediocre ability that the show
will not be inspiring.
Willard weighs 240 pounds and is
considerably over six feet tall. Rodel
totes 220 pounds of beef around.
Willie Ritchie, lightweight cham
pion, skidded through Chicago yes
terday on his way to California,
where he meets Harlem Tommy Mur
phy in a twenty-round championship
bout Dec. 10.
Four months ago Murphy would
have been given considerable atten
tion by the coin layers. But since
then he has put on a couple of medi
ocre battles and Ritchie has estab
lished his reputation by polishing off
Grantland Rice has Ritchie sized
up correctly. He says that if he had
Willie's ability he'd kick some guy in
the ankle every day, just for the fun
of mixing it.
But if we were the guy kicked
"we'd first hunt some liniment and
then a gun. That Ritchie fellow is
poison to anyone who battles him
Jack White, we are told by a morn
ing paper expert, has returned from
a tour of the West, where he had fair
success. Fair success is right. Jack
did not lose his life, though he got
one or two lickings. He is going to
stick to the feather class and leave
the. rough lightweights alone. -
Some doughty expert, after sum
ming up the results of Saturday's
football games in the West, may have
the temerity to pick the champion
ship eleven of the region West of
the Allegheny mountains.
If he expects to have his opinion
received with respect he had better
go back to the bunk for another
crack at the pipe.
Distributed over the Western land
scape are students, graduates and
plain admirers of Chicago, Michigan,
Michigan Aggies, Notre Dame and
Nebraska, and each believes the team
he roots for is the one and only front
runner of the field.
Chicago is undefeated. So far it
has a clear claim to the Conference
title, and Wisconsin is the only obsta
cle in the path of nailing the flag to
the mast. Illinois, Iowa, Purdue,
Northwestern and Minnesota have all
been vanquished, aiid in such a man
ner as to leave no doubt of the su
periority of the Maroons in their own
But these other teams, outside th?
Conference, have also performed
some thrilling stunts. Michigan has
effectually cleaned up Penn, Syra
cuse, Cornell and Vanderbilt, and, in
iurn, has been walloped by Michigan
Aggies. The Wolverine Farmers have
also plowed Wisconsin under.
Nebraska vholds a decision over
Minnesota, by a larger score than the
one made by Chicago, and Notre
Dame has trimmed Penn State and
All kinds of dope angles are pre.
sented, and no matter which eleven
you champion you have a ground
work to build championship claims
Michigan Aggies could not beat
Michigan now. Tost brought his