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Storm of Criticism for Football
j Is Sweeping Over the
Famous Expert Reviews the
; Situation and Offers Some
I Good Suggestions.
I By Marion J. Pike.
Trlbun Special Sporting Ser !-.
NEW YORK. Dec. 16. The football wea
pon of 156 endfd In Anything except ft
blaze of glory. Of course a vast deal of
the specific criticism which Is being lev
eled nt the devoted lirnds -f the players
in many of the universities is the result
of the general Criticism Which has swept
over the country like a storm since the
killing of n Harvard player served to call
attention ta the fact that football hail
claimed at least eighteen other victims
during the present season, it Is probably
true, as the defender? of football main
tain that the death roll is no greater in
proportion this season than hi preceding
years. But the unfortunate events In
football this year occurred in such a Me
quencr' that the largest possible amount
of criticism lias resulted.
The securing Of that publicity has
caused the management of more than one
football eleven to be subjected to the
piercing scrutiny or that "fierce white
, light which beats around a throne." And
it must be confessed that some of the
; football games this ;. ea i When weighed
: In thi balance have been found sadly
! panting This. too. when comparisons
: are Instituted with the admittedly low
, football tone thet has existed In more
thun ode university and college In this
country during the past few years.
Attacking the Rules.
The question of the future of football
and football rules is now in the hands of
the football experts, but It Is doubtful
whether the greatest aggregation of gjid
iinii Bourbons which ever met and uls
cUSsed the merits and demerits of a Ken
yan! rule will be utile to stand up under
the continued attacks upon existing rules.
Just when and how the rules will be
changed .md just what college athletic
authorities will put an end to the games -just
what college athletic authorities win
i allow the games to bo continued under
m w rules these are things that the fu-
I ture alone must decide. No expert can
do better than venture a guess as to what
the future will bring forth.
Game Called Off.
I One of the minor results of this con
tinuous round of criticism 1 the fact that
the Army-Navy game will nqt be olaed
at Princeton next year that Is. If It Is
played anywhere at all This disposition
to discriminate against Princeton is said
I to he simply because transporatlon facil
ities from and to centers of population Is
1 not llrst clara. Of necessity, the delays
at Princeton Junction, while not notlce
' Jiiile perhaps to students and persons
' journeying to Princeton, became anno lag
beyond endurance to the crowds anxious
to get id the football game then anxious
to pet home ng;i!n. If the present hue
and crj against football In general does
not resull In putting an end to the Army
and Navy gomes entirely. New York.
Philadelphia and Washington all have a
Chance to capture the Army-Navy con
test for next year.
May Change Methods.
Pmf William A. Nellson of f'olumbla
university formerly a 'Varsity "socker"
football player In Kngland, Is one of those
n nclng an agitation in favor of the
adoption of the British game to take the
place of the present methods of football I
playing. Interviewed, he said:
1 am beartlly In favor of either abol- ,
Ishlng football as now played by the
American colleges, or else instituting such i
vSBBBBUmB The 0teTime star Pitcher of the New
hBS9HV York Giants, Who Has Signed a Con-
WSBR tract to Fitch for the Springfield, 0.,
jH fe- 7 Central League Club Next Season.
IB Since His Retirement Rusio Has Been
H Working as a Laborer.
H radical reforms as "will make its present
HH f obnoxious features impossible. It seems
H bio that w should not leave the mat-
H j? - entirely In the hands of the present
H rules committee, since thej have Fhown
H 3WjS9f, 1 Mjclr behavior and recent attitude that
H ytirtJftf&i r not 1,1 favor of changing the
H L ime to any great extent
Advantages of "Socker."
H "If is my firm opinion that the English
IIIH fiHHM Bfia-' been reccnti;.
H .HS into American sport, might
i Ws co wtU and vc-rj properly supersede the
vw wW'&m hswswb w&- uERW j
How the Start of the Six-Day Grind at Madison Square Garden Looked to a Cartoonist.
otlu-r form and hold ua place permanent
ly The advantages of tne 'socker game
ate thai it is essentially a clean game, a
feature which is almost entirely lacking 1
In the other game U r!nes not place a
piemlum on weight or brute forre. but re.
quires rather speed, skill and endurance. 1
There s no system of signals In !
'socker.' "
AS showing the interest taken and the
wide range of Views upon this subjecl
Tom Sharkey, the former prize fighter In
an Interview said:
Sharkey Doesn't Like It.
"I've played football Rugby, Associa
tlon and lntercollegiatew- used to b a i
Ciod football player, but excuse me from
the sort of game they put up on you un
der these college rules They say It
teaches boys to be clever Admirals" and I
Generals, f wouldn't want to serve un
der some of the future Admirals I saw
this afternoon If the treat their men like
they treated the other team pretending
to stumble over a lad and then Jnhblng
their spikes into him The ,nlv thing I
see ii developt i- cowardice Thej don't I
put pit one man against another in fair
.'lght. but four or five of them lay for the '
best man on the other side, and when ,
they get him down put the boots on him
snd try to nnlsh the Job by all Jumping
on him at once, using tlsts, knees anrl
everything they can The onlv wonder
to me to that the list of killed and In-
jured' Isn t larger."
How to Solve Problem.
The following suggestions have been
made by experts as a partial solution of !
the problems offered
First, s rub- should be enacted limiting
the side not In possession of the ball to '
five men on the serlmmage line .ill other
players on this side to be at bast five
yards back of the scrimmage line when
the ball Is put In play This rule would
permit Interference to form and plas to
get under way, SS they cannot now. with
an aggressive secondary defense, and end
run would become possible.
Should Make Excption.
A second rule would co'ncern the side in j
possession of the h.ill. and would state
that In all plays the player carrying the
ball must cress the line of scrimmage at i
least live yards outside of the posltl n
held by the player who put the ball in ;
play To this rule, for the sake of variety, ;
Strategic play and other considerations I
essential to the game, an Important ex
ception 'should be made This exception I
would state that In one play of the three i
allowed to gain a llrst down the runner
may be unrestricted by the provisions of
this rule. Buch a provision would com
pel at hnst normal strength In the line;
would prevent the players in the line from
leaving their positions at once to back up
the ends, and would permit of such varia
tions as is essential to strategic play.
Increase Activity.
The tendency of these modifications j
would be to decrease the weight and to
Increaso the activity of the scrimmage
line, strong heavy tackles would be more
essentl.il than heavy guard. and errors
Guards ami centers would he chosen for
their ability to tackle on the ends and
for their agility In getting into Interfer
ence and assisting the runner. It er
tain that the weigh 'f teams would be
Reversals in Form.
The characteristic feature of the season !
baa been the remarkable amount of form
reversals Perhaps never before in the !
history of the game have the promi
nent teams played so inconsistently.
Elevens which iine been giants one !
week have been pigmies the next, and j
for this reason any classification on the
basis of oomoarative Bcorcs Is wen nigh
hopeless. Pennsylvania has exhibited
this unevenness noticeably, and Dart
mouth has been equally erratic. What 1
Hhall be said of the West Pointers suffer
ing defeat at the hands of an obscure
Southern t-mn one month onlv to demon
strati form radically different In the
great game with the army the next
month? Perhaps Cornell and Columbia i
have been the worst offenders of them
all. Yule appears tO bavC been almost
the only team In the F.nt which has
gone i through the sea?on on a constantly
ascending scale, and even In the case Of
Ytlle there appears to have been a !
elded slump In the final contest with the
Harvard eleven.
Retrogression Is Noted.
So when th canon In considered as a
whole here n the Fast at least It ian
not be said that anything of Importance
pras added to football history 1 lesplte
the elevcnthrhour rallies t several of
' the lari." Eastern college teams and the
resultant close games, football retro
graded both from an Individual and team
play standpoint In the s.eason of 1006
Taken all in all, It has been s V'"a r of
mediocre football. Hence It happens that
with a record of many players killed and
' Injured with a growing sentiment that
the game as played today is decided
ly objectionable and nnsportsman-like
In many respects, there Is lacking to off
set this the splendid performances ,.f
teams and Individual plavers which made
football history famous In other yeai
No New Plays Seen.
Perhaps on the whole the most praise
worthy football advance was made by
.several of the so-called minor college
eleven. Swatthmore. Dartmouth. Am
herst Pennsylvania State. Carlisle, have
probably won more f mie and glory on
the gridiron this year than some of their
so-called greater Competitors. But It Is
noticeable that out of all of this pig skin
chaos not a single new or more open play
worth discussing has developed, and fol
lowing In the footsteps Of the rules com
mittee coaches and players drifted ba It
ward Instend of advancing at this the
most critical stage In the hlstorv of thla
Intercollegiate ipoi i
First Honors to Yale.
However, when It comes to the final
analysis Yale probably merits llrst hon
ors Pennsylvania second, while Chi
cago Is undoubtedly the undisputed
champion In the West. The grand totals
Of the trading colleges ami universities
follow: Yale, tl, , Harvard. 147 to
11; Princeton, 221 to 46; Pennsylvania. LV9
to 23; Military academy; to 54;
Olumbla. "i 7 to PXI. I.afav. tte. to .V,,
Chicago. 271 to 5; Wisconsin, 242 to .13.
Swarthmore, 171 to 33; Dartmouth. 160 to
M: Pitown, 2S2 to 58; Carlisle. 2T,4 to 56,
naval academy. 259 to 17; Cornell. 175 to
Amherst. 68 to 25; Michigan, -195 to 2;
Minnesota, 4K to 22.
Hard Problem Disclosed.
Selection of an all-Etas tern college foct
ball eleven, to be composed of ho bect
men In each position as t'.icy manifested
their abilities throughout the season. Is
not easy this year. Yalti's champion
eleven, Judged by the gSRM it Shi ived
agidnst Columbia, was 1 fine xomplc of
an Eastern team trained in western
methods All the vim and dash .1' 1 in
rapid, wide-open gam.- -f tin- West were
there But, on the other hand. !t was
not in eldence when Vale v.. is playing
Princeton and Harvard P u ti--ular!y
true was this In the Harvard jgame. Yale
suddenly realized that the light. wld
swing and free attack would not pti . i . 1 . -
results and deserted its false gods and
turntd to the heavy attack of Other days.
It is things like this which makes the
selection of an all-Eastern eleven so dldi j
cult, it is this very unevenness of play
ing which has made football hi fact the
sporting puzzle of the year. Neverthi - '
less, the following Is suggested as a good
a II-Eastern team;
Suggestion for Team.
Pesltlons. Name. College.
IWt end ;io8e Psj-tmeiith
I.'-ft trickle Rrlll Harvar.l i
Left Ruard Maxwell ... BWarthmors
ntr Torrey .. ..Pennsylvania
RlKht guard.... Tripp Yala ,
; Right takle I-amon Pennsylvania
Rhtht end Shevlln Tale I
; Quarterback Hutchinson air
I I -ft hoin-.prk iShebl .. ..Pennsylvania
1 Hlnht hnlfbsrk . Room Yale
Fullback Runge Colgate j
Michigan. Wisconsin and Chicago iir"
the oniy teams considered by a majority
of Western football critics In picking an
1 all-Western lven The eleven Is about
evenly divided between the three uni- 1
vrsltles that ranked one, two. three in '
1 h Western championship. Walter Eck-
erasail, the star quarterback of the I'ni- j
verslty of Chicago 1 considered a place
by every one Michigan and Wisconsin
get the halfbacks and Chicago the full
back Following Is believed to bo the
best possible selection:
Srhultz center Michigan
. Donovan guard Wisconsin
i Schultz guard Michigan
, ttertke tackle Wisconsin
'urtls tackle Michigan
'Rtlln end Chicago -
Thomas enl Purdue
Bckenall qunrterback Chicago
I Tcm Hammond .. hnlfbarlc Michigan ,
; Hiridloy halfback .Wisconsin
Btzdek fullback Chlcag)
Dave Fultz Will Begin the Practice of
Tribune Spclal Sporting Service.
NEW YORK. Dec. 1G. Dave Fultz. cen
ter fielder of the New York Americans. '
hai returned to NSW York and announced
that he hns resumed the practice of law.
Fultz hns entirely recovered from the 1
Injuries r, suiting from his collision with '
Elberfeld Just before the close of the
season at American League park. Since
the baseball season close'd he has been
acting as an Official nt the big football
-. mi and visiting his parents at Pa oil,
Pa. He probably will never play profes
sional ball again.
Back to Nature.
"Jones went to Maine to get back to ,
"Did he?"
" Y' he got shot by mistake for a deer 1
and he Is now burled." Town Topics. i
John D. Rockefeller Is Reputed
to Have Paid Immense
Sum for Pets.
Trlbun Spcim Pporting Service.
NEW YORK, Dec. lfi.-.Iohn D Rocke
feller Is going In for Scottish terriers,
and. according to the. latest advices from
London, he has purchased three of a fa
mous line from Mr. Colin Young, the
well-known breeder, for Oi guineas That
Is a. round sum to pay for Scots, and In
dli iteS how readily the American gen
tleman gives up to the foreign breeder for
what he wants.
Americans Best Customers.
The best customers today of the English
fanciers in all breeds are the Americans,
who frequently send special envoys across
th water to secure the best the market
can supply But after all. some of the
American breed of Scottish terriers 1 :m
not be beaten anywhere Why not pat
ronize the home market0
Death of Noted Fancier.
Mr? Jonas Foster, the "patron s.ilnf
of the Yorkshire terrier, died recently In
Bradford, England For thirty years she
has he-en winning championships with her
favorites, and no name Is more closuly
Identltled with the beautiful little York
shire. On many an occasion one of her
Yorkshires took the prize as ' the best
dog in the show." and It afforded much
amusement to the spectators to see her
!: I -Bound bantam " Ted" win out against
a e'nt St. Bernard or Great Dane forty
times his weight Ted always seemed to
know when he captured the show cham
pionship and strutted about like a king
among his subjects
Valet Is Needed.
Yorkshires arc very popular In this
country, but they need sin h a deal of
combing und brushing that a maid or
valet Is an absolute necessity to their
i.'ji'il appi arance.
More Prizes Than Ever BefoiW
Are Offered to Fencing I?
Tribune Special Sporting Service
NEW YORK, Dec. K,-More cups, mfl I
competitions, and greater Interest 1 g
among the favorable prospects In fel 5
Ing this season. Not only in New Ya !
but In Philadelphia. Boston. WashlnsM
and Chicago. Is this keener Interes
the gentle art of swordsmanship beff
The New York Tumvereln. alwaysWi
great headquarters for fencers has!
larger number of would-be corripetltat'
than ever before. John Allaire, 'one 1
the Turnverein veterans and an si
champion, expects to put a strong tesj '
of follsmen In the field this season sW.
the Germans will be seen In all of theW
I TJ?1" u. ,th '"rrHl ' Tn" Kenceiw
I (1"b, which still retains Its rooms In tS
Windsor Arcade, hns commenced the scS
I son with Indications of creater encimfl
than has characterized It for some se3M
sons. Til
ri'he withdrawal of the old lnstmeB''
Prof Yauthler to West Point last saso
led to the necessity of securing a TUfLl
maltro d'arms, and Fref Bnm Buissjii
of Paris has recently been engaged, la pi
I he has alread obtained a number of m S
pupils. Prof. Martin Capdevllle rcmai 5
as assistant at the club.
The fact that the New York Athls 'u
club now holds two of the national cha) f
; ploships. Charles G. Bothner with t :
foils and K B. Johnson with the salx
will nuke fencing very' active there t I
- .1. f..r it is the ambition of the Cl (
to capture nil of the three champlonshl I
If possibles next seasori. ,
One ,,f tl-,'- new tronhles that will k
cmpetfd for for the first time (his St (
Eon will he the Saltus cup. This trod fc
was given a short (Imp ago to the Arm
teur Feneers League of America by
Sanford Saltus of thi? city for a dtM
lr.g sword team ehamplonshlp contfl
The Initial competition for this cup wf
be held on April H at the Fencers' dM
There has been a growing In teres tJ
duelling swords for the past two season1
and the best men In th country' are sta
to bo seen In the Saltus cup contest. :9w
A new trophy for tam championsfl
with foils has been offered this year B
the Amateur Fencers' league. The mail
tor this cup will be held February ITS)
the Fenrera' club
Over twenty club and champlonstnV
events have been prepared by the Ami
teur Fencers' league, Chicago for th..
first time being actively 1 : presented t L
the series of league events. In this eltjl.
; tho largest number of league ,-rnts wf
be held at the New York Athletic clut
Five events have been assigned to !
clubs, being: f
.Innuary Team competition with foib
sabers and dueling swords for the FjB
cers" club.
Januarv 23 Junior championship WH
Februarv 24 Junior championship, opet:
with foils' mm
March (dite to be selected) TntercolScj
giate championship
'April 27-25 Finals for national chaB
plonshlp. It
Three leapije e, er.ts will be held In WO
rooms 'if the Fen, ers' club. Besides
two alreadv mentioned, tin- other wilW
on Morch 1" an invlt.ttlon contest Vj
junior lean - with foils. The winners WM
receive medals offered by J Sanford SaJE
I tiu. Th-- preliminary competition for -Wt
nal championships will be held .Mj
the Fencers' club arly April
rllvlslon holds the predmlnarj' boutsM
! its own territory and thus- who qualW
Will then meet in this city on AprlMH
Down the Steep Incline When a Hide:- Forgets Himself for a Moment and Fails to Take the Curve Properly.

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