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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 10, 1913, Image 8

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Ritchie and Cross Mix Tonight
Campi Makes Mistake.
West Is Much Farther Advanced in
New Football.
At 3 o'cloclf this, afternoon (New
York time) Leach Cross and Willie
Ritchie were well men, in full pos
session of their regular number of
competent arms and legs and ribs.
They are billed to settle their long
delayed fight at Madison Square Gar
den tonight, and unless one or the
other is maimed while traveling to
the ring in his limousine they will
Cross is by no means an outside
chance in this battle. He is ajlne
little fighting machine and is familiar
with the Ritchie method of boxing.
There is no question of his punching
ability, if he can land.
The title will not change hands
unless Ritchie is knocked out. Cham
pionships are not decided in ten
round no-decision bouts. But if Cross
makes a proper showing a. long-distance
mill on the Pacific coast Is a
Eddie Campi and his backers are
apparently very dense persons,. They
haven't learned their lesson. There is
talk of matching Campi again with
Kid Williams, the Baltimore bantam,
and the coast man is said to be will
ing. Campi and Williams met before,
and Campi was a long time recover
ing from the effects of that tangle.
His fight against Benny Chavez last
week was his first Tiigh-class piece of
work since. He simply wasn't ready
for Williams didn't have the
strength or cleverness.
And he isn't ready now. Williams
will whip him, though the battle may
be tougher. The match shouldn't be
arranged . Campi is too good a piece
of fighting machinery to be spoiled.
And that is just what another licking
from Williams is liable to do.
If any gent can clear up the 1913
football tangle he will be qualified to
help Chief of Police Gleason do
something besides making morning
and afternoon announcements that
the town will be cleaned up.
There is no way out and no process
of elimination by which a real cham
pion can be named. The new foot
ball, snapped up by the smaller col
leges, has wiped out the old class
lines. The Big Nine and Big Fpur are
Apparently the bigger fellows be
lieved they coulct win on the strength
of tradition. They were wrong. They
quickly discovered that the smaller
elevens, armed with a bag full of
trick plays made possible under the
new rules, were not at all dismayed
by the name of Yale, Princeton, Wis
consin or Michigan on a banner
flaunted in their faces.
Just as some of the smaller elevens
in the West have been quicker than
their neighbors to adopt the new
game, so have the larger Western
teams advanced farther than the
Harvard, Princeton and Yale have
merely experimented with the for
ward pass. Their attempts to pull off
the play usually result in failure. Col
gate, which caused a sensation by
walloping Yale, seldom used the long
toss. They won on straight football.
Michigan has played Syracuse and
Cornell so far. The new game pre
vailed over the old. Yost has still to
play Penn, which has made some ad
vances along progressive lines.
Notre Dame walloped both the.
Army and Penn State, both victories
being largely due to the smooth way
the Catholics executed trick plays.
Stagg has not used the forward
pass much so far. Neither has Wis
consin. Minnesota tries it frequently,

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