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WINTER SPORTING DOPE FROM EVERYWHERE
McFarland-BritEon Go Fine Financial
Rain May Affect Scores of the Big
Since the managers of Packey Mc
Farland and Jack Britton. got to
gether and, in an unguarded moment,
matched their men to meet in a Mil
waukee ring, we may expect all sorts
of stories regarding the impending
clash. The bill must be well press
agented, and Emil Thiry and Dan
Morgan are artists at spreading the
The latest yarn is that father pro
moters regard the tussle with sus
picion. They point out that Thiry
and Morgan could not get together
on the weight question, and then
failed to agree on a cut of the gate
receipts. The haste with which arti
cles were signed as soon as the two
managers met in. New York is held up
as a questionable proceeding.
It is argued that Britton has lost
prestige since being licked by Mc
Farland, and that he figures a draw
with Packey will regain for him his
lost ground. So, argue these dream
ers, Thiry, rather than let the money
that the fight will surely draw escape,
will instruct his man to work under
In consideration of this Britton
agreed to sign at catch weights and
allow McFarland to take the lion's
share of the gate.
Which is the veriest bunk, from
where we sit. McFarland can lick
Britton sitting in an arm chair, and
everybody knows it, no matter what
the outcome of the next battle may
be. And Britton's share of the com
will not be small. It will be worth
taking a licking for.
Britton, by a victory, would not
gain prestige as a lightweight, as
he is too heavy for the division. He
declines to fight the middle or wel
ters. He and McFarland are in a di
vision all by themselves.
Wipe off the dope sheet and be pre
pared for anything in this afternoon's
two big football games, Chicago vs.
Wisconsin and Harvard vs. Yale.
The heavy downpour which started
here this morning has upset the cal
culations of Maroon adherents, who
counted heavily on the dashing runs
of Gray, Norgren and Russell to
smash the oval down the field and
over the Badger goal line with pleas
Stagg Field will be heavy, and the
fast footwork of the trio of Maroon
scorers will be greatly checked.
There will also be a handicap im
posed on the kicking of Norgren and
Russell. With a wet ball, bound to
increase in weight, the Maroon quar
ter will find it difficult to boot the
leather over the cross bars on a drop
kick, and the distance of Norgren's
punts will be cut down.
One satisfaction is gained from the
fact that the heavy ball will also
prove a burden to Quarterback Bel
lows of Wisconsin, touted as a grand
punter and a better drop-kicker than
So far as the heavy field will affect
the speed of the two elevens as a
whole, considered from a standpoint
of weight, there will be little to
choose. Both teams average a trifle
over 176 pounds. Chicago's backfield
outweighs the Badgers two pounds
to the man.
But the Badgers rely on line-piercing
and smashing cross bucks more
than spectacular open-field work.
The muck will not prove as great a
drawback to this style of play as the
Maroon end swings.
Chicago remains the favorite, how
ever, though the score will be smaller
than on a dry field.
Weather conditions in Cambridge
were reported to be unfavorable this