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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
PAT PAGE TAKES A LEAF FROM
PXERCY HAUGHTON'S BOOK
By Mark Shields
The football game between M.
Stagg's Maroons and Minnesota on
the Midway Saturday is being well,
advertised and we are told that "only
,4,000 seats remain, these being in the
temporary stands and boxes to be
erected before the game.
Grads of the two schools are nat
urally interested in the affair, but it
sounds, very much like a battle be
tween the old Cub machine and Connie-
Mack's present aggregation. The
interest of the outsider centers on'
how good the better team is.
Rain has hampered practice of the
Maroons and Stagg has been fqrced
to ease off in training his players.
The Chicago line-up will probably be
the same that started the Illinois
game, and Minnesota will have the
best eleven it has sent to the gridiron
All of which makes it a question of
how small a score the Gophers can
be held to.
Pat Page, assistant coach of tha
Maroons, has evidently been reading
of Percy Haughton. Pat is out with
a statement pooh-poohing the claims
of Northwestern and. Ohio to the
Conference title. He says the Purple
can thank -Coach Stagg for its pres
tige, because Stagg looked on the
early game with Northwestern mere
ly as a practice affair and was pre
paring -for the big games of the
schedule. Northwestern,' -on the
other hand, says Pat, was putting
everything into that game.
This line of argument is extremely
popular among football . coaches
whose teams have been whipped by a
smaller opponent In no other line
of sport does it go. Bill Carrigan of
the Red Sox would be laughed at II
he attempted to explain away in such
a manner a licking at the hands of
the Mackmen which would deprive
him of a championship.
Maybe Pat will also refer to the
game with Wisconsin as a "practice"
affair. Carleton was also a "prac
tice" game. And gosh! Look at the
swell "practice." game the Maroons
are going to have with th6 Gophers
day after tomorrow.
Pat wants Saturday's game called
a championship affair for Minnesota.
Press agented thus, it might mean
a larger crowd. But hefis talking
considerably to the "Haughton" and
it doesn't set well.
Maybe Minnesota would beat Ohio
and Northwestern. Maybe. But it
is the fault of neither team that it is
not on the Gopher schedule. North
western beat the Maroons, who beat
Illinois, who beat Minnesota. Ohio
beat Wisconsin, which beat Chicago,
which beat Illinois, which Minnesota.
On the comparative game basis,
which is the way Conference titles
have been awarded in the - past,
when the so-called "big" teams were
. concerned, Saturday's scrap between
Northwestern and Ohio is for the
Some of the "big" fellows can't
realize that the smaller fry are grow
Coach Murphy of Northwestern
doesn't, like the rain. It hampers
him in preparing his fleet backfield
for its crucial-test against Ohio Sat
urday. Speed is -the jgreatest asset
of the Evanstbn athletes, and a wet,
slow field at Columbus will be
Formations are being taught the
Purple warriors through blackboard
-talks. At least, Murphy will not
have to worry about the condition of
his men, for none of them can be
hurt in scrimmage practice between
now and Saturday.
Harvard and Yale have finished
field work for their game Saturday
and the coaches are now spending
their time telling the-noble athletee