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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 01, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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By Mark Shields
Nbthing now stands between a
suffering public and. a flood of Ail
American football teajns. The grid
season came to a close yesterday,
and the paper teams are now due.
Various experts will compose various
teams, and no one will be satisfied.
There were so many unusual
backfield men during the 1916 sea
son that picking four who excell all
others is impossible. Pollard, Casey,
Horween, Oliphant, Vidal, Macomber,
Wyman, Hariey, DriscolL LeGore,
Gilroy, Cofall, Berry, Shiverick,
Maultbesch, McCreight, Hastings,
De Hart and Tibbott are a few men
who would be good enough for any
eleven. They come from east and
west, and do not begin to complete
the list of firstclass backs.
Pollard may be pushed aside be
cause Brown was beaten by Colgate
yesterday. The result.was a big up
set Colgate was given a good
chance to win, but no one expected
the. Brown people to go scoreless..
The game was played on a wet field,
which hampered the light and speedy
Brunonian backs.
Joe Stecher proved himself the
best of present-day wrestlers when
' he flopped Charlie Cutler twice with
ridiculous ease at the Coliseum last
night The big Nebraskan used his
deadly scissors hold for each fall,
combining it with a half nelson. -
The first fall came in 27 minutes
and four seconds, and Cutler conced
ed the second in 7 minutes and 24
seconds. Cutler was severely punish
ed by the pressure Stetcher exerted
for the second fall, and three times
tried to call the referee's attention
to the fact he'was ready to give up.
Stecher had him clamped so tight
ly with his powerful legs that Charlie
could barely whisper. The referee did
not hear him, and Stecher himself
finally told the referee "Cutler was
ready to give up, saving the local
man further agony.
Cutler isthe only man, with the
possible exception of Frank Gotch,
conceded a chance with Stecher. He
is a veteran of the mat, knows the
tricks of the game and possesses
enormous strength and fine courage.
But, f,or all these qualities availed
him against Stecher, he might have
been af novice taking his first
wrestling lesson. Stecher was his
master, and no further bout between
the two is necessary to prove it. The
preliminaries were good and the
crowd really got its money's worth.
Now that the football season is
out of the way, tte fire will blaze up
in the hot stove ball league and
dreams of assorted hues will be
turned loose by various and sundry
gents with access to the fans through
the public prints.
The Harrison law against dope
selling should be invoked to stop
some of the pop-eyed dreams that
are sure to be passed out.
A strenuous effort is being made
to arouse interest in talk of a third
league. There is no Fed war, as
there was the past two winters, andv
the stove must be kept warm.. So
far -the third league hasn't made
much of an impression. It is too
impossible, in its dream state, for
even the niost gullible .
Qnly aeroplanes could transport
the players from some of the towns
named in the proposed circuit in
time to fill engagements.
Talk of a strike of the noble ath
letes is also being agitated. It is to
hit the Class AA and A leagues, and
the majors are counted on for a sym
pathetic walkout Just how far
fetched this idea is proved from the
past, when strikes and uprisings of
players were never successful when
the men themselves led the fight
The stars are out for the coin and a

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