THURSDAY, DECEMBER tl, 19W BLYTHBTTLLI (AMI.Y COtmiCT NBW1 PAGE MINI IN PASSING. PLEASE NOTE THt OCCAM Of EVSKY ATHLETB. TO CALL IT QUIT'S O/V TOP KSACH //V OTTO GRAHAM NOW TO ii',1 COMPLETE THE PSO CHAMPtOt&ilP .DUEL. . RAvt-6, Ui4 PlfJALS A •STILL THE LEADING- Pro Title Song Not New-Stop Old Otto By JIMMY BRES1.IN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YOR K— (NEA) — It's an old thing for Otto Graham, this business of playing in | a game for the championship of professional football. Automatic Otto, as the remarkable j Cleveland Browns quarterback is called, has been the big item in the last five National Foot-1 ball League championship games, .. Of COUH-fiE, THAT 1 *- fJO OF A VETEBAM ne MM* i-tAvs //v n NORM l' It you rush Otto, get his throwing ! a touch oft its usual feathery, straight-to-the-target style, you have a solid chance to beat the Browns. The situation is unchanged this season, as the Los Angeles Rams and the Browns meet for the league championship, Dec. 26, at Memorial Coliseum. Los Angeles. Otto is 34 now, and it's "positively" his last season. But he's still the man to beat. This is the sixth time the Browns have been in the big one. And it is the third time they've faced the Rams. In 1950, Lou Oro- za's toe was the difference in Cleveland's 30-28 victory. The next season, the Rams turned back Cleveland, 24-17. Since then, the Browns have tangled with the Detroit Lions three times, losing two in a row until they broke out with a 56-10 runaway last season. It appears, then, that there is nothing really new to say about the Browns and the Rams in a playoff game. That is, until you get to a fellow by the name of Sid Glllman. This is Gillman's first year a professional football coach, and he made it a good one with Los Angeles. Brought up after a couple of big years at Cincinnati, Gillman applied a thorough and painstaking touch to the Business of running 33 huge and mobile guys who play football for a living. His efforts resulted in a consistent performance by the Rams. They never lost two in a row and always came back strong after a loss: On Oct. 30, for evample. they were bfaten by the Chicago Bears, 31-20. The next week, the Rams defeated San Francisco and were back stride. It was that way from the start. • » * He got plenty of mileage out of Ronnie Waller, the rookie halfback from Maryland. Then there is Norm i Van Brocklin, the sixth best passer in the league'and the best punter. Tommy Pears, the sure-handed veteran end, was fifth in receiving. And Tank Younger came along hard at the end. There is a touch of newness, too, to the Browns' style. Paul Brown's club used to give you an overdose of Graham's tosses. As an offshoot of the passing game, big Marion Motley would £0 up the middle on a trap play. But Otto's automatic tosses and Lou Groza's fleld goal kicking were the mam weapons. But this season Brown has gone to the ground. He turned Curly Morrison, the ex-Ohio Stater, from a fullback to a halfback. And Morrison, who was 25th in rushing a year ago, picked up 824 yards this season to rank third. Ed Modzelow- ski, obtained from Pittsburgh iu a typical Brown trade, busted through for 619 yards from the fullback spot. Even Graham began to carry the ball more often, legging it 69 times. If a winner had to be picked, you'd have to go with Graham and the Browns. Otto's most valuable asset is his absolute refusal to fius- ler under fire. You get an idea ot this when you note that the Browns failed to place a single pass reoaiver among the league's top 10. Under >aul Brown's pass patterns, five eceivevs move downfteld. It's up to Otto to pick the right one. He has o steady favorite. He takes his ime and gets the ri<4ht man. A national television audience, plus an expected 100.000 in-the- stands fans will see the game. It figures to mean close to $3,000 per man for the winners. With that kind of money, they'll play a notch better than for keeps. Freeman, wit/i 37.2 Average, Top Scorer NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Freeman, a 5-11 sharpshooter for Ohio Slate, gained considerable ground over Darrell Floyd of Furman in two games last week as the two paced the nation's major college basketball scoring leaders. ———+ In games through Dec. 11, th» NCAA Service Bureau reported Freeman outscored Floyd by N points. Freeman averaged 37.2 points, with 186 points in five game*, whll* Floyd's average was 31.4 on 1ST points in five contests. Freeman's biggest output was 40 polnta atTainst Oklahoma, the '.bird tlmt he had scored 40 or more In a game. George Washington's Jw Petcft- Record Crowd Expected For Pro Playoff LOS ANGELES (,'l'i— Officials o! the National Football League set up shop today and it's a safe bet one of the first matters to intrigue them is the condition of the treasury for , Monday's title fame between tlv I defeiuUni College Basketball Past Cotton Bowl Statistics About Even By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Kentucky Tournament Dayton 89. Kentucky 74 (championship) Minnesota 90. Utah 77 (third) Charlotte Carrousel Classic Wake Forest 98, Clemson 79 •(championship) Colgate 87 Tennessee 83 (third > Miss State 79, Florida State 71 (overtime. 5th) , Boston Untv 87 Davidson 69 (7th) Other Games East Seton Hall 61. Colby 54 South • N. C. State 95, Brigham oung 81 Midwest • Michigan State 84, Notre Dame 78 (overtime) Kansas 62, Southern Methodist 58 Vanderbilt 66, Nebraska 48 Louisville 84. Mnrquette 68 Washington (St. Louis) 75, Idaho 62 Cincinnati 87, Depaul 58 Phillips Oilers 82, Arkansas 58 Kansas Wesleyn- 98, Phillips Univ 75 Southwest Rice 82, Auburn 80 (two over"times) Houston 86. Kansas State 79 •• Memphis State 98, Arizona 92 (overtime) Far West Stanford 56. Dartmouth 55 Michigan 81, Oregon 71 ..Southern California J4, Santa Clara 49 Oregon suite 63, Northwestern .61 Denver 65, To.Va State 62 DALLAS r- If the statistical history of nineteen prior Cotton Bowl games means a thing, TCU and Ole Miss will have a dingdong battle here on January 2. For the team averages over 19 Cotton Bowl games show that things have just about evened out over the years between hosts and visiting teams. And TCU and Mississippi — champions of their respective conferences and each with 9-1 records— have the 1955 background to make the statistics come true. Since 1936, there's been a dif- ference of only 1.7 points between the average score of the host and visiting team, despite an average of four touchdowns; per game. The home club has "won", 15.3 to 13.6, over the years. SW Tops Passing; First downs are all even in the averages, and the visitors have a rushing edge of 180 yards to 168. But the Southwest Conference, hosts here for 17 of 19 games and the automatic home team since 1941, move than offsets this deficit with its traditional passing advantage. SWC teams have a 100- yard pass gain average in the 19 games off the throwing talent of such stars as Sam Baugh, Bobby Layne. Tobin Rote and Doak Walker. The even-steven statistics show up in pass interceptions (one each per game), in punts (36.5 yards lor the hosts against 36.7), and penalties i31 yards for the home team and 40 for the visitors). For all of this, the host has won 10 games of the 19, with six losses and three ties. And statistics even predict good weather for the Cotton Bowl game — nine have been played in ideal weather, seven under clear but cold conditions and only three game days have been disagreeable. Free-Scoring Tilt Seen And if 1955 statistics are an accurate measure, the twentieth Cotton Bowl renewal will see TCU take a islght edge in first downs and in rushing gains, while Mississippi has the advantage in passing and kicking. Fumbles and penalties will be even. The score: TCU has averaged 29 points per game this year and Mississippi has averaged 25. So. if statistics and football history mean a thing, the game in Dallas will be crowded with a free-scoring but tightly - fought action on January 2. Too, statistics may not mean a thing, but the form predicts another thriller in the list of exciting Cotton Bowl classics. Indians W/n Defensive Honors in American California 64, (tempe) 59 Arizona State NEW YORK lf> — The Cleveland Indians last season ended the three • year reign of the Chicago White Sox as the American League's top de-j tensive team. I The Indians fielded .9814 to Chi-; cago's .9813, the official averages showed yesterday. Cleveland committed 108 errors and the White Sox HI. The Indians also had three individual leaders — shortstop George Strickland, outfielder Gene Woodling and catcher Jim Hegan. Strickland fielded .976 and Hegan .997. Woodling, with .99S2, just managed to beat out Mickey Man- He of New York with .9948 and Jim Deisms of Detroit with .9945. The other leaders were; first base Chicago. 9763 and pitcher—Johnny. Schmitz, Washington, 1.000 on 4» York. .985: third base—George Kell, I chances. Pro Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Philadelphia 96, Rochester 92 vieh, successful on 22 of 30 field ?oal attempts during the week, replaced Angelo Lombardo at Manhattan as leader in field goal la's champion C 1 e v ela ndl curacy with .630 per cent, and the Rams of Los An- Best free throw mark Is .926 p»r I cent by Vic Molodet of North 0»r- olina State, who has missed only 'our in 54 attempts. In team scoring, Morehead Mat* (Ky.) has an average of 99.5 point* per game. ] Dartmouth has supplanted Sam f ,, arlc j sco in team defense, yleld- ing 48 ^ p om t s pe r gam«. . Browns geles. Daniel P. Reeves, chief owner oi the Rams, could give them sood news. Advance sale for the nationally televised struggle is the highest in the club's history. The mark .is 58.346 persons established when the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears met in the Polo Grounds in 1346. Cleveland and the Rams approached this in their championship game here in 1951, when at- tendance was 57,523. If good weather continue* to* prevails at kickoff time at I p.m.. CST, both marks should be nnuh- ed. All 12 of the St. John's University basketball squad come from New York City. —Norm Zauchin. Boston, 9951; Sec-; ond base — Gil McDougald, New : Boyd Continues Climb In Middleweight Class ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bobby Byrcl, with six straight boxing victories, stayed on his road up the middleweight ladder today after getting past Italo Scortichini's troublesome crouching style. ; The lanky Chicago fighter turned I in the division . .. . .Louis Arena last night. . Referee Jim Parker gave the hout to Boyd 53-47 while Judges | .... . _ Fred Connell and Howard Hess, r10||Qftd T6OMS both scored it 54-46. The Associated j -Press had Boyd on top S5-45. j Win find Boyd lost the seventh round on: "inwiiw .1 low 'blow. He weighed 159 to Scortichini's 154':,. Boyd, who moves about the ring , easily with his height, was bothered by the Italian fighter's squatting style. "He can make any good fighter look bad," complained James DiVito. Boyd's comanager. DiVito said he'd never seen a 'boxer fight from so low a crouch •nd said Boyd was instructed to just stay in and punch. "You c.an't knock out a man who's in there just to keep from getting kayoed." • Who will be Boyd's next opponent? DiVito said he would like him to have a shot at the winner of tha Eduardo Laussft-Milo Savage light Jan. 6. Boyd is ranked ninth HOLLAND — The Holland Lions split a twin bill with Hornersvule here Tuesday night. Holland won the boys' game 61-45 and Hornersville took the girls' game 72-49. BOYS' GAME Holland Pos. Hornersville Kenley 17 F Sullivan Smith 8 F F. Fletcher 25 James 14 C Pierce 6 Waldrop 4 G .... Dubar 10 Jackson 12 — G Banners 2 Substitutes: Holland — Canada 2, Lorren 2, Channell 2, Kilbourn, Fowler, Martin, Balderas, Henry and Bridges. Hornersville — Parson 2, Eisenhaur, Miller «nd Vance. 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