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PAGE SIX BLTTHBflLLl (AUK.)' COURIER HEWS MONDAY, NOVEMBER w, wot Game Lived Thrived Even with One-Platoon By ED CORRIGAN ' NEW YORK (AP) — There was nothing but memories of college football, 1953 version, today and despite the dark warnings of most of the coaches, the game was still in a healthy state. ALL-AMERICA WAY Before the start of the season, the overwhelming majority of the mentors viewed the return to one- platoon rule with alarm—even despair. But the teams that everyone thought would stay on top stayed there and the teams that showed nothing before the campaign did just as expected. In fact, a Quick look at the four major New Year's Day bowls will attest to the lack of form reversal. Here's how they line up: Rose—Michigan State vs. UCLA. Orange •— Maryland vs. Okla- j homa. Cotton—Rice vs. Alabama. Sugar—Georgia Tech vs. Wesi Virginia. Spartans Favored Michigan State, in its freshman year in the Big Ten, was the favorite. True, it had its 28.game winning streak broken, but that was caused more by the law of averages than any changes in the rules. It finished in a tie with Illinois for the championship, but was voted the bowl bid by the athletic direc- rs. UCLA was the raoice to win the SMU to be Gunning For Win Over Irish DALLAS (AP) — It would -be an upset if Southern Methodist beat Notre Dame but more far-fetched things have happened in football, Woody Woodard, coach of Southern -- Methodist, said today as he opened the final week of training leading to a clash with the Irish at South Bend, Ind. "I always think we have chance to beat anybody," Woodard declared, "And we'll be going up there with the idea of winning the ball game. Our record this season hasn't been up to expectations hu we really were overrated in early season. But my boys never have let down and I think they have done well." He admitted, however, that for some reason the SMU team never had been "fired up" for any game this season. Maybe they will be for Notre Dame, he mused. Past records indicate the Methodists always have reached that state when they play the Irish. Four times Notre Dame and SMU have met on the gridiron and some of the best teams the Irish ever had couldn't score a convincing victory. In 1930—when Knute Rockne had an undefeated, untied team .at Notre Dame—the Irish managed to win 20-14 over a fair SMU eleven. In 1939 Notre Dame came through 20-19. In 1949 when SMU was far from being a powerhouse, 19 Finish Perfect Years , NEW YORK W)—Nineteen colleges went through their 1953 football schedules undeaten and untied, but No. 1 ranked Maryland was the only major school to accomplish the leat. Two of the 19-PralrIe View of Texas and Florida A & M meet in the Orange Blossom Bowl at Miami Saturday. And another, Iowa Wes- lyan, lost in the Corn Bowl to Western Illinois State last Thursday after completing its regular schedule With nine victories. the Irish had to score In the final minutes and stop an SMU drive on the four to eke through 27-20. Notre Dame was national champion that year. And in 1951 a Southern Methodist team that won only three games all season whipped the Irish on their home lot 27-20. SMU this year has a similar record. It has won five and lost four. Woodard said Notre Dame was going to be the "toughest team we've played this year." He ought to know—he has scouted Notre Dame five times. Notre Dame has returned the compliment. Scout Scolds Tense Batters Pacific Coast Conference title and win it did although it experienced some anxious moments. Maryland was the favorite in the Atlantic Coast Conference as was Oklahoma in the Big Seven. Rice was one of the better teams in the Southwest loop according to pre-season reports and Alabama was tabbed as one of the top teams in the South. Tech Dominant Georgia Tech saw its 31-game defeatless skein go by the boards, at the hands of Notre Dame, but it still was a dominant power, and West Virginia was rated the Southern Conference top-notcher. Notre Dame was rated No. 1 team in the country in the Associated Press preseason poll and stayed right there until tied by 'owa a week ago. Nor was that •eversal the result of the switch o one-platoon. Notre Dame, in act. was in a better position than most schools because many of its players, including backfield ace 'ohnny Lattner, performed on both tffense and defense last year. No Troubles So the coaches' imagined trou- iles never did materialize. Gener- lly, they were wary to try pass 'lays and about one-fifth less pass- ng was seen this season. After all the confusion revolving around the bowls, the Orange Bowl seems to have come up with the game of the day in Maryland, the only major undefeated and untied team in the country and Oklahoma, defeated by Notre Darne. Coach Jim Tatum of Maryland watched the Sooners go through their last workout at the expense of the Oklahoma Aggies Saturday 42-7 and was impressed to say the least. "Thank goodness we have a month to prepare for the Sooners," he said. "I hope we can hold up our end of the bargain." But Oklahoma Coach Bud Wilkinson was just as pessimistic. "Tatum says he has the finest team he ever coached," he brooded. Texas Bows Out The Cotton Bowl opponents were moment. Rice finished in a tie with Texas for the Southwest Conference title On a, rollout pa run almost on line o? mmac/s, forcing halfback, id behind him' SW Stati Longhorns bowed out because the by beating: Baylor 41-19, but the Owls had beaten them earlier in the year; Alabama got the bid Saturday night by virtue of winning the Southeastern Conference title by beating Auburn 10-7, while Missis- ST. LOUIS—Joe Monohan, scout , . . ,,, for the St. Louis Cardinals, claims ™L de ,^tl d ." n " 1 th ? l that many players today are too tense when*batting. They aren't relaxed. 'The whole thing lies in relaxa- ,ion," says the Red Bird scout. 'During a pepper session before :ame, batters usually have a nice, comfortable stance. They're loose and relaxed. They're hitting the >all, not merely swinging at it. "But when the game starts the tme batters flex their muscles, get death grip on the bat and try to flatten the ball. Usually they mas- ;age the atmosphere only." Monohan believes that players should apply the basic principle of pepper sessions to game situations. He asserts that no one can hit a ball properly when tense. "Look at Stan Musial and Red Schoendienst," says the scout. "They are good examples of proper relaxation while hitting. Also look at their batting averages for the results." , sippi State was tlelng Mississippi 7-7. Army concluded its season with a 20-7 victory over Navy Saturday —its first victory over the Middles in four years. Georgia Tech turned back Georgia 28-12, Duke defeated North Carolina .35-20, Louisiana State outscored Tulane 32-13, Texas Christian was: a 13-0 victor over Southern Methodist, Tennessee clubbed VanderbiH 33-6, Vllltmova upset Fordham 20-13 and Boston College :dged Holy Cross 6-0 in other major games. DALLAS (AP) — Lamar McHan, Arkansas' terrific tailback, came nearer dominating Southwest Conference football statistics than any player in history. The brilliant blond led in passing, 'f. total offense, punting and punt returns. About the only thing Uat escaped him was rushing and he was seventh in that. j 52 Percent ! McHan accounted for 1,516 yards In total offense, 403 of it on the] ground and 1,107 in the % air. His | passing was tops by 15 yards over; Francis Davidson or Baylor, who j gained 1,092 in 74 completions in i 156 attempts. j McHan threw 150 passes and completed 78 among the "regulars" had th ehignest percentage — .520. McHan's total offense, gained in 293 plays, was almost 400 yards] A. State, Memphis Stare and Others MEMPHIS W>—The outline of a new athletic conference was drawn last night by officials of Arkansas State, North Texas State, Mississippi Southern and Memphis State. Actual formation of the confere- Sports Round-up Report on Japanese Baseball By CAYLE TALBOT NEW YORK (AP) — The thing which impressed the New York Giants most about Japanese baseball was the impassive silence of the vast crowds which turned out to witness their recent 14-game exhibition tour of the island kingdom. Accustomed to the normal commotion in their home parks, the tourists found the quiet downright spooky at first. Horace Stoneham, the club pres-1 Stoneham and his manager Leo ident, says it had him slightly Durocher liked what they saw of rattled too until he got to the bot-1 four Japanese players—three pitch- torn of this strange characteristic ers and an inficlder—and Intend of the Japanese fan. He was be- to try them out in their farm sys- ginning to wonder whether his ath- tern next season. They have ar- letes were popular. The System "So I asked them about it and they told me," Stoneham said. "It seems they don't do any yelling unless their team is ahead or at least tied. Up to that time our boys had been going ahead right at the start, they explained, so there was no chance to yell. Later on we found they could make as much noise as anybody—maybe more. They're really nuts about the game." How else does the Japanese brand of ball differ from our own? Well, Stoneham recalled, there was the matter of their pitchers warming up after they had been knocked out of the box. The insolvent slinger always went over to the bullpen and tossed a few before continuing to the showers. This really had the Giants winging. The Custom "There was an answer to that one too," Stoneham said. "The pitcher Is only showing his fans that his arm isn't hurt and that he'll be ready to go again when they need him. The custom started because they misunderstood something they saw many years ago when one of the first American teams was over there. "An American pitcher didn't warm up enough before the game ind as a result he got knocked )ut in a hurry. He was disgusted, so he went down to the bullpen ind threw for a while just to give nis arm a good workout. Their Ditchers have been imitating him svcr since. The crowds expect It, ind there's nothing wrong with it, lit that." i ranged to buy their contracts from the Japanese clubs, same as though they belonged to American teams. As a group, the Giants say, Japanese pitchers are for some reason far ahead of the country's batters. better than runnerup Don Ellis of i nee was put off. But Dr. R. C. Cook Texas A&M, who gained 1,128 yards ; Mississippi Southern president, said also on 203 plays. | discussions would resume in Cinci- Kosse Johnson of Rice romped to ! nnatti in January. 137 yards against Baylor Saturday; cook said he hoped several other to clinch the rushing c^mpious'.up.: schools would be interested by that He gained 944 yaras on 188 runs time . He name d no names, but it during the season. , ras p i.,j n t h e budding conference Teammate Dtcky Mocgle was sec- wou!d we i corne Honda state, Chat- ond with 833 yards on 114 carries. ' tannoga and Tul~a McHan led the punters with an; Tenlativ( , tit]es ' the Di!;ie , and "Hr^nied *1 p'um, Vck ^33 I ^-rence « the Southland Con- yards ' ead this'd ar m nt f f«™ce were suggested^ though Mo^le had the better aver-1 „ M <! m P hls , s ' a e f d M'fssw, age. The latter took 17 back 134 : f™ ^", an t.. T ."!!™,?L. ? lon !,^° yards for an average or 11.4. Me- '" ""' ""'" T "'"' '" Han's average was 11.1. the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. North Texas State, located at Ployd Sagely of Arkansas was the leading pass-receiver. He snar- j Denton, is a member of the Gulf ed 30 for 542 yards. j States Conference. Arkansas State, Rice was the leading offensive team with an average of 358.6 yards per game. Southern Methodist was tops in defense, giving up only 194.6 yards per contest. at Jonesboro, is an independent. New Pilot For Pebs LITTLE ROCK (/P! — The former manager of San Antonio in the Texas League will pilot the Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association during 1954. The appointment of Bill Norman of St. Louis, as manager of the Class AA club was announced Saturday by Little Rock General Manager Ray Winder. / Weedmen' Contest Winner Nicky Wcedman of 116 E. Davis is n good man on the draw. Nicky tied with Ann Forehand, proneral delivery. Blytheville. for first place in the Courier News' : weekly football contest. j Both names were put into an en| vclope and one — Nicky's — was ! drawn. So he's winner of the final JS10 football winner contest of the I year. I Growing each year, the contest j during 1953 attracted over 3,000 I entries. Mellow as Moonlight YES-MELLOW AS MOONLIGHT FOR ITS 83rd HOLIDAY SEASON! ...only CASCADE gives you the light, mellow richness of the original 1870 formula. Smoothed by nature to the peak of old-fash'n goodness. CASCADE comes to you "from the life and vigor of the grainl" KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON Plus State Tax l/5 °- 1 - Pt. GEO. A. DICKEL DISI. CO,, LOUISVILLE, Kr. • 86 PROOp. College Basketball Will Get Into High Gear During Week NEW YORK (AP) — The college basketball season swings into high gear this week with most of the top teams in the country set to start the four-month grind that will lead to sectional and national titles. But the team that will attract the most attention won't be looking for any championship. Rather its top star will be out to prove himself. Bevo Francis, who set an all-time scoring record last year only to lave it wiped out because many of his team's opponents were not four year colleges, brings his Rio Grande club into Madison Square Garden Thursday for a game against Adelphi College. Average Night Rio Grande already has played >ne game against Erie Teachers at Buffalo, N. Y., last week. The gigantic Bevo scored 64 points, about tverage for him, judging by past lerformances. Adelphi, from Garden City, N. Y., was supposed to have one of the tronger small college teams around j ' York but it was beaten in its opener last week by Fairfield, Conn., 70-59. This will be the opening game of the inaugural program of the Garden's 20th season of basketball. St. John's will meet Lafayette in the feature. Duquesne Opens The Iron Dukes of Duquesne, who will be a dissappointment if they don't win the national championship with their veteran-packed team, begin operations Saturday against Geneva. Indiana, the NCAA titlist, which won 17 Big Ten games in a row last season, also opens Saturday against the University of Cincinati. Another team with high hopes of bounding back into the limelight, Kentucky, plays Temple Saturday in its opener. The University of California, reputedly "loaded" and itching to take the Pacific Coast Conference title won last year by Washington, has three games against San Francisco tomorrow, then play the alumni Friday and St. Mary's Saturday. Scattered Action There was scattered action last Saturday among the upper crust. In fact there was even one upset of major proportions. Hofstra of Hempstead. N. Y., defeated Yale 80-78, holding off a fierce EH rally that netted 54 points in the second half. Dayton, one of the preseason choices to, make a run for the Eastern title, warmed up by routing Canisius 79-63, and Western Kentucky, one of the top teams in the South, recorded an 86-74 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan. Wyatt Produced Top Aerial Game By CARL BELL FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — There was mounting evidence hroughout the late football eason that new Coach Bowden Vyalt's offense at the Univer- ity of Arkansas was, as he had re-described it, a jazzed-up ingle wing. The absolute proof came here sturday afternoon as the Razor- acks pulled down the 1953 curtain y literally flying over Tulsa 27-7. The Razorbacks threw 34 passes j that one—the largest number of Arkansas attempts since a night in Fort Worth 10 years ago when the Porkers tossed the ball on every play except when inside Oklahoma A&M's five-yard line. Nineteen of Saturday's attempts resulted in completions for 256 yards, 15 first downs and three of the winners' four touchdowns. * Figured to Pass "We played a pretty good game," said Wyatt. "Tulsa knew our running attack pretty well but we figured we could throw against thsrn successfully and we played it that way." Tailback Lamar McHan and end Floyd Sagely were the Arkansas men of the hour for the 10th consecutive Saturday afternoon. McHan hit on 15 of 26 passes for 218 yards, netted 31 more on eight rushing plays, tossed to blocking back Preston Carpenter for two touchdowns and to Sagely for another, set up the fourth tally with his throwing, wicked three extra points, punted once for 68 yards and played another outstanding defensive game at safety. Tops on Record The all-Southwest triple-threat- er's work for the day boosted his totals for this season to 1,516 yards and for three years to 3,578—the greatest yardage production on record at Arkansas. Altogether, Sagely snagged six passes to run his season total to 30 for 543 yards. That, in Arkansas records, is second only to Jim Benton's 44 receptions in 1937. After the game, which gave Arkansas a record of three victories against seven losses in Wyatt's first year of rebuilding, the Porker coach couldn't praise his two aces enough. He acclaimed oagely as "all- everything" and rated McHan as "the greatest punter and passer I've ever worked with." Subs Needed Work Wyatt said he thought the entire Arkansas team played well in the finale and added: "We got to give the youngsters some experience." He referred to the fact that he pulled the starters when the score reached 27-0 in the third quarter and let all his sophomores see action. It was only the second time this year that he had been able to play all the boys he had suited up for a game. The other occasion was the 41-14 conquest of Texas A&M. Little Rose Participants PASADENA, Calif. (IP)— Two high scoring junior college teams, both undefeated and untied in the 1953 season, have been chosen to meet in the junior Rose Bowl football game Dec. 12. The selection committee announced yesterday that Northeastern Oklahoma A & M of Miami, Okla,. has been named to represent Calif., junior college the West. The Golden Norsemen from Oklahoma racker up nine victories this season and scored a total of 267 points to their opponents' 57. The Bakersfield Renegades piled up 392 points in 11 victories to their op- ponenents' 87. Jim Doughan, center on Yale's football team, grew up in the shad- Chcmp Duck Caller Named STUTTGART (ff"i—A Baton Rouge La., sporting goods dealer is the new world champion duck called. Fred Parnell defeated 12 other district and state duck calling champions during the 18th World's Championship Duck Calling Contest here Saturday night. In second place was Donald Diamant Sr., of Colorado City, Tex., and third was Art Beauchamp, of Flint, Mich. Miss Pat Peacock, 15, of Stuttgart won the women's world title for the third straight year. Her mother r Mrs. Chick Major of Stuttgart, took second place and Mrs. Nell Young of Pine Bluff was third. ows of the Yale Bowj, His home is New Haven, Conn. the price of the unpriceable Water is heyond price, yet at intervals you get a water bill. Water is free, yet someone has fixed a dollar and cents value on nature's unpriceable gift. By what right? Go out into the country and you'll find the farmer getting all the water he wants, merely for the effort of digging a well and working a pump. He gets no water bill. Go up into the unspoiled mountains, dip your cup in a bubbling spring and drink your fill. Bring home a few barrels full. No one will impose any charge for what you take. Go down to the nearest riveV bank. Fill many buckets as you can haul away. You won't have to pay a cent for their contents. Or the next time it rains, put out the tubs and basins. Or do as they do in Bermuda: make your entire roof a collecting system leading to a cistern. No meter will register payments due. But ask the farmer what it cost to dig his well and how much energy is consumed in operating it. Figure the expense of your trip to the mountains, not forgetting the price of the barrels. Compute the value of the time consumed in hauling river water, adding the doctor's bills in case you fail to boil it before using. And compare the amount of water you obtain with the cost of installing and maintaining a Bermuda-type roof collection system. Water is free to all. But it isn't always available where people want it in a condition safe for them to use. It's the water works' job to take over the task of collecting water, transporting water and making sure that the water delivered is safe for human consumption and suitable for human use, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. fy And that's what you pay for when you pay your water bill. Blytheville Water Co. Is Your Cheapest Commodity"

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