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Tnesdov. September 20, 1955
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Hawaii Game Not
Indicative Of Season
By. BRUCE BRUGMANN
Sports Staff Writer
In 1925 Nebraska, a distinct underdog, journeyed to Illinois to play
Bob Zuppke's "Fighting Illini!"
With Red Grange in his last year, Illinois had fashioned a power
house and were expected to sweep the Big Ten.
The late Grantland Rice was talking with Zuppke before the game.
"I'm sorry you came to see this game, Granny,"
he said. f"
"Why?" asked Rice.
"I'll tell you," replied Zuppke. "My team has
got away from me. They think they're unbeatable,
even before their first game. I can't wake them up.
So I've given them only four plays against Ne
braska. Grange won't make a first down."
Nebraska won 14-0. And Grange didn't make a
Thirty years later in a blistering Memorial
Stadium the Cornhuskers found themselves on the
other end of a colossal upset.
Granted, Nebraska was not the pre-season '
Illinois was expected to be. Yet Glassford said this year's material
was "some of the best he had ever coached." Sports scribes blandly
predicted the score of the Hawaii opener depended "upon the grace of
the NU coach.
But in each of the games, the underdogs came to the opening
whistle with a backlog of derogatory press notices and the tremendous
psychological wedge of nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The important point, however, is not who won the games or how
or why. It's the unfortunate, but inevitable, reaction which follows the
first game defeat of a strong team by a considerably weaker opponent.
nothing done right . . .
In t:.e case of the game last Saturday afternoon the Huskers obvi
ously could do nothing right. On three different occasions, particularly
a muffed pass in the waning moment of the final period, the Huskers
could have scored and won the game.
Even so, it would have been a hollow victory. We were clearly
outplayed by a more spirited, aggressive team.
But the Huskers still have nine games to play. And though I am
disagreeing with most every other sports writer in Nebraska, I do
not think the Hawaiian game is any indication as to the outcome of
I don't see how anyone can tell, on the strength of one game, played
in miserable conditions, with a psychologically inspired opponent, how
the remainder of the season will be.
sportswriters unfair . . .
Moreover, I think it flagrantly unfair for sportswriiters who sup
posedly are supporting the best interests of the Nebraska athletics to
begin crying, "Wolf" only seconds after the final whistle blew last
It is unfair, not only for the players who have not been given fair
chance to prove themselves, but for the people outstate who know
about the team only what they read in the newspapers.
This is not a personal stand for Bill Glassford. His policies past and
present are open to criticism. However, neither he nor his team have
proved themselves this season.
Let's give them a chance. They merit our support.
The 'Fairer Side'
First WAA Meeting
Set For Wednesday
Sports Staff Writer
Sportswomen can start dusting
their tennis shoes, find their old
fcans, shorts or tunios and get
prepared for the intramural tour
naments which will begin Monday,
October 8. Three tournaments,
soccer baseball, archery and ten
nis doubles, will inaugurate the
To clarify a
few things for
WAA is the
a b b r e v i
ation for Wom
A s s o c i a
tkn. Any uni
is a member
of WAA and. .
in any of its
activities which includes: volley
ball, bixed volleyball, basketball,
swimming modern dance, rifle
club, Nebraska ball, duck pins,
bowling, table tennis, archery and
However, freshmen cannot en
ter any of the tournaments or
clubs until after the first four
weeks AWS rulings- Every so
rority and barb group have their
own teams made up of members
who sign up for the various ac
tivities as the year progresses.
Attention all board members,
the first dry hamburger meeting
will be held Wednesday noon at
Grant Memorial. There will also
be a house of representatives
meeting Monday afternoon at
Grant Memorial. All representa
tives will be contacted about the
Intramural ttananers To
On Schedule, Eligibility
By ED KEMBLE
A meeting of intra-mural mana
gers will be held this evening in
Room 114 of the P.E. building at
p.m. All managers of teams rep
resenting fraternities, the Selleck
groups, and independent teams
are urged to attend tnis discus
sion of the year's schedule and
eligibility rules for the various
Eight types of events are slated
for the fall session of I.M. compe
tition; touch football, tennis sin
gles, golf, water-basketball, free
throws, bowling, rifle shooting, and
cross country, inese acuviues
will be conducted in separate
leagues for Selleck Quadrangle,
fraternities, Ag. college, and independents.
September 23rd at 5 p.m. is the
entry date for touch football teams.
Gridders in these contests, accord
ing to eligibility rules, must be
bonafide members of the organi
zations they are representing and
must be regularly and satisfactor
ily enrolled in the University. They
must not be "N" award winners
or football letter award winners
from other colleges or universities.
They must not be on the rosters
of the Frosh or Varsity-football
teams, or have been declared in
eligible for practice on these
teams because of medical reasons.
Men with any question as to their
physical condition due to injuries
or chronic disability are asked to
check with Student Health before
I, M. activity in tennis during
the fall season will consist only
of singles matches, the doubles to
be played next spring. Entries in
the singles will he made in the
I.M. office, ftoom 102, P.E. .build
ing by Saturday noon, September
24th at 12 noon.
As in touch football and most
other intramural sports, "N" win
ners in tennis are not eligible to
compete. All other regularly en
rolled students, except those bar
red individually for various rea
sons, may enter. Participants will
be required to furnish three new
tennis balls, their own rackets,
and have the proper type of tennis
A team trophy will be awarded
to the organization winning the
championship. The individual
champion will receive a medal,
and all finalists and Bemi-iinalists
will get certificates.
Fall Golf i
Hollie Lepley will be in charge
of the fall golf tourney and wel
comes all hon-Varsity golfing men
to see him and get paired up for
match play at Pioneer Golf Course
on either Saturday or Sunday,
September 24th or 25th. The most
Important thing to remember is
that Golfers must arrive at the '
course between 7 and 8 a.m. !
on either of the entry dates; those
arriving after 8 will not be regis-)
tered for play.
An 18 hole qualifying round will
be played on either of the entry
dates. No more than two men from
any one organization may play in
a foursome, though total represen
tation from an organization is un
limited. Each player will pay his
own greens fees.
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