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Sheets, Geo M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin literary magazine
Vol. VI, No. 1 (October 1908)

Entre nous,   pp. 45-47 ff.

Page 45

                   THE VARSITY ELEVEN.
  There is one topic and only one which is all engrossing now,
and that is the varsity eleven. Last year, with a dearth of ma-
terial, uncertainty as to whether the game would be abolished or
not, and disadvantages of every kind, Wisconsin had a team of
which she could be justly proud. After suffering a humilating
defeat from Illinois and narrowly escaping another at the hands
of the husky Hawkeyes, Wisconsin surprised herself and the
entire football world by rolling up a score of seventeen and
tieing Minnesota. This season the powers of evil seem to have
conspired against us, and to have made their presence felt in
the scholastic deficiencies charged against several of our star
players. That too in a year when we play Chicago, the game
which will doubtless decide the championship of the west. But
this we know, our team will be fast, strong in the kicking de-
partment and adapted to the new style, open field football. With
Dr. Hutchins to manage affairs, Coach Barry to devote his
entire attention to the team and Dr. McCarthy to infuse his own
ardent enthusiastic spirit into the boys we surely ought to stand
a good chance of the championship.
  The team can do so much themselves but they must have the
support of the entire student body. After the Illinois game
last year such support was not very evident, but before the
season was over the old loyalty had shown itself. Everyone
who can play the game should try for the varsity or freshman
team and everybody who cannot should encourage those who can.
If we do this, crowded bleaches will watch every daily practice,
students will not need to be begged to help the team or athletics
financially and nobody will seek to exhume the "old Wisconsin

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