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Lilja, Edgar D. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Vol. 28, No. 3 (December 1923)

Summers, E. R.
Athletics,   pp. 57-X


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The WISCONSIN ENGINEER
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E. R. SUMMERS
                   FOOTBALL
  Nothing is ever so bad that is could. not be worse.
We might have been beaten by Indiana. However,
even the most optimistic Badger cannot pump up much
enthusiasm over the past season. (Thank Heaven, it
IS past.)
  The first defeat of the season is always a bitter pill
to take, but since the possibility of our losing was at
least admitted-if not expected-the victory of Illinois
carried a sting less painful than was the case last year.
The event with the Indians was nothing more than a
formal introduction to "Red" Grange, a lad who has
the speed of Zev and the coy elusiveness of a well lubri-
cated "porker."
_rECKEMEYER AND SCHNEIDER, center and quarter-
back respectively-two football lumiuxaries whom we
are proud to own as fellow engineers.
  The air about Camp Randall had a distinctly sul-
phurous odor at the conclusion of the Michigan game.
The blasts of lurid invective directed at the referee
were roughly estimated to contain 63,636,363 B. t. u.,
and raised the temperature within the stadium to *one
hundred and three degrees Fahrenheit. So many un-
kind remarks were passed concerning Mr. Eckersall
that it was said his ears sizzled when touched with the
moistened finger.
  Although Michigan left the field with the heavy end
of a six to three score, there was no doubt in the minds
of the 25,000 spectators as to the real victors. The
Cardinal jerseys ran circles, ellipses, hyperbolas and
parabolas around their opponents; they demonstrated
superiority in every department of the game, but were
beaten by a decision which outraged every sense of fair
play.
  The calamity at Chicago can be more easily endured,
for no unfortunate incidents marred the contest. Both
teams fought gamely and cleanly to the end,-it was
anyone's game until the final whistle. The teams were
quite evenly matched-Chicago having, perhaps, a little
the better of the comparison. From the spectators view-
point, it was a thrilling battle,-made possible by ideal
weather conditions and a dry, fast field.
  The third quarter gave the teams some real excite-
ment and suspense. Late in this period a pass, Harris
to Taft, was completed on the Maroon's ten yard line.
and Taft carried the ball over the goal line for Wis-
consin's only score. The quarter ended with the score
six to six.
  The next quarter was a fierce battle of line plunges
and forward passes.   The Maroons seemed to have
the odds in their favor. The ball was carried to Wis-
consin's 12 yard line. There was a tense moment of
suspense in the Badger section of the stadium,-then
a sigh of relief,-the kick went wild. Taft punted to
Pyott. The Maroons made a couple of line plunges,
and then the fateful moment arrived.    A  38 yard
pass, Pyott to Harry Thomas, put the ball on the Wis-
consin IO yard line. Pyott was thrown for a I yard
loss. Then Pyott took advantage of the last oppor-
tunity and made a brilliant end run for the touchdown
that cinched the game. With a few minutes left to
play, Wisconsin had no chance to score.
  Two of our plumbers have fought their last gridiron
battle for Wisconsin. Their hard struggles on Badger
elevens entitle them to a permanent berth in the Plum-
ber Hall of Fame. Advantage is taken of this oppor-
tunity to express profound gratitude for the services of
                TOM C. NICHOLS
              HAROLD J. BENTSON
                   BASKETBALL
  Coach Meanwell has a difficult task this year. The
loss of three W men by graduation is a matter of no
small concern to basketball fans. The scintillating ca-
reer, of Williams and Tebell form an annal of basket-
ball history that would be hard to equal. Never has
the Big Ten produced a better combination of guards.
Out future hopes lie with the surviving members of
last year's squad. Among the varsity candidates who
have had previous experience under the Meanwell sys-
tem are Spooner and Elsom, forwards; Barwig and
Diebold, guards; and Gibson, center. With these men
as a nucleus, Dr. Meanwell hopes to build up another
championship team. Several promising new men are
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