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Thoma, Harry C. (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 38, Number II (Nov. 1936)

Sheer, Harry
The fightin' Badgers,   pp. 54-55


Page 54


                                               Thet~qhiji'Bajqers
                                             Loss of Three of First Four'
Games
                                             Fails to Dampen Spirit of '36
Squad!
                                                        Harry Sheer, '36
                                                      On the opening kickoff,
Capt. Fred Leinhart, Da-
                                                   kota halfback, took the
ball and sprinted 88 yards
                                                   down the center of the
field for a score. The Badgers
                                  Leonard Lovshin  were stunned.  Stuhidreher
leaped to his feet and
                                  Phi Beta Kappa  yelled, confidently, "Wait'll
next year!"  But the
                                       end        first half was only half
of the game. Next year
                                                   wouldn't count for the
Badgers.
                                                      A colorful name and
a colorful run took the stage
                                                   then. Bronko Malesevich,
sophomore Serbian right
     A BOUT a year ago the Madison "Wailing        halfback, spun through
his own left tackle just be-
     /\  Walls"' were selling space S. R. 0., and the  fore the half
expired, for eight yards and the first
        weeping willows stretched along Mendota   Wisconsin touchdown.  
 An attempted conversion
        were justifying themselves as Nature's gift  failed. Half-time saw
the Jackrabbits nursing a tot-
        to football fans and coaches. Dame Dis-   tering 7-6 lead.
tress and Monsieur Depression walked hand in hand    By the time the second
half was five minutes old,
and made funny faces at the already-piqued patrons ftr    poet      eearayaaeta
           icni
            of the Badger gridiron,               ~~was going to be a danger-zone.
Play opened fast and
 All becBauser Wriscronsi.a  agdit    htPo        the Badgers worked themselves
down to the State 6-
 fessor Max Otto might call "a mess of trouble." You  yarbd lie
fromweeQurbckpastEnLe   Ervsifoth Windwrd
 see, Wisconsin had been bumped in four successive  lobbed au trickopass
ito En Len7 lovhnaod tescr
 smash-ups against four pre-season "victims," Fain-  wihpttelcl
noa1-ed
 ily trouble had played hide-and-go-seek with the     APPARENTLY, Wisconsin
had something. The
perennial Saturday afternoon morale; the public was  burly Eddie Jankowski
cracked the State line for
itching for somebody's blood; the little red school-  bilatgis    esahdteSaeofnetm
            fe
house rattled the bones of its ghosts; and the score-  trimean bacing; upte
line;hed cu the Stateofne tiacklers
boards had totaled 93 points for opponents, only 18  down leadking interfernce;fo
his muheSates tandkhere-
for Wisconsin.                                     tired leateing ithethrdferiode
for his understudies. The
  As black is to white, as Stalin is to Hitler, and as  trdlt ntetidpro 
   o   i nesuis       h
Minnesota is to Principia, so is this football year of
A. D. 1936 to that football year of A. D. 1935. The
fact-finders scattered among the public will, no doubt remind us that
the Badgers have dropped three out of the four battles played at this
writing, and that two Hoosier big-wigs - Purdue and Notre Dame
   handed the locals embarrassing beatings. And that Wisconsin's
rival neighbors, Marquette, repeated their 1935 victory, though not
in the same convincing fashion.
  All too true, and the books will carry the same cold figures. What
they won't carry, however, is the aspect of change in the Badger
citadel, a change which has even penetrated the bones of the ancients,  "
stimulating them to rise on their hind legs and skyrocket with the
gusto of '87ers and 'O6ers.
  Too many of us judge a winner by the score he makes.
             Wisconsin: 24; South Dakota State: 7
  This was the first Saturday of the year as far as Harry Stuhldreher
and 45 Badger gridsters were concerned. With their noses and their
wits sharpened to a keen edge after three weeks of baptismal rites in
the "Notre Dame" system, the Wisconsin first and second elevens
avenged the 1935 " upset" from the hands of the Jackrabb its by
turning loose a brilliant and spirited touchdown splurge in the second
period of the game.
  From this opener Coach Stuhldreher deducted that he had a well -
conditioned and hard-playing outfit, despite the drought in balance     Paul
"Swede" Jensen
and power.                                                         Shows
improvement as senior tackle
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