The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 4, Number 8 (May 1903)
Downer, Geo. F.
The athletic situation, pp. 313-320
Wisconsin Alumni Magazine. he caught all of "Doc" Parkyn's sky-scraping punts though he never could handle punts before. of his fierce center bucks, and "Norsky" Nelson's repeated a - saults on Minnesota's tackles, the sturdy work of Wisconsin's first great line, and finally the sensa- tional 45-yard run by "Ikey" Karel, idol of the rooters,' which won the game and turned the Wisconsin contingent into an army of victory-intoxicated ir, responsibles. The '94 team went through the season ending in this Minnesota game without being scored against by a college eleven. and - is deservedly classed as one of Wisconsin's great teams. In 1895, lack of material and some internal dissensions resulted in disaster and the loss of games that should have been won, against Chicago and Minnesota. Since 1895, however, Wisconsin has maintained a high position, having by far the best record for consistently good, fierce, clean- playing teams. Until last fall we were never defeated by west- ern teams more than once during a season, and with the exception of Chicago in 1899, our opponents never scored more than one touch- down. While it is generally recog- nized that much credit is due Mr. Phil. King, no one but an old player appreciates the work which he has done for the Wis- consin teams. The results which he has achieved have been due, not merely to his knowledge of football, but to the clean spirit, forgetfulness of self and love for our institution which he has al- ways inspired. He is a gentleman in spirit and bearing, and has taught us to accept both victory and defeat in a sportsmanlike manner. Phil. has gone, perhaps never to return to Wisconsin, but he has left us as a legacy a wholesome college spirit which causes men to sacrifice anything rather than see Wisconsin go down in defeat. The team next fall will prob- ably enter the field against as good elevens as have ever been brought forth in the west, yet our prospects are bright. The men of last year's team who return have the do-or-die spirit, and a feeling of fellowship, of friend- ship for one another, which is ac- quired only by those who have been together in defeat, as well as in victory. If a few good men enter with next year's freshmen class, there is no reason why we should not be counted among the foremost aspirants for the western cham- pionship.. Here, however, we find ourselves at a disadvantage against other institutions whose alumni and friends are better organized. Individually our grad- uates are enthusiastic, but more concerted action is necessary. As a remedy, I would suggest that the alumni form organiza- tions similar to Michigan's alumni clubs. These clubs might be organized for the two-fold pur- pose of (1) keeping up old ties among the graduates, and (2) of attracting intending college stu- dents to Wisconsin. A general secretary should be engaged and given a salary. His duties would 314:
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