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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 4, Number 8 (May 1903)

Downer, Geo. F.
The athletic situation,   pp. 313-320


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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
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