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EVENING LBDGEK-PHILADELPHIA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBEB 29, 1910
UNCERTAINTY OP FOOTBALL DOPE GIVES CORNELL AGGREGATION CHANCE AGAINST PEN:
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CORNELL WILL DEFEAT PENN,
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TEAM WILL SPRING SURPRISE
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Dope Always Uncertain
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fTlHE uncertainty of football Is ono of the principal features of tlio frame. It Is
-. seldom that ono team has the advantage over tho other In the lato games of
tho 'season, and picking tho winner merely Is a matter of guesswork. Of course,
there Is a favorite like Princeton against Talo, Harvard against Yale and Dart
mouth against Penn, hut If you look back over tho scores you will And that
wmethlng always happened to tho first choices. It's a nvo-to-ono shot any way
you look at It, and that Is tho reason why we have such enormous crowds watch
ing tho struggles on tho gridiron.
Penn and Cornell will meet on Franklin Field tomorrow, and tho football
dopesters have been working overtlmo picking tho winner. In Philadelphia
the Red and Bluo team Is the favorite as It should bo but still there Is a great
difference In opinion. Wo will not attempt to toll who will win the game until
late Thursday evening. All dopo must bo taken with sovcrnl pounds of salt, so
wo will allow some of the "experts" to unload tholr very best dope, which may
be accepted for what It Is worth.
A football coach who has done much scouting In his time and who has seen
both Penn and Cornell In action Insists that the followers of tho Red and Bluo
are underestimating tho strength of the "Big Bed Team." Ho declares that
Harvard's easy victory and tho early lead obtained by Michigan havo caused
the Penn men to look upon Cornell as an Inferior aggregation, which Is missing
the truth by soveral miles. This coach, who Is recognized as ono of tho keenest
students of tho gamo, boldly asserts that If ho were a betting man ho would
unload the family bankroll on Cornell to beat Folwell's team, despite tho fact
that comparative scores would Indicate that Penn Is slightly stronger than tho
Lack of Practice Blamed for the Early Defeats
'"lORNEtiW" says our expert, "did not begin prnctlco on tlmo this year becauso
of tho lnfantllo paralysis scare. Tho first two games wcro canceled, and the
team did not get Into action until Monday, October 9, against Gettysburg. Ah
a result, tho team went Into tho Harvard and Michigan games with about one
half as much preparation as It had In 1915, when both Harvard and Michigan
wcro decisively beaten. When Cornell met Harvard It had been practicing only
nineteen days, against thirty-eight In 1915. Tho same was truo when Michi
gan gavo Sharpo's men such a terrlblo scare. This lack of practice, together
with tho absence of tho lncompnrablo Charloy Barrott and tho sensational Cool,
necessitated tho building of nn entirely new system of offense and defenso, and
this Is blamed for tho apparent weakness of tho Cornell team this year.
"I havo Been enough of tho Ithacans this fall to convince mo Al Sharpo
will uso a now offense, something similar to tho Warner system. I bcllevo
that Cornell has adopted the Pitt stylo of play, placing an extra man Just behind
tho lino of scrlmmago on tho ond on every play, which produces bettor Inter
ference and Increases tho effectiveness of forward passes. When Penn mot Pitt,
tho Red nnd Bluo onds found It Impossible to tako caro of this extra back, and na
a result, Hastings and DeHart shot cjutsldo of tacklo for big gains. Tho only
way Penn stopped theso plays was to bring an extra man close to tho lino of
scrimmage, but this weakens tho defenso against forward passes. Cornell not
only haa a good lino-plunging team, but nlso excels In forward passing, so Penn
la likely to bo treated to a big surprise.
Declares Cornell Is Stronger on Wings
"QJUPERIOR end play, partly due to a faulty system at Ponn, nnd a general ad-A-A'antago
ovory tlmo kicks are exchanged aro two othor reams why I think
Cornell is a favorite over tho Red and Bluo. Shq-orlck will otrtkick Berry from
ten to fifteen yards on each exchange, according to tho dopo, and tho Cornell ends
wiU cover tho punts much hotter. There Is a weakness In the' Penn stylo of end
play which has often been commented upon. Tho Red and Bluo socondary de
fense makes no attempt to pick oft tho opposing ends as they rush down tho
- field under punts, and It requires unusual work on tho part of tho receiver to
return kicks any great distance. On tho othor hand, both tho ends and backs
tako a shot at opposing ends under the Sharpo system which should cnabla the
two backs to got off to a good start after receiving punts.
"Eckley nnd Zander aro better onds than they are rated and will outplay
Miller nnd Urquhart. The Ponn ends nro considered clovor men in the open and
flashy players, but they will not be effective against the Cornell stylo of play.
They failed against Pitt becauso they wero tho victims of a superior system
and will encounter a serious handicap again In tho Cornell game.
Pcnn's Tackles Are Greatest Asset
T)ENN'S greatest chanco llos In tho ability of Its tackles to smother Cornell's
plays before tho interferonco reaches the ond of tho scrimmage lino nnd upon
the secondary defenso play of Lud Wrny nnd Ben Dorr. Against Michigan the
Cornell secondary defense fell down twice on long forward passes, each of which
was rcsponslblo for a touchdown, but theso mistakes have not been repented, nn'd
It Is said 'that Penn profited by the experience of tho Ithacans and succeeded
In following tho proper man when tho Maize and Bluo tried tho same play.
As a result, one of Michigan's best ground-gaining plays, which had proved ef
fective against Cornell, was valueless against Ponn. All things considered, Cor
nell has almost as powerful a defenso and a much more versatile offense unless
Penn has perfected a defense for the Pitt style of attack, perfected by Sharpo
In tho last two weeks.
- "A few brilliant Individual efforts aro Pcnn's only hope. Berry or some other
Penh back may bo able to star on trick plays or possibly turn the tldo by a
sensational run, but on straight football tho Red and Blgo Is not an even-money
bet' Cornell may make tho mistake of watching Berry so closely that It will
be tricked on other plays, but the same Is truo of the Penn defense, which must
cover Shlverlck closely to stop him."
Great Turnout of Former Penn Stars
NOTHING succeeds like success. This Is particularly true In the sporting world,
Where tho fans are most fickle. The turnout of former renn stars at White
marsh yesterday, where Coach Bob Folwell Is putting tho finishing touch to Penn's
preparation for tho Cornell game, was tho greatest in years. Men who have
drifted away from football affairs at Penn nnd who havo not been very much In
terested in the Red and Blue elevens In recent years were on hand to watch tho
practice. Among .those present were Charloy Gelbert, generally considered tho
greatest end ever turned out by Penn; Bill Hollenback, "Dutch" Sommor, Danny
Hutchinson, Tom Crooks, Mike Bennett, "Curley" Davidson and a host of lesser
lights. 'Some of them have' been on hand In other years Just prior to Thanks
giving Day, but they never were so much Interested In the success of the team.
Revival of Rumors of Yale-Penn Game
II UlUI presence of Coach "Tad" Jones, the members of the Yale team and other
L athletlo authorities of the New Haven institution nt tho Varsity Club rally at
Whltemarsh tonight, and the fact that the Ells are to be the guests of the Penn
Football Committee at the Cornell game, have revived the rumor that the Red and
Blue and Yale will soon resume football relations. Nothing could be more pleasing
from a local standpoint, as the Ells are more welcome than Harvard, Penn's in
dent gridiron rival. A Yale-Penn football game would pack the Bowl Just as easily
as a Yale-Harvard or Yale-Princeton battle, and the alliance would be a great help
to the gamein general.
Elimination of "Dub" Players Right
rpHE proposed action of the United States National Lawn Tennis Association to
- eliminate "dubs" from competition In the national event each year will meet
the approval of every one interested In this great International pastime. There
Is no reason why a player with no ability whatsoever should be allowed to enter.
Neither is It right that a player who Is really good be excluded because he has
4 not had an opportunity to be ranked or play In many tournaments. But the
committee, according to the tentative wording of the rule, will have the right
to make exceptions in Individual cases.
It often happens that a player Is so tied In business that he Is not able to
enter the tournaments which would give sufficient refutation to be chosen
for the tournament In this event, the committee proposes, on the request of a
would-be entry or his club, to look up his status as a lawn tennis player and
judge him In that manner, rather than by his tournament record, which might
Baseball Bach in Limelight
IT1HE baseball magnates are becoming restless. Football has held the stage
J- since the close of the world's series and the baseball magnates want to get back
Jri the limelight As tKe time approaches for the meetings of the National and
American Leagues and the reorganization of the National Commission rumors are
flying. It is evident that there is going to be plenty of excitement at the two an
nual meetings, even if nothing comes of the reported change In the National Com
mission. Ban Johnson evldentjy is determined to ignore the Players Fraternity,
Which means a fight to the finish between the players and at least one major league.
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IV HAS been years since Penn team entered the Cornell game, as confident as
. will be the case when the Red and Blue trots out on the gridiron tomorrow. '
Many veteran Penn player fear that the team ia likely to be overconfident, but
folwell is not permitting the Idea that Cornell is weak to gain headway. He In.
ttfca that Penn will have to play better football than it has shown to date if it
hopes to wta from the Ithacans. -
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ffiOAOH BY,DICKSQN, who haf charge of the Red and Blue ends, is not- worried
V over the report thai Cornell -has built a powerful series of plays which will be
rcted aj Miller and tJrjuhart Biakson believes that Cornell will have its hands
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Game With Jasper Tonight
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Eastern League Race
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By SPICK HALL
The Skcetcrs' opportunity to gain 'first
place In the race for the first Eastern
Lengue pennant comes tonight at 9 o'clock,
Camdon time. In the well-known armory
across tho Delaware. The Jasper tenm.
proposed victims of tho Camdon five, will
be accompanied by a bnnd of followers from
Kensington, who havo already reserved a
lilg cluster of seats. Indications are that
this contest la going to bo the most largely
attended of tho local (hereby honoring
Manager Honry, of tho Camden team, will
send his regulars Into the game this eve
ning, with Jackie Adams playing the role
of captain and foul tosaer. The living
exponent of "Silver Threads Among tho
Gold" will bo accompanied at forward by
Steele, as usual. Against this Camden of
fensive duo will bo tho famoUH Jasper dou
blo "F" combination, Fox an Friedman.
The battle between this quartet Is ono of
the anticipated pleasures of the evening.
Fox nnd Friedman have done brilliant work
this season, and It Is due In a great mctisure
to their fine defensive work that the Jewels
havo suffered only one defeat. On tho other
hnnd, Steelo and Adams havo played ex
ceptionally good basketball afloor and oth
erwise In every game, and havo been factors
In Camden's continued success. All of
which leads to the belief that there will
be something stirring at tho forward end of
tho Camden cago this evening.
Dolln Ilns Advantace
At tho center position Camden Is stronger
than Jasper. Dolln has a decided advan
tage on Dave Kerr, who has played com-
"paratlvoly few games In tho Eastern
league, although no lias Been engaged in
tho cage pastime for many years, begin
ning his present scintillating career at Cen
tral High School.
Considering tne fact that he has been en
gaged In professional nnd semlprofesalonal
bnsketball such a short time, Kerr Is play-.
Ing a noteworthy game. He is tall, fast,
strong, and has ever aspect except major
league experience, a quality which he Is
It Kerr can "play better than he knows
how," which has occurred more than once
In the case of a supposedly Inferior ath
lete or team, he may bo able to outplay
Dolln, but It Is not probable. Dolln Is too
old at tho gamo and knows too many of
the Uttlo twists of play to allow himself
to be outdone by a player of Kerr's present
Jimmy Brown and Dlegan will havo their
hands full guarding Barney Sedran and
Harry Hough. A) tho same time, Camden's
guards under normal conditions should be
able to hold their opponents to a less num
ber of goals than Jasper's defensive pair
can hold their man. Sedran has played ex
ceedingly well ever since the season be
gan, and Hough, although well up Into
veteranhood, has dons better than any fan
in Kensington believed ho could do, exclu
sive of his foul shooting.
Tie Is Probable
Camden will be tied for first place If
they trim the Jewels, and for tho first tlmo
this season since the first week Kennedy's
men will be routed out of exclusive posses
sion of first place.
HARLEY'S SENSATIONAL WORK '
AND STRENGTH OF MINNESOTA
WESTERN FOOTBALL FEATURES
Brilliant Playing of Ohio State Halfback Revives
the Memory of Heston Gophers Ranked
With Pitt and Brown
By GRANTLAND 1UCE
THERE wero two features of western
football this season of far moro than
One was the brilliant playing of Chic
Harley, of Ohio State, who not only proved
himself to bo ono of the game's leading
stars, but who also accomplished more for
his team than any other Individual of the
year, with the possible exception of Pollard,
It Is only about once every decade that
an entry accomplishes such phenomenal
achievements In gamo after gamo. Those
who star In ono gamo aro many. But to
play with spectacular effect straight
through tho schedule Is nnother matter.
Harley'a work this season was second
to that of no man In American football.
The long list of his long runs In one big
game after another revives the memory of
Another leading feature was the mighty
power of the Minnesota team at the end
of the campaign. After a poor display
against Illinois, Minnesota finished with an
eleven that many believe to be tho strongest
In tho country. East or "West. Wisconsin
nnd Chicago, for example, were two stand
ard western teams. Yet Minnesota beat
theso two elevens by tho scores of 64 to 0
and 49 to 0, margins too overwhelming for
nnythtng but an unusual eleven to roll up.
Probably a three-cornered battle among
Minnesota, Brown and Pittsburgh would be
a dull affair I And then again, probably It
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An Even Melee
Brown beat Tale 21 to J Tale beat Col
gate. Yet there are a surprisingly large
number of football Insiders who believe that
Colgate will win from the Trovldence line-up
on Thursday, and thereby end Its champion
Wo have run across as many favoring
Colgate as we have favoring Brown to finish
Captain Black, of Tale, played against
both teams. "There Is ono thing," he says,
"which a good many persons overlook. We
wero In far better Bhapo for Colgate than
wo were for Brown. So the Tnle games
against the two teams are nardly to be
taken as complete tests. Brown had a fine
eleven, but In my opinion Colgate had one
ofthe best teams I ever saw."
Back to Stay
With Tad Jones and ten of his regulars
on hand at Ell Town next season, Yale has
come back to stay.
Jones, by beating Princeton and Harvard
his first season In camp, has proved his
rare effectiveness and has shown beyond
any debate that Yale at last has founpVtlie
man she was after to lead her back,-lo the
The one man that Jones will lose Is Harry
Lesore. one of his stars, and possibly Cap
tain Black, but there will be an abundance
of fine material on hand to continue the
system which began with puch a rush.
As Haughton returns the bulk of his
young team with material In bulk, the next
November battle between these two In
structors even this far ahead holds out
promise for a spectacular afternoon,
Haughton's work and his long record are
too unusual for one defeat to leave any
dent In his fame.
Any coach who can hold Yale to one
touchdown In nine years needs no further
Our blurred memory of a waning sport
ing season seems to be one of crowds of
rushing multitudes, of Innumerable folks.
Sport Is obtaining such a following In
this country that now accommodation soon
will havo to be provided.
First there was the tennis championship,
whero the spectatorlal rush was exceptional.
After that ono of our main recolleotlons of
tho golf championship at Merlon Is swarms
of people rushing blindly from one hole to
nnother of thousands strung out al.ong tho
course where one could see only every
After that came the World Sib-lea, with
tho baseball attendance record broken a
battle to get through and get a seat long,
waiting lines In the way.
After that followed the Yale-Prlncet6n
gamo at Princeton and the Yale-Harvard
game In the Bowl. Onco more the first rec
ollection here Is of crowds of Jammed-ln
masses, of acres of humanity. All Prince
ton records were smashed at Princeton. All
football records were cracked at New Ha
ven, where 78,000 paid for admittance
and this failed to Include the thousand
ushers and attendants.
Sport's grip, the outdoor, competitive call.
Is developing so swiftly In this country that
accommodations are being swamped. More
than 200,000 would have gladly paid the
price to see tho Army-Navy and Yale
Harvard games, but more than 75,000 of
these had to be turned down.
A big sporting event today can fill any
space at almost any price, For, In addi
tion to the crowds listed above, there Is
still a vivid recollection of the thousands
last spring who were willing enough to
pay from $15 to $25 to see Jess Wlllard box
Frank Moran in a ten-round affair that was
almost sure to go one way.
Boston lost the football championship,
but her Red Sox still maintain one sec
tion of her supremacy. They can't quite
crowd her out of the kingdom, for as one
machine slips another makes good.
More than 200 tennis players from New
Tork, Trenton, Wilmington and Philadelphia
will attend the second annual banquot of
tho Philadelphia District Lawn Tennis Asso
ciation nt the Hotel Walton this evening.
Among tho prominent out-of-town guests
will bo George Townsend Adee, president
of tho United States National Lawn Tennis
Association; Fred B. Alexander, former
Davis Cup player; Julian S. Myrlck, presi
dent of tho We3t Side Tennis Club, whero
the national championship was Btagcd In
1916 and 191C, and James Messier, of Tren
ton, tho well-known after-dinner speaker.
Paul W. Gibbons, president of tho Phila
delphia and District Association, will act
as toastmaster, and some of tho local play
ers and authorities who will speak aro
Frank H. Sykes, president of tho Cynwyd
Club, which plans to apply for tho na
tional clay-court championship next year;
Dr. Edward B, Dowhurst Albert L. Hos
klns, vice president of tho U. S. N". L. T. A. ;
William P. Rowland, well-known Bcifield
all-around athlete, and William T. Til
Team and Individual trophies for tho last
season In tho Trlstato and Suburban Leagues
will also be presented at tho dinner. Cynwyd
will be presented with tho Tristans League
championship trophy, nnd tho individual
prizes will go to Dr. Philip B. Hawk, singles
champion, and P. W. Gibbons nnd P. S.
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