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  1. COLLEGE BASKETBALL There will be no NBA for close to a decade but college basketball is going strong. I started the current sim I am using quite some time ago with a 1901 league start date. Through the years I have edited the structure quite bit with the goal of mirroring real conference alignments as teams came into Division 1. It is not 100% accurate as the FBCB sim won't let you delete a school so the early schools that were in D1 but later dropped out are not included. My first conference in 1901 was the Ivy Group with most of the other 80 odd-teams in the initial season being independents. Now, entering 1937-38 I have over a dozen conferences and roughly 150 schools in this universe. Most players are fictional but there is a sprinkling of real players in the universe with many more to come as we approach the start of the NBA. One limitation of the game is I need an NCAA tournament every year so in my league it began in 1901, but I am able to make the field a little smaller with just 32 teams qualifying each season. Our 1936-37 champion was Ohio State, which finished 27-7 on the year, and beat South Carolina in their tournament opener followed by Purdue, #1 ranked Washington and finally Cal in the title game. It was the second title for Ohio State, with the first one coming in 1906. Here are the results of each National Title Game since 1901: [b] *Season Team Opponent Score[/b] *1901 Florida Georgetown 41-29 *1902 Dartmouth Mississippi St 41-34 *1903 Kentucky Notre Dame 48-29 *1904 NYU Georgia 37-26 *1905 NYU Yale 22-18 *1906 Ohio State Georgia 38-30 *1907 Northwestern Indiana 34-32 *1908 Wisconsin Indiana 20-19 *1909 NYU Wake Forest 27-24 *1910 Wisconsin Florida 42-30 *1911 Dartmouth Wake Forest 24-23 *1912 Indiana Northwestern 40-32 *1913 St. John's NYU 36-25 *1914 Dartmouth NYU 33-31 *1915 Indiana Syracuse 34-26 *1916 Wake Forest Dayton 45-37 *1917 Indiana Columbia 44-35 *1918 Florida Dartmouth 29-23 *1919 Alabama Poly Dartmouth 45-34 *1920 Illinois Northwestern 29-24 *1921 Illinois Indiana 32-25 *1922 Columbia Illinois 29-22 *1923 Wisconsin Dartmouth 27-26 *1924 Mississippi St California 28-20 *1925 Wisconsin California 30-23 *1926 Dartmouth Indiana 28-18 *1927 Purdue Columbia 25-16 *1928 USC Columbia 34-26 *1929 Georgia Tech Columbia 52-45 *1930 Illinois California 49-45 *1931 Wisconsin Yale 46-39 *1932 Washington USC 48-41 *1933 California Washington 54-40 *1934 USC Ohio State 57-34 *1935 Indiana Columbia 55-45 *1936 Ohio State California 76-47 We are now about to begin the 1937-38 College basketball season. The AA Replay online league members have been a good source of feedback for this universe and one of the players I added into both the college football and basketball portion is Jackie Robinson. I knew Robinson had played football and ran track at UCLA but I was unaware he played on the basketball team so Robinson will join the game as a freshman QB and SG for UCLA. There are a couple of other players ahead of him on their football depth chart and he will begin his hoops career as a sub but the hope is he develops and will start in two years and play the 1939 and 1940 seasons like in real life after attending junior college. Here is the pre-season top 10 for 1937-38 1- Wisconsin Western Conf 2- Ohio State Western Conf 3- Indiana Western Conf 4- Washington PCC 5- California PCC 6- Illinois Western Conf 7- Northwestern Western Conf 8- Columbia Ivy Group 9- Kansas State Big Six 10-Dartmouth Ivy Group You likely notice the Western Conference (forerunner of the Big Ten) doiminates the polls and the recent National Title picture. I ran into an issue of the Western Conference teams being too dominant because most of the real players I added were born in the NY-PA-OH-IN-IL area and as a result the Big 10 schools had a big leg up in recruiting them. Going forward to correct this inbalance, when I add in real players I will randomize their home states to keep the league a little better balanced. However, for the next couple of seasons the Western Coference teams will still be dominant. You might also notice in looking at the title game scores there is a vast range in points scored. A nice thing with the sim I am using is you can customize game play settings quite a bit so I kept the scoring very low but have been slowly tweaking it up. I might have it a little too high right now but I will go with these settings for the next decade or two.
  2. 1937 IN HOCKEY I pre-simmed from 1917 until the end of the 1936-37 season in FHM6 to have the NHL 'catch up" to where we are in the baseball universe. I mentioned it earlier but the only changes I made from default settings were I disabled the draft so players would be assigned to their original franchises and I used the FHM development engine as opposed to recalculate ratings each season. I really hate there is no-html output or even option to print to a text file with FHM6. Makes it very hard to do any dynasty writing and even more difficult for an online league but here are the final 1936-37 NHL standings. We have not yet reached the Original Six era as we have 8 teams: FINAL 1936-37 NHL STANDINGS AMERICAN DIV W L T PTS Detroit 23 21 4 50 NY Rangers 22 22 4 48 Chicago 19 23 6 44 Boston 9 35 4 22 CANDIAN DIV W L T PTS Toronto 37 8 3 77 Mon Canadiens 28 18 2 58 NY Americans 26 18 4 56 Mont Maroons 14 33 1 29 The Toronto Maple Leafs are the class of the NHL, defending Cup champions and winners of 3 in the last 4 years and five Cups in the last 7. Only the two New York teams, the Americans in 1931-32 and the Rangers in 1934-35, interupted the Toronto run. The Leafs domination early in the decade was led by The Kid Line, of Joe Primeau between Charlie Conacher and Busher Jackson. Primeau, now 30 and skills eroding, has found himself in Providence of the AHL this season but Conacher (19-31-50) and Jackson (28-37-65) are still going strong and they have a rookie star by the name of Syl Apps as their new center. Despite just turning 22 during the season, the freshman pivot led the NHL in scoring (26-50-76) as the Leafs easily cruised through the regular season. In Montreal, the Canadiens continue to rely on the old guard as Aurel Joliat (17-27-44) and Howie Morenz (7-32-39) remain productive but are rapidly aging. At this state at least, it appears there are no young stars emerging in Montreal to grab the torch from the fading hands of Joliat and Morenz. Morenz is the NHL's all-time goal leader with 276, 7 more than Joliar. The pair also rank 2nd and 3rd in career points behind Ranger great Frank Boucher. Despite the best efforts of 25 year old Sweeney Schriner (28-30-58), who tied with Toronto's Jackson for the goal scoring lead, the New York Americans fell just of second place in the Canadian Division. The Montreal Maroons have veteran defenseman Babe Siebert (12-19-31) and King Clancy (8-20-28) along with 27 year old center Paul Haynes (22-30-52) but finished a distant last in their division. There is hope for the future in a 24 year old winger by the name of Toe Blake, who tallied 26 points as a rookie a year ago but was hobbled by injuries this season. The only question is will the Maroons survive long enough for Blake to peak as attendance is incresingly becoming a concern in trying to compete with the Canadiens for fans in Montreal. The American Division race went down to the wire with Detroit needing wins over Toronto and the Maroons on the final weekend to nose ahead of the New York Rangers for first place. 31 year old John Sorrell (24-29-53) and some stingy goaltending from Turk Broda (2.49 GAA) led the Wings while the Rangers had a strong goaltender of their own in 36 year old Lorne Chabot (2.36) and a balanced attack led by the aging Frank Boucher (9-31-40) and 21 year old defenseman Babe Pratt (13-18-31). Boucher, now 35, is the all-time scoring leader and also owns 6 Hart Trophy's to go along with 5 Stanley Cup rings, although the first four came in Ottawa. Third place Chicago was led by 25 year old Lynn Patrick (18-26-44) in the offensive end and truculent rearguard Eddie Shore (10-18-28) in their own zone. Boston made the playoffs each of the last two seasons but had a brutal collapse this year. There is hope for the future with young stars Bobby Bauer (6-5-11 in 21 games),Woody Dumart (8-6-14 in 34 games) and highly touted 19 year old center Milt Schmidt (2-1-3 in 12 games) starting to establish themselves. The playoffs begin with a best of 3 affair between the 2nd and 3rd place clubs as the two division winners get a bye. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 1936-37 NHL PLAYOFFS The NHL had some weird playoff setups in the early days including this one. The second and third place teams play a best-of-3 cross-over series with the two second place teams facing off and the two third place teams doing the same. The winners of those two series meet in one semi-final which is also a best-of-3. Meanwhile the two first place clubs -Toronto and Detroit get a bye in the opening round but then face off in a best of three in the semi-finals, thereby eliminating any chance of the division winners playing for the Cup. Nearly as bad as the 1950s when they had the first place team play the third place team and second vs 4th in semi-finals. OPENING ROUND Both opening round series went the distance. Despite being on the road and outshot Montreal won opener against the Rangers by a 3-1 score but dropped Game Two at home 2-1 thanks to an overtime goal by Babe Pratt. Back at Madison Square Garden for Game Three it was the visitors who once more prevailed. Third period goals from Hooley Smith and Howie Morenz lifted the Habs to a 3-1 victory in the deciding game. Despite having 12 points less than the New York Americans during the regular season, the Chicago Black Hawks took two of three to win their playoff series. The Hawks dropped the opener 4-2 on home ice as Normie Himes, despite scoring just 4 goals in 37 regular season games, bulged the twine twice on the powerplay to lift the Americans to victory. Chicago was on it's last legs in Game Two, trailing 2-1 until Ken Doraty tied the game with 2:26 remaining in the third period to force overtime. Ten minutes into the extra frame Lynn Patrick would be the hero for Chicago as the Hawks won 3-2 to send the series back to the Windy City. Americans goaltender Alfie Moore was terrific in Game Three, making 39 saves but Chicago's Mike Karakas was just as good and the Black Hawks took the series with a 2-1 victory on goals from Eddie Shore and Jack Riley. Next up will be the semi-finals. -------------------------------------------- NHL SEMI-FINALS The Montreal Canadiens made short work of the Chicago Black Hawks in their best of three semi-final series. After a scoreless first period in the series opener, the crowd at the Montreal Forum erupted when the Habs tallied 3 times in the middle stanza with legendary Hab Howie Morenz assisting on two of the 3. That was more than enough offense for Montreal goaltender Bill Beveridge, who drank in the adulation of the crowd following a 27-save shutout performance to earn first star honours. Game Two in Chicago was closer but the result was still a Montreal victory. The Black Hawks did lead 2-1 after 40 minutes but Howie Morenz set up Gaston Leroux early in the third period to tie the contest and then Morenz got the winner with just over 6 minutes remaining in regulation to send Montreal to the Stanley Cup Finals. Detroit had the benefit of home ice as their semi-final with Toronto opened at The Olympia but it was all Leafs. Behind a 4-assist performance from Busher Jackson and 3 helpers from Red Horner the Leafs took Game One by a 5-2 count. 25 year old defenseman Roger Jenkins scored twice for Toronto, equaling his output in 30 regular season games. The big line of Syl Apps, Charlie Conacher and Busher Jackson led the way as Toronto completed the sweep with a 4-1 victory on home ice. Each of three had a goal and 2 assists to pace the Toronto attack. Meanwhile journeyman goaltender Moe Roberts, who at 31 enjoyed the best season of his career and played in more than 24 games for the first time, was dominant in the Toronto net and easily outduelled young Detroit netminder Turk Broda. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1936-37 STANLEY CUP FINALS The all-Canadian final got underway in Toronto with the Leafs looking for their fourth Cup in five years and 8th overall. In Game One the Leafs completely outclassed Montreal, outshooting the Habs 50-16 and winning 4-0. It would have been much worse if not for the stellar effort by Bill Beveridge in the Montreal net. The Leafs big line did not get any goals, although Syl Apps and Busher Jackson each assisted on Yip Foster's series opening goal. Instead it was third line center Art Chapman who led the way for Toronto with a pair of goals, both assisted by his linemate Syd Howe. Game Two was a much better effort from Montreal but the result was the same - a Leaf victory. This one was 3-1 as Syl Apps and Busher Jackson each scored for the winners. Toronto again badly outshot Montreal, this time by a 45-19 margin. The series shifted to Montreal for Game Three and a last chance for the Canadiens, who had not won a Cup since 1928. It took Toronto just 15 seconds to take the lead as Syl Apps scored just after the opening face-off. Less than 3 minutes later Cliff Barton made in 2-0 Toronto and the Leafs would win 4-1 to claim their second consecutive Stanley Cup title. Apps would score twice for Toronto, giving him a playoff leading 5 goals while Busher Jackson would add two assists to raise his league leading point total to 11. Jackson would win the playoff MVP award. The regular season MVP, the Hart Trophy, went to Syl Apps and in recognition of just how dominant Toronto was this season, all 6 members of the league's first all-star team and 2 of the second team were from Toronto. FIRST TEAM ALL-STARS G- Moe Roberts Toronto D- Flash Hollett Toronto D- Red Horner Toronto C- Syl Apps Toronto RW- Charlie Conacher Toronto LW- Syd Howe Toronto SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS G- Mike Karakas Chicago D- Babe Pratt NY Rangers D- Yip Foster Toronto C- Neil Colville NY Rangers RW- Eddie Wiseman Detroit LW- Busher Jackson Toronto SUMMER OF 1937 BRUINS DUMP SELKE Not a lot of off-season movement but the Boston Bruins did make a coaching change, parting ways with head coach Frank Selke. The 43 year old had been the Bruins bench boss since 1933-34, compiling a 59-121-12 record over that time. Boston did reach the Stanley Cup Finals in an unexpected run 3 years ago, beating St Louis and Detroit before falling in 5 games to the Rangers in the final after just sneaking into the final playoff spot. Selke had previously coached the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Quakers. The new man behind the Boston bench will be Dave Gill, a 51 year old Ottawa native, who coached the Senators for the 1932-33 season, but went just 4-35-9 and has not coached in the NHL since then. The Bruins also announced the signing of amateur defenseman Jack Crawford. The 20 year old highly touted rearguard spent last season with the amateur Kirkland Lake Blue Devils. WINGS ADD STREWART The reigning American Division champion Detroit Red Wings made a move to bolster their offensive production recently by acquiring veteran center Nels Stewart from the Montreal Maroons. Detroit will also get 27 year old minor league defenseman Bert Connelly in the deal with young winger Pete Kelly going the other way. The 23 year old Kelly is the key piece for the Maroons. He had 14 goals and 26 points as Detroit rookie two seasons ago but slumped to just 12 points in his sophomore year. The veteran Stewart is a 3-time Art Ross Trophy winner as the NHL's leading scorer and his 241 career goals rank third all-time behind Montreal Canadiens legends Howie Morenz and Aurel Joliat. The 35 year old is coming off the worst season of his career as he tallied just 5 goals and 19 points in 47 games for the Maroons last season. CAREER LEADERS The 1937-38 NHL season will get underway shortly. Before it begins here is a look at the career leaders: [B]STANLEY CUPS[/B] Toronto 8 Montreal Canadiens 4 Ottawa 3 NY Rangers 1 Chicago 1 NY Americans 1 Pittsburgh Pirates 1 Calgary Tigers 1 [B]GOALS[/B] 1- Howie Morenz 276 Canadiens 2- Aurel Joliat 269 Canadiens 3- Nels Stewart 241 Detroit 4- Cy Denneny 235 retired 5- Frank Boucher 233 NY Rangers [B]POINTS[/B] 1- Frank Boucher 679 NY Rangers 2- Howie Morenz 675 Canaidens 3- Aurel Joliat 582 Canadiens 4- King Clancy 553 Mon Maroons 5- Nels Stewart 511 Detroit
  3. The old dos based game I am using makes it very easy to run a quick replay of the Indy 500 so I added the event into the mix. I also dug up an old Nascar version of the game and may add stock car racing to the list of sports but likely not for at least another decade 1937 INDIANAPOLIS 500 WILBUR SHAW CAPTURES CHECKERED FLAG AT INDY May 31, 1937 Indiana native Wilbur Shaw ran a near flawless race to claim the victory in the 25th running of the Indianapolis 500. Shaw, who also won the event in real life, started second on the grid but took over the lead from pole sitter Bill Cummings on lap six and never relinquished it as he finished two laps ahead of his nearest competitor. For the 35 year old Shaw, who grew up in Shelbyville, it was his first victory in 9 Indy 500 events. His previous best was second place finishes in both 1933 and 1935. The race had very little drama as there was just one lead change, when Shaw passed Bill Cummings on the backstretch of the 6th lap and was never challenged. Despite being lapped by Shaw on lap 95 and again on lap 109, Cummings would hold on to second place for much of the race until he was passed with less than 30 laps remaining by Louis Meyer. Meyer would finish second and Cummings would have to settle for third place. Cummings, an Indianapolis native, was the winner of the 1933 Indy 500 and would finish 3rd in real life in 1937. The 1938 event, his 9th Indy, would be his last as the then 34 year old would die in a highway accident in the winter of 1939. New York native Louis Mayer, who finished second in this replay, was 4th in real-life. He had won the 1936 event as well as 1928 and 1933 to become the first 3 time winner of the Indy 500. FINAL RESULTS: 1937 Indianapolis 500 ------------------------------------------------------------------ ST FIN LAPS RUNNING or POS POS CAR DRIVER COMP REASON OUT PIT ------------------------------------------------------------------ 2 1 6 Wilbur Shaw 200 Winner 3 5 2 2 Louie Meyer 198 Flagged 3 1 3 16 Bill Cummings 197 Flagged 3 14 4 28 Billy DeVore 196 Flagged 3 32 5 3 Ted Horn 196 Flagged 3 10 6 23 Ronney Householder 195 Flagged 4 12 7 17 George Conner 194 Flagged 3 18 8 53 Louis Tomei 194 Flagged 3 26 9 42 Al Miller 193 Flagged 3 16 10 45 Cliff Bergere 193 Flagged 3 21 11 33 Bob Swanson 193 Flagged 3 28 12 43 George Bailey 191 Flagged 3 13 13 7 Chet Miller 191 Flagged 3 9 14 31 Chet Gardner 190 Flagged 4 19 15 5 Jimmy Snyder 190 Flagged 4 29 16 41 Ken Fowler 189 Suspension 4 31 17 15 Babe Stapp 189 Flagged 3 30 18 12 Russ Snowberger 189 Flagged 4 15 19 24 Frank Brisko 189 Flagged 4 25 20 34 Shorty Cantlon 166 Lost power 4 27 21 26 Tony Willman 163 Stalled 4 4 22 10 Billy Winn 161 Electrical 3 11 23 35 Deacon Litz 146 Pump 3 22 24 47 Harry McQuinn 121 Blown Engine 3 33 25 44 Frank Wearne 114 Electrical 4 20 26 25 Kelly Petillo 86 Electrical 2 7 27 38 Tony Gulotta 73 Stalled 2 8 28 1 Mauri Rose 65 Stalled 2 3 29 54 Herb Ardinger 46 Joint 1 6 30 8 Ralph Hepburn 40 Piston 1 23 31 14 Rex Mays 17 Joint 1 17 32 62 Floyd Roberts 8 Electrical 1 24 33 32 Floyd Davis 5 Vibration 1 ------------------------------------------------------------------ WINNING TIME: 04:09:56 WINNING SPEED: 120.230 mph MARGIN OF VICTORY: 240.19 sec YELLOW FLAGS: 3 for 13 laps Below: Wilbur Shaw takes the checkered flag in the 1937 Indy 500.
  4. 1937 IN GOLF The 1937 golf season is now complete and the plan remains to sim each of the 4 majors again next year. All that remains for 1937 is to decide on who should be named the golfer of the year. Here is a recap of each event over the 1937 season starting with The Masters, which was just 4th year of the event: SARAZEN WINS MASTERS Gene Sarazen won his second Masters Title in three years after holding off Byron Nelson to claim the 1937 Green Jacket. The 35 year old, who also won at Augusta in 1935, finished a very consistent week of golf with an even par 72 in wet conditions on Sunday. His rounds of 69-69-70-72 allowed Sarazen to beat runner-up Nelson by 3 strokes after Nelson finished with a 73 on Sunday. Veteran Al Espinosa, who in real life finished 27th in the 1937 Masters, was tied with Nelson for second place money. Here is the final leaderboard. [B]Final Scores - Augusta National[/B] G. Sarazen -8 B. Nelson -5 A. Espinosa -5 H. Cooper -2 D. Shute -2 B. Cruikshank -2 L. Little E K. Laffoon E C. Whitcombe E C. Clark +1 T. Creavy +1 J. Demaret +1 T. Manero +2 P. Runyan +2 B. Burke +2 B. Locke +2 The second major of the year was the PGA Championship which, after narrowing the field down, became a match play event. 1937 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP - SNEAD WINS FIRST MAJOR Sam Snead outlasted Al Espinosa to win the 1937 PGA Championship. Snead would take the match-play final 3 and 2 over the California native, playing in his home state at the Los Angeles Gold Club. At the midway point of the 36 hole final, Snead had a 2 hole lead and Espinosa would not manage to get any closer as Snead played a steady, conservative final round and sealed his victory when Espinsoa double-bogeyed the 13th hole, putting Snead 3 up at the time. It marks the second time in his career that Espinosa reached the finals of the PGA Championship but was forced to settle for second place. For the 25 year old Snead, the victory is the first major title of his career and comes 5 years before his first of 7 real-life Major Championships. Snead would win 3 PGA Championships (1942,1949,1951) in real life as well as 3 Masters titles and 1 British Open. The next golf major on the schedule is the US Open, which will take place at Oakland Hills Country Club, near Detroit, from June 10-12. In real-life Ralph Guldahl held off Sam Snead, making his US Open debut, by two strokes to win the event. Next up would be the US Open MCSPADDEN WINS US OPEN Harold 'Jug' McSpaden overcame a rough opening round by following it up with 3 solid days of golf to earn the title in the 41st US Open golf championship. McSpadden shot 4 over par 76 on day one at Medinah Country Club, but followed that up with rounds of 66,70 and finally 67 on Sunday to claim the title by 3 strokes, despite being 6 off the pace entering the day. There was a 4-way tie for second, 3 shots back of McSpaden, involving Denny Shute, Al Espinosa, Tommy Armour and Masters champ Gene Sarazen. McSpaden finished tied for 19th in The Masters and failed to make the match-play phase of the PGA Championship. Leonard Dodson, who held a 3 stroke lead after 54 holes, collapsed on Sunday shooting a 78 to finish in 7th place. Dodson's day started fine with 5 pars and a birdie through the first six holes as he continued to hold a 3 stroke lead on Shute. However, everything changed over the next 3 holes as Dodson, shot a 7 on the par 5 7th home and, after parring the par 3 8th, he followed that up with another 7...this time on a par four. That dropped Dodson out of the lead as McSpaden and Armour, both playing in the second last group, suddenly found themselves as co-leaders after each played the front nine in 3 under. Armour would birdie 10 to go one up on both McSpaden and Shute and he and McSpaden matched shot for shot through 14. Shute meanwhile, bogeyed 12 to drop 2 stokes back of Armour. Much like Dodson, the pressure of the lead apparently proved too much for the 3-time major champion Armour as the 41 year old native of Edinburgh, Scotland fell back into a tie with McSpaden by bogeying 15 and then took a double-bogey in 16 to drop two strokes back. McSpaden showed a composure well beyond his 29 years and put the match away with a birdie on 17 to give him his final 3 stroke margin of victory on Shute, Armour, Espinosa and Gene Sarazen. For Espinosa it was his third straight major in which he finished in second place after losing in the finals of the match-play PGA Tournament last month to Sam Snead. Espinosa finished well, playing the final 15 holes in 3 under but a slow start with bogeys on two and three sealed his fate. Sarazen, who won The Masters earlier this year, was 3 over par after Friday's round and was never really in contention to win the tournament but earned a share of the second place money with a 69 Saturday and a round of 66 on Sunday. McSpaden, a 29 year old Kansas native who works as a club pro in the Boston area, earned his first major title and just his 6th tour win, following up his victory in the Massachusetts Open earlier in the year. He was 18th in last year's US Open, his best finish in 4 previous attempts. The final major of the year, the British Open, will be held next month. [b] FINAL LEADERBOARD FOR THE 1937 US OPEN[/b] Jug McSpaden -9 Denny Shute -6 Al Espinosa -6 Tommy Armour -6 Gene Sarazen -6 Mike Turnesa -5 Leonard Dodson -4 Byron Nelson -3 Wiffy Cox -3 Billy Burke E Paul Runyan E Vic Ghezzi E Bobby Jones +1 Felix Serafin +1 Jimmy Demaret +1 Horton Smith +1 Before the British Open we had the 6th edition of the Ryder Cup. The American team of Walter Hagen(non-playing captain), Ed Dudley, Ralph Guldahl, Tony Manero, Byron Nelson, Henry Picard, Johnny Revolta, Gene Sarazen, Denny Shute, Horton Smith and Sam Snead defeats Team Great Britain by a 7-5 score. Because it was held immediately following the Ryder Cup there were a large contingent of Americans playing in the 1937 British Open. Here is how it played out in the sim: SAM KING WINS BRITISH OPEN With a six stroke lead heading into the final round, Kent native Sam King played a cautious and error-free final 18 to win the 72nd British Open by 4 strokes over Henry Cotton. King shot even par, getting birdies on the second and 12th holes, both par fours, but bogeyed a pair on the back nine. That performance was more than good enough to hold of fellow Englishman Henry Cotton and claim the Claret Jug. Cotton tried to mount a charge with a couple of birdies on the back nine but he finished with a two under par 70 which left him four strokes back. No one else finished less than 10 shots off the pace on a day that saw very few red numbers being put up. US Open champ Jug McSpaden was tied for 3rd, but was 10 strokes back of King while Byron Nelson, who finished second in this years Masters and top ten in both the PGA Championship and US Open, had another solid outing as he tied for 7th place. Other notables include PGA Champ Sam Snead finishing in a tie for 16th, Masters Champion Gene Sarazen finishing in a tie for 33rd at 11 over par, Ben Hogan at 15 over and Bobby Jones coming in at 16 over par. [B][CENTER][SIZE="4"]FINAL 1937 BRITISH OPEN RESULTS[/SIZE][/CENTER][/B] S.King ENG -7 H.Cotton ENG -3 H.Picard US 3 J.McSpadden US 3 D.Shute US 4 L.Mangrum US 4 B.Nelson US 5 K.Laffoon US 5 J.Farrell US 5 A.Lacey ENG 5 L.Little US 6 J.Turnea US 6 M.Turnesa US 6 B.Cruikshank US 7 J.Goodman(a)US 7 S.Snead US 8 J.Hines US 8 R.Whitcombe ENG 8 D.Metz US 8 J.Taylor ENG 8 MASTERS Winner - Gene Sarazen Runner-up Byron Nelson & Al Espinosa PGA CHAMPIONSHIP Winner - Sam Snead Runner-up Al Espinosa US OPEN Winner - Jug McSpadden Runner-up Denny Shute, Al Espinosa, Gene Sarazen and Tommy Armour BRITISH OPEN Winner - Sam King Runner-up Henry Cotton RYDER CUP US team of Walter Hagen(non-playing captain), Ed Dudley, Ralpg Guldahl, Tony Manero, Byron Nelson, Henry Picard, Johnny Revolta, Gene Sarazen, Denny Shute, Horton Smith and Sam Snead defeats Team Great Britain by a 7-5 score. 1937 GOLFER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES With 4 different winners in the major tournaments it was tough coming up with the golfer of the year for 1937. Here are the candidates: BYRON NELSON: started the year off nicely with a second place finish in Augusta and finished well with a tie for 5th in the British Open. However, in between Nelson got knocked out in the quarterfinals by eventual champ Sam Snead in the PGA Championship match play event and tied for 8th at the US Open. Nelson lost his Ryder Cup solo match to Dai Rees, but did win in the doubles event. GENE SARAZEN: Won at Augusta but then missed the cut to qualify for the match play portion of the PGA Championship. He did finish in a 4-way tie for second at the US Open. Sarazen ended the year struggling in Europe, being on the losing end of both his Ryder Cup matches and finishing 33rd in the British Open. AL ESPINOSA: No wins for the California native but he had a strong year, finishing second in all 3 US major events. Espinosa finished in a tie for second with Byron Nelson at the Masters, reached the finals of the PGA Championship before falling to Sam Snead and then finishing in a 4-way tie for second at the US Open. Espinosa was not named to the Ryder Cup team but did participate in the British Open, where he finished 14th. Pictured Below is the 1937 US Ryder Cup team. (Back Row) Byron Nelson, Denny Shute, Henry Picard, Horton Smith and Tony Manero. (Front Row) Fred Corcoran, Team Mgr. Sam Snead, Ralph Guldahl, Capt. Ed Dudley and Johnny Revolta
  5. We presently sit in October of 1937 and both the World Series and American Association Series are wrapping up. Before I get to recapping them and carrying on with 'live' updates here is a look at what has transpired so far in the sim portion of each of my sports: BOXING Because I did not start simming other sports in 1936 we missed Louis-Schmeling 1 in which Joe Louis suffered his first professional defeat but things are tracking well towards a rematch next summer. After beating Louis, Schmeling's camp had figured the next step was a fight with World Heavyweight Champion James J Braddock and Schmeling's group had the full support of Madison Square Garden looking to stage the bout. That didn't happen as Louis' handlers secured a fight for their man against Braddock instead. There were multiple injunctions sought (even in this era boxing had more than it's share of litigation) but in the end Braddock would make his first title defense against Joe Louis at Chicago's Comiskey Park in June. Braddock was called The "Cinderella Man" for his improbable rise culminated in a huge upset win over Max Baer for the title two years prior after originally being picked as an easy tune-up fight for the then champ. Braddock won, and a movie was made about his life starring Russell Crowe, but would not make a title defense until he faced Louis two years later. In my sim universe Louis dominated the fight, knocking Braddock down three times but the champ gamely got up on each occasion and survived to the final bell, although he did lose badly on points. Here is my article on the Slack channel describing this fight:
  6. Note - I was not sure what section to put this dynasty in as it covers a number of different sports but since baseball will be the primary sport it goes here. I have done several multiple sports dynasty reports in the past and recently started another one, but this time with a bit of a twist. It will be slightly different in that the universe will revolve around an OOTP online league I am in. Normally, in my solo dynasty threads I would sim very quickly through the years which was great for building a history but I often missed out on a lot of the little things that occurred in my universe so tying my dynasty report into an active online historical league forces me to slow things down and progress at the pace of the online league. In addition, it is sort of a first step towards what for me would be the perfect online universe I would love to participate in: one which, ideally historical based, that has not only an OOTP league but also a football, hockey and basketball league that all are online leagues running in the same time period with for the most part consistent GMs in each loop. I have been around since OOTP2 but rarely played online leagues, always preferring to do solo replays and almost always documenting them in a dynasty report. That changed several months back when I discovered the Figment Baseball League (which I am also doing a dynasty about and several other GMs and the commissioner do ones as well). I realized just how much fun playing OOTP in an online environment can be and my second league (the AA Replay) reaffirmed that notion. [URL="The AA Replay AA Replay[/URL] was created by board member Cooleyvol and with just 8 GM controlled teams is a nice small league with an outstanding group of involved owners, each of whom I believe really appreciates the history of baseball. We are just finishing our second season, 1937, right now but this is not a standard historical league. The 16 MLB teams are there of course, but they are all AI controlled as our 8 managers instead run clubs in the American Association. The premise is the AA has become a major league of it's own and many of the rules for player acquisition in this league are quite unique. There is no amateur draft to speak of. Instead the AA teams get the real players who played with their organization that season and we are allowed to draft or protect up to 6 other players who either spent time in the American Association before moving on to the majors or were born within the American Association league footprint. There is also no color barrier in the AA so players like Satchell Paige and Cool Papa Bell make up some of the 6 protected slots. It makes team management quite interesting as you are forced to make some tough decisions on who to protect each year. Anyway, what I have been doing is running congruent solo sims of the other major sports of the era and documenting them on our league Slack channel to go along with this league. I started this at the beginning of the 1937 season and decided I will now cross-post it here in a dynasty as well as the history only stays visible on Slack for a short period of time. SPORTS AND SIMULATIONS INVOLVED Baseball is of course the focal point with our OOTP league. The league has no minors and major league players are assigned to their real team (except those who pass through the American Association such as Ted Williams who will join Minneapolis for the 1938 campaign.) I will cover the happenings of the American Association in it's struggles to be considered a peer of MLB, but for now at least the American and National League's will dominating my baseball writing. I am using FHM6 to sim out the NHL history. I have the draft disabled so players get assigned to the team they debuted with in real life and I have enabled the FHM development engine as opposed to using the recalculate ratings options. I enjoy using it as it makes the sim less predictable. For football I am using DDSPF20 and DDSCF20. The games have some limitations for historical play but I think I found a balance I can be happy with. No two-way players of course as the game won't allow it, but I have a custom 82 team college universe made up along with a 12 team NFL. My first season of the NFL was actually a 10 team league but I am forced to restart it as a new 12 team league because of a bug in the pro game that won't allow me to expand to the 12 team 1950 format. While the college game will have mainly fictional players I am rating all players who were NFL players or draft picks in real life and adding them into the game as high school seniors, meaning they will begin as collegiate stars and then become eligible for the NFL draft. Doing this means that there could be quite a discrepancy between stars in my league and real life stars because they all will develop differently through 4 years of college. (That and my individual ratings may not be very accurate for many of them). For basketball I am using Fast Break College Basketball and will add the Pro version of the game to the universe when the NBA begins in a few seasons. The college game is primarily fictional players and in a league I started in 1901 but I have been adding 30-100 real players as high school recruits each year starting in the late 1920s. I have also been adding some real life coaches (John Wooden is a former player in my sim and just took his first job as an assistant coach) but like the football portion of this sim there may be some real differences in who my star players turn out to be as compared to real life. I am also doing some minor golf, boxing and auto racing in this universe. The golf is done with an old freeware game called Quick Play Golf. I manually rated most of the participants but many of the all-time greats were already rated by the creator of the game. I also have about 25 courses for it that I will use to sim the tournaments. I am only going to play the four majors in golf. For Boxing I am use OOTP developments old Title Bout Game (TBCB) and just running it as single fights at the moment, simming out the heavyweight title bouts. I had an old DOS based Indy 500 game called Thomas Mink Indy 500 racing and it has every field rated from the first Indy500 up until about the year 2000 so I am replaying the Indy 500 each year as well. Really the only major North American sport of the era I am missing is horse racing but I just can't find a good quick game to simulate the triple crown events. So those are the sports involved. My next couple of posts will be some backstory on the events I have already simmed out through 1937 to get us caught up to where we are now in our online league.
  7. As I mentioned in my first post this dynasty was started with a beta version of DDSCF20 and would come to an end at some point as updates were added. Well, we now have post-season All-America and All-Conference teams (as well as other additions) which do not show up in my save with a previous version so this replay has come to an end. I will likely start a new one up in the not too distant future. Just to see how things unfolded I did sim out another twenty odd years and am now in 1975 so a total of 60 seasons were completed. Because I altered my prestige rating to be fairly close we had no super dominant teams in this league but here are the teams with greater than 70 prestige rating as of 1975. Texas A&M 89 Georgia 81 UCLA 81 West Virginia 81 Florida 79 Oklahoma 78 Penn State 77 Michigan 76 Nebraska 75 Notre Dame 75 Tennessee 75 Stanford 74 Virginia 74 USC 73 Virginia Tech 73 Texas Tech 73 Alabama 72 LSU 72 NC State 72 Texas 72 Ohio State 71 California 70 Illinois 70 North Carolina 70 Some final notes from the league The most consecutive National Titles was 4 held by both Texas (1923-26) and Notre Dame (1934-37). All of the winning streaks came early as North Carolina State won 3 in a row starting in 1917 and the only back-to-back winners were Virginia (1942-43) and Notre Dame (1947-48). Since my recaps stopped in 1952 there was not a single repeat winner although a couple of teams won 2 titles in a 3 year span. NATIONAL TITLES Notre Dame led the way with 9 national championships but only one of them came after 1952, which was their title in 1960, although the Irish had several opportunities in the sixties and seventies for more, but they lost a number of bowl games including 3 straight Cotton Bowls from 1972-74 to ruin otherwise undefeated seasons. Texas is next with 8 titles with all but one coming in 1932 or earlier. The lone exception was the 1974 11-1 Longhorn team that won the National Title by defeating previously unbeaten Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Texas A&M was the team of the 1960's winning in '61,'64 and '66 as well as a pair of titles in the 1970s as well. Florida was another team that evolved into a powerhouse as the Gators started with a 63 prestige in 1915 and it took them a long time for it to improve, but after winning National titles in 1953,59,63 and 1975 ended the sim with a 79 prestige. Here are the National Titles by team: Notre Dame 9 Texas 8 Texas A&M 6 Tennessee 5 Virginia 5 Florida 4 NC State 4 Penn State 3 Georgia 2 Oklahoma 2 USC 2 West Virginia 2 California 1 Illinois 1 LSU 1 Mississippi 1 Nebraska 1 Oregon 1 Stanford 1 Texas Tech 1 Wisconsin 1 Michigan is the highest prestige team to never win a title. The Wolverines had several close calls through the years and were #2 in the polls on 5 occasions. Ohio State also never won a title and the same can be said for Alabama. HEISMAN TROPHY We had several players win the Heisman twice but perhaps the greatest player in college history is Chris Feldman (Oklahoma 1965-68). The running back ran for 6,477 yards in his college career and won 4 straight Heisman Trophy's helping the Sooners to an unbeaten season and a National Title as a freshman. He finishes 3rd all-time in career rushing yardage and also 3rd in career touchdowns. He likely would have been first in both categories had I not "historically adjusted" the stats as a progressed transitioning from a extremely run heavy game in the early years to slowly become more balanced in the 50s and then increased passing again in the late 1960s. It wasn't exact by any means but gave me somewhat of a historical accuracy to the sim. Out of the top 10 career rushing yard leaders, Feldman was the only one to make his college debut after 1949 and still finished within 400 yards of the all-time leader Andy Emery (Michigan 1933-36 and Heisman winner in 1936). Feldman tied for third in career rushing touchdowns with 74, two behind for Notre Dame Heisman winner Marv Gipe (1935-38) but well behind Chet Williford, was first in rushing td's with 90 and second in career rushing yardage. Williford nearly duplicated Feldman's 4 Heisman's, winning 3 while at Texas from 1926-29. Anyway, I might write a little more about it but this dynasty is basically completed as I do want the new Awards features in my next one. Thanks to anyone who stuck with it. I hope you found it enjoying to read. ONLINE LEAGUE I also would love for someone to start an online league with this file. I will immediately sign up for it. I like a couple of things about it with the first being it is a smaller league - could like drop it down from 82 to 66 teams if need be by eliminating the Ivy and WAC conferences. I figure a smaller league makes it easier to get a majority of the teams filled. The second thing I like is the prestige ratings are close enough (and could maybe be tinkered with a bit more) that it gives a large percentage of teams a realistic chance at a National Title, unlike the default modern day league. Final thing I like is the schedule files (10 in all) work very well. It gives a nice variety of games, has a good rotation for the larger conferences that don't play every opponent each year and some nice rivalry games like Michigan-Notre Dame that occur rare enough (just twice every 10 years) to make them special. Anyway, count me in if someone wants to create an online league with this file.
  8. 1950 NFL RECAP The big news heading into the 1950 season was coming out of Chicago, where the question was could the 3-time league champions continue their dominance without running backs Stan Cremmins or Pinch McWilliams? McWilliams announced his retirement over the off-season. He was a 13 year veteran out of Brigham Young who had spent his entire NFL career with the Cardinals. He was MVP of the 1944 NFL Championship game, one of 4 title teams he would be a part of. McWilliams rushed for 6767 yards in his career including a 1084 yard season in 1946 but he had spent the last 3 seasons as a backup to Cremmins. However, it was the loss of Cremmins that will most hurt the Cardinals as the back bolted to division rival Green Bay after 3 championship seasons in Chicago that saw him rush for 2875 yards, win a rookie of the year award and 2 playoff MVPs. To replace Crimmins, the Cardinals snapped up another former UCLA running back in Arnold Kraut. Kraut, who rushed for 981 yards and won Offensive Rookie of the Year last season, was made expendable by Green Bay when the Packers added Crimmins. Another team making waves in the off-season was the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite a pretty solid season under center from veteran Beauty Ellard the Steelers tied Philadelphia for last place in the East Division. Pittsburgh management decided an upgrade at QB was needed so they signed Bobby Brophy, a gunslinging 5th year pro out of TCU, who led the league in QB rating last season and was second in passing yardage the year before while with the Rams. And if two QB's is good, the Steelers felt three must be better as they also signed free agent Buck Haff, who led the Cardinals to a title two years ago when Biggs Holley was hurt, but did not play last season. The loss of Brophy left the Rams, who were at the forefront of the new emphasis on the passing game, scrambling to find a signal caller. The Rams were unable to find a replacement so they had to look to Spider Grant, the 9 year pro out of Cornell, who was their starter in 1947 before being relegated to backup status with the emergence of Brophy. With 1000 yard rusher Jay Akers also bolting Southern California - he signed with Philadelphia - the Rams offense appeared to be in deep trouble heading in to the 1950 campaign. With all of the changes the preseason predictions had the Cardinals falling out of the playoffs and continued low expectations for the Rams. The New York Giants replaced Chicago as the East favourite while in the West Chicago's other team - the Bears - and San Francisco were both expected to return to the playoffs. THE SEASON As it turned out the experts were pretty much right on the money. The San Francisco 49ers won their first 7 games and, led by a balanced offense that featured RB Mike Neville (907 yds) and QB Bob Chapdelaine (1784 yds passing, 13 TDs), finished the season with the league's best record at 8-2-2. Stan Crimmins (1032 yds) was just as good for Green Bay as he had been for the Cardinals but the Packers QB Bob Vetter was not quite what Biggs Holley was for the Cardinals so Crimmins found it was up to him to carry the offense. With Crimmins perhaps tiring a bit, the Packers dropped 3 of their last 5 games - including a loss to the lowly Rams - and allowed the Chicago Bears to overtake them for second place. The Bears returned to the playoffs for a fourth straight year thanks to Gene Stokes, the former Heisman winning back from North Carolina, providing a league best 1,111 yards rushing. Young QB Bert Fitzgibbon also had a strong season in his second year as the starter. Fourth place Detroit improved on a dismal 3-8-1 campaign a year ago but the best the Lions could do was get to .500. The Rams did get a decent year for Spider Grant at quarterback but a porous defense and a lack of a running game doomed them to another poor season while last place Baltimore was just plain awful - spared the embarrassment of a winless season only by a 20-10 victory over Detroit in week nine. Pat Holm has been the Philadelphia Eagles starting QB for 7 years and quietly went about his business. This year things just seemed to click for Holm, who led the NFL as the only passer to surpass 2000 yards, and his teammates as the Eagles returned to the playoffs after a 4 year drought. The Eagles had a dominating defense led by veteran linebacker Ike Earl, who came over from Washington and led the league in tackles with 104, and it was Earl as well as another Washington pickup - the early season trade that sent newly signed ex-Ram Jay Akers to the Redskins in exchange for veteran running back Gene Babb- that paid instant dividends. Babb, a former league champion and 3 time MVP, was fine with sharing the carries with rookie Herb Borman (from National Champion Virginia) and the duo combined for nearly 1700 yards rushing and helped propel Philadelphia to the top of the East Division. The New York Giants earned a playoff spot for the 7th time in the past ten years as long-time QB Bing Collum had another steady year. It was a tight race for second place but New York held off 3 teams to earn the berth. Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Washington all finished 6-6 while the 3-time defending champion Chicago Cardinals finished last despite a fairly respectable but deceptive 5-6-1 record. Deceptive because the Cardinals won their final 3 contests to somewhat salvage a bad season. Newcomer Arnold Kraut did come close to equalling his rookie of the year rushing totals from last season, gaining 941 yards on the ground, but lacked the explosiveness of the now departed Stan Crimmins. Without his backfield tandem of Crimmins and the retired Pinch McWilliams, Cardinals QB Biggs Holley endured a subpar season that saw him briefly lose his starting job to Gene Ontiveros, only to regain it when Ontiveros struggled terribly. Code: Select all FINAL 1950 NFL STANDINGS EAST DIVISION W L T WEST DIVISION W L T Philadelphia 8 4 0 San Francisco 8 2 2 New York 7 5 0 Chi Bears 7 5 0 Cleveland 6 6 0 Green Bay 6 5 1 Pittsburgh 6 6 0 Detroit 5 5 2 Washington 6 6 0 Los Angeles 4 8 0 Chi Cardinals 5 6 1 Baltimore 1 11 0 1950 NFL PLAYOFFS The San Francisco 49ers returned to the NFL championship game with a second straight convincing victory over the Chicago Bears in the East Division final. Bob Chapdelaine completed 14 of 17 pass attempts for 159 yards and Mike Neville ran for a touchdown but it was a veteran receiver out of USC that stole the show. Grey Galasso has been very steady through his 10 seasons in San Francisco (he caught 59 passes this year, 2nd most in the league) but had only played in one playoff game as he was injured and missed the post-season last year. This time he was healthy and Galasso made 7 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown to play a key role in the 49ers victory. San Francisco's defense was equally as strong, holding Bears running back and NFL rushing leader Gene Stokes to just 48 yards on 19 carries after Stokes had averaged 98 yards per game in two regular season meetings between the clubs. In Philadelphia, the Eagles beat the visiting New York Giants 25-14 to earn a trip to the NFL Championship game for the first time since 1939. The Eagles rushing duo of Babb and Borman combined for 157 yards but could score just 1 touchdown. The Giants were great in the redzone, but not so good in keeping the Eagles out of it as Philadelphia had to rely on 6 field goals from rookie kicker Sam Asaro, out of Oklahoma, to earn the victory. 1950 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP San Francisco would host the NFL Title Game for the second straight season but the 49ers were obviously hoping for better results than a year ago when the Chicago Cardinals hammered them for Chicago's 3rd straight title. Philadelphia last appeared in the championship game in 1939 and also played in the first one involving a west coast team when they beat the Los Angeles Rams in 1937. This game quickly turned in to the Bob Chapdelaine show as the 49ers quarterback had the game of his career. The 7th year pro from UTEP rewrote the playoff record book, setting new marks for completions and passing yardage in a game while equaling the touchdown mark with 3 scoring passes in a 41-14 romp over Philadelphia. When the dust settled Chapdelaine had completed 25 of 30 pass attempts for 282 yards as the Eagles normally solid secondary had no answer for Grey Galasso (8 catches) or Beauty Joseph (7 catches, 115 yards). San Francisco linebacker Sparky Sojka also had a career day, leading the game with 11 tackles and getting one of two interceptions that San Francisco had on the day, both of which were returned for touchdowns. It was vindication for Chapdelaine who had signed with the 49ers in 1944 after being drafted but cut in camp by the Chicago Cardinals. Chapdelaine had been through some bad seasons in San Francisco, suffering through a pair of 2-win seasons in 1944 and 1948, but also played a key role in the turnaround that began last year and culminated in the first title for a west coast team. The franchise had won 3 NFL championships prior but the first two came in Duluth and the third in 1938 when the franchise was still based in Brooklyn. It would be a clean sweep of the major awards for San Francisco as well. Chapdelaine, of course, was named playoff MVP while San Francisco RB Mike Neville captured the regular season offensive MVP award and Sojka was named top defensive player. The rookie awards went to Philadelphia's Hank Borman on offense and Los Angeles LB Jesse Morrison. Borman, a 4th round pick out of Virginia, rushed for 627 yards and scored 5 touchdowns. Morrison, who was selected first overall by the Rams out of Duke, had 91 tackles including a personal best 12 tackle, 1 sack day against Baltimore in week 10. Morrison narrowly edged out Colts 2nd round pick Joe Dear for the defensive award. Dear, out of Iowa, had 73 tackles, 3 sacks and a pair of interceptions.
  9. Notre Dame once again dominated the recruiting news heading into the 1949 season. The Irish led the nation in landing five-star recruits with a total of 9 of them committing to the two-time defending National Champions. Included in their winfall was the #1 overall rated player in Lake Forest, Illinois quarterback Mickey Grochowski. Grochowski was one of two top-ten ranked QB's to choose Notre Dame as Soup Schmidt (#7 overall) from Crozet, Virginia will also join the Irish. It was a very strong year for the Pac 8 as well with four schools from that conference finishing in the top ten recruiting class rankings. Stanford, which landed top ten recruits Chappy Kay and Fred Roach, topped the Pac 8 in finishing #3 overall in recruiting this season. Here are the top ten recruits and recruiting classes. Code: Select all TOP 10 RECRUITS 1- QB Mickey Grochowski Lake Forest, Ill Notre Dame 2- CB Gene McCuthceon Aiken, SC Wake Forest 3- CB Lou Stogner Danville, Ky Notre Dame 4- SS Chappy Kay Suwanee, Ga. Stanford 5- QB Putsy Marino Mount Holly, NC Virginia Tech 6- LB Jesse Orozco Baker, La. Indiana 7- RB Doc Henegar Roebuck, SC Georgia Tech 8- QB Soup Schmidt Crozet, Va Notre Dame 9- WR Fred Roach Sacramento, Ca Stanford 10- T Cobe Brownell Madison, Tx. Arizona State TOP TEN RECRUITING CLASSES 1- Notre Dame 2- Nebraska 3- Stanford 4- UCLA 5- Texas A&M 6- Texas 7- Georgia 8- Auburn 9- Oregon State 10- USC Notre Dame, which did not lose a game either of the past two seasons, enters 1949 ranked #1 in the nation with Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and USC rounding out the preseason top five. 1949 COLLEGE SEASON Notre Dame once again got off to a strong start as the Irish were one of five unbeaten teams as the season reached the midway point. All of that changed in Notre Dame's 7th game of the season as their 31 game winning streak came to an end with a 13-9 road loss to 6-1 USC. The Trojans capitalized on 3 turnovers, including a pair of interceptions thrown by Notre Dame sophomore QB Bucky Sylvester. The Notre Dame loss vaulted 7-0 Michigan to number one, a position the Wolverines had never finished a season in and had not been ranked #1 at any point since 1921. Michigan, which has won 3 straight Rose Bowl games, had the briefest stay possible at #1, immediately dropping a 24-10 decision at The Big House to Minnesota (4-4). Turnovers again made the difference as despite rushing for a game high 139 yards, Michigan senior running back Mike Isenhour put the ball on the ground twice and Gopher DB Linc Hinckley clinched the win with a 68 yard interception return. With Michigan's loss we were down to 3 unbeaten teams, all at 8-0. They were Virginia, led by legendary coach Punch Stone, Nebraska and surprisingly Syracuse was the third team. The Orangemen were not playing the toughest schedule this season, although they did beat Penn State, and their 8 wins were the most in a full season for the school since they went 10-2 in 1934 and won the Sun Bowl. Syracuse would drop two of their final three games to fall out of National Title contention but Virginia and Nebraska would each run the table. Notre Dame did not stumble again and was also in the mix heading into the Bowl games. There would be plenty of excitement on New Year's Day as #1 ranked Virginia would go to the Cotton Bowl to play #4 Texas A&M while 10-1 Notre Dame, which sneaked ahead of 11-0 Nebraska and into second in the polls, would meet the Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl. ACC RECAP Virginia would run away with the ACC as they had an unbeaten season moving long-time Coach Punch Stone to 10th all-time in career victories. Stone, who already has 3 National Titles with the Cavaliers would enter the bowl games just a win away from earning his fourth. He once again relied on QB Morrie Baham, now a senior, to lead the Virginia offense. Baham threw for over 2200 yards for the second straight season and tossed 15 touchdown passes, tied for tops in the nation. North Carolina finished second in the ACC at 4-2 (6-5 overall) in a down year that yielded the Tar Heels worst result in 5 seasons. North Carolina State (3-3, 7-4) also slumped badly after going 11-1 a year ago but the Tar Heels did get a bowl invite, to the Peach Bowl where they will face Wisconsin. BIG 8 RECAP Nebraska ran the table thanks to a dramatic overtime victory in their traditional season finale against Oklahoma. The Cornhuskers are guaranteed their 3rd 11-win season in the past four years but are looking for more - their first National Tile since 1933. Oklahoma and Kansas State shared second place in what was a down year for the Sooners but a very good one for the Wildcats. The Sooners finished 6-5 overall, including a loss to Kansas State for just the 6th time in 35 meetings between the schools. The Wildcats 7-4 record was their best finish since 1932. BIG TEN RECAP Ohio State and Michigan finished with identical 6-2 conference records but the Buckeyes ended the Wolverines 3-year Rose Bowl run by virtue of a season ending 31-17 victory at home over Michigan. Michigan still leads the all-time series between the schools 20-15 and had the better overall record this year (9-2 vs 8-3 for the Buckeyes) but the season had to be a bitter disappointment for Michigan after winning their first 8 games. Senior Mike Isenhour, despite the turnovers in the loss to Minnesota, had a great season as he finished second in the nation with 1382 yards rushing. While Ohio State would face Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Michigan would still get a bowl game with an invite to face 8-1 Dartmouth in the Gator Bowl. Wisconsin (8-3) also earned a bowl invite, a trip to the Peach Bowl and a meeting with North Carolina. IVY LEAGUE RECAP Dartmouth was the story with an 8-1 season that included a sweep of the conference plus a win over Virginia Tech to earn a bowl appearance for the Big Green for the first time since 1922. Our Dartmouth QB recruit Doug Cheek, had a decent but not spectacular season, passing for 1019 yards and 4 touchdowns as Dartmouth relied more on a ground game by committee. Following the season Cheek would decide to forgo his senior year and turn pro. Meanwhile Penn's Rip Tipton, the other Ivy League QB from that recruiting class, had a terrible season for the 4-5 Quakers. He passed for 1175 yards and 6 touchdowns but was picked off 12 times, third most in the nation. PACIFIC 8 RECAP Stanford continued to build on their strong recruiting class with an outstanding 9-2 season and a perfect run through the conference including a 37-0 beating of USC. Stanford finished the regular season ranked #5 while USC, also 9-2, was 6th in the polls and UCLA (7-4) was ranked 14th. Only USC would get a bowl bid to go along with Stanford's trip to the Rose Bowl and the Cardinal had to be happy to not be facing Michigan, a team they lost to each of the past two seasons. It would be the first ever meeting between Stanford and Ohio State. Despite the down year for UCLA, you can't blame freshman QB Babe Gatlin. Despite being just a 3-star recruit, Gatlin earned the starting job and went on to lead the nation in passing yardage with 2265. The offense as a whole was not a concern, as sophomore RB Charlie Harris, who I mentioned last season as well, finished in the top ten in rushing with 1139 yards. It was tough losses to Stanford and USC, which always seems to give the Bruins fits based on their 12-23 record against the Trojans, that doomed UCLA. SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE RECAP The SEC was a dog fight all year and with 4 teams tying atop the standings with 4-2 conference records all they did was ruin each other's seasons. LSU and Georgia were two of the four - joining Auburn and Kentucky in a surprising result for the Wildcats as conference leaders but only 6-5 Auburn, who were awarded the conference title based on tiebreakers, would earn a bowl invitation. Georgia and Tennessee (3-3 in conference) both finished 8-3 while LSU was 7-4, records good enough to allow all 3 to sneak into the top 25 rankings. SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE RECAP Texas A&M (10-1 overall) went unbeaten in SWC play and finished the season ranked 4th and with an invite to face #1 Virginia in the Cotton Bowl. Arkansas (8-3) and TCU (6-5) were both 5-2 and tied for second in the conference with Texas Tech in fourth. Where was Texas you ask? The normally dominant Longhorns went 7-4 overall but their 4 losses all came in conference play. The Razorbacks would earn a bowl game, where they will meet Arizona (9-2) in the Tangerine Bowl. WAC RECAP Wyoming went 10-1 and finished the regular season ranked 8th in the nation, earning a Bowl bid for the second straight season. 10 wins represented a record for a Cowboys team a year after they equalled their previous high water mark by going 8-4. The other QB we had been following, Stew Mall, suffered through a tough season with 3-8 New Mexico. Mall was benched for 2 games but really didn't play that badly in his junior season, passing for 1303 yards and 7 touchdowns while only getting picked off twice. New Mexico's problem was a defense that ranked among the worst in the nation against the run. Speaking of running, I should go back to Wyoming and talk about senior back Johnson Breshears. He led the nation with 1712 yards on the ground and scored 21 touchdowns including 198 yards in a season ending win over Boston College. I looked to see if that was a record and it certainly wasn't as somehow a Penn State back by the name of Russ Jordan ran for 379 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 1943 game against Maryland. INDEPENDENTS Notre Dame had it's usually strong season, but finished with a blemish thanks to the loss to USC, ending at 10-1. Penn State was 8-3, and ranked 16th in a bit of a drop-off for the Nittany Lions while Syracuse (9-2), Pitt (7-4) and West Virginia (7-4) all cracked the top twenty five. 1949 BOWL GAMES Three teams had eyes on the National Championship entering New Year's Day. Virginia just need a victory over #4 Texas A&M to earn Coach Punch Stone his fourth National Title. However, 11-1 and #2 ranked Notre Dame had title hopes of it's own as Ival Scarbrough's squad was looking for it's third straight championship. #3 ranked Nebraska was 11-0 and still had a shot at winning the Cornhuskers first title since 1933. ROSE BOWL Before we get to the game's with title implications let's talk about the grand-daddy of them all, the Rose Bowl. Stanford had lost two straight to Michigan but this year the Ohio State Buckeyes replaced the Wolverines in the New Year's Day game. The first-ever meeting of the two schools was tight for a half as the Buckeyes led 7-6 at the break but Stanford caught fire in the second half and romped to a 40-13 victory. Stanford freshman receiver Fred Roach - a top ten recruit - had the best game of his young career, catching 5 balls for 123 yards to help the Cardinal earn the victory. ORANGE BOWL Despite their long history of battling each other for National Champions (in which the Irish almost always seemed to come out on top) the two schools had only met once before in a bowl game. That was back in 1919 when Notre Dame won in the Orange Bowl to finish 3rd in the rankings. This time Nebraska turned the tables on the Irish with a 26-9 victory that allowed the Cornhuskers to finish perfect at 12-0 for the first time in school history. COTTON BOWL Unfortunately for Nebraska, Virginia took care of business in the Cotton Bowl by blanking Texas A&M 29-0 and also finishing 12-0. The Cavs held on to #1 forcing the Cornhuskers to settle for second in the polls. Morrie Banham threw for 216 yards which gave him 2443 on the season, tops in the nation for the second straight year. For 77 year old coach Punch Stone, it was his 4th National Championship and 157th career victory. Stone would go out a winner as he announced his retirement from coaching following the game. SUGAR BOWL After missing out on the Rose Bowl yet again (USC has not played in Pasadena on New Years Day since that last of 5 straight appearances in 1944) the Trojans beat Auburn 24-15 in the Sugar Bowl to finish the season with a 10-2 record and a #6 ranking. In other Bowl action, Syracuse exposed WAC champion Wyoming with a 47-7 Sun Bowl victory that left both schools at 10-2. Michigan took out it's frustrations on missing the Rose Bowl with a 68-17 thumping of Doug Cheek and Dartmouth in the Gator Bowl. Wolverines back Mike Isenhour ran for 162 yards to put himself over the 1600 mark for the season but he still trailed NCAA leader Johnson Breshears of Wyoming for the overall lead. Breshears, also a senior like Isenhour, gained 87 in the Sun Bowl to finish with 1799. Wisconsin dominated North Carolina in the Peach Bowl, claiming a 44-0 shutout victory. Arizona topped Arkansas 21-14 in the Tangerine Bowl while Pitt beat Colorado State 31-17 in the Bluebonnet. Here are the end of season Top 25 rankings. AWARDS The Heisman Trophy went to Wyoming senior running back Johnson Breshears as he outpointed Virginia QB Morrie Baham and Michigan RB Mike Isenhour. In his 4 year career at Wyoimng, Johnson started 44 games and rushed for 5614 yards while scoring 65 touchdowns. As a senior he led the nation with 1799 rushing yards. POSTION AWARD WINNERS TOP QB - SR Morrie Baham Virginia TOP RB - SR Johnson Breshears Wyoming TOP RECEIVER - FR Marv Chipman Virginia TOP OLINE - SO Snipe Cypher Washington TOP DLINE - JR Pete Brunswick Notre Dame TOP LB - SO Clyde Alton Mississippi TOP DB - JR Tony Bullock Wisconsin RECAP OF THE PLAYERS WE ARE FOLLOWING I pretty much covered all of them in the conference recaps with the exception of the Notre Dame QB. The Irish are just loaded at QB with at least one top ten QB recruit coming in every year so it is looking like Dave Grosse, who was the top QB 3 seasons ago, will never play for Notre Dame. He redshirted his first season and now finishing his sophomore season has yet to take a snap in a game. I am surprised he has not transferred elsewhere as true sophomore Bucky Sylvester has started every game since he arrived on campus. Sylvester was pretty consistent both years, passing for 1121 yards with 12 td's and 1 interception in a 12-0 season as a freshman and went for 1190 yards with 10 td's and 2 picks in 11 games as a sophomore, sitting out a win over Michigan State with an injury. I also talked about Minnesota running back John Broomfield, who was the number one ranked recruit in the same class as Grosse and the other 3 QB's. Broomfield had a big rookie season with the Gophers, gaining over 1000 yards but has been bothered by injury each of the past two years. He played just 5 games as a sophomore and picked up 372 yards. This year as a junior he played in 9 games and ran for 824 yards. PRESTIGE CHANGES Colorado State +4 Syracuse +2 UCLA, Auburn and Wyoming +1 Clemson and Colorado -2 Cornell -1 TEAMS WTH PRESTIGE OVER 70 Penn State 75 Texas A&M 74 Notre Dame 74 Georgia 74 Michigan 74 Oklahoma 73 USC 73 UCLA 72 Virginia 72 Tennessee 71 Stanford 71 Cal 71 NC State 71 West Virginia 71 Wisconsin 70 North Carolina 70 Alabama 70 Ohio State 70
  10. Before I continue with the 1949 college season I thought I would take a look at the top head coaches in this universe. The head coach with the most National Champions is Chet Hazlett, who spent 16 seasons at the University of Texas and won 6 National Titles. Here are the head coaches with multiple National Titles. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BY HEAD COACH NAME TITLES TEAM YEARS Chet Hazlett 6 Texas 1921, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928 Joe Lachance 4 Notre Dame 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 Jerry Theriot 4 Tennessee 1938, 1941, 1944, 1946 Punch Stone 3 Virginia 1940, 1942, 1943 Elmer Hannon 3 NC State 1917, 1918, 1919 Ival Scarbrough 2* Notre Dame 1947, 1948 *Of note is that Scarbrough was an assistant at Notre Dame under Joe Lachance for three more titles from 1935-37. Here are the all-time leaders in career wins as a head coach only. Four coaches on this list remain active as head coaches entering the 1949 season led by Penn State's Herb Hackney with 151. There is also a family connection on the this list as Duke Lewandowski coached at North Carolina State and Nebraska in the early days of college football and his son Fritz, who is currently coaching Georgia, started with New Mexico in 1929 and moved to Purdue in 1934 before joining the Bulldogs in 1938. Between them, the two Lewandowski's have 325 career victories and two National championship -one for the elder Lewandwoski in his final season at Nebraska (1933) and son Fritz got one with Georgia in 1945. HEAD COACHES WITH AT LEAST 125 CAREER WINS NAME W L YEARS TEAMS Elmer Hannon 229 55 15-38 NC State/Nebraska Molly Cloyd 197 73 15-37 West Virginia Stump Bundy 192 94 18-42 Auburn/Michigan Ray Trumbo 188 68 15-36 Florida Bobby Louviere 183 79 15-37 Georgia Duke Lewandowski 181 45 15-33 Iowa/Nebraska Ike Baker 175 57 15-34 Alabama Chet Hazlett 163 27 15-30 Texas Bernie Burton 158 62 15-33 Tennessee/Penn State Herb Hackney 151 45 32-ACT Yale/Tenn/Penn State Punch Stone 145 45 33-ACT Virginia Claud Tobey 144 72 15-33 Colorado/Va Tech Fritz Lewandowski 144 82 29-ACT New Mexico/Purdue/Georgia Jesse Gardener 141 75 15-33 CAL Les Napier 141 76 15-33 Auburn/Ohio State Chuck Jeter 137 90 24-43 UTEP/Mississippi St/Stanford Len Black 134 42 15-29 Notre Dame Jerry Theriot 131 20 36-ACT Cornell/Tennessee Jesse Thorton 125 39 35-ACT North Carolina OTHER ACTIVE COACHES Van Escobar 116 87 31-ACT South Carolina/Texas Paul Null 90 67 39-ACT Florida St/Minnesota Tony Widener 83 22 40-ACT Nebraska Interesting to note if you count time as a co-ordinator, current Nebraska coach Tony Widener is the all-time wins leader with 259. Prior to taking the Cornhuskers head job in 1940, Widener had spent 19 years as an offensive co-ordinator- 2 in Dartmouth followed by 17 with West Virginia.
  11. I found it interesting to discover that 3 of the 12 starting running backs in the NFL last season played their college ball at UCLA. All 3 enjoyed very strong seasons, prompting me to search the history of the pro league to see if this was something new or an ongoing trend. As expected it is quite new for UCLA as the Bruins, and other west coast teams rarely had players enter the pro draft in the first two decades of the league. (Prior to the Rams move from Cleveland to the West Coast I was editing out a lot of the players from Western US schools in my draft files. I still edit the files as I prefer to have my draft class be no more than 400-500 players instead of the 1500 or so generated by the game each year but now I leave all the top players in (including the western school players) and just remove those who saw little to no playing time in college). So because of that editing it really wasn't a surprise that prior to the 3 current UCLA running backs in the NFL there were only two other former Bruins who played pro ball. Below is a brief write-up on the college and pro careers of each of them. I may do this with other positions and schools at various times as I did notice that Notre Dame and Michigan, among others, sent a lot of RB's to the NFL in my league. The three Bruins represent 25% of the starting running backs in the NFL today and all 3 enjoyed very productive 1949 seasons. They are Stan Crimmins of the Cardinals, Green Bay rookie Arnold Kraut and veteran Cleveland Brown Hal O'Neal. Here is a brief bio of each: STAN CRIMMINS I have already written a fair bit about Crimmins. He was a 4th round pick in 1947 and has helped the Cardinals win 3 straight NFL titles. He was offensive rookie of the year in 1947 and playoff MVP in both 1947 and 1948. In 36 regular season games over 3 seasons, he has rushed for 2875 yards. In college, Crimmins was a 3 star recruit out of Mission Vejo, California ranked 312th in his class. He would end up starting three seasons with UCLA (1944-46) and set the Bruins single season rushing record with 1662 yards as a senior. In all he gained 4252 yards and scored 47 touchdowns in 34 college games. He was a key piece along with QB Biggs Holley on UCLA's Rose Bowl winning 1945 team that finished 11-1 and ranked 2nd in the nation. That was UCLA's only 11 game winning team. ARNOLD KRAUT Kraut was a 6th rd pick of Packers in 1949 and earned the starting job out of training camp. He went on to rush for 981 yards and 6 touchdowns and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year this season. From Hawaii, the 3 star recruit (757th overall in his class) played 3 seasons for the Bruins (1946-48). His best year came as a junior in 1947 when he rushed for 1317 yards and started all 12 games helping UCLA to a Sun Bowl appearance. He was bothered by injuries as a senior, starting just 2 games but carried the ball for 718 yards on the season. HAL O'NEAL The 11th year pro has bounced around the league but started for Cleveland last season, gaining 605 yards on the ground. He was originally a 4th round pick of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939 but played just one season with them before being dealt to the New York Yanks(which eventually moved to Cleveland). In 1943 he was moved to Pittsburgh and also had stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco before coming to Cleveland this season. He has played in 118 career games, starting 40 and rushing for 6318 yards but is likely very close to the end of his career. O'Neal was a highly touted 5 star recruit out of South Jordan, Utah in 1934. He was ranked 23rd in his class and would play all four seasons for the Bruins, starting 34 games and rushing for 4532 yards. His career ended with a Rose Bowl loss in 1938, the only bowl game UCLA reached during his time at the school. Prior to these 3 only two other UCLA running backs ever played in the NFL. They were: RAY HULSEY Hulsey was undrafted out of college and had a three year stint as a backup with the Cleveland Rams from 1922-24. He would end his career with just 40 rushing yards. In college, Hulsey was a 3 star recruit out of Rancho Cucamonga, California. After redshirting in 1917, he would play in all 44 games from 1918-21 but never started, finishing with 702 career rushing yards. VIC NORTHRUP Also undrafted after his college career, Northrup did manage to spend 6 seasons in the pros playing for Green Bay, the Chicago Bears and New York Giants. In all, he rushed for 2149 yards including a career best 613 for the 1932 Bears. Northrup was a 3 star recruit from Encinitas, California who red-shirted in 1921. Over the next four seasons with the Bruins he played in 44 games and gained 3979 rushing yards while scoring 24 touchdowns. His career highlight came in the 1924 Rose Bowl when he rushed for 138 yards and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Northrup remains UCLA's career leader in rushing attempts. There have been some very good Bruins players make the NFL at other positions including current Cardinals star QB Biggs Holley and Roxey Gillum, also a QB who played for a decade starting in 1921 with Green Bay and the Giants. Wide receiver Ralph Gulley was a first round pick in 1923 who ended up having 289 career catches for Rochester, Green Bay and Brooklyn. The 1923 draft was a banner class for the Bruins as two defensive ends joined Gulley as first round selections. Les Pohlman spent over a decade with Cardinals, Packers and Frankford while Stan Armstrong played 12 years for the Boston/Washington Redskins. Despite the success of Gulley, Pohlman and Armstrong the 1922 Bruins team, which all 3 were seniors on and Northrup was a redshirt freshman, had one of the worst records in school history as the Bruins finished 4-7 that year. The 1949 College Season will be up next. UCLA is not expected to have a great season. The Bruins, who finished 7-4 overall and 4th in the Pacific 8 Conference a year ago, are projected to do about the same this time around. However, UCLA may have the next great pro running back in sophomore Charlie Harris. As a freshman Harris rushed for 811 yards and 11 touchdowns and is projected to be one of the best running backs in the nation next season. He is right up there with Minnesota's John Broomfield. Broomfield, you might recall was the #1 ranked recruit two years ago and had a great freshamn year, gaining over 1000 yards for the Golden Gophers. He missed much of last season due to injury but still ran for 372 yards in 4 and a bit games.
  12. 1949 NFL RECAP Going into the season many experts had pegged the Washington Redskins to dethrone the 3-time defending champion Chicago Cardinals atop the East Division. The Redskins had added MVP running back Gene Babb from Green Bay during the off-season and were poised to make a run at the division title. Unfortunately, things couldn't have gone worse as Babb lasted less than a half before suffereing a season-ending injury in the opening game. Washington proceeded to lose 5 of it's first six games and although they got things together in the second half of the sesaon, finished out of a playoff spot. The Chicago Cardinals started slow, with just 2 wins in their first 5 games, but a strong finish allowed the Cardinals to claim the East Division crown yet again. It was much tighter this time around as the Cardinals, Giants and Browns all tied for top spot at 7-4-1 but Chicago was awarded first and New York second based on their record's within the division. The Cardinals once again relied on their UCLA connection as a now healthy Biggs Holley led the NFL in passing yardage while back Stan Crimmons rushed for 963 yards. The Cardinals defense was also very good, as was that of the second place Giants. New York, which had won only 8 games over the last three combined, ended with 7 this season including a season ending 16-10 victory at Cleveland to take a playoff spot away from the Browns. Veteran QB Bing Collum did not have an outstanding season for New York, but his years of playoff experience and 3 championships provided a steadying influence. Collum's main job was handing the ball of and the primary receipiant was Harry Robinson, a 7th year pro out of Oregon State, who carried the ball 218 times for 907 yards. The Browns look like a team that is just a piece or two away from contending for a title. QB Elmer Welch, a 1944 3rd round pick out of Oklahoma State, had a strong season and combined with 1947 first round pick WR Jerry Boullard for 49 catches and 725 yards, both figures third highest in the league for a receiver. In the West Division the big story was the San Francisco 49ers, who finished first for the first time since 1940 (when they were still in Brooklyn) and ended a 6 year playoff drought by improving by 7 victories over last season. The 49ers offense revolved around RB Mike Neville, a former Oklahoma Sooner, who rushed for a career best 1023 yards. Despite missing QB Bob Chapdelaine for the final 5 games (but he would be healthy for the playoffs), San Francisco finished the season on an 8 game winning streak. The second place Chicago Bears needed a final week victory over their rival Cardinals and a Green Bay loss in order to edge the Packers out for second place and the playoffs. With the retirement of veteran back Mack Johnson prior to the season, third year pro Gene Stokes became the centerpiece of the Bears offense. The 1947 first overall pick and former Heisman Trophy winner was up to the challenge, leading the NFL in rushing with 1105 yards. The Bears also had a new QB as veteran Buck Haff, who led them to the title game a year ago after being acquired from Baltimore, was waived. Bert Fitzgibbon, a second year player out of nearby Northwestern, earned the starting job and passed for 1961 yards and 13 touchdowns. Fitzgibbon's TD number was only surpassed by Green Bay's Bob Vetter, who looked like he had clinched the Packers a playoff berth in Week 10 with a 26-10 victory over the Bears. However, Chicago won it's final two games and the Packers dropped both of theirs to miss out on making the playoffs two years in a row - an accomplishment that would have been a first in team history. FINAL 1949 NFL STANDINGS EAST DIVISION W L T WEST DIVISION W L T Chi Cardinals 7 4 1 San Francisco 9 3 0 New York 7 4 1 Chi Bears 7 4 1 Cleveland 7 4 1 Green Bay 7 5 0 Washington 6 6 0 Baltimore 4 7 1 Philadelphia 4 7 1 Detroit 3 8 1 Pittsburgh 4 7 1 Los Angeles 3 9 0 1949 PLAYOFFS The New York Giants returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1945, when their streak of 5 straight playoff appearances (which included two league titles) came to an end. The Giants fall had coincided with the rise of the Chicago Cardinals. The Cardinals were in the playoffs for the 6th time in the past seven years and had won the last two NFL titles. The Cardinals were riding a 4 game post-season winning streak and that streak would remain intact, at least for one more week, because they were just a little too much for the Giants in a 16-5 victory. Rinty Martins kicked 3 field goals for the Cardinals while Biggs Holley, who was 16-for-25 for 110 yards, hooked up with fullback Nick Meade for a 3 yard touchdown to round out the Chicago scoring. Stan Crimmins had a strong day as well, pacing the Chicago running game with 87 yards. New York's veteran QB Bing Collum completed just 12 of 32 pass attempts for 84 yards and the Giants running game was also held in check. A field goal and a sack of Holley in the Chicago end zone for a safety accounted for the New York scoring. In San Francisco, the 49ers miracle season continued with a 29-10 victory over the Chicago Bears in a game that featured a most unlikely hero. With their backup already sidelined, 49ers QB Bob Chapdelaine was injured in the first quarter prompting San Francisco to have to go with third stringer Sam Goulet under center. The 31 year old former Purdue Boilermaker had been in the league for a decade but always as a backup and had only played in 10 games in his career and never in the post-season. The playoff stage did not phase him and Goulet threw a pair of touchdown passes while completing 17 of 21 to lead the 49ers to the win. Another back up came up big as well for the winners, as RB Hank Sowell, an undrafted rookie out of Georgia, gained 90 yards to lead all rushers. San Francisco did a terrific job on the Bears, intercepting QB Bert Fitzgibbon twice and holding RB Gene Stokes to just 13 yards on 9 carries before Stokes left the game in third quarter with an injury. Veteran LB Jack Outland also deserves a mention as he had 8 tackles, 2 sacks, a safety and an interception for the winners. 1949 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME The San Francisco 49ers went from 2-9-1 the previous season to a berth in the NFL title game. The success of the team caused professional football's popularity in the Bay Area to grow exponentially. It was just the third season on the coast for the team that moved from Brooklyn but the 49ers had the opportunity to do something their southern neighbours, the Los Angeles Rams, had failed to accomplish and the Rams had been on the West Coast since 1937. Los Angeles had made it to the championship game twice, in 1937 and again in 1943, but they lost both times. Unfortunately, like their California neighbours, the San Francisco 49ers were unable to win the final game of the season. On this occasion the powerful Chicago Cardinals thumped the 49ers 38-6 to win their third straight NFL title, equaling the 1934-36 Chicago Bears record. Biggs Holley threw for 142 yards while Nick Meade and Stan Crimmins combined for 137 on the ground to lead Chicago to victory. The Cardinals defense held San Francisco off the scoresheet until late in the fourth quarter, picking off a pair of Sam Goulet passes and hounding the 49ers quarterback every time he dropped back to pass. Unlike the Bears a week before, the Cardinals defense had little trouble exposing Goulet for the inexperienced player he was. Holley was named the Playoff MVP and despite being in just his 4th season, the Cardinals QB owns 3 NFL titles, although he sat out last year's game with an injury. The regular season MVP came from Chicago also as Bears running back Gene Stokes captured the award after leading the league in rushing.
  13. 1948 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRESEASON It was another strong recruiting year for Notre Dame as Ival Scarbrough once again landed the top recruiting class although Texas A&M and Oklahoma fared nearly as well. Among the Irish recruits included a pair of top ten prospects in #8 Rocky Hawks - a tackle from Illinois - and it was a mild surprise to see the top rated QB, #3 overall Bucky Sylvester from Kentucky, also choose Notre Dame. The Irish have a logjam of quarterbacks with 3 year starter Hugo Puckett returning for his senior season and last year's top QB Dave Grosse, coming off his redshirt year. In all, Notre Dame has 10 quarterbacks on their roster including 5-star recruits in Grosse and Sylvester. Oklahoma also landed two players ranked in the top ten including #1 recruit Bill Klosterman, a strong safety from New Hampshire. Sticking with secondary help, the Sooners also added a free safety in 8th ranked Robin Callahan. It was a big year for the state of Georgia, which produced 3 top tens including Callahan, DE Mike Gaines and RB Charlie Harris. UCLA has had a good tradition of producing strong running backs, with Chicago Cardinals Stan Cremmins being the most recent example, so I will add Harris to the list of players I will keep an eye on going forward. Here are the top ten recruits and where they ended up 1- SS Bill Klosterman from Gilford, NH OKLAHOMA 2- DE Mike Gaines from Tyrone, Ga VIRGINIA TECH 3- QB Bucky Sylvester from Springfield, Ky NOTRE DAME 4- RB Charlie Harris from Bainbridge, Ga. UCLA 5- WR Harry Price from Boise, Id OHIO STATE 6- CB Bobby Meier from Mesa, Az BROWN 7- C Steve Byington from Lakeside, Cal TEXAS A&M 8- T Rocky Hawks from Oak Forest, Ill NOTRE DAME 9- FS Robin Callahan from Buford, Ga. OKLAHOMA 10-WR Howie McKeen from Provo, Ut. NORTH CAROLINA The Top Five Recruiting Classes this year belong to: 1- Notre Dame 2- Texas A&M 3- Oklahoma 4- Baylor 5- Virginia No Head Coaching changes at any of the top ranked schools but Stew Mall at New Mexico will have a new coach as the Lobos hired Lee Rockhill to run the program. Rockhill was previously the offensive co-ordinator at Yale. 1948 COLLEGE SEASON After a perfect 12-0 season Notre Dame enters the 1948 campaign as the number one ranked school. Nebraska is second in the preseason polls followed by Texas A&M, USC, Oklahoma with their strong recruiting class, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, Penn State and Cal to round out the top 10. I had planned on following Dave Grosse but once again this season it does not look like he will play for Notre Dame. Hugo Puckett, who has started each of his first three years and led the Irish to an undefeated season last year, is not starting either. Instead incoming freshman Bucky Sylvester won the job with Puckett the backup and Grosse relegated to third string. You cannot question the decision by Coach Scarbrough after week one, as the Irish thumped Auburn 33-6 behind a 2 touchdown day for Sylvster, who completed 19 of 26 attempts for 160 yards. By week five the Irish were 5-0 and one of 9 teams that had yet to lose a game this season. However, Sylvester only started the first three of those games before suffering a broken finger. Puckett replaced him for the next two including a 48-14 romp over Michigan. Sylvester would return for Notre Dame's sixth game and the winning streak would continue throughout the season as the Irish ran the table and finished 11-0. Entering the final two weeks of the season a number of other teams had a chance to join Notre Dame at 11-0 but only SEC champ Georgia managed to accomplish it. For the Bulldogs, it was the third perfect season in school history as they won the National Championship in 1945 and finished second to Virginia in 1940. SEC RECAP Georgia's strength was it's running game - they had two backs surpass a 1000 yards and a third come just 7 yards shy of that mark - Seniors Jack Hipple (1055) and Hawk Sowell (993) were joined by an outstanding true freshman by the name of Jim Courts, who not only gained 1110 yards but finished tied for second in the nation with 16 touchdown carries. Georgia also benefitted from not playing Tennessee this year, as the 10-1 Vols finished second in the SEC with their only loss coming to 8-3 LSU. ACC RECAP North Carolina State (10-1) won the ACC title, finishing unbeaten in conference play for the first time since 1937. Only a late season loss at Penn State denied the Wolfpack their first unbeaten season since 1917. Virginia was second in conference play at 5-1 (9-2 overall) as the Cavs fully embraced a passing game that was led by junior QB Morrie Baham, who led the nation in passing yardage and QB rating. His two favourite targets, senior wideouts Cliff Lewis and Mike Smith, finished 1st and 3rd in the country in receiving yards. BIG 8 RECAP Oklahoma, so highly touted coming in, had a great start to the season but the Sooners were tripped up by Nebraska, a school that has always given them fits. Oklahoma is 14-20 all-time vs the Cornhuskers and this most recent loss cost the Sooners a perfect season. 9-2 Nebraska had some struggles of their own, falling to Kansas State to finish with one loss in conference play (their other loss came at home to Texas A&M). Entering the bowls Oklahoma was ranked third behind Notre Dame and Georgia while Nebraska was tenth. BIG 10 RECAP The Big Ten has not received a lot of National Title talk through the years and that is mostly due to the teams beating each other up during the regular season. A Big Ten team has not won the National Title since Wisconsin went 12-0 in 1916. Michigan came close in 1934, when the Wolverines went 12-0 including a Rose Bowl win but finished second to an unbeaten Notre Dame in the polls. Since 1932 the Wolverines have only failed to be selected for a bowl once and have been to 9 Rose Bowls in that stretch. You can change that number to 10 as Michigan won the Big Ten with a 6-1 conference record including a 45-10 waltz past Ohio State(8-3) in the game that decided, as it often does, the conference winner. The 9-2 Wolverines enter the Rose Bowl ranked 4th with losses coming to Notre Dame and Indiana. IVY LEAGUE RECAP Columbia won the Ivy League with a perfect 7-0 record but the Lions dropped both of their non-conference games. As for the two young QB's we were following, well both of their teams finished in a 4-way tie for second at 4-3. Penn was 6-3 overall as sophomore QB Rip Tipton threw for a career best 1374 yards and 12 touchdowns while Doug Cheek had 1335 yards passing and 7 touchdowns for 5-4 Dartmouth. PAC 8 RECAP USC(6-5) and UCLA(7-4) both had down years as Cal won the Pacific 8 title with an 8-3 overall record and 6-1 in conference play. USC's woes can be attributed to the fact that they went 2-3 while starting QB Jimmie Laird was sidelined with a broken foot. Cal had some quarterback problems of their own as well, but rather than injury it was because each of the three players that started games at QB had a propensity for throwing interceptions. Despite the turnovers, the rushing game, led by redshirt freshman Lee Amsler's 1336 yards and 12 touchdowns, was strong enough to carry the Bears to their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1937. SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE RECAP Texas A&M entered their season ending showdown with Texas at 10-0 and ranked second in the nation. However, the Longhorns pulled out a 16-6 victory to improve to 8-3 and claim the conference title with a 6-1 record to match the Aggies. Despite A&M being a powerhouse and often in the National Title hunt (but only winning it once in 1920) the Longhorns have dominated the series, winning 24 of 34 meetings and, more often than not, being the reason A&M was denied a National Title. Although it should be noted a dismal 1-6 record in Cotton Bowl games against Notre Dame, with the National Title often on the line, clearly hurt A&M as well. Texas, on the other hand, despite being 4-5 overall against Notre Dame, was 2-0 in the Cotton Bowl against the Irish. WAC RECAP Wyoming (7-4) and UTEP (8-3) tied for the WAC lead at 6-2 but the conference crown went to the Cowboys thanls to a 37-7 win over the Miners during the season. New Mexico, with a new coach and our other young quarterback in Stew Mall, finished just 4-3 (5-6 overall) but the Lobos beat both UTEP and Wyoming this season so perhaps there is hope before Mall graduates. As for Mall, he threw for 1737 yards and 8 touchdowns but also was picked off 5 times for the second straight year. INDEPENDENTS Notre Dame of course led the way at 11-0 but Penn State (10-1) and Virginia Tech (9-2) also had strong years. The Hokies were lead by Dutch Dorn, who entered the Bowl games as the NCAA rushing leader with 1635 yards and averaged nearly 7 yards per carry. 1948 BOWL GAMES The 4 big New Year's Day Bowls all looked like great matchups. #1 Notre Dame would once again go to the Cotton Bowl to play SWC champion Texas while #2 ranked Georgia accepted a date with 10th ranked Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. The Bulldogs would need a solid victory combined with an Irish loss to try and secure the National championship. The Sugar Bowl also looked interesting with a pair of 10-1 teams in #3 Oklahoma vs #4 Tennessee. COTTON BOWL Freshman QB Bucky Sylvester had the worst day of his young career, completing just 6 of 20 passes for 98 yards but thanks to 4 Texas fumbles the Irish came away with a 29-16 victory and their second straight National Title. Notre Dame kicker Ken Johnson ended up being the offensive hero as he connected on all five of his field goal attempts while sophomore defensive end Pete Brunswick forced 3 fumbles and made 7 tackles in the game. ORANGE BOWL Georgia needed a last minute field goal to beat the Cornhuskers 20-17 and go 12-0 but they had to settle for #2 in the rankings. Georgia's three running backs combined for over 200 yards on the ground and Jack Hipple scored a pair of touchdowns. The Bulldogs had led 17-3 at one point but Nebraska tied the game with 3 minutes left thanks to some key completions from senior QB Jack Vidmar, who threw for 209 yards in his final game as a Cornhusker. Georgia won it with a 39 yard field goal from Ralph Job with :13 seconds remaining. SUGAR BOWL Tennessee scored 24 points in the second quarter and coasted to a 27-13 victory over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Junior RB Garth Hall led the Volunteers with 88 yards rushing, 15 receiving and a pair of touchdowns. ROSE BOWL Michigan improved to 10-2 overall and won the Rose Bowl for the third straight season with a 30-7 victory over Cal. Redshirt freshman QB Carl Burkey passed for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Wolverines attack while junior halfback Mike Isenhour rushed for 103 yards. OTHER BOWL RESULTS SUN BOWL - North Carolina State (11-1) 23 Texas A&M (10-2) 10 GATOR BOWL - Virginia (10-2) 44 Illinois (9-3) 23 PEACH BOWL - Wisconsin (9-3) 34 North Carolina (8-4) 7 TANGERINE BOWL - Penn State (11-1) 52 LSU (8-4) 7 BLUEBONNET BOWL- Wyoming (8-4) 44 Georgia Tech (7-5) 14 Here are the FINAL TOP TEN RANKINGS 1- Notre Dame 12-0 2- Georgia 12-0 3- Tennessee 11-1 4- North Carolina State 11-1 5- Michigan 10-2 6- Virginia 10-2 7- Oklahoma 10-2 8- Penn State 11-1 9- Texas A&M 10-2 10-Virginia Tech 9-2 AWARDS The Heisman Trophy went to running back Dutch Dorn of Virginia Tech. Dorn, a redshirt sophomore, led the nation with 1635 rushing yards, despite not playing in a bowl game. He also had 20 touchdowns including 19 rushing td's. Dorn becomes the second Hokie to win the Heisman. RB Phil Teel won it twice: in 1918 and again in 1920 POSTION AWARD WINNERS TOP QB - SR Stan Labbe North Carolina TOP RB - SO Dutch Dorn Virginia Tech TOP RECEIVER - SR Cliff Lewis Virigina TOP OLINE - FR Red Buker Texas A&M TOP DLINE - SO Elmer Wootten North Carolina State TOP LB - SO Tommy Franklin Florida State TOP DB - SR Frank Todd Penn State
  14. 1948 NFL RECAP Despite being one of only two franchises to have played in the same city every year since 1920, the Green Bay Packers entered 1948 having never won an NFL championship. The Packers have only made the playoffs 5 times in 27 years and reached the NFL title game just twice. The team was coming off three straight losing seasons including a 3 win season a year ago. So when the Packers shot out the NFL West Division lead by winning their first 4 games it was, to say the least, a surprise. In a year in which it appeared parity was taking over (8 of the league's 12 teams had 2 victories after week four) the Packers were 2 wins better than anyone else as the season completed it's first third. Green Bay did finally lose, to Detroit in week five, but the Packers led by veteran RB Gene Babb's league leading 1,174 rushing yards and an aggressive defense bolstered by rookie CB Jerry Biddy, a 2nd round pick out of North Carolina State, who had 4 interceptions, made the playoffs for the first time in 4 years. A Week 12 10-9 loss against the Bears cost Green Bay homefield advantage in the Semi-Finals as the red-hot Bears won their final seven games to finish a half game up on Green Bay. The Bears relied on their running game which still featured veteran Mack Johnson (956 yds) but gave much more time to former Heisman Trophy winner and last year's first overall draft pick Gene Stokes (689 yds) but it was an early season quarterback trade that turned the team's fortunes around. After a Week Five loss to Baltimore that dropped the Bears record to 2-2-1, Chicago and the Colts swapped quarterbacks with the Bears sending starter Whitey Riddle to Baltimore in exchange for the Colts veteran backup Buck Haff. Haff, a 7th year pro out of Pittsburgh, became the starter for the Bears and led the team to 7 straight victories. The club, which had been very conservative with Riddle under center, opened things up for Haff and it was a high-risk, high-reward offense that paid off with Haff throwing 9 touchdown passes in those 7 games but also getting picked off 5 times. Regardless, the plan worked as the Bears topped the NFL in scoring and reached the playoffs for the second straight year. The two time defending NFL champion Chicago Cardinals also returned to the playoffs, utilizing much the same script as a year ago with the UCLA connection playing a prime role. Running back Stew Crimmins (1,034 yards) joined Green Bay's Babb as the only backs to top 1000 yards while QB Biggs Holley was outstanding until he went down with a season ending ankle injury in Week Nine. Gene Ontiveros, a long-time Cardinals backup who rarely saw game action, took over and the ex-Colorado State Ram did enough to help Chicago wins it's final 3 games and clinch the East Division. The Pittsburgh Steelers were battling the Cardinals for top spot until suffering 2 losses and a tie in Weeks 9-11 which forced them to settle for second place but the Steelers did earn a second trip to the playoffs in the past three seasons. The Steelers finished last in the league in rushing yards but had the season's highest rated passer in long-time QB Beauty Ellard. The Notre Dame graduate was a third round pick in 1939 and has been the Steelers starter since his second season. Ellard seemed perfectly suited for the new-NFL, as coaches looked to pass the ball more. Pass attempts certainly did not match carries yet but it was getting closer and the Steelers, as well as the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams seemed to be at the forefront of the movement. The 5-7 Rams had defensive issues but their offense was certainly explosive led by veteran Mose Sawicki, who became the first player in NFL history to have over 1000 yards receiving. The 34 year old former Texas Longhorn caught 69 passes for 1,062 yards. Sawicki's 69 receptions also tied Cleveland's Blondy Anson for a new single season record. The quarterbacks also got into the record books with Cleveland's Elmer Welch setting a new mark with 2,326 passing yards while Bobby Brophy of the Rams and Pittsburgh's Ellard also surpassed the 2,000 yards passing plateau. FINAL 1948 NFL STANDINGS EAST DIVISION W L T WEST DIVISION W L T Chi Cardinals 8 3 1 Chi Bears 9 2 1 Pittsburgh 6 4 2 Green Bay 9 3 0 Philadelphia 6 6 0 Detroit 6 6 0 Cleveland 5 7 0 Baltimore 6 6 0 Washington 4 7 1 Los Angeles 5 7 0 New York 2 8 2 San Francisco 2 9 1 1948 PLAYOFFS Homefield certainly made a difference in the East Division final as the Chicago Cardinals benefitted from a very wet and rainy day in the Windy City to beat Pittsburgh 19-7. The weather hindered the Steelers pass happy offense, and although Steelers QB Beauty Ellard still had a strong game, he was limited to short throws and the Steelers lacked the ability to move the ball downfield. The Cardinals, meanwhile, were even more run focused than usual with a back-up QB in the lineup and Stan Crimmins dominated, rushing for 100 yards on 19 carries while veteran backup Pinch McWilliams chipped in with 55 yards rushing. The weather, while the same, was not as much of a factor in the West Division playoff game as both Green Bay and the Bears liked to run the ball. Gene Babb was pretty successful at it for Green Bay, gaining 106 yards on the ground, but the Bears got 203 combined from Mack Johnson and Gene Stokes. Johnson and Stokes each scored a touchdown and that was the difference as the Bears prevailed 20-3 to set up another all-Chicago NFL Title Game. 1948 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME For the third year in a row the Chicago Cardinals were crowned NFL champions after a 17-14 victory over the cross-town Bears in the title game. The Cardinals wore down the Bears, dominating the time of possession and putting up nearly double the total yardage. The only thing that made the score closer was Cardinals quarterback Gene Ontiveros, still in for injured starter Biggs Holley, threw a pair of interceptions including a pick-six in the fourth quarter that made things interesting. Stan Crimmins ran for exactly 100 yards for the second consecutive game and scored one of the Cardinals touchdowns while Pinch McWilliams had the other and rushed for 80 yards. The Bears combination of Mack Johnson and Gene Stokes were limited to 96 yards by the Cardinals defense and the magic ran out for QB Buck Haff, who's 8 game winning streak came to an end after a 9-for-17 day that saw him pass for just 102 yards. For the second year in a row, Crimmins was named the playoff MVP. Not a bad two years to start his NFL career with 1912 yards rushing, two playoff MVP's, two league titles and a rookie of the year award. The League MVP was rushing leader Gene Babb of Green Bay. It was the third time that the 31 year old Babb has been named MVP. Not bad for a player who was undrafted out of West Virginia and failed to sign anywhere in his rookie season of 1938.
  15. 1947 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON Notre Dame entered the season ranked third in the polls behind Nebraska and Texas A&M. Rounding out the top ten are Oklahoma, USC, Michigan, Penn State, Florida, Georgia and Virginia. Defending National Champion Tennessee is 14th while last seasons #2 ranked team North Carolina comes in at 11. As for our 4 QB's. We won't see Dave Grosse at all this year as Notre Dame has decided to redshirt him. The Irish are loaded at QB including Hugo Puckett, a junior who started each of the last two seasons. Grosse was the one I had hoped to follow closely this year but with him redshirting I will look primarily at Mall this season while also keeping an eye on how Notre Dame does. It is not unexpected to see the decision to redshirt Grosse, just as it is also not a surprise to learn that each of the other 3 will be starting at their respective schools. Stew Mall had a great camp for New Mexico and will be relied on to lead a young Lobos team that is starting just 2 seniors on offense and 5 on defense. Dartmouth and Penn both struggled each of the past two seasons in the Ivy League but were co-champions in a 3-way tie with Columbia in 1944. It will be a tough season for Cheek and the Big Green who have Michigan and Virginia Tech as their non-conference opponents this season. At Penn, Tipton will have things just a little bit easier with meetings against Mississippi and West Virginia but the Quakers are coming off a dismal 2-7 season. As the season got underway, the early favourites began dropping from contention. Texas A&M was the first to lose, going down swinging but falling in a 1 vs 2 showdown to Nebraska in Week Two game that needed overtime to decide. The Cornhuskers stumbled in Week Four, upset 31-17 at Minnesota. Tennessee would lose to Florida in Week Six and again to Alabama the following week. North Carolina looked very good early, but they too stumbled against Florida, losing 24-17 to the Gators in Week 8. Entering week 11 there were just two unbeaten teams remaining: #1 ranked Florida and #2 Notre Dame. The Irish won in Miami,beating the Hurricanes soundly by a 38-3 score but the Gators were shocked in Kentucky, losing 26-10 to the 3-7 Wildcats to drop all the way to 8th in the polls. With two games remaining it was Notre Dame (9-0), Virginia (10-1), Nebraska (9-1), UCLA (9-2) and Penn State (9-1) comprising the top five. Notre Dame and Coach Ival Scarbrough were 3 wins away from their first perfect season since 1937. Standing in their way was Army(1-8) and USC (7-3). Army made the game a lot tougher than it should have been (Notre Dame is 20-1 all-time against the Black Knights) as Notre Dame trailed 6-3 at the half before pulling out a 19-6 victory. The following week Notre Dame would beat USC 30-14 to finish the season at 11-0. The Irish accepted an invite to the Cotton Bowl where they would play #10 Arkansas (9-2) which had finished a game up on both Texas and Texas A&M to win the Southwest Conference. A trio of 1-loss teams were ranked 2nd through 4th in Big 8 Champ Nebraska, ACC winner Virginia and indy power Penn State. UCLA and Stanford were both 9-2 overall and 6-1 in conference and ranked 5th and 6th but Stanford claimed the Rose Bowl and a meeting with Big Ten champ Michigan(8-3) by virtue of their win over the Bruins. BOWL GAMES Despite the absence of QB Hugo Puckett, who was injured in the season ending win over USC, Notre Dame had little trouble with the Razorbacks, winning 30-6 and securing their first National Title in a decade. Nebraska and Virginia met in the Orange Bowl with the Cornhuskers scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 31-28 victory and just like a decade ago, an 11-1 Nebraska squad finished second to a 12-0 Notre Dame team. The Cornhuskers only National Title came in 1933 - the year before Notre Dame claimed the first of four. Since that time Nebraska has finished in the top 10 on 7 occasions but has failed to win a second title. Penn State beat LSU 27-19 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 11-0 and 3rd in the rankings while Virginia dropped to #4 with the loss to Nebraska. Florida's win over UCLA in the Sun Bowl combined with Stanford's loss to Michigan in the Rose Bowl allowed the Gators to finish 5th in the polls. The remaining bowl games saw Texas beat North Carolina 45-17 in the Gator Bowl, Wisconsin stop North Carolina State 23-13 in the Peach Bowl, Texas A&M snuck back into the top 10 with a 49-10 hammering of Virginia Tech in the Tangerine Bowl and West Virginia beat UTEP34-3 in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Here are the final TOP TEN Here are the Final TOP TEN 1- Notre Dame (12-0) 2- Nebraska (11-1) 3- Penn State (11-1) 4- Virginia (10-2) 5- Florida (10-2) 6- Texas (10-2) 7- UCLA (9-3) 8- Texas A&M (9-3) 9- Stanford (9-3) 10- LSU (9-3) RECAP OF THE PLAYERS WE ARE FOLLOWING The main quarterback I planned on following, Dave Grosse, was redshirted by Notre Dame. It will be interesting to see if Grosse, with starter Hugo Puckett still having another year of eligibilty, sticks around or decides to transfer elsewhere. Stew Mall, who chose New Mexico, had to endure a 5-6 season by the Lobos and they finished 6th in the 8 team WAC with a 3-3 conference record. Mall did not have a bad season considering he was a true freshman QB on a team that had only 2 senior starters on offense. He was third in the WAC in yards passing with 1273 and threw 7 touchdown passes, but was picked off 5 times. Our two Ivy League QB's each also started all of their teams games. Rip Tipton threw for just over 1000 yards and had 4 TDs and 6 picks for Penn as the Quakers finished 5-4 overall and 4-3 in conference play. Dartmouth was 4-5 (2-5) but the highlight for Doug Cheek was beating Michigan and Virginia Tech, both bowl teams, in their non-conference schedule. It was a rough year otherwise for Cheek, who threw just 1 touchdown pass and was intercepted 5 times while passing for just 686 yards on the season. I should also mention the number one rated recruit, RB John Broomfield, looks like a player to watch. The true freshman rushed for 1080 yards, including 132 yards and earning player of the game honours in the Gophers early upset win over Nebraska. Minnesota would finish the season 7-4 overall and mid pack in the Big Ten at 4-4 in conference play. Finally, the 1947 Heisman Trophy was award to Penn State running back Chuck Clymer. The senior carried the ball 268 times for 1680 yards and 20 touchdowns to lead the Nittany Lions to an 11-1 season that was capped off with a Sugar Bowl win. Next up the calendar turns to 1948 and we move back to the NFL.