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By DICK CRAMER
Emerald Co-Sports Editor
Oregon basketball fanatics, the kind that like to see the game
played with class, probably will get their just deserts tonight,
It's Long Island University against the Ducks, but . . .
There’s a slight hitch.
The masses that will brave the ice-packed, snow-bedded
streets in order to sc|ueeze into McArthur Court very well could
have their sense of reason jarred, even more so than if they hap
pen to take a flop on their collective posteriors en route to the
Too Many Referees With Puffed Up Cheeks
For we have an idea that by the time tonight’s monthly pub
licized wing-ding goes into the scorebooks the fellows with
whisltes and perpetually puffed up cheeks, yes, the officials,
will have had more to say about the outcome than the boys on the
Which is to state that if tonight's game follows the pattern
set by so (and too) many others throughout the nation, the final
decision will go to the team which pumps them in from the free
And what virtue lie in those pearly words? Just this: basket
ball has reached the point where altogether too many close
games are decided from the foul line. It’s not the team that domi
nates the boards, follows the ball, and scraps from one end of
the floor to the other that necessarily registers the victory.
Instead, it’s the team that can hustle in enough fielders to
keep the score close and then tack on charity shots in sufficient
It's a Comedy With Tragic Consequences
Things have reached the stage where a kid can’t take a hard
stare at an opponent without precipating a parade to a free throw
line. The whole idea has developed into a travesty.
Basketball is one of the few games that offers its patrons ac
tion at^all times while the clock is running (witness football).
Yet, irii is for naught because, despite the surplus of action,
too many of the efforts expended toward winning a game are di
rect outgrowths of rule infractions. If a football team loses a
contest because of an offside penalty at a crucial time, fans
spontaneously begin harping on that very point. But penalties
are so frequent in basketball that fans are starting to accept it
as a basic ingredient of the game, something the coaches have
done long ago. Otherwise they wouldn’t have their charges
spend hours and hours on end at the free throw line practicing
those important one-pointers.
Solution to Situation Still Missing
Yes, the foul is part of the game, but when it dominates it,
a halt should be called.
Several solutions have been offered, and they cover a wide
range. Howard Hobson, ex-Oregon coach now at Yale, decided
that making each foul shot count two points was the best way.
We rather think that this is approaching the situation from
the hind end. And we have our doubts about whether this would
put the damper on infractions.
John Warren, the Webfoot whip-cracker, doesn’t warm up
to that idea either. It is his belief that the blame rests on the
present day offense, with its emphasis on screenings. Other than
altering the rules, he forsees no relief unless schools the country
over begin adopting an offense that includes something besides
Making the rules more lax seems to be about the only way
out. “Rough-house” basketball, as typified by the Midwest, is a
real crowd-pleaser, and officials in that sector have adjusted
themselves to that brand of ball.
btill a Non-Contact lacrme
We would like to see more of it, but, even so, one must keep
in mind that basketball is essentially a non-contract sport. De
spite the excessive whistle-blowing, boys like Rog Wiley take a
fearful beating under the boards.
In any event, the rules, as worded now, definitely don’t hold
the solution. Entirely too much a part of the outcome hinges on
the success (or lack of it) a team has on the line.
When we go to Mac court tonight, we won’t do so just to
see the free throw shooting ability of LIU’s Lou Lipman. We
hope we won’t have to. But we’ve been disappointed many times
That's why you’ll see a fine basketball game tonight—maybe.
Goalie Karakas Shines as Eagles Win
PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 27
Goalie Tom Karakas scored his
third shutout of the season here
tonight as the Portland Eagles
downed the Seattle Ironmen in a
Pacific coast hockey league game,
It was a close, hard-skating
game with Karakas proving the
margin of difference.
The first period was scoreless,
but in the second frame Morrie
Hamilton managed to shove in a
goal for Portland. This slim lead
stood up until Phil Dalgleish add
ed a counter after 7:24 minutes of
the third period, and in quick suc
cession Sandy Milne and Nick Ban
gay piled in goals for Portland.
Karakas turned back 21 Seattle
scoring attempts, a number of
Waff To Replace
CORVALLIS, Jan. 27— (AP)—
Coach Slats Gill apparently has
settled on Harvey Watt, surprising
sophomore from Tillamook, to re
place injured Ed Fleming at center
for the Oregon State hoop team.
Watt played the pivot position
today as the Staters warmed up for
the twft-g£^me series against Wash
ington here this weekend.
Paul Sliper, 6-foot 6-inch letter
man, will be available to relieve
Second place will be at stake in
the series. Oregon State, now run
ner-up to the leading Washington
State team, can hold second by
splitting the series. Washington
needs wins both tonight and Sat
urday nights to pull into a tie with
Oregon State. The teams split in
a recent series at Seattle.
Is Now Senator
ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27— (AP)
—Six more students at the Joe
Stripp Baseball school here have
been signed to professional base
Stripp said the Washington Sen
ators had signed one and Wilson,
N. C., in the Class D Coastal Plain
league had signed five.
Clark Griffith of Washington,
who previously took three players,
signed to a Chattanooga Lookout
contract shortstop Desmond Char
ouhas, 21, who played two years
with the University of Washington
and hit over .500 in college ball
last year. Charouhas, from Seattle,
Wash., is a 170-pound, five-foot
eleven player who bats and throws
By Doug Hayes
If it’s weather you want we've
got it. In fact, for the purposes of
this department old Jupe Pluvius
is overdoing himself a little. At
least if your driving to Hoodoo this
weekend you’ll already have your
chains put on.
According to the weather man
the temperature will drop, the sky
will be partly cloudy, and the well
traveled highways may break
through. All we can say is be pre
pared for the worst and watch
those shady curves on the roads if
the sun is shining.
East is going West seems to be
the by-word for this unusual Jan
uary of 1949. In Saratoga Springs,
N. Y„ two speed skating tourna
ments were cancelled Wednesday
for lack of ice. It wouldn’t happen
In New England there has been
no snow to speak of since Christ
mas, and the hills have been bar
ren even up through such noted ski
ing states as Vermont and New
Hampshire. So serious is their pre
dicament that a light blanket of
snow Wednesday was valued at
$3.50 a square foot by resort own
ers faced by the well known wolf
at the door.
Bowl and instruction will be by
The Ski club leaves Saturday
morning for their weekend trip to
Hoodoo. Ski school will be held
both Saturday and Sunday in the
An intercollegiate ski meet to all
northwest colleges will be held at
Hoodoo on March 6. Being a giant
slalom, this event will be the first
race sponsored by the University
ski team, a division of the Ski club.
Time trials will be held Sunday at
Hoodoo and a six-man team will be
selected from Mat Vranzan, Jack
Sills, John Carson, Saul Zaik, Jack
Meyers, Tom Donahue and Ed Cun
Special Price to University of Oregon Students (40c)
Sat. & San Matinees—
2:30 P. M.
Oregon Hockey League
Eugene Ice Arena
1850 W. 6th Phone 4957
AT RUSH INN
FOR THAT BREAKFAST
Bacon, Eggs, Toast and Coffee
854 13th E On The Campus
With final scores of both games
standing at 2-0, it seemed to be a
forfeiting day on WAA intramural
:ourts yesterday when Zeta Tati
Alpha defaulted to Hendricks hall
md Highland house I, to Pi Beta
In both cases it was due to a
shortage of players and the timft
was spent in practice sessions.
Playing Monday will be University
house and Alpha hall.
No wonder that Les Brown opus
is selling like Aunt Jemima hot
:akes. The Snow is Snowing,
Sleeting, Drizzling, and general
ly raising the business in thii
area. I’m agin’ it! Froze a eouplff
if tubes in my X-stal set but'
still managed to pick up somt
fine type programs. This won
derful Palm Springs weather id
wonderful radio time . . . and
here are a few tips on cominjf
tops for this week. Sunday after-i
noon, Irene Dunn and Thomas
Mitchell will be co-starred in th£:
popular comedy . . . ‘‘The Lat£
Christopher Bean’’ on the Thea
ter Guild On The Air at 6:30.
The noted Jazz pianist, Johnny
Guanieri will appear on Piano'
Playhouse this Sunday after
noon at 3. Milton Cross and the
piano playboys will entertain,
and Earl Wilde, concert pianist
will present several selections.
For Le Jazz Hot in the keyboard
colony, hear Piano Playhouse"
this Sunday and every Sunday at
3 ... its fine listening.
Be sure you’re at station 14Q&
•vhen the Railroad Hour comes!
your way Monday night at 8.
Sfour conductor is the bright
singing star Gordon McRea, and
lis guest this Monday night is
ovely Jeanette MacDonald who
*dll present Noel Coward’s “Bit
ter Sweet.” [i
Watch for Children at Play
Just wanted to say a few words
about ABC’s chiller . . . “Quiet
Please.” If you want a half hour
of suspense . . . try NOT to listen
to Quiet Please this Sunday at
2:30. Where the guy dreams up'
these tales beats me . . . but
they’ll keep you glued to the ra
dio for a full hour.
For the stay-uppers, KUGNt
has uncorked the mad Russia#
. . . one Mr. Chezem who really
puts on a show every night at
10:30. You just don’t kno\£
what’s coming next . . . and it'd
designed for those who art
studying (ha) relaxing ... or
sitting up on top of Skinners
Butte enjoying the panorama of
The Title . . . Studio Zee . . .
for the latest in records and
transcriptions mosey over to
Studio Zee with Curt Chezem
every night Monday thru Friday
at 10:30 . . . and remember for
those who appreciate the world’s
finest music . . . It’s The Music
You want at 11:30. This music iS
strictly for the fireplace ... so’
settle back . . . relax and enjoy
the Music You Want at 11:30. <;
Have had a couple of program
changes for this week ... so
might make a mental note that
Anna and Eleanor Roosevelt are
heard at 2:45 Wednesday and
Friday. Dorothy Dix and he#
problems are all taken care of at
4:15 Monday thru Friday . . .
(you think YOU have problems)
. . . catch some of these other
peoples ... j
Well that about does it for this
Friday . . . but remember to
stick with your ABC station for
Eugene . . . KUGN and hear a
million dollars worth of enter
tainment each week. I’ll come
out of my igloo next week fo#
more tips on the tops in listening.