A QUESTION OF INSIGNIA.
The question of athletic reward is not as easy as it seems, at least in the case of football, according to the writer of the communication on another page. Is it right that the players on the second team, an organization distinct from the first squad and composed of men of less skill, should be given the insignia of "H 2nd" while those men on the first squad who are the substitutes for the first team are given no outward recognition in the way of insignia for their labors, unless they play in the final game of the year? No one questions the right of the second team to some tangible reward. No winning University team has ever been developed without the aid of a good second team and the stronger the second team the better will be the first team as a rule. It is right that this branch of the football system should be thoroughly organized with its own coaches and policy of play and as such they are awarded the insignia of the "H 2nd."
The CRIMSON supposes that when this custom was inaugurated it was reasoned that the members of a second team, more particularly in baseball perhaps than in football, have practically no chance of earning the "H" which almost every man on the first squad under certain conditions might receive. As some reward is due them the "H 2nd" was devised and the substitutes for the first team were considered to have enough chance for reward sooner or later without any further complexity of insignia.