Fact and Comment

Parke H. Davis on "All-American Teams."

In commenting upon the recent selections of "All-American" teams Parke H. Davis says in the Daily Princetonian: "The selection of an 'All-American' eleven today as a serious undertaking is impossible. It is impractical to assume that among 10,000 players there can possibly be eleven best men. It is not less impractical to assume that a single observer or even a jury of observers, can even approximately select and reject material that they have never seen.

"When Walter Camp invented the 'All-American' football idea in 1889 and published his first team in a delightful little periodical of that day, The Week's Sport, the idea was both practical and fair. In that primitive time all of the best football players were at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, with Pennsylvania looming large in the offing. Under such circumstances it was possible for a single observer to study all of the material in action against one another. But these favorable conditions have been gone these sixteen years and more. Today there are 300 college and university football teams in the United States presenting a field of material in excess of 10,000 men. Manifestly, it is impossible for a single observer to see more than 28 of these elevens in action and these cannot be the right elevens. Some of the most formidable teams do not play one another."