The choice of any "All" football team must inevitably be based either on hearsay or on a personal snap-judgment, formed after observing a man in one or two games. The CRIMSON'S mythical, all-schedule eleven, as in years past, is made up of Harvard players and their opponents, and the judgment is based solely upon their showing in the Stadium and in the Harvard-Yale game at New Haven.
Many Difficulties Arise
Obvious difficulties arise from the different conditions under which the games were played. It is hardly just to compare the early October showing of the team with the late November form of another. It is extremely difficult to judge an eleven playing in a quagmire of mud. Probably the hardest task of all is to fit the Harvard players into their proper niche, as their showing for the entire season must be considered.
To Be Taken With Grain of Salt
The CRIMSON is, therefore, announcing its selection with the full realization that any "All" team is not to be taken very seriously. The team that has been chosen is undoubtedly good enough to gladden the heart of any coach, but it is perfectly possible that another team could
be selected from the same elevens which might triumph over the CRIMSON'S team by several touchdowns.
The end positions caused more difficulty than any other, largely because the end play at the Stadium this fall stood out conspicuously on almost every visiting team. Mahaney's place is unquestionably deserved, but Stout or Biorkman might easily be rated ahead of Luman, and Drews, Butler, Ahner of Virginia, both Brown ends, and Bingham of Yale are all worthy of mention.
Coady Wins Tackle Berth
Coady of Harvard was given a place at tackle on the basis of his showing toward the end of the season. His development at the start was retarded by an early autumn operation. An explanation of the choice of Beattie is superfluous to any one who saw the Harvard-Princeton game.
Sturhahn and Diehl were the outstanding linemen on their respective teams, and they can hardly be improved on as guards selections on an all-schedule eleven. Daley of Harvard as he played against Dartmouth deserves consideration, but his injury that kept him out of the Big Three games bars him from a place.
Eckstein Hard to Leave Out
Eckstein of Brown might rank ahead of both Lovejoy and McMillan if he had been able to play a major part of the Brown-Harvard game. As long as he lasted, he was brilliant, but his early removal with an injury precludes his choice. Lovejoy was tremendously effective on the offense, flawlessly accurate in his passing, and a, bulwark of defensive strength. McMillan, as he played against Harvard, was almost, as good.
Dooley, Bunnell, Stafford, and Williams were the outstanding quarterbacks to be considered. The first two named were finally selected in that order. On a dry field Bunnell might have surpassed his brilliant Dartmouth rival. As it was, he called his plays with rare judgment. Stafford bows to no one as a defensive player, but the Crimson team lacked the inherent power of the attack to give him a real opportunity to show his field generalship to advantage. Williams was a brilliant ball carrier in the Harvard Princeton game, but he was playing more as a halfback than as a quarter. With the huddle system in use, he did not even yell the signals.
Second Backfield Hard to Name
A backfield of Pond, Slagle, and Gehrke can be announced with apologies to no one. The second team choice is more difficult. Kline rivalled Pond in the Harvard-Yale game. Klevenow was a star with Middlebury, and he would have been a greater star on a greater team. Keefer was one of the flashiest ball carriers in the Stadium all fall. These three men were finally picked, with apologies to the entire Dartmouth trio, two or three Princeton backs, one or two from Brown, Allen and Scott of Yale, Glennon and Crowley of Holy Cross, and any others who may feel that they have a grievance