HENRY GRANTLAND RICE ...
The dean of American sportswriters was born Nov. 1, 1880 and died July
12, 1954. Tim Cohane, sports editor of Look magazine from 1944-65,
founded the Grantland Rice Trophy to honor the annual college football
national champion as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
THE FAMOUS 'FOUR HORSEMEN' PASSAGE ...
After Notre Dame's 13-7 victory over Army on Oct. 18, 1924: "Outlined
against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again. In
dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death.
These are only aliases. Their real names are: Stuhldreher, Miller, Crowley
and Layden. They formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone before which
another fighting Army team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds
this afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down upon the bewildering panorama
spread out upon the green plain below." — From the New York Herald-Tribune
FROM HIS 1941 POEM, 'ALUMNUS FOOTBALL':
"For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He
writes – not that you won or lost – but how you played the Game."