Quick Recap & Final Jeopardy – March 7, 2016


Welcome back to a new week of recaps here on The Jeopardy! Fan!

Today’s contestants:

Brent Povis, a board game designer from Pittsburgh, PA
Eric Grebing, an educational researcher from Raleigh, NC
Natasha Gainey, an artist from Decatur, GA (1-day total: $14,200)

Scores going into Final Jeopardy:
Eric $17,400
Brent $12,400
Natasha $11,400

Final Jeopardy! category: SPORTS NICKNAMES

Final Jeopardy! clue: Collective nickname for the group “who formed the crest of the South Bend cyclone”

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What is the Four Horsemen?



Natasha 11400 – 6500 = 4900 (the White Sox)
Brent 12400 + 12389 = 24789 (1-day total: $24,789)
Eric 17400 – 7401 = 9999 (the Fighting Irish)

Here is the full text of the New York Herald Tribune article of October 18, 1924, in which famed sportswriter Grantland Rice coined the phrase.

The opening sentence:

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 football team was swept over the precipice at the Polo Grounds yesterday afternoon as 55,000 spectators peered down on the bewildering panorama spread on the green plain below.

This may seem like “OLD MAN YELLS AT CLOUD”, but I long more for the sportswriting style of yesteryear.

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