Thursday, July 03, 2008

Answer: Jim Thorpe And Dwight D. Eisenhower

Question: Name two people who played against each other in a game of football.

Jim Thorpe and Dwight D. Eisenhower, who would have thought? The greatest athlete of the 20th century and the 34th president of the United States. It happened in 1912 when Jim Thorpe was a student at Carlisle Indian School and Eisenhower a student at the US Military Academy.

And the reason I know this esoteric bit of information? I am reading Carlisle vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle . I won't tell you much about this book, just that it is more than a sports story. It is also the story of a time, place and culture. I'm enjoying it immensely.

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