Grantland Rice, the sports writing legend of the 1920s, once described an Army-Notre Dame game as follows:
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.
I enjoy reading accounts like this one from Rice. But, it’s more for entertainment. To get the news, I want small bites. With that in mind, here’s your A&M primer in Twitter-ese:
Knott trying to lead Big 12 (league games only ) in tackles in successive years for first time since Lawrence Flugence (TT). #TackleMachine
Top rusher White averaging 5.3 ypc. Lone Cyclone to average better than 5.0 ypc in the last decade was A-Rob. #5ydClub
A.J. Klein returned an interception for a TD (78 yards) at Missouri. That was his third, a school record. #Pick6
The Cyclones are last in the Big 12 in opponent penalties. ISU has ranked 11th, 12th and 11th the last three seasons. #Consistency
Texas A&M is 4-0 at Jack Trice Stadium. Saturday’s game is their final appearance as a Big 12 member. #ProperPartingGift
Grantland Rice is probably rolling over in his grave with the popularity of Twitter. #GameHasChanged
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That paragraph has 488 keystrokes … more than triple the Twitter limit of 140 characters per transmission.