Monday, August 26, 2013

Classic Sports Headline

by Bill Holmes

Lewis Grizzard
My very long time friend, Joe Guidry, sent me the following story. The headline in the story is attributed to Lewis Grizzard which I'm sure is true. Joe and I were in Atlanta at the time Lewis was starting his illustrious career as a newspaper reporter, columnist and editor at the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution which eventually became the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lewis was also the author of over 20 books, many of which I've read, and did some stand-up comedy. Lewis Grizzard was a very funny and gifted man. Unfortunately, Lewis died in 1994 at the age of 47 so there are no new columns or books. If you come across one of his books at the used book store, garage sale, flea market or eBay give it a read. 

While we no longer have Lewis Grizzard around, you can visit my friend Joe Guidry at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort in Fort Walton Beach, FL or the Destin West RV Resort. I'm sure he can find you a room and/or RV parking spot. Just remember not to mention my name or he may charge you extra. 

Now, on with the humor - 

Greatest Headline in the History of Sports Journalism
Happy Dicks was a linebacker at Georgia in the mid 60's, which will make this article about the journalist from Georgia, the late, Lewis Grizzard, '68, that much funnier.
On the eve of the Georgia - South Carolina game 41 years ago, I was hanging out with three Sigma Pi brothers (the Hound, Tex , and Bake), drinking a few cold PBRs at the old Callaway Gardens Apartment on the Atlanta Highway . We were discussing the upcoming game against the Gamecocks and lamenting the fact that we were going in with several key players out with injuries, including our starting DE, Billy Payne (who ran the Atlanta Olympics and is now Ch of the Board at Augusta National) and his roommate, MLB, Happy Dicks.
About 10:00 that night, another fraternity brother, Lewis Grizzard, came in after he got off work. Our buddy was inactive at the time because he had gotten married over the summer to his high school sweetheart, Nancy ( the first of many--all with the same name--Plaintiff). In addition to taking a full load at the University, he was working two jobs to help pay for (as he called it) "this expensive habit." A talented young man, he was writing two columns daily - one in the morning for the Athens Banner Herald and one in the afternoon for the Athens Daily News.
Lewis walked in, went straight to the refrigerator, got a beer, plopped down in a chair, pushed his glasses back up his nose and announced, "Gentlemen, with any luck at all,tomorrow morning you'll witness journalistic history. I have submitted my column and if it gets by my editor - and there's a good chance of that happening, since he looked drunk earlier this evening - you'll enjoy the greatest headline in the history of sports journalism."
He refused to tell us what it was, and to be honest with you, we all forgot about it. As Lewis went home to his lovely, young bride, the four of us went back over to the Fraternity house to get a head start on the weekend.
The next morning, as usual, I went straight for the Sports Section. As I pulled it out, I could do nothing but smile, because our buddy had pulled it off. To this day, Vince Dooley calls it his most memorable column ever - all because of the headline, which read:
There's no doubt about it, it was "the greatest headline in the history of sports journalism."
He was certainly one of a kind. Grizzard, I mean.
Dr. Robert E. "Happy" Dicks III

 Thanks to Lewis and Joe for the laugh.

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