That two great teams thus may meet.
Theirs is the exhilaration of aspiration realized.
East and West are enabled to know each other.
American's appreciation of American is heightened.
American nerves are soothed and morale is boosted.
Cowering and wailing in the chimney corner,
Is not the way to AMERICAN VICTORY.
—The Durham Sun, Dec. 31, 1941
GAME DAY. Back in Pasadena the Rose Bowl Court and Queen were escorted from the Valley Hunt Club to the Rose Bowl Stadium with no one watching. Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away, cold air and steady rain forced spectators to take cover under oilcloth table liners and to burn fires in the stands to keep warm. The new grass Wade had planted in Duke Stadium had become a mud puddle.
Pickpockets in the stands and thieves in the parking lots took advantage of the large crowd and the extra chaos caused by the inclement weather. Fortunately the crooks left referee Lee Eisan his 50-cent piece. Unable to locate a traditional silver dollar—they were apparently in short supply in North Carolina—Eisan, who played quarterback for a losing California team in the 1929 Rose Bowl, used the half-dollar for the coin toss.