ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game
ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of
Complemented by dozens of tables and charts, a definitive resource on the history of college football provides year-by-year schedules and scores for each school, capsule histories for the colleges and universities, fight-song lyrics, box scores for all bowl games, essays by notable sportswriters, and other sports traditions, lore, and records.
- Brand: Brand: ESPN
- ASIN: 1401337031
The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation
The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a
It’s America’s most popular sport, played by thousands, watched by millions, and generating billions in revenues every year. It’s also America’s most controversial sport, haunted by the specter of life-threatening injuries and plagued by scandal, even among its most venerable personalities and institutions. At the college level, we often tie football’s tales of corruption and greed to its current popularity and revenue potential, and we have vague notions of a halcyon time--before the new College Football Playoff, power conferences, and huge TV contracts. Perhaps we conjure images of young Ivy Leaguers playing a gentleman’s game, exemplifying the collegial in collegiate. What we don’t imagine is a game described in 1905, not today, as "a social obsession--this boy-killing, man-mutillating, education-prostituting, gladiatorial sport." In The Opening Kickoff, Dave Revsine tells the riveting story of the formative period of American football (1890-1915). It was a time that saw the game’s meteoric rise, fueled by overflow crowds, breathless newspaper coverage and newfound superstars—including one of the most thrilling and mysterious the sport has ever seen. But it was also a period racked by controversy in academics, recruiting, and physical brutality that, ...
- ASIN: B00M3LOBZ4
College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy
College Football: History, Spectacle,
"In March  Stanford and California had played the first college football game on the Pacific Coast in San Francisco... The pregame activities included a noisy parade down streets bedecked with school colors. Tickets sold so fast that the Stanford student manager, future president Herbert Hoover, and his California counterpart, could not keep count of the gold and silver coins. When they finally totaled up the proceeds, they found that the revenues amounted to $30,000―a fair haul for a game that had to be temporarily postponed because no one had thought to bring a ball!"―from College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy, Chapter ThreeIn this comprehensive history of America's popular pastime, John Sayle Watterson shows how college football in more than one hundred years has evolved from a simple game played by college students into a lucrative, semiprofessional enterprise. With a historian's grasp of the context and a novelist's eye for the telling detail, Watterson presents a compelling portrait rich in anecdotes, colorful personalities, and troubling patterns.He tells how the infamous Yale-Princeton "fiasco" of 1881, in which Yale forced a 0-0 tie in a championship game by retaining possession of the ball for the entire game, eventually led to the first-down rule ...
- ASIN: 080187114X
Sports Illustrated College Football's Greatest (Sports Illustrated Greatest)
Sports Illustrated College Football's Greatest (Sports Illustrated
This book will end many arguments— and start some new ones. Any college football fan, no matter where they live now or where their college loyalty lies has opinions about the game. Now, SI's team of experts once and for all settles the questions college football fans have debated since the first kickoff in College Football's Greatest. For instance, which is the greatest program of all time, Alabama or Notre Dame? What about Ohio State? Where do Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning rank among the best college quarterbacks? Which was the better team, the 1995 Cornhuskers or the 2001 Hurricanes? Where would you find the better game-day experience — in Ann Arbor or Baton Rouge? Every facet of the game is debated and evaluated, from running back to coach and everything in between. Throughout this deluxe edition, essays and articles from the Sports Illustrated Archives are paired with the iconic photography that SI is known for and the talented team of editors and writers weigh in with their expert opinions as well as some of their personal favorites. College Football's Greatest is the book that no football fan can be without.
- Brand: Sports Illustrated Books
- ASIN: 161893175X
The 50 Best College Football Teams of All Time
The 50 Best College Football Teams of All
College football's history is rich and regionalized. You know your team's history and maybe your conference's, but our shared knowledge doesn't go too far beyond Heisman winners and recent national champions. It's time to change that. In The 50 Best* College Football Teams of All Time, Bill Connelly dives into the history and evolution of the sport, telling its story through 50 particularly interesting teams. From 1906 Chicago through 2013 Auburn, Connelly tells the story of innovators, transcendent players, burgeoning dynasties, and greatness denied. From Joe Guyon and Red Grange to Michael Vick and Tyrann Mathieu, from Amos Alonzo Stagg to Chip Kelly, from the jump shift to the spread offense, from world wars to integration, from the 1925 Rose Bowl to the 2013 Iron Bowl, learn what made college football so unique, maddening, and addictive. This is not a book about college football's best teams; it's a book about college football at its best.
- ASIN: 1684010454
Sports Illustrated: The College Football Book
Sports Illustrated: The College Football
A richly illustrated survey of American college football captures some of the most memorable moments and athletes in the history of the sport in compelling action photographs, biographical profiles, statistics, and essays from the pages of Sports Illustrated.
- Brand: Brand: Sports Illustrated
- ASIN: 1603200339
SEC Football's Greatest Games: The Legendary Players, Last-Minute Prayers, and Championship Moments
SEC Football's Greatest Games: The Legendary Players, Last-Minute
A vital part of any southern football fan’s personal library, SEC Football's Greatest Games is both engaging and comprehensive; a collection that contextualizes readers’ favorite games while introducing them to important moments they never knew existed. Broken down into “The Games That Changed the South”; “The Iron Bowl”; “Hail Mary and Other Prayers”; “The Classics”; “Atlanta, Here We Come”; and “Championship Moments” . . . this book covers a century-plus of Southern football through games covered with depth, outstanding photography, and fascinating sidebars. Every entry takes the reader through history with the matchups that healed a South stripped of its pride, made coaches like Bear Bryant and Nick Saban regional heroes, forced the sport to change, created superstars, crowned champions, and revolutionized football.
- ASIN: 1493032917
Gridiron Gen: College Football
Gridiron Gen: College
GRIDIRON GENERALS is a fascinating journey through the history of the game, focusing on legendary college players and teams. Here are the stories of innovators like Amos Alonzo Stagg, Pop Warner, Knute Rockne and George Heisman. Flickering films capture the skill of stars like Jim Thorpe, Red Grange and Joe Namath (before the guarantee). And here, too, is the saga of how a game that first materialized on college campuses in the late 19th century became an essential part of our national culture today, avidly followed by millions of people who live for the crisp, clear, Fall days when their heroes hit the gridiron. Filled with the memories of the game's greatest players and coaches and packed with footage of their finest moments, this is a must-have video for any football fan.
- Brand: LIONSGATE
- ASIN: B003QHWG6U
- UPC: 733961228878
The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year NCAA football is big business. Every Saturday millions of people file into massive stadiums or tune in on television as "athlete-students" give everything they've got to make their team a success. Billions of dollars now flow into the game. But what is the true cost? The players have no share in the oceans of money. And once the lights go down, the glitter doesn't shine so brightly. Filled with mind-blowing details of major NCAA football scandals, with stops at Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Missouri, BYU, LSU, Texas A&M and many more, The System explores and exposes the complex, and perhaps broken, machine that churns behind the glamour of college football. With a New Afterword
- ASIN: B00C0AM2XG
Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football
Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M,
Black college football began during the nadir of African American life after the Civil War. The first game occurred in 1892, a little less than four years before the Supreme Court ruled segregation legal in Plessy v. Ferguson. In spite of Jim Crow segregation, Black colleges produced some of the best football programs in the country. They mentored young men who became teachers, preachers, lawyers, and doctors--not to mention many other professions--and transformed Black communities. But when higher education was integrated, the programs faced existential challenges as predominately white institutions steadily set about recruiting their student athletes and hiring their coaches. Blood, Sweat, and Tears explores the legacy of Black college football, with Florida A&M's Jake Gaither as its central character, one of the most successful coaches in its history. A paradoxical figure, Gaither led one of the most respected Black college football programs, yet many questioned his loyalties during the height of the civil rights movement.Among the first broad-based histories of Black college athletics, Derrick E. White's sweeping story complicates the heroic narrative of integration and grapples with the complexities and contradictions of one of the most important sources of Black pride in th...
- ASIN: 1469652447
What If?: A closer look at college football's great questions
What If?: A closer look at college football's
We may look up to our favorite sports heroes as gods: powerful, athletic, and able to do no wrong. Yet their fate is in the hands of decision makers who are far from perfect.Nowhere is this truer than in the storied world of college football. One team rises while another falls, not always in proportion to the players' talent--or where their college is located. A place like Tuscaloosa, Alabama, can rise to prominence while Houston falls behind. A tactical mistake can haunt a team for decades, while a chance occurrence, even one that looks like a setback, can provide a surprising boost. What If? incisively yet irreverently examines the history of college football's big decisions, from the Airplane Conference to Chicago's Big Ten departure, from Bear Bryant's stint at Maryland, to college football's most unlikely dynasty, sharing many stories and pointing out the merits and drawbacks of pivotal decisions along the way.
- ASIN: B0744KR9K5
The Playing Grounds of College Football: A Comprehensive Directory, 1869 to Today
The Playing Grounds of College Football: A Comprehensive
College football teams today play for tens of thousands of fans in palatial stadiums that rival those of pro teams. But most started out in humbler venues, from baseball parks to fairgrounds to cow pastures. This comprehensive guide traces the long and diverse history of playing grounds for more than 1000 varsity football schools, including bowl-eligible teams, as well as those in other divisions (FCS, D2, D3, NAIA).
- ASIN: 1476673624
The USA TODAY College Football Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Modern Reference to America's Most Colorful Sport, 1953-Present
The USA TODAY College Football Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive
The result of fifteen years of exhaustive research, The USA TODAY College Football Encyclopedia is without question the most comprehensive resource on college football ever set to type. Authors Bob Boyles and Paul Guido watched thousands of hours of game films, and read through just about every book ever published on the game to bring this massive reference to fruition. In these pages you will find information unavailable in any other single publication: Recaps of more than 8,000 games Detailed reviews of more than fifty-seven college football seasons Complete season-by-season lineups and records of more than seventy major programs Personality profiles of some of the game’s biggest stars and coaches Season-by-season award winners, All-American teams, polls, and NFL drafts The book also includes the authors’ own College Football Performance Formula, a three-leveled calculation developed to measure the achievement of every team’s season since 1953. that permits readers to compare teams within a given season and to compare teams from different seasons. Updated through the 2011 NFL Draft, The USA TODAY College Football Encyclopedia is a unique book that all true fans of college football should have on their shel...
- ASIN: 1616082259