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College football is a massive enterprise in the United States, and southern teams dominate poll rankings and sports headlines while generating billions in revenue for public schools and private companies. Southern football fans worship their teams, often rearranging their personal lives in order to accommodate season schedules. The Origins of Southern College Football sheds new light on the South's obsession with football and explores the sport's beginnings below the Mason-Dixon Line in the decades after the Civil War. Military defeat followed by a long period of cultural unrest compelled many southerners to look to northern ideas and customs for guidance in rebuilding their beleaguered society. Ivy League universities, considered bastions of enlightenment and symbols of the modernizing spirit of the age, provided a particular source of inspiration for southerners in the form of organized or "scientific" football that featured standardized rules and scoring. Transported to the South by men educated at northern universities, scientific football reinforced cultural values that had existed in the region for centuries, among them a tolerance for violence, respect for martial displays, and support for traditional gender roles. The game also held the promise of a "New South" that its supporters hoped would transform the region into an industrial powerhouse. Students and townspeople alike embraced the new sport, which served as a source of pride for a region that lagged woefully behind its northern counterpart in terms of social equity and economic prowess. The Origins of Southern College Football is an entertaining history of the South's most popular sport cast against a broader narrative of the United States during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, two momentous periods of change that gave rise to the game we recognize today.
The essential guide to North Carolina's NFL team Among the newer teams of the National Football League, the Carolina Panthers have had a rollercoaster history that is documented in entertaining detail in this celebratory guide for fans. The book covers all of the critical moments and important facts of the past and present--from the team's record-setting opening season to the anxious excitement of the 2003 season. Team facts, statistics, lore, and player profiles--including Julius Peppers, Sam Mills, and Cam Newton--are all part of this bundle of Panther pride. The book collects every essential piece of Panthers knowledge and trivia as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as readers progress on their way to fan superstardom.
Filled with details on the rich history of the Buffalo Bills, this lively, detailed book explores the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Bills football. This guide to all things Buffalo Bills covers the franchise's historic four consecutive AFC championships, the origins of the famous Billy Buffalo mascot, and the best place to grab a meal or drink before or after a game. Scattered throughout the pages are pep talks, records, and Bills lore, ensuring that readers are certain in their knowledge of the most important facts about the team, the traditions, and what being a Bills fan is all about.
With pep talks, records, and Bulldogs lore, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Georgia fan should know. It contains crucial information such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Bulldogs covers the body of water underneath Sanford Stadium, the number of times Herschel Walker was on the cover of "Sports Illustrated," and the Five Commitments and what they signified.
Billy Cannon's name, his image, and his remarkable athletic career serve as emblems for Louisiana State University, the Southeastern Conference, and college football. LSU's only Heisman Trophy winner, Cannon led the Tigers to a national championship in 1958, igniting a love of the game in Louisiana and establishing a tradition of greatness at LSU. But like many stories of lionized athletes who rise to the status of legend, there was a fall -- and in the case of Billy Cannon, also redemption. For the first time, Charles N. deGravelles reveals in full the thrilling highs and unexpected lows of Cannon's life, in Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run. Through conversations with Cannon, deGravelles follows the athlete-turned-reformer from his boyhood in a working-class Baton Rouge neighborhood to his sudden rush of fame as the leading high school running back in the country. Personal and previously unpublished stories about Cannon's glory days at LSU and his stellar but controversial career in the pros, as well as details of his indictment for counterfeiting and his post-release work as staff dentist at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, unfold in a riveting biography characterized by uncanny success, deep internal struggles, and a champion's spirit that pushed through it all.
Magnificent, maddening, thrilling, heartbreaking -- over the years, LSU football has been called many things; boring is not among them. But no period in the team's history exemplifies the extreme highs and lows of sport better than the past fifteen years. In 1993, the Tigers were in the midst of a record six-season losing streak and the program was struggling to dig its way out of its darkest days. By 2008, LSU had emerged as one of the premier college football powers in the nation and the unprecedented two-time winner of the BCS national championship. In The Fighting Tigers, 1993--2008, award-winning sportswriter Scott Rabalais chronicles the Tigers' fantastic rise to the top of the college football universe, vividly detailing the victories and defeats, the coaches and the players, the tears and the titles of this sometimes frustrating, always fascinating period of LSU football.
Game by game, Rabalais recounts the tenures of the four head coaches who led the Tigers during these years -- "Curley" Hallman, the strict taskmaster whose mounting losses created dissension and apathy among the Tiger faithful; Gerry DiNardo, the charismatic salesman whose efforts to "Bring Back the Magic" temporarily vaulted the Tigers again into the national polls; Nick Saban, the intense workhorse who steadily rebuilt the program and led the team to its first national championship in almost fifty years; and Les Miles, the engaging wildcard who finally emerged from Saban's shadow with a championship of his own. Rabalais provides expert analysis of the 2004 and 2008 BCS national championship games and other postseason bowl games as well as the "ordinary" games that have crossed over into legendary status -- 1993's "Pigs Will Fly" victory against Alabama, "The Night the Barn Burned" at Auburn in 1996, and 2002's "Bluegrass Miracle." Along the way, Rabalais recounts the incredible athletic feats of numerous standout players, including Eddie Kennison, Kevin Faulk, Josh Reed, Michael Clayton, Marcus Spears, Chad Lavalais, and Glenn Dorsey.
Throughout, Rabalais interweaves off-the-field events that have affected or enhanced the LSU football legacy: the return of the traditional home white jerseys; the creation of the Bengal Belles; two expansions of Tiger Stadium; the death of Mike V and the introduction of Mike VI; and perhaps most poignant, the Tigers' volunteer efforts and emotional responses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
An appendix contains the vital statistics of LSU's entire football history. Individual and team records in every area, coaching records, All-Americans and Academic All-Americans, year-by-year results, top ten Tiger Stadium crowds, Tigers in pro football -- all of this and more will satisfy even the most hardcore LSU sports statistician. Peter Finney, venerable author of the three previous volumes of The Fighting Tigers, passes the official historian's torch to Rabalais in a compelling foreword that emphasizes the significance of the Tigers' recent run of success.
To many die-hard Tiger fans, LSU football is a religion all its own. With The Fighting Tigers, 1993--2008, Rabalais has written the next book of its bible.
Leveling the Playing Field tells the story of the African American members of the 1969-70 Syracuse University football team who petitioned for racial equality on their team. The petition had four demands: access to the same academic tutoring made available to their white teammates; better medical care for all team members; starting assignments based on merit rather than race; and a discernible effort to racially integrate the coaching staff, which had been all white since 1898. The players' charges of racial disparity were fiercely contested by many of the white players on the team, and the debate spilled into the newspapers and drew protests from around the country. Mistakenly called the "Syracuse 8" by media reports in the 1970s, the nine players who signed the petition did not receive a response allowing or even acknowledging their demands. They boycotted the spring 1970 practice and Coach Ben Schwartzwalder, a deeply beloved figure on campus and a Hall of Fame football coach nearing retirement banned seven of the players from the team. As tensions escalated white players staged a day-long walkout in support of the coaching staff, and an enhanced police presence was required at home games. Extensive interviews with each player offer a first-hand account of their decision to stand their ground while knowing it would jeopardize their professional football career. They discuss with candor the ways in which the boycott profoundly changed the course of their lives. In Leveling the Playing Field, Marc chronicles this contentious moment in Syracuse University's history and tells the story through the eyes of the players who demanded change for themselves and for those who would follow them.
When Wilbert Montgomery earned his Super Bowl XLVII ring as
running-backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, he was no
stranger to glory. In Philadelphia and elsewhere his legacy still
looms large. Montgomery was the halfback whose touchdown on the
second play from scrimmage and total 194 yards against a stout
Cowboy defense helped spur the Eagles to the 1981 NFC title and
Super Bowl XV. But perhaps even more enduring should be the story
of how this shy but courageous athlete broke down barriers
throughout his life, even before the his time in the NFL. Escaping
an oppressive and impoverished environment in his home state of
Mississippi in the early 1970s, he became one of the first African
Americans to play for what was then Abilene Christian College,
after its all-white coaching staff lured him away from the gridiron
at historically black Jackson State College. Although leading ACC
to a 1973 national title would help catapult Montgomery to a
remarkable pro career, no one before has illuminated the complex
interplay of race relations, sports, and religion in Montgomery's
heroic accomplishments in West Texas and beyond.
Mike the Tiger has symbolized the spirit and resolve of Louisiana State University for over seventy-five years. Fiercely confident, keenly competitive, marvelously clever, and the only live tiger to reside on a college campus, Mike reigns nobly from his home just outside of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
In this completely updated and visually stunning new edition of Mike the Tiger, David G. Baker and W. Sheldon Bivin tell the story of the famed mascot from the Civil War origins of LSU's fighting tiger tradition to the present age of social media. They debunk the myths, confirm the legends, and share priceless behind-the-scenes anecdotes as they chronicle the reign of each of the six Mikes. Included are 70 additional photos, for a total of 200 images, as well as new details about:
? The construction of a spacious natural enclosure for Mike in 2005, complete with waterfall, stream, pool, shrubs, rocks, and grass
? The final years of Mike V, who was hand-raised at LSU, and the outpouring of condolences upon his death
? The exciting arrival and introduction of Mike VI and the establishment of his reputation as possibly the most affectionate and inquisitive personality of any LSU tiger to date
? The naming of a sixth subspecies of tiger, the Malayan, and the current status of global tiger preservation efforts
? Frequently asked questions and answers about Mike's care and lifestyle
Mike the Tiger provides a treat for all who ever said, "Meet me at the tiger cage," for all who still marvel at his regal appearance, and for all who will forever bleed purple and gold.
From their humble start in the NFL as an expansion team to their current journey toward becoming one of the hottest teams in the NFL, this handbook spotlights the most compelling and truly great moments in the 46 years of the Atlanta Falcons. Scattered throughout the pages are pep talks, records, and Falcons lore, including the origins of the famous Freddie Falcon mascot, the best place to grab a meal before or after a game, and which famous quarterback the Falcons drafted in 1991 and quietly traded a year later. Some the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Falcons football are also shared. Fans who bleed red, black, and silver will particularly enjoy reading about some of the more colorful and unique personalities such as Deion Sanders, Jamal Anderson, Eric Dickerson, Dan Reeves, and Michael Vick. Whether a die-hard from the Norm Van Brocklin era or a new supporter of Mike Smith and Matt Ryan, any fan will value this collection of all of the things Atlanta fans should actually see and do in their lifetime.
With pep talks, records, and Yellow Jackets lore, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Georgia Tech fan should know. It contains crucial information such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Yellow Jackets covers the team's improbable run to the 1990 national championships, the tradition of "stealing the T," and the famous "Budweiser Bob" between-quarters song and dance.
When Vince Lombardi took the job of coaching the Green Bay Packers
in 1959, he inherited a team that had gone from legendary to
laughing stock. They hadn't fielded a winning team in over a decade
and had gone 1-10-1 in the 1958 season despite having seven future
Hall of Famers on the team. They were a team accustomed to losing
and in desperate need of a turnaround. """That First Season"
chronicles that turnaround at the hands of Lombardi, himself
serving as a head coach for the first time. The Packers were a team
of talented underachievers more used to lax coaching and late
nights than grueling practices and curfews. Lombardi's no-bull
coaching style helped hammer them into winners who operated with
machine-like precision. Every football fan knows that the Packers
under Lombardi were champions, but "That First Season" shows how he
did it, bringing readers the inside story of a sports
Go hard, get intense--and gain the competitive edge . .
Are you ready to go hard core? Then let top performance trainer Chip Smith break you down and build you up into the biggest, baddest player on the field. The number-one expert pros turn to when they want to get pumped and primed for the season and the first choice of aspiring players when they need to take their game to the next level, Smith coaches the best of the best at his state-of-the-art training center, Competitive Edge Sports. Now in "Football Training Like the Pros," he brings his once-exclusive top training secrets to you.. .
With a foreword by Chicago Bear Brian Urlacher; photos straight from Smith's powerhouse camps; and the exclusive personal routines of NFL stars like Denver's Champ Bailey, Washington's Antwaan Randle El, and Atlanta's Keith Brooking, this is your complete guide to taking your game to the next level. .
Inside you'll find tons of individualized, position-specific drills and training techniques guaranteed to help you: . Gain mega-pounds of muscle and increase your power. Get fast and shave time off your forty-yard dash. Supercharge your endurance . Improve your agility and flexibility. Turn your mental toughness to steel. And much more
Titletown USA is the proud moniker of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and this book examines how the Green Bay Packers, led by head coach Vince Lombardi, became the championship prototype by which other teams measured their success in the NFL's formative years. In the 1960s, Lombardi's Packers turned the smallest national market in the NFL into the home of the most successful football team in league history. The first team to win five titles in a seven-year span, the Green Bay Packers became synonymous with championships as the NFL emerged on the forefront of the national sports scene. "Magnificent Seven" gathers anecdotes and strategy from the squads that won the three NFL Championships in 1961, 1962, and 1965, Super Bowls I and II, as well as the NFC Championships in 1966 and 1967.
When George S. Halas was asked to rebuild the Staley Company's football club in Decatur, Illinois in 1920, nobody could have imagined that his efforts would forever change Sunday afternoons in America. Halas helped found the National Football League, and with it the Chicago Bears, the most storied franchise in the league's history. From the Galloping Ghost, to the Monsters of the Midway, to that indomitable "46" defense -- the "Grabowskis" as their coach named them -- Bears teams and players have made such an impact on the city of big shoulders that Chicago will be forever known as a "Bears town."
From the days of leather helmets to the age of multimillion-dollar contracts, the legendary New York Giants have provided unparalleled entertainment and excitement for their fans, and this compilation captures the team's incredible history with firsthand accounts of one of the most interesting and successful teams in NFL history. The book follows one of the oldest football franchises from its fledgling days through the championship dynasty of the 1950s and 1960s, when the team scored six NFL titles in only eight years--an accomplishment that would forever establish the Giants as having one of the largest and most devoted followings of fans in professional football. Contributors include Rosey Brown, Frank Gifford, Mel Hein, Tom Landry, Pat Summerall, Y. A. Tittle, and many others.
On any given workday, any little thing might send Steve Smith's thoughts spinning back to Saturday-last Saturday, Saturday two weeks ago, Saturday two years ago, back into the thrilling minutiae of game day-until reality reminds him: this is not how well-adjusted adults act. Steve Smith is not a well-adjusted adult. He's a Nebraska football fan, and this is his rollicking account of what it's like to be one of those legendary enthusiasts whose passion for the Cornhuskers is at once irresistible and hilarious. A journey into an obsessed Nebraska fan's soul, Forever Red immerses readers in the mad, mad world of Husker football fandom-where wearing the scarlet-and-cream Huskers gear has its own peculiar rules; where displaced followers act as the program's ambassadors, finding Husker subculture beyond the pale; and where the team's performance can barely keep pace with its followers' expectations but sometimes exceeds their wildest dreams. Revised, updated, and expanded from the 2005 edition, Smith's story of thirty-plus years following the team takes readers back to memorable game moments from 1980 up through the roller-coaster ride of recent years. Blending wit and insight, Smith offers a window on the world to the uninitiated and the fellow fanatic alike where fantasy and football meet, where dreams of glory and gritty gridiron realities forever join.
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