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Football The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession (Hardcover)

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0812236270
ISBN-13: 9780812236279
Sku: 30779038
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Sales Rank: 16259
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  344
Age Range:  NA
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Mark Bernstein shows that much of the culture that surrounds American football, both good and bad, has its roots in the Ivy League. With their long winning streaks, distinctive traditions, and impressive victories, Ivy teams started a national obsession with football in the first decades of the twentieth century that remains alive today. In so doing they have helped develop our ideals about the role of athletics in college life.

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Every autumn American football fans pack large college stadiums or crowd around grassy fields to root for their favorite teams. Most are unaware that this most popular American sport was created by the teams that now make up the Ivy League. From the day Princeton played the first intercollegiate game in 1869, these major schools of the northeast--Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale--shaped football as we now know it. Almost every facet of the game still bears their imprint: they created the All-America team, produced the first coaches, devised the basic rules, invented many of the strategies, developed much of the equipment, and even named the positions. Both the Heisman and Outland trophies are named for Ivy League players. Crowds of 80,000 no longer attend Ivy League games as they did seventy years ago, and Ivy teams are not the powerhouses they once were, but at times they can still be a step ahead of the rest of football, as in 1973 when Brown and Penn started the first black quarterbacks to face each other in major college history.

In this rich history, Bernstein shows that much of the culture that surrounds American football, both good and bad, has its roots in the Ivy League...Although Ivy League football and its ancient rivalries have disappeared from big-time sports by their own accord, their legacy remains with every snap of the ball.The author looks deeply into football's Ivy League origins to present a compelling portrait of the development of this popular American sport, explaining how the Ivy League schools shaped football as it is known today.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface.............................................................ix
1820-1910
    Chapter 1   The Big Three........................................3
    Chapter 2   Making the Rules As You Go Along....................17
    Chapter 3   Play for Love and Honor.............................40
    Chapter 4   More Work For the Undertaker........................66
1911-1954
    Chapter 5   The Sign We Hail....................................94
    Chapter 6   Team of Destiny....................................116
    Chapter 7   Red Ink............................................142
    Chapter 8   Medium-Time Football...............................169
    Chapter 9   The Ivy League.....................................190
1954-2000
    Chapter 10   A Well-Rounded Class..............................210
    Chapter 11  What Is This Thing Called "Winning"?...............231
    Chapter 12  The Modern Game....................................247
Appendix...........................................................264
    Head Coaches...................................................264
    Cumulative and Ivy League Records..............................270
    Ivy League Champions...........................................271
    Ivy League National Champions..................................273
    Ivy League 1981 Silver Anniversary All-Star Team...............275

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0344
Product attributePublisher:   University of Pennsylvania Press
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