Football : The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession (Hardcover) - Bernstein, Mark F.

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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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Publisher Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
Mfg Part# 9780812236279
SKU 30779038
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0812236270
Release Date 4/10/2007
Table Of Contents <font size="+2">Contents </font> <p> <pre> 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 &quot;Winning&quot;?...............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 </pre> <!--excerpt-->
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1.25T
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Editors Note 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.
Editors Note 1 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.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0344
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
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