Bowl Games: College Football's Greatest Tradition

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More than a century ago, Michigan and Stanford played a football game to top off the annual Tournament of Roses New Year's celebration in Pasadena, California. Little did those dusty players know that this first postseason college football game would eventually lead to one of the most watched and anticipated series of sporting events in the country, competitions that would generate millions of dollars and be used to decide the national champion.

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More than a century ago, Michigan and Stanford played a football game to top off the annual Tournament of Roses New Year's celebration in Pasadena, California. Little did those dusty players know that this first postseason college football game would eventually lead to one of the most watched and anticipated series of sporting events in the country, competitions that would generate millions of dollars and be used to decide the national champion.

In Bowl Games: College Football's Greatest Tradition, historian Robert M. Ours shows how these games established college football as a national sport. Bowl games were also used as charity events and morale boosters during the Great Depression and both world wars, and were among the first public forums that challenged segregation in the South. In addition, Ours traces the steady march toward using bowls to determine a national championship as well as the increase in payouts. Throughout, amazing athletes and teams appear, some well-known, others forgotten. The gridiron exploits of Kentucky's tiny Centre College in the early 1920s and the great Hardin-Simmons squads of the 1930s and 1940s are featured along with top performances from future professional stars, such as Don Hutson, Jim Brown, and Tom Brady. Some of the greatest matchups in the history of football occured at bowls, including Alabama's near upset of heavily favored Duke in the 1945 Sugar Bowl and Ohio State's double-overtime victory against Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. The book includes period photographs, year-by-year bowl game summaries, and a complete list of every major NCAA-sanctioned bowl played up to 2005.

Whether or not a playoff system in Division I-A college football emerges, and no matter what format bowl contests take, there will always be dramatic matchups, superlative individual performances, and enduring memories of college football's postseason play.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781594160011
  • Publisher: Westholme Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Bowl Games - an interesting and informative read

    Bowl Games is an important addition to college football literature, presenting a fascinating aspect of this sport in a flowing narrative that brings in numerous anecdotes involving players, teams and coaches over the years. The author shows the importance of bowl games in the development of college football and how they havae become one of the sport's most-cherished traditions. All of the major bowl games are covered year-by-year in the text, and appendices give the reader a record of the results of all NCAA-sanctioned bowls played--including scores, team records and attendance--as well as individual and team records for bowl games. A variety of photos adds interest as well. All in all, Bowl Games not only gives the reader solid information on this college football tradition, but provides entertaining reading as well.

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