Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

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Overview

Football. Far more than a game, America’s favorite spectator sport is an intrinsic part of the nation’s popular culture—a proving ground for high school athletes, a springboard for stars, a multimillion-dollar business, and a vast entertainment enterprise. Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture provides a detailed look at America’s pastime through the lens of pop culture, a fascinating A-to-Z inventory of how certain aspects of the game affect and reflect broader society. From African Americans in football to the meaning of Zero in the sport, this volume profiles players and personalities, teams and events, games and football concepts, and sociological and technological changes in the sport. The goal is not to name every Hall of Famer or to retell the game’s entire history, but to give a clear and detailed account of where, in football history, the importance of people and events extends beyond the playing field. Its wide-ranging entries examine such names as Joe Montana and Byron “Whizzer” White and phenomena from concussions, mascots, team names, and literature to U.S. presidents and football’s presence in television commercials. The encyclopedia covers all levels of play—professional, collegiate, high school, and youth—offering a from-the-ground-up, gridiron look at the game of football within the matrix of American culture.
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Editorial Reviews

American Profile

"Armchair quarterbacks as well as pop-culture junkies will enjoy diving into this informative and wide-ranging A-Z rundown on the players, teams, epic match-ups, concepts, equipment, expressions and other assorted gridiron odds 'n' ends that have made football an intrinsic part of American life."—Neil Pond, American Profile

— Neil Pond

Collected Miscellany

"A treasure trove of information for fans and history/culture lovers alike."—Kevin Holtsberry, Collected Miscellany

— Kevin Holtsberry

Arete

"[Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture] is an interesting collection of items and essays. . . . It is a reference work worthy of a library, whether university, public, or personal."—Richard C. Crepeau, Arete

— Richard C. Crepeau

ForeWord

"For those who want a better overall understanding of the gridiron game, Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture . . . is an excellent starting point."—Ron Kaplan, ForeWord

— Ron Kaplan

ForeWord - Ron Kaplan
"For those who want a better overall understanding of the gridiron game, Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture . . . is an excellent starting point."—Ron Kaplan, ForeWord
American Profile - Neil Pond
"Armchair quarterbacks as well as pop-culture junkies will enjoy diving into this informative and wide-ranging A-Z rundown on the players, teams, epic match-ups, concepts, equipment, expressions and other assorted gridiron odds 'n' ends that have made football an intrinsic part of American life."—Neil Pond, American Profile
Book Bit, WTBF-AM/FM - Doc Kirby
"From African Americans to the number Zero, this clever and informative book is designed to acquaint you with the developments in the game, the major players, coaches and innovators, and the cultural influences on (and from) the great game of football."—Doc Kirby, Book Bit, WTBF-AM/FM
Collected Miscellany - Kevin Holtsberry
"A treasure trove of information for fans and history/culture lovers alike."—Kevin Holtsberry, Collected Miscellany
Arete - Richard C. Crepeau
"[Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture] is an interesting collection of items and essays. . . . It is a reference work worthy of a library, whether university, public, or personal."—Richard C. Crepeau, Arete
Library Journal
Rielly (Sitting Bull) offers a pop culture portrait of college, amateur league, and professional football by surveying game aspects, notable figures, and fan customs. Although each entry closes with a further reading list, this is more an informal pleasure book than solid subject reference. It regularly includes nebulous concepts like perfection, controversial issues like dogfighting, and oblique definitions for words like apparel. The book is also not comprehensive. While Michael Vick's infamy warrants multiple references, many other notable players, like those from six-time Super Bowl champions the Pittsburgh Steelers, are overlooked. An entertaining, if incomplete, book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803290129
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward J. Rielly is a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. He is the author of several books, including Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, available in a Bison Books edition.
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