Pigskin Warriors: 140 Years of College Football's Greatest Traditions, Games, and Stars

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This is the story of a sport's role in society, from the "leather helmet era," through the dawn of television and its tremendous impact on the college game, and up to the present era of collegiate football as "big business"—all outlined against a "blue, gray October sky" of American history. In this comprehensive history, Steven Travers breaks down the story of college football into two eras—the period prior to World War I, when the nascent sport was so dangerous that President Theodore Roosevelt proposed ...

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Overview

This is the story of a sport's role in society, from the "leather helmet era," through the dawn of television and its tremendous impact on the college game, and up to the present era of collegiate football as "big business"—all outlined against a "blue, gray October sky" of American history. In this comprehensive history, Steven Travers breaks down the story of college football into two eras—the period prior to World War I, when the nascent sport was so dangerous that President Theodore Roosevelt proposed legislation to make the sport safer, and the "modern" era, when the popularity of football led to the development of professional leagues largely fed by college players. He also explores our obsession with identifying winners, from controversies over poll rankings to tracking the performance of players on the short list for the Heisman or Outland Trophies. In addition to profiling the great players and their greatest games, Travers also considers how the sport has infiltrated the popular culture, listing, for example, the top eight college football movies of all time, and the origin of the term "Ivy League." Travers also compiles an impressive list of All-Americans, bowl performances, all-time winning records, winning streaks, great runs, decades and dynasties, pro football representation, and a host of other detailed criteria. It's all here: the statistics, the stories, and the lore of a game that has and will continue to dominate fall Saturdays for another hundred years to come.

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Bleacher Report
...[A] fascinating run-down of the interplay between football, pop culture, and history...bringing an intellectual flavor to a game of brawn.
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...[A] fascinating run-down of the interplay between football, pop culture, and history...bringing an intellectual flavor to a game of brawn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589793330
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/25/2009
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 1,024,432
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Travers is the author of One Night Two Teams: Alabama vs. USC and the Game That Changed a Nation and The USC Trojans: College Football's All-Time Greatest Dynasty as well as several other books and screenplays. He lives in San Anselmo, California.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Recommended reading for football lovers.

    A very informative book on the elite programs of college football. Although, I am very well informed on the game, I still learned a few new facts; such as the scandals in the PCC that hit Cal, Stanford, and USC in the 1950s. USC was seen as the premier program in college football and the author brings to light a lot of facts to support that stance, but his overall writing was still very biased to the Trojans. I do disagree with the author stating that Miami loss to Ohio State in the 2002 BCS game due to injuries. Miami did not have any injuries going into that game, Willis Mcgahee was injured in the 2nd or 3rd quarter, they loss because they struggled with OSU's defensive line. (Miami could have still pulled it out if they had not been hit with a bad call on the PI in the endzone).

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