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The Maisel Report: College Football's Most Overrated and Underrated Players, Coaches, Teams, and Traditions

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Sportswriter Ivan Maisel pulls no punches and takes no prisoners as he sets the record once and for all in this book about the most over and underrated programs in college football. A detailed, thoroughly researched thesis, it will make even the mostdie-hard fan of a team admit that their feelings have muddied their opinions and weakened all previous arguments about the who and what is the most overrated and underrated ever. Nobody is left out as Maisel goes through the best of college football's history, ...

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Overview

Sportswriter Ivan Maisel pulls no punches and takes no prisoners as he sets the record once and for all in this book about the most over and underrated programs in college football. A detailed, thoroughly researched thesis, it will make even the mostdie-hard fan of a team admit that their feelings have muddied their opinions and weakened all previous arguments about the who and what is the most overrated and underrated ever. Nobody is left out as Maisel goes through the best of college football's history, including sections on the most over/underrated moments, national champions, Heisman Trophy winners, stadiums, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600780929
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Maisel has been a national college football writer since 1987, the last six years for ESPN.com. He has covered national championship games for the Dallas Morning News, Newsday, and Sports Illustrated. He has won four Best Story Awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors and the Football Writers Association of America. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut. Chris Fowler is a sports broadcaster for ESPN best known for his work on College GameDay for college football.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Chris Fowler     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
Programs     1
Conferences     25
Rivalries     45
Heisman Trophy Winners     65
National Champions     83
Moments     105
Coaches     125
Players     165
Stadiums and Campuses     191
Traditions, Fight Songs, and Mascots     211
Selected Bibliography     237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    In a word: overrated

    When I first saw this book I thought 'Wow, someone finally has the backbone to write about what college football is all about.' Good idea, but missed opportunity. Maisel like every one else in the media thinks that the only teams that matter in college football are Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, and the other good old boy network members that run the NCAA. The SEC, Big 10, Notre Dame, blah, blah...on and on it goes. Throw in what the author considers some witty phrases and the same old worn out rhetoric by another 'expert' that has never buckled a chinstrap and you have 'The Maisel Report'. You get the drift. He does not lack some good points and he does take a few swipes at the 'holy ones' mentioned above, but overall he misses the mark. When he does take a swipe he states the obvious, so there are no real revelations here. When he sticks the 'overrated' label on the good old boys he might turn around and stick the 'underrated' tab on the same school, so what you have is a ballancing act that constantly focuses on the status quo that is college football. What Maisel does consistantly throughout this book is pontificate on what a expert he is on the subject of college football. There are a 121 div. 1A programs and Maisel manages to focus on a handfull. That being said, what kind of expert is that? If the reader is a passive follower of the sport he or she may find Mr. Maisel's work entertaining and informative. I didn't. Like I said, good concept but poor execution.

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