THE TEAM: Rooted in success achieved through dignity and situated amongst the rolling farmland of Pennsylvania’s “T” region, the Penn State football program has won two national championships and posted seven undefeated, untied seasons as far back as 1887. The Sports by the Numbers franchise combs through the program’s rich history, from Rip Engle’s glossed-over tenure to Joe Paterno’s legacy as the face of a university and a football juggernaut. By the book’s conclusion, the SBTN guys will have Nittany Lion nation chanting in chorus, “WE ARE . . . PENN STATE!”
THE FORMAT: The presentation created by the authors distinguishes Sports by the Numbers from everything else available today. Penn State Football is composed of ten chapters, each offering one hundred numbered “mini-stories”—facts, anomalies, records, coincidences, and enthralling lore and trivia. Each chapter begins with an introduction that highlights the many exciting stories detailed in that chapter.
INTERACTIVE: Numerical entries tagged with SBTN-All Star or SBTN-Hall of Fame logos are scattered throughout this book. These logos indicate that more information is available at our web site www.sportsbythenumbers.com. Readers and sports fans can then visit our site and participate in the SBTN blogs and conversations regarding those numbers, creating an interactive community.
Sports by the Numbers books are not just for diehard sports fans, but for every fan and sports history reader who loves sports and wants to know more about their heroes and favorite teams.
About the Authors: Daniel J. Brush, David Horne, and Marc CB Maxwell, also known as the Sports by the Numbers Guys, are the award-winning authors of the Sports by the Numbers series. Other titles include University of Oklahoma Football, New York Yankees, Major League Baseball and NASCAR. Jared Trexler is a Penn State graduate and an award-winning journalist for his work in print, radio, and Internet sports reporting.
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Table of Contents
The Locker xvii
Chapter 1 The Nights Penn State Won The War 1
Chapter 2 Tha Man Who Created Joe Paterno 21
Chapter 3 Joey's Heisman 39
Chapter 4 Patience is a Virtue for a Family of Nittany ions 57
Chapter 5 The Greatest Show on Manure 77
Chapter 6 Robbie's Ultimate Fan 95
Chapter 7 The College Todd Blackledge 113
Chapter 8 Michael, God, and the Penn State Pigskin 131
Chapter 9 The Do-Everything Nittany Lion 151
Chapter 10 Linebacker U's Never-Ending Story 169