Perfect Rivals

Perfect Rivals

by Jeff Carroll
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Perfect Rivals: Notre Dame, Miami, and the Battle for the Soul of College Football 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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ValpoSteve More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Perfect Rivals. The book had me reliving a time in my life where I was a high school football player leaving JV games on Saturday morning and racing up the tollway to South Bend for ND football in the afternoon. Jeff Carroll captured all the fan fare and excitement of the Notre Dame, Miami rivalry. Each year they played was another step toward adulthood for me. But each game they played I was a kid cheering for Montana and Theisman and my favorite college football team. Carroll didn't take the whole history of ND football as some books have done. He took a slice in time...The most important slice...The Holtz years when the program was returning to it's former glory, and coupled it with the brash and brazen Hurricanes, who you loved to hate and hated to see win. I thought the book was full of well researched and documented commentary from players and coaches on both sides of the war. In fact I learned quite a bit about those guys we loved to hate...the Miami Hurricanes. And finally Carroll delves into the Pink Elephant that no one wants to talk about College Football and the quest for money. Yes, Even Notre Dame succumbed to the greediness that was out there. But it answers for me one important question...WHY? I felt that this book humanizes the Hurricanes in a way I didn't expect, and shows just how fragile psyche of NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL REALLY WAS! Thank you Jeff for giving me back a piece of my youth at Notre Dame.
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SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
A good visit back to this college football rivalry, but not a very strong effort overall. It was fun to relive the mood and tone of college football from the 1980s, but Carroll just does not give much depth to what he offers. Quite simply, he just fell short. Great idea for a book, good presentation of the basics, but he made little effort to expand on those basics. Much more detail and more views from those who were there easily could have added 100 great pages to this book. I'm glad I read it, but I'm not in a rush to recommend the book to anyone.
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