The Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth Of A Football Nation
Publish Date: 2015-09-01
Author: Dave Revsine
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Its Americas most popular sport, played by thousands, watched by millions, and generating billions in revenues every year. Its also Americas most controversial sport, haunted by the specter of life-threatening injuries and plagued by scandal, even among its most venerable personalities and institutions. At the college level, we often tie footballs tales of corruption and greed to its current popularity and revenue potential, and we have vague notions of a halcyon timebefore the new College Football Playoff, power conferences, and huge TV contracts. Perhaps we conjure images of young Ivy Leaguers playing a gentlemans game, exemplifying the collegial in collegiate. What we dont imagine is a game described in 1905 as a social obsessionthis boy-killing, man-mutilating, education-prostituting, gladiatorial sport.
In The Opening Kickoff, Dave Revsine tells the riveting story of the formative period of American football between 1890 and 1915. In just a quarter century football spread across the nation, captivating people from coast to coast. It was a time that saw the games meteoric rise, fueled by overflow crowds, breathless newspaper coverage, and newfound superstarsincluding one of the most thrilling and mysterious the sport has ever seen. But it was also a period racked by controversy in academics, recruiting, and physical brutality that, in combination, threatened footballs very existence. A vivid storyteller, Revsine brings it all to life in this captivating narrative.