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Title:
Football : great writing about the national sport
Author:
Schulian, John, 1945- , editor.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : A Special Publication of the Library Of America, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
xxi, 463 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
"An All-Pro line-up of writers including Red Smith, Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, George Plimpton, Richard Price, Charles Pierce, Michael Lewis, and Roy Blount Jr tackle our most popular pastime. Since football's meteoric rise in the mid-twentieth century, the standout writers on the sport have gone behind and beyond the spectacle to reveal the complexity, the contradictions, and the deeper humanity at the heart of the game. Now, in a landmark collection, The Library of America brings together the very best of their work: gems of deadline reportage, incisive longform profiles of football's storied figures, and autobiographical accounts by players and others close to the game. Celebrating the sport without shying away from its sometimes devastating personal and social costs, the forty-four pieces gathered here testify to football's boundless capacity to generate outsized characters and memorable tales."--Publisher's description.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781598533071
Format :
Book

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An All-Pro line-up of writers including Red Smith, Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, George Plimpton, Richard Price, Charles Pierce, Michael Lewis, and Roy Blount Jr tackle our most popular pastime: Since football's meteoric rise in the mid-twentieth century, the standout writers on the sport have gone behind and beyond the spectacle to reveal the complexity, the contradictions, and the deeper humanity at the heart of the game. Now, in a landmark collection, The Library of America brings together the very best of their work: gems of deadline reportage, incisive longform profiles of football's storied figures, and autobiographical accounts by players and others close to the game. Celebrating the sport without shying away from its sometimes devastating personal and social costs, the forty-four pieces gathered here testify to football's boundless capacity to generate outsized characters and memorable tales.


Author Notes

JOHN SCHULIAN   was a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Philadelphia Daily News before moving to Hollywood, where he was, among other things, the co-creator of Xena: Warrior Princess . With George Kimball, he co-edited the Library of America anthology At the Fights . He is the author most recently of Sometimes They Even Shook Your Hand: Portraits of Champions Who Walked Among Us .


Table of Contents

Grantland RiceW. C. HeinzMyron CopeShirley PovichRed SmithFrederick ExleyStuart LeuthnerGary SmithFrank DefordJohn SchulianDavid MaranissJimmy CannonJimmy BreslinGeorge PlimptonDan JenkinsJerry IzenbergJerry Kramer and Dick SchaapJennifer AlleAl SilvermanJim MurrayLarry MerchantArthur KretchmerPaul HemphillGary Cart WrightTom ArchdeaconRichard PriceRick ReillyLeigh MontvilleH. G. BissingerMark KramCharles P. PierceIra BerkowPeter RichmondJohn Ed BradleyWright ThompsonRick TelanderPat FordeMichael LewisJeanne Marie LaskasNate JacksonPaul SolotaroffBryan CurtisRoy Blount
IntroductionJohn Schulian xi
From The Tumult and the Shoutingp. 1
The Ghost of the Gridironp. 4
from The Game That Was: Johnny Bloodp. 17
The Redskins' Longest Dayp. 25
The Most Important Thingp. 28
The Lost Causep. 30
from A Fan's Notesp. 34
from Iron Men: Pat Summerallp. 38
Moment of Truthp. 47
The Best There Ever Wasp. 65
Concrete Charliep. 71
from When Pride Still Matteredp. 85
Greatnessp. 91
...The One Last Good One That Wasn't to Bep. 94
from Paper Lionp. 102
An Upside-Down Gamep. 112
A Whistle-Stop School with Big-Time Talentp. 119
from Instant Replayp. 135
from Fifth Quarterp. 144
Gale Sayers: The Hard Road Backp. 155
Don't Look Now... but the Funny Little League is No. 1p. 167
from ...And Every Day You Take Another Bitep. 170
Butkusp. 179
Yesterday's Herop. 203
Tom Landry: Melting the Plastic Manp. 213
Smith Hates for It to End Like Thisp. 224
Bear Bryant's Miraclesp. 229
A Matter of Life and Sudden Deathp. 246
A Miracle in Miamip. 259
from Friday Night Lightsp. 263
No Pain, No Gamep. 272
Legends of the Fallp. 285
The Minority Quarterbackp. 294
Flesh and Bloodp. 314
The Best Years of His Lifep. 328
Pulled Pork & Pigskin: A Love Letter to Southern Footballp. 341
Atkins a Study in Pride and Painp. 351
Broncos Earn Respect With Improbable Victoryp. 355
The Kick Is Up and It's... a Career Killerp. 360
G-L-O-R-Y!p. 377
from Slow Getting Upp. 395
The Ferocious Life and Tragic Death of a Super Bowl Starp. 401
Friday Night Tykesp. 413
Immaculate Memoryp. 435
Sources and Acknowledgmentsp. 447
Indexp. 451