It’s Football Season!
Whether you want to lead your team to glory in the Library’s Dewey Decimators League (or your own league), or just relax with a good book, try some of these titles:
Fantasy Football for Dummies
by Martin Signore
Fantasy football can be an addictive hobby. But if you’ve never played before, how do you start? Have no fear! This friendly guide explains the game to you from start to finish ? from scouting and drafting your players to building your coaching skills to planning your strategy. And who knows, perhaps even to tasting victory in your league championship!
Fourth Down and Out: an Andy Hayes Mystery
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins
It’s kind of a sleazy job, but with two child-support payments on his plate, Columbus, Ohio, investigator and disgraced former OSU quarterback Andy Hayes can’t be picky. His client was videotaped making advances toward a friend’s 18-year-old daughter, and now he’s being blackmailed…
An inside assessment of the world of fantasy sports by the ESPN Senior Fantasy Analyst reveals the life-shaping impact of the multi-billion-dollar national pastime while chronicling his own rise to a leading figure in fantasy sports.
From scouting combines to game-day routines, this candid, no-holds-barred account of ordinary life in the NFL brings to light the story of hundreds of everyday, expendable players whose lives, unlike those of their superstar colleagues, aren’t captured in high-definition.
Fantasy Football for Smart People
by Jonathan Bales
Learn which stats are most important to fantasy owners, how to understand and embrace the randomness inherent to the game, why some draft strategies are better than others, and most important, how to make the most accurate predictions possible to transform into a dominant fantasy owner.
Life Among Giants: A Novel
by Bill Roorbach
David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is enormous, nearly seven feet tall, and so is the labyrinth of tragedy and revenge he navigates in Roorbach’s novel. The high-school football star is headed to Princeton and then an NFL career when his parents are murdered. Both his and his sister’s lives are irreparably shaken and become significantly intertwined with the world-famous ballerina who lives nearby.
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football
by Nicholas Dawidoff
An award-winning author and scholar describes what it was like to experience a year in the scouting department of the New York Jets and the time he spent with coach Rex Ryan, defensive player Darrelle Revis and quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
by Ben Fountain
A satire set in Texas during America’s war in Iraq that explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad. Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.
Describes the seminal November 1912 football match-up between college football powerhouse Army–which included cadet Dwight Eisenhower–and the Native American team from Carlisle, a team that was coached by the inventive Pop Warner and included the legendary Jim Thorpe.
League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for the Truth
by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
Draws on interviews, e-mails, and previously undisclosed documents to reveals how the NFL has endeavored to cover up evidence of the connection between football and brain damage for the past two decades.
Opening Kickoff: The Tumultuous Birth of a Football Nation
by Dave Revsine
By a noted sports broadcaster, the story of the creation of the college football nation from 1890 to 1915, the intense media coverage, the academic fraud, recruiting scandals, shocking violence, new sports superstars, and the manifest destiny of football out of the Ivy League and to the Great Midwest