We’re in a Superbowl Mood…
But there’s more to these books and films than just the big game:
How Football Explains America
by Sal Paolantonio
The author relates the evolution of the sport to the evolution of the country: just as America declared its independence from England, so American footballers redesigned the game and made it independent from the British import, rugby. And just as immigrants to the U.S. helped build the country, so various ethnic groups helped build football.
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29
Harvard Stadium, November 23, 1968: Harvard and Yale, both teams undefeated for the first time since 1909, meet for the annual climax of the Ivy League football season, and stage an unforgettable contest that baffles even their own coaches. Using vintage footage and honest contemporary interviews with the players from both sides, this film is a poignant portrait of American lives, American sports, and American ideals.
Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion
by Pete Carroll with Yogi Roth and Kristoffer A. Garin
Pete Carroll is one of college football’s most successful coaches. He is also one of the smartest and most philosophical. He calls his coaching approach “Win Forever” and preaches it not just on the field, but to local kids and business audiences in the off-season.
A multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players claim the league has covered up football’s connection to long-term brain injuries. In a special two-hour investigation, Frontline and prize-winning journalists Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN reveal the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries.
by Tim Green
Troy, a sixth-grader with an unusual gift for predicting football plays before they occur, attempts to use his ability to help his favorite team, the Atlanta Falcons, but he must first prove himself to the coach and players.
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
by Michael Lewis
Lewis, most recognizable as the author of the best-selling Moneyball (2003)–about the growing reliance on statistical analysis in baseball–describes the NFL’s ever-growing obsession with left tackles as a means to counter defenders who seem to grow bigger, stronger, and more vicious each season. He juxtaposes that narrative with the unlikely story of Michael Oher, who was living on the streets of Memphis when he was 15 years old.
It Had to Be You
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
The Windy City isn’t quite ready for Phoebe Somerville–the outrageous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars’ head coach Dan Celebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind…
In the 90s, led by future Hall-of-Famers Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman, and Emmitt Smith, the Cowboys won three Super Bowls in four years. The on-field success was paralleled by appalling off-field excess: drugs, strip clubs, orgies, fights, marital infidelities, and, finally, one player stabbing another in the neck with scissors.
Touchdown Charlie Brown!
It’s the big homecoming game and Charlie Brown is in the spotlight as team kicker. If that wasn’t enough, he is also an escort for the homecoming queen and her court. But when Charlie Brown finds out the homecoming queen is none other than the little red-haired girl, can he overcome his anxiety and fulfill the tradition of giving the queen a kiss on the cheek before the first dance?