Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (Google eBook)

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U of Nebraska Press, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 439 pages
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Football. Far more than a game, America?s favorite spectator sport is an intrinsic part of the nation?s popular culture?a proving ground for high school athletes, a springboard for stars, a multimillion-dollar business, and a vast entertainment enterprise. Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture provides a detailed look at America?s pastime through the lens of pop culture, a fascinating A-to-Z inventory of how certain aspects of the game affect and reflect broader society. From African Americans in football to the meaning of Zero in the sport, this volume profiles players and personalities, teams and events, games and football concepts, and sociological and technological changes in the sport. The goal is not to name every Hall of Famer or to retell the game?s entire history, but to give a clear and detailed account of where, in football history, the importance of people and events extends beyond the playing field. Its wide-ranging entries examine such names as Joe Montana and Byron ?Whizzer? White and phenomena from concussions, mascots, team names, and literature to U.S. presidents and football?s presence in television commercials. The encyclopedia covers all levels of play?professional, collegiate, high school, and youth?offering a from-the-ground-up, gridiron look at the game of football within the matrix of American culture.
  

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I have not been able to read the book. But I can tell you that on page 45, there is a glaring mistake, which is not true! The first Rose Bowl football game to be broadcast on radio was not in 1926!! The first Rose Bowl game to be heard on the radio was January 1, 1923 when USC vs. Penn State from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena was broadcast locally in Southern California by KHJ radio, owned then by the Los Angeles Times. I gave this information to the Tournament of Roses office in Pasadena, and they were also surprised, because they too had believed that the 1926 game over local Pasadena Star-News station KPSN was the first Rose Bowl on radio, but it was not the first! It was on KHJ, New Years Day
of 1923, and is listed on the radio page of the Los Angels Times, and possibly other newspapers of the day in Los Angeles.
Jim Hilliker
Los Angeles radio historian
 

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Edward J. Rielly is a professor of English at Saint Joseph?s College in Standish, Maine. He is the author of several books, including Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, available in a Bison Books edition.

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