Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy that Reign Over College Football

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 14, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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SI.com "College Football Mailbag" author Stewart Mandel tackles the ten issues that confound college football fansa??with a new chapter on the 2007 season

"An intricate tour through the ills of the college football world (and there are many), but still manages to take on a breezy, airy tone."
a??a??The Quad, NYTimes.com

"Stewart Mandel writes about college football's major controversies with a wit and depth of knowledge that will impress even the most obsessed fans. And because he's both fair and objective, there is something in this book to infuriate nearly everyone."
a??a??Warren St. John, author of the bestselling Rammer JammerYellow Hammer: A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan Mania

"In a book dripping with sarcasm, Stewart Mandel plays tour guide on an interesting ride through the college football nuthouse."
a??a??Bruce Feldman, author of Meat Market and senior writer for ESPN the Magazine

"If you're confused by the world of college football, particularly the BCS and how the present polls are conducted, then I will recommend to you Bowls, Polls & Tattered Souls."
a??a??Football Outsiders

"Presents history and insights on all aspects of the sport, from recruiting to the bowl system to why certain teams play in certain conferences. A great read for fans with thirty days or thirty years of experience."
a??a??Orlando Sentinel

If your heart beats faster on Saturday afternoons as your team takes the field, this book will give you new insight into the fanaticism and chaos that characterize college football today. Stewart Mandel takes a provocative, hard-hitting look at the hot-button issues: the controversial BCS; the polls and their largely arbitrary rankings; the ego-inflating recruiting craze; cheating and recent scandals; the huge pressures and salaries heaped on coaches; the Heisman hype-fest; the NFL draft; the clunky conference expansions; privileged Notre Dame, college football's greatest juggernaut; and the proliferation of bowl games. You'll get behind-the-scenes insights on how the issues evolved and why some are almost impossible to resolve in a book that's as entertaining, passionate, and thought-provoking as the game itself.

 

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User Review  - jmcclain19 - LibraryThing

Stewart Mandel - the excellent writer/columnist from SI.com weighs in with his first book, a overview of College Football today. Anyone who reads his columns or his blog over on SI will find similar ... Read full review

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User Review  - janemarieprice - LibraryThing

This is a must read for anyone who loves college football. It covers all of the wonderful tradition and blood boiling insanity which is the sport and its followers. Read full review

Contents

I
1
II
9
III
35
V
63
VII
87
IX
111
XI
135
XIII
159
XIV
185
XV
209
XVII
231
XVIII
253
XIX
257
XX
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About the author (2010)

Stewart Mandel is a columnist for Sports Illustrated and the author of SI.com's highly popular "College Football Mailbag." He appears frequently on sports radio and television shows.

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