The Anatomy of a Game: Football, the Rules, and the Men who Made the Game (Google eBook)

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University of Delaware Press, 1994 - Sports & Recreation - 599 pages
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"This is the first football history to chronicle year by year how playing rules developed the game. Football - a four-dimensional game of rushing, kicking, forward passing, and backward passing - has had more playing rule changes since its inception than any other sport. The Anatomy of a Game follows football rules from the game's European roots through its beginning in the United States to its position as the number-one spectator sport in the 1990s. Highlighted are details of the crisis years that changed the character of the game, with coaches and rules committee members the featured players. David M. Nelson, who served on the NCAA Rules Committee longer than Walter Camp, provides personal insight into all Rules Committee meetings since 1958, as well as an appendix - chronological and by rule - listing every change since 1876." "Ever since the first two human beings kicked, threw, or batted an object competitively, there have been playing rules. Games are mentioned in the Bible, and the Romans brought football's forerunner to Britain, from where it was exported to the United States. It was in the United States that college students decided to make their game rugby rather than soccer. Although the students invented United States football and made the first rules, their ruling power was eventually lost to the faculty, administrators, coaches, rules committees, and the NCAA." "Beginning as a brutal sport, football survived several crises before and after the turn of the century, eventually becoming respectable. The 1931 injury crisis split the high school and college rules and the same year the professionals went their own way, with rules largely based on spectator appeal." "Today the sport is a national treasure primarily because of its playing rules, over seven hundred in total, which make college football unique among the world's team sports. Moreover, football remains an American game, never having the same impact in other countries as do baseball and basketball." "Rules make the game, but people make the rules. Football survived the major crises that threatened the game because committee members adhered to the precepts that had governed football since its inception. The game began with an attempt to have a consistent code of justice, personal accountability, and equality. In some sense the playing rules are a type of moral precept that explains in the simplest terms what can and cannot be done. The Football Code, which first prefaced the rules in 1916, makes the game - more than any other sport - a moral one because it sets standards for coaching, playing, sportsmanship, and officiating."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

Foreword
9
Publishers Foreword
11
Acknowledgments
13
Introduction
15
From the Old Testament to Air Power
19
Genesis to the Shaping of the Rules
21
The Birth of United States Football 18761887
33
Who Is Making the Rules? 18881896
63
The Road to Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust 19511957
253
Camp to Stagg to Crisler to Nelson 19581959
271
General Neyland in Command 19601962
294
Limited Substitution Is Dead 19631967
308
Grass Basketball and a Safer Game
325
John Waldorfs Era 19681975
327
A Second Century of Football Rules 19761980
360
The Liberal Rules Decade 19811989
377

The Game Moves toward Its Day of Reckoning 18971905
79
The Aerial Game the Fourth Dimension
103
The Takeoff 1906
105
Airborne 19071908
127
The Second Crisis 19091910
141
The Modern Era Arrives 19111918
154
The Roaring Twenties 19191928
172
The Great Depression to the Fifth Down 19291940
194
Unlimited Substitution to Recodification 19411947
218
Ten Rules but No Uniform Code 19481950
232
The Substitution Wars
251
The Executive Committee Controls the Game 19901991
416
Epilogue
431
Rule Changes by Year
433
Evolution of American Collegiate Football
491
Appendix 3 Rules Committees
533
Notes
563
Bibliographic Note
575
Works Cited
577
Index
581
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Page 24 - THIS STONE COMMEMORATES THE EXPLOIT OF WILLIAM WEBB ELLIS WHO WITH A FINE DISREGARD FOR THE RULES OF FOOTBALL, AS PLAYED IN HIS TIME, FIRST TOOK THE BALL IN HIS ARMS AND RAN WITH IT, THUS ORIGINATING THE DISTINCTIVE FEATURE OF THE RUGBY GAME AD 1823 This establishment of the running or Rugby game, as contrasted with the earlier, kicking game, had several important results.

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