Fields of Honor: The Golden Age of College Football and the Men who Created it
The Miracle in Miami began when a small group of men returned to Ohio after World War II. Some were old enough to coach football; others were young enough to play, going to school on the GI Bill. There, in a tiny community at Miami University of Ohio, the men, the character, and the modern game of football were created. Sid Gillman coached Woody Hayes, who coached Ara Parseghian, coached John Pont, coached Bo Schembechler, coached Bill Mallory. This is the story of the big, brawling family of men who formed college football. Written by John Pont's niece, their interconnections, affections and rivalries, their innovations, and their weaknesses are all beautifully portrayed, combining football history and strategy with family stories.
Watching the Superbowl and focusing on the million-dollar ads, we yearn for the bravery and the loneliness of the original players. Come back to a time when the helmets had no face guards, when the men played without padding, and when strategy and sportsmanship ruled the gridiron.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - rsplenda477 - LibraryThing
Have you ever read a book that is really solid when it comes to theme and topic but lacks in total content? This is that book for me. Sally Pont is an incredible writer and tackles a fascinating topic ... Read full review
Fields of honor: the golden age of college football and the men who created itUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Whittingham's book is a larger and much more objective study of the game. The chapters correspond to series episodes, with each focusing on broad issues such as great teams, great games, great players ... Read full review