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How Football Explains America
How Football Explains America (4 Formats) ›
By Sal Paolantonio
Trade Paper Price 16.95

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ISBN 9781629371412

Published Sep 2015

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio explores just how crucial football is to understanding the American psyche Using some of the most prominent voices in pro sports and cultural and media criticism, How Football Explains America is a fascinating, first-of-its-kind journey through the making of America's most complex, intriguing, and popular game. It tackles varying American themes—from Manifest Destiny to "fourth and one"—as it answers the age-old question Why does America love football so much? An unabashedly celebratory explanation of America's love affair with the game and the men who make it possible, this work sheds light on how the pioneers and cowboys helped create a game that resembled their march across the continent. It explores why rugby and soccer don't excite the American male like football does and how the game's rules are continually changing to enhance the dramatic action and create a better narrative. It also investigates the eternal appeal of the heroic quarterback position, the sport's rich military lineage, and how the burgeoning medium of television identified and exploited the NFL's great characters. It is a must read for anyone interested in more fully understanding not only the game but also the nation in which it thrives. Updated throughout and with a new introduction, this edition brings How Football Explains America to paperback for the first time.
The Game Plan
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By Bill Polian, By Vic Carucci, Foreword by Peyton Manning
Cloth Price 25.95

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ISBN 9781600789816

Published Oct 2014

As one of the most successful general managers and team presidents in NFL history, few people understand how to create the blueprint for a winning football team like Bill Polian. After building the Buffalo Bills team that went to four consecutive Super Bowls and taking the expansion Carolina Panthers to the NFC Championship just two years after the team's creation, he was responsible for the Indianapolis Colts drafting Peyton Manning with the first overall pick in 1998 and oversaw the team's victory in Super Bowl XLI. Now, Polian shares his blueprint for building a successful football team in The Game Plan. He details the decisions both a team needs to make in the regular season and the offseason to bring teams to the postseason and the NFL's ultimate test of a well-built team: the Super Bowl.
Wild Pitches
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By Jayson Stark, Foreword by Tim Kurkjian
Cloth Price 22.95

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ISBN 9781600789427

Published May 2014

Every baseball fan knows that Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols are among the best to ever play the game. But how do their high-priced contracts impact their teams’ abilities to compete for a World Series title? Which managers and executives are best at getting the most out of their roster, year-in and year-out? And how does sabremetrics play into all of this? In this book, veteran ESPN columnist Jayson Stark explores these questions and many more. Supplemented with insightful commentary from countless baseball insiders, it gives baseball fans a rare, fascinating glimpse into the why behind the game’s winners and losers.
Always a Hokie
Always a Hokie (4 Formats) ›
By Mark Schlabach, By Norm Wood, By Ray Glier
Trade Paper Price 16.95

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ISBN 9781600786181

Published Aug 2011

Drawing together insights from nearly 100 former players, coaches, and Hokie fans, this is the ultimate compendium of everything that is special about Virginia Tech's football team. Highlights include the most important moments in Virginia Tech's football history, beloved traditions and memories from Blacksburg, coaching legends, and the team's greatest players from past and present.
Worth the Wait
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By Jayson Stark
Trade Paper Price 12.95

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ISBN 9781600786556

Published Apr 2011

For 25 years, Philadelphia waited for a team like the 2008 Phillies to come along. Waited for a team that could end the longest title drought on any city in America that fields teams in all four major professional sports. Waited for that one magical postseason run that could unleash a quarter-century of pent-up frustration. And then these '08 Phillies hopped on that magic carpet and made it happen. Unlike so many Phillies teams that were haunted by the past, this team was inspired by it, by the chance to place its own inimitable stamp on the franchise. And as the 2 million people who attended their championship parade can attest, it was Worth the Wait.
Ready, Set, Play!
Ready, Set, Play! (4 Formats) ›
By Mark Schlereth, By Mark Preisler
Cloth Price 19.95

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ISBN 9781600783951

Published Sep 2010

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is more difficult than it's ever been. These personal essays written by some of the biggest names in sports provides new and creative ways for families to become healthy and happy through sports. From Wiffle ball to HORSE to a backyard game of catch, sports have long been an important bonding agent between parents and their children. Today, parents struggle to get their kids off the computers and away from the video games.
The Blount Report
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By Terry Blount, Foreword by Allen Bestwick
Cloth Price 24.95

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ISBN 9781600780899

Published Feb 2009

While fans continue to debate the relative merits of their favorite drivers, ESPN.com's premier motor sports writer Terry Blount now brings some needed clarity and perspective to America's biggest spectator sport, rating drivers, teams, cars, and tracks, and while bluntly letting readers know which are overrated and which are underrated in a new book that's bound to further the debate and stir up more controversy. Did the reputation match the results? Was the performance better than the perception? and how much of a factor was the car? are all questions asked and discussed in this investigation. Along with rating drivers, The Blount Report also rates a vast array of the NASCAR world from speedways to races and rules to records.
The Maisel Report
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By Ivan Maisel, Foreword by Chris Fowler
Cloth Price 24.95

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ISBN 9781600780929

Published Aug 2008

Sportswriter Ivan Maisel pulls no punches and takes no prisoners as he sets the record once and for all in this book about the most over and underrated programs in college football. A detailed, thoroughly researched thesis, it will make even the most die-hard fan of a team admit that their feelings have muddied their opinions and weakened all previous arguments about the who and what is the most overrated and underrated ever. Nobody is left out as Maisel goes through the best of college football's history, including sections on the most over/underrated moments, national champions, Heisman Trophy winners, stadiums, and more.
What It Means to Be a Gator
What It Means to Be a Gator (4 Formats) ›
By Mark Schlabach, Foreword by Urban Meyer
Cloth Price 27.95

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ISBN 9781600781162

Published Aug 2008

Taking a decade-by-decade approach to the University of Florida football tradition, this collection brings together over 40 stories from the most outstanding voices of the program. The spirit of Gators football is not captured by just one phrase, one season, or one particular game; instead, the student-athletes and coaches who made the magic happen over the decades blend their experiences to capture the true essence of their beloved school. From Danny Wuerfful and the shotgun formation in the Sugar Bowl to Tim Tebow and his transition to a full-time starter as a sophomore, Florida fans will relish the intimate stories told by the figures they have come to cherish.
What It Means to Be a Seminole
What It Means to Be a Seminole (4 Formats) ›
By Mark Schlabach, Foreword by Bobby Bowden
Cloth Price 27.95

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ISBN 9781572439504

Published Nov 2007

Taking a decade-by-decade approach to the Florida State University football tradition, this collection brings together over 40 stories from the most outstanding voices of the program. The spirit of Seminoles football is not captured by just one phrase, one season, or one particular game; instead, the student-athletes and coaches who made the magic happen over the decades blend their experiences to capture the true essence of their beloved school. FSU fans will relish the intimate stories told by the figures they have come to cherish.
The Paolantonio Report
The Paolantonio Report (4 Formats) ›
By Sal Paolantonio, By Reuben Frank
Cloth Price 24.95

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ISBN 9781600780257

Published Oct 2007

Examining the legends, the myths, and the overhyped moments of America’s most popular game, Sal Paolantonio goes behind the highlights, the drama, and the numbers to set some things straight—once and for all—about the game played on Sundays. The Paolantonio Report includes chapters analyzing the most underrated and overrated quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, defensive backs, defensive linemen, offensive linemen, linebackers and specialists. For example: The Catch—Joe Montana to Dwight Clark—overrated. Not even in the top ten moments in NFL history. And Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles linebacker who knocked out Frank Gifford? He wasn't that fearsome, and was considered slow and not a very good tackler. Also look for chapters on the most underrated and overrated coaches, teams, offensive and defensive units, Hall of Famers, Super Bowls, and some of the most underrated and overrated moments in the sport's storied history—with plenty of fun sidebars peppered throughout the book. Using an analytical approach that considers decades of stats, trends, and historical data, The Paolantonio Report is certain to settle many arguments—and probably just as certain to start many more.
The Stark Truth
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By Jayson Stark
Cloth Price 24.95

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ISBN 9781572439597

Published Apr 2007

Every baseball fan knows New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is a great all-around player. But how about Alex Rodriguez, Jeter's teammate, former American League MVP, and probable future Hall of Famer? Many would argue he's even better than Jeter. And what about Jeter's seemingly unassailable status as one of the greatest Yankees of all time? Such discussions highlight one of the great joys of being a baseball fan: arguing over who's really great and who falls just short, who doesn't get the respect he deserves and who gets too much. In other words, who's overrated and who's underrated.
What It Means to Be a Hokie
What It Means to Be a Hokie (4 Formats) ›
By Mark Schlabach, Foreword by Frank Beamer
Cloth Price 27.95

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ISBN 9781572438514

Published Sep 2006

Taking a decade-by-decade approach to the Virginia Tech football tradition, this collection brings together over 40 stories from the most outstanding voices of the program. The spirit of Hokie football is not captured by just one phrase, one season, or one particular game; instead, the student-athletes and coaches who made the magic happen over six decades blend their experiences to capture the true essence of their beloved school. Hokies fans will relish the intimate stories told by the figures they have come to cherish.