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How Football Explains America
How Football Explains America

How Football Explains America

By Sal Paolantonio

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SPORTS & RECREATION

240 Pages, 5 x 8

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ISBN 9781629371412

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Triumph Books (Sep 2015)

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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.

Author Biography

Sal Paolantonio is a national correspondent for ESPN, covering the NFL for SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, and ESPN.com. He hosts ESPN's State Farm NFL Matchup on Sunday mornings. He is a former sportswriter and political correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He lives in Moorestown, New Jersey.

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How Football Explains America

By Sal Paolantonio

 

“Sal Paolantonio has captured the essence of why we love football.”

Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL analyst

 

Contact: Olivia Aguilar, Triumph Books, 312.676.4238, o.aguilar@triumphbooks.com

 

Football has always been a fundamental part of the American psyche. It embodies the classic American themes of manifest destiny, hard work and the idea that one can reach the highest peak with teamwork, perseverance and hope in the future. When pioneers and cowboys headed west, they hoped to begin the American way of life. Football became the perfect game to explain that journey across the continent.

 

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio has compiled the most fascinating cultural criticism in How Football Explains America (Triumph Books, September 2015). This book raises questions such as why does America love football so much? Why is the quarterback considered a hero figure? Sal Paolantonio answers all these questions and more, touching on how the values of football and the U.S. are one in the same. Now updated throughout with a new introduction by the author, this book is a must-have for football fans everywhere. Highlights include:

 

  • A new introduction by Sal Paolantonio on Malcolm Butler’s interception at the goal line with 20 seconds left  in the 2015 Super Bowl and why it was the greatest moment in pro football
  • Why football is linked to American icons such as Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and John Coltrane
  • A look at how football explains Alexis de Tocqueville, the man who studied the most American concept: the innate right to autonomously control the course of their lives
  • The rich military lineage behind football

 

How Football Explains America is an articulate, in-depth study on why football is a socio-cultural phenomenon in America and is a fascinating explanation of why the game is so intertwined with our culture.  

 

About the Author:

Sal Paolantonio is a national correspondent for ESPN, covering the NFL for SportsCenter, Sunday NFL Countdown, and ESPN.com. He also hosts ESPN's “State Farm NFL Matchup” on Sunday mornings. He is a former sportswriter and political correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He lives with his family in Moorestown, New Jersey.

 

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