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Maroon & Gold Forever: Celebrating 125 Years of Gopher Football
Maroon & Gold Forever
Celebrating 125 Years of Gopher Football
Hardcover      ISBN: 0978780957

The University of Minnesota√s football history comes to life. Along with hundreds of photos, this book is full of timeless stories, historical facts and personable biographies, many from the stars themselves. This is a must-have for Gopher fans

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
The Blind Side
Evolution of a Game
Paperback      ISBN: 039333838x

When we first meet him, Michael Oher is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read and write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability, his blind side.

Football's Greatest Stars
Football's Greatest Stars
Paperback      ISBN: 1770855955

"It's sure to be a hit with any gridiron fan."
--American Profile

"A superb book for fans and a compelling history of a great game."
--BookPage

At the heart of Football's Greatest Stars is author Allan Maki's picks for the 50 greatest and most exciting players in the history of professional football. They're all here: from the pioneers of the game to the current stars to the legends headed to the Hall of Fame. Exciting photographs show these past and present superstars in action, and 32 franchise profiles chart the league's rise to the top of professional sports.

This third edition also features a new chapter on the future greats currently rumbling on the field.

Some of the current NFL stars in this edition are:

  • Marshawn Lynch
  • Russell Wilson
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Drew Brees
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Troy Polamalu
  • Antonio Gates
  • Darrelle Revis
  • Antonio Brown
  • Rob Gronkowski
  • Justin Smith
  • Andre Johnson
  • Terrell Suggs
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Joe Thomas
  • DeMarco Murray
  • DeMarcus Ware
  • J.J. Watt
  • Patrick Willis
  • Richard Sherman.

Allan Maki also examines the sport in two insightful essays: one on the National Football League's spectacular rise to prominence, and the other on the leading men and defining moments that have shaped the league.

Football's Greatest Stars is a must-read for anyone serious about football.

Winning Football
Winning Football
Paperback      ISBN: 0736086951

In Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play, renowned coach Bill Ramseyer shares the expertise and insights that have guided his teams and players to success at every level of the sport. With instruction for every key technique and tactic, as well as accompanying drills and special tips for executing them when the game is on the line, you'll find all the tools you need to develop the skills, discipline, and consistency for winning football week after week.

Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play covers both sides of the ball, special teams play, player development, and game planning. You'll learn how and when to use offensive formations such as the shotgun, single back, power I, and empty back as well as dominating defensive sets such as the 4-3, 3-4, nickel, and dime.

From assembling your staff to assigning player positions, this book provides you with the information, drills, and plays that will help you transform your team into a championship contender. Before you take to the sidelines, let Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play give you the tools you need to bring home the wins

100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
Paperback      ISBN: 1629373133
100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of Michigan State football and men's basketball. Whether a die-hard booster from the days of Jumpin' Johnny Green or a new supporter of football coach Mark Dantonio, fans will value these essential pieces of Michigan State football and basketball knowledge and trivia, as well as all the must-do activities, that have been ranked from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist for Spartan supporters to progress on their way to fan superstardom. It is now updated to include the Michigan State's recent successes.
Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the Usfl
Football for a Buck
The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the Usfl
Paperback      ISBN: 0358118115
From a multiple New York Times bestselling author, the rollicking, outrageous, you-can't-make-this-up story of the USFL

The United States Football League--known fondly to millions of sports fans as the USFL--was the last football league to not merely challenge the NFL, but cause its owners and executives to collectively shudder. It spanned three seasons, 1983-85. It secured multiple television deals. It drew millions of fans and launched the careers of legends. But then it died beneath the weight of a particularly egotistical and bombastic owner--a New York businessman named Donald J. Trump. The league featured as many as 18 teams, and included such superstars as Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Herschel Walker, Reggie White, Doug Flutie and Mike Rozier.

In Football for a Buck, the dogged reporter and biographer Jeff Pearlman draws on more than four hundred interviews to unearth all the salty, untold stories of one of the craziest sports entities to have ever captivated America. From 1980s drug excess to airplane brawls and player-coach punch outs, to backroom business deals, to some of the most enthralling and revolutionary football ever seen, Pearlman transports readers back in time to this crazy, boozy, audacious, unforgettable era of the game. He shows how fortunes were made and lost on the backs of professional athletes and also how, thirty years ago, Trump was a scoundrel and a spoiler.

For fans of Terry Pluto's Loose Balls or Jim Bouton's Ball Four and of course Pearlman's own stranger-than-fiction narratives, Football for a Buck is sports as high entertainment--and a cautionary tale of the dangers of ego and excess.
100 Things Minnesota Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
100 Things Minnesota Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
Paperback      ISBN: 1629373311

This guide is the ultimate resource for true fans of the Golden Gophers. Whether you're a die-hard from the days of Herb Brooks or a more recent supporter, these are the 100 things every fan needs to know and do in their lifetime. Experienced sportswriter Brian Murphy has collected every essential piece of Minnesota knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.

When Oberlin Was King of the Gridiron: The Heisman Years
When Oberlin Was King of the Gridiron
The Heisman Years
Paperback      ISBN: 0873386841

A young law graduate of the University of Pennsylvania assumed the unpaid position as coach of Oberlin College's football squad in October 1892. This "bespectacled, stoop-shouldered" young-man, as he was described by one player who saw him on his first day of coaching, was John Heisman. Brandt traces the origins of football at this renowned academic institution and the success of its students on and off the playing field, regaling readers with the stories of the fans, the players, the heroes, the rivals.

Football Stadiums: A Guide to Professional and Top College Stadiums
Football Stadiums
A Guide to Professional and Top College Stadiums
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0228100054

"Freedman's book is distinctive owing to its treatment of pro venues... Many of the color photographs are generously laid out. A nice compendium that conveniently brings together some arcane facts and particulars, this cross between a reference book and a pictorial work will appeal to hard-core football fans."
-- Library Journal

Fully updated to include the recent changes to NFL home stadiums, Football Stadiums tells the stories of 140 great stadiums standing across the United States that have hosted pro football or college football play. These are the home fields of NFL franchises and college teams and as such are a source of endless fascination, research and discussion. They carry vivid memories of victories and losses, and remind spectators of their home town or college life. To loyal fans, they are hallowed ground and the even the destination of pilgrimages.

The new stadiums included are:

  • Atlanta Falcons have left the Georgia Dome for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, opened 2017
  • Minnesota Vikings have left Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for the new U.S. Bank Stadium, opened 2016
  • Los Angeles Rams were at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, temporarily, and have moved, again temporarily, to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, while their new stadium is under construction
  • San Francisco 49ers, no longer at the storied Candlestick Park, are at Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara
  • San Diego Chargers have left Qualcomm Stadium for temporary quarters in L.A.'s StubHub Center while the new stadium is under construction.

Americans love football. Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, has been called "a shrine to pro football." It takes just over 73,000 fans to fill its seats yet more than 81,000 names are on the season-ticket waiting list. The average wait time is 30 years. Lambeau is just one of America's many stadiums that embody the spirit of the game. Football Stadiums is a loving tribute to the sport's greatest shrines.