Synopses & Reviews
Football. Far more than a game, Americas favorite spectator sport is an intrinsic part of the nations popular culture—a proving ground for high school athletes, a springboard for stars, a multimillion-dollar business, and a vast entertainment enterprise. Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture provides a detailed look at Americas pastime through the lens of pop culture, a fascinating A-to-Z inventory of how certain aspects of the game affect and reflect broader society. From African Americans in football to the meaning of Zero in the sport, this volume profiles players and personalities, teams and events, games and football concepts, and sociological and technological changes in the sport. The goal is not to name every Hall of Famer or to retell the games entire history, but to give a clear and detailed account of where, in football history, the importance of people and events extends beyond the playing field. Its wide-ranging entries examine such names as Joe Montana and Byron “Whizzer” White and phenomena from concussions, mascots, team names, and literature to U.S. presidents and footballs presence in television commercials. The encyclopedia covers all levels of play—professional, collegiate, high school, and youth—offering a from-the-ground-up, gridiron look at the game of football within the matrix of American culture.
"Armchair quarterbacks as well as pop-culture junkies will enjoy diving into this informative and wide-ranging A-Z rundown on the players, teams, epic match-ups, concepts, equipment, expressions and other assorted gridiron odds 'n' ends that have made football an intrinsic part of American life."—Neil Pond, American Profile ForeWord
"From African Americans to the number Zero, this clever and informative book is designed to acquaint you with the developments in the game, the major players, coaches and innovators, and the cultural influences on (and from) the great game of football."—Doc Kirby, Book Bit, WTBF-AM/FM Neil Pond - American Profile
"A treasure trove of information for fans and history/culture lovers alike."—Kevin Holtsberry, Collected Miscellany Doc Kirby - Book Bit, WTBF-AM/FM
"For those who want a better overall understanding of the gridiron game, Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture . . . is an excellent starting point."—Ron Kaplan, ForeWord Ron Kaplan
"[Football: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture] is an interesting collection of items and essays. . . . It is a reference work worthy of a library, whether university, public, or personal."—Richard C. Crepeau, Arete Kevin Holtsberry - Collected Miscellany
About the Author
Edward J. Rielly is a professor of English at Saint Josephs College in Standish, Maine. He is the author of several books, including Baseball: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, available in a Bison Books edition.