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Sports Illustrated: The College Football Book Hardcover – October 14, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603200339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603200332
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rob Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the editor of SI Books during his twenty years at Time Inc. He was also an editor at Esquire, Playboy, and The National Sports Daily. Some of the books he edited are The Sports Illustrated Baseball Book, SI 50: The Anniversary Book, The SI Football Book; Hate Mail From Cheerleaders (by Rick Reilly), SI's Great Baseball Writing, and Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence and Forbidden Desires, A Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage (by Pete Dexter).

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Warren on March 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Well now you can! In picture! (It's still exciting!) Please be forewarned, this is not a book for people who want stats, game scores, leaders, records, anything that resembles numbers. If you want that, take a look at 50 Years of College Football: A Modern History of America's Most Colorful Sport, which is so exhaustive it belongs as a reference book. However, if you want fun readings, big pictures from all eras (heck, the helmets on the cover are fun to look at), and tribute the game itself, then this book is for you.

Even with the lack of information regarding my personal favorite team, there still is plenty of stuff. The pictures here are glossy, huge, and very colorful (or a very vibrant black and white). There's collisions, running, plays in action, some field storming, and pictures of Steve Spurrier when he was in college (!!!). The artifacts section is very cool, spanning helmets (the very first helmet is a scream), nose guards, and even the dirt of the first college football game played. On a side note, I also like the scoreboard of that Georgia Tech Vs. Cumberland game (220-0!). If you haven't noticed already, this book has a lot of perks. College football fans will appreciate all this book has to offer.

As far as writing goes, each era (20's to 00's, plus an "pre years" or something of that nature), which includes information about the era, dynasties of that time, Heisman winners, All-decade Teams, and "epic games". Scattered throughout are columns and essays written by various writers, on such topics like Herschel Walker, Steve Spurrier, OJ Simpson, Bear Bryant, Joe Paterno, Woody Haynes, Archie Manning (Why no Peyton Manning?), and Vince Young.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph C. Sweeney on November 2, 2008
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Great gift idea for the college football fan in your life. Some wonderful new essays by SI staff to go along with many classic SI articles, and, of course, dozens and dozens of terrific photos. I read this book in just a few hours, and enjoyed every minute of it. Can't wait for what I hope will be a book on college basketball. All the recent SI books, such as the ones on pro baseball, pro football, pro basketball, and this one have been well worth the money....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cottonijoe on November 5, 2013
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I love this book. I like the picture comparisons of college football from early days to modern times. The pageantry of college football is so exciting. The traditions, the passion and the history. This book has it all. From the first Rose bowl to the latest BCS championship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karyn Zeff on December 7, 2014
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Great for the football fans in our house!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Furlong on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book has great photography, as you would expect from SI, but also some great writing, also not a surprise from SI. For the price, this was a steal and I would recommend it for every college football fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Foster on July 25, 2014
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It's a decent read overall.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Timer on March 20, 2011
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OK, its a big, heavy coffee table book (11" x 11.5", 2 lbs., 296 pages). Covers about 1890 to 2007 (5th volume). Filled with trivia (Flutie was 5'9 3/4"). Lots of clear action photos of unknown/small time as well as legendary/big time college players/coaches and a mix of schools (including 1AA). Outrageous photos of helmets & footballs over the years. Articles written "at that time". 12 game day program covers/decade. All decade teams, Heisman trophy winners, rushing and passing leaders, range of player nicknames. Decade dynasty team blurbs. Epic game summaries. Campus culture (what was being read/seen/heard/discussed at that time. Sure to bring back memories and provide a newer perspective for all fans. Not a book one can absorb in only one sitting. Somewhat random collection of photos so one can't guess what is on the next page. Something one is likely to review over and over again. Definitely well worth the price.
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By L. S. Brooks on November 9, 2013
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This is a good collectors book, but lacks significant information for a writer of college sports history...I hoped it would have more.....pictures were excellent..
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