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Lot of Potential
on March 4, 2014
I agree with the other posters in that it is obvious to recognize the passion Connelly has for the game of college football, but it seems like the potential for the book isn't fully realized.
The opening chapters to the book are almost poetic in describing why a college football fan is so rabid about the sport, and how he developed into a cfb fan himself. I very much identified with his descriptions and personal recounting of stories.
Later on in the book he delves into his analytical approach to the game, which was great as well. I appreciate and found interesting his take on football statistics, how they can be used for game planning, their impact on the game (what they can tell, etc.) and how he feels box scores should be reformatted to more accurately portray the story of the game that was played.
Where I think the book missed the boat is in the format and presentation of Connelly's ideas and stories. I felt chapters seemed to meander between multiple subjects and stories without presenting articulated/clear thoughts. I think the book could have benefited from shorter, more succinct, chapters where his thought provoking take on cfb statistics could be more easily digested by the reader.
Additionally, the over use of footnotes was burdensome. Nearly every page had at least one anecdotal footnote, many with multiple footnotes, and some being half the page - containing a separate story within the footnote.
Overall, a decent enough read for hardcore cfb fans (not casual).