King Football: Sport and Spectacle in the Golden Age of Radio and Newsreels, Movies and Magazines, the Weekly & the Daily Press

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Gridiron,
U.S.A.

The 7 November 1955 issue of Life set this scene for a photo-essay, “Football Takes Over All Over”:

Date: The Last October Weekend for 1955

Time: Afternoon

Place: Gridiron, U.S.A.

What followed were ten pages of images from the world of high school and intercollegiate football, the settings ranging from College Park, Maryland, to Seattle, Washington; from “Big-Time Games” between Cal and UCLA, Maryland and South Carolina, Navy and Notre Dame, and Michigan and Iowa, to high school battles in Massillon, Ohio, and Seattle. The scenes themselves included a marching band on the streets of Massillon; picnickers at Princeton and on a hill above the University of Arkansas stadium; gamblers in Las Vegas; homecoming queens at UCLA; social-register partygoers at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta; a torchlight parade in Fayetteville; an open-air hop at UCLA; sorority girls at Maryland putting the finishing touches on a floral display; Michigan fans carousing on a special train to Ann Arbor; and fraternities at Purdue, Arkansas, and Georgia Tech decorated for the football weekend. And more: spectators in stadiums at Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota cheering the home team; the falcon mascot of the Air Force Academy; “bewildered Bolsheviks” (Russian visitors) at the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction 1
  • I - In the Kingdom of Football 21
  • 1 - Reading, Watching, & Listening to Football 23
  • 2 - Local Football 65
  • 3 - Who Cares about Reform? 101
  • 4 - Players’ or Coaches’ Whose Game Is It? 126
  • 5 - Gridiron, U.S.a 162
  • 6 - Sanctioning Savagery 199
  • II - What We Think about When We Think about Football 223
  • 7 - Class? 225
  • 8 - Ethnicity 255
  • 9 - Race 283
  • 10 - Masculinity 328
  • Epilogue- Into the Age of Television 364
  • Appendix A - Football Films, 1920–1960 371
  • Appendix B - Football Covers on the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s, 1920–1960 374
  • Appendix C - Football Fiction in the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s, 1920–1960 378
  • Notes 383
  • Bibliography 435
  • Index 471
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