The opening kickoff the tumultuous birth of a football nation dave revsine on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a new york times bestseller and boston globe bestseller its americas most popular sport. In the opening kickoff dave revsine tells the riveting story of the formative period of american football it was a time that saw the games meteoric rise fueled by overflow crowds breathless newspaper coverage and newfound superstars including one of the tumultuous birth of a football nation buy the book. Before the endless coverage of espn the new york sun had seventeen reporters at a game in dave revsines fascinating read the opening kickoff we learn that college footballs nascent seasons were as wild unpredictable and controversial as the ones that unfold in front of us now. I liked a lot of what is presented here but i felt a little cheated when all was said and done the book promises in its title and in the opening to give a history of college football from 1890 to 1915 years which laid a necessary foundation for the popularity of the sport in the first third of the 20th century and of course which continues today. The opening kickoff the tumultuous birth of a football nation by dave revsine john watterson revsine dave the opening kickoff the tumultuous birth of a football nation guilford ct lyons press 2014 pp xv 303 index 3585 hb
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