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Football frenzy continues this week with the following selections from our regular collection and the browsing collection: Playing for Pizza by John Grisham; College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy by John Sayle Watterson; The Real All Americans: The Team that Changed a Game, a People, a Nation by Sally Jenkins; Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers from the NFL to the Ivory Tower by Dawn Knight
Here are some fun college football facts
Georgia: Before the Bulldog became Georgia’s now famous mascot, their first unofficial mascot was a goat. That’s right—when Georgia played its first intercollegiate game against Auburn in 1892, they introduced the ferocious goat as their lucky charm.
Florida: Steve Spurrier, former legendary coach and Heisman trophy winner for the Gators, is known for his clever quips. An obscure one he once said: “Wuerffel is a New Testament guy. You slap him upside the helmet, and he’ll turn the other cheek and say, ‘Forgive them, Lord, for they know not what they do.’ I’m a little more Old Testament. If you spear our guy in the earhole, I think we’re supposed to be able to spear your guy in the earhole.”
LSU: Before Gatorade was created on the campus of Florida to help replenish fluids for their football players, Bengal Punch was a sports drink first concocted in 1958 for the LSU team. It was created by Dr. Martin Broussard, the long-time LSU athletic trainer, and is believed to be the first sports drink ever created, pre-dating Gatorade by seven years.
Clemson: Clemson shares its mascot with Auburn. Coincidence? The “Father of Clemson Football,” Walter Merritt Riggs, brought the game with him from Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (now Auburn University). Riggs let his players pick the team mascot, and even though he may have influenced their decision, the players chose Tigers because Princeton University had just won the national championship.
Auburn: Auburn’s first bowl game was against Villanova in the Bacardi Bowl, held in Havana, Cuba. The game was played in a revolutionary atmosphere. Fulgencio Batista, the dictator who would be overthrown by Fidel Castro 22 years later, had just assumed power. The game was almost canceled because Batista’s picture was not in the game program. A quick trip to the printer saved the Bacardi Bowl and allowed Auburn’s bowl history to get off to a significant and historical beginning.
Alabama: The “Crimson Tide” nickname originated from a muddy game
Prior to becoming the Alabama Crimson Tide, people commonly referred to Alabama’s football squad, as the “Crimson White” (named after the school colors) or “Thin Red Line.” Then in 1907, Alabama played its arch rival, Auburn. Alabama was a huge underdog, and the teams played in a “sea” of red mud. However, Alabama battled Auburn to a 6-6 tie. Later, a sports editor named Zipp Newman popularized the nickname “Crimson Tide.”
Tennessee: Smokey, Tennessee’s mascot, has had its share of trials and tribulations over the years. Smokey II was stolen by Kentucky students in 1955 and was involved in an incident with the Baylor Bear’s mascot Judge at the 1957 Sugar Bowl. Not to be outdone, Smokey VI was the first dog to make the Volunteer injury report after suffering heat exhaustion in the 1991 UCLA game.
New in the Browsing Collection:
206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Sheer Folly by Carola Dunn
Shooting Stars by LeBron James & Buzz Bissinger
Tears of Pearl by Tasha Alexander
If you find that a book you want to read is already checked out, you can request a Hold on that book so that as soon as it comes back to the Library YOU will be the next in line for it! Ask at the Circulation or Reference Desks and we can place the Hold for you, or you can do it yourself by logging into your Patron account in the AUM Catalog.
It’s finally here! Football season is underway and the Library has some great titles to help get you in the football spirit! Check out the books below and get caught up in the excitment!!
The Missing Ring : How Bear Bryant and the 1966 Alabama Crimson Tide were Denied College Football’s Most Elusive Prize
By Keith Dunnavant
During the turbulent battles over issues such as civil rights and Vietnam in the mid-1960s, the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team, led by legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, had its own cause becoming the first team in modern college history to win the national championship for three straight years. In this solid if somewhat overlong study of the Tide’s quest, Dunnavant expands upon his earlier Bryant biography, Coach, to explore how national politics and collegiate sports inevitably collided. While the bulk of the book delivers insightful profiles of the team’s working-class players and fast-paced looks at the team’s unbeaten season, it also convincingly argues that Alabama’s image as reflecting “establishment America” was skewed by “the poisonous climate” of Gov. George Wallace’s segregationist policies.
Notre Dame and the Game that Changed Football: How Jesse Harper Made the Forward Pass a Weapon and Knute Rockne a Legend
By Frank P. Maggio
It’s hard for modern fans to imagine football without passing. And, frankly, without the invention of the forward pass early in the twentieth century, it’s unlikely the game would have survived. At least 325 deaths were recorded in college football between 1880 and 1905. The pass was effectively introduced to open the game up and reduce the number of calamitous hits, but it wasn’t until Jesse Harper, head coach at Notre Dame in 1913, developed an efficient throwing technique that it became a viable offensive weapon. Assisting him were two star players, Knute Rockne and Gus Dorais. The trio worked together in 1913, and later, when the Fighting Irish upset highly favored Army 35-13, the pass—and Notre Dame—secured their places in football history. Maggio researched his subject carefully, uncovering heretofore unseen correspondence between Harper and Rockne. The result is a compellingly readable and informative examination of a seldom discussed cornerstone of football history.
A Tiger Walk Through History : the Complete Story of Auburn Football from 1892 to the Tuberville Era
By Paul Hemphill
In this lively and fascinating book, noted writer and Auburn alum Paul Hemphill tells the story of the progress of Auburn from that first game – coached by Auburn legend George Petrie – through the team’s growth and development into the national force it is today. Hemphill records the many highs and occasional lows, and the heartbreak and jubilation each caused, noting the standouts great and small on the way.”A Tiger Walk through History” contains 172 photographs, many of them rare and surprising. The text and photos capture the many great players and coaches in the Auburn football experience: Auburn’s first bowl appearance in 1936; coaching eras of innovative football genius John Heisman, after whom the Heisman trophy is named; ‘Iron Mike’ Donahue; Ralph ‘Shug’ Jordan, who brought Auburn its first national championship; Pat Dye, Terry Bowden, and coach Tommy Tuberville; Auburn’s two Heisman trophy winners Pat Sullivan and Bo Jackson; and victories over rivals Alabama and Georgia.
Quiet Strength : A Memoir
By Tony Dungy
Tony Dungy’s words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach–especially a football coach–to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family–and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.
This week we continue to focus on forces of nature, such as hurricanes, tornados, volcanoes and earthquakes. Below, you’ll find links to a variety of websites that focus on natural disasters. Be sure to check out the many titles in our collection on the forces of nature that shape our world.
Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America
By Ted Steinberg Call Number: GB5007 .S74 2006 (4th floor)
Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies
By Angus Gunn Call Number: GB5014 .G86 2008 (2nd floor Reference)
Earth Shock: Hurricances, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tornados and other Forces of Nature
By Andrew Robinson Call Number:GB5014 .R62 1993 (4th floor)
Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones
By David Longshore Call Number: QC944 .L66 2008 (2nd floor Reference)
Experience the Forces of Nature for yourself: Watch a preview of the giant-screen film, find out where to see it, get wallpapers, view lesson plans, contribute to our Forces of Nature grant fund, and more.
National Weather Service: National Hurricane Center
Towering 1,200ft above the tropical stillness of the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, one of the most terrifying volcanoes the world has ever known has begun to stir once more. Almost 126 years to the day since Krakatoa first showed signs of an imminent eruption, stunning pictures released this week prove that the remnant of this once-enormous volcano is bubbling, boiling and brimming over.
Earthquakes also occur within plates, although plate-boundary earthquakes are much more common. Less than 10 percent of all earthquakes occur within plate interiors. As plates continue to move and plate boundaries change over geologic time, weakened boundary regions become part of the interiors of the plates. These zones of weakness within the continents can cause earthquakes in response to stresses that originate at the edges of the plate or in the deeper crust.
Although tornadoes occur in many parts of the world, these destructive forces of nature are found most frequently in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains during the spring and summer months. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and over 1,500 injuries.
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Did you know that September is typically the busiest month of hurricane season? Read on for more interesting facts and be sure to check out some of the books and DVDs the library has on hurricanes. And as always, be prepared and stay safe!!
Enter the season prepared.
Know all evacuation routes if you live close to the coast.
Make sure your home meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes, and they have storm shutters.
Have proper tools, supplies, and a first aid kit.
Have plenty of batteries and flashlights
Always have plenty of non-perishable foods on hand.
When the Levees Broke Directed by Spike Lee
One year after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans, director Spike Lee presents a four-hour, four-part chronicle recounting, through words and images, one of our country’s most profound natural disasters. In addition to revisiting the hours leading up to the arrival of Katrina, a Category 5 hurricane before it hit the coast of Louisiana, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts tells the personal stories of those who lived to tell about it, at the same time exploring the underbelly of a nation where the divide along race and class lines has never been more pronounced.
Category 5: The Story of Camille By Ernest Zebrowski & Judith Howard
Camille, which swept through coastal Mississippi and Louisiana in August 1969, was the storm that inspired the five-level scale currently used to predict the damage inflicted by hurricanes, and remains the only Category 5 storm—the strongest—to make landfall in modern American history. Zebrowski and Howard ground the storm’s story in personal narratives, opening with the tale of a couple who fear their son has been killed when the storm hits the Mississippi coast. They interview other survivors in the region and up in Virginia, where Camille collided with another storm system, tracking the destruction and the confused response of local authorities. Zebrowski, a physicist, and Howard, a political columnist for a northern Louisiana newspaper, also focus on the role of Southern racial politics in shaping the civic response, particularly in one remote Louisiana parish. It’s a serviceable recounting, with a thin layer of analysis discussing how Camille influenced the eventual creation of FEMA. Brief reference is made to Hurricane Katrina, but at this early stage, the authors can’t say more than that authorities appear not to have learned from the earlier storm’s effects.
Dark Wind: A Survivor’s Tale of Love and Loss
Dark Wind is the true story of a whirlwind, midlife romance and two lovers’ pursuit of a life of adventure on the high seas. In this brave and searing testament, Gordon Chaplin tells the tale of a catastrophic sailing journey he and his partner, Susan Atkinson, undertook across the Pacific Ocean. Having separately navigated broken first marriages and two decades of child-rearing, they had rediscovered passion and a thrilling new life together. But an idyllic sailing escapade through the Marshall Islands ends in tragedy when they decide to ride out a typhoon on their sailboat, Lord Jim, rather than abandon ship for the safety of the shore. By the time it is clear that the storm has altered its course toward them, it is too late to act, and they are trapped in the path of a furious tropical storm.
70 years ago today, Germany invaded Poland which marked the beginning of World War II. Come to the Library and check out some of our books and DVDs that tell the story of WWII. Below, you’ll find a sampling of what we have to offer.
Flags of our Fathers Directed by Clint Eastwood
February 1945. Even as victory in Europe was finally within reach, the war in the Pacific raged on. One of the most crucial and bloodiest battles of the war was the struggle for the island of Iwo Jima, which culminated with what would become one of the most iconic images in history: five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mount Suribachi. The inspiring photo capturing that moment became a symbol of victory to a nation that had grown weary of war and made instant heroes of the six American soldiers at the base of the flag, some of whom would die soon after, never knowing that they had been immortalized. But the surviving flag raisers had no interest in being held up as symbols and did not consider themselves heroes; they wanted only to stay on the front with their brothers in arms who were fighting and dying without fanfare or glory.
Letters from Iwo Jima Directed by Clint Eastwood
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima tells the untold story of the Japanese soldiers who defended their homeland against invading American forces during World War II. With little defense other than sheer will and the volcanic rock of Iwo Jima itself, the unprecedented tactics of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai) and his men transform what was predicted to be a swift defeat into nearly 40 days of heroic and resourceful combat. Their sacrifices, struggles, courage and compassion live on in the taut, gripping film Rolling Stone calls “unique and unforgettable.” It is the powerful companion piece to Flags of Our Fathers
Band of Brothers Based on the book by Stephen Ambrose
Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers’ journals and letters, Band of Brotherschronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150 percent casualties, and whose lives became legend.
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl By Anne Frank
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.