Miracle Moments in Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football History: Best Plays, Games, and Records

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish is one of the most celebrated teams in college football. It has the second-most victories of all time, eleven national titles, featured seven Heisman Trophy recipients including Paul Hornung and Tim Brown, and won eighteen bowl games. Its storied tradition is celebrated in Miracle Moments in Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football History. Michael R. Steele brings to life many of the Irish's greatest moments, including their first victory over Michigan in 1909, Knute Rockne’s “Four Horsemen” in the 1920s, the epic scoreless tie with powerful Army in 1946, their incredible comeback led by Joe Montana in the 1979 Cotton Bowl, Lou Holtz’s 1988 national championship team that ended Miami’s thirty-six-game regular-season winning streak in stunning fashion, and much more. All the great players and coaches are highlighted in Miracle Moments in Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football History, a must-have for all fans of the blue and gold.
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Michael R. Steele is a distinguished university professor, emeritus, at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He has taught there since 1975 and still serves as an adjunct faculty member. He is a 1967 graduate of Notre Dame and resides in Lake Grove, Oregon.
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Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Sep 18, 2018
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Pages
168
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ISBN
9781683581871
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English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Sports
Sports & Recreation / Coaching / Football
Sports & Recreation / Essays
Sports & Recreation / Football
Sports & Recreation / General
Sports & Recreation / History
Young Adult Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Football
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Alabama’s Crimson Tide has been the most dominant college football team in America for the past decade, winning five national championships and five conference titles. The team, under coach Nick Saban, has won an astounding ninety percent of its games since 2008, and established a dynasty unparalleled in modern college football.

As impressive as Saban and his teams have been, these are far from the only glory days in Alabama football history, and their great tradition is celebrated in Miracle Moments in Alabama Crimson Tide Football History. Mark Mayfield chronicles Alabama’s colorful football history dating to when their first team won a scrimmage, 56–0, over a group of Birmingham high school players in 1892. Three decades later, Alabama pulled off a stunning 20–19 upset of West Coast powerhouse Washington in the 1926 Rose Bowl, won its first national championship, and took its place among the elite teams in America with seventeen national titles through eras coached by Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant, Gene Stallings, and Saban.

Along the way, some of the best players in the nation have been a part of this extraordinary program—from Don Hutson, Harry Gilmer, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, John Hannah, Lee Roy Jordan, Derrick Thomas, and Cornelius Bennett to Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, Mark Barron, Dont’a Hightower, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Calvin Ridley, and Heisman Trophy winners Mark Ingram Jr. and Derrick Henry. They and so many other remarkable players and coaches are highlighted in Miracle Moments in Alabama Crimson Tide Football History, a must have for all ‘Bama football fans.
The history of UCLA football is a continuous story of highs and lows, ups and downs. Every year from 1919 to today, UCLA has fielded a team, and though the expectations have changed through the years, the goals have not. The single greatest goal in sports is to win your next game. When a team strings enough wins together, a magical season is born.

In the UCLA Football Encyclopedia, Stueve doesn’t miss a beat in his coverage of all the magical seasons, as well as the not-so-magical seasons, from the inaugural one through 2017. He covers the UCLA coaches, as well as the players who have left a lasting legacy. Along the way, he captures all the details about the wins, the losses, the individual and team records, the assistant coaches, and the players that built the foundation of the program.

The story of UCLA football is often a story of "almost," and in this book, readers will relive the times UCLA simply refused to settle for "almost." These tales feature legends Fred Cozens, Red Sanders, Tommy Prothro, Jim Mora, and countless other Bruins stars, past and present. Stueve also recounts the upbringing of Donn Moomaw and that of Maurice Jones-Drew. Complete with dozens of historical photographs, this is the most extensive book ever written on UCLA football and a must-read for every UCLA football fan nationwide.

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This book takes a personal look inside some of the biggest moments of Miami’s greatest players as “The U” morphed from a football program nearly disbanded in the 1970s to a national power. Three-time All-American and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Ted “the Mad Stork” Hendricks shares his thoughts on single-handedly dominating the LSU Tigers in 1968. Current Georgia head coach Mark Richt recalls getting pelted with oranges in Gainesville in 1980, then taking over for an injured Jim Kelly and leading the Canes to a 21-20 win over the Gators in 1981. Alonzo Highsmith remembers all four of his touchdowns in Miami’s first victory at Notre Dame in 1984, where he wanted to jump out of the stadium . . . and run over that leprechaun. Vinny Testaverde recounts the antics of Melvin Bratton and Alonzo Highsmith, who prank-called Brian Bosworth the morning before No. 1 Oklahoma invaded the Orange Bowl to take on the No. 2 ’Canes, where Testaverde threw four touchdown passes in a 28-16 Heisman-clinching win. Gino Torretta describes the shot that knocked the wind out of him as he delivered the game-winning touchdown pass to Lamar Thomas in Miami’s 19-16 “Wide Right II” victory.

There are many more unforgettable moments in Game of My Life Miami Hurricanes that span different eras of Miami football, including conversations with former All-American Eric Winston, 1988 Orange Bowl MVP Bernard “Tiger” Clark, All-American wideout Santana Moss, and record-setting kicker Carlos Huerta. All share close and personal details of what they were thinking and feeling in the best games of their careers.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.

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After decades of under-the-radar success, the Boise State Broncos became a household name during the 2006-07 NCAA football season. That was when the 12–0 Broncos were set to face the 11–2 Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl. A David vs. Goliath event, everyone expected the Sooners, who played in the highly competitive Big 12 conference and had dominated since coach Bob Stoops took over in 1999, to beat the no-names from the Western Athletic Conference. The match-up would end up becoming one of the greatest college football games ever played, with Boise State beating Oklahoma, 43–42, on a trick-play two-point conversion to win in overtime.

But where did it all start? How did a school in Idaho become one of the most successful and polarizing schools in the country? In Boise State, writer Joel Gunderson tells the story of how the school went from a junior college to Division I, climbing the ranks and building a program that has since beaten such college football powerhouses as Oregon, Georgia, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma, and has the highest winning percentage in the country since 2000.

With in-depth interviews with current and former players, coaches, and administration, Gunderson offers an entertaining story of the growth of a program that rose from anonymity to becoming arguably the most successful underdog in the country.

While the city of Boise in Idaho has a population of approximately 223,000 people, the state, in general, is not a sports powerhouse. The closest NFL team is the Seattle Seahawks, who are a 7.5-hour drive away. There are currently only six players in the NFL that were born in Idaho. So how did Boise State, known mostly for its blue turf, become known for football excellence?

This is more than a Cinderella story. It’s about how they arrived, how they conquered, and how they’ve maintained in the cut-throat business that is college football.
Technology is changing football. In the history of the game, it has never been easier to gather scheme and strategy information. Top secret plays, game plans, and play call sheets that were once reserved for coaches at the highest-level can easily be found on the internet. Analytics and algorithms fed into super machines are challenging the thought process of traditional game plan and play calling theory. However, the surge of information that is meant to help human decision making is harming it. Dub Maddox continues the journey from Headset to Helmet and Adapt or Die. In What is Open? he shows coaches and players simple game planning and play calling process that accelerates answers in finding “open.” 

In this Book You Will Learn How to…

• Identify key frames of reference that read the reality of space advantage

• Structure mental models that develop an intuition of open space

• Utilize a verbal brevity code that accelerates communication of open space

• Implement three core run and pass scheme strategies that every play should possess

• Include different personnel and formations to increase structural strain on a defense

• Implement progression platforms that sequence plays into a storyboard format

• Advance the ability to game plan an opponent using the R4 grid

• Apply concept grids into a work_ow that becomes the R4 play call sheet

• Assign an organized practice script that covers every play and situation in a game

• Create a championship culture that can empathize and empower any level of coach

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