Back home, a new set of servicemen train for war while playing in the 1918 season, which is upended by the federalization of America’s colleges and the Spanish Flu. By season's end, teams from the Great Lakes and Mare Island training camps battle in the 1919 Rose Bowl, completing one of the most remarkable periods in the history of American football. Fields of Friendly Strife follows these men after the war, tracing their impact on the game of football—including the development of the NFL—as well as America’s military.
Timothy P. Brown is the author of Fields of Friendly Strife and its companion blog, fieldsoffriendlystrife.com. Combining 25 years of research experience with the insight of a former college football coach, Tim artfully blends the familiar and the strange to provide insight into the evolution of football, the Rose Bowl, and the American experience during the WWI era. Deeply researched, Fields of Friendly Strife is a fun and informative read for fans of military and football history.
Empty nesters, Tim and his wife live in southeast Michigan, where she lets him collect Rose Bowl memorabilia.