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Not hard finding new reading material on college football

Monday, August 28, 2006

Huntsville Times

Worth noting: A stroll through the major book stores around town provides abundant evidence that another college football season is suddenly upon us.

In addition to the usual multiplicity of preseason football magazines, a plethora of slick hardback football books populates the shelves of the sports sections - easily the most in memory.

Here's a partial list of the titles to be found:

On :ua:

1) "The Missing Ring,'' by Keith Dunnavant, which tells the story of Alabama's unbeaten 1966 team;

2) "Don't Play for the Tie: Bear Bryant on LIfe,'' by Creed and Heidi Tyline King, Alabama graduates who live in Tallahassee, Fla.;

3) "Crimson Nation,'' by Alabama radio announcer Eli Gold;

4) "Always Alabama: A History of Crimson Tide Football,'' by Memphis sports writer Don Wade;

5) "Game Day, a History of Crimson Tide Football,'' by Mobile sports writer Thomas Murphy;

6) "Turning of the Tide,'' by Don Yaeger with Sam Cunningham and John Papadakis;

7) "All-Time Greatest Alabama Sports Stories,'' by Benny Marshall and Friends.

8) "Crimson Quarterback,'' by Andrew Zow;

On :au:

9) "A Tiger's Walk,'' by Rob Pate;

10) "Through the Eyes of a Tiger,'' compiled by Mark Stanfield, Tim Stanfield, David Keller and Illia Ayers;

On Cheating

11) "Wins, Losses and Lessons,'' by Lou Holtz;

On High School

12) "Friday Night Lights,'' by H.G. Bissinger

13) "Tales from Alabama Prep Football,'' by Ron Ingram and Rubin Grant;

Speaking of the new Dunnavant book: A number of readers dropped yellow flags after spotting an inadvertent offsides in last week's review of "The Missing Ring.''

It was Bob Devaney, of course, and not Tom Osborne, who was the head coach of the Nebraska team that lost to Alabama in the '67 Sugar Bowl. Osborne was a Husker assistant coach at the time.

Donahue Hogan of Ardmore, Ala., is featured in the centerpiece foldout of the October issue of Hot Rod magazine, which is already on the newstands.

Hogan recently finished first in the '06 Pump Gas Drags with a speed of nearly 155 mph.

His car, a black '64 Chevrolet II, is powered by a 598 engine built by Huntsville Engine.

The hits keep on coming for world-class Huntsville cyclist Mike Olheiser. The 31-year-old physical therapist, who has won the last two USA National Masters road championships in the 30-34 age group, won the Masters World Time Trials in the World Championships at Salsburg, Austria, over the weekend, besting runner-up Richard Feldman, a fellow American, by 12.54 seconds.

Olheiser is a member of the Memphis Motorwerks racing team.

Speaking of national champions: Marianne Bosco of Harvest, who has been competing in the sport of fencing for more than three decades, recently won the gold medal in Women's Veteran Epee at the U.S. National Fencing Championships in Atlanta, outscoring a previously unbeaten opponent by a 10-3 score.

It's her second gold in the nationals and assured her a spot on the U.S. Veterans Epee Team.

Bosco will represent the United States in the World Championships in Bath, England, in September.

Two years ago in her second appearance with the American team, she placed fifth in the world championships in Krems, Austria.

Bosco and her husband, Charles, have operated a fencing club in Harvest for the past three years, turning out a number of students who compete both locally and nationally.

The Boscos are presently building a new 5,000-square foot facility in Toney.

The number of psuedo-writers using the recipe journalism to write repititive books that WILL SELL like hot cakes to hardup fans that have gone anal trying to bring every sniveling bit of their team's history into their lives. Look, if you like a team, buy a book or two and learn about the history. You look like a sick puppy going out and robotically buying the next cloned-cut and pasted book of the day.

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