Post by Trojangles on Aug 22, 2015 13:39:06 GMT -8
Well, I just ordered a book from Amazon that won't even be released until September 15, 2015, but with this title and synopsis, I just couldn't resist buying it:
"In this fresh and moving account, a son returns to his native South to spend a special autumn with his 95-year-old dad, sharing the unique joys, disappointments and life lessons of Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels. As Stuart Stevens began grappling with a profound sense of loss and mortality, he started asking himself some tough questions, not least about his relationship with his father. The two of them had spent little time together for decades. He made a resolution: to invite his father to attend a season of Ole Miss football games together. Now, driving to and from the games, and cheering from the stands, they take stock of their lives as father and son, and as individuals, reminding themselves of their unique, complicated, precious bond."
Be fun to read it while sitting on that special bench in downtown Oxford . . . And, yes, I've watched the Trojans play in the Coliseum with my dad many times.
Anyway, after I've read the book, I'll give you my critique.
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Post by Trojangles on Sept 30, 2015 7:44:29 GMT -8
I just finished reading "The Last Season" and enjoyed it thoroughly. I even caught myself laughing out loud at times while reading it and was both touched and moved by other parts of the storyline. Over the years I've read several college football books and generally found they were not worth the effort---and only interesting to fans of particular schools. This one is different and well worth reading by a wider audience than college football fans from Oxford Mississippi.
Accordingly, I highly recommend it and can't resist telling you that it includes the single, best description I've read anywhere of the deep personal pain a college football fan (young and old) can feel when their team has lost an important game . . . and, the shared joy, when the opposite happens.
Summarized, the book: (1) Is a fun read that starts slow and ends on a happy note, so don't be off-put by its title; (2) Moves skillfully back and forth from Ole Miss games of the past to the present day; and (3) Covers as much about life as it does college football.
Perhaps one of the reviews on the cover jacket captures the book best: "Through the lens of college football, Stuart Stevens has produced a poignant tale of fathers, sons, race, and growing up in the South during the late 1960s. Besides being a delightful read, it is a reminder of the joy of relishing what is meaningful in life."
Footnote: Southern Cal gets just one mention in the book and it's not about the national championship the Trojans won back in 1962. I forgive the author for not mentioning it because SEC folks always seem to forget things when USC's involved anyway.
Biography: ISBN 978-0-385-35302-1
Last Edit: Sept 30, 2015 7:47:00 GMT -8 by Trojangles
As indicated in the Rebels' "Oh My God!" announcement, there are a number of story lines already developing---"Lane Kiffin Returns", the historic, "Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum", etc.---But, as indicated in the above posts I made here way back in 2015, there's a bit more to the story of this first meeting of the two schools: Like which school really won the National Championship in 1962.
Note: Click on the Coliseum link in the story---It's worth a look!
Comment: I'll attend both games if I can, because a trip to Oxford is always nice.
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Post by Trojangles on May 22, 2020 10:25:53 GMT -8
With reference to which team was declared the national champion in 1962 (Ole Miss as described in the book or Southern Cal not so identified), here's how the two teams performed in that year:
USC Schedule & 11 Wins Won 14-7 #8 ranked Duke Won 33-3 @ SMU Won 7-0 @ Iowa Won 32-6 California Won 28-16 @ Illinois Won 14-0 #9 ranked Washington Won 39-14 @ Stanford Won 13-6 Navy Won 14-3 @ UCLA Won 25-0 Notre Dame Won 42-37 #2 ranked Wisconsin (Rose Bowl)
Ole Miss Schedule & 10 Wins Won 21-7 @ Memphis Won 14-0 Kentucky Won 40-7 Houston Won 21-0 Tulane Won 35-0 Vanderbilt Won 15-7 @ #4 ranked LSU Won 52-7 Division II Chattanooga Won 19-6 @ Tennessee Won 13-6 Mississippi State Won 17-13 #6 ranked Arkansas (Sugar Bowl)
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Final Associated Press Poll for 1962: #1 Southern California #2 Wisconsin #3 Mississippi
Footnotes: There are reasons why Paul Finebaum says he hates the University of Southern California . . . among them:
1962: "While 11-0 Southern Cal was the unanimous choice among human selectors for the 1962 mythical national championship, 10-0 Mississippi claimed an MNC for 1962 as well, resting on four (4) math-based systems rating them #1, even though five (5) others listed in the NCAA Records Book went with USC." Many Ole Miss fans feel national media bias against then segregated SEC teams unfairly impacted the voting.
2003: LSU won the BCS National Championship title as well as the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, but AP voters made a statement and kept USC No. 1 in the poll, a result which irritated Tiger fans so much they funded a less than kind billboard near the USC campus, etc.
2004: Then when unbeaten USC won the BCS College Football National Championship in a landslide of polls, undefeated Auburn claimed they had won it, held a parade and gave themselves championship rings. Tiger Head Coach Tommy Tuberville exclaiming, "If a team goes unbeaten and wins the SEC, they are the true national champions!"
When you think about it, USC might have been among the reasons the College Football Playoff came to be!
Last Edit: May 23, 2020 12:22:37 GMT -8 by Trojangles