|Heart Stoppers and Hail Marys”
100 of the Greatest College Football Finishes 1970-1999
by Ted Mandell
Foreword by Doug Flutie. No matter if your favorite colors on autumn
Saturdays are maize and blue or crimson and cream...or you're quite at-home
in Happy Valley or in the House That Rockne Built...if you are a college
football fan, you will thrill to this book. Fellow fan and author Ted
Mandell has selected 100 of the greatest college game finishes spanning the
last three decades. Each game comes alive as the author sets the scene,
recounts the drama of the decisive play, and captures all the post-play
emotion and impact. Making these memories even more vivid, a companion CD
offers the actual broadcasts of 64 of the astounding, heart-wrenching,
nail-biting, nerve-wracking plays that turned impending defeat into victory
for one team and snatched it from the grasp of the other.
The teams appearing here come from the East Coast to the West Coast, the
North to the South, Division IA to Division III, large universities and
small colleges. Here are the famous: the Stanford Band game, Doug Flutie's
Hail Mary pass that defeated mighty Miami, Harry Oliver's 51-yard field goal
as time ran out that lifted Notre Dame over favored Michigan. Equally
exciting, less publicized, but no less dramatic are Thomas More College's
victory over Defiance and the Principia Indians' 48-yeard touchdown pass
that capped one of the most bizarre endings of all time and sent a stunned
Illinois College squad to a last second defeat.
Turn up the audio CD and enjoy some of college football's greatest play
calls. You'll hear broadcast professionals (and no-so professional) lose all
composure as the player who could "go all the way" actually does in the
final seconds or the potential game-winning field-goal kick "isss...goooooooood!"
With each track, you'll feel the vibration of the stands, hear the roar of
the crowd, and sense the pandemonium and passion of the moment.
These are the times that make college football the great game it is -- for
players and fans; these are the games where spirit, grit and maybe a little
magic determine the outcome. This collection of collegiate football finishes
retold will still bring tingles to fans of the winners and chills to those
whose favorites fell one play short of victory.
Heart Stoppers and Hail Marys: the book that redefines "the thrill of
victory and the agony of defeat" 100 times over.
To order call 310/657-7701