Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Still The Game

Got this book promo in email this week, promoting book about greatest finishes in college football since 1970.

Of course then you go to the link http://www.heartstoppersandhailmarys.com/ and you see they have a chapter devoted to the 1968 Yale-Harvard game.

I will add links or notices to any other books related to Yale football or the Ivy League.

I know Sam Rubin will have a book out soon. Will let you know more about that when I get the information.

Here's the release for the Heart Stoppers and Hail Marys:


California's improbable five-lateral touchdown through the Stanford band in 1982, Doug Flutie's unforgettable Hail Mary pass in 1984, and Vince Young’s triumphant TD run giving Texas the 2006 National Championship top a newly released poll of college football's greatest finishes.

Eighty-five members of the Football Writers Association of America participated in the poll conducted by author Ted Mandell, a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, as part of the new book Heart Stoppers And Hail Marys: The Greatest College Football Finishes (Since 1970).

Voters were asked to rank their Top Ten heart-stopping finishes using the following criteria:

a) Division I-A game since 1970;
b) Improbable dramatic ending;
c) A game on a “National Stage”;
d) High drama in the final five minutes.

Ten points were awarded for first place, nine for second place, and so on. First place votes in parentheses.

1. Stanford - California, 1982 (47) 736
2. Boston College - Miami, 1984 (17) 621
3. Texas - USC, 2006 (6) 447
4. Miami - Nebraska, 1984 (3) 406
5. USC - Notre Dame, 2005 (4) 390
6. Ohio State - Miami, 2003 (2) 365
7. Colorado - Michigan, 1994 (1) 251
8. BYU - SMU, 1980 (1) 212
9. Colorado - Missouri, 1990 (1) 142
10. Auburn - Alabama, 1972 119

A total of 109 different games received votes. The following games received more than 30 points.

Florida - Georgia, 1980 (1) 102
Notre Dame - Houston, 1979 77
LSU - Kentucky, 2002 76
Nebraska - Missouri, 1997 66
Iowa - LSU, 2005 66
Penn State - Miami, 1987 46
Notre Dame - Miami, 1988 45
Michigan State - Ohio State, 1974 38

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