Without Helmets or Shoulder Pads: The American Way of Death in Football Conditioning will be published later this year by ECW Press. See the cover image now at our home page. Preorder information shortly.
Football’s massive popularity is undeniable, as are the many reasons players and fans are drawn to the game. But what is also undeniable is the game’s brutality and the troubling aspects of football culture at all levels. To whatever extent the reader shares Irv Muchnick’s perspective and conclusions, the evidence and arguments he presents deserve thoughtful attention.
– Bob Costas
Muchnick’s jeremiad digs deeper than ever into the greed and hypocrisy of high school and college football and the trail of broken bodies left in their wake. His information on the perils of conditioning is essential reading and might save your kid’s life.
– Robert Lipsyte (former New York Times columnist, author of SportsWorld)