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Monsters of the Midway by Jeffrey Rasley
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Aug 03, 2015

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it was amazing
bookshelves: sports-comedy, college-football, sports-romance, sports-humor, coming-of-age, sports-history, chicago, 1960s, romance
Read in April, 2012

I enjoyed writing this book more than the previous 5. It was great fun writing about the tumultous cultural revolution on college campuses in the late 1960s and early 70s. Amidst the culture of sex, drugs, rock and roll, the Draft Lottery, the Anti-War Movement and radical feminism the University of Chicago resurrected its football team after it had been dead for 30 years.

A small town Hoosier kid who just wanted to get the best education possible joins the team to build his resume. His teammates are jocks, pot smokers and nerdy intellectuals. Along with his teammates he is swept into the tumult of the late 1960s. He falls in love with a radical feminist who demonstrates against the return of football to Chicago. He rooms with a secular Jewish kid taking ballet whose father has begun manufacturing something called a computer chip.

An assistant coach rides Jack for not fully committing to the team. His favorite professor chides him to concentrate on his studies. What sustains Jack through the bewildering cultural milieu, and the pressure of balancing sports and studies, is the tolerant understanding of his head coach, reconciliation with his girlfriend, and the friendship of his teammates.

Inspired by the author's experience, anecdotes from players and historical research.

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