21st Century Sports Journalism may have hit an all-time low.
Players writing books about their own teams is the equivalent of letting inmates run the asylum.
This book details:
- a border war rivalry during a regional economic disaster.
- an iconic coach desperate to bring national credibility to his program by scheduling virtually every team ranked in the Top 10 with players who actually went to class and graduated on time.
- inside-the-locker-room details & reflections from players and coaches who successfully negotiated arguably the most difficult schedule faced by any national champion in college football history.
“The raw data that reveals how difficult our 1982 schedule actually was coupled with the inside the locker room stories my former teammates and coaches provided me are the real reasons this book exists. In addition, the timeline leading up to the 1983 Sugar Bowl takes readers on a journey from the New Orleans Hilton, down to Bourbon Street and inside the Louisiana Superdome. The events as seen through the eyes of former players, coaches and fans provides unique insight on Joe Paterno’s first officially recognized national championship. It truly is a nostalgic look back at the halcyon days of Penn State football. Enjoy! – Bill Contz
With an insidious knack for getting under people’s skin and unique viewpoints on random sports-related topics, Julius William ‘Bill’ Contz now devotes some of his free time to publishing his quasi-cynical spin on current sports subjects on this website. Check back SOON for new publications!
I dedicate this to any Nittany Lion fan or alumnus who proudly proclaims “We Are!” whenever in the presence of anyone donning anything resembling a Penn State logo. I contend that doing so reaffirms their allegiance and commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards, doing things the right way, accepting challenges head on, and finding uniquely creative ways to accomplish remarkable things.