The Gipper

The Gipper

George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football

eBook - 2011
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Win one for The Gipper. Has there ever been a better-known and widely-used exhortative phrase in sports? Not likely. But who was the "Gipper," this mythical-like sports figure whose nickname has aroused, in turn, awe, wonderment, curiosity, and amusement since the second decade of the twentieth century, and why is his story important? Answering those questions is the formidable task taken on here by veteran sportswriter Jack Cavanaugh, whose Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of boxing legend Gene Tunney was referred to as "impressively researched and richly detailed" by Sports Illustrated.More than eight decades after his death, George Gipp is still regarded by football historians as Notre Dame's best all-around player. And it was Gipp and his legendary coach, Knute Rockne, who were largely responsible for putting the small Midwestern all-male school on the map.Like Cavanaugh's other critically acclaimed books, The Gipper is also a period piece, with a considerable focus on the era before, during, and immediately after WWI. It details the changes that the country underwent during that time, including the onset of Prohibition and the gangs that it spawned in the Midwest such as those active in the South Bend area and in nearby Chicago, headed by the notorious Al Capone.
Publisher: 2011
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Jan 19, 2011

This is a book about George Gipp and Knute Rockne and the development of the ND football program.

This book could have benefited from tighter writing or editing. There were many phrases repeated throughout the book which described George's gambling, pool playing and his not attending class or take any exams. Without actually counting, I bet that the number of times these such phrases appeared in the book was over 15.

I also found the beginning of the book hard to follow as it was not sequential. It jumped back and forth from George's initial appearance at Notre Dame to Rockne's playing career to Rockne's coaching predecessor arrival on campus.

Prominent use of words that are not normally used in every day life were interspersed throughout the book. It's like the author was trying to show off his expansive vocabulary.


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