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Sperber Murray Shake Down the Thunder The Creation of Notre Dame Football Henry Holt and Company New York 1993 pp634 This book is excellent The author not only cheers the team on but also shows that the Fighting Irish can be a team that many want to lose He is very partisan in the fact that he wishes for the reader to get the whole story of the creation of a team that would be a major factor in the history of football It is all about Americas ability to love the team but also to hate it Sperber went to the University of Notre Dame to conduct all of his research He was warned that he would not be welcomed at the school but when he arrived he saw the truth to be the exact opposite They allowed him to dig deep into the history of the game and how he Fighting Irish fit into that game He bases most of his writing on papers that have been held in the library written on the ups and downs of the many years of football and Notre Dame The game of football became a major outlet for Catholic pride but with this was brought much American scorn In this book the author tells of how the game became the sport it is the conflict between administrators and athletes the school alumni and dealing with the outside world The press sports public and other schools were very hard on Notre Dame the school had to learn a suitable way to deal with the temperament of the public and the image that they held for the Catholic school Notre Dame not only had the 2 problem of finding and educating good players but to keep the image of the high esteemed school in check Kunte Rockne was the head coach of the Fighting Irish and he became a star in his own right He was
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