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PostSubject: American Exceptionalism: Soccer and American Football   Mon May 04, 2009 4:21 pm

Since I know most of us are football fans and some of you are commieball soccer fans, I thought you guys might enjoy this. It was assigned reading for my American political culture class:

http://www.la84foundation.org/SportsLibrary/SportsHistorian/1996/sh16f.pdf

It's about a 30-minute read, but well worth it. It covers the historical development of American football in relation to rugby and soccer, and assesses why American football caught on in America (or rather, why rugby rules-football caught on in America as opposed to association-rules football). I like his thesis: "Americans took to rugby rules because it was more violent and machismo than association rules."

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PostSubject: Re: American Exceptionalism: Soccer and American Football   Mon May 04, 2009 4:43 pm

An interesting comparison is American football to European football and American motorsports to European motorsports. the same principles can be applied IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: American Exceptionalism: Soccer and American Football   Mon May 04, 2009 5:09 pm

Dunning, E, and Sheard, K, 1979, Barbarians, Gentlemen and Players,
Martin Robertson, Oxford.

I am proud to bear the name of the man who brought us Barbarians, Gentlemen and Players.

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