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Oriard, Michael 1948-

Overview
Works: 22 works in 125 publications in 1 language and 13,129 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary television programs  Sports stories  Nonfiction television programs  Fiction  Boxing stories  Educational films  Internet videos  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: GV950, 796.33264
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael Oriard
Brand NFL : making and selling America's favorite sport by Michael Oriard( )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 4,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Professional football in the twenty-first century is a $6 billion sports entertainment industry. In this field-level view of the National Football League since 1960-covering the "modern NFL" led by Pete Rozelle and the "new NFL" led by Paul Tagliabue - Michael Oriard looks closely at the development of the sport and the image of the NFL and its unique place in American life. At the heart of this story is a question with no simple answer: has the extraordinary commercializing and "branding" of NFL football since the late 1980s ironically weakened the cultural power of a sport whose appeal for more than a century was fundamentally noncommercial?"
King Football : sport and spectacle in the golden age of radio and newsreels, movies and magazines, the weekly & the daily press by Michael Oriard( )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 2,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This landmark work explores the vibrant world of football from the 1920s through the 1950s, a period in which the game became deeply embedded in American life. Though millions experienced the thrills of college and professional football firsthand during these years, many more encountered the game through their daily newspapers or the weekly Saturday Evening Post, on radio broadcasts, and in the newsreels and feature films shown at their local movie theaters. Asking what football meant to these millions who followed it either casually or passionately, Michael Oriard reconstructs a media-created world of football and explores its deep entanglements with a modernizing American society. Football, claims Oriard, served as an agent of "Americanization" for immigrant groups but resisted attempts at true integration and racial equality, while anxieties over the domestication and affluence of middle-class American life helped pave the way for the sport's rise in popularity during the Cold War. Underlying these threads is the story of how the print and broadcast media, in ways specific to each medium, were powerful forces in constructing the football culture we know today
Reading football : how the popular press created an American spectacle by Michael Oriard( )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 2,102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oriard shows how this constant narrative developed many different stories about what the game meant: football as pastime, as the sport of gentlemen, as a science, as a game of rules and their infringements, as Darwinian struggle. He shows how football, in its early years, became a series of cultural stories about power, luck, strategy, and deception. These narratives, or interpretations, Oriard contends, often contradicted one another: they were read differently by different groups and individuals, and the various interpretations of the game changed through time
Bowled over : big-time college football from the sixties to the BCS era by Michael Oriard( )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 1,865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Respected sports historian Michael Oriard--who was himself a former second-team All-American at Notre Dame--explores a wide range of trends that have changed the face of big-time college football and transformed the role of the student-athlete. Oriard considers such issues as the politicization of football in the 1960s and the implications of the integration of college football. The heart of the book examines a handful of decisions by the NCAA in the early seventies--to make freshmen eligible to play, to lower admission standards, and, most critically, to replace four-year athletic scholarships with one-year renewable scholarships--that helped transform student-athletes into athlete-students and turned the college game into a virtual farm league for professional football. Oriard then traces the subsequent history of the sport as it has tried to grapple with the fundamental contradiction of college football as both extracurricular activity and multi-billion-dollar mass entertainment. As a former college football player, Oriard brings a unique perspective to his topic
The art of football : the early game in the golden age of illustration by Michael Oriard( )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 1,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a singular look at early college football art and illustrations. This collection contains more than two hundred images, many rare or previously unpublished, from a variety of sources, including artists Winslow Homer, Edward Penfield, J. C. Leyendecker, Frederic Remington, Charles Dana Gibson, George Bellows, and many others. Along with the rich art that captured the essence of football during its early period, Michael Oriard provides a historical context for the images and for football during this period, showing that from the beginning it was perceived more as a test of courage and training in manliness than simply an athletic endeavor. Oriard's analysis shows how these early artists had to work out for themselves-and for readers-what in the new game should be highlighted and how it should appear on the page or canvas. The Art of Football takes modern readers back to the day when players themselves were new to the sport, and illustrators had to show the public what the new game of football was. Oriard demonstrates how artists focused on football's dual nature as a grueling sport to be played and as a social event and spectacle to be watched. Through its illustrations and words this book gives readers an engaging look at the earliest depictions of the game and the origins of the United States as a football nation
Dreaming of heroes : American sports fiction, 1868-1980 by Michael Oriard( Book )

8 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sporting with the gods : the rhetoric of play and game in American culture by Michael Oriard( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sporting with the Gods examines the rhetoric of "game" and "play" and "sport" in American culture from the time of the Puritans to the 1980s. Focusing on writers and public figures who dominated public discourse, Oriard shows how the trope of game and play in fiction and in religious, social, and economic writings can be used to graph changes in the religious and social climate from the Puritans through the Transcendentalists to the Social Darwinists and from the Beats and hippies to the New Age spiritualists of the present decade. He also uses the trope to graph the shifting attitudes toward work (and play) in the game of business, as the United States moved to industrial capitalism and then to a postindustrial society of consumerism and leisure. The result is a history of this country from its inception, through the lens of a single trope, resonating with implications at every strata of American culture." --from back cover
The NFL : critical and cultural perspectives( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The NFL is the first collection of critical essays to focus attention on the NFL as a cultural force. The contributors and editors explore how the NFL is packaged for commercial consumption, the league's influence on American identity, and its relationship to state and cultural militarism, to provide a fuller understanding of football's role in shaping contemporary sport, media, and everyday life."--Publisher's description
Brand NFL : making and selling America's favorite sport by Michael Oriard( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professional football today is a $6 billion sports entertainment industry. In this astute field-level view of the National Football League since 1960, Michael Oriard looks closely at the development of the sport and at the image of the NFL and its unique place in American life. At the heart of this story is a question with no simple answer: has the extraordinary commercializing and "branding" of NFL football since the late 1980s ironically weakened the cultural power of a sport whose appeal for more than a century was fundamentally noncommercial?
Dreaming of heroes : American sports fiction from the beginning to the present by Michael Oriard( Book )

7 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The abysmal brute by Jack London( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before anyone knew there was such a thing, Jack London gave us the natural: young Pat Glendon has never drunk alcohol nor tasted tobacco. He loves nature, is afraid of cities, and is shy of women. And he is a perfect fighter. Summoned from the city to consider such a prospect, cynical Sam Stubener, manager of prizefighters, is struck by the boy's extraordinary athletic grace - and soon man and boy are off to San Francisco to take on the heavyweight world." "The Abysmal Brute is the story of natural grace pitted against worldly brutishness. A subtle social drama played out in the arena of sport - in a day long before sport moved to the center of American culture - it is also a rousing romantic tale in the tradition of one of our great storytellers. As Pat hones his skill - and his curious style - on one champion fighter after another, he contends for the heart of a lovely admirer and for the soul of professional boxing, whose rampant corruption his blows expose."--Jacket
League of denial : the NFL's concussion crisis( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America's indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault as thousands of former players and a host of scientists claim the league has tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players."--Container
Sports in context : how good were the good old days?( Visual )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through interviews & clips of sessions of the First International Conference on Ethics and Sports focuses on today's sports issues through historical & ethical perspectives. Participants include Richard Lapchick, Michael Oriard, Jay Coakley, Murray Sperber
Media and sports : watchdog or lapdog?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through interviews & clips from sessions of the First International Conference on Ethics and Sports, examines the role of the media in sports & society. Participants include Frank Deford, Jennings Bryant, Michael Oriard
From Jane Allen to "Water Dancer" : a brief history of the feminist sports novel by Michael Oriard( )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Gender and the game by Michael Oriard( )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Football reading : how the popular press created an american spectacle by Michael Oriard( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

College football, the popular press and the emergence of American "mass culture" by Michael Oriard( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle (Cultural studies of the United States) by Michael Oriard( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Brand NFL, Pbk Ed by Michael Oriard( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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King Football : sport and spectacle in the golden age of radio and newsreels, movies and magazines, the weekly & the daily press
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King Football : sport and spectacle in the golden age of radio and newsreels, movies and magazines, the weekly & the daily pressReading football : how the popular press created an American spectacleBowled over : big-time college football from the sixties to the BCS eraSporting with the gods : the rhetoric of play and game in American cultureBrand NFL : making and selling America's favorite sportThe abysmal brute
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English (123)