The Canadian Football League: The Phoenix of Professional Sports Leagues (Revised Edition) Paperback – Aug 8 2011
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Extremely well researched. Mr. O'Brien's book takes the passionate CFL fan to school for a fascinating history lesson on our great league. -- Dave Randorf, host of TSN's FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Great research, excellent insights, all captured by good writing make for a wonderful read about a national asset." -- Frank Cosentino, author of A PASSING GAME, ex-CFL quarterback
If you love the CFL, you'll love Steve O'Brien's fashion to bring you closer to the game. If you don't love this CFL, Steve will prove to you that you should! -- Rick Moffat, voice of the Montreal Alouettes, CJAD Radio, Montreal
Mr. O'Brien has hit the mark on what makes the CFL so special. This book is an informative, but fun chronicle ... a definite must for the CFL fan. -- Rod Pedersen, CKRM Radio, Voice of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Regina
There have not been enough books about the CFL - but this one is easily one of the best. The true strength is the diverse, extensive and thorough research. -- John Valentine, Chair, Physical Education Dept, Grant MacEwan College, Edmonton
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This edition has been replaced by a revised edition of the book. As a Print-On-Demand title, it will no longer be printed and as such, is no longer available from the main distributor. The revised edition bears a 2005 publication date and a new ISBN --- 1411658604. It is now available through all Amazons, including Amazon.ca. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The true strength of the text is the diverse, extensive and thorough research including almost 300 interviews. O’Brien has left no stone unturned and has uncovered many obscure but valuable resources. In addition the historical part of the book is fantastic.
I recommend getting the original version with the endnotes if you are a true CFL fan because they add a lot to the book.
The author does a very good job demonstrating the abysmal state the league has been in, seemingly surviving in spite of itself, particularly during the previous two decades.
I like how he worked the CFL into an analysis of Canadian Culture in the second part of the book. O’Brien does a particularly good job exploring topics that previous works concerning Canadian Football have ignored. Apparently he is working on another book about the CFL - which should be just as good.
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I was already a fan of the CFL when I picked this book up, but I came away from my reading of it with a new depth of respect for and awareness of the league's complexities.
I definitely commend Mr. O'Brien for his painstaking research and can't wait for his next installment on the league's history.
of the various peculiar business decisions made by the modern-era CFL ...
with particular attention given to the expansion experiment into the USA.
The CFL exists today
because of -- or in spite of --
If you're interested in delving into that sort of thing,
then this book is a very interesting read.
If you're looking for player stats and/or game highlights,
then this is probably not for you.
Mr. O'Brien did on this fine (but some-
what flawed) book, was done to get his
History degree at the University of
Maine. The low rating and critisms of
the character B. Maitland are uncalled
for. I for one think, as being an Amer-
ican Sports Writer, who attends the Grey
Cup every year (for 13 in-a-row!), that
the CFL's expansion into the US was the
greatest thing that ever happended to
Pro Football! I was a season tix holder
for the two-time Grey Cup Baltimore Stal-
lions. We were the only team THAT WILL
EVER win the Grey Cup and am very happy
to have supported the League during it's
1993-95 US expansion. We Amer-I-can fans
probably saved the League (along with our
Canadian CFL fans)! Mr. Maitland, who cares
what the cover is like. I also disagree with
your synopsis that the book is mostly about
the 'ill fated US expansion'. Baltimore lead
the League in attendence for two years in a
row! Sacramento, who lost to Balt. in the So.
Final in 1995, probably would have won the
Grey Cup if they had not lost to the Stallions
then. There was one other US team that broke
even and didn't lose money. I wished the best
Pro Football League on planet earth would come
back to the US! Long live the CFL! And can't
wait for Steve's next book...Oh, the mistakes
Steve has are minor but don't take away from
the contents or context of the book's thesis.
Steve, when he reads this will know what we
talked about back in Nov. '04 in Ottawa, Ont.
However, it would have been nice if a number of pictures had been included in the book. I suspect marketing/price reasons must have prevented the author to do so.
I highly recommend the book and hope that much more titles regarding the CFL would be available.