The American "Tribal" Focus On College Football
Quick, name the most successful academic program at the nearest university. No luck?
Then try this question: how is that school's football team doing this fall? That one is probably a lot easier, thanks to the American obsession with college football.
Diane Roberts, who teaches at Florida State (6-1 through October 30) knows about the many issues with college football, but says she surrenders to her own "Inner Barbarian" on Saturdays in the fall.
She examines the national obsession in her book Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America.
She tells us what we gain, and lose, through our football obsession.