God in the Stadium: Sports and Religion in America

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University Press of Kentucky - Biography & Autobiography
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Linda Sue Preston was born on a feather bed in the upper room of her Grandma Emmy's log house in the hills of eastern Kentucky. More than fifty years later, Linda Scott DeRosier has come to believe that you can take a woman out of Appalachia but you can't take Appalachia out of the woman. DeRosier's humorous and poignant memoir is the story of an educated and cultured woman who came of age in Appalachia. She remains unabashedly honest about and proud of her mountain heritage. Now a college professor, decades and notions removed from the creeks and hollows, DeRosier knows that her roots run deep in her memory and language and in her approach to the world. DeRosier describes an Appalachia of complexity and beauty rarely seen by outsiders. Hers was a close-knit world; she says she was probably eleven or twelve years old before she ever spoke to a stranger. She lovingly remembers the unscheduled, day-long visits to friends and family, when visitors cheerfully joined in the day's chores of stringing beans or bedding out sweet potatoes. No advance planning was needed for such trips. Residents of Two-Mile Creek were like family, and everyone was ""delighted to see each other wherever, whenever, and for however long."" Creeker is a story of relationships, the challenges and consequences of choice, and the impact of the past on the present. It also recalls one woman's struggle to make and keep a sense of self while remaining loyal to the people and traditions that sustained her along life's way. Told with wit, candor, and zest, this is Linda Scott DeRosier's answer to the question familiar in Appalachia--""Who are your people?""
 

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Contents

From Sabbath Bans to Super Sunday
1
The Old Knight in the New World
22
Revolutionary Heroes and Fighting Parsons
36
The Acrobatic Christianity of the Early Frontier
53
The Soul of American Knighthood
73
The Consecration of College Sports
100
Manliness Moves West
120
Playful Alternatives
145
Cloning West Point on the American Campus
208
Symbols of the Union of Caesar and Christ
229
Power in the Sweat
246
Field Generals of the Crusade
262
Power in the Tube
286
The Knight and the Shepherd
309
Works Cited
334
Index
359

Sportianity versus Mountainity
167
Builders of Character and the YMCA
189

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Page 8 - No one shall run on the Sabbath day, or walk in his garden, or elsewhere, except reverently to and from meeting.
Page xii - The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is. concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.

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