Magazine April 18, 2011, Issue

TR’s Goal-Line Stand

Grounds crews from Qualcomm Stadium, site of Super Bowl XXXVII, prepare the playing field, January 25, 2003. (Jeff Mitchell/Reuters)
The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football, by John J. Miller (Harper, 272 pp., $25.99)

Baseball may still try to market itself as our national pastime, but there’s little doubt that football is our national passion. By any measurement, the popularity of college and professional football is staggering. Teams in the NCAA and NFL reap billions of dollars in TV revenue; billions more are wagered legally and illegally; and NCAA schools drew more than 48 million spectators in 2009, while the NFL attracted another 17 million.

Given those numbers, it’s hard to believe that, little more than a hundred years ago, at the dawn of the Progressive movement, there was a concerted effort to ban the

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