9780060826345

The Physics Of Football: Discover The Science Of Bone-crunching Hits, Soaring Field Goals, And Awe-inspiring Passes

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    9780060826345

  • ISBN10:

    0060826347

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-18
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

Do you cringe when a linebacker flattens a quarterback? Hold your breath when a field goal sails toward the goalpost? Watch in amazement as a touchdown pass spirals down the field? Behind those big hits, long kicks, and sensational throws is a science that will give you a whole new perspective on the game of football. A combination of Stephen Hawking and Mike Ditka, physicist and football fan Timothy Gay breaks down the fundamental laws of physics that govern America's most exciting spectator sport. To illustrate the science behind the game, he highlights some of football's recent memorable moments, along with legendary feats from the likes of Franco Harris and Joe Montana. Did you Know? Newton's Second Law of Physics proves that Dick Butkus hit running backs with the force of a small killer whale. The average force with which a football must be kicked during kickoff is 450 lbs. But for an instant, the force may be as much as a ton. Shaun Rogers, firing off the line of scrimmage, can develop as much as four horsepower by himself.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Bill Belichick
Preface ix
Introduction The Steelers Get Lucky 3(16)
Blocking and Tackling
19(26)
The Pit
45(26)
The West Coast Offense Explained
71(28)
The Football in Flight
99(30)
Kicking the Football
129(38)
Passing the Football
167(34)
Gear
201(22)
Turf
223(20)
Waves in the Stadium
243(16)
Appendix 259(10)
Notes 269(7)
Acknowledgments 276(3)
Index 279

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