Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pigskin Rapture: Four Days in the Life of Texas Football by Mac Engel - Review + Giveaway

PIGSKIN RAPTURE

Four Days in the Life of Texas Football

by

Mac Engel
Photos by Ron Jenkins
 
Genre: Texas Sports / Football / Photography
Publisher: Lone Star Books
Date of Publication: August 26, 2016
Number of Pages: 240

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You know what they say: Sunday in Texas belongs to God and football; not necessarily in that order. But game time now stretches well beyond Sunday, and Texas football is a phenomenon even bigger than the Lone Star State.

Over a magical four-day period in 2015, both of Texas’s NFL teams played at home on different days, a major high school rivalry played out on Friday night in West Texas, and a fierce regional rivalry came to the Cotton Bowl on Saturday afternoon.

In this first-of-its-kind project, veteran sports journalist and photographer Mac Engel and Ron Jenkins captured it all, and then some: from an illicit tour of the sealed Astrodome, to the locker room at Houston’s Yates school, to the tailgate at the Texans game, to sidelines at Odessa Permian (of Friday Night Lights fame), to the vaunted heights of the guest suite at Cowboys Stadium, bringing to life an amazing cast of characters and scenes. What they find isn’t all glitz and glory – but it’s all riveting, and it’s all essential info for any football fan.

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"Basically, if you live in Texas, you're either playing football or watching it."

To say that I was excited to review this book is an understatement. I grew up watching all sports but the main one to our family has always been football. Mac Engel takes us on a four day journey of very competitive and noncompetitive football. Not only do we get to read about the four major games, we get to join him as he visits other games and towns. It's a great sprinkling of small town vibes and big city goings on that can only be describes as exhilarating albeit exhausting.

Pigskin Rapture is a must read for any football fan. Reading about Midland Lee v Odessa Permian, and OU v UT brought me back to more nostalgic times of watching high school and college football. As I read about the Dallas/New England game, I couldn't agree more about the magnificence that is AT&T stadium. As I read about my beloved Texans, I remembered the hope of watching that Hail Mary only for it to come crashing down in the second half.

I also looked forward to the end of each chapter because Mac gave a short travel log as well as some recommended eateries! As a known foodie, I couldn't help but take note in case I wanted to take a day trip for some good eats. Overall, Pigskin Rapture was a book that left me speechless. All I can say is that I loved it!

While I haven't read many books on Texas football, Pigskin Rapture is one of my absolute favorites. Mac Engel perfectly described the excitement of pregame hopes to the disappointment of a loss. The pictures by Ron Jenkins helped capture the essence that is Texas football.

Whether you're a fan or not, I hope you read Pigskin Rapture. You'll love the side trips to other towns and teams as well as the gorgeous photos. It's a well written book about a sport so dear to me. There is also a great giveaway. Be sure to scroll below and enter to win a signed copy of this book. 

"Texas is football and football is Texas."
 

Mac Engel is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Since 1998, he has covered the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, and Dallas Cowboys as well as colleges, high schools, and the Olympics. His Big Mac Blog was named the best blog in Texas by the Associated Press in 2012.








Fort Worth/Dallas–based contract photographer Ron Jenkins specializes in sports, covering the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and Dallas Mavericks as well as NCAA, high school, and everything in between. His photos have been published all over the world, including in French sports magazine L’Equipe, premier German magazine Stern, and the USA’s Sports Illustrated.
  
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