CUMBERLAND: The True Story of the Highest Scoring Football Game in History


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Some disasters don’t make the front page. They make the sports page. On October 7, 1916, nineteen unfortunate souls set off on an ill-fated trip to Atlanta to face the mighty Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets led by legendary coach John Heisman. Set in the burgeoning days of college football riddled with violence and controversy, Cumberland: The True Story of the Highest Scoring Football Game in History is the story of one small law school’s date with gridiron infamy. A hundred years later, the game that has been called the Little Bighorn of football is regarded as the blowout of the ages. Many sports fans have heard about the game but this book dives into the unscrupulous world surrounding the game and what took place behind the scenes to make this would-be footnote in history unforgettable.

Author Scott J. Larson is an award-winning creative director, screenwriter and lifelong football fan. He has developed advertising campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands including an NFL campaign for Samsung. His book Cumberland: The True Story of the Highest Scoring Football Game in History was inspired by a simple trivia mention in the newspaper and has also been adapted into a screenplay. The gridiron tale is richly layered with the perfect storm of events that led to the most infamous disaster in the history of sports. Larson currently resides in Chicago with his artist wife and adopted cat. In his spare time, he plays blues guitar and makes handcrafted metal guitar picks.