Lone Star Book Blog Tour: Pigskin Rapture by Mac Engel (Photos by Ron Jenkins)

Four Days in the Life of Texas Football

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


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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Five Stars

At this moment, football is everything.

Pigskin Rapture is a unique coverage of four football games in four days across Texas, from pro to college to high school. Texas is football!

The book is organized like a football game, starting with the pregame and ending with a recap, with four quarters in between. Each quarter is a different game in a different city. Along with specific game highlights, Pigskin Rapture covers everything both on and off the gridiron, from tailgating to cheerleading, from local all stars to local cuisine.

Some of my favorite parts are about the local fans and businesses that go all out for the love the game. Juxtaposed with all this fanfare is the sobering reminder of everyday life that continues along the edges and in the shadow of the palatial stadiums and the glittering high life. Without becoming overblown or convoluted, Pigskin Rapture manages to include all the angles and aspects of Texas football.

With its well-designed cover, high-gloss pages, engaging descriptions, and spectacular photos, Pigskin Rapture would be an excellent addition to anyone’s book collection (proudly displayed for all to see) or an ideal gift; it’s that beautiful.

Enter the Giveaway below for a chance to win a signed copy of Pigskin Rapture by Mac Engel and Ron Jenkins.


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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