The Ivy League Origins of an American Obsession. Mark F. Bernstein. Published 2001, University of Pennsylvania Press. Hardcover book and dust jacket are both in good condition. Bernstein is a Princeton grad, a journalist, cartoonist and lawyer showcases the roots of American football which began on the campus grounds of the Ivy League, even if its brand of football now inspires little interest. He writes that Ivy League schools "invented the All-America team and filled all the early ones, produced the first coaches, arranged the basic rules, conceived many of the strategies, devised much of the equipment, and even named the positions."