I have not seen an entire football game since 1979, when I attended a Super Bowl party in high school. My brothers was a huge Steelers fan. It's hard for me to get into the whole insane OSU Buckeyes thing, too, but boys seem to love their football.
Norwood House Press has a whole series of college team books-- I ordered two of the Buckeyes and one of the Wolverines for the rebels or the foreign born.
James Buckley's Ultimate Guide to Football: Facts, Stats and Stars is available from Scholastic for a reasonable price. Capstone has a variey of hi-lo books on sports; Terri Dougherty's The Greatest Football Records is one that the boys pick up frequently.
Maybe it's just me, but the quality of the book doesn't seem to make much difference. If it has a good enough picture on the cover, it gets checked out.
Cross Country, now, I get. I was at a meet last night, which is why nothing got read!