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50 Super Bowls: The Greatest Moments of the Biggest Game in Sports
50 Super Bowls
The Greatest Moments of the Biggest Game in Sports
Paperback      ISBN: 1770857710

From its inauspicious beginnings as "The First World Championship Game between the AFL and NFL" in 1967 to the raucous worldwide cultural event that was Super Bowl 50, Allan Maki and Dave Naylor count down the greatest moments in each staging of the first 50 Super Bowls.

Be it Joe Namath's guaranteed victory in Super Bowl III or the Miami Dolphins' perfect ending in Super Bowl VII or David Tyree's helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, all the iconic moments are recounted here, and more

MVP performances and game-changing plays are all included in this action packed book, filled with photos, informative stat boxes and essays that deliver a complete picture of how the biggest game in sports played out, year by year.

One-name heroes like Brady, Montana and Bradshaw share top billing with lesser-known, big-time contributors, like: Max McGee, Timmy Smith and Rod Martin. And what compendium of Super Bowl stories would be complete without a mention of the media moments, famous commercials and controversial plays that sometimes shared center stage with the on-field heroics?

From the highest highs to the lowest lows, Maki and Naylor cover it all in 50 Super Bowls.

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
The Blind Side
Evolution of a Game
Paperback      ISBN: 039333838x

When we first meet him, Michael Oher is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read and write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability, his blind side.

Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy
Love, Zac
Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy
Hardcover      ISBN: 1616209089

"Love, Zac is not just a vital contribution to the national conversation about traumatic brain injury in athletes, it's so beautifully written it belongs on the shelf alongside classic works of literary journalism." --Jeanne Marie Laskas, New York Times bestselling author of Concussion

Zac Easter could be your neighbor, your classmate, your son.

In December 2015, Zac Easter, a twenty-four-year-old from small-town Iowa, decided to take his own life rather than continue his losing battle against the traumatic brain injuries he had sustained as a no-holds-barred high school football player.

For this deeply reported and powerfully moving true story, award-winning writer Reid Forgrave was given access to Zac's own diaries and was able to speak with Zac's family, friends, and coaches. He explores Zac's tight-knit, football-obsessed Midwestern community; he interviews leading brain scientists, psychologists, and sports historians; and he takes a deep dive into the triumphs and sins of the sports entertainment industry.

Forgrave shows us how football mirrors America, from the fighting spirit the game has helped inscribe in our national character to the side effects of the traditional notions of manhood that it affirms. But above all, Love, Zac is a warning to parents and those entrusted with the care of our kids not to ignore concussions and warning signs of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). For parents struggling to decide whether to allow their kids to play football, this eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and ultimately inspiring story may be one of the most important books they will read.
Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the Usfl
Football for a Buck
The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the Usfl
Paperback      ISBN: 0358118115
From a multiple New York Times bestselling author, the rollicking, outrageous, you-can't-make-this-up story of the USFL

The United States Football League--known fondly to millions of sports fans as the USFL--was the last football league to not merely challenge the NFL, but cause its owners and executives to collectively shudder. It spanned three seasons, 1983-85. It secured multiple television deals. It drew millions of fans and launched the careers of legends. But then it died beneath the weight of a particularly egotistical and bombastic owner--a New York businessman named Donald J. Trump. The league featured as many as 18 teams, and included such superstars as Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Herschel Walker, Reggie White, Doug Flutie and Mike Rozier.

In Football for a Buck, the dogged reporter and biographer Jeff Pearlman draws on more than four hundred interviews to unearth all the salty, untold stories of one of the craziest sports entities to have ever captivated America. From 1980s drug excess to airplane brawls and player-coach punch outs, to backroom business deals, to some of the most enthralling and revolutionary football ever seen, Pearlman transports readers back in time to this crazy, boozy, audacious, unforgettable era of the game. He shows how fortunes were made and lost on the backs of professional athletes and also how, thirty years ago, Trump was a scoundrel and a spoiler.

For fans of Terry Pluto's Loose Balls or Jim Bouton's Ball Four and of course Pearlman's own stranger-than-fiction narratives, Football for a Buck is sports as high entertainment--and a cautionary tale of the dangers of ego and excess.
When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi
When Pride Still Mattered
A Life of Vince Lombardi
Paperback      ISBN: 0684870185

In this groundbreaking biography, David Maraniss captures all of football great Vince Lombardi: the myth, the man, his game, and his God.

More than any other sports figure, Vince Lombardi transformed football into a metaphor of the American experience. The son of an Italian immigrant butcher, Lombardi toiled for twenty frustrating years as a high school coach and then as an assistant at Fordham, West Point, and the New York Giants before his big break came at age forty-six with the chance to coach a struggling team in snowbound Wisconsin. His leadership of the Green Bay Packers to five world championships in nine seasons is the most storied period in NFL history. Lombardi became a living legend, a symbol to many of leadership, discipline, perseverance, and teamwork, and to others of an obsession with winning. In When Pride Still Mattered, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss captures the myth and the man, football, God, and country in a thrilling biography destined to become an American classic.
Winning Football
Winning Football
Paperback      ISBN: 0736086951

In Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play, renowned coach Bill Ramseyer shares the expertise and insights that have guided his teams and players to success at every level of the sport. With instruction for every key technique and tactic, as well as accompanying drills and special tips for executing them when the game is on the line, you'll find all the tools you need to develop the skills, discipline, and consistency for winning football week after week.

Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play covers both sides of the ball, special teams play, player development, and game planning. You'll learn how and when to use offensive formations such as the shotgun, single back, power I, and empty back as well as dominating defensive sets such as the 4-3, 3-4, nickel, and dime.

From assembling your staff to assigning player positions, this book provides you with the information, drills, and plays that will help you transform your team into a championship contender. Before you take to the sidelines, let Winning Football: The Guide to Championship Play give you the tools you need to bring home the wins

Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Friday Night Lights
A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Paperback      ISBN: 0306809907

Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa--the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, H. G. Bissinger chronicles a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires--and sometimes shatters--the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.

Football Now!: Today's Gridiron Greats
Football Now!
Today's Gridiron Greats
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1770852824

Fast-paced, updated for 2015 and packed with more than 140 full-color action photos, Football Now celebrates more than 65 of the best current NFL players, and illustrates how each is a bona fide star in the world's greatest sports league.

Author Mike Ryan has selected the best players from each position on both sides of the ball. The profiles pop with life through his in-depth story telling and the breathtaking photos that showcase the awesome talent, grit and determination of these gridiron heroes.

Here are just some of the stars in Football Now

  • Drew Brees
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Peyton Manning
  • Larry Fitzgerald
  • Calvin Johnson
  • Dez Bryant
  • DeMarco Murray
  • Marshawn Lynch
  • Darren Sproles
  • Devin Hester
  • Joe Thomas
  • Clay Matthews
  • DeMarcus Ware
  • Richard Sherman.

Football Now fourth edition is a must for every fan and is a smart choice for gift giving.

Afca's Offensive Football Drills
Afca's Offensive Football Drills
Paperback      ISBN: 0880115262

Whether your team likes to run the ball, pass, or mix it up, AFCA's Offensive Football Drills can help you improve team and individual performance. The book features the best drills used by many of the country's top college and high school offensive teams. Choose from 75 individual and team drills to hone your players' offensive skills.

Namath: A Biography
Namath
A Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670033294

In between Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan there was Joe Namath, one of the very few sports heroes who transcended their game. The son of a Hungarian immigrant, Namath left the steel country of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, for the Deep South, where he played quarterback for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. Almost four years later, he signed a $427,000 contract with the New York Jets that changed football forever, transforming a crude, violent game into show business. Namath became the most glamorous athlete in America his fame nurtured by the age of television, the point spread, and the sexual revolution. His hair, his draft deferment, and his white shoes became symbols for a generation. But it was his ?guarantee? of victory in Super Bowl III that ensured his legend.

In the tradition of Richard Ben Cramer's "Joe DiMaggio," David Maraniss's "A Life of Vince Lombardi," and Nick Tosches's "Dino," Mark Kriegel details Namath's journey from steeltown pool halls to the upper reaches of American celebrity and beyond. He renders Namath as an athlete and a man, a brave champion and a wounded soul. Here are Namath's complex relationships with pain and fame plus his appearances in pantyhose ads, on "The Simpsons," and Nixon's Enemies List. "Namath" is not just for football fans, but for any reader interested in the central role of sports in American culture.