The Ultimate Super Bowl Book

The Ultimate Super Bowl Book : A Complete Reference to the Stats, Stars, and Stories Behind Football's Biggest Game-and Why the Best Team Won

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The The ultimate reference for the ultimate sports event, this book puts you on the sidelines at football's annual big game, with year-by-year game summaries, play-by-play accounts, detailed stats, and insightful quotes from the players and coaches who were there. Along with profiles of every Super Bowl game played since 1967, this fascinating volume includes features on the best (and worst) individual performances in Super Bowl history, an extensive collection of all-time Super Bowl records, and complete player and coaching rosters for every game. More than just an examination of each season's championship contest, "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book" is a definitive study of the game of football itself. Based on interviews with more than 150 coaches, scouts, and players, as well as hundreds of hours studying game tape, award-winning sportswriter Bob McGinn reveals the inner workings of the sport and what it takes to build a champion. The book takes you beyond the glitz of the game---the flashy halftime shows and multimillion-dollar commercials---to offer a work of true football scholarship that will delight readers with its hardcore analysis and in-depth accounts of what really happened on the field that day. "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book" is an indispensable resource for fans of all ages and passions.
Book Description
For more than four decades, the Super Bowl has been the greatest spectacle in sports. But beyond the bright lights and hype of the annual "Big Game," beyond the highlight reels or the famous commercials that are replayed again and again, beyond the familiar storylines that fans have come to know oh-so-well---the most important football game of the year was played and coached on those fateful days. Written by award-winning sportswriter Bob McGinn, "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book" is not only a penetrating look at each season's ultimate game for the last 40-plus years, but also one of the definitive works on the game of football itself. Based on interviews with more than 150 head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts, and players that he conducted while researching the book for more than four years, as well as hundreds of hours studying game tape, "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book" reveals the little-known strategies, game plans and adjustments, and integral match-ups that were pivotal points for creating championships and dynasties for one team, and heartbreak for another. Combining the taut, driving prose and unique statistical approach that has made McGinn one of the ground-breaking football writers working today, "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book" forgoes the glitz of the game and is instead a work of football scholarship that will delight readers with its hardcore analysis and accounts of what really happened on the field that day. Additional features also make it an essential reference guide, with complete statistics for every game (including the first-ever listing of individual defensive statistics, in addition to complete offensive and team stats), the first-ever listing of every assistant coach who ever coached in the game, jersey numbers for every player, the heights and weights of each starter, and an appendix of Super Bowl records. Fans will love poring over and debating McGinn's many top 10 lists that are spread throughout the book, including the best and worst plays, coaching and player performances, blunders, and more. Destined to shed new light on the games behind the media circus, "The Ultimate Super Bowl Book" is a must-read for fans of famous games and teams, as well as an indispensable resource for coaches and players at all levels of football. It is a revelation for any football enthusiast, from diehard season-ticket holders to fantasy-football players to football video-game addicts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 177.8 x 223.52 x 30.48mm | 703.06g
  • Voyageur Press Inc
  • Stillwater, United States
  • English
  • 45 black and white
  • 0760336512
  • 9780760336519
  • 1,009,391

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Wisconsin sportswriter McGinn is widely hailed as perhaps the best football beat man in the business. His analytic study of game replays and his intelligent interviewing enable him to write knowledgably about the inside game--the design of plays and the techniques and responsibilities of players. McGinn has interviewed players, assistant coaches, and head coaches from all 43 Super Bowls, 23 of which he covered in person, to determine the reasons that things went right or wrong on all the key plays in these championship games. He doesn't just retell the familiar backstories, but instead contributes a wealth of fresh material that heightens our understanding of why teams won or lost. In particular, his interviews with a variety of position coaches often pinpoint the fine line between success and failure in the ultimate pressurized environment of the Super Bowl. The book also features complete player rosters, comprehensive team and individual statistics, and a thorough listing of Super Bowl records. Entertaining Top 10 lists interspersed throughout the text add even more value to this best book ever about America's greatest game. VERDICT Essential for all football lovers.--John Maxymuk, Robeson Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ, "Library Journal"
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"Bob McGinn has become an indispensable writer by observing the cardinal rule of the game: He keeps his eye on the ball. He has developed a loyal following by asking smart questions of people who know the most: scouts, assistant coaches, team captains, and offensive linemen. He is relentless about getting the story."-- from the foreword by Michael MacCambridge, author of "America's Game
"Bob McGinn is one of the best pro football writers in the country. His attention to detail is unmatched. The care he has taken in this book to break down each Super Bowl game reveals a new dimension on the players and the games. Bob has captured the best of this country's most celebrated sporting event. It is one of the most compelling NFL works I have read."-- Kevin Harlan, CBS Sports
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