Super Bowl Gold 50 Years of the Big Game
This is the time of year when
all sports fans and even non-sports fans look
forward to the annual global ritual – the playing of
the Super Bowl. And this is a special year among all
special years – Number 50 is on tap.
Books galore have arrived trading on
the event. Full disclosure – even your favorite
reviewer has a worthy collectible that has been
But not to be distracted – Super Bowl
Gold -50 Years of the Big Game (Time, Inc., Books,
$40.00, 336 pages) is the football book we are
focused on. Grand in design, rich in photographs,
the book contains short treatments of the previous
49 Super Bowls. All one had to do is to spin through
the ample 36 pages and memories galore, brief as
they are – are there for the browsing or reading.
This is a book to keep on your coffee table, to
savor, to use for reference,reminiscence,
ruminating. GO FOR IT.
Those in a hockey frame of mind have
two nifty reads: Face-Off (Sports Illustrated Kids
$19.95, 78 pages) and Hockey’s Greatest by the
editors of Sports Illustrated Magazine ($32.95, 256
The tome targeted to the younger set
is lavishly illustrated and as its sub-title
proclaims contains top ten lists for everything
hockey – the greatest players, rivalries, smiles,
fastest skates and more. Marvelous for the younger
The monstrous Hockey’s Greatest names
and showcases the top ten in more than 15
categories. Page after page in full throttle color,
with stats and insights galore – adorn every page of
this sumptuous effort. WORTH OWNING.
For all those who are fans of hockey
- Face-Off and Hockey’s Greatest are splendid
efforts that belong on your sports bookshelf.
Booknotes: “Baseball Maverick” by
Steve Kettman (Grove Atlantic, $16.00, 369 pages,
paperback) is a must for fans of the New York Mets
and worth looking act for others - incisive and
detailed look at the man with the many baseball
moves and moments. WORTHWHILE.
GET IT NOW FROM YOUR LOYAL REVIEWER
Written by acclaimed sports author and oral
historian Harvey Frommer, with an intro by
pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford,
When It Was Just a Game tells the
fascinating story of the ground-breaking
AFL–NFL World Championship Football game
played on January 15, 1967: Packers vs.
Chiefs. Filled with new insights, containing
commentary from the unpublished memoir of
Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram,
featuring oral history from many who were at
the game—media, players, coaches, fans—the
book is mainly in the words of those who
lived it and saw it go on to become the
Super Bowl, the greatest sports attraction
the world has ever known. Archival
photographs and drawings help bring the
event to life.
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