Friday, February 1, 2008

Reading Football

As you get ready for the big game or to help ease the post-football letdown here are some books to keep the football fever hot.

From the readers at Shelf Awareness:

"Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL" by Tedy Bruschi with Michael Holley (Wiley, $24.95)

"The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower," by Christopher Price (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, $24.95)

"Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream" by H.G. Bissinger (Da Capo Press, $15.95)

"Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback," by George Plimpton (Lyons Press, $15.95)

"Namath: A Biography" by Mark Kriegel (Penguin, $16). "Broadway Joe, football's first TV star."

"Next Man Up: A Year Behind the Lines in Today's NFL," by John Feinstein (Back Bay Books, $15.99)

"The Thin Thirty," by Shannon P. Ragland (Set Shot Press, $18.95)

"Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter," by Jennifer Allen (Random House, $19)

And for the Texas fans Michael Merschel who writes for the Dallas Morning News adds his picks:

"Twelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football," by Jim Dent.

"The Blind Side," by Michael Lewis, a look inside the world of an immense -- and immensely talented -- high school athlete. Our critic said, "Mr. Lewis is a terrific reporter and a gifted prose stylist. He absorbs the vibrations of the world he immerses himself in without getting carried away."

And, of course, the just-published "Greatest Team Ever," which Cowboys fans might want to flip through while two morally inferior teams battle for the trophy that every true Dallas resident knows is the rightful property of Jerry Jones.

And in a comment Steve posts:

Here is a link to a video about Michael Lewis' book, 'The Blind Side' and that immense high school (now college) football star, Michael Oher.

Of course, I think I am in agreement with Merschel when he writes:

Your humble books editor, never one to hide his roots, will probably spend the afternoon searching YouTube for video footage of Super Bowl XXXII -- John Elway 31, Green Bay 24. Life was good.

Oh yes -- Life was really good. There is always next year, come on Jay Cutler!!


Anonymous said...

And to bring football focus to the two teams who will meet on the gridiron for Super Bowl XLII pick up "Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion" by Michael Holley or "Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond" by Tiki Barber and Gil Reavill".(Do you s'pose Tiki wishes he had tolerated Coughlin for one more year???) But hurry! Kickoff is in 1 day and 11 minutes, and counting.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestions.