The Superbowl is Sunday, February 7 and pits the Indianapolis Colts against the New Orleans Saints. This is the first time the Saints are playing in the big game. This is the second time the modern-day Colts are in the Superbowl, the first being when they defeated the Chicago Bears in Superbowl XLI. Before then, the Colts had been in two previous Superbowls, Superbowl V for the 1970 season, which they won 16-13 vs. the Dallas Cowboys, and Superbowl III the the 1968 season, which they lost against the New York Jets 16-7.
Don’t know a fumble from a first down? Not to worry, the library can help. Pick up a copy of Football for Dummies, 3rd Edition. Co-written by Howie Long, former Los Angeles Raiders defensive lineman and now a color commentator on Fox NFL Sunday, it is a good guide to the ins and outs, penalties and miscues, history and players that have made the game what it is today.
Want to know how your favorite players stack up against each other and over the years? Pick up The Pro Football Historical Abstract. It gives a short decade by decade breakdown of the NFL beginning in the 1920s. It then goes into the player rankings by position, beginning with quarterbacks. It even includes an analysis of coaches!
This next book is a recollection of each Superbowl in a player’s own words, beginning with Superbowl I and going through Superbowl XXXI. Super Bowl: The Game of Their Lives relives the glory days of significant players relating what they went through, the ups and downs, of getting to and winning the Superbowl.
Are you wondering how the game has evolved? Pick up a copy of The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL. This game is considered the greatest football game ever played. The book outlines the teams, the players and the times all leading up to that pivotal championship game.
Lastly, to see how football affects the younger set: before the TV show, before the movie, there was the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. The book chronicles one year in the life of the Permian Panthers of Odessa, Texas. The town lives and breathes football, but the book also chronicles the racial tensions and divisions within the town and the team. It is a great read, and the movie and TV show are based off of the book.
Happy reading and enjoy the game – Tony L.