January 27, 2010 by Reader's Connection
I heard Mayor Greg Ballard interviewed on WFYI, recently, and he spoke of ways that the city would be preparing for the 2012 event. (A click on the image to the left will take you to the 2012 Super Bowl website.) IMCPL will host its first preparatory event at the Glendale Branch on Saturday, February 6th. It’s called Super Scarves: Knitting for Beginners, and attendees will knit scarves to be used by volunteers at You-Know-What.
Now about these half dozen books. Did the New Orleans Saints really "put New Orleans on the road to recovery," as is claimed below? I don’t know, and I need to warn you that for most of these books, in lieu of reviews from our usual sources, I’m reprinting comments from publishers & booksellers.
I certainly wish the Saints all the best in the Super Bowl, as long as they stop short of winning.
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 . . . to determine the reasons that things went right or wrong on all the key plays in these championship games . . . 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. — Library Journal
More Americans watch the Super Bowl than vote in presidential elections . . . Super Bowl Sunday is a national holiday for sports fans, who purchase 1.5 million large-screen TVs in the week before the game, attend one of 7.5 million parties, and eat more food than on any day other than Thanksgiving (according to the California Avocado Commission, Americans consume more than eight million pounds of guacamole on this single day).
In The Billion Dollar Game, New York Times bestselling author Allen St. John gets rare access to the people and corporations that mastermind this iconic event. — Random House, Inc.
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, devastating not only buildings and homes, but the hope, spirit and faith of its people. The Saints were cast out on the road, not knowing when they would return home, and faltered to a losing 3-13 season amidst the chaos. People wondered whether the city could even sustain an NFL team anymore.
Then, a funny thing happened on the way to economic devastation. The city of New Orleans, its population cut in half and its local industry in tatters, rallied to buy up the first season-ticket sellout in franchise history. Led by coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees, coming off a near-career-ending shoulder injury, the Saints engineered a worst-to-first season that gave their fans a reason to believe, both in the team and in themselves. Together they inspired each other to do the impossible: put the Saints in the NFC Championship game, and put New Orleans on the road to recovery. — Hachette Book Group
The Saints, the Superdome, and the Scandal by Dave Dixon
This autobiography offers a fascinating view of the remarkable life of Dave Dixon, who revolutionized the sports world and especially the sports world of New Orleans. He was instrumental in bringing the Saints NFL franchise to town and in getting the Louisiana Superdome built, and even had an insider’s perspective of at least one national political scandal. — Barnes & Noble
The Unofficial Colts Trivia Book by Dale Ratermann
Peyton Manning was born two days before what Academy Award-winning actress?
Which member of the 2006 team won the Mackey Award as the top college tight end while a junior at Iowa?
What was Alan Ameche’s animal nickname?
Who are the only two Colts players to wear No. 19 besides Johnny Unitas?
Prior to the publication of this book in 2007, Mr. Raterman was the only human being who knew the answers to these questions. Check out a copy, and you’ll be ready to spit out all the answers through your mouthful of guacamole.
The book is packed with color photos of the team and its many players and fan favorites in action, along with columns, stories, stats, and profiles first found in the pages of the winning team’s local newspaper. — Ingram Publishing Services
I held up the College Avenue copy of this book, yesterday, and flipped the pages to see if it looked like a game was being played. It didn’t quite work, but you get the idea.