Super Bowl

Titans clash, millions watch --  and don't forget about those commercials.



Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl

By John Feinstein


The third in prolific (and talented) journalist Feinstein's series of sports mysteries for young adults finds his fresh-faced protagonists, Steve Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, busting open the biggest sports story of the decade: a huge steroids cover-up by one of the teams in the big game.




The Ultimate Super Bowl Book

By Bob McGinn


Bob McGinn has put together a true football fan's compendium of Super Bowl stats, rosters, and top 10 lists -- but there's much more here than mere numbers.  McGinn interviews  more than 150 coaches and players from the 43 previous Super Bowls, using these often revealing exchanges to shed light on what it takes to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.  The result is almost enough to tide you over between seasons.



From Baltimore to Broadway: Joe, the Jets, & the Super Bowl III Guarantee

By Ed Gruver


When quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed that he'd lead his upstart New York Jets to a win in 1969's Super Bowl III over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts, he was considered loony. But the classic underdog story -- lent an electric charge by Namath's star power --  played out in spectacular fashion, changing not only the Super Bowl but the NFL itself, permanently.



The Catch: One Play, Two Dynasties, and the Game That Changed the NFL

By Gary Myers


The 1980s dynasty of the San Francisco 49ers was founded on one incredible catch (see the book cover at left) with 51 seconds left in a game against the Dallas Cowboys -- who experienced their own long reign of dominance put to a sudden end by the same play.  Making this moment his keystone in a study of a changing game, Myers brings to light the long-term effects of the catch on players, teams, and the whole world of pro football.



The Billion-Dollar Game

By Allen St. John


Allen St. John went backstage and spent twelve months living inside the intense, unique world of Super Bowl preparations: the highly complex orchestration of television coverage; the hosting-committee logistics worthy of a military campaign; ticket distribution; stadium construction; and, oh yes, the celebrities.  St. John digs into it all, and in the process suggests that the business of the big game contains as many fascinations as the contest on the gridiron itself.


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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.