COUNTDOWN TO SUPERBOWL by David Anderson

COUNTDOWN TO SUPERBOWL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's doubtful that New York Times sports reporter Anderson could have foreseen this book when he was assigned to follow the Jets last season. This is the behind-the-scenes lead-in to the Superbowl of the century, 1969 Miami, when the AFL 18-1 underdogs trampled the NFL Colts. Here is joking Curley Johnson, punter with a bad knee; Don Maynard, receiver of, among other things, chocolate cokes; John Sample, the marked man with a private grudge against the NFL in general; Paul Crane, the Christian Center; Bob Talanini, the left guard hustling for Pampers and a whole host of incidentals during the week before the big game. But most of all it's a revealing portrait of Broadway Joe whose cheeky comments and brash positivism addled the press and sparked his teammates to an unprecedented upset. For all those converted unbelievers who filled the stands, ogled television and still wonder how it all happened.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1969
Publisher: Random House