The Big Game

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In January of 1967, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the first ever AFL-NFL championship game.  There were no celebrities in attendance, no week-long events leading up to kickoff, and a couple of local marching bands provided the halftime entertainment.  Likely no one in attendance that day had any inkling of the type of spectacle the game would come to represent nearly 50 years later.

Today, the Super Bowl is a rare sports event that crosses nearly all viewing boundaries.  Hardcore football fans get to watch the championship game of the season, while others come for the parties, the commercials (where advertisers spend millions for 30 seconds of air-time), and even the halftime shows (this year: Katy Perry).  Some even want the day after the game to be declared a national holiday (which hasn’t come to fruition quite yet…my letters must not be reaching the right place!)

Simply put, the Super Bowl has morphed from a simple championship football game to a unique cultural experience.

Last year, the Seattle Seahawks took home the Lombardi Trophy…

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Super Hawks: The Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 Championship Season. 9781600788970. 2014.

 

This year, the Seahawks (led by quarterback Russell Wilson) are again in contention for the top prize.

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Russell Wilson by Jameson Anderson. 9781624033377. 2015. Gr. 3-5

Seattle Seahawks by Marcia Zappa. 9781624035913. 2015. Gr. 2-5.

 

Their opponent?  The New England Patriots, who are looking to capture their fourth Super Bowl title under the steady (yet often controversial) reign of coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady.

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Tom Brady by Jeff Savage. 9781467745826. 2015. Gr. 2-5.

War Room: The Legacy of Bill Belichick and the Art of Building the Perfect Team by Michael Holley. 9780062082404. 2012. Gr. 11-Adult.

New England Patriots by Marcia Zappa. 9781624033636. 2015. Gr. 2-5.

 

Here are some books published recently that focus on different aspects of Super Bowl Sunday.  Due to the popularity of the event (even when I didn’t even know what football was I still knew about the Super Bowl), these titles would likely be popular editions to any library collection…

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Joe Namath’s Super Bowl Guarantee by Patrick Donnelly. 9781624035951. 2014. Gr. 3-6

When Joe Namath said “I guarantee it”, a Super Bowl legend was born.

Economics of the Super Bowl by Lizann Flatt. 9780778779773. 2014. Gr. 5-8.

The “simple” logistics of the Super Bowl are worthy of their own book!

Super Bowl: All About Football’s Biggest Event by Hans Hetrick. 9781429694421. 2013. Gr. 4-8.

A history of the “big game” for the younger crowd.

Ultimate Super Bowl Book by Bob McGinn. 9780760343715. 2012.

All the Super Bowl statistics and analysis one could ever need!

Super Bowl Monday by Adam Lazarus. 9781589796003. 2011.

Shows how deep of a cultural impact the event can have, what with the game being broadcast to soldiers overseas, hence the surreal “Super Bowl Monday” effect because of the time change.

The Billion Dollar Game by Allen St. John. 9780767928151. 2010.

An in-depth looking at the planning needed to pull off a successful Super Bowl event.  Starts literally the day after a previous Super Bowl ends and follows the process right up to the kickoff of the next one.

Zachv1  Zach K.