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The Best Game Ever by Mark Bowden
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Mar 09, 2009

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Read in March, 2009

I read this in a day - not a very heavy reading experience.

This one game had already had at least one book written about it some years ago and on the library new books' shelf there was a newish book about this game by Frank Gifford, who played in it. (I'm not going to read Gifford's book but one wonders what he would say since (a) the Giants lost, and (b) Gifford fumbled three or four times.)

In addition to focusing on the drama of the particular game, Bowden describes what makes this game a watershed in television's relationship with the NFL and the resulting change in the status of the players (among other things).

There is a fair amount about Sam Huff who now is one of the announcers for the Redskins games. And I'm old enough that I saw Unitas play on TV, so it didn't seem like ancient history (although the black and white photographs make it look that way).

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