|Super Bowl by John Devaney|
|The First 50 Years (left), The Other League (right)|
|The Little League That Could|
|Madden (left) Badasses (right)|
Being a kid in the 70's, the Raiders were the dominate team in the Bay Area and one of the most entertaining off the field. Madden by Bryan Burwell is the best book about the leader of those great teams John Madden. Burwell really does really great job in getting inside of Madden. Badasses by Peter Richmond does a great job in getting into that Raider culture of those teams that created those great Raider teams of the 70's. No team will be as crazy on and off the field as those teams
As great as Meggysey's book is,it was written 40 years ago and the game as changed. More Than a Game by Brian Billick (left) and Monday Morning Quarterback (right) by Peter King do a great job of laying of the modern NFL. Billick takes the game's issues and lays them out for you. King takes his great SI.com column and expands on it.
When looking at the game's history, this book is great. This Game of Football (left) by the great Cal coach Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf goes into the strategy of the game back in the day. He has diagrams of plays and discusses each one. He also goes into the philosophy of the day. I love reading about how the great minds in the sport thought. Again, I was lucky to find one in great condition and with the dust jacket on it.
Even though I have many more to share, I will leave with this. John Brodie's Open Field. Being a Niner fan, I like this book and think he should be the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Again, I found this book in great condition (at a library sale) with the dust cover on. Also when I opened it up, it had a special surprise inside his autograph:
|John Brodie's sig inside his book|