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Please Support My NFL Column

Posted in misc.blurbs, sports with tags , , , on Wednesday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

I’ve been sporadically slowblogging here the last few months. I have some other writing endeavors elsewhere online, but I hope to revive this blog a bit as well.

In the mean time, please support my NFL column over at RealFootball365 by going HERE and then clicking ARTICLES. Check back often, as I usually write about 2 columns per week.

If you dig it, please pass along the above link, or a link to this page. Post/share on Facebook, Twitter and wherever else you share webthings.

Thanks!

Too Bad HBO Hard Knocks Already Committed to the Jets

Posted in sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

They should really send a second-unit crew of HBO’s NFL Hard Knocks out to Oakland for some Must-See reality TV. Interesting report out of the Bay Area: Raiders head coach Tom Cable claims that the conference call that he held with owner Al Davis and newly acquired QB Jason Campbell did not touch on the subject of who would start. Cable says there will be a competition among Campbell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, and Kyle Boller, and JaMarcus Russell.

Wow, look at that list of QB’s one more time. It’s like the Warm-Body All-Stars. Four QB’s cast off by the Redskins, Bucanneers, Browns, Rams (and Ravens), and a former #1 overall pick by the Raiders who’s pushing 300 pounds and pushing Ryan Leaf for biggest bust ever.

Well, at least they’ll benefit from throwing to Darrius Heyward-Bey! Wait….

The Ultimate Super Bowl Book

Posted in books, sports with tags , , , , , on Thursday, 2010 by Todd.Levinson.Frank

If Bob McGinn hadn’t titled his new book The Ultimate Super Bowl Book, everyone would have called it that anyway.

This fantastic new book is not only a great resource full of facts and stats, it’s also very well written. It isn’t just a bunch of dates and results: it goes beyond those basics we all know and delves deep into each game and how and why it was actually won on the field.

There aren’t any glossy photos or filler in The Ultimate Super Bowl Book. McGinn doesn’t just rehash the most famous moments of only the best games. He retells the story of each and every Super Bowl through his own reviews of the game films and the fascinating interviews with the players, coaches, and assistant coaches involved in the game.

Throughout the book, McGinn also mixes in several interesting Top 10 lists as sidebars. Another great aspect of the book is the fact that he lists the entire coaching staff for each team. We all know and remember the head coaches, but seeing and recognizing countless names among the coordinators and assistants is a useful football history lesson beyond the considerable information found in the text.

It’s incredible to hear the key players and coaches recount not only the big memorable moments but also the underlying strategies and perhaps unseen plays that swung the game one way or the other. Oftentimes they sound as if the game had just been won (or lost) last week and not years or decades ago.

McGinn, a longtime sportswriter for the Green Bay Press-Gazeett and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has been a finalist for the Mccann Award for excellence in pro football writing and was selected as one of America’s Top 20 Sportswriters by Men’s Journal. His expert storytelling and game recaps make this even better than just an exhaustive Super Bowl reference book, though it serves as that too.

I can’t recommend The Ultimate Super Bowl Book highly enough, especially at just around $14 at Amazon. Also available direct from the publisher, MVP Books.

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