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Last Headbangers NFL Football in the Rowdy, Reckless '70s - The Era That Created Modern Sports

ISBN-10: 0393080161
ISBN-13: 9780393080162
Edition: 2012
Authors: Kevin Cook
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Description: Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/3/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Between the Immaculate Reception in 1972 and The Catch in 1982, pro football grew up. In 1972, Steelers star Franco Harris hitchhiked to practice. NFL teams roomed in skanky motels. They played on guts, painkillers, legal steroids, fury, and camaraderie. A decade later, Joe Montana’s gleamingly efficient 49ers ushered in a new era: the corporate, scripted, multibillion-dollar NFL we watch today. Kevin Cook’s rollicking chronicle of this pivotal decade draws on interviews with legendary players—Harris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken Snake Stabler—to re-create their heroics and off-field carousing. He shows coaches John Madden and Bill Walsh outsmarting rivals as Monday Night Football redefined sports’ place in American life. Celebrating the game while lamenting the physical toll it took on football’s greatest generation, Cook diagrams the NFL’s transformation from second-tier sport into national obsession.

Kevin Cook, the award-winning author of Kitty Genovese, Titanic Thompson and Tommy's Honor, has written for the New York Times, the Daily News, GQ, Men's Journal, Vogue, and many other publications, and has appeared on CNN and Fox TV. He lives in New York City.

Prologue: End over End
Hup
Dings, Dolphins, and the Back of God's Hand
Brad's Bad
Three for the Show
The Raider Goddamn Way
Sea of Hands
Men of Steel
Hail Marys
"Knock Their Dicks Off"
Trial and Error
The Sickest Man in America
Apocalypse Now
Sprint Option
After The Catch
Epilogue: The Last Late Hit
A Note on Sources
Acknowledgments
Select Bibliography
Index

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