Black and Blue: A Smash-Mouth History of the Nfl's Roughest Division

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Clerisy Press, Sep 1, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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Formed in 1967, the NFL's Central Division -- the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, and Minnesota Vikings -- quickly earned the nickname "Black and Blue Division" due to the teams' fierce, physical play. This behind-the-scenes history recalls 40 years of great plays, gritty players, memorable seasons, and crucial games through first-rate photographs and first-hand interviews with players, coaches, and officials. Berghaus's All-Time Black and Blue team, where nastiness is just as important as greatness, provides plenty of fodder for discussion.
 

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Contents

I N T R O D U C T I O N
10
1 Origins ofTHE BLACK BLUE
15
2 The linebackers
33
THE FIRST YEAR
51
4 The Chicago Bears
77
5 The detroit lions
99
6The rivalries
123
7 The Green Bay Packers
143
9 The hall of Famers
205
10 MEMORABLE GAMES1967 1980
225
11 MEMORABLE GAMES1981 1990
249
12 MEMORABLE GAMES1991 2006
265
13 playoff games
287
14AllTimeBlack blue team
295
Appendix
307
INDEX
334

8 The minnesota vikings
175

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