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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 3, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 278 pages
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The inside story of the most colorful decade in NFL history—pro football’s raging, hormonal, hairy, druggy, immortal adolescence.

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.
 

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User Review  - book58lover - LibraryThing

The NFL loves to identify differing styles of play by decade and truely the 70s were the last of the slogging, down in the mud, blood spurting eras. Certainly the current NFL is nothing like the teams ... Read full review

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User Review  - tassinar - LibraryThing

If you followed the NFL in the '70s, there is little that's new or insightful here. It essentially rehashes the signature games and rivalries of the decade. Might be more useful as a historical primer for younger fans. Read full review

Contents

End over End
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Hup
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Uingslolphinsandthe BaokofliodsHand
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BradsBad
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Threeforthe Show
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The RaiderlioddamnWay
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SeaofHands
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MenofSteel
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HailMarys
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KnookTheirlliokslJff
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ro Trialand Error
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The Last Late Hit
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A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, Kevin Cook is the author of Titanic Thompson, Tommy's Honor, Kitty Genovese and The Dad Report. He lives in New York City.

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