The Ice Bowl: The Cold Truth about Football's Most Unforgettable Game

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The day of the Ice Bowl game was so cold, the referees' whistles wouldn't work; so cold, the reporters' coffee froze in the press booth; so cold, fans built small fires in the concrete and metal stands; so cold, TV cables froze and photographers didn't dare touch the metal of their equipment; so cold, the game was as much about survival as it was about skill and strategy. On New Year's Eve, 1967, the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers met for a classic NFL championship game, played on a frozen field in ...

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Overview

The day of the Ice Bowl game was so cold, the referees' whistles wouldn't work; so cold, the reporters' coffee froze in the press booth; so cold, fans built small fires in the concrete and metal stands; so cold, TV cables froze and photographers didn't dare touch the metal of their equipment; so cold, the game was as much about survival as it was about skill and strategy. On New Year's Eve, 1967, the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers met for a classic NFL championship game, played on a frozen field in sub-zero weather. The "Ice Bowl" challenged every skill of these two great teams. Here's the whole story, based on dozens of interviews with people who were there—on the field and off—told by author Ed Gruver with passion, suspense, wit, and accuracy.

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In 13-degree sub-zero weather, on New Year's Eve, 1967, the Dallas Cowboys and Greeen Bay Packers toughed it out in a classic NFL championship. Sportswriter Ed Gruver weaves the fascinating details of this legendary game into a quick-paced, suspense-filled narrative that plunges readers amidst one of the fiercest football rivalries of all time. The Ice Bowl details the history of two famous coaches -- Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry -- and the coaching philosophies that made them and their teams legends. Gruver successfully evokes many individual players' stories of endurance, drive, and strategy. Ample background, personal interviews, action photos, and anundeniable passion for the game all contribute to this compelling account of the long-time rivalry that culminated on the "frozen tundra" of the Ice Bowl. Includes diagrams, game and season statistics, and complete Ice Bowl play-by-play.
--Gordon Forbes, Pro Football Editor, USA Today
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"An insightful, bone-chilling replay of pro football's greatest game."  —USA Today

"A hundred myths and misconceptions about the Ice Bowl have been answered. This book captures the essence of Lombardi's finest hour." —Bob McGinn, Packers beat, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"It was a day I'll never forget and it was the highlight of my broadcast career with the Packers. Ed Gruver brings it back vividly." —Ted Moore, Packers play-by-play announcer, 1960-69

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780935526387
  • Publisher: McBooks Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1997
  • Pages: 232

Meet the Author

Ed Gruver is a newspaper sportswriter, a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association and a contributor to Total Football. In addition to The Ice Bowl, he is the author of The American Football League: A Year-by-Year History, and two recently published biographies, Nitschke and Koufax. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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