Super Bowl Monday: From the Persian Gulf to the Shores of West Florida: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV

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Super Bowl Monday is a thorough retelling of Super Bowl XXV, the epic January 1991 showdown between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. Great characters and a gripping finish to the closest episode in Super Bowl history made for a wonderful conclusion to the game's Silver Anniversary. But what establishes that day as a special moment in American sports history was the cloud of war hanging over the game and the nation. Ten days before the Giants defeated the Bills 20-19 in Tampa Stadium, the United States ...
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Super Bowl Monday: From the Persian Gulf to the Shores of West Florida - The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV

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Overview

Super Bowl Monday is a thorough retelling of Super Bowl XXV, the epic January 1991 showdown between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. Great characters and a gripping finish to the closest episode in Super Bowl history made for a wonderful conclusion to the game's Silver Anniversary. But what establishes that day as a special moment in American sports history was the cloud of war hanging over the game and the nation. Ten days before the Giants defeated the Bills 20-19 in Tampa Stadium, the United States had authorized Operation Desert Storm and begun the Persian Gulf War. The book is entitled Super Bowl Monday because the hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who were able to watch the Giants vs. the Bills did so on Arabic Standard Time, several hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. For those men and women on duty in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, Super Bowl XXV took place early Monday morning. Super Bowl Monday features original research from newspaper and video archives in addition to lengthy interviews with many of the game's stars.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

Taking place against the backdrop of 1991's Operation Desert Storm, Super Bowl XXV was a dramatic event to begin with, but the competing Buffalo Bills and New York Giants upped the ante even more, according to veteran sports writer Lazarus (Chasing Greatness). In this fantastic, accessible new book, Lazarus charts the teams, coaches, and players that made the game so memorable. Though Bills' journeyman quarterback Jim Kelly and the Giants' Jeff Hostetler (who was poised to retire) get the most page time, Lazarus covers the game from all angles and perspectives, giving credit where credit is due and presenting key moments from the previous season. Digressions on the league's preparedness for a terrorist attack (the NFL bought all the available atropine, a drug needed to counteract a sarin nerve gas attack, that wasn't reserved for the military) increase the tension. By the time Lazarus gets to Whitney Houston's stunning performance of the national anthem, readers might as well resign themselves to finishing the book in a single sitting. Even football neophytes will find Lazarus's snapshot of America insightful and rewarding.
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Midwest Book Review
Super Bowl Monday is a choice pick for football fans, highly recommended for sports libraries and as a giftbook for the sports lover in one's life.
Booklist
This is a wonderful account of a great game and also a look at sport as a diversion from the harsh realities of the real world. An excellent mix of sports reporting and social history.
Giants Football Blog
...worth reading... .a very dramatic game to chronicle.
Tonawanda News
A book about Super Bowl XXV would have to be pretty close to flawless to draw the adulation of a Buffalo Bills fan...Lazarus has achieved such perfection.
Buffalo Sports Daily
...[A] good read for football fans, especially those that root for the game’s two combatants. If you’re old enough to remember the game, it will bring you back to another time and if you’re too young, this is your chance to read up on one of the best ever. Now if you’re a Bills fan, sleepless nights surely await you.
Frank Gifford
Adam Lazarus has captured in vivid detail Super Bowl XXV, played in the shadow of the first Iraq War, which made for an uneasy and anxious mood at that time in America. Super Bowl Monday is also a book for the true football fan. It really is well done.
Steve Sabol
The most interesting and accomplished examination of Super Bowl XXV I have ever read.
Nfl.Com - Vic Carucci
Excellent retelling of the most memorable-and heartbreaking-season in Bills history. Unfortunately for Bills fans, the ending is still the same.
Sports Illustrated - Peter King
This Super Bowl was one of the best football games I've ever seen-one of the most strategic and surprising. Lazarus gives readers a great view from both sides, and it's well worth the trip back in NFL history.
ESPN the Magazine - John Clayton
Scott Norwood's field-goal kick went wide, but Adam Lazarus' detailed recount of Super Bowl XXV sails right between the uprights.
Detroit Free-Press
All the ingredients are here for a fascinating book: legendary coaches (Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Marv Levy), outrageous characters (Lawrence Taylor), and one of the best football games ever played, all set against the backdrop of a nation that had just gone to war. Adam Lazarus clearly has tremendous passion for this project and has already plunged into the research to bring it to life. This should be a terrific book.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Ed Bouchette
Lazarus' approach to the book, the details, the human angles is a winner. I remember covering the game in Buffalo for the AFC title, and I also remember sitting in my Buffalo hotel room and watching the invasion of Iraq on TV. The writers got together and chartered a plane directly from Buffalo to Tampa because there was no two-week break. It was all so surreal, and then they played the game and it became a classic.
Everson Walls
That 1990 Giants team epitomized all the virtues of a what a championship team should represent. It was a special group. Lazarus captures so accurately and so well the emotion and the intensity of that moment. We had shown people we could do it with O. J. [Anderson] and [Jeff] Hostetler and an old defensive back coming from another team. And the way he writes about Matt Bahr, too; all those characters that contributed in an unlikely fashion. The way they all contributed to the team was just beautiful and what the NFL is all about. No one person was bigger than the team.
Mark Kelso
If I reminisce, I could recount every defensive play and its impact on the final outcome, and from the moment the fighter jets flew over the stadium, until the final kick, all of my emotions and energy were focused on being a Super Bowl champion. My memories of Super Bowl XXV are poignant and vivid, and Adam Lazarus captures the passion of a moment considered one of the greatest games of all time. Readers will be transported back in time and enjoy every minute of it.
Jason Aikens
Lazarus not only does a tremendous job of bringing the reader back to 1991, when the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants faced off in Super Bowl XXV, but he also sheds light on numerous players' back stories that set the stage for one of the most exciting Super Bowls in NFL history.
Luke Russert
Two of my favorite things in life are American history and the Buffalo Bills. With exhaustive research, Lazarus captures the patriotic fervor engulfing the nation in January of 1991 and masterfully documents a Bills season where they came the closest to winning a Super Bowl in franchise history. Worth a read.
Arthur Kent
Great reporting of an unforgettable edition of America's sporting classic. And proof that the show must go on not just in spite of global threats, but as a Super Bowl of reasons to overcome them.
From the Publisher
Super Bowl Monday goes by quickly, and doesn't suffer from the problem of having most readers know the outcome. Readers will learn why the game developed the way it did, and enjoy the story all over again. Sports Book Review Center
New York Post - Mike Vaccaro
...[A] narrative worthy of that classic Bills-Giants game.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589796003
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Lazarus
Adam Lazarus is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and is the co-author of Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Sarah, and their boxer, Hannah.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    And then...

    The Bills died. They try to resurrect every once in a while, but in the end they just die again.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Must Read!

    If you are a fan football fan, especially of the Giants, then this book is for you!

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    An outstanding football clasic

    Super bowl Monday is a close chronicle of Super bowl XXV. The title is a reference to the replay of the game on the following day for the US troops stationed in the Persian Gulf for the start of Operation Desert Storm. The game was a matchup of the NFC New York Giants with the AFC Buffalo Bills.

    The game itself was a very tight contest being the only Super Bowl to date that was decided by only one point; however, the real value of the work is in the extensive backstory provided by Mr. Lazarus. He traces the background of the teams, the major players and the Super Bowl system itself to show the scope of the game and the events following the game.

    The author provides a wealth of information. This is the single thing I can find to a quibble about the book. It is not a quick read. You are going to have to invest some time in this volume. I usually can get through a book in a day or two. It took me a full week to get around this one. However, the time was well rewarded. A huge amount of information is provided within the work. If you are a football fan you "need" this book. I have followed the game much of my life and still found much here that was new and interesting.

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