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Don't know any other way to say it than this: if you love football. I mean, really love the game itself. How successful franchises are constructed. How they go about winning the ultimate game -- the Super Bowl. The game plans. The strategies. The matchups. The big plays. The not-so big plays that factor into the final outcome. Then you need to run to buy Bob McGinn's new book, The Ultimate Super Bowl Book, which has been produced by MVP Books and is available now.
As far as I know, there has never been a book like this. There is no question you will learn more about the game and be a much smarter fan. The amount of information and insight is dizzying. I've covered the NFL in some capacity for 12 years. I learned something on every page that I was able to read…But the real reason to buy the book is the answering of one fundamental question for each game: how was the game won? In McGinn's unmistakable style and depth, it is laid out perfectly time and time again.
If you are a real football fan, go buy this book. Now. - Greg Bedard, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Packers blog
"When I read this book I thought, Wow, this is the perfect book for me. I've always wanted to know about other Super Bowls. The X's and O's are the reason why I couldn't put it down. The interviews are unbelievable. It was just very informative. There was a lot of history I didn't know. I definitely recommend it." — LeRoy Butler
Wisconsin sportswriter McGinn is widely hailed as perhaps the best football beat man in the business. His analytic study of game replays and his intelligent interviewing enable him to write knowledgably about the inside game—the design of plays and the techniques and responsibilities of players. McGinn has interviewed players, assistant coaches, and head coaches from all 43 Super Bowls, 23 of which he covered in person, to determine the reasons that things went right or wrong on all the key plays in these championship games. He doesn’t just retell the familiar backstories, but instead contributes a wealth of fresh material that heightens our understanding of why teams won or lost. In particular, his interviews with a variety of position coaches often pinpoint the fine line between success and failure in the ultimate pressurized environment of the Super Bowl. The book also features complete player rosters, comprehensive team and individual statistics, and a thorough listing of Super Bowl records. Entertaining Top 10 lists interspersed throughout the text add even more value to this best book ever about America’s greatest game. VERDICT Essential for all football lovers.—John Maxymuk, Robeson Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ, Library Journal
Ultimate Super Bowl Book, in which author Bob McGinn has not only delivered an exhaustive, blow-by-blow account of every Super Bowl game so far, he's also done some magnificent work in collating retrospective interviews from everyone involved, from the head coach down to the water boy. And the results are a jaw-dropping, no frills delight to read… Apart from the deeply enjoyable tittle-tattle, McGinn – clearly voted one of America's top 20 sportswriters in 1998 for good reason – has also done a grand job of breaking down the games, providing all the necessary stats and lineup info, and all round making a potentially formidable topic easy to read, a doddle to understand, and a joy to read. The Ultimate Super Bowl Book: every football fan should own one. Diner Rating 10/10
“The thing I liked best about Bob McGinn’s ‘The Ultimate Super Bowl Book’ is that I’ve already heard from sports fans how good it is,” Goldin said. “It has a local connection, penned by the Journal Sentinel’s McGinn, but it’s not just for Packer fans, so it also works for far-flung relatives. Stories, stats, analysis — it’s all here.”
If you're scrambling around, trying to find the perfect gift for the pro football nut on your list, I have a suggestion. I was recently provided a review copy of the following book, which may be the most comprehensive tome on the subject of the Super Bowl…This is an inspired piece of work.
McGinn, who covers the Green Bay Packers for the Journal Sentinel, has produced a Super Bowl book that is the equivalent of a great Joe Montana or Tom Brady performance: tireless attention to detail and one surgical strike after another. Through extensive interviewing of players, football personnel guys and coaches, including such luminaries as Bill Belichick, McGinn describes and analyzes why each of the 43 Super Bowl winners won the game. Data nerds will find plenty of supporting numbers to go with the essays, and lists including "Top Ten Coaching Goats" and "Ten Hardest Hits" are fine argument-starters. Packers fans can relish reliving Green Bay's three victories before reading McGinn's post-mortem on why the Packers lost Super Bowl XXXII to the Broncos, which McGinn considers both one of the Super Bowl's greatest games and greatest upsets. It's difficult to imagine a passionate pro football fan who wouldn't enjoy this book.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel football writer Bob McGinn's superbly researched The Ultimate Super Bowl Book. In game after game we thought we knew well, McGinn sheds the kind of light that only a deft student of the game can. He has a chapter, 10 to 12 pages, on each Super Bowl game.
I'll give you an example of the knowledge McGinn conveys, using the Giants-Patriots game two years ago as an example, talking about what McGinn correctly saw as the factor in the game that most influenced the outcome: defensive pressure by the Giants' four-man front. "Our guys were possessed, no question,' then-Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo told McGinn.
Writes McGinn: "Playing the final game of his brilliant 15-year career, [Michael] Strahan led the onslaught with 5.5 pressures. [Justin] Tuck contributed 4.5 and [Osi] Umenyiora had 3.5. Two of Spagnuolo's blitzers, [Kawika] Mitchell and [Gibril] Wilson, each had two pressures ... [Logan] Mankins, [Matt] Light and center Dan Koppen all made the Pro Bowl for a New England line expertly coached by Dante Scarnecchia since 1999. Mankins allowed 5.5 pressures, while Light and right tackle Nick Kaczur allowed four each ... 'Trust me,' special teams coach Brad Seely said months later, 'I know Scarnecchia is still sick about it. Tom was running for his life.' '
That's the kind of terrific insight you'll get from this book.
This isn’t normally my kind of book, but the sheer scope of information, interesting tidbits, stories and reporting produced by McGinn won me over. If you have an NFL fan who can’t know enough about the game, this is a book for him or her. McGinn weaves little-considered statistics with first-hand reporting to show you Super Bowl games in ways you never knew possible. - David Wetzel, sports.yahoo.com