Big Blue Wrecking Crew

Author: Jerry Barca
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466882670
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A marauding linebacker who changed the game of football, a tough-as-nails quarterback, and a fiery head coach helped the 1986 New York Giants leave an indelible mark on the NFL. Big Blue Wrecking Crew is the no-holds-barred story of the team that created Giant Football, the pound-you-into-submission, quarterback-crushing defense, coupled with a powerful ball control offense that resulted in a 1986 Superbowl Championship—the first in team history. In a gripping narrative of the season that changed the course of a franchise, author Jerry Barca takes readers on a wild journey filled with improbable characters. Linebacker Lawrence Taylor partied with the same level of recklessness and violence he put forth when he donned his jersey. Bill Parcells motivated his team in an unrelenting Jersey Guy way, and quiet defensive genius Bill Belichick would go on to greatness. Based on years of research and hundreds of interviews, Barca chronicles the Giants’ rise out of rock bottom to their status as a premiere NFL franchise. From behind-the-scenes personnel discussions of general manager George Young to the meeting rooms with Parcells and defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, Big Blue Wrecking Crew is filled with the riveting exploits of unforgettable players. It is an unfiltered look at how enormous egos came together to win a championship, playing hard and partying equally as hard along the way.

New York Giants

Author: Lew Freedman
Publisher: MVP Books
ISBN: 1616731079
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Purchased in 1925 for $500 by bookmaker and businessman Tim Mara, the New York Giants were New York City’s introduction to professional football. The National Football League was a mere five years old---and for the near-century since, the history of football, the city, and the Giants has been inextricably linked. This thorough and thoroughly entertaining illustrated chronicle of the New York Giants football team tells the full story of the seasons, players, coaches, teams, and moments that have made history decade after decade. From the early years as an upstart sport in a big city heading into financial chaos, to the team’s triumph in the 1930s (including 1934’s famous “Sneakers Game” against the Chicago Bears); its return to glory in the 1950s behind the talents of Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, and Roosevelt Brown; and its pair of championship seasons in 1986 and 1990---these are the New York Giants, moment by colorful moment, right up to their upset victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Crammed with player statistics and team records, and brilliantly illustrated with vintage and up-to-the-minute photographs, the book is a fitting celebration of a team whose name is synonymous with football in America.

Greed And Glory

Author: Sean Deveney
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1510730648
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On October 28, 1986, just one day after winning one of the most thrilling World Series in history, the New York Mets were feted by more than two million fans with a parade through the city. In news accounts of the event, there was a small aside, as this one in the New York Times: "Notable in his absence was the pitcher Dwight Gooden, who Mets officials later said had overslept." No, the Mets' twenty-one-year-old phenom had not slept too late. He had not slept at all, in fact. For Gooden, his postgame champagne celebration kicked off a cocaine binge that took him to a club in Long Island and wound up with him, wired, watching his teammates roll through the streets as he sat with strangers in a public housing project. Such were the 1980s in New York City, a gilded era buttressed by fast money from a real estate boom and the explosion of Wall Street wealth. The Mets and Giants, bolstered by lightning-rod personalities like Gooden and Lawrence Taylor, brought the city sporting glory while its celebrity wealthy added a tabloid-friendly touch of intrigue and national envy. Iconoclastic real estate developer Donald Trump gained national celebrity for his deal-making skill and the flaunting of his outsize ego. Even mayor Ed Koch had gained coast-to-coast fame and mention as a potential future president. Beneath the opulence was a tenuous foundation, one that collapsed spectacularly over the last half of the decade. Away from the cameras focused on the city's nouvelle riches, New York was beset by crisis after crisis--homelessness, AIDS, crack cocaine, organized crime. The swell of outrage over the unwillingness of the city elite to address those problems took years to finally reach a tipping point. Through interviews and detailed research, Greed and Glory gives the narrative of New York during these times, tracing the arc of its sports heroes and celebrities of that era, from their memorable highs to their ultimate lows.

Captain For Life

Author: Harry Carson
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429941227
Size: 66.53 MB
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A unique and powerful personal tale about the great joy and devastating price of playing professional football, by a legendary former NFL linebacker One of the greatest linebackers to ever play professional football, Harry Carson built a reputation during his 13 years in the NFL as a fearsome, physical and passionate player who would give everything he had to win. Whether violently tackling running backs, engaging blockers with reckless abandon or ferociously attacking the line of scrimmage, Carson will always be remembered as having played the game the way it's meant to be played--all out. For the first time ever, this legendary athlete takes readers on an unlikely journey to the NFL that began in the small town of Florence, South Carolina to his days at little known South Carolina State University--and then the bright lights of professional football in New York, playing for the Giants. Carson's story of his life as a football player and after his retirement is more powerful and eye-opening than any that's come before. Within these pages, Carson reveals the startling truth behind the sacrifices these great warriors make for our entertainment, the thrill of stepping onto a field with 80,000 fans screaming your name, and the debilitating physical and mental toll this violent and uncompromising game takes. With insight into some of the game's biggest stars, from Lawrence Taylor to Bill Parcells to Phil Simms this book is a must for any NFL fan.

Then Bavaro Said To Simms

Author: Steve Zipay
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1617490288
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Written for every sports fan who follows the New York Giants, this account goes behind the scenes to peek into the private world of the players, coaches, and decision makers—all while eavesdropping on their personal conversations. From the locker room to the sidelines and inside the huddle, the book includes comments that allow readers to relive the highlights and the celebrations.

100 Things Giants Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die

Author: Dave Buscema
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1617495646
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The New York Giants joined the National Football League (NFL) in 1925. During the next nine decades, the team established a winning tradition that led to four NFL championships and three Super Bowls. Most Giants fans know who The Duke is and know all about The Fumble in 1978. Names like Mel Hein, Sam Huff, Frank Gifford, and Y.A. Tittle are just as familiar as Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Phil Simms, Mark Bavaro, Michael Strahan, and Eli Manning. But even the most die-hard fans don't know everything about their beloved Giants. In 100 Things Giants Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, Dave Buscema has assembled the facts, traditions, and achievements sure to educate and entertain true fans. Learn about Emlen Tunnell, Roosevelt Brown, Jeff Hostetler, Joe Morris, Jeremy Shockey, and Brad Van Pelt, among many other pivotal figures. What were the Giants thinking when Tom Brady laughed at Plaxico Burress prediction before Super Bowl XLII? Why did Bill Parcells quit his dream job as a Giants assistant coach to become a realtor in 1979? What did Amani Toomer regret thinking the night before Super Bowl XXXV? Why shouldn't you throw a snowball? Why did Y.A. Tittle almost retire when the Giants traded for him? All of the key events are here—the transitions of leadership through the Mara family, the league championships, the greatest play in Super Bowl history, the Greatest Game Ever Played, the first NFL title game, the move to the Meadowlands—and many more. From the harsh taskmasters like Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin, to the welcoming voice of legendary broadcaster Dick Lynch, in these pages Giants fans will discover the remarkable people, places, and events that celebrate their team.

If These Walls Could Talk

Author: Ernie Palladino
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1623683394
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Chronicling what can arguably be called the most productive years in New York Giants football—with nine playoff appearances and two Super Bowl titles—this work is an insiders-account of the last 20 years of the team’s history. A behind-the-scenes look at the era from the players’ and coaches’ perspectives, this guide highlights coaches Dan Reeves, Jim Fassel, and Tom Coughlin as well as the team’s brightest stars, from Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, and Michael Strahan to Eli Manning and Victor Cruz. From the locker room to the press box, this book covers all of the successes and failures, elation and embarrassment of recent Giants history, making it essential reading for any fan.

Giants Among Men

Author: Jack Cavanaugh
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1683580818
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From the mid-1950s to the early 1960s, when basketball’s Boston Celtics were piecing together a run for the ages, when Montreal’s Canadiens were in the midst of notching a record-setting five streaight Stanley Cups, and when the New York Yankees were the once-and-future kings of the diamond, one team boosted the NFL to national prominence as none other: the New York Giants. In Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, the acclaimed author of Tunney, transports us to the NFL’s golden age to introduce the close-knit and diverse group that won the heart of a city, helped spread the gospel of pro football across the nation, and recast the NFL as a media colossus. Central to Cavanaugh’s narrative, and emblematic of the Giants’ bond with their followers, was a hard-nosed future Hall of Fame defensive end named Andy Robustelli, who anchored a Giants defense unit so ferocious that they were the first team to inspire crowds to chant “Dee-fense!” But while Robustelli and the Giants were a hit on the gridiron, playing in six NFL Championship Games in eight seasons between 1956 and 1963, the most remarkable aspect of this team was perhaps its relationship with the fans, who were equally at east hobnobbing with Jackie Gleason and Frank Sinatra as they were rubbing elbows with working-class rooters on the IRT en route to Sunday games in the Bronx. But the Giants of this era didn’t merely affect the fans’ relationship to the game; they changed the game itself. The team launched the NFL careers of future head-coaching geniuses Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi, as well as those of future Hall of Famers including Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, Emlen Tunnell, Roosevelt Brown, and Y. A. Tittle, along with stars like Charlie Conerly, Rosey Grier, and Pat Summerall. Filled with historical and cultural insight and vivid portraits of large-than-life characters and indispensable everymen, Giants Among Men transcends nostalgia and sports trivia to faithfully depict a watershed era for both football and the American nation.

Game Of My Life New York Giants

Author: Ken Palmer
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company Incorporated
ISBN: 9781613212431
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A history of New York Giants football collects the team's most memorable moments as recollected by some of the most famous names to wear the uniform, including Michael Strahan, Frank Gifford, and Tiki Barber.

From Darkness To Dynasty

Author: Jerry Thornton
Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 1512600016
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Love them or hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past fifteen years is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the Patriots have the best coach in the league, a smart and savvy front office, and a future Hall of Fame quarterback who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and accomplishment. Anyone, that is, except for Jerry Thornton. It wasn't always sunshine and roses for the Patriots; in fact, for the bulk of their existence, it was exactly the opposite. Though difficult to fathom now, the New England Patriots of old weren't just bad - they were laughably bad. Not so long ago, the Pats were the laughingstock of not only the NFL but also the entire sporting world. From Darkness to Dynasty tells the unlikely history of the New England Patriots as it has never been told before. From their humble beginnings as a team bought with rainy-day money by a man who had no idea what he was doing to the fateful season that saw them win their first Super Bowl, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first forty years of what would ultimately become the most dominant franchise in NFL history. Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear - a welcome corrective for those who hate the Patriots and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting.