Storytime for Grownups: Super Bowl LIII

Are you geared up for the big game? Whether you are a football fan or not, we’re sure that you are looking forward to Sunday’s match-up between the St. Louis (now Los Angeles) Rams and the New England Patriots, if only for the amazing commercials!

Today, Adam Davis, director of system services for the Palm Beach County Library system, brings us his selections of how to prepare for the biggest gridiron competition of 2019!

Ballers [Seasons 1 – 4].
The sun-soaked world of a group of past and present football players in and around Miami, Florida. Leading the pack is Spencer, a retired football superstar who is trying to find a foothold as a financial manager to current players. In an industry where the career span is unbelievably short, Spencer and his crew must figure out where the game ends and life begins, all while keeping their cool and having each other’s backs. ®Bowker

Eisenberg, John. “The League : how five rivals created the NFL and launched a sports empire”. “In The League, John Eisenberg reveals that Art Rooney, George Halas, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, and Bert Bell took an immense risk by investing in the professional game. At that time the sport barely registered on the national scene, where college football, baseball, boxing, and horseracing dominated. The five owners succeeded only because at critical junctures in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s each sacrificed the short-term success of his team for the longer-term good of the League. At once a history of a sport and a remarkable story of business ingenuity, The League is an essential read for any fan of our true national pastime.” ®Bowker


Feinstein, John. “Quarterback : inside the most important position in the National Football League”.

“A major new book from #1 New York Times bestseller and sports-writing legend John Feinstein, QUARTERBACK dives deep into the most coveted and hallowed position in the NFL – exploring the stories of five top quarterbacks and taking readers inside their unique experiences of playing the position and holding the keys to their multi-billion-dollar teams. In the mighty National Football League, one player becomes the face of a franchise, one player receives all the accolades and all the blame, and one player’s hand will guide the rise or fall of an entire team’s season – and the dreams of millions of fans.” ®Bowker


Lederer, Bob. “Beyond Broadway Joe : the Super Bowl team that changed football”.

 “On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the New York Jets’ historic achievement, a nostalgic, inside look from the men who composed the team behind Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III win, filled with exclusive insights and stories from the surviving players, coaches, and management of that championship team whose victory changed the landscape of American football.” ®Bowker


Myers, Gary. “How ‘bout them Cowboys? : inside the huddle with the stars and legends of America’s team”.

“Primed for their make-or-break 2018 season, HOW ‘BOUT THEM COWBOYS? delivers a fun and surprising account of America’s Team, its greatest celebrities, its mercurial management, the vicious rivalries, and the enduring saga that makes this the most popular and polarizing team in sports.” ®Bowker


O’Connor, Ian. “Belichick : the making of the greatest football coach of all time”.

“A biography of the NFL’s most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach follows his life in football, from watching Naval Academy games with his father to his success as head coach of the New England Patriots.” ®Bowker


Pearlman, Jeff. “The Football for a buck : the crazy rise and crazier demise of the USFL”.

“The United States Football League was an early-1980s attempt to establish professional football in the spring, the rationale being that there was a growing national appetite for the sport, and going head-to-head with the NFL was a fool’s errand. The first couple of years were rocky, but the league had two young players who would eventually end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Steve Young and Jim Kelly as well as many others who would eventually be stars in the NFL after the USFL folded. Pearlman (Boys Will Be Boys, 2008) delivers wonderful anecdotes about the high jinks in the freewheeling league’s early days: a head coach smoking pot in his room, naked; a semi-official pipeline of hookers available for one team in the Pacific Northwest.” -Wes Lukowsky ©2018 Booklist

“Distilling Pederson’s insights into identifying talent and building a selfless team that puts success first, ‘Fearless’ is the inspiring story of a beloved, audacious group and the making of one of the most memorable seasons in NFL history.” ®Bowker


Ribowsky, Mark. “In the name of the father : family, football, and the Manning dynasty”.

“For generations, American athletes have enjoyed the ever-escalating celebrity lavished upon them when they combine on-the-field talent with off-the field charisma, but never before have we seen as transformative a sports dynasty as the Mannings: a bloodline of strong arms, Southern values, and savvy business instincts–each man compelling in his own right, made whole by family. But how, in just fifty years, did this private trio achieve football immortality? A gripping and definitive account, In the Name of the Father traces Archie, Peyton, and Eli’s roots from red-clay Mississippi to the bright lights of the Super Bowl to reveal the truth of their grit and dedication, their inherent ability, and the drama they endured behind closed doors.” ®Bowker


Wiley, Marcellus. “Never shut up : the life, opinions, and unexpected adventures of an NFL outlier”.

“In Never Shut Up, Marcellus will take you on a truly unique journey from Crenshaw to Broadway to the Buffalo Bills and back again, sometimes making you laugh, sometimes making you cry, but always leaving you entertained.” ®Bowker