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Gale Sayers: Star Running Back

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Gale Sayers: Star Running Back
May
1973

Submitter: I believe this is an awful book because I was a tween when the movie Brian’s Song, starring James Caan and Billy D. Williams, appeared on television, and I am now of retireable age. What else besides people should really have a shelf life of 44+ years? Also, Copy 19?? Thank goodness the other 18 copies were weeded years ago.

Holly: I guess they missed copy 19 when they weeded the other 18!

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Papa Bear Joe

Strategies of the Great Football CoachesStrategies of the Great Football Coaches
Nuwer
1988

Submitter: I was horrified to find Joe Paterno featured in this book about great football coaches. It is from a high school library. Funny how the quotes and chapter titles can be so right and so wrong at the same time: Joe Paterno: His Defense Never Rests. The following quotes are just plain awkward given the events of the past few years:

p106 “…he feels it is more important to work with young people than to make money.”

p114 “”But mainly, says Paterno, he is responsible for his own successes and few failures.”

p114 “I really tried hard to be myself, figuring that kids could smell a phony, I don’t think you can fool them.”

Holly: Oh, the irony.  Sigh…

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Football Fun

I Want to Be a Football PlayerI Want To Be A Football Player
Baker
1972

Looking at the illustrations, I was going to guess this book was much older. I guess I should also cop to the fact that I am older than dirt and I am starting to resent that the 60s and 70s are “ancient history”.  But I digress.

As you can see this is a simple book on football.  More story than actual instruction.  Of course, no women or girls are anywhere to be seen.  (They must be off cooking manly meals for the aspiring players.) Probably not a day goes by where I am not handing out books on football, baseball and hockey. (Detroit’s recent rise in both baseball and football have caused a nice spike in circulation of sports books. Thank you, Lions and Tigers!)  There are much better titles floating around out there and I don’t want to dampen the enthusiasm of our young fans, especially the girls. Upgrade please!

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