[[ Reading ]] ➶ The Last Headbangers Author Kevin Cook – Alwaysonltd.co.uk


The Last Headbangers Let me previse this review by saying I ve been a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team since the late 1970s and before I hit double digits age wise So, any book that has them at the center of its story regarding the wild, violent era of the NFL that I loved as a kid Well, I m gonna be into that and that was the case with this book by Kevin Cook that follows a few of the decades top teams Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys a bunch of wimps who Let me previse this review by saying I ve been a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team since the late 1970s and before I hit double digits age wise So, any book that has them at the center of its story regarding the wild, violent era of the NFL that I loved as a kid Well, I m gonna be into that and that was the case with this book by Kevin Cook that follows a few of the decades top teams Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys a bunch of wimps who I hated as a kid because all my friends in Oklahoma loved them receiving the most attention The 1970s brand of pro football was drastically different than today s Legal steroids , open drug use, all kinds of on field cheating, rugged style of playing and the kind of no holds barred violence that would make current commissioner or czar, or dictator Roger Goodall suspend a huge chunk of some team s rosters If the Raiders of the 1970s led by John Madden time trav The Last Headbangers, Kevin Cook s paean to the violent and freewheeling NFL of the seventies is narrowly focused, somewhat disorganized, but still a generally entertaining read about some of the teams and characters of the period Cook, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Men s Health, mines one of the sport s richest eras and the book is full of trivia about the motley individuals on NFL payrolls during the decade and how the decade paved the way for the current NFL The sevent The Last Headbangers, Kevin Cook s paean to the violent and freewheeling NFL of the seventies is narrowly focused, somewhat disorganized, but still a generally entertaining read about some of the teams and characters of the period Cook, whose work has appeared in Sports Illustrated and Men s Health, mines one of the sport s richest eras and the book is full of trivia about the motley individuals on NFL payrolls during the decade and how the decade paved the way for the current NFL The seventies served as a real transitional period between the run heavy, no nonsense, collectivist, NFL of the previous several decades and today s flashy, lucrative, and wide open NFL as players such as Joe Namath became cultural icons and the sport openly embraced television and the passing game Though not without its flaws, the book is a light read and worth sp Raiders and Steelers fans unite for this breezy, nostalgic look at some of thecolorful and entertaining people and moments of the NFL during 1970 s and 1980 s Not the best book written about football about that era try Badasses by Peter Richmond if you re a Raider s fan or The One s Who Hit Hardest by Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne if you re a Steelers fan for better reads about football during its golden days But, Kevin Cook does a good job of highlighting some of the bigger mome Raiders and Steelers fans unite for this breezy, nostalgic look at some of thecolorful and entertaining people and moments of the NFL during 1970 s and 1980 s Not the best book written about football about that era try Badasses by Peter Richmond if you re a Raider s fan or The One s Who Hit Hardest by Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne if you re a Steelers fan for better reads about football during its golden days But, Kevin Cook does a good job of highlighting some of the bigger moments that helped shape the NFL He also gives a glimpse into an I won this book via a Goodreads First Reads giveaway The Last Headbangers recovers from a disastrous, clich ridden prologue to become a decent enough book about the NFL in the 1970s, the last decade before the West Coast Offense began ruling the civilized world Cook s hackery returns here and there I can t decide whether this is his styl The Last Headbangers is a history of the NFL in the 1970 s through the prism of the rivalry between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers The Raiders, the fun loving, renegade group of misfits versus the blue collar, lunch pail Steelers with a ferocious defense Cook describes their battles as a biker gang versus a construction crew, a pithy and apt description.The theme of the book is quite clear, that 1970 s football, still a throwback to the old days of banging heads and taking no The Last Headbangers is a history of the NFL in the 1970 s through the prism of the rivalry between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers The Raiders, the fun loving, renegade group of misfits versus the blue collar, lunch pail Steelers with a ferocious defense Cook describes their battles as a biker gang versus a construction crew, a pithy and apt description.The theme of the book is quite clear, that 1970 s football, still a throwback to the old days of banging heads and taking no prisoners on the field, morphed A Little Skewed, but Captures the Essence of the Awesomeness that WAS 70s Pro Football I was 11 when I attended my first and only NFL football game December 24, 1977 Family connections in Balti allowed us to see the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the upstart and talented Balti Colts and those mean and dirty Oakland Raiders The image of sitting in the overcast, pre snow chill of Memorial Stadium on Christmas Eve for that particular game is indelibly etched in my memory as pr A Little Skewed, but Captures the Essence of the Awesomeness that WAS 70s Pro Football I was 11 when I attended my first and only NFL football game December 24, 1977 Family connections in Balti allowed us to see the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the upstart and talented Balti Colts and those mean and dirty Oakland Raiders The image of sitting in the overcast, pre snow chill of Memorial Stadium on Christmas Eve for that particular game is indelibly etched in my memory as probably the greatest sporting event I ll ever see for the simple fact I w Between The Immaculate Reception In 1972 And The Catch In 1982, Pro Football Grew Up In 1972, Steelers Star Franco Harris Hitchhiked To Practice NFL Teams Roomed In Skanky Motels They Played On Guts, Painkillers, Legal Steroids, Fury, And Camaraderie A Decade Later, Joe Montana S Gleamingly Efficient 49ers Ushered In A New Era The Corporate, Scripted, Multibillion Dollar NFL We Watch Today Kevin Cook S Rollicking Chronicle Of This Pivotal Decade Draws On Interviews With Legendary Players Harris, Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Ken Snake Stabler To Re Create Their Heroics And Off Field Carousing He Shows Coaches John Madden And Bill Walsh Outsmarting Rivals As Monday Night Football Redefined Sports Place In American Life Celebrating The Game While Lamenting The Physical Toll It Took On Football S Greatest Generation, Cook Diagrams The NFL S Transformation From Second Tier Sport Into National Obsession. Nice summary of the NFL during this era, with an emphasis on the Steeler Raider rivalry, ending with the emergence of the Montana led 49ers While I get the connection the author makes in creating modern sports I wishtime was spent digging deeper on that then on specific games and personalities That said, though, the book was still well done Also wished there was someemphasis on other teams personalities that weren t Super Bowl Similar to The NFL, Year One by Brad Schulz The overall idea concept of the Schulz book is better He focused on just 1970, the first season post merger That allows him to go into fardetail on just that one season And Schulz does a better job of looking atteams, while Cook tends to focus almost exclusively on the dominant teams of the era Steelers, Cowboys, Raiders, Dolphins, 49ers Teams like the Lions, Packers, Bears, Eagles and Broncos essentially aren t mentioned Cook is c Similar to The NFL, Year One by Brad Schulz The overall idea concept of the Schulz book is better He focused on just 1970, the first season post merger That allows him to go into fardetail on just that one season And Schulz does a better job of looking atteams, while Cook tends to focus almost exclusively on the dominant teams of the era Steelers, Cowboys, Raiders, Dolphins, 49ers Teams like the Lions, Packers, Bears, Eagles and Broncos essentially aren t mentioned Cook is covering the entire 70s, so he s hitting mostly on games This book is a quick and enjoyable read about football in the 1970s The theme of the book is that the 1970s marked the decade in which the NFL rose to its current prominence in American culture a decade that was also a transition from the old professional football league with hard hitting, lack of concern for player safety and conservative, running game based offenses to the modern NFL with player safety and pass friendly rules and high powered offenses.The book focuses on the best teams in th This book is a quick and enjoyable read about football in the 1970s The theme of the book is that the 1970s marked the decade in which the NFL rose to its current prominence in American culture a decade that was


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