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The making of the Super Bowl : the inside story of the world's greatest sporting event
Weiss, Don, 1926-
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Chicago : Contemporary Books, [2003]

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xiv, 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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This volume offers a first-hand glimpse into the history and meteoric growth of the world's largest single-day sporting event: The Super Bowl. It is written by Don Weiss, former Executive Director of the NFL (1965 - 1994) and the man in charge of game-play operations for every Super Bowl game ever played (1967 - present).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Part I The Merger
1 My Path into Pro Footballp. 3
2 Seeds of Union: Baby-Sitting and Body Snatchingp. 17
3 Anatomy of a Mergerp. 33
4 Coming from Behind on Capitol Hillp. 47
5 Even the Football Was Differentp. 61
6 The "Royal Order of Realignment Recorders": Fashioning One League from Twop. 75
Part II The super Bowl
7 Finding the Venue: It Had to Be Warm and It Had to Be Bigp. 95
8 Uptight and Out of Sightp. 109
9 January 1967: Year One: Not So Superp. 121
10 On to Miami with a Missionp. 133
11 Joe Willie and the Jetsp. 149
12 Murphy's Law and Stram's Chiefsp. 165
13 Halftimep. 183
14 Celebrities, Motorcades, Coaches ... and Black Sundayp. 201
15 My Favorite Yearsp. 219
16 What You Probably Didn't Seep. 233
17 Game Day: What You Still Don't Seep. 251
18 What Really Made It Superp. 265
Part III Prime Time
19 Sticking Our Toes in the Waterp. 273
20 Are You Ready for Some Football?p. 281
21 The Blackout Battlesp. 291
Part IV Men Who Made a Difference
22 Pete Rozelle: A Man for His Timep. 303
23 Jim Kensil: A Tough Act to Followp. 309
24 Tex Schramm: One Brilliant "Bullmoose"p. 315
25 George Halas: A Picture of Irascibilityp. 321
26 Jim Finks: "Football Man"p. 325
27 Don Shula and Paul Brown: Master and "Wily Mentor"p. 331
28 Bill Granholm: Unsung Super Bowl Herop. 337
29 Eddie LeBaron: A Big Little Manp. 343
30 Mara, Rooney, Hunt, and Modell: A Historic Quartetp. 347
Appendix A Super Bowl Datap. 351
Appendix B Bulls, Bears, and Super Bowlsp. 389
Indexp. 391