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The impossible team : the worst to first Patriots' Super Bowl season
Cafardo, Nick.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Triumph Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
xii, 228 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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GV956.N36 C34 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Nick Cafardo was there every step of the way in the 2001 season when the New England Patriots went from being worst in their division the previous year to Super Bowl champions. Learn the inside stories behind Drew Bledsoe's life-threatening injury and Tom Brady's unexpected rise along with many other stories not previously shared.

Author Notes

Nick Cafardo has covered the Patriots for the Boston Globe since 1996. Prior to that, he spent 15 years covering the Boston Red Sox for the Globe and the Quincy Patriot Ledger . He's the author of None but the Braves with Tom Glavine and was Boston Magazine's choice for Boston's Best Sportswriter in 1994. Adam Vinatieri is an NFL placekicker currently playing for the Indianapolis Colts. He won a Super Bowl in 2006 with Indianapolis and won Super Bowls in 2001, 2003, and 2004 with the Patriots. Troy Brown is a former NFL wide receiver, cornerback, and punt returner who played his entire 15-year career with the New England Patriots.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

When the 2001 NFL season began, the chronically mediocre New England Patriots faced 70-1 odds to win the Super Bowl. When their improbable season ended, however, they had done just that, a buzzer-beating field goal by Adam Vinatieri providing the winning margin. Cafardo, who covers the team for the Boston Globe, presents a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the personalities and talent that meshed into a unit that was certainly better than the sum of its parts. His focus is on the quarterback controversy that developed after a life-threatening injury to longtime starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Youngster Tom Brady stepped in, and the team started winning. Even after Bledsoe healed, head coach Bill Belichick stayed with Brady. Cafardo sticks with the typical formula for championship-season recaps, with game summaries dominating, but he adds a measure of intelligence and understanding uncommon in the genre. A must for New England but enjoyable reading for anyone who follows the NFL. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

Boston Globe sportswriter Cafardo has probably been waiting his whole life to write this book. It shows: the level of detail he gives for every event of the entire 2001-02 season (and preseason, for that matter) is matched only by the access he seems to have had to the Patriots' organization. From the front office and owner Bob Kraft to the competition between the second- and third-string quarterbacks, Cafardo does not leave out a single second of the Patriots' championship series. There are good sections on the media's refusal to see the Patriots as real contenders as well as a very detailed section about troubled receiver Terry Glenn. This is not recommended for academic libraries, as students and researchers probably will not need Cafardo's encyclopedic rendering of the season, but public libraries with strong patron interest in the NFL or the Patriots themselves should strongly consider.-James Miller, Springfield Coll. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.