New from Sports Illustrated – Packers: Green, Gold and Glory

Packers: Green, Gold and Glory - Sports Illustrated

Packers: Green, Gold and Glory – Sports Illustrated

This just-released book about the Green Bay Packers gets off to a great start before you even open it. Gracing the front cover is what I consider the most iconic photograph of the Packers ever taken – Jerry Kramer and Forest Gregg carrying Vince Lombardi off the field after defeating the Raiders in Super Bowl II. What makes the picture even more poignant is that the players knew this would be their last game with Lombardi as coach. What they didn’t know, was that in less than three years, Lombardi would be out of their lives forever.

This book is a celebration of the perhaps the most storied franchise in football history, and fittingly makes liberal use of  some classic Sports Illustrated (SI) stories to tell the tale of “The People’s Champions,” the Green Bay Packers.

The book begins with a historical look back at the team and it’s fans, as seen through they eyes of those fans, some of whom are third or fourth generation Packers fans. We then get a photographic look at some particularly rabid Packer fans, many decked out in their unique and outrageous Green and Gold get-ups. Each tell a brief story about their love of the Packers.

Having covered the folks in the stands, the book shifts it’s focus to the playing field and  the players they are cheering for. There are profiles and stunning photographs of 33 players who can best be described as, “Packers Royalty.” From Curly Lambeau to Aaron Rodgers, the best of the best are described with interesting anecdotes from their careers.

Next comes the meat of the book: a 70-page look at the Packers 13 championship game wins, from their 21-6 defeat of the Boston Redskins in 1936 to the Super Bowl XLV win over the Steelers. There are plenty of interesting facts and stories you probably haven’t heard before and candid photographs that bring you back to that moment in time.

The book concludes with a focus on SI’s coverage of the Packers over the years. Five classic stories, including two from the sixties glory days, are presented to you as the Editor’s “favorites.”

The book is edited by Bill Syken,  former editor of Sports Illustrated. With 176 pages and over 200 photographs, it’s a must-have in any Packer fan’s collection.



Fabulous New Book From Sports Illustrated: Football’s Greatest

Sports Illustrated - Football's Greatest

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy of  a new book titled “Football’s Greatest” from Sports Illustrated. This massive (10′ x 13′, 288 pages) hard cover book is one of those books any serious football fan must have sitting on their bookshelf.

The book is a group effort by seven Sports illustrated senior writers and editors who cover the NFL. They’ve taken on the painstaking job of ranking the NFL’s historical best of the best in over 20 categories. Best quarterbacks, best linebackers, best stadiums, best franchises, etc.

Whether you’re a Packers fan or a fan of any of the “Other 31,” it’s easy for me to say you’ll love this book.

If you are a Packers fan, I can tell you that your team is very well represented, with 22 selections in 17 categories, including three #1 rankings and 14 in the top five. I can tell you that naturally, Vince Lombardi was selected as the greatest coach in NFL History, and there is one Packers player omitted that really rankles me. I don’t want to be a spoiler, so you’ll have to read the book to find out who the other Packers selections are.

To pick up a copy of the book, click on the image above. Also, look for our Packers prediction contest before the Packers – Jaguars game. The person with the most accurate game prediction will win a copy of the book.

For some more details about the book, here is the official press release from SIBooks:

Who Are Football’s Greatest?

Sports Illustrated’s team of experts answers the questions pro football fans have been debating since the pigskin started flying

New book sets the All-Time Top 10 in every category—from positions to teams to coaches and rivalries—with best football movies, stadiums, and uniforms mixed in as well

NEW YORK—As the NFL approaches the midpoint of the 2013 season, Sports Illustrated’s pro football experts have created the ultimate book to help settle, and probably continue, the debate for the gridiron’s best ever. FOOTBALL’S GREATEST, on sale today, names the Top 10 in more than 20 categories not just by position player, but also the best stadiums, rivalries, coaches and even trades. The book also looks at the most underrated players in the history of the NFL and includes hundreds of classic images and the storytelling that only the writers of Sports Illustrated can provide.