Monday, February 8, 2010

Off season blues

Yesterday's Super Bowl 44 marks the end of the 2009-10 NFL season and the beginning of waiting for the 2010-11 season. (Sidenote: Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback column on SB44 is great, and if you also enjoy it, check out the book.) There were some ads yesterday that suggested we fans could get our fix watching the draft, and that may be true, but I've got some other suggestions.

If you have broadband (if not, you can use the internet on one of our computers at the library), I'd recommend checking out some of the NFL series on Hulu, like the Greatest Games, Super Bowl Highlights, or Team Highlights series. I especially like the Greatest Games set--check out the famed '67 Ice Bowl featuring the Lombardi Packers against the Landry Cowboys. You can also check out some DVDs from the library's collection, like the Greatest Moments in Super Bowl History or the complete history of the Chicago Bears.

If you enjoy reading about the game as much as you enjoy watching it, you can find books on football on our second floor in the 796.332 call number range. There have been a few interesting ones published in the past year, including retiring Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner's First Things First, Chad Ochocinco's bound-to-be-ridiculous Ocho Cinco, and the insider's view of The Billion Dollar Game, the Super Bowl.

Lastly, if you haven't already, check out Michael Lewis's The Blind Side, which you can't help to have heard about. Sandra Bullock has been nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the motion picture adaptation of the nonfiction story, and Michael Oher has been starting his rookie season on the Ravens's offensive line protecting Joe Flacco.

I'm hoping these suggestions help other footballholics like myself. If they don't, s'pose we'll have to start a support group. We'll meet on Sundays.

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