The Ice Bowl
The day of the Ice Bowl game was so cold, the referees' whistles wouldn't work; so cold, the reporters' coffee froze in the press booth; so cold, fans built small fires in the concrete and metal stands; so cold, TV cables froze and photographers didn't dare touch the metal of their equipment; so cold, the game was as much about survival as it was about skill and strategy. On New Year's Eve, 1967, the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers met for a classic NFL championship game, played on a frozen field in sub-zero weather. The "Ice Bowl" challenged every skill of these two great teams. Here's the whole story, based on dozens of interviews with people who were there--on the field and off--told by author Ed Gruver with passion, suspense, wit, and accuracy. The Ice Bowl also details the history of two legendary coaches, Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi, and the philosophies that made them the fiercest of football rivals. Here, too, are the players' stories of endurance, drive, and strategy. Gruver puts the reader on the field in a game that ended with a play that surprised even those who executed it.
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"An insightful, bone-chilling replay of pro football's greatest game."
"A hundred myths and misconceptions about the Ice Bowl have been answered. This book captures the essence of Lombardi's finest hour."
--Bob McGinn, Packers beat, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"It was a day I'll never forget and it was the highlight of my broadcast career with the Packers. Ed Gruver brings it back vividly."
--Ted Moore, Packer play-by-play announcer, 1960-69