Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Book Review - Pittsburgh Steelers: Pride in Black and Gold
America's Team? These days it's the Pittsburgh Steelers. Want to argue? The six-time Super Bowl champions are the favorites of network television programmers, have the broadest and most impassioned fan base-the Steelers outsell all other NFL teams in merchandise, and at some stadiums Steel City fans outnumber the home team's faithful-and embody a winning spirit that have made them the model franchise in the most popular sport in the U.S. Founded in 1933 by the beloved Rooney family in the gritty heartland of industrial America, the team suffered through nearly four decades of futility until the arrival of brilliant, laconic coach Chuck Noll in 1969, followed by a host of players who would etch their names in the history of the game. Behind future Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and Mel Blount, the Steelers teams of the '70s won four Super Bowls in six years and captured the imagination of a nation with their style-dashing on offense, devastating on defense. The love affair has endured ever since, through the hard-nosed era of Bill Cowher and Jerome Bettis to today's team, with crossover stars such as Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu. This book from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED tells the extraordinary story of the Steelers through the eyes of SI's renowned writers and the world's most accomplished sports photographers. As the Steelers embark on their 80th anniversary, there's no better way to celebrate football's best.
My Take on the Book
This is one team that truly spurs on the passion of it's fans. I have seen only one other fan base that rally's around their team like this, and that is for the Green Bay Packers. I would have to agree that the Steelers have had an amazing history and with coaches like Chuck Noll, you can see why the team has done as well as they have done over the years.
This book places this team directly in the limelight allowing every fan to bask in the rich history that surrounds it. The book is filled with amazing pictures, facts and figures that will make any Steelers fan's head reel.
The book itself was well made and works great as a coffee table book that will bring your love of the Steelers in front of all of your friends. The book draws you in with the images that they share, but at the same time it helps you understand the team and what it stands for, and allows you to better understand why so many people are so loyal to the team in general.
All-in-all, this is an amazing book for any Steeler fan, and you never know, it may even change some people's minds about who their favorite team really is (you never know).
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