Need something to do between football games at this time of year? There are plenty of books out there on the college and pro game.
Here's a roundup of some of this year's titles. For a more complete review, click on the title to go to my blog dedicated to sports books:
Promises to Keep - Floyd Little with Tom Mackie - 3 stars - The Hall of Famer talks about what he overcame to reach Canton, including poverty and some bad pro teams.
Paterno - Joe Posnanski - 4 stars - This is a full portrait of the legendary Penn State coach. The problem is that the Jerry Sandusky scandal struck whlie the author was finishing it up. It's still worth your time, but we probably need to let some months go by to get full perspective on Paterno's life.
Perfection - Bob Griese and Dave Hyde - 4 stars - Bills' fans might not want to read about a great Dolphins' team from the 70's, since they beat up on Buffalo twice. Still, this is a very good look at the only unbeaten team in NFL history. Hyde does a nice job of adding background information to Griese's observations.
Sapp Attack - Warren Sapp with David Fisher - 3 stars - Sapp was as quick off the line of scrimmage as he was with his mouth, and he gets to spout off for more than 300 pages here. It's not particularly well organized, more like a long run-on chapter, but has some good stories and insights.
Best of Rivals - Adam Lazarus - 3 stars - The author, who did a good job reviewing the Bills-Giants Super Bowl, moves into the quarterback battle between Joe Montana and Steve Young. It's obviously rare to have two Hall of Famers at the same position, and this recounts that era nicely enough. Still, Niners' fans are the obvious target for this one.
--- Budd Bailey