There are a number of perks that come with running an award-winning website. There’s the constant spotlight, the scantily clad women, regular entry into the world’s hottest nightclubs and the hordes of crazed sports fans always suggesting “Hey, you should write about THIS!”
There was even an incident lately where one reader accosted another reader after recognizing him from a story on the site. This happened on a trolley ride back from a Lightning game. One faithful, face-painting SportsChump subscriber recognized the good Dr. Milhouse and yelled at him for not placing the Holm-Arkansas bet.
That’s right. SportsChump has become trolley big.
But perhaps the best perk of running the website is all the free stuff I get. And recently, in the mail, I received one of the best books to review ever.
In honor of the upcoming 50th Super Bowl (whoops, sorry… Super Bowl L), Sports Illustrated just released Super Bowl Gold: 50 Years of the Big Game.
Let’s put it this way. When I opened up the box it came in and saw the cover, I gasped for air. Nobody was around but I can guarantee you, without even delving into the book yet, if you buy Super Bowl Gold for the football fan in your life for the holidays, which you should immediately run out and do, not only will they be your friend for life but it will be the best present they receive this season… unless someone buys them a car or something and even then it will be close.
I was tempted to bring the book to my folk’s place for Thanksgiving but I didn’t for fear of anyone else touching it. Plus I wanted mom’s turkey to be the hit of the dinner party and didn’t want it taking any attention away from her efforts in the kitchen. This book is THAT good.
Recently, I’ve caught myself just staring at it. When I first opened it, I saw a picture of Joe Namath in a fur coat on the sidelines. I immediately closed it for its sheer awesomeness, like staring directly into the sun.
This is not just a coffee table book. This is a stunning compilation of five decades of Sports Illustrated’s greatest pictures, stories and recounts of the biggest football games ever played from the people who played in them and the writers who covered them.
I can barely pull myself away from it to write this review.
Here’s the deal. Generally when I am sent books to review, I take the time to analyze the work and then formulate a fair critique.
No need here.
Get this book. Just get it.
Do you know what was in Jules Winnfield’s and Vincent Vega’s briefcase in Pulp Fiction? This book. Do you know what Indiana Jones found in the Ark of Covenant? Well, the Ten Commandments but this book was tucked right underneath them. Do you know what you should buy for the football fan in your life this holiday season? THIS BOOK.
For $40 retail, it is the best purchase you will make this holiday season. In fact, you might want to buy two because you’re not going to want to part with it.
Now go. And if you’ll excuse me, I have some more reading to do.