Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Lost Super Bowls: 1961 to 1965 - A Fictional Scrapbook

BOOK REVIEW
By John Turney


 Tom Danyluk, the author of  2005's The Super '70s  has a new book out and it's very good. He's written a fictional book about what history may have been like if the AFL and NFL had played Super Bowls from 1961-65 entitled,  The Lost Super Bowls: 1961 to 1965 - A Fictional Scrapbook.

I enjoyed it very much in it's presentation and the prose. It is illustrated with illustrated game program covers that very much fit with the times, there are game accounts of these "Super Bowls" pitting the AFL champions versus the NFL Champions.

What was particularly cool were the thumbnail sketches of the players, small scouting reports, if you will. I remember reading those from the Super Bowls of the 1970s, and these seem as real as those. They were well researched and accurate.

We won't spoil who won the games that were created in Danyluk's mind, but we can say they the outcomes seem possible, even likely.

So, if you are into football "faction" gran this volume.

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for your kind words, JT!!

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  2. John...do you have the history of the All-Madden teams in your files? Would be greatly appreciated if you could send to me!

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  3. Is there a reason Tom chose to start with the 1961 season rather than 1960?

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    1. I don't know why he chose 1961. I would have to re-read it, but if it's in there I don't rememeber it

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    2. Well, the premise was that no way would the NFL agree to a championship playoff with a start-up league in its infancy. I wanted to give it a year, to give the NFL time to "change its mind."

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