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Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in Dallas Cowboys Football History Hardcover – October 10, 2009

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"You get guys like Drew [Pearson] and Roger [Staubach], and they just believe they can do it. They've done it before and expect it to happen."
--Coach Tom Landry after Pearson's famous Hail Mary

"I knew what I needed. It was nice to get it all in one shot. The touchdown. The rushing title."
--Emmitt Smith on his run that secured his rushing title and the Cowboys' 13-3 record in 1992

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All fans of the Dallas Cowboys know about the history of the team and its tradition of winning. But never before have the best and worst game-changing plays in Cowboys history been detailed in one volume. Ed Housewright, an award-winning journalist for the Dallas Morning News, delivers an insightful and complete view of these plays in Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in Dallas Cowboys Football History. Each of the plays includes detailed text, beautiful photographs, scoring summaries, and related quotes from the men who were on the field. This is an essential read any fan of the Cowboys or for anyone looking to learn more about the most crucial game-changing plays in the team's phenomenal history.

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Product Details

  • Series: Game Changers
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (October 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600782205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600782206
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ed Housewright spent more than 25 years as an award-winning reporter for The Dallas Morning News, covering government, politics, health care, religion, education, sports and other topics. His five books include three on the history of the Dallas Cowboys. 100 Things Cowboys Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, with a foreword by Tony Dorsett, will be re-issued in fall 2015.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amber on November 15, 2009
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This is a great book for Dallas Cowboy fans everywhere! There are lots of awesome, colored pictures/photos throughout the book. Many memorable plays and stories of Dallas Cowboy football history. A MUST-HAVE for any Dallas Cowboy fan. An excellent coffee table book and a great conversation piece. Fun to scan the book for your favorite game plays/"game changers" or just to read all the way through. Not all of the stories are about Cowboy wins, but also losses that could have easily been wins had a certain instances occurred or not occurred. It's a really exciting book. You feel as if you are there for the first time or all over again. A great gift for Christmas, birthdays, etc for that special Dallas Cowboy Fan on your list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred Goodwin on June 11, 2010
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Review: "Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in Dallas Cowboys Football History", by Ed Housewright

Housewright, Ed. Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in Dallas Cowboys Football History. Chicago: Triumph Books. 2009 154p, illus. 24.95 (list) ISBN 978-1-60078-220-6

There's a lot to like about this book: it has great photographs sprinkled liberally throughout, including on the dust-jacket, cover, end-papers, and chapter pages. It includes a bibliography, which I always appreciate. It is printed on thick glossy stock, and it even smells like a coffee-table book (although at 8-1/4 x 9-1/4 it's a bit smaller than the size of a typical coffee-table book).

The first thing I noticed about this book, other than its great appearance, was that it did not include the '50 greatest plays' in Dallas Cowboys history, regardless of how you define them. In fact, the book includes only 30 plays. However, I noticed that nowhere does the book itself claim to include any specific number of plays. It is referred that way only in certain (but not all) online listings. I'm not sure where those listings got their information, but I don't fault the author for that.

And I won't quibble with the 30 plays the author does include. Many of them are obvious: The 'Hail Mary', The 'Catch', Bart Starr's sneak in the Ice Bowl (the author rightly includes both positive and negative plays in Cowboys history). Given the rather odd number of plays included (instead of a nice round number like 50), I assume the author was working under a page count limit rather than a publisher-imposed limit on the number of plays.
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As a life-long Cowboys fan, I had great expectations for a book self-described on the cover as “the greatest plays in Dallas Cowboys history.” Granted, with a team as rich in memorable history and traditions as the Dallas Cowboys, selecting the greatest plays and keeping the book at a reasonable length seem to be competing objectives. However, instead of a well thought-out, objective collection of game-changing and game-making plays that spanned the entire history of the Cowboys, what I found was an unbalanced, (probably) subjective, almost amateurish collection of plays that fell far short of its bold cover statement.

I did like the quality look and feel of the book, and the pictures were excellent, and plenty. There was also a lot of history and interesting vignettes and anecdotes that any Cowboys fan would appreciate. While I liked the vignettes and anecdotes, too many of them seemed haphazardly inserted at the last-minute with little thought into how they related to or complemented the play and game write-ups. I also found the selection of plays/games to be unbalanced: 2 from the 60s, 8 from the 70s, 2 from the 80s, 8 from the 90s, and 10 from the 00s; also 8 for the Troy Aikman era, 7 from the Tony Romo era, and only 5 from the Roger Staubach era. Maybe this selection was made to appeal to a younger audience, but it was terribly disappointing to this older Cowboys fan.
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Saw this at a bookstore for about triple the price I ended up buying it for on Amazon and I have to say that it would've been worth it, even at the bookstore cost! Great pictorial history, as well as very interesting anecdotal stories provided by Ed Housewright, who's covered the Cowboys for a long time. Highly recommended!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. Brooks on August 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Surely "Greatest" is in the eye of the beholder. I expect that every Cowboys fan can think of at least one play they think as Great that did not make the cut. Still, I don't see how any fan can fail to get a charge out of this book. It's the kind of book you leave out on the coffee table, and glance through when you need a smile and a fond memory.

The only realistic criticism is that the book isn't 1000 pages long. Too bad, maybe Ed will write Volume 2.
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