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Great Topic Poorly Executed
on June 24, 2012
The Lombardi era Green Bay Packers are to professional football writing as the New York Yankees are to baseball writing. There are more books written about these two teams than all of the other pro football and baseball teams combined. The idea of writing a book on Saint Vincent's greatest team was certainly worthwhile but the finished product is so repetitive and poorly written that it is hard to believe that Mr. Berghaus writes about sports for a living.
How many times did we need to read the list of the team's Hall of Fame players? Jim Taylor's season stats (1,474 yards, 19 touchdowns) must have been stated at least five times even though it seemed like a dozen. The '62 Packers scored 415 points and gave up only 148...yes, I got it the first time. Paul Hornung hurt his knee and Tom Moore filled in admirably...I know, I know. Paul Hornung, along with Detroit's Alex Karras, was suspended for the 1963 season for gambling...this was mentioned more than once even though the book was about the 1962 team. The repetition was unbearable but luckily the book only contains 159 pages of text.
There were also several errors like the reference to "John Brody of the 49'ers" on page 72. He spells Brodie correctly on page 121.
The best part of this little book was the game summary recaps at the end.
All in all, a very disappointing and weak effort considering the strength of the material that the subject potentially provides.