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4.0 out of 5 stars The good guys won (twice), September 4, 2010
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This review is from: The Ones Who Hit the Hardest: The Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the Fight for America's Soul (Hardcover)
This is a good read for any Steelers fan, but particularly those of us who grew up in the 70's and watched this team grow to dominate the NFL.

The authors do a good job of explaining how Chuck Noll's unique personality and drive were instrumental in building the Steelers dynasty. The football narrative smoothly interweaves with the decline of the steel industry and its impact on Pittsburgh. The chapters contrasting the origins and development of the Cowboys provide enough detail to reinforce my dislike of "America's Team". Landry was uptight and unable to connect with his players, and the Cowboys had some jerks like Cliff Harris and Thomas Henderson. The good guys definitely did win in Super Bowls 10 and 13.

The only issue I had with the book was that there were times when I felt like I was reading transcripts from NFL Films and the "America's Game" series in particular. Some of the quotes and anecdotes were direct lifts from those shows. Which is ironic since the authors actually manage to get their facts wrong in places (for instance, Cliff Harris didn't give Terry Bradshaw the concussion in SB10, nor did Roger Staubach's final pass that game fall incomplete - it was intercepted by Glenn Edwards). A little more original research, some new interviews and better fact-checking would have made this good book really great.

The 70's Steelers were a once-in-a-lifetime team, where the good guys (Rooneys, Noll) managed to assemble a tremendous group of athletes who beat some fine but flawed teams - especially the self-promoting Cowboys.
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2010 2:18:20 PM PDT
Josh Turner says:
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Posted on Nov 30, 2010 8:40:24 AM PST
editrrr says:
Great catches on the errors in the book; what a sad commentary on editorial processes these days. I've been a Steeler fan since '75, so I love the idea of this book, of course. As anyone who whines about how the refs might have called a Steeler title win, please do go back and reference Charlie Waters' ridiculous comments regarding Supe 13 and how Bradshaw "called the wrong play" on one of the Steelers' TDs. They don't call 'em the Cryboys for nothing!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2011 11:34:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 24, 2011 11:40:21 AM PST
Carnamagos says:
It's pretty funny to read Stealer apologists pretend to take the high road. As if you wouldn't complain when the referees stole a game from you. At least the book's authors don't try to hide their bias, either.

Anyway, one doesn't have to be a Cowboys fan to get an uproarious laugh out of the ridiculous claim that the steroid-soaked Steelers of that era were "good guys": Jack Lambert attacking Cliff Harris from behind, Mel Blount punching Golden Richards in the ribs when he couldn't cover him--yeah, those ex-reform school clowns were a class act, all the way! They played one of the dirtiest Super Bowls, ever, and they still had to hold on for dear life at the end to "win".

It's really funny to me, for another reason: Your team won the games (on the scoreboard, at least), but that's not enough for you Steelers fans: You have to turn everything into a morality play, and try to make the Steelers into saints, in the bargain. My question to you is, why are you so insecure?

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 10:33:02 AM PST
This is a Pittsburg point of view period. Another book for Steeler fans. I watched both of those games (more than once) and if you could eliminate the official's mistakes (such as Charlie Waters pass interferance call) it would be Dallas 2-0, or worst case 1-1. Better to be lucky than best I guess. However, officiating is much improved since then and as they say your only as good as your last match up, which we know Dallas won hands down.
I am not a crying cowboy fan as I know once its in the books what really happened doesn't matter. I do know both of these teams were the best of the rest and if they had played each other every Sunday during that time no one would know the outcome until the end of the game.

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 9:57:02 PM PDT
Fred Goodwin says:
I've been a Cowboy fan since 1965 so I watched SBs X and XIII with great disappointment. The Steelers outplayed the Cowboys in both games and to hear my fellow Cowboy fans continue to complain about the outcome 30+ years after the fact just makes me want to say "move on -- get over it".

But I will say this about SB X: it is my understanding that the Steelers were the most penalized team in the NFL in 1975 (someone please correct me if I'm wrong -- dealing in falsities is not my M.O.). Yet the Steelers played a penalty-free game in SB X. I'm not complaining -- but I must marvel at the change in style.

Congrats on being the Team of the 70s -- they earned it.
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