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Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in Buffalo Bills Football History Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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Marv Levy is a former coach for the Buffalo Bills who brought the team to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, four AFC championships, and six AFC East titles. He is ranked as the 13th all-time winningest coach in NFL history with 143 career victories and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jeff Miller is a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) and the 2004 winner of the PFRA's Ralph E. Hay Award. He is the author of The Icemen Cameth: The History of the Natural Ice Industry at Lime Lake, New York, 1880-1925; Buffalo's Forgotten Champions: The Story of Buffalo's First Professional Football Team and the Lost 1921 Title; and Rockin' the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League. He lives in Springville, New York.
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After reading the book, though, it seems logical that the initial guess was correct. Marv Levy didn't have a whole lot to do with it. That's no crime, naturally, since authors use ghostwriters all the time. But he and Jeff Miller teamed up here for one unusual publication.
The idea is a basic one. The greatest plays in Bills' football history are picked up. Each play and its accompanying game receives a four-game spread in the book. There are plenty of photos along the way, as well as some relevant sidebar biographies of players, coaches, etc. It doesn't take long to get up to 154 pages that way.
Now here's the catch: the games that took place under Levy's watch are written in Levy's "voice." The others are written from the point of view of a neutral observer. Since the games are categorized by such subjects as offensive wonders, defensive standouts and memorable moments without regard to chronology, the reader needs a minute to figure out just who is doing the writing at a given moment. This is, at best, odd.
Meanwhile, the style of the story doesn't change much no matter who is doing the writing. They all run about 10 paragraphs or so and cover the basic turning points of the game, with the "great play" given a little extra emphasis. The difference is that Levy's stories might have an anecdote from the coach about the game, while the others have quotes supplied by other sources.Read more ›