- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Prairie Oak Pr; First Edition edition (August 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879483440
- ISBN-13: 978-1879483446
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mudbaths & Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry Paperback – August, 1997
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These meetings are not just games, they are "events." As the authors tell us, "The Catholic churches in Green Bay recognized in short time what kind of impact the rivalry had on people's lives. By 1928, St. Mary's parish had scheduled a special mass at 5:15 Sunday morning, so fans could catch the early train to Chicago."
Chapter 5 is entitled "Hard-Edged Names in Hard-Nosed Games" and begins: "The seven men to which this chapter is devoted had two things in common. One was that their names didn't roll off the tongue, but rattled around in the mouth and forced their way through the teeth. Hard-edged names, full of consonants and resonance." Names that were uttered in hushed reverential or loud cursing tones at family gatherings. (My family straddles both sides of the Illinois-Wisconsin line so it depends on which part of the family was talking ;-). Names like Nagurski, Nitschke, Butkus and Ditka.Read more ›
To be honest, I had trouble putting this book down. D'Amato and Christl did a commendable job of retelling the stories that transpired in this rivalry between charter members of the NFL. From this first game in 1921 though 1997, the great stories are collected. Included are the Lambeau v. Halas years, Lombardi v. Halas years, Gregg, v. Ditka years, and Holmgrem v. Wannstedt years. From the begining through the 80's, these teams hated each other. Even when one of the teams stuck, they still put it all on the line against their rival.
Two chapters that I particularly enjoyed were the chapters on Seven Memorable Names from the rivalry and the Twenty Greatest Games. Names like Brute Trafton, Bronko Nagurski, Clarke Hinkle, Bulldog Turner, Ray Nitschke, Mike Ditka, Dick Butkis, and Don Majkowski are the story. So many names I remember and grew up with are here. These are the stories of legends. The only disappointment is in that the fans seem to carry the tradition of the rivalry alone. Perhaps this because of the Packers recent dominance of the Bears. Nevertheless, I wish the teams would hate each other again.
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Just finished Mudbaths & Bloodbaths, and am truly impressed. An in depth look at Packers vs. Bears rivalry is explored between the covers. Read morePublished 13 months ago by janson mancheski
Came in a very timely fashion and just in time for Christmas. My husband loves it! Would definitely recommend for any Packers or Bears fanPublished on January 13, 2014 by JF
THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE RIVALRY OF THE PACKERS AND BEARS. IT CONTAINS MANY STORIES AND INTERVIEWS CONCERNING THE MANY GAMES PLAYED BETWEEN THESE 2 NFL TEAMS. Read morePublished on November 17, 2007 by COOL JEWEL
If you are a Bears fan or Packers fan this is a must have on your shelves. this book is jam packed with so much history and so many true life stories of the gridiron games between... Read morePublished on July 5, 2007 by Alverne Ball
This may be one of the best (and most apt) titles ever for a book. I'm not really a Bear or Packer fan and I loved every page of this book. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Nicholas Ritzmann
Bears fans beware: this book takes a somewhat pro-Packer perspective on the greatest rivalry in professional sports. Read morePublished on October 22, 2000 by Matthew Parks