Super Bowl Monday: From the Persian Gulf to the Shores of West Florida: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV

Super Bowl Monday: From the Persian Gulf to the Shores of West Florida: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV

Adam Lazarus

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 2:00070278

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Super Bowl Monday: From the Persian Gulf to the Shores of West Florida: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV

Adam Lazarus

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 2:00070278

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


<body> <style type="text/css"> .cs95E872D0{text-align:left;text-indent:0pt;margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt} .csA62DFD6A{color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman; font-size:12pt; font-weight:normal; font-style:italic; } .cs5EFED22F{color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman; font-size:12pt; font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; } </style> <span><p class="cs95E872D0"><span class="csA62DFD6A">Super Bowl Monday</span><span class="cs5EFED22F"> is a thorough retelling of Super Bowl XXV, the epic January 1991 showdown between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills. Great characters and a gripping finish to the closest episode in Super Bowl history made for a wonderful conclusion to the game's Silver Anniversary. But what establishes that day as a special moment in American sports history was the cloud of war hanging over the game and the nation. Ten days before the Giants defeated the Bills 20-19 in Tampa Stadium, the United States had authorized Operation Desert Storm and begun the Persian Gulf War. The book is entitled </span><span class="csA62DFD6A">Super Bowl Monday</span><span class="cs5EFED22F"> because the hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who were able to watch the Giants vs. the Bills did so on Arabic Standard Time, several hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. For those men and women on duty in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, Super Bowl XXV took place early Monday morning. </span><span class="csA62DFD6A">Super Bowl Monday</span><span class="cs5EFED22F"> features original research from newspaper and video archives in addition to lengthy interviews with many of the game's stars.</span>
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less than a minute into the second period, they were in the end zone again. Kelly and Reed hooked up for a thirty-six-yarder to set up Thomas’ tenth rushing touchdown of the season. The Bills had run seventeen plays, amassed 152 yards and a pair of touchdowns, all while running a few minutes off the game clock. “On both drives, it was obvious the Giants’ defense was confused,” said Kelly. “Especially their linebackers, who didn’t seem to know exactly where to line up and looked awkward in their

public praise for Buffalo—both through the press and on the Giants’ practice field—wasn’t only directed toward Bruce Smith. Talking about the Bills and their back-to-back offensive explosions, Parcells admitted to reporters that the combination of Thomas, Kelly, James Lofton, and Andre Reed would be a major concern for the Giants. “The Bills have everything going for them,” Carl Banks added. “And that makes us nervous.” While several Bills repeatedly complained to reporters about having gone

entire Packers team earlier that day: “Men, if you bust curfew tonight, not only will I fine you $2,500,” Lombardi told his players, “But I will see to it that you never play another game in the National Football League.” McGee, who informed reporters all week that he was retiring after the AFL-NFL championship, didn’t care. He didn’t return to the team hotel until the next morning, just as quarterback Bart Starr walked through the lobby to pick up a newspaper. “They had these little dressing

linebacker Ray Bentley breached the offensive line, Hostetler found enough time to float the ball toward the left corner before being touched. “The line blocked well, and Hostetler made one of the best throws I think he’s ever made because I didn’t give him a lot of room to lead me,” Baker said. “So he had to throw it on the line, and he put it there like a dart, and I ended up getting both feet down. I was so happy, I took the ball and spiked it like I did a reverse slam dunk on a basketball

continued to focus and practice. Eventually, the unit broke the huddle, and Bills long-snapper Adam Lingner—who spent his off-seasons pursuing a modeling career—bent down and gripped the football with both hands. His teammates crowded beside him, forming a human fence to protect against the soon-to-be charging Giants defenders. Seven yards behind Lingner, holder Frank Reich knelt and tamped down a small patch of grass on the field’s chewed-up sod. This was where he would place the ball. Norwood

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