- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Sports Publishing (3. September 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1613213980
- ISBN-13: 978-1613213988
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 15,2 x 22,9 cm
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Clouds over the Goalpost: Gambling, Assassination, and the NFL in 1963 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 3. September 2013
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Enjoyable reading for fans of the NFL and its history. --Wes Lukowsky, Booklist Online
Lovers of football history will enjoy this book --Library Journal
Fifty years on, [Freedman] revisits the haunted 1963 NFL season, a surprising and compelling one in its own right. He looks at the teams, coaches, and players who made it special. . . . Lovers of football history will enjoy this book. --Library Journal
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As an older fan, I looked forward to publication of Clouds Over the Goalpost but was disappointed by the book. My primary problem is the way it is packaged and marketed. Clouds has little to do with gambling and assassination. Gambling refers to the suspension of Paul Horning and Alex Karras for betting on games. Freeman deals with this in an early chapter, adding little information to a story that is fairly well known. It is difficult to determine whether the assassination in the title refers to the demise of "Big Daddy" Lipscomb or the death of the President during the football season. Freeman discusses the controversy over whether Lipscomb died of a drug overdose or was murdered by the underworld in chapter 3. When the author finishes this chapter, the book is less than one quarter complete and we have heard the last of gambling and assassination (other than that of the president) in the NFL.
My other issue with Freeman is the pedestrian, and often careless, writing style he brings to the text. He mentions that Pete Rozelle found the manner in which "Big Daddy" died to be "unseemly." In the very next sentence, Freeman says "having a star player's death be associated with drug-taking was unseemly." In the same chapter, he explains how opposing players tried to even the playing field with the physically imposing Lipscomb: "that often led to illegal tactics, such as holding. If they couldn't stop Lipscomb from stomping their quarterback legally, they'd rely on illegal tactics." After a lengthy, blow by blow description of the Bears dramatic opening day victory over NFL champion Green Bay, Freeman concludes with a not quite incisive analysis by one of players: "'They beat us,' said Green Bay center Jim Ringo."
The pacing of Freeman's narrative is a bit erratic. There is an awkward inclusion of the events surrounding the killing of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. While this helps establish the context for Pete Rozelle's unfortunate decision to play football during that tragic weekend, the level of detail provided is unnecessary for the reader. Freeman also delivers a virtual play-by-play of the 1963 championship game between the Bears and Giants. The game is important but less than exciting and most of the names will be unrecognizable to the modern reader or casual fan.
I applaud the author for his conversations with some of the surviving players from 1963. He lists 17 interviews including stars like Ditka, Hornung, Starr and Keith Lincoln, outstanding players from the time who are not remembered today such as Bear linebacker Joe Fortunato and a few obscure performers like back-up Patriot QB Tommy Yewcic. Even here, however, Freeman is constrained by the value provided in his discussions which is sometimes negligible. When asked to comment on the Giants loss in the title game to the Bears (the third New York failure in as many years against the West), Coach Allie Sherman replies, "We could have won it but we didn't"
There are larger than life personalities on display here including Coaches George Halas, Vince Lombardi and Al Davis; players Bart Starr, Jim Brown and George Blanda and enough forgotten names from the past (Ernie Ladd, Erich Barnes, Cookie Gilchrist) to keep older fans satisfied. The problem is that the writing does not match the level of the events being described. This could explain the decision to oversell gambling and assassination. It may have been a good idea out of a sports writer's playbook to revisit 1963 fifty years later on the eve of a new season. Unfortunately, the execution in Clouds over the Goalpost is lacking.
There is a concentration on the rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers as Coach George Halas of the Bears was determined to wrest away the championship from Vince Lombardi's Packers. The Bears opened the season with a 10-3 victory in Green Bay over the Packers. I remember attending this game with my uncle. The only games the Packers lost that year were the two they played against the Bears.
One of the criticisms of the book from the two previous reviewers was the over-emphasis of play-by-play from the Bears championship game against the New York Giants. I, too, thought this was over-done. I don't like this in baseball books and I did notice it to be true here, also. However, I enjoyed the book enough to not let this detract from my rating of five stars.
In addition to the gambling and death of Lipscomb prior to the start of the season the assassination of President Kennedy brought more tragedy followed by Commissioner Pete Rozelle's controversial decision to play the games that following Sunday.
The year 1963 proved to be Coach George Halas's last championship. The Bears had their high hopes for a repeat performance in 1964 dashed in July with the tragic deaths of Willie Galimore and John Farrington in a car accident at their training facility in Indiana. The team never recovered from this devastating blow and finished with a 5-9 record. Even the Packers were not restored to the championship with the return of Hornung with the Cleveland Browns grabbing the title that year.
The epilogue was very well done beginning with the deaths of Galimore and Farrinngton and then relating the rise of three consecutive championships in 1965-1967 for Lombardi's Packers. The author mentions those who have passed on in the ensuing years of those involved in this story. The book brought back many memories of those players I remember and the mortality of us all. I even remembered the name of Tom Yewcic who had a sip of one cup of coffee with the Detroit Tigers in 1957. In addition I thank you author Lew Freedman for providing us with a book containing no profanities. At least to this reviewer you hit a home run in this book on football's season of 1963.
The story circles around George Halas, by 1963 a curmudgeonly relic, who his Hall of Fame tight end once described as someone who throws nickels around as if they were man-hole covers. Ditka always was eminently quotable.
In the midst of a Packer dynasty, led by Vince Lombardi, George Halas decided the Bear franchise was due a requiem. He had put together a defense similar to the one Ditka would Coach twenty three years later. The legendary defense was led by Doug Atkins, a renegade future Hall of Fame Defensive End. Also a trio of linebackers who were smart, savvy and dominant.
Halas dicta moving into the season was to defeat the Packers twice, and the season started as planned, with a 10-3 victory. It continued, with Bears winning there first six games. Halas had moved through many capable quarterbacks over the years, discarding even future hall of Famer George Blanda. For the 1963 season, Bill Wade took the helm as signal caller. Wade was a 33 year old veteran journeyman, who had mostly rode the pines with the Rams in prior seasons. Egos were not as rife in the early 1960's, and when Wade faltered, the capable Rudy Bukich stepped in.
The Packers ended their season 11-2-1, only good enough for second place. Maybe never in the history of the NFL has a team that good not made the playoffs.
This was a cornucopia of personalities, as any team is, who made a push to the top. Told along the backdrop of the encroaching AFL, and the assassination of John F Kennedy, it paints a still fresh picture of an NFL that is long gone.