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The catch : one play, two dynasties, and the game that changed the NFL
Myers, Gary
Adult Nonfiction GV956.2.N38 M94 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Looking at a single, spectacular play from 17 years ago, long-time sportswriter and commentator Myers extracts a graceful examination of the National Football League, and the legends it created. In January, 1982, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana threw a high pass to Dwight Clark in a contentious game against the Dallas Cowboys. Clark's catch-a stunning, stratospheric leap-led to the team's victory, their subsequent Super Bowl trajectory and a number of on- and off-the-field careers; it also reversed the fortunes of two franchises. Myers covers the locker rooms, the front offices, and the lives of varied participants-brilliant coaches Tom Landry and Bill Walsh, assistants, owners, rookies, old-timers and others swirling around the leads, who first met at a lunch counter: "This was the start of [Clark's] professional career: dinner at HoJo's. For all Clark knew, it would be the highlight." A resonant look back at a defining moment for fans of both teams ("Montana always heard from Cowboys fans how he broke their hearts with that pass"), this is also an involving story of the characters and traditions upon which the NFL is built. (Sept.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

In the 1970s, the San Francisco 49ers went to the playoffs three times and each time were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys, who ended up going to the Super Bowl five times in that decade. Those franchise trends reversed on January 10, 1982, when quarterback Joe Montana led San Francisco on an 89-yard game-winning touchdown drive against Dallas in the closing minutes of the NFC Championship game. That drive culminated with a high pass at the back of the end zone that 49er receiver Dwight Clark leaped to grab by his fingertips; both the play and the game immediately became known as The Catch. Myers re-creates that legendary game and explores its effect on the league, teams, coaches, and principal players. Featured are great players like Montana and Tony Dorsett, Hall of Fame coaches Bill Walsh and Tom Landry, and the ever-popular Cowboys and 49ers. Verdict Having covered the game for the Dallas Morning News, Myers has insider knowledge that gives depth to the interviews he conducted for this book. Although his narrative jumps around at times, on the whole this will be welcomed by all football fans.-John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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