Here’s a Favorite

My journey into video while putting together the first page of bonus material from Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History led me to take a look back at one of my favorite plays from the Patriots dynasty era. So I figured why not share another bit of great video.

The play, which I cover in a section titled “Everybody Wants Some,” comes from the 2001-02 AFC Championship game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. And it involves one of my all-time favorite Patriots players, Troy Brown. Troy’s efforts, particularly after Tom Brady was lost to injury, were the most pivotal factor in the win. And his recovery of a blocked field goal and subsequent lateral to Antwan Harris was just one of the spectacular plays Troy made to lead the team to an incredible victory.

Here’s a quote from Game Changers: Patriots:

I knew it was a risk pitching it out, but I wanted to get the ball to Antwan. He was the fastest guy on the field.
— Troy Brown

Bonus Material

Even though it’ll be a few weeks yet before you can pick up a copy of Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History, I’ve started posting some bonus material, which is to say stuff that didn’t make the book.

What’s up now (there’s a lot more to come) is all material that was in the manuscript I originally submitted, and that was cut not because it didn’t work but purely because it didn’t fit. It’s a bit out of context since at this point I can feel comfortable predicting that you haven’t actually read the book, but I think I’ve taken care of that.

Plus, I’ve embedded some video that you can waste your time watching. Check it out. Go.

It’s a Book

On Friday, I got a first copy of Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History. It’s really a beautifully designed book. I’m trying to get Triumph to send me a sample spread so I can put it up and show you. But for now, I’ve just got to ask you to take my word for it.

It’s a biggish book. Like 9.2″ x 8.8″ (or thereabouts). And the size is there largely to facilitate some very nice page design. Big, full-color photos accompany each of the 35 plays covered. I think the designs, done by Sue Knopf and Patricia Frey at Triumph, really bring the book to life. It’s … ah, well, I can keep telling you about it, but you’ve gotta see if for yourself. So I’ll wait until I can show you. Or you can always (soon enough) go out and pick up a copy.

The Latest (including more on Steve Nelson)

So here’s what’s happening with Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History. Copies of the book are scheduled to ship from Chicago August 5, which Triumph figures puts them in stores around September 1, though experience tells me they’ll start showing up on shelves a good bit sooner than that. (Triumph, by the way, now has a GCP product page up on their web site, though there’s virtually nothing on it at the moment.)

The bigger deal, to my mind, comes out of a PR/marketing conference call we had the other day in which  Steve Nelson, confirmed that he’ll be doing two book signing events and a handful of TV and radio interviews. That’s good news for me, because it’ll draw attention to the book. It’s good news for you because it means you’ll have a couple of chances to meet Steve and a bunch more to see/hear him talk about his playing career and the team.

Obviously, you know Steve is one of the all-time Patriots greats. He’s in the team Hall of Fame. He was a three-time Pro Bowler. And he played on three great Patriots squads, including two of the best ever fielded, the 1976 and 1978 teams, both of which probably should at least have been AFC champions, and the 1985 team that went to Super Bowl XX (and, yeah, I know how that worked out; doesn’t change the fact that the Pats had a hell of a team and got there, which nobody else in the AFC did that season). You might also know if you remember hearing him on the pregame show or the Big Show, that Steve is a smart and funny guy. And, as I’ve mentioned before, he’s a hell of a nice guy.

So you can understand why I’m not only honored that Steve wrote the foreword for this book, but really excited that he’s going to be involved in promoting it. I can’t wait to get out on the trail with this thing and I really can’t wait to hear what Steve has to say when he’s doing his media tour. This is gonna be fun. I hope you’ll be along for the ride.

(Oh, yeah, and you should, you know, read the book, too. I think I did a pretty good job with this one.)

Game Changers Is Coming

Hey, look, I’ve got a new book on the way. (Yes, another one about the Patriots.)

Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History is being printed now and will be in bookstores sometime in August 2010.

Here’s what it says on the back cover:
The equation is as old as the game: You win football games by making big plays at big moments. It’s true every Sunday from September through the first week in February. And it’s magnified when the stakes go up. Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots Football History presents close-up looks at the biggest plays in the biggest games from 50 years of Patriots football. The worst heartbreaks. The greatest triumphs. The plays that set the tone for seasons — even decades. And more than a few fun and memorable moments in between. They’re all here. Football historian and storyteller Sean Glennon spins the tales. Gorgeous photos and page designs engage the eye. And an assortment of players, coaches and expert observers — including Gil and Gino, of course — offer fresh insights on the plays and the men who stepped up to make them.

The book also includes a terrific foreword by Steve Nelson, who’s not only a Patriots legend, but a terrifically nice guy. Word has it, Nellie’s gonna do some signings, so stay tuned, because you really don’t want to miss your chance to come out and meet him.