[Review by TWJ contributor Jim.]
Montana: The Biography of Football’s Joe Cool
by Keith Dunnavant
Thomas Dunne Books, 2015
Joe Montana is one of the biggest name in sports, in the world. Ask a kid who follow’s Manchester United in Manchester England and he is still going to know who Joe Montana is. As a Bengals fan in early 1989, I remember watching Super Bowl 23 with my family and feeling the “pain” of a Joe Montana comeback leading the 49ers to a crushing Super Bowl win over my beloved Bengals. The Bengals have never been close again.
In Montana: The Biography of Football’s Joe Cool, you get to know the history and the behind the scenes stories of some of Joe’s biggest comebacks and victories. Keith Dunnavant does a great job of laying out the great history of Joe Montana without overdoing it with game by game details. He starts off with Joe as a child and takes you, year by year, through his great NFL career, concluding in Kansas City. I was especially interested in hearing the details of his battle on the field with his Hall of Fame backup in San Francisco, Steve Young. I especially enjoyed the details of his brief time with the Chiefs. Although he didn’t win a Super Bowl there, he showed that he was still a great quarterback able to win football games. It’s a great, easy read, you’ll have a hard time putting this one down.
Seriously, the place rocks. There is so much cool stuff there, and lots and lots of baseball cards. Here’s some of the loot I scored today…
(By the way, I’m using the word “loot” very loosely. I actually paid for everything pictured below.)
The Parker and Soto that look like 1985 Topps are actually 1985 Topps SUPER, and SUPER has to be all caps because the things are HUGE. Like, 5×7 HUGE. That’s pretty SUPER if you ask me.
My son also picked up a couple cards and gave them to me for Father’s Day…
We also stopped at the card shop (which is not even a fraction as cool as the Antique Mall) and I picked up a few fifty-cent packs there. Three packs of 1991 Classic Draft Picks, out of which I pulled…
I know, not much to get excited about. But that’s all there was. Better luck next time maybe? Or perhaps I’ll never buy another pack, even if they are only 50 cents.
I also grabbed three packs of 1992 NFL Game Day. I remembered liking these cards a lot back in the day. I don’t know why though, because they are not as spectacular as I remember them. Anyway, it wasn’t a total loss, as I got a couple of the best QBs of the 1980s…
All in all, a great day. I did get one more thing at the Antique Mall, but that’s for another post another time.