PATCH BOOK CLUB: Four for Football Fix

War Room, Moving the Chains, Patriot Reign and Tom Brady vs. the NFL are four books that will fill in the time when no games are being played.

If all the talk on sports radio and TV during the week isn't enough for you, these four sports books will fill any need you have more information about the New England Patriots.

"Tom Brady Vs. The NFL" by Sean Glennon: The author makes a case for No. 12 being No. 1 all time. The book tracks Brady from his college experience at the University of Michigan to being a seventh round draft pick by New England up until he found stardom. The first part of the book is about the history of Brady's rise to all-pro status, followed by numbers match-up against other quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Johnny Unitas, Brady's boyhood idol, Joe Montana, Steve Young and Peyton Manning to name a few. Read and let the debate begin. Montana wins the debate in my mind, but you will be the judge.

"Moving The Chains, Tom Brady and the Pursuit of Everything" by Charles Pierce: While the author had excess to family members, including his father, Tom Brady Sr., who offers great detail and insights to the development of the Patriot quarterback and others who help paint a well-crafted book on the quarterback. The book ends at the 2005 season, but there is another detail here to make it a worthwhile read five years later to an insight on what makes No. 12 tick.

"Patriot Reign" by Michael Holley: This book is regarded as one of the top sports book in this era and goes into great deal how Bill Belichick's legacy at the helm of the Patriots was created. Holley was allowed access to the games, hanging around the players and going into the meeting rooms to provide an insight of the Patriots, ending with the 2005 Super Bowl run. What makes this interesting is seeing Belichick out of his press conference persona and see what exactly goes into being a successful team.

"War Room" by Michael Holley: This could have been called the sequel to Patriots Reign and is a must-read for a devoted football fan. Using the Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons, Holley revisits with Belichick and former New England executives Scott Pioli (Kansas City) and Thomas Dimitroff, focusing on the 2011 Draft. While Belichick is trying to keep the Patriots on top, Pioli and Dimitroff are in rebuilding efforts with their team.

Have you read any of these books? Do you think they make for ideal reading during the football season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Robert Hyldburg Jr October 07, 2012 at 02:15 AM
These books are great and it was very cool to be mentioned in two of them. Bob Hyldburg: An Archivist and Historian of the Patriots.


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