Lost Sundays: A Season in the Life of Pittsburgh and the Steelers

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  • Hardcover
  • 223 pages
  • Lost Sundays: A Season in the Life of Pittsburgh and the Steelers
  • Sam Toperoff
  • English
  • 21 July 2018
  • 0394574680

10 thoughts on “Lost Sundays: A Season in the Life of Pittsburgh and the Steelers

  1. Scott Holstad says:

    This is an interesting experiment of a book about the 1988 season of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a disaster of a season if there ever was one The author, a New Yorker who is a former professor and now a free lance writer, set out to write a book about an NFL team starting out from the bottom and working its way to the top and he both liked the city and people of Pittsburgh and the team had been pretty mediocre the past three or four years, and by all accounts, they were poised for a resurrection i This is an interesting experiment of a book about the 1988 season of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a disaster of a season if there ever was one The author, a New Yorker who is a former professor and now a free lance writer, set out to write a book about an NFL team starting out from the bottom and working its way to the top and he both liked the city and people of Pittsburgh and the team had been pretty mediocre the past three or four years, and by all accounts, they were poised for a resurrection in 1988, so he landed with the Steelers And that s where it begins.First, he introduces some interesting local Pittsburghers, including a Japanese immigrant who stands out in the city and an ethnic blue collar worker, the exact type of man the city is known for He becomes friends with the latter, enjoying his company over that of his grown son s because the older man loves football while the younger man simply loves watching winning football Right there, you know Toperoff isn t a football fan, never has been He s a journalist, plain and simple He likes the game but could care less about the outcome.He then goes to the Steelers headquarters and admires the beautiful and intimidating presentation of four Super Bowl trophies, evidence of ghosts of the recent past, of Hall of Famers, of having to live up to that tradition It s imposing.He meets the coaches, Chuck Noll, who came to Pittsburgh in 1969 and led the team to four Super Bowl wins, now in a down cycle He meets Mean Joe Greene, a defensive line coach now, and defensive coordinator Tony Dungy, future Colts head coach They have big plans for the season.He then starts writing about the players, about how they re the youngest team in the league, have a lot of unproven players, no real leaders, hope people will step up How Pro Bowl linebacker Mike Merriweather is doing the unthinkable and holding out for a new, better contract and how that s impacting the team How Merriweather held out the whole season and was traded the next year to the Vikings How Pittsburgh s top defensive lineman got injured in the first preseason practice, out for the year How last year s top rookie and a hot shot defensive back broke his wrist, but has to play the season anyway due to lack of players and is totally ineffective How one of the better offensive linemen is sidelined by bad ulcers How their top draft pick is inexplicably some no name defensive end from some small school in Kentucky who predicts he ll get 18 20 sacks that year and gets one and a half How their starting quarterback is a loudmouth, splashy, overconfident braggart with a big arm from Louisiana, reminding everyone of Terry Bradshaw of course, but he s had only two NFL starts and has a lot to prove And on and on it goes.Toperoff also introduces us to the local media, the local TV analysts, who he doesn t spend much time with, and the two dozen or so newspaper reporters who go to each game, travel with the team, yet remain objective and, when necessary, quite critical He spends a lot of time with them and writing about them in this book Sometimes a bit too much.The Steelers go 3 1 in the preseason and everybody feels pretty good, even with all of the injuries Then they play their first game of the season and win it, so things remain good Their second game is with defending Super Bowl champion Washington, whom they beat in the preseason, but this time, they make all sorts of mistakes and essentially give the game away, losing just barely It s a hard pill to swallow They do the same thing in the third game, getting something like seven offsides penalties and two blocked punts In fact, they set an NFL record in blocked punts that year It was unbelievable how many of their punts got blocked, how their players couldn t block the opposing players at all, how many blocked punts got turning into winning touchdowns And then things really fell apart They started getting their asses kicked It was brutal All sorts of stupid penalties, turnovers, mistakes, special teams screw ups, missed tackles You name it, they did it They got killed They started their season 1 6, something not seen in Pittsburgh since the 1960s and it was shocking People were shell shocked and were trying to figure out what had gone wrong Were the players that bad Was it the injuries Had the game passed by Coach Noll A lot of people thought it had and as a life time Steeler fan who remembers those awful years, I recall thinking exactly that as Noll led his last few teams to awful records by not changing with the times, by not adapting, by rigidly sticking with his 70s era football that no longer worked in the new pass happy NFL He was the only coach in the NFL who didn t use the shotgun with his quarterback He refused to Absolutely refused to And he ran the ball That s all he did With poor runners and a poor offensive line, that s hard to do When your quarterback is getting beat up because he can t play out of the shotgun, it s time to make some changes So, for the eighth game, Noll shook some things up, threw in some trick plays, loosened the reigns, if you will, and they won So, in the first half of their season, they went 2 6 Pretty bad.After getting that second win, they went back to losing The mistakes reappeared The penalties mounted The turnovers occurred, the punts were blocked, the stupid fights occurred, resulting in unsportsmanlike penalties, etc And it became apparent to most that these football players had no leadership and were uncoachable They didn t learn what their coaches taught them, or tried to teach them They kept making the same stupid mistakes It was unreal Speaking of uncoachable, the author got some things wrong and some things right This book was published right after that season, so hind sight is 20 20, but he wrote repeatedly about how recent first round draft pick, Rod Woodson, a super fast and mega talented defensive back from Purdue was talented, yes, but made mistake after mistake and couldn t adapt to the NFL caliber competition, how he was most likely going to wind up a bust Of course, Woodson went on to snag a Super Bowl ring and is in the NFL Hall of Fame So too, he raved about then guard, soon to be center, Dermonti Dawson, a recent draft pick from Kentucky who started the season injured, but then came on and learned a lot as the season progressed and showed a lot of promise He predicted a long NFL future for him Like Woodson, Dawson has a Super Bowl ring and is in the NFL Hall of Fame.The Steelers went on to lose four straight games, so that their record stood at 2 10 People started whispering that they should throw their remaining four games so they could get the number one draft pick, rud to be UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman Chuck Noll would have none of it The Steelers came back and won three of their last four to finish with a 5 11 record The season nearly broke Noll s spirit Three of his assistant coaches were fired, two defensive coaches and the special teams coach The new owner, Dan Rooney, was most unpleased The book ends with the next NFL draft The Steelers were drafting seventh They were guaranteed to get a good pick The Steelers chose Georgia running back Tim Worley, a super college running back with size and speed, sure to be their featured back for the next decade That was a long time ago, but as I recall, he was largely a bust and lasted just a few short years, accomplishing next to nothing Like most of the other draft picks of that era If I remember right, Noll went on to coach threeunmemorable years before retiring with most Pittsburgh fans breathing a sigh of relief Bill Cowher took over as coach and had the team back in the Super Bowl within a few years, barely losing to Dallas, before several years later, winning the team s fifth of six Super Bowl titles.The book is interesting, but it s kind of unfocused and all over the place It s obviously a human interest piece and somewhat scattered, neither a true football book, nor a coaching book, nor a journalism book, nor a real social studies book, perhaps a study on the people and mindset of Pittsburgh football fans, but it rambles and doesn t spend much time on the actual games themselves Which I found a bit disappointing A lot of time is spent shooting the breeze with the other reporters I guess that s where the info is, certainly not with the players, right It s not a bad book, but it s not a great book at all It s written with an interesting premise, but I m not sure what it actually accomplishes What did it set out to do Did it succeed Did it even deserve to be written and published I m not sure If you re a longtime Steelers fan, you might find this interesting If not, then simply don t read it Not recommended

  2. Chris Schaffer says:

    Probably a good book if you re a die hard Steeler fan Good read in the season long chronicle genre and some good insights into the city and the team structure But overall boring and the author certainly picked a woeful season to tag along with the team.

  3. I ❤ Pepper Martin (Jenn W) says:

    This book was definitely not what I was expecting I thought there would be a littlefocus on the team Mostly it was about the city of Pittsburgh, and some about the people who lived there A lot about the local sports reporters and sports casters, way too much about them if you ask me It was a really hard book to finish If I wasn t such a die hard Steelers fan, I probably wouldn t have finished the book.

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