I picked this up a few weeks ago in Dallas (in town for a Cowboys game of course) and just finished it. Written in 1997, it’s something of a prequel to Dallas sportswriter Steve Perkins’ Next Year’s Champions, which starts at the Ice Bowl and tells the story of the Cowboys’ 1968 season. Shropshire, a sportswriter for Fort Worth papers tells the story of the prior year, 1967, from the perspective of both the Cowboys and the Packers, ending with a play by play recounting of the actual game.
After our visit to the frozen tundra for the rematch in 2015 (last year’s trip is not to be mentioned), I have a better understanding of the town, the stadium, and the field, and so enjoyed the recounting.
It’s not the book NYC is – the writing isn’t as good, and the story isn’t as focused, but it’s still a useful addition to the literature on what was and is one of the all-time great games ever played.