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When It Was Just a Game

Harvey Frommer

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Long-time sports historian Harvey Frommer chronicles the first World Championship Game between the NFL and AFL, which would later become the Super Bowl.

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When It Was Just a Game

When It Was Just a Game

by Harvey Frommer

Overview

Today, Super Bowl Sunday is the equivalent of a major holiday in the U.S. Every February, friends and families gather around TVs all over America to watch the two best football teams of that season compete for the championship title. Some fans show up for Super Bowl parties for the food, commercials, and half-time show more than the game itself, but has it always been like this?

Harvey Frommer was a long-time sports historian and writer, and in When It Was Just A Game: Remembering the First Super Bowl, he takes us back to the spectacle's humble beginnings. Drawn from the oral histories of those who were there when the Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game in 1967, Frommer brings the first Super Bowl to life for a new generation.

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The Super Bowl has evolved into the grandest, grossest, gaudiest annual one-day spectacle in the annals of American sports and culture.

- Harvey Frommer

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