Ten-Gallon War: The NFL's Cowboys, the AFL's Texans, and the Feud for Dallas's Pro Football Future

Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2012. c.336p. photogs. index. ISBN 9780547435503. $27. SPORTS
Former Baltimore Sun sports columnist Eisenberg's best book, Cotton Bowl Days (1997), was a memoir of his growing up a Cowboys fan in 1960s Dallas. This volume returns to the first three years of that decade when the Cowboys of the NFL and the Texans of the AFL vied for the city's then-limited interest in pro football. When it was proposed that the two teams play a game to determine who leaves town, some wags joked that the loser should be forced to stay. Ultimately, Lamar Hunt's AFL champion Texans moved to Kansas City to become the Chiefs in 1963, ceding Dallas to the 'Boys. Through extensive interviews, a Texas-sized territorial war over players, fans, and facilities is vividly relived.
VERDICT Concisely and affectionately told, this delightful book should appeal to all football fans.
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