Cover of the book NFL Moments of the NFL, by Victor Hasbani.
More than 100 million people gather each year around the world to follow the final of the American SuperBowl. Between the game, breaks and musical performances, the final of the National Football League – NFL , for its acronym in English – lasts about three hours and 45 minutes. Of all that time, the oval ball is in motion for about 11 minutes. The decisive game is the maximum expression of a sports culture that goes far beyond the grass – in how many films is the protagonist or does he dream of being the captain of the school or university team? – and that his followers have turned into a ritual that starts long before the meetings, with barbecues in the surroundings of the enclosures. The relative low number of games played per year —256 in the last season; only LaLiga, for example, has 380— heightens the mystique of this sport.
In NFL Highlights (Contra), journalist Victor Hasbani selects 14 stories that help to understand the epic and hook that American football generates. Hasbani begins the book with an act of empathy towards the reader, explaining the basic rules of the game. Then, victories, defeats, legends, characters and anecdotes that have shaped this sport. The most recent, that of Tom Brady, who last Sunday won his seventh title with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The boy who wanted to emulate Joe Montana. He did this by directing the attacks of the New England Patriots. In the third quarter of the 2017 final they lost 28-3. The narration of the minutes that that epic comeback lasted is the essence of the explanation of that youthful and universal desire to be the team's quarterback and to have, even if only for a few seconds, the world in the shape of an ovoid in your hands