Most Popular Books Bought by Smart Football Readers in 2014

I’ve always been floored by the quality of the feedback and discussion from Smart Football readers (whether on this site, Grantland or on Twitter or Facebook), so it’s always fascinating to see which books are most popular among readers. The following is a breakdown of the books purchased over the last year by Smart Football readers. I get very minor referral revenues from Amazon purchases and, as a result, I am able to track which books are purchased by readers. The data is entirely anonymous but it is, to me at least, quite interesting. (Click to enlarge the charts.)

The Most Popular Books Bought by Smart Football Readers in 2014

2014 Chart 1

The Most Popular Books Bought by Smart Football Readers in 2014 (excluding The Essential Smart Football)

2014 Chart 2

Below is the full list of books. Note that I simply included the top books and did not include a separate “other” category. I thought the list was fairly eclectic this year, as non-football books had numbers comparable to the football ones. And, as usual, books that focused on football strategy dominated all other sports or football titles.

  • Eric Johnson

    I’m reading “The Forward Pass: The Play that Saved Football” by Philip L. Brooks. I’m on a history kick where I’m tracing the developments of the game’s schemes and concepts as they emerged. I’m trying to uncover the tit-for-tat nature of the offense/defense dichotomy over the years. I’m finding that there were a lot of things that we may take for granted today that have had an enormous affect on the game as we know it – the shape of the ball, condition of equipment or lack thereof, the rules, prevailing smash-mouth mentality, etc. Very enlightening.