Starting in September, the air starts to cool, the trees begin to turn, and everyone dives into their closets for sweaters and their Chiefs or university-logoed gear.
This year, more people may be tailgating in their driveways than in the parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium or at their college alma maters, but wherever you are, Mid-Continent Public Library has at least five ways you can pump up your gameday game plan before the action on the gridiron begins!
- Pay homage to the 2019 Super Bowl Champs! The Kansas City Chiefs celebrated their 60th season by winning their second Super Bowl title in Miami, so what better time to learn a little more about the team’s history or some of its history-making players? Find out how many items you can cross off the list of 100 Things Chiefs Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Check out a title about Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, who brought the team from Texas and changed the game in so many memorable ways. Or, read about last year’s historic season in At Last: The Kansas City Chiefs Unforgettable 2019 Championship Season, available in hard copy or eBook format.
Kids will enjoy getting to know our Super Bowl MVP and the League’s most exciting quarterback by reading books about Pat Mahomes or checking out the newly released Go Chiefs Go: The Championship Season of the Kansas City Chiefs, which encourages kids to pursue their own dreams.
- Add some zip to your culinary playbook. At the heart of every great game is a great tailgate menu—whether it’s prepared in the parking lot or in your own kitchen. If you are looking for a new thrill for your grill, or trying to come up with a new nosh for your pre-game spread, the Library has a special list of curated cookbooks full of tailgate fare to inspire you. Enjoy mouthwatering recipes from former NFL star and celebrity chef Eddie Jackson in his aptly titled Game-Day Eats: 100 Recipes for Homegating Like a Pro.
Plus, you can access current and past issues of top cooking magazine titles online through either Flipster or RBdigital. Check out publications chockful of recipes for filling fare, such as Bon Appétit, Rachael Ray Every Day, Food Network Magazine, Cooking Light, and Pioneer Woman Magazine.
- Get inspired by the greats of the game. Football as a game is interesting to many, but it’s the stories behind the athletes that may warm your heart or inspire you to achieve greatness. Discover stories like former NFL player Michael Oher’s in his New York Times bestselling book that became a hit Hollywood film, I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond.
Or, get inspired by former coach turned broadcaster Tony Dungy in his memoir A Quiet Strength. And learn the story behind the success of one of the greatest running backs of all time in Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton. These are just a few of the recommendations on our handpicked list of inspiring football stories to get you into the game.
- Score a touchdown in the screening room. There have been so many movies made about the game of football that you’d have to devote an entire off-season to watch them all. Huddle with your home team and watch a film from our Touchdown at the Cinema list or an all-star favorite below:
- Invincible (PG; 2006)
- Touchback (PG-13; 2011)
- The Blind Side (PG-13; 2010)
- The Game Plan (PG; 2007)
- King’s Heart (2015)
- Friday Night Lights (PG-13; 2004)
- Leatherheads (PG-13; 2008)
- Little Giants (PG; 2016)
- We Are Marshall (PG; 2007)
- Remember the Titans (PG; 2001)
- Rudy (PG; 2000)
- When the Game Stands Tall (PG; 2014)
- Download the latest gridiron news. In between quarters, or as you’re waiting on your tailgate feast to finish cooking, tackle the latest sports headlines by using your Access Pass (Library card) to access current issues of popular sports magazine titles, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN – The Magazine, and Men’s Health, which you can download to your mobile device through Flipster and RBdigital.
If you want the latest from the scribes at The Kansas City Star, access the sports page and the front page (and all other pages!) for free every day using The Kansas City Star Image Edition. If, for some inexplicable reason, you root for the Bears, Rams, Chargers, Dolphins, or any other NFL team, you can access today’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, or more than 200 other U.S. newspapers, plus scores of others around the world, by using PressReader.
Even if you’ve shelled out the big bucks for season tickets or satellite TV service to watch the Chiefs or your college team (if they are playing this fall), accessing these Library resources won’t break the bank. In fact, they are a major score for your wallet because they are all completely free with your MCPL Access Pass (Library card). Don’t have a card? Sign up for one today and get immediate access to the above resources and more.