This is kind of a weird story. Two or three years ago I got an e-mail from Amazon.com recommending a book called Merger & Mayhem which was to detail the 1966 merger talks between the AFL and the NFL, culminating in the first Super Bowl. I tried to pre-order the book, but it was listed as "currently unavailable" or something. Then when I tried a few days later, suddenly the book wasn't even listed on Amazon. I did a search on that name and kept getting a book about Wall Street; I did a search on the author's name and found some other sports books he had written, but (obviously) not this one. So I e-mailed Amazon and asked what the story was. I got a "talks a lot but doesn't say much" response that was non-committal on when or even if the book would become available. Every so often after that I would check on it, but after a while I just forgot. Well Friday night I was browsing in a bookstore when I came across two books about the AFL I hadn't seen before. I didn't buy them, but when I got home I looked them up on Amazon and added them to my "Wish List" so maybe my wife or my brother will get them for me for Christmas. As I was looking at one of them, The Birth of the New NFL: How the 1966 NFL/AFL Merger Transformed Pro Football,a bell started ringing in my head - the author's name (Larry Felser) sounded familiar, and the book's description reminded me of the "lost" book I had tried to get years ago (which I hadn't even thought of in ages.) So I dug around in my e-mail and sure enough, I still had the original message and sure enough, it was the same author. I guess it's not that big of a mystery - any number of things could have caused the book to "vanish". Maybe the original publisher went bankrupt, or there was a dispute between the author and the publisher, or someone interviewed for the book disputed how they were quoted, etc. Just another one of those things in life where you only find something long after you've quit looking for it. I love reading about the AFL.