St. Paul, MN – Since 1961 Minnesota Vikings fans from around the world have embraced their team no matter the record. One of those fans, St. Paul author Jim Bruton, has written a book detailing the team’s love affair with its supporters. Bruton, a 41-year season ticket holder, is more than a fan; he tried out for the team in 1967 and 1971 as a place kicker after finishing his football career and degree at the University of Minnesota. “A few years ago, after the team was criticized by the sports media for one unfortunate incident, I decided I needed to do something to show how important this team and its tradition are to our community,” said Bruton.
A Tradition of Purple: An Inside Look at the Minnesota Vikings published by Sports Publishing L.L.C., www.SportsPublishingLLC.com or toll-free at 877-807-6034, the nations number one ranked sports book publishing company, chronicles the great moments and positive influence the team has had on Minnesota and beyond for nearly a half-century. Told from a fan’s perspective, A Tradition of Purple recalls the games, players and fans that make the Vikings who they are today, Minnesota’s most popular sports franchise.
While his NFL career may not have been long, Bruton’s passion for the Vikings is evident in the connections and friendships he has maintained with former teammates, staff and coaches over the years. In fact, coaching legend and NFL Hall of Fame Member, Bud Grant wrote the forward to Bruton’s new book. “I had a fantastic experience writing it. With the help of the team I interviewed many former players and fans to capture the real reason we have embraced this team for so many years,” said Bruton. “The book is full of humor and stories that pull at the heart and illustrate the team’s connection and appeal to a wide ranging audience.”
Bruton isn’t new to writing about subjects close to his heart. His first book, The Big House: Life Inside a Supermax Security Prison, gives readers an inside look at the corrections system. A system Bruton knows first-hand after spending 35 years in the field of corrections and retiring as the warden of the state’s maximum security prison at Oak Park Heights. “I am always fascinated by people’s fascination with learning about what goes on behind the scenes of any business or organization,” he said.
When not writing about his passions, Bruton teaches corrections courses at Hamline University and the University of St. Thomas. But on Sunday’s and the occasional Monday night, Bruton can be found cheering on his favorite team from his seats at the Metrodome.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Prior to Thanksgiving, I was contacted by a publicist who was promoting a new Vikings book, focusing on the history of the franchise. Would I be willing to promote the book on my site for an advanced copy? Well, of course--I love me some books, especially when they are 1) free and 2) on the Vikings. And I'm always willing to help a fellow Vikings' fan out. Not to mention the fact that, being a younger fan, I'm quite hazy on the history of the franchise. I've just started reading the book, and I promise a full book report when I'm done with it. If you're interested in checking it out, you can email the publisher to buy a copy. I'm through the first chapter, and it's looking like a book that pretty much any Viking fan would enjoy. The press release on the book and a picture of the cover is below.