The book, creatively titled The Best of Down Goes Brown, will be released in September by Wiley Publishing. It's a paperback, and will list for about $20.
The book will feature 250+ pages of material, such as:
- 46 old favorites
(many of which have been revised and updated), including:
- The suspension flowchart
- The official map of an NHL rink
- A detailed look back at game seven of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, which due to a scheduling error had to be published twelve hours early
- The Code: Hockey's unwritten rules revealed
- The other former NHL stars who interviewed for Colin Campbell’s job
- How the NHL stacks up against the NFL, MLB, UFC and others
- The 1993 Leafs/Kings liveblog
- A hockey fan’s guide to modern TV technology
... and more.
- 24 chapters of exclusive brand new material, including:
- The NHL War Room's top secret flowchart for deciding whether a goal counts
- What an official suspension call really sounds like
- A beginner's guide to advanced statistics
- A history of the NHL in pop culture
- In-depth comparisons: Eric Lindros vs. Peter Forsberg, and Mario Lemieux vs. Patrick Roy
- A brief history of Wayne Gretzky
- A period-by-period look back at the 2012 Stanley Cup final
- A history of the NHL's greatest rivalry: Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs
- The ten greatest coaches in NHL history
- A complete transcript of every postgame call-in show ever broadcast
... and more.
- Forewords by TSN's Bob McKenzie
and James Duthie.
- Update: You can now find a sample chapter and full table of contents here.
Here's some additional information about the book in a handy FAQ format, since long-time readers know that I'm incapable of just writing in paragraphs like a normal person:
When will this be in stores?
The date will vary depending on when it ships from publisher's warehouse, but right now it looks like mid-September. Just in time for the lockout that will make everyone not want to read about hockey!
I'm from the Internet. What is this "paying for things" concept that you speak of?
I was a little hazy on that one too, but I'm told that apparently you can exchange money for things that you feel have value. It's all very confusing, but the accountants at the publishing house seemed to think this part was important.
Will there be an ebook version?
I'm told that there will be. Details to come.
What does "exclusive" new content mean?
It means that the new stuff will only be available in the book. It won't appear on this site or in the National Post, or (except for any excerpts they do for promotional purposes) anywhere else. If you want to read the new stuff, you have to buy the book and/or awkwardly read it in the store aisle while everyone stares at you.
Wait, Bob McKenzie and James Duthie wrote forewords? Do they even know who you are?
Well... not necessarily. Let's just say McKenzie covers this topic in his foreword.
Will there still be typos that I can race to be the first to point out?
Probably. Feel free to write pithy comments about them in the margins.
There will be more detail coming as the release date gets closer. I hope you all get a chance to check out the book and enjoy it. And once again, sincere thanks to everyone who has been reading, forwarding posts, sharing links and just generally helping the site grow over the years. You're the reason this sort of project was possible.