A Game of Passion: The NFL Literary Companion

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A collection of writings about football includes contributions by Mickey Herskowitz, August Wilson, Ray Bradbury, James Dickey, John Madden, Andy Rooney, and Don DeLillo

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This collection of 40-plus pieces celebrates football generally and the National Football League specifically. "Football gets ratings, and baseball sells books," says coeditor Wiebusch in his introduction. Well, maybe, but is anyone else a little weary of seeing the words baseball and timeless in the same sentence? Here's an alternative: vivid sportswriting without an overdose of lyrical rhapsodizing. Among the authors present are James Dickey, Don DeLillo, Andy Rooney, Irwin Shaw, Frederick Exley, and Lee Iacocca. Highlights include Exley's "One for Steve," about former Giants coach Steve Owen; Jim Klobuchar's piece on swashbuckling quarterback Bobby Layne; and Will McDonough's potpourri of Super Bowl memories. What will strike readers is the respect the players of bygone eras had for each other. The NFL was much smaller then; the players knew their opponents and were much more accessible--their lives were more like ours. This excellent collection is certain to be a favorite of NFL fans for years to come. Wes Lukowsky

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