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Sports Illustrated: Great Football Writing (Sports Illustrated) [Hardcover]

By Rob Fleder (Editor)
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For more than 50 years, Sports Illustrated has been the gold standard of sports writing, and during that time, footballonce a popular college pastime but only a rag-tag professional gamehas moved to center stage, taking its unquestioned place as Americas most popular sport.This book brings together dozens of football classics from the pages of SI, featuring the work of such esteemed writers as John OHara and Jack Kerouac, Dan Jenkins and George Plimpton, Don DeLillo and John Underwood and John Ed Bradley.And of course, the collection includes many of the longtime favorites of SI readers: Frank Deford and Rick Reilly, Steve Rushin and Gary Smith, Peter King and Rick Telander, and the inimitable Dr. Z, Paul Zimmerman.Covering more than half a century of the game at every level from high school to the Super Bowl, this volume will be indispensable reading for serious football fans.

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Pages   552
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   2.2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 9, 2006
Publisher   Sports Illustrated
ISBN  1933405090  
ISBN13  9781933405094  

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1Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Humor > Sports
2Books > Subjects > Sports > Football (American) > General
3Books > Subjects > Sports > General
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An excellent compendium or giftbook especially for thoughtful football fans  Jan 6, 2007
Edited by Sports Illustrated magazine's executive editor Rob Fleder, and with an introduction by popular football writer Peter King, Sports Illustrated: Great Football Writing compiles classic stories about football and football players from the pages of the venerable magazine, from the modern day to the 1950's. From "The Nightmare of Steroids" to "Where Have You Gone, Joe Namath?" to "All the Way with O.J." - an article about Simpson's stellar football performance from long before his arrest and trial for murder - the articles cover the both the highlights and the low points of America's long love affair with football. An excellent compendium or giftbook especially for thoughtful football fans, who enjoy pondering at length how the sport and its telling has gradually evolved with the decades.
A Hall-of-Fame Colection  Sep 27, 2006
There once was a time - it seems like a century ago - when SI really meant something in chronicling sports. But the magazine has sunk over the years to lazily give readers too many book excerpts and not enough good reporting. Is a lead article bashing A-Rod, that includes quotes by cowards who don't want to be named, really good journalism?

This outstanding collection of essays over the many years of the publication shows how sports writing can be equal parts art and history. In the first 50 or so pages, a reader learns about the first sports agent in the game, how a NFL franchise owner parlayed purchasing a team for a buck into stock worth almost $2 million, how the draw-play was invented, the grand history and sordid collapse of the Southwest Conference and the mystique of Lambeau Field.

The writers are a venerable who's who in American letters; David Halberstam, Jack Kerouac and George Plimpton. The sleeper in the bunch is Myron Cope, who was an outstanding sports writer before becoming the Super Fan-character on Pittsburgh Steelers radio broadcasts. Though not included in the collection, Cope's SI interview of Howard Cosell was the best feature I ever read on the man who "Told It Like It Is" well before Monday Night Football.

Great Football Writing is essential reading for people who enjoy the great mechanics of being told a story. And though the writers make the craft seem as easy as drawing up a last-second bomb to win the street-game, it takes a champion to professionally cover a champion. The collection is a classic.


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