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It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium [Hardcover]

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"The best sports book of the year."
- Sports Illustrated

"John Ed Bradley says that all he ever wanted to do was to leave behind a pretty piece of writing. Here it is-a wonderful blend of honest introspection, passionate reporting, and superb storytelling. One of the best books I have read in years."
- Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Season of Life

Inspired by a classic essay about a visit to a dying coach, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium explores in gorgeous detail the inescapable pull of college football-the cocky smiles behind the face masks, the two-a-day drills, the emotionally charged bus rides to the stadium, the curfew checks, the film-study sessions, the locker room antics, and the yawning void left in one's soul the moment the final whistle sounds. To understand why it's so painful to give up the game, you must first understand the intimacy of the huddle. "It ends for everybody," writes John Ed Bradley, "and then it starts all over again, in ways you never anticipated. Marty Dufresne sits in his wheelchair listening to the Tiger fight song...Ramsey Darder endures prison by playing the games over in his head...Big Ed Stanton never took up the game of golf, and yet he rides the streets of Bayou Vista in a cart nearly identical to Coach Mac's, recalling the one time the old man invited him for a ride." Far more than a memoir, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium is a brutally honest, profoundly moving look at what it means to surrender something you love.

An Amazon Editors' Best Book of 2007

"John Ed Bradley is a rare gem, a gifted writer trapped in the body of a football player. It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium will send chills down the back of anyone who loves the game and will echo in the minds of former players long after they've put it down."
- Tim Green, best-selling author and member of the College Football Hall of Fame

"A mesmerizing read...achingly sentimental in some parts, brutally truthful in others..."
- Chicago Tribune

"The best memoir I have ever read on how a particular game, win or lose, can linger with us."
- Josh Levin, Slate

"An unsparing and often beautiful chronicle of [Bradley's] attempt to join polite society."
- Play Magazine

"A lyrical memoir...about his teammates, his coaches, his parents and the magnetic power of football in Louisiana." - National Public Radio

"Heart-wrenching, honest, insightful and hard to put down." - The Franklin Sun

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Item Specifications...

Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 4, 2007
Publisher   ESPN
ISBN  1933060336  
ISBN13  9781933060330  

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More About John Ed Bradley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John Ed Bradley is the author of several highly praised novels and a memoir, "It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium." A former reporter for "The" "Washington Post, " he has also written for "Esquire, Sports Illustrated, GQ, "and" Play "magazines. He lives with his wife and daughter in Mandeville, Louisiana.

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Reviews - What do customers think about It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium?

If You Don't Cry, You're Not a Football Fan  Sep 16, 2008
Bradley has written a thoughtful, somber, and poetic memoir that reads as the flip-side to Jason Peter's drug-fueled Hero of the Underground. Every page is brimming with emotion, whether it's love or hate of the game of football. While the cover prominently features an LSU logo and colors, don't be fooled--this book is for all college football fans, not just LSU fans.

As some other reviewers have commented, there's not much action here, so it's not a rip-roaring read--it doesn't ever fully grip the reader in its clutches. This is partially due to the non-linear format. The chapters aren't ordered like a plot, and some readers may lose interest because of that. Could Bradley be too good of a writer for football fans to handle? I hope not.

The fact that the book is still so good in spite of its relative calm is a testament to its sharp writing. Bradley didn't win a Superbowl or a college National Championship; in fact, he never even tried out for the NFL. In the end, it doesn't matter: "It Never Rains..." is one of the best football books that I've ever read. Instead of a football player who happens to write, John Ed Bradley is a writer who happened to play football.
Disappointment  Jul 1, 2008
This book has its moments, but too few of them. The author, a former LSU football player shares his experiences of playing at LSU and afterwards as he tries to put his days in Baton Rouge behind him and become a writer.
I found it most interesting when he was sharing his experiences as a player. The rest of it is kind of ho hum. I never was too clear on just how much he wanted to stop being an LSU Tiger and how much he wanted to be a writer. He protesth a bit much. He included some really unrelated personal relationship stuff that was not unlike eveyone's experiences. At the end he lapsed into sort of a "what ever happenned to" treatment of former teammates. In the acknowledgements section the author admits that some of the content of the book was taken from earlier articles. It shows.
Wonderful!  Jan 23, 2008
A great read for LSU fans or college football fans in general. Great insight and also very well written. As close as most of us will ever get to Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
Nothing like LSU Football  Jan 22, 2008
I could not put this book down! The way he moved back in forth in his life keep me on the edge of my seat to see what was coming next. Thank you Mr. Bradley for this wonderfull book.
The best reading material for any Tiger fan!  Jan 20, 2008
This book contains several stories within the book about former tiger football player, John Ed Bradley along with his teamates and Coach, Charlie McClendon. It was interesting to hear a player's perspective on tiger stadium and LSU football. Bradley shares other stories within his own about teamates and life experiences that are interesting enough to make you want to re-read the book as soon as you finish it the first time! This book is everything and more that I imagined it would be! I highly recommend it. ***GEAUX TIGERS***

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