An unrivaled portrait of day-to-day life in the NFL: "Riveting...An instant classic." -- New York Times Book Review
By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language. Equal parts Paper Lion, Moneyball, Friday Night Lights, and The Office, this absorbing, funny, and vivid narrative gets to the heart of a massive and stressful collective endeavor.
Here is football in many faces: the polarizing, brilliant, and hilarious head coach; the general manager, whose job is to support (and suppress) the irrepressible coach; the defensive coaches and their in-house rivals, the offensive coaches; and of course the players. Wise safeties, brooding linebackers, high-strung cornerbacks, enthusiastic rookies, and a well-read nose tackle-they make up a strange and complex family. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike in a book about football that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.
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Big jets fan here
Loved it. Great look at what was a tough time for all of Gang Green and their fans.
Good read for a football fan
It's a good but not great book that gives a football fan a glimpse into life in the nfl. It sometimes blows past interesting events a little to casually, and the prose is occasionally dense.
Having said that, you get the sense this could have been a longer book, because the level of candor and access is remarkable and that's an achievement worth reading about.
A must read classic
As a fan of the Jets, I approached this book with some trepidation. I didn't want to see my team skewered in print. After reading the first five pages, I was completely entranced by the detailed writing. You can almost imagine what it is like to coach or play in the NFL.