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Recommend for any NFL fan. Mar 03, Andrew rated it it was amazing. I really liked this book. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozing and drug use of the players and the horrible conditions and wield owners were fascinating and hysterical.
And of cours, looming over everything is Trump, who in his self aggrandizing way ruined the leauge much lik I really liked this book. And of cours, looming over everything is Trump, who in his self aggrandizing way ruined the leauge much like he is doing to the country in my opinion.
A fascinating slice of Americana. Highly recommended. Nov 05, Jake rated it really liked it Shelves: sports-books , trump-era. I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. But he knew it would be a tough sell, which is why, despite his relative success as a writer, it took so I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble.
But he knew it would be a tough sell, which is why, despite his relative success as a writer, it took so long to get published. He clearly has both a fascination with the league, mixed with a little reverence and a lot of levity. He covers its rise and fall through telling the important parts of the story while buttressing it with almost unbelievably comic tales of miserly owners, strange player, and weird fans. He also makes the case that with spring football and the moderate tv success the USFL was having, it could have been on to something if not for… …sigh… Donald Trump.
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Discussions about Donald Trump leave me greatly fatigued. It was one of relief that this obnoxious man would soon be out of my life. Alas, that was not to be. Fortunately, Pearlman deals with him well enough. Just honest quotes and tales about how the guy was a moron who helped torpedo what was a really good idea. The book has shortcomings.
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Pearlman will do a deep dive on a subject he finds fascinating but not go deep enough in other areas. This issue was the case with his still enjoyable 80s Lakers book. I think Pearlman works better with either single subjects: his Bonds book is my favorite of his and his Brett Favre one is good too.
Pearlman is probably my favorite contemporary sports author. Nov 10, Steve Rabideau rated it it was amazing. I knew the fate of the league going into the book, but as I got near the end I somehow hoped Donald Trump hadn't ruined the league and it was still going today. At that point I was hooked, I wanted to learn how a football league with so much potential managed to fail.
But at the time there was little information. Then Jeff announced his book and I literally counted down the days and preordered it and I got a sticker, place card and autograph thanks Jeff! It was everything I hoped it would be and more. Tons of great crazy stories, from players, coaches and management. I took me a while to get though due to googling names I had never heard for more info. That was a plus for me. I can honestly say you don't have to be a football fan to enjoy this book.
I don't want to get into Trump talk, but this book does give you a pretty good idea of the kind of person Trump is and why he sticks on certain issues. I haven't read everything Jeff has put out, but of what I have this is by far my favorite. I absolutley recommend this book! Nov 29, Tom Gase rated it it was amazing.
Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL
I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. One time an entire team was traded for another team. Like the whole franchise. The stories on Keith Fields are also insan I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. The stories on Keith Fields are also insane. And oh, yes, there are the stories on Donald Trump, who owned the New Jersey Generals and basically helped run the league into the ground when he got big-headed and thought about himself.
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But I enjoyed this one basically because everything was so new to me. I felt I learned more in this book than the others. Good stuff, if you are a sports fan, or just hate Donald Trump, you'll love this book. His passion for the stories and the people except for one notorious owner and the USFL in general jump off every page. Sep 30, Gerard rated it it was amazing. This is a great book I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories.
This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly recommended. A must read for sports fans! Feb 01, Zach rated it really liked it Shelves: sportsball. Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck , Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, unduly-accelerated demise: "You didn't want the joy to stop, but it was dead.
While there are some stylistic tics that bothered me while reading, and the occasion Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck , Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, unduly-accelerated demise: "You didn't want the joy to stop, but it was dead.
While there are some stylistic tics that bothered me while reading, and the occasional dry patch in spots, the book manages to capture the sort of feeling you get looking at a car wreck; part of you wants to look away, but the other can't resist continuing.
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This is perhaps best displayed in the chapter about the star-crossed San Antonio Gunslingers, the franchise for which Pearlman claims he could write a book at least "5, pages long," and it still probably wouldn't be enough to cover all the details and nuances of lunacy. And while there's a lot of laugh at, Pearlman also manages to achieve moments of genuine pathos, particularly when focusing on the decline and death, from brain cancer, of John Bassett, the noble owner of the Tampa Bay Bandits.
This is the sort of story - improbable rise, even more improbable fall, with lots of lurid anecdotes to share on the way - that sorta tells itself for further discussion, the ESPN documentary Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?
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Given the history of the league and just how the end came around, it should go without saying that this is a Book About Donald Trump, as well. To his considerable credit, Pearlman is never overwhelming when writing about the owner of the New Jersey Generals, letting quotes from the time spell out how his ego and lack of foresight doomed the league. From his first appearance, a brief cameo in chapter one, his presence in the book is foreboding, and on his full arrival in the third act, it's all too clear what his involvement in the league will do.
All in all, while I have a few hangups, I quite enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in the esoterica of American sports. This portrait of the little league that could, then did, then collapsed in spectacular fashion is one of the best sports books I've read in quite some time. Dec 31, Frank Paul rated it it was amazing.