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A Fan's Folklore: Six Seasons of Triumph, Tragedy and Tough Luck (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Dean T. Hartwell

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The author channels his favorite athletes and favorite teams and even some of his nemeses to write a folklore about his own life.

Lyman Bostock is one of the many legendary athletes the author writes about. Bostock offered to return his salary to his team, the California Angels after a month in which he had batted a dismal .147! His desire to earn his paycheck makes him unforgettable.

Ken Stabler was faced with a decision on the last play of a football game. He could either take a sack and lose the game or deliberately fumble (and flaunt the rules) and win the game. His decision to break the rules makes him a legend and caused the author to think about ethical situations in life, of which he writes.

Frenchy Fuqua will never tell whether he touched the ball in the play known as the "Immaculate Reception." If he touched the ball and opponent Jack Tatum did not, then the Pittsburgh Steelers got away with one. The author analyzes the play in detail and comes to a conclusion about it in the chapter appropriately titled "Pittsburgh Justice."

The book's point is that legends are not born on third base; they are created inside of us from the third down and longs we face in life. Read the author's folklore as he uses stories of athletes and games to explain lessons he has learned through his own experiences.

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My books "Planes without Passengers," "Facts Talk but the Guilty Walk," and "Dead Men Talking" have all done well on Amazon! I have also made available the 2nd edition of "Planes without Passengers"! I am happy to have added my voice to many others who write their doubts about the official government reports on 9/11 and other crimes. I will continue to use my legal background to explain circumstantial evidence and logic to the public and to participate in the ongoing dialogue to get to the truth. With my new book, "A Fan's Folklore: Six Seasons of Triumph, Tragedy and Tough Luck," I write about another topic for which I have passion: sports. So many of the lessons I have learned in life have become obvious to me by watching football and baseball. I discuss some of my life's stories and how I came to be the person I am through the lens of professional sports.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 200 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 166 Seiten
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  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00A123LVW
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lessons in life are learned from sports 29. November 2012
Von Bob - Veröffentlicht auf
I was intrigued about this book by Dean Hartwell for two very obvious reasons. Sports has played and continues to play a large part in my life, plus I am also a sportswriter myself.

What I read was very insightful, as Dean wrote of sporting events, both on and off the field, that helped shape his life. In addition to that, Dean opens a door that very few writers open. Hartwell bares his soul talking about some very painful real-life experiences, that most of us would never want to publicize.

Bottom line, sports does teach us all lessons about life. Yes, I know, sporting events are just games or matches, while life deals with reality. But sporting events do capture the very best and the very worst attributes of human beings. It is from those lessons in which we learn.

Dean does a very nice job illustrating that in his book.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Food for thought 4. April 2014
Von The Sports Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf
The core of Dean T. Hartwell’s ode to his sports loving youthful years is that sport can teach us about life, and can give life lessons in particular. In life, as in sport, it is up to the protagonist whether they chose to cross a particular line or not.

By looking at six season’s through the mid to late 1970s , Hartwell uses key matches from this time for his two beloved teams, the Oakland Raiders in the NFL and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Baseball’s MLB, to give his thoughts on a few ethical and moral conundrums thrown up. Nine particular matches are commented on, including some which even with the passage of time will be well known to many American sports fans; notably the “Immaculate Reception” game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers in 1972, and the “Holy Roller” when the Raiders faced the San Diego Chargers in 1978.

The matches analysed are split into three sections; the eponymous triumph, tragedy and tough luck, and Hartwell looks at the key events and decisions of these games. He links these to his own difficulties in his childhood at the time, giving details of some clearly difficult and personal experiences, and also assesses the decisions made from an ethical as well as a game management standpoint.

It is an intriguing concept and works up to a point. I would have liked a little more depth at times, both in terms of the reasons for particular plays occurring and in the way these lessons can map into regular life situations. The links to the author’s life are on occasion slightly tenuous, but I feel a little more detail might make this link clearer for the reader. That said, it is a personal account rather than a more generic life-lesson mantra, although the story of Lyman Bostock offering to forgo his wages after a particularly poor run of form for the California Angels in 1978 provides food for thought with regards many people’s attitudes in their work place.

There is a good level of detail of the sporting action though, in particular when running through the possible options the teams or individuals will have had to consider at the time with explanation of the possible risks and rewards. Readers will have their own opinions on what the correct decisions should have been, or on what actually happened in the case of the “Immaculate Reception” and may or may not agree with Hartwell but those for those who remember some of these incidents and matches there will be food for thought.
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