- Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Sports Illustrated (3. August 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1603200614
- ISBN-13: 978-1603200615
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 2,5 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 100.250 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Sports Illustrated Blood, Sweat & Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today's Game (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 3. August 2010
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Sports Illustrated senior writer Tim Layden, who joined the magazine in March 1994, primarily writes about the NFL, Olympic sports (chiefly track and field in the summer and alpine skiing in the winter) and horse racing, but has written about a wide variety of subjects for the publication and for SI.com. Before coming to Sports Illustrated, Layden spent six years at Newsday, three years at the Albany Times-Union and nine years at the Schenectady Gazette. During his three decades in journalism, Layden has won multiple sportswriting awards, including an Eclipse Award for coverage of thoroughbred horse racing in 1987. Among Layden's most significant work for the magazine are stories detailing the remarkable recovery of injured NFL player Kevin Everett (Dec. 2007), the phenomenon of Big Hits in the NFL (July 2007), the Triple Crown near-misses by Funny Cide (2003), Smarty Jones (2004) and Big Brown (2008), the tragic career of track star Marion Jones, the subculture of ticket scalping in the pre-Internet world (1997) and during the winter of 1995, the growing problem of gambling by college students. Born and raised in Whitehall, N.Y., Layden graduated in 1978 from Williams College, where he was an English major and a member of the basketball team. He is a runner-turned-cyclist who regularly battles the hills of northern Connecticut, where he lives with his wife and two children.
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The problem is with the format of the book, is that each chapter is one play. Just one play. That's often useful, in describing Student Body Right. Lombardi's power run game could use more than the power sweep, explaining the bedrock play of NFL rushing, the 'Power O'. Readers should know 'power' means the man blocking schemes for running with pulling guards. But the book is still informative and interesting, and will show you how cyclical things are.
If you like books like this, read Smartfootball the books and the website. NFlbreakdowns and insidethepylon, web only authors like Mike Tanier are great resources too. Read the book, understand the history, than check out those resources for what's happening right NOW. Following Football's strategic evolution is the most rewarding and enjoyable way to be a football fan. It's a shame that the national sports discourse is so tawdry and cheap, so full of nonsensical beliefs, when fans really thought 'deflategate' last year would prevent the Patriots from being able to focus on the Seahawks and would lose the Superbowl...'is this distraction distracting you?' 'how about now?' , 'now??'. "Distractions" as reported by ESPN, have nothing to do with what happens on the field. They are distractions for the fans, preventing them from learning, reading, discussing ANYTHING that Matters to the games being played. The plays in this book, mattered, immensely, in winning and losing games. The plays diagrammed, animated in motion on NFlbreakdowns and insidethepylon, MATTER. 99% of the things Sportstalk radio, ESPN and all talking heads talk about, DO NOT.
I won't fault it for that. This book works on that level and many will love it for exactly the reason I wanted it to be different.
Students of the game will learn more about the people in the game than about the strategies they invented (or reinvented.)
What you are getting are great stories behind the plays. What I missed was the reasons how and why these strategies worked.
Worth the read.
I thought the book was great. I learned a lot. It was fun seeing the philosophy behind plays I ran in high school when I played. It was also enlightening to see how some plays work and it helped me understand why the read-option was so effective this season with the 49ers, Seahawks and Redskins. It's even more surprising when one takes into account that the book came out three years before the read-option made its splash appearance on the NFL scene this year.