- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: Triumph Books (Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1600786383
- ISBN-13: 978-1600786389
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15 x 2,8 x 22,6 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 188.401 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Tough Guy: My Life on the Edge (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Oktober 2011
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Bob Probert was a winger with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks between 1986 and 2002. He supported many local charities and twice visited troops in Afghanistan. He died suddenly in 2010 at the age of 45 while boating with his family.Kirstie McLellan Day is the author of "Above and Beyond," "No Remorse," thenumber onebestselling memoir "Playing with Fire," and"Under the Mat."She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Dani Probert is the wife of Bob Probert. Steve Yzerman is a former player for theDetroit Red Wings, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning."
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His wife had to finish the book and she went into detail about the post-concussive syndrome her husband suffered from and what the research on his brain tissue has yielded. We lost Probie far to young: he was only in his mid-40s before a heart attack claimed him, but he was a devoted family man who always gave of himself and let his fists do his talking for him. I.e., he wasn't a glory hound, which is rare in this day and age.
Bob Probert lost his life in July of 2010 while in the company of his family. He was in the midst of writing this book. While from his own account, and those of his teammates, he had the qualities of a person one would want on their side, like loyalty, leadership, and respect, his self-destructive side made this reviewer often cringe.
While he often professes in the book his undying love for his beautiful wife and five children, his openness about his alcoholism, drug use, pain killers, and infidelities leads to questions about his character and worthiness.
The author, Kristie McKellan Day, who also collaborated with Theo Fleury in a similar tell-all, wide open autobiography featuring similar self-destructive, insane behavior seems to have a knack for wooing these types of athletes who push society's boundaries.
Steve Yzerman, who seemed to keep Probert in balance as the Captain of the great Red Wing team, at once describes the good Probert and the bad Probert. It seems to be a war in which the two sides clash often.
At the end of the book, there is a sense of foreboding in the writing of Probert, as if he knows his time is drawing near. He rues the hurt he has put on his wife and family, and one can readily see the truth.
Frankly, after reading Fleury's story, and Probert's (the two were briefly teammates at the end of their playing careers), the life of a professional athlete seems terrifying. The physical sacrifices, the sycophants, the drugs, and the abuse that people put their bodies through tells a story that is far different from the one I always imagined when I had sports heroes as a youngster.
As Probert put it, when he was high, he had permission to have fun any way he wanted to. It led to injuries, car and motorcycles accidents, breach of marital trust, letting his children down, among other things. The money was good, but the price to pay was astronomical.
I read it on a Kindle and the Kindle edition leaves out a major word in chapter 26. A Tactical Landing. Probert is talking about the guys in Afghanistan asking him questions about the NHL and when they ask him who the toughest guy he ever fought against was, the name of the guy he mentions is MISSING!! If anyone reads this and has the book edition of this, please let me know what his response was!! Friggen Kindle!! I should have bought the physical copy like I normally do.
I do not remember the press conferences. Maybe because I am from New England. However, I give Dani credit for staying with her husband through all those times. Drugs, sex and alcohol is enough to put any marriage over the edge.
I did find the book boring at times for it spoke of the same again, and again (sex, drugs, ect) and skimmed over some words within the paragraphs.
You know he loved the sport, and his "job" as an Enforcer. Hearing him talk about his teammates no matter who they were he respected them for their roles and individual. I disliked Chelos for a long time, but reading what he did for Bob now has another look at the hockey star. He took his job serious and knowing what he was going through he was not a "goon" as others had titled.
However, to hear the words, details and story from his point, family and friends I wish more sport athletes would open up for us to understand them as individuals and not greedy sport players.
Rest in Peace Bob!
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