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am 18. Dezember 2000
Tim Green gibt dem Leser in diesem Buch einen sehr guten einblick in den Alltag eines NFL-Profis. Er spricht sehr interessante Themen an wo man sich schon oft gefragt hat warum ist das so oder so. Es fällt auch durchaus positiv auf dass dies nicht das erste Bucxh von Tim Green ist. Das Buch ist nämlich wirklich sehr interessant geschrieben und nicht nur ein langweiliger Tatsachen Bericht. Das einzige was etwas komisch ist, ist der Titel des Buches, denn ich fand ihn etwas irreführend. Das hört sich mehr danach an als ob dieses Buch eine art Abrechnung eines ehemaligen Profis ist oder als ob er in diesem Buch irgendwelche Enthüllungen machen würde. Das ist es aber nicht.
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am 14. Januar 2000
Tim Green is a former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons. His autobiography of what he went through, saw, and felt in the National Football League is eye-opening.
Most of the information in here is a well known fact, or has been thought to happen by many hard core fans and players. Mr. Green's confirmation of these facts make it all the more chilling.
Some of the stories in here are quite amazing. One part of the book describes how players escaped the detection of steroid abuse.
This novel is the most important, and best football book in my collection.
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Tim Green was an unusual defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons. He read books in the locker room and during team meetings. He went to law school in his spare time. He had a hard time gaining weight and keeping it on. He left the game with his body and his brain relatively unscrambled (despite many concussions and stingers), and took up a new career as a broadcaster for Fox. His book is a series of mini-essays on everything you always wanted to know about pro football, but never wanted to experience. It is a gripping tale of pain, broken bodies, shattered lives, and electric moments that will remain with you for the rest of your life. I would have graded the book higher, but he did seem to skirt some of the obvious problems that professional football players experience such as groupies and deliberate attempt to maim. On the other hand, I found the book more revealing and better balanced than the "hero" biographies and the "broken life" tales that pro players usually produce. It is the most enjoyable book I have read by a retired NFLer. If Mr. Green had also been retired from broadcasting when he wrote this, he probably could have been more candid. Perhaps an updated version will appear in the future.

For those who are interested in Deion Sanders, the book has a very interesting portrait of the man which will add to your appreciation of his remarkable career and his character.

Many of the most valuable parts of the book describe all of the things that teams do that create failure. Correctly, Mr. Green pinpoints the ultimate cause of these problems as being the owner. You have to have a coach and a general manager who want to have the same style of play. Only the owner can ensure that will happen.

Two things were very new to me. First, the players find the game far more exciting than I would have ever imagined. Some of the descriptions are very vivid. Going into the stadium during the introductions is apparently way beyond an adrenaline rush. It is a feeling that most of us will never experience in our lives. Second, I was surprised by how much pain permeates the lives of the players. There's even a section encouraging you not to squeeze a player's or ex-player's hand hard in a handshake, because of the on-going pain they have from hand injuries. On television, the players all seem to unaffected by pain. That's apparently an act. In reality, they wallow in pain.

Because the book is broken up into different topics, you can skip to the subjects that interest you. But check out some that don't sound very interesting as well. Mr. Green has many valuable things to say. He is both intelligent and articulate. He also cares about improving the game.

If you have sons, read the section about whether or not you should encourage them to play football. I don't buy his argument, however, that soccer causes more injuries than football. My experience as a soccer coach was just the opposite with the children and teenagers I knew.

He obviously sympathizes with the players, which most fans do also. But he praises the praiseworthy wherever he finds them, and attacks many of the villains.

After you read this book, I suggest that you think about how you could change your work to make it more exciting and valuable.

If you don't like things as they are, change them!
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am 30. Dezember 1998
When I bought "The Dark Side Of The Game" I expected to read a book about... (ready?) the dark side of the game. I expected to smell, taste, and feel what it's like to be a player in the NFL. I expected to hear all about the unrelenting schedules, the practices without pity, the meaness of coaches, and the ficklness of fans.
Instead, what What Tim Green supplies us is collection of unrelated short articles that seem to be saying, in summary, that football is hard and all season season the players are constantly sore. Thanks, Tim, for that blinding glimpse of the obvious.
Don't get me wrong: I didn't DISlike this book. It was a fast, easy, and relatively fun read. But after reading the book, I don't feel like I know what it feels like to play in the NFL. Heck, I don't even REALLY understand why the title says this book is about the DARK side...
So go ahead and buy the book. Read it in a couple or three nights. Just don't expect to feel like you've "been there" vicariously. At least I didn't.
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am 13. Januar 2000
this book takes you on the field.it deals with race,sex,drugs,politics&money.time green does a great job of pointing out the different things that go on off&on the field.i dug the dion sanders chapter.Dion is so underrated he can play two sports real well and offense&defense.michael jordan wished he was as talented as Dion.but that's another debate and topic.this book points out the separation of races and the lack of hiring Black coaches.the drugs to enhance play.like Al Davis says just win baby just win.the money cap and how free agency has changed the game.this book makes sense after this weird and clone style season.very insightful.
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am 28. Dezember 1999
I had hoped that Tim Green would've addressed some of the really dark topics of the game such as organized crime influence, throwing games, etc. But the subjects he hits on were very informative and give some good insight as to what it's like to play football in the NFL. He paints a good picture of all the ups and downs of playing and gives fair warnings to all young players fortunate to rise to the pro level. Alot of his opinions are colorful and relevant and the book is very readable with many short chapters each packed with unique information. This is a must read for anyone who loves the game.
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am 15. Juni 1999
In The Dark Side of the Game, Green reveals the negatives and positive outlooks in the NFL that will truly surprise the heck out of anyone. It reveals the truth about agents, money, size impact, and facts about Deion Sanders that will make you like him. Because of Tim Green's excellent ability to accurately talk football life; I was vastly hooked on this book. I was never hooked that bad before! I recommend this book to total hard-core fans, players and men who wants the truth and nothing but the truth. THIS BOOK IS THE REAL DEAL. Enough said.
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am 11. Mai 2000
Tim Green is effective in conveying his views on what many only see as two groups of men battling every Sunday in the fall.
Naturally he goes beyond what transpires on the field and delves into the backgrounds of all aspects of the NFL, something many players won't or can't do because they are afraid of what people might think.
This is a unique look at football, neither overtly positive nor overtly negative. It inspires thought in the reader.
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am 20. Juli 1999
I really thought that Tim Green's "The Dark Side of the Game" is a great book and lets fans in on many details that they would not know from simply watching a game on television. It provides fans with information on almost everything from training camp to playoffs and everything in between. Although Tim gives his opinions on the greatnesses and drawbacks of the game, he does not mention why he quit the game and it is a quick book to read
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am 30. Dezember 1997
I give this book a positive review but at least one criticism is well founded; the chapters are very short. I knew that somewhere in this book he would talk about football groupies. I wasn't disappointed. However, after those few pages, all I know is that groupies are more trouble than they are worth. Big deal. I wanted some good stories. Aren't there any? Still, I read the whole thing in 3 nights because it went so fast.
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