Big Game

Big Game

The NFL in Dangerous Times

eBook - 2018
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"Like millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life tuned into pro football than he'd care to admit. Being a lifelong New England Patriots fan meant growing up on a steady diet of lovable loserdom. That is, until the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era made the Pats the most ruthlessly efficient and polarizing sports dynasty of the modern NFL, and its fans the most irritating in all of Pigskin America. Leibovich kept his obsession quiet, making a nice career for himself covering that other playground for rich and overgrown children, American politics. Still, every now and then Leibovich would reach out to Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile. He figured that the chances of Brady agreeing were a Hail Mary at best, but Brady returned Mark's call in summer 2014 and kept on returning his calls through epic Patriots Super Bowl victory and defeat, and a scandal involving Brady--Deflategate--whose grip on sports media was as profound as its true significance was ridiculous. So began a four-year odyssey that took Mark Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than anyone has gone before. From the owners' meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, he takes in the show at the elbow of everyone from Brady to big-name owners to the cordially despised NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. Ultimately, BIG GAME is a chronicle of "peak football"--the high point of the sport's economic success and cultural dominance, but also th-- Provided by publisher.e time when the dark side began to show. It is an era of explosive revenue growth, but also one of creeping existential fear"
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2018.
ISBN: 9780399185434
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Oct 22, 2018

Written by a man who is a writer and football fan, but not a sports writer, Big Game is a very interesting look behind the scenes of the NFL. Mark Leibovich takes a good long look at what makes this entity tick and those who hold the reins. And he covers a wide variety of topics from the filthy rich owners to concussions and other injuries to elite players such as Tom Brady and deflategate. And of course Donald Trump shows up along the way as well. Although I don't really follow this league I do like this kind of reporting because its the stuff you rarely get to see or hear about. I'm thinking that any football fan should enjoy it, although might not agree with all it has to say.


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