Book by Zimmerman, Paul Lionel...
|Title||:||A Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football|
|Format Type||:||Unknown Binding|
|Number of Pages||:||376 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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A Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football Reviews
This is quite possibly the best book of its kind. An in depth and analytical view of professional football, ATMGTPF is essentially a Bible for the sport consisting of chapters describing the purpose of each position, the role of coaches, the job of the refs, game plans, schemes, television, medics, equipment, sportswriters, etc. While that may sound extremely dry, it never is. Zimmerman writes with easily accessible prose and though he goes into great depths about aspects of the game that most of us take for granted, it moves rather quickly and he is never over indulgent to the point that the reader would like him to just get on with it. As a semi rabid football fan, I can honestly say that I learned a great deal from this book.Note: This is not "Football for Dummies." I really couldn't recommend this book to people who don't already have a relatively intimate knowledge of football. But for those who do, it is greatly rewarding. Also, this book was published in 1971, so it should be treated as a time capsule because of the natural evolution of professional football over the last 5 decades. From a general standpoint though, it is the ultimate readable textbook for America's greatest game.
Bill James for football.
Note that this is the original (1970) version. The ongoing rule changes in the NFL (particularly those aimed at player safety) have rapidly changed the game, rendering this book more of a historical study than a guide to today's game. In that capacity, this book excels. I found the most interesting chapters to be the ones covering the offensive and defensive lines. Zimmerman wrote an updated version in 1985 that, presumably (it's still on my to-read list), is more useful for the current-day fan.
My Review is up at http://rxttbooks.blogspot.com/2016/08...