A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL

A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL

"An insightful and . . . amusing look at the inner workings of pro football" (The New York Times) from the bestselling author of Word Freak In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis invaded the insular world of competitive Scrabble players, ultimately achieving an expert-level ranking. Now, in his new book, he infiltrates a strikingly different subculture-pro football. After more than "An insightful and . . . amusing look at the inner workings of pro football" (The New York Times) from the bestselling...

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Title:A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL
Author:Stefan Fatsis
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Number of Pages:338 pages pages

A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL Reviews

  • Yune
    May 13, 2014

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

  • Tom
    Jan 04, 2017

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

  • Kathleen
    Sep 28, 2008

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

    A few years ago, Stefan Fatsis set out to become a Scrabble champion. Now he is trying to be a player in the National Football League. In A Few Seconds of Panic, Fatsis sets out to be an active participant in a National Football League training camp. Given his physical size, athletic p...

    Enjoyed this. Likeable sports journo Stefan Fatsis spent a summer as a kicker at the Denver Broncos training camp and got suprisingly close to the players and management, and this is his account. A couple of things in particular struck me. Firstly, just how short and insecure the t...

    Really enjoyed this chronicle of the writer's training camp with the Denver Broncos as a place kicker. It's explicitly a follow-up to George Plimpton's Paper Lion experiment of an earlier generation. The Broncos coach at the time was current Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan, but with t...

    Stefan Fatsis is a great non-fiction writer. Any more, I don't seem to read a lot of books that aren't related to my job; thankfully it's my job to read hundreds of fantastic YA books, but the point is that I don't so often find myself reaching for adult non-fiction like this. I'm glad...

  • Agatha Donkar
    Sep 09, 2008

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

  • Paul Schulzetenberg
    Apr 05, 2009

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

  • David
    Oct 01, 2012

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

    A few years ago, Stefan Fatsis set out to become a Scrabble champion. Now he is trying to be a player in the National Football League. In A Few Seconds of Panic, Fatsis sets out to be an active participant in a National Football League training camp. Given his physical size, athletic p...

    Enjoyed this. Likeable sports journo Stefan Fatsis spent a summer as a kicker at the Denver Broncos training camp and got suprisingly close to the players and management, and this is his account. A couple of things in particular struck me. Firstly, just how short and insecure the t...

    Really enjoyed this chronicle of the writer's training camp with the Denver Broncos as a place kicker. It's explicitly a follow-up to George Plimpton's Paper Lion experiment of an earlier generation. The Broncos coach at the time was current Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan, but with t...

  • Tung
    Jan 11, 2010

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

  • Ryann Murphy
    Mar 02, 2009

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

  • Turi
    Jul 10, 2008

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

  • Ryan Mishap
    Feb 05, 2009

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

    A few years ago, Stefan Fatsis set out to become a Scrabble champion. Now he is trying to be a player in the National Football League. In A Few Seconds of Panic, Fatsis sets out to be an active participant in a National Football League training camp. Given his physical size, athletic p...

    Enjoyed this. Likeable sports journo Stefan Fatsis spent a summer as a kicker at the Denver Broncos training camp and got suprisingly close to the players and management, and this is his account. A couple of things in particular struck me. Firstly, just how short and insecure the t...

    Really enjoyed this chronicle of the writer's training camp with the Denver Broncos as a place kicker. It's explicitly a follow-up to George Plimpton's Paper Lion experiment of an earlier generation. The Broncos coach at the time was current Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan, but with t...

    Stefan Fatsis is a great non-fiction writer. Any more, I don't seem to read a lot of books that aren't related to my job; thankfully it's my job to read hundreds of fantastic YA books, but the point is that I don't so often find myself reaching for adult non-fiction like this. I'm glad...

    Another foray in my attempts to understand why spectator sports are such a large part of modern life here in the U.S. Fatsis didn't want to just be a spectator, though, but to follow in the footsteps of George plimpton and actually play for an NFL team, at least through training camp....

  • Angela
    Jul 22, 2008

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

    A few years ago, Stefan Fatsis set out to become a Scrabble champion. Now he is trying to be a player in the National Football League. In A Few Seconds of Panic, Fatsis sets out to be an active participant in a National Football League training camp. Given his physical size, athletic p...

    Enjoyed this. Likeable sports journo Stefan Fatsis spent a summer as a kicker at the Denver Broncos training camp and got suprisingly close to the players and management, and this is his account. A couple of things in particular struck me. Firstly, just how short and insecure the t...

    Really enjoyed this chronicle of the writer's training camp with the Denver Broncos as a place kicker. It's explicitly a follow-up to George Plimpton's Paper Lion experiment of an earlier generation. The Broncos coach at the time was current Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan, but with t...

    Stefan Fatsis is a great non-fiction writer. Any more, I don't seem to read a lot of books that aren't related to my job; thankfully it's my job to read hundreds of fantastic YA books, but the point is that I don't so often find myself reaching for adult non-fiction like this. I'm glad...

    Another foray in my attempts to understand why spectator sports are such a large part of modern life here in the U.S. Fatsis didn't want to just be a spectator, though, but to follow in the footsteps of George plimpton and actually play for an NFL team, at least through training camp....

    A really cool book. Although I don't watch the NFL anymore, I still like reading about it. This is Fatsis's story of convincing an NFL team to let a sportswriter play with the team during minicamps and training camp (much like George Plimpton's Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String ...

    This is something like a remake of a movie - Fatsis decided that George Plimpton's idea to participate in a professional football training camp and write up the experience was such a good idea that he would update it. Like Plimpton, he had a fair amount of trouble finding a team that w...

    This was supposed to be the book that got me through the sad, sad months that the NFL isn't playing. And it did, in a way, as it took me nearly the ENTIRE off-season to get through this memoir. Fatsis is talented writer, and he took his task to heart. He wanted to show life from the...

  • Michael
    Apr 12, 2009

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

    A few years ago, Stefan Fatsis set out to become a Scrabble champion. Now he is trying to be a player in the National Football League. In A Few Seconds of Panic, Fatsis sets out to be an active participant in a National Football League training camp. Given his physical size, athletic p...

    Enjoyed this. Likeable sports journo Stefan Fatsis spent a summer as a kicker at the Denver Broncos training camp and got suprisingly close to the players and management, and this is his account. A couple of things in particular struck me. Firstly, just how short and insecure the t...

    Really enjoyed this chronicle of the writer's training camp with the Denver Broncos as a place kicker. It's explicitly a follow-up to George Plimpton's Paper Lion experiment of an earlier generation. The Broncos coach at the time was current Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan, but with t...

    Stefan Fatsis is a great non-fiction writer. Any more, I don't seem to read a lot of books that aren't related to my job; thankfully it's my job to read hundreds of fantastic YA books, but the point is that I don't so often find myself reaching for adult non-fiction like this. I'm glad...

    Another foray in my attempts to understand why spectator sports are such a large part of modern life here in the U.S. Fatsis didn't want to just be a spectator, though, but to follow in the footsteps of George plimpton and actually play for an NFL team, at least through training camp....

    A really cool book. Although I don't watch the NFL anymore, I still like reading about it. This is Fatsis's story of convincing an NFL team to let a sportswriter play with the team during minicamps and training camp (much like George Plimpton's Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String ...

    This is something like a remake of a movie - Fatsis decided that George Plimpton's idea to participate in a professional football training camp and write up the experience was such a good idea that he would update it. Like Plimpton, he had a fair amount of trouble finding a team that w...

  • Malin Friess
    Mar 25, 2012

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

  • Seth
    Oct 26, 2012

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

  • Ann Marie
    Apr 05, 2009

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

  • Dkmoorhead
    Jul 17, 2009

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

  • Doug Cornelius
    Dec 10, 2009

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

    A few years ago, Stefan Fatsis set out to become a Scrabble champion. Now he is trying to be a player in the National Football League. In A Few Seconds of Panic, Fatsis sets out to be an active participant in a National Football League training camp. Given his physical size, athletic p...

  • Mark Schlatter
    Oct 25, 2013

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

    A few years ago, Stefan Fatsis set out to become a Scrabble champion. Now he is trying to be a player in the National Football League. In A Few Seconds of Panic, Fatsis sets out to be an active participant in a National Football League training camp. Given his physical size, athletic p...

    Enjoyed this. Likeable sports journo Stefan Fatsis spent a summer as a kicker at the Denver Broncos training camp and got suprisingly close to the players and management, and this is his account. A couple of things in particular struck me. Firstly, just how short and insecure the t...

    Really enjoyed this chronicle of the writer's training camp with the Denver Broncos as a place kicker. It's explicitly a follow-up to George Plimpton's Paper Lion experiment of an earlier generation. The Broncos coach at the time was current Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan, but with t...

    Stefan Fatsis is a great non-fiction writer. Any more, I don't seem to read a lot of books that aren't related to my job; thankfully it's my job to read hundreds of fantastic YA books, but the point is that I don't so often find myself reaching for adult non-fiction like this. I'm glad...

    Another foray in my attempts to understand why spectator sports are such a large part of modern life here in the U.S. Fatsis didn't want to just be a spectator, though, but to follow in the footsteps of George plimpton and actually play for an NFL team, at least through training camp....

    A really cool book. Although I don't watch the NFL anymore, I still like reading about it. This is Fatsis's story of convincing an NFL team to let a sportswriter play with the team during minicamps and training camp (much like George Plimpton's Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String ...

  • Erin
    Apr 13, 2010

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

  • John
    Nov 16, 2011

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

  • Scott Foshee
    Mar 18, 2013

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

  • Rick
    Nov 17, 2017

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

  • Natalie
    Jun 19, 2018

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

  • Gregg
    Jun 03, 2018

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

  • Daniel Threlfall
    Oct 12, 2014

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

  • Trish
    Jun 24, 2013

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

  • William
    Mar 30, 2016

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

  • Simon
    Apr 18, 2011

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

    Insightful inside look into professional football from a writer who got the opportunity to kick for the Denver Broncos in their training camp and pre-season. Really interesting perspective into the ups and downs of being a professional athlete. ...

    Fatsis does a Plympton and kicks in NFL practices. Very good. ...

    This was more of a PR stunt to get full access to the team as a writer than it was about playing in the NFL. This reads like an advertisement for the Broncos. ...

    I have been fascinated with football kickers ever since I stumbled upon a copy of the book "Kicking the Football Soccer Style" by Pete Gogolak that somehow found its way into the library of my junior high school in the coal fields of southern West Virginia. I spent countless hours stud...

    I'd had this in my reading list for a while, and honestly dove into it only because it seemed to be of modest length, and it's currently football season. I remember hearing the book review on NPR a long time ago when the book was released and thinking, "Oh, he's just cribbing from Plim...

    Fantastic. Fatsis has managed to do what few writers accomplish. He has combined significant analysis of the culture of football with an account of an interesting sports story. Even the most mouth-breathing of football fans will find something to bring them closer to their athlete hero...

    (This review was originally posted to the wrong book) I had a good friend who was a sports fanatic. His biggest dream was to rub shoulders with professionals players in the locker room and see what they were like. Incidentally this friend became a sports writer for a small newspaper...

    I think the subtitle says most of it; the author, who previously entered the world of competitive Scrabble to see what drove other people to it and made it to expert-level, talks his way onto an actual NFL team (the Denver Broncos) as a kicker with an actual number and locker, despite ...

    This was a fascinating look at a life in professional football training camps. Through the eyes of a walk-on place kicker with no chance of displacing the incumbent, it gives a great window into the day to day reality, drudgery, and physical pain that the athletes endure. More interest...

    I picked this up because I'm a big college and pro football fan and also a big lover of memoirs. I thought I couldn't go wrong, and I couldn't pass up the chance to get an inside glimpse of what it's really like to be an NFL player--not just the top-name players like Peyton Manning and...

    I guess the word to describe this type of book is "participatory journalism" - not my term, but I think it fits. Stefan Fatsis decides he wants to go behind the scenes in the NFL and document his experience. The first thing he has to do is find a team willing to indulge him, and he's s...

    A few years ago, Stefan Fatsis set out to become a Scrabble champion. Now he is trying to be a player in the National Football League. In A Few Seconds of Panic, Fatsis sets out to be an active participant in a National Football League training camp. Given his physical size, athletic p...

    Enjoyed this. Likeable sports journo Stefan Fatsis spent a summer as a kicker at the Denver Broncos training camp and got suprisingly close to the players and management, and this is his account. A couple of things in particular struck me. Firstly, just how short and insecure the t...

  • Nick O'Connor
    Jun 07, 2017

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...

    Fatsis is a professional writer and journalist whose first book Word Freak (a documentary about the subculture of competitive Scrabble, professional Scrabble players, and Fatsis? attempt at succeeding at competitive Scrabble) I enjoyed. A Few Seconds of Panic follows the Word Freak m...

    Like almost all books about journalists inserting themselves into situations, the author isn't nearly as interesting as the people who surround them. Did I care about Stefan Fatsis's personal journey to be a kicker? Not really (aside from his battle with the NFL to let him kick in a ga...

    Stefan Fatsis is a good writer, a better journalist, and possesses an uncanny self-awareness. That's what makes this something better than a facile, glib piece of participatory journalism. He's aware of his own place in the narrative, and comments on it freely, which nicely puts into p...

    A wonderful, insightful book covering the author's stint as an aspiring kicker with the pre-season Denver Broncos. Fatsis writes about his struggle to develop his kicking skills, the business of football, the players, coaches and their personalities, and generally the NFL life. I (who,...

    This was a great book to listen to. It gave great insight into the lives of the average NFL players, not the multi-millionaires, and the daily pain involved in the life of a professional athlete. Plus, the author is extremely entertaining. ...

    The guys have been passing this one around... it was very interesting. It definitely shed some new light on the sports industry in general, especially the NFL. It made me feel differently about the "average" NFL player (that is, those whose names you will probably never hear of). ...

    Fantastic story about a sportswriter who spent three months with the Denver Broncos organization, as a kicker. Hilarious, true, and often heartbreakingly sad about the realities of professional football as a career. ...

    I really enjoyed this book because the concept is unlike anything I have ever read or even heard about. This novel is a true story about a sportswriter, Stefan Fatsis, who actually tries out for an NFL team and participates in training camp. Everyone expected him just to hang out with ...

  • Jennelle Zarn
    Jul 24, 2017

    I can't remember the last time I watched a football game. I think it was when I was in elementary school. Even though I can't claim a team or quote stats, I was fascinated by this book. The biggest takeaway was this: Professional football players are just people.. They're great ...

    Since I rarely read nonfiction books, when I do I expect them to be real winners just like this true story of a 43-year-old sportswriter who decides to experience the life of an NFL football player by going through Broncos training camp as a field goal kicker. Not only was it the story...

    I read Stefan Fatsis's "Word Freak" a few years ago and enjoyed it, and I'm a casual football fan, so when I saw this at the library, I thought it might be a good read. I was right. In addition to the interesting inside look at the running of a football team, I also got a humbling ...