By Stefan Fatsis
"An insightful and . . . fun examine the internal workings of professional soccer" (The big apple Times) from the bestselling writer of Word Freak
In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis invaded the insular international of aggressive Scrabble avid gamers, finally attaining an expert-level rating. Now, in his new ebook, he infiltrates a strikingly varied subculture-pro soccer. After greater than a yr of education, Fatsis molded his fortyish physique into person who may stand up-barely-to the trials of NFL education. And for 3 months he grew to become a placekicker for the Denver Broncos. taking advantage of unheard of entry to an NFL crew and its gamers, and drawing on his personal own adventure, Fatsis with wry candor and hard-won empathy unveils the brain of the fashionable professional athlete and the workings of a storied activities franchise as no author has earlier than.
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Yeah. ” “And Preston? ” “Preston’s a skilled child. yet Bradlee’s been the following earlier than. He’s our man. i feel Preston in the other 12 months definitely has proven the expertise to be a host 3. ” “But it’s nonetheless attainable in case you get all the way down to that ultimate move—” “Could decide on . ” I simply wish one roster spot for one preseason online game, and one play. Pat Bowlen most likely can make it ensue with a cell name to Paul Tagliabue. yet within the weight room he tells me he won’t do this. The proprietors are searching for a successor to the commissioner, who's retiring, and Bowlen says he doesn’t are looking to do whatever that will disillusioned his colleagues, a few of whom already resent Bowlen simply because he’s just about Tagliabue. a distinct desire will be an excuse to oppose the candidate for whom Bowlen has been lobbying, a occupation NFL government named Roger Goodell. I stumble upon Sundquist within the lunch line. I tension how vital it will likely be for me to decorate for a precise online game, and to kick in a single, to really comprehend what it sounds like to play within the NFL. He appreciates that, yet he’s unwilling to convey it up with headquarters. whereas he is aware the league has sanctioned my presence, he hasn't ever pointed out me to officers. He’s frightened that the regulate freaks who implement roster ideas may punish the crew in the event that they observe I’m occupying a locker. Why? Sundquist says the NFL may argue that my kicking in perform implies that Jason Elam has to kick much less in perform, that is positive to Jason Elam and the Broncos. by means of that intent, i'm truly aiding the crew organize for the season. It’s a stretch, in particular given the kickers’ gentle workload. Jason kicks whilst Jason desires to kick, interval; you'll upload ten extra folks and there might nonetheless be lots of kicks to head round. yet, given the NFL’s fine-print principles enforcement, Sundquist doesn’t are looking to take any possibilities and feature the group fined or me kicked out of camp. “That’s how they think,” he says. So whereas the reputable staff place on me is don’t ask, don’t inform, there’s only a week until eventually our first preseason video game. I inform Sundquist I’ll name the NFL. I nation my case to PR man Brian McCarthy. He says he’ll convey it up with the administrative accountable for roster bean counting. a couple of days sooner than we fly to Detroit, be aware comes again: i will costume yet no longer kick. And that’s sufficient for now. My teammates are satisfied for me. The apparatus men are, too. I cease via and inform them to get a video game jersey prepared. “That’s what we’re making plans for,” Chris Valenti says. “I wish you don’t brain that we spelled your identify F-A-T-S-U-S. ” eleven Groundhog Day on a daily basis of educating camp can be, for me, new and intriguing. yet after per week I commence displaying an analogous signs as my teammates: exhaustion, boredom, claustrophobia. Am I that simply inspired and subconsciously desirous to slot in? Am I experiencing a opposite Stockholm syndrome within which I establish with my fellow captives instead of with my captors? Or is education camp truly as arduous, tedious, and claustrophobic as marketed, even for journalist kickers?