By Stefan Fatsis
In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis invaded the insular international of aggressive Scrabble gamers, eventually attaining an expert-level score. Now, in his new booklet, he infiltrates a strikingly various subculture-pro soccer. After greater than a 12 months of guidance, Fatsis molded his fortyish physique into one who may possibly stand up-barely-to the trials of NFL education. And for 3 months he turned a placekicker for the Denver Broncos. benefiting from exceptional entry to an NFL group and its avid gamers, and drawing on his personal own event, Fatsis with wry candor and hard-won empathy unveils the brain of the trendy seasoned athlete and the workings of a storied activities franchise as no author has sooner than.
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Nor would I complain about our mattresses or the drenching or the exhaust fans. It was singularly important to us that we sing. And, for whatever reasons, it was equally important to the prison authorities that we not. So far, we seemed to be winning that contest of wills; at least we were not losing. In fact, I would not gripe about any prison conditions or regulations, per se. As Singleton had observed a few days ago, our objective was to fill up the jails, not reform them. One thing at atime.
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A Few Seconds of Panic: A Sportswriter Plays in the NFL by Stefan Fatsis