The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Football

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Football  by Mike Beacom, 2/5

This book was an entertaining read, but not nearly as informative as I had hoped.  The shortage of diagrams/illustrations made it hard to understand formations and trick plays.  The information was not presented sequentially – many terms were not explained at all or were explained at random points in the book.  Also, the writing style was unfittingly panegyrical and subjective.  For example: “It’s been said that Ginger Rogers could do everything Fred Astaire could do, only she could do it backward and in heels. Well, that’s how cornerbacks think of themselves compared to wide receivers – without the heels, of course” (166).  Ha bloody ha.


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