Bringing the Heat

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Bringing the Heat is the story of one team's season-long campaign for the NFL championship, told through the personal stories of the men on the field and the coaches, managers, and owner on the sidelines. The team is the 1992 Philadelphia Eagles, a group of players assembled in the iconoclastic image of their former head coach Buddy Ryan. They are known throughout the league for their ferocious defense and for the otherworldly talents of their quarterback Randall Cunningham.
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Bringing the Heat is the story of one team's season-long campaign for the NFL championship, told through the personal stories of the men on the field and the coaches, managers, and owner on the sidelines. The team is the 1992 Philadelphia Eagles, a group of players assembled in the iconoclastic image of their former head coach Buddy Ryan. They are known throughout the league for their ferocious defense and for the otherworldly talents of their quarterback Randall Cunningham.
Award-winning journalist Mark Bowden gets deep inside the world of professional football in a way no writer has ever done before, with an insightful and hilarious portrait of one of the most exciting teams ever to play the game. He spares none of the game's ugliness - the greed, the racism, and the often sadistic violence - while capturing the beauty of athleticism at its highest level, the courage of men who face each play knowing that one bad hit can end a career, and above all the exultant glory of victory that inspires their struggle to be the best.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This look at the Philadelphia Eagles covers both the tenure of coach Buddy Ryan, which began in 1986 and ended with his firing in 1991, and the next three years of current coach Rich Kotite's regime. The 1992 season is the focal point, but Bowden, who covered the Eagles for the Philadelphia Inquirer, deals in depth with the years leading up to that season. Of particular interest are Bowden's profiles of many of the Eagles' colorful characters, including Ryan, owner Norman Braman (who sold the team to Hollywood producer Jeff Lurie in 1994) and players Jerome Brown, Seth Joyner and Randall Cunningham. Bowden pulls no punches, documenting the stormy off-the-field lives of several team members including Joyner and Wes Hopkins, as well as describing the players' dislike of star quarterback Cunningham. Although a bit melodramatic at times, this is as thorough an account of a sports franchise as any fan, even Eagles fanatics, could want. Photos not seen by PW (Oct).
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Bowden, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, records the tempestuous 1992 season of professional football's Philadelphia Eagles as they fight for a spot in the playoffs. He presents vivid portraits of coaches Buddy Ryan and Richie Kotite, owner Norman Braman, and key players. Bowden assesses the achievements and problems of star quarterback Randall Cunningham, defensive players Reggie White and Seth Joyner, and others, as injuries, money, sexual relations, and egos affect their careers. As Ken Delinger (For the Glory: College Football Dreams and Realities Inside Paterno's Program, LJ 8/94) has done for college football, Bowden turns a searching eye on professional football. For most sports shelves.-Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Medical Lib., Tucson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871137722
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 786,775
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2001

    Great Book

    Bowden's style is unbelievable. The author takes you on a journey inside an NFL team throughout one season telling the good along with the bad. Highly recommended. Bowden is an up and coming author.

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