The Dark Side of the Game: My Life in the NFLby Tim Green
Millions watch it. Billions are spent on it. Yet few fans know what really goes on inside the NFL. In this book former Atlanta Falcon defensive end Tim Green, an eight-year veteran of the game and now a commentator for the NFL on Fox and National Public Radio, lays it on the line. Here is the explosive national bestseller whose shock waves ripped across the media, revealing for the first time the dark side of the game -- the pathos and the horror, the abuses and the wonder of the sport they call professional football.
Green offers many stories about a whole raft of ills plaguing the sport he lovessuch as AIDS, drugs, and violence. But rather than study the problems in a detailed manner and propose solutions shaped by his unique vantage point, he dismisses many kinds of indiscretions by players, coaches, reporters (and even referees) as mere examples of "boys being boys." He admits that, yes, as a result of football's ever-present physical pounding and psychological pressure, even he used and misused painkilling drugs and sleep aids"but nowhere to the point of abuse." Other examples of pulled punches include a mash piece to the widely disliked coach Jerry Glanville. He admits that individual and institutional racism still exist in the NFL; he insists that groupies aren't as common as we believe them to be (and, besides, he asks, what kind of guy would want to go out with a groupie, anyway?). Green is more persuasive in describing the day-to-day toll the game exacted from his body, although his description waffles between the pedantic and the folksy. But when he chooses a safe target (as, for instance, the league's arcane and silly uniform policy), Green really lets loose, and the results are truly amusing.
Green the football raconteur is tempted to bite the hand that fed himbut Green the television sports commentator doesn't seem to want to draw blood.
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