Life After Favre: A Season of Change with the Green Bay Packers and their Fans

Life After Favre: A Season of Change with the Green Bay Packers and their Fans

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by Phil Hanrahan
     
 

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A Wisconsin native returns to Green Bay to cover the Packers’ tumultuous first season following the departure of their legendary quarterback, Brett Favre.See more details below

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A Wisconsin native returns to Green Bay to cover the Packers’ tumultuous first season following the departure of their legendary quarterback, Brett Favre.

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Publishers Weekly
Hanrahan's chronicle of the 2008 Green Bay Packers-the Green and Gold's first season in 17 years without three-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre-has a bit in common with the team that limped to a depressing 6-10 season: namely, a lack of focus. A Wisconsin native, L.A. freelance writer Hanrahan temporarily relocated to a Green Bay hotel (which, decades earlier, had housed the Packers' offices) to cover the whirlwind aftermath of the summer 2008 decision by team management to trade the 38-year-old, freshly returned from retirement, to the New York Jets. While Hanrahan remains surprisingly objective regarding the most dramatic episode in Packers history, enthusiasm leads him to overstuff his narrative with unnecessary detail regarding individual games and peripheral players. Told primarily through game summaries and the voices of fans that Hanrahan meets in bars-including not just Green Bay's Stadium View Bar & Grille, but the Broke Spoke in Favre's hometown of Kiln, Miss.-this volume manages a colorful team history and a comprehensive career overview of Favre's replacement, Aaron Rodgers. Unfortunately, the book ends prior to Favre's second "retirement," renounced in the summer of 2009 when he joined Green Bay's hated rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.
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Library Journal
Brett Favre's long-anticipated first retirement in the spring of 2008 was greeted by three lavishly illustrated tributes that were rendered premature when the dithering quarterback changed his mind a few months later. This book was begun with the question of how the Packers and their devoted fans would deal with the brave new post-Favre world after 16 years of remarkable stability behind center. Freelance writer Hanrahan moved to Green Bay to live the life of a Packer fan, enhanced with a backstage press pass for player interviews. Favre's dramatic peregrinations added significantly to the tension underpinning the author's study of the team and its fan base with their partially divided loyalties. While Hanrahan's profile of personable new Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers is particularly good, his strongest emphasis is on the delightful fans he meets not only in Wisconsin but also in far-flung Packer outposts in Kansas, Arizona, and Mississippi. VERDICT A literate, fresh take on the unraveling Favre yarn that will be of interest to all football fans.—John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ
John Maxymuk
* STARRED REVIEW: While Hanrahan's profile of personable new Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers is particularly good, his strongest emphasis is on the delightful fans he meets not only in Wisconsin but also in far-flung Packer outposts in Kansas, Arizona, and Mississippi. VERDICT: A literate, fresh take on the unraveling Favre yarn that will be of interest to all football fans.
John Rehor
The best book ever written on the Packers.
Jason Albert
Hanrahan doesn't fall prey to sports-book clichés, and, as a result, 'Life After Favre" ends up being much more a celebration of the inimitable culture that surrounds the Packers than just a look at one specific year or player.
Howie Magner
Pack aficionados will dig glimpses of Green Bay's storied past while they're guided through [the] present. . . . The book's soul is Hanrahan's interaction with fans. Whether he's hanging with them in Kansas or Kiln, or shoveling brats or snow with them at Lambeau, those fans remind you that it is indeed a Packer Nation.
Rick Gosselin
I'd give it an A for football fans and an A+ for Packers fans.

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ISBN-13:
9781602397736
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
10/10/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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