The Greatest Texas Sports Stories You've Never Heard

Overview

The longest field goal in the history of football was kicked in Texas. But did you know it was love that first led a Swedish soccer player to Texas, where he still lives more than thirty years after his record-setting 69-yard field goal?

That story is just one of dozens of unusual and behind-the- scenes stories veteran sports writer and broadcaster Al Pickett has compiled in more than twenty years of covering sports in Texas.

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Overview

The longest field goal in the history of football was kicked in Texas. But did you know it was love that first led a Swedish soccer player to Texas, where he still lives more than thirty years after his record-setting 69-yard field goal?

That story is just one of dozens of unusual and behind-the- scenes stories veteran sports writer and broadcaster Al Pickett has compiled in more than twenty years of covering sports in Texas.

Did you know that a tragedy on that same day that Ove Johansson kicked his record field goal changed University of Houston coach Art Briles' life forever?

Did you know the greatest high school football coach in Texas history never played high school football himself? Or a case of déjà vu helped a Texan win the Masters golf championship?

After each chapter of The Greatest Texas Sports Stories You've Never Heard, sports fans in the Lone Star State are certain to say, "I didn't know that."

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An informative and charming book . . . If you like sports and good stories get The Greatest Texas Sports Stories You've Never Heard.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933337173
  • Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 785,299
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

AL PICKETT has spent the last thirty plus years covering sports from an unique perspective as both a radio announcer and a sports editor in Texas, Arkansas, and Kansas. He owns and operates Pickett Publications and Sales and hosts a radio sports show in Abilene, Texas. Pickett is also the author of Team of the Century: The Greatest High School Football Team in Texas (State House Press, 2004) and Wishbone Wisdom Emory Bellard: Texas Football Visionary (State House Press, 2010).

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