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Last Call by Jerry Markbreit

Over the past 43 seasons, Jerry Markbreit of Skokie, Illinois, became the best-known and most accomplished football referee in history. Last Call, his wide-ranging memoir of an uncommonly devoted life, is the most intimately revealing and engaging portrait of the sport he helped define. A rare amalgam of wit, wisdom, skill, and grace, Markbreit paints a canvas of finely-textured memories as richly-felt as his distinctive refereeing style.

Last Call is the first comprehensive look at football through the official's point of view. Markbreit takes us among the behemoths on the field as he captains his crew, makes nearly impossible split-second calls, and battles mistakes, bone-jarring pain, and relentless abuse. We relive his reluctant initiation into officiating; his most memorable high school and Big Ten games, including two of the most controversial ever: the 1971 Michigan-Ohio State game when Woody Hayes unloaded his wild tirade against Markbreit on national television, and the legendary 1966 "Game of the Century" between top-ranked Notre Dame and Michigan State. There's hilarious and often touching stories about his 23-year NFL career, including an unprecedented four Super Bowls, and his most embarrassing bloopers, like the infamous "Immaculate Deception" call at the end of a 1978 Raiders-Chargers game when Kenny "The Snake" Stabler "intentionally" fumbled for the winning touchdown, as well as the mortifying coin toss humiliation in his very first Super Bowl.

Goal line to goal line, Jerry Markbreit takes us inside the real action to reveal the players, the play, and some of the best and worst calls of all time on a football field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583820308
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 09/06/2000
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Alan steinberg, associate professor in the Department of English and Communication at Suny Potsdam, is the author of Divided and Cry of the Leopard.

Klein is a longtime writer and editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he originated the "On Sports" column. He is now a freelance writer.

Table of Contents

Part 1How Good can you be?
Chapter 1Introduction12
Chapter 2"Take The Risk And Don't Give Up"17
Chapter 3Live To Tell About It24
Chapter 4"The Greenhorn Show"31
Chapter 5"Officialism"38
Chapter 6The Promised Land55
Chapter 7The NFL: A Thousand Times More Intense90
Part 2Jerry Markbreit, NFL Referee
Chapter 8Introduction111
Chapter 9Bobbie and Jerry112
Chapter 10What I Did And How I Did It121
Chapter 11Regimented Independence149
Chapter 12A Mature Man's Profession165
Chapter 13The Violent Environment187
Chapter 14Knowing Your Head From Your Tail202
Chapter 15To Replay or Not to Replay Is That The Question?211
Chapter 16Last Call218

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