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Boys Will Be Boys

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They were America's Team—the high-priced, high-glamour, high-flying Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, who won three Super Bowls and made as many headlines off the field as on it. Led by Emmitt Smith, the charismatic Deion "Prime Time" Sanders, and Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys rank among the greatest of all NFL dynasties.

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ebook, 416 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2008)
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I learned that Michael Irvin is a crazy mofo, Troy Aikman is as dumb as I thought, Jerry Jones is an egoistical idiot and Charles Haley masturbates during team meetings. So there, also I hate that as a society hold up professional athletes on a pedestal. There are many stand up guys, but many are also thugs, hoodlums, and sociopaths that believe they are above not just the law, but normal human decency. Pay teachers, fireman, policeman, not these pampered primadonnas.
This was an interesting book, and I enjoyed reading it. It gave a lot of insight to what went on during a specific time with the Dallas cowboys. What I learned from this book: they were mostly (a few exceptions) drunks, druggies, cheaters (on their partners), womanizers, had big egos, and some were just plain Aholes. I guess it wasn't a total surprise, but I didn't know how bad it really was. Makes me wonder how different things are today...
OK, first of all, as a Washington Redskins fan, I fucking hate the Dallas Cowboys. It's something I was raised to do, and they've given me plenty of excuses to maintain that policy in the 25 or so years that I've spent following professional football (I started when I was 5, and I'm 33 now; the missing years in there are the late 90s, when Norv Turner coached the Redskins and hope vanished from the lives of Redskins fans for years. I just couldn't stand to watch for a few years there). The Redsk ...more
Charles Haley has a gigantic penis. And he likes to slap people with it. This is one of the many entertaining anecdotes you will learn if you read this book. It is a well-told, often gripping look at the wild and strange personalities that somehow combined for three super bowls on the 90's Dallas Cowboys. Pearlman paints an interesting picture of how success and fame can tear down a franchise, especially one with egos as large as this particular team. It is also incredible to learn what rich and ...more
The content is very entertaining and eye opening. My Dad's a big Cowboys fan so I followed this team in my early teens. I remember thinking of the on-field edition of Charles Haley being a "stabilizing veteran influence". Wow. Youth memories destroyed. Still, I try not to judge and I like the Cowboys. It seems the best way to really enjoy this book is if you're a Giants, Redskins, 49ers or Eagles fan and need fuel for some anti Cowboy tirades. I like these kind of trashy wild behind the scenes b ...more
Stuart Nachbar
I am a New York Giants fan who has always hated the Dallas Cowboys with a passion ever since I started watching football. Back in the 70's, it always seemed that America's Team would rain holy crap on our men in blue. Of course they did that to other teams too.

The original America's Team had an American hero, Roger Staubach, at quarterback and numerous straight-laced players and coaches. Rebels, like Duane Thomas, Clint Longley and Thoman "Hollywood" Henderson played within the Dallas system, bu
Whatever. It did a lot of things...none well at all. It wasn't salacious enough, didn't delve deeply enough into the tactical aspect of the Cowboys' reign, didn't attempt to mine the personalities of the players, coaches and owner to make some sort of conclusion about their success, or success on the football field in general, or just plain ol' success.

And what a hack this guy is. Jesus Christ. Sportswriting by someone who can actually WRITE (Updike, Ford and King to name three off the top of my
C Baker
I sat down one Saturday to read Boys Will Be Boys, about the 1990 Dallas Cowboys, and couldn’t put it down. This book chronicles the hard partying team that won three Super Bowls in four years and is definitively the team of the 1990’s.

Given the drinking, drugs, women, and super hard partying this team engaged in during their run in the 1990’s it is simply amazing that they were able to win championships. I’m not sure if it is a testament to just what phenomenal athletes these men were, or their
Josh Ruiz
Jeff Pearlman provides some excellent information regarding the rise and fall of the Dallas Cowboys franchise of the 1990's. As a Cowboys fan my whole life I found myself reliving the on field glory days of when we actually had the hope of a promising season. Of course, everything comes with a price and for these Cowboys the price came in clashing egos, ruined marriages and ruined lives. For the life of me I still struggle with how the two men could work together to build a potential dynasty and ...more
This was a fast read and very interesting although you have to either like football or hate the Dallas Cowboys. If you fall into both categories then it's probably the perfect book. I'd recommend it to all those sports-obsessed "reluctant readers" out there, i.e. many men I know.
I couldn't put it any better than Drew Magary of Kissing Suzy Kolber, where I originally learned of this book. So here's the link to his review:
Awesome book if you like football, and a must read if you want to know about one of the greatest franchises in football history. Gives you an inside look at how, not only the Cowboys lived and worked, but how a league team works.
Pearlman dishes the dirt on one of the greatest NFL dynasties in history: the 1990s Cowboys. My heroes have always been Cowboys, so the stories in this book disappointed me. But it made for an interesting read.
Josh Liller
The rise and fall of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys football dynasty. You'll be amazed how screwed up a team can be yet still win. Snarky and referential sports history at its best!
Dirk Kelly
Boys will be boys:
The glory days and party nights of the Dallas Cowboys dynasty.
Jeff Pearlman

Loved this book, pretty much fascinated by American Sports, not the actual sport but all the stuff that goes into producing a winning team, draft picks, egos, partying, strategy etc.

This book takes you from the day when Jerry Jones bought America's team the Cowboys and turned them into a dynasty during the 90's before it all fell apart. You go from young hungry guys to overpaid 'superstars' with all t
At being a well-written work of non-fiction with a cohesive narrative, Jeff Pearlman's "Boys Will Be Boys" fails miserably.

As an unctuous, salacious trove of juicy, gossipy tidbits, it excels. Whether by conscious design or by accident, "Boys Will Be Boys" should appeal to the Dallas Cowboys' fans and haters alike. Though this is a good thing, it is the product of bad writing.

No half-way informed fan of the NFL will come away from "Boys Will Be Boys" with any significantly altered opinion of the
Boys Will Be Boys is a fun, entertaining read about a team I absolutely hated, the dynastic Dallas Cowboys of the early 1990s. I hate the Cowboys in general, but this team and its cast of characters will probably always be seared into my memory.

I hated the Cowboys in those days both because they were NFC East rivals of the NY Giants, my favorite team, but also because they won all the time and always made sure to tell you how good they were along the way.

As someone who followed football and paid
Brent Soderstrum
I really enjoy the books Jeff Pearlman writes. This is one about my beloved Dallas Cowboys. He starts the book when Jerry Jones buys the Cowboys and fires Tom Landry hiring Jimmy Johnson to coach the team. This was in 1989 and the Cowboys went 1-15. The book covers their glory years when they won three Super Bowls in four years from 1992-1995. He tells the behind the scenes stories about the drugs, the women, the parties and the football. No one comes out unscathed in this book. All the way from ...more
Jan 04, 2010 Jeremy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cowboy fans, football fans, sports fans, and people who want to see jocks more clearly
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Jeff Pearlman's summary of the scandals and triumphs of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys dynasty is easily one of the best things I've read thus far in 2011. It was just as enjoyable to read about the game of football actually being played (granted, I'm a huge football fan) as it was to read about all the insanity that took place behind closed doors. Hookers. Weed. More hookers. Cocaine. More cocaine. Drunk driving. Dramatically tense business relationships. Even more cocaine hookers. Most fascinating w ...more
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M. Milner
If you've read one Jeff Pearlman book, maybe you've read them all. That might sound like a weird statement for a sports journalist, but I couldn't help but think I've heard this story before: a team is built up by a talented front office, with a core made of players cast offs or homegrown superstars, and as they start succeeding, they grow arrogant and party harder than Andrew WK and eventually they pull off an upset and a memorable championship before imploding in their own success. That's the ...more
I am a football girl through and through. Which I realize is misleading in this context, so I'll clarify: When I say football, I mean the sport Americans keep calling soccer, though they mostly know better these days. I have no interest in any of the American sports save for hockey. I find them to be slow, tedious and boring.

With only on team and one decade as the ecxception to prove this rule. Fortunately it is exactly the team and decade this book happens to be about. Not only did it turn Aikm
Paul Schulzetenberg
Very solid football book. I really hate the Cowboys as a franchise, and some of that hatred stems from their success and sliminess of the 90s. I was in my early teens then, but I knew I didn't like their approach. I didn't like their stars, who were generally classless, I didn't like their attitude, which was brash and unsportsmanlike, and I didn't like their management, which was attention-hungry.

Since those heady days of my youth, I hadn't spent much time thinking about the over-the-top 'Boys
Chris Diggins
This book is good in the same way that reading political books is good. If you hate the Democratic Party and think they are all out to destroy freedom in this country then you will likely pick up a Bill O'Rielly book and, suprise, be delighted to find out all your suspicions are true and they really are as horrible as you think.

If you hate the Dallas Cowboys...and I do...especially the Cowboys of the mid-90's and think that they were the worst bunch of cheating, drug addicted, good for nothing,
As a fairly recent football fan and Dallas cowboys fan reading this book was both a fascinating look at the cowboys rise and fall during the 90's and some of the absolute horrifying behaviors that went on behind the scenes. I was in elementary school when much of the scandal happened and I can remember hearing about DUI's, drug use etc to some degree but not with a full understanding.

I do have to say that reading about the morals and characters of the some of the great players really colors my p
Exhibit A: how an interesting story doesn't necessarily translate to great writing or a good book. The Cowboys of the '90s were a dynasty team that won 3 Super Bowls while engaging in the kind of debauchery one usually associates with ancient Rome — from Charles Haley's proclivity toward not just exposing but actively... uh... handling himself in public to the incredible array of skanks (Pearlman's term, btw) that the team not only engaged with regularly (and in sometimes fascinating multiples) ...more
Dan Lee
Not a bad book, but I was a bit disappointed by the author's tone at times. An example off the top of my head: Two pages [mid 346-mid 348] about Skip Bayless's 1996 book (Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the "Win or Else" Dallas Cowboys), which suggested Troy Aikman might be gay? Why do I care? What did it have to do with the downfall of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys?

Whether or not the attack on Bayless was justified, it felt like an unnecessary personal attack on a rival writer instead of an import
OK. A retelling of the glory days of the Aikman-Emmitt-Irvin Cowboys and their off the field antics. Some good stories but plenty of material that should have been left on the editing floor. (I don't need the back story of every third stringer to play for the Cowboys in the 90s.) Pearlman also has the distracting tendency to try to relate the Cowboys on-the-field play to every off-the-field story he tells. The connection feels forced throughout - Pearlman will point to some off-the-field trouble ...more
Great book

As a lifelong Cowboy's I found this book to be amazing. That this team accomplished what it did despite the immense extra curricular activities is remarkable. The gigantic egos that helped build and ultimately led to the team's demise is amazing. If you are a Cowboy's fan or just a fan of football, this is a must read.
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“Troy earned all of our respect,” says Garry Cobb, the Dallas linebacker. “He got killed and refused to cry. I’ve been on the field when quarterbacks cry, and it ain’t pretty. Dan Marino was a crier—‘Whose man was that! Where’s the blocking! Whah! ’ But Aikman—never. Aikman was a man.” 0 likes
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