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Bloody Sundays: Inside the Rough-and-Tumble World of the NFL

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  82 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Award-winning sportswriter Mike Freeman goes beyond day-to-day newspaper journalism and ESPN highlights to take us deep inside the game and reveal the NFL in ways that will surprise the most avid football fans. He travels to the sidelines and into the locker rooms to interview hundreds of players and coaches on their expertise. Breaking the game down to its essential eleme ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by It Books (first published September 30th 2003)
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Mighty_k24
Jun 06, 2012 Mighty_k24 rated it really liked it
In't kort: de American Football-wereld is heel complex, met heel wat ins & outs. Freeman neemt ons mee voor een blik achter de schermen. Zo passeren de belangrijkste speler- en coach-posities de revue, en bekijken we wat de League zelf doet om de spelers beter te beschermen tegen de after-effects van deze vrij gewelddadige (al is het wel gecontroleerd geweld) sport.
Mijn oordeel: Freeman is een doorwinterd football-journalist, en kent deze gesloten wereld als weinig anderen. Het verhaal over
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Kent Keifer
Jul 14, 2015 Kent Keifer rated it it was ok
There's not much of a direction for this book. The author covers a variety of topics, as much off the field as on. I prefer to read about on the field accomplishments so this wasn't really my thing. The book has also become very dated since the direction of the American culture and a new commissioner that has tried to remove the violence from the game and tackled many of the off the field issues that this book highlights. The author is pretty opinionated about who's the best players, coaches etc ...more
Larry Mccree
Apr 15, 2013 Larry Mccree rated it really liked it
This book is a good read if you are into football and the life of football coaches and different things like that. I recommend this book because it has alot of interesting stuff in it that you would not expect it to have like the life expectancy of an average NFL football head coach and how early coaches wake up to get early work in and how most coaches have high blood pressure and they do not get enough sleep some nights. At the end of the book it shows who the author (Mike Freeman) thinks is o ...more
Dave Moore
Sep 13, 2013 Dave Moore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are three things wrong with this book:
1. Freeman (who is African-American) awkwardly and sometimes inappropriately manages to inject race into every nook & cranny of his mostly anecdotal work
(calling Jim Brown, a convicted & recidivist abuser of women, a 'black hero'...seriously?)
2. he cites the Philadelphia Eagles (???) as a 'model franchise', Paul Tagliabue as the best commissioner, and his personal animosity toward Daniel Snyder is in the way & mentioned far, far too often
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P Graney
Jan 07, 2014 P Graney rated it liked it
Parts of the book were interesting. I did not read the book in its entirety, tried to find parts that peaked my interest. Seemed a little opinionated. I read this book a decade after it was published. It was humorous reading the section about Mike Vick. He definitely is an electrifying talent when he is able to stay on the field, whether from his own doing or from injury. It's somewhat ironic reading the selection about the homosexual player, and the issue with a former NFL player suing his afte ...more
Beth
Jul 10, 2007 Beth rated it liked it
Recommends it for: NFL junkies
Being an NFL fanatic, I really enjoyed this book. The author presents life inside the NFL from the several different points of view, including that of coaches, players, and front-office people. He also presents an interesting discussion of gays/bisexuals in the NFL, with an interview of a gay player who remains anonymous. This is a fascinating issue to me. I'm not sure if the NFL (or any major professional American sports league) will ever openly accept homosexual players. But, it makes an inter ...more
Liam Johnstone
When I first read this book, I thought it was really good, gave good insight into the lives of some football players.
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Mike Freeman is an NFL Insider for CBSSports.com. Before that, he was an NFL writer, investigative reporter, and columnist for the New York Times; a columnist for the Florida Times-Union; and a sports reporter, features writer, and investigative writer for the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Dallas Morning News.
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