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Jonesy: Put Your Head Down and Skate: The Improbable Career of Keith Jones

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  18 reviews
No one in the history of Philadelphia Sports has made a successful career off of being an average player better than Keith Jones. The improbable hockey career of Jonsey started in 1992, when he was with the Washington Capitals. After a brief stint in Colorado, Keith was traded to Philadelphia, where is hard work, dirty play and colorful personality made him one of the more ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Middle Atlantic Press (first published September 25th 2007)
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Aidan Mccarthy
The way that I ended up reading the book Jonesy was that I like the Philadelphia Flyers and my Dad thought I would like it because Keith Jones played for them. It had a great plot, about a guy who is very lazy and then somehow makes it to the NHL, and has a very funny career.

I ended up really enjoying it because it had a lot of humor and some parts made me laugh out loud, like this one: "It was the most unbelievable display of violence that I`ve ever seen. The two teams just beat the hell
First of all, whoever edited this book needs to go back and do more than just run spellcheck. I don't know if the blame should be directed to Bucci, Jonesy or the publishing company (really, the latter would make the most sense). That said, this book was so much fun to read. Keith Jones comes across as honest, funny, introspective, engaging... I had no idea he was so young! He retired right after I got back into hockey post-college, the overlap by maybe half a season, so I may have seen him play ...more
Oh, Jonesey. What would I do without you, JJ, Bill Clement, Al Morganti, and Coatsey during the regular season? (And hey, I get to see you on NBC during the playoffs, but you're much more neutral and I have to deal with those other people who hate my Flys.) I actually got an autographed copy of this, read it, and can't even remember what it's about (aboot?) other than the fact that you moved furniture for your gf's dad part time, and the super long five overtime playoff game against the Pens whe ...more
easy read. jonsey really did have an "improbable" career with loving to drink beer, eat wings, and never really had the want to work out. comedic in nature, the book captured his major moments throughout his life and showed you the various stages he went through to get into the NHL. It also showed the reason that Jonsey was so thankful to be playing at the top level, while a lot of other players take that for granted. Its a touching story in the long run, but it also gives you one of the best le ...more
Kyle  Tresnan
Probably the best hockey book I ever read. My dad bought it for me as a joke--the people who work with Keith Jones make fun of him because he was such a mediocre player. But damn if he didn't turn that mediocre career into a good story. It has everything you'd want in a sports memoir: triumph and tragedy and stories and laughs. I remember I was fighting tears at the end. What the fuck, Keith Jones?

You're probably not reading a book about someone you looked up to. You're not reading Gretzky or Ro
I'm really glad that I decided to read this book. I didn't know much about Keith Jones, apart from what he tells us during Flyers games. He comes across as a funny, honest, no-nonsense kind of guy. Now I really feel like he fits in perfectly with the Flyers organization. If you're looking for an interesting perspective from a former NHL player, or if you want to know more about Keith Jones (obviously) OR if you love the Flyers, I'd recommend this book to you. It's really cool to know more about ...more
if you're a washington caps fan, a philadelphia flyers fan, a keith jones fan, or a hockey fan, you will likely enjoy this very easy read. i read it because i'm a hockey fan and now have a new appreciation for keith jones. the book closes with a very touching story in the final chapter. realize, this is not great literature. in all honesty it's actually pretty poorly written.....and very likely the WORST edited book i've ever read. it's not a huge time investment and i'm glad i read it. recommen ...more
A fun easy read. I recommend it to anyone who loves Hockey and wants to know a little bit more about the ins and outs of what it's like to be a professional player by almost complete happenstance. Sometimes we forget that not all athletes are superstars from day one, that there are plenty who work hard to be the players they are, and have to approach the world of sports differently than those who are gifted!
Sam Walter
Fun look into the life of a mid-level NHL player. I was definitely distracted by the number of typos in this though. I also would have loved there to have been some more stories, this was shorter than I would have liked it to have been.
Apr 24, 2009 Fejas rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hockey fans
Shelves: non-fiction
Despite entertaining and interesting stories of the day-to-day life of a professional hockey player, the book didn't seem to keep my attention for long. I never had much trouble putting it down and it definitely failed to impress me.
This was a very good book, easy to read. I loved the stories of the players and how they got along. Jonesy was definately a unique 'athlete' that's for sure.
A quick and fairly engaging read, which suffers badly from slipshod editing.
Not bad for a sports book. Jonesy is a funny guy.
Ronan Egan
one of the best hockey book that I ever read.
Anyone who knows of Keith Jones will love it!
good stuff for the hockey fan
Good story, terribly written.
Keith Jones...
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