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The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football

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1984 Edition
As Sports Illustrated's pro football genius-in-residence, Paul Zimmerman ("Dr Z") has established himself as the presiding dean of America's pro football writers. Now, critics, sports writers and fans across America are cheering The NEW Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football as the worthy heir to Zimmerman's 1971 classic The Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football,
Unknown Binding, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Simon & Schuster
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Oliver Bateman
Zimmerman's revised version of the Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football contains about 66% new material, with some of it coming from his post-1971 columns and some of it from his excellent book on Weeb Ewbank's last season with the Jets. The older material is easily identifiable--if he's discussing some player or event from the 1960s, it's almost assuredly can be found in the earlier book. None of this changes the fact that TMG--despite its haphazard arrangement--is the absolute best "serious" i ...more
Evan Leach
Paul Zimmerman was Sports Illustrated's #1 football columnist for many years, and his knowledge of the pro game is encyclopedic. I was a huge fan of his work when he wrote for SI, and sought this out as a result.

My only problem with this book, which is somewhat unfair, is that it's a little dated at this point. This was published almost 30 years ago, and the players that Zimmerman covers have long since retired. The schemes that dominated the game in that era have also been passed by, at least
Raman Ohri
This book covers timely topics in the NFL like:

- concussions and the use of headgear as a weapon
- rule changes nerfing the defense and turning offenses loose, ruining the game
- innovative new, wide open offensive approaches changing the game

Of course the book was written in 1983 (then an update of a book from 1971). Zimmerman rightly noted that the "new" aggressive spread offenses actually dated back to the 30's and that the dominance of offense or defense was a cyclically thing.

What it's reall
Christian Herro
Finished this a while ago & forgot to review it. Excellent overview of football, even if it is dated at this point. Dr. Z has a level of knowledge & passion about football that few other writers can match. What's surprising is that even though this was last revised in the 80s, a ton if the information is still relevant. Most of the records he mentions have bern broken, but most of the underlying philosophy is still intact.
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the game, curious about how different strategies developed over time. Its also a book I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to understand all the action on screen and the terminology bandied about by tv announcers. Let me hasten to add, its not just for men!
I'm not reading the same book twice. This is the updated (mid-80s) version. The chapters and layout are the same, but this is basically a different book.
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