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The Sweet Season: A Sportswriter Rediscovers Football, Family, and a Bit of Faith at Minnesota's St. John's University
After fifteen years as a Sports Illustrated writer, pleading for interviews with large men in possession of larger egos, Austin Murphy decides to bail out. The time has come, he concludes, to fly beneath the radar of big-league sports, to while away a season with the Johnnies. So, he moves his family to the middle of Minnesota to chronicle a season at St. John's, a Divisio ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 20th 2002 by It Books
(first published September 1st 2001)
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I had read this book about 9 years ago but I got started on it again after finding it at Goodwill. My world must have changed a great deal in the interim because it seems much richer and more vibrant than I remember. Perhaps that is a reflection of the richness of my life's journey during that time. It is still a great story about St. John's football and it helps that I actually know some of the people involved at the time. I took pictures at a few games that season because Brandon Novak, All-Am ...more
Follows little Div. III college football power house St. Johns on their quest for a Stagg Bowl Championship. Murphy's moves his family from SF out to Minnesota for the season, and he attempts to juggle following the team along with becoming closer to his own family. His own kids are pretty hysterical, especially the son. Coach Gagliardi seems to be everything that is right with college athletics. Nice to see Rowan University get about two paragraphs in this book (sadly none of it was all too pos ...more
As a life long Football fan I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author highlights the completely different approach to coaching, the main protagonist, John "Gags" Gagliardi uses to coach Minnesota St John's University to the all time winning Football team. As a side note our old HS coach, who was very successful as a HS coach and coached at University of Nebraska during the glory years, still living did not always agree with "Gags". Hence some interesting spirited discussions resulted.
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I read this while I worked as a bookseller at Borders. I found it while reshelving books, and since it is about my alma mater, I decided to read it. The prose is pretty straightforward, and the book is an easy read. The story is good, and any time I get the chance to read a good story about SJU, I will read it. I would like to see a story on SJU CC, though.
Austin Murphy is a witty writer and because I know SJU well, it was fun to hear his take on the school, monks, football. I liked how he interspersed his family and their history into the book. A great and quick read! This was also one of the books on the AHA summer reading list and thus far, might be one of my favorite books this summer.
Dec 22, 2007 Dave rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sports fans, mostly, and sports media types.
It's a nice tale of dropping out from the rat race. Austin Murphy learned about more than just football by taking a fall to cover Division III St. John's. He seemed to have strengthened his family life as well by getting off the treadmill, which sometimes a sports writer needs to do. As a sports writer myself, I could relate to a lot of it.
I liked this book because the author took a sabbatical to St. John's University, where I spent a lot of time in college. I could imagine all the places that he was talking about. And it helped that my husband has been teaching me about football, so that I wasn't too lost. Thanks Jason!