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Hey, Wait a Minute

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They are memoirs like you've never read before. As broadcaster and pitchman, John Madden has been inside the locker rooms, broadcasts booths, and in front of the camera doing what he does best--being himself. He's seen an awful lot and he wrote a book to prove it. Hey, wait a minute, you'll love it!
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 12th 1985 by Ballantine Books (first published 1984)
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Dec 27, 2011 Lani rated it liked it
Borrowed this from my dad who was a huge Raiders fan while Madden coached them. While this book does talk about coaching and football, it's mostly about Madden, his experiences with his players, and his life and philosophies. His next book One knee equals two feet, which I'm reading now, is more about FOOTBALL - the best players (of 30 years ago at this point), the mechanics of the game, the positions. So I think it depends on what you're looking for.

This book is more fluffy celeb autobio - by
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Sep 06, 2013 Tom Gase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really quick read on John Madden's career as coach of the Oakland Raiders in the 1970's. A lot of great inside stories on many Raider players such as Ken Stabler, Ray Guy, Tooz, Fred Biletnekoff, Lester Hayes, Art Shell etc. The book "Badasses" is a little better about the 1970's Raiders, but I was still pleasantly surprised with this book. Wish it had a little more on his broadcasting in this book but then I realized this book was written in 1984 and he wasn't a huge household name quite yet. ...more
Adam Sprague
So I liked about 25% of this book. The stuff about behind the scenes at Miller Lite commericals...not necessary. I would have liked the book a lot more but 50% of it was Madden recalling play by play (literally stuff like "Then on 3rd down they ran for 3 yards"...hey madden i could have just watched the highlights...the small amounts of commentary on coach's interaction is good, but that totals maybe like 20 pages. I guess basically its nothing you wouldn't expect from a book by Madden.
You will probably enjoy this book if you are old and if you like sports. It is very dated and highlights many of John Madden's exoeriences as coach of the Oakland Raiders during the seventies. It also highlights many of his coaching methods and draws on a large number of players that are now my age. I read the book also because there are times when Madden is very funny although this wasn't one of his brighter moments. In any case, a few memories and a few laughs.
Jun 22, 2007 Aubrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The inagural book in the 1996 UC Berkeley School of Public Policy's reading club . . . a provocative and challenging read.
Jun 12, 2009 Barry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Madden is fun storyteller. He reads just like he talks: he'll being talking about the offensive line when, bam, he starts on the quarterback.
Chris Dean
Re-read this book in 2016 after almost 30 years. One of the stepping off points into Madden's ascent into a full-time celebrity.
Apr 26, 2013 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love John Madden and love football? Then you'll love this.
Greg Fanoe
Feb 27, 2012 Greg Fanoe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
It may surprise you that I have read this book, but it's actually not as bad as you would think.
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John Madden is a former American professional football player in the National Football League, a former head coach with the Oakland Raiders in the American Football League and later the NFL, and a former color commentator for NFL telecasts. In 2006, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his coaching career. He is also widely known for the long-running Madden NFL vide ...more
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