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Mad Ducks and Bears

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Plimpton joins former teammates Alex Karras and John Gordy to reminisce on their careers.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Lyons Press (first published 1973)
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Timothy
Jan 18, 2012 Timothy rated it it was amazing
George Plimpton initially wants to write a book about the technique of offensive and defensive lineman with The Mad Duck (Alex Karras) and The Bear (John Gordy) being interviewed for research. During their first meeting, the author, George, us in down lineman position in the apartment of one of the men as they hammer him into lamps and such. From there the book takes off with humorous tales from Karras and Gordy. The book is full with absolute laugh out loud hilarity.

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Pj
Aug 02, 2008 Pj rated it it was amazing
George Plimpton's books are very funny - this one is when he tried to play hockey with a pro hockey team - he has others about playing with a pro football team and being a caddy for a pro golfer, etc. - they are all hillarious.
David Ward
Mad Ducks and Bears by George Plimpton (Random House 1973) (796.22+/-). The author follows his success with Paper Lion by writing another book about pro football, this time focusing on the foundation of the game: the offensive and defensive lines. The book features extensive interviews with teammates on the Detroit Lions: a “Bear” (offensive lineman John Gordy), and a “Mad Duck” (defensive lineman Alex Karras). The book’s research quickly dissolves into hilarious anarchy as the two former player ...more
Michael
Jul 03, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
lesser known sequel to paper lion, i liked this one even more. it focuses on the line (the original working title was high numbers) and the entire book ends up being focused on john "bear" gordy and alex "mad duck" karras. hilarious, insightful, and a few times phenomenally sad- i believe this is the best book ever written on football.
Lorilee
Jul 01, 2015 Lorilee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love George Plimpton, this is one of the few books I had not read. I just could not get into this one, it was very boring. I did not know who the players were, maybe that would have made a difference.
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George Ames Plimpton was an American journalist, writer, editor, actor, and gamesman. He is widely known for his sports writing and for helping to found The Paris Review.

He was the grandson of George A. Plimpton.
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