Nice collection of stories. Some better than others but still neat to read. It has always amazed me how cops can find humor in certain situations. I d...moreNice collection of stories. Some better than others but still neat to read. It has always amazed me how cops can find humor in certain situations. I don't say that in a bad way. I know it's a way to cope and I respect that.
This was a nice change from what I normally read.(less)
**spoiler alert** I did something with this book that I have never done before. I wrote a review and my opinions before I actually finished the book....more**spoiler alert** I did something with this book that I have never done before. I wrote a review and my opinions before I actually finished the book. Below are my comments written before I finished it. I still agree completely with what I said, but with a few exceptions. The last pages of the book showed something that the rest of the book did not: He's human and actually cares about others. This was not demonstrated throughout most of the book. It was all ME, ME, ME! But his telling the story of his son being injured, and the absolutely heartbreaking story of Sahara showed a side of him that I was hoping to see throughout. He also showed that people can change, I sincerely hope that he has. For his wife and children's sake. There isn't much in the book about his brother, Mike. How did his life turn out? Are they close? Nieces or nephews? I would have liked to have learned more about his family.
Definitely not the type of book for those offended by harsh language, which I am not. Also, not for those living in the "Dr. Noah Drake/Jessie's Girl" dream world. If you want to continue seeing Rick Springfield as a teenage fantasy from the 80's, do not read this book. It is brutally honest and crude throughout the entire book. I LOVE Rick Springfield. Have always loved Rick Springfield. Like most teen girls in the 80's, I had him lining the walls of my bedroom. And seriously, look at the man now. 60-something and looking like that? Wow. But that's the shallow me talking. And this book proves that looks are definitely not everything. Especially in this case. Total and complete honesty throughout the book. Maybe too much honesty. Not sure I really needed to know when he had his first blowjob or how many other men's wives he's slept with but that's just me. And his infidelity? His wife deserves a medal for putting up with what she has put up with over the years. I can say, however, that I was very touched by his early years. I felt such sympathy for the young boy who grew up having to move over and over and who had to abandon his dogs and his friends. At times, it broke my heart. Also, when he lost his Dad. And who would have thought that HE would look in a mirror and see the "ugliest person in the world" as he stated many times in the book? His depression was heartbreaking but I keep going back to his "sex addiction" as he put it. This seems to be the excuse used most these days. Is it real? Who knows. I think it was more his needing to feel desired and wanted more than an "addiction to sex" but what do I know? As much as I like this book (and YES I do actually like it), I keep hoping to read that B actually stepped out on him. Of course, I don't REALLY hope that she did, but the thought was actually there for awhile. As much as he talks of his depression, I can only imagine the hell she was going through every time she found out about another one of his affairs. I find myself rooting more for her than for Rick, the more I read. I will continue to be a fan. I saw him in concert a few years ago, and can honestly say it was one of my favorites. I hope that he continues to heal. I hope that his children grow up without the darkness that has plagued their Dad. And I hope that Barbara, who is more forgiving than anyone I have met in real life, has a great life. SHE is the one I have the most respect for.
Would I recommend this book? Definitely. But not to those mentioned above. And had this been fiction, I would have read the first 100 pages or so and put it down. I am glad I didn't do that with this book. It is very touching. Very honest. Very Sad. Also, very funny at times. I love that he wrote it the way he did. No "editor speak"..... just honest language. (less)
I will start this with a disclaimer. While I am a big sports fan, I am not a huge basketball fan, though I have a son who eats, sleeps and breathes th...moreI will start this with a disclaimer. While I am a big sports fan, I am not a huge basketball fan, though I have a son who eats, sleeps and breathes the game. But I am, however, a Buster Olney fan. After winning this book through Goodreads First Read, I admit to holding onto it for awhile. I am so sorry that I did.
This was quite possibly one of the most inspirational stories that I have ever read. Having been a big sports fan my entire life, and having 3 sons who think that there is only one channel on TV (ESPN) I was very much aware of the Coach Don Meyer story. But news headlines, and the stories accompanying them, do not tell the whole story. While they may tell the story behind the accident, they do not always tell the story behind the man. This book does.
As you read this book, you follow along as the accident and the aftermath unfolds. You feel the struggles as Coach Meyer goes through the recovery process. You cry with him and his family over the cancer diagnosis. And you will see something that is extremely rare these days: Community. You will read as people from all walks of life come together in support of "Coach". People who were affected by him in some way. Whether through his coaching, his basketball camps or his faith. His faith is key, and it is very obvious throughout the entire book. And as he is enduring the most trying time in his life, he is always still there for others. This is evident throughout the entire story.
I am so glad I read this book. And I commend the author for telling the story, not only as a writer, but as a friend as well. Most books of this regard are written by strangers of the person to whom the book is about. It was refreshing to read one by someone involved in the person's life.
Coach Meyer has a lot to be thankful for, as he noted throughout the book. God first, his wife, his son and his two daughters and his grandchildren. And for all of those people who have been influenced by him. Not only as a coach, but as a man. I would love to shake his hand someday.