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When the Game Stands Tall: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  528 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
De La Salle High School in Concord, California, is home to perhaps the greatest dynasty in sports history. At age 23, Coach Bob Ladouceur launched a legend, "The Streak," with no teaching or head-coaching experience, and with his teams amassed the highest winning percentage in all of football history with 138 consecutive victories. This book takes readers behind the scenes ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 30th 2003 by Frog Books
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Brent Steensma
Jun 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
The best football story I've read yet to date. There had to be a story about a 151 game winning streak, but putting it together the way this book does made it even better. The best coaching story that inspires me to better my coaching style. If you're going to coach anything read it.
Aug 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: football fans, those who want to understand the lasting appeal of football
The best book that I've ever read on the game of football. This is the book that I use to explain to skeptics why I love this game, and I why I coach it. A textbook example of how you can use sports to help reveal character in young men. Inspiring.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-2017
Neil Hayes is the author of when the game stands tall.The reason he wrote this book was because he was the on set consultant and the Assistant producer.
The book was written in chicago
The setting is at De La Salle
Characters Bob Ladouceur,Chris ryan,terrance kelly (tk),Tayshon Lanear,Danny Ladouceur,Terry Eidson Cam
The theme of this book would be football and family and teamwork.
There is two different plots.The first one is when they lose their streak .They have a 156 winning streak and one game
Zach Lantzy
I think that the book When the Game Stands Tall is an awesome book to read. The book was very inspirational to read. I was inspired to try out for the football team after reading this book. The 2002 De La Salle football team was a powerhouse football team who had a 151 game undefeated record. I would encourage high school football players, coaches, and fans to read this book. A part of the book I found amazing was that the coach of De La Salle, Bob Ladouceur, had each player write down a goal th ...more
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book so far has been the greatest football story I've ever heard. the movie is almost the same it is about a football team that goes on a streak of 52 wins. The crowed found a good name for them, the streak. But further in the book all the high schools don't want to play them. that's when their streak turns in them. To continue to play football they have to play better teams all around the U.S. This is when their football career turns on them.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Don't let the title deter you - Even though it says "Movie Edition" it has NOTHING to do with the movie except for pictures from the movie inserted in the book. This book was amazing, on par with "Friday Night Lights" book.


Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this history of local powerhouse De La Salle and the personalities involved in building their amazing football program. I enjoy learning about people who choose coaching kids as a profession and how they motive their teams to achieve their best.
Moataz Ibrahim
قصة كفاح رياضية، واحدة من أحسن القصص اللي سمعتها أو قرأتها.
الكتاب في حد ذاته مسلي، وبيخليك تقف عند أجزاء معينة وتعيدها مرة واتنين وتلاتة.
Jason Ball
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"When the Game Stands Tall" is a novel based on a true story, written by Neil Hayes, that portrays all aspects of a great football team. This high school football team(De La Salle) has an implausible record of being undefeated for over 20 years. Throughout this book, Neil Hayes composes the language and descriptions to exemplify an overarching tone. A great aspect of the book is that the tone that is mainly shown in the book is a passionate and energetic tone. It contributes to the value of the ...more
Syed Ashrafulla
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
I really enjoyed the human elements of this story. The author was able to dig into the personalities of the coaches, the players and the school. The key elements for me were the open emotional honesty of the team to each other and the open criticism that comes with ownership.

The emotional honesty is a modern change in typically macho environments. More and more groups are finding that it is healthier to admit emotion than hide it, especialky with coworkers. This team is not adults so it makes se
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“The process begins during the off-season program, when players spend countless hours together and become heavily invested in the season before it even starts. It continues during these weekly meetings, when players stand and deliver heartfelt testimonials. You can't play for Ladouceur unless you're willing to stand in front of your teammates and bare your soul. You can't play unless you're willing to cry.” 3 likes
“Life is full of all sorts of setbacks and twists and turns and disappointments. The character of this team will be how well you will come back from this letdown, this defeat. You could still be a great team and you can still accomplish great things as football players but it's going to take a real resolve to do it." -Coach Ladouceur” 3 likes
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