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Timmeh Jack Malloy:
For my summer book review project I chose the novel Bump and Run by the well known sports journalist Mike Lupica. The fictional novel tells the tale of Jack Malloy, a colorful and crafty Las Vegas “jammer” (match-maker) who unpredictably inherits his father’s Professional Foot ball team. He learns that the business of professional football makes Las Vegas life look like a children’s fairy tale with its corruption, politics, conniving, and dog-eat-dog style of human interaction. Jack learns that the NFL world is a world of secrets, backstabbing, and trickery where evil wears lamb’s clothing. Jack’s experience in the Casino industry in some ways allows him to maneuver carefully in the NFL world, to hold up enough to survive the secrets and deceit.
Jack Malloy is a thirty-something, single, childless lady’s man who worked in the benign underworld of Las Vegas, doing favors for the rich and famous for money. However, although he was a “player” in both the relationship and business sense of the word, he was a “good guy,” as most people would deem him, doing “bad things” to help people. For example, at one point in the novel he risks his own health and football playing career to help “throw” a game in order to help out a quarterback who was in bad financial shape.
As the novel progresses through very amusing tales of Jack defending against a deceptive step-mother who was trying to take over the team, twin siblings who step in his way, Jack exposes the evils that lurk under the pristine surfaces of “nice people.” While exposing these things, he learns a number of important life lessons: 1) it’s the “nicest” seeming people that can do the most back-stabbing and hurting of others, 2) that having connections in life is one of the most important survival tools to enduring hardship, 3) some people are just plain evil, 4) that much kindness and love comes from people who may seem scary or unprofessional or rough on the outside, and 5) survival in life is also dependent on true friendship and love.
Throughout the novel, Jack struggles with the subject of commitment in relationships. Through his experiences owning an NFL team and experiencing the ugliness of strangers and so called “fair weather friends,” he learns the importance of true friendship and this helps him to mature a bit with respect to committing to one lady to love.
As a reader, I found Jack to be funny, smooth, savvy, likeable but rough around the edges kind of guy. I found him to be relatable in that he gravitated toward good honest people even if they didn’t always play by conventional rules. He had few friends because he insisted upon honesty and truth, and “real” connections, rather than connections based on mutual gain and greed. By the end of the novel Jack learns a few new “secrets” about commitment, truth, and love. He is portrayed by the author Lupica as a bit of an underdog, a young washed up football player and Las Vegas “player”who ends up redeeming himself through human acts of kindness in reaction to the evils of the NFL.

Timmeh I like this point of view.

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