If you watch television, read the newspaper, or browse the internet at all (we’ll go out on a limb and assume that most of you blog readers at least do the latter) you are probably aware that football season has begun. Although based on the length and depth of the preseason media coverage this offseason, you would not have been far off in guessing that the season began three months ago.
Preseason with the 2006 Denver Broncos is where Stefan Fatsis finds himself in his book A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL. As the title suggests, Fatsis, who in his previous bestseller Word Freak infiltrated the odd world of competitive Scrabble players, this time joins the Broncos at training camp as a placekicker. Naturally, players and coaches are at first skeptical, but Fatsis works hard enough to earn the respect and honesty of his fellow teammates, both on-the-field and off.
A Few Seconds of Panic provides an unusual perspective into the life of a professional football team, from the cool confidence of seasoned veterans to the nail-biting tension of fourth-stringers fighting every day for their livelihoods. Anyone who has ever entertained the thought of stepping onto any sporting field will be entertained by Fatsis’ struggles. Football fans will devour this book and may never view the game on the field quite the same, but even the casual observer will be intrigued by the all-too-human side displayed by these gridiron giants.
You will find A Few Seconds of Panic in the New Books section at 070.4497 F. Other books on football can be found at 796.332.