Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Book Club: Stefan Fatsis "A Few Seconds of Panic" (Now In Paperback!)

One of my favorite sports books of all time is now in paperback: "A Few Seconds of Panic," by Stefan Fatsis.

You can check out my post about the book from last summer here. Really, I can understand if you didn't buy it in hardback -- but in cheaper paperback? It's a no-brainer.

In a lot of ways, it is the ultimate football book. On the one hand, it is Fatsis' experience trying to be a part of the team as a kicker. It's like if your buddy was trying out (and could write a blue streak to describe it.) I'm not sure there has ever been access on an NFL team like this.

On the other hand, it is an in-depth examination of life in the NFL -- actually, not just life in the NFL, but life in the NFL at the margins, which is SO much more interesting (and terrifying) than the life of the superstars. Frankly, it made me feel better for NOT being in the NFL.

The paperback edition is updated with the news that has made the Broncos one of the most talked-about teams of the offseason: Canning Shanahan and trading Cutler.

Fatsis is one of the best sportswriters in America, this story (and the way it is told) is riveting, and this book has a place on my "Best Books I've Ever Read" shelf.

It's out in paperback! Buy it!

-- D.S.

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