Since it's the offseason and all the news when it comes to the NFL are the bounty scandal / Tebow in the Big Apple / Manning to the Broncos / pre-draft pontifications, I thought it would be the right time for an off-topic kind of post.
I find book reviews in unlikely places, and so it was with the book I have just finished, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. It was none other than Jim Schwartz who brought it to my attention:
An advocate of books, Schwartz favorite is "A Confederacy of Dunces," by John Kennedy Toole. "The guy (Toole) was an absolute genius. It'll make you cry because you'll start reading it and you'll be, like, damn why can't I write like this?," Schwartz said. "You read his stuff and it's like watching Michael Jordan play basketball or Tiger Woods play golf or Joe Montana play quarterback. He committed suicide and his mom found the book in a shoe box or something and it's considered one of the greatest literary works of the 20th century."
It's a very bizarre read, and the only thing it has to do with football is that it was recommended by a pro football coach, my team's coach. Like Schwartz, I was amazed by the way Toole can string a sentence together. But it got me thinking about the fact that I have never read a book that was about the NFL. It's about time that changed.
So here's my question to the Lions faithful: What are some good books you have read about football? What did you learn about the game?