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Any variety of writers may spend a whole season with an NFL group, from the 1st day of educating camp till the final decide of the draft, and are available up with an enticing e-book. yet in basic terms Roy Blount Jr. may perhaps catch the soreness, the enjoyment, the fears, the humor—in brief, the heart—of a championship team.
In 1973, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been great, yet overlooked the bowl. Blount's portrait of a group poised to dominate the NFL for greater than a decade recounts the gridiron accomplishments and off-the-field lives of gamers, coaches, better halves, lovers, and proprietors. About 3 Bricks Shy . . . is thought of a vintage; Sports Illustrated lately named it one of many most sensible a hundred activities Books of All Time. This thirtieth-anniversary variation comprises extra chapters at the Steelers' tremendous Bowl wins, written for the 1989 paperback, in addition to a brand new creation by means of the writer.
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I said, well, I would. And after some weeks of discussion, my preference for Pittsburgh was indulged. ” “Certainly not, Serena. ” —TWO BOSTON LADIES IN 1874, QUOTED IN VALLEY OF DECISION, A PITTSBURGH NOVEL BY MARCIA DAVENPORT Losing has nothing to do with geography. —CHUCK NOLL A good many of my colleagues could not understand why I chose Pittsburgh of all the places in the NFL. Members of the Sports Illustrated staff are always tearing off to exotic places. I remember photographer Jerry Cooke pulling up in front of me in a taxi outside the Time and Life Building one evening.
Here's a modified version: Nobody ever hung in there any stronger than the Ranger, who still holds the Steeler record for consecutive games played. Even in the insurance business, Mansfield remained a warrior. When a man reneged on an agreement to buy a big policy from him, he went back to the man's office six times and finally kicked a hole in his desk. Then he couldn't get his foot out. Not long before his death he ran into the formerly ferocious Dick Butkus, got right up into the old Bear's face and said, “Dick, I owned you,” and Butkus didn't argue.
He ran out of the dugout wearing a Steeler warmup jacket. An umpire told him he couldn't run the bases dressed like that. So Ellis took off the warmup jacket and had nothing on underneath. I once asked Ellis about the Cadillac El Classico he had driven to spring training. It was white with red-leather outside trim and a grille that looked like the Parthenon in chrome. ” I once sat with Pirate slugger Willie Stargell in a dugout in Bradenton, Florida, on a hot, sluggish day. Stargell commented on how little electricity, everything considered, was in the air.