Football Literature

*I’m posting every day in February as part of my determination to #makefebfun. For more info, read this post.*

Although I love to go to sporting events in the flesh (The noise! The excitement! The snacks!), I am becoming less and less interested in watching them on TV. Tonight, during the biggest sporting event of the year, I plan to sit beside my husband Dave with headphones plugged into my laptop and watch The Staircase, a fascinating true crime documentary I picked up from the library last week.  I may be an embarrassment to my family, friends, and the U.S. in general, but at least I’m honest.

I love a gofnlod story, though, and sports can be the perfect backdrop. Take one of my favorite TV shows of the past decade: Friday Night LightsTim Riggins is not just a handsome womanizer with a good heart; he’s a football star.

I thought I’d contribute to the Superbowl excitement in my own way by sharing a few football books I’m hoping to read at some point. Even though I’m not that into the game, a good writer can make me want to read about almost anything.


Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and A Dream by H.G. Bissinger

I’m curious to see how loosely or closely the TV show plot aligns to the book – I’m guessing very loosely. According to Sports Illustrated, this is the “best football book of all time.” I think my brother might have a copy, perhaps still in his childhood bedroom – I’ll have to do some research on that. Regardless, I’ll find a way to read this classic story from Pulitzer Prize Winner H.G. Bissinger. concussion


Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas

This book, about the doctor who bought to light the terrible effects of head injuries on football players, looks both grim and fascinating. I’d like to see the movie too.


It’s Good To Be Gronk by Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski

I bought this book by the famous Patriots party animal for my brother Matt (who also loves a good party) for his most recent birthday. When I saw the cover, it made me laugh, and I knew Matt would like the gift. I might have to borrow the book back to learn more about the Gronk’s antics in his own voice. Fun fact: The Gronk and I share a birthday – May 14th. He’s just a tad bit younger.25617367.jpg



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