Review: NFL Unplugged--Brutal Brilliant World of Professional Football"

Jclombardi reviews Gargano’s insider look at NFL.

Sports radio announcer Anthony Gargano writes about the pro football NFL sports culture and its great personalities.  He allowed the fans to see behind the workings, the glories, and the glitters about a great slice of Americana, the love of the NFL game.  Fans see glimpses about its iconic traditions including training camp, practices, meetings, locker room, Turk, huddle, onside kick, trenches, and Sunday. These slice-of-sports life glimpses about the NFL culture and its business are given through the hundred of entertaining stories from its professional players and coaches throughout its teams.

Fans hear about the detailed actions of players and coaches throughout the NFL season that define its triumphs, broken dreams, conditioning, injuries, camaraderie, hazing, brutality, bad-ass competition, heroes, and goats. For Gargano, these men and monsters include Mark Schlereth, Bill Romanowski, Kevin Long, Kyle Turley, John Gruden, Hugh Douglas, Jon Runyan, Michael Strahan, John Randle, Steve Wisniewski, Kevin Greene, Brett Favre, Warren Sapp, Mike Sellers, Jerry O, Tony Romo, and Steve Spagnuolo.

Unfortunately, this is not a great work compared to the organized narrative segments in a comparative classic book like the “Run to Daylight.”  We get great stories about great players and their dreams, injuries, glories, and fading retirements. Yet, we do not get in-depth journalism crafted into tight prose and packaged into a flowing structure defining a classic. This content is more a collection of twenty years or more of personal notes pasted together into loosely related short segments filling a book.  However, despite these professional reservations, sports readers will find the book to be a fascinating collection of personal stories about the modern inside workings of American pro football. Who can argue with that?

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