A Few Seconds of Panic: A Sportswriter Plays in the NFL
"An insightful and . . . fun examine the interior workings of professional soccer" (The manhattan Times) from the bestselling writer of Word Freak
In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis invaded the insular global of aggressive Scrabble gamers, finally attaining an expert-level score. Now, in his new ebook, he infiltrates a strikingly assorted subculture-pro soccer. After greater than a yr of training, Fatsis molded his fortyish physique into person who may perhaps stand up-barely-to the pains of NFL education. And for 3 months he grew to become a placekicker for the Denver Broncos. taking advantage of extraordinary entry to an NFL staff and its gamers, and drawing on his personal own adventure, Fatsis with wry candor and hard-won empathy unveils the brain of the fashionable seasoned athlete and the workings of a storied activities franchise as no author has sooner than.
Too. i used to be completely happy for Paul yet anguished approximately Micah, who’s taught me not just to kick larger yet to concentration higher, to perform like a professional. He’s been an excellent teammate and a great friend.) Then Ronnie went to determine Shanahan to plot for the ultimate preseason video game, in precisely 3 days in Arizona. Ronnie requested whom he desired to punt, that means Paul or Todd. Shanahan answered, “Micah.” I ask R.B. and T-Mac what replaced. they simply shrug. “We don’t make the rules,” T-Mac says. “We simply dwell during this global. It.
Houston. Bradlee is snippy with the coaches in the course of quarterbacks conferences. He makes jokes approximately getting minimize. “Be there or be square!” he says of the house opener of his alma mater, Colorado kingdom, on Saturday, implying that he’ll have nowhere else to be. a number of hours ahead of the Arizona video game, I meet Bradlee in a second-floor front room on the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. In brown board shorts and a white V-neck undershirt, he’s simply come from the pool, the place he was once swimming, hearing track, and learning.
Playoffs. I attend the sport in Denver on New Year’s Eve. donning a thrift-shop western blouse, Jake saunters into the locker room round midday for a 2:15 kickoff, a number of hours later than he might have arrived had he been beginning. He had instructed me that he used to be now not, for noticeable purposes, learning up to he had yet felt he had higher command of the weekly online game plans. He notion he knew why. “When you’re weighed down with all types of expectancies and strain, you can’t learn,” Jake acknowledged. It’s.
Microscope,” he says. “Which microscope?” I say. “The microscope from the coaches? The microscope from the fans?” “Um, yes.” He laughs. “The entire factor. It’s challenging while you are giving your most sensible shot and you’re in entrance of thousands of individuals and you've got an off day. As a certified athlete, you can’t have off days otherwise you be replaced. simply listening to the criticism—I suggest not anyone likes that, specifically whilst they’re giving it every little thing they’ve acquired. occasionally you roll with it. occasionally it will get.
And kick.” not just am I wrapped, I’m stressed out. NFL movies, the league operation that because the Sixties has became soccer video games into hundred-yard epics, has arrived to interview Shanahan, shoot B-roll of the Broncos, and get ready a section approximately my exploits as a latter-day Plimpton. I’m hoping that Shanahan, aware of the cameras, will allow me kick in this overcast and humid afternoon. in the course of warm-ups, Jason Elam notices the tape underneath my jersey. “Are you miked up?” he asks, incredulous. observe.