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Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football [Anglais] [Relié]

Nicholas Dawidoff

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Revue de presse

"An instant classic of the genre.... A triumph... of immersion and portraiture." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Dawidoff is a crack writer, saturating the book with the best of a year's worth of anecdotes and lacing it with the backgrounds of coaches and players with an intimacy that begs the question how he got all this sharp and often moving material.... Dawidoff has a sure hand with the nature of passion, the rancor and weeping joy that characterizes every season in the most popular sport in the country. Insightful, immediate sportswriting. Readers will feel every bit of the team's frustration and elation." -- Kirkus (starred review)

"This is a superlative insider's portrait of one NFL team (reminiscent of John Feinstein's similar Next Man Up: A Year behind the Lines (2005), about the Baltimore Ravens), and it's accessible to casual fans and irresistible to NFL geeks." -- Booklist (starred review)

"A riveting case study." -- New York Times Book Review, "Editor's Choice"

"Collision Low Crossers is a book that I would highly recommend not just for lovers of sports writing, but for lovers of intelligent writing that sheds new light on something so universal in the average American's life that the average American might never notice. This is a wonderful book by a talented writer I hope to read more from in the future." -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"May be the best book I've ever read about football." -- Mike Pesca, NPR's All Things Considered

"Entirely suspenseful, even when one knows how it will turn out.... Dawidoff has established a reputation as one of the best chroniclers of sports in American life.... A deeply nuanced look at an organization -- a business -- with characters who leap off the page." -- The Chicago Tribune, "Editor's Choice"

"An unusually smart and revealing (and often funny) look at the quirky subculture of pro football." -- Tom Perrotta

"Incredibly engaging and gripping.... What makes Collision Low Crossers a transcendental read is how thoughtful and thorough a guide Dawidoff becomes." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A rare behind-the-scenes look at what makes a football organization tick." -- The Washington Post

"Collision Low Crossers is the best book ever written about football and I'm in awe." -- Wright Thompson, Senior Writer, and ESPN The Magazine

"On every significant American subject there are only a handful of really good books, and Collision Low Crossers is one of the best books ever written about sports. Dawidoff takes you into a closed world of interesting men who are obsessed with how to perfect the art of football. The book is closely and boldly observed, frankly reported, ferociously written with both humor and humanity; it teems with wonderful lines, rich and vivid passages. The end result is what all coaches long for, the magical pleasure of watching a perfectly managed game that ends in a great victory." -- Thomas Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Man Who Kept The Secrets and The Killing of Crazy Horse

"It is rare indeed that any writer can infiltrate any sports team so thoroughly as Nicholas Dawidoff has done in Collision Low Crossers. His access, though, is but the foundation of this sports tour du force, for his year in the belly of the New York Jets is so informed with insight and sensitivity alike that it reveals to us not just the season's secrets of one team, but the complicated attractions that trap men in football's mean clutches." -- Frank Deford, commentator, Morning Edition, and author of Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter

"Nicholas Dawidoff shows us everything television doesn't. By the time I finished Collision Low Crossers, I realized that what happens on the field is only a tiny fraction of a football season-and hardly the most interesting. It was a huge pleasure to be led behind the scenes by a writer with such subtlety, wit, and style." -- Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down and At Large and At Small

"I loved Collision Low Crossers--it's revealing, engrossing, extremely funny, and about as close as you can come to the NFL without getting a concussion. With expert reporting and an enviably light touch, Dawidoff shows the warm heart beating inside the most dangerous game." -- Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding

"An exceptionally detailed description of how the coaches of an NFL team prepare for and survive a season that turns out to be a disappointment.... Full of intriguing, creatively chronicled little moments." -- Bill Littlefield, WBUR's "Only A Game"

"A startling, year-long, day-in-and-day-out tale of large men and obsessive, outsized personalities. Nicholas Dawidoff is a committed watcher and listener who takes Plimpton's participatory impulse and applies it in his own artful way, creating an entirely original - and thoroughly grand - portrait of an NFL team. Before Collision Low Crossers, it's now quite clear to me, I didn't really understand pro football at all." -- Ted Conover, author of Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing and Rolling Nowhere

"Unputdownable.... Whatever your interest, be it in sports, business, or even politics, Collision Low Crossers is a great read. You won't be disappointed." -- Forbes

"Insightful and funny, this is a must read for any sports fan." -- Susanne Jaffe, creative director, Thurber House, for The Columbus Dispatch

"A fascinating, incisive look at football, written in prose that soars like a perfect pass." -- Shelf Awareness, "The Best Books of 2013"

"A quality piece of embedded analytical journalism relayed with warmth and insight." -- Library Journal

"In the hands of a skillful observer such as Dawidoff, the volatile personalities and intricacies of running a professional football team become both accessible and understandable." -- The Virginia Quarterly

"Superb.... Excellent stuff.... Dawidoff is as good as they come." -- Newsday

Présentation de l'éditeur

An unrivaled portrait of day-to-day life in the NFL: "Riveting...An instant classic." -- New York Times Book Review

By spending a year with the New York Jets, Nicholas Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language. Equal parts Paper Lion, Moneyball, Friday Night Lights, and The Office, this absorbing, funny, and vivid narrative gets to the heart of a massive and stressful collective endeavor.

Here is football in many faces: the polarizing, brilliant, and hilarious head coach; the general manager, whose job is to support (and suppress) the irrepressible coach; the defensive coaches and their in-house rivals, the offensive coaches; and of course the players. Wise safeties, brooding linebackers, high-strung cornerbacks, enthusiastic rookies, and a well-read nose tackle-they make up a strange and complex family. Dawidoff makes an emblematic NFL season come alive for fans and nonfans alike in a book about football that will forever change the way people watch and think about the sport.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 great read 20 novembre 2013
Par Emily Bazelon - Publié sur
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I read this book fast because I was completely absorbed in the world Nicky Dawidoff created and the characters who inhabit it, especially the coaches. I really don't know much about football, but I'm a big Friday Night Lights fan, and this book reminded me why. loved the organizational intimacy and the grind of it all. And wow is it a grind to be an NFL coach. For the players, there's the pain and difficulty, but also the amazing moments of lift off. Dawidoff manages to be both humane and honest about people he spent a huge amount of time with and clearly cares about.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book for folks who dreamed of working on an NFL football team 28 novembre 2013
Par David M Rubin - Publié sur
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Let me say that I bought this book because I am a football junkie first and a Jets fan second. Some might think that this book is a niche book for Jet fans, but I was astounded by how great it illustrated the life inside an NFL football team. Rex is certainly a colorful character, but what the book really captures is the camraderie among coaches and players, the rivalries between offense and defense, and the fleeting moment during the season that these guys live in the foxhole together before many players get hurt, get released, move on. And that's just the players. The coaches all know that this moment in time will not last. They spend incredible hours together as a fraternity, knowing that they might be in a different city or unemployed next year.

For anyone who has dreamed of what a football life would look like, you should read this book. You can hate the Jets but still love this book. A must-have for sports/football junkies.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Diehard Jets fan considers this book a literary treasure. 28 novembre 2013
Par Ben Lundquist - Publié sur
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I watch Rex Ryan press conferences daily on the Jets website. I attended 2 of the games in this season. I don't watch a lot of other football games besides the Jets games. For me this book seems like an almost impossible confluence. The detailed account of the inside characters in the drama i've so diligently followed is a literary treasure that I will personally cherise forever.

I've read Feinstein's 'Next Man Up' and enjoyed that as well, so I can recommend this book to casual readers and general football fans. I'll say it again, for Jets fans this is an absolute can't miss.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Bound to Be One of the Great Sports Books of All Time... 20 novembre 2013
Par New England Man - Publié sur
This is that rarest of sports book, which elevates its subject matter to much more than just a book about sports. Dawidoff worked for Sports Illustrated, at one point, but has since gone on to write about everything from from spies, to country music, to schizophrenia for publications like the New Yorker. In this book, he brings the players and the coaches on the Jets to life, making us care about -- not just whether they win or lose -- but about their personal lives, disappointments, and aspirations. He creates an intimacy with his subjects that seem so unlikely, if not impossible, in this era when PR men always seem to handle the press and hold them at bay. This book is bound to be one the greatest sports books of all time.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not as good as it should have been 28 décembre 2013
Par Tyler Smith - Publié sur
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Dawidoff goes out of his way to say how open the Jets were to allow him a year's worth of coverage, so after reading this very lengthy account of his time with the team, one is compelled to ask, "Is that all there is?"

Let's face it. This is a team that drew enormous attention to itself. So if a writer assigns himself to cover that team, he better have the one-on-one cover skills of ex-Jet Darrell Revis. Unfortunately, Dawidoff is closer to the on-again-off-again patterns of Antonio Cromartie: very good at times, not even average at others.

There is very llittle new that Dawidoff adds to our understandings of the players, other than glimpses into the childlesshness of quarterback Mark Sandchez and the strangely adversarial behavior of CB Cromartie, but one could have hoped for more insight from the time spent with the defensive unit, led by Gary Pettine. To be sure, we get a sense of the ridiculous time imposed on the coaches and the strain that it imposes on them. But the pressures are, for the most part, glossed over. Why did Sanchez interact so poorly with offensive coordinator Brian Schtottenheimier when it came time to carry out the game plan? In one crucial late-season game, the Jets kept passing when runs were called for. The reasons are never explored. On defense, Cromartie's seemingly incredible shortcomings, despite remarkable physical abilities, are passed over, although the coaches maintain their criticism. The reader keeps asking Dawidoff to probe furtner, but he never does. He seems so grateful of the access he's been offered that he doesn't want to go further.

The book was hamstrung, to some extent, by the strike that occurred, but it made little hay during that barren period. It has plenty of small observations about a few players and interesting, if off-the-wall, exchanges. We get how remorseless is the business of professional sports. Yet it falls short of helping us to understand the business on a deeper level. It's an okay book that could have done much more to illuminate a group with strong personalities. It's a four-yard run on third and 10. More yardage needed.
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