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When the Game Stands Tall, Special Movie Edition: The Story of the De La Salle Spartans and Football's Longest Winning Streak [Format Kindle]

Neil Hayes , John Madden

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"Some guys are just coaches. Bob is one of those guys. He's like John Wooden, Joe Torre, or Bill Walsh. They can coach any sport at any level."
—John Madden, broadcaster and Hall of Fame coach
“Neil Hayes has given us a riveting chronicle of the greatest high school football program in history. Emotional, inspiring, dramatic, and action-packed.”
—Thomas Carter, director of When The Game Stands Tall
“Exceptional. A story about brotherhood and the endless fight to achieve greatness in all aspects of life.”
—Alexander Ludwig
"Coach Bob Ladouceur's ability to communicate, teach, relate is unparalleled. He strikes a nerve with me every time I hear him speak."
—Jon Gruden, Monday Night Football analyst and former coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
"A timeless and universal story about character, hard work, and love.”
—Steve Bersch, President, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions 
“Neil Hayes beautifully captures the essence of Bob Ladouceur and his style of coaching ... As a parent, I learned more from this than any other book, especially in the areas of listening and compassion.”
—Laura Dern
"I've never seen a better coached team at any level. I watch De La Salle play and I can't believe it's a high school football game. Bob is as fine a coach as the game has ever seen.”
—Bill Walsh, Hall of Famer and former coach of the San Francisco 49ers
"Winning was merely a byproduct of Bob Ladouceur's teachings and philosophy, and his team won more games in a row than any other team, in any sport...ever. Clearly Bob has something to teach us all."
—Michael Chiklis
“Human vulnerability gets equal time with athletic invincibility throughout Hayes’s book.”
San Francisco Chronicle
"This book will be extremely useful to anybody who coaches young men or women. Bob's an amazing man. De La Salle is an amazing program. A story we need to read."
—Tony La Russa, former manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals
“A road map for developing great teams and great young men. A must read for any coach or parent who wants to help kids reach their true potential.”—David Zelon, producer of When the Game Stands Tall
Pro Football Weekly
"De La Salle is the ultimate high school football program in this country, there's no doubt about that. It's unbelievable how they keep winning."
—Steve Mariucci, NFL network analyst and former coach of the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers


Présentation de l'éditeur

Revised and updated edition of the book to accompany the major motion picture directed by Thomas Carter and starring Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Laura Dern, and Clancy Brown.

This insider’s account of the greatest winning streak in sports history brings to life the tragedies, triumphs, and unforgettable characters that inspired the major motion picture. Neil Hayes takes readers behind the scenes at De La Salle High School, where coaching legend Bob Ladouceur led his football team to a historic 13-year run of consecutive wins. A coming-of-age saga as well as an exciting sports story, When the Game Stands Tall provides a deft portrait of the enigmatic and visionary coach who instills in his players a discipline, commitment, and dedication to doing one's best that endure well beyond high school. This latest revised edition takes readers onto the film set for an introduction to the movie-making process, and includes a full-color insert of scenes from the movie, an afterword updating storylines of many of the memorable characters, and details of Ladouceur's final year as head coach.
As the story opens, the 2002 team, guardians of The Streak, is shaping up to be the most vulnerable in years. How the coaches and the players pull together throughout a difficult and challenging season to ultimately triumph is the thread of the book, with alternating chapters providing historical background on the school, past teams, stand-out players, and the dedicated coaching staff.
Known and respected throughout the ranks of American football, the quiet and unassuming Ladouceur is among this country's all-time coaching greats, a man who has helped to define excellence in sports and mentorship. The book affords an inside look at the training techniques, off-season conditioning programs, scouting habits, and practice plans that produced such an outstanding team. It also introduces a cast of unforgettable characters such as Dan Shaughnessy of Salesian HS, "a fierce competitor who stormed up and down the sideline and swore more than a Catholic school coach should"; Brother Laurence, a much-loved teacher at De La Salle; Coach Eidson, a.k.a. "Cobra," and others. The weaving in of these characters illuminates the nature of the competition and says much about the spirit of De La Salle and the culture Lad has created.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 416 pages
  • Editeur : North Atlantic Books; Édition : Mti Spl (29 juillet 2014)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A High School Coach - the Culture He Created; His Traditions, Rituals and Doctrines of Success; and His Players that Became Men 29 juillet 2014
Par Thomas M. Loarie - Publié sur Amazon.com
"When the Game Stands Tall" by sports reporter and author Neil Hayes traces the storied football program at De LaSalle (DLS) High School (Concord, CA) from its roots to becoming one of today's most highly regarded in the U.S. Hayes interweaves three stories - the school's football program which won 151 consecutive games ("The Streak") over twelve seasons, the life and maturation of DLS's head football coach Bob Ladouceur, and an intimate view of the 2002 game-by-game preparation and execution which led to the 11th consecutive undefeated season.

Ladouceur, who played college football at Utah State then San Jose State, was an unlikely candidate for establishing himself as one of the premier high school coaches in the U.S. He left college football with a sour taste for football, feeling that it "used him up then spit him out."

He played high school football under the legendary Fred Houston at Danville, CA.'s San Ramon High. Houston was a blood and guts coach that forced players to make a choice..."those who remained were dedicated and believed in what they were doing." Houston taught discipline, fundamentals, and that the game was hard and had to be played agressively - attributes that would become hallmarks of Ladouceur's programs.

Ladouceur's arrival at the Christian Brother's De LaSalle High School in Concord, CA. (35 miles northeast of San Francisco) at the age 25 with of one year of coaching experience was not popular. Nevertheless, the school's principal who wanted a teacher first and someone who put the students first, and Ladouceur who worked part-time as a probation officer and wanted to help troubled kids, found one another...and the building of a legacy was underway.

Author Hayes had unfettered access while writing "When the Game Stands Tall" to present and past DLS school officials, coaches and players, opposing players and coaches. The book is filled with quotes, stories of special and troubled players, anecdotes, and speeches made during the period by players, coaches, and Ladouceur.

Each game of the 2002 season is presented in great detail with an emphasis on the powerhouse games with Long Beach Poly, Mater Dei of Santa Ana, St. Louis of Hawaii, and local rival, Pittsburgh.

"When the Game Stands Tall" serves as a great how-to manual (and must have) for anyone wanting to coach or lead. Ladouceur's body of work epitomizes excellence and the sacrifice one makes to achieve it. The book also reinforces the notion that fulfilling a vision is a journey, a process, not an event.

De LaSalle's success has a history, and it creates a culture, with traditions, ritual and doctrine. It has a mind and a soul as well as a body. It is enduring and deep. It is the legacy the Bob Ladouceur and his staff has created for the ages.

This edition of "When the Game Stands Tall" is the revised and updated version released in August 2014 to accompany the motion picture bearing its name, starring Jim Caviezel ("Person of Interest," "The Passion of the Christ"), Laura Dern ("Enlightened," "Jurassic Park"), and Clancy Brown ("Shawshank Redemption").
8 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not just for football fans 10 août 2014
Par Aletheia Knights - Publié sur Amazon.com
"Win some, lose some." Right? Not if you're De La Salle High School of Concord, California. From 1992 to 2004, the football team from this parochial boys' school won every single game they played - 151 games in all. Not only is that the longest streak on record for a high school team (and more than twice the length of the previous record-holder), it's the longest streak on record for any team, playing any sport, at any level, ever. By the early 2000s, head coach Bob Ladouceur had a standard answer ready for the question people never stopped asking: How do you do it? "Spend a year with us," he'd say.

Sportswriter Neil Hayes decided to take him up on it.

Hayes joined the De La Salle Spartans at practice, in the locker room, and at team meetings over the course of the 2002 season, and he came to understand - at least as well as anyone can who's never suited up in Spartan green himself - exactly how they do it. The secret? Dedication, accountability, a hardcore off-season training regime - and a solid bond of brotherhood.

As a writer, Hayes came in at just the right time to capture the De La Salle experience at its most dramatic. Most of the school's strongest players had graduated with the class of 2002, and no obvious student leaders had yet emerged among the incoming seniors. After ten undefeated years, it was perhaps inevitable that players would come to think of victory as an entitlement, a foregone conclusion, and start to slack off a bit. With De La Salle scheduled to play some of the highest-ranked teams in the country over the next few weeks, Ladouceur and his assistant coaches knew their celebrated Streak was in jeopardy unless these kids could pull it together - fast.

Even without reading the author blurb, one is likely to peg Hayes as a newspaper sports reporter right away. His style is that of an experienced journalist: straightforward, compact, balanced, flowing. His observations are keen, his paragraphs short. At times he goes into a bit too much detail reminding the reader of something explained earlier in the book, as if he hasn't quite mastered the difference between writing a series of connected articles and a sustained narrative divided into chapters. As much as he is a journalist, however, Hayes is a storyteller. Alternating chapters weave two interrelated narratives: odd-numbered chapters tell the history of the school, Ladouceur's career as coach, and how the Streak began; while even-numbered chapters tell in detail the story of the 2002 season. Brief but memorable passages about the histories and backgrounds of some of the coaches and players invest the reader emotionally. Perhaps because of that sense of connection, Hayes manages to create a sense of dramatic tension and even suspense when narrating games the outcomes of which the reader already knows.

You don't need to be a football fan to read and enjoy "When the Game Stands Tall." Trust me on this - my knowledge of football before I opened this book consisted of what little I remembered of what I actually understood when someone tried to explain to me what was happening on the TV screen between Super Bowl commercials. The De La Salle football program is as much about making men out of boys as it is about playing great football, and "When the Game Stands Tall" reflects that. This is, for the most part, a book about people: their dreams, their challenges, their hardships, their determination, their grief, their disappointment, their conflicts, their bonds. Every game Hayes describes in detail is set in the context of what it means for the men playing (and coaching) it. Even readers with minimal football knowledge will be able to get at least the gist of what's going on.

"When the Game Stands Tall" was first published in 2003, the last year of The Streak. In 2005, Hayes added an epilogue detailing how De La Salle finally lost, and what happened afterwards. Now, a new edition has been released featuring added material about the making of the film adaptation, coming to theaters later this month. I generally avoid "movie tie-in" editions - if I love the book but not the adaptation, I don't want the actors' faces on the cover of my copy. In this case, however, I actively recommend this edition. Hayes has described in a prologue his visit to the set with Ladouceur and some of the other prominent personages from the book, and learning how much passion the filmmakers had for this story has made me even more excited to see the movie.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "More to it than X's and O's." John Madden 19 août 2014
Par Wolfe Moffat - Publié sur Amazon.com
As a family, we were preparing to watching the movie, "Heaven Is For Real," and I was venturing to the kitchen to prepare a snack for all of us. I've got to humbly admit, I'm not into previews when I'm watching a DVD at my house. I'd prefer to skip all of the previews, and get to the main attraction. Afterwards? MAYBE a preview will be ok. But before I could get out of the family room, a preview did catch my eye. That preview happened to be for "When the Game Stands Tall," and quite frankly, my jaw dropped in awe. THIS preview could be repeated, because it is a movie that I just can't wait to see!!!

Then, at a store, I found this book, the Special Movie Edition, and I had to pick it up. What is so special about De La Salle High School and their football? 151 straight games without a loss, that's what! Coaching legend Bob Ladouceur is what makes this special! The fact that his players care about each other more than the game itself is something special! The discipline and determination that drives the lives of this entire team is indeed special. Coach Lad's (Bob Ladouceaur) demeanor while the game is being played is practically a poker face, and he isn't too much on trash talking and being harsh spoken.

Without going into spoilers, I'm going to put it in very simple terms. If John Madden writes a forward of a football book, and says within that forward, "There's a lot more to it than X's and O's. Maybe that's what makes it so special." After reading that? The time has come, Monday Night Football and gridiron fans around the world, for us to shut up, and just read the book. Or just watch the movie. We can play Madden Football on our XBox whenever we please. I say, lets take notice about something that makes John Madden's jaw truly drop! I can't wait to see this movie!!!
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par Skipper - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A uniquely remarkable story of commitment, endurance, fellowship with a perfect strategy for excellence led by a modest genius and his inspired staff. We readers are fortunate to get the inside-scoop relayed by this excellent and experienced author who was actually "embedded" within the team during the streak.
This is much more than a compelling sports story of young men and their mentor being the best they can be for their teammates. It is a story of honesty, friendship, love and loyalty being triumphant! All leaders of men should learn this.
The formula for success evolved and perpetuated year after year, as players graduated and rookies replacing them gathering experience and contributing industriously in practice, fitness drills and hard fought games.. Their opponents were frequently larger and heavier but none were ever stronger or fitter pound-for-pound.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must read for parents, coaches, Sales Managers and Entrepreneurs! 2 septembre 2014
Par Cathy - Publié sur Amazon.com
What a great book! Before reading When the Game Stands Tall, I thought it was going to be page after page of just football stats, but it was so much more than that! The author, Neil Hayes, takes us through the ups and downs that this group of talented young men experience. WTGST is a road map to success! Whether you are a parent, coach, Sales Manger, Entrepreneur or moving up the corporate ladder you definitely need to read this book. It’s the type of book you will highlight, make notes in the margins and refer back to. I hope the author writes another book that highlights what the young men that attended De La Salle High School have accomplished personally and professionally. I think that would be a great read!
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