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March 5, 2008 11:01 AM

An invitation: Football book club

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Oprah? Hardly. No cars to give away here. No magazine. But I would like to start a football book club. Dangerous, I know, especially considering that football has not been the most fertile ground for sports literature. I'm still fairly confident there's some worthy material out there and we've got a good place to start with a book that features some insights into the Atlanta Falcons in a year when Tim Ruskell worked in their front office.

The plan will be to have an online discussion of the book that will go on for several days a little more than a week before the league's annual draft.

The book will be "The Draft" by Pete Williams. Be careful. There's another book out there with an identical title by Wil Mara. We're reading the one by Pete Williams, the subtitle is "A year inside the NFL's search for talent." I've read the first chapter, and found it to be fairly engaging.

The idea will be to hold the discussion a little more than a week before the NFL Draft. I think the discussion will be richest at that point in time.

Here's a link to the book on, which is listed right here.

The idea behind a blog is that it is a very specialized and narrow audience that we're appealing to, and I think the idea of getting a group together interested enough in a subject to read more about it could be interesting. I might be wrong, too.

So if I could just get a "show of hands" Internet style, and let me know if there are enough people who think this is a worthwhile idea.

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Posted by rossco

12:11 PM, Mar 05, 2008

great idea - i'll head to the library today

Posted by brew

1:00 PM, Mar 05, 2008

Sounds great. I just finished the Rich Eisen book. I love football insider books. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

Posted by Josh D in austin TX

1:05 PM, Mar 05, 2008

I am not too much in to reading but I will check the book out and give it a go

Posted by Danny O.

1:12 PM, Mar 05, 2008

Wow. More response than I expected so quickly so let's go ahead, planning to have our discussion a little more than a week before the draft, which begins April 26, 2008.

Posted by DBHobbs

1:48 PM, Mar 05, 2008

I would recommend this book if you follow the NFL and the draft in particular. If I remember correctly this chapter talks about Ruskell and is strong committment to good character players.

Posted by Oats

3:01 PM, Mar 05, 2008

I'm in. I love books about sports.

Posted by SeaStefan

3:45 PM, Mar 05, 2008

Sounds good ... there is another book about the Ravens which is similiar ... I forget the author.

Posted by hawks25

3:53 PM, Mar 05, 2008

"Next Man Up" written by John Feinstien. Really great book.

Posted by SeaStefan

5:54 PM, Mar 05, 2008

Thanks Hawks25

Posted by Tony Soprano

5:56 PM, Mar 05, 2008

Danny, if I go out and buy this book and take the time to read it, man you better follow through with this! I seem to remember you creating a contest earlier this season for us to submit a phrase that summed up each week's game, and each week's winner would get a T-Shirt. Well after winning the one and only week you did it, I'm still waiting for my Shirt.

Posted by anniee882000

8:29 PM, Mar 05, 2008

I'm in.

Posted by free beer

10:20 PM, Mar 05, 2008

yips, you mean you actually want us to read a book?

Posted by setht

10:36 PM, Mar 05, 2008

are there cliff notes???

Posted by charles

5:22 AM, Mar 06, 2008

Seahawks nation acording to Adam Shcefter last night Seattle is interrested in julius jone. With that he said he doubt Shaun will be back next year.Has any one heard anything?

Posted by nattylite

6:50 AM, Mar 06, 2008

Jones is in town for a visit today...shaun might be a june first roster cut

Posted by No.12

6:54 AM, Mar 06, 2008

Can the first person to get the book please video each page and post on YouTube? Thanks.

Posted by charles

7:01 AM, Mar 06, 2008

Jones would be a great fir for this team to bad we couldn't trade shaun and get something for him.

Posted by Shane-O

8:20 AM, Mar 06, 2008

Julius Jones, Duckett & Mo Morris wouldn't be a bad trio to have.

Mix in a little Leonard Weaver at FB & we'd be looking good.

Posted by Patrick from Kent

8:46 AM, Mar 06, 2008

I am totally down!

Posted by 84Hawk

9:29 AM, Mar 06, 2008

I would rather have Shaun than Jones. If Shaun can't run with our line, don't think Jones will.

Posted by slaigo

9:44 AM, Mar 06, 2008

Love the idea Danny already read the book and would love to talk football anytime!

Scott Laigo
Former Head FB Coach Garfield HS

Posted by johnnieday

8:08 PM, Mar 06, 2008

I do not know if the intents of this football book club are to strictly stick to NFL related literature, but if you are going to talk football books, you must bring up Bleachers by John Grisham and Friday Night Lights (the movie is a far cry short of doing the book justice) by H.G. Bissinger.

Posted by ajdaddy

5:48 PM, Mar 07, 2008

I would love to. I've read the book already, and it's a good one! Count me in.

Posted by pt1095

5:04 PM, Mar 22, 2008

I'm in Danny. Got the book right here. Looking forward to it!

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