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Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback: A fully caffeinated guide to everything you need to know about the NFL by Peter King


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  • Pub. Date: October 2009
  • 256pp
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    • Pub. Date: October 2009
    • Publisher:Time Home Entertainment, Inc
    • Format: Hardcover, 256pp


    More than two million people a week rush to to read Peter King's column, Monday Morning Quarterback. There they find a potent mix of analysis, opinion, humor and inside-the-NFL locker- room information delivered as no one else can. In this book, King, the award-winning Sports Illustrated pro football writer, brings the same blend of wit and wisdom, ranging from his famous "10 Things I Think I Think" to his Top 100 player rankings; from the football clichés he hates to the coaching hires he loves; from Brett Favre's golf game to Peyton Manning's comedic skills. And all freshly flavored with King's inimitable observations on the best hotels, the worst airports, the greatest traditions-and coffee, coffee, coffee. There is no journalist better connected to the NFL's players, coaches, general managers and owners, and no writer renders the inside information as entertainingly as Peter King.

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    Since 1997, legions of devoted pro football fans have been clicking on King's (Inside the Helmet: A Player's-Eye View of Pro Football) "Monday Morning Quarterback" column on to find the backstory on what occurred in Sunday's game and get the lowdown on the top stories about the league. This is a collection of 20 of King's favorites that represent the flavor of his work, from gridiron details to the more personal, including columns on Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, the softball team King's daughter played on, the death of his beloved dog, and his friendship with a soldier serving in the Iraq War. To spice up this greatest-hits collection, King has added new material in his column's "Ten Things I Think I Think" vein, including what he would change about the league, the top coaches, the worst Hall of Fame snubs, and rankings of the top 100 players of today and all time. The border of each page is taken up with more past column highlights: notable quotations, prescient predictions, blockheaded forecasts, odd facts, pop culture references, and travel notes. VERDICT An amiable mix of old and new material from a popular sportswriter. For all football fans.—John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ

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    Peter King joined Sports Illustrated as a staff writer in 1989 after spending nearly a decade as an award-winning newspaper journalist. Now a senior writer at the magazine, he is Sports Illustrated's primary NFL expert and is one of the country's premier pro football writers. King is also a key contributor to, which includes his popular column, "Monday Morning Quarterback."

    King has also served as an on-air reporter for ABC's Monday Night Football, NBC's Football Night in America, CNN's NFL Preview, and as managing editor for HBO's award-winning "Inside the NFL'' show. He hosts a show on Sirius NFL Radio.

    Following graduation from Ohio University in 1979, where he earned a B.A. in journalism, King covered college athletics and professional football for the Cincinnati Enquirer for five years. Following that stint, he covered pro football for Newsday, in New York, from 1985 to 1989.

    King has won two Associated Press Sports Editors awards for excellence in sports journalism.

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    Are you kidding!!!by Phil_Reynolds

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    February 09, 2010: I love football- Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the ladies, but football rules my life, both college and pro. I've read SI and for years, and live and die by Peter King and Stewart Mandel. I'm sorry to say that King's book was disappointing- it's a collection of his columns. Mandel wrote a real book about the college football stuff that makes us go, "What? I didn't know that." King (supposedly) got paid to have someone else take his columns and put them in a book subtitled, "A fully caffeinated guide to everything you need to know about the NFL." So, I get to read about Brett Favre in 2001? What about revenue sharing? What about the NFLPA and the new CBA- How does THAT work? What really sucks about this book is this: I wanted to hear what a smart guy thought about football. Someone told him that I wanted to hear what a smart guy thought about coffee, airlines, hotels. Listen, Peter King is widely read because of football. If I want to know what's cool, and what's not, I'll watch MTV. If I want to read something irrelevant, I'll read the minutes from the health care debate, not stuff from ten years ago. King is dangerously close to veering into the self-righteous, holier than thou, do as I say scene inhabited by Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan. For my money, I'm switching to Banks and Posnanski. Maybe they'll write a real book about the NFL. God, I miss Dr. Z.


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    A Fully Caffeinated Guide to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the NFL

    Peter King

    Sports Illustrated Books

    $25.95 - Hardback

    256 pages

    ISBN: 9978-1-60320-080-6

    Reviewer: Annie Slessman

    After twenty years with Sports Illustrated, Peter King is thought of as one of the experts in reporting the game of football. In his book, MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK, he touches on a variety of subject matter other than football. He is a real fan of girl's softball games and has a good friend in the armed services that heads an Improvised Explosive Devices platoon. At age 34, this man hopes to make it out of Iraq alive and bring his men home safely.

    So, King's Monday Morning Quarterback column isn't all football. It has been said that he adds too much of his personal life in his reporting, but his followers would beg to differ with that opinion.

    Any football fan would surely love this book as it takes a reader though the paces of the game, the players and the coaches that lead these teams in their efforts. It is an informal look at the game of football with a touch of statistical information as well.

    If you are looking for a gift for that man or woman who can't get through a weekend without football.this book is a good buy!

    I Also Recommend: Geno, Ira Gershwin.

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