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This one’s for the ladies

Terri Schlichenmeyer

So you don’t know anything about football, huh?

You always wondered what’s the lowdown on a touchdown. You’re pretty sure a quarterback is change for a dollar bill. As far as you’re concerned, the only difference between a Bear and an Eagle is that one is a mammal and one is not. And those tight ends?

Well, at least they got one thing right.

Then, just about the time you settle in and decide that you’re going to figure this game out once and for all, your man asks you to grab him a cold one. Time to pick up the new book by Holly Robinson Peete and tell him to “Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game.”

When it comes to football, who knows what’s going on down there on the field? Well, lots of people do, including the guy in the recliner next to you. Now, with this new book, you’ll know, too, and you’ll be able to follow the game there along with him.

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Right from the start, you’ll see that the team members line up a certain way. The ball goes between one guy’s legs right into the hands of another player and then they all run around like ants. Do they really know where they’re supposed to be or are they just running around?

Robinson Peete makes sense of every bit of that. First, she explains the positions of those guys on the field, why they line up the way they do, and what part they play in the game. It turns out that each team member has a certain “job” to do, and the spot he runs to is exactly the place he needs to be.

Okay, so the game is progressing and the ball goes back and forth; one team scores (hopefully, yours) and the points rack up. How come a touchdown sometimes appears to be seven points when it’s really six? Passing game or running game? Huh? Isn’t every game a “running game?” I mean, they’re running down the field, right? Do the jersey numbers mean anything? And those X’s on your TV screen? They can’t possibly be part of a tic-tac-toe game … can they?

It all sounds so hard. Fortunately, this book will help. At first blush, “Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game” appears to ask more questions than it answers. Robinson Peete is married to former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, so, of course, she knows the game well. I thought she moved a little too fast into the complicated parts of football without first explaining the very basic terms. Helpfully, though, this book includes a glossary of terms at the end, of which complete neophytes to the game are going to want to take full advantage.

If you have a basic knowledge of the pro game, though, this book will make you a pro at understanding it completely. Get “Get Your Own Damn Beer, I’m Watching the Game,” crack open a cold one and hit the recliner. Go team!

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