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About Three Bricks Shy...And the Load Filled Up [Kindle Edition]

Roy Jr Blount
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Any number of writers could spend an entire season with an NFL team, from the first day of training camp until the last pick of the draft, and come up with an interesting book. But only Roy Blount Jr. could capture the pain, the joy, the fears, the humor—in short, the heart—of a championship team.

In 1973, the Pittsburgh Steelers were super, but missed the bowl. Blount’s portrait of a team poised to dominate the NFL for more than a decade recounts the gridiron accomplishments and off-the-field lives of players, coaches, wives, fans, and owners. 


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“Not merely is ‘Three Bricks’ funny, smart, perceptive and winning, there’s also a lovely quality about it that, for all the ferocity of the gridiron and the profanity of some of its language, I’d call gentleness. It’s a book about men in groups, this particular group being one that plays a very rough game, and it’s actually far less about football than about people.”
—The Washington Post


"A terrific book. . . . I have never read anything else on pro football, fiction or nonfiction, as good as this."
—New York Times Book Review



"Both a literary and journalistic masterpiece. . . . At last, a superb and superbly hilarious writer has gone deep beneath the surface of the sport and wrenched the truth from it."
—Dan Jenkins, author of Semi-Tough



"Richly worded, highly affectionate, frequently reflective, sometimes indiscreet. . . . One of the best sports books of its kind."
—Library Journal

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"A terrific book. . . . I have never read anything else on pro football, fiction or nonfiction, as good as this."-New York Times Book Review

"Richly worded, highly affectionate, frequently reflective, sometimes indiscreet. . . . One of the best sports books of its kind."-Library Journal

"Both a literary and journalistic masterpiece. . . . At last, a superb and superbly hilarious writer has gone deep beneath the surface of the sport and wrenched the truth from it."-Dan Jenkins, author of Semi-Tough

"Raucous, affectionate, bawdy, and hilarious."-Washington Post


Product Details

  • File Size: 1605 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Rev Sub edition (November 6, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FO5XPBW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars pittsburg? September 28, 2005
Format:Paperback
this is the classic football book, on a par with jim bouton's "ball four." it should be enjoyable for any football fan, but fans of the 4-time super bowl winners should be especially appreciative of this chronicle of the team written during the year of franco's "immaculate reception." it is extraordinarily funny and informative, eye-opening even. this being said, it was no pleasure trying to struggle through all the mistakes that were made, either by the author or by this current publisher, the university of pittsburgh press (i am inclined to blame the publisher.) this is the 30th anniversary edition for pete's sake. can't you get it right after 30 years? it is so bad that the publisher even misspells the city in which it is located, pittsburgh pennsylvania has an "h" folks. you're not in kansas anymore.

but if you can get past the fact that you might have to read several sentences, maybe even paragraphs, an extra time or two to be sure what the author means, this is one great story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steelers fan in the 70s and fovever May 29, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the best sports books I have read. Blount spent a year with the Steelers. The season he writes about was the year after the Immaculate Reception. This was the season before their first Super Bowl win. Many of the Steeler players and their coach went on to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the time of the book they were young and just beginning to make their mark. It was interesting to read about their struggles and woes knowing that they would go on to be among the greatest of all time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a classic. It gives the reader a feeling of what is was like in the "old Pittsburgh" of the late 1960's and early 1970's. And gives you an inside look at the birth of the best football team that ever played. And most importantly, the birth of the infamous "Steel Curtain defense". I really belive that parts of this book could be made into a full length feature film that all sports, and movie fans would enjoy. This story will explain the blood and sweat connection between the real Pittsburgh fans and their football team. Because of the people that worked in the huge steel mills, and all of the great NFL football players that were born in that area. It's a connection between the fans and the team that is unmatched in american sports.
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