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Bigger Than the Game: Bo, Boz, the Punky QB, and How the '80s Created the Modern Athlete Hardcover – August 5, 2010
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The theme of this book is how the modern athlete in the media age has become bigger than the sports they play. It's about narcissist self promotion, the breakdown of the team concept where there is only "I" not "we." Or, as the dust jacket says, it was "the era when athletes evolved from humble and honest to brash and branded." There is certainly a little hyperbole to this description as there are scores of athletes in all eras that fit this mold, but there was not a 24 hour news cycle and the Internet for any but the greatest superstars to rise to such fame (or infamy).Read more ›
I wish that the Michael Jordan story was covered here, as he was the first king of self promation in sports during the 1980's.
This book captures the American times [both in sports, and in the nation]. Even President Ronald Reagan's story is a good part of the book. I am not sure that Reagan's connection with the athletes profiled here is as great as this book maintains.
"Bigger Than the Game" provides for all of us who were around in the 1980's (and those who do not have any first hand experience of the decade) a historical starting point in understanding this important sports era.
Tracing the origin of the modern day sporting superstar back to the mid eighties and the existance of 4 key athletes - Len Bias, Bo Jackson, Brian Bozworth & Jim McMahon.
You couldn't get 4 better stories and Weinreb researches them all and intertwines them with great skill (maybe a little too light on Boz - of who i to this day know the least about..)
The drugs and especially Cocaine use was one of the key factors of 80's sports and is covered in detail - culminating in the death of Bias.
The fact that the 4 biggest stars of the decade all had their careers cut short and ultimately didn't create the legacies they were expected too isn't really covered (guess we know this and it isn't the point)
A classic. Couldn't put it down
A really good book, worthwhile to any sports fan or of popular culture.
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Just as the Yankees/Summer of Sam and Cowboys/Beleaguered Patriotism defined the '70s, and OJ/Michael Jordan the '90s, author Michael Weinreb does a great job encapsulating all the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nathan Webster
A little scattered, with more anecdotes than a cohesive narrative. Pretty much everything in this book is in the ESPN 30 For 30 documentaries.Published 16 months ago by Alfredo Hurtado
Very well written. Extremely entertaining. Michael Weinreb really did his homework for this one. A must read for any sports fan who was alive during the 80's.Published 21 months ago by BECK
I cannot add a great deal to the other four and five star reviews here, but will say that there is much here to remind me of why I lost a great deal of interest in sports during... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by J. Hundley
This book was recommended to me and I really enjoyed reading it. I remember the athletes and games but was really to young to realize or care about the events that were going on... Read morePublished on June 17, 2013 by HuntleyMC
I was really looking forward to this one. But the books seemed to lack any real substance. Decent interviews with Bo and MacMahon. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Mike702