JOE THEISMANN was the winning quarterback in Super Bowl XVII, a two-time Pro Bowl player, and the most productive quarterback ever for the Washington Redskins. In 1983, he was voted MVP of both the NFL and the Super Bowl. He co-hosts ESPN’s popular NFL Countdown and Primetime. He has been in-ducted into the GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame and the Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey.
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I'm a Chinese girl and never watched any American football games in Hong Kong until I married to an American and moved to United States one and half years ago. He is a football fan and he keeps track his team every day, not to mention especially during the regular season every Sunday.
I started to watch football games with him, and I liked it a lot. Now, I understand why so many American like football. I asked many questions while I was watching the game, because I wanted to understand it more. Therefore, I read this book last year and it gave me a lot of basic information in an easy way. More interesting is the book gives many statistics and facts that I was impressed by the football business. Anyone has no idea about football, this book can help.
Now, my husband was surprised that I knew football so well and we discussed football a lot during the regular season this year. This book helps us to have more conversation topics.
if you know NOTHING about football from lack of interest or comprehesion, and the love-of-your-life knows EVERYTHING about football from the time he could speak...this book is a great help. you come away from this book knowing more than a little SOMETHING, and it becomes an excellent referrence guide. don't let your love see it until you are done...this is such a great read...you may not get it back for a while if you allow it to leave your hands. there's no boring, classroom type format-just clear fun info.
I like the straightforwardness of the writing, and the insight into the appeal of the game. Alas, if you're an outsider hoping to learn the game from scratch, you're going to have a lot of trouble--after teaching you rudimentary terms, the writers start describing the game as if you've been watching it all your life, tossing barely-introduced jargon around all over the place. I was really disappointed that the one aspect of the game I was most interested in (the actual GAME) was so poorly rendered.
I started reading this book with no base knowledge about football at all when I started dating a Redskins fan. It was a fantastic introduction to the sport, to fandom, and to Redskins fandom specifically (Theismann *is* a little biased). It's well-organized, giving great overviews initially and going into more depth further along. One caveat: the book is better than the index. It's also best accompanied by a friend who already knows football and is willing to fill in the gaps. For the complete idiot, it provides not only a great look at the basics, but a good opportunity to impress friends who are fans with your knowledge of some of the nuances of the game. True story: I had opportunity to meet Derrin Horton from NFL Network after reading this book and had a completely intelligent conversation with him about rollbars on helmets -- specifically, about Theismann's refusal to have two.
I read Football for dummies and wanted something more indepth. This book met my needs. It covers how each position is supposed to function, and a number of formations. Between this and playing Madden 10 on the Wii I now have a better understanding of whats going on. I now notice where the half back, full back/tight line up, as well as the defensive alignment. Experienced football fans will get nothing from this book, but newer fans who already have some knowledge will appreciate this book.
I knew a little about football to begin with so the first part of the book was helpful, but the rest of the book got too technical, completely lost me. If you know nothing of the game the first part might even be a challenge.
I ordered "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Football" because I'm just that; an idiot who never took the time before to learn the rules and how the game was played. Thankfully, I'm getting wiser as I get older and now have more respect for the Friday night gladiators who risk life, limb and gray matter for the love of the game and the adoration (or chagrin) of the fans. I want to jump up and down on the sofa or throw popcorn at the TV screen and know why I'm doing it. "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Football is humerous, interesting, informative and written in plain English that any idiot such as myself can understand. I definately recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about the sport. Oh....and the book arrived promptly and in very good condition as prominsed.