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A Good Walkthrough Spoiled: The Best of Mike Tanier at Football Outsiders
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2014
I started reading articles and columns on FootballOutsiders in 2004. I loved the new approach to football analysis, and I especially loved reading anything written by Tanier. I must have read at least 90 % of the material in this book when it was first published on the website, and yet I immediately ordered the book when it became available. It's great to have these old columns to re-read (and, as an added bonus, to have Tanier's comments on the context of each column).
You will learn a lot about football (not having grown up in the US, I am especially fascinated by Tanier's articles on the history of the sport), but you will also be laughing out loud. A lot. Whether it's a detailed review of Jason Elam's first novel, the letters written from the McNabb siege, or - my personal favourite - Tanier's play diagrams from when he goes shopping with his two young kids on Black Friday, this book is wildly entertaining and incredibly informative. Go ahead and support one of the best football writers on the planet and buy this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2014
Mike did a good job of picking out the timeless articles for this book. I love all the little blurbs he's written as he looks back on the articles in retrospect. Reading through you watch the evolution of a writer, learning certain techniques, recognizing when very popular articles were still hackjobs in his view (at the time and in retrospect). It's very meta.

It's also fun to watch what started as railing against the idiocy in sports announcing and writing, essentially a reaction to empty talking heads, evolve into a well-respected style of football writing. Tanier went from a lunatic raving on an obscure football analytics website to writing for the New York Times.

There's another point that gets made here by Mike, that the only way for his wacky, inside humor, non sequitur writing could ever find the light of day was on the fringes of the internet. This never would have passed a serious editor. In some ways the book is a lesson in one of the crucial ways that the internet killed professional editorial... basically that the job of a professional editor was to make the article as safe (read: boring) as possible. So the editor as accounting auditor died in parallel with Mike ascendancy.

Mike's writing sparkles and pops today as it did in 2006. This is a steal for $11 and Prime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2014
I've been a weekly reader of Mike Tanier since the NYtimes days, probably around 2009, I wish I had found out about Mike , and Football Outsiders in general earlier. Through Sportsonearth and now Bleacher Report. The combination of Footballoutsiders advanced stats plus film review and diagrams make his work indispensable, but his style of writing, which is hilarious makes it must read. Every Friday (Why Saturday?? We need your previews on Friday, when we're at work.) and every Monday. His writing is the antidote for VAST majority of ridiculous NFL coverage and bar stool commentary. "_____ is a Chokity Chokaholic" , "QB who is 1 for 8 on 10 yard passes and is bailed out by defense and run game is a 'Game Manager'.
This book is filled with essays I never got to read from last decade and they hold up well. He writes historically about crazy seasons, like Randall Cunningham and the other 1986 Eagles QBs breaking of the sack record that can never ever be topped, because nobody is as crazy as Buddy Ryan, to throw experiments every other down on live regular season NFL games.
I hope this book earns him enough to stay out of teaching High School, a job I know too much about. The Internet, which gave Tanier the chance at a writing career, also made journalism a low paying job. The only $$ generated, comes from page clicks which brings the advertising $. This is why today, the headlines and content are nonsense. Informed great writing like Tanier's isnt lucrative enough.
Often, 'breaking' updates are totally false just to bring a million visitors to rant in the comment boards: "Giants moving on from Eli Manning?" - "Tony Romo Can win the Big One" followed two weeks later with "Tony Romo Can't win the Big One" . Espn unleashed a turd last August, that just illustrates where things are: "Colin Kaepernick is Better than Joe Montana", with millions of people clicking and cursing on the comment section, earning actual revenue from all the banner ads that make up the majority of the screen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
A very solid read from beginning to end. Kept me laughing the whole way through. Good stuff Mike! Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mike Tanier is a top-flight football columnist and this collection of articles written during his Football Outsiders years. I have long admired (and envied) Mike's incredible ability to mix humor, popular culture, literary references and more in his columns. A GOOD WALKTHROUGH SPOILED is an absolute joy and must-have book for any NFL fan.
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on March 12, 2015
5 stars for the content, which is great, but 1 star for the formatting/editing of the Kindle version. There are many instances of random chunks of words missing or being repeated so that you lose the train of thought for a couple of paragraphs. I would not advise buying the Kindle version until this has been fixed.
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on July 24, 2014
Worth it for the Scab section alone. Also has the QB and RB section and various articles.
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