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No Substitute for Sundays: Brett Favre and His Year in the Huddle with the New York Jets Hardcover – September 1, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470464941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470464946
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,230,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of New York's top sports columnists chronicles the ups and downs of Favre’s bold, brief tenure with the Jets, a cautionary tale for Viking fans, a told-you-so tale for Packer fans.

When future Hall of Famer Brett Favre came out of retirement and the Packers traded him to the Jets on August 7, 2008, it was one of the biggest stories in sports annals-and the most exciting news championship-starved Gang Green fans had to cheer about in a long time. Favre's record is unparalleled: he holds records for everything from the most career touchdown passes and the most consecutive starts among NFL quarterbacks to the most career victories as a starting quarterback. This book captures the ups and downs of his bold, brief tenure with the Jets and what seemed to be the swansong season of Favre's legendary NFL career.

Photo and Caption Excerpts from No Substitute for Sundays



Favre soaks up the sights and sounds in warm-ups before his first - and only - Jets-Giants preseason game.


Favre awaits the start of the Jets-Giants preseason game with rookie offensive tackle Nate Garner.


Favre uncorks one over the middle during the 28-24 victory over the Chiefs.


Favre rolls right before hitting Laveranues Coles across the field against the Patriots in Foxboro.


Favre celebrates a touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles to give Jets 6-0 lead against the Dolphins.


Favre's stunning 27-yard naked bootleg sets up the first Jet score against Bills.

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On August 7, 2008, the New York Jets announced that future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre would come out of retirement and pilot Gang Green through a suddenly much more promising season. Jets Nation was electrified. The tri-state area mobilized for action, ready for the most exciting autumn since the days of Joe Namath. And the fans would not be disappointed—at least not right away.

In No Substitute for Sundays, longtime New York Post sports columnist Steve Serby captures the ups and downs of Favre's bold, brief tenure with the Jets and what seemed destined to be the swan song of his legendary NFL career.

How does a team coming off of an utterly dismal season persuade one of the greatest and most famous athletes in any sport, a man who holds records for everything from the most career touchdown passes and the most consecutive starts among NFL quarterbacks to the most career victories as a starting quarterback, to climb aboard what looks like a sinking ship? Serby takes you behind the scenes for a fascinating look at Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum's furious campaign to woo Favre, keep ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who also had a strong interest in aquiring him, and craft a trade deal acceptable to the Green Bay Packers.

It's not often that an NFL quarterback gets to face the man he replaced, or the man who replaced him, twice in one season. Serby provides absorbing parallel portraits of Favre and former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington as they battled each other in blistering heat in the season opener. The Jets' victory seemed like the best of omens for Favre and his new team at the time, but the rivals would meet again.

With an opening rant by WFAN's Joe Benigno, this action-packed account includes extensive coverage of the 2008 season, including the thrilling highlights of the game against the Cardinals in which Favre threw six touchdowns, a career high. It also tracks the at-first subtle, then unmistakable, signs that Favre's fragile shoulder was failing, and the Jets were failing with it. Serby takes you deep inside the momentous final game of the season in which the team faced Pennington and the Dolphins again, this time with a very different outcome.

Packed with the kind of savvy insights that only Steve Serby can deliver, as well as scores of photos of Favre and his teammates, No Substitute for Sundays takes a bittersweet look at a season filled with hope, exhilaration, and compelling drama as well as disappointment and despair. It is essential reading for Favre and Jet fans or anyone who loves football.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evalu8er on October 21, 2009
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I was eager to read this book since I wondered about the inside story of Brett's year in New York. Serby is a New York reporter. He relies mostly on Favre's press conferences for a narration of how the year is going. I am a big Favre fan and I think had already heard each press conference so I was not surprised by anything, but it was interesting to read it all in one place. Confirms that Favre believed he was being traded to the Bucs when the trade to the Jets appeared on TV. He made the best of it and warmed to his teammates and did the best he could in a foreign offensive system. Favre speaks highly of Jet management and coaches, as well as players, but confesses the move was harder than he expected it to be. He had right of refusal but did not want to create even a bigger scene so went ahead to the Jets. Woody Johnson was eager to show him New Jersey was not the city and this helped Favre with his transition. The book does not have extensive interviews with players or management so there is not the insider information that might give the book more meat.We do get the public statements Favre made throughout the year. Interesting read but not groundbreaking news.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irwin Fletcher on January 29, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
As a die-hard New York Jets fan I hoped that this book would give insight and unknown information about a season that started so well and ended so drastically horribly. Unfortunately the book is nothing more than a simple play-by-play review of each game and Favre's post-game press conferences written into story form. Critically little new or surprising details are revealed and I didn't feel as if I knew the "characters" involved any more because athletes tend to be somewhat guarded during press conferences.

On a positive note, the book is considerably better in the early chapters before the season begins as the details of Favre's trade to the Jets is interesting. The book also is a very easy read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alax Martin on November 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book talked about Brett Favre's 2008 with the Jets (which didn't go so well for him).

Pluses- The buildup to the trade was top notch and had plenty of quotes from insiders. Also talked about his injury to an extent and how it limited him.

Negatives- Didn't really discuss game plans week by week and was more a narrative of the game. Also underdiscusses Mangini getting canned. The author missed the point about saying Favre needed to quit (like many other critics).

Overall- If you are a hardcore Favre fan, read it for the insight on last year. If you are a casual fan, pass. Favre's legacy continues on this year with an MVP year in Minnesota. A ultimate Favre bio is due when he FINALLY decides to retire.
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