From Publishers Weekly
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If you want to turn away from the high-voltage auctioneer babble that surrounds big-time, big-money sport, take this trip to Smith Center, Kansas, with Joe Drape. This is organic stuff, a fat and healthy slice of unadulterated American life. Simply terrific. (Leigh Montville, author of The Big Bam and At the Altar of Speed)
Our Boys delves into the heart of America in a manner that reminds me of The Last Picture Show and Friday Night Lights. Joe Drape crafts a terrific tale that will make you laugh, cry, and think. This is a story about small-town America that will make you shout. (Jim Dent, author of Twelve Mighty Orphans and The Junction Boys)
Joe Drape tells the remarkable story of the Smith Center Redmen, not only their success in winning football games, but also in swelling pride for a community and building character in young men. He shows that Roger Barta and the people in Smith Center are winners in every sense of the word. (Bob Stoops, head coach, University of Oklahoma)
Joe Drape has caught something deep and beautiful in Our Boys. It is true to the reality of life on the plains, much more than another football story. (David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi)
A great read for all, but even more so for big-city readers to get a taste of the quality of life and genuine caring of this small community and its revered teacher, mentor, and coach - Roger Barta. It is not so much a story about football but about the true meaning of midwestern values, family life, and the spirit of small town Kansas and its special people. I couldn't put it down. (Bill Snyder, head coach, Kansas State University)
A feel-good story of youthful drive, great coaching and the value of unflagging communal support. (Kirkus Reviews)
The tale [Drape] spins ends up being one that transcends athletics, a story of adolescence and smalltown life. . . . From the opening practice to the Redmen's final game, Drape flawlessly paints a picture of how Smith Center achieves perfection year after year. . . . Drape gives the reader a team worth rooting for. (Publishers Weekly)
'Hoosiers' on a football field. (New York Post)
The most improbable, unabashed love story I've read in years. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
A compelling story expertly told. (Pat Forde, ESPN.com) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.