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"Love the way 'Sack Exchange' was written, easy for me to read. Very interesting to have other players' viewpoints - brought back some good and bad memories. Some of the comments and situations that some of my teammates explained in the book I found very interesting!" —Wesley Walker, Former New York Jets Wide Receiver

"I loved the way you've written the book and the way it is all broken down. A great read and info from those days and it sure was interesting to see what all everyone had to say. I would love to go through that era again with those same fellas. Your book really brought back some great and wonderful memories." —Chuck Ramsey, Former New York Jets Punter


"If you’re one of those fans who stepped on the Jets bandwagon for the Rex Ryan-Mark Sanchez years, here’s the story of an earlier, wild and woolly era -- one often overlooked in favor of the Joe Namath Super Bowl team." —Billy Heller, New York Post ("Required Reading" selection)

"'Sack Exchange' provides some startling insights into one of the most storied teams of all time. As usual, Prato digs deep for his facts and leaves no stone unturned in fashioning a story that will beguile and amaze readers from the get-go." —Steven Rosen, curledup.com

"Greg paints a picture where you feel like you're right in the locker room with these guys...or hanging out with them back in the day in the NYC clubs during the Koch era. There is not a single true Jets fan on the planet that shouldn't own this book." --Keith Roth, The Electric Ballroom Radio Show

"Sack Exchange will appeal to readers in the New York–New Jersey area and all Jets fans." —Library Journal (August 15, 2011)

"This is an authentic read for any Jets fan or football fanatic to enjoy." --Long Island Pulse

About the Author

Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, whose writing has appeared in such renowned publications as Rolling Stone, All Music Guide, and Classic Rock Magazine. He is the author of several popular books, 'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon,' 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story,' 'Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, 'No Schlock . . . Just Rock!,' 'The Eric Carr Story,' 'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video,' and 'Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets.'
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press; Original edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770410031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770410039
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Prato is a Long Island, New York-based journalist, whose writing has appeared in such renowned publications as Rolling Stone, All Music Guide, and Classic Rock Magazine. He is the author of several popular books:

MUSIC:
'A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon'
'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story'
'Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music'
'No Schlock . . . Just Rock!'
'The Eric Carr Story'
'MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video'
'Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets'
'The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion'
'Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention'
'Primus, Over the Electric Grapevine: Insight into Primus and the World of Les Claypool'
'Punk! Hardcore! Reggae! PMA! Bad Brains!'
'Iron Maiden: '80 '81'
'Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the 1990's'

SPORTS:
'Sack Exchange: The Definitive Oral History of the 1980s New York Jets'
'Dynasty: The Oral History of the New York Islanders, 1972-1984'
'Just Out of Reach: The 1980s New York Yankees'
'The Seventh Year Stretch: New York Mets, 1977-1983'

Also, Greg has been interviewed on such radio shows as 'Eddie Trunk Live,' 'The Ron and Fez Show,' 'Kick Out the Jams,' and 'The Electric Ballroom,' and has had his books heralded on such TV or radio programs as 'That Metal Show' and 'The Howard Stern Wrap Up Show.'

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With his latest work, Greg Prato offers up another engaging oral history, this time focusing on the world of sports.

Prato's interviews reveal how the four members of the NY Sack Exchange became NFL celebrities as defensive linemen, at a time when quarterbacks and running backs tended to get all of the glory in the sports media. By 1981, the members of the Sack Exchange had become household names and helped make the New York Jets a contender for the Super Bowl.

Prato should also be applauded for revealing one key tidbit about how the worlds of rock music and pro football came together in the mid-80s. Mark Gastineau and Edward Van Halen became good friends during this time, and Van Halen even stood on the sidelines during games to watch his friend play.

Highly recommended!
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I must say I was very sceptical when I heard this book was coming out. This book actually covers from the late 1970's through the 1980's and does it in a unique way. The author has players and other people that actually worked for the team during those years write individual paragraphs every page quoting on so many subjects. It ranges from the drafts to the truth of the firing of Coach Walt Michaels, to the many different feelings on the Sack Exchange, "Tarp" '82 Championship game, to each coaching regime. It's a must read for any Jet fan and an easy read. Read what Wesley Walker, Mark Gastineau, Marty Lyons, Walt Michaels, Joe Gardi, Bobby Jackson, Chuck Ramsey, Matt Robinson, Joe Klecko, Greg Buttle and so many more have to say.
So it's more than just a usual writer "opinion" book, it's authentic.
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After reading the reviews for this book I decided to go out and get it. I'm a life long Jets fan who began to closely follow the team in 1974 when I was 9 (Roger Vick is a pen name...Jet fans of the book's era will know the name). While I found the book a quick read and fairly enjoyable, I thought there was really nothing new or earth shattering in the book. The author fails to reveal much of anything that had not been covered by the local newspapers at the time. The only real tidbits of new information not previously reported related to the "mud bowl" and the resignation of Walt Michaels. As a matter of fact I suspect the author intended to write a book about the events leading up to the '82 AFC Championship game and the subsequent fallout but after gathering information realized there was not enough for an entire book so he then decided to stretch it into a book about the whole decade. The most disappointing part of the book is the lack of explanation for not drafting Dan Marino. We find out in the book that during the late 70's after drafting a tackle with a bad knee (Marvin Powell) and a wide receiver legally blind in one eye (Wesley Walker) the Jets began to throughly vet the health of their potential draftees. As a matter of fact Jet personnel at the time claim this led to what is now the combines. However the explanation given us in the book for not drafting Dan Marino is....he was not on our draft board. Well why the hell not?!?!?! I would of liked the author to delve deeper into this question. Another question I would like to see answered is would Walt Michaels have taken Marino if he was still in charge? After all Richard Todd was not a Walt Michaels draft pick, he came the year before. Nowhere in the book does the name Mike Hickey even appear....Read more ›
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I've been a die-hard Jet's fan since the late 1970's, luckily for me, around the same time I started to learn how to say curse words. I've read anything and everything regarding this team over the past 30 years or so, and I have to say, this was quite a breath of fresh air. Honestly, I wasn't very familiar with the Author going in to this, so I wasn't expecting that much. My opinion changed very quickly, as I found the style of writing in this book to be riveting and very easy to read. I see that this Prato character is a pretty renowned Music writer......well, based on this book, I think he might have found himself a new calling. My only criticism is as to why this book isn't being discussed more in the local news media. I can only imagine that WFAN guys like Boomer Esiason and Joe Beningo etc.... would rave about this book.......I hope that this Prato guy wakes up and starts spreading the word around, because it would be a sin if more people didn't get the opportunity to read this exceptional collection of anecdotes and stories.
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Maybe the highest compliment you can pay a book is that you were sorry to see it end. And that's precisely how I felt about Greg Prato's SACK EXCHANGE. As an obsessed 40 year New York Jets fan, I've tried to read everything I can about Gang Green and Greg's book ranks with the best. This is an oral history, so you get the inside info on the Jets of the late-1970s and 1980s straight from the players, coaches, trainers, and fans. And because he's also a Jets fan, Greg asks all of the important questions any Jets fan wants to know. I was particularly pleased reading Walt Michaels comments and finding out how much all of the Jets players loved and respected him. One of the Jets best coaches, I'm hopeful that this book will help get him the respect he so richly deserves and put the blame for the demise of this team on those who forced Michaels out. I highly recommend this book to ALL Jets fans and also NFL fans that want to understand the decade of the 1980s in pro football.
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