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Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback: A fully caffeinated guide to everything you need to know about the NFL Hardcover – October 13, 2009

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About the Author

Peter King joined Sports Illustrated as a staff writer in 1989 after spending nearly a decade as an award-winning newspaper journalist. Now a senior writer at the magazine, he is Sports Illustrated's primary NFL expert and is one of the country's premier pro football writers. King is also a key contributor to, which includes his popular column, "Monday Morning Quarterback."

King has also served as an on-air reporter for ABC's Monday Night Football, NBC's Football Night in America, CNN's NFL Preview, and as managing editor for HBO's award-winning "Inside the NFL'' show. He hosts a show on Sirius NFL Radio.

Following graduation from Ohio University in 1979, where he earned a B.A. in journalism, King covered college athletics and professional football for the Cincinnati Enquirer for five years. Following that stint, he covered pro football for Newsday, in New York, from 1985 to 1989.

King has won two Associated Press Sports Editors awards for excellence in sports journalism.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603200800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603200806
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Norman on October 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A confession: I know and admire Peter King. Another confession: I'm a professional writer, and when I want to read for pleasure, I either crack open another Elmore Leonard or, Mondays, at lunch, treat myself to Peter's MMQB. No one knows football like Peter King, and it's a treat to have some of his best columns collected in a book. If you haven't read him, I envy you the pleasure of encountering his voice for the first time -- expert yet unaffected, knowing yet curious, and funny, always funny, often laughing at himself with as much gusto as he pokes fun at some of the athletes in these pages. Reading some of these columns a second time gave me as much pleasure as reading them on line. Better in fact, because they seem more resonant on the printed page. Some of his most poignant work is here too. "Family Matters," his column on the death of James Dungy, Tony Dungy's son, still gives me pause, makes me reflect. Peter, of course, is writing about a lot more than football. He's a chronicler of American culture. Sometimes his lens is the game, sometimes the life of a player. Here too are riffs on coffee and airplane rides and -- how can I put this delicately -- even his colonic caper. He is us and we are him and the voice is both original and familiar. That's his great writer's secret. He writes as if he knows everyone who reads him. Hats off too to Sports Illustrated for producing a good looking and clever text with entertaining asides and catchy icons. And I really enjoyed the photo insert in the middle, especially the last page which shows my Giants and Michael Strahan swarming poor Tom Brady to create the famous 18-1. I know what I'm getting my sons, Ben and Josh -- Giants fanatics like their father -- for Christmas.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
or at least it would seem from his writing. I read him religiously on Monday's at lunchtime. This book is basically excerpts from his column with some added lists. If you like Peter King's column, you will like the book. I remembered some of the columns and some were new to me. New or not you still get the same thing - insight into the NFL on a much more personal level. All of us that follow the NFL wish to some extent we could be part of it, be part of the decisions, hang out with the players, question the coaches and GM's. Peter is able to do that and then tells the story. It's the closest most of us will get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matt8386 VINE VOICE on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of on line articles Sports Illustrated author Peter King wrote over the years. He has access to football players, coaches, staff and has a great touch in telling these stories.

This is not at all about the strategy of football or the business side. It's the people side, the smack talk, the respect players have for each other, the things coaches say when their guard is down. Peter even takes you into his personal life (he was told to include these in his articles) and I found his ability to tell the story of his daughter's championship softball game was amazing and really, really touching.

If you love football and want to see the insider's view, this is a great read. It's fast paced, funny - best read on an airplane, so everyone around you can wonder what in the world is so funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WDX2BB on December 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It's tough to miss Peter King if you follow the National Football League. He writes stories for Sports Illustrated and appears on television outlets.

Plus, he writes "Monday Morning Quarterback," a diversion that turned into a monster.

King was told by his editor several years ago to take his leftover notes (there are always a few) and write a few hundred words of stories and opinions each week during the season so it could go on the Internet. The reporter was also told to make it personal, since the net was relatively new way back when and a different format was welcome. That assignment eventually grew into 8,000 words or so a week and a good-sized following.

After more than a decade, King had the chance to turn the column's greatest hits into "Monday Morning Quarterback." It works better than you think it might, even from the perspective of more than a year after its original publication. (In other words, this popped up in the remainder pile.)

King starts with some of his favorite columns -- background information on interviewing Peyton Manning of the Colts in a hot equipment shed so that Manning could give King undivided attention, for example. A good story is a good story, no matter when it is told, and the tales here on such items as when Mike Martz was coaching the Rams still read pretty well despite the water under the bridge since then.

The author throws in some new stuff as well, such as opinions about the 100 best players in history or in the league now, or steps for Commissioner Roger Goodell to take.
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"Sports Illustrated Monday Morning Quarterback: A fully caffeinated guide to everything you need to know about the NFL", by sports-journalist and television analyst Peter King, is basically a compilation of some of his columns from his popular "Monday Morning Quarterback" column on Sports Illustrated's web site, along with some new filler, such as his list of the 100 greatest players of all time.

If you've never read Mr King, as a sportswriter he typically treads the middle ground between the purely cerebral analysts and the unabashed fan-boys, leaning slightly toward the fan side of the equation. He enjoys wide access to players, coaches, general managers, and team owners, in part because he's very good at what he does, in part because he typically doesn't bash anyone unless they've truly well earned it, and in part because he's enthusiastic about what he does and I think it shows. His columns, while primarily about professional football, tend to regularly wander over into other topics that are of interest to him, such as good coffee, travel, baseball, and (until they graduated from college) his daughters' sports careers. Although some people may disagree, I find this digression from strictly writing on football to be entertaining, and after you follow Mr King's writing for awhile, it almost seems like you're reading a letter from a good friend or relative letting you know what he's been up to.

You don't have to be familiar with Mr. King's work to enjoy the columns in this book. Because of the wide access he has with the teams and players, he's able to give you behind-the-curtain views of many big stories, such a discussion with former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi on the drafting of Eli Manning. Mr. King writes with wit, style, humor, and warmth, so the book is a very easy and entertaining read. I suspect that the book will primarily be bought by fans of the column, but as I mentioned above, it can be enjoyed by all.
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