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The Obscene Diaries of a Michigan Fan Paperback – June 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: First Page Publications (June 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928623506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928623502
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,821,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Craig Ross was born in Lorain, Ohio. He lives with his wife, Sue, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Craig is an attorney, a sports writer for the "Ann Arbor Observer," a second rate athlete and a sports fan to an obscene degree.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Rowe on October 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This wild comic rant about sports is also startlingly original. For hard core sports fans, the book is packed with the kind of fresh insightful analysis of football strategy that is so completely missing from the work of the paid media pundits. (College coaches are already taking this book very seriously, because it shows why they should go for it on 4th down way more than they do.) But for non sports fans, this is also a great book, because Craig Ross really talks more about life than he does about sports -- and he's a fabulously witty writer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Redford on December 18, 2005
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You will absolutely love this book! Ross is both insightful and humorous as he writes about: Michigan football (why their offense is really neither "conservative" or "too predictable"), Michigan basketball and the player who averaged 15 fouls per game (I remember him), Big Ten basketball officiating (he says it is getting better; I'm not sure), Tommy Amaker (he should have asked him who did kill JFK), why UCLA was so good for so long (it actually has less to do with John Wooden than you've been led to believe), and who was the greatest Michigan quarterback ever (read it to find out; Tom Brady is #3). More than anything else, this book reminded me that college sports are supposed to be FUN, no matter who wins. Ross' final chapter in this book is a classic by itself. Buy this book and savor every chapter. The best sports book I've read since "Ball Four" (yes, it's THAT good).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom Vainner on July 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I hate lawyers

I cringe at the sound of "The Victors"!

I still loved this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Moyers on September 13, 2005
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I join my fellow alum Mr. Heston in giving high praise to Obscene Diaries. At college I became quite interested in football, and particularly enjoyed Northwestern's successful skirmishes against the University of Michigan. Mr. Ross successfully reveals football as a particularly American blend of theatre and sport, personal drama and statistical analysis, quarterback thrill and coach agonistes.
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