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The Paolantonio Report: The Most Overrated and Underrated Teams, Players, Coaches, and Moments in NFL History Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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Paolantonio offers up his opinion on a variety of topics, and at times it seems as if he's throwing out wild ideas just to get attention. He can't seriously believe some of the stuff he writes here, like saying that Barry Sanders was overrated and much of his success was due to playing indoors. Paolantonio argues that playing in warm weather makes it easier for running backs to rack up yards. Of course, that argument is weakened by the fact that the Hall of Fame is overflowing with backs who played in cold weather climates.... Jim Brown, Walter Payton, OJ Simpson, Jimmy Taylor, Marion Motley, Franco Harris, Thurman Thomas, etc, etc.
The book is overflowing with these kinds of dubious arguments. As a reader, you have to wonder whether he just doesn't know anything about football, or whether he simply made these arguments off the top of his head without thinking about them. Either way, this is a terribly disappointing book.
Some of the players in his lists are just foolish suggestions, backed up by little more than flawed statistical analysis. He often contradicts himself or misses obvious alternative causes for the stats he uses, and has clearly written the book just to promote controversy and get a quick buck.
Nothing in here you won't find on your average NFL internet forum, but this guy expects you to pay for the privilege of reading it.
It is almost like he wrote this in one afternoon while downing some beers at the local sports bar. There is no effort to do any fact-checking whatsoever. Some examples:
-.) Says Dan Fouts was the 1982 MVP. It was actually Mark Mosely. Fouts never won the MVP in his career
-.) Marv Levy lost to Barry Switzer in Super Bowl XXVIII. That was still Jimmy Johnson's Cowboys
-.) New England was the first team to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 years (the Cowboys were the first)
-.) Kurt Warner in 2001 (101.4) and Jim Kelly in 1990 (101.2) had highest regular season passer ratings of any Super Bowl starters. They actually have 7th and 8th highest, respectively.
This is the type of material you expect from the 10pm local sports talk radio shows that have former jocks and local wannabe radio personalities who just want to talk really loud and care nothing about actually knowing the facts about what they are ranting about. This may pass in that medium, but in a book like this, there is no excuse. 10 minutes of research would have corrected all of these glaring errors.
Alas, the poor facts are not where the failures end for this book. Paolantonio also enters fray on sports debates and comes up with some pretty atrocious arguments, such as his `overrated' and `underrated' players.Read more ›
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have something to compare to the number 4 all time rusher is Curtis Martin he has 14,101 yrds carring,4 ypg, 3,329 yrds receiving, and 100 total touch downs in 12 years. But he's probably overrated also.
Anyway...I enjoyed reading the book even though it does seem at times that he has personal grudges to exact, and specific players to promote...I did learn some stuff and I would definitely recommend it as some great, light reading for diehard NFL fans...
one minor complaint from a native Pittsburgher
How can the 2005 Steelers be overrated? On the one hand no one ever compares them to the '72 Dolphins or the '85 Bears or states that they belong among the all-time great teams and I'm sorry but any team that wins 3 road games, something that had never been done, just to get to the Super Bowl CANNOT be overrated...I'm sure that had the Eagles or Giants done this they would have wound up in the "underrated" section
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an ok read but his facts are wrong on a few obvious things. You'd think he'd have double checked if he was writing a book.Published 11 months ago by Jay G. Mccolister
The Paolantonio Report started off with interesting tidbits about the history of NFL, enlightening me with things that I did not know. Read morePublished on May 4, 2011 by Mr. Math Expert
It is obvious Sal Paolantonio is simply looking for attention with his outlandish, uneducated opinions. Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Anton Tobias
To follow up on the other reviewer who stated -- that on page #251 (and again on page #252) while labeling Marv Levy as "The Most Overrated Hall of Famer of All Time"; Sal insists... Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by L. Aiello
This is a pretty good sports book. Sal does come up with some wild, wacky ideas by throwing out numbers and deciding who's over/under rated just to make his book seem more... Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Tina Givens-Wright
This is a fun read and a great debate-starter for any follower of the NFL. A fan of Paolantonio and other NFL reporters who never played the game professionally (Chris Mortensen,... Read morePublished on November 20, 2008 by Dominic Zaccagnini
How can this guy inference that Eli Manning is better than Brett Farve. What a true douche bag.Published on July 2, 2008 by C. A. Chantelois
I maybe a Packer fan but what he stated in regards to Brett Favre is mere opinion. He takes just a few of the worst stats and uses them. Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by B. Lewins
Wow what a waste of time and money this was. I question if this guy even took one snap of football in his life. Read morePublished on March 8, 2008 by Russell Marks