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Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football Paperback – Bargain Price, August 11, 2005

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Sitcom star Peete has an insider's view of the NFL: she's married to quarterback Rodney Peete. Drawing on her knowledge and love of the game, Peete targets females who'd prefer not to be abandoned on game days and invites readers to picture a time when their significant other "no longer calls all his guy friends over to watch the game...because there's no one he'd rather watch it with than you." Peete's appealing wit spices up the basics (explanation of the game's rules, positions, history and common strategies) and includes sidebars on football movies, top quarterbacks and Peete's favorite "football butts." Though the book shoots for a female audience, Peete's patient explanation of even the most fundamental components (she devotes a page each to discussing the ball and the field) can be of use to those with a Y-chromosome who find the gridiron baffling. Her affection for America's game comes through in this book, and many game-day widows will embrace it as an essential read. Photos not seen by PW.
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A couple decades before she married NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson, star of several popular TV shows including 21 Jump Street, became a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Her dad, a television writer and the original Gordon on Sesame Street, hooked her early: "Honey," Dad responded to his five-year-old daughter's request to visit the Good Humor Man, "if that kicker makes this field goal, you can get your strawberry shortcake." Holly started cheering for the Eagles on that day and didn't stop, eventually marrying the quarterback. In this women's guide to pro football, Peete, writing with coauthor Paisner, uses her knowledge to review the nuts and bolts of the game: rules, positions, strategy, a little history. Most important, though, is her ability to impart her passion for the game in a chatty, friendly way. This goes well with Musiker's The Smart Girl's Guide to Sports (2005). Mary Frances Wilkens
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 7.12.2005 edition (August 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594861633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594861635
  • ASIN: B000SOVC7S
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Courd on November 1, 2008
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After reading many of the reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase this book thinking that it was the best choice for an intro to football for women, or rather, for people who don't know much about football. Generally, when something is written about sports and "for women", I tend to think that what the writer really means is that they start at the beginning with no assumptions about things you already know (or should know) about the sport because women are generally thought to be less knowledgeable about sports than men are.

The book has loads of knowledge about the history of football, the rules, and plenty of top 10 lists to acquaint you with players, coaches and games. There's plenty of terminology and strategy included as well. However, there's also an entire chapter devoted to football wives talking about their husbands schedules (and so on) as well as comments about how "cute" football huddles are and gushing over the ties to Holly's love of ice cream and the game.

Over all, I would say that the amount of knowledge in the book is good for a beginner's guide. But, I would also say that if you are A)someone who likes to cut to the chase or B) not a "girly girl" who wants to hear about Holly Peete's childhood, family life, and lists of things that she finds cute when you are buying a book to learn about football... go with another book.

If, on the other hand, you do find that heart warming anecdotes and and off topic discussions of a football player's family life do help you to stay interested in what you are reading, then by all means buy this book. That's just not what I am looking for in a book about sports.

Books like this one make me understand why women may not be as interested in sports as men are.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Little Miss Cutey on September 21, 2005
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I love basketball and ice hockey. Those I understand well. I love NFL but I understand (understood) it less. This clarified all the parts I needed clarification on and now I'm understanding it fully. Holly made this a fun read, but she knows her stuff too. Now I don't look so blank when I watch a game on ESPN on pay tv. She knows she's aiming this at intelligent women who are NFL'y challenged, so this is really well written and I highly recommend this to anyone.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Luckett on August 22, 2005
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As a true b-ball fan, I never really appreciated the great american sport of football. I became more and more intrigued by the sport as I followed our Carolina Panthers to the Superbowl, season before last. Although I religiously watched all of the playoff games, I certainly couldn't hold my own in a conversation about the games. But now I have to say I believe I can. Holly, girl, you did the dog gone thing. Men even seemed to be the impressed by the mere fact that I was reading a book about football (as I found at the airport earlier this week).

This book is fun, sassy and informative. I can hardly wait until this season's opener. Bring on the beer, wings and yes, even ice cream. I'm lovin' it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By VeganGirl on September 27, 2005
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I'm a die-hard NBA fan, and could always tolerate hockey and baseball, but my whole life I was adminant that I hated football, and always would.

To me it seemed boring, confusing, slow-moving, and dumbed-down compared to other sports. Every play looked the same - the ball was snapped, a bunch of guys ran into eachother and the play stopped. I once laughed out-loud in disbelief when my husband told me that football perhaps had the most strategy of any sport.

I come from a football-loving family, and married a football lover, and when I heard about this book I figured it couldn't hurt to remotely understand what was going on during the many football games I'm forced to endure.

This book is EXACTLY what I needed. It's not a total chick's guide but it's not purely educational either (there's a list of the top 10 football butts!). Holly Robinson Peete is obviously a real football fan (and was long before she married Rodney Peete) and she knows what she's talking about. She presents all aspects of the game clearly, intelligently, and with humor.

I finished the book this afternoon, and (with shock) it occured to me that I was looking forward to this Sunday so I could watch a game and apply some of all that I learned. I have totally come to appreciate the game due to Holly's smart and clever analogies and examples (and insider info).

Thank you Holly!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kimmie Michelle on October 24, 2005
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Good Book, not only gives technical info about plays, etc, but also gives some basic history, who's who, etc. Very easy to read and understand. She outlines the very basic (sometimes too basic) elements of offensive and defensive lines, and then talks through various types of plays. I'm a big a fan of Holly's, and thought the book was very helpful. My male friends do a double take when can I call the play before they can! Fun!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on January 3, 2006
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The most dreaded time of the year for a lot of women is football season. During this time, the men in their lives disappear and attention is solely focused on "THE GAME." However, for some women, this is an exciting time because they too love all things football. One such woman is Holly Robinson Peete, actress and football player's wife. A die-hard football fan from childhood, Peete has taken a complex game and broken it into an understandable guide that will not only benefit women wanting to get closer to their men, but also for anyone wanting to know more about football...and she's given it a "girlfriend" slant.

The author pulls play lines from her famous husband, NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, includes cheat sheets, historical data, and great moments in the sport. She also includes some of her own experiences with the game, those involved in it, and a special point of view session from other football wives which I found down to earth and informative. Peete concludes with a glossary of football terms to round out this great reference book.

Peete has created a wonderful book that takes the "ho-hum" out of football for those of us who aren't necessarily fans. The writing is light and conversational and makes you want to know more about the game. At the same time, she educates hard-core fans; all in this neatly packaged book. From the catchy title to the overall concept of the book, many women will be drawn to GET YOUR OWN DAMN BEER, I'M WATCHING THE GAME in their efforts to become more football savvy.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal

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