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Long Live the WFL,
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This review is from: ...and a dollar short: The Empty Promises, Broken Dreams, and Somewhat-Less-Than-Comic Misadventures of the 1974 Florida Blazers (Paperback)
This is a great book about an incredible team. This story is really a microcosim of the story of the World Football League and I would recommend it to anybody who remembers and followed the WFL as I actually did in its first and only full season. The WFL came on with so much fanfare it looked like a can't miss league despite the dreadful economic times in which the league was started. In the early weeks the attendance in many cities was too good to be true and that was exactly the case once the story broke about all of the free tickets being distributed. The WFL had strong teams with good attendance in Chicago and LA but New York was a disaster. Having 2 teams fold and 2 others move in mid season killed the leagues credibility and is is a wonder they even got a second season off the ground. The league was underfunded and had too many lines of credit and not enough cash. There was some good football played in the WFL. Unfortunately the good football was overshadowed the off the field problems. The lack of a TV deal for the 1975 killed the league.
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Initial post: May 24, 2012 11:19:03 PM PDT
Brian Maitland says:
Would you rewrite a review of the actual book, please. Explaining the WFL is fine as a preamble for the uneducated, but explain why the book is great. Is it a newspaper game story week-by-week account of the season or is it more in depth? It sort makes a difference on determining whether it's worth buying or not.
In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 6:35:06 AM PDT
Charles L. Hall Jr. says:
This book is much more than newspapers accounts of the Blazers '74 season. As listed in the bibliography, it does draw from newspaper stories, the book does not read like a string of newspaper stories, nor does it read like an encyclopedia. The author obviously interviewed many of the players, coaches, and staff. Not only does the book give excellent game accouts, but it also goes into detail the issues that were faced in between games due to lost paychecks and the WFL's sinking credibility. This a book that I think will hold the readers attention, especially anyone who remembers the WFL in 1974.
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