- Paperback: 414 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1507540523
- ISBN-13: 978-1507540527
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,469,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dawg Pound Dynasty: An Alternate History of the NFL Paperback – January 30, 2015
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But let me give you some background.
I don't read alternative histories. I'm just not a general fan of them.
I'm not a Browns fan. I do follow the Cavs because I enjoy watching the greatest current NBA player active today. But I could care less about the Browns.
So, why did I enjoy Pelligrino's novel? What was it about The Dawg Pound Dynasty that made it such a fascinating and pertinent novel?
Two aspects come to mind immediately - 1) general football intelligence, 2) the importance of "luck."
Pelligrino gets it. He understands how the machine works. He understands the nuances within the machine. But ultimately most importantly, he understands the "luck" aspects of the game. How a single piece can destroy the team. How a single player can win the day. And how it's not always who you expect.
I won't go into details because you should simply read the novel if it intrigues you, and I'm not going to spoil it in any way.
But I want to emphasize, this isn't pure fantasy. It is a fiction, but it's a fiction whose basis is reality. The players are real, and their draft positions, their play, their personal decisions, they all ring with a note of existential truth. That these things didn't happen is fact, but that they could have is truth, a kind of truth that makes the novel impossible to set down.
If you're a Browns fan, if you're an NFL fan, if you're a football fan, or even if you're just a fan of professional sports, do yourself a favor, pick up Pelligrino's novel.