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Fathers and Sons-Sports and Life Paperback – May 21, 2016
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Reviewed by David George
The author calls himself a “Beantown Sports Junkie.” His book is an anecdote-filled romp through a lifetime of cheering for Boston sports teams --- amateur, college, professional --- at parks and arenas across the country. . Guernsey tells of attending more than 100 games at Fenway Park, which he calls the best stadium in baseball.
His parents were athletes (father, track and tennis; mother a swimmer) who raised their only son to love sports as much as they did. Young Keith’s athletic success varied from sport to sport. Admittedly slow, he says he excelled at schoolboy football mainly because he was 30 pounds bigger than the other kids. In college, however, he was a self-described “benchwarmer.” But over the years he played on three softball teams that won state championships.
And on skates, he was a star.
His father had promised him a trip to summer hockey camp if he passed all his courses in the 8th grade. He did, and Guernsey recalls his father kept his end of the bargain, even when he chose a hockey camp in northern Canada, more than 1000 miles from home. The coaching staff was loaded with NHL players, including one “18 year old baby-faced instructor who (called) all the other instructors ‘sir’.” The teenager was Robert Gordon Orr.
Keith Guernsey counts the legendary Bobby Orr among his friends and acquaintances , along with a roster of other sports greats that includes middleweight champion Marvin Hagler, Doug Flutie (Heisman Trophy, Bears, Patriots), Lee Stange and Rick Miller (Red Sox), and the Celtics’ Tommy Heinsohn.
Guernsey’s personal tales involving these and a host of other sports stars make “Fathers and Sons” sing.
There is a chapter on “Deflategate. “ The author’s take is strongly pro-Tom Brady, and highly critical of Patriots’ ownership and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Guernsey sides with experts who blame the entire flap on the weather. When its cold, they say, the air inside a football contracts and the pressure goes down. Just like your car’s tires on a cold winter morning.