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Football For Dummies, (USA Edition) Paperback – June 25, 2007
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At last, the Dummies series is tackling football. Former Raider all-pro defensive end and current Fox TV analyst Howie Long calls the signals, and if he doesn't always go deep--he's got a lot of ground to cover--at least he connects. With all its X's and O's, football is a complicated sport, and Long works hard to smooth the way: "Once you break through that initial fear of being overwhelmed by football and what you don't understand," he counsels, "I know everything else about the game, like dominoes, will fall into place." In his role as guide, Long plays those dominoes, from peewees to the pros to the fantasy leagues, explaining positions, analyzing offenses and defenses, and detailing strategies. As with all Dummies guides, the fun part is the "Part of Tens," the series of top-10 lists that dig in for the final chapter. He scores big with his inclusions of John Hannah and Hugh McElhenny among the greatest offensive players ever, but should be penalized for overemphasizing tight ends and forgetting the electricity that wide receivers bring to the game. This, of course, reflects a defensive end's natural bias; since they muck it up more with the hulkier tight ends, they simply let the speedballs fly by. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Digital edition.
From the Back Cover
Meet the greatest players, coaches, and teams of all time
The fun and easy way to tackle football basics and enjoy America's most popular sport
Love to play — or just watch — football? Want to know more about the game? Howie Long gives you up-to-the-minute information on all the rules, regs, positions, plays, and penalties, as well as the newest stadium technologies, the latest teams and players, and the must-do experiences of pro football. It's the ultimate fan's guide!
Follow the game at home or in the stadium
Understand offensive and defensive strategies
Train and gear up for a game
Join a fantasy football league
Get your kids involved in football
Praise for Football For Dummies
"Howie's book has got it all!"
— Jimmy Johnson, former head coach, Miami Dolphins
"[Howie's] knowledge and insight into the game of football ring through loud and clear!"
— Boomer Esiason, former All-Star quarterback and NFL commentator
Top customer reviews
This book is great. It gives you enough knowledge of rules and strategy in order to help you watch the game smarter. It has in-depth descriptions of the various positions as well as general principles of the offense and defense without becoming too confusing. In short the book is aimed at someone who knows very little (or nothing) about the game and does a good job of educating the interested reader. The book is best kept at your side to refer to while watching games (I do) and has a good glossary of terms at the back for interpreting what the commentators say - 'running a slant route', 'strong side play', 'nickelback and dimeback', '4-3 defense' etc. There is also information on College Football and rule differences between pro and college football as well as the various conferences that exist.
While this would not suit someone who has played American Football or has a pretty good knowledge of NFL, it is a worthwhile investment for someone wanting to get started on their NFL journey (like me). I'm already thinking of joining a Fantasy Football League next season, the book also has information on FFL's.