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Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football Paperback – August 11, 2005
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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. Books like this one assume that women can't be interested in a sport the same way that a man is... that she has to be convinced that sports are worth while. I'm just waiting for a beginner's guide to a sport that isn't cute and cuddly to "appeal to women" and, alternatively, isn't titled "the idiot's guide to ...". What I want is a book that respects me as a person who is truly interested in the sport *for what the sport is* but is also aware that some people just never learned about a particular sport and don't have any knowledge base that can be assumed.
Holly Peete's book is definitely informative, but also has a lot of superfluous information that has nothing to do with football for anyone other than herself. I give it three starts for having to sift through all of that off topic info.
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!
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!