Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Town, an equally merciless probing of America's biggest cultural force, pro football, at a moment of peak success and high anxiety. Like millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life than he'd care to admit tuned into pro football. Being a lifelong New England Patriots fan meant growing up with a stead From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Town, an equally merciless probing of America's biggest cultura...

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Title:Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times
Author:Mark Leibovich
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:0399185429
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times Reviews

  • Joshua
    Sep 25, 2018
    Mark Leibovich is just a pleasure. This book is basically a long, romping magazine story about the NFL. You learn little that did you didn't already know, but it's a pleasure to be reminded about things you read about in less entertaining forms elsewhere, and what you do learn (like wh...
  • Brian Calandra
    Sep 23, 2018
    For a guy who spent four years embedded with NFL owners and athletes, Leibovitch came out with very little in the way of anecdotes except for getting wasted on Jerry Jones's bus and seeing Giselle Bundchen congratulating the Eagles. Almost all of this is stuff that anyone could have wr...
  • Chris Pippin
    Oct 04, 2018
    I heard Leibovich discuss his book on a podcast and was really looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, as you'll discover very early on, Leibovich is a Pats fan. This wouldn't be a problem on its own, but he spends a good third of the book relitigating Deflategate, and spends the...
  • Darrell
    Sep 08, 2018
    Some interesting nuggets about what the "Membership" (NFL Owners) are like, but mostly this book is just a dreary march through tailgates, stadiums, owners meetings, and parties. ...
  • Gina Boyd
    Nov 29, 2018
    I can?t express how much I enjoyed this book. It?s smart and funny and gossipy and solemn and the Leibovitz has enough sense to share his sheepishness about being a Masshole. I loved reading about The Membership and its junior high issues. I loved learning how much Tom Brady cu...
  • Richard
    Nov 01, 2018
    This wasn't the book I was expecting, but that's probably my fault. I was unfamiliar with the author, and I assumed, based on the title and subtitle, that this would be a discussion of the issues the NFL faces "in dangerous (for the NFL) times"and possible solutions. Actually, it kind ...
  • Jake
    Oct 18, 2018
    I am a lifelong football fan and a Baltimore Ravens supporter. When the Ray Rice scandal hit, I swore off the sport for a year because of how poorly the NFL and the Ravens organizations respectively handled the situation. The Rice situation provided me with an excuse to do something...
  • Alex Hairston
    Oct 24, 2018
    Thought the sound bites or excerpts I read in the press were all I really needed to know. I also didn't realize how New England centric this book was before I read it. ...
  • Jack Goodstein
    Sep 22, 2018
    Disappointing..a little snark, and little that's new. ...
  • Becky
    Oct 28, 2018
    If you are interested in professional football, you will find, Big Game: the NFL in Danferous Times an interesting read. One caution, I did not realize it centered so much on Tom Brady & the Boston Patriots. The author?s adoration of Tom Brady does become repetitive and overstate...
  • Scott Martin
    Oct 26, 2018
    A solid read that offers, or tries to offer, a different perspective on the NFL. Written by a long-time political pundit (and a longer-time New England Patriot fan), Leibovich looks to analyze the NFL, especially in the past few years, looking at the issues the game faces on and off th...
  • Kristina
    Oct 27, 2018
    You don?t have to be a rabid fan of football to enjoy Mark Leibovich?s Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times. A passing acquaintance with the game is all that is required to be drawn into this book, as long as you enjoy Leibovich?s prose. He is funny, snarky but never cruel, goofy...
  • Jim
    Sep 11, 2018
    This book was a mostly interesting but not really too surprising series of anecdotes about the NFL. The two parts of the NFL that have more mostly turned off from it - a) Their lack of grace and caring about the concussion issue, and b) whiny bitches of owners who just want corporate ...
  • Sabra
    Oct 25, 2018
    As someone who is not a fan of football, I found this surprisingly enjoyable ...
  • Emily Dittmar
    Oct 27, 2018
    I enjoyed how this book explores the moment in time in the NFL. It was an almost outsiders look into how the NFL functions as an organization and on a team level. He shares his time interacting with executives and with players. It kept me engaged the entire time. ...
  • Kyle
    Sep 10, 2018
    Gets a little too one-note as it goes on, but it is a good reminder that rich people are the absolute worst. ...
  • Jolene
    Sep 18, 2018
    Rich people suck. Jerry Jones is a cartoon. The Lambeau Leap is one of the greatest traditions of human achievement. Ultimately, this book didn't really SAY anything, but I was endlessly entertained. ...
  • Mark
    Oct 21, 2018
    I expected to enjoy this book more. I have both a professional and personal interest in sports business and I find Leibovich an entertaining and engaging writer so I figured this book was bound to be right for me. But it missed somehow. Maybe it was his subject matter; ultra rich peopl...
  • Mac
    Sep 26, 2018
    I like reading Mark Leibovich, and having read This Town and Citizens of the Green Room, I found Big Game to have all of the author's signature moves...and his signature flaw as well. Leibovich's take on the NFL (really his takedown of the NFL) is full of his trademark snark, criti...
  • Chris Jaffe
    Oct 19, 2018
    This was a disappointment. Leibovich is a good writer, but he really doesn't have much to say. It's supposed to be an examination of the NFL, but this is a series of bits and pieces where the whole is less than the sum of its parts. This comes off less like analysis and more like touri...
  • Jim Cooper
    Sep 30, 2018
    This book gets 5 stars from me because it's so well-written. This really isn't a book about the NFL, so much as it is a peek behind the curtain of the people who run it (the commissioner and the owners), and it's also about Tom Brady. So it's a weird setup but the stories are all great...
  • Bobby Frederick
    Oct 27, 2018
    Seemed disjointed and repetitive in some parts. Enjoyed some of Leibovich's roasting, but a lot of it felt forced and too snarky. Second half of the book was much better than the first. ...
  • Richard de Villiers
    Sep 13, 2018
    Let's start with the good stuff. Leibovich is an engaging writer, even when his subjects have little to say he still makes it interesting. The last four years, the time he dedicated to writing this book, have been chock filled with controversy in the NFL so there are no shortage of iss...
  • Elizabeth C
    Nov 04, 2018
    I did not expect to love this book. In fact, my 5 star rating probably incorporates the low bar I had. I picked up this book for a crash course on football. I immediately disengage when conversations turn to sports, and I was hoping this would change that?as reading Elon Musk?s ...
  • Jose Vitela
    Oct 15, 2018
    Occasionally you come across a book (show or movie) that is bad but for some reason you're able to power through only to wonder why you didn't cut your losses early. I felt this way with this book. No offense to the author, I haven't written a book (yet) and have respect for the proces...
  • Dylan Scott
    Nov 18, 2018
    The same biting sense of humor and keen judgment of character that made THIS TOWN such a delight is back ? and the subject might be even better suited to Leibovich?s talents. You walk away feeling like you really do understand the NFL better but all the more baffled that these ...
  • David
    Sep 13, 2018
    Could not have enjoyed reading a book anymore than I did this one Leibovich has a keen eye at studying other humans. Fortunately he is able to share these keen and witty observations with us mere mortals. I loved this book and can hardly wait for his next offering. ...
  • Mark Miano
    Nov 16, 2018
    Around the dinner table one night we got into a discussion about Thomas Jefferson and whether it was fair to judge him today as a hypocrite for penning the phrase ?all men are created equal? while being the owner of slaves. (I believe it is fair to make this judgment) I asked m...
  • Aidan Renaghan
    Sep 23, 2018
    Meh. I loved his last book "This Town," but I found this very underwhelming. Not a lot of new information about the NFL. Just reinforces the idea that the owners are greedy madmen who are destroying the league for their own self interest, that the league has no interest or ability to d...
  • Tim Niland
    Oct 01, 2018
    This was an insightful and entertaining book about the modern NFL and state of pro football in America. The author is primarily a political reporter, but lifelong football fan: he's from Boston and roots for the hated Patriots, but don't hold that against him. He takes a bifurcated app...