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The Dark Side of the Game [Mass Market Paperback]

Tim Green
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19 Feb 1998
In this book, 8-year veteran of the NFL Tim Green reveals for the first time the scandals, the horrors, the abuses and also the wonders of playing football.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (19 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446605204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446605205
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,169,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I meet people for the first time and they learn that I played for eight years in the NFL, their eyes glaze over with that faraway look of a person dreaming about what he'll do if wins the lottery. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tim Green was an unusual defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons. He read books in the locker room and during team meetings. He went to law school in his spare time. He had a hard time gaining weight and keeping it on. He left the game with his body and his brain relatively unscrambled (despite many concussions and stingers), and took up a new career as a broadcaster for Fox. His book is a series of mini-essays on everything you always wanted to know about pro football, but never wanted to experience. It is a gripping tale of pain, broken bodies, shattered lives, and electric moments that will remain with you for the rest of your life. I would have graded the book higher, but he did seem to skirt some of the obvious problems that professional football players experience such as groupies and deliberate attempt to maim. On the other hand, I found the book more revealing and better balanced than the "hero" biographies and the "broken life" tales that pro players usually produce. It is the most enjoyable book I have read by a retired NFLer. If Mr. Green had also been retired from broadcasting when he wrote this, he probably could have been more candid. Perhaps an updated version will appear in the future.
For those who are interested in Deion Sanders, the book has a very interesting portrait of the man which will add to your appreciation of his remarkable career and his character.
Many of the most valuable parts of the book describe all of the things that teams do that create failure. Correctly, Mr. Green pinpoints the ultimate cause of these problems as being the owner. You have to have a coach and a general manager who want to have the same style of play. Only the owner can ensure that will happen.
Two things were very new to me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down-to-earth, bruising account 30 Nov 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book a lot, but felt the chapters were a little too short. Green skips over a wide variety of issues, ranging from training camp to the rivaly between the offense and defence. There are a lot of good anecdotes about life behind the pads, but the short chapters make you feel a little short-changed, wanting Green to develop more of some areas, and less of others. I would have prefered fewer chapters, with more in-depth exploration of some of the issues. Green relies too heavily on personal experience: whilst it is a good starting point, it risks leaving the book sounding like his own personal views on football and the NFL. He does use some of his experience as a broadcaster, which grants him the advantage of finding out what some of the other players feel about things, but generally few people seem to have gone on the record with anything mildly controversial. Still worth a read, because it mentions a lot of stuff that never got out in the papers at the time it happened, and that is always the advantage of a book like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't feel like I've "been there" vicariously 30 Dec 1998
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When I bought "The Dark Side Of The Game" I expected to read a book about... (ready?) the dark side of the game. I expected to smell, taste, and feel what it's like to be a player in the NFL. I expected to hear all about the unrelenting schedules, the practices without pity, the meaness of coaches, and the ficklness of fans.
Instead, what What Tim Green supplies us is collection of unrelated short articles that seem to be saying, in summary, that football is hard and all season season the players are constantly sore. Thanks, Tim, for that blinding glimpse of the obvious.
Don't get me wrong: I didn't DISlike this book. It was a fast, easy, and relatively fun read. But after reading the book, I don't feel like I know what it feels like to play in the NFL. Heck, I don't even REALLY understand why the title says this book is about the DARK side...
So go ahead and buy the book. Read it in a couple or three nights. Just don't expect to feel like you've "been there" vicariously. At least I didn't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and informing 20 July 1999
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I really thought that Tim Green's "The Dark Side of the Game" is a great book and lets fans in on many details that they would not know from simply watching a game on television. It provides fans with information on almost everything from training camp to playoffs and everything in between. Although Tim gives his opinions on the greatnesses and drawbacks of the game, he does not mention why he quit the game and it is a quick book to read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected 30 Dec 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thought that a book entitled "The Dark Side of the Game" would present a no-holds-barred look at the underside of the NFL. Instead, Green comes off more as an apologist. Moreover, his prose is boringly simplistic. If you're looking for something more than light reading, look elsewhere.
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