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  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (14 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312369794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312369798
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Pedro on 23 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a woman and hate NFL, my partner loves it so I bought this book for him. However I had a quick look at it and couldn't put it down - finished it in less than a week. It is very, very funny, and the writing style, as is so often the case with American writing, just zips along and takes you with it.

Total Access does what is says - it gives you the behind the scenes, through the key hole look at the biggest sport in Amercia - not just the games, but all the other stuff that happens when the main playing season ends such as the owners' meeting,the draft, the Pro Bowl, the try outs for college athletes. I don't like NFL but I loved this book as you hear about the ego clashes, the sheer stupidity and utter unprofessionalism of some aspects of the game, the horse trading over players and draft picks.

Your guide through all of this is Rick Eisen, the host of a tv show and channel called funnily enough NFL Total Access (you can get it on Sky). Rick has something of the 'wide eyed pinch myself as I can't believe I'm here' fan about him which is actually very beguiling. Sure the book is one big plug for Rick's tv show but in my mind no worse for it - in fact it's down to the tv show that Rick is able to share his experiences and insights with us - and we the reader get privleged access.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Jackson on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I thought this was an excellent read. It is not a massively indepth look at football, but it is a very very fun read. Its basically a year in the life of Rich Eisen, and some of the stories of what goes on, such as the room number issue at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, are comical.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in the NFL. It is not a book studying the happenings of a particular team, but a general look at the NFL. A really good read, i couldnt put it down - finished it in about a week and a half!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MLA VINE VOICE on 15 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
Rich Eisen is the host of NFL Total Access and as such has a privileged insight behind the scenes of the NFL. The book is named after the show and to start off with the main downer - it is quite clearly a long advert for the US audience to purchase the TV channel. This point is reinforced throughout by Eisen's continued references to the involvement of his show and it can be a little grating.

I thought the continued selling would irritate but Eisen is one of the most engaging writers I have ever read in any genre. The quality of the writing itself is exceptional and the anecdotes that cover most of the 300+ pages are fun, entertaining, and are the real insight here. The world that Eisen delves into is the one that the fan will never see - the characters behind the masks. Total Access crew members such as Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders get the most coverage but tales such as the Pro Bowl room key game are something that just can't be seen from the other side of a TV screen.

Probably the most entertaining anecdote comes with the apparently humourless and robotic Peyton Manning ribbing Eisen on his own TV show. I'll still never be a Peyton fan but it was a real joy to have a fun side be shown.

For the casual fan of the NFL, the book does give a step by step outline of the key events in the calendar including training camps, pre-season, the regular season, post season, Hall of Fame, Owners Meeting, Combine, and Draft. None of these are shown in acute detail and Eisen is not aiming to bring new analysis to the fanbase but what he does achieve repeatedly is bringing light and fun to each area.

There is a downpoint in the book and it is Chapter 6. Chapter 6 is just a set of different "interesting" anecdotes but without showing anything of character.
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As someone that is a religious international listener of The Rich Eisen Podcast i started this book both wanting to like it and already having a good knowledge of the subject. Rich writes with a friendly charm, and give relatable anecdotes that keep you hooked and wanting more. This is a great read for a casual or a diehard nfl fan, whether your tied to your local team or just a lover of the sport like me!

To paraphrase the humble narrator, 'keep it up'!
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As an avid follower of the NFL from across the pond here in the UK,Rich Eisen is a legend of our tv screens as the only news coverage we get us Total Access once a week. This book goes behind the scenes of the tv production whilst a the same time also educating us fairly new fans to some of the traditions of the sport.
All with the wit and dry humor of the "humble narrator" each chapter has at some point had me bent over in stitches!
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