About Three Bricks Shy. And the Load Filled Up by Jr Roy Blount

By Jr Roy Blount

Thirtieth Anniversary Edition

Any variety of writers may spend a whole season with an NFL group, from the 1st day of educating camp till the final decide of the draft, and are available up with an attractive publication. yet purely Roy Blount Jr. might catch the soreness, the enjoyment, the fears, the humor—in brief, the heart—of a championship team.

In 1973, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been tremendous, yet overlooked the bowl. Blount's portrait of a crew poised to dominate the NFL for greater than a decade recounts the gridiron accomplishments and off-the-field lives of avid gamers, coaches, better halves, enthusiasts, and proprietors. About 3 Bricks Shy . . . is thought of a vintage; Sports Illustrated lately named it one of many best a hundred activities Books of All Time. This thirtieth-anniversary version contains extra chapters at the Steelers' great Bowl wins, written for the 1989 paperback, in addition to a brand new creation through the writer.

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But his expression was serene, and the breathtaking vista he faced must have been even more so at sunset. I gather from Steelers Forever, by Jim O'Brien, that most of the old Steelers are alive and thriving: Bradshaw and Swann on TV, Russell and Mike Wagner and “Mad Dog” White and Terry Hanratty in the money business, L. C. a CEO, Rocky Bleier in demand as a motivational speaker, Mel Blount running two youth homes, J. T. Thomas and Larry Brown owning and operating thirteen of whatever is the plural of Applebee's, and so on.

But what deck that is worth anything can ever be said to be full, and what is so boring as a complete, neatly squared away load of bricks? “We don't have the peaks and valleys,” said a member of the NFL champion Miami Dolphins; neither do expressways through Kansas. The great thing in sports and nature is the way bricks slip and reassemble in unexpected combinations. That, for all the coaches’ planning, is how the Steelers won games and lost them. The Steelers and the people around them were a great miscellany of minds, bodies, backgrounds and visions of reality, held firmly but hazardously together by the goal of winning all the marbles.

Faulkner said a novelist is a failed short-story writer who is a failed poet. I am a failed linebacker, or defensive end. I have gotten over those ambitions, at least vocationally, altogether (now I want to be a man who operates a steam shovel), but still my reaction around football practice is like that of my four-year-old boy Kirven. When I took Kirven to watch the Steelers practice he enjoyed it until he realized nobody in uniform was going to chase him. Then he wanted to go home. So he missed meeting Johnny Unitas, which was probably just as well considering the moods he and Unitas were in.

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