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Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Sportscaster's Guide to Watching Football by Mark Oristano

Cover Design by Weston Carls
Decoding America's Favorite Game
Synergy Books

ISBN-10: 0982160119
ISBN-13: 978-0982160114

  • Do you have a "fan in your life" who is an "armchair quarterback"?  
  • Do you want to learn more about the game so you can enjoy it with them?  
  • Are you watching the Super Bowl tomorrow just because everyone else is and you don't want to miss a great party? 

  • If any of the above describes you then you need to read this book.

  • First things first I am a life long Packer Fan, and while I do not follow the statistics every week or watch the draft for hours like my husband, I watch every Packer game no matter what day of the week it is on.  I knew the stuff in this book because I have been watching football forever!  
  • More importantly my Green Bay Packers are in the SUPER BOWL tomorrow against the Pittsburgh Steelers and yes, we got there without Brett Favre, but that can be a whole different post or rant, not appropriate for this family friendly book blog. By the way Aaron Rodgers is phenomenal and the whole team is awesome. Just my opinion :)
  • This book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn the game of watching football.  In less than 150 pages it explains offense, defense, special teams, penalties, referees, player positions and everything you need to know from kickoff to the post game commentary. TD's, PATS, FG's, RB's, TE's, TO's, QB's and explains all the crazy abbreviations.  The author also takes on the subject of instant replays and team challenges too.
  • The author does this all in easy to understand language, with humor and trivia thrown in.  My only problem with the book was that the author was a Cowboy fan. Once I got beyond that I really enjoyed the book.
  • It is a very fast read so you still have time to run out and buy it today so you can be prepared for the game tomorrow night.  If you have a "fan in your life" and you want to actively participate in something they love you must pick up this book in the off season so you are ready in August when all the pre-season/exhibition hoopla begins.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • From Amazon.com
  • Mark is a 35-year veteran sportscaster whose assignments have included work on the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers radio networks. Mark was one of the broadcasters for Super Bowl XXX between the Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's also worked for NFL Films, the Dallas Cowboys P.R. department, and numerous radio and TV stations.
  • Mark's on-air colleagues have included Verne Lundquist, now the CBS voice of college football, who hired Mark at WFAA-TV, Dallas in 1973; Oprah Winfrey, with whom Mark co-anchored in Nashville at WLAC-TV in 1974-75; Ron Franklin, formerly with ESPN, who shared the Oiler radio booth with Mark from 1978-1981.

    Mark was born in New York City in 1952, and moved to Texas in 1970 to attend Texas Christian University, gaining a BFA in Mass Communication in 1974.

    He left broadcasting in 2002, and is currently a much sought-after portrait photographer in Dallas, as well as a successful actor. 

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