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It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium

It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium

(2007)
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"The best sports book of the year."
- Sports Illustrated

"John Ed Bradley says that all he ever wanted to do was to leave behind a pretty piece of writing. Here it is-a wonderful blend of honest introspection, passionate reporting, and superb storytelling. One of the best books I have read in years."
- Jeffrey Marx, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Season of Life

Inspired by a classic essay about a visit to a dying coach, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium explores in gorgeous detail the inescapable pull of college football-the cocky smiles behind the face masks, the two-a-day drills, the emotionally charged bus rides to the stadium, the curfew checks, the film-study sessions, the locker room antics, and the yawning void left in one's soul the moment the final whistle sounds. To understand why it's so painful to give up the game, you must first understand the intimacy of the huddle. "It ends for everybody," writes John Ed Bradley, "and then it starts all over again, in ways you never anticipated. Marty Dufresne sits in his wheelchair listening to the Tiger fight song...Ramsey Darder endures prison by playing the games over in his head...Big Ed Stanton never took up the game of golf, and yet he rides the streets of Bayou Vista in a cart nearly identical to Coach Mac's, recalling the one time the old man invited him for a ride." Far more than a memoir, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium is a brutally honest, profoundly moving look at what it means to surrender something you love.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium: Football and the Game of Life
Author(s): John Ed Bradley
ISBN: 1-933060-33-6 / 978-1-933060-33-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: ESPN
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Paperback Editions

October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium
Author(s): John Ed Bradley
ISBN: 0-345-51170-0 / 978-0-345-51170-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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October 2008 : USA Paperback
Title: It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium
Author(s): John Ed Bradley
ISBN: 1-933060-67-0 / 978-1-933060-67-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: ESPN
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

February 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium
Author(s): John Ed Bradley
Publisher: ESPN
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