On Gridiron Chefs Today

Early this afternoon, I’ll be joining the guys at Gridiron Chefs during their AFC East preview show. They get going at noon. I’ll be joining them on the phone about 15 minutes into the show. Tune in if you’re around.


New In-Store Date (Sooner)

I’ve just been informed by the folks at IPG (which now distributes Triumph Books) that, Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback has a ship date of August 24. What that means to you and me is that the book will be showing up in stores much sooner than October 1. Through both both Amazon and Barnes & Noble are still listing a publishing date of October 1 (and still displaying a very early draft of the cover that looks nothing like the final), the book should be available almost everywhere by the start of the NFL season.

So, you know, that’s pretty exciting. Or at least you’d think so if you were me, which you’re not. (Don’t get all broken up about that. You’re almost certainly better off being you. Unless you always wanted to be the person to write this book, in which case I say hard cheese. Even though no one says hard cheese. Almost hardly never.) And maybe you think so even if you’re not me, because you love your Patriots, or you think Tom Brady‘s the bee’s knees, or, you know, whatever it is you’re after that makes this book appealing to you.

I feel like I should reiterate, because it’s still true (hopefully it’ll change soon) that there is some inaccurate information in the descriptions of Tom Brady vs. the NFL on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. There are no sidebars about Brady’s hair, Brady’s wife or Brady’s fashion sense in the book.

And, again, here’s some of what the book actually does include:

The book also includes a foreword written by Pat Kirwan, senior analyst for NFL.com, co-host of SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Movin’ the Chains, and author of the truly great football book Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look. If you haven’t read Pat’s book yet, you really, really, really ought to; it’ll make you a better football fan. Pat’s an editorial consultant to The NFL Today on CBS. He’s also a longtime coach and front office guy. All of which is to say Pat’s been around football for a long time in a lot of ways. He’s someone whose opinions on football I hold in incredibly high regard. You should, too. And if you do, you’ll be interested to read what Pat has to say about Brady and his place in NFL history.


On PatriotsFourthAndTwo

The guys from PatsFans.com were kind enough to invite me to join them on their BlogTalkRadio show PatriotsFourthAndTwo yesterday evening.

Had a great time. We talked about expectations for the 2012 Patriots, Tom Brady‘s future, Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History and, of course, Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback.

If you’re inclined to listen, it’s right here (I come in at about 24:45, but I’d recommend listening to the whole thing).

Listen to internet radio with PatriotsFourthAndTwo on Blog Talk Radio

“Tom Brady vs. the NFL” Available for Pre-Order

My new book, Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback, is now available for pre-order on line. I’m sure you can get it from whatever your favorite internet book retailer may be, but I know it’s available from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Some of the information in the description on those two sites is inaccurate. There are no sidebars about Brady’s hair, Brady’s wife or Brady’s fashion sense in the book. That was part of the original plan, but the book worked out to be a pretty serious football book. The tone isn’t all serious, mind you; I think this book is a lot of fun to read. It’s just that it turned out that it needed to be a book about a football player rather than a book about a celebrity athlete. The off-field stuff just didn’t fit.

Here’s some of what is in the book:

  • A season-by-season review of Brady’s career with the New England Patriots.
  • A look at Brady’s accomplishments as a college player with the Michigan Wolverines.
  • A complete rundown of Brady’s various records as a pro.
  • Chapters on 15 of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks/passers including Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach, Joe Montana, Dan Marino and Peyton Manning; each paired with a side-by-side career comparison with Brady.
  • Items on some of the top quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL — Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, and Eli Manning — along with analysis of how each stacks up/may stack up with Brady.

The book also includes a foreword written by Pat Kirwan, who you know as senior analyst for NFL.com, co-host of SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Movin’ the Chains, and author of the amazing book Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look. Pat’s also an editorial consultant to The NFL Today on CBS, and a longtime coach and front office guy, who most recently served as director of player administration for the New York Jets. Pat’s one of a handful of guys whose opinions on football I regard as approaching gospel. He knows the game. And he knows quarterbacks. So I was really honored when he agreed to write the foreword for this book. He has some interesting things to say about Brady. His foreword’s worth a read all by itself.

The book is currently scheduled to hit stores October 1, though I know it’s currently ahead of schedule in production.

That’s probably enough for the nonce. More as fall approaches.


New Book Written, Off To Triumph

As of yesterday, my new book is officially written. It’s in Triumph’s hands now and is scheduled for release in the fall, to correspond with football season.

I’m not going to say much about it right now, but I will say that it includes reviews of the careers of sixteen NFL quarterbacks, fourteen of them retired/historical and two active, along with sections on four other current QBs, with a main focus on one current player. The scope of the book is fairly extensive. It covers seven and a half decades of NFL history, going all the way back to the emergence of the league’s first great passer, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh.

More to come soon enough.

Reading, Talk, Q&A in Tewksbury

On Wednesday, September 28, I’ll be discussing the Patriots and reading from Game Changers: The Greatest Plays In New England Patriots History at the Tewksbury Public Library.

The event, which runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public. I’ll have books to sign and sell at the tail end of the evening.

You can get more information, and register to attend, here.

I’ll hope to see some of you there.

Signing In Dedham

I’ll be back at Borders in Dedham, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. signing books and talking Pats.

Summer events are rare for me, but the store is celebrating its first birthday and I had a great event there with Steve Nelson back in the fall, so they asked me to come in and sign again this weekend. (No Nellie this time, folks. Sorry.) I know they’ve got a whole bunch of other stuff going on between Friday and Sunday, but they haven’t filled me in on what it is, so I can’t share the info with you.

Store details and a link to directions are on the events page. And, you know, you could always call them and ask about what other authors will be in over the weekend.

Fundraiser Event for Weston Center for Women

I’ve had the great honor of being included in an upcoming multi-author event in support of the Weston Center for Women, a non-profit organization that assists women who are transitioning back into the community after incarceration or inpatient substance abuse treatment.

The event is taking place Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. on the grounds of Mont Marie, 28 Lower Westfield Road, Holyoke, Massaschusetts. There will be wines to sample and terrific hot and cold hors d’ouevres. And attendees will have the chance to meet some truly fine writers (and, you know, at least one guy who writes books about football). You’ll also be able to buy signed copies of all the authors’ books with proceeds from sales supporting the Weston Center. And, you know, even if you already have all of our books, keep in mind that Mothers Day, Fathers Day and graduation season all are coming up. Signed books make awesome gifts. Tickets are $30 in advance, $50 at the door.

Check out the list of participating writers:

Kevin O’Hara: Author of the memoir, Last of the Donkey Pilgrims, and the essay collection A Lucky Irish Lad.

Ruth Sanderson: Author and illustrator of children’s books.

Jean Stone: Prolific author of novels published both under her own name and the pen the name Abby Drake.

Suzanne Strempek Shea: Author of novels and nonfiction including Selling the Lite of Heaven and Sundays in America.

Marty Dobrow: Journalist and author whose latest book is Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream.

Dori Ostermiller: Founder of the Florence studio Writers in Progress and author of the debut novel Outside the Ordinary World.

Ellen Meeropol: Ellen is celebrating the release of her acclaimed first novel, House Arrest.

Judith Kappenman: Author of a fictionalized version of her grandfather’s life story, To Dakota and Back: The Story of an Orphan Train Rider.

David Page: Baystate Medical Center surgeon and author of several writing books and the medical thriller The Phoenix Prescription.

Kevin Markey: Author of Slumpbuster, Wall Ball, and Wing Ding — the first, second, and third books in his Super Sluggers series of baseball adventures — and several books of nonfiction.

And, as noted, yours truly, author of all the books you can read about here, including Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History.

I know I’m really excited about being part of this event. Maybe I’ll see you there.

For more info, or to buy tickets, contact Carol Pederzani at 413-205-5003 or cpederzani@thebige.com.

Signing In Holyoke, Mass.

One last chance to pick up signed copies of Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History for the Pats fans on your holiday gift list. I’ll be signing books at Barnes & Noble in Holyoke, Massachusetts on Saturday, December 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. Details here.

One note: This event was scheduled after we sold out of books at the same store the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so you might wanna show up on the early side.

Hope I’ll see you there.

Update: I’ll also be doing a bit of radio in advance of this signing. I’ll be joining Scott Coen and Russ Held on ESPN 1450 The  Hall in Springifield at about 9:30 a.m. to talk about the Pats and the book. If you can’t get the station’s signal, you can listen live on line at the site linked above.

Back On Noontime Sports

Spent some time talking Patriots, Jets and all sorts of NFL stuff (with a mention or two of Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History thrown in for good measure) with my friend Matt Noonan today on Noontime Sports the Podcast. I always have a  great time talking sports with Matt. Ya gotta go listen.