Until Friday - the day before the game - not a thing was written about the game.In other years, there would be a story or two every day about this kid or that kid and where he was going to college, blah, blah, blah.As with its European counterparts, there was never a lot of interest in the game - among players, coaches or fans.Despite the NFL's best efforts, it came to be called the “Runner-up Bowl.” Or worse: In a team meeting, Vince Lombardi expressed his lack of interest in playing in it by calling it “A sh— bowl…Mine came on Saturday and i have been studying it non stop! Just in time for my vacation next week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JI, New York *********** I've had a great time going through your new playbook and I am only 20 or so pages in. My hopes are that someday I can have the opportunity to implement your system. MH, North Dakota *********** Coach, I reviewed my book and DVD's. TJ - New Mexico *********** In case you didn’t hear, France won the World Cup. See, they won because their team played ball control - stayed in that damned tight, Double-Wing formation and ran the ball. Ran it, and ran it, and ran it, seldom passing it, while monopolizing possession and relying on a tough defense. They insist that a French team - a real French team - must play with lan - with style, flair, dash.I appreciate all the hard work, it's well written and as always well done with great illustrations. MB, Illinois *********** Received the dvd today and as usual you did not disappoint. (That’s a soccer tournament that takes place every four years, see, and in most nations in the world, including all the sh—hole countries, it’s a very big deal.) The French celebrated the win, of course - perhaps even overdoing it slightly, to the point where the gendarmes (French for PO-lice) had to step in and show a bit of force. All the while, French fans urged them to “open it up! “Three yards and a cloud of dust,” does not translate into French.
But to show how clueless the writer was, she totally whiffed on two great ironies in the story: 1.*********** In World Cup Soccer, they call it the Third-Place Match.In Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkapallo (Finnish American Football) they call it the Bronze Medal Game. From 1960-1969, a time before playoffs, when the NFL championship was played by the champions of the two divisions, the second place teams met for the supposed third place in what was originally called the Playoff Bowl.He is one of only three people to have covered every single Super Bowl.*********** Strange fact: An agent named Jimmy Sexton represents 11 of the 14 SEC coaches.