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Tuesday, December 28, 2010
A Sportscaster's Guide to Watching Football by Mark Oristano
Between college bowl games and pro football, December and January are perfect months to pick up Mark Oristano's A Sportcaster's Guide to Watching Football. I love football, and I've been watching high school, college and pro games for forty years, but I still learned more about football from Oristano's book.
Oristano brings years of experience to this enjoyable book. He spent thirty years as a professional sports broadcaster, working for both the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers Radio Networks. He also has extensive experience with TV and NFL Films.
The book is designed for those who know little about football, and want to know more, either for themselves, or because there is a fan in their life, and they want to be more informed. Oristano breaks the game down into easily understood terms, and provides a glossary for essential football terms. He even provides a halftime break with his own list of the 10 most important people in NFL history. And, the anecdotes included are funny, and related to the point Oristano is trying to teach.
You can't go wrong with this book if you're interested in learning more about football. Even a football fan will appreciate Oristano's breakdown of football. Mark Oristano's A Sportscaster's Guide to Watching Football is an excellent instructional tool. (It also passes my family test. I'm passing it on to a nephew who loves sports.)
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