18 June 2014

Book rec

Compelling look at the football programs at Grambling and Florida A&M from prewar origins to the late 1960s. Straightforward about the effects of segregation on college academics, sports, facilities, and on the post-college prospects of the players. It really wasn't that long ago. A fascinating, sobering read.

08 March 2014

Newly published: Extra Points

Extra Points is now available from Amazon.com (Kindle format) and from Smashwords (a variety of formats including ePub). Extra Points contains two short stories about the characters from Safety Net. If you enjoyed Safety Net and wondered what the future held for Lowell and Erick or were curious about Erick's past, Extra Points tells all! (Okay, maybe not all.)

And I'm writing (slowly) something new, unrelated to football (gasp!). Can't promise any ETA, but I feel good about this one.

30 December 2013

Postseason musings

The regular NFL and college seasons are already over. It's still frustrating not to see my favorite teams' games because I don't live in a particular area, and the highlights on NFL Network recaps aren't good enough. I can't predict who will make it to the Super Bowl, although there are definitely some frontrunners in the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. But anything can happen during the playoffs!

An interesting link: Gay players on the 1993 Houston Oilers.

A current read: Death Below Zero by Richard Anderson. I love mystery novels, and the unusual setting intrigued me.

An upcoming read: Fair Catch by Del Darcy.

Manuscript watch: I hope to have a little something released in the winter/spring of 2014. The first draft is in revision, and I've reached out to the same wonderful artist who designed the cover of Safety Net and hope to get another beautiful cover.

I have another story in mind, entirely new. It's in the "gel" stage: the elements need to come together and I can start writing. Once I get at least one scene clearly mapped out, I can start -- even if that scene ultimately never makes it into the story.

Happy New Year! Best wishes for 2014.

18 August 2013

Preseason musings

If I were in charge of NFL football on television:
  • on-demand available for any regular season or playoffs game.
  • on-demand season subscriptions available for any team. So if, say, you are a Buffalo Bills fan living in New Mexico, you could watch all their games and not simply hope they play an occasional game well enough for NFL Network to rerun it (edited) later in the week.
  • the on-demand versions could include enhanced content to make them tempting upgrades from the ordinary Monday Night Football or Thursday Night Football broadcasts.
  • regular season announcers would be replaced by the preseason announcers, who actually talk about the game they are there to announce. It is amazing to me how awful the regular season announcers are. They talk about their own careers, about players who haven’t played in the NFL for years, about whatever gossipy scandal is in the headlines, about the other games being played… In short, they talk about anything other than the game they’re at.
The NFL does offer seasonal subscriptions, of a sort, through streaming video. But even in 2013 streaming video still sucks, and I’m not certain these are entire games or just “every touchdown.” If one enjoys watching defensive plays, “every touchdown” is not the same thing as seeing a game.

Currently reading: Sports Illustrated Blood, Sweat and Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today’s Game by Tim Layden.
A nice summary history of the major plays and schemes used in modern football, starting with the old “single wing” formation and moving forward. It is really interesting, although I wish there were a bit more about the various rules changes and how that affected certain plays.

I was meant to finish up some classwork today, but instead wrote 2500 words of fun stuff. I’m not sorry. I’ll attack the classwork tonight.