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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.