Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Although I don't follow him regularly when he appears
on All Things Considered and didn't when he wrote for
The Wall Street Journal,
I'm a quiet fan of Stefan Fatsis's books
because he writes about joining a world most of us
don't get to see.
I previously wrote about his
excursion into the world of competitive Scrabble.
Today, it's his book
A Few Seconds of Panic,
or more formally,
A Few Seconds of Panic:
A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL,
another example of the
Catchy title: Long boring subtitle
book title fad.
available in paperback.]
Fatsis convinces a professional football team to let him join them for
a pre-season game as a place kicker.
From there, he observes the working of an NFL team from the inside.
NPR's Only a Game interviewed him in August 2008.
(Fatsis is a regular member of Slate's new weekly sports podcast
Hang Up and Listen.
He mentions his kicking career only every other podcast now.)
(And I wasted far too much time on what is rumored to be
another Stefan Fatsis production,
Name of the Year.
Here's a list of