Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

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Title:Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback
Author:George Plimpton
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Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback Reviews

  • Andrew
    Jul 25, 2007

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

  • Jeffrey
    Aug 04, 2008

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

  • Icarus
    Jul 22, 2007

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

    This was a very entertaining book, even if you don't like football, or care if any of the rookies make the team or anyone gets hurt. Plimpton has no illusions about his own ability, but he does have an eagerness to be a part of the team and to discover what one needs (or used to need)t...

    George Plimpton carved out an unusual career for himself; a journalist by trade, starting with "Paper Lion," he produced a series of best-selling books based on his experiences playing for various professional sports teams. "Paper Lion" is by far the best of these. Plimpton recounts hi...

    If I were 13 and grew up near Detroit and the year were, say, 1968, this would be the single greatest thing I ever read. Well, maybe 11 and 1967? Now I can't help but feel like it's an oversimplification and we're missing a lot of insight. Also this portrayal of the NFL?before it...

    Plimpton joins the Detroit Lions as a rookie to find out what it?s like. They let him play in the practices and the intra-squad game but not in a game against another team. The book is pretty good, even though I?m bored by football in general. Plimpton lets the reader know just wha...

    Without a doubt the standard to which all participatory journalism/new journalism works should be compared. What I love about this book is how Plimpton, an erudite Ivy League man, never lets himself be above his "teammates" on the Detroit Lions. He's clearly an outsider on their turf a...

    It's a great window to a "simpler time" in sports - the author takes great pains to show the players as regular people, which is the real strength of the book. There's no way this could be written now in 2013 with such empathy for the team around him. A good read for fans of the gam...

    This book is great for football fans wanting a taste of football history, or for people who don't get football fans and want to understand their passion. Plimpton was a fantastic writer, and this behind the scenes look at a training camp from back when players weren't multimillionaires...

  • Donald
    Oct 12, 2007

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

    This was a very entertaining book, even if you don't like football, or care if any of the rookies make the team or anyone gets hurt. Plimpton has no illusions about his own ability, but he does have an eagerness to be a part of the team and to discover what one needs (or used to need)t...

    George Plimpton carved out an unusual career for himself; a journalist by trade, starting with "Paper Lion," he produced a series of best-selling books based on his experiences playing for various professional sports teams. "Paper Lion" is by far the best of these. Plimpton recounts hi...

  • Matt Moran
    Apr 17, 2015

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

    This was a very entertaining book, even if you don't like football, or care if any of the rookies make the team or anyone gets hurt. Plimpton has no illusions about his own ability, but he does have an eagerness to be a part of the team and to discover what one needs (or used to need)t...

    George Plimpton carved out an unusual career for himself; a journalist by trade, starting with "Paper Lion," he produced a series of best-selling books based on his experiences playing for various professional sports teams. "Paper Lion" is by far the best of these. Plimpton recounts hi...

    If I were 13 and grew up near Detroit and the year were, say, 1968, this would be the single greatest thing I ever read. Well, maybe 11 and 1967? Now I can't help but feel like it's an oversimplification and we're missing a lot of insight. Also this portrayal of the NFL?before it...

    Plimpton joins the Detroit Lions as a rookie to find out what it?s like. They let him play in the practices and the intra-squad game but not in a game against another team. The book is pretty good, even though I?m bored by football in general. Plimpton lets the reader know just wha...

    Without a doubt the standard to which all participatory journalism/new journalism works should be compared. What I love about this book is how Plimpton, an erudite Ivy League man, never lets himself be above his "teammates" on the Detroit Lions. He's clearly an outsider on their turf a...

    It's a great window to a "simpler time" in sports - the author takes great pains to show the players as regular people, which is the real strength of the book. There's no way this could be written now in 2013 with such empathy for the team around him. A good read for fans of the gam...

    This book is great for football fans wanting a taste of football history, or for people who don't get football fans and want to understand their passion. Plimpton was a fantastic writer, and this behind the scenes look at a training camp from back when players weren't multimillionaires...

    Mixed feelings on this book. I guess this was groundbreaking participatory journalism. It did not blow me away as very humorous or narratively compelling It was interesting to get a description of a football team in the pre-Super Bowl era. Professional football has radically chan...

  • Paul Schulzetenberg
    Aug 04, 2009

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

  • David Ward
    Feb 04, 2010

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

  • David
    Oct 26, 2007

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

  • Dave
    Sep 04, 2009

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

    This was a very entertaining book, even if you don't like football, or care if any of the rookies make the team or anyone gets hurt. Plimpton has no illusions about his own ability, but he does have an eagerness to be a part of the team and to discover what one needs (or used to need)t...

  • Bob
    Apr 07, 2014

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

  • Michael
    Jul 04, 2017

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

  • Scott
    Aug 29, 2009

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

  • Mike
    Nov 22, 2008

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

  • Tom Gase
    Dec 29, 2011

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

  • Brugge
    Feb 23, 2010

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

  • Kellee
    May 25, 2015

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

  • Ensiform
    Dec 15, 2011

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

    This was a very entertaining book, even if you don't like football, or care if any of the rookies make the team or anyone gets hurt. Plimpton has no illusions about his own ability, but he does have an eagerness to be a part of the team and to discover what one needs (or used to need)t...

    George Plimpton carved out an unusual career for himself; a journalist by trade, starting with "Paper Lion," he produced a series of best-selling books based on his experiences playing for various professional sports teams. "Paper Lion" is by far the best of these. Plimpton recounts hi...

    If I were 13 and grew up near Detroit and the year were, say, 1968, this would be the single greatest thing I ever read. Well, maybe 11 and 1967? Now I can't help but feel like it's an oversimplification and we're missing a lot of insight. Also this portrayal of the NFL?before it...

    Plimpton joins the Detroit Lions as a rookie to find out what it?s like. They let him play in the practices and the intra-squad game but not in a game against another team. The book is pretty good, even though I?m bored by football in general. Plimpton lets the reader know just wha...

  • Mike Barker
    Oct 25, 2016

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

  • Scott Foshee
    Nov 18, 2012

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

  • Bradley
    Aug 02, 2011

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

  • B
    Sep 01, 2014

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

    This was a very entertaining book, even if you don't like football, or care if any of the rookies make the team or anyone gets hurt. Plimpton has no illusions about his own ability, but he does have an eagerness to be a part of the team and to discover what one needs (or used to need)t...

    George Plimpton carved out an unusual career for himself; a journalist by trade, starting with "Paper Lion," he produced a series of best-selling books based on his experiences playing for various professional sports teams. "Paper Lion" is by far the best of these. Plimpton recounts hi...

    If I were 13 and grew up near Detroit and the year were, say, 1968, this would be the single greatest thing I ever read. Well, maybe 11 and 1967? Now I can't help but feel like it's an oversimplification and we're missing a lot of insight. Also this portrayal of the NFL?before it...

  • Stephanie
    Jun 27, 2016

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

  • Laine The Librarian
    Mar 06, 2014

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

  • Jennie
    Mar 27, 2012

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

  • Chase Mitchell
    Apr 23, 2014

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

  • Karl Muller
    May 14, 2013

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

    This was a very entertaining book, even if you don't like football, or care if any of the rookies make the team or anyone gets hurt. Plimpton has no illusions about his own ability, but he does have an eagerness to be a part of the team and to discover what one needs (or used to need)t...

    George Plimpton carved out an unusual career for himself; a journalist by trade, starting with "Paper Lion," he produced a series of best-selling books based on his experiences playing for various professional sports teams. "Paper Lion" is by far the best of these. Plimpton recounts hi...

    If I were 13 and grew up near Detroit and the year were, say, 1968, this would be the single greatest thing I ever read. Well, maybe 11 and 1967? Now I can't help but feel like it's an oversimplification and we're missing a lot of insight. Also this portrayal of the NFL?before it...

    Plimpton joins the Detroit Lions as a rookie to find out what it?s like. They let him play in the practices and the intra-squad game but not in a game against another team. The book is pretty good, even though I?m bored by football in general. Plimpton lets the reader know just wha...

    Without a doubt the standard to which all participatory journalism/new journalism works should be compared. What I love about this book is how Plimpton, an erudite Ivy League man, never lets himself be above his "teammates" on the Detroit Lions. He's clearly an outsider on their turf a...

    It's a great window to a "simpler time" in sports - the author takes great pains to show the players as regular people, which is the real strength of the book. There's no way this could be written now in 2013 with such empathy for the team around him. A good read for fans of the gam...

  • Loyd Mcintosh
    Feb 14, 2013

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

    That Plimpton didn't realize the biggest part of his dream gives the last third of the book a feeling of anticlimax, but perhaps it is part of the book's charm. Players get cut all the time (and Plimpton takes us through that process) and not every story has a happy ending. (Of course,...

    Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented ?participatory journalism.? It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback. Plimpton ...

    I really loved this book. It was very intersting and well written. The experiment that the auther George Plimpton had was a great idea. He wanted to see how the average man would do in the National football league. He wanted to try to be and suceed as the third sting quaterback on a te...

    This wasn an okay book. Okay. George Plimpton is a great writer. He has a sports writers sensibility and vision. However, during reading this book, my mind wandered and I really couldn't focus. Maybe it's because I'm not a Lions fan. Maybe if this was about an author who was at Pittsbu...

    Paper Lion by George Plimpton What happens when a writer decides to play professional football in the NFL? That is the entire joy that comes from George Plimpton?s timeless book, Paper Lion. Plimpton decided to write an insider?s eye view of the making the team and playing in a...

    Often called one of the best books of all time in sportswriting, I finally got around to reading this and it was pretty good, but dragged in some places. I wanted to know how he played in the games, thinking it was at the end of a few games, but it turns out he didn't play that much an...

    This was a very entertaining book, even if you don't like football, or care if any of the rookies make the team or anyone gets hurt. Plimpton has no illusions about his own ability, but he does have an eagerness to be a part of the team and to discover what one needs (or used to need)t...

    George Plimpton carved out an unusual career for himself; a journalist by trade, starting with "Paper Lion," he produced a series of best-selling books based on his experiences playing for various professional sports teams. "Paper Lion" is by far the best of these. Plimpton recounts hi...

    If I were 13 and grew up near Detroit and the year were, say, 1968, this would be the single greatest thing I ever read. Well, maybe 11 and 1967? Now I can't help but feel like it's an oversimplification and we're missing a lot of insight. Also this portrayal of the NFL?before it...

    Plimpton joins the Detroit Lions as a rookie to find out what it?s like. They let him play in the practices and the intra-squad game but not in a game against another team. The book is pretty good, even though I?m bored by football in general. Plimpton lets the reader know just wha...

    Without a doubt the standard to which all participatory journalism/new journalism works should be compared. What I love about this book is how Plimpton, an erudite Ivy League man, never lets himself be above his "teammates" on the Detroit Lions. He's clearly an outsider on their turf a...

  • Corinna
    Jun 21, 2016

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

  • Evan Rocher
    May 02, 2016

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...

    Great fun. ...

    Excellent summer reading. Maybe a bit too technical at times for people with only a cursory knowledge of football, but I particularly liked those bits because it's interesting to see what stage the game had developed to in the 60s. When they talk about the Shotgun formation JUST being ...

    Paper Lion is a throwback to the days of the NFL before the NFL-AFL merger. Plimpton takes us on a ride through training camp for an NFL player. The gimmick, of course, is that Plimpton has next to no skill at all in the game of football. This becomes evident quite early on when Plimpt...

    I got this book for my sports-nut son to read, or to have on hand when he needs a book for a school reading project. I read it to make sure it would be appropriate for him (7th grade). I feel like it was. It wasn't really my thing, but it was okay. I was struck by several things that h...

    Read this book is you want some insider info on what American football was like in the 1960's. Its got great stories, written succinctly in journalist style. George Plimpton is a lot like another author I like, A.J. Jacobs. They both undertake interesting challenges, like Jacobs' A Yea...

    Plimpton traces his own experiences in Lions training camp at the end of the franchise's golden era in the early 1960s. I remember this book on my father's shelf when I was a boy and when I asked him about it recently, he began to recite scenes from memory - clearly it made an impressi...

    I was pleasantly surprised by the detail about what it would be like to be a player for a professional football team. Plimpton doesn't try to make his skills to be more (or less) than they actually are, and (not surprising for a journalist) writes with an engaging style. Before reading...

    Plimpton's a really novel writer. The book--the story of Plimpton's stay through about half of the Lion's preseason in the early 60's--is well written. Unlike other stories like this, Plimpton is a player (nominally, he's the 3rd string QB), and it's fun to see how he interacts with th...

  • Julia Ostash (fictionalovers)
    Sep 07, 2017

    I am an asshole. No really. I'm a total jerk-and-a-half. Look, trust me. I know what I'm talking about here. I checked this book out from the Berkeley Public Library about a year ago, and then left it on the BART train during my commute home. Berkeley Public has gone ahead and billed m...

    This is the dream of every guy who thinks they could be a professional athlete, Plimpton gets to live the life of one for one preseason. As you can imagine, it is a lot of work and getting to live your dream isn?t always the way you dreamed. The best parts of the book are Plimpton?...

    Paper Lion is perhaps the first behind the scenes look at a pro football training camp. The excellent George Plimpton, first Editor in Chief of the Paris Review, wrote a series of pieces using "participatory journalism," a technique where he actually joined in the games he covered. In ...

    Everyone has heard of George Plimpton.....that is if you read the articles in the sports sections...knows that George Plimpton enjoys getting hit, thrown, punched or kicked around if it's dealing in sports he is in the middle of it. (Maybe you know George Plimpton by his daughter who p...

    This is a pretty solid look at what it was like to play pro football in the early 60s. By today's standards, it's pretty quaint. I couldn't fathom an author today naive enough to think he can jump in and play professional QB without even pee-wee experience at the position. It's enterta...

    There is a reason this book is a classic. Plimpton's writing holds up well fifty years later. I grew up in Green Bay and my family contains many rabid football fans. His stories had me rolling with laughter. From forgetting his college fight song to wanting to run pass plays from the 1...

    quest'uomo č diventato il mio eroe!! da giornalista a (quasi) QB di una squadra dell'NFL.. In pių, adesso sono preparatissima sui Lions dei primi anni '60 :) ...

    Paper Lion was a semi-sweet non-fictional novel about a writer who joins the 1963 Detroit Lions to write about what it's like to be on a football team. The story was heartfelt and very technical. full review: http://burgersandbooks.weebly.com/blo... ...