Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL

Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL

From a multiple New York Times bestselling author, the rollicking, outrageous, you-can?t-make-this-up story of the USFL   The United States Football League?known fondly to millions of sports fans as the USFL?was the last football league to not merely challenge the NFL, but cause its owners and executives to collectively shudder. It spanned three seasons, 1983-85. It secure From a multiple New York Times bestselling author, the rollicking, outrageous, you-can?t-make-this-up story ...

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Title:Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL
Author:Jeff Pearlman
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Genres:Sports and Games
ISBN:0544454383
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL Reviews

  • Sean
    Nov 18, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

    A very fun read and so unbelievable because it happened. I had no idea how truly dysfunctional the USFL was... and how it could've been so much more if it had stayed the course. Some great stories about the players and owners. ...

    I have read all of Mr. Pearlman's books and this one was the best. I was a big USFL fan way back when and I loved this fascinating history of it. Kudos for the ending as well. ...

    A history of the USFL by the author of THE Walter Payton book. Did I miss something, did he cover the 1985 championship? Seems he jumped from the first season, 1983, to the last season, 1985 with bits and pieces of the '84 season thrown in. Some teams like the Blitz didn't even exist t...

  • Gerard
    Sep 30, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

  • Dave
    Feb 01, 2019

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

  • Andrew
    Mar 03, 2019

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

  • Jake
    Nov 05, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

  • Armand Rosamilia
    Feb 06, 2019

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

    A very fun read and so unbelievable because it happened. I had no idea how truly dysfunctional the USFL was... and how it could've been so much more if it had stayed the course. Some great stories about the players and owners. ...

  • Tom Gase
    Nov 29, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

  • Maine Colonial
    Sep 06, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

    A very fun read and so unbelievable because it happened. I had no idea how truly dysfunctional the USFL was... and how it could've been so much more if it had stayed the course. Some great stories about the players and owners. ...

    I have read all of Mr. Pearlman's books and this one was the best. I was a big USFL fan way back when and I loved this fascinating history of it. Kudos for the ending as well. ...

    A history of the USFL by the author of THE Walter Payton book. Did I miss something, did he cover the 1985 championship? Seems he jumped from the first season, 1983, to the last season, 1985 with bits and pieces of the '84 season thrown in. Some teams like the Blitz didn't even exist t...

    If you thought Rams/Chiefs on Monday Night Football was insane, exciting and loads of holy-shit snacks, then you?ll find that and much more in #FootballForABuck about the #USFL... Jeff, thank you for this as it twisted and turned like a murder mystery only to incredibly climax!! ...

    Fantastic story, tempered only by the sobering reality that the lunatic narcissist who destroyed the USFL in the name of personal gain is doing the same thing to the USA 35 years later. ...

    One of the funniest and most well-researched books I?ve read this year. Pearlman?s special brand of sarcasm, combined with his meticulous research and clear love of the defunct football league, combine for a terrific ode to the USFL. Even if you know next to nothing about this foot...

    A great read about the rise and fall of the USFL. There is a ton of content to cover and Jeff Pearlman does a wonderful job of covering it all. He masterfully weaves together the games, the players, the management and mismanagement of the teams, the buffoonery and bullheadedness of Don...

    The USFL started as a spring league. A bunch of rich guys were able to buy teams and pretty much went crazy scrambling to form teams. Some players, like Herschel Walker (who was enticed to leave college a year early), were paid millions, while others received a less than $50K. Players ...

  • Danny Knobler
    Oct 25, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

  • Daniel
    Nov 21, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

    A very fun read and so unbelievable because it happened. I had no idea how truly dysfunctional the USFL was... and how it could've been so much more if it had stayed the course. Some great stories about the players and owners. ...

    I have read all of Mr. Pearlman's books and this one was the best. I was a big USFL fan way back when and I loved this fascinating history of it. Kudos for the ending as well. ...

    A history of the USFL by the author of THE Walter Payton book. Did I miss something, did he cover the 1985 championship? Seems he jumped from the first season, 1983, to the last season, 1985 with bits and pieces of the '84 season thrown in. Some teams like the Blitz didn't even exist t...

    If you thought Rams/Chiefs on Monday Night Football was insane, exciting and loads of holy-shit snacks, then you?ll find that and much more in #FootballForABuck about the #USFL... Jeff, thank you for this as it twisted and turned like a murder mystery only to incredibly climax!! ...

  • victor harris
    Oct 18, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

  • Allen Adams
    Sep 21, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

  • Lance
    Aug 25, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

  • Mike Ely
    Nov 15, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

    A very fun read and so unbelievable because it happened. I had no idea how truly dysfunctional the USFL was... and how it could've been so much more if it had stayed the course. Some great stories about the players and owners. ...

    I have read all of Mr. Pearlman's books and this one was the best. I was a big USFL fan way back when and I loved this fascinating history of it. Kudos for the ending as well. ...

    A history of the USFL by the author of THE Walter Payton book. Did I miss something, did he cover the 1985 championship? Seems he jumped from the first season, 1983, to the last season, 1985 with bits and pieces of the '84 season thrown in. Some teams like the Blitz didn't even exist t...

    If you thought Rams/Chiefs on Monday Night Football was insane, exciting and loads of holy-shit snacks, then you?ll find that and much more in #FootballForABuck about the #USFL... Jeff, thank you for this as it twisted and turned like a murder mystery only to incredibly climax!! ...

    Fantastic story, tempered only by the sobering reality that the lunatic narcissist who destroyed the USFL in the name of personal gain is doing the same thing to the USA 35 years later. ...

    One of the funniest and most well-researched books I?ve read this year. Pearlman?s special brand of sarcasm, combined with his meticulous research and clear love of the defunct football league, combine for a terrific ode to the USFL. Even if you know next to nothing about this foot...

    A great read about the rise and fall of the USFL. There is a ton of content to cover and Jeff Pearlman does a wonderful job of covering it all. He masterfully weaves together the games, the players, the management and mismanagement of the teams, the buffoonery and bullheadedness of Don...

  • Mark
    Jul 29, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

  • Brendan Crowley
    Aug 04, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

  • Chris Jaffe
    Sep 19, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

  • Ian Allan
    Dec 01, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

  • Zach Merrill
    Dec 01, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

  • Steve Rabideau
    Nov 10, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

  • Glen
    Feb 27, 2019

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

  • Scott S.
    Nov 29, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

  • Gaius Crassus
    Jan 19, 2019

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

    A very fun read and so unbelievable because it happened. I had no idea how truly dysfunctional the USFL was... and how it could've been so much more if it had stayed the course. Some great stories about the players and owners. ...

    I have read all of Mr. Pearlman's books and this one was the best. I was a big USFL fan way back when and I loved this fascinating history of it. Kudos for the ending as well. ...

  • Scott Tappa
    Nov 22, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

    A very fun read and so unbelievable because it happened. I had no idea how truly dysfunctional the USFL was... and how it could've been so much more if it had stayed the course. Some great stories about the players and owners. ...

    I have read all of Mr. Pearlman's books and this one was the best. I was a big USFL fan way back when and I loved this fascinating history of it. Kudos for the ending as well. ...

    A history of the USFL by the author of THE Walter Payton book. Did I miss something, did he cover the 1985 championship? Seems he jumped from the first season, 1983, to the last season, 1985 with bits and pieces of the '84 season thrown in. Some teams like the Blitz didn't even exist t...

    If you thought Rams/Chiefs on Monday Night Football was insane, exciting and loads of holy-shit snacks, then you?ll find that and much more in #FootballForABuck about the #USFL... Jeff, thank you for this as it twisted and turned like a murder mystery only to incredibly climax!! ...

    Fantastic story, tempered only by the sobering reality that the lunatic narcissist who destroyed the USFL in the name of personal gain is doing the same thing to the USA 35 years later. ...

  • Pat Murphy
    Apr 16, 2019

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

  • Ramiro Guerra
    Nov 26, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

  • Zach
    Feb 01, 2019

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

  • Rob Rains
    Nov 18, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

    This is a thoroughly enjoyable account of a crazy league from the perspective of a lifelong fan who became a sportswriter. Pearlman did a deep dive into a league that only existed for three seasons, and the result is a book that is never boring and consistently entertaining and illumin...

    A book telling the tale of the old USFL football league back in the eighties. I found the subject matter a little less than riveting, but interesting enough. I think the story was well researched. There are all kinds of wild tales in there. I didn't pay attention to the USFL much when ...

    Previously I have read books Pearlman wrote about Walter Payton, Brett Favre and the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. Those books are all outstanding. But I like this one a little more. The quality isn't any better -- it's the same research and presentation -- but I like the subject a littl...

    This was a VERY FUN read. As a long time sports fan, I've come to enjoy the work of Jeff Pearlman. Initially the subject of the story (the USFL) didn't draw me to this book; it was the writer. This is my 3rd time reading his work and I look forward to digging into his other titles....

    From two franchises being traded for one another, rigged drafts, outrageuos marketing schemes to players doing cannonball runs to the bank across town just to be the first in line to cash their check because anyone after that wasnt guaranteed to clear, the outrageous stories of the usf...

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/f... In many ways, the NFL is one of the last vestiges of American monoculture. In a world where the zeitgeist moves exponentially faster and more unpredictably with each year that passes, there are few entities that are as familiar, as entrenched...

    A very fun read and so unbelievable because it happened. I had no idea how truly dysfunctional the USFL was... and how it could've been so much more if it had stayed the course. Some great stories about the players and owners. ...

    I have read all of Mr. Pearlman's books and this one was the best. I was a big USFL fan way back when and I loved this fascinating history of it. Kudos for the ending as well. ...

    A history of the USFL by the author of THE Walter Payton book. Did I miss something, did he cover the 1985 championship? Seems he jumped from the first season, 1983, to the last season, 1985 with bits and pieces of the '84 season thrown in. Some teams like the Blitz didn't even exist t...

    If you thought Rams/Chiefs on Monday Night Football was insane, exciting and loads of holy-shit snacks, then you?ll find that and much more in #FootballForABuck about the #USFL... Jeff, thank you for this as it twisted and turned like a murder mystery only to incredibly climax!! ...

    Fantastic story, tempered only by the sobering reality that the lunatic narcissist who destroyed the USFL in the name of personal gain is doing the same thing to the USA 35 years later. ...

    One of the funniest and most well-researched books I?ve read this year. Pearlman?s special brand of sarcasm, combined with his meticulous research and clear love of the defunct football league, combine for a terrific ode to the USFL. Even if you know next to nothing about this foot...

  • Frank Paul
    Dec 31, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...

    I really liked this book. I am old enough to remember the USFL but I really didn?t know all the background and history of the Leauge. This book told the story of the USFL through anecdotes and stories from the players, coaches, owners and fans. Some of the stories involving the boozi...

    I saw Jeff Pearlman speak on this, his new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble. He was concerned that nobody would read it. Pearlman has written books on such exciting sports subjects as Roger Clemens, the 90s Dallas Cowboys, and the 1980s Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. And yet, it was thi...

    Every time I watch Rocky IV I secretly wish somehow they've changed the movie and Apollo Creed doesn't die. That's how I felt reading Jeff Pearlman's fantastic new book "Football For A Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL". I knew the fate of the league going into the bo...

    I loved this book because the reporting is once again exceptional, the writing very good and the stories are, well insane. I didn't know too much about the USFL, a spring football league from 1983-1985, but a ton of future NFL stars played in this league such as Reggie White, Hershel W...

    Fun book Jeff Pearlman tells us right up front how much he loved doing this book, but he didn?t need to spell it out. His passion for the stories and the people (except for one notorious owner) and the USFL in general jump off every page. I wasn?t a big USFL fan, but Jeff?s st...

    This is a great book...I remember the USFL and this book not only brings back the memories but adds some great stories. This book is filled with funny stories, unforgettable teams and players, and greedy owners. Makes you wonder what the USFL could have been. Great book and highly reco...

    Deep in the third "act" of Football for a Buck, Jeff Pearlman's rollicking history of the United States Football League, there is a quote that comes from Bobby Hebert, star quarterback for the Michigan Panthers and Oakland Invaders, that sums up the feeling of the league's untimely, un...

    This book is a wonderful mix of bathos and nostalgia. I did not watch a lot of USFL games, but the names and logos and uniforms excited my young mind. It was fun to witness the birth of a new league. I was a parochial New Yorker who couldn't bring himself to root for a team from New Je...

  • Randell Green 🇬🇧
    Dec 03, 2018

    "[The NFL] called us 'a farm league.' We were no farm league. We were talent." -- Michigan Panthers / Oakland Invaders quarterback Bobby Hebert, a.k.a. the 'Cajun Cannon' Reading Pearlman's Football for a Buck was a hilarious, profane and detailed retelling of the three-season wonde...

    For a brief stretch in the 1980?s, there were two professional football leagues in the United States. There was the well-established National Football League (NFL), which by then was staking its claim to being the most popular league of the most popular sport in the country. But for ...

    I'lll admit a bias upfront: I have great fondness for the "other leagues, the upstart leagues - the AFL, ABA, WHA, WFL, USFL" So, I was poised to like this book before I started reading it as long as it delivered a story about the people involved in the league and not a recitation abou...

    Very entertaining. Great collection of humorous anecdotes that can be found on almost every page. Although the USFL lasted only three years and was given to franchise shuffling and attracting owners of dubious competence, it did make a mark on football. A number of players who would la...

    I was a pretty big fan of the USFL back in the day. I think I might still have some Oakland Invaders paraphernalia somewhere. There's some interesting facts contained in the book. The narrative of a plucky, unlucky league trying to compete with the goliath NFL soon collapses into an...

    Hey - I remember the USFL! Man, the Chicago Blitz were good that first year! Pearlman look at the rise & fall of the failed league, and the result is a very interesting, highly readable, and extremely entertaining book. It's interesting, because from my hazy childhood memory,...

    I?m a huge fan of Jeff Pearlman?s books so was delighted to get an advance review copy of Football for a Buck which is due to be published this September. It tells the story of the short-lived United States Football League, an upstart rival American Football league set up to try an...

    Very solid. Nothing but ?what if? thoughts. Recommend for any NFL fan. ? ...