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“Collision Low Crossers” takes its title from the game’s esoteric terminology, which Dawidoff came to know well. The Jets use the phrase to. Collision Low Crossers has ratings and reviews. victor said: An excellent in depth look at the behind-the-scenes operations of the New York Jets. This essay is excerpted from Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, by Nicholas Dawidoff, published by.

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‘Collision Low Crossers’ by Nicholas Dawidoff – The Boston Globe

The Jets rejoice when Houston takes J. Sep 20, M. I am also not a NYJets fan, but I found it easy to be pulled into the personalities and tens I enjoyed this book because it was such a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see behind the scenes of an NFL team from draft to post-season.

I especially loved the quotes that followed every chapter title, quotes that seemingly have little to do with the game of football, but then everything to do with it: I assumed that defense and offense takes a lot of planning and is tough.

If we tried to do that to prison inmates, I suspect the U. The defense which was one of the most dominant in the National Football league grew to resent the offense and this bled over into the locker room and at times the playing field. So this book definitely gave me more of an appreciation about the coaching and preparation.

Or you can do it the right way and realize that the embedded season is less about the team and the games and more about what it can say about the state of sports and society in that time period yes I know that’s cliche, but let me explain. These qualities come together in Collision Low Crossers to provide a real understanding of the violence, intimacy, and job insecurity each person associated with an NFL football team experiences.


Seeing all the behind the scenes work that goes into an NFL team before the players hit the field truly is amazing. Divorce rates are high. It’s free and yours to keep. I am also not a NYJets fan, but I found it easy to be pulled into the personalities and tensions of their season, fan or not. Hardcoverpages. Overall rating No ratings yet 0.

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He was also, obviously, an extremely talented writer. The book ostensibly sets out to provide what is essentially an “embedded” reporter type approach to a full season in the NFL, actually a full year since it includes the draft, pre-season etc.

Mar 04, Scott Sykes rated it really liked it. Jan 27, Eric S. Most important, I have been watching football with new eyes since reading the book. As Dawidoff’s year with the Jets develops, so does the reader’s empathy with the team, and, for me at least, a much greater appreciation of the athletic skills and human vulnerability of these uniquely gifted men.

Ryan, and his top assistant Mike Pettine later to become Buffalo’s defensive coordinator, and now Cleveland’s head coach are great characters; stereotypes at first glance who show themselves to reveal themselves to be complex and emotionally nuanced individuals.

Even my husband learned a lot about how the wheels spun from an inside look. My experience with them is that they provide lots of choices and their descriptions are always accurate. He was in their war room at the draft, he was in the film rooms all year with the coaches, and he was at all of their team meetings. If I could summarize the main insight of the book in one sentence it would be ‘coaching nfl football takes long long hours and endless meetings and is incredibly tedious most of the time’.

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Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football

I am not a fan of the New York Jets — the team with whom Dawidoff spends his turbulent year — but I became interested in this book after my hometown Buffalo Bills hired Rex Ryan, the Jets’ head coach inas their own head coach earlier this year. You can cgossers the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

Collisipn facility with description and dialogue makes his books believable and readable. As a 49er fan, I have very little use for any team on the east coast, yet Dawidoff’s ruminations on defeat were universal, and, I must admit, comforting in the face of the last three season-ending gut-wrenchers for my team.

That’s nice for him, I guess, but it’s of very little interest to me as a reader. I certainly didn’t want to read another negative book on the Jets, but SPOILER ALERT, in case you don’t follow football the croasers ends in one of the most spectacular flameouts imaginable, where a wide receiver gets tossed out of the huddle for being too much of a dick to his teammates. What sets Halberstram’s book apart is he uses a year spent with the Portland Trailblazers to talk about the massive upheavals going on in the NBA at that time–how rookies would come in and make more in a year than their veteran teammates did in a career.

For what it’s worth, that’s not an uncommon flaw in these books. Be the first to ask a question about Collision Low Crossers.

By spending a year with the New York Jets, Croswers Dawidoff entered a mysterious and private world with its own rituals and language. Refresh and try again.