FIELD GOAL by Curtis Bishop

FIELD GOAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The doctor was unable to get Tom Farrell (Built Like a Barrel) to lose his excess weight, the psychiatrist had given up on his anti-social attitude, but in a few months the pudgy high school junior solves all his problems through that reliable old panacea, football. When Belmot High School's new football coach announced that anyone could be considered for the varsity, even those who had been dropped from the Sophomore squad, Tom decided to start sweating off his pounds preparing for the fall tryouts. His hard work and spectacular kicking (which he does barefoot) earn him the unique position of kick-off specialist. Tom even gets to play guard as part of the Coach's Unusual three-platoon system until, unfortunately, he collapses from exhaustion in the middle of the season. The set-back is only slight, however, for Tom is still permitted to kick, his figure is human, his enthusiasm has made him a popular member of the team, and he has been able to date June Wyman, and attractive and well-liked cheerleader. This is a sympathetic if superficial handling of an adolescent's difficulties in adjustment. However, it can only be appreciated by boys who are willing to accept the premise that football can solve anything.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1964
Publisher: ippincott