ABOUT THREE BRICKS SHY OF A LOAD: A Highly Irregular Lowdown on the Year the Pittsburgh Steelers Were Super but Missed the Bowl by

ABOUT THREE BRICKS SHY OF A LOAD: A Highly Irregular Lowdown on the Year the Pittsburgh Steelers Were Super but Missed the Bowl

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sports Illustrated staff writer Blount spent the '73 season ""loafing"" with (hanging around) the Pittsburgh Steelers, their ""relatively open and relaxed"" organization and their volatile fans. The rapport he develops with the players (the title implies that they're a crazy bunch of dudes) serves to make this a funky, involved, highly colorful team portrait. With neither game-by-game recapitulations nor tediously technical footballese -- there's more empathizing than analyzing -- Blount captures the spirit of a Mad Dog White or a Mean Joe Greene as well as that of the patriarchal Rooney family -- the benevolent burghers who own the team. Observant -- and hell-bent like a scrambling quarterback.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1974