Fighting Chance: An NFL Season with the Seattle Seahawks

Fred Moody, Author Sasquatch Books $12.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-912365-22-0
Hardcore football fans will enjoy this game-by-game, play-by-play commentary on the Seattle Seahawks' first division-winning season, in 1988, by a writer for the Seattle Weekly . These recapitulations are interspersed with musings on head coach Chuck Knox, conversations with players' wives, speculations about the American at traction to the pigskin and superstitious homages to the nature of chance (analyzing a series of reversals, Moody posits that football ``is a game in which men try to control a misshapen ball's irrational, unpredictable bounce by means of a rational, systematic plan of attack. Perhaps Knox had offended the game's gods by arrogantly insisting on the supremacy of reason, and was now being punished''). Moody is more convincing when he focuses on the gridiron, locker rooms or press conferences--his beat. His descriptions are saturated with details and statistics, and his behind-the-scenes reportage carefully observes the interactions of owners, coaches, athletes, fans and the press. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1989
Release date: 01/01/1989
Genre: Nonfiction
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