One of America's Most-Read Sports Columnists
Mike Lupica writes the nationally syndicated "Shooting from the Lip" column for the New York Daily News, where, at the age of 23, he was the youngest person ever to write a regular column for a New York City newspaper. His most recent book is QB 1, a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.
Lupica was Esquire's "Sporting Life" columnist for a decade, has written for Sports Illustrated, appears regularly on ESPN's The Sports Reporters, hosted The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN 2, and is the author of twenty books, including Mad as Hell: How Sports Got Away From the Fans and How We Get it Back.
Common Ground: The Role of Sports
Lupica bypasses the big salaries and bigger egos that dominate sports to instead discuss the role of sports in our communities and our daily lives. He highlights the selfless grace and empathy intrinsic to team sports; looks at how, in sports, as in life, monumental changes often stem from small efforts (like the Red Sox World Series run in 2004); and touches on the universal core of sports: "That moment when something happens on the field that gets into your head and heart -- and never leaves." Followed by a wildly fun Q & A, his talks are perfect for casual fan and fanatic alike.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author of TRAVEL TEAM, HEAT, and MILLION-DOLLAR THROW comes a cheer-worthy, family-friendly football novel set amid the Friday Night Lights world of Texas high school football.
Jake Cullen is a freshman quarterback playing high school football in the high-pressure land of Friday Night Lights (Texas). He is also the brother of Wyatt Cullen, who quarterbacked his team to the Texas State Championship last season--not to mention the son of former NFL quarterback and local legend, Troy Cullen. To be a Cullen in Texas is to be royalty... and a quarterback. All of which leaves 14-year-old Jake in a Texas-sized shadow, a tall order for any boy, especially one who's merely a freshman.
While his teammates assume the starting job will be handed to Jake on a silver platter, the truth is that he has to fight for every snap and every ounce of respect. Jake may be a Cullen and he may play quarterback, but he is not his brother or his father. Being a good teammate comes naturally to Jake; being a winner and a celebrity does not. He's just like every other boy--awkward around a pretty girl, in awe of his famous family, and desperate to simultaneously blend in and cast his own shadow.
Inspired by the real-life Manning family of quarterbacks (father Archie, Super Bowl-winning sons Peyton and Eli) and set amid the football-crazy culture of Texas immortalized in Friday Night Lights, QB 1 is a coming-of-age story perfect for the fan of MILLION-DOLLAR THROW, HEAT, and of course FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS.
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