Game-Day Goddess

Learning Football's Lingo

Non-Fiction - Sports
84 Pages
Reviewed on 02/05/2012
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Author Biography

Suzy Beamer Bohnert played sports during her youth, participating in leagues, playing in gyms, and gathering the neighborhood kids to join in pickup games until the streetlights were too dim to light the sporting site.

She launched her writing career as a newspaper sports editor. During that job, Suzy interviewed numerous coaches, athletes, and fans about sports, putting complicated games into simple words. Her books include Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo; Game-Day Goddess: Learning Basketball's Lingo; Game-Day Goddess: Learning Football's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo; Game-Day Youth: Learning Football's Lingo; and the fiction children's book, Binkie Learns to Fly.

An author of many acclaimed books for readers, her award-winners include Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo, a Mom's Choice Award-winner for "Most Outstanding Nonfiction Children's Book"; Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo, named Best Books for Teen Boys by the New Hampshire Library Media Association; and the Game-Day Goddess Sports Series, 3-Volume Set, selected as Best Books for College Students by StudentAdvisor.com, a Washington Post Co. Game-Day Goddess: Learning Baseball's Lingo, Game-Day Youth: Learning Basketball's Lingo, and Game-Day Youth: Learning Baseball's Lingo were winners of the Readers' Favorite Five-Star Award.

The recipient of sixteen national awards for writing excellence, including the Hermes Creative, Ragan Communications, and MarCom Awards, she lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband, Randall, and son and daughter, where she helps coach her kids' basketball, softball, and soccer teams.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephen Brayton for Readers' Favorite

From A to Z, author Suzy Bohnert defines the basic and not so basic terms of both college and professional football. Many accompanying definitions are cute alternate definitions people may associate with the term. Aimed primarily at women, this book helps to familiarize them with football in the hope that they can enjoy the game along with their husbands or boyfriends. Terms defined include ‘angle block’, ‘corner blitz’, ‘field judge’, ‘pocket’, and ‘eligible receiver’. Humorous alternate definitions, denoted within parentheses, include: formation — (Happens to leftovers in Tupperware); free ball — (Charity athletic event); option — (Should your mate buy you the mink or the tennis bracelet?); and stopping the clock — (Method to prevent aging).

This is a fun little book to read. Most of the humor is from a feminine point of view focused on areas such as dating: pass protection — (Having a friend with you to potentially deflect an unwanted pass from a man you don’t know); marriage and family life: drive — (All your kids want you to do these days—school, soccer, friend’s house); or food: duck or duck ball or dying quail — (A main course). Since this book is written with women in mind, males get the short end of the stick in the humorous definitions, but not offensively so. I, as a male and football fan, also enjoyed the book because some of the terms are rarely, if ever, used anymore, and there were a few I had never heard. Many terms have various other phrases with the same meaning and Bohnert defines each of these when she could just as easily have referred to the original term. I would have liked to see more of the humorous definitions, but on the whole, a fine book to keep around just in case a game comes on the television and somebody says something about which you are not quite sure.