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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.