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By Jr Roy Blount

Thirtieth Anniversary Edition

Any variety of writers may perhaps spend a complete season with an NFL group, from the 1st day of educating camp until eventually the final decide of the draft, and are available up with an attractive booklet. yet in simple terms Roy Blount Jr. might catch the ache, the enjoyment, the fears, the humor—in brief, the heart—of a championship team.

In 1973, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been great, yet neglected the bowl. Blount's portrait of a staff poised to dominate the NFL for greater than a decade recounts the gridiron accomplishments and off-the-field lives of avid gamers, coaches, other halves, enthusiasts, and vendors. About 3 Bricks Shy . . . is thought of a vintage; Sports Illustrated lately named it one of many best a hundred activities Books of All Time. This thirtieth-anniversary version contains extra chapters at the Steelers' tremendous Bowl wins, written for the 1989 paperback, in addition to a brand new creation by way of the writer.

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Some drunk Georgia Bulldogs once threatened to kill my sister Susan and peed on her date's foot at a house party, and when she complained to Coach Vince Dooley he said the boys were under a great deal of pressure. I never saw any Steelers bully any civilians, and in fact I saw some of them contain themselves when people were being pointedly obnoxious. “Lemme at them,” I remember crying one night. ” “No,” I was told. ” I just made that up. But whenever I heard of Steelers being involved in barroom brawls I did wish, irrationally, that I had been there and had pitched in by doing what I once did as a fraternity pledge raiding the Sigma Chi house in college: leapt from the top of some stairs onto a crowd that was dragging a fellow pledge up the stairs toward the shower and knocked a good dozen people all the way down the whole long flight, in a thrashing heap.

It is the place, after all, where The Night of the Living Dead was filmed and where Strom Thurmond, at a school board meeting, was pelted with marshmallows. But things don't happen too readily in Pittsburgh. ” Pittsburgh is a town with roots. In Pittsburgh I encountered four or five different single or divorced women in their middle or late twenties who still lived with their parents. One of them had lived her whole life in the same house. Walter Iooss, who made the photographs for this book and who joined me off and on during the season in loafing with the Steelers, once told me he needs to keep his “New York edge”—the quickness you need in New York to preserve yourself and to keep up with what is going on—in order to take good action pictures.

The birthplace of George S. Kaufman, Gertrude Stein and Bill Cullen was never merely a spot of smuts, and now it is not that at all. (The furnaces up the rivers from town are not as vivid anymore either, and some are inactive, but they can still be seen to glow. Molten! ) I liked the view from Mount Washington best when the buildings appeared to be held lightly by a vaguely visible atmosphere, held tenuously like a tipped-in basketball just hanging in the net or breasts suspended braless in a softly clinging sweater: the skyline rendered more palpable by seeming just-contained in the air's gauzy embrace.

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