By Stefan Fatsis
In Word Freak, Stefan Fatsis invaded the insular international of aggressive Scrabble gamers, finally reaching an expert-level rating. Now, in his new booklet, he infiltrates a strikingly varied subculture-pro soccer. After greater than a 12 months of practise, Fatsis molded his fortyish physique into person who may well stand up-barely-to the trials of NFL education. And for 3 months he grew to become a placekicker for the Denver Broncos. taking advantage of exceptional entry to an NFL crew and its gamers, and drawing on his personal own adventure, Fatsis with wry candor and hard-won empathy unveils the brain of the trendy professional athlete and the workings of a storied activities franchise as no author has earlier than.
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With his pants halfway around his bottom, he hopped around telling us that these were the same pants he had worn on the airplane two months ago! Unable to button his shirts, he sucked in his gut and tried not to exhale. My father tried to help him with the various buttons, zippers, and snaps, which refused to button, zip, or snap. It was no use. My uncle had come to America to forget his marital problems. In a way, he had succeeded. Now he had his weight to worry about. Starting that day, my uncle decided to lose weight.
The synthetic material used to stuff my sleeping bag would have been much better utilized in some other place, like freeway dividers, but for now I was stuck with the King Kong of all sleeping bags and nothing to put it in. Finally, my father, with his “mind of an engineer,” came up with a brilliant solution: a Hefty trash bag. A few months later, my father and I drove to the bus stop together. Like any other child going to overnight camp for the first time, I immediately regretted my decision.
I figured that someday, somebody would. But almost every person who asked us a question asked with kindness. Questions were often followed by suggestions of places to visit in California. At school, the same children who inquired about camels also shared their food with me. “I bet you’ve never tried an Oreo! ” Kids invited me to their houses to show me what their rooms looked like. On Halloween, one family brought over a costume, knowing that I would surely be the only kid in the Halloween parade without one.