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Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation, with a Little Help from Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the 2004 Red Soxby Bill Simmons
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"The Red Sox won the World Series." To Citizen No. 1 of Red Sox Nation, those seven words meant "No more ?1918? chants. No more smug glances from Yankee fans. No more worrying about living an entire life — that?s 80 years, followed by death without seeing the Red Sox win a Series." But once he was able to type those life-changing words, Bill Simmons decided to look back at his Sports Guy columns for the last five years to find out how the miracle came to pass. And that?s where the trouble began. Why didn?t he see it coming? Why didn?t it happen sooner? What was the key deal, the lucky move, the funny bounce, the sign from above that he failed to spot? Pretty soon, The Sports Guy was second-guessing himself, rewriting history, sniping at his own past predictions, pounding the table — that?s what sports guys do, right? And doing so, he let himself get sidetracked by the suffering of the Boston Bruins, frustrated by the false promise of the Celtics — and driven into a state of ecstasy by the dynastic New England Patriots. The result is Now I Can Die in Peace, a hilarious and fresh new look at some of the best sportswriting in America, with sharp critical commentary (and fresh insights) from the guy who wrote it in the first place.
"The footnotes, cleverly arranged like sidebars, make for fascinating reading in and of themselves. Whether familiar with 'Sports Guy' or not, readers will enjoy this refreshing, funny take on Boston's reversal of fortune.'" Mary Frances Wilkens, Booklist (starred review)
"Bill Simmons is — almost without rival — the funniest sportswriter of his generation." Chuck Klosterman
"The post-modern Melville to the Red Sox' Moby Dick." The Wall Street Journal
"Destination reading for anyone who worships at the twin altars of pop culture and sports." Entertainment Weekly
ESPNUs beloved Sports Guy replays the years leading up to the Boston Red Sox historic championship season and says goodbye to a lifetime of suffering--at least for now.
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