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It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium: Football and the Game of Life

by John Ed Bradley

The Oracle of Opelousas

A review by Mark Warren

John Ed Bradley has written a love poem to football, to his coach (Charlie Mac), to his daddy, to the LSU Tigers, to his teammates, to the idea of being a member of a team, to grabbing your coach with one of those teammates and carrying him aloft from the field, to going to seed in the years after. His new book, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium, makes you love all of these things, too, and wonder what the hell you were doing when you could have been playing college football.

You were a pencil neck, so college ball wasn't an option, but the point is that like all absorbing writing, Bradley's book is about much more than it seems to be when you crack it open. Tiger Stadium makes you want to charge back onto a field you never played on, connect to teammates you never knew. Find some kind of collective purpose, somehow, some way. And maybe toss the ball with your father just one more time.


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