Playing Piano in a Brothel: A Sports Journalist's Odyssey

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-09-16
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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As he did in his acclaimed '77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age and his earlier nonfiction works, Terry Frei combines reporting, historical research, memoir, and opinion, discussing his varied experiences and the diverse characters-including John and Jack Elway, plus 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith-he has encountered in covering Colorado, national, and international sports since he was a green sportswriter in the era of '77. Those diverse figures include Olympic heroes, Hall of Famers, world boxing champions, and other marquee athletes. He also displays his knack for narrative and inquisitive journalism, introducing readers to intriguing figures and taking them behind the scenes of some very high-profile events and settings. All this follows a blunt and unsparing assessment of the modern newspaper and sports journalism.

Table of Contents

Playing Piano in a Brothel
A Pair of Twosp. 3
We're Supposed to Be Better Than Thatp. 21
Predominantly Orange
The Elway Effectp. 31
Haven Moses: A Man of Couragep. 47
"O" Linemen: Breaking the Silencep. 53
Colorado Characters
Chopper, the Big Stiff, and the Nuggetsp. 69
Jack Dempsey and Damon Runyonp. 83
Dave Logan: A Man for All Seasonsp. 93
Fourth Down and a War to Gop. 99
Frank Shorter: Forty-eight Seconds before the Roarp. 125
Earthquake!p. 133
The Honeymooners Meet the Boys of Summerp. 143
Baseball in the Bushesp. 147
Dancing Hall of Famers
Jerry Rice: Mississippi Yearningp. 169
Emmitt Smith and Thurman Thomas: Hall of Fame Friendshipp. 177
Michael Irvin: Getting Openp. 183
College Football
"There Is a Place Called Nebraska...."p. 191
The Team You Love...or Love to Hate: Notre Damep. 203
First-Year Coach Case Study: Nick Sabanp. 213
Rocky...Really Rocky...Hockeyp. 227
Avalanche Glory Days: Sakic, Forsberg, Roy, and the Stanley Cupp. 245
Chris Drury and Steve Moorep. 261
Muhammad Ali and the Heavyweightsp. 281
Leonard vs. Hearns vs. Haglerp. 291
Olympic Flames
San Marino, My San Marinop. 303
An Opening Strollp. 307
A French Village and a Pin Traderp. 311
The Dream Team and the Marathon Routep. 317
Indexp. 323
About the Authorp. 335
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