Offsides!: Fred Wyant's Provocative Look Inside the National Football League

Offsides!: Fred Wyant's Provocative Look Inside the National Football League

by Rene A. Henry

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Should owners and coaches allow players who perform on the field to abuse women, drugs and alcohol off the field?

Where are the role models in professional football today?

Why do officials miss calls? What calls do they miss most? Is instant replay the answer?

Are the TV announcers always right?

Why should the public pay to build stadiums for profit-minded owners?

Are the NFL officials as experienced as they should be?

Fred Wyant, who spent 19 of his 27 years as an official in the National Football League as a referee, answers these and other questions in Offsides!

Author Rene A. Henry interviewed Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Sam Huff, Lou Holtz, Peter Ueberroth, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, the late Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, Marv Levy, Kellen Winslow, owners Michael Brown and Dan Rooney and referees Jim Tunney and Red Cashion, and many other players, coaches and officials. Their comments reinforce what Wyant has to say.

Wyant also was the only referee in the NFL to also play quarterback in the league.

The cover photograph of Vince Lombardi screaming at Wyant was taken by Wally McNamee and was picked as the "Best of the Year" by the White House News Press Photographers Association.

The book is filled with humorous anecdotes and also details the responsibility of each of the seven officials and how each member of the crew is challenged with more than 1,500 decisions in a game.

It also is G-rated with no profanity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465323743
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 07/06/2001
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword by the Author

Chapter I - Outside the System

Chapter II - The Team

Chapter III - Mistakes Do Happen

Chapter IV - The Influence of Television

Chapter V - The Not-So-Instant Replay

Chapter VI - Under Fire - My First Years

Chapter VII - Critics of the Game

Chapter VIII - Violence and Sports - It's A Cruel World Out There

Chapter IX - Drugs, Alcohol, Sexual Abuse and Sports Don't Mix

Chapter X - Thank God for Coca-Cola

Chapter XI - Where Do We Go From Here?

Appendix A - Biography of Fred Wyant

Appendix B - Wyant - Famous Poet for 1996

Appendix C - Biography of Rene A. Henry

About Fred Wyant

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