Playing For Pizza, Paperback book

Playing For Pizza[Paperback]

by John Grisham

3.30 out of 5 (61 ratings)

Publication Date:
26 May 2011 
Modern & Contemporary 


With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick Dockery provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughing stock and, of course, was immediately dropped by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, finds a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback - for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy. Rick reluctantly agrees to play for them - at least until a better offer comes along - and heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma (not even where it is), has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian. The land of opera, fine wines, extremely small cars, romance and football americano certainly holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery.

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  • The last John Grisham book I read was The Firm. That was when it had just come out.This is a marvelous little way to spend sometime before gameday. Perhaps the premise is a little far fetched. (Can the third QB get into that much trouble at a championship game?) But once our protagonist moves on and gets to Italy, we get a little of that Tom Selleck, Mr. Baseball thing going. It moves quickly and resolves well.Ultimately it is a story of finding a way to marry what we love with reality and not superstar expectations that can never be true.I would recommend it not only to my friends who like football, but also to those who just like a good story.

    5.00 out of 5


  • What a fun and wonderful book and the reader really brought the book to life.Rick Dockery has now become the laughing stock of the NFL, loved by the Denver fans and hated by the Cleveland fans, and sought after by a cheerleader's lawyers, Rick's agent Arnie decides that Rick needs a change of scenery.So Rick heads to Parma Italy, home of the Parma Panthers a Italian NFL team trying to make it big in a country that loves it's soccer. It's less money and no glory, but Rick needs to get away.Enter the American coach, Sam and Rick's two American teammates and all the Italian players. What you get then is a look at Italian life and what drives the players in Italy. Add in a love interest later and you have the makings for a book that catches your attention and you don't want it to end.This was a great book and the characters were well-developed. Watching Rick change and meeting the Italians made this book. Very character driven and you find yourself rooting for the Parma Panthers through the book.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Apparently this is a reread but I didn't remember it. Its a fun tale about a former NFL quarterback who never made it big in the NFL paying American style football in Italy. A fun easy read with few lawyers involved.

    5.00 out of 5


  • "Under the Tuscan Sun" (movie version) meets "Bull Durham". Obviously written with the movie rights in mind, yet strangely refreshing, light, and nice to read. Will it be a 21st century classic in 50 years. Well, no. But does it entertain today? Yes. It's a masterpiece of writing for what it is intended to be. And let's give credit for that. Much like a Tom Clancy novel, it does not pretend to be serious. Like it's title, it's pizza and beer for Monday Night Football.

    5.00 out of 5


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