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Hi, thanks for visiting the Web site for my book Understanding American Football. (The subtitle wasn't my idea; I don't know if it's the "simplest, clearest and most detailed guide for spectators," but I've tried to make it as close to that as I could.) This is the book that Alex Trebek talked to me about when I was on Jeopardy!; to view our conversation, click here.

I've written the book primarily for people from outside North America and/or those whose native language is not English, but I believe anybody who wants to learn more about the game of football can benefit from it. My book is not just about the rules of the game itself; I also discuss the organization of football, including the business of professional football and the impact of the sport on American culture. The 302-page book includes a glossary of nearly 500 terms related to American football and sports.



Below are the contents of my book; click on the blue bars to see an outline of each chapter:


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: What's Needed to Play Football
Chapter 3: How Football is Played
Chapter 4: The Organization of Football
Chapter 5: Other Kinds of Football



Where can you get a copy of my book? Glad you asked! My book is currently available through 61 Internet bookstores including the U.S.-based,, Borders.comicon, A1 Books, Books Now, How-To-Do-It Book Shop,,, Books-A-Million and, the Canadian and !, the French, the Dutch Davista, the German and the U.K.-based, The Book Place,, Internet Bookshop,, Alphabetstreet Books UK and WHSmith Online. To see the complete list of Web bookstores that carry my book, click here.



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Thanks again for your interest in my book! If you have any comments or questions, you can contact me by e-mail. If you've got RealPlayer G2, you can view a television interview with me that was broadcast on the Empire Sports Network; click here to see the interview (you can also hear the audio portion of the interview as a .wav file by clicking here or if you've got RealAudio you can click here).

Also, thanks for the article, Syracuse New Times, the mention, Syracuse University Magazine, and the feature story, Syracuse Post-Standard!

And click here to see a nice e-mail message I received from a reader of my book.


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