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Bump and run
Lupica, Mike.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2000]

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311 pages ; 24 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.3 15.0 153584.
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As the go-to guy in Las Vegas, Jack Molloy thought he knew it all, but that was before he inherited half of the New York Hawks and found out that, next to the denizens of the country of Football, he was just a babe in the woods. Over the course of a single season, Molloy will get a crash course in steroids, gambling, crooked quarterbacks, idiot sportswriters, control-freak coaches, and philandering announcers. He will end up with his brother and sister co-owners-"the demon-seed twins"-along with his coach, the commissioner, and most of his fellow owners, out to get him. He will discover just how far every mogul in America who doesn't have his own football team will go to get one. And he just might wind up falling in love with Kate, the smart, funny, tough woman who also happens to be his team president. How Molloy prevails (or doesn't) against this sea of adversity is something only a writer like Mike Lupica would dare to dream up, but if you've ever wondered what you would do if you owned a football team ...well, Lupica's your guy. This is a delight from beginning to end: like Kate, smart, funny, and tough.

Author Notes

Michael Lupica (born on May 11, 1952 in Oneida, New York) is an American newspaper columnist. At the age of 23, Lupica began his newspaper career covering the New York Knicks for the New York Post. In 1977, he became the youngest columnist ever at a New York newspaper when he started working for the New York Daily News. He has also written for numerous magazines during his career including Golf Digest, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, ESPN: The Magazine, Men's Journal and Parade. In 2003, he received the Jim Murray Award from the National Football Foundation. He has been a television anchor for ESPN's The Sports Reporters and hosted his own program The Mike Lupica Show on ESPN2.

Lupica has written both fiction and non-fiction books. His novels include Dead Air; Limited Partner; Jump; Full Court Press; Red Zone; Too Far; Wild Pitch; and Bump and Run. He also writes the Mike Lupica's Comeback Kids series. He co-wrote autobiographies with Reggie Jackson and Bill Parcells and collaborated with William Goldman on Wait Till Next Year. His other non-fiction works include The Summer of '98; Mad as Hell: How Sports Got Away from the Fans and How We Get It Back; and Shooting from the Lip.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

"Jammer" Jack Molloy is the black-sheep son of a filthy-rich East Coast family. He's made his own way in the world as a high-rolling concierge at a premier Las Vegas resort. Then the elder Molloy dies, leaving Jammer controlling interest in the NFL's New York Hawks. Jammer refuses to sell the team, despite his siblings' objections and despite the opposition of the league's ownership committee. There's also the problem of Bubba Royals, Jammer's former college teammate and current Hawks quarterback, whose propensity for women and gambling make him a target for the fixers. Lupica, a nationally syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News and a regular on ESPN's Sports Reporters, certainly won't be invited to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue's next brunch. The only group Lupica portrays as more self-serving than the players are the owners, followed by the coaches and the media. Then there's the issue of the game's integrity, as personified by the priapic Bubba. This is a comic novel in the vein of Dan Jenkins' Semi-Tough (1972), and, like Jenkins, Lupica relies heavily on odd names for laughs. Jammer, A.T.M., and Ferret are just a few of the nom de ha-ha's among the cast of characters. The names wear thin, but Lupica does a fine job of getting fresh laughs from a classic premise--the streetwise kid beating a bunch of snotty rich guys at their own game. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

High-profile sportswriter Lupica goes for the gold with this quip-fueled romp through the private offices, secret clubs and luxury boxes of the NFL. Jack "the Jammer" Molloy's lifeDas a Las Vegas casino's "go-to guy"Dis interrupted when his father suffers a fatal heart attack and stuns the sports world, to say nothing of Jack's evil twin siblings, by leaving the New York Hawks to his ne'er-do-well elder son. The NFL team is a potential contender, and in spite of the objections of nearly everyone, including Liz Bolton, the Hawks' president, Jack takes the team's helm with the understanding that the world of big-time sports is no different from high-rolling Vegas; it all revolves around money, sex, image and leverage. As the team marches its uneven way toward the Super Bowl, Jack maintains control by applying "Vegas ways"Dblackmail, physical threats, bribery and sexual coercionDto whatever problems arise. Although he possesses the moral compass of a drunken frat jock, Jack is an endearing hero whose first-person narrative is crisp and idiomatically trendy. The brutal revelations about what goes on behind the game are hilarious but slightly disturbing, for the reader senses that beneath the satire and broadly drawn characters there is something more than a thin layer of truth, that somehow there is no hyperbole here. Reminiscent of Peter Gent's North Dallas Forty and Dan Jenkins's Semi-Tough, this is a deliciously wicked tale of contemporary professional sports and the people who, for better or worse, run the game. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Lupica, a well-known sports reporter, TV analyst, and author (Parcells), knows the economics and politics of owning a National Football League (NFL) franchise. His story focuses on Jack Malloy, the black-sheep son who inherits and manages a New York football team despite the opposition of his family, his coach, the press, and other NFL owners, who could force him to sell the team, rings with authenticity. If anything, Lupica's barrage of in-jokes about and potshots at football personalities makes the narrative choppy and occasionally incoherent. Nonetheless, Jack emerges as a likable, talented manager who is able to fire his coach, refuse to renegotiate an essential player's contract, and still forge a Super Bowl team. The book will get major publicity, so you'll want to buy this for your football fans. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/00.]ÄMarylaine Block, "Librarian Without Walls," Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.