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Red zone
Lupica, Mike.
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New York : Putnam, [2003]

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340 pages ; 24 cm
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.1 17.0 153458.
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In Bump and Run, Jack Molloy, known as the "Jammer," in-herited half of the legendary New York Hawks from his father, and through many bawdy, outrageous, twisting and twisted tribulations, maneuvered them to a Super Bowl cham-pionship. Molloy thinks he's a pretty smart guy. But sometimes smart guys outsmart themselves. Molloy is taking a break abroad, letting his people manage things back home, when his siblings, "the devil twins," call to tell him they've sold their half to legendary businessman Big Dick Miles. When Molloy refuses to sell, too, Miles sweetens the pot: He'll buy half of Jack's half, Molloy can keep his hand in, everybody walks away happy. Partners . . . Oh, boy. It doesn't take a month for Dick Miles to make George Steinbrenner look like Little Mary Sunshine and for Jack to realize just how big a mistake he's made. Flying back just in time to catch his departing general manager, he says, "I'm here to save Private Ryan." "I saw that movie," the GM says. "Most of them died in the end." And it looks like the same fate, metaphorically speaking, awaits Mr. Jack Molloy-the Jammer jammed good and proper. It is only when he enlists the help of old friends and new allies, taking one last stand, nose to nose, betting it all on one last play in the red zone . . . that things really begin to get interesting.  Red Zone is Lupica's funniest, smartest, most surprising novel yet.

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.

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Booklist Review

Jack Molloy earned the name "The Jammer" from his days as a Vegas concierge, providing the wealthy with special treats as long as they were willing to pay the price. Then he inherited the NFL New York Hawks from his father and, as team president, guided them to the Super Bowl ( Bump and Run0 , 2000) .0 Now Jake has decided to sell a controlling interest in the Hawks to financier Big Dick Miles but to stay on as team president. Then Miles guts the franchise of its loyal management team, and Jack realizes that his position as president will be purely ornamental. That's when Jack the Jammer takes charge, attempting to wrest control from Big Dick by any extralegal means possible. Lupica writes soap-opera fantasies for men in which the money flows, the drinks are all call brands, the athletes are all cool dudes or psychos, and the hero's bedroom is filled with an endless succession of comely sideline reporters, indefatigable cheerleaders, and assorted civilian babes. Jammer starts rich and gets richer, fleeces the evil corporate financier, and ends up on the higher moral ground. Lupica propels the plot at breakneck speed with sitcom-like zingers, nifty Big Apple atmosphere, and an insider's knowledge of professional sports (he's a nationally syndicated sports columnist for New York's Daily News 0 and a regular on ESPN's Sports Reporters0 ). Entertaining, funny, and most likely, another best-seller. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In his highly entertaining 15th book, Lupica, the syndicated New York Daily News sports columnist and ESPN commentator, takes another turn as novelist, revisiting his hell-for-leather protagonist, Jack "The Jammer" Molloy, the wisecracking, hard-boozing, womanizing owner of the NFL's New York Hawks. As this sequel to Bump and Run begins, Molloy turns the team over to his evil twin siblings, Ken and Babs, and takes off for Europe with the love of his life, Annie Kay, an up-and-coming TV sports anchor. After Annie heads back to her job in New York, Molloy is living the high life in London when the twins inform him that they have sold their half of the Hawks to the infamous megalomaniacal entrepreneur, Dick Miles, for a cool half-billion. When Miles offers to buy half of Molloy's half and let him stay on as team president for a year, Molloy-against the advice of mentor Billy Grace and Annie Kay-decides to take the deal. Within a month, Miles fires both the general manager and the coach Molloy handpicked to take them to the Super Bowl. Obviously, he not only intends to run the front office, but also plans to take a hand in coaching from the sidelines. When Miles brings in a TV commentator to coach and a psychopathic quarterback barely out of prison on work release, Molloy knows he's made the biggest fumble of his life. Metaphorically facing fourth-and-long in the red zone of NFL boardrooms, Molloy dusts off the old flea-flicker and goes for pay dirt. (Nov. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Basking in the glory of his team's Super Bowl victory, fast-talking fixer Jack "Jammer" Molloy is himself outplayed when he sells out to Dick "the Dick" Miles, a maverick billionaire entrepreneur whose love of the game runs a distant second to his overweening desire for a new toy, at any cost. In the first quarter, Molloy moves sluggishly, giving up all the ground of this novel's predecessor, Bump and Run-his dad's team, his trusted colleagues, and his best girl. The scrimmage heats up when Jack tries to recover his self-respect with an end run around the increasingly erratic Miles; his smarmy PR henchman; a pair of drug-pushing nutritionists; folksy star coach Bobby "Bet the Over" Bullard, who shows more skill at covering point spreads than winning games; and a loose-cannon quarterback with a firearm fixation. From there on out, the whole thing smartly jogs along on an incessant stream of wisecracks, testicular jocularity, and slick, sardonic style, as much Dave Barry as Dan Jenkins. The women are objects, the men are egos, the drinks and dollars flow freely, and the actual game of football hardly enters into it. Lupica fans will love it.-David Wright, Seattle P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.