Summary

Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the deciding game at the climax of the season, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the National Football League. 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 American football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find 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. Great says Rick - for which team?
The mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.
Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a player from the home of American football at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers, 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.
To say that Italy, the land of opera, fine wines, extremely small cars, romance, and football americano, holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
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5 out of 5 stars
By game lover22 on 25-03-15

impressionable

enjoyed every minute made me want to be in Italy.

had to listen more than once and found it just as enjoyable the second time.

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3 out of 5 stars
By John on 17-04-11

Playing for Pizza

If you follow American Football this would be more interesting but never the less an interesting yarn giving some insight into Italian ways.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 04-05-08

Enjoyment

As an non US person I found this thoroughly enjoyable. I know nothing about the rather silly game where guys needs to put pads on where Rugby Union does it without but nevertheless it maintained pace and was good fun from start to finish............. I found myself wishing there was more

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4 out of 5 stars
By Donn Edwards on 12-02-08

Interesting Sports Story

John Grisham wrote about Italy in "The Broker", and much of this novel has a travel feel to it.

As a non-american I know precious little about American Football, but I still enjoyed this book as much as "Bleachers", although I may have missed some of the finer points.

This book is not a thriller, but it has an interesting and heartwarming story line, and seems perfectly plausible.

Christopher Evan Welch does an excellent job of narration, and brings the story to life. This is not an all-time classic novel, but it is enjoyable and well worth the listening time.

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