How to Speak Football
From Ankle Breaker to Zebra: An Illustrated Guide to Gridiron Gab
Author: Sally Cook and Ross MacDonald
From "ankle breaker” to “zebra,” How to Speak Football includes over 125 football terms paired with amusing illustrations that decode the words and phrases that fly around the field. The “Sidelines” sections sprinkled throughout the book will teach you fun trivia about the history of the sport, the stories behind football players’ nicknames, the most famous touchdown celebrations, and much more!
The terms included in the book range from the well-known, like “blitz” and “punt,” to the more uncommon such as:
-Alligator arms: A term coaches, players, and television commentators frequently use to describe—and disparage—a receiver who keeps his arms protectively tucked in close to his ribs, instead of stretched out to catch the ball.
-Chain gang: The officials on the sideline who hold the yardage and down markers.
-Pancake: A forceful block, usually by an offensive lineman, tight end, or fullback, that sets an opposing lineman completely on his back, taking him out of play.
A fantastic blend of funny anecdotes and entertaining bits of history and trivia, this is the perfect gift book for all the football lovers in your life, fantasy football fanatics, or any of the growing number of fans who are gravitating toward this exciting sport!
In The News
“A fine book of definitions and terminology.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Thanks to a new book, even my mother can now follow along and watch a football game without having to ask questions such as, 'What's offsides?', 'Who's the fullback?', or 'Where's the end zone?'.... This book could be a godsend." —Peter Schwartz, CBS New York
"[How to Speak Football] is quickly becoming the glossary and the etiquette book for all things around the gridiron. More than 75 illustrations by award-winning Ross MacDonald complement the copy and the illustrations highlight some of the trivia big and small that every football fan will love." —Jerry Milani, NY Sports Day