Playing for pizza
|Format:||Book on CD 2007|
|Availability:||Available at 25 Libraries 25 of 27 copies|
Third-string quarterback Ricky Dockery is an NFL reject who just wants to play football. The Cleveland Browns don't want him anymore, but the Parma Panthers do. Parma, Italy, that is. Rick has never been to Europe and doesn't speak Italian. And playing by the Italian rules of football could be more than he bargained for.
Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, 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 NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But all Rick knows is 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 for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy. Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player ,any former NFL player 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, has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.
Published ReviewsPublisher's Weekly Review: "
Quarterbacks (Football) -- Fiction.
Americans -- Travel -- Italy -- Fiction.
Parma (Italy) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
|Publisher|| New York :Random House Audio,2007
Welch, Christopher Evan.
Random House Audio Publishing.
Read by Christopher Evan Welch.
6 audio discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.