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Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. within the AFC Championship online game, to the shock and dismay of just about every person, Rick really will get into the sport. With a seventeen-point lead and simply mins to move, Rick presents what's arguably the worst unmarried functionality within the historical past of the NFL. in a single day, he turns into a countrywide laughingstock—and is instantly minimize by means of the Browns and refrained from by way of all different teams.
But all Rick is aware is soccer, and he insists that his agent discover a staff that wishes him. opposed to huge, immense odds, Rick ultimately will get a job—as the starting quarterback for the effective Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately desire a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve acquired Rick, who understands not anything approximately Parma (not even the place it really is) and doesn’t communicate a observe of Italian. to assert that Italy—the land of good wines, tremendous small automobiles, and football americano—holds a number of surprises for Rick Dockery will be anything of an understatement.
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There has been a photograph of Tommy with a tender footbal group. “In Texas,” Tommy acknowledged. “Near Waco. i'm going each year in August to perform with the group. ” “High tuition? ” “Sì. I take my holiday, and do what you cal two-a-days. No? ” “Oh definite. Two-a-days, continuously in August. ” Rick was once shocked. He had by no means met a person who voluntarily submitted himself to the horrors of August two-a-days. And via August the Italian season was once over, so why hassle with al that brutal conditioning? “I be aware of, it’s crazy,” Tommy was once announcing. “Yes, it truly is. You stil move? ” “Oh no. 3 years in the past I surrender. My spouse, the second, didn't approve. ” At this, he forged his eyes warily at Maddalena for a few cause, then persisted: “She left, yet i used to be too outdated. these boys are only seventeen, too younger for a forty-year-old guy, don’t you're thinking that? ” “No doubt. ” Rick moved on, stil flabbergasted on the considered Tommy, or somebody, spending his holiday within the Texas warmth operating wind sprints and slamming into blocking off sleds. there has been a rack of completely matched leather-based notebooks, every one approximately an inch thick, with a 12 months embossed in gold, one for every of Tommy’s twenty seasons. “This is the first,” Tommy acknowledged. web page one used to be a modern Panther online game agenda, with the ratings additional via hand. 4 wins, 4 losses. Then online game courses, newspaper articles, and pages of pictures. Tommy pointed to himself in a bunch shot and acknowledged, “That’s me, quantity eighty two again then even, thirty kilos greater. ” He seemed large, and Rick virtually acknowledged a few of that bulk will be welcome now. yet Tommy was once a fashionista, dapper and continually having a look sturdy. doubtless wasting the additional weight had a lot to do together with his love lifestyles. They flipped via the various yearbooks, and the seasons started to blur. “Never a brilliant Bowl,” Tommy stated greater than as soon as. He pointed to an empty house within the middle of a bookshelf and acknowledged, “This is the exact position, Reek. this can be the place I placed a huge photo of my Panthers simply when we win the great Bowl. You wil be the following, Reek, no? ” “Definitely. ” He flung an arm round Rick’s shoulder and led him to the eating sector, the place beverages have been waiting—just neighbors arm in arm. “We are frightened, Reek,” he was once announcing, by surprise very critical. A pause. “Worried approximately what? ” “This video game. we're so shut. ” He unwrapped himself and poured glasses of white wine. “You are an outstanding footbal participant, Reek. the easiest ever in Parma, probably in al of Italy. a true NFL quarterback. are you able to tel us, Reek, that we wil win the tremendous Bowl? ” the ladies have been at the patio flora in a window field. “No one is that clever, Tommy. the sport is just too unpredictable. ” “But you, Reek, you’ve noticeable rather a lot, such a lot of nice avid gamers in extraordinary stadiums. you recognize the true video game, Reek. definitely you recognize if we will be able to win. ” “We can win, sure. ” “But do you promise? ” Tommy smiled and thumped Rick at the chest. Come on, blood brother, simply among the 2 people. Tel me what i need to listen to. “I think strongly that we wil win the following video games, therefore the great Bowl. yet, Tommy, just a idiot could promise that.