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Jeff Pearlman is an American sports writer. He has written two books about baseball and was the author of the infamous John Rocker interview in Sports Illustrated. In October 2011 he released his fifth book, a biography of Walter Payton titled, "Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton." It spent four weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.Pearlman was born and raised in Mahopac, New York. He got his start in journalism in 1989, when he interned at a weekly newspaper in Cross River, entitled "The Patent Trader". After graduating from the University of Delaware, he was hired as a food and fashion writer by The Tennessean in Nashville. In 1996, Pearlman was hired by Sports Illustrated, where he spent nearly seven years as a baseball writer.In 2002, Pearlman left Sports Illustrated and spent the next two years at Newsday, but left to focus on writing books. He also keeps an unusually personal online blog, where he posts a weekly Q&A series, The Quaz, with athletes, politicians, actors, singers and many random people. He was a frequent contributor to ESPN.com's Page 2, then as a columnist for SI.com. No stranger to controversy, Pearlman used his own website as a forum to call out the overzealous missionary goals of Tim Tebow's father as "pretty evil." In the fall of 2007, Pearlman wrote several controversial articles on Page 2 regarding the lack of a rivalry between the University of Delaware's and Delaware State University's football teams. The University of Delaware and Delaware State finally played a football game on November 23, 2007 at part of the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs. Delaware won the game with a score of 44–7.
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Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
Jeff Pearlman - Oct 07, 2014
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The New York Times bestselling author of Sweetness delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sports’ most-revered—and dominant—dynasties.   The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Mag...
Football for a Buck
The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL
Jeff Pearlman - Sep 10, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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From a multiple New York Times bestselling author, the rollicking, outrageous, you-can’t-make-this-up story of the USFL   The United States Football League—known fondly to millions of sports fans as the USFL—was the last football league to not merely challenge the NFL, but cause its owners and executives to collectively shudder. It spanned three se...
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Sweetness
The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton
Jeff Pearlman - Aug 28, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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The definitive biography of Chicago Bears superstar Walter Payton.In the twelve years since his death from cancer, Walter Payton's legend has only grown in magnitude. The Hall of Fame running back, who broke Jim Brown's all-time NFL rushing mark, appeared in nine Pro Bowls, won a Super Bowl ring with the 1985 Chicago Bears, and is still revered thr...
Gunslinger
The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre
Jeff Pearlman - Oct 25, 2016
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From a New York Times best-selling author, the full, definitive biography of Brett FavreA towering figure on the field for two decades who breezed into the Hall of Fame, Brett Favre was one of the game’s last cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to give up without a fight. This peerless quarterback guided the Green B...
The Bad Guys Won!
A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the ... Put on a New York Uniform--and Maybe the Best
Jeff Pearlman - Aug 30, 2011 (first published in 2004)
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The Bad Guys Won, award-winning Sports Illustrated baseball writer Jeff Pearlman returns to an innocent time when a city worshipped a man named Mookie and the Yankees were the second-best team in New York.It was 1986, and the New York Mets won 108 regular-season games and the World Series, capturing the hearts (and other assorted body parts) of fan...
Bat Flip
The Greatest Toronto Blue Jays Stories Ever Told
Mr. Keith McArthur, Mr. R.A. Dickey, Ms. Stacey May Fowles, Ms. Alison Gordon, Mr. Buck Martinez, Mr. Stephen Brunt, Mr. John Lott, Mr. Shi Davidi, Mr. Steve Clarke, Mr. Jeff Pearlman - Sep 15, 2016
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When Jose Bautista homered and flipped his bat in the 2015 playoffs, Blue Jays frenzy reached a fever pitch not seen since Joe Carter’s 1993 World Series home run. Those two home runs still bring tears and chills to Jays fans. And each season, each game, each at bat holds triumphs, heartbreaks and surprises of its own. In Bat Flip, editor Keith M...
Three-Ring Circus
Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty
Jeff Pearlman - Sep 22, 2020
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The story of the Lakers dynasty from 1996 through 2004, when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal combined—and collided—to help bring the Lakers three straight championships and restore the franchise as a powerhouseIn the history of modern sport, there have never been two high-level teammates who loathed each other the way Shaquille O’Neal loathed Kobe...
Boys Will Be Boys
The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty
Jeff Pearlman - Aug 18, 2009 (first published in 2008)
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Boys Will Be Boys, author Jeff Pearlman’s rollicking, completely unabashed account of the glory days of “America’s Team”—the NFL Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s—was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and selected by GQ as one of the Best Books of the Year. The uncensored exploits of Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and the...
For more than twenty-five years, The Best American Sports Writing has built a solid reputation by showcasing the greatest sports journalism of the previous year, culled from hundreds of national, regional, and specialty print and digital publications. Each year, the series editor and guest editor curate a truly exceptional collection. The only shar...
Love Me, Hate Me
Barry Bonds and the making of an Antiher
Jeff Pearlman - Oct 13, 2009 (first published in 2006)
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From the bestselling author of “The Bad Guys Won,” an investigation of the life and career of Barry Bonds, one of the most celebrated, contradictory and controversial sports figures of our time.No player in the history of baseball has left such an indelible mark on the game as Barry Bonds. In his twenty-year career, Bonds has amassed an unprecedent...
The Rocket That Fell to Earth
Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality
Jeff Pearlman - Mar 19, 2009
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“Pearlman’s book develops a stark, unsparing picture of Clemens’s life that surpasses anything that’s come before.”—Boston Globe Jeff Pearlman, the New York Times bestselling author of The Bad Guys Won! and Boys Will be Boys, now brings us The Rocket That Fell to Earth, an explosive account of the rise and fall of Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee...