Sunday, December 20, 2009

Book Review: One Size Doesn't Fit All

One Size Doesn't Fit All (And Other Thoughts from the Road) was John Madden's third book with Dave Anderson, after the previously-reviewed Hey, Wait a Minute and One Knee Equals Two Feet. After the relatively hard core football knowledge drop that was One Knee, One Size represents a return to the "John Madden as Football Personality" that was present in Hey, Wait and his commercial presence beyond football.

In that, I'm reminded of this post I linked to back in May, that much of what we consume as sports media is not about the sport itself but instead the sideshow related to sports. One Size is in that mold, and, unlike One Knee, while the book talks constantly about sports, very little of the book has any insight onto football. John Madden remains an interesting and enjoyable guy, of the kind that enabled him to have the success he did as a commentator and commercial pitchman, and One Size is, like his two previous books, an enjoyable read. But, I didn't really get anything out of it, and I'm not sure you would either. When it first came out in 1988, I could say, sure, go ahead and read this book about the modern NFL scene. Now, though, you don't even get that. It's not a bad book, and I don't regret having read it, but, honestly, there's not much reason to read One Size Doesn't Fit All.

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