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Bump and Run

by Mike Lupica

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Bump and Run by Mike Lupica
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    Oct 2000, 320 pages

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    Sep 2001, 352 pages

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If you've ever wondered what you would do if you owned a football team ...well, Lupica's your guy. This is a delight from beginning to end.. smart, funny, and tough.

As the go-to guy in Las Vegas, Jack Molloy thought he knew it all, but that was before he inherited half of the New York Hawks and found out that, next to the denizens of the country of Football, he was just a babe in the woods.

Over the course of a single season, Molloy will get a crash course in steroids, gambling, crooked quarterbacks, idiot sportswriters, control-freak coaches, and philandering announcers. He will end up with his brother and sister co-owners - "the demon-seed twins" - along with his coach, the commissioner, and most of his fellow owners, out to get him. He will discover just how far every mogul in America who doesn't have his own football team will go to get one. And he just might wind up falling in love with Kate, the smart, funny, tough woman who also happens to be his team president.

How Molloy prevails (or doesn't) against this sea of adversity is something only a writer like Mike Lupica would dare to dream up, but if you've ever wondered what you would do if you owned a football team ...well, Lupica's your guy. This is a delight from beginning to end: like Kate, smart, funny, and tough.

Chapter One

I was known in Vegas as the Jammer. My real name is Jack Molloy, which most football fans know as well as the point spread by now. But nobody on the Strip ever called me Jack for long. If you've ever been on the Strip and don't know me or what I used to do there, then you're the new target audience for the Chamber of Commerce, which wants to turn the place into some kind of Disney wet dream.

You want to bring the wife and kids on the four-day, three-night weekend package and say things like, "Jesus, Myrtle, an indoor volcano!"

People say now that Las Vegas was more fun before they tried to de-Bugsy it, make it more wholesome for a new millennium than Kathie Lee's kids. But the fun was still out there for you once you got past room service. You just had to know the right people.

Like me.

"Jammer," my boss Billy Grace liked to say, "you're one of the last guys left who don't think having a cocktail and getting a hard-on are ...

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Publisher's Weekly
Reminiscent of Peter Gent's North Dallas Forty and Dan Jenkins's Semi-Tough, this is a deliciously wicked tale of contemporary professional sports and the people who, for better or worse, run the game.

Library Journal
Lupica, a well-known sports reporter, TV analyst, and author (Parcells), knows the economics and politics of owning a National Football League (NFL) franchise..... If anything, Lupica's barrage of in-jokes about and potshots at football personalities makes the narrative choppy and occasionally incoherent. Nonetheless, Jack emerges as a likable, talented manager who is able to fire his coach, refuse to renegotiate an essential player's contract, and still forge a Super Bowl team.

Author Blurb Phil Simms, CBS Sports, and Super Bowl-winning quarterback, New York Giants
Bump and Run is outrageous, opinionated and, most importantly, funny as hell. In fact, I didn't know how funny Mike Lupica really was until I read this book. One more thing Is there any way I can come back and throw a few balls to an amazing character named Automatic Touchdown Maker Moore.

Reader Reviews

budalich

This book is great, Lupica's usage of humor mixed in with how Molloy has to bring the hawks to success, with detailed after game celebrations, makes you feel like a part of the NFL.
ross nelson

Great book whish they would make into a movie
TJ

Hilarious book that had me hooked the whole way!
Chris Gallagher

Great book, fun action, sports, love

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