Playing for Pizza: A Novel

By John Grisham

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Rick Dockery is the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. within the AFC Championship video game, to the shock and dismay of almost everybody, Rick truly will get into the sport. With a seventeen-point lead and simply mins to move, Rick offers what's arguably the worst unmarried functionality within the background of the NFL. in a single day, he turns into a countrywide laughingstock—and is instantly lower by way of the Browns and refrained from by means of all different teams.

But all Rick understands is soccer, and he insists that his agent discover a group that wishes him. opposed to huge, immense odds, Rick ultimately will get a job—as the starting quarterback for the strong Panthers . . . of Parma, Italy. The Parma Panthers desperately need a former NFL player—any former NFL player—at their helm. And now they’ve acquired Rick, who is aware not anything approximately Parma (not even the place it truly is) and doesn’t communicate a be aware of Italian. to assert that Italy—the land of good wines, super small automobiles, and football americano—holds a couple of surprises for Rick Dockery will be whatever of an understatement.

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Nope. ” “But my agent …” He stopped ahead of he embarrassed himself. So his agent had promised anything that couldn’t ensue. What else was once new? Sly was once giggling, a noisy infectious snort that acknowledged, “Joke’s on you, clown. ” “You came to visit the following for the cheerleaders? ” he acknowledged, high-pitched and mocking. Rick fired a bul et, which Sly simply stuck together with his fingertips, then stored guffawing. “Sounds like my agent. Tel s the reality approximately part the time. ” Rick ultimate y laughed at himself as he sponsored up one other 5 yards.

They yel and scream ahead of the sport, and a few in their halftime tongue-lashings are attractive. within the warmth of conflict, you will want them in your foxhole. ” The beer flowed and the pizza disappeared. Nino cal ed for order and brought new contributors of the workforce. Karl used to be a Danish math professor who’d settled in Parma along with his Italian spouse and taught on the college. He wasn’t certain what place he may possibly play yet used to be nervous to decide on one. Pietro used to be a baby-faced fireplug, brief and thick, a linebacker.

He was once learning anything that had anything else to do with a brand new concept of therapeutic massage. Rick desperately wanted a massage. He stretched out on one of many education tables and advised Matteo to have a pass. After a few seconds, the child used to be hacking at his hamstrings and Rick desired to scream. yet you can’t whinge in the course of a massage—it used to be a rule that had by no means been violated within the historical past footbal . despite how a lot issues may perhaps damage, tremendous difficult footbal ers don't bitch in the course of rubdowns.

Belief me, belief me. what number occasions had he heard Arnie ask for belief? fact used to be, he’d by no means thoroughly depended on Arnie and there has been no believable cause to begin now. What did Arnie learn about stressful head accidents or no matter what mortal wound an individual had inflicted? Rick closed his eyes back and breathed deeply. “What occurred? ” he requested softly. Arnie hesitated and ran a give up his hairless head. He glanced at his watch, 4:00 p. m. , so his consumer were knocked out for nearly twenty- 4 hours. no longer lengthy sufficient, he concept, unfortunately.

There has been a banner from the area Cup victory in 1982. Above the cashier Bruno had nailed a col ection of enlarged black and whites—Bruno with Chinaglia, Bruno hugging Baggio. Rick assumed that he will be hard-pressed to discover a bar or café in Parma with a unmarried photograph of the Panthers. Oh wel . This ain’t Pittsburgh. The Fiat was once precisely the place he’d left it. The jolts of caffeine had raised his self assurance. He eased completely into opposite, then pul ed away easily as though he’d labored a take hold of for years.

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