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Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In the AFC Championship game against Denver, to the surprise and dismay of virtually everyone, Rick actually got into the game. With a 17-point lead and just minutes to go, Rick provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams.

But all Rick knows is football, and he insists that his agent, Arnie, find a team that needs him. Against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates just such a team and informs Rick that, miraculously, he can in fact now be a starting quarterback: for the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

Yes, Italians do play American football, to one degree or another, and the Parma Panthers desperately want a former NFL player, any former NFL player, at their helm. So Rick reluctantly agrees to play for the Panthers, at least until a better offer comes along, and he heads off to Italy. He knows nothing about Parma, not even where it is, has never been to Europe, and doesn't speak or understand a word of Italian. To say that Italy holds a few surprises for Rick Dockery would be something of an understatement.

©2007 Belfrey Holdings Inc (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  • Frank
  • Rosemount, MN, USA
  • 11-19-07

Basic Frozen Pizza!!!

Playing for pizza was the most basic pizza I've ever eaten...no pepperoni, no cheese, no sauce, come to think of it, the crust wasn't even memorable! I left this book feeling like I came, I saw, I ate pizza crust, I went home. No surprises, shallow plot, not much in the way of character development. The best thing about it was the narration. As I was wading through the audible, I kept thinking to myself...ok, ok, ok...now something is going to happen. Only it never did!! If you have an extra 6 hours in your life that you want to waste, this book accomplishes just that. I didn't hate it, just nothing happened to excite me or intrigue me. A disaapointment to say the least!

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Not a bad light read

I got it on Audible for my long commute to work. it served the job well. I thought it was light and entertaining and didn't require too much attention and thought. I will admit I could have easily skipped the never - ending descriptions of food and architecture. the authors obsession, love affair, with all things Italy is quite apparent.

Unlike other reviewers, I liked the main character.

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Super Bowl!!!

Great story!!!!
A very nice departure from the courtroom and all the associated drama! Well done!

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My second favorite John Grisham book

My favorite book by John, surprisingly has nothing to do with lawyers. It's A Painted House. My second favorite, however (and only by the slightest of margins), is Playing For Pizza; a unique tale, wonderfully told with rich characters and a storyline that has you cheering for the hero up until the final pages.

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For the third time

I read this story a number of years ago then re-read it a year or so after. I liked it so well I downloaded it here. Grisham is a great storyteller.

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Fun

Good light easy read, a fun simple but sports centered football quick fast done please

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Not your average Grisham Novel.

If you love football, you will probably enjoy this book. It is pretty much all about the main character and the game. No who done it here. No intrigue. Not my cup of tea.

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A great story of becoming.

John Grisham manages to be:
Funny
Inspiring
Interesting
Unique

The main character, Rick Dockery, is a cool guy going through a hard stretch in his professional life. It's fun to watch his growth and his adventure.

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Kept my interest.

Football story, not a complex plot. The ending was not a surprise. Easy listening. Have recommended to others.

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Thoroughly enjoyable

Excellent book with very amusing storyline. Wonderful descriptions of different regions of Italy, cities, and Sites.

Highly recommend