Personally, I think that I would like some mention of the off season, no matter how short it is, but Scott has to worry about the storyline and the pacing of the action. A single chapter about the off season to introduce a new player would be fine, but the action's got to roll. The rookie works because it speaks to everyone at a lower more "base" level. When you simply watch a game on TV you don't know what the players down below are thinking or feeling. You see the results of the play, but not what it takes to get there and actually do the job day in and day out. Scott has done a fantastic job of drilling down and exposing the fleshy soft underbelly of the sport. He could have picked almost any violent, competative physical game (such as hockey), and it would have worked, but he knows football and it provides a great vehicle for this particular story line. Kudos to Siggy may his entrails never rot on the sacrificial stone!
One question: Who's going to replace "The Machine"? Personally, I think it should be some racist bastard like Quentin was before he pulled his head out of his arse. I should create a new forum for that question. That would be a cool one to get everyone's take on.
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