Posted Tue Jul 8th by Monty
Greetings, folks. I just returned from vacation in the beautiful mountains of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. I want to say a quick thanks to Josh and the rest of the gang for keeping up with the site in my absence. They did a phenomenal job keeping up with posts and comments, and this site didn’t even miss a beat.
Waiting at my doorstep upon my return (thankfully no one here knows where I live) was a FedEx package with A Few Second of Panic, the much-anticipated book by Stefan Fatsis that covers the Broncos 2006 training camp and season. He and his publisher were nice enough to send me a copy, and I’ll be doing a nice Q&A with the author and full book review in the days to come.
I arrived pretty late last night but still cracked open the book and got in a few chapters. I plan on thoroughly exploring those pages when I get home (in fact, I pretty much can’t get it off my mind).
In the first few chapters and Prologue of the book, Fatsis starts out by giving us a glimpse of the feel of an NFL locker room, as he’s hazed and expected to (what else but) dance for his new teammates. Pretty funny stuff, but the quotes from former Broncos like Jake Plummer and Al Wilson make this worth every penny for Broncos fans already. (Note: As expected, Plummer is indeed one badass mother f-er).
He also talked about finding an NFL team, and was surprised that Denver finally allowed him to join (he initially scratched Denver off his list, before asking, because he figured Mike Shanahan was the type of control freak who wouldn’t have anything of it. Nearly 20 teams declined his invite before he reevaluated his list and talked to Owner Pat Bowlen).
I’m at the point in his story where he’s preparing to join his new team, taking lessons from a great kicking coach in the area, and learning to transform his soccer-experienced kick into a field goal drilling machine. So far it’s simply fascinating stuff and I can’t wait to get the full scoop on his life inside the Broncos locker room.
The guys over at KSK have a hilarious review (with quotes), so check it out if you’re not already sold. It’s available now, click on the link at the top of this post to order it from Amazon, and we’d love to set up a little comments chat among those who are reading, book club style.