A sweet surprise …

So today Rick Gosselin, the Dallas Morning News’ excellent NFL scribe, posted a mini-review of Boys Will Be Boys in his weekly NFL column. Here’s what he wrote:

I received an advance copy of Jeff Pearlman’s book Boys Will Be Boys, detailing “the glory days and party nights of the Dallas Cowboys destiny.” I’ve been a fan of Pearlman since reading his biography on Barry Bonds, Love Me, Hate Me. He’s a gifted storyteller. Pearlman doesn’t pull any punches in documenting the rise and fall of the 1990s Cowboys. What they did on the field was admirable, but what they did off the field was at times despicable. This is a tale of self-destruction – and not just publicly at the top where Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson could no longer co-exist. This team self-destructed in the locker room as well. Pearlman dug deep in his research, speaking with the likes of Rob Awalt, Cory Fleming, Derrick Lassic and Clayton Holmes in addition to franchise A-listers Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, Mark Stepnoski and Darren Woodson in printing what went right and wrong during the dynasty. More went wrong than most Cowboys fans would care to know. It’s a real page-turner.

As I posted a few weeks back, reviews come and reviews go, and you try your best to keep them all in perspective. That said, Gosselin is the real deal—an excellent football scribe who knows the Cowboys extremely well. Plus, it also shows you the power of the right person’s words. A few days ago, my book (which, again, doesn’t come out for another month) was ranked approximately 300,000th on Amazon. Today, post-Gosselin: 2,047. That’s sweet …

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