A great morning for Sweetness …

Whether Sweetness goes on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Chicago-based sports reporting (a new category, I hear) or winds up languishing on the $1 shelf outside the book barn, I will always remember—and cherish—this morning.

As authors, we generally try to pretend the words and opinions of others don’t matter to us; that it’s all about the craft and the art and the integrity of the project. That, however, is nonsense. Opinions do matter. You don’t merely want to write a great book—you want people to believe in its greatness, too. I feel that way more than ever now, what with the early negative reaction to the Sports Illustrated excerpt. I desperately need people to see what Sweetness really is; that’s it’s not merely a crapola slam job of an icon.

I digress. Today, two very respected journalists wrote on Sweetness.

The first, Peter King, is the most famed football writer in America. His take can be found here.

The second, Stephanie Myles, is a wonderful writer for the Montreal Gazette. Her review can be found here.


4 thoughts on “A great morning for Sweetness …”

  1. Saw Peter King’s review of it today. Couldn’t agree more. Very glad to see the positive remarks after initial negativity from people perhaps too close to Payton to see it objectively and realize what you did, Jeff.

  2. Would it be accurate to say that people criticizing Sweetness without reading the entire book is very similar to J. Pearlman condemning Tim Tebow & his family’s missionary work (ie want him to fail and “evil”) without actually accompanying them on a mission trip? Both situations rely solely on one’s reactions to the most salacious of excerpts rather than the work as a whole.


    1. Not even remotely close. Tim Tebow’s father’s foundation lays out the purpose of the work VERY clearly on its website. Very, very clearly.

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