Posts Tagged ‘football’



January 22nd, 2022 Posted 8:09 am

This is a big football weekend. Football comes up in my work from time to time, going all the way back to Hard  Rain, and it’s central to the plot of Reality Check (my YA novel that won an Edgar award). But there’s some in the Chet and Bernie series as well. This is from Heart of Barkness and I’ll post another snippet, a bit longer, next Saturday:

We kept running. And what a nice sight – Bernie was running as fast as I’d ever seen him. Which isn’t at all fast, not even for a human, probably on account of his leg wound in the war, but it made me so happy to see him back to running not fast. As for me and my running, let’s put it this way: I was delighted that the dart player turned out to be one of those humans who could really motor, especially after his flip flops flew off. Why hadn’t he gone into football or track instead of robbery? I wondered about that as I loped along behind him, trying not to catch up too soon and spoil the fun.


Ready For Some Football?


January 14th, 2022 Posted 8:18 am

Lots of football coming up this weekend, including a Saturday night game in Buffalo where the temp will be around zero. Will there be bare-chested dudes in the stands? Count on it!

Football comes up now and then in the Chet and Bernie series. This is from Heart of Barkness:

“What are we going to do if Charlie wants to play football?” Bernie said.

Buy him a football: that was my only idea. I was thinking about the big problem with football – namely the unwieldiness of the ball, which you need to deflate a bit to get it properly in your mouth – when we pulled into one of the playing field complexes we have in the Valley, not the fancy kind with the unreal grass and shady trees, but the other kind with mostly no grass and no trees. Out on the fields, kids – some little, some not quite as little – were practicing football. Practicing means the coaches are out on the field yelling things. In games, the coaches yell from the sidelines.

“Any chance you’d prefer to stay in the car?” Bernie said. “Maybe grab a few zzzs?”

What was that? Something about the car? I was already some distance away and had missed most of it.




January 19th, 2020 Posted 8:40 am

On Sundays, we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker. Since today’s a big day in the world of football, how about Behind the Curtain, second in the middle-grade Echo Falls series? Football is important in the story – and I love writing football scenes! (This series is aimed at the upper end of middle-graders, say to age 96 or so.)

[“… Abrahams’ exceptional overlay of detail, especially descriptions of the particular stresses and the goofy occurrences that mark Ingrid’s experience as an eighth-grader, makes the story very convincing as the action builds.”
– Booklist, Starred Review]

Ingrid Levin-Hill sat in math class, her mind wandering pleasantly.


Football Returns …


September 6th, 2017 Posted 8:11 am

… even though it’s getting caught up in the culture wars and thus leaving the stage of pure entertainment. Sigh. I’ve done some writing about football – in the Edgar winning YA novel REALITY CHECK, plus various scenes here and there – in HARD RAIN, for one.

Super Bowl prediction: Patriots vs. Seahawks.

Side prediction 1: Malcolm Butler comes up big again!

Side prediction 2: Later in life he becomes president of the U.S. And gets my vote.



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