Jeff Pearlman

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Vindication

The text came from my friend, Paul Duer. Supposedly Chris (Mad Dog) Russo, the XM Radio host, was bashing me this afternoon.

I called Paul a few minutes later. Turns out Russo dismissed Sweetness, a book he almost certainly didn’t read, because—according to him (and some NFL book)—I was wrong in identifying Garin Veris as the man who caused Walter Payton’s fumble in Super Bowl XX.

One problem: I wasn’t wrong, and I knew I wasn’t wrong. I probably watched a tape of that play, oh, 30 times. I interviewed multiple Patriot players, almost all of whom discussed the play in detail. Reporting, reporting, reporting.

Anyhow, after confirming Russo’s mistake (and the unfair bashing), I Tweeted him.

This was the response I received:

God is good.

  • erik andersen

    Hey Pearlman how about some props for ando….I was the one who reported it to Duer

    • Jeff Pearlman

      Erik, Duer didn’t mention you. Said he found it out all by himself. :)

  • Neil

    The man who caused Walter’s fumble was Jim McMahon, who never completed the handoff to Walter. You’re both wrong.

    • Jeff Pearlman

      Neil, that’s in the book—McMahon turned the wrong way. however, the handoff was certainly completed. watch the tape

  • Max

    Kudos to Russo for acknowledging he was wrong. Good stuff. Haven’t read the Payton book – but will soon. Boys Will Be Boys is my all-time favorite book. The Haley chapter is insane.

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

— Seth Davis, author of Wooden: A Coach's Life