🎧 TFG Pod: Jeff Pearlman on the Craziness That Was the USFL
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The early NFL season is chockfull of controversies. Host Melissa Jacobs takes issue with the too stringent tackling fouls in the wake of Clay Matthews’s phantom roughing the passer against Minnesota. Josh Gordon to New England worth the risk? Not so fast says Melissa if you look at Gordon’s timeline of trouble, addiction and sheer unreliability.
Then Jeff Pearlman joins to discuss his new book, Football For a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL. Pearlman tells the juicy tales that explain why the wild, ragtag league that lasted just three seasons from 1983-85 despite producing names like Jim Kelly, Steve Young and Herschel Walker, including the league’s final nail: a bombastic owner named Donald Trump who ruined everything.
Pearlman explains his love for the USFL, he’s superhuman marketing efforts and offers advice for anyone who wants to write a book.
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5:15:Melissa on the NFL taking their tackling rules too far
6:45:Melissa on the Josh Gordon and our obsession with player over person
JEFF PEARLMAN JOINS
12:48: Why Pearlman fell in love with the USFL
15:15:The crazy way the USFL developed the combine system
19:15: Pearlman on the best trade of all-time
21:20:Why then NFL commissioner told Donald Trump he’d never be a franchise owner
23:06:Trump’s days with USFL epitomizes past is prologue
28:45:What the two new springs leagues can learn from the USFL
32:00:Pearlman on his robust and unique efforts to market his book
39:10: Pearlman’s advice to those who want to write their first book.
Follow Jeff on Twitter: @JeffPearlman
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