There were no paychecks and there was no insurance policy soon after the season started. The book is brutally honest at times, pulling no punches when it comes to the troubles encountered by the team and its owner. From a shortage of uniforms on game day, bounced paychecks or no paychecks at all, to wondering who would actually show up for each game.
Prior to one game, when pressed for a final team roster by a League official, Crunch head coach Bob Kubiak simply began making up names on the spot because half the team had not arrived yet and he was not sure if they were even going to show up at all! Towards the end of the season, transportation costs to one road game in Pennsylvania were paid for by the opposing team, just so the game would not be cancelled. For their two road games at Port Huron, the players carpooled to the games at their own expense.
But Kluck does more than just chronicle the demise of the team in his book. It is also an introspective look into his own football life, his relationship with his father and how the game of football was such a big part of both of their lives. Kluck continuously questions his own abilities while playing for the Crunch.
His writing is honest - whether it's about dealing with himself, his teammates, or his wife and family. Write a customer review. English Choose a language for shopping. The absurdity of many situations and the tension between the players was usually defused by a well placed joke or a witty insult of some kind that kept everyone going through a difficult season. Lists What are lists? Former college football player Ted Kluck had a dream: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
At the age of 30, he has a hard time competing with much larger, faster and younger players. There were many different reasons why the players stuck with the team in spite of all the problems. A few players on the team had experience playing in other indoor football leagues and one player, Herb Haygood from Michigan State, had even played in the NFL.
Through all of the adversity of the season, the players and coaches somehow managed to keep their sense of humor in regards to the things that were out of their control. The absurdity of many situations and the tension between the players was usually defused by a well placed joke or a witty insult of some kind that kept everyone going through a difficult season. His quick wit and sharp tongue kept the team going throughout the season. In the end, the players decided that they would finish out the season in spite of an absentee owner and no money.
After the season, the Crunch team folded. The League renamed itself the Continental Indoor Football League and expanded from six teams to 14 for the season.
The Battle Creek Crunch coaching staff and several players who were prominently featured in Paper Tiger resurfaced earlier this year with a new expansion team in the league, the Kalamazoo Xplosion. The Xplosion went in the regular season and was narrowly defeated in the Great Lakes Division championship game by the Michigan Pirates, the defending League champions.
Here's how he describes the results of his first practice: I am purple from shoulder to elbow and my arms sport an interesting array of little polka-dot welts from the mesh practice jersey and Field Turf abrasions. There is a nice, purplish bruise around the outer portion of my right eye and if my wife harbored any excitement about sleeping with a professional athlete, then it is for naught.
My plan is to not be touched by anyone for any reason, for several days. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Paper Tiger , please sign up.
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