• The Perfect Pass

  • American Genius and the Reinvention of Football
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-20-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (97 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling, award-winning historian S. C. Gwynne tells the incredible story of how Hal Mumme and Mike Leach - two unknown coaches who revolutionized American football in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s - changed the way the game is played at every level, from high school to the NFL.
Hal Mumme is one of a handful of authentic offensive geniuses in the history of American football. In 2015 ESPN Magazine, the nation's leading sports magazine, called him the single most influential football coach in the last quarter century.
Mumme spent 14 mostly losing seasons coaching football before inventing a potent passing offense strategy that would revolutionize the game. That transformation began at a tiny college called Iowa Wesleyan, where Mumme was head coach and Mike Leach his assistant. It was there that Mumme invented the purest and most extreme passing game in the 145-year history of football, where his quarterback once completed 61 of 86 passes (both national records). His teams played blazingly fast - faster than any team ever had before. They rarely punted on a fourth down and routinely beat teams with 10 or 20 times Iowa Wesleyan's students. Mumme did it all with average athletes and without even a playbook.
In The Perfect Pass, S. C. Gwynne explores Mumme's genius and the stunning performance of his teams as well as his leading role in changing football from a run-dominated sport to a pass-dominated sport. He also shares the history of a moment in American football when the game changed fundamentally and transformed itself into what tens of millions of Americans now watch on television every weekend. Whether you're a casual or ravenous football fan, this is a truly compelling story of American ingenuity and innovation and how a set of revolutionary ideas made their way into the mainstream of sports culture that we celebrate today.
©2016 S. C. Gwynne (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By Larry on 01-13-17

Being a retired sportswriter in Texas, this book wAs amazing

An absolutely unique story of innovation, superior intelligence and guts of a guy who has revolutionized the game of football...a MUST read for any offensive minded sports fan.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Little Pecan on 09-29-16

The Perfect Pass

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, I only ordered this because I listened to Empire of the Summer Moon and Rebel Yell twice each. SC Gwynne is one of my all time favorite authors. I thought maybe he could make this interesting. I gave it a good go but it just wasn't that interesting to me. I think football fanatics and coaches might be inspired but I was disappointed.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Probably something on WWII

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It was good.

Could you see The Perfect Pass being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

Please, Mr. Gwynne, pick another historical figure to write about. Maybe something else about Texas History or South American history and the Incas. I LOVED your other two books.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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