Saturday, January 5, 2008
"Playing for Pizza"
Today I finished John Grisham's newest book, "Playing for Pizza." It was about an NFL quarterback who basically became the biggest goat in football history. His team was ahead and the starting QB was injured so Rick, the main character, came in and threw interception after interception until his team lost their lead and the AFC championship. He got hit real bad giving him a third concussion.
He awoke in the hospital: the lowest time in his life. No team wanted him, fans were angered and hostile, friends...well he didn't really have any friends, and his agent was trying to get him off his hands.
His agent finally found him a QB opportunity in Parma a small town in Northern Italy and the rest of the book talks about how he grudgingly went and played, but fell in love with the people, food, the game, and of course a girl.
As I was reading this, I was just captured with every page with the description of the food, cathedrals and attractions, as well as the passion that the Italian players had for football (they weren't paid to play). This book didn't really have a real profound meaning to me, but it really opened my eyes to how important it is to make the best of your situation even when it seems like it can't get any worse. Also that sometimes we have to self-sacrifice to bring about good to others. I don't want to ramble on giving a synopsis of the book, but this has really gotten me excited for our trip to Europe this summer and is making me want to travel more and more.