FORGOTTEN BOOKS: SEMI-TOUGH BY DAN JENKINS!
Semi-Tough is rude, crude, vulgar, as politically incorrect as flatuating in church, sexist, semi-pornographic, and racially divisive. It’s also the funniest damn book about pro football ever written. There may be a better novel about pro football (although, I’ve never read one), but there sure as heck isn’t one as readable and laugh out loud. Don’t be turned off by memories of the forgettable Burt Reynolds movie (The Longest Yard was his best football outing), come on and read this gem and be offended by the source material.
Dan Jenkins is a sports writing gem. His golf novels are must reads, but all of his style and humor stems from this Texas influenced tales of two good-old-bad-old boys, Billy Clyde Puckett and Shake Tiller – both stars for the New York Giants getting ready to take on the dog-ass NY Jets in the Super Bowl – and their one true love Barbara Jane Bookman. This is the ‘70’s, folks, with all its bad fashions, sexual revolutions, and drug excesses.
I recently re-read, or actually listened to on CD, Semi-Tough and almost crashed the car twice and nearly did myself an inury trying not to laugh too hard. Read and believe - and laugh even when you shouldn't.