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jordan out of touch

Mr. Jordan, you sound ("Pigskin Pages," Sept. 25) hopelessly like a critic who wishes he would have come up with the idea that is Woody Falgoux's successful book. For once, a sports book gives a fresh new angle of a largely uncovered group of players. The book may have not provided much for a "veteran" such as yourself (one who needs to learn how to spell "Thibodaux"), but the average fan was enlightened. Get in touch with the sports public.

Todd Cowen

jordan just jealous

I was just reading your review of Woody Falgoux's book ("Pigskin Pages," Sept. 25). I would like to let you know that I completely disagree. You don't seem to dislike the book as much as you do Mr. Falgoux. I am a Saints fan, and I was at many of those events mentioned in the book and he hit it right on the nail. Maybe the book was so enjoyable because he is a newcomer. Mr. Falgoux seemed to give some insight that most "veteran" writers would never have covered because they would be concerned about offending the Saints organization or affecting some future relationship with the NFL. Most who follow the NFL have never heard a story from this perspective before. Most have no idea about the financial hardship or family problems most of the players face. I found his touch very human and real world. No, this book won't win a literary prize, but it was a very enjoyable and enlightening book. I am not sure if you did not read the book or if you are just envious that you did not write it yourself. But I guess that is why you are not syndicated by any major publications yourself.

Lawrence DeHart

jordan's huge ego

Being a resident of the North (NY), I must admit that I was unfamiliar with the Saints and Thibodaux, La. However, after reading your review of Mr. Falgoux's book ("Pigskin Pages," Sept. 25), I must admit it only makes me want to read and enjoy it again. I suggest you do the same, only this time put your ego in a lock box and sit back and enjoy a refreshing new author. If we take your advice and only read books from veteran authors, then in a few years there will be no more books.

Astrid Edwards

jordan ruins dreams

Mr. Jordan, as someone who is an average football fan, I found One Dream: The NFL an excellent book. I not only know Woody Falgoux personally, but had the pleasure of being a close friend in our collegiate days. I, too, may be looking at his book through rose-colored glasses, but what is wrong with that? All too often we tear apart works of art that are truly from the heart. Take this book for what it is: a work of passion and lifelong accomplishment. While your review may be accurate from a literary and critical standpoint, I respectfully disagree. For the average person, One Dream is a pleasurable escape into the long-dead dreams of our youth. I thank you for reminding me that just because someone says they are an expert or a critic, their opinion is worthless.

The entire premise of this book is accomplishing a dream that is slightly out of reach. I only hope that one day, if you ever have the courage to take a leap of faith, you will not have the misfortune of having your dream ruined because someone feels that they know better.

Phil Schappert

jordan stuck in the past

Thank you for your recent reviews of two new books on the Saints ("Pigskin Pages," Sept. 25). I am grateful for Scott Jordan's assessments, but I am disappointed by his overly harsh remarks regarding Woody Falgoux's new book. While I share his admiration of Buddy Diliberto's long years of experience and enthusiastic, typical New Orleans embrace of outdated colloquialism, I was left with a question mark regarding his attack on Falgoux.

Falgoux's fresh approach covers exactly the fault Jordan names in Buddy D's book, When the Saints Go Marching In. Falgoux's creative use of poetic language and metaphor contrast sharply with the "predictable amount of tired sound bites" that Jordan says slows down Buddy D's book. Don't the Saints need a new spokesperson to complement their new coaching staff? Buddy D is a wonderful voice on the radio, but isn't there room for young commentators that speak a contemporary language? Jordan's commentary discourages, rather than facilitates, a healthy transition from the old Saints to the new Saints.

Falgoux's comments about the "media police" seem to me a playful commentary on the efforts of a reporter who greatly admired and identified with rookie players struggling to make it. Rather than distracting attention from the rookies, Falgoux's comparing them to gladiators builds them up, in my opinion. Does Jordan not see Falgoux's obvious admiration for these players' gutsy pursuit of their dream?

Any problems with Diliberto and Falgoux can be resolved by embracing both approaches. Thank you again for your commentary, and I encourage Jordan to look for a more constructive approach in writing book reviews.

J. Wesley Harris


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