End Zone (1972) Don DeLillo  

11764Early Don Delillo. A great book about football! Oh.. and the possibility (1972) of nuclear war, and meaningless lives. That kind of thing…. The same themes and ruptures that will connect the Bobby Thompson homerun ball and nuclear waste dumps in __Underworld__ his cold war epic. End Zone is try outs. “blue turk right, double slot, zero snag delay” “monsoon sweep, stringin left, ready right, cradle out””brooadside option, flow and go.” Each play must have a name. The naming of plays is important. All teams run the same plays. But each team uses an entirely different system of naming. Coaches stay up well into the night in order to name plays. The heat and re heat coffee on an old burner. No play begins until its name is called.”

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