The Throwback Special

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The Throwback Special

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he Throwback Special is the story of twenty-two ordinaryguys who gather each fall to reenact what ESPN hascalled “the most shocking play in NFL history”: the November1985 play in which Joe Theismann of the Washington Redskinshad his leg horribly broken by Lawrence Taylor of theNew York Giants on Monday Night Football. (The play wasknown by the Redskins as “the Throwback Special.”) Overthe course of a weekend we follow the men as they chooseroles; spend a long night of the soul revealing their secrethopes, fears, and passions as they prepare for the game; andfinally enact their strange and yet oh-so-American ritual forwhat may be the last time. With his trademark “microfinesense of humor and tragic sense of history” (Michael Chabon),Chris Bachelder fills his moving and very funny tale withpitch-perfect observations about manhood, marriage, andmiddle age.

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