Cut 'n' Run by Frank Deford
New York : The Viking Press, 1973. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 248 pages ; 22 cm. $6.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Lean to spine. Fading and lite soiling to cover. Small ownership label on front free endpaper. Pages are clean, unmarked and binding are firm.
From the publisher :
Finally, in exasperation, Rosalie came downstairs late one Sunday afternoon, stood right next to the TV set, systematically removed all her clothes, spread her feet some distance apart, put her hands on her hips, and pouted, the way she had seen girls stand on dirty-magazine covers.
Possibly in a lopsided AFL game it might have worked, but Rosalie happened to pick a wild series of downs in a tough MUST-game with the Lions, and she didn't stand a chance. Jerry was not at all aroused, nor even amused. He just growled, "Watch you don't knock against the horizontal...."
It is the fall of 1967, and Jerry Start, a living symbol of that special generation between nuclear explosion and social revolution known as the Pro Football Generation, is in hapless thrall to Colts Fever. The only thing that keeps his frustrated and lovely wife Rosalie from going bughouse is the knowledge that the Pentagon is releasing war-hero super-grid star and former boyfriend Toby Geyser to play for the Colts and spur recruiting. Of course, Toby's arrival excites all Colts fans alike, including Jerry's officemate, Sandy Tatler, the first black commanding officer in the Mary¬land National Guard, whose rise to fortune all began with the mistaken allocation of ten season tickets on the fifty-yard line.
All this is only the beginning to a roller coaster of mad happening and wry projection of where the Sunday-afternoon dementia can take wild-eyed fans and reluctant spouses alike. Joining Jerry and Rosalie and the others will be Tyrone Dancer, hunted militant; Ginger Toogood, lissome ClA-ette; a clutch of generals; two pro- and anti-National Guard Underground organizations; and a cast of thousands cheering from their choice locations. Hilarious and sparklingly imaginative right up to the explosion at final whistle, Cut 'N' Run is grounded always in the possible, if not the probable—as when Rosalie remarks,
"Oh, no, I'm perfectly rational, Toby. You can see it all coming, if you just open your eyes. It's not going to be free love or wife-swapping that's going to kill the family, it's going to be pro football. I tell you, as much as I hate LBJ, at least he doesn't seem to be a pro football nut. The law of averages is that sooner or later—probably sooner —we're going to get some screwball football fan in the White House, and the hot line from the Kremlin will be ringing off the hook or a hundred thousand people will be marching on Washington, something like that, and he won't even care because he'll be watching some game."
Jacket design by Mel Williamson
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