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Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty [Paperback]

Jeff Pearlman
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Aug. 10 2009

Boys Will Be Boys, author Jeff Perlman’s rollicking, completely unabashed account of the glory days of “America’s Team”—the NFL Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s—was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and selected by GQ as one of the Best Books of the Year. The uncensored exploits of Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman, and the rest of the ’Boys on and off the football field, Boys Will Be Boys makes for riveting, shocking, often wildly hilarious reading.


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In his latest effort, Pearlman (The Bad Guys Won!) tells the story of how the Dallas Cowboys went from being a league doormat to a Super Bowl–winning machine. It's the cast of characters that makes this story a page-turner, starting with controlling owner Jerry Jones; all-business coach Jimmy Johnson, who would cut a player without blinking; and star players Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith and Deion Sanders. Pearlman explores the many other people who bought into the philosophy that if you were going to be a Dallas Cowboy... you needed to live the life—and that meant, in the early '90s, plenty of infidelity, cocaine, nightly trips to gentleman's clubs and hangovers at practice. Pearlman interviewed nearly 150 members of the Cowboys organization for the book, but much of the terrific detail comes from such tangential folks as journalists, players' wives and staff at the local Cowboys restaurant. The anecdotes range from uplifting (the heartwarming story of quarterback Troy Aikman granting a wish to a dying boy) to raunchy (defensive end Chris Haley, while playing for the 49ers, often masturbated in the locker room). In the end, Pearlman has produced a narrative that is as entertaining as it is insightful. (Sept.)
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"Jeff Pearlman has written a rip-roaring book filled with terrific reporting and vibrant prose.... It's a flat-out winner." ---Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling author of Opening Day
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good inside look at the Cowboy's Dynasty Feb. 9 2011
Format:Hardcover
Jeff Pearlman give a good inside looks at the highs and lows of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty of the 1990s. This book give a decent amount of prelude to the conditions that gave rise to Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson taking over the Cowboys at the end of the 1980s, and details the inside workings of their rise to three Super Bowls. There is much detail of the off-field misdoings, sometimes given in hyperbolic detail, and certainly not suitable for a younger audience.

One aspect of this book that should be noted is that Pearlman, rightly or wrongly, comes down in favour of the Johnson/Aikman side of many stories, while showing little favour to Jones and coach Barry Switzer. However, given the pains Pearlman goes to lay out his case, he seems entitled to that opinion. All in all, a very good read and a must for any Cowboys fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Velvet Hammer Dec 25 2008
Format:Hardcover
Pretty solid and eye opening book. If I was a little older, 23 now, when these events were taking place I might be giving this book a 5 star review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: "SCORING ON THE FIELD... SCORING OFF THE FIELD... *COWBOYS-STYLE!*" Sept. 20 2008
By Rick Shaq Goldstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When the first chapter of a non-fiction football book starts off with future Hall Of Fame receiver Michael Irvin stabbing a teammate in the neck with a scissors... and blood is shooting all over the room... and the intensity of the lurid details... on and off the field... regarding the famed "dynastic" Dallas Cowboys of the 1990's... never lets up for the next three-hundred-fifty-eight pages... you know you've got a great book in your hands. Any true football fan, regardless of what team you root for will want to read this book. There are so many riveting... outlandish... insider... stories... that you will constantly want to stop reading for a moment or two... just to call one of your buddies to tell him what you just read!

This book has it all. From the "humble" beginnings (as far as wins and losses that is... nothing about any of the key individuals in this story could ever be considered humble!) concerning the 1989 Cowboys who had a one-win fifteen-loss season... to the three-time Super Bowl Champions. The author smoothly gives you detailed background information on everyone from owner Jerry Jones to coach Jimmy Johnson to Troy Aikman/Emmitt Smith/Michael Irvin/Nate Newton/Charles Haley/Deion Sanders... and every Cowboy large... small... or in between... who effected the team on or off the field... good or bad. Absolutely no punches are pulled.

From drug busts, that included Michael Irvin and teammate Alfredo Roberts being caught with 10.3 grams of cocaine, more than an ounce of marijuana, assorted drug paraphernalia and sex toys... and oh yea... two strippers... to shocking exposes regarding eventual FIVE-TIME-SUPER-BOWL-CHAMPION Charles Haley who would expose himself... and "pleasure-himself"... in front of teammates in the locker room... training room... and meeting rooms... to famous quotes from players, that truly thought they were above the law, are provided... such as when three-hundred-sixty pound Nate Newton said: "WE'VE GOT A LITTLE PLACE OVER HERE WHERE WE'RE RUNNING SOME WHORES IN AND OUT, TRYING TO BE RESPONSIBLE, AND WE'RE CRITICIZED FOR THAT, TOO."

Did you know that when former Cowboy owner Bum Bright sold the team to Jerry Jones... that one of the conditions of the sale was that Jones had to fire Tom Landry? Landry was probably the most popular man in Texas, but Bright couldn't stand him. How did the Cowboys code of ethics compare to other big name NFL teams? One Cowboy said: "WHEN I WAS WITH THE REDSKINS COACH GIBBS WOULD SAY, "OK FELLA'S, DON'T MESS WITH STREET DRUGS OR STEROIDS, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT HOW WE DO THINGS HERE." COACH JOHNSON ON THE OTHER HAND, WOULD SAY, "DON'T MESS WITH STREET DRUGS OR STEROIDS, BECAUSE THE DRUG TEST IS IN A WEEK AND YOU DON'T WANNA GET CAUGHT." "IT WAS OBVIOUS JIMMY LACKED SOME CHARACTER IN HIS PURSUIT OF GREATNESS."

It's all here in exquisite detail. Nothing is held back. The way players... coaches... and owners... really feel! Who they think is stupid... who is smart... who had courage and who didn't. One Cowboy whose valor won over his team was Troy Aikman, of whom linebacker Garry Cobb said: AS A ROOKIE AGAINST THE CARDINALS AIKMAN "WAS KNOCKED COLD FOR NEARLY FIVE MINUTES BEFORE BEING HELPED OFF THE FIELD. TROY EARNED ALL OUR RESPECT. HE GOT KILLED AND REFUSED TO CRY. I'VE BEEN ON THE FIELD WHEN QUARTERBACKS CRY, AND IT AIN'T PRETTY. DAN MARINO WAS A CRIER - "WHOSE MAN WAS THAT! WHERE'S THE BLOCKING! WHAH!" "BUT AIKMAN - NEVER. AIKMAN WAS A MAN."

The author, Jeff Pearlman, magically, and seamlessly, weaves a story that gives you equal servings of statistical game information... unwavering disections of diverse psychological profiles... including Jerry Jones's jealousies and Jimmy Johnson's insecurities... and the sensitive human backdrop's... such as Michael Irvin... the third youngest of SEVENTEEN CHILDREN... who never had his own bed until college.

I recommend this book highly to any football fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Jan. 3 2009
By Roberto H - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I highly recommend this book to anyone who: a) was a big fan of the early 90's Cowboys, b) is curious about what goes on behind the scenes in the NFL, or c) is interested in the impact leadership has on organizations. This book comes up juicy in all three categories.

This book is great because it avoids the common mistake made by authors documenting certain teams. Instead of going through the boring minutiae of old games, Jeff Pearlman gives gripping, inside stories that no fan ever knew about. For example:

- Michael Irvin was the heart and soul of the team. Period.
- Nobody liked Emmitt Smith.
- Charles Haley, WTF?
- The players, for as much as they hated Jimmy Johnson, respected the heck out of him. How he shaped them psychologically and then kept them on the edge was stellar.
- Jerry Jones is a prideful retard, sure. But I never knew he was that big of one.
- Switzer was actually a pretty likable guy with whom you can really empathize. But, man, he really had no business being there.
- Skip Bayless is a massive dork.

I had a blast reading this book. Highly recommend.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boys Will Be Boys, great title for an exciting read Oct. 18 2008
By David W. Atkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm a huge Dallas Cowboys fan, have been since 1989--the first year of the Troy Aikman era. I had followed the media hype between Aikman vs. Rodney Peet, his school (UCLA) vs. Peete's school (USC) the previous college season. This turned me into a huge fan of his in the NFL as well, making my favorite squad the Dallas Cowboys. It was a new era with Tom Landry being fired and replaced, and then the excellent trades and drafts made by Jimmy Johnson and Co. This book is a behind closed doors type of account of how this era was ushered in and, ultimately, ended. People seem to think they know it all about teams when they're winning...only to discover through this book that there is a lot of stuff going on that does not make its' way to the general public. It has made me more comfortable with the current squad in spite of how the media portrays this ultimate demise waiting to happen due to TO, Pacman, Tank Johnson, etc. Especially frustrating is having people like "MeShawn" Johnson and Cris Carter (who had his own troubles in Philly) trying to critique TO's every move when they, too were no unselfish players. Knowing that if every team were to have a book written about their respective seasons, the public would see just how normal the current Cowboys are in comparison. For anyone wanting a great read that is hard to put down, look no further. This book will open your eyes, make you laugh, and keep you entertained from start to finish.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Glory Day Curtain Dec 11 2009
By Eric Herm - Published on Amazon.com
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Pearlman takes us inside the locker room, strip clubs, and party scenes of one of sports' greatest climbs and crumbles of a dynasty. Often we wonder what transpires, what goes wrong so quickly with a winning team. With this book, the whys and hows are endless. Despite being an avid Cowboys fan, peering behind the sinister curtain of smiles and one-liners it is easy to see the egos, the lies, and the "don't ask, don't tell" philosophies that undo many great teams. With in-depth research and many, many interviews, Pearlman leaves no stone unturned. It's like reading a biography of a legendary rock band who parties itself into splitting up prematurely. The sex, the booze, and the drugs suddenly means more than the music, or in this case winning football games. Best sports non-fiction book I've ever read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning about Audio Edition June 15 2009
By Time Will Tell... - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I listened to this book on CD and thought it was really interesting. I think Michael Irvin's life deserves a movie...
One note: The narrator of the audio edition is clearly not a football fan. You can tell because he absolutely butchers the pronunciations of name after name of the players. He obviously showed up at a studio cold to record this and did no background work. He narrates the story really well, but hearing him mangle "Steve Beuerlein" was an experience in itself! It partially became fun to see what he would come up with next, but it was also distracting from the story... and shockingly cheesey.
If there was ever a football team that deserved a book about it though, this certainly is the one!
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