Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Art Rooney Jr. has written a book. Yes, that's a bit like saying Frank Sinatra Jr., and not his old man, has purchased a football team. Or something. Whatever. But according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there really is something to this. The book is called Ruanaidh, which is Gaelic for Rooney. Junior has been exiled from the Steelers for more than 20 years, but he's now telling his side of the story -- the good, the bad, and the ugly. Cook credits Junior for his storytelling and his eye for detail, and given Junior's stature with the Steelers during their salad days in the 1970s, it sounds like there's plenty of good stuff. And to be honest, a part of me just likes that Junior collaborated with Roy McHugh on the project, about which McHugh told Junior:
Roy tells me I'm the same stream-of-consciousness writer that James Joyce is except for two things. He says Joyce was a brilliant writer, and I'm not. And he says Joyce eventually gets to the point, and I don't.
Self-deprecating and honest. Sounds kinda cool.

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