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Sidelines and Bloodlines
Sidelines and Bloodlines

Sidelines and Bloodlines

A Father, His Sons, and Our Life in College Football

SPORTS & RECREATION

288 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: September 2021

ISBN 9781629379326

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Sep 2021)

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Overview

Football is a game of lines—on and off the gridiron

"Ryan McGee has been one of my closest friends for nearly half our lives, and my admiration for his storytelling ability is infinite. Sidelines and Bloodlines is his deft storytelling at its best. Fathers and sons and sports—and the impenetrable bonds forged and memories created when they intersect." —Marty Smith, New York Times bestselling author and ESPN reporter Football is a game of lines—on and off the gridiron  In Sidelines and Bloodlines, Ryan McGee—co-host of the popular Marty & McGee show on ESPN Radio and SEC Network—teams up with his father and brother to share lessons learned between the white lines, featuring a cast of characters that runs from no-name small college athletes and coaches to one-name legends such as Holtz, Paterno, Tebow, and Bo.  The McGees provide a rare and often hilarious glimpse inside the lives of college officials, detailing how a love for the game convinces accomplished professionals from all walks of life to voluntarily endure ceaseless insults and highly public criticism.    The book contains memorable stories of brawling high school referees and making awkward small talk with George Lucas and Darth Vader at the Rose Bowl to the heart-tugging story of young sons in the stands on a Saturday as a stream profanity-laden insults directed at their father drowns out the marching band. Sidelines and Bloodlines delivers laughs, tears, and a deeper understanding of a life in stripes. 

Reviews

"I came for the hilarious stories about the strange place referees occupy in our sporting world and found myself pulled deep into a tale of family, fathers and sons, and how we never forget the way back home." —Wright Thompson, ESPN senior writer 

"Able sportswriting that, due to its focus on a little-known aspect of the game, will be illuminating even for die-hard fans." —Kirkus Reviews 

"It's uniquely structured with the voices of all three McGees coming through." —The Daily Independent 

"A story well told as [Ryan McGee] shares the football officiating experiences of his dad and family." —SEC Commissioner Greg Sankes 

"Ryan McGee has been one of my closest friends for nearly half our lives, and my admiration for his storytelling ability is infinite. Sidelines and Bloodlines is his deft storytelling at its best. Fathers and sons and sports—and the impenetrable bonds forged and memories created when they intersect." —Marty Smith, New York Times bestselling author and ESPN reporter

"Ryan McGee is a master storyteller who imbues all his work with wit, warmth, and brains. No one knows college football better than McGee...Sidelines and Bloodlines is a love letter to the game and to the ties that bind fathers and sons." —Jeremy Schaap, ESPN host, Outside the Lines 

"In my 40-plus years of coaching, I never shared a sideline with a more respected official than Jerry McGee." —Lou Holtz, Hall of Fame coach

Author Biography

Ryan McGee is a senior writer for ESPN, prominently covering college football and motorsports. He also co-hosts the Marty & McGee show with Marty Smith. He is the author of ESPN Ultimate NASCAR: 100 Defining Moments in Stock Car Racing History and The Road To Omaha: Hits, Hopes, and History at the College World Series, and he co-authored the Dale Earnhardt Jr. book "Racing to the Finish."Dr. Jerry E. McGee spent nearly four decades and more than 400 games on the field as one of the most highly-decorated officials in college football history.Sam McGee is a lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Yale Law School.