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The Blueprint
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Christopher Price has covered the Boston sports scene for the last ten years, working for ESPN.com, SI.com, and Baseball America, as well as The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and The Miami Herald. In that time, he's established himself as an award-winning sportswriter who has been honored by Northeastern University, the New England Press Association, and the North Carolina Press Association. He's currently the football writer for Boston Metro, a job he's held since 2001. He lives in Boston with his wife, Kate.

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Given the almost perverse ratio of fans and media attention on the one hand (massive) to the minuscule number of NFL games (a mere 16 per team in regular season, compared to 162 in baseball), the level of attention paid to each play, press conference or trade is astounding. So when Bill Belichick took over as coach of the famously inconsistent New England Patriots in 2000 and quickly turned them into what Boston Globe sportswriter Price terms the "unlikeliest dynasty in the history of the NFL," the coach's low-key recipe for success was bound to be anatomized within an inch of its life. Fortunately, Price's account of the team's elegantly simple transformation from league laughingstock (his stories of their 1970s foibles are legion and hilarious, to nonfans at least) to Tom Brady powerhouse is a breeze to read; neither pumped full of steroidal sports hyperbole or weighed down by bloated play-by-play. From the soap opera that was the Bill Parcells era to the high drama of Drew Bledsoe's injury, when he unwittingly handed the quarterback crown to an untested Brady, this is a highly diverting read perfectly timed for the start of a new season for a team that, in Price's mind, "has become the gold standard for the rest of the National Football League." (Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for "The Blueprint":
""The Blueprint "offers a "Moneyball-"like look at how coach Bill Belichick and personnel man Scott Pioli built the New England Patriot dynasty."
--"Sports Illustrated""Price...delivers a brisk narrative of the snakebit early years of the Patriots and a thorough examination of the personnel deals and philosophy that have lately brought in the players who won Super Bowls for them....He's done enough to make me return to the couch on Sunday." --Jay Jennings, "The New York Times Book Review""Price's research is thorough, and his storytelling shows a creative flair....There is so much good material here."--"The Boston Globe""Price's level of research is evident. His chronicles of the checkered past of the team to its current power are thorough and his sources varied as he draws on the experience of everyone from former players to season ticket holders to fellow beat writers."
--"New Hampshire Union Leader"
Praise for "The Blueprint"
""The Blueprint "offers a "Moneyball-"like look at how coach Bill Belichick and personnel man Scott Pioli built the New England Patriot dynasty."
--"Sports Illustrated""Price...delivers a brisk narrative of the snakebit early years of the Patriots and a thorough examination of the personnel deals and philosophy that have lately brought in the players who won Super Bowls for them....He's done enough to make me return to the couch on Sunday." --Jay Jennings, "The New York Times Book Review""Price's research is thorough, and his storytelling shows a creative flair....There is so much good material here."--"The Boston Globe""Price's level of research is evident. His chronicles of the checkered past of the team to its current power are thorough and his sources varied as he draws on the experience of everyone from former players to season ticket holders to fellow beat writers."
--"New Hampshire Union Leader"
""The Blueprint "offers a "Moneyball-"like look at how coach Bill Belichick and personnel man Scott Pioli built the New England Patriot dynasty."
--"Sports Illustrated""Price...delivers a brisk narrative of the snakebit early years of the Patriots and a thorough examination of the personnel deals and philosophy that have lately brought in the players who won Super Bowls for them....He's done enough to make me return to the couch on Sunday." --Jay Jennings, "The New York Times Book Review""Price's research is thorough, and his storytelling shows a creative flair....There is so much good material here."--"The Boston Globe""Price's level of research is evident. His chronicles of the checkered past of the team to its current power are thorough and his sources varied as he draws on the experience of everyone from former players to season ticket holders to fellow beat writers."
--"New Hampshire Union Leader"

The Blueprint offers a Moneyball-like look at how coach Bill Belichick and personnel man Scott Pioli built the New England Patriot dynasty. "Sports Illustrated" Price...delivers a brisk narrative of the snakebit early years of the Patriots and a thorough examination of the personnel deals and philosophy that have lately brought in the players who won Super Bowls for them....He's done enough to make me return to the couch on Sunday. Jay Jennings, "The New York Times Book Review" Price's research is thorough, and his storytelling shows a creative flair....There is so much good material here. "The Boston Globe" Price's level of research is evident. His chronicles of the checkered past of the team to its current power are thorough and his sources varied as he draws on the experience of everyone from former players to season ticket holders to fellow beat writers. "New Hampshire Union Leader ""


"The Blueprint offers a Moneyball-like look at how coach Bill Belichick and personnel man Scott Pioli built the New England Patriot dynasty." --Sports Illustrated"Price...delivers a brisk narrative of the snakebit early years of the Patriots and a thorough examination of the personnel deals and philosophy that have lately brought in the players who won Super Bowls for them....He's done enough to make me return to the couch on Sunday." --Jay Jennings, The New York Times Book Review"Price's research is thorough, and his storytelling shows a creative flair....There is so much good material here." --The Boston Globe"Price's level of research is evident. His chronicles of the checkered past of the team to its current power are thorough and his sources varied as he draws on the experience of everyone from former players to season ticket holders to fellow beat writers." --New Hampshire Union Leader

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