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TexasTiger1185
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


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Probably can read it in a few days tops


Exactly. It is worth it because it will only take you a hanful of hours to read. I had an English teacher (creative writing) that taught Bradley. Used him to prove the point that you don't have to be an A grade writer in class to be successful.






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LSUCouyon
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


I enjoyed it, but as someone stated previously, it was pretty melancholy. Iw pretty much seemed to be about how the greatest part of John Ed's life was Tiger football and everything else he accomplished was secondary. At least that's what I thought.
Would love to have him write more about his playing days.






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Tigerik
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


About halfway through and I really like his writing style. Makes you feel like you're actually there. Worth the read.





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pabgolf
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


No, nothing worth knowing...same old stories





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ELVIS U
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


I checked it out of a local library on my Ipad and read it in a day or two. It was a great read. I would buy the book to read it again.





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doze4
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


Read it years ago. For some reason, one thing I distinctly remember is how much he talked about that damn wound to his chest that ended up getting infected .







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boxcarbarney
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


Its worth a read. I did like the cover, though







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nannyangelle
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


I happened to read it about the same time I was graduating from LSU and scared shitless about entering the "real" world and not having to worry about school ever again. Thought it was a perfect time to read it since it also relates to the "what now?" feeling I had and obviously John Ed Bradley was having. Worth the read :)





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chuckie
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


I enjoyed the chapters about some of the guys he played with and their recollections of playing.
he's a good writer and gave a good account about what it is like to be something we will never know first hand.
I know a guy whose brother played and had a chance at glory (and missed) and even though he is succesful by anybody's standards, I think he had a hard time overcoming some of the same things Bradley talks about.






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11thACR
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


If you are a LSU fan it should be required reading.

James Carville gave this book to Bill Clinton






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LeClerc
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


I HATED this book. I was expecting stories about the greatness of LSU football and all I got was a guy depressed about playing LSU football.





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Doc Fenton
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


It's not a book for Positigers.





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Ace Midnight
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


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It's not a book for Positigers.


I have to disagree Doc - I loved it and am routinely branded a positiger or sunshine pumper (the former label I embrace, while the latter I eschew - I do call them like I see them - I just tend to focus on the postives.)

The book is dark, gloomy, even in spots, but, honestly, it is as close as I can come to the emotions of actually playing for LSU. It is my team, after all.






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LeClerc
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


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it is as close as I can come to the emotions of actually playing for LSU

So playing for LSU sucks? You call that realism? There is no happiness to come from playing college football?






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GOP_Tiger
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


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So playing for LSU sucks? You call that realism? There is no happiness to come from playing college football?
That's exactly backwards from the book. The book is about how much it hurt to leave LSU and how he missed it so bad he couldn't even watch LSU on TV.






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LeClerc
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


Really? Because that's not what I came away with. Now I must admit it has been years since I read the book but I don't recall any joyous anecdotes or stories that would make it hard to leave such a program. I don't remember him talking about how hard it was to leave such a great place.





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TopWaterTiger
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


I loved it.

I mean what more do ppl want. Imagine all the stud High School guys who were #1 at their small high school. Then go on to have a good career at LSU, but no pro potential, then having to enter the real world. I wouldn't want to leave LSU either. But I too read it right after graduating from LSU.






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GeauxGus
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


... definitely ..





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Doc Fenton
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


It wasn't the melancholy and nostalgia of having to leave that grates on people. That part is normal.

It's the constant cliched references to how he didn't want to end up like all those "other" pathetic jocks who centered their lives around football. He poured it on thick as molasses all the way through the book. It was obvious bullshite, and it's comically clear that John Ed never came face to face with the reality that he was really describing himself a lot more than he was ever really describing those other guys, most of whom were just ordinary regular dudes getting on with living happy lives.

It was just disappointing that he never seemed to face this reality at any point in the story. Really weird in a way.



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RawTiger
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re: "It Never Rains In Tiger Stadium" -John Ed Bradley


More of a sob story than anything else.





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