Shannon O & 39; Toole Author Fun in the game and wife interviewed NFL players and coaches

Author: Shannon O & # 39; Toole

ISBN: 0803286252

Shannon Welcome and thank you for agreeing to participate in our interview & # 39; S.

Thank you for the invitation!

norm:

Shannon, please tell our readers about your personal and professional life.

Shannon:

I got a master's degree in sociology from the University of Western Michigan. Master's thesis called "Professional football players – attitudes towards women and violence." When I was 19 years old and played softball at Western Michigan University, I met John Morton. For the past 14 years, John engaged in professional football. He played 5 years and now he is the coach. (In February 2006, he signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saint Seyns as a "helper passing game"). May academic training coupled with my personal experience made me very interested in the theme of women's NFL.

norm:

How is your master's in sociology will help you in the research and writing of the book?

Shannon:

This is extremely helpful. This is a great discipline for the study of social problems and dynamics. In the book, I go deep in the sexism and racism in the context of professional football. Sociology has opened my eyes to social inequality and injustice, and it has formed me into a woman, who I am today.

norm:

What is the main message or theme of fun to the game: Real NFL lives of women?

Shannon:

Message is clear: these women are not stereotypical shallow, gold digging, Barbie dolls. They are sharp, strong-willed and opinionated. This multi-tasking, talented women who take on and defeat the challenges that they throw NFL life. In fact, they are tough, if not tougher, than the men who play the game and train. The percentage of women that fit the negative stereotypes, probably less than ten percent – and these types of women are never long. Those who learn to cope with the huge NFL difficulties are persistent, resilient and wise.

norm:

Do you think that the sample interviewed & # 39; w is sufficient in order to arrive at some of your conclusions?

Shannon:

I, basically, because very carefully chose women whose experience led the NFL life. While I was talking to Jackie Rice, who is married to Jerry Rice, all and all, I also interviewed the girlfriend free agent rookie who just hoped her boyfriend would be in the registry so that they have health insurance at the time of their child and # 39; year of birth. In the end, I know that there is an adequate sample, when I began to hear the same answers to my many questions. We really sisterhood with the general experience that is unique to professional sports.

norm:

Why are you forced to write this book?

Shannon:

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When I started this book, I had a motive. Although I have twelve years of doing the NFL and know very well what life is, I also sought advice and extracted wisdom of women who have already found a solution to my many problems. I'm still struggling with the life that I chose, so I wanted to know how other women deal with the NFL? How they cope and survive? What is their experience?

I knew that these women do not fit the stereotype. I wanted other people to know about it.

norm:

Can you explain some of your research techniques, and how you found sources for your book? I notice that at the end of the book there is no separate bibliography. There are no reasons for this omission?

Shannon:

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I sent an anonymous survey of more than 150 women and 75 received amazing responses. Of the 75 responses, I chose 30 women for deep interrogation. Their store is the heart of this book. About half were willing to enroll in and use their names, and about half wanted to remain anonymous. In the original anonymous survey I asked the respondents or "strongly agree, mildly agree, mildly disagree or disagree" on many statements concerning the NFL life. These responses form the basis of some of my general statements and conclusions about what life out of women. Then, within thirty interviews & # 39; nd one on one, I got a full, deep answers to these often complex, difficult issues.

As for the lack of bibliography, the current literature on occupational spouses minimal. Most of the published works – it's blatant racial novels, which merely serve to perpetuate the unfair stereotypes. My book – the only book on the market (that I know of) that a & # 39 is part of the insiders who talk and part sociological study.

norm:

What obstacles are in the writing and research of the book?

Shannon:

During the study there were very few obstacles. I was surprised by the willingness and desire of women willing to talk about their experiences. They wanted to talk not only about the good times, but some of them the most terrible and unbearable experience. NFL Women are almost universally overlooked the public and the media, and I found that they have something to say, and they want to be heard.

Has difficulties have arisen in the process of writing. By the beginning of this book, I was very naive in regard to the art of writing. I had no IDEA, how difficult it is to write well. Write well – a real skill, and I did not have the necessary training. I lost a number of major revisions. But I had a goal to see my name on the cover of the book, and I was completely and thoroughly determined to achieve this goal. (I also have a coach for her husband, and he knew all the right motivational buttons to press!) Like millions of writers, my offer was rejected over and over again before she finally found a home at the University of Nebraska Press. And even then it took me a skill fiction editor outside of Jeff Campbell in San Francisco. I am forever in his debt for the beautiful things that he did to my manuscript.

It took me 5 years from the baseline to the final finished product. It's a long time. But the sense of fulfillment that I have now, making each day of the 5 years is totally worth it.

norm:

What feedback have been so far? What hopes do you have in this book?

Shannon:

Both inside and outside the football world favorable reviews were huge. Andrew Yardley of the Washington Post called Wedded to the Game "intelligent, well thought-out book." Feedback from the NFL Women includes phrases such as "an excellent understanding of what we really like" and "invaluable information for beginners wives / girlfriend". The central theme, according to the woman, who is married to the player, "consoled to know that while the stories may vary, many of our experiences the same."

Even women who are not with the & # 39 are supporters of the game, can apply to many problems of the book, for example, to frequent relocations or communication partner with long hours – as usual with the & # 39; shew the work of today's American culture.

I am currently talking to two television producers who are interested in the topic of NFL wives. Check out my website for updates on these projects.

Of course, I hope that this book continues to grow in popularity and one day fall into the list of best sellers. . . via Oprah & # 39; s. (Smile)

norm:

What's next for Shannon O & Toole, is there anything else that you want to add that we are not doing?

Shannon:

It's my dream to realize and facilitate NFL mentoring program for women. The mission of this program is to reduce the tension and uncertainty and thus increase the satisfaction of the new women in his life, officially joining them with experienced veteran wives / significant others. In this regard, the veteran NFL women offer tips, answer questions and guide their students in developing the skills and techniques of copying with the set of circumstances specific to the life of the NFL. Currently, I'm talking to the league office with the NFLPA to offer this program to the entire league.

In the near future we are waiting for John to help people and animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. "Restore, restore, revive," Come and feast!

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