The Asterisk uses comparison analysis, player statistics, and first-hand sources to give compelling insight on the more than two decades' worth of cheating and rule manipulation that precipitated a spillover of success for the New England Patriots in today's NFL.
The Asterisk is a fact-based analysis that highlights the unscrupulous factors elevating the Patriots to so-called G.O.A.T. status:
- The manipulation of rules to protect less athletic quarterbacks in the NFL for decades
- Massive cheating by the Patriots over the better part of a decade and the eventual cover-up
- Rules that are biased against more mobile quarterbacks who are endangered on the field
The Author takes the reader on a riveting journey through the history of the NFL, revealing stunning truths about the nefarious factors that propelled the Patriots to dominance in the League.
Vern Nicholson is a lifelong fan of professional football who believes we all need to have a conversation about the legitimacy of the Patriots’ success over the past two decades. Thus: The Asterisk.
Vern has been a small business owner and marketing executive and has lived in New Hampshire for over 15 years. He authored the Digital Marketing guide, Farming A Marketing Explosion, and develops successful marketing campaigns for small businesses across the country.
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We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team, following one cardinal rule for judging each innovation they try: it has to work. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player in professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance.
Will their knowledge of numbers help Lindbergh and Miller bring the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the team have a competitive advantage or is the sport’s folk wisdom true after all? Will the players attract the attention of big-league scouts, or are they on a fast track to oblivion?
It’s a wild ride, by turns provocative and absurd, as Lindbergh and Miller tell a story that will speak to numbers geeks and traditionalists alike. And they prove that you don’t need a bat or a glove to make a genuine contribution to the game.