Announcing: It's Just a Game

About the book: Similar to how H.G. Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights uses high school football in Texas as a lens to look at society, Brian Carriveau’s It’s Just a Game observes adult amateur baseball in Wisconsin as a means to examine small-town America. The non-fiction book,...


“Road to Valor” Fantastic Addition to Narrative Nonfiction Sports Literature

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The timing is perfect. Released shortly before the Tour de France, Aili and Andres McConnon expertly capitalized on interest in the world-renowned bicycle race in their book Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation. It’s a biographical account of the life of Gino Bartali, a two-time winner of the Tour and the only athlete who’s gone as many as ten years between triumphs. As amazing as what …

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phof, the official website of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, has published an excerpt from It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America. The excerpt follows the story of Bill Short and how he went from broadcast journalist to the kicking coach of the Packers during the Vince Lombardi era in Green Bay. Now in his seventies, Short’s football coaching days are behind him, but he still umpires town-team baseball games in southern Wisconsin’s Home …

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Father’s Day Weekend Book Signings


Still looking for a Father’s Day present? Might we suggest a copy of It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America? Author Brian Carriveau will make two book signing appearances on Father’s Day Weekend at Home Talent League baseball games. The first will be on Saturday June 16 at the 81st annual Cottage Grove Firemen’s Festival as Cottage Grove hosts Poynette at 2:00 p.m. Central time. The following day, a book signing will take place at the …

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Weekend Book Signings


Author Brian Carriveau will be taking part in two book signings in support of It’s Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America on the weekend of June 8 through 10. The first will take place on Friday evening June 8 at Warner Park in Madison as the Madison Mallards host the Green Bay Bullfrogs in a Northwoods League baseball game. Mallards owner Steve Schmitt is featured in It’s Just a Game as a former Home Talent League …

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Home Talent League Photo Blogging


Richland Center’s home opener of the 2012 season served as a sendoff for native son Bradie Ewing who was recently drafted by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Ewing was honored before the game by throwing the honorary first pitch. Pictured with Ewing is author Brian Carriveau and wife, Amanda. Richland Center’s Vern Geishert is one of the handful of Home Talent League players to have played in Major League Baseball when he pitched for the California Angels in 1969. Unfortunately, someone …

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What They’re Saying About It’s Just a Game

It’s a fascinating tale of small town America and the big personalities that can be found there, the lengths people go to so they can do the things they love, and most of all, of baseball. -Ryan Topp, Disciples of Uecker It’s Just a Game is a worthwhile look into the world of Wisconsin adult amateur baseball that fans of the game and people interested in Wisconsin culture should enjoy. -Nicole Bourgoin, Brew Crew Ball Brian Carriveau captures the timelessness of Wisconsin’s amateur …

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