SAMPLE: "So what does 'almost late' mean? How about I put that up for official review: Is that like almost dead? Almost pregnant? Almost stupid? Almost guilty? Almost good? An interesting footnote is that the morning I was 'almost late' for practice happened to be the same morning we took the team picture prior to the practice I was 'almost late' for. Look closely at that picture. Was I 'almost' in it? No, I was in it."
THE REST OF THE ICEBERG: AN INSIDER'S VIEW ON THE WORLD OF SPORT AND CELEBRITY
By Robert Smith
Inkwater Press, 225 pages, $19.95
GIST: A cerebral sort, the former Vikings running back (1993-2000) examines society's obsession with celebrity.
SAMPLE: "Forget what you've heard about players being forced into using injections. Some team doctors may be less scrupulous than others, but they're not stupid. It's the players who agree, and often ask, to be injected.... I had never seen a needle go that far into my body. The effect was almost immediate. I couldn't believe how much better my ankle felt."