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NFL Bookshelf: Parcells' GM Dream; Tiki Torches Coughlin

 
In Tom Callahan's new book, "The GM: The Inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares That Go With It," Bill Parcels, when he was still coaching the Cowboys in December '06, "made it clear to the Giants that he was interested in their soon-to-be-vacated" GM position, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. A copy of the book, "a story about the 2006 Giants told with the help of retiring GM Ernie Accorsi," is due to be released September 18.  According to the book, six hours before the December 6 Giants-Cowboys game, Parcells "sat with a former Giants colleague in a car in the parking lot...What Bill supposedly said became the lead item on the front office grapevine: 'I'm available to be the Giants' GM if they get stuck. Keep me alive with John Mara, will you?'" In January, when news broke of Parcells' supposed interest in the position, "both Parcells and the Giants denied it" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/2). Also in N.Y., Dave Anderson wrote about the book under the header, "A Tale of Honor And Intrigue Inside the Giants" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/3).

TIKI TORCH: In "Tiki: My Life in the Game and Beyond," to be released September 18, NBC analyst and former Giants RB Tiki Barber revealed, "If Tom Coughlin had not remained as head coach of the Giants, I might still be in a Giants uniform."  Barber wrote Coughlin "robbed me of what had been one of the most important things I had in my life, which was the joy I felt playing football."  Barber also wrote that the Giants "shorted him about $10[M] over his career" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/4).

 
BUS STOP: In Pittsburgh, Ron Cook wrote Jerome Bettis' autobiography, "The Bus: My Life in and out of a Helmet," co-written with Gene Wojciechowski, caused some "piling on" by unhappy Steelers fans.  Bettis writes that former coach Bill Cowher "conspired with the team's owners to set [QB] Kordell Stewart up for failure because they didn't believe in him and didn't want to pay him huge money." Bettis: "That's my opinion. Am I supposed to change it because some people don't like it?" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZZETTE, 9/2). Bettis began his national press tour Tuesday morning on the "Live with Regis & Kelly" and also appeared yesterday on both ESPN's "PTI" and NBC's "The Tonight Show."  The book hit shelves September 4 (THE DAILY).

SUPER SELLER: SI.com's Peter King noted Colts coach Tony Dungy's book, "Quiet Strength," enters its 8th printing this week, "which means that 480,000 books will have been printed." It is the most popular sports book since "Seabiscuit" in '01, and has "confirmed sales of just under 250,000 today," which is "86,000 more than recent coaching biographies of Lou Holtz, Charlie Weis, Jon Gruden and Marv Levy." In addition, the book "has now sold twice as many books as David Halberstam's 2005 book on Bill Belichick" (SI.com, 9/3). In Indianapolis, Mark Montieth writes Dungy "has become one of the most popular sports figures in America." Montieth: "Dungy is regarded as a beacon of decency in a harsh, violent industry, a man who stands for something beyond winning football games. ... A lot of people who don't care for football care for him." The Davie Brown index ranks Dungy in the "top 15 of the 900 people it ranks for overall appeal, putting him on a level with actors such as Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman." He ranks among sports figures second only to Hank Aaron (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 9/6).

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