Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jonesy, Put Your Head Down and Write

I've been meaning to touch on this for quite some time, but I've never had the chance. Recently I got a copy of Jonesy, Put Your Head Down and Skate, written by former Philadelphia Flyer Keith Jones and ESPN's John Buccigross. If you've read any of John's columns recently, you may have seen it mentioned.

In the book, Jones tells the story of his career, as well as many other yarns that he picked up along the way. That's about all I'll say for now, as I meant to write a mini-review of it, but really haven't had any time to do anything of late (if you haven't noticed by how infrequently the site has been updated). If you want to check out some more information about the book, head on over to it's official website.

Last note, but probably the most important, is that Keith Jones is donating his proceeds from the book to Alex's Lemonade Stand. Alex's is a charitable organization that is trying to find a cure for childhood cancer. If you are on the fence about buying this book, my advice would be to buy it just for that reason. You're giving to charity, and you're getting something in return. Really can't beat that.


  1. Wow, look at the size of his head. Fucking huge. Keith "Cartoon Head" Jones. Jeezus.

  2. I bought the book and I have to say I was a bit disappointed.

    I mean I loved the parts about his banter on the ice, what life of a fringe NHL player is like and all of that but 2 things disturbed me. 1) It was poorly edited. There is a lot of repetition of sentences and grammatical errors. 2) There was an awful lot of concentration (from Bucci maybe?) on Jonesy's stats. I got deep and personal with his plus minus, his goals in a certain game, etc. But what was missing was more about what the players were like, more stories from the lockeroom, etc. I felt like I got his stat line, what he was feeling during games but after awhile less and less what the people were like in the locker rooms.

    Overall, I would buy the book as its an interesting read about hockey and proceeds do go to a good cause. And honestly, the epilogue will almost make you cry.