I just got finished reading Darryl Stingley's "Happy to Be Alive", for research on my spinal cord and concussions in the history of football research paper. Here are a few thoughts I have after reading it: 1.) I take back anything bad I have ever said about John Madden. The fact that he visited Stingley nearly everyday during the 1978 season (the season Stingley was injured) really says alot about his character. I know, he is kind of a moron when he announces games, but he has a great heart. 2.) Stingley, himself, has a large heart and is an extremely strong willed person. Some of his stories from rehab are painful, depressing, and inspirational at the same time. 3.) The Patriots teams in the couple of seasons directly after Stingley's injury under Fairbanks really would have had a good chance of doing some serious damage in the league. I feel if Stingley were not injured, the Patriots could have won one or more championships under Fairbanks (who, by all accounts in the book, was a great guy and unfairly booed off the field when he bolted to Colorado). Jim Plunkett was a reciever's quarterback (Stingley loved the balls he threw), and Grogan got a raw deal from the Boston Sports media over the Stingley hit (people claimed it was his fault for the ball he threw). 4.) Jack Tatum is even more of a douch*bag than I originally thought. He has never contacted Stingley since the incident, and wrote his book, "They Call Me Assassin" (which I also read), only after Stingley settled with the Patriots over his injury and monetary security. In other words, Tatum wrote his book after Stingley agreed to not sue the NFL (and in turn, Tatum) over the incident. Spinless pr*ck.