Football legend Joe Montana was in Cleveland on Wednesday to promote his new book on lowering blood pressure. The book was paid for by a large pharmaceutical company, so you might want to take it with a grain of low-sodium salt substitute. But there are some cool things about the book:
* It's free, available at Montana's blood-pressure Web site
* It's got some fun charts that tell you whether or not you're a lard ass.
* It's got a picture of Joe's wife in it, and Joe's wife is hotter than a stolen tamale.
* It's got some decent looking recipes.
* And, most awesomely, it has quotes from random people who are fighting high blood pressure. This in itself isn't awesome, but this is: one of the quotes in Joe Montana's book on high blood pressure is from some random guy named Jose Montanez. I swear to God.
Also cool about the book: it gave me, a Bay Area native and rabid 49ers fan, a chance to interview Montana. Of course, I mostly just blathered on about football, trying to ascertain why he's been so removed from the game since he retired. The only time you ever hear from the guy, even in the Bay, is when he's lecturing you about high blood pressure on the radio.
"I always considered myself a doer," is how he explained this. "I'd rather do something than be watching something."
It's not that Montana doesn't miss football: "I miss playing the game," he said. He does not, however, miss football in Cleveland. "The dog bones being thrown at you" is what he remembers most about playing here. "It was not a fun game to come play." — Joe P. Tone