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Tyler Bridges

journalist & author

Five Laterals and a Trombone

Cal, Stanford, and the Wildest Ending in College Football History

Praise for Five Laterals and a Trombone:

“I had always believed I had heard everything there was to hear from the players and coaches on both teams and from officials and fans who had shared the magic of the moment. I was wrong! Tyler Bridges’ outstanding attention to detail reveals stories and information that adds a new layer of knowledge and wonder.” – Joe Starkey, Cal’s play-by-play radio announcer since 1975

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About the author

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Tyler Bridges, twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, is a journalist based in New Orleans who reports on Louisiana politics for The Advocate/The Times-Picayune. Formerly the chief political reporter for the Miami Herald, he has also written for the Washington Post, Politico Magazine, and other publications. He was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Award in 2010 for his 10 years of foreign reporting in South America, was a 2011-12 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, was a Shorenstein Center Fellow at Harvard in 2017 and was a distinguished fellow in residence at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania in 2021. A graduate of Stanford University, he has written five books: Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards (2001); Long Shot: A Soldier, a Senator, a Serious Sin, an Epic Louisiana Election (2016, co-authored with Jeremy Alford); The Rise and Fall of David Duke (2018); The Flight: A Father’s War, a Son’s Search (2021); Five Laterals and a Trombone: Cal, Stanford and the Wildest Ending in College Football History (2022).

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Praise for Tyler Bridges

Praise for Tyler Bridges

“Bridges is a formidable reporter and a competent writer” 

Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post 


“One of the top political reporters in the South”

Best-selling historian Stephen Ambrose 


“Bridges writes with command and ease about this byzantine and squalid enterprise…Highly entertaining”

Kirkus Reviews 

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