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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 Baton Rouge/New Orleans Advocate, and has also written for the Washington Post, Politico Magazine and other publications. He is the author of five books, was a 2011-12 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Award in 2010 for his 10 years of foreign reporting in South America, was a Shorenstein Center Fellow at Harvard in the fall of 2017, and was a distinguished fellow in residence at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania for the fall semester of 2021. He is a graduate of Stanford University.

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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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