Kriegel, a former sports columnist for The Daily News, presents a thorough portrait of Namath, an iconoclast who regularly defied league authorities.
While Yashin is enjoying a successful rookie season on a bad team, Kovalev is struggling through his second year with a good one, having problems with league authorities and with his coaching staff.
That concern spurred a crackdown by league authorities.
One Islander showed his frustration at the final buzzer with a display of temper that might draw a review from league authorities.
He often fought with league authorities, his employees, the news media, the fans and his children, often chuckling as he moved from battle to battle.
Referees, he said, are "the bottom rung" of the ladder of league authority and "you're only as strong as the support from above."
Despite its long association with the sport, this type of contact is now considered to be dangerous play by league authorities due to the potential of causing serious injury.
Torrey added that he has spoken to league authorities about this incident.
Before the league authorities get in touch, however, with a reminder about the rules of professionalism they should know that the Smailes fortune is destined for charity.
However, during the early years, Estudiantes had to use a red shirt with a white stripe in the chest, because league authorities decided the uniform was too similar to Alumni's.