Meet Adam Sachs, author of Three Yards and a Plate of Mullet, and Don't Knock, He's Dead: A Longshot Candidate Gets Schooled in the Unseemly Underbelly of American Campaign Politics on Sunday, August 6th at 6:30pm.
Three Yards and a Plate of Mullet
If you're a football fanatic, then you've probably heard the term "three yards and a cloud of dust." Well, in Drabenville, Florida, they do things a little differently.
Twenty-two-year-old Jake Yankelovich is learning that the hard way. On the precipice of a soul-crushing slog into the corporate world, he decides to become a sportswriter-and he has to start somewhere...
As he covers an intense season of high school football, Jake is blown away by the passion everyone has for the sport. But as the new guy in an alien, insular town, he's also running up against the old-boy network. That's making it difficult for him to get answers about murky financial dealings and a dubious school redistricting decision that just so happens to have brought some of the best players in the state to perennial powerhouse Dolphin High, which had fallen from dominance.
"Three Yards and a Plate of Mullet" is a thoroughly entertaining flashback to 1980s Florida. Uniting the worlds of high-stakes high school football with newsroom drama and eccentric characters, it follows our intrepid young reporter as he works to make it in the business he loves while finding his way around a peculiar culture.
Adam Gordon Sachs has garnered 2,277 votes in his two unsuccessful runs for public office in Maryland, Howard County Council in 2006 and Maryland state delegate in 2014. Sachs’ run for state delegate was the basis for his unvarnished look at electoral politics, the exhilaration and disillusionment, the meaningfulness and corruption: Don’t Knock, He’s Dead: A Longshot Candidate Gets Schooled in the Unseemly Underbelly of American Campaign Politics.
Sachs is pursuing a master’s degree clinical mental health counseling at Loyola University-Maryland (2017 graduation) and has been interning as a therapist at outpatient community mental health clinics. Prior to working in health care public relations, Sachs’ journalism career included working as a news reporter for the Baltimore Sun, a sports reporter for the Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune, and a staff writer for NFL Properties.
Sachs’ first novel, Three Yards and a Plate of Mullet, is a humorous romp through 1980s Florida, a cross between Friday Night Lights and The Hangover. Three Yards describes the travails of a rookie sportswriter in a backwater Florida town covering an intense season of high school football, stumbling into a conspiracy and going head-to-head against the ruthless, win-at-all-costs coach from the town’s dynastic family.
Sachs lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, Amy. He has two children, Rebecca and Daniel.