I've known some real goomba's over the years, and I don't question Schirripa's goomba-ness. In fact, he sounds like guys I've known. And I guess that's what the problem was with the book for me. I've heard all this before.
Now, I'm not a goomba. In my part of the country, a goomba wannabe is called a peckerwood. I hung out with some real goombas that I knew from around the neighborhood and through family friends. At one time I was all 'wood, but now I just have a little semi going.