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Malamud’s The Natural

[Sports fiction is a poorly covered and unappreciated craft.  It is a hard slog to bring the drama of the playing field to life on the written page.  Several authors have done it and arguably none of them with greater

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World Cup 2018 and Soccernomics

[There are few books that have had a bigger impact on my thinking about sports than Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski.  With the World Cup heating up, it felt like a timely synopsis for our Book Review section. 

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Derek Jeter: Best-Selling Author

[We have added a new navigation tab to the site, Book Review.  It will give us a chance to begin to showcase some of the great books on sports not only spanning both fiction and non-fiction, but also the full

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Ben Hewitt: The Town That Food Saved

Ben Hewitt’s The Town That Food Saved chronicles the rise of the local foods community in Hardwick, Vermont.  Hewitt makes the compelling case that a collection of agri-preneurs helped “save” this small Northeastern town.             The

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The QB

The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks Football seems like the last thing that I should write about as the thermometer moves about 90 F.  At the same time, we are just 45 days removed from the end of the

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Tim Howard: The Keeper

Tim Howard: The Keeper With soccer at its highest level of popularity in American history, it seems only fitting to review a great read about what the Brazilian great Pele called the beautiful game. Tim Howard has been a stalwart

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John Feinstein: A Transformative Author

[Every kid that loves sports and reading has enjoyed the books of the great John Feinstein.  A number of years ago, I did a report on Coach Bobby Knight in lower school.  A Season on the Brink, a Feinstein classic,

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Best Books on Sports: The Blindside

The Blindside: The Evolution of the Game You probably have seen the movie. Everyone seems to have watched it. And while movies almost never are better than the book, I don’t subscribe to the notion that you can’t enjoy them both.

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The Walk On

The Walk On by John Feinstein  The Walk On is the first book in the Triple Threat Series by John Feinstein (Walk On, The Sixth Man and The DH).  It is a gripping book that merits 4.5 stars and should

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Fourth and Long

Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football  College Football captures our hearts and minds. When we think about rivalry, we think Ohio State and Michigan.  In this superb book, John U. Bacon takes us deep into the

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Our Boys

Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen Heart. Commitment. Character. That is what Roger Barta had always preached to his high school football teams in Smith Center, Kansas (pop. 1,610). Coach Barta always says

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A Quack and a Growl: A Tribute to Mad Ducks and Bears

The credit belongs, said former President Teddy Roosevelt, to the man that is actually “in the arena.”  TR’s main point in his famous speech is a simple one: if you have never actually done something, then can you really critique

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Summer Reading: Tennis

With Nadal a no-show for the French Open, the tournament held the risk of being a rather dual affair.  Instead, it offered a compelling story around Novak Djokovic and his amazing ascent (12 majors).  It also foisted Andy Murray onto

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Al Michaels: You Can’t Make This Up

If you haven’t had a chance to read Al Michael’s new book, you need to download it tonight or head to your local bookstore tomorrow. For me, great books is a concept associated with one person: Vivian Jennings and the

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The White Puma Weighs in with a New Book

Jimmy Nielsen’s performance on the pitch has been exceptional. The 35-year old goalkeeper has the all-time M.L.S record for goals against average (1.03). He has played over 100 games for Sporting Kansas City, with 40 shutouts. He has earned his

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