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Discussion in 'Archive: The Arena' started by Armenian_Jedi, Oct 17, 2009.

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  1. Armenian_Jedi

    Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master star 7

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    Anyone have any recommendations? I haven't read too many. Just a biography on Bart Starr and just finished My Team by Larry Dierker.


    So, you guys got any favorites?
     
  2. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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    I really enjoyed [link=http://www.amazon.com/McCowns-Law-Greatest-Hockey-Arguments/dp/0385666764/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255814837&sr=8-2]The 100 Greatest Hockey Arguments[/link] but I know you would have no interest in that. :p But I recommend it for any hockey fan.
     
  3. Armenian_Jedi

    Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master star 7

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    Yeah, sorry, that was my bad. I forgot to mention that I was only talking about sports that matter.
     
  4. DarthTunick

    DarthTunick SfC Part IV Commissioner star 10 VIP - Game Host

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    [link=http://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Gentlemen-Bronx-Burning-Baseball/dp/0374175284]Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning- by Jonathan Mahler[/link]

    An excellent book concerning the politics of New York of the late 70's, intertwined with the 1977 Yankees.
     
  5. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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    I know. That's why I didn't mention an MMA book. :)
     
  6. Armenian_Jedi

    Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master star 7

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    Are we really gonna do this right now? lol
     
  7. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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  8. Armenian_Jedi

    Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master star 7

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  9. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton. The first of the 'tell-all' sports books.
     
  10. Armenian_Jedi

    Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master star 7

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    I forgot about Moneyball. Read that one last year, it was actually really good.
     
  11. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    I've read that one. Also it's funny.
     
  12. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 9 Staff Member Administrator

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    It's an oldie, but I remember reading and enjoying [link=http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Game-Bison-Book/dp/0803259514/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255858515&sr=1-2]The Summer Game[/link] by Roger Angell.
    And I agree on Ball Four - I liked that one as well.
     
  13. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    There's Jon Krakauker's book on Pat Tillman, though I have not yet read it.
     
  14. rechedelphar

    rechedelphar Jedi Master star 6

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    Pete Sampras: A Champions Mind
     
  15. Rogue...Jedi

    Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I've actually never really gotten into reading sports books. Tons of other stuff, but not many sports ones. I have read Coach K's books, and enjoyed them (they're as much about life as they are about basketball), but that's really about it.
     
  16. New_York_Jedi

    New_York_Jedi Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    I mainly read sports books that deal with Boston sports, but you may still like The Rivalry, which talks about the Russel-Chamberlain rivalry.

    Also, [link=http://www.amazon.com/FreeDarko-presents-Macrophenomenal-Basketball-Almanac/dp/1596915617/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255962460&sr=8-1]This[/link] is one of the most unique, interesting basketball books ever. And it has some of the coolest illustrations.



    edit: You're a Suns fan, so [link=http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Seconds-Less-Season-Phoenix/dp/B000WMKMZE/ref=pd_sim_b_2]Seven Seconds or Less[/link] should be right in your wheelhouse. Its pretty good. I can't believe I didn't immediately think of it...
     
  17. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    "Venus Envy" has a great title, but alas, it's about woman's tennis.
     
  18. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    "The Game of Our Lives" by Peter Gzowski.
     
  19. yankee8255

    yankee8255 Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Summer of 49 by David Halberstam, one of the best sports books ever written. Admittedly, it helps to be a Yankee or Red Sox fan, but it's still a must read fro anyone who loves baseball.

    Oh, I think you'll like the ending of The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness by Buster Olney.
     
  20. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    I have read that, and it's a good one.
     
  21. Reynar_Tedros

    Reynar_Tedros Jedi Master star 6

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    "The Yankee Years" by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci is a great chronicle of the Yankees late-90s dynasty and post-2000 downfall under Torre.
     
  22. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    "The Game" by Ken Dryden
     
  23. Zaz

    Zaz Jedi Knight star 9

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    "A Good Walk Spoiled" by John Feinstein
     
  24. BaronFel88

    BaronFel88 Jedi Knight star 7

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    Larry Dierker wrote a book?!

    I just started cracking Sports Guy's 'Book of Basketball,' and you should too.
     
  25. s65horsey

    s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Just read a fantastic book by jockey Jerry Bailey called Against the Odds: Riding for my Life.

    In it he details a massive struggle with alcoholism and his journey to becoming one of the greatest jockeys to grace the sport. It is relatively cheap used so if you have any interest in the horse racing industry at all I suggest reading it.

    I got chills when he described Cigar's races.
     
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