Discussion in 'Archive: The Arena' started by Armenian_Jedi, Oct 17, 2009.
Fatso by Art Donovan was pretty good.
"The Lost Dogs" is about the rehabilitation of the dogs used in Michael Vick's dog-fighting ring.
Read a book on Joe Paterno (Lion in Autumn) recently (was only $1 in the bargain pile) which was pretty interesting. Worth the dollar, at least
Also have one by Cal Ripken (likewise found cheap) which I'll probably read fairly soon.
Has anyone read Mike and Mike's Book of Rules for Sports and Life? I've been thinking of getting that as a gift, but haven't had a chance to read through it.
Haven't read it, but I could see that being pretty good.
I think it has some potential...I suppose I should go to a bookstore and skim through it there.
A few months back I read Open by Andre Agassi. Great read. It's managed to change the way I look at professional tennis. It really makes you wonder if all those young prodigies that we see in pro sports are truly there because of their love of the sport, or if they're more likely just being used as the mealticket to support greedy and/or vicarious parents, coaches, or other "benefactors".
The Fix Is In by Brian Tuohy. Talking about the showbiz manipulations in pro sports. Read it with an open mind. You might be surprised...
I've read "Open"...it is indeed very good.
Question: did your impression of Agassi improve or worsen after finishing the book? I've read several reviews on Amazon where people seem to think he's quite the d-bag...
I haven't read it as yet, but Agassi is my favorite athlete. The way he bookended his career at the U.S. Open is telling, having gone from hearing a fan call out to Jimmy Connors, "He's a punk, you're a legend!" to being cheered on at deafening levels near retirement as he made that last finals run in 2005 and then the last go in 2006.
He came clean about the lousy stuff he did and that's a decision he made. If various other athletes did the same, I don't think they would be much better off for it than Agassi. He chose a terrific co-author and turned it into real literature, not a self-congratulatory victory lap.
It improved. He owned his behaviour.
"How Football Explains America" - By Sal Palantonio was a fun read. Not too long either.
It basically talks about how American culture and beliefs shaped the game of football into the game we play today. It jumps around to some of footballs history and some more of the present stuff.
Just received [link=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1453868992/ref=pd_rate_rs]Pro Basketball Prospectus 2010-2011 [/link], should be a good read over the next couple weeks to prep for the season.
I didn't realize the Heat were tied for 4th best defense last year; it reaffirms my belief they'll dominate the regular season (I'm still worried about Howard, Bynum/Gasol, the Celtics gaggle of bigs eating their lunch in the playoffs).
I got [link=http://www.amazon.com/FreeDarko-Presents-Undisputed-Basketball-History/dp/1608190838/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1288715302&sr=8-2]Free Darko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to ProBasketball History[/link]. Its amazing. I've just reached the 80s section, so its dealing with Bird/Magic, young Jordan, Barkley, etc.
That sounds like it could be a really, really good read.
Recently read Cal Ripken's book about his streak... quite interesting. Lots of parallels between his career and that of Gehrig.
Al Strahan's has a book out called "I am Not Making This Up" and though he always a terrible Habs man, so far it's funny.
Got a book on Bobby Bowden for Christmas... haven't read too much of it yet but so far its pretty good.
I was quite amused when Ron Morris (now a columnist for the paper here in Columbia) got mentioned... I didn't realize he used to be sports editor of the Tallahassee paper - that explains why he went after FSU so harshly before the bowl game He's got a well-earned reputation for being exceptionally negative (more than a few people absolutely refuse to read anything he writes because its so frequently just garbage) particularly about South Carolina, but since he was in Tallahassee previously, that explains why that was such a target for him too. He doesn't usually go after Carolina's opponents so much
Big Hair and Plastic Grass: The Story of Baseball in the 1970s.
It was win.
It is very evident that he believes himself to be a good person on the inside. He thinks of himself as a better man than Sampras because of his failures and his rise from the failures. Never was it more plain than when he called out Sampras's cheapness when it comes to tipping. Not only in his book but in that insanely awkward exhibition doubles match.
Agassi was the most gifted pure striker of the ball from the ground the game has ever seen and the book Open is really one of the best sports books I have ever read. It was eye-opening and shows how hard it is to be a top pro in tennis(THE hardest sport to go pro and remain pro in).
I got my stepdad and cousin (who's majoring in journalism and does some play-by-play stuff for the university) Just Play the Game by John Staggerwald for Christmas. Staggerwald was a long time sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in addition to working for the local ABC and CBS stations for a long time. He was essentially forced out of the CBS affiliate a few years ago because of budget issues, but his book was really good, and not that bitter. A lot of cool behind the scenes stories about Bob Princes (the legendary Pirates broadcaster) and other Pittsburgh legends.