Category Archives: Sports

Book Review: Soccer Under The Swatstika

Soccer Under The Swatstika:  Stories Of Survival And Resistance During The Holocaust, by Kevin E. Simpson I have to admit that this is the first book I have ever read that focuses on soccer and its role in Nazi Germany … Continue reading

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Buzkashi

From time to time it is worth pondering the purposes of rules.  A few months ago I listened to an audiobook from an Afghan-American who sought to educate fellow Americans on the traumatic last couple of centuries of Afghan history, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Kentucky Derby Dreams

Kentucky Derby Dreams:  The Making Of Thoroughbred Champions, by Susan Nusser This book is one of those volumes that takes advantage of a period of access granted to the author by a noted horse farm in Kentucky to provide a … Continue reading

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A Tale Of Sports Subgenres: A Syntoptical Reading Project

From time to time I like to engage in syntoptical reading, where one reads a lot of books about the same sorts of subjects as a way of gaining insight into what is written and why it is written [1].  … Continue reading

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Book Review: They Said It Couldn’t Be Done

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done:  The ’69 Mets, New York City, And The Most Astounding Season In Baseball History, by Wayne Coffey You know the type.  You go to a sports bar and watch a few games on the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ten Innings At Wrigley

Ten Innings At Wrigley:  The Wildest Ballgame Ever, With Baseball On The Brink, by Kevin Cook While this is in general at least a mildly entertaining book in parts about an interesting game, the book is not quite as exciting … Continue reading

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Book Review: Inside The Empire

Inside The Empire:  The True Power Behind The New York Yankees, by Bob Klapish and Paul Solotaroff Doing a season retrospective on a team is a tough task.  One can choose a team that one thinks will be really successful … Continue reading

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The Fan As Ambassador

For a variety of reasons, I tend to think seriously about the issue of fandom [1], not least because it is an issue which I find to be greatly important in surprising ways in our lives.  To say that one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit:  An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand In many cases I am able to read a book before watching the movie, but this is a case where that simply did not happen.  At the time I saw Seabiscuit I was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Horse God Built

The Horse God Built:  The Untold Story Of Secretariat, The World’s Greatest Racehorse, by Lawrence Scanlan In reading this book I had the melancholy feeling that it could have been so much better than it was had it been shortened … Continue reading

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