Category Archives: Sports

What Makes A Bad Team Bad?

Often times we tend to want to think of success and look at how teams succeed and then do our best to mimic them.  That said, sometimes there is a great deal of worth in thinking about what makes a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Money Players

Money Players, by Armen Keteyian, Harvey Araton, and Martin F. Dardis This is a book that had to feel like it was a fiery expose of the problems of basketball when it was published in the late 1990’s.  For those … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line:  Observations and Arguments On The Sports Business, by Andrew Zimbalist I must admit I was a bit disappointed with this book.  The fact that this book was painted as being an academic work that features observations and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hoops!

Hoops!:  Confessions Of A College Basketball Analyst, by Billy Packer with Roland Lazenby This book is probably not as impressive as the author thinks it is.  Even so, despite not being particularly interested in Billy Packer on his own merits, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Safety In Individual And Dual Sports

Safety In Individual And Dual Sports, edited by Joseph Borozne, Chauncey Morehouse, and Stanley Pechar There is something deeply amusing about a work like this one.  All of the sports included here are listed as being very safe (including fencing … Continue reading

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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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