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Book Review: Portland Speedway

Portland Speedway (Images Of Sports), by Jeff Zurschmeide In reading this book I was filled with a sense that I wish I would have known this building better.  Now torn down with the remnants of a small clay track that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Patch

The Patch, by John McPhee One of the things that happens when a writer has a lot of material is that one tends to see feasts of scraps made of those materials.  This book is an example of that.  This … Continue reading

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The CBI For What It’s Worth

[Note:  South Florida ended up winning the 2019 CBI.  Article updated below.] Starting in 2008, the College Basketball Invitational (hereafter CBI) became the third of what are now four postseason college basketball tournaments for division I teams.  Without a doubt, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Boys In The Boat

The Boys In The Boat:  Nine Americans And Their Epic Quest For Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown Spoiler alert:  They got the gold.  This book is the sort of work that purports to be more … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Three-Year Swim Club

The Three-Year Swim Club:  The Untold Story Of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids And Their Quest For Olympic Glory, by Julie Checkoway In reading this book, which I generally enjoyed, although I am not particularly well-versed in swimming history, I was … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Wildest Race Ever

The Wildest Race Ever:  The Story Of The 1904 Olympic Marathon, by Meghan McCarthy I first heard about this particular race from a Sports Illustrated feature that dramatized this shambolic Olympic race, but the SI crew may have gotten it … Continue reading

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The Alliance Of American Football: The Latest Iteration Of A Perennial Idea

There are some things that get tried over and over again in the hope that they will work.  One of these ideas is another league of professional football in the United States aside from the National Football League.  And it … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Jackie Robinson

I Am Jackie Robinson, by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos In looking at this book I had one obvious question.  Where was Jackie Robinson’s father?  A good deal of this book (like the entire series I have read thus … Continue reading

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Olympic Athletes From Russia

If you are as fond of looking at the medal table for the Olympics as I am [1], you will notice a strange country appearing there:  Olympic Athletes From Russia.  You may ask yourself why Russia appears this way.  We … Continue reading

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Book Review: French Revolutions

French Revolutions:  Cycling The Tour De France, by Tim Moore If you are familiar with this author, others like him, there is a familiar sense about this book.  A middle-aged sportswriter decides on some loony challenge and manages to secure … Continue reading

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