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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: 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: 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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Book Review: American Pharoah

American Pharoah:  The Untold Story Of The Triple Crown Winner’s Legendary Rise I remember being interested in the Triple Crown races of American Pharoah and feeling particularly happy that the long Triple Crown drought was over, but admittedly before reading … Continue reading

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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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