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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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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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