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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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The 2017 Gold Cup: Halftime Report

As previously noted [1], right now the 2017 Gold Cup is playing, and as might be expected, this entry is for those who are at least casual soccer fans [2].  We are at the halfway point in the competition now, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Courage To Soar

Courage To Soar:  A Body In Motion, A Life In Balance, by Simone Biles with Michelle Burford [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Zondervan.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This book manages to combine two … Continue reading

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Book Review: After The Cheering Stops

After The Cheering Stops:  An NFL Wife’s Story Of Concussions, Loss, And The Faith That Saw Her Through, by Cyndy Feasel with Mike Yorkey [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishing.  All thoughts and opinions … Continue reading

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