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Read/listened to an interesting Sports book lately? Post it in the club and discuss it with TBP community. Sports related books only please. All sports acceptable.

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  2. I'm a few chapters into this.....tough one. Tracks the career and relationship (written by wife) of a former NFL player's from college football to his demise. You can't put it down, but you have to be ready to deal with the sadder side of sports injuries and outcomes.
  3. If you want to suggest a book, there is a "ThreadStarter" icon below the dialogue box. You simply need to enter the book title (although ISBN works better imho). Add whatever comments you'd like, as I have here, and it really creates a nice opening thread.
  4. I found an old audiobook on cassette when cleaning out the closet a year or so ago. Made me laugh when I saw it.
  5. swamprat


    I read at least 1 book a week and listen to another. I am a huge history buff, so most are biographies and history, but I indulge in murder mysteries, too, basically Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Lee Childe, and James Patterson. I absolutely love sports history.
  6. Want to read this. I watched an interview with both Coach Wooden and Kareem years ago. One thing I remember from that interview was that Wooden kept referring to Kareem as Louis. After a few minutes the interviewer asked Kareem if that bothered him. Kareem said, "Coach can call me anything he wants."
  7. Got "When the Game was Ours" from Scribd this afternoon. Should start it this evening, after I finish the last couple of chapters of Michael Connelly non-sports audio book I am currently engrossed in.
  8. I just finished this book. I had the print and audio version on Amazon and could bounce back and forth between the two. It was a great read. Learned a lot about Coach Wooden and a lot about Jabbar. It was a very easy read from Kareem, especially when he was highlighting his and Wooden's sense of humor. But there were also very sad moments about the end of their friendship with Wooden's passing at age 99.
  9. Finished American Pharoah, the audiobook, this morning. I did learn a lot about horses and am now interested in more races outside those in the Triple Crown, but know more about the Triple Crown than ever. I never really knew the order or the challenge/hardship on the horses. Didn't know Baffert was a native Arizonan either. Recommend? Not so much. It was interesting but not the book/audiobook that I think I'll want to experience again. Insightful, but not in my wheel house. Right now, I'm moving back to non-sports with a book about Harry S Truman. After that, I think it will be "Ahead of the Curve". I'm out of sports books in my library, but will be purchasing the one mentioned, by Brian Kenny, soon.
  10. I'm gonna add the Astro book to my amazon list. The American Pharoah book looks interesting, Im not really into horse racing either but I do get incredibly interested in the triple crown, I always pull heavily for the one to be achieved. Might put that on there too.
  11. Alright, I finished up the western and went to the only downloaded Sports audiobook (out walking - getting in tailgating shape now) I had - American Pharoah: The Untold Story. I think the only reason I had this was because Amazon made it available as part of a promotion. Not a horse guy or a gambler, but I'm 4 chapters in and learning a lot about horse sex. Yeah.... But it is interesting so far....I thought I might not be able to get through it, but I still listening...so far so good.
  12. I am finishing up a book on the 19th century West. I think I'll go with one of the newer Baseball data books:
  13. Yeah, It included a lot more fiction that I would have expected. I have a decent stack piling up as well but Im working through that Performance Cortex book and some of that kinda goes over my head and I have to reread it so its taking me longer to get through.
  14. I haven't, but I do have the ESPN book to read at some point. I have a small mountain of sports books to either read or listen to. I'm surprised some that I have read were not on that list.
  15. https://www.amazon.com/Champions-Mind-Great-Athletes-Thrive/dp/1623365627 Even among the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn't necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience—its the mental game that matters most.Sports participation—from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level—is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their games may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: the desire to excel. In The Champion's Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, and professional athletes, including:• How to get in a "zone," thrive on a team, and stay humble• How to progress within a sport and sustain long-term excellence• Customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is droppedWith hundreds of useful tips, breakthrough science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers, The Champion's Mind will help you shape your body to ensure a longer, healthier, happier lifetime.
  16. The 64 Best Sports Books of All Time Anybody read a good amount of these?
  17. The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius Why couldn't Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, crush a baseball? Why can't modern robotics come close to replicating the dexterity of a five-year-old? Why do good quarterbacks always seem to know where their receivers are?On a quest to discover what actually drives human movement and its spectacular potential, journalist, sports writer, and fan Zach Schonbrun interviewed experts on motor control around the world. The trail begins with the groundbreaking work of two neuroscientists in Major League Baseball who are upending the traditional ways scouts evaluate the speed with which great players read a pitch. Across all sports, new theories and revolutionary technology are revealing how the brain's motor control system works in extraordinary talented athletes like Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, and Lionel Messi; as well as musical virtuosos, dancers, rock climbers, race-car drivers, and more.Whether it is timing a 95 mph fastball or reaching for a coffee mug, movement requires a complex suite of computations that many take for granted--until they read The Performance Cortex. Zach Schonbrun ushers in a new way of thinking about the athletic gifts we marvel over and seek to develop in our own lives. It's not about the million-dollar arm anymore. It's about the million-dollar brain. I am currently working my way through this one, saw it on an episode of MLB Now. It is incredibly interesting. It's basically trying to explain the "natural athlete"
  18. In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life. Married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children, he was the winner of fourteen major golf championships and earning more than $100 million annually. But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years—one that unraveled in the aftermath of a Thanksgiving-night car crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional lives over a cliff. Still, the world has always wondered: Who is Tiger Woods, really?In Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, the team behind the New York Times bestseller The System, look deep behind the headlines to produce a richly reported answer to that question. To find out, they conducted hundreds of interviews with people from every facet of Woods’s life—friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, coaches, business associates, physicians, Tour pros, and members of Woods’s inner circle.From those interviews, and extensive, carefully sourced research, they have uncovered new, intimate, and surprising details about the man behind the myth. We read an inside account of Tiger’s relationship with his first love, Dina Gravell, and their excruciating breakup at the hands of his parents. We learn that Tiger’s longtime sports agency, International Management Group (IMG), made $50,000 annual payments to Tiger’s father, Earl Woods, as a “talent scout”—years before Tiger was their client. We discover startling new details about Earl, who died in 2006 and to this day lies in an unmarked grave. We come along as Tiger plunges into the Las Vegas and New York nightclub worlds alongside fellow superstars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. We are whisked behind the scenes during the National Enquirer’s globetrotting hunt to expose Tiger’s infidelity, and we get a rare look inside his subsequent sex-addiction treatment at the Pine Grove facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.But the portrait of Woods that emerges in Tiger Woods is far more rewarding than revelations alone. By tracing his life from its origins as the mixed-race son of an attention-seeking father and the original Tiger Mom—who programmed him to be “the chosen one,” tasked with changing not just the game of golf but the world as well—the authors provide a wealth of new insight into the human being trapped inside his parents’ creation. We meet the lonely, introverted child prodigy who has trouble connecting with other kids because of his stutter and unusual lifestyle. We experience the thrill and confusion of his meteoric rise to stardom. And we come to understand the grown man’s obsession with extreme training and deep sea diving—despite their potential for injury—as a rare source of the solitude he craves. Most of all, we are reminded, time and time again, of Woods’s singular greatness and the exhilaration we felt watching an athletic genius dominate his sport for nearly twenty years.But at what cost? Benedict and Keteyian provide the answers in an extraordinary biography that is destined to become the defining book about an authentic American legend—and to linger in the minds of readers for years to come. https://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Woods-Jeff-Benedict/dp/1501126423/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1530889389&sr=8-6&keywords=sports+books
  19. Set to release on Oct. 9th 2018, now available for pre- order. This was the sponsored book on amazon, I thought it looked interesting. https://www.amazon.com/League-Rivals-Created-Launched-Sports/dp/0465048706/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1530889389&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=sports+books&psc=1 The National Football League is a towering, distinctly American colossus spewing out $13 billion in annual revenue. Yet its current dominance has obscured how professional football got its start. In The League, John Eisenberg reveals that Art Rooney, George Halas, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, and Bert Bell took an immense risk by investing in the professional game. At that time the sport barely registered on the national scene, where college football, baseball, boxing, and horseracing dominated. The five owners succeeded only because at critical junctures in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s each sacrificed the short-term success of his team for the longer-term good of the League. At once a history of a sport and a remarkable story of business ingenuity, The Leagueis an essential read for any fan of our true national pastime.
  20. I saw this one, and thought it looked interesting. I am also reading a non sports book a the moment. After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace. i have also started working on a sports book called The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius. Its pretty good so far looking at tracking the exact moment a hitter decides to swing ect.
  21. Brad


    Sorry that I have had no contributions here for a while, been on a run of non-sports books The last four were: Understanding Trump - I may have mentioned that. By Newt Gingrich - it was a good read. Set aside your pre-programmed disgust. Just telling you like it is. Then, even more deplorable, I read Ben Shapiro's book, Bullies. Again, a vivid description of what we see today in the acerbic political ideologue environment. Shifted gears and listened to a book that was $.99, thought it might make sense, it was called How to Lead When You're Not in Charge. Some common sense stuff there, but pretty good for a leadership/self help kind of thing. Honestly, I was thankful when it was over, even though the last chapter was one of the best. The reason for the post, is the book I just finished. I actually got the Kindle book and Audible audiobook on Amazon through their kindle unlimited trial membership for a grand total of two or three bucks, but it was well worth it. While it got into a lot of detail, I loved the book. Parts history, leadership and American life, the book was about Circuit City, appropriately titled Good to Great to Gone: The 60-Year Rise and Fall of Circuit City. A very good read/listen. Hopefully as I peer into my available selections I pick up a sports book. I did just buy Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution. So maybe I'll get to that, depends on what I'm feeling. Read on TBP!
  22. I listed this one further down...I completed it within the last half year...audiobook as well. I would recommend, I really enjoyed listening. I never saw the movie. I remember Bill James from when I was a young lad. It was interesting to hear about his contributions in the early days.
  23. Duke Snyder's autobiography. A paperback given to me by a friend of my father, Korean War vet, and USF football season ticket holder from day one until he died a few years ago. The book is a very good read about the times in which Snyder played, including the introduction of Jackie Robinson into white baseball.
  24. Audio book. As usual. the book is much better than the movie. Much more detail, though that may bore some. I'm all about the details.
  25. By John Feinstein I picked this up on Audible a few years ago. It's a very interesting perspective of the lives of players, coaches, and umps in, primarily, the AAA level of the minor leagues. Players on the way up to the majors. Players on the out of the majors. Players who play their entire career in the minors. I did not know umpires have to qualify to stay keep their jobs. If they don't move up after so many years, they get moved out. Coaches who manage in the minors, just waiting for that chance to be the third base coach on their major league club.
  26. I've read it twice. A lot of USF history and I enjoy his hoops perspective.
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