good sports books

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  1. CycloneWarrior

    CycloneWarrior Well-Known Member

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    so I was listening to chris mannix earlier this week hosting the dan patrick show and they had on chris herren, author of basketball junkies and it got me thinking about good sports books. I am planning on getting the new espn book coming out on the 24th and i already have bill simmons basketball book. Does anyone know if or when Tim donaghy's book, Blowing the whistle: the culture and fraud in the nba, will be realeased? The excerpts i've read online are really good and i want to read this so bad. Any other great sports books that are worth reading? like behind the scenes and cover up stories, tell alls, etc.
     
  2. jbindm

    jbindm Well-Known Member

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    Can't go wrong with Ball Four by Jim Bouton. Other good reads:

    Tall Tales: The Glory Years of the NBA by Terry Pluto
    Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the ABA also by Terry Pluto
    Whe March Went Mad by Seth Davis
    Boys Will be Boys by Jeff Pearlman
    Can I Keep my Jersey by Paul Shirley
    Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
     
  3. wills

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    Two VERY good behind the scenes high school football books are:

    Season of Life by Jeffrey Marx about Joe Ehrman and the Gilman School in Baltimore

    Our Boys by Joe Drape about the Smith Center Redmen in Kansas. This book will connect w/ most who played football in Iowa. It is really good!
     
  4. CyCrazy

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    "Meat Market" about college FB recruiting is awesome.

    "Pistol Pete" is darn good.

    I just picked up Sports Illustrated book about CFB today at Barnes and Nobles. Awesome pics and stories in it so far.
     
  5. TitanClone

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    "Bad As I Wanna Be" - Dennis Rodman biography.
     
  6. CycloneWarrior

    CycloneWarrior Well-Known Member

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    It's funny that you mention this book, because my high school football coach played at smith center and he used almost everything they did and patterned my school to theirs.
     
  7. RhoadsRage

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    As a Cowboys fan, I loved this one. Took me about 3 days to read the whole thing!!
     
  8. Cy's Taxi

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    If you're looking for 2 good baseball books and you want to learn more about sabermetrics, "Moneyball" and "The Extra 2%" are really good.
     
  9. pyrocyz

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    There is a guy down the street that I go to when I want to make a bet :jimlad:
     
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    Growing up a Bears and Gale Sayers fan I was really taken by the book, "I am Third". This is the story that lead to the movie (Brian's Song) depicting the relationship between Gale and Brian Piccolo during their playing years with the Bears and the ultimate death of Piccolo from cancer.
     
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    Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy is the best sports/life book i've ever read.
     
  12. ISUAgronomist

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    Gray's Sports Almanac :wink:
     
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  13. SeattleClone

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    Amazon.com: Darkness to Sunlight (9780977886104): Zaid Abdul-Aziz: Books

    I met Zaid in Seattle and bought a copy of his book directly from him. It is a personal narrative, basically split into three parts- Growing up in Brooklyn, Playing at ISU, and Playing in the NBA. I bought the book because I was interested in the section on playing at ISU, but I actually found the part about growing up in Brooklyn to be the most interesting.
     
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    Play Their Hearts Out by George Dohrmann is the best one I've read recently.
     
  15. RING4CY

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    "The Lord is first, my friends are second, and I am third."
     
  16. LindenCy

    LindenCy Keep and Pride - It works
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    Wow, thanks for posting this. I didn't know he had written a book.
     
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    If you want to read more about Chris Herren, read "Fall River Dreams". Pretty good book.

    As a Mets fan I have to recommend "The Bad Guys Won". Some awesome stories there.
     
  18. cycloneSOULja

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    Good in what way? You want historical stories, or do you want analytical type of stuff.

    What sports?

    I've got at least 2 dozen I could recommend that hasn't been recommended, but it depends on what your interests are
     
  19. CycloneWarrior

    CycloneWarrior Well-Known Member

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    I'll give almost anything a chance, but preferably basketball or football. Either analytical or a tell all type of book
     

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