Tuesday, November 12, 2013

No game tonight? Read a book!

Cat Basketball Slam Dunk by Adam Rifkin 

Fall and winter are my favorite seasons of the year because there’s college football and basketball and the NFL and the NBA and the MLB World Series! Yippee!

I not only like to watch sports, I like to read about sports. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. It discusses the art of sabermetrics to determine what bargain player will best mesh with the rest of your team statistically to win. It made watching the movie so much more fun! Oh, and Brad Pitt is in it!

And how about Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever by Don Haskins. This coach decided to play the best players regardless of race. Watch the movie too, you’ll get a history lesson.

Currently, I’m reading Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson, the former Laker coach. He discusses his management style and how to manage guys with big personalities. Guys like Kobe, Shaq, and MJ. Don’t forget big personality Dennis Rodman!

On my read-next list is Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales; also, Leagueof Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth by brothers Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru.

Other books I recommend are Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL by N. Jeremi Duru. This is a true eye-opener about African-American coaches fighting for equal opportunity within the NFL. You might also be interested in knowing that we have Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream by H.G. Bissinger and yes, there was a movie, too. And a TV show.

Short on time? Don’t forget, we carry Sports Illustrated, my personal favorite. You can find the most current issue in the Pop section across from the Help Desk, and the older issues can be located in the periodicals shelving area. Don’t know where this is? Come on in, and ask. We’re all friendly folks aiming to “find every book its reader,” one of Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science.

What sports books and movies have you enjoyed? Gotta go, there’s a game on.

Happy reading!

Rebecca Clayton
Acquisitions/Cataloging Assistant
University of Redlands

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