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Month: March 2017

The Tiger Woods Sensation, 20 Years Later: Sports Biblio Digest 3.26.17

It’s been 20 years since Tiger Woods took the golf world by storm at The Masters, and he’s just written a book about the experience as another tournament approaches in Augusta.

Tiger Woods, The 1997 MastersWoods, who turned 41 in December, continues to battle long-term injuries that may prevent him from competing again at The Masters next week. It’s been nine years since he last won a major tournament, and the last time he slipped on a green jacket at Augusta was 2005.

In the midst of the last decade, Woods was primed to achieve his ultimate quest of surpassing Jack Nicklaus as the all-time leader in major victories.

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‘One Beautiful Season’ In College Basketball: Sports Biblio Digest, 3.19.17

The 2009-10 season in college basketball was notable not just for the shocking run by Butler University to the NCAA championship game, but for what the Bulldogs represented. “One Beautiful Season” is the book that explains the deeper challenges and connections of the small-conference game that have fed the beast of March Madness.

one beautiful season, kyle whelliston, college basketball booksKyle Whelliston, creator of the now-shuttered Mid-Majority blogwas a passionate troubadour of the little guys for a decade (2004-14), traveling across the country (in often harrowing fashion) to capture the essence of the game played at the grassroots level, and whose best teams finally gave the bluebloods a lethal threat.

His self-published book grew out his blog and other freelance work, including a brief association with ESPN that ended in controversial fashion.

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The Basketball Vision Of Pete Carril: Sports Biblio Digest 3.12.17

It’s been more than two decades since Pete Carril coached his last basketball game at Princeton University, and not long after the signature win of his distinguished career: A 43-41 upset of defending champion UCLA in the first round of the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

The Smart Take from the Strong, Pete CarrilThe so-called Princeton Offense, associated with deliberate half-court strategy, back door plays and low scoring, was quite the counter to the athletic, fast-breaking high-octane “programs” of the major conferences.

However, it might have been a first round NCAA tourney loss by Princeton a few years before that embodied what so many saw in Carril and a style of play often regarded as out of fashion, if at times necessarily effective. Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of the Oakland Athletics: Sports Biblio Digest, 3.5.17

A generation before “Moneyball” and the analytics revolution, the Oakland Athletics represented the cutting edge of baseball in very different ways.

Dynastic Bombastic Fantastic, Jason Turbow, Oakland AthleticsInstead of the data-driven, small-market efficiencies wrung out by Billy Beane, the brawling, “Swingin’ A’s” embodied the cultural excess of the post-1960s at the dawn of free agency in North American professional sports.

Winning three consecutive World Series will generate plenty of extended historical consideration, and the A’s continue to be a popular topic for authors and scholars for those and other reasons. Continue reading

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