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An Uncertain Future for U.S. Soccer: Sports Biblio Digest 10.15.17

Long before a disastrous 2-1 loss this week to Trinidad & Tobago in the final match of World Cup qualifying, an uncertain future for U.S. Soccer had been the subject of intense speculation within the American soccer community and its small, but devoted media contingent.

Chasing the Game, Future for U.S. SoccerFor the first time since 1986, the American men’s team will not be going to the World Cup. All it had to do against the last-place team in the CONCACAF hexagonal round was get a draw.

Instead, the U.S. fell behind 2-0 in the first half, then slipped around in the rain in the tiny stadium in Couva, uninspired, as Panama earned a spot in Russia, and Honduras nailed down a playoff berth against Australia. Continue reading

A College Basketball Scandal, Or Not? Sports Biblio Digest 10.8.17

What was instantly dubbed the biggest college basketball scandal in history has already led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino at the University of Louisville, and comes at a fortuitous time in the history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Sole Influence, college basketball scandalWhen the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York City last month indicted four assistant coaches and several influential athletic apparel company officials on charges of bribery and conspiracy, the news was greeted with apocalyptic predictions.

As the FBI-led investigation continues, ripples through the college basketball community have focused on how deep, and widespread, the alleged corruption may go.

Was this—ahem—the other shoe finally dropping about how high school stars are exploited by colleges and the sneaker makers? Continue reading

Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 5: The Sports Biblio Review Guide

This the Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 5 installment of newly published (or forthcoming) titles from around the world of sports.

We Will Win the Day, Lou Moore, Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 5Included in this post are books about the history of black athlete activism, the pitching dominance of Bob Gibson and Denny McLain, Maria Sharapova’s new memoir, a global travelogue of women’s soccer and New Zealand’s rugby All-Blacks during World War I.

A total of 50 books are included in this guide, covering 10 titles in each post. Among the other book subjects in this series are a new biography of Muhammad Ali, sportswriting anthologies, the 1947 World Series and the links between the great L.A. Lakers and Golden State Warriors teams. Continue reading

Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 4: The Sports Biblio Review Guide

This the Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 4 installment of newly published (or forthcoming) titles from around the world of sports.

Sports in American Life, Richard O. Davies, Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 4Included in this post are books about the 1967 World Series, a female Olympian’s memoir,  the birth of the Notre Dame-USC rivalry and a lavishly illustrated history of the art of the early years of gridiron football.

A total of 50 books are included in this guide, covering 10 titles in each post. Among the other book subjects in this series are a new biography of Muhammad Ali, sportswriting anthologies, the 1947 World Series and New Zealand’s rugby All-Blacks during World War I. Continue reading

Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 3: The Sports Biblio Review Guide

This the Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 3 installment of newly published (or forthcoming) titles from around the world of sports.

Ice Bowl '67, Fall 2017 Sports Books 3Included in this post are books about track and field legend Stella Walsh, Ken Dryden’s perspective on the present-day and future NHL, pioneering black golfers, pedaling around the Great Lakes and the 50th anniversary of the Ice Bowl.

A total of 50 books are included in this guide, covering 10 titles in each post. Among the other book subjects in this series are a new biography of Muhammad Ali, sportswriting anthologies, the 1947 World Series and New Zealand’s rugby All-Blacks during World War I. Continue reading

Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 2: The Sports Biblio Review Guide

This the Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 2 installment of newly published (or forthcoming) titles from around the world of sports (see Part 1 here).

Chicago Cubs Story of a Curse, Rich Cohen, Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 2In this post, we’ll examine new baseball books, the memoir of an iconic NFL writer debilitated by multiple strokes, the latest college football exposé, a biography of a Brazilian soccer legend, a year in the life of a cricket photographer and the inaugural season of the National Hockey League.

A total of 50 books are included in this guide, covering 10 titles in each post. Among the other book subjects in this series are a new biography of Muhammad Ali, sportswriting anthologies, Ken Dryden and the future of the NHL and the rise of Major League Soccer. Continue reading

Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 1: The Sports Biblio Review Guide

An authoritative new book on Muhammad Ali—the first full-scale biography of the boxing legend published since his death last year—and sportswriting anthologies above and below the U.S.-Canada border headline fall 2017 sports books Part 1, the first installment in a five-part overview of books published since August and continuing into early November.

Ali A Life, Jonathan Eig, fall 2017 sports books Part 1A total of 50 books are included in this guide, which will cover 10 titles in each post. Among the book subjects examined in this series are Ken Dryden’s look at the NHL in the wake of deadly brain trauma, histories of women in the Olympics, a season with a cricket photographer, the Left Coast of the NBA and the rise of Major League Soccer.

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Revisiting ‘Battle of the Sexes:’ Sports Biblio Digest, 9.24.17

On Friday the heavily anticipated “Battle of the Sexes” film was released, starring Emma Jones and Steven Carell, and is getting generally positive reviews (here, here and here). But most of the treatment of the film is tied to the current American political atmosphere, which is becoming a default media position for just about any subject.

Battle of the SexesFor those of us who remember the Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs match in 1973, the cultural dynamics of that evening in Houston (and more importantly, in the weeks leading up to it) cannot be properly treated in a film.

Selena Roberts’ “A Necessary Spectacle,” published in in 2005, is a solid account that puts the political and cultural contexts in a largely proper perspective. Continue reading

The Sensational Rebirth of the Cleveland Indians: Sports Biblio Digest 9.17.17

One of the pleasures of growing up listening to baseball on the radio—rather than watching on television—was constantly thumbing the tuner on my transistor late at night to pick up clear signal stations beaming games from the West Coast.

A Summer to Remember, Cleveland Indians, Lew FreedmanI was supposed to be asleep, of course, as it was lights out at 10 o’clock for me, even in high school, and even in the summers. But the night owl in me improvised an occasional doubleheader that I suspected my mother may have known about, but never mentioned to me once.

After listening to Milo Hamilton and Ernie Johnson Sr. call an Atlanta Braves game, it was off to the late-night races, depending on who was playing in California: most often, it was the St. Louis Cardinals on KMOX, the Chicago Cubs on WGN and the Cleveland Indians on WWWE. Continue reading

Some Great, Late Summer Sports Reads: Sports Biblio Digest, 8.27.17

It’s very deep into August, with the Labor Day weekend and the kickoff to a new American football season approaching. The stretch run of the baseball season is about to begin, and I find that a hell of a lot more intriguing than just about anything else in sports these days.

Electric October, Kevin CookThe Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing the 100-win mark and Aaron Judge, a big, rangy rookie for the New York Yankees, has a real shot to win the American League MVP.

It was 70 years ago that the Dodgers, then playing in Brooklyn, met the Yankees in a sizzling World Series that’s been recaptured by Kevin Cook in “Electric October,” published Aug. 15. Continue reading

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