New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

February 9, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Fast into the night : a woman, her dogs, and their journey north on the Iditarod Trail

February 8, 2016
Moderow, Debbie Clarke, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
viii, 262 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Part 1 -- 1. Nigh Fog -- 2. Countdown -- 3. Beginnings -- 4. Open Water -- 5. A Cool, Dark Stillness -- 6. Balance -- 7. The White Dog -- 8. River Miles -- 9. Mentor and Friend -- 10. From the River to the Sea -- 11. Childhood Dream -- 12. Sea Ice -- 13. Legacy -- 14. Shelter Cabin -- 15. To See Far -- Part 2 -- 16. Taking Turns -- 17. The Shadow of the Arch -- 18. Getting It Right -- 19. Drop Bags -- 20. Stepping Out -- 21. New Start -- 22. Hallowed Ground -- 23. Deep Water -- 24. Trail Friend -- 25. Dog Time -- 26. Resolve -- 27. Going Home -- 28. A Line Dance.
Describes the author's experiences as a middle-aged mom whose initial resolve to train for and complete the Iditarod failed when her dogs refused to finish the race, detailing how she overcame daunting challenges to succeed during a second attempt. --Publisher's description.

This is your brain on sports : the science of underdogs, the value of rivalry, and what we can learn from the T-shirt cannon

February 5, 2016
Wertheim, L. Jon, author.
New York : Crown Archetype, [2016]
viii, 279 pages ; 25 cm
Your brain on sports -- Why the T-shirt cannon has something to teach us about human nature -- Why Tom Brady and all those other quarterbacks are so damned good-looking (or are they?) -- Why we channel our inner Mayweather and secretly crave disrespect -- Why we are all dog lovers at heart (but not deep in our hearts) -- Why hockey goons would rather fight at home -- The curse of the expert: why the best players make the worst coaches -- Acting on impluse : why we aren't so different from the sports hothead (L-O-B, Crabtree!) -- Why athletes don't need an empty bed before competition -- Why the coach's seat is always hot -- Why so many successful ultra-endurance athletes area also successful recovering addicts -- Why giving every little league kid a trophy is such a lousy idea -- Why rooting for the Mets is like building that IKEA desk -- Why we need rivals -- Why we want Gronk at our backyard barbecue-- and why he wants to be there -- Tribal warfare : why the agony of the other team's defeat feels just as good as the thrill of our team's victory -- Why we are all comeback kids -- Why running on a treadmill is like running a business -- Why the World Cup doesn't lead to world peace (even if J. Lo and Pitbull claim otherwise) -- Why our moral compass is more flexible than an Olympic gymnast -- Why unlocking the mystery of human consciousness is-- like so much else in life-- all about sports.
THE book for sports fans searching for a deeper understanding of the games they watch and the people who play them. Bestselling author L. Jon Wertheim teams up with Tufts psychologist Sam Sommers to take readers on a wild ride into the inner world of sports. Through the prism of behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology, they reveal the hidden influences and surprising cues that inspire and derail us--on the field and in the stands--and by extension, in corporate board rooms, office settings, and our daily lives.--Adapted from book jacket.

Blood brothers : the fatal friendship of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

February 5, 2016
Roberts, Randy, 1951- author.
New York : Basic Books, [2016]
xxiv, 362 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Draws on previously untapped sources to illuminate the secret friendship and disastrous estrangement between Cassius Clay and Malcolm X, sharing insights into Malcolm's alleged role in shaping Clay's double life as a patriotic athlete and Islamic reformer.

The soccer referee's manual

February 4, 2016
Ager, David, author.
London : Bloomsbury Sport, 2015.
192 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Previous edition: London: A. & C. Black, 2005.
Includes index.

Hope : a school, a team, a dream

February 3, 2016
Reynolds, Bill, 1945- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Hope High School in Providence, Rhode Island was once a model city school, graduating a wide range of students from different backgrounds. But the tumult of the 1960s and the drug wars of the 70s changed both Providence and Hope. Today, the aging school is primarily Hispanic and African-American, with kids traveling for miles by bus and foot each day. Hope was known for its state championship basketball teams in the 1960s, but its 2012 team is much different. Disobedient, distracted, and overwhelmed by family troubles, with mismatched sneakers and a penchant for profanity and anger, these boys represent Coach Dave Nyblom's dream of a championship, however unlikely that might seem. Nyblom's mostly black players, including several who emigrated to Providence from war-torn Liberia, face gang violence, domestic uncertainty, drug problems, and a host of other issues. But with the unfailing support and guidance of Nyblom and other Hope coaches, their ragtag team gradually pulls together, overcoming every obstacle to find the faith and trust in themselves that Nyblom never stops teaching. A look at a hidden world that just a few hundred yards from Brown University, Hope is the inspiring true story of young men and their mentors pursuing one goal--a championship--but achieving so much more"-- Provided by publisher.

Life is not an accident : a memoir of reinvention

February 2, 2016
Williams, Jay, 1981- author.
©2016
x, 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Perfect -- Imperfect -- Gray Area -- Rafters -- Freshman -- Duke -- Decision -- Bulls -- Rehab -- Complications -- Trials -- Last Ride -- The Game -- Mended -- Forgiven.
"This big-hearted memoir by the most promising professional basketball player of his generation details his rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career and plunged him into a life-altering depression, and how he ultimately found his way out of the darkness,"--Amazon.com.

The crippler : cage fighting and my life on the edge

February 1, 2016
Leben, Christian Cyrus, 1980-
©2016.
xii, 265 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Vs. Cote -- AWOL -- First Fight -- TUF 1 -- Escape to Hawaii -- PEDs -- Downs and Ups -- Addiction -- The End and the Beginning.
It takes a certain kind of person to do whatever is necessary to make a living as a mixed martial arts fighter. And it takes another kind of person to stand out from all the rest as both a wild man and a rock star. Chris Leben, otherwise known as, "The Crippler," is that kind of person. Leben's reputation started when he appeared on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality show and competition where hopeful fighters live together and vie for a UFC contract and a path to greatness. He quickly made a name for himself with his controversial and abrasive behavior. During his subsequent ten-year career in ultimate fighting, Leben became one of the most recognized figures in the sport, enthralling audiences around the world with his wild, head-first style of fighting as he took on some of the world's best fighters, including Anderson Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Wanderlei Silva. But Leben's success in the ring and international fame hid a troubled background. Abandoned by his father at a young age, Leben's mother worked long hours to raise him and his two siblings, and Leben learned early he had to be tough to fend for himself. For most of his life, Leben struggled with alcohol and narcotics, and he was suspended by the UFC for nine months for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Catching the sky : two brothers, one family, and our dream to fly

January 27, 2016
Moore, Colten.
©2016
x, 255 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, 24 cm
Part I: The flatlands. Come and get it ; Full-blooded ; The hardest kind of life ; Honky-tonk savior ; Cow palace ; Trophies ; College money ; You're not going to like me ; Sketchy ; To practice and be safe ; Panic rev -- Part II: The valley. This darn contraption ; Adrenaline era ; Seven hundred pounds ; Cockamamie ; Follow me ; Rookies ; Going big ; Cruel ; As the snow falls ; Twenty minutes -- Part III: The mountaintop. Streets of gold ; Stakeholders ; Mental lists ; Some people have it ; On board ; Gambling ; Epilogue.
Colten Moore explains how -- in the wake of the devastating freestyle snowmobile accident that killed his older brother, Caleb, at Aspen's Winter X Games -- he managed to return to win gold. --Publisher's description.

One breath : freediving, death, and the quest to shatter human limits

January 19, 2016
Skolnick, Adam, author.
©2016
324 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Dean's Blue Hole, Long Island, Bahamas, November 17, 2013 -- Water Child -- What Is Freediving? -- Punk-Ass Vegas -- Caribbean Cup 2014, Roatan, Honduras -- Revolution -- Caribbean Cup 2014, Roatan, Honduras -- Brooklyn Rising -- Caribbean Cup 2014, Roatan, Honduras -- Dive Yourself Free -- Deja Blue -- Dive Bum Chronicles -- Sardinia, Italy: 2014 Aida Team World Championship -- Kerry Hollowell Investigates -- One-Hundred-Meter Man -- Bloody Water -- Nick's Last Days -- Nick Mevoli's Last Dive -- Vertical Blue 2014, Long Island, Bahamas.
"One Breath is a gripping and powerful exploration of the strange and fascinating sport of freediving, and of the tragic, untimely death of America's greatest freediver,"--Amazon.com.

NFL confidential : true confessions from the gutter of football

January 14, 2016
Anonymous, Johnny, author.
©2016
viii, 239 pages ; 24 cm
A message to my beautiful readers -- 1. Training day -- 2. It's flashback time -- 3. Knee-deep in it -- 4. The Reaper -- 5. My glorious backup dream? -- 6. Fuck -- 7. Center of attention -- 8. Celebrity homecoming -- 9. The meaning of irony -- 10. Miss me when I'm gone -- 11. Losers -- 12. Winner -- Epilogue.
A successful offensive lineman who secretly hates football and its politics shares behind-the-scenes observations about life in the NFL to expose its bizarre realities, customs, and prejudices.

Hardball retrospective : evaluating scouting and development outcomes for the modern-era franchises

January 7, 2016
Bain, Derek.
[Unknown] : Tuatara Software, [2015].
435 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Also available as an e-book.
Foreword -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Methodology -- Terminology -- The amateur draft -- Player development -- Franchise reports -- Charts and leader boards -- Bibliography.
"Would your favorite baseball team make the playoffs if player X had not been traded? Imagine your team's roster from any particular year. Remove all of the players that your team acquired through trades and free agency. Would you be able to field a competitive team? Now we will re-populate the roster with every player that the organization originally drafted and signed. Yes, we will include undrafted free agents and foreign players who signed with their first Major League team, as well. How does the team stack up now? Is the club better or worse that the squad that you imagined at first? In Hardball Retrospective, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original teams. Using a variety of advanced statistics and methods, I generated revised standings for each season based entirely on the performance of each team's 'original' players. I discuss every team's 'original' players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition. Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the 'original' teams are compared against the real-time or 'actual' team results to assess each franchise's scouting, development and general management skills" -- Back cover.

Basketball superstars 2016

January 6, 2016
Kelley, K. C., author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, 2016.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm

Undertaker : 25 years of destruction

January 6, 2016
Sullivan, Kevin, author.
©2015
207 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Cover title.

Faster road racing : 5K to half marathon

January 5, 2016
Pfitzinger, Pete, 1957-
Champaign : Human Kinetics, [2015]
xii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

The National Hockey League official guide & record book.

January 4, 2016
Montreal, New York : National Hockey League,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.

How bad do you want it? : mastering the psychology of mind over muscle

January 4, 2016
Fitzgerald, Matt, author.
©2015
xiii, 282 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- A race is like a fire walk -- Brace yourself -- Time is on your side -- The art of letting go -- The workaround effect -- The gift of failure -- Today's weakness, tomorrow's strength -- The answer is inside you -- The group effect -- What do you expect -- Passion knows no age -- Is it worth it?
"Fitzgerald puts you into the pulse-pounding action of more than a dozen epic races from running, cycling, triathlon, XTERRA, and rowing with thrilling race reports and revealing post-race interviews with the elites. Their own words reinforce what the research has found: strong mental fitness lets us approach our true physical limits, giving us an edge over physically stronger competitors. Each chapter explores the how and why of an elite athlete's transformative moment, revealing powerful new psychobiological principles you can practice to flex your own mental fitness." -- Amazon.com

The handgun guide for women : shoot straight, shoot safe, and carry with confidence

January 4, 2016
Dixon-Engel, Tara, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Zenith Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc., 2015.
192 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.

UFC : a visual history

December 31, 2015
Gerbasi, Thomas, author.
©2015.
399 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm.
Includes index.
1993 -- The Owners -- 1994 -- The History of the UFC Championship Belt -- 1995 -- Greatest Fights -- 1996 -- Announcers -- Commentators -- 1997 -- Hall of Fame -- 1998 -- Greatest Upsets -- 1999 -- 2000 -- 2001 -- Greatest Knockouts -- 2002 -- 2003 -- One Hit Wonders -- 2004 -- 2005 -- The Ultimate Fighter -- Griffin vs Bonnar -- 2006 -- The History of Women's MMA in UFC -- 2007 -- Pride -- 2008 -- 2009 -- 25 Greatest Submissions -- 2010 -- UFC Championship History -- 2011 -- Octagon Girls -- 2012 -- WEC -- 2013 -- Strikeforce -- 2014 -- Bizarre Moments -- 2015 -- Index.
Experience the fastest growing sport in the world!. Follow the rich history of UFC from its inception as a small, fledgling organization all the way to its present day status as a sports world juggernaut! With insider commentary and stunning visuals, experience UFC like never before! Through a comprehensive year-by-year review, get a closer look at the people, events and decisions which helped make UFC the powerhouse it is today.

Football for dummies

December 30, 2015
Long, Howie, author.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2015.
xiv, 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
"For Dummies© A Wiley Brand"--title page.
Getting started with football -- Go, offense! -- The big D -- Meet the rest of the team -- Football for everyone -- The part of tens.
Long and Czarnecki provide an insider's look at the game. They discuss such topics as playing fields; equipment; rules; offensive and defensive players; children's, school, and college play.

The hunt for a Reds October : Cincinnati in 1990

December 21, 2015
Faber, Charles F., author.
Jefferson, North Caroina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
viii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Super Bowl gold : 50 years of the big game.

December 21, 2015
©2015
336 pages : color illustrations ; 29 x 32 cm
For the past 49 years Sports Illustrated magazine has been putting fans on the sidelines of the greatest, flashiest spectacle in sports--The Super Bowl. Now, as the game approaches its 50th anniversary, and what promises to be its biggest and most-marketed ever, Sports Illustrated celebrates the grandeur and spirit of the Big Game in a way only they can--in a deluxe edition featuring the magazine's iconic photography, summaries from each game, never-before-told anecdotes from players and coaches, and classic stories from the magazine's legendary writers: Super Bowl Gold. Along with overviews of each championship, this deluxe gift book includes a ranking of every Super Bowl from worst to best, based on SI's unique insight, weighing the quality of the game, context surrounding the matchup, closeness of the score, upset factor, stirring performances, and overall excitement. Also included will be year-by-year game summaries, commentary from players on every winning and losing team, reviews of every halftime show, with special attention paid to what we all really love the most--the commercials, and pictures of every ticket stub and champion ring. This will be the ultimate examination of the ultimate sports event.

The game's not over : in defense of football

December 18, 2015
Easterbrook, Gregg, author.
©2015
xvi, 222 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
America's love-hate relationship with the NFL -- A not-so-distant mirror -- What comedians know about football -- How the NFL got game -- You ain't seen nothin' yet -- Hey, that's me in the NFL mirror -- Where Barack Obama was wrong about the NFL -- Is the NFL bad for boys and good for girls? -- Knocking pro football down to size -- Captain Kirk will be an NFL fan.
Expounds on the benefits of football and throws its many problems into relief, arguing that the work of reforming and changing one of our great pastimes is as American as the game itself.

Beyond my dreams : from Communist Romania to the Oval Office

December 17, 2015
Mărmureanu, Peter, 1941-
Bloomington, IN : IUniverse, [2014]
xxiv, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

To the third power : the inside story of Bill Koch's winning management of the America's Cup

December 17, 2015
Larsen, Paul C., 1947-
West Palm Beach, Fla. : America 3 Foundation, 1994.
500 pages : illustrations ; 34 cm

Fight for the forgotten : how a mixed martial artist stopped fighting for himself and started fighting for others

December 16, 2015
Wren, Justin, author.
©2015
viii, 278 pages : color illustrations, map ; 24 cm
"From notable mixed martial artist and UFC fighter, Justin Wren, comes a personal account of faith, redemption, empowerment, and overwhelming love as one man sets out on an international mission to fight for those who can't fight for themselves."-- Provided by publisher.

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